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  APBL   



Victors locked and loaded - by Justin Moore

The Rockville Victors are another new team to the APBL this season here is a look at there roster



Michael Brevner GF 6' 5" 215 lbs New York, NY

Cory Burns (6'8''-F-83) GF 6' 4" 205 lbs Gaithersburg, MD








Kevon Calhoun G 6' 0" 195 lbs Rockville, MD

Tavares Cooper (6'3''-G, college: Pfeiffer) GF 6' 3" 220 lbs Rockville, MD

Rodney Edwards (6'2''-G-89) G 6' 2" 180 lbs Wheaton, MD

Jamaal Haywood G 6' 4" 195 lbs Brooklyn, NY

Armond Hill (6'6''-G-86, college: Bowie St.) GF 6' 6" 215 lbs Silver Spring, MD

Pierre Johnson (6'7''-F-81) F 6' 6" 215 lbs Seabrook, MD

Johan Matos (6'0''-G-81, college: Montgomery CC) PG 5' 11" 190 lbs Gaithersburg, MD

Colin Ojo GF 6' 3" 225 lbs Takoma Park, MD

Dele Ojo (6'0''-G-81, college: Pfeiffer) PGSG 6' 0" 170 lbs Takoma Park, MD

Harvey Paige (6'4''-F) F 6' 6" 215 lbs Baltimore, MD

Herbie Spellman F 6' 5" 230 lbs Germantown, MD

Alex Tyler (6'7''-F/C) F 6' 8" 240 lbs Clearspring, MD




Anthony Williams (6'2''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer) SG 6' 2" 175 lbs Rockville, MD

Reggie Winkfield (6'5''-G-81, college: Morgan St.) SGF 6' 5" 220 lbs Germantown, MD



Capital city express roster - by Justin Moore

The Capital city express have anounced there roster for there first season in the APBL here is there roster below.

Andre Hardy (6'6''-F)



Brian Collins



Brandon Duke

Courtney Sherrill

David Metcalf

Derek Metcalf

Edwards Roberts

Lindsey Heath

Manuel Person

Nicholas Griffin

Quentin Morrow

Tyrone lawery

Warren Robinson (6'4''-G/F-77, college: Prince George CC)

Wesley Hunt (6'8''-F-80)

Willie Southern III

Coach Bermard Robinson

Coach Eric Jeter



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

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

Regular Season: Round 13

North

Oct. 26: Quimsa - Regatas C. 83-78
Oct. 26: Libertad S. - Sionista 82-76
Oct. 26: La Union - Olimpico LB 79-58
Oct. 26: Union Progr. - Atenas 74-69

South

Oct. 26: 9 de Julio - Boca Jrs 75-71
Oct. 26: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Lanus 72-79
Oct. 26: Argentino - Obras 72-66

Regular Season: Round 14

North

Oct. 28: Quimsa - Sionista
Oct. 28: Union Progr. - Olimpico LB
Oct. 28: Libertad S. - Regatas C.
Oct. 28: La Union - Atenas

South

Oct. 28: 9 de Julio - Obras
Oct. 28: Penarol - Lanus
Oct. 28: Argentino - Boca Jrs
Oct. 28: Wuber-Est.Bahia - GECR Indalo


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Richard ROBY
  Wuber-Es.
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Roby, Wuber-Es.19.5 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras18.2 
 3. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.7 
 4. Phillip, Union Pro.17.5 
 5. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.2 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.1 
 7. Pau, Olimpico LB16.0 
 8. Jackson, GECR I.15.9 
 9. Lewis, La Union15.5 
 10. Lytch, Argentino15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.13.3 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.5 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Seawright, GECR I.9.1 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.8.8 
 6. Fierro, Atenas8.2 
 7. Nelson, 9 de Julio8.0 
 8. Battle, Lanus7.8 
 9. Lewis, La Union7.8 
 10. Sanchez, Libertad.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.3 
 2. De los Santo., Arg.4.9 
 3. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa4.8 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.2 
 6. Osimani, Obras4.1 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.9 
 8. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ariel PAU
  Olimpico LB
  (186-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pau, Olimpico LB2.7 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa2.2 
 4. Gianella, La Union1.9 
 5. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 6. De los Santo., Arg.1.8 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.8 
 8. Boccia, Lanus1.7 
 9. Espinoza, Obras1.7 
 10. Pittman, Sionista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.6 
 3. Mata, Penarol1.1 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 5. Sanchez, Libertad.0.9 
 6. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 7. Calderon, Regat.0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Williams, Quimsa0.7 
 10. Espinoza, Obras0.7 


Standings - TNA

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 26: La Union - Rocamora 94-97
Oct. 26: San Lorenzo Ch. - Sport Club 90-92
Oct. 26: Ciclista - Bragado 82-70
Oct. 26: Sarmiento - Alvear 79-76
Oct. 26: San Mart.C. - Obera TC 79-73
Oct. 26: Huracan - Alianza Viedma 79-68
Oct. 26: Quilmes MP - MH Basket 79-63
Oct. 26: Banda Norte - Instituto Cor. 74-81
Oct. 26: Union Sunch - San Isidro 74-72
Oct. 26: Atl.Echague - Estudian.Con. 71-61

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 2: La Union - Alvear
Nov. 2: Instituto Cor. - San Isidro
Nov. 2: Estudian.Con. - Obera TC
Nov. 2: Sarmiento - Union Sunch
Nov. 2: San Mart.C. - Atl.Echague
Nov. 2: Sport Club - Rocamora
Nov. 2: Banda Norte - Ciclista
Nov. 2: Alianza Viedma - Huracan
Nov. 2: MH Basket - Quilmes MP
Nov. 2: San Lorenzo Ch. - Bragado


LigaA Round 13: Olimpico de La Banda loses to La Union - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Olimpico de La Banda (9-4) and eighth ranked La Union (2-11) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Olimpico de La Banda was crushed by La Union in Formosa 58-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpico de La Banda. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Olimpico de La Banda managed to win fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Power forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Olimpico de La Banda. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. La Union maintains eighth place in North with 2-11 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. La Union are looking forward to face higher ranked Atenas (#6) in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Union Progresista (#7) in Villa Angela and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Regatas Corrientes (7-5) against fifth ranked Quimsa (6-6) on Friday night. Visiting Regatas Corrientes was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Santiado Estero 78-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. Naturalized Italian swingman Eduardo Villares (188-79) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and Damian Tintorelli chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Quimsa's coach Fabio Demti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Quimsa maintains fifth place in North with 6-6 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Quimsa will play against higher ranked Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Regatas Corrientes will play on the road against the league's leader Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Libertad Sunchales (10-3) which hosted in Sunchales 4th placed Sionista (7-6). First ranked Libertad Sunchales managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sionista. Gabriel Mikulas nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Joshua Pittman came up with 18 points for Sionista in the defeat. Libertad Sunchales maintains first place in North with 10-3 record. Loser Sionista keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales will meet at home Regatas Corrientes (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sionista will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Lanus (8-4) which played road game in Bahia Blanca against 4th placed Wuber-Est.Bahia (5-6). Second ranked Lanus managed to get a 7-point victory 79-72. Adrian Boccia fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lanus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in South with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader Penarol. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Lanus' next round opponent will be league's leader Penarol in Mar del Plata and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And finally the game worth to mention about is 9 de Julio's win against 5th ranked Boca Juniors 75-71. It was a very good performance for Robert Hornsby who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. 9 de Julio maintains eighth place in South with 2-10 record. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. 9 de Julio will face higher ranked Obras (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 13
In North Atenas was beaten by Union Progr. on the road 74-69.
In South Argentino won against Obras on its own court 72-66.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 26 points and 19 rebounds by Darren Phillip of Union Progr..


North
La Union - Olimpico LB 79-58

The game between second ranked Olimpico de La Banda (9-4) and eighth ranked La Union (2-11) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Olimpico de La Banda was crushed by La Union in Formosa 58-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpico de La Banda. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Olimpico de La Banda managed to win fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. La Union maintains eighth place in North with 2-11 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. La Union are looking forward to face higher ranked Atenas (#6) in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Union Progresista (#7) in Villa Angela and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Lewis 16+5reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 15+1reb, R.Wolkowyski 10+4reb+2ast, R.Humphrey 9+6reb, J.Brussino 8+3reb+3ast, N.Lauria 8+3reb
Olimpico LB: D.Yearby 17+6reb+1ast, A.Pau 11+1reb, F.Ramirez 7+3reb, J.Machuca 6+1reb, S.Clancy 6+8reb+1ast, A.Eslava 5+8reb
gschID: 189310


Libertad S. - Sionista 82-76

An interesting game for Libertad Sunchales (10-3) which hosted in Sunchales 4th placed Sionista (7-6). First ranked Libertad Sunchales managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sionista. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Libertad Sunchales made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Libertad Sunchales outrebounded Sionista 43-22 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman William Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) accounted for 20 points (made all of his eight free throws). American forward Joshua Pittman (195-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with 18 points and the former international power forward Matias Sandes (201-84) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Sionista in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales maintains first place in North with 10-3 record. Loser Sionista keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales will meet at home Regatas Corrientes (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sionista will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: W.Graves 20+3reb+2ast, G.Mikulas 14+15reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 12+3reb+3ast, D.Garcia 11+4reb, J.Treise 9+2reb+3ast, J.Levy 8+6reb+2ast
Sionista: J.Pittman 18+3reb+1ast, D.Hure 14+4reb+1ast, M.Sandes 12+5reb+5ast, N.Agasse 10+1ast, B.Woodward 9+1reb, E.Spalla 6+3reb
gschID: 189309


Union Progr. - Atenas 74-69

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Union Progresista (4-7) beat 6th ranked Atenas (5-8) in Villa Angela 74-69 on Friday. Atenas was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Union Progresista, which allowed them to win the game. Union Progresista outrebounded Atenas 39-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds. American forward Adrian Moss (203-81, college: Florida) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points and 5 assists and the former international center Diego Guaita (202-83) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Union Progresista maintains seventh place in North with 4-7 record. Loser Atenas keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Union Progresista will face league's second-placed Olimpico de La Banda at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 26+19reb+1ast, A.Moss 15+9reb, C.Schoppler 11, V.Hugo Cajal 10+5reb+2ast, A.Carabajal 4+1reb+1ast, G.Laphitzborde 4+1reb+3ast
Atenas: R.Gonzalez 12+4reb, B.Labaque 12+2reb+5ast, D.Guaita 11+5reb, M.Lescano 10+3reb+2ast, J.Aprea 9+2reb, J.Bulfoni 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 189308


Quimsa - Regatas C. 83-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Regatas Corrientes (7-5) against fifth ranked Quimsa (6-6) on Friday night. Visiting Regatas Corrientes was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Santiado Estero 78-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. Naturalized Italian swingman Eduardo Villares (188-79) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Quimsa's coach Fabio Demti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 9 points and 7 assists. Quimsa maintains fifth place in North with 6-6 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Quimsa will play against higher ranked Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Regatas Corrientes will play on the road against the league's leader Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: E.Villares 26+1reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 20+9reb, D.Lo Grippo 12+5reb+1ast, R.Stanton 6+4reb, N.Aguirre 5+3reb+10ast, J.Mojica 5+1reb
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 17+10reb, N.Romano 14+2reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 11+1ast, T.Washam 10+5reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 9+4reb+1ast, J.Martinez 9+1reb+7ast
gschID: 189307


South
Wuber-Est.Bahia - Lanus 72-79

An interesting game for Lanus (8-4) which played road game in Bahia Blanca against 4th placed Wuber-Est.Bahia (5-6). Second ranked Lanus managed to get a 7-point victory 79-72. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) produced 28 points and American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lanus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in South with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader Penarol. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Lanus' next round opponent will be league's leader Penarol in Mar del Plata and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lanus: W.McFarlan 17+5reb+1ast, P.Prato 13+2reb+2ast, A.Boccia 12+10reb+2ast, C.Schattmann 9+2reb, F.Martina 9+1reb, R.Battle 8+12reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: L.Faggiano 28+3reb, L.Blanchard 19+10reb, R.Roby 12+3reb+1ast, M.Fizer 6+1reb+2ast, J.Manuel Torres 4+5reb, F.Ferrini 2+4reb
gschID: 189366


Argentino - Obras 72-66

Very expected game when 7th ranked Obras (4-7) lost to third ranked Argentino (8-5) in Junin 66-72 on Friday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It was a very good performance for American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Obras. Newly promoted Argentino maintains third place in South with 8-5 record having just one points less than leader Penarol. Obras lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Argentino will face Boca Juniors (#6) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Obras will play on the road against 9 de Julio in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Argentino: K.Lytch 18+8reb, N.De los Santos 13+1reb+5ast, J.Cangelosi 11+3reb, B.Carlwell 9+8reb, A.Weigand 8+2reb+1ast, C.Amicucci 6+5reb+2ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 18+8reb, A.Konsztadt 9+3reb, D.Huertas 9+4reb, T.Field 9+4reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 8+7reb, J.Mazzaro 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189365


9 de Julio - Boca Jrs 75-71

And finally the game worth to mention about is 9 de Julio's win against 5th ranked Boca Juniors 75-71. The game without a history. 9 de Julio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 9 de Julio outrebounded Boca Juniors 42-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Boca Juniors was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Robert Hornsby (201-82, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four 9 de Julio players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 19 points and naturalized American guard Phillip Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Boca Juniors. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. 9 de Julio maintains eighth place in South with 2-10 record. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. 9 de Julio will face higher ranked Obras (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
9 de Julio: M.Garcia 20+5reb, E.Nelson 16+10reb, R.Hornsby 10+13reb+4ast, D.Gerbaudo 10+1reb, G.Torre 8+5reb, E.Ruiz 5+4reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: D.Santiago 19+3reb, P.Hopson 13+5reb+3ast, J.DeGroat 12+8reb, D.Obasohan 9+3reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 9+2reb, A.Diez 5+1reb
gschID: 189363



South American League 2012: Penarol win Group C - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Flamengo 77:72

Penarol clinched the top position in South American League Group C. They knocked down Flamengo on the final day of the action in the pool. Both Penarol and Flamengo advanced into the next round of the competition.
Flamengo enjoyed a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. The Brazilian side extended the lead in the second quarter. The Rio de Janeiro team accumulated a 40:30 halftime advantage. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) sparked an 8:0 run at the start of the third term as Penarol cut the deficit. The hosts soon erased the deficit and surged ahead. They posted a 57:51 advantage with one quarter remaining. Penarol kept their opponents at bay throughout the final frame and secured the victory. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) notched 22 points to lead Penarol. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) added 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) answered with 22 points for Flamengo. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) provided 11 points in the loss.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 22, Marcos Mata 17, David Teague 16
Flamengo: Vitor Benite 22, Olivinha Rodriguez 11



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Crocodiles - Kings 87-92
Oct. 26: Tigers - Breakers 64-75
Oct. 28: 36ers - Hawks
Oct. 28: Taipans - Kings


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Lisch, Wildcats18.7 
 2. Scott, Tigers18.0 
 3. Madgen, Kings17.8 
 4. Johnson, 36ers17.3 
 5. Tragardh, Taipans17.0 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats15.7 
 7. Henry, Kings15.0 
 8. Jackson, Breakers15.0 
 9. Gibson, 36ers15.0 
 10. Wilson, Taipans14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke SCHENSCHER
  36ers
  (216-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Schenscher, 36ers9.3 
 2. Forman, Hawks9.0 
 3. Scott, Tigers8.5 
 4. Vukona, Breakers8.3 
 5. Knight, Wildcats8.0 
 6. Holmes, Crocodiles7.8 
 7. Lazare, Kings7.8 
 8. Johnson, 36ers7.3 
 9. Hill, Taipans7.3 
 10. Martin, Wildcats7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.3 
 2. Braswell, Tigers5.0 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.5 
 4. Martin, Wildcats4.0 
 5. Gibson, 36ers3.7 
 6. Henry, Kings3.3 
 7. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
 8. Vukona, Breakers3.3 
 9. Cadee, 36ers3.0 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Tigers
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Braswell, Tigers2.8 
 2. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 3. Edwards, Taipans2.3 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles1.8 
 5. Boucher, Breakers1.8 
 6. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats1.7 
 8. Schenscher, 36ers1.7 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats1.7 
 10. Vukona, Breakers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers3.5 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers2.7 
 3. Scott, Tigers1.8 
 4. Garlepp, Kings1.8 
 5. Tragardh, Taipans1.3 
 6. Forman, Hawks1.3 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
 8. Edwards, Taipans0.8 
 9. Cadee, 36ers0.7 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats0.7 



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - 2.Bundesliga

2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 3-0 
 2. Vienna Timb. 3-1 
 3. Mattersb.R. 2-1 
 4. Tirol 2-1 
 5. Worthersee 2-1 
 6. Falcons 1-2 
 7. Dornbirn 1-2 
 8. Salzburg 1-2 
 9. Basket Flames 1-3 
 10. Kos Celovec 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Basket Flames - Vienna Timb. 67-76
Oct. 27: Kos Celovec - Salzburg
Oct. 27: Dornbirn - Tirol
Oct. 27: Falcons - Mistelbach
Oct. 27: Mattersb.R. - Worthersee



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - by David Pick

After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Grodno-93 - Tsmoki-Minsk II 65-62
Oct. 26: Rubon - Borisfen 101-70
Oct. 26: Impuls BGUIR - Sozh Gomel


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.25.0 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel24.7 
 3. Kamarunas, Svisl.19.7 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.19.0 
 5. Shustau, Svisloch18.3 
 6. Sharipov, Svisloch16.0 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen15.8 
 8. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.5 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.15.3 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergei DADUKIN
  Sozh G.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dadukin, Sozh G.9.7 
 2. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.9.3 
 3. Mishukov, Grodn.8.3 
 4. Ilyukevich, Rubon7.0 
 5. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.6.8 
 6. Sharipov, Svisloch6.7 
 7. Yafremov, Grodn.6.7 
 8. Hrumiantsau, Svisl.6.3 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.3 
 10. Sugonyako, Tsmok.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vytautas KAMARUNAS
  Svisl.
  (179-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kamarunas, Svisl.7.3 
 2. Charykau, Sozh G.6.7 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch6.0 
 4. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.8 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.0 
 6. Akulich, Rubon3.7 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen3.3 
 8. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.3.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey TATUR
  Borisfen
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tatur, Borisfen3.5 
 2. Sapegin, Rubon3.3 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch2.7 
 4. Akulich, Rubon2.7 
 5. Kamarunas, Svisl.2.7 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.5 
 7. Charko, Grodno-932.0 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen1.8 
 9. Aheyenka, Borisfen1.8 
 10. Miakinin, Sozh Go.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 3. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 4. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 5. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 9. Syrovatko, Grodn.0.0 
 10. Kopylov, Borisfen0.0 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 25: Spirou - Antwerp 70-53
Oct. 26: Verviers-Pep. - Liege 57-89
Oct. 27: Oostende - Leuven
Oct. 27: Aalstar - M.Hainaut


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22
 1. Walsh, Spirou22.0 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven20.0 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar19.0 
 4. Green, Verviers.18.3 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut17.3 
 6. Allen, Spirou16.5 
 7. Aska, Leuven16.0 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp15.3 
 9. Wilkinson, Oostende15.0 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan ASKA
  Leuven
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Aska, Leuven8.0 
 2. Tofi, Aalstar8.0 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut8.0 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende7.3 
 5. Mukubu, Liege7.0 
 6. Gillet, Liege6.5 
 7. Walsh, Spirou6.5 
 8. Smith, Leuven6.3 
 9. Hanavan, Leuven6.0 
 10. Young, Aalstar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Bosco, Liege4.8 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.7 
 4. Raivio, Aalstar4.7 
 5. Walsh, Spirou4.0 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Leuven3.0 
 8. Tofi, Aalstar3.0 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar2.7 
 10. Anderson, Aalstar2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Brent WRIGHT
  Oostende
  (203-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wright, Oostende2.3 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Green, Verviers.2.3 
 4. Anderson, Aalstar2.3 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar2.0 
 7. Anderson, Verviers.2.0 
 8. Williamson, Liege1.8 
 9. Iarochevitch, Liege1.8 
 10. Dukes, Leuven1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende2.0 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.0 
 3. Young, Aalstar1.7 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.5 
 5. Ferguson, Verviers.0.8 
 6. Hartsock, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 8. Mukubu, Liege0.5 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.5 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.5 


Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 26: CEP Fleurus - St-Niklase 72-69
Oct. 26: M.Hainaut II - Houthalen 102-98
Oct. 27: Tongeren - Kangor.-Boom
Oct. 28: Essor Charleroi - Gembo BBC
Oct. 28: Sint-Jan Ant. - Gent Dragons
Oct. 28: Waregem - Excelsior
Oct. 28: M.Hainaut II - CEP Fleurus


Charleroi Transfer and News - by Peter Buyse

Spirou Charleroi has added an American point guard who is no stranger to playing in Belgium in Carldell Johnson (177-G-83, college: UAB) also known as Squeaky Johnson. After his college career at Alabame-Birmingham his first overseas job was in Belgium where he played for Verviers-Pepinster duriung the 2006-2007 season. After that season in Europe he returned to the Americas where he played in the D-League and in Mexico. In 2007-2008 he played in Mexico for Halcones Xalapa and later in the season moved to the D-League's Austin Toros. He also split the 08-09 season between Mexico and the D-league. For the next 3 seasons he pretty much played full time for the Austin Toros and this past season he was picked up by the New Orleans Hornets where he played 15 games. His best statistical season was 2010-2011 when he averaged 12.3 ppg and 6.0 apg for the Austin Toros.

In other news Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) who was rumoured to have left the team was still on the roster for yesterday's win vs Antwerp. The team management has now confirmed his departure and signing at Red Star Belgrad.

Jiri Welsch who was still on the team's payroll recently signed with Nymburk.

Recently signed (5 years) Serbian young promise Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) played his first minutes for his new team in their game vs Antwerp.


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  BELIZE   


COCABA U16 Championship: Belize edge Panama to finish third - by Eurobasket News

Belize U16 - Panama U16 53:49

Belize occupied the third position at the COCABA U16 Championship. They knocked down Panama on the final day of the tournament in Honduras. Zachary Usher stepped up with 11 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge.
Belize led by just two points after the starting quarter 12:10. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame 24:22. Belize stretched the lead in the third quarter. They extended the margin at 5-point mark heading into the fourth stanza 39:34. Panama narrowed the deficit in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Jamie Carbajal netted 9 points for the winners. Gilberto Ruiz (173-PG-97) answered with 16 points for Panama. Luis Henriquez (195-F-96) provided 12 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Belize U16: Zachary Usher 11+15 boards, Jamie Carbajal 9
Panama U16: Gilberto Ruiz 16, Luis Henriquez 12+16 boards



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - NLB

Carioca Standings
 1. Flamengo 6-0 
 2. Tijuca TC 4-2 
 3. Botafogo 1-5 
 4. Riachuelo TC 1-5 

Finals: Round 1

3-4 Place

Nov. 5: Botafogo - Riachuelo TC

FINAL

Nov. 5: Flamengo - Tijuca TC


Bauru grab lead against Sao Jose/Vinac - by Eurobasket News

Paschoalotto/Bauru celebrated back-to-back victories over Sao Jose/Vinac in the Paulista League semifinals.
The first game ended with Bauru clinching a 74:60 win. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) nailed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Bauru ensured a 39:30 halftime lead. Sao Jose/Vinac cut the distance at 8-point mark at the final break but Bauru used a 19:13 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) notched 12 points, while John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.) had 10 points for Bauru. Andre Laws (186-G-80, college: San Diego) answered with 10 points for Sao Jose/Vinac. Joao Alvaro (187-PG-93) netted 9 points in defeat.
The second game turned into a thriller. Sao Jose/Vinac managed to grab an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Bauru however answered with 30 points in the second frame to take a 45:44 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second half. It all came down to the final seconds as Bauru eked out a tough 78:77 victory at the end. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Missouri Western) provided 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Fernando Fischer and Pilar Alves (200-F-84) had 15 points each in the victory. Joao Alvaro answered with 24 points for Sao Jose/Vinac. Andre Laws netted 16 points in the loss.



