EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/12/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   



Calgary Crush open season with two wins - by Gianni Pascucci

(text from Christopher Pike) The Calgary Crush started a spectacular opening weekend with a 119-93 victory over the visiting Washington Rampage. The Crush busted out of the gate with a 15 point lead at halftime. With a great crowd supporting the Crush on opening night the Rampage could not overcome a huge deficit in the 4th quarter. John Riad (6'2''-G) led the Crush with 22 points on 8-13 shooting from the floor. Sean Peter (6'3''-G) also had a solid game with 19 points and Tyler Fidler (6'9''-G-89) caught fire from beyond the arc going 4-7 from deep. The Rampage could not overcome a strong team effort from the Crush despite 34 points from Alvin Snow (6'2''-G-81, college: E.Washington). The game was not without a great showing above the rim with a handful of eye popping alley oops and powerful dunks that ignited the crowd into a frenzy.
With the win the Crush start the season undefeated and provide a spark for an emerging basketball community in Calgary.
The evening after, the Calgary Crush finished an amazing opening weekend with a 113-110 victory over the visiting Washington Rampage. The Crush had a sizable 58-42 halftime lead but the Rampage slowly chipped away the lead late in the 4th quarter. The Rampage caught fire in the final minutes making the crowd a little nervous with only a few tics on the clock. Marcus Wright (6'4''-G/F, college: Evergreen St.) had a 38 point performance for the Rampage but it was Alvin Snow that rained down jump shots late in the 4th quarter making for a great finish.
The Crush had another strong team performance with 7 players in double digit scoring. Sean Peter led the way with another impressive all around game. SP finished with 20 points 7 rebounds and 3 Assists. Jordan Rose chipped in with 16 points and Duncan Milne (6'9''-F-86) backed up a solid double double Friday night with 15 points and 6 boards.
It was a successful weekend for the Crush. Not only did they go 2-0 but put on a great show for basketball fans in Southern Alberta.With the win the Crush stay undefeated and send a message to the rest of the American Basketball Association that winning basketball games north of the boarder is no walk in the snow.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 11: Union Olimpija - Szolnok 83-63
Nov. 10: Cibona - Radnicki KG 81-85
Nov. 10: Krka - KK Split 79-68
Nov. 11: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 78-92
Nov. 11: MZT Skopje - Cedevita 74-61
Nov. 11: Siroki WWin - Buducnost 70-76
Nov. 10: Zadar - Igokea 61-60

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 17: Buducnost - Zadar
Nov. 17: Radnicki KG - Siroki WWin
Nov. 17: KK Split - Cibona
Nov. 17: Crvena Zvezda - Krka
Nov. 19: Union Olimpija - Partizan
Nov. 18: Cedevita - Szolnok
Nov. 17: Igokea - MZT Skopje


Terrico White claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented American Terrico White (196-G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Radnicki KG and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 36 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Radnicki KG in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cibona (4-4) 85-81. Radnicki KG is placed at 6th position in Adriatic League . Radnicki KG is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Radnicki KG's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.4ppg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Australian center Aaron Baynes (208-C-86) of Union Olimpija. Baynes impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Union Olimpija to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Szolnok (#14, 2-6) 83-63. This victory allowed Union Olimpija to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Baynes is a newcomer at Union Olimpija and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) of Cedevita (#3). Suput scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Suput's great performance Cedevita lost 61-74 to the lower-ranked MZT Skopje (#9, 4-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Cedevita needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Suput has a very solid season. In 8 games in Adriatic League he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 59.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) of Buducnost - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82) of Radnicki KG - 21 points and 4 assists
6. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) of Siroki WWin - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85) of Crvena Zvezda - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea - 23 points and 4 rebounds
10. Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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



Round 8: Leader Partizan loses to Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Partizan (6-2) recorded its second loss in Beograd on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Zvezda (4-4) 92-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Partizan. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. Partizan managed to win fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Partizan 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Latvian Davis Bertans (203-92) produced 23 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Serbian champion Partizan still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Igokea. Zvezda is looking forward to face Krka (#10) in Novo Mesto in the next round where they are favorite. Partizan will play on the road against Union Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Fourteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (3-5) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (6-2) 61-60 on Saturday evening. Center Franko Kastropil (212-84) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Romeo Travis contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) replied with 23 points for Igokea. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Siroki WWin and KK Split. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Partizan. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Igokea will play at home against MZT Skopje (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-3) against tenth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Cedevita was defeated by MZT Skopje in Skopje 74-61. Worth to mention a great performance of Todor Gecevski who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Predrag Suput responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Cedevita's coach Bozidar Maljkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Cedevita keeps the third position with three games lost. MZT Skopje will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Cedevita will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Novo Mesto, where 8th ranked Croatian KK Split (3-5) lost to eleventh ranked Slovenian Krka (4-4) in a road game 68-79. The winners were led by Jakov Vladovic who scored that evening 15 points and 8 assists. KK Split's coach Mladen Erjavec let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Krka's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#4) in Beograd. KK Split will play at home against Cibona (#7) in Zagreb.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ljubljana. Local Union Olimpija (4-4) outscored 14th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-6) 83-63 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Aaron Baynes who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Union Olimpija will face league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against Cedevita (#3) in Zagreb.

In the last two games of round 8 Buducnost defeated Siroki WWin in Podgorica 76-70. Cibona was beaten by Radnicki KG at home 81-85.
The best stats of 8th round was 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Terrico White of Radnicki KG.


Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 78-92

Top ranked Partizan (6-2) recorded its second loss in Beograd on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Zvezda (4-4) 92-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Partizan. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. Partizan managed to win fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Partizan 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Latvian Davis Bertans (203-92) produced 23 points and French guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Zvezda and four Partizan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Serbian champion Partizan still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Igokea. Zvezda is looking forward to face Krka (#10) in Novo Mesto in the next round where they are favorite. Partizan will play on the road against Union Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.Bertans 23+3reb+1ast, L.Westermann 12+5reb+5ast, V.Lucic 11+5reb, D.Milosavljevic 10+4reb+3ast, D.Andusic 7+1reb+3ast, D.Gagic 6+3reb
Crvena Zvezda: D.Nelson 20+4reb+5ast, E.Brown 15+7reb+1ast, B.Savovic 14+10reb+1ast, M.Scott 13+6reb+2ast, I.Rakocevic 10+3reb, R.Katic 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 183678


MZT Skopje - Cedevita 74-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-3) against tenth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Cedevita was defeated by MZT Skopje in Skopje 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Cedevita managed to win third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) scored 10 points. Cedevita's coach Bozidar Maljkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Cedevita keeps the third position with three games lost. MZT Skopje will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Cedevita will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: P.Suput 17+12reb+2ast, L.Andric 11+4reb+1ast, B.Wright 10+4reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 9+4reb, M.Tomas 6+4reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 2+3reb+3ast
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 20+7reb+5ast, D.Stojanovski 17+7reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 16+4reb+2ast, C.Davis 8+3reb+4ast, B.Bakic 7+4reb+3ast, U.Nikolic 2+3reb
gschID: 183676


Siroki WWin - Buducnost 70-76

Everything could happen in Siroki Brijeg at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost and 9th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin had identical 3-4 record. But HKK Siroki WWin was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Podgorica 76-70 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-70. Buducnost dominated on the defensive end, holding HKK Siroki WWin to just 6 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-90) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Montenegrin champion (4-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Buducnost will face KK Zadar (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HKK Siroki WWin will play against Radnicki KG in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: D.Planinic 21+5reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 18+3reb+6ast, B.Barac 14+6reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 5+1reb+2ast, I.Ramljak 5+6reb+1ast, D.Persic 5+2reb+1ast
Buducnost: V.Mihailovic 22+4reb+4ast, G.Lee 14+3reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 12+4reb+5ast, A.Popovic 8+3reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 6+9reb+1ast, D.Bunic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183681


Union Olimpija - Szolnok 83-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ljubljana. Local Union Olimpija (4-4) outscored 14th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-6) 83-63 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-63. Union Olimpija made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Union Olimpija outrebounded Szolnok 35-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Szolnok was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Australian-New Zealand center Aaron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Dino Muric (200-90) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Union Olimpija will face league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against Cedevita (#3) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 15+5reb+3ast, B.Gay 12+2reb, B.Simon 10+2reb+2ast, E.Kalve 7+6reb, S.Sehovic 7+3reb+1ast, A.Horvath 5+2reb+4ast
Union Olimpija: A.Baynes 24+6reb+2ast, D.Muric 14+7reb, S.Salin 10+7reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 9+2reb+4ast, J.Blazic 8+1reb+3ast, K.Prepelic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183677


Zadar - Igokea 61-60

Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Fourteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (3-5) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (6-2) 61-60 on Saturday evening. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 24-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zadar dominated on the defensive end, holding Igokea to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Igokea 44-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Igokea was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Franko Kastropil (212-84) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) replied with 23 points and Montenegrin power forward Milos Komatina (205-84) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Igokea. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Siroki WWin and KK Split. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Partizan. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Igokea will play at home against MZT Skopje (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Igokea: C.Hammonds 23+4reb+1ast, M.Komatina 8+5reb, S.Stemberger 6+6reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 5+5reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 4+3reb+2ast, F.Adamovic 4+1reb
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 13+1reb, F.Kastropil 11+12reb, R.Travis 7+10reb+1ast, B.Krasic 7+5reb, A.Delas 6+3reb+4ast, J.Brkic 6+2reb
gschID: 183675


Cibona - Radnicki KG 81-85

There was a small surprise in Zagreb where seventh ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (4-4) defeated one of their biggest challengers Croatian Cibona (4-4) 85-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) produced 20 points and Bosnian forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Radnicki KG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Cibona. Radnicki KG will face HKK Siroki WWin (#11) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play on the road against KK Split (#12).
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 20+4reb, A.Masic 15+4reb+1ast, T.Carter 14+2reb+3ast, D.Strawberry 9+4reb+2ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 9+3reb+2ast, P.Marcinkovic 6+5reb+1ast
Radnicki KG: T.White 36+8reb+3ast, A.Capin 21+1reb+4ast, M.Worthington 11+3reb, B.Krstovic 7+1reb+2ast, R.Varda 4+1reb+1ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 2
gschID: 183680


Krka - KK Split 79-68

We should mention about the upset which took place in Novo Mesto, where 8th ranked Croatian KK Split (3-5) lost to eleventh ranked Slovenian Krka (4-4) in a road game 68-79. The game was mostly controlled by Krka. KK Split was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game, while KK Split only scored four points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 assists and Serbian center Uros Lucic (207-83) supported him with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by forward Toni Dijan (205-83) did not help to save the game for KK Split. Guard Srdan Subotic (190-80) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. KK Split's coach Mladen Erjavec let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Krka's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#4) in Beograd. KK Split will play at home against Cibona (#7) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
KK Split: T.Dijan 21+7reb+1ast, S.Subotic 18+6reb+2ast, I.Mimica 8+2reb+3ast, V.Vukusic 6+4reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 5+4reb+1ast, D.Vukovic 4
Krka: J.Vladovic 15+4reb+8ast, E.Muric 15+4reb+1ast, J.Lalic 14+3reb, D.Lorbek 11+1reb+7ast, S.Pavic 10+6reb, U.Lucic 9+12reb+1ast
gschID: 183679


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romeo TRAVIS
  Zadar
  (201-PF-84)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Travis, Zadar16.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok15.9 
 3. Lucic, Partizan15.8 
 4. Mimica, KK Split15.1 
 5. Rakocevic, Crvena15.0 
 6. Planinic, Siroki W.14.8 
 7. White, Radnicki KG14.4 
 8. Capin, Radnicki KG14.0 
 9. Sutalo, Siroki W.13.8 
 10. Hammonds, Igokea13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Bader, Szolnok10.0 
 2. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.8 
 3. Sakic, Siroki WWin8.1 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.5 
 5. Gordon, Partizan7.4 
 6. Musli, Partizan6.0 
 7. Vujcic, KK Split6.0 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar6.0 
 9. Cekovski, MZT S.5.9 
 10. Omic, Union Olimp.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.2 
 2. Simon, Szolnok4.4 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.1 
 4. Rannikko, Union O.3.9 
 5. Subotic, KK Split3.8 
 6. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.5 
 7. Popovic, Buducnost3.4 
 8. Hammonds, Igokea3.1 
 9. Markovic, Radnicki.3.0 
 10. Strawberry, Cibona3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sasu SALIN
  Union Olimpija
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Salin, Union Olimp.2.1 
 2. White, Radnicki KG2.1 
 3. Strawberry, Cibona2.0 
 4. Kalve, Szolnok1.9 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.9 
 6. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 7. Capin, Radnicki KG1.6 
 8. Persic, Siroki W.1.5 
 9. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 10. Muric, Krka1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.1.5 
 2. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 3. Musli, Partizan1.1 
 4. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 5. Kalve, Szolnok0.8 
 6. Edwards, Igokea0.6 
 7. Almond, Crvena Z.0.6 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.0.6 
 9. Vujcic, KK Split0.6 
 10. Ramljak, Zadar0.5 



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Metropolitan All-Stars defeated the APBL defending champions - by Calvin Brown

Metropolitan All-Stars defeated the defending champions, the Beltway Bombers

The Metropolitan All-Stars defeated the Beltway Bombers; the APBLs defending champions, 109 106 in a very hotly contested game. The All-Stars, playing at home for the second time this season, remained undefeated by applying a tenacious defensive strategy after half time. The Bombers scored 61 points by half time, which prompted All-Stars coach, Al Brown, to bark at his player you guys are playing like you are playing the defending champions and not like you are playing someone who is trying to take a game from you on your home court. After being down by nine points at the half, the All-Stars held the Bombers to just 17 points in the third quarter while scoring 33 points in the same quarter. Defense is what keeps us in every game that we play says Coach Brown, we were playing against a very talented team and we had to make a defensive statement in order to win. The lead in the game changed hands several times before the All-Stars secured the victory. Terrance Carter took the game high scorer title scoring 31 points in a stellar performance on both ends of the court. Carter scored from every way imaginable, including 3 three point baskets, several driving layups and 5 free throws. The All-Stars also got plenty of help from Burgess Williams who contributed 17 points and controlled the boards and clogged the middle. Cedric Stewart did a masterful job of running the team offence and finding the open man all game long, Cedric also contributed 16 points and many assists and rebounds. Elyon Bush totaled 14 and did a good job of keeping the Bombers leading scorer, Hugh Baby Shaq from having one of his usual big scoring outputs, holding him to 23 points and not shooting a high percentage when it counted most. Antwon Hawkins chipped in with 13 points and a very high energetic performance on both ends of the court. The fans were treated some very athletic and powerful moves throughout the game by both teams. Jamaal Wise helped to keep the Bombers in contention scoring 17 points; the Bombers placed 5 players in double figures. The All-Stars play again this Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:00pm at the Richard England Police Boys & Girls Club #14 at 4103 Benning Road N.E., Washington D.C.



Bombers Home opener - by Justin Moore

The APBL Champion Beltway Bombers home opener is Saturday Nov 17th at Riverdale Baptist School (1133 Largo Rd in Upper Marlboro MD). Tip is 7pm. Come out and see the best pro talent in the DC/Metro area. Special invite to the Pan-Hellenic Greek Families. The Bombers are lead by Hugh Jones (6'5''-G/F-80) the former ACPBL MVP and veterans Jamaal Wise (6'6''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island), Steven Miles (6'3''-G-81, college: American),Rogers Barnes (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Morgan St.),Chris Howard (6'3''-G-86, college: S.Florida),Evan Martin (6'0''-PG-83, college: Wesley),David Bailey (6'9''-F-83, college: Prince George CC) and big shot blocking mike anderson . Coach Chaz Dudley and the Beltway bombers look to get back on track after an exciting 109-106 lost to the Metropolitan All-Stars the Beltway Bombers are in the super tough dmv Patriot division with the Metropolitan All-Stars,capital city express,The Rockville Victors


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FIBA Central Board gives green light to new format and calendar of competition - by Omar Shafaamri

FIBA announced at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur this weekend that it will go ahead and implement a new format and calendar of competition beginning in 2017.

After being presented with the conclusions from the latest consultations with stakeholders including a study of the economic parameters carried out by external experts FIBAs Central Board on Saturday agreed to move ahead and to introduce a new format and calendar of competition.

FIBA Asia President Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani, FIBA Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian and Womens representative Ms. Xu Lan of China represented FIBA Asia at the FIBA Central Board meeting (pic above).

The key principles agreed for the new competition format and calendar for men from 2017 are the following:

- After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the next edition will be moved to 2019 (instead of 2018) and will be played every four years from then on. A total of 32 teams (increased from 24) will participate in FIBAs flagship event.

- The qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows which will be in November (2017), February, June, September, November (2018) and February (2019). The exact period and length of these windows will be defined in the coming months in collaboration with all stakeholders. The national teams will be divided into two divisions Division A and Division B with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation.
Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.

- Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

- As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBAs flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).

- The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.

The format and calendar of competition was identified as being one of FIBAs main priorities and has been intensively worked on over the last two years.

The modification of the current system is essential to further stimulate the global growth of basketball, increase its visibility around the world and further develop FIBAs National Federations. This new competition format will give more prominence to the FIBA Basketball World Cup by placing it in a year where it can enjoy more exclusivity.

The home-and-away format will allow fans from around 140 countries to see their national teams play regular games and offer a Road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup over a two-year qualification period, with a similar system for the continental championships. There will be a total of more than 1,200 games played over a four-year cycle.

The FIBA Central Board recognises the fundamental role played by clubs and leagues worldwide and the need for appropriate insurance for players competing for their national teams. The new competition format takes the health of top players into consideration by reducing their current summer workload and responds to the clubs concerns about player fatigue and injury. The FIBA Central Board looks forward to cooperating with all stakeholders to make this new calendar a success for the world of basketball.

FIBA President Yvan Mainini explained the rationale behind making the change at this moment in time.

Basketball needs to expand its reach and generate a new, dynamic stimulus for its growth. This can only happen if each country grows the game and plays regularly in front of its own fans, he said.

Im delighted that the Central Board has taken this decision because it is fundamental in our goal of harmonising the global calendar and developing basketball worldwide.

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann added: National teams are the locomotive of basketball in each country. We need to protect and enhance their role. At the same time, clubs invest daily into our sport and their investment also needs respect and protection.

Therefore, in each country, it is the joint responsibility of clubs, leagues and National Federations to cooperate for the success of the national championships and the national team in this new integrated system.

FIBA also plans to review the womens calendar and system of competition within the next year.

FIBA Asia



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Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 9: Tigers - 36ers 96-66
Nov. 11: 36ers - Wildcats 77-65
Nov. 9: Crocodiles - Breakers 72-81
Nov. 9: Kings - Hawks 65-51
Nov. 10: Taipans - Breakers 54-73

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Wildcats - 36ers
Nov. 16: Breakers - Crocodiles
Nov. 17: Hawks - Taipans
Nov. 18: Tigers - Kings


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, Taipans16.7 
 4. Jackson, Breakers16.6 
 5. Knight, Wildcats16.6 
 6. Deleon, Hawks15.8 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats15.2 
 8. Wilson, Taipans15.0 
 9. Ervin, Crocodiles14.6 
 10. Goulding, Tigers13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Seth SCOTT
  Tigers
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Scott, Tigers8.8 
 2. Knight, Wildcats7.6 
 3. Holmes, Crocodiles7.4 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.4 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.1 
 6. Lazare, Kings7.1 
 7. Pledger, Breakers6.9 
 8. Davidson, Hawks6.8 
 9. Forman, Hawks6.7 
 10. Schenscher, 36ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jackson, Breakers8.0 
 2. Braswell, Tigers5.2 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.1 
 4. Henry, Kings3.8 
 5. Gibson, 36ers3.7 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 7. Cadee, 36ers2.9 
 8. Wilson, Taipans2.9 
 9. Goulding, Tigers2.8 
 10. Martin, Hawks2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.7 
 2. Braswell, Tigers2.4 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.7 
 4. Williams, Taipans1.6 
 5. Edwards, Taipans1.4 
 6. Martin, Wildcats1.4 
 7. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.4 
 8. Henry, Kings1.4 
 9. Ervin, Crocodiles1.4 
 10. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pledger, Breakers2.7 
 2. Scott, Tigers1.5 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers1.4 
 4. Garlepp, Kings1.3 
 5. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 6. Boucher, Breakers0.9 
 7. Hudson, Breakers0.9 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans0.7 
 9. Blanchfield, Croco.0.6 
 10. Edwards, Taipans0.6 


Madgen, McLeod get monthly awards - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sydney Kings guard Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) and Wollongong Hawks mentor Gordie McLeod have respectively been named the National Basketball Leagues Player and Coach of the Month for October in the iiNet NBL Championship.

Madgen had an outstanding month for Sydney, averaging 18.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in five games for the Kings. The 193cm South Australian helped Sydney to a 3-2 record for the month, and had three 20-plus point games in the month.

In October, Madgens radar was definitely on as he nailed 12-of-22 attempts from long range at 55% accuracy, as well making 34-of-66 field goal attempts overall (52%) and 13-of-16 free throws (81%).

Madgen took out the October honours with 33 votes, narrowly ahead of New Zealands Cedric Action Jackson (28 votes) and Perths Kevin Lisch (27).

Wollongong Hawks leader Gordie McLeod was a runaway winner of the Coach of the Month award for October.

McLeod polled 59 votes to finish well ahead of Perths Rob Beveridge on 41 and Sydneys Shane Heal on 23.

The 2010 NBL Coach of the Year winner helped guide the Hawks to a perfect start to the 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship season.

The Hawks went 4-0 in October, racking up wins over the Sydney Kings, Cairns Taipans, Townsville Crocodiles and Adelaide 36ers, including a pair of road wins at Adelaide and Cairns. Wollongong had an average winning margin of 11.3 points in October.

The NBLs Player and Coach of the Month for October took into account Rounds One to Four of the iiNet NBL Championship inclusive. All NBL Head Coaches and accredited media were eligible to vote for the awards.



NBL Round 6: Wollongong Hawks lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Wollongong Hawks (5-1). They were defeated by sixth ranked Kings (4-4) 65-51 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Wollongong Hawks. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Ian Crosswhite (210-82, college: Oregon) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Kings moved-up to fourth place. Wollongong Hawks at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Breakers. Wollongong Hawks will play next round against Cairns Taipans trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kings will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers on the road.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (6-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (3-4) 73-54. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 assists to lead the effort and Will Hudson supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Cairns Taipans. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-1 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the sixth place with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#8) in Wulguru in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against the league's second-placed Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (6-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (0-8) in Wulguru 81-72. The best player for the winners was Cedric Jackson who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Gary Ervin who recorded 18 points. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-1 record. Loser Townsville Crocodiles still closes the standings with eight games lost. New Zealand Breakers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Townsville Crocodiles will play again against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Findon was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Perth Wildcats (3-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-3). Adelaide 36ers defeated Perth Wildcats 77-65. It was a good game for Daniel Johnson who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to third place. Perth Wildcats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be again Perth Wildcats (#5) on the road.
The game in Melbourne supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers (2-4). Melbourne Tigers smashed Adelaide 36ers 96-66 on Friday. Chris Goulding scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Adelaide 36ers dropped to the third place with three games lost. Melbourne Tigers will face higher ranked Kings (#4) in Sydney in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



36ers - Wildcats 77-65

The game in Findon was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Perth Wildcats (3-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-3). Adelaide 36ers defeated Perth Wildcats 77-65. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 24-8 run, which allowed them to win the game. Adelaide 36ers players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Perth Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard CJ Massingale (191-82, college: Metro St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) added 12 points in the effort for Perth Wildcats. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to third place. Perth Wildcats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Adelaide 36ers' next round opponent will be again Perth Wildcats (#5) on the road.
Top scorers:
36ers: C.Massingale 18+2reb, D.Johnson 17+7reb, A.Petrie 11+7reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 9+2reb+6ast, A.Gibson 9+5reb+4ast, S.Weigh 6+11reb+2ast
Wildcats: M.Knight 21+8reb+1ast, K.Lisch 12+1reb+3ast, S.Redhage 7+4reb+1ast, D.Martin 6+5reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 6+5reb, B.Robbins 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 182644


Taipans - Breakers 54-73

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (6-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (3-4) 73-54. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Cairns Taipans was better in second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Zealand Breakers had a 30-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Will Hudson (206-89, college: Oakland) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Cairns Taipans. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-1 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the sixth place with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#8) in Wulguru in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against the league's second-placed Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Breakers: C.Jackson 20+3reb+12ast, W.Hudson 14+9reb, A.Pledger 11+7reb, T.Abercrombie 8+5reb, C.Bruton 6+4reb, M.Vukona 6+3reb
Taipans: C.Tragardh 16+5reb+2ast, J.Wilson 13+5reb+1ast, A.Loughton 6+5reb+1ast, S.Edwards 5+2reb, B.Hill 4+4reb, A.Grabau 4+1reb
gschID: 182643


Kings - Hawks 65-51

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Wollongong Hawks (5-1). They were defeated by sixth ranked Kings (4-4) 65-51 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Wollongong Hawks. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Ian Crosswhite (210-82, college: Oregon) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) scored 9 points. Kings moved-up to fourth place. Wollongong Hawks at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Breakers. Wollongong Hawks will play next round against Cairns Taipans trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kings will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers on the road.
Top scorers:
Kings: C.Henry 19+6reb+3ast, I.Crosswhite 12+9reb+1ast, B.Madgen 12+6reb+2ast, D.Lazare 6+5reb+1ast, A.Bruce 6+4reb+4ast, K.White 4+4reb
Hawks: R.Martin 15+9reb+2ast, L.Hurdle 11+2reb, A.Deleon 9+1reb, G.Saville 9+4reb+3ast, D.Gruber 3+3reb+1ast, O.Forman 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 182640


Tigers - 36ers 96-66

The game in Melbourne supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Adelaide 36ers (4-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers (2-4). Melbourne Tigers smashed Adelaide 36ers 96-66 on Friday. The game without a history. Melbourne Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Anthony Petrie (203-83) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Adelaide 36ers dropped to the third place with three games lost. Melbourne Tigers will face higher ranked Kings (#4) in Sydney in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Goulding 24+3reb+3ast, S.Scott 18+10reb, J.Flynn 12+8reb+7ast, L.Walker 10+4reb+1ast, A.Ballinger 9+4reb, L.Rush 9+4reb+1ast
36ers: A.Petrie 15+7reb+1ast, D.Johnson 12+8reb+1ast, J.Cadee 10+1reb+2ast, A.Gibson 6+2reb+2ast, C.Massingale 5+4reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 182641


Crocodiles - Breakers 72-81

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (6-1) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (0-8) in Wulguru 81-72. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-72. New Zealand Breakers outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 42-26 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) who recorded 18 points and the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) added 12 points respectively. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-1 record. Loser Townsville Crocodiles still closes the standings with eight games lost. New Zealand Breakers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Townsville Crocodiles will play again against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Breakers: D.Corletto 19+2reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 15+6reb+2ast, C.Jackson 14+5reb+12ast, W.Hudson 8+4reb, C.Bruton 8+3reb, M.Vukona 6+9reb+2ast
Crocodiles: G.Ervin 18+3reb+1ast, P.Crawford 12+2reb+2ast, T.Blanchfield 11+3reb+1ast, R.Hinder 6+4reb+2ast, M.Norton 6+1reb+1ast, J.Holmes 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 182642



Australian NBL round 6 best performance: Cedric Jackson - by Eurobasket News

American guard Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Breakers, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 26-year old player got a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists, while his team crushed Taipans (#6, 3-4) with 19-point margin 73-54. It allowed Breakers to consolidate first place in the Australian NBL. Breakers have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Breakers and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Cleveland State University star has very solid stats this year. Jackson. Jackson is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.6ppg) and averages impressive 2.7spg and 54.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) of Wildcats. Knight had a very good evening with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Wildcats lost that game 65-77 to slightly higher-ranked 36ers (#3, 4-3). This loss caused Wildcats to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Knight is one of the most experienced players at Wildcats and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.6ppg (#5). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Chris Goulding (192-G-88) of Tigers (#7). Goulding scored 24 points. He was a key player of Tigers, leading his team to a 96-66 easy win against the higher-ranked 36ers (#3, 4-3). The chances of Tigers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Goulding could try to bring Tigers' a little bit higher in the standings. Goulding has individually a great season in Australia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.8apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Seth Scott (208-F/C-81) of Tigers - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Will Hudson (206-F/C-89) of Breakers - 14 points and 9 rebounds
6. Corin Henry (180-PG-88) of Kings - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. CJ Massingale (191-G-82) of 36ers - 18 points and 2 rebounds
8. Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers - 12 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82) of Kings - 12 points and 9 rebounds

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



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Standings - 2.Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 10: Vienna Timb. - Worthersee 84-74
Nov. 11: Kos Celovec - Falcons 82-75
Nov. 11: Basket Flames - Salzburg 73-59
Nov. 9: Basket Flames - Mattersb.R. 66-57
Nov. 10: Dornbirn - Mistelbach 65-76

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Salzburg - Vienna Timb.
Nov. 17: Mistelbach - Worthersee
Nov. 17: Tirol - Basket Flames
Nov. 17: Dornbirn - Kos Celovec
Nov. 18: Falcons - Mattersb.R.



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Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 10: Oostende - M.Hainaut 81-54
Nov. 9: Spirou - Liege 74-72
Nov. 10: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 63-89
Nov. 11: Antwerp - Leuven 63-55

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Liege - Antwerp
Nov. 16: Aalstar - Oostende
Nov. 17: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep.
Nov. 18: Leuven - Spirou


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Ryan THOMPSON
  Aalstar
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thompson, Aalstar18.7 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende18.0 
 3. Walsh, Spirou18.0 
 4. Green, Verviers.17.4 
 5. Aleksandrov, Vervi.17.0 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.6 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.2 
 8. Clark, Aalstar14.5 
 9. Allen, Spirou14.3 
 10. Wallace, M.Hainaut14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut8.2 
 2. Gillet, Liege7.5 
 3. Wright, Oostende6.8 
 4. Aleksandrov, Vervi.6.8 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.7 
 7. Aska, Leuven6.5 
 8. Walsh, Spirou6.3 
 9. Tofi, Aalstar6.3 
 10. Mukubu, Liege5.3 
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, Aalstar3.7 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.7 
 6. Walsh, Spirou3.7 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.3 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.8 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar2.5 
 10. Hopkins, Antwerp2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy GREEN
  Verviers.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Green, Verviers.2.4 
 2. Anderson, Aalstar2.0 
 3. Biggs, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Katnic, Oostende1.8 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.8 
 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. Ferguson, Verviers.1.5 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.3 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.2 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 6. Aska, Leuven0.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege0.7 
 8. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende0.6 
 10. Love, Antwerp0.5 


Ethias League Round 6: Spirou Charleroi beats Liege Basket by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of Ethias League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Ethias League took place in Charleroi. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Liege Basket (3-3) to fifth ranked Spirou Charleroi (4-2) 74-72 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. 27 personal fouls committed by Liege Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Amaury Jadin (189-86) contributed with 20 points and 6 steals for the winners. American power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Liege Basket. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Liege Basket at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Antwerp and M.Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Liege Basket will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (3-3) against fourth ranked Base Oostende (4-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Belfius Mons-Hainaut was crushed by Base Oostende in Oostende 81-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American players dominated the game. Wesley Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Matt Lojeski chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) with 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Base Oostende have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Spirou. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Antwerp and Liege. Base Oostende will play against league's leader Okapi Aalstar on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ethias League top team - Okapi Aalstar (5-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-5) 89-63. Ryan Thompson notched 20 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Maxim Zakharov did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Okapi Aalstar maintains first position with 5-1 record. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster stay at the bottom place with five games lost. They share the position with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar will meet at home Base Oostende (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 6 Leuven was beaten by Antwerp on the road 63-55.


