EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/23/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Darko Planinic claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Croatian Darko Planinic (211-C-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Siroki WWin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Krka (#5, 3-2) 73-68. Siroki WWin is placed at 9th position in Adriatic League . Siroki WWin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Planinic has many years of experience at Siroki WWin, through which he has constantly improved. Planinic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.8ppg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old guard Ivan Mimica (190-G-80) of KK Split. Mimica impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 2 assists. Of course KK Split cruised to a 73-65 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked MZT Skopje (#11, 2-3). This victory allowed KK Split to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mimica is one of the most experienced players at KK Split and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#4).

The third best performed player last round was American Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar (#14). Travis scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Travis' great performance Zadar lost 81-90in overtime to the higher-ranked Cibona (#10, 2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Zadar can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-4 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Travis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Travis has individually a great season in Adriatic League. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita - 20 points and 4 rebounds
5. Terrico White (196-G-90) of Radnicki KG - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82) of Radnicki KG - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Partizan - 10 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)



Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Adriatic League, 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 extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise of round 5 was Croatian guest Cedevita's (4-1) road victory over Slovenian Union Olimpija (#4) 75-71 on Monday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Union Olimpija won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cedevita won last quarter 21-18. They also forced 20 Union Olimpija turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Miro Bilan (215-89) who scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). French Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Australian-New Zealand center Aaron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cedevita moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan. Union Olimpija at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with KK Split and Krka. Cedevita is looking forward to face bottom-ranked KK Zadar (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Union Olimpija will play against the league's leader Igokea (#1) in Aleksandrovac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Leader Bosnian Igokea (5-0) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Serbian Zvezda (1-4) 76-75 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) saved the victory by scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Milos Komatina contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) answered with 20 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for Zvezda. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Igokea have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Zvezda at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. They share it with Zadar and Szolnok. Igokea will play against Union Olimpija (#4) in Ljubljana in the next round. Zvezda will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. The game took place in Zagreb where tenth ranked Cibona won against visiting KK Zadar (1-4) 90-81. D.J. Strawberry stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners. Romeo Travis responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Croatian champion (2-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. KK Zadar lost their third game in a row. Loser KK Zadar dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Szolnok and Crvena Zvezda. Cibona will meet at home HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in the next round. KK Zadar will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Podgorica was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Serbian Partizan (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (2-3). Partizan did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Buducnost. Leo Westermann nailed 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Cedevita. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be Radnicki KG (#8) in Kragujevac which should be theoretically an easy game. Buducnost will play on the road against Krka in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Siroki Brijeg, where higher ranked Slovenian Krka (3-2) lost to eleventh ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (2-3) in a road game 68-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krka. The best player for the winners was Darko Planinic who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Defending Slovenian champion Krka dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will face Cibona (#10) in Zagreb in the next round. Krka will play at home against Buducnost (#7) in Podgorica.

In the last two games of round 5 Szolnok was crushed by Radnicki KG in Kragujevac 97-72. KK Split beat MZT Skopje at home 73-65.


Union Olimpija - Cedevita 71-75

The biggest surprise of round 5 was Croatian guest Cedevita's (4-1) road victory over Slovenian Union Olimpija (#4) 75-71 on Monday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Union Olimpija won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cedevita won last quarter 21-18. They also forced 20 Union Olimpija turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Miro Bilan (215-89) who scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). French Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Australian-New Zealand center Aaron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cedevita moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan. Union Olimpija at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with KK Split and Krka. Cedevita is looking forward to face bottom-ranked KK Zadar (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Union Olimpija will play against the league's leader Igokea (#1) in Aleksandrovac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 20+4reb, B.Wright 15+5ast, M.Gelabale 14+6reb+2ast, P.Suput 8+4ast, V.Ilievski 6+1reb+3ast, M.Green 6+2reb+1ast
Union Olimpija: D.Page 15+5reb, A.Baynes 14+6reb, S.Salin 8+1reb+1ast, J.Blazic 7+2reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 6+1reb+1ast, D.Bubnic 6+1ast
gschID: 183660


Cibona - Zadar 90-81 OT

One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. The game took place in Zagreb where tenth ranked Cibona won against visiting KK Zadar (1-4) 90-81. KK Zadar trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-12 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 10-19. Cibona made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-87) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) scored 16 points. Four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Croatian champion (2-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. KK Zadar lost their third game in a row. Loser KK Zadar dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Szolnok and Crvena Zvezda. Cibona will meet at home HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in the next round. KK Zadar will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Cibona: D.Strawberry 17+4reb+3ast, J.Hamilton 12+3reb+1ast, T.Carter 12+3reb, D.Kus 10+2reb+2ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 9+11reb, A.Zizic 9+1reb
Zadar: R.Travis 21+11reb+1ast, G.Vrbanc 16+1reb+2ast, J.Brkic 12+5reb+1ast, B.Krasic 11+4reb, I.Batur 7+1reb, C.Allen 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 183654


Siroki WWin - Krka 73-68

We should mention about the upset which took place in Siroki Brijeg, where higher ranked Slovenian Krka (3-2) lost to eleventh ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (2-3) in a road game 68-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krka. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 39-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. HKK Siroki WWin made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Krka was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-90) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 16 points. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Defending Slovenian champion Krka dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will face Cibona (#10) in Zagreb in the next round. Krka will play at home against Buducnost (#7) in Podgorica.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: D.Planinic 20+10reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 16+2reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 9+1reb+2ast, J.Naletilic 7+1reb+5ast, K.Vragovic 7+4reb+1ast, B.Barac 5+1reb
Krka: J.Lalic 13+3reb, S.Pavic 11+8reb+2ast, J.Vladovic 11+5reb+3ast, D.Lorbek 10+3reb+2ast, J.Klobucar 7+3reb+2ast, E.Muric 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 183655


Buducnost - Partizan 62-81

The game in Podgorica was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Serbian Partizan (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (2-3). Partizan did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Buducnost. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Buducnost was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Buducnost 36-20 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Partizan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Buducnost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. French guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 18 points. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Aleksa Popovic (201-87) came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Finnish-American center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Buducnost in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Cedevita. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be Radnicki KG (#8) in Kragujevac which should be theoretically an easy game. Buducnost will play on the road against Krka in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: V.Lucic 18+3reb+1ast, L.Westermann 13+6reb+5ast, D.Bertans 10+2reb+2ast, D.Musli 10+8reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 9+4reb+2ast, B.Dekic 6+2reb
Buducnost: A.Popovic 16+6reb+4ast, C.Vitkovac 13+1reb, G.Lee 13+7reb, N.Ivanovic 8+1ast, D.Bost 5+1reb, D.Bunic 3+1reb
gschID: 183656


Radnicki KG - Szolnok 97-72

Everything could happen in Kragujevac at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Serbian Radnicki KG and 9th ranked Hungarian Szolnok had identical 1-3 record. This time Radnicki KG used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Szolnok 97-72 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Radnicki KG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Five Radnicki KG players scored in double figures. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) added 12 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. Radnicki KG (2-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Szolnok lost their third game in a row. Defending Hungarian champion dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Radnicki KG will face higher ranked Partizan (#3) in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szolnok will play at home against KK Split (#6).
Top scorers:
Radnicki KG: T.White 18+2reb+4ast, S.Sinovec 14+6reb, A.Capin 13+3reb+5ast, D.Mijatovic 13+3reb+1ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 10+4reb+3ast, M.Borisov 10+3reb+2ast
Szolnok: M.Szabo 14+3reb, I.Nemeth 12, S.Sehovic 12+7reb+2ast, B.Gay 12+4reb+2ast, A.Horvath 9+3reb+1ast, B.Simon 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 183657


KK Split - MZT Skopje 73-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Croatian KK Split and 8th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje had identical 2-2 record. This time KK Split used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Skopje 73-65 on Saturday night. The game without a history. KK Split 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 MZT Skopje's 34. The best player for the winners was guard Ivan Mimica (190-80) who scored 22 points. Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma) produced 16 points and Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Split (3-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Union Olimpija and Krka. MZT Skopje lost their third game in a row. Defending FYR Macedonian champion dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. KK Split will face Szolnok (#13) in Szolnok in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MZT Skopje will play at home against Zvezda (#12) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 22+1reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 14+3reb+1ast, F.Kruslin 8+9reb+2ast, S.Subotic 8+1reb+8ast, T.Dijan 6+2reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 4+6reb
MZT Skopje: C.Davis 16+3reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 11+5reb+2ast, I.Mijajlovic 10+1reb+1ast, B.Bakic 8+6reb+2ast, U.Nikolic 8+4reb, G.Cekovski 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 183658


Crvena Zvezda - Igokea 75-76

Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Leader Bosnian Igokea (5-0) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Serbian Zvezda (1-4) 76-75 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-17 Zvezda's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-75 at the end of the game. Strangely Zvezda outrebounded Igokea 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Zvezda was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) saved the victory by scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Milos Komatina (205-84) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) answered with 20 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Zvezda. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Igokea have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Zvezda at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. They share it with Zadar and Szolnok. Igokea will play against Union Olimpija (#4) in Ljubljana in the next round. Zvezda will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: M.Dozet 14+2reb+1ast, C.Edwards 13+7reb+1ast, M.Komatina 12+6reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 11+2reb+4ast, N.Sulovic 7+2reb, B.Jorovic 5
Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 20+3reb+5ast, E.Brown 12+7reb+1ast, B.Lazic 12+3reb+1ast, D.Nelson 9+5reb+1ast, R.Katic 9+4reb, B.Savovic 6+10reb+3ast
gschID: 183659


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bader, Szolnok20.3 
 2. Lucic, Partizan19.7 
 3. Travis, Zadar17.8 
 4. Mimica, KK Split17.4 
 5. Rakocevic, Crvena16.8 
 6. Vujcic, KK Split15.8 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.14.8 
 8. Blazic, Union O.14.2 
 9. Strawberry, Cibona13.2 
 10. Davis, MZT Skopje13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bader, Szolnok11.5 
 2. Sakic, Siroki WWin9.4 
 3. Savovic, Crvena Z.7.6 
 4. Musli, Partizan7.4 
 5. Travis, Zadar7.2 
 6. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 7. Gordon, Partizan6.8 
 8. Page, Union Olimpi.6.4 
 9. Omic, Union Olimpi.6.2 
 10. Gelabale, Cedevita5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Balazs SIMON
  Szolnok
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Simon, Szolnok5.2 
 2. Mijajlovic, MZT S.4.8 
 3. Subotic, KK Split4.6 
 4. Rannikko, Union O.4.2 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki.4.0 
 6. Hammonds, Igokea3.6 
 7. Vladovic, Krka3.4 
 8. Thomas, Partizan3.3 
 9. Adamovic, Igokea3.2 
 10. Popovic, Buducno.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Cedevita
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Green, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Strawberry, Cibona2.4 
 3. Persic, Siroki W.2.0 
 4. White, Radnicki KG1.8 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.8 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.8 
 7. Prepelic, Union O.1.8 
 8. Salin, Union Olimp.1.6 
 9. Kalve, Szolnok1.6 
 10. Travis, Zadar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.1.7 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.4 
 3. Bryan-A., Radnicki.1.2 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.0 
 5. Kalve, Szolnok1.0 
 6. Sinovec, Radnicki.0.8 
 7. Edwards, Igokea0.8 
 8. Vujcic, KK Split0.6 
 9. Ramljak, Zadar0.6 
 10. Katic, Crvena Z.0.6 


Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 20: Radnicki KG - Szolnok 97-72
Oct. 21: Cibona - Zadar 90-81 OT
Oct. 19: Crvena Zvezda - Igokea 75-76
Oct. 21: Siroki WWin - Krka 73-68
Oct. 20: KK Split - MZT Skopje 73-65
Oct. 22: Union Olimpija - Cedevita 71-75
Oct. 21: Buducnost - Partizan 62-81

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 28: Cedevita - Zadar
Oct. 29: Igokea - Union Olimpija
Oct. 27: MZT Skopje - Crvena Zvezda
Oct. 27: Szolnok - KK Split
Oct. 28: Partizan - Radnicki KG
Oct. 27: Krka - Buducnost
Oct. 27: Cibona - Siroki WWin



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  ALBANIA   


Klaudio Ndoja selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-85, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in a Enel Brindisi's victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (1-3) 78-69 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ndoja scored 13 points in 22 minutes on the court. Enel Brindisi (1-3) is placed 11th in the SerieA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Ndoja averages: 5.0ppg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 66.7% in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Despite Ndoja played previously for the Italian national team, he played also for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Ermal Kurtoglu
Ermal Kurtoglu
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey). Kurtoglu managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul to win against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (1-1) 79-69 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Anadolu Efes this season. His team is placed fourth in the TBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kurtoglu is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Turkish. He is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team.

Erjon Kastrati
Erjon Kastrati
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Erjon Kastrati (198-94, currently plays in Adriatic League). Kastrati contributed to a 2-point Krka's victory against the tenth-ranked Cibona (2-3) 69-67 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points in 15 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (3-2) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Kastrati's first year with the team. This season Kastrati averages only 4.0ppg, 3FGP: 75.0% and FT: 33.3% in the four games. He has both Kosovan and Albanian nationalities. Despite Kastrati played previously for the Kosovan national team, he played also for the Albanian national team in 2007.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #4. Shooting guard Franko Bushati (190-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Givova Scafati (2-1) to beat C.de Latte BRE (2-1). Bushati scored 9 points. But Givova Scafati was edged 88-86 at home by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#3). But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Bushati's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg. He also holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Despite Bushati played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Albanian national team roster.

   #5. International guard Nderim Pelaj (179-88, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Dorsten (1-3) in their game against SC Rist Wedel (4-0) in the German ProB (third division). Pelaj recorded 5 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Dorsten this season. The ninth-placed Dorsten lost 67-77 on the road to the second-ranked SC Rist Wedel in the Group North. . Pelaj has been at the team for nine years. He holds both Albanian and German passports. Pelaj used to play for the Albanian national team earlier this year.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) plays for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Milan Dabovic plays for Smederevo Vizura in Serbian A League
Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) plays for Psyhiko in Greek B
Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) plays for Lovcen in Montenegrin 1A
Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) plays for Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague
Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) plays for Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague
Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80) plays for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague
Elyan Bumbli (190-G-87) plays for Riva del Garda in Italian Nazionale B

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



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  APBL   


Garden State Rebels' season cancelled - by Mike Lee

According to Brett Godette, president of the Loose Leaf Corporation, the 2012-13 APBL season will be cancelled for the Garden State Rebels due to the NHL Lockout. The Garden State Rebels were a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL). The Rebels finished the 2011-12 ACPBL with a 10-4 regular season record but will not be joining the newly formed American Professional Basketball League for this season.

To quote Godette:

"Due to the NHL lockout the Garden State Rebels 2012-2013 APBL Season is cancelled. [The] Garden State Rebels affiliation with New Jersey Devils Hockey and it's Prudential Center has been instrumental to the continued success of our parent sponsor Loose Leaf Corporation. We hope the NHL is able to resolve all labor disputes. We look forward to the return of New Jersey Devils Hockey and Garden State Rebels Basketball."



Getting to know the Manhattan Pride: Seon Jack - by Mike Lee

As the upcoming APBL season approaches, we will begin to highlight the Manhattan Pride roster, one player at a time.

Todays highlighted player is Seon Jack (6'1''-G), a 6'1" guard from Brooklyn. Jack began his collegiate career at Borough of Manhattan Community College during the 2006-07 season. He then joined NYU-Poly during the 2008-09 season and finished his collegiate career with the Fighting Blue Jays.

1. Where and for what teams have you played for throughout your professional career?

The Manhattan Pride is the only team I've played for in my professional career.

2. How long have you been with the Manhattan Pride and what is your role with the team?

I am a sophomore with the Manhattan Pride franchise; this is going to be my ninth month on the team. I have always been interested in the team from first time I heard about it. When they first got started last year around this time, I told Will [team owner] that if he needs any practice players to scrimmage against, don't hesitate to give me a ring. Then during the Christmas break, the team underwent some changes and I got the call.

As for my role on the team, I have more of a defensive and pass first mindset. I like to guard the main ball handler on the opposing squad. I would pick the ball handler up full court to get a feel of his speed, quickness, and ball handling capabilities. Depending on how good he is, I would know how to play him in the half court setting. I can play both guard positions comfortably but I like to play the point position because that way I am able to create more.

3. What do you hope to accomplish as a member of the Manhattan Pride this season? And, where do you ultimately hope to advance to next in your basketball career?

Personally I'd like to average around 10 points, six assists, five rebounds, and three steals for the season. The 10 points is not difficult, but the assists, rebounds and steals would bring the bigger challenge. And overall I hope that there are no injuries or circumstances that would cause anyone to miss any games so that at worst we would be a .500 team.

Like everyone who plays this sport competitively I would like to play at the highest level whether it is in the U.S, Europe, or Asia.

4. Have you thought about life after playing professional basketball? If so, what are your plans once your playing career is completed?

Ive never really given it any kind of serious thought. I work in the construction industry, so I guess as my involvement in professional basketball become less, my involvement in that industry will become more.



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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 12: Leader Libertad Sunchales lose to Atenas - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LigaA.

Top ranked Libertad Sunchales (9-3) recorded its third loss in Cordoba on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Atenas (5-7) 78-60. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio 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 the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 20 points. Atenas maintains sixth position in North with 5-7 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with Olimpico LB. Atenas are looking forward to face Union Progresista (#7) in Villa Angela in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Sionista (#4) in Parana and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Comodoro R.. Seventh ranked GECR Indalo (6-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-best Argentino (7-5) 89-88 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 28 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Kahiem Seawright contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City) replied with 20 points for Argentino. GECR Indalo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place in South. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the third position with five games lost. GECR Indalo will play against league's leader Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Argentino will play at home against Obras in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in La Banda. Second ranked Olimpico de La Banda faced 4th ranked Quimsa. Host Olimpico de La Banda (9-3) defeated guests from Santiado Estero (6-6) 75-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimsa. Worth to mention a great performance of Ariel Pau who helped to win the game recording 25 points. The best for the losing side was Nicolas Aguirre with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda keeps a position of North leader, which they share with Libertad S. Loser Quimsa dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet La Union (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimsa will play against Regatas Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Penarol delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Obras (4-7) 82-76 in Buenos Aires. The winners were led by Marcos Mata who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Penarol (11-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in South. Obras lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be GECR Indalo (#6) in Comodoro R. where they are favorite. Obras will play on the road against Argentino in Junin.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In North Union Progr. was defeated by Sionista in Parana 76-69. Regatas C. beat La Union at home 67-61.
In South 9 de Julio lost to Lanus on the opponent's court 74-79. Boca Jrs unfortunately lost to Wuber-Est.Bahia in a home game 81-95.
The best stats of 12th round was 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists by Javier Martinez of Regatas C..


North
Olimpico LB - Quimsa 75-67

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in La Banda. Second ranked Olimpico de La Banda faced 4th ranked Quimsa. Host Olimpico de La Banda (9-3) defeated guests from Santiado Estero (6-6) 75-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimsa. Quimsa was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-11 charge of Olimpico de La Banda, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Ariel Pau (186-84) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and American forward Cedric McGowan (200-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda keeps a position of North leader, which they share with Libertad S. Loser Quimsa dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet La Union (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimsa will play against Regatas Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 15+5reb, N.Aguirre 14+7reb+2ast, J.Mojica 12+1reb+1ast, R.Stanton 8+2reb+1ast, J.Williams 8+8reb+1ast, E.Villares 6+2reb
Olimpico LB: A.Pau 25+1reb+2ast, C.McGowan 16+9reb, S.Clancy 12+10reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 11+5reb+2ast, H.Salles 7+1reb+2ast, J.Machuca 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 189306


Sionista - Union Progr. 76-69

There was no surprise in Parana where 7th ranked Union Progresista (3-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Sionista (7-5) 76-69. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-10. But Union Progresista won second period 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sionista won last quarter 24-18. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Union Progresista's 20. 31 personal fouls committed by Union Progresista helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Alejandro Zilli (200-82) who scored that evening 18 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds by British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) did not help to save the game for Union Progresista. American forward Adrian Moss (203-81, college: Florida) added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sionista have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in North. Union Progresista lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Sionista's next round opponent will be league's leader Libertad Sunchales on the road and it may be the game of the week. Union Progresista will play against Atenas (#6) in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 17+18reb, C.Schoppler 16+3reb, A.Moss 10+12reb, V.Hugo Cajal 9+2reb+3ast, D.Cavaco 6+2reb+1ast, C.Avalle 5
Sionista: A.Zilli 18+6reb, J.Meyinsse 12+6reb, B.Woodward 12+3reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 10+2reb+2ast, N.Agasse 7+1reb, J.Pittman 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 189305


Atenas - Libertad S. 78-60

Top ranked Libertad Sunchales (9-3) recorded its third loss in Cordoba on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Atenas (5-7) 78-60. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio 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 the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 20 points and Panamanian center Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest) added 3 points and 17 rebounds respectively. Atenas maintains sixth position in North with 5-7 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with Olimpico LB. Atenas are looking forward to face Union Progresista (#7) in Villa Angela in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Sionista (#4) in Parana and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: G.Mikulas 20+3reb+1ast, W.Graves 15+5reb+1ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 8+4reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 6+1reb+2ast, J.Treise 5+3ast, J.Levy 3+17reb+2ast
Atenas: J.Bulfoni 21+1reb+3ast, M.Fierro 18+11reb+2ast, B.Labaque 16+7reb+6ast, R.Gonzalez 8+1reb, D.Guaita 5+1reb, M.Lescano 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 189304


Regatas C. - La Union 67-61

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Regatas Corrientes (8-4) defeated at home 8th ranked La Union (1-11) 67-61. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. La Union was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 42-30 second half run of Regatas Corrientes. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and international power forward Nicolas Romano (199-87) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for La Union. The former international guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position in North with 8-4 record having four points less than leader Penarol. La Union lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero. La Union will play at home against the league's second-placed Olimpico de La Banda.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Lewis 17+8reb, K.Lamonte 14+3reb, N.Gianella 10+7reb+1ast, A.Marin 8+2reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 6+5reb, R.Humphrey 4+5reb
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 18+5reb+9ast, T.Washam 14+3reb+1ast, N.Romano 11+8reb, N.Ferreyra 10+3reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 5+2reb, P.Quinteros 3+2reb
gschID: 189303


South
Obras - Penarol 76-82

Leader Penarol delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Obras (4-7) 82-76 in Buenos Aires. Obras was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 48-39 second half run of Penarol. The winners were led by the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and international point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) by international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) did not help to save the game for Obras. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (188-79) added 19 points. Penarol (11-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in South. Obras lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be GECR Indalo (#6) in Comodoro R. where they are favorite. Obras will play on the road against Argentino in Junin.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Mazzaro 19+1reb+2ast, D.Fitzgerald 16, J.Gutierrez 14+8reb, T.Field 8+6reb+1ast, A.Konsztadt 7+3reb+3ast, M.Osimani 7+4reb+3ast
Penarol: D.Teague 18+3reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 15+7reb+7ast, M.Mata 14+12reb+6ast, L.Gutierrez 10+8reb+2ast, S.Safar 9, L.Rasio 6+4reb
gschID: 189361


Lanus - 9 de Julio 79-74

Very expected game in Buenos Aires where 8th ranked 9 de Julio (2-10) was defeated by third ranked Lanus (8-4) 79-74. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. 9 de Julio was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by 9 de Julio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (184-90) who scored that evening 21 points, 7 assists and 5 steals and American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Robert Hornsby (201-82, college: Troy) did not help to save the game for 9 de Julio. Naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Lanus and five 9 de Julio players scored in double figures. Lanus have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in South. 9 de Julio at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Lanus' next round opponent will be Wuber-Est.Bahia (#4) in Bahia Blanca. 9 de Julio will play at home against Boca Juniors (#5) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
9 de Julio: R.Hornsby 15+7reb+2ast, M.Garcia 15+5reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 14+8reb+1ast, D.Gerbaudo 12+1reb+5ast, E.Nelson 11+7reb, G.Torre 7+1ast
Lanus: N.Laprovittola 21+2reb+7ast, A.Boccia 17+7reb+1ast, R.Battle 13+14reb, W.McFarlan 10+3reb+1ast, F.Martina 8+6reb, P.Prato 7+1ast
gschID: 189362


Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia 81-95

There was a small surprise in Buenos Aires where sixth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (5-7) beat one of their biggest challengers Boca Juniors (5-6) 95-81. The game without a history. Wuber-Est.Bahia 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 Boca Juniors' 40. They outrebounded Boca Juniors 39-19 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American swingman Richard Roby (198-85) who scored that evening 31 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. Even 16 points by the former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Boca Juniors. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 14 points. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to fourth place in South. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires and it may be the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play on the road against 9 de Julio in Rio Tercero.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: M.Stanic 16+2reb+3ast, J.DeGroat 14+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 13+2reb+3ast, F.Migliori 9+2reb, D.Santiago 7+3reb+3ast, F.Van Lacke 6
Wuber-Est.Bahia: R.Roby 31+7reb, L.Blanchard 17+7reb+3ast, M.Fizer 16+2reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 14+5reb+2ast, J.Manuel Torres 11+11reb+1ast, M.Mieres 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 189359


GECR Indalo - Argentino 89-88

Important game to mention about took place in Comodoro R.. Seventh ranked GECR Indalo (6-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-best Argentino (7-5) 89-88 on Sunday evening. GECR Indalo made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Argentino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 28 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). The other American import power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City) replied with 20 points and the former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) added 13 points in the effort for Argentino. Four GECR Indalo and five Argentino players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place in South. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the third position with five games lost. GECR Indalo will play against league's leader Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Argentino will play at home against Obras in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Argentino: K.Lytch 20+3reb, N.De los Santos 13+3reb+3ast, J.Cangelosi 12+1reb, C.Amicucci 12+1reb, F.Funes 11+6reb+2ast, B.Carlwell 11+2reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 28+4reb+1ast, K.Seawright 18+5reb+2ast, J.Robinson 15+4reb+1ast, D.Romero 14+4reb, D.Ciorciari 7+3reb+5ast, S.Scala 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 189360


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Richard ROBY
  Wuber-Es.
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Roby, Wuber-Es.20.2 
 2. Fizer, Wuber-Es.18.9 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras18.2 
 4. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.6 
 5. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.3 
 6. Phillip, Union Pro.16.6 
 7. Pau, Olimpico LB16.5 
 8. Jackson, GECR I.15.9 
 9. Lewis, La Union15.5 
 10. Lytch, Argentino15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.12.7 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.7 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.7 
 4. Seawright, GECR I.9.1 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.8.6 
 6. Fierro, Atenas8.5 
 7. Lewis, La Union8.0 
 8. Nelson, 9 de Julio7.8 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.7.6 
 10. Williams, Quimsa7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.3 
 2. De los Santo., Arg.4.9 
 3. Martinez, Regat.4.6 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa4.4 
 5. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.4.1 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus4.0 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.3.9 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ariel PAU
  Olimpico LB
  (186-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pau, Olimpico LB2.8 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa2.0 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.1.9 
 5. Espinoza, Obras1.9 
 6. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 7. Pittman, Sionista1.8 
 8. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.8 
 9. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 10. Boccia, Lanus1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.7 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 4. Mata, Penarol1.1 
 5. Calderon, Regat.0.9 
 6. Sanchez, Libertad.0.9 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras0.9 
 8. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 9. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.7 
 10. Williams, Quimsa0.7 


Andres Nocioni selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Caja Laboral to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked FIATC Joventut (2-2) 92-76 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Nocioni recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-1) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Nocioni's first year with the team. Nocioni is currently third on the list of top scorers with 17.3ppg. He also averaged so far 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 61.8%(21-34) and FT: 69.2% in the four games he played so far. Nocioni has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Nocioni played also for the Argentinian national team in 2012.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He could not help Givova Scafati (2-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Porta's very good performance Givova Scafati was edged 88-86 at home by the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#3). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Porta also added 4 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Porta averages: 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.7apg, 3.0spg and FT: 75.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Porta played previously for the Italian national team, he played also for the Argentinian national team in 2008.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Mainoldi was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 58-73 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Unicaja Malaga. Mainoldi had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds in 33 minutes. So far Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost all four games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. He belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3 with 7.8rpg. This year Mainoldi's other stats are: 9.3ppg, 3FGP: 21.1% and FT: 81.8% in the four games. Similarly like Porta and Nocioni above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Despite Mainoldi played previously for the Italian national team, he played also for the Argentinian national team in 2012.

Marcos Casini
Marcos Casini
   #4. Point guard Marcos Casini (188-80, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Nuovo Napoli (1-2) in their game against Sigma Barcellona (2-1) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Casini scored 19 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Casini's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. Similarly like three previous players above, Casini also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Casini is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Bernardo Musso
Bernardo Musso
   #5. International guard Bernardo Musso (193-86, currently plays in Italy) led LeGamberi Foods Forlž to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Sigma Barcellona (2-1) 94-92 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for LeGamberi Foods Forlž this season. His team is placed fourth in the Lega2. . Musso holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Musso is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Carlos Sebastian Vico
Carlos Sebastian Vico
   #6. Guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Matera's victory against the tenth-ranked Castelletto (2-3) 70-51 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 16 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. Bawer Matera (4-1) is placed third in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . Vico has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.2apg and 3.0spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Vico is also international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Antonio Porta in the Italian Lega2 last game. Fernandez led C.de Latte BRE to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Givova Scafati (2-1) 88-86. He scored 11 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. . This year Fernandez's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg in the three games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team earlier this year.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #8. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias (0-4) in their game against Real Madrid (4-0) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance last Sunday Richotti recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. . Richotti's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.5apg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Richotti is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Juan Ignacio Jasen
Juan Ignacio Jasen
   #9. International forward Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-85, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (2-2) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. CB Canarias was edged 88-86 on their home court in Tenerife by the leading Real Madrid. was badly defeated 87-68 in Barcelona by the much lower-ranked (#8) Regal FC. . This year Jasen's total stats are: 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Jasen is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Ariel Filloy
Ariel Filloy
   #10. Point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an AcegasAps TR's victory against one of league's weakest teams FCM Ferentino (0-3) 84-79 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points and had 3 steals. Acegas Aps Trieste (2-1) is placed eighth in the Lega2. . This season Filloy has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian U20 national team, Filloy is also international player as years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria in their game against Mazzeo San Severo in the Italian Nazionale A (third division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 16 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes. But his team lost 78-84. Fabi has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.2spg in the five games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Fabi is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #12. Former international forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-81, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Tezenis VE in their game against Tuscany Pistoia in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He scored only 4 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 67-51. Ghersetti has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Angelico Biella crushing them 85-56 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Filloy recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Filloy has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Filloy is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #14. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Arkadia Lions in their game against Xion Dukes in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Despite his very good performance last Sunday He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Bortolin also added 3 blocks. Bortolin is currently first on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.7bpg. Despite Bortolin played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian U17 national team roster.

   #15. Former international point guard Andres Forray (187-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Prima Veroli 74-56 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Forray scored 8 points in 26 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg in the three games. Despite Forray played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.


Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
North
 1. Libertad S. 9-3 
 2. Olimpico LB 9-3 
 3. Regatas C. 8-4 
 4. Sionista 7-5 
 5. Quimsa 6-6 
 6. Atenas 5-7 
 7. Union Progr. 3-9 
 8. La Union 1-11 
South
 1. Penarol 11-2 
 2. Lanus 8-4 
 3. Argentino 7-5 
 4. GECR Indalo 6-7 
 5. Boca Jrs 5-6 
 6. Wuber-Est.Bahia 5-7 
 7. Obras 4-7 
 8. 9 de Julio 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

South

Oct. 21: GECR Indalo - Argentino 89-88
Oct. 21: Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia 81-95
Oct. 21: Lanus - 9 de Julio 79-74

North

Oct. 21: Atenas - Libertad S. 78-60

South

Oct. 21: Obras - Penarol 76-82

North

Oct. 21: Sionista - Union Progr. 76-69
Oct. 21: Olimpico LB - Quimsa 75-67
Oct. 21: Regatas C. - La Union 67-61

Regular Season: Round 13

North

Oct. 26: Quimsa - Regatas C.
Oct. 26: Union Progr. - Atenas
Oct. 26: Libertad S. - Sionista
Oct. 26: La Union - Olimpico LB

South

Oct. 26: 9 de Julio - Boca Jrs
Oct. 26: Penarol - GECR Indalo
Oct. 26: Argentino - Obras
Oct. 26: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Lanus



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Championship game is postponed due to security reasons - by Eurobasket News

Asia Club Championship Final game has been postponed due to security reasons. The turbulent situation in the Lebanese capital forced the Fiba Asia to make a decision of putting off the game for a later date. The rumours have it that the game might be played in Dubai next week. However no decision has been made at this time.
Riyadi and Mahram were scheduled to play the title game tonight in Beirut.



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Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: 36ers - Taipans 85-81
Oct. 21: Hawks - Crocodiles 84-66
Oct. 19: Breakers - Crocodiles 73-71
Oct. 19: Kings - Taipans 68-88
Oct. 21: Tigers - Wildcats 65-74

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Tigers - Breakers
Oct. 26: Crocodiles - Kings
Oct. 28: 36ers - Hawks
Oct. 28: Taipans - Kings


Vukona wins Round 3 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

A stand-out double-double' performance by New Zealand Breakers veteran Mika Vukona (198-F-82) has seen him capture the National Basketball League's Player of the Week award for Round Three of the iiNet NBL Championship.

Vukona recorded double-figures in two key statistical categories in his team's 73-71 home win over the Townsville Crocodiles on Friday. The Fijian-born star scored 15 points and amassed 15 rebounds, as well as adding three assists and three steals. He made 6-of-11 field goal attempts, shooting at an accurate 55%.

The 198cm athletic forward fired his team up early in the game with some strong words in a team time-out and then led by example, making two key defensive plays down the stretch to seal the narrow win.

Vukona took out the Round Three honours from Adelaide's Adam Gibson. The 2012 Olympian had a game-high 21 points as well as five rebounds, two assists and two steals as the 36ers defeated the Cairns Taipans 85-81 at the Adelaide Arena on Saturday.

Cairns Taipans import Jamar Wilson was also a strong candidate for the weekly honour after helping his team to a split of their road-double in Round Three.

Wilson had 22 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Snakes opened the round with an 88-68 win over Sydney on Friday. The lightning quick guard then backed up with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Taipans' 85-81 loss to Adelaide the next night.

Other leading contenders for Player of the Week in Round Three included Adris Deleon (Wollongong), Luke Schenscher (Adelaide), Kevin Lisch (Perth), Matt Knight (Perth), Gary Ervin (Townsville), Oscar Forman (Wollongong), Ben Madgen (Sydney), Seth Scott (Melbourne) and Kevin Braswell (Melbourne).


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Lisch, Wildcats18.7 
 2. Johnson, 36ers17.3 
 3. Tragardh, Taipans17.0 
 4. Madgen, Kings16.0 
 5. Lazare, Kings16.0 
 6. Scott, Tigers15.7 
 7. Redhage, Wildcats15.7 
 8. Gibson, 36ers15.0 
 9. Wilson, Taipans14.8 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke SCHENSCHER
  36ers
  (216-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Schenscher, 36ers9.3 
 2. Vukona, Breakers9.0 
 3. Forman, Hawks9.0 
 4. Holmes, Crocodiles9.0 
 5. Knight, Wildcats8.0 
 6. Scott, Tigers8.0 
 7. Lazare, Kings7.7 
 8. Johnson, 36ers7.3 
 9. Hill, Taipans7.3 
 10. Martin, Wildcats7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.7 
 2. Braswell, Tigers5.0 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 4. Martin, Wildcats4.0 
 5. Henry, Kings4.0 
 6. Gibson, 36ers3.7 
 7. Bruce, Kings3.3 
 8. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
 9. Vukona, Breakers3.3 
 10. Cadee, 36ers3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Tigers
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Braswell, Tigers3.3 
 2. Edwards, Taipans2.3 
 3. Vukona, Breakers2.0 
 4. Jackson, Breakers2.0 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles2.0 
 6. Henry, Kings1.7 
 7. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 8. Redhage, Wildcats1.7 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.7 
 10. Schenscher, 36ers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Pledger, Breakers3.3 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers2.7 
 3. Scott, Tigers1.7 
 4. Garlepp, Kings1.7 
 5. Forman, Hawks1.3 
 6. Tragardh, Taipans1.3 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
 8. Edwards, Taipans0.8 
 9. Burston, Tigers0.7 
 10. Gruber, Hawks0.7 


Aaron Baynes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aaron Baynes
Aaron Baynes
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Aaron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Slovenia. He could not help Union Olimpija (1-1) in their last game. Despite Baynes' good performance the fourth-placed Union Olimpija lost 75-81 at home to the leading Fenerbahce Ulker in the group A of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Baynes' first year with the team. Baynes is the league's best rebounder with 12.0rpg. He also averaged so far 15.0ppg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 75.0% in the two games he played so far. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Despite he played previously for the New Zealand national team, Baynes played also for the Australian national team in 2012.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He was not able to help Lokomotiv (1-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Maric's very good performance Lokomotiv (#7) was defeated 81-74 on the road by the lower-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#8) in the group B of VTB United League. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. Maric also added and 3 steals. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Maric's first year with the team. Maric is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 12.0rpg and FT: 46.2%. Maric played for the Australian national team in 2012.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the ninth-ranked Erdemir (1-1) 83-78 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Andersen recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (2-0) is placed second in the TBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Andersen averages: 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg in the two games. He played for the Australian national team years ago.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #4. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for G.Canaria 2014 (2-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Newley's good performance G.Canaria 2014 was defeated 74-63 in Sevilla by the lower-ranked Cajasol (#14). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Newley also added 6 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Newley's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Newley used to play for the Australian national team earlier this year.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #5. Former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain) helped Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the 12th-ranked CAI Zaragoza (2-2) 65-50 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 17 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (2-2) is placed eighth in the ACB. . Jawai is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders with 7.0rpg. This year he also averages: 5.8ppg in the four games. Jawai used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #6. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Ingles was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (0-2) 67-49. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (2-0) is placed second in group D. Ingles' overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is international player as he played for the Australian senior team years ago.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #7. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) led UCAM Murcia to a 2-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (0-4) 77-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Barlow had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 32 minutes. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. . This year Barlow's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the four games. He used to play for the Australian national team earlier this year.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #8. Swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) led Oradea to an easy victory against the league outsider Miercurea Ciuc (0-4) 94-78 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. Dillon recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. CSM Oradea (4-0) is placed first in the Division A. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. . Dillon's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #9. An experienced international forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region in a victory against the fifth-ranked BC Donetsk (1-2) 72-58 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Nielsen scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (3-0) is placed second in group A. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. . This year Nielsen's total stats are: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. He used to play for the Australian national team earlier this year.

Rhys Carter
Rhys Carter
   #10. Point guard Rhys Carter (190-84, currently plays in Sweden) helped Uppsala Basket win their game against the tenth-ranked LF Basket (2-3) 96-89 in the Swedish Basketligan in Wednesday night's game. Carter recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his five free throws). Uppsala Basket (3-2) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. . Carter is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (first place). This season he has very good stats: 11.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 2.4spg. Carter is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) couldn't help Science City Jena (1-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Science City Jena lost 92-98 in Paderborn to the much higher-ranked (#8) Finke Baskets. Jeka was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 assists in 31 minutes. This year Jeka has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.4apg in the five games. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Jeka is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #12. International power forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against one of league's weakest teams Szolnok crushing them 97-72 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and had 3 steals. Worthington has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Australian national team earlier this year.

   #13. International center Mick Pennisi (210-75, college: E.Michigan, currently plays in Philippines), who plays in the Filipino PBA couldn't help Barako Bull (2-2) in their last game. Despite Pennisi's good performance Barako Bull (#6) was badly defeated 102-86 on their home court in Quezon by the higher-ranked (#5) Alaska Aces in the Philippine Cup group. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Pennisi's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Filipino national team, Pennisi is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-85, currently plays in Germany) led Duesseldorf Baskets to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule 76-57 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 11 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.0apg. Despite he played previously for the Greek national team, Tzakopoulos is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Josh Duinker (210-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Caceres Basket (1-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Caceres Basket was crushed 91-67 in Coruna by the second-ranked Leyma Basquet. Duinker scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg in the three games. Despite Duinker played previously for the Dutch national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris GRADNIGO
  Oberwart
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Gradnigo, Oberwart26.0 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels26.0 
 3. Dale, UBSC G.24.0 
 4. Gilchrese, UBSC G.23.0 
 5. Pearson, Furstenf.22.5 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg22.0 
 7. Nagler, Klostern.19.3 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna18.7 
 9. Lamesic, Wels18.7 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.11.5 
 2. Trmal, BC Vienna11.3 
 3. Heard, Gussing9.7 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden9.0 
 5. Speiser, St.Polten9.0 
 6. Cox, Furstenfeld8.0 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.7 
 8. Lanegger, Klostern.7.0 
 9. Lamesic, Wels7.0 
 10. Lanegger, UBSC G.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giovonne WOODS
  Kapfenberg
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Woods, Kapfenberg8.0 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. O''Neal, Furstenfeld5.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.5.3 
 5. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.7 
 6. Pryor, Kapfenberg4.5 
 7. Bobb, Klosterneub.4.3 
 8. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 9. Ahmetbasic, Wels4.0 
 10. Dale, UBSC G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lorenzo O''NEAL
  Furstenfeld
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.0 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna2.3 
 3. Shaw, Kapfenberg2.0 
 4. Pryor, Kapfenberg2.0 
 5. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.0 
 6. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 7. Graf, Arkadia1.7 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden1.7 
 9. Arnold, Gmunden1.7 
 10. Klepeisz, Gussing1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Matias BORTOLIN
  Arkadia
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bortolin, Arkadia1.7 
 2. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.5 
 3. Washington, Wels1.3 
 4. Greimeister, Klost.1.3 
 5. Shaw, Kapfenberg1.0 
 6. Pearson, Furstenf.1.0 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.7 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna0.7 
 9. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 10. Woods, Kapfenberg0.5 


Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland). He led Asseco Prokom Gdynia to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (3-1) 73-70 in the Polish TBL in Sunday night's game. Mahalbasic was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (3-1) is placed second in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Mahalbasic's first year with the team. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 70.8%(17-24) and FT: 61.5% in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Despite Mahalbasic played previously for the Slovenian national team, he played also for the Austrian national team in 2012.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). Schreiner managed to help B.C. River Andorra to win against the tenth-ranked Meridiano Alicante (1-2) 79-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He scored 5 points and added 5 assists. B.C. River Andorra (20-10) is placed in the LEB Gold. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Schreiner is currently third on the list of most steals. This season he averages: 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%. Schreiner played for the Austrian national team in 2012.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward Matej Kljaic (193-91, currently plays in Croatia). He contributed to an overtime Djuro Djakovic's victory against the sixth-ranked Jolly (1-2) 89-85 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. Kljaic scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (3-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kljaic has been at the team for four years. This season he averages just 1.3ppg, 2FGP: 66.7% in the three games. Kljaic is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Croatian. He played for the Austrian U16 national team five years ago.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #4. Shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Schreiner and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Maresch contributed to a 2-point River Andorra's victory against the tenth-ranked Meridiano Alicante (1-2) 79-77. He scored only 2 points. Maresch's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Austrian national team earlier this year.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83) plays for Montepaschi Siena in Italian SerieA
Jason Detrick (195-SF-80) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Jamie Kohn (195-G-89) plays for Tees Valley Mohawks in British EBL D1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga



A Bundesliga Round 3: BC Vienna takes a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Vienna as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Vienna smashed 3rd placed Gussing Knights in Wien 74-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gussing Knights. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BC Vienna dominated on the defensive end, holding Gussing Knights to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Gussing Knights 38-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BC Vienna 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 UBSC Graz. Gussing Knights at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Klosterneub. and Wels. Gussing Knights will play next round against strong UBSC Graz trying to get back on the winning streak. BC Vienna will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart on the road.
Gmunden Swans (#10) forced the game against Raiffeisen Wels (#5) into an overtime, but lost by four points 103-107. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). DeVaughn Washington accounted for 23 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Gmunden Swans in the defeat. Gmunden Swans' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raiffeisen Wels (2-1) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Gussing. Gmunden Swans at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Arkadia and St.Polten. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Arkadia Lions (#9) in Traiskirchen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round.
The game in Furstenfeld was also quite interesting. Leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (0-2). Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Chris Gradnigo who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Maurice Pearson who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Redwell Gunners Oberwart moved-up to third place. Loser Furstenfeld Panthers still closes the standings with two games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home league's leader BC Vienna in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 winless Arkadia lost to Klosterneub. on the opponent's court 64-78. UBSC Graz managed to outperform St.Polten in a home game 79-70.


BC Vienna - Gussing 74-54

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Vienna as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Vienna smashed 3rd placed Gussing Knights in Wien 74-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gussing Knights. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BC Vienna dominated on the defensive end, holding Gussing Knights to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Gussing Knights 38-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. Four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) scored 12 points. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BC Vienna 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 UBSC Graz. Gussing Knights at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Klosterneub. and Wels. Gussing Knights will play next round against strong UBSC Graz trying to get back on the winning streak. BC Vienna will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart on the road.
Top scorers:
Gussing: M.Heard 19+8reb, S.Koch 12+2reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 6+3reb+1ast, C.Astl 4+2reb+1ast, E.Kadic 4+4reb, M.Klepeisz 4+1reb
BC Vienna: S.Ray 22+8reb+2ast, I.Boylan 15+1reb+6ast, F.Trmal 12+10reb, B.Danek 11+3reb+4ast, Z.Rakocevic 7+8reb+1ast, J.Francois 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 179573


Klosterneub. - Arkadia 78-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions' (0-3) road loss to seventh ranked Xion Dukes (2-1) 64-78 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. Arkadia Lions managed to win third quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xion Dukes forced 19 Arkadia Lions turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) who scored 17 points. The former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Argentinian-Italian center Matias Bortolin (205-93, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Wels and Gussing. Loser Arkadia Lions still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with St.Polten and Gmunden. Xion Dukes will meet bottom-ranked St.Polten (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Arkadia Lions will play against Raiffeisen Wels and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: M.Bortolin 20+11reb+1ast, M.Graf 16+5reb+1ast, R.Spasojevic 16+7reb+4ast, P.Skurdauskas 6+6reb+2ast, O.Sturm 4, T.Stadelmann 2+6reb+2ast
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 17+2reb+2ast, C.Nagler 16+2reb+3ast, R.Suljanovic 11+4reb, C.Greimeister 8+6reb, M.Lanegger 7+4reb+5ast, K.Payton 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 179572


UBSC Graz - St.Polten 79-70

Very predictable result when leader UBSC Graz (3-0) defeated at home bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-3) 79-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. UBSC Graz dominated on the defensive end, holding St.Polten to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Michael Anthony Dale (197-84, college: S.Illinois) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. Gilchrese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively. UBSC Graz have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with BC Vienna. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Arkadia and Gmunden. UBSC Graz will meet Gussing Knights (#4) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against Xion Dukes (#5) in Klosterneuburg and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: M.Kohlmaier 21+5reb, M.Speiser 19+9reb, T.Csebits 8+2reb+3ast, A.Worenz 6+3ast, I.Bozic 6+2reb+1ast, L.Gvozden 6+1reb+2ast
UBSC Graz: E.Gilchrese 24+8reb+2ast, M.Anthony Dale 24+4reb+5ast, M.Stegnjaic 11+5reb+2ast, A.Heuberger 7+3reb, C.Knor 6+1reb, S.Schaal 4+1ast
gschID: 179574


Wels - Gmunden 107-103 OT

Gmunden Swans (#10) forced the game against Raiffeisen Wels (#5) into an overtime, but lost by four points 103-107. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 33-27 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-13. Raiffeisen Wels made 34-of-39 charity shots (87.2 percent) during the game. Gmunden Swans were plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) accounted for 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Gmunden Swans in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raiffeisen Wels (2-1) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Gussing. Gmunden Swans at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Arkadia and St.Polten. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Arkadia Lions (#9) in Traiskirchen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 24+6reb+6ast, J.Brown 17+6reb+1ast, R.Arnold 17+9reb, R.Poiger 12+1reb+1ast, E.Murati 10+1reb+1ast, M.Oppland 8+2reb
Wels: T.Tiedeman 28+3reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 25+8reb+5ast, D.Washington 23+8reb+2ast, M.Ahmetbasic 13+7reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 11+3reb+3ast, R.Vieider 6
gschID: 179571


Furstenfeld - Oberwart 76-82

The game in Furstenfeld was also quite interesting. Leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (0-2). Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Chris Gradnigo (200-89, college: Co.Carolina) who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Mario Edwards (191, college: Co.Carolina) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Cor-J Cox (195, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: TSS Management) added 21 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Redwell Gunners Oberwart moved-up to third place. Loser Furstenfeld Panthers still closes the standings with two games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home league's leader BC Vienna in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: C.Cox 21+10reb+3ast, M.Pearson 18+15reb+2ast, L.O'Neal 12+2reb+5ast, S.Grum 9+1reb+3ast, I.Zejak 6+2reb, B.Cresnar 6+4reb+1ast
Oberwart: C.Gradnigo 29+5reb+2ast, M.Edwards 19+4reb+4ast, D.Gant 12+4reb, H.Ochsenhofer 8+5reb+5ast, J.Johnson 6+8reb, H.Artner 5
gschID: 179570


Standings - A Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: UBSC Graz - St.Polten 79-70
Oct. 21: Klosterneub. - Arkadia 78-64
Oct. 20: Furstenfeld - Oberwart 76-82
Oct. 22: BC Vienna - Gussing 74-54
Oct. 20: Wels - Gmunden 107-103 OT

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: St.Polten - Klosterneub.
Oct. 27: Gussing - UBSC Graz
Oct. 27: Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld
Oct. 27: Oberwart - BC Vienna
Oct. 28: Arkadia - Wels



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  BAHAMAS   


Trevor Harvey selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Harvey
Trevor Harvey
   #1. This week's number one is former U21 international center Trevor Harvey (211-80, college: Florida St., currently plays in Romania). He led Giurgiu to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams CS Farul Constanca (0-4) 87-71 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. Harvey recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. CSS Giurgiu (3-1) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Harvey's first year with the team. Harvey is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 75.0%(18-24), 3FGP: 75.0% and FT: 53.8%. Harvey played for the Bahamas U21 national team twelve years ago.

Magnum Rolle
Magnum Rolle
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL. He could not help Mitsubishi Dolphins (1-5) in their last game. Despite Rolle's very good performance Mitsubishi Dolphins were badly defeated 63-47 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Hitachi Sunrockers. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Rolle's third season in pro basketball. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Rolle is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers with 14.7ppg. This year his other stats are: 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.3% and FT: 27.3% in the six games he played so far. Rolle played for the Bahamas national team in 2007.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division. Davis was not able to help Marso NYKK (1-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Marso NYKK was edged 78-75 at home by the higher-ranked Jaszberenyi (#5). Davis recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Davis belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This season he has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.5bpg, 1.5spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Davis played for the Bahamas national team years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #4. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to secure a victory for Starwings (0-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Starwings lost 77-89 in Nyon to the higher-ranked (#7) BBC Nyon. Burrows had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 6 blocks in 38 minutes. So far Starwings lost all three games in the Regular Season. . Burrows is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very solid stats this year: 13.0ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.7apg and 3.0bpg in the three games. Burrows used to play for the Bahamas national team earlier this year.

Jamaal Douglas
Jamaal Douglas
   #5. International forward Jamaal Douglas (201-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Estonia couldn't help Tln Kalev (0-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Tln Kalev was crushed 101-53 in Prienai by the leading Rudupis in the group C of Baltic League. Douglas was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Douglas' overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Bahamas national team earlier this year.

Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss
   #6. An experienced power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Lechugueros (5-10) in their game against Halcones UV Xalapa (14-1) in the Mexican LNBP (second division). Moss scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Lechugueros was crushed 122-100 in Xalapa by the leading Halcones UV. It was Lechugueros' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Moss' overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the two games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bahamas senior team eight years ago.

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

   #1. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga could not help Nitra (3-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Nitra was badly defeated 102-84 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) SKP Banska Bystrica. Cadot was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 3 blocks in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Cadot's first season in pro basketball. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Cadot's first year with the team. Cadot is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Cadot averages: 16.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg in the four games he played so far.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Klay Thompson (198-G-90) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Dynile Forbes (188-G-86) plays for Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi in Spanish LEB Silver
Torrington Cox (201-F-85) plays for Al Jahraa in Kuwaiti D1



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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

19-year old guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Naglis Palangos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Naglis Palangos as his team lost the game against Siauliai (#2, 3-1) 71-95. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Naglis Palangos maintains the 4th position in Baltic League . Naglis Palangos 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. Mockevicius turned to be Naglis Palangos' top player in his first season with the team. Mantas Mockevicius averages just after three games 14.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Yancy Gates (206-F-89) of top-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes. He is American forward in his first season at Pieno Zvaigzdes. In the last game Gates recorded impressive 25 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Pieno Zvaigzdes to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Valmiera (#2, 2-1) 100-75. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Pieno Zvaigzdes consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Gates is a newcomer at Pieno Zvaigzdes and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) of league's leader Ventspils. Timma scored 15 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ventspils, leading his team to a 78-74 win against the lower-ranked TTU (#5, 1-2). Ventspils started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Timma 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. Timma has a great season in Baltic League. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Papa Dia (208-F-87) of Siauliai - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Nerijus Varnelis (201-F-78) of Juventus - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Ventspils - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) of Rudupis - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) of Siauliai - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86) of Rudupis - 14 points, 7 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)



Round 5: Pieno Zvaigzdes defeat Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Latvian Valmiera (2-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (2-0) 100-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Pieno Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Booker Woodfox (183-86, college: Creighton) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Valmiera. Pieno Zvaigzdes keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lietkabelis. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Sakalai. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Second ranked Siauliai outleveled visiting Naglis Palangos (1-2) 95-71. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and Klym Artamonov chipped in 5 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Coach Gediminas Petrauskas's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) responded with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Siauliai maintains second place with 3-1 record behind leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Naglis Palangos at the other side keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naglis Palangos will play on the road against the league's leader Ventspils (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lithuanian Juventus (1-2) against fourth ranked Latvian Liepaja (2-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Juventus were defeated by Liepaja in a tough game in Liepaja 77-85. Ernestas Ezerskis nailed 20 points for the winning side. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Nerijus Varnelis came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for Juventus in the defeat. Liepaja moved-up to third place, which they share with Barons kvartals. Loser Juventus dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play against the league's leader TU/Rock (#1) in Tartu.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Latvian Barons kvartals (2-2) against fifth ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (1-2) on Saturday night. Host Barons kvartals were defeated by BC Rakvere in a tough game in Riga 79-87. The best player for the winners was Reimo Tamm who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Rakvere left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Barons kvartals at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be Tln Kalev (#6) in Tallinn.
An interesting game for Lithuanian Siauliai (3-1) which hosted in Siauliai second-ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (2-3). Second ranked Siauliai had an easy win 89-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barsy Atyrau. Papa Dia orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Siauliai maintains second place with 3-1 record behind leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Defending Kazakhstan champion Barsy Atyrau dropped to the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Ventspils smashed Rapla on the road 93-54. Rudupis destroyed Tln Kalev on its own court 101-53. Ventspils managed to outperform TTU in a road game 78-74. Nevezis rolled over Tln Kalev at home 77-46. Jelgava lost to undefeated TU/Rock on the opponent's court 66-85. Sakalai smashed Tarvas in a home game 89-66.


Siauliai - Naglis Palangos 95-71

One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Second ranked Siauliai outleveled visiting Naglis Palangos (1-2) 95-71. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Naglis Palangos was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai shot 65.0 percent from the field. Siauliai outrebounded Naglis Palangos 38-20 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Siauliai players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Naglis Palangos' players. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and Ukrainian point guard Klym Artamonov (183-93) chipped in 5 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Coach Gediminas Petrauskas's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) responded with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) scored 22 points. Siauliai maintains second place with 3-1 record behind leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Naglis Palangos at the other side keep the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naglis Palangos will play on the road against the league's leader Ventspils (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: L.Samenas 28+2reb+2ast, V.Liutych 14+3reb+3ast, A.Kieza 12+7reb+3ast, C.Simon 12+4reb, P.Dia 9+3reb+2ast, J.Jucikas 6+2reb
Naglis Palangos: M.Mockevicius 30+7reb+4ast, E.Lengvinas 22+3reb, P.Brown 12+2reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 4+5reb+3ast, M.Kasiulevicius 3+1reb+1ast, M.Budrys 0+1reb
gschID: 198120


Liepaja - Juventus 85-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lithuanian Juventus (1-2) against fourth ranked Latvian Liepaja (2-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Juventus were defeated by Liepaja in a tough game in Liepaja 77-85. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lithuanian point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (187-87) nailed 20 points for the winning side and point guard Ingus Jakovics (185-93) accounted for 20 points. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Darrick Leonard (190-84, college: Aurora) added 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja moved-up to third place, which they share with Barons kvartals. Loser Juventus dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play against the league's leader TU/Rock (#1) in Tartu.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: E.Ezerskis 20+4reb+3ast, I.Jakovics 20+1reb+2ast, P.Pastusena 13+3reb, A.Helmanis 11+3reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 8+5reb+1ast, R.Magone 5+4reb
Juventus: N.Varnelis 16+15reb+3ast, D.Leonard 16+9reb+5ast, A.Cepulis 13+5reb, L.Kisielius 13+2reb, P.Morkeliunas 7+5reb, K.Petrukonis 5+3reb
gschID: 198115


Rapla - Ventspils 54-93

No shocking result in a game when leader Latvian Ventspils (4-0) crushed on the road bottom-ranked Estonian Rapla (0-3) 93-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapla to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Ventspils shot 25 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Rapla only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Rapla 39-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rapla was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Martins Laksa (200-90, agency: FCM) contributed with 19 points for the winners. point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) answered with 11 points and 4 steals and power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) added 8 points in the effort for Rapla. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ventspils have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with TU/Rock. Loser Rapla still closes the standings with three games lost. Ventspils will face Naglis Palangos (#4) in Palanga in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: M.Laksa 19+3reb+2ast, V.Teel 17+9reb+2ast, A.Berzins 15+4reb, J.Timma 9+3reb, D.Sims 7+2reb+2ast, M.Meiers 6+4reb+1ast
Rapla: R.Laane 11+3ast, A.Parn 8+1ast, R.Ringmets 8+3reb+3ast, M.Paasoja 5+3reb, M.Jurtom 5+5reb+1ast, R.Nurger 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198119


Barons kvartals - Tarvas 79-87

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Latvian Barons kvartals (2-2) against fifth ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (1-2) on Saturday night. Host Barons kvartals were defeated by BC Rakvere in a tough game in Riga 79-87. It looked good early as Barons kvartals took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Rakvere had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Barons kvartals were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-87. BC Rakvere forced 22 Barons kvartals turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and point guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five BC Rakvere and four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Rakvere left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Barons kvartals at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be Tln Kalev (#6) in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Tamm 21+8reb+8ast, R.Lindmets 18+8reb+1ast, M.Laksa 18+6reb, J.Umbrasko 16+9reb+4ast, K.Saks 12+2reb+1ast, I.Pilk 2+2reb+2ast
Barons kvartals: I.Bergmanis 22+4reb+4ast, M.Gulbis 21+7reb+1ast, S.Metra 17+8reb+8ast, D.Zonne 12+3reb, J.Rozitis 3+5reb+1ast, A.Epners 2+2reb
gschID: 198118


Rudupis - Tln Kalev 101-53

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Estonian Tln Kalev (0-4) was smashed by leader Lithuanian Rudupis (5-0) in Prienai 101-53 on Saturday. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tln Kalev's 36. Rudupis forced 19 Tln Kalev turnovers and outrebounded them 45-27 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Tln Kalev's players. Forward Arnas Labuckas (203-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Bahamas forward Jamaal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rudupis have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Loser Tln Kalev still closes the standings with four games lost. Rudupis will face league's second-placed Sakalai in Vilnius in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tln Kalev will play on the road against BC Rakvere (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Labuckas 22+5reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 21+4reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 14+7reb+2ast, S.Vene 11+8reb+3ast, T.Slezas 9+3reb+5ast, A.Valeika 8+3reb
Tln Kalev: I.Okoye 14+7reb+3ast, J.Douglas 11+8reb, J.Vahter 8+1ast, M.Campbell 5+1reb+2ast, R.Roos 4+1reb+4ast, M.Kurg 3+2reb
gschID: 198117


Siauliai - Barsy Atyrau 89-71

An interesting game for Lithuanian Siauliai (3-1) which hosted in Siauliai second-ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (2-3). Second ranked Siauliai had an easy win 89-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barsy Atyrau. The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Siauliai shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Barsy Atyrau only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Barsy Atyrau 43-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Center Ovidijus Galdikas (217-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Ukrainian guard Dmitri Dyatlovsky (196-85, agency: Promotex) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Barsy Atyrau. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Siauliai maintains second place with 3-1 record behind leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Defending Kazakhstan champion Barsy Atyrau dropped to the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: P.Dia 20+10reb+1ast, A.Kieza 12+6reb+4ast, O.Galdikas 12+12reb, L.Samenas 11+3reb+1ast, V.Liutych 10+3reb+2ast, K.Artamonov 7+1reb+2ast
Barsy Atyrau: V.Matyukevych 18+5reb, D.Dyatlovsky 11+3reb+6ast, E.Zelionis 10+9reb, M.Evstigneev 9+6reb+1ast, R.Tuleu 8+1reb+3ast, Y.Skrypets 6+2reb
gschID: 198116


TTU - Ventspils 74-78

Rather predictable result when leader Latvian Ventspils (4-0) won against 5th ranked Estonian TTU (1-2) in Tallinn 78-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TTU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds. American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) answered with 24 points and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for TTU. Ventspils have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with TU/Rock. Loser TTU dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Ventspils will face Naglis Palangos (#4) in Palanga in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: D.Sims 22+1reb, J.Timma 15+19reb+2ast, A.Berzins 9+5reb, M.Meiers 8+3reb, M.Laksa 7+3reb, U.Pinete 5
TTU: K.Akenparg 24+3ast, A.Arnold 12+6reb, M.Saarmets 11+6reb+1ast, K.Keres 9+3reb+4ast, E.Keedus 9+5reb+5ast, S.Raudla 8+4reb
gschID: 198114


Nevezis - Tln Kalev 77-46

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Estonian Tln Kalev's (0-4) road loss to fifth ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (1-2) in Kedainiai 46-77 on Friday. The game without a history. Nevezis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tln Kalev to just 7 points in second quarter. Nevezis dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Tln Kalev's 24. They outrebounded Tln Kalev 41-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Point guard Paulius Semaska (184-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) contributed with 14 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Nevezis players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Tln Kalev. Tln Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nevezis left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. It was Tln Kalev's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Nevezis will have a break next round. Tln Kalev will play on the road against BC Rakvere (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: M.Girdziunas 14+2reb+3ast, P.Semaska 14+5reb+2ast, V.Jasikevicius 12+3reb+3ast, J.Zohore Bergstedt 10+6reb, T.Bishop 8+9reb+1ast, D.Silinskis 8+6reb
Tln Kalev: I.Okoye 17+5reb+2ast, J.Vahter 9+6reb+3ast, M.Campbell 9+6reb+5ast, E.Luts 6+1reb, J.Douglas 3+4reb+1ast, R.Roos 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 198113


