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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA

LigaA Stage Two Standings
 1. Penarol 11-2 
 2. Libertad S. 10-4 
 3. Olimpico LB 10-4 
 4. Lanus 8-5 
 5. Regatas C. 8-5 
 6. Argentino 8-6 
 7. Quimsa 7-6 
 8. Sionista 7-7 
 9. Wuber-Est.Bahia 6-6 
 10. GECR Indalo 6-7 
 11. Atenas 6-8 
 12. Boca Jrs 5-7 
 13. Obras 4-8 
 14. Union Progr. 4-8 
 15. 9 de Julio 3-10 
 16. La Union 2-12 
Stage One Standings

Regular Season: Round 14

North

Oct. 28: Quimsa - Sionista 91-84
Oct. 28: Union Progr. - Olimpico LB 75-88
Oct. 28: La Union - Atenas 69-70
Oct. 28: Libertad S. - Regatas C. 66-75

South

Oct. 28: 9 de Julio - Obras 93-87
Oct. 28: Penarol - Lanus 84-65
Oct. 28: Wuber-Est.Bahia - GECR Indalo 82-73
Oct. 28: Argentino - Boca Jrs 68-105

Second Stage: Round 1

Nov. 2: Olimpico LB - Sionista
Nov. 2: La Union - 9 de Julio
Nov. 2: GECR Indalo - Boca Jrs
Nov. 2: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Libertad S.
Nov. 2: Atenas - Regatas C.
Nov. 2: Union Progr. - Argentino
Nov. 2: Lanus - Obras
Nov. 2: Penarol - Quimsa


La Union tabs Jazwin Cowan - by Eurobasket News

La Union Formosa (LigaA) inked 29-year old American power forward Jazwin Cowan (203-107kg-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management). Cowan already started the season at 9 de Julio (LigaA). In 11 games this season he averaged 9.5ppg and 6.6rpg. He also played 47 games in LigaA where he had 14.8ppg and 7.0rpg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-LigaA Honorable Mention.
Cowans college team won MEAC Tournament in 2006.
He is a very experienced player. Cowan has played also professionally in Brazil (Unitri/Universo), Dominican Rep., Mexico (Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon and Dorados), United Kingdom (Cheshire Jets), Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata and Union Progresista), Dominican Republic (Cupes) and USBL Midwestern Div. (Nebraska Cranes).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Hampton University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jerome Meyinsse agreed terms with Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Corrientes (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-104kg-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management). Meyinsse already started the season at Sionista (LigaA). In 14 games this season he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.1rpg. The last season he played at Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca. In 51 LigaA games last year he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-LigaA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Meyinsses team was regular season runner-up in ACC in 2007.
He received also All-ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2010 at his college time.
Meyinsse has played previously for another Argentinian team: 9 de Julio.
He attended The University of Virginia until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


Fuerstenfeld Panthers and Ivan Zejak part ways - by Stefan Prager

The BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) have parted ways after just three games into the season. The forward from Montenegro couldn't convince the Panthers management to keep him on their roster. Zejak appeared in two games for the Panthers, both losses, and averaged 3.0ppg along with 2.3rpg per game in just a bit more than 15 minutes per contest. With Zejak gone the Panthers have four import players on their team. They are expected to add a replacement player.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 2-0 
 2. Kumanovo 1-0 
 3. Levski Sofia 1-0 
 4. Djuro Djakovic 1-2 
 5. Mornar Bar 0-3 
Group B
 1. Kozuv 2-1 
 2. Kavala 2-1 
 3. Rilski Sportist 1-1 
 4. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 5. OKK Beograd 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Oct. 30: Djuro Djakovic - Mornar Bar 85-79 OT
Oct. 31: Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo

B

Oct. 30: Kozuv - Kavala 79-74
Oct. 31: Teodo Tivat - OKK Beograd



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 30: Rudupis - Sakalai 91-64
Oct. 29: Juventus - Valga 88-77
Oct. 30: Ventspils - Naglis Palangos 83-50
Oct. 24: Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 80-70
Oct. 30: Lietkabelis - Valga 74-60
Oct. 30: Tarvas - Tln Kalev 73-79 OT
Oct. 29: Lietkabelis - TU/Rock 72-76
Oct. 31: Juventus - TU/Rock


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.19.8 
 2. Leonard, Juventus18.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.6 
 4. Bergmanis, Barons17.3 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas16.8 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis16.7 
 7. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 8. Samenas, Siauliai16.3 
 9. Lengvinas, Naglis15.5 
 10. Andriukaitis, Lie.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vadim MATYUKEVYCH
  Barsy A.
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Matyukevych, Bars.10.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.8 
 3. Cipruss, Lietkabel.9.0 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.8 
 5. Gulbis, Barons k.8.3 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas8.0 
 7. Leonard, Juventus8.0 
 8. Varnelis, Juventus8.0 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas7.0 
 10. Vene, Rudupis6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.8 
 2. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.8 
 3. Cunda, Valga5.3 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.2 
 5. Silavs, Jelgava5.0 
 6. Ginevicius, Lietka.5.0 
 7. Artamonov, Siauliai4.3 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.4.3 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.4.3 
 10. Leonard, Juventus4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis2.7 
 2. Teel, Ventspils2.5 
 3. Mizis, Jelgava2.3 
 4. Cunda, Valga2.3 
 5. Mockevicius, Nagli.2.3 
 6. Sims, Ventspils2.2 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.0 
 8. Brown, Naglis P.2.0 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.2.0 
 10. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ignas RAMASAUSKAS
  Sakal.
  (211-C-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.8 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.8 
 3. Dia, Siauliai1.5 
 4. Kiausas, Sakalai1.3 
 5. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.3 
 7. Matyukevych, Bars.1.0 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 9. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.0 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas0.8 



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 3-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 3-1 
 3. Rubon 2-1 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 2-2 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 1-2 
 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. 30: Impuls BGUIR - Sozh Gomel 57-100
Oct. 26: Rubon - Borisfen 101-70

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 2: Impuls BGUIR - Rubon
Nov. 2: Grodno-93 - Svisloch
Nov. 2: Borisfen - Sozh Gomel


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel25.8 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.25.0 
 3. Kamarunas, Svisl.19.7 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.19.3 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.19.0 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch18.3 
 7. Sharipov, Svisloch16.0 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen15.8 
 9. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.5 
 10. Sugonyako, Tsmok.15.3 
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. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.0 
 5. Ilyukevich, Rubon7.0 
 6. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.6.8 
 7. Sharipov, Svisloch6.7 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.6.7 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.3 
 10. Hrumiantsau, Svis.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vytautas KAMARUNAS
  Svisl.
  (179-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kamarunas, Svisl.7.3 
 2. Shustau, Svisloch6.0 
 3. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.8 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.5.5 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.0 
 6. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel4.0 
 7. Akulich, Rubon3.7 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.3 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.3.0 
 10. Viaroukin, Sozh G.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey TATUR
  Borisfen
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tatur, Borisfen3.5 
 2. Sapegin, Rubon3.3 
 3. Kamarunas, Svisl.2.7 
 4. Shustau, Svisloch2.7 
 5. Akulich, Rubon2.7 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.5 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.5 
 8. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.3 
 9. Charko, Grodno-932.0 
 10. Aheyenka, Borisf.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anton LAGUNOVSKIY
  Impuls B.
  (192-F-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lagunovskiy, Impul.0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Kiril Sitnik claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Sozh Gomel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Sozh Gomel in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Impuls BGUIR (#5, 1-2) with 43-point margin 100-57. Sozh Gomel maintains the 2nd position in Belarusian Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Sozh Gomel will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Sitnik had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sozh Gomel's top player in his first season with the team. Sitnik has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.8ppg. Sitnik is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 2.5spg,59.5% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Sozh Gomel's star - 26-year old Ukrainian power forward Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86). Miakinin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Sitnik he helped Sozh Gomel with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 1-2) 100-57. Sozh Gomel's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Miakinin is a newcomer at Sozh Gomel 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 19.3ppg (#4). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-G-86) of Rubon (#3). Akulich scored 13 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Rubon, leading his team to a 101-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Borisfen (#6, 1-3). Rubon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Akulich has a great season in Belarus. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (7th best). Akulich attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Kaliayev (201-F-87) of Sozh Gomel - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tsimafei Viaroukin (187-PG-93) of Sozh Gomel - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Pavel Bliznets (210-C-94) of Sozh Gomel - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Evgeny Batvenkov (198-F-80) of Borisfen - 11 points and 6 rebounds
9. Dimitri Sivalko (199-F-85) of Rubon - 14 points and 3 rebounds
10. Evgeni Sugonyako (198-F-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Premier League Round 4: Grodno-93 edges Tsmoki-Minsk II by three points - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Premier League took place in Grodno. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (2-2) to top-ranked Grodno-93 (3-0) 65-62 on Friday evening. Tsmoki-Minsk II trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-65 at the end of the game. The former international swingman Uladzimir Charko (200-74) fired 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) chipped in 12 points. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Grodno-93 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Svisloch (#7) in Osipovichi in the next round where they are favorite. Tsmoki-Minsk II will have a break next round.
The game in Minsk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Sozh Gomel (3-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Impuls BGUIR (1-2). Sozh Gomel smashed Impuls BGUIR 100-57. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Sergei Miakinin contributed with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) replied with 7 points and 11 rebounds for Impuls BGUIR. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sozh Gomel maintains second position with 3-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Grodno-93. Impuls BGUIR at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. Sozh Gomel will play against Borisfen (#6) in Mogilev in the next round. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against Rubon in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4 Borisfen was crushed by Rubon in Vitebsk 101-70.


Impuls BGUIR - Sozh Gomel 57-100

The game in Minsk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Sozh Gomel (3-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Impuls BGUIR (1-2). Sozh Gomel smashed Impuls BGUIR 100-57. The game without a history. Sozh Gomel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Impuls BGUIR's 30. Sozh Gomel forced 20 Impuls BGUIR turnovers and outrebounded them 48-30 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Ukrainian power forward Sergei Miakinin (206-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Sozh Gomel players scored in double figures. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) replied with 7 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) added 15 points in the effort for Impuls BGUIR. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sozh Gomel maintains second position with 3-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Grodno-93. Impuls BGUIR at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. Sozh Gomel will play against Borisfen (#6) in Mogilev in the next round. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against Rubon in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: K.Sitnik 29+9reb+6ast, S.Miakinin 20+12reb, T.Viaroukin 17+7reb+5ast, I.Kaliayev 12+10reb+3ast, P.Bliznets 12+7reb+2ast, S.Charykau 8+1reb+2ast
Impuls BGUIR: K.Volodkin 15+2reb+1ast, A.Kuzmitski 11+3reb, A.Papruha 7+3ast, H.Zakhar 7+11reb+1ast, A.Lagunovskiy 5+1reb, D.Azaare 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 204701


Rubon - Borisfen 101-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Borisfen's (1-3) road loss to fifth ranked Rubon (2-1) 70-101. The game was mostly controlled by Rubon. Borisfen was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rubon shot 63.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Rubon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Borisfen was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Dimitri Sivalko (199-85) contributed with 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rubon players scored in double figures. Guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and forward Evgeny Batvenkov (198-80) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Borisfen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rubon moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Borisfen keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Rubon will play against Impuls BGUIR (#5) in Minsk in the next round. Borisfen will play at home against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rubon: D.Sivalko 14+3reb, D.Akulich 13+1reb+6ast, Y.Patupchyk 13+3reb+1ast, S.Sapegin 12+2reb+2ast, A.Kachan 10+1reb, A.Dziarzhautsau 9+4reb+1ast
Borisfen: S.Tatur 14+2reb+5ast, E.Batvenkov 11+6reb, E.Kopylov 11+1reb+1ast, A.Dashkevich 9+4reb, A.Aheyenka 8+3reb, F.Kryukov 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 204700


Grodno-93 - Tsmoki-Minsk II 65-62

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Premier League took place in Grodno. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (2-2) to top-ranked Grodno-93 (3-0) 65-62 on Friday evening. Tsmoki-Minsk II trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-65 at the end of the game. The former international swingman Uladzimir Charko (200-74) fired 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) chipped in 12 points. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Tsmoki-Minsk II players scored in double figures. Grodno-93 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Svisloch (#7) in Osipovichi in the next round where they are favorite. Tsmoki-Minsk II will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: K.Yafremov 12+3reb+2ast, I.Konuyshenko 10+3reb+2ast, A.Malkov 10+1reb, D.Kuzmin 10+1reb+5ast, U.Charko 8+9reb+2ast, V.Korzh 6+2reb+2ast
Tsmoki-Minsk II: R.Rutkauskas 17+9reb+1ast, E.Sugonyako 14+11reb+2ast, A.Semianiuk 14+3reb, V.Ignatchik 11+7reb+4ast, V.Krisevich 6+7reb+1ast, A.Birich 0
gschID: 204699



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 3: Radnik B. - Bosna
Nov. 3: Zrinjski HT - Capljina
Nov. 3: Borac Nektar - Servitium
Nov. 3: Leotar - Mladost
Nov. 3: Vogosca - Varda HE
Nov. 3: Posusje - Kakanj


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan BAKOVIC
  Posusje
  (197-G-81)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Bakovic, Posusje26.5 
 2. Hot, Vogosca24.5 
 3. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.24.0 
 4. Tuljkovic, Vogosca23.5 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.23.0 
 6. Peljto, Kakanj19.5 
 7. Popovic, Capljina19.5 
 8. Josilo, Varda HE19.0 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina19.0 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 N KNEZEVIC
  Leotar
  (--)
  Avg: 12
 1. Knezevic, Leotar12.0 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca11.5 
 3. Djurasovic, Leotar11.5 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT10.5 
 5. Jovanovic, Radnik10.0 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost8.0 
 7. Erkic, Radnik B.7.5 
 8. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.5 
 9. Hot, Vogosca6.5 
 10. Hadzifejzovi., Ka.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja KOVACEVIC
  Capljina
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kovacevic, Capljina7.0 
 2. Kascelan, Leotar6.5 
 3. Bakovic, Posusje6.5 
 4. Radovanovic, Radni.6.0 
 5. Peljto, Kakanj5.5 
 6. Loncar, Borac N.5.0 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.0 
 8. Hot, Vogosca5.0 
 9. Josilo, Varda HE5.0 
 10. Hodzic, Bosna3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dino HODZIC
  Bosna
  (190-PG-90)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Hodzic, Bosna4.5 
 2. Hot, Vogosca3.5 
 3. Kastratovic, Varda3.0 
 4. Knezevic, Mladost2.5 
 5. Petric, Zrinjski HT2.5 
 6. Peljto, Kakanj2.5 
 7. Josilo, Varda HE2.5 
 8. Penava, Posusje2.0 
 9. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT2.0 
 10. Mustapic, Posusje2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja SLADOJE
  Servitium
  (212-C-91)
  Avg: 1
 1. Sladoje, Servitium1.0 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje1.0 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.1.0 
 4. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 
 5. Karamatic, Capljina0.5 
 6. Begovac, Kakanj0.5 
 7. Knezevic, Leotar0.5 
 8. Boksic, Capljina0.5 
 9. Leric, Bosna0.5 
 10. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 



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  CAMEROON   


Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Aix-Maurienne's victory against the eighth-ranked JL Bourg (3-3) 83-65 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Ekanga-Ehawa scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (4-2) is placed fourth in the ProB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 63.2%(12-19), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 93.3% in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa played for the Cameroonian senior national team one years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. NaNa could not help New Yorker Phantoms (2-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance New Yorker Phantoms was edged 60-59 on the road by the leading EWE Baskets. NaNa scored 11 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's NaNa's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 61.9%. NaNa played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland). He led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the fifth-ranked KaU Koris (3-2) 68-60 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) last Friday. Towa was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds. Towa also added 3 blocks in 34 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (3-2) is placed second in Division B. 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. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). Towa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.2ppg, 13.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 55.2% in the five games. Towa played for the Cameroonian national team one years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #4. Power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (1-3) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (1-3) in the French ProA. He recorded 8 points and added 4 passes. The bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne was defeated 87-81 in Orleans by the higher-ranked Entente 45 (#14). It's Samnick's first season with the team. Samnick's overall stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Samnick used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #5. International power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Shiga L-Stars (3-3) in their game against Okinawa GK (6-0) in the Japanese BJ League, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Aboya also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. But the sixth-placed Shiga L-Stars lost 68-79 in Okinawa to the leading Okinawa GK in the Western group. Aboya has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg and 6.3rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

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

   #1. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help one of league's weakest teams STB Le Havre (2-2) to beat Strasbourg IG (3-1). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. STB Le Havre was defeated 63-59 on the road by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#5). But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Pitard's sixth year with the team. This season Pitard averages: 3.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #2. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Energy Invest Rustavi in a victory against the ninth-ranked Samedicino-Academia (0-2) crushing them 79-57 in the Georgian Superleague on Friday night. Toudjani scored only 3 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. Energy Invest Rustavi (0-0) is placed in the Superleague. It's Toudjani's first season with the team. Toudjani is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders with 8.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far.

   #3. Serge Angounou (202-F-83, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to help Chiba Jets (1-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Angounou's good performance Chiba Jets (#10) were defeated 83-76 at home by the second-ranked Shinshu BW in the Eastern group. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Angounou's stats this season are: 11.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a JSF Nanterre's victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (2-2) 81-77 in the French ProA on Friday night. He recorded only 2 points and added 4 passes in 16 minutes. JSF Nanterre (2-2) is placed tenth in the ProA. This year Njoya's overall stats are: 0.5ppg and 1.8apg in the four games.

   #5. Experienced Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (185-PG-75, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-3) in their game against SG Schwelmer Baskets (5-0) in the German ProB (third division). He scored 6 points and added 3 assists. Spot Up Medien Baskets (#8) was defeated 80-71 in Schwelm by the second-ranked SG er Baskets in the Group North. It was Spot Up Medien Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. Njoya Nken's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Canadian.

   #6. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against one of league's weakest teams Bordeaux 98-88 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. MBida scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. This year MBida's overall stats are: 2.2ppg and 2.6rpg in the five games.

   #7. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) helped Kerava Energia Team win their game against the fifth-ranked KaU Koris 68-60 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Friday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Mua is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mua averages: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4bpg and 2.2spg.



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  CANADA   


Canada's NT VP of hoops Rowan Barrett invites Israel to friendly games - by David Pick

Executive vice-president of Canada Basketball Rowan Barrett has honored Israel's senior men's national team with a request to play a pair of exhibition games against Canada next summer, in preparation of Israel's European Championship games and Canada's FIBA Americas Championship tournament.

Barrett, a retired professional player and ex-Israeli league baller, played for Israel's Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Ramat-Hasharon between 1994 and early 2000. Barrett also played in Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and France and was captain of the Canadian national team that finished seventh in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Barrett is also the national assistant of the Los Angeles Lakers' two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and Canada's General Manager Steve Nash.

Barrett hopes to hold games at the Air Canada Centre, home of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and in Montreal. Barrett assured he would cover all of Israel's expenses, including flights and accommodation. Canada has a large Jewish community and several Jewish organizations that will also participate in funding Israel's trip.

In a letter sent to Israel's national coach Arik Shivek (Agency: Avi Zilberman), Barrett said: "Throughout my years in Israel I've come to appreciate the great passion and understanding that people there have towards basketball, and I look forward to developing a consistent relationship between both countries.

Israel's Shivek commented: "This is a lucrative invitation for Israel and there is no doubt it will be an extraordinary experience for everyone. However, we will only accept Canada's offer if the trip doesn't collide with our 2013 EuroBasket training and preparations.

Canada's national roster features two NBAers in recent Miami Heat champion Joel Anthony and San Antonio Spurs' Cory Joseph.




Windsor Express add Surmacz to their roster, directly from Poland - by Eurobasket

Windsor Express added to their roster 26-year old former local star Greg Surmacz (203-102kg-86, agency: Interperformances). Surmacz played last season at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL league, thanks to his Polish passport as we was considered a domestic player there. In 29 games last year he recorded 5.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
His team won Polish Cup in 2010.
Surmacz was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Disappointment of the Year in 2010 as his pro career in Poland was not that successful. Hopefully he will d better back in the town where he graduated his college. He represented Canada at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 50.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Carl English selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carl English
Carl English
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He led Asefa Estudiantes to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-1) 85-82 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. English was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (4-1) is placed second in the ACB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. English is currently first on the league's list of top scorers with 20.0ppg. He also averaged so far 3.4rpg, 1.6apg, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 81.3% in the five games he played so far. English played for the Canadian senior national team one years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Russia). He led Triumph Lyubertsy to a victory over the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (1-2) 82-73 in the Russian PBL last Wednesday. Landry was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Landry also added 4 assists. Triumph Lyubertsy (1-1) is placed sixth in the PBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Landry is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 66.7%. Landry played for the Canadian national team in 2009.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine). He was the major contributor in Khimik's victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Odessa (2-7) 91-80 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. Joseph scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (7-2) is placed first in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Joseph's first year with the team. Joseph has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.8%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 82.1% in the nine games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team five years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #4. Forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Cajasol (1-4) crushing them 82-61 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Kendall scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (4-1) is placed sixth in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kendall is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kendall averages: 16.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #5. International forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (1-4) 91-84 in the Romanian Division A last Friday. He scored 30 points (!!!) in 35 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (3-2) is placed ninth in the Division A. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Shepherd is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 21.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3spg in the four games. Shepherd used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #6. Forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) helped Leiden win their game against the eighth-ranked Rotterdam (1-4) crushing them 86-49 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday night. He recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (4-1) is placed third in the Eredivisie. It's Bekkering's first season with the team. This year Bekkering has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Canadian team three years ago.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #7. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his Greek team Kavala win their game against the league outsider OKK Beograd (0-2) 81-76 in the Balkan League last Wednesday. Mitrovic scored 17 points. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (2-0) is placed sixth in the Balkan League. Mitrovic is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very good stats: 14.0ppg and 3.0rpg. Mitrovic used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #8. Forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) helped TBB Trier win their game against the closely-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 72-55 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He scored 10 points in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TBB Trier (4-1) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Bucknor's overall stats are: 8.4ppg and 2.6rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2005.

Olu Ashaolu
Olu Ashaolu
   #9. Former U18 international forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Caceres Basket (1-3) in their last game. Despite Ashaolu's good performance Caceres Basket lost 69-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Planasa NV. He recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. Ashaolu belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 2.3spg. This year he also averages: 10.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the four games. Ashaolu used to play for the Canadian U18 national team six years ago.

Willie Galick
Willie Galick
   #10. Forward Willie Galick (203-87, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to help Oviedo CB (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Oviedo CB was edged 71-68 in S'Arenal by the higher-ranked Palma (#6). Galick recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Galick is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Galick averages: 18.0ppg, 10.5rpg, 3.5bpg and 2.5spg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Elektra win their game against the eighth-ranked LTHcast Mercator crushing them 77-45 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Collins scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Collins belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #3) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very solid stats this year: 11.0ppg, 11.0rpg and 2.0bpg in the two games. Collins used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Holland) helped M.Magixx win their game against the closely-ranked Groningen 83-64 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Sunday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bekkering's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Canadian U21 national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former international center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Jermaine Bucknor in the German BBL last game. Morrison, who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (0-0) in their last game. Despite his good performance Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was badly defeated 72-55 in Trier by the lower-ranked (#4) TBB Trier. Morrison was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Morrison has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg and 4.3rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Sean Denison (211-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Russia) helped Ataman win their game against the sixth-ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda 75-64 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Saturday night. Denison recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was his first game for Ataman this season. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former University international forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, currently plays in Germany) helped SC Rasta Vechta win their game against the second-ranked BV Chemnitz 99 85-66 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Doerksen's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.3spg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jasonn Hannibal (210-C-88, college: Portland, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Polzela (1-1) in their last game. Despite Hannibal's good performance Polzela was crushed 79-55 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Maribor Messer. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Hannibal also added 3 blocks in 31 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Hannibal is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year he has very good stats: 11.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.0bpg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far.

   #2. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Sutor Montegranaro (1-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Johnson's good performance the bottom-ranked Sutor Montegranaro was defeated 80-74 in Cremona by the higher-ranked Vanoli (#10). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Johnson also added 8 rebounds. Johnson's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #3. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, currently plays in Holland) was not able to secure a victory for M.Magixx (3-2) in their game against Den Bosch (4-0) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Sihota recorded 9 points. But M.Magixx was defeated 77-68 at home by the leading Den Bosch. Sihota averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Indian and Canadian.

   #4. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help KTP-Basket (4-3) in their game against Tampereen Pyrinto (0-0) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Barrett scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. KTP-Basket lost 70-80 in Tampere to the much higher-ranked en Pyrinto. Barrett belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.4bpg. This year he also averages: 15.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in the seven games.

   #5. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (1-4) 91-84 in the Romanian Division A in Friday night's game. Sir scored 10 points in 16 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (3-2) is placed ninth in the Division A. This year Sir's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg in the three games.

   #6. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Anwil in their game against Energa Czarni in the Polish TBL. Wright scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 82-64. This year Wright's total stats are: 7.2ppg and 3.4rpg in the five games.

   #7. Alex Johnson (178-PG-88, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Stephen Sir in the Romanian Division A last game. Johnson, who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help Timba Timosoara (1-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the league leader Timba Timosoara was defeated 91-84 in Bucuresti by the much lower-ranked CSM Bucuresti (#9). Johnson scored 14 points and added 4 assists. Johnson averaged so far 11.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg.

   #8. Troy Gottselig (203-F-87, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help Levice in their game against USK Praha in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored 9 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 78-84. Gottselig's stats this year are: 11.6ppg and 3.7rpg in the seven games.

   #9. Hernst Laroche (185-G, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help BC Odessa in their game against Khimik in the Ukrainian Superleague. He scored 6 points. His team was defeated 91-80. Laroche's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Alexander Murphy (183-G-88, currently plays in Denmark) helped Naestved win their game against the closely-ranked Vaerlose 75-70 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes. Murphy is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 5.3apg. He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8spg in the eight games.