Antwerp - Leuven 63-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Antwerp Giants' (3-3) home victory over 7th ranked Leuven Bears (1-5) 63-55 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 12-5. But Leuven Bears won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated on the defensive end, holding Leuven Bears to just 5 points in first quarter. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: FCM) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) supported him with 16 points and 6 assists. Even 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by international point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) did not help to save the game for Leuven Bears. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St.) added 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Antwerp Giants moved-up to fourth place, which they share with M.Hainaut and Liege. Leuven Bears lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Verviers-Pep.. Antwerp Giants will meet Liege Basket (#5) in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi.
Top scorers:
Leuven: T.Smith 12+2reb+1ast, I.Aska 11+4reb+1ast, J.Dukes 9+3reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 8+7reb+4ast, B.Burgess 8+6reb, I.Hanavan 5+6reb
Antwerp: R.Moors 16+1reb+6ast, G.Thondique 14+10reb, L.Reed 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Driesen 9+9reb+1ast, R.Biggs 8+8reb+1ast, D.Donkor 3
gschID: 187258


Oostende - M.Hainaut 81-54

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (3-3) against fourth ranked Base Oostende (4-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Belfius Mons-Hainaut was crushed by Base Oostende in Oostende 81-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Base Oostende led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Wesley Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) with 18 points and center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Base Oostende have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Spirou. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Antwerp and Liege. Base Oostende will play against league's leader Okapi Aalstar on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: J.Bostic 18+4reb+1ast, B.Qvale 13+3reb, Q.Taylor 7+5reb+2ast, L.Giancaterino 5+1reb+1ast, G.Muya 3+3reb, J.Cage 2+1reb
Oostende: W.Wilkinson 16+10reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 16+3reb+2ast, B.Wright 9+5reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 9+3reb+7ast, M.Stojic 8+4reb+4ast, D.Drobnjak 8+1reb
gschID: 187257


Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 63-89

Ethias League top team - Okapi Aalstar (5-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-5) 89-63. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to VOO Verviers-Pepinster's 26. Okapi Aalstar forced 20 VOO Verviers-Pepinster turnovers. American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) notched 20 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Russian forward Maxim Zakharov (198-89, college: E.Utah JC) did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Serbian power forward Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-87) added 21 points and 5 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar maintains first position with 5-1 record. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster stay at the bottom place with five games lost. They share the position with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar will meet at home Base Oostende (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: N.Aleksandrov 21+5reb, J.Green 17+3reb+1ast, M.Zakharov 16+8reb+4ast, Y.Moray 3+2reb+1ast, S.Moris 2+2reb, Y.Baeri 2+1reb
Aalstar: R.Thompson 20+1reb+4ast, J.Clark 14+6reb+2ast, L.Anderson 14+5reb, D.Raivio 13+5reb+3ast, C.Young 11+7reb+2ast, H.VanLangenhove 8
gschID: 187256


Spirou - Liege 74-72

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Ethias League took place in Charleroi. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Liege Basket (3-3) to fifth ranked Spirou Charleroi (4-2) 74-72 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. 27 personal fouls committed by Liege Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Amaury Jadin (189-86) contributed with 20 points and 6 steals for the winners. American power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) added 19 points in the effort for Liege Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Liege Basket at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Antwerp and M.Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Liege Basket will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 19+3reb, G.Ware 17+7reb, L.Bosco 13+2reb+3ast, B.Monteiro 12+5reb+1ast, G.Hockins 4, O.Troisfontaines 4+1reb
Spirou: A.Jadin 20+3reb+1ast, J.Foster 16+3reb+1ast, C.Johnson 14+3reb+4ast, M.Walsh 13+9reb+3ast, N.Jankovic 6+5reb, C.Beghin 2+2reb
gschID: 187255



Thompson's 20 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Aalstar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 20 points adding four assists for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Verviers-Pep. (#8, 1-5) with 26-point margin 89-63. It allowed Aalstar to consolidate first place in the Belgian league. Aalstar have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Thompson had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. Rider University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thompson is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Thompson is in league's top in assists (9th best: 2.5apg) and averages solid 63.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84) of Oostende. He is American forward in his first season at Oostende. In the last game Wilkinson recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Oostende to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked M.Hainaut (#6, 3-3) 81-54. This victory allowed Oostende to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Wilkinson is a newcomer at Oostende and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82) of league's second-best Spirou. Walsh scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Spirou, leading his team to a 74-72 win against the lower-ranked Liege (#5, 3-3). Spirou needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Walsh has a great season in Belgium. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 6.3rpg (8th best) and assists with 3.7apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Ware (205-F/C-83) of Liege - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Larry Anderson (195-G) of Aalstar - 14 points and 5 rebounds
6. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Aalstar - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) of Spirou - 20 points and 3 rebounds
10. Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Antwerp - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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


Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 10: Gembo BBC - Giants II 94-63
Nov. 10: Tongeren - M.Hainaut II 81-92
Nov. 11: Houthalen - Sint-Jan Ant. 81-76
Nov. 11: Essor Charleroi - Point Chaud 71-81
Nov. 9: CEP Fleurus - Excelsior 70-53
Nov. 10: Kangor.-Boom - Waregem 100-90

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 16: M.Hainaut II - Essor Charleroi
Nov. 16: CEP Fleurus - Tongeren
Nov. 16: Sint-Jan Ant. - Point Chaud
Nov. 17: Waregem - Houthalen
Nov. 17: Gent Dragons - Kangor.-Boom
Nov. 18: Giants II - St-Niklase
Nov. 18: Oudenaarde - Gembo BBC



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Adriatic League: Buducnost upset Siroki WWin on the road - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Buducnost 70:76

Buducnost claimed the fourth Adriatic League victory this season as they rallied past Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg tonight. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) netted 22 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Siroki WWin stayed in control in the opening frame. They enjoyed a 17:14 lead at the first break. Buducnost however turned the tables in the second frame. The visitors ignited a 26:6 run in the period to ensure a 40:23 halftime lead. Siroki WWin tried to get out of the hole in the third term. The home team fired 27 points in the quarter to cut the margin to 5 points. But Buducnost stopped the home team in the final period and escaped with the victory at the end. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) posted 14 points, while Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winning side. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) stepped up with 21 points for Siroki WWin. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) had 18 points in the loss.

Siroki WWin: Darko Planinic 21, Marko Sutalo 18
Buducnost: Vladimir Mihailovic 22, Gerald Lee 14, Cedomir Vitkovac 12



KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 4! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 4!
SF Ali Demic came up big in a win against Kakanj! One time top prospect of KK BOSNA came up big in a win against Kakanj providing instant offense for the team and scoring 24 points in 21 minutes! Ali shot 10-14 from the field and chipped in with 2 rebounds 1 assist and no turnovers.

SF Nebojsa Erkic played very well for Radnik in a win over Zrinjski pouring in 19 points on 9-12 shooting and providing an excellent all-around game with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.

F Milan Kezic scored 21 points on 8-10 from the field including a perfect 2-2 from 3 and 3-3 from the FT line. He also had 1 rebound, 4 assists and 2 steals in a win over Vogosca.

SG Armin Hot continued his hot play for Vogosca in a loss to Mladost. Armin scored 13 points going 4-6 from the field and a perfect 2-2 from 3 and 3-3 from the FT line. He also had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in only 26 minutes of action.

G Dorde Tresac of Varda put on a shooting display in a win over Posusje going 11-20 from the field, 12-17 from the FT line and hit 5 3s! He also had 4 rebounds 3 assist and 4 steals!

MVP: DORDE TRESAC



HKK CAPLJINA LASTA ON TOP IN KSBiH AND DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY! - by Chris Mathieu

HKK CAPLJINA LASTA ON TOP IN KSBiH AND DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY!
HKK CAPLJINA LASTA is undefeated so far in the Bosnian domestic league at 4 wins and 0 losses so far. They also have done in the right way, rebuilding after a tough offseason losses of players and rebuilding around young talent. On the active roster the team has 7 players under 21 years old! These young players have contributed to all the team victories so far!
The team lost top players Krunoslav Rimac, Jozo Brkic and Marko Jagodic Kuridza as well as top Croatian prospect Dino Repesa.
The team has been methodical about building around young talent and letting them go when they become too expensive. Their model of team building along with that of Siroki WWin should be the model that all other teams in BiH use instead of recycling averaged prospects and players on their retirement tours of BiH.
Specifically when you look at one time European champions KK BOSNA and you see the same players year after year contributing to underperforming teams while young talent waste on the bench or are allowed to leave (including top European prospect Cedi Osman, Bosnian breakout player Armin Hot who never got his chance and Edin Residovic) and yet the team struggles financially and on the court year after year. KK BOSNA ASA has started out a disappointing 2-2 so far and has played 21 year old and their top prospect Nermin Buza limited minutes so far.



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Brasil NBA Watch: Great first week for Anderson - by Mel Devonne

The NBA season is under way and the first week was a good one Cleveland Cavs,
and Brasilero, Anderson Varejao (205-C-82).
After several seasons of nagging injuries, Anderson seems healthy and ready for
a great 2012-13 season.
Anderson after 5 games is averaging 14 ppg and 14 rebounds a game for the Cleveland Cavs.
How are the other Brasilans faring in the NBA so far?
Tiago Splitter San Antonio Spurs: 5ppg and 3 rbpg getting about 15 minutes per game. Splitter has
had limited minutes , but is a valuable player for the Spurs off the bench.
Leondro Barbosa Boston Celtics: a late signing for the Celtics who are off to slow start.
Barbosa has played well, and sparked a nice come in his first that I witnessed against the
Philadelphia 76ers.
Barbosa is averaging only 4.2 points per game but should improve during
the course of the season.
Fab Melo of Boston has had very linited action for Boston, and Ne Ne is injured and has not played so far
for the Washington Wizards.
Check back for more info all season long for Brasilan NBA flavor.



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West Gunners sweep Hannahs to win SCBBC Championship! - by David Edole

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI West Gunners completed a sweep of Hannahs Triple Threat with a 68-49 win in game 2 in the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club Intermediate League on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

The Gunners led game 2 from start to finish ending the first quarter up 17-8 and would not allow the defending Champs any closer than 7 points for the rest of the game.

The half time score was 17-26 and that margin was increased to a 12 point advantage by the end of the 3rd (40-28)

The 4th quarter was littered with errors from both teams as the Gunners relaxed and Hannahs pushed hard to stay alive in the Championship. With under 2 minutes left and the score 60-46, Hannahs were penalized for a Technical Foul, but Kyle Abraham missed both free throws, Delvin Leonard then missed two more and Hannahs sensed they had one last chance to win the game.

Damian Hoopers shooting let him down when it mattered most as he missed two frees with 1.31 left on the clock. Hooper did convert a field goal to make it 48-60, but then having been awarded a Tech, Hannahs could only convert 1 of 4 attempts to make it 49 -60.

Into the last minute, Hooper missed again, the Gunners converted a free and in the dyiing seconds Abraham rounded out his stellar scoring night with a couple more points, the last of which came as he reacted fastest when Hannahs tried a quick restart by bouncing the ball off Abraham.

Abraham finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds, Jamarlie James added 14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 assists, whilst Delvin Leonard finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

We are feeling really good, good for the team and good for the Honourable Andrew A. Fahie who came in at the last minute to be our Coach commented Abraham those guys didnt seem prepared for the championship, so we put some pressure on them early and then began running our plays and that was pretty much that.

Im proud of these guys, its been a long time since we won a championship of any kind in our village, said Fahie the players listened, they came together and they did excellently. Im proud of each and every one of them, we are the champions and we earned it.

Fahie also went on to thank Milton McLean for organizing the league and the sponsors for helping to make it so successful. He also said that there were plans to organize similar sports activities in his district most of the teams want a rematch already so we will be planning something in the West, but not just one sport, he commented It will be a united effort.

Top Scorers for Hannahs were Tyronne Donavon with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and 1 block; Damian Hooper with 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Romano Peters with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals and Marshal Thomas with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

We had a couple of factors with players being sick and unable to get rides, so we were a bit disorganized noted Coach Brent Leslie The players heads werent in the game, worrying too much about referees' calls and not getting the ball, but we will be back next year.

West gunners showed they are very organized and disciplined said SCBBC League organizer Milton McLean our youngsters can learn from them. It was a good season and we have seen a lot of talent on show. I just hope they can go onto bigger and better things.

In Game 1 of the Championship the West Gunners routed Hannahs, 60-41 with Wests Deshawn Hodge scoring 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 assist. Jarvis Alexander added 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist, whilst Kashawn Pope notched 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 assist. Abraham finished with 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.

For Hannahs Donavon scored 16 points and 1 rebound, Paul Linton 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block, Cody Donavon 7 points and 8 rebounds and Hooper 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.

The next event for the SCBBC is a District Weekend Christmas Tournament for 7-10 and 13-16 yr olds sponsored by Hon. Julian Fraser RA and Hon. Myron V. Walwyn from Dec. 13-16, 2012, in Sea Cows Bay. Registration is $ 10.00 per player. Each team is allowed up to 10 players. Games begin at 4:30 pm. Registration deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012.



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Division A Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 4 in Division A was guest Dunav 2007's (1-3) road victory over bottom-ranked Chavdar (0-4) 98-94 on Sunday evening. Dunav 2007 left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Vidabasket. It was Chavdar's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Dunav 2007 is looking forward to face higher ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chavdar will play against the league's leader Spartak MVR (#1) in Sofia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Another exciting game was between second ranked UE Varna and 5th ranked Academik Plovdiv where UE Varna (3-1) beat Academik Plovdiv (2-2) on the road 86-79. UE Varna have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 3-1 record behind leader Spartak MVR, which they share with Academik BL. Academik Plovdiv at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Thrace Univ.. UE Varna will play against Vidabasket (#6) at home in the next round. Academik Plovdiv will play against Thrace Univ. in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Thrace Univ. (2-2) against fourth ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Thrace Univ. was defeated by Academic Blagoevgrad in Blagoevgrad 69-58. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Academic Blagoevgrad moved-up to second place, which they share with UE Varna. Newly promoted Thrace Univ. dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Academik PL. Academic Blagoevgrad will meet Dunav 2007 (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Thrace Univ. will play against Academik Plovdiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Spartak MVR delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-3) 96-72. Spartak MVR have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 4-0 record. Vidabasket at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Spartak MVR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Chavdar (#8) in Troyan and are hoping to win another game. Vidabasket will play on the road against the league's second-placed UE Varna.



Chavdar - Dunav 2007 94-98

The biggest surprise of round 4 in Division A was guest Dunav 2007's (1-3) road victory over bottom-ranked Chavdar (0-4) 98-94 on Sunday evening. Dunav 2007 left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Vidabasket. It was Chavdar's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Dunav 2007 is looking forward to face higher ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chavdar will play against the league's leader Spartak MVR (#1) in Sofia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Academik BL - Thrace Univ. 69-58

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Thrace Univ. (2-2) against fourth ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Thrace Univ. was defeated by Academic Blagoevgrad in Blagoevgrad 69-58. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Academic Blagoevgrad moved-up to second place, which they share with UE Varna. Newly promoted Thrace Univ. dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Academik PL. Academic Blagoevgrad will meet Dunav 2007 (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Thrace Univ. will play against Academik Plovdiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 201523


Academik PL - UE Varna 79-86

Another exciting game was between second ranked UE Varna and 5th ranked Academik Plovdiv where UE Varna (3-1) beat Academik Plovdiv (2-2) on the road 86-79. UE Varna have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 3-1 record behind leader Spartak MVR, which they share with Academik BL. Academik Plovdiv at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Thrace Univ.. UE Varna will play against Vidabasket (#6) at home in the next round. Academik Plovdiv will play against Thrace Univ. in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 201522


Vidabasket - Spartak MVR 72-96

Undefeated leader Spartak MVR delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-3) 96-72. Spartak MVR have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 4-0 record. Vidabasket at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Spartak MVR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Chavdar (#8) in Troyan and are hoping to win another game. Vidabasket will play on the road against the league's second-placed UE Varna.
gschID: 201521


Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Spartak MVR 4-0 
 2. UE Varna 3-1 
 3. Academik BL 3-1 
 4. Academik PL 2-2 
 5. Thrace Univ. 2-2 
 6. Vidabasket 1-3 
 7. Dunav 2007 1-3 
 8. Chavdar 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 11: Chavdar - Dunav 2007 94-98
Nov. 11: Academik PL - UE Varna 79-86
Nov. 11: Vidabasket - Spartak MVR 72-96
Nov. 11: Academik BL - Thrace Univ. 69-58

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 18: Spartak MVR - Chavdar
Nov. 18: UE Varna - Vidabasket
Nov. 18: Thrace Univ. - Academik PL
Nov. 18: Dunav 2007 - Academik BL



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Jimmy Dorsey claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Cape Breton and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The -year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Cape Breton in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Memorial (#8, 0-4) with 46-point margin 107-61. Cape Breton is placed at 2nd position in Canadian CIS. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Cape Breton won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Dorsey had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Cape Breton, through which he has constantly improved. Jimmy Dorsey averages just after two games 24.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Kevon Parchment of UFV. Parchment impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as UFV lost that game 72-78 to league's leader Victoria (#2, 4-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UFV still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 2-2 record is not bad at all. Parchment is a newcomer at UFV and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Stephan Walton (178-G-87) of Manitoba (#6). Walton showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Manitoba, leading his team to a 81-63 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Brandon (#7, 1-3). Manitoba needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Walton has a great season in Canada. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (4th best) and assists with 6.0apg (3rd best). Walton attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johnny Higgins (187-G) of St.Mary's - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Vincent Dufort (195-F) of McGill - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Terry Thomas (193-G) of St.Francis X. - 28 points and 9 rebounds
7. Jordon Gauthier (191-G) of Ryerson - 19 points and 13 rebounds
8. Geoff Doane (196-F) of UPEI - 26 points and 7 rebounds
9. Arild Geugjes (203-F) of Cape Breton - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Chris McLaughlin (208-C) of Victoria - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



CIS Round 5 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in CIS, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 5 in CIS means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Windsor, ON where host Lancers (2-0) beat league's leader Gee-Gees (1-1) 72-68 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Lancers forced 23 Gee-Gees turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Gee-Gees helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) who scored 14 points and 5 assists. International forward Lien Phillip (203-89) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lancers keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Gee-Gees at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ryerson. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Rams as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Gee-Gees) loss. Rams smashed bottom-ranked Gryphons in Toronto, ON 91-43. Guard Jordon Gauthier (191) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bjorn Michaelsen contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Charles Amponsah (185) answered with 11 points for Gryphons. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Gryphons at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Rouge et Or (0-1) in Quebec City, QC on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Redmen (1-0) 80-58. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 0-0 record before this meeting. Vincent Dufort stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Thibaud Dezutter responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redmen keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Rouge et Or still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with UQAM and Laurier. Redmen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rouge et Or will play against the league's leader Stingers (#1) in Montreal, QC and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Mount Royal crushed UBC Okanagan in Calgary, AB 78-59. Lethbridge beat Saskatchewan at home 99-87. TRU lost to undefeated UBC on the opponent's court 63-97. UFV lost to undefeated Victoria in a home game 72-78. Brandon recorded a loss to Manitoba on the road 63-81. McMaster was defeated by Laurentian on its own court 64-65. York beat Brock in Toronto, ON 70-69. Toronto Univ. was destroyed by Lakehead at home 73-94. Carleton outscored Western on the opponent's court 86-46. St.Mary's lost to undefeated St.Francis X. in a home game 97-105. Cape Breton crushed Memorial on the road 107-61. UPEI beat Dalhousie on its own court 89-82. Acadia destroyed New Brunsw. in Wolfville, NS 83-60.
The best stats of 5th round was 26 points and 4 assists by Jimmy Dorsey of Cape Breton.


UNBC - TWU 100-103 OT

TWU needed overtime to beat UNBC 103:100. Osborne top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Raphael scored 28 points in defeat.
Top scorers:
UNBC: S.Raphael 28+7reb+3ast, J.Araujo 25+7reb+1ast, F.Rowe 21+2reb, J.Rybachuk 8+4reb, C.Barton 4+7reb, G.Aubertin 4+4reb
TWU: K.Osborne 19+4reb+1ast, M.Perrin 19+6reb+2ast, D.McDonald 18+6reb, J.Bakuteka 17+3reb+1ast, L.Goossen 16+8reb+1ast, T.Smith 11+2reb+3ast
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UBC Okanagan - Mount Royal 59-78

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Kelowna, BC where 6th ranked Heat (1-3) was crushed by seventh ranked Mount Royal (1-3) 78-59 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 19 points. Mount Royal forced 27 Heat turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Ray Goff (201) who scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Nick Loewen (196) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Mount Royal players scored in double figures. Mount Royal's coach Marc Dobell used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (193) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Greet Gill (190) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Mount Royal left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Heat. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: A.Fahandeg-Sadi 18+7reb+1ast, G.Gill 10+6reb+1ast, L.Ndayitwayeko 8+4reb+2ast, A.Faza 6+2reb+2ast, M.Goodwin 6+2reb+1ast, D.Mackay 6+4reb
Mount Royal: N.Loewen 15+6reb, R.Goff 12+9reb, D.Awak 11+3reb+1ast, J.Lefebvre 11+1reb, A.Abraha 10+5reb+4ast, M.Akwl 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190368


Lethbridge - Saskatchewan 99-87

Everything could happen in Lethbridge, AB at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Pronghorn and second-ranked Huskies had identical 2-1 record. This time Pronghorn used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Saskatoon, SK 99-87 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 53-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pronghorn made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Huskies were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Chaz Johnson (183) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Logan Reiter (188) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Matthew Forbes (198) produced 27 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) added 14 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pronghorn (3-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Alberta. Loser Huskies dropped to the third place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: M.Forbes 27+5reb+1ast, E.Ostertag 17+2reb+2ast, S.Lamar 14+1reb+8ast, P.Burns 10+6reb+1ast, T.Severinski 10+5reb, B.Baker 4+8reb+2ast
Lethbridge: L.Reiter 20+3reb+5ast, C.Johnson 17+9reb+2ast, J.Chief-Morris 15+6reb+2ast, N.Kovac 11+3reb, D.Waldner 11+5reb+3ast, M.Duce 11+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190365


UBC - TRU 97-63

Very expected game in Vancouver, BC where 5th ranked Wolfpack (1-3) was rolled over by leader Thunderbirds (4-0) 97-63 on Saturday. Thunderbirds held Wolfpack to an opponent 24.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 47.8 percent accuracy of the winners and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Thunderbirds forced 21 Wolfpack turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Geoff Pippus (196) chipped in 16 points. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Will Ondrik produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and Troy Grant added 14 points respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Thunderbirds have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Victoria. Loser Wolfpack keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TRU: T.Grant 14+2reb+1ast, K.Pribilsky 10, V.Watson 9+3reb+1ast, W.Ondrik 9+10reb+2ast, A.Pierre 5, B.Rouault 5+3reb+1ast
UBC: D.Plumb 16+6reb, G.Pippus 16+3reb+2ast, I.Solomon 14+3reb+1ast, T.Nixon 11+5reb+1ast, C.Morgan 10+2reb+1ast, J.Jensen-Whyte 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 190367


UFV - Victoria 72-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with leader Vikies' (4-0) road victory over 3rd placed Cascades (2-2) 78-72 on Saturday. Cascades were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Chris McLaughlin (208) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Terrell Evans chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Kevon Parchment produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Vikies have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with UBC. Loser Cascades keep the third place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UFV: K.Parchment 23+9reb+6ast, K.Grewal 21+5reb+2ast, N.Kendall 12+2reb+2ast, J.York 4+1reb+1ast, J.Blackman 4+1reb+1ast, K.Figueiredo 3+1reb+4ast
Victoria: C.McLaughlin 22+7reb+3ast, T.Evans 17+7reb, M.Acheampong 9+4reb+7ast, K.Peterson 8+2reb+3ast, R.Erikson 8+3reb+1ast, B.Dunlop 7+4ast
gschID: 190366


Laval - McGill 58-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Rouge et Or (0-1) in Quebec City, QC on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Redmen (1-0) 80-58. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 0-0 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Redmen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Redmen outrebounded Rouge et Or 39-28 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Vincent Dufort (195) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American guard Adrian Hynes-Guery (190, college: Amer.Internat.) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Thibaud Dezutter responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Joakim Longpre scored 11 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redmen keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Rouge et Or still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with UQAM and Laurier. Redmen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rouge et Or will play against the league's leader Stingers (#1) in Montreal, QC and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Laval: T.Dezutter 13+6reb+1ast, J.Longpre 11+2reb+2ast, K.Demers-Belanger 10+1reb+2ast, H.Ryan 8+4reb+1ast, A.Guilard 5+5reb, K.Amrani 4+2reb+1ast
McGill: V.Dufort 16+10reb+2ast, A.Hynes-Guery 15+3reb+4ast, A.Mitrovic 9+7reb+3ast, N.Joyal 9+4reb+2ast, C.McCue 8+2reb+1ast, A.Bross 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190362


Manitoba - Brandon 81-63

Everything could happen in Winnipeg, MB at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Bisons and 6th ranked Bobcats had identical 1-2 record. This time Bisons used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Brandon, MB 81-63 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Bisons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Bobcats' 22. Bisons forced 22 Bobcats turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Stephan Walton (178-87, college: Valdosta St.) who scored 29 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Walton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Reggie Smith added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bisons (2-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Bobcats dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Bisons will have a break next round. Bobcats will play on the road against Wesmen (#5) in Winnipeg, MB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brandon: A.Benabdelhak 20+12reb, R.Smith 16+1reb+2ast, I.Bonhomme 8+4reb+2ast, J.Molin 6+2reb, K.Ramsey 5+5reb+1ast, J.Reaves 4+11reb+1ast
Manitoba: S.Walton 29+6reb+7ast, J.Huertas 12+6reb+1ast, D.Joseph 9+7reb+1ast, X.Smith 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Ozsayiner 7+10reb+2ast, B.Speer 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190364


McMaster - Laurentian 64-65

There was a surprise result in Hamilton, ON where seventh ranked Voyageurs (1-1) edged second-ranked Marauders (1-1) 65-64 on Saturday. Voyageurs forced 22 Marauders turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Georges Serresse (191) who scored 22 points. Alex Ratte chipped in 22 points. Guard Rohan Boney (193) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Joe Rocca (193) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Marauders players scored in double figures. Marauders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Voyageurs left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Marauders. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
McMaster: R.Boney 19+5reb+7ast, J.Rocca 15+6reb+2ast, T.Black 14+4reb+2ast, S.Laws 12+8reb+1ast, N.Mccarthy 4+1reb, J.Quiring 0
Laurentian: A.Ratte 22+1reb+2ast, G.Serresse 22+3reb+3ast, N.Yengue 6+1reb, R.Bennett 6+2reb, T.Carter-Newman 4+2reb, J.Budd 2+9reb+3ast
gschID: 190363


Brock - York 69-70

There was a minor upset in St.Catharines, ON where leader Badgers (1-1) were edged by eighth ranked Lions (1-1) 70-69 on Saturday. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Lions forced 21 Badgers turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Daniel Tulloch (196) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Raheem Isaac (190) chipped in 15 points. Four Lions players scored in double figures. Lions' coach Tom Oliveri used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Mark Gibson (198) produced 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tshing Kasamba (196) added 20 points respectively for the hosts. Lions left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Badgers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brock: M.Gibson 25+6reb+2ast, T.Kasamba 20+4reb+2ast, J.Tipping 10+8reb+4ast, I.Egueh 4+7reb+5ast, K.Biel 4+7reb+1ast, B.Nahimana 4+3reb
York: R.Isaac 15+2reb+1ast, D.Tyndale 13+3ast, N.Tufegdzich 12+5reb+1ast, D.Tulloch 12+7reb, N.Chandrakumar 5+3reb, A.Rados 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190361


Toronto Univ. - Lakehead 73-94

There was a small surprise in Toronto, ON where sixth ranked Thunderwolves (1-1) smashed 4th placed Blues (1-1) 94-73 on Saturday. Thunderwolves dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Blues' 32. They outrebounded Blues 44-19 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thunderwolves looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Dwayne Harvey who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) chipped in 8 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Arun Kumar (183) produced 19 points and naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Thunderwolves left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Blues. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Kumar 19+2reb+3ast, B.Garvin 17+2reb, A.Hill 16+5reb+2ast, L.Schuetz 9+2reb, A.Plummer 8+5reb+1ast, M.Savel 3+2reb+3ast
Lakehead: B.Johnson 16, D.Harvey 16+9reb+4ast, J.Jones 13+5reb+3ast, B.King 10+1reb+2ast, J.Hart 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Salhia 8+13reb+3ast
gschID: 190360


Western - Carleton 46-86

Everything could happen in London, ON at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Ravens and bottom-ranked Mustangs had identical 0-1 record. But Mustangs were not able to use a home court advantage and were rolled over by the opponent from Ottawa, ON 86-46 on Saturday night. Ravens outrebounded Mustangs 44-16 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 55.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was international guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) who scored 16 points and 6 assists. International forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Ravens players scored in double figures. Forward Peter Scholtes (196) produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Greg Morrow (190) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ravens (1-1) left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser Mustangs still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Western: G.Morrow 14+3reb+5ast, P.Scholtes 12+6reb+5ast, R.Higgins 8+3reb, Q.Henderson 4+1reb+1ast, C.Drouin 3+1reb, A.Vandervoort 3
Carleton: T.Hinz 16+5reb+2ast, P.Scrubb 16+2reb+6ast, G.Resch 15+5reb+2ast, T.Scrubb 10+7reb+2ast, C.Springer-Williams 9+3reb+1ast, K.Blain 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190359


Windsor - Ottawa 72-68

Round 5 in CIS means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Windsor, ON where host Lancers (2-0) beat league's leader Gee-Gees (1-1) 72-68 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Lancers forced 23 Gee-Gees turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Gee-Gees helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) who scored 14 points and 5 assists. International forward Lien Phillip (203-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Michael L'Africain (185) added 2 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lancers keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Gee-Gees at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ryerson. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 26+7reb+1ast, C.Agada 9+4reb, M.Tihani 8+3reb, M.Plunkett 6+4reb, W.Ward 6+2reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 5+6reb+1ast
Windsor: E.Diloreto 14+2reb+5ast, J.Collins 12+2reb+3ast, L.Phillip 10+11reb, E.Matthews 9+6reb, N.Ntim 8+1reb, R.Osuntola 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190358


St.Mary's - St.Francis X. 97-105

There was a surprise result in Halifax, NS where leader X-Men (1-0) beat leader Huskies (2-1) 105-97 on Saturday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-97. X-Men made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Huskies were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Terry Thomas (193) who scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Tyrell Vernon (185-88) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. American guard Johnny Higgins (187, college: Marshall) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists and Nigerian guard Harry Ezenibe (190-87) added 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. X-Men keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Huskies dropped to the third place with one game lost. X-Men will face Capers (#4) in Sydney, NS in the next round.
Top scorers:
St.Mary''s: H.Ezenibe 23+6reb, J.Higgins 20+8reb+12ast, R.Halpin 15+9reb+3ast, K.Thomas 12+4reb, J.McAvoy 12+8reb+3ast, K.Scott 7+2reb
St.Francis X.: T.Thomas 28+9reb+1ast, T.Vernon 16+2reb+5ast, J.Dunn 15+6reb+1ast, J.Clarke 13+6reb+3ast, W.Donkoh 10+5reb+2ast, S.Coupland 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 190355


Ryerson - Guelph 91-43

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Rams as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Gee-Gees) loss. Rams smashed bottom-ranked Gryphons in Toronto, ON 91-43. Rams held Gryphons to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 55.6 percent accuracy of the winners and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Rams outrebounded Gryphons 42-20 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Gryphons were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Jordon Gauthier (191) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Rams players scored in double figures. Guard Charles Amponsah (185) answered with 11 points and guard Zachary Angus (185) added 5 points in the effort for Gryphons. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Gryphons at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Guelph: C.Amponsah 11+2reb, D.Thompson 8+1ast, Z.Angus 5+4reb+1ast, P.Smith 4, A.Kemp 4+1reb, T.Thompson 4+1reb+3ast
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 19+13reb, J.Jones 15+4ast, B.Michaelsen 11+6reb+3ast, J.Wheatle 10+2reb+3ast, A.Best 9+8reb, A.Gebrekerestos 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 190357


Memorial - Cape Breton 61-107

Not a big story in a game in St.John's, NL where bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-3) were outplayed by leader Capers (1-0) 107-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Capers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sea Hawks' 34. Capers forced 27 Sea Hawks turnovers and outrebounded them 48-28 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Sea Hawks' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who scored 26 points and 4 assists. Forward Arild Geugjes (203) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Capers players scored in double figures. Swingman Ryan Wood (191) produced 19 points and 5 assists and Alpha Kisusi added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capers keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Sea Hawks still closes the standings with three games lost. Capers will face X-Men (#5) in Antigonish, NS in the next round. Sea Hawks will play again at home against Capers in Sydney, NS and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Memorial: R.Wood 19+2reb+5ast, A.Kisusi 10+3reb+2ast, T.Stanoev 8+1reb+1ast, C.Gould 5+3reb+2ast, N.Moffatt 5+5reb+3ast, C.Henderson 4+6reb+1ast
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 26+4reb+4ast, A.Geugjes 17+11reb+3ast, M.Lufile 11+10reb+2ast, S.Keith 11+2reb+1ast, B.Fule 8+4reb+3ast, S.Mccormick 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190354


UPEI - Dalhousie 89-82

Everything went according to plan in Charlottetown, PEI where leader Panthers (2-0) won against bottom-ranked Tigers (0-2) 89-82 on Saturday. Tigers trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-89 at the end of the game. Tigers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Geoff Doane (196) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Deontay Smith chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists. Forward Devon Stedman produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and forward Simon Marr (203) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panthers keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Tigers still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: S.Marr 14+5reb, D.Stedman 12+7reb+1ast, H.Abdullahi 11+4reb+1ast, K.Lawrence 11+4reb, J.Reid 9+4reb+4ast, D.Norris 8+1reb+1ast
UPEI: G.Doane 26+7reb, M.Downey 14+1reb+1ast, D.Smith 14+3reb+11ast, J.Kendrick 11+4reb+2ast, T.Brown 9+1reb+2ast, B.Ofori 5+2reb
gschID: 190352


New Brunsw. - Acadia 60-83

There was no surprise in Fredericton, NB where bottom-ranked Varsity Reds (0-2) were crushed by leader Axemen (2-0) 83-60 on Saturday. Axemen held Varsity Reds to an opponent 22.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.3 percent accuracy of the winners and made 32-of-36 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Axemen outrebounded Varsity Reds 37-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Varsity Reds were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Thomas Filigiano chipped in 13 points. Five Axemen players scored in double figures. Guard William Mc Fee (190) produced 22 points and forward Ryan Smith (190) added 6 points respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Axemen keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Varsity Reds still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: W.Mc Fee 22+3reb+2ast, R.Linton 8, A.Caskey 6+3reb, R.Smith 6+3reb+1ast, A.O'Brien 5+3reb, D.Quirion 5+2reb+1ast
Acadia: O.Klassen 17+12reb+4ast, A.Ashe 14+4reb, J.Tull 13+2reb+1ast, T.Filigiano 13+4reb+1ast, S.Smith 10+7reb+1ast, B.States 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190353



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A1 Round 6: Djuro Djakovic is defeated by Vrijednosnice OS - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Darda between third ranked Djuro Djakovic (3-3) and seventh ranked Vrijednosnice OS (3-3) on Saturday night. Djuro Djakovic was crushed by Vrijednosnice OS on the road 84-62. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-62. Vrijednosnice OS dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Djuro Djakovic's 30. Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-C-81) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian power forward Mirza Hrncic (203-86) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Vrijednosnice OS's coach Senad Muminovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Djuro Djakovic. Djuro Djakovic lost third consecutive game. Vrijednosnice OS is looking forward to face Alkar Sinj (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Djuro Djakovic will play against KK Dubrovnik (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Zagreb. Top-ranked host KK Zagreb (6-0) defeated 3rd ranked Krizevci (3-3) 83-67. American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) notched 27 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Tomislav Petrovic supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) did not help to save the game for Krizevci. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated KK Zagreb have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Krizevci at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KK Zagreb will play against KK Zabok (#7) in Zabok in the next round where they are favorite. Krizevci will play at home against the league's second-placed Kvarner 2010 (#2) in Rijeka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Osjecki Sokol managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Osjecki Sokol won against ninth-ranked KK Dubrovnik 90-84. The best player for the winners was Bruno Sundov who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Osjecki Sokol's coach Zoran Helbich used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Mislav Peric who recorded 28 points and 5 rebounds. Osjecki Sokol (2-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Alkar Sinj and Zabok. Loser KK Dubrovnik dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Osjecki Sokol will meet at home higher ranked Jolly (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Dubrovnik will play against Djuro Djakovic (#6) in Slavonski Brod.

