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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



10/8/2012 5:02:44 PMRound 3 review - by Eurobasket News

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

Radnicki KG - Igokea 73-78
The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 28-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Radnicki KG was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Australian Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) added 12 points in the effort for Radnicki KG.
Top scorers:
Igokea: B.Jorovic 15+5reb+2ast, N.Joksimovic 14+4reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 14+5reb+3ast, S.Stemberger 11+4reb+4ast, N.Sulovic 8+1reb, G.Gajovic 6+1reb
Radnicki KG: S.Sinovec 25+8reb, M.Worthington 12+1reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 9+1reb+2ast, S.Markovic 7+2reb+4ast, D.Mijatovic 6+1reb, T.White 4+3reb
gschID: 183644


Krka - Zadar 78-62
The game without a history. Krka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Zadar to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded KK Zadar 35-23 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Krka especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a good game for forward Edo Muric (202-91) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Marko Ramljak (201-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 13 points and American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) added 13 points in the effort for KK Zadar.
Top scorers:
Krka: E.Muric 21+8reb+2ast, J.Klobucar 16+6reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 16+6reb+5ast, S.Pavic 8+1reb, J.Lalic 8+4reb, D.Lorbek 4+1reb+1ast
Zadar: R.Travis 13+3reb+2ast, M.Ramljak 13+3reb+2ast, I.Batur 9+1reb, B.Krasic 7+2reb, T.Prostran 6+3reb+2ast, C.Allen 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 183640


KK Split - Cedevita 74-71
Cedevita was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of KK Split, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Cedevita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Nikola Vujcic (211-78) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points and American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cedevita. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KK Split: N.Vujcic 21+7reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 11+5reb+2ast, I.Mimica 10+4reb+3ast, S.Subotic 8+3reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 8+2reb+1ast, J.Sobin 8+6reb
Cedevita: L.Andric 20+4reb+1ast, B.Wright 14+7reb+1ast, M.Gelabale 12+3reb+1ast, P.Suput 10+8reb+2ast, M.Bilan 6+1reb, L.Babic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183645


Crvena Zvezda - Union Olimpija 87-76
The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. Union Olimpija was better in fourth quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Union Olimpija was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 17 points and 15 rebounds. Four Zvezda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) with 18 points and American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: E.Brown 24+10reb+3ast, B.Savovic 17+15reb+1ast, I.Rakocevic 13+3ast, M.Almond 12+2reb, D.Nelson 7+4reb+7ast, M.Simonovic 6+1reb
Union Olimpija: K.Prepelic 18+2reb+2ast, S.Salin 14+3reb, J.Blazic 10+2reb, D.Page 9+8reb+1ast, A.Baynes 8+4reb+1ast, D.Muric 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 183646


Siroki WWin - Szolnok 102-101 2OT
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: Z.Sakic 21+9reb+4ast, M.Sutalo 14+4reb+4ast, D.Persic 13+5reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 11+6reb+3ast, B.Barac 11+2reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 10+4reb+1ast
Szolnok: M.Bader 40+13reb+1ast, E.Kalve 14+7reb, B.Simon 12+2reb+6ast, A.Horvath 11+1reb+4ast, I.Nemeth 9+6reb+7ast, Z.Trepak 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183642


Buducnost - MZT Skopje 81-71
MZT Skopje was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. MZT Skopje was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 4 assists. American guard Dee Bost (187-89, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) added 13 points in the effort for MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: C.Vitkovac 19+4reb+4ast, D.Bost 15+6reb+2ast, G.Lee 15+3reb+1ast, D.Bunic 10+2reb, M.Popovic 7+2reb, V.Mihailovic 5+1ast
MZT Skopje: D.Stojanovski 13+4reb+1ast, C.Davis 11+4reb+1ast, U.Nikolic 10+10reb, N.Dahlman 9+2reb, B.Bakic 8+3reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 183643


Cibona - Partizan 80-72
The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Cibona forced 26 Partizan turnovers. Partizan was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Partizan.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 20+8reb, D.Strawberry 13+3reb+4ast, T.Zubcic 13+5reb+1ast, A.Masic 8+1reb, J.Hamilton 7+2reb+2ast, T.Carter 6+1ast
Partizan: V.Lucic 25+5reb+1ast, D.Bertans 9+2reb+2ast, D.Musli 9+10reb, D.Milosavljevic 8+1ast, L.Westermann 7+1reb, D.Gordon 6+4reb


10/8/2012 5:17:45 PMStats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Bader, Szolnok22.3 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split17.0 
 3. Blazic, Union O.17.0 
 4. Travis, Zadar16.7 
 5. Mimica, KK Split16.0 
 6. Andric, Cedevita15.3 
 7. Bost, Buducnost15.3 
 8. Rakocevic, Crvena15.3 
 9. Wright, Cedevita15.0 
 10. Muric, Krka15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Bader, Szolnok11.7 
 2. Sakic, Siroki WWin10.0 
 3. Musli, Partizan8.3 
 4. Gordon, Partizan8.0 
 5. Page, Union Olimpi.7.7 
 6. Savovic, Crvena Z.7.3 
 7. Sobin, KK Split7.3 
 8. Nikolic, MZT S.7.0 
 9. Cekovski, MZT S.6.3 
 10. Gelabale, Cedevita6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  MZT S.
  (193-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mijajlovic, MZT S.6.0 
 2. Simon, Szolnok6.0 
 3. Rannikko, Union O.5.7 
 4. Subotic, KK Split4.7 
 5. Green, Cedevita4.3 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.4.0 
 7. Hammonds, Igokea4.0 
 8. Nemeth, Szolnok4.0 
 9. Vladovic, Krka3.7 
 10. Carter, Cibona3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Cedevita
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Green, Cedevita2.7 
 2. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 3. Persic, Siroki W.2.3 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea2.3 
 5. Salin, Union Olimp.2.0 
 6. Travis, Zadar2.0 
 7. Joksimovic, Igokea1.7 
 8. Prepelic, Union O.1.7 
 9. Mimica, KK Split1.7 
 10. Kalve, Szolnok1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Szolnok
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kalve, Szolnok1.3 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.3 
 3. Ramljak, Zadar1.0 
 4. Vujcic, KK Split1.0 
 5. Bryan-A., Radnicki.1.0 
 6. Sinovec, Radnicki.1.0 
 7. Almond, Crvena Z.1.0 
 8. Bogdanovic, Parti.0.7 
 9. Mijajlovic, MZT S.0.7 
 10. Ramljak, Siroki W.0.7 


10/8/2012 5:01:24 PMStandings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 7: Crvena Zvezda - Union Olimpija 87-76
Oct. 7: Buducnost - MZT Skopje 81-71
Oct. 6: Cibona - Partizan 80-72
Oct. 8: Krka - Zadar 78-62
Oct. 6: KK Split - Cedevita 74-71
Oct. 8: Radnicki KG - Igokea 73-78
Oct. 7: Siroki WWin - Szolnok 102-101 2OT

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 15: Zadar - Union Olimpija
Oct. 14: Cedevita - Crvena Zvezda
Oct. 13: Igokea - KK Split
Oct. 13: MZT Skopje - Radnicki KG
Oct. 13: Szolnok - Buducnost
Oct. 14: Partizan - Siroki WWin
Oct. 13: Krka - Cibona



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  ARGENTINA   


10/8/2012 4:28:53 PMLigaA Round 8: Libertad Sunchales defeat Union Progresista in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Union Progresista (1-6) gave a tough game to top-ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-0) in Villa Angela on Sunday. The visitors from Sunchales managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) who added 17 points during the contest. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds. Undefeated Libertad Sunchales have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 8-0 record. Newly promoted Union Progresista keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales are looking forward to face Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Union Progresista will play at home against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Buenos Aires: Lanus (#5) and Boca Juniors (#4). Lanus (4-3) won against visiting Boca Juniors (3-4) 72-66. The winners were led by naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who scored that evening 15 points and 6 rebounds and William McFarlan supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even 14 points by the former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Boca Juniors. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus moved-up to third place in South, which they share with Obras. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Wuber-Est.Bahia and GECR Indalo. Lanus will play against GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
The game between Top Four teams took place in La Banda. Third ranked host Olimpico de La Banda (6-2) defeated second-ranked Regatas Corrientes (5-3) 70-59. It was a key game for the second position in North. The best player for the winners was Fabian Ramirez who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Federico Kammerichs produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the guests. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to second place in North. Loser Regatas Corrientes dropped to the third position with three games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet Atenas (#6) in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play against Sionista in Parana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mar del Plata. First ranked host Penarol (6-2) defeated second-ranked Argentino (5-3) 81-72. It was a key game for the top position in South. Facundo Campazzo orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Penarol have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in South with 6-2 record. Argentino lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second place with three games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R.. Argentino will play on the road against 9 de Julio in Rio Tercero.
The game in Formosa was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Quimsa (3-4) played at the court of 8th ranked La Union (1-7). Quimsa managed to secure a 6-point victory 68-62 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Ramzee Stanton who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. Quimsa's coach Fabio Demti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Quimsa moved-up to fifth place in North. La Union lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Quimsa will face league's leader Libertad Sunchales at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play against Union Progresista (#7) in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8
In South 9 de Julio lost to Wuber-Est.Bahia on the opponent's court 69-84.


Group North
La Union - Quimsa 62-68

The game in Formosa was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Quimsa (3-4) played at the court of 8th ranked La Union (1-7). Quimsa managed to secure a 6-point victory 68-62 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 18-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Quimsa dominated on the defensive end, holding La Union to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded La Union 39-26 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Italian swingman Eduardo Villares (188-79) who added 14 points during the contest. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Quimsa's coach Fabio Demti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Quimsa moved-up to fifth place in North. La Union lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Quimsa will face league's leader Libertad Sunchales at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play against Union Progresista (#7) in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: E.Villares 14+3reb+2ast, R.Stanton 14+5reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 12+2reb, D.Lo Grippo 11+6reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 7+8reb+2ast, C.Gadson 5+2reb+1ast
La Union: G.Lewis 18+8reb, M.Melvin 14+6reb, J.Brussino 12+2reb+1ast, A.Marin 6+3reb+3ast, K.Lamonte 6+1reb+3ast, N.Lauria 3+3reb
gschID: 189290


Olimpico LB - Regatas C. 70-59

The game between Top Four teams took place in La Banda. Third ranked host Olimpico de La Banda (6-2) defeated second-ranked Regatas Corrientes (5-3) 70-59. It was a key game for the second position in North. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpico de La Banda dominated on the defensive end, holding Regatas Corrientes to just 7 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Olimpico de La Banda made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized Paraguayan swingman Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to second place in North. Loser Regatas Corrientes dropped to the third position with three games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet Atenas (#6) in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play against Sionista in Parana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: F.Ramirez 19+8reb+2ast, S.Clancy 14+12reb+1ast, C.McGowan 13+1reb+1ast, D.Yearby 10+4reb+1ast, J.Machuca 6+2reb, A.Eslava 4+7reb
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 13+4reb+3ast, F.Kammerichs 12+15reb, T.Washam 10+2reb, M.Gerlero 10+5reb, N.Ferreyra 8+1reb+1ast, N.Romano 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 189289


Union Progr. - Libertad S. 65-68

Seventh-ranked Union Progresista (1-6) gave a tough game to top-ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-0) in Villa Angela on Sunday. The visitors from Sunchales managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds and point guard Victor Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Libertad Sunchales have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 8-0 record. Newly promoted Union Progresista keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales are looking forward to face Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Union Progresista will play at home against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: G.Mikulas 17+5reb, J.Treise 17+2reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 13+6reb+2ast, M.Saglietti 11+4reb+2ast, W.Graves 8+3reb, A.Alloatti 2+1reb
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 20+18reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 15+3reb+7ast, D.Cavaco 11+5reb+1ast, A.Zago 6+2reb+1ast, A.Moss 6+8reb, C.Avalle 4+1reb
gschID: 189288


Group South
Wuber-Est.Bahia - 9 de Julio 84-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked 9 de Julio's (1-6) road loss to seventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (3-4) 69-84 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Wuber-Est.Bahia. 9 de Julio was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 9 de Julio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Marcus Fizer (203-78, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Richard Roby (198-85) who added 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. Forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Robert Hornsby (201-82, college: Troy) scored 12 points. 9 de Julio's coach Sebastian Gonzalez rotated ten players saving starting five for next games. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to fifth place in South, which they share with GECR Indalo and Boca Jrs. 9 de Julio lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face league's leader Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. 9 de Julio will play at home against the league's second-placed Argentino (#2) in Junin.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: M.Fizer 21+7reb+4ast, R.Roby 18+4reb+4ast, J.Manuel Rivero 15+2reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 10+4reb+5ast, L.Blanchard 9+7reb+2ast, V.Baldo 4+3reb
9 de Julio: E.Nelson 25+9reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 12+3reb, J.Cowan 11+2reb, E.Ruiz 6+6reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 6+3reb+4ast, M.Garcia 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 189346


Lanus - Boca Jrs 72-66

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Buenos Aires: Lanus (#5) and Boca Juniors (#4). Lanus (4-3) won against visiting Boca Juniors (3-4) 72-66. Boca Juniors was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-37 second half run of Lanus. Boca Juniors was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who scored that evening 15 points and 6 rebounds and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by the former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Boca Juniors. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus moved-up to third place in South, which they share with Obras. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Wuber-Est.Bahia and GECR Indalo. Lanus will play against GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 15+6reb+3ast, R.Battle 13+5reb, F.Martina 12+4reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 11+8reb+3ast, P.Prato 10+1ast, N.Laprovittola 8+2reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 14+5reb, M.Stanic 14+2reb+3ast, A.Diez 12+3reb, F.Van Lacke 8+1reb+3ast, D.Santiago 7+4reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 4+6reb
gschID: 189345


Penarol - Argentino 81-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mar del Plata. First ranked host Penarol (6-2) defeated second-ranked Argentino (5-3) 81-72. It was a key game for the top position in South. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Argentino won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City) added 20 points and 5 assists in the effort for Argentino. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Penarol have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in South with 6-2 record. Argentino lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second place with three games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R.. Argentino will play on the road against 9 de Julio in Rio Tercero.
Top scorers:
Penarol: F.Campazzo 23+5reb+3ast, L.Gutierrez 20+3reb+3ast, M.Mata 14+5reb+2ast, D.Teague 14+5reb, L.Rasio 3+3reb, S.Safar 3+1reb
Argentino: K.Lytch 20+3reb+5ast, A.Weigand 18+14reb+2ast, B.Carlwell 16+11reb, N.De los Santos 12+4reb+5ast, C.Amicucci 4+2reb, J.Cangelosi 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 189344



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  AUSTRALIA   


10/8/2012 10:39:51 PMMatt Knight wins Round One POTW - by Hugh McAuliffe

After leading his side to victory in their Grand Final rematch, Perth Wildcats forward/centre Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary) has been named the National Basketball League's Player of the Week for Round One of the iiNet NBL Championship.

Knight was superb in the Wildcats' 93-72 road victory over the reigning NBL Champions, the New Zealand Breakers, at Auckland's North Shore Events Centre on Friday night.

The 204cm Tasmanian scored 20 points as well as adding nine rebounds and two assists to lead the Wildcats to a strong victory over the team that denied them the title last April.

Knight made 8-of-14 shots for the match at an accurate 57%, as well as nailing all four of his free throw attempts.

Knight edged out Adelaide 36ers rising star Daniel Johnson, Wollongong veteran Glen Saville and Cairns Taipans new recruit Cameron Tragardh to take the opening round honour.

Daniel Johnson scored 21 points and added three assists and nine rebounds as the Adelaide 36ers spoiled the head coaching debut of new Melbourne Tigers leader Chris Anstey with an 84-61 win at Adelaide Arena on Sunday.

Glen Saville turned back the clock in his team's opening night 79-76 victory over intrastate rivals the Kings on Friday in Wollongong. The 36-year-old had 21 points, three rebounds and three assists and led Wollongong's second half charge to victory at The Sandpit'.

Cameron Tragardh, who signed with Cairns in the off-season after two years in Melbourne, helped make sure the Snakes got off to a winning start by scoring 20 points and adding five rebounds, three blocks and one steal. His efforts were key to the Taipans notching an 84-72 home win over their Far North Queensland archrivals, the Townsville Crocodiles.

Other leading contenders for Player of the Week in Round One included Stephen Weigh (Adelaide), Darnell Lazare (Sydney), Kevin Lisch (Perth), Cedric Jackson (New Zealand), Jamar Wilson (Cairns), Seth Scott (Melbourne) and Ben Allen (Townsville).



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10/8/2012 3:50:04 AMBaltic League round 3 best performance: Maris Gulbis - by Eurobasket News

Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Barons kvartals, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Sakalai (#3, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team in overtime 86-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Barons kvartals maintains the 2nd position in Baltic League . They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Barons kvartals won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Gulbis turned to be Barons kvartals' top player in his first season with the team. Maris Gulbis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.0ppg) and rebounds (7th best: 8.0rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Nigerian Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev. Okoye had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Tln Kalev lost that game 73-82 to Rudupis (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Okoye is a newcomer at Tln Kalev, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#2). He also registered 12.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) of Barsy Atyrau (#6). Matyukevych scored 17 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Matyukevych's great performance Barsy Atyrau lost 75-82 to Naglis Palangos (#4, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Barsy Atyrau can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Matyukevych he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Matyukevych has individually a great season in Baltic League. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 13.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai - 12 points and 11 rebounds
5. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90) of Rudupis - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jekabs Rozitis (205-C-86) of Barons kvartals - 11 points and 10 rebounds
7. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) of Rudupis - 13 points
8. Parrish Brown (185-G-84) of Naglis Palangos - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) of Rudupis - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Petras Balocka (205-C-86) of Sakalai - 17 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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  BELGIUM   

10/8/2012 4:59:03 PMStandings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 7: Gembo BBC - Point Chaud 92-101
Oct. 7: Essor Charleroi - Sint-Jan Ant. 83-81
Oct. 5: CEP Fleurus - Waregem 79-63
Oct. 6: Tongeren - Excelsior 77-94
Oct. 5: M.Hainaut II - Gent Dragons 76-84
Oct. 7: Giants II - Oudenaarde 66-89
Oct. 6: St-Niklase - Houthalen 111-80

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 12: Point Chaud - St-Niklase
Oct. 13: Waregem - Tongeren
Oct. 13: Gent Dragons - CEP Fleurus
Oct. 13: Sint-Jan Ant. - Gembo BBC
Oct. 14: Giants II - M.Hainaut II
Oct. 14: Excelsior - Kangor.-Boom
Oct. 14: Oudenaarde - Essor Charleroi



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  BOSNIA   

10/8/2012 7:31:27 AMStandings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 20: Capljina - Bosna
Oct. 20: Radnik B. - Servitium
Oct. 20: Zrinjski HT - Mladost
Oct. 20: Borac Nektar - Varda HE
Oct. 20: Leotar - Kakanj
Oct. 20: Vogosca - Posusje



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  BULGARIA   


10/8/2012 7:56:50 PMMore preseason wins for Levski, Rilski shows potential - by Maria Mitzova

Levski Sofia won another preseason tournament, this time in Stara Zagora, defeating Rilski Sportist Samokov and BC Beroe Stara Zagora in two consecutive days.
In Day one of the tourney, Levski Sofia won 89-80 vs Rilski Sportist Samokov, and in the final, The Blues denied BC Beroe Stara Zagora - 92-73. In both games, Levski Sofia had 4 starters in double digits, with Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) and Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) on top of the respective days.
Previously, Levski Sofia won friendly meetings in Greece, Serbia and Macedonia.


Rilski Sportist Samokov also showed some fine basketball, first challenging Levski Sofia, but losing 80-89. On Day 2 though, Rilski smashed Cherno More Port Varna 112-74. The team was missing its starting playmaker Branko Mirkovic, who's nursing slight hand injury. Despite that, Rilski played fast games, with Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) stepping out as PG, and Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) and Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) sharing the spotlight on the scorers spot.

BC Beroe Stara Zagora has been in preparations for 2 months, but is still trying to gel together. With backcourt players doing fine, main troubles come from the big men, who are not yet performing on the level needed Will Walker (183-G, college: De Paul), Sergey Tsvetkov (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) and Vasil Aleksandrov (188-G-90) made most of the game for BC Beroe Stara Zagora, who won game 1 87-77 vs Cherno More Port Varna, but then lost to Levski Sofi.

Cherno More Port Varna lost both its games in Stara Zagora tournament, playing worse in each day. In the first close loss from BC Beroe Stara Zagora, the young squad was so-so, trying hard, and even winning the boards. Poor shooting didn't allow them to challenge BC Beroe Stara Zagora late in the game. On the second day of the tournament, Cherno More Port Varna was unrecognizable, allowing 50 points for 15 minutes. It never got better, and the loss was inevitable. Milcho Borisov (196-G-90) was the only to score in double digits both games, while young prospect Denislav Vutev (206-C-94, agency: Promotex) was the only one to perform well in game 2.

Bulgarian NBL season starts October 19th.

ALL SCORES AND STAT SHEETS FROM THE TOURNAMENT.



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  CYPRUS   


10/8/2012 6:28:16 AMThe league kicks off - by Dr. Nasios Orinos (T)

2012-2013 league is subject to important changes.

The league will be consisted of 8 teams and the regular season will take part in 3 rounds. During the 1st two rounds teams will battle against each other as usual, whereas the 3rd round will be based on teams position on the board. The 1st six teams will go through the play-offs as usual with the 1st two teams on the board moving automatically to the semifinals. The team finishing at the 7th place will not take part at the playoffs, whereas the team finishing 8th will move to the 2nd division. The 4th will matchup against the 5th and the 3rd against the 6th in a best of 3 games. The winner of 4-5 will then matchup against the 1st on the board and the winner of 3-6 against the 2nd on the board. Semifinals and finals will be in a best of 5 games.

n another important change, the rule that was put in practice since 2006 which forbidden fans from moving freely to competitors' arenas is abolished. As a 1st step, a number of 120 fans will be allowed to visit any arena to watch their team.