South American League 2012: Penarol win Group C - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Flamengo 77:72

Penarol clinched the top position in South American League Group C. They knocked down Flamengo on the final day of the action in the pool. Both Penarol and Flamengo advanced into the next round of the competition.
Flamengo enjoyed a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. The Brazilian side extended the lead in the second quarter. The Rio de Janeiro team accumulated a 40:30 halftime advantage. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) sparked an 8:0 run at the start of the third term as Penarol cut the deficit. The hosts soon erased the deficit and surged ahead. They posted a 57:51 advantage with one quarter remaining. Penarol kept their opponents at bay throughout the final frame and secured the victory. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) notched 22 points to lead Penarol. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) added 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) answered with 22 points for Flamengo. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) provided 11 points in the loss.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 22, Marcos Mata 17, David Teague 16
Flamengo: Vitor Benite 22, Olivinha Rodriguez 11



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  CHILE   


Chilean U21 National Team 2012 - by Simas

4 Pablo Barraza 184-G-94 Dep.Espanol Chile
5 Jullien Bottin 171-PG
6 Ricardo Cardenas 95 AB Ancud Chile
7 Osven Ledezma 202-C-90 U.Catolica Chile
8 Manuel Penna 188-G
9 Erik Carrasco 181-PG-83 Boston Coll. Chile
10 Felix Ibarra Puente Alto Chile
11 Darrol Jones 94 AB Ancud Chile
12 Ignacio Carrion Los Leones Chile
13 Cristobal Infante 201-C-88 AB Ancud Chile
14 Diego Low 192-F
15 Hardy Weissohn 92

Guillermo Vecchio Head Coach Panteras Venezuela



South American League 2012: Deportes Castro edge Hebraica for first win - by Eurobasket News

Deportes Castro - Hebraica 84:82

Deportes Castro clinched the first win at the South American League. They capped their campaign with a narrow win over Hebraica. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) scored 20 points to lead the Chilean team.
Deportes Castro jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 24:14 lead after the opening quarter. Hebraica however turned things upside down in the second frame. The Uruguayan team went on a 28:13 run to grab a 42:37 halftime advantage. Deportes Castro did not allow Hebraica to clear off. The Chilean side narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Deportes Castro fired 25 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) accounted for 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Zaronn Cann (199-F, college: Eckerd) contributed 16 points for the winners. Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) responded with 44 points for Hebraica. Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) netted 13 points in the loss.

Deportes Castro: Gonzalo Velasquez 20, CamRon Clay 18+10 boards, Zaronn Cann 16
Hebraica: Walter Baxley 44, Joaquin Izuibejeres 13



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  COSTA RICA   


COCABA U16 Championship: Costa Rica earn fifth win, clinch title in Honduras - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica U16 - Guatemala U16 99:24

Costa Rica finished their COCABA U16 Championship campaign in style. They steamrolled past Guatemala to earn the fifth straight win at the tournament. Costa Rica thus celebrated the title. Miguel Pearson (96) was unstoppable with 39 points for the winners.
Costa Rica jumped to a 28:5 lead after ten minutes. The teams combined for 13 points in the second frame. Costa Rica secured a 37:9 halftime advantage. They increased the tempo in the third term. Costa Rica exploded with 43 points in the quarter to clear off for good in this one. Braulio Cortes finished with 11 points, while Mario Herreras added 10 points for Costa Rica. Selvyn Cervantes answered with 10 points for Guatemala. Estuardo De La Cruz had 5 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Costa Rica U16: Miguel Pearson 39, Braulio Cortes 11, Mario Herreras 10
Guatemala U16: Selvyn Cervantes 10, Estuardo De La Cruz 5+10 boards



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  CROATIA   


EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes Istanbul beat Cedevita Zagreb in Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul - Cedevita Zagreb 85:66

Anadolu Efes Istanbul beat Cedevita Zagreb in Turkey for 2-1 record in Group C of EuroLeague. The hosts needed 85:66 win to start Friday campaign. The Croatian team remains winless in the debut season.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul started the game with 23-14 and added 21-14 in the second period. Moreover the Turkish side won the third period 22-19 for 19-point advantage after 30 minutes. Both teams scored 19 points in the final quarter for the final result.
Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) nailed 16. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) posted 14, while Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 10. Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) delivered 14 points each in the losing effort, whilst Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) brought 9.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Sasha Vujacic 18, Jamon Lukas Gordon 16, Jordan Farmar 14, Dusko Savanovic 10
Cedevita Zagreb: Marques Green 14, Bracey Wright 14, Mickael Gelabale 9



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Apoel 1-0 
 2. AEK 0-0 
 3. AEL 0-0 
 4. Apollon 0-0 
 5. ENAD 0-0 
 6. Keravnos 0-0 
 7. Omonia 0-0 
 8. Etha 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 26: Etha - Apoel 62-64
Oct. 28: Apollon - Omonia
Oct. 27: AEK - Keravnos
Oct. 27: AEL - ENAD



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 26: CEZ Nymburk - B&W Opava 101-58
Oct. 27: Svitavy - BK Prostejov
Oct. 27: Chomutov - BK Pardubice
Oct. 27: USK Praha - Levice
Oct. 27: J.Hradec - BK Decin
Oct. 27: NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Meno, USK Praha20.9 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.9 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy19.3 
 4. Reese, Usti n.18.6 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava17.1 
 6. Kemp, Levice17.0 
 7. Pope, BK Decin16.6 
 8. Bosak, Chomutov16.3 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Glover, Chomutov15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec10.0 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.6 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava9.4 
 4. Wilson, NH Ostrava8.3 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy8.0 
 6. Reese, Usti n.7.4 
 7. Votroubek, USK P.7.4 
 8. Pecka, Chomutov7.2 
 9. Field, BC Kolin6.9 
 10. Toth, B&W Opava6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  CEZ N.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Pavkovic, CEZ N.5.3 
 2. Kemp, Levice5.2 
 3. Pope, BK Decin4.8 
 4. Nolen, Usti n.4.6 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy4.5 
 6. Ames, NH Ostrava4.3 
 7. Gonzalez, BC Kolin3.9 
 8. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.9 
 9. Carnecky, BK Pardu.3.6 
 10. Alic, BK Decin3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javier GONZALEZ
  BC Kolin
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gonzalez, BC Kolin2.9 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin2.7 
 3. Nolen, Usti n.2.6 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy2.3 
 5. Venta, BK Prostej.2.2 
 6. Pistecky, Usti n.2.1 
 7. Glover, Chomutov2.0 
 8. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 9. Mares, USK Praha2.0 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  BK Pardu.
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nelson, BK Pardu.1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Slavik, USK Praha1.4 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.3 
 5. Svrdlik, BK Prost.1.2 
 6. Votroubek, USK P.1.1 
 7. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 8. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 9. Nuhanovic, Levice0.8 
 10. Pelikan, NH Ostra.0.7 


Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 26: Nymburk B - Proton Zlin 99-74
Oct. 26: Loko Plzen - Ostrava 97-56
Oct. 26: Sokol P. - Sparta Praha 62-65
Oct. 28: Kara Trutnov - Litomerice
Oct. 28: JBC Brno - Liberec
Oct. 28: Sokol V. - Sokol H.K.



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 5-0 
 2. Tarvas 3-1 
 3. Valga 3-2 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 1-1 
 5. Hito/Johvi 1-2 
 6. Parnu 1-2 
 7. TTU 1-2 
 8. Rapla 0-2 
 9. Tln Kalev 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Tarvas - Valga 90-72
Oct. 26: TU/Rock - Kalev/Cramo 75-72
Oct. 27: Rapla - TTU
Oct. 31: Parnu - Rapla


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Tamm, Tarvas19.8 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev18.7 
 3. Ingram, TU/Rock17.8 
 4. Laksa, Tarvas17.8 
 5. Keedus, TTU16.7 
 6. Umbrasko, Tarvas16.5 
 7. Arnold, TTU15.7 
 8. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.7 
 9. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
 10. Oja, Valga14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu16.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev11.0 
 3. Grim, Valga10.0 
 4. Arnold, TTU9.3 
 5. Lindmets, Tarvas8.3 
 6. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.7 
 8. Cunda, Valga7.4 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas7.0 
 10. Peciukeviciu., Pa.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marc CAMPBELL
  Tln Kalev
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.3 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock5.2 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas5.0 
 4. Cunda, Valga5.0 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.4.3 
 6. Keedus, TTU4.3 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.3 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu2.7 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.3 
 10. Pilk, Tarvas2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 2. Saage, TU/Rock2.6 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU2.0 
 5. Ingram, TU/Rock2.0 
 6. Lindmets, Tarvas1.8 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu1.7 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.6 
 10. Roos, Tln Kalev1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Arnold, TTU1.3 
 2. Grim, Valga1.2 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 4. Makke, TTU1.0 
 5. Saks, Tarvas0.8 
 6. Laksa, Tarvas0.8 
 7. Uuekula, Hito/Johvi0.7 
 8. Kitsing, Parnu0.7 
 9. Keres, TTU0.7 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas0.5 



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Sead Sehovic Joins Szolnoki - by Diamadis Farmakis

Szolnoki Olaj have added Montenegro international Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) to their squad. Last year's EuroChallenge Final Four hosts, Szolnoki have been struggling in the Adriatic League and decided a change was needed in the backcourt. To make room for Sehovic, Szolnoki have released American Calvin Watson.

This will not be the first experience for Sehovic in the EuroChallenge as he played for EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the competition last season, averaging 4,4 points, 1,1 assists and 2 rebounds in 12 games

To spice things up, Szolnoki's first opponent in the EuroChallenge on November 6 is Sehovic's former team Oldenburg

The 23-year-old played big minutes for Montenegro this summer as they went unbeaten in the Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. Sehovic's brother, Suad, is also a leading Montenegro international who will play in the EuroChallenge with Ukrainian outfit BC Khimik Yuzhne.

Defending Hungarian champions Szolnoki have won one of their first four Adriatic League games. Sead Sehovic had initially agreed to play for Montegrenaro in Italy but the move fell apart and he spent the early part of this campaign with Mornar Bar in his native Montenegro.



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Euroleague Basketball and Eurosport renew long-standing relationship - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague Basketball and the Eurosport Group have announced Eurosport 2 will remain the official broadcasting partner of the Eurocup for a further three seasons until 2015, securing a full decade of elite continental club basketball on the channel, and as in previous seasons, Eurosport 2 will cover several games live each week for the duration of the deal.

The channel will also produce and broadcast in HD the showpiece Eurocup Final, which becomes an exciting standalone match for the 2012/2013 season

Finally, Eurosport 2 has developed a new on-air look for its Euroleague magazine show which will be broadcast on Tuesdays in the build-up to live action

Eurosport 2 is one of the fastest-growing TV channels in Europe, reaching 61 million households in 18 languages across 47 countries. Its coverage of the Eurocup since 2005 has accompanied the growth of the competition into a brand that is followed closely by millions of fans throughout Europe and the rest of the world. This season the Eurocup will feature 32 clubs from 17 countries.

The deal also includes broadcast of the Eurocup and Euroleague magazine in the 17 countries covered by Eurosport in the Asia Pacific region.

Euroleague Basketball Director of Televison & New Media Rights Andrea Bassani said: "It is a significant achievement to reach a new deal with Eurosport that will bring our partnership to 10 full seasons. We appreciate all that Eurosport has done for us and will do for us and are thrilled that the Eurocup continues to grow and to give Eurosport an excellent product to broadcast."



Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - by David Pick

After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Oct. 25: Fener.Ulker - Real Madrid 75-83
Oct. 26: Union Olimpija - Panathinaikos 67-85
Oct. 26: Cantu - Khimky 67-54

B

Oct. 26: Unicaja - Montepaschi 91-89
Oct. 25: Asseco Prok. - ALBA 77-66
Oct. 25: Chalon - Maccabi T-A 61-90

C

Oct. 25: EA7 Armani - Caja Laboral 85-95
Oct. 26: Anadolu Efes - Cedevita 85-66
Oct. 25: Olympiacos - Zalgiris 61-79

D

Oct. 25: CSKA - Brose Baskets 76-67
Oct. 25: FCB Regal - Besiktas 72-60
Oct. 25: Lietuvos rytas - Partizan 69-61

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 1: Fener.Ulker - Panathinaikos
Nov. 1: Real Madrid - Pall. Cantu
Nov. 2: Khimky - Union Olimpija

B

Nov. 1: Maccabi T-A - Asseco Prokom
Nov. 1: Unicaja - ALBA
Nov. 2: Montepaschi SI - Chalon

C

Nov. 1: Zalgiris - EA7 Armani
Nov. 1: Caja Laboral - Anadolu Efes
Nov. 2: Olympiacos - Cedevita

D

Nov. 1: FCB Regal - Partizan
Nov. 2: Besiktas - CSKA
Nov. 2: Brose Baskets - Lietuvos rytas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sofoklis SCHORTSANITIS
  Panath.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Schortsaniti., Pan.21.0 
 2. Weems, CSKA20.3 
 3. Jerrells, Besiktas20.0 
 4. Farmar, Anadolu19.3 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.19.0 
 6. Bourousis, EA7 A.18.7 
 7. Wood, ALBA17.3 
 8. Nachbar, Brose B.17.3 
 9. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.17.0 
 10. Kemp, Montepaschi16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Union O.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Baynes, Union O.12.0 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.7 
 3. Williams, Chalon8.7 
 4. Sanikidze, Montepa.8.7 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi7.7 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos7.7 
 8. Slaughter, Real M.7.5 
 9. Kasun, Montepaschi7.3 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Asseco P.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Blassingame, Assec.9.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky7.3 
 3. Farmar, Anadolu6.7 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.6.5 
 5. Cook, EA7 Armani6.0 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.3 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 8. Koszarek, Asseco4.7 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi4.7 
 10. Green, Cedevita4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SLAUGHTER
  Real M.
  (204-C/F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Slaughter, Real M.3.0 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu2.7 
 3. Hickman, Maccabi2.7 
 4. Draper, Real M.2.5 
 5. Jaaber, Zalgiris2.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.2.0 
 7. Erceg, CSKA2.0 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.0 
 9. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.0 
 10. Green, Cedevita2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Khimky
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Zhukanenko, Khimky2.0 
 2. Krstic, CSKA2.0 
 3. Zoric, Unicaja1.7 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 5. Falker, Besiktas1.7 
 6. Savas, Fener.Ulker1.5 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.1.3 
 8. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 9. Thomas, Maccabi1.3 
 10. Kasun, Montepasc.1.3 


The action goes everywhere with Euroleague Basketball Mobile! - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that fans can now follow Turkish Airlines Euroleague action wherever they go with the launch today of a new, official source for up-to-the-minute information, live scores and video for handheld devices, Euroleague Basketball Mobile, specially designed for basketball fans who are always on the go. See details.

Euroleague Basketball Mobile is available as an application for download on iOS (iPhone or iPad) and Android devices, or through a new mobile-only presentation on all other smartphones and tablets

Euroleague Basketball Mobile will enhance the in-game experience whether fans are witnessing a Turkish Airlines Euroleague game live at the arena or watching from the comfort of home. Best of all, Euroleague Basketball Mobile goes everywhere with fans all week long to keep them informed and entertained before, during and after games with the latest video, news and photos about their favorite teams and stars.

Euroleague Basketball Mobile was developed together with July Systems, a leading provider of cross-platform mobile solutions to businesses worldwide. July Systems has built similar applications for sports entertainment companies like ESPN, the NFL, Sports Illustrated and many more.

Now, Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans can be sure to never miss a moment of excitement with Euroleague Basketball Mobile!



Can Anadolu Efes get an easy win? - by Ermay Duran

Set to be played at 19:45 CET today, Anadolu Efes Istanbul is facing off against their groups weakest seeming team KK Cedevita Zagreb.
After starting with a loss against EA7 Emporio Armani Milano in week 1 followed by shifting gears facing of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in week 2 of the Euroleague. They caught a steady flow which was followed by two consecutive wins in the Turkish Beko Basketball League.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul are looking at winning against KK Cedevita Zagreb no questions asked. While the injured Stanko Barac (216-C-86) has been replaced by Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) for Anadolu Efes Istanbul,

KK Cedevita Zagreb have former Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) and former Galatasaray forward Luksa Andric (208-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) as well as French international Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) as scoring power.

This game will prove to be a stunner for sure.





Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Cantu - Khimky 67-54
Mapooro Cantu - BC Khimki MR 67:54 Mapooro Cantu pip BC Khimki MR in Italy for its first win in Group A of the Euroleague. The Italian team improved to 1-2 record after 67:54 win. The Russian Powerhouse meanwhile fell also at 1-2 record. The Russian team started better and grabbed 21-14 after the first period. They however lost the other three periods and the game itself. Mapooro Cantu needed 21-11 in the second period and took 3-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts posted 20-11 in the third quarter and finished the game with 12-11 in the last stanza. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) paced all the winners with 13 points and Smith Jerry netted 10. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) scored 9, while Scekic Marko had 8. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Fridzon Vitaliy finished the game with 10 points each. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Loncar Kresimir notched 8 points apiece in defeat.

Fener.Ulker - Real Madrid 75-83
Real Madrid stopped Fenerbahce Ulker winning run in Euroleague handing those an 8-point loss in Istanbul tonight. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) nailed 21 points and issued 5 assists to lead the winners as they caught up with Fenerbahce in Group A ladder. Real Madrid did not waste too much time posting a 21:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Real kept Fenerbahce at distance throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 40:29 lead before the hosts pulled within six at halftime 36:42. Rudy Fernandez and Mirotic gave the Madrid team a comfortable 56:41 lead midway through the third quarter. Fenerbahce tried to stay in the game as they narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark 57:66 with ten minutes to go. Fenerbahce opened the fourth period with 7 points in a row to cut the distance. Real however did not panic and eased back to a 9-point lead. They stayed in full control in the dying stages of the game and raced to the victory. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) provided 15 points, while Mirza Begic (217-C-85) added 14 points for Real. Omer Onan (194-G-78) answered with 14 points, while David Andersen provided 13 points for Fenerbahce.

Union Olimpija - Panathinaikos 67-85
Panathinaikos Athens beat Olimpija in Group A of EuroLeague. The Greek side won 85:67 away from home for 2-1 record. The Slovenian side dropped at 1-2 record. Panathinaikos Athens did not waste time and grabbed 23-19 in the first period. They added massive 27-19 in the second frame and enjoyed 50:38 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos Athens produced 19-12 in the third quarter and led 17 points after 30 minutes. Union Olimpija managed to respond with 17-16 in the last stanza for the final result. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) notched 14. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) delivered 13, while Haralampos Giannopoulos posted 12. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Klemen Prepelic scored 11. Dominic Waters brought 10, while Dylan Page added 9.

Group B
Chalon - Maccabi T-A 61-90
Maccabi T-A keep the perfect record in Group B of the EuroLeague. The Israeli team remained undefeated after an easy 90:61 win over Chalon. The French side fell at 1-2 record. Maccabi T-A did not waste time and started with 24-12 in the first period. They erupted with 29-16 in the second frame and led 53:28 at the halftime. Chalon played better in the second half but lost also two quarters. The visitors needed 24-21 and 13-12 respectively in the third and the last stanzas to seal the victory. Logan David top-scored for the winners with 17 points and James Shawn delivered 15. Lior Eliyahu (204-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 14, while Smith Devin and Pnini Guy nailed 11 each. Rush Brion and Shelden Williams (206-F-83, college: Duke) finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort. Lang Nicolas delivered 9 and Evtimov Ilian added 8.

Unicaja - Montepaschi 91-89
Unicaja Malaga needed overtime to beat Montepaschi Siena in the last game of the third Round in Euroleague. The Spanish outfit kept the Italian team winless after 91:89 win. Unicaja Malaga took 20-16 after the first period, but trailed 1 point at the halftime. Montepaschi Siena bounced back with 27-22 and grabbed 43:42 at the halftime. Moreover the guests needed 25-15 in the third quarter for 11-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Unicaja Malaga erupted with 23-12 in the fourth period to tie the game at the regulation time and then needed 11-9 in overtime to seal the victory. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) and Williams Marcus stepped up with 15 points for the winners, while Gist James delivered 13. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 11 points in a win. Brown Bobby answered with 22 points in defeat and Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) had 16. Moss David scored 15 and Ress Tomas added 11.

Asseco Prok. - ALBA 77-66
Asseco Prokom celebrated the first Euroleague victory this season. They knocked down ALBA in Gdynia tonight. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) was pivotal with 16 points and 10 assists for the hosts. ALBA fell at 2-1 record after the defeat. ALBA surged ahead early in the encounter. The German team accounted for an 18:14 lead at the first break. Asseco Prokom slowed the visitors down in the second period. The Polish side limited their opponents to 11 points to take a 32:29 halftime advantage. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The hosts managed to secure a single-point lead entering in the fourth period. Asseco Prokom unloaded 26 points in the final stanza and escaped with an important win at the end. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) and Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) provided 12 points each for the winners. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Zach Morley had 13 points in the loss.

Group C
EA7 Armani - Caja Laboral 85-95
Caja Laboral down EA7 Armani in Milan in Day 3 of the EuroLeague. The Spanish side grabbed 95:85 win for the initial success. The Italian team suffered their first lost and dropped at 2-1 record. EA7 Armani won the first period 19-18 and also led 1 point at the halftime. Both teams scored another 22 points in the third quarter as the hosts remained 1-point advantage after 30 minutes. The last stanza however belonged to the visitors that looked way too better in the court. Due to 30-19 Caja Laboral managed to post the initial victory so far in the group. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and San Emeterio Fernando notched 18. Lampe Maciej as well as Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) had 12 each, whilst Cabezas Carlos had 11. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) finished the game with 22 points and 11 boards in defeat and Hairston Malik nailed 19. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) ended up with 13 points and Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) posted 10.

Anadolu Efes - Cedevita 85-66
Anadolu Efes Istanbul beat Cedevita Zagreb in Turkey for 2-1 record in Group C of EuroLeague. The hosts needed 85:66 win to start Friday campaign. The Croatian team remains winless in the debut season. Anadolu Efes Istanbul started the game with 23-14 and added 21-14 in the second period. Moreover the Turkish side won the third period 22-19 for 19-point advantage after 30 minutes. Both teams scored 19 points in the final quarter for the final result. Vujacic Sasha top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gordon Jamon Lukas nailed 16. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) posted 14, while Savanovic Dusko added 10. Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Wright Bracey delivered 14 points each in the losing effort, whilst Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) brought 9.

Olympiacos - Zalgiris 61-79
Zalgiris celebrated the third straight win in EuroLeague Group C. The Lithuanian powerhouse stunned Olympiakos at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus tonight. Marko Popovic nailed 16 points to lead the visitors. Olympiakos fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Olympiakos showed their ambitions early in the game. They gave a warm welcome to the Kaunas team and ensured a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Olympiakos maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The hosts piled up a 39:33 halftime advantage. But Zalgiris turned things around in the third term. The visitors went on a stunning 26:10 run in the quarter to leave the Reds bedazzled. Zalgiris entered the fourth frame up by 10 points and never looked back en route to a comprehensive victory. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) nailed 10 points, while Ibrahim Jaaber and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) added 9 points each for the winners. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Olympiakos. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Lietuvos rytas - Partizan 69-61
Lietuvos Rytas edge visiting Partizan in the start of Day 3 in Euroleague. The Lithuanian team improved to 1-2 record. The Serbian side meanwhile dropped at 0-3 record in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas won the first period 23-20 and added 17-11 in the second frame. The board showed 40:31 at the end of the half when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Partizan won the third quarter 17-15 but could not win the game. The home side needed a 14-13 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) and Samardziski Predrag top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 10, while Nedovic Nemanja posted 9. Lucic Vladimir ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) scored 12. Gordon Drew and Musli Dejan posted 8 points each in defeat.

FCB Regal - Besiktas 72-60
FC Barcelona Regal wins the top game in Group D against Besiktas. The Spanish team improved to 3-0 record after a 72:60 win and handed the Turkish side their first loss. Besiktas fell at 2-1 record on the third place. The home side grabbed 20-18 in the first period and led 2 points at the halftime. They managed to win the third period 17-12 and led 53:46 at the end of 30 minutes. Moreover FC Barcelona Regal posted important 19-14 surge in the last quarter to seal the victory. Jawai Nathan top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Mickeal Pete, Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) and Tomic Ante nailed 11 points each. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) finished the game with 18 points in defeat, while Markota Damir had 10. Christopher Patrick scored 9, while Vidmar Gasper notched 8.

CSKA - Brose Baskets 76-67
CSKA Moscow claimed the third straight win in Euroleague Group D. The Russian champions fired past Brose Baskets in Moscow. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored 17 points to lead the hosts. Bamberg fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. CSKA exploded with 25 points in the first term to gain a 5-point lead. Brose Baskets however responded with an aggressive defence in the second quarter. They narrowed the gap at a single point at halftime 36:35. The German team surged ahead in the third quarter. Brose Baskets piled up a 53:51 lead with ten minutes remaining in regulation. The visitors were still up 63:61 midway through the final frame. However CSKA triggered a 13:0 run late in regulation and escaped with a hard-fought win at the end. Vladimir Micov and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) contributed 13 points each for CSKA. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) responded with 21 points for Bamberg. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) had 16 points in the loss.