Smith inks at London Lightning at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket

London Lightning strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Canadian guard Dane Smith (190-89, agency: SDJ Sports). Smith just graduated from Tenn-Martin (NCAA). In 31 games last season he recorded 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



London Lightning tabs DeAndre Thomas, ex Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket

London Lightning inked 26-year old American center DeAndre Thomas (203-134kg-86, college: Robert Morris). Thomas played most recently at Chang Thailand Slammers in Thailand (they played in the ASEAN League). In 9 games last season he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8apg. He also spent pre-season at Redline in IBA that year. Thomas also played at Halifax_Rainmen that season. In only one NBL Canada game last year he had 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Thomas was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in eighth round (7th overall).
The former Robert Morris College star is in his fourth season in pro basketball.
His team was regular season runner-up in IBL International Division in 2011.
Thomas was selected to IBL All-Star Game in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Thomas has played also professionally in Chile (Universidad de Concepcion), PBL (Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry), IBA (Albany Legends) and ABA (Chicago Steam).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Windsor Express add Surmacz to their roster - by Eurobasket

Windsor Express added to their roster 26-year old former local star Greg Surmacz (203-102kg-86, agency: Interperformances). Surmacz played last season at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL league, thanks to his Polish passport as we was considered a domestic player there. In 29 games last year he recorded 5.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
His team won Polish Cup in 2010.
Surmacz was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Disappointment of the Year in 2010 as his pro career in Poland was not that successful. Hopefully he will d better back in the town where he graduated his college. He represented Canada at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 50.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jermaine Blackburn signs at London Lightning - by Eurobasket

London Lightning landed 29-year old American swingman Jermaine Blackburn (200-100kg-83, college: Boise State). Blackburn played most recently at Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada). In 7 games last season he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He also played at Kebs de Laval (previous name Quebec Kebs) that season. In 17 NBL Canada games last year he had 12.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.2apg.
In 2005 Blackburn was drafted by Idaho Stampede (CBA) in fifth round (37th overall).
He attended Boise State and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Blackburns team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals.
He received All-ABA 1st Team award in 2010.
Blackburn is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Australia, PBL (Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry), CBA (Yakama Sun Kings and E.Kentucky), IBL (Gary Steelheads and Portland Chinooks), NABL (Snohomish County Explosion) and ABA (Southeast Texas Mavericks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



London Lightning lands Adrian Moss - by Eurobasket

London Lightning tabbed 24-year old American point guard Adrian Moss (175-88, college: Indianapolis). Moss supposed to play at Kebs de Laval (NBL Canada), but the plans were changed. The last season he also played at the University of Indianapolis in Great Lakes Valley Conference in the NCAA2. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to NABC Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team, All-GLVC 2nd Team and to the NABC Division II All-Star Game.
This summer Moss was drafted by Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) in first round (6th overall).
He just graduated from University of Indianapolis and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Moss played in the final of Summit League Tournament in 2008.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jeremy Williams signs at London Lightning, ex KTP - by Eurobasket

London Lightning landed 25-year old American small forward Jeremy Williams (200-87, college: UTEP). Williams played most recently at KTP Basket Kotka in Finnish Korisliiga. In 26 games last season he averaged 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played at Quimper UJAP in French ProB that season. In 14 games last year he had 6.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
Williams played in the final of C-USA Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
He graduated from The Univ.of Texas at El Paso in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Smith inks at London Lightning at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket

London Lightning strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Canadian guard Dane Smith (190-89, agency: SDJ Sports). Smith just graduated from Tenn-Martin (NCAA). In 31 games last season he recorded 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-1) to beat Real Madrid (2-1). Sato scored only 4 points in 24 minutes on the court. The third-placed Fenerbahce Ulker lost 75-83 on the road to the leading Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Sato averages: 8.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the two games he played so far. He played for the Central African senior national team one years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). Zianveni was the major contributor in a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre (2-2) 63-59 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (3-1) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Zianveni's overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(10-18). He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team in 2011.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86, currently plays in Cyprus). He contributed to a 2-point Apoel's victory against the league outsider Etha (0-1) 64-62 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. Mokongo recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Apoel this season. His team is placed second in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mokongo is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Despite Mokongo played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Central African national team in 2011.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Maxime Zianveni in the French ProA last game. Kouguere was not able to help one of league's weakest teams STB Le Havre (2-2) in their game against Strasbourg IG (3-1). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. STB Le Havre was defeated 63-59 in Strasbourg by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#5). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Kouguere's first year with the team. Kouguere has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg and 4.5rpg. He has both Congolese and Central African nationalities. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team last year.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Berck in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (185-G-86) plays for Vanves in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM3
Teddy Sokambi (188-G-79) plays for Rodez in French NM2



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  CHILE   

Standings - DIMAYOR

Liga Nacional Standings
North
 1. Boston Coll. 7-1 
 2. Sagrados 6-2 
 3. Los Leones 5-3 
 4. Providencia 4-4 
 5. Puente Alto 1-6 
 6. Stadio Italiano 0-7 
South
 1. Dep.Espanol 6-1 
 2. Dep.Castro 5-2 
 3. AB Ancud 4-3 
 4. Osorno Basq. 3-3 
 5. Las Animas 1-5 
 6. Dep.Valdivia 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 9: Las Animas - Dep.Valdivia
Nov. 9: Dep.Espanol - Osorno Basq.
Nov. 9: Dep.Castro - AB Ancud
Nov. 10: Stadio Italiano - Puente Alto
Nov. 10: Sagrados - Providencia
Nov. 10: Boston Coll. - Los Leones

Round 10

Nov. 9: Stadio Italiano - Providencia



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

Copa Standings
Group A
 1. Guerreros 27-5 
 2. Once Caldas 18-13 
 3. Cafeteros 14-16 
 4. Patriotas 8-23 
Group B
 1. Bucaros 20-12 
 2. Choco 17-15 
 3. Islanders 16-13 
 4. Hormigueros 8-23 
Places 9-10
 1. Arrieros 10-8 
 2. Bayside 5-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Oct. 29: Once Caldas - Patriotas 97-78
Oct. 29: Islanders - Hormigueros 94-88
Oct. 30: Islanders - Hormigueros 93-85
Oct. 30: Bucaros - Choco 85-93
Oct. 30: Guerreros - Cafeteros 83-79
Oct. 29: Bucaros - Choco 79-75
Oct. 29: Guerreros - Cafeteros 112-99
Oct. 30: Once Caldas - Patriotas 103-94

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Nov. 2: Choco - Guerreros
Nov. 2: Once Caldas - Bucaros



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  CROATIA   


Ante Tomic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams CB Canarias (0-5) crushing them 100-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Tomic scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (3-2) is placed eighth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tomic is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 63.5%(33-52) and FT: 77.8% in the five games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team one years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Lithuanian team Zalgiris to a victory over the fourth-ranked Olympiacos (1-2) 79-61 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Popovic was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (3-0) is placed first in group C. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Popovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 53.8%(7-13) and FT: 91.7%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain). Zoric contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Assignia Manresa (0-5) 88-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (4-1) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Zoric averages: 9.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(21-36) and FT: 75.0% in the five games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #4. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Union Olimpija (1-2) 85-67 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Ukic scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Panathinaikos Athens (2-1) is placed second in group A. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Ukic has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #5. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Simon contributed to a 2-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the sixth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (0-3) 91-89. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (2-1) is placed second in group B. Simon has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.3apg in the three games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #6. Center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania could not help Lietuvos rytas (1-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite Radosevic's good performance the ninth-placed Lietuvos rytas was defeated 74-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Unics Kazan (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Radosevic also added 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Radosevic's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Croatian team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #7. Former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Khimky (1-2) in their game against Cantu (1-2) in the Euroleague. Loncar scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Khimky (#6) lost 54-67 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#5) Cantu in the group A of Euroleague. Loncar's stats this year are: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Ante Djugum
Ante Djugum
   #8. Center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Zlatorog's victory against the 11th-ranked Geoplin Slovan (0-2) 83-70 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Djugum was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Zlatorog Lasko (2-0) is placed second in the Telemach League. It's Djugum's first season with the team. Djugum averaged so far 14.5ppg and 7.0rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2008.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #9. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory in overtime against the seventh-ranked Caja Laboral (3-2) 83-81 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Draper scored only 4 points and added 6 assists in 18 minutes. Real Madrid (5-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. This year Draper's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Draper used to play for the Croatian national team last year. He played also for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Sime Spralja
Sime Spralja
   #10. Power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kotwica (1-4) crushing them 118-69 in the Polish TBL in Monday night's game. Spralja recorded 16 points. Trefl Sopot (4-1) is placed second in the TBL. Spralja averaged so far 11.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Drazen Bubnic (206-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Union Olimpija in their game against Cedevita in the Adriatic League. Bubnic scored 6 points. His team was defeated 75-71. Bubnic's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international center Mario Kasun (213-80, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Angelico Biella crushing them 81-56 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Kasun scored 7 points in 17 minutes. This year Kasun's total stats are: 7.8ppg and 5.0rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Delas contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Olympiacos 79-61. He scored only 2 points. Delas has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) couldn't help Pi Koleji (2-2) in their last game. Despite Delic's very good performance Pi Koleji lost 81-89 in Akhisar to the higher-ranked (#9) Akhisar Bld. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Delic also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Delic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 9.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 17.0ppg and 2.5apg in the four games. Delic used to play for the Croatian U21 national team back in 2004.

   #15. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Armani Milano in their game against Trenkwalder RE in the Italian SerieA. Stipcevic scored 5 points in 19 minutes. His team lost 66-78. Stipcevic has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg in the five games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

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

   #1. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga could not help UBSC Graz (3-1) in their last game. Despite Stegnjaic's very good performance UBSC Graz lost 73-86 on the road to the second-ranked Gussing Knights. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was UBSC Graz's first loss after three consecutive victories. Stegnjaic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 6.8rpg in the four games he played so far.

   #2. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Romania) led Pitesti to a victory over one of league's weakest teams CS Farul Constanca (0-6) crushing them 96-74 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Barac scored 20 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BCM U Pitesti (3-3) is placed 11th in the Division A. This season Barac has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg.

   #3. Drazen Klaric (204-F-80, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a KFUM Jamtland's victory against the second-ranked Boras Basket (5-2) 115-110 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Klaric recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (0-0) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. Klaric is currently seventh on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Klaric averages: 18.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany) helped ETB Wohnbau win their game against the closely-ranked Finke Baskets (3-3) crushing them 104-82 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 21 points and had 3 steals in 36 minutes. ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (2-4) is placed 13th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Buljevic averaged so far 11.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in the six games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #5. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) helped Duesseldorf Baskets win their game against the closely-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg 97-82 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Petric scored 13 points and added 3 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Duesseldorf Baskets (5-1) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Petric averaged so far 10.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #6. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help LTHcast Mercator in their game against Elektra in the Slovenian Telemach League. Soldo scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was crushed by 32 points 77-45. Soldo has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #7. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Maribor Messer win their game against the closely-ranked Polzela crushing them 79-55 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Maric has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5spg.

   #8. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Tajfun in their game against Helios in the Slovenian Telemach League. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. His team lost 76-83. Primorac has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 5.5rpg in the two games.

   #9. Jure Lozancic (211-C-83, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Grosuplje in their game against Rogaska in the Slovenian Telemach League. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team was edged 76-75. Lozancic has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games.

   #10. Marin Bavcevic (182-G-88, college: TCU, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Lugano Tigers to win against the eighth-ranked Neuchatel crushing them 103-77 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points. Bavcevic has averaged so far 0.5ppg and 1.5apg. He has both Croatian and Swiss nationalities.



Saric case is finally closed. - by Dajana Karl

After a while, FIBA finally made their decision on the case "Saric". Team that wants Dario Saric (87) in their jersey will have to pay 550 000 euros to KK Zagreb as the compensation.
This decision have left the player and his parents in a complete shock, who expected it to be much less.

Saric already signed a 5-year-contact with Spanish Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket which was willing to pay, according to the media, up to 300 000 euros and this is way above the budget. Saric's father says that there are some clubs that were ready to pay more than a half million but hardly willing to loan the player to some Croatian club until his high school graduation, as
Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket.

For the past two months Saric has been practicing with KK Split and now, most likely, he won't be seen playing with this team.

KK Zagreb's sporting director Ivan Bozanic commented for kosarka.org: "There's nothing to say, FIBA decided and the decision must be respected, besides they were saying how there are clubs that are willing to pay even more than this, so this should be going their way. We did not receive responds, but we were warning about what could happen after the final decision, they thought how things were different. I'm not saying that Zagreb's doors are now closed, but some things should have been though of earlier."



Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic hold off Mornar Bar for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Mornar Bar 85:79 (OT)

Djuro Djakovic earned the first win in Balkan League season. They overcame Mornar Bar in overtime thriller to climb at 1-2 record in Group A. Mornar Bar in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) stepped up with 20 points coming off the bench to lead the hosts.
Djuro Djakovic got to a perfect start. They established a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. But Mornar Bar struck right back as they narrowed the gap and eventually surged ahead for a 38:36 halftime lead. Djuro Djakovic did not allow the Montenegrin team to clear off in the third quarter. The hosts narrowed the deficit to a single point at the final break. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame. Kljaic sank two free throws late in regulation to send the game into overtime. Djiro Djakovic then fired 11 points in the extra period and celebrated the victory. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) nailed 16 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Marko Bakovic (204-C/F-93) added 15 points for the hosts. Andrej Pajovic (188-G-92) answered with 21 points for Mornar Bar. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Djuro Djakovic: Marino Sarlija 20, Marko Batina 16, Marko Bakovic 15
Mornar Bar: Andrej Pajovic 21, Lazar Radosavljevic 12, Nikola Rondovic 12



Saric case is finally closed. - by Dajana Karl

After a while, FIBA finally made their decision on the case "Saric". Team that wants Dario Saric in their jersey will have to pay 550 000 euros to KK Zagreb as the indemnity.
This decision have left the player and his parents in a complete shock, who expected it to be much less.

Saric already signed with Spanish Bilbao which was willing to pay, according to the media, up to 300 000 euros and this is way above the budget. Saric's father says that there are some clubs that were ready to pay more than a half million but hardly willing to loan the player to some Croatian club until his high school graduation as Bilbao.

For the past two months Saric has been practicing with KK Split and now, most likely, he won't be seen playing with this team.

KK Zagreb's sporting director Ivan Bozanic commented for kosarka.org: "There's nothing to say, FIBA decided and the decision must be respected, besides they were saying how there are clubs that are willing to pay even more than this, so this should be going their way. We did not receive responds, but we were warning about what could happen after the final decision, they thought how things were different. I'm not saying that Zagreb's doors are now closed, but some things should have been though of earlier."



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Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 28: Apollon - Omonia 87-101
Oct. 27: AEL - ENAD 69-61
Oct. 26: Etha - Apoel 62-64
Oct. 27: AEK - Keravnos 55-59

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 2: AEK - Apollon
Nov. 3: ENAD - Etha
Nov. 4: Omonia - AEL
Nov. 5: Keravnos - Apoel



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Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 29: U19 - Sparta Praha 78-87
Oct. 30: U19 - Liberec 63-71
Nov. 2: Sparta Praha - Loko Plzen
Nov. 4: Sokol H.K. - Sokol P.
Nov. 2: Liberec - Sokol V.
Nov. 4: Litomerice - JBC Brno
Nov. 4: Proton Zlin - Kara Trutnov
Nov. 2: Ostrava - Nymburk B


Ondrej Starosta's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Czechs playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain). Starosta was the major contributor in a Planasa NV's victory against the 12th-ranked Caceres Basket (1-3) 75-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 16 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Planasa Navarra (2-2) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Starosta is the league's best rebounder with 10.8rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.3ppg, 2FGP: 48.0% and FT: 52.9% in the four games he played so far. Starosta played for the Czech Republic senior national team four years ago.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (0-1) to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0). Vesely recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Washington Wizards this season. The Washington Wizards were defeated 94-84 on the road by the Cavaliers. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Vesely played for the Czech Republic national team in 2010.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Cajasol (1-4) in their last game. Despite Satoransky's good performance Cajasol was crushed 82-61 in Santoago de Comp by the much higher-ranked (#6) Blusens Monbus. He was the top scorer with 12 points in 24 minutes. This year Satoransky's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 73.3% in the five games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #4. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a River Andorra's victory against the tenth-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (1-3) 89-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Hampl recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Hampl's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg and 6.5rpg in the four games. Hampl is also Czech Republic national team player.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #5. International shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (1-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Olin Edirne was crushed 81-60 at home by the higher-ranked Hacettepe University (#8). Jelinek was the second best scorer with 10 points. This season Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #6. Center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Cytavision Apoel Nicosia to win against the league outsider Etha (0-1) 64-62 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. He recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for Apoel this season. His team is placed second in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Chan is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team two years ago.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #7. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) led Clinicas Rincon to a victory against one of league's weakest teams La Palma (0-3) 68-56 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He scored 13 points in a mere 15 minutes. CB Clinicas Rincon (2-1) is placed fourth in the LEB Silver. This year Svandrlik's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 1.5rpg in the two games. He is also Czech Republic U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) led AZS Koszalin to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Polpharma (2-3) crushing them 86-64 in the Polish TBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and added 7 assists in 27 minutes. AZS Koszalin (3-2) is placed fifth in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Skibniewski is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 6.6apg. He also averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6spg in the five games he played so far.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help Rovinari (3-2) in their last game on Monday. Despite Steffel's very good performance Rovinari was defeated 75-65 on the road by the higher-ranked Ploiesti (#8). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Steffel also added 8 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Steffel is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg.

   #3. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) was the major contributor in Apoel's victory against the league outsider Etha (0-1) 64-62 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. Kremen recorded 11 points. It was his first game for Apoel this season. His team is placed second in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.

   #4. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Komarno's victory against the closely-ranked Nitra (3-2) 95-91 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Saturday night. Kratochvil scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBK Rieker Komarno (3-1) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in the three games.



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 8-0 
 2. Svendborg 8-0 
 3. SISU 6-2 
 4. Horsens IC 5-3 
 5. Naestved 4-4 
 6. Aarhus BC 4-5 
 7. Randers 2-5 
 8. Horsholm 2-6 
 9. Vaerlose 1-7 
 10. Aalborg 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Oct. 30: Aarhus BC - Vaerlose 71-68 OT
Oct. 31: Aalborg - Naestved
Oct. 31: Horsholm - Randers


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Donald RUTHERFORD
  Svend.
  (199-F/C-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Rutherford, Svend.24.1 
 2. Ocana, Randers22.4 
 3. Tomko, Bakken22.1 
 4. Willen, Aalborg21.5 
 5. Delaney, Aalborg20.5 
 6. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.1 
 7. Thomann, Horse.19.3 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC18.8 
 9. Walker, Naestved18.5 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randy DEZOUVRE
  Aarhus BC
  (195-F/G-87)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Dezouvre, Aarhus10.4 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.1 
 3. Walker, Naestved8.9 
 4. Sorensen, Aalborg8.5 
 5. Thomann, Horse.8.3 
 6. Moritz, SISU8.1 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC8.1 
 8. Willen, Aalborg7.8 
 9. Washington, Svend.7.8 
 10. Hesseldal, Horsho.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.1 
 2. Jonsson, Aarhus BC6.0 
 3. Nielsen, SISU5.8 
 4. Ortega, Randers5.7 
 5. Murphy, Naestved5.3 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.6 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.5 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken4.4 
 9. Dennis, SISU4.1 
 10. Mariegaard, Svend.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC4.0 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Ortega, Randers2.3 
 4. Walker, Naestved2.1 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC2.0 
 6. Nielsen, SISU2.0 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 9. Dennis, SISU1.8 
 10. Murphy, Naestved1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Svend.2.4 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 3. Thomann, Horse.1.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.3 
 5. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 6. Smith, SISU1.0 
 7. Frandsen, Naestved0.8 
 8. Jukic, Horsholm0.8 
 9. Rutherford, Svend.0.8 
 10. Ocana, Randers0.7 



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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit BK to a victory over the 11th-ranked Erdemir (1-2) 82-75 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Mejia was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (2-1) is placed seventh in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 70.6%(12-17), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 63.6% in the three games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (2-3) 74-56 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Baez scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (3-2) is placed tenth in the ACB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Baez averages: 6.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3FGP: 25.0%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Ariza could not help the Washington Wizards (0-1) to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0). He recorded 9 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Washington Wizards this season. But the Washington Wizards lost 84-94 on the road to the Cavaliers. Ariza is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. An experienced swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre (2-2) 63-59 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Greer recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (3-1) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Greer's first season with the team. Greer is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). His overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #5. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help the league outsider Assignia Manresa (0-5) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (4-1) in the Spanish ACB. Asselin scored 5 points. Assignia Manresa was badly defeated 88-70 in Malaga by the much higher-ranked Unicaja (#5). So far Assignia Manresa lost all five games in the Regular Season. This season Asselin has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team six years ago. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) led Wollongong Hawks to a victory over the fifth-ranked Adelaide 36ers (2-2) 77-63 in the Australian NBL last Sunday. Deleon was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Wollongong Hawks (4-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Deleon's first year with the team. Deleon is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg.

   #2. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a FIATC Joventut's victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (2-3) crushing them 92-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Quezada scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (3-2) is placed ninth in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Quezada has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.8apg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre (2-2) 63-59 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Strasbourg IG (3-1) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Greer belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg in the four games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (0-5) 86-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Feldeine scored 15 points and added 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (1-4) is placed 15th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This season Feldeine has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Ruben Guillandeaux (198-G-88, college: La Salle, currently plays in Cyprus) helped AEL win their game against the closely-ranked ENAD 69-61 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was his first game for AEL this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Guillandeaux is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 7 rebounds. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Guillandeaux has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Sean Ogirri (188-PG-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against one of league's weakest teams Lobe Huesca crushing them 71-43 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Ogirri's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg. He has dual citizenship: Nigerian and Dominican Republic.

   #7. Tjoe de Paula (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie could not help Leeuwarden (2-3) in their last game. Despite de Paula's good performance Leeuwarden was crushed 92-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Zwolle. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. de Paula also added 3 steals in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Leeuwarden this season. He holds both Dominican Republic and Dutch passports.

   #8. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) was not able to help the league outsider Apollon Patras in their game against Peristeri GS in the Greek A1. Turner scored 6 points in 20 minutes. His team was edged 76-74. This year Turner's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 1.7rpg in the three games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Jose Domingues Del Villar (195-F-84, college: Brewton Parker, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for Espoo Basket in their game against BC Jyvaskyla in the Finnish 1st Division (second division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 97-81. Del Villar's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 5.3rpg.



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Latest victories for TU/Rock, Tln Kalev and Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

TU/Rock, Tln Kalev and Kalev/Cramo won the latest games in Baltic league. The Estonian teams overcame their opponents to better their positions.
Lietkabelis edged Valga 74:60. Tauras Jogela scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, college: Valparaiso) with 18 points and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) scored 19 points.
Juventus beat Valga 88:77. American guard Darrick Leonard (190-G-84, college: Aurora) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nerijus Varnelis chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Edgars Cunda (195-G-84, agency: Court Side) with 17 points and 8 assists and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen scored 20 points and 5 rebounds.
TU/Rock edged Lietkabelis away from home 72:76. Justin Ingram scored 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ivan Nelyubov chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Karolis Babkauskas (186-PG-91) with 18 points and 7 assists and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss scored 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Kalev/Cramo outscored Parnu 80:70. Bamba Fall had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Tanel Sokk chipped in 12 points during the contest. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) replied with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Tarvas meanwhile was beaten by Tln Kalev 73:79 in overtime.



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Dionte Christmas may join CSKA - by Eurobasket News

CSKA may soon add a new player to the roster. They reportedly eye Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple). The guard may change Drew Nicholas (193-G-81, college: Maryland) on the roster. Dionte Christmas spent the pre-season with the Boston Celtics. He was waived several days ago. Last season Dionte Christmas spent in Greece. He played for Rethymno. The guard notched 18.6 points, 4.4 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in A1 League. He was named into All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team. Previously he had stints with Hapoel Afula, Mersin, Nymburk and PAOK.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (195-F-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mugosa, MNT18.0 
 2. Sanadze, GEO17.2 
 3. Burjanadze, GEO16.4 
 4. Prepelic, SLO16.3 
 5. Larentzakis, GRE16.3 
 6. Eriksson, SWE15.9 
 7. Nikolic, MNT15.2 
 8. Omic, SLO15.1 
 9. Pustovyi, UKR14.9 
 10. Antonakis, GRE14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Bobrov, UKR8.9 
 2. Burjanadze, GEO8.4 
 3. Omic, SLO7.7 
 4. Nikolic, MNT7.7 
 5. Gaddefors, SWE7.1 
 6. Trushkin, RUS7.1 
 7. Gobert, FRA7.0 
 8. Jean-Charles, FRA6.8 
 9. Pavic, MNT6.8 
 10. Norman, SWE6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  UKR
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Artamonov, UKR5.3 
 2. Prepelic, SLO4.9 
 3. Cizauskas, LTU4.6 
 4. Westermann, FRA4.3 
 5. Pajovic, MNT4.1 
 6. Laane, EST4.0 
 7. Traini, ITA3.9 
 8. Pkhakadze, GEO3.8 
 9. Antonakis, GRE3.6 
 10. Rupnik, SLO3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dovydas REDIKAS
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Redikas, LTU2.1 
 2. Pozas, ESP2.0 
 3. Lagana, ITA1.9 
 4. Larentzakis, GRE1.7 
 5. Eroglu, TUR1.5 
 6. Timma, LAT1.5 
 7. Dokuyan, TUR1.5 
 8. Cvetkovic, SRB1.3 
 9. Edge, TUR1.3 
 10. Barrera, ESP1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gobert, FRA3.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR2.3 
 3. Nurger, EST1.4 
 4. Nikolic, MNT1.3 
 5. Orlenko, RUS1.3 
 6. Silins, LAT1.2 
 7. Tessitori, ITA1.1 
 8. Omic, SLO1.0 
 9. Vaitiekunas, LTU0.9 
 10. Gaddefors, SWE0.9 



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Lapua signed a D-league player - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga newcomer Korikobrat (Lapua) has signed with American G Dominique Coleman (190-G-84, college: Colorado). This means Lapua has now four American helps, three of them will play at the same time. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) (17,0 ppg - 11,3 rpg), Chris Commons (206-F-84, college: USC Aiken) (15,5 ppg - 5,8 rpg) and B.J. Holmes (180-PG-88, college: Texas A&M) (14,2 ppg - 4,2 apg) will stay on Lapua roster and Coleman will take somebody's place, possibly already tonight, when Korikobrat travels to Lahti and meet YMCA Lahti. Coleman came first time to Finland 2007-08 and played shortly in three Finnish (BC Nokia, YMCA Lahti and Pantterit) clubs. Later Coleman has played shortly in Belgium and in Italy and also in several D-league teams in the USA.
In Division 1A Huima from Aanekoski has now three American players, when G DeAndre Mays (188-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Youngstown St.) started last Sunday scoring 24 points vs Ura Basket (Kaarina). Tarmo (Porvoo) has now two American players, when F Devon McBride (194-G/F-87, college: Kutztown) (11,3 ppg - 2,3 rpg) left back home because of personal reasons. In Division 1B BC Jyvaskyla has signed with two American players, who helped already Team BC JKL to win on Sunday. G Nafis Ricks (188-G, college: Missouri St.) started with a double-double 22pts/14rbs and F Michael Corpening (203-F-87, college: S.Wesleyan) added 18pts/11rbs.