TU/Rock - Jelgava 85-66

Everything went according to plan when leader Estonian TU/Rock (4-0) outplayed 5th ranked Latvian Jelgava (1-3) in Tartu 85-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Jelgava was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Jelgava only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Jelgava 47-34 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88) contributed with 20 points for the winners. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) answered with 14 points and 9 assists and American center Aaron Brackett (204-90, college: NC-Greensboro) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. Five Jelgava players scored in double figures. TU/Rock have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Ventspils. Loser Jelgava keeps the fifth position with three games lost. TU/Rock will face Juventus (#4) in Utena in the next round.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: T.Kurbas 20+3reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 14+11reb+1ast, K.Saage 10+3reb+1ast, V.Allingu 10+3reb, V.Kriisa 7+5reb+4ast, I.Nelyubov 6+9reb
Jelgava: S.Silavs 14+2reb+9ast, A.Duselis 12+5reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 12+4reb+3ast, A.Brackett 12+10reb, A.Justovics 11+6reb, K.Paegle 3+2reb
gschID: 198112


Valmiera - Pieno Zvaigzdes 75-100

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Latvian Valmiera (2-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (2-0) 100-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Pieno Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Booker Woodfox (183-86, college: Creighton) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Viktors Iljins (212-91) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Pieno Zvaigzdes keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lietkabelis. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Sakalai. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Y.Gates 25+9reb+1ast, B.Woodfox 15+2reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 14+2reb+1ast, T.Biggs 12+4reb, P.Beliavicius 11+1reb+2ast, T.Hughes 11+2reb+1ast
Valmiera: J.Berzins 14+8reb+1ast, P.Veselovs 14+2reb, V.Iljins 12+8reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 8+5reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 8+6reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 198111


Sakalai - Tarvas 89-66

Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Lithuanian Sakalai and 5th ranked Estonian BC Rakvere had identical 1-1 record. This time Sakalai used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Rakvere 89-66 on Friday night. The game without a history. Sakalai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sakalai outrebounded BC Rakvere 48-34 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Rakvere was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Tomas Cerneckis (190-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Sakalai players scored in double figures. point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (200-84, college: Westfield St.) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BC Rakvere. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sakalai (2-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Valmiera. Loser BC Rakvere dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Sakalai will face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Rakvere will play at home against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: A.Kiausas 19+3reb+1ast, T.Cerneckis 15+7reb+2ast, P.Dambrauskas 12+4reb+5ast, J.Sinica 12+9reb+1ast, P.Balocka 11+7reb+2ast, R.Matulis 6+9reb+1ast
Tarvas: J.Umbrasko 12+4reb, R.Tamm 12+7reb+3ast, R.Lindmets 9+8reb+1ast, K.Saks 8+3reb, M.Laksa 8+5reb+1ast, O.Metsalu 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 198110



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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League). He was the major contributor in Siauliai's victory against the fourth-ranked Naglis Palangos (1-2) crushing them 95-71 in the Baltic League in Monday night's game. Liutych scored 14 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes on the court. BC Siauliai (3-1) is placed second in group A. Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 64.0%(16-25) in the four games he played so far. He played for the Belarusian senior national team years ago.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (1-1) to beat Banvit BK (1-1). He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Olin Edirne was defeated 62-51 on the road by the much higher-ranked Banvit BK (#5). But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Parakhouski's first year with the team. This season Parakhouski averages: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 46.7% and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Belarusian national team in 2012.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the ninth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (1-3) 74-68 in the VTB United League on Monday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Unics Kazan (2-1) is placed fourth in group A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Veremeenko has been at the team for five years. This season Veremeenko's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.1% and FT: 62.5% in the three games. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Despite Veremeenko played previously for the Russian national team, he played also for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy) led AcegasAps TR to a victory against one of league's weakest teams FCM Ferentino (0-3) 84-79 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Meshcharakou scored 12 points in a mere 16 minutes. Acegas Aps Trieste (2-1) is placed eighth in the Lega2. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Meshcharakou's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team earlier this year.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #5. An experienced former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) was not able to help Mazeikiai (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kojenets' good performance Mazeikiai was defeated 80-71 in Marijampole by the lower-ranked Suduva-Mantinga (#8). He scored 14 points. . It's Kojenets' first season with the team. Kojenets has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help BC Nizhny Novgorod to win against the tenth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (0-3) crushing them 93-66 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Yurchyk scored only 4 points. BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-0) is placed third in group B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Yurchyk's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He has also Russian passport.

   #2. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Kiryat Tivon (0-1) crushing them 91-68 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Lioutrine recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Elitzur Yavne this season. His team is placed first in the National League. . Lioutrine has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite his Belarusian passport, Lioutrine previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #3. Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (0-3) to beat Severstal (2-1). He was the second best scorer with 8 points. Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 74-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Severstal (#7). So far Sojuz Zaretchny lost all three games in the Regular Season. . Karpov has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He has also Russian citizenship.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Heorhi Kandrusevich (197-G/F-78) plays for Ferro-ZNTU in Ukrainian Superleague
Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-SG-85) plays for Halychyna in Ukrainian Superleague
Siergiej Zeludok (207-C-63) plays for Sportino in Polish 3 Liga
Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82) plays for Apoel in Cypriot Division A
Borys Kamianov (197-F-73) plays for Open Florentyna in Polish 3Liga
Dmitrij Koltunov (198-F-75) plays for Open Florentyna in Polish 3Liga
Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84) plays for Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League

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



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Division II - Round Seven - by Bert Larsimont

Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 62-74

Bent Schoenen Waregem of coach Sven Declercq has had a good game and quickly took a large lead in the first and second quarters. Thanks to a great defense, the visitors managed to be in a comfortable situation: 4-13, 10-27, 24-45, 30-51, 41-62 and 62-74. Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii, 10 rebounds) and Bart Samaey (199-C-87, 13 rebounds) controlled airspace for BS Waregem. The young players of Essor Charleroi were only able to reduce the gap in the last quarter but it was too late. Bent Schoenen Waregem welcomes Okapi Aalstar on Wednesday for a 1/8 Belgian Cup final shock (very special game for Arne Steinbach of BS Waregem, having a double affiliation with Okapi).
Score evolution: 10-27, 24-45, 41-62 and 62-74.
Best scorers:
Essor: A. Zuccolini 10, L. Diacono 9, A. Eyenga 9, J. Dedave 8, A. Lambot 8, B. Penninck 7, Y. Sieghwart 5, M. Steenberghs 2, L. Louves 2, J. Stas 2.
BS Waregem: A. Gueye 17, T. Foucart 16, S. Naudts 14, B. Samaey 10, A. Steinbach 6, L. Delepeleire 6, O. Foucart 3, Bruyneel 2.

Gembo BBC vs. Excelsior Brussels: 89-82


Only seven Excelsior players showed up in Borgerhout: Emma Mampuya (back), Stephane Pelle (knee), Joris De Schepper (thigh) and Jonathan Kabungu (also knee) were injured. Boosted by their Belgian Cup win against the Giants last week, Gembo digged a gap after 12 minutes (27-20) but, thanks to an excellent reaction by Excelsior in the third quarter (5/9 from three-point range in this period), the game completely changed afterwards (59-71 after 32 minutes). The end of the game was very hard for very tired Excelsior players and Gembo benefited from this situation. The scoreboard showed 75-75 with five minutes left on the clock. Gembo's shooter Domien Loubry (186-G-85) hit important three-pointers in the final quarter and the home team eventually recorded a new win. Special mention to Nick Verrept (192-SF-80, 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals), Xavier Collette (185-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal) and Jeroen Van Haevermaet (192-SG-86, 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists) for the losing side.
Score evolution: 20-17, 44-39, 59-66 and 89-82.
Best scorers:
Gembo: D. Loubry 15.
Excelsior: X. Collette 16, N. Verrept 22, J. Van Haevermaet 16, G. De Pooter 8, L. Maesfrancx 6, S. Semijejero 14.

Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 66-74


After their good game of last week against Belfius Mons Hainaut in Belgian Cup competition (loss 61-76 despite still leading 36-34 at the half), the Condors hoped to be able to challenge Sint-Jan. After a close start, the Jantjes reached a larger lead: 14-30. Brett Hartshorne (199-C/F-92) and Naim El Kounchar (191-G-94) led the visitors to 29-53 at half-time. Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81) and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) reacted strongly for the Condors after the break but Sint-Jan's Senne Geukens (190-G-83) played his role of leader very well too and hit important baskets to give his team a large advantage at 42-68. The Condors could not come closer to 8 points on the final buzzer.
Score at the half: 29-53
Best scorers:
Condors: S. De Bock 8, E. Lasisi 13, B. Bogaert 5, J.-P. De Decker 10, S. Vermeulen 16, N. Maris 8, J. Gerlo 6.
Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 13, S. Geukens 23, B. Raes 9, Anthonis 2, N. El Kounchar 10, Kesteloot 6, A. Druwez 11.

BasKet Tongeren vs. Gent Dragons: 91-88 (after OT)


After a thrilling game and one overtime at the Pibohal in Tongeren, BasKet Tongeren eventually won this game on the buzzer. With 17" to go in the overtime, Jeroen Eskens (190-G-81) hit a crucial three pointer to give the local team a 89-88 lead. After a turnover and an easy lay-up by Jean Delva (197-F/G-87), the final score was 91-88.
The Dragons, thanks to Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) from long range, made 82-82 although BasKet Tongeren had been in front by 11 points: 82-71. The Dragons earned an extra chance to avoid going to overtime in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. This was not sufficient: Dragon star Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) was sent to the bench after being called a fifth foul at 84-82 in OT and the guys of BasKet Tongeren played better in their last offensive plays.

See highlights on TV Limburg: http://www.tvl.be/nl/sport/recente-afleveringen/2012-10-21/tweedeklasser-tongeren-stunt-tegen-gent-2012-10-21/#.UIRWTm8xqqJ.
Score evolution: 30-28, 50-50, 70-62, 82-82 and 91-88.

Kangoeroes Boom vs. Cuva Houthalen: 102-92

The visitors from Province Limburg trailed behind in the end of the second quarter. Kangoeroes looked like they could have lost their advantage in the third quarter but eventually reacted well in the fourth quarter. Tremendous work by Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, college: Oakland) as a true leader, Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85) and Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85) for the home team. Final score: 102-92. The Kangoeroes will host BC Telenet Oostende in a thrilling Belgian Cup 1/8 Final game on Tuesday.
Score at the half: 53-44
Best scorers:
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 17, Hemeleers 15, W. Dobbelaere 24, D. Souveryns 8, W. Van Schil 6, M. Gorremans 20, D. Dhaens 12.
Cuva: N/A

Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 84-91

Special mention to Jean Salumu (193-F-90) who led the visitors to this very spectacular win away in Mons.
Best scorers:
Mons Hainaut II: M. Pretto 6, L. Giancaterino 16, E. Lecomte 21, G. Vlamynck 2, L. Schwartz 18, M. Renard 1, A. Gorgemans 11, K. Tumba 10.
Haantjes: G. Delepeleire 13, J. Bourdeaux 9, F. Moerman 2, J. Salumu 30, G. Mestdag 12, M. Linskens 17, L. Lhote 8.

CEP Fleurus vs. Port of Anwterp Giants II: 85-71


CEP Fleurus -- still without Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83), injured -- played well against a nice and young team of Antwerp Giants II. Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) started in a impressive way for the visitors but could not keep the same tempo through the whole game. To be mentioned: the great offensive game of Amaury Marion (196-F-91) and again a great performance by the young talent Louis Hazard (199-F-94). Although it should be confirmed, Belgo-Moroccan player Karim Nesba (188-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Auburn-Montgomery, see interview by Ozell Wells for Eurobasket.com here) could be hired by CEP Fleurus to replace Mitchel Kouwijzer (190-G-87, agency: Court Side) who left the club.
Game highlights broadcasted on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/15646/471/.
Score evolution: 18-14, 41-30, 67-44 and 85-71.
Best scorers:
CEP: A. Marion 21, J. Garvin 2, C. Manzanza 10, L. Pourtoit 8, C. Di Francesco 2, T. Bauwens 11, L. Hazard 6, S. Muric 8, C. Ilongo 17.
Giants II: D. Donkor 22, P. Peeters 7, A. Rojas Palma 11, M. Van Hout 4, R. Bogaerts 4, Ya. Schoepen 2, Yo. Schoepen 3, M. Rademakers 18.

Bye: Point Chaud Sprimont



Beye Tabu-Eboma selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Cantu to a victory over the 11th-ranked Enel Brindisi (1-3) 84-80 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Tabu-Eboma was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes on the court. Chebolletta Cantu (3-1) is placed third in the SerieA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Tabu-Eboma's first year with the team. Tabu-Eboma has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 63.6% and FT: 87.5% in the four games he played so far. He played for the Belgian senior national team years ago.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). Hervelle contributed to a 1-point Gescrap BB's victory against the seventh-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (3-1) 86-85 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 8 points. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (3-1) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Hervelle averages: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%. He played for the Belgian national team in 2012.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Van Rossom could not help CAI Zaragoza (2-2) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (2-2). He recorded 7 points and had 4 steals in 23 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 50-65 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Regal FC Barcelona. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Van Rossom has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3FGP: 69.2% (9-13) in the four games. He played for the Belgian national team years ago.

Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover
#4. An experienced point guard Ryan Hoover (187-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Fileni BPA Jesi (1-2) in their game against Biancoblu BO (3-0) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Hoover scored 9 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. But Fileni BPA Jesi was edged 90-87 on their home court in Jesi by the leading Biancoblu BO. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hoover has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hoover played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belgian national team roster. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
#5. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-4) in their game against Manchester Giants (3-3) in the British BBL. He was the second best scorer with 9 points. Hulsen also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 102-51 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Manchester Giants. So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all four games in the Regular Season. . It's Hulsen's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg in the three games. Hulsen used to play for the Belgian U20 national team three years ago.

Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
#6. best in steals. His overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.8spg. Despite Jones played previously for the Luxembourg national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Belgian senior team three years ago.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Xavier Francois (200-C-94) plays for Strasbourg IG in French ProA
Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) plays for Polpharma in Polish TBL
Rayan Kayembe-Milongo (96) plays for Maribor Messer in Slovenian Telemach League
Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83) plays for JA Vichy in French NM1
Marcus Faison (196-G-78) plays for Armia in Georgian Superleague
Igor Muya Kabeya (195-F/G-81) plays for Trappes in French NM2
Bob Menama (201-F-80) plays for Vanves in French NM2
Stan Leemans (205-C-92) plays for Swiss Central in Swiss LNB

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



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Charles Burgess selected the top Belizean playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Charles Burgess
Charles Burgess
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga. He could not help Forssan Koripojat (0-0) in their last game. Despite Burgess' very good performance was crushed 105-83 on the road by the second-ranked KTP-Basket. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Burgess also added 9 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Burgess' first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Burgess averages: 18.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 69.0%(20-29), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 79.3% in the four games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Burgess played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Belizean national team in 2010. Strangely Burgess has never played in Belize.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL. He was not able to help Goyang Orions (3-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Williams' very good performance Goyang Orions were badly defeated 85-66 in Inchon by the leading ET Land Elephants. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Williams is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Williams averages: 17.6ppg, 10.8rpg, 2FGP: 61.8%(34-55) and FT: 90.9%(20-22). He is a naturalized American. Despite Williams played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Belizean national team in 2010. Apparently Williams has never played in Belize.

Milton Palacio
Milton Palacio
   #3. The Belizean player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Milton Palacio (193-78, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League. He was not able to secure a victory for Bnei Hasharon (1-1) in their last game. Despite Palacio's good performance Bnei Hasharon was edged 78-77 in Netanya by the higher-ranked (#3) GreenTops. He scored 12 points in 34 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Palacio's first year with the team. This season Palacio's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 75.0% in the two games. He played for the Belizean national team two years ago.

Gene Myvett
Gene Myvett
   #4. Guard Gene Myvett (193-82, college: CS Los Angeles, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana), who plays in Bolivia couldn't help Amistad (0-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Myvett's very good performance Amistad was crushed 128-75 in Brasilia by the higher-ranked Uniceub/BRB (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Myvett also added 4 assists and 3 steals. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Sudamericana. Myvett is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Myvett averages: 16.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Myvett played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belizean national team roster. Myvett used to play for San Pedro Tigersharks in Belizean league.

Douglas Penland
Douglas Penland
   #5. Former international swingman Douglas Penland (191-75, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gene Myvett and both played together in the last Liga Sudamericana game. Penland, who plays in Bolivia couldn't help Amistad (0-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Amistad was crushed 128-75 in Brasilia by the higher-ranked (#6) Uniceub/BRB. Penland scored 10 points in 24 minutes. This year Penland averages only 5.0ppg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Penland played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belizean national team roster. Penland used to play for San Pedro Tigersharks in Belizean league.

Other top Belizean players, who play abroad:

Noel Felix (205-C/F-81) plays for Taiwan Mobile in Taiwanese SBL



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Nihad Djedovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked Phoenix Hagen (2-3) crushing them 109-67 in the German BBL last Sunday. Djedovic recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws). ALBA Berlin (2-1) is placed eighth in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Djedovic's first year with the team. Djedovic is currently second on the league's list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(14-24), 3FGP: 22.2%. Djedovic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team years ago.

Zoran Planinic
Zoran Planinic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Zoran Planinic (198-82, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team Khimky to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (1-1) 86-85 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Planinic scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 33 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (1-1) is placed third in group A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Planinic is currently second on the list of best passers with 7.5apg. This year his other stats are: 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 71.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the two games he played so far. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Planinic played also for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2012.

Marko Batina
Marko Batina
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Marko Batina (198-86, currently plays in Croatia). He led Djuro Djakovic to an overtime victory over the sixth-ranked Jolly (1-2) 89-85 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Batina was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (3-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Batina belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Batina averages: 20.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 67.7%(21-31), 3FGP: 30.8%. He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

Damir Markota
Damir Markota
   #4. Forward Damir Markota (209-85, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Turkish team Besiktas to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Brose Baskets (0-2) 86-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Markota scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Besiktas Istanbul (2-0) is placed first in group D. . It's Markota's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5bpg and 2.0spg in the two games. Markota is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Markota is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Stanko Barac
Stanko Barac
   #5. International center Stanko Barac (216-86, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Turkish team Anadolu Efes to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (1-1) crushing them 98-72 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (1-1) is placed third in group C. . Barac's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Barac played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #6. Center Mirza Begic (217-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Real Madrid's victory against the 16th-ranked CB Canarias (0-4) 88-86 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Begic recorded 8 points in 17 minutes. Real Madrid (4-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. . This year Begic's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Begic is also international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team years ago.

Sasha Topchov
Sasha Topchov
   #7. International center Sasha Topchov (206-80, currently plays in Romania) led Oradea to a victory over the 11th-ranked CSU Sibiu (1-3) 67-58 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Topchov scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. CSM Oradea (4-0) is placed first in the Division A. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. . Topchov has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg and 5.0rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #8. Shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-2) 87-71 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Opacak recorded 13 points in 27 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (4-0) is placed first in the TBL. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. . This year Opacak has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3spg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Opacak is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Toni Bizaca
Toni Bizaca
   #9. International forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (3-2) 83-76 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bizaca also added 3 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (4-1) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . Bizaca belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5. This season he has very high stats. Bizaca averages: 19.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team earlier this year.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #10. Point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Azovmash (6-2) in their last game. Despite Gordic's very good performance Azovmash lost 73-80 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Halychyna. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Gordic also added 4 passes (made all of his six free throws) in 21 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gordic has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.1apg in the eight games. He is international player as years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda edge the 15th-ranked Assignia Manresa 83-81 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Sinanovic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Sinanovic is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 13.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3bpg. Despite Sinanovic played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #12. International small forward Marko Keselj (206-88, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 12th-ranked CAI Zaragoza 83-73 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Keselj scored 8 points in 19 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg in the four games. Despite Keselj played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. International swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Khimik win their game against the league leader Ferro-ZNTU 87-79 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday. Sehovic scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.1apg. Despite Sehovic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. International guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg win their game against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo 71-53 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Wright scored 6 points in 15 minutes. He has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the three games. Wright is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Wright is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

   #15. International forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Lipscomb, currently plays in Switzerland) was the main contributor in Monthey's victory against the closely-ranked BBC Nyon 80-65 in the Swiss LNA in Friday night's game. Hodzic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. Hodzic is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Hodzic averages: 20.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey) led Fenerbahce Ulker to a 2-point victory over the sixth-ranked TED Kolejliler (1-1) 79-77 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Bogdanovic scored 21 points in 27 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (2-0) is placed second in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Bogdanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 2.0rpg in the two games he played so far. Bogdanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Bogdanovic currently plays for the Croatian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan BAKOVIC
  Posusje
  (197-G-81)
  Avg: 27
 1. Bakovic, Posusje27.0 
 2. Hot, Vogosca27.0 
 3. Bjelica, Capljina24.0 
 4. Josilo, Varda HE23.0 
 5. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.21.0 
 6. Djurasovic, Leotar21.0 
 7. Tuljkovic, Vogosca21.0 
 8. Popovic, Capljina20.0 
 9. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.19.0 
 10. Peljto, Kakanj18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bozo DJURASOVIC
  Leotar
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Djurasovic, Leotar14.0 
 2. Knezevic, Leotar14.0 
 3. Tuljkovic, Vogosca11.0 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT11.0 
 5. Bijelic, Mladost11.0 
 6. Hot, Vogosca9.0 
 7. Jovanovic, Radnik8.0 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.8.0 
 9. Damjanovic, Varda8.0 
 10. Hodzic, Bosna7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (191-G-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Radovanovic, Radni.9.0 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj8.0 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar7.0 
 4. Bakovic, Posusje7.0 
 5. Hot, Vogosca6.0 
 6. Loncar, Borac N.5.0 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna4.0 
 8. Mustapic, Posusje4.0 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina4.0 
 10. Tuljkovic, Vogosca4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Josilo, Varda HE5.0 
 2. Kastratovic, Varda4.0 
 3. Petric, Zrinjski HT4.0 
 4. Hodzic, Bosna4.0 
 5. Hot, Vogosca4.0 
 6. Djurasovic, Leotar3.0 
 7. Mustapic, Posusje3.0 
 8. Bubalo, Zrinjski HT3.0 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik3.0 
 10. Hadzifejzovi., Ka.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja SLADOJE
  Servitium
  (212-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sladoje, Servitium2.0 
 2. Karamatic, Capljina1.0 
 3. Knezevic, Leotar1.0 
 4. Leric, Bosna1.0 
 5. Begovac, Kakanj1.0 
 6. Mustapic, Posusje1.0 
 7. Djuranovic, Borac1.0 
 8. Ninkovic, Leotar1.0 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost1.0 
 10. Popovic, Capljina1.0 


Division I Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

Radnik B. - Servitium 72-44

Radnik B. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Servitium to just 4 points in third quarter. Radnik B. dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Servitium's 26. They outrebounded Servitium 40-23 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Vladimir Radovanovic (191-81) fired 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Swingman Nebojsa Erkic (197-89) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Radnik B. players scored in double figures. Serbian center Nemanja Karalic (207-88) produced 6 points and 5 rebounds and center Nemanja Sladoje (212-91) added 5 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Servitium's coach Dragan Micic gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.


Top scorers:
Radnik B.: N.Erkic 18+8reb+1ast, V.Radovanovic 13+6reb+9ast, F.Goranovic 13+6reb+1ast, B.Jovanovic 11+8reb+2ast, L.Rasic 7+6reb, D.Lontos 6
Servitium: M.Tripkovic 7+1reb, N.Karalic 6+5reb+3ast, K.Advic 6+2reb, I.Damjanovic 6+1reb, S.Golubovic 5+2reb+1ast, N.Sladoje 5+6reb


gschID: 201698


Zrinjski HT - Mladost 63-58

Mladost was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 16-10 charge of Zrinjski HT, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Mladost turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. Mladost was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian point guard Edi Sinadinovic (193-88) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Ermin Jazvin (209-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Drasko Knezevic (185-93) added 14 points respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: E.Sinadinovic 21+6reb+3ast, E.Jazvin 15+11reb, I.Petric 11+3reb, B.Masic 6+4reb, B.Bubalo 6+6reb, M.Petric 2
Mladost: I.Bijelic 16+11reb, D.Knezevic 14+2reb+2ast, M.Kezic 11+5reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 7+2reb, R.Velimirovic 6+4reb+1ast, O.Tomic 2+1reb


gschID: 201699


Borac Nektar - Varda HE 75-74

Varda HE was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Borac Nektar, which allowed them to win the game. Varda HE was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Srdjan Loncar (185-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists. Power forward Srdan Blanusa (204-79) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92) answered with 23 points and 5 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and power forward Darko Damjanovic (203-91) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Varda HE.


Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: S.Loncar 18+3reb+5ast, S.Blanusa 16+4reb, D.Djuranovic 10+7reb, N.Pavlovic 9+6reb, R.Ivic 9+2reb+2ast, M.Trikic 8+4reb+2ast
Varda HE: M.Josilo 23+4reb+3ast, D.Tresac 12+1reb+2ast, D.Damjanovic 10+8reb+2ast, M.Mirkovic 9+1reb+1ast, I.Zolotic 7+4reb+1ast, D.Kastratovic 6+4ast


gschID: 201700


Capljina - Bosna 83-80

The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-80. Capljina Lasta shot 62.7 percent from the field. Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) stepped up and scored 24 points and 4 assists for the winners and Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) chipped in 20 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Capljina Lasta's coach Goran Peric used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international point guard Dino Hodzic (190-90) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) scored 17 points.


Top scorers:
Capljina: K.Bjelica 24+1reb+4ast, N.Popovic 20+4reb+2ast, N.Kovacevic 12+2reb+4ast, M.Galic 12+2ast, Z.Kljestan 11+7reb+4ast, V.Jurkovic 2+2reb+1ast
Bosna: D.Hodzic 18+7reb+4ast, R.Rizvic 17+2reb+2ast, S.Demic 17+2reb, A.Avdibegovic 8+2reb, N.Buza 8+7reb, A.Demic 4+1reb


gschID: 201697


Leotar - Kakanj 83-69

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Leotar's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-16 extending their advantage to 14 points. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Leotar outrebounded Kakanj 48-20 including a 23-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Kakanj helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and N Knezevic accounted for 10 points and 14 rebounds. Four Leotar players scored in double figures. point guard Dinko Peljto (187-87) came up with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-89) added 19 points respectively for Kakanj in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.


Top scorers:
Leotar: B.Djurasovic 21+14reb+3ast, Z.Kascelan 11+3reb+7ast, V.Aleksic 11+3reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 10+14reb+2ast, D.Sakotic 9+1reb, B.Zotovic 9
Kakanj: S.Hadzifejzovic 19+3reb, D.Peljto 18+6reb+8ast, N.Begovac 16+2reb, A.Suljagic 5+2reb+1ast, A.Dedic 5+3reb+1ast, A.Muflizovic 4+4reb+2ast


gschID: 201701


Vogosca - Posusje 85-81

The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vogosca outrebounded Posusje 35-16 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Posusje was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Montenegrin guard Armin Hot (192-92) fired 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) produced 27 points and 7 assists and forward Kresimir Mustapic (206-90) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Vogosca: A.Hot 27+9reb+6ast, M.Tuljkovic 21+11reb+4ast, V.Zivic 9+1reb, D.Palata 8+2reb, S.Albinovic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Keser 6+3reb
Posusje: I.Bakovic 27+7ast, A.Cutura 14+3reb, M.Lovric 12+2reb+1ast, K.Mustapic 10+6reb+4ast, I.Begic 9+1reb+1ast, I.Siric 4+1ast


gschID: 201702


Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Borac Nektar 1-0 
 2. Capljina 1-0 
 3. Leotar 1-0 
 4. Radnik B. 1-0 
 5. Vogosca 1-0 
 6. Zrinjski HT 1-0 
 7. Bosna 0-1 
 8. Kakanj 0-1 
 9. Mladost 0-1 
 10. Posusje 0-1 
 11. Servitium 0-1 
 12. Varda HE 0-1 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 20: Vogosca - Posusje 85-81
Oct. 20: Capljina - Bosna 83-80
Oct. 20: Leotar - Kakanj 83-69
Oct. 20: Borac Nektar - Varda HE 75-74
Oct. 20: Radnik B. - Servitium 72-44
Oct. 20: Zrinjski HT - Mladost 63-58

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 27: Bosna - Posusje
Oct. 27: Kakanj - Vogosca
Oct. 27: Varda HE - Leotar
Oct. 27: Mladost - Borac Nektar
Oct. 27: Servitium - Zrinjski HT
Oct. 27: Capljina - Radnik B.



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Spartans 15-1 
 2. Troopers 15-6 
 3. Flames 13-4 
 4. Cadets 12-8 
 5. Police 10-7 
 6. BDF V 8-11 
 7. Dolphins 4-3 
 8. Splinters 4-14 
 9. Bullets 4-16 
 10. Saints 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 26

Oct. 20: BDF V - Splinters 71-66
Oct. 20: Cadets - Splinters 59-54

Regular Season: Round 27

Oct. 24: Spartans - Troopers
Oct. 27: Flames - Dolphins
Oct. 27: Police - Bullets
Oct. 27: Splinters - Flames
Oct. 27: Saints - Troopers
Oct. 27: BDF V - Bullets
Oct. 27: Splinters - Dolphins
Oct. 27: Police - Cadets



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  BRAZIL   


Allen Jemmott agreed with Vila Velha - by Paulo Freire (T)

After the signings of americans James Parker (188-G-81, college: Robert Morris) and Benzor Simmons (196-G-88, college: Tenn-Martin), the Vila Velha/Garoto/BMG has closed a new deal with another foreign athlete, Allen Jemmott (194-F/G-80) agreed terms with the team and will compete in the fifth edition of the NBB. The player comes in with the experienced os 10 years in the Cuban National team.

The player has 32 years ond, with 1, 94 m height and 85 kg, Jemmott first try-out at Palmeiras and than went to played for Santos team where he played only six matches in Paulista State averaging 2.2 points per game.

Vila Velha/Garoto/BMG managers also hired two young players to compete in the NBB 5. The young Lucas Taets, who played the last edition of the national competition for the team is back and the managers also agreed with Gustavo Marques Silveira, former Barueri team, Gabriel was born in Aug,13, 1993.