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Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 24: Nilan Bisons - Kouvot 86-77
Oct. 26: Kouvot - Korihait 81-79
Oct. 26: LrNMKY - Namika Lahti 79-69
Oct. 26: Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 78-82
Oct. 24: KTP - Pyrinto 70-80

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 27: Salon Vilpas - Kataja
Oct. 27: Lapua - KTP
Oct. 27: FoKoPo - Nilan Bisons
Oct. 28: Korihait - Kataja


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons25.6 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.21.7 
 3. Holloway, Namika L.20.0 
 4. Jalonen, Korihait19.7 
 5. Conley, LrNM.19.3 
 6. Clavell, Kouvot19.2 
 7. Haanpaa, Lapua18.8 
 8. Hall, Salon Vilpas18.8 
 9. Ikavalko, FoKoPo18.0 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight TOLBERT
  Lapua
  (195-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Tolbert, Lapua12.2 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.12.0 
 3. Conley, LrNM.8.8 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 5. Dyer, Korihait8.3 
 6. Logins, LrNM.8.3 
 7. Johnson, Namika L.8.2 
 8. Flowers, Kataja8.2 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki8.0 
 10. Thornton, FoKoPo7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.1 
 2. Hall, Salon Vilpas5.0 
 3. Smith, Kataja4.6 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.6 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.4.5 
 6. Holmes, Lapua4.4 
 7. Gibson, LrNM.4.3 
 8. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.2 
 9. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.4 
 2. Holloway, Namika L.2.3 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.2.3 
 4. Hall, Salon Vilpas2.2 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki2.2 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto2.1 
 7. Williams, KTP2.0 
 8. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.8 
 9. Smith, Kataja1.8 
 10. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris COMMONS
  Lapua
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Commons, Lapua2.0 
 2. Barrett, KTP1.7 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.1.6 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.4 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.4 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.3 
 7. Taft, Korihait1.0 
 8. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 9. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.9 
 10. Dyer, Korihait0.8 


Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Oct. 26: Porvoon Tarmo - Pyrinto II 90-71
Oct. 27: Oulun NMKY - Tapiolan Honka
Oct. 28: Huima - Ura Basket
Oct. 28: ToPo - SayRi

B

Oct. 26: HBA-Marsky - Jarvenpaa 83-63
Oct. 26: Kerava ET - KaU Koris 68-60
Oct. 28: JyWe - TuNMKY
Oct. 28: Espoo Basket - BC Jyvaskyla


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. Young, Porvoon21.8 
 6. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.7 
 7. Pyykkonen, JyWe21.5 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET21.2 
 9. Coleman, Oulun N.20.3 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia17.3 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET13.4 
 3. Stephens, Huima13.3 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris13.0 
 5. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.12.8 
 6. Itani, BC Jyvasky.11.8 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 8. Brennan, Tapiolan.11.3 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.11.0 
 10. Young, Porvoon11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jarkko KYLLONEN
  Porvoon .
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Kyllonen, Porvoon5.4 
 2. Juvonen, Kerava ET4.7 
 3. Riihela, BC Nokia4.3 
 4. Niemisto, HBA-M.4.0 
 5. Herrala, HBA-M.3.6 
 6. Vaananen, Pyrin.3.5 
 7. Ginty, ToPo3.5 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.5 
 9. Little, Kerava ET3.2 
 10. Kinnunen, KaU Kor.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Little, Kerava ET4.4 
 2. Thomas, SayRi3.0 
 3. Richardson, Ura B.2.8 
 4. Andersen, Espoo B.2.8 
 5. Russell, Oulun N.2.3 
 6. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.3 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET2.2 
 8. Nash, Ura Basket2.0 
 9. Beatovic, ToPo2.0 
 10. Herrala, HBA-M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jari PULKKINEN
  Pyrin.
  (203-PF-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.3.3 
 2. Keskitalo, JyWe2.8 
 3. Young, Porvoon2.2 
 4. Mua, Kerava ET1.4 
 5. Markkanen, BC Jyv.1.3 
 6. Brennan, Tapiolan.1.3 
 7. Stephens, Huima1.3 
 8. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 9. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.2 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET1.0 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto lost at home! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 7: There are no undefeated teams anymore in Korisliiga (Top League). Pyrinto (Tampere) lost tonight at home vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) 78-82 (39-33) and that was a big upset. Karhu defense held Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) in nine points and Matias Ojala (197-F-89) scored his season high 15 points. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86, college: CS Northridge) led Karhu with 16 pts/11rbs. The loss was season's first for Pyrinto (6-1). Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) led Pyrinto with 20 pts and went by the same over 3000 points in Finland (3012 pts).
Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 81-79 (34-31). There were 12 lead changes and seven ties. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot with 22 pts. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) added 20 pts. Daniel Horton (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Michigan) led Korihait with 19 pts. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) added 15 pts and has now scored 3004 points on top level in Finland. And YMCA Lappeenranta beat YMCA Lahti 79-69 (38-35). Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) (LPR) netted 22 pts and gave seven assists.

Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 78-82 (39-33). (Kenneth Lowe 20, Lamonte Ulmer 13/9, Antti Nikkila 11/9 - Tremaine Ford 16/11, Matias Ojala 15, Giordan Watson 14. A: 963).
Kouvot - Korihait 81-79 (34-31). (Gilberto Clavell 22, Chris Hester 20. Vernon Taylor 13/7 - Daniel Horton 13/7 - Daniel Horton 19, Mikko Jalonen 15, Ramon Dyer 14. A: 817).
YMCA LPR - YMCA Lahti 79-69 (38-35). (Matt Gibson 22/7a, Greg Logins 16/9. Jason Conlay 15 - Emmanuel Holloway 14, Jordan Hasquet 13, Louis Johnson 12/7. A: 463).

In Division 1A Tarmo (Porvoo) is the only team still undefeated. Tarmo (5-0) almost crushed Pyrinto II from Tampere tonight 90-71. During the half time Tarmo was already ahead by 29 points: 51-22. Jerrah Young (201-F-85, college: Toledo) led the hosts with 24 pts. Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) added 22 pts. Tate had also 10 rbs. Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) was the only player over 10 pts on Pyrinto II roster.
Tarmo - Pyrinto II 90-71 (51-22). (Jerrah Young 24/5a, Isaiah Tate 22/10r, Jarkko Kyllonen 15/10a - Topias Palmi 31, Miikka Marttinen 7, Jari Pulkkinen 7/10).



Finnish Korisliiga round 6 best performance: Gilberto Clavell - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kouvot, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Korihait (#12, 1-5) 81-79. Kouvot is placed at 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Kouvot will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Clavell had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kouvot's top player in his first season with the team. Former Sam Houston State University star has very solid stats this year. Clavell is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.2ppg) and averages impressive 68.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 39-year old American Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points) of league's leader Pyrinto. Williams had a very good evening with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Pyrinto cruised to a 80-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked KTP (#2, 4-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Pyrinto consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Pyrinto and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY (#5). Gibson scored 22 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of LrNMKY, leading his team to a 79-69 win against the lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#9, 2-4). LrNMKY needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Gibson has a great season in Finland. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.3apg (7th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 68.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 16 points and 11 rebounds
5. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 8 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ramon Dyer (201-F-84) of Korihait - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Antti Nikkila (210-C-78) of Pyrinto - 11 points and 9 rebounds
10. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79) of Kouvot - 20 points and 4 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)



Korisliiga Round 6: Undefeated Tampereen Pyrinto loses their first game against Kauhajoen Karhu - by Eurobasket News

After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Korisliiga and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Tampereen Pyrinto (6-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (4-2) 82-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 23 Tampereen Pyrinto turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Tremaine Ford (206-86, college: CS Northridge) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Tampereen Pyrinto at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kotka. Second-best host KTP-Basket (4-2) lost to first ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (6-1) 80-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) notched 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Lamonte Ulmer supported him with 18 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) did not help to save the game for KTP-Basket. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KTP-Basket will play on the road against Lapuan Korikobrat and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kouvola between Kouvot and UU-Korihait. Sixth ranked Kouvot (4-2) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked UU-Korihait (1-5). Kouvot managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Gilberto Clavell who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Daniel Horton who recorded 19 points. Kouvot moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. UU-Korihait lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Kouvot will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UU-Korihait will play against Joensuun Kataja (#8).
Fifth ranked LrNMKY (4-2) beat at home 7th ranked Namika Lahti (2-4) by 10 points 79-69, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Namika Lahti. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for Matthew Gibson who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LrNMKY moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Namika Lahti at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 6 Kouvot lost to Nilan Bisons on the opponent's court 77-86.


Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 78-82

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Tampereen Pyrinto (6-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (4-2) 82-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 23 Tampereen Pyrinto turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Tremaine Ford (206-86, college: CS Northridge) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Tampereen Pyrinto at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: T.Ford 16+11reb+1ast, M.Ojala 15+1reb, G.Watson 14+2reb+4ast, J.Bullock 12+8reb+3ast, I.Vuori 10+1reb+6ast, J.Eskola 6+1reb
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 20+5reb, L.Ulmer 13+9reb+2ast, A.Nikkila 11+9reb, J.Niemi 10+1reb, D.Williams 9+10reb+4ast, A.Lehto 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 194543


LrNMKY - Namika Lahti 79-69

Fifth ranked LrNMKY (4-2) beat at home 7th ranked Namika Lahti (2-4) by 10 points 79-69, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Namika Lahti. The game without a history. LrNMKY led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists. Forward Greg Logins (200-88, college: Canisius) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Louis Johnson (206-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Namika Lahti. Four LrNMKY and five Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LrNMKY moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Namika Lahti at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: M.Gibson 22+3reb+7ast, G.Logins 16+9reb, J.Conley 15+5reb+3ast, A.Niskanen 10+3reb+2ast, T.Viertola 6+3reb, C.Jones 5+4reb
Namika Lahti: E.Holloway 14+3reb+3ast, J.Hasquet 13+5reb+4ast, C.Latimer 12+3reb+1ast, L.Johnson 12+7reb+2ast, A.Alanen 11+3reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 5+1ast
gschID: 194542


Kouvot - Korihait 81-79

A very close game took place in Kouvola between Kouvot and UU-Korihait. Sixth ranked Kouvot (4-2) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked UU-Korihait (1-5). Kouvot managed to escape with a 2-point win 81-79 on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UU-Korihait won fourth quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Daniel Horton (191-84, college: Michigan, agency: KMG Sports Management) who recorded 19 points and his fellow American import forward Ramon Dyer (201-84, college: Houston) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Kouvot moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. UU-Korihait lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Kouvot will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UU-Korihait will play against Joensuun Kataja (#8).
Top scorers:
Kouvot: G.Clavell 22+6reb+1ast, C.Hester 20+4reb+1ast, V.Taylor 13+7reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 8+1reb+7ast, I.Seppala 7+2reb+2ast, A.Akpaso 6+1reb+1ast
Korihait: D.Horton 19+3reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 15+2reb+3ast, R.Dyer 14+10reb, N.Malinen 9+1reb, C.Taft 8+8reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 6+8reb
gschID: 194541


Nilan Bisons - Kouvot 86-77

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Kouvot (4-2) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (3-2) 86-77. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a good game for American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) added 19 points in the effort for Kouvot. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 3-2 record. Kouvot at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit's next round opponent will be Forssan Koripojat (#7) on the road.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 24+2reb+4ast, M.Zeno 15+7reb+5ast, M.Koivisto 14+1ast, R.McDade 8+12reb+1ast, E.Aaltonen 8+1reb, K.Muurinen 7+2reb+1ast
Kouvot: G.Clavell 19+3reb, I.Seppala 16+2reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 16+3reb+3ast, C.Hester 14+9reb+4ast, A.Perttu 6+2reb, A.Akpaso 3+1ast
gschID: 194540


KTP - Pyrinto 70-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kotka. Second-best host KTP-Basket (4-2) lost to first ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (6-1) 80-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 21 KTP-Basket turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) notched 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) supported him with 18 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) did not help to save the game for KTP-Basket. Forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KTP-Basket will play on the road against Lapuan Korikobrat and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 20+8reb+6ast, L.Ulmer 18+4reb+1ast, A.Lehto 15+2reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 11+7reb, A.Nikkila 8+5reb+1ast, K.Lowe 6+3reb+3ast
KTP: A.Williams 16+7reb+1ast, D.Giles 15+7reb+2ast, B.Sarcevic 14+3reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 12+7reb+1ast, S.Barrett 7+10reb+1ast, J.Matinen 4+4reb
gschID: 194539



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Paris-Levallois - Nanterre 77-81
Oct. 26: ASVEL - Cholet 70-67
Oct. 26: Limoges - Le Mans 65-66
Oct. 27: Orleans - Roanne
Oct. 27: Dijon - Chalon
Oct. 27: Poitiers - Gravelines
Oct. 27: Le Havre - Strasbourg
Oct. 27: Nancy - Boulazac


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.20.5 
 2. King, Le Havre19.7 
 3. Smith, Poitiers19.3 
 4. Lighty, Nanterre18.7 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg17.0 
 6. Monroe, Boulazac17.0 
 7. Schilb, Chalon16.7 
 8. Williams, Paris-.16.5 
 9. Jackson, AS.16.5 
 10. Nivins, Poitiers16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Coleman COLLINS
  Roanne
  (206-C/F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Collins, Roanne10.7 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac10.0 
 3. Green, Orleans9.3 
 4. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.9.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon9.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg8.0 
 7. King, Nancy7.7 
 8. Nivins, Poitiers7.7 
 9. Samnick, Roanne7.0 
 10. Akpomedah, Grave.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. King, Le Havre8.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.7.5 
 3. Schilb, Chalon6.7 
 4. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.6.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.7 
 7. Campbell, Stras.4.7 
 8. Diabate, Nancy4.3 
 9. Everett, Cholet4.3 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Blake SCHILB
  Chalon
  (200-G/F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Schilb, Chalon3.0 
 2. Eldridge, Boulazac3.0 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.7 
 4. Jomby, Cholet2.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Limoges2.5 
 6. Williams, Paris-.2.5 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers2.3 
 8. Diabate, Nancy2.3 
 9. Fitch, Strasbourg2.0 
 10. Greer, Strasbourg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Nancy
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. King, Nancy2.0 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 3. Sy, AS.1.8 
 4. Fofana, Le Havre1.7 
 5. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 6. Nivins, Poitiers1.0 
 7. Vaty, Gravelines1.0 
 8. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 9. Vebobe, Cholet1.0 
 10. Jean-B., Chalon1.0 


Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 26: Rouen - Nantes 95-83
Oct. 26: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Denain 92-89
Oct. 26: Bordeaux - Lille 88-98
Oct. 26: Antibes - St Quentin 84-91
Oct. 26: Hyeres-Toulon - St Vallier 84-89
Oct. 26: Maurienne - Bourg 83-65
Oct. 26: Fos Ouest - Chalons-Reims 78-76
Oct. 26: Charleville - Le Portel 69-72
Oct. 27: Boulogne - Evreux


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Brown, Maurienne24.2 
 2. McKines, Rouen23.2 
 3. Siggers, Lille20.2 
 4. Blue, Antibes20.0 
 5. Flowers, Denain19.8 
 6. Humphrey, Bordeaux19.2 
 7. Johnson, Chalons-.19.0 
 8. Booker, St Vallier18.8 
 9. Boddicker, Pau-La.18.3 
 10. Monds, Bourg18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bing, Maurienne11.5 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.2 
 3. Jackson, Pau-La.11.0 
 4. McKines, Rouen10.8 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin10.8 
 6. Jaiteh, Boulogne8.8 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.7 
 8. Blue, Antibes8.3 
 9. Dials, Hyeres-Toul.8.0 
 10. Rouse, St Vallier8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Craven, St Vallier9.0 
 2. Bassett, Rouen6.8 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Huffman, Antibes5.8 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.5 
 6. Gaillou, Denain5.2 
 7. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.7 
 8. Dumas, Bourg4.7 
 9. Ordin, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Denave, Pau-Lacq.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craven, St Vallier3.0 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 3. Hannah, Evreux2.4 
 4. Brown, Maurienne2.2 
 5. Poupet, Chalons-.2.2 
 6. Flowers, Denain2.2 
 7. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.2.0 
 8. McIntosh, Hyeres-.2.0 
 9. McCray, Boulogne2.0 
 10. Akono, Lille1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.8 
 2. Chism, Maurienne1.8 
 3. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.6 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.5 
 5. Williams, St Quent.1.3 
 6. Henry, Nantes1.3 
 7. Gay, Le Portel1.2 
 8. Wesley, Rouen1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, Boulogne1.0 
 10. Coleman, Bordeaux1.0 



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the closely-ranked Union Olimpija (1-1) 81-75 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. McCalebb was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (2-1) is placed second in group A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's McCalebb's first year with the team. McCalebb has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 72.7%(16-22) in the two games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, McCalebb played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2012. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). Samardziski was the major contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the sixth-ranked Partizan (0-3) 69-61 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (1-2) is placed fourth in group D. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Samardziski's overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.5%(10-16). He played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2012.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Stojanovski could not help one of league's weakest teams BC Donetsk (5-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Donetsk was badly defeated 82-66 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Halychyna. Stojanovski was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Stojanovski has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 47.1%(8-17) and FT: 81.8% in the five games. He played for the FYR Macedonian national team years ago.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #4. Forward Pero Antic (210-82, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Olympiacos (1-2) in their game against Anadolu Efes (1-1) in the Euroleague. Antic scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fourth-placed Olympiacos was crushed 98-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3) in the group C of Euroleague. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Antic's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team earlier this year.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #5. International point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Union Olimpija (3-2) 75-71 in the Adriatic League on Monday night. He scored 6 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (4-1) is placed second in the Adriatic League. . Ilievski's overall stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Despite Ilievski played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #6. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vlado Ilievski and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Green contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Union Olimpija (3-2) 75-71. He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. Green is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.4spg. He also averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg in the five games. Green is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Green is also a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bojan Krstevski
Bojan Krstevski
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Krstevski's good performance the bottom-ranked Kavala was defeated 87-74 in Eleusina by the higher-ranked Panelefsiniakos (#10). He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. . It's Krstevski's first season with the team. This year Krstevski has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Pertevniyal (2-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pertevniyal was edged 73-71 on the road by the leading Balikesir. Osman was the top scorer with 20 points in 31 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Osman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games he played so far. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite his FYR Macedonian passport, Osman currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #2. Djordje Jovanovic led Irakleio to a victory over the closely-ranked Doxa Lefkadas (1-1) 71-64 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Jovanovic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Irakleio OAA (1-1) is placed tenth in the A2. . Jovanovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has very impressive stats this year: 22.5ppg and 8.0rpg in the two games.

   #3. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) was the major contributor in Stjarnan's victory against the eighth-ranked Thor Thorl (2-2) 77-62 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Thursday night's game. Zdravevski recorded 15 points. Stjarnan (3-1) is placed fourth in the Dominos League. . Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg. Zdravevski has also Icelandic passport.

   #4. Tomcho Sokolov (205-F/C-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Pi Koleji's victory against the league outsider Yesilgiresun (0-3) 106-102 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Friday. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. Pi Koleji Ankara (2-1) is placed ninth in the TB2L. . This year Sokolov's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 4.3rpg in the three games.

   #5. Pance Ilievski (186-G-81, currently plays in Iceland) managed to help KFI Reykjavik to win against the league outsider Tindastoll (0-4) 86-83 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Friday night. He scored only 3 points. KFI Reykjavik (0-0) is placed fifth in the Dominos League. . Ilievski has been at the team for six years. Ilievski's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg.



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 
 2. Rustavi 2-0 
 3. Kutaisi 1-0 
 4. MIA Academy 1-0 
 5. Olimpi 1-0 
 6. Armia 0-0 
 7. Sokhumi 0-1 
 8. STU Tbilisi 0-1 
 9. TSU Tbilisi 0-1 
 10. Batumi 0-2 
 11. Samedicino 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 26: Rustavi - Samedicino 79-57
Oct. 26: Batumi - Dinamo Tbilisi 53-69
Oct. 27: Armia - Kutaisi
Oct. 27: MIA Academy - Sokhumi
Oct. 27: TSU Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lamar KARIM
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (178-PG-83)
  Avg: 27
 1. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.27.0 
 2. Bowie, Rustavi20.5 
 3. Nelson, Rustavi15.0 
 4. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.14.0 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi12.0 
 6. Ramishvili, Batumi12.0 
 7. Chochua, Rustavi11.0 
 8. Nanitashvili, Batu.11.0 
 9. Chikviladze, Dinam.10.0 
 10. Khmelidze, Rustavi9.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.11.5 
 2. Nelson, Rustavi9.5 
 3. Toudjani, Rustavi8.0 
 4. Niniashvili, Dinam.7.5 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi7.5 
 6. Chikviladze, Dinam.7.5 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.6.5 
 8. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.5 
 9. Maisuradze, Samed.5.5 
 10. Atanelishvil., Ru.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  Samedi.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.0 
 2. Nanitashvili, Batu.5.0 
 3. Bowie, Rustavi4.0 
 4. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.3.5 
 5. Maisuradze, Batumi3.0 
 6. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.0 
 7. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 8. Chikviladze, Dinam.2.5 
 9. Nelson, Rustavi2.5 
 10. Chochua, Rustavi2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bowie, Rustavi4.0 
 2. Chochua, Rustavi2.5 
 3. Chikviladze, Dinam.2.0 
 4. Chachanidze, Rust.2.0 
 5. Nanitashvili, Batu.2.0 
 6. Khmelidze, Rustavi1.5 
 7. Tsekvava, Rustavi1.5 
 8. Tukvadze, Samed.1.5 
 9. Kvelashvili, Batumi1.5 
 10. Gabisonia, Samedi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.5.5 
 2. Tukvadze, Samed.1.5 
 3. Kvelashvili, Batumi1.0 
 4. Maisuradze, Batumi0.5 
 5. Niniashvili, Dinam.0.5 
 6. Tchitchveish., Sam.0.5 
 7. Lezhava, Dinamo T.0.5 
 8. Toudjani, Rustavi0.5 
 9. Nelson, Rustavi0.5 
 10. Chochua, Rustavi0.5 



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  GERMANY   


Itzehoe Eagles part ways with Moris Hadzija and sign Amorrow Morgan - by Moritz Korff

The Itzehoe Eagles (1. Regionalliga North) have signed Amorrow Morgan (196-G-87, college: Idaho St.), the team announced on its website. Morgan is a 25-year-old guard from Memphis, TN. He spent his college career at NCAA Division One school Idaho State. In his senior season (2009-10) he averaged 16.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He then took his game to the Netherlands and averaged 6.4 points a contest for DBL side WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom. He didn't play in the 2011-12 season as he focused on completing his university studies.
Meanwhile, the Eagles parted company with Moris Hadzija (194-G-80). The Croatian guard came to Itzehoe from BC Hamburg during the summer. He played three RLN games for the Eagles and scored 12 points per contest.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Limiting Phoenix Hagen To One Shot Per Trip Will Be Key - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports)s a 26 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He will be playing his second season for ratiopharm Ulm. Last season for ratiopharm Ulm, he played 38 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 58.1%He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. In 2010-2011 for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against Phoenix Hagen October 27th

Congrats on the huge 88-80 win against Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin had good control for three quarters. What did Thorsten Leibenath tell the team to do better in the fourth quarter?

To stay aggressive and limit our turnovers We struggled in the first half with turnovers that allowed them to build the lead. Taking care of the ball and getting good possessions on offense allowed us to get good shots and protect against their transition lay ups off steals. We did a better job limiting them to 1 shot in the final quarter as well.

Ratiopharm Ulm exploded for 32 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Did excellent defense spark the offense in the fourth quarter?

We have a lot of different looks when we get out in the open floor, we were able to get stops and get into our transition. If you can attack a team without their defense being set with 5 different scoring options on the court, you will be tough to stop.

How important were the 33 combined points of Philipp Schwethelm and Keaton Nankivil? Was this a breakthrough for ratiopharmUlm in this season in showing their ability of spreading the scoring around?

That is a strength of this team. We have the MVP of the league but the offensive load can be spread through 10 players on any given night. Philip and Keaton played big roles in the win.

What was it like playing against Deon Thompson? Does he have NBA potential?

I remember him from UNC, he has been good for Alba so far this season. For most guys making the NBA is being in the right opportunity at the right time.

Ratiopharm Ulm has a three game winning streak. The team is giving up over 80 points a game. Why is the defense still slow at finding itself?

I think that we are getting better every week in our defense. The new guys are grasping our concepts and the team is trusting each other to guard how we need to. We have played some OT games and the pace we play gives more possessions in the game.

The next game is against Phoenix Hagen. This team knows how to score. How ready will you have to be on the defensive end for this game?

They are a team that will take the first opportunity they have to score. We have to be ready at every pass. Limiting them to 1 shot per trip will be key.

Who will take the 2012 MLB World Series Giants or Tigers?

Haven't been following it.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I have been trying to finish reading the Hobbit before the movie comes out in December.