In the last two games of round 6 Alkar Sinj lost to Kvarner 2010 on the opponent's court 55-69. Jolly managed to outperform Zabok in a home game 84-70.


KK Zagreb - Krizevci 83-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zagreb. Top-ranked host KK Zagreb (6-0) defeated 3rd ranked Krizevci (3-3) 83-67. It looked good early as Krizevci took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KK Zagreb had a 25-17 second period charge getting the lead and Krizevci was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-83. They outrebounded Krizevci 43-28 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) notched 27 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Tomislav Petrovic (203-85) supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) did not help to save the game for Krizevci. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) added 15 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Zagreb have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Krizevci at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KK Zagreb will play against KK Zabok (#7) in Zabok in the next round where they are favorite. Krizevci will play at home against the league's second-placed Kvarner 2010 (#2) in Rijeka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb: M.James 27+4reb+4ast, T.Petrovic 20+5reb+1ast, A.Krapic 12+5reb, F.Basljan 9+4reb+1ast, M.Halilovic 6+1ast, M.Poscic 4+3reb
Krizevci: I.Grgat 15+4reb, I.Svoboda 10+2reb, P.Rembert 9+6reb+5ast, A.Hrkac 8+1reb, M.Zrnic 7+3reb, I.Cvjetkovic 6+1reb
gschID: 196136


Kvarner 2010 - Alkar Sinj 69-55

Very expected game in Rijeka where 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (2-4) was defeated by second ranked Kvarner 2010 (5-1) 69-55 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kvarner 2010. Alkar Sinj managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Kvarner 2010 forced 20 Alkar Sinj turnovers and outrebounded them 37-17 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Ivica Radic (208-90) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) chipped in 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Josip Matic (202-92) who recorded 12 points and forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Kvarner 2010 have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader KK Zagreb. Alkar Sinj lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Zabok and Osjecki Sokol. Kvarner 2010 will meet Krizevci (#5) on the road in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: J.Skific 14+3reb, I.Radic 13+8reb+2ast, B.Krivec 11+2reb+3ast, J.Surina 8+1reb, A.Boban 6+5reb, D.Cinac 5+7reb
Alkar Sinj: J.Matic 12+4reb, R.Jugo 7+1reb+3ast, M.Modric 7, J.Curkovic 7+5reb, D.Kanaet 7, Z.Zupic 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 196137


Darda - Djuro Djakovic 84-62

The most important game in the last round took place in Darda between third ranked Djuro Djakovic (3-3) and seventh ranked Vrijednosnice OS (3-3) on Saturday night. Djuro Djakovic was crushed by Vrijednosnice OS on the road 84-62. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-62. Vrijednosnice OS dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Djuro Djakovic's 30. Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian power forward Mirza Hrncic (203-86) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Vrijednosnice OS's coach Senad Muminovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Austrian forward Matej Kljaic (193-91) scored 13 points. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Djuro Djakovic. Djuro Djakovic lost third consecutive game. Vrijednosnice OS is looking forward to face Alkar Sinj (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Djuro Djakovic will play against KK Dubrovnik (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Darda: M.Hrncic 20+5reb+1ast, M.Peraica 17+8reb+4ast, J.Glavinic 14+2reb+5ast, A.Bicvic 12+2reb+2ast, L.Panduric 7+1reb+7ast, S.Tesija 6+5reb
Djuro Djakovic: M.Sarlija 16+12reb+2ast, M.Bakovic 14+1reb+1ast, M.Kljaic 13+2reb+3ast, M.Karlovic 9+2reb+1ast, P.Matusko 6+1reb+1ast, D.Samija 2
gschID: 196138


Dubrovnik - Osjecki Sokol 84-90

Bottom-ranked Osjecki Sokol managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Osjecki Sokol won against ninth-ranked KK Dubrovnik 90-84. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 27-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Osjecki Sokol shot 61.2 percent from the field and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Four Osjecki Sokol players scored in double figures. Osjecki Sokol's coach Zoran Helbich used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mislav Peric (191-88) who recorded 28 points and 5 rebounds and guard Luka Pesut (193-91) added 17 points respectively. Osjecki Sokol (2-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Alkar Sinj and Zabok. Loser KK Dubrovnik dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Osjecki Sokol will meet at home higher ranked Jolly (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Dubrovnik will play against Djuro Djakovic (#6) in Slavonski Brod.
Top scorers:
Osjecki Sokol: B.Sundov 19+9reb+2ast, T.Brnas 15, V.Budimir 15+6reb+2ast, I.Tomeljak 14+4reb+8ast, A.Sarac 8+1reb+2ast, M.Raic 8+1reb+1ast
Dubrovnik: M.Peric 28+5reb+2ast, L.Pesut 17+4reb+2ast, M.Lucic 9+1reb+1ast, F.Najev 7+1reb+1ast, M.Proleta 7+2reb+1ast, D.Jakolis 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 196134


Jolly - Zabok 84-70

Everything could happen in Sibenik at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Jolly and 6th ranked KK Zabok had identical 2-3 record. This time Jolly used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Zabok 84-70 on Saturday night. Jolly (3-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser KK Zabok dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Alkar Sinj and Osjecki Sokol. Jolly will meet Osjecki Sokol (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. KK Zabok will play against the league's leader KK Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 196135



Adriatic League: MZT Skopje edge Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Cedevita 74:61

MZT Skopje celebrated the fourth win in Adriatic League season. They held off Cedevita in front of 3000 cheerful spectators in the capital of Republic of Macedonia. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points to lead the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. MZT Skopje led by just a single point at the first break 17:16. But the home team surged ahead in the second frame. MZT Skopje netted 23 points and established a 40:26 halftime advantage. Cedevita changed the complexion of the encounter in the second half. The Croatian side cut the margin to trail by just 7 points at the final intermission. MZT Skopje however went on a 20:14 run in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) netted 17 points, while Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) produced 16 points in the win. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Cedevita. Luksa Andric (208-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in the loss.

MZT Skopje: Todor Gecevski 20, Damjan Stojanovski 17, Gjorji Cekovski 16
Cedevita: Predrag Suput 17, Luksa Andric 11



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Week 3 - Statistics - by Dr. Nasios Orinos (T)

1)Top scorer= Morisson-Apoel = 28 points
2)Top rebounder= Linnard - Keravnos =15 rebounds
3)Top assist man= Dorsy-Apollon + Guillandeaux-Ael = 8 assists
4)Top stealer= Lee-Omonoia = 5 steals
5)est scoring team in week 3=Omonoia (scored 94 pts)
6)Best defensive team in week 3= Apoel (received 59 pts)

Highlights and award

Diggs led all scorers with 27 points, Lamar added 25, Baker had 21 and Omonoia rolled to its third straight win, 90-94 over Etha on Saturday night. There is no doubt that Omonoia has had an explosive beginning in the season with all of us hardly believe that a team with basically four players can make such a remarkable opening. Omonoia is now 3-0.

The weekly award goes to Jamar Diggs of Omonoia. He had 27 points (11 in 11 FT), 6 rebounds and 6 assists, leading Omonoia to a third victory.



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NBL Round 11: CEZ Nymburk beats BK Prostejov by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked BK Prostejov (5-5) used its home court advantage to challenge leader CEZ Nymburk (10-0) on Saturday. The visitors from Nymburk managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CEZ Nymburk made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Jiri Welsch (199-80) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) answered with 19 points for BK Prostejov. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-0 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face Levharti Chomutov (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Prostejov will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked BC Kolin (6-4) against eleventh ranked Levharti Chomutov (3-6) on Sunday night. Visiting BC Kolin was defeated by Levharti Chomutov in a tough game in Chomutov 84-88. It was a great evening for American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Pavel Bosak helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to ninth place. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with USK Praha. Levharti Chomutov will play against higher ranked BK Pardubice (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Kolin will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked USK Praha (6-4) against eighth ranked BK Pardubice (4-4) on Saturday night. Visiting USK Praha was defeated by BK Pardubice in Pardubice 89-76. It was an exceptional evening for Corey Muirhead who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. BK Pardubice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Boris Meno came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for USK Praha in the defeat. BK Pardubice moved-up to seventh place. Loser USK Praha dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. BK Pardubice will meet Levharti Chomutov (#9) on the road in the next round. USK Praha will play against BK Prostejov (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get a third victory. This time they edged seventh-ranked Levice 80-77. The best player for the winners was Ladislav Horak who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Levice's coach Peter Balint let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Usti nad Labem (3-8) moved-up to eleventh place. Levice at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. BK Usti nad Labem's next round opponent will be B&W Opava (#12) at home.
The game between fifth ranked BK Decin (6-3) and 9th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-7) in Decin on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. BK Decin beat guests from Svitavy 79-62. Lubos Stria orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Decin moved-up to third place. Loser Basketbal Svitavy dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. BK Decin will face Levice (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BC Kolin.

In the last two games of round 11 NH Ostrava beat B&W Opava on the road 92-75. Bottom-ranked Usti n/Labem lost to BK Decin on its own court 74-85.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds by Brad Reese of Usti n/Labem.


Levice - Usti n/Labem 77-80

Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get a third victory. This time they edged seventh-ranked Levice 80-77. Levice was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 35-30 second half run of BK Usti nad Labem. Strangely Levice outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 43-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Levice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Antonin Pistecky (195-84) chipped in 5 points and 9 rebounds. Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Slovakian swingman Martin Sykora (192-81) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Levice's coach Peter Balint let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Usti nad Labem (3-8) moved-up to eleventh place. Levice at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. BK Usti nad Labem's next round opponent will be B&W Opava (#12) at home.
Top scorers:
Levice: S.Nuhanovic 23+9reb+1ast, M.Sykora 12+7reb+2ast, J.Moravek 10+3reb, D.Kyles 9+4reb+4ast, T.Gottselig 8+3reb, S.Bilic 6+9reb
Usti n/Labem: L.Horak 18+6reb+2ast, A.Nolen 13+2reb+1ast, B.Reese 11+3reb, S.Licartovsky 11+2reb, T.Hruby 10, J.Krakovic 9+5reb
gschID: 182992


BK Decin - Svitavy 79-62

The game between fifth ranked BK Decin (6-3) and 9th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-7) in Decin on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. BK Decin beat guests from Svitavy 79-62. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-62. BK Decin forced 22 Basketbal Svitavy turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) answered with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Pavel Harcar (202-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Decin moved-up to third place. Loser Basketbal Svitavy dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. BK Decin will face Levice (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BC Kolin.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: T.Macela 10+3reb+3ast, P.Harcar 10+8reb, L.Moravec 9+3ast, M.Deloach 8+7reb+5ast, J.Sedlak 8+2reb, P.Mroz 6+7reb+2ast
BK Decin: P.Sedmak 15+1reb+2ast, L.Stria 15+7reb+8ast, A.Alic 14+2reb+2ast, J.Jiricek 10+4reb, R.Landa 9+5reb, P.Pope 5+3ast
gschID: 182991


Chomutov - BC Kolin 88-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked BC Kolin (6-4) against eleventh ranked Levharti Chomutov (3-6) on Sunday night. Visiting BC Kolin was defeated by Levharti Chomutov in a tough game in Chomutov 84-88. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-19 BC Kolin's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-84 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Pavel Bosak (192-82) helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to ninth place. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with USK Praha. Levharti Chomutov will play against higher ranked BK Pardubice (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Kolin will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: J.Jelinek 22+4reb, D.Bolds 21+10reb+2ast, D.Radulovic 14+4reb+2ast, S.Zuzak 13+4reb+3ast, R.Field 6+5reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 6+2reb+3ast
Chomutov: J.Fields 23+8reb+1ast, P.Bosak 22+3reb+4ast, S.Glover 17+5reb+4ast, L.Pecka 14+8reb+1ast, A.Zampach 5+5reb+2ast, V.Honomichl 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 182996


BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk 73-76

Sixth-ranked BK Prostejov (5-5) used its home court advantage to challenge leader CEZ Nymburk (10-0) on Saturday. The visitors from Nymburk managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CEZ Nymburk made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Jiri Welsch (199-80) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) answered with 19 points and forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BK Prostejov. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-0 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face Levharti Chomutov (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Prostejov will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: A.Dufault 19+4reb+2ast, P.Slezak 10+3reb+1ast, O.Kohout 10+7reb+1ast, D.Pandula 9+1reb, J.Bohacik 8+3reb+4ast, K.Svrdlik 7+3reb
CEZ Nymburk: R.Rancik 21+6reb+1ast, P.Benda 13+6reb, J.Welsch 13+7reb+4ast, M.Taylor 11+2reb+2ast, V.Hruban 6+4reb+2ast, P.Houska 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 182995


BK Pardubice - USK Praha 89-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked USK Praha (6-4) against eighth ranked BK Pardubice (4-4) on Saturday night. Visiting USK Praha was defeated by BK Pardubice in Pardubice 89-76. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. USK Praha managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded USK Praha 44-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. International forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. BK Pardubice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Michal Mares (192-92) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for USK Praha in the defeat. Five BK Pardubice and four USK Praha players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice moved-up to seventh place. Loser USK Praha dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. BK Pardubice will meet Levharti Chomutov (#9) on the road in the next round. USK Praha will play against BK Prostejov (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: B.Meno 18+9reb, M.Vocetka 17+2reb+3ast, M.Mares 14+8reb+3ast, S.Votroubek 13+1reb, M.Sotnar 8+1reb+4ast, J.Slavik 6+4reb
BK Pardubice: Z.Pospisil 16+6reb, C.Muirhead 15+10reb+7ast, E.Zabas 14+2reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 12+10reb+1ast, T.Nelson 10+3reb, L.Kotas 9+3reb
gschID: 182994


B&W Opava - NH Ostrava 75-92

No shocking result in a game when second ranked NH Ostrava (10-1) beat on the road 11th ranked B&W Opava (2-8) 92-75 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. NH Ostrava forced 19 B&W Opava turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. NH Ostrava looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Martin Gniadek (201-90) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for B&W Opava. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for NH Ostrava. They maintain second place with 10-1 record having just -1 point less than leader CEZ Nymburk. B&W Opava lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. NH Ostrava will have a break next round. B&W Opava will play on the road against BK Usti nad Labem (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 18+5reb+2ast, L.Toth 16+8reb+1ast, C.Cage 14+3reb+7ast, P.Dokoupil 12+3reb+3ast, M.Miklosik 8+5reb, J.Dihel 5+3reb+2ast
NH Ostrava: R.Ames 26+5reb+8ast, M.Gniadek 15+7reb+2ast, J.Wilson 13+4reb+1ast, R.Pelikan 10+5reb+1ast, J.Stehlik 9+2reb+3ast, F.Zbranek 7+1ast
gschID: 182993


Round 10
Usti n/Labem - BK Decin 74-85

Very expected game when 13th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (3-8) lost at home to fifth ranked BK Decin (6-3) 85-74 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. BK Usti nad Labem was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Decin made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Albert Nolen (185-89, college: Minnesota) added 11 points and 4 steals in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. BK Decin moved-up to third place. Loser BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. BK Decin will face Levice (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 35+12reb+1ast, A.Nolen 11+2reb+2ast, S.Licartovsky 10+2reb+1ast, L.Horak 5+4reb+2ast, V.Hejl 4+3reb+1ast, T.Hruby 4+1reb
BK Decin: L.Stria 19+5reb+3ast, P.Sedmak 17+10reb+2ast, P.Pope 17+7reb+6ast, L.Bazant 10+5reb+1ast, L.Sanders 8+2ast, R.Landa 7+4reb
gschID: 227785



Chomutov adds Rubin to their roster, ex Soproni - by Eurobasket News (T)

Levharti Chomutov (NBL) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Janou Rubin (193-94kg-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Soproni in Hungarian A Division. In 30 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Hungarian League All-Star Game. The most of last season Rubin spent at Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (previous name Szedeak) in A Division. In 26 games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. He also spent pre-season at Albacomp in A Division that year. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Rubins college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2006.
He has played previously professionally in ABA (Clayton).
Rubin attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



John Fields agreed terms with Chomutov - by Eurobasket News (T)

Levharti Chomutov (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee). He already started the season at LTi 46ers in German BBL league. In 7 games this season he recorded 3.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3bpg. The last season Fields also played at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga. In 39 games last year he averaged 11.4ppg, 12.2rpg (leader !!!) and 1.8bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team.
He graduated from University of Tennessee in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

24-year old forward Brad Reese (199-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Usti n/Labem and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 12 rebounds, while his team lost the game against BK Decin (#3, 6-3) 74-85. Usti n/Labem is placed at 11th position in Czech Republic league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Reese had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Usti n/Labem's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Reese is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.2ppg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP. Worth to mention Reese played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82) of Levice. He is Slovenian center in his first season at Levice. In the last game Nuhanovic recorded impressive 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Levice was edged by the lower-ranked Usti n/Labem (#11, 3-8) 80-77. This loss caused Levice to drop to 8th position in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Nuhanovic is a newcomer at Levice and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket) of league's leader CEZ Nymburk. Rancik scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to a 76-73 win against the lower-ranked BK Prostejov (#6, 5-5). CEZ Nymburk have amazing season winning all 10 games without a single defeat in . Rancik turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Rancik has a very solid season. In 5 games in Czech Republic he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rahsaan Ames (184-PG-78) of NH Ostrava - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84) of BC Kolin - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. John Fields (205-F-88) of Chomutov - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) of BK Pardubice - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) of BK Decin - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) of BK Decin - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



CEZ Nymburk Hangs Tough, But Ultimately Falls to CSKA Moscow 75-84 in Week 5 of VTB United League - by Surujh Roopnarine

Despite leading for much of the first three quarters, Czech champions CEZ Nymburk could not hold off a determined CSKA Moscow club this afternoon in Russia, falling 75-84 in Week 5 VTB United League play. Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82). CSKA's team captain took control of the game at the right moment and brought his team the crucial victory. The stats back up Khryapas excellent play 15 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. He led the team in each category as the home team outscored Nymburk 30-18 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. For CEZ Nymburk, Michael Taylor (188-G-86, college: Iowa St.) led the way scoring a game-high 22 points, but cooled off in the fourth quarter missing two big three-pointers during CSKA's comeback. Nymburk was also done in by their lack of strength on the glass, being out-rebounded 21-42 and being outscored in the paint 18-30 for the game.
CSKA: Viktor Khryapa (15pts+13reb+5ast), Sonny Weems (14pts+5reb), Nenad Krstic (13pts+10reb), Milos Teodosic (11pts+5ast+6to)
NYMBURK: Michael Taylor (22pts), Lukas Palyza (12pts+5reb), Radoslav Rancik (12pts), Petr Benda (10pts)



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Bighorns welcome back Honeycutt - by Eurobasket News (T)

Reno Bighorns landed 22-year old forward Tyler Honeycutt (203-90kg-90, college: UCLA). Its actually his comeback to Bighorns as he played here before. Honeycutt played recently at Sacramento Kings in the NBA. The last season he also played at Bighorns. In 10 D-League games last year he averaged 5.9ppg and 2.9rpg.
Last year Honeycutt was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (35th overall). He attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
Honeycutts team was regular season runner-up in Pac-10 in 2011.
He received also All-Pac-10 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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FIBA implement new format and calendar of competitions - by Eurobasket News

FIBA will go ahead with implementing new format and calendar of competitions starting 2017.
The main points are:

The next edition of FIBA Basketball World Cup (following the one in Spain in 2014) will be moved to 2019. A total of 32 teams will take part at the tournament.
The qualifying events for the World Cup will take place during two years. The national teams will be divided into two divisions Division A and Division B with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation. Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.

Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBAs flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).

The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.

FIBA also have given out plans to review the womens calendar and system of competition within the next year.



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Johnell Smith claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Johnell Smith (180-PG-80) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kataja and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 32-year old playmaker had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Kataja in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lapua (#11, 2-7) 101-96. Kataja is placed at 3rd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Smith turned to be Kataja's top player in his first season with the team. University of New Orleans graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.6ppg), assists (4th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY. Gibson impressed basketball fans with 37 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for LrNMKY to edge the higher-ranked Kauhajoki (#4, 6-3) by 4 points 110-106. LrNMKY's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gibson is a newcomer at LrNMKY and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.1rpg and 3.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo (#10). Thornton scored 26 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Thornton's great performance FoKoPo lost 75-84 to the higher-ranked Kouvot (#6, 5-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. FoKoPo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Thornton he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Thornton has a very solid season. In 9 games in Finland he scored 14.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 26 points and 10 rebounds
6. Greg Logins (200-F-88) of LrNMKY - 26 points and 9 rebounds
7. Dominique Coleman (190-G-84) of Lapua - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Kauhajoki - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Kouvot - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 16 points and 12 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 30.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.30.9 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia27.8 
 3. Pederson, SayRi24.0 
 4. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.1 
 5. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.21.2 
 6. Brennan, Tapiolan.20.9 
 7. Salminen, TuNM.20.6 
 8. Young, Porvoon20.6 
 9. Tate, Porvoon20.3 
 10. Collins, SayRi20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia15.3 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.5 
 4. Keskitalo, JyWe12.9 
 5. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.6 
 6. Salminen, TuNM.12.0 
 7. Stephens, Huima11.4 
 8. Pederson, SayRi10.8 
 9. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.6 
 10. Brennan, Tapiolan.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Robert JUVONEN
  Kerava ET
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Juvonen, Kerava ET4.8 
 2. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.8 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.6 
 4. Jarvinen, KaU Koris4.6 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia4.2 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.0 
 7. Russell, Oulun N.3.7 
 8. Ginty, ToPo3.7 
 9. Herrala, HBA-M.3.6 
 10. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.5 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.5 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.3.0 
 3. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.5 
 4. Richardson, Ura B.2.4 
 5. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.4 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 7. Russell, Oulun N.2.0 
 8. Andersen, Espoo B.2.0 
 9. Pederson, SayRi2.0 
 10. Herrala, HBA-M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.6 
 3. Woods, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.8 
 5. Young, Porvoon1.8 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 7. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 8. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.2 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET1.1 
 10. Immonen, TuNM.1.0 


Hard Work Pays Off - by Greg Logins

Hello fans,
It's been an intense week with practices, and other training to prepare for yesterday game on the road against Kauhajoki. Everyone began the week with a different mindset of what we were focusing unto what to do, which was get better as a team and take an important victory on the road against a team that is well known for playing hard. It all started off with the game being a rally back and forth, competing on both ends of the court. With Kauhajoki trying to pressure our guards, and trap, we handled the pressure well and was able to get some great looks and shots within our offense. With that being said, our defense was actually well ran and the intensity was at a high level within both teams. First half, we entered the locker room down by 5 points. We where not to worried because we have been in situations as this before, but our main goal was to just continue to attack, rebound, and play team defense. Third quarter arrives and the opposing team goes on a little run, which got their momentum going and they began to feel confident and controlled over the game. We ended up trailing down by 15 points, which began to look like things where going to go in the wrong direction. Our coaches gathered us together and helped us regroup and changed the game plan a little and we where right back into the game, and the intensity was on another level than it was in the first half. When the intensity is high, the game starts to get even more interesting because the score is close, the crowd is obnoxious, and the benches are cheering for their teams to finish and make plays to help them win. It all comes down to the wire in the fourth quarter with us being down by 3 points, with them having possession of the ball. I can see on our faces that we where ready to play this one hard possession with all we got so we could get the ball and tie the ball game. With that being said we did accomplish are mission and got a steal and knocked down the 3 to tie the ball game. Six seconds left on the clock and the gym rocking with all of the noise, they miss the shot attempt and overtime we go. Our second over time this season, and the thing was for us is to see if we have the toughness and heart to complete the game on the road and finish off with the victory. Our goal was accomplished. In overtime, we totally controlled the game offensively, and defensively which gave us a great road victory. I had a pretty good game finishing with 26 points and 9 rebounds. A great win for Lappeeranta Namika Hoops. Now we put this win in the books and prepare these next couple of days for our next game at home. Until then, that is all I have.. Thank you for reading my blogs and I hope you continue to read them.

Greg Logins #4
"Namika Hoops"

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Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 9: Porvoon Tarmo - Tapiolan Honka 88-80
Nov. 11: HBA-Marsky - JyWe 88-65
Nov. 11: Huima - ToPo 85-70
Nov. 11: Kerava ET - Jarvenpaa 84-99
Nov. 9: KaU Koris - BC Jyvaskyla 84-76
Nov. 11: Pyrinto II - SayRi 80-111
Nov. 11: TuNMKY - BC Jyvaskyla 69-63
Nov. 11: Espoo Basket - KaU Koris 65-66
Nov. 11: Ura Basket - BC Nokia 64-103

Regular Season: Round 9

A

Nov. 16: ToPo - Ura Basket
Nov. 18: BC Nokia - Pyrinto II
Nov. 18: SayRi - Oulun NMKY
Nov. 18: Tapiolan Honka - Huima

B

Nov. 18: JyWe - Kerava ET
Nov. 18: TuNMKY - HBA-Marsky
Nov. 18: Jarvenpaa - Espoo Basket
Nov. 18: KaU Koris - BC Jyvaskyla


Finnish 1st Division round 8 best performance: Nicholas Pederson - by Eurobasket News

American forward Nicholas Pederson (203-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SayRi, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Pyrinto II (3-4) with 31-point margin 111-80. SayRi is placed at 7th position in Finnish 1st Division. SayRi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. In the team's last game Pederson had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be SayRi's top player in his first season with the team. Nicholas Pederson has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 10.8rpg) and averages impressive 65.6% FGP and 53.8% from behind 3-point line. Worth to mention Pederson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Kittitian Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88) of BC Nokia. Woods had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead BC Nokia to another comfortable win outscoring Ura Basket (#9, 0-7) 103-64. This victory allowed BC Nokia to move up to 5th position in group A. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Woods is a newcomer at BC Nokia, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another BC Nokia's star - American Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87). Moultrie scored 24 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of BC Nokia, helping his team with a 103-64 easy win against Ura Basket (#9, 0-7). BC Nokia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Moultrie has a great season in Finland. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 15.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 60.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87) of Porvoon Tarmo - 37 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcus Capers (193-G-89) of ToPo - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80) of Kerava ET - 29 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Harri Keskitalo (210-C-90) of JyWe - 12 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tomi Sakala (203-C-80) of KaU Koris - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of ToPo - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nafis Ricks (188-G) of BC Jyvaskyla - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo24.7 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.17.7 
 3. Bratic, Feni I.17.5 
 4. Jevdic, ABA S.17.3 
 5. Tasovski, Lirija16.3 
 6. Jelesijevic, Rabot.15.0 
 7. Karadzovski, Kozuv14.0 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.14.0 
 9. Marjanovikj, Pelis.14.0 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kerkez, Vardar11.3 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo11.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.9.7 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.8.3 
 5. Amoke, Rabotnicki8.0 
 6. Zaharievski, Pelis.7.7 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 8. Brckov, Feni I.6.3 
 9. Kostevski, Vardar6.3 
 10. Zivcevic, Rabotni.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar KARADZOVSKI
  Kozuv
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Karadzovski, Kozuv6.0 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.4.7 
 3. Dimcevski, Kuman.4.3 
 4. Pilcevic, Feni I.3.7 
 5. Sokolov, Feni I.3.3 
 6. Janjusevic, ABA S.3.0 
 7. Tasovski, Lirija3.0 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija3.0 
 9. Petrovski, Vardar3.0 
 10. Jevdic, ABA S.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar UGRINOVSKI
  Lirija
  (--)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ugrinovski, Lirija3.0 
 2. Stajic, Lirija2.3 
 3. Pajic, Vardar2.3 
 4. Blazevski, Kozuv2.3 
 5. Balazs, ABA S.2.0 
 6. Dimcevski, Kuman.2.0 
 7. Bogoev, ABA S.1.7 
 8. Arsic, ABA S.1.7 
 9. Simonovski, Feni I.1.7 
 10. Lazarevski, Vardar1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo2.0 
 2. Tasovski, Lirija1.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.0 
 4. Talevski, Pelist.1.0 
 5. Simic, Lirija1.0 
 6. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.7 
 7. Bozovic, Kozuv0.7 
 8. Arsic, ABA S.0.7 
 9. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.7 
 10. Zaharievski, Peli.0.7 


Adriatic League: MZT Skopje edge Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Cedevita 74:61

MZT Skopje celebrated the fourth win in Adriatic League season. They held off Cedevita in front of 3000 cheerful spectators in the capital of Republic of Macedonia. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points to lead the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. MZT Skopje led by just a single point at the first break 17:16. But the home team surged ahead in the second frame. MZT Skopje netted 23 points and established a 40:26 halftime advantage. Cedevita changed the complexion of the encounter in the second half. The Croatian side cut the margin to trail by just 7 points at the final intermission. MZT Skopje however went on a 20:14 run in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) netted 17 points, while Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) produced 16 points in the win. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Cedevita. Luksa Andric (208-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in the loss.