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Holmes, Beroe24.0 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.24.0 
 3. Raykov, Chernomo.23.0 
 4. Marinovic, Levski23.0 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.22.0 
 6. Simeonov, U2019.0 
 7. Borisov, Cherno M.18.0 
 8. Velikov, Cherno M.17.0 
 9. Petrovic, Balkan17.0 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.0 
 2. Simeonov, U2012.0 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.11.0 
 4. Dimitrov, Levski S.11.0 
 5. Agre, Spartak10.0 
 6. Kolev, Lukoil A.10.0 
 7. Varbanov, Levski S.10.0 
 8. Durchev, Tundja Y.8.0 
 9. Kyosev, Cherno M.8.0 
 10. Tsenov, Spartak7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin DURCHEV
  Tundja Y.
  (204-SF-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Durchev, Tundja Y.8.0 
 2. Walker, Beroe8.0 
 3. Marinovic, Levski7.0 
 4. Rakovic, Chernomo.7.0 
 5. Dyakovski, Sparta.7.0 
 6. Heath, Lukoil A.7.0 
 7. Radionov, Tundja Y.6.0 
 8. Velikov, Cherno M.6.0 
 9. Smith, Rilski S.5.0 
 10. Marinov, Balkan5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Martin DURCHEV
  Tundja Y.
  (204-SF-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Durchev, Tundja Y.6.0 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.0 
 3. Avramov, Lukoil A.4.0 
 4. Natskin, U203.0 
 5. Raykov, Chernomo.3.0 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja3.0 
 7. Velikov, Cherno M.3.0 
 8. Borisov, Cherno M.3.0 
 9. Heath, Lukoil A.3.0 
 10. Rakovic, Chernomo.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.4.0 
 2. Hart, Beroe3.0 
 3. Tenchev, U202.0 
 4. Dupree, Rilski S.2.0 
 5. Varbanov, Levski S.2.0 
 6. Galabov, U201.0 
 7. Ivanov, Tundja Y.1.0 
 8. Ivanov, Levski S.1.0 
 9. Boev, Chernomorets1.0 
 10. Lilov, Balkan1.0 


Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Balkan 1-0 
 2. Cherno More 1-0 
 3. Levski Sofia 1-0 
 4. Lukoil Academik 1-0 
 5. Tundja Yambol 1-0 
 6. Beroe 0-1 
 7. Chernomorets 0-1 
 8. Rilski Sportist 0-1 
 9. Spartak Pleven 0-1 
 10. U20 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 21: Balkan - Rilski Sportist 93-67
Oct. 21: Tundja Yambol - U20 82-66
Oct. 20: Cherno More - Chernomorets 79-69
Oct. 20: Beroe - Levski Sofia 69-84
Oct. 20: Lukoil Academik - Spartak Pleven 100-74

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 27: Cherno More - Balkan
Oct. 27: Rilski Sportist - Lukoil Academik
Oct. 27: Levski Sofia - Balkan
Oct. 27: U20 - Spartak Pleven
Oct. 27: Tundja Yambol - Chernomorets



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  CHINA   


Guandong Tigers is considering to sign Gilbert Arenas - by Eurobasket News (T)

Guandong Southern Tigers (CBA) is close to sign 30-year old American guard Gilbert Arenas (192-98kg-82, college: Arizona). Arenas played last season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. In 23 NBA games last year he had 3.3ppg. He also spent pre-season at the Magic in NBA earlier that year. In 2001 Arenas was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in second round (31st overall).
He attended University of Arizona and it may be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
selected to All-NBA 2nd Team back.
Arenas has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards). 

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  KK.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. James, KK.23.3 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.20.7 
 3. Rembert, Krizevci19.7 
 4. Lez, Zabok19.7 
 5. Ross, Jolly19.3 
 6. Peric, KK.17.3 
 7. Butorac, Jolly15.3 
 8. Meznaric, Darda15.3 
 9. Bicvic, Darda15.0 
 10. Radic, Kvarner 20.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivica RADIC
  Kvarner 2010
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Radic, Kvarner 20108.0 
 2. Massamba, Djuro D.7.0 
 3. Diminic, Zabok7.0 
 4. Matic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 5. Price, Osjecki Sok.6.3 
 6. Peric, KK.6.3 
 7. Krapic, KK.6.3 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.7 
 9. Bubalo, Jolly5.3 
 10. Peraica, Darda5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.0 
 2. Panduric, Darda4.3 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Meznaric, Darda3.7 
 5. Pesut, Dubrovnik3.7 
 6. Peric, KK.3.3 
 7. Toroman, Djuro D.3.3 
 8. Bilic, Alkar Sinj3.0 
 9. Butorac, Jolly2.7 
 10. Rembert, Krizevci2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 2. James, KK.3.3 
 3. Skific, Kvarner2.7 
 4. Rimac, Djuro D.2.5 
 5. Juricic, Kvarner2.5 
 6. Svoboda, Krizevci2.0 
 7. Krstanovic, Krizev.2.0 
 8. Radic, Kvarner 20102.0 
 9. Panduric, Darda2.0 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KROLO
  Osjecki Sokol
  (217-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Krolo, Osjecki Sok.1.7 
 2. Cakarun, Jolly1.3 
 3. Bubalo, Jolly1.3 
 4. Kozic, Osjecki Sok.1.0 
 5. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.0 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok1.0 
 7. Mustapic, Zabok1.0 
 8. Meznaric, Darda0.7 
 9. Sertic, Krizevci0.7 
 10. Skific, Kvarner0.7 


A1 Round 3: Djuro Djakovic and KK Zagreb stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in A1, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Krizevci - Zabok 72-63

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Krizevci used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Zabok 72-63 on Sunday night. KK Zabok trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 17-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. KK Zabok was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 22 points. Center Ivan Cvjetkovic (205-85) chipped in 11 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Robert Lez (192-79) who recorded 17 points and center Mise Diminic (208-89) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Krizevci will face bottom-ranked Osjecki Sokol (#10) in Osijek in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zabok will play on the road against KK Dubrovnik (#9).
Top scorers:
Krizevci: P.Rembert 22+3reb+1ast, I.Cvjetkovic 11+3reb, S.Krstanovic 8+6reb, M.Zrnic 7+2reb+4ast, I.Grgat 6+3reb+1ast, G.Fodor 6+3reb
Zabok: R.Lez 17+1reb+1ast, P.Maric 11+2reb+1ast, A.Anzulovic 8+3reb+1ast, M.Diminic 7+10reb+1ast, A.Vlaic 7+7reb+2ast, M.Pesut 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 196123


Djuro Djakovic - Jolly 89-85 OT

The game had a very big importance for Djuro Djakovic as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Djuro Djakovic defeated Jolly in Slavonski Brod 89-85 in overtime. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Djuro Djakovic 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 KK Zagreb CO. Jolly at the other side keeps the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with Zabok and Darda. Jolly will play next round against strong Alkar Sinj trying to get back on the winning streak. Djuro Djakovic will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked KK Zagreb CO on the road.
gschID: 196121


Alkar Sinj - Osjecki Sokol 98-79

No shocking result in a game when Alkar Sinj (2-1) smashed at home Osjecki Sokol (0-3) 98-79 on Saturday. The game without a history. Alkar Sinj led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Osjecki Sokol's 34. Osjecki Sokol was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Antonio Bilic (190-86) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Five Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists and forward Tomislav Rados (200-94) added 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: N.Gaurina 18+6reb+3ast, A.Bilic 15+3reb+4ast, Z.Zupic 12+9reb+1ast, J.Matic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Modric 12+2reb+3ast, R.Jugo 8+1reb+3ast
Osjecki Sokol: T.Rados 17+1ast, I.Tomeljak 13+1reb+4ast, A.Sarac 13+1reb+2ast, V.Budimir 9+1reb+2ast, M.Kolovrat 8+1reb, K.Price 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 196122


Darda - KK Zagreb CO 73-78

Very expected game in Darda where Vrijednosnice OS (1-2) was defeated by KK Zagreb CO (3-0) 78-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zagreb CO outrebounded Vrijednosnice OS 39-21 including a 22-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike James (185-G-90, college: Lamar) who scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. KK Zagreb CO's coach Daniel Jusup used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) added 17 points respectively. KK Zagreb CO have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Djuro Djakovic. Loser Vrijednosnice OS dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. KK Zagreb CO will face Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vrijednosnice OS will play on the road against Kvarner 2010 (#4) in Rijeka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: M.James 26+5reb+4ast, H.Peric 13+12reb+1ast, A.Krapic 11+4reb, K.Zganec 10+7reb+1ast, M.Poscic 7+5reb, F.Basljan 4+2reb+1ast
Darda: M.Peraica 17+1reb, A.Bicvic 14+5reb+2ast, L.Panduric 12+1reb+3ast, M.Hrncic 9+8reb+1ast, S.Tesija 8+2reb+1ast, D.Meznaric 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 196120


Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik 96-61

Very predictable result in Rijeka where Kvarner 2010 (2-1) outscored KK Dubrovnik (0-3) 96-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kvarner 2010 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to KK Dubrovnik's 40. The best player for the winners was forward Dino Cinac (198-88) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) chipped in 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Kvarner 2010's coach Vladimir Anzulovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Filip Najev (205-92) who recorded 14 points and guard Luka Pesut (193-91) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively. Kvarner 2010 maintains third place with 2-1 record behind leader Djuro Djakovic, which they share with Alkar Sinj and Krizevci. Loser KK Dubrovnik still closes the standings with three games lost. Kvarner 2010 will face Vrijednosnice OS in Darda in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. KK Dubrovnik will play at home against KK Zabok in Zabok and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: D.Cinac 21+6reb, J.Skific 16+2reb+1ast, I.Radic 12+5reb+1ast, H.Sirko 12+3reb+1ast, B.Krivec 11+7ast, J.Surina 8+1reb+1ast
Dubrovnik: F.Najev 14+3reb+1ast, L.Pesut 11+2reb+4ast, D.Jakolis 11+5reb, M.Radic 9+1reb+2ast, M.Lucic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Peric 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 196119


A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. Djuro Djakovic 3-0 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 3-0 
 3. Alkar Sinj 2-1 
 4. Kvarner 2010 2-1 
 5. Krizevci 2-1 
 6. Jolly 1-2 
 7. Zabok 1-2 
 8. Darda 1-2 
 9. Dubrovnik 0-3 
 10. Osjecki Sokol 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: Alkar Sinj - Osjecki Sokol 98-79
Oct. 20: Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik 96-61
Oct. 21: Djuro Djakovic - Jolly 89-85 OT
Oct. 20: Darda - KK Zagreb CO 73-78
Oct. 21: Krizevci - Zabok 72-63

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Dubrovnik - Zabok
Oct. 27: Osjecki Sokol - Krizevci
Oct. 27: Jolly - Alkar Sinj
Oct. 27: KK Zagreb CO - Djuro Djakovic
Oct. 27: Kvarner 2010 - Darda



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Previewing the 2012-13 Cypriot Season: Key Players - by Surujh Roopnarine

This weekend will tip-off the 2012-13 season in Cyprus, one in which will see three teams participating in EuroChallenge play; reigning champions Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia, runners-ups and regular season champions Keravnos Strovolou, and Pizza Express Apollon Limassol, which entered the competition via the qualifying round. With new imports, returning stars and the added spotlight of international competition, this season has a chance to be very special. Here we will look at some of the key figures for the top teams this season.

Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) (Etha): 7-0 Serbian center has had a successful and remarkably durable career over the past 13 seasons. Ceranic, who will turn 36 in December, joins Etha after playing with KAO Dramas in Greece last season where he averaged 8.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24 games. In his first season in Cyprus Ceranic will help Etha in the pick-and-roll game as well as defending the paint. Knows how to get the job done at the highest level (Euroleague, Euro Cup, EuroChallenge, Baltic League).

Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) (Keravnos Strovolou): Already off to a fantastic start after leading Kervanos to the Super Cup title this past weekend over Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia, the 6-7 Crocker is poised for a stellar campaig. In his third professional season, the former Oklahoma Sooner is a multifaceted scorer, able to score off the pull up and attack his man on the dribble. Very athletic, Crocker moves well without the ball and utilizes his teammates screens to get open for scoring opportunitites. In the Super Cup Final he scored a game-high 30 points for Kervanos. Professionally has played the past two seasons in Hungary and Finland, averaging 17.0 points and 19.3 points respectively.

Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-F/G-80) (Keravnos Strovolou): Back for another season in Cyprus, Georgios Diamantopoulos is a former Greek National Team representative who will team with Tony Crocker to form one of the most formidable one-two punches in the league. A 6-5 shooting guard, Georgios Diamantopoulos followed Crocker's 30 points in the Super Cup victory with 18 of his own and his experience (32) along with scoring accumen should have him at the top of the points scored charts all season.

MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, college: S.Indiana) (Pizza Express Apollon): Makes his European debut this season with Apollon this season after having re-written the FIBA record books last year in Mexico. As a member of Aguillas Rojas de San Juan del Rio, Dorsey on back to back games set the LNBP (top division) record with 21 assists and then the FIBA world record of 23 assists, 44 in two contests! Despite his pass-first mentality MaJic has been able to show over and over again his world-class scoring ability as well, evidenced by his 30.5ppg average for Aguillas Rojas (#1 in the league) on 53.9% shooting as he took home Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Player of the Year honors. One of the quickest players not only in Cyprus this season, but also the EuroChallenge, Dorsey is adept at finding his teammates in the right positions and keeping his defender off-balance with an array of miss-direction looks and fakes. Along with Tony Crocker of Kervanos, these two players look to be the favorites to bring home the most team and individual hardware this season. In leading Apollon to EuroChallenge group play, Dorsey led all players in the qualifying round with an 8.0apg average along with scoring 36 points over the two contests.

Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) (Pizza Express Apollon): A veteran 6-8 forward with Cypriot/Greek nationalities, who joins Apollon after spending last season with Marousi in Greece where he averaged 9.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 19 games. For his career has proven to be an exceptional shooter from long-range and will help stretch the floor for Apollon and create driving lanes for Dorsey and their wing players.

Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) (Cytavision Apoel Nicosia): After establishing himself as a bona fide stud in Belarus to begin his career, the 30-year old Dante Stiggers has spent the last two seasons in Cyprus and Greece and now will be back to lead Apoel this season. The 6-2 guard who has played for the Belorussian National Team since 2010, has a quick first step and scores well off the dribble. Last season with PAOK Thessaloniki he appeared in 26 games averaging 5.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists. With his experience playing in Eurocup and for in European Championship qualifications this will be a player with the talent and experience to keep an eye on this season.

Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-F/C-80) (Keravnos Strovolou): A mainstay of Kervanos, Trisokkas is a 6-9 forward/center who has played in either Eurocup or EuroChallenge competitions nearly his entire career. An efficient three-point shooter he excels on pick-and-pop situations.

Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.) (Cytavision Apoel Nicosia): A bruising 6-8 power forward out of Arkansas State, Wells is in his first season with Apoel after having played previously in Italy, Switzerland and Bulgaria. Wells brings a high-level of energy and takes pride in his efforts on both ends of the floor.



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Asefa Estudiantes tab Tomas Kyzlink - by Eurobasket News (T)

Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (ACB) inked 19-year old Czech swingman Tomas Kyzlink (197-80kg-93). Kyzlink has played for the last two years at USK Praha in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 15 NBL games last season he averaged 3.6ppg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Kyzlink represented Czech Republic at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) this year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 3.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Kyzlink just graduated from and it will be his season in pro basketball.
Tomas Kyzlink is expected to be sent to Caceres on loan for now.  

By Eurobasket Data Center



CEZ Nymburk Bring Back National Son Jiri Welsch After 11 Seasons Abroad - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

Reigning nine-time Czech Champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk have agreed to terms with 32-year old shooting guard Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80). Welsch, the second Czech born player to ever play in the NBA, returns to the Czech NBL after 11 seasons abroad in Europe and the NBA. The 16th overall selection of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Welsch, played four seasons in the NBA, averaging 6.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 247 career games with Golden State, Boston, Cleveland and Milwaukee. Last season Welsch played with Belgacom Spirou in Belgium, appearing in 13 Euroleague games as well as 41 domestic contests. During his professional career abroad, Welsch has played only for some of the best teams in the world and at the highest level, including a four-year run with Spanish powerhouse Unicaja Malaga, Union Olimpija Ljubljana of Slovenia, where he began his overseas career as well as Asefa Estudiantes Madrid. After a prolonged absence from the Czech National Team, Welsch has been active again since 2010 and played in seven games this year in Qualifications to European Championships 2013. Welsch, 32, will suit up for Nymburk in Eurocup, VTB United League and NBL domestic games this season.


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Last results - by Jaime Arevalo

UTEC and ExSal made two important paces ahead last week, in the last round of First Diviison. The team from Universidad Tecnologica (UTEC) clearly prevailed over Denver, 113-82, advancing to the second place in the table. Newly signed import David Johnson (193-F-85, college: SE Missouri St.) led the way at 23 points scored, Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) added 21 and Eduardo Aguilar (176-PG-86) 14. The best in Denver were Mauricio Lahud (176-PG-84) with 23 pts and Hector Ceron (191-F-81) with 17.
Exsal defeated Leones 76-48, with Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) toping all the scorers at 24 and Eduardo Escalante (G-93) adding 19. Nestor Montalvo (G) was the best in Leones with 22. The new standigs table is here down:

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



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Rapla and TTU lost to the Latvian representative - by Eurobasket News

Rapla and TTU lost to the Latvian representative in Baltic League. In October 21st Ventspils overcame TTU 78:74. They trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TTU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 22 points for the winners.
Later Ventspils beat Rapla 93:54. Vernon Teel orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Rait-Riivo Laane answered with 11 points and 4 steals and Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) added 8 points in the effort for Rapla.
Tarvas meanwhile overcame Barons kvart 87:79. The best player for the winners was point guard Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Juris Umbrasko chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Salvis Metra (195-G/F-84) produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and Ilmars Bergmanis added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.
Rudupis smashed Tln Kalev 101:53. Arnas Labuckas orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Gediminas Orelikas contributed with 21 points for the winners. Ike Okoye (206-F, college: Boise St.) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev.



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Welsch comes to Nymburk - by Uygar Karaca (T)

As reported by http://www.basket-nymburk.cz; 32 year old Czech veteran Jiri Welsch returned home after nearly 12 years. Ex NBA player spent last season at Belgium, Spirou Basket Charleroi. It has been reported that Nymurk surprisingly saying goodbye to Aubrey Coleman after 3 games and Welsch, known for his versatility could be a possible replacement for shooting guard position. Nymburk is yet to lose in domestic league (6-0) However, they were eliminated in Euroleague qualifying round and won only 1 game out of 3 in VTB League.


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Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos: Keys to tonight's game - by Dimitris Katsionis

The two rivals enter tonight's a new age in their battle. Zelimir Obradovic is not around anymore, Olympiakos is the champion and Panathinaikos the contender. Many things changed.. Let's see some of the keys to tonight's game.

- Olympiakos will clearly try to play in a faster pace, run in the open court and get advantage of it's athleticism and transition offense. On the other side, Panathinaikos wants to play on a slower pace and targets to attack with it's half court offense, getting advantage of it's high 2% FG percentage with the presence of Schortsanitis.

- Kyle Hines can be Olympiakos's X-Factor with his ability to drive into the lane .Stephan Lasme is the only one who can follow Hines, but the forward-center from Gabon is not 100% ready yet. Spanoulis is the team's superstar but the Red's poison is coming off the bench. Printezis, Hines, Law..

- 2012/13 Panathinaikos doesn't have the quality of last year's team but it's obvious that has improved a lot it's athleticism in order to be competitive against his rival. The Greens must focus in the board-battle and not give second chances to their opponent. It is known that Olympiakos supports it's offense with offensive rebound.

-Coach Bartzokas has prepared Olympiakos defense against Diamantidis and Schortsanitis. The Reds will try an over play defense against the opponent's captain, denying every pass on him. The main target is to let Ukic and Ukic run Panathinaiko's offense..

Crucial point

The 3-point point shot percentage of Panathinaikos. Maybe the most important factor in tonight's game. The Greens know that they'll found good looks behind the arc, especially with Schortsanitis in the court. Olympiakoss defense will gamble, probably with Ukic or Kitchen and Maciulis, giving them in purpose some good looks in order to protect the paint.




An in depth analysis of the derby between the last two European champions - by Chris Mammides

Another derby between Panathinaikos Vs Olympiakos ended last night with a different taste than the last 15 or so derbies between the two teams. Olympiakos succeeded a crucial road win with the two ex Panathinaikos players, Spanoulis and Perperoglou being the keys to the red success. The changes of roles for the two teams was more than obvious last night since the winning spirit of Panathinaikos all the previous years and under Obradovics coaching was totally absent, instead of that we have witnessed the winnings spirit of Olympiakoss players under the very good coaching of Coach Bartzokas who used last night nine players in key roles (he only gave 7 minutes to Sloukas and 3 minutes to Mavroeidis while Gecevicius was not used at all in the game) while his opponent, Pedoulakis used actually five players and Gave only 11 minutes to his top man (before this game) Schortsianitis, while the rest of the six players in his roster played from 5 to 8 minutes maximum. That is (according to our analysis) one of the major differences of the team, the trust of the Coach to his players. Panathinaikos used his American duet of Armstrong and Kitchen 4 and seven minutes while Olympiakos received from Law and Hines 15 minutes per player.

Many Basketball experts said yesterday that if Panathinaikos was better in the free throws and parameter shots, with a better Lasme in the offensive sector (had 3 of 6 in teh 2's and 1 of 7 in the FT's) then things would have been better for the Greens. Thats totally wrong! The Reds last night were much better in all the edges of the court, they had a target, they played strong and tough (mostly) defense like Panathinaikos the previous seasons, while on the other hand, Panathinaikos was very soft in the defense with only exception being the fourth period when though Olympiakos was ready to celebrate one of his vary few victories in OAKA the last 20 years!.

Bartzokas players had the passion to win the game on the other hand the newcomers of Panathinaikos (most of them) were rookies in such a derby and it was obvious that they didnt knew what to expect, the Green funs were magnificent (with a small exception at the end where they throw staff to the red players, and they never stopped pushing their players even when the difference was reaching the 20 points. The Greens never believed that they could have won the game last night with the only exceptions being the two Green veterans, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Tsartsaris who tried their best but they were all alone.
Another fact of the last game was the patient factor, the Reds had the needed patient to do their shots at the right time and from the right place, no wonder why not even the slightest three pointer (from a total of nine successful 3 pointers) was under a real defense, the reds were shooting alone, even the shots they missed with a couple of exceptions, were still alone no Green defense was taking place. Panathinaikos had no defensive strategy that was obvious for Pedoulakiss greens. Obradovic legacy is tough and his patriarch presentation within the Greens is missing from the Panathinaikos.


Last but not least, the rookies of Panathinaikos with no exception at all! performed lower than expected, some of them simply due to the fact that they havent been used accordingly and actively in the court, by Pedoulakis (no trust) some others due to the very good defense from Bartzokas players (Schortsianitis) and some of them simply due to the fact that they have nothing to be compared with the players they have replaced since they havent even tried to score in such a crucial game (see the 3 Americans - Panko and his one and only shot in 15 minutes, Armstrong with no shots in his 4 minutes, and Kitchen with 1 shot in 8 minutes).
Further to all these, its more than obvious after the last nights result that unless solid and crucial changes takes place in Panathinaikos, the Greens will end up in the second place of the regular season, (this team has no chance to beat Olympiakos in SEF, in the 2nd round) while in the Euroleague since they face serious difficulties against the very low in power, Kantu, they will be really lucky if they make it to the top 8 teams). Panathinaikos needs winners in his team and at this stage has players with no experience in victories..



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Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 4

B

Oct. 21: Kerava ET - TuNMKY 90-71

A

Oct. 21: Ura Basket - Porvoon Tarmo 83-102
Oct. 22: Pyrinto II - Tapiolan Honka 79-78

B

Oct. 21: Espoo Basket - HBA-Marsky 72-90
Oct. 21: KaU Koris - Jarvenpaa 72-63

A

Oct. 21: Oulun NMKY - ToPo 64-68

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Oct. 26: Porvoon Tarmo - Pyrinto II
Oct. 27: Oulun NMKY - Tapiolan Honka
Oct. 28: Huima - Ura Basket
Oct. 28: ToPo - SayRi

B

Oct. 26: HBA-Marsky - Jarvenpaa
Oct. 26: Kerava ET - KaU Koris
Oct. 28: JyWe - TuNMKY
Oct. 28: Espoo Basket - BC Jyvaskyla


1st Division Round 4: #1 Tapiolan Honka is defeated by Pyrinto II - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the 1st Division and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Tapiolan Honka (2-1) in Tampere on Monday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked Pyrinto II (2-1) 79-78. It was a key game for the second position in Division. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-78. 29 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joni Harjula (189-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists and Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) who added 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Pyrinto II's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Eric Brennan (201-89, college: Kutztown) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Pyrinto II moved-up to second place in Division. Pyrinto II are looking forward to face league's leader Porvoon Tarmo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tapiolan Honka will play against Oulun NMKY and is hoping to win this game.
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 used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. 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.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked TuNMKY (3-1) against fifth ranked Kerava Energia Team (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting TuNMKY was crushed by Kerava Energia Team in Kerava 90-71. It was a very good performance for La Trice Little who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. 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's next round opponent will be higher ranked KaU Koris (#3) in Karkkila 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.
1st Division top team - Porvoon Tarmo (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Ura Basket (0-4) in Kaarina 102-83. Worth to mention a quality performance of 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. Loser Ura Basket still closes the standings with four games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face league's second-placed Pyrinto II in Tampere in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 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
Pyrinto II - Tapiolan Honka 79-78

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Tapiolan Honka (2-1) in Tampere on Monday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked Pyrinto II (2-1) 79-78. It was a key game for the second position in Division. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-78. 29 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joni Harjula (189-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists and Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) who added 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Pyrinto II's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Eric Brennan (201-89, college: Kutztown) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Ronnie Clark (195-81) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. Pyrinto II moved-up to second place in Division. Pyrinto II are looking forward to face league's leader Porvoon Tarmo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tapiolan Honka will play against Oulun NMKY and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: E.Brennan 25+11reb+1ast, R.Clark 20+5reb+2ast, V.Puotila 12+5reb+2ast, I.Sirola 10+2reb, A.Vanjoki 7+2reb+1ast, V.Vanjoki 4+6reb
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 19+3reb+5ast, J.Pulkkinen 15+10reb, J.Vaananen 11+3reb+3ast, T.Palmi 10+2reb, K.Rasinaho 9+1reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 197465


Ura Basket - Porvoon Tarmo 83-102

1st Division top team - Porvoon Tarmo (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Ura Basket (0-4) in Kaarina 102-83. Porvoon Tarmo made 28-of-35 free 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. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Porvoon Tarmo made 7 blocks. Ura Basket was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of 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 and the other American import guard Isaiah Tate (192-89, college: George Mason) who added 18 points during the contest. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American guard Nolan Richardson (188-84, college: Midwestern St.) responded with 29 points and guard Miska Ahokas (200-90) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo maintains first position in Division with 4-0 record. Loser Ura Basket still closes the standings with four games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face league's second-placed Pyrinto II in Tampere in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 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 on Sunday. Oulun NMKY was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Torpan Pojat, which allowed them to win the game. Oulun NMKY was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Elias Kajander (196-80) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Devin Ginty (188-89, college: San Diego, agency: SDJ Sports) who added 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. 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. At the losing side American point guard Frederick Russell (185-88, college: Philadelphia) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Dwight Coleman (203-84, college: Dallas Baptist) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Torpan Pojat moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser Oulun NMKY dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Torpan Pojat will face higher ranked Saynatsalon Riento (#3) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Tapiolan Honka (#4).
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 used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. 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, M.Tammi 9+9reb, H.Sivula 9+3reb, 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

Very important is a road loss of first ranked TuNMKY (3-1) against fifth ranked Kerava Energia Team (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting TuNMKY was crushed by Kerava Energia Team in Kerava 90-71. The game was mostly controlled by Kerava Energia Team. TuNMKY was better in 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. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a very good performance for 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. Cameroonian power forward Rudolf Mua (201-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Four Kerava Energia Team players scored in double figures. Forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and forward Oskari Immonen (197-93) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for TuNMKY. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. 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's next round opponent will be higher ranked KaU Koris (#3) in Karkkila 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


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia30.3 
 2. Richardson, Ura B.30.0 
 3. Brennan, Tapiolan.25.0 
 4. Collins, SayRi23.3 
 5. Harjula, Pyrinto II22.3 
 6. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.7 
 7. Pyykkonen, JyWe21.5 
 8. Young, Porvoon21.3 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET21.3 
 10. Tarjanne, Jarvenp.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia17.3 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.13.7 
 3. Stephens, Huima13.3 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET13.3 
 5. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.5 
 6. Young, Porvoon12.3 
 7. Itani, BC Jyvasky.11.8 
 8. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 9. Brennan, Tapiolan.11.3 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Joni HERRALA
  HBA-M.
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Herrala, HBA-M.4.5 
 2. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.3 
 3. Riihela, BC Nokia4.3 
 4. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.0 
 5. Vaananen, Pyrin.4.0 
 6. Ginty, ToPo3.5 
 7. Little, Kerava ET3.5 
 8. Kinnunen, KaU Koris3.3 
 9. Jarvinen, KaU Koris3.0 
 10. Hanninen, Jarven.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Little, Kerava ET4.5 
 2. Thomas, SayRi3.0 
 3. Andersen, Espoo B.2.8 
 4. Mua, Kerava ET2.8 
 5. Richardson, Ura B.2.8 
 6. Herrala, HBA-M.2.5 
 7. Russell, Oulun N.2.3 
 8. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.3 
 9. Beatovic, ToPo2.0 
 10. Nash, Ura Basket2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jari PULKKINEN
  Pyrin.
  (203-PF-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.3.3 
 2. Keskitalo, JyWe2.8 
 3. Young, Porvoon2.5 
 4. Mua, Kerava ET1.5 
 5. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 6. Markkanen, BC Jyv.1.3 
 7. Brennan, Tapiolan.1.3 
 8. Stephens, Huima1.3 
 9. Niskanen, ToPo1.0 
 10. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.0 


Finnish 1st Division round 4 best performance: Jerrah Young - by Eurobasket News

American forward Jerrah Young (201-F-85) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Porvoon Tarmo, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 20 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Ura Basket (#9, 0-4) with 19-point margin 102-83. It allowed Porvoon Tarmo to consolidate first place in the Finnish 1st Division. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Porvoon Tarmo already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Young turned to be Porvoon Tarmo's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Toledo star has very solid stats this year. Young is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (6th best: 12.3rpg) and averages impressive 2.5bpg and 64.9% FGP. Worth to mention Young played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Sami Syrjala (197-F-81) of KaU Koris. Syrjala had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Of course KaU Koris cruised to a 72-63 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Jarvenpaa (#4, 2-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group B. KaU Koris consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Syrjala is well-known at KaU Koris and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Eric Brennan (201-F-89) of Tapiolan Honka (#4). Brennan scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Brennan's great performance Tapiolan Honka lost 78-79 to #2 ranked Pyrinto II. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Tapiolan Honka needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group A. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Brennan has a great season in Finland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 11.3rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80) of Kerava ET - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. La Trice Little (187-G-79) of Kerava ET - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Sakari Salminen (200-F-87) of TuNMKY - 19 points and 16 rebounds
7. Jari Pulkkinen (203-PF-84) of Pyrinto II - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Nolan Richardson (188-G-84) of Ura Basket - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Frederick Russell (185-PG-88) of Oulun NMKY - 28 points and 7 rebounds
10. Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Kerava ET - 17 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Results and Stats from ProA Round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in ProA as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Round 3 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Nanterre where host JSF Nanterre (1-2) beat league's leader ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (2-1) 90-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's 40. The best player for the winners was American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) who scored 23 points. His fellow American import forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) chipped in 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Cholet who have the same record. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play next round against league's leader Cholet trying to make it back to the top of the standings. JSF Nanterre will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Paris-Levallois on the road.
The game had a very big importance for eighth-ranked Cholet as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket) loss. Cholet defeated 3rd placed STB Le Havre at home 71-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a good game for American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Marcus Goree contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for STB Le Havre. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated STB Le Havre. STB Le Havre will play next round against Strasbourg IG trying to get back on the winning streak. Cholet will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Limoges CSP Elite (2-1) 67-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-1 record before this meeting. It was a great evening for Brad Wanamaker who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Juby Johnson with 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated Gravelines-Dunkerque. Limoges CSP Elite will meet at home Le Mans (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Poitiers (#14) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Nancy was defeated by Chalon in a road game 76-61. Boulazac beat Poitiers at home 73-67. Winless Orleans lost to Le Mans on the opponent's court 64-71. Bottom-ranked Roanne managed to outperform Paris-Levallois in a home game 74-65.
The best stats of 3rd round was 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by Blake Schilb of Chalon.


