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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Tampa Bay R. 3-1 
 2. Atlanta W. 2-0 
 3. Atlanta A. 1-0 
 4. Albany S. 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. Birmingham B. 0-1 
 12. Gulf Coast F. 0-1 
 13. SW Fellowship 0-3 
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. 0-2 
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. Phoenix City B. 1-0 
 2. Buffalo 716ers 0-0 
 3. Carolina C. 0-0 
 4. Carolina Ch. 0-0 
 5. Carolina J. 0-0 
 6. Chicago S. 0-0 
 7. East Carolina T. 0-0 
 8. Long Beach R. 0-0 
 9. Milwaukee B. 0-0 
 10. Polk County F 0-0 
 11. Pontiac F. 0-0 
 12. Riverside R. 0-0 
Mid Atlantic
 1. Palmetto SR 1-0 
 2. Carolina D. 0-0 
 3. Columbia, SC 0-0 
 4. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 5. Greenville G. 0-0 
 6. Hampton RS 0-0 
 7. S.Carolina W. 0-0 
 8. Tennessee Halos 0-0 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 1-1 
 2. Chicago Steam 0-0 
 3. Dayton GCHF 0-0 
 4. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 5. Greencastle GK 0-0 
 6. Indiana SW 0-0 
 7. Indianapolis 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. Seattle M. 2-0 
 2. Alaska 49ers 0-0 
 3. Alaska Q. 0-0 
 4. Calgary C. 0-0 
 5. Olympia Rise 0-0 
 6. Salem Sabres 0-0 
 7. Washington R. 0-0 
 8. Kitsap Adm. 0-1 
 9. Lakewood P. 0-1 
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. San Diego Surf 1-0 
 2. Orange County N. 1-1 
 3. Arizona S. 0-0 
 4. Central Valley T. 0-0 
 5. Fresno F. 0-0 
 6. Las Vegas Def. 0-0 
 7. San Diego Sol 0-0 
 8. SoCal Swish 0-0 
 9. LA Slam 0-1 
Southwest Central
 1. Texas Fuel 1-0 
 2. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 3. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 4. Houston R.S. 0-0 
 5. Louisiana G. 0-0 
 6. N.Dallas V. 0-0 
 7. Oklahoma S. 0-0 
 8. West Texas W. 0-0 
Touring Team
 1. Cleveland Am-Pro 1-1 
 2. Bahama PS 0-0 
 3. Chicago F. 0-0 
 4. Chico Rage 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. Little Rock L. 0-0 
 7. Shizuoka G. 0-0 
 8. Electric C.Lions 0-1 


Hollywood Magic to play in ABA this season - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that an exciting new team has been added to the ABA for the upcoming season, the Hollywood Magic, located in Hollywood, CA. "This is not just any team," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . "This is a very exciting team, the first Celebrity Professional Basketball Team in history. The team was originally based in Antelope Valley CA. But when Donald Sanchies , the owner, began adding celebrities to the team, it was only natural that they move to the Celebrity Capital of the World - Hollywood. What an exciting team."
"This is not just a celebrity team," added team owner Donald Sanchies , who also owns the highly ranked Los Angeles SLAM. "These players are very skilled and can play competitively at the professional level. We have Hip Hop Artists, actors, singers, movie producers, ex-NBA, NFL and MLB players and others, all names fans will recognize."
"The Hollywood Magic will be competing in real professional basketball games in the ABA. And I believe all of the teams in the SoCal Division of the league will benefit from the presence of the Magic's celebrity players. They should be playing to sold out arenas everywhere," continued Sanchez. "Most of our games will be on the road this season in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego and Fresno."
For more information, visit www.losangelesslam.com or email losangelesslam@gmail.com



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  ANGOLA   


Interclube claim first Provincial final win over Petro - by Eurobasket News

Interclube of defeated Petro of Luanda 112-96, in the first game of the final of the Provincial Basketball Tournament of Luanda, in the Mens category.


The game which was played at the 28 de Fevereiro pavilion is the first of three encounters of the final of the provincial championship.


The second game is expected to be played today at the same venue.
Courtesy of: Starafrica.com



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  APBL   


2012-2013 Beltway Bombers Roster - by Surujh Roopnarine

Beltway Bombers CEO and Head Coach Chaz Dudley already has his squad off to an impressive start, defeating the Hudson Valley Kingz last weekend on the road by the score of 149-135. Southern Conference Player of the Week Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac) was key in the victory, scoring a team-high 32 points for the Bombers, and is joined by a diverse and talented group of players this season.

2012 - 2013 Beltway Bombers Roster
Name Position Height College
Brian Smith (5'9''-G)
Evan Martin (6'0''-PG-83, college: Wesley)


Steven Miles (6'3''-G-81, college: American) (C)

Myron Howe (6'1''-G-74)

Caheem Broadus (6'3''-G-81, college: Delaware St.)
Rogers Barnes (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Morgan St.) (C)
Chris Howard (6'3''-G-86, college: S.Florida)
Hugh Jones (6'5''-G/F-80) (C)
Jamaal Wise (6'6''-F-83, college: Rhode Island)
Antonio Haymon*** F 6-7 Marshall University / Lee Univ --> SAUDI ARABIA
Mike Keyes (6'5''-F)


Ameer Ali (6'4''-G/F)

Eric Bigby (6'6''-F-83, college: Liberty)
Stacey Daniels (6'7''-F)
Cavell Johnson (C)*** F 6-8 James Madison University / UMBC --> CANADA
Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac)
Abdur Scott F 6-9 University of Pittsburgh/Columbia Union
David Bailey (6'9''-F-83, college: Prince George CC)
Lawrence Felder (6'9''-F/C-76, college: Salem Intern.)
Earl Jackson*** PF 6-7 Johnson C. Smith University
Michael Anderson (7'0''-C-84, college: Lane)

*** signed to play professionally overseas
(C): Captain



Summary of the first two weeks of APBL action - by Mike Lee

The opening week of the APBL was a huge success. On October 27th, the Manhattan Pride won defeated the New York City Jaguars, 126-115 and The Rockville Victors also defeated the New York City 524, 124-118.

The Manhattan Pride were led by Kareem Bernard (6'7''-F), who finished with 38 points. The Jaguars were led by Dequan Massey and Jamel Potts, who finished with 27 points and 23 points, respectively. Bernard was named as the APBL's Northern Conference Player of the Week with his performance against the Jaguars. Armond Hill (6'6''-G-86, college: Bowie St.) of The Rockville Victors was named as the Southern Conference Player of the Week with his 23-point performance against the New York City 524.

The Palmieri Jeans Destroyers opened Week 2 of the season with two wins, first over the Brooklyn Firebirds, 153-117 and second over the New York City Jaguars, 127-101. The New York City 524 spilt their two games of the week, losing to the Bay Area Shuckers, 125-118 and defeating the Brooklyn Firebirds, 128-114. The Beltway Bombers began the defense of their title with a 149-135 victory over the Hudson Valley Kingz. The Metro All Stars also began their season with a 108-106 victory over The Rockville Victors. The Manhattan Pride followed up their opening week victory with at 122-105 loss to the Tri-State Energy.

Todd McCoy (6'4''-F-84, college: Indiana St.) of the Palmieri Jeans Destroyers was named the Northern Conference Player of the Week with his 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists in the Destroyers victory over the Firebirds. In the Southern Conference, Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac) of the Beltway Bombers finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds in the teams victory over the Hudson Valley Kingz and was named the Player of the Week in the conference.

Week 3 in the APBL begins on Saturday, November 10th and continues on Sunday, November 11th. There will be a combined eight games on the two-day weekend schedule.




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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 9: Tigers - 36ers 96-66
Nov. 9: Crocodiles - Breakers 72-81
Nov. 9: Kings - Hawks 65-51
Nov. 10: Taipans - Breakers
Nov. 11: 36ers - Wildcats


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Madgen, Kings19.4 
 2. Scott, Tigers17.0 
 3. Tragardh, Taipans16.8 
 4. Jackson, Breakers16.0 
 5. Deleon, Hawks15.8 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.3 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles14.6 
 8. Goulding, Tigers13.7 
 9. Henry, Kings13.5 
 10. Johnson, 36ers12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Seth SCOTT
  Tigers
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Scott, Tigers8.8 
 2. Vukona, Breakers8.2 
 3. Holmes, Crocodiles7.4 
 4. Johnson, 36ers7.2 
 5. Lazare, Kings7.1 
 6. Schenscher, 36ers7.0 
 7. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 8. Davidson, Hawks6.8 
 9. Hill, Taipans6.8 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.3 
 2. Braswell, Tigers5.2 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.1 
 4. Henry, Kings3.8 
 5. Gibson, 36ers3.7 
 6. Wilson, Taipans3.2 
 7. Vukona, Breakers3.0 
 8. Bruce, Kings2.8 
 9. Goulding, Tigers2.8 
 10. Martin, Hawks2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Braswell, Tigers2.4 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.7 
 4. Edwards, Taipans1.7 
 5. Gliddon, Taipans1.5 
 6. Williams, Taipans1.5 
 7. Henry, Kings1.4 
 8. Ervin, Crocodiles1.4 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.3 
 10. Gibson, 36ers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pledger, Breakers3.0 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers1.7 
 3. Scott, Tigers1.5 
 4. Garlepp, Kings1.3 
 5. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 6. Tragardh, Taipans0.8 
 7. Boucher, Breakers0.8 
 8. Gliddon, Taipans0.7 
 9. Edwards, Taipans0.7 
 10. Hudson, Breakers0.7 


Grabau to return against Breakers - by Hugh McAuliffe

Returning veteran Aaron Grabau (196-G/F-78) will provide the Cairns Taipans with some much-needed depth as they prepare for the biggest test of their NBL season.

Grabau was back on full training duties yesterday as the Taipans prepared to host NBL champions New Zealand, and the shooter reported no lingering effects from the knee injury suffered in the season opener.

"There's still a bit of swelling, but I don't feel anything when I'm moving on it," he said. "I'm playing. (Taipans coach Aaron Fearne) hasn't said anything about it yet, but I'll be ready for whatever he wants me to do."

With Grabau sidelined for all but five minutes of the season's first six games, Taipans rookies Cam Gliddon and Clint Steindl have made the most of their opportunities.

The pair, along with eight-year vet Brad Hill, made a strong impression at shooting guard and small forward.

But Grabau, who is approaching his 400th NBL game, will be a welcome presence in the line-up as Fearne prepares for a seven-day stretch that sees his team host the NBL champions then travel to New South Wales to face the Hawks.

"We've got New Zealand and Wollongong coming up, so we've really got to show up," Grabau said. "The next two weeks will show us where we are at as a team."

Personally, Grabau will hope this return is more successful than his last one, which lasted just five minutes.

The round one win over the Crocs marked Grabau's return from a pre-season finger injury, but he only managed five points before pulling up injured.

"It's pretty s---," the 34-year-old said when asked about the injury-riddled start to his season. "People say it's about my age, but I don't think that's the case."

"It's things I can't avoid, but I'm making sure I'm doing everything possible to make sure I'm prepared to play."



Hoverla inks Ayinde Ubaka, ex Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Superleague) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-91kg-85, college: California). He played last season at Hawks in Australian NBL league. In 11 games last year he had 13.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.6apg. Ubaka also played at Melbourne Tigers in NBL that season. In 18 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Cairns Taipans in NBL. In 34 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention.
Ubaka was voted NABC All-NCAA District 14 2nd Team back in 2007 at his college time.
Ubaka is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), Germany (New Yorker Phantoms and Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Poland (Slask Wroclaw and Energa Czarni), D-League (Springfield Armor).
Ubaka attended University of California until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


Traiskirchen Lions add two players - by Stefan Prager

The Traiskirchen Lions have added two new players to their roster. Both players come from Russia. Roman Vorobyev is a 21 year old forward who last played for Dynamo Stavrobol in Russias third league. Vladmir Grebenyuk is an 18 year old guard. He started his basketball career at Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. He most recently played for the clubs U23 team. Both players are expected to have their debuts vs. the Kapfenberg Bulls next week.


Ortner and Siena beat Mahalbasic and Asseco Prokom in Euroleague - by Stefan Prager

For the first time in Euroleague history two Austrian players were facing each other. Benjamin Ortner and Montepaschi Siena beat Rasid Mahalbaic and Asseco Prokom on Thursday in Gdynia. Siena secured the 101:66 road win with a huge third quarter outscoring Asseco with 37:12. Ortner had 7 Points along with 4 boards and 2 assists in 11 minutes of action while Mahalbasic scored 9 and grabbed 4 boards in defeat. Bobby Brown lead all scorers with 27 points for Siena.


Ortner and Siena beat Mahalbasic and Asseco Prokom in Euroleague - by Stefan Prager

For the first time in Euroleague history two Austrian players were facing each other on the court. Benjamin Ortner and Montepaschi Siena beat Rasid Mahalbaic and Asseco Prokom on Thursday in Gdynia. Siena secured the 101:66 road win with a huge third quarter outscoring Asseco with 37:12. Ortner had 7 Points along with 4 boards and 2 assists in 11 minutes of action while Mahalbasic scored 9 and grabbed 4 boards in defeat. Bobby Brown lead all scorers with 27 points for Siena.


Ortner and Siena beat Mahalbasic and Asseco Prokom in Euroleague - by Stefan Prager

For the first time in Euroleague history two Austrian players were facing each other on the court. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) and Montepaschi Siena beat Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) and Asseco Prokom on Thursday in Gdynia. Siena secured the 101:66 road win with a huge third quarter outscoring Asseco with 37:12. Ortner had 7 Points along with 4 boards and 2 assists in 11 minutes of action while Mahalbasic scored 9 and grabbed 4 boards in defeat. Bobby Brown lead all scorers with 27 points for Siena.


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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 9: Sozh Gomel - Tsmoki-Minsk II 87-61
Nov. 9: Svisloch - Rubon 69-81
Nov. 9: Impuls BGUIR - Grodno-93 54-86

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 16: Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen
Nov. 16: Rubon - Sozh Gomel
Nov. 16: Svisloch - Tsmoki-Minsk II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel26.8 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.7 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.17.5 
 4. Kamarunas, Svisl.17.3 
 5. Shustau, Svisloch16.3 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.2 
 7. Sivalko, Rubon14.8 
 8. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.8 
 9. Mishukov, Grodn.14.5 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henadziy ZAKHAR
  Impuls B.
  (198-SF-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.8 
 2. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.5 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.8.2 
 4. Sharipov, Svisloch7.0 
 5. Hrumiantsau, Svisl.7.0 
 6. Yafremov, Grodn.6.8 
 7. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.6.8 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.6.7 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.5 
 10. Miakinin, Sozh Go.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTAU
  Svisloch
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Shustau, Svisloch6.2 
 2. Kamarunas, Svisl.5.7 
 3. Charykau, Sozh G.5.5 
 4. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.0 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.2 
 6. Akulich, Rubon3.5 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.5 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen3.2 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen2.8 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.2 
 2. Kamarunas, Svisl.3.0 
 3. Akulich, Rubon3.0 
 4. Tatur, Borisfen2.8 
 5. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.7 
 6. Sapegin, Rubon2.7 
 7. Shustau, Svisloch2.5 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.5 
 9. Charko, Grodno-932.5 
 10. Ovsepian, Rubon2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 7: Tsmoki-Minsk II loses to Sozh Gomel in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Sozh Gomel's (#2, 5-1) victory against 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (3-3) 87-61. The game without a history. Sozh Gomel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sozh Gomel forced 31 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki-Minsk II outrebounded Sozh Gomel 40-28 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Tsmoki-Minsk II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 6 steals. Ukrainian forward Ivan Kaliayev (201-87) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Sozh Gomel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Impuls BGUIR (1-5) in Minsk 86-54. It was a quality performance for forward Sergej Vasilevich (202-92) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Yury Mishukov accounted for 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Impuls BGUIR in the defeat. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Grodno-93 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Impuls BGUIR lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Borisfen and Svisloch. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against Borisfen (#5) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Osipovichi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rubon (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Svisloch (1-5). Rubon defeated Svisloch 81-69 on Friday. Marsel Ovsepian fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Maksim Shustau produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rubon maintains third place with 4-2 record having just two points less than leader Grodno-93. Loser Svisloch dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Borisfen and Impuls BGUIR. Rubon will meet at home league's second-placed Sozh Gomel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4).



Svisloch - Rubon 69-81

The game in Osipovichi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rubon (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Svisloch (1-5). Rubon defeated Svisloch 81-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Rubon. Svisloch managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rubon forced 24 Svisloch turnovers. Forward Marsel Ovsepian (202-90) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (205-91) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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. Rubon maintains third place with 4-2 record having just two points less than leader Grodno-93. Loser Svisloch dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Borisfen and Impuls BGUIR. Rubon will meet at home league's second-placed Sozh Gomel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4).
Top scorers:
Svisloch: M.Shustau 18+5reb+10ast, A.Hrumiantsau 15+8reb+3ast, P.Shuleyko 12+7reb+2ast, I.Sharipov 11+9reb+1ast, V.Kamarunas 7+6reb+3ast, O.Cheresiev 2
Rubon: A.Indrikov 14+2reb, Y.Patupchyk 13+1reb, S.Sapegin 12+5reb+3ast, A.Kachan 11+1reb, M.Ovsepian 10+10reb+3ast, D.Sivalko 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 204708


Impuls BGUIR - Grodno-93 54-86

Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Impuls BGUIR (1-5) in Minsk 86-54. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Impuls BGUIR's 44. Grodno-93 forced 22 Impuls BGUIR turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for forward Sergej Vasilevich (202-92) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) accounted for 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and forward Sarhei Goncharenok (203-91) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Impuls BGUIR in the defeat. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Grodno-93 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Impuls BGUIR lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Borisfen and Svisloch. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against Borisfen (#5) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: H.Zakhar 17+12reb, A.Papruha 8+1ast, S.Goncharenok 7+5reb+2ast, K.Volodkin 6+1reb+1ast, Y.Ignatiev 6+5reb+2ast, A.Trofimovich 4+1reb
Grodno-93: Y.Mishukov 17+4reb, S.Vasilevich 13+7reb+2ast, I.Konuyshenko 10+1reb, D.Kuzmin 10+4reb+5ast, V.Korzh 9+5reb+3ast, U.Charko 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 204710


Sozh Gomel - Tsmoki-Minsk II 87-61

Very significant was Sozh Gomel's (#2, 5-1) victory against 4th placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (3-3) 87-61. The game without a history. Sozh Gomel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sozh Gomel forced 31 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki-Minsk II outrebounded Sozh Gomel 40-28 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Tsmoki-Minsk II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 6 steals. Ukrainian forward Ivan Kaliayev (201-87) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Sozh Gomel players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) scored 15 points. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Sozh Gomel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: R.Rutkauskas 15+4reb, A.Semianiuk 13+6reb+1ast, E.Sugonyako 9+5reb, Y.Beliankou 8+6reb+1ast, D.Roslikov 5+4ast, V.Ignatchik 5+3reb+2ast
Sozh Gomel: K.Sitnik 29+2reb+3ast, I.Kaliayev 14+6reb+3ast, S.Miakinin 14+8reb, S.Charykau 11+1reb+7ast, S.Dadukin 10+4reb+2ast, T.Viaroukin 6+6reb
gschID: 204709



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 9: Spirou - Liege 74-72
Nov. 10: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar
Nov. 10: Oostende - M.Hainaut
Nov. 11: Antwerp - Leuven


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Ryan THOMPSON
  Aalstar
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Thompson, Aalstar18.4 
 2. Walsh, Spirou18.0 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende18.0 
 4. Green, Verviers.17.5 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.6 
 6. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.2 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.2 
 8. Robinson, Leuven15.8 
 9. Clark, Aalstar14.6 
 10. Allen, Spirou14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut8.2 
 2. Gillet, Liege7.5 
 3. Aleksandrov, Vervi.7.2 
 4. Aska, Leuven7.0 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar6.8 
 6. Wright, Oostende6.8 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 8. Walsh, Spirou6.3 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp6.2 
 10. De Zeeuw, Antwerp5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Anderson, Verviers.6.2 
 2. Bosco, Liege4.7 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.4 
 4. Raivio, Aalstar3.8 
 5. Walsh, Spirou3.7 
 6. Marnegrave, Leuven3.6 
 7. Moors, Antwerp2.8 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.8 
 9. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 10. Wright, Oostende2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy GREEN
  Verviers.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Green, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 3. Biggs, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Anderson, Aalstar2.0 
 5. Katnic, Oostende1.8 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 7. Anderson, Verviers.1.8 
 8. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 9. Jadin, Spirou1.6 
 10. Wright, Oostende1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar1.4 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.3 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 6. Mukubu, Liege0.7 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende0.6 


Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 9: CEP Fleurus - Excelsior 70-53
Nov. 10: St-Niklase - Gent Dragons
Nov. 10: Tongeren - M.Hainaut II
Nov. 10: Kangor.-Boom - Waregem
Nov. 10: Essor Charleroi - Point Chaud
Nov. 11: Gembo BBC - Giants II
Nov. 11: Houthalen - Sint-Jan Ant.



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  CHINA   


Gilbert Arenas agreed terms with Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai Dongfang Sharks (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Gilbert Arenas (192-98kg-82, college: Arizona). He played most recently at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. In 23 games last season he recorded 3.3ppg. Arenas also spent pre-season at the Magic in NBA that year.
The previous (10-11) season he played at the Wizards in NBA. In 21 games last year he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.6apg and 1.3spg.
In 2001 Arenas was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in second round (31st overall). The former University of Arizona star is in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Arenas received All-NBA 2nd Team award back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CROATIA   


EuroLeague: Cedevita earn first victory - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Caja Laboral 76:69

Cedevita registered the first EuroLeague victory in the season. The Croatian team held off Caja Laboral at home court. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) provided 16 points to lead the winners. Caja Laboral fell at 1-4 record after the defeat.
The teams were tied at 24 after ten minutes of action. Cedevita however pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts held the Spaniards to just 10 points in the period to take a 39:34 halftime lead. The Zagreb team extended the margin in the third quarter. Cedevita stayed aggressive defensively and it paid off. The home team accumulated a 12-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Caja Laboral did not surrender as they cut the deficit in the fourth period. Cedevita kept Caja Laboral at safe distance throughout the final period and clinched a well-deserved win. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) scored 14 points, while Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) netted 12 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Miro Bilan 16, Bracey Wright 14, Predrag Suput 12
Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 15, Andres Nocioni 12



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 9: Apoel - ENAD 80-59
Nov. 9: AEL - AEK 78-84
Nov. 11: Apollon - Keravnos
Nov. 10: Etha - Omonia


A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Allen, Omonia28.5 
 2. Detrick, Apollon21.0 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Omonia20.0 
 4. Panteli, AEK18.0 
 5. Morrison, Apoel16.3 
 6. Aleksic, AEL15.7 
 7. Diggs, Omonia15.5 
 8. Outerbridge, AEL14.3 
 9. Palalas, AEL14.0 
 10. Kounas, ENAD14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Omonia
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Diggs, Omonia10.5 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos9.0 
 3. Ceranic, Etha8.5 
 4. Outerbridge, AEL8.3 
 5. Kaskiris, ENAD8.0 
 6. Lee-Ingram, Omonia8.0 
 7. Brown, Apollon8.0 
 8. Fisher, AEK7.3 
 9. Visockis, Omonia6.5 
 10. Aleksic, AEL6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Omonia
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Diggs, Omonia8.0 
 2. Stiggers, Apoel5.7 
 3. Aleksic, AEL4.7 
 4. Demertzis, Kerav.4.0 
 5. Downey, Etha4.0 
 6. Guillandeaux, AEL4.0 
 7. Kounas, ENAD3.7 
 8. Maze, Keravnos3.5 
 9. Allen, Omonia3.5 
 10. Panteli, AEK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apoel
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Stiggers, Apoel4.0 
 2. Panteli, AEK3.5 
 3. Palalas, AEL2.7 
 4. Mokongo, Apoel2.3 
 5. Williams, Etha2.0 
 6. Diggs, Omonia2.0 
 7. Allen, AEL2.0 
 8. Pilavas, Keravnos2.0 
 9. Morrison, Apoel1.7 
 10. Kilaras, Omonia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike MORRISON
  Apoel
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Morrison, Apoel2.7 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos2.0 
 3. Harrison, AEK1.7 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.5 
 5. Outerbridge, AEL1.3 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.0 
 7. Lee-Ingram, Omonia1.0 
 8. Sims, ENAD0.7 
 9. Jukes, ENAD0.7 
 10. Aleksic, AEL0.7 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 9: Sparta Praha - Sokol H.K. 84-64
Nov. 9: Sokol P. - Liberec 83-72
Nov. 9: Sokol V. - Litomerice 66-79
Nov. 9: Loko Plzen - Nymburk B
Nov. 11: Kara Trutnov - Ostrava
Nov. 11: JBC Brno - Proton Zlin



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  DENMARK   

Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Amager BK 6-1 
 2. BMS Skovlunde 4-2 
 3. Koge BK 4-2 
 4. Falcon 4-2 
 5. Virum 4-2 
 6. Lemvig 4-2 
 7. Stevnsgade 3-3 
 8. Aarhus BF 3-4 
 9. Glostrup 2-3 
 10. Haderslev 1-5 
 11. Jonstrup 1-5 
 12. ALBA 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 9: Aarhus BF - Amager BK 83-95
Nov. 10: Glostrup - Koge BK
Nov. 10: ALBA - Haderslev
Nov. 10: Virum - Falcon
Nov. 10: Lemvig - Stevnsgade
Nov. 10: BMS Skovlunde - Jonstrup



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  EGYPT   


Egypts Al Ahly hold on lead - by Eurobasket News

Egypts Al Ahly continue to lead in the qualifiers for the mens 2012 African basketball club champions tournament for Zone I that played day two yesterday in Sousse, Tunisia.

They defeated Libyas Al Ahly Benghazi 80-70 while in the clash that opposed the host sides, Club Africain edged Etoile Sportive du Sahel 78-75.


In todays day three games, Egypts Ittihad and Al Ahly shall open the show at 16:00 while Tunisias Etoile Sportive du Sahel shall take on Libyas Al Ahly Benghazi two hours later.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



African champion ship - by Khaled El Saied

it seems that Ettahad Elsakandari has a very good chance to win the PLAYOFFS i Tunisia after their second straight win against Ahly club despite having Darryn Kelly who is supposed to be one of the best American players who come to Egypt and Amin Rezik and Tarek Elghannan but it seems like the team suffers from lack of team game on the other hand they have a tough game against El Negm Elsahely having no choice but to win the game so the competition now is between these 3 teams but Ettahad is the closest to win they have young energetic players and good coach who knows how to win


Egyptian sides secure openers - by Eurobasket News

The qualifiers for the mens 2012 African Club Champions tournament for Zone I started yesterday in Sousse, Tunisia where one of the home sides, Club Africain, lost their opener 68-79 against Egypts Al Ahly.

In the other game, another Egyptian side, Ittihad, secured two points against Libya Al Ahly Benghazi.