Jeremy Williams signs at London Lightning, ex KTP - by Eurobasket

London Lightning landed 25-year old American small forward Jeremy Williams (200-87, college: UTEP). Williams played most recently at KTP Basket Kotka in Finnish Korisliiga. In 26 games last season he averaged 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played at Quimper UJAP in French ProB that season. In 14 games last year he had 6.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
Williams played in the final of C-USA Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
He graduated from The Univ.of Texas at El Paso in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Balkan League: KK Kozuv hand Kavala first defeat - by Eurobasket News

KK Kozuv - Kavala 79:74

KK Kozuv registered the second win in the Balkan League action. They held off visiting Kavala tonight. KK Kozuv improved at 2-1 record in Group B ladder. They caught up with Kavala in the ladder. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 25 points to lead the charge.
KK Kozuv earned a 19:15 lead at the first break. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The Macedonian side posted a 41:34 halftime lead. KK Kozuv notched 26 points in the third quarter. They entered the final period up by 14 points. However Kavala managed to restore the intrigue. The Greek side Christoforos Stefanidis (184-PG-80) pulled the visitors within three points 74:77. Blazevski answered with two free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) provided 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Vladimir Filipovic (196-SG-85) contributed 11 points in the win. Christoforos Stefanidis answered with 19 points for Kavala. Nemanja Mitrovic (197-G-90, college: Portland) netted 15 points in the loss.

KK Kozuv: Miladin Pekovic 25, Aleksandar Shterjov 15, Vladimir Filipovic 11
Kavala: Christoforos Stefanidis 19, Nemanja Mitrovic 15



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 2: Kutaisi - STU Tbilisi
Nov. 3: Olimpi - Batumi
Nov. 3: Dinamo Tbilisi - Rustavi
Nov. 3: MIA Academy - TSU Tbilisi
Nov. 3: Armia - Samedicino


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lamar KARIM
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (178-PG-83)
  Avg: 27
 1. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.27.0 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi24.5 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.22.0 
 4. Bowie, Rustavi20.5 
 5. Prewitt, MIA A.19.5 
 6. Bakradze, TSU T.19.0 
 7. Matiashvili, Kutai.15.0 
 8. Nelson, Rustavi15.0 
 9. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.14.0 
 10. Shvangiradze, Sok.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.11.5 
 2. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.0 
 3. Prewitt, MIA A.10.5 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.10.5 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.10.0 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.5 
 7. Toudjani, Rustavi8.0 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi7.5 
 9. Chikviladze, Dinam.7.5 
 10. Niniashvili, Dina.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Revaz ROGAVA
  MIA A.
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rogava, MIA A.6.0 
 2. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.5 
 3. Chkareuli, TSU T.5.5 
 4. Baakashvili, Sokhu.5.5 
 5. Nanitashvili, Batu.5.0 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.0 
 7. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.5 
 8. Didia, Kutaisi4.5 
 9. Bowie, Rustavi4.0 
 10. Kadaria, Sokhumi4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bowie, Rustavi4.0 
 2. Dzidziguri, STU T.3.0 
 3. Chochua, Rustavi2.5 
 4. Chikviladze, Dinam.2.0 
 5. Nanitashvili, Batu.2.0 
 6. Chachanidze, Rust.2.0 
 7. Dekanoidze, Sokhu.2.0 
 8. Barbakadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 9. Gabisonia, Samedic.1.5 
 10. Machaladze, STU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.5.5 
 2. Archibeque, MIA A.2.0 
 3. Tukvadze, Samed.1.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.5 
 5. Bekauri, MIA A.1.0 
 6. Kvelashvili, Batumi1.0 
 7. Lezhava, Dinamo T.0.5 
 8. Nelson, Rustavi0.5 
 9. Barbakadze, Kutaisi0.5 
 10. Niniashvili, Dina.0.5 



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Jack Hanley and MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel part company - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B team MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel has parted company with Jack Hanley (193-G/F, college: Occidental). According to the team's website the 21-year-old American could not fulfil the expectations on the basketball court. Hanley, a 2012 graduate of NCAA Division Three school Occidental, will return home shortly. He appeared in five Pro B games for the Wolfenbuettel team, averaging 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. He scored 17 points on game day one against Wulfen, on Saturday against SC Rist Wedel he had two points.


The Artland Dragons Extend Try-Out Contract With Dennis Horner - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Artland Dragons who are currently in sixth place and have a deep roster still want to keep taking a look at Dennis Horner (206-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.) who had been hauled in for a try-out contract on October 15th. Horner is a 24 year old 206cm fprward from New Jersey who so far hasnt seen any Beko BBL action yet. He played at North Carolina State and this is his third professional season. He started his professional basketball career in Europe in 2010 playing in Cyprus and Belgium. Last season he started in the D-league and ended the season playing 8 games for the New Jersey Nets. His try-out contract with the Artland Dragons gets extended for another three and a half weeks.




Jermaine Dixon (I Am Ready To Play Basketball Now) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The basketball business can be so cruel as American Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) found out today as he was released from the MLP Academics Hedielberg of the PRO A. Dixon is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland and the younger brother of former NBA player Juan Dixon who was playing his first season in Germany. Dixon had had a try-out contract with the team. The club thought it was better not to keep him as his knee injury was a high risk. The pain still hadnt left and he still couldnt give 100% on the floor. Not being 100%, the team felt that the American just cant give the club the needed push. In four games Dixon was averaging 14,5ppg, 1,5rpg and 3,0apg. He scored 23 points against Crailsheim and 17 points against Essen. Dixon was a bit miffed about his release and had this statement to give to eurobasket about his release. " I just want everyone to know that early in the pre season I had a bone bruise. I took some time off to let it get healthy and the start of regular season I came back because it was feeling a little better but not fully healthy. I played two games and after it started to hurt again. I was getting treatment on it and sitting out of practice. I played the next game when it wasn't all the way ready. It was a little sore but I knew it was getting better and came Sunday my knee was feeling great. I was playing in the game and someones knee banged into my quad. I couldn't finish the game and instead of the team checking on the injury they thought it was the same knee and decided to let me go. It was just swollen and now it has gone away. I am 100 percent healthy and ready to play basketball now with the next team to bring me in", stressed Jermaine Dixon.




Johnathan Jones (Fraport Skyliners) I Just Want To Get Everyone Involved - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88, agency: TSS Management, college: Oakland) is a 24 year old 183cm guard from Lansing, Michigan that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL and Fraport Skyliners. He played at Oakland from 2006-2010 playing a total of 125 NCAA games. In hiss enior year, he played 35 games: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 84.8%. He broke numerous school records like Set school record in minutes played (4,846) and tied school record as the all-time winningest player over four-year career, 85 wins . Ranks third all-time in school history in steals (196) and 11th in league history . Stands 10th all-time in OU history in points (1,674) and 18th on the league all-time scoring list . His career .816 free throw percentage ranks 10th in league history and T4 in school history . First OU player to surpass 1,300 points and 800 assists. In 2010-2011, he started his professional basketball career with MBK Rieker Komarno (Slovakia-Extraliga) and played there for two seasons. Last season he played 42 games: 16.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 80.2%. He was Slovakian League Finalist -12, Slovakian League Regular Season Champion -12, and Slovakian Cup Finalist -12. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently after the win at Artland.

Congrats on the 89-80 win against the Artland Dragons on the road. Is it true that you only watched video of the Ludwigsburg loss and nothing of the Artland Dragons?

We knew that we played bad in Ludwigsburg on the defensive end. We did watch some video briefly of Artland, but it was most about us and getting back to the defensive principles.

After three quarters the Fraport Skyliners led 62-61. What did Muli Katzurin tell the team to do better in the fourth quarter?

He told us to pick up our intensity on defense. In the first quarter, we played great defense which opened up our offense and got out on transition. We needed to get stops which we did and helped spark our offense.

Even though you gave up 80 points as a team, you defended better than in Ludwigsburg. What did the Fraport Skyliners do better on defense in Artland?

Our defensive pressure. In the first game, we worried too much about our man. We played better team defense, helped out and rotated well.

How tough was the preseason for you with players coming and going?

It was difficult, because you couldnt really get used to the teammates. However with more time on the court with my teammates I have figured who each one is and playing together has gotten easier.

Do you have a lot of pressure to carry the team being that you are the point guard?

I dont think that I really do. We have many guys helping like Dowell and Wright who are good shooters. Tez attacks the rim and Peacock is an inside presence. I try to pick my spots and be aggressive and help the team. I just want to get my teammates involved.

How difficult is it getting used to the Beko BBL. How is it different than the league in Slovakia?

There are more Americans here an dthe Germans are better than the Slovakian players. This league is very balanced. I am still getting used to the physical play. I take it game by game and keep learning.

How does Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin help you best on the court?

He keeps me focused and helps me be more aggressive on the pick and roll and gives me much trust to run the show as point guard.


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

My unselfishness. I just want to get everyone involved. I am also good and knowing what play to call and making sure players get the ball at the right time.

What is the greatest thing that you have seen Quantez Robertson do on the court?

Tez does it all. He has a lot of experience and in tough situations I look to him. He always knows what to do. He does something different in each game which is amazing.

You are form Lansing, Michigan. When did you realize that Magic Johnson was from there?

I knew since a small boy that he was from there. I met him an dit was cool. I played against his high school.

What advice did Magic Johnson give you?

He told me to lead the team as a point guard, but always be aggressive.


Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

Michael Jordan and Tim Hardaway.


You set many school records at Oakland. Which record means the most to you? Possibly the 1300 points and 800 assists?

Yes that is up there as well as having most wins.


What is your most fondest memory at Oakland?

Going to the NCAA tournament and losing only one game in our conference


What is your fondest memory with Larry Wright on the court?

I gave him an ally-op that he dunked home.


How have you helped Larry Wright the last weeks on the court?

Larry is a shooter. He had good shots in Ludwigsburg, but didnt hit so well. I tell him to keep shooting even if he misses he should shoot again.


Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

Russell Westbrook.


You had workouts with the Pacers and Pistons. What kind of experience was that for you?

It was a fun experience. I met the coaches and it was intense at the same time. It started in the morning drills, practice and meetings. It was a long process.


What was your wakeup call in Slovakia?

It was my first time in Europe and I really didnt know what to expect. However I didnt have one. The whole experience was great.


How did Oakland head coach Greg Kampe get you prepared best for a professional basketball career

It was very important that he let me play point guard for four years. I got much experience and he gave me a lot of trust and I was about to grow as a player.


What were the most number of free throws that you made in a row in a practice or game without missing?

I made 50 in a practice and 47 straight in a game in a 4-5 game span.


What was your most crazy shot that you made?

A half court shot.


Who wins a one on one game you or Konstantin Klein?

I would win, but he is a very tough player.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Brooklyns Finest with Wesley Snipes.


Thanks Johnathon for the chat




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Balkan League: KK Kozuv hand Kavala first defeat - by Eurobasket News

KK Kozuv - Kavala 79:74

KK Kozuv registered the second win in the Balkan League action. They held off visiting Kavala tonight. KK Kozuv improved at 2-1 record in Group B ladder. They caught up with Kavala in the ladder. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 25 points to lead the charge.
KK Kozuv earned a 19:15 lead at the first break. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The Macedonian side posted a 41:34 halftime lead. KK Kozuv notched 26 points in the third quarter. They entered the final period up by 14 points. However Kavala managed to restore the intrigue. The Greek side Christoforos Stefanidis (184-PG-80) pulled the visitors within three points 74:77. Blazevski answered with two free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) provided 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Vladimir Filipovic (196-SG-85) contributed 11 points in the win. Christoforos Stefanidis answered with 19 points for Kavala. Nemanja Mitrovic (197-G-90, college: Portland) netted 15 points in the loss.

KK Kozuv: Miladin Pekovic 25, Aleksandar Shterjov 15, Vladimir Filipovic 11
Kavala: Christoforos Stefanidis 19, Nemanja Mitrovic 15



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Bellingham Slam's Poole back in Germany - by Kip Leonetti

Bellingham Slam all-star center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) has returned to Germany to play professionally this winter, the team announced today.

Poole is once again suiting up for the club BG Dorsten, the same team he competed with during the 2011-12 season in Germany's ProB league.

Poole enjoyed a fine 2012 season in Bellingham, averaging 18.8 points and 13.4 rebounds per game on the year and helping lead the Slam to the International Basketball League Championship in July. The 6-foot-6 Saint Martin's University product posted across-the-board increases in his statistics from his rookie season with the Slam in 2011, with his rebounding numbers this season ranking first in the league.

Dubbed a "double-double magnet" by a German sports writer, Poole averaged 14.9 points and 12.9 rebounds per game for BG Dorsten in his first stint with the team last winter. He was twice named as the ProB league's Player of the Week and earned the league's Player of the Month honor last November.

Poole had originally inked a contract with the club BG Leitershofen last spring, but was unable to report to the team after he sustained a foot injury while competing at the Southern California Summer Pro League with the IBL All-Stars in July.

Poole arrived in Germany last week and has already appeared in one game with his new team, scoring 18 points and grabbing 22 rebounds for Dorsten in a 106-95 win over Hannover on October 27.



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  IRAN   

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Al Badr 0-0 
 2. Azad 0-0 
 3. Esteghlal 0-0 
 4. Foolad Mahan 0-0 
 5. Gorgan 0-0 
 6. Mahram 0-0 
 7. Naft Sepahan 0-0 
 8. Petrochimi 0-0 
 9. Sanaye Petrochimi 0-0 
 10. Zanjan 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 1: Gorgan - Petrochimi
Nov. 1: Naft Sepahan - Azad
Nov. 1: Foolad Mahan - Zanjan
Nov. 1: Mahram - Esteghlal
Nov. 1: Sanaye Petrochimi - Al Badr



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 29: UCC Demons - DCU Saints 83-82
Oct. 27: Killester - B.Gais Neptune 63-90
Oct. 27: UCD Marian - UL Eagles 61-73

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 3: UCD Marian - Moycullen
Nov. 3: UL Eagles - Ballon Inter
Nov. 4: DCU Saints - B.Gais Neptune
Nov. 4: UCC Demons - Killester


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  B.Gais N.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Townes, B.Gais N.25.2 
 2. Graham, UCC Demons22.0 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles21.2 
 4. Galvin, UCD Marian20.8 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen20.5 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles17.4 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints15.0 
 8. Chubb, Killester13.4 
 9. McLoughlin, B.Gais12.4 
 10. Statkus, Ballon I.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Delwan GRAHAM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Graham, UCC Demons21.3 
 2. Galvin, UCD Marian16.6 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.13.8 
 4. Sullivan, Moycullen12.0 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.0 
 6. Griksas, Ballon In.8.7 
 7. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.6 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian8.0 
 9. Quill, DCU Saints7.5 
 10. Kelly, UCD Marian7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.4 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.3 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.4 
 5. Anderson, DCU S.3.5 
 6. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.5 
 7. Chubb, DCU Saints3.3 
 8. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.3 
 9. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.3 
 10. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles3.0 
 2. Anderson, DCU S.3.0 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.2.4 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 6. Westbrooks, Killes.2.2 
 7. Cepliauskas, Ballo.2.0 
 8. Graham, UCC Demons2.0 
 9. Summers, Killester2.0 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Paul STAPLETON
  B.Gais N.
  (201-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Stapleton, B.Gais2.4 
 2. Galvin, UCD Marian2.2 
 3. Trimmer, DCU S.1.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.1.8 
 5. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.4 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles1.4 
 7. Quigley, UL Eagles1.3 
 8. Statkus, Ballon I.1.0 
 9. Taylor, UL Eagles0.8 
 10. Graham, UCC Demo.0.7 


Demons Remain Undefeated. - by Patrick Maher

UCC Demons last second win enough to preserve unbeaten start to season

The novelty of a Bank Holiday Monday game was not enough of an oddity to end UCC Demons early season winning streak as they notched their fifth straight win in the Nivea For Mens Superleague with a home win against DCU Saints.

It certainly was not easy however as Demons trailed with just 20 seconds remaining in the game after Mark Nagle connected on two free throws to give the Dubliners a one point lead. Shane Coughlan showed his veteran leadership however and took advantage of a quick inbound to travel coast to coast and get what turned out to be the winning basket.

While Saints managed to get off one last shot, it fell by the wayside and Demons were able to celebrate a first win with their new American player, Kenton Walker, who this week replaced Delwan Graham as Demons hope to establish a greater inside presence to their offence.

Our offence was bit sloppy but that is to be expected with Kentons first game, said Demons head coach Paul Kelleher after the game.

We lead all game but they had the momentum from the second quarter on and caused a few bad turnovers from us. We are delighted to just get the win, we are a long way from where we need to be but every win is important in this league.

Defending champions UL Eagles got themselves back to winning ways over the weekend with a convincing 73 to 61 win over UCD Marian in Dublin.

A strong performance by veteran campaigner Rob Lynch, who scored 22 points in the contest, helped Eagles get the much needed win a week after losing to table toppers UCC Demons at home.

Head coach Mark Keenan was deservedly proud of his players after the game, singling out the teams commitment to winning for special praise.

I was delighted with our effort and the whole performance, he said.

We really turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter. It was a tight enough game but we felt like if we kept at it we would wear down them down eventually and that is what we did in the end.

The other Nivea For Mens Superleague game on Saturday saw another win for a road team in Dublin as Bord Gais Neptune easily saw off the challenge of Killester in the IWA centre in Clontarf.

After losing their first three games of the season, Neptune could have been forgiven for doubting themselves. They have persevered however and with Saturdays win, have now won back to back road games and can genuinely feel confident about re-launching a title challenge.

Speaking after the 90 to 63 win, Neptune head coach Mark Scannell was quick to credit a good spread of scoring for his teams success.

90 points is a lot to put up in a game and we did that tonight, he said.

We had a bunch of guys scoring in good numbers and that is what you want. We got a lot of use out of switching defences and getting some full court pressure and that worked really well for us in the game too.

Saturday October 27th

Nivea For Mens Superleague

UCD Marian: 61 (30) (TS: N Meany 16, J Galvin 11, C Finn 9) UL Eagles: 73 (30) (TS: R Lynch 22, J Killeen 16, R Taylor 15)

Killester: 63 (35) (TS: M Westbrooks 16, L Summers 15, E Chubb 7) Bord Gais Neptune: 90 (49) (TS: D Townes 29, G Noonan 21)

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Donegal Town: 67 (42) (TS: R Muldoon 16, W Timoney 15, J Carty 13) MOF Chemists Titans: 109 (60) (TS: P Peldgius 19, C Macnicholl 17, T Mustapha 11)

Team Garveys St Marys : 46 (17) (TS: D Griffin 12; P Fleming 9; A Fitzgerald 8) Maree: 43 (22) (TS: C Crowley 10; J Brophy 8; K Hansberry 7)

Fr Matthews: 52 (19) (TS: D Vucen 16, P O'Driscol 6, S Cantwell 9) Blue Demons: 55 (38) ( TS: K Hosford 14, T O'Hallran 12, B O'Neill 10)

Team Left Bank Kilkenny : 75 (35) (TS: J Butler 28, P Brennan 17, J O'Keefe 16) Ulster Elks: 71 (39) (P McGaharn 30, C Johnston 12, M McDonald 11)

Sunday October 28th

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

MOF Chemists Titans: 94 (40) (TS: B Barile 30, T Fsbriciuss 18, P Peldzius 17 ) Team Left Bank Kilkenny: 40 (18) (TS: R Walsh 13, J Butler 9, B Hogan 4, P Brennan 4 )

Monday October 29th

Nivea For Mens Superleague

UCC Demons: 83 (48) (TS: K Walker 23, S Coughlan 16, C Cuff 15) DCU Saints: 82 (40) (TS: P Glover 19, M Angle 13, M Trimmer 13)

Courtesy Cian Nihill .... www.basketballireland.ie

Oct 27th /28th at Tralee Co Kerry

St Brendans Basketball Club (Tralee) Men,s Tournament Final result St Brendan,s Win (on the back of Ricardo Leonard) 57 to 38.
in what was a very well organized and run tournament.
Robert Lynch (193-F-78)



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Elitzur Yavne 3-0 
 2. Hod Hasharon 3-0 
 3. Ironi K-A 3-0 
 4. Ironi Ramat Gan 2-1 
 5. Elitzur Ramla 2-1 
 6. Hapoel Kazrin 2-1 
 7. Ironi Nahariya 2-1 
 8. Ironi Nes-Ziona 2-1 
 9. Hapoel Afula 1-2 
 10. Maccabi K/G 1-2 
 11. Hapoel K/S 0-3 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 0-3 
 13. Macc.B.Yaakov 0-3 
 14. Maccabi K/B 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 30: Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel Kazrin 94-75
Oct. 30: Kiryat Tivon - Elitzur Ramla 83-87
Oct. 30: Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi Nahariya 82-80
Oct. 30: Macc.B.Yaakov - Hod Hasharon 81-87
Oct. 30: Maccabi K/G - Hapoel K/S 79-66
Oct. 30: Maccabi K/B - Ironi K-A 64-72
Oct. 30: Hapoel Afula - Ironi Nes-Ziona 63-71

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 6: Ironi K-A - Kiryat Tivon
Nov. 6: Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Kazrin
Nov. 6: Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Yavne
Nov. 6: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi K/B
Nov. 6: Hod Hasharon - Hapoel Afula
Nov. 6: Ironi Nahariya - Macc.B.Yaakov
Nov. 6: Maccabi K/G - Ironi Ramat Gan


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Ironi N.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Clemente, Ironi N.25.0 
 2. Johnson, Hapoel K.23.3 
 3. Odiakosa, Hod H.23.0 
 4. Iram, Macc.B.Y.21.0 
 5. Walker, Hod H.19.7 
 6. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.19.3 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur18.7 
 8. Westbrook, Hapoel17.7 
 9. Hall, Macc.B.Y.17.3 
 10. Murray, Kiryat T.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.0 
 2. Clemente, Ironi N.13.5 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.13.3 
 4. Durham, Hapoel A.12.7 
 5. Jefferson, Maccabi12.0 
 6. Constantine, Hapoe.10.5 
 7. Joyner, Maccabi10.3 
 8. Johnson, Hapoel K.10.3 
 9. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.8.7 
 10. Wright, Elitzur R.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nir GOLAN
  Ironi Nahariya
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Golan, Ironi Nahar.9.5 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.9.0 
 3. Gordon, Hapoel K.6.0 
 4. Carr, Elitzur Ramla5.7 
 5. Brooks, Hapoel K/S5.5 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.5.3 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.5.0 
 8. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.4.7 
 9. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.4.7 
 10. Govens, Ironi K-A4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.3.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.3.3 
 3. Clemente, Ironi N.3.0 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.7 
 5. Hofman, Elitzur2.7 
 6. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.2.7 
 7. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.2.0 
 9. Engel, Ironi N.2.0 
 10. Kent, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.3.0 
 2. Jefferson, Maccabi2.7 
 3. Furman, Maccabi1.3 
 4. Clark, Ironi K-A1.3 
 5. Rum, Maccabi K/G1.0 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.1.0 
 7. Tamir, Ironi R.1.0 
 8. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.0 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.0.7 
 10. McGhee, Elitzur0.7 


National League Round 3: Elitzur Yavne defeats leader Hapoel Kazrin - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Hapoel Kazrin (2-1) on the court of leader Elitzur Yavne on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Elitzur Yavne 94-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Kazrin. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Yavne. Hapoel Kazrin managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Kazrin 40-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for Hapoel Kazrin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Yavne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Ironi K-A. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Elitzur Yavne is looking forward to face Elitzur Ramla (#5) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for Ironi Nes-Ziona (2-1) which played on the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Afula (1-2). Eighth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona won 71-63. It was a great evening for Tal Karpels (195-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Gil Amitay helped adding 15 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) with 17 points and 6 assists. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. They share it with Maccabi K/G. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's second-placed Hod Hasharon (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Ramat Gan between Ironi Ramat Gan and Ironi Nahariya. Seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-1) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-1). Ironi Ramat Gan managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. It was an exceptional evening for Itay Grinboim who led the winners and scored 21 points and 4 assists. Ramon Clemente came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Ramat Gan will meet Maccabi K/G (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Nahariya will play against Beer Yaakov (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Kfar Saba (0-3) and Maccabi K/G (1-2), which took place in Kiryat Gat. Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba lost to fourteenth ranked Maccabi K/G in a road game 66-79. The best player for the winners was Gary Gandel who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi K/G left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel Afula. It was Hapoel Kfar Saba's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Maccabi K/G's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3: Ironi K-A beat Maccabi K/B on the road 72-64. Winless Kiryat Tivon lost to Elitzur Ramla on its own court 83-87. Hod Hasharon managed to outperform Macc.B.Yaakov in a road game 87-81.