Do The Telekom Baskets Bonn have The Best Talented Americans Ever This Season? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the Beko BBL in the past there have been teams that have had the luxury of having a trio of players, three amigos or three musketeers however one wants to describe it that have helped their respective teams in special ways, be it in scoring, winning titles or just bringing a team to new heights. In the heyday of the Frankfurt Skyliners glory days, the team had the Bermuda triangle of Americans mr everything Chris Williams, in the corner parked Tyrone Ellis and Skyliner legend Pascal Roller who helped carry the team to the 2004 title and 2005 Beko BBL final. In Paderborn, you had the three musketeers of slick scoring Tim Black who led the Beko BBL in scoring in 2008. The heart and soul of the team Marius Nolte and Mr versatile Steven Esterkamp who helped carry the small town to the Beko BBL in 2006 winning 50 games in a row in the second Bundesliga. This season the Telekom Baskets Bonn have a trio of Americans with three ex NBA Draft picks of Jared Jordan who is the best point guard in the Beko BBL that led the Greece league in assists in 2011 and Beko BBL in 2012 and should be in the NBA now, Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) who has a name that makes basketball cracks heads turn and could have a private competition with FC Bayern Munich as too which name is more famous in the world in their respective sports or Robert Vaden who can shoot out the lights on any given night and could probably make a swish shot from the top of the Chase tower in Indianapolis if a basket was on the ground. When seeing these three names, one can ask the question if they are the most talented trio of Americans ever to have set foot in Bonn? Bonn had a good combination of Americans in the last years when you look at guys like ex NBA player Edward Basden, Winsome Frazier or EJ Rowland. Mike Koch always does a good job finding good Americans. Last season he brought in Tony Gaffney. I saw Patrick Ewing play at Georgetown at the NCAA Final 4. He had the skills, but not so much that fluid explosiveness, but that can be at age 22. Big guys often develop later. I was surprised he didnt land in the NBA. I saw video of him this season and I like how he plays. He plays no real role in the Bonn offense. He lives off his rebounding. He goes there where it hurts. It is hard to say if this is the best group of Americans ever, but they will be a force. Vaden is your typical touch and shoot player. One also cant forget what Koch has done with German players. He did a good job developing Alex King further. One thought that King would sink after he left the Skyliners, but he developed well in Bonn, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. One Skyliner isnt about to let a famous name ruffle his feathers. Ewing is just another opponent. A name is a name, smiled Zach Peacock.

Since head coach Michael Koch has had free reigns of gobbling up players each new season, his trust in American players and their abilities has been as strong as the Boston Bruins belief that their 2011 Stanley Cup win was no fluke and waiting another 39 years for the next one is out of the question, American singer Rihanna confident that her new album Talk Talk talk with hit single Take A Bow is a track that many people will rap about for years to come or Lindsay Lohan somehow not abruptly disappearing, but continuing to hang around in the news showing her support for legend Marilyn Monroe in her own essay for a new coffee book. In the last six years with 71 players on the roster, Koch has picked 38 Americans. It has been no secret that Michael Koch Has had faith in the Americans the last years as much as Skyliner fans have seeing Quantez Robertson take new athletic and breathtaking lift offs to the basket this season, Bastian Schweinsetiger doing some more trick shots with the basketball, or Dashaun Wood feeding Derrick Allen an ally-op pass, but being rejected from behind at the second from Super Tez Robertson. However after not reaching the playoffs in 2010-2011 for only the second time in their basketball existence, the German coach decided to go in another direction supplementing the roster with only three Americans in 2011-2012 which could give the few Mcdonalds in the Rhine city less business now with less of an influx of Americans playing there. For some Americans going to Mcdonalds is about as regular as Germans going to the beer garden, going to Mallorca for vacation for driving a Volkswagen and sometimes when your in a new country and are shy and see the big yellow arches, one just cant resist. I actually only visit Mcdonalds about once a month in Europe, but I think the Americans rather have a greasy Big Mac and French fries then good tasty Wiener Schnitzel, smiled ex Beko BBL player Steven Wright. With less Americans and players from other countries, there might be an influx to taste the real German classic food. The Mcdonalds might be down, but the Wiener Schnitzel will be up, laughed EnBW Ludwigsburg Mark Dorris. Koch had the right feeling last season reaching the Beko BBL playoffs again even if it was on the last game day.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have been in the playoffs since 1997 almost as often as Allen Iverson said Practice in his infamous press conference as the club of coach Michael Koch missed just two times in 2005 and in 2011, but have the cruel distinction of not being able to win the big title losing five finals and two cup finals that brings back memories to the NFL Buffalo Bills of the 90s as they perished in four Superbowl finals. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were BBL finalists in 1997,1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009 and Cup finalists in 2005 and 2009. If you lose one final, try try again and if you lose a second consecutive final try try again, but if you reach a third final then the team has to finally win or forever be classified as the German basketball version of the Buffalo Bills football team that had the distinction of being second way too many times. A Michael Phelps has never worried about being second since he has won 11 gold medals at the Olympics, two bronze medals, but no silver medals before the 2012 Olympics. Being second hurts about as much as catching someone cheating, but in the BBL with guys coming and going, the trademark of always finishing second shouldnt really effect a team mentally as much as one might think. I dont think that it takes a toll on the team. Teams are usually building new teams each year. But with Bonn that has kept a good core of guys from the last years, that should help the team more than hurt it when it comes to winning a title, added ex Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright.

However in 2010-2011 was a season to forget for the Telekom Baskets Bonn as they finished in 13th place with a record of 14-20. It is always difficult enough to be known as a team not being able to win a title, but not reaching the playoffs is about as unexpected as Bayern Munich soccer team losing games at the moment with their unbeaten record, Paris Hilton refraining from wearing big sunglasses anywhere as that fetish seems to have returned to her, or Boris Becker ever forgetting what happened in a London hotel closet. Bonn had a very talented team in 2010-2011 with seven Americans and at times were carried in many games by the trio of Nic Wise, Folarian Campbell and Jeremy Hunt that averaged 38 points out of the team total 71 points per game, however the team play just wasnt consistent enough. They had some great individual players, but they just didnt seem to gell, added ex Phoenix Hagen guard Mark Dorris. Their biggest wins were against BG Goettingen, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg and The Artland Dragons. A big five game winning streak in December helped the team in the first half, but in the second half of the season the team seemed to falter as they finished the season from February to May with a 2-12 record and raised many questions. I think that they had too many players that wanted to much for themselves than for the team, remembered ex Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. In those 12 games, the team lost only three games by less than five points and lost the rest pretty easily.

With the misfortune of last year, the club decided to revamp and made a total facelift saying farewell to 10 players. They kept the support and back bone of the team with Beko BBL dinosaur Chris Ensminger and young Germans Fabian Thulig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. The team also kept long time coach Michael Koch who keeps the patience and trust of management and has a contract until 2013. The team brought in versatile power forward Tony Gaffney who has been with the Boston Celtics and Assist magnet Jared Jordan who returns back to the club after a year in Greece to round out the American trio. To help fill the void of new extra Americans, the team got two players from Lithuvania with Simonas Serapinas and Benas Veikalis and Zvonko Buljan. Koch also has trust in Germans Daniel Hain and Andrej Mangold. Koch works now with a 10 man roster and sees his switch from American ball to European ball as positive. It is easier to integrate Europeans into a team than it is Americans who tend to think I before we, stressed Michael Koch. This season, the Telekom Baskets started off hot winning their first five games including home games against FC Bayern Munich and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Soon after followed a five game losing streak where they lost three homes games in a row. Since then they have been a very up and down team never having more than a three game winning streak. Their biggest wins of the season since Christmas have been home games against Alba Berlin and the Artland Dragons. They were able to sweep the season series with Oldenburg. Their biggest problem has simply been depth. They have a very thin roster and the recent removal of Zvonko Buljan didnt help their run in the playoffs if they make it. In a do or die game on the last game day, the team kept their composure and nerves giving the Fraport Skyliners a rude kick into early summer vacation. The team finished the season with a 18-16 record sneaking into the Beko BBL playoffs and having a date with the mighty Brose Baskets Bamberg. After a surprise 75-74 win Bamberg in game one something no Beko BBL team ahd done in 2 years dating back to the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, they lost the next three games as Bamberg went on to win the Beko BBL title

This season Michael Koch was back at the drawing board and was able to construct another very interesting team that will be fighting for the playoffs. As it is every season, there is always the difficulty of keeping talented players that had good seasons and get tempted by the big money. One of these players was Tony Gaffney who went to the ACB in Spain. The combination of Jared Jordan to Tony Gaffney ally-ops were about as usual at least each game as a Konstantin Klein to Johannes Voigtmann give and go play is with the Fraport Skyliners. The team also said farewell to mini microwave Taylor Battle and Simonas Serapinas and little used German Daniel Hain. The team was able to keep dinosaur Chris Ensminger that is turning 39, but always seems to stay at the age of 28 in body on the court and top playmaker Jared Jordan who will be the key to the success of the team. Benas Veikalas was also kept as well as Germans Andrej Mangold, Fabian Thulig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. The team picked up four new players with three Americans and one German. The most famous name is Patrick Ewing Jr. who has NBA experience and is playing his first season in Europe and the club hopes that he will be even a bigger presence under the boards than Tony Gaffney was. Robert Vaden also has NBA experience as well as European experience. He is about as deadly a shooter as they come and will give the team a lot of depth from outside as well as from the mid distance where he hits a majority of his shots. Koch also brought in a rookie with Kyle Weems who is a power forward and played at Missouri State. He lost seven pounds during the summer and is agile enough to play the position three if needed. Finally Koch brought in David Mccray who had played in Ludwigsburg since 2007, but never was able to make the big breakthrough. He now has a new chance and is known as a rugged defender that can score when needed and runs around the court like the brother of Derrick Allen with his hectic play. He also is like an extra assistant coach on the court which can always be beneficial. The strength of the Telekom Baskets Bonn this season will be their quickness. With Jordan you have a passer that can find any teammate at any time. He will be the main force on keeping the offense going. The team also is looking forward to playing defense and have two pit bull dogs with Germans David Mccray and Andrej Mangold. A weakness could be the boards if the project isnt done properly. Ensminger is turning 39 and one can never know if an injury will occur. The back up center is little used German Wolfarth-Bottermann. He will have to give stability and the team will have to pride team rebounding as a whole. Bonn will have to stay healthy if they want to have a chance of reaching the Beko BBL playoffs this season. I like how Bonn play this season. They will play well. They have good gaurds and inside players. All in all a good mix of Indians and chiefs. They play disciplined basketball like bringing the ball to Ensminger and like to change the rhythm on defense. I think that Koch has done a good job this year with finding the right quality of players that will mesh together, said basketball expert Steven Clauss.

In the last Six seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners only have a 5-12 record. It doesnt matter if Frankfurt played at the old gym or in the new arena, Frankfurt is 0-9 in this time. The last time, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won in Bonn, New England patriot Tom Brady had not sipped champagne yet as a third Super Bowl winner, Jurgen Klinsmann was still coach of the German national soccer team, Paul Potts was still selling cell phones and singing in front of the mirror and the terrifying Tsunami was only a few days old as Frankfurt won in Bonn on January 1st 2005 with a 79-67 win as Chris Williams exploded with 27 points and 16 rebounds.In the 2010-2011 season the Skyliners lost a tight 92-89 game shortly before the new year as Nic wise took control in crunch time.The 20 point, eight rebound and seven assist performance didnt help in the losing cause from Dashaun Wood. Frankfurt got revenge in the return date in the Ballsporthalle as they took apart Bonn 78-60 as Dashaun Wood led all scorers with 20 points and no Bonn player scored in double figures. In their first meeting last season, the Telekom Baskets Bonn won 79-64 as Bonn was leading 41-34 at halftime and had a strong 22-12 third quarter that iced the cake for the win. Simonas Serapinas Led Bonn with 20 points, while the two ex Skyliners Justin Gray contributed 21 points and Jon Leuer 16 points. Frankfurt shot under 40% and were out rebounded badly. In the return game in Bonn, Frankfurt lost 81-62 not reaching the Beko BBL playoffs. The Skyliners had no method of stoping Chris Ensminger that had 24 points. Jermareo Davidosn added 18 points and Jimmy Mckinney had 13 points in his last game as a Skyliner.

The Fraport Skyliners come into the Bonn game resting in last place with a 1-5 record and are looking to snap their three game losing streak and reeling off another bitter loss in which they let Bremerhaven end the game with an 8-0 run losing 74-68. . Rebounding and limiting turnovers continues to be a problem for the Fraport Skyliners. The Telekom Baskets Bonn are resting in ninth place with a 2-2 record and are coming off a loss at home to the Artland Dragons. Bonn is a very strong rebounding team as they average almost 10 rebounds more than Frankfurt per game. Muli Katzurin will have to have his team ready on the boards. Bonn is very strong inside and have big edge over Skyliners. Sklyiners need to pressure the Bonn guards much and the game will be determined under the boards. Frankfurt has to show enough power under the basket, warned Steven Clauss. Frankfurt also has to focus on themselves. We have to come out an dplay our game and not worry so much about the opponent, stressed Quantez Robertson.

The club did a fantastic job complementing the team with 38 year old 209cm center veteran Chris Ensminger in 2009-2010 and has returned for a fourth season and just keeps going is as known in the BEKO BBL as jiffy popcorn in the states. He is a BBL statesman that has won two BBL titles with Bamberg in 2005 and 2007, had season double double averages in the BBL with ppg and rpg from 2001-2005. He always gives 100% with relentless hard work under the hoop and one has to look closely for him to sneak a smile during a game. He is a strong center with fantastic rebound-skills, can score from the low-post. He is right handed, but shoots FTs with the left hand. His biggest success was with Bamberg, but he also played in Paderborn and MBC. Before he came to Germany, he played in the NCAA with Valparaiso from 1992-1996. Then he got his first experience as a professional basketball player in Portugal, France and New Zealand. In 2010-2011 for Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 16.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%; German League: 35 games: 12.8ppg, Reb-2 (8.5rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 74.0%. Ensminger may be 37, but his intelligence may out weigh his talent. Ensminger plays so hard and is always in the right position on the boards. He wont out jump anyone, but he is pretty smart, stressed Quentin Pryor. Former teammate Steve Wright has fond memories of the native from Ohio as they were played together in Paderborn. Chris is smarter than his opponents and always puts himself in the right position. He is extremely disciplined and is a leader. I dont think there is really a way to stop him as he is very consistent. He was like a big brother for me and when he gave me advice I listened, added ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig guard Steven Wright. The game of Ensminger also seems to have a special taste as he is always a joy to watch. His hook shot at the 2010 BEKO BBL Allstar game was very nice. He has an old school game so I wasnt shocked when I saw it. He seems to have a bag of shots like that, commented Quentin Pryor. Alex King played two seasons with the veteran that plays like a 28 year old. He is one of the best centers in the league and can do it all under the hoop, pass, and use both hands. He is just a complete player. Of the court he is a quiet player, but one that you can talk to. I have a lot of respect for him, expressed Alex King. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 11 games: 12.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 60.6%, FT: 70.6%; German League: 37 games: 14.8ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.4apg, FGP: 57.3%, FT: 75.4%

The team also brought back Jared Jordan who is a 28 year old 188cm point guard from Hartford that understands how to run a team. Has great court vision and leadership. He played at Marist from 2003-2007 and finished his last two seasons as the top assist man in the NCAA with 8,5a nd 8,7apg. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round in 2007. He never played in the NBA, but was always very close as he visited training camps with The New York Knicks in 2007 and New Orleans Hornets in 2008. Before coming to Bonn in 2009, he played for top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL) and had a stint in the D-league for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 36 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (9.0apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 70.3%. In his first season with Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 76.8%. In 2010-2011, he played for VAP Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-1 (5.5apg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 56.0%. Last season for Bonn, he played German League: 36 games: 10.7ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-1 (8.2apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 81.4%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg, Assists-1 (8.8apg), FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 55.6%. The team also returns Benas Veikalas for a second season as he is a 29 year old 192cm guard from Lituvania. He got experience playing for Metropolitan St. (NCAA2). He then came back to Europe and played for Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) and two seasons for BK Prostejov (Czech Rep) before coming to Bonn last season. Last season for Bonn, he played German League: 35 games: 13.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 61.4%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT-3 (88.5%); EuroChallenge: 9 games: 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT-3 (93.3%).

The team also returns three Germans. The team also brought back 25 year old 190cm Andrej Magold, who might get his first real chance in Bonn. He has bounced around German yin the last years playing regionalliga basketball with Hannover and TB Oldenburg and then playing second division ball with FC Bayern Munich from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (ProA, starting five): 25 games: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 69.1%. last season, he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 0.5ppg; also a license to play for SC Rasta Vechta (ProB): 2 games: 1.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 12 games: 1.8ppg; German League: 37 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg. The team also return Fabian Thulig who is a 23 year old 196cm forward who has been with the club since 2006. He made his debut in the Beko BBL in 2008 at age 18. He has been brought along slowly, but has been developing well. In 2010-2011, he played 26 games Beko BBL games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 4.5ppg; also played at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA)15 games: 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.0%. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 12 games: 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg; German League: 30 games: 1.2ppg Jonas Wolfarth-Botterman is a 21 year old 207cm center that has been with the club since 2007. In 2010-2011played 4 Beko BBL games averaging 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg; also have a license to play at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA) playing 29 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 44.9%. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 5 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg; German League: 20 games: 2.4ppg, 1.5rpg.

Patrick Ewing Jr. is a 28 year old 203cm power forward from Marietta Georgia that also has the Jamacian citzenship, and has the distinction of being the son of NBA legend Patrick Ewing. He started his basketball career at Indiana and tthen played at Georgetown from 2006-2008. In 2008, he was drafted by the drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA,2rd (43). In 2008-2009, he started with the Sacramento Kings (NBA), traded to Houston Rockets (NBA), in Sep.'08 traded to New York Knicks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, in Dec.'08 moved to Reno Bighorns (D-League): 29 games: 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 77.0%, In 2010-2011, he played for the New York Knicks (NBA), left in Oct.'10, then moved to Reno Bighorns (D-League): 25 games: 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 79.4%; in Jan.'11 traded to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 23 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (10.6rpg), 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 82.1%, in Mar.'11 signed at New Orleans Hornets (NBA): 9 games: 0.7ppg. Last season, he played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 11 games: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 82.1%; in Feb.'12 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League, starting five): 19 games: 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 81.6%. The team also brought in Robert Vaden is a 27 year old 196cm swingman from Indianapolis that is an great offensive player, who can read screens, find an open shot for himself and serve the open teammate. Shoots well from outside and can become deadly from behind the European 3pts arch. Also, even being not so athletic, he's really strong and knows how to defend, even on taller opponents. He played together with Ewing at Indiana from 2004-2006 before transferring to the Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham where he played until 2009. In 2009, he was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA,2rd (54). In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for Aget Imola (Lega2, starting five): 29 games: 16.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.4%. In 2001-2011, he played for the Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five): 48 games: 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 75.0%, in Apr.'11 moved to Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), the same day assigned to Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five). Last season, he played for BK SPU Bemaco Nitra (Slovakia-Extraliga): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 75.0%; 18 games: 17.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.2% , in Dec.'11 moved to Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), in Jan.'12 joined Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five): 36 games: 12.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 78.6%. Kyle Weems is a 23 year old 198cm power forward from Topeka, Kansas that is a Beko BBL rookie. He played at Missouri State from 2007-2012 and in his senior year played 31 games: 15.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 78.0%. He played a total of 134 NCAA games. This past summer, he played nBA Summer league for the Warriors and Raptors. 26 year old 188cm guard German guard David Mccray is playing his firsts eason in Bonn. He already made his debut in the BBL as an 18 year old in 2004 with BG Karlsruhe where he played until 2007. He is very athletic that can put the ball in the hoop. He is tough to stop on one on one defense and he is secretly the teams energizer and coach on the court. He can be very efficient on the court as he showed in 2009-2010 as he scored 13 points in 15 minutes against Bamberg and 11 points in 12 minutes against Ratiopharm Ulm. In 2009-2010, he played 33 games: 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 65.0%. In 2010-2011, he played 34 games: 5.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 64.2%. Last season, he played 32 games: 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg.





Robbie Jackson Lands With The Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO A team Oettinger Rockets Gotha have picked up some physical strength with Robbie Jackson (213-C-85, college: UMBC). Jackson is a 26 year old 213cm center from Aberdeen, Maryland. Last season he played for the Indonesia Warriors (ABL): 18.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 58.0%, FT: 69.0%. Recently this summer he played for Team Dublin (Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas): 4 games: 9.3ppg, 6.5rpg. "We are happy that Robbie has joined us", stated head coach Mako Simic. He hopes that the new American will give the team the needed physical presence down low. He started his basketball career at Marshall (NCAA) in 2006 where he played a season with Mark Dorris. He played a total of 55 NCAA games. In 2008-2009, he played for UMBC (NCAA, starting five): 28 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 67.6%. As a senior he played for the University of Rio Grande (NAIA)

Source: Oettinger Rockets Gotha



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The action goes everywhere with Euroleague Basketball Mobile! - by Diamadis Farmakis

Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that fans can now follow Turkish Airlines Euroleague action wherever they go with the launch today of a new, official source for up-to-the-minute information, live scores and video for handheld devices, Euroleague Basketball Mobile, specially designed for basketball fans who are always on the go. See details.

Euroleague Basketball Mobile is available as an application for download on iOS (iPhone or iPad) and Android devices, or through a new mobile-only presentation on all other smartphones and tablets

Euroleague Basketball Mobile will enhance the in-game experience whether fans are witnessing a Turkish Airlines Euroleague game live at the arena or watching from the comfort of home. Best of all, Euroleague Basketball Mobile goes everywhere with fans all week long to keep them informed and entertained before, during and after games with the latest video, news and photos about their favorite teams and stars.

Euroleague Basketball Mobile was developed together with July Systems, a leading provider of cross-platform mobile solutions to businesses worldwide. July Systems has built similar applications for sports entertainment companies like ESPN, the NFL, Sports Illustrated and many more.

Now, Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans can be sure to never miss a moment of excitement with Euroleague Basketball Mobile!



Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - by David Pick

After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.



EuroLeague: Panathinaikos Athens beat Olimpija in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija - Panathinaikos Athens 67:85

Panathinaikos Athens beat Olimpija in Group A of EuroLeague. The Greek side won 85:67 away from home for 2-1 record. The Slovenian side dropped at 1-2 record.
Panathinaikos Athens did not waste time and grabbed 23-19 in the first period. They added massive 27-19 in the second frame and enjoyed 50:38 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos Athens produced 19-12 in the third quarter and led 17 points after 30 minutes. Union Olimpija managed to respond with 17-16 in the last stanza for the final result.
Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) notched 14. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) delivered 13, while Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-F-89) posted 12. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) scored 11. Dominic Waters (185-PG-86, college: Portland St.) brought 10, while Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 9.

Union Olimpija: Aaron Baynes 16, Klemen Prepelic 11, Dominic Waters 10, Dylan Page 9
Panathinaikos Athens: Jonas Maciulis 18, Roko-Leni Ukic 14, Stephane Lasme 13, Haralampos Giannopoulos 12



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COCABA U16 Championship: Costa Rica earn fifth win, clinch title in Honduras - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica U16 - Guatemala U16 99:24

Costa Rica finished their COCABA U16 Championship campaign in style. They steamrolled past Guatemala to earn the fifth straight win at the tournament. Costa Rica thus celebrated the title. Miguel Pearson (96) was unstoppable with 39 points for the winners.
Costa Rica jumped to a 28:5 lead after ten minutes. The teams combined for 13 points in the second frame. Costa Rica secured a 37:9 halftime advantage. They increased the tempo in the third term. Costa Rica exploded with 43 points in the quarter to clear off for good in this one. Braulio Cortes finished with 11 points, while Mario Herreras added 10 points for Costa Rica. Selvyn Cervantes answered with 10 points for Guatemala. Estuardo De La Cruz had 5 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Costa Rica U16: Miguel Pearson 39, Braulio Cortes 11, Mario Herreras 10
Guatemala U16: Selvyn Cervantes 10, Estuardo De La Cruz 5+10 boards



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 4-0 
 2. Groningen 4-0 
 3. Leiden 3-1 
 4. Leeuwarden 2-2 
 5. Zwolle 2-2 
 6. Den Helder K. 2-2 
 7. M.Magixx 2-2 
 8. Rotterdam 1-3 
 9. Amsterdam 0-4 
 10. Weert 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 25: Amsterdam - Zwolle 71-83 OT
Oct. 25: Groningen - Leiden 69-67
Oct. 24: M.Magixx - Den Bosch 68-77
Oct. 27: Rotterdam - Leiden
Oct. 27: Weert - Amsterdam
Oct. 28: M.Magixx - Groningen
Oct. 28: Zwolle - Leeuwarden


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. De Groene 4-0 
 2. Orca's Urk 4-0 
 3. Cangeroes 3-2 
 4. Binnenland 2-1 
 5. Leiden 2 2-2 
 6. BC Apollo 2 2-2 
 7. Red Giants 2-2 
 8. De Hoppers 2-2 
 9. Almere P. 2-3 
 10. Punch 1-2 
 11. UBALL 1-2 
 12. Rotterdam 2 1-3 
 13. Almonte 0-2 
 14. MSV/Zeemacht 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 26: BC Apollo 2 - Cangeroes 68-86
Oct. 27: Almere P. - Binnenland
Oct. 27: Cangeroes - Red Giants
Oct. 27: Orca's Urk - Punch
Oct. 27: De Hoppers - MSV/Zeemacht
Oct. 27: UBALL - Rotterdam 2
Oct. 28: BC Apollo 2 - Almonte
Oct. 28: Leiden 2 - De Groene


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

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

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help CAI Zaragoza (2-2) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (2-2). Norel was the second best scorer with 8 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. CAI Zaragoza lost 50-65 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Regal FC Barcelona. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Norel's first year with the team. Norel has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 53.8% in the four games he played so far. He played for the Dutch senior national team years ago.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain). Schaftenaar contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Lobe Huesca (0-4) crushing them 71-43 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (3-1) is placed third in the LEB Gold. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Schaftenaar's first year with the team. This season Schaftenaar averages: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 3FGP: 42.9%. He played for the Dutch national team in 2010.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in Germany). Smeulders managed to help EWE Baskets Oldenburg in a victory against the tenth-ranked s Oliver Baskets (2-3) 72-64 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (4-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Smeulders' overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 3.2rpg and FT: 87.5% in the five games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders played for the Dutch national team years ago.