Chalon - Nancy 76-61

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Chalon/Saor and 10th ranked Sluc Nancy had identical 1-1 record. This time Chalon/Saor used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Nancy 76-61 on Monday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively. Defending champion (2-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Loser Sluc Nancy keeps the tenth place with two games lost. Chalon/Saor will face JDA Dijon (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sluc Nancy will play against Boulazac Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 21+6reb+6ast, B.Rush 12+2reb, S.Tchicamboud 11+5reb+5ast, I.Evtimov 10+3reb+2ast, S.Williams 8+12reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 7+3reb+1ast
Nancy: S.King 19+13reb+1ast, S.Diabate 18+3reb+6ast, M.Sommerville 9+2reb, H.Toure 4+5reb+2ast, N.Pope 4+3reb+1ast, K.Grant 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 178860


Gravelines - Limoges 55-67

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Limoges CSP Elite (2-1) 67-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-1 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to win fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Limoges CSP Elite dominated on the defensive end, holding Gravelines-Dunkerque to just 3 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 48-30 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Raphael Desroses (199-80) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) with 15 points and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated Gravelines-Dunkerque. Limoges CSP Elite will meet at home Le Mans (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Poitiers (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Limoges: B.Wanamaker 14+5reb+3ast, R.Desroses 13+5reb, A.Tsamis 10+5reb+2ast, T.Walker 6+4reb, K.McAlarney 5+1reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 5+7reb+3ast
Gravelines: J.Johnson 15+4reb+4ast, D.Buycks 12+1reb+3ast, A.Curti 12+2reb+1ast, L.Vaty 6+6reb, C.Akpomedah 5+3reb, J.Edwards 3+3reb
gschID: 178867


Nanterre - ASVEL 90-77

Round 3 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Nanterre where host JSF Nanterre (1-2) beat league's leader ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (2-1) 90-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's 40. The best player for the winners was American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) who scored 23 points. His fellow American import forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) chipped in 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Cholet who have the same record. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play next round against league's leader Cholet trying to make it back to the top of the standings. JSF Nanterre will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Paris-Levallois on the road.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: D.Lighty 23+3reb+3ast, C.Oliver 22+4reb, C.Warren 14+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 10+6reb+1ast, C.Massie 6+1reb, M.Judith 6+2reb+3ast
ASVEL: E.Jackson 18+5reb+3ast, A.Sy 14+2reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 12+8reb+3ast, T.Abromaitis 9+1reb, G.Joseph 9+1ast, T.Larrouquis 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 178866


Cholet - Le Havre 71-62

The game had a very big importance for eighth-ranked Cholet as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket) loss. Cholet defeated 3rd placed STB Le Havre at home 71-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. It was a key game for the top position in the league. STB Le Havre was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 36-24 second half run of Cholet. It was a good game for American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. His fellow American import forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: the other American import) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for STB Le Havre. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 8 other teams including defeated STB Le Havre. STB Le Havre will play next round against Strasbourg IG trying to get back on the winning streak. Cholet will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket on the road.
Top scorers:
Cholet: T.Everett 19+4reb+3ast, M.Goree 15+6reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 12+3reb+1ast, R.Jomby 8+1reb+2ast, R.Gobert 8+4reb+1ast, C.Ona-Embo 6+1reb+1ast
Le Havre: B.King 17+5reb+7ast, V.Moldoveanu 14+10reb, M.Kouguere 10+1reb, G.Brown 9+2reb, D.Thompson 7+1reb+1ast, G.Pitard 5+1reb
gschID: 178864


Boulazac - Poitiers 73-67

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Boulazac Basket (1-2) defeated at home higher ranked Poitiers (1-2) 73-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Boulazac Basket forced 22 Poitiers turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Osiris Eldridge (191-88, college: Illinois St.) who scored 27 points. His fellow American import power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Boulazac Basket's coach Sylvain Lautie used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) who recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Poitiers players scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Poitiers. Boulazac Basket will face Sluc Nancy (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: O.Eldridge 27+4reb+3ast, D.Monroe 14+11reb+1ast, A.McKenzie 12+4reb, D.Harris 9+2reb+2ast, T.Dubiez 5+1reb+1ast, A.Kerckhof 2+4reb+4ast
Poitiers: A.Smith 15+5reb+3ast, A.Dobbins 13+6reb+5ast, P.Guillard 12+1ast, A.Nivins 10+5reb+1ast, L.Kante 10+3reb, J.Gray 3+2reb
gschID: 178862


Le Mans - Orleans 71-64

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (0-3) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Le Mans (2-1) 71-64 on Saturday. Entente Orleans 45 trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-71 at the end of the game. Le Mans forced 21 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. The best player for the winners was Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who scored 12 points and 4 assists. Swingman Pape Sy (201-88) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) added 15 points respectively. Le Mans keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Loser Entente Orleans 45 still closes the standings with three games lost. Le Mans will face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Chorale de Roanne (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 12+4reb+4ast, K.El-Amin 12+2ast, C.Kahudi 11+4reb+3ast, P.Sy 9+7reb+2ast, C.Long 8+4reb+1ast, A.Koffi 8+3reb
Orleans: J.Young 18+2reb, B.Greene 15+3reb+2ast, C.Green 9+8reb+4ast, M.Lebrun 8+6reb+1ast, M.Pellin 4+1reb+6ast, B.Osby 4+2reb
gschID: 178861


Roanne - Paris-Levallois 74-65

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Chorale de Roanne (1-2) beat at home 4th placed Paris-Levallois (2-1) 74-65 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 44-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chorale de Roanne outrebounded Paris-Levallois 50-30 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Paris-Levallois still keeps top position with one game lost. Chorale de Roanne will face bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#16) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against JSF Nanterre (#13).
Top scorers:
Roanne: C.Collins 15+13reb, P.Amagou 14+3reb+3ast, W.Gradit 12+3reb+2ast, M.Howard 11+11reb+1ast, A.Voskuil 9+2ast, Y.Sangare 8+3reb+6ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 20+6reb+2ast, S.May 16+6reb+2ast, J.Cox 11+1reb+5ast, A.Diot 10+1reb+3ast, M.N'Doye 3+1reb, A.Albicy 2+4reb+6ast
gschID: 178865


Strasbourg - Dijon 78-67 OT

Gerald Fitch nailed 23 points to lead Strasbourg past Dijon in overtime. It was the second win for the hosts in the season. Louis Campbell delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Leloup answered with 15 points for the visitors. Campbell provided 12 points as Dijon slipped at 1-2 record after the loss.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: G.Fitch 23+4reb+2ast, A.Ajinca 17+7reb+1ast, L.Campbell 13+7reb+6ast, R.Greer 11+11reb+5ast, M.Zianveni 11+5reb, H.Invernizzi 3+3reb
Dijon: J.Leloup 15+5reb, T.Campbell 12+2reb, D.Melody 10+2reb+2ast, K.Tiggs 10+3reb+2ast, L.Aboudou 8+2reb+1ast, A.Harris 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 178863



David Monds claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American David Monds (205-C/F-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bourg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 29-year old had a double-double of 21 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Charleville (#11, 2-3) with 16-point margin 83-67. Bourg is placed at 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Bourg will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Monds had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bourg's top player in his first season with the team. Oklahoma State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Monds is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.4rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward Terence Dials (206-F/C-83) of Hyeres-Toulon. Dials impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Hyeres-Toulon to edge Denain (#18, 0-5) by 2 points 86-84. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Hyeres-Toulon keeps 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Dials is a newcomer at Hyeres-Toulon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Thomas Coleman (205-F/C-88) of Bordeaux (#16). Coleman scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Coleman's great performance Bordeaux lost 86-88in overtime to the higher-ranked Nantes (#13, 2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Bordeaux can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Coleman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Coleman has individually a great season in France. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Siggers (188-SG-85) of Lille - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. John Flowers (200-F-89) of Denain - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Marcus Kitts (205-C/F-89) of Denain - 24 points and 9 rebounds
7. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of St Vallier - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) of Boulogne - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. John Williamson (199-F/C-86) of Fos Ouest - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Jonathan Tornato claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Blois and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Chartres (#13, 1-4) 72-59. It allowed Blois to jump to the first place in the French NM1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Blois already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Tornato's second year at Blois and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tornato has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 56.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young power forward Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) of CFBB. Inglis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as CFBB lost that game 62-89 to the higher-ranked Quimper (#5, 3-1). This loss caused CFBB to slide to the very bottom (18) position in the standings. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Inglis is one of the most experienced players at CFBB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 8.5rpg and 4.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Ryan Zamroz (192-G/F-87, agency: JEMsports) of Sorgues (#15). Zamroz scored 26 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Sorgues, leading his team to a 92-90 win against the higher-ranked Angers BC 49 (#7, 2-2). Sorgues can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Zamroz he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Zamroz has individually a great season in France. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Omar Sall (195-F-80) of Rennes - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Cognac - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cedric Bertorelle (198-G-78) of Cognac - 23 points and 5 rebounds
7. Benjamin Thomas (181-PG-82) of Vichy - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Corey Raji (198-F-88) of Quimper - 14 points and 12 rebounds
9. Arnaud Thinon (178-PG-87) of Sorgues - 26 points
10. Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-G/F-90) of Angers BC 49 - 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)


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.20.7 
 2. King, Le Havre19.7 
 3. Smith, Poitiers19.3 
 4. Lighty, Nanterre18.7 
 5. Williams, Paris-.17.7 
 6. Diot, Paris-Levall.17.7 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac17.0 
 8. Fitch, Strasbourg17.0 
 9. Schilb, Chalon16.7 
 10. Jackson, AS.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Coleman COLLINS
  Roanne
  (206-C/F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Collins, Roanne10.7 
 2. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.10.7 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac10.0 
 4. Green, Orleans9.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon9.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg8.0 
 7. King, Nancy7.7 
 8. Nivins, Poitiers7.7 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.7.0 
 10. Passave-D., Nant.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Paris-Le.
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Albicy, Paris-Le.8.3 
 2. King, Le Havre8.0 
 3. Schilb, Chalon6.7 
 4. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.6.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.7 
 7. Campbell, Stras.4.7 
 8. Cox, Paris-Levallo.4.5 
 9. Everett, Cholet4.3 
 10. Diabate, Nancy4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Osiris ELDRIDGE
  Boulazac
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Eldridge, Boulazac3.0 
 2. Schilb, Chalon3.0 
 3. Wanamaker, Limoges2.7 
 4. Williams, Paris-.2.7 
 5. Jomby, Cholet2.7 
 6. Linehan, Nancy2.7 
 7. Diabate, Nancy2.3 
 8. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers2.3 
 10. King, Le Havre2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-PF-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 2. King, Nancy2.0 
 3. Sy, AS.1.7 
 4. Fofana, Le Havre1.7 
 5. Jean-B., Chalon1.0 
 6. Vaty, Gravelines1.0 
 7. Gobert, Cholet1.0 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet1.0 
 9. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 10. Williams, Chalon1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Fabien HERARD
  Challans
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Herard, Challans20.0 
 2. Thinon, Sorgues19.0 
 3. Zamroz, Sorgues18.0 
 4. Hill, Angers BC 4917.0 
 5. Staelens, Blois16.8 
 6. Thibedore, Quimper16.7 
 7. Gentil, Rueil16.3 
 8. Thomas, Vichy15.8 
 9. Inglis, CFBB15.8 
 10. Desespringal., Ru.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kaunisto, Blois14.0 
 2. Calasan, Monaco10.0 
 3. Inglis, CFBB8.5 
 4. Hankins-Cole, Sorg.8.5 
 5. Sall, Rennes8.3 
 6. Diame, Rueil8.0 
 7. Caskill, Cognac8.0 
 8. Tornato, Blois7.8 
 9. N''Diaye, Souffel7.7 
 10. Christophe, Mona.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Christophe, Monaco8.0 
 2. Rathieuville, Chal.8.0 
 3. Fellah, Angers B.7.0 
 4. Boivin, Chartres6.0 
 5. Cherry, Quimper5.3 
 6. Minet, Souffel4.7 
 7. Saounera, Rueil4.3 
 8. Inglis, CFBB4.3 
 9. Thomas, Vichy4.0 
 10. M''Bodji, Souffel4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. El Amrani, Vichy3.3 
 2. Thibedore, Quimper3.0 
 3. Saounera, Rueil2.3 
 4. Bach, Souffel2.0 
 5. Cherry, Quimper2.0 
 6. Pene, Rennes1.8 
 7. Ludon, Cognac1.7 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 9. Fellah, Angers B.1.7 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Davis, Blois2.5 
 2. Diame, Rueil1.7 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 4. Inglis, CFBB1.5 
 5. Kaunisto, Blois1.5 
 6. Ben Driss, Rennes1.5 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.5 
 8. Alingue, Souffel1.3 
 9. Cazenobe, Souffel1.3 
 10. N''Diaye, Souffel1.0 


Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: Nanterre - ASVEL 90-77
Oct. 19: Strasbourg - Dijon 78-67 OT
Oct. 22: Chalon - Nancy 76-61
Oct. 19: Roanne - Paris-Levallois 74-65
Oct. 20: Boulazac - Poitiers 73-67
Oct. 20: Le Mans - Orleans 71-64
Oct. 20: Cholet - Le Havre 71-62
Oct. 20: Gravelines - Limoges 55-67

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Orleans - Roanne
Oct. 27: Paris-Levallois - Nanterre
Oct. 27: Limoges - Le Mans
Oct. 27: Dijon - Chalon
Oct. 27: Poitiers - Gravelines
Oct. 27: ASVEL - Cholet
Oct. 27: Le Havre - Strasbourg
Oct. 27: Nancy - Boulazac


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Blois 4-0 
 2. Cognac 4-0 
 3. Souffel 4-0 
 4. Orchy 3-0 
 5. Quimper 3-1 
 6. Vichy 3-2 
 7. Angers BC 49 2-2 
 8. St Chamond 2-2 
 9. Monaco 2-2 
 10. Rennes 2-3 
 11. Challans 1-3 
 12. Rueil 1-3 
 13. Chartres 1-4 
 14. La Rochelle 1-4 
 15. Sorgues 1-4 
 16. Lievin 0-0 
 17. Roche 0-0 
 18. CFBB 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 20: Sorgues - Angers BC 49 92-90
Oct. 20: Vichy - St Chamond 75-61
Oct. 20: Rueil - Cognac 66-70
Oct. 20: Rennes - Monaco 63-60
Oct. 20: CFBB - Quimper 62-89
Oct. 20: Chartres - Blois 59-72
Oct. 20: La Rochelle - Souffel 58-60

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: Blois - Rennes
Oct. 27: Angers BC 49 - Chartres
Oct. 27: Roche - Sorgues
Oct. 27: Challans - Cognac
Oct. 27: Monaco - Lievin
Oct. 27: Quimper - La Rochelle
Oct. 27: Orchy - CFBB
Oct. 27: St Chamond - Rueil
Oct. 27: Souffel - Vichy



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Esteghlal adds Atuashvili to their roster - by Greg (T)

Esteghlal Gheshm (Superleague) added to their roster 27-year old Georgian center Sergo Atuashvili (223-122kg-85). He arrived today and is passing medical check. Atuashvili moved there from Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL league where he started this season. While playing 3 games in Lithuanian League he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League (4.5ppg and 3.0rpg).
The last season he played for Sokhumi (EuroChallenge). In two EuroChallenge games last year he recorded 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 22 games in Georgian Superleague where he averaged 10.4ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1bpg. Atuashvili helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Atuashvili is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo and Tln Kalev), France, Portugal, Serbia (Mega Vizura), Spain, Georgia (Armia, Avia Tbilisi, MIA and NTD Tbilisi) and Lithuania (Dzukija).



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BG Dorsten says Farewell to Rickie Crews - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



PRO B team BG Dorsten announced that Rickie Crews (205-C, college: Holy Family) will no longer wear their jersey this season. Crews is a 205cm center from Derpford New Jersey that was playing his rookie season in Germany. He started the season with PRO A team Crailsheim Merlins before moving to BG Dorsten. The American who played at the Holy Family (NCAA2) was able to play four games for BG Dorsten. He averaged 16,3ppg, 6,0rpg, 3,3bpg and 1,3spg. He was able to score in double figures in each game and in his last game had 19 points and 11 rebounds against SC Rist Wedel. He also registered nine blocks against Recklingshausen. The club will present a replacement this week.

Source: BG Dorsten



Jacob Burtschi Freezes The Fraport Skyliners 74-68 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Not only the two slow starts by the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven this season was on the minds off fans, but also the meeting between ex players Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) and Zach Peacocok with their respective teams was a topic of discussion coming into the showdown between the Skyliners and Bremerhaven in the Eisbaeren cage. However one link that involves two basketball minds stayed in the backround and seems to slip the minds of many is the fact that Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spadley and Skyliner captain Marius Nolte had a positive working relationship in Paderborn between 2001-2009. Spradley coached the gregarious Nolte in 223 total games and 103 Beko BBL games. The most fond memories of both will probably be the 50 game winning streak they had in the second Bundesliga and moving up to the first division in 2006 as well as forcing 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin to five games in the 2009 playoffs. Nolte left Paderborn in 2009 for Frankfurt and Spradley for Bremerhaven. Both have very important roles as Spradley is trying to lead his team back to the Beko BBL playoffs and Nolte as team captain of the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt who doesnt always play much, but is so important with his fulltime captain role on and off the court. Coming into the game, Nolte led the head to head duel against his ex coach 6-5 after losing the season series last season. After working together for so long, it is always nice when both can compete and see each other at games. I am always happy to see Marius. We have a great friendship, but on the court he is a pain in the behind. He is so good at drawing fouls and that is why he has been in the league for so long. He may not be the best basketball player, but he is one of the hardest working in the league, stressed Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. After the game the head to head series was tied 6-6 after the nail bitting 74-68 Bremerhaven win, but both had a smile on their face even if Spradley was rubbing it in a bit to Nolte. I would have liked to have won today and I was very motivated. It is always nice to talk to him after being my coach for so long. I learned so much from him and we have a great friendship, added Marius Nolte.
Both teams came into the game wanting to prove something as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were still seeking their first home win of the season, but coming off a huge 114 point slaughter in Giessen while the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt were looking to win their second road game of the season and snap their two game losing streak. After the horrible second half in Trier where the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt totally fell apart, they came to Bremerhaven motivated and gave a great team effort, but usually it takes 40 minutes to win a game and not 35 minutes as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven rallied in the last two minutes to escape the Frankfurt lead and win it with a 8-0 run. This was a very bitter loss. We were up by so many points and then giving up the lead hurt. This was similar to the Trier game. We need to learn to keep the lead until the end. For the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, they never gave up even with the good Skyliner start. They stayed calm and in the last minutes buckled down on defense and made the big plays to secure the win. This was a real dog fight. Both teams really wanted to win this game. We prepared well all week, but in the end it just felt like we wanted it more, stressed shooting guard Stefan Jackson. One could see it on the faces of the dejected Skyliners after the siren sounded that they had given up a golden opportunity to win on the road. I think that with the 68-66 lead at the end, we could of closed it out, but we were unable to execute well, stressed Quantez Robertson.
Long before the jump ball was tossed to jump start the game, one could see a long chat with ex teammates Devin Gibson and Jacob Burtschi at the center court, new Skyliner Ted Scott playing water boy again carrying some team equipment to the bench and a marching band that got fans into the spirit for some Sunday afternoon basketball. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt had Devin Gibson back after his injury and Germans Konstantin Klein and Danilo Barthel were well rested after not playing in the PRO B game Saturday night in Lich. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt jumped out on a good start leading 5-2 as Zach Peacock scored from the wing and German Danilo Barthel connected on a high rainbow. Canadian Scott Morrison had memories of his hot start last week in Giessen and was doing his thing again on the court scoring with a dunk and lay in giving Bremerhaven the 6-5 advantage. However the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt ahd found their rhythm very early on offense as Johnathan Jones was doing a steady job at the helm as point guard leading the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt on a 11-4 run to lead 16-10. Jones had his best phase of the game scoring on a pull up jumper and doing a heads up play fooling Bremerhaven on the press and stealing in inbound pass and making the lay up. American Ted Scott did what he did in his debut in Trier scoring in bunches as he hit a three pointer and then made an incredible penetration on Jackson making a hesitation step and then spinning by the American and hitting a runner. Peacock scored twice closing out the first quarter as the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt led 20-15. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt found a solid rhythm on offense and defense and Ted Scott and Zach Peacock were hot. Frankfurt had problems giving up offensive rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt were shooting 50% from the field and 50% from outside while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 29% from the field and 0% form outside. Frankfurt had the rebound edge 13-8, but six turnovers while Bremerhaven had four turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt kept their healthy lead in the second quarter extending it to 29-19 with a 9-4 run. Ted Scott scored seven unanswered points in this span with two catch and pop jumpers and a lay up in transition. Jones found Peacock open down low with a no look pass. Bremerhaven stayed in the game, but as German national player Philipp Zwiener cut the lead to six, it was Skyliner American Dion Dowell who found some of that shooting spunk form the Artland game drilling home two consecutive three pointers and Frankfurt was up 36-27. However the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt were unable to hold the big lead as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven closed out the second quarter with an 8-2 run to cut the once comfortable lead to a slim 38-35 Frankfurt advantage. Bremerhaven did a good thing trying to take advantage of the mismatches but also in this run had some misfortune as they hit some difficult buckets in more one on one situations. Zwiener made a hard shovel lay in, Keith Waleskowski made a fade away from the wing, Stanley Burrell a tough fade away from the wing and Waleskowski scored again inside. We never got down when they had lead. We always know that we can come back, because we have the needed fire power. We have a balanced team in scoring and defended well containing their guards and wing players, stressed Stefan Jackson. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt were shooting 47% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 41% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 20-18 rebound edge, but nine turnovers while Bremerhaven had six turnovers.
The Third quarter remained a dog fight and very close as the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt gave up the lead only once and they never led by more than four points. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt continued to have massive problems on the boards in this quarter giving up five offensive rebounds. Peacock continued to be a menace on offense executing at a high rate making a running hook shot and a fade away shot from the wing as Frankfurt led 42-40. Ex Skyliner Jacob Burtschi then came cruising down the court on the fast break and everyone knew in the arena that he wanted to be on the nightly highlight reel with a dunk as he plowed into the lane and ex teammate Danilo Barthel was about to stand in the way let him pass, but the Oklahoma native hit a clunker popping out the dunk. Burtschi quickly apologized to his teammates about giving up two sure points and made up for it on the next offensive set nailing a three pointer and giving Bremerhaven their second lead of the game after the early 6-5 lead in the first quarter. Frankfurt then went on a mini 5-0 run as Quantez Robertson dropped a pull up jumper and Devin Gibson a three pointer for the 47-43 advantage. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven retaliated with a 4-0 run as Zwiener and Jackson hit knotting the score at 47-47. Robertson continued to display the hot hand hitting a three pointer and Dion Dowells cored inside for the 52-51 Frankfurt lead after three quarter. We hit some big shots to stay with them and did a good job on the offensive boards, expressed Stefan Jackson. We showed a lot of energy on defense and rotated better and got off on our offensive transition, added Jacob Burtschi. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt were shooting 45% from the field and 39% from the parking lot while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 38% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Bremerhaven had regained the 32-27 rebound edge back and had nine turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.
The fourth quarter was the harsh story of three runs that the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven won 2-1. After three solid quarter where the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt contained the lead, they showed some minor whiplash from their second half in Trier as they allowed the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven to regain the lead and control of the game with a 11-0 run to lead 62-52. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt were coughing up the ball in the worst way as well as getting offensive fouls while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were executing their offense on a constant rate. Burrell started the run with another one of his patent one on one plays making an off balance shot as the shot clocker buzzer sounded. Very quiet Justin Stommes erupted with a three point bomb, Burtschi scored on the penetration and Waleskowski got a no look pass from Alex Harris with the easy bucket inside. Just when you might have figured that the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt may have a second TBB Trier, they buckled down and shocked the arena with an amazing 14-2 run to fetch back their lead 66-64. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt got a lot of production from many different players. Gibson started the run with an amazing unbelievable spin move in the lane falling to his left and somehow making the shot high off the glass. Robertson continued to hit timely shots making a three pointer and a Peacock jumper. Frankfurt also got free throws from Gibson, Nolte and Scott. Stanley Burrell then read the defense well snuck inside for the easy lay up as their was no help defense as the game was deadlocked 66-66. With a minute remaining it was Ted Scott hitting a huge jumper giving the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt their last lead of the game 68-66. Bremerhaven then would respond by going on a 8-0 run as ex Skyliner Jacob Burtschi made six free throws freezing his ex team 74-68. After Burtschi tied the score 68-68, Frankfurt had the chance to take the lead, but peacocok got a turnover traveling call. My traveling call was a game changer, stressed Zach Peacock. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven then at the wink of an eye took apart the Frankfurt defense with one swipe as Burrell found a cutting Morrison in the lane who slammed the ball home for the 70-68 lead. With less than a minute to go, Devin Gibson went for a tough penetration finishing with his left hand, but missed. Burtschi prompt got fouled and with a stern cold look sunk both free throws as if he was making that killer move on Park street on the Monopoly board. Frankfurt then had one more possession where they tried to cut the lead down, but Peacock missed a three pointer. That last play was for me or Dowell. The defense bit on two players leaving me open. I had the shot, but missed, added Zach Peacocok. It was Mr glue guy Jacob Burtschi that secured the rebound and got to the line again for points five and six in the run. Burtschi made the shots, took charging calls and was just all around the ball tonight, added Quantez Robertson. I have played against Burtschi the last three years and he played well. He always makes the plays. I have a lot of respect for him, commented Zach Peacock. It was an exciting fourth quarter with the better end for Bremerhaven. We played good defense down the stretch. Scott made some big shots, but I was in his face a lot and I knew that he wouldnt be able to sustain that all game long. Burtschi was our glue guy that always makes the tough plays and did the little things needed to help us get win, stressed Stefan Jackson. We didnt play good one on one defense and rebound well at the end, added Quantez Robertson.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Jacob Burtschi with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Stanley Burrel produced 14 points and seven assists. Philipp Zwiener and Scott Morrison chipped in with 11 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt were led by Ted Scott with 17 points and Zach Peacock contributed 14 points. With a 1-4 record and at the bottom of the standings, the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt still have very much to improve. They were outrebounded 41-34, but a vast improvement to Trier. We improved our rebounding. One could see that we had a fighting mentality when going for the rebounds, stressed Konstantin Klein. Frankfurt had problems inside giving up 30 points in the paint and stil turned over the ball too much with 18. However they have one trait form last season that they will continue to need while improving their other parts of their game. Our best strength today is that we never gave up, warned Quantez Robertson. The next opponent for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt are the Telekom Baskets Bonn on October 27.