Maccabi K/B - Ironi K-A 64-72

No shocking result in a game when leader Ironi Kiryat Ata (3-0) beat on the road bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (0-3) 72-64. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 24-10 charge of Ironi Kiryat Ata, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dallis Joyner (200-90, college: Stony Brook) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tal Parselani (195-87) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Ironi Kiryat Ata have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Elitzur Yavne. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata's next round opponent will be Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play on the road against Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: C.Watson 18+9reb, K.Izik 15+9reb+1ast, D.Govens 10+5reb+4ast, I.Clark 10+4reb+4ast, I.Nanikashvili 6+4reb+8ast, A.Nanikashvili 6+1reb
Maccabi K/B: T.Parselani 17+5reb+5ast, D.Joyner 14+14reb+1ast, L.Furman 11+8reb+4ast, A.Barak 8+7reb+1ast, M.Shamis 6+1reb, J.Tubbs 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197755


Kiryat Tivon - Elitzur Ramla 83-87

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Kiryat Tivon (0-3) lost at home to ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (2-1) 87-83. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-19 Kiryat Tivon's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-83 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kiryat Tivon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Tasheed Carr (193-85, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Wright is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Elitzur Ramla's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Tomer Ber-Aven (196-92) who recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals and American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Kiryat Tivon at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be league's leader Elitzur Yavne at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kiryat Tivon will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: T.Carr 19+6reb+9ast, A.Wright 16+8reb+3ast, R.Buchbinder 16+3reb+1ast, D.Tamir 8+4reb+2ast, O.Zinderman 8+3reb+2ast, O.Cohen 7+6reb
Kiryat Tivon: T.Ber-Aven 21+5reb+7ast, G.Murray 19+8reb+2ast, T.Darby 17+5reb, S.Farine 16+7reb+4ast, R.Yavzuri 6+3reb+2ast, N.Levy 2+2ast
gschID: 197757


Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel Kazrin 94-75

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Hapoel Kazrin (2-1) on the court of leader Elitzur Yavne on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Elitzur Yavne 94-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Kazrin. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Yavne. Hapoel Kazrin managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Kazrin 40-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) added 13 points in the effort for Hapoel Kazrin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Yavne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Ironi K-A. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Elitzur Yavne is looking forward to face Elitzur Ramla (#5) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 23+5reb+4ast, N.Matalon 18+6reb+1ast, P.Paelay 13+4reb+4ast, I.Nesterenko 12+5reb, M.McGhee 9+13reb+3ast, L.Shem-Tov 8+2reb+4ast
Hapoel Kazrin: G.Johnson 25+12reb+1ast, L.Westbrook 13+1reb+3ast, I.Nir 12+1reb, L.Schwartzwalt 7, A.Kazarnovski 7+6reb, A.Gordon 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 197756


Hapoel Afula - Ironi Nes-Ziona 63-71

Another interesting game for Ironi Nes-Ziona (2-1) which played on the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Afula (1-2). Eighth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona won 71-63. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Hapoel Afula won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ironi Nes-Ziona won last quarter 25-18. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Afula's 24. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 20 Hapoel Afula turnovers. It was a great evening for Tal Karpels (195-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Gil Amitay (197-89) helped adding 15 points. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) with 17 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) scored 8 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. They share it with Maccabi K/G. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's second-placed Hod Hasharon (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Karpels 16+3reb+4ast, G.Amitay 15+3reb+3ast, G.Blair 12+4reb+4ast, B.Benn 10+8reb, R.Zehavian 10+1reb, T.Michael Dunne 8+6reb+5ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Fisher 17+3reb+6ast, O.Blayzer 10+6reb+2ast, E.Eliyah 8+4reb+3ast, A.Durham 8+12reb+5ast, R.Barzilai 7+1ast, L.Ariely 6
gschID: 197754


Macc.B.Yaakov - Hod Hasharon 81-87

Very predictable result when leader Hod Hasharon (3-0) won against on the road bottom-ranked Beer Yaakov (0-3) 87-81. It looked good early as Beer Yaakov took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hod Hasharon took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. Hod Hasharon outrebounded Beer Yaakov 41-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Beer Yaakov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 31 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ironi K-A and Elitzur Yavne. Beer Yaakov at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be Hapoel Afula (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. Beer Yaakov will play against Ironi Nahariya and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 31+3reb+3ast, C.Odiakosa 22+19reb+2ast, I.Stolero 13+4reb+2ast, O.Hover 8+3reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 7+3reb, G.Dotan 3+1reb
Macc.B.Yaakov: B.Laing 23+5reb+2ast, J.Hall 23+10reb+2ast, I.Iram 19+5reb, A.Eliyahu 12+9ast, Z.Volfer 2+4reb+3ast, O.Ida 2+2reb
gschID: 197753


Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi Nahariya 82-80

A very close game took place in Ramat Gan between Ironi Ramat Gan and Ironi Nahariya. Seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-1) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-1). Ironi Ramat Gan managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Ironi Ramat Gan made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Ironi Nahariya 34-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for guard Itay Grinboim (193-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 4 assists. American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) added 25 points respectively for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Ramat Gan will meet Maccabi K/G (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Nahariya will play against Beer Yaakov (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: I.Grinboim 21+4reb+4ast, A.Tamir 17+6reb, T.Kent 15+7reb+1ast, I.Mayor 9+3reb+3ast, K.Ramsey 8+10reb+2ast, D.Assaf 6+2reb+3ast
Ironi Nahariya: R.Clemente 29+14reb+3ast, A.McCoy 25+2reb+1ast, M.Moscovitz 10+3reb, A.Zelkovits 7+1reb+5ast, E.Saudai 6+1reb, J.Baze 3
gschID: 197752


Maccabi K/G - Hapoel K/S 79-66

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Kfar Saba (0-3) and Maccabi K/G (1-2), which took place in Kiryat Gat. Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba lost to fourteenth ranked Maccabi K/G in a road game 66-79. It looked good early as Hapoel Kfar Saba took an 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi K/G took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 13 points. 27 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Kfar Saba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Five Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi K/G left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel Afula. It was Hapoel Kfar Saba's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Maccabi K/G's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: G.Gandel 24+13reb+4ast, J.Jefferson 21+11reb, A.Fisher 17+2reb+5ast, O.Ron 7+1reb+2ast, T.Pisecki 4+3reb, D.Katzaf 4+1reb
Hapoel K/S: A.Harush 14+4reb+2ast, A.Constantine 13+14reb, B.Brooks 13+6reb+7ast, R.Elbaz 12+5reb, E.Rotemberg 11+8reb+1ast, O.Lev 3+1reb
gschID: 197751



Canada's NT VP of hoops Rowan Barrett invites Israel to friendly games - by David Pick

Executive vice-president of Canada Basketball Rowan Barrett has honored Israel's senior men's national team with a request to play a pair of exhibition games against Canada next summer, in preparation of Israel's European Championship games and Canada's FIBA Americas Championship tournament.

Barrett, a retired professional player and ex-Israeli league baller, played for Israel's Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Ramat-Hasharon between 1994 and early 2000. Barrett also played in Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and France and was captain of the Canadian national team that finished seventh in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Barrett is also the national assistant of the Los Angeles Lakers' two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and Canada's General Manager Steve Nash.

Barrett hopes to hold games at the Air Canada Centre, home of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and in Montreal. Barrett assured he would cover all of Israel's expenses, including flights and accommodation. Canada has a large Jewish community and several Jewish organizations that will also participate in funding Israel's trip.

In a letter sent to Israel's national coach Arik Shivek (Agency: Avi Zilberman), Barrett said: "Throughout my years in Israel I've come to appreciate the great passion and understanding that people there have towards basketball, and I look forward to developing a consistent relationship between both countries.

Israel's Shivek commented: "This is a lucrative invitation for Israel and there is no doubt it will be an extraordinary experience for everyone. However, we will only accept Canada's offer if the trip doesn't collide with our 2013 EuroBasket training and preparations.

Canada's national roster features two NBAers in recent Miami Heat champion Joel Anthony and San Antonio Spurs' Cory Joseph.




David Blatt and Russian national team part ways - by David Pick

Maccabi Tel Aviv's American-Israeli coach David Blatt (Agency: Beo Basket) will no longer serve as head coach of Russia's national team, Blatt informed the Russian Basketball Federation earlier today.

"Russia was a big part of my professional life. Our common achievements were exceptional and historical, and our impact on Russian basketball growth was tremendous," Blatt said in a statement issued by the Russian Basketball Federation.

"These seven mutual years were amazing and I quit while Russian basketball is at a peak as the entire basketball world follows it closely," said Blatt, one of Europe's most successful coaches.

"I want to thank the players who worked hard and sacrificed a lot in order to accomplish our achievements and medals. I'd like to thanks the coaches, managers and employees, who have contributed a lot to the success of the team. I also wish to thank the people of Russia, who received me with open arms as if I were one of their own," he added.

After joining the Russian federation during the 2005-06 season, Blatt led Russia to a Gold medal at the 2007 EuroBasket championship games, shocking the reigning European champions from Spain by a score of 60-59. With Russia, Blatt clinched a Bronze medal at the 2011 EuroBasket games.

Blatt also drove the Russian national team to an unforgettable Bronze campaign during the 2012 London Olympics.





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Milano in talks with Obradovic? - by Giovanni Bargna

The early rumours were reported a week ago, then Livio Proli officially denied they're in talks with Zeljco Obradovic.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano is facing a very bad period early in the season. The team has a 2-3 record in the italian league and managed two unacceptable losses with Avellino and, most recently, with Reggio Emilia. Though they did better in the Euroleague with 2 wins and one loss it seems that Sergio Scariolo, part of this 'project' since last year, is quite far from reaching the minimum goals for a team with such an heavy budget.
Proli announced that the coach will stay in Milan for the whole season, but in Greece (reported by basketnet.gr) they keep on saying Milano is in talks with the serbian coach.
Could this be true?

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Pesaros Andrea Traini out for 5 months - by Eurobasket

Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro (SerieA) cannot count on their guard Andrea Traini (184-80kg-92) for next 5 months. 20-year old Traini torn his ACL in a game against Dinamo Sassari and will have to undergo a surgery. It was really very big step i his career as he became very confident in SerieA level. In 5 SerieA games this season he had 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in SerieA last season but he recorded just 0.8ppg, before he was sent to La Fortezza Recanati in Nazionale A. In 17 games last year he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg (top 4) and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
Traini was voted Italian U19 Championship 1st Team All-Star in 2011. He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pesaros Andrea Traini out for 5 months - by Eurobasket

Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro (SerieA) cannot count on their guard Andrea Traini (184-80kg-92) for next 5 months. 20-year old Traini torn his ACL in a game against Dinamo Sassari and will have to undergo a surgery. It was really very big step i his career as he became very confident in SerieA level. In 5 SerieA games this season he had 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in SerieA last season but he recorded just 0.8ppg, before he was sent to La Fortezza Recanati in Nazionale A. In 17 games last year he recorded 10.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg (top 4) and 2.4spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league.
Traini was voted Italian U19 Championship 1st Team All-Star in 2011. He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hrvoje Peric joins Vanoli Cremona - by Antonello Varallo

After the important success against Montegranaro, Vanoli Cremona announced the agreement with the experienced forward Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85). The croatian player, strong body with good offensive skills, is not a new face for Italian Serie A. Two year ago he played with Benetton Treviso, ending 2010/2011 with 7.7ppg (season high of 20 points scored against Sassari), 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 71.9% in 36 Serie A games and 7.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.0% in 16 EuroCup games. Last season, Peric played Euroleague with Unicaja Malaga, averaging 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 7.1%, FT: 71.0% in 15 games. During his career, he also played with KK Split.


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  JAMAICA   


The Grizzlies released Jerome Jordan - by Eurobasket

Memphis Grizzlies released 26-year old Jamaican international center Jerome Jordan (213-100kg-86, college: Tulsa). He also spent pre-season at the Rockets earlier that year.
The last season Jordan played at the Knicks. In 22 NBA games last year he had just 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played at Erie Bay Hawks that season. In 8 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5bpg. The other team Jordan played shortly was Krka in Slovenian league. In four Eurocup games he recorded 11.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg. He also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 12.2ppg and 5.2rpg.
Two years ago Jordan was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (44th overall). He attended The University of Tulsa until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball. Jordans team won Slovenian Supercup.
He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 2nd Team in 2012. Jordan also represented Jamaica at the CARICOM Championships six years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were : 5 games: 2.6ppg.
Jordan has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KOSOVO   


Sigal Prishtina in Balkan League - by Dren Shporta

The former champions of Kosova, Sigal Prishtina, will challenge in the Balkan League of basketball, BIBL. The news was firstly stated in Borozani.com, sports portal of Kosovo. With this, Kosova will brake the isolation of basketball for the first time, since Universiteti was a part of Woman Trocal League.

The news is also confirmed from Artan Rugova, director of the Sigal Prishtina, specially for eurobasket.com. He has added that the first match will be played in Prishtina on 27/28 of November.

The president of the Balkan League, Shay Shtricks, visited for two days Kosova and after a inspection of courts and clubs organization has decided that one of the kosovar teams has to be the part of BIBL. Today was announced that the team that will play there is Sigal Prishtina.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 30: Jelgava - Liepaja 79-62
Oct. 31: Valmiera - Barons kvartals
Oct. 31: Jurmala - VEF Riga
Nov. 2: VEF Riga - Jekabpils
Nov. 4: LU - Turiba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Peiners, LU18.5 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.16.5 
 3. Apsitis, Turiba16.3 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.8 
 5. Krumins, Valmiera15.3 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera14.8 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala13.8 
 8. Hill jr., Jekabpils13.6 
 9. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.13.5 
 10. Sokolovs, Turiba13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.4 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.5 
 3. Mednis, Jurmala8.0 
 4. Dargais, LU7.5 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.0 
 7. Gulbis, Barons k.6.8 
 8. Magone, Liepaja6.6 
 9. Helmanis, Liepaja6.4 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Ventspils
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sims, Ventspils5.5 
 2. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.4 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmiera4.5 
 4. Metra, Barons k.4.3 
 5. Krumins, Valmiera4.3 
 6. Peiners, LU4.0 
 7. Silavs, Jelgava3.6 
 8. Rudmiezis, Turiba3.3 
 9. Plavnieks, U183.3 
 10. Miezis, Barons k.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ventspils
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Teel, Ventspils2.5 
 2. Miezis, Barons k.2.3 
 3. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.3 
 4. Ezerskis, Liepaja2.2 
 5. Coders, Jurmala2.0 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.0 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.2.0 
 8. Sims, Ventspils1.8 
 9. Peiners, LU1.5 
 10. Metra, Barons k.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jurijs ALEKSEJEVS
  Jekabpils
  (202-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.5 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. O''Brien, Jekabpils1.2 
 4. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Pasecniks, U181.0 
 6. Gulbis, Barons k.1.0 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera1.0 
 8. Duselis, Jelgava0.8 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. Mizis, Jelgava0.8 


Ventspils improved to 5-0 record in BBL - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils improved to 5-0 record in BBL. The Latvian side overcame Naglis Palangos 83:50.
Naglis Palangos was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Naglis Palangos to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 41-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Davis Lejasmeiers (192-G-91) scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Parrish Brown (185-G-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Maryland) with 12 points and 6 assists and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-G-89) scored 14 points. Ventspils have an impressive five-game winning streak.
Naglis Palangos will play at home against TTU in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Ventspils will face TTU on November 3rd.



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  LEBANON   


Updated foreigners List before the league kicks-off - by Rabih Khoury

LBL Season 2012/2013 List Foreigners:

Sagesse:
Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, college: Mississippi) & DeShawn Sims (203-F-88, college: Michigan)

Champville:
Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) & Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Providence)


Riyadi:
Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) & Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) (218-C-78)

Mouttahed:
Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) & Kevin Houston (178-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Long Beach St.)

Amchit:
Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) & Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton)

Byblos:
Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) & Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, college: Oklah.Baptist)

Hoops:
Larry Blair (183-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Liberty) & Ersid Luca (212-C-81)

Antranik:
Asenso Ampim (198-F, college: Columbia) & Novar Gadson (200-G/F)

Anibal:
Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) & Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra)

Bejjeh:
Harold Jamison (204-C-76, college: Clemson) & Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.)




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  LITHUANIA   


Rudupis conquer Group C of Baltic league - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis conquer Group C of Baltic league with 6-0 record. The team overcame Sakalai 91:64 to continue their winning streak. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) scored 17 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Gediminas Orelikas chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) with 12 points and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-C-93) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Ventspils meanwhile beat Naglis Palangos 83:50. Naglis Palangos was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Naglis Palangos to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 41-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Davis Lejasmeiers scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Parrish Brown (185-G-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Maryland) with 12 points and 6 assists and guard Evaldas Lengvinas scored 14 points. Ventspils have an impressive five-game winning streak.
Lietkabelis edged Valga 74:60. Tauras Jogela (203-F-93) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Raitis Grafs with 18 points and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) scored 19 points.
Juventus beat Valga 88:77. American guard Darrick Leonard (190-G-84, college: Aurora) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nerijus Varnelis chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Edgars Cunda with 17 points and 8 assists and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen scored 20 points and 5 rebounds.



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  MALTA   


Floriana advance into MBA Shield semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Floriana reached MBA Shield semifinals. They overcame Loyola 68:55 in the decisive encounter. Phillip Thomas (203-F-89, college: Portland St.) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Floriana ensured a 32:23 halftime lead. They maintained it throughout the third quarter. Floriana entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points. Loyola narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) came up with 16 points for the winners. Loyola answered with 17 points from Billy Zammit (160-PG-90). Jeal Paul Azzopardi (81) netted 16 points in the loss.
Luxol stole a 69:66 win over Athleta but could not make it into playoffs. Christopher Cordina (165-G-95) nailed 26 points for the winners. Stephen Shackleford (198-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: UTSA) added 20 points for Luxol. Omar Said (177-PG-80) and Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) answered with 18 points for Athleta.



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  MEXICO   


Garcia number one in Mexican LNBP for round 18 - by Eurobasket News

Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Panteras, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Corr.Victoria (#11, 7-11) 79-69. Panteras maintains the 5th position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panteras will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. Garcia turned to be Panteras' top player in his first season with the team. Former Kentucky Wesleyan College star has very solid stats this year. Garcia leads league in rebounds with 10.8rpg. Garcia is in league's top in and averages impressive 67.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Eugene Phelps (198-F) of Abejas. Phelps had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Abejas lost that game 88-97 to the higher-ranked Halc.Xalapa (#1, 17-1). Abejas managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Phelps is a newcomer at Abejas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.6ppg (#5). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Barreteros (#8). Habel scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Habel's great performance Barreteros lost 89-97 to slightly lower-ranked Huracanes (#9, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Barreteros needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Habel has a very solid season. In 15 games in Mexico he scored 19.1ppg. He also has 7.0rpg, 1.9bpg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83) of Panteras - 37 points and 2 rebounds
5. Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F) of Abejas - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. John Ruffus (207-F/C-81) of Gigantes - 30 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Pioneros - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jason Horton (188-G-86) of Barreteros - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Toros - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Stephen Soriano (201-F-84) of Pioneros - 21 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  MOLDOVA   


SK Politech Chisinau keep the majority of the squad - by Eurobasket News

SK Politech Chisinau keep the majority of the squad for 2012/2013 seaosn. The team announced the players fin the roster.
SK Politech Chisinau re-signed 21-year old forward Dmitry Chumarev (187-F-91). He will enter another season with the team.
SK Politech Chisinau re-signed 26-year old guard Sergei Moskalyuk (192-G-86). He has played previously for another Moldovan team: BC UASM Chisinau.
SK Politech Chisinau confirmed in their roster 22-year old domestic center Sergei Akulov (198-C-90) and 20-year old center Alexander Potopnyk (195-C-92).
Andrei Cojocaru (188-F-90) will enter his second season with the team. He has played previously for another Moldovan team: BC UTM Chisinau.
Leon Kolesnik (199-F-92), Ruslan Stavchuk (192-C-91), Alexander Skobioale (187-G-90) and Maxim Parasciuc (185-PG-88) will be also in the team. Parasciuc previously for another Moldovan team: BC UTM Chisinau.
SK Politech Chisinau aslo re-signed 22-year old forward Cyril Gan (190-F-90).



Donbasket announced the changes in the roster - by Eurobasket News

Donbasket announced the changes in the roster for 2012/2013 season.
BC Donbasket Donduseni added to their roster 21-year old forward Stepan Gordienko (190-F-91). Gordienko played last season at BC UASM Chisinau (D1). He helped his team to make it to the League Semifinals 2012.
They also added to their roster 33-year old guard Mihail Chalov (180-G-79). Chalov played last season at BC UASM Chisinau (D1). Chalov has played previously for another Moldovan team: Orhey.
BC Donbasket Donduseni confirmed in their roster 26-year old domestic center Vitaliy Oprea (200-C-86) and I Kropotov (209-C-88). BC Donbasket Donduseni (D1) confirmed in their roster 25-year old domestic international forward Evgheni Nartov (200-F-87). Nartov also represented Moldova at the European Championships Group C in Edinburgh four years ago.He has played previously for another Moldovan team: BC ASEM Chisinau.
BC Donbasket Donduseni (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old point guard Stefan Efros (178-PG-93). Efros played last season at BC UASM Chisinau (D1). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Efros represented Moldova at the European Championships U18 Div.C in San Marino last year.He has played also professionally in Moldova (Moldova National Team U18).
BC Donbasket Donduseni confirmed in their roster 27-year old domestic forward Evgeniy Zhignya (187-F-85) and Juri Zaritskiy (211-C-66).



BC Gamma Cahul announced the roster - by Eurobasket News

BC Gamma Cahul announced the roster for the 2012/2013 season.
BC Gamma Cahul (D1) landed 29-year old Ukrainian forward Evgeni Tkachenko (204-F-83).Tkachenko played most recently at Fireball in D1. However his team was relegated to A.He won Ukrainian Higher League championship title in 2011. Tkachenko represented Ukraine at the Global Games U21 in Dallas nine years ago. He has played previously professionally in Belarus (BK Grodno-93) and Ukraine (BC Odessa, Vozko, Kryvbasbasket, Hoverla and Cherkasy).
BC Gamma Cahul confirmed in their roster 31-year old Moldovan ex-international guard Roman Rusu (192-G-81). He is a dual citizen owning also Ukrainian passport. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Rusu represented Moldova at the European Championships Div.C in Malta two years ago.He has played also professionally in Ukraine (Budivelnyk, VPVO Kiev and Halychyna).
BC Gamma Cahul re-signed 19-year old forward Egor Nistor (202-F-93). Nistor represented Moldova at the European Championships U18 Div.C in San Marino last year.
BC Gamma Cahul re-signed 24-year old former international guard Maxim Rusu (196-G-88). He was also a member of Moldovan international program for some years. Rusu played for Moldovan Senior National Team between 2008 and 2010 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2006. He represented Moldova at the European Championships Div.C in Malta two years ago.
BC Gamma Cahul (D1) confirmed in their roster 18-year old guard Eugeniu Pogorelov (180-G-94) and re-signed 21-year old guard Stanislav Tiahare.



BC UASM Chisinau inked Alexei Andrus - by Eurobasket News

BC UASM Chisinau inked Alexei Andrus for 2012/2013 season. He has a double citizenship as he also holds Romanian passport. Andrus played most recently at PGU-SDUSHOR-4 Tiraspol in D1. Andrus also represented Moldova at the European Championships Div.C in Malta two years ago.He has played also professionally in Ukraine (Khimik) and Romania (CSU Sibiu, Politehnica and Brasov).
BC UASM Chisinau (D1) re-signed 24-year old international forward Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F-88). He helped them to make it to the semifinals.Priscepnii won Moldovan League championship title in 2011. He also represented Moldova at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sibiu (Romania) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 42.9%.
BC UASM Chisinau (D1) confirmed in their roster 23-year old domestic international power forward Alexei Onila. Onila has played previously for another Moldovan team: BC ASEM Chisinau.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Furstenfeld Panthers waived Ivan Zejak - by Darko Pekic

The BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) have parted ways after just three games into the season. The forward from Montenegro couldn't convince the Panthers management to keep him on their roster. Zejak appeared in two games for the Panthers, both losses, and averaged 3.0ppg along with 2.3rpg per game in just a bit more than 15 minutes per contest.

Zejak, who played last season fro Lovcen, arrived to Austria at the beginning of the season. He played previously for Mediterand and ABS Primorje



Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic hold off Mornar Bar for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Mornar Bar 85:79 (OT)

Djuro Djakovic earned the first win in Balkan League season. They overcame Mornar Bar in overtime thriller to climb at 1-2 record in Group A. Mornar Bar in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) stepped up with 20 points coming off the bench to lead the hosts.
Djuro Djakovic got to a perfect start. They established a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. But Mornar Bar struck right back as they narrowed the gap and eventually surged ahead for a 38:36 halftime lead. Djuro Djakovic did not allow the Montenegrin team to clear off in the third quarter. The hosts narrowed the deficit to a single point at the final break. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame. Kljaic sank two free throws late in regulation to send the game into overtime. Djiro Djakovic then fired 11 points in the extra period and celebrated the victory. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) nailed 16 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Marko Bakovic (204-C/F-93) added 15 points for the hosts. Andrej Pajovic (188-G-92) answered with 21 points for Mornar Bar. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Djuro Djakovic: Marino Sarlija 20, Marko Batina 16, Marko Bakovic 15
Mornar Bar: Andrej Pajovic 21, Lazar Radosavljevic 12, Nikola Rondovic 12



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Brooklyn N. 0-0 
 2. New York K. 0-0 
 3. Philadelph.76 0-0 
 4. Toronto R. 0-0 
 5. Boston C. 0-1 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 1-0 
 2. Chicago B. 0-0 
 3. Detroit P. 0-0 
 4. Indiana P. 0-0 
 5. Milwaukee B. 0-0 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 1-0 
 2. Atlanta H. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte B. 0-0 
 4. Orlando M. 0-0 
 5. Washington W. 0-1 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 0-0 
 2. Minnesota T. 0-0 
 3. Oklah.City T. 0-0 
 4. Portland TB 0-0 
 5. Utah Jazz 0-0 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 0-0 
 2. LA Clippers 0-0 
 3. Phoenix Suns 0-0 
 4. Sacramento K. 0-0 
 5. LA Lakers 0-1 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 1-0 
 2. Houston R. 0-0 
 3. Memphis G. 0-0 
 4. N.Orleans H. 0-0 
 5. San Antonio S. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 30: Cleveland C. - Washington W. 94-84
Oct. 30: LA Lakers - Dallas M. 91-99
Oct. 30: Miami Heat - Boston C. 120-107

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 31: Toronto R. - Indiana P.
Oct. 31: Philadelph.76 - Denver N.
Oct. 31: Detroit P. - Houston R.
Oct. 31: Chicago B. - Sacramento K.
Oct. 31: N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S.
Oct. 31: Utah Jazz - Dallas M.
Oct. 31: Phoenix Suns - Golden St.W.
Oct. 31: LA Clippers - Memphis G.
Oct. 31: Portland TB - LA Lakers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyrie IRVING
  Cleveland C.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 29
 1. Irving, Cleveland29.0 
 2. Wade, Miami Heat29.0 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.0 
 4. Pierce, Boston C.23.0 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers23.0 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers22.0 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.20.0 
 8. Allen, Miami Heat19.0 
 9. Bosh, Miami Heat19.0 
 10. Howard, LA Lakers19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.23.0 
 2. Gasol, LA Lakers13.0 
 3. Garnett, Boston C.12.0 
 4. Bass, Boston C.11.0 
 5. Brand, Dallas M.11.0 
 6. James, Miami Heat10.0 
 7. Thompson, Clevelan.10.0 
 8. Bosh, Miami Heat10.0 
 9. Howard, LA Lakers10.0 
 10. Marion, Dallas M.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.0 
 2. Chalmers, Miami He.11.0 
 3. Varejao, Clevelan.9.0 
 4. Gasol, LA Lakers6.0 
 5. Blake, LA Lakers6.0 
 6. Price, Washingt.6.0 
 7. Beaubois, Dallas M.5.0 
 8. Thompson, Clevelan.5.0 
 9. Pierce, Boston C.5.0 
 10. Crawford, Washing.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dion WAITERS
  Cleveland C.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Waiters, Cleveland3.0 
 2. World Peace, LA La.3.0 
 3. Chalmers, Miami He.3.0 
 4. Ariza, Washingt.3.0 
 5. Collison, Dallas M.3.0 
 6. James, Miami Heat2.0 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 8. Webster, Washingt.2.0 
 9. Pierce, Boston C.2.0 
 10. Gee, Cleveland C.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emeka OKAFOR
  Washingt.
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Okafor, Washingt.4.0 
 2. Wright, Dallas M.3.0 
 3. Gasol, LA Lakers3.0 
 4. Bosh, Miami Heat3.0 
 5. Ariza, Washingt.2.0 
 6. Garnett, Boston C.2.0 
 7. Varejao, Clevelan.2.0 
 8. Gibson, Cleveland1.0 
 9. Marion, Dallas M.1.0 
 10. Booker, Washingt.1.0 


The Grizzlies released Ronald DuPree - by Eurobasket

Memphis Grizzlies released 31-year old swingman Ronald DuPree (199-95kg-81, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports).
The most of last season he spent at Aget Service in Italian Lega2. In 9 games last year he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg. DuPree also played at Regatas Corrientes in Argentinian LigaA earlier that season. In 9 games he recorded 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2003 Gary Steelheads selected him in second round (11th overall) in the CBA draft.
DuPree attended Louisiana State University and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
He won D-League West Division championship title in 2009.
DuPree was also voted Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 2nd Team in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Germany (Telekom Baskets), other NBA teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Tulsa 66ers and Utah Flash).