The league kicks-off with the following games:
Aek-Keravnos
Apollon-Omonoia
Ael-Enad
Etha - Apoel



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


10/8/2012 4:01:39 AMCEZ Nymburk Falls in VTB United League Opener 66-82 Against Nizhny Novgorod - by Surujh Roopnarine

After taking care of USK Praha on Friday night 81-66 in domestic NBL play, CEZ Nymburk traveled on Sunday to Russia for their opening round Group B game against Nizhny Novgorod.
The results were not favorable, as the host team took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Czech Champions 25-8 to take a commanding 44-23 lead into the half and then cruised to a comfortable 82-66 home victory.
Nymburk could not recover in the second half as they fell to 0-1.
Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87, college: Houston) was the leading scorer for the game with 20 points, but on 5-16 shooting from the field. Obie Trotter (188-PG-84, college: Alabama A&M) led a balanced attack for Nizhny Novgorod, scoring a team high 14 points, one of six Nizhny Novgorod players to tally double-figures.
CEZ NYMBURK: Aubrey Coleman (20pts), Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) (10pts+6reb), A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) (7pts+7reb), Radek Necas (205-F-80) (5pts+6reb)
NIZHNYNOVGOROD: Obie Trotter (14pts+8reb+10ast), Semen Antonov (202-PF-89) (13pts), Vadim Panin (203-SG-84) (12pts), Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) (10pts+9reb)



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  DENMARK   


10/8/2012 4:24:23 PMDanish Ligaen round 4 best performance: Donald Rutherford - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Svendborg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Aalborg (#8, 0-3) with 21-point margin 102-81. Svendborg maintains the 2nd position in Danish Ligaen. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Svendborg already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Rutherford turned to be Svendborg's top player in his first season with the team. Former Catawba College star has very solid stats this year. Rutherford is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.8rpg) and averages impressive 54.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Ryan Willen (204-F/C-89) of Aalborg. Willen had a very good evening with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Aalborg lost that game 81-102 to league's leader Svendborg (#2, 4-0). This loss caused Aalborg to drop to 8th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Willen is a newcomer at Aalborg, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#1). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Jamaican forward Orane Chin (200-F-88) of league's top team Bakken. Chin scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Bakken, leading his team to a 95-77 easy win against Randers (#9, 0-3). Bakken started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Chin turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Chin has a great season in Denmark. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mikael Nielsen (178-PG-90) of SISU - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Damian Ocana (198-F-86) of Randers - 24 points and 13 rebounds
6. Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mike Flowers (194-G-86) of SISU - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brenton Butler (190-G-87) of Horsholm - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Casper Hesseldal (198-F-85) of Horsholm - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  EL SALVADOR   


10/8/2012 8:39:46 AMDenver falls to Chaleco, ExSal wins again - by Jaime Arevalo

In the last round of Salvadorean "Clausura Tournment", Chaleco de Santa Tecla upset Denver, 90-78 and it was a big surprise, given that Denver is yet sitting on the second chair and is one of the favoiurite teams for the playoffs. Last placed Chaleco started well, ending 1st quarter 24-22, then kept the pace of Denver in the following ones, enlarging teh differnce in the last quarter, won 26-18.
Alex Burgos led Chaleco with 27 points, newly signed import Bartel Lopez (212-C-89) added 23, Jacobo Abullarade 11. Luis Portal (186-G/F) led Denver with 22 points in losing effort, Carlos Alas (181-G-79) followed him at 13.
In another game of the same round, ExSal largely defeated Delgadense, 86-59. The game top performer was Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) with 26 pts, Eduardo Escalante (G-93) added 23 at the winning side, Marlon Bonilla (F) with 16 and Kevin Hernandez with 15 were the best in Delgadense.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


10/8/2012 6:50:02 PMKerem Tunceri out of action for 10 days - by Ugur Turker

Experienced point guard of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Kerem Tunceri (191-PG-79) will miss 10 days due to injury in his knee. The club announced that Medical Team started Tunceri's treatment immadiately and he is expected not to play against Banvit Basketbol Kulubu and opening game of Euroleague, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. Kerem Tunceri had became second option in Oktay Mahmudi's plans after signing of JJamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) from Galatasaray Medical Park.


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  FINLAND   


10/8/2012 1:36:56 PMKorisliiga Round 2 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - Korihait 95-78

The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. UU-Korihait was better in third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) notched 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and international point guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) supported him with 18 points and 5 assists. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. American guard Daniel Horton (191-84, college: Michigan, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 21 points for the guests.


Top scorers:
Kataja: P.Virtanen 18+1reb+5ast, J.Nenonen 16+7reb, S.Lehtoranta 14+7reb+5ast, A.Kanervo 14+2reb, J.Smith 12+1reb+5ast, J.Flowers 11+5reb+2ast
Korihait: D.Horton 21+2reb, M.Jalonen 16+1reb+3ast, N.Malinen 14+2reb+2ast, P.Rainamaa 14+8reb+4ast, V.Kopio 11+4reb+1ast, R.Dyer 2+12reb+1ast


gschID: 194520


Kauhajoki - Nilan Bisons 90-82

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 33-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Ilkka Vuori (181-86) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach Ari Tammivaara used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) scored 8 points and 23 rebounds.


Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: I.Vuori 20+5reb+1ast, J.Eskola 18+2reb+1ast, J.Bullock 17+10reb+3ast, G.Watson 13+6reb+2ast, E.Skamo 10+2reb+2ast, T.Ford 5+6reb
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 33+5reb+3ast, J.Ivey 20+1ast, M.Nuutinen 9+7reb, R.McDade 8+23reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 5+3reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 3+3reb


gschID: 194519


Pyrinto - KTP 88-81

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-16. But KTP-Basket won second period 26-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Tampereen Pyrinto outrebounded KTP-Basket 43-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. KTP-Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds.


Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 21+7reb+1ast, D.Williams 17+4reb+6ast, L.Ulmer 15+10reb, C.Lindbom 10+4reb, A.Lehto 9+5reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 7+4reb
KTP: A.Williams 21+6reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 20+8reb, S.Barrett 14+2reb, D.Giles 8+1reb+4ast, J.Lehtoranta 8, B.Sarcevic 5+4reb+6ast


gschID: 194515


FoKoPo - LrNMKY 102-98 OT

FoKoPo needee overtime to beat LrNMKY 102:98. Ikavalko top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Burgess netted 26. Conley posted 28 points in defeat and Gibson netted 26.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 30+5reb+2ast, C.Burgess 26+11reb+2ast, A.Thornton 17+9reb+1ast, M.Molenius 14+8reb+1ast, J.Pehkonen 13+3reb, O.Kaunomaki 2
LrNMKY: J.Conley 28+9reb+3ast, M.Gibson 26+6reb+3ast, H.Valimaa 10+1reb, G.Logins 9+4reb, A.Niskanen 8+9reb+1ast, J.Heinikoski 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 194516


Salon Vilpas - Lapua 94-80

Salon Vilpas outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 49-38 including 16 on the offensive glass. Lapuan Korikobrat was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) scored 31 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Dwight Tolbert (195-86, college: Lander) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and forward Chris Commons (206-84, college: USC Aiken) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds.


Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: M.Hall 31+6reb+2ast, I.Kallio 14+1reb, S.Atupem 14+8reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 10+10reb, A.Vaenerberg 10+6reb+5ast, M.Sandberg 9+6reb
Lapua: B.Holmes 22+2reb+5ast, C.Commons 21+8reb+1ast, D.Tolbert 19+13reb+2ast, S.Haanpaa 8+8reb+2ast, J.Turja 7+1reb+2ast, H.Umoru 2+1reb


gschID: 194517


Kouvot - Namika Lahti 101-97 OT

Kouvot edged Namika Lahti 101:97 in overtime. Hester top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 13 boards, while Nikkarinen had 21.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: C.Hester 25+13reb, A.Nikkarinen 21+4reb+6ast, I.Seppala 16+4reb+5ast, S.Vanttaja 13+11reb, G.Clavell 9+2reb+3ast, V.Taylor 8+1reb+4ast
Namika Lahti: R.Suonio 21+4reb+4ast, L.Johnson 20+6reb+3ast, E.Holloway 17+3reb+5ast, C.Latimer 13+5reb+2ast, J.Hasquet 13+3reb+3ast, A.Alanen 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 194518



10/8/2012 1:37:44 PMKORISLIIGA: Kataja in the business - by Rauno Hurmalainen

All Top League (Korisliiga) 12 teams are now in the business, when Kataja (Joensuu) played their first game of this season tonight. Kataja defeated visitor UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki 95-78 (49-32). Quarters: 22-17, 27-15, 25-27, 21-19. The game was practically over after Kataja's 14-2 run in the beginning of the second quarter. Korihait had only seven players in the game, three of them American players. Korihait had five players in double digits, four of them Finnish players. Kataja had six players over 10 points. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) again as the leading scorer (18pts). Newcomer Matt Morgan (205-C, college: Winthrop) played 17:42 minutes (6pts/4rbs). Korihait Head Coach Jarmo Laitinen was coaching game # 600 on top level in Finland. Laitinen started his coaching career in the year 1985.
Kataja - Korihait 95-78 (49-32). (Petri Virtanen 18, Juho Nenonen 16, Sami Lehtoranta 14/7 - Daniel Horton 21, Mikko Jalonen 16, Pyry Rainamaa 14/8. A: 1071).



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  FRANCE   

10/8/2012 4:28:26 PMStandings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Paris-Levallois - Orleans 93-75
Oct. 6: Gravelines - Strasbourg 82-73
Oct. 5: Chalon - ASVEL 71-72
Oct. 6: Roanne - Poitiers 69-73
Oct. 6: Nanterre - Limoges 68-70
Oct. 8: Le Mans - Nancy 68-56
Oct. 6: Cholet - Dijon 63-65
Oct. 6: Boulazac - Le Havre 56-76

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 12: Orleans - Cholet
Oct. 13: Nancy - Roanne
Oct. 12: ASVEL - Boulazac
Oct. 13: Poitiers - Chalon
Oct. 13: Dijon - Gravelines
Oct. 13: Paris-Levallois - Le Mans
Oct. 13: Le Havre - Nanterre
Oct. 13: Limoges - Strasbourg


10/8/2012 12:46:08 PMBrion Rush agreed terms with Chalon, ex Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News (T)

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) inked 28-year old American (has also Montenegrin passport) guard Brion Rush (186-76kg-84, college: Grambling State, agency: Beo Basket) to a short-term deal. He is meant to replace injured Marcus Denmon. Rush has played for the last two years at Krasnie Krilya in Russian PBL league. In 2 EuroChallenge games last season he recorded 10.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.8spg. Rush also played 20 games in PBL where he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the cup. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team and All-Imports Team.
Rush is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne and Strasbourg IG), SEBL (Black Monopoly).
Rush attended Grambling State until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


10/8/2012 4:47:29 PMStats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.22.0 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac22.0 
 3. Moldoveanu, Le Ha.21.0 
 4. Diot, Paris-Levall.19.0 
 5. Smith, Poitiers19.0 
 6. Nivins, Poitiers19.0 
 7. Corosine, Nanterre19.0 
 8. King, Le Havre18.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.18.0 
 10. Fitch, Strasbourg18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uche NSONWU-AMADI
  AS.
  (208-F/C-78)
  Avg: 14
 1. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.14.0 
 2. Green, Orleans12.0 
 3. Nivins, Poitiers11.0 
 4. Collins, Roanne10.0 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac10.0 
 6. Jean-B., Chalon10.0 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.10.0 
 8. Ajinca, Strasbourg9.0 
 9. Sy, Le Mans8.0 
 10. Harris, Dijon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Paris-Le.
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Albicy, Paris-Le.10.0 
 2. King, Le Havre10.0 
 3. Diot, Paris-Levall.9.0 
 4. Greene, Orleans7.0 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg6.0 
 6. Pellin, Orleans6.0 
 7. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 8. Sy, AS.5.0 
 9. Victor, Le Mans5.0 
 10. Kahudi, Le Mans5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jawad WILLIAMS
  Paris-.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Paris-.6.0 
 2. Wanamaker, Limoges4.0 
 3. Melody, Dijon3.0 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre3.0 
 5. Tiggs, Dijon3.0 
 6. King, Le Havre3.0 
 7. Warren, Nanterre3.0 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines3.0 
 9. Linehan, Nancy3.0 
 10. Eldridge, Boulazac3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad NIVINS
  Poitiers
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nivins, Poitiers3.0 
 2. Sy, AS.2.0 
 3. Williams, Chalon2.0 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 5. King, Nancy2.0 
 6. Kouguere, Le Havre1.0 
 7. Passave-D., Nante.1.0 
 8. Fitch, Strasbourg1.0 
 9. Samnick, Roanne1.0 
 10. Freeman, Nanterre1.0 


10/8/2012 4:30:13 PMProA: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just started.

Le Mans - Nancy 68-56
Worth to mention a great performance of Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points in the effort for Sluc Nancy. Sluc Nancy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 18+5reb+1ast, C.Long 10+1reb+2ast, P.Sy 9+8reb, A.Koffi 8+7reb+1ast, C.Victor 7+2reb+5ast, C.Kahudi 6+8reb+5ast
Nancy: H.Toure 14+7reb+2ast, S.Diabate 12+1reb+3ast, N.Pope 9+3reb+1ast, S.King 7+5reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 4+7reb+1ast, A.Kader Sylla 4+2reb
gschID: 178844


Paris-Levallois - Orleans 93-75
The game was mostly controlled by Paris-Levallois. Entente Orleans 45 was better in third quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paris-Levallois looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for international point guard Antoine Diot (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Entente Orleans 45.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: S.May 22+7reb+1ast, A.Diot 19+7reb+9ast, J.Williams 18+5reb+3ast, A.Albicy 15+1reb+10ast, M.N'Doye 13+4reb, L.Labeyrie 6+2reb
Orleans: C.Green 17+12reb+2ast, B.Osby 13+3reb, B.Greene 13+6reb+7ast, M.Pellin 8+5reb+6ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 7+3reb+1ast, R.Ayers 6+1reb
gschID: 178849


Nanterre - Limoges 68-70
The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-68. Limoges CSP Elite dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to JSF Nanterre's 32. Limoges CSP Elite forced 22 JSF Nanterre turnovers. It was a very good performance for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Xavier Corosine (184-85) added 19 points in the effort for JSF Nanterre.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.McAlarney 18+1ast, J.Gomis 13+3reb+3ast, B.Wanamaker 9+7reb+4ast, R.Desroses 6+2reb+2ast, A.Tsamis 5+2reb+2ast, E.Bavcic 5+2reb
Nanterre: X.Corosine 19+2reb, D.Lighty 15+5reb+3ast, C.Oliver 13+6reb+1ast, C.Warren 9+3ast, R.Freeman 6+2reb, J.Passave-Ducteil 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 178850


Cholet - Dijon 63-65
It looked good early as Cholet took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then JDA Dijon took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side swingman Rudy Jomby (197-88) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Travon Bryant (206-83, college: Missouri) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
Dijon: A.Harris 14+8reb, Z.Moss 13+6reb, L.Aboudou 9+1reb+1ast, F.Prenom 8+2reb, T.Campbell 6+5reb+5ast, J.Leloup 6+3reb+1ast
Cholet: T.Bryant 17+1reb+1ast, R.Jomby 12+5reb+2ast, K.Souchu 11+4ast, M.Goree 10+7reb+1ast, C.Ona-Embo 5+2reb+2ast, T.Everett 4+2reb
gschID: 178846


Boulazac - Le Havre 56-76
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists for the winning side and Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: his fellow American import) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Arnaud Kerckhof (193-84) added 2 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Boulazac Basket in the defeat. Boulazac Basket's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: V.Moldoveanu 21+7reb+1ast, B.King 18+2reb+10ast, B.Fofana 16+7reb, M.Kouguere 13+4reb+2ast, D.Thompson 6+3reb+3ast, G.Pitard 2+6reb+1ast
Boulazac: D.Monroe 22+10reb, Y.Gaillou 8+1reb+1ast, A.McKenzie 6+4reb, O.Eldridge 5+2reb+2ast, D.Harris 5+1reb+1ast, J.Hawkins 4+2reb
gschID: 178847


Roanne - Poitiers 69-73
Roanne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Chorale de Roanne was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the effort for Chorale de Roanne.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: A.Nivins 19+11reb, A.Smith 19+3reb, J.Gray 13+7reb+2ast, L.Kante 9+3reb, B.Dallo 4+1reb, P.Badiane 4+3reb+1ast
Roanne: C.Collins 14+10reb, P.Amagou 13+4reb+2ast, Y.Sangare 8+3reb+3ast, A.Voskuil 7+1reb, W.Gradit 7+2reb+1ast, M.Howard 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 178848


Gravelines - Strasbourg 82-73
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won fourth quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Strasbourg IG's 34. Gravelines-Dunkerque forced 20 Strasbourg IG turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Strasbourg IG.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Johnson 15+2reb+2ast, L.Vaty 12+4reb+2ast, D.Buycks 11+1reb+2ast, A.Curti 11+1reb+1ast, J.Edwards 10+3reb+3ast, C.Akpomedah 6+10reb+1ast
Strasbourg: G.Fitch 18+3reb+4ast, R.Greer 16+5reb+6ast, A.Ajinca 12+9reb, A.Toupane 9+1reb+3ast, J.Greer 8+3reb, L.Campbell 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 178845


Chalon - ASVEL 71-72
Chalon/Saor was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 16-11 third quarter run of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-79) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket and four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket maintains first place with 1-0 record, which they share with 7 other teams.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Thompson 13+2reb+4ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 12+14reb, T.Abromaitis 11+5reb+3ast, A.Sy 10+3reb+5ast, G.Joseph 10+7reb, E.Jackson 7+3reb+2ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 16+6reb+5ast, N.Lang 13+3reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 11+3reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 10+6reb+3ast, M.Denmon 9+2reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 8+10reb+2ast



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

10/8/2012 8:27:41 AMD1 Standings

Prva Liga Standings
 1. ABA Strumica 0-0 
 2. Feni Indistrija 0-0 
 3. Kozuv 0-0 
 4. Kumanovo 0-0 
 5. Lirija 0-0 
 6. Pelister Bitola 0-0 
 7. Rabotnicki 0-0 
 8. Vardar 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. MZT Skopje

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 13: ABA Strumica - Pelister Bitola
Oct. 13: Lirija - Feni Indistrija
Oct. 13: Vardar - Kumanovo
Oct. 13: Kozuv - Rabotnicki



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  GERMANY   


10/8/2012 3:08:51 AMThe Larry Wright Cinderrella Story Continues As He Steers The Fraport Skyliners Past The Artland Dragons 89-80 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is always a road trip to remember when visiting the Artland Dragons for any Beko BBL team. If it is simply observing content cows on the pastures with no houses in sight, seeing a Lamount Mcintosh in the past bicycling to the arena, Darius Hall joking around at the local bakery, enjoying a posh deluxe hotel near Quackenbruck that serves as the player hotel, Sergio Kerush and Bryce Taylor playing pick up basketball on a farm with the the loccal kids or just trying to figure out what Toby the dragon mascot is thinking behind his mask and if he really has a dungeon in the basement. It is also never simple to escape the Artland arena with a win as the location gets loud fast and as soon as the Dragons are on a run, it seems like the court is the opponents cage. However in the past, the Fraport Skyliners have won the last two games and who could forget the Beko BBL debut of ex NBA player Roger Powell and his crashing dunk two years ago or the 66-60 win last season in the second half of the season where they were mowing down the top Beko BBL teams likeTiger Woods once did the golf competition. Winning seems to come easier now in the Artland arena as the Fraport Skyliners won their third game in a row 89-80, but despite never trailing in the game, the Artland Dragons never gave up and one can never underestimate the strength of the Dragon fans either. There is always a good atmosphere and the crowd come to support their team night in and night out. We won here again because of great defense and being able to execute on offense and defense, stressed Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson. I believe that we won last year here with Bremerhaven. The arena is little and compact. The crowd is like an annoying sixth man. We quieted them down with our intensity and they werent a factor tonight, stressed ex Lti Giesen 46er Zach Peacock.

Both teams came into the game needing to prove something as they had less than satisfactory performances in Ludwigsburg and Berlin. The Fraport Skyliners led from the go and never trailed in the game. They started with aggressive defense with superb pressure which sparked their offense right away as they hit shots early finding a rhythm and staying fairly consistent despite the Artland Dragons fighting back, but never getting over the hump. The win against one of the top teams should give the Fraport Skyliners an immense confidence boost. We beat a top 4 team and for the third time in a row here. We played very well for 40 minutes and our defense was very good, stressed Fraport Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. After the 40 minute battle, the Artland Dragons look more than exhausted and as if they had just lost the deciding game of the season, but in reality the season is still very long, but the team is at 0-2. We came out very slow and were unable to make any shots early. This got us in a hole where we had problems getting out of. We came back in the third quarter, but then let them take a lead again. It is very difficult coming back when you are down by 10 points, added ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig forward Andrew Drevo. In Ludwigsburg, the Fraport Skyliners never found their rhythm and lacked the needed intensity on defense, but in Artland they had recovered it. The key tonight was our high intensity. We let up a bit in the third quarter, but never caved in finishing the game with a high intensity, expressed Zach Peacock. One really had to wonder what had happened in the last 72 hours to bring this giant turnaround by the Fraport Skyliners. After the loss in Ludwigsburg, we came to practice and watched film. We had no energy on defense in the first game, but we showed energy in Artland, added Quantez Robertson.

Demond Mallet was still out with an injury and should return in about a month. Despite not being able to play and give his great basketball services, Mallet was in a good mood exchanging stories about his cousin Shaq, the good old days with Rhein Energy Cologne and in between his teammate Petar Popovic with whom he won the ULEB Cup in 2008 with Joventut Badalona came and screamed in his face more of a getting ready for the basketball game. Mallet gave his support on the bench and if someone had predicted that the Fraport Skyliners would jump out of the gate leading 16-2, one would have been seen as being crazy and no where in touch with reality, but the club showed that they came to play. The Fraport Skyliners quickly were on the same page with their defense as Peacock blocked Bryce Taylor and then the offense got to work. Peacock hit his first two shots, Dion Dowell spread the defense with a three pointer and Johnathon Jones scored on the penetration and before toby the dragon had even realized what had happened, Frankfurt led 9-0. Despite much on ball pressure by the Artland Dragons, the Fraport Skyliners did a great job being calm and patient and getting the good shot. Dion Dowell continued to want the ball and he was in the zone as he hit two further three pointers. Despite a coast to coast run by Sergio Kerush, the Fraport Skyliners continued to fire away as Quantez Robertson and Larry Wright (188-PG-87, college: Oakland) connected from the parking lot and Frankfurt led 22-5. Andrew Drevo nailed a three pointer, but Robertson closed out a very potent first quarter with a lay in at the buzzer. The Fraport Skyliners led 26-12. Our defense set the tone in the first quarter. We didnt allow them to get any easy buckets. WE got easy baskets and Dowell hit some three pointers, stressed Quantez Robertson. The Artland Dragons pressured well, but we were able to stand up against it. We were patient and and hit our shots, added basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 56% from the field and 45% from outside while the Artland Dragons were shooting 17% from the field and 50% from outside. Artland had the 10-9 rebound edge, but six turnovers to the one from Frankfurt.

In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were able to keep the comfortable lead early going scoring in many different ways on offense like Larry Wright dropping a bomb from outside after being set up nicely by Jones and Robertson feeding a no look pass to German Danilo Barthel for the dunk and 33-18 advantage. The Artland Dragons slowly got back into the game as they started to bang the ball more inside and work on the Skyliner foul trouble. Artland also was able to use the mis matches at time as Popovic scored inside twice and Frankfurt led only 36-26. German Johannes Strasser continued the Artland 8-0 run with a nifty lay in with his left hand past the outstretched hand of Dion Dowell and suddenly Frankfurt led only 36-30. However the Fraport Sklyiners closed out the second quarter with a 4-2 run as Skyliner captain Marius Nolte made two free throws and Larry Wright hit a big shot over 206cm forward Anthony King. Strasser closed out the scoring with a fade away jumper. The Fraport Skyliners led 40-32 at halftime. Frankfurt had a good start, but Artland had an answer in the second quarter coming back. Frankfurt had some unnecessary fouls, but they deserved the lead, stressed Brose Baskets Bamberg assistant coach Arne Woltman. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 47% from the three point line while the Artland Dragons were shooting 40% from the field and 25% from the three point line. The Artland Dragons still led the rebound battle 20-14, but had nine turnovers while Frankfurt only had two turnovers.

