EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/15/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   



Detroit Hoops defeat Oakland County Cowboys In Back To Back games - by Gianni Pascucci (T)

The last weekend, well-known ABA team Detroit Hoops took two consecutive wins over regional contender Oakland County Cowboys. See here the game scores and best performers
Saturday Nov. 10 - 116-86 : Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89, agency: Athlete Management Group) 25 points, Marvin Frazier (6'4''-G-84) 19 points, Kenneth Jordan 16 points, Allen White (6'3''-G-84, college: Huntingdon) 15 points , Jonathan Jones 12 points 13 reb
Sunday Nov. 11 : Marvin Walker 28 points, Allen White 26 points , Jovon Mosley (6'3''-G) 18 points 8 rebs, Marvin Frazier 15 points, Justin McKinney (6'8''-F-87) 9 points 14rebs 4 blks
The Hoops full team roster for the 2012-13 season is as follows:


Banks, Robert 6'6" F 1983 Detroit Hoops (ABA)
Walker, Marvin 6'3'' G 1989 Chicago Steam (ABA)
Frazier, Marvin 6'4'' G 1984 Detroit Hoops (ABA)
White, Allen 6'3'' G 1984 Huntingdon (NCAA3)
McKinney, Justin 6'8'' F 1987 Marygrove College
Davis, Kevin 6'0'' PG 1982 Battle Creek K. (IBA)
Jordan, Kenneth 6'2' PG 1987 SchoolCraft College
Snow, Booker 6'6" F 1979 Univ. Of Michigan-Dearborn
Washington, Cornell 6'0" G 1978 Detroit Hoops (ABA)
Jones, Jonathan 6'6" F 1988 Siena Heights
Mosley, Jovon 6'4" G 1988 Adrian College
Walker, Cameron 6'6" F 1989 Highland Park, Mi



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

B

Nov. 13: Teodo Tivat - Kavala 98-71

A

Nov. 14: Kumanovo - Levski Sofia 87-80

B

Nov. 13: Rilski Sportist - Kozuv 75-56

A

Nov. 14: Djuro Djakovic - Galil Gilboa 69-101

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Nov. 20: Mornar Bar - Kumanovo

B

Nov. 21: Kozuv - OKK Beograd
Nov. 28: Rilski Sportist - Kavala

Round 2

Nov. 21: Teodo Tivat - Rilski Sportist

Round 7

Nov. 20: Djuro Djakovic - Levski Sofia

Round 8

Nov. 27: Mornar Bar - Djuro Djakovic


Balkan League round 5 best performance: Ivica Dimcevski - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Kumanovo, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Levski Sofia (#3, 2-1) 87-80. Kumanovo is placed at 2nd position in Balkan League group A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Kumanovo will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Dimcevski had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Kumanovo's top player in his first season with the team. Ivica Dimcevski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.5ppg), rebounds (9th best: 6.3rpg) and averages impressive 60.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) of Teodo Tivat. Radulovic had a very good evening with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Teodo Tivat to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Kavala (#8, 2-2) 98-71. Teodo Tivat's 6th position in group B has not changed. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Radulovic is a newcomer at Teodo Tivat, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#9). He also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Teodo Tivat's star - American forward Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side). Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Teodo Tivat, helping his team with a 98-71 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Kavala (#8, 2-2). Teodo Tivat started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game in group B. Johnson 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. Johnson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Balkan League he scored 9.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of Levski Sofia - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo - 16 points and 13 rebounds
6. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) of Teodo Tivat - 21 points and 2 rebounds
8. Jamar Smith (191-G-87) of Galil Gilboa - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) of Teodo Tivat - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75) of Teodo Tivat - 16 points and 3 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 5: Levski Sofia is defeated by Kumanovo 2009 - by Eurobasket News

Balkan League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 5 rounds left.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Bulgarian Levski Sofia (2-1) on the court of third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kumanovo 2009 87-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. It was a key game for the second position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumanovo 2009 (3-1) moved-up to second place in Group A. Levski Sofia at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Mornar Bar (#5) on the road in the next round. Levski Sofia will play against Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Israeli Galil Gilboa's (#1, 4-0) victory against 4th placed Croatian Djuro Djakovic (1-4) 101-69. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) nailed 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Yaniv Green accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) came up with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Djuro Djakovic in the defeat. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 4-0 record. Djuro Djakovic at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Galil Gilboa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Djuro Djakovic will play on the road against Mornar Bar (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 5
In Group B Kozuv was destroyed by Rilski Sportist on the opponent's court 75-56. Teodo Tivat outscored Kavala in a home game 98-71.