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Nuggets agreed with Ty Lawson for 4-year $48M extension - by Eurobasket

Denver Nuggets agreed to exttent 25-year old point guard Ty Lawson (180-88kg-87, college: N.Carolina) contract for another 4 years. The extension was worth $48 million. In 68 NBA games last season he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 6.5apg and 1.3spg. Lawson also played at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL that season. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 6 LKL games last year he recorded 7.7ppg and 1.7apg. Lawson also played 7 games in Euroleague where he recorded 7.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. He also played 6 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.
Three years ago Lawson was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (18th overall). The former University of North Carolina staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Lawson won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2010.
He was also voted ACC Player of the Year, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team and CBSSports.com NCAA All-America 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Record-tying 84 international players on opening-night rosters - by Eurobasket

Opening-night rosters for the 2012-13 NBA season feature a record-tying 84 international players, previously set in 2010-11, from 37 countries and territories. The opening-night record for countries and territories is 38, and was also set in the 2010-11 season. Twenty-nine of the 30 teams feature at least one international player.
The San Antonio Spurs have a record for the most ever international players on a team roster with eight, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves with five each. Five teams have four players (Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, and Toronto Raptors), and 11 teams have three players.
France is the most represented country, boasting 10 players, and Canada follows with the country's most players ever with eight. Brazil and Spain each have five players on team rosters.
San Antonio takes the title for the most internationally diverse team, with six countries represented: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, and US Virgin Islands. Also boosting the record number this year are 17 international rookies from 12 countries.
At the end of the 2011-12 regular season, the NBA featured 78 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive).

Courtesy of NBA.com



LA Clippers waived Leslie - by Eurobasket

Los Angeles Clippers waived 22-year old guard Travis Leslie (193-93kg-90, college: Georgia). He played there also last season. But in 10 NBA games he recorded just 1.4ppg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals. Leslie also played at Bakersfield Jam that season. In 14 D-League games he averaged 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg.
Last year he was drafted by the Clippers in second round (47th overall). Leslie attended University of Georgia until 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
He received All-SEC 2nd Team award in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Knickswill sideline Amare Stoudemire for 6-8 weeks - by Eurobasket

New York Knicks cannot count on services of 30-year old ex-international forward Amare Stoudemire (208-110kg-82). He will be sidelined for six to eight weeks due to an surgical procedure to repair his injured left knee. In 51 NBA games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.0apg.
In 2002 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns in first round (9th overall). Stoudemire has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
Stoudemire won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2005 and 2007.
He was also voted All-NBA 2nd Team in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Stoudemire represented USA at the Olympic Games in Athens eight years ago.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



NBA Season opens with three games - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland C. - Washington W. 94-84
Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) was already having the most prolific rebounding game of his career when he looked at the scoreboard and noticed he was close to his first triple-double. One point, one assist was all he needed. "I was like, 'Whoa, I wish I had a little bit more time,"' he said with a smile. On a night when Cleveland unveiled its backcourt of the future, Anderson Varejao did a little bit of everything for the Cavaliers, who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before holding on and beating the short-handed Washington Wizards 94-84 on Tuesday night in the first game on the NBA schedule. Playing his first home game after missing the final 41 last season with a broken wrist, Anderson Varejao had a career-high 23 rebounds. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 29 points and rookie Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) added 17 for the Cavs, who needed big plays from Irving and Anderson Varejao in the final minutes to hold off the Wizards. Anderson Varejao, the Cavs' 6-foot-11 frizzy-haired Brazilian bundle of energy, added nine points and had a career-high nine assists, two setting up dunks by Tristan Thompson in the last two minutes. Irving, who typically dishes during the game, handed his teammate a big compliment afterward. "It's the greatest feeling in the world just having somebody that you know what you're going to get from them every single night," Irving said of Anderson Varejao. "He almost had a triple-double, that's typical Andy." Jordan Crawford scored 11 points to lead the Wizards, who were without star point guard John Wall, power forward Nene and forward Kevin Seraphin. Wall, the former No. 1 overall pick, is expected to be out until late November with a knee injury and the Wizards missed him badly as rookie guard Bradley Beal and AJ Price combined to shoot 4 of 21. Beal scored eight points -- all in the first half -- and Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) had 10 points. Washington coach Randy Wittman has high hopes for his young team, but he won't know what he has until he gets Wall and Nene, who is out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, on the court. "That wasn't the team I've seen the last four weeks," Wittman said. "I watched them do things tonight that I didn't ever see these guys do. They [Cavaliers] dictated the tempo, which I thought was key. We can't get beat up on the boards like we did (54-39) or shoot free throws like we did [12 of 20] and have a realistic chance to win." Irving, the NBA's reigning rookie of the year, began his second season with a strong performance alongside Waiters, a surprising No. 4 overall pick by the Cavs. Waiters didn't start a game at Syracuse, but coach Byron Scott has been impressed with his progress and wanted to pair his two young guards together from the outset. They played well in spurts, combining for 46 points and eight rebounds. But the duo made enough mistakes to keep Scott from giving them too much freedom. "Dion is starting to understand what we're doing," said Scott, who has been demanding of Waiters during training camp and the exhibition season. "I thought he did a good job." The Cavs seemed to be on their way to a relatively routine win, but in a league where players are fond of saying "every team makes a run," the Wizards made theirs. Down 61-45 in the third quarter and looking flat, Washington opened the fourth with its 14-0 spurt, taking a 76-74 lead when Jannero Pargo drained a 3-pointer from the corner. The Wizards rallied while Irving was getting some rest, and it wasn't long before Scott sent his young star back in to help restore order. "I told Kyrie at the eight-minute mark that we have two timeouts left," Scott said. "He patted me on the leg and said, 'Don't worry about it Coach, I got it."' Irving's driving layup in traffic gave Cleveland an 82-80 lead, and he calmly stepped up and drained a 21-foot jumper to put the Cavaliers ahead 86-80. With the Cavs up by four, Anderson Varejao fed Thompson underneath for a dunk to make it 88-84. Crawford made two free throws for Washington, and on Cleveland's next possession, Irving made a spin move in the lane and passed it to Anderson Varejao, who then upstaged his slick passing teammate with a feed to Thompson for another dunk. Irving then rebounded a miss by the Wizards and it was his turn to pick up an assist to Thompson. Scott was thrilled with the way his young team -- with an average age of 24.9 years -- responded down the stretch. "They showed a lot of heart," he said. "They showed a lot of guts." Courtesy of:cbssports.com

LA Lakers - Dallas M. 91-99
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) missed a two-handed dunk on his first shot, and the night never got much better for the Los Angeles Lakers. When Howard and Steve Nash took their places alongside Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) and Pau Gasol under the Hollywood spotlight, the Lakers opened a season of enormous expectations with an equally big dud of a performance. Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) scored 17 points, Brandan Wright added 14, and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the Lakers debuts of Howard and Steve Nash with a 99-91 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. In his first regular-season game in a gold jersey, Howard had 19 points and 10 rebounds while missing 11 of his 14 free throws before fouling out with 2:02 to play. That's hardly the debut he anticipated after arriving in a trade with Orlando last August, but not much has gone according to plan in the first month for the Lakers' starters, who barely played together in their winless preseason due to injuries. ''It's not an excuse, but it will all come with time,'' Howard said. ''We haven't had an opportunity to really play together as much as we want, but we're going to get it. ... We're going to chip away, and we're going to get better.'' The Lakers' superstar newcomers both had debuts to forget. Nash managed just seven points and four assists while trying to balance the Lakers' new motion offense with his own strengths on the pick-and-roll - all while getting roundly outplayed by Mavs newcomer Collison. ''It's growing pains, and it's a struggle,'' Nash said. ''We're out of sync, and we're going to probably have some more moments in games like that.'' O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) had 12 points as the Mavericks pulled off a stunner in their opener, comfortably beating the Lakers without any help from injured Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas and Los Angeles both made big moves in the offseason, yet the Mavericks appeared to be much more together than their high-profile rivals. ''It's a great win,'' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. ''If you execute in this league and have talent, you have a chance to win, and we did that. The Lakers are going to be fine. They've got a lot of new guys and a new system, but we were opportunistic tonight and got the job done.'' Bryant scored 22 points while playing on an injured right foot for the Lakers, whose loaded lineup followed up its 0-8 preseason with a largely passionless second-half effort in front of a sellout crowd expecting to see a super team capable of contending for the franchise's 17th championship - a fact acknowledged by Bryant when he addressed the fans before the game. ''As you know, we have a lot of expectations this season,'' Bryant said. ''We're trying to live up to the expectations. We're trying to bring another championship back to where it belongs, back to Los Angeles.'' Instead, the Lakers showed how much work they will have to do to challenge Miami and the NBA's best. Dallas steadily pulled away to a 16-point lead in the second half, never allowing any serious runs by their disjointed, disorganized opponents as the Lakers lost their opener for just the fourth time in the last 21 years. ''It's not the way we wanted it to go,'' said Gasol, who led the Lakers with 23 points and 13 rebounds. ''We know it's not going to happen for us right away, but we've just got to stick with it.'' Vince Carter, Shawn Marion and Rodrigue Beaubois scored 11 points apiece for the Mavericks, who snapped a six-game skid against the Lakers over the past two seasons. Dallas also contained Howard by using his career-long free-throw ineptitude against him - hardly a novel strategy, but one that worked particularly well when combined with Howard's opening-night nerves. ''When he had me in a bad position, I wanted to foul him,'' said Elton Brand, who had eight points and 11 rebounds in his Dallas debut. ''Underneath the basket, he's a beast and he's hard to stop. I know he can dunk, and I know he can make those tough layups, so I'm playing the percentages. He obviously hasn't been a good free throw shooter, and tonight he was 3 for 14.'' The Lakers were 12 for 31 altogether from the free-throw line, a major factor in their inability to close the gap on Dallas in the second half. ''I've just got to stop thinking so much and get up there and make them,'' Howard said. Jae Crowder scored eight points in his NBA debut for the Mavericks, who are likely to be without Nowitzki for at least six more weeks while the German superstar recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Dallas also played without new center Chris Kaman, yet had little trouble containing the Lakers down low. Courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com

Miami Heat - Boston C. 120-107
Oftentimes, NBA defending champions under perform on the night they receive their rings. Last season's Dallas Mavericks, for example. The Heat suffered no ring hangover, defeating the Boston Celtics 120-107 on opening night of the 2012-2013 season. AmericanAirlines Arena rocked during the pregame festivities but the noise reached its audible apex when LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) powered home a two-handed dunk in transition at the end of the end of the first half. The field goal gave Miami an eight-point lead and the Celtics never led in the final two quarters. 'It was an emotional time for all of us in the organization but our guys did a very good job of compartmentalizing and we turned the switch as soon as we went to warm-ups,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. James, fresh off the best season of his career and an Olympic gold medal this summer, had 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists. He was forced out of the game twice in the second half with leg cramps, leaving for good early in the fourth quarter. The Heat led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter but the Celtics whittled the deficit to four with 2:10 left. With James out, Chris Bosh took over and scored seven consecutive points to put the game away. Bosh finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, going 8 of 15 from the field. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) led the Heat with 29 points. 'Chris is as steady as they come and he came up big in the fourth quarter when maybe we were a little fatigued,' Spoelstra said. 'He does that, for some reason, quietly around the league but we understand how important he is to the success of our team.' Bosh gave the Heat a 118-107 lead with 43.6 seconds left and it got ugly from there. Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) picked up a flagrant-1 foul when he bumped into Wade with 16.9 seconds remaining. The players had to be separated and Rondo was then pulled off the court by Celtics coach Doc Rivers. 'It was a punk play by him,' Wade said. 'He clothes-lined me with two hands.' Wade retreated to the scorer's table during the drama and glowered in Rondo's direction. Mario Chalmers then walked over and slapped Wade's hands with vigor. The game was over. 'Rondo sucks,' the crowd chanted. All week, Ray Allen's words have been measured - almost apologetic - when asked about his divorce with the Boston Celtics and his soured relationship with Rondo. On the court, he held nothing back. He drilled his first three-point attempt of the game and shook his hand in excitement as he jogged back on defense. 'We got Ray,' the crowd chanted several times during the game. He had 11 points in his first 12 minutes of action in the first half. He finished with 19 points in 31 minutes, going 5 of 7 from the field. Before the game, Allen sat on the hardwood in the northeast corner of the court during the Heat's championship ceremony. It was a surreal experience for the future Hall of Famer. After all, his final game of last season - his final game with the Celtics - was on the same court last spring. Allen's 19 points placed him second in franchise history ahead of Kevin Edwards for points off the bench in a debut game. Willie Burton holds the record at 25 points. Allen's three-pointer off the glass gave the Heat a 49-44 lead with 5:06 left in the second quarter. Bosh followed with a dunk and the Heat's lead grew to eight points (62-54) at halftime. 'A Hall of Famer coming off the bench,' James said of Allen. 'It's a treat for us and just another example of the sacrifices that guys make to play here.' James began the second half with a three-pointer and had a productive third quarter despite the cramps. He drilled a 22-footer from the left wing to put the Heat ahead by 19 at the beginning of the fourth. Chalmers had eight points and 11 assists. Shane Battier had a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with six points. Rashard Lewis was productive of the bench with 10 points. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



The Grizzlies released Jerome Jordan - by Eurobasket

Memphis Grizzlies released 26-year old Jamaican international center Jerome Jordan (213-100kg-86, college: Tulsa). He also spent pre-season at the Rockets earlier that year.
The last season Jordan played at the Knicks. In 22 NBA games last year he had just 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He also played at Erie Bay Hawks that season. In 8 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5bpg. The other team Jordan played shortly was Krka in Slovenian league. In four Eurocup games he recorded 11.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg. He also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 12.2ppg and 5.2rpg.
Two years ago Jordan was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (44th overall). He attended The University of Tulsa until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball. Jordans team won Slovenian Supercup.
He was voted Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 2nd Team in 2012. Jordan also represented Jamaica at the CARICOM Championships six years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were : 5 games: 2.6ppg.
Jordan has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Windsor Express add Surmacz to their roster, directly from Poland - by Eurobasket

Windsor Express added to their roster 26-year old former local star Greg Surmacz (203-102kg-86, agency: Interperformances). Surmacz played last season at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL league, thanks to his Polish passport as we was considered a domestic player there. In 29 games last year he recorded 5.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
His team won Polish Cup in 2010.
Surmacz was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Disappointment of the Year in 2010 as his pro career in Poland was not that successful. Hopefully he will d better back in the town where he graduated his college. He represented Canada at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 50.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 24: Triumph - Spartak-Prim. 82-73
Oct. 25: Spartak SP - Lokomotiv 74-70
Oct. 28: N.Novgorod - Lokomotiv 54-61

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 3: Krasnie Krilya - Triumph
Nov. 4: CSKA - Spartak SP
Nov. 4: Spartak-Prim. - Enisey
Nov. 4: Unics - Lokomotiv
Nov. 5: N.Novgorod - Khimky


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Troy GILLENWATER
  Sparta.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gillenwater, Spart.18.7 
 2. Efevberha, Sparta.13.7 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv13.0 
 4. Brezec, N.Novgorod12.0 
 5. Trotter, N.Novgorod11.7 
 6. Delaney, Spartak-.11.7 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.11.5 
 8. Videnov, N.Novgorod11.0 
 9. Jasaitis, Lokomotiv10.5 
 10. Zabelin, Spartak-.9.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Troy GILLENWATER
  Sparta.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Gillenwater, Spart.9.7 
 2. Brezec, N.Novgorod8.0 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.8 
 4. Panin, N.Novgorod6.7 
 5. Calathes, Lokom.6.5 
 6. Antonov, N.Novgor.5.3 
 7. Zabelin, Spartak-.5.0 
 8. Surovtsev, Sparta.4.3 
 9. Sheleketo, Lokom.4.0 
 10. Jasaitis, Lokomot.3.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Calathes, Lokom.3.5 
 2. Trotter, N.Novgorod3.3 
 3. Delaney, Spartak-.3.3 
 4. Panin, N.Novgorod2.3 
 5. Efevberha, Sparta.2.0 
 6. Surovtsev, Sparta.1.7 
 7. Videnov, N.Novgorod1.7 
 8. Kalnietis, Lokomot.1.3 
 9. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.0 
 10. Zubkov, Lokomotiv1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksei SUROVTSEV
  Sparta.
  (202-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.7 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.1.0 
 4. Jasaitis, Lokomotiv1.0 
 5. Maric, Lokomotiv1.0 
 6. Ivlev, N.Novgorod1.0 
 7. Efevberha, Sparta.1.0 
 8. Delaney, Spartak-.0.7 
 9. Trotter, N.Novgorod0.7 
 10. Videnov, N.Novgor.0.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem ZABELIN
  Spartak-.
  (215-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.0 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv0.8 
 3. Panin, N.Novgorod0.7 
 4. Shashkov, N.Nov.0.7 
 5. Delaney, Spartak-.0.7 
 6. Brezec, N.Novgorod0.7 
 7. Gillenwater, Spart.0.7 
 8. Sheleketo, Lokom.0.5 
 9. Trotter, N.Novgorod0.3 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgo.0.3 


Kyle Landry gets MVP of the Week award for Russian PBL - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Triumph and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 26-year old had a double-double of 24 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Spartak-Prim. (#8, 1-2) 82-73. Triumph is placed at 6th position in Russian PBL. Triumph is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Landry had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Triumph and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kyle Landry averages just after two games 14.5ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Australian center Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv. Maric impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Lokomotiv was edged by Spartak SP (2-0) 74-70. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Maric is a newcomer at Lokomotiv 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 13.0ppg (#3). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Artem Zabelin (215-F/C-88) of Spartak-Prim. (#8). Zabelin scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Zabelin's great performance Spartak-Prim. lost 73-82 to Triumph (#6, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Spartak-Prim. 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, Zabelin could try to bring Spartak-Prim.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Zabelin has individually a great season in Russia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.0rpg (7th best) and assists with 1.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Delaney (188-PG-86) of Spartak-Prim. - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) of Lokomotiv - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) of Lokomotiv - 17 points and 7 rebounds
7. Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) of Spartak-Prim. - 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87) of Spartak SP - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv - 6 points and 7 rebounds
10. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) of Triumph - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



David Blatt and Russian national team part ways - by David Pick

Maccabi Tel Aviv's American-Israeli coach David Blatt (Agency: Beo Basket) will no longer serve as head coach of Russia's national team, Blatt informed the Russian Basketball Federation earlier today.

"Russia was a big part of my professional life. Our common achievements were exceptional and historical, and our impact on Russian basketball growth was tremendous," Blatt said in a statement issued by the Russian Basketball Federation.

"These seven mutual years were amazing and I quit while Russian basketball is at a peak as the entire basketball world follows it closely," said Blatt, one of Europe's most successful coaches.

"I want to thank the players who worked hard and sacrificed a lot in order to accomplish our achievements and medals. I'd like to thanks the coaches, managers and employees, who have contributed a lot to the success of the team. I also wish to thank the people of Russia, who received me with open arms as if I were one of their own," he added.

After joining the Russian federation during the 2005-06 season, Blatt led Russia to a Gold medal at the 2007 EuroBasket championship games, shocking the reigning European champions from Spain by a score of 60-59. With Russia, Blatt clinched a Bronze medal at the 2011 EuroBasket games.

Blatt also drove the Russian national team to an unforgettable Bronze campaign during the 2012 London Olympics.





PBL Round 3: Triumph Lyubertsy beats higher ranked Spartak-Prim. - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in PBL as the season just started.

The game with biggest difference of round 3 was host Triumph Lyubertsy's (1-1) victory at home over 4th placed Spartak-Prim. (1-2) 82-73 on Wednesday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Spartak-Prim. won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International Sergey Karasev (202-93) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach Vasiliy Karasev used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) who recorded 19 points and 4 assists. Triumph Lyubertsy left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Spartak-Prim. at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with N.Novgorod. Triumph Lyubertsy is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara in the next round. Spartak-Prim. will play at home against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 3 Lokomotiv defeated N.Novgorod in Kuban 61-54. Spartak SP beat Lokomotiv at home 74-70.


N.Novgorod - Lokomotiv 54-61

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-2) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Lokomotiv (2-2) 61-54 on Sunday. BC Nizhny Novgorod was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-10 charge of Lokomotiv, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Maksim Sheleketo (204-87) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Vadim Panin (203-84, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) added 12 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to third place. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Spartak-Prim.. Lokomotiv are looking forward to face Unics Kazan (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Khimky in Khimki and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: M.Sheleketo 17+7reb, N.Calathes 12+7reb+2ast, J.Baron 10+4reb, A.Maric 6+7reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 6+4reb, S.Jasaitis 4+1reb
N.Novgorod: F.Videnov 13+2ast, V.Panin 12+7reb+2ast, P.Brezec 12+4reb, O.Trotter 8+4reb+1ast, D.Golovin 4+2reb, D.Labovic 3+3reb
gschID: 200709


Spartak SP - Lokomotiv 74-70

No shocking result in a game when leader Spartak St.Petersburg (2-0) defeated at home 8th ranked Lokomotiv (2-2) 74-70 on Thursday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-70. Spartak St.Petersburg made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) who scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Andrey Zubkov (205-91) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spartak St.Petersburg keeps a position of league leader, which they share with CSKA. Lokomotiv at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg is looking forward to face league's leader CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiv will play against Unics Kazan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: L.Mavrokefalidis 14+5reb+1ast, P.Beverley 13+5reb+4ast, V.Zavoruev 12+3reb+2ast, J.Carter 11+4reb+3ast, N.Kurbanov 8+6reb, J.Strelnieks 6
Lokomotiv: A.Maric 20+5reb, A.Zubkov 19+6reb+1ast, M.Sheleketo 9+2reb+2ast, S.Jasaitis 7+5reb, J.Baron 7+1reb, N.Calathes 4+5reb+9ast
gschID: 200708


Triumph - Spartak-Prim. 82-73

The game with biggest difference of round 3 was host Triumph Lyubertsy's (1-1) victory at home over 4th placed Spartak-Prim. (1-2) 82-73 on Wednesday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Spartak-Prim. won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International Sergey Karasev (202-93) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach Vasiliy Karasev used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) who recorded 19 points and 4 assists and power forward Artem Zabelin (215-88) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Triumph Lyubertsy left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Spartak-Prim. at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with N.Novgorod. Triumph Lyubertsy is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara in the next round. Spartak-Prim. will play at home against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Triumph: K.Landry 24+11reb+4ast, S.Karasev 15+6reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 13+3reb+1ast, T.McKee 10+3reb+4ast, Y.Naimy 9+4ast, A.Kuzyakin 4+1ast
Spartak-Prim.: P.Delaney 19+3reb+4ast, T.Gillenwater 16+6reb+1ast, M.Efevberha 14+1reb, A.Zabelin 13+9reb+3ast, A.Surovtsev 6+5reb+3ast, K.Nesterov 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200707



Dionte Christmas could sign at CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow (PBL) is about to tab 26-year old American guard Dionte Christmas (196-93kg-86, college: Temple). Christmas spent pre-season at Boston Celtics in the NBA. He ended the last season at the Rockets in NBA. But the most of that year Christmas spent at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1. In 26 games last year he was second best scorer with impressive 18.6ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Imports Team.
His team won Czech Rep. Cup in 2011.
Christmas received also All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-NCAA District 3 2nd Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Christmas is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Czech Rep., Israel (Hapoel Afula), Turkey (Mersin), NBA (Philadelphia 76ers), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
Christmas attended Temple University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - B Liga

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 29: Partizan II - Proleter Naftagas 91-75
Oct. 27: Zeleznicar - Crnokosa 84-65
Oct. 27: Beovuk 72 - Mladost Zemun 83-85
Oct. 28: Mladost Cacak - Napredak A. 83-79
Oct. 27: Plana - Napredak K. 79-72
Oct. 28: Radnicki OB - Morava 74-75
Oct. 27: Meridiana NS - Spartak 74-60

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 3: Spartak - Morava
Nov. 3: Napredak K. - Radnicki OB
Nov. 3: Mladost Zemun - Mladost Cacak
Nov. 3: Proleter Naftagas - Beovuk 72
Nov. 3: Napredak K. - Partizan II
Nov. 3: Crnokosa - Plana
Nov. 3: Meridiana NS - Zeleznicar


Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Nino CELEBIC
  Mladost .
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Celebic, Mladost19.8 
 2. Glisovic, Plana19.4 
 3. Andrejevic, Mlados.19.4 
 4. Vucicevic, Mlados.19.0 
 5. Aranitovic, Partiz.18.2 
 6. Knezevic, Prolet.18.0 
 7. Andric, Partizan II17.6 
 8. Savic, Meridian.17.2 
 9. Davidovac, Meridia.17.0 
 10. Stanojevic, Crnok.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos JANKOVIC
  Mladost .
  (203-C-94)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Jankovic, Mladost10.3 
 2. Milutinov, Partiza.9.3 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.9.2 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost8.8 
 5. Grujic, Morava8.6 
 6. Milincic, Napredak8.4 
 7. Stanojevic, Zelez.7.8 
 8. Sikman, Napredak.7.8 
 9. Krstic, Beovuk 727.4 
 10. Gugleta, Zeleznic.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Perica MITIC
  Morava
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mitic, Morava7.0 
 2. Vukotic, Plana4.2 
 3. Celebic, Mladost4.0 
 4. Savic, Meridian.3.8 
 5. Boricic, Radnicki.3.8 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.3.8 
 7. Jojic, Zeleznicar3.6 
 8. Knezevic, Prolet.3.6 
 9. Stanojevic, Meridi.3.3 
 10. Mihajlovic, Napre.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sanel MUKANOVIC
  Crnok.
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Mukanovic, Crnok.3.4 
 2. Aranitovic, Partiz.3.0 
 3. Raonic, Spartak3.0 
 4. Djurovic, Meridian.2.8 
 5. Celebic, Mladost2.8 
 6. Krstic, Beovuk 722.6 
 7. Prlja, Spartak2.4 
 8. Drakulic, Spartak2.4 
 9. Milojevic, Napreda.2.3 
 10. Zaric, Meridian.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.1.4 
 3. Milutinov, Partiza.1.3 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.1.2 
 5. Martinovic, Prolet.1.2 
 6. Grujic, Morava1.0 
 7. Stojanovic, Morava1.0 
 8. Markovic, Spartak0.8 
 9. Bozovic, Prolet.0.8 
 10. Glisovic, Plana0.8 


Velickovic may be back at Partizan - by Eurobasket News

BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (A League) is close to sign 26-year old Serbian international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: Beo Basket). Its actually his comeback to Beograd as he played here before. Velickovic has played there for the last two seasons. In 30 games last year he had 6.8ppg and 3.3rpg for Real. He also played 7 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg.
Velickovic played in the final of Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2009. Velickovic represented Serbia at the World Championships in Turkey two years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 61.1%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Celebic's 22 points and 8 assists give him B League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Nino Celebic (187-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Mladost Zemun and receives a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 22 points adding eight assists for Mladost Zemun in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Beovuk 72 (#8, 2-3) 85-83. Mladost Zemun is placed at 3rd position in Serbian B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Mladost Zemun will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Celebic had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Mladost Zemun and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Celebic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Celebic is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 54.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nebojsa Knezevic (196-F/G-87) of Proleter Naftagas. He is a swingman in his 2nd season at Proleter Naftagas. In the last game Knezevic recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Proleter Naftagas lost that game 75-91 to the higher-ranked Partizan II (2-3). This loss caused Proleter Naftagas to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Knezevic is well-known at Proleter Naftagas and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 3.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Petar Aranitovic (192-PG-94) of Partizan II (#7). Aranitovic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Partizan II, leading his team to a 91-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Proleter Naftagas (2-3). The chances of Partizan II ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Aranitovic could help Partizan II to bring them higher in the standings. Aranitovic has a great season in Serbia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nenad Banjanin (201-F-85) of Mladost Zemun - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. Vojkan Krstic) of Beovuk 72 - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Marko Savic (197-G-87) of Meridiana NS - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Dusan Sisic (206-F-90) of Radnicki OB - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Igor Kesar) of Plana - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Dejan Knezevic (187-G-86) of Beovuk 72 - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nikola Glisovic (209-C-73) of Plana - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 30: Mobis Phoebus - Goyang Orions 62-66
Oct. 31: SK Knights - LG Sakers
Oct. 31: KCC Egis - Anyang KGC
Nov. 1: Sonic Boom KT - ET Land
Nov. 1: Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy
Nov. 2: Mobis Phoebus - Anyang KGC
Nov. 2: KCC Egis - SK Knights


Leather Returns to Lead Goyang Past Mobis - by Jeff Liebsch

Terrence Leather (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) made his season debut for Goyang, scoring 14 points including a crucial basket in the last ten seconds to lead the Goyang Orions to a 66-62 win over Ulsan Mobis Phoebus Tuesday night.