The qualifiers shall play till November 11 while the final stage shall play in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from November 29December 8.
Courtesy of: http://www.starafrica.com



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 9: Tln Kalev - Rapla 69-85
Nov. 9: TTU - Tarvas 66-81
Nov. 10: Rapla - Tarvas
Nov. 10: Parnu - Hito/Johvi
Nov. 11: Hito/Johvi - Valga
Nov. 13: Valga - Tln Kalev


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Tamm, Tarvas19.7 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock17.8 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas17.7 
 4. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.15.3 
 5. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.8 
 6. Evart, Parnu14.8 
 7. Umbrasko, Tarvas14.5 
 8. Lindmets, Tarvas14.2 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev13.8 
 10. Arnold, TTU13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu14.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.5 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.2 
 4. Grim, Valga8.6 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo8.0 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.8 
 7. Cunda, Valga7.7 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 10. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  TU/Rock
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ingram, TU/Rock5.2 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas5.0 
 3. Cunda, Valga4.9 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.4.5 
 5. Keedus, TTU4.4 
 6. Saare, Hito/Johvi4.2 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev4.2 
 8. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 9. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tamm, Tarvas3.5 
 2. Saage, TU/Rock2.6 
 3. Akenparg, TTU2.4 
 4. Ingram, TU/Rock2.0 
 5. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 6. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 7. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 8. Cunda, Valga1.7 
 9. Laksa, Tarvas1.7 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 2. Arnold, TTU1.4 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.0 
 4. Grim, Valga1.0 
 5. Saks, Tarvas0.8 
 6. Raadik, Parnu0.8 
 7. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Nurger, Rapla0.7 
 9. Makke, TTU0.6 
 10. Vahter, Tln Kalev0.6 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Nov. 8: Cantu - Fener.Ulker 82-58
Nov. 9: Union Olimpija - Real Madrid 76-89
Nov. 9: Panathinaikos - Khimky 67-79

B

Nov. 8: Chalon - Unicaja 78-88
Nov. 8: ALBA - Maccabi T-A 76-78
Nov. 9: Asseco Prok. - Montepaschi 66-101

C

Nov. 9: Cedevita - Caja Laboral 76-69
Nov. 8: EA7 Armani - Olympiacos 71-84
Nov. 9: Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 64-77

D

Nov. 9: Partizan - Brose Baskets 72-77
Nov. 8: Lietuvos rytas - Besiktas 67-73
Nov. 8: CSKA - FCB Regal 60-81

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Nov. 15: Khimky - Fener.Ulker
Nov. 15: Panathinaikos - Real Madrid
Nov. 16: Union Olimpija - Pall. Cantu

B

Nov. 15: Asseco Prokom - Chalon
Nov. 15: Maccabi T-A - Unicaja
Nov. 15: ALBA - Montepaschi SI

C

Nov. 16: Anadolu Efes - EA7 Armani
Nov. 16: Caja Laboral - Olympiacos
Nov. 16: Cedevita - Zalgiris

D

Nov. 15: Lietuvos rytas - CSKA
Nov. 15: Brose Baskets - FCB Regal
Nov. 15: Partizan - Besiktas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi20.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.18.6 
 3. Jerrells, Besiktas18.6 
 4. Fernandez, Real M.18.2 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu17.8 
 6. Langford, EA7 A.17.4 
 7. Baynes, Union O.16.8 
 8. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.8 
 9. Weems, CSKA16.6 
 10. Aradori, Cantu15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Union O.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Baynes, Union O.10.0 
 2. Williams, Chalon9.4 
 3. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.4 
 4. Hines, Olympiacos7.0 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA6.8 
 6. Thompson, ALBA6.2 
 7. Sanikidze, Montepa.6.2 
 8. Lasme, Panathin.6.0 
 9. Zirbes, Brose B.6.0 
 10. Bjelica, Caja Lab.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Asseco P.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blassingame, Assec.6.6 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.4 
 3. Cook, EA7 Armani6.4 
 4. Planinic, Khimky6.2 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.4 
 6. Farmar, Anadolu5.4 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi5.2 
 8. Green, Cedevita5.0 
 9. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 10. Waters, Union O.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Anadolu .
  (191-SG-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gordon, Anadolu2.4 
 2. Hickman, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Jaaber, Zalgiris2.0 
 4. Farmar, Anadolu2.0 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.8 
 6. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.8 
 7. Draper, Real M.1.8 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 9. Green, Cedevita1.8 
 10. Djedovic, ALBA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. Falker, Besiktas1.6 
 3. Krstic, CSKA1.6 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 6. Zhukanenko, Khimky1.3 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos1.2 
 8. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 9. Gordon, Partizan1.2 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.2 


Brown's 27 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Montepaschi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 27 points adding seven assists for Montepaschi in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Asseco Prok. (#6, 1-4) with 35-point margin 101-66. Montepaschi maintains the 4th position in Euroleague group B. Montepaschi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Montepaschi's top player in his first season with the team. California State University, Fullerton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.8ppg. Brown is in league's top in assists (7th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 47.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Chalon. He is American swingman in his 4th season at Chalon. In the last game Schilb recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Chalon lost that game 78-88 to the higher-ranked Unicaja (#2, 4-1). This loss caused Chalon to drop to 5th position in group B. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Chalon managed to get this year. Schilb is one of the most experienced players at Chalon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) of league's second-best Anadolu Efes. Erden scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Erden's great performance Anadolu Efes lost 64-77 to #1 ranked Zalgiris. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Anadolu Efes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group C. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Erden has a very solid season. In 5 games in Euroleague he scored 10.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87) of Besiktas - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90) of Partizan - 17 points and 7 rebounds
6. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita - 16 points and 5 rebounds
7. Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Union Olimpija - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) of EA7 Armani - 16 points and 9 rebounds
9. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Marco Cusin (210-C-85) of Cantu - 15 points and 6 rebounds

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



Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Cantu - Fener.Ulker 82-58
Mapooro Cantu raced to the second win in Euroleague Group A. The Italian team breezed past Fenerbahce at home court. Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the hosts. Fenerbahce fell at 3-2 record after the loss. Cantu stunned the visitors early in the encounter. The hosts strongly started the game posting a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Cantu dominated in the second period. They established a 41:27 halftime advantage. Cantu kept Fenerbahce at safe distance throughout the third term. The home side built a 16-point lead before the final frame. Cantu unleashed 25 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Jeff Brooks netted 15 points each for the winners. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) answered with 10 points for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic and David Andersen had 8 points each in the loss.

Union Olimpija - Real Madrid 76-89
Real Madrid accounted for the fourth EuroLeague win this season. They knocked down Union Olimpija in the Slovenian capital. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) orchestrated the victory with 18 points. Real Madrid surged ahead early in the encounter. The visitors accumulated a 21:18 lead at the first break. Real mounted the pressure in the second quarter. They secured a 46:35 halftime advantage. Real kept Union Olimpija at safe distance throughout the third term. The visitors entered the fourth stanza up by 11 points. Real outscored the hosts in the final ten minutes and posted a comfortable win at the end. Felipe Reyes netted 16 points, while Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) dropped 14 points for the winners. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with game-high 22 points for Union Olimpija. Jaka Blazic had 14 points in defeat.

Panathinaikos - Khimky 67-79
Khimky gained the third win in EuroLeague Group A. They surprised Panathinaikos in Athens. Khimky improved at 3-2 record leaving Panathinaikos at 2-3. Zoran Planinic stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Panathinaikos led by six points 23:17 at the first break. But Khimky gradually adjusted their tempo. The Russian side narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the interval 41:38. Khimky denied the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 58. Khimky held the hosts at just 9 points in the final term and marched to the victory. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 13 points in the winning case. Roko-Leni Ukic topscored with 13 points for Panathinaikos. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) provided 12 points in the loss.

Group B
ALBA - Maccabi T-A 76-78
Maccabi snatched a narrow victory over ALBA in Berlin. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) accounted for 20 points as the Israeli champions improved at 5-0 record in Group B. ALBA slipped at 2-3 record after the loss. Maccabi held the hosts to 10 points in the first quarter to pull ahead. The Israeli powerhouse ensured a 6-point lead at the first pause. ALBA drilled 25 points in the second quarter to recover. The hosts narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Albert Miralles put ALBA in front 43:40 early in the third quarter. However Maccabi spurred back in charge and Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) made it 56:52 for the visitors heading into the fourth frame. ALBA got within two points 74:76 with just over a minute remaining. Devin Smith and Vule Avdalovic exchanged baskets but Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) missed a late three-pointer as Maccabi got away with victory. Guy Pnini netted 11 points, while Malcolm Thomas accounted for 9 points in the win. Nihad Djedovic paced ALBA with 17 points. Deon Thompson delivered 14 points in the loss.

Asseco Prok. - Montepaschi 66-101
Montepaschi Siena registered the second victory in EuroLeague Group B. They fired past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia tonight. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) notched 27 points and 7 assists to lead the visitors. It never looked like a rout in the opening quarter. Asseco Prokom stayed in charge posting a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Montepaschi took over in the second period. The Siena team spurred ahead and posted a 42:35 halftime lead. The visitors silenced Asseco Prokom in the third term. They erupted for 37 points in the quarter and cleared off at 32-point distance with one period remaining. Montepaschi Siena kept the hosts at bay throughout the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and David Moss netted 16 points apiece for the winners. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) netted 15 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Chalon - Unicaja 78-88
Unicaja Malaga beat Elan Chalon for 4-1 record in Group B of EuroLeague. The Spanish side grabbed an 88:78 road win in front of 5000 fans. Unicaja Malaga took 24-21 and added 20-11 in the second frame. Elan Chalon was too far to give up and surprised the guests with 29-24 in the third period. Joffrey Lauvergne, reduced to 65:70 later in the fourth period, but that was all the hosts managed to do. Unicaja Malaga brought back 10-point advantage and managed to seal the victory with the same difference. Krunoslav Simon top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luka Zoric notched 15. James Gist (205-F-86) delivered 13, while Marcus Williams posted 12. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, whilst Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) tossed in 12. Joffrey Lauvergne scored 10, while Ilian Evtimov and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) had 9 apiece.

Group C
Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 64-77
Zalgiris kept their EuroLeague record spotless. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group C. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. Anadolu Efes slipped at 3-2 record after the loss. Zalgiris drained 25 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. The Kaunas team gained a 25:23 lead after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The Turkish side erased the deficit and knotted things up at 37. But the third term belonged to Zalgiris. The visitors went on a decisive 23:14 run to take a 9-point advantage. Zalgiris limited Anadolu Efes to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Tremmell Darden nailed 16 points, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) added 15 points for the winners. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) answered with 20 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 13 points in the loss.

Cedevita - Caja Laboral 76-69
Cedevita registered the first EuroLeague victory in the season. The Croatian team held off Caja Laboral at home court. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) provided 16 points to lead the winners. Caja Laboral fell at 1-4 record after the defeat. The teams were tied at 24 after ten minutes of action. Cedevita however pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts held the Spaniards to just 10 points in the period to take a 39:34 halftime lead. The Zagreb team extended the margin in the third quarter. Cedevita stayed aggressive defensively and it paid off. The home team accumulated a 12-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Caja Laboral did not surrender as they cut the deficit in the fourth period. Cedevita kept Caja Laboral at safe distance throughout the final period and clinched a well-deserved win. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) scored 14 points, while Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Fernando San Emeterio responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni netted 12 points in the loss.

EA7 Armani - Olympiacos 71-84
Olympiacos are coming back with victory from Italy. The Piraeus team overcame Emporio Armani to improve at 3-2 record in Euroleague Group C. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 23 points and 9 assists to lead the visitors. Olympiacos set the tone early in the game. The Greek side grabbed a 24:17 lead after the starting period. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Italian team came back to life and narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval. But Olympiacos were back in control in the third term. The Hellenes extended their lead to 9 points at the final break 59:50. Olympiacos dropped 25 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated well-deserved win at the end. Kostas Papanikolaou provided 17 points, while Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) added 13 points for Olympiacos. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) netted 17 points for the hosts. Ioannis Bourousis chipped in 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against his former team.

Group D
Partizan - Brose Baskets 72-77
Brose Baskets upset Partizan in Belgrade in the last game of Round 5 in EuroLeague. The German side overcame Partizan mt:s 77:72 in front of 7500 local fans. The Serbian side fell at 0-5 record. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the first period and then the hosts grabbed the lead at the halftime. They managed to erupt with 25-17 in the second frame for 8-point advantage at the end of the second frame. Brose Baskets replied with 22-21 in the third period but then shocked the hosts in the final stanza. They needed a massive 22-10 surge to win the game by 5 points. Bostjan Nachbar top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) posted 18. Teddy Gipson nailed 13, whilst Anton Gavel delivered 9. Vladimir Lucic and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points each in the losing effort. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) brought 10 and Dejan Musli tossed in 8.

Lietuvos rytas - Besiktas 67-73
Besiktas JK stole the game in Siemens Arena as they beat Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the second game of Round 4. The Turkish side celebrated a 73:67 win for 3-2 record in Group D. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius opened the game with 20-17 but could not win the half. The guests replied with 16-13 and tied the game at the halftime. Moreover Besiktas JK dominated the second half. They won the third period 16-15 and finished the game with 24-19. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) made two free throws for the last points of the winning side, while Mindaugas Katelynas made the final result in the game. Curtis Jerrells tossed in 25 points to lead all the winners, while Damir Markota notched 13. Vladimir Dasic scored 10, while Serhat Cetin added 8. Steponas Babrauskas ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nemanja Nedovic had 11. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) posted 9, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 8.

CSKA - FCB Regal 60-81
FC Barcelona Regal upset CSKA in Moscow in the opener of the EuroLeague Round 5. The Spanish side beat the Russian Champion 81:60 and took perfect 5-0 record in Group D. CSKA meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 4-1 record. It was the top game of the Group as well as the top game of the Round in EuroLeague. CSKA Moscow managed to win the first period 19-17 but failed in the rest of the game. FC Barcelona Regal dominated the rest of the game and posted three victories in the last three quarters. They bounced back with 21-16 in the second frame and won the third period 25-13. Moreover they added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the 5th consecutive victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Erazem Lorbek nailed 15. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) delivered 12, while Nathan Jawai added 10. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 18 points for the home side and Milos Teodosic tossed in 12. Anton Ponkrashov added 9, while Viktor Khryapa poured in 6.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 7: Korihait - Namika Lahti 88-58
Nov. 9: Kouvot - FoKoPo 84-75
Nov. 8: Nilan Bisons - KTP 105-74
Nov. 10: Kauhajoki - LrNMKY
Nov. 10: Kataja - Lapua
Nov. 10: Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons25.0 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.20.5 
 3. Holloway, Namika L.19.1 
 4. Hall, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 5. Conley, LrNM.18.4 
 6. Clavell, Kouvot17.9 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.6 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua17.4 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo16.5 
 10. Jalonen, Korihait16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.7 
 2. Tolbert, Lapua9.3 
 3. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.9 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 5. Logins, LrNM.8.5 
 6. Conley, LrNM.8.0 
 7. Bullock, Kauhajoki7.9 
 8. Johnson, Namika L.7.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Thornton, FoKoPo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.6 
 3. Burgess, FoKoPo5.3 
 4. Hall, Salon Vilpas4.7 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.6 
 6. Holmes, Lapua4.3 
 7. Gibson, LrNM.4.0 
 8. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 9. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki2.3 
 3. Hall, Salon Vilpas2.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Smith, Kataja2.1 
 6. Flowers, Kataja2.1 
 7. Vuori, Kauhajoki2.0 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 10. Holloway, Namika1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  Kauhajoki
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ford, Kauhajoki1.6 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.6 
 3. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.3 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 6. Logins, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Jones, LrNM.0.9 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 9. Sandberg, Salon V.0.8 
 10. Taft, Korihait0.8 


Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 8

A

Nov. 9: Porvoon Tarmo - Tapiolan Honka 88-80
Nov. 11: Ura Basket - BC Nokia
Nov. 11: Pyrinto II - SayRi
Nov. 11: Huima - ToPo

B

Nov. 9: KaU Koris - BC Jyvaskyla 84-76
Nov. 11: HBA-Marsky - JyWe
Nov. 11: Kerava ET - Jarvenpaa
Nov. 11: TuNMKY - BC Jyvaskyla
Nov. 11: Espoo Basket - KaU Koris


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Richardson, Ura B.32.5 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia28.6 
 3. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.1 
 4. Salminen, TuNM.21.7 
 5. Brennan, Tapiolan.20.9 
 6. Young, Porvoon20.6 
 7. Tate, Porvoon20.3 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II20.2 
 9. Pyykkonen, JyWe20.0 
 10. Collins, SayRi20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia15.6 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET13.6 
 3. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.9 
 4. Stephens, Huima12.2 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe12.0 
 6. Salminen, TuNM.11.3 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.11.2 
 8. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.4 
 9. Brennan, Tapiolan.10.4 
 10. Young, Porvoon10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Robert JUVONEN
  Kerava ET
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Juvonen, Kerava ET5.0 
 2. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.8 
 3. Jarvinen, KaU Koris4.2 
 4. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.0 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.0 
 6. Russell, Oulun N.3.7 
 7. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.4 
 8. Riihela, BC Nokia3.4 
 9. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.3 
 10. Jarvinen, Tapiol.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.6 
 2. Richardson, Ura B.2.5 
 3. Andersen, Espoo B.2.3 
 4. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.2 
 5. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.1 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET2.0 
 7. Russell, Oulun N.2.0 
 8. Herrala, HBA-M.1.9 
 9. Syrjala, KaU Koris1.9 
 10. Hartikainen, Porv.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jari PULKKINEN
  Pyrin.
  (203-PF-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.3.0 
 2. Keskitalo, JyWe2.1 
 3. Young, Porvoon1.8 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET1.3 
 5. Mua, Kerava ET1.3 
 6. Stephens, Huima1.2 
 7. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.1 
 8. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.0 
 9. Immonen, TuNM.1.0 
 10. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.0 


KORISLIIGA: Kouvot defeated FoKoPo - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 10: Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated tonight FoKoPo (Forssa) 84-75 (36-38). Quarters: 25-17, 11-21, 24-19, 24-18. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) led Kouvot (5-4) with 19 points. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) added 18 pts and made five steals. Newcomer LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) played 34:22 minutes and helped the hosts in many ways: 6p/7r/9a. Kouvot had sent Vernon Taylor to Porvoo (Division 1A). Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) (FoKoPo) had a double-double 26pts/15rbs.
Kouvot - FoKoPo 84-75 (36-38). (Chris Hester 19, Antto Nikkarinen 18/5s, Gilberto Clavell 15/7 - Andrais Thornton 26/15, Charlie Burgess 15/11a, Sami Ikavalko 11. A: 894).


In Division 1A top contest Tarmo (Porvoo) beat Honka (Tapiola) 88-80 (46-30). Quarters: 26-13, 20-17, 13-25, 29-25. Tarmo played season best during the first 10-15 minutes. Newcomer Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) had practiced four times with Tarmo (7-1) and seemed to be ready and anxious to help his new team. Taylor scored 37 points (1 - 8/8, 2 - 10/10, 3 - 3/6) in 31:09 minutes without being selfish at all. Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) added 25 pts. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) played well when leading Honka (4-3) with a double-double 26pts/11rbs.

Tarmo - Honka 88-80 (46-30). (Vernon Taylor 37, Isaiah Tate 25, Jerrah Young 13/9 - Ronnie Clark 26/11, Eric Brennan 18/8, Tuomas Iisalo 11. A: 408).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 9: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Le Portel 89-85
Nov. 9: Maurienne - St Vallier 86-66
Nov. 9: Charleville - Denain 84-87
Nov. 9: Fos Ouest - St Quentin 83-77
Nov. 9: Bourg - Lille 73-64
Nov. 9: Hyeres-Toulon - Nantes 68-86
Nov. 9: Rouen - Evreux 67-71
Nov. 9: Bordeaux - Chalons-Reims 63-88
Nov. 10: Boulogne - Antibes


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Brown, Maurienne24.1 
 2. McKines, Rouen21.3 
 3. Siggers, Lille21.0 
 4. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 5. Blue, Antibes19.3 
 6. Humphrey, Bordeaux19.1 
 7. Boddicker, Pau-La.19.0 
 8. Booker, St Vallier19.0 
 9. Wood, Evreux18.6 
 10. Carter, Bordeaux18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles JACKSON
  Pau-La.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Jackson, Pau-La.11.8 
 2. McKines, Rouen11.0 
 3. Wood, Evreux10.8 
 4. Bing, Maurienne10.8 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin10.3 
 6. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.6 
 7. Brown, Maurienne9.1 
 8. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 9. Rouse, St Vallier8.4 
 10. Blue, Antibes8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Craven, St Vallier8.5 
 2. Denave, Pau-Lacq.6.3 
 3. Bassett, Rouen5.8 
 4. Huffman, Antibes5.6 
 5. Taylor, Le Portel5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.3 
 7. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.8 
 8. Wood, Evreux4.6 
 9. Gaillou, Denain4.6 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craven, St Vallier3.0 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 3. Flowers, Denain2.1 
 4. Wilson, Le Portel2.1 
 5. Jackson, Pau-La.2.0 
 6. McCray, Boulogne2.0 
 7. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 8. Hannah, Evreux2.0 
 9. McIntosh, Hyeres-.1.9 
 10. Brown, Maurienne1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.6 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.6 
 3. Chism, Maurienne1.5 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.3 
 5. Henry, Nantes1.3 
 6. Coleman, Bordeaux1.3 
 7. Williams, St Quent.1.0 
 8. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, Boulogne1.0 
 10. Taccoen, Lille0.9 



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the fourth-ranked Panathinaikos (2-2) 73-64 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. McCalebb recorded 13 points (made all of his six free throws) in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (3-2) is placed second in group A. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 62.2%(23-37), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 83.3% in the five games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (2-3) 84-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Antic scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (3-2) is placed third in group C. This season Antic averages: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 90.9%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Lietuvos rytas (1-4) to beat Besiktas (3-2). Samardziski scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. The fifth-placed Lietuvos rytas lost 67-73 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Besiktas in the group D of Euroleague. This year Samardziski's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.0rpg in the five games. He is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Cedevita (0-4) in their game against Olympiacos (3-2) in the Euroleague. Green recorded 9 points and added 4 passes. But Cedevita (#6) was edged 79-77 on the road by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group C of Euroleague. So far Cedevita lost all four games in the Regular Season. Green's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #5. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for BC Donetsk (6-6) in their last game. Despite Stojanovski's good performance BC Donetsk lost 71-79 in Kyiv to the one of league's weakest teams (#13) BC Kyiv. He scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. It was BC Donetsk's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in the eight games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #6. Point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marques Green. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Ilievski contributed to a 2-point Cedevita's victory against the league leader Igokea (6-1) 78-76. He recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (5-2) is placed third in the Adriatic League. This year Ilievski's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.1apg in the seven games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Bojan Krstevski
Bojan Krstevski
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala (0-4) in their game against Apollon Patras (1-3) in the Greek A1. Krstevski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The bottom-ranked Kavala was edged 80-79 in Patra by the higher-ranked Apollon s (#11). So far Kavala lost all four games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Krstevski has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) led Stjarnan to a double overtime (!!!) victory against one of league's weakest teams Njardvik (1-4) 115-108 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Thursday night. Zdravevski scored 15 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. Stjarnan (4-1) is placed second in the Dominos League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #2. Tomcho Sokolov (205-F/C-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, currently plays in Turkey) led Pi Koleji to a victory against the third-ranked Usak (4-1) 77-71 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Friday. Sokolov scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Pi Koleji Ankara (3-2) is placed tenth in the TB2L. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Sokolov has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg.

   #3. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Pertevniyal (2-3) to beat Gelisim (3-2). He scored 8 points in 29 minutes. Pertevniyal lost 66-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Gelisim. It was Pertevniyal's third consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Osman has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg and 2.0rpg in the five games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian nationality, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #4. Pance Ilievski (186-G-81, currently plays in Iceland) was not able to help KFI (0-0) in their game against Thor Thorl (3-2) in the Icelandic Dominos League. Ilievski scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. KFI was crushed 128-84 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Thor Thorl. Ilievski has been at the team for six years. He has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in the six games.



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 9: Kutaisi - Dinamo Tbilisi 90-78
Nov. 10: Sokhumi - Batumi
Nov. 10: MIA Academy - Rustavi
Nov. 10: Olimpi - TSU Tbilisi
Nov. 10: Armia - STU Tbilisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.22.0 
 2. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.20.8 
 3. Bakradze, TSU T.20.7 
 4. Bowie, Rustavi20.3 
 5. Prewitt, MIA A.18.0 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi17.0 
 7. Matiashvili, Kutai.16.5 
 8. Nanitashvili, Batu.16.3 
 9. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.14.5 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.11.0 
 2. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.10.0 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 4. Nelson, Rustavi9.0 
 5. Prewitt, MIA A.8.7 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi7.7 
 7. Toudjani, Rustavi7.0 
 8. Bowie, Rustavi6.7 
 9. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.6.5 
 10. Didia, Kutaisi5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vakhtang CHKAREULI
  TSU T.
  (196-F-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Chkareuli, TSU T.5.3 
 2. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.3 
 3. Bowie, Rustavi4.7 
 4. Didia, Kutaisi4.5 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.4.5 
 6. Nanitashvili, Batu.4.0 
 7. Rogava, MIA A.4.0 
 8. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.0 
 9. Gaprindashvi., Sam.4.0 
 10. Lezhava, Dinamo3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Dzidziguri, STU T.3.3 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 4. Barbakadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 5. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 6. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.8 
 7. Bakradze, TSU T.1.7 
 8. Tukvadze, Samed.1.7 
 9. Nanitashvili, Batu.1.7 
 10. Rogava, MIA A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.3.8 
 2. Tukvadze, Samed.1.3 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.1.3 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 5. Kvelashvili, Batumi1.0 
 6. Bekauri, MIA A.0.7 
 7. Revazashvili, Same.0.7 
 8. Revazashvili, Same.0.7 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi0.5 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutai.0.5 



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Ratiopharm 7-1 
 2. Brose Baskets 5-1 
 3. Bayreuth 5-2 
 4. EWE Baskets 5-2 
 5. TBB Trier 4-2 
 6. Art.Dragons 4-3 
 7. B.Muenchen 4-3 
 8. Bremerhaven 4-4 
 9. ALBA 3-2 
 10. Telekom Baskets 3-3 
 11. Neckar L'burg 3-4 
 12. s.Oliver Baskets 3-4 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 3-5 
 14. Walter Tigers 2-4 
 15. Fraport SKY 2-5 
 16. NY Phantoms 2-5 
 17. MBC 2-6 
 18. LTi 46ers 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 9: Bremerhaven - Phoenix Hagen 97-87
Nov. 10: B.Muenchen - TBB Trier
Nov. 10: Ratiopharm - Telekom Baskets
Nov. 10: MBC - ALBA
Nov. 10: LTi 46ers - Art.Dragons
Nov. 11: Fraport SKY - NY Phantoms
Nov. 11: Walter Tigers - s.Oliver Baskets
Nov. 11: EWE Baskets - Bayreuth
Nov. 12: Neckar L'burg - Brose Baskets


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bostjan NACHBAR
  Brose B.
  (207-F-80)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Nachbar, Brose B.19.2 
 2. Brooks, LTi 46ers17.1 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm17.0 
 4. Thompson, ALBA16.4 
 5. Taylor, Neckar L.15.7 
 6. Mitchell, NY Phant.15.3 
 7. Baxter, LTi 46ers15.3 
 8. Burrell, Bremerha.14.9 
 9. Wood, ALBA14.4 
 10. White, Phoenix14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm11.9 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.1 
 3. McGhee, Bayreuth7.1 
 4. Boone, s.Oliver.7.0 
 5. Troutman, B.Mue.6.9 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.9 
 7. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.8 
 8. Anderson, s.Oliv.6.6 
 9. Ewing Jr., Teleko.6.5 
 10. Nash, Walter T.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.2 
 2. White, Phoenix5.0 
 3. Harris, LTi 46ers4.4 
 4. Bailey, Bayreuth4.2 
 5. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 6. Redding, Walter T.3.8 
 7. Gavel, Brose B.3.8 
 8. Schaffartzik, ALBA3.6 
 9. Burrell, Bremerha.3.5 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  Neckar L.
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bernard, Neckar L.2.4 
 2. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.9 
 3. Duggins, Walter T.1.8 
 4. Wood, ALBA1.8 
 5. Halperin, B.Mue.1.7 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 7. White, Phoenix1.6 
 8. Djedovic, ALBA1.6 
 9. Morley, ALBA1.4 
 10. Wendt, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.3 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm2.1 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.8 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen1.4 
 5. Fields, LTi 46ers1.3 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.3 
 7. Ford, Brose Baske.1.3 
 8. Zirbes, Brose B.1.3 
 9. Nachbar, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Schneiders, NY Ph.1.0 


Sijanas and Sermokas have left Aschersleben - by Moritz Korff

The Aschersleben Tigers (1. Regionalliga North) have parted company with their two Lithuanian players, Ignas Sijanas (192-G/F-90) and Vilius Sermokas (188-G-90). Sermokas averaged 0.8 points in five games played, Sijanas had 9.5 points and 2 rebounds a game. "Unfortunately both Ignas and Vilius could not completely fulfil the expectations. In our talks it became clear that we need other types of players for the new style of basketball that we want to play", Aschersleben manager Alexander Rolle stated. The Tigers are currently looking for new players. "We are optimistic to be able to announce the signing of fresh players pretty soon", the manager said.