MZT Skopje: Todor Gecevski 20, Damjan Stojanovski 17, Gjorji Cekovski 16
Cedevita: Predrag Suput 17, Luksa Andric 11



Prva Liga Round 3: Lirija hands first loss to Kumanovo 2009 - by Eurobasket News

There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of Prva Liga and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Kumanovo 2009 (2-1) in Skopje on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Lirija (1-2) 78-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumanovo 2009. Strangely Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded Lirija 36-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 27 points for Kumanovo 2009. Kumanovo 2009's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lirija left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the third position with one game lost. Lirija is looking forward to face league's leader ABA Strumica on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kumanovo 2009 will play against the league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 17 points and 20 rebounds by Dragan Kerkez of Vardar.


Vardar - Pelister Bitola 67-64

Everything could happen in Skopje at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Vardar and bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola had identical 0-2 record. This time Vardar used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Bitola 67-64 on Sunday night. Pelister Bitola was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Vardar, which allowed them to win the game. Vardar outrebounded Pelister Bitola 46-21 including a 22-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Dragan Kerkez who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 20 rebounds. Darko Kostevski contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Vardar's coach Branko Andrievski used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Center Daniel Zaharievski (206-87) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Zoran Petkovski (188-78) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pelister Bitola. Vardar (1-2) left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. It was Pelister Bitola's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Vardar will face Kozuv (#4) in Gevgelija in the next round. Pelister Bitola will play at home against Fersped-Rabotnicki (#7) in Skopje and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Vardar: D.Kerkez 17+20reb+2ast, I.Ivanovic 13+1reb+1ast, V.Petrovski 11+2reb+3ast, D.Kostevski 9+11reb, D.Lazarevski 6+3reb+2ast, A.Kostadinov 5+4reb
Pelister Bitola: D.Zaharievski 16+6reb, Z.Petkovski 13+1reb+4ast, G.Talevski 10+3reb+2ast, D.Marjanovikj 7+3reb+2ast, D.Basnarkov 6+1reb+2ast, G.Anakievski 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 201843


Lirija - Kumanovo 78-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Kumanovo 2009 (2-1) in Skopje on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Lirija (1-2) 78-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumanovo 2009. Strangely Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded Lirija 36-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 27 points and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) added 9 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Kumanovo 2009. Kumanovo 2009's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lirija left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the third position with one game lost. Lirija is looking forward to face league's leader ABA Strumica on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kumanovo 2009 will play against the league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: T.Simic 21+7reb+1ast, A.Ugrinovski 20+1reb+2ast, D.Tasovski 15+4reb+5ast, B.Radunovic 10+4reb+4ast, E.Hadzibulic 5+1reb+1ast, C.Morban 4+2reb+2ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 27+2reb+3ast, U.Lukovic 9+14reb, M.Janevski 7+2reb, F.Dinevski 4+4reb, M.Golubovic 4+2reb, D.Mikic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 201846


Kozuv - ABA Strumica 77-79 OT

ABA Strumica escaped with a narrow overtime win over Kozuv. Bogoev stepped up with 21 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to lead Strumica to a thrilling overtime win. Jevdic added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Karadzovski responded with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Kozuv in the loss.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: E.Bogoev 21+4reb+6ast, A.Jevdic 20+8reb+2ast, M.Janjusevic 13+6reb+3ast, Z.Gocevski 9+5reb, S.Balazs 8+6reb, N.Arsic 8+4reb
Kozuv: D.Karadzovski 12+10reb+6ast, V.Filipovic 12+3reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 12+1reb, M.Pekovic 11+4reb+4ast, K.Pavlovski 10+4reb, A.Shterjov 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 201845


Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki 85-80

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (1-2) lost to leader Feni Indistrija (3-0) in Kavadarci 80-85 on Saturday. Fersped-Rabotnicki was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 30-20 charge of Feni Indistrija, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Kenyan-American forward Omondi Amoke (200-89, college: CS Fullerton) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) added 15 points in the effort for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Five Feni Indistrija and four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with ABA Strumica. Loser Fersped-Rabotnicki dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Feni Indistrija will face Kumanovo 2009 (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against Pelister Bitola.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 17+1reb+5ast, B.Trajkovski 15+12reb+1ast, V.Brckov 14+5reb+1ast, S.Bratic 13+3reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 10+3reb+5ast, D.Knezevic 7+4reb
Rabotnicki: N.Jelesijevic 15+4reb+3ast, M.Gjurov 15+2reb+1ast, J.Sharper 15+1reb+3ast, O.Amoke 11+13reb, J.Petrovski 9+1reb+2ast, A.Dimitrovski 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201844


D1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 10: Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki 85-80
Nov. 10: Lirija - Kumanovo 78-64
Nov. 10: Kozuv - ABA Strumica 77-79 OT
Nov. 11: Vardar - Pelister Bitola 67-64

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 17: Pelister Bitola - Rabotnicki
Nov. 17: Vardar - Kozuv
Nov. 17: Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija
Nov. 17: ABA Strumica - Lirija



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Kirk Archibeque claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) had a great game in the last round for league's leader MIA Academy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Rustavi (#5, 3-1) with 44-point margin 88-44. It allowed MIA Academy to consolidate first place in the Georgian Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but MIA Academy already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Archibeque turned to be MIA Academy's top player in his first season with the team. Fort Lewis University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Archibeque is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.5ppg. Archibeque is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 65.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-PF-90) of Olimpi. Dvalishvili impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Olimpi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked TSU Tbilisi (#8, 1-3) 98-51. This victory allowed Olimpi to move up to 3rd position in the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Dvalishvili is a newcomer at Olimpi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Olimpi's star - Montenegrin Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances). Milosevic scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Olimpi, helping his team with a 98-51 easy win against the lower-ranked TSU Tbilisi (#8, 1-3). Olimpi started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Milosevic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Milosevic has a great season in Georgia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deonta Vaughn (185-PG-86) of MIA Academy - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Flynn Clayman (206-F-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vakhtang Kadaria (205-C-89) of Sokhumi - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Buba Kvimsadze (195-G-82) of Kutaisi - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79) of Armia - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Milan Oluic (210-C-84) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) of Kutaisi - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Jelani Floyd transfers from Duesseldorf to Luxembourg - by Moritz Korff (T)

Jelani Floyd (203-G/F-88, college: Florida Atlantic) has left Pro A team Duesseldorf Baskets and will take his game to Luxembourg. The 24-year-old has agreed to terms with second division team BBC Avanti Mondorf. He aims to gain more playing time than in Duesseldorf and therefore decided to opt out of his three month-contract with the Baskets. Floyd appeared in five Pro A games, playing an average of 4:39 minutes a contest. He scored a total of four points.
Floyd came to Germany during the summer after completing his college career which he had spent at NCAA Division One schools Cal-Davis, Brown and Florida Atlantic.



Jacob Burtschi (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) We Still Have To Take Better Shots Down The Stretch - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 97-87 win against Phoenix Hagen.

Congrats on the 97-87 win vs your ex team Phoenix Hagen. The Eisbaeren had a strong first quarter, but saw the real scoring face of Phoenix Hagen in the second quarter as they exploded for 30 points. What adjustments did they seem to make to suddenly double their points form first quarter?

Our defense went away and we gave them wide open lay ups all quarter

Was a key in the second half for getting the win that the Esiaberen Bremerhaven stayed pretty much consistent on the offensive end not having major breakdowns?

Yeah Hagen kept scoring on us so we were lucky to score on them more.


When do you remember shooting 77% from the field as a team? How happy was Doug Spradley about the overall shot selection of the team?

For the most part he is pleased. We still have to take some better shots down the stretch

You played a season with Mr fantastic Mark Dorris. What is your nicest memory with him on and off the court? How was his monopoly game?

Mark is a terrible monopoly player. Mark is a nice guy. Very personable on and off the court.


Brian Roberts had a great game for the Hornets netting 16 points registering eight assists in 29 minutes. Did you see his NBA potential the last years in the Beko BBL?

Yeah, the kid is a stud. He can play.

Are you surprised that your ex teammate Tim Ohlbrecht has decided to go play in the D-league for the Springfield Armour. Do you think he could slip into the Nets rotation if a big man gets injured?

I was a little surprised but he is a young guy and wanted to try his luck in the states. I wish the best for him. And if the opportunity comes, I think he could fill in for the nets.


Will Barack Obama be able to make the United States better in the next four years?

I hope so. We need him to.

What was your favorite scene form the movie Ted?

Not appropriate for reading.


Thanks Jacob fort he chat.




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 Jeremiah Davis (183-PG-81, college: Pacific) 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 Jeremiah 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 age. Dennis Schroeder 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 Jeremiah 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 guard. Dennis 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 Jeremiah 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%. Jeremiah 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%





ProA Round 9: BG Karlsruhe loses to MLP Academics Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked BG Karlsruhe (6-3) and eighth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (5-3) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. BG Karlsruhe was defeated by MLP Academics Heidelberg in a tough game in Karlsruhe 75-82. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-75. It was a good game for power forward Oliver Komarek (210-86) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Canadian guard Tristan Blackwood (183-85) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) answered with 19 points and 4 assists for BG Karlsruhe. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vechta. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg is looking forward to face NBC (#7) in Nurnberg in the next round. BG Karlsruhe will play on the road against the league's leader BG Goettingen (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Duesseldorf Baskets (7-2) which played road game in Nurnberg against 4th placed NBC (5-4). Third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets managed to get a 11-point victory 72-61. American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and Nico Adamczak chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) with 17 points. Duesseldorf Baskets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Goettingen. NBC at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz and Cuxhaven. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - BG Goettingen (7-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (2-7) 82-69. Nicholas Livas nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Torvoris Baker came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in the defeat. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Goettingen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Leipzig. BG Goettingen will meet at home BG Karlsruhe (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against ETB Wohnbau (#9) in Essen and hope to secure a win.
The game between seventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (5-4) and 11th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (3-6) in Cuxhaven ended with biggest points difference. Cuxhaven BasCats beat guests from Crailsheim 88-71. The best player for the winners was Scott Thomas who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Krists Plendiskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chemnitz and NBC. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Kirchheim Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: ETB Wohnbau were beaten by Jena on the road 93-82. Chemnitz won against Ehingen on its own court 62-55. Bottom-ranked Leipzig unfortunately lost to Finke Baskets in Paderborn 88-93. Kirchheim recorded a loss to Vechta at home 95-106.


Jena - ETB Wohnbau 93-82

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Science City Jena (4-5) beat at home 9th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-5) 93-82. It looked good early as ETB Wohnbau took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Science City Jena had a 27-15 second period charge getting the lead and ETB Wohnbau was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-93. Science City Jena forced 24 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. Forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Joey Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Science City Jena have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated ETB Wohnbau. Science City Jena's next round opponent will be higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: J.Henley 18+9reb+1ast, F.Franke 16+4reb+1ast, L.Stutz 15+5reb+1ast, A.Cook 14+3reb+5ast, M.Buljevic 10+1ast, T.Harbut 7+3reb+1ast
Jena: K.Barker 21+3reb+5ast, S.Watts 18+3reb, G.Sim 14+3reb+3ast, K.Wysocki 13, L.Jeka 11+4reb+3ast, C.Roquette 11+4reb+2ast
gschID: 184412


Karlsruhe - Heidelberg 75-82

The game between third ranked BG Karlsruhe (6-3) and eighth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (5-3) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. BG Karlsruhe was defeated by MLP Academics Heidelberg in a tough game in Karlsruhe 75-82. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-75. It was a good game for power forward Oliver Komarek (210-86) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Canadian guard Tristan Blackwood (183-85) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and forward Nils Menck (203-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Five MLP Academics Heidelberg and four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vechta. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg is looking forward to face NBC (#7) in Nurnberg in the next round. BG Karlsruhe will play on the road against the league's leader BG Goettingen (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 19+3reb+4ast, N.Menck 16+6reb, J.Harris 12+6reb+2ast, M.Stockton 11+1reb+5ast, J.Black 8+10reb+2ast, D.Richardson 7+6reb+2ast
Heidelberg: T.Blackwood 19+2reb+1ast, O.Komarek 13+6reb+5ast, C.Sargent 13+5reb+1ast, J.Heindel 12+5reb+3ast, K.Barth 10+4reb+2ast, D.White 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 184411


Chemnitz - Ehingen 62-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 and 8th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule had identical 4-4 record. This time BV Chemnitz 99 used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Allmendingen 62-55. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 13-4. But Ehingen/Urspringschule won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BV Chemnitz 99 dominated on the defensive end, holding Ehingen/Urspringschule to just 4 points in first quarter. 28 personal fouls committed by Ehingen/Urspringschule helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) who scored 7 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) who recorded 8 points and 9 rebounds and Scott Kaundersttt added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively. BV Chemnitz 99 (5-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cuxhaven and NBC. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. BV Chemnitz 99's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Duesseldorf Baskets on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Finke Baskets (#12) in Paderborn.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: V.Matthews 11+3reb+2ast, J.Anderson 9, M.Mueller 9+1ast, A.Calvin 8+9reb+3ast, S.Kaundersttt 7+11reb+1ast, T.Unterluggauer 4+4reb
Chemnitz: A.Jones 18+5reb, J.Schmidt 16+1reb+2ast, T.Ishizaki 13+4reb+4ast, D.Lawson 7+16reb+2ast, P.Stachula 4+1reb+2ast, R.Cardenas 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 184416


Finke Baskets - Leipzig 93-88

Rather predictable result when fourteenth ranked Finke Baskets (4-5) won against bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (2-7) in Paderborn 93-88. It looked good early as USC Leipzig took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Finke Baskets had a 25-18 second period charge getting the lead and USC Leipzig was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 88-93. The best player for the winners was naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (188-89) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American swingman Jason Adams (197-89, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 19 points. Aud is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks respectively. Five Finke Baskets and four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Finke Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted USC Leipzig stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Finke Baskets' next round opponent will be Ehingen/Urspringschule (#11) in Allmendingen. USC Leipzig will play at home against Cuxhaven BasCats (#6).
Top scorers:
Leipzig: N.Khartchenkov 24+5reb+2ast, C.Gadley 13+5reb+4ast, H.Marshall 10+3reb+2ast, W.Simon 10+8reb+1ast, N.Freer 9+1ast, K.Kranz 9+2reb
Finke Baskets: J.Adams 19+3reb+3ast, R.Aquino 18+5reb+1ast, V.Kittmann 15+8reb, G.Aud 13+7reb+7ast, M.Fleischmann 13+5reb, M.Jost 12+4reb+3ast
gschID: 184415


Cuxhaven - Crailsheim 88-71

The game between seventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (5-4) and 11th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (3-6) in Cuxhaven ended with biggest points difference. Cuxhaven BasCats beat guests from Crailsheim 88-71. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. Crailsheim Merlins was better in third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cuxhaven BasCats forced 19 Crailsheim Merlins turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182, college: De Paul) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Krists Plendiskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Derek Coleman (180-84, college: Robert Morris) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chemnitz and NBC. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Kirchheim Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: J.Buck 14+7reb+1ast, M.Rose 13+3reb+1ast, A.Sivorotka 12+5reb+1ast, P.Friedel 11+1reb, D.Coleman 9+5reb+6ast, H.Johnson 8+3reb+1ast
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 28+7reb+1ast, E.Harris 12+4reb+1ast, M.Pratt 10+3reb+1ast, J.Kelly 10+5reb+3ast, J.Dunbar 9+2reb+2ast, M.Pluskota 8+1reb
gschID: 184414


Kirchheim - Vechta 95-106

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Kirchheim Knights (3-6) lost at home to sixth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (5-3) 106-95. SC Rasta Vechta made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Serbian guard Radivoj Tomasevic (180-78) who recorded 18 points and 5 assists and American forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St.) added 19 points respectively. Four SC Rasta Vechta and five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Heidelberg. Kirchheim Knights lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with six games lost. SC Rasta Vechta's next round opponent will be Science City Jena (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Crailsheim Merlins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: C.Land 19+2reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 18+3reb+5ast, C.Brooks 14+2reb+5ast, S.Adeberg 13+2reb+2ast, D.Schneider 11+6reb, C.Alexander 9+3reb+4ast
Vechta: J.Doerksen 27+5reb, C.Hassan 17+3reb+1ast, R.Williams 17+2reb+11ast, D.Madrich 12+6reb+2ast, A.Rudowitz 9+4reb, F.Stuckemann 7+5reb+6ast
gschID: 184413


NBC - Duesseldorf 61-72

An interesting game for Duesseldorf Baskets (7-2) which played road game in Nurnberg against 4th placed NBC (5-4). Third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets managed to get a 11-point victory 72-61. The game was mostly controlled by Duesseldorf Baskets. NBC was better in second period 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Duesseldorf Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to NBC's 30. American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) with 17 points and American guard Tyrone Brazelton (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) scored 4 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Duesseldorf Baskets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Goettingen. NBC at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz and Cuxhaven. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NBC: C.Adler 17+4reb+2ast, R.Thompson 9+7reb, S.Schroeder 9+1reb+1ast, J.Reile 8+1reb+3ast, C.Abercrombie 6+5reb, R.De Michael 5+5reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: P.Flomo 20+5reb+4ast, N.Adamczak 17+10reb+1ast, M.Darden 11+2reb+1ast, G.Johnson 8+6reb+5ast, M.Petric 7+8reb, K.Chones 6+3reb
gschID: 184410


Gotha - Goettingen 69-82

ProA top team - BG Goettingen (7-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (2-7) 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by BG Goettingen. Oettinger Rockets Gotha managed to win third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Greek-American guard Nicholas Livas (198-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Bobby Davis (200-87, college: Edinboro) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. American forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) added 7 points and 4 assists respectively for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in the defeat. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Goettingen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Leipzig. BG Goettingen will meet at home BG Karlsruhe (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against ETB Wohnbau (#9) in Essen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gotha: T.Baker 14+9reb+2ast, A.Kuppe 12+3reb, C.Griffin 10+2reb, R.Jackson 8+3reb+1ast, L.Niebuhr 7+6reb+1ast, J.Lipke 7+4reb+4ast
Goettingen: A.Vargas 16+4reb+1ast, N.Livas 16+13reb+1ast, S.Phillips 13+3reb+5ast, B.Davis 11+11reb+1ast, M.Grimaldi 10+1reb+1ast, P.Guede 8+6reb
gschID: 184409



ProB Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 7 in ProB was guest Licher Baeren's (4-3) road victory over 7th ranked Leitershofen (3-4) 77-63 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. Leitershofen managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Licher Baeren made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Licher Baeren outrebounded Leitershofen 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Licher Baeren moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Leitershofen at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Licher Baeren is looking forward to face TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play on the road against Fraport Skyliners II in Frankfurt and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Herten Lions (5-2) against twelfth ranked RSV Eintracht (1-6) on Saturday night. Host Herten Lions were defeated by RSV Eintracht in Herten 96-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Herten Lions. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Trevon Malone contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. RSV Eintracht's coach Kai Buchmann used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Herten Lions. RSV Eintracht maintains twelfth place in Group North with 1-6 record. Herten Lions at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. RSV Eintracht will play against higher ranked Dorsten (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Herten Lions will play against Recklinghausen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hanau (5-2) against tenth ranked Dresden (3-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Hanau was defeated by Dresden in a tough game on the road 84-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hanau. It was a great evening for Andrew Jones who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Dresden's coach Thomas Krzywinski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Anish Sharda responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Dresden moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Hanau keeps the second position with two games lost. Dresden will meet Bayer Giants (#8) in the next round. Hanau will play against the league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fraport Skyliners II (4-3) against eleventh ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (2-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Fraport Skyliners II was defeated by ifm Baskets Konstanz in a tough game in Konstanz 65-73. It was an exceptional evening for Oumar Sylla who led the winners and scored 13 points and 5 assists. ifm Baskets Konstanz's coach Marko Radulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. ifm Baskets Konstanz maintains eleventh place in Group South with 2-5 record. Fraport Skyliners II at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. ifm Baskets Konstanz's next round opponent will be higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Leitershofen (#10) in Diedorf.
Undefeated leader SC Rist Wedel delivered the seventh consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-5) 84-62 in Braunschweig. Davey Hopkins fired 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated SC Rist Wedel (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Spot Up Medien Baskets lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face league's second-placed SG Schwelmer Baskets at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against Hannover Tigers (#8) in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 7 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North Oldenburg were crushed by MTV Wolfenbuettel in a road game 89-64. Wulfen was beaten by Hannover at home 80-85. Recklinghausen was destroyed by Schwelm on the opponent's court 97-74. Dorsten outscored BSW Sixers in a home game 101-79.
In Group South Noerdlingen managed to beat TSV Troester on the road 89-86. Dragons defeated Langen on its own court 82-71. Bayer Giants smashed Weissenhorn in Leverkusen 93-72.
The best stats of 7th round was 27 points and 13 rebounds by Anthony Young of Wulfen.


Group North
MTV Wolfenbuettel - Oldenburg 89-64

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and 11th ranked Oldenburg had identical 2-4 record. This time Herzoege Wolfenbuettel used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from 89-64 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Oldenburg was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Oldenburg turnovers. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Oldenburg was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Travis Clark (195, college: Lake Forest) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Center Frank Theis (200-82) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Five Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) added 16 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (3-4) moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Recklinghausen and Hannover. Newly promoted Oldenburg dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face higher ranked BSW Sixers (#5) in Sandersdorf in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oldenburg will play at home against BSV Wulfen (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: M.Taylor 16+1reb+1ast, C.Heinrich 11+8reb+1ast, K.Smit 9+2reb+2ast, S.Kreutzer 9+2reb, P.Albrecht 8+4reb, A.Hartmann 6+2reb+5ast
MTV Wolfenbuettel: F.Theis 22+3reb+4ast, T.Clark 16+14reb, S.Schubert 13+1reb+2ast, H.Knopke 10+5reb+9ast, M.Poeschel 10+1reb+2ast, M.Cantuerk 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 185135


Wulfen - Hannover 80-85

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Hannover Tigers and 10th ranked BSV Wulfen had identical 2-4 record. But BSV Wulfen was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Hannover 85-80 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. American guard Ashanti Cook (188-84, college: Georgetown) fired 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Nigerian-American center Michael Fakuade (201-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. American center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman Antonio Houston (196-88, college: Catawba) added 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Hannover Tigers (3-4) moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with MTV Wolfenbuettel and Recklinghausen. Loser BSV Wulfen dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Hannover Tigers will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#11) in Braunschweig in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BSV Wulfen will play against Oldenburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: A.Houston 30+5reb+4ast, A.Young 27+13reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 9+3reb+1ast, P.Mazur 7+11reb+1ast, M.Schulze-Pals 4+4reb+1ast, M.Berger 3+2reb+6ast
Hannover: A.Cook 18+9reb+4ast, M.Fakuade 18+8reb, J.Prasuhn 17+4reb, T.Welzel 9+2reb+1ast, M.Williams 9+1reb, J.Mondo 8+7reb
gschID: 185134


SU Medien - Rist Wedel 62-84

Undefeated leader SC Rist Wedel delivered the seventh consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-5) 84-62 in Braunschweig. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rist Wedel. Spot Up Medien Baskets was better in second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Spot Up Medien Baskets' 20. It was a great shooting night for SC Rist Wedel especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) fired 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Marvin Boadu (193-89) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and Joern Wessels (205-91) added 15 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SC Rist Wedel (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Spot Up Medien Baskets lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face league's second-placed SG Schwelmer Baskets at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against Hannover Tigers (#8) in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: J.Wessels 15+3reb, H.Sant-Roos 14+7reb+2ast, E.Land 13+3reb+1ast, D.Johnson 6+2reb+3ast, O.Angerstein 6+5reb, L.Gertz 5+4reb+3ast
Rist Wedel: M.Boadu 23+6reb+3ast, D.Hopkins 17+8reb+9ast, A.Johnston 15+5reb+2ast, F.Boeke 12+3reb, J.Laatzen 6, J.Ruppert 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 185133


Schwelm - Recklinghausen 97-74

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Recklinghausen (3-4) was rolled over on the road by third ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (6-1) 97-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. Recklinghausen was better in second period 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Recklinghausen turnovers. Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) chipped in 23 points. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Recklinghausen players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to second place in Group North. Newly promoted Recklinghausen keeps the sixth position with four games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face league's leader SC Rist Wedel on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Recklinghausen will play against Herten Lions (#3).
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: R.Franklin 21+13reb+4ast, D.Leithner 15+1reb+1ast, S.Fuerst 13+1reb+1ast, P.Carney 13+5reb+5ast, F.Werner 5+4reb+1ast, M.Bregulla 3+3reb+1ast
Schwelm: J.Coles 23+4reb+1ast, A.Kronhardt 21+11reb, D.Hamilton 14+5reb+4ast, L.Wendt 9+3reb+6ast, D.Malinowski 9+7reb+3ast, S.Schroter 5+6reb
gschID: 185132


Dorsten - BSW Sixers 101-79

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Dorsten (4-3) outscored at home 4th placed BSW Sixers (4-3) 101-79 on Saturday. The game without a history. Dorsten led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. BSW Sixers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Dorsten's coach Torsten Schierenbeck felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) produced 19 points and 5 assists and guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Dorsten and four BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Dorsten. They moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with defeated BSW Sixers. Dorsten will face RSV Eintracht (#12) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BSW Sixers will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#7).
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 19+4reb+5ast, T.Lipke 14+6reb, S.Ahnsehl 12+5reb+5ast, R.Schirmer 12+8reb+2ast, D.Stawowski 8+3reb, P.Harrison 8+4reb+1ast
Dorsten: G.Hagner 15+3reb+1ast, B.Poole 14+10reb+6ast, N.Janoschek 13+7reb+1ast, C.Jones 13+1reb+11ast, J.Cadmus 11+3reb+4ast, P.Spettmann 11+6reb
gschID: 185131


Herten Lions - Stahnsdorf 84-96

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Herten Lions (5-2) against twelfth ranked RSV Eintracht (1-6) on Saturday night. Host Herten Lions were defeated by RSV Eintracht in Herten 96-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Herten Lions. Herten Lions were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws). American power forward Trevon Malone (202-88, college: Mississippi Coll.) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. RSV Eintracht's coach Kai Buchmann used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Herten Lions. Four Herten Lions players scored in double figures. RSV Eintracht maintains twelfth place in Group North with 1-6 record. Herten Lions at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. RSV Eintracht will play against higher ranked Dorsten (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Herten Lions will play against Recklinghausen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Herten Lions: W.Taylor 20+10reb, A.Bowie 18+3reb+1ast, F.Sadek 14+4reb+4ast, C.Hackenesch 13+7reb+3ast, Y.Opitz 9+1reb+2ast, B.Larrieu 7+3reb+5ast
Stahnsdorf: T.Malone 19+6reb, T.Grauel 18+3reb+7ast, B.Wheadon 14+3reb+2ast, R.Jorch 11+2reb, M.Reid 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Evans 9+3reb+4ast
gschID: 185130


Group South
TSV Troester - Noerdlingen 86-89

Not a big story in a game in Breitenguessbach where bottom-ranked TSV Troester (0-7) was edged by fifth ranked Noerdlingen (4-3) 89-86 on Sunday. TSV Troester cut a 14-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. TSV Troester was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) chipped in 21 points. Johannes Richter (206-93) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and guard Steffen Walde (190-92) added 19 points (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Noerdlingen. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. TSV Troester lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Noerdlingen will face Weissenhorn Youngstars (#5) at home in the next round. TSV Troester will play against Licher Baeren (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: J.Richter 24+11reb+1ast, S.Walde 19+2reb+2ast, A.Engel 10+6reb+3ast, D.Taylor 10+1reb+4ast, J.Thiemann 8+5reb, T.Korndoerfer 8+6reb+1ast
Noerdlingen: B.Hogg 25+9reb+3ast, F.Brutting 21+3reb+2ast, S.Schmoll 15+2reb+1ast, K.Johnson 11+4reb, D.Rastatter 7+10reb+2ast, J.Eichler 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 186874


Dresden - Hanau 91-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hanau (5-2) against tenth ranked Dresden (3-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Hanau was defeated by Dresden in a tough game on the road 84-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hanau. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-84. It was a great evening for American Andrew Jones (191-83, college: Miles) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). His fellow American import guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Dresden's coach Thomas Krzywinski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and American Lionel Sullivan (201-87, college: Northwood) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Dresden and four Hanau players scored in double figures. Dresden moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Hanau keeps the second position with two games lost. Dresden will meet Bayer Giants (#8) in the next round. Hanau will play against the league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hanau: A.Sharda 21+7reb+10ast, L.Sullivan 15+5reb+1ast, M.Schick 12+4reb+1ast, R.Huelsewede 12+2reb+4ast, M.Moelle 10+3reb, L.Griffin 8+6reb
Dresden: A.Jones 21+10reb+4ast, J.Boucher 20+1reb+4ast, A.Heide 14+4reb+1ast, R.Haas 11+1reb+3ast, J.Benson 11+5reb+1ast, P.Rulke 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 186872


Konstanz - Fraport SKY II 73-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fraport Skyliners II (4-3) against eleventh ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (2-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Fraport Skyliners II was defeated by ifm Baskets Konstanz in a tough game in Konstanz 65-73. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. ifm Baskets Konstanz outrebounded Fraport Skyliners II 33-21 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Mali forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 5 assists. Forward Frederik Henningsen (197-88) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Four ifm Baskets Konstanz players scored in double figures. ifm Baskets Konstanz's coach Marko Radulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nikolaj Vukovic (187-93) came up with 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) and center Johannes Voigtmann (208-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Fraport Skyliners II in the defeat. ifm Baskets Konstanz maintains eleventh place in Group South with 2-5 record. Fraport Skyliners II at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. ifm Baskets Konstanz's next round opponent will be higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Leitershofen (#10) in Diedorf.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: N.Vukovic 21+3reb, B.Nicolay 11+2reb+2ast, J.Voigtmann 9+7reb+1ast, T.Oldenburg 8+4reb, M.Merz 7+1reb+1ast, M.Heyne 4
Konstanz: F.Henningsen 18+2reb+1ast, O.Sylla 13+4reb+5ast, M.Nikolic 13+6reb, R.Louisme 12+6reb, L.Menck 7+5reb+4ast, L.Raschka 6+3reb
gschID: 186871


Leitershofen - Licher Baeren 63-77

The biggest surprise of round 7 in ProB was guest Licher Baeren's (4-3) road victory over 7th ranked Leitershofen (3-4) 77-63 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. Leitershofen managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Licher Baeren made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Licher Baeren outrebounded Leitershofen 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. Guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Licher Baeren moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Leitershofen at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Licher Baeren is looking forward to face TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play on the road against Fraport Skyliners II in Frankfurt and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: P.Smith 20+3reb+3ast, L.Hughey 20+7reb+1ast, P.Wischnewski 12+1ast, S.Montag 5+5reb, J.Genck 4+8reb+2ast, S.Woelki 2+2reb+1ast
Licher Baeren: J.Jones 23+6reb+2ast, V.Klassen 15+4reb+3ast, J.Swanson 11+11reb+1ast, M.Perl 10+2reb+4ast, J.Hirschberg 9+2reb, N.Valentic 5+11reb+2ast
gschID: 186870


Dragons - Langen 82-71

Everything went according to plan when leader Dragons Rhoendorf (7-0) won against at home 6th ranked TV 1862 Langen (3-4) 82-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dragons Rhoendorf. TV 1862 Langen was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dragons Rhoendorf forced 19 TV 1862 Langen turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Alejo Rodriguez (203-88, college: Iona) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Dragons Rhoendorf's coach Boris Kaminski let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and swingman P.J. Reyes (196, college: Charleston Un.) added 16 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Dragons Rhoendorf. They maintain first place in Group South with 7-0 record. Loser TV 1862 Langen dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face league's second-placed Hanau on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TV 1862 Langen will play against ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11).
Top scorers:
Langen: M.Woody 19+16reb+3ast, P.Reyes 16+2reb, T.Jahn 11+4reb, J.Domdey 9+1reb+1ast, M.Schneider 7+3reb+5ast, S.Barth 5+1ast
Dragons: A.Rodriguez 19+6reb, G.Robinson 19+10reb+3ast, V.Frankl-Maus 11+2reb+2ast, N.Larsen 9+3reb+11ast, F.Koch 8+2reb+1ast, E.Tukiss 8+1reb
gschID: 186869


Weissenhorn - Bayer Giants 72-93

There was an upset when 4th placed Weissenhorn Youngstars (4-3) were crushed at home by ninth ranked Bayer Giants (3-4) 93-72 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Bayer Giants. They moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Weissenhorn Youngstars dropped to the third position with three games lost. Bayer Giants will face Dresden (#9) in the next round. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play against Noerdlingen (#6).
gschID: 186873



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  GREECE   

Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Aias Evosmou 4-0 
 2. Iraklis 4-1 
 3. Stratoni 3-1 
 4. Marousi 3-2 
 5. Egaleo 2-2 
 6. Ionikos Ionias 2-2 
 7. Filippos Veroias 2-2 
 8. MENT 2-3 
 9. Anatolia 2-3 
 10. Doxa Pefkon 2-3 
 11. Metamorfosi 1-2 
 12. Ionikos N.F. 1-4 
 13. Periko/Arhelaos 1-4 
South Group
 1. AEK Athens 4-0 
 2. Psyhiko 3-1 
 3. Amyntas Dafnis 3-2 
 4. Panerythraikos 3-2 
 5. Holargos 3-2 
 6. Doukas 3-2 
 7. Enosi 3-2 
 8. Near East 3-2 
 9. Aetos 2-2 
 10. Halkidas 1-3 
 11. Esperos Patras 1-4 
 12. Diagoras 0-0 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

South

Nov. 11: Holargos - Psyhiko 87-85
Nov. 11: Doukas - Aetos 85-79

North

Nov. 11: Marousi - Doxa Pefkon 82-77

South

Nov. 11: Kronos AD - Near East 74-78
Nov. 11: Enosi - Perama Ermis 74-36
Nov. 11: Esperos Patras - Panerythraikos 72-77
Nov. 11: AEK Athens - Amyntas Dafnis 70-64

North

Nov. 11: Periko/Arhelaos - Ionikos Ionias 69-60
Nov. 11: Anatolia - Ionikos N.F. 68-61
Nov. 11: Filippos Veroias - Iraklis 67-64
Nov. 11: MENT - Stratoni 64-85
Nov. 14: Metamorfosi - Aias Evosmou



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 11: Den Bosch - Weert 88-66
Nov. 11: Groningen - Zwolle 85-83
Nov. 10: Leeuwarden - Leiden 73-69
Nov. 10: Rotterdam - M.Magixx 70-80
Nov. 11: Amsterdam - Den Helder K. 59-66

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 15: Groningen - Amsterdam
Nov. 17: Leiden - Den Bosch
Nov. 17: Rotterdam - Amsterdam
Nov. 17: Zwolle - M.Magixx
Nov. 17: Den Helder K. - Leeuwarden
Nov. 17: Weert - Groningen


Ahelegbe number one in Holland for round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for M.Magixx, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Rotterdam (#9, 1-7) 80-70. M.Magixx is placed at 4th position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. M.Magixx will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Ahelegbe turned to be M.Magixx's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Northern Iowa star has very solid stats this year. Ahelegbe is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.9ppg), assists (5th best: 4.3apg) and averages impressive 53.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old international shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of league's second-best Leiden. de Jong had a very good evening with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Leiden was edged by the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#7, 3-5) 73-69. Leiden managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. de Jong is one of the most experienced players at Leiden and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Josh Magette (185-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) of Zwolle (#5). Magette scored 24 points and passed six assists. Despite Magette's great performance Zwolle lost 83-85 to slightly higher-ranked Groningen (#3, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Zwolle needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Magette has a great season in Holland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.1apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wil Carter (203-F-88) of Den Bosch - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Andre Young (175-G-90) of Den Bosch - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Berend Weijs (208-C) of Amsterdam - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Maurice Miller (187-G-88) of Groningen - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84) of Groningen - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84) of Leeuwarden - 5 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85) of Den Bosch - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Eredivisie Round 7: Groningen defeats Zwolle in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Eredivisie and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Eredivisie took place in Groningen. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Zwolle (5-3) to fifth ranked Groningen (5-2) 85-83 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zwolle. Groningen made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. International Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) helped adding 18 points (made all of his eight free throws). Groningen's coach Hakim Salem used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Josh Magette (185-90, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Groningen moved-up to third place. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with M.Magixx. Groningen are looking forward to face Weert (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zwolle will play against M.Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Leiden (6-2) against eighth ranked Leeuwarden (3-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Leiden was defeated by Leeuwarden in a tough game in Leeuwarden 69-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Robert Holcomb Faye accounted for 5 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Leiden in the defeat. Leeuwarden moved-up to seventh place. Leiden at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Leeuwarden will play against higher ranked Den Helder K. (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leiden will play against the league's leader Den Bosch (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Weert (2-6) 88-66. Wil Carter fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Kenneth van Kempen produced 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Den Bosch have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-0 record. Loser Weert keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Den Bosch will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Weert will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Amsterdam (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Den Helder K. (4-4) 66-59. Worth to mention a great performance of Jeroen van der List who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 4-4 record. Amsterdam lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Den Helder K.'s next round opponent will be Leeuwarden (#7) at home. Amsterdam will play against Rotterdam and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 7 M.Magixx won against Rotterdam on the opponent's court 80-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Kwadzo Ahelegbe of M.Magixx.