Bart Stolk
Bart Stolk
   #4. Center Bart Stolk (206-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La Palma (13-14) in their game against Cafes Aitona (2-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Stolk scored only 2 points. La Palma was defeated 60-45 on the road by the leading Cafes Aitona. . It's Stolk's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Stolk used to play for the Dutch U20 national team earlier this year.

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

   #1. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Caceres Basket (1-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Van Oostrum's very good performance Caceres Basket was defeated 75-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Planasa NV (#7). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Van Oostrum also added 4 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Van Oostrum's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.5apg. Van Oostrum has a dual citizenship: Dutch and British. Despite his Dutch passport, Van Oostrum currently plays for the British national team and is not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

   #2. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Devon Van Oostrum. But that was another game of his team in Spanish LEB Gold which we would like to mention. Duinker, who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Caceres Basket (1-3) 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. This year Duinker averages: 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg in the four games he played so far. He has also Australian nationality.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) managed to help UCAM Murcia to win against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (0-4) 77-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded only 2 points. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. . It's Tillie's first season with the team. Tillie's total stats this year are: 5.8ppg and 2.5rpg. He has also French nationality.

   #4. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Worcester Wolves (4-4) in their game against Leicester Riders (6-0) in the British BBL. Ocitti recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Worcester Wolves was badly defeated 79-61 in Leicester by the second-ranked Riders. . Ocitti is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.3rpg. He also averaged so far 10.7ppg and 1.3apg in the six games. Ocitti is a naturalized American.

   #5. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Dnipro (2-6) in their game against Budivelnyk (6-2) in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance on Friday night. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Kickert also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But Dnipro was badly defeated 96-79 in Kyiv by the much higher-ranked (#4) Budivelnyk. This year Kickert has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch. Despite Kickert's Dutch nationality, he currently plays for the Australian national team and cannot be called to the Dutch team.



The Top of the Dutch Basketball League: A Good Duel and an even better win - by Ermay Duran

11 out of 24 free throws made by ZZ Leiden 2 was the cause in effect of why his team lost against GasTerra Flames Groningen in a breath taking game that ended 69 67 placing GasTerra Flames Groningen in 2nd place behind Eiffel Towers Den Bosch Both teams have 4 wins and 0 losses in the Dutch Basketball League.

With almost 2900 spectators at the game, just like other games played this week in the league both teams played at top level. While local news sources pointed out that this game would be a duel between Tony Gallo (180-G-89, college: Coppin St.) and Maurice Miller (187-G-88, college: Georgia Tech).

However it was obvious that Maurice Miller had the upper hand in terms of the outcome of the game as he outplayed Tony Gallo especially in the last quarter of the game.





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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 4-0 
 2. Falco-Szova 4-1 
 3. Kaposvari 4-1 
 4. Szedeak 3-2 
 5. Atomeromu 3-2 
 6. Jaszberenyi 3-2 
 7. PVSK Pannon 2-3 
 8. Soproni 1-2 
 9. Marso NYKK 1-3 
 10. ZTE KK 1-3 
 11. Kormend 1-4 
 12. Szolnok 0-0 
 13. FS Debrecen 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 26: Szedeak - Jaszberenyi 88-75
Oct. 25: PVSK Pannon - Kaposvari 56-79
Oct. 26: Albacomp - Kormend 118-99
Oct. 25: Falco-Szova - Atomeromu 106-77
Oct. 27: FS Debrecen - Soproni
Oct. 27: Marso NYKK - ZTE KK

Round 2

Oct. 31: Soproni - Albacomp


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.23.3 
 2. Buljan, Kormend21.8 
 3. Spica, Kaposvari21.0 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari20.2 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.8 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu19.8 
 7. Fey, Falco-Szova19.4 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.3 
 9. Swanston, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Shaw, Kormend19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sean CARTER
  FS Debrecen
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Carter, FS Debrecen13.5 
 2. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.11.6 
 3. Barovic, Soproni10.7 
 4. Toth, PVSK P.9.2 
 5. Davis, Marso N.9.0 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.8.7 
 7. Fey, Falco-Szova8.4 
 8. Spica, Kaposvari8.2 
 9. Dukic, Szedeak8.2 
 10. Hendlein, Kaposva.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Nelson, Marso N.7.0 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.5 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.0 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari5.8 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.8 
 6. Thomas, Soproni5.7 
 7. Gaspar, ZTE K.5.5 
 8. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.4 
 9. Wood, Albacomp5.3 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Moore, Albacomp2.5 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari2.4 
 3. Hollis, Albacomp2.3 
 4. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.3 
 5. Gaspar, ZTE K.2.3 
 6. Rujak, Kormend2.2 
 7. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 8. Spica, Kaposvari2.2 
 9. Buljan, Kormend2.0 
 10. Legion, PVSK P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean CARTER
  FS Debrecen
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Carter, FS Debrecen1.8 
 2. Davis, Marso N.1.5 
 3. Boldizsar, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.0 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu0.8 
 7. Kovacs, ZTE K.0.8 
 8. Lekli, Albacomp0.8 
 9. Hudson, ZTE K.0.8 
 10. Idlet, Atomeromu0.8 



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Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Skallagrimur - IR 80-71
Oct. 25: Stjarnan - Thor Thorl 77-62
Oct. 25: Fjolnir - Tindastoll 75-72
Oct. 26: KFI - Keflavik 69-79
Oct. 25: KR - Snaefell 63-104
Oct. 25: Grindavik - Njardvik 107-81

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 1: Snaefell - KFI
Nov. 1: Thor Thorl - KR
Nov. 1: Njardvik - Stjarnan
Nov. 1: IR - Grindavik
Nov. 1: Tindastoll - Skallagrimur
Nov. 1: Keflavik - Fjolnir


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Aaron BROUSSARD
  Grind.
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Broussard, Grind.24.8 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.24.5 
 3. Valdimarsson, Stja.23.8 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.23.5 
 5. Palm, IR23.5 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan22.5 
 7. Vilbergsson, Skall.22.3 
 8. Belin, Njardvik22.0 
 9. Smith, Thor Thorl21.8 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Van, Njardvik17.0 
 2. Diggs, Thor Thorl11.3 
 3. Craion, Keflavik10.5 
 4. Helgason, Stjarnan10.3 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 6. Miller-W., KFI9.5 
 7. Mills, Stjarnan9.3 
 8. McQueen, Snaefell8.8 
 9. Quaintance, Skalla.8.7 
 10. Flake, Thor Thorl8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.3 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.5 
 3. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.8 
 4. Williams, IR6.5 
 5. Miles, Tindastoll5.8 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.0 
 7. Broussard, Grind.4.5 
 8. Quaintance, Skalla.4.3 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.3 
 10. Ragnarsson, Thor4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.3.7 
 2. Hilmarsson, Thor T.3.5 
 3. Miles, Tindastoll2.8 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.8 
 5. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.5 
 6. Threatt, Snaefell2.3 
 7. Viggosson, Tindast.2.3 
 8. Smith, Thor Thorl2.3 
 9. Palm, IR2.3 
 10. Thomas, KR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.8 
 2. Diggs, Thor Thorl2.5 
 3. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.8 
 4. Craion, Keflavik1.3 
 5. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.0 
 6. Spicer, Fjolnir1.0 
 7. Quaintance, Skalla.1.0 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 9. Van, Njardvik1.0 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.8 


Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 26: Breidablik - Augnablik 86-84
Oct. 26: FSU - IA 82-69
Oct. 26: Reynir S. - Hamar 64-90
Oct. 25: Hottur - Valur 61-71
Oct. 26: Haukar - Thor AK 103-84

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 2: Hamar - Thor AK
Nov. 4: Augnablik - Hottur
Nov. 2: Reynir S. - Breidablik
Nov. 2: IA - Haukar
Nov. 2: Valur - FSU


Dominos League Round 4: Skallagrimur keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Express L. and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game had a very big importance for sixth-ranked Skallagrimur as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Skallagrimur defeated 9th ranked IR in Borgarnes 80-71. IR trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-80 at the end of the game. Skallagrimur looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Carlos Medlock (183-G-87, college: E.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and the other American import forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-82) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Skallagrimur have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 4 other teams. IR at the other side keeps the ninth place with three games lost. They share the position with Keflavik and Njardvik. IR will play next round against strong Grindavik trying to get back on the winning streak. Skallagrimur will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur.
Very significant was Snaefell's (#3) 41-point road victory against 6th ranked KR 104-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KR. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The winners were led by American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and Jon Olafur Jonsson supported him with 27 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Even 16 points by American forward Danero Thomas (193-86, college: Murray St.) did not help to save the game for KR. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Snaefell (3-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. KR at the other side keeps the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with KFI and Thor Thorl. Snaefell will play against KFI (#6) in Reykjavik in the next round where they are favorite. KR will play on the road against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Keflavik has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked KFI (2-2)on the road game in Reykjavik 79-69 on Friday. Michael Craion fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Momcilo Latinovic produced 25 points for lost side. Keflavik (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Njardvik and IR. Newly promoted KFI dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with KR and Thor Thorl. Keflavik will meet at home higher ranked Fjolnir (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KFI will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Tindastoll (0-4) is still winless. 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 Fjolnir (3-1) 75-72. It was a very good performance for Arni Ragnarsson who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Fjolnir keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Tindastoll at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Fjolnir's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Tindastoll will play against the league's leader Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Stjarnan was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Thor Thorl (2-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Stjarnan (3-1). Stjarnan defeated Thor Thorl 77-62 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Fannar Helgason who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Stjarnan keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Thor Thorl dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Stjarnan will face Njardvik (#11) in Njardvik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thor Thorl will play at home against KR (#7) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4 Njardvik was destroyed by Grindavik on the opponent's court 107-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 22 rebounds by Marcus Van of Njardvik.


Skallagrimur - IR 80-71

The game had a very big importance for sixth-ranked Skallagrimur as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Skallagrimur defeated 9th ranked IR in Borgarnes 80-71. IR trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-80 at the end of the game. Skallagrimur looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and the other American import forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-82) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) scored 20 points (made all of his eight free throws). Skallagrimur have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 4 other teams. IR at the other side keeps the ninth place with three games lost. They share the position with Keflavik and Njardvik. IR will play next round against strong Grindavik trying to get back on the winning streak. Skallagrimur will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 34+1reb+3ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 18+4reb+2ast, H.Quaintance 15+8reb+4ast, D.Asgeirsson 5+1reb, S.Egilsson 3+3reb+4ast, T.Eiriksson 3+6reb+4ast
IR: H.Magnusson 25+6reb, E.Palm 20+3ast, N.Sovic 13+6reb, A.Williams 9+5reb+3ast, T.Hauksson 2+10reb+2ast, H.Fridriksson 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 180182


KFI - Keflavik 69-79

Keflavik has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked KFI (2-2)on the road game in Reykjavik 79-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Keflavik. KFI managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Michael Craion (195, college: ORU) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard Kevin Giltner (198-89, college: Wofford) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic (198-89, college: N.Mexico Highlands) produced 25 points and American guard JR Bradford Spencer (193-84, college: Jacksonville St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Keflavik (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Njardvik and IR. Newly promoted KFI dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with KR and Thor Thorl. Keflavik will meet at home higher ranked Fjolnir (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KFI will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: K.Giltner 24+5reb+1ast, M.Craion 18+17reb, D.Lewis 15+5reb+1ast, M.Gunnarsson 9+4reb+3ast, S.Hrafnkelsson 4, V.Valsson 4+6reb+4ast
KFI: M.Latinovic 25+3reb, J.Bradford Spencer 15+5reb+3ast, M.Virijevic 11+5reb, P.Ilievski 8+4reb+1ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 4+7reb+1ast, O.Kristjansson 4+1reb
gschID: 180180


Fjolnir - Tindastoll 75-72

Bottom-ranked Tindastoll (0-4) is still winless. 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 Fjolnir (3-1) 75-72. Tindastoll was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Fjolnir forced 19 Tindastoll turnovers. It was a very good performance for international Arni Ragnarsson (194-87, college: Al.-Huntsville) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Tomas Tomasson (193-91, college: Newberry) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. American forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Helgi Margeirsson (191-82, college: Birm.Southern) added 15 points in the effort for Tindastoll. Fjolnir keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Tindastoll at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Fjolnir's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Tindastoll will play against the league's leader Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: A.Ragnarsson 20+2reb+7ast, T.Tomasson 15+5reb+8ast, S.Spicer 14+9reb, J.Sverrisson 12+1reb+1ast, C.Matthews 7+3reb, A.Gudmundsson 4+5reb+4ast
Tindastoll: G.Valentine 23+9reb+3ast, H.Margeirsson 15+2reb, I.Miles 8+4reb+5ast, A.Bjornsson 7+1reb, F.Hreinsson 6+3reb+4ast, H.Viggosson 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 180181


KR - Snaefell 63-104

Very significant was Snaefell's (#3) 41-point road victory against 6th ranked KR 104-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KR. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Snaefell led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Snaefell forced 20 KR turnovers and outrebounded them 40-21 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) supported him with 27 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Five Snaefell players scored in double figures. Even 16 points by American forward Danero Thomas (193-86, college: Murray St.) did not help to save the game for KR. The former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) added 10 points and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Snaefell (3-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. KR at the other side keeps the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with KFI and Thor Thorl. Snaefell will play against KFI (#6) in Reykjavik in the next round where they are favorite. KR will play on the road against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 27+5reb+2ast, J.Threatt 18+11reb+10ast, S.Davidsson 14+2reb+3ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 13+2reb+2ast, A.McQueen 12+10reb+1ast, H.Gunnarsson 11+4ast
KR: D.Thomas 16+3reb+2ast, M.Hermannsson 12+1ast, B.Bjornsson 10+3reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 8+6reb+2ast, A.Angantysson 7+2reb, K.Acox 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 180179


Stjarnan - Thor Thorl 77-62

The game in Stjarnan was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Thor Thorl (2-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Stjarnan (3-1). Stjarnan defeated Thor Thorl 77-62 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Thor Thorl was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Stjarnan made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fannar Helgason (202-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Gudmundur Jonsson (191-84) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Five Stjarnan and four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Stjarnan keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Thor Thorl dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Stjarnan will face Njardvik (#11) in Njardvik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thor Thorl will play at home against KR (#7) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: F.Helgason 17+13reb+1ast, J.Zdravevski 15+1reb+1ast, B.Mills 15+12reb, D.Jonsson 11+4reb+5ast, J.Shouse 10+5reb+14ast, M.Valdimarsson 9+5reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: G.Jonsson 16+7reb+6ast, D.Hilmarsson 11+5reb+4ast, B.Smith 11+2reb+1ast, R.Diggs 10+8reb, G.Erlendsson 8+4reb, D.Flake 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 180178


Grindavik - Njardvik 107-81

Very expected game when 10th ranked Njardvik (1-3) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Grindavik (3-1) 107-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Njardvik was better in fourth quarter 30-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Grindavik forced 24 Njardvik turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Njardvik's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle, agency: JEMsports) who added 21 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds and swingman Agust Orrason (191-93) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Grindavik and four Njardvik players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Njardvik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Grindavik will face IR (#9) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Njardvik will play at home against Stjarnan.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: S.Zeglinski 26+10reb+5ast, A.Broussard 21+8reb+9ast, S.Thorsteinsson 17+5reb+3ast, J.Olafsson 13+6reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 13+4ast, B.Brynjolfsson 10+3reb+1ast
Njardvik: M.Van 24+22reb+2ast, M.Baginski 13+4reb+1ast, A.Orrason 11+7reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 10+1reb+1ast, K.Sigurasson 7+1reb, H.Einarsson 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 180177



Icelandic Express L. round 4 best performance: Marcus Van - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) had a great game in the last round for Njardvik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds, while his team Njardvik moved-up to the 11th position in the Icelandic Express L.. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Van turned to be Njardvik's top player in his first season with the team. Former Central Michigan University star has very solid stats this year. Van leads league in rebounds with 17.0rpg. Van is in league's top in and averages impressive 52.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Aaron Broussard (195-F-90, agency: JEMsports) of league's second-best Grindavik. Broussard had a very good evening with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Grindavik to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Njardvik (#11, 1-3) 107-81. This victory allowed Grindavik to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Broussard is a newcomer at Grindavik, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.8rpg and 4.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jay Threatt (180-G-89, agency: Pro One Sports) of Snaefell (#3). Threatt showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Snaefell, leading his team to a 104-63 easy win against the lower-ranked KR (#7, 2-2). Snaefell 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. Threatt has a great season in Iceland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 9.3apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88) of Grindavik - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Fannar Helgason (202-C-84) of Stjarnan - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Brian Mills (203-F-88) of Stjarnan - 15 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Arni Ragnarsson (194-SG-87) of Fjolnir - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur - 34 points and 3 assists

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



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Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - by David Pick

After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.



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EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga needed overtime to beat Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga - Montepaschi Siena 91:89 OT

Unicaja Malaga needed overtime to beat Montepaschi Siena in the last game of the third Round in Euroleague. The Spanish outfit kept the Italian team winless after 91:89 win.
Unicaja Malaga took 20-16 after the first period, but trailed 1 point at the halftime. Montepaschi Siena bounced back with 27-22 and grabbed 43:42 at the halftime. Moreover the guests needed 25-15 in the third quarter for 11-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Unicaja Malaga erupted with 23-12 in the fourth period to tie the game at the regulation time and then needed 11-9 in overtime to seal the victory.
Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) and Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) stepped up with 15 points for the winners, while James Gist (205-F-86) delivered 13. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 11 points in a win. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 22 points in defeat and Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) had 16. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) scored 15 and Tomas Ress (209-C-80, college: Texas A&M) added 11.

Unicaja Malaga: Earl Calloway 15, Marcus Williams 15, James Gist 13, Krunoslav Simon 11
Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 22, Marcelus Kemp 16, David Moss 15, Tomas Ress 11



EuroLeague: Mapooro Cantu pip BC Khimki MR in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Mapooro Cantu - BC Khimki MR 67:54

Mapooro Cantu pip BC Khimki MR in Italy for its first win in Group A of the Euroleague. The Italian team improved to 1-2 record after 67:54 win. The Russian Powerhouse meanwhile fell also at 1-2 record.
The Russian team started better and grabbed 21-14 after the first period. They however lost the other three periods and the game itself. Mapooro Cantu needed 21-11 in the second period and took 3-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts posted 20-11 in the third quarter and finished the game with 12-11 in the last stanza.
Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) paced all the winners with 13 points and Jerry Smith (188-PG-87, college: Louisville) netted 10. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) scored 9, while Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 8. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) finished the game with 10 points each. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) notched 8 points apiece in defeat.

Mapooro Cantu: Pietro Aradori 13, Jerry Smith 10, Maarten Leunen 9, Marko Scekic 8
BC Khimki MR: Zoran Planinic 10, Vitaliy Fridzon 10, James Augustine 8, Kresimir Loncar 8



Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - by David Pick

After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L. 77-39
Oct. 26: Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 76-89
Oct. 27: Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 76-89
Oct. 27: Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR 69-70
Oct. 27: Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH 66-83
Oct. 28: Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR
Oct. 28: Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH
Oct. 28: Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L.


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba20.2 
 2. Smith, Hitachi SR19.8 
 3. Kanamaru, Panasoni.17.8 
 4. Watkins, Panasoni.17.1 
 5. Diouf, Toshiba BT16.0 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.15.1 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.0 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.7 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.8 
 10. Watanabe, Panaso.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.11.9 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.9 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba8.5 
 5. Smith, Hitachi SR8.3 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota8.0 
 7. Diouf, Toshiba BT7.7 
 8. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.3 
 9. Young, Aishin SH7.3 
 10. Rolle, Mitsubis.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Naoto TSUJI
  Toshiba BT
  (185-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Tsuji, Toshiba BT4.7 
 2. Shinoyama, Toshi.4.7 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.3 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.1 
 5. Ito, Toyota Alvark3.0 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 7. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.5 
 9. Watanabe, Panason.2.4 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.6 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.6 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba1.3 
 5. Kobayashi, Hitac.1.3 
 6. Tsuji, Toshiba BT1.2 
 7. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.2 
 8. Ito, Toyota Alvark1.1 
 9. Asayama, Aishin SH1.1 
 10. Watanabe, Panaso.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.1.8 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.2 
 4. Young, Aishin SH1.0 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota0.9 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.0.9 
 7. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 8. Smith, Hitachi SR0.7 
 9. Moss, Toshiba BT0.7 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 


Tokyo Cinq sink in face of Toyama - by Mark Buckton

973 turned up to see Tokyo Cinq Reves in their home debut in this, their first season as one of the newest franchises in the Eastern Conference of the BJ League.
Come the end, most went home disappointed as the hosts were beaten 86-81 by the visiting Toyama Grouses.
Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Gonzaga) netted 19 in 38.44 minutes of play with 8 of 10 inside the tape and 3 for 3 at the free-throw line for the visitors. Fellow forward Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88, college: Memphis) sank 21 including a perfect 4-4 on the back of fouls, but just 4 from 9 inside the D, and 3 from 8 outside. Garcias 12 defensive rebounds were by far his best contribution and massive in keeping the hosts at bay throughout.
Tokyo, after being crushed 27-9 in the first quarter pulled Toyama back to 34-43 at the half time break, were ahead 59-57 at the end of the third and had the momentum to cap their home debut with a win.
On the back of a Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) 40 min 25 pointer with 12 rebounds and crowd fave Cohey Aoki (167-G-80) also contributing 16 on almost 34 mins of court time and an at times mesmerising performance as guard few noticing fellow G Hirahisa Takada added 18 more, outdoing Aoki in defensive rebounds and assists the hosts will feel hard done by but ran out of gas down the straight.
Just 3 behind at 13.5 remaining though, Tokyo let Toyama take control, slowed it down and ran out 86-81 winners to claim their fourth win of the season.