Joe Asberry: What young Americans should know about playing professionally in Europe - by Moritz Korff

Joe Asberry is known as a basketball clown, as a streetworker and last but not least as a former professional basketball player. He came to Germany in the early 90s and when his career had come to a close, he decided to stay in Germany.
Eurobasket.com had the chance to talk to Asberry about the dream of American basketball players to play professionally in Europe, about the difficulties to start a new life in a foreign country and about the risks and pleasures of playing pro ball: a must-read for young Americans who play or want to play in Europe.

I'm sure, there won't be many, but for those people who don't know you yet, can you talk about your career as a basketball player, how and when you first came to Germany and where you spent your professional career.
Joe Asberry: In high school I was All State in Washington and won a State Championship with the German Legend Christian Welp. He was the foreign exchange student at my school. I was heavily recruited on the West Coast. I took all five of my recruiting visits: Reno, Stanford, Oklahoma State, Washington State. But I ended up choosing the wrong school by going to Pepperdine. I fell into coach Jim Harricks doghouse because of my criminal activity off the court, and did not play much. But I can say I played in the big show during march madness and got a dunk in garbage time in front of 20 000 people. That's big time basketball, I love march madness so much! I was frustrated with my playing time, so I transferred to San Francisco State. I played there for two years, I started and was a main guy on my team. I was not the big star in college, I was a role player known for my rebounding, defense, and my bounce. I got cut by a CBA team in Oklahoma City, and by the Golden State Warriors, but I never gave up.
I first came to Germany back in 1991, when Marzel Price was playing in the first division in Giessen. We grew up together in the hood in California, so he hooked me up. I want to thank Thomas Andres, he took a chance on me, when nobody else would, and in return, I averaged 30 and broke a backboard playing for him in the oberliga. I was playing against Big Wysocki (Konrads dad) in that game. When I saw his son this year playing in Bonn in the first division, I told him I was mighty proud that he chased down his hoop dream and his brother Kevin too. That was my first job, I got paid 150 marks per game. I also want to thank Harry Kramer, the second half of that season. I played with him in Krofdorf Gleiburg, and my dunk show never stopped. I averaged 30 in the 2nd Regionalliga and had a 50 point game playing with the managers of the UBC Tigers, Mike and Markus Goch. I helped Crailsheim move to the 2nd division, I played in Finland (2nd Division Korinokia), I played on a touring team in Japan and China, and my last stop was in Luxembourg (BBC Nitia), where I also averaged 30, but I fell out of love with basketball, because in Luxembourg they expect you to do every thing. How can I play the point with no handles? I did it though. If you ever play there, when you leave that country you will be a better basketball player, trust me.

What have you been doing after your career as a basketball player and what made you decide to stay in Germany?
Asberry:
After my playing career I stared working for a drug prevention center in Hamburg (SPZ) and now I work in Bonn as a streetworker in Tannenbusch. I try to save kids' lifes everyday using basketball as a tool to get them to go school ,stay out of trouble etc. I decided to stay in Germany, because it is better then trying to rob banks in California, for me it was a no brainer LOL!

Many players have a dream of playing a couple of seasons in Europe and then making it to the NBA or at least playing in the Euroleague one day. Did you have that dream yourself back then and how likely is it for a young player to achieve that?
Asberry: My dream was to play in the NBA and win a championship. I wanted to be two people when I was a young buck: my big brother Mike, and Dominique Wilkens. I stole their games and put it all into my game. My ballhandling was not good enough for the NBA, everything else was good enough, but I still got cut: wrong place, wrong time. I tell young guys: You have a shot, but it will be very difficult. There are alot of great basketball players out there. So chase your hoop dream and give it your best shot. I gave it my best shot for sure.

What are some of the problems, on and off the court, that a player will face, who comes out of college and who spends his first year as a pro basketball player in Germany?
Asberry:
I am a natural born clown, but I must take this question very serious, Moritz. I had a long talk with Greg Baker last week, the star player playing in Iserlohn in the 1st Regionalliga. After that conversation I know the answer. The main problem an American coming from college will run into here in Germany is called THE CLUB! It is ok to party and have fun. You deserve it, you work hard, you run lines everyday. I know, I've been there and done that. But the problem is: How do I get home now after the heavy partying and drinking with my teammates? I have watched it every year here, some Americans will get into the car the club has given him, and drive it home after the night partying. This is a bad decision. Take it from a guy who's life has been filled with bad decisions. So party on young bucks, and get a designated driver, leave that car at home. Because when your manager finds out, you will be fired. And I dont even want to think about the fact that you can kill yourself, or hurt others driving in that condition. And trust me: They go HARD HERE! LOL! Or better yet, stay out of the club, study film and become a student of the game.

Do you feel that the players who come to Germany or other European countries for the first time are prepared for the different culture, the different life that is waiting overhere? And what can be done to better that situation?
Asberry: Players who come to Europe for the first time have no idea what is going on. A different time zone, a different culture. You leave everyone around you that you truly love, you are on your own. Like my big homey told me: It's time to really MAN UP! You are a professional basketball player now. This is not college, this is your JOB NOW! They pay you for a service, basketball, and they want to see the results. If you can't produce, they will find another player easily that will produce. My advice is to ask guys that you know who play in Europe, what it is all about.

Do you think living the life as a professional basketball overseas can go together with living the "normal" life of a young man, who wants to enjoy life?
Asberry:
I think that professional basketball and a normal life can go hand in hand. You only have to train I would say a maximum 6 hours per day. Get some shots up for 2 hours, hit the weights for 2 hours, and then your normal practice with your team. So you're still not working that eight hour grind of a 9 to 5. So the other time you can spend checking out the city, bonding with teammates, but please, don't just sit in your apartment playing video games the whole day, like I did LOL!

Compared to other places and to other countries: Is Germany a good place to start your overseas career?
Asberry: Germany is an excellent place to start your career. When I see the guys who play here in Bonn: Man, for them it must be like paradise. Your first job in the first league! They play in a beautiful Dome. I am so happy for Dre Mangold, he understands the grind here with basketball. He stayed patient, worked hard, and now instead of playing in that little box of a gym in Hannover, where I tore my biceps dunking, he is now playing in that dome.

Does any player, regardless the school he attended or the college division he played in, has the chance to play overseas? And what's the best way of finding a place to play overseas?
Asberry: Oh yes. Let me clear that up right now for people who do not understand basketball here. If you can ball, you can ball. It's nice to go with a guy who played Division 1 for sure, that's big time basketball. But there are guys who play Division 2, 3, Juco, even just coming out of high school who can flat out GO! The best thing about those guys who play on a lower level is most of them always have that chip on their shoulder, like they have something to prove. When I played here in cup games, I was like: Ok, I play in the 3rd league, but today we play against a 1 or 2nd division team, so I am going to prove I can play on that level. I never played in the 1st division here, but in every one of those cup games I dropped 20 and 10, so I proved to myself I could play with those guys. So for you guys playing here on the lower levels: Stay ready, you never know who is in that gym watching you. So for the young guys dreaming about playing professional basketball here in Europe: Check the agents page, contact clubs, get your footage together, go to summer leagues and show cases, and give it all you got.
I hope this information helps some youngster out there to live out their hoop dream. And last but not least thank you so much Pat Elzie, my former agent!



Rickie Crews and Angelo Goersch to Aschersleben - by Moritz Korff

Rickie Crews (205-C, college: Holy Family) has found a new home in German basketball. Following his stints in the Pro A with the Crailsheim Merlins in pre-season, and in the Pro B with BG Dorsten, the Deptford, New Jersey, native has joined the Aschersleben Tigers (1. Regionalliga North), local newspaper Mitteldeutsche Zeitung says. The 24-year-old appeared in four games for Dorsten this season, averaging 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per contest in the Pro B.
The Tigers also landed Angelo Goersch (181-G-90), a product of ALBA Berlin, who took a break from basketball in these past years.



Ratiopharm Ulm Give Thorsten Leibenath Contract Extension Until 2015 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


According to www.swp.de, 2012 Beko BBL finalist rtaiopharm Ulm havd extended the contract of head coach Thorsten Leibenath until 2015. Leibenath came to Ulm last season with some seeing as a question mark as he had not had not had that big success yet in the German Beko BBL. After learning his trade as an assistant coach with the Lti Giessen 46ers and having success in the UK with the Scotland Rocks, he returned back to Germany to coach the Artland Dragons where they missed two consecutive playoffs. However he proved all doubters wrong last season leading ratiopharm Ulm to the Beko BBL final and now is seen as a respected basketball mentor in the German basketball scene. "Thorsten Leibenath is a total expert", stressed ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll. After a great season in Ulm, there was speculation that the 2012 Beko BBL coach of teh year might get locked away to FC Bayern Munich. But the German stayed loyal and will continue to lead ratiopharm Ulm. Currently Ulm is in first place with a 7-1 record and won their opening Eurocup game in Cholet. Any signs of Ulm not being able to match their success from last season is put on hold for now.

Source: www.swp.de





Jelani Floyd Leaves Duesseldorf for Luxemburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A club Duesseldorf Giants have announced that Jelani Floyd (203-G/F-88, college: Florida Atlantic) has left the team. Floyd is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that is a rookie. He played at Brown (NCAA): Cal-Davis (NCAA) and Florida Atlantic (NCAA) before turning professional. Murat Didin brought him to the Giants, but he didnt get much minutes. He played five games averaging four minutes and 0,8ppg, 04rpg and 0,2apg. Floyd now will play in Luxemburg.

Source: Duesseldorf Giants



How Prolific Will The New Guard Duo Mentorship Between Dennis Schroeder And Miah Davis Be With The New Yorker Phantoms This Season? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


In the basketball business there are always special relationships on the court between teammates that are as interesting to observe as if Brit superstar Robbie Williams new album Take the crown will rise or fall in the hearts of people, if any crazy people actually dressed up as one of the basketball wives from Halloween or if legendary astronaut Buzz Aldran would ever strap on his moon boots again for a trek up to the moon especially when its concerning an older player showing a younger player at the same position the ropes of the game. There always seem to be those exciting situations where there comes a time for the older more experienced player to pass the torch along to the more younger and hungry player looking to make an impact on the court. Current Skyliner Zach peacock was a freshman at Georgia Tech when current NBA player Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers was a senior. Peacock could learn valuable things at the forward position from the NBA veteran who had 383 NBA games coming into the current season. 13 years ago a young Pascal roller came to Frankfurt after three years in Freiburg and soon made an impact in the Beko BBL. For Roller being able to make the next step in the top German league had a lot to do with German legend Kai Nurnberger who won the European championships in 1993 and played four years in Frankfurt with the ex Skyliner captain help grooming him into atop German point guard in his career. This season, there is a similar situation in Braunschweig with 20 year old German Dennis Schroeder and 31 year old American Miah Davis who is sprouting of much basketball experience having played in countries like Poland, Cyprus and Belgium. Schroeder was already getting minutes last season under ex head coach Sebastian Machowski and this season is doing the same as new coach Kostas Flevarakis has not been shy from proclaiming that he wants to give the young players a chance. It will be interesting to see how this point guard duo develops and how Dennis Schroeder continues to grow as a point guard under the watchful eye of Miah Davis. At only at the age of 19, Dennis Schroeder is already in the notebooks of NBA scouts. His biggest strength for that market is his quick first step, ball handling and the ability to change speeds and be shifty with the ball keeping the defense off balance. His outside shot is improving as well, his defense is already very strong with his length and getting in the passing lanes, but he often looks out of place against bigger and older players. It is already an experience seeing this talented player play at this ageDennis Schroeder (181-PG-93) is a talented player that is going to be an exceptional player. Certain players need longer to develop especially with point guard and centers where there is a great er risk of making mistakes. He is already playing very well for his age. It doesnt surprise me that NBA scouts already are showing interest. His quickness and understanding of the game is very valuable. The big question is his discipline. He can be difficult to work with. Frank Menz always says that you need a tight reign on him and need to control him and watch him closely. It is hard to tell in which direction he will go. The metal part is very important. When you see NBA teams with problem players than they arent successful. But Dennis is going in the right direction. I like Miah Davis very much. I think he will help Dennis a lot, warned basketball expert Steven Clauss.

Last season, The New Yorker Braunschweig finished the season in seventh place with a record of 18-16. Their biggest wins were a road win in Oldenburg where it is never easy to exit with a victory and big wins at home against the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. They also suffered a bitter 72-71 loss at home against the Artland Dragons, a 70-69 win in Ludwigsburg and a total collapse in Tuebingen losing by 31 points.. Braunschweig is a team that could beat any team in the Beko BBL on a good day last season. They had a very balanced team. They had a top center with Kyle Visser who has nice moves, two strong shooters with Nils Mittmann and Robert Kulawick, an allrounder with Mcelroy, a super point guard with Stephen Dennis who is quick and takes care of the ball and Rich Melzer who is a very aggressive rebounder, stressed Ruben Spoden. After losing Nick Williams, the club did have a weakness. They dont have a real back up point guardDennis Schroeder is a big talent and I am happy that he can play so much, but he is still developing. The team hasnt found their rhythm yet, but they will be a totally different team in the second half of the season, stressed Ruben Spoden. I think their strength was their guards. I think if their guards played well, then they were tough to beat. I think their weakness was depth down low. If Visser Or Melzer get in foul trouble then you can attack them down low on a more consistent basis, warned John Bynum. The team has massive injury woes as Rich Melzer, Stephen Dennis and Lamarr Greer are all out with injuries. In the Beko BBL playoffs, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig didnt have a real chance against ratiopharm Ulm as they were swept 3-0. The Phantoms defense never got on track as they had no cure for the ratiopharm Ulm firepower as they gave up an average of 94 points in the three games.

This season, the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig signalized a new formel 7-6 and also practiced a team facelift as seven players departed and six new players came aboard. The first order of business was finding a new head coach with Kostas Flevarakis where maanger Oliver Braun didnt waste much time getting him in the early summer. Flevarakis is agreek coach who has much experience having coached much in Greece and had also in Cyprus and led the Swedish national team as well. The Greek coach might not have had early supporters when he stressed that he had heard of Braunschweig only because of their soccer team, but honestly the German city is better known through Eintracht Braunschweig than its basketball team. The Greek coach is a guy that practices the Greek basketball school on the court, stresses team play, defense and has already shown that young German talented players like a Dennis Schroeder will get his minutes. The club was able to hold likeable Immanuel Mcelroy who still belongs to the top defenders in the league despite not getting any younger. The club also held German indentity figures captain Nils Mittman who will be playing his eighth season in Braunschweig and sharp shooter Robert Kulawick. The tallest player in the Beko BBL Nick Schneiders also remains as his resemblance to Dirk Nowitzki continues to dazzle folks and Dennis Schroeder also is on board. The club brought in 6 new player with five americans and one German. The new point guard is Miah Davis who is a point guard that has always played a role wherever he has player. Who could forget his season with Bonn in 2007-2008, where he helped charge the team to the Beko BBL finals. The team also brought in Thaddeus Mcfadden who lit up the scoreboards in the Czech Republic the last season, but is still looking for his trigger release in the Beko BBL. The biggest surprise has been Casey Mitchell who is a young player playing only his second professional season that has surprised some with his early season scoring punch. For the rebound work, the team have hauled in Nana Harding from Cameroun and Eric Boateng from Great Britan. Harding is an experienced forward that had too very good statistical seasons in Poland and Greece from 2010-2012. Boateng is a young center that also hasnt reached his full potential yet and has the distinction of being the only current Beko BBl player that took part at the 2012 Olympics in London with England. With Erik Land, the team picked up a young German who also is looking for making his breakthrough in the Beko BBL. It will be interesting to see if he can get his minutes the way Schroeder will? The biggets strength of the team is their guard rotation of Davis, Mcfaadden, Schroeder, Mitchell and Mcelroy. The Phantoms have a lightening quick guard rotation that could present problems for teams that want to play the half court game. The team might not be the most talented, but it will be up to coach Flevarakis to build a special team chemistry and special flair within the team to possibly get some surprise wins this season. The team did bolster their inside game with the late arrival of Boateng, but still might need extra help in games where they have big man foul problems with every guy helping out under the boards.

The Fraport Skyliners have had very very fond memories of The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as they have a 14-1 record since March 11th, 2006 as Braunschweig won 81-76 then. They also havent lost at home since 2002 having won the last nine games in a row.The two most memorable games were from the 2008-2009 season. Who could forget the 68-58 win in the cup game which brought Frankfurt to the TOP 4 in Hamburg. That game displayed the best performance by guard Adam Emmenecker who came out of his shell and proved he has no nervous shooting hand as he left captain Pascal Roller on the bench as he had the hot hand leading the team with 13 points. However in the regular season game in Braunschweig, Roller got his revenge as he led the team to a 55-53 win as his last minute clutch jumper paved the way to the win. In 2009-2010, Frankfurt swept the series winning 81-77 as Frankfurt came from behind to win as Aubrey Reese poured in 21 points and prevailed at home 71-62 as Derrick Allen steered 18 points to the triumph. In teh first game this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners pulled out a thrilling 94-91 win at home. Frankfurt fought back in the fourth quarter as they came back from being behind 90-87 and close out the game on a 7-0 run as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller hit a huge three pointer and Dashaun Wood a shot. Frankfurt did a fantastic job distributing the ball as seven players scored in double figures led by Pascal Roller and Kimmo Muurinen with 13 points a piece. Frankfurt dominated the boards 38-24. Last season, the Skyliners were 2-1and stretched their winning streak to 12 games as they won two memorable games winning 94-91 at home as they finished the game with a 7-0 run capped by a big three pointer by Pascal Roller. Seven players scored in double figures and nobody scored more than 13 points. In the return date in Braunschweig, Frankfurt pulled out a nail bitter 68-67 as Frankfurt was down 67-65 and Frankfurt won the game on their last possession as Dashaun Wood scored on a penetration and got the free throw to fall. Kimmo Muurinen led Frankfurt with 20 points. The Fraport Skyliners won the first meeting of the season in Braunschweig winning 76-70 as Jermareo Davidson added 26 points and Michael Thompson 22 points. The Fraport Skyliners won the second meeting in an excirting 81-80 win in OT as Dennis Schroeder had almost won the game in the regular time with big buckets in the lane at the end. However the Fraport Skyliners kept their cool in their living room winning. Michael Thompson led the Skyliners with 16 points and Tim Ohlbrecht steered 15 points and 11 rebounds to the win.

The Fraport Skyliners return home looking for their second home victory after a tough 76-67 loss in Bamberg. The team showed a spirited effort on defense showing great phases where Bamberg ahd immense problems getting anything done on offense and had their best rebound effort of the season outrebounding Bamberg 34-27 getting an overwhelming 14 offensive rebounds. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig come into the Fraport arena looking to snap their two game losing streak and trying to stop the curse and finally win in Frankfurt again with the last win dating back to 2006. Braunschweig lost atough home game to MBC 76-70 and a bitter 60-59 game in Oldenburg. For both teams it is more than just a must win. We are still building and coming together. We have to continue to stay together and move forward. We have to be even more active and aggressive on defense to be successful, warned Skyliner guard Ted Scott.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are led by 32 year old 193cm guard Immanuel Mcelroy who is playing his second season with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig after successful years in Cologne and Berlin. He played at Cincinnati (NCAA) and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001. He already made a name for himself winning titles with Rhein Energy Cologne His overall quickness, combined with his mental toughness, makes him well-suited as a defender in the attacking defense. He is very athletic, a 40-inch vertical jump and a bench press approaching 300 pounds, ability to break defenders down with his dribble and his explosiveness to the basket makes him an effective scorer. He also possesses good court vision and excellent ball-handling skills, giving him the ability to distribute the ball, particularly in the transition game. He is a natural leader who makes others around him better players. He also has very much experience having won three BBL cups and two BBL league titles. If you want to slow down Mcelroy, you have to deny him the ball and give him the jump shot until he starts to make some, warned Omari Westley. Mcelroy who has never been known as a good shooter has really improved his shooting the last few years. Mcelroy may not score 20 points every night, but he belongs to the top players in the BEKO BBL, because he can really do it all on the court and is also one of the top defenders in the league. The American played at Cologne from 2004-2008 before moving to Alba Berlin in early 2008 as the team had financial difficulties. With Cologne, he was Beko BBL champion in 2006 and won the beko BBL cup in 2005 and 2007. With Alba Berlin, he won the German championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He is a four time beko BBL Allstar and has played 96 international club games. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 34 games: 8.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 74.2%. Miah Davis is a 31 year old 183cm point guard from Bremerton, Washington. He is a very quick guard. He is a good shooter, and has improved his three point shot. He is a combination guard who can play both positions. He is really playing hard and getting ready to fight. Miah has always been ready to play and excited about playing. He started his basketball career at Modesto JC (NJCAA), then played at Cal.St.-Stanislaus (NCAA2) before finishing his NCAA career at Pacific playing 60 NCAA games. He turned professional in 2004 playing for Roanoke Dazzle (NBDL). He then played two seasons in Poland for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-EBL) before coming to Bonn in 2007-2008. In the last years, he has gained further experience in Poland, Cyprus and Belgium. Last season, he played for Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-D1): 36 games: 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 70.3%. He won two super cups in Cyprus.

Thaddeus Mcfadden is a 25 year old 188cm guard from Flint, Michigan that is playing his first season for the Phantoms. He started his basketball career at St. Clair CC (NJCAA) before transferring to Fairmont St. (NCAA2). In hiss enior year, he played 29 games: ScoreNCAA2-2 (25.4ppg), 5.4rpg, 3.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 79.6%. He played in the Czech Republic the last three seasons for SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (Czech Rep.-NBL, starting five) where he was a scoring machine. Last season, he palyed 45 games: Score-3 (18.2ppg), 4.0rpg, 4.1apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 80.1%. Casey Mitchell is a 24 year old 193cm guard from Savannah, Georgia that is playing his second professional season and first in Germany. He started his basketball career at Chipola JC (JUCO) and finished at West Virginia. As a senior, he played 30 games: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 87.1%, suspended Indefinitely. He reached the NCAA Final 4 in 2010He then was top scorer at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: Score-1 (23.3ppg), 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg). Last season, he played for A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (Greece-A1), left in Oct.'11, then moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 23 games: 19.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 85.7%; in Feb.'12 signed at Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League): Slovenian League: 8 games: 3.6ppg; Adriatic League: 6 games: 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg. Nana Harding is a 31 year old 203cm power forward that is playing his first season in Germany for Braunschweig. He started his basketball career at Virginia Tech (NCAA) in 2001 and finished at Delaware in 2006. As a senior he played 30 games: ScoreCAA-2 (19.0ppg), RebCAA-1 (10.9rpg), 1.7apg, 1.2spg, BlocksCAA-5 (1.3bpg), FG: 46.9%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 64.1%: Finished career at Delaware ranked sixth in rebounds (784), eighth in scoring (1,345 points), eighth in blocks (92) and tied for first in double-doubles (40). Harding has had a consistent career in Europe having played four seasons in Poland and one in Spain and Greece. In five of six seasson where he was healthy, he was able to be a force in scoring and rebounds. Last season, he played for Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 22 games: 12.0ppg, Reb-3 (7.5rpg), 1.0spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.4%. He has been a member of the Cameroonian National Team in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and played at the African Championships in Libya -09 (Semifinals): 9 games: 9.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 73.7%.

Eric Boateng is a 26 year old 208cm center that has the British/Ghana citizenship. He started his basketball career at Duke where he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. He then finished his NCAA career at Arizona State from 2006-2010. He played a total of 118 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 for Idaho Stampede (D-League): 17 games: 5.2ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 46.1%, FT: 52.9%, in Feb.''11 moved to Austin Toros (D-League): 22 games: 4.9ppg, 4.9rpg. Last season, he played for DASH Peristeri GS Athens (Greece-A1, starting five), left in Jan.''12 because of injury: 7 games: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 65.7%, FT: 46.4%. He has been a fixture in the British national team the last three years playing the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 4 games: 1.0ppg, 1.3rpg, European Championships in Lithuania -11: 4 games: 1.5ppg, 2.0rpg, and Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 3 games: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg. 31 year old 201cm German Nils Mittman is a 33 year old 201cm power forward that is playing his eighth season in Braunschweig after having played there from 1998-2001. He is the ultimate team player that will do anything to win. He played two years in Ulm, two years in Wurzburg and three seasons in Ludwigsburg. In 2010-2011 the team captain played 39 games: 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg. He has reached the beko BBL cup final twice in 2008 with EnBW Ludwigsburg and last season with Braunschweig. Last season, the captain played 34 games: 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg. 27 year old 191cm guard Robert Kulawick is playing his second season in Braunschweig after having played the last three years in Goettingen. He started his basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde in 2003 and also played for Alba Berlin from 2004-2006 playing 14 BBL games, three ULEB Cup games and winning the BBL cup in 2006. After playing with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2006-2007, he crossed the boarder into Holland and played for Den Helder Seals playing 34 games averaging 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.6%. Already in 2008-2009, one could see the confidence of John Patrick in the German letting him average 10 minutes per game, and in 2009-2010 season he increased his minutes to 17 minutes. In 2010-2011 for BG Goettingen, he played EuroCup: 14 games: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 37.0%; German League: 36 games: 5.4ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 78.6%. He has been a member of the German U-18 and U-20 teams the last years and if he keeps developing the way he does, then German National coach Dirk Bauermann will have to invite him to the German National team some day. Last season for Braunschweig, the German palyed 30 games: 4.1ppg, 1.8rpg. 28 year old 221cm German giant Nick Schneiders that was born in Bielefeld and grew up in Rietberg is playing his second season in Braunschweig. He has experience having played in the States for S.Carol.Upstate (NCAA2) from 2005-2008 and then transferring to USC Upstate (NCAA) and playing there from 2008-2010. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 12.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 57.6%. He is known as the tallest player in the Beko BBL and last season played 33 games: 3.4ppg, 2.9rpgSchroeder is an 19 year old 186cm point guard that is very talented and recently played at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 63.6%. Last season, he played for the 27 games: 2.5ppg; played also at Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB): 23 games: 19.0ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-1 (6.5apg), 2.3spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 75.7%. The team also got Erik Land who is a 25 year old 205cm forward from Bamberg. He started his basketball career at TSV Troester II Breitengussbach (Regionalliga) in 2005 where he played until 2010. He then got experience playing for Bamberg and last season for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA) playing 24 games: 6.8ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 71.2%





EuroLeague: Brose Baskets upset Partizan in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Partizan mt:s - Brose Baskets 72:77

Brose Baskets upset Partizan in Belgrade in the last game of Round 5 in EuroLeague. The German side overcame Partizan mt:s 77:72 in front of 7500 local fans. The Serbian side fell at 0-5 record.
Both teams nailed 16 points each in the first period and then the hosts grabbed the lead at the halftime. They managed to erupt with 25-17 in the second frame for 8-point advantage at the end of the second frame. Brose Baskets replied with 22-21 in the third period but then shocked the hosts in the final stanza. They needed a massive 22-10 surge to win the game by 5 points.
Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) posted 18. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) nailed 13, whilst Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) delivered 9. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points each in the losing effort. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) brought 10 and Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) tossed in 8.