"My rhythym and timing was off, but it'll come back, I promise," he said after the game.

Leather also added nine rebounds, while Tony Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) added seven points, 11 assists and four steals for Goyang, who improve to 6-3 on the season. Kim Dong-wook scored 18, and Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) chipped in 12 for the Orions, winners of their last three games.

Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) scored a game high 20 points for Ulsan with 14 rebounds, while Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, college: Richmond) also added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mobis committed 19 turnovers in the game compared to Goyang's eight.


Mobis drops to 5-3 on the season with the loss.



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

28-year old power forward Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for LG Sakers and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 11 points and 24 rebounds, while his team edged out KCC Egis (#9, 1-6) 66-63. LG Sakers maintains the 7th position in South Korean league. LG Sakers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. Benson turned to be LG Sakers' top player in his first season with the team. University of California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Benson leads league in rebounds with 14.0rpg. Benson is in league's top in and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Eric Sandrin (206-C/F-78) of Dongbu Promy. He is naturalized American in his first season at Dongbu Promy. In the last game Sandrin recorded impressive 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Dongbu Promy to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#10, 1-6) 96-75. This victory allowed Dongbu Promy to move up to 8th position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Dongbu Promy managed to get this year. Sandrin is a newcomer at Dongbu Promy and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#7). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Carlos Powell (199-F-83) of league's leader ET Land. Powell showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of ET Land, leading his team to a 77-73 win against the lower-ranked Dongbu Promy (#8, 2-6). ET Land confirms their top position in the standings Powell has a great season in South Korea. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joo-Sung Kim (205-F/C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 18 points and 5 rebounds
5. Leon Williams (203-F/C-86) of Goyang Orions - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Ji-Hoon Ham (198-C/F-84) of Mobis Phoebus - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Juan Pattillo (197-F-88) of Anyang KGC - 25 points and 8 rebounds
8. Tae-Jong Moon (199-F-75) of ET Land - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of SK Knights - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tony Akins (180-G-80) of Goyang Orions - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Spanish EBA Round 7 Best Performance: Guillem Pla - by Mariano Galindo

Guillem Pla Escriva (201-C/F-91) had a great game in the last round for Valencia, receiving a EBA Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. This is the second time he has won this award. Pla posted an amazing double-double with 29 points and 15 rebounds, adding 3 assists, for a fantastic 46 index rating. Besides Pla, another player made a great performance too. We are talking about Oscar Andres (201-F/C-87) (Aracena), whose weekend was good for him, posting 44 index rating, after nail 29 points and 15 rebounds in 36 minutes.


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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sodertalje 6-1 
 2. Boras 5-2 
 3. Solna 5-2 
 4. Sundsvall 5-2 
 5. Uppsala 5-3 
 6. 08 4-3 
 7. Norrkoping 4-4 
 8. Jamtland 3-4 
 9. LF Basket 3-4 
 10. Eagles 2-5 
 11. Eco Orebro 1-6 
 12. Nassjo 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 30: Solna - Eco Orebro 86-72
Oct. 30: Sodertalje - Eagles 86-68
Oct. 26: 08 - Norrkoping 81-68
Oct. 26: LF Basket - Sundsvall 77-92
Oct. 26: Nassjo - Uppsala 65-95
Oct. 26: Jamtland - Boras 115-110

Round 9

Oct. 30: Uppsala - Norrkoping 87-94

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 1: Boras - LF Basket
Nov. 1: Eagles - Solna
Nov. 2: Sundsvall - Sodertalje
Nov. 2: Eco Orebro - Nassjo
Nov. 2: Norrkoping - Jamtland


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Miller, Boras25.3 
 2. Palm, Boras20.0 
 3. Krayem, Eagles19.6 
 4. Wesby, Sundsvall19.0 
 5. Oglesby, Boras18.6 
 6. Bizaca, Sodertalje18.6 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland18.4 
 8. Jeansson, Uppsala17.9 
 9. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.8 
 10. Walker, Nassjo17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Palm, Boras10.7 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.7 
 3. Toutziarakis, Solna9.0 
 4. Simms, Sodertalje8.4 
 5. Walker, Nassjo8.1 
 6. Santee, Eco Orebro8.0 
 7. McKnight, Boras7.9 
 8. Taylor, Eagles7.9 
 9. Brown, 087.1 
 10. Igbavboa, LF Bas.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Carter, Uppsala5.4 
 2. Miller, Boras5.1 
 3. Jeromanovs, Norrk.5.1 
 4. Krayem, Eagles4.9 
 5. Castle, Eco Orebro4.9 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.6 
 7. Ahonen, Solna4.4 
 8. Dugat, LF Basket4.2 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.2 
 10. Beck, 084.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  Jamtl.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.6 
 2. Carter, Uppsala2.1 
 3. Jackson, Uppsala2.0 
 4. McKnight, Boras2.0 
 5. Dugat, LF Basket1.7 
 6. Walker, Nassjo1.7 
 7. Castle, Eco Orebro1.7 
 8. Person, LF Basket1.7 
 9. Krayem, Eagles1.7 
 10. Bizaca, Sodertalje1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Norrkoping
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hughes, Norrkoping1.9 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 3. Johnson, Solna1.1 
 4. Henderson, LF Ba.1.0 
 5. Palm, Boras1.0 
 6. Taylor, Eagles0.7 
 7. Cvilak, 080.7 
 8. McKnight, Boras0.7 
 9. Grace, Eco Orebro0.6 
 10. Bizaca, Sodertalje0.6 


Eco Orebro adds Magarity to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Eco Orebro (Basketligan) added to their roster 19-year old Swedish power forward William Magarity (210-93). In his first game he scored 5 points. However his new team lost to Eco Orebro 0-72. Magarity just played at Angelico Biella in Italian SerieA. But in only one game this year he did not score anything. He also played 4 games in SerieA but he recorded only 0.5ppg last season.
Magarity was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team in 2011. He represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 Division B in Varna (Bulgaria) last year. Magaritys team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 11.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg, Blocks-2(3.9bpg), FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Magarity has played also professionally in Sweden (Norrkoping BK and Norrkopings UBF).

By Eurobasket NEWS3 of Eurobasket.com



Basketligan Round 7: Boras Basket loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

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

Round 7 in Basketligan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Jamtland where host KFUM Jamtland (3-4) beat league's leader Boras Basket (5-2) 115-110 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 115-110. KFUM Jamtland made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for KFUM Jamtland especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Boras Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (204-80) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international center Michael Palm (209-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for lost side. KFUM Jamtland moved-up to eighth place, which they share with LF Basket. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Solna and Sundsvall. They were replaced at the leadership position by Sodertalje. Boras Basket will play next round against LF Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. KFUM Jamtland will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Uppsala Basket (5-3) against ninth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (4-4) on Tuesday night. Host Uppsala Basket was defeated by Norrkoping Dolphins in a tough game in Uppsala 87-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Uppsala Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Mikael Lindquist (193-83, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Pavel Ermolinskij contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international Johan Jeansson (198-85) answered with 24 points for Uppsala Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place. Uppsala Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against KFUM Jamtland (#8) at home in the next round. Uppsala Basket will have a break next round.
Leader Sodertalje Kings delivered the sixth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 10th ranked White Eagles (2-5) 86-68. It was a great evening for Toni Bizaca who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Dragoljub Kitanovic responded with 22 points. White Eagles' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sodertalje Kings (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. White Eagles lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with five games lost. Sodertalje Kings will meet Sundsvall Dragons (#4) on the road in the next round. White Eagles will play against Solna Vikings (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Nassjo (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-65 loss to third ranked Uppsala Basket (5-3) in Nassjo. It was an exceptional evening for Thomas Jackson who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Uppsala Basket went down to fifth position due to points difference. Nassjo lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Uppsala Basket will have a break next round. Nassjo will play on the road against Eco Orebro (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Lulea was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons (5-2) played at the court of 8th ranked LF Basket (3-4). Sundsvall Dragons defeated LF Basket 92-77 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LF Basket. Hlynur Baeringsson fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sundsvall Dragons moved-up to second place, which they share with Boras and Solna. Loser LF Basket keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will face league's leader Sodertalje Kings at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LF Basket will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2).

In the last two games of round 7 Eco Orebro was defeated by Solna in a road game 86-72. 08 beat Norrkoping at home 81-68.


Solna - Eco Orebro 86-72

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Eco Orebro (1-6) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Solna Vikings (5-2) 86-72 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Solna Vikings. Eco Orebro was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Solna Vikings outrebounded Eco Orebro 45-24 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Eco Orebro was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Greek center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Donald Johnson (201, college: CSU Bakersfield) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings' coach Aris Likogiannis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Bosnian point guard Terell Castle (182-72, college: Nicholls St., agency: Court Side) produced 16 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and guard Brandon Barton (192-88) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Solna Vikings moved-up to second place, which they share with Boras and Sundsvall. Eco Orebro lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. Solna Vikings will face White Eagles (#10) in Stockholm in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eco Orebro will play at home against Nassjo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: B.Barton 19+1reb+5ast, T.Castle 16+4reb+8ast, C.Grace 13+1reb, T.Whitworth 7+5reb, W.Magarity 5+1reb, F.Larsson 5+2reb
Solna: S.Toutziarakis 15+13reb+1ast, M.Levin 15+2reb+1ast, J.Nystrom 11+3reb+2ast, D.Johnson 10+14reb+4ast, R.Ahonen 10+3ast, J.Sedlak 10+4reb
gschID: 181948


Sodertalje - Eagles 86-68

Leader Sodertalje Kings delivered the sixth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 10th ranked White Eagles (2-5) 86-68. The game was mostly controlled by Sodertalje Kings. White Eagles managed to win second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sodertalje Kings made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while White Eagles only scored four points from the stripe. It was a great evening for Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Dino Pita (192-88) helped adding 24 points. Four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian center Dragoljub Kitanovic (203-85) responded with 22 points and American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. White Eagles' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sodertalje Kings (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. White Eagles lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with five games lost. Sodertalje Kings will meet Sundsvall Dragons (#4) on the road in the next round. White Eagles will play against Solna Vikings (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Eagles: D.Kitanovic 22+3reb, O.Krayem 13+7reb+4ast, N.Stefanovic 8+3ast, J.Taylor 8+6reb+1ast, A.Micovic 6+3reb, R.Mbemba 5+2reb+4ast
Sodertalje: D.Pita 24+3reb, T.Bizaca 18+6reb+4ast, T.Borg 12+4reb+1ast, A.Chuk 11+7reb+4ast, M.Joseph 10+1reb, K.Simms 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 181947


Jamtland - Boras 115-110

Round 7 in Basketligan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Jamtland where host KFUM Jamtland (3-4) beat league's leader Boras Basket (5-2) 115-110 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 115-110. KFUM Jamtland made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for KFUM Jamtland especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Boras Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (204-80) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international center Michael Palm (209-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and Norwegian-American guard Terrence Oglesby (188-88, college: Clemson) added 31 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five KFUM Jamtland and four Boras Basket players scored in double figures. KFUM Jamtland moved-up to eighth place, which they share with LF Basket. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Solna and Sundsvall. They were replaced at the leadership position by Sodertalje. Boras Basket will play next round against LF Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. KFUM Jamtland will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping.
Top scorers:
Boras: M.Palm 33+9reb+1ast, T.Oglesby 31+2reb+4ast, J.Miller 23+2reb+6ast, C.McKnight 10+13reb, J.Thomas 7+2reb+5ast, M.Goransson 4+1reb+1ast
Jamtland: M.Fernandes 24+1reb+6ast, D.Hudson 23+7reb+4ast, D.Klaric 22+10reb+2ast, A.Karlsson 16+2reb+3ast, B.Lalugba 15+10reb, L.Marolt 9+1ast
gschID: 181945


Nassjo - Uppsala 65-95

Bottom-ranked Nassjo (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-65 loss to third ranked Uppsala Basket (5-3) in Nassjo. It looked good early as Nassjo took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Uppsala Basket had a 30-10 second period charge getting the lead and Nassjo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-95. Uppsala Basket made 19-of-20 charity shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-80, college: Butler) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 assists. The former international Stefan Grundberg (196-82, college: Geneva) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian power forward Srdjan Damjanovic (204-79) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Kim Palmqvist (200-88) added 15 points respectively for Nassjo 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. Despite that victory Uppsala Basket went down to fifth position due to points difference. Nassjo lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Uppsala Basket will have a break next round. Nassjo will play on the road against Eco Orebro (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nassjo: K.Palmqvist 15+3reb, W.Walker 13+1reb+4ast, S.Damjanovic 11+10reb, A.Thorangen 7, K.Ternell 5+2reb, K.Wazzi 5+1reb+8ast
Uppsala: T.Jackson 17+4reb+5ast, O.Lindell 17+3reb, S.Grundberg 15+5reb+2ast, R.Eriksson 11+6reb+3ast, A.Gorski 9+5reb+2ast, R.Carter 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 181944


08 - Norrkoping 81-68

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked 08 Stockholm (4-3) defeated at home 9th ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (4-4) 81-68 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by 08 Stockholm. Norrkoping Dolphins was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 08 Stockholm shot 30 for 45 from the free-throw line, while Norrkoping Dolphins only scored twelve points from the stripe. Norrkoping Dolphins were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Serbian forward Bojan Cvilak (200-82) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners. American forward Isiah Brown (203-89, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures. Forward Pierre Hampton (202-91) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and Latvian point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. 08 Stockholm maintains sixth place with 4-3 record. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. 08 Stockholm's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Stockholm to the arena .
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: P.Hampton 17+7reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 10+4reb+8ast, M.Ringstrom 9+3reb+2ast, O.Ayuba 8+9reb, A.Saks 8+4reb+1ast, C.Musie 5+1reb+1ast
08: B.Cvilak 22+7reb+1ast, I.Brown 13+12reb+1ast, N.Hedstrom 12+1reb+1ast, W.Beck 10+4reb+1ast, E.Inan 9+2reb+1ast, J.Blom 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 181943


LF Basket - Sundsvall 77-92

The game in Lulea was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons (5-2) played at the court of 8th ranked LF Basket (3-4). Sundsvall Dragons defeated LF Basket 92-77 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LF Basket. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Alex Wesby (198-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-German center Urule Igbavboa (203-87, college: Valparaiso) produced 23 points and American power forward Esian Henderson (204-86, college: Central Mo.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sundsvall Dragons moved-up to second place, which they share with Boras and Solna. Loser LF Basket keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will face league's leader Sodertalje Kings at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LF Basket will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2).
Top scorers:
LF Basket: U.Igbavboa 23+4reb+1ast, E.Henderson 16+9reb, M.Soskic 13+4reb+4ast, C.Ryan 11+9reb+2ast, S.Ali Hussein 6+4reb+1ast, A.Person 5+2reb+4ast
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 26+15reb+6ast, A.Wesby 21+7reb+4ast, J.Sigurdarson 13+3reb+2ast, E.Salon 11+2reb+2ast, A.Schreiber 7+4reb, A.Nilsson 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 181942


Round 9
Uppsala - Norrkoping 87-94

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Uppsala Basket (5-3) against ninth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (4-4) on Tuesday night. Host Uppsala Basket was defeated by Norrkoping Dolphins in a tough game in Uppsala 87-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Uppsala Basket. Uppsala Basket was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 50-36 second half run of Norrkoping Dolphins. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Mikael Lindquist (193-83, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Icelandic guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. The former international Johan Jeansson (198-85) answered with 24 points and Australian point guard Rhys Carter (190-84) added 8 points and 7 assists in the effort for Uppsala Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place. Uppsala Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against KFUM Jamtland (#8) at home in the next round. Uppsala Basket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: J.Jeansson 24+2reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 15+2reb+1ast, S.Grundberg 12+5reb, R.Carter 8+4reb+7ast, O.Lindell 8+4reb+1ast, A.Nordstrom 6+3reb+2ast
Norrkoping: M.Lindquist 25+4reb, O.Ayuba 14+6reb+1ast, A.Saks 13+4reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 12+8reb+6ast, M.Ringstrom 11+4reb+2ast, E.Jeromanovs 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 195820



Eco Orebro adds Magarity to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Eco Orebro (Basketligan) added to their roster 19-year old Swedish power forward William Magarity (210-93). In his first game he scored 5 points. However his new team lost to Eco Orebro 0-72. Magarity just played at Angelico Biella in Italian SerieA. But in only one game this year he did not score anything. He also played 4 games in SerieA but he recorded only 0.5ppg last season.
Magarity was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team in 2011. He represented Sweden at the European Championships U18 Division B in Varna (Bulgaria) last year. Magaritys team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 11.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg, Blocks-2(3.9bpg), FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Magarity has played also professionally in Sweden (Norrkoping BK and Norrkopings UBF).

By Eurobasket NEWS3 of Eurobasket.com



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  SWITZERLAND   


BBC Monthey released Abdelmajid Naji - by Luca Maffioli

BBC Monthey released 23-year old player Abdelmajid Naji (207-F/C-89). The Moroccan-French center will be replaced by Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont). Naji arrived in Swiss in september.Naji played last season in France ProB with Denain ASC Voltaire and he averaged 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Fjeld spent last season between D-League and Malta. He played two games with Maine Red Claws, then he moved to Floriana Basketball Club.


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  THAILAND   


London Lightning tabs DeAndre Thomas, ex Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket

London Lightning inked 26-year old American center DeAndre Thomas (203-134kg-86, college: Robert Morris). Thomas played most recently at Chang Thailand Slammers in Thailand (they played in the ASEAN League). In 9 games last season he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8apg. He also spent pre-season at Redline in IBA that year. Thomas also played at Halifax_Rainmen that season. In only one NBL Canada game last year he had 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.
Two years ago (a year after he left the college) Thomas was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in eighth round (7th overall).
The former Robert Morris College star is in his fourth season in pro basketball.
His team was regular season runner-up in IBL International Division in 2011.
Thomas was selected to IBL All-Star Game in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Thomas has played also professionally in Chile (Universidad de Concepcion), PBL (Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry), IBA (Albany Legends) and ABA (Chicago Steam).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Selcuk Univ. 4-0 
 2. Usak 4-0 
 3. Balikesir 3-0 
 4. Vestel 3-1 
 5. Darussafaka 2-1 
 6. Maliye Milli 2-1 
 7. Istanbul B.B. 2-1 
 8. Pertevniyal 2-2 
 9. Akhisar Bld 2-2 
 10. Bandirma Kir. 2-2 
 11. Gelisim 2-2 
 12. Pi Koleji 2-2 
 13. Trabzonspor 1-2 
 14. Final Genclik 1-3 
 15. Istanbulspor 1-3 
 16. Yesilgiresun 0-3 
 17. Baskent Genclik 0-4 
 18. Izmir BSB 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 30: Akhisar Bld - Pi Koleji 89-81
Oct. 30: Bandirma Kir. - Vestel 86-74
Oct. 30: Usak - Istanbulspor 84-73
Oct. 30: Baskent Genclik - Final Genclik 74-82
Oct. 30: Pertevniyal - Selcuk Univ. 72-77
Oct. 30: Izmir BSB - Gelisim 56-88
Oct. 31: Trabzonspor - Istanbul B.B.
Oct. 31: Darussafaka - Maliye Milli
Oct. 31: Yesilgiresun - Balikesir


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 31.3
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.31.3 
 2. Carter, Usak22.5 
 3. Hall, Darussafaka21.7 
 4. Lowery, Balikesir21.0 
 5. Clark, Selcuk Univ.19.8 
 6. Hinkle, Istanbulsp.19.3 
 7. Knox, Vestel18.8 
 8. Johnson, Istanbul.18.7 
 9. Turetken, Trabzons.18.3 
 10. Moses, Final Genc.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Istanbul.
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Johnson, Istanbul.11.3 
 2. Kolaric, Istanbul.11.0 
 3. Moses, Final Gencl.10.8 
 4. Bristol, Istanbuls.10.0 
 5. Delic, Pi Koleji9.5 
 6. Coskun, Balikesir9.3 
 7. Knox, Vestel9.3 
 8. Okkali, Balikesir9.3 
 9. Brown, Pertevniyal9.0 
 10. Ofoegbu, Yesilgir.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yunus AKCAY
  Balikesir
  (-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Akcay, Balikesir6.0 
 2. Hall, Darussafaka6.0 
 3. Gordon, Yesilgires.5.7 
 4. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.3 
 5. Kan, Baskent5.0 
 6. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 7. Gen, Yesilgiresun5.0 
 8. Granger, Selcuk U.4.8 
 9. Demircioglu, Istan.4.5 
 10. Porrini, Gelisim4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne REED
  Pertevniyal
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Reed, Pertevniyal3.5 
 2. Gordon, Yesilgires.2.7 
 3. Carter, Usak2.5 
 4. Brown, Bandirma.2.5 
 5. Williams, Maliye M.2.3 
 6. Ufuk Kacar, Istan.2.3 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 8. Graham, Maliye Mil.2.3 
 9. Ekmen, Usak2.0 
 10. Morrow, Akhisar2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Istanbulspor
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bristol, Istanbuls.2.0 
 2. Buckner, Usak1.8 
 3. Knox, Vestel1.5 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.3 
 5. Brown, Bandirma.1.0 
 6. Morrow, Akhisar1.0 
 7. Yetim, Usak1.0 
 8. Brown, Pertevniyal1.0 
 9. Altunbey, Bandirma.1.0 
 10. Carter, Usak1.0 


Ankara D.S.I ERA adds Onur Bolat - by Baha Kurtulus

Ankara D.S.I ERA strengthened their frontcourt. They added Onur Bolat (204-C-80) to the roster. The center spent the previous season in Orman Genclik. Onur Bolat posted 8.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in TB2L. Onur Bolat also had spells for Buyuk Kolej, TED Ankara Kolejliler, Erdemir, Beykoz , Ormanspor and Istanbul B.B during his career. He was the member of Turkish University National team in 2003.




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Interview with Marcus Crenshaw - by Ozell Wells

EUROBASKET HAD THE PLEASURE OF SITTING COURTSIDE WITH MARCUS "MONEY" CRENSHAW THIS PAST WEEKEND. THE ALL EUROBASKET POINT GUARD TOOK TIME TO SHARE HIS THOUGHTS ON THE UPCOMING SEASON, AS WELL AS WHAT HE HAS BEEN DOING IN THE INTERIM OF HIS SIGNING TO RE-JOIN THE ACTION ON THE HARDWOOD.

EU: MARCUS, THANKS FOR SITTING WITH US. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN DOING? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE SEASON'S END?
MC:I have been good just getting things together for my next journey in life since leaving Ukraine last year. Im super excited about it.

EU: HAVING EXPERIENCE IN POLAND, SLOVENIA & BOSNIA, WHAT ARE YOU VIEWS ON THE LIFE OF THE EUROPEAN PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER? TELL US FROM AN IMPORT PLAYER'S POINT OF VIEW.
MC: Funny you asked this question. My views are bitter/sweet about the whole European ball experience. I had some great moments and i had some down moments, but i no its all apart of the game and adapting to another culture. There are some things i don't like about European basketball like late payments and things of this nature and sometimes no payments, but i really enjoyed playing ball and seeing new things, plus i meet some of my best friends and lots of connections playing overseas. At the end of the day, it was all a great experience, being from the East side of Detroit, its rare to see anyone even get the opportunity to play ball in a different country, so all in all its been a blessing..