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 24: Valmiera - Jelgava 85-65
Oct. 25: Barons kvartals - U18 83-57
Oct. 25: Liepaja - LU 68-59
Oct. 26: Turiba - Ventspils 65-100

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: Valmiera - Ventspils
Oct. 28: Turiba - Liepaja
Oct. 28: LU - Jelgava
Oct. 28: Barons kvartals - Jekabpils


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karlis APSITIS
  Turiba
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Apsitis, Turiba17.3 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.17.3 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava16.3 
 4. Peiners, LU15.8 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.7 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.3 
 7. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.0 
 8. Sokolovs, Turiba14.3 
 9. Krumins, Valmiera14.0 
 10. Mednis, Jurmala13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils10.0 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera8.3 
 4. Zvigurs, U188.0 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala8.0 
 6. Gulbis, Barons k.7.7 
 7. Dargais, LU7.4 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera6.7 
 9. Miezis, Barons k.6.3 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Ventspils
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sims, Ventspils6.0 
 2. Krumins, Valmiera5.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.0 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmiera4.0 
 5. Rudmiezis, Turiba4.0 
 6. Miezis, Barons k.3.7 
 7. Metra, Barons k.3.7 
 8. Peiners, LU3.6 
 9. Daniels, VEF Riga3.3 
 10. Zavackas, VEF Ri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ventspils
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Ventspils2.7 
 2. Ezerskis, Liepaja2.7 
 3. Miezis, Barons k.2.7 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.2.3 
 5. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.3 
 6. Coders, Jurmala2.0 
 7. Sims, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Daniels, VEF Riga2.0 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba1.7 
 10. Metra, Barons k.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-PF-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga1.7 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.7 
 3. O''Brien, Jekabpils1.5 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 5. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 6. Gulbis, Barons k.1.0 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera1.0 
 8. Duselis, Jelgava1.0 
 9. Pasecniks, U181.0 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 


Best players of Latvian LBL round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American Vernon Teel (193-G-87, agency: FCM) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Ventspils and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 13 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Ventspils in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Turiba (#10, 0-3) with 35-point margin 100-65. Ventspils is placed at 2nd position in Latvian LBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Ventspils already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It was one of impressive evenings for Teel as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vernon Teel averages just after three games 8.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) of Barons kvartals. Gulbis impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Barons kvartals to another comfortable win outscoring U18 (#11, 0-4) 83-57. This victory allowed Barons kvartals to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Gulbis is a newcomer at Barons kvartals and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#2). He also registered 7.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Barons kvartals' star - Spanish Aigars Skele (192-F-92). Skele scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Barons kvartals, helping his team with a 83-57 easy win against U18 (#11, 0-4). The chances of Barons kvartals not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Skele could try to bring Barons kvartals' a little bit higher in the standings. Skele has a very solid season. In 3 games in Latvia he scored 5.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava - 26 points and 5 rebounds
5. Artis Ate (191-G-89) of Liepaja - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Davis Lejasmeiers (192-G-91) of Ventspils - 15 points and 4 assists
7. Kalvis Krumins (185-G-90) of Valmiera - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Maris Ziedins (203-F/C-90) of Valmiera - 21 points and 4 rebounds
9. Harijs Rubenis (202-F-91) of LU - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) of Ventspils - 12 points and 6 rebounds

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



LBL Round 5: Latvijas Universitate is upset by Liepaja - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-2) and sixth ranked Liepaja (2-1) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Latvijas Universitate was defeated by Liepaja in a tough game in Liepaja 59-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Latvijas Universitate. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-59. Liepaja made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Liepaja outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 45-30 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Latvijas Universitate helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Artis Ate (191-G-89) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Center Toms Leiteris (213-90) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Harijs Rubenis (202-91) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Liepaja moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Valmiera. Latvijas Universitate at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Liepaja is looking forward to face Turiba (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jelgava (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Barons kvartals can celebrate their first win this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat U18 (0-4) 83-57. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Aigars Skele contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Guard Davis Geks (190-95) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds for U18. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barons kvartals (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Jelgava. It was U18's fourth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with four games lost. Barons kvartals will play against Jekabpils (#9) in the next round. U18 will have a break next round.
Leader Ventspils blasted bottom-ranked Turiba (0-3) in Turiba 100-65 on Friday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Turiba is still unable to win any game. Vernon Teel stepped up and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Mikus Sokolovs responded with 16 points and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with VEF Riga. Loser Turiba still closes the standings with three games lost. Ventspils will meet Valmiera (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Turiba will play against Liepaja (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Valmiera supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Jelgava (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Valmiera (2-1). Valmiera did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-65. Kalvis Krumins nailed 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valmiera moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liepaja. Jelgava at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ventspils at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jelgava will play against Latvijas Universitate (#4) in Riga.


Turiba - Ventspils 65-100

Leader Ventspils blasted bottom-ranked Turiba (0-3) in Turiba 100-65 on Friday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Turiba is still unable to win any game. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Turiba managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 6 points in first quarter. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 32. Ventspils forced 20 Turiba turnovers and outrebounded them 34-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Ugis Pinete (194-91) chipped in 16 points. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Guard Mikus Sokolovs (195-89) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) scored 17 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with VEF Riga. Loser Turiba still closes the standings with three games lost. Ventspils will meet Valmiera (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Turiba will play against Liepaja (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: U.Pinete 16+3reb+2ast, D.Lejasmeiers 15+4ast, R.Zakis 14+1reb+1ast, V.Teel 13+7reb+7ast, M.Meiers 12+6reb+1ast, S.Valters 8+7reb+1ast
Turiba: K.Apsitis 17+2reb, M.Sokolovs 16+3reb+4ast, G.Sipolins 8+8reb+1ast, N.Sondors 7+2ast, J.Pavlovskis 5+3reb+1ast, J.Kalnins 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197985


Liepaja - LU 68-59

The game between third ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-2) and sixth ranked Liepaja (2-1) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Latvijas Universitate was defeated by Liepaja in a tough game in Liepaja 59-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Latvijas Universitate. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-59. Liepaja made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Liepaja outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 45-30 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Latvijas Universitate helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Artis Ate (191-89) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Center Toms Leiteris (213-90) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Harijs Rubenis (202-91) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Liepaja moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Valmiera. Latvijas Universitate at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Liepaja is looking forward to face Turiba (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jelgava (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: T.Leiteris 17+7reb+1ast, A.Ate 15+10reb+1ast, E.Endzels 11, A.Bricis 9+7reb+1ast, E.Ezerskis 8+5reb+4ast, R.Magone 4+9reb+1ast
LU: H.Rubenis 21+6reb+1ast, M.Vitols 13+2reb+1ast, Z.Peiners 10+3reb+3ast, R.Zebergs 6+2ast, K.Dargais 4+10reb+1ast, N.Saknitis 3
gschID: 197984


Barons kvartals - U18 83-57

Barons kvartals can celebrate their first win this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat U18 (0-4) 83-57. The game without a history. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barons kvartals outrebounded U18 45-28 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by U18's players. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Spanish forward Aigars Skele (192-92) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Guard Davis Geks (190-95) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ivars Zvigurs (198-95) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for U18. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barons kvartals (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Jelgava. It was U18's fourth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with four games lost. Barons kvartals will play against Jekabpils (#9) in the next round. U18 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 25+5reb+1ast, A.Skele 13+5reb+3ast, S.Metra 10+4reb+2ast, A.Brunins 9+8reb, A.Epners 8+2reb, D.Zonne 8+1reb+2ast
U18: D.Geks 13+6reb+2ast, K.Plavnieks 10+3ast, I.Zvigurs 7+6reb+2ast, A.Ginters 7+4reb+1ast, J.Paipa 6+2reb+1ast, J.Dulevskis 4+2reb
gschID: 197983


Valmiera - Jelgava 85-65

The game in Valmiera supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Jelgava (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked Valmiera (2-1). Valmiera did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-65. Jelgava was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 52-26 second half run of Valmiera. They outrebounded Jelgava 41-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) nailed 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Maris Ziedins (203-90) accounted for 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) came up with 26 points and 5 rebounds and forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) added 12 points respectively for Jelgava in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valmiera moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liepaja. Jelgava at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ventspils at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jelgava will play against Latvijas Universitate (#4) in Riga.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: K.Krumins 25+5reb+3ast, M.Ziedins 21+4reb+1ast, P.Veselovs 12+6reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 8+10reb+1ast, J.Berzins 7+8reb+2ast, V.Iljins 5
Jelgava: E.Krumins 26+5reb+1ast, L.Mizis 12+3reb+2ast, S.Silavs 7+2reb+3ast, A.Brackett 7+7reb, K.Kanbergs 6+2reb+3ast, K.Paegle 3
gschID: 197982



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Standings

Liga Sudamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Obras 2-1 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 2-1 
 3. Cent.Apure 2-1 
 4. Mavort 0-3 
Group B
 1. Regatas C. 3-0 
 2. Uniceub/BRB 2-1 
 3. Malvin 1-2 
 4. Amistad 0-3 
Group C
 1. Penarol 3-0 
 2. Flamengo 2-1 
 3. Dep.Castro 1-2 
 4. Hebraica 0-3 
Group D
 1. El Bosque 0-0 
 2. Libertad S. 0-0 
 3. S.Jose/Unimed 0-0 
 4. Tiburones 0-0 

Preliminary Round: Round 3

Oct. 23: Penarol - Dep.Castro 86-75
Oct. 25: Dep.Castro - Hebraica 84-82
Oct. 25: Penarol - Flamengo 77-72
Oct. 24: Dep.Castro - Flamengo 72-101
Oct. 23: Hebraica - Flamengo 67-75
Oct. 24: Hebraica - Penarol 51-65

Preliminary Round: Round 4

Nov. 1: S.Jose/Unimed - Libertad S.
Nov. 1: Tiburones - El Bosque
Nov. 2: Libertad S. - El Bosque
Nov. 2: S.Jose/Unimed - Tiburones
Nov. 3: El Bosque - S.Jose/Unimed
Nov. 3: Tiburones - Libertad S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.28.0 
 2. Guzman, Mavort24.0 
 3. Baxley, Hebraica23.0 
 4. Giovannoni, Unice.22.3 
 5. Osimani, Obras21.3 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras20.7 
 7. Matthews, Cent..19.7 
 8. Velasquez, Dep.C.19.7 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.19.3 
 10. Sloan, Mavort19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hatila PASSOS
  Hebraica
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Passos, Hebraica12.3 
 2. Fuller, Mavort11.3 
 3. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.3 
 4. Colmenares, Cent..9.3 
 5. Smith, Amistad9.3 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 7. Leiva, Penarol9.0 
 8. McFarlin, Amistad9.0 
 9. Teague, Penarol8.7 
 10. Guzman, Mavort8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Unice.
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dos Santos, Unice.7.7 
 2. Osimani, Obras7.3 
 3. Martinez, Regat.6.7 
 4. Ribeiro, Un.6.3 
 5. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.3 
 6. Cardenas, Mavort5.7 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.4.5 
 8. Campazzo, Penarol4.3 
 9. Myvett, Amistad4.3 
 10. Munoz, Dep.Castro4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol3.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.2.3 
 3. Magalhaes, Flame.2.3 
 4. Benite, Flamengo2.3 
 5. Colmenares, Cent..2.3 
 6. Osimani, Malvin2.0 
 7. Sloan, Mavort2.0 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 9. Teague, Penarol1.7 
 10. Smith, Amistad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo MORRO
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morro, Pinheiro.2.0 
 2. Leiva, Penarol2.0 
 3. Clay, Dep.Castro2.0 
 4. de Souza, Un.1.7 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.7 
 6. Newsome, Malvin1.3 
 7. Fuller, Mavort1.3 
 8. Espinoza, Obras1.3 
 9. Reis, Un.1.0 
 10. Kammerichs, Regat.1.0 


Day 3 in Mar del Plata. Penarol clinch Group C top position - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Flamengo 77:72
Penarol clinched the top position in South American League Group C. They knocked down Flamengo on the final day of the action in the pool. Both Penarol and Flamengo advanced into the next round of the competition.
Flamengo enjoyed a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. The Brazilian side extended the lead in the second quarter. The Rio de Janeiro team accumulated a 40:30 halftime advantage. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) sparked an 8:0 run at the start of the third term as Penarol cut the deficit. The hosts soon erased the deficit and surged ahead. They posted a 57:51 advantage with one quarter remaining. Penarol kept their opponents at bay throughout the final frame and secured the victory. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) notched 22 points to lead Penarol. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) added 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) answered with 22 points for Flamengo. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) provided 11 points in the loss.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 22, Marcos Mata 17, David Teague 16
Flamengo: Vitor Benite 22, Olivinha Rodriguez 11

Deportes Castro - Hebraica 84:82
Deportes Castro clinched the first win at the South American League. They capped their campaign with a narrow win over Hebraica. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) scored 20 points to lead the Chilean team.
Deportes Castro jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 24:14 lead after the opening quarter. Hebraica however turned things upside down in the second frame. The Uruguayan team went on a 28:13 run to grab a 42:37 halftime advantage. Deportes Castro did not allow Hebraica to clear off. The Chilean side narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Deportes Castro fired 25 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) accounted for 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Zaronn Cann (199-F, college: Eckerd) contributed 16 points for the winners. Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) responded with 44 points for Hebraica. Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) netted 13 points in the loss.

Deportes Castro: Gonzalo Velasquez 20, CamRon Clay 18+10 boards, Zaronn Cann 16
Hebraica: Walter Baxley 44, Joaquin Izuibejeres 13



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - NKL

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 26: Mazeikiai - Nafta Universitetas 96-56
Oct. 26: Triobet - Zalgiris-Sabonio 93-83
Oct. 26: Suduva-Mantinga - Radviliskis 87-84
Oct. 26: Perlas-MRU - Dzukija 86-75
Oct. 26: Delikatesas - S.Marciulionio 80-85
Oct. 26: Gargzdai - Birstono 79-60
Oct. 26: Meresta - Zanavykas 78-72
Oct. 26: Silute - Olimpas 63-85
Oct. 26: Ezerunas-Karys - Statyba 57-84

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 27: Zanavykas - Perlas-MRU
Oct. 27: Dzukija - Silute
Oct. 27: Olimpas - Gargzdai
Oct. 27: Birstono - Suduva-Mantinga
Oct. 27: Radviliskis - Delikatesas
Oct. 27: S.Marciulionio - Mazeikiai
Oct. 27: Nafta Universitetas - Triobet
Oct. 27: Zalgiris-Sabonio - Ezerunas-Karys
Oct. 27: Statyba - Meresta


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.21.3 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas19.8 
 3. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.18.0 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.17.9 
 5. Kleiza, Birstono16.6 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai16.1 
 7. Pociukonis, S.Marc.16.0 
 8. Jurgo, Radviliskis15.9 
 9. Tarvydas, Statyba15.9 
 10. Trepocka, Radvili.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija10.6 
 2. Virbalas, Perla.9.9 
 3. Linkevicius, Triob.8.7 
 4. Jurgo, Radviliskis8.7 
 5. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.4 
 6. Kazakauskas, Olimp.8.3 
 7. Gudaitis, Zalgir.7.9 
 8. Kvedaraviciu., Del.7.6 
 9. Krestinin, S.Marc.7.4 
 10. Macernis, Mazeiki.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.8.4 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija6.0 
 3. Anuzis, Nafta U.5.6 
 4. Zurna, Radviliskis5.1 
 5. Varanauskas, Stat.4.9 
 6. Klemas, Delikatesas4.7 
 7. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.7 
 8. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.7 
 9. Rakauskas, S.Marc.4.6 
 10. Kuklierius, Suduv.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Justas TAMULIS
  Zalgir.
  (194-SF-94)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tamulis, Zalgir.2.8 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija2.7 
 3. Razutis, Olimpas2.7 
 4. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.7 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.5 
 6. Klemas, Delikatesas2.4 
 7. Kleiza, Birstono2.3 
 8. Stanionis, Zanav.2.1 
 9. Matutis, Gargzdai2.1 
 10. Giedraitis, Mazei.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija4.6 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.2.7 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.2.3 
 4. Gudaitis, Zalgir.2.3 
 5. Staniulis, S.Marc.1.6 
 6. Kaubrys, Silute1.3 
 7. Pikalavicius, Maze.1.0 
 8. Keras, Delikatesas1.0 
 9. Kalvelis, Suduva.0.9 
 10. Gydra, S.Marciuli.0.9 


Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Suduva-Mantinga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and nine assists for Suduva-Mantinga in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Radviliskis (#16, 2-5) 87-84. Suduva-Mantinga is placed at 3rd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Suduva-Mantinga will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. It's Kuklierius' second year at Suduva-Mantinga and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Zilvinas Kuklierius averages this season 12.3ppg and 4.4apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old forward Janas Jurgo (200-F-83) of Radviliskis. Jurgo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Radviliskis was edged by the higher-ranked Suduva-Mantinga (#3, 5-2) 87-84. This loss caused Radviliskis to drop to 16th position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Radviliskis managed to get this year. Jurgo is a newcomer at Radviliskis and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#8). He also registered 8.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Vytautas Pikalavicius (196-F/G-90) of Mazeikiai (#4). Pikalavicius scored 9 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Mazeikiai, leading his team to a 96-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#15, 2-5). Mazeikiai needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Pikalavicius has a very solid season. In 7 games in Lithuania he scored 6.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giedrius Kurtinaitis (193-G-86) of Dzukija - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Paulius Kleiza (195-SF-88) of Birstono - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Zanavykas - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) of Delikatesas - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Marijus Uzupis (197-F-93) of Zanavykas - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists

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



NKL Round 7: Meresta keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in NKL, 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 favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Meresta as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Meresta defeated 5th ranked Zanavykas in Pakruojis 78-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zanavykas. Zanavykas trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Meresta looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Ignas Vaitkus (189-93) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Meresta (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Statyba. Newly promoted Zanavykas keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Zanavykas will play next round against Perlas-MRU trying to get back on the winning streak. Meresta will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Statyba in Vilnius.
Gargzdai-Bremena can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Birstono (2-5) 79-60. Worth to mention a great performance of center Remigijus Untulis (205-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Dominikas Matutis contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) answered with 23 points for Birstono. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gargzdai-Bremena (1-6) left bottom position moving up to seventeenth place, which they share with Silute. Birstono at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas and Radviliskis. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against higher ranked Olimpas (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Birstono will play against Suduva-Mantinga (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very close game took place in Marijampole between Suduva-Mantinga and Radviliskis. Fourth ranked Suduva-Mantinga (5-2) got a very close home victory over 14th ranked Radviliskis (2-5). Suduva-Mantinga managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Radviliskis. It was a great evening for Zilvinas Kuklierius who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side Janas Jurgo responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Suduva-Mantinga moved-up to third place, which they share with Mazeikiai. Loser Radviliskis keeps the fourteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas and Birstono. Suduva-Mantinga will meet Birstono (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Radviliskis will play against Delikatesas in Joniskis and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Jonava, where higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (4-3) lost to fifteenth ranked Triobet (3-4) in a road game 83-93. It was an exceptional evening for Martynas Linkevicius who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Triobet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Perlas-MRU and Ezerunas-Karys. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Triobet's next round opponent will be Nafta Universitetas (#15) in Klaipeda. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play at home against Ezerunas-Karys (#11) in Moletai.
An interesting game took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Dzukija (4-3) lost to twelfth ranked Perlas-MRU (3-4) in a road game 75-86 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dzukija. Antanas Udras fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Triobet and Ezerunas-Karys. Newly promoted Dzukija dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Perlas-MRU will face higher ranked Zanavykas (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dzukija will play against Silute.

Other games of round 7 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Nafta Universitetas was crushed by Mazeikiai in a road game 96-56. Delikatesas was beaten by S.Marciulionio at home 80-85. Statyba destroyed Ezerunas-Karys on the opponent's court 84-57. Silute was outscored by Olimpas in a home game 63-85.


Suduva-Mantinga - Radviliskis 87-84

A very close game took place in Marijampole between Suduva-Mantinga and Radviliskis. Fourth ranked Suduva-Mantinga (5-2) got a very close home victory over 14th ranked Radviliskis (2-5). Suduva-Mantinga managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Radviliskis. Suduva-Mantinga made 29-of-31 free shots (93.5 percent) during the game, while Radviliskis only scored twelve points from the stripe. Suduva-Mantinga forced 21 Radviliskis turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-80) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points. Five Suduva-Mantinga and four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Suduva-Mantinga moved-up to third place, which they share with Mazeikiai. Loser Radviliskis keeps the fourteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas and Birstono. Suduva-Mantinga will meet Birstono (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Radviliskis will play against Delikatesas in Joniskis and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: J.Jurgo 28+14reb, V.Trepocka 17+2reb+2ast, D.Gricius 12+3reb, R.Rauktys 11+4reb+1ast, L.Pipiras 9+2reb+2ast, E.Kaupaitis 5+1reb+1ast
Suduva-Mantinga: Z.Kuklierius 24+6reb+9ast, M.Kalvelis 17+5reb+1ast, A.Zibuda 17+4reb+2ast, K.Pupinis 12+5reb+1ast, A.Cizikas 11+3reb+3ast, A.Krivonis 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 201208


Meresta - Zanavykas 78-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Meresta as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Meresta defeated 5th ranked Zanavykas in Pakruojis 78-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zanavykas. Zanavykas trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Meresta looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Ignas Vaitkus (189-93) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Meresta players scored in double figures. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Marijus Uzupis (197-93) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Meresta (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Statyba. Newly promoted Zanavykas keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Zanavykas will play next round against Perlas-MRU trying to get back on the winning streak. Meresta will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Statyba in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 25+5reb+2ast, M.Uzupis 14+13reb+3ast, R.Ostreika 9+2reb, P.Parachomikas 9+8reb+2ast, E.Molosciakas 5+1reb+1ast, V.Sumskis 4+2reb+1ast
Meresta: T.Gaidamavicius 19+6reb+8ast, D.Keburys 17+6reb+1ast, I.Vaitkus 17+6reb+4ast, A.Povilaitis 10+8reb+2ast, L.Radavicius 8+6reb+5ast, L.Kivyta 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 201203


Mazeikiai - Nafta Universitetas 96-56

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Nafta Universitetas (2-5) was crushed on the road by third ranked Mazeikiai (5-2) 96-56 on Friday. The game without a history. Mazeikiai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mazeikiai forced 20 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Vytautas Pikalavicius (196-90) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Mazeikiai's coach Aloyzas Rudys felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Center Valentas Tarolis (206-91) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Deividas Anuzis (181-92) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Mazeikiai maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Meresta, which they share with Suduva-Mantinga. Nafta Universitetas lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. Mazeikiai will face S.Marciulionio (#6) in Vilnius in the next round. Nafta Universitetas will play at home against Triobet (#13) in Jonava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: V.Tarolis 13+9reb+1ast, V.Chodosovskis 13+3reb, K.Timofejevas 8+5reb+1ast, D.Anuzis 8+5reb+6ast, D.Norkus 6+5reb, D.Zvinklys 4+2reb+1ast
Mazeikiai: O.Macernis 18+5reb+4ast, A.Kojenets 16+6reb, A.Mikutis 14+3reb+1ast, M.Sidlauskas 14+1reb+5ast, R.Grinius 11+4reb+2ast, R.Giedraitis 11+2reb+5ast
gschID: 201206


Triobet - Zalgiris-Sabonio 93-83

We should mention about the upset which took place in Jonava, where higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (4-3) lost to fifteenth ranked Triobet (3-4) in a road game 83-93. Zalgiris-Sabonio was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of Triobet, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Triobet outrebounded Zalgiris-Sabonio 41-28 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris-Sabonio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Paulius Vaitiekunas (205-92) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Zalgiris-Sabonio in the defeat. Five Triobet and four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Triobet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Perlas-MRU and Ezerunas-Karys. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Triobet's next round opponent will be Nafta Universitetas (#15) in Klaipeda. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play at home against Ezerunas-Karys (#11) in Moletai.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: A.Gudaitis 20+8reb+1ast, M.Grigonis 15+6reb+6ast, T.Dimsa 13+1reb+2ast, E.Serkevicius 10, L.Lekavicius 9+6reb+4ast, V.Kariniauskas 6
Triobet: T.Sebeziovas 17+4reb+2ast, A.Lencevicius 16+5reb+2ast, T.Milinskas 16+3reb+1ast, M.Linkevicius 16+10reb+1ast, P.Vaitiekunas 14+8reb+2ast, R.Juknevicius 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 201205


Delikatesas - S.Marciulionio 80-85

There was a surprise result in Joniskis where eleventh ranked S.Marciulionio (4-3) defeated higher ranked Delikatesas (4-3) 85-80 on Friday. S.Marciulionio made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Delikatesas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Five S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) added 27 points respectively for lost side. S.Marciulionio moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Delikatesas. S.Marciulionio will face higher ranked Mazeikiai (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Delikatesas will play against Radviliskis.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 27+1reb, D.Girdvila 17+6reb, A.Kvedaravicius 16+11reb+7ast, A.Montrimavicius 6+2reb+1ast, P.Klemas 5+4reb+2ast, I.Lianzbergas 5+2reb
S.Marciulionio: M.Pociukonis 17+4reb, T.Rakauskas 16+2reb+5ast, T.Lekunas 14+3reb+2ast, G.Staniulis 13+10reb+2ast, A.Gydra 10+12reb, E.Zinevicius 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 201207


Ezerunas-Karys - Statyba 57-84

Very expected game in Moletai where 9th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (3-4) was rolled over by second ranked Statyba (6-1) 84-57 on Friday. The game without a history. Statyba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) fired 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lukas Kazlauskas (188-92) chipped in 12 points. Guard Giedrius Kulbis (187-81) produced 10 points and center Marius Janisius (203-77) added 7 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Statyba. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Meresta. Loser Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the eleventh place with four games lost. Statyba will face league's leader Meresta in Pakruojis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ezerunas-Karys will play on the road against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#7) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: G.Kulbis 10+2reb+2ast, R.Sugintas 8+4reb+1ast, R.Ambrulaitis 8+4reb, M.Janisius 7+6reb+1ast, D.Navickas 6+3reb+1ast, E.Narusis 6+3reb+1ast
Statyba: L.Kazlauskas 12+2reb+2ast, D.Tarvydas 11+8reb+1ast, A.Zarskus 10, V.Luksa 10+5reb+1ast, K.Jonuska 9, O.Varanauskas 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 201204