Amsterdam - Den Helder K. 59-66

Bottom-ranked Amsterdam (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Den Helder K. (4-4) 66-59. It looked good early as Amsterdam took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Den Helder K. took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amsterdam to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 points and 4 steals for the winners. Center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Amsterdam. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 4-4 record. Amsterdam lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Den Helder K.'s next round opponent will be Leeuwarden (#7) at home. Amsterdam will play against Rotterdam and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: B.Weijs 18+7reb+1ast, A.Roye 12+4reb+6ast, M.Pieper 9+5reb, J.Brandt 7+1reb+1ast, J.Markusse 6+1ast, J.Roodheuvel 4
Den Helder K.: J.van der List 17+7reb+2ast, M.Hill 13+4reb+2ast, S.Warren 12+3reb+1ast, Q.Treffers 9+8reb, E.Kloos 6+1reb+3ast, S.Mladenovic 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 193626


Den Bosch - Weert 88-66

Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Weert (2-6) 88-66. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 32-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Den Bosch dominated on the defensive end, holding Weert to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Weert's 26 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Den Bosch looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists. International center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) produced 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Den Bosch have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-0 record. Loser Weert keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Den Bosch will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Weert will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Weert: B.Perine 12+2reb+4ast, A.Carter 12+10reb, K.van Kempen 11+8reb+4ast, S.Besseling 10+6reb+3ast, R.Fletcher 8+1reb+2ast, S.Mulder 6
Den Bosch: W.Carter 23+6reb, K.Akerboom 19+1reb, M.Bauscher 13+6reb+6ast, A.Young 10+4reb+11ast, P.Van Paassen 8+5reb+1ast, S.Wessels 7+7reb+4ast
gschID: 193625


Groningen - Zwolle 85-83

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Eredivisie took place in Groningen. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Zwolle (5-3) to fifth ranked Groningen (5-2) 85-83 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zwolle. Groningen made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. International Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) helped adding 18 points (made all of his eight free throws). Groningen's coach Hakim Salem used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Josh Magette (185-90, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and the other American import guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Four Groningen and five Zwolle players scored in double figures. Groningen moved-up to third place. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with M.Magixx. Groningen are looking forward to face Weert (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zwolle will play against M.Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: J.Magette 24+3reb+6ast, Z.Novak 23+5reb+1ast, D.Webb 12+5reb+1ast, K.Zondervan 11+7reb, T.Smith 10+7reb, L.Williams 3+1reb+1ast
Groningen: J.Voorn 18+3reb+1ast, M.Miller 14+4reb+3ast, T.Theeuwkens 12+2ast, J.Boykin 10+7reb, S.de Randamie 10+10reb+3ast, J.Dourisseau 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 193624


Leeuwarden - Leiden 73-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Leiden (6-2) against eighth ranked Leeuwarden (3-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Leiden was defeated by Leeuwarden in a tough game in Leeuwarden 69-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-12 Leiden's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-69 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) accounted for 5 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Leeuwarden's coach Erik Braal allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Leiden in the defeat. Leeuwarden moved-up to seventh place. Leiden at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Leeuwarden will play against higher ranked Den Helder K. (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leiden will play against the league's leader Den Bosch (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Leiden: W.de Jong 20+5reb+3ast, P.Hilliman 11+4reb+1ast, A.Slagter 9+6reb+3ast, M.Schachtner 9+4reb+1ast, S.Cunningham 8+3reb+1ast, R.Bekkering 7+5reb+2ast
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 17+5reb+2ast, D.Michaels 12+4reb, J.Williams 10+8reb+1ast, T.de Paula 9+4ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 6+4reb, S.Poels 5+3reb
gschID: 193623


Rotterdam - M.Magixx 70-80

Very expected game when 9th ranked Rotterdam (1-7) was defeated at home by fifth ranked M.Magixx (5-3) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by M.Magixx. Rotterdam was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rotterdam to just 7 points in third quarter. It was a very good performance for Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79) answered with 16 points and American power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Rotterdam. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. M.Magixx moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zwolle. Rotterdam lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. M.Magixx's next round opponent will be Zwolle (#5) on the road. Rotterdam will play against Amsterdam (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: D.Jones 16+4reb+2ast, A.Miles 16+2reb+2ast, M.Otten 13+5reb, C.Echols 10+9reb+2ast, D.Rigters 6+1reb, I.Filipan 5+1reb
M.Magixx: K.Ahelegbe 22+6reb+5ast, H.Bekkering 20+4reb, K.Spain 14+11reb+2ast, M.Aarts 12+3reb+1ast, T.Vermeulen 8+3reb, N.Oudendag 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 193622


Standings - Promotie Divisie

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 11: Cangeroes - Rotterdam 2 85-70
Nov. 10: De Hoppers - Binnenland 78-66
Nov. 10: Orca's Urk - BC Apollo 2 76-67
Nov. 10: Leiden 2 - Red Giants 73-61
Nov. 10: Almere P. - Punch 53-58
Nov. 11: UBALL - Almonte 51-59
Nov. 15: Punch - Leiden 2



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  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barovic, Soproni22.0 
 2. Nelson, Marso N.21.8 
 3. Swanston, Kapos.21.3 
 4. Buljan, Kormend20.7 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari20.6 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.20.4 
 7. Simovic, ZTE K.20.3 
 8. Legion, PVSK P.20.3 
 9. Spica, Kaposvari20.0 
 10. Shaw, Kormend19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sean CARTER
  FS Debrecen
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Carter, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.10.1 
 3. Davis, Marso N.9.3 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.7 
 5. Toth, PVSK P.8.3 
 6. Fey, Falco-Szova8.3 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 8. Spica, Kaposvari7.7 
 9. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.7 
 10. Simovic, ZTE K.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  ZTE K.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Copeland, ZTE K.7.0 
 2. Nelson, Marso N.6.7 
 3. Thomas, Soproni6.6 
 4. Moore, Albacomp6.3 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.3 
 6. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.9 
 7. Loesing, PVSK P.5.4 
 8. Dunn, Kaposvari5.3 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu5.2 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.2 
 2. Moore, Albacomp2.9 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari2.9 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.7 
 5. Copeland, ZTE K.2.3 
 6. Rujak, Kormend2.1 
 7. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.1 
 8. Spica, Kaposvari2.1 
 9. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 10. Davis, Marso N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean CARTER
  FS Debrecen
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Carter, FS Debrecen1.3 
 2. Keller, Albacomp1.3 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.1 
 4. Barovic, Soproni1.1 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.9 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Williams, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Levy, Falco-Szova0.7 
 9. Lekli, Albacomp0.7 
 10. Boldizsar, Marso0.6 


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

28-year old forward Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Marso NYKK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Kormend (#11, 2-5) with 17-point margin 97-80. Marso NYKK is placed at 7th position in Hungarian league. Marso NYKK is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Marso NYKK's top player in his first season with the team. Northeastern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 56.3% FGP. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) of Soproni. He is Montenegrin forward in his first season at Soproni. In the last game Barovic recorded impressive 26 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Soproni lost that game 79-90 to the lower-ranked PVSK Pannon (#9, 3-4). This loss caused Soproni to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Barovic is a newcomer at Soproni and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#1). He also registered 8.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Miljan Rakic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) of Jaszberenyi (#5). Rakic showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, ten rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Rakic's great performance Jaszberenyi lost 91-96 to the higher-ranked Falco-Szova (#1, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Jaszberenyi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Rakic has a great season in Hungary. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.9apg (6th best). He also has FGP: 52.2% and 3PT: 50.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Jaszberenyi - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari - 30 points and 2 assists
6. Matt Shaw (203-F-88) of Kormend - 28 points and 5 rebounds
7. Teo Simovic (205-C-84) of ZTE KK - 26 points and 9 rebounds
8. Martins Berkis (198-F-85) of Marso NYKK - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brad Loesing (182-G-89) of PVSK Pannon - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Anthony Gurley (190-G-88) of Szedeak - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



A Division Round 7: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

A Division round 7 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Kaposvari (5-2) against fourth ranked Albacomp (5-2) 80-77 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kaposvari. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Albacomp outrebounded Kaposvari 39-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) contributed with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) answered with 30 points and 4 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for Kaposvari. Albacomp keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kaposvari. Kaposvari will play next round against league's leader Falco-Szova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Albacomp will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Jaszberenyi at home.
The game had a very big importance for sixth-ranked Falco-Szova as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Kaposvari) loss. Falco-Szova defeated 5th ranked Jaszberenyi in Szombathely 96-91. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Michael Fey helped adding 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Falco-Szova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 32 points. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Jaszberenyi at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Soproni. Jaszberenyi will play next round against strong Albacomp trying to get back on the winning streak. Falco-Szova will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kaposvari on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Soproni (4-3) against tenth ranked PVSK Pannon (3-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Soproni was defeated by PVSK Pannon in Pecs 90-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Soproni. It was an exceptional evening for Alex Legion who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Filip Barovic came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Soproni in the defeat. PVSK Pannon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Soproni dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Jaszberenyi. PVSK Pannon will meet ZTE KK (#10) in the next round. Soproni will play against Szedeak (#8) in Szeged and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked FS Debrecen is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Atomeromu (5-2) 69-49. Lorenzo Williams fired 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Atomeromu's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Atomeromu keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. FS Debrecen at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Marso NYKK (#7) in Nyiregyhazi which should be theoretically another easy game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Kormend (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
7th ranked Szedeak (3-4) fell to ninth ranked ZTE KK (3-4) in overtime by two points 99-101 on Saturday night. The game took place in Szeged. But the guests from Zalaegerszeg were better at the end. It was a very good performance for Teo Simovic who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds. ZTE KK moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Szedeak. ZTE KK will face PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs in the next round.

In the last game of round 7 Kormend was beaten by Marso NYKK on the road 97-80.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 22 points and 10 rebounds by Bennet Davis of Marso NYKK.


Marso NYKK - Kormend 97-80

Everything could happen in Nyiregyhazi at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Marso NYKK and 10th ranked Kormend had identical 2-4 record. This time Marso NYKK used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kormend 97-80 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Marso NYKK. Kormend was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) answered with 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 17 points in the effort for Kormend. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Marso NYKK (3-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Kormend dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Marso NYKK will face higher ranked Atomeromu (#4) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kormend will play at home against FS Debrecen (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.Shaw 28+5reb, V.Simpson 17+3reb+2ast, A.Rujak 13+2reb, Z.Buljan 7+10reb+4ast, C.Ferencz 5+5reb, G.Fodor 4+1reb
Marso NYKK: M.Berkis 23+10reb+2ast, B.Davis 22+10reb+1ast, A.Nelson 14+4reb+6ast, C.Kaluha 9+3ast, L.Polyak 9+3reb, M.Mohacsi 8+2ast
gschID: 196877


Falco-Szova - Jaszberenyi 96-91

The game had a very big importance for sixth-ranked Falco-Szova as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Kaposvari) loss. Falco-Szova defeated 5th ranked Jaszberenyi in Szombathely 96-91. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Jaszberenyi was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 28-15 charge of Falco-Szova, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) helped adding 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Falco-Szova's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 32 points and Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Falco-Szova and four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Jaszberenyi at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Soproni. Jaszberenyi will play next round against strong Albacomp trying to get back on the winning streak. Falco-Szova will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kaposvari on the road.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 32+4reb+3ast, G.Soos 19+2ast, M.Rakic 18+10reb+7ast, M.Markovic 14+5reb+1ast, R.Laslo 4+6reb+1ast, P.Szabo 2+1ast
Falco-Szova: M.Fey 23+5reb, J.Levy 22+6reb+3ast, T.Ivosev 15+3reb+2ast, L.Kalman 15+1reb+8ast, T.Harazin 12+1reb+4ast, T.Will 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 196882


Albacomp - Kaposvari 80-77

A Division round 7 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Kaposvari (5-2) against fourth ranked Albacomp (5-2) 80-77 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kaposvari. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Albacomp outrebounded Kaposvari 39-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) contributed with 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) answered with 30 points and 4 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points in the effort for Kaposvari. Albacomp keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kaposvari. Kaposvari will play next round against league's leader Falco-Szova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Albacomp will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Jaszberenyi at home.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 30+1reb+2ast, K.Swanston 20+2reb+3ast, M.Spica 15+3reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 7+8reb+2ast, G.David 5+3reb+1ast, B.Biro 0
Albacomp: Z.Szabo 19+8reb, R.Moore 16+2reb+7ast, B.Wood 15+4reb+3ast, J.Lekli 10+3reb, Z.Supola 5+2reb, D.Hollis 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 196881


Szedeak - ZTE KK 99-101 OT

7th ranked Szedeak (3-4) fell to ninth ranked ZTE KK (3-4) in overtime by two points 99-101 on Saturday night. The game took place in Szeged. But the guests from Zalaegerszeg were better at the end. Szedeak cut a 18-point halftime deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost overtime period 7-9. Szedeak was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds. International David Gaspar (196-82, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) answered with 29 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Szedeak. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Szedeak. ZTE KK will face PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs in the next round.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: A.Gurley 29+6reb+2ast, S.Fekete 17+2reb+6ast, M.Csorvasi 14+5reb+2ast, N.Dukic 13+7reb, A.Tanacs 8+4reb+1ast, L.Csorvasi 7+4reb
ZTE KK: T.Simovic 26+9reb+1ast, D.Copeland 20+6reb+4ast, D.Gaspar 20+4reb+7ast, D.Hudson 11+10reb+1ast, G.Baki 9+2reb+2ast, D.Koma 9+1reb
gschID: 196880


PVSK Pannon - Soproni 90-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Soproni (4-3) against tenth ranked PVSK Pannon (3-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Soproni was defeated by PVSK Pannon in Pecs 90-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Soproni. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-79. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) accounted for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side. Four PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin power forward Filip Barovic (208-90) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for Soproni in the defeat. PVSK Pannon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Soproni dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Jaszberenyi. PVSK Pannon will meet ZTE KK (#10) in the next round. Soproni will play against Szedeak (#8) in Szeged and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soproni: F.Barovic 26+7reb+1ast, D.Thomas 18+3reb+5ast, J.Wise 14+6reb+1ast, G.Toth 9+2reb, Z.Vesztergom 6+4reb, G.Gombas 4+6reb
PVSK Pannon: A.Legion 23+5reb+2ast, T.Hendley 17+3reb+1ast, B.Loesing 12+5reb+13ast, P.Kovacs 10+3reb, A.Csabay 9+1ast, N.Toth 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 196879


FS Debrecen - Atomeromu 49-69

Bottom-ranked FS Debrecen is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Atomeromu (5-2) 69-49. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) fired 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Adam Toth (208-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Atomeromu's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Sean Carter (205-88, college: Massachusetts) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Serbian guard Dejan Mladenovic (186-85, agency: TSS Management) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Four FS Debrecen players scored in double figures. Atomeromu keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. FS Debrecen at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Marso NYKK (#7) in Nyiregyhazi which should be theoretically another easy game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Kormend (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: D.Mladenovic 12+3reb+3ast, E.Pettis 11+5reb+1ast, A.Helmeczi 10+2reb, S.Carter 10+9reb+2ast, I.Kovacs 2+1reb+1ast, G.Cseh 2+7reb+1ast
Atomeromu: L.Williams 17+6reb+5ast, A.Toth 10+6reb+2ast, N.Williams 9+7reb+2ast, S.Idlet 8+3reb, A.Kovacs 7+1reb+1ast, G.Koertelyesi 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 196878



Chomutov adds Rubin to their roster, ex Soproni - by Eurobasket News (T)

Levharti Chomutov (NBL) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Janou Rubin (193-94kg-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Soproni in Hungarian A Division. In 30 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Hungarian League All-Star Game. The most of last season Rubin spent at Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (previous name Szedeak) in A Division. In 26 games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. He also spent pre-season at Albacomp in A Division that year. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Rubins college team won Pac-10 Tournament in 2006.
He has played previously professionally in ABA (Clayton).
Rubin attended Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - A Division

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 10: Szedeak - ZTE KK 99-101 OT
Nov. 8: Marso NYKK - Kormend 97-80
Nov. 10: Falco-Szova - Jaszberenyi 96-91
Nov. 10: PVSK Pannon - Soproni 90-79
Nov. 10: Albacomp - Kaposvari 80-77
Nov. 10: FS Debrecen - Atomeromu 49-69

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 16: ZTE KK - PVSK Pannon
Nov. 17: Kaposvari - Falco-Szova
Nov. 17: Albacomp - Jaszberenyi
Nov. 17: Kormend - FS Debrecen
Nov. 17: Atomeromu - Marso NYKK
Nov. 18: Soproni - Szedeak


Adriatic League: Union Olimpija hold off Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija - Szolnok 83:63

Union Olimpija celebrated the fourth win in Adriatic League season tonight. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) came up with 24 points as the Slovenian powerhouse toppled visiting Szolnok. The Hungarian team suffered the sixth loss at the tournament.
Szolnok led by two points 23:21 after the opening quarter. Union Olimpija stiffened defensively and held their opponents to just 11 points in the second term. The hosts pulled ahead for a 38:34 halftime lead. Union Olimpija consolidated their lead in the third quarter. The home side knocked down 25 points to gather a 13-point advantage at the final break. Union Olimpija kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the final frame and cruised to the victory. Dino Muric (200-F-90) netted 14 points, while Sasu Salin (192-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 15 points for Szolnok. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Union Olimpija: Aaron Baynes 24, Dino Muric 14, Sasu Salin 10
Szolnok: Marton Bader 15, Brandon Gay 12



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  ICELAND   

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 2-2 
 7. FSU 2-2 
 8. Augnablik 1-4 
 9. IA 0-4 
 10. Reynir S. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 9: FSU - Augnablik 94-86
Nov. 9: Haukar - Valur 89-93
Nov. 11: Thor AK - IA 85-82
Nov. 9: Breidablik - Hamar 78-81
Nov. 8: Hottur - Reynir S. 104-60

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 16: Hamar - IA
Nov. 16: Augnablik - Haukar
Nov. 16: Reynir S. - FSU
Nov. 16: Breidablik - Hottur
Nov. 16: Valur - Thor AK



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  ISRAEL   


Michael Haynes won't play this season due to injury - by Idan Seggev

Elizur Ashkelon forward, Michael Haynes (203-F-81, college: Fordham), fell down badly on Saturday's practice and the result was that the player suffers from a full tear in his Achilles tendon, which will make him to rest from basketball for almost a year and basically he won't have a chance to play for Ashkelon after he couldn't make his debut last week because the team couldn't register him in the association. Haynes already played in Israel few years ago in Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon, where he had an average of 15.9 pts & 5.8 rbs, before he played also in Spain, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France. Last year he played with Belgic side, Gent, and had an average of 14.1 pts & 4.4 rbs. Haynes was supposed to substitute Marcus Dove (206-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) who also injured in his hand, and right now Ashkelon will remain with 3 foreign players for the up coming match vs. Maccabi Ashdod tonight.


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  ITALY   

Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Biancoblu BO 5-0 
 2. Giorgo Tesi PT 5-1 
 3. C.de Latte BRE 4-2 
 4. Novipiu Casale 4-2 
 5. AcegasAps TR 4-2 
 6. Sigma Barcel. 4-2 
 7. Givova Scafati 4-2 
 8. Tezenis VE 3-3 
 9. Fileni BPA Jesi 3-3 
 10. Pall.Trento 2-3 
 11. LeGanberi FO 2-4 
 12. Prima Veroli 2-4 
 13. FCM Ferentino 1-4 
 14. Aget Service IM 1-5 
 15. Upea CdO 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 11: Upea CdO - AcegasAps TR 81-97
Nov. 11: Novipiu Casale - Sigma Barcel. 80-82
Nov. 11: C.de Latte BRE - Tezenis VE 80-77
Nov. 11: Aget Service IM - Giorgo Tesi PT 75-76 OT
Nov. 11: Biancoblu BO - Pall.Trento 70-66
Nov. 11: Givova Scafati - Prima Veroli 68-63 OT
Nov. 11: LeGanberi FO - Fileni BPA Jesi 63-70

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 18: Giorgo Tesi PT - Givova Scafati
Nov. 18: Sigma Barcel. - Aget Service IM
Nov. 18: Prima Veroli - Novipiu Casale
Nov. 18: Fileni BPA Jesi - Upea CdO
Nov. 18: Tezenis VE - Biancoblu BO
Nov. 18: Pall.Trento - FCM Ferentino
Nov. 18: AcegasAps TR - LeGanberi FO


Castelletto adds Leva to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

SBS Castelletto Ticino (Nazionale A) added to their roster 34-year old guard Stefano Leva (193-78, agency: Two Points). He has played for the last three seasons at Royal Castellanza (Nazionale B). He helped them to win the regular season.
Leva won Italian SerieB championship title in 2005. He represented Italy at the World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
Leva has played previously for four other Italian teams: Cimberio Varese, Novara, Borgomanero and Vado Ligure.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 6 - by Eurobasket News

American J.R. Giddens (196-F/G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for C.de Latte BRE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old swingman had a double-double of 21 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Tezenis VE (#8, 3-3) 80-77. C.de Latte BRE is placed at 3rd position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. C.de Latte BRE will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Giddens turned to be C.de Latte BRE's top player in his first season with the team. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Giddens is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.2rpg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 68.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Jobey Thomas (194-G-80) of AcegasAps TR. Thomas impressed basketball fans with 35 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he lead AcegasAps TR to another comfortable win 97-81 over Upea CdO (#15, 0-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed AcegasAps TR to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thomas is a newcomer at AcegasAps TR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#3).

The third best performed player last round was another C.de Latte BRE's star - American Michael Jenkins (191-G-86). Jenkins scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of C.de Latte BRE, helping his team with a 80-77 win against the lower-ranked Tezenis VE (#8, 3-3). C.de Latte BRE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Jenkins has a very solid season. In 6 games in Italy he scored 16.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Aget Service IM - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Andrea Pecile (187-PG-80) of Biancoblu BO - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Alex Young (198-G/F-89) of Upea CdO - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Talor Battle (183-PG-88) of Upea CdO - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rodney Green (195-F/G-88) of Novipiu Casale - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Givova Scafati - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Lega2 Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Aget Service IM (#13) forced the game against Tuscany Pistoia (#2) into an overtime, but lost by one point 75-76 on Sunday night. The game took place in Imola. But the guests from Pistoia were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia maintains second position with 5-1 record having just -5 point less than leader Biancoblu BO. Aget Service IM lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with five games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face Givova Scafati (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Aget Service IM will play against Sigma Barcellona (#6).

In the last two games of round 6 AcegasAps TR defeated Upea CdO in Trieste 97-81. LeGanberi FO was beaten by Fileni BPA Jesi at home 63-70. Pall.Trento lost to undefeated Biancoblu BO on the opponent's court 66-70. C.de Latte BRE managed to outperform Tezenis VE in a home game 80-77. Sigma Barcel. managed to beat Novipiu Casale on the road 82-80.
The best stats of 6th round was 21 points and 14 rebounds by J.R. Giddens of C.de Latte BRE.


Upea CdO - AcegasAps TR 81-97

There was no surprise in Capo d'Orlando where bottom-ranked Upea CdO (0-6) was defeated by sixth ranked AcegasAps TR (4-2) 97-81 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-81. AcegasAps TR shot 61.3 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Belarusian Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. AcegasAps TR's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI) who recorded 32 points and his fellow American import point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) added 14 points, 9 assists and 5 steals respectively. AcegasAps TR moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Upea CdO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with six games lost. AcegasAps TR will face LeGamberi Foods Forl (#11) in Forli in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Upea CdO will play on the road against Fileni BPA Jesi (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Upea CdO: A.Young 32+4reb+2ast, T.Battle 14+4reb+9ast, D.Mathis 10+2reb+4ast, M.Poletti 8+2reb, O.George 8+4reb+1ast, R.Rullo 6+4reb+3ast
AcegasAps TR: J.Thomas 35+6reb+1ast, M.Meshcharakou 22+5reb+1ast, M.Carra 17+3reb+5ast, B.Brown 8+1reb, A.Filloy 7+5ast, B.Ondo Mengue 4+1reb
gschID: 188790


LeGanberi FO - Fileni BPA Jesi 63-70

Everything could happen in Forli at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Fileni BPA Jesi and 10th ranked LeGamberi Foods Forl had identical 2-3 record. But LeGamberi Foods Forl was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Jesi 70-63 on Sunday night. LeGamberi Foods Forl was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-9 charge of Fileni BPA Jesi, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Fileni BPA Jesi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Bo Spencer (186-89, college: Nebraska) who recorded 17 points and Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (205-85) added 6 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Fileni BPA Jesi (3-3) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tezenis VE. LeGamberi Foods Forl lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with four games lost. Fileni BPA Jesi will face bottom-ranked Upea CdO (#15) in Capo d'Orlando in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LeGamberi Foods Forl will play on the road against AcegasAps TR (#5) in Trieste.
Top scorers:
LeGanberi FO: B.Spencer 17+3reb, T.Roderick 12+2reb+2ast, M.Soloperto 12+4reb+1ast, B.Musso 6+3reb, N.Natali 6+5reb, M.Todic 6+11reb
Fileni BPA Jesi: E.Griffin 16+9reb+1ast, J.Valentini 13+3reb, M.Maggioli 11+8reb+2ast, J.Sanders 9+3reb, R.Hoover 9+4reb+1ast, R.Gaspardo 6
gschID: 188789


Aget Service IM - Giorgo Tesi PT 75-76 OT

Aget Service IM (#13) forced the game against Tuscany Pistoia (#2) into an overtime, but lost by one point 75-76 on Sunday night. The game took place in Imola. But the guests from Pistoia were better at the end. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 18-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 6-5. The best player for the winners was Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 27 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the former international swingman Matteo Maestrello (198-81) added 11 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia maintains second position with 5-1 record having just -5 point less than leader Biancoblu BO. Aget Service IM lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with five games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face Givova Scafati (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Aget Service IM will play against Sigma Barcellona (#6).
Top scorers:
Aget Service IM: P.Marigney 27+7reb+2ast, D.Gay 12+1reb+2ast, F.Foiera 11+5reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 11+4reb+3ast, M.Chillo 4+5reb, S.Zagorac 4+2reb+1ast
Giorgo Tesi PT: M.Hicks 21+9reb+1ast, G.Galanda 15+8reb+4ast, F.Toppo 13+10reb+1ast, A.Graves 12+5reb+1ast, R.Cortese 6+4reb, G.Meini 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 188787


Biancoblu BO - Pall.Trento 70-66

Very expected game in Bologna where 9th ranked Pall.Trento (2-3) was defeated by top-ranked Biancoblu BO (5-0) 70-66 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But Pall.Trento won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Biancoblu BO made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Pall.Trento was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) who scored 19 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Biancoblu BO have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Newly promoted Pall.Trento dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. Biancoblu BO will face Tezenis VE (#8) in Verona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pall.Trento will play at home against FCM Ferentino.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: L.Dordei 18+5reb+1ast, B.Elder 14+4reb, M.Umeh 10+2reb+3ast, L.Garri 9+9reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 8+2reb+1ast, M.Spanghero 5+3reb+1ast
Biancoblu BO: A.Pecile 19+4reb+5ast, D.Cournooh 18+2reb+5ast, P.Verri 9+3reb+1ast, D.Cutolo 8+4reb, W.Mosley 6+13reb, M.Vitali 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 188786


C.de Latte BRE - Tezenis VE 80-77

Everything could happen in Brescia at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked C.de Latte BRE and 5th ranked Tezenis VE had identical 3-2 record. This time C.de Latte BRE used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Verona 80-77 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 18 points at the halftime before their 48-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman J.R. Giddens (196-85, college: N.Mexico) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Massimo Chessa (188-88, agency: Two Points) who recorded 17 points and American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four C.de Latte BRE and five Tezenis VE players scored in double figures. C.de Latte BRE (4-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Tezenis VE at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. C.de Latte BRE will have a break next round. Tezenis VE will play at home against the league's leader Biancoblu BO (#1) in Bologna.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: M.Chessa 17+3reb+1ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 15+4reb+1ast, C.Westbrook 14+6reb, G.Boscagin 10, O.Lawal 10+9reb+1ast, R.McConnell 6+1reb
C.de Latte BRE: M.Jenkins 25+8reb+1ast, J.Giddens 21+14reb+2ast, N.Barlos 14+5reb+3ast, D.Brkic 12+4reb+2ast, F.Loschi 4+1reb, E.Lombardi 2
gschID: 188785


Givova Scafati - Prima Veroli 68-63 OT

Givova Scafati recorded the fourth win as they outscored Prima Veroli in overtime. Ronald Slay dropped 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the home side. Keddric Mays added 15 points for the winners. Jimmy Hunter responded with 18 points for Prima Veroli. Luka Infante provided 12 points in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Hunter 18+2reb+3ast, L.Infante 12+8reb, T.Rinaldi 11+9reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 10+2reb+2ast, E.Walker 7+2reb+1ast, S.Berti 3+3reb+1ast
Givova Scafati: R.Slay 18+16reb+2ast, K.Mays 15+1reb+1ast, F.Bushati 8+4reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 8+6reb+2ast, D.Rosignoli 6+4reb, J.Tavernari 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 188784


Novipiu Casale - Sigma Barcel. 80-82

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Novipiu Casale (4-2) was edged at home by seventh ranked Sigma Barcellona (4-2) 82-80 on Sunday. Novipiu Casale was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Sigma Barcellona, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) who recorded 25 points and the former international guard Matteo Malaventura (197-78) added 18 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Novipiu Casale. Sigma Barcellona will face Aget Service IM (#14) in Imola in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Novipiu Casale will play on the road against Prima Veroli (#12) and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: R.Green 25+3reb+3ast, M.Malaventura 18+1reb+1ast, S.Pierich 15+4reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 13+2reb, C.Ware 7+2reb+5ast, P.Butkevicius 2+16reb
Sigma Barcel.: T.Bell 17+5reb+6ast, M.Sanders 14+2reb, C.Callahan 13+7reb+1ast, T.Green 12+2reb+6ast, M.Giuri 9+2reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 6+6reb
gschID: 188783


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Novipiu Casale
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Green, Novipiu Cas.24.3 
 2. Bell, Sigma Barcel.22.5 
 3. Thomas, AcegasAp.20.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.19.5 
 5. Griffin, Fileni B.19.3 
 6. Marigney, Aget S.19.3 
 7. Slay, Givova Scafa.19.0 
 8. Callahan, Sigma B.18.8 
 9. Ekperigin, FCM F.18.2 
 10. Spencer, LeGanber.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE12.5 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.6 
 3. Slay, Givova Scafa.9.7 
 4. Giddens, C.de L.9.2 
 5. Butkevicius, Novip.8.8 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.5 
 7. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.2 
 8. George, Upea CdO8.2 
 9. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.2 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrea PECILE
  Biancobl.
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Pecile, Biancobl.5.4 
 2. Gay, Aget S.5.0 
 3. Green, Sigma B.5.0 
 4. Battle, Upea CdO4.7 
 5. Mays, Givova S.4.2 
 6. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.0 
 7. Mathis, Upea CdO3.8 
 8. Hoover, Fileni B.3.5 
 9. Bell, Sigma Barcel.3.3 
 10. McConnell, Tezen.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  FCM F.
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.8 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.2.8 
 4. James, FCM F.2.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.2.8 
 6. Ekperigin, FCM F.2.6 
 7. Forray, Pall.Trento2.6 
 8. Battle, Upea CdO2.5 
 9. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.5 
 10. Garri, Pall.Trento2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.6 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.5 
 3. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.4 
 4. Ekperigin, FCM F.1.2 
 5. Griffin, Fileni B.1.2 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 7. Valenti, Aget S.1.0 
 8. Garri, Pall.Trento0.8 
 9. George, Upea CdO0.8 
 10. Fall, AcegasAps0.8 


Cantu crushes Fenerbahce in Euroleague: 82-58 - by Pervin Elgin

In the fifth game in group A of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Mapooro Cantu outclassed Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul bigtime. The Italian home team ruled almost from start to finish and crushed the Turkish guests with 82-58. Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) scored 16 points for Cantu, Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) added 15, Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) 14. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) led Fenerbahce with 10 points.