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Tyrone BRAZELTON
  NBC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Brazelton, NBC23.6 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven21.4 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.8 
 4. Jost, Finke Baske.18.4 
 5. Adams, Finke B.18.0 
 6. Richardson, Karls.17.8 
 7. Alexander, Kirchhe.17.4 
 8. Barker, Jena17.4 
 9. Simon, Leipzig16.6 
 10. Anderson, Ehingen16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Gadley, Leipzig11.6 
 2. Thompson, NBC11.4 
 3. Richardson, Karls.9.4 
 4. Dennis, Finke B.9.2 
 5. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau9.0 
 6. Unterluggaue., Ehi.8.0 
 7. White, Heidelberg7.7 
 8. Black, Karlsruhe7.6 
 9. Baker, Gotha7.2 
 10. Calvin, Ehingen7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Guy AUD
  Finke Baskets
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Aud, Finke Baskets8.8 
 2. Smith, Gotha6.0 
 3. Williams, Vechta5.8 
 4. Phillips, Goetting.5.4 
 5. Bynum, Chemnitz5.4 
 6. Coleman, Crailsheim5.4 
 7. Brazelton, NBC5.2 
 8. Barker, Jena5.0 
 9. Pratt, Cuxhaven5.0 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John BYNUM
  Chemnitz
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Bynum, Chemnitz3.4 
 2. White, Heidelberg3.0 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim2.8 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.6 
 5. Williams, Vechta2.3 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven2.2 
 7. Aud, Finke Baskets2.2 
 8. Johnson, Crailsheim1.8 
 9. Stuckemann, Vechta1.8 
 10. Jost, Finke Bask.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan DE MICHAEL
  NBC
  (205-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. De Michael, NBC1.8 
 2. Thompson, NBC1.8 
 3. White, Heidelberg1.7 
 4. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.6 
 5. Menck, Karlsruhe1.4 
 6. Gadley, Leipzig1.4 
 7. Lathan, Gotha1.2 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen1.0 
 9. Adams, Finke B.0.8 
 10. Abercrombie, NBC0.8 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Duesseldorf 4-1 
 2. Karlsruhe 4-1 
 3. Heidelberg 3-1 
 4. Cuxhaven 3-2 
 5. NBC 3-2 
 6. Ehingen 3-2 
 7. Goettingen 3-2 
 8. Finke Baskets 3-2 
 9. Kirchheim 3-2 
 10. Chemnitz 3-2 
 11. Crailsheim 2-3 
 12. Vechta 1-3 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 1-4 
 14. Gotha 1-4 
 15. Jena 1-4 
 16. Leipzig 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 20: Finke Baskets - Jena 98-92
Oct. 20: Cuxhaven - Kirchheim 98-66
Oct. 20: Karlsruhe - Crailsheim 89-71
Oct. 20: NBC - Vechta 83-87
Oct. 21: Heidelberg - Ehingen 77-67
Oct. 20: Chemnitz - ETB Wohnbau 75-51
Oct. 20: Gotha - Duesseldorf 70-72
Oct. 20: Goettingen - Leipzig 68-79

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: Leipzig - Karlsruhe
Oct. 27: Ehingen - Goettingen
Oct. 27: Duesseldorf - Heidelberg
Oct. 27: Kirchheim - Gotha
Oct. 27: Jena - Cuxhaven
Oct. 27: ETB Wohnbau - Finke Baskets
Oct. 27: Vechta - Chemnitz
Oct. 27: Crailsheim - NBC


Kelly's 31-point game gives him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

-year old point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182-PG) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cuxhaven and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Cuxhaven in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kirchheim (3-2) with 32-point margin 98-66. Cuxhaven is placed at 4th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Cuxhaven will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Kelly had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Cuxhaven's top player in his first season with the team. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kelly is in league's top in assists (8th best: 5.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Chris Gadley (207-C-87) of Leipzig. He is American center in his first season at Leipzig. In the last game Gadley recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Leipzig cruised to a 79-68 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Goettingen (#7, 3-2). Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Leipzig managed to get this year. Gadley is a newcomer at Leipzig and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Guy Aud (188-G-89) of Finke Baskets (#8). Aud scored 27 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Finke Baskets, leading his team to a 98-92 win against the lower-ranked Jena (#15, 1-4). Finke Baskets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Aud has a great season in Germany. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 8.8apg (best passer). Guy Aud has also German passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player. Aud attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Scott Thomas (200-F-89) of Cuxhaven - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Logan Stutz (205-F-88) of ETB Wohnbau - 22 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jason Adams (197-G/F-89) of Finke Baskets - 27 points and 5 rebounds
7. Haakim Johnson (201-G-87) of Crailsheim - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Devin White (203-F-88) of Heidelberg - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86) of NBC - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Lee Jeka (187-G-83) of Jena - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Ermis Lagkada 2-0 
 2. Filathlitikos 2-0 
 3. Lavrio 2-0 
 4. Nea Kifisia 2-0 
 5. Pagrati 1-1 
 6. Arkadikos 1-1 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 1-1 
 8. Doxa Lefkadas 1-1 
 9. Koroivos 1-1 
 10. Irakleio 1-1 
 11. Ikaroi Serron 0-2 
 12. Niki Volou 0-2 
 13. OFI 0-2 
 14. Trikalla 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 20: Lavrio - Pagrati 86-69
Oct. 20: Arkadikos - Koroivos 79-72
Oct. 20: Agia Paraskevis - Ikaroi Serron 77-71
Oct. 20: Filathlitikos - Trikalla 77-60
Oct. 20: Irakleio - Doxa Lefkadas 71-64
Oct. 20: OFI - Nea Kifisia 62-79
Oct. 20: Niki Volou - Ermis Lagkada 58-63

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 27: Pagrati - Filathlitikos
Oct. 27: Trikalla - Agia Paraskevis
Oct. 27: Ikaroi Serron - OFI
Oct. 27: Nea Kifisia - Arkadikos
Oct. 27: Koroivos - Niki Volou
Oct. 27: Ermis Lagkada - Doxa Lefkadas
Oct. 27: Irakleio - Lavrio


B' Division: 2nd week's top gunners - by Chris Mammides

After the results of the 2nd week in both the Groups of the 2nd division, the top gunners who scored more than 25 points were as follows:
The veteran guard Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Egaleo in the victory of his team over Anatolia, he was the leading figure with his 31 points and the 8 of 10 three pointers
Another veteran guard, Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) of Aias Evosmou in the victory of his team over MENT he scored 29 points
The newcomer in the division (from the Middle East leagues) Giannis Dip (186-PG-86) player of Near East in the victory of his team over Doukas he scored 29 point

The powerfull cetner Dimitris Katiakos (205-C/F-87) of Esperos AOPA in the negative result of his team against the very strong Halkida where he scored 28 points
The experienced guard Christoforos Choumas (194-G-85) of Amyntas Dafnis in the victory of his team over Enosi Iliou where he scored 27 points with 8 of 10 three pointers
And the xperience swingman Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80) of AEK Athens in the easy win of his team over Kronos Agiou Dimitriou, he scored 26 points


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Vaggelis KARABOULAS
  Nea K.
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Karaboulas, Nea K.26.5 
 2. Gizogiannis, Arkad.24.0 
 3. Cosic, Koroivos23.5 
 4. Jovanovic, Irakleio22.5 
 5. Gikas, Filathlitik.21.0 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.20.5 
 7. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.0 
 8. Kaklamanos, Trikal.20.0 
 9. Manousos, Doxa L.18.5 
 10. Pehlivanis, Ikaro.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giorgos ANAGNOSTOPOULOS
  Ermis L.
  (207-C-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Anagnostopou., Erm.11.5 
 2. Manousos, Doxa L.11.0 
 3. Cubrilo, Arkadikos11.0 
 4. Pavlovic, Pagrati8.5 
 5. Georgiadis, Filath.8.5 
 6. Pelkic, Irakleio8.5 
 7. Jovanovic, Irakleio8.0 
 8. Giannoulakos, Fila.8.0 
 9. Pagonis, Lavrio8.0 
 10. Vagenas, Doxa L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Filippos MOSCHOVITIS
  Nea K.
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Moschovitis, Nea K.8.5 
 2. Samothrakis, Filat.5.0 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos4.5 
 4. Gikas, Filathlitik.4.5 
 5. Vranjes, Pagrati4.0 
 6. Papadakis, OFI4.0 
 7. Cosic, Koroivos4.0 
 8. Petrakis, OFI3.5 
 9. Totsios, Ikaroi S.3.5 
 10. Katsares, Trikalla3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Theodoros ONASOGLOU
  Ermis L.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Onasoglou, Ermis L.3.0 
 2. Ioakeimidis, Ermis3.0 
 3. Manavopoulos, Agia3.0 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos3.0 
 5. Katsares, Trikalla2.5 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.2.5 
 7. Tsiakas, Agia P.2.5 
 8. Theodorakos, Niki2.0 
 9. Gikas, Filathlitik.2.0 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko PAVLOVIC
  Pagrati
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pavlovic, Pagrati1.5 
 2. Panou, Arkadikos1.0 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.1.0 
 4. Antetokoubo, Filat.1.0 
 5. Psathas, Nea Kifis.1.0 
 6. Charismidis, Trika.1.0 
 7. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.1.0 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.1.0 
 9. Doychinov, OFI1.0 
 10. Bouris, Arkadikos1.0 


An in depth analysis of the derby between the last two European champions - by Chris Mammides

Another derby between Panathinaikos Vs Olympiakos ended last night with a different taste than the last 15 or so derbies between the two teams. Olympiakos succeeded a crucial road win with the two ex Panathinaikos players, Spanoulis and Perperoglou being the keys to the red success. The changes of roles for the two teams was more than obvious last night since the winning spirit of Panathinaikos all the previous years and under Obradovics coaching was totally absent, instead of that we have witnessed the winnings spirit of Olympiakoss players under the very good coaching of Coach Bartzokas who used last night nine players in key roles (he only gave 7 minutes to Sloukas and 3 minutes to Mavroeidis while Gecevicius was not used at all in the game) while his opponent, Pedoulakis used actually five players and Gave only 11 minutes to his top man (before this game) Schortsianitis, while the rest of the six players in his roster played from 5 to 8 minutes maximum. That is (according to our analysis) one of the major differences of the team, the trust of the Coach to his players. Panathinaikos used his American duet of Armstrong and Kitchen 4 and seven minutes while Olympiakos received from Law and Hines 15 minutes per player.

Many Basketball experts said yesterday that if Panathinaikos was better in the free throws and parameter shots, with a better Lasme in the offensive sector (had 3 of 6 in teh 2's and 1 of 7 in the FT's) then things would have been better for the Greens. Thats totally wrong! The Reds last night were much better in all the edges of the court, they had a target, they played strong and tough (mostly) defense like Panathinaikos the previous seasons, while on the other hand, Panathinaikos was very soft in the defense with only exception being the fourth period when though Olympiakos was ready to celebrate one of his vary few victories in OAKA the last 20 years!.

Bartzokas players had the passion to win the game on the other hand the newcomers of Panathinaikos (most of them) were rookies in such a derby and it was obvious that they didnt knew what to expect, the Green funs were magnificent (with a small exception at the end where they throw staff to the red players, and they never stopped pushing their players even when the difference was reaching the 20 points. The Greens never believed that they could have won the game last night with the only exceptions being the two Green veterans, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Tsartsaris who tried their best but they were all alone.
Another fact of the last game was the patient factor, the Reds had the needed patient to do their shots at the right time and from the right place, no wonder why not even the slightest three pointer (from a total of nine successful 3 pointers) was under a real defense, the reds were shooting alone, even the shots they missed with a couple of exceptions, were still alone no Green defense was taking place. Panathinaikos had no defensive strategy that was obvious for Pedoulakiss greens. Obradovic legacy is tough and his patriarch presentation within the Greens is missing from the Panathinaikos.


Last but not least, the rookies of Panathinaikos with no exception at all! performed lower than expected, some of them simply due to the fact that they havent been used accordingly and actively in the court, by Pedoulakis (no trust) some others due to the very good defense from Bartzokas players (Schortsianitis) and some of them simply due to the fact that they have nothing to be compared with the players they have replaced since they havent even tried to score in such a crucial game (see the 3 Americans - Panko and his one and only shot in 15 minutes, Armstrong with no shots in his 4 minutes, and Kitchen with 1 shot in 8 minutes).
Further to all these, its more than obvious after the last nights result that unless solid and crucial changes takes place in Panathinaikos, the Greens will end up in the second place of the regular season, (this team has no chance to beat Olympiakos in SEF, in the 2nd round) while in the Euroleague since they face serious difficulties against the very low in power, Kantu, they will be really lucky if they make it to the top 8 teams). Panathinaikos needs winners in his team and at this stage has players with no experience in victories..



B' Division: Second Week's Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides

The second day of the superb league of the second division took place and the results were as follows:
North Group
Iraklis - Maroussi 78-68
Quarter: 18-13, 36-26, 63-44, 78-68
A great derby took place in Ivanofeion, Iraklis home court where some years ago this could have been an A1 derby since both the teams have a great history in the A1 courts but the financial crisis brought them in the B League courts. In any case Coach Kostopoulos team beat very easy the tem of Coach Mageiras and succeeded the 2 of 2 in these first weeks of the league. Maroussi performed purely and with the exception of Kostas Macheras (205-C-85, agency: FCM) the rest of his team-mates were in a low productivity afternoon.
Iraklis: Theodoros Staboulis (192-F-88) 14, Pasalidis 12, Topouzis 13, Kazakos 12
Marousi: Bardas 10, Kerasovitis 18, Kostas Macheras 23

Aias Evosmou - MENT 99-72
Quarter: 23-17, 43-31, 58-52, 99-72
Another one mans show from the veteran Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) took place in Evosmos since the 33 years old guard scored 29 points and lead his team to an easy victory over MENT. Coach Drakoulidis just kept Savvas Iliadis in and had no fear against Coach Kontonasios team.
Aias: Savvas Iliadis 29, Gymnopoulos 18, Karnavas 12
MENT: Papadopoulos 12, Evangelinos 17, Stylianou 10, Tsimbis 13

Filippos Veroias - Metamorfosi Volou 80-66
Quarter: 17-8, 38-22, 62-45, 80-66
The home team of Coach Gimas succeeded an easy win over Coach Myrintzis Metamorfosi Voulou which consider being among the weakest teams in the North Group.
Filipos: Chrysopoulos 13, Raptis 10, Kothras 12, Giorgos Trihopoulos (184-G-87) 16
Metamorfosi: Thomas Georgiou (181-G-82, agency: FCM) 20

Ionikos Neas Filadelfias - Pierikos Arhelaos 60-57
Quarter: 12-17, 22-31, 39-39, and 60-57.
A great derby took place in Athens where the home team of Ionikos with a great comeback in the second half succeeded the vital win over Coach Kalivas team who saw the talented Nektarios Marousits (194-G-89) in another game leading his team.
Ionikos: Mavraganis 13 Grammatikos 12, Litopoulos 11
Pierikos: Sakellariou 12, Nektarios Marousits 20

Mahites Doxa Pefkon - Ionikos Ionias 78-71
Quarter: 27-15, 37-29, 54-50, 78-71
A historic victory for the team of Mahites Doxa Pefkon since its the very first in the division. Coach Diktapanidis saw four of his players having double digits with Panagiotis Danakis (183-G-84) leading them all. Ionikos Ionias with the help of the veteran Giorgos Giannouzakos (198-F/G-75) tried to grab the road victory but couldnt able to take it all the way to the end.
Mahites: Arnidis 10, Eleftheriadis 11, Panagiotis Danakis 16 and Karouzos 12.
Ionikos Ionias: Marapidis 12, Patakas 15, Darakis 11, Giorgos Giannouzakos 19.

Egaleo - Anatolia 85-72
Quarter: 15-22, 40-43, 57-58, 85-72
The veteran gunner Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) who was the man of the week in the second division scored his 8 of 10 three pointers and with 31 points lead his team to the great victory over Coach Tsourmass Anatolia. Coach Katsounis saw Karavolas and Mubarak in a great night too.
Egaleo: Karavolas and Mubarak 18 per head, Nikos Michalos 31 (8),
Anatolia: Lefteris Galanidis (188-G-87) 18, Koimtzoglou 11, Moutsiaras 10, Nisiotis 13, Dalpas 10

South Group
Halkida - Esperos AOPA 87-71
Quarter: 15-20, 39-40, 67-56, 87-71
No problem for Velissarakoss team over Patras Esperos of Coach Giatras. Vasilis Ekine (201-F-83) was the man of the match even though Dimitris Katiakos (205-C/F-87) performed great, the Greek center was all alone and his 28 points had no meaning in the specific game.
Halkida: Tomaras 19, Pardakas 12, Vasilis Ekine 24.
Esperos: Dimitris Katiakos 28, Apostolopoulos 13, Skondras 12

AEK Athens Kronos Agiou Dimitriou 64-42
Quarter: 23-14, 39-22, 54-35, 64-42
A very easy afternoon for Coach Ziagos team with Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80) actually beating the team of Coach Paraskevopoulos by himself. A very good training for AEK Athens which has a 2 of 2 at this stage and is showing that it will be among the top favorite teams to promoted to A2.
AEK: Sakis Veskoukis 26
Kronos: Thanasis Straganiotis (180-G-83) 13

Ermis Perama - Psyhiko 53-80
Quarter: 14-24, 25-50, 40-63, 53-80.
Psyhiko succeeded a great road win over a team which at this stage is the weakest of the league and is probably among the top favorite teams to be relegated to the C Division. Coach Katopodis tried to firm a team with a roster of young players mostly but with no real experience of the toughness of the division stand no chance against the experience and solid teams in the Group.
Perama: Dimitris Korkosouras (200-F-84) 15, Platsikoudis 16
Psyhiko: Pettas 14, Mihopoulos 13, Markos Kolokas (203-F-77) 20

Near East - Doukas 91-82
Quarter: 25-19, 48-31, 58-43, and 91-82
A great game took place in Athens between two more or less equivalent teams with the home team though taking the initiatives from the early beginning and with a super duet by Dip and Ilias Mougios (205-PF-84) scoring 52 points! The home team of Coach Karnesis had no problem at the end against Coach Giannopoulos Doukas.
Near East: Dip 29, Karabas 17, Ilias Mougios 23
Doukas: Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) 21, Melas 11, Halaris 18 and G. Papadionysiou 15

Panerythraikos - Holargos 59-51
Quarter: 15-19, 34-25, 45-37, and 59-51
An easy win for Coach Houhouliss Panertythraikos over Coach Symeonidis Holargos, only in the first period the visitors tried to do something better than a decent loss, but Pavlos Topalis (194-G-88) and his team-mates had a different opinion so the game became a monologue in the second half with the home team keeping a safety difference of 6-9 points.
Panerythraikos: Pavlos Topalis 17, Solomos 11
Holargos: Kostas Dedes (194-F-85) 12, Tassopoulos 12.

Amyntas - Enosi Iliou 83-75
Quarter: 27-18, 43-37, 64-59, 83-75
An easy afternoon for Coach Vlahos and his players as Christoforos Choumas (194-G-85) was in the zone and even though Coach Karakostass Enosi Iliou saw Tassos Moukas (190-G-87) scoring from all over Christoforos Choumas was unstoppable
Amyntas: Lolas 18, Christoforos Choumas 27 with 8 three pointers, Vardianos 11, Tzougarakis 10.
Enosi Iliou: G. Bellas 11, Tassos Moukas 23, Lykogiannis 10, Tsotsos 11



A1 Round 2: Olympiacos wins the thriller over Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in A1. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 60-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Panathinaikos (1-1) in Athens on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Olympiacos (2-0) 64-60. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panathinaikos won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) chipped in 12 points during the contest. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.


Top scorers:
Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 19+3reb+5ast, S.Perperoglou 12+2reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 9+4reb, G.Printezis 6+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 5+2reb, A.Law 5+1reb+3ast
Panathinaikos: D.Diamantidis 19+5reb+4ast, R.Ukic 10+2reb, K.Tsartsaris 10+4reb, S.Lasme 7+7reb, J.Maciulis 6+3reb, S.Schortsanitis 6+2reb+2ast


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PAOK - Ikaros 71-48

PAOK dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Ikaros' 28. American-Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Mihalis Tsairelis (207-88) chipped in 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) responded with 24 points and American point guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds.


Top scorers:
PAOK: D.McGrath 16+5reb+3ast, M.Tsairelis 13+3reb, W.Hatcher 12, N.Kalles 9+2reb, L.Papadopoulos 8+4reb+3ast, G.Dedas 5+3reb
Ikaros: A.Kiritsis 24+1ast, D.Gibson 8+5reb+1ast, A.Mitsialos 6+6reb, G.Larentzakis 4+2reb+1ast, L.Agadakos 2+4reb, M.Giannakidis 2+1reb


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AGOR - Aris 68-50

The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Aris was better in fourth quarter 19-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (203-76) responded with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) scored 10 points.


Top scorers:
AGOR: U.Duvnjak 19+3reb+4ast, M.Antonio Carter 14+3reb, D.Latovic 11+1reb, B.Petway 7+8reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 6+2reb, N.Angelopoulos 5+4reb+2ast
Aris: M.Pelekanos 10+3reb, M.Pasalic 10+2reb+3ast, A.Asimakopoulos 9+8reb, E.Bochoridis 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Sarikopoulos 7+7reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 2+1reb+3ast


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Panionios - Peristeri GS 79-65

The game was mostly controlled by Panionios. Peristeri GS was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Peristeri GS was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Giorgos Bogris (210-89) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Five Panionios players scored in double figures. Forward Alekos Petroulas (202-78) responded with 17 points and point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Panionios: V.Jankovic 15+8reb+2ast, I.Athineou 13+1reb, G.Bogris 13+4reb, N.Pappas 12+2reb+2ast, A.Gibbs 11+4reb, V.Toliopoulos 5+1ast
Peristeri GS: A.Petroulas 17+3reb+3ast, N.Papantoniou 12+6reb+1ast, D.Kompodietas 10+1reb, A.Kanonidis 8+2reb+1ast, A.Psaropoulos 6+3reb, D.Thorne 5+3reb+2ast
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Ilysiakos - Kolossos 49-65

Kolossos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) scored 5 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80) chipped in 16 points during the contest. American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Panagiotis Kafkis (197-80) scored 7 points and 4 assists.


Top scorers:
Kolossos: D.Tsaldaris 16+2reb+1ast, L.Dendy 13+3reb+1ast, K.Langford 11+4reb+1ast, J.Dollard 8+9reb+1ast, M.Hatten 6+5reb+2ast, G.Kalambokis 5+8reb+7ast
Ilysiakos: E.Scott 18+11reb, A.Jones 7+5reb, P.Kafkis 7+2reb+4ast, M.Hampton 7+2reb+2ast, G.Apostolidis 4+4reb+3ast, D.Arapis 2+1reb+1ast


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Apollon Patras - KAOD 89-92 2OT

KAOD needed two overtimes to beat Apollon 92:89. Kakaroudis top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Petrovic-Stergiou scored 33 in defeat.
Top scorers:
KAOD: K.Kakaroudis 14+6reb+5ast, K.Palmer 13+10reb, S.Ioannou 12+8reb+2ast, T.Zaras 12+2reb+1ast, L.Dale 11+4reb+1ast, K.Carter 11+7reb+5ast
Apollon Patras: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 33+3reb+3ast, K.Grant 24+8reb+4ast, E.McCollum 12+11reb+2ast, D.Lyberis 6+4reb, S.Walker 6+5reb+1ast, L.Turner 4+2reb+1ast
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Panelefsiniakos - Kavala 87-74

The hosts 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 87-74. Kavala was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-85) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.


Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Liakopoulos 18+2reb+6ast, N.Raivio 15+5reb, N.Papanikolaou 13+6reb+2ast, C.Deligiannis 12+4reb, N.Papanikolopoulos 9+2reb+1ast, S.Magounis 7+2reb
Kavala: W.Coleman 17+7reb+1ast, N.Mitrovic 16+3reb+3ast, S.Manolopoulos 10+5reb, B.Krstevski 10+6reb, J.Fears 9+3reb+4ast, J.Nunnally 6+4reb


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Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos: Keys to tonight's game - by Dimitris Katsionis

The two rivals enter tonight's a new age in their battle. Zelimir Obradovic is not around anymore, Olympiakos is the champion and Panathinaikos the contender. Many things changed.. Let's see some of the keys to tonight's game.

- Olympiakos will clearly try to play in a faster pace, run in the open court and get advantage of it's athleticism and transition offense. On the other side, Panathinaikos wants to play on a slower pace and targets to attack with it's half court offense, getting advantage of it's high 2% FG percentage with the presence of Schortsanitis.

- Kyle Hines can be Olympiakos's X-Factor with his ability to drive into the lane .Stephan Lasme is the only one who can follow Hines, but the forward-center from Gabon is not 100% ready yet. Spanoulis is the team's superstar but the Red's poison is coming off the bench. Printezis, Hines, Law..

- 2012/13 Panathinaikos doesn't have the quality of last year's team but it's obvious that has improved a lot it's athleticism in order to be competitive against his rival. The Greens must focus in the board-battle and not give second chances to their opponent. It is known that Olympiakos supports it's offense with offensive rebound.

-Coach Bartzokas has prepared Olympiakos defense against Diamantidis and Schortsanitis. The Reds will try an over play defense against the opponent's captain, denying every pass on him. The main target is to let Ukic and Ukic run Panathinaiko's offense..

Crucial point

The 3-point point shot percentage of Panathinaikos. Maybe the most important factor in tonight's game. The Greens know that they'll found good looks behind the arc, especially with Schortsanitis in the court. Olympiakoss defense will gamble, probably with Ukic or Kitchen and Maciulis, giving them in purpose some good looks in order to protect the paint.




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THE RINUS DE JONG INVITATIONAL, A BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE! - by Fred Roggen

Only in its third year the Rinus de Jong Invitational, has become a truly successful basketball event on the European calender.

The idea of the Rinus de Jong Invitational was to attract top European teams to Dutch soil and pitt them against some of the best Dutch players in order to offer them the necessary level of competition to further their basketball development. For the younger but not less talented U12-players we exceeded the event schedule with another competition for this category of players. Teams from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will participate.

In the meantime we invite the Dutch basketball fan to get acquainted to the extremely hight level of the international game of basketball. Alongside the tournament, our goal was to involve the beginning basketball player too. In what way? By having a basketball clinic for all boys and girls who were interested to meet with basketball as a play that brings fun: the Schelde Sports Kids Experience. To allow the young boys and girls the opportunity to enjoy themselves and learn the basics of our this wonderful game.
Coach Clinic

Also alongside the tournaments and youth clinic, the Rinus de Jong Invitational hosts a coach clinic, where the guest speakers are top professional coaches. Thus, also giving the opportunity to our coaches of further developing their careers and gaining more knowledge of the game of basketball. Top lecturers, like Raoul Korner (Eiffel Towers Den Bosch), former world champion Vlada Vukoicic (Mega Vizura Belgrade) and Chris Sparks (Wilbraham & Monson Academy, USA) were brought in to discuss the idiosyncrasies of the game in the first two years.

The coaching clinic was in its first two years a great success. Last year attracting 180 coaches from the Netherlands and Belgium, generating a positive reaction from their community. This year we have two meetings for coaches: on December30. aclinic for liscensed coaches and the day before a workshop for man and women, boys and girls who are busy to make their first steps in a career as a basketball coach. Or for those who are considering to start one.

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT
As the third edition of the Rinus de Jong Invitational approaches with rapid strides our goals are to bring our event to a higher level; to improve the level of the game, to make it an event what is a place to be in the days between Christmas and New Years Eve for all those who love the wonderfull game of basketball.

TEAMS
Six teams will participating this year in our competition for players born in 1992 or later. Thus, again, allowing our top youth potentials to compete against some of the best teams from around the world!

As you can see in the mean time the Rinus de Jong Invitational is more than just a series of basketball games being played for a few days; its really a BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE. It is with this intention its founder Roel van de Graaf and his long list of volunteers hope to offer the Dutch basketball community some days of great fun! And inspiration!

Courtesy of www.rinusdejong.com



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  ICELAND   


Lengjan Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

results from last games in Lengjan Cup.
Thor 100 Ben Smith 26 Darrell Flake 20
IR 76. Eric Palm 17. Nem Sovic 17

Hamar 78 J Hollins 27
Snaefell 90. J. Threatt 21
Njardvik 107. M. Baginski 18
Valur 69 Chris Woods 28
Grindavik 107 S. Zeglinski 22
Skallagrimur 79. C. Medlock 21
Breidablik 59. Thorsteinn Gunnlaugsson 20
Tindastoll 76. George Valentine 17
KR 91. Danero Thomas 19
KFI 76. B J Spencer 28
Fjolnir 88. Sylvester Spencer 22
Stjarnan. 103. Dagur Kar Jonsson 22
Keflavik 105 Michael Croin 23
Haukar 78. Aaryon Williams 18



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Esteghlal adds Atuashvili to their roster - by Greg (T)

Esteghlal Gheshm (Superleague) added to their roster 27-year old Georgian center Sergo Atuashvili (223-122kg-85). He arrived today and is passing medical check. Atuashvili moved there from Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL league where he started this season. While playing 3 games in Lithuanian League he averaged 4.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League (4.5ppg and 3.0rpg).
The last season he played for Sokhumi (EuroChallenge). In two EuroChallenge games last year he recorded 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 22 games in Georgian Superleague where he averaged 10.4ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1bpg. Atuashvili helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Atuashvili is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo and Tln Kalev), France, Portugal, Serbia (Mega Vizura), Spain, Georgia (Armia, Avia Tbilisi, MIA and NTD Tbilisi) and Lithuania (Dzukija).



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Winner League Round 2 review - by Eurobasket News

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

Netanya - Bnei Hasharon 78-77

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Bnei Hasharon won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Jonathan Mitchell (200-87, college: Rutgers) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds by forward Herb Pope (203-89, college: Seton Hall) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. Forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) added 8 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.


Top scorers:
Netanya: J.Mitchell 22+6reb+2ast, M.Killingsworth 20+8reb+3ast, D.Washington 10+14reb+4ast, R.Bradley 10+7reb+4ast, E.Shulman 8+3ast, Y.Orland 8+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: H.Pope 21+12reb, N.Berkowitz 15+4reb+4ast, R.Beck 14+3reb+1ast, M.Palacio 12+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 8+11reb+5ast, I.Rosefelt 4


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Elizur Ashkelon - Maccabi T-A 67-100

Ironi Ashkelon managed to win fourth quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A shot 62.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi T-A especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. The best player for the winners was international point guard Yogev Ohayon (187-87) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. American center Shawn James (207-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and Ahihad Bukra (204-88) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.


Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Logan 16+1reb+2ast, S.James 15+6reb, G.Pnini 14+4ast, Y.Ohayon 12+1reb+10ast, R.Hickman 10+3reb+5ast, D.Smith 10+2reb+3ast
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Dove 19+9reb, L.Lifshitz 13+1reb+2ast, A.Bukra 11+6reb, M.Moore 9+1reb, J.Mills 6+3reb, T.Gray 5+5reb


gschID: 192919


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel T-A 77-84

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 22 Hapoel J-M turnovers. Strangely Hapoel J-M outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 37-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who scored 20 points. Naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83, agency: Ronsport) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Jacob Pullen (183-89, college: Kansas St.) added 17 points respectively for the hosts.


Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 20+4reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 17+5reb+1ast, M.Naor 14+2reb+4ast, C.Kelly 11+6reb, G.Eytan 11+2reb+2ast, B.Timor 7+1reb+7ast
Hapoel J-M: C.Smith 21+11reb+1ast, J.Pullen 17+3ast, R.Limonad 13+3reb+1ast, C.Fells 7+2reb, J.Duncan 7+8reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 6+4reb+4ast


gschID: 192924


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Eilat 101-90

The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Eilat managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Eilat 39-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi Rishon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international Nitzan Hanochi (194-86, agency: Ronsport) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Maccabi Rishon's coach Effi Birnbaum used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field).


Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 23+12reb+2ast, J.Wright 16+11reb, W.Warren 15+2reb+4ast, N.Hanochi 15+7reb+7ast, L.Jones 14+1reb+2ast, O.Solomon 13+4reb
Hapoel Eilat: J.Tillman 25+7reb, S.Hopson 21+5reb+8ast, A.Nissim 17+2ast, A.Freeman 10+2reb, E.Holman 10+4reb, T.Younger 5+1reb+3ast


gschID: 192923


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Ashdod 84-62

Maccabi Ashdod managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. 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 Hapoel Holon made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks. The other American import forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Dror Hagag (178-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.


Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 23+1reb+1ast, L.Hill 15+9reb+2ast, F.Hassell 12+19reb, S.Daniel 11+3reb, O.Farhi 8+3reb+1ast, S.Harush 4+1reb+3ast
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Simpson 16+9reb+1ast, C.Allen 14+3reb+1ast, J.Skeen 13+6reb, D.Hagag 10+7reb+2ast, G.Israeli 7+5reb+5ast, D.Gor Arie 2+1ast


gschID: 192922


Maccabi Haifa - Galil Gilboa 90-66

The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Haifa. Galil Gilboa managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Galil Gilboa's 26. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Galil Gilboa's players. The best player for the winners was American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 21 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. American point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) produced 19 points and swingman Amit Simhon (197-89, agency: Ronsport) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.


Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: D.Smith 21+3reb+8ast, P.Calathes 15+20reb+7ast, P.Stoll 15+2ast, I.Kozikaro 13+5reb+1ast, L.Segev 10+2reb+5ast, J.Thomas 6+9reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: K.Hayes 19+2reb+2ast, R.Sanders 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 13+3ast, A.Simhon 10+6reb+2ast, B.Hunter 5+9reb, M.Kikus 3


gschID: 192920



Israel Winner basket league - Round 2 - by Idan Seggev

Yesterday was played Round 2 in the Winner basket league, 4 games out of 6 when the last two matches will be played today.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem - Hapoel Tel aviv 77-84

The main event of the evening was played in Malcha, Jerusalem, and the visitors surprised with a huge win over the favorite Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. Hapoel Tel-Aviv controlled almost the entire game when they play mostly with local and unknown players, while in Jerusalem the best players were Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) and Jacob Fulan. The first half was very tight and every time that Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a small lead, smith and Fulan took care to keep the hosts in the game. Matan Naor (195-SF-80) with a great 3 PT gave the visitors 39-36 lead, but Jerusalem managed to equalise before the break, 39-39. Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89, college: Clemson) who wasn't good in the first half, scored a couple of important baskets to give the visitors a 58-51 lead, but Courtney Fells (198-SF-86, college: N.Carolina St.) didn't let them to run away and kept Jerusalem in the match, 58-56, before Shuldebrand closed the 3rd period with a huge 3 PT, 56-61 to the visitors. In the last period, Jerusalem mostly chased after Hapoel Tel-Aviv, who did everything right, thanks to Stit and Shuldebrand, while Smith and Fulan kept fighting, but everytime that Jerusalem getting closer, Hapoel knew how to increase the lead. At the end very suprising for the visitors, who returned to the Winner league just this season, 77-84.

Top scorers:
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem: Smith 21+11 rbs, Fulan 17+7 TO, Limonad 13, Fells 7, Duncan 7+8 rbs, Tapiro 6+4 TO, Kukia 2+7 rbs, Kadir 2, Grunfeld 2

Hapoel Tel-Aviv: Stit 20, Shuldebrand 17+5 rbs+5 TO, Naor 14+6 stl+4 rbs, Kelly 11+6 rbs, Eitan 11, Timor 7+7 ast, Nir 2, Allen 2

Maccabi Bazan Haifa - Gilboa/Galil 90-66

Maccabi Bazan Haifa finally start to show their potential. The club returned from the USA after playing against the Warriors & the Timberwolves and yesterday was their first league match of the season. The team looked wonderful mostly because of Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) (close to triple-double) and Donte Smith (180-G-88), while Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) & Ido Kozikaro (202-C-78) also helping. Gilboa looked out of shape since the beginning of the match when players like Yaniv Green (204-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices), Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) & Shmuel Brener (188-PG-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored one point all together! Haifa, who finished the first period in a 15-22 lead, continue to increase the gap with points of Stoll who was on fire, when Hayes was the only one to keep the visitors in the game with his triplets and the first half ended in a small 43-37 lead for the hosts. Haifa started to run and Gilboa/Galil barely kept up in the rythem, but Rakim Sanders (196-G/F-89, college: Fairfield) socred to give a slight chance for them, 52-61 after three quarters. But the last period was all green and Haifa stunned Galil with a 24-6 run, when Lior Segev (190-PG-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA), Bryan Cohen (198-G-89, college: Bucknell) & Corry Carr (192-G/F-75, college: Texas Tech) hit some triplets to give an embarrassing 58-84 lead for the hosts. Calathes gave an encore for the fans with a great dunk and Haifa closed the deal with a 66-90 victory in their new stadium.