Perlas-MRU - Dzukija 86-75

An interesting game took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Dzukija (4-3) lost to twelfth ranked Perlas-MRU (3-4) in a road game 75-86 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dzukija. The game was mostly controlled by Perlas-MRU. Dzukija was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dzukija to just 4 points in first quarter. Perlas-MRU made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Forward Antanas Udras (202-92) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Mantas Virbalas (203-88) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Guard Giedrius Kurtinaitis (193-86) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Triobet and Ezerunas-Karys. Newly promoted Dzukija dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Perlas-MRU will face higher ranked Zanavykas (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dzukija will play against Silute.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: G.Kurtinaitis 24+9reb, M.Reminas 20+7reb+1ast, B.Harrison 15+5reb+5ast, C.Trybanski 9+8reb, D.Zoruba 2, P.Sakinis 2+2reb
Perlas-MRU: A.Udras 21+10reb+1ast, E.Pundzius 15+2reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 14+9reb+1ast, Z.Kelys 14+5ast, D.Domarkas 8+6reb+1ast, A.Jankaitis 7+5reb
gschID: 201202


Silute - Olimpas 63-85

Very predictable result when tenth ranked Olimpas (4-3) outscored on the road 17th ranked Silute (1-6) 85-63 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-63. Olimpas made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Olimpas outrebounded Silute 37-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Silute was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Olimpas players scored in double figures. Olimpas' coach Alidas Zukauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Marius Kasiulevicius (198-82, college: Trinity Valley JC) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Olimpas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Silute lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with six games lost. Olimpas will face bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Silute will play against Dzukija in Alytus.
Top scorers:
Silute: A.Kaubrys 17+7reb+1ast, M.Kasiulevicius 14+6reb+2ast, V.Pancerevas 11+1ast, E.Saulys 9+2reb, K.Macijauskas 6+1reb, A.Virsilas 2+4ast
Olimpas: A.Maneikis 19+7reb+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 11+10reb+2ast, M.Kazonas 11+3reb+2ast, I.Razutis 11+2reb+4ast, T.Domarkas 10+6reb, E.Gintvainis 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 201201


Gargzdai - Birstono 79-60

Gargzdai-Bremena can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Birstono (2-5) 79-60. It looked good early as Birstono took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gargzdai-Bremena had a 20-17 second period charge getting the lead and Birstono was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-79. They outrebounded Birstono 42-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Gargzdai-Bremena especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Remigijus Untulis (205-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) answered with 23 points and forward Paulius Petrilevicius (201-91) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Birstono. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gargzdai-Bremena (1-6) left bottom position moving up to seventeenth place, which they share with Silute. Birstono at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas and Radviliskis. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against higher ranked Olimpas (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Birstono will play against Suduva-Mantinga (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Birstono: P.Kleiza 23+4reb+2ast, A.Oladimeji 10+5reb, P.Petrilevicius 9+8reb+1ast, D.Sabeckis 6+2reb+2ast, D.Sabeckis 4+4reb+3ast, S.Raupys 3+2reb+1ast
Gargzdai: M.Martinkus 17+1reb+4ast, R.Untulis 15+8reb+1ast, D.Tarolis 12+5reb, D.Matutis 11+6reb+5ast, G.Sakalas 9+3reb, M.Grigaitis 9+6reb+5ast
gschID: 201200



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Standings - LNBP

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Oct. 26: Fuerza Regia - Gigantes 99-83
Oct. 25: Abejas - Halc.Rojos 98-85
Oct. 25: Lechugueros - Halc.Xalapa 88-94
Oct. 25: Soles - Guerreros 84-64
Oct. 26: Toros - Osos 108-72
Oct. 25: Barreteros - Corr.Victoria 104-93
Oct. 25: Pioneros - Gansos 103-71
Oct. 25: Panteras - Huracanes 102-88

Regular Season: Round 18

Oct. 27: Pioneros - Guerreros
Oct. 27: Soles - Gansos
Oct. 27: Panteras - Corr.Victoria
Oct. 27: Barreteros - Huracanes
Oct. 28: Toros - Gigantes
Oct. 28: Fuerza Regia - Osos
Oct. 27: Lechugueros - Halc.Rojos
Oct. 27: Abejas - Halc.Xalapa

Round 10

Oct. 30: Huracanes - Abejas


LNBP Round 17: Halcones Rojos lose to Abejas - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Halcones Rojos (12-5) and seventh ranked Abejas (10-7) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Halcones Rojos were defeated by Abejas in Guanajuato 85-98. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Halcones Rojos managed to win third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Abejas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones Rojos' 34. 25 personal fouls committed by Halcones Rojos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Halcones Rojos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Abejas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Halcones Rojos at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Abejas is looking forward to face Huracanes (#9) in Tampico in the next round. Halcones Rojos will play on the road against Lechugueros (#12) in Leon and are hoping to win this game.
LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (16-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked Lechugueros (5-12) in Leon 94-88. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 assists for the winners and LeRoy Hickerson chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Lechugueros' coach Harold Arceneaux rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Lechugueros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lechugueros will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between second ranked Toros (14-2) and 16th ranked Osos (2-15) in Nuevo Laredo on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Toros outscored guests from 108-72. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toros. They maintain second place with 14-2 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Osos lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Gigantes. Toros will meet at home Gigantes (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Osos will play against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Gigantes were beaten by Fuerza Regia on the road 99-83. Barreteros won against Corr.Victoria on its own court 104-93. Huracanes unfortunately lost to Panteras in Aguascalientes 88-102. Soles rolled over Guerreros at home 84-64. Gansos were crushed by Pioneros on the opponent's court 71-103.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 23 points, 7 rebounds and 16 assists by Jason Horton of Barreteros.


Fuerza Regia - Gigantes 99-83

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Fuerza Regia (8-8) beat 15th ranked Gigantes (2-15) in Monterrey 99-83 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Gigantes managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Gigantes' players. International guard Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-81, college: Oregon) nailed 19 points for the winning side and Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Fuerza Regia's coach Dan Tacheny used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Sam Liggins (178, college: Alders.-Broad.) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and British V.Islands-Vincentian center John Gardiner (203-83, college: Sam Houston St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Gigantes in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia maintains tenth place with 8-8 record. Newly promoted Gigantes keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Osos. Fuerza Regia will meet at home bottom-ranked Osos (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gigantes will play against the league's second-placed Toros and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: A.Joseph Tyronzic 19+1reb+3ast, O.Efejuku 15+5reb+2ast, M.Charlo 14+4reb+2ast, G.Stokes 10+2reb+4ast, D.Gerrick Rivera 10+4reb+6ast, E.Hicks 10+8reb
Gigantes: S.Liggins 20+7reb+2ast, A.Morris 15+1reb+3ast, J.Gardiner 13+7reb+2ast, Z.Alvidrez 13+3reb+2ast, J.Ruffus 10+5reb+1ast, J.Avalos 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 188552


Toros - Osos 108-72

The game between second ranked Toros (14-2) and 16th ranked Osos (2-15) in Nuevo Laredo on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Toros outscored guests from 108-72. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toros. They maintain second place with 14-2 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Osos lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Gigantes. Toros will meet at home Gigantes (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Osos will play against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 188551


Abejas - Halc.Rojos 98-85

The game between third ranked Halcones Rojos (12-5) and seventh ranked Abejas (10-7) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Halcones Rojos were defeated by Abejas in Guanajuato 85-98. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Halcones Rojos managed to win third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Abejas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones Rojos' 34. 25 personal fouls committed by Halcones Rojos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Abejas players scored in double figures. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Spanish center Ruben Ruiz (208-76) added 22 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Halcones Rojos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Abejas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Halcones Rojos at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Abejas is looking forward to face Huracanes (#9) in Tampico in the next round. Halcones Rojos will play on the road against Lechugueros (#12) in Leon and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Abejas: E.Phelps 30+11reb+4ast, S.Pettigrew 22+11reb+3ast, V.Buelna 12+2reb+1ast, R.Andrade 11+3reb+5ast, M.Mattis 8+3reb+2ast, A.Sandoval 5
Halc.Rojos: R.Ruiz 22+2reb, L.Bethelmy 21+10reb+4ast, M.Mitchell 11+1reb+4ast, N.Alonzo 8+2reb+2ast, F.Cruz 7+1reb+1ast, L.Davis 6+3reb
gschID: 188554


Lechugueros - Halc.Xalapa 88-94

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (16-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked Lechugueros (5-12) in Leon 94-88. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Halcones UV Xalapa made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Halcones UV Xalapa players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 assists for the winners and American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) scored 7 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Lechugueros' coach Harold Arceneaux rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Lechugueros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lechugueros will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: F.Harris 18+2reb+2ast, L.Hickerson 16+6reb+3ast, G.Vargas 16+2reb+9ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 14+6reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 13+3reb+1ast, L.Mata 10+3reb+3ast
Lechugueros: B.Camara 25+9reb+3ast, A.Sanchez 18+1reb+2ast, J.Thomas 10+2reb+1ast, R.Moss 9+3reb, J.Penny 7+11reb+6ast, E.Cuen 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 188553


Barreteros - Corr.Victoria 104-93

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Correcaminos (7-10) lost to eighth ranked Barreteros (10-7) in Zacatecas 93-104 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 31-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Barreteros looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Correcaminos' players. American players dominated the game. Guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 16 assists for the winning side and forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 26 points and 6 rebounds. Horton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) came up with 27 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Correcaminos in the defeat. Five Barreteros and four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Correcaminos' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Barreteros. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Correcaminos lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Barreteros will meet at home Huracanes (#9) in the next round. Correcaminos will play against Panteras in Aguascalientes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: J.Habel 26+6reb+2ast, J.Horton 23+7reb+16ast, L.Sumpter 15+2reb+6ast, R.Loera Almanza 14+6reb+3ast, R.Navarro 11+5reb+4ast, C.Silva 10+7reb+2ast
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 27+8reb+3ast, M.Allen 21+7reb+6ast, R.Selleaze 15+9reb, A.Olivas 10+7reb, L.Keeler 7+1reb+5ast, G.Maciel 6
gschID: 188550


Panteras - Huracanes 102-88

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Panteras (10-7) won against 9th ranked Huracanes (8-7) in Aguascalientes 102-88 on Thursday. The game without a history. Panteras 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 Huracanes' 42. Panteras had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed 37 points (!!!) for the winning side and American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) accounted for 22 points and 4 assists. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) came up with 25 points and 5 assists and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Huracanes in the defeat. Panteras maintains fifth place with 10-7 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Huracanes keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Panteras will meet at home Correcaminos (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Huracanes will play against Abejas in Guanajuato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: R.Melendez 37+4reb+3ast, N.Miller 22+2reb+4ast, E.Ayileke 14+8reb+3ast, A.Garcia 12+10reb+2ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 9+4reb+1ast, J.Mora 4+1reb
Huracanes: O.Quintero 25+4reb+5ast, M.Morrison 22+5reb, J.Farrera 11+5reb+2ast, M.Pilgrim 8+3reb+2ast, M.Ayala 8+2reb+4ast, L.Nobles 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 188549


Soles - Guerreros 84-64

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Guerreros (4-13) were outscored by fourth ranked Soles (13-4) in Mexicali 84-64 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Guerreros managed to win fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Soles dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Guerreros' 38. Soles forced 22 Guerreros turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Guerreros' players. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) nailed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Soles players scored in double figures. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Guerreros in the defeat. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Soles. They moved-up to third place. Guerreros lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Soles will meet at home Gansos (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Guerreros will play against Pioneros in Cancun and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Griffin 14+4reb+3ast, C.Elliott 13+5reb+7ast, A.Franklin 12+4reb+3ast, K.Gransberry 11+9reb, R.Martinez 11+7reb+3ast, I.Nolasco 10+6reb+1ast
Guerreros: T.Gabbidon 22+8reb, M.Hunter 18+2reb+2ast, A.Alamo 14+13reb, J.Calvo 4+1reb, Y.Castro 3+1reb+2ast, D.Toralva 2
gschID: 188548


Pioneros - Gansos 103-71

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Pioneros (10-7) outplayed 14th ranked Gansos (3-14) in Cancun 103-71 on Thursday. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pioneros forced 22 Gansos turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Gansos' players. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Forrest Fisher (193-80) accounted for 23 points. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) came up with 18 points and forward Jose Perez (197) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Gansos in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pioneros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Gansos keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home Guerreros (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gansos will play against Soles in Mexicali and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: F.Fisher 23+1reb+3ast, J.Smith 16+10reb+3ast, S.Soriano 13+1reb+2ast, M.Williams 13+10reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 11+3reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 9+1reb+1ast
Gansos: S.Shorter 18+4reb+2ast, J.Perez 18+5reb, R.Gaye 15+4reb+3ast, C.Duran 8, I.Silva 6+2reb+1ast, N.Nweke 4+6reb
gschID: 188547



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Transfer news before the start of the season - by Eurobasket News

The teams are preparing for the new season on Moldova. Some of them announced the players for 2012/2013 season.
BC Donbasket Donduseni keep Alexander Semeniuk (209-C-94). The team confirmed in their roster 18-year old domestic center Alexander Semeniuk.
SK Soroka-Basket Soroki confirmed in their roster 26-year old domestic guard Vadim Borodai (178-G-86). They also re-signed 25-year old center Alexander Harevsky.
Alexandr Streapco (77) signs at BK USMF Chisinau. BK USMF Chisinau landed 35-year old Alexandr Streapco. Streapco played most recently at Donbasket (D1). Streapco helped his team to make it to the League Final 2011.
Valentin Pereverzev (190-PF-87) will play this season for Bastard.



BC Donbaschet and BC Basco advanced to the Semifinals of the Cup - by Eurobasket News

BC Donbaschet and BC Basco advanced to the Semifinals of the Cup in Moldova.
BC Donbaschet overcame twice Drochia. In Game 1 the favorites were stronger with 89:48 win. They took 26-12 in the first period and won the rest of the game. Alexander Semeniuk (209-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Alexander Petrovic posted 22. Borziac ended up with 15 points in defeat and Cudria posted 10.
In Game 2 BC Donbaschet beat Drochia 84:52. Corencenco top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Alexander Semeniuk nailed 19. Umanet posted 20 points in defeat, whilst Iarmalyuck scored 10.
BC Basco meanwhile overcame Soroka twice. In Game 1 Basco grabbed 75:61 with as Rotari led the way with 22 points. In Game 2 Basco smashed the opponents with 103:51 result. Rotari top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cheptene as well as Semenyuk had 21 each. Pahomov replied with 20 points in the losing effort.



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Standings - 1B

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 27: Zeta 2011 - S.Centar
Oct. 27: Buducnost II - Un.Mediteran
Oct. 27: Pljevlja - Berane 2010
Oct. 27: Gusinje - Gorstak


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

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

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-88, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Besiktas (1-1) in their last game. Despite Dasic's very good performance Besiktas lost 79-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Karsiyaka. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Dasic also added 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Dasic's first year with the team. This season he averages: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 62.5% and FT: 57.1% in the two games he played so far. Dasic played for the Montenegrin senior national team years ago.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the sixth-ranked Cedevita (0-3) 83-71 in the Euroleague last Friday. Cook scored 15 points and added 6 passes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (2-1) is placed second in group C. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Cook is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 6.0apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 53.8%(7-13). Cook is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Cook played also for the Montenegrin national team in 2012. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Armin Hot
Armin Hot
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international guard Armin Hot (192-92, currently plays in Bosnia). Hot led Vogosca to a victory over the tenth-ranked Posusje (0-1) 85-81 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hot recorded 27 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws). It was his first game for Vogosca this season. His team is placed fifth in the Division I. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hot is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He played for the Montenegrin U18 national team two years ago.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #4. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (1-2) 71-53 in the VTB United League last Monday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-0) is placed first in group A. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. . Dragicevic's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

Ivan Koljevic
Ivan Koljevic
   #5. International point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84, agency: New Trend Agency, currently plays in Ukraine) was the main contributor in Cherkasy's victory against the closely-ranked BC Odessa (2-7) crushing them 98-74 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. Koljevic was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and added 8 assists. SK Cherkasy Monkeys (3-4) is placed ninth in the Superleague. Koljevic has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #6. Power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked CAI Zaragoza (2-2) 65-50 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Todorovic recorded 6 points in 18 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (2-2) is placed eighth in the ACB. . It's Todorovic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the three games. Todorovic is U21 international player as he played for the Montenegrin team years ago.

Goran Martinic
Goran Martinic
   #7. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (2-2) 93-80 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Martinic scored 34 points (!!!) and added 4 assists. CS Municipal Bucuresti (2-2) is placed ninth in the Division A. . Martinic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in CSM Bucuresti's roster. He is currently first on the list of top scorers. Martinic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 25.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. Martinic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team five years ago.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #8. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) helped Vrsac win their game against the closely-ranked Borac (0-3) 78-72 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Radovic had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 32 minutes. KK Vrsac (1-2) is placed tenth in the A League. . Radovic is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.7bpg in the three games. Radovic plays currently for the Montenegrin U20 national team.

Maksim Sturanovic
Maksim Sturanovic
   #9. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to help Radnicki Basket (2-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Radnicki Basket was defeated 79-75 in a derby game by the higher-ranked BKK Radnicki (#4). Sturanovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 2 blocks. . This season Sturanovic has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team five years ago.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #10. Power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) helped Caja Laboral win their game against the tenth-ranked FIATC Joventut (2-2) 92-76 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Bjelica recorded 9 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-1) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . Bjelica is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he averages only 4.5ppg. Despite Bjelica played previously for the Serbian national team, he is also international player as years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. International swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Khimik win their game against the tenth-ranked Mykolaiv 80-64 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Sehovic scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.1apg. Despite Sehovic played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #12. Former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania) helped Gaz Metan win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked CSM Bucuresti 94-88 in the Romanian Division A in Sunday night's game. Ivanovic recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. His stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg in the four games. Despite Ivanovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Nemanja Vranjes (188-88, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Pagrati in their game against Lavrio in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Vranjes was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vranjes is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. This season he has very high stats. Vranjes averages: 16.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team four years ago.

   #14. International swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Szolnok in their game against Radnicki KG in the Adriatic League, despite his good performance last Saturday. Sehovic scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Szolnok this season. But his team was crushed by 25 points 97-72. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Sehovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #15. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia) helped Konstantin win their game against the eighth-ranked Mega Vizura 89-71 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He scored 8 points. It was his first game for Konstantin this season. Despite Savic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin U21 national team roster.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain could not help Real Madrid (2-1) in their last game. Despite Mirotic's good performance the first-placed Real Madrid was edged 86-85 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Khimky in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg and 6.0rpg in the two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he currently plays for the Spanish U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Konstantin's victory against the eighth-ranked Mega Vizura (2-1) 89-71 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Despotovic had a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 10 passes. He also added 6 rebounds and 4 steals in 35 minutes. KK Konstantin Nis (2-1) is placed third in the A League. . Despotovic is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.3apg and 3.0spg in the three games. Despotovic is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite his Montenegrin nationality, Despotovic previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #3. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in France was not able to help Chalon/Saor (1-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Chalon/Saor was crushed 90-61 in Tel-Aviv by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group B of Euroleague. Rush was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 3 assists. . Rush has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Rush has never played in Montenegro.

   #4. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) led Targu Mures to a victory over the 12th-ranked Timba Timosoara (1-3) 77-63 in the Romanian Division A in Monday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Cuic recorded 27 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (3-1) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . It's Cuic's first season with the team. Cuic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Cuic averages: 19.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 5.0apg in the four games.

   #5. Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to a Inter Bratislava's victory against the fifth-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (2-2) 102-88 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Saturday night. Bulatovic recorded 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes. BK Inter Bratislava (4-0) is placed first in the Extraliga. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. . It's Bulatovic's first season with the team. Bulatovic is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 6.3apg and 1.3spg in the three games.

   #6. Novak Popovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Capljina Lasta win their game against the seventh-ranked Bosna ASA BHT 83-80 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. Popovic recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Capljina Lasta this season. Popovic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8.

   #7. Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in U-Mobitelco's victory against the league outsider Miercurea Ciuc 89-73 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Todorovic scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg and 7.0rpg in the three games.

   #8. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Air Avellino in their game against Vanoli Cremona in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Dragovic recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. But his team lost 83-94. Dragovic is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.3spg in the four games. Dragovic has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities. Despite his Montenegrin passport, Dragovic currently plays for the Serbian university national team.

   #9. Slobodan Pejovic (192-PG-86, currently plays in Serbia) helped Tamis edge the closely-ranked KK Jagodina 72-70 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Pejovic's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg.

   #10. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped CEZ Nymburk win their game against the fifth-ranked BK Decin 72-65 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. Pavkovic is currently second on the list of best passers with 5.6apg. He also averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the seven games.



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Kobe questionable for season opener vs. Mavs - by Diamadis Farmakis

Many problems in ''Lakerland'' , only one week before the start of the new season. The Los Angeles Lakers, as it reported the last days, are not sure if Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) is going to play in Tuesday's opener against the Dallas Mavericks, as he is nursing a bruised and strained right foot.

Bryant, did not make the trip to San Diego for the Lakers' final preseason game on Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings

"He came in and got some treatment for his foot," coach Mike Brown said - "It didn't make sense for him to make the bus trip because he needs to elevate the foot and the 2 1/2-hour ride down and back would not be good.''
"I know he's hurt and I don't what exactly that means. I know he has a bruised foot, but I don't as for daily updates. He's a tough guy and one of the toughest guys I've ever been around."

Lakers center Dwight Howard was scheduled to play against the Kings. Howard is recovering from back surgery.



Utah Jazz released Chris Quinn - by Eurobasket

Utah Jazz released 29-year old point guard Chris Quinn (188-79kg-83, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports).
The last season he played at Khimky in Russian PBL. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Quinn was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games last year he had 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quinn also played 2 games in Euroleague where he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg. Quinn contributed to his team winning the league title. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he was fourth best scorer with 6.4ppg and averaged 2.0rpg and 2.2apg. Quinn contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2006 Butte Daredevils selected him in second round (12th overall) in the CBA draft.
Quinn attended University of Notre Dame and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
He was selected to All-Big East 1st Team back in 2006 in his college time.
Quinn has played previously for four other NBA teams: Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Spurs cut Wesley Witherspoon - by Eurobasket

San Antonio Spurs cut 22-year old swingman Wesley Witherspoon (205-94kg-90, college: Memphis).
The last season he played at the University of Memphis. In 33 Conference USA games last year he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg.
Witherspoon has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Memphis and it is his first season in pro basketball. Witherspoons team won C-USA Tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
He was voted to All-C-USA 3rd Team in 2010 playing back at the college.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Knicks cut Chris Smith - by Eurobasket

New York Knicks cut 25-year old guard Chris Smith (188-87, college: Louisville).
The last season he played at the University of Louisville. In 40 Big East Conference games last year he averaged 9.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg. Smith helped them to win Big East Tournament and they also made it to the NCAA Final Four.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Smith just graduated from University of Louisville and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tony Mitchell was cut by the Kings - by Eurobasket

Sacramento Kings just released 20-year old forward Tony Mitchell (198-92, college: Alabama) after he was tested there shortly. Mitchell just graduated from The University of Alabama (NCAA). In 22 games last season he averaged 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.4bpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above Mitchell is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
His team won SEC West Division Regular Season in 2011.
Mitchell was also voted to All-SEC 2nd Team in 2011 playing back at the college.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Kings waived Reed - by Eurobasket

Sacramento Kings waived 22-year old forward Willie Reed (206-90, college: St.Louis).
The last season he was tested by Girona FC in Spanish LEB Silver.
Reed has never been drafted by the NBA. He was voted to All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention in 2010.
Reed graduated from Saint Louis University in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Spurs let Powell go - by Eurobasket

San Antonio Spurs cut 29-year old international forward Josh Powell (206-102kg-83, college: North Carolina State).
The last season he played at Brujos in Puerto Rican BSN. In 14 BSN games last year he averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg. Powell was also tested (but did not play any official game) at Union Neuchatel Basket in Swiss LNB. He also played at Liaoning Hunters in Chinese CBA earlier that season. In 32 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg and 8.3rpg.
Powell has never been drafted by the NBA.
He was voted to All-WBA 2nd Team back in 2004. Powell played for USA Senior National Team this year.
He is a very experienced player. Powell has played also professionally in Italy, Russia, other NBA teams (Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, LA Lakers and Indiana Pacers) and D-League (Fort Worth Flyers).
He attended North Carolina State until 2003 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Kings waive Hamady NDiaye - by Eurobasket

Sacramento Kings released 25-year old Senegalese center Hamady NDiaye (213-105kg-87, college: Rutgers).
The last summer he played at Guangzhou in Chinese NBL. In 18 NBL games he had very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 14.3rpg, 1.1apg and 6.7bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. NDiaye also played at Maine Red Claws earlier that season. In 13 D-League games last season he recorded 6.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 3.2bpg. The other team he played shortly were the Wizards. But in three NBA games last year he did not score anything. Another team NDiaye played that season for was Iowa Energy. In 10 D-League games he recorded 5.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1bpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
NDiaye was voted All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 at his college time.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Washington Wizards) and other D-League team (Santa Cruz Warriors).
NDiaye attended Rutgers, The State University until 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Spurs cut JaMychal Green - by Eurobasket

San Antonio Spurs cut 22-year old forward JaMychal Green (203-100kg-90, college: Alabama).
The last season he played at The University of Alabama. In 26 Southeastern Conference games last year he averaged 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Team.
Green has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from The University of Alabama and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Greens team won SEC West Division Regular Season in 2011.
He was also voted to NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team in 2011 playing back at the college.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pre-season wraps up with nine games on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Pre-season action finished with 9 games on Friday.
The Houston Rockets claimed the fifth pre-season victory as they toppled the Magic 108:92. Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Jeremy Lin added 13 points for the Rockets. E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) responded with 18 points for the Magic.
Chicago also clinched the fifth win as they rolled past Indiana 97:90. Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) provided 21 points and 8 assists, while Luol Deng added 17 points in the win. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) accounted for 16 points and 9 boards for the Pacers.
Detroit ended their pre-season campaign at 4-4 record following a 104:88 win over Atlanta. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) and Brandon Knight contributed 16 points each for the Pistons. Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) answered with 17 points for the Hawks.
The Raptors shot down the Grizzlies 120:106 behind 21 points from Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85)gnani. Kyle Lowry finished with 18 points for the winners. Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) replied with 17 points for Memphis.
Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) delivered 20 points as the Timberwolves rolled past the Bucks 100:76. Nikola Pekovic added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) answered with 19 points for the Bucks.
The Hornets held off the Heat 96:89 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 21 points for the Heat.
The Mavericks tamed the Bobcats 99:82 as Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) accounted for 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. O.J. Mayo contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for Dallas. Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) replied with 17 points for the Bobcats.
San Antonio overcame Washington 100:85 for the fourth win. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) and Stephen Jackson came up with 16 points each for the Spurs. Tony Parker added 14 points in the win. A.J. Price (6'2''-PG-86, college: Connecticut) and Jan Vesely answered with 13 points apiece for the Wizards.
Phoenix proved too good for Denver 88:72. Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) unleashed 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Suns. Goran Dragic added 13 points in the win. Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-G/F-90, college: Texas) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.