Group A
Kumanovo - Levski Sofia 87-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Bulgarian Levski Sofia (2-1) on the court of third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kumanovo 2009 87-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. It was a key game for the second position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds. Four Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 25 points. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumanovo 2009 (3-1) moved-up to second place in Group A. Levski Sofia at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Mornar Bar (#5) on the road in the next round. Levski Sofia will play against Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: I.Dimcevski 29+7reb, U.Lukovic 16+13reb, D.Mikic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Janevski 10+5reb, A.Kostoski 9+1reb+2ast, V.Georgievski 6+3reb
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 25+1reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 20+9reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 14+3reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 7+4reb+7ast, D.Dimitrov 7+4reb+2ast, D.Anguelov 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 197943


Djuro Djakovic - Galil Gilboa 69-101

Very significant was Israeli Galil Gilboa's (#1, 4-0) victory against 4th placed Croatian Djuro Djakovic (1-4) 101-69. The game without a history. Galil Gilboa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Djuro Djakovic's 30. Galil Gilboa had a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Galil Gilboa players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Djuro Djakovic's players. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) nailed 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and center Yaniv Green (206-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) came up with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Denis Toroman (194-82, agency: TSS Management) added 16 points respectively for Djuro Djakovic in the defeat. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 4-0 record. Djuro Djakovic at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Galil Gilboa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Djuro Djakovic will play on the road against Mornar Bar (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: J.Smith 16+6reb+4ast, A.Bier-Katz 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Green 14+8reb+3ast, A.Simhon 12+3reb+3ast, N.Tishman 11+1reb+1ast, M.Watt 9+4reb+2ast
Djuro Djakovic: D.Toroman 16+2reb+2ast, M.Batina 15+1reb+1ast, M.Kljaic 11+2reb, M.Bakovic 9+8reb, M.Sarlija 8+9reb+5ast, M.Karlovic 5+1ast
gschID: 197942


Group B
Rilski Sportist - Kozuv 75-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv's (2-3) road loss to eighth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (3-1) 56-75. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Kozuv was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kozuv to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Rilski Sportist made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Kozuv turnovers. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side and American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) accounted for 12 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Rilski Sportist's coach Rosen Barchovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) came up with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Aleksandar Shterjov (208-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kozuv in the defeat. Rilski Sportist have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Group B. Kozuv at the other side keeps the ninth position with three games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against Kavala (#8) at home in the next round. Kozuv will play against OKK Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 16+6reb+5ast, B.Dupree 12+5reb+1ast, T.Smith 12+4reb+6ast, L.Kirov 9+4reb, H.Zahariev 9+2reb+1ast, T.Gugino 6+8reb+1ast
Kozuv: S.Bozovic 13+5reb+4ast, A.Shterjov 10+6reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 10+2reb, D.Karadzovski 7+6reb, K.Pavlovski 6+4reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 5+2ast
gschID: 228382


Teodo Tivat - Kavala 98-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with leader Montenegrin Teodo Tivat's (3-0) home victory over 7th ranked Greek Kavala (2-2) 98-71. The game was mostly controlled by Teodo Tivat. Kavala was better in fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Teodo Tivat outrebounded Kavala 35-21 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-84) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Manuel Johnson (201-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: Court Side) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. American-Greek center Steve Panos (206-88, college: Weber St.) came up with 14 points and guard Petros Velissariou (193-93) added 13 points respectively for Kavala in the defeat. Both teams had five 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. Teodo Tivat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place in Group B with 3-0 record. Kavala at the other side dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Teodo Tivat will play against Rilski Sportist (#7) in Samokov in the next round. Kavala will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: I.Kunjic 21+2reb, A.Radulovic 18+8reb+3ast, M.Johnson 17+8reb+1ast, S.Djikanovic 16+3reb+1ast, S.Tepavcevic 14+4reb+5ast, M.Mijovic 12+1reb+8ast
Kavala: S.Panos 14+3reb, P.Velissariou 13+1reb+2ast, N.Stylianou 13+1reb+2ast, S.Manolopoulos 10+4reb, N.Mitrovic 10+3ast, N.Pievalitsa 4+3reb
gschID: 197944



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  BELGIUM   


EuroChallenge: easy win for Okapi over Pitesti in Group E - by Bert Larsimont

Generali Okapi Aalstar leads Group E of the EuroChallenge after their triumph over BCMU Pitesti on Tuesday night.