Top scorers:
Maccabi Bazan Haifa: Smith 21+8 ast+4 stl, Calathes 15+20 rbs+7 ast, Stoll 15, Ido Ido Kozikaro (202-C-78) 13, Lior Segev 10, Thomas 6+9 rbs, Corry Corry Carr (192-G/F-75, college: Texas Tech) 4, cohen 3, Shotevin 3

Gilboa/Galil: Hayes 19, Sanders 13, Beit-Yossef 13, Simchon 10+6 rbs, Hunter 5+9 rbs+7 TO, Kikos 3, Dagan Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) 1

Maccabi Rishon LeZion - Hapoel Hapoel Eilat 101-90

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion continued their good start of the season when they won Hapoel Eilat and now they are in first place with 2-0. Last match they won because of their defense but yesterday it was a wonderful offensive performance by Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra), Julian Wright (203-F-87, college: Kansas), Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90, college: UCLA) & Nitzan Hanochi (194-SG-86, agency: Ronsport), to give the hotst another victory. Lazeric Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90, college: UCLA) started the game wonderful with quick points who gave Rishon the lead, but Hapoel Eilat didn't give up with the help of Affik nissim and Friman. But rishon, with a wonderful offensive quarter, finished it with a 29-22 lead. In the second period, Rishon didn't look back and with Adrian Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra), Nitzan Nitzan Hanochi (194-SG-86, agency: Ronsport) and Lazeric Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90, college: UCLA), they increased their lead to 18, when Ben Shimol only tries to minimize damages and the first half ended in a 39-54 for the hosts. Rishon continued to play well while Hapoel Eilat couldn't handle it and another run increase the lead once again to 18 points gap, but Hopson & Nissim gave a slight chance for the visitors before the last period, when rishon finished in a 64-78 lead. IN the last period, Adrian Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) and Julian Julian Wright (203-F-87, college: Kansas) continued to do the job, but Nissim didn't give up and scored 8 points in a raw to minimize the gap to 91-84, but Willie Warren close the deal and Rishon wins it 101-90.

Top scorers:

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion LeZion: Adrian Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) 23+12 rbs, Julian Julian Wright (203-F-87, college: Kansas) 16+11 rbs, Warren 15, Nitzan Nitzan Hanochi (194-SG-86, agency: Ronsport) 15+7 rbs+7 ast, Lazeric Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90, college: UCLA) 14, Solomon 13, Ben David 3, Aiden 2

Hapoel Hapoel Eilat: Tilman 25+7 rbs, Hopson 21+8 ast+5 rbs, Nissim 17, Holman 10, Friman 10, Yanger 5, Ben Shimol 2+5 ast+5 rbs

Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Ashdod 84-62

Hapoel Holon didn't have hard time yesterday to beat Maccabi Ashdod who simply looked terrible. Holon controlled the game since the beginning and their victory was clear all the way. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) was wonderful yesterday and started very well with 3 triplets which gave Holon a 17-10 lead and they easily increased it to a 15-27 after the first period. Maccabi Ashdod had a horrible night from all ranges, scoring less then 40% from the field, 26% from the arc and 56% from the FT. Holon continued to increase the gap to 20 points, when Gabriel and Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) (205-F) were the only ones who tried to do something, but Holon with Sean Daniel (197-F-89) and Dyson ended the first half in a 43-23 lead. Hagag and Demonte Demonte Diamon Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) gave the visitors a bit of hope when the gap went down to 16 in the thurd period, but Dyson and Hill didn't let it to drop to much and finished the period once again in 25 points lead. Israeli and Skin from Maccabi Ashdod tried to avoid from humiliation, but Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU), who finished with 19 (!) rebounds, didn't gave them a chance and Holon achieve their first win of the season.

Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: Dyson 23, Hill 15+9 rbs, Frank Hassell 12+19 rbs+5 blks, Sean Sean Daniel (197-F-89) 11, Farhi 8, Harush 4, Rozen 4, Zohar 4, Chernovic' 2

Maccabi Maccabi Ashdod: Demonte Demonte Diamon Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) 16+9 rbs, Allen 14, Skin 13, Hagag 10+7 rbs, Israeli 7, Gur-Arie 2

The round will be completed today when Elitzur Ashkelon hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv and Barak Netanya hosts Bnei Hertzelia.





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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Banco di Sard. 4-0 
 2. Cimberio VA 4-0 
 3. Cantu 3-1 
 4. Montepaschi 3-1 
 5. SAIE3 BO 3-1 
 6. EA7 Armani 2-2 
 7. Acea Virtus RM 2-2 
 8. Pesaro 2-2 
 9. JuveCaserta 2-2 
 10. Angelico BI 1-3 
 11. Enel Brindisi 1-3 
 12. Sidigas AV 1-3 
 13. Sutor MGR 1-3 
 14. Trenkwalder RE 1-3 
 15. Umana VE 1-3 
 16. Vanoli CR 1-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 21: Vanoli CR - Sidigas AV 94-83
Oct. 21: Umana VE - Banco di Sard. 92-93 OT
Oct. 22: EA7 Armani - Acea Virtus RM 87-82
Oct. 21: Trenkwalder RE - Angelico BI 85-56
Oct. 21: Cantu - Enel Brindisi 84-80
Oct. 21: JuveCaserta - Sutor MGR 78-67
Oct. 21: SAIE3 BO - Cimberio VA 74-84
Oct. 21: Montepaschi - Pesaro 65-60

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 28: EA7 Armani - Trenkwalder RE
Oct. 28: Pesaro - Banco di Sard.
Oct. 28: Cimberio VA - Cantu
Oct. 28: Sidigas AV - SAIE3 BO
Oct. 28: Angelico BI - Montepaschi
Oct. 28: Acea Virtus RM - JuveCaserta
Oct. 28: Sutor MGR - Vanoli CR
Oct. 28: Enel Brindisi - Umana VE


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

28-year old guard Lance Harris (195-G-84) had a great game in the last round for Vanoli CR and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Sidigas AV (1-3) 94-83. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Vanoli CR maintains the 16th position in Italian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vanoli CR's top player in his first season with the team. Kansas State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.3ppg. Harris is in league's top in and averages solid 58.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) of EA7 Armani. He is a center in his 2nd season at EA7 Armani. In the last game Bourousis recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for EA7 Armani to edge Acea Virtus RM (2-2) by 5 points 87-82. This victory allowed EA7 Armani to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bourousis is well-known at EA7 Armani and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Angelo Gigli (209-PF-83) of SAIE3 BO (#5). Gigli scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Gigli's great performance SAIE3 BO lost 74-84 to the league's current leader Cimberio VA (#2, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing SAIE3 BO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Gigli has a great season in Italy. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Enel Brindisi - 33 points and 2 rebounds
5. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Sidigas AV - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83) of JuveCaserta - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Donnel Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder RE - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) of Trenkwalder RE - 25 points and 5 rebounds
9. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87) of Sidigas AV - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



SerieA Round 4: Cimberio Varese hands first loss to undefeated SAIE3 BO - by Eurobasket News

There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of SerieA 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 loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SAIE3 BO (3-1) in Bologna on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Cimberio Varese (4-0) 84-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SAIE3 BO. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. SAIE3 BO managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Achille Polonara (202-91) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for SAIE3 BO. Cimberio Varese have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Banco di Sard. SAIE3 BO at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Cantu and Montepaschi. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face Cantu (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SAIE3 BO will play against Air Avellino and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.

Other games in round 4 were not that significant. Acea Virtus RM was beaten by EA7 Armani on the road 87-82. JuveCaserta won against Sutor MGR on its own court 78-67. Angelico BI was outscored by Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia 85-56. Bottom-ranked Vanoli CR managed to beat Sidigas AV at home 94-83. Enel Brindisi was defeated by Cantu on the opponent's court 84-80. Montepaschi beat Pesaro in a home game 65-60.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Ioannis Bourousis of EA7 Armani.


EA7 Armani - Acea Virtus RM 87-82

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Armani Milano (2-2) beat at home 6th ranked Lottomatica Roma (2-2) 87-82 on Monday. Lottomatica Roma trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-87 at the end of the game. Armani Milano made 17-of-17 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. It was a very good performance for center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Lottomatica Roma. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Armani Milano moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lottomatica Roma. Armani Milano will face Trenkwalder RE (#14) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: I.Bourousis 26+10reb+5ast, K.Langford 19+2reb, M.Hairston 10+1reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 8+3reb+1ast, O.Cook 8+3reb+5ast, A.Fotsis 7+1reb+2ast
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 22+6reb+2ast, P.Goss 19+5reb+4ast, J.Taylor 15+3reb+4ast, G.Lawal 14+10reb, O.Czyz 4+3reb, L.D'Ercole 3
gschID: 185445


JuveCaserta - Sutor MGR 78-67

Everything could happen in Caserta at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Juvecaserta and higher ranked Sutor Montegranaro had identical 1-2 record. This time Juvecaserta used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Montegranaro 78-67 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-67. It was a very good performance for Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) replied with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Ronald Steele (187-86, college: Alabama, agency: SportsTalent) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sutor Montegranaro. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Juvecaserta (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sutor Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with three games lost. Juvecaserta will face Lottomatica Roma (#7) on the road in the next round. Sutor Montegranaro will play against Vanoli Cremona.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: J.Akindele 18+10reb, S.Jelovac 13+5reb+1ast, E.Chatfield 12+2reb+1ast, Z.Jonusas 11+7reb, M.Mordente 9+2reb+3ast, S.Gentile 7+2reb+5ast
Sutor MGR: R.Steele 14+5reb+1ast, K.Johnson 13+3reb, D.Cinciarini 12+2reb, T.Slay 11+5reb+4ast, C.Burns 7+7reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 185450


SAIE3 BO - Cimberio VA 74-84

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SAIE3 BO (3-1) in Bologna on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Cimberio Varese (4-0) 84-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SAIE3 BO. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. SAIE3 BO managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Achille Polonara (202-91) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. The former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) added 19 points and 4 steals in the effort for SAIE3 BO. Cimberio Varese have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Banco di Sard. SAIE3 BO at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Cantu and Montepaschi. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face Cantu (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SAIE3 BO will play against Air Avellino and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 19+10reb+1ast, A.Polonara 17+6reb+2ast, B.Dunston 13+6reb, A.Banks 11+3reb+2ast, D.Sakota 9+6reb, A.De Nicolao 8+7reb+1ast
SAIE3 BO: K.Hasbrouck 19+4reb+1ast, A.Gigli 15+14reb, R.Moraschini 11+2reb, M.Rocca 7+4reb, G.Poeta 7+2reb+1ast, M.Imbro 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185447


Trenkwalder RE - Angelico BI 85-56

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (1-3) rolled over higher ranked Angelico Biella (1-3) in Reggio Emilia 85-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. Angelico Biella was better in second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trenkwalder RE forced 22 Angelico Biella turnovers and had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-86) contributed with 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zimbabwean forward Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH) replied with 17 points and American forward Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) added 15 points in the effort for Angelico Biella. Trenkwalder RE left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Angelico Biella. Trenkwalder RE will face higher ranked Armani Milano (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 25+5reb+3ast, M.Antonutti 25+5reb, G.Brunner 11+11reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 11+4reb+3ast, D.Filloy 7+4reb, M.Jeremic 6+2reb+3ast
Angelico BI: J.Mavunga 17+4reb+1ast, C.Brackins 15+4reb+2ast, R.Robinson 10+1reb+2ast, G.Jurak 7+3reb, R.Moore 5+2reb, N.Jaramaz 2+1reb
gschID: 185451


Vanoli CR - Sidigas AV 94-83

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Air Avellino (1-3) lost on the road to sixteenth ranked Vanoli Cremona (1-3) 94-83 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-83. Vanoli Cremona had a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Air Avellino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Finnish Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Air Avellino. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vanoli Cremona left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Air Avellino. Vanoli Cremona will face Sutor Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: L.Harris 30+11reb+3ast, J.Jackson 14+3reb+1ast, T.Kotti 12+8reb+1ast, S.Huff 11+4reb, L.Vitali 10+1reb+6ast, A.Stipanovic 9+9reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: N.Ebi 19+11reb+1ast, J.Richardson 18+4reb+2ast, N.Dragovic 18+7reb, D.Mavraides 13+2ast, L.Warren 6+2reb, M.Shakur 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 185449


Umana VE - Banco di Sard. 92-93 OT

Banco di Sardegna registered the fourth straight win at the start of the season as they upset Umana Venezia on the road in overtime. Michal Ignerski and Thornton scored 21 points each to lead the winners. Travid Diener accounted for 18 points and 8 assists for the league leaders. Keydren Clark answered with 23 points for Venezia. Diawara netted 17 points in the losing case.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: M.Ignerski 21+9reb+1ast, M.Thornton 21+5reb+2ast, T.Diener 18+8ast, D.Diener 16+4reb+4ast, T.Easley 13+6reb, G.DeVecchi 2+1ast
Umana VE: K.Kee Clark 23+2reb+3ast, Y.Diawara 17+5reb+2ast, E.Williams 13+3reb, M.Bulleri 10+4reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 10+8reb+3ast, A.Young 9+3ast
gschID: 185448


Cantu - Enel Brindisi 84-80

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Cantu (3-1) defeated at home 12th ranked Enel Brindisi (1-3) 84-80 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. It was a very good performance for Belgian Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Cantu players scored in double figures. American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) replied with 33 points (!!!) and his fellow American import power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cantu moved-up to third place, which they share with Montepaschi and SAIE3 BO. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Cantu will face league's second-placed Cimberio Varese on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enel Brindisi will play against Umana Venezia (#15).
Top scorers:
Cantu: B.Tabu-Eboma 18+3reb+3ast, P.Aradori 14+1reb+1ast, A.Tyus 13+7reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 12+1reb+2ast, M.Markoishvili 11+4reb+4ast, J.Brooks 8+6reb+3ast
Enel Brindisi: S.Reynolds 33+2reb+1ast, J.Gibson 14+3reb+1ast, J.Grant 12+6reb+1ast, A.Robinson 8+4reb+3ast, K.Ndoja 7+1reb, C.Simmons 4+9reb
gschID: 185446


Montepaschi - Pesaro 65-60

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Montepaschi Siena and 6th ranked Scavolini Pesaro had identical 2-1 record. This time Montepaschi Siena used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Pesaro 65-60 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 18-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 assists. Croatian center Mario Kasun (213-80) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) added 14 points in the effort for Scavolini Pesaro. Defending champion (3-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Cantu and SAIE3 BO. Loser Scavolini Pesaro keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face Angelico Biella (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against the league's leader Banco di Sard. (#1) in Sassari.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Brown 13+4reb+5ast, M.Janning 10+5reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 9+7reb+1ast, D.Moss 8+1reb, D.Hackett 8+5reb+1ast, M.Kasun 8+10reb
Pesaro: D.Cavaliero 14+4reb+1ast, A.Barbour 13+6reb+3ast, S.Bryan 8+6reb, A.Traini 6+2reb, L.Mack 6+4reb, R.Hamilton 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185444


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Lance HARRIS
  Vanoli CR
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Harris, Vanoli CR22.3 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.21.5 
 3. Ere, Cimberio VA21.5 
 4. Datome, Acea V.18.8 
 5. Hasbrouck, SAIE318.0 
 6. Banks, Cimberio VA16.5 
 7. Dragovic, Sidig.16.3 
 8. Dunston, Cimberio.16.3 
 9. Diener, Banco d.15.5 
 10. Cinciarini, Sutor15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg BRUNNER
  Trenkwal.
  (201-PF-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Brunner, Trenkwal.10.5 
 2. Gigli, SAIE3 B.9.0 
 3. Ebi, Sidigas AV9.0 
 4. Dunston, Cimberio.8.5 
 5. Dragovic, Sidig.8.3 
 6. Akindele, JuveCase.8.0 
 7. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.8 
 8. Burns, Sutor MGR7.8 
 9. Simmons, Enel B.7.3 
 10. Jelovac, JuveCas.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.8 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.0 
 3. Hackett, Montepas.4.8 
 4. Shakur, Sidigas AV4.3 
 5. Taylor, Acea V.3.8 
 6. Diener, Banco d.3.5 
 7. Cinciarini, Trenkw.3.3 
 8. Vitali, Vanoli CR3.3 
 9. Cavaliero, Pesaro3.3 
 10. Cook, EA7 Armani3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.3.0 
 2. Burns, Sutor MGR2.8 
 3. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.5 
 4. Ebi, Sidigas AV2.5 
 5. Hackett, Montepas.2.3 
 6. Warren, Sidigas AV2.3 
 7. Polonara, Cimberio.2.3 
 8. Gibson, Enel Brind.2.3 
 9. Stipanovic, Vanoli2.0 
 10. James, Trenkwal.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Enel B.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Simmons, Enel B.2.0 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.1.8 
 3. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.8 
 4. Dunston, Cimberio.1.8 
 5. Brooks, Cantu1.5 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.5 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 8. Hendrix, EA7 A.1.3 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.0 
 10. Brunner, Trenkwal.1.0 


Legadue,Ginova Scafati: coach Di Carlo has been fired - by Antonello Varallo (T)

After many rumors, Ginova Scafati announced that Gennaro Di Carlo is no more the head coach of the team. Di Carlo has been fired after the first lost in 3 games, but the club board was unhappy due to the lack of good performances showed in this first part of the season. Di Carlo was at his first season as Scafati head coach, but he was coach assistent of the team during 2010-2011. This is not a lucky moment for Scafati: during the game against Brescia, point guard Antonio Porta suffered a heavy injury. Scafati announced that Massimo Bianchi leads the team during next training days; the name of the new coach could be revealed in next hours.


Nuovo Napoli expelled from LegaDue - by Eurobasket News

Nuovo Napoli Basket have been expelled from LegaDue tonight. The action was taken by Guidice Sportivo Nazionale body. Nuovo Napoli Basket failed to comply with financial regulations of the league and the action was taken against the team.
LegaDue will continue its season with 15 teams playing.



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BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.3 
 2. Jones, Tokyo C.22.3 
 3. Walkup, Osaka E.21.0 
 4. Bell, Chiba Jets20.5 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM20.3 
 6. Galloway, Hamamats.19.7 
 7. Brown, Miyazaki SS18.3 
 8. Green, Shinshu BW17.3 
 9. Marshall, Shins.17.3 
 10. Murry, Niigata17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Reginald WARREN
  Fukuoka .
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Warren, Fukuoka13.8 
 2. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.0 
 3. Willard, Sendai 89.11.8 
 4. Kent, Akita NH11.5 
 5. Green, Shinshu BW10.5 
 6. Galloway, Hamamats.10.3 
 7. Blackledge, Iwate10.0 
 8. Cummings, Akita NH9.8 
 9. Fuqua, Hamamats.9.8 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Hamamats.
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Galloway, Hamamats.5.7 
 2. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.3 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.0 
 4. Tomori, Gunma4.3 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.4.0 
 6. Aoki, Tokyo Cinq R.3.8 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama3.8 
 8. Murry, Niigata3.5 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW3.5 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Parker, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Brown, Toyama G.2.5 
 3. Masato, Iwate B.2.5 
 4. Morris, Shinshu BW2.3 
 5. Aoki, Tokyo Cinq R.2.3 
 6. Konno, Osaka Eves.2.3 
 7. Shimura, Sendai2.2 
 8. Angounou, Chiba J.2.0 
 9. Peppers, Fukuoka1.8 
 10. Dixon, Iwate B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Iwate B.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Blackledge, Iwate4.0 
 2. Cox, Osaka Evessa3.0 
 3. Orr, Saitama Bron.2.4 
 4. Davis, Shimane SM2.3 
 5. Carter, Tokyo C.2.0 
 6. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 7. Little, Miyazaki.1.8 
 8. Green, Shinshu BW1.5 
 9. Scott, Saitama1.5 
 10. Marshall, Shins.1.5 


Japanese BJ League round 5 best performance: Kevin Galloway - by Eurobasket News

American forward Kevin Galloway (200-F-88, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hamamatsu P., receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 24-year old player got a double-double of 28 points and 11 assists, while his team Hamamatsu P. moved-up to the 5th position in the Japanese BJ League. Hamamatsu P. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Galloway had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hamamatsu P.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas Southern University star has very solid stats this year. Galloway. Galloway is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.7ppg) and rebounds (6th best: 10.3rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Top Notch Sports) of league's leader Iwate Big Bulls. Sneed had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Iwate Big Bulls cruised to a 99-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Chiba Jets (#8, 1-3). Of course Iwate Big Bulls still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Sneed is a newcomer at Iwate Big Bulls, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jermaine Green (203-F-80) of Shinshu BW (#3). Green scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Shinshu BW, leading his team to a 82-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#10, 1-3). Shinshu BW needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Green has a great season in Japan. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Humphrey (188-G/F-80) of Saitama Bron. - 30 points and 12 rebounds
5. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Larriques Cunningham (198-G-88) of Miyazaki SS - 26 points and 7 rebounds
7. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Toyama Grouses - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Paul Williams (208-F/C-83) of Takamatsu FA - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Shinshu BW - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Iwate Big Bulls 6-0 
 2. Akita NH 4-0 
 3. Shinshu BW 3-1 
 4. Toyama Grouses 3-3 
 5. Yokohama BC 2-0 
 6. Tokyo Cinq R. 2-2 
 7. Sendai 89ers 2-4 
 8. Chiba Jets 1-3 
 9. Niigata Albirex 1-3 
 10. Saitama Bron. 1-3 
 11. Gunma 0-6 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 4-0 
 2. Shimane SM 4-0 
 3. Oita H.Devils 3-1 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 3-1 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 3-3 
 6. Takamatsu FA 2-2 
 7. Fukuoka Rizing 1-3 
 8. Miyazaki SS 1-3 
 9. Kyoto Hannar. 0-4 
 10. Osaka Evessa 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 21: Iwate Big Bulls - Chiba Jets 99-88
Oct. 21: Shimane SM - Miyazaki SS 86-78
Oct. 21: Shinshu BW - Saitama Bron. 82-68
Oct. 21: Niigata Albirex - Tokyo Cinq R. 80-57
Oct. 21: Shiga L-Stars - Osaka Evessa 74-67
Oct. 21: Takamatsu FA - Okinawa GK 69-95
Oct. 21: Toyama Grouses - Sendai 89ers 69-80
Oct. 21: Fukuoka Rizing - Hamamatsu P. 106-96
Oct. 21: Akita NH - Gunma 100-57

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: Tokyo Cinq R. - Toyama Grouses
Oct. 27: Iwate Big Bulls - Gunma
Oct. 27: Niigata Albirex - Yokohama BC
Oct. 27: Chiba Jets - Shinshu BW
Oct. 27: Tokyo Cinq R. - Toyama Grouses
Oct. 27: Hamamatsu P. - Shimane SM
Oct. 27: Kyoto Hannar. - Fukuoka Rizing
Oct. 27: Miyazaki SS - Oita H.Devils
Oct. 27: Okinawa GK - Shiga L-Stars



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Barsy Atyrau drop after a loss from Siauliai - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League:
Siauliai - Barsy Atyrau 89:71


Barsy Atyrau drop after a loss from Siauliai at 2-3 record in Baltic league. The Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau was beaten by the Lithuanian team 71:89.
Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Siauliai shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Barsy Atyrau only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Barsy Atyrau 43-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ovidijus Galdikas (217-C-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Dmitri Dyatlovsky (196-G-85, agency: Promotex) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Barsy Atyrau.
Barsy Atyrau dropped to the third position with three games lost. Next game the team will play against TTU on December 6th.



BC Astana down Krasnie Krilya in Samara - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana down Krasnie Krilya in Samara for 3-1 record in VTB league. The team from Kazakhstan needed a 66:61 win in Group A.
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) who recorded 21 points and 6 assists and Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) added 11 points and 13 rebounds respectively.
BC Astana maintains third place with 3-1 record having just -1 point less than leader CSKA. Krasnie Krilya at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. BC Astana will face PGE Turow next time on November 12th. Krasnie Krilya will play against PGE Turow in Zgorzelec on October 28th.



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Thunder strikes Terrorists at Nyayo - by Eurobasket News

Shauri Moyo based Thunder basketball team on Sunday afternoon beat UON Terrorists 59-41 with Thunder captain Griffins Ligare marshaling his side with 11 points to get the much deserved win.
Terror had managed to hold off Thunder with a one point margin in the 1st quarter getting 12 points against Thunders 11 points. It was the second quarter that Terrorist slumped getting 6 points while Ligares side stepped up their defense and capitalised on the rebounds to get 15 points to put the half time scores 26-18.
Speaking to michezoafrika.com Ligare was delighted with his sides win and was hoping if they could replicate the same form they would be in a better position in finishing among the play offs bracket, We played well and we hope to continue so as to have a have chance to play in the play-offs.
Thunder continued to dominate in the second half taking both quarters (3nd quarter 13-7) and (4th quarter 20-16) in which was a clear tactical warfare between the two coaches of both teams.
In the last match of the day arch rivals USIU Tigers beat Madaraka based Strathmore University 63-61 when they hosted them at the same venue.
Collated results for matches played at the Nyayo Gymnasium are as follows:
KCA-U 27/48 VS K.A.A. 28/52
15/12/11/10 11/17/15/09
16 pts Martin Okaka 11 pts mark Ouko
08 pts Victor Okello 10 pts Vito Khote
UPPER HILL 21/57 VS TRAILBLAZERS 28/56
05/16/19/17 13/15/15/13
19 pts Domnic Osale 17 pts Shem Otieno
14 pts Samuel Dede
GLADIATORS 17/35 VS SAFE SPACES 22/42
10/07/07/11 14/08/11/09
19 pts Anne Liambila 16 pts Lynette Atieno
07 pts Emilly Ongoro 11 pts Florence Mbithe
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Sigal Prishtina won the derby - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has won the match played last night against reigning champions Trepca. Arben Krasniqi's boys were very good in the first quarter when they created the difference. Jeremy Price (203-F-88, college: Georgia) was unstoppable in the Sigal Prishtina jersey. He scored 22 points and was one of the best players of the night.

Adam Waleskowski and Fahri Breca were also doing there job in great manner to assist Price on his great night. Waleskowski scored 13, while Breca added 11 more for Sigal Prishtina in the match that after the first quarter was equal.

At Trepca side their best player Drilon Hajrizi scored 19 points which were not enough for more versus Prishtina. Besnik Azemi, Gazmend Asllani were out in the last quarter after five personal fouls, while Fikret Handzic got injured and couldn't continue the game until the end.

Sigal Prishtina will visit Bashkimi in Prizren next weekend, while Trepca should be worried with the results in first four matches. Champions will play RTV 21 next weekend.



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Latvian LBL round 4 best performance: Roberts Mednis - by Eurobasket News

Center Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Jurmala, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, five rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat U18 (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 72-60. Jurmala is placed at 2nd position in Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Jurmala will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Mednis turned to be Jurmala's top player in his first season with the team. Roberts Mednis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 13.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 59.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Todd O'Brien (213-C-89) of Jekabpils. O'Brien had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Jekabpils was edged by the higher-ranked LU (#3, 3-1) 84-81. Jekabpils is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Jekabpils managed to get this year. O'Brien is a newcomer at Jekabpils, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#3). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Zanis Peiners (204-G-90, agency: Interperformances) of LU (#3). Peiners scored 20 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of LU, leading his team to a 84-81 win against the lower-ranked Jekabpils (#8, 1-3). LU needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Peiners has a great season in Latvia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. P.J. Hill jr. (182-F-87) of Jekabpils - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Jurmala - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Davis Coders (188-PG-92) of Jurmala - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80) of VEF Riga - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Karlis Apsitis (200-F-92) of Turiba - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Guntis Sipolins (206-C-93) of Turiba - 10 points and 6 rebounds
10. Matiss Rudmiezis (190-F-91) of Turiba - 13 points, 9 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)



Ventspils improved to 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils improved to 4-0 record in Baltic League. The Latvian side posted another two victories.
In October 21st the Latvian outfit overcame TTU 78:74. They trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TTU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 22 points for the winners.
Later Ventspils beat Rapla 93:54. Vernon Teel (193-G-87, agency: FCM, college: Loyola Mary) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Rait-Riivo Laane answered with 11 points and 4 steals and Raido Ringmets added 8 points in the effort for Rapla.
Valmiera meanwhile suffered their first loss. The Latvian team was rolled over by Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes 100-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. Yancy Gates (206-F-89, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Booker Woodfox contributed with 15 points for the winners. Janis Berzins answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera.
In another games TU/Rock beat Jelgava 85:66 and Barons kvart lost to Tarvas 79:87. Liepaja won over Juventus 85:77 for 2-2 record.



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Siauliai, Rudupis and Pieno Zvaigzdes continue high in BBL - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai, Rudupis and Pieno Zvaigzdes continue high in BBL.
Rudupis smashed Tln Kalev 101:53. Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Ike Okoye answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Jamaal Douglas added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev.
Siauliai meanwhile overcame Naglis Palangos 95:71. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and Klym Artamonov chipped in 5 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93, college: Olney Central CC) responded with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and Evaldas Lengvinas scored 22 points.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Latvian team was rolled over by Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes 100:75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. Yancy Gates (206-F-89, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Booker Woodfox contributed with 15 points for the winners. Janis Berzins answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera.



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Best players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American forward Larrie Smith (198-F-75) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Sparta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 37-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Soleuvre (#7, 2-3) 90-81. Sparta maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Sparta already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Sparta, through which he has constantly improved. Tennessee Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.4ppg), assists (9th best: 3.2apg) and averages solid 60.9% FGP and 43.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84) of Black Star. McDaniel impressed basketball fans with 39 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Black Star was edged by slightly higher-ranked Residence (#8, 2-3) 82-78. Black Star are still at the very bottom. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. McDaniel is one of the most experienced players at Black Star and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.6ppg (#1). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Torye Pelham (198-F-87) of Soleuvre (#7). Pelham scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Pelham's great performance Soleuvre lost 81-90 to the league's current leader Sparta (#2, 5-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Soleuvre 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, Pelham could help Soleuvre to bring them higher in the standings. Pelham has a great season in Luxembourg. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Simpson (203-C/F-87) of Etzella - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kasey Ulin (181-PG-82) of Sparta - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84) of Residence - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Amicale - 22 points and 12 rebounds
8. Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Darrion Pellum (198-G-87) of Residence - 28 points and 4 rebounds
10. Mychal Green (193-G/F-83) of Soleuvre - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Hickerson number one in Mexican LNBP for round 15 - by Eurobasket News

American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Halc.Xalapa, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Lechugueros (#12, 5-10) with 22-point margin 122-100. It allowed Halc.Xalapa to consolidate first place in the Mexican LNBP. Halc.Xalapa has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. In the team's last game Hickerson had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Halc.Xalapa's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of the Cumberlands star has very solid stats this year. Hickerson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.4ppg) and averages impressive 66.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Soles. Gransberry had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Soles to another comfortable win 88-75 over the lower-ranked Guerreros (#13, 4-11) being unquestionably team leader. Soles' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-4 record is not bad at all. Gransberry is a newcomer at Soles, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Barreteros (#8). Habel scored 23 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Barreteros, leading his team to a 101-96 win against the lower-ranked Corr.Victoria (#11, 7-8). Barreteros needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Habel has a very solid season. In 12 games in Mexico he scored 17.8ppg. He also has 6.7rpg, 1.7bpg and FGP: 57.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Corr.Victoria - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros - 28 points and 8 rebounds
6. Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) of Panteras - 17 points and 16 rebounds
7. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) of Halc.Xalapa - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. John Ruffus (207-F/C-81) of Gigantes - 29 points and 3 rebounds
9. Eugene Phelps (198-F) of Abejas - 19 points and 10 rebounds
10. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82) of Osos - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Interview with Alen Rugovac, player/founder of BC Strsljen Gusinje, newcomer in Divsion II - by Darko Pekic

Eurobasket.com, as the most complete basketball web site you can find around, does not deal only with Elite competitions but also wants to give a chance to small, ambitious clubs with big hopes for the future. One of these clubs is for sure basketball club Strsljen from Gusinje,a small town in Northern Montenegro. Its founder and player Alen Rugovac (184-PG-85) explains how this idea saw the light and what motivated him to start this great project in probably the most underdeveloped region in whole Montenegro.