Partizan mt:s: Vladimir Lucic 17, Djordje Gagic 17, Drew Gordon 10, Dejan Musli 8
Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 19, Casey Jacobsen 18, Teddy Gipson 13, Anton Gavel 9



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The rise and fall of the Green Empire! - by Chris Mammides

I was watching the game (last night in OAKA) between the most successful team in the European courts the last 20 years (Panathinaikos) against a team which only a couple of years ago was simply dreaming its participation in the Euroleague (Khimki) and i totally realized (long after the defeats by Real Madrid in Madrid, Olympiakos in OAKA, Fenerbahce Ulker which by the way diminished 2 days ago by Cantu! , Ikaros Kallitheas and last night against the newcomer in Euroleague, team of Khimki in OAKA once more) and realized totally that the Greek Emperor is no longer with us....

The team which under Obradovic's coaching could win the most difficult games all over Europe, the team with the victorious spirit, the roster which in the most difficult situation could won (at least) its home court games with an OAKA which was counting a single digits loses in the last 15 years, the season 2012-2013 will be just the beginning of the fall of theis Green Empire. A team which is already counting two home loses and its expected to count even more unless big changes takes place immediately so as to safe (at least) its honor!

Its amazing how the legendary team of Panathinaikos in less than 4 months became simply a dream, a memory, or simply a shadow of its past. A team with no beginning and no end, a team which its players DO NOT BELIEVE in victory and a team which can lose by any opponent at any given place i.e. Ikaros Kallitheas, Khimki in OAKA, etc. with players that mostly havent even realized the "extraordinary burden" and the history of their green jerseys, players that they simply go with the flow, receiving their salaries and have no fighting spirit at all, but of course the players are not to be blamed at all. They do what they can! Thats the cruel reality and nothing else!

It is obvious that all the Green opponents realized that Panathinaikos is Diamantidis, but Diamantidis is only one player! So, with no assistance at all, 3D and Big Sofo cant do miracles and thats a cruel reality once more - at this stage since the Greens are already counting 2 loses in the Greek league and another 3 loses in the Euroleague to sum up a 5 of 10 games loses (a 50% result) and with the Management doing actually nothing or lets say that is moving on a very slow mode since after all these results in the 10 official games of the Greens, there is not a real change in the team, (only the announcement that the American power forward Hilton Armstrong is history, so what?) with players that are not really counted from Coach Argiris Pedoulakis but above all there is a huge question about the transfers took place last Summer. Knowing that the budget is not the same, but also knowing that finally the new management did spent some serious money on the team one may wonder why not Nikos Pappas? Why not Vladimir Jankovic? Why not Alexis Kiritsis? Why not Theodoros Papaloukas? (who, by the way is still a free agent and in discussions with the Italians of Siena), these players are (probably) costing less than most of the players in the current roster. What was the thinking behind signing a number of players currently being in the Green roster but cant really offer not the 50% of the player who left the team in the summer and are doing marvelously abroad (especially Kostas Kaimakoglou, Nic Calathis, Ian Vougioukas, David Logan and the rest of the greens left the team, last summer)


In any case and to put it in a nutshell the reality is brutal, a coliseum team has ended and deleted its continuation in the basketball history in no time! The Greens needs a miracle to survive in Euroleague as it is obvious that all their opponents from now on will be playing against a team and a roster full of scares, all the opponents will be traveling to OAKA with one reason and one target only to beat the Greens in their home court, that is something undoubtedly unique for until last seasons Obradovics troops. This season we are facing the new era of Argiris Pedoulakis . The team needs to change many things TODAY in order to be able to depart of the European courts, at least with honor since Im not even thinking and dare to say that this team will do something better than simply not qualified in the Top-8 teams of Europe, last night defeat (and the way it actually came) taught me a lot and I have no illusions any more......



EuroLeague: Khimky gain important win in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Khimky 67:79

Khimky gained the third win in EuroLeague Group A. They surprised Panathinaikos in Athens. Khimky improved at 3-2 record leaving Panathinaikos at 2-3. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners.
Panathinaikos led by six points 23:17 at the first break. But Khimky gradually adjusted their tempo. The Russian side narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the interval 41:38. Khimky denied the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 58. Khimky held the hosts at just 9 points in the final term and marched to the victory. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) added 13 points in the winning case. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) topscored with 13 points for Panathinaikos. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) provided 12 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Roko-Leni Ukic 13, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 12
Khimky: Zoran Planinic 18, Kresimir Loncar 14, Paul Davis 13



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  HOLLAND   


GasTerra Flames tops backcourt with Rogier Jansen - by Fred Roggen

Dutch powerhouse GasTerra Flames addressed a need for backcourt depth with the signing of Dutch NT player Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) for the remainder of the season. Rogier Jansen arrives from Dutch champion EiffelTowers Den Bosch, where he averaged 11.6 points and 3.3 assists over 42 games last season, helping them to win the Dutch championship and was named MVP of the playoffs series.
Jansen spent four seasons with the club earlier in his career, helping it win the 2004 Dutch Championship.





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

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

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the seventh-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-2) 76-58 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Norel scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. CAI Zaragoza (3-3) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Norel's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(26-47) and FT: 47.4% in the six games he played so far. Norel is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in EuroChallenge). He contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Szolnok (0-1) 87-70 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. Smeulders recorded 7 points. It was his first game for EWE Baskets this season. His team is placed second in group F. Smeulders has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. He is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Schaftenaar could not help Leche Rio Breogan (3-2) to beat Lleida Basquet (2-3). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 76-65 on the road by the lower-ranked Lleida_Basquet (#10). This season Schaftenaar averages: 6.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 27.3%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 91.7%. He played for the Dutch national team two years ago.

Robert Krabbendam
Robert Krabbendam
   #4. Center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, also represented by Court Side, college: Virginia Tech, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to help Apollon (0-2) in their game against AEK (2-1) in the Cypriot Division A. Krabbendam scored 9 points in 24 minutes. But Apollon lost 70-78 in Larnaca to the higher-ranked (#4) AEK. It's Krabbendam's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. Krabbendam used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance was defeated 79-64 at home by the leading Real Madrid. Tillie was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Tillie's first year with the team. This season Tillie averages: 7.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Worcester Wolves (5-5) in their game against Glasgow Rocks (2-3) in the British BBL, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Ocitti was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. But Worcester Wolves lost 79-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Glasgow Rocks. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Ocitti is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.9ppg in the nine games he played so far. Ocitti is a naturalized American.

   #3. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (1-4) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (4-1) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance last Friday. Duinker scored 11 points in 20 minutes. But Caceres Basket was edged 87-84 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Palencia_Baloncesto. It was Caceres Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Duinker averages: 8.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6apg in the five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #4. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Josh Duinker and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Van Oostrum couldn't help Caceres Basket (1-4) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (4-1). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Van Oostrum scored only 2 points. Caceres Basket was edged 87-84 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto (#3). This season Van Oostrum has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg. He has both Dutch and British nationalities.

   #5. Denis Scott (188-F, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Bradford Dragons in a victory against the sixth-ranked London Leopards (1-1) crushing them 94-72 in the British EBL D1 (second division) on Sunday night. Scott scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. Bradford Dragons (2-0) is placed first in the EBL D1. This year Scott's total stats are: 3.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.

   #6. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Dnipro in their game against BC Odessa in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the top scorer with 26 points. Kickert also added 6 rebounds. Kickert has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2bpg. Kickert also holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.



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  HUNGARY   


Adam Brown moved to Finland - by Tamas Deri

American guard, Adam Brown (193-G-88, college: Houston) played his first EC and last game with Kormend this season against Timisoara. The 193 cm tall shooting guard decided to leave the club and agreed with Salon Vilpas in Finland. Brown played 5 games in the Hungarian Championship and averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 33.4 minutes per game. He helped his team with 4 points, 2 steals, 1 rebound and 1 assist in the first round of the Eurochallenge in Timisoara, Romania. The management of Kormend has been testing american guard Vincent Simpson, who might stay with the team for the rest of the season.


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  ICELAND   

Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 8: Fjolnir - Snaefell 95-102
Nov. 9: Stjarnan - IR 89-69
Nov. 9: KR - Njardvik 87-70
Nov. 8: Skallagrimur - Grindavik 86-93
Nov. 8: Tindastoll - Keflavik 84-92
Nov. 8: KFI - Thor Thorl 84-128

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 15: Snaefell - Tindastoll
Nov. 15: Thor Thorl - Fjolnir
Nov. 15: Njardvik - KFI
Nov. 15: IR - KR
Nov. 15: Grindavik - Stjarnan
Nov. 15: Keflavik - Skallagrimur


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan24.8 
 2. Palm, IR24.7 
 3. Zeglinski, Grindav.24.5 
 4. Jonsson, Snaefell23.7 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.23.0 
 6. Latinovic, KFI22.8 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl22.4 
 8. Belin, Njardvik22.0 
 9. Vilbergsson, Skall.22.0 
 10. Broussard, Grind.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Van, Njardvik17.0 
 2. Craion, Keflavik11.5 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.10.3 
 4. Helgason, Stjarnan10.0 
 5. McQueen, Snaefell10.0 
 6. Diggs, Thor Thorl10.0 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.9.8 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.7 
 9. Spicer, Fjolnir8.2 
 10. Miller-W., KFI8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan9.8 
 2. Threatt, Snaefell9.5 
 3. Williams, IR7.2 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.7.0 
 5. Miles, Tindastoll5.8 
 6. Quaintance, Skalla.4.8 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 8. Tomasson, Fjolnir4.7 
 9. Smith, Thor Thorl4.4 
 10. Valsson, Keflavik4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Darri HILMARSSON
  Thor T.
  (191-F/G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hilmarsson, Thor T.3.8 
 2. Quaintance, Skalla.3.3 
 3. Miles, Tindastoll2.8 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 5. Broussard, Grind.2.3 
 6. Bell, KR2.3 
 7. Lewis, Keflavik2.3 
 8. Smith, Thor Thorl2.2 
 9. Williams, IR2.2 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Tho.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.7 
 2. Diggs, Thor Thorl2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.5 
 4. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.5 
 5. Craion, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Eiriksson, Skallag.1.2 
 7. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.2 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 9. Van, Njardvik0.8 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.0.8 


Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 9: Haukar - Valur 89-93
Nov. 9: Breidablik - Hamar 78-81
Nov. 8: Hottur - Reynir S. 104-60
Nov. 11: Thor AK - IA
Nov. 9: FSU - Augnablik


Dominos League Round 6: Skallagrimur loses to Grindavik - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Borgarnes between third ranked Skallagrimur (3-2) and fifth ranked Grindavik (4-2) on Thursday night. Skallagrimur was defeated by Grindavik in a tough game at home 86-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Skallagrimur's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The other American import forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for Skallagrimur. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Skallagrimur dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with KR and Thor Thorl. Grindavik are looking forward to face league's second-placed Stjarnan at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Skallagrimur will play against Keflavik and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Snaefell (5-1) which played road game in Reykjavik against 4th ranked Fjolnir (3-3). First ranked Snaefell managed to get a 7-point victory 102-95. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) scored 32 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Asim McQueen chipped in 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Snaefell have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record, which they share with Stjarnan. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Keflavik. Snaefell will play against bottom-ranked Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fjolnir will play on the road against Thor Thorl (#6) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Tindastoll is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to eighth ranked Keflavik (3-3) 92-84 on Thursday evening. Michael Craion notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort. Keflavik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by George Valentine did not help to save the game for Tindastoll. Keflavik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fjolnir. Loser Tindastoll still closes the standings with five games lost. Keflavik will meet at home higher ranked Skallagrimur (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tindastoll will play against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game between 10th ranked KFI (2-4) and seventh ranked Thor Thorl (3-2) in Reykjavik ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Thorlakshofn outscored KFI 128-84. The best player for the winners was Benjamin Smith who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. KFI's coach Petur Sigurdsson gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Thor Thorl moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KR and Skallagrimur. KFI lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Thor Thorl's next round opponent will be Fjolnir (#8) in Reykjavik. KFI will play on the road against Njardvik in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 6 IR was smashed by Stjarnan on the road 89-69. KR won against Njardvik on its own court 87-70.


Stjarnan - IR 89-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Stjarnan (5-1) crushed at home 9th ranked IR (2-4) 89-69. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. IR was better in second period 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Stjarnan had a 39-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Stjarnan brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) added 19 points respectively. Stjarnan have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Snaefell. IR at the other side keeps the ninth place with four games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be Grindavik (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik KR.
Top scorers:
IR: E.Palm 19+3reb+3ast, N.Sovic 17+11reb, I.Deshon Miles 8+4reb, H.Magnusson 7+2reb+1ast, S.Claessen 7+4reb+5ast, H.Fridriksson 6+10reb+3ast
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 26+8reb+13ast, B.Mills 21+13reb+4ast, M.Valdimarsson 17+7reb+6ast, J.Zdravevski 8+3reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 8+2reb+2ast, F.Helgason 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 180189


KR - Njardvik 87-70

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Njardvik (1-5) lost to eighth ranked KR (3-2) in Reykjavik 70-87. Njardvik was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 46-26 second half run of KR. They also forced 19 Njardvik turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Finnur Magnusson (208-85, college: Catawba) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) added 17 points respectively. Five KR and four Njardvik players scored in double figures. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. KR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Skallagrimur and Thor Thorl. Njardvik lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost. KR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena IR.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: E.Fridriksson 17+3reb+2ast, M.Van 16+7reb, H.Einarsson 13+3reb, N.Moore 12+8reb, A.Orrason 6+2reb+1ast, F.Stefansson 2+1reb
KR: B.Bjornsson 22+11reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 15+4reb+2ast, M.Hermannsson 12+3reb+5ast, F.Magnusson 12+8reb+2ast, D.Thomas 10+4reb, K.Bell 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 180190


Skallagrimur - Grindavik 86-93

The most important game in the last round took place in Borgarnes between third ranked Skallagrimur (3-2) and fifth ranked Grindavik (4-2) on Thursday night. Skallagrimur was defeated by Grindavik in a tough game at home 86-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Skallagrimur's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The other American import forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Grindavik players scored in double figures. American forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Skallagrimur. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Skallagrimur dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with KR and Thor Thorl. Grindavik are looking forward to face league's second-placed Stjarnan at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Skallagrimur will play against Keflavik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: H.Quaintance 23+15reb+6ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 21+8reb+2ast, C.Medlock 17+4reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 9+3reb+5ast, S.Egilsson 9+4reb+4ast, T.Eiriksson 5+6reb+3ast
Grindavik: S.Zeglinski 25+10reb+11ast, A.Broussard 23+7reb+2ast, S.Thorsteinsson 17+7reb+4ast, J.Olafsson 12+2reb+5ast, T.Olafsson 10+1reb+2ast, D.Ingi Bustion 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 180194


Tindastoll - Keflavik 84-92

Bottom-ranked Tindastoll is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to eighth ranked Keflavik (3-3) 92-84 on Thursday evening. Tindastoll was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Keflavik forced 19 Tindastoll turnovers. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU, agency: Ronsport) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) supported him with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Keflavik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by American forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) did not help to save the game for Tindastoll. His fellow American import guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Keflavik and four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Keflavik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fjolnir. Loser Tindastoll still closes the standings with five games lost. Keflavik will meet at home higher ranked Skallagrimur (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tindastoll will play against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: G.Valentine 16+9reb+3ast, T.Johannsson 15+1reb+1ast, H.Margeirsson 13+1reb+4ast, H.Viggosson 10+1reb+1ast, D.Gibson 9+6reb+8ast, H.Birgisson 6+3reb+1ast
Keflavik: D.Lewis 22+8reb+5ast, M.Craion 21+17reb, V.Valsson 18+4ast, M.Gunnarsson 14+3reb+5ast, K.Giltner 12+2ast, A.Danielsson 3+1reb
gschID: 180193


Fjolnir - Snaefell 95-102

An interesting game for Snaefell (5-1) which played road game in Reykjavik against 4th ranked Fjolnir (3-3). First ranked Snaefell managed to get a 7-point victory 102-95. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fjolnir won third quarter 26-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Snaefell shot 60.3 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Snaefell players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) scored 32 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Asim McQueen (203-88, college: Tulane, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) with 27 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Tomas Tomasson (193-91, college: Newberry) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 assists. Four Snaefell and five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Snaefell have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record, which they share with Stjarnan. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Keflavik. Snaefell will play against bottom-ranked Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fjolnir will play on the road against Thor Thorl (#6) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: S.Spicer 27+7reb+1ast, J.Sverrisson 20+8reb+1ast, A.Gudmundsson 19+2reb+5ast, T.Tomasson 14+4reb+12ast, A.Ragnarsson 13+6reb+7ast, B.Rikhardsson 2
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 32+5reb+3ast, A.McQueen 25+13reb+1ast, J.Threatt 17+8reb+5ast, O.Torfason 16+3reb+1ast, S.Davidsson 8+2reb+5ast, H.Gunnarsson 2+1reb+10ast
gschID: 180192


KFI - Thor Thorl 84-128

The game between 10th ranked KFI (2-4) and seventh ranked Thor Thorl (3-2) in Reykjavik ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Thorlakshofn outscored KFI 128-84. The game without a history. Thor Thorl led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to KFI's 46. Thor Thorl forced 23 KFI turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Thor Thorl especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Gretar Erlendsson (200-83) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kristjan Andresson (188-91) who recorded 24 points and the former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Five Thor Thorl and four KFI players scored in double figures. KFI's coach Petur Sigurdsson gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Thor Thorl moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KR and Skallagrimur. KFI lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Thor Thorl's next round opponent will be Fjolnir (#8) in Reykjavik. KFI will play on the road against Njardvik in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KFI: K.Andresson 24+3reb, M.Virijevic 15+10reb, J.Bradford Spencer 13+1reb+2ast, M.Latinovic 10+3reb+2ast, P.Ilievski 7+1reb+3ast, L.Sigurdsson 6+1reb+2ast
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 25+6reb+2ast, G.Erlendsson 19+9reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 18+2reb+2ast, G.Jonsson 17+8reb+2ast, R.Diggs 14+5reb+4ast, B.Ragnarsson 13+3reb+4ast
gschID: 180191



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  ITALY   


EuroLeague: Montepaschi cruise past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom - Montepaschi 66:101

Montepaschi Siena registered the second victory in EuroLeague Group B. They fired past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia tonight. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) notched 27 points and 7 assists to lead the visitors.
It never looked like a rout in the opening quarter. Asseco Prokom stayed in charge posting a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Montepaschi took over in the second period. The Siena team spurred ahead and posted a 42:35 halftime lead. The visitors silenced Asseco Prokom in the third term. They erupted for 37 points in the quarter and cleared off at 32-point distance with one period remaining. Montepaschi Siena kept the hosts at bay throughout the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 16 points apiece for the winners. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) netted 15 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Asseco Prokom: Alex Acker 15, Lukasz Koszarek 13
Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 27, Matt Janning 16, David Moss 16



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  JAPAN   


Rizing Fukuoka's Game-Winning turnaround. - by Emeka Eke

As reported by the Japan Times, Coach Atsushi Kanazawa's club triumphed twice last weekend against the Takamatsu Five Arrows to jump into fifth place in the 10-team Western Conference.

The Rizing are relying on mainstays Jun Nakanishi and Akitomo Takeno in the backcourt along with newcomers Josh Peppers, Julius Ashby and Reggie Warren for the majority of the team's production.

Also in the mix are rookie sharpshooter Zane Johnson, a University of Hawaii product, veterans Satoshi Ishitani and Masahiro Kano, along with relatively unknown Rintaro Tokunaga, Keisuke Takabatake and Junya Masumoto.

Warren was an integral part of Takamatsu and Kyoto Hannaryz playoff teams in years past, and Ashby has been to the Final Four as a member of the Five Arrows, Tokyo Apache and Niigata Albirex BB.

Peppers has made major contributions for the Sendai 89ers and Shiga Lakestars in the postseason, while Takeno and Nakanishi have also been tested in the playoffs while competing for

Niigata and Fukuoka for the former and Tokyo, Osaka Evessa and Fukuoka for the latter.

That veteran leadership has given the Rizing an edge in preparation compared with some teams without that collective experience of years spent in the bj-league.

"I think the key to our chemistry is getting a lot better each and every game," Warren told The Japan Times on Tuesday. "With me and Peppers joining the team late, I think that played a part in the slow start.

"We are all communicating to suggest different things to the coach, especially the leaders of the team with me and Jun being more of the vocal players adding a lot of input on what's going on, and coach actually listening and respecting our voice is key," added Warren, a power forward who's averaging 15.9 points and 12.5 rebounds with six double-doubles in eight games.

Peppers, averaging 18.6 ppg, is the team's top option on offense. Ashby, an athletic, forceful presence in the middle, is scoring at an 11.5 ppg clip. Takeno, one of the best pure shooters in league history, and Nakanishi, who has played in the fledgling circuit since 2005, are both contributing 9.6 ppg.

The players have not been shy about speaking out and saying what they think are keys for the team's success, Warren said.

"Everyone has respect for each other and we all have played many games in this league and understand how it works," he added, referring to the team's veteran corps. "I think we know and understand our roles and the younger guys are following our lead.

Johnson is currently nursing a sprained ankle, but has already made a strong impression during the young season's first month.

"The guy can flat-out shoot," Warren said, "and he's going to help us so much. If teams continue to try and double team me and Ashby, Zane will make them pay."

None of the current Rizing players have been on a bj-league championship team, and that motivates them to aim to be the best this season.

"We all talk about the same thing," Warren said. "All of us have the same goals: to reach the finals. I think this team has what it takes and is hungry for a title."



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 5-0 
 2. BK VEF-LSPA 5-1 
 3. RSU 5-1 
 4. VeA 5-2 
 5. ViA Riga 5-2 
 6. VEF skola 4-2 
 7. Kvele 4-3 
 8. Livani 4-3 
 9. Jelgava/LLU 3-2 
 10. Liepaja-2 3-3 
 11. DSN 2-5 
 12. Ogres 2-5 
 13. Gulbene 0-5 
 14. Ridzene 0-5 
 15. Valmiera BSS 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 8: VEF skola - Kvele 92-74
Nov. 7: BK VEF-LSPA - Livani 92-52
Nov. 9: Livani - Liepaja-2 78-63
Nov. 8: Ogres - Valmiera BSS 77-57
Nov. 7: Ridzene - VeA 59-102
Nov. 7: DSN - ViA 56-57

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 10: Gulbene - Liepaja-2
Nov. 10: VEF skola - Ridzene
Nov. 10: Saldus - Jelgava/LLU



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2. Hoops 2-1 
 3. Amchit 1-0 
 4. Champville 1-0 
 5. Sagesse 1-0 
 6. Antranik 1-1 
 7. Byblos 1-2 
 8. Moutahed 0-1 
 9. Bejjeh 0-2 
 10. Anibal 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 7: Al Riyadi - Byblos 91-73
Nov. 8: Antranik - Bejjeh 90-83
Nov. 7: Hoops - Anibal 77-70
Nov. 9: Moutahed - Sagesse
Nov. 10: Champville - Amchit


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Blair, Hoops27.5 
 2. Gray, Anibal22.5 
 3. Ammoury, Anibal19.0 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos17.0 
 5. Saoud, Al Riyadi16.5 
 6. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi15.5 
 7. Mneimneh, Byblos14.5 
 8. Woods, Al Riyadi14.0 
 9. Fraser, Byblos13.0 
 10. Barada, Byblos12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Fraser, Byblos21.0 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi11.0 
 3. Gray, Anibal8.5 
 4. Blair, Hoops7.5 
 5. Tawbeh, Hoops7.5 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops7.0 
 7. Kansou, Hoops7.0 
 8. Ammoury, Anibal6.0 
 9. Abi Khares, Anibal5.7 
 10. Pharis, Al Riyadi5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blair, Hoops6.5 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 3. Abdel Nour, Al Ri.4.0 
 4. Barada, Byblos3.5 
 5. Youngblood, Byblos3.0 
 6. Gray, Anibal2.5 
 7. Amar, Byblos2.0 
 8. Woods, Al Riyadi2.0 
 9. Abou Jaoudeh, Byb.2.0 
 10. Arakji, Al Riyadi1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Amir SAOUD
  Al Riyadi
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Saoud, Al Riyadi4.0 
 2. Gray, Anibal2.0 
 3. Fakhreddine, Hoops2.0 
 4. Blair, Hoops2.0 
 5. Fraser, Byblos1.5 
 6. Lakiss, Hoops1.5 
 7. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi1.5 
 8. Ammoury, Anibal1.5 
 9. Abdel Nour, Al Ri.1.0 
 10. Saad, Anibal1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.5 
 2. Fakhreddine, Hoops2.5 
 3. Fraser, Byblos2.0 
 4. Tawbeh, Hoops1.0 
 5. Mneimneh, Byblos1.0 
 6. Kansou, Hoops1.0 
 7. Blair, Hoops1.0 
 8. Abi Khares, Anibal0.7 
 9. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi0.5 
 10. Sabra, Byblos0.5 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 5-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 3-0 
 3. Siauliai 3-0 
 4. Juventus 3-1 
 5. Zalgiris 2-0 
 6. Lietkabelis 2-2 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 2-2 
 8. Neptunas 2-3 
 9. Nevezis 2-4 
 10. Sakalai 1-3 
 11. LSU-Baltai 1-4 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 9: Naglis Palangos - Nevezis 74-84
Nov. 10: Lietkabelis - Rudupis
Nov. 10: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Juventus
Nov. 10: Sakalai - Siauliai