The third quarter promised to be a quarter of run as the Fraport Skyliners exploded out on a 11-0 run to take an overwhelming lead only to be slapped right back in the face with an Artland Dragons 16-5 run. In the Fraport Skyliners 11-0 run, the team showcased hot shooting again. Peacock started the attack as he displayed swift moves and quick footwork against King scoring with his left hand. Then Wright nailed two three pointers and Robertson one three pointer as the Fraport Skyliners led 51-32. King and Peacocok then exchanged buckets in the Artland Dragons 16-5 run before they got the hot hand as Kristaps Valters hit from downtown and Marquez Haynes drilled two from the parking lot. The Artland Dragons would continue to wreak havoic in the offense continuing to gnaw away at the dwindling Skyliner lead. After a Kerush jumper from the wing, it was Peacock who hit the nicest shot of the game being forced out to the wing and nailing a fade away as he slid over the floor as Frankfurt led 58-50. Taylor then hit a three pointer and Jones stayed with his shot being blocked and then making the bucket on the second attempt as Frankfurt led 60-53. Taylor and Jones continued to exchange baskets as the Dragon scored over Barthel and the Skyliner made a floater giving Frankfurt the 62-55 lead. The Artland Dragons ended the third quarter in style going on a 5-0 run as Herush scored inside and Drevo made a shot at the buzzer as the Artland Dragons trailed only 62-60. The Artland Dragons really stepped it up scoring 26 points. The yhit many three pointers and the game seemed to change in the heads of the players. The Dragons pressed well and the fans got back in the game, added basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 56% from the parking lot while the Artland Dragons were shooting 54% from the field and 60% from the parking lot. The Dragons continued to have the rebound edge 23-17, but 13 turnovers while Frankfurt had only seven turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners didnt let the Artland Dragons come back effect their start in the fourth quarter as they stayed focused and withstood the atmosphere jumping out on a 12-4 run to take command again leading 74-64. It was the defense again in the first few minutes that sparked the Skyliner offense. After a turnover, the Fraport Skyliners quickly went into transition and Jones made a quick outlet pass to Peacock who ran the floor like a guard making an easy lay up. Jones than humiliated Strasser at the center line stealing the ball out of his hands and making a dunk. Nolte made two free throws and then it was Mr clutch big shot Larry Wright again who connected on a three pointer from the wing. The Artland Dragons continued to fight back hitting tough shots as Haynes drilled a three pointer over Wright and Taylor made a lay up on the second chance. The Fraport Skyliners led only 76-69. However Frankfurt continued to score as Dowell made a huge turn around jumper over Gruinheid at the buzzer and Nolte and Jones made free throws as Frankfurt led 81-69. The Artland Dragons made one last gasp as Haynes scored twice on a tip in and fade away jumper to trail only 81-73, but time was running out. Peacock, Robertson and Wright made six free throws to decide the game and the first regular season win of the Fraport Skyliners. We got them in foul trouble got in the double bonus early and made our free throws, stressed Quantez Robertson. Our offense had no rhythm at the start. We got good shots, but they didnt fall. We were a litte stagnant at times. They played good defense, but it was more what we didnt do to what they were doing. We had break downs on defense. We werent close enough to their shooters and our rotating wasnt on the same page, added Artland Dragon forward Andrew Drevo.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Larry Wright with 21 points. Dion Dowell added 16 points as did Quantez Robertson with five rebounds and six assists. Zach Peacock and Johnathon Jones added 14 points apiece. The Artland Dragons were led by Bryce Taylor with 21 points. Marquez Haynes contributed 18 points and Petar Popovic 10 points. The big winner of the game was American Johnathon Jones who did an excellent job at the point guard position controlling the game at the start and bringing the Skyliners that offensive rhythm which they were so desperately seeking in the Ludwigsburg game. I learned a lot from the first game. I learn how the game is played and called. I still have to learn more how to get Peacock involved more, but I am going in the right direction. My penetration open up the floor for me to find the shooters, added Johnathon Jones. Jones did a good job getting to the rim, setting us up and getting into the offensive sets, said Quantez Robertson. Larry Wright had his break out game in the Beko BBL with 21 points after struggling in Ludwigsburg. I felt good today. I have to thank my teammates for finding m eopen and giving me confidence. Coach Katzurin also has showed a lot of confidence in me, warned Larry Wright. Larry shot the ball well. I always keep telling him that when he is open that he should always shoot, because he shoots it very well, stressed Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners finished the game shooting 52% from the field and outside while the Artland Dragons shot 50% from the field and 44% from outside. Artland won the rebound duel 32-24, but they had 17 turnovers while Frankfurt had only eight giving the opponent nine extra possessions. The overall play of the Fraport Sklyiners was much improved from the Ludwigsburg game. We improved our defense from the first game. We had more pressure and intensity in Artland. We may not be big, but we played fast and read their defense well. Basketball is about adjusting well and we did that. We played too much 1-1 in Ludwigsburg. We had very good ball movement in Artland. That is how we have to always play, warned Johnathon Jones. The Fraport Skyliners have their home opener against the Mitteldeutscher BC on October 10th and then they can show the home crowd if they can keep their level from the Artland game.




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10/8/2012 2:23:08 PMDutch Prospects Abroad, Bart Stolk - Gran Canaria 2014 - by Fred Roggen

We continue the interview-serie "Dutch Prospects Abroad" with the 19-year-old prospect Bart Stolk (206-C-93), who is playing his second season in Spain. At the age of 17, Bart signed a two-years contract with an option for two more years with Spanish side Gran Canaria 2014. In his first season, 2011-2012, the young prospect was loaned to Real Club Nautico de Tenerife (Spain-EBA) and averaged 5.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 54.5% in 27 Spanish EBA-league games.
The upcoming season he is playing for the second team of Gran Canaria 2014 in the Spanish LEB-silver League and practice along with the first team of Gran Canaria 2014 (Spanish-ACB).
Bart Stolk has been a member of the Dutch under-16, under-18 and under-20 national team. He played at the 2012 European U-20 Championships Division B this summer, where he averaged 8.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 40.4%, FT: 73.1% in 7 games.
Bart Stolk, one of the top Dutch prospects, talked some hoops with EuroBasket.com.

How did you get started in basketball?
I started playing basketball when I was 10 years old, because a friend of my school invited me to practice with his team. I was sold right away.

How were you discovered?
When I was 15 years old I went to a practice in Amsterdam with many spanish scouts, hosted by Josep Maria Margall. Gratefully I could impress the scouts and my current agent.

And thats where someone spotted you as a future talent?
Yes, there I met my agent and after 2 years he could make a nice deal with Gran Canaria 2014, where Im playing now.

You are now two years playing in Spain. Do you enjoy playing and living there?
Definitely, the playing style really fits me and the people that live here are really friendly and respectful. Besides that the living conditions are awesome, especially on the Canary Islands.

It isnt easy to adapt to a new country, a new city, a new home, or a new school. How did you adjust?
Thats true, Im really happy that most of the people I got to know here in my first year spoke english and that I could follow a course to learn Spanish. Next to that I wasnt the only foreigner here. I lived with another Dutchman and an American player and we could adapt to the new lifestyle together.

Tell me Bart, about one or two of the challenges that came along, things you felt you really had to work on.
Getting used to play with men and becoming a man myself, on and off the court. Also I needed to learn Spanish.

What facets of your game do you feel will be improved in 2012-13? Why?
My fundamental skills will improve, since I practice an hour individually with my coach every day before the team practices start, and I need to get a lot stronger and heavier by going to the weight room 4 times a week. On top of that Ill learn how to read the game faster and faster.

What is a typical game or practice day like for you?
In the morning I practice 3 hours, first I have an individual practice, then I go to the weight room and after that we practice together with the team. In the afternoon we mostly practice 2,5 hours. Between the practices I try to eat as much as I can, rest a lot and read Spanish books to get ready to study here next year.

How do you approach a game? What are your priorities?
Getting a nice meal more or less 2,5 hours before the game and sleeping as much as I can the night before. Some nice music also does me good before the game.

What challenges do you think you'll face in the Spanish LEB-silver?
Last weekend we played some friendly games against other LEB-silver teams to get ready for the season, and I definitely need to get stronger and more aggressive.

Off the court, what characteristics and interests do you have that people might find surprising?
I try to stay in my home at least as possible. I love to walk outside to get to know the city, new people and to let my mind flow away from basketball, also I dont like to be alone. Next to that I really love music, I used to play the piano a lot but unfortunately I dont have one over here.

What would be an appropriate message to present to teenagers like yourselfabout working toward a goal or a dream?
Dont give up, even with the worst disappointments, if you want to reach a dream youll face them a lot. Try always something else to find happiness and to get over those disappointments, like being with your friends, going to school, being with your boy/girlfriend or playing an instrument for example.

Thanks Bart for the time doing this interview. Wish You and the team a successful season.



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10/8/2012 9:21:12 AMMohamed Kone signs at Foolad Mahan - by Greg (T)

According to ISNA news agenc, Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Superleague) landed 31-year old centerrom Ivory Coast - Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso). Kone played most recently at Lucentum in Spanish ACB league. In 34 ACB games last season he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.5rpg.
He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships in Madagascar last year. Kones team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 64.3%.
Kone has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne, Chalon/Saor and Bron).
He attended Valparaiso University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.



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10/8/2012 2:53:57 PMAfik Nissim agreed terms with Hapoel Eilat, ex Krka - by Eurobasket News (T)

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Israeli international point guard Afik Nissim (186-81kg-81). He has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. Nissim played most recently at Krka in Slovenian Telemach League. In 6 Eurocup games last season he recorded 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.2apg. Nissim also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also played 16 games in Telemach League where he averaged 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg. Nissim helped them to win the title and they also made it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team. He also played at Enisey in Russian league earlier that season. In 8 EuroChallenge games he averaged 6.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. Nissim also played 9 games in VTB United League where he averaged 5.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg. He played 7 games in Russian PBL where he averaged 7.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg.
Nissim has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. He has played for Senior National Team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2001. Nissim represented Israel at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 5.0ppg, 2.6apg.
Nissim is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Prima Veroli), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), France (Strasbourg IG), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and R.Hasharon), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and Russia (Lokomotiv).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



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10/8/2012 3:53:40 AMItalian SerieA round 2 best performance: Bryant Dunston - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Cimberio VA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Sidigas AV (#14, 0-2) 91-83. Cimberio VA is placed at 2nd position in Italian SerieA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Cimberio VA won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Dunston turned to be Cimberio VA's top player in his first season with the team. Bryant Dunston has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 65.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Serbian Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87) of Sidigas AV. Dragovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Sidigas AV lost that game 83-91 to Cimberio VA (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Dragovic is a newcomer at Sidigas AV, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Alex Tyus (205-C-88) of Pall. Cantu (#4). Tyus scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Pall. Cantu, leading his team to a 84-70 easy win against Acea Virtus RM (#7, 1-1). Pall. Cantu has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Tyus has a very solid season so far. In 2 games in Italy he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-SG-91) of Angelico BI - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM - 24 points and 5 rebounds
6. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) of Cimberio VA - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Julian Mavunga (203-F-90) of Angelico BI - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Valerio Mazzola (203-PF-88) of Sutor MGR - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) of JuveCaserta - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Malik Hairston (198-G/F-87) of EA7 Armani - 18 points, 4 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)



10/8/2012 1:41:52 PMScavolini Pesaro extend Sylvere Bryan - by Eurobasket News (T)

Scavolini Pesaro announced the extension of contract with Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa). The centre will stay with Pesaro until the end of the season. He joined Pesaro at the pre-season. Sylvere Bryan posts 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 3.5 steals per game in SeriaA this season. Last season Sylvere Bryan spent with Umana Reyer. He notched 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had spells for Enel Brindisi, Pistoia, Roseto 1946, Air Avellino, Prostejov, Ferrara, Siemens Damme, Oostende, Rueil-Malmaison, Cholet and Rimini. He participated at Czech NBL All-Star Game in 2007. Sylvere Bryan was named into Czech Republic All-Imports Team the same season. The centre made it into Italian LegaDue All-Bosmans Team in 2010.


10/8/2012 3:43:25 AMTriple Decker Sweet Milk Sandwich!!! - by Dwight Coleman

I faced a double or triple team this past game from start to finish. It seems I was doubled away from the ball and triple teamed when I caught it. I felt like a human sandwich but I really appreciate all of the attention. The defensive pressure coupled with an off shooting night culminated in a loss for our organization. I only shot 5 of 10 from behind the arc. I attribute this to fatigue as our other American starter did not play. His injury allowed the opponent to seemingly focus on me as opposed to the both of us. I finished the night with 21 points and 6 rebounds. I am very pleased with my effort as it was no easy task with all of the attention I was getting. I am confident when we see this team again that I will have a better game next time because we'll have Josh back. I am very confident that we have a great shot to win.

Dwight "Sweet Milk" Coleman
The Finnish Three Point Champ!!!



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10/8/2012 9:21:12 AMMohamed Kone signs at Foolad Mahan - by Greg (T)

According to ISNA news agenc, Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Superleague) landed 31-year old centerrom Ivory Coast - Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso). Kone played most recently at Lucentum in Spanish ACB league. In 34 ACB games last season he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.5rpg.
He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships in Madagascar last year. Kones team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 64.3%.
Kone has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne, Chalon/Saor and Bron).
He attended Valparaiso University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.



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10/8/2012 1:46:43 PMBJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anthony MCHENRY
  Okina.
  (202-SF-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. McHenry, Okina.20.0 
 2. Takahashi, Iwate20.0 
 3. Coble, Sendai 89ers19.5 
 4. Murry, Niigata19.0 
 5. Woodbury, Okina.18.5 
 6. Galloway, Hamamats.18.0 
 7. Webb, Niigata Albi.17.5 
 8. Sneed, Iwate B.16.5 
 9. Parmer, Hamamats.16.0 
 10. Cousin, Kyoto H.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Hamamats.
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Galloway, Hamamats.15.5 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.0 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.13.0 
 4. Cousin, Kyoto H.12.5 
 5. Pomare, Kyoto H.12.0 
 6. Holm, Niigata Albi.12.0 
 7. Fuqua, Hamamats.10.5 
 8. Ohta, Hamamatsu P.10.0 
 9. McHenry, Okina.9.5 
 10. Jacob, Toyama G.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Narito NAMIZATO
  Okina.
  (175-G-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Namizato, Okina.7.0 
 2. Tomori, Gunma6.0 
 3. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.5.5 
 5. Joho, Toyama G.5.5 
 6. Shimura, Sendai4.5 
 7. Mito, Toyama G.4.0 
 8. Setoyama, Kyoto H.4.0 
 9. Masato, Iwate B.3.5 
 10. Yonamine, Okina.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ira BROWN
  Toyama G.
  (193-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Brown, Toyama G.4.0 
 2. Shimura, Sendai3.5 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.5 
 4. Masato, Iwate B.2.5 
 5. Kondo, Niigata2.0 
 6. Okada, Gunma2.0 
 7. Newton, Okinawa GK2.0 
 8. Holm, Niigata Albi.2.0 
 9. Tatsuhiko, Gunma1.5 
 10. Parmer, Hamamats.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Iwate B.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Blackledge, Iwate8.0 
 2. Newton, Okinawa GK2.0 
 3. Garcia, Toyama G.2.0 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. Palmer, Kyoto H.1.5 
 6. Cousin, Kyoto H.1.0 
 7. McHenry, Okina.1.0 
 8. Gray, Niigata Albi.1.0 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.1.0 
 10. Fuqua, Hamamats.0.5 


10/8/2012 1:41:28 PMBJ League starts in the country - by Eurobasket News

Toyama Grouses - Gunma 87-74

It was a very good performance for American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Guard Kenya Tomori (177-84) answered with 15 points and guard Toshino Tatsuhiko (185-88) added 13 points in the effort for Gunma.


Top scorers:
Gunma: K.Tomori 15+2reb+3ast, T.Tatsuhiko 13+4reb+2ast, L.Witcher 9+5reb+1ast, N.Williams 7+6reb, Y.Okumoto 7+1reb+1ast, S.Okada 6+4reb+5ast
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 17+4reb+3ast, M.Joho 17+2reb+5ast, I.Brown 12+16reb+5ast, J.Jacob 12+9reb, K.Fujie 10+1ast, M.Kamezaki 9+2reb+2ast


gschID: 200335


Toyama Grouses - Gunma 96-90

Gunma was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of Toyama Grouses, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Gunma was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Masashi Joho (183-82) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kenya Tomori (177-84) added 13 points and 9 assists in the effort for Gunma. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.


Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Tatsuhiko 18+3reb+1ast, S.Okada 14+4reb, K.Tomori 13+2reb+9ast, L.Witcher 13+11reb+2ast, D.Brown 11+3reb, S.Noriyuki 7+1reb
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 16+10reb+6ast, K.Fujie 16+1reb+2ast, J.Jacob 15+10reb+1ast, T.Mito 14+6reb+5ast, M.Joho 13+8reb+6ast, A.Garcia 12+6reb+3ast


gschID: 200332


Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 86-81 OT

Sendai 89ers trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 32-20 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 5-10. Hamamatsu Phoenix dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sendai 89ers' 24. 27 personal fouls committed by Sendai 89ers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers.


Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: K.Coble 22+7reb, S.Willard 16+11reb+2ast, Y.Arai 13+4reb+2ast, K.Clarke 8+8reb+2ast, D.Takaoka 8+2reb, T.Shimura 5+4reb+5ast
Hamamatsu P.: A.Ohta 17+14reb+2ast, K.Galloway 16+14reb+8ast, J.Parmer 14+5reb+2ast, E.Fuqua 12+10reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 9+1reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 9+2reb


gschID: 200333


Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK 74-82

Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kyoto Hannar.'s 30. Kyoto Hannar. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and guard Yu Okada (184-83) added 15 points in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.


Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 18+13reb, Y.Okada 15+3reb+2ast, D.Palmer 14+4reb+1ast, L.Pomare 7+9reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 5+1reb+2ast, K.Setoyama 5+2reb+4ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 29+16reb+2ast, J.Newton 16+8reb, N.Namizato 12+3reb+5ast, T.Woodbury 9+6reb, D.Larkai 6+3reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 4


gschID: 200334


Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 61-63

Hamamatsu Phoenix was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Sendai 89ers, which allowed them to win the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix.


Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 20+17reb+4ast, J.Parmer 18+12reb+3ast, E.Fuqua 9+11reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 4+1ast, A.Ohta 4+6reb, Y.Tsubasa 4+2reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: K.Coble 17+6reb+1ast, T.Shimura 16+3reb+4ast, S.Willard 7+15reb+3ast, Y.Arai 6+3reb+4ast, K.Clarke 5+9reb+1ast, S.Coleman 5+4reb+1ast


gschID: 200329


Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK 73-82

It was a very good performance for American swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) contributed with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.


Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 14+6reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 14+2reb+4ast, M.Cousin 14+12reb, L.Pomare 14+15reb+3ast, Y.Okada 8+1ast, T.Murakami 5+1reb+2ast
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 28+3reb+4ast, N.Kosuge 18, A.McHenry 11+3reb, T.Yonamine 10+3reb+3ast, N.Namizato 8+5reb+9ast, J.Newton 4+8reb


gschID: 200330


Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls 85-94

Niigata Albirex was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Iwate Big Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Niigata Albirex turnovers. Strangely Niigata Albirex outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 36-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Iwate Big Bulls made 11 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 10 blocks. Guard Kenichi Takahashi (181-80) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex.


Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 21+7reb+2ast, R.Webb 14+8reb+1ast, M.Gray 13+4reb, C.Holm 13+12reb, Y.Ikeda 12+3reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 5
Iwate Big Bulls: K.Takahashi 20+1reb+5ast, L.Blackledge 15+8reb+4ast, T.Masato 15+3reb+5ast, C.Dixon 13+2reb+1ast, D.Sneed 12+3reb+1ast, R.Okosa 9+3reb+3ast


gschID: 200331


Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls 82-88

Niigata Albirex was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex.


Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: R.Webb 21+11reb+2ast, N.Murry 17+8reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 14+1reb, M.Gray 11+2reb, C.Holm 9+12reb+1ast, T.Misawa 5+2ast
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 21+11reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 20+2reb+1ast, R.Okosa 14+6reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 12+9reb+2ast, T.Masato 11+5reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 6


gschID: 200328


10/8/2012 1:41:03 PMStandings - BJ League

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 7: Toyama Grouses - Gunma 96-90
Oct. 8: Toyama Grouses - Gunma 87-74
Oct. 7: Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 86-81 OT
Oct. 7: Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls 85-94
Oct. 6: Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls 82-88
Oct. 7: Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK 74-82
Oct. 6: Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK 73-82
Oct. 6: Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 61-63

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Akita NH - Toyama Grouses
Oct. 13: Sendai 89ers - Iwate Big Bulls
Oct. 13: Gunma - Shinshu BW
Oct. 13: Saitama Bron. - Yokohama BC
Oct. 13: Chiba Jets - Tokyo Cinq R.
Oct. 13: Hamamatsu P. - Oita H.Devils
Oct. 13: Osaka Evessa - Takamatsu FA
Oct. 13: Shimane SM - Fukuoka Rizing
Oct. 13: Miyazaki SS - Shiga L-Stars



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10/8/2012 4:18:22 PMVEF Riga successfully starts the season - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga successfully starts the season of VTB League as they beat Russian team in the opener. The Latvian side needed an easy win over Triumph 101:78.
VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Five VEF Riga and four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures.
VEF Riga will play against Neptunas in Klaipeda in the next round. Triumph Lyubertsy will play on the road against Zalgiris in Kaunas to get more than just one victory in their record.



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10/8/2012 12:10:23 PMByblos sign Michael Fraser - by Eurobasket News (T)

Byblos bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, college: Oklah.Baptist). The forward started the season in Mexico with Soles de Mexicali. Michael Fraser notched 11.2 points, 10.4 boards and 1.0 steal per game in LNBP. The Canadian forward spent the last season in Ukraine. He played for DniproAzot. Michael Fraser notched 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Michael Fraser had stints with Al Kuwait, Gravelines, Hoverla, Antranik, Al Arabi, Furstenfeld Panthers. He was named Austrian League All-Star Game MVP in 2008. Next year Michael Fraser earned All-Lebanese League Honourable Mention. In 2010 the forward made it into All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team. He participated at 2010 and 2011 Superleague All-Star Games.


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10/8/2012 4:21:05 PMZalgiris, Neptunas and Lietuvos rytas started VTB campaign - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris, Neptunas and Lietuvos rytas started VTB campaign with the win and two losses respectively.
Lokomotiv was defeated by the opponent from Kaunas 78:70 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris forced 23 Lokomotiv turnovers. Quite impressive performance for Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Nick Calathes (198-F-89, college: Florida) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and Aleks Maric added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lokomotiv.
BC Astana beat Lietuvos rytas 72:71 and then Spartak St.Petersburg smashed Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas at home 75:48. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Patrick Beverley contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis answered with 15 points and forward Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 7 points in the effort for Lietuvos rytas.


Neptunas lost to CSKA 72:83.