Mike Batiste opened the score for Fenerbahce in the first period, followed by a basket by Sato to give the guests a 0-4 lead. Tabu and Markoishvili answered for Cantu, and after five minutes the scores were tied: 8-8. Tyus scored six points in a row after that and fueled a 15-4 run for Cantu in the next minutes, resulting in a double digit advantage for the home team after 10 minutes: 23-12.

Fenerbahce closed the gap to 23-16 in the second period, but Jeff Brooks
(203-F-89, college: Penn St.) restored the difference and Marco Cusin
(210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) made it a 14-point game after 16 minutes. Cantu held on the lead and went to the locker room with a 41-27 advantage.

Cantu continued it's dominance in the third period. Pietro Aradori
(195-SG-88) made it a 20-point game after 23 minutes: 49-29. Fenerbahce made a small comeback towards the end of the period with consecutive scores by Onan and Sato but wasn't able to become a substantial threat and finished the period 57-41 behind.

Markoishvili got things going for Cantu in the fourth period, Fenerbahce scored 5 points in a row to make it 59-46 after 32 minutes, but the home team took a timeout and continued with a 8-2 run, 66-48. A threepointer by Aradori restored the 20-point lead after 38 minutes (76-56), and with the defeat inevitable, Fenerbahce surrendered. Tabu and Brooks made the final scores and had the home crowd celebrate a huge 82-58 victory.

Fenerbahce dropped to 3-2 in Group A and will travel to Russia next week to play fellow second ranked Khimki Moscow, Cantu is now fourth in the group and will play last ranked Olimpija Ljubljana on the road to keep the newborn Top 16 dreams alive.



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BJ League Round 10: Leader Oita Heat Devils lose to Osaka Evessa - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in BJ League, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Oita Heat Devils (7-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Osaka Evessa (1-4) 86-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Oita Heat Devils. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 47-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Osaka Evessa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Zoran Kreckovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Osaka Evessa left bottom position moving up to ninth place. Oita Heat Devils at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Osaka Evessa and are hoping to win this game.
Second-ranked Akita Happinets (6-1) made lots of trouble for first ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-1). Iwate Big Bulls managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Carlos Dixon contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls maintains first position with 10-1 record. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. Iwate Big Bulls will again play against Akita Happinets (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Yokohama between Yokohama BC and Shinshu BW. Sixth ranked Yokohama BC (5-2) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Shinshu BW (5-4). Yokohama BC managed to escape with a 3-point win 85-82 in the fight for the fifth place. The game was dominated by American players. Draelon Burns scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Jermaine Green responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds. Yokohama BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Shinshu BW lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Yokohama BC will again meet at home Shinshu BW (#6) in the next round. Shinshu BW will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (7-5) against ninth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (2-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Hamamatsu Phoenix was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in Kyoto 80-63. Leonardo Pomare notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to eighth place. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (7-5) against ninth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (2-8) on Friday night. Visiting Hamamatsu Phoenix was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in a tough game in Kyoto 75-84. Yu Okada fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to eighth place. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 10 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Okinawa GK crushed Miyazaki SS in a road game 108-66. Takamatsu FA beat Shimane SM at home 72-61. Fukuoka Rizing destroyed Shiga L-Stars on the opponent's court 99-75. Tokyo Cinq R. outscored Sendai 89ers in a home game 89-68. Winless Gunma were rolled over Toyama Grouses on the road 99-71. Niigata Albirex crushed Saitama Bron. on its own court 100-71.


Kyoto Hannar. - Hamamatsu P. 80-63

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (7-5) against ninth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (2-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Hamamatsu Phoenix was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in Kyoto 80-63. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Kyoto Hannar.'s pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-11 extending their advantage to 17 points. Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 40-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Hamamatsu Phoenix's players. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Hamamatsu Phoenix. His fellow American import point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to eighth place. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Pomare 27+14reb+1ast, D.Palmer 16+7reb+2ast, Y.Okada 12+2reb+3ast, J.Boyette 9+2reb+4ast, M.Kataoka 5+4reb+2ast, T.Murakami 4+1reb+7ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 19+6reb+1ast, K.Galloway 13+6reb+3ast, Y.Tsubasa 8+1reb, A.Thomas 7+4reb, M.Ohguchi 5+1reb, S.Nakanishi 4
gschID: 200415


Miyazaki SS - Okinawa GK 66-108

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-8) were crushed at home by top-ranked Okinawa GK (7-0) 108-66 on Saturday. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) chipped in 22 points. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kouto felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) added 22 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Okinawa GK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with eight games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1).
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 22+4reb+1ast, A.McHenry 16+13reb+1ast, J.Newton 16+8reb+3ast, N.Namizato 14+3reb+5ast, D.Larkai 14+7reb, M.Yamauchi 10+4reb+2ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Keller 28+10reb+1ast, L.Cunningham 22+14reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 6+5reb, K.Ito 4+6reb+3ast, T.Fairley 4+7reb+1ast, K.Shigenaga 2+1reb
gschID: 200418


Oita H.Devils - Osaka Evessa 82-86

Top ranked Oita Heat Devils (7-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Osaka Evessa (1-4) 86-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Oita Heat Devils. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 47-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Osaka Evessa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Walkup is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Osaka Evessa's coach Zoran Kreckovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 15 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Five Osaka Evessa and four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa left bottom position moving up to ninth place. Oita Heat Devils at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Osaka Evessa and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: D.Cox 23+17reb+4ast, N.Walkup 16+8reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 12+3reb+6ast, S.Takeda 10+2reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 10+10reb+1ast, S.Konno 8+1ast
Oita H.Devils: W.White 23+12reb+1ast, T.Finger 17+5reb+4ast, T.Shimizu 15+3reb+8ast, C.Tate 12+3reb+1ast, M.Lottich 6+1reb, N.Takushi 4+1reb+7ast
gschID: 200417


Takamatsu FA - Shimane SM 72-61

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (3-4) defeated at home 4th ranked Shimane Magic (6-3) 72-61 on Saturday. American power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Kouki Yamabuchi (183-84) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Takamatsu FA moved-up to sixth place. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Takamatsu FA will face again higher ranked Shimane Magic (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 16+4reb+3ast, B.Penn 16+2reb, R.Johnson 10+6reb+1ast, P.Williams 10+14reb+4ast, M.Suzuki 7+3reb+3ast, H.Kikuchi 6+1reb+2ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 24+13reb, J.Davis 14+5reb, K.Yamabuchi 8+8reb+4ast, B.Puckett 7+4reb, T.Yokoo 4+2reb, Y.Hikino 2+1ast
gschID: 200416


Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing 75-99

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars' (3-6) home loss to fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (6-3) 75-99 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga L-Stars was better in second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 24 points and guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Shiga L-Stars' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shimane SM and Niigata Albirex. Shiga L-Stars lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 23+9reb+3ast, A.Takeno 17+1reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 16+2reb+2ast, J.Ashby 16+5reb+3ast, M.Kano 9+4reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 9+1reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 24+3reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 13+3reb+3ast, W.Arnold 13+2reb+2ast, J.Nakama 9+2reb+1ast, A.Aboya 6+8reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 200414


Yokohama BC - Shinshu BW 85-82

A very close game took place in Yokohama between Yokohama BC and Shinshu BW. Sixth ranked Yokohama BC (5-2) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Shinshu BW (5-4). Yokohama BC managed to escape with a 3-point win 85-82 in the fight for the fifth place. Shinshu BW trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds and swingman D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Yokohama BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Shinshu BW lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Yokohama BC will again meet at home Shinshu BW (#6) in the next round. Shinshu BW will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 21+7reb+5ast, P.Butorac 16+7reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 16+8reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 15+5reb+2ast, P.Faye 11+6reb, S.Kouno 5
Shinshu BW: J.Green 24+22reb+2ast, W.Marshall 18+5reb, D.Curry 18+10reb+2ast, T.Goya 6+2ast, T.Saito 6+4reb+3ast, Y.Matsubara 5+1ast
gschID: 200413


Tokyo Cinq R. - Sendai 89ers 89-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (3-6) outscored at home 8th ranked Sendai 89ers (2-5) 89-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tokyo Cinq R.. Sendai 89ers was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tokyo Cinq R. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sendai 89ers' 30. Tokyo Cinq R. had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tokyo Cinq R. made 7 blocks. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kenji Sato (180-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Yasuaki Arai (180-83) added 17 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Sendai 89ers dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will face again Sendai 89ers (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 23+6reb+2ast, H.Takada 13+5reb+3ast, R.Barrett 11+2reb, C.Aoki 11+1reb+2ast, K.Sato 10+13reb+2ast, A.Inoue 9+4reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: Y.Arai 17+1reb, K.Coble 13+3reb, S.Willard 12+7reb+2ast, T.Komoda 10+2reb, A.Nogami 6+3reb+3ast, K.Clarke 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200412


Toyama Grouses - Gunma 99-71

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Gunma (0-11) was outplayed on the road by third ranked Toyama Grouses (7-4) 99-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) produced 25 points and center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Gunma still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again Gunma (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 18+5reb+2ast, B.Cole 17+5reb+3ast, I.Brown 12+12reb+4ast, A.Garcia 12+2reb, J.Jacob 11+5reb, T.Fujie 11+1reb+3ast
Gunma: L.Witcher 25+4reb, T.Granado 12+7reb, N.Williams 8+3reb, T.Tatsuhiko 7+3reb, S.Okada 6+1reb+4ast, K.Tomori 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200411


Iwate Big Bulls - Akita NH 76-74

Second-ranked Akita Happinets (6-1) made lots of trouble for first ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-1). Iwate Big Bulls managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. Iwate Big Bulls had a 40-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls maintains first position with 10-1 record. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. Iwate Big Bulls will again play against Akita Happinets (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 18+9reb+3ast, R.Okosa 18+8reb+4ast, T.Masato 15+9reb+3ast, M.Sawaguchi 9+1reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 8+2reb+2ast, D.Sneed 6+3reb
Akita NH: T.Cummings 26+11reb+2ast, D.Harris 16+6reb+9ast, S.Taguchi 9+9reb, A.Kent 8+8reb+1ast, Y.Kikuchi 7+1reb+1ast, K.Shoji 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 200409


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 100-71

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (6-3) outleveled at home 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (1-6) 100-71 on Saturday. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 45-28 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) fired 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Randall Orr (207-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five Niigata Albirex and four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-3 record, which they share with Shimane SM and Fukuoka Rizing. Saitama Broncos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with six games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 18+4reb+5ast, K.Sato 17+1ast, R.Webb 10+10reb, Y.Sato 10+2reb, Y.Ikeda 10+7reb+2ast, C.Holm 10+12reb
Saitama Bron.: R.Orr 20+1reb, D.Baker 17+5reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 11+3reb+1ast, A.Scott 10+9reb, T.Yamashiro 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200410


Kyoto Hannar. - Hamamatsu P. 84-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (7-5) against ninth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (2-8) on Friday night. Visiting Hamamatsu Phoenix was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in a tough game in Kyoto 75-84. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kyoto Hannar. made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 41-30 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Yu Okada (184-83) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 12 points and 7 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. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to eighth place. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: Y.Okada 20+1reb+4ast, D.Palmer 13+8reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 13+6reb+5ast, L.Pomare 10+10reb, J.Boyette 7+3reb+2ast, M.Cousin 6+7reb
Hamamatsu P.: A.Thomas 16+2reb, S.Nakanishi 14+2reb+1ast, E.Fuqua 12+7reb+3ast, J.Parmer 12+8reb+3ast, K.Galloway 6+5reb+2ast, A.Ohta 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200408



JBL Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 6 was guest Aishin Sea Horses' (#2) road victory over Panasonic Trians (#3) 84-80 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Toshiba BT. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was played in Osaka between second ranked Aishin Sea Horses and one of their biggest challengers Panasonic Trians where Aishin Sea Horses (9-3) beat Panasonic Trians (8-4) on the road 62-48. It was a good game for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Ryvon Covile contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Takanori Onishi (195-83) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Panasonic Trians. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Toshiba BT. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya 65-56. Takuya Kawamura had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Ron Hale with 11 points. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Tochigi Brex (2-10) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex will meet at home higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Leader Toyota Alvark delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (6-6) 76-69 in Fuchu. Jeff Gibbs notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-2 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth place with six games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro and are hoping to win another game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Toyota Alvark recorded the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (6-6) 67-55 in Fuchu. The best player for the winners was Kosuke Takeuchi who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-2 record. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fifth place with six games lost. Toyota Alvark will face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Toshiba BT crushed Hokkaido L. in Kanagawa 92-58. Mitsubishi DD beat Tochigi Brex at home 78-69. Toshiba BT destroyed Hokkaido L. on the opponent's court 94-63.


Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 80-84

The biggest surprise of round 6 was guest Aishin Sea Horses' (#2) road victory over Panasonic Trians (#3) 84-80 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks and international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 19 points respectively. Five Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Toshiba BT. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: J.Watkins 25+17reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 19+2reb, H.Watanabe 12+2reb+2ast, T.Onishi 10+4reb+1ast, K.Hirose 10+7reb+1ast, T.Nakatsuka 4
Aishin SH: S.Kashiwagi 17+5reb+4ast, J.Sakuragi 16+15reb+6ast, S.Asayama 16+1reb+1ast, K.Young 9+7reb+3ast, T.Furukawa 9+2reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 7+2ast
gschID: 183274


Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex 56-65

Bottom-ranked Tochigi Brex managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya 65-56. Mitsubishi Dolphins trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 17-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 56-65 at the end of the game. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Ken Takeda (188-78) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) with 11 points and guard Jun Abe (177-86) scored 10 points. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Tochigi Brex (2-10) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex will meet at home higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 11+4reb+1ast, J.Abe 10+1reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 9+2reb, A.Minatoya 8+2reb, J.Uzawa 8+3reb+1ast, T.Tashiro 3+3reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 30+10reb+2ast, K.Takeda 9+8reb+2ast, T.Smith 8+4reb+1ast, D.Yamada 6+2reb, T.Yanagawa 5+5reb+2ast, S.Ito 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 183273


Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 76-69

Leader Toyota Alvark delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (6-6) 76-69 in Fuchu. Toyota Alvark made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Toyota Alvark outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 44-29 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and the former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: CS Northridge) supported him with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) added 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-2 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth place with six games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro and are hoping to win another game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 20+2reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 15+11reb+3ast, J.Smith 13+10reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 8+1reb+3ast, T.Watanabe 5, Y.Mitsuhara 2+2reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 27+11reb+3ast, M.Takahashi 17+11reb, K.Takeuchi 10+8reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 5+3reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 4+1reb+1ast, Y.Okada 4+2ast
gschID: 183272


Hokkaido L. - Toshiba BT 58-92

There was no surprise in Saporro where 7th ranked Hokkaido L. (1-11) was crushed by fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (8-4) 92-58 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Toshiba Thunders. Hokkaido L. was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toshiba Thunders made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Toshiba Thunders outrebounded Hokkaido L. 42-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) chipped in 13 points. Toshiba Thunders' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) added 18 points respectively. Toshiba Thunders moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Hokkaido L. lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 25+14reb, T.Orimo 18+1reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 6+2reb+4ast, M.Ito 4+2reb, D.Noguchi 3+1reb+3ast, K.Taneichi 1+2reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 21+12reb, N.Tsuji 13+3reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 13, Y.Kagami 8+3reb+3ast, T.Kurihara 8+1reb, M.Diouf 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 183271


Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 48-62

Another exciting game was played in Osaka between second ranked Aishin Sea Horses and one of their biggest challengers Panasonic Trians where Aishin Sea Horses (9-3) beat Panasonic Trians (8-4) on the road 62-48. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Panasonic Trians was better in fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses held Panasonic Trians to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.9 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a good game for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Takanori Onishi (195-83) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Panasonic Trians. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Toshiba BT. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: T.Onishi 19+7reb, K.Kanamaru 7+4reb+2ast, J.Watkins 6+12reb, T.Nakatsuka 5+1reb, H.Watanabe 3+3reb+3ast, C.Maraker 2+9reb
Aishin SH: R.Covile 14+6reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 12+16reb+4ast, S.Kitagawa 11+3reb+1ast, H.Hashimoto 7+1ast, K.Young 6+8reb, T.Furukawa 6
gschID: 183270


Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex 78-69

No shocking result in a game in Nagoya where sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (4-8) defeated 8th ranked Tochigi Brex (2-10) 78-69 on Saturday. Tochigi Brex trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-78 at the end of the game. Tochigi Brex was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Tomoo Amino (196-80) who recorded 11 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains sixth position with 4-8 record. Tochigi Brex lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Panasonic Trians (#3) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: K.Takeda 13+2reb+1ast, D.Yamada 12+3reb+1ast, T.Amino 11+6reb, T.Smith 11+6reb, T.Kawamura 9+2reb+3ast, S.Ito 7+4reb+2ast
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 21+6reb, J.Abe 10+2ast, Y.Ueta 9+3reb+1ast, R.Hale 8+5reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 7+3reb+2ast, J.Uzawa 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 183269


Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 67-55

Leader Toyota Alvark recorded the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (6-6) 67-55 in Fuchu. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-55. Toyota Alvark dominated on the defensive end, holding Hitachi Sunrockers to just 6 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 9 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Takuma Watanabe (188-78) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-2 record. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fifth place with six games lost. Toyota Alvark will face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 19+9reb, T.Watanabe 13+3reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 8+2ast, J.Takeuchi 3+9reb+2ast, T.Sakai 3+1reb, H.Kashiwakura 3+2reb+2ast
Toyota Alvark: K.Tanaka 13+5reb+3ast, K.Takeuchi 10+10reb+3ast, J.Gibbs 9+13reb, T.Kumagai 9+1reb, K.Matsui 8+1reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 7+4reb
gschID: 183268


Hokkaido L. - Toshiba BT 63-94

Rather expected game in Saporro where 7th ranked Hokkaido L. (1-11) was rolled over by fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (8-4) 94-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. Toshiba Thunders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido L.'s 46. They outrebounded Hokkaido L. 39-18 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Daisuke Noguchi (196-83) who recorded 17 points and naturalized American forward Jo Kurino-Dews (195-80, college: Mount Olive) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Hokkaido L. lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Noguchi 17+2reb+1ast, J.Kurino-Dews 11+6reb, T.Orimo 11+1reb+2ast, T.Abe 7+2ast, R.Sakurai 6+3reb+1ast, K.Hiruki 5+3reb+1ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 31+14reb+1ast, C.Moss 18+8reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Kagami 8+1reb, M.Diouf 7+2reb+3ast, T.Kurihara 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 183267



Best players of Japanese BJ League round 10 - by Eurobasket News

American-Panamanian Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kyoto Hannar. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Hamamatsu P. (#3, 7-5) with 17-point margin 80-63. Kyoto Hannar. is placed at 8th position in Japanese BJ League. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Kyoto Hannar. have already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. Pomare turned to be Kyoto Hannar.'s top player in his first season with the team. Leonardo Pomare averages this season 13.6ppg and 9.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American forward Jermaine Green (203-F-80) of Shinshu BW. Green impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Shinshu BW was edged by slightly higher-ranked Yokohama BC (#5, 5-2) 85-82. This loss caused Shinshu BW to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Green is a newcomer at Shinshu BW and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side) of Osaka Evessa (#9). Cox showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Osaka Evessa, leading his team to a 86-82 win against the higher-ranked Oita H.Devils (#2, 7-2). Osaka Evessa can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Cox he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Cox has a very solid season. In 5 games in Japan he scored 11.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 24 points and 13 rebounds
5. Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK - 16 points and 13 rebounds
6. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils - 23 points and 12 rebounds
7. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Toyama Grouses - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Larriques Cunningham (198-G-88) of Miyazaki SS - 22 points and 14 rebounds
10. Lewis Witcher (207-F/C-87) of Gunma - 25 points and 4 rebounds

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



Best players of Japanese JBL round 6 - by Eurobasket News

American Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Toshiba BT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Hokkaido L. (#8, 1-11) with 31-point margin 94-63. Toshiba BT maintains the 4th position in Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toshiba BT will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Fazekas turned to be Toshiba BT's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.5ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 63.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Panasonic T.. Watkins impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Panasonic T. was edged by slightly higher-ranked Aishin SH (#2, 9-3) 84-80. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Panasonic T. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Watkins is a newcomer at Panasonic T. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#3). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of top-ranked Toyota Alvark. Gibbs scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toyota Alvark, leading his team to a 76-69 win against the lower-ranked Hitachi SR (#5, 6-6). Toyota Alvark confirms their top position in the standings Gibbs has a great season in Japan. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Hokkaido L. - 25 points and 14 rebounds
5. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT - 21 points and 12 rebounds
6. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Michael Takahashi (198-F-74) of Toyota Alvark - 17 points and 11 rebounds

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


Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 10-2 
 2. Aishin SH 9-3 
 3. Panasonic T. 8-4 
 4. Toshiba BT 8-4 
 5. Hitachi SR 6-6 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 4-8 
 7. Tochigi Brex 2-10 
 8. Hokkaido L. 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 11: Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 80-84
Nov. 10: Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex 78-69
Nov. 11: Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 76-69
Nov. 10: Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 67-55
Nov. 10: Hokkaido L. - Toshiba BT 63-94
Nov. 11: Hokkaido L. - Toshiba BT 58-92
Nov. 11: Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex 56-65
Nov. 10: Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 48-62

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR
Nov. 16: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD
Nov. 17: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T.
Nov. 17: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L.
Nov. 17: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR
Nov. 17: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD
Nov. 18: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T.
Nov. 18: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L.


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba20.5 
 2. Smith, Hitachi SR18.7 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.3 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.8 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi15.3 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH14.4 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.3 
 8. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.3 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.6 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.4 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba10.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 5. Smith, Hitachi SR8.9 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota8.6 
 7. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.8 
 8. Klette, Hokkaido L.7.4 
 9. Young, Aishin SH7.1 
 10. Ito, Tochigi Brex6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ryusei SHINOYAMA
  Toshi.
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Shinoyama, Toshi.4.2 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.1 
 3. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.9 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.7 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.3 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi2.9 
 7. Shonaka, Toyota A.2.7 
 8. Tajima, Tochigi Br.2.6 
 9. Watanabe, Panason.2.5 
 10. Kashiwakura, Hita.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.4 
 4. Smith, Hitachi SR1.3 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 6. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.2 
 7. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.2 
 8. Ito, Toyota Alvark1.2 
 9. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.1 
 10. Fazekas, Toshiba1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 3. Young, Aishin SH1.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Toyota1.1 
 5. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR0.8 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.0.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.0.7 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.7 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.7 



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FIBA Central Board gives green light to new format and calendar of competition - by Omar Shafaamri

FIBA announced at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur this weekend that it will go ahead and implement a new format and calendar of competition beginning in 2017.

After being presented with the conclusions from the latest consultations with stakeholders including a study of the economic parameters carried out by external experts FIBAs Central Board on Saturday agreed to move ahead and to introduce a new format and calendar of competition.

FIBA Asia President Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani, FIBA Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian and Womens representative Ms. Xu Lan of China represented FIBA Asia at the FIBA Central Board meeting (pic above).

The key principles agreed for the new competition format and calendar for men from 2017 are the following:

- After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the next edition will be moved to 2019 (instead of 2018) and will be played every four years from then on. A total of 32 teams (increased from 24) will participate in FIBAs flagship event.

- The qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows which will be in November (2017), February, June, September, November (2018) and February (2019). The exact period and length of these windows will be defined in the coming months in collaboration with all stakeholders. The national teams will be divided into two divisions Division A and Division B with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation.
Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.

- Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

- As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBAs flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).

- The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.

The format and calendar of competition was identified as being one of FIBAs main priorities and has been intensively worked on over the last two years.

The modification of the current system is essential to further stimulate the global growth of basketball, increase its visibility around the world and further develop FIBAs National Federations. This new competition format will give more prominence to the FIBA Basketball World Cup by placing it in a year where it can enjoy more exclusivity.

The home-and-away format will allow fans from around 140 countries to see their national teams play regular games and offer a Road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup over a two-year qualification period, with a similar system for the continental championships. There will be a total of more than 1,200 games played over a four-year cycle.

The FIBA Central Board recognises the fundamental role played by clubs and leagues worldwide and the need for appropriate insurance for players competing for their national teams. The new competition format takes the health of top players into consideration by reducing their current summer workload and responds to the clubs concerns about player fatigue and injury. The FIBA Central Board looks forward to cooperating with all stakeholders to make this new calendar a success for the world of basketball.

FIBA President Yvan Mainini explained the rationale behind making the change at this moment in time.

Basketball needs to expand its reach and generate a new, dynamic stimulus for its growth. This can only happen if each country grows the game and plays regularly in front of its own fans, he said.

Im delighted that the Central Board has taken this decision because it is fundamental in our goal of harmonising the global calendar and developing basketball worldwide.

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann added: National teams are the locomotive of basketball in each country. We need to protect and enhance their role. At the same time, clubs invest daily into our sport and their investment also needs respect and protection.

Therefore, in each country, it is the joint responsibility of clubs, leagues and National Federations to cooperate for the success of the national championships and the national team in this new integrated system.

FIBA also plans to review the womens calendar and system of competition within the next year.

FIBA Asia



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 4-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 3-3 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 2-4 
 4. BK Almaty 1-1 
 5. BK Kapshagay 1-1 
 6. Tobol 1-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 11: Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 76-71
Nov. 10: Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 102-81

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 17: Tobol - BC Astana
Nov. 18: Tobol - BC Astana


PGE Turow destroy visiting BC Astana - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow - BC Astana 93:66

PGE Turow destroy visiting BC Astana for the initial win in VTB League. The Polish debutant needed 5 games to taste success and improved to 1-4 record.
PGE Turow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Aaron Cel (203-F-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Michal Chylinski (190-G-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BC Astana. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
PGE Turow left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Neptunas and Azovmash. Loser BC Astana dropped to the third position with two games lost. PGE Turow will face higher ranked Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Astana will play at home against BC Donetsk.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.22.1 
 2. Peiners, LU19.8 
 3. Sokolovs, Turiba16.3 
 4. Apsitis, Turiba16.3 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala14.6 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.2 
 8. Hill jr., Jekabpils14.0 
 9. Pasecniks, U1813.4 
 10. Geks, U1813.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristaps DARGAIS
  LU
  (198-G-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dargais, LU8.6 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.4 
 3. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.4 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera8.2 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava8.0 
 6. Mednis, Jurmala7.7 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.2 
 8. Rozitis, Barons k.6.7 
 9. Archer, Liepaja6.6 
 10. Metra, Barons k.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Liepaja
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Sims, Ventspils4.8 
 3. Krumins, Valmiera4.0 
 4. Peiners, LU4.0 
 5. Metra, Barons k.4.0 
 6. Kaufmanis, Valmiera3.9 
 7. Plavnieks, U183.6 
 8. Silavs, Jelgava3.4 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.3 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matiss RUDMIEZIS
  Turiba
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.4 
 2. Miezis, Barons k.2.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Liepaja2.0 
 4. Mizis, Jelgava1.9 
 5. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.7 
 7. Coders, Jurmala1.6 
 8. Peiners, LU1.6 
 9. Sims, Ventspils1.6 
 10. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.2.0 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.2 
 3. Mednis, Jurmala1.1 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.9 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Pasecniks, U180.8 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera0.8 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera0.7 


LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 10: Jurmala - Barons kvartals 87-83 OT
Nov. 11: U18 - Valmiera 84-80 OT
Nov. 10: Ventspils - Liepaja 82-62
Nov. 10: Turiba - Jelgava 103-76

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 14: Turiba - U18
Nov. 14: Jurmala - Jekabpils
Nov. 17: Jekabpils - Turiba
Nov. 18: LU - Jurmala


LBL Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Second-best Valmiera (5-2) fell to eleventh ranked U18 (1-4) in overtime by four points 80-84. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Valmiera. The best player for the winners was Davis Geks (190-G-95) who scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. U18's coach Nikolajs Mazurs allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted U18 maintains eleventh place with 1-4 record. Valmiera at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. U18's next round opponent will be higher ranked Turiba (#9) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Barons kvartals (#8) forced the game against Jurmala (#6) into an overtime, but lost by four points 83-87 on Saturday night. It was a good game for Roberts Mednis who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Jurmala's coach Jevgenijs Kosuskins used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jurmala (4-3) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Barons kvartals keep the eighth position with five games lost. Jurmala will face higher ranked Latvijas Universitate (#3) in Riga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.