Hello Alen, how did you start playing basketball?Who was your idol when you were a little kid?

I started to play basketball when I was 11 years old. When I first moved to America I fell in love with the game. At that time Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) was a icon that everyone watched and follow and that is when I decided to pick up a basketball. I loved Michael Jordan but my favorite player of all time Id have to say was Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown). He simply went against the odds. Is my height and weight and never feared the big stage. He is also one reason I fell in love with the game of basketball.

In 2012 you founded Basketball Strsljen in Gusinje and the team will compete in Division II of Montenegro this year. How did you get the idea to bring professional basketball to the town of Gusinje?

Well, when I moved to Gusinje 5 years ago I asked locals about playing for a basketball team out here but unfortunately there was not one. Since than I have had the idea but it always seemed like it was impossible because we didnt have a sports gym. Also this town has less than 1 thousand people living here year around. When I first arrived there wasnt even a gym in Plav which is a 15 minute drive from Gusinje. 3 Years ago a Sport Gym was built in the town of Plav and 2 years ago a handball team was also created there and that is when I saw my chance to create a basketball team. That is pretty much where the idea came from.

Who helped you in the realization of this plan? What you needed to do in order to overcome all the obstacles?

Well, in creating any sports team the most important thing is the financial support. Without that you really cant get anything going regardless of how much talent you may have. The town of Gusinje and Plav has majority of their citizens living in the United States. With that I was able to gather some funds to be able to start. Also the Mayor of Gusinje was my main support in the registration process as well as learning the ropes of creating a sports team here. Also another problem was not having your own Gym and traveling every day 15 minutes away to practice but eventually we just found a way. I also expect help from Gusinje Foundation who helps this end of the country and sports organizations such as ours. I also received help from donators from America as well as the Opstina in Plav.

How did the local authorities react on this idea? Did they support you?

The local authorities showed a solid amount of support. It could have been a lot less and it could have been a lot more. Financially there isnt much support but the reality is we cant blame them because this side of the country isnt in great financial stance therefore even if they wanted to they probably arent financially stable enough to. But I think overall support was solid and it will get better.

Strsljen played its first game in October against BC Gorstak and lost but it was actually a great step for the young club and the whole organization. Do you think you will be able to count on fans this year and in which way you plan to promote the idea?

The reality is that I am disappointed that we lost our first ever official game but it was a overall victory for our organization and this town. We played against a team that is much more experienced than majority of our players. We had a great fan turnout and support. Fans behaved great and support us even after the loss and only gave us positive feedback. The fans will continue to come out and support us and I am sure that they understand that this is our first ever season. We are here for the long run and I hope the fans will be as well. We will promote the idea through the internet, posters and verbally.

Could you tell us more about the current team and what can be expected from you in the year to come?

Our team has great backcourt players. Fast, exciting, and experienced. Players such as my self, My brother Anel Rugovac (192-G-88) who is a very strong player who is also a great scorer, as well as our shooting guard Milos Jankovic (185-G-87). A great post player in Adil Radoncic (205-C-86), a very fast improving post player also in Vladislav Dragovic (198-C-88) and couple of promising young players. We have a good coaching staff in Slavko Knezevic as well as a good young assistant coach Donko Dasic . With that being said I expect us to leave our all on the court each and every game. As I stated earlier we are a new team with not a lot of experience but with enough games under our belt we will only get better and results will show. This year the most important thing for this organization is to play the game the right way, to receive support from people all around the world who know about the team.

Did you make any long term goals and would you be able to tell us more about that as well?

For now my goal is complete this season the best way we can and for all the players to only get better. The next season we plan on creating younger selections and school of basketball. As soon as we may have the opportunity to go to the first league we will do so, but until than we plan on just getting better and expanding basketball in this region of the country. In the future we would like to build this organization into a successful one as other clubs are in this country, where we are able to be financial stable to where we can have at least 3 mens selections and one womens. But of course those are our hopes for the future.

What do you think who is the biggest candidate to win the league this year and play next season in Erste Basketball League?

We havent had a opportunity to play against many teams yet, we have only heard of a few who may be top contenders to get in the first league. I heard that Zeta 2011 has a good team and have good support, fan wise as well as financial. They also brought in several players from the first league and plan on taking their team to the first league right away.

Did you follow Montenegrin National Team led by Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) last summer? Whats your opinion on their results?

Yes I did follow. I do have to say I am very impressed with how far the Sehovic brothers have come. I am also very impressed with how much a coaching change affected the national team. It shows a true meaning of a great coach. I always follow the Montenegro basketball team and I thought that they would have a tough time without players like Nikola Vucevic (210-C-90, college: USC), Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's). But instead they did a great job playing together as a team and not worrying about individual stats. Montenegro basketball team showed the great meaning of team basketball and how strong one team can be when playing together.

Thank you Alen for the interview. Eurobasket.com wishes you good good luck in this adventure and we will keep following your results and achievements.

Thank you very much for giving me a opportunity to tell everyone about our organization. I hope that everyone will follow us and support us in any way that they can. Also if anyone wishes to help us it would be greatly appreciated. As I said earlier any help is help. Please Contact me at Alenrugovac24@gmail.com if anyone has any questions on how they may help us!. As you know our goals are to get kids off of streets and activate them in sports and into something positive and expand basketball in this region. Thank you!



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LA Lakers waived Chris Douglas-Roberts - by Eurobasket News (T)

Los Angeles Lakers waived 25-year old guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-95kg-87, college: Memphis).
The last season he played at SAIE3 Bologna in Italian SerieA. In 34 SerieA games last year he recorded 12.3ppg and 3.0rpg. Great season indeed as he Italian SerieA All-Star Game. In 2008 Douglas-Roberts was drafted by New Jersey Nets in second round (40th overall).
He attended University of Memphis and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Douglas-Roberts college team won C-USA Tournament for three years in a row (between 2006 and 2008).
He received also USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 Player of the Year back award in 2008.
Douglas-Roberts has played previously for two other NBA teams: Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pistons waive Terrence Williams and Jonny Flynn - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Detroit Pistons waived Terrence Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: Louisville) and Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89, college: Syracuse).
Terrence Williams started the previous season with the Houston Rockets. The forward averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 boards per game in the NBA. Later Terrence Williams moved to the Sacramento Kings. His stats read 8.8 points, 4.1 boards and 3.1 assists per game.
Jonny Flynn also started the last season with the Rockets. The guard posted 3.4 points and 2.5 assists for Houston. Later Jonny Flynn moved to the Portland Trail Blazers. He tallied 5.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game there. Jonny Flynn was named into NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2010.



Kings hand Lakers sixth straight pre-season loss - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings celebrated the fourth pre-season victory as they rallied past the Los Angeles Lakers 99:92 at the Staples Center. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) and Aaron Brooks (6'0''-PG-85, college: Oregon) came up with 16 points each to lead the Kings. The Lakers led by as many as 11 points at the interval. However the Kings went on a 28:15 run in the third term and finished off the hosts in the fourth stanza. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) added 15 points for the winners. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) answered with 21 points for the Lakers. Dwight Howard debuted for the hosts with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Orlando claimed the second pre-season success as they overcame San Antonio 104:100. Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) delivered 18 points for the Magic. Glen Davis contributed 17 points in the win. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) answered with 13 points for the Spurs.
The 76ers held off the Celtics 88:79 at the Td Garden. Dorell Wright (6'9''-F-85) came off the bench for 20 points to lead the visitors. Nick Young added 15 points for Philadelphia. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) and Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) accounted for 12 points each in the loss.
The Thunder prevailed over the Nuggets 108:101 in Oklahoma City. Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) notched 16 points each for the winners. Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 26 points for the Nuggets.



Pacers release Nevill, Ahearn and Gaines - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Indiana Pacers released three players. They split ways with Luke Nevill (7'2''-C-86, college: Utah), Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, college: Georgia) and Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.).
Luke Nevill moved to the NBA in pre-season. He played for the Perth Wildcats in Australian NBL last season. The centre notched 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game there. He helped the Wildcats into NBL Final. Luke Nevill was the member of the Australian National Team in 2010/11 seasons.
Blake Ahearn spent the last season between NBA and D-League. The point guard notched 23.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game for the Reno Bighorns. He also appeared in six games for the Utah Jazz. His stats read 2.5 points per appearance. Blake Ahearn made it onto Gatorade D-League 1st Team in 2012.
Sundiata Gaines started the previous season in Armia Tbilisi in Georgia. The guard posted 12.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in Superleague. In EuroChallenge Sundiata Gaines had 16.8 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Later the guard moved to the NBA. He joined the New Jersey Nets. His stats read 5.3 points, 2.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance.



The Raptors cut Wright - by Eurobasket (T)

Toronto Raptors cut 24-year old forward Chris Wright (203-100kg-88, college: Dayton).
The last season he played at the Warriors. In 24 NBA games last year he averaged just 2.9ppg and 1.9rpg. Wright also played at Dakota Wizards earlier that season. In 9 D-League games he had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg and 2.1bpg. The other team he played that season for was Maine Red Claws. In four D-League games he had also great stats: 17.0ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.5bpg.
Wright has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2011 Maine Red Claws selected him in first round (3rd overall) in the D-League draft.
He attended University of Dayton and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Wright played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2011.
He was also voted to NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team for two years in a row (2010 and 2011 playing back at the college.
Wright has played previously for Maine Red Claws.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Raptors released McNeal - by Eurobasket (T)

Toronto Raptors released 25-year old guard Jerel McNeal (191-92kg-87, college: Marquette).
The last season he played at Sutor Montegranaro in Italian SerieA. In 32 SerieA games last year he had 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg.
McNeal has never been drafted by the NBA.
He played in the final of D-League in 2011.
McNeal was also selected to Gatorade All-D-League 3rd Team in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut), other NBA teams (New Orleans Hornets, Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
McNeal attended Marquette University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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NC State picked as ACC favorite at media day - by Rick Ross (T)

Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The Wolfpack, with four starters back from a team that reached the NCAA round of 16,
earned 26 of 53 first-place votes Wednesday from media members at the league's annual
Operation Basketball media day. It is the first time N.C. State has been picked as the
preseason favorite since the 1974-75 season, while it marked only the second time in 16 seasons
that neither Duke nor North Carolina were picked to win the league race.

In addition, N.C. State junior C.J. Leslie (6'9''-F-91) was player of the year, teammate Lorenzo Brown was an
all-ACC pick and guard Rodney Purvis was voted rookie of the year.

It's new territory for our team," second-year coach Mark Gottfried said. This is unchartered waters.
And we have to learn how to accept that responsibility. It's something I think our
guys are in the process of doing right now. And when you start playing games,
you have to understand that you're viewed differently than maybe you were a year ago,
so we've got to be ready for that."

N.C. State hadn't been picked first since the year after David Thompson helped the
Wolfpack stop UCLA's run seven straight national titles on the way to program's
first NCAA championship in 1974. The Wolfpack hasn't won the
ACC tournament since 1987 and last won a regular-season crown in 1989.

Wednesday's vote came two days after the league coaches also picked
N.C. State as the preseason favorite in their first-ever vote on an ACC finish or preseason awards.

Duke was second with 21 first-place votes, while North Carolina was third.
Reigning tournament champion Florida State was fourth and got the other
six first-place votes, followed by Miami, Maryland, Virginia, Clemson,
Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Boston College.

Florida State's Michael Snaer, North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo and
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Vukona wins Round 3 POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

A stand-out double-double' performance by New Zealand Breakers veteran Mika Vukona (198-F-82) has seen him capture the National Basketball League's Player of the Week award for Round Three of the iiNet NBL Championship.

Vukona recorded double-figures in two key statistical categories in his team's 73-71 home win over the Townsville Crocodiles on Friday. The Fijian-born star scored 15 points and amassed 15 rebounds, as well as adding three assists and three steals. He made 6-of-11 field goal attempts, shooting at an accurate 55%.

The 198cm athletic forward fired his team up early in the game with some strong words in a team time-out and then led by example, making two key defensive plays down the stretch to seal the narrow win.

Vukona took out the Round Three honours from Adelaide's Adam Gibson. The 2012 Olympian had a game-high 21 points as well as five rebounds, two assists and two steals as the 36ers defeated the Cairns Taipans 85-81 at the Adelaide Arena on Saturday.

Cairns Taipans import Jamar Wilson was also a strong candidate for the weekly honour after helping his team to a split of their road-double in Round Three.

Wilson had 22 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Snakes opened the round with an 88-68 win over Sydney on Friday. The lightning quick guard then backed up with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Taipans' 85-81 loss to Adelaide the next night.

Other leading contenders for Player of the Week in Round Three included Adris Deleon (Wollongong), Luke Schenscher (Adelaide), Kevin Lisch (Perth), Matt Knight (Perth), Gary Ervin (Townsville), Oscar Forman (Wollongong), Ben Madgen (Sydney), Seth Scott (Melbourne) and Kevin Braswell (Melbourne).



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ben MCCAULEY
  Polph.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. McCauley, Polph.22.3 
 2. Hosley, Stelmet ZG20.5 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.5 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica18.8 
 5. Carter, Polpharma18.3 
 6. Wisniewski, AZS K.18.0 
 7. Addison, Siarka J.16.8 
 8. Montgomery, Rosa16.8 
 9. Dloniak, Siarka J.16.3 
 10. Turner, Trefl Sop.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben BOYKIN
  Anwil
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Boykin, Anwil10.0 
 2. Cel, PGE Turow9.5 
 3. Montgomery, Rosa8.3 
 4. McCauley, Polph.8.0 
 5. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.0 
 6. Harris, AZS K.7.0 
 7. Tomaszek, Energa6.8 
 8. Gadri-N., Energa C.6.8 
 9. Djuric, Kotwica6.5 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG6.8 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.8 
 3. Skibniewski, AZS K.6.5 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil5.8 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.5 
 6. Abernethy, Energa4.8 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.5 
 8. Long, Siarka J.4.0 
 9. Hosley, Stelmet ZG3.8 
 10. Kowalczyk, Start3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tony WEEDEN
  Anwil
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Weeden, Anwil2.5 
 2. Addison, Siarka J.2.5 
 3. Micic, PGE Turow2.5 
 4. Malczyk, Start G.2.5 
 5. Kardas, Rosa Radom2.3 
 6. Kowalczyk, Start G.2.3 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil2.3 
 8. Jefferson, Kotwica2.3 
 9. Wisniewski, AZS K.2.3 
 10. Koszarek, Asseco2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.5 
 3. Lopicic, Stelm.1.3 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.3 
 5. Alexander, Siarka1.0 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.0 
 7. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 
 8. Wright, Anwil0.8 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.0.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Polphar.0.8 


Jaroslaw Pawlowski gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 2Liga - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Pogon Prudnik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 2Liga Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 32-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Nysa Klodzko (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 88-74. It allowed Pogon Prudnik to consolidate first place in the Polish 2Liga. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Pogon Prudnik already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Pawlowski had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Pogon Prudnik and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pawlowski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.5rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 58.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-G-85) of GTK Gliwice. Wrobel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 assists. Of course GTK Gliwice cruised to a 79-72 relatively comfortable win over Alba Chorzow (0-3). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Wrobel is well-known by GTK Gliwice fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 5.7rpg and 5.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was Lukasz Niesobski (185-G-85) of Sudety (#3). Niesobski got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He was a key player of Sudety, leading his team to a 84-73 win against WKK Wroclaw (#5, 2-1). Sudety has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Niesobski also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Niesobski has a great season in Poland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Cetnar (197-F-88) of Rosa II Radom - 17 points and 15 rebounds
5. Aaron Weres (196-F-91) of Tur Bielsk Pdl. - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kacper Borowski (203-F/C-94) of SMS PZKosz - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Brembly (197-SG-93) of Trefl II Sopot - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lukasz Wojcik (189-G-84) of Alba Chorzow - 21 points and 2 assists
9. Lukasz Krzeminski (200-F-80) of Basket Pila - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jakub Derkowski (179-PG-94) of GTK Gdynia - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 6 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)



Sulima's double-double lands him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old center Krzysztof Sulima (202-C-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Slask Wroclaw and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Start Lublin (#13, 1-4) with 33-point margin 85-52. Slask Wroclaw was forced-out from the top positions in Polish 1Liga. They are still close to the very top. Slask Wroclaw would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Sulima as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Krzysztof Sulima averages this season 10.2ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jakub Dluski (200-F-87) of AZS Kutno. He is a forward in his first season at AZS Kutno. In the last game Dluski recorded impressive 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead AZS Kutno to another comfortable win 81-67 over AZS PP (#16, 0-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed AZS Kutno to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Dluski is a newcomer at AZS Kutno and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#2). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Grzegorz Grochowski (178-PG-93) of league's leader MKS DG. Grochowski showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eight rebounds and thirteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of MKS DG, leading his team to a 86-77 win against the lower-ranked MOSiR Krosno (#6, 3-2). MKS DG confirms their top position in the standings Grochowski has a great season in Poland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomasz Zablocki (202-F-78) of Polonia - 24 points and 3 rebounds
5. Adrian Czerwonka (196-F/G-81) of SKK Siedlce - 22 points and 2 rebounds
6. Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76) of Stal Ostrow - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcin Chodkiewicz (200-F-82) of SKK Siedlce - 9 points and 14 rebounds
8. Wojciech Glabas (207-F/C-90) of AZS Kutno - 14 points and 8 rebounds
9. Radoslaw Basinski (188-PG-78) of SKK Siedlce - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marcin Flieger (182-PG-84) of Slask Wroclaw - 15 points, 8 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)



PGE Turow suffered the third straight loss - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow suffered the third straight loss in the debut season in VTB league. The Polish representative lost to Azovmash 66:76.
Azovmash led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 charity shots during the game. It was a good game for Miroslav Raduljica who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for PGE Turow.
Earlier PGE Turow lost to Khimky 79:86. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But PGE Turow won third quarter 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. James Augustine contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Michal Chylinski (190-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points in the effort for PGE Turow.



TBL Round 4: Asseco Prok. hands first loss to undefeated Stelmet ZG - by Eurobasket News

There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of TBL 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 loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Stelmet ZG (3-1) in Gdynia on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Asseco Prok. (3-1) 73-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stelmet ZG. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stelmet ZG won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asseco Prok. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) replied with 29 points and 8 rebounds for Stelmet ZG. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Stelmet ZG and Trefl Sopot. Asseco Prok. is looking forward to face league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stelmet ZG will play at home against Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Start Gdynia'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 AZS Koszalin (2-2) 83-73. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Israeli center Robert Rothbart (217-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Michal Jankowski who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) responded with 22 points (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Start Gdynia (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Anwil and Rosa Radom. AZS Koszalin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Start Gdynia will play against bottom-ranked Kotwica (#12) in Kolobrzeg in the next round. AZS Koszalin will play at home against Polpharma (#8) in Starogard and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Rosa Radom's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Wloclawek, where they edged Anwil (1-3) 65-63 on Saturday. The winners were led by Hubert Radke who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds. Even 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals by Krzysztof Szubarga did not help to save the game for Anwil. Anwil's coach Dainius Adomaitis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rosa Radom left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Anwil and Start Gdynia. It was Anwil's third loss in a row. Rosa Radom will meet at home higher ranked Siarka Jezioro (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Anwil will play against Energa Czarni in Slupsk.
TBL top team - PGE Turow (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-2) in Tarnobrzeg 87-71. Aaron Cel fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. PGE Turow have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Siarka Jezioro at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. PGE Turow's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Asseco Prok. in Gdynia and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siarka Jezioro will play on the road against Rosa Radom.
Bottom-ranked Kotwica 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 Trefl Sopot (3-1) 118-69 on Monday evening. It was a very good performance for Filip Dylewicz who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 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. Trefl Sopot moved-up to second place, which they share with Stelmet ZG and Asseco Prok. Loser Kotwica still closes the standings with four games lost. Trefl Sopot will face Stelmet ZG (#4) in Zielona Gora in the next round. Kotwica will play at home against Start Gdynia (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4 Energa Czarni smashed Polpharma on the road 95-76.


Trefl Sopot - Kotwica 118-69

Bottom-ranked Kotwica 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 Trefl Sopot (3-1) 118-69 on Monday evening. The game without a history. Trefl Sopot 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 Kotwica's 28. They outrebounded Kotwica 38-24 including 23 on the offensive glass. Trefl Sopot shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Kotwica's players. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-86, college: Independence CC, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. American guard Sean Mosley (193-89, college: Maryland) replied with 19 points and his fellow American import guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) added 7 points and 5 assists in the effort for Kotwica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trefl Sopot moved-up to second place, which they share with Stelmet ZG and Asseco Prok. Loser Kotwica still closes the standings with four games lost. Trefl Sopot will face Stelmet ZG (#4) in Zielona Gora in the next round. Kotwica will play at home against Start Gdynia (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: S.Mosley 19+4reb+1ast, G.Arabas 10+2reb, W.Zloty 9+3reb, C.Jefferson 7+3reb+5ast, M.Kwiatkowski 6, P.Niedzwiedzki 6+3reb
Trefl Sopot: P.Zamojski 17+5reb+1ast, S.Spralja 16+3reb+1ast, F.Dylewicz 16+5reb+4ast, F.Turner 14+1reb+7ast, M.Acker 13+1reb, A.Waczynski 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 186723


Asseco Prok. - Stelmet ZG 73-70

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Stelmet ZG (3-1) in Gdynia on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Asseco Prok. (3-1) 73-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stelmet ZG. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stelmet ZG won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asseco Prok. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) replied with 29 points and 8 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 17 points and 4 steals in the effort for Stelmet ZG. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Stelmet ZG and Trefl Sopot. Asseco Prok. is looking forward to face league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stelmet ZG will play at home against Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: Q.Hosley 29+8reb+3ast, W.Hodge 17+2reb+1ast, O.Stevic 9+4reb+2ast, A.Lapeta 5+5reb, K.Chanas 4+3reb+3ast, M.Sroka 3+2reb
Asseco Prok.: A.Hrycaniuk 21+5reb, R.Mahalbasic 21+5reb, F.Robinson 9+2reb+1ast, J.Blassingame 6+4reb+11ast, P.Pamula 5, L.Koszarek 4+3reb+7ast
gschID: 186722


Start Gdynia - AZS Koszalin 83-73

Start Gdynia'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 AZS Koszalin (2-2) 83-73. The game was mostly controlled by Start Gdynia. AZS Koszalin was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Start Gdynia made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. AZS Koszalin was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Israeli center Robert Rothbart (217-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard Michal Jankowski (192-87) who added 20 points during the contest. Four Start Gdynia players scored in double figures. At the losing side international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) responded with 22 points (made all of his seven free throws) and American forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Start Gdynia (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Anwil and Rosa Radom. AZS Koszalin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Start Gdynia will play against bottom-ranked Kotwica (#12) in Kolobrzeg in the next round. AZS Koszalin will play at home against Polpharma (#8) in Starogard and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: L.Wisniewski 22+2reb+2ast, J.Robinson 13+4reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 9+2reb+1ast, D.Harris 8+10reb, M.Kuebler 7+3reb+2ast, S.Henry 6+4reb+1ast
Start Gdynia: M.Jankowski 20+2reb+3ast, R.Rothbart 14+11reb, G.Mordzak 11+1reb+3ast, S.Kowalczyk 11+4reb+2ast, T.Wojdyla 8+2reb+1ast, P.Pelka 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 186724


Siarka Jezioro - PGE Turow 71-87

TBL top team - PGE Turow (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-2) in Tarnobrzeg 87-71. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Siarka Jezioro was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Siarka Jezioro 35-20 including a 29-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Siarka Jezioro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Damian Kulig (206-87) chipped in 17 points. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Matt Addison (172-87, college: Hardin-Simmons) produced 15 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PGE Turow have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Siarka Jezioro at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. PGE Turow's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Asseco Prok. in Gdynia and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siarka Jezioro will play on the road against Rosa Radom.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: X.Alexander 15+4reb, M.Addison 15+2reb+4ast, J.Dloniak 13+4reb, R.Turner 12+5reb, K.Krajniewski 6+2reb+2ast, C.Long 4+3ast
PGE Turow: A.Cel 21+11reb+3ast, D.Kulig 17+4reb+1ast, I.Opacak 13+3reb, M.Chylinski 12+3reb+5ast, D.Jackson 9+4reb+6ast, I.Zigeranovic 8+5reb
gschID: 186721


Anwil - Rosa Radom 63-65

Rosa Radom's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Wloclawek, where they edged Anwil (1-3) 65-63 on Saturday. Anwil was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The winners were led by the former international center Hubert Radke (208-80, college: Loyola, IL) who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. Even 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals by the former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) did not help to save the game for Anwil. American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) added 7 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Anwil's coach Dainius Adomaitis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rosa Radom left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Anwil and Start Gdynia. It was Anwil's third loss in a row. Rosa Radom will meet at home higher ranked Siarka Jezioro (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Anwil will play against Energa Czarni in Slupsk.
Top scorers:
Anwil: K.Szubarga 15+1reb+6ast, T.Weeden 13+2reb, S.Hajric 7+9reb+1ast, R.Boykin 7+10reb+1ast, R.Wright 6+1reb+1ast, M.Ginyard 6+3reb+1ast
Rosa Radom: H.Radke 20+9reb, J.Montgomery 13+9reb+1ast, N.Vasojevic 12+3reb+4ast, S.Cupkovic 10+4reb, K.Adams 4+2reb, S.Bogavac 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 186720


Polpharma - Energa Czarni 76-95

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Energa Czarni (2-2) crushed 7th ranked Polpharma (2-2) in Starogard 95-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Energa Czarni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Quite impressive performance for American point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 assists. The former international swingman Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-89) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Five Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. American power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 24 points and Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points in the effort for Polpharma. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Energa Czarni moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Polpharma. Energa Czarni will face Anwil (#11) in Wloclawek in the next round where they are favorite. Polpharma will play on the road against AZS Koszalin (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: B.McCauley 24+4reb+2ast, U.Mirkovic 15+4reb+2ast, J.Carter 11+1reb+3ast, M.Nowakowski 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Bialek 7+2reb, L.Majewski 7+5reb
Energa Czarni: M.Kostrzewski 21+3reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 19+2reb, T.Abernethy 16+2reb+9ast, L.Knutson 14+4reb+5ast, V.Dabkus 11+7reb+2ast, R.Tomaszek 6+11reb+3ast
gschID: 186719


Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
 1. PGE Turow 4-0 
 2. Stelmet ZG 3-1 
 3. Asseco Prok. 3-1 
 4. Trefl Sopot 3-1 
 5. Energa Czarni 2-2 
 6. Siarka Jezioro 2-2 
 7. AZS Koszalin 2-2 
 8. Polpharma 2-2 
 9. Anwil 1-3 
 10. Start Gdynia 1-3 
 11. Rosa Radom 1-3 
 12. Kotwica 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 20: Start Gdynia - AZS Koszalin 83-73
Oct. 20: Polpharma - Energa Czarni 76-95
Oct. 21: Asseco Prok. - Stelmet ZG 73-70
Oct. 20: Siarka Jezioro - PGE Turow 71-87
Oct. 20: Anwil - Rosa Radom 63-65
Oct. 22: Trefl Sopot - Kotwica 118-69

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 27: AZS Koszalin - Polpharma
Oct. 27: Kotwica - Start Gdynia
Oct. 27: Stelmet ZG - Trefl Sopot
Oct. 28: PGE Turow - Asseco Prok.
Oct. 27: Rosa Radom - Siarka Jezioro
Oct. 28: Energa Czarni - Anwil



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Proliga Round 2: Leca loses to Angrabasket - by Eurobasket News

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

Terceira - Guifoes 47-99

The game with biggest result difference took place in Angra Heroismo. Local Terceira (0-2) was outscored by Guifoes (2-0) 99-47. The game was mostly controlled by Guifoes. Terceira was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Terceira to just 4 points in first quarter. Guifoes forced 22 Terceira turnovers and outrebounded them 32-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. Forward Jose Almeida (199-86) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Fabio Fernandes (201-86) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Four Guifoes players scored in double figures. Guifoes' coach Paulo Fidalgo felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by American center Chano Rashiduddin (208, college: Clark Atlanta) did not help to save the game for Terceira. Forward Thiago Tomassi (193) added 7 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Terceira: C.Rashiduddin 17+12reb+1ast, D.Dias 8+1ast, M.Romao 7, T.Tomassi 7+3reb, F.Ferreira 4+3reb, R.Piedade 2+2ast
Guifoes: J.Pereira 19+1reb+3ast, J.Almeida 18+6reb+1ast, F.Fernandes 16+4reb+4ast, A.Libanio 12+10reb, V.Felix 9+2reb+1ast, J.Moreira 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 199876


Angra - Leca 67-62

Leca (1-1) recorded its first loss on the court of Angrabasket on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Angrabasket 67-62. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 43-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Alvaro Pontes (190-85) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Aylton Vieira produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and Gonzalo Ranito added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Leca's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Leca: A.Vieira 20+9reb, M.Toreia 11+3reb, G.Ranito 8+2reb+4ast, P.Cunha 6+4reb+1ast, F.Monteiro 5+6reb, V.Lobato 4+2reb+2ast
Angra: A.Pontes 21+9reb, F.Gomes 14+5reb+2ast, J.Gaspar 14+14reb+1ast, D.Camara 7+2reb+3ast, R.Mendes 3, C.Sousa 3+3reb
gschID: 199875


Oliveirense - Ginasio 88-51

There was no surprise in Oliveira where Ginasio (0-1) was crushed by Oliveirense (2-0) 88-51. The game without a history. Oliveirense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ginasio to just 7 points in third quarter. Oliveirense forced 22 Ginasio turnovers and outrebounded them 40-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Center Andre Pereira (200-90) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Renato Azevedo (186-91) supported him with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Four Oliveirense players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 5 assists by guard Tiago Barreiro (187-83) did not help to save the game for Ginasio. Naturalized Cape Verdean forward Joaquim Soares (198-83) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. 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.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: T.Barreiro 12+3reb+5ast, J.Soares 10+6reb, P.Rocha 8+2reb, A.Nuno 8+1reb+1ast, N.Pereira 5+1reb+1ast, F.Canha 4+4reb
Oliveirense: R.Azevedo 26+5reb+2ast, A.Pereira 21+13reb+2ast, J.Reveles 15+8reb+4ast, J.Abreu 13+8ast, N.Freitas 5+7reb+2ast, A.Carvalho 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 186087


Electrico FC - Sangalhos 71-76

Very important is a home loss of Electr