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis19.6 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.17.8 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas16.6 
 4. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.14.6 
 5. Cipruss, Lietkabel.13.3 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.13.3 
 7. Leonard, Juventus13.3 
 8. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.8 
 9. Balocka, Sakalai12.5 
 10. Gailius, Neptunas12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vytautas SARAKAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Sarakauskas, Nept.9.2 
 2. Cipruss, Lietkabel.9.0 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai8.4 
 4. Bishop, Nevezis8.0 
 5. Gates, Pieno Z.7.5 
 6. Vene, Rudupis6.4 
 7. Drungilas, Lietkab.6.3 
 8. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.6.0 
 9. Balocka, Sakalai6.0 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis4.4 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas4.0 
 3. Leonard, Juventus4.0 
 4. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.8 
 5. Broadus, Neptunas3.6 
 6. Vene, Rudupis3.4 
 7. Viskontas, Juvent.3.3 
 8. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.3 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.3 
 10. Stasys, LSU-Balt.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.6 
 2. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.2.4 
 3. Girdziunas, Nevezis2.0 
 4. Aleksandrova., Nev.1.8 
 5. Babkauskas, Lietk.1.8 
 6. Dambrauskas, Sakal.1.8 
 7. Kiausas, Sakalai1.8 
 8. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 9. Mockevicius, Nagli.1.8 
 10. Vene, Rudupis1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai3.6 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.2 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.5 
 4. Gates, Pieno Z.1.3 
 5. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Cepukaitis, Pieno1.3 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.0 
 8. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.0 
 9. McClure, Neptunas1.0 
 10. Vene, Rudupis0.8 


Standings - NKL

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 9: Perlas-MRU - Gargzdai 88-78
Nov. 9: Triobet - Zanavykas 83-72
Nov. 9: Silute - Birstono 82-76
Nov. 9: Delikatesas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 79-85
Nov. 9: Radviliskis - S.Marciulionio 76-64
Nov. 3: Meresta - Ezerunas-Karys 75-70
Nov. 9: Mazeikiai - Statyba 72-63
Nov. 2: Ezerunas-Karys - Birstono 71-63
Nov. 9: Meresta - Olimpas 65-74
Nov. 3: Zanavykas - Perlas-MRU 104-90
Nov. 9: Suduva-Mantinga - Nafta Universitetas 100-83


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.24.0 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas20.1 
 3. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.17.4 
 4. Kleiza, Birstono17.0 
 5. Virbalas, Perla.16.9 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai16.0 
 7. Giedraitis, Mazeik.15.9 
 8. Kvedaraviciu., Del.15.8 
 9. Gudaitis, Zalgir.15.7 
 10. Pociukonis, S.Mar.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija10.9 
 2. Linkevicius, Triob.10.3 
 3. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.7 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.4 
 5. Jurgo, Radviliskis8.3 
 6. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.8 
 7. Gudaitis, Zalgir.7.6 
 8. Krestinin, S.Marc.7.6 
 9. Macernis, Mazeikiai7.5 
 10. Anuzis, Nafta U.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.8.4 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija6.4 
 3. Anuzis, Nafta U.6.0 
 4. Zurna, Radviliskis5.4 
 5. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.9 
 6. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.7 
 7. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 8. Sidlauskas, Mazeik.4.6 
 9. Varanauskas, Stat.4.5 
 10. Grigonis, Zalgir.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Osvaldas MACERNIS
  Mazeikiai
  (196-F-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.9 
 2. Radavicius, Meres.2.6 
 3. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.5 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas2.4 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.4 
 6. Klemas, Delikatesas2.3 
 7. Rauktys, Radvilisk.2.2 
 8. Sabeckis, Birstono2.1 
 9. Tamulis, Zalgir.2.0 
 10. Giedraitis, Mazei.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija4.9 
 2. Gudaitis, Zalgir.2.4 
 3. Krestinin, S.Marc.2.2 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.2.1 
 5. Staniulis, S.Marc.1.6 
 6. Kaubrys, Silute1.6 
 7. Petrileviciu., Bir.1.1 
 8. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.0 
 9. Pupinis, Suduva.1.0 
 10. Giedraitis, Mazei.0.9 


NKL Round 9: Statyba loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the NKL leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Statyba (7-2). They were defeated by fourth ranked Mazeikiai (7-2) 72-63 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Statyba. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 blocks for the winners and guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Martynas Paliukenas (195-93) with 15 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mazeikiai have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Suduva-Mantinga and Statyba. Statyba will play next round against Triobet trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mazeikiai will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Suduva-Mantinga as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Statyba) loss. Suduva-Mantinga defeated 14th ranked Nafta Universitetas in Marijampole 100-83. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) nailed 19 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Audrius Mineikis accounted for 17 points and 4 assists. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Gintautas Zibuda allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Dainius Zvinklys (202-90) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Nafta Universitetas in the defeat. Suduva-Mantinga have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Mazeikiai and Statyba. Nafta Universitetas lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Silute. Nafta Universitetas will play next round against Delikatesas trying to get back on the winning streak. Suduva-Mantinga will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked S.Marciulionio at Vilnius.
Quite upsetting was Delikatesas' (#6) home defeat in a game versus seventh ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio 85-79. The best player for the winners was Marius Grigonis who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis 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 Aivaras Kvedaravicius who recorded 21 points and 6 assists. Zalgiris-Sabonio (6-3) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Olimpas. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Triobet and Zanavykas. Zalgiris-Sabonio will meet at home league's second-placed Mazeikiai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Delikatesas will play against Nafta Universitetas (#15) in Klaipeda and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Meresta (7-3) against ninth ranked Olimpas (6-3) on Friday night. Host Meresta was defeated by Olimpas in a tough game in Pakruojis 65-74. It was a good game for Ignas Razutis who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Olimpas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Meresta at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Olimpas' next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#12) in Vilnius and are hoping to win another game. Meresta will play on the road against Dzukija (#7) in Alytus.
Bottom-ranked Silute managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against sixteenth-ranked Birstono 82-76. Arturas Kaubrys stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Silute (2-7) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Nafta Universitetas. Birstono lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventeenth position with eight games lost. Silute will face bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) on the road in the next round. Birstono will play against Radviliskis.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: Gargzdai lost to Perlas-MRU on the opponent's court 78-88. Radviliskis managed to outperform S.Marciulionio in a home game 76-64. Zanavykas recorded a loss to Triobet on the road 83-72. Meresta defeated Ezerunas-Karys on its own court 75-70. Perlas-MRU was beaten by Zanavykas in a road game 104-90. Ezerunas-Karys won against Birstono at home 71-63.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!) by Edgaras Stanionis of Zanavykas.


Perlas-MRU - Gargzdai 88-78

Very expected game in Vilnius where 17th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (1-8) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Perlas-MRU (4-5) 88-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-78. Perlas-MRU made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forward Antanas Udras (202-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Zydrunas Stankus (197-78, college: Campbell) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) with 18 points and forward Marius Grigaitis (196-91) scored 12 points. Five Perlas-MRU and four Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with S.Marciulionio. Loser Gargzdai-Bremena dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Perlas-MRU will face higher ranked Olimpas (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Silute (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: J.Elvikis 19+3reb+2ast, Z.Stankus 18+4reb+2ast, A.Udras 13+11reb+3ast, M.Virbalas 13+4reb+3ast, Z.Kelys 12+5reb+6ast, V.Buzas 5+1reb
Gargzdai: D.Matutis 18+2reb+2ast, M.Martinkus 12+4reb+1ast, M.Grigaitis 12+3reb+2ast, D.Tarolis 12+5reb, R.Zabita 8+3reb+2ast, M.Sekstins 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201226


Radviliskis - S.Marciulionio 76-64

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Radviliskis (3-6) defeated at home higher ranked S.Marciulionio (4-5) 76-64 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-64. Radviliskis outrebounded S.Marciulionio 36-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Rytis Rauktys (187-84) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Lukas Pipiras (192-89) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Marius Pociukonis (190-82) with 15 points and forward Edgaras Zinevicius (202-93) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Radviliskis moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser S.Marciulionio keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Radviliskis will face Birstono (#17) in the next round.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: R.Rauktys 21+7reb+1ast, D.Gricius 15+2reb+2ast, V.Trepocka 12+2reb+1ast, L.Pipiras 12+7reb, E.Kaupaitis 5+2reb, D.Bickauskis 4
S.Marciulionio: M.Pociukonis 15+2reb+3ast, E.Zinevicius 12+5reb+1ast, T.Rakauskas 10+5ast, A.Gydra 8+4reb, G.Staniulis 6+4reb, D.Krestinin 6+7reb
gschID: 201225


Suduva-Mantinga - Nafta Universitetas 100-83

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Suduva-Mantinga as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Statyba) loss. Suduva-Mantinga defeated 14th ranked Nafta Universitetas in Marijampole 100-83. It looked good early as Nafta Universitetas took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Suduva-Mantinga had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and Nafta Universitetas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-100. Suduva-Mantinga shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) nailed 19 points and 7 assists for the winning side and forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) accounted for 17 points and 4 assists. Five Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Gintautas Zibuda allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Dainius Zvinklys (202-90) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Deividas Anuzis (181-92) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Nafta Universitetas in the defeat. Suduva-Mantinga have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Mazeikiai and Statyba. Nafta Universitetas lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Silute. Nafta Universitetas will play next round against Delikatesas trying to get back on the winning streak. Suduva-Mantinga will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked S.Marciulionio at Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: Z.Kuklierius 19+2reb+7ast, A.Zibuda 19+2reb, A.Mineikis 17+3reb+4ast, M.Kalvelis 13+3reb+4ast, P.Knyza 11+2reb+2ast, K.Pupinis 10+8reb+3ast
Nafta Universitetas: D.Zvinklys 18+6reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 17+5reb+1ast, D.Anuzis 17+6reb+2ast, K.Timofejevas 11+1reb+1ast, D.Norkus 8+11reb+3ast, D.Jokubaitis 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 201224


Triobet - Zanavykas 83-72

There was a minor upset in Jonava where 8th ranked Zanavykas (5-4) was defeated by tenth ranked Triobet (5-4) 83-72 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 29-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Triobet dominated on the defensive end, holding Zanavykas to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Zanavykas only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Zanavykas 44-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. Zanavykas was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) chipped in 21 points (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Five Triobet players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) with 28 points and 6 rebounds and center Vilius Sumskis (213-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Triobet have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Delikatesas and Zanavykas. Triobet will face higher ranked Statyba (#3) in Vilnius in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Triobet: T.Sebeziovas 21+4reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 12+7reb, V.Kruzikas 12+5reb+2ast, M.Linkevicius 10+19reb+3ast, A.Urbonas 10+3reb+2ast, H.Vorotnikovas 9+1ast
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 28+6reb, M.Uzupis 10+3reb+1ast, V.Sumskis 10+6reb+2ast, R.Ostreika 8+1reb, P.Parachomikas 6+1reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 201221


Delikatesas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 79-85

Quite upsetting was Delikatesas' (#6) home defeat in a game versus seventh ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio 85-79. The best player for the winners was forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Tomas Dimsa (195-94) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis 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 Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) who recorded 21 points and 6 assists and swingman Mantas Pukinskas (198-89) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Zalgiris-Sabonio (6-3) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Olimpas. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Triobet and Zanavykas. Zalgiris-Sabonio will meet at home league's second-placed Mazeikiai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Delikatesas will play against Nafta Universitetas (#15) in Klaipeda and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: A.Gudaitis 19+4reb, M.Grigonis 16+7reb+7ast, T.Dimsa 15+4reb+4ast, P.Sorokas 14+5reb+4ast, L.Lekavicius 7+3reb+4ast, N.Barauskas 6+1reb
Delikatesas: A.Kvedaravicius 21+3reb+6ast, D.Girdvila 17+2reb+1ast, M.Pukinskas 13+8reb, M.Keras 8+2reb+2ast, Z.Petraitis 7+4reb, P.Klemas 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201223


Mazeikiai - Statyba 72-63

There was a change at the NKL leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Statyba (7-2). They were defeated by fourth ranked Mazeikiai (7-2) 72-63 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Statyba. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 blocks for the winners and guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Martynas Paliukenas (195-93) with 15 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) and forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Statyba players scored in double figures. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mazeikiai have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Suduva-Mantinga and Statyba. Statyba will play next round against Triobet trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mazeikiai will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: O.Macernis 18+4reb+3ast, M.Sidlauskas 12+5reb+2ast, A.Kojenets 11+5reb, A.Mazutis 7+2reb+1ast, V.Pikalavicius 6+10reb+1ast, R.Grinius 6+3reb
Statyba: M.Paliukenas 15+3reb+4ast, D.Tarvydas 14+8reb, O.Varanauskas 11+2reb+3ast, K.Brusokas 11+6reb, A.Zarskus 4+3reb, V.Luksa 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201222


Meresta - Olimpas 65-74

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Meresta (7-3) against ninth ranked Olimpas (6-3) on Friday night. Host Meresta was defeated by Olimpas in a tough game in Pakruojis 65-74. It was a good game for guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Ignas Vaitkus (189-93) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) added 12 points and 9 assists in the effort for Meresta. Four Meresta players scored in double figures. Olimpas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Meresta at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Olimpas' next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#12) in Vilnius and are hoping to win another game. Meresta will play on the road against Dzukija (#7) in Alytus.
Top scorers:
Olimpas: A.Maneikis 18+4reb+4ast, M.Kazonas 15+5reb+1ast, I.Razutis 14+8reb+4ast, T.Domarkas 8+3reb+2ast, E.Jocys 7+3reb+2ast, E.Gintvainis 5+2reb+1ast
Meresta: I.Vaitkus 16+6reb+3ast, A.Gurklys 12+10reb, T.Gaidamavicius 12+3reb+9ast, D.Keburys 11+1reb+1ast, L.Radavicius 4+5reb+1ast, D.Simaitis 4
gschID: 201219


Silute - Birstono 82-76

Bottom-ranked Silute managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against sixteenth-ranked Birstono 82-76. Silute made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Birstono was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and swingman Marius Kasiulevicius (198-82, college: Trinity Valley JC) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Paulius Kleiza (195-88) with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Audrius Damusis (185-93) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Silute and four Birstono players scored in double figures. Silute (2-7) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Nafta Universitetas. Birstono lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventeenth position with eight games lost. Silute will face bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) on the road in the next round. Birstono will play against Radviliskis.
Top scorers:
Silute: A.Kaubrys 26+12reb, M.Kasiulevicius 14+4reb+5ast, V.Pancerevas 12+5reb+1ast, E.Saulys 10+4reb+2ast, G.Pakalniskis 10+5reb, D.Lavonne Brents 8+2reb+4ast
Birstono: A.Damusis 21+5reb+2ast, P.Kleiza 19+9reb+4ast, D.Sabeckis 12+6reb+2ast, J.Kalnietis 11+4reb, P.Petrilevicius 9+2reb+2ast, S.Raupys 4+4reb
gschID: 201218


Meresta - Ezerunas-Karys 75-70

Everything went according to plan in Pakruojis where second ranked Meresta (7-3) beat 12th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (4-6) 75-70 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners and center Deividas Keburys (202-90) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Meresta players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Raimundas Ambrulaitis (199-82) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-87) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Mindaugas Kildisius tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Meresta went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the thirteenth place with six games lost. Meresta will face Dzukija (#7) in Alytus in the next round. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Zanavykas (#10).
Top scorers:
Meresta: T.Gaidamavicius 18+10reb+12ast, I.Vaitkus 14+4reb, B.Bagdonavicius 13+6reb, D.Keburys 13+8reb+1ast, L.Radavicius 11+4reb+3ast, A.Povilaitis 6+2reb
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Ambrulaitis 12+10reb+4ast, R.Sugintas 12+8reb+1ast, K.Alekna 10+4reb, G.Kulbis 9+3reb+2ast, D.Navickas 8+2reb+1ast, J.Narusis 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 227504


Zanavykas - Perlas-MRU 104-90

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Zanavykas and 13th ranked Perlas-MRU had identical 4-4 record. This time Zanavykas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Vilnius 104-90 on Saturday night. Zanavykas dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 44. Zanavykas forced 21 Perlas-MRU turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Zanavykas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) stepped up and scored 39 points (!!!) (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) for the winners and center Vilius Sumskis (213-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Zanavykas' coach Giedrius Zibenas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Antanas Udras (202-92) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Zydrunas Stankus (197-78, college: Campbell) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Zanavykas maintains eighth place with 5-4 record, which they share with Delikatesas and Triobet. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Zanavykas will face Ezerunas-Karys (#13) in Moletai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Perlas-MRU will play against Olimpas.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 39+3reb+3ast, V.Sumskis 20+4reb+1ast, A.Pelss 12+1reb+4ast, R.Ostreika 10+1reb, M.Uzupis 7+6reb+2ast, V.Vaiksnis 5+1reb+1ast
Perlas-MRU: Z.Kelys 16+2reb+3ast, A.Udras 15+8reb+3ast, M.Virbalas 14+3reb+2ast, Z.Stankus 14+6reb+2ast, E.Pundzius 12, D.Domarkas 11+1reb+5ast
gschID: 227503


Ezerunas-Karys - Birstono 71-63

No shocking result in a game in Moletai where twelfth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (4-6) won against 16th ranked Birstono (2-8) 71-63 on Friday. Birstono was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-9 charge of Ezerunas-Karys, which allowed them to win the game. Ezerunas-Karys outrebounded Birstono 39-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-87) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Raimundas Ambrulaitis (199-82) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Paulius Kleiza (195-88) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Paulius Petrilevicius (201-91) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Despite that victory Ezerunas-Karys went down to thirteenth position due to points difference. Birstono lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventeenth place with eight games lost. Ezerunas-Karys will face higher ranked Zanavykas (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Birstono will play against Radviliskis (#14).
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Sugintas 20+5reb+1ast, J.Narusis 11+4reb+1ast, R.Ambrulaitis 10+9reb+1ast, M.Kugauda 10+3reb, D.Navickas 9+8reb+1ast, G.Kulbis 4+4reb+2ast
Birstono: P.Kleiza 17+7reb+1ast, P.Petrilevicius 12+5reb+5ast, J.Kalnietis 12+3reb, A.Oladimeji 6+5reb+2ast, A.Damusis 5+2reb+2ast, S.Raupys 4+2ast
gschID: 201220



EuroLeague: Zalgiris stun Anadolu Efes in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris 64:77

Zalgiris kept their EuroLeague record spotless. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to improve at 5-0 record on top of Group C. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. Anadolu Efes slipped at 3-2 record after the loss.
Zalgiris drained 25 points in the opening frame to surge ahead. The Kaunas team gained a 25:23 lead after ten minutes. Anadolu Efes tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The Turkish side erased the deficit and knotted things up at 37. But the third term belonged to Zalgiris. The visitors went on a decisive 23:14 run to take a 9-point advantage. Zalgiris limited Anadolu Efes to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) nailed 16 points, while Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) added 15 points for the winners. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) answered with 20 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 13 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Semih Erden 20, Jordan Farmar 13
Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 21, Tremmell Darden 16, Darjus Lavrinovic 15



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Mario Cvetkovic joins BBC Nitia - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nitia Bettembourg (N2) agreed terms with 25-year old Serbian guard Mario Cvetkovic (197-87). He played most recently at Bratunac MINS in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division II.
He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca) and Serbia (Jedinstvo Novi Becej and Kikinda).

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Amara Sy's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Malians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (3-2) in their last game. Despite Sy's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 66-80 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Strasbourg IG. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Sy also added 5 assists in 36 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 42.9% in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team one years ago.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division). Sylla was not able to help ifm Baskets Konstanz (1-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the 11th-placed ifm Baskets Konstanz lost 66-81 in Lich to the higher-ranked (#8) er Baeren in the Group South. Sylla scored 13 points in 32 minutes. It was ifm Baskets Konstanz's fourth consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Sylla has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 68.4% in the six games. He played for the Mali national team in 2009.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France). Saounera led Rueil to an easy victory against the league outsider CFBB (0-7) crushing them 109-70 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 12 passes. Saounera also added and 4 steals. Rueil Athletic Club (3-4) is placed 11th in the NM1. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Saounera's first season with the team. Saounera is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 6.0apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 65.0%. Saounera is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. He played for the Mali national team one years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #4. An experienced power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Limoges CSP Elite (2-3) in their game against JDA Dijon (2-3) in the French ProA. Traore did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite lost 65-69 in JDA Dijon to the higher-ranked (#10) JDA Dijon. This year Traore's overall stats are: 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg in the two games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Traore used to play for the Mali national team last year.

Modibo Diarra
Modibo Diarra
   #5. Former international power forward Modibo Diarra (208-80, college: Memphis, currently plays in NBLCanada) couldn't help the Saint John Mill Rats (1-1) in their game against the Summerside Storm (1-0) in the NBL Canada. He cannot count it as his best performance. Diarra recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. The Saint John Mill Rats were badly defeated 118-99 in Summerside, PEI by the second-ranked Summerside Storm. This year Diarra's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 5.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Mali national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Chorale de Roanne (1-4) to beat Le Mans (4-1). He scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne was defeated in an overtime 72-65 on the road by the much higher-ranked Le Mans (#3). But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Sangare averages: 6.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La Palma (0-4) in their game against Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (3-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Konate recorded only 1 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The bottom-ranked La Palma was defeated 70-63 at home by the second-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi. So far La Palma lost all four games in the Regular Season. This season Konate averages: 4.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) plays for JSF Nanterre in French ProA
Issa Coulibaly (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Drissa Ballo (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Nianta Diarra (200-F/C-93) plays for STB Le Havre in French ProA
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84) plays for 1 De Agosto in Angolan Division I
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) plays for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in French ProB
Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83) plays for Blois in French NM1
Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80) plays for Saint Vallier in French ProB
Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86) plays for Nantes in French ProB

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



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  MEXICO   

Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 19-2 
 2. Soles 17-4 
 3. Toros 17-4 
 4. Halc.Rojos 16-5 
 5. Panteras 14-7 
 6. Pioneros 14-7 
 7. Abejas 12-9 
 8. Fuerza Regia 11-9 
 9. Huracanes 10-9 
 10. Barreteros 10-11 
 11. Corr.Victoria 7-14 
 12. Guerreros 6-15 
 13. Lechugueros 6-15 
 14. Gansos 4-18 
 15. Gigantes 2-19 
 16. Osos 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 21

Nov. 8: Guerreros - Osos 98-91
Nov. 8: Halc.Rojos - Barreteros 92-73
Nov. 8: Halc.Xalapa - Panteras 91-95
Nov. 8: Abejas - Corr.Victoria 90-79
Nov. 8: Lechugueros - Huracanes 69-71
Nov. 8: Soles - Toros 59-50
Nov. 8: Pioneros - Fuerza Regia 107-85
Nov. 8: Gansos - Gigantes 105-91

Regular Season: Round 22

Nov. 10: Pioneros - Toros
Nov. 10: Soles - Fuerza Regia
Nov. 10: Guerreros - Gigantes
Nov. 10: Gansos - Osos
Nov. 10: Lechugueros - Corr.Victoria
Nov. 10: Abejas - Huracanes
Nov. 10: Halc.Rojos - Panteras
Nov. 10: Halc.Xalapa - Barreteros


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

-year old forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for Abejas and receives a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Corr.Victoria (#11, 7-14) 90-79. Abejas is placed at 7th position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Abejas will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. In the team's last game Pettigrew had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Abejas' top player in his first season with the team. Steffphon Pettigrew averages this season 19.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Corr.Victoria. He is American forward in his first season at Corr.Victoria. In the last game Alexander recorded impressive 30 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Corr.Victoria lost that game 79-90 to the higher-ranked Abejas (#7, 12-9). Corr.Victoria managed to keep the same 11th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Alexander is a newcomer at Corr.Victoria and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.1ppg (#2). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Barreteros (#10). Habel scored 29 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Habel's great performance Barreteros lost 73-92 to the higher-ranked Halc.Rojos (#4, 16-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Barreteros ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Habel could help Barreteros to bring them higher in the standings. Habel has a very solid season. In 18 games in Mexico he scored 19.4ppg. He also has 7.8rpg, 2.1bpg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) of Panteras - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos - 37 points and 7 rebounds
6. Giovanni Silva) of Gansos - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Soles - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83) of Panteras - 32 points and 9 assists
9. Mike Williams (201-F/C-85) of Pioneros - 22 points and 10 rebounds
10. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros - 17 points and 13 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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Nikola Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). He led Orlando Magic to an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns (2-3) crushing them 115-94 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Vucevic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 37 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Vucevic's second season in pro basketball. The Orlando Magic has 2-2 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Vucevic's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 85.7% in the four games he played so far. Vucevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (1-2) 107-96 in the NBA last Monday. Pekovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 3-1 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pekovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 70.6%. Pekovic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania). He was the main contributor in a Gaz Metan's victory against the fifth-ranked U-Mobitelco (5-2) 92-80 in the Romanian Division A on Friday night. Ivanovic was the best player in that game. He scored 35 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (6-1) is placed first in the Division A. This year Ivanovic has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 70.5%(31-44), 3FGP: 34.8% in the seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Ivanovic played for the Montenegrin national team four years ago.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #4. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a 2-point Vrsac's victory against the 14th-ranked Smederevo Vizura (0-5) 77-75 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Radovic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 18 rebounds in 38 minutes. KK Vrsac (3-2) is placed fifth in the A League. 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. Radovic is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 11.6rpg and 1.4bpg in the five games. Radovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team last year.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #5. International swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a 3-point Khimik's victory against the sixth-ranked Hoverla (7-5) 88-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (9-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sehovic has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sehovic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #6. Point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the fourth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (4-2) 71-66 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Cook scored 11 points, had 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (3-3) is placed eighth in the SerieA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Cook's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Cook is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #7. International power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (1-5) 82-73 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Dubljevic scored 8 points in 20 minutes. Valencia Basket (5-1) is placed third in the ACB. It's Dubljevic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 3.0rpg in the five games. Dubljevic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Zarko Rakocevic
Zarko Rakocevic
   #8. Forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) helped BC Vienna win their game against the sixth-ranked UBSC Graz (3-3) 96-90 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Thursday night. He was the top player that evening. Rakocevic scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. BC Zepter Vienna (6-0) is placed first in the A Bundesliga. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. This season Rakocevic has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. Rakocevic used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2009.

Filip Barovic
Filip Barovic
   #9. Former U20 international power forward Filip Barovic (208-90, currently plays in Hungary) helped Soproni win their game against the eighth-ranked Marso NYKK (2-4) 90-84 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Barovic scored 23 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC (4-2) is placed second in the A Division. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Barovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 21.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2bpg in the six games. Barovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team two years ago.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #10. Power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-88, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Turkish team Besiktas win their game against the fifth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (1-4) 73-67 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 10 points. Besiktas Istanbul (3-2) is placed third in group D. Dasic's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Spartak St.Petersburg to win against the closely-ranked Cibona 64-56 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Spartak St.Petersburg this season. Dragicevic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. Former U21 international power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Mladost win their game against the eighth-ranked Leotar crushing them 86-62 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. Bijelic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 39 minutes. Bijelic is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.0ppg and 7.7rpg in the three games. Bijelic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #13. U20 international forward Marko Loncovic (200-91, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Barcelos' victory against the seventh-ranked Galitos-Tley 72-67 in the Portuguese LPB last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Loncovic also added 3 assists. Loncovic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4. This season he has very high stats. Loncovic averages: 18.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team last year.