U18 - Valmiera 84-80 OT

Second-best Valmiera (5-2) fell to eleventh ranked U18 (1-4) in overtime by four points 80-84. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Valmiera. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-16 Valmiera's run in the last quarter tied the game, leading to overtime which they eventually won 13-9. 24 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Davis Geks (190-95) who scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. Center Andzejs Pasecniks (211-95) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. U18's coach Nikolajs Mazurs allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and the former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Newly promoted U18 maintains eleventh place with 1-4 record. Valmiera at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. U18's next round opponent will be higher ranked Turiba (#9) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
U18: D.Geks 30+5reb+2ast, A.Pasecniks 20+7reb, A.Ginters 10+7reb+3ast, K.Plavnieks 9+6reb+5ast, K.Gluditis 5+2reb+1ast, R.Stradnieks 4+3reb
Valmiera: J.Porzingis 18+7reb+3ast, A.Butjankovs 16+15reb, M.Ziedins 11+8reb, R.Gabrans 11+1reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 11+2reb+2ast, V.Iljins 6+3reb
gschID: 198002


Jurmala - Barons kvartals 87-83 OT

Barons kvartals (#8) forced the game against Jurmala (#6) into an overtime, but lost by four points 83-87 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 14-10. Jurmala forced 25 Barons kvartals turnovers. Barons kvartals were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Roberts Mednis (204-89) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. Jurmala's coach Jevgenijs Kosuskins used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) answered with 34 points (!!!) (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Barons kvartals. Jurmala (4-3) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Barons kvartals keep the eighth position with five games lost. Jurmala will face higher ranked Latvijas Universitate (#3) in Riga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: R.Mednis 19+5reb+1ast, D.Coders 18+6reb, A.Ozols 18+3ast, K.Brown 14+2reb+8ast, U.Vilums 6+2reb, J.Dilevka 6+5reb+1ast
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 34+4reb+1ast, S.Metra 15+8reb+6ast, A.Brunins 9+4reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 7+11reb+1ast, A.Epners 7+3reb, N.Miezis 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 198001


Ventspils - Liepaja 82-62

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Ventspils (4-1) crushed at home 7th ranked Liepaja (3-4) 82-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 26 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Liepaja was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 4 steals. The former international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-87) contributed with 13 points for the winners. point guard Ingus Jakovics (185-93) answered with 14 points and guard Artis Ate (191-89) added 11 points in the effort for Liepaja. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils maintains fourth place with 4-1 record. Liepaja lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: F.Campbell 17+3reb+1ast, R.Zakis 13+4reb+3ast, D.Sims 10+1reb+2ast, A.Berzins 9+2reb+1ast, M.Meiers 8+4reb, M.Laksa 7+2reb+2ast
Liepaja: I.Jakovics 14+1reb+3ast, A.Ate 11+3reb+2ast, R.Krumins 9+2reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 6+3reb, E.Ezerskis 4+2reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 198000


Turiba - Jelgava 103-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Jelgava (3-4) was smashed on the road by tenth ranked Turiba (2-5) 103-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Turiba. Jelgava was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Turiba had a 36-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. Turiba looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Five Turiba players scored in double figures. American center Aaron Brackett (204-90, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Turiba moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Barons kvartals and Jekabpils. Loser Jelgava dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Turiba will face Jekabpils (#8) in the next round.
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 23+4reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 21+11reb+6ast, M.Sokolovs 18+6reb+2ast, V.Veinbergs 15+4reb+1ast, J.Kalnins 10+7reb+5ast, M.Steinbergs 6+1reb+4ast
Jelgava: A.Brackett 16+11reb+1ast, S.Silavs 13+4reb+1ast, A.Duselis 12+6reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 8+1reb+4ast, G.Justovics 8+2reb+1ast, E.Krumins 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 197999



VEF Riga shock Zalgiris in the capital - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Zalgiris 77:72

VEF Riga shock Zalgiris in the capital to hand the Lithuanian titan their first loss in VTB League. The Latvian side grabbed 77:72 win for 3-2 record. Lithuanian Zalgiris dropped at 4-1 record.
The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 15-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga made 20-of-22 free shots during the game. VEF Riga outrebounded Zalgiris 39-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 7 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zalgiris.
Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Zalgiris still keep top position with one game lost. VEF Riga is looking forward to face CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round.



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Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 10 - by Eurobasket News

American Bryan Harrison (188-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a very impressive game in the last round for Dzukija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and nine assists for Dzukija in his team's victory, helping them to crush Meresta (#4, 7-4) with 17-point margin 88-71. Dzukija is placed at 5th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dzukija will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Harrison had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Dzukija's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia College & State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harrison is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 2.6spg and 42.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet. Linkevicius impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Triobet lost that game 88-96 to the higher-ranked Statyba (#2, 8-2). Triobet managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Linkevicius is well-known by Triobet fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Zanavykas (#8). Stanionis scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Zanavykas, leading his team to a 65-48 easy win against the lower-ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#13, 4-7). Zanavykas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Stanionis has a great season in Lithuania. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.7ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija - 14 points and 15 rebounds
5. Edgaras Zinevicius (202-F-93) of S.Marciulionio - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vitalijus Luksa (206-C-86) of Statyba - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mantas Virbalas (203-C/F-88) of Perlas-MRU - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Statyba - 14 points and 17 rebounds
10. Arturas Kaubrys (205-C-83) of Silute - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 30
 1. McDaniel, Black S.30.0 
 2. Kennedy, Residence26.0 
 3. Green, Soleuvre25.9 
 4. Bryant, Black Star24.5 
 5. Simpson, Etzella23.1 
 6. Schumacher, T7122.3 
 7. Smith, Sparta20.8 
 8. Ulin, Sparta19.8 
 9. Frazier, Contern19.8 
 10. Pellum, Residence19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Simpson, Etzella15.4 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.11.6 
 3. Powell, Contern11.3 
 4. Gary, Musel Pikes10.8 
 5. Sharry, T7110.6 
 6. Svitek, Basket Es.10.5 
 7. Golson, Amicale10.3 
 8. Frazier, Contern9.8 
 9. Kennedy, Residence9.3 
 10. Pelham, Soleuvre8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ulin, Sparta6.0 
 2. Smith, Sparta4.5 
 3. Bryant, Black Star4.4 
 4. Biever, Basket Es.4.3 
 5. Schartz, Amicale4.3 
 6. Schwartz, Musel P.4.1 
 7. Golson, Amicale4.0 
 8. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.9 
 9. Green, Soleuvre3.5 
 10. Jeitz, Amicale3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kennedy, Residence2.8 
 2. Jones, Contern2.6 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.2.4 
 4. Bryant, Black Star2.1 
 5. Simpson, Etzella2.0 
 6. Schmit, Musel Pikes1.8 
 7. Jeitz, Amicale1.8 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 9. Sharry, T711.6 
 10. Green, Soleuvre1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 2. Sharry, T711.3 
 3. Powell, Contern1.0 
 4. Pelham, Soleuvre1.0 
 5. Fisher, Amicale0.9 
 6. Gary, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Bissener, Etzella0.6 
 8. Hublart, Sparta0.6 
 9. Golson, Amicale0.5 
 10. Melcher, Amicale0.5 


Standings

Diekirch League Standings
 1. Sparta 8-0 
 2. Amicale 6-2 
 3. Etzella 6-2 
 4. Musel Pikes 4-4 
 5. Contern 4-4 
 6. Residence 4-4 
 7. T71 3-5 
 8. Soleuvre 2-6 
 9. Basket Esch 2-6 
 10. Black Star 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 10: Amicale - Soleuvre 92-69
Nov. 10: Residence - Etzella 83-79
Nov. 10: Contern - T71 71-68
Nov. 10: Musel Pikes - Basket Esch 69-82
Nov. 10: Sparta - Black Star 104-84

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 17: Sparta - Residence
Nov. 17: T71 - Musel Pikes
Nov. 18: Etzella - Amicale
Nov. 18: Basket Esch - Black Star
Nov. 18: Soleuvre - Contern


Diekirch League Round 8: Contern edges T71 by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Diekirch League took place in Contern. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked T71 (3-5) to fifth ranked Contern (4-4) 71-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Elton Frazier (196-F-88, college: Canisius) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. International guard Christopher Jones (186-90) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. International point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) produced 26 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the guests. Contern moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Residence and Musel Pikes. T71 at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Contern is looking forward to face Soleuvre (#8) in Belvaux in the next round. T71 will play at home against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Etzella (6-2) against sixth ranked Residence (4-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Etzella was defeated by Residence in a tough game in Bereldange 79-83. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Pitt Koster contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Anthony Simpson (203-87, college: Kent St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds for Etzella. Etzella's coach Amadeo Dias tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Residence moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Contern and Musel Pikes. Etzella at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Amicale. Residence will play against league's leader Sparta in Bertrange in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Etzella will play at home against the league's second-placed Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Sparta delivered the eighth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Black Star (1-7) 104-84 in Bertrange. Worth to mention a quality performance of Larrie Smith who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Billy McDaniel responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Undefeated Sparta (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Loser Black Star stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Sparta will meet at home Residence (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Black Star will play against Basket Esch (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Stadrbredimus, where higher ranked Musel Pikes (4-4) lost at home to ninth ranked Basket Esch (2-6) 69-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Musel Pikes. The winners were led by Lawrence Wright who scored that evening 30 points. Basket Esch moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Soleuvre. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Black Star (#10) in Mersch. Musel Pikes will play on the road against T71 (#7) in Dudelange.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Steinsel. Local Amicale (6-2) outscored 8th ranked Soleuvre (2-6) 92-69 on Saturday night. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Reggie Golson who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Amicale's coach Ken Diederich felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amicale moved-up to second place, which they share with Etzella. Soleuvre lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Amicale will face Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Soleuvre will play at home against Contern (#5).


Amicale - Soleuvre 92-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Steinsel. Local Amicale (6-2) outscored 8th ranked Soleuvre (2-6) 92-69 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Amicale led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Lee Fisher (195-89, college: Chicago St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Amicale's coach Ken Diederich felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Mychal Green (193-83, college: Ohio) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Torye Pelham (198-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Amicale moved-up to second place, which they share with Etzella. Soleuvre lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Amicale will face Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Soleuvre will play at home against Contern (#5).
Top scorers:
Amicale: S.Picard 25+4reb, R.Golson 25+9reb+5ast, L.Fisher 23+13reb+3ast, E.Jeitz 11+7reb+5ast, M.Schmit 4+2reb, S.Ney 3+3reb+1ast
Soleuvre: M.Green 21+10reb+2ast, D.Benseghir 16+4reb, T.Pelham 12+6reb+2ast, D.Berthle 11+8reb, C.Weisen 6+7reb+1ast, Y.Kombo 2+2reb
gschID: 192311


Contern - T71 71-68

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Diekirch League took place in Contern. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked T71 (3-5) to fifth ranked Contern (4-4) 71-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Elton Frazier (196-88, college: Canisius) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. International guard Christopher Jones (186-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Four Contern players scored in double figures. International point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) produced 26 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and American forward Ryan Sharry (203-89, college: Middlebury, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Contern moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Residence and Musel Pikes. T71 at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Contern is looking forward to face Soleuvre (#8) in Belvaux in the next round. T71 will play at home against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Contern: C.Jones 23+10reb+3ast, E.Frazier 18+18reb+2ast, R.Wolzfeld 14+5reb+2ast, L.Powell 11+11reb+2ast, S.Kuhlmann 3+1reb, R.Birenbaum 2+1reb+2ast
T71: T.Schumacher 26+9reb+7ast, R.Sharry 12+13reb+1ast, D.Controguerra 9+5reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 8+1reb+2ast, B.Kieffer 8+1reb+1ast, K.Smith 3+10reb
gschID: 192310


Musel Pikes - Basket Esch 69-82

We should mention about the upset which took place in Stadrbredimus, where higher ranked Musel Pikes (4-4) lost at home to ninth ranked Basket Esch (2-6) 69-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Musel Pikes. Musel Pikes was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 46-27 second half run of Basket Esch. 24 personal fouls committed by Musel Pikes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American forward Lawrence Wright (194-84, college: Bradley) who scored that evening 30 points and international Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even 22 points by international point guard Laurent Schwartz (180-89) did not help to save the game for Musel Pikes. American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basket Esch moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Soleuvre. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Black Star (#10) in Mersch. Musel Pikes will play on the road against T71 (#7) in Dudelange.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: L.Wright 30+1reb+1ast, M.Rajniak 19+9reb+2ast, C.Donnersbach 11+2reb, A.Rodenbourg 10+2reb+1ast, S.Svitek 9+10reb+1ast, J.Biever 3+3reb+2ast
Musel Pikes: L.Schwartz 22+1reb+1ast, B.Gary 14+6reb, T.Wurtz 13+6reb+1ast, G.Schmit 11+2reb+3ast, J.Kox 4+2reb+2ast, R.Dentzer 3+1ast
gschID: 192309


Sparta - Black Star 104-84

Undefeated leader Sparta delivered the eighth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Black Star (1-7) 104-84 in Bertrange. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta. Black Star managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Black Star's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and Dean Gindt (201-91) who added 29 points during the contest. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Terry Bryant (185-85, college: SE Louisiana) scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Sparta (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Loser Black Star stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Sparta will meet at home Residence (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Black Star will play against Basket Esch (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: D.Gindt 29+4reb+1ast, L.Smith 27+13reb+10ast, J.Hublart 26+4reb+3ast, K.Ulin 10+7reb+13ast, B.Grandjean 4, T.Kauffmann 4+3reb
Black Star: B.McDaniel 29+10reb+3ast, T.Bryant 28+8reb+2ast, C.Ruppert 8+3reb+1ast, M.Schumacher 6+7reb, P.Arbaut 6+3reb+2ast, C.Muller 5+1reb
gschID: 192308


Residence - Etzella 83-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Etzella (6-2) against sixth ranked Residence (4-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Etzella was defeated by Residence in a tough game in Bereldange 79-83. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Etzella won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. International point guard Pitt Koster (182-89) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Residence players scored in double figures. American power forward Anthony Simpson (203-87, college: Kent St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Etzella. Etzella's coach Amadeo Dias tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Residence moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Contern and Musel Pikes. Etzella at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Amicale. Residence will play against league's leader Sparta in Bertrange in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Etzella will play at home against the league's second-placed Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Residence: P.Koster 21+2reb+4ast, M.Kennedy 21+19reb+1ast, D.Pellum 12+5reb+3ast, Y.Fasbender 11+3reb+1ast, I.Tomas 10+6reb, T.Abdiu 8+1reb
Etzella: A.Simpson 29+14reb+2ast, W.Arre 22+5reb, N.Delgado 14, J.Delgado 7+3reb+1ast, T.Giver 3+1ast, Y.Wolff 2+1reb
gschID: 192307



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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 20-2 
 2. Soles 18-4 
 3. Toros 17-5 
 4. Halc.Rojos 17-5 
 5. Pioneros 15-7 
 6. Panteras 14-8 
 7. Abejas 12-10 
 8. Huracanes 11-9 
 9. Fuerza Regia 11-10 
 10. Barreteros 10-12 
 11. Corr.Victoria 8-14 
 12. Guerreros 7-15 
 13. Lechugueros 6-16 
 14. Gansos 4-19 
 15. Osos 3-19 
 16. Gigantes 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 22

Nov. 10: Halc.Rojos - Panteras 90-82
Nov. 10: Gansos - Osos 88-93
Nov. 10: Pioneros - Toros 81-79
Nov. 10: Lechugueros - Corr.Victoria 74-91
Nov. 10: Abejas - Huracanes 74-79
Nov. 10: Halc.Xalapa - Barreteros 104-83
Nov. 10: Guerreros - Gigantes 103-91
Nov. 10: Soles - Fuerza Regia 101-96

Regular Season: Round 23

Nov. 15: Pioneros - Abejas
Nov. 15: Soles - Lechugueros
Nov. 15: Guerreros - Halc.Xalapa
Nov. 15: Gansos - Halc.Rojos
Nov. 16: Toros - Huracanes
Nov. 16: Fuerza Regia - Corr.Victoria
Nov. 15: Gigantes - Barreteros
Nov. 15: Osos - Panteras


Gransberry number one in Mexican LNBP for round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Soles, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Fuerza Regia (#9, 11-10) 101-96. Soles maintains the 2nd position in Mexican LNBP. They are still close to the very top. Soles would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 18-4 record. Gransberry turned to be Soles' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Florida star has very solid stats this year. Gransberry is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg) and averages impressive 60.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) of Guerreros. Alamo had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Guerreros cruised to a 103-91 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Gigantes (#16, 2-20). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Guerreros keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Alamo is a newcomer at Guerreros, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#8). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Guerreros' star - American forward Travis Gabbidon (201-F). Gabbidon showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Guerreros, helping his team with a 103-91 win against the lower-ranked Gigantes (#16, 2-20). The chances of Guerreros not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gabbidon could try to bring Guerreros' a little bit higher in the standings. Gabbidon has individually a great season in Mexico. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (7th best). Gabbidon attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Pioneros - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Fuerza Regia - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos - 43 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83) of Panteras - 38 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Corr.Victoria - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists

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



LNBP Round 22: Pioneros defeat Toros in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 22 in the LNBP took place in Cancun. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Toros (17-5) to fifth ranked Pioneros (15-7) 81-79 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 21-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pioneros made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Toros 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Pioneros have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-7 record. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Halc.Rojos. Pioneros are looking forward to face Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato in the next round. Toros will play at home against Huracanes (#8) in Tampico and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Osos managed to get a third victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Osos won against fourteenth-ranked Gansos 93-88. American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-80, college: Cincinnati) notched 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Nick Stallings supported him with 14 points and 6 assists. Even 43 points (!!!) and 5 assists by American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Gansos. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Osos (3-19) moved-up to fifteenth place. Gansos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Osos will play against higher ranked Panteras (#6) in Aguascalientes in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gansos will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (20-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Barreteros (10-12) 104-83. Americans were the main players on the court. LeRoy Hickerson fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lamont Sumpter produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains first position with 20-2 record. Barreteros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet Guerreros (#12) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Barreteros will play against Gigantes and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Huracanes won against Abejas on the opponent's court 79-74. Lechugueros unfortunately lost to Corr.Victoria in a home game 74-91. Fuerza Regia recorded a loss to Soles on the road 96-101. Halc.Rojos defeated Panteras on its own court 90-82. Gigantes were beaten by Guerreros in a road game 103-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Angel Alamo of Guerreros.


Abejas - Huracanes 74-79

There was a minor upset in Guanajuato where 7th ranked Abejas (12-10) were defeated by ninth ranked Huracanes (11-9) 79-74 on Saturday. Abejas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-10 charge of Huracanes, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 22 points. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195, college: W.Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Eric Abdu added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Abejas' coach Daniel Jaule tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Huracanes moved-up to eighth place. Loser Abejas keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Huracanes will meet higher ranked Toros (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Abejas will play against Pioneros (#5) in Cancun and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: M.Morrison 22+2reb+1ast, E.Basden 17+12reb+2ast, M.Ayala 11+6reb+1ast, O.Quintero 9+2reb+3ast, R.Zamora 7+4reb+1ast, D.Little 7+2reb+1ast
Abejas: E.Abdu 14+5reb+2ast, R.Young 12+1reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 12+13reb+4ast, V.Buelna 9+3reb+2ast, R.Andrade 8+3reb, L.Morinia 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 188592


Lechugueros - Corr.Victoria 74-91

Rather predictable result in Leon where eleventh ranked Correcaminos (8-14) defeated 13th ranked Lechugueros (6-16) 91-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Correcaminos. Lechugueros managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Correcaminos made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Lechugueros turnovers. Strangely Lechugueros outrebounded Correcaminos 40-24 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Naturalized American guard Lorenzo Keeler (188-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO) chipped in 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and Trinidad and Tobago-American point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn) added 23 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Correcaminos maintains eleventh position with 8-14 record. Lechugueros lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Correcaminos will meet higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lechugueros will play against the league's second-placed Soles (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: L.Keeler 22+3reb+2ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 16+2reb+2ast, M.Allen 12+9reb+11ast, R.Alexander 10+5reb+4ast, J.Dartez 8+1ast, B.Heredia 6+1reb+2ast
Lechugueros: I.Young 23+1reb+6ast, B.Camara 20+16reb+3ast, E.Cuen 12+5reb+1ast, C.Turley 6+4reb+1ast, J.Penny 4+7reb+2ast, G.Preer 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 188591


Soles - Fuerza Regia 101-96

Not a big story in a game in Mexicali where 8th ranked Fuerza Regia (11-10) was defeated by second ranked Soles (18-4) 101-96 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-96. Soles looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 23 points. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) produced 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) added 23 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Soles and four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia's coach Dan Tacheny tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Soles have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-4 record having just two points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Loser Fuerza Regia dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Soles will meet at home Lechugueros (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fuerza Regia will play against Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soles: K.Gransberry 30+13reb+2ast, R.Martinez 23+4reb+3ast, J.Vargas 14+5reb+1ast, J.Griffin 13+2reb+2ast, C.Elliott 10+3reb+6ast, J.Luis Bucio 6+2reb+2ast
Fuerza Regia: O.Efejuku 31+5reb+4ast, E.Little 23+7reb+2ast, M.Charlo 13+7reb+3ast, L.Allred 10+9reb, G.Giron 6+6reb+2ast, S.Monreal 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188588


Pioneros - Toros 81-79

The most exciting game of round 22 in the LNBP took place in Cancun. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Toros (17-5) to fifth ranked Pioneros (15-7) 81-79 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 21-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pioneros made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Toros 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and international point guard Brody Angley (180-86, college: Santa Clara) scored 19 points. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Pioneros have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-7 record. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Halc.Rojos. Pioneros are looking forward to face Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato in the next round. Toros will play at home against Huracanes (#8) in Tampico and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: J.Smith 29+12reb+2ast, A.Scott 14+4reb+4ast, L.Pulido 8+3reb, F.Fisher 7, M.Williams 6+6reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 6+4reb+1ast
Toros: B.Angley 19+2reb, J.Lopez 18+8reb+6ast, A.Henning 15+4reb+2ast, W.Pagan 14+2reb+4ast, I.Ofoegbu 7+3reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 188587


Halc.Xalapa - Barreteros 104-83

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (20-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Barreteros (10-12) 104-83. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Barreteros managed to win fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Barreteros 42-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Halcones UV Xalapa made 10 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Lamont Sumpter (183-86, college: McMurry) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) added 23 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Barreteros players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains first position with 20-2 record. Barreteros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet Guerreros (#12) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Barreteros will play against Gigantes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 24+7reb+2ast, D.Pearson 23+6reb+2ast, F.Harris 14+2reb+4ast, A.Parada 12+5reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 9+1reb+6ast, L.Mata 6+11reb
Barreteros: J.Habel 23+9reb+2ast, L.Sumpter 20+6reb+8ast, J.Horton 13+3reb+10ast, A.Donzella 11+2ast, R.Johnson 5, C.Silva 4+1reb
gschID: 188594


Halc.Rojos - Panteras 90-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Halcones Rojos' (17-5) home victory over 5th ranked Panteras (14-8) 90-82 on Saturday. American point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced 38 points (!!!) and Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Halcones Rojos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Toros. Loser Panteras dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Halcones Rojos will meet Gansos (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Panteras will play against Osos (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: M.Mitchell 17+5reb+4ast, D.Pinnock 16+5reb+3ast, N.Alonzo 16+4reb+3ast, F.Cruz 15+2reb+1ast, F.Rivera 9+4reb+4ast, H.Carrillo 6+1ast
Panteras: R.Melendez 38+4reb+3ast, A.Garcia 14+8reb+4ast, K.Malpica 11+5reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 9+4reb+1ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 8+5reb, L.Miguel Rangel 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188593


Gansos - Osos 88-93

Bottom-ranked Osos managed to get a third victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Osos won against fourteenth-ranked Gansos 93-88. The guests were ahead by 13 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Osos made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Gansos were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-80, college: Cincinnati) notched 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) supported him with 14 points and 6 assists. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 43 points (!!!) and 5 assists by American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Gansos. Forward Alejandro Zarco (205-85) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Osos (3-19) moved-up to fifteenth place. Gansos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Osos will play against higher ranked Panteras (#6) in Aguascalientes in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gansos will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Osos: D.Johnson 33+5reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 15+5reb+1ast, N.Stallings 14+4reb+6ast, J.Camacho 13+2reb, J.McCoy 9+6reb+3ast, G.Moron 4+7reb+1ast
Gansos: S.Shorter 43+2reb+5ast, R.Gaye 13+3reb+2ast, A.Zarco 13+9reb+1ast, I.Silva 11+8reb+1ast, C.Duran 6+2reb+1ast, G.Edson 2+4reb+4ast
gschID: 188590


Guerreros - Gigantes 103-91

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Gigantes (2-20) were defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Guerreros (7-15) 103-91 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 54-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guerreros dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Gigantes' 42 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Worth to mention Gabbidon played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. American guard Sam Liggins (178, college: Alders.-Broad.) produced 26 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Guerreros have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Guerreros maintains twelfth position with 7-15 record. Gigantes lost sixth consecutive game. Gigantes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the bottom. Guerreros will meet at home league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gigantes will play against Barreteros (#10) in Zacatecas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guerreros: A.Alamo 34+10reb+5ast, T.Gabbidon 28+12reb+5ast, M.Hunter 22+1reb+3ast, K.Gayden 9+5reb+2ast, Y.Castro 6+2ast, G.Williams 2+1reb+1ast
Gigantes: S.Liggins 26+2reb+6ast, J.Almanson 21+5reb+1ast, A.Morris 16+5reb+2ast, Z.Alvidrez 8, J.Avalos 6+3reb+1ast, M.Munoz 6+3reb+1ast
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EBL Round 4: Danilovgrad won the first battle for survival in the League - by Darko Pekic

Erste Basketball League is getting interesting. The two games played tonight brought the win of Sutjeska in Ulcinj (77:63 for the guests) and the defeat of Ibar in Danilovgrad (91:78 for the home team). In the previously played match, Teodo won in Bijelo Polje against Centar (65:61).

Sutjeska did not break its winning streak against Ulcinj. The club from Niksic started strong and decided the game in the second quarter (23:11 for the guests). Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) and Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91) had 14 points each for the winners while Sekula Jovanovic scored 20 points for Ulcinj.

Danilovgrad crashed Ibar at home and got the first win in the new season. The club coached by Borivoje Stanisic did not start the game well, but turned it in its favour in the second quarter. The rest of the game was an easy job Danilovgrad. Filip Patkovic (200-F-90) helped the home team with 23 points while Zeljko Jovanovic (200-G/F-83) added 20 points. For the guests, Mersudin Kosuta scored 22 and the newcomer from Mediteran Zivojin Grubovic (207-C-85) scored 21 points.

Tomorow Primorje will face Mornar at home (7 PM) while Lovcen will host Jedinstvo (6 PM)



Erste MNE1A League 4.Round : New win for Sutjeska , first win for Danilovgrad - by Dragan Scepanovic

Ulcinj - Sutjeska 63:77 (19:18, 11:23, 15:17, 18:19)
Ulcinj - School SC. Spect. 600. Reff: Sutulovic, Koljensic (Podgorica) and Kaludjerovic (Niksic).
Ulcinj: Latkovic 9, Taflaj, Markasevic, Simonovic 2, Kovac 4, Osmajic 3, Unkasevic 4, Djokovic 2, Koprivica, Klikovac, Sekula Jovanovic 20, Dusan Milosevic (198-G, agency: BeoExcell) 19.
Sutjeska: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 14, Zarubica, Pejovic 6, Kovac, Loncar 2, Djurovic 3, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 11, Vujosevic 10, Perovic, Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91) 14, Zizic 9, Djurkovic 8.

Danilovgrad - Ibar 91:78 (20:21, 26:17, 23:21, 22:19)
Danilovgrad - City SC. Spect. 200. Reff.: Ognjen Jokic, Rados Savovic, Zoran Radulovic (Podgorica).
Danilovgrad: Dejan Ademovic 14, Radunovic, Radonjic, Zeljko Jovanovic 20, Djerkovic, Kasalica 4, Samardzic, Skara 15, Skendzic, Krivacevic, Mrdak 15, Filip Patkovic (200-F-90) 23.
Ibar: Robertson 10, Felic 4, Mersudin Kosuta 22, A. Kalic 8, Culjkovic, Hadzibegovic, Nurkovic, Perovic 11, Zivojin Grubovic (207-C-85) 21, E. Kalic, Zejnilovic, Numanovic 2.


Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Sutjeska 4-0 
 2. Teodo Tivat 4-0 
 3. Lovcen 3-1 
 4. Mornar Bar 3-1 
 5. Danilovgrad 2-2 
 6. Ulcinj 2-2 
 7. Ibar Rozaje 1-3 
 8. Jedinstvo 1-3 
 9. Centar BP 0-4 
 10. Primorje 0-4 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 10: Danilovgrad - Ibar Rozaje 91-78
Nov. 11: Lovcen - Jedinstvo 87-74
Nov. 10: Ulcinj - Sutjeska 63-77
Nov. 11: ABS Primorje - Mornar Bar 61-77
Nov. 10: Centar BP - Teodo Tivat 61-65

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 17: Sutjeska - Primorje
Nov. 17: Jedinstvo - Ulcinj
Nov. 17: Teodo Tivat - Lovcen
Nov. 17: Ibar Rozaje - Centar BP
Nov. 17: Mornar Bar - Danilovgrad


Standings - 1B

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 11: Gorstak - Berane 2010 92-70
Nov. 7: Buducnost II - KK Zeta 74-59
Nov. 11: Pljevlja - S.Centar 59-61
Nov. 11: Gusinje - Un.Mediteran 47-87

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 17: Un.Mediteran - Gorstak
Nov. 17: S.Centar - Gusinje
Nov. 17: KK Zeta - Pljevlja
Nov. 17: Zeta 2011 - Buducnost II


Adriatic League: Buducnost upset Siroki WWin on the road - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Buducnost 70:76

Buducnost claimed the fourth Adriatic League victory this season as they rallied past Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg tonight. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) netted 22 points to lead the Montenegrin side.
Siroki WWin stayed in control in the opening frame. They enjoyed a 17:14 lead at the first break. Buducnost however turned the tables in the second frame. The visitors ignited a 26:6 run in the period to ensure a 40:23 halftime lead. Siroki WWin tried to get out of the hole in the third term. The home team fired 27 points in the quarter to cut the margin to 5 points. But Buducnost stopped the home team in the final period and escaped with the victory at the end. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) posted 14 points, while Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winning side. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) stepped up with 21 points for Siroki WWin. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) had 18 points in the loss.