Utah Jazz cut Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz cut 27-year old forward Darnell Jackson (203-109kg-85, college: Kansas).
In 2008 Jackson was drafted by Miami Heat in second round (52nd overall).
He attended University of Kansas and it it is his fourth season in pro basketball. Jackson won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2012 with BC Donetsk.
He was voted to All-Big 12 3rd Team back in 2008 playing at the college.
Jackson has played also professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings), Ukraine (BC Donetsk) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Miami Heat waived Carney - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat waived Rodney Carney. The last season he played for Liaoning Hunters (CBA). In 31 CBA games he played (11-12 season) he recorded very impressive stats: 21.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg this season.
In 2006 Carney was drafted by Chicago Bulls in the first round (16th overall).
He attended University of Memphis and it it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Carneys college team won C-USA Tournament in 2006.
He received also All-C-USA Player of the Year back award the same year.
Carney has played previously for four other NBA teams: Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Trail Blazers waive Adam Morrison - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers released 28-year old small forward Adam Morrison (203-90kg-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports).
The last season he played at Besiktas in Turkish league. In 6 EuroChallenge games last year he had 12.2ppg and 3.2rpg. Morrison also played 8 games in Turkish TBL where he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to win the cup. Morrison also played at Zvezda in Serbian league earlier that season. In 8 Adriatic League games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg. In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats as #3 pick overall. The former Gonzaga University standout is in his seventh season in pro basketball.
He won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2010.
Morrison was also selected to NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2007.
He has played previously for two other NBA teams: LA Lakers and Washington Wizards.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Miami Heat waived Jarvis Varnado - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat waived 24-year old forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi State).
The most of last season he spent at Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA. In 14 SerieA games last year he recorded 10.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.9bpg. Varnado also played at Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israeli league earlier that season. In 6 Eurocup games he averaged 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.2bpg. He also played 12 games in Israeli Winner League where he averaged 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0bpg. Two years ago Varnado was drafted by the Heat in second round (41st overall).
He attended Mississippi State until 2010 and it it is his second season in pro basketball.
Varnado played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2010.
He was also selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team in 2011. Varnado represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 71.4%, FT: 72.2%.
Varnado has played also professionally in Italy (Lottomatica Roma and Tuscany Pistoia).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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NBL Canada Announces New Team in Montreal - by Eurobasket

The President and CEO of the National Basketball League of Canada, Andre Levingston , announced today that there will be a new team for the Province of Quebec, based in Montreal, which will play in the upcoming 2012/2013 season. This comes as the League made the decision to remove the Laval Kebs from the League's roster.
"The Kebs placed 3rd in the League last year but were experiencing ongoing challenges that required the League to move in a different direction to ensure the continuity and long-term stability of the League."
Levingston said the NBLC is moving quickly to address the situation by preparing to announce a new team for the Montreal area.
"We are grateful to the fans in Quebec and we hope that support will continue in Montreal and throughout the province as the League and the new management team build a thriving and skilled organization and team of players," said Levingston.
Details of the new Montreal team, including team name and its playing venue, will be released by the League very soon.
The National Basketball League of Canada is committed to providing basketball fans in Quebec with high calibre basketball and affordable family entertainment.
The League has 7 other teams across Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI. The NBL Canada 2012/2013 season tips off on November 2nd.

Courtesy of NBL Canada



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Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 0-0 (0-0) 
 2. Louisville 0-0 (0-0) 
 3. Kentucky 0-0 (0-0) 
 4. Ohio St. 0-0 (0-0) 
 5. Michigan 0-0 (0-0) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 0-0 (0-0) 
 7. Kansas 0-0 (0-0) 
 8. Duke 0-0 (0-0) 
 9. Syracuse 0-0 (0-0) 
 10. Florida 0-0 (0-0) 
 11. Arizona 0-0 (0-0) 
 12. N.Carolina 0-0 (0-0) 
 13. UCLA 0-0 (0-0) 
 14. Michigan St. 0-0 (0-0) 
 15. Creighton 0-0 (0-0) 
 16. Memphis 0-0 (0-0) 
 17. Missouri 0-0 (0-0) 
 18. Baylor 0-0 (0-0) 
 19. UNLV 0-0 (0-0) 
 20. San Diego St. 0-0 (0-0) 
 21. Wisconsin 0-0 (0-0) 
 22. Gonzaga 0-0 (0-0) 
 23. Notre Dame 0-0 (0-0) 
 24. Florida St. 0-0 (0-0) 
 25. Texas 0-0 (0-0) 

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 9: Detroit - Northern Michigan
Nov. 9: S. Carolina St. - Claflin
Nov. 9: Tennessee - Kennesaw St.
Nov. 9: East. Michigan - Rochester (MI)
Nov. 9: George Mason - Virginia
Nov. 9: N.C. State - Miami (OH)
Nov. 9: Houston - Florida A&M
Nov. 9: Kansas St. - North Dakota
Nov. 9: TCU - Cal Poly
Nov. 9: Belmont - Lipscomb
Nov. 9: IUPUI - Utah Valley
Nov. 9: San Diego - San Diego Christ.
Nov. 9: Morgan St. - UTSA
Nov. 9: Connecticut - Michigan St.
Nov. 9: Miami (FL) - Stetson
Nov. 9: LIU Brooklyn - Morehead St.
Nov. 9: Pittsburgh - Mount St. Mary's
Nov. 9: Albany - Duquesne
Nov. 9: Florida - Georgetown
Nov. 9: Marquette - Ohio St.
Nov. 9: Georgia Tech - Tulane
Nov. 9: Rider - Robert Morris
Nov. 9: Navy - Marymount
Nov. 9: St. Bonaventure - Bethune-Cookman
Nov. 9: High Point - N.C. Greensboro
Nov. 9: Pennsylvania - UMBC
Nov. 9: Georgia - Jacksonville
Nov. 9: Richmond - Liberty
Nov. 9: Bowling Green - Lake Erie
Nov. 9: Kent St. - Drexel
Nov. 9: Northeastern - Boston U.
Nov. 9: Penn St. - St. Francis (PA)
Nov. 9: Harvard - MIT
Nov. 9: Wake Forest - Radford
Nov. 9: Xavier - Fair. Dickinson
Nov. 9: Campbell - Averett
Nov. 9: Siena - Vermont
Nov. 9: Charlotte - Charleston Sou.
Nov. 9: Colorado - Wofford
Nov. 9: North Carolina - Gardner-Webb
Nov. 9: Davidson - Emory
Nov. 9: Florida St. - South Alabama
Nov. 9: Purdue - Bucknell
Nov. 9: Villanova - Univ. of D.C.
Nov. 9: Monmouth - Hofstra
Nov. 9: Iona - Denver
Nov. 9: N.C. Asheville - Western Carolina
Nov. 9: Duke - Georgia St.
Nov. 9: Old Dominion - Holy Cross
Nov. 9: Appalachian St. - Montreat
Nov. 9: Cleveland St. - Grambling St.
Nov. 9: VCU - Fla Gulf Coast
Nov. 9: Charleston - Towson
Nov. 9: Rhode Island - Norfolk St.
Nov. 9: Oakland - Albion
Nov. 9: Eastern Kentucky - Cincy Christian
Nov. 9: Marshall - Longwood
Nov. 9: Rutgers - St. Peter's
Nov. 9: William & Mary - Hampton
Nov. 9: Seton Hall - Mo. Kansas City
Nov. 9: Coastal Carolina - Akron
Nov. 9: Loyola (MD) - Binghamton
Nov. 9: Austin Peay - Samford
Nov. 9: Wis. Milwaukee - Mary
Nov. 9: Mississippi St. - Troy
Nov. 9: Bradley - Eastern Illinois
Nov. 9: San Diego St. - Syracuse
Nov. 9: Indiana - Bryant
Nov. 9: Alabama A&M - Miles
Nov. 9: Jacksonville St. - Reinhardt
Nov. 9: N.C. A&T - Greensboro
Nov. 9: Texas - Fresno St.
Nov. 9: Auburn - IPFW
Nov. 9: Illinois - Colgate
Nov. 9: Iowa St. - Southern
Nov. 9: North Dakota St. - Valley City St
Nov. 9: Loyola Chicago - Toledo
Nov. 9: LSU - UCSB
Nov. 9: McNeese St. - Louisiana College
Nov. 9: AR Little Rock - Tenn-Martin
Nov. 9: Minnesota - American
Nov. 9: Nebraska Omaha - Northern Illinois
Nov. 9: Arkansas - Sam Houston St.
Nov. 9: Savannah St. - Trinity Baptist
Nov. 9: Saint Louis - S.Car. Upstate
Nov. 9: Kansas - SE Missouri St.
Nov. 9: Texas St. - Fordham
Nov. 9: Northwestern St. - East Texas Baptist
Nov. 9: Texas A&M - Louisiana Tech
Nov. 9: Missouri St. - Philander Smith
Nov. 9: Creighton - North Texas
Nov. 9: Valparaiso - Georgia Southern
Nov. 9: Michigan - Slippery Rock
Nov. 9: Kentucky - Maryland
Nov. 9: Murray St. - Brescia
Nov. 9: Baylor - Lehigh
Nov. 9: Lafayette - St. Francis (NY)
Nov. 9: Middle Tenn. St. - Alabama St.
Nov. 9: Texas Tech - Prairie View A&M
Nov. 9: Marist - Stony Brook
Nov. 9: Alabama - South Dakota St.
Nov. 9: Weber St. - Southwestern (Ariz.)
Nov. 9: Mississippi - Miss. Valley St.
Nov. 9: CSU Bakersfield - TX Arlington
Nov. 9: New Orleans - San Jose St.
Nov. 9: Colorado St. - Montana
Nov. 9: Stephen F. Austin - Howard Payne
Nov. 9: DePaul - UC Riverside
Nov. 9: Oklahoma St. - UC Davis
Nov. 9: Utah - Willamette
Nov. 9: Iowa - TX Pan American
Nov. 9: UTEP - Oral Roberts
Nov. 9: Oregon St. - Niagara
Nov. 9: Gonzaga - Southern Utah
Nov. 9: BYU - Tennessee St.
Nov. 9: Houston Baptist - AR Pine Bluff
Nov. 9: Loyola Marymount -
Nov. 9: Sacramento St. - UC Merced
Nov. 9: Idaho - Wright St.
Nov. 9: CSU Northridge - Pepperdine
Nov. 9: UCLA - Indiana St.
Nov. 9: Stanford - San Francisco
Nov. 9: USC - Coppin St.
Nov. 9: Portland St. - Pacific (OR)
Nov. 9: Hawaii - MD Eastern Shore


Big Ten Conference Preview - by Carl Berman

BIG TEN PRE-SEASON RANKINGS

INDIANA- Tom Crean has Indiana in the national championship hunt; quicker than many imagined. The Hoosiers return four starters from the Big Ten's most prolific offense, including National Player of the Year candidate, Cody Zeller (7'0''-F-92), and brought-in a top 10 recruiting class, featuring guard Yogi Ferrell.
OHIO STATE- The Buckeyes will miss Jared Sullinger and William Buford from last years Final Four team, but look for juniors Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas to assume more leadership and scoring load. The perimeter defense should be outstanding, but will need points and rebounding from an inexperienced frontcourt.
MICHIGAN- Potentially, the conference's most exciting team, featuring guard tandem Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., and likely contributions from a stellar freshman class. As defending Big Ten tri-champs, the Wolverines will look to make more of a run in the NCAA Tournament, but must defend the interior and find the right rotation of players.
MICHIGAN STATE- Tom Izzo always has the Spartans in contention, focusing on physical defense and rebounding. Keith Appling and Branden Dawson will have to score more consistently, and Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne will need to be a presence inside, but this team always finds a way to win.
WISCONSIN- The Badgers always make the game a grind and should repeat as the conferences top scoring defense. Without Jordan Taylor, Bo Ryan will have to rely on a balanced scoring attack and find a general on offense. The frontcourt, the most experienced and versatile in the conference, will get a boost from freshman Sam Dekker.
MINNESOTA- The return of Trevor Mbakwe (ACL) will add immediate firepower to a team that finished 12 as the NIT runner-up. Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins led the late-season charge and the roster returns plenty of depth. The Gophers will need to play better on the road, but look to be a solid tournament team.
IOWA- Fran McCaffery coached Iowa to its first winning record in five years and has sites on the NCAA tournament. Forwards Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble will shoulder the scoring burden and freshmen Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury could emerge as starters. The Hawkeyes will have to improve on the conferences most porous defense.
NORTHWESTERN- The Wildcats missed an opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time, succumbing to injury and inconsistency. Transfers Jared Swopshire (Louisville) and Nikola Cerina (TCU) in-concert with a returning backcourt should balance the offensive attack, but rebounding and defense continues to be a real issue.
ILLINOIS- First-year coach John Groce has to adjust team attitude, and his up-tempo offensive-style should help. Dynamic guard duo, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson could post huge numbers, but overall, the team needs to improve its 3FG% and find consistent frontcourt play.
PURDUE- Losing their top scorer, playmaker, and over 50% of their total offense, makes the season a one of transition for Purdue. Size at the frontcourt should provide defense and rebounding, but the Boilermakers will have to be even more efficient on offense and find points from unexpected places.
PENN STATE- The Nittany Lions arent quite ready to contend in the post-season, but should improve last seasons record. Defense remains a team-strength and they feature one of the more dynamic and versatile backcourts with scoring point guard Tim Frazier, transfer D.J. Newbill (Southern Mississippi), and slasher Jermaine Marshall.
NEBRASKA- First-year coach Tim Miles has the arduous task of staying out of the Big 10 cellar. The sting of the conference's poorest offense is compounded by the loss of five of the top six scorers. The Cornhuskers will have to sort-through an incoming freshman class and overall inexperience as they await transfer help next season.

PRE-SEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Cody Zeller (7'0''-F-92) (C-Indiana)

Trevor Mbakwe (F-Minnesota)

Deshaun Thomas (F-Ohio St.)

Trey Burke (G-Michigan)

Tim Frazier (G-Penn St.)

SECOND TEAM

Christian Watford (F-Indiana)

Aaron White (F-Iowa)

Drew Crawford (F/G-Northwestern)

Aaron Craft (G- Ohio St.)

Brandon Paul (G- Illinois)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Sam Dekker (F-Wisconsin)

TOP 5 RECRUITS

Yogi Ferrell (G-Indiana)

Gary Harris (G-Michigan St.)

Glenn Robinson III (F-Michigan)

Sam Dekker (F-Wisconsin)

Mitch McGary (C-Michigan)

Deric McKamey is a Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.



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

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

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help TED Kolejliler (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Penney's very good performance TED Kolejliler was edged 79-77 on the road by the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Penney also added 4 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Penney's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Penney averages: 16.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 78.6%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 62.5%. He is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia). Vukona was the major contributor in a 2-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-5) 73-71 in the Australian NBL on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Vukona also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (3-1) are placed third in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Vukona is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 41.9% and FT: 47.1% in the four games he played so far. Vukona has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. Despite he played previously for the Fijian national team, Vukona played also for the New Zealand national team in 2012.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Abercrombie led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 75-64. He was MVP of the game. Abercrombie recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers (3-1) are placed third in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 83.3%. Abercrombie is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #4. Guard Everard Bartlett (198-86, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Perth Wildcats' victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 74-65 in the Australian NBL last Sunday. He scored 12 points in only a mere 12 minutes. Perth Wildcats (3-0) are placed second in the NBL. 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. This year Bartlett averages only 7.7ppg in the three games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team earlier this year.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #5. International center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Pledger helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 75-64. He recorded 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Pledger has been at the team for four years. Pledger is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.5bpg. Pledger used to play for the New Zealand national team earlier this year.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #6. Swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Fribourg (3-0) in their game against SAV Vacallo (3-0) in the Swiss LNA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But the league leader Fribourg was badly defeated 73-57 in Chiasso by the leading SAV Vacallo. . This season Polyblank has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 5.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Polyblank is also a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team eight years ago.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #7. International power forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Everard Bartlett and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Trueman managed to help Perth Wildcats in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 74-65. He scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. This year Trueman's overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the three games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team earlier this year.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #8. Forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Boucher helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 75-64. He recorded only 4 points. Boucher plays fifth season for the team. Boucher is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals. His total stats this season are: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8spg. Boucher used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2007.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #9. International guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Webster helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (0-4) 75-64. He recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. It's Webster's first season with the team. This year Webster's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the four games. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #10. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Henry helped New Zealand Breakers edge the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-5) 73-71. He scored only 2 points. This season Henry averages just 0.7ppg. He is international player as years ago he still played for the New Zealand senior national team.

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

   #1. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Slovenia could not help Union Olimpija (1-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Union Olimpija lost 75-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Fenerbahce Ulker in the group A of Euroleague. Baynes had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 23 minutes. 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 in the two games he played so far. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Despite his New Zealand passport, Baynes currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the New Zealand team.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania) led Pitesti to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-4) crushing them 108-46 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. BCM U Pitesti (1-3) is placed 13th in the Division A. . This year Jones has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Jones used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.



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

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

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). He led Cimberio Varese to a victory over the closely-ranked SAIE3 BO (3-1) 84-74 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ere was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Cimberio Varese (4-0) is placed second in the SerieA. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Ere's first year with the team. Ere is currently third on the list of top scorers with 21.5ppg. He also averaged so far 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25) and FT: 76.2% in the four games he played so far. Ere has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ere played also for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Karsiyaka's victory against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-1) 86-79 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Aminu scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (2-0) is placed fourth in the TBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Aminu's first year with the team. Aminu is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Aminu averages: 17.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 2FGP: 76.5%(13-17) and FT: 88.9%. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2012.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy). Akindele was the main contributor in Juvecaserta's victory against the 13th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (1-3) 78-67 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Akindele had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. JuveCaserta (2-2) is placed ninth in the SerieA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Akindele's first year with the team. Akindele belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 8.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.8ppg and FT: 82.6% in the four games. Akindele played for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #4. Forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to Toros' victory against the league outsider Osos (2-14) 84-71 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Ofoegbu scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. Toros Nuevo Laredo (13-2) is placed second in the LNBP. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Ofoegbu has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2apg. Ofoegbu is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ofoegbu is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #5. Former international guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Russia) contributed to a Spartak Primorie Vladivostok's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (1-2) 78-64 in the Russian PBL last Thursday. Efevberha scored 18 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 34 minutes. Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (1-2) is placed seventh in the PBL. . It's Efevberha's first season with the team. Efevberha is currently seventh on the list of top scorers with 13.7ppg. This year he also averages: 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in the three games. Efevberha has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Efevberha is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #6. Power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) helped Hod Hasharon edge the seventh-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (1-1) 85-84 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Odiakosa was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 24 rebounds. Odiakosa also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (2-0) is placed third in the National League. . Odiakosa is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Odiakosa averages: 23.5ppg, 19.0rpg and 3.0bpg. He is a former U22 international player as he played for the Nigerian team eight years ago.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #7. International forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Lagun Aro GBC (0-4) to beat UCAM Murcia (2-2). Ibekwe recorded only 4 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in 20 minutes. Lagun Aro GBC was edged 77-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#13) UCAM Murcia. So far Lagun Aro GBC lost all four games in the Regular Season. . Ibekwe is currently first on the list of best blockers with 3.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 7.3ppg and 5.8rpg in the four games. Ibekwe also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He used to play for the Nigerian national team earlier this year.

Andy Ogide
Andy Ogide
   #8. Forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Ourense (15-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ogide's very good performance Lagun Aro GBC was edged 77-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#13) UCAM Murcia. was defeated 74-66 at home by the much lower-ranked CB Clavijo (#8). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ogide also added 4 rebounds. . Ogide is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 7.3rpg. Ogide used to play for the Nigerian national team earlier this year.

Adeola Dagunduro
Adeola Dagunduro
   #9. International guard Adeola Dagunduro (195-86, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Lottomatica Roma (2-2) in their game against Armani Milano (2-2) in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Dagunduro recorded only 1 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Lottomatica Roma was defeated 87-82 in Milano by the higher-ranked Armani (#6). . Dagunduro's overall stats this season are: 1.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Dagunduro used to play for the Nigerian national team earlier this year.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #10. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) helped Pall.Trento win their game against the closely-ranked Prima Veroli (1-2) 74-56 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and added 3 assists. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (1-2) is placed ninth in the Lega2. . Umeh's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Umeh played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (3-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 77-90 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#8) JSF Nanterre. Nsonwu-Amadi scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Nsonwu-Amadi's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 9.3rpg and 2.0apg in the four games he played so far.

   #2. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lottomatica Roma (2-2) in their game against Armani Milano (2-2) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance on Monday night He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lawal also added 2 blocks. . It's Lawal's first season with the team. Lawal is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.8bpg. Lawal has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Air Avellino (1-3) in their game against Vanoli Cremona (1-3) in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 36 minutes. But Air Avellino lost 83-94 in Cremona to the league outsider (#16) Vanoli. . It's Ebi's first season with the team. Ebi belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #3) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.8bpg and 2.5spg in the four games.

   #4. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey) led Tofas to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Mersin (0-1) 71-68 in the Turkish TBL last Friday. Elonu recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Tofas Bursa (1-1) is placed 11th in the TBL. . It's Elonu's first season with the team. Elonu is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.5bpg.

   #5. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in a Fuerza Regia's victory against the league outsider Osos (2-14) 92-78 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Thursday night. Efejuku scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (7-8) is placed tenth in the LNBP. It's Efejuku's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Efejuku averages: 20.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite Efejuku's Nigerian nationality, he currently plays for the Jamaican national team and is not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #6. Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle, currently plays in Japan) led Iwate Big Bulls to a victory against the eighth-ranked Chiba Jets 99-88 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. Okosa recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Okosa has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.5apg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #7. Edward Ayileke (197-F/C-84, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to Panteras' victory against the ninth-ranked Huracanes 102-88 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Thursday night. He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. Ayileke's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg. He has also Mexican nationality.

   #8. Olu Ashaolu (200-F-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket in their game against Leyma Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Ashaolu was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. But his team was crushed by 24 points 91-67. Ashaolu is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.3spg. He also averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the four games. Ashaolu also holds two passports: Nigerian and Canadian. Despite his Nigerian nationality, Ashaolu previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Nigerian team.

   #9. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Tezenis VE in their game against Tuscany Pistoia in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Lawal scored 6 points, had 11 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 67-51. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). His overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 12.7rpg, 2.7bpg and 3.0spg. Lawal holds both American and Nigerian passports. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #10. Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Aiolos Trikallon 77-60 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 23 minutes. Adetokoubo has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg and 5.5rpg in the two games. He has Nigerian and Greek nationalities. Despite Adetokoubo's Nigerian passport, he currently plays for the Greek U20 national t