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10/8/2012 3:55:54 AMBest players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 2 - by Eurobasket News

American Anthony Simpson (203-C/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Etzella and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 25-year old had a double-double of 27 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team crushed team Soleuvre (#10, 0-2) with 24-point margin 85-61. Etzella is placed at 2nd position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Etzella won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Simpson had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Etzella's top player in his first season with the team. Kent State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Simpson. Simpson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.0ppg) and averages solid 65.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Ryan Sharry (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of T71. Sharry impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead T71 to another comfortable win outscoring Black Star (0-2) 103-83. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Sharry is a newcomer at T71 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 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 10.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Samy Picard (196-PF-88) of top-ranked Amicale. Picard scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Amicale, leading his team to a 77-62 easy win against Basket Esch (#8, 0-2). Amicale has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Picard also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Picard has a very solid season. In 2 games in Luxembourg he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leon Powell (200-F-88) of Contern - 26 points and 7 rebounds
5. Terry Bryant (185-PG-85) of Black Star - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kasey Ulin (181-PG-82) of Sparta - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Julien Hublart (192-F/G-88) of Sparta - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch - 20 points and 11 rebounds
9. Torye Pelham (198-F-87) of Soleuvre - 25 points and 9 rebounds
10. Guy Schmit (187-G-80) of Musel Pikes - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 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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10/8/2012 4:56:48 PMLNBP Round 11 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

Round 11 games were marked by very close results. The first upset was a home defeat of 8th ranked Correcaminos (6-5) to seventh ranked Abejas (7-4) 102-89. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Correcaminos managed to win fourth quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Abejas shot 62.5 percent from the field. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Guard Roman Andrade (188, college: N.Mexico Highlands) helped adding 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Abejas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panteras and Soles. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Barreteros and Pioneros. Abejas is looking forward to face Barreteros (#9) in Zacatecas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Correcaminos will play on the road against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toros (8-2) against seventh ranked Soles (7-4) on Sunday night. Host Toros were defeated by Soles in a tough game in Nuevo Laredo 88-96. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Kentrell Gransberry accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Toros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Soles have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panteras and Abejas. Toros at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. Soles will play against Osos (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toros will play against Guerreros (#13) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Halcones Rojos (8-3) against tenth ranked Barreteros (6-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Halcones Rojos were edged by Barreteros in a tough game in Zacatecas 82-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. The best player for the winners was Jason Horton who scored 25 points. Luis Bethelmy produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Halcones Rojos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barreteros moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Corr.Victoria and Pioneros. Loser Halcones Rojos keep the third position with three games lost. Barreteros will meet higher ranked Abejas (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones Rojos will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Aguascalientes. 4th placed host Panteras (7-4) were smashed by first ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (10-1) 113-92. LeRoy Hickerson orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Halcones UV Xalapa. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Panteras at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa's next round opponent will be Huracanes (#7) in Tampico which should be theoretically another easy game. Panteras will play on the road against Lechugueros in Leon.
Gansos has finally registered their first victory this season after ten consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Gigantes (1-10) 108-103 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Shannon Shorter who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia used entire bench in such tough game. Gansos left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Gigantes. Gansos will face higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#11) in Monterrey in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gigantes will play on the road against Pioneros (#8) in Cancun.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Pioneros won against Fuerza Regia on the opponent's court 86-74. Osos unfortunately lost to Guerreros in a home game 88-90. Lechugueros managed to beat Huracanes on the road 95-93.


Fuerza Regia - Pioneros 74-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Fuerza Regia's (4-6) home loss to tenth ranked Pioneros (6-5) 74-86 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Fuerza Regia was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros forced 21 Fuerza Regia turnovers. It was a great evening for Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros used entire bench saving starting five for next games. International guard Gabriel Giron (192-88) responded with 16 points and 6 assists and American point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Pioneros moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Corr.Victoria and Barreteros. Loser Fuerza Regia keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. Pioneros will face bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fuerza Regia will play against Gansos (#15).
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: G.Grays 17+3reb+2ast, G.Giron 16+2reb+6ast, O.Efejuku 14+3reb+3ast, E.Hicks 11+4reb, L.Allred 10+9reb+2ast, G.Stokes 5+1reb
Pioneros: J.Harris 21+7reb+1ast, A.Scott 20+5reb+5ast, J.Smith 12+3reb+1ast, F.Fisher 9+3reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 8+3reb, M.Williams 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 188504


Toros - Soles 88-96

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toros (8-2) against seventh ranked Soles (7-4) on Sunday night. Host Toros were defeated by Soles in a tough game in Nuevo Laredo 88-96. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. Toros were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Toros 44-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Toros in the defeat. Five Soles and four Toros players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Soles have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panteras and Abejas. Toros at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. Soles will play against Osos (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toros will play against Guerreros (#13) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Henning 18+7reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 16+9reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 14+5reb+2ast, J.Lopez 11, L.Ellis Vasquez 10+3reb, B.Angley 9+2reb+7ast
Soles: R.Martinez 25+8reb+2ast, K.Gransberry 20+13reb, C.Elliott 16+5reb+4ast, A.Franklin 13+9reb+2ast, J.Griffin 13+4reb+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 188503


Gigantes - Gansos 103-108 OT

Gansos has finally registered their first victory this season after ten consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they defeated Gigantes (1-10) 108-103 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 34-28 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Gansos outrebounded Gigantes 50-29 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Gigantes were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Royce Gaye (193-88, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) helped adding 31 points and 7 rebounds. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia used entire bench in such tough game. American guard Sam Liggins (178, college: Alders.-Broad.) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and naturalized American guard Justin Avalos (191-87, college: Western St.) scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. Four Gigantes players scored in double figures. Gansos left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Gigantes. Gansos will face higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#11) in Monterrey in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gigantes will play on the road against Pioneros (#8) in Cancun.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: J.Avalos 28+5reb+1ast, J.Ruffus 23+7reb, S.Liggins 19+5reb+10ast, A.Morris 17+6reb+4ast, Z.Alvidrez 8+1ast, J.Gardiner 6+4reb+2ast
Gansos: R.Gaye 31+7reb, S.Shorter 26+13reb+4ast, A.PEREZ 23+7reb+1ast, J.Perez 11+6reb+2ast, G.Edson 7+3reb+1ast, G.Abraham 4+12reb+3ast
gschID: 188505


Osos - Guerreros 88-90

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Guerreros and 14th ranked Osos had identical 2-8 record. But Osos were not able to use a home court advantage and were edged by the opponent from 90-88 on Saturday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Osos won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. Gabbidon is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Guerreros players scored in double figures. American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) responded with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import swingman Michael Helton (198-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Newly promoted Guerreros maintains thirteenth place with 3-8 record. Osos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Guerreros will face league's second-placed Toros in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Osos will play on the road against Soles (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Osos: S.Bowie 27+8reb+6ast, E.Zuniga 16+3reb+2ast, M.Helton 16+6reb+1ast, M.Bryant 8+3reb+1ast, K.Gayden 5+2reb, J.Camacho 4+3reb+1ast
Guerreros: C.Lee 28+3reb+1ast, A.Alamo 23+10reb, T.Gabbidon 20+9reb+3ast, G.Burris 13+3reb, M.Hunter 4+8reb+8ast, D.Toralva 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188506


Huracanes - Lechugueros 93-95

There was an upset in Tampico where higher ranked Huracanes (6-3) were edged by twelfth ranked Lechugueros (4-7) 95-93 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 29-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lechugueros made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) helped adding 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Lechugueros players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) responded with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Huracanes' coach Luis Lopez let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lechugueros maintains twelfth place with 4-7 record. Loser Huracanes dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Lechugueros will face higher ranked Panteras (#5) in Aguascalientes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: O.Quintero 28+5reb+6ast, A.Johnson 23+5reb+3ast, M.Morrison 11+4reb+2ast, M.Ayala 9+1reb, J.Farrera 8, M.Pilgrim 5+1reb+2ast
Lechugueros: B.Camara 26+11reb, J.Penny 19+7reb+4ast, R.Johns 13+3reb, A.Sanchez 12+1reb+2ast, E.Martin 11+1reb, E.Cuen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201660


Barreteros - Halc.Rojos 85-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Halcones Rojos (8-3) against tenth ranked Barreteros (6-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Halcones Rojos were edged by Barreteros in a tough game in Zacatecas 82-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halcones Rojos won third quarter 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barreteros made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) who scored 25 points. His fellow American import guard Lamont Sumpter (183-86, college: McMurry) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Horton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Barreteros players scored in double figures. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Noe Alonzo (200-83, college: Grand Canyon) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Halcones Rojos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Barreteros moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Corr.Victoria and Pioneros. Loser Halcones Rojos keep the third position with three games lost. Barreteros will meet higher ranked Abejas (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones Rojos will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: N.Alonzo 21+4reb, C.Rivera 17+3reb, L.Bethelmy 16+7reb+2ast, J.Aubry 8+7reb, M.Mitchell 7+3reb+5ast, E.Medina 6+2reb+1ast
Barreteros: J.Horton 25+3reb+1ast, L.Sumpter 15+5reb+5ast, R.Loera Almanza 14+2reb+1ast, J.Habel 13+8reb, R.Navarro 11+4ast, R.McKoy 4+5reb
gschID: 188502


Corr.Victoria - Abejas 89-102

Round 11 games were marked by very close results. The first upset was a home defeat of 8th ranked Correcaminos (6-5) to seventh ranked Abejas (7-4) 102-89. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Correcaminos managed to win fourth quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Abejas shot 62.5 percent from the field. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Guard Roman Andrade (188, college: N.Mexico Highlands) helped adding 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Abejas players scored in double figures. Forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and power forward DeAngelo Riley (206-88, college: Azusa Pacific) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Abejas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panteras and Soles. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Barreteros and Pioneros. Abejas is looking forward to face Barreteros (#9) in Zacatecas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Correcaminos will play on the road against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 34+8reb+3ast, D.Riley 24+8reb+1ast, O.McCullough 11+6reb, J.Sanchez 7+1reb, E.Hare 6+5reb+1ast, B.Heredia 5+5ast
Abejas: E.Phelps 34+8reb+1ast, R.Andrade 24+2reb+2ast, M.Mattis 12+12reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 11+3reb+1ast, V.Buelna 9+2reb, J.Malpica 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 188500


Panteras - Halc.Xalapa 92-113

The game between Top Four teams took place in Aguascalientes. 4th placed host Panteras (7-4) were smashed by first ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (10-1) 113-92. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Panteras was better in fourth quarter 30-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones UV Xalapa forced 20 Panteras turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Panteras helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) answered with 29 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Karim Malpica (190-78) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Panteras. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Halcones UV Xalapa. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Panteras at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa's next round opponent will be Huracanes (#7) in Tampico which should be theoretically another easy game. Panteras will play on the road against Lechugueros in Leon.
Top scorers:
Panteras: L.Nailon 29+6reb+2ast, R.Melendez 20+2reb+2ast, K.Malpica 12+7reb+7ast, J.Mora 9+1reb, A.Gonzalez 8+5reb, A.Villalobos 6
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 27+6reb+8ast, G.Vargas 18+5reb+2ast, L.Mata 17+9reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 16+5reb+5ast, F.Harris 15+1reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 12+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188501



10/8/2012 4:56:56 PMHickerson number one in Mexican LNBP for round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Halc.Xalapa, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, six rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Panteras (#5, 7-4) with 21-point margin 113-92. It allowed Halc.Xalapa to consolidate first place in the Mexican LNBP. Halc.Xalapa has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game Hickerson had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Halc.Xalapa's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of the Cumberlands star has very solid stats this year. Hickerson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.5ppg) and averages impressive 70.3% FGP and 52.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Corr.Victoria. Alexander had a very good evening with 34 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Corr.Victoria lost that game 89-102 to the higher-ranked Abejas (#6, 7-4). This loss caused Corr.Victoria to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Alexander is a newcomer at Corr.Victoria, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#1). He also registered 8.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros (#12). Camara scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Lechugueros, leading his team to a 95-93 win against the higher-ranked Huracanes (#7, 6-3). The chances of Lechugueros not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Camara could try to bring Lechugueros' a little bit higher in the standings. Camara has individually a great season in Mexico. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samuel Bowie (198-F/G-75) of Osos - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Eugene Phelps (198-F) of Abejas - 34 points and 8 rebounds
6. Royce Gaye (193-G/F-88) of Gansos - 31 points and 7 rebounds
7. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Soles - 20 points and 13 rebounds
8. Christopher Lee (206-C-84) of Guerreros - 28 points and 3 rebounds
9. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Halc.Xalapa - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81) of Huracanes - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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10/8/2012 12:46:08 PMBrion Rush agreed terms with Chalon, ex Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News (T)

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) inked 28-year old American (has also Montenegrin passport) guard Brion Rush (186-76kg-84, college: Grambling State, agency: Beo Basket) to a short-term deal. He is meant to replace injured Marcus Denmon. Rush has played for the last two years at Krasnie Krilya in Russian PBL league. In 2 EuroChallenge games last season he recorded 10.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 19 games in VTB United League where he averaged impressive 15.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.8spg. Rush also played 20 games in PBL where he averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the cup. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Imports Team and All-Imports Team.
Rush is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne and Strasbourg IG), SEBL (Black Monopoly).
Rush attended Grambling State until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBA   


10/8/2012 5:02:01 AMClippers waive Courtney Fortson and Chris Johnson - by Eurobasket News (T)

LA Clippers waived Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) and Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90) cutting the roster to 18 players.
Courtney Fortson started the pre-season with the Rockets later joining the Clippers. Last season Courtney Fortson spent between NBA and D-League. He played for the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets. The guard also posted 17.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in D-League. He made it into Gatorade All-D-League 2nd Team.
Chris Johnson is looking to start his pro career. He graduated from Dayton this year. The forward averaged 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in his senior season. He participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as well as AirTran Orlando Summer League.



10/8/2012 5:08:38 AMGrizzlies waive D.J. Kennedy and Jarrid Famous - by Eurobasket News (T)

Grizzliez waived D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) and Jarrid Famous (6'10''-C/F-88, college: S.Florida). Now Memphis roster stands at 18 players.
Jarrid Famous managed to play all over the world during the previous season. He started the season in Slovak Republic with Banska Bystrica. The centre left shortly to join the Iowa Energy in D-League. He notched 16.8 points and 11.0 boards per game. Later he moved to Philippines to sign with Meralco Bolts. Jarrid Famous posted 26.0 points, 15.0 boards before moving to the Petron Blaze Boosters in ASEAN League. There his stats read 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds per appearance. Jarrid Famous also played for Lebanon at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan.
D.J. Kennedy played for the Erie Bay Hawks in D-League last season. The guard posted 15.6 points, 7.4 boards, 4.4 assists per game. He also appeared in two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers. D.J. Kenney notched 6.0 points, 3.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in NBA. The guard participated at NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas.



10/8/2012 4:39:46 AMPre-season wins for Charlotte, Atlanta, New Orleans and Golden State - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Hornets opened their pre-season campaign with an 85:80 victory over the Magic at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. Brian Roberts (6'2''-PG-85, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 17 points to lead the Hornets. Orlando enjoyed a 46:31 halftime lead. However the Hornets recovered in the second half. They went on a 31:14 rally in the final frame to eke out a tough win. Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke) and Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) provided 10 points each for the winners. E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) responded with 16 points for the Magic. Davis had 13 points in the loss.
Golden State rallied past LA Lakers 110:83 behind 19 points from David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida). Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 18 points in the victory. The Lakers were up by 9 points after the opening frame. However the Warriors erupted with a 37:10 rally in the third term to surge ahead for good. Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) and Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) delivered 13 points each in the winning effort. World Peace, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) and Jordan Hill (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Arizona) replied with 10 points each in the loss. The Lakers played without Dwight Howard in this one.
Atlanta toppled Miami 92:79. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Hawks. Miami wasted a 7-point lead after the starting frame to appear trailing by 4 points before the final stanza. The Hawks did not slow down and finished off the Heat. Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) posted 18 points, while DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) had 11 points for Atlanta. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 22 points for the Heat. Norris Cole (6'2''-PG-88, college: Cleveland St.) netted 13 points in the loss.
Charlotte took care of Washington 100:88 as Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) delivered 19 points. Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) posted 18 points, while Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) contributed 16 points for the Bobcats. Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, college: Florida) and Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) topscored with 18 points each for the Wizards.



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10/8/2012 6:53:22 AMLagos City League: Union Bank, Chariots in superb win - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The 7th edition of the Lagos City Basketball League is gathering momentum as teams continue to chunk out surprise results weekly with four games decided last week in the men and women fixtures at the sports hall of the national stadium Surulere, Lagos.

In the men fixtures Police Baton basketball club bow to the tactical and technical approach of fellow DStv Premier Basketball Club side Union Bank basketball club by 65-69 points in a keenly contested game.

The Baton DStv Premier League final-8 side began the game on a good note but Union Bank who are determine to redeem their stand in Nigeria basketball after missing the playoff cut of last season in DStv league rallied back in the second half to halt the Batons desire to secure victory with good team work while relegated DStv premier league side Chariots provided the biggest surprised results of last week with a 79-69 points win over Islanders basketball club.

Chariots coached by Coach Charles Ibeziako halted Islanders road to victory in the fourth quarter after trailing the Coach Emmanuel Okolo tutored Islanders.

The women fixtures Mobolaji Akiode team Hope '4' Girls basketball team lost to Police Rookies by 25-24 points in a low scoring game with Hope 4 Girls parading some of the youngest players in the league while Team Lagos defeated Sea Rovers Academy 42-24 points.

Action resume Tuesday next week with Warriors Academy taking on Flame basketball club while Team Lagos will confront a rejuvenated Nigerian Air Force (NAF) basketball team (16/10/12).



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10/8/2012 4:01:42 PMStandings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Centrum 4-1 
 2. Gimle BBK 4-2 
 3. Tromso 3-1 
 4. Froya Basket 3-3 
 5. Baerum Basket 2-3 
 6. Ammerud Bskt 1-3 
 7. Asker Aliens 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 7: Tromso - Baerum Basket 75-56
Oct. 7: Centrum - Gimle BBK 72-78
Oct. 7: Asker Aliens - Froya Basket 106-107

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 13: Gimle BBK - Ammerud Bskt
Oct. 13: Centrum - Baerum Basket
Oct. 14: Tromso - Asker Aliens
Oct. 14: Froya Basket - Ammerud Bskt


10/8/2012 4:16:37 PMBLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Thompson, Baerum23.8 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.20.8 
 3. Thomas, Gimle BBK19.8 
 4. Stien, Asker Aliens19.5 
 5. Jones, Tromso19.5 
 6. Ble, Centrum18.8 
 7. Hinsch, Centrum18.0 
 8. Silavs, Froya B.17.5 
 9. Mostafa, Froya B.17.2 
 10. Stien, Gimle BBK17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Jones, Tromso16.0 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK11.3 
 3. Thompson, Baerum10.8 
 4. Berg, Asker Aliens9.3 
 5. Mostafa, Froya B.8.8 
 6. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.6 
 7. Ble, Centrum7.5 
 8. Nyborg, Centrum6.8 
 9. Harto, Baerum B.6.8 
 10. Bertelsen, Asker6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya B.
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Gabrans, Froya B.4.8 
 2. Stien, Asker Aliens4.8 
 3. Thomas, Gimle BBK3.8 
 4. Mahnin, Centrum3.8 
 5. Holm, Baerum B.3.8 
 6. Mjos, Baerum B.3.0 
 7. Ble, Centrum3.0 
 8. Bohn, Asker Aliens2.8 
 9. Silavs, Froya B.2.8 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald TIMUS
  Ammerud .
  (197-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Timus, Ammerud2.5 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.2.3 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso2.0 
 4. Ferranti, Baerum B.1.8 
 5. Amoikon, Asker Ali.1.8 
 6. Thompson, Baerum1.8 
 7. Silavs, Froya B.1.5 
 8. Jones, Tromso1.5 
 9. Nyborg, Centrum1.3 
 10. Tallaksen, Asker1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Thompson, Baerum1.8 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK1.5 
 3. Jones, Tromso0.8 
 4. Andreassen, Baerum0.8 
 5. Berg, Asker Aliens0.8 
 6. Nyborg, Centrum0.8 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.6 
 8. Harto, Baerum B.0.6 
 9. Mostafa, Froya B.0.5 
 10. Bryn, Ammerud Bs.0.5 


10/8/2012 4:01:49 PMGabrans' 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Froya Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 34 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Froya Basket in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Asker Aliens (#7, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 107-106. Froya Basket is placed at 4th position in Norwegian league. Froya Basket 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Gabrans had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Froya Basket, through which he has constantly improved. Gabrans has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.8ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg,65.6% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Delano Thomas (203-F-81) of league's second-best Gimle BBK. He is American forward in his first season at Gimle BBK. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Gimle BBK to edge slightly higher-ranked Centrum (#1, 4-1) by 6 points 78-72. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Gimle BBK consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Thomas is a newcomer at Gimle BBK and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 11.4rpg and 4.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jonathan Jones (196-F-88) of Tromso (#3). Jones scored 20 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tromso, leading his team to a 75-56 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Baerum Basket (#5, 2-3). Tromso needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Jones has a great season in Norway. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 16.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Espen Stien (186-G-86) of Asker Aliens - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) of Asker Aliens - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Keith Thompson (197-F-90) of Baerum Basket - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Reno Silavs (180-PG-91) of Froya Basket - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Anders Stien (195-G-90) of Gimle BBK - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Marco Elsafadi (193-G/F-76) of Froya Basket - 20 points and 4 rebounds
10. Hani Issalhi (187-G-84) of Tromso - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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10/8/2012 6:08:49 AMStandings - DBE

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: AZS Koszalin - Asseco Prokom 96-82
Oct. 6: Siarka Jezioro - Kotwica 94-90
Oct. 7: Polpharma - Rosa Radom 87-80
Oct. 5: Energa Czarni - PGE Turow 70-83
Oct. 6: Anwil - Stelmet ZG 65-68
Oct. 6: Trefl Sopot - Start Gdynia 104-74

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 13: Start Gdynia - Polpharma
Oct. 13: AZS Koszalin - Trefl Sopot
Oct. 14: Kotwica - Asseco Prokom
Oct. 13: Stelmet ZG - Siarka Jezioro
Oct. 12: PGE Turow - Anwil
Oct. 13: Rosa Radom - Energa Czarni


10/8/2012 6:29:46 AMStandings - 2 Liga

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

Regular Season: Round 1

C

Oct. 6: PWiK Piaseczno - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 95-100
Oct. 6: Rosa II Radom - AZS AGH Alstom 92-85 OT

A

Oct. 6: Ksiezak Lowicz - Suchy Las 88-76

B

Oct. 6: WKK Wroclaw - Nysa Klodzko 85-51

A

Oct. 6: Basket Pila - Wilki Morskie 81-74

C

Oct. 6: Novum Lublin - Wisla AWF Kr. 78-66

B

Oct. 7: Alba Chorzow - HK Zory 75-77

A

Oct. 6: Korsarz Gdansk - Notec 74-71

B

Oct. 6: Pogon Prudnik - Tychy 73-64
Oct. 6: AZS AWF K-ce - GTK Gliwice 66-72

C

Oct. 7: Handlopex AZS - MCKiS Jaworz. 59-86

A

Oct. 7: Trefl II Sopot - SMS PZKosz 54-75

B

Oct. 6: Wschowa - Mickiewicz 51-73

A

Oct. 6: GTK Gdynia - MKS Skierniew. 108-92

Regular Season: Round 2

A

Oct. 13: Notec - GTK Gdynia
Oct. 13: MKS Skierniew. - Basket Pila
Oct. 13: Trefl II Sopot - Korsarz Gdansk
Oct. 13: Wilki Morskie - Ksiezak Lowicz
Oct. 13: SMS PZKosz - Suchy Las

B

Oct. 13: Tychy - Alba Chorzow
Oct. 13: GTK Gliwice - Pogon Prudnik
Oct. 13: Nysa Klodzko - AZS AWF K-ce
Oct. 13: Mickiewicz - WKK Wroclaw
Oct. 13: Sudety - Wschowa

C

Oct. 13: Novum Lublin - PWiK Piaseczno
Oct. 13: Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Rosa II Radom
Oct. 13: AZS AGH Alstom - Handlopex AZS
Oct. 13: MCKiS Jaworz. - Legia
Oct. 13: Wisla AWF Kr. - Pulaski Warka


10/8/2012 3:51:56 AMTurner number one in Poland for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-F/C-75) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Siarka Jezioro, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 37-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kotwica (#10, 0-2) 94-90. Siarka Jezioro is placed at 2nd position in Polish TBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Siarka Jezioro won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Turner turned to be Siarka Jezioro's top player in his first season with the team. Former Fairleigh Dickinson University star has very solid stats this year. Turner is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 1.5apg) and averages impressive 75.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side) of Trefl Sopot. Turner had a very good evening with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Trefl Sopot to another comfortable win outscoring Start Gdynia (0-2) 104-74. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Turner is a newcomer at Trefl Sopot, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jawan Carter (180-PG-87) of Polpharma (#7). Carter scored 26 points. He was a key player of Polpharma, leading his team to a 87-80 win against Rosa Radom (#11, 0-2). Polpharma needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Carter has a great season in Poland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86) of Polpharma - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84) of AZS Koszalin - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86) of AZS Koszalin - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. David Jackson (193-G-86) of PGE Turow - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82) of Polpharma - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Michal Jankowski (192-G-87) of Start Gdynia - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



10/8/2012 3:50:58 AMDluski number one in Polish 1Liga for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Jakub Dluski (200-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AZS Kutno, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed UMKS Kielce (#10, 1-2) with 24-point margin 89-65. AZS Kutno is placed at 4th position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. AZS Kutno will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Dluski turned to be AZS Kutno's top player in his first season with the team. Jakub Dluski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.7spg and 68.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Slawomir Sikora (193-G/F-86, agency: Promotex) of P.Cukier SIDEn. Sikora had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as P.Cukier SIDEn lost that game 66-76 to MKS DG (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Sikora is a newcomer at P.Cukier SIDEn and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-F-86) of Slask Wroclaw (#7). Diduszko scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Slask Wroclaw, leading his team to a 75-66 win against Polonia (#13, 1-2). Slask Wroclaw 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. Diduszko has a great season in Poland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Radoslaw Basinski (188-PG-78) of SKK Siedlce - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tomasz Stepien (193-G-86) of Spojnia - 26 points and 4 rebounds
6. Michal Baran (185-G-80) of Sokol Lancut - 15 points and 4 assists
7. Grzegorz Malecki (197-G/F-84) of AZS Kutno - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lukasz Olejnik (203-F/C-79) of Stal Ostrow - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Lukasz Wilczek (189-PG-86) of Start Lublin - 8 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (195-G-85) of Slask Wroclaw - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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



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10/8/2012 4:14:49 PMKhimky, Spartak SP, Krasnie Krilya, Unics, CSKA and Nizhny Novgorod won the openers - by Eurobasket News

Khimky, Spartak SP, Krasnie Krilya, Unics and Nizhny Novgorod won the openers of VTB League.
Khimky edged BC Astana 104:75. It was a very good performance for guard Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists. Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. American center David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for BC Astana.
Spartak St.Petersburg smashed Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas at home 75:48. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Patrick Beverley contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) answered with 15 points and forward Mindaugas Katelynas added 7 points in the effort for Lietuvos rytas.
We should not miss a road victory of Krasnie Krilya who crushed Ukrainian Azovmash by 19 points 92:73. Aaron Miles fired 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lynn Greer produced 17 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Oleksiy Pecherov added 13 points respectively for lost side.
Unics beat BC Donetsk 66:48. It was a very good performance for Kostas Kaimakoglou who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds. Terrell Lyday contributed with 18 points for the winners. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-Trinidad and Tobago D'or Fischer added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Donetsk.
N.Novgorod overcame CEZ Nymburk 82:66. It was a very good performance for Obie Trotter who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Primoz Brezec contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Aubrey Coleman answered with 20 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Petr Benda added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CEZ Nymburk.
CSKA beat Neptunas 83:72. Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) helped to win the game recording 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Serbian center Nenad Krstic contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners.



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10/8/2012 3:14:20 AMStandings - A Liga

A Standings
 1. Jagodina 1-0 
 2. Konstantin 1-0 
 3. Mega Vizura 1-0 
 4. Metalac 1-0 
 5. Radnicki Basket 1-0 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 1-0 
 7. Vojvodina 1-0 
 8. BKK Radnicki 0-1 
 9. Borac 0-1 
 10. OKK Beograd 0-1 
 11. Sloga 0-1 
 12. Smederevo 0-1 
 13. Tamis 0-1 
 14. Vrsac 0-1 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Partizan
 3. Radnicki KG

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 7: Mega Vizura - Borac 87-71
Oct. 7: Vrsac - Vojvodina 82-91
Oct. 7: BKK Radnicki - Metalac 82-84
Oct. 6: Jagodina - OKK Beograd 81-63
Oct. 6: Smederevo - Radnicki Basket 75-80
Oct. 6: Konstantin - Tamis 73-63
Oct. 6: Sloga - Sloboda Uzice 58-63

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Borac - Sloboda Uzice
Oct. 13: Metalac - Sloga
Oct. 13: OKK Beograd - BKK Radnicki
Oct. 13: Radnicki Basket - Jagodina
Oct. 13: Tamis - Smederevo
Oct. 13: Vojvodina - Konstantin
Oct. 13: Mega Vizura - Vrsac


10/8/2012 4:33:53 PMA League: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A League just started.

Sloga - Sloboda Uzice 58-63
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sloga won third quarter 12-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sloga 37-26 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sloga was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Nikola Jevtovic (208-89) stepped up and scored 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Branko Andjic (201-82) chipped in 13 points. At the losing side guard Jugoslav Dasic (197-80) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Nikola Ristic (177-93) scored 9 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: B.Andjic 13+4reb, N.Arnautovic 11+4reb, A.Vasic 9+2reb+2ast, N.Jevtovic 8+11reb+1ast, M.Ljubojevic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Kutlesic 6+1reb+1ast
Sloga: J.Dasic 24+6reb, N.Ristic 9+3reb+4ast, B.Popovic 6+5reb, A.Marelja 5+4reb, D.Vuletic 4+1reb, M.Blagojevic 3
gschID: 198478


Smederevo - Radnicki Basket 75-80
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-19. But Smederevo Vizura won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radnicki Basket made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Smederevo Vizura helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Dejan Djokic (187-89) fired 15 points for the winners. Forward Marko Stojadinovic (204-89) chipped in 12 points. Center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Vladimir Vlaskovic (197-77) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: D.Djokic 15+1reb, M.Stojadinovic 12+4reb, P.Stamenkovic 11+2reb, M.Sturanovic 10+2reb, A.Dzakovic 9+4reb, M.Vasilic 9+2reb+1ast
Smederevo: S.Djordjevic 19+6reb, V.Vlaskovic 17+8reb, M.Sekulic 10+3reb+3ast, M.Dimitrijevic 9+2reb+2ast, M.Radenkovic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Popadic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198475


Jagodina - OKK Beograd 81-63
The game was mostly controlled by KK Jagodina. OKK Beograd managed to win second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin swingman Vasilije Seferovic (193-85) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-84) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four KK Jagodina players scored in double figures. Filip Sepa (198-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian forward Nikola Jeftic (202-85) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for OKK Beograd.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: V.Seferovic 21+3reb, V.Gagovic 16+6reb+2ast, R.Kljajevic 13+4reb, V.Gajovic 12+2reb+2ast, N.Vujicic 9+3reb+2ast, N.Filipovic 5+11reb+3ast
OKK Beograd: F.Sepa 21+5reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 10, N.Jeftic 10+6reb+1ast, A.Nesovic 8+2reb+2ast, V.Popovic 5+2ast, I.Marinkovic 4+8reb
gschID: 198476


BKK Radnicki - Metalac 82-84
BKK Radnicki trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 29-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-84 at the end of the game. Metalac made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) nailed 20 points for the winning side and forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Stevan Tapuskovic (209-89) came up with 17 points and guard Marko Boltic (193-87) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for BKK Radnicki in the defeat. Five BKK Radnicki players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Metalac: D.Kruscic 20+4reb+2ast, V.Mijovic 16+5reb+3ast, S.Balmazovic 16+6reb+1ast, D.Mitrovic 9+4reb+3ast, F.Vukosavljevic 8+4reb+2ast, D.Djukanovic 5+3reb
BKK Radnicki: S.Tapuskovic 17+4reb+1ast, L.Igrutinovic 13+3reb+2ast, B.Vujosevic 13+3reb+1ast, M.Boltic 12+3reb+4ast, N.Siladji 10+3reb, P.Kosanovic 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198477


Mega Vizura - Borac 87-71
The game was mostly controlled by Mega Vizura. Borac was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mega Vizura dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Borac's 36. They outrebounded Borac 48-29 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Nemanja Dangubic (196-93) chipped in 15 points. Power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Marko Zocevic (197-89) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: B.Marjanovic 25+19reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 15+4reb+2ast, A.Bojic 14+3reb, M.Lukovic 11+6reb+3ast, V.Micic 9+4reb+5ast, S.Avramovic 7+7reb+7ast
Borac: N.Todorovic 23+6reb+1ast, M.Trtic 19+3reb+4ast, M.Zocevic 13+10reb+3ast, M.Sljivancanin 8+2reb+3ast, N.Kosanovic 4, D.Radovic 3+5reb
gschID: 198472


Vrsac - Vojvodina 82-91
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vrsac won fourth quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Vojvodina especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) fired 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Radovan Markovic (194-82) chipped in 18 points. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, agency: Beo Basket) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-78) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: R.Markovic 18+2reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 14+4reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 13+9reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 12+3reb+1ast, V.Petkovic 8+5reb+2ast, Z.Osmokrovic 8+3reb+3ast
Vrsac: N.Radovic 17+9reb+1ast, V.Vuksanovic 14+8reb+2ast, J.Novak 14+3reb, A.Mitrovic 14+3reb+1ast, N.Nikolic 9+9ast, D.Cvetkovic 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 198473


Konstantin - Tamis 73-63
The game was mostly controlled by Konstantin. Tamis was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tamis to just 7 points in third quarter. Power forward Ilija Cvetkovic (207-88, agency: Prossin Sports Management) fired 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Montenegrin guard Petar Despotovic (194-88, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 8 points and 4 assists. Guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Dejan Majstorovic (196-88) added 16 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Konstantin: M.Trailovic 10+2reb, V.Velickovic 10+1reb+1ast, P.Despotovic 8+4reb+4ast, F.Pejovic 8, M.Vitkovic 8+1reb, F.Dumic 8+2reb+1ast
Tamis: B.Jereminov 18+7reb+2ast, D.Majstorovic 16+3reb, I.Miceta 8+3reb+1ast, S.Lalic 7+4reb+2ast, D.Buric 5+3reb, D.Perak 4



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10/8/2012 2:49:56 PMUros Zadnik is a newcomer at Zlatorog, ex Zadar - by Eurobasket News (T)

Zlatorog Lasko (Telemach League) added to their roster 22-year old Slovenian point guard Uros Zadnik (187-90). Zadnik played last season at KK Zadar in Croatian A1 league. In 36 A1 games last year he recorded 3.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he participated at the Croatian League All-Star Game.
Zadnik was a member of Slovenian U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010, and played also for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 65.0%.
Zadnik has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Triglav Strazisce, Krka and Geoplin Slovan)

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SLO_Basketball)



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10/8/2012 1:45:59 PMEduardo Hernandez-Sonseca stays with Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News (T)

Caja Laboral decided to keep Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-C-83) for two more weeks. The team signed a new short-term deal with the centre. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca joined the Vitoria team at the start of the season. He notched 8 points and 7 rebounds in the ACB opener against CAI Zaragoza. Last season Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca spent with Valladolid. The centre posted 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per apperance.


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10/8/2012 8:04:32 AMKelvin Parker joins Lions de Geneve - by Luca Maffioli (T)

Lions de Geneve strengthened their roster with addition of Kelvin Parker (183-G-82, college: NW Missouri St.). The American point guard will replace Antoine Young. Last season Parker played 19 games in Swiss with BBC Monthey. He averaged 14.1 points (FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 49.4%, FT: 89.1%), 1.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals. The 30-years old player was nominated MIAA Defensive player of the year and MIAA Final Tournament MVP 2004, NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament MVP 2004 and he won ABA 2007 and Austrian Bundesliga A 2011.


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10/8/2012 2:46:37 AMTB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 39
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.39.0 
 2. Turen, Darussafaka29.0 
 3. Hinkle, Istanbulsp.29.0 
 4. Carter, Usak24.0 
 5. Turna, Bandirma.23.0 
 6. Esmer, Akhisar Bld23.0 
 7. Clark, Selcuk Univ.23.0 
 8. Yolcu, Baskent22.0 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir20.0 
 10. Johnson, Istanbu.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Istanbul.
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Johnson, Istanbul.13.0 
 2. Ofoegbu, Yesilgire.12.0 
 3. Moses, Final Gencl.12.0 
 4. Hinkle, Istanbulsp.11.0 
 5. Okkali, Balikesir11.0 
 6. Kolaric, Istanbul.11.0 
 7. Coskun, Balikesir11.0 
 8. Knox, Vestel10.0 
 9. Gungor, Pi Koleji10.0 
 10. Morrow, Akhisar10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yunus AKCAY
  Balikesir
  (-G-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Akcay, Balikesir10.0 
 2. Kan, Baskent8.0 
 3. Demircioglu, Istan.8.0 
 4. Gordon, Yesilgires.7.0 
 5. Williams, Maliye M.7.0 
 6. Hall, Darussafaka7.0 
 7. Eris, Istanbul B.B.7.0 
 8. Altin, Pertevniyal6.0 
 9. Porrini, Gelisim6.0 
 10. Amasyali, Darussa.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld6.0 
 2. Reed, Pertevniyal6.0 
 3. Dearman, Gelisim4.0 
 4. Aydemir, Trabzons.4.0 
 5. Guney, Trabzonspor4.0 
 6. Brown, Bandirma.3.0 
 7. Sefa, Izmir BSB3.0 
 8. Petrovic, Darussaf.3.0 
 9. Demirci, Akhisar B.3.0 
 10. Erdogan, Yesilgir.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad DELIC
  Pi Koleji
  (210-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Delic, Pi Koleji3.0 
 2. Morrow, Akhisar3.0 
 3. Osman, Pertevniyal2.0 
 4. Johnson, Istanbul.2.0 
 5. Ozdogan, Balikesir2.0 
 6. Gokcepinar, Izmir1.0 
 7. Kapucu, Gelisim1.0 
 8. Balto, Usak1.0 
 9. Knox, Vestel1.0 
 10. Bristol, Istanbul.1.0 


10/8/2012 6:46:15 PMKerem Tuncer out of action for 10 days - by Ugur Turker

Experienced point guard of Anadolu Efes, Kerem Tunceri will miss 10 days due to injury in his knee. The club announced that Medical Team started Tunceri's treatment immadiately and he is expected not to play against Banvit and opening game of Euroleague, Armani Jeans Milano. Kerem Tunceri had became second option in Oktay Mahmudi's plans after signing of Jamon Gordon from Galatasaray Medical Park.


10/8/2012 4:46:30 AMSPORTOTO Turkish Cup first round completed. - by Baha Kurtulus

After games played by 16 teams in four groups, first two teams in all groups will play eight-finals.
The results, standigs and teams are;

GROUP A : ADANA
Pinar Karsiyaka : 72 Mersin BSB : 63
Anadolu Efes : 89 Royal Hali Gaziantep BSB : 72

Mersin BSB : 69 Anadolu Efes : 74
Royal Hali Gaziantep BSB : 62 - Pinar Karsiyaka : 91

Mersin BSB: 76 - Royal Hali Gaziantep BSB : 68
Anadolu Efes : 76 - Pinar Karsiyaka : 57

Standings:
1- Anadolu Efes 3-0
2- Pinar Karsiyaka 2-1
3- Mersin BSB. 1-2
4- Royal Hali Gaziantep BSB 0-3

GROUP B : KOCAELI
Aliaga Petkim : 89 Hacettpe Universitesi : 90
Besiktas : 61 Antalya BSB : 52

Hacettpe Universitesi : 62 Besiktas : 67
Antalya BSB : 72 Aliaga Petkim : 67

Hacettpe Universitesi : 89 Antalya BSB : 84
Besiktas : 77 Aliaga Petkim : 71

Standings:
1- Besiktas 3-0
2- Hacettpe Universitesi 2-1
3- Antalya BSB. 1-2
4- Aliaga Petkim 0-3

GROUP C : MANISA
TOFAS : 76 Turk Telekom : 5768
Banvit : 100 TED Ankara Kolejliler : 81

Turk Telekom : 69 Banvit : 86
TED Ankara Kolejliler : 75 TOFAS : 59

Turk Telekom : 82 - TED Ankara Kolejliler : 84
Banvit : 86 TOFAS : 54

Standings:
1- Banvit 3-0
2- TED Ankara Kolejliler 2-1
3- TOFAS 1-2
4- Turk Telekom 0-3

GROUP D : IZMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker : 91 - Erdemir : 59
Galatasaray Medical Park : 62 Olin Edirne : 48

Erdemir : 56 Galatasaray Medical Park : 71
Olin Edirne : 70 - Fenerbahce Ulker : 83

Erdemir : 65 Olin Edirne : 72
Galatasaray Medical Park : 74 - Fenerbahce Ulker : 69

Standings :
1- Galatasaray Medical Park 3-0
2- Fenerbahce Ulker 2-1
3- Olin Edirne 1-2
4- Erdemir 0-3


10/8/2012 2:30:49 AMStandings - TB2L

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 7: Usak - Yesilgiresun 90-85
Oct. 6: Istanbulspor - Pertevniyal 88-89 OT
Oct. 6: Vestel - Final Genclik 86-79
Oct. 5: Gelisim - Baskent Genclik 83-68 OT
Oct. 6: Istanbul B.B. - Darussafaka 82-89
Oct. 5: Pi Koleji - Izmir BSB 81-78
Oct. 7: Selcuk Univ. - Bandirma Kir. 78-67
Oct. 6: Maliye Milli - Akhisar Bld 77-72
Oct. 6: Balikesir - Trabzonspor 75-54

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 12: Final Genclik - Maliye Milli
Oct. 13: Pertevniyal - Pi Koleji
Oct. 13: Izmir BSB - Balikesir
Oct. 13: Baskent Genclik - Istanbul B.B.
Oct. 13: Trabzonspor - Selcuk Univ.
Oct. 13: Akhisar Bld - Usak
Oct. 13: Yesilgiresun - Istanbulspor
Oct. 14: Bandirma Kir. - Gelisim
Oct. 14: Darussafaka - Vestel



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  UKRAINE   


10/8/2012 4:22:59 PMAzovmash and BC Donetsk lost o the Russian representatives - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash and BC Donetsk lost o the Russian representatives in VTB League openers.
Unics beat BC Donetsk 66:48. It was a very good performance for Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Darius Songaila answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-Trinidad and Tobago D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Donetsk.
We should not miss a road victory of Krasnie Krilya who crushed Ukrainian Azovmash by 19 points 92:73. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) fired 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lynn Greer produced 17 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Oleksiy Pecherov added 13 points respectively for lost side.



10/8/2012 3:49:15 AMMalcolm Delaney gets MVP of the Week award for Ukrainian Superleague - by Eurobasket News

American Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Budivelnyk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds for Budivelnyk in his team's victory, helping them to beat Khimik (#3, 3-1) 77-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Budivelnyk to jump to the first place in the Ukrainian Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Budivelnyk already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Delaney had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Budivelnyk's top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Delaney is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.0ppg. Delaney is in league's top in and averages solid 54.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84) of Khimik. Goodridge impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Khimik lost that game 71-77 to league's leader Budivelnyk (#1, 3-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Khimik still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Goodridge is a newcomer at Khimik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. La Salle University alumni Goodridge played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Sam Muldrow (205-F-88) of DniproAzot (#8). Muldrow scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Muldrow's great performance DniproAzot lost 74-80 to the higher-ranked Hoverla (#5, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of DniproAzot 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, Muldrow could try to bring DniproAzot's a little bit higher in the standings. Muldrow has individually a great season in Ukraine. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Goods (191-G-87) of BC Kyiv - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jarrod Jones (205-F-90) of BC Kyiv - 18 points and 3 rebounds
6. Cameron Moore (208-F-90) of Ferro-ZNTU - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79) of BC Odessa - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eric Devendorf (193-G-87) of DniproAzot - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87) of Ferro-ZNTU - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Justin Love (189-G-78) of BC Odessa - 17 points and 4 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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  URUGUAY   


10/8/2012 5:16:17 AMCordon adds Davis to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Atletico Cordon (LUB) added to their roster 26-year old American power forward Mike Davis (211-116kg-86, college: Seton Hall). Davis moved there from Miercurea Ciuc in Romanian Division A where he supposed to play, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. The last season he played for Texas (D-League). In 7 D-League games last year he recorded just 2.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He also participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in New York Final in 2011.
Davis has played previously professionally in D-League (New Mexico Thunderbirds)
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Davis attended Seton Hall University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



10/8/2012 5:25:28 AMQarraan Calhoun joins Hebraica Macabi - by Eurobasket News (T)

Hebraica Macabi strengthened their roster prior to the start of Liga Sudamericana. The Uruguayan team landed Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, college: Houston). The forward spent the previous season in Poland. He played for Slask Wroclaw. Qarraan Calhoun notched 12.6 points, 4.0 boards and 1.2 assists per game in PLK. He participated at PLK All-Star Game. Qarraan Calhoun won All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. Previously the forward had stints in Romania, Netherlands and Germany. He earned All-Dutch Eredivisie Honourable Mention in 2010. Qarraan Calhoun participated at Basketball Without Borders Africa campaign in 2009.


10/8/2012 5:19:18 AMGregory Dilligard is a newcomer at Aguada - by Eurobasket News (T)

Atletico Aguada (LUB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Gregory Dilligard (203-104kg-85, agency: Warren Sports International). Dilligard moved there from Union Progresista in Argentinianleague where he supposed to play, but the plans were changed. The last season he played for Olimpia (LUB). 
Dilligard has played previously professionally in IBL (Elgin Racers) and Sweden (Sodertalje Kings).

By Eurobasket Data Center



10/8/2012 6:49:14 AMCurrent List of Imports in LUB - by Surujh Roopnarine

AGUADA
Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy)
Byron Allen (203-C-81, college: Northwestern St.)

BIGUA
Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis)
Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield)

BOHEMIOS
John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.)
Chas McFarland (213-C-86, college: Wake Forest)

CORDON
Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb)
Mike Davis (211-F/C-86, college: Seton Hall)

DEFENSOR SPORTING
Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86)
Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill)

HEBRAICA Y MACABI
Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.)
Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, college: Houston)

LARRE BORGES
Gerald January (201-C-88, college: Montevallo)
Ike Udanoh (203-C-89, college: Wayne St., MI)

MALVN
Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, college: Xavier)
Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU)

MONTEVIDEO
Reggie Chambers (175-G, college: W.Virg.Wesl.)
Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.)

NACIONAL
Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast)
Mildon Ambres (198-F/G-84, college: S.Nazarene)

OLIMPIA
Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park)
Ricardo de Bem (210-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma City)

SAYAGO
Terrence Shelman
Stanley Jones, Jr. (208-C-86, college: Francis Marion)

TABARE
Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford)
Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley)

TROUVILLE
Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.)
Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois)

UNION ATLETICA
Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central)
Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.)

WELCOME
Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul)
Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall)



10/8/2012 6:41:28 AMChas McFarland Brought in by Bohemios - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

Last place Bohemios (0-4) made a change to their roster this past weekend. The club signed 7-0 center Chas McFarland (213-C-86, college: Wake Forest) while parting ways with PF Jenar Harrison (203-F-84, college: Amer.Internat.).
McFarland had an inauspicious debut, playing 19 minutes in Fridays 79-88 loss to Aguada, going 0-6 from the field while collecting five rebounds and committing five fouls. The former Wake Forest big man spent the 2011-12 season in Japans BJ League playing for Yokohama B-Corsairs, where in 52 games he averaged 9.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.2 blocks while shooting 49.6% from the field.
Harrison, 6-8, out of Queens, New York had played in Bohemios first three games in September, averaging a solid 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while connecting on an impressive 14-18 field goals (77.8%) in 26.0 minutes per contest.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


10/8/2012 2:44:40 PM Day 1: New season starts with ten games - by Eurobasket News

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

VEF Riga - Triumph 101-78

One of the most interesting games of the last round was the first loss of Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (0-1) on the court of Latvian VEF Riga. Visitors were rolled over by VEF Riga 101-78. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Five VEF Riga and four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VEF Riga will play against Neptunas in Klaipeda in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Triumph Lyubertsy will play on the road against Zalgiris in Kaunas to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Triumph: K.Landry 18+10reb+2ast, S.Karasev 14+1reb, A.Kuzyakin 13+1reb+1ast, T.McKee 10+7reb+9ast, T.Mitchell 6+3reb, Y.Naimy 5+2reb+7ast
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 24+9reb+4ast, K.Janicenoks 22+1reb, W.Daniels 18+2reb, A.Kavaliauskas 14+7reb+3ast, K.Berzins 11+3reb+1ast, L.Loucks 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 187819


Khimky - BC Astana 104-75

There was a small surprise when leader Russian Khimky (1-0) crushed Kazakhstan BC Astana (1-1) in Khimki 104-75 on Monday. Khimky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Khimky outrebounded BC Astana 37-23 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 65.2 percentage. Khimky looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by BC Astana's players. It was a very good performance for guard Vitaliy Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists. Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jerry Johnson (182-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for BC Astana. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BC Astana: D.Simon 18+5reb, J.Johnson 14+1reb+5ast, R.Marshall 12+5reb+1ast, B.Cvetkovic 10+4reb+1ast, A.Glyniadakis 9, A.Ponomaryov 8+2reb
Khimky: K.Rivers 17+2reb+2ast, V.Fridzon 15+4reb+5ast, K.Loncar 14+3reb, P.Koponen 13+3reb+7ast, S.Monya 10+3reb+1ast, A.Zhukanenko 9+3reb
gschID: 201654


Spartak SP - Lietuvos rytas 75-48

Spartak St.Petersburg smashed Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas at home 75-48. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak St.Petersburg. Lietuvos rytas managed to win third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak St.Petersburg dominated on the defensive end, holding Lietuvos rytas to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Lithuanian Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) answered with 15 points and forward Mindaugas Katelynas (206-83, college: Chattanooga) added 7 points in the effort for Lietuvos rytas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 15+3reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 8+2reb, M.Katelynas 7+2reb+1ast, D.Redikas 4+2reb+1ast, E.Bendzius 4+4reb, V.Dilys 3+2reb
Spartak SP: J.Carter 19+4reb+3ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 19+7reb+1ast, P.Beverley 15+5reb+6ast, F.Dmitriev 5+2reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 5, J.Strelnieks 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 201652


PGE Turow - Kalev/Cramo 80-81

An interesting game was also tough home loss of Polish PGE Turow in a game in Zgorzelec versus Estonian Kalev/Cramo (#4) 81-80. PGE Turow was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But PGE Turow won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kalev/Cramo won last quarter 18-19. American point guard Keith McLeod (190-79, college: Bowling Green) nailed 25 points for the winning side and swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) added 19 points respectively for PGE Turow in the defeat. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Micic 19+2reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 17+8reb+1ast, D.Jackson 12+4reb+1ast, M.Chylinski 10+1reb, V.Aleksic 8+2reb+3ast, A.Cel 6+7reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: K.McLeod 25+2reb+3ast, G.Arbet 12+5reb, G.Dorbek 12+2reb+2ast, F.Elegar 11+2reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 9+4reb, T.Sokk 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 201653


Azovmash - Krasnie Krilya 73-92

We should not miss a road victory of leader Russian Krasnie Krilya (1-0) who crushed Ukrainian Azovmash (0-1) by 19 points 92-73. The game was mostly controlled by Krasnie Krilya. Azovmash was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Azovmash helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) fired 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Krasnie Krilya players scored in double figures. American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) produced 17 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) added 13 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: L.Greer 17+2ast, O.Pecherov 13+3reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 10+4reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 9+1reb, N.Gordic 8+2reb+3ast, T.Dragicevic 5+6reb+1ast
Krasnie Krilya: O.Thomas 17+5reb, A.Miles 15+5reb+7ast, C.Simmons 15+6reb+3ast, A.Smith 13+7reb+1ast, D.Kulagin 12+5reb, T.Lydeka 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201650


Unics - BC Donetsk 66-48

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both leader Russian Unics Kazan and 4th placed Ukrainian BC Donetsk had identical 0-0 record. This time Unics Kazan used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Donetsk 66-48 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a very good performance for Greek power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Terrell Lyday (191-79, college: BYU) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for BC Donetsk. BC Donetsk's coach Vlada Jovanovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Unics Kazan (1-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 8 other teams. Defending Ukrainian champion BC Donetsk still closes the standings with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: D.Songaila 14+7reb+2ast, K.Ivanov 9+2reb, D.Fischer 9+7reb+4ast, R.Curry 7+2reb+2ast, A.Malysh 4+1ast, M.Pustozvonov 3
Unics: T.Lyday 18+1reb+2ast, K.Kaimakoglou 15+5reb+2ast, C.Eidson 12+4reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 6+3reb, P.Samoylenko 6+3reb, V.Veremeenko 4+4reb
gschID: 201651


N.Novgorod - CEZ Nymburk 82-66

BC Nizhny Novgorod used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Nymburk 82-66 on Sunday night. CEZ Nymburk was better in fourth quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 43-31 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) answered with 20 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and center Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face Tsmoki-Minsk on the road in the next round. CEZ Nymburk will play against Lokomotiv in Kuban and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: A.Coleman 20+2reb+3ast, P.Benda 10+6reb+1ast, A.Abrams 7+7reb+1ast, R.Necas 5+6reb, M.Pavkovic 5+2ast, V.Hruban 4
N.Novgorod: O.Trotter 14+8reb+10ast, S.Antonov 13+4reb+1ast, V.Panin 12+4reb, D.Zibirov 12+2reb+2ast, P.Brezec 10+9reb+2ast, S.Shashkov 10+3reb
gschID: 187817


Neptunas - CSKA 72-83

Neptunas were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Moscow 83-72 on Sunday night. Neptunas was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Neptunas were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86) added 16 points in the effort for Neptunas. CSKA Moscow will face Enisey Krasnoyarsk at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Neptunas will play against VEF Riga.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Runkauskas 16+3ast, D.Gailius 12+2reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 12+8reb, L.Mikalauskas 9+4reb+1ast, E.Dainys 7+1ast, R.Broadus 6+2reb+2ast
CSKA: N.Krstic 22+3reb, M.Teodosic 16+6reb, V.Micov 13+1reb+3ast, V.Khryapa 12+9reb+8ast, Z.Erceg 8+7reb+1ast, S.Weems 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 187818


BC Astana - Lietuvos rytas 72-71

Important game to mention about took place in Astana. Kazakhstan BC Astana (1-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (0-2) 72-71 on Tuesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Astana made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Lietuvos rytas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American-Guyanese Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Jerry Johnson (182-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four BC Astana players scored in double figures. Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) answered with 22 points and 4 assists and forward Mindaugas Katelynas (206-83, college: Chattanooga) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietuvos rytas.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Blums 22+4reb+4ast, D.Ivanov 11+3reb+1ast, M.Katelynas 9+5reb+1ast, P.Samardziski 9+4reb, R.Seibutis 7+1reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 5+2reb+4ast
BC Astana: R.Marshall 17+9reb+3ast, J.Johnson 15+2reb+6ast, B.Cvetkovic 13+3reb, A.Glyniadakis 11+4reb+1ast, A.Ponomaryov 7+10reb+1ast, A.Kolesnikov 5+4reb
gschID: 187815


Lokomotiv - Zalgiris 70-78

Lokomotiv was defeated by the opponent from Kaunas 78-70 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris forced 23 Lokomotiv turnovers. Quite impressive performance for Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists. American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Five Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American-Greek forward Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lokomotiv. Zalgiris will face Triumph in Lubertsy in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lokomotiv will play on the road against CEZ Nymburk.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: N.Calathes 15+3reb+5ast, M.Grigoryev 12+3reb+1ast, A.Traore 10+5reb, S.Jasaitis 9+3reb+3ast, J.Baron 9+1reb, A.Maric 7+10reb+1ast
Zalgiris: R.Kaukenas 14+1reb+4ast, T.Darden 13+1reb, K.Lavrinovic 10+4reb, O.Lafayette 10+3reb+3ast, D.Lavrinovic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Popovic 6+2reb+3ast
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10/8/2012 4:42:55 PMStandings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Partizan 3-0 
 2. PEAC-PECS 3-0 
 3. Radivoj Korac 3-0 
 4. Celik 2-0 
 5. Mladi Krajisnik 1-1 
 6. Vojvodina 1-2 
 7. Vozdovac 1-2 
 8. Vrsac 1-2 
 9. Athlete Celje 1-2 
 10. Novi Zagreb 0-1 
 11. Ilrija 0-3 
 12. Sloboda 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 7: Vozdovac - Mladi Krajisnik 84-77
Oct. 6: Athlete Celje - Radivoj Korac 69-74
Oct. 6: Vrsac - Ilrija 64-50
Oct. 6: Sloboda - Partizan 62-86

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 13: Ilrija - Radivoj Korac
Oct. 13: PEAC-PECS - Athlete Celje
Oct. 13: Partizan - Vojvodina
Oct. 13: Mladi Krajisnik - Sloboda
Oct. 13: Celik - Vozdovac
Oct. 13: Vrsac - Novi Zagreb


10/8/2012 4:47:36 PMStats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jovana POPOVIC
  Vojvodina
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 21
 1. Popovic, Vojvodina21.0 
 2. Orozovic, Athlete19.7 
 3. Velinovic, Mladi K.18.0 
 4. Radovic, Vozdovac16.3 
 5. Colic, Radivoj Kor.15.7 
 6. Lisec, Athlete Cel.15.0 
 7. Jaeschke, PE.15.0 
 8. Zakula, Mladi K.15.0 
 9. Vrancic, Vozdovac14.7 
 10. Jovanovic, Partiz.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena VELINOVIC
  Mladi K.
  (193-C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Velinovic, Mladi K.13.0 
 2. Gajic, Athlete Cel.12.5 
 3. Marjanovic, Vrsac10.7 
 4. Jaeschke, PE.10.7 
 5. Jovanovic, Radivo.8.7 
 6. Orozovic, Athlete8.3 
 7. Szamosi, PE.8.3 
 8. Horvath, PE.8.0 
 9. Ivancevic, Vojvo.7.5 
 10. Radovic, Vozdovac7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jovana POPOVIC
  Vojvodina
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Popovic, Vojvodina5.3 
 2. Vrancic, Vozdovac5.3 
 3. Latinovic, Sloboda5.0 
 4. Furesz, PE.4.7 
 5. Zivadinovic, Mladi4.5 
 6. Jaksic, Vrsac3.7 
 7. Stankovic, Partizan3.7 
 8. Colic, Radivoj Kor.3.7 
 9. Kapor, Radivoj3.0 
 10. Petkovic, Mladi K.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jovana POPOVIC
  Vojvodina
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Popovic, Vojvodina4.0 
 2. Kovacevic, Vozdov.3.7 
 3. Dabovic, Partizan3.7 
 4. Abramovic, Athlet.3.3 
 5. Radocaj, Partizan3.0 
 6. Ivancevic, Vojvo.3.0 
 7. Jovanovic, Radivo.3.0 
 8. Velinovic, Mladi K.3.0 
 9. Vrancic, Vozdovac3.0 
 10. Mandic, Partizan2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dragana STANKOVIC
  Sloboda
  (188-PF-95)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Stankovic, Sloboda4.7 
 2. Jaeschke, PE.2.7 
 3. Ivancevic, Vojvo.1.5 
 4. Radovic, Vozdovac1.3 
 5. Osterman, Mladi K.1.0 
 6. Furesz, PE.0.7 
 7. Radic, Vrsac0.7 
 8. Barbour, PE.0.7 
 9. Antic, Partizan0.7 
 10. Kovacevic, Vozdo.0.7 


10/8/2012 4:43:12 PMAdriatic League round 3 best performance: Brooke Queenan - by Eurobasket News

American forward Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Partizan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Sloboda (#12, 0-3) with 24-point margin 86-62. It allowed Partizan to take over top position in the Adriatic League . They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Partizan already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Queenan turned to be Partizan's top player in her first season with the team. Former Boston College star has very solid stats this year. Queenan is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.3ppg) and averages impressive 68.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Serbian Sanja Orozovic (183-G-90) of Athlete Celje. Orozovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Athlete Celje lost that game 69-74 to Radivoj Korac (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Orozovic is well-known at Athlete Celje and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#2). She also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian center Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Mladi Krajisnik (#5). Velinovic scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Velinovic's great performance Mladi Krajisnik lost 77-84 to Vozdovac (#7, 1-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Mladi Krajisnik needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Velinovic as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milena Marjanovic (193-C-91) of Vrsac - 15 points and 18 rebounds
5. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) of Mladi Krajisnik - 21 points and 4 rebounds
6. Ana Radovic (190-C-90) of Vozdovac - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jelena Stankovic (180-F-93) of Vozdovac - 14 points and 9 rebounds
8. Tamara Kapor (184-G-91) of Radivoj Korac - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) of Vozdovac - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Bojana Jankovic (184-F-83) of Vrsac - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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10/8/2012 9:02:46 AMDefending champions open new season in style - by Eurobasket News

AWBL defending champions Flying Foxes ensured a confident start to their 12/13 campaign. They thumped UBI Graz 90:28 on the road. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) came up with 22 points to lead the reigning champs. Flying Foxes ensured a 55:15 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. C'eira Ricketts (175-G-90, agency: Two Points, college: Arkansas) and Angela Steger (178-SF-85) accounted for 17 points each in the win. Annika Neumann (171-SG-96) and Camilla Neumann (183-F-94) answered with 7 points apiece in the loss.
BK Duchess broke sweat before taking a 69:65 road win over BC Vienna 87. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort. The hosts led by 11 points ten minutes into the game but BK Duchess went on a 21:14 run in the fourth quarter to snatch the victory. Katharina Podoschek (168-G-80) contributed 11 points for the winners. Anja Zderadicka (171-PG-92) responded with 17 points for BC Vienna. Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) netted 16 points for the home team.



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10/8/2012 3:47:30 AMDubljevic's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked USK Praha and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
She had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while her team outclassed Slovanka MB (#9, 1-3) with 31-point margin 87-56. USK Praha maintains the 2nd position in Czech Republic ZBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but USK Praha already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Dubljevic turned to be USK Praha's top player in her first season with the team. Dubljevic has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 75.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84) of Trutnov. She is American forward in her first season at Trutnov. In the last game Anderson recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Trutnov was edged in overtime by Hradec Kralove (3-1) 81-79. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Trutnov still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Anderson is a newcomer at Trutnov and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#3). Her other stats are also decent: 9.5rpg and 3.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Zora Jileckova (194-C-81) of Strakonice (#12). Jileckova scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Jileckova's great performance Strakonice lost 50-80 to the league's current leader IMOS Brno (#1, 4-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Strakonice can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Jileckova she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Jileckova has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Petra Reisingerova (195-C-73) of VS Praha - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Ashleigh Fontenette (172-G-89) of Valosun Brno - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Denisa Harapesova (168-PG-90) of VSE Praha - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82) of IMOS Brno - 11 points and 13 rebounds
8. Michaela Stara (175-G-90) of Hradec Kralove - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michaela Pavlasova (180-G/F-91) of Pardubice - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Evelien Callens (187-F/C-84) of VS Praha - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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10/8/2012 8:55:20 AMStandings - Women

Prva Liga Standings
 1. Badel 0-0 
 2. Klubski 0-0 
 3. Krosig Skopje 0-0 
 4. Pelister 0-0 
 5. Rabotnicki 0-0 
 6. Struga 2009 0-0 
 7. Trokal 0-0 
 8. Vard.Mladinec 0-0 
 9. Vigor Skopje 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 13: Vard.Mladinec - Struga 2009
Oct. 13: Panteri - Trokal
Oct. 13: Krosig Skopje - Vigor Skopje
Oct. 13: Klubski - Pelister



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10/8/2012 6:29:38 AMLucca edge Lavezzini Parma for Memorial Pallavicino title - by Eurobasket News

Gasem Gas Le Mura Lucca - Lavezzini Parma 64:52

Lucca celebrated the Memorial Pallavicino victory. They overcame Lavezzini Parma. Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisiana Tech) and Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) came up with 14 points to lead the effort.
Lucca managed to build a 13:9 lead after the starting frame. Parma denied the deficit in the second quarter. They levelled things up at 27 at the end of the first half. Lucca surged ahead in the third frame. They cleared off to a 48:34 advantage at the final break. Lavezzini Parma could not recover in the fourth period as Lucca cruised to the victory. Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) and Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) netted 13 points each for the winners. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) answered with 17 points for Lavezzini Parma. Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88, agency: Two Points) and Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) had 8 points each in the loss.

Lucca: Adrienne Johnson 14, Marie Ruzickova 14, Benedetta Bagnara 13, Laura Spreafico 13
Lavezzini Parma: Jillian Harmon 17, Valeria Battisodo 8, Sonja Kireta 8



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10/8/2012 3:27:21 AMStandings - JBL Women

WJBL Standings
 1. Chanson V-M 4-0 
 2. Fujitsu RW 4-0 
 3. JX Sunflowers 4-0 
 4. Ebara Vickies 3-1 
 5. Mitsubishi K. 3-1 
 6. Denso Iris 2-2 
 7. Toyota B SR 2-2 
 8. Niigata 1-3 
 9. Toyota A. 1-3 
 10. Aishin AW 0-4 
 11. Hitachi Cougars 0-4 
 12. Yamanashi QB 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 7: Ebara Vickies - Niigata 73-57
Oct. 7: Hitachi Cougars - Denso Iris 69-93
Oct. 7: Toyota B SR - Fujitsu RW 58-88
Oct. 7: Aishin AW - JX Sunflowers 55-77
Oct. 7: Mitsubishi K. - Toyota A. 52-63
Oct. 7: Yamanashi QB - Chanson V-M 35-92

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 13: Ebara Vickies - Toyota A.
Oct. 13: Denso Iris - Toyota B SR
Oct. 13: JX Sunflowers - Yamanashi QB
Oct. 13: Fujitsu RW - Hitachi Cougars
Oct. 13: Mitsubishi K. - Niigata
Oct. 13: Chanson V-M - Aishin AW


10/8/2012 3:27:45 AMWJBL Round 5: Undefeated Mitsubishi K. loses their first game against Toyota A. - by Eurobasket News

After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the WJBL and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Mitsubishi K. (3-1) in Nagoya on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eleventh ranked Toyota A. (1-3) 63-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mitsubishi K.. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota A.. Mitsubishi K. managed to win third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Ryoko Yano (178-78) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Mami Ikeda (178-81) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Mitiko Miyamoto (175-86) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Toyota A. left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Niigata. Mitsubishi K. at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Ebara Vickies. Toyota A. is looking forward to face higher ranked Ebara Vickies (#4) in Tokyo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitsubishi K. will play at home against Niigata in Tokyo and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Ebara Vickies (#5) and Niigata (#8). Ebara Vickies (3-1) crushed visiting Niigata (1-3) by 16 points 73-57. Swingman Misako Rikuden (172-86) nailed 25 points for the winning side and Kazumi Ogawa accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Hiromi Iwamura (168-81) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Niigata in the defeat. Ebara Vickies moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mitsubishi K. Niigata at the other side keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with Toyota A.. Ebara Vickies will play against Toyota A. (#9) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Niigata will play on the road against Mitsubishi K. in Nagoya to get more than just one victory in their record.
WJBL top team - Chanson V-M (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Yamanashi QB (0-4) 92-35. The best player for the winners was Sanae Motokawa who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Honoka Osanai produced 6 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Chanson V-M have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Fujitsu RW and JX Sunflowers. Newly promoted Yamanashi QB still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Aishin AW and Hitachi Cougars. Chanson V-M will meet at home Aishin Wings (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Yamanashi QB will play against JX Sunflowers in Kashiwa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Hitachi Cougars (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Denso Iris (2-2) 93-69. Kumiko Oba orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Denso Iris moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Toyota B SR. Newly promoted Hitachi Cougars still closes the standings with four games lost. Denso Iris' next round opponent will be Toyota B SR (#7) in Aichi. Hitachi Cougars will play on the road against the league's second-placed Fujitsu RW in Kawasaki and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Aishin Wings (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to leader JX Sunflowers (4-0) 77-55 on Sunday evening. Yuka Mamiya stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JX Sunflowers have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chanson V-M and Fujitsu RW. Loser Aishin Wings still closes the standings with four games lost. JX Sunflowers will face bottom-ranked Yamanashi QB (#12) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Aishin Wings will play against the league's leader Chanson V-M in Shizuoka and look forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5 Fujitsu RW destroyed Toyota B SR on the opponent's court 88-58.


Mitsubishi K. - Toyota A. 52-63

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Mitsubishi K. (3-1) in Nagoya on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eleventh ranked Toyota A. (1-3) 63-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mitsubishi K.. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota A.. Mitsubishi K. managed to win third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Ryoko Yano (178-78) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Mami Ikeda (178-81) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Toyota A. players scored in double figures. Swingman Mitiko Miyamoto (175-86) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Chika Sakuragi (179-91) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Toyota A. left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Niigata. Mitsubishi K. at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Ebara Vickies. Toyota A. is looking forward to face higher ranked Ebara Vickies (#4) in Tokyo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitsubishi K. will play at home against Niigata in Tokyo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi K.: Y.Hashimoto 15+1reb+2ast, M.Miyamoto 14+8reb, C.Sakuragi 9+10reb+2ast, T.Matsushima 6+1reb+3ast, E.Wantsu 4+11reb+1ast, A.Sato 2+2ast
Toyota A.: R.Yano 22+8reb+2ast, M.Ikeda 13+5reb+4ast, M.Kurihara 12+8reb+2ast, M.Kawahara 10+5reb+2ast, E.Kudeken 6+7reb+5ast, K.Suzuki 0
gschID: 182556


Yamanashi QB - Chanson V-M 35-92

WJBL top team - Chanson V-M (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Yamanashi QB (0-4) 92-35. The game without a history. Chanson V-M led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Yamanashi QB to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Chanson V-M held Yamanashi QB to an opponent 21.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Chanson V-M forced 26 Yamanashi QB turnovers and outrebounded them 52-35 including a 27-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Sanae Motokawa (175-92) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Forward Naoko Chikahira (180-93) chipped in 9 points and 15 rebounds. Four Chanson V-M players scored in double figures. Forward Honoka Osanai (168-90) produced 6 points and 10 rebounds and guard Kanako Ninomiya (165-85) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Chanson V-M have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Fujitsu RW and JX Sunflowers. Newly promoted Yamanashi QB still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Aishin AW and Hitachi Cougars. Chanson V-M will meet at home Aishin Wings (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Yamanashi QB will play against JX Sunflowers in Kashiwa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Yamanashi QB: S.Kanehara 8+2reb+1ast, H.Osanai 6+10reb+1ast, E.Fujioka 6+5reb+1ast, K.Ninomiya 6+8reb+1ast, M.Okada 5+3reb+1ast, M.Sato 2+6reb
Chanson V-M: S.Motokawa 16+4reb+4ast, K.Motoyama 15+5reb+1ast, Y.Watanabe 10+4reb+1ast, K.Miho 10+5reb+1ast, S.Fujiyoshi 9+4reb+1ast, N.Chikahira 9+15reb
gschID: 182557


Toyota B SR - Fujitsu RW 58-88

Very expected game in Aichi where 6th ranked Toyota B SR (2-2) was crushed by leader Fujitsu RW (4-0) 88-58 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-58. Fujitsu RW made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Fujitsu RW outrebounded Toyota B SR 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. International power forward Megumi Shinohara (184-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and international power forward Ayumi Suzuki (179-85) chipped in 13 points. Four Fujitsu RW players scored in double figures. Power forward Sari Osabe (174-87) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Manami Tanaka (173-89) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fujitsu RW have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Chanson V-M and JX Sunflowers. Newly promoted Toyota B SR keeps the sixth place with two games lost. Fujitsu RW will face Hitachi Cougars (#11) in Hitachinaka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toyota B SR will play on the road against Denso Iris (#6) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota B SR: S.Osabe 15+8reb+1ast, M.Tanaka 14+2reb, M.Okada 11+1reb+1ast, A.Miyoshi 9+2reb, T.Ikeda 5+1ast, Y.Watanabe 4+6reb+2ast
Fujitsu RW: M.Shinohara 18+10reb+2ast, M.Nagaoka 15+2reb, A.Suzuki 13+4reb+1ast, E.Nakahata 10+4reb+3ast, A.Ariake 9+2reb+1ast, A.Mitani 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 182554


Hitachi Cougars - Denso Iris 69-93

Bottom-ranked Hitachi Cougars (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Denso Iris (2-2) 93-69. The game was mostly controlled by Denso Iris. Hitachi Cougars was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Denso Iris forced 19 Hitachi Cougars turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Hitachi Cougars' players. International guard Kumiko Oba (169-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. International forward Arisa Fujiwara (175-87) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Hiroko Noda (164-83) answered with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and center Yuri Ikeuchi (180-89) added 16 points in the effort for Hitachi Cougars. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Denso Iris moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Toyota B SR. Newly promoted Hitachi Cougars still closes the standings with four games lost. Denso Iris' next round opponent will be Toyota B SR (#7) in Aichi. Hitachi Cougars will play on the road against the league's second-placed Fujitsu RW in Kawasaki and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hitachi Cougars: Y.Ikeuchi 16+3reb+1ast, H.Noda 14+8reb+5ast, M.Yamada 12+4reb, A.Ishihara 11+7reb, K.Amano 8+6reb+2ast, A.Keiko 6+1reb
Denso Iris: K.Oba 21+6reb+8ast, A.Fujiwara 14+6reb+6ast, C.Yoshida 11+4reb, N.Hattori 11+3reb, Y.Morikawa 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Ushida 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 182555


Ebara Vickies - Niigata 73-57

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tokyo: Ebara Vickies (#5) and Niigata (#8). Ebara Vickies (3-1) crushed visiting Niigata (1-3) by 16 points 73-57. The game was mostly controlled by Ebara Vickies. Niigata was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ebara Vickies dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata's 30. Ebara Vickies forced 19 Niigata turnovers. Swingman Misako Rikuden (172-86) nailed 25 points for the winning side and forward Kazumi Ogawa (178-86) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Hiromi Iwamura (168-81) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Sangi Kanade (169-86) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Niigata in the defeat. Ebara Vickies moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mitsubishi K. Niigata at the other side keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with Toyota A.. Ebara Vickies will play against Toyota A. (#9) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Niigata will play on the road against Mitsubishi K. in Nagoya to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Niigata: H.Iwamura 16+6reb+1ast, S.Kanade 13+7reb+2ast, I.Ai 10+3reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 7+5reb+1ast, S.Kawakami 5+2reb+1ast, N.Kondo 5+3reb+1ast
Ebara Vickies: M.Rikuden 25+4reb+2ast, K.Ogawa 14+5reb+5ast, M.Haruna 8+4reb+3ast, M.Hayano 8+8reb+6ast, A.Takagi 6+3reb+3ast, I.Satoko 5+8reb
gschID: 182552


Aishin AW - JX Sunflowers 55-77

Bottom-ranked Aishin Wings (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to leader JX Sunflowers (4-0) 77-55 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by JX Sunflowers. Aishin Wings was better in fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Yuka Mamiya (185-90) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Aya Okamoto (161-91) chipped in 24 points. Power forward Kiyoko Hamaguti (181-90) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Yuka Maeda (173-84) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JX Sunflowers have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chanson V-M and Fujitsu RW. Loser Aishin Wings still closes the standings with four games lost. JX Sunflowers will face bottom-ranked Yamanashi QB (#12) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Aishin Wings will play against the league's leader Chanson V-M in Shizuoka and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Aishin AW: K.Hamaguti 16+8reb+1ast, Y.Maeda 14+7reb, S.Sato 10+4reb+1ast, H.Takasaki 5+2reb+2ast, M.Yoshida 4+4reb+3ast, T.Masaki 2+3reb+2ast
JX Sunflowers: A.Okamoto 24+1reb+1ast, Y.Mamiya 16+6reb+5ast, R.Tokashiki 14+5reb+2ast, M.Niihara 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Terada 6+2reb, A.Yoshida 2+4reb+10ast
gschID: 182553



10/8/2012 3:22:35 AMWJBL Round 4: #1 Ebara Vickies are defeated by Niigata - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Ebara Vickies (2-1) in Tokyo on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by tenth ranked Niigata (1-2) 85-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ebara Vickies. The game without a history. Niigata led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Inoue Ai (172-90) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Sayaka Komatsu (176-85) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) during the contest. At the losing side Hatanaka Miho (177-85) responded with 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Denso Iris. Newly promoted Ebara Vickies dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Toyota B SR. Niigata's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Ebara Vickies.
Denso Iris has registered their first victory this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Hitachi Cougars (0-3) 64-53. The winners were led by international guard Kumiko Oba (169-88) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 assists and Arisa Fujiwara supported her with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Even 10 points and 8 rebounds by Aiko Ishihara (178-92) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Cougars. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Denso Iris (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Niigata. It was Hitachi Cougars' third loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Denso Iris will again play against Hitachi Cougars (#10) in Hitachinaka in the next round. Hitachi Cougars will have a break next round.
WJBL top team - Chanson V-M (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Yamanashi QB (0-3) in Shizuoka 78-55. Minaho Miyoshi fired 11 points for the winners. Chanson V-M's coach Isao Kimura felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Emii Fujioka produced 24 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Chanson V-M have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Yamanashi QB still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Chanson V-M will again meet bottom-ranked Yamanashi QB (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Yamanashi QB will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Aishin Wings (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to top-ranked JX Sunflowers (3-0) 94-72. It was a very good performance for Yuka Mamiya who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. JX Sunflowers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Aishin Wings at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. JX Sunflowers' next round opponent will be again Aishin Wings (#9) in Anjo and are hoping to win another game.
Bottom-ranked Toyota A. (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to top-ranked Mitsubishi K. (3-0) 57-54 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Enjin Wantsu who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Mitsubishi K. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Toyota A. still closes the standings with three games lost. Mitsubishi K. will have a break next round. Toyota A.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Nagoya to the arena Mitsubishi K..

In the last game of round 4 Toyota B SR lost to undefeated Fujitsu RW on the opponent's court 48-58.


JX Sunflowers - Aishin AW 94-72

Bottom-ranked Aishin Wings (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to top-ranked JX Sunflowers (3-0) 94-72. The game was mostly controlled by JX Sunflowers. Aishin Wings was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aishin Wings 44-22 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. JX Sunflowers players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward Yuka Mamiya (185-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Ramu Tokashiki (191-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five JX Sunflowers players scored in double figures. Power forward Shiyu Sato (178-87) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Yuka Maeda (173-84) added 14 points in the effort for Aishin Wings. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. JX Sunflowers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Aishin Wings at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. JX Sunflowers' next round opponent will be again Aishin Wings (#9) in Anjo and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
JX Sunflowers: Y.Mamiya 24+10reb+5ast, A.Okamoto 16+4reb+3ast, R.Tokashiki 13+12reb+1ast, C.Kibayashi 13+8reb, A.Yoshida 12+5reb+7ast, M.Onuma 5
Aishin AW: S.Sato 16+5reb+1ast, Y.Maeda 14+4reb+3ast, T.Masaki 11+3reb, A.Takii 9, S.Ootaka 7+1reb+1ast, I.Natsuki 4+1reb
gschID: 182550


Niigata - Ebara Vickies 85-58

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Ebara Vickies (2-1) in Tokyo on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by tenth ranked Niigata (1-2) 85-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ebara Vickies. The game without a history. Niigata led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Inoue Ai (172-90) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Sayaka Komatsu (176-85) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) during the contest. Four Niigata players scored in double figures. At the losing side Hatanaka Miho (177-85) responded with 17 points and Mitsuboshi Hayano (175-86) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Denso Iris. Newly promoted Ebara Vickies dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Toyota B SR. Niigata's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Ebara Vickies.
Top scorers:
Niigata: I.Ai 20+9reb, S.Komatsu 17+5reb+2ast, H.Iwamura 14+6reb+3ast, S.Kanade 11+6reb+4ast, N.Kondo 10+3reb+1ast, S.Kawakami 6+6reb+6ast
Ebara Vickies: H.Miho 17+4reb, M.Hayano 12+5reb, K.Ogawa 7+4reb, M.Rikuden 6+2reb+1ast, A.Takagi 5+2reb, Y.Tsuge 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 182551


Toyota A. - Mitsubishi K. 54-57

Bottom-ranked Toyota A. (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to top-ranked Mitsubishi K. (3-0) 57-54 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Mitsubishi K. dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyota A. to just 6 points in second quarter. They also forced 20 Toyota A. turnovers and had a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Enjin Wantsu (189-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and guard Yasuko Hashimoto (163-82) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Mami Ikeda (178-81) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Mika Kurihara (178-89) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Mitsubishi K. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Toyota A. still closes the standings with three games lost. Mitsubishi K. will have a break next round. Toyota A.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Nagoya to the arena Mitsubishi K..
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi K.: E.Wantsu 17+16reb+2ast, Y.Hashimoto 13+5reb+2ast, M.Kazama 9+4reb, M.Miyamoto 7+9reb+3ast, A.Sato 5+1reb, C.Sakuragi 5+6reb
Toyota A.: M.Ikeda 12+8reb+3ast, M.Kurihara 12+7reb+1ast, M.Kawahara 11+5reb+1ast, R.Yano 7+4reb+1ast, E.Kudeken 7+5reb+7ast, M.Koike 3+2reb
gschID: 182547


Fujitsu RW - Toyota B SR 58-48

Everything could happen in Kawasaki at the game between two tied teams. Both top-ranked Fujitsu RW and 6th ranked Toyota B SR had identical 2-0 record. This time Fujitsu RW used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Aichi 58-48 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 31-16 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fujitsu RW dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyota B SR to just 7 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Moeko Nagaoka (180-93) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Aoi Ariake (165-86) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Fujitsu RW's coach Yabuuchi Natsumi used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side power forward Sari Osabe (174-87) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Mao Okada (166-88) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Fujitsu RW have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Toyota B SR dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Fujitsu RW will face again Toyota B SR (#6) in Aichi in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Fujitsu RW: M.Nagaoka 14+6reb+1ast, A.Ariake 13+6reb+1ast, A.Suzuki 10+7reb+1ast, A.Mitani 8+10reb, R.Machida 4+3reb+1ast, A.Shimizu 3+2reb
Toyota B SR: M.Okada 11+6reb+1ast, S.Osabe 9+10reb+1ast, A.Miyoshi 8+3reb, M.Tanaka 7+2reb+2ast, S.Nomachi 6+5reb, Y.Watanabe 5+7reb
gschID: 182548


Chanson V-M - Yamanashi QB 78-55

WJBL top team - Chanson V-M (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Yamanashi QB (0-3) in Shizuoka 78-55. The game was mostly controlled by Chanson V-M. Yamanashi QB managed to win fourth quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Minaho Miyoshi (167-93) fired 11 points for the winners. Swingman Key Miho (176-85) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. Chanson V-M's coach Isao Kimura felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Emii Fujioka (180-89) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds and center Misuzu Sato (180-89) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chanson V-M have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Yamanashi QB still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Chanson V-M will again meet bottom-ranked Yamanashi QB (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Yamanashi QB will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chanson V-M: S.Motokawa 13+1reb+2ast, M.Miyoshi 11+4reb+3ast, K.Miho 10+3reb+5ast, Y.Watanabe 9+2reb, M.Rin 8+1reb+2ast, K.Motoyama 7+6reb
Yamanashi QB: E.Fujioka 24+7reb, H.Osanai 9+7reb, M.Sato 8+9reb, M.Okada 6+4reb, K.Ninomiya 6+2reb+3ast, M.Haneda 2+1reb
gschID: 182549


Denso Iris - Hitachi Cougars 64-53

Denso Iris has registered their first victory this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Hitachi Cougars (0-3) 64-53. It looked good early as Hitachi Cougars took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Denso Iris had a 19-13 second period charge getting the lead and Hitachi Cougars were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-64. The winners were led by international guard Kumiko Oba (169-88) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 assists and international forward Arisa Fujiwara (175-87) supported her with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Even 10 points and 8 rebounds by Aiko Ishihara (178-92) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Cougars. International forward Mami Yamada (176-88) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Denso Iris (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Niigata. It was Hitachi Cougars' third loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Denso Iris will again play against Hitachi Cougars (#10) in Hitachinaka in the next round. Hitachi Cougars will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Denso Iris: K.Oba 17+2reb+7ast, A.Fujiwara 13+8reb+3ast, Y.Ushida 11+4reb, S.Urashima 9+11reb+3ast, N.Hattori 6+2reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 6+1reb+2ast
Hitachi Cougars: M.Yamada 11+5reb, A.Ishihara 10+8reb+3ast, Y.Ikeuchi 9+2reb+1ast, H.Ogasawara 8, K.Amano 5+4reb+1ast, N.Itou 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 182546



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10/8/2012 6:22:29 AMChevakata topple Kibirkstis-VICI in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Chevaka - Kibirkstis-VICI 78:60

Chevakata claimed another victory at the training camp in Lithuania. They toppled Kibirkstis-VICI. Elena Volkova (176-G-83) came up with 19 points to lead the Russian team.
Kibirkstis-VICI grabbed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. But Chevakata quickly denied the deficit drawing things level at 34. Chevakata went on a decisive rally in the third term. The visitors surged ahead and posted a comfortable 8-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Chevakata did not slow down going on a 20:11 run in the fourth frame and sealing the victory. Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) accounted for 17 points, while Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85) added 16 points for Chevakata. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) answered with 16 points for Kibirkstis-VICI. Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) had 9 points in the loss.

Chevakata: Elena Volkova 19, Anastasia Logunova 17, Juliya Kiseleva 16
Kibirkstis-VICI: Vita Kuktiene 16, Celeste Trahan-Davis 9



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10/8/2012 9:56:25 AMLuxol overcome Hibs to clinch SuperCup - by Eurobasket News

Luxol - Hibs 57:56

Luxol celebrated SuperCup title. They prevailed against Hibs Melita in a dramatic clash. Paula Ellul (94) sank a decisive free throw with time running out to give Luxol the victory.
Luxol stormed into the game. They grabbed a 20:5 early lead. However the team suffered a major setback as Mollie Williams (187-F, college: Washington) had to step off the court with an injury. Hibs Melita capitalized cutting the deficit at just five points at halftime 24:29. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second half. Joselle Cardona (183-PF-87) gave Hibs a late advantage but it was not enough. Petra Paula Ellul got fouled and brought Luxol victory from the stripe.



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10/8/2012 4:22:10 AMCharity Szczechowiak gets MVP of the Week award for Polish PLKK - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian-American Charity Szczechowiak (191-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Artego Bydg. and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team beat Lider Pruszkow (#10, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 69-62. Artego Bydg. is placed at 2nd position in Polish PLKK. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Artego Bydg. won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Szczechowiak turned to be Artego Bydg.'s top player in her first season with the team. Stephen F. Austin State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Szczechowiak. Szczechowiak is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.0ppg) and averages solid 2.5bpg,2.5spg and 51.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Kiara Buford (180-G-89, agency: Gamble Sports Management) of Lider Pruszkow. Buford impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Lider Pruszkow lost that game 62-69 to Artego Bydg. (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Buford is a newcomer at Lider Pruszkow and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Adrianne Ross (173-G-84, agency: Merit Sports) of Energa Torun (#5). Ross showcased her all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Energa Torun, leading her team to a 93-60 easy win against Widzew (#11, 0-3). Energa Torun 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. Ross has a great season in Poland. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chineze Nwagbo (183-G-82) of Gorzow - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sybil Dosty (191-C-86) of Gorzow - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Kristen Morris (190-F-87) of Artego Bydg. - 13 points and 10 rebounds
7. Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) of AZS Rzeszow - 11 points and 3 rebounds
8. Julie McBride (165-G-82) of Artego Bydg. - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Emilia Tlumak (183-F-82) of Energa Torun - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) of Energa Torun - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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10/8/2012 4:46:42 PMCortijo's 30-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Carla Cortijo (172-G-87) had a great game in the last week for second-ranked Carolina G. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 14.
She had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds for Carolina G. in her team's victory, helping them to beat San German (#4, 8-8) 96-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Carolina G. maintains the 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSNF. They are still close to the very top. Carolina G. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last week. They have a solid 12-3 record. In the team's last game Cortijo had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Carolina G., through which he has constantly improved. Carla Cortijo averages this season 13.7ppg.

Second best performed player last week was Monique Martin (180-G-83) of Aguas B.T.. She is American guard in her first season at Aguas B.T.. In the last game Martin recorded impressive 42 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Aguas B.T. lost that game 93-98 to the higher-ranked Morovis M. (#3, 12-4). Aguas B.T. managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Aguas B.T. managed to get this year. Martin is a newcomer at Aguas B.T. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.8ppg (#1). She also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Pamela Rosado (165-PG-86) of Morovis M. (#3). Rosado got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last week. She went also for six rebounds . She was a key player of Morovis M., leading her team to a 98-93 win against the lower-ranked Aguas B.T. (#6, 4-11). Morovis M. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 4 lost games. Rosado has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominic Seals (188-F-87) of Aguas B.T. - 18 points and 14 rebounds
5. Dominic Seals (188-F-87) of Aguas B.T. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (191-C-81) of Juncos V. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Denise Lewis (185-F-90) of Ponce L. - 21 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Cynthia Valentin (174-SG-84) of Carolina G. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Angelina Williams (183-F/C-83) of Morovis M. - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Frances Lee Flores) of Aguas B.T. - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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10/8/2012 4:03:15 PMDivision A Round 3: Four teams keep the perfect record - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ICIM Arad as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ICIM Arad smashed bottom-ranked Cluj Napoca at home 76-39. The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Cluj Napoca managed to win fourth quarter 11-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cluj Napoca to just 6 points in third quarter. ICIM Arad dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Cluj Napoca's 28. ICIM Arad forced 36 Cluj Napoca turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Her fellow American import center Kari Laplante (195-89, college: USC) chipped in 14 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Oana Precup (180-92) who recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ICIM Arad have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Targoviste and Satu Mare. Cluj Napoca at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Cluj Napoca will play next round against Brasov trying to get back on the winning streak. ICIM Arad will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Targu Mures on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Alba Iulia (2-1) on the court of leader CSM Targoviste. Visitors were edged by CSM Targoviste 57-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alba Iulia. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. It was a good game for American forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Ksenia Tikhonenko contributed with 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia's coach Tomas Bilek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CSM Targoviste have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion (3-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with ICIM Arad and Satu Mare. Alba Iulia at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with Sf.Gheorghe and Brasov. CSM Targoviste will play against Sp.Studentesc (#11) in Bucuresti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alba Iulia will play at home against the league's second-placed Satu Mare (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Timisoara supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Olimpia (1-1) played at the court of leader Timisoara (2-0). Timisoara smashed Olimpia 73-36 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Nevena Saponjic who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Timisoara's coach felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Tunde Kilin with 8 points and 4 steals. Timisoara moved-up to fourth place. Loser Olimpia dropped to the eighth position with one game lost. They share it with Rapid. Timisoara will meet Rapid (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Olimpia will play against Craiova in Craiova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Craiova. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 13th ranked Craiova (1-2) to leader Timisoara (2-0) 71-69 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was an exceptional evening for Biljana Pesovic who led the winners and scored 39 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Timisoara moved-up to fourth place. Craiova at the other side dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be Rapid (#9) in Bucuresti which should be theoretically an easy game. Craiova will play at home against Olimpia in Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Oradea. Local Oradea (0-3) was outscored by seventh ranked Sf.Gheorghe (2-1) 112-30 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Tabytha Wampler who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Sf.Gheorghe moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Alba Iulia and Brasov. Loser Oradea still closes the standings with three games lost. Sf.Gheorghe will have a break next round. Oradea will play on the road against Alexandria (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Alexandria was defeated by Brasov in a road game 74-69. Satu Mare smashed Targu Mures at home 78-55. Craiova won against Sp.Studentesc on the opponent's court 78-70.


Targoviste - Alba Iulia 57-55

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Alba Iulia (2-1) on the court of leader CSM Targoviste. Visitors were edged by CSM Targoviste 57-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alba Iulia. 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 hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 10-4 run, which allowed them to win the game. CSM Targoviste dominated on the defensive end, holding Alba Iulia to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Alba Iulia 44-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Russian-Kazakhstan power forward Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Czech guard Tereza Brantlova (172-82) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia's coach Tomas Bilek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CSM Targoviste have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion (3-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with ICIM Arad and Satu Mare. Alba Iulia at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with Sf.Gheorghe and Brasov. CSM Targoviste will play against Sp.Studentesc (#11) in Bucuresti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alba Iulia will play at home against the league's second-placed Satu Mare (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Alba Iulia: A.Thompson 18+11reb, T.Brantlova 10+5reb+3ast, J.Vukoje 9+2reb+2ast, R.Tobin 8+6reb+1ast, E.Abramzon 3+5reb+2ast, Z.Melnika 3+1reb
Targoviste: J.Robbins 13+15reb+1ast, N.Novosel 11+5reb+3ast, E.Babkina 9+1reb+6ast, K.Tikhonenko 8+11reb, I.Matic 7+6reb, G.Marginean 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 195367


Timisoara - Olimpia 73-36

The game in Timisoara supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Olimpia (1-1) played at the court of leader Timisoara (2-0). Timisoara smashed Olimpia 73-36 on Saturday. The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimpia to just 7 points in first quarter. Timisoara dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpia's 12. Timisoara forced 37 Olimpia turnovers and outrebounded them 39-20 including a 23-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Serbian center Nevena Saponjic (186-85) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Natasa Mijatovic (191-89) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. Timisoara's coach felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Tunde Kilin (171-91) with 8 points and 4 steals and center Mihaela Chelariu (188-92) scored 9 points. Timisoara moved-up to fourth place. Loser Olimpia dropped to the eighth position with one game lost. They share it with Rapid. Timisoara will meet Rapid (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Olimpia will play against Craiova in Craiova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: M.Chelariu 9+3reb+1ast, T.Kilin 8+3reb+3ast, M.Cioroiu 7+3reb+1ast, V.Lache 5+3reb, G.Munteanu 5+2reb, A.Chitanu 2+3reb
Timisoara: N.Saponjic 20+7reb+1ast, N.Mijatovic 11+8reb+1ast, T.Brown 11+4reb, B.Pesovic 8+6reb+2ast, A.Thompson 7+2reb, C.Zidaru 5+1ast
gschID: 195372


ICIM Arad - Cluj Napoca 76-39

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ICIM Arad as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ICIM Arad smashed bottom-ranked Cluj Napoca at home 76-39. The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Cluj Napoca managed to win fourth quarter 11-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cluj Napoca to just 6 points in third quarter. ICIM Arad dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Cluj Napoca's 28. ICIM Arad forced 36 Cluj Napoca turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Her fellow American import center Kari Laplante (195-89, college: USC) chipped in 14 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Oana Precup (180-92) who recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Flavia Ferenczi (175-91) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ICIM Arad have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Targoviste and Satu Mare. Cluj Napoca at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Cluj Napoca will play next round against Brasov trying to get back on the winning streak. ICIM Arad will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Targu Mures on the road.
Top scorers:
Cluj Napoca: F.Ferenczi 10+3reb+1ast, D.Frieson 7+6reb, A.Pop 6+6reb, O.Precup 5+6reb+4ast, K.Meszaros 4+3reb, A.Vincze 2+3reb
ICIM Arad: K.Laplante 14+4reb, C.Givens 13+5reb, A.Mercea 10+3reb+4ast, J.Risper 7+5reb+5ast, C.Wirth 6+4reb+1ast, C.Bartee 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 195369


Brasov - Alexandria 74-69

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Alexandria (0-3) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Brasov (2-1) 74-69 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Brasov forced 24 Alexandria turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. Alexandria was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Melani Thornton (185-88, college: Butler) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian center Biljana Stjepanovic (189-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds. Four Brasov players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Chelsea Lyons (175, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) who recorded 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Alina Chivu (176-90) added 20 points respectively. Brasov moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sf.Gheorghe and Alba Iulia. Loser Alexandria still closes the standings with three games lost. Brasov will face Cluj Napoca (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alexandria will play against Oradea in Oradea and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Alexandria: C.Lyons 25+7reb+3ast, A.Chivu 20+4reb, A.Stefan 9+3reb+2ast, A.Arlen 7+6reb, A.Sipos 6+4reb+1ast, S.Arnold 2+4ast
Brasov: M.Thornton 24+13reb+1ast, G.Cursaru 19+1reb+5ast, B.Mingo 15+4reb+4ast, B.Stjepanovic 13+17reb+1ast, G.Necula 3, C.Badi 0
gschID: 195370


Oradea - Sf.Gheorghe 30-112

The game with biggest result difference took place in Oradea. Local Oradea (0-3) was outscored by seventh ranked Sf.Gheorghe (2-1) 112-30 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Sf.Gheorghe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oradea to just 2 points in third quarter. Sf.Gheorghe well out of reach of Oradea shooting 75.9 percent from the field. They also forced 29 Oradea turnovers and outrebounded them 30-10 including a 20-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Sf.Gheorghe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 83.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Oradea's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Tabytha Wampler (185-90, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Her fellow American import swingman Jasmin Bailey (172-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Sf.Gheorghe players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Mihaela Adi (190-88) who recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds and Ruxandra Chis (176-93) added 11 points respectively. Sf.Gheorghe moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Alba Iulia and Brasov. Loser Oradea still closes the standings with three games lost. Sf.Gheorghe will have a break next round. Oradea will play on the road against Alexandria (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Oradea: R.Chis 11+3ast, M.Adi 9+5reb+1ast, A.Vlaicu 8+2reb, C.Tigan 2+1reb+1ast, E.Costea 0+1reb, O.Saracut 0+1reb+1ast
Sf.Gheorghe: T.Wampler 21+6reb+2ast, J.Bailey 20+5reb+2ast, M.Ivanovic 16+2reb+6ast, M.Valentine 16+3reb, V.Dinca 14+3reb+3ast, J.Kajdacsi 14+7reb+5ast
gschID: 195371


Satu Mare - Targu Mures 78-55

No shocking result in a game when leader Satu Mare (3-0) smashed at home bottom-ranked Targu Mures (0-3) 78-55 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-55. Satu Mare dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Targu Mures' 24. Satu Mare forced 24 Targu Mures turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Targu Mures' players. The best player for the winners was American power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian center Dara Kovacevic (197-83) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Satu Mare players scored in double figures. Coach Dan Fleseriu's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Lashawn Johnson (188-86, college: Illinois St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import power forward Chantel Hilliard (187-90, college: Auburn) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Satu Mare have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Targoviste and ICIM Arad. Loser Targu Mures still closes the standings with three games lost. Satu Mare will face Alba Iulia (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Targu Mures will play against the league's leader ICIM Arad (#1) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: L.Johnson 14+14reb, A.Adams 11+5reb, C.Hilliard 9+9reb+1ast, T.Riggs 8+4reb+2ast, M.Mihai 7+5reb, D.Walker 4+2reb+2ast
Satu Mare: S.Freeman 17+8reb+3ast, I.Lucas 13+1reb+3ast, U.Drye 12+7reb+2ast, D.Kovacevic 10+9reb+2ast, A.Orosz 9+1reb+2ast, A.Parau 8+3reb+9ast
gschID: 195368


Sp.Studentesc - Craiova 70-78

There was a minor upset in Bucuresti where higher ranked Sp.Studentesc (1-2) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Craiova (1-2) 78-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Craiova looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Serbian center Zorica Mitov (189-87) chipped in 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Vladinka Erak (190-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian guard Marina Ristic (168-87) added 16 points respectively. Craiova left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Sp.Studentesc. Craiova will face higher ranked Olimpia (#8) in Bucuresti in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sp.Studentesc: M.Ristic 16+1reb+1ast, F.Ardeleanu 14, B.Hoskins 12+3reb+1ast, V.Erak 11+14reb+2ast, E.Demirovic 9+7reb+2ast, M.Beljanski 6+7reb+5ast
Craiova: M.Prlja 24+4reb+4ast, I.Bors 17+1reb+2ast, Z.Mitov 16+4reb+2ast, G.Toma 8+9reb+4ast, A.Ionescu 5+2reb, K.Guidry 2+2ast
gschID: 195366


Round 2
Craiova - Timisoara 69-71

A very interesting game took place in Craiova. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 13th ranked Craiova (1-2) to leader Timisoara (2-0) 71-69 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-10 Craiova's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71-69 at the end of the game. Timisoara forced 30 Craiova turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian guard Biljana Pesovic (180-83) who led the winners and scored 39 points (!!!) and 4 steals. American guard Tiffany Brown (165-86, college: Georgia South) accounted for 18 points and 6 steals for the winning side. Forward Janina Simionca (176-84) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for Craiova in the defeat. Timisoara moved-up to fourth place. Craiova at the other side dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be Rapid (#9) in Bucuresti which should be theoretically an easy game. Craiova will play at home against Olimpia in Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: J.Simionca 18+6reb+1ast, A.Ionescu 13+5reb, M.Prlja 12+4reb+5ast, G.Toma 9+7reb+2ast, Z.Mitov 7+7reb+2ast, A.Cutas 4+1ast
Timisoara: B.Pesovic 39+4reb+3ast, T.Brown 18+2reb+1ast, A.Stoiedin 4+5reb+1ast, A.Haas 2+3reb, N.Mijatovic 2+7reb, N.Saponjic 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 199868



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10/8/2012 6:22:29 AMChevakata topple Kibirkstis-VICI in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Chevaka - Kibirkstis-VICI 78:60

Chevakata claimed another victory at the training camp in Lithuania. They toppled Kibirkstis-VICI. Elena Volkova (176-G-83) came up with 19 points to lead the Russian team.
Kibirkstis-VICI grabbed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. But Chevakata quickly denied the deficit drawing things level at 34. Chevakata went on a decisive rally in the third term. The visitors surged ahead and posted a comfortable 8-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Chevakata did not slow down going on a 20:11 run in the fourth frame and sealing the victory. Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) accounted for 17 points, while Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85) added 16 points for Chevakata. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) answered with 16 points for Kibirkstis-VICI. Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) had 9 points in the loss.

Chevakata: Elena Volkova 19, Anastasia Logunova 17, Juliya Kiseleva 16
Kibirkstis-VICI: Vita Kuktiene 16, Celeste Trahan-Davis 9



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10/8/2012 4:24:35 AMStandings - Women

National League Standings
 1. Polonia Phoenix 3-0 
 2. Glasgow Rocks 2-1 
 3. St.Mirren RKC 2-1 
 4. Edinburgh KK 1-0 
 5. Pentland Star 1-2 
 6. Clark Eriksson 1-3 
 7. Tayside 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 6: Polonia Phoenix - Glasgow Rocks 57-48
Oct. 6: St.Mirren RKC - Clark Eriksson 49-36

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 13: Clark Eriksson - Tayside
Oct. 13: Glasgow Rocks - St.Mirren RKC
Oct. 14: Pentland Star - Polonia Phoenix



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10/8/2012 3:27:04 AMStandings - Women

A Standings
 1. Crvena Zvezda 1-0 
 2. Jagodina 2001 1-0 
 3. Sabac 1-0 
 4. Srbobran 1-0 
 5. Student 1-0 
 6. Proleter ZR 0-0 
 7. Radnicki KG 0-0 
 8. Beocin 0-1 
 9. Celarevo 0-1 
 10. Stara Pazova 0-1 
 11. Sumadija KG 0-1 
 12. Vrbas Medela 0-1 
Play in international cups:
 1. Partizan
 2. Radivoj Korac
 3. Vojvodina
 4. Vozdovac
 5. Vrsac

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Srbobran - Vrbas Medela 82-71
Oct. 7: Sabac - Celarevo 80-69
Oct. 7: Jagodina 2001 - Sumadija KG 73-68
Oct. 6: Stara Pazova - Crvena Zvezda 66-77
Oct. 6: Student - Beocin 64-54

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Student - Proleter ZR
Oct. 13: Celarevo - Radnicki KG
Oct. 13: Beocin - Sabac
Oct. 13: Crvena Zvezda - Student
Oct. 13: Vrbas Medela - Stara Pazova
Oct. 13: Jagodina 2001 - Srbobran


10/8/2012 4:38:45 PMA League: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A League just started.

Stara Pazova - Crvena Zvezda 66-77
The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Stara Pazova was better in third quarter 21-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Stara Pazova's 24. Crvena Zvezda forced 22 Stara Pazova turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Stara Pazova's players. Power forward Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Aleksandra Stanacev (167-94) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. At the losing side guard Iva Musulin (170-84) responded with 18 points and center Dragana Vukovic (190-78) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: A.Stanacev 19+4reb+7ast, K.Vuckovic 17+10reb+4ast, A.Crvendakic 13+8reb+3ast, O.Gapic 8+7reb+1ast, M.Jovanovic 8+3reb+1ast, A.Niksic 5+7reb+2ast
Stara Pazova: I.Musulin 18+4reb+3ast, D.Vukovic 12+7reb+1ast, I.Terzic 10+8reb, M.Spikic 9+2reb+2ast, I.Devic 8+4reb, Z.Nikolic 5
gschID: 199883


Student - Beocin 64-54
The game was mostly controlled by Student Radnicki. Beocin managed to win third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Student Radnicki forced 28 Beocin turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of center Marija Ilic (190-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Marija Tosic (178-83) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Jovana Grahovac (172-86) answered with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Jovana Cica (182-89) added 16 points in the effort for Beocin.
Top scorers:
Student: M.Tosic 16+1reb+2ast, M.Ilic 15+11reb+2ast, E.Stojanovic 13+1reb+3ast, M.Popovic 9+3reb+2ast, I.Stojilkovic 9+5reb, M.Zivkovic 2+4reb
Beocin: J.Cica 16+3reb, J.Grahovac 11+5reb+6ast, J.Marinkov 8+6reb, B.Momic 7, D.Bjelajac 5+2reb, M.Jaksic 2+1ast
gschID: 199884


Sabac - Celarevo 80-69
Celarevo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Celarevo 35-17 including 21 on the defensive glass. Olga Stepanovic (178-94) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and forward Renata Cosic (170-87) accounted for 17 points. Guard Miljana Radosevic (178-93) came up with 28 points and 6 assists and forward Sonja Maric (185-85) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Celarevo in the defeat. Sabac (1-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams.
Top scorers:
Sabac: R.Cosic 17+4reb+1ast, A.Savic 14+3reb+1ast, M.Adamovic 10+1reb, O.Stepanovic 10+10reb+2ast, N.Zolotic 9+1reb+4ast, J.Subasic 7+2reb+1ast
Celarevo: M.Radosevic 28+1reb+6ast, S.Maric 15+5reb, L.Lalovic 9+3reb+1ast, M.Strbac 8+3reb, N.Ninkovic 5+4reb+7ast, M.Terzic 4+1reb
gschID: 199885


Jagodina 2001 - Sumadija KG 73-68
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sumadija KG won fourth quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Ivana Grubor (185-84) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Natasa Djordjevic (178-85) accounted for 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Jagodina 2001 players scored in double figures. Guard Aleksandra Racic (181-90) came up with 32 points and 5 rebounds and guard Hristina Marjanovic (170-92) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Sumadija KG in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Jagodina 2001: I.Grubor 22+11reb+6ast, J.Mitic 13+6reb, N.Djordjevic 11+9reb+6ast, M.Kovacic 10+9reb, B.Zlatanovic 9+1reb+1ast, B.Stevanovic 4+2reb+1ast
Sumadija KG: A.Racic 32+5reb+2ast, H.Marjanovic 12+10reb+1ast, K.Ostojic 12+4reb, J.Vidakovic 6+2reb+2ast, D.Nikitovic 5+6reb+2ast, I.Kosanovic 1+1reb
gschID: 199881


Srbobran - Vrbas Medela 82-71
Vrbas Medela was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-16 charge of Srbobran Reahem, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Vrbas Medela turnovers. Swingman Milena Radosevic (173-87) nailed 24 points for the winning side and power forward Jelica Domazet (188-88) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman L'oreal Joi Price (173-87, college: Fayetteville St.) came up with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and point guard Tijana Cukic (173-96) added 15 points respectively for Vrbas Medela in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Srbobran: M.Radosevic 24+1ast, J.Domazet 15+6reb+1ast, K.Milosevic 12+1reb+1ast, M.Bokan 8+2reb, V.Milosevic 6+2reb+1ast, B.Stankovic 5+5reb+2ast
Vrbas Medela: T.Rajic 16+5reb+1ast, T.Cukic 15+4reb+3ast, L.Joi Price 14+8reb+7ast, I.Jovovic 9+3reb+2ast, M.Radonjic 9+6reb, T.Miskovic 3+2ast



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10/8/2012 6:14:34 AMPre-season victories for Obenasa and Uni Girona - by Eurobasket News

Obenasa overcame Hondarribia-Irun 80:71 in pre-season action. Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 27 points to lead the winners. Obenasa ensured a 43:30 halftime advantage. Hondarribia-Irun cut the margin to 6 points heading into the fourth frame but Obenasa withheld the challenge and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Patricia Arguello (176-G-87) finished with 12 points, while Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) and Maria Asurmendi (169-G-86) added 10 points each for the winning side. Gomez answered with 23 points for Hondarribia-Irun. Sandra Ygueravide (172-PG-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 19 points in the loss.
Uni Girona narrowly defeated Cadi ICG 61:59. Uni Girona cleared off in the first half. They posted a 34:21 halftime advantage. Cadi ICG trimmed the gap and eventually drew things level at 46 heading into the fourth frame. But Uni Girona managed to come out as winners stealing a narrow victory at the end. Anna Carbo (176-F-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 17 points, while Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 10 points for the winning side. Cristina Garcia (183-G-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports) answered with 15 points for Cadi ICG. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) accounted for 10 points in the losing case.



10/8/2012 6:05:32 AMPerfumerias Avenida clinch Torneo de Gernika trophy - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida - Rivas Ecopolis 75:74

Perfumerias Avenida celebrated the title at the Torneo de Gernika. They shot down Rivas Ecopolis in the decider. Avenida used a 7:0 run late in the opening quarter to take a 19:17 lead. Rivas Ecopolis surged in front in the second frame. They established a 46:34 halftime advantage. Avenida answered with a 13:2 run at the start of the second half to narrow the deficit. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the rest of the game. Avenida however managed to pull ahead late in regulation and sealed the victory at the end. Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) posted 16 points to pace the winners. Isabel Sanchez (180-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 points, while Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Maria Pina (187-F-87) had 10 points each in the win. Queralt Casas (180-G/F-92) answered with 17 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Katalin Honti (175-G-87) notched 15 points apiece in the loss.

Perfumerias Avenida: Egle Sulciute 16, Isabel Sanchez 12, Marta Xargay Casademont 10, Maria Pina 10
Rivas Ecopolis: Queralt Casas 17, Anna Cruz 15, Katalin Honti 15



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10/8/2012 6:31:19 PMD1 STANDING

LINABAFE Standings
Central
 1. Bucaneras 8-1 
 2. EPB 7-4 
 3. Estudiantes 1-8 
 4. Sel.Nac. U15 0-3 
West
 1. Yaracuyanas 10-0 
 2. Guerreras 6-2 
 3. Aguilas 4-4 
 4. Potras 1-7 
 5. Juveniles 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 13: Aguilas - Juveniles
Oct. 13: Lanceras - Potras
Oct. 13: Sel.Nac. U15 - Bucaneras
Oct. 14: Aguilas - Juveniles
Oct. 14: Lanceras - Potras
Oct. 14: Sel.Nac. U15 - Bucaneras



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10/8/2012 1:10:46 PMSparks' Ogwumike and Ross earn WNBA honors - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Sparks collected two of the WNBA's season-ending awards, with Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) honored as rookie of the year and Carol Ross chosen coach of the year on Sunday.
The awards were announced before the Sparks lost to the Minnesota Lynx 80-79 and got swept 2-0 in the Western Conference finals at Staples Center.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists during the regular season. She was drafted No. 1 overall out of Stanford by the Sparks. "I was really excited," she said, having kept the secret for a few days. "It's an honor, but I think it's also a reflection of our team success. Individual awards don't come without team success, so I think that that showed, especially with some of the other accolades that my teammates got. It's reflective of how hard we worked."
Ross, in her first season with the Sparks, guided them to a 24-10 regular-season record, including a 16-1 mark at Staples Center. She previously was an assistant with the Atlanta Dream and coached 16 years at Florida and Mississippi. "I don't feel like the coach of the year," she said. "I'm coming off two losses."
Candace Parker of the Sparks was runner-up for league MVP honors to Connecticut's Tina Charles last month.
Courtesy of: houmatoday.com



10/8/2012 1:15:46 PMJohnson headlines 2012 WNBA All-Rookie Team - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa Shock forward and former Lady Vol standout Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90, college: Tennessee) headlines the 2012 WNBA All-Rookie Team, the league announced Sunday.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) (Los Angeles Sparks), Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89, college: Connecticut) (Atlanta Dream), Samantha Prahalis (5'7''-PG-90, college: Ohio St.) (Phoenix Mercury) and Riquna Williams (5'7''-PG-90, college: Miami, FL) (Tulsa Shock) join Johnson in the WNBA's group of elite first-year players.
The voting panel consisted of the WNBA's 12 head coaches, each of whom voted for five players regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Johnson and Nnemkadi Ogwumike each received 11 votes, Hayes and Prahalis each garnered nine, and Williams tallied eight.
As the fourth overall selection in the 2012 WNBA Draft and former SEC Tournament MVP (2012), Johnson played in all 34 games and started 28 for the Shock. She led rookies in steals (2.15 per game), ranked second in rebounds (6. 8 per game) and third in scoring (11.5 points per game). The Tennessee alumna scored a career-high 30 points on July 12 in a 74-89 loss at Minnesota. In the same game, she also contributed 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Johnson was also runner-up for this season's WNBA Rookie of the Year award.

2012 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Glory Johnson, Tulsa Shock, Forward, 11 votes
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks, Forward, 11 votes
Tiffany Hayes, Atlanta Dream, Guard, 9 votes
Samantha Prahalis, Phoenix Mercury, Guard, 9 votes
Riquna Williams, Tulsa Shock, Guard, 8 votes.

Courtesy of: utsports.com



10/8/2012 1:58:39 AMLynx edge Sparks 80-79 to reach WNBA finals - by Eurobasket News

Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) scored 21 points, Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) added 20 and the Minnesota Lynx held off the Los Angeles Sparks 80-79 on Sunday, advancing to the WNBA finals to defend their title.

Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) missed a 16-footer at the final buzzer for the Sparks as Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) pulled her jersey over her face in anguish.

Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) added 17 points for the Lynx, who trailed by 10 points early in the fourth and came in with a 4-21 record in Los Angeles.

The Lynx, who swept the series 2-0, await the Eastern champion, either Connecticut or Indiana.

Parker had 33 points and 15 rebounds, Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) added 16 points and Beard 15.

Courtesy of www.kare11.com