   #14. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League could not help Radnicki Basket (3-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sturanovic's good performance Radnicki Basket was defeated 70-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Sloboda (#3). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Sturanovic also added 4 rebounds. Sturanovic is the league's best blocker. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4bpg and 1.4spg. Sturanovic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former U21 international point guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Varda HE win their game against the 11th-ranked Vogosca 93-75 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. He scored 19 points and added 4 assists. Kastratovic belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3. This season he has very good stats: 13.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.7spg. Kastratovic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Real Madrid to a victory against the fifth-ranked Cantu (2-3) 80-66 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He recorded 14 points. Real Madrid (3-1) is placed first in group A. Mirotic has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg and 5.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he currently plays for the Spanish U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked BK Pardubice (3-4) crushing them 99-73 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points and added 5 passes in 25 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (9-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. It's Pavkovic's first season with the team. Pavkovic is currently second on the list of best passers with 5.2apg. He also averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the nine games he played so far.

   #3. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (2-5) crushing them 103-74 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points. Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd (3-4) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. Subotic's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 1.4rpg.

   #4. Brion Rush (186-G-84, also represented by Beo Basket, college: Grambling St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in France could not help Chalon/Saor (1-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Chalon/Saor lost 78-88 on the road to the second-ranked Unicaja Malaga in the group B of Euroleague. Rush was the second best scorer with 12 points in 28 minutes. It was Chalon/Saor's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Rush's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4spg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Rush has never played in Montenegro.

   #5. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (2-3) 74-61 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night. Djordjevic scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. Telenet Oostende (3-2) is placed fourth in the Ethias League. Djordjevic is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.4apg. This year his other stats are: 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4spg in the five games. Djordjevic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #6. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in Elektra's victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun 78-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Julevic is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 14.0ppg. This year he also averages: 5.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. Julevic has both Montenegrin and Slovenian nationalities. Despite his Montenegrin passport, Julevic previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #7. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Georgia) helped Olimpi win their game against the ninth-ranked Batumi crushing them 94-63 in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 16 rebounds. Milosevic also added 2 blocks. His total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 13.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #8. Experienced Ranko Velimirovic (205-C/F-72, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Mladost win their game against the eighth-ranked Leotar crushing them 86-62 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. Velimirovic scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 38 minutes. Velimirovic is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg in the three games.

   #9. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Air Avellino in their game against Cantu in the Italian SerieA, despite his good performance last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Dragovic also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. But his team lost 67-79. Dragovic is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders with 7.7rpg. This year he also averages: 15.0ppg and 1.5spg in the six games. Dragovic also holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite his Montenegrin nationality, Dragovic currently plays for the Serbian university national team.

   #10. Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia) helped Konstantin win their game against the 11th-ranked Borac 68-51 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He scored 12 points in 28 minutes. Despotovic is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.0apg. This year his other stats are: 10.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0spg in the five games. Despotovic has Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities. Despite his Montenegrin passport, Despotovic previously played for the Serbian university national team.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 4-0 
 2. Philadelph.76 3-2 
 3. Brooklyn N. 2-2 
 4. Boston C. 2-3 
 5. Toronto R. 1-4 
Central Div.
 1. Milwaukee B. 3-1 
 2. Chicago B. 3-2 
 3. Cleveland C. 2-4 
 4. Indiana P. 2-4 
 5. Detroit P. 0-6 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 5-1 
 2. Atlanta H. 2-2 
 3. Orlando M. 2-3 
 4. Charlotte B. 1-3 
 5. Washington W. 0-4 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Minnesota T. 4-1 
 2. Oklah.City T. 4-2 
 3. Denver N. 3-3 
 4. Portland TB 2-3 
 5. Utah Jazz 2-4 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 3-2 
 2. LA Clippers 3-2 
 3. Phoenix Suns 3-3 
 4. LA Lakers 2-3 
 5. Sacramento K. 2-4 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 5-1 
 2. Dallas M. 4-2 
 3. Memphis G. 3-1 
 4. N.Orleans H. 3-2 
 5. Houston R. 2-3 

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 9: Minnesota T. - Indiana P. 96-94
Nov. 9: Memphis G. - Houston R. 93-85
Nov. 9: Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 91-101
Nov. 9: Atlanta H. - Miami Heat 89-95
Nov. 9: Sacramento K. - San Antonio S. 86-97
Nov. 9: Orlando M. - Brooklyn N. 68-107
Nov. 9: N.Orleans H. - Charlotte B. 107-99
Nov. 9: Phoenix Suns - Cleveland C. 107-105
Nov. 9: Oklah.City T. - Detroit P. 105-94
Nov. 9: New York K. - Dallas M. 104-94
Nov. 9: Denver N. - Utah Jazz 104-84
Nov. 9: LA Lakers - Golden St.W. 101-77
Nov. 9: Boston C. - Philadelph.76 100-106

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 10: Toronto R. - Philadelph.76
Nov. 10: Indiana P. - Washington W.
Nov. 10: Charlotte B. - Dallas M.
Nov. 10: Chicago B. - Minnesota T.
Nov. 10: Houston R. - Detroit P.
Nov. 10: Milwaukee B. - Boston C.
Nov. 10: Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns
Nov. 10: Portland TB - San Antonio S.
Nov. 10: Golden St.W. - Denver N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Harden, Houston R.27.8 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.3 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.2 
 4. Irving, Cleveland23.3 
 5. James, Miami Heat22.2 
 6. Durant, Oklah.Ci.22.0 
 7. Mayo, Dallas M.21.8 
 8. Crawford, LA Clipp.21.8 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.4 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zach RANDOLPH
  Memph.
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Randolph, Memph.15.0 
 2. Varejao, Clevelan.14.0 
 3. Asik, Houston R.13.8 
 4. Gortat, Phoenix11.2 
 5. Durant, Oklah.Ci.11.0 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers10.7 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.10.2 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.0 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.0 
 10. James, Miami Heat10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Rondo, Boston C.14.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers10.7 
 3. Holiday, Philadel.10.4 
 4. Jennings, Milwauke.9.5 
 5. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.8 
 6. Dragic, Phoenix7.8 
 7. Parker, San A.7.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.7 
 9. Williams, Brooklyn7.3 
 10. Collison, Dallas7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JENNINGS
  Milwauke.
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Jennings, Milwauke.3.8 
 2. Lowry, Toronto R.3.0 
 3. Lin, Houston R.3.0 
 4. Batum, Portland TB2.8 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 6. Smith, New York K.2.3 
 7. Ariza, Washingt.2.3 
 8. Kidd, New York K.2.3 
 9. Lawson, Denver N.2.3 
 10. Paul, LA Clippers2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcin GORTAT
  Phoenix .
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Gortat, Phoenix4.3 
 2. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.7 
 5. Okafor, Washingt.2.5 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.5 
 7. Howard, LA Lakers2.3 
 8. Kidd-G., Charlott.2.3 
 9. Duncan, San A.2.3 
 10. Kirilenko, Minnes.2.2 


Breaking news: MIKE BROWN FIRED AS LAKERS COACH - by Diamadis Farmakis

The consensus is that it takes 15-20 games to really evaluate how good or bad a team is. Mike Brown didnt get nearly that long. USA Todays Sam Amick was the first to report that Brown has been fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after a disappointing 1-4 start.

Less than 48 hours ago, Lakers owner Jim Buss gave Brown a vote of confidence - Either Buss was lying through his teeth, or he had a serious change of heart


While its easy to blame the slow start on the Princeton offense that Brown decided to put in this summer, the Lakers have actually played better offensively (where they rank 6th through Thursdays games) than defensively (23rd)

And their problems really lie with their lack of depth; L.A.s starting lineups with either Steve Nash or Steve Blake have outscored their opponents by 35 points over their five games.

But ultimately, it was Brown that took the fall.

Source: NBA.com



Friday's games review - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Golden St.W. 101-77
A few hours after the Los Angeles Lakers' top brass abruptly fired coach Mike Brown and threw their season into turmoil before mid-November, Brown's former players demonstrated why there's still ample reason to think this team can be saved. The Lakers should find out soon whether Phil Jackson gets the chance to do the saving - again. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) scored 27 points, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and the Lakers doubled their win total with a 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Jordan Hill scored 14 points for the Lakers, who were uniformly stunned by Brown's dismissal after just 18 months on the job. Following a bumpy first half against Golden State under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, they pulled away in the third quarter with a 25-9 run led by Bryant, who also had nine rebounds and seven assists. "I think everybody didn't know how to react to it emotionally," Bryant said. "Everybody had to just go about their business and play basketball. ... A lot of the emotion that was picked up was kind of unleashed when we played." The comfortable victory capped one of the most tumultuous days in recent history for a franchise that's never short on drama. With the high-priced veteran club off to a Western Conference-worst 1-4 start following a winless preseason, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and owner Jim Buss abruptly dismissed Brown, informing players during their morning shootaround. Bickerstaff ran the Lakers as the interim coach, but the veteran NBA bench boss isn't likely to be a candidate for the full-time job. Kupchak is searching for a replacement, possibly making a selection before the Lakers' next game on Sunday against Sacramento. The Lakers' crowd quickly made its choice known: A chant of "We want Phil!" rose out of the stands while Bryant shot a free throw in the third quarter, and echoed a few more times later in the half. "I can understand why," Bickerstaff said. "The guy's got the rings." Jackson, the 11-time NBA champion coach who won five rings in two previous stints running the Lakers, is near the top of Kupchak's list again, the GM acknowledged. Mike D'Antoni, the former Knicks and Suns coach, also is thought to be a prime candidate. Bryant said he would be thoroughly happy with Jackson, D'Antoni or former Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw in charge. Bryant's injury struggles during Jackson's final season would give him particular motivation for a third stint together. "I wasn't able to give him my real self because I was playing on one leg," Bryant said. "It's always kind of eaten away at me that in the last year of his career ... I couldn't give him everything I had because I was playing on one knee." Dwight Howard had six points and eight rebounds while playing just 24 minutes for the Lakers in his ongoing return from offseason back surgery. Steve Nash, the other major addition to the club, watched from behind the bench, missing his fourth straight game with a small fracture in his leg. Nash will be out for at least another week, the Lakers announced after the game. After the protracted drama between Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy and the six-time All-Star center, Howard met questions about the Lakers' coaching staff with a smile and silence. "I'm going to keep that to myself," Howard said. "I learned my lesson last year." Brown never got the chance to integrate the two stars into his new offense while they were dogged by health issues. Kupchak and Buss still needed to see more progress than the Lakers managed in the past six weeks, particularly on defense - and they saw it against the Warriors, who managed just 33.7 percent shooting and made 19 turnovers. "We were just out of sync, no excuse," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "If you're going to beat a good team on the road, you've got to take care of the basketball. We came in with the mindset to run, and they outscored us even in fast-break points. Just disappointed overall." Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 18 points and Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) had 15 for the Warriors, who have lost five straight to the Lakers overall, and nine in a row at Staples Center since March 2008. "I think we played well, but the score doesn't say that," Curry said. "Defensively, we did a pretty good job. We're just undersized down there, trying to battle the boards and the paint." The Lakers' offensive struggles evaporated in the third quarter while they leaped to an 18-point lead over the undermanned Warriors, who struggled to contend inside without injured center Andrew Bogut. Darius Morris had career highs of 10 points and five rebounds while playing the majority of the Lakers' minutes at point guard. Los Angeles' reserves have been largely ineffective during Brown's tenure, but Morris and Hill led a spirited effort against the Warriors, outscoring their counterparts with Golden State 37-17. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Denver N. - Utah Jazz 104-84
Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets pulled away to beat the Utah Jazz 104-84 on Friday night. Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) had 18 points to go with 11 rebounds and Kostas Koufos (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) and Andre Iguodala added 15 points apiece for the Nuggets, who won their third in a row after an 0-3 start. Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) had 15 points to lead the Jazz, who remained winless in four road games this season. Randy Foye and Enes Kanter each added 13 points for Utah, which made only four of 23 attempts from 3-point range. Iguodala connected on a 3-pointer to give the Nuggets a 69-49 lead with 5:14 remaining in the third quarter. But the Jazz scored eight of the next 12 points, including a three-point play by Hayward to pull to 73-57 going into the fourth. After Foye hit a 3 to get the Jazz within 75-63, Brewer hit two 3-pointers around a layup by Alec Burks, adding a free throw following the second long-distance shot to put the Nuggets up 82-65 with 9:14 remaining. The Jazz whittled the Nuggets' lead to 90-78 when Denver was called for goaltending on Jamaal Tinsley's layup with 4:22 remaining, only to see the Nuggets make it 96-78 after Brewer drained 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. The Nuggets took a 53-38 lead at halftime, closing the last 7 minutes of the second quarter with a 17-2 run. After Derrick Favors made a pair of free throws to pull Utah into a 36-all tie, Brewer drove the lane to hit a twisting layup, starting the Nuggets' second-quarter surge. The only points in that stretch by the Jazz, who missed all nine of their 3-point tries in the first half, came on a pair of free throws by Foye with 3:30 remaining in the second. That was not nearly enough to offset a closing flourish by the Nuggets. Ty Lawson scored on successive fast-break layups before Iguodala slammed home a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Danilo Gallinari in the waning moments of the quarter. Courtesy of: theolympian.com

Sacramento K. - San Antonio S. 86-97
Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) was an observer for most of San Antonio's first five games of the season. When he finally got an opportunity for an extended playing time, he responded in a big way. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Spurs to a 97-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. But Mills was hailed as the difference maker after he was 8 for 9 from the field while scoring 18 points. "He was real big; he helped us get this win," coach Gregg Popovich said of Mills. "We needed points from other players and Patty got it done for us." San Antonio played without Stephen Jackson, who was out with the flu. Matt Bonner also rested, and Tony Parker and Duncan weren't feeling well either. Enter Mills, who had played a little more than 21 minutes and scored just six points on the season coming into the game. But the seldom-used point guard filled in frequently for Parker and helped the Spurs defeat the Kings for the ninth straight time in Sacramento. "This is professional basketball, you have to be ready whether you are told or not," Mills said. "I knew I had to be ready because we had some guys who weren't feeling very well." Mills had a big impact in the third quarter when the Kings outscored the Spurs 29-22 to pull within one heading into the fourth. Mills subbed in for Parker and hit a 3-pointer and had five points. Mills kept up the momentum in the final period, making three shots,one of them a 3, and scoring seven points in helping the Spurs pull away for the victory. "Tonight I was in the pace of the game and trying to bring energy," Mills said. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points for the Spurs, who haven't lost in Sacramento in five years. Parker never got going and finished with five points, six assists and four turnovers in 24 minutes. Still trying to recover from a sore back, Manu Ginobili had seven points in 25 minutes. The Kings shot 35 percent, including a 3-for-16 performance from long range. "As you know with this team-San Antonio-they turn miscues into something that's going to be a positive for them," Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) and Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider) scored 17 apiece for the Kings, who had won two straight. DeMarcus Cousins, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, was in foul trouble much of the game and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes. He went 4 for 14 from the field. Leonard made two free throws and Duncan followed with an uncontested dunk to give San Antonio an 86-77 lead with 3:21 remaining. Mills' 3-pointer extended the advantage to 89-79. Cousins went to the bench with four fouls early in the third quarter and the Kings trailing 59-47. But Sacramento rallied without its leading scorer, using a 15-4 run to briefly grab the lead. Cousins finally got going in the final period, challenging Duncan inside and scoring five straight Kings points during one stretch to keep Sacramento close. "That was a competitive, big man battle," Cousins said. "I have the upmost respect for Tim Duncan. He's the greatest forward that the NBA has." Duncan, who had eight points in the fourth, was 9 for 12 from the field for the game and finished with four assists and three steals. Duncan was clearly looking for shots early. He made the Spurs' first basket on a jumper and had 12 points and seven rebounds at the break. "I'll be there for whatever (plays) are called for me on any given night," Duncan said. "Nights where I'm playing well he (Popovich) will run plays through me." Tyreke Evans scored eight points and both Thompson and Thornton had seven in the third quarter, helping the Kings close to 69-68 heading into the fourth. The Spurs shot 7 of 20 in the third after shooting nearly 55 percent in the first half. After an impressive opening quarter, the Kings shot 25 percent in the second period and were outscored 23-12. Thompson had 10 first-half points. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

Phoenix Suns - Cleveland C. 107-105
Shannon Brown (6'4''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a late 14-4 run as the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-105 Friday night. P.J. Tucker (6'5''-F-85, college: Texas) hit a 20-foot jumper from the left corner to give the Suns a 103-102 lead with 1:32 to go. After the teams traded misses, Marcin Gortat blocked Daniel Gibson's shot and Goran Dragic found Brown streaking down the right side for a fast-break dunk and a 105-102 lead with 37.4 seconds remaining. Dragic made one of two free throws but Gibson connected on a 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds to play to pull the Cavaliers to 106-105. Sebastian Telfair dribbled the clock down to 5.1 seconds and made one of two free throws to make it 107-105. Kyrie Irving had a chance to win it for Cleveland as time expired but his 3-pointer from the top of the key bounced off the back of the rim. Dragic scored 26 points for the Suns, who posted the third-biggest comeback in franchise history. Telfair added 13 and Gortat had 12. Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers, who scored on their first nine possessions to open an 18-2 lead 4 minutes into the game. They were up 42-16 with 10:47 to go in the second quarter, but Phoenix slowly chipped away and used a 6-2 run in the final minute of the first half to pull within 62-49 at halftime. Michael Beasley cut the Cavaliers' lead to single digits for the first time since the opening minutes on a dunk off a fast break with 10:31 left in the third quarter, making it 62-53, but the Suns weren't able to get any closer until the final period. Brown tied the game at 83 on a fadeaway jumper with 9:46 left and Phoenix took its first lead, 87-85, just more than 2 minutes later on a fast-break layup by Brown. Waiters almost single-handedly kept the Cavaliers in the game in the fourth, scoring 10 straight points during one 2-minute stretch that included a pair of 3-pointers, each of which gave Cleveland the lead. Gibson finished with 19 points and Irving had 17. Courtesy of: journaltimes.com

Minnesota T. - Indiana P. 96-94
Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with 0.8 seconds to go, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 96-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Budinger scored 18 points while subbing for the injured Brandon Roy. Alexey Shved had 11 points and seven assists and Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves. Roy left the game at halftime with a sore right knee. The former three-time All-Star is attempting a comeback after chronic knee issues forced him to retire from Portland before last season. George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) had 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds and David West had 19 points and 13 boards for the Pacers. Shved, a rookie from Russia, ran the pick-and-roll like a seasoned veteran against Indiana's stout defense, creating scoring chances for himself and his teammates. His layup gave the Wolves a 78-69 lead with eight minutes to go in the game. But he also picked up his first American technical foul during a 7-0 run by the Pacers that pulled them within two points. West's putback two minutes later tied it at 86. Shved followed with a tough drive and another layup off a steal from Kirilenko, and the Wolves used an 8-2 spurt to open a 94-88 lead with under a minute to play. But Hill converted a three-point play, then made a tying 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 3.8 seconds remaining. The inbounds pass came to Kirilenko, who looked frantically for an open teammate, then calmly took two dribbles and fed a cutting Budinger for the game winner, sending the Target Center crowd into a euphoric roar. Derrick Williams scored 15 points and Dante Cunningham had 11 for the Wolves, who at 4-1 are three games over .500 for the first time since they were 20-17 in 2006-07. Both teams are spending the early portion of this season trying to figure out how to play without star players. Kevin Love (broken hand) and Ricky Rubio (left knee) will miss at least the first month of the season. The Wolves also were missing JJ Barea with a sprained left foot and didn't have Roy for the entire second half after his knee issues flared up. Roy scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting, but couldn't answer the bell for the second half, a troublesome sign this early in the season. Roy sat out all of last season, but felt rejuvenated this summer after receiving an experimental treatment to try to address the lack of cartilage in both knees. In need of a veteran shooting guard who could get his own shot late in games, the Wolves signed him to a two-year deal. He played at least 21 minutes in each of the first four games this season, issuing no complaints. The Pacers have some serious injury problems of their own. They found out this week they are going to have to play without leading scorer Danny Granger for the next three months because of an issue with his left knee, dealing a big blow to a scrappy team that gave the Miami Heat all they could handle in the playoffs last season. They've struggled to replace his offense, only topping 90 points twice this season. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Oklah.City T. - Detroit P. 105-94
Clearly, it was the jerseys. Undefeated in the new duds. The basics here: The Thunder beat the now 0-6 Pistons, 105-94. Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) set a new career-high with 25 points, KD finally scored 25 and added 13 rebounds with it and Kendrick Perkins tied for the team lead with six assists. Really though, outside of the Pistons winning, nothing from this game was likely to be all that notable. The Thunder were going to win, probably fairly comfortably. This is one of those games that I'd file in the 40-degree win category. No big lesson, not really memorable at all. It just happened, that's it. And while the Thunder moved to 4-2, winning their third straight, I'd say this: They haven't really played one good game yet this season. At least in terms of everything clicking and their best players performing to the capability. 'It could be a lot better. I'm never satisfied. It's a long season, it's an up and down season I know, but we could be a lot better,' said Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas). 'We won, I want to say the last three games, I think. I lost track. But we've just to got to find a way to do it for 48 minutes as far as the energy is concerned. Of course you won't be perfect, you're going to miss coverages on defense, you're going to miss shots. But our energy has to be there every second on the floor and that starts with me. I've got to be better and that goes down the line.' Sans the game against Atlanta though, the defense has been pretty good. Offensively, things have been decent. But there hasn't been a game where everything's clearly started to click with Russell Westbrook and Durant both playing good together. Overall Friday, OKC shot 53.5 percent, had 21 assists as a team, didn't turn it over ridiculously, shot free throws well and held Detroit to 41.4 percent shooting. In the box score, it all looks pretty good. But like KD said, there's a certain edge missing it seems. It might be as simple as both Westbrook and Durant haven't scored consistently so far this season. Durant had 25 on 9-16 shooting but Westbrook struggled again shooting, hitting just 3-of-10 for 10 points. Maybe there's a bright side to all of that though, because it's meant more of a featured offensive role for Ibaka, who hit 9-of-13 from the floor for his career-high 25. 'Serge is as good a mid-range shooter as we have. And the reason why is because he spends a lot of time with coach [Mark Bryant] working on that,' Scott Brooks said. Consider this little fun fact: Besides setting a new career-high, this is the first time Ibaka has had back-to-back games scoring at least 20 points. Obviously his role and touches are increasing with Harden's departure, but it's diversified OKC's offense and given Westbrook a very good option to look to. One possession early in the first half, Westbrook ran a very deliberate two-man game with Ibaka, trying to set him up for an 18-footer. Eventually Westbrook drew Ibaka's man over enough in help, dished it and Ibaka drained the shot. It's a weapon the Thunder have had the last couple seasons, but now it's becoming a featured part of OKC's offense. Bits and pieces of the team are coming together and while again, I don't think the Thunder have played all that great, that's really just the top guys. Because Eric Maynor turned in another very strong performance which by default, makes OKC's bench so dynamic. There's a very distinct edge for the Thunder when their second unit goes against the other team's, and that starts mostly with Maynor. It took a little time to work back into the flow, but Maynor looks terrific and almost completely like his old self again. Again, the only newsmaker here was going to be a Thunder loss. The Pistons are mostly terrible and while they played the Thunder hard, this was OKC's game all the way from the tip, unless something went horribly wrong. It was about handling business, putting another win in the column and moving on to the next one. Courtesy of: dailythunder.com

N.Orleans H. - Charlotte B. 107-99
Anthony Davis had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in his first game back after a concussion, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Charlotte Bobcats their third straight loss, 107-99 on Friday night. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) hit five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for New Orleans, which has won three of its first five games despite being without injured star guard Eric Gordon. Reserve Brian Roberts (6'2''-PG-85, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and eight assists and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 points. Ben Gordon scored 34 points to keep Charlotte within single digits most of the way, but the Hornets withstood each Bobcats surge in holding the lead for all of the final three quarters. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Davis' former Kentucky teammate and the second overall draft pick, had 12 points and six rebounds for Charlotte. Ramon Sessions scored 13 and Kemba Walker finished with 11. One game after setting a franchise-low with 62 points in an ugly loss to Philadelphia, the Hornets shot nearly 52 percent (43 for 83) against Charlotte. New Orleans also turned the ball over only nine times after committing 24 turnovers against the Hornets. Davis came alive after getting tangled up with Charlotte big man Byron Mullens late in the second quarter, an altercation that sent teammates running to separate them and sent official Bill Kennedy somersaulting backward into the front row, where he landed in the lap of Dennis Lauscha, president of the Hornets and NFL's Saints. (Both clubs are owned by Tom Benson, who was sitting next to Lauscha and narrowly avoided Kennedy.) Davis scored 18 following the feud on an array of driving layups, putbacks and even a smooth baseline jumper from about 10 feet. Davis' best play might have been an off-balance fast-break layup he tossed in off the glass as he was being fouled before crashing to the floor under the basket. He then hit the free throw for a three-point play to give New Orleans a 70-58 lead late in the third quarter. Soon after, Anderson and rookie Darius Miller hit consecutive 3s to give New Orleans its largest lead at 76-62. Charlotte managed to trim its deficit to five when Mullens' 3 over Davis made it 95-90 with four minutes remaining, but Aminu put back Davis' miss and Roberts added a tough layup to help New Orleans hold on. New Orleans seized the early edge with an 8-0 run, highlighted by Jason Smith's dunk after he'd hustled for two offensive rebounds. That spurt made it 30-21, and New Orleans kept the lead throughout the rest of the second quarter, though Gordon's 19 first-half points on 8-of-12 shooting kept the margin in single digits until shortly after Davis' altercation with Mullens. Davis then scored six straight points and Roger Mason Jr. added three free throws widen New Orleans' lead to 59-47 before Walker's layup cut it to 59-49 at halftime. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Memphis G. - Houston R. 93-85
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay finished with 21 points and a key basket with 1:03 left, and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 93-85 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Houston was within 87-85 in the final 2 minutes, but Memphis scored the last five points of the game, including Gay's rebound bucket, to win their 13th consecutive regular-season game at home. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) had 14 points for Memphis, including a 3-pointer down the stretch, and Jerryd Bayless added 12. The Grizzlies are 4-1 for the first time since the 2000-01 season, when they played in Vancouver. Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 19 points, including 15 in the second half. James Harden had 18 points, but shot only 4 of 18 from the field and 1 of 6 outside the arc. Jeremy Lin had 15 points, while Omer Asik added 10 points and 13 rebounds. The loss was the Rockets' first on the road this season. Memphis won despite shooting only 37 percent from the field. Randolph was 5 of 13 and Marc Gasol (six points) missed nine of his 12 shots. Houston managed 41 percent from the field but was stymied by 20 turnovers, including 12 in the second half. Memphis, as it did in its home opener against Utah this week, started out misfiring, hitting only three of its first 13 shots. That, along with 12 points from Harden, helped the Rockets carry a 46-42 lead into halftime. Memphis opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at that point. But the Rockets pulled back even, and Memphis held a 69-68 lead entering the final period. The Rockets were within 76-75 when Memphis turned up the defensive intensity and began forcing turnovers. The pressure contributed to 11 unanswered points, including five from Wayne Ellington and four more from Marreese Speights. When Quincy Pondexter forced another turnover on his fourth steal of the night, it led to a drive from Bayless and Memphis had built its biggest lead at 87-75. But the Rockets had one more push left led by Lin's defense and layups. Lin scored seven of nine straight points for Houston and the Rockets were within 87-85 with 2:21 left. Conley's 3-pointer, followed by the rebound basket by Gay, provided enough of a buffer for the Grizzlies. Courtesy of: utsandiego.com