EU: HAVE YOU ANY DESIRE TO JUMP BACK INTO COMPETITION, AS A PLAYER OR IN SOME FORM OF MANAGEMENT?
MC:Nah, i actually not looking to jump back into it as a player, i felt like it was time to put my other talents on display as well as use my business since. I believe i had my run playing basketball and it was great, I personally believe in doing new things because life has no limits and endless possibilities. Yes i actually have my own management company , its called "94 FT ENT" it's a company that has many legs. Music, Talent Management/Adviser, Athletes tax services,and Basketball showcases just to name a few. I actually the manager/Adviser for 2 current players playing in Israel right now and 1 in poland and I just started my company a few months ago, so now my eyes are open for new talent . I decide to do my music thing, run my business and step behind the scenes in basketball.

EU: WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS ARE YOU NOW WORKING ON?
MC: My company 94 feet has lots of great things cooking. First i have this Basketball showcase that im putting on in Michigan to help players get overseas. Michigan has so many young talented players still sitting at home and should be playing. So im going to help change that. I also have my free album and more videos coming for my supporters i have already, and Also to gain the attention of those who are not familiar with Money Cren already, but lots of people who play ball are getting familiar with my music. I have plenty more things coming cant just give it all away lol

EU: ANY WORD FOR THE ASPIRING PLAYER OUT THERE?
MC:Yes of course I would like to tell all my aspiring players out there first "DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS". It's possible to play PRO BALL, don't let anyone tell you what you can't do it because maybe they didn't do it, Keep a good attitude and stay focus and you can make it happen. O YEAH last but not least listen to my music for inspiration lol lol :))

EU: ANY WORD FOR YOUR FANS? THOSE THAT ARE ANXIOUSLY WAITING TO HERE FROM YOU ON YOUR WHEREABOUTS AND HOW YOU HAVE BEEN DOING?
MC: To all the people who have supported me from Cal state fullerton to my years overseas i just wan't to first say thank you.I don't call them fans i call them supporters. I got alot of things coming so you will be hearing alot from me and my company in the near future. I have been getting this showcase in Michigan together and working on this free album. I actually have been workin on my situation with Footlocker, joint venture with 94 FT ENT for my music distribution.It's Just been alot of grindin and business...Also check out my new video on YOUTUBE "GO FOR 30" below if you haven;t seen it already, its doing pretty well almost 50,000 views already. Also Follow me on twitter @MONEYCREN you can always reach me there i stay tweetin lol.
MONEY CREN "GO FOR 30" VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tihrg4Bpk90

EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH MONEY CRENSHAW THE VERY BEST AND WE LOOK TO HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. BEST SWISHES "MONEY"!



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Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL D1 Standings
 1. Bradford D. 1-0 
 2. Bristol AF 1-0 
 3. Leeds Carnegie 1-0 
 4. Leopards 1-0 
 5. Medway Park 1-0 
 6. Reading R. 1-0 
 7. Tees Valley M. 1-0 
 8. Brixton T. 0-1 
 9. Derby T. 0-1 
 10. Hemel Storm 0-1 
 11. Leicester W. 0-1 
 12. Northumbria 0-1 
 13. Westminster W. 0-1 
 14. Worthing T. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 3: Bristol AF - Medway Park
Nov. 3: Northumbria - Leicester W.
Nov. 3: Tees Valley M. - Worthing T.
Nov. 4: Leopards - Bradford D.
Nov. 4: Brixton T. - Leeds Carnegie


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carl JOSEY
  Leopards
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Josey, Leopards27.0 
 2. Lual, Medway Park25.0 
 3. Ebanks, Tees V.21.0 
 4. Demba-Kasse, Brixt.19.0 
 5. Rivers, Worthing.18.0 
 6. Cummings, Leopards17.0 
 7. Johnson, Westmins.17.0 
 8. Adu, Leopards17.0 
 9. Hanson, Tees V.17.0 
 10. Gayle, Derby T.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manock LUAL
  Medway Park
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lual, Medway Park22.0 
 2. Demba-Kasse, Brixt.15.0 
 3. Sherlock, Derby T.14.0 
 4. Bulambwe, Westmi.10.0 
 5. Rivers, Worthing.10.0 
 6. Gayle, Derby T.9.0 
 7. Fetske, Bradford D.9.0 
 8. Johnson, Westmins.8.0 
 9. Josey, Leopards7.0 
 10. Hernandez, Leopa.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lukas VOLSKIS
  Medway P.
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Volskis, Medway P.8.0 
 2. Vaitiekus, Brixton5.0 
 3. Silcott, Bradford.5.0 
 4. Gayle, Derby T.5.0 
 5. Hobin, Medway Park4.0 
 6. Robinson, Tees V.4.0 
 7. Hanson, Tees V.4.0 
 8. Rose, Derby T.4.0 
 9. Johnson, Westmins.4.0 
 10. Edmunds, Bradford.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jorge EBANKS
  Tees V.
  (--86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ebanks, Tees V.5.0 
 2. Glavan, Tees V.5.0 
 3. Sulcs, Bradford D.4.0 
 4. Josey, Leopards3.0 
 5. Rose, Derby T.3.0 
 6. Johnston, Worthing.3.0 
 7. Popoola, Westmins.3.0 
 8. Cummings, Leopards3.0 
 9. Hanson, Tees V.2.0 
 10. Robinson, Tees V.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannick BULAMBWE
  Westmi.
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bulambwe, Westmi.2.0 
 2. Petkus, Brixton T.2.0 
 3. Lual, Medway Park1.0 
 4. Rivers, Worthing.1.0 
 5. Acres, Medway Park1.0 
 6. Robinson, Tees V.1.0 
 7. Anyigbo, Tees V.1.0 
 8. Scott, Bradford D.1.0 
 9. Brown, Leopards1.0 
 10. Tahraoui, Brixt.1.0 


Walsh Remains Positive - by Paul Nilsen

Mersey Tigers coach Tony Walsh believes that his team are making progress despite still searching for their first win of the season.

The Tigers make the short trip to Northgate Arena to face neighbours Cheshire Jets on Sunday after a weekend that saw them slip to loses against Worcester Wolves and Durham Wildcats, but Walsh remains in a positive mood:

"The team is gaining experience and starting to develop into a hard working team for each other and their supporters, I cannot ask for more from a team who is training 4 times a week on the court and off, the commitment from these players is outstanding and every week I see a little more that impresses me. It won't be long before we have a winning formula.

"This time against the Wolves my team worked extra hard in keeping with the team that only a few weeks earlier had easily put points on the board through their strength and height and excellent team work.

"However my team fought well for three quarters of the game and only slowed in the last quarter through lack of depth in the bench, Joshua McGinn (178-G-93), Rudy Etlilopy and Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) were all outstanding for my team, showing the beginnings of a great combination for a new team. Alex Owumi and Daniel Belgrave had excellent games again against us and helped push their team forward against Mersey Tigers.

"Against Durham, the long trip and the exhaustion from playing against Wolves two days before, played there part in the team not starting well and we just couldn't seem to get out of first gear against a team well drilled and showing some great defensive and offensive skills, each of the Wildcats knew what each of their roles where in the team and led by a captain who played a key role in almost all of the play.

"Ralph Bucci led his team the way all captains should from the front giving his all. Outstanding plays also by Andrew Keister and Keith Page also helped secure Wildcats their win. However I did feel that a facial injury on Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management), that resulted in the wildcats scoring a three basket before being noticed by the officials didn't help my team's overall performance. With key players injured within a inexperienced team it's hard to fight back, but I was impressed by my captain Joshua McGinn that stepped up to the line and did just that, he rallied the team and made them gain focus and determination."



Jay Paves The Way For Riders - by Jeff King

Leicester Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro has a reputation in The BBL for being a top recruiter and once again he looks to have pulled a rabbit out of his hat in the shape of 6' 6" small forward Jay Couisnard (198-F-88, college: UMKC)

The graduate of Missouri-Kansas City University of the NCAA Division 1 Summit League arrived in the UK for his first taste of professional basketball this season and is finding his feet quickly in the pro-ranks. He currently averages 14 pts and 4.5 rebs a game and whilst some of his numbers have been inconsistent, he's also shown signs of true brilliance.

Witness last weekend and the part that Couisnard played in helping The Riders to the top of The BBL with a perfect 7 - 0 record. Leicester went to the home of last seasons BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles who themselves were unbeaten at that point in the season.

Riders were without another stellar Paternostro recruit in John Fraley (203-C-89, college: Austin Peay St.) and many pundits gave them little chance against the steam-rolling Eagles who are so difficult to beat at Sport Central. Leicester hadn't won in Newcastle since 1997 and without Fraley faced a daunting task.

But they stepped up superbly and none more so than Couisnard whose 27 pt, 12 rebound game earned him a starting sport in this weeks BBL Team of the Week. Couisnard was less effective 24 hours later when The Riders were pushed to over-time by the Cheshire Jets netting only 7 pts and 5 rebounds.

However, those around him, again without Fraley, stepped up and converted in the extra period to keep Paternostro's team perfect for the season and taking them to the top of BBL from where they look down on their opponents with a certain amount of confidence going forward.

EuroBasket spoke with Couisnard immediately after his superb part in Leicesters stunning 75 - 63 win at the home of The Champions and asked him about the game.

"It was very competitive. We know that they are going to be one of the best teams in the league and throughout the year they've been one of the better teams in the league so we knew we had to come out and play at more than 100%, 150% at least, and that's what we did and we came away with the victory."

And Leicester did it without John Fraley too?

"We had to adjust quickly. We lost him last weekend and Barry (Lamble) came in tonight and Pavel (Losonsky) stepped up on the rebounds. Losing the leading rebounder in the league you know we had to be a team on the rebounds. Most of the time you know you can leak out 'cos you know Fraley's on it but today we all had to go in there and get the rebounds and that's what we did."

Couisnard's own performance was impressive. Coming in to the game he was averaging just over 4 rebounds a game so to triple his average as well as doubling his points average shows what an effect he had on the game.

"I didn't even know I had that many points to tell you the truth. I mean I just came ready to play but I actually thought I shot it really bad. But at the end of the day I had a pretty good game on paper but the important thing was that we got a win and I'm cool with that."

This is Couisnard's first experience of professional basketball. How is he enjoying it at Leicester?

"It's something new but change is good. It's something really different. I've never been outside of The States before and outside is really beautiful and it's a really good place to be. The BBL is competitive; after all it's a professional basketball league."

"It's got some good players in it like Newcastle's Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) and there are other really good players in the league as well as some on our team. It's a really good league and I think it's on the rise too."

So, how does the BBL and professional basketball compare with College?

"It's different although there are some similar things as far as the basketball world. I mean I get paid now for playing so that's the main difference. There's still travelling and it's still tiring but practise is about the same."

How about Leicester going forward especially after such a big win?

"The next game, the next game, that's all we can think about, the next game. We've got the game against Cheshire tomorrow (Riders won 79 75 in overtime) and we're coming out to play the same way we did today. If we do that we should get another win and keep the momentum going."

That's exactly what Riders did do although many would have expected them to roll The Jets over, they just sneaked by them but considering the travel and effort they'd put in 24 hours earlier to take the W in Newcastle they'll have been pleased just to keep their run going.

Already they look like the side most capable of upsetting Newcastle's plans this season and if they keep winning whilst Fraley's out then they will be in A1 position for the rest of the campaign. Couisnard will be a big part of that equation but judging him on his performance against the Eagles, he has what it takes to get results.



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Standings - LUB

LUB Standings
 1. Malvin 10-0 
 2. Bigua 9-2 
 3. Hebraica 9-2 
 4. Un.Atletica 8-3 
 5. Aguada 6-3 
 6. Tabare 6-5 
 7. Trouville 6-6 
 8. Sayago 5-5 
 9. Welcome 5-6 
 10. Defensor 5-6 
 11. Olimpia 4-5 
 12. Montevideo 3-8 
 13. Nacional 3-9 
 14. Bohemios 2-8 
 15. Cordon 2-8 
 16. Larre Borges 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Capital

Oct. 30: Tabare - Larre Borges 89-80
Oct. 30: Trouville - Bohemios 86-77
Oct. 29: Cordon - Olimpia 84-86
Oct. 29: Bigua - Un.Atletica 81-78 OT
Oct. 29: Malvin - Nacional 80-63
Oct. 29: Defensor - Sayago 77-86
Oct. 29: Hebraica - Welcome 74-63
Oct. 29: Montevideo - Aguada

Round 11

Oct. 31: Hebraica - Un.Atletica

Round 12

Oct. 31: Aguada - Defensor

Round 9

Oct. 31: Malvin - Olimpia


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 30
 1. Keenan, Trouville30.0 
 2. Baxley, Defensor26.6 
 3. Garcia Moral., Agu.25.0 
 4. Taboada, Un.Atlet.23.3 
 5. Johnson, Bigua20.1 
 6. Jeffries, Bigua19.8 
 7. Ambres, Nacional19.4 
 8. Shellman, Sayago19.1 
 9. Jennings, Cordon18.6 
 10. Alvarez, Sayago18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Martin, Nacional16.3 
 2. Faber, Welcome14.1 
 3. Passos, Hebraica13.6 
 4. Blankson, Un.Atlet.12.0 
 5. Shellman, Sayago11.7 
 6. McFarland, Bohem.11.5 
 7. Balbuena, Un.Atlet.10.8 
 8. Keenan, Trouville10.5 
 9. Wilkerson, Tabare10.1 
 10. Johnson, Bigua9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bruno FITIPALDO
  Malvin
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 8
 1. Fitipaldo, Malvin8.0 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica7.3 
 3. Barrera, Hebraica6.5 
 4. Cortizas, Welcome6.5 
 5. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.1 
 6. De Gouveia, Tabare5.1 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica5.0 
 8. Jeffries, Bigua5.0 
 9. Acosta, Trouville4.8 
 10. Trelles, Bohemios4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Reggie CHAMBERS
  Monte.
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Chambers, Monte.2.3 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.3 
 3. Jennings, Cordon2.2 
 4. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 5. Roselli, Larre Bor.1.9 
 6. Shellman, Sayago1.9 
 7. Jeffries, Bigua1.9 
 8. Delgado, Olimpia1.9 
 9. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 10. Johnson, Bigua1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Chas MCFARLAND
  Bohem.
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McFarland, Bohem.2.7 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.5 
 3. Faber, Welcome1.7 
 4. Cage, Tabare1.6 
 5. Kanis, Trouville1.6 
 6. Bravo, Defensor1.6 
 7. Johnson, Bigua1.6 
 8. Wilkerson, Tabare1.5 
 9. Passos, Hebraica1.5 
 10. January, Larre B.1.4 


Malvin won 11 games without defeats - by Hector Lopez

Malvin won its 11th game in a row to lead the Uruguayan League after beating Nacional 80-63, with 18 points and 6 rebounds by Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) and 12 points by Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU). For Nacional, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) netted 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) netted 14. Other results:
Sayago 86 - Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 29 points 11 rebounds, Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) 19 points 4 rebounds
Defensor Sporting 77 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 29 points 4 rebounds 3 assists, Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86) 6 points 5 rebounds
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Olimpia 86 -Kyle Hunt (207-F, college: Oklahoma S&A) 22 points 12 rebounds, Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 22 points 9 rebounds
Cordon 84 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 24 points 7 rebounds, Mike Davis (211-F/C-86, college: Seton Hall) 12 points 9 rebounds 7 blocks
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Bigua 81 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 23 points 11 rebounds, Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 18 points 7 rebounds 6 assists
UnioN Atletica 78 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 24 points 4 rebounds 4 assists, Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 13 points 8 rebounds, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 19 points 8 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-C-80, college: Loyola, IL) 4 points 15 rebounds
- - -
Hebraica Macabi 74 - Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 18 points 14 rebounds 2 blocks, Luciano Parodi (182-G-94) 19 points
Welcome 63 - Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul) 13 points 12 rebounds, Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 13 points, Jamaar Nutter 12 points 5 rebounds
- - -
The game Montevideo-Aguada was postponed.



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Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
Central-East
1. Tiburones * 17-3
2. Guacharos * 15-5
3. Rojos de Sucre * 10-10
4. Estudiantes * 9-11
5. Atleticos UCV ** 4-16
Central-West
1. Cent.Apure * 14-6
2. Bravos * 12-7
3. Aduaneros * 9-10
4. Lanc.Cojedes * 5-15
5. Generales ** 5-15


LNB 2012 Quarter Finals - Centauros, Guacharos and Bravos take the lead - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) has begun its Quarter Finals Round with 3 of the 4 series, as Tiburones de Vargas and Lanceros de Cojedes won't play yet, because of the participation of Tiburones in Liga Suramerican as hosts from November 1st till the 3rd in La Guaira. Centauros de Apure, Guacharos de Monagas and Bravos de Portuguesa took the lead in their respective clashes. The series are played under the best-of-five format. First team to win three times, advances to the Semifinals.

Centauros de Apure 78 - Estudiantes de Guarico 71
(Centauros lead series, 1-0)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
CEN: 20-24-16-18= 78
EST: 19-11-19-22= 71

CEN: Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 17 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 16 points.
EST: Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 18 points, Peter Kvietek (205-C-77) 15 points

Guacharos de Monagas 97 - Aduaneros de Carabobo 76
(Guacharos lead series, 1-0)
Gilberto Roque Morales Arena - Maturin, Monagas

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 18-22-38-19= 97
ADU: 11-17-20-28= 76

GUA: Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 17 points, Maurice Carter (183-G-83) 15 points
ADU: Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) 17 points, Gary Redus (198-G/F-89) 14 points

Bravos de Portuguesa 89 - Rojos de Sucre 83
(Bravos lead series, 1-0)
Wilbaldo Zabaleta Arena - Acarigua, Portuguesa


Quarter by quarter
BRA: 22-16-21-30= 89
ROJ: 22-23-18-20= 83

BRA: Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 24 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 20 points
ROJ: Blake Walker (197-F/G-82) 29 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F-82) 20 points



Venezuelans Abroad - Edgar Lugo shines in season opener for Parque Hostos (Dominican Republic) - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Dominican-Venezuelan SG Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) enjoyed a great start in the 2012 edition of the Dominican Republic's Baloncesto Superior de La Vega, as he was able to score 17 points and add 3 assists in a victory of Parque Hostos over Enriquillo, 119-105, in the season opener.

Lugo, who plays for Guaros de Lara in Venezuela's LPB and spent part of the Dominican Republic's LNB with Reales de La Vega this year, had a 50% field-goal percentage in the game, scoring 2 out of 4 two-point attempts and 3 out of 6 three-pointers, adding perfection in the free-throw line (4-4). He also stole a ball, had a couple of turnovers and 4 fouls.

His team excelled thanks to his performance and those of Victor Liz (188-G/F-88) with 35 points, Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89) with 16 points and 7 rebounds, Junior de la Rosa with 15, William Gomez (198-F/G-81) with 14 and Ricardo Soliver (191-G-84) with 12. For Enriquillo, Puerto Rican Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Joel Miranda added 23, Carlos White (202-F-80) 17 with 12 boards and Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87) 17 with 11 boards.

There's a good chance to see Edgar Lugo next November 20th in Barquisimeto for the beginning of Guaros de Lara's preseason.



Venezuelans Abroad - Jhornan Zamora scores 10, Palencia wins in LEB Gold (Spain) - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) was able to score 10 points, grab 3 rebounds and add an assist in a victory of Palencia Baloncesto over Forca Lleida, 67-61, in Spain's second division basketball, LEB Gold, as part of Matchday 4 action.

Zamora came off the bench to score 3 of 4 two-point attempts, 1 of 3 three-pointers and his only free-throw shot. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87) led Palencia with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Urko Otegui (203-F/C-81) added 10 points and 5 boards. For Forca Lleida, Sergi Pino (196-F-87) netted 14 points and Alex Thompson (208-F-85) had a double double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The player born in Carabobo state, who'll play for Trotamundos de Carabobo in LPB 2013, is averaging 13.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists after 4 2012-2013 regular season games in Spain's LEB Gold.

Meanwhile, PF-C Javier Roman (207-F/C-80), born in Caracas, Venezuela, scored 6 points and added a rebound in a victory of Leyma Basket Coruna over CB Clavijo as visitors, 83-80. He played 16 minutes, went 2 for 2 from the two-point range and added a couple of free-throws. Jonathan Kale (203-F-85) led his side with 15 points and the host's top performer was Mikel Uriz (182-PG-89) with 14.

Roman averages 4.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game after 4 regular season games.



Venezuelans Abroad - John Cox scores 13, Paris Levallois defeated by Nanterre - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG-SG John Cox (196-G-81) could not avoid a defeat of Paris Levallois in France's ProA League against Nanterre, 81-77, despites scoring 13 points in 27 minutes of action, coming off the bench.

Cox, who made his debut with Venezuela's Senior NT this year, scored 5 out of 7 two-point shots and 1 of 2 three-pointers. Chris Warren (178-PG-88) led Nanterre with 21 points, Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) added 18, Xavier Corosine (184-G-85) followed them with 11 and Jeremy Nzeulie (187-G-91) added 11 more. For Paris-Levallois, Sean May (206-F-84) finished up with 20 points, Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) scored 14, Jawad Williams (204-F-83) 13 and Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) 11.

The son of Chubby Cox, a former player who came to Venezuela in the early 80's to play in the old Liga Especial as imported player for Beverly Hills, John Cox is now averaging 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game after 3 2012-2013 regular season games in France's ProA.



Venezuelans Abroad - Gregory Vargas and Luis Bethelmy keep winning in Mexico's LNBP - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) (Halcones UV Xalapa) and Venezuelan PF Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) (Halcones Rojos de Veracruz) kept their teams on a winning roll in Mexico's LNBP, as Round 18 of the 2012-2013 was played.

Vargas had an 11-point, 9-assists performance in a win over Abejas de Guanajuato, 97-88. In 24 minutes, he scored 3 out of 6 two-point attempts, 1 of 4 three-pointers, 2 of 2 free-throws, grabbed a couple of rebounds, had a turnover and 3 fouls.

He got help from Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) with 23 points, Devon Pearson (198-F-84) with 21, LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) with 19 and Franco Harris (183-G-83) with 11. For Guanajuato, Eugene Phelps (198-F) finished up with 31 points and 12 rebounds, Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F) added 24 points and 8 rebounds and Larry Morinia (180-G-80) added 15 more.

Vargas is now averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game in 16 games in the LNBP 2012-2013 season.

Meanwhile, Luis Bethelmy didn't have to play that much to help Halcones Rojos de Veracruz run past Lechugueros de Leon, 81-57. In 21 minutes he supported his side with 5 points, 5 rebounds and a couple of assists. He had a slow night in field percentage, scoring 2 out of 7 two-point attempts, missed a three-point shot and scored one of two free-throws.

Mike Mitchell (181-PG-83) led Veracruz with 19 points, Noe Alonzo (200-F-83) added 12 and Francisco Ruiz 10 more. For Leon, Babacar Camara (211-C-81) had a double double of 15 points and 12 rebounds and Adrian Sanchez (196-F-86) added 13 points.

Bethelmy is now averaging 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 18 regular season games this year in Mexico.



Venezuelans Abroad - Jose Juan Bravo and Defensor Sporting, stopped in Uruguay's LUB - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86) and his team, Defensor Sporting, are still stuck in the middle of the LUB standings with a 5-6 record, after they were unable to defeat Sayago, 86-77, in Matchday 11 of Uruguay's top pro league.

Bravo played 18 minutes and finished up with 6 points, 5 rebounds and an assists. He scored his two two-point shots attempted and 2 out of 3 free-throws. He totaled 3 fouls.

Sayago's top scorers were Terence Shellman (198-F-78) with 29 points and 11 boards, Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) with 27 and Stanley Jones (208-C-86) with 19. For Defensor, Walter Baxley (193-G-84) finished with 29, Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) with 15 and Diego Garcia (183-G-92) with 12.

After 11 regular season games played, Bravo is averaging 8.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.



Venezuelans Abroad - Greivis Vasquez ready to keep fighting in the NBA, contract extended - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87) is ready to shine and keep fighting to make his own name as a true starter in the NBA, as the 2012-2013 begins tonight with him penciled as the main man to drive the ball for the New Orleans Hornets, a team that decided to exercise a contract option to keep him in the team through the 2013-2014 season, increasing his salary from 1.1 to 2.1 million dollars, according to John Reid, of the Times-Picayune.

Vasquez is going to play his third full season in the NBA after becoming the third Venezuelan ever to play in that league, following the steps of two-time NBA champion Carl Herrera (206-C-66) and Oscar Torres (198-F/G-76). He's a 25 year-old, 1.98m tall PG, former star of the Maryland Terrapins in the NBA and current main figure in Venezuela's Senior NT, as he's also part of a very exclusive club of current active Latin American players in the NBA.

He averaged 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 66 games for New Orleans in the 2011-2012 season, 24 of those were as a starter because of the knee problems of Jarret Jack. He also averaged 8.9 points in the recently finished preseason after 8 games, though his coach's main concern was the fact that he led the team with 34 turnovers, an aspect he needs to improve quickly for him and his team to be able to succeed this season.

Vasquez will need to adapt to a whole new structure that involves recently drafted players such as Anthony Davis (208-C-93) and Austin Rivers (193-G-92), injury-prone star Eric Gordon (193-G-88), Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90) and newcomer Robin Lopez (213-C/F-88), among others, since New Orleans was one of the most active teams in the offseason, trying to improve.