Siroki WWin: Darko Planinic 21, Marko Sutalo 18
Buducnost: Vladimir Mihailovic 22, Gerald Lee 14, Cedomir Vitkovac 12



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Sunday games: Ellington's 7 treys help Grizzlies beat Heat - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Sacramento K. 103-90
The Los Angeles Lakers already have more wins under Bernie Bickerstaff than they did with Mike Brown at the helm this season. With rumors swirling that Phil Jackson could return to the team with whom he won five of his 11 NBA titles with, Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) tallied 23 points and 18 rebounds in the Lakers' 103-90 rout of the Sacramento Kings. Brown was 1-4 when he was relieved of his duties Friday and Los Angeles is 2-0 under its interim coach Bickerstaff. Kobe Bryant had 20 points, while Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol chipped in 18 points apiece for the Lakers, who have won three of four since beginning the year with three straight losses. Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider) had 15 points and 10 boards for Sacramento, which has dropped two in a row. Courtesy of:www.sacbee.com

Oklah.City T. - Cleveland C. 106-91
The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped their third straight game Sunday night as they fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 106-91. Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavaliers in the losing effort, scoring 20 points and adding four rebounds, five assists and one steal. Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, college: Alabama) scored 18 points and Tristan Thompson tallied 10 rebounds. Rookie Dion Waiters had eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) was the leading scorer for the Thunder with 27 points, adding 10 assists and six rebounds, while overcoming eight turnovers. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) added 26 points of his own in the win. Serge Ibaka anchored the Thunder on the defensive end with seven rebounds and seven blocks. The Cavaliers are now 2-5 on the season and 1-4 on their current road trip. They wrap up their trip Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets before heading home to play the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Courtesy of: http://cleveland.sbnation.com

Memphis G. - Miami Heat 104-86
MEMPHIS -- The plan going in was to limit the Grizzlies' bears in the middle, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances). No one, it seemed, thought about accounting for Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina). On a night filled with many errors by the Heat, that was the biggest one. Ellington, the Grizzlies' reserve guard from North Carolina, scored a career-high 25 points in the Heat's 104-86 loss to Memphis on Sunday at FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies made 14 three-pointers and Ellington had half of them, going 7 of 11 from distance and 8 of 13 overall. In its two losses this season - both blowouts - the Heat's defense has yielded 33 three-pointers on 60 attempts. 'We came into the game really aware of their interior game,' Heat forward Shane Battier said. 'They lead the league in points in the paint and rim shots and so we really, really focused on that and probably were not as focused on their shooters.' 'We wanted to compact the lane and we were willing to live with some of the jumpers but they got hot and we couldn't slow them down,' Battier said. While the Heat (5-2) held its own in the paint, Battier (five points and four fouls) was overwhelmed inside by the Grizzlies' size and played just 16 minutes. His absence contributed to a lack of defensive rhythm early and Miami never recovered. The Grizzlies used three big runs - one at the end of the first half (14-1), another in the third quarter (11-0) and the final uppercut in the fourth quarter (16-1) - to knockout the defending champs. 'We didn't make shots and they made shots,' said LeBron James, who had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. 'They made 14 threes and our game plan coming into the game was protect the paint. They're a great paint-scoring team and they were, like, close to last in three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted per game. But we paid for it today.' Bombs away Ellington started the second quarter with his first three-pointer of the game and then nailed two more in succession to give the Grizzlies a 40-34 lead. His fourth three-pointer of the period came amid Memphis' 14-1 run to end the half. Ellington's seven three-pointers was the most by a member of the Grizzlies since April 6, 2008, when Mike Miller had eight at Minnesota. 'It's a great feeling,' Ellington said. 'You get in that zone where you feel like you can't miss. That's the kind of night it was for me tonight.' Maybe this is the season the Grizzlies break through in the Western Conference and make a deep run in the playoffs. On Sunday, they certainly seemed ready. Memphis' 5-1 start to the season is its best in franchise history. Limiting Randolph and Gasol inside was the Heat's plan but the frontcourt players ended with double-digit totals in rebounds. Randolph had 18 points and 12 rebounds while Gasol had four points and 10 rebounds. Still, the rebounding battle ended even, 43-43, and the Heat outscored the Grizzlies in the paint 42-40. The Heat also accomplished its objective of getting to the free-throw line. Once there, however, the team struggled. Miami was 22 of 36 from the line with James missing all four of his attempts. 'If you would have told me before the game that we would out free-throw them by 20 and out-paint them, sure I thought we would have a chance to win at the end,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. But, in the end, Spoelstra threw in the towel with 4:37 left in the game. The Heat trailed by 22 points when the Heat's coach subbed out James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen. Miami trailed 82-75 with 8:34 left when the Grizzlies went on its 16-1 run. Ellington had a pair of three-pointers during the burst, Rudy Gay offered a massive dunk through the heart of the Heat's defense and Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F-88, college: Washington) and Mike Conley finished it off with two more threes. Tough game Gay had an active stat line, shooting 7 of 17 from the field for 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots. It was Gay who defeated the Heat two seasons ago at FedEx Forum with a buzzer beater over James but no late-game heroics were needed on this night. Wade had an off game, going 3 of 15 from the field for eight points and eight rebounds. Allen had five points on 2 of 7 shooting in 26 minutes. Mario Chalmers played just 24 minutes and had five points and three assists. Chalmers' counterpart, Conley, had 18 points and nine assists in 32 minutes. The Heat finished with 18 assists and 13 turnovers. It was the first time in four games an opponent held the Heat to fewer than 20 assists. Courtesy of:www.miamiherald.com

LA Clippers - Atlanta H. 89-76
Blake Griffin scored 16 points, Chris Paul had 15 points and eight assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-76 on Sunday. Jamal Crawford, who won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award in 2010 while playing for Atlanta, had 11 points after coming in with a team-high 21.8 average _ tops among the league's reserves. Fifth-year center DeAndre Jordan, coming off the first back-to-back 20-point games of his NBA career, finished with eight points. Josh Smith had a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, who shot 41.7 percent from the field in the opener of a four-game road trip. Atlanta also committed 22 turnovers that were converted into 24 Clippers points. Coming off consecutive victories over the Lakers and San Antonio, the Clippers took a 65-60 lead into the fourth. Neither team led by more than six until Matt Barnes stole the ball from Ivan Johnson and raced down the floor for a breakaway dunk that gave Los Angeles a 70-62 lead with 10:10 remaining. Lou Williams hit a short jumper at the other end, but the Clippers responded with 15-1 run led by Crawford, Eric Bledsoe and Barnes to build an 85-65 cushion with 3:49 to play. Barnes converted a dunk and a layup on fast breaks after turnovers by Smith, as the Hawks coughed up the ball 10 times in the final quarter while going almost 6 minutes without a field goal. To make matters worse, they missed nine of 16 free-throw attempts in the game. The Clippers, who tied a franchise record by scoring 100 or more points in six straight games to start the season, led 39-37 at halftime. Paul eluded Jeff Teague with a slick crossover dribble at the free-throw line and drove the lane for an uncontested layup that gave them a 35-32 lead with 2:41 left in the second quarter. NOTES: Backup center Ryan Hollins picked up three fouls in a 4 1/2-minute span and returned to the Clippers' bench with 10:06 left in the first half. ... Shaquille O'Neal watched the game from a front-row seat at midcourt with his daughter Amira, but he said he wasn't sticking around for the Lakers-Sacramento game that followed. During Thursday night's TNT coverage of the Clippers' game at Portland, O'Neal said he thought Jordan was the best center in the Western Conference _ Dwight Howard notwithstanding. ... The Clippers have two days off before hosting Miami on Wednesday night. Since moving to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 campaign, they are 18-68 against teams that won an NBA title the previous season. ... Longtime Clippers publicist Rob Raichlen is leaving the organization following Wednesday's game to take a job with Mattel and spent more time with his family. ... Saturday marked exactly 42 years since the first meeting between these two franchises, when the Hawks lost 134-118 to the expansion Buffalo Braves. Bob Kauffman had 35 points for the Braves, who held rookie phenom "Pistol" Pete Maravich to 16. Courtesy of: trib.com

Brooklyn N. - Orlando M. 82-74
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) scored 20 points, Kris Humphries added 14 points and 21 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 82-74 on Sunday to complete a home-and-home sweep. Deron Williams finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a couple key plays down the stretch after what once appeared to be another blowout turned into a close game. The Nets beat the Magic 107-68 at Orlando on Friday and jumped out to an early 20-point lead in this one. But after losing a 22-point lead at home against Minnesota on Monday, Brooklyn almost coughed up another huge cushion, letting Orlando get within five in the final 2 minutes. Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who have dropped four in a row after opening with two wins in their first season since trading Dwight Howard. Aaron Afflalo also scored 19 for the Magic, who won their last five games against the Nets in New Jersey but so far don't match up against the rebranded team in Brooklyn. Playing without Jameer Nelson (right hamstring), Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) (right knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (broken left hand), they simply don't have enough offence, coming into the game ranked 26th in the NBA with 90.6 points per game. They couldn't even get 20 points in the first seven quarters against the Nets, then managed 21 in the final period of this one. Joe Johnson scored 13 for the Nets, who are still without starting forward Gerald Wallace, who hasn't played since spraining his left ankle in the season opener. That didn't matter Friday, and sure didn't look like it would early Sunday. A 14-2 run gave the Nets a 19-8 lead, and when Orlando got within seven late in the first quarter, Brooklyn scored the final 11 points, highlighted by C.J. Watson's six points in 4 seconds. He made a 3-pointer, then stole the inbounds pass and drew a foul while making a layup. Reggie Evans' free throws made it 35-17 headed to the second. Andray Blatche's basket to open the second made it a 20-point game, but Afflalo had a pair of three-point plays in a 12-2 surge that cut the lead in half. Brooklyn recovered and went into the half leading 50-35. The Magic then outscored the Nets 18-13 in a tough-to-watch third quarter in which the teams combined to shoot 12 for 34, and cut it all the way to 75-70 on Davis' basket with 2:07 remaining in the game. Williams answered with a jumper, and after another basket by Davis, he found Lopez inside for a 79-72 advantage with 59 seconds to play. He added a free throw to push it to eight and the Nets were safe from there. Orlando finished 1 of 12 from 3-point range. NOTES: Magic coach Jacque Vaughn spent two years with the Nets from 2004-06. ... Jerry Stackhouse (6'6''-G-74, college: N.Carolina), 38, finished with five points after scoring 11 on Friday in his Nets debut after sitting out the first three games. ... Reserve MarShon Brooks (sprained left ankle) also was sidelined for the Nets. Coach Avery Johnson said he wanted to see both Wallace and Brooks go through a practice before they could return. ... The Magic play their third consecutive game against a New York team when they host the Knicks on Tuesday. Courtesy of: globaltvedmonton.com



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Robinson scores 27 as Rainmen defeat Rats - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Rainmen snapped out of their shooting funk Saturday night. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) drained 27 points and the Rainmen got big offensive contributions from different sources in each quarter of their home opener en route to a 105-96 triumph over the Saint John Mill Rats. Brandon is a big-time scorer and we piggyback off him, Hillary Haley (6'6''-G-88, college: Md-E Shore) said after scoring 17 points and pulling down a game-high 14 boards.
We feed off his energy and when he has big nights for us, its huge. In front of 3,261 fans at the Metro Centre, Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) added 15 points for Halifax and Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) had 12. Centre Antoine Tisby chipped in with nine points and six rebounds in his debut for the Rainmen, who evened their record at 2-2 after losing their first two starts. The Rainmen eked out an 87-83 victory on the road Thursday night in Moncton despite a woeful offensive performance. They connected on just 25 per cent of their shots from the floor and were a paltry 3-for-16 from three-point range. But Haywood opened the scoring Saturday with a quick hoop on Halifaxs first possession and the Rainmen found their range early. Duncans basket at the six-minute mark gave Halifax an 18-12 lead, equalling the teams output from the first quarter of Thursdays contest and easily surpassing the 11 it managed in a tough first period last Saturday in a loss at London. We got a lot more shots up yesterday at practice and were just trying to keep it rolling, said Joel Smith, who scored five points and nailed his only three-point attempt. Halifax finished the night shooting 49 per cent from the field. The Rainmen made seven of their eight attempts from behind the three-point arc, paced by Robinsons trio of treys. Haley, who sank his first three-pointer of the season, said Thursday was just one of those nights. That was kinda bad. Weve got good shooters, though, and if our good shooters take good shots, we wont miss like that any more. The Mill Rats (1-3) were playing their second game in as many nights, after a fourth-quarter cave-in cost them Friday in a 106-96 loss in Summerside. Halifax held a 26-21 advantage after the first quarter, with Robinson (7), Duncan (7) and Haywood (6) doing most of the damage. Robinson stayed hot in the second period, dropping 10 more points, including a pair of long triples, and Quincy Okolie drew the biggest cheer for his emphatic putback dunk off a Haywood miss. The hosts were up 53-52 at the break. In the third, centre Paul Nelson was the go-to guy, scoring eight points, including a thunderous dunk off a pick-and-roll with Duncan. Leading 77-73 going into the fourth, it was Haleys turn. The six-foot-seven power forward scored 11 points in the final period. His pair of free throws about halfway through gave the Rainmen their biggest lead of the night at 93-81. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) topped the Mill Rats with 18 points and Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: SF Austin) scored 16. The Rainmen host the Miracles (1-2) today in a 2 p.m. start. Moncton lost 103-94 to visiting Summerside (3-0) on Saturday night.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Te Rangi debut's for Breakers - by Mike Lacey

Back to back double doubles by Cedric Jackson propelled the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers to a successful Sunshine Swing road trip, as the defending champions overcame the Townsville Crocodiles 81-72 and the Cairns Taipans 73-54. The wins, even more meritorious when considered they were played on consecutive nights, took the club back to the top of the iiNet ANBL championship ladder. Once again Cedric Jackson was outstanding. Across the two games he averaged 17 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals to underline his status as the number one point guard in the competition. Against the Crocs on Friday he was credited with 2 steals but I think the stats team in Townsville were mesmerised by Cedrics performance as I am sure I witnessed at least four on the TV coverage. The slippery floor at The Swamp contributed to a couple of highlight reel moments. Mika Vukona grabbed a steal (also missed by the statistician) off Gary Ervin and then made a fake and pass whilst still on the ground. This was followed in the second half by Daryl Corletto nutmeging an opponent with a pass after he also had slid to the floor. Daryl had his best outing of the season scoring a game high 19 points.


Normal court conditions resumed in Cairns where the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers pretty much led from start to finish. 26-14 ahead after the first quarter the SKY CITY Breakers continued to put the clamps on the Cairns offence and held them to just 54 points, the lowest score ever by an opposition team in a regular season game. Alex Pledger was on the receiving end of a couple of mystifying foul calls resulting in Will Hudson getting extended court time. The big man from Wisconsin responded admirably knocking down 14 points, to go with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The peculiarity of the draw sees us play the Townsville Crocodiles for the third time in four weeks. The SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers are 11-7 at home against the Townsville Crocodiles who may still be without starting centre Ben Allen who missed last Fridays game due to illness. Ahead of the acid test a visit to Perth and a further tangle with rivals the Wildcats, the team will be keen to continue their winning ways.

What a few months it has been for young Rueben Te Rangi. A product of the Counties Manukau Junior representative programme Reuben has made the leap from junior representative and school basketball to the Breakers senior squad in a little over 12 months.

Te Rangi has been a member of the Breakers Academy programme for a few years but he really sprung to prominence in September 2011 when he was a member of the New Zealand 3x3 team at the World Youth Championships held in Rimini, Italy.
New Zealand fielded a team that comprised of James Ashby, Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster as well as Rueben. Although talented and athletic it was still a surprise that the team took out the gold medal becoming the first New Zealand team to win a FIBA World Championship event.

This year Rueben played for the Harbour Heat in the Bartercard New Zealand National Basketball League and acquitted himself really well. His consistent play (averaging 9 points per game) resulted in him receiving the NBL Rookie of the Year Award and he impressed the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers coaching staff enough to be awarded one of three Development Player contracts for this season. Te Rangi enjoyed significant court time in the pre season outings against Wollongong Hawks but had to wait until last Friday to get the call from Andrej Lemanis to taste the real thing.

Captain of the 2012 Junior Tall Blacks the talented 18 year old has a bright basketball future if he continues his current rate of progress and it wont be a surprise if coach Lemanis gives him a few more opportunities as the season progresses.



Te Rangi debut's for Breakers - by Mike Lacey

Back to back double doubles by Cedric Jackson propelled the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers to a successful Sunshine Swing road trip, as the defending champions overcame the Townsville Crocodiles 81-72 and the Cairns Taipans 73-54. The wins, even more meritorious when considered they were played on consecutive nights, took the club back to the top of the iiNet ANBL championship ladder. Once again Cedric Jackson was outstanding. Across the two games he averaged 17 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals to underline his status as the number one point guard in the competition. Against the Crocs on Friday he was credited with 2 steals but I think the stats team in Townsville were mesmerised by Cedrics performance as I am sure I witnessed at least four on the TV coverage. The slippery floor at The Swamp contributed to a couple of highlight reel moments. Mika Vukona grabbed a steal (also missed by the statistician) off Gary Ervin and then made a fake and pass whilst still on the ground. This was followed in the second half by Daryl Corletto nutmeging an opponent with a pass after he also had slid to the floor. Daryl had his best outing of the season scoring a game high 19 points.

Normal court conditions resumed in Cairns where the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers pretty much led from start to finish. 26-14 ahead after the first quarter the SKY CITY Breakers continued to put the clamps on the Cairns offence and held them to just 54 points, the lowest score ever by an opposition team in a regular season game. Alex Pledger was on the receiving end of a couple of mystifying foul calls resulting in Will Hudson getting extended court time. The big man from Wisconsin responded admirably knocking down 14 points, to go with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The peculiarity of the draw sees us play the Townsville Crocodiles for the third time in four weeks. The SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers are 11-7 at home against the Townsville Crocodiles who may still be without starting centre Ben Allen who missed last Fridays game due to illness. Ahead of the acid test a visit to Perth and a further tangle with rivals the Wildcats, the team will be keen to continue their winning ways.

What a few months it has been for young Rueben Te Rangi. A product of the Counties Manukau Junior representative programme Rueben has made the leap from junior representative and school basketball to the Breakers senior squad in a little over 12 months.

Te Rangi has been a member of the Breakers Academy programme for a few years but he really sprung to prominence in September 2011 when he was a member of the New Zealand 3x3 team at the World Youth Championships held in Rimini, Italy.
New Zealand fielded a team that comprised of James Ashby, Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster as well as Rueben. Although talented and athletic it was still a surprise that the team took out the gold medal becoming the first New Zealand team to win a FIBA World Championship event.

This year Rueben played for the Harbour Heat in the Bartercard New Zealand National Basketball League and acquitted himself really well. His consistent play (averaging 9 points per game) resulted in him receiving the NBL Rookie of the Year Award and he impressed the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers coaching staff enough to be awarded one of three Development Player contracts for this season. Te Rangi enjoyed significant court time in the pre season outings against Wollongong Hawks but had to wait until last Friday to get the call from Andrej Lemanis to taste the real thing.

Captain of the 2012 Junior Tall Blacks the talented 18 year old has a bright basketball future if he continues his current rate of progress and it wont be a surprise if coach Lemanis gives him a few more opportunities as the season progresses.



Te Rangi debut's for Breakers - by Mike Lacey



Back to back double doubles by Cedric Jackson propelled the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers to a successful Sunshine Swing road trip, as the defending champions overcame the Townsville Crocodiles 81-72 and the Cairns Taipans 73-54. The wins, even more meritorious when considered they were played on consecutive nights, took the club back to the top of the iiNet ANBL championship ladder. Once again Cedric Jackson was outstanding. Across the two games he averaged 17 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals to underline his status as the number one point guard in the competition. Against the Crocs on Friday he was credited with 2 steals but I think the stats team in Townsville were mesmerised by Cedrics performance as I am sure I witnessed at least four on the TV coverage. The slippery floor at The Swamp contributed to a couple of highlight reel moments. Mika Vukona grabbed a steal (also missed by the statistician) off Gary Ervin and then made a fake and pass whilst still on the ground. This was followed in the second half by Daryl Corletto nutmeging an opponent with a pass after he also had slid to the floor. Daryl had his best outing of the season scoring a game high 19 points.

Normal court conditions resumed in Cairns where the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers pretty much led from start to finish. 26-14 ahead after the first quarter the SKY CITY Breakers continued to put the clamps on the Cairns offence and held them to just 54 points, the lowest score ever by an opposition team in a regular season game. Alex Pledger was on the receiving end of a couple of mystifying foul calls resulting in Will Hudson getting extended court time. The big man from Wisconsin responded admirably knocking down 14 points, to go with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The peculiarity of the draw sees us play the Townsville Crocodiles for the third time in four weeks. The SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers are 11-7 at home against the Townsville Crocodiles who may still be without starting centre Ben Allen who missed last Fridays game due to illness. Ahead of the acid test a visit to Perth and a further tangle with rivals the Wildcats, the team will be keen to continue their winning ways.

What a few months it has been for young Reuben Te Rangi. A product of the Counties Manukau Junior representative programme Reuben has made the leap from junior representative and school basketball to the Breakers senior squad in a little over 12 months.

Te Rangi has been a member of the Breakers Academy programme for a few years but he really sprung to prominence in September 2011 when he was a member of the New Zealand 3x3 team at the World Youth Championships held in Rimini, Italy.
New Zealand fielded a team that comprised of James Ashby, Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster as well as Reuben. Although talented and athletic it was still a surprise that the team took out the gold medal becoming the first New Zealand team to win a FIBA World Championship event.

This year Reuben played for the Harbour Heat in the Bartercard New Zealand National Basketball League and acquitted himself really well. His consistent play (averaging 9 points per game) resulted in him receiving the NBL Rookie of the Year Award and he impressed the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers coaching staff enough to be awarded one of three Development Player contracts for this season. Te Rangi enjoyed significant court time in the pre season outings against Wollongong Hawks but had to wait until last Friday to get the call from Andrej Lemanis to taste the real thing.

Captain of the 2012 Junior Tall Blacks the talented 18 year old has a bright basketball future if he continues his current rate of progress and it wont be a surprise if coach Lemanis gives him a few more opportunities as the season progresses.



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BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Thompson, Baerum22.3 
 2. Westerlund, Asker21.7 
 3. Jones, Tromso21.4 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK21.0 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.19.3 
 6. Wallace, Tromso17.7 
 7. Stien, Gimle BBK17.6 
 8. Stien, Asker Aliens17.6 
 9. Silavs, Froya B.17.5 
 10. Ble, Centrum17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Jones, Tromso15.9 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK10.9 
 3. Thompson, Baerum9.9 
 4. Berg, Asker Aliens9.1 
 5. Mostafa, Froya B.8.5 
 6. Elsafadi, Froya B.8.0 
 7. Lepovic, Centrum6.7 
 8. Ble, Centrum6.6 
 9. Harto, Baerum B.6.6 
 10. Nyborg, Centrum6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Phillip HOLM
  Baerum B.
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Holm, Baerum B.4.1 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK3.8 
 3. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 4. Stien, Asker Aliens3.7 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.3.6 
 6. Timus, Ammerud3.4 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso3.4 
 8. Mahnin, Centrum3.3 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso2.9 
 10. Wallace, Tromso2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.2 
 2. Timus, Ammerud2.3 
 3. Thompson, Baerum2.1 
 4. Elsafadi, Froya B.2.1 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.1.9 
 6. Silavs, Froya B.1.7 
 7. Westerlund, Asker1.6 
 8. Jones, Tromso1.5 
 9. Wallace, Tromso1.5 
 10. Nzeyimana, Froya1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Thompson, Baerum2.6 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK2.3 
 3. Jones, Tromso1.0 
 4. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.8 
 5. Sorensen, Ammerud0.6 
 6. Nyborg, Centrum0.6 
 7. Lepovic, Centrum0.5 
 8. Andreassen, Baerum0.5 
 9. Harto, Baerum B.0.4 
 10. Timus, Ammerud0.4 


Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Centrum 10-2 
 2. Tromso 8-2 
 3. Gimle BBK 6-6 
 4. Froya Basket 5-6 
 5. Baerum Basket 4-5 
 6. Ammerud Bskt 2-8 
 7. Asker Aliens 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 10: Centrum - Gimle BBK 74-72
Nov. 11: Ammerud Bskt - Gimle BBK 65-70

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 17: Ammerud Bskt - Tromso
Nov. 17: Gimle BBK - Baerum Basket
Nov. 18: Centrum - Tromso
Nov. 18: Froya Basket - Baerum Basket


BLNO Round 11: Centrum edges Gimle BBK by two points - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Gimle BBK (6-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked Centrum (10-2) in Oslo on Saturday. Centrum managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-11. But Gimle BBK won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Centrum won last quarter 16-15. Centrum outrebounded Gimle BBK 35-0 including a 28-0 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) produced 22 points for the guests. Centrum maintains first place with 10-2 record. Gimle BBK lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with six games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face league's second-placed Tromso at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gimle BBK will play against Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Oslo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Gimle BBK (6-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-8). Gimle BBK managed to secure a 5-point victory 70-65. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Stian Enge contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Brian Mariampillai (187-85) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Ammerud Bskt. Ammerud Bskt's coach Kelvin Woods tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimle BBK moved-up to third place. Ammerud Bskt lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Asker Aliens. Gimle BBK will play against Baerum Basket (#5) in Bekkestua in the next round. Ammerud Bskt will play at home against the league's second-placed Tromso and hopes to get back on the winning track.



Ammerud Bskt - Gimle BBK 65-70

The game in Oslo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Gimle BBK (6-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-8). Gimle BBK managed to secure a 5-point victory 70-65. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 18-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Gimle BBK outrebounded Ammerud Bskt 43-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Ammerud Bskt was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Stian Enge (190-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Gimle BBK players scored in double figures. Guard Brian Mariampillai (187-85) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) added 17 points in the effort for Ammerud Bskt. Ammerud Bskt's coach Kelvin Woods tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimle BBK moved-up to third place. Ammerud Bskt lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Asker Aliens. Gimle BBK will play against Baerum Basket (#5) in Bekkestua in the next round. Ammerud Bskt will play at home against the league's second-placed Tromso and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: R.Timus 17+1reb+2ast, B.Mariampillai 16+7reb+1ast, A.Haddad 9+6reb+4ast, I.Adahada 6+2reb+2ast, M.Bryn 4+4reb, E.Ford 4+2reb+3ast
Gimle BBK: D.Thomas 22+14reb+2ast, E.Fjaerestad 20+4reb, A.Stien 14+4reb+1ast, S.Enge 11+10reb+3ast, D.Hammer 2+1reb, F.Gnatt 1+1reb+1ast
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Centrum - Gimle BBK 74-72

Fourth-ranked Gimle BBK (6-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked Centrum (10-2) in Oslo on Saturday. Centrum managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-11. But Gimle BBK won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Centrum won last quarter 16-15. Centrum outrebounded Gimle BBK 35-0 including a 28-0 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) produced 22 points and guard Anders Stien (195-90) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Four Gimle BBK players scored in double figures. Centrum maintains first place with 10-2 record. Gimle BBK lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with six games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face league's second-placed Tromso at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gimle BBK will play against Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: D.Thomas 22, A.Stien 19, S.Enge 11, D.Hammer 10, F.Gnatt 5, E.Fjaerestad 3
Centrum: F.Nyborg 18+5reb+1ast, M.Mahnin 16+7reb, T.Ble 9+8reb+2ast, J.Kristian Jespersen 7+3reb+1ast, C.Hinsch 6+3reb+1ast, T.Hagen 6+9reb
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Mark Cardona gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Meralco Bolts and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 31-year old swingman got a double-double of 16 points and ten assists, while his team beat Petron Blaze (#8, 3-6) 95-81. Meralco Bolts is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Meralco Bolts will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Cardona had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Meralco Bolts, through which he has constantly improved. Cardona has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.2ppg) and averages solid 56.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Mike Cortez (183-G-80) of Air21 Express. Cortez impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Air21 Express to edge slightly lower-ranked Barako Bull (#9, 3-6) by 1 point 86-85. This victory allowed Air21 Express to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Cortez is a newcomer at Air21 Express and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) of top-ranked Talk N Text. deOcampo scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite deOcampo's great performance Talk N Text lost 101-104 to the lower-ranked Barangay Ginebra (#6, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Talk N Text needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 2 lost games. deOcampo has a very solid season. In 5 games in Philippines he scored 13.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of Barako Bull - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of Petron Blaze - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Reynel Hugnatan (194-F-78) of Meralco Bolts - 22 points and 8 rebounds
7. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of San Mig Coffee - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) of Barako Bull - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rudy Hatfield (191-F-77) of Barangay Ginebra - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Christopher Lutz (192-G/F-85) of Petron Blaze - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: November 10-11, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

When Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio play well at the same time, not even the leagues top team stands a chance. This was the dream of Coach Siot Tangquincen when the Gin Kings pulled the trigger to get Gilas 2.0 starting guard Tenorio. They felt his versatility would be a good complement to Caguioas free-wheeling style.

Thats exactly what Ginebra got, at least in their last two games. In the Kings two wins (against Global Port and Talk N Text), the Caguioa-Tenorio pairing combined for the following averages: 38.0pp, 8.5rpg, 4.5apg, and 3.0 spg. Pretty impressive, huh?

Before this winning run, however, that dynamic duo normed just 29.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 6.6apg, and 2.1spg. The rebounding and assists went down simply because guys like Rudy Hatfield, Rico Maierhofer, Chris Ellis, and Billy Mamaril have stepped up, but the clear improvement has really been on scoring.

Its a no-brainer that Caguioa needs to score for Ginebra to win, but with a guy like Tenorio, thats not so apparent. Tenorio CAN score, but the expectations of him have focused more on his playmaking ability. Thats not wrong, of course, because the former Ateneo Blue Eagle is an awesome playmaker, but, at least for this observer, the thing he does best is really putting that ball in the hole.

I think him scoring in bunches alongside Mark The Spark will do more good than bad for Ginebra, especially considering the spate of injuries that has befallen the team.

Early on in the season, Coach Siot had this to say about LA, We need someone to take charge, take control, make plays and make it easier and LA did that for his teammates.

In plain-speak, that means LA needs to score more than defer.

Game Recaps:
SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over ALASKA ACES, 77-68

San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone continued his mastery over his former team Alaska.

For the fifth straight time, Cones new team, San Mig Coffee, defeated the Aces as the Mixers banked on their solid team defense en route to a convincing 77-68 victory on Saturday in the PBA Philippine Cup in a road game in Lapu-Lapu City.

The Aces have yet to win over Cones present team since the multi-titled mentor left Alaska last season.

The Mixers won in a game that they play best defense. The teams set a record for fewest combined points in a quarter (22 points combined), but Cone and his troops were able to take the ugly win with a strong third quarter anchored on Mark Barroca and James Yap.

Barroca came through with yet another productive game, finishing with 15 points, but it was former Alaska player Joe Devance who was steady all game long.

The 6-foot-7 Devance, back in harness after missing a large portion of last seasons campaign due to various injuries, is making a return to form. He finished with 18 points and was named back-to-back best player of the game for his squad.

The Mixers trailed the entire first half, but they didnt allow the Aces to pull away.

In the third, Barroca and Yap combined forces as San Mig Coffee started to gain the tempo of the match.

Barrocas baskets, including two free throws in the fourth period, gave the Mixers their biggest lead, 74-62, 1:28 left in the game.

SMC 77- Devance 18, Simon 15, Barroca 15, Yap 11, De Ocampo 8, Villanueva 4, Pingris 2, Gonzales 2, Reavis 2
ALA 68- Baguio 19, Casio 12, Thoss 11, Abueva 8, Baracael 5, Hontiveros 4, Jazul 3, Dela Cruz 3, Espinas 2, Eman 1, Laure 0, Belasco 0
QS: 12-14, 22-26, 47-43, 77-68

MERALCO BOLTS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 95-81

Meralco put up an electrifying performance against Petron Blaze, 95-81, to bounce back from a forgettable 25-point loss in their previous game in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bolts played relentless basketball from the opening tip till the final buzzer to come away with the easy win and improve their win-loss mark to 5-3.

Sol Mercado unloaded 14 of his 22 points in the third period to help Meralco pull away, while Mac Cardona dished out a near triple-double performance for the Bolts with 16 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Reynel Hugnatan also had 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field for Meralco, which led by as much as 20 points in the game.

After a deflating defeat against Rain or Shine, we want to test our bounce-back genes and we did it, said Bolts coach Ryan Gregorio, who also drew 15 points from rookie Cliff Hodge.

Against Rain or Shine, complacency was the enemy. In this game, from the opening tip our lockdown defense was there and on offense, were hitting in all cylinders.

Mercado engineered the Bolts solid third quarter stint, scoring 11 straight points that highlighted their 17-4 run to turn a 52-45 lead into a 69-49 cushion with 1:36 left in that stage.

The Boosters trimmed the lead to 10 points at 80-70, but Cardona scored five straight and Hodge sealed the win with an emphatic two-hand slam to put the game out of reach, 87-70, with 3:37 remaining in the game.

This was an important win for us at this point of the conference. We still in the upper echelon of the standings and give us a clear shot at No. 4, said Gregorio.

Alex Cabagnot paced the undermanned Petron quintet with 19 points while Chriz Lutz and Arwind Santos netted 13 and 10 markers respectively.

It was the Boosters third straight loss to drop their record to 3-6 with five games left. They are now tied with Barako Bull for the No. 9 spot.

MER 95- Mercado 22, Hugnatan 22, Cardona 16, Hodge 15, Ross 9, Buenafe 6, Salvacion 3, Reyes 2, Belencion 0, Bulawan 0, Borboran 0
PET 81- Cabagnot 19, Lutz 13, Santos 10, Duncil 9, Miranda 8, Yeo 7, Faundo 6, Washington 5, Mallari 2, Sison 2, Lassiter 0
QS: 25-20, 45-38, 69-51, 95-81

BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 104-101

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel notched its second pair of back-to-back wins in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup with a 104-101 victory over defending champion Talk N Text Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Gin Kings drew stellar games from LA Tenorio, Mark Caguioa and Rudy Hatfield to improve their win-loss mark to 4-5 and deal the Tropang Texters only their second loss.

But Ginebra had to secure one offensive rebound in the closing seconds to thwart the last-ditch stand of Talk N Text.

Caguioa, who was hit by wayward elbow of Ali Peek that resulted to a cut on his upper left eye, had 22 points and 11 rebound