Atlanta H. - Miami Heat 89-95
The Hawks took a lead late in the fourth, but were unable to finish off the defending champs who followed Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech)'s 24 points, and LeBron James' near triple double (21/11/9) to a tight victory. The Hawks dropped a tough game to the Miami Heat 95-89. The Heat were missing superstar guard Dwyane Wade, but were still able to follow the lead of Chris Bosh and LeBron James to the victory. The Hawks, for the fourth time in as many games, fought back from a fourth quarter deficit to take the lead, but were unable to capitalize on opportunities down the stretch. The game was a back-and-forth affair with neither team able to grab a big edge at any stretch (14 lead changes and 16 times tied). The game was tied after the first quarter (25-25) and the Hawks took 46-42 lead at the half. Miami made a run in the third behind Mario Chalmers and Rashard Lewis who each had seven points in the quarter. The Heat took their biggest lead (9) five minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Hawks responded with a 14-3 run to take an 87-85 lead with 3:26 to play. The Hawks failed to convert on a number of late looks, including a crushing fast break miss by Korver that ended in an odd turnover where he got "contacted" (Larry Drew's word) and fell out of bounds, and wasn't given either a timeout or a foul. Chris Bosh hit two free throws to tie the game (he went 10/10 from the line on the night) and then hit a jumper to give the Heat the lead. Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) converted a pair of free throws to tie the game once again at 89, but a Ray Allen jump shot, a pair of missed free throws by Smith, and a LeBron step-back (and shove) jumper sealed the Heat victory. Chris Bosh was the player of the game for the Heat, scoring 24 points along with five boards. LeBron had a near triple-double with 21 points, 11 boards, and nine assists, and Ray Allen added 17 points (and kept the Heat in the game in the second quarter). Jeff Teague played a great game with 20 points and 11 dimes, while Anthony Morrow was phenomenal off the bench scoring 17. Josh Smith struggled going 6-of-19 from the field, 1-of-5 from the free throw line, and had just 13 points and eight rebounds. Smoove wasn't the only one who struggled (Lou Williams 0/6 for 2 points, DeShawn Stevenson 1/7 for 3 points), but his mistakes were the most glaring, especially his misses from the free throw line.The Hawks dropped a tough game to the Miami Heat 95-89. The Heat were missing superstar guard Dwyane Wade, but were still able to follow the lead of Chris Bosh and LeBron James to the victory. The Hawks, for the fourth time in as many games, fought back from a fourth quarter deficit to take the lead, but were unable to capitalize on opportunities down the stretch. The game was a back-and-forth affair with neither team able to grab a big edge at any stretch (14 lead changes and 16 times tied). The game was tied after the first quarter (25-25) and the Hawks took 46-42 lead at the half. Miami made a run in the third behind Mario Chalmers and Rashard Lewis who each had seven points in the quarter. The Heat took their biggest lead (9) five minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Hawks responded with a 14-3 run to take an 87-85 lead with 3:26 to play. The Hawks failed to convert on a number of late looks, including a crushing fast break miss by Korver that ended in an odd turnover where he got "contacted" (Larry Drew's word) and fell out of bounds, and wasn't given either a timeout or a foul. Chris Bosh hit two free throws to tie the game (he went 10/10 from the line on the night) and then hit a jumper to give the Heat the lead. Jeff Teague converted a pair of free throws to tie the game once again at 89, but a Ray Allen jump shot, a pair of missed free throws by Smith, and a LeBron step-back (and shove) jumper sealed the Heat victory. Chris Bosh was the player of the game for the Heat, scoring 24 points along with five boards. LeBron had a near triple-double with 21 points, 11 boards, and nine assists, and Ray Allen added 17 points (and kept the Heat in the game in the second quarter). Jeff Teague played a great game with 20 points and 11 dimes, while Anthony Morrow was phenomenal off the bench scoring 17. Josh Smith struggled going 6-of-19 from the field, 1-of-5 from the free throw line, and had just 13 points and eight rebounds. Smoove wasn't the only one who struggled (Lou Williams 0/6 for 2 points, DeShawn Stevenson 1/7 for 3 points), but his mistakes were the most glaring, especially his misses from the free throw line. Courtesy of: peachtreehoops.com

New York K. - Dallas M. 104-94
The basket was shaking and Tyson Chandler was screaming, definitely toward though maybe not at the voices he recognized near the Dallas bench. His more important words came long before that dunk that helped the New York Knicks put away the Mavericks. Chandler told his teammates at halftime not to let their perfect record get ruined, and they responded with a 104-94 victory Friday night to improve their best start in nearly two decades to 4-0. "Tyson's always vocal. In the locker room he was very vocal, just about not letting this one slip away from us," said Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse), who led the Knicks with 31 points. "We got up to play in that third quarter, second half, got up defensively, denied the passing lanes and we played our defense that we've been playing for the last week." Reserve J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) added 22 points for the Knicks, the only unbeaten team in the NBA. They hadn't been perfect after four games since the 1993-94 team started 7-0 en route to the NBA Finals. The Knicks averaged 104.7 points and allowed just 85.3 per game while routing Miami and sweeping a home-and-home series from Philadelphia to start the season, but didn't seize control of this one for good until nearly the midpoint of the fourth quarter. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 23 points for the Mavericks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost to the Knicks for just the fourth time in the last 22 meetings. Playing without injured starters Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, the Mavericks had shot 60 percent in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history and were averaging 116.3 points on 56.2 percent shooting during their win streak. But they managed only two more field goals after Mayo's layup cut the Knicks' lead to 90-86 with 7:32 remaining. New York scored the next eight points, five from Anthony, to pull away. "New York's a veteran team and if you give them more possessions and you give them possessions on catastrophic turnovers, they're going to convert them into points," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "They're a very good team. In my opinion they're one of the handful of teams that has a chance to come out of the East." In the first meeting since Jason Kidd left Dallas to sign with New York, he played only 16 minutes as the Knicks went with Smith, who got hot in the third quarter while they opened an 84-78 lead. Kidd seemed on the verge of returning to the Mavs in July before signing with the Knicks. Dallas owner Mark Cuban was angry, believing Kidd backed out of a deal, and said before the game he was done talking about the point guard. With Kidd joining Chandler, the Knicks have two starters from the Mavs' 2011 NBA championship team, a club the aging Knicks mentioned often during the preseason as a team that showed older groups could win. Chandler provided the game's first double-digit lead at 96-86 with a ferocious follow dunk and free throw after being fouled, screaming in the direction of the Dallas bench after the basket. Chandler said he's disappointed the Mavs didn't re-sign him and others from the title team, never taking a shot at defending their crown. But he thinks the Knicks might be building something similar now. "Definitely reminds me of the chemistry, personalities, personnel that we had," he said. "We were just really deep on that team. We hit teams with waves and teams couldn't really catch up with it, our first and second unit. It's the same thing here. We have great depth and that has to be our weapon." New York finished with eight 3-pointers after making an NBA-record 43 in its first three games. "They're playing hard and they're getting wins," said Mavericks forward Elton Brand, back after missing a game following the birth of a child. "4-0, that's a good start for any team." Anthony scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Knicks took a 25-23 lead. Mayo opened the second with consecutive 3-pointers, and seven straight points by Vince Carter later in the period gave Dallas a 41-32 lead. The Mavericks were ahead 57-55 at the break. Courtesy of: theolympian.com

Boston C. - Philadelph.76 100-106
Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) and the Philadelphia 76ers answered every charge by the Boston Celtics. Turner scored 25 points, Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) added 21 and the Sixers held off several fourth-quarter rallies during a 106-100 victory over the Celtics on Friday night. "I just kept telling our guys ... just try to keep it in perspective when they went on those runs so it doesn't seem like the house is falling down on top of us," Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. The 76ers led 57-45 at halftime and 83-74 after three quarters. The Celtics pulled within four on two occasions in the final period, 83-79 and 102-98, but couldn't get any closer and fell to 2-3, with their only victories coming over winless Washington. The 76ers won their second game in three nights to improve to 3-2. The recurring problem for the Celtics was their transition defense. When their opponent rebounds a missed shot, they're not getting back in time. The 76ers scored 26 fast-break points. "I thought we hung in the game, kind of fought back," Boston coach Doc Rivers said, "but every time we needed a stop tonight, we didn't get it." The Celtics had particular trouble stopping Turner and Holiday, who are handling the ball more after the offseason departures of Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets and Lou Williams to the Atlanta Hawks. "Now it's just me and Evan" as the key ballhandlers, Holiday said. "Coach kind of puts the ball in my and Evan's hands and expects us to make plays." Turner also had 11 rebounds and Holiday had 14 assists. Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young scored 15 points apiece. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 24 for Boston, and Kevin Garnett finished with 19. Rajon Rondo had 14 points and assisted on 20 of the Celtics' 37 baskets. Boston's last lead was 10-9 on a 20-footer by Courtney Lee midway through the first quarter. Holiday then had a dunk put Philadelphia ahead to stay. "If we can do a better job of getting back on defense, limit the easy opportunities, we give ourselves a better chance," Pierce said. "Guys on the perimeter have to get back." Despite their slow start this season after losing in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals last season, the Celtics know it takes time for a team with many new players to jell. "I'm very patient," Pierce said. "I understand it's a process. We're only five games in. We're still building." The Celtics made a late run after the 76ers took a 100-88 lead on a reverse layup by Holiday with 4:19 to go. "We had a lot of heart coming down the stretch," Holiday said. "We executed a lot of plays and we got a lot of stops." Boston closed to 100-94 on a short jumper by Jason Terry, one free throw each by Garnett and Pierce and a field goal by Pierce. Young stopped the run with a short turnaround hook shot with 1:44 remaining, but Pierce made the next two baskets and the Celtics had a chance, trailing 102-98 with 26 seconds to go. Turner was immediately fouled and sank both free throws. Then he converted a dunk with 17 seconds remaining for a 106-98 lead that ended Boston's last hope. "Last year we took them to Game 7 (of the conference semifinals) and the organization got the right unit around us to keep helping us progress and we are not intimidated," Turner said. "We want more." The Celtics scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to trim Philadelphia's lead to 83-79. Garnett made a jumper and Terry connected on a 3-pointer. The Sixers responded with a 10-0 run to take a 93-79 lead with 8:21 left. But the Celtics scored the next seven, making it 93-86 when Terry sank a 17-footer. The 76ers carried a 12-point lead into halftime and increased their advantage to 73-58 when Wright was fouled attempting a 3-point shot and made all three free throws with 5:46 to go in the third. Then the Celtics went on a 7-0 run on a jumper and two free throws by Brandon Bass, two more free throws by Pierce and another by Bass. That cut the lead to 73-65. Terry's 3-pointer with 56 seconds left in the third quarter made it 79-72, but Turner scored Philadelphia's next four points for an 83-74 lead. "I said, 'Can we stay connected and trust each other through adversity?'" Collins said. "That's what I kept saying to them, and we did." Courtesy of: timesunion.com

Orlando M. - Brooklyn N. 68-107
Brooklyn looked inside in its first game of the season against Orlando. With Dwight Howard no longer patrolling the paint for the Magic, it was a winning strategy. Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) had 15 points, Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Nets beat the Magic, 107-68, Friday night. 'It definitely was a focus,' Lopez said of getting the ball inside. 'Especially coming off that tough Miami game. We wanted to come out and just hit them right away.' Brooklyn never trailed while snapping a 10-game losing streak to Orlando that dated to 2009. It enjoyed a 46-30 edge in scoring in the paint against the Magic, who traded Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in August. It was exactly what the Nets needed after following up their season-opening victory with back-to-back losses, including a 30-point setback Wednesday against the defending champion Heat. 'I think for us, we had a lot of veteran players out there who really know how to play. And they know where their strengths and weaknesses are,' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. 'A lot of things that we've been harping on about our offensive and defensive game - they executed.' E'Twaun Moore led the Magic with 18 points, and Arron Afflalo finished with 12. It was Orlando's most lopsided loss of the post-Howard era and came on the heels of a 15-point blowout at Minnesota that was equally one-sided. Friday's loss was Orlando's second-worst home loss ever. Injuries have certainly played a role, but coach Jacque Vaughn didn't use it as a crutch to explain his team's recent shortcomings. 'You have to be committed to execution,' Vaughn said. 'Not every other play, not every fourth play, but every single play. You have to cut hard every single play. You have to screen every single play for us to have success. And when they are not committed, it shows.' The Nets dominated inside, with Lopez and Blatche pushing around Orlando's young front line. They also got a lift from their bench, with Brooklyn's reserves outscoring their counterparts 55-18 for the game. Courtesy of: northjersey.com

Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 91-101
Even a 12-point head start against the Milwaukee Bucks was not nearly enough for the winless Washington Wizards. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 22 points, and the Bucks quickly erased an early deficit before pulling away with a 13-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to beat the Wizards 101-91 Friday night, when Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings and Washington's Bradley Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, college: Florida) were ejected in the final minute. Washington fell to 0-4 despite 22 points from Bradley Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in June's NBA draft, and a combined 26 from veterans Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) (15) and Emeka Okafor (11), matching their output from the team's first three games. With the outcome no longer in doubt, Bradley Beal was called for a flagrant foul when he knocked Ellis to the court on a breakaway. As Bradley Beal leaned over to offer Ellis a hand to help him up, Jennings ran up and shoved Bradley Beal down. The Bucks improved to 3-1. They were coming off their first loss, against Memphis on Wednesday. At the outset Friday, Milwaukee was as bad as can be, and Washington broke out to a 12-0 lead, thanks in part to an efficient fast break that produced eight points. The Bucks, meanwhile, missed their first five shots and began the game 1 for 8, the only basket a 3-pointer by Tobias Harris. But an 11-point run by the Bucks, capped by Ersan Ilyasova's 3, tied it at 14. Milwaukee led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter and by halftime was up 56-47, paced by Ilyasova's 11 points and 10 apiece from Ellis and Mike Dunleavy. The Wizards made things interesting with a 14-2 stretch that put them ahead 63-62 midway through the third quarter. The game was tied entering the final 10 seconds of that period, but Ekpe Udoh's three-point play gave Milwaukee a 75-72 edge entering the fourth. That began a segment in which Udoh and Beno Udrih scored 11 consecutive points, before Milwaukee's Larry Sanders hit a hook shot for an 85-72 lead. Sanders and Dunleavy each finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. At the start of the day, the Wizards were one of only two teams in the 30-franchise NBA without a victory. The other? The Detroit Pistons, who were 0-5 heading into their game at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Washington is beginning the season without its top two players, point guard John Wall - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft - and center Nene. Wall is expected to be sidelined until next month with a knee injury, while Nene has a foot problem and there is no definitive timetable for his return. The Wizards started last season 0-8 and eventually fired coach Flip Saunders when they were an NBA-worst 2-15. Washington finished 20-46 - only the Charlotte Bobcats compiled fewer victories - and worked to reshape the roster in the offseason, adding Bradley Beal via the draft and jettisoning Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche, having already traded away JaVale McGee and Nick Young. Courtesy of: washingtontimes.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 2-0 
 2. Summerside S. 2-0 
 3. Oshawa P. 1-1 
 4. Moncton M. 1-1 
 5. Windsor Exp. 1-1 
 6. Halifax R. 1-2 
 7. St.John M.R. 1-2 
 8. Montreal J. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 8: Moncton M. - Halifax R. 83-87
Nov. 8: London L. - Oshawa P. 121-95
Nov. 9: Summerside S. - St.John M.R. 106-96

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 10: Oshawa P. - Windsor Exp.
Nov. 10: Halifax R. - St.John M.R.
Nov. 10: Moncton M. - Summerside S.
Nov. 11: Montreal J. - Oshawa P.
Nov. 11: Halifax R. - Moncton M.


Wins for Storm, Rainmen and Lightning in Round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Summerside S. - St.John M.R. 106-96
The Summerside Storm may have waited until the second half to kick things into gear, but once they got on a roll the game took on a different look. The Storm overcame a 55-41 halftime deficit to defeat the Saint John Mill Rats 106-96. It was the second win in a week for the Storm over Saint John after winning the season-opener 118-99 a week earlier. 'We were two totally different teams (on Friday night),' said Storm power forward Doug McKinney of Charlottetown. 'The first half we weren't doing things that work well for us, crossing the offensive boards, getting to the free-throw line - we only shot three free throws in the first half . . . If you are only shooting three free throws to the other team's 16, you are going to be in a battle. 'We persevered through it in the second half, and there was never a second of doubt in our locker room. We knew what we had to do, come out and battle and fight, and just get back to the stuff that has won us games in the past.' The win improved the Storm's record to 2-0 in the National Basketball League of Canada regular season. Saint John fell to 1-2. Before 2,024 fans at Eastlink Arena, the Storm, who was led by the 27-point effort by former Mill Rat Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83, college: Eckerd), found themselves trailing most of the night. Jerice Crouch, who finished with 17 points, hit a three-pointer to give the Mill Rats an early 5-2 lead, and Saint John nevertrailed after that until the fourth quarter. Although the first quarter wasclose throughout, the Mill Rats ended the first 12 minutes on a 7-0 run to open up a 30-20 lead. The Mill Rats built a 12-point lead, 34-22, early in the second quarter, but it looked like the Storm was about to make things interesting. Back-to-back baskets by McKinney brought the Storm to within 34-28, and had the crowd back in the game. The Storm hauled in a defensive rebound on Saint John's next possession, but the Mill Rats stole the ball and Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: SF Austin) drained a three-pointer to make it a nine-point game, 37-28. 'We were aggressive on defence, but we gave up a lot of threes on broken plays,' assessed McKinney. 'There were a lot of offensive rebounds that we gave up, and those are real killers. They hit a couple of threes off offensive rebounds, and those hurt the most.' The Storm closed to within 37-33, but Saint John, which was led by Micah Brand (6'11''-C-80, college: Massachusetts) 's 18 points, finished the half on a 16-8 run to take a 55-41 lead into halftime. The Storm, who received a 17-point effort from Al Stewart, outscored the Mill Rats 26-23 in the third quarter, but once again Saint John nullified a potential Summerside rally with a late three-pointer. Summerside closed to within 75-67 and missed a three-point shot that would have made it 75-67. Saint John went back up the floor and Melvin Council hit nothing but net to make it 78-67 after three quarters. However, the Storm scored back-to-back baskets to open the fourth quarter on their way to outscoring Saint John 39-18 in the final 12 minutes. After the Storm took an 83-81 lead, McKinney drained a three-pointer to make the score 86-81, and the Storm would not look back. 'It feels great (to contribute offensively),' said McKinney. 'We've been practising for several weeks now, and they're (teammates) willing to make that pass. 'I have to be willing to catch and shoot, whether I'm playing two minutes a game or 12. That doesn't matter, and I have to be ready to go.' The Storm opens a five-game road trip in Moncton today. Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca

Moncton M. - Halifax R. 83-87
It wasn't cinematic but the Halifax Rainmen have their first win of the season - and avoided the first 0-3 start in team history. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) scored 22 points, Joey Haywood added 21 and the visiting Rainmen edged the Moncton Miracles 87-83 on Thursday, overcoming another rough night from the field with a stellar showing from the charity stripe. 'Every game's not gonna be the prettiest but we're on the road so it's a hard-fought battle,' said Robinson, who shot 5-for-17 from the floor but made 11 of 13 at the free-throw line. 'It's good to get that one out of the way and now we can get the ball rolling.' Halifax had lost its first two starts on a three-game road swing, falling 111-105 in Windsor on Friday night before getting whipped 107-89 on Saturday in London, where tepid shooting sealed the team's fate before halftime. The Rainmen's struggles from the field continued Thursday. They combined to make just 25 per cent (24-95) of their field-goal attempts but were a solid 36 of 43 at the line. 'When the shot's not falling, you gotta get to the basket and try to get to that free-throw line and get your rhythm down,' Robinson said. 'We didn't shoot the ball too well tonight but we played defence and the shots are gonna come.' Halifax was fortunate to carry a 35-34 edge into the locker-room at halftime. The Rainmen connected on just nine of their first 41 field-goal tries, a 22 per cent clip that duplicated their efforts in a dismal first half Saturday in London. Going into the fourth trailing 64-63, it appeared the Rainmen's shooting woes would victimize them again. They didn't score their first point of the quarter until a Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) free throw four minutes in, when they were down 69-63. But despite missing their first 11 shots from the floor, a Haywood layup through traffic and a Duncan jumper put the visitors ahead 70-69. An 8-0 run opened up their biggest lead of the game, 78-72, but the Miracles rallied to tie the game at 80-all. Clinging to an 82-81 advantage coming out of a timeout with 22 seconds left, Robinson nailed a long deuce from the left wing. He followed with a pair of free throws after Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.)'s drive brought Moncton back to within one. The Miracles had a chance for a tie, inbounding the ball in Halifax's zone down 86-83 with 4.3 seconds to go. But Duncan intercepted the pass and was hacked trying to run out the clock. Josiah Turner added 11 for the Rainmen, eight of them in the second quarter, and Hillary Haley had 10. Tyrone Levett, the former Rainman traded to Moncton at the August draft, paced the Miracles with 23 points. Devin Sweetney chipped in with 17. Both teams struggled to hold on to the ball. The Rainmen made 25 turnovers - three fewer than they committed Saturday in London - while Moncton made 26. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca

London L. - Oshawa P. 121-95
Playing host to the Oshawa Power at Budweiser Gardens in National Basketball League-Canada action on Thursday, the London Lightning may have started out slow but finished with a bang, posting a 121-95 victory. Trailing Oshawa 28-24 at the end of the first quarter, London fired up the offence in the second stanza to take the lead and never looked back from there. Lightning guard Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH), who played with the Power last season, had the hot hand for the home team, shooting for a game high 20 points while pulling in 11 rebounds. Amari Daanish (6'8''-F-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Indiana St.) led the Power with 16 points, one of four Oshawa players to reach double digits. The two teams will go at it again in a week's time, playing in Oshawa on Nov. 15. The Power's home opener is this Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at the General Motors Centre. Courtesy of: durhamregion.com



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Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 9: Baylor - Lehigh 99-77
Nov. 9: N.Carolina St. - Miami, OH 97-59
Nov. 9: Indiana - Bryant 97-54
Nov. 9: Middle Tenn.St. - Alabama St. 97-53
Nov. 9: Oakland - Albion 96-62
Nov. 9: Sacramento St. - Cal Merced 96-62
Nov. 9: Davidson - Emory 93-67
Nov. 9: Jacksonville St. - Reinhardt 93-63
Nov. 9: Mississippi - Miss.Valley St. 93-57
Nov. 9: N.Dakota St. - Valley City St. 93-47
Nov. 9: Cleveland St. - Grambling St. 92-49
Nov. 9: Monmouth - Hofstra 91-62
Nov. 9: De Paul - Cal-Riverside 91-59
Nov. 9: San Diego - San Diego Chr. 91-58
Nov. 9: Texas Tech - Prairie View A&M 89-79
Nov. 9: Missouri St. - Philander Smith 89-61
Nov. 9: Belmont - Lipscomb 89-60
Nov. 9: E.Kentucky - Cincin.Christian 89-56
Nov. 9: Detroit Mercy - N.Michigan 88-53
Nov. 9: Murray St. - Brescia, KY 88-43
Nov. 9: Miami, FL - Stetson 87-79
Nov. 9: USC - Coppin St. 87-73
Nov. 9: Texas St. - Fordham 86-76
Nov. 9: UCLA - Indiana St. 86-59
Nov. 9: Iowa - UTPA 86-55
Nov. 9: Appalachian St. - Montreat 86-54
Nov. 9: Valparaiso - Georgia South 85-54
Nov. 9: Kansas St. - N.Dakota 85-52
Nov. 9: UALR - Tenn-Martin 84-68
Nov. 9: Savannah St. - Trinity Bapt. 84-62
Nov. 9: Richmond - Liberty 84-42
Nov. 9: SF Austin - Howard Payne 84-30
Nov. 9: N.Carolina A&T - Greensboro 83-52
Nov. 9: Iowa St. - Southern 82-59
Nov. 9: Houston - Florida A&M 81-76
Nov. 9: CS Northridge - Pepperdine 81-75
Nov. 9: High Point - NC-Greensboro 81-73
Nov. 9: BYU - Tennessee St. 81-66
Nov. 9: S.Carolina St. - Claflin 81-62
Nov. 9: Marshall - Longwood 81-47
Nov. 9: Pennsylvania - UMBC 80-75
Nov. 9: VCU - Florida Gulf Coast 80-57
Nov. 9: Pittsburgh - Mt.St.Mary's 80-48
Nov. 9: Wake Forest - Radford 79-67
Nov. 9: Georgia Tech - Tulane 79-61
Nov. 9: Rider - Robert Morris 79-54
Nov. 9: Villanova - District of Col. 78-58
Nov. 9: Nebraska-Omaha - N.Illinois 77-64
Nov. 9: LSU - UCSB 77-63
Nov. 9: Portland St. - Pacific 77-58
Nov. 9: Tennessee - Kennesaw St. 76-67
Nov. 9: N.Carolina - Gardner-Webb 76-59
Nov. 9: St.Louis - USC Upstate 76-59
Nov. 9: Bradley - E.Illinois 76-53
Nov. 9: Wisc.-Milwaukee - Mary 76-46
Nov. 9: Austin Peay St. - Samford 75-64
Nov. 9: Charleston - Towson 75-58
Nov. 9: Illinois - Colgate 75-55
Nov. 9: Navy - Marymount 75-48
Nov. 9: Seton Hall - UMKC 75-36
Nov. 9: LIU Brooklyn - Morehead St. 74-77
Nov. 9: Co.Carolina - Akron 74-70 OT
Nov. 9: Stanford - USF 74-62
Nov. 9: Colorado - Wofford 74-59
Nov. 9: Campbell - Averett 74-55
Nov. 9: Duke - Georgia St. 74-55
Nov. 9: Kansas - SE Missouri St. 74-55
Nov. 9: Arkansas - Sam Houston St. 73-68
Nov. 9: Oklahoma St. - Cal-Davis 73-65
Nov. 9: Kentucky - Maryland 72-69
Nov. 9: New Orleans - San Jose St. 72-68
Nov. 9: Houston Baptist - Ark.-Pine Bluff 72-68
Nov. 9: Colorado St. - Montana 72-65
Nov. 9: McNeese St. - Louisiana Coll. 72-54
Nov. 9: Minnesota - American 72-36
Nov. 9: Florida St. - S.Alabama 71-76
Nov. 9: NC-Asheville - W.Carolina 71-61
Nov. 9: Texas A&M - Louisiana Tech 71-59
Nov. 9: Creighton - N.Texas 71-51
Nov. 9: Loyola, MD - Binghamton 71-45
Nov. 9: Idaho - Wright St. 70-80
Nov. 9: Alabama - S.Dakota St. 70-67
Nov. 9: Albany - Duquesne 69-66
Nov. 9: Harvard - MIT 69-54
Nov. 9: William & Mary - Hampton 69-51
Nov. 9: UTEP - ORU 69-49
Nov. 9: Georgia - Jacksonville 68-62
Nov. 9: Charlotte - Charleston So. 68-58
Nov. 9: IUPUI - Utah Valley 67-54
Nov. 9: Alabama A&M - Miles 67-48
Nov. 9: Kent St. - Drexel 66-62 OT
Nov. 9: Connecticut - Michigan St. 66-62
Nov. 9: E.Michigan - Rochester, MI 66-52
Nov. 9: Lafayette - St.Francis, NY 65-76
Nov. 9: Purdue - Bucknell 65-70
Nov. 9: Northeastern - Boston U. 65-64
Nov. 9: Penn St. - St.Francis, PA 65-58
Nov. 9: Iona - Denver 65-58
Nov. 9: St.Bonaventure - Beth.-Cookman 65-55
Nov. 9: George Mason - Virginia 63-59
Nov. 9: Bowling Green - Lake Erie 63-53
Nov. 9: Loyola, IL - Toledo 62-50
Nov. 9: Auburn - IPFW 61-50
Nov. 9: Marist - Stony Brook 57-60
Nov. 9: Rhode Island - Norfolk St. 55-67
Nov. 9: Texas - Fresno St. 55-53
Nov. 9: Mississippi St. - Troy 53-56
Nov. 9: Siena - Vermont 53-54
Nov. 9: TCU - Cal Poly - SLO 53-46
Nov. 9: Rutgers - St.Peter's 52-56
Nov. 9: ODU - Holy Cross 45-46
Nov. 9: Northwestern St. - E.Texas Baptist 118-77
Nov. 9: Xavier - Fair Dickinson 117-75
Nov. 9: Weber St. - Ariz.Christian 110-52
Nov. 9: Loyola Mary - Pacifica 108-49
Nov. 9: Utah - Willamette 104-47
Nov. 9: Gonzaga - S.Utah 103-65
Nov. 9: Oregon St. - Niagara 102-83
Nov. 9: Michigan - Slippery Rock 100-62