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Women News

Standings - Women

Premier League Standings
 1. Olimpia 3-0 
 2. Gorizont 2-0 
 3. Berezina 1-1 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk 1-1 
 5. Sozh Gomel 1-2 
 6. BrGU 0-1 
 7. Victoria 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 28: Olimpia - Tsmoki-Minsk 66-55
Oct. 27: Berezina - Sozh Gomel 58-72
Oct. 27: Gorizont - Victoria 102-43

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 31: Victoria - Berezina
Nov. 3: Gorizont - BrGU
Nov. 3: Tsmoki-Minsk - Victoria


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Olga KOPYLOVA
  Sozh G.
  (187-F-82)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Kopylova, Sozh G.19.7 
 2. Filonchyk, Olimpia17.0 
 3. Anufryienka, Goriz.16.0 
 4. Papova, Olimpia16.0 
 5. Shapochkina, Olimp.16.0 
 6. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.15.7 
 7. Chubkavets, Berez.15.5 
 8. Khomenchuk, Goriz.14.0 
 9. Haponava, Berezina13.5 
 10. Likhtarovich, Gor.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandra KHOMENCHUK
  Goriz.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Khomenchuk, Goriz.13.0 
 2. Vorozhko, Olimpia12.5 
 3. Haponava, Berezina12.5 
 4. Alyoshkina, Olimpia10.7 
 5. Filonchyk, Olimpia10.3 
 6. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.9.3 
 7. Papova, Olimpia7.7 
 8. Alikina, Gorizont7.5 
 9. Istseliatsov., Tsm.7.0 
 10. Pratasevich, Bere.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Drozd, Olimpia5.7 
 2. Anufryienka, Goriz.5.5 
 3. Valko, Gorizont4.5 
 4. Papova, Olimpia4.0 
 5. Rannaveski, Olimpia3.7 
 6. Likhtarovich, Gori.3.5 
 7. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.7 
 8. Haponava, Berezina2.5 
 9. Hasper, Tsmoki-M.2.0 
 10. Yakovits, Tsmoki-.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Drozd, Olimpia6.0 
 2. Papova, Olimpia4.7 
 3. Kalikh, Berezina4.0 
 4. Anufryienka, Goriz.3.0 
 5. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.3.0 
 6. Likhtarovich, Gori.2.0 
 7. Panevina, Tsmoki-M.2.0 
 8. Khomenchuk, Goriz.2.0 
 9. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.0 
 10. Chubkavets, Bere.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darya LIPINSKAYA
  Gorizont
  (180-SG-93)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lipinskaya, Gorizo.0.0 
 2. Alikina, Gorizont0.0 
 3. Likhtarovich, Gori.0.0 
 4. Yakovits, Tsmoki-M.0.0 
 5. Lalovich, Tsmoki-M.0.0 
 6. Voishal, Victoria0.0 
 7. Kravtsov, Sozh G.0.0 
 8. Urbanovich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Kozun, Olimpia0.0 
 10. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki.0.0 



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Vera Perostiyska's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vera Perostiyska
Vera Perostiyska
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Vera Perostiyska (195-82, college: FIU, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. She could not help Union Hainaut (1-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Perostiyska's good performance Union Hainaut was defeated 57-52 on the road by the higher-ranked Arras (#10). She recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Perostiyska's first year with the team. Perostiyska is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league. This season she averages: 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 41.9% and FT: 55.6%. Perostiyska is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Anna Rimpova
Anna Rimpova
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Anna Rimpova (183-82, currently plays in Italy). She led Marghera to a victory over the ninth-ranked Muggia (2-2) crushing them 70-50 in the Italian A2 (12th division) on Saturday night. Rimpova was MVP of the game. She recorded 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Sernavimar Marghera (2-2) is placed fifth in North group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Rimpova has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 59.1%(13-22), 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 70.6% in the four games she played so far. She played for the Bulgarian national team in 2007.

Gergana Georgieva
Gergana Georgieva
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Gergana Georgieva (180-87, currently plays in Germany). Georgieva was the major contributor in an ASC Theresianum Mainz's victory against the 11th-ranked Goettingen (1-4) 77-59 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Saturday night's game. She recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. ASC Theresianum Mainz (2-1) is placed third in North group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Georgieva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her sixth year in ASC Theresianum Mainz's roster. This season Georgieva has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 58.5%(31-53) and FT: 52.6%. She played for the Bulgarian U20 national team five years ago.

Evelina Guneva
Evelina Guneva
   #4. Forward Evelina Guneva (183-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) was not able to help Gernika (1-1) in their last game. Despite Guneva's very good performance the eighth-placed Gernika lost 62-71 in Las Rozas to the higher-ranked (#6) Las Rozas in the Group B. She was the top scorer with 18 points. Guneva also added 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Guneva's first season with the team. Guneva belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 10.0rpg. This year she also averages: 14.5ppg in the two games. Guneva used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2006.

Gergana Simeonov
Gergana Simeonov
   #5. Former international forward Gergana Simeonov (186-79, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Lavezzini Parma to win against the closely-ranked Familia Schio (1-1) 66-64 in the Italian A1 on Sunday night. She scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lavezzini Parma (2-1) is placed fourth in the A1. Simeonov's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 6.0rpg. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Ekaterina Dimitrova
Ekaterina Dimitrova
   #6. Guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (2-4) in their game against Lattes Montpellier (6-0) in the French LFB. Dimitrova scored 8 points in 31 minutes. Charleville-Mezieres was badly defeated 63-46 in Lattes by the leading Montpellier. This year Dimitrova's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5spg in the six games. She is international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team one years ago.

Noelle Quinn
Noelle Quinn
   #7. Former international guard Noelle Quinn (183-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Israel couldn't help Elitzur Ramla (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Quinn's good performance Elitzur Ramla was defeated 69-63 in Hatay by the leading Antakya. She recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Elitzur Ramla this season. Quinn is a naturalized American. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Strangely Quinn has never played in Bulgaria.

Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
   #8. Point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TKBL couldn't help Canik Bld (0-2) in their last game. Despite her good performance Canik Bld was edged 58-55 in Ankara by the higher-ranked (#9) TED Ankara. Hodges-Lewis was the second best scorer with 11 points. She also added 3 passes in 35 minutes. Hodges-Lewis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3 with 5.5apg. This year her other stats are: 10.0ppg and 5.0rpg in the two games. Hodges-Lewis is a naturalized American. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year. Apparently Hodges-Lewis has never played in Bulgaria.

Roksana Yordanova
Roksana Yordanova
   #9. International forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help San Salvatore (1-3) in their game against Broni (2-2) in the Italian A2 (12th division). She recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. San Salvatore (#12) was defeated 71-67 at home by the higher-ranked Broni (#7) in the North group. Yordanova has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3spg. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Aleksandra Delcheva
Aleksandra Delcheva
   #10. Center Aleksandra Delcheva (202-87, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help DSK Karlin (2-6) in their game against USK Praha (8-0) in the Czech Republic ZBL. Delcheva scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. DSK Karlin was crushed 96-54 in Praha by the leading USK Praha. It was DSK Karlin's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Delcheva's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.6rpg in the eight games. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, also represented by LBM Management, college: VCU, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Vera Perostiyska in the French LFB last game. Bachvarova contributed to Arras' victory against one of league's weakest teams Union Hainaut 57-52. She scored only 2 points in 16 minutes. Bachvarova has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 1.7rpg in the three games. She plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87, currently plays in Eurocup) led her French team Nantes Reze to a victory against the closely-ranked TSV 1880 Wasserburg (0-1) 81-68 in the Eurocup in Thursday night's game. She recorded 13 points in 27 minutes. It was his first game for Nantes Reze this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Her team is placed second in the Eurocup. Mircheva has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Ana Petrova (170-F-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Racing crushing them 117-56 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Saturday night. Petrova scored 15 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals. Etzella Ettelbruck (5-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season. Petrova has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. She is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and Luxembourg.



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  CANADA   


Stephany Skrba selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Stephany Skrba
Stephany Skrba
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. She could not help Bourges (4-2) to beat Lyon (4-2). Skrba scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bourges was edged 44-43 on the road by the lower-ranked Lyon (#4). But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Skrba's first year with the team. Skrba is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season she averages: 7.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 2FGP: 42.5%. Skrba played for the Canadian senior national team six years ago.

Kayla Dykstra
Kayla Dykstra
   #2. Second place goes to former University international forward Kayla Dykstra (188-87, currently plays in Greece). She led PAOK to a victory against the closely-ranked Terpsithea (2-1) 73-67 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Dykstra had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AS PAOK Thessalonikis (3-1) is placed fourth in the A1. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Dykstra's first year with the team. Dykstra belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2 with 10.8rpg. This year her other stats are: 13.0ppg, 2FGP: 54.3% and FT: 63.6% in the four games she played so far. Dykstra played for the Canadian university national team in 2009.

Tamara Tatham
Tamara Tatham
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Tamara Tatham (185-85, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German DBBL. She was not able to help SV Halle Lions (3-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tatham's very good performance SV Halle Lions was edged 61-60 in Freiburg by the one of league's weakest teams Eisvogel (#11). She was the top scorer with 21 points. Tatham also added 9 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Tatham is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). She has individually a very good season with high stats. Tatham averages: 21.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 47.9% and FT: 77.1%. She is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Krista Phillips
Krista Phillips
   #4. Center Krista Phillips (198-88, college: Michigan, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Dandenong Rangers' victory against the league outsider Townsville Fire (6-10) 92-81 in the Australian WNBL on Friday night. She recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Dandenong Rangers (3-2) are placed fourth in the WNBL. Phillips is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. Her overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.3apg. Phillips is also Canadian national team player.

Shona Thorburn
Shona Thorburn
   #5. International guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB was not able to secure a victory for Aix-en-Provence (2-4) in their last game. Despite her good performance Aix-en-Provence lost 63-70 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Perpignan. Thorburn scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. It's Thorburn's first season with the team. Thorburn is currently first on the list of best passers with 5.8apg. She also averaged so far 11.5ppg and 6.7rpg in the six games. Thorburn has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British. She plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Lizanne Murphy
Lizanne Murphy
   #6. Forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shona Thorburn and both played together in the last French LFB game. Murphy couldn't help Aix-en-Provence (2-4) in their game against Perpignan (4-2). Despite her very good performance last Saturday She was the second best scorer with 15 points. Murphy also added 5 rebounds. Murphy has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg and 6.2rpg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Chelsea Aubry
Chelsea Aubry
   #7. International forward Chelsea Aubry (188-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Australia) helped Bendigo Spirit edge the closely-ranked Dandenong Rangers (3-2) 82-80 in the Australian WNBL last Saturday. She recorded 7 points in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bendigo Spirit (6-0) is placed first in the WNBL. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. This year Aubry's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg in the six games. She is also Canadian national team player.

Zara Huntley
Zara Huntley
   #8. Center Zara Huntley (188-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arxil Pontevedra (0-2) in their game against Maquinaria Ensino (2-0) in the Spanish LF2 (12th division), despite her good performance in Saturday night's game. She was the top scorer with 12 points. Huntley also added 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. But the tenth-placed Arxil Pontevedra was crushed 71-43 in Lugo by the leading Maquinaria Ensino in the Group A. Huntley belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2 with 2.0bpg. She also averaged so far 13.0ppg and 8.5rpg in the two games. Huntley used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan
   #9. Former U20 international guard Katie Donovan (178-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) was the major contributor in Etzella's victory against the ninth-ranked Racing crushing them 117-56 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Saturday night. She had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Donovan also added 7 assists and 3 steals in 22 minutes. Etzella Ettelbruck (5-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season. Donovan is currently first on the list of best passers with 7.0apg. This year her other stats are: 16.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.0spg in the five games. Donovan used to play for the Canadian U20 national team nine years ago.

Julie Seabrook
Julie Seabrook
   #10. Forward Julie Seabrook (190-90, college: Colorado, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Bellinzona (0-4) in their game against Riva Basket (2-2) in the Swiss LNA. Despite her very good performance last Saturday She was the top scorer with 22 points. Seabrook also added 6 rebounds. Seabrook is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). This season she has very high stats. Seabrook averages: 19.0ppg, 11.0rpg and 2.0spg. She is university international player as one years ago she still played for the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Jenifer Nadalin (186-F/C-83, college: Furman, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in a 1-point Familia Schio's victory against the seventh-ranked CSM Targoviste (0-1) 76-75 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. She recorded 16 points in 27 minutes. It was his first game for Familia Schio this season. Her team is placed first in group B. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Nadalin has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian.

   #2. Rhea Pascal (180-F, college: Amer.Internat., currently plays in Germany) led Friendsfactory Germering to a victory over the 11th-ranked Trier (0-5) crushing them 93-57 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. Pascal was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 17 rebounds. Pascal also added and 3 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her first season in pro basketball. Friendsfactory Jahn Muenchen (3-2) is placed sixth in South group. Pascal has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 9.8rpg in the four games she played so far.

   #3. Matteke Hutzler (188-C, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) could not help TG 1889 Sandhausen (1-3) in their last game. Despite Hutzler's very good performance the eighth-placed TG 1889 Sandhausen lost 59-71 on the road to the lower-ranked (#12) TG Chooza Ladybaskets in the South group. She was the top scorer with 21 points. Hutzler also added 6 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 35 minutes. Hutzler is currently second on the league's list of most steals with 3.8spg. This year her other stats are: 15.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.5apg in the four games.

   #4. Brittany Moore (168-G-89, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a 2-point Quakenbrueck Dragons' victory against the seventh-ranked Hannover (2-3) 51-49 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Moore was MVP of the game. She scored 23 points. TSV Quakenbrueck Dragons (4-1) is placed third in North group. Moore belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Moore averages: 19.4ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #5. Brittany Hedderson (175-G-90, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Finland) contributed to TuRi's surprising victory against the third-ranked BC Nokia (2-1) 81-80 in the Finnish SM-sarja on Sunday night. Hedderson was MVP of the game. She scored 21 points; not bad, considering it's only Hedderson's first season in pro basketball. Turun Riento Turku (1-5) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the SM-sarja. It was TuRi's first victory after five consecutive loses. This season Hedderson has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.7apg.

   #6. Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brittany Moore and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Sunley-Paisley managed to help TSV Quakenbrueck Dragons to win against the seventh-ranked Hannover 51-49. She scored 5 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Sunley-Paisley's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg and 2.2spg.

   #7. Melissa Dalembert (191-F-87, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to help TSV 1880 Wasserburg in their game against Nantes Reze in the Eurocup. She cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Dalembert recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for TSV 1880 Wasserburg this season. Her team was defeated 81-68.

   #8. Lauren Taal (175-G, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for KuSG Leimen (0-0) in their last game. Despite her good performance KuSG Leimen (#6) was crushed 111-51 in Heidelberg by the higher-ranked (#4) BasCats in the South group. Taal was the second best scorer with 12 points in 37 minutes. This year she has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg in the five games.

   #9. Janet Hatfield (190-C-85, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to Vaerlose's victory against the closely-ranked Amager 69-64 in the Danish Dameligaen on Saturday night. Hatfield recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. She also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. Hatfield is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). She has very reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7bpg and 1.3spg.

   #10. Experienced Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Bellinzona crushing them 88-50 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. McKenzie recorded 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. McKenzie belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year her total stats are: 10.0ppg, 12.5rpg and 5.0spg in the four games. McKenzie is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.



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Ana Lelas selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ana Lelas
Ana Lelas
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Ana Lelas (183-83, currently plays in Eurocup). She was the major contributor in a Lattes Montpellier's victory against the closely-ranked Satu Mare (0-1) 77-67 in the Eurocup in Thursday night's game. Lelas recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Lattes Montpellier this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Her team is placed second in the Eurocup. Lelas is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 20 points. She is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Petra Stampalija
Petra Stampalija
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Poland). Stampalija led Wisla Can-Pak to an easy victory against the league outsider Widzew (0-7) crushing them 87-64 in the Polish PLKK last Saturday. She recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (6-0) is placed second in the PLKK. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Stampalija has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.8% and FT: 52.4%. She played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Sonja Kireta
Sonja Kireta
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Sonja Kireta (198-76, currently plays in Italy). Kireta led Parma to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Familia Schio (1-1) 66-64 in the Italian A1 on Sunday night. She scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Lavezzini Parma (2-1) is placed fourth in the A1. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kireta is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.3rpg. This year her other stats are: 14.0ppg, 2FGP: 45.2% and FT: 44.4% in the three games she played so far. Kireta played for the Croatian national team five years ago.

Iva Ciglar
Iva Ciglar
   #4. Point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France) led Perpignan to a victory against the closely-ranked Aix-en-Provence (2-4) 70-63 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. She scored 11 points. Perpignan Basket (4-2) is placed sixth in the LFB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Ciglar's first year with the team. Ciglar is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. This season she averages: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.7apg. Ciglar is also Croatian national team player.

Jelena Ivezic
Jelena Ivezic
   #5. International swingman Jelena Ivezic (182-84, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Besiktas (0-2) crushing them 89-53 in the Turkish TKBL last Saturday. She scored 15 points in 22 minutes. Ceyhan Belediyespor (1-1) is placed sixth in the TKBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Ivezic's first season with the team. This year Ivezic has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. She plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Lisa Karcic
Lisa Karcic
   #6. Power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB could not help Hondarribia-Irun (1-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Karcic's good performance Hondarribia-Irun was edged 69-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Conquero (#8). She scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Karcic's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7spg. She is a naturalized American. Karcic is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster. Strangely she has never played in Croatia.

Dina Sesnic
Dina Sesnic
   #7. Former U16 international center Dina Sesnic (188-87, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia was not able to help Vojvodina (2-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the seventh-placed Vojvodina was defeated 68-62 in Zenica by the higher-ranked Celik (#4) in the group T of Adriatic League. Sesnic scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Sesnic's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8spg. She used to play for the Croatian U16 national team nine years ago.

Andja Jelavic
Andja Jelavic
   #8. Guard Andja Jelavic (172-80, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Samsun (3-7) in their game against Galatasaray (2-0) in the Turkish TKBL. Jelavic scored only 4 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Samsun was badly defeated 71-52 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Galatasaray. Jelavic is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 5.0apg. This year she also averages: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0spg in the two games. Jelavic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Romana Stojanovic
Romana Stojanovic
   #9. U18 international swingman Romana Stojanovic (185-93, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Highflyers (1-3) in their game against Hope-GBA (2-2) in the Swiss LNA, despite her good performance in Saturday night's game. She recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 29 minutes. But Highflyers were badly defeated 72-52 in Bernex by the higher-ranked (#6) Hope-GBA. Stojanovic has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 10.3rpg and 3.5spg in the four games. She used to play for the Croatian U18 national team last year.

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

   #1. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TKBL could not help Antakya (1-1) to beat Istanbul Universitesi (1-1). Dacic scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Antakya was defeated 74-64 at home by the higher-ranked Istanbul Universitesi (#5). Dacic's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg. She has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian.

   #2. Iva Grbas (188-F/C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) was not able to help Limoges (2-2) in their last game. Despite Grbas' very good performance Limoges was crushed 82-44 on the road by the second-ranked Angers. She was the top scorer with 23 points. Grbas also added 7 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes. Grbas is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 16.3ppg. She also averaged so far 7.0rpg and 1.5spg in the four games she played so far.

   #3. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in an Adelaide Lightning's victory against one of league's weakest teams West Coast Waves (1-4) 75-65 in the Australian WNBL on Saturday night. Batkovic-Brown recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Adelaide Link Lightning (4-1) is placed second in the WNBL. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 18.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.8bpg and 1.3spg in the four games. Batkovic-Brown is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #4. Jelena Radic (190-C-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Radivoj Korac (5-1) in their game against Partizan (5-0) in the Adriatic League. She scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Radivoj Korac (#2) was defeated 78-74 in a derby game by the leading Partizan in the group T of Adriatic League. It was Radivoj Korac's first loss after five consecutive victories. Radic's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg.

   #5. Tatjana Pavlovic (183-PF-90, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Highflyers (1-3) in their game against Hope-GBA (2-2) in the Swiss LNA. Pavlovic recorded 6 points. Highflyers were badly defeated 72-52 in Bernex by the higher-ranked Hope-GBA (#6). Pavlovic's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg. She has both Croatian and Swiss nationalities.



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Standings (Women)

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bourges 1-0 
 2. Spartak V MR 1-0 
 3. UNI Gyor 1-0 
 4. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 5. IMOS Brno 0-1 
 6. Tarsus Bld 0-1 
 7. Wisla Can-Pak 0-1 
Group B
 1. Familia Schio 1-0 
 2. Nadezhda O. 1-0 
 3. UNIQA Eurol. 1-0 
 4. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 5. Arras 0-1 
 6. Good Angels 0-1 
 7. Targoviste 0-1 
Group C
 1. Galatasaray 1-0 
 2. Mondeville 1-0 
 3. CCC Polkowice 1-1 
 4. Perfumerias 1-1 
 5. UMMC 0-0 
 6. Novi Zagreb 0-1 
 7. USK Praha 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

A

Oct. 31: Wisla Can-Pak - UNI Gyor
Oct. 31: Spartak V MR - Bourges
Oct. 31: Rivas Ecopolis - Tarsus Bld

B

Oct. 31: Good Angels - UNIQA Eurol.
Oct. 31: Fenerbahce - Targoviste
Nov. 1: Familia Schio - Nadezhda O.

C

Oct. 30: Perfumerias - CCC Polkowice 59-68
Oct. 31: Galatasaray - USK Praha
Oct. 31: UMMC - Novi Zagreb


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nnemkadi OGWUMIKE
  CCC P.
  (189-F/C-90)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Ogwumike, CCC P.21.5 
 2. Powell, Perfumerias15.0 
 3. Sulciute, Perfumer.13.0 
 4. Hodges, Perfumer.12.5 
 5. Berezhynska, CCC11.5 
 6. Palau, CCC P.10.5 
 7. Musina, CCC P.7.5 
 8. Snell, CCC P.7.0 
 9. Leciejewska, CCC P.7.0 
 10. Fernandez, Perf.6.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lucila PASCUA
  Perfumer.
  (195-C-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pascua, Perfumer.12.0 
 2. Sulciute, Perfumer.8.0 
 3. Palau, CCC P.6.5 
 4. Powell, Perfumerias6.0 
 5. Musina, CCC P.5.5 
 6. Leciejewska, CCC P.5.5 
 7. Ogwumike, CCC P.4.5 
 8. Berezhynska, CCC4.5 
 9. Snell, CCC P.4.0 
 10. Xargay Casad.,.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laia PALAU
  CCC P.
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Palau, CCC P.5.5 
 2. Musina, CCC P.3.0 
 3. Snell, CCC P.2.5 
 4. Hodges, Perfumer.2.0 
 5. Sulciute, Perfumer.2.0 
 6. Leciejewska, CCC P.1.5 
 7. Powell, Perfumerias1.5 
 8. Xargay Casad., Per.1.5 
 9. Antoja, Perfumer.1.0 
 10. Pascua, Perfum.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marta FERNANDEZ
  Perfumer.
  (178-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fernandez, Perfume.2.5 
 2. Ogwumike, CCC P.2.0 
 3. Snell, CCC P.1.5 
 4. Xargay Casad., Per.1.0 
 5. Powell, Perfumerias1.0 
 6. Palau, CCC P.1.0 
 7. Berezhynska, CCC1.0 
 8. Antoja, Perfumer.1.0 
 9. Sulciute, Perfumer.1.0 
 10. Pascua, Perfum.0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC P.
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Majewska, CCC P.1.0 
 2. Pascua, Perfumer.0.5 
 3. Powell, Perfumerias0.5 
 4. Hodges, Perfumer.0.5 
 5. Palau, CCC P.0.5 
 6. Leciejewska, CCC P.0.0 
 7. Antoja, Perfumer.0.0 
 8. Pina, Perfumerias0.0 
 9. Musina, CCC P.0.0 
 10. Snell, CCC P.0.0 


The womens Euroleague Final 8 to be held in Yekaterinburg - by Ermay Duran

FIBA announced that the Womens Euroleague 2013 Final Eight will be held in Yekaterinburg this year. Having previously hosted the Womens Euroleague Final Four back in 2011, Yekaterinburg will now be looking to fill up the city as well as the famous DIVS Sport complex with its capacity of 5000 spectators. The Event will take place between the 18 24 of March and will determine the best of womens basketball in Europe.



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Standings - Women

Eredivisie Standings
 1. ProBuild Lions 3-1 
 2. Binnenland 3-1 
 3. Grasshoppers 3-1 
 4. Den Helder 2-2 
 5. CTO 1-3 
 6. Lekdetec.nl 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 28: CTO - Lekdetec.nl 91-66
Oct. 27: ProBuild Lions - Binnenland 60-51
Oct. 27: Den Helder - Grasshoppers 54-65

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 3: Binnenland - CTO
Nov. 3: Lekdetec.nl - Grasshoppers
Nov. 3: Den Helder - ProBuild Lions


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Katie BUSSEY
  ProBuild.
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bussey, ProBuild.20.3 
 2. Van Den Adel, Gras.15.8 
 3. Biesters, Lekdetec.15.3 
 4. Klein, Den Helder14.8 
 5. Kooij, Binnenland14.7 
 6. Guyt, CTO13.5 
 7. Butter, Binnenland13.3 
 8. Van der Hoek, Den13.0 
 9. van der Lee, Den11.5 
 10. Horelika, ProBui.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leonie KOOIJ
  Binnenland
  (187-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Kooij, Binnenland10.3 
 2. Nieuwveen, Grassho.10.0 
 3. Ligthart, Den H.9.8 
 4. Horelika, ProBui.9.0 
 5. Van der Hoek, Den9.0 
 6. Bettonvil, CTO7.8 
 7. Hof, CTO7.5 
 8. Kraaijenoord, Gras.6.5 
 9. Biesters, Lekdetec.6.3 
 10. Van Andel, Binnen.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Karin KUIJT
  Lekdetec.nl
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl6.3 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.5.5 
 3. Klein, Den Helder5.5 
 4. Cornelius, CTO3.5 
 5. Roubehie-F., Binne.3.3 
 6. Van der Hoek, Den2.8 
 7. Guyt, CTO2.5 
 8. Butter, Binnenland2.3 
 9. van Veen, Den H.2.0 
 10. Kasius, Binnenland2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Molly MCDOWELL
  ProBui.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. McDowell, ProBui.3.8 
 2. Kooij, Binnenland3.0 
 3. Hartman, ProBuild.3.0 
 4. Bussey, ProBuild.2.5 
 5. Van Den Adel, Gras.2.3 
 6. Bettonvil, CTO2.3 
 7. Biesters, Lekdetec.1.8 
 8. Klein, Den Helder1.8 
 9. Kasius, Binnenland1.8 
 10. Horelika, ProBui.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Irma SCHOUTEN
  Lekdetec.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Schouten, Lekdete.1.5 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.1.0 
 3. Kasius, Binnenland1.0 
 4. Bettonvil, Lekdete.0.8 
 5. Appers, Binnenland0.8 
 6. Hof, CTO0.8 
 7. de Jonge, Lekdete.0.5 
 8. Nieuwveen, Grassho.0.5 
 9. Van den Adel, Binn.0.5 
 10. Ligthart, Den H.0.5 


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

Eredivisie round 4 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Binnenland (3-1) against fourth ranked ProBuild Lions (3-1) 60-51 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Binnenland. It was a key game for the top position in the league. ProBuild Lions forced 19 Binnenland turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian forward Anete Horelika (177-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Center Nadine Boesaart (185-81) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ProBuild Lions' coach Miljenko Lakner used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard