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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Albany S. 0-0 
 2. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 3. Atlanta W. 0-0 
 4. Birmingham B. 0-0 
 5. E.Point Jaguars 0-0 
 6. Gainesville H. 0-0 
 7. Georgia G. 0-0 
 8. Georgia W. 0-0 
 9. Jacksonville G. 0-0 
 10. Savannah G. 0-0 
 11. Gulf Coast F. 0-1 
 12. SW Fellowship 0-2 
California Northwest
 1. Bay Area M. 0-0 
 2. California SK 0-0 
 3. E.Bay Pitbulls 0-0 
 4. Modesto H. 0-0 
 5. NorCal B. 0-0 
 6. Port City P. 0-0 
 7. Richmond R. 0-0 
 8. S.Francisco R. 0-0 
 9. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 10. Sacramento H. 0-0 
Canada
 1. ABA-Canada 0-0 
Colonial
 1. Lynchburg L. 0-0 
 2. NoVa Wonders 0-0 
 3. Portsmouth C. 0-0 
 4. Richmond E. 0-0 
 5. Seven Cities K. 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Expansion
 1. Buffalo 716ers 0-0 
 2. Carolina C. 0-0 
 3. Carolina Ch. 0-0 
 4. Carolina J. 0-0 
 5. Chicago S. 0-0 
 6. East Carolina T. 0-0 
 7. Long Beach R. 0-0 
 8. Milwaukee B. 0-0 
 9. Phoenix City B. 0-0 
 10. Polk County F 0-0 
 11. Pontiac F. 0-0 
 12. Riverside R. 0-0 
Mid Atlantic
 1. Carolina D. 0-0 
 2. Columbia, SC 0-0 
 3. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 4. Greenville G. 0-0 
 5. Hampton RS 0-0 
 6. Palmetto SR 0-0 
 7. S.Carolina W. 0-0 
 8. Tennessee Halos 0-0 
Mid Central
 1. Chicago Steam 0-0 
 2. Dayton GCHF 0-0 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Greencastle GK 0-0 
 5. Indiana SW 0-0 
 6. Indianapolis 0-0 
 7. Lima Explosion 0-0 
 8. Michiana M. 0-0 
 9. Oakland CC 0-0 
 10. Peoria MF 0-0 
 11. Peoria P. 0-0 
 12. Windy City 0-0 
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 0-0 
 2. Hampton C. 0-0 
 3. Jersey Expr. 0-0 
 4. New York RR 0-0 
 5. NYC Thunder 0-0 
 6. Staten Island V. 0-0 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Alaska 49ers 0-0 
 2. Alaska Q. 0-0 
 3. Calgary C. 0-0 
 4. Kitsap Adm. 0-0 
 5. Lakewood P. 0-0 
 6. Olympia Rise 0-0 
 7. Salem Sabres 0-0 
 8. Seattle M. 0-0 
 9. Washington R. 0-0 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado C. 0-0 
 2. Colorado K. 0-0 
 3. Wyoming R. 0-0 
South Central
 1. Arkansas DS 0-0 
 2. Bluff City R. 0-0 
 3. Conway C. 0-0 
 4. Jackson S. 0-0 
 5. Missouri R. 0-0 
 6. N.E. Arkansas 0-0 
 7. Nashville S. 0-0 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 0-0 
 2. Central Valley T. 0-0 
 3. Fresno F. 0-0 
 4. LA Slam 0-0 
 5. Las Vegas Def. 0-0 
 6. Orange County N. 0-0 
 7. San Diego Sol 0-0 
 8. San Diego Surf 0-0 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 2. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 3. Houston R.S. 0-0 
 4. Louisiana G. 0-0 
 5. N.Dallas V. 0-0 
 6. Oklahoma S. 0-0 
 7. Texas Fuel 0-0 
Touring Team
 1. Bahama PS 0-0 
 2. Chicago F. 0-0 
 3. Chico Rage 0-0 
 4. Cleveland Am-Pro 0-0 
 5. Electric C.Lions 0-0 
 6. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 7. Little Rock L. 0-0 
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-0 


Chicago Fury unveils roster - by Gianni Pascucci

This down is the new team roster of the Chicago Fury ABA team. Well known player Maurice Carter (6'3''-G-74, college: Brandon) is now the team owner, together with Kendalle Delaney, who will serve also as Associate Head Coach of the team. Among the players, former NBAer Leon Smith (6'10''-F-80) seems to be the man to watch

Maurice Carter 6-3 Brandon University
Leon Smith 6-10 M.L.King HS

Jarrod Tucker 6-5 Bellevue University
Samuel Goshay 6-5 Elmhurst College
Jackey Hunt 6-2 Near North HS
Jarmorris Wilks 6-2 East-West Univ
Chris Williams 6-5 East -West Univ
Darryl Richardson 6-6 West Texas A&M
Marshawn Hampton 5-11 Kentucky State
Darron Evans 6-7 Indiana State Univ
Renell Taylor 5-10 Rockford College
Lamar Moss 6-4 Morton College

Head Coach: Danny T. Little



Cleveland Am Pro'ers (sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) to Open Up vs Lima Explosion this Saturday - by Vance Marbury

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) will open up their season this Saturday in Lima, Ohio vs. the Lima Explosion. The Cleveland Am Pro'ers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt) will be young, athletic, and short in stature, but not in competitive fire.

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers will be lead by Dawan Cline (6'0''-G-92) an unknown athletic 6'0'' combo guard, who scored 31 points in a game vs the Lima Explosion last season. Cline can shoot with range, attack the basket, and is a fearless competitor.

New faces for the Cleveland Am Pro'ers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) will include Isiah Kirkand a 6'2'' shooting guard, who will play some 3 and 4 for the Cleveland team. Isiah is another untapped Cleveland commodity who is blessed with a 45 inch vertical leap. Isiah can shoot with range, play multiple positions and is a vicious competitor.

Caleb Chen a 5'10'' shooting guard is a recent graduate of Miami of Ohio. Caleb played club basketball at Miami of Ohio and is a lights out shooter.

Patrik Leigh a 5'11'' 3 man is very undersized, but his athletic ability, hustle, motor, and extremely quick hands allows Patrick to be a tremendous component of the Cleveland Am Proers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) ability to win games this season.

Jerrod Mays a 6'2'' 3 man will play some 3 and 4 for the Cleveland Am Pro'ers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.). Jerrod is a recent acquistion, that is athletic, can handle the ball, shoot the mid range and 3 point shot with consistency, create shots for his teammates, and willing to learn and do whatever it takes to help the team.

Veterans returning to the team include Darvel Harris a 5'7'': guard, Jerial Nixon a 6'1'' bruiser who scored 31 points vs Detroit Hoops this preseason, Eric Mcphearson and explosive combo guard, who recently played in Italy for Cus Parma/Italy.

Other Cleveland Am Pro'ers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) acquistions include Demario Branch a 6'0'' guard who can create his own shot on anyone.

You say where is the Cleveland Am Pro'ers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) rebounding, blocked shots, and offensive put backs going to come from without a true 6'9'' or bigger athlete, we will have to see October 3rd, who steps up for the Cleveland Am Proers (Sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) team!!



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - Liga B

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


Obras released Fitzgerald - by Eurobasket News

Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires (LigaA) released 28-year old American forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette). In 8 LigaA games he played this season he had 6.4ppg and 2.6rpg.
The last season he played at Sendai 89ers in Japanese BJ League. In 52 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg. Fitzgerald was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention in 2012.
He has played previously professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm) and Switzerland (SAM Massagno).
Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended Marquette University until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Obras cut Huertas - by Eurobasket

Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires (LigaA) cut 25-year old Puerto Rican international swingman David Huertas (195-89kg-87, college: Mississippi). In 11 LigaA games he played this season he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg.
He ended the last season at Metros in Dominican Rep. LNB. But the most of that year Huertas spent at Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN. In 40 games he had 12.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.4apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-BSN Honorable Mention.
Huertas played in the final of Puerto Rican BSN in 2009 and 2011.
He received also Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 1st Team award in 2012. Huertas represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) this year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 16.7%, 3PT: 30.8%.
Huertas has played previously professionally in France (Fos Ouest) and Greece (Marousi).
He attended The University of Mississippi until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Obras cut David Huertas - by Eurobasket News

Obras Sanitarias released David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi). The Puerto Rican swingman joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 13.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in LigaA. Previously David Huertas had stints in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Greece, France. He has been the member of Puerto Rican National Team since 2010.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Oct. 30: Djuro Djakovic - Mornar Bar 85-79 OT
Oct. 31: Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo 81-61

B

Oct. 31: Teodo Tivat - OKK Beograd 80-70
Oct. 30: Kozuv - Kavala 79-74

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 6: Mornar Bar - Levski Sofia
Nov. 6: Kumanovo - Djuro Djakovic

B

Nov. 7: Rilski Sportist - OKK Beograd
Nov. 7: Teodo Tivat - Kozuv


Aleksandar Radulovic claims Balkan League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Teodo Tivat and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat OKK Beograd (#10, 0-3) 80-70. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Teodo Tivat won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Radulovic turned to be Teodo Tivat's top player in his first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old point guard Christoforos Stefanidis (184-PG-80) of Kavala. Stefanidis impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Kavala lost that game 74-79 to Kozuv (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Stefanidis is one of the most experienced players at Kavala and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Teodo Tivat's star - Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket). Djikanovic showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Teodo Tivat, helping his team with a 80-70 win against OKK Beograd (#10, 0-3). Teodo Tivat has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Djikanovic also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Djikanovic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo - 16 points and 11 rebounds
5. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86) of Kozuv - 15 points and 8 rebounds
6. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yaniv Green (204-C-80) of Galil Gilboa - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88) of Kumanovo - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) of OKK Beograd - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) of Teodo Tivat - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Round 3: Kumanovo 2009 loses to Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and extra overtimes.

Group A
Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo 81-61

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (1-1) on the court of leader Israeli Galil Gilboa on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Galil Gilboa 81-61. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Kumanovo 2009 managed to win second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kumanovo 2009's 24. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Kumanovo 2009's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Center Yaniv Green (204-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Galil Gilboa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumanovo 2009 will play at home against Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: J.Smith 19+1reb+1ast, B.Hunter 14+8reb, A.Simhon 14+4reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 12+2reb+4ast, Y.Green 8+11reb+3ast, A.Bier-Katz 5+4reb+1ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 25+5reb+4ast, U.Lukovic 16+11reb, V.Georgievski 7+2reb+1ast, M.Janevski 7+5reb, I.Dimcevski 3+4reb+1ast, M.Mladenovic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197935


Djuro Djakovic - Mornar Bar 85-79 OT

Djuro Djakovic opened win count in the new season. They held off Mornar Bar in overtime at home court. Sarlija came up with 20 points to lead the winners. Batina accounted for 16 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for teh home side. Pajovic answered with 21 points for Mornar Bar as they slipped at 0-3 record.
Top scorers:
Djuro Djakovic: M.Sarlija 20+6reb+2ast, M.Batina 16+7reb+8ast, M.Bakovic 15+7reb, P.Zivkovic 14+3reb+1ast, B.Massamba 10+5reb+2ast, M.Kljaic 8+4reb+3ast
Mornar Bar: A.Pajovic 21+1reb+1ast, L.Radosavljevic 12+3reb+4ast, N.Rondovic 12+4reb, M.Damjanovic 10+1reb+2ast, M.Sekulovic 9+9reb, N.Ivanovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197934


Group B
Teodo Tivat - OKK Beograd 80-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Serbian OKK Beograd's (0-3) road loss to Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (1-0) 70-80 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Teodo Tivat. OKK Beograd was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-84) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Teodo Tivat players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian-Serbian forward Nikola Jeftic (202-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Ivan Marinkovic (208-93) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. OKK Beograd's coach Srdjan Jekovic rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Teodo Tivat will face Kozuv in Gevgelija in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: A.Radulovic 18+13reb+1ast, M.Mijovic 16+4reb+5ast, S.Djikanovic 16+11reb+4ast, S.Tepavcevic 13+1reb+2ast, I.Kunjic 11+4reb+2ast, M.Johnson 6+6reb
OKK Beograd: N.Jeftic 13+11reb, I.Marinkovic 11+7reb, M.Sutulovic 9+1ast, V.Popovic 8+3reb+1ast, F.Sepa 8+2reb, A.Nesovic 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 197936


Kozuv - Kavala 79-74

There was a small surprise in Gevgelija where FYR Macedonian Kozuv (2-1) defeated Greek Kavala (2-1) 79-74 on Tuesday. Kavala trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-79 at the end of the game. Kavala was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 25 points. Center Aleksandar Shterjov (208-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Christoforos Stefanidis (184-80) who recorded 19 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kozuv will face Teodo Tivat (#8) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: M.Pekovic 25+3reb, A.Shterjov 15+8reb, V.Filipovic 11+5reb, D.Karadzovski 10+5reb+6ast, D.Radulovic 8+3reb+1ast, S.Bozovic 5+6reb+1ast
Kavala: C.Stefanidis 19+4reb+2ast, N.Mitrovic 15+4reb+1ast, B.Krstevski 11+8reb, S.Iliev 8+5reb, P.Velissariou 7+3reb+2ast, D.Kalampakas 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197937



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 31: Juventus - TU/Rock 99-87
Oct. 30: Rudupis - Sakalai 91-64
Oct. 29: Juventus - Valga 88-77
Oct. 30: Ventspils - Naglis Palangos 83-50
Oct. 24: Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 80-70
Oct. 30: Lietkabelis - Valga 74-60
Oct. 30: Tarvas - Tln Kalev 73-79 OT
Oct. 29: Lietkabelis - TU/Rock 72-76

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 1: Tln Kalev - Nevezis
Nov. 2: Naglis Palangos - TTU
Nov. 2: Jelgava - Liepaja
Nov. 2: Tarvas - Nevezis
Nov. 3: Kalev/Cramo - LSU-Baltai
Nov. 3: Ventspils - TTU
Nov. 3: Siauliai - Rapla
Nov. 3: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Valmiera
Nov. 3: Barons kvartals - Rudupis
Nov. 4: Parnu - LSU-Baltai
Nov. 6: Kalev/Cramo - Valmiera


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.19.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.6 
 3. Bergmanis, Barons17.3 
 4. Leonard, Juventus17.0 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas16.8 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis16.7 
 7. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 8. Samenas, Siauliai16.3 
 9. Andriukaitis, Liet.15.5 
 10. Lengvinas, Naglis15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vadim MATYUKEVYCH
  Barsy A.
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Matyukevych, Bars.10.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.8 
 3. Cipruss, Lietkabel.9.0 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.8 
 5. Gulbis, Barons k.8.3 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas8.0 
 7. Leonard, Juventus7.6 
 8. Varnelis, Juventus7.4 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas7.0 
 10. Vene, Rudupis6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Liepaja
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.8 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.8 
 3. Cunda, Valga5.3 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.2 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietka.5.0 
 6. Leonard, Juventus5.0 
 7. Silavs, Jelgava5.0 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.4.8 
 9. Artamonov, Siauliai4.3 
 10. Babkauskas, Liet.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis2.7 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.5 
 3. Teel, Ventspils2.5 
 4. Mizis, Jelgava2.3 
 5. Mockevicius, Nagli.2.3 
 6. Cunda, Valga2.3 
 7. Sims, Ventspils2.2 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.0 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.2.0 
 10. Brown, Naglis P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ignas RAMASAUSKAS
  Sakal.
  (211-C-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.8 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.8 
 3. Dia, Siauliai1.5 
 4. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.3 
 5. Kiausas, Sakalai1.3 
 6. Matyukevych, Bars.1.0 
 7. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.0 
 8. Petrukonis, Juven.1.0 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 10. Toome, TU/Rock0.8 


Round 6: TU/Rock loses their first game against Juventus - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian TU/Rock (5-1) in Utena on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-2) 99-87. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of TU/Rock. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. TU/Rock managed to win fourth quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) with 27 points. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Juventus moved-up to third place. TU/Rock at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Naglis Palangos lost to undefeated Ventspils on the opponent's court 50-83. Rudupis outscored Sakalai in a home game 91-64. Winless Valga recorded a loss to Lietkabelis on the road 74-60. Juventus defeated Valga on its own court 88-77. TU/Rock beat Lietkabelis in Tartu 76-72. Kalev/Cramo won against Parnu at home 80-70.


Juventus - TU/Rock 99-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian TU/Rock (5-1) in Utena on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-2) 99-87. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of TU/Rock. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. TU/Rock managed to win fourth quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by TU/Rock helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) with 27 points and center Joosep Toome (208-85) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Juventus moved-up to third place. TU/Rock at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: L.Kisielius 22+8reb+3ast, K.Petrukonis 17+4reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 17+4reb+3ast, G.Matulis 13+3reb, P.Morkeliunas 12+1reb, D.Leonard 10+6reb+8ast
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 27+2reb+2ast, J.Toome 18+6reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 13+1reb+1ast, K.Saage 7+3ast, V.Kriisa 5+1reb+4ast, T.Kurbas 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 198128


Tarvas - Tln Kalev 73-79 OT

Tin Kalev escaped with a road overtime win over Tarvas. Marc Campbell (180-G-86, college: N.Carolina) finished with 20 points and 8 assists, while Raido Roos (187-G-84) added 18 points and 5 boards to lead the visitors. Renato Lindmets (200-F-84, college: Westfield St.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Rakvere Tarvas. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Marc Campbell 20+2reb+8ast, R.Raido Roos 18+5reb+3ast, I.Okoye 17+12reb+2ast, M.Paiste 9+7reb+1ast, E.Luts 8+6reb+1ast, J.Vahter 4+7reb+1ast
Tarvas: R.Renato Lindmets 16+8reb+1ast, R.Reimo Tamm 16+10reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 12+6reb+3ast, R.Tribuntsov 9+1reb+4ast, K.Saks 7+2reb+1ast, M.Laksa 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198127


Ventspils - Naglis Palangos 83-50

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Lithuanian Naglis Palangos (1-3) were crushed on the road by top-ranked Latvian Ventspils (5-0) 83-50 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Naglis Palangos was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Naglis Palangos to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 41-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Naglis Palangos' players. Guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91) scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) with 12 points and 6 assists and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) scored 14 points. Ventspils have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Loser Naglis Palangos dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Ventspils will face TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round. Naglis Palangos will play at home against TTU in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: D.Lejasmeiers 15+3reb+4ast, R.Zakis 12+4reb+1ast, D.Sims 11+5reb+6ast, M.Laksa 8+4reb, A.Berzins 8+7reb+3ast, U.Pinete 8+2reb+3ast
Naglis Palangos: E.Lengvinas 14+2reb+1ast, P.Brown 12+2reb+6ast, O.Atoyebi 8+7reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 7+5reb+1ast, M.Mockevicius 7+2reb+1ast, J.Petkevicius 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198126


Rudupis - Sakalai 91-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Rudupis' (6-0) home victory over second-best Sakalai (2-2) 91-64 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-64. Rudupis outrebounded Sakalai 43-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sakalai's players. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) scored 17 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Paulius Dambrauskas (191-91) with 12 points and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) scored 8 points and 6 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. Rudupis have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser Sakalai keeps the second place with two games lost. Rudupis will face league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 17+3reb+9ast, G.Orelikas 16+4reb+4ast, A.Urbutis 13+4reb, A.Valeika 12+5reb, P.Ivanauskas 10+1reb, S.Vene 8+7reb
Sakalai: P.Dambrauskas 12+3reb+2ast, E.Baniulis 8+2reb, Z.Sestokas 8+2reb, E.Jezukevicius 8+6reb, I.Ramasauskas 8+6reb+1ast, J.Sinica 7+1reb
gschID: 198125


Lietkabelis - Valga 74-60

Not a big story in a game in Panevezys where bottom-ranked Estonian Valga (0-5) was defeated by second ranked Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-1) 74-60 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Valga was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valga 37-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Tauras Jogela (203-93) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) with 18 points and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) scored 19 points. Lietkabelis maintains second position with 3-1 record having just three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes, which they share with Siauliai. Loser Valga still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: D.Griskenas 12+2reb, M.Andriukaitis 11+6reb, T.Jogela 11+5reb+3ast, K.Babkauskas 9+2reb+4ast, K.Vecvagars 9+1reb, K.Cipruss 8+9reb+1ast
Valga: J.Jarvelainen 19+2reb, R.Grafs 18+4reb+1ast, V.Vares 6+1reb, E.Cunda 5+4reb+7ast, T.Oja 4+5reb+3ast, M.Grim 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 198124


Juventus - Valga 88-77

Everything went according to plan in Utena where fourth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-2) beat bottom-ranked Estonian Valga (0-5) 88-77 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Darrick Leonard (190-84, college: Aurora) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side) with 17 points and 8 assists and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Juventus moved-up to third place. Loser Valga still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: N.Varnelis 17+6reb+1ast, D.Leonard 15+6reb+4ast, K.Petrukonis 14+6reb, L.Kisielius 9+4reb+4ast, A.Viskontas 9+3reb+8ast, G.Matulis 9+4reb+2ast
Valga: J.Jarvelainen 20+5reb+1ast, E.Cunda 17+4reb+8ast, T.Oja 13+2reb+4ast, M.Grim 9+5reb+2ast, V.Vares 8+2reb, R.Grafs 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 198123


Lietkabelis - TU/Rock 72-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best Lithuanian Lietkabelis' (3-1) home loss to first ranked Estonian TU/Rock (5-1) 72-76 on Monday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-72. TU/Rock made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-91) with 18 points and 7 assists and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TU/Rock have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Loser Lietkabelis keep the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 18+5reb+2ast, K.Saage 11+1reb, J.Toome 8+6reb, V.Kriisa 7+1reb, T.Eichfuss 6+6reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 6+7reb+2ast
Lietkabelis: K.Babkauskas 18+3reb+7ast, T.Jogela 13+6reb, K.Cipruss 11+9reb+2ast, A.Butkevicius 10+2reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 6+8reb, M.Kupsas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198122


Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 80-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Kalev/Cramo's (1-0) home victory over one of their biggest challengers KK Parnu (0-2) 80-70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-70. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tanel Sokk (182-85) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Rain Raadik (208-89) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Estonian champion maintains third position with 1-0 record having 4 victories less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser KK Parnu still closes the standings with two games lost. Kalev/Cramo will face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Parnu will play against LSU-Baltai in Kaunas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 15+2reb+1ast, B.Fall 12+12reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 12+2reb+3ast, T.Sokk 12+4reb+3ast, K.McLeod 10+3reb+2ast, F.Elegar 8+7reb+1ast
Parnu: O.Matulionis 14+11reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 14+4reb+5ast, R.Raadik 12+14reb+2ast, K.Evart 11+7reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 9+3reb, R.Raap 5+3reb
gschID: 198121



Baltic League round 6 best performance: Laimonas Kisielius - by Eurobasket News

Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Juventus, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat TU/Rock (#1, 5-1) 99-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Juventus is placed at 3rd position in Baltic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Juventus will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Kisielius had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Juventus' top player in his first season with the team. Laimonas Kisielius averages this season 15.0ppg.

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 17 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Tln Kalev to edge slightly higher-ranked Tarvas (#5, 1-3) in overtime 79-73. Tln Kalev's 6th position in the standings has not changed. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Tln Kalev managed to get this year. 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 17.6ppg (#2). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo (#3). Fall scored 12 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kalev/Cramo, leading his team to a 80-70 win against Parnu (#5, 0-2). Kalev/Cramo has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Fall also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Fall as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85) of TU/Rock - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 16 points and 10 rebounds
6. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nerijus Varnelis (201-F-78) of Juventus - 17 points and 6 rebounds
8. Donald Sims (185-PG-87) of Ventspils - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Marc Campbell (180-G-86) of Tln Kalev - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 16 points, 4 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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Tsmoki-Minsk lost the overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas tonight needed overtime to beat Tsmoki-Minsk 110:106. Martynas Mazeika (191-G-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) notched 19. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) erupted with 37 points in the losing effort.
Earlier Tsmoki-Minsk lost to Triumph 62:85. The game was mostly controlled by Triumph Lyubertsy. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triumph Lyubertsy made 19-of-22 free shots during the game. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Russian forward Aleksandr Fomin (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points and JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau had 12 and Pustahvar notched 9.



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Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 31: Houthalen - Giants II 95-66
Oct. 28: Oudenaarde - Point Chaud 89-78
Oct. 28: Waregem - Excelsior 81-84
Oct. 28: Sint-Jan Ant. - Gent Dragons 80-89
Oct. 28: Essor Charleroi - Gembo BBC 72-91
Oct. 26: CEP Fleurus - St-Niklase 72-69
Oct. 26: M.Hainaut II - Houthalen 102-98
Nov. 1: Tongeren - Kangor.-Boom
Oct. 31: St-Niklase - Gent Dragons



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Cia do Terno inks Milton Garner - by Eurobasket

Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville (NBB) signed American guard Milton Garner (185, college: Cameron) after he was tested there shortly. Garner just graduated from Cameron University (NCAA2). In only one game last season he recorded 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. Garners team made it to the LSC Tournament Semifinals. He was voted All-LSC Player of the Year in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeria)



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Steve Nash injures knee in a game against Blazers - by Eurobasket

In just his second game with the Los Angeles Lakers, veteran guard Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) injured his left knee against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nash appeared to bump knees with Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) late in the first half Wednesday night and limped off the court. He was helped to the locker room.
The Lakers initially reported the injury was not serious and Nash was able to play. But just 1:16 into the second half it was clear he was struggling and he headed back to the locker room.
The exact nature of the injury was not known. Nash was replaced by Steve Blake (6'3''-PG-80, college: Maryland).
Nash had two points and four assists against the Blazers.


Courtesy of NBA




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Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 2

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


A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 33
 1. Allen, Omonia33.0 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Omonia27.0 
 3. Detrick, Apollon24.0 
 4. Diggs, Omonia20.0 
 5. Subotic, AEK19.0 
 6. Poole, Etha19.0 
 7. Outerbridge, AEL18.0 
 8. Dixon, AEK17.0 
 9. Maze, Keravnos16.0 
 10. Kounas, ENAD15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jerel ALLEN
  AEL
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Allen, AEL10.0 
 2. Diggs, Omonia10.0 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Omonia9.0 
 4. Aleksic, AEL9.0 
 5. Subotic, AEK9.0 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos8.0 
 7. Roland, ENAD8.0 
 8. Sims, ENAD7.0 
 9. Visockis, Omonia7.0 
 10. Fisher, AEK7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Omonia
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Diggs, Omonia8.0 
 2. Aleksic, AEL6.0 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel5.0 
 4. Allen, Omonia5.0 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 6. Kounas, ENAD4.0 
 7. Jones, Apollon4.0 
 8. Detrick, Apollon4.0 
 9. Poole, Etha3.0 
 10. Pilavas, Keravnos3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apoel
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Stiggers, Apoel4.0 
 2. Kounas, ENAD3.0 
 3. Kinnard, Keravnos2.0 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Omonia2.0 
 5. Allen, AEL2.0 
 6. Mokongo, Apoel2.0 
 7. Ceranic, Etha2.0 
 8. Pilavas, Keravnos2.0 
 9. Dorsey, Apollon2.0 
 10. Vaughn, Keravnos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike MORRISON
  Apoel
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Morrison, Apoel4.0 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos4.0 
 3. Harrison, AEK2.0 
 4. Baker, Omonia2.0 
 5. Jukes, ENAD1.0 
 6. McLain, Etha1.0 
 7. Outerbridge, AEL1.0 
 8. Ceranic, Etha1.0 
 9. Palalas, AEL1.0 
 10. Fisher, AEK1.0 



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Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Oct. 31: Levice - J.Hradec 93-84
Oct. 31: Usti n/Labem - Svitavy 87-81
Oct. 31: BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 84-73
Oct. 31: B&W Opava - USK Praha 71-91
Oct. 31: BK Decin - NH Ostrava 70-82
Oct. 31: BK Prostejov - Chomutov 104-87

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 3: Svitavy - Chomutov
Nov. 3: BC Kolin - BK Prostejov
Nov. 3: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice
Nov. 3: J.Hradec - B&W Opava
Nov. 3: NH Ostrava - Levice
Nov. 3: Usti n/Labem - BK Decin


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Meno, USK Praha19.8 
 2. Zabas, BK Pardubi.18.8 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec18.4 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy18.0 
 5. Reese, Usti n.17.1 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava17.1 
 7. Kemp, Levice17.0 
 8. Bosak, Chomutov16.9 
 9. Pope, BK Decin15.6 
 10. Dufault, BK Prost.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Corey MUIRHEAD
  BK Pardu.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Muirhead, BK Pardu.9.6 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.4 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.4 
 4. Blazek, B&W Opava9.0 
 5. Wilson, NH Ostrava8.8 
 6. Votroubek, USK P.7.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.4 
 8. Toth, B&W Opava7.4 
 9. Reese, Usti n.7.0 
 10. Pecka, Chomutov7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  CEZ N.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Pavkovic, CEZ N.5.3 
 2. Kemp, Levice5.2 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava4.7 
 4. Sanders, BK Decin4.6 
 5. Pope, BK Decin4.3 
 6. Ciz, NH Ostrava4.2 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy4.1 
 8. Nolen, Usti n.4.1 
 9. Gonzalez, BC Kolin4.1 
 10. Moravec, Svitavy3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Javier GONZALEZ
  BC Kolin
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gonzalez, BC Kolin2.9 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin2.8 
 3. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.4 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.2 
 6. Venta, BK Prostej.2.2 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy2.1 
 8. Mares, USK Praha2.0 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.9 
 10. Pistecky, Usti n.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Nelson, BK Pardu.1.3 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.3 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 5. Svrdlik, BK Prost.1.3 
 6. Slavik, USK Praha1.2 
 7. Nuhanovic, Levice1.1 
 8. Votroubek, USK P.1.0 
 9. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 10. Moravek, Levice0.7 


Czech Republic NBL round 9 best performance: Brad Reese - by Eurobasket News

American forward Brad Reese (199-F-88) had a great game in the last round for Usti n/Labem, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Svitavy (#10, 2-6) 87-81. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Usti n/Labem maintains the 13th position in Czech Republic NBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 7 games and recorded just two victories. Reese turned to be Usti n/Labem's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Reese is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.1ppg) and rebounds (9th best: 7.0rpg). Worth to mention Reese played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was young Ondrej Kohout (204-F-91) of BK Prostejov. Kohout had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead BK Prostejov to another comfortable win 104-87 over the lower-ranked Chomutov (#11, 2-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed BK Prostejov to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kohout is a newcomer at BK Prostejov 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 Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82) of Levice (#6). Nuhanovic scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Levice, leading his team to a 93-84 win against the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#12, 1-8). Levice needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Nuhanovic has a very solid season. In 8 games in Czech Republic he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 6.0rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 66.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roman Marko (194-SG-86) of BK Prostejov - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ladislav Toth (196-F-83) of B&W Opava - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Roman Zachrla (200-F-87) of J.Hradec - 29 points and 7 rebounds
7. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of USK Praha - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Showron Glover (180-PG-87) of Chomutov - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Travis Nelson (208-C-87) of BK Pardubice - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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



NBL Round 9: BK Usti nad Labem tries to escape the last position defeating Basketbal Svitavy - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Basketbal Svitavy 87-81. Basketbal Svitavy was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BK Usti nad Labem dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 34. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Tomas Hruby (206-78) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Usti nad Labem maintains thirteenth place with 2-7 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with B&W Opava. BK Usti nad Labem are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levharti Chomutov (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Decin was also worth to mention about. Second ranked NH Ostrava (8-1) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Decin (4-3). NH Ostrava defeated BK Decin 82-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Decin. Point guard Adam Ciz (190-91) nailed 11 points and 8 assists for the winning side and Jeremiah Wilson accounted for 9 points and 11 rebounds. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds for BK Decin in the defeat. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava maintains second place with 8-1 record having just -1 point less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. NH Ostrava will play against Levice (#6) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Usti nad Labem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
10th ranked B&W Opava (2-6) was outscored at home by fourth ranked USK Praha (6-3) with the biggest margin this round 91-71 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Michal Vocetka who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Ladislav Toth who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. B&W Opava's coach Petr Czudek tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory USK Praha went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser B&W Opava dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with Svitavy. USK Praha will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. B&W Opava will play against BK Lions Hradec (#12) in J.Hradec and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: BK Pardubice lost to BC Kolin on the opponent's court 73-84. BK Prostejov managed to outperform Chomutov in a home game 104-87. J.Hradec recorded a loss to Levice on the road 93-84.


BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 84-73

Very expected game when 8th ranked BK Pardubice (3-3) was defeated on the road by third ranked BC Kolin (6-2) 84-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. BK Pardubice managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Kolin forced 19 BK Pardubice turnovers. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five BC Kolin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) added 21 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Kolin have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 6-2 record having just two points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Pardubice lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with three games lost. BC Kolin will meet at home BK Prostejov (#7) in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: J.Jelinek 17+5reb, J.Gonzalez 15+8reb+6ast, S.Zuzak 12+4reb+1ast, D.Machac 11+5reb, R.Field 10+5reb+6ast, U.Benacek 8+1reb
BK Pardubice: T.Nelson 21+7reb, E.Zabas 21+4reb+2ast, L.Kotas 8+4reb+3ast, C.Muirhead 7+9reb+2ast, Z.Pospisil 6+4reb+1ast, M.Peterka 4+4reb
gschID: 182983


BK Prostejov - Chomutov 104-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked BK Prostejov's (4-4) home victory over 9th ranked Levharti Chomutov (2-5) 104-87 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. Levharti Chomutov managed to win second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Prostejov dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 44. The best player for the winners was naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Showron Glover (180-87) who recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals and swingman Pavel Bosak (192-82) added 20 points respectively. Levharti Chomutov's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. BK Prostejov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Levice. Loser Levharti Chomutov dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. BK Prostejov will meet higher ranked BC Kolin (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levharti Chomutov will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 20+2reb, K.Svrdlik 19+9reb, R.Marko 15+10reb+5ast, O.Kohout 15+11reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 12+4reb+7ast, A.Dufault 12+4reb+2ast
Chomutov: P.Bosak 20+2reb+3ast, Z.Hanzlik 14+5reb, S.Glover 14+8reb+6ast, L.Pecka 9+6reb+1ast, J.Stepanek 8, M.Basta 7+2reb
gschID: 182984


B&W Opava - USK Praha 71-91

10th ranked B&W Opava (2-6) was outscored at home by fourth ranked USK Praha (6-3) with the biggest margin this round 91-71 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. USK Praha had a 35-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Michal Vocetka (198-89) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. B&W Opava's coach Petr Czudek tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory USK Praha went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser B&W Opava dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with Svitavy. USK Praha will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. B&W Opava will play against BK Lions Hradec (#12) in J.Hradec and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Vocetka 23+5reb+3ast, B.Meno 17+12reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 15+11reb+2ast, M.Mares 12+7reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 8+2reb+4ast, L.Festr 8+1reb+2ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 17+6reb+4ast, C.Cage 17+4reb+1ast, L.Toth 16+11reb+1ast, J.Dihel 7+2reb, P.Dokoupil 5+2reb+1ast, P.Strnisko 4+3reb
gschID: 182982


Levice - J.Hradec 93-84

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked BK Lions Hradec (1-8) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Levice (4-4) 93-84 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-84. The best player for the winners was Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Brockeith Pane (188-88, college: Utah St.) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Roman Zachrla (200-87) who recorded 29 points and 7 rebounds and forward Michal Frohde (203-90) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Levice and four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levice moved-up to sixth place, which they share with BK Prostejov. BK Lions Hradec lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with eight games lost. Levice will meet league's second-placed NH Ostrava on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Lions Hradec will play against B&W Opava (#9).
Top scorers:
Levice: S.Nuhanovic 16+8reb+2ast, B.Pane 16+4reb+4ast, T.Mrvis 14+4reb+1ast, T.Gottselig 12+2reb+2ast, R.Nuber 11+7reb+1ast, D.Kyles 9+3reb
J.Hradec: R.Zachrla 29+7reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 13+2reb+1ast, J.Tomanec 12+4reb+1ast, M.Frohde 10+7reb+1ast, J.Pavlik 7+5reb+2ast, J.Kysela 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 182981


BK Decin - NH Ostrava 70-82

The game in Decin was also worth to mention about. Second ranked NH Ostrava (8-1) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Decin (4-3). NH Ostrava defeated BK Decin 82-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Decin. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. BK Decin was better in third quarter 20-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Adam Ciz (190-91) nailed 11 points and 8 assists for the winning side and American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-88, college: Tarleton St.) accounted for 9 points and 11 rebounds. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) added 15 points respectively for BK Decin in the defeat. Four NH Ostrava and five BK Decin players scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava maintains second place with 8-1 record having just -1 point less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. NH Ostrava will play against Levice (#6) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Usti nad Labem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Stehlik 16+2reb, L.Jurecka 14+1reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 11+4reb, A.Ciz 11+3reb+8ast, R.Ames 10+5reb+5ast, J.Wilson 9+11reb+1ast
BK Decin: P.Sedmak 15+3reb+1ast, P.Pope 12+3ast, A.Alic 12+5reb+2ast, M.Soukup 10+4reb+1ast, L.Stria 10+6reb+1ast, R.Landa 6+3reb
gschID: 182980


Usti n/Labem - Svitavy 87-81

Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Basketbal Svitavy 87-81. Basketbal Svitavy was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BK Usti nad Labem dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 34. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Tomas Hruby (206-78) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Pavel Milos (200-79) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Usti nad Labem maintains thirteenth place with 2-7 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with B&W Opava. BK Usti nad Labem are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levharti Chomutov (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 18+8reb+2ast, L.Horak 17+2reb+1ast, T.Hruby 15+7reb+1ast, S.Licartovsky 13+4reb+2ast, A.Pistecky 9+7reb+4ast, A.Nolen 7+2reb+3ast
Svitavy: P.Milos 13+6reb+2ast, P.Mroz 12+9reb+1ast, J.Sedlak 11+2reb, M.Deloach 11+7reb+2ast, T.Macela 8+1reb+1ast, P.Harcar 8+6reb
gschID: 182979



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Oct. 31: Horsholm - Randers 93-91
Oct. 30: Aarhus BC - Vaerlose 71-68 OT
Oct. 31: Aalborg - Naestved 70-84

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 1: Horsens IC - SISU
Nov. 1: Svendborg - Bakken
Nov. 3: Randers - Vaerlose
Nov. 3: Bakken - Horsholm


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Donald RUTHERFORD
  Svend.
  (199-F/C-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Rutherford, Svend.24.1 
 2. Tomko, Bakken22.1 
 3. Ocana, Randers21.1 
 4. Willen, Aalborg20.7 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.1 
 6. Delaney, Aalborg19.4 
 7. Thomann, Horse.19.3 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC18.8 
 9. Walker, Naestved18.8 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randy DEZOUVRE
  Aarhus BC
  (195-F/G-87)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Dezouvre, Aarhus10.4 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.1 
 3. Walker, Naestved9.2 
 4. Thomann, Horse.8.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC8.1 
 6. Moritz, SISU8.1 
 7. Willen, Aalborg7.8 
 8. Washington, Svend.7.8 
 9. Sorensen, Aalborg7.8 
 10. Chin, Bakken7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.1 
 2. Jonsson, Aarhus BC6.0 
 3. Ortega, Randers5.9 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.8 
 5. Murphy, Naestved5.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.6 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.5 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken4.4 
 9. Dennis, SISU4.1 
 10. Tomko, Bakken4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC4.0 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Ortega, Randers2.3 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 5. Nielsen, SISU2.0 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC2.0 
 7. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 9. Varga, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Svend.2.4 
 2. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 4. Thomann, Horse.1.4 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.3 
 6. Smith, SISU1.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 
 8. Rutherford, Svend.0.8 
 9. Frandsen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Chin, Bakken0.6 


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

23-year old guard Caleb Walker (193-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Naestved and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Aalborg (#10, 0-9), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-70. Naestved maintains the 5th position in Danish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Naestved will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. Walker turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Walker is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.8ppg) and rebounds (3rd best: 9.2rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers. He is American forward in his first season at Randers. In the last game Colas recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Randers was edged by slightly higher-ranked Horsholm (#7, 3-6) 93-91. This loss caused Randers to drop to 8th position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Randers managed to get this year. Colas is a newcomer at Randers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Soren Formann (177-G-94) of Vaerlose (#9). Formann scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Formann's great performance Vaerlose lost 68-71in overtime to the higher-ranked Aarhus BC (#6, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Vaerlose can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Formann he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Formann as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brenton Butler (190-G-87) of Horsholm - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Arnar Jonsson (183-G-83) of Aarhus BC - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Attila Kovacs (203-F-85) of Horsholm - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Joe Benjamin (200-F/C-83) of Naestved - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ryan Willen (204-F/C-89) of Aalborg - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87) of Aarhus BC - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) of Aarhus BC - 11 points and 10 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)



Ligaen Round 10: Horsholm beats Randers by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Ligaen took place in Horsholm. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Randers (2-6) to eighth ranked Horsholm (3-6) 93-91 in the game for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Randers. Randers trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 28-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 91-93 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Horsholm made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brenton Butler (190-G-87, college: Fordham) (190-87, college: Fordham) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Hungarian forward Attila Kovacs (203-85) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Horsholm's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds for Randers. Horsholm moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Randers dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Horsholm are looking forward to face league's leader Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Randers will play at home against Vaerlose (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Aalborg is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Naestved (5-4) 84-70. American players dominated the game. Guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Joe Benjamin chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Ryan Willen (204-89, college: Lafayette) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Aalborg's coach Mads Olesen rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Aalborg at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Vaerlose (#9) forced the game against Aarhus BC (#6) into an overtime, but lost by three points 68-71 on Tuesday night. Randy Dezouvre notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds by Soren Formann did not help to save the game for Vaerlose. Vaerlose's coach Thomas Silfen tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aarhus BC maintains sixth position with 4-5 record. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Aarhus BC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Aarhus to the arena .


Horsholm - Randers 93-91

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Ligaen took place in Horsholm. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Randers (2-6) to eighth ranked Horsholm (3-6) 93-91 in the game for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Randers. Randers trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 28-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 91-93 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Horsholm made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brenton Butler (190-87, college: Fordham) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Hungarian forward Attila Kovacs (203-85) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Horsholm's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and Spanish point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91) added 14 points and 7 assists in the effort for Randers. Five Horsholm and four Randers players scored in double figures. Horsholm moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Randers dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Horsholm are looking forward to face league's leader Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Randers will play at home against Vaerlose (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: B.Butler 22+8reb+3ast, R.Fields 18+1reb+6ast, A.Kovacs 16+8reb+7ast, C.Hesseldal 13+5reb, B.Marinkovic 12+4reb, Z.Jukic 6+2reb+1ast
Randers: B.Colas 30+16reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 20+1ast, M.Ortega 14+3reb+7ast, D.Ocana 12+4reb+2ast, N.Nielsen 8+1reb, C.Jorgensen 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195260


Aalborg - Naestved 70-84

Bottom-ranked Aalborg is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Naestved (5-4) 84-70. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Naestved's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-16 extending their advantage to 14 points. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Naestved outrebounded Aalborg 42-22 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Joe Benjamin (200-83, college: W.Virginia St.) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Ryan Willen (204-89, college: Lafayette) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Rob Delaney (194-89, college: Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 11 points and 6 assists. Five Naestved and four Aalborg players scored in double figures. Aalborg's coach Mads Olesen rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Aalborg at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Walker 21+12reb+4ast, J.Benjamin 16+4reb+2ast, A.Murphy 11+6reb+4ast, N.Brasas 10+4reb, D.Crowell 10+5reb, S.Mjos 9+1reb
Aalborg: S.Sorensen 18+2reb, R.Willen 14+8reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 12+1reb+1ast, R.Delaney 11+4reb+6ast, N.Andreasen 9+1reb+3ast, A.Thorsteinsson 3+1reb
gschID: 195259


Aarhus BC - Vaerlose 71-68 OT

Vaerlose (#9) forced the game against Aarhus BC (#6) into an overtime, but lost by three points 68-71 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Icelandic guard Arnar Jonsson (183-83) supported him with 17 points and 6 assists. Four Aarhus BC players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds by guard Soren Formann (177-94) did not help to save the game for Vaerlose. Swingman David Knudsen (193-94) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Vaerlose's coach Thomas Silfen tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aarhus BC maintains sixth position with 4-5 record. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Aarhus BC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Aarhus to the arena .
Top scorers:
Aarhus BC: A.Jonsson 17+4reb+6ast, R.Dezouvre 14+13reb+5ast, G.Valentinusson 11+10reb, H.Petkov 11+12reb+2ast, A.Elsner 8+2reb, R.Soby Dalboge 7+2reb+1ast
Vaerlose: S.Formann 26+10reb+1ast, D.Knudsen 14+5reb+1ast, R.Delk 9+1reb, A.Karason 8+5reb, J.Baker 5+2reb, P.Moller 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 195258



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Ironi Ashkelon lands Michael Haynes, ex Reales - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Ashkelon 2nd team (Artzit) landed 31-year old American forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham). Haynes played in the summer at Reales in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He also played at Gent Dragons (previous name Gent) in Belgian Ethias League that season. In 30 games last season he was fifth best scorer with 14.0ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg.
In 2004 Haynes was drafted by Westchester Wildfire (USBL) in second round (19th overall).
He attended Fordham University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Haynes won D-League championship title in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Haynes has played also professionally in France (Stade Clermont), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg and Walter Tigers), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Spain (Cantabria), Venezuela (Toros), Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and D-League (Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - KML

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Tarvas - Valga 90-72
Oct. 26: TU/Rock - Kalev/Cramo 75-72
Oct. 27: Rapla - TTU 65-81
Oct. 31: Parnu - Rapla 64-70

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 1: Kalev/Cramo - Hito/Johvi
Nov. 3: Hito/Johvi - Tln Kalev
Nov. 5: Kalev/Cramo - Valga
Nov. 6: Valga - Rapla
Nov. 7: Tln Kalev - Tarvas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Tamm, Tarvas19.8 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev18.7 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas17.8 
 4. Ingram, TU/Rock17.8 
 5. Umbrasko, Tarvas16.5 
 6. Arnold, TTU15.5 
 7. Evart, Parnu14.8 
 8. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.7 
 9. Oja, Valga14.2 
 10. Keedus, TTU14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu14.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev11.0 
 3. Grim, Valga10.0 
 4. Lindmets, Tarvas8.3 
 5. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 6. Arnold, TTU7.8 
 7. Cunda, Valga7.4 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.0 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla7.0 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marc CAMPBELL
  Tln Kalev
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.3 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock5.2 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas5.0 
 4. Cunda, Valga5.0 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.4.5 
 6. Keedus, TTU4.0 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.3 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 9. Pilk, Tarvas2.3 
 10. Saage, TU/Rock2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 2. Akenparg, TTU2.8 
 3. Saage, TU/Rock2.6 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 5. Laksa, Tarvas2.0 
 6. Ingram, TU/Rock2.0 
 7. Lindmets, Tarvas1.8 
 8. Cunda, Valga1.6 
 9. Keedus, TTU1.5 
 10. Peciukeviciu., Pa.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Arnold, TTU1.3 
 2. Grim, Valga1.2 
 3. Raadik, Parnu0.8 
 4. Laksa, Tarvas0.8 
 5. Makke, TTU0.8 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.8 
 7. Uuekula, Hito/Johvi0.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.5 
 9. Keres, TTU0.5 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas0.5 


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams LSU-Baltai (1-3) crushing them 82-48 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Vene recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 28 minutes on the court. Rudupis Prienu (5-0) is placed first in the LKL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.3%(21-38) and FT: 75.0% in the five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). Kangur managed to help Montepaschi Siena to win against the 14th-ranked Angelico Biella (1-4) crushing them 81-56 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (4-1) is placed third in the SerieA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Kangur averages: 6.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 42.9%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A. Hallik could not help U-Mobitelco (4-1) to beat Ploiesti (3-2). He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. U-Mobitelco lost in an overtime 96-103 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Ploiesti. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Hallik's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 38.9% in the five games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #4. Center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Palma's victory against the eighth-ranked Oviedo CB (1-1) 71-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Veski scored 7 points. Palma Air Europa (1-1) is placed first in the LEB Silver. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Veski's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2010.

Kent-Kaarel Vene
Kent-Kaarel Vene
   #5. U18 international shooting guard Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-94, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help Zalgiris-Sabonio (5-3) in their game against Triobet (4-4) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Vene did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. Zalgiris-Sabonio lost 83-93 in Jonava to the lower-ranked (#10) Triobet. This year Vene averages just 0.8ppg in the six games. He plays currently for the Estonian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Reimo Pahn (202-F-87, currently plays in Finland) managed to help Kerava Energia Team to win against the fifth-ranked KaU Koris (3-2) 68-60 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Friday night. Pahn scored only 3 points. It was his first game for Kerava Energia Team this season. His team is placed second in Division B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Janar Talts (207-PF-83) plays for Cimberio Varese in Italian SerieA
Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga



KML Round 4: TU/Rock defeats Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

KML is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 4 rounds left.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Kalev/Cramo (1-1) in Tartu on Friday night. Visitors were edged by TU/Rock (5-0) 75-72. Kalev/Cramo trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 27-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Lithuanian center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) contributed with 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. International Gert Dorbek (193-85) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Kalev/Cramo. Undefeated TU/Rock have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Defending champion Kalev/Cramo dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against Valga (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for TTU (2-2) which played on the court of Rapla (1-3). Seventh ranked TTU had an easy win 81-65. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kristjan Keres (196-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Andrew Arnold who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTU moved-up to fourth place. Rapla lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Parnu. TTU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play on the road against Valga (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game for BC Rakvere (3-1) which hosted in Rakvere their biggest opponent Valga (3-2). Third ranked BC Rakvere had an easy win 90-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Valga. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The winners were led by Reimo Tamm who scored that evening 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by Veljo Vares did not help to save the game for Valga. BC Rakvere have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Valga at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. BC Rakvere will meet bottom-ranked Tln Kalev (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valga will play against Rapla (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Rapla's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Parnu, where they defeated KK Parnu (1-3) 70-64. Illimar Pilk fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Rapla left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Parnu. It was KK Parnu's third loss in a row. Rapla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Valga (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.


Parnu - Rapla 64-70

Rapla's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Parnu, where they defeated KK Parnu (1-3) 70-64. Rapla forced 19 KK Parnu turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by KK Parnu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Andre Parn (202-77) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) produced 13 points and 5 assists and international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Rapla left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Parnu. It was KK Parnu's third loss in a row. Rapla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Valga (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Parnu: K.Evart 19+1reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 13+3reb, A.Peciukevicius 13+4reb+5ast, K.Kitsing 9+10reb+3ast, R.Raadik 6+10reb+2ast, R.Raap 3+2reb
Rapla: I.Pilk 19+9reb, I.Kajupank 10+2reb+1ast, A.Parn 9+5reb+3ast, M.Paasoja 8+3reb, K.Voolaid 8+3reb+1ast, R.Laane 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 201677


Rapla - TTU 65-81

Another interesting game for TTU (2-2) which played on the court of Rapla (1-3). Seventh ranked TTU had an easy win 81-65. The game was mostly controlled by TTU. Rapla was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TTU forced 22 Rapla turnovers. Rapla was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kristjan Keres (196-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) who added 15 points during the contest. Four TTU players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTU moved-up to fourth place. Rapla lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Parnu. TTU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play on the road against Valga (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Ringmets 13+5reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 9+4reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 9+4reb+1ast, I.Pilk 9+1reb+5ast, M.Jurtom 6, R.Nurger 6+1reb+1ast
TTU: K.Keres 17+3reb+1ast, A.Arnold 15+3reb, M.Kaja 10+4reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 10+2reb+2ast, K.Makke 9+2reb+1ast, E.Keedus 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 201676


Tarvas - Valga 90-72

An interesting game for BC Rakvere (3-1) which hosted in Rakvere their biggest opponent Valga (3-2). Third ranked BC Rakvere had an easy win 90-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Valga. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who scored that evening 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and naturalized American forward Renato Lindmets (200-84, college: Westfield St.) supported him with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by the former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) did not help to save the game for Valga. Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. BC Rakvere have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Valga at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. BC Rakvere will meet bottom-ranked Tln Kalev (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valga will play against Rapla (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valga: V.Vares 21+9reb, E.Cunda 13+6reb+2ast, R.Grafs 11+7reb+2ast, J.Jarvelainen 9+2reb, M.Grim 8+10reb, T.Oja 6+1reb+1ast
Tarvas: R.Tamm 25+6reb+8ast, J.Umbrasko 17+3reb, M.Laksa 16+4reb+2ast, R.Lindmets 15+12reb+1ast, K.Saks 7+4reb, M.Schleicher 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 201675


TU/Rock - Kalev/Cramo 75-72

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Kalev/Cramo (1-1) in Tartu on Friday night. Visitors were edged by TU/Rock (5-0) 75-72. Kalev/Cramo trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 27-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Lithuanian center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) contributed with 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. International Gert Dorbek (193-85) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Keith McLeod (190-79, college: Bowling Green) added 16 points in the effort for Kalev/Cramo. TU/Rock have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Defending champion Kalev/Cramo dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against Valga (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 17+7reb+1ast, K.McLeod 16+3reb+2ast, T.Sokk 9+4ast, G.Arbet 9+2reb+1ast, R.Keerles 9, F.Elegar 7+2reb
TU/Rock: J.Ingram 33+4reb+4ast, E.Dimsa 8+5reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 6+2reb, K.Saage 5+4reb+1ast, J.Toome 4+1reb, M.Doronin 4+3reb
gschID: 201674



Tamm's 25 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Tarvas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Tarvas in his team's victory, helping them to crush Valga (#3, 3-2) with 18-point margin 90-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tarvas is placed at 2nd position in Estonian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Tamm had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Tamm has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Tamm is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 4.0spg,53.7% FGP and 46.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga. He is former international swingman in his 3rd season at Valga. In the last game Vares recorded impressive 21 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Valga lost that game 72-90 to slightly higher-ranked Tarvas (#2, 3-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Valga still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Vares is one of the most experienced players at Valga and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points) of league's leader TU/Rock. Ingram got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of TU/Rock, leading his team to a 75-72 win against the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#5, 1-1). TU/Rock started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Ingram 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. Ingram has a great season in Estonia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.2apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Renato Lindmets (200-F-84) of Tarvas - 15 points and 12 rebounds
5. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of Rapla - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90) of Parnu - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Maris Laksa (205-F-81) of Tarvas - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) of Rapla - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Eurobasket Summer League players who are playing pro basketball and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Vernon Goodridge
Vernon Goodridge
   #1. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to a victory over one of league's weakest teams BC Odessa (2-7) 91-80 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Goodridge scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 31 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (7-2) is placed first in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Goodridge's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8bpg in the nine games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Goodridge went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #2. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in Chernomorets' victory against the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol (1-1) 80-69 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Tyler recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Chernomorets Burgas (1-1) is placed fourth in the NBL. Tyler is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tyler averages: 19.0ppg, 14.5rpg and 3.0bpg. Worth to mention Tyler played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

Christopher Long
Christopher Long
   #3. Christopher Long (187-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Elon, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Siarka Jezioro (2-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Siarka Jezioro lost in an overtime 85-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Rosa Radom. Long was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Long's second season in pro basketball. It was Siarka Jezioro's third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Long has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.4apg and 2.0spg in the five games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year Long played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

Dwight Thorne
Dwight Thorne
   #4. Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in a 2-point Peristeri GS's victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras (0-3) 76-74 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only Thorne's third season in pro basketball. Peristeri GS Athens (2-1) is placed sixth in the A1. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Thorne belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9. He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.7apg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2012 Thorne attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Kiev.

Jason Horton
Jason Horton
   #5. Jason Horton (188-G-86, college: Missouri, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Barreteros' victory against the closely-ranked Correcaminos (7-11) 104-93 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 16 passes. Horton also added 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Barreteros de Zacatecas (10-8) is placed eighth in the LNBP. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Horton is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 8.1apg. This year he also averages: 17.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.6spg in the 18 games he played so far. Horton played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Brussels.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #6. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a victory over the closely-ranked Cherkasy (3-5) 74-68 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Dykes scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (5-4) is placed seventh in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dykes has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg. Dykes attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Malaga, Spain.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #7. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Pioneros (11-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pioneros lost 86-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Soles. Scott was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Scott has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games he played so far. Scott is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also for Team Geneva at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2011.

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #8. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a TBB Trier's victory against the closely-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 72-55 in the German BBL last Saturday. Linhart scored 13 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TBB Trier (4-1) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Linhart has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg. He played three years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Dublin.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #9. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-1) 85-82 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Granger scored 9 points in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (4-1) is placed second in the ACB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.2apg in the five games he played so far. Granger has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in New York.

Kyle Lamonte
Kyle Lamonte
   #10. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help La Union (2-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lamonte's good performance La Union was edged 70-69 at home by the higher-ranked Atenas (#4). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Lamonte also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lamonte's stats this season are: 13.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.



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Derrick Brown signs at Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (PBL) landed 25-year old American forward Derrick Brown (203-103kg-87, college: Xavier). The last season he played at the Bobcats in NBA. In 65 games last year he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Three years ago Brown was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (40th overall). The former Xavier University staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Browns team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2007 and 2009).
He received also All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in NBA (New York Knicks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sonny WEEMS
  CSKA
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Weems, CSKA20.3 
 2. Jerrells, Besiktas20.0 
 3. Fernandez, Real M.19.7 
 4. Farmar, Anadolu19.3 
 5. Bourousis, EA7 A.18.7 
 6. Nachbar, Brose B.17.3 
 7. Wood, ALBA17.3 
 8. Kemp, Montepaschi16.0 
 9. Calloway, Unicaja16.0 
 10. Baynes, Union O.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Union O.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Baynes, Union O.10.0 
 2. Williams, Chalon8.7 
 3. Sanikidze, Montepa.8.7 
 4. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.7 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi7.7 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA7.7 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos7.7 
 8. Kasun, Montepaschi7.3 
 9. Jean-B., Chalon6.7 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Asseco P.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Blassingame, Assec.9.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky7.3 
 3. Farmar, Anadolu6.7 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 5. Cook, EA7 Armani6.0 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.3 
 8. Waters, Union O.5.0 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi4.7 
 10. Green, Cedevita4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hickman, Maccabi2.7 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu2.7 
 3. Draper, Real M.2.7 
 4. Jaaber, Zalgiris2.5 
 5. Slaughter, Real M.2.3 
 6. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.3 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.2.0 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani2.0 
 9. Gordon, Partizan2.0 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.5 
 2. Krstic, CSKA2.0 
 3. Zhukanenko, Khimky2.0 
 4. Zoric, Unicaja1.7 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Falker, Besiktas1.7 
 7. Kasun, Montepaschi1.3 
 8. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 9. Samardziski, Lietu.1.3 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal1.3 


CSKA Moscow officially adds Christmas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  SVK
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Gavel, SVK25.9 
 2. Teletovic, BIH24.3 
 3. Davis, AZE22.7 
 4. Gortat, POL21.1 
 5. Jerebko, SWE20.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN19.9 
 7. Casspi, ISR19.5 
 8. Stefansson, ISL18.5 
 9. Markoishvili, GEO18.0 
 10. Haciyeva, AZE17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  AZE
  (200-PF-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Haciyeva, AZE12.5 
 2. Gortat, POL11.6 
 3. Shima, ALB9.6 
 4. Baeringsson, ISL9.2 
 5. King, CYP9.1 
 6. Sanikidze, GEO9.1 
 7. Hysenagolli, ALB8.3 
 8. Smeulders, NED8.3 
 9. Simmons, BUL8.3 
 10. Talts, EST8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  USA
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Wright, BIH7.4 
 2. Kudrautsau, BLR5.6 
 3. Jansen, NED5.3 
 4. Ohayon, ISR5.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, GEO5.1 
 6. Gavel, SVK5.1 
 7. Massamba, SWE5.0 
 8. Preldzic, TUR5.0 
 9. Fernandes, POR4.9 
 10. Teodosic, SRB4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Manuchar MARKOISHVILI
  GEO
  (196-SF-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Markoishvili, GEO2.9 
 2. Davis, AZE2.7 
 3. Jones, LUX2.6 
 4. Wright, BIH2.5 
 5. Dasic, MNT2.5 
 6. Hanga, HUN2.3 
 7. Razis, CYP2.3 
 8. Tsintsadze, GEO2.3 
 9. Kotti, FIN2.0 
 10. Bashak, AZE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  UKR
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kravtsov, UKR2.5 
 2. Gortat, POL2.3 
 3. Cusin, ITA1.6 
 4. Rindin, AZE1.5 
 5. Erden, TUR1.5 
 6. Tyus, ISR1.4 
 7. Berzins, LAT1.4 
 8. Varbanov, BUL1.4 
 9. Parakhouski, BLR1.3 
 10. Simmons, BUL1.3 



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Stats Leaders

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



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 31: Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY 92-71
Oct. 31: Namika Lahti - Lapua 90-80
Oct. 31: Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 84-63
Oct. 31: Korihait - KTP 77-94
Oct. 31: Kouvot - Pyrinto 59-94
Oct. 31: Kataja - FoKoPo 101-72

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 2: LrNMKY - Kataja
Nov. 2: KTP - Namika Lahti
Nov. 2: Pyrinto - Korihait
Nov. 3: Lapua - Nilan Bisons
Nov. 3: Salon Vilpas - Kouvot
Nov. 3: FoKoPo - Kauhajoki


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons25.9 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.20.6 
 3. Holloway, Namika L.19.7 
 4. Hall, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 5. Conley, LrNM.19.0 
 6. Clavell, Kouvot18.3 
 7. Latimer, Namika La.17.6 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.3 
 9. Williams, KTP17.1 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.6 
 2. Tolbert, Lapua10.1 
 3. Thorpe, FoKoPo9.0 
 4. Johnson, Namika L.8.7 
 5. Logins, LrNM.8.6 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 7. Conley, LrNM.8.3 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki8.0 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Ford, Kauhajoki7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Smith, Kataja4.8 
 4. Hall, Salon Vilpas4.7 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.4.4 
 6. Holmes, Lapua4.3 
 7. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.3 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.4.1 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.0 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  Kauhajoki
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.2.3 
 3. Hall, Salon Vilpas2.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.1 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.2.1 
 6. Vuori, Kauhajoki2.0 
 7. Flowers, Kataja2.0 
 8. Williams, KTP1.9 
 9. Smith, Kataja1.8 
 10. Conley, LrNM.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  Kauhajoki
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ford, Kauhajoki1.5 
 2. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 3. Commons, Lapua1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.4 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.1.1 
 6. Taft, Korihait0.9 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 8. Sandberg, Salon V.0.9 
 9. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Johnson, Namika0.7 


Smith's 25 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old point guard Johnell Smith (180-PG-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kataja and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 25 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Kataja in his team's victory, helping them to outclass FoKoPo (#9, 2-5) with 29-point margin 101-72. Kataja is placed at 4th position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Smith turned to be Kataja's top player in his first season with the team. University of New Orleans graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 55.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, agency: Two Points) of Namika Lahti. He is a forward in his first season at Namika Lahti. In the last game Latimer recorded impressive 30 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Namika Lahti cruised to a 90-80 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Lapua (#10, 2-5). Namika Lahti's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Latimer is a newcomer at Namika Lahti and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#7). He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of league's second-best Kauhajoki. Ford scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 84-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Salon Vilpas (#11, 1-6). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Ford has a very solid season. In 6 games in Finland he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 7.5rpg, 2.3spg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 60.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ilkka Vuori (181-PG-86) of Kauhajoki - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Antwine Williams (192-F-75) of KTP - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. B.J. Holmes (180-PG-88) of Lapua - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Greg Logins (200-F-88) of LrNMKY - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86) of Namika Lahti - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP - 21 points and 6 rebounds

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



Korisliiga Round 8: Loimaan Korikonkarit defeats LrNMKY in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There were just 8 rounds played in Regular Season of Korisliiga and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

An interesting game for Loimaan Korikonkarit (5-2) which hosted in Loimaa one of their biggest challengers LrNMKY (4-3). Third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit had an easy win 92-71. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American players dominated the game. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Greg Logins (200-88, college: Canisius) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for LrNMKY. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Kauhajoki. LrNMKY at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Kouvot. Loimaan Korikonkarit is looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LrNMKY will play against Joensuun Kataja (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kouvot (4-3) in Kouvola 94-59. Worth to mention a quality performance of American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and Carl Lindbom who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American guard Vernon Taylor (190-87, college: Troy) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Kouvot's coach Jyri Lehtonen gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Tampereen Pyrinto maintains first position with 7-1 record. Kouvot at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with LrNMKY. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#12) in Uusikaupunki in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Kouvot will play on the road against Salon Vilpas (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: KTP beat Korihait on the road 94-77. Namika Lahti won against Lapua on its own court 90-80. FoKoPo was outscored by Kataja in Joensuu 101-72. Kauhajoki rolled over Salon Vilpas at home 84-63.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 30 points and 7 rebounds by Cedric Latimer of Namika Lahti.


Korihait - KTP 77-94

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked KTP-Basket (5-3) beat bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (1-7) in Uusikaupunki 94-77. The guests were ahead by 14 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 27-6 run, which allowed them to win the game. KTP-Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding UU-Korihait to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 UU-Korihait turnovers. American players dominated also this game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket's coach Sami Toiviainen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Daniel Horton (191-84, college: Michigan, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 20 points and forward Chris Taft (208-85, college: Pittsburgh) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. KTP-Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kataja. UU-Korihait lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. KTP-Basket will play against Namika Lahti (#8) at home in the next round. UU-Korihait will play against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
KTP: A.Williams 22+5reb+2ast, J.Matinen 21+4reb+1ast, D.Giles 21+6reb+1ast, S.Barrett 15+6reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 8+4reb+2ast, B.Sarcevic 4+2reb+6ast
Korihait: D.Horton 20+1reb+2ast, C.Taft 14+9reb, R.Dyer 9+10reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 9+4reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 7+2reb+2ast, V.Kopio 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 194553


Namika Lahti - Lapua 90-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Namika Lahti and 9th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat had identical 2-4 record. This time Namika Lahti used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lapua 90-80. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Namika Lahti shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. American point guard B.J. Holmes (180-88, college: Texas A&M) responded with 24 points and the former international Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Namika Lahti maintains eighth position with 3-4 record. Newly promoted Lapuan Korikobrat keeps the ninth place with five games lost. They share the position with FoKoPo. Namika Lahti will play against higher ranked KTP-Basket (#5) in Kotka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play at home against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: C.Latimer 30+7reb+1ast, E.Holloway 18+1reb+2ast, J.Hasquet 15+7reb+1ast, A.Alanen 11+5reb+3ast, L.Johnson 8+12reb+2ast, J.Koskinen 5+1reb
Lapua: B.Holmes 24+3reb+3ast, S.Haanpaa 12+10reb+2ast, D.Tolbert 11+3reb, A.Huuskonen 9+3reb+1ast, J.Turja 8+3reb+1ast, C.Commons 7+6reb
gschID: 194552


Kouvot - Pyrinto 59-94

Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kouvot (4-3) in Kouvola 94-59. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Kouvot was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 28. They outrebounded Kouvot 43-26 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Carl Lindbom (206-91) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American guard Vernon Taylor (190-87, college: Troy) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Kouvot's coach Jyri Lehtonen gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Tampereen Pyrinto maintains first position with 7-1 record. Kouvot at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with LrNMKY. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#12) in Uusikaupunki in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Kouvot will play on the road against Salon Vilpas (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: L.Ulmer 20+9reb, C.Lindbom 17+7reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 12+8reb, A.Lehto 12+1ast, O.Heinonen 9, D.Williams 8+7reb+10ast
Kouvot: G.Clavell 13+6reb, V.Taylor 13+5reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+5reb+1ast, C.Hester 8+4reb, S.Vanttaja 6+2reb, A.Akpaso 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 194551


Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY 92-71

An interesting game for Loimaan Korikonkarit (5-2) which hosted in Loimaa one of their biggest challengers LrNMKY (4-3). Third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit had an easy win 92-71. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American players dominated the game. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Forward Greg Logins (200-88, college: Canisius) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for LrNMKY. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Kauhajoki. LrNMKY at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Kouvot. Loimaan Korikonkarit is looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LrNMKY will play against Joensuun Kataja (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 18+8reb+7ast, J.Ivey 18+3reb+4ast, R.McDade 17+10reb+3ast, E.Aaltonen 12, I.Pehkonen 9+1reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 8+1reb+3ast
LrNMKY: G.Logins 19+10reb, J.Conley 17+5reb+1ast, M.Gibson 14+4reb+5ast, A.Tapio 8+1reb+1ast, A.Niskanen 5+3reb+2ast, T.Viertola 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 194550


Kataja - FoKoPo 101-72

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Joensuun Kataja (5-3) rolled over at home 10th ranked Forssan Koripojat (2-5) 101-72. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Forssan Koripojat was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Johnell Smith (180-80, college: New Orleans) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St., agency: Warren Sports International) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) scored 18 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KTP. Forssan Koripojat lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted Forssan Koripojat dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Lapua. Joensuun Kataja will play against LrNMKY (#7) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play at home against the league's second-placed Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Smith 25+3reb+5ast, J.Flowers 15+7reb+2ast, J.Nenonen 15+2reb, J.Lehtoranta 15+2reb, A.Kanervo 12+2reb+1ast, J.Fields 8+8reb+3ast
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 18+2reb+3ast, J.Thorpe 18+7reb+2ast, M.Molenius 11+8reb, A.Thornton 8+1reb+3ast, O.Kaunomaki 7+2reb, M.Suokas 4+2reb
gschID: 194549


Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 84-63

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Salon Vilpas (1-6) was outscored by second ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (5-2) in Kauhajoki 84-63. The game without a history. Kauhajoen Karhu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Tremaine Ford (206-86, college: CS Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and point guard Ilkka Vuori (181-86) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach Ari Tammivaara felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains second position with 5-2 record having just three points less than leader Pyrinto, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Salon Vilpas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with six games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Forssan Koripojat (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Salon Vilpas will play against Kouvot in Kouvola to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: T.Ford 18+8reb, I.Vuori 15+5reb+3ast, G.Watson 11+3reb+2ast, J.Bullock 9+8reb+1ast, J.Eskola 8+2reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 8+3reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: T.Barnies 18+7reb, E.Lehtinen 11+5reb, S.Atupem 11+9reb, M.Sandberg 9+3reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 5+5reb+2ast, J.Kataja 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 194548



Tuukka Kotti's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Finns playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in a Vanoli Cremona's victory against the league outsider Sutor Montegranaro (1-4) 80-74 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Kotti had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Vanoli Cremona (2-3) is placed tenth in the SerieA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kotti is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.0rpg. He also averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2FGP: 72.7%(16-22) in the five games he played so far. Kotti is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France). He led Blois to a victory over the tenth-ranked Union Rennes (2-4) 75-68 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Kaunisto was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds. Kaunisto also added 3 assists. ADA Blois Basket (5-0) is placed first in the NM1. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kaunisto is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 16.8ppg, 14.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 18.8% and FT: 70.4%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Rannikko could not help Union Olimpija (3-3) to beat Igokea (6-0). He scored only 4 points in 28 minutes. Union Olimpija lost 82-87 on the road to the leading Igokea. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Rannikko's first year with the team. Rannikko is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 3.8apg. This year his other stats are: 5.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 92.9% in the six games. Rannikko is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #4. Small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tuukka Kotti and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Huff contributed to a Vanoli Cremona's victory against the league outsider Sutor Montegranaro (1-4) 80-74. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Huff's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 4.6rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #5. International point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Khimky (3-1) in their game against Spartak St.Petersburg (4-0) in the VTB United League. Koponen did not have that impressive stats last Monday. He recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. The second-placed Khimky lost 69-74 in St.Petersburg to the leading Spartak in the group A of VTB United League. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year Koponen's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg in the four games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #6. Center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Montenegrin team Buducnost win their game against the eighth-ranked Krka (3-3) 66-51 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Lee scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (3-3) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. Lee's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Lee is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #7. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) helped Solna Vikings win their game against one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro (1-6) 86-72 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Ahonen recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. Solna Vikings (5-2) is placed third in the Basketligan. Ahonen is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. He also averaged so far 8.0ppg and 1.9rpg in the seven games. Ahonen is also Finnish national team player.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Sasu Salin (192-G-91) plays for Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) plays for Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for TTU in Estonian KML
Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) plays for Prat Juventud in Spanish LEB Silver



KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto, Bisons, Kataja, Karhu, KTP winning - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 8: Six contests tonight, no upsets, top teams Pyrinto (Tampere), Bisons (Loimaa), Kataja (Joensuu), Karhu (Kauhajoki) and KTP (Kotka) winning again. Pyrinto crushed Kouvot at Kouvola 59-94 (23-48), Bisons scored 58 points during the second half and beat YMCA Lappeenranta 92-71 (34-35). Kataja defeated FoKoPo 101-72 (53-38) and Karhu won over Vilpas (Salo) 84-63 (43-36). Korihait (Uusikaupunki) lost the seventh game in a row, when visitor KTP won the last quarter 6-27 and the game 77-94 (47-52). The only close game was in Lahti, where local YMCA defeated Korikobrat (Lapua) 90-80 (43-45). Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, agency: Two Points, college: St.Francis, PA) scored 30 points (1 - 2/4, 2 - 8/12, 3 - 4/6) for the hosts.
Kouvot - Pyrinto 59-94 (23-48). (Gilberto Clavell 13, Vernon Taylor 13, Antto Nikkarinen 10 - Lamonte Ulmer 20/9, Carl Lindbom 17, Antti Nikkila 12/8. A: 954).
Bisons - YMCA LPR 92-71 (34-35). (Martin Zeno 18/7a, Jeb Ivey 18, Ryan McDade 17/10 - Greg Logins 19/10, Jason Conlay 17, Matt Gibson 14/5a. A: 830).

Kataja - FoKoPo 101-72 (53-38). (Johnell Smith 25/5a, Jonte Flowers 15/7, Juho Lehtoranta 15 - Jahmar Thorpe 18, Sami Ikavalako 18, Markus Molenius 11. A: 931).
Karhu - Vilpas 84-63 (43-36). (Tremaine Ford 18/8, Ilkka Vuori 15, Giordan Watson 11 - Troy Barnies 18, Shawn Atupem 11, Eero Lehtinen 11. A: 646).
Korihait - KTP 77-94 (47-52). (Daniel Horton 20, Chris Taft 14, Ramon Dyer 9/10 - Antwine Williams 22, Devonne Giles 21, Jukka Matinen 21. A: 850).
YMCA Lahti - Lapua 90-80 (43-45). (Cedric Latimer 30, Emmanuel Holloway 18, Jordan Hasquet 15 - BJ Holmes 24, Samuel Haanpaa 12/10, Dwight Tolbert 11. A: 789).



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Aaron Cel selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Poland. He could not help PGE Turow (0-4) in their last game. Despite Cel's very good performance the tenth-placed PGE Turow was edged 76-74 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Krasnie Krilya in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Cel also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. So far PGE Turow lost all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Cel averages: 7.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3FGP: 36.4% in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: French and Polish. Former Le Mans Sarthe Basket starter played for the French U20 national team five years ago.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy). Diawara led Umana Venezia to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Enel Brindisi (1-4) 82-63 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Diawara recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (2-3) is placed 12th in the SerieA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Diawara has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 76.5%. Diawara is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 3-point Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-1) 85-82 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Kirksay scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (4-1) is placed second in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kirksay is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 76.9%(20-26), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 62.5% in the five games. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He played for the French national team four years ago. Kirksay used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #4. Point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (0-1) 99-91 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 11 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Dallas Mavericks this season. His team have 1-0 record this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Beaubois used to play for the French national team last year.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #5. U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Partizan win their game against the 11th-ranked Radnicki KG (2-4) 91-80 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Westermann scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (5-1) is placed second in the Adriatic League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Westermann's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the six games. Westermann plays currently for the French U20 national team.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #6. Small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Cedevita (0-3) in their game against Anadolu Efes (2-1) in the Euroleague. He scored 9 points. But Cedevita (#6) was badly defeated 85-66 on the road by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3) in the group C of Euroleague. So far Cedevita lost all three games in the Regular Season. Gelabale has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Florent Pietrus
Florent Pietrus
   #7. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Tariq Kirksay in the Spanish ACB last game. Pietrus was not able to secure a victory for Valencia Basket (4-1) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (4-1). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Valencia Basket was edged 85-82 in Madrid by the second-ranked Asefa Estudiantes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Pietrus' total stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.6rpg in the five games. He is also French national team player.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #8. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caja Laboral (3-2) in their game against Real Madrid (5-0) in the Spanish ACB. Heurtel cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Caja Laboral was edged in an overtime 83-81 in Madrid by the leading Real. It was Caja Laboral's first loss after three consecutive victories. Heurtel belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. He has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg. Heurtel used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #9. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Causeur couldn't help Caja Laboral (3-2) in their game against Real Madrid (5-0). He scored 5 points in 21 minutes. Caja Laboral was edged in an overtime 83-81 in Madrid by the leading Real. Causeur has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 2.8rpg in the four games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #10. Point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Apoel edge the league outsider Etha (0-1) 64-62 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. Mokongo recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Apoel this season. His team is placed second in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mokongo is currently fourth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. Former U19 international power forward Rudy Etilopy (208-88, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-6) in their last game. Despite Etilopy's very good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was badly defeated 91-71 in Durham by the higher-ranked (#7) Wildcats. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 14 rebounds in 38 minutes. Etilopy has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg and 2.3spg in the four games. He used to play for the French U19 national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international guard Ivan Emanuely (198-91, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British EBL D1 (second division) couldn't help Northumbria (0-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Northumbria lost 57-68 on their home court in Newcastle to the lower-ranked (#4) Leeds Carnegie. Emanuely was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Northumbria this season. Emanuely is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 20 points. He used to play for the French U18 national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Enzo Tsonga (194-90, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help BBC Nyon in their game against SAM Massagno in the Swiss LNA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Tsonga recorded only 3 points and blocked 2 shots in 26 minutes. His team lost 89-102. He has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3bpg in the four games. Tsonga used to play for the French U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help USK Praha (8-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader USK Praha was crushed 93-64 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) BK Decin. Meno was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. Meno is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Meno averages: 19.8ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.7apg in the nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and French.

   #2. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (2-1) 80-62 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Nissim scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Hapoel Eilat (1-1) is placed third in the Winner League. Nissim has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help the league outsider UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their game against FIATC Joventut (3-2) in the Spanish ACB. Tillie scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was badly defeated 91-71 in Durham by the higher-ranked (#7) Wildcats. was crushed 92-70 in Badalona by the much lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#9). Tillie has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He has both Dutch and French nationalities.

   #4. Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a Geneve Lions' victory against the sixth-ranked Monthey (2-2) 85-71 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Maruotto recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lions de Geneve (3-1) is placed first in the LNA. Maruotto has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg in the four games. He also holds two passports: French and Swiss.

   #5. Experienced David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Lugano Tigers win their game against the eighth-ranked Neuchatel (1-3) crushing them 103-77 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Fergerson recorded 7 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. It was his first game for Lugano Tigers this season. His team are placed third in the LNA. Fergerson is a naturalized American. He used to play for Reims Champagne Basket in French league.

   #6. Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, also represented by Interperformances, college: Tampa, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Scavolini Pesaro in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari in the Italian SerieA. Bryan cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 90-100. Bryan has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4spg in the five games. He holds both French and Italian passports.

   #7. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Palencia Baloncesto to win against the 11th-ranked Lleida Basquet 67-61 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. Ott recorded only 2 points and had 3 steals. Ott has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Ott has never played in France.

   #8. Elishay Kadir (200-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel J-M in their game against GreenTops Netanya in the Israeli Winner League. Kadir scored only 4 points. His team was edged 77-74. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.0rpg. Kadir holds both French and Israeli passports.



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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa stun Kumanovo to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo 81:61

Galil Gilboa recorded the third straight win at the start of Balkan League season. The Israeli powerhouse thumped visiting Kumanovo tonight. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) nailed 19 points to lead the hosts. Kumanovo fell at 1-1 record in Group A.
Galil Gilboa quickly spurred ahead in the first frame. The home side accumulated a 21:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Kumanovo increased the tempo in the second quarter. The visitors fired 27 points in the period to cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval 40:45. However Galil Gilboa made sure the intrigue faded away in the third period. The Israelis went on a 24:10 rally in the quarter to ensure a comfortable 19-point lead heading into the fourth term. They never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Amit Simhon (197-F/G-89, agency: Ronsport) and Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) netted 14 points each in the win. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 25 points for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the losing case.

Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 19, Amit Simhon 14, Brandon Hunter 14
Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 25, Uros Lukovic 16+11 boards



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Manuchar Markoishvili selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cantu (3-2) in their last game. Despite Markoishvili's very good performance Cantu lost 73-77 on the road to the second-ranked Cimberio Varese. He was the top scorer with 17 points in 25 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Markoishvili's fourth year with the team. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 22.2% in the five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain). He led FIATC Joventut to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (2-3) crushing them 92-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Fisher scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (3-2) is placed ninth in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Fisher has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 81.8% in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help Montepaschi Siena (0-3) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (2-1) in the Euroleague. Sanikidze scored 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The sixth-placed Montepaschi Siena was edged 91-89 in Malaga by the second-ranked Unicaja in the group B of Euroleague. So far Montepaschi Siena lost all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Sanikidze belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3. This season he averages: 7.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 2FGP: 35.3% and FT: 66.7%. Sanikidze is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi T-A (2-1) in their game against Maccabi Rishon (3-0) in the Israeli Winner League. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maccabi T-A was badly defeated 81-64 at home by the leading Maccabi Rishon. Shermadini's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #5. International point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BC Donetsk (6-4) crushing them 81-60 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Tsintsadze recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (7-3) is placed fourth in the Superleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Tsintsadze's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.2spg in the 10 games. Tsintsadze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #6. Point guard Jacob Pullen (183-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel J-M (0-3) in their game against GreenTops Netanya (3-0) in the Israeli Winner League. Pullen scored 5 points in 23 minutes. Hapoel J-M was edged 77-74 in Netanya by the second-ranked GreenTops. So far Hapoel J-M lost all three games in the Regular Season. Pullen has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Davit Maisuradze
Davit Maisuradze
   #7. Former U16 international power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Kirovograd's victory against the second-ranked Khartsyzsk (3-1) 73-59 in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Maisuradze scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Kirovograd (1-3) is placed sixth in the Higher League. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Maisuradze's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Georgian U16 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey) led Karsiyaka to a victory against the tenth-ranked Turk Telekom (1-2) 79-66 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Thomas scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (3-0) is placed third in the TBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Thomas averages: 9.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Stelmet ZG (3-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Stelmet ZG lost 72-84 at home to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot. Hosley scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 27 minutes. Hosley is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hosley averages: 19.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.6apg and 2.8spg in the five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Sigma Barcellona (2-2) in their game against Tezenis VE (2-2) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona was defeated 75-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Tezenis VE (#6). Sanders is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. His total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.5apg. Sanders is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.



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Kostas Vasiliadis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain). He led Gescrap BB to a victory over the 11th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (2-3) 76-70 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Vasiliadis was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-1) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vasiliadis has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 90.5%(19-21) in the five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Russia). Mavrokefalidis was the main contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (2-2) 74-70 in the Russian PBL last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Mavrokefalidis scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Spartak St.Petersburg (2-0) is placed second in the PBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Mavrokefalidis averages: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%. He played for the Greek national team in 2011.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy). Sakota contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the closely-ranked Cantu (3-2) 77-73 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. He scored 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cimberio Varese (5-0) is placed second in the SerieA. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Sakota's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 55.6%(10-18). He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek. Former Panathinaikos Athens starter played for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #4. Forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Armani Milano (2-3) in their last game. Despite Fotsis' good performance Armani Milano lost 66-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#9) Trenkwalder RE. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Fotsis also added 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Fotsis' overall stats are: 10.0ppg and 4.2rpg in the five games. He is also Greek national team player.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #5. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-1) 61-54 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Calathes recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (2-2) is placed seventh in group B. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Calathes averages: 16.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes plays currently for the Greek national team. He used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #6. Power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (1-3) 86-72 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Kaimakoglou recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes. Unics Kazan (3-1) is placed third in group A. Kaimakoglou belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 6.8rpg. He also averaged so far 13.5ppg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg in the four games. Kaimakoglou is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #7. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Denver Nuggets (0-1) in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) in the NBA. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was his first game for Denver Nuggets this season. The Denver Nuggets were defeated 84-75 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. Koufos is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Greek national team last year. Strangely Koufos has never played in Greece.

Stavros Toutziarakis
Stavros Toutziarakis
   #8. Center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) helped Solna Vikings win their game against one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro (1-6) 86-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. Solna Vikings (5-2) is placed third in the Basketligan. Toutziarakis is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.0ppg and 1.4apg in the seven games. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #9. International guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Zisis managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the 11th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (2-3) 76-70. He scored only 4 points and added 4 assists in 18 minutes. This year Zisis' total stats are: 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in the five games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Georgios Diamantopoulos
Georgios Diamantopoulos
   #10. Swingman Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Keravnos win their game against the closely-ranked AEK (0-1) 59-55 in the Cypriot Division A last Saturday. Diamantopoulos recorded 11 points. It was his first game for Keravnos this season. His team is placed third in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Diamantopoulos is a former international player as nine years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. An experienced former international center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to secure a victory for SAV Vacallo (3-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SAV Vacallo lost 79-83 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#5) Boncourt. Kakiouzis recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Kakiouzis has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 6.3rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help C.de Latte BRE (2-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Barlos' good performance C.de Latte BRE was defeated 73-63 at home by the much higher-ranked Novipiu Casale (#5). He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Barlos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #13. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Kaimakoglou and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Vougioukas helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo 86-72. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Vougioukas is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3bpg. Vougioukas is also Greek national team player.

   #14. U20 international small forward Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-92, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Angelico Biella in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian SerieA. He scored 5 points in 24 minutes. His team was crushed by 25 points 81-56. This year Chrysikopoulos averages only 2.3ppg in the four games. He plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help the league outsider CB Canarias in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB. Lampropoulos scored 8 points. His team was crushed by 25 points 100-75. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 1.4rpg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (2-1) 63-53 in the Israeli Winner League on Wednesday night. Calathes was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Calathes also added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (2-1) is placed seventh in the Winner League. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Calathes is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 12.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in the three games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Air Avellino's victory against the closely-ranked SAIE3 BO (3-2) 87-77 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mavraides' second season in pro basketball. Sidigas Avellino (2-3) is placed eighth in the SerieA. Mavraides' total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #3. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point BG Goettingen's victory against the ninth-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (3-3) 77-76 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Livas scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. BG Goettingen (4-2) is placed fourth in the ProA. Livas has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #4. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Solna Vikings (5-2) 93-74 in the Swedish Basketligan in Wednesday night's game. He scored 15 points in 23 minutes. Uppsala Basket (5-3) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. Nakos has been at the team for four years. Nakos has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg in the eight games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Swedish.

   #5. Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Limoges CSP Elite (2-2) to beat Le Mans (3-1). Tsamis recorded 7 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite was edged 66-65 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Le Mans. Tsamis has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg in the four games.

   #6. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Keravnos Strovolou in a victory against the closely-ranked AEK 59-55 in the Cypriot Division A in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Keravnos this season.

   #7. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Akropol's victory against the tenth-ranked Orongo Dragons 89-77 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. Koutras recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 11 passes. He also added 7 rebounds and 5 steals. It was his first game for Akropol this season. Koutras is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Swedish. Despite his Greek nationality, Koutras previously played for the Swedish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #8. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Russia) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the seventh-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod 61-54 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. This year Savrasenko averages just 1.3ppg in the four games. He has both Greek and Russian nationalities.

   #9. Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help ENAD (0-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kounas' very good performance ENAD was defeated 69-61 in Limassol by the leading AEL. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Kounas also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. It was his first game for ENAD this season. Kounas is currently sixth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He also holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #10. Antonis Sivorotka (203-F-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Crailsheim Merlins in their game against NBC in the German ProA (second division). Sivorotka scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team lost 74-79. He has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.6rpg in the five games.



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Standings - A Division

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 26: Szedeak - Jaszberenyi 88-75
Oct. 27: Marso NYKK - ZTE KK 82-60
Oct. 27: FS Debrecen - Soproni 69-97
Oct. 25: PVSK Pannon - Kaposvari 56-79
Oct. 26: Albacomp - Kormend 118-99
Oct. 25: Falco-Szova - Atomeromu 106-77

Round 2

Oct. 31: Soproni - Albacomp 79-70

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 3: Jaszberenyi - PVSK Pannon
Nov. 3: Kaposvari - Szedeak
Nov. 3: Kormend - Falco-Szova
Nov. 3: Atomeromu - Albacomp
Nov. 3: ZTE KK - FS Debrecen
Nov. 3: Soproni - Falco-Szova



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ONTARIO LETT comes back to Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Naft Sepahan Tehran signed American big man Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh). new comer to Iran super leagued signed Ontario Lett to increase thier power under basket. Ontario Lett played 10 matches for Sanaye Petrochimi Mahash'har in Iran super league where he avraged 22.0 PPG , 12 RPG and 4APG. before this he palyed in Iran super league in 2009-10 season for Shahrdari Gorgan.
Ontario Lett Awards/Achievements:
NCAA Sweet 16 -02, 03
Big East Finalist -02
Big East West Division Regular Season Runner-Up -03
Big East Tournament Champion -03
All-Big East Honorable Mention -03
NABC College All-Star Team -03
Asian Club Championships Finalist -05
Dubai International Tournament Finalist -08
Jordanian Cup Winner -09
Asia-Basket.com All-WABA Best Center -09
Asia-Basket.com All-WABA 1st Team -09
WABA Club Championships -09 (Finalist)
Jordanian League Regular Season Champion -09
Jordanian League Champion -09
Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention -09
Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver



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Standings - EBS Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 5

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

Regular Season: Round 6

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


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  B.Gais N.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Townes, B.Gais N.25.2 
 2. Graham, UCC Demons22.0 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles21.2 
 4. Galvin, UCD Marian20.8 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen20.5 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles17.4 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints15.8 
 8. Cuffe, UCC Demons15.0 
 9. Chubb, Killester13.4 
 10. Coughlan, UCC D.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Delwan GRAHAM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Graham, UCC Demons21.3 
 2. Galvin, UCD Marian16.6 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.13.8 
 4. Sullivan, Moycullen12.0 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.0 
 6. Griksas, Ballon In.8.7 
 7. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.6 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian8.0 
 9. Quill, DCU Saints7.2 
 10. Kelly, UCD Marian7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.4 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.6.8 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.4 
 5. O''Sullivan, UCC D.4.0 
 6. Cuffe, UCC Demons3.7 
 7. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.5 
 8. Anderson, DCU S.3.2 
 9. Lyons, Moycullen3.0 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Keith ANDERSON
  DCU S.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Anderson, DCU S.3.2 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles3.0 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.2.4 
 5. Westbrooks, Killes.2.2 
 6. Cepliauskas, Ballo.2.0 
 7. Graham, UCC Demons2.0 
 8. Cuffe, UCC Demons2.0 
 9. Summers, Killester2.0 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Paul STAPLETON
  B.Gais N.
  (201-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Stapleton, B.Gais2.4 
 2. Galvin, UCD Marian2.2 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.1.8 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles1.4 
 6. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.4 
 7. Quigley, UL Eagles1.3 
 8. Statkus, Ballon I.1.0 
 9. Taylor, UL Eagles0.8 
 10. Griksas, Ballon I.0.7 


Superleague Round 5: UCC Demons defeat DCU Saints in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Cork. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed DCU Saints (3-2) to leader UCC Demons (5-0) 83-82 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of DCU Saints. UCC Demons looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by DCU Saints' players. Australian forward Kenton Walker II (205-F-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Shane Coughlan (188-79) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Undefeated UCC Demons have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. DCU Saints at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. UCC Demons are looking forward to face Killester (#6) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DCU Saints will play at home against B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Dublin was also worth to mention about. Third ranked UL Eagles (4-1) played at the court of 5th ranked UCD Marian (2-3). UL Eagles defeated UCD Marian 73-61. The former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Robert Lynch accounted for 24 points and 5 rebounds. American forward John Galvin (203-88, college: Fair Dickinson) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for UCD Marian in the defeat. UCD Marian's coach Sasa Punosevac rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UL Eagles moved-up to second place. UCD Marian at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with B.Gais Neptune and Killester. UL Eagles will play against Ballon Inter (#7) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. UCD Marian will play at home against Moycullen in Galway and hopes to get back on the winning track.
4th placed Killester (2-3) was outscored at home by sixth ranked B.Gais Neptune (2-3) with the biggest margin this round 90-63 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Darren Townes who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds. Michael Westbrooks produced 16 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Killester's coach Darren O'Neill gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. B.Gais Neptune moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UCD Marian and Killester. B.Gais Neptune will meet higher ranked DCU Saints (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Killester will play against the league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and hope to secure a win.


UCC Demons - DCU Saints 83-82

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Cork. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed DCU Saints (3-2) to leader UCC Demons (5-0) 83-82 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of DCU Saints. UCC Demons looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by DCU Saints' players. Australian forward Kenton Walker II (205-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Shane Coughlan (188-79) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Keith Anderson (188-89) scored 17 points and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. UCC Demons have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. DCU Saints at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. UCC Demons are looking forward to face Killester (#6) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DCU Saints will play at home against B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: P.Glover 19+6reb+3ast, K.Anderson 17+1reb+2ast, M.Nagle 14+2reb, M.Trimmer 12+6reb, E.Quill 8+6reb+1ast, E.Donnelly 6+1reb+2ast
UCC Demons: K.Walker II 23+12reb+2ast, S.Coughlan 18+5reb+11ast, C.Cuffe 15+4reb+4ast, N.O'Reilly 11+5reb+1ast, D.O'Sullivan 8+1reb, C.O'Sullivan 5+1reb+6ast
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Killester - B.Gais Neptune 63-90

4th placed Killester (2-3) was outscored at home by sixth ranked B.Gais Neptune (2-3) with the biggest margin this round 90-63 on Saturday night. B.Gais Neptune dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Killester's 40 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Killester 58-29 including a 44-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. B.Gais Neptune looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Killester's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when B.Gais Neptune made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Gerard Noonan (180-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. The former international guard Michael Westbrooks (193-82) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Lawrence Summers (175-83, college: Davidson) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Killester's coach Darren O'Neill gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. B.Gais Neptune moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UCD Marian and Killester. B.Gais Neptune will meet higher ranked DCU Saints (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Killester will play against the league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Killester: M.Westbrooks 16+6reb+3ast, L.Summers 14+5reb+1ast, C.Roe 7+1reb+1ast, E.Chubb 7+1reb+4ast, A.Casey 6+6reb+1ast, M.Gomes 6+4reb+3ast
B.Gais Neptune: D.Townes 29+17reb+3ast, G.Noonan 21+7reb+11ast, I.McLoughlin 13+5reb+2ast, G.Walsh 9+2reb+3ast, P.Stapleton 8+8reb+1ast, M.Rudak 7+12reb+1ast
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UCD Marian - UL Eagles 61-73

The game in Dublin was also worth to mention about. Third ranked UL Eagles (4-1) played at the court of 5th ranked UCD Marian (2-3). UL Eagles defeated UCD Marian 73-61. UL Eagles made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international forward Robert Lynch (193-78) accounted for 24 points and 5 rebounds. Four UL Eagles players scored in double figures. American forward John Galvin (203-88, college: Fair Dickinson) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Niall Meany (190-83) added 15 points respectively for UCD Marian in the defeat. UCD Marian's coach Sasa Punosevac rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UL Eagles moved-up to second place. UCD Marian at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with B.Gais Neptune and Killester. UL Eagles will play against Ballon Inter (#7) in Dublin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. UCD Marian will play at home against Moycullen in Galway and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: N.Meany 15+3reb+2ast, J.Galvin 11+11reb+1ast, C.Finn 9+2reb+3ast, K.Foley 8+5reb+1ast, B.Drumm 4+2reb+1ast, M.Kelly 4+6reb+1ast
UL Eagles: R.Lynch 24+5reb+2ast, J.Killeen 19+16reb+1ast, R.Taylor 13+3reb+3ast, S.Kinevane 11+3reb+4ast, S.King 2+2reb+1ast, N.Campbell 2+1reb+3ast
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Irish Superleague round 5 best performance: Darren Townes - by Eurobasket News

American forward Darren Townes (201-F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for B.Gais Neptune, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Killester (2-3) with 27-point margin 90-63. B.Gais Neptune is placed at 4th position in Irish Superleague. B.Gais Neptune is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Townes turned to be B.Gais Neptune's top player in his first season with the team. Former Hofstra University star has very solid stats this year. Townes is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.2ppg. Townes is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 13.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg,2.4spg and 60.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old former international center Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of league's second-best UL Eagles. Killeen had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Of course UL Eagles cruised to a 73-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked UCD Marian (#5, 2-3). This victory allowed UL Eagles to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Killeen is well-known at UL Eagles and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#6). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Australian forward Kenton Walker II (205-F-84) of league's top team UCC Demons. Walker II scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of UCC Demons, leading his team to a 83-82 win against #3 ranked DCU Saints in a game of the week. UCC Demons started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Walker II 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. The season just started for Walker II as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) of B.Gais Neptune - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Shane Coughlan (188-G-79) of UCC Demons - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Robert Lynch (193-F-78) of UL Eagles - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. John Galvin (203-F-88) of UCD Marian - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Michael Westbrooks (193-G-82) of Killester - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Paul Stapleton (201-C-78) of B.Gais Neptune - 8 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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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa stun Kumanovo to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Kumanovo 81:61

Galil Gilboa recorded the third straight win at the start of Balkan League season. The Israeli powerhouse thumped visiting Kumanovo tonight. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) nailed 19 points to lead the hosts. Kumanovo fell at 1-1 record in Group A.
Galil Gilboa quickly spurred ahead in the first frame. The home side accumulated a 21:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Kumanovo increased the tempo in the second quarter. The visitors fired 27 points in the period to cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval 40:45. However Galil Gilboa made sure the intrigue faded away in the third period. The Israelis went on a 24:10 rally in the quarter to ensure a comfortable 19-point lead heading into the fourth term. They never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Amit Simhon (197-F/G-89, agency: Ronsport) and Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) netted 14 points each in the win. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 25 points for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the losing case.

Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 19, Amit Simhon 14, Brandon Hunter 14
Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 25, Uros Lukovic 16+11 boards



Adrian Uter - Winner League Player of the Month - by Eurobasket

Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) recorded probably the best month in his pro career so far as he was named Player of the Month in Israeli Winner League.
Uter is in his second season at Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion and fifth year in Israeli league. That's mostly thanks to his great performance Maccabi Rishon started as biggest surprise of the season winning all 3 games so far.
Especially important was the last victory over league powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv, where the team from Rishon outclassed rivals from Tel-Aviv 81-64 (!!!).
Uter lead his team with 22 points and 9 rebounds. He averages so far 20.7 ppg (second best in the league), 10.3 rpg (4th best) and leads the league in the number of blocks with 3.0 bpg average.
Coach Effi Birnbaum (agency: Avi Zilberman ) has a very solid team, which proved to be one (if not the main ) contender for the title.
Uter is definitely team's strongerst point. But Maccabi can laso count on their American trio: Julian Wright (203-F-87, college: Kansas), Willie Warren (193-PG-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Oklahoma) and Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90, college: UCLA). The starting five is completed with Israeli international guard Nitzan Hanochi (194-SG-86, agency: Ronsport).
Splendid beginning of the season for Maccabi Rishon. They look forward to November 11th game against the only other undefeated team in the league - Greentops Netanya.
Uter is a perfect sample of well-balanced career. He does not come from top college and was not a superstar at his university. But had enough potential to make it to pro basketball. Maybe not on NBA level, but his skills were perfect match for playing overseas. He started from low-ranked leagues like Austria and Portugal. Then after his skills adjusted to basketball overseas, Uter made it up to second divisions in France and Israel. Finally he made it all the way to one of the strongest leagues in Europe - Israeli Winner League and becoming the most solid player of the league's best team. It's a pity that too many players with great skills are not matched properly to the leagues/teams and instead of developing their pro career, they end it too early being pushed on a bench in too-strong team or signing in a country which no one considers serious enough.



Ironi Ashkelon lands Michael Haynes, ex Reales - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Ashkelon 2nd team (Artzit) landed 31-year old American forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham). Haynes played in the summer at Reales in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He also played at Gent Dragons (previous name Gent) in Belgian Ethias League that season. In 30 games last season he was fifth best scorer with 14.0ppg and recorded 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg.
In 2004 Haynes was drafted by Westchester Wildfire (USBL) in second round (19th overall).
He attended Fordham University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Haynes won D-League championship title in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Haynes has played also professionally in France (Stade Clermont), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg and Walter Tigers), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Spain (Cantabria), Venezuela (Toros), Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and D-League (Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Denis Clemente joins Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro (SerieA) agreed terms with 26-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Denis Clemente (183-75kg-86, college: Kansas State, agency: KMG Sports Management). Clemente already started the season at Nuovo Napoli (Lega2). In three games this season he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg. The last season he also played at BK Edymax SPU Nitra (previous name Nitra) in Slovakian league. In 6 EuroChallenge games last year he recorded also great stats: 17.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 2.8spg. Clemente also played 34 games in Slovakian Extraliga where he recorded also great stats: 17.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-League Honorable Mention.
Clemente was voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Rookie of the Year in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Marousi), Israel (Maccabi Rishon) and Puerto Rico (Caciques).
Clemente attended Kansas State until 2010 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Johnson may be back at Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (SerieA) is close to add to their roster 28-year old Qatari international guard Trey Johnson (196-99kg-84, college: Jackson State, agency: Priority Sports). Its actually his comeback to Angelico Biella as he played here before. Johnson is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Johnson played for Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in the U.S.. In 15 games last year he recorded 13.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.9apg. He was called during the season by the New Orleans Hornets. But in 11 NBA games he averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg. Johnson also spent pre-season at BancaTercas that year.
In 2007 he was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) as #4 pick overall.
The former Jackson State star is in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Johnson won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2011.
He was also voted Gatorade All-D-League 1st Team in 2011. Johnson played for Qatari Senior National Team this year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played also professionally in France, Serbia (Vrsac), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors) and MBEL (Jackson Jam).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pesaro let Amoroso go - by Eurobasket

Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro (SerieA) cut 32-year old former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-107kg-80). In four SerieA games he played this season he averaged 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
The last season he played at BancaTercas. In 32 Nazionale C games last year he had 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
Amorosos team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2009.
He received also Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2008 and 2009. Amoroso represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 57.1%.
Amoroso has played previously for five other Italian teams: Virtus 1934 Bologna, Givova Scafati, Roseto, Sutor Montegranaro and SAIE3 Bologna.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @legabasketA)



Pesaro let Amoroso go - by Eurobasket

Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro (SerieA) cut 32-year old former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-107kg-80). In four SerieA games he played this season he averaged 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
The last season he played at BancaTercas. In 32 Nazionale C games last year he had 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
Amorosos team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2009.
He received also Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2008 and 2009. Amoroso represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 57.1%.
Amoroso has played previously for five other Italian teams: Virtus 1934 Bologna, Givova Scafati, Roseto, Sutor Montegranaro and SAIE3 Bologna.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @legabasketA)



Sidigas Avellino keep Dan Mavraides - by Eurobasket News

Sidigas Avellino extended the contract of Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton) for 15 days. The guard joined the team at the start of the season. He tallies 6.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in SeriaA. Last season Dan Mavraides started in Greece. He played for Aris Thessaloniki. Dan Mavraides notched 6.0 points, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds in EuroCup. In Greek League the player posted 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per appearance. Dan Mavraides is in his second pro season. He graduated from the Princeton University in 2011. The guard was Ivy League champion in 2011.


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Adrian Uter - Winner League Player of the Month - by Eurobasket

Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) recorded probably the best month in his pro career so far as he was named Player of the Month in Israeli Winner League.
Uter is in his second season at Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion and fifth year in Israeli league. That's mostly thanks to his great performance Maccabi Rishon started as biggest surprise of the season winning all 3 games so far.
Especially important was the last victory over league powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv, where the team from Rishon outclassed rivals from Tel-Aviv 81-64 (!!!).
Uter lead his team with 22 points and 9 rebounds. He averages so far 20.7 ppg (second best in the league), 10.3 rpg (4th best) and leads the league in the number of blocks with 3.0 bpg average.
Coach Effi Birnbaum (agency: Avi Zilberman ) has a very solid team, which proved to be one (if not the main ) contender for the title.
Uter is definitely team's strongerst point. But Maccabi can laso count on their American trio: Julian Wright (203-F-87, college: Kansas), Willie Warren (193-PG-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Oklahoma) and Lazeric Jones (182-PG-90, college: UCLA). The starting five is completed with Israeli international guard Nitzan Hanochi (194-SG-86, agency: Ronsport).
Splendid beginning of the season for Maccabi Rishon. They look forward to November 11th game against the only other undefeated team in the league - Greentops Netanya.
Uter is a perfect sample of well-balanced career. He does not come from top college and was not a superstar at his university. But had enough potential to make it to pro basketball. Maybe not on NBA level, but his skills were perfect match for playing overseas. He started from low-ranked leagues like Austria and Portugal. Then after his skills adjusted to basketball overseas, Uter made it up to second divisions in France and Israel. Finally he made it all the way to one of the strongest leagues in Europe - Israeli Winner League and becoming the most solid player of the league's best team. It's a pity that too many players with great skills are not matched properly to the leagues/teams and instead of developing their pro career, they end it too early being pushed on a bench in too-strong team or signing in a country which no one considers serious enough.



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Iwate's Takahashi garners PONTA BJ League Player of the Month - by John Scribe

The Basketball Japan (BJ) League announced that the Iwate Big Bull's Kenichi Takahashi (181-SG-80) was named the league's player of the month.

Lead by Takahashi, the Big Bull has started the 2012-2013 season on fire by earning a 8-0 record. This can also be alluded to the emergence of the head coach Dai Oketani, who has guided the Ryukyu Golden Kings to two league titles.

Takahashi, a shooting guard has played a team-leading 216 minutes and started every game while averaging.13.1 points per game during the month of October. He has done so while shooting a torrid 47.8% from the three-point stripe.



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Champion registers Canadian duo - by Dren Shporta

Reigning champions of BKT Superliga, Trepca, after a month of testing internationals have decided to bring in the club Canadian duo of Keaton Cole (177-G-89) and Paul Campbell (208-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Hawaii).

With this move, they part roads with other internationals that played in first five rounds - Vincent Simpson, and the ones in the test like Zeljko Egeric. Champions didn't start well the new season in BKT Superliga after they lost two matches, and both of them from their arch rivals, Peja and Sigal Prishtina.

Trepca is actually renovating their court and the home matches is playing in Kolegji Univers's court. This weekend they will play another derby, against Bashkimi, and they don't want to register another defeat - that's the main reason why they have replaced the internationals they had in the first month of the new season.





Vellaznimi lands slovenian Mihalic - by Dren Shporta

Vellaznimi team has registered the young point guard from Slovenia, Marcel Mihalic (185-PG-90). The notification came from Basketball Federation of Kosova.

Vellaznimi will replace macedonian Uros Vasiljevic, who was the main factor over their win against RTV 21, with Mihalic.

A 21 year old Mihalic was playing in Geoplin Slovan, before agreeing terms with Vellaznimi. He has also played before in other teams of Slovenian league like Krka, Triglav and others.

The reds from Gjakova have a positive record after five gameweeks with 3 victories and 2 lost matches. This weekend the team coached from Pal Syla with play against former champions Sigal Prishtina in Prishtina.



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Champville rally past Anibal to clinch SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Champville - Anibal 99:83

Champville claimed the first trophy of the new season. They outgunned Anibal Zahle for the SuperCup title. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) stepped up with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge.
Champville started strong. They accumulated a 28:19 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew deeper in the second quarter. Champville accounted for a 54:36 halftime advantage. Champville took over completely in the third quarter. The Lebanese defending champions secured a massive 86:55 advantage with one quarter remaining. But Anibal did not surrender exploding with 28 points in the fourth term. They cut the deficit but came up way short of victory at the end. Khalil Aoun (195-F-90) netted 18 points, while Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) posted 15 points for Champville. Joey Accaoui (172-PG, college: Vermont) answered with 18 points for Anibal. Bachir Saad (198-F-91) banked 15 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Champville: Fadi Khatib 28, Khalil Aoun 18, Reyshawn Terry 15
Anibal: Joey Accaoui 18, Bachir Saad 15



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LNB 2012 News - Tiburones de Vargas bring in Gerardo Suero - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The general management of Tiburones de Vargas has decided to add a second imported player for their upcoming international challenge in Liga Sudamericana, as they signed Dominican SG Gerardo Suero (193-G-89), who recently played for its country's Senior NT in the FIBA World Olympic Qualy, played at El Poliedro de Caracas, Venezuela.

Suero, a 23 year-old guard, played for Titanes del Distrito Nacional in the Dominican Republic's Liga Nacional (LNB). He originally played for Albany in the NCAA, averaging 21.6 points per game in his last season.

Tiburones will face Sao Jose Dos Campos (Brazil), Libertad de Sunchales (Argentina) and El Bosque (Peru) in Group D, to be played from November 1st till the 3rd at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira.

The team is coached by Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz, who led Tiburones to a 17-3 record in the LNB 2012 regular season, advancing at first place of the Central-East Conference to the Quarter Finals round, in which they'll face Lanceros de Cojedes in sieres to be played under the best-of-five format.



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BBC Nitia cut coach Carl Woodard - by Eurobasket

BBC Nitia Bettembourg (N2) waived 54-year old American coach Carl Woodard .
His team made it to the Danish League Semifinals in 2007.
Woodard has coached also professionally in Austria (Mattersb.49ers), Finland and Germany.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Eurobasket.com Names Stephen Shackleford Malta Basketball Player of the Week. - by Steve Dolan


Luxol's American Stephen Shackleford 6'6" UTSA (NCAA 1) put together one of the best games in this early season in Malta to help his team (Luxol) upset the defending champions (Athleta) 69-66 which has earned him Eurobasket.com Malta Basketball Player of the Week . Shackleford finished the game with 20pts, 21rebs, 3stls, 3ast FT: 2/3 FG: 6/15 3PT: 2/6. Luxol will only go as far as Shackleford will carry them this season. Shackleford is consider one of the top 3 Americans in Malta this season, Shackleford's play is key for Luxol improving from last season.

Honorable Mentions

Phillip Thomas (Floriana) 24pts, 1blk, 3stls, 14rebs

CJ Cordina (Luxol) 23pts, 2stls, 1ast, 3rebs

Marco Todorovic (Athleta) 18pts, 9rebs, 2ast

Jean Paul Azzopardi (Loyola) 16pts, 1stl, 2ast, 12rebs



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Balkan League: Teodo Tivat hold off OKK Beograd in opener - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - OKK Beograd 80:70

Teodo Tivat secured the opening win in their Balkan League season. They held off visiting OKK Beograd tonight. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) stepped up with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Montenegrin team.
Teodo Tivat jumped to a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. The hosts secured a 37:30 halftime lead. They broke away in the third quarter. Teodo Tivat unloaded 27 points in the period and piled up a 64:45 advantage at the final intermission. OKK Beograd nailed 25 points in the fourth frame to cut the deficit but could avoid the loss. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) finished with 16 points each for the winners. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for OKK Beograd. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) had 11 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Aleksandar Radulovic 18+13 boards, Savo Djikanovic 16, Marko Mijovic 16
OKK Beograd: Nikola Jeftic 13+11 boards, Ivan Marinkovic 11



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 31: Detroit P. - Houston R. 96-105
Oct. 31: N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S. 95-99
Oct. 31: Chicago B. - Sacramento K. 93-87
Oct. 31: Toronto R. - Indiana P. 88-90
Oct. 31: Phoenix Suns - Golden St.W. 85-87
Oct. 31: Philadelph.76 - Denver N. 84-75
Oct. 31: Portland TB - LA Lakers 116-106
Oct. 31: Utah Jazz - Dallas M. 113-94
Oct. 31: LA Clippers - Memphis G. 101-92

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 1: Brooklyn N. - New York K.
Nov. 1: San Antonio S. - Oklah.City T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers26.0 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers26.0 
 3. Gasol, LA Lakers19.5 
 4. Collison, Dallas M.17.0 
 5. Wright, Dallas M.14.5 
 6. Mayo, Dallas M.12.0 
 7. Carter, Dallas M.11.5 
 8. Beaubois, Dallas M.9.5 
 9. Marion, Dallas M.8.0 
 10. Crowder, Dallas M.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.0 
 2. Gasol, LA Lakers11.0 
 3. Marion, Dallas M.10.0 
 4. Brand, Dallas M.9.0 
 5. World Peace, LA La.5.5 
 6. Hill, LA Lakers4.5 
 7. Wright, Dallas M.4.0 
 8. Bryant, LA Lakers3.5 
 9. Crowder, Dallas M.3.0 
 10. Collison, Dallas3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darren COLLISON
  Dallas M.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Collison, Dallas M.5.5 
 2. Blake, LA Lakers4.5 
 3. Marion, Dallas M.4.0 
 4. Gasol, LA Lakers4.0 
 5. Nash, LA Lakers4.0 
 6. Howard, LA Lakers3.5 
 7. Mayo, Dallas M.3.0 
 8. World Peace, LA La.3.0 
 9. Beaubois, Dallas M.2.5 
 10. Brand, Dallas M.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Metta WORLD PEACE
  LA La.
  (201-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. World Peace, LA La.2.0 
 2. Collison, Dallas M.2.0 
 3. Brand, Dallas M.2.0 
 4. Beaubois, Dallas M.1.5 
 5. Blake, LA Lakers1.5 
 6. Howard, LA Lakers0.5 
 7. Carter, Dallas M.0.5 
 8. Bryant, LA Lakers0.5 
 9. Mayo, Dallas M.0.5 
 10. Crowder, Dallas M.0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandan WRIGHT
  Dallas M.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, Dallas M.2.5 
 2. Gasol, LA Lakers1.5 
 3. Brand, Dallas M.1.5 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers1.0 
 5. Marion, Dallas M.0.5 
 6. World Peace, LA La.0.5 
 7. Nash, LA Lakers0.5 
 8. Beaubois, Dallas M.0.5 
 9. Bryant, LA Lakers0.0 
 10. Jamison, LA Lake.0.0 


Daniel Orton officially agreed terms with The Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old forward Daniel Orton (208-116kg-90, college: Kentucky) after he was tested there shortly. Orton played most recently at Orlando Magic. In 20 NBA games last season he recorded just 2.5ppg and 2.1rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Orkando Magic in first round (29th overall). The former University of Kentucky standout is in his third season in pro basketball.
His college team won SEC Tournament in 2010.
Orton has played also professionally in D-League (New Mexico Thunderbirds).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Action continues with 9 games in the last day of October - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 101-92
LOS ANGELES - Jamal Crawford scored 29 points in 30 minutes in his first official game with his new team, and the Los Angeles Clippers converted 21 turnovers into 29 points Wednesday night in a 101-92 victory that extended the Memphis Grizzlies' NBA-record streak of opening-night losses to 12. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) and Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), who had 12 assists, were among six Clippers to score in double figures. The Clippers are 20-23 in season openers, 12-17 since moving from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984. The Grizzlies are 2-16 on opening night, 0-12 since the franchise shifted from Vancouver to Memphis in 2001. The Grizzlies got 25 points from Rudy Gay and 20 from Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances). Zach Randolph, who missed more than two 2 1-2 months last season after tearing the MCL in his right knee and undergoing surgery, had 15 points and 16 rebounds. The Clippers ended Memphis' 2011-12 season with a win in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The Grizzlies began their 18th season in the NBA under new management, following the announcement Wednesday that the $377 million sale of the club to a group led by California technology entrepreneur Robert J. Pera had been finalized and that the team will stay in Memphis. Pera's group includes former NBA star Penny Hardaway, as well as actor and singer Justin Timberlake. The league's board of governors approved the sale last Thursday. Crawford, who signed with the Clippers as a free agent after averaging 14 points in 60 games last season with Portland, gave the Clippers an 83-77 lead with a short jumper and a 3-pointer less than 2 minutes apart after they entered the fourth quarter trailing by four. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, and Memphis Grizzlies guard Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F-88, college: Washington) battle for a rebound during the first half of their NBA basketball, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Memphis managed to stay close until Paul set up Crawford for a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:41 remaining for a 96-90 lead, after DeAndre Jordan grabbed a critical offensive rebound of Paul's missed 3-point attempt. Less than a minute later, Crawford was awarded a basket on a goaltending call against Mike Conley following a steal by Paul, who then threw alley-oop pass to Jordan for a nine-point lead with 1:05 to play. Gasol powered the Grizzlies to a 53-49 halftime lead with 14 points. They trailed by as many as 12 with about 5 minutes left in the second quarter, but the 7-foot-1 All-Star scored the final eight points of a 12-0 run that tied the score at 46 with 2:41 left in the half. The Grizzlies and Clippers both set franchise records for winning percentage during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, finishing 4-5 in the Western Conference standings. Memphis was 41-25 and Los Angeles 40-26. The Clippers made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006 and only the fifth time in Los Angeles. They were swept by San Antonio in the conference semifinals after beating the Grizzlies in the first round - a seven-game series that included a stunning 99-98 victory in Game 1 after the Clippers trailed by 24 points in the fourth quarter. They became the first team ever to win Games 1 and 7 on the road in a first-round series. Reserve forward Matt Barnes, who rejoined the Clippers on Sept. 14 as a free agent after playing the last two seasons with the Lakers, served a one-game suspension from the league. The suspension stemmed from Barnes' arrest in July on suspicion of resisting arrest and threatening a public official, which is a felony, after he was approached on foot by a Manhattan Beach officer who was aware that Barnes had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor traffic violation. The 10th-year veteran pleaded no contest to the original misdemeanor charge last month at the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. NOTES: After learning of his suspension on Tuesday, Barnes wrote on his Twitter page: "My suspension handed down by the NBA 2day is a (hash)JOKE, but best of luck 2 my team 2maro vs a tough Memphis team & ill be ready for Friday vs Lakers." ... The Grizzlies exercised the fourth-year option on swingman Quincy Pondexter's rookie contract, which will pay him $2.2 million next season. He was acquired from New Orleans last December for G Greivis Vasquez. ... Los Angeles has seven players with at least nine seasons of NBA experience - including Grant Hill, who began his 19th pro campaign in street clothes because of a bone bruise on his right knee. ... Conley's steal on a pass by Jordan broke Shane Battier's club record of 523 - in 60 fewer games. Last season, Conley was second in the league with 2.19 steals per game, a franchise best. Courtesy of: www.therepublic.com

Phoenix Suns - Golden St.W. 85-87
PHOENIX - The Suns are a team that might have to grow on you. That growth looked like an infection as the Suns provided the Halloween fright by falling behind by 17 points early in Wednesday night's season opener against Golden State. Just when the Suns looked like they might be planting a seed for that growth with a rally, their inexperience together unraveled late into an 87-85 loss at US Airways Center. Twice, Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat lost offensive rebounds by battling each other for them down the stretch. Twice, the Suns hesitated when they needed a tying 3-pointer and let Golden State foul in the final seconds. And given a gift by Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson)'s two free-throw misses, Goran Dragic raced upcourt and passed to Sebastian Telfair rather than taking a shot to win in time. This is a Suns season that was to be defined more by its defense, and the Suns nearly played it out to be a two-hour commercial for that campaign. Instead, Golden State reserve undersized power forward Carl Landry scored 14 fourth-quarter points to give the Warriors their first win in a Suns home opener in nine tries. After the Suns took an 84-83 lead with 1:40 to go with a bank shot from Scola on his double-double night, Landry scored the next two trips while the Suns came back with a Scola miss and a Jared Dudley missed 3-pointer. Golden State won despite 38.4 percent shooting and stars David Lee and Stephen Curry going a combined 4 for 30 from the field. The Warriors' bench outscored the Suns' reserves 46-24. Midway through the second quarter, the Suns were losing 46-29 and giving up 50-percent shooting to Golden State after a bad stint from the bench. But a surprise substitution of P.J. Tucker changed the look of the defense for the rest of the game, with help from players like Gortat (career-high tying five blocks), Scola (savvy ball pokes and help defense) and Dragic (three steals and constant ball pressure). The Warriors made 17 of 58 shots (29 percent) for the remainder of the game, starting with the Suns holding them to only two points over the final 6:35 of the first half to get the Golden State lead to a manageable 48-42 edge at the half. Dudley's 10 points sustained the Suns early and Scola's nine second-quarter points, including the second 3-pointer of his career, kept the Suns in it, but they continued to grind the game out defensively before finding their run in the third quarter, when they scored on six consecutive possessions to take a 63-62 lead on a Gortat follow with 3:30 to go in the third quarter. The Suns stretched the lead to as much as six when Tucker made a follow and earned himself a role down the stretch while Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) sat on the bench. Despite high hopes for a starring role, Beasley had a disappointing two-for-nine shooting, eight-point debut. The Suns lost their season opener for a third consecutive season in front of an announced crowd of 15,678, which included sold lower-bowl seats for many who apparently chose trick-or-treating over surge-and-falling. The Suns put five players in double figures with Dragic leading the team with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, including 8-for-10 free-throw shooting and only 4-for-12 field-goal shooting. Scola had 15 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals while Tucker scored all 10 of his points in the second half. Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah), in his first game since a January foot fracture, had eight points and six rebounds, but Warriors wings Klay Thompson (16 points with four 3-pointers) and Brandon Rush (14 points with makes on his first six shots) carried a struggling offense. Courtesy of: www.azcentral.com

Utah Jazz - Dallas M. 113-94
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Jazz made three major offseason moves, with a pair of trades to acquire Mo and Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) and the acquisition of free-agent Randy Foye. Call it money well spent. The three combined for 55 of Utah's points and all six of the Jazz 3-pointers in a 113-94 victory Wednesday night over the Dallas Mavericks, with the M & M duo scoring 21 points apiece. "We're veterans," Mo Williams said. "We know what we bring to the table. We're just going to try to bring what we bring, try not to be no more than we are." Paul Millsap added 15 rebounds and 13 points Utah. Al Jefferson also had a double-double with 14 rebounds and 12 points. The score was tied at 70 before Mo Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers then scored on a driving layup. Marvin Williams followed with his second 3-pointer, putting Utah up 11 points with 2:57 left in the third. The Jazz led by as many as 20 after trailing 63-55 at halftime. "I just told the guys to stay the course," Mo Williams after the Jazz opened 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. "Pick up our intensity, pick up our defense and things will turn around. It's a long game. I've seen crazier things happen. We just wanted to stay solid and not get our heads down." Darren Collison scored 17 points for the Mavs, who pulled off an upset win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday but couldn't match Utah's pace in the second half. "When you get beat by 24 in a quarter that is a convincing beating," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of being outscored 37-13 in the third. "We just didn't match their aggression in the third and that was the difference in the game." It didn't help that Dallas continued to play without 11-time All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki and 7-0 center Chris Kaman. The Jazz held a 44-30 advantage on points in the paint and 61-40 edge in rebounds. Carlisle almost predicted as much, calling Utah a "wrecking crew" in the paint before the game with its four bigs. Utah's aggressive style helped the Jazz get to the free throw line 42 times, and unlike the Lakers, they cashed in, making 31. "It was a march to the free-throw line, and their shot-making was really there in the second half," Carlisle said. "It turned into a lousy night for us. They had a lot to do with it." Give some credit to Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, who chastised his team at halftime. "He came in and told us what it was," Mo Williams said. "We got to pick up our intensity, got to get aggressive, get into them. They were having their way the first half." Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Mavs (1-1), while O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter had 12 points apiece. The Mavs started off hot despite not arriving in Salt Lake City until about 3 a.m., hitting their first five shots in building a 15-8 lead. Utah pulled even at 18 with 3:51 left in the quarter on Marvin Williams' fast-break layup. He had 10 first-quarter points, including his first 3-pointer as a member of the Jazz. The Jazz surged ahead 42-35 in the second quarter as Mo Williams settled in, hitting four shots and two free throws in a 4-minute span. But the Mavs fought back with six 3-pointers, three by Mayo, two by Jae Crowder and one by Collison that started a 24-8 run and gave Dallas a 63-55 edge at the break. It wouldn't be enough, against a Jazz team with depth. The Mavs scored 31 points in the second half after scoring 63 in the first. "I think they imposed their will," said Collison. The Jazz got a scare when second-year pro Enes Kanter headed to the locker room with blood covering his face after catching an elbow from Vince Carter. He emerged with three stitches in his chin, and finally got back in the game late in the third quarter, in time to provide a few key rebounds. He finished with six points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes. "He's a tough kid," Marvin Williams said of Kanter, the third overall pick last year. "One thing I love about him is he plays so hard. So I wouldn't be surprised if he has a couple more of those this season." Afterward, the flashy big man sported a black straw hat with feather, black leather jacket and blue-and-while skull-and-crossbones belt buckle. "In the second half, we wanted the game," Kanter said. "We went out there to fight, fight, fight." The bandage on his chin was evidence of that. "It's basketball. It doesn't matter if I get hit, get 30 stitches," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and lift up my teammates. That's my job. They can hit me every game." Overall, it was a perfect homecoming for Mo Williams, drafted by the Jazz No. 47 overall in 2003, but allowed to leave after one year. "It was fun," said Mo Williams, who helped the Jazz to a 27-12 advantage on the fast-break and finished with six assists and two blocked shots. But he admitted it was a lot different than opening night in 2003 as rookie. "I couldn't sleep. I was nervous," he recalled. "It's the complete opposite now. I feel home, feel comfortable. Everything is all good now." NOTES: Mo Williams was assessed a technical foul with 7:50 left in the first quarter after being called for a foul on Collison. ... Utah F Millsap had nine rebounds in the first quarter. ... Mo Williams grabbed the microphone before Wednesday's game, thanked the fans, and said, "I want to say how happy I am to be back." ... He played only four minutes in the first quarter after picking up his second personal foul. Courtesy of: greenwichtime.com

N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S. 95-99
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest), Tony Parker and those wily San Antonio Spurs showed the kids a thing or two. No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) fit right in for New Orleans in his pro debut, scoring 21 points with a dazzling variety of offensive moves, but the Spurs came through in the final minute for a 99-95 victory over the Hornets on opening night Wednesday. Parker hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49.6 seconds remaining, Duncan tacked on a couple of free throws and the Spurs celebrated at the end, having turned back a franchise that hopes to rebuild around a couple of rookies. Davis and fellow first-round pick Austin Rivers both started for the Hornets, who fell to the bottom of the Western Conference last season after trading Chris Paul to the Clippers. Rivers struggled in his debut, going 1 of 9 from the field and finishing with just seven points. Not so for Davis. Even with only one season of college, which he put to good use by leading Kentucky to a national title and earning player of the year honors, he showed no signs of being a tentative rookie. "He's only going to get better," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "I love him because he takes losing hard, the way I do. He's in there feeling like it's the end of the world. You can't help but love guys who take it in the heart the way you do." Of course, considering how it was at Kentucky, this is going to take some getting used to. Davis and the Wildcats lost only two games last season. He's halfway to that total with his new team. "I'm just trying to play the game. Go out there and explore," Davis said. "If I don't have shots, look for my teammates. And they were doing a great job of finding me in my sweet spots. All the credit goes to them really." He was admittedly nervous before his first real game as a pro, though it didn't show. "That's just how I am," Davis said. "We can be playing against a high school team, it doesn't matter. You want to perform well. You get amped up and nervous because you don't know if you're going to play well." Duncan scored 24 points and Parker added 23 for the Spurs, who trailed 91-87 after Davis hit two free throws with 2:42 remaining. Duncan erased the deficit all by himself, scoring off a drive, then grabbing a pass in the lane from Boris Diaw and powering inside for a dunk, despite getting fouled by Roger Mason. A free throw completed the three-point play and put the Spurs ahead with 1:48 left. To their credit, the Hornets didn't fold. Greivis Vasquez tossed up a lob that Davis dunked, putting New Orleans back ahead. Duncan responded, going over Ryan Anderson to tip in a missed shot. After Davis made two free throws with 1:08 remaining to send New Orleans to its final lead, 95-94, the Spurs took control. San Antonio worked the ball with a series of quick passes until Parker broke free by the top of the arc. He connected with 49.6 seconds left for a go-ahead 3-pointer. Vasquez missed an open 3, slapping his hands in disgust after the ball bounced off the front of the rim. Duncan grabbed the rebound, was quickly fouled and padded the lead with two free throws. Al-Farouq Aminu took one more 3, but it missed badly. The Spurs dribbled out the clock, showing they're not ready to give in yet to a team such as the Hornets. "Their youth and athleticism made it difficult for us," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's a great group of guys, and it's going to be a fun team to watch. If Timmy doesn't do what he does, that's a loss for us." Duncan and the Spurs tightened up defensively, and the 15-year veteran just refused to be denied at the offensive end. "We put in some plays for him," Popovich said, "but it was just his determination down the stretch that got us the win." Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, said an ankle that bothered him during the preseason was just fine. But he played like a rookie, especially in the first half. "I was thinking too much," Rivers said. "The second half, I just played. It was my first game. Now I know what to do and what not to do. That won't happen again." Duncan schooled Davis right away, scoring a couple of quick baskets against the rookie. But school didn't last long. Davis knocked down an 18-foot jumper from the baseline. Then he swished a 16-footer. By the end of his first quarter in the NBA, the kid had nine points and four rebounds, leading the Hornets to a 31-28 lead. New Orleans stretched its advantage to 50-43 at halftime, but San Antonio dominated the early part of the third quarter to turn the deficit into a seven-point lead. New Orleans fought back, sending the game to the final period tied at 71. It was tight the rest of the way, neither team leading by more than four points. The crowd of 15,358 was about 2,500 short of a sellout at New Orleans Arena, showing the Davis era has yet to totally capture the city's imagination. Give him time. The Spurs don't have a lot of time with their 30-something core - Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili - but let's not forget they had the best record in the West a year ago. San Antonio was knocked off in the conference finals by youthful Oklahoma City and found itself a man down in the opener. Ginobili wasn't able to play because of back spasms. The Hornets couldn't quite take advantage of his absence. "It was a great night," Davis said. "We all went out there and had fun. It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but that's a great Spurs team. We're going to see them again, and it's going to be another great game." Notes: The Hornets also were short-handed. G Eric Gordon remains out indefinitely after missing all of training camp with a sore left knee. ... Aminu finished with 17 points and had a couple of highlight-reel dunks. ... The teams were even on the boards, each finishing with 43 rebounds. ... Davis had just one blocked shot, one of his big weapons at Kentucky. Courtesy of: www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Sacramento K. 93-87
Like his unorthodox jumper, there's something indescribable about Joakim Noah. It's an intangible, to be sure, and it can't make Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) 's knee heal faster or LeBron James disappear. But it was on full display Wednesday night at the United Center, when the Bulls opened the 47th season in franchise history with a 93-87 victory over the Kings that featured all the qualities needed during Rose's lengthy absence. Heart. Hustle. Defense. Rebounding. One of Noah's favorite phrases is that he likes to affect winning, and the spirited center did exactly that with 23 points, 10 rebounds, a career-high five steals and three blocks. Noah's game is first time a Bull had at least 23 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists in game since Pippen did it in December 1991. And his 11 made FTs tied a career high. "It's Halloween and he had a monster night," Carlos Boozer said. "He got us in the bonus almost all by himself." Noah's energy led a rocky offensive effort that featured Richard Hamilton and Boozer reaching double figures and the Bulls scoring 25 points off 21 Kings' turnovers but shooting just 41.8 percent. Noah's spirit also proved contagious: Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), who struggled through a 3-for-13 night, hustled to save Hamilton's missed shot from going out of bounds and got rewarded with a dunk off a Boozer feed for a seven-point lead with 4 minutes, 6 seconds remaining. Boozer, who finished with 18 points, then followed with a three-point play off Noah's miss with 2:46 remaining. The Bulls had 19 second-chance points overall. "This team has character," Noah said. "We're a team that has gone through a lot of adversity with our best player being hurt being the major one. Derrick will be back. But right now, it's on us." Deng split two free throws with 35.6 seconds left for a four-point lead and the Bulls forced the Kings into a five-second violation on the ensuing inbound pass. The Bulls built a 14-point, third-quarter lead with a strong effort right after halftime. Noah's block on former Bull James Johnson led to a Hamilton 3-pointer at the other end, capping a 12-2 run that also featured DeMarcus Cousins' fourth foul and subsequent technical. The Bulls played fairly well offensively in the first half as well but consistently allowed dribble penetration, particularly from Tyreke Evans. He finished with 21 points to lead the Kings. "I think most games are going to be like this," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "You have to be able to grind them out, find different ways to win, play tough. Our defense wasn't very good to start but got better as the game went on. And our rebounding was very good." The Bulls got little scoring from Deng, who finished with seven points but a team-high 12 rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich, who missed 6-of-7 shots with a team-high seven assists. Though all 10 players who logged action scored, Marco Belinelli got pulled for failing to contest Marcus Thornton's 3-point shot right after Belinelli had fed Nate Robinson for his own 3. The Bulls, who matched a franchise record (1983-87) with their fifth straight home opening victory, won the rebounding, second-chance points and points in the paint battles. You know, the places heart is needed. "We just want to make the city proud fighting every day," Noah said. For at least the first night, mission accomplished. Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com

Detroit P. - Houston R. 96-105
The Houston Rockets, led by James Harden, erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Pistons, 105-96, at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday. The Houston Rockets, led by James Harden, erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Pistons, 105-96, at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday. The Pistons led 85-77 with 9:37 left in the fourth quarter before the Rockets ended the game on a 28-11 run for the come-from-behind victory. The Rockets outscored the Pistons, 33-15, in the fourth quarter. Harden had 37 points, six rebounds and 12 assists on 14-of-25 shooting from the field, including 4-of-10 from three-point territory, in his first game as a member of the Houston Rockets. Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) added 12 points, eight assists and four steals for the Rockets. The Pistons were led in scoring by Brandon Knight, who had 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field. Rodney Stuckey had nine points in the game but was 1-of-9 from the field. Pistons rookie Andre Drummond had two points, two rebounds and one block in just under 13 minutes in his NBA regular-season debut. Rookie Kyle Singler had 10 points off the bench for Detroit. Courtesy of:houston.sbnation.com

Portland TB - LA Lakers 116-106
The Los Angeles Clippers opened their season with a 101-92 win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Clippers knocked off the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-92, on Wednesday night, opening their season with a win. The game, which went back and forth until Los Angeles pulled away late in the fourth quarter, was a rematch of the teams' playoff series from a season ago. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 29 points off the bench. Crawford made 10-of-14 shots, including 3-of-7 three-point attempts. Chris Paul finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points to go along with 12 assists. Lamar Odom made an impact in his Clipper debut, blocking four shots and pulling down six rebounds. Six different Clippers scored in double figures, including Blake Griffin who scored 11 points. The Grizzlies led, 53-49, at halftime and 77-73 after three quarters, but were outscored 28-15 in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gay led Memphis with 25 points, while Marc Gasol finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Zach Randolph scored 15 points and finished with a game-high 16 rebounds. The game had a few tense moments in the fourth quarter with Randolph and Griffin being assessed double technical fouls. The Clippers won despite committing 22 turnovers. This is the 12th straight season the Grizzlies have lost their season opener. Courtesy of:www.sbnation.com

Philadelph.76 - Denver N. 84-75
The 76ers spoiled the homecoming of Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) with a season-opening win over the Nuggets. It wasn't the return to Philadelphia that Andre Iguodala was hoping for. His Denver Nuggets fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 84-75, in their season opener on Wednesday. Iguodala was traded to the Denver Nuggets in the offseason as part of the Dwight Howard deal. Philadelphia's most notable returns were Andrew Bynum, who did not play on Wednesday, and Jason Richardson, who finished with 10 points. In his return to Philadelphia, Iguodala's shot was off the mark. He was just 5-for-13 from the field and finished with 11 points. Philadelphia got a big game off the bench from Spencer Hawes. In 31 minutes of action, Hawes finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) also had a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 assists. The Nuggets were led in scoring by Ty Lawson, who finished with 16 points. The 76ers will be back in action on Sunday night when they travel to New York to play the Knicks. Courtesy of:www.sbnation.com

Toronto R. - Indiana P. 88-90
The Indiana Pacers rode David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) late to erase a 10-point Toronto Raptors lead halfway through the fourth quarter. After the third quarter, one where the Indiana Pacers were getting throttled by the Toronto Raptors both physically and mentally, a feeling of bleakness overrode the general consensus regarding Indiana's chances in a game they had no answers for. And halfway through the fourth quarter, with the Raptors going up double digits, it was quickly becoming a game defined by turnovers; with the Raptors forcing 19 and outscoring Indiana 17-4 on points off turnovers. But with the game on the verge of getting out of hand, the Pacers defense began to step up while David West led the charge, carrying the team on his back, on the other end. West finished the night with 25 points, 14 of them coming in the fourth quarter. The Pacers used West to storm back on a 16-4 run to close the game. West was in early foul trouble against Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85), but once he worked his way around the big man, he was able to take over the game. George Hill, wincing from his hip late in the game, helped close out the night with Indiana's final three points, two of those coming on the game winning tear drop with two seconds left. Hill had 8 points and 7 assists in his first action of the year, helping Indiana with six huge points in Indiana's comeback. He's clearly not 100%, but still played his heart out late. Paul George was the go-to at the beginning of the game, but struggled to make a scoring impact late. George would finish the night with 14 points, but continued to work in other areas, totaling 15 rebounds and 5 assists. George was in the zone early, taking it to newly minted big money man DeMar DeRozen often. Roy Hibbert joined with George early to make an impact on the game, battling down low with quality looking rookie Jonas Valanciunas. Hibbert finished with 14 points as well, them coming in the first half, but playing solid defense around the basket to come away with 9 boards and 5 blocks. The second unit was a real mess in the second quarter, looking as if they'd never played a second together; though in most cases, that's not entirely untrue. Timing was off, passes were rushed, physical and active Raptors defense crowded passing lanes and created a bad show that resulted in a myriad of turnovers. Gerald Green and Ian Mahinmi struggled with ball control, committing 10 of the team's 19 (with Paul George adding another 5). Sam Young looked capable off the bench in his short time, Lance Stephenson struggled in the fourth quarter defensively, but was able to come up with 5 points and 4 rebounds. D.J. Augustin got some plays late, but it was a quiet game from Tyler Hansbrough that anchored a frustrating second unit. Hansbrough got 8 points in his 20 minutes of action, finding his way to the line for four attempts. The Pacers have a lot of room to grow, but teaching moments are far more enjoyable on a win than a loss. Ball control was a huge area of concern during the preseason, and it didn't look any better tonight. In Toronto's defense, they were very active and physical on the defensive end. The officials let calls go through most of the game, giving the Raptors a green light to swarm the attack the Pacers. Indiana struggled in response to this, especially when they were a step slow on loose balls and not crisp enough on passes. Indiana did miss the presence of Danny Granger at times in the second half, it was clear where they were going to miss him as he deals with his knee issue. Even still, the Pacers were able to get enough production to claw out a win; better ball control alone helps clean this game up in Indiana's favor. In the end, however, Indiana is 1-0 on the season, grabbing a big road win as they travel to Charlotte for a Friday night game against the Bobcats. Courtesy of:www.indycornrows.com



James Harden agrees to $80 million 5-year extension with the Rockets - by Eurobasket

Houston Rockets agreed to 5-year extension with 23-year old shooting guard James Harden (196-100kg-89, college: Arizona State). The deal is reportedly worth $80 million. In his first game this season he had very impressive stats: 37 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. The last season he played for the Thunder. In 82 NBA games he recorded great stats: 16.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Three years ago Oklahoma Thunder selected him as third overall pick in NBA draft. Harden attended Arizona State until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He received Pac-10 Player of the Year award and USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award back in 2009 at his college time. Harden also represented USA at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) this year. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.5ppg, FGP-3 (78.6%), 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 57.1%.

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Jrue Holiday signs $46 million 4-year extension with the 76ers - by Eurobasket

Philadelphia 76ers signed 4-year contract extension with 22-year old point guard Jrue Holiday (191-82kg-90, college: UCLA). The deal is worth $46 million.
Holidays played 77 NBA games last year where he had 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals.
Three years ago Holiday was drafted by the 76ers in first round (17th overall). The former UCLA staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
He was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team in 2011.

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Grizzlies exercise option on Quincy Pondexter - by Eurobasket

Memphis Grizzlies have excercised the fourth-year option on swingman Quincy Pondexter (198-102kg-88, college: Washington).
He played 71 games last season where he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder in first round (26th overall). Pondexter attended The University of Washington until 2010 and it may be his third season in pro basketball.
His college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2010.
Pondexter received also NABC Division I All-District 20 1st Team award in 2010. He represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. Pondexters team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 74.1%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Demar DeRozan signed $40 million 4-year extension with the Raptors - by Eurobasket

Toronto Raptors agreed to terms with 23-year old swingman Demar DeRozan (201-100kg-89, college: USC) to extend his contract for another 4 years. The deal is worth $40 million.
In 63 NBA games last season DeRozan averaged impressive 16.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg.
Three years ago he was drafted by the Raptors in first round (9th overall). DeRozan attended University of Southern California until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
His college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2009.
DeRozan received also Pac-10 All-Freshman Team award back in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Steve Nash injures knee in a game against Blazers - by Eurobasket

In just his second game with the Los Angeles Lakers, veteran guard Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) injured his left knee against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nash appeared to bump knees with Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) late in the first half Wednesday night and limped off the court. He was helped to the locker room.
The Lakers initially reported the injury was not serious and Nash was able to play. But just 1:16 into the second half it was clear he was struggling and he headed back to the locker room.
The exact nature of the injury was not known. Nash was replaced by Steve Blake (6'3''-PG-80, college: Maryland).
Nash had two points and four assists against the Blazers.


Courtesy of NBA




Eric Gordon out Indefinitely. - by Bryan Floyd

Head Coach Monty Williams just announced that Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) is out indefinitely. No specific details were provided besides his knee is acting up. Gordon just can't stay healthy and it is a real shame. The Hornets have to be disappointed that their max player is out and will have to start this season sidelined, but must realize they cannot rush him back. With Gordon out indefinitely, expect Roger Mason and Austin Rivers to pick up the bulk of the playing time at shooting guard, with Rivers expected to start.


The Bulls extended a contract with Taj Gibson worth $38 million - by Eurobasket

Chicago Bulls agreed terms to extend a contract with 27-year old forward Taj Gibson (206-102kg-85, college: USC, agency: Priority Sports) for another 4 years. A deal is worth $38 million.
In 69 NBA games last year Gibson recorded 7.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3bpg. He helped them to win the Central Division title.
Three years ago Gibson was drafted by the Bulls in first round (26th overall). The former University of Southern California standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
He was voted NBA All-Rookie 1st Team in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NCAA1   


Minnesotas rookie Wally Ellenson will miss 6-8 weeks - by Eurobasket

Minnesota Timberwolves lost for 6-8 weeks their rookie guard Wally Ellenson (193-91kg). Coach Tubby Smith said after Wednesdays practice that Ellenson hurt his shooting hand when it caught in a teammates jersey during a rebounding drill the day before. Smith said he will consider redshirting Ellenson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard from Rice Lake, Wis. Ellenson just graduated from Minnesota (NCAA).
Ellenson has never been drafted by the NBA.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  AUS
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mills, AUS21.5 
 2. Durant, USA20.3 
 3. Ginobili, ARG19.4 
 4. Gasol, ESP19.1 
 5. Scola, ARG18.0 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS17.5 
 7. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
 8. Deng, ENG15.8 
 9. Parker, FRA15.7 
 10. Batum, FRA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  (212-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Mejri, TUN10.0 
 3. Diogu, NGR9.0 
 4. Ben Ghnia, TUN8.6 
 5. Nene, BRA8.0 
 6. Love, USA7.9 
 7. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 8. Kirilenko, RUS7.5 
 9. Varejao, BRA7.0 
 10. Deng, ENG6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (190-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.5 
 2. Huertas, BRA6.0 
 3. Shved, RUS5.9 
 4. James, USA5.6 
 5. Jasikevicius, LTU5.3 
 6. Paul, USA4.9 
 7. Kalnietis, LTU4.8 
 8. Deng, ENG4.6 
 9. Dellavedova, AUS4.5 
 10. Diaw, FRA4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, USA2.6 
 2. Aminu, NGR2.0 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.9 
 4. Nielsen, AUS1.8 
 5. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 6. Ben Ghnia, TUN1.8 
 7. Durant, USA1.7 
 8. De Colo, FRA1.7 
 9. Ginobili, ARG1.6 
 10. James, USA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  TUN
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Mejri, TUN3.4 
 2. Yi, CHN2.2 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.8 
 4. Batum, FRA1.5 
 5. Ibaka, ESP1.3 
 6. Seraphin, FRA1.3 
 7. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 8. Jankunas, LTU1.0 
 9. Nene, BRA1.0 
 10. Newley, AUS0.8 



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 6-0 
 2. San Mig Coffee 4-2 
 3. Meralco Bolts 4-2 
 4. Rain or Shine 4-2 
 5. Alaska Aces 4-2 
 6. Petron Blaze 3-3 
 7. Barangay Ginebra 2-4 
 8. Barako Bull 2-5 
 9. Air21 Express 1-5 
 10. Global Port 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 31: Barako Bull - Meralco Bolts 88-99
Oct. 31: Global Port - San Mig Coffee 78-82
Nov. 4: San Mig Coffee - Barangay Ginebra
Nov. 4: Meralco Bolts - Rain or Shine
Nov. 4: Barako Bull - Global Port
Nov. 2: Alaska Aces - Talk N Text
Nov. 2: Petron Blaze - Air21 Express


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Meralco .
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Mercado, Meralco21.7 
 2. Caguioa, Barang.20.6 
 3. Miller, Global Port19.8 
 4. Fonacier, Talk N.19.0 
 5. Yap, San M.18.8 
 6. Cardona, Meralco18.3 
 7. Santos, Petron B.16.3 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.16.3 
 9. Cabagnot, Petron16.3 
 10. Chan, Rain or Shi.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.0 
 2. Cruz, Rain or Shine10.8 
 3. Pingris, San M.10.3 
 4. Villanueva, Barako9.8 
 5. Williams, Talk N.9.7 
 6. Maierhofer, Barang.9.4 
 7. de Ocampo, San M.8.8 
 8. Washington, Petron8.7 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.8.4 
 10. deOcampo, Talk N.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tenorio, Barang.6.0 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.7 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.7 
 4. Miller, Global Port5.4 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.5.3 
 6. Mercado, Meralco5.3 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze5.0 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barako4.8 
 9. Casio, Alaska Aces4.7 
 10. Barroca, San M.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony DELA CRUZ
  Alaska A.
  (193-F-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dela Cruz, Alaska2.0 
 2. Urbiztondo, Barako1.8 
 3. Reyes, Talk N Text1.7 
 4. Hodge, Meralco1.7 
 5. Fonacier, Talk N.1.7 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron1.3 
 7. Chan, Rain or Shine1.3 
 8. Custodio, Air21 E.1.3 
 9. Borboran, Meralco1.3 
 10. Miller, Global Po.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Santos, Petron B.2.0 
 2. Hodge, Meralco1.7 
 3. Mamaril, Barang.1.4 
 4. Ellis, Barangay.1.3 
 5. Baclao, Air21 E.1.3 
 6. Salvacion, Meralc.1.0 
 7. Hugnatan, Meralco1.0 
 8. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.0 
 9. Washington, Petron1.0 
 10. deOcampo, Talk N.1.0 


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: October 31, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

Say what you want about James Yap hes too showbiz, he doesnt play defense, he shoots way too much, hes overrated but this you have to admit when his team needs a win, theres nobody else theyd trust to deliver more than him.

In yet another close encounter of the PBA kind (hey, its Halloween, so allow me those campy references), the Mixers pulled out a big win with Yap unloading a huge fourth quarter. He scored all but 5 of his 16 points to help SMC come back from an 8-point hole to start the final frame.

Yap was helped by the herculean performance of Marc Pingris, who scored 17 points and grabbed 16 boards. PJ Simon, Mark Barroca, and Joe Devance all scored in double figures as the Mixers moved up to a tie for second place with 4 wins against 2 defeats.

Two-time MVP Willie Miller and rookie Vic Manuel led Global Port with a combined 36 points and 20 rebounds.

In the second game, the Meralco Bolts also climbed to 4-2 after beating the Barako Bull Energy Colas, 99-86. Sol Mercado led the Bolts with 22 markers, 6 boards, and 6 dimes, while Ronjay Buenafe and Mac Cardona dropped 16 points each.

Game Recaps:
SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 82-78

When the game is on the line, expect big time players to take center stage.

In a battle of two-time Most Valuable Player winners, James Yap and Willie Miller found themselves in a scoring duel at the end of the game between San Mig Coffee and GlobalPort.

In the end, it was Yap who got the job done.

The San Mig Coffee superstar scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth period, all of which came in a key juncture, as the Mixers survived a gritty challenge from the Batang Pier for a come-from-behind 82-78 triumph Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Yap had back-to-back baskets at the low block against the tight defense of Mark Yee, including the go-ahead basket with 40 seconds left that pegged the score at 79-78.

San Mig Coffee forced a stop against Miller in the ensuing possession. Forced to give up a foul, GlobalPort sent Mark Barroca to the charity stripe, where the sophomore guard split his free throws, giving GlobalPort one last chance to win the game or send it into overtime.

GlobalPort rookie forward Vic Manuel had a chance to tie the count but flubbed his short stab, before Barroca was sent to the line anew.

This time, Barroca made both his charities to ensure the Mixers fourth win.

Cone wasnt completely satisfied with the win, but said he would take it.

You look at all our wins, they were tough. Right now, I wish we can be a lot smoother, move the ball better. In the meantime, we will take the ugly wins,but hopefully we can win pretty down the line, said Cone, who praised his counterpart.

Coach Glenn Capacio did a great job, particularly with his quick line up that took Yancy (De Ocampo) off the floor, we got to take him out of the floor because we cannot match up with them. Finally, we were forced to match up with them. But Ping did a great job defensively while James made some big shots down the stretch.

SMC 82- Pingris 17, Yap 16, Simon 15, Barroca 11, Devance 11, De Ocampo 4, Ramos 2, Villanueva 2, Gonzales 2, Reavis 2
GLO 78- Miller 19, Manuel 17, Deutchman 7, Antonio 7, Mandani 6, Guevarra 6, Vanlandingham 5, Adducul 4, Vergara 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Yee 2, Cruz 0
QS: 13-19; 30-38; 50-58; 82-78

MERALCO BOLTS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS, 99-86

Up against a team expected to play with a lot of emotion after losing a heartbreaking loss to San Mig Coffee, Ryan Gregorio knew how to motivate his squad.

We just have to make sure we will match the emotions of Barako Bull and the best way is to play good defense, said Gregorio.

The Bolts kept the taller Energy Cola out of their comfort zone all the way to winning 99-86 in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Sol Mercado finished with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists while five other players finished with at least eight markers for the Bolts, who unloaded 34 second-quarter points to turn a once close encounter into a decisive victory.

Ronjay Buenafe and Mac Cardona contributed 16 points apiece, Reynel Hugnatan had 12 markers and Cliff Hodge and Sunday Salvacion had eight points each for the Bolts, who improved to 4-2 win-loss mark.

The best thing about our team now is that nobody cares who gets the credit for the win. Whatever we lacked with ceiling, we compensate with quickness. Were now 4-2 so we have the best six-game start of our young franchise, added Gregorio.

MER 99- Mercado 22, Buenafe 16, Cardona 16, Hugnatan 12, Hodge 8, Salvacion 8, Borboran 6, Reyes 5, Artadi 4, Sharma 2, Bulawan 0
BAR 86- Urbiztondo 14, Kramer 14, Najorda 13, Villanueva 13, Yap 9, Tubid 7, Pennisi 7, Marcelo 3, Co 2, Alvarez 2, Anthony 2, Ballesteros 0
QS: 19-21, 53-40, 78-59, 99-86

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



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  POLAND   


Milija Bogicevic takes over at Anwil - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (TBL) announced the hiring of 38-year old Slovenian coach Milija Bogicevic. Bogicevic has coached for the last two years at PBG Basket (PLK).
His team made it to the Polish Cup Final Four in 2008.
Bogicevic has coached previously another Polish team: Polpharma. He worked as coach assistant with Bobry Bytom, Buducnost, Mitrovica, Atlas Belgrade, Znicz Jaroslaw and Stal Ostrow. 
He replaces Dainius Adomaitis at the helm of Anwil. 

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  PUERTO RICO   


Denis Clemente joins Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro (SerieA) agreed terms with 26-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Denis Clemente (183-75kg-86, college: Kansas State, agency: KMG Sports Management). Clemente already started the season at Nuovo Napoli (Lega2). In three games this season he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg. The last season he also played at BK Edymax SPU Nitra (previous name Nitra) in Slovakian league. In 6 EuroChallenge games last year he recorded also great stats: 17.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 2.8spg. Clemente also played 34 games in Slovakian Extraliga where he recorded also great stats: 17.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-League Honorable Mention.
Clemente was voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Rookie of the Year in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Marousi), Israel (Maccabi Rishon) and Puerto Rico (Caciques).
Clemente attended Kansas State until 2010 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Obras cut Huertas - by Eurobasket

Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires (LigaA) cut 25-year old Puerto Rican international swingman David Huertas (195-89kg-87, college: Mississippi). In 11 LigaA games he played this season he averaged 11.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg.
He ended the last season at Metros in Dominican Rep. LNB. But the most of that year Huertas spent at Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN. In 40 games he had 12.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.4apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-BSN Honorable Mention.
Huertas played in the final of Puerto Rican BSN in 2009 and 2011.
He received also Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 1st Team award in 2012. Huertas represented Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) this year. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 16.7%, 3PT: 30.8%.
Huertas has played previously professionally in France (Fos Ouest) and Greece (Marousi).
He attended The University of Mississippi until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  QATAR   


Johnson may be back at Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (SerieA) is close to add to their roster 28-year old Qatari international guard Trey Johnson (196-99kg-84, college: Jackson State, agency: Priority Sports). Its actually his comeback to Angelico Biella as he played here before. Johnson is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Johnson played for Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in the U.S.. In 15 games last year he recorded 13.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.9apg. He was called during the season by the New Orleans Hornets. But in 11 NBA games he averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.1rpg. Johnson also spent pre-season at BancaTercas that year.
In 2007 he was drafted by Jackson Wildcats (USBL) as #4 pick overall.
The former Jackson State star is in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Johnson won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2011.
He was also voted Gatorade All-D-League 1st Team in 2011. Johnson played for Qatari Senior National Team this year.
He is quite experienced player. Johnson has played also professionally in France, Serbia (Vrsac), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors) and MBEL (Jackson Jam).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   


CSKA Moscow officially adds Christmas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center



Derrick Brown signs at Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (PBL) landed 25-year old American forward Derrick Brown (203-103kg-87, college: Xavier). The last season he played at the Bobcats in NBA. In 65 games last year he averaged 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg.
Three years ago Brown was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (40th overall). The former Xavier University staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Browns team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2007 and 2009).
He received also All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in NBA (New York Knicks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SERBIA   


Balkan League: Teodo Tivat hold off OKK Beograd in opener - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - OKK Beograd 80:70

Teodo Tivat secured the opening win in their Balkan League season. They held off visiting OKK Beograd tonight. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) stepped up with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Montenegrin team.
Teodo Tivat jumped to a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. The hosts secured a 37:30 halftime lead. They broke away in the third quarter. Teodo Tivat unloaded 27 points in the period and piled up a 64:45 advantage at the final intermission. OKK Beograd nailed 25 points in the fourth frame to cut the deficit but could avoid the loss. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) finished with 16 points each for the winners. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for OKK Beograd. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) had 11 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Aleksandar Radulovic 18+13 boards, Savo Djikanovic 16, Marko Mijovic 16
OKK Beograd: Nikola Jeftic 13+11 boards, Ivan Marinkovic 11



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  SLOVENIA   


Milija Bogicevic takes over at Anwil - by Eurobasket News

Anwil Wloclawek (TBL) announced the hiring of 38-year old Slovenian coach Milija Bogicevic. Bogicevic has coached for the last two years at PBG Basket (PLK).
His team made it to the Polish Cup Final Four in 2008.
Bogicevic has coached previously another Polish team: Polpharma. He worked as coach assistant with Bobry Bytom, Buducnost, Mitrovica, Atlas Belgrade, Znicz Jaroslaw and Stal Ostrow. 
He replaces Dainius Adomaitis at the helm of Anwil. 

By Eurobasket Data Center



Uros Slokar out with an injury until next year - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Slovenian NT player Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83), the new member of Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 got injured after a good start in the 1st round of the Spanish Endesa league, when he scored 10 points, and grabbed 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist in a game against Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket.

Unfortunately, a few days afterwards, he got injured with a diagnosis of torn ligament of left ankle. He will be off court for some time, and will be able to start training again in january.




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  SOUTH KOREA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 31: SK Knights - LG Sakers 87-77
Oct. 31: KCC Egis - Anyang KGC 65-85
Oct. 30: Mobis Phoebus - Goyang Orions 62-66
Nov. 1: Sonic Boom KT - ET Land
Nov. 1: Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy
Nov. 2: Mobis Phoebus - Anyang KGC
Nov. 2: KCC Egis - SK Knights



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TB2L

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 31: Darussafaka - Maliye Milli 97-96
Oct. 30: Akhisar Bld - Pi Koleji 89-81
Oct. 31: Trabzonspor - Istanbul B.B. 88-80
Oct. 30: Bandirma Kir. - Vestel 86-74
Oct. 30: Usak - Istanbulspor 84-73
Oct. 30: Baskent Genclik - Final Genclik 74-82
Oct. 30: Pertevniyal - Selcuk Univ. 72-77
Oct. 31: Yesilgiresun - Balikesir 71-50
Oct. 30: Izmir BSB - Gelisim 56-88

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 2: Gelisim - Pertevniyal
Nov. 2: Final Genclik - Bandirma Kir.
Nov. 2: Pi Koleji - Usak
Nov. 3: Istanbul B.B. - Izmir BSB
Nov. 3: Maliye Milli - Istanbulspor
Nov. 3: Balikesir - Akhisar Bld
Nov. 3: Selcuk Univ. - Yesilgiresun
Nov. 3: Vestel - Trabzonspor
Nov. 4: Darussafaka - Baskent Genclik


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.26.8 
 2. Carter, Usak22.5 
 3. Clark, Selcuk Univ.19.8 
 4. Hinkle, Istanbulsp.19.3 
 5. Knox, Vestel18.8 
 6. Hall, Darussafaka18.8 
 7. Johnson, Istanbul.18.7 
 8. Lowery, Balikesir18.5 
 9. Petrovic, Darussaf.18.3 
 10. Turetken, Trabzon.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Istanbul.
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Johnson, Istanbul.11.3 
 2. Kolaric, Istanbul.11.0 
 3. Moses, Final Gencl.10.8 
 4. Bristol, Istanbuls.10.0 
 5. Delic, Pi Koleji9.5 
 6. Okkali, Balikesir9.3 
 7. Knox, Vestel9.3 
 8. Brown, Pertevniyal9.0 
 9. Coskun, Balikesir8.5 
 10. Erol, Gelisim8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Darussafaka
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Hall, Darussafaka6.8 
 2. Gordon, Yesilgires.5.5 
 3. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.3 
 4. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 5. Kan, Baskent5.0 
 6. Granger, Selcuk U.4.8 
 7. Akcay, Balikesir4.8 
 8. Gen, Yesilgiresun4.8 
 9. Demircioglu, Istan.4.5 
 10. Porrini, Gelisim4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne REED
  Pertevniyal
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Reed, Pertevniyal3.5 
 2. Gordon, Yesilgires.2.5 
 3. Carter, Usak2.5 
 4. Brown, Bandirma.2.5 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 6. Ufuk Kacar, Istan.2.3 
 7. Morrow, Akhisar2.0 
 8. Ekmen, Usak2.0 
 9. Okkali, Balikesir1.8 
 10. Erol, Gelisim1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Istanbulspor
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bristol, Istanbuls.2.0 
 2. Buckner, Usak1.8 
 3. Knox, Vestel1.5 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.3 
 5. Yetim, Usak1.0 
 6. Morrow, Akhisar1.0 
 7. Altunbey, Bandirma.1.0 
 8. Brown, Pertevniyal1.0 
 9. Johnson, Istanbul.1.0 
 10. Carter, Usak1.0 


Anadolu Efes land Joshua Shipp - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (TBL) tabbed 26-year old American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-100kg-86, college: UCLA). Shipp has played for the last two years at Galatasaray (TBL). In 20 games last season he averaged 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the cup. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to League All-Star Game. Shipp also played 18 games in Euroleague where he had 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
He received Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Import Player of the Year award in 2010.
Shipp has played previously for another Turkish team: Bornova.
He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

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




TB2L Round 4: Yesilgiresun hands first loss to undefeated Balikesir - by Eurobasket News

There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of TB2L and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Balikesir (3-1) on the court of sixteenth ranked Yesilgiresun on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Yesilgiresun 71-50. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Balikesir. The game was mostly controlled by Yesilgiresun. Balikesir managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 assists. Forward Oguz Erdogan (188-88) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Balikesir. Yesilgiresun (1-3) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Istanbulspor and Final Genclik. Balikesir at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with one game lost. They share it with Darussafaka and Vestel. Yesilgiresun is looking forward to face league's leader Selcuk Universitesi in Konya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Balikesir will play at home against Akhisar Bld and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Fifth ranked Darussafaka (3-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Maliye Milli (2-2) 97-96 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Aleksandar Petrovic (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and Cihan Amasyali who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Hakan Yapar (202-84) responded with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Darussafaka moved-up to third place, which they share with Balikesir and Vestel. Maliye Milli at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 7 other teams. Darussafaka will play against Baskent Genclik (#17) in Ankara in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maliye Milli will play at home against Istanbulspor (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Final Genclik's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Ankara, where they defeated Baskent Genclik (0-4) 82-74 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Marshall Moses who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Even 19 points by Anthony Jones did not help to save the game for Baskent Genclik. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Final Genclik (1-3) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Yesilgiresun and Istanbulspor. It was Baskent Genclik's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Izmir BSB. Final Genclik will meet at home higher ranked Bandirma Kir. (#8) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Baskent Genclik will play against Darussafaka (#5) in Istanbul and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Izmir BSB is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Gelisim (2-2) 88-56. Sercan Ergin fired 21 points and 9 rebounds 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. Gelisim moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams. Newly promoted Izmir BSB still closes the standings with four games lost. Gelisim's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#7) in Istanbul. Izmir BSB will play on the road against Istanbul B.B. (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Selcuk Universitesi (4-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Pertevniyal (2-2). Selcuk Universitesi managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72 on Tuesday. It was a very good performance for Bill Clark who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Selcuk Universitesi have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Usak. Loser Pertevniyal dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Selcuk Universitesi will face Yesilgiresun (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pertevniyal will play against Gelisim (#11) in Izmir.

Other games in round 4 were not that significant. Istanbul B.B. was beaten by Trabzonspor on the road 88-80. Akhisar Bld won against Pi Koleji on its own court 89-81. Vestel unfortunately lost to Bandirma Kir. in Balikesir 74-86. Usak managed to beat Istanbulspor at home 84-73.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by Darrius Morrow of Akhisar Bld.


Trabzonspor - Istanbul B.B. 88-80

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Trabzonspor (2-2) beat at home higher ranked Istanbul B.B. (2-2) 88-80 on Wednesday. Trabzonspor made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Istanbul B.B. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 assists. Forward Emre Ekim (208-80, agency: EM-PA) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Trabzonspor players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sezgin Eris (185-85) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Istanbul B.B.Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Trabzonspor moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Istanbul B.B. Trabzonspor will face higher ranked Vestel (#3) in Manisa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Istanbul B.B.: S.Eris 17+2reb+4ast, M.Kolaric 11+15reb+4ast, D.Yavuz 9+1ast, C.Erden 9, A.Johnson 8+7reb, M.Ufuk Kacar 8+1reb
Trabzonspor: H.Antwan Dobie 17+1reb+7ast, E.Ekim 16+4reb+2ast, J.Zuza 16+3reb, G.Orcun Tunca 14+5reb+2ast, R.Bashak 7+8reb+1ast, E.Turetken 6+3reb
gschID: 199379


Yesilgiresun - Balikesir 71-50

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Balikesir (3-1) on the court of sixteenth ranked Yesilgiresun on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Yesilgiresun 71-50. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Balikesir. The game was mostly controlled by Yesilgiresun. Balikesir managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 assists. Forward Oguz Erdogan (188-88) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds and center Cem Coskun (209-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Balikesir. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yesilgiresun (1-3) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Istanbulspor and Final Genclik. Balikesir at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with one game lost. They share it with Darussafaka and Vestel. Yesilgiresun is looking forward to face league's leader Selcuk Universitesi in Konya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Balikesir will play at home against Akhisar Bld and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Balikesir: Y.Akcay 11+2reb+1ast, R.Lowery 11, O.Okkali 10+9reb+1ast, C.Coskun 10+6reb, A.Timucin Yener 3+2reb+3ast, M.Ozdogan 2
Yesilgiresun: O.Erdogan 16+3reb+3ast, J.Ofoegbu 15+6reb+1ast, A.Gordon 13+4reb+5ast, G.Gen 12+4reb+4ast, I.Cevik 8+7reb, M.Sevda 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 199384


Darussafaka - Maliye Milli 97-96

Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Fifth ranked Darussafaka (3-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Maliye Milli (2-2) 97-96 on Wednesday evening. Darussafaka dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Maliye Milli's 42. Darussafaka forced 20 Maliye Milli turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Aleksandar Petrovic (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Cihan Amasyali (191-83) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Hakan Yapar (202-84) responded with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard Zach Graham (198-89, college: Mississippi) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Darussafaka moved-up to third place, which they share with Balikesir and Vestel. Maliye Milli at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 7 other teams. Darussafaka will play against Baskent Genclik (#17) in Ankara in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maliye Milli will play at home against Istanbulspor (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maliye Milli: H.Yapar 20+4reb+2ast, Z.Graham 19+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 15+1ast, B.Erlim 12+3reb, A.Erhan Kocamis 7+1reb+6ast, R.Ozturk 6+7reb+2ast
Darussafaka: A.Petrovic 21+8reb+3ast, C.Mumcuogullari 16+2reb+2ast, C.Amasyali 15+5reb+3ast, U.Kacaniku 10+4reb, M.Hall 10+3reb+9ast, M.Turen 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 199382


Baskent Genclik - Final Genclik 74-82

Final Genclik's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Ankara, where they defeated Baskent Genclik (0-4) 82-74 on Tuesday. Baskent Genclik was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Baskent Genclik 41-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and guard Mustafa Gucyetmez (188-80) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Even 19 points by American guard Anthony Jones (191-84, college: Indiana Tech) did not help to save the game for Baskent Genclik. Guard Admir Aziz Kan (185-83) added 8 points and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Final Genclik (1-3) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Yesilgiresun and Istanbulspor. It was Baskent Genclik's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Izmir BSB. Final Genclik will meet at home higher ranked Bandirma Kir. (#8) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Baskent Genclik will play against Darussafaka (#5) in Istanbul and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Baskent Genclik: A.Jones 19+2reb+2ast, M.Dogan 13+1reb+2ast, M.Kabakci 13+1ast, E.Ozseven 8+5reb+3ast, A.Aziz Kan 8+4reb+5ast, O.Aydin 6+6reb+1ast
Final Genclik: M.Moses 27+10reb+3ast, M.Gucyetmez 17+1reb+4ast, E.Ilter 8+2reb+1ast, S.Sahin 7+5reb, O.Kaan Gogus 6+6reb, M.Esen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 199381


Akhisar Bld - Pi Koleji 89-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Pi Koleji (2-2) lost on the road to tenth ranked Akhisar Bld (2-2) 89-81 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pi Koleji won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Darrius Morrow (203-90, college: E.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Ufuk Yanar (197-81) added 20 points in the effort for Pi Koleji. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pi Koleji's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Akhisar Bld moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Pi Koleji. Akhisar Bld will face higher ranked Balikesir (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Pi Koleji: N.Delic 21+10reb+3ast, U.Yanar 20+2reb+2ast, S.Kavut 13+2reb+2ast, T.Sokolov 11+7reb+2ast, C.Uzun 8+6reb+2ast, O.Ozkundilli 5+3reb
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 27+5reb+3ast, D.Morrow 20+6reb+4ast, G.Esmer 14+1reb+1ast, C.Terzioglu 10+2reb, L.Demirci 7+4reb+1ast, M.Eken 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 199383


Bandirma Kir. - Vestel 86-74

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Bandirma Kir. (2-2) won against higher ranked Vestel (3-1) in Balikesir 86-74 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bandirma Kir.. Vestel was better in fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vestel was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Gilbert Brown (198-87, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. International point guard Safak Edge (188-92) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) added 14 points in the effort for Vestel. Four Vestel players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bandirma Kir. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser Vestel dropped to the third position with one game lost. Bandirma Kir. will face Final Genclik (#14) in Bursa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vestel will play at home against Trabzonspor (#15).
Top scorers:
Vestel: J.Knox 19+10reb, A.Waller 14+3reb+2ast, S.Ugur 13+2reb, K.Tutuncu 10+1reb+2ast, K.Ozkan 9+3reb+2ast, S.Buker 4+3reb+1ast
Bandirma Kir.: G.Brown 25+6reb, R.Sykes 24+6reb, S.Edge 19+7reb+4ast, T.Altunbey 7+6reb+2ast, D.Cantekin 4+1reb, C.Sekeroglu 4+10reb+4ast
gschID: 199380


Usak - Istanbulspor 84-73

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Istanbulspor (1-3) lost on the road to top-ranked Usak (4-0) 84-73 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Usak. Istanbulspor was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Istanbulspor was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia St., agency: David Lee services) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ibrahim Demircioglu (-89) replied with 18 points and American guard Charles Hinkle (195-88, college: American) added 16 points in the effort for Istanbulspor. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Usak have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Selcuk Univ. Loser Istanbulspor keeps the thirteenth place with three games lost. Usak will face Pi Koleji (#12) in Ankara in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Istanbulspor will play on the road against Maliye Milli in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Istanbulspor: I.Demircioglu 18+4reb+2ast, C.Hinkle 16+3reb, A.Ozdemir 13+4reb+2ast, K.Bristol 9+9reb, C.Delicay 5+3ast, N.Kaba 4+1ast
Usak: J.Carter 28+7reb+2ast, E.Buckner 18+12reb+1ast, G.Karamahmut 11+1reb+2ast, O.Surucu 8+3reb+1ast, S.Akyol 6+2reb+2ast, G.Donmez 3+1reb
gschID: 199378


Izmir BSB - Gelisim 56-88

Bottom-ranked Izmir BSB is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Gelisim (2-2) 88-56. The game without a history. Gelisim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Izmir BSB's 22. They outrebounded Izmir BSB 48-24 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Sercan Ergin (197-83) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Burak Erol (197-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Gelisim players scored in double figures. Tamer Gurpinar (-92) produced 13 points and Mustafa Surmen (-88) added 8 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gelisim moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams. Newly promoted Izmir BSB still closes the standings with four games lost. Gelisim's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#7) in Istanbul. Izmir BSB will play on the road against Istanbul B.B. (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Izmir BSB: T.Gurpinar 13+3reb, O.Sevim 11+1reb, M.Surmen 8+3reb+3ast, O.Gokcepinar 6+4reb+1ast, V.Tokcan 6+2reb, O.Ozpamir 4+2reb+1ast
Gelisim: S.Ergin 21+9reb, B.Erol 14+10reb+2ast, F.Celebioglu 13+4reb, J.Dearman 12+7reb+2ast, M.Kapucu 7+6reb, M.Porrini 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 199377


Pertevniyal - Selcuk Univ. 72-77

The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Selcuk Universitesi (4-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Pertevniyal (2-2). Selcuk Universitesi managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-72. Selcuk Universitesi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pertevniyal's players. It was a very good performance for American Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Osman Orcun Gollu (190-77) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import guard Dewayne Reed (185-87, college: Auburn, agency: EM-PA) added 17 points in the effort for Pertevniyal. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Selcuk Universitesi have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Usak. Loser Pertevniyal dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Selcuk Universitesi will face Yesilgiresun (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pertevniyal will play against Gelisim (#11) in Izmir.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: D.Reed 17+1reb+1ast, C.Osman 12+2reb+2ast, A.Brown 11+13reb+2ast, T.Erulku 9+7reb+2ast, R.Tekin 9+3reb, B.Can Yildizli 9+1reb
Selcuk Univ.: B.Clark 20+8reb+4ast, I.Yalcin Azizmahmutogullari 14+3reb+1ast, O.Orcun Gollu 13+6reb+2ast, U.Gurgen 9+2reb+2ast, J.Granger 8+5reb+6ast, H.Ozdemir 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 199376



Moses' double-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Marshall Moses (198-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Final Genclik and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Baskent Genclik (#17, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 82-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Final Genclik is placed at 14th position in Turkish TB2L. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Moses turned to be Final Genclik's top player in his first season with the team. Oklahoma State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moses is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.8rpg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darrius Morrow (203-F-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Akhisar Bld. He is American forward in his first season at Akhisar Bld. In the last game Morrow recorded impressive 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Akhisar Bld cruised to a 89-81 relatively comfortable win over Pi Koleji (2-2). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Akhisar Bld keeps 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Morrow is a newcomer at Akhisar Bld and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Akhisar Bld's star - forward Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85). Nelson scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Akhisar Bld, helping his team with a 89-81 win against Pi Koleji (2-2). Akhisar Bld needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Nelson has a very solid season. In 4 games in Turkey he scored 15.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86) of Bandirma Kir. - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Justin Carter (193-F-87) of Usak - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Justin Knox (205-F-89) of Vestel - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Sercan Ergin (197-C-83) of Gelisim - 21 points and 9 rebounds
8. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Pertevniyal - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Henry Antwan Dobie (183-G-78) of Trabzonspor - 17 points and 7 assists
10. Eric Buckner (208-F-90) of Usak - 18 points and 12 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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2012-13 Collegiate Basketball Players.. - by David Edole

BASKETBALL (25)

Seniors
G 6-3 Jonathan Gray, Cornell University
F 6-5 Shoquan Stevens, Lane College
F 6-7 Leroy Williams, Goucher College
F 6-3 Charles Moorehead, Seton Hill

Juniors
G 5-9 Theron Stephens, South Carolina State
G/F 6-4 Wayne Williams, Albright College
G 6-3 Aaron Brown (196-F-92), Southern Miss--Sitting Out

Sophomores
F 6-9 Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse
C 6-11 Chris Fontaine, Lake Land College
F 6-8 Jamil Samuel, Delgado CC
G 6-3 Earl Thompson Jr., Shoreline CC
F 6-5 Charles Pemberton, Clinton CC
G 6-1 Aubrey Daniel, Guilford Tech CC--sitting out

Freshmen
F 6-8 LaRon Smith, Georgia State
G 6-1 Khallid Hart, Marist University
G 6-2 Deon Edwin, Southern Miss
F 6-8 Jamaal Samuel, South Plains CC
F 6-7 Jose Santos, Western Oklahoma State CC
F 6-6 Amadius Der-Weer, Cecil CC
F 6-5 Brandon Hooks, Barton College
G 6-5 Johnson Decembre, Wentworth Military Academy
G 6-0 Shamal Caines, Garden State CC
G 6-2 Xavier Richards, Baltimore City CC
F 6-9 Aubrey Dawson, Clinton CC
F 6-4 Ajani George, King College
F 6-7 Ronald Charles, William Penn

Coaching (2)
Jerome Tang, Baylor University
Jareem Dowling, Southern Miss



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Khimik 8-2 
 2. Azovmash 8-3 
 3. Ferro-ZNTU 7-2 
 4. Budivelnyk 7-3 
 5. Halychyna 7-3 
 6. BC Donetsk 6-4 
 7. Hoverla 5-4 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 4-5 
 9. Cherkasy 3-5 
 10. Dnipro 3-6 
 11. DniproAzot 2-6 
 12. Mykolaiv 2-6 
 13. BC Odessa 2-7 
 14. BC Kyiv 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 16

Oct. 31: BC Kyiv - Azovmash 88-95
Oct. 31: Budivelnyk - BC Donetsk 81-60
Oct. 31: Khimik - Halychyna 79-64

Regular Season: Round 17

Nov. 2: Budivelnyk - Azovmash
Nov. 2: BC Kyiv - BC Donetsk
Nov. 2: BC Odessa - Halychyna
Nov. 2: Khimik - Hoverla
Nov. 2: Ferro-ZNTU - Cherkasy
Nov. 2: Kryvbasbasket - DniproAzot
Nov. 2: Mykolaiv - Dnipro


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Culpepper, Fe.20.6 
 2. Goods, BC Kyiv18.6 
 3. Mitchell, Halychyna17.5 
 4. Thomas, Cherkasy17.4 
 5. Chappell, Fe.17.0 
 6. Love, BC Odessa16.4 
 7. Low, Dnipro16.3 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk15.9 
 9. Mitchell, Mykolaiv15.9 
 10. Dykes, Hoverla15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jarrod JONES
  BC Kyiv
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Jones, BC Kyiv9.1 
 2. Moore, Fe.9.1 
 3. Vukosavljevi., Hal.8.9 
 4. Eziukwu, Kryvbasb.7.9 
 5. Pearson, Hoverla7.3 
 6. Lesic, Khimik6.8 
 7. Goodridge, Khimik6.6 
 8. Dragicevic, Azovm.6.4 
 9. Perkins, BC Donet.6.3 
 10. Ljubicic, Cherkasy6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  Khimik
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Deane, Khimik6.8 
 2. Lawrence, Hoverla6.7 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.6.3 
 4. Culpepper, Fe.5.9 
 5. Perkins, BC Donet.5.9 
 6. Low, Dnipro5.3 
 7. Greer, Azovmash5.1 
 8. Vasiljevic, Halych.5.0 
 9. Mayo, Mykolaiv4.4 
 10. Mitchell, Halychy.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Georgi TSINTSADZE
  Budiv.
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Tsintsadze, Budiv.2.2 
 2. Davis, DniproAzot2.1 
 3. Chappell, Fe.2.0 
 4. Eziukwu, Kryvbasb.2.0 
 5. Zimmerman, Dnipr.1.9 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.1.9 
 7. Vasylius, Dnipro1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Mykolaiv1.8 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.7 
 10. Kryvych, BC Odes.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Dnipr.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Muldrow, Dnipr.2.1 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik1.9 
 3. Fischer, BC Donet.1.9 
 4. Eziukwu, Kryvbasb.1.7 
 5. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 6. Balashov, BC Odes.1.3 
 7. Kickert, Dnipro1.3 
 8. Raduljica, Azovm.1.1 
 9. Dykes, Hoverla1.0 
 10. Kozlov, Mykolaiv1.0 


Anthony Shavies is a newcomer at Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Anthony Shavies (191-85kg-83, college: Missouri State, agency: Interperformances). Shavies played last season at BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 29 games last year he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.1ppg and had 5.7rpg, 5.9apg (top 3) and 2.3spg (in top 2). He helped them to make it to the supercup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team.
Shavies team won Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season in 2010.
He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League 1st Team in 2011.
Shavies has played previously professionally in Austria (Worthersee Piraten and Gussing Knights) and UBL (Springfield Thrill).
He attended Missouri State until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Superleague Round 16: Khimik defeats Halychyna in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Khimik (8-2) which hosted in Yuzhny their biggest opponent Halychyna (7-3). First ranked Khimik had an easy win 79-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halychyna. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Khimik. Halychyna managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Halychyna 42-29 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Khimik looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Halychyna. Khimik maintains first position with 8-2 record. Halychyna at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Budivelnyk. Khimik are looking forward to face Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk in the next round where they are favorite. Halychyna will play on the road against BC Odessa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Kyiv supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked BC Donetsk (6-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Budivelnyk (7-3). Budivelnyk smashed BC Donetsk 81-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Artur Drozdov (200-80) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 rebounds and Malcolm Delaney who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Budivelnyk moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Halychyna. Defending champion BC Donetsk dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Budivelnyk will play against league's second-placed Azovmash in Mariupol in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Donetsk will play on the road against BC Kyiv (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 16 Azovmash beat BC Kyiv on the road 95-88.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 32 points and 4 assists by Anthony Goods of BC Kyiv.


BC Kyiv - Azovmash 88-95

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Azovmash (8-3) beat on the road bottom-ranked BC Kyiv (1-9) 95-88. It looked good early as BC Kyiv took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Azovmash had a 30-21 second period charge getting the lead and BC Kyiv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 88-95. Azovmash made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side American guard Anthony Goods (191-87, college: Stanford) responded with 32 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and the former international Artem Shvets (200-85) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Azovmash and four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Azovmash moved-up to second place. BC Kyiv at the other side stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Azovmash will play against Budivelnyk (#4) in Kyiv in the next round. BC Kyiv will play at home against BC Donetsk (#6) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: T.Dragicevic 17+10reb+5ast, M.Raduljica 17+9reb+1ast, K.Natyazhko 16+6reb, M.Harris 14+5reb+1ast, L.Greer 13+5reb+6ast, O.Kolchenko 8+2reb
BC Kyiv: A.Goods 32+3reb+4ast, A.Shvets 13+6reb, J.Robinson 12+1reb+3ast, J.Jones 11+7reb+1ast, M.Sandul 7+3reb, P.Krutous 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 197013


Budivelnyk - BC Donetsk 81-60

The game in Kyiv supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked BC Donetsk (6-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Budivelnyk (7-3). Budivelnyk smashed BC Donetsk 81-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. The game was mostly controlled by Budivelnyk. BC Donetsk was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Artur Drozdov (200-80) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) scored 12 points. Budivelnyk moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Halychyna. Defending champion BC Donetsk dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Budivelnyk will play against league's second-placed Azovmash in Mariupol in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Donetsk will play on the road against BC Kyiv (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: M.Delaney 14+5reb+2ast, L.Lyons 13+3reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 12+7reb+2ast, M.Anisimovas 12+3reb+1ast, S.Gorbenko 10+1reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 9+4reb+7ast
BC Donetsk: K.Ivanov 18+6reb, D.Songaila 12+4reb+2ast, D.Fischer 9+7reb, R.Curry 8+4reb+1ast, D.Gliebov 6+3reb, D.Perkins 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 197012


Khimik - Halychyna 79-64

An interesting game for Khimik (8-2) which hosted in Yuzhny their biggest opponent Halychyna (7-3). First ranked Khimik had an easy win 79-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halychyna. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Khimik. Halychyna managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Halychyna 42-29 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Khimik looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Goodridge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian-Bosnian point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 7 points and 8 assists in the effort for Halychyna. Khimik maintains first position with 8-2 record. Halychyna at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Budivelnyk. Khimik are looking forward to face Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk in the next round where they are favorite. Halychyna will play on the road against BC Odessa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Khimik: S.Sehovic 17+5reb, D.Joseph 15+4reb+2ast, V.Goodridge 12+10reb, V.Kovalenko 9+4reb+2ast, S.Zavadsky 8+1ast, W.Deane 7+3reb+6ast
Halychyna: V.Vukosavljevic 14+9reb+1ast, M.Lee 11+3reb+2ast, L.Stefanishin 9+6reb, D.Mitchell 9+2reb+4ast, S.Vasiljevic 7+2reb+8ast, G.Ikonic 7+3reb
gschID: 197014



Raduljica's 17 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Azovmash and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds for Azovmash in his team's victory, helping them to beat BC Kyiv (#14, 1-9) 95-88. Azovmash is placed at 2nd position in Ukrainian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Azovmash will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. Raduljica turned to be Azovmash's top player in his first season with the team. Miroslav Raduljica averages this season 12.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Goods (191-G-87) of BC Kyiv. He is American guard in his first season at BC Kyiv. In the last game Goods recorded impressive 32 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as BC Kyiv lost that game 88-95 to the higher-ranked Azovmash (#2, 8-3). BC Kyiv are still at the very bottom. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory BC Kyiv managed to get this year. Goods is a newcomer at BC Kyiv and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 3.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Azovmash's star - forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket). Dragicevic showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Azovmash, helping his team with a 95-88 win against the lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#14, 1-9). Azovmash needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Dragicevic has a great season in Ukraine. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) of BC Donetsk - 18 points and 6 rebounds
5. Kyryl Natyazhko (207-F-90) of Azovmash - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) of Budivelnyk - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84) of Khimik - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jarrod Jones (205-F-90) of BC Kyiv - 11 points and 7 rebounds
9. Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Budivelnyk - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Manny Harris (196-G-89) of Azovmash - 14 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Standings - EBL Conf.

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

Regular Season: Round 2

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


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Carl JOSEY
  Leopards
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Josey, Leopards27.0 
 2. Lual, Medway Park25.0 
 3. Ebanks, Tees V.21.0 
 4. Emanuely, Northumb.20.0 
 5. Demba-Kasse, Brixt.19.0 
 6. Rivers, Worthing.18.0 
 7. Hanson, Tees V.17.0 
 8. Johnson, Westmins.17.0 
 9. Cummings, Leopards17.0 
 10. Adu, Leopards17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manock LUAL
  Medway Park
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lual, Medway Park22.0 
 2. Demba-Kasse, Brixt.15.0 
 3. Sherlock, Derby T.14.0 
 4. Rivers, Worthing.10.0 
 5. Bulambwe, Westmi.10.0 
 6. Gayle, Derby T.9.0 
 7. Fetske, Bradford D.9.0 
 8. Johnson, Westmins.8.0 
 9. Wiser, Northumbria7.0 
 10. Hernandez, Leopa.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lukas VOLSKIS
  Medway P.
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Volskis, Medway P.8.0 
 2. Washington, Northu.6.0 
 3. Silcott, Bradford.5.0 
 4. Gayle, Derby T.5.0 
 5. Vaitiekus, Brixton5.0 
 6. Hobin, Medway Park4.0 
 7. Popoola, Westmins.4.0 
 8. Robinson, Tees V.4.0 
 9. Edmunds, Bradford.4.0 
 10. Rose, Derby T.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jorge EBANKS
  Tees V.
  (--86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ebanks, Tees V.5.0 
 2. Glavan, Tees V.5.0 
 3. Sulcs, Bradford D.4.0 
 4. Josey, Leopards3.0 
 5. Rose, Derby T.3.0 
 6. Johnston, Worthing.3.0 
 7. Popoola, Westmins.3.0 
 8. Cummings, Leopards3.0 
 9. Hanson, Tees V.2.0 
 10. Robinson, Tees V.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vytenis PETKUS
  Brixton T.
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Petkus, Brixton T.2.0 
 2. Glen, Northumbria2.0 
 3. Bulambwe, Westmi.2.0 
 4. Lual, Medway Park1.0 
 5. Milambo, Derby T.1.0 
 6. Rivers, Worthing.1.0 
 7. Ajumobi, Leeds C.1.0 
 8. Robinson, Tees V.1.0 
 9. Anyigbo, Tees V.1.0 
 10. Scott, Bradford D.1.0 


Kyle Johnson selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Sutor Montegranaro (1-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Johnson's good performance the bottom-ranked Sutor Montegranaro was defeated 80-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Vanoli Cremona (#10). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Johnson also added 8 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Johnson averages: 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 33.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British. Johnson is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Devon Van Oostrum
Devon Van Oostrum
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He was not able to help Caceres Basket (1-3) in their last game. Despite Van Oostrum's very good performance Caceres Basket lost 69-75 in Pamplona to the higher-ranked (#7) Planasa NV. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Van Oostrum also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Van Oostrum's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 72.7% in the four games he played so far. Van Oostrum is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and British. He is in the roster of the British senior national team.

Laurence Ekperigin
Laurence Ekperigin
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne, currently plays in Italy). Ekperigin led FCM Ferentino to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forlž (2-2) 87-68 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Ekperigin also added and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. FMC Ferentino (1-3) closes the standings in the Lega2. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of three consecutive loses. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Ekperigin's first year with the team. Ekperigin is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ekperigin averages: 17.8ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 68.3%(28-41) and FT: 71.4%. He is a naturalized American. Ekperigin played for the British national team one years ago. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Tafari Toney
Tafari Toney
   #4. Power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (2-4) in their last game. Despite Toney's good performance Charleville-Mezieres was edged 72-69 in Le Portel by the much higher-ranked (#3) Le Portel. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Toney also added 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Toney has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Toney used to play for the British national team back in 2009. He played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #5. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Radnicki KG (2-4) in their game against Partizan (5-0) in the Adriatic League. Bryan-Amaning scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Radnicki KG was defeated 91-80 in Beograd by the leading Partizan. It's Bryan-Amaning's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg. Bryan-Amaning has both Ghanian and British nationalities. He plays currently for the British national team.

Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark
   #6. Power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-1) 85-82 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Clark scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. It was his first game for Asefa Estudiantes this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the ACB. Clark has been at the team for four years. He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

Myles Hesson
Myles Hesson
   #7. International forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Dresden (2-3) 94-75 in the German ProB (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. Weissenhorn Youngstars (4-1) is placed third in Group South. Hesson has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.2bpg in the five games. He is also British national team player.

Justin Robinson
Justin Robinson
   #8. Point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, also represented by Two Points, college: Rider, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a 3-point BC Kyiv's victory against the closely-ranked DniproAzot (2-6) 83-80 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Robinson scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Kyiv (1-8) closes the standings in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Robinson has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.7apg. He used to play for the British national team last year.

Dzaflo Larkai
Dzaflo Larkai
   #9. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Okinawa GK's victory against the sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-3) 79-68 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. Larkai scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (6-0) is placed first in Western group. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. This year Larkai's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 3.8rpg in the five games. He used to play for the British national team four years ago.

Nicholas George
Nicholas George
   #10. Forward Nicholas George (199-82, another player represented by Two Points, college: VCU, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Lugano Tigers win their game against the eighth-ranked Neuchatel (1-3) crushing them 103-77 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. George recorded 6 points. Lugano Tigers (3-1) are placed third in the LNA. George's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the British senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Etha in their game against Apoel in the Cypriot Division A. He recorded 7 points. It was his first game for Etha this season. His team was edged 64-62. Adegboye plays currently for the British national team.

   #12. Former international guard Jarrett Hart (194-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help AEK in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A. He recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. It was his first game for AEK this season. His team lost 55-59. Hart is a naturalized American. He used to play for the British national team back in 2009. Apparently Hart has never played in United Kingdom.

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

   #1. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina) led Union Progresista to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Atenas (6-8) 74-69 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Phillip had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 19 rebounds in 33 minutes. Union Progresista (4-8) is placed 14th in the LigaA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Phillip is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Phillip averages: 17.5ppg, 13.3rpg and 1.4spg in the 11 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.

   #2. Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point BG Goettingen's victory against the ninth-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (3-3) 77-76 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Guede scored 10 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. BG Goettingen (4-2) is placed fourth in the ProA. Guede's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg.

   #3. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the fifth-ranked Uppsala Basket (5-3) 94-87 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Ayuba recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins (5-0) is placed first in the Basketligan. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 6.1rpg. Ayuba is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #4. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) led Fribourg to an easy victory against the league outsider Starwings (0-4) crushing them 85-62 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Polyblank recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (4-0) is placed first in the LNA. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Polyblank has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg and 5.0rpg in the four games. He has a dual citizenship: British and New Zealand.

   #5. Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oladapo Ayuba. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Hanke contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (5-2) 96-79. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (5-0) is placed first in the Basketligan. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. Hanke's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hanke used to play for SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks in British league.

   #6. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Science City Jena (1-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Science City Jena lost 79-87 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Cuxhaven BasCats. Jeka scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. Jeka has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.3apg in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.

   #7. Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Catawba, currently plays in France) was not able to help La Rochelle in their game against Quimper UJAP in the French NM1 (third division). Thomson was the second best scorer with 6 points. He also added 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 62-38. This year Thomson's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3spg in the three games.



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Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Atenas 18-7 
 2. Cader 15-10 
 3. Goes 15-10 
 4. Marne 15-10 
 5. Urunday Univ. 12-13 
 6. Larranaga 11-14 
Places 7-11
 1. Capitol 10-10 
 2. Verdirrojo 10-10 
 3. Guruyu Waston 8-12 
 4. Romis N. 7-13 
 5. Yale 4-16 
Second stage Standings


Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan league (13 round)
Trouville 86 - Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois) 29 points 7 rebounds 3 assists, Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 23 points 8 rebounds 1 assist, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 1 point 7 rebounds
Bohemios77 - Chas McFarland (213-C-86, college: Wake Forest) 24 points 10 rebounds 5 blocks, Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 12 points 7 rebounds 1 assist, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 14 points 9 rebounds 3 assists
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Tabare 89 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 37 points, 14 rebounds 4 assists, Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 20 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
Larre Borges 80 - Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 19 points 9 rebounds, 3 assists, Yannick Crowder (203-F-90, college: Florida A&M) 11 points 10 rebounds 1 block 1 assist



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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2012 News - Tiburones de Vargas bring in Gerardo Suero - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The general management of Tiburones de Vargas has decided to add a second imported player for their upcoming international challenge in Liga Sudamericana, as they signed Dominican SG Gerardo Suero (193-G-89), who recently played for its country's Senior NT in the FIBA World Olympic Qualy, played at El Poliedro de Caracas, Venezuela.

Suero, a 23 year-old guard, played for Titanes del Distrito Nacional in the Dominican Republic's Liga Nacional (LNB). He originally played for Albany in the NCAA, averaging 21.6 points per game in his last season.

Tiburones will face Sao Jose Dos Campos (Brazil), Libertad de Sunchales (Argentina) and El Bosque (Peru) in Group D, to be played from November 1st till the 3rd at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira.

The team is coached by Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz, who led Tiburones to a 17-3 record in the LNB 2012 regular season, advancing at first place of the Central-East Conference to the Quarter Finals round, in which they'll face Lanceros de Cojedes in sieres to be played under the best-of-five format.



Venezuelans in the NCAA - Michael Carrera makes debut with South Carolina - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SF-PF Michael Carrera (196-F-93) made his debut with the South Carolina Gamecocks in the NCAA Division I Basketball, in a friendly match win over Kentucky Wesleyan, 68-67, played at Colonial Life Arena of Columbia, South Carolina.

Carrera, a 19 year-old native of Barcelona, Anzoategui, was a starter for the Gamecocks and finished up with 12 points, 7 rebounds, a block, a steal, 2 turnovers and 4 fouls in 19 minutes of play. He netted 1 of 5 field-goal attempts and 10 of 13 free-throws.

The winners' top scorer was Brenton Williams (180-G) with 22 points, followed by Lakeem Jackson (196-F) with 13 and 10 rebounds. For Kentucky Wesleyan, Dominique Dawson (200-F-91) netted 13. South Carolina's next game will be on November 11th as hosts against Milwaukee, as part of the Hoops for Hope Classic.



LNB 2012 Quarter Finals - Guacharos leads 2-0, Estudiantes and Rojos tie their series, 1-1 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) has now completed two Matchdays of the Quarter Finals Round and Guacharos de Monagas increased their lead over Aduaneros de Carabobo to 2-0, while Estudiantes de Guarico and Rojos de Sucre reacted as visitors to tie things up 1-1 in their respective clashes against Centauros de Apure and Bravos de Portuguesa.

Estudiantes de Guarico 89 - Centauros de Apure 83
(Series tied, 1-1)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
CEN: 20-15-26-22= 83
EST: 21-21-29-18= 89

CEN: Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 25 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 19 points, Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 16 points
EST: Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 35 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 28 points

Guacharos de Monagas 115 - Aduaneros de Carabobo 95
(Guacharos lead series, 2-0)
Gilberto Roque Morales Arena - Maturin, Monagas

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 29-27-27-32= 115
ADU: 15-25-19-36= 95

GUA: Maurice Carter (183-G-83) 20 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 19 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 19 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 15 points
ADU: Leonardo Colmenares (193-F-89) 26 points, Gary Redus (198-G/F-89) 22 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 11 points

Rojos de Sucre 87 - Bravos de Portuguesa 81
(Series tied, 1-1)
Wilbaldo Zabaleta Arena - Acarigua, Portuguesa


Quarter by quarter
BRA: 15-16-18-32= 81
ROJ: 21-18-23-25= 87

BRA: Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 17 points and 5 assists, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 13 points and 14 rebounds, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 13 points, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 13 points
ROJ: Blake Walker (197-F/G-82) 22 points, Luis Almanza (196-F-91) 22 points



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Standings

VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Spartak SP 4-0 
 2. Khimky 3-1 
 3. Unics 3-1 
 4. BC Astana 3-1 
 5. BC Donetsk 2-2 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 2-2 
 7. Azovmash 1-3 
 8. Kalev/Cramo 1-3 
 9. Lietuvos rytas 1-3 
 10. PGE Turow 0-4 
Group B
 1. Zalgiris 3-0 
 2. CSKA 3-1 
 3. Enisey 2-1 
 4. N.Novgorod 2-1 
 5. VEF Riga 2-2 
 6. Triumph 2-2 
 7. Lokomotiv 2-2 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 2-2 
 9. Neptunas 1-3 
 10. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 31: Neptunas - Tsmoki-Minsk 110-106 OT
Nov. 10: Krasnie Krilya - BC Donetsk
Nov. 11: VEF Riga - Zalgiris
Nov. 11: Azovmash - Spartak SP
Nov. 11: Lokomotiv - Enisey
Nov. 11: Tsmoki-Minsk - N.Novgorod
Nov. 11: CSKA - CEZ Nymburk
Nov. 12: Kalev/Cramo - Lietuvos rytas
Nov. 12: Khimky - Unics
Nov. 12: BC Astana - PGE Turow

Round 3

Nov. 4: Neptunas - Zalgiris




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Women News

ABA Standings - by Greg

State League Standings
Big V
 1. Melbourne T. 17-3 
 2. McKinnon 16-4 
 3. Eltham