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 10: Buffalo - Princeton
Nov. 10: Notre Dame - Evansville
Nov. 10: Drake - William Jewell
Nov. 10: Vanderbilt - Nicholls St.
Nov. 10: N.Iowa - Wartburg
Nov. 10: New Hampshire - Suffolk
Nov. 10: Virginia Tech - E.Tenn.St.
Nov. 10: Army - Air Force
Nov. 10: Butler - Elon
Nov. 10: Providence - NJIT
Nov. 10: Ohio - Portland
Nov. 10: Wisc.-Green Bay - Chicago St.
Nov. 10: Hartford - Quinnipiac
Nov. 10: La Salle - Delaware
Nov. 10: N.Colorado - Southwest
Nov. 10: Howard - Lincoln, PA
Nov. 10: Winthrop - St.Andrews
Nov. 10: Missouri - SIU Edwardsville
Nov. 10: Mercer - Sewanee
Nov. 10: Citadel - VMI
Nov. 10: G.Washington - Youngstown St.
Nov. 10: E.Carolina - Washington & Lee
Nov. 10: UTSA - Holy Cross
Nov. 10: Sacred Heart - Yale
Nov. 10: Long Beach St. - N.Alabama
Nov. 10: Dayton - Arkansas St.
Nov. 10: Dartmouth - Maine
Nov. 10: S.Florida - Cent.Florida
Nov. 10: Cornell - W.Michigan
Nov. 10: Delaware St. - Gwynedd-Mercy
Nov. 10: Furman - Columbia
Nov. 10: N.Florida - Edward Waters
Nov. 10: ODU - Morgan St.
Nov. 10: Oregon - N.Arizona
Nov. 10: Gardner-Webb - Covenant
Nov. 10: Arizona St. - Cent.Arkansas
Nov. 10: Washington St. - E.Washington
Nov. 10: Fairfield - Cent.Conn.St.
Nov. 10: Rice - St.Thomas, TX
Nov. 10: Wichita St. - N.C.Central
Nov. 10: W.Illinois - Wabash
Nov. 10: S.Mississippi - W.Kentucky
Nov. 10: Texas A&M-CC - Texas Lutheran
Nov. 10: Tenn Tech - Crowley Ridge
Nov. 10: Utah St. - Idaho St.
Nov. 10: UAB - Young Harris
Nov. 10: Cal-Irvine - Nevada
Nov. 10: Santa Clara - Simpson, CA
Nov. 10: St.Mary's, CA - Sonoma St.
Nov. 10: Wyoming - Western St.
Nov. 10: Pacific - Holy Names


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Derick BELTRAN
  Southern
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 26
 1. Beltran, Southern26.0 
 2. Kennedy, Ark.-P.19.0 
 3. Blair, Prair.19.0 
 4. Usher, Miss.Val.19.0 
 5. Gesiakowski, Prair.18.0 
 6. Rose, Gramblin.16.0 
 7. Hammond, Ark.-P.14.0 
 8. Haynes, Ark.-Pin.13.0 
 9. Freelove, Alabama12.0 
 10. Jackson, Ark.-P.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davon HAYNES
  Ark.-Pin.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 12
 1. Haynes, Ark.-Pin.12.0 
 2. Smith, Miss.Val.11.0 
 3. Riathin, Prair.8.0 
 4. Jackson, Ark.-P.6.0 
 5. Anderson, Ark.-P.6.0 
 6. Hammond, Ark.-P.6.0 
 7. Roberson, Gramblin.6.0 
 8. Miller, Southern6.0 
 9. Usher, Miss.Val.6.0 
 10. Montgomery, Prair.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tevin HAMMOND
  Ark.-P.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hammond, Ark.-P.6.0 
 2. Grace, Southern5.0 
 3. Wright, Prair.4.0 
 4. Blair, Prair.4.0 
 5. Marshall, Miss.V.3.0 
 6. Jackson, Ark.-P.3.0 
 7. Copeland, Gramblin.3.0 
 8. Hyder, Southern3.0 
 9. Hobbs, Gramblin.3.0 
 10. Tomlin, Miss.Val.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tevin HAMMOND
  Ark.-P.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hammond, Ark.-P.5.0 
 2. Smith, Miss.Val.3.0 
 3. Copeland, Gramblin.3.0 
 4. Beltran, Southern3.0 
 5. Tomlin, Miss.Val.2.0 
 6. Jackson, Ark.-P.2.0 
 7. Blair, Prair.2.0 
 8. Grace, Southern2.0 
 9. Dorsett, Gramblin.1.0 
 10. Duplessis, Prair.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Luther PAGE
  Alabama St.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Page, Alabama St.3.0 
 2. Anderson, Ark.-P.2.0 
 3. Munks, Prair.2.0 
 4. Brown, Alabama St.1.0 
 5. Neal, Alabama St.1.0 
 6. Francis, Miss.V.1.0 
 7. Danridge, Gramblin.1.0 
 8. Haynes, Ark.-Pin.1.0 
 9. Coleman, Alabama1.0 
 10. Alston, Southern1.0 


No. 14 Spartans Top St. Cloud State, 62-49 - by Eurobasket News

EAST LANSING, Mich. Junior Adreian Payne (6'10''-C-91) scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, giving him a double-double as Michigan State defeated St. Cloud State, 62-49, in its final exhibition game on Friday night at Breslin Center.

Four Spartans scored in double figures, led by senior Derrick Nix (6'9''-C-90) with 14. Junior Keith Appling scored 13 points and had the team high of four assists. Freshman guard Gary Harris (6'4''-G-94) finished with 11 points in the win. Sophomore Branden Dawson and freshman Denzel Valentine both notched two steals for the Green and White.

After a tight beginning to the game, MSU went on a 9-0 run towards the end of the first half. After the run, the Spartans didnt look back maintaining a lead of at least seven points the rest of the way.

Leading St. Cloud State was Connor Niehaus with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Theo Rothstein added 11 rebounds.

Michigan State begins its regular season facing Connecticut in the Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The ground-breaking game will air on ESPN.
Courtesy of: http://www.msuspartans.com



No. 6 Wolfpack Men's BB Rolls on Offense, Defense in 105-80 Exhibition Win - by Eurobasket News

RALEIGH, N.C. - In its only exhibition game of the preseason, the sixth-ranked NC State men's basketball team turned up its defensive pressure and revved up its transition engines Saturday afternoon in a 105-80 victory over Belmont Abbey at PNC Arena.

The Wolfpack shot more than 57 percent from the field in the first half, and was even better in the second making 16 of its first 23 shots after intermission and pushing its lead over the Crusaders to as many as 33 points late in the contest.

For the game, the Pack shot 60 percent from the field, even while making just three of 17 3-point attempts in its final tune-up before Friday's season opener against Miami of Ohio. The game is slated for 7 p.m. at PNC Arena and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

On Saturday, five State players hit double figures, led by junior point guard Lorenzo Brown's 21 points. Brown also added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in only 24 minutes of action.

Senior Richard Howell (6'8''-F-90) added 19 points and nine rebounds, while junior C.J. Leslie had 18 points, freshman T.J. Warren had 19 and freshman Rodney Purvis had 10.

As impressive as the Wolfpack's offensive output was, and as crowd-pleasing as the baseline-to-baseline breaks were to the NC State fans of 11,335, Gottfried was more pleased with his team's defensive effort, particularly in the early part of the second half.

The Pack offset its own 23 turnovers by creating 21 against the Crusaders and owned a whopping 49-22 rebounding advantage.

"I think the takeaway from this game is that in the first part of the second half our shoes were squeaking, we were down and defending and our ball pressure was really good," Gottfried said. "That generated everything for us."

Starting two freshmen - Warren and Purvis - along with three experienced players, Gottfried not only injected a little youth into his lineup, he also lit a fire under Howell, who came off the bench to score nine points and grab five rebounds in his first six minutes of action.

"He came in and played really hard," Gottfried said. "He actually gave our team a big spark."

Gottfried gave everyone on his team a little freedom to play the entire court. That led to a higher number of turnovers than most coaches would like to see in an exhibition game, but it also previewed for an eager audience the style of play this team can show when hitting on all cylinders.

"We are a team with some young players in the game and we are still learning where to go with the ball," said the coach. "We have to work on our decision-making.

"We are still in the infant stages with some things. I like the fact that at times we made the extra pass. We still turned the ball over way too many times. We were careless. That is something we can't do and we have to improve on."

Brown led the Wolfpack with 15 points and five rebounds in the first half, as State, after a slow start, raced out to a 50-43 advantage at intermission. Brown was one of three Pack players in double digits in the first half, with Leslie and Howell adding 10 apiece.

After shooting better than 57 percent from the field in the first half, the Wolfpack opened up its transition game in the second half, making 13 of its first 19 shots, usually on fast-break layups and dunks.

Freshman Tyler Lewis made his first field goal - and the team's only 3-pointer of the second half - on a pull up jumper in transition.

When the game was over, Gottfried was ready to move on to the next challenge: the start of the regular-season.

"It's time to play," Gottfried said. "Let's go get 'em."
Courtesy of: http://www.gopack.com



Educational and Cultural Experiences Await Spartans in Germany - by Eurobasket News

Playing on the road has well-documented disadvantages, but some of Tom Izzo's best basketball coaching has been done on airplanes and in hotels far from Michigan State's court in the Breslin Center.

There's something about having a captive group of players locked into a regimen. They eat together, ride the team bus together, watch TV together, go to bed at the same time and have only each other with whom to share thoughts, concerns and grievances.

In that respect, traveling to Germany to open the season against Connecticut in the Armed Forces Classic on Friday is an uber-roadtrip with a major added benefit: the No. 14-ranked Spartans will be embedded with the U.S. military at the Ramstein Air Base.

Not only will MSU and the Huskies tip off in Hangar 5, a building that normally houses war aircraft, the team is staying in a hotel on the base and will be treated to a ride on a C-130 cargo plane.

Izzo would like nothing better, entering his 18th year as the Spartans head coach, than to have some more of that military discipline rub off on his troops just as it did in last year's opener against North Carolina on the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson in San Diego.

That MSU team went from being unranked while playing in front of highly ranked U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, to winning the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships and earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Aside from the educational and cultural experiences Izzo expects his players to glean from what may be their first, and possibly only, visit to Europe, he also sees potential practical benefits to the way they approach and play the game.

"As Mike Vorkapich, our strength and conditioning (coach), was warming them up last night (before practice) he reminded them that there will be military people watching," Izzo said. "So, this attention to detail takes another turn, and I like that Mike brought that up because that's what we're always aiming for."

Izzo's appreciation for military discipline and sacrifice took on a whole dimension when he was part of a coaching contingent that traveled to Kuwait in 2005, and again in 2006, with 'Operation Hardwood - Hoops with the Troops.' Izzo would run practices with soldiers who were on patrol a few hours earlier.
Being off a fraction of an inch with a 3-point shot could mean the difference between winning and losing a game, but in the military, it can be matter of life and death.

"I'm hoping we get to see some of the military parts of it because I think it is life-changing," Izzo said. "It was for me and I think it will give (our players) a different perspective on how attention to detail is important to them but over there it's imperative.

"And, it's a way of life. They have to be that way. It's not an option. So, I think those kinds of things will help and the team-time is important, too. They will be on an airplane together for eight hours, they will be in a hotel together. It's part of team-building process and why not do it at the beginning of the year when it's the most important time."

Because MSU's chemistry and camaraderie has been so good, there isn't much fear of the players getting on each other's nerves in such close quarters. But, the Spartans couldn't be in a better place to get some pointers on the leadership qualities Izzo desperately wants to see develop in his players.

Senior co-captain Derrick Nix believes he and his teammates will learn by example.

"Seeing how they do things can definitely transfer. Being in the military they've got to stick together no matter what," he said. "It's the same way in sports, especially like basketball and football.

"They're big on team and that's what Coach Izzo preaches here. I think it will mean even more to the people who went to San Diego last year, but the freshmen probably won't have a clue to what's going on."

They will know soon enough, as did Nix after he got his first up-close look at life in the military. Many of the troops he met were about his age, if not younger.

"It was like a spiritual experience for me," he said. "I didn't know they slept in bunk beds and had to wake up so early. I knew what I knew from the 'Go Army' commercials. But when I saw it for real, it changed the way I look at things.

"It makes the demands on us as basketball players look real childish. We complain about the little stuff we've got to do and to see the stuff they've got to do makes you go, 'Whoa, could I handle that pressure? Waking up at 5, always eating at a certain time and your life being scheduled for you every day?'"

Nix has a hard time comprehending why people who put their lives on the line to protect the country would hold athletes in such high esteem and get so much pleasure out of watching a basketball game.

"It's really different and I'll probably never understand it because I'm not in their position," Nix said. "It is different that they're taking up for us and are our biggest fans. It's pretty amazing but it shows how big sports really are (to people)."

Junior point guard Keith Appling expects to get an inspirational boost from playing in front of the troops.

"I think everybody on our team is aware of what everyone in the military goes through," he said. "So I think once we get he opportunity to play in front of them, we will raise our level of play 10 notches just for the simple fact they're watching us."

Izzo has made it incumbent upon the Spartans to honor the military with the way they play the game.

"He wants them to see that that's what we do, also," Appling said. "I never would have thought I would have had the opportunity to play in front of anyone in the military, so I'm just glad to say I'll be participating in this game and hopefully we can play to the best of our ability while they're watching."

Unlike a year ago when playing the No. 1 Tar Heels on an aircraft carrier became a spectacle that was bigger than the game itself for the Spartans, they aren't losing sight of their primary mission.

Nix pointed out that MSU will benefit even more from the trip if it can come home with a victory over a team of UConn's stature - the Huskies won national championships in 2004 and 2011.

"That's one thing coach told us," he said. "We're going there to support the military, but at the same time we've got a basketball game to win."
Courtesy of: http://www.msuspartans.com



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Alex Pledger's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia). Pledger was the major contributor in a 3-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Kings (4-4) 79-76 in the Australian NBL last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Pledger also added 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (5-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Pledger's fourth year with the team. He belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season Pledger averages: 9.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, 2FGP: 45.1% and FT: 61.1%. He is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Abercrombie led New Zealand Breakers to a victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-8) 81-72. He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (5-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. Abercrombie has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 68.8% in the six games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona contributed to a 3-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Kings (4-4) 79-76. He scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vukona is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). His overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 43.9% and FT: 47.8%. Vukona has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. He is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #4. Swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a 2-point Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (3-2) 83-81 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Polyblank scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (4-1) is placed second in the LNA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Polyblank has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: British and New Zealand. Polyblank used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2004.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #5. International power forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian NBL could not help Perth Wildcats (3-1) to beat Wollongong Hawks (5-1). He scored 8 points in only 13 minutes. Perth Wildcats were crushed 100-67 on the road by the second-ranked Wollongong Hawks. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Trueman's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg in the four games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #6. Forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers to win against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-8) 81-72. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Boucher has been at the team for five years. Boucher's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team five years ago.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #7. International swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Henry contributed to a 3-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Kings (4-4) 79-76. He scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. This year Henry's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg in the five games. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #8. Guard Everard Bartlett (198-86, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Trueman and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Bartlett was not able to help Perth Wildcats (3-1) in their game against Wollongong Hawks (5-1). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Bartlett scored only 2 points. Perth Wildcats were crushed 100-67 in Gwynneville by the second-ranked Wollongong Hawks. This season Bartlett averages just 6.3ppg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

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

   #1. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Slovenia could not help Union Olimpija (1-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Union Olimpija lost 65-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Khimky in the group A of Euroleague. Baynes had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Union Olimpija's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Baynes' first season with the team. Baynes is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Baynes averages: 16.8ppg and 10.0rpg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to help Pitesti (3-5) in their last game. Despite Jones' very good performance Pitesti lost 86-97 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) Ploiesti. He was the second best scorer with 23 points. Jones also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. Jones is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 2.1spg in the eight games. Jones is a naturalized American. He used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.



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  NIGERIA   


Ike Ofoegbu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division). He could not help Toros (17-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ofoegbu's very good performance Toros was defeated 80-75 at home by the much lower-ranked Guerreros (#12). He was the top scorer with 28 points. Ofoegbu also added 9 rebounds. It's Ofoegbu's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ofoegbu averages: 16.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 61.5%(91-148), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 67.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Ofoegbu played for the Nigerian senior national team one years ago.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy). He led Pall.Trento to a victory over the 13th-ranked Aget Service IM (1-4) 84-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Umeh was MVP of the game. He scored 38 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (2-2) is placed ninth in the Lega2. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 93.3%. Umeh is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2011.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Juvecaserta (2-4) 73-56 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Ere scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Cimberio Varese (6-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. Ere is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). This season he has very high stats. Ere averages: 18.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 77.8%. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Ere played for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #4. Center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Karsiyaka (3-1) in their game against Tofas (2-2) in the Turkish TBL. He recorded 5 points and had 4 steals in 24 minutes. Karsiyaka was edged 95-94 on the road by the lower-ranked (#10) Tofas. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Aminu is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3spg in the four games he played so far. Aminu is also Nigerian national team player.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #5. Former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Ebi Ere in the Italian SerieA last game. Akindele was not able to secure a victory for Juvecaserta (2-4) in their game against Cimberio Varese (6-0). He scored 9 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. But Juvecaserta was badly defeated 73-56 in Varese by the leading Cimberio. Akindele is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 13.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Akindele used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #6. Forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA couldn't help Boca Juniors (5-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Boca Juniors lost 80-85 in Comodoro R. to the higher-ranked (#7) GECR Indalo. Obasohan recorded 10 points in 30 minutes. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg in the four games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Obasohan is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #7. International forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime Lagun Aro GBC's victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (0-6) 89-88 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (1-5) is placed 16th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Ibekwe is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. His total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.3bpg. Ibekwe holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #8. Power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hod Hasharon (3-1) in their game against Hapoel Afula (2-2) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night Odiakosa recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. Odiakosa is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Odiakosa averages: 22.0ppg, 17.5rpg and 2.5bpg. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #9. Former international guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Russia) managed to help Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in a 1-point victoryagainst the league leader Enisey Krasnoyarsk 76-75 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Efevberha recorded only 4 points in 24 minutes. Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (2-2) is placed fifth in the PBL. Efevberha has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg in the four games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Andy Ogide
Andy Ogide
   #10. Forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense (15-13) in their game against River Andorra (5-0) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hod Hasharon was defeated 81-75 on their home court in Hod Hasharon by the lower-ranked Hapoel Afula (#7). was crushed 84-63 on their home court in Ourense by the leading River_Andorra. Ogide belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3. He has very solid stats this season: 10.6ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2spg. Ogide is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Jayson Obazuaye (193-84, college: Colorado, currently plays in Qatar) couldn't help Al Wakrah in their game against Al Sadd in the Qatari D1. He scored 9 points, made 7 passes and 5 steals. His team was edged 67-65. Obazuaye is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league. His total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.5spg. Obazuaye holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team last year.

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

   #1. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Boston Celtics (2-2) 99-88 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He recorded 10 points and blocked 2 shots in 23 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 2-1 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Udoh's first year with the team. This season Udoh averages: 5.0ppg and 1.3rpg in the three games he played so far.

   #2. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) helped Golden State Warriors win their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (3-2) 114-110 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have 3-1 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Ezeli's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the five games.

   #3. Experienced Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (3-2) in their last game. Despite Nsonwu-Amadi's very good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 66-80 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Strasbourg IG. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Nsonwu-Amadi also added 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Nsonwu-Amadi's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.6apg in the five games.

   #4. Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle, currently plays in Japan) led Iwate Big Bulls to a victory against the third-ranked Toyama Grouses (6-4) 95-87 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds. Okosa also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Eastern. Iwate Big Bulls (9-1) are placed first. Okosa has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2bpg in the 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #5. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Turkey was not able to help Tofas (0-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Elonu's good performance the fourth-placed Tofas was edged 64-63 at home by the leading Karsiyaka in the group A of EuroChallenge. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. It was his first game for Tofas this season. Elonu is currently third on the list of best rebounders.

   #6. Harry Ezenibe (190-G-87, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS was not able to secure a victory for the Saint Mary's University (2-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Saint Mary's University was crushed 96-51 in St.John's, NL by the Sea Hawks. Ezenibe recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ezenibe is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ezenibe averages: 18.5ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.5apg.

   #7. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Acea Virtus Roma in a victory against the 11th-ranked Vanoli Cremona 75-67 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 14 minutes. Lawal is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.3bpg. This year he also averages: 8.7ppg and 7.0rpg in the six games. Lawal is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #8. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) couldn't help Fuerza Regia (11-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Fuerza Regia was crushed 107-85 in Cancun by the higher-ranked (#6) Pioneros. Efejuku was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 26 minutes. Efejuku has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg in the 12 games. He has both Nigerian and Jamaican nationalities.

   #9. Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-C/F-88, college: Elon, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL couldn't help the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Atoyebi's very good performance the bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos was defeated 84-74 on their home court in Palanga by the higher-ranked Nevezis (#9). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Atoyebi also added 8 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Atoyebi averages: 18.5ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.5spg.

   #10. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) helped Tezenis VE win their game against the league outsider Upea CdO 79-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Lawal had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 29 minutes. Lawal is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This year his overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 13.2rpg, 1.8bpg and 3.0spg in the five games. Lawal also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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Antonio Garcia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Antonio Garcia
Antonio Garcia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan, currently plays in Mexico). Garcia was the major contributor in Panteras' victory against the league leader Halcones UV Xalapa (19-2) 95-91 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Garcia also added 7 assists. Panteras de Aguascalientes (14-7) is placed fifth in the LNBP. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Garcia is the league's best rebounder. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 11.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 68.9%(113-164) and FT: 62.5%. Garcia played for the Panamanian senior national team one years ago.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, agency: Court Side, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy). He led Tuscany Pistoia to an overtime victory against the sixth-ranked AcegasAps TR (3-2) 82-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Hicks scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (4-1) is placed second in the Lega2. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 76.5% in the five games he played so far. Hicks played for the Panamanian national team in 2011.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League. He could not help Shiga L-Stars (3-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gomez Camargo's very good performance the sixth-placed Shiga L-Stars were defeated 79-74 at home by the leading Oita Heat Devils in the Western group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Gomez Camargo also added 5 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Gomez Camargo has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 50.6% and FT: 64.5%. He played for the Panamanian national team one years ago.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #4. Forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to help the league outsider Kyoto Hannaryz (0-8) in their last game. Despite Pomare's very good performance Kyoto Hannaryz (#10) lost 66-70 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Shimane Magic in the Western group. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Pomare also added 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. So far Kyoto Hannaryz lost all eight games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Pomare's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 8.8rpg in the six games. Pomare is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Panamanian national team last year. Pomare played also for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #5. International power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Sionista (7-9) in their game against Atenas (7-9) in the Argentinian LigaA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sionista was edged 83-82 in Cordoba by the lower-ranked Atenas (#11). It was Sionista's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Lloreda's first season with the team. Lloreda's overall stats this year are: 8.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Panamanian national team last year.

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

   #1. Jamaal Levy (206-C-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana) led his Argentinian team Libertad Sunchales to a victory against the closely-ranked Tiburones (2-1) 103-92 in the Liga Sudamericana in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Levy also added 7 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes. Libertad Sunchales (3-0) is placed 13th in the Liga Sudamericana. So far his team won all three games in the Preliminary Round. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Sudamericana. It's Levy's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3bpg in the three games he played so far.

   #2. Gabriel Giron (192-G-88, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Fuerza Regia (11-9) to beat Pioneros (14-7). Giron scored 6 points in 20 minutes. Fuerza Regia was crushed 107-85 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Pioneros. It was Fuerza Regia's first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Giron's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) plays for Uniceub/BRB in Brazilian NBB
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for 9 de Julio in Argentinian LigaA
Daniel King (203-F-87) plays for Maldonado in Uruguayan LUB
Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) plays for Maldonado in Uruguayan LUB



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 7: Talk N Text - Petron Blaze 92-82
Nov. 9: Air21 Express - Barako Bull 86-85
Nov. 9: Barangay Ginebra - Global Port 81-79
Nov. 7: Rain or Shine - Alaska Aces 101-93
Nov. 11: Talk N Text - Barangay Ginebra
Nov. 11: Meralco Bolts - Petron Blaze
Nov. 10: Alaska Aces - San Mig Coffee


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark CAGUIOA
  Barang.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Caguioa, Barang.19.7 
 2. Miller, Global Port19.1 
 3. Cardona, Meralco18.8 
 4. Mercado, Meralco18.5 
 5. Yap, San M.17.8 
 6. Fonacier, Talk N.16.6 
 7. Santos, Petron B.16.5 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.16.2 
 9. Lutz, Petron Blaze16.0 
 10. Tubid, Barako Bull16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.0 
 2. Pingris, San M.10.0 
 3. Cruz, Rain or Shine9.8 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.8 
 5. Villanueva, Barako8.8 
 6. de Ocampo, San M.8.6 
 7. Williams, Talk N.8.4 
 8. Maierhofer, Barang.8.3 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.8.1 
 10. Taha, Air21 Expre.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miller, Global Port6.0 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.5 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.2 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.1 
 5. Mercado, Meralco4.8 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako4.7 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.4.5 
 9. Reyes, Talk N Text4.0 
 10. Barroca, San M.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Calvin ABUEVA
  Alaska Aces
  (--88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Abueva, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 2. Reyes, Talk N Text1.8 
 3. Hodge, Meralco1.5 
 4. Fonacier, Talk N.1.4 
 5. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.4 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron1.3 
 7. Custodio, Air21 E.1.3 
 8. Urbiztondo, Barako1.3 
 9. Caguioa, Barang.1.3 
 10. Tenorio, Barang.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Clifford HODGE
  Meralco .
  (--)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Hodge, Meralco1.5 
 2. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 3. Baclao, Air21 E.1.0 
 4. de Ocampo, San M.1.0 
 5. Mamaril, Barang.1.0 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.0 
 7. Ellis, Barangay.1.0 
 8. Taha, Air21 Express1.0 
 9. Pennisi, Barako Bu.0.8 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.0.8 



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EuroLeague: Montepaschi cruise past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News