The Romanians played without Octavian Calota (186-PG-84). In the first quarter, Okapi center John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) was well present in the paint. The local team quickly took a large lead while only three players scored for the visitors.

After a few turnovers by the hosts, BCMU came closer: 26-20 on a lay-up by Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86). Nevertheless, the Okapis finished the second quarter strongly and led 50-34 at half-time.

The hosts kept the same rhythm in the third quarter and even made the show for the local supporters. Coach Brad Dean could make some substitutions in the last quarter in order to preserve some of his key players in view of the Ethias League shock against Telenet Oostende to be played at the Forum in Aalst next Friday. Dean's players literally dominated the game from start to finish. BCM U Pitesti's shooters had a hard time hitting shots from long range (three-point average: 2/13, 15.4%) while Okapi players were pretty efficient from behind the three-point line (6/9, 66.7%). The hosts, with big men like Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan), John Tofi and Noah Hartsock (203-F, college: BYU) also outrebounded the losing side 38-20 in this game.

Special mentions to John Tofi who had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in this game for Okapi Aalstar and Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points and had 2 steals for BCMU Pitesti.


With a record of 2 wins after 2 games played, Okapi Aalstar takes the lead in Group E. Belfius Mons Hainaut defeated Paris Levallois after overtime (84-86) in the other game of the group this week.

Score evolution: 25-14, 50-34, 79-54 and 99-68.
Best scorers:
Okapi: A. Steinbach 5, D. Raivio 14, J. Tofi 16, L. Anderson 8, S. Clark 13, K. Baeyens 2, H. Van Langenhove 3, T. Dreesen 5, R. Thompson 15, N. Hartsock 10, C. Young 8.
BCMU: D. Kinloch 14, P. Barac 23, M. Jones 10, S. Popovic 1, A. Gennie 4, D. Albijanic 16.

(Sources: www.okapiaalstar.be and www.fibaeurope.com)



EuroCup: Unics too good for visiting Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Oostende 83:72

Unics registered the second straight win at the start of EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Oostende in Kazan tonight. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts. Oostende fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Unics stormed into the game. They accounted for a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. the hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Unics accumulated a 48:34 halftime advantage. The Kazan team kept Oostende at bay throughout the third quarter. The Russian powerhouse entered the final period up by 18 points 70:52. Oostende narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not challenge the deficit. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) delivered 18 points, Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) added 14 points for Unics. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) answered with 15 points for Oostende. Dusan Katnic (193-G-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Unics: Ian Vougioukas 20, Kostas Kaimakoglou 18, Vladimir Veremeenko 14
Oostende: Brent Wright 15, Dusan Katnic 11, Dusan Djordjevic 11



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  BOSNIA   


Zlatko Jovanovic performes well in EuroChallenge - by Miljan Veskovic

Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) is performing well in EuroChallenge cup this season. Last night his team BC Timisoara lost in Germany against EWE Baskets Oldenburg 84:67 but Zlatko had a good game scoring 19 points and dishing 3 assists. He is averaging 16.0 points and 4.0 assists per game in EuroChallenge meanwhile in Romanian championship he is averaging less points 13.0, but he is having a great 7.4 assists per game. BC Timisoara is currently 5th in Romanian championship with 5-2 record. Jovanovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2009.


KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 5 RESULTS! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 5 RESULTS!
A-1 League Basketball Federation:
Fifth derby A-1 circuits Federation League was played in Zenica. Domestic Steel won the Mostar Spars 80:65.
The victory in this round made all the favorites, except Citadels who succumbed in Zepce.

Currently in the lead has four teams with four wins and one defeat, while Spars (M), Student and Gradina have less victory, but retained the prospect of play-offs to which, however, left a lot of time and interesting games.

In a dramatic finale Student won the Brcko District, a team that in the last 50 seconds had a 64:69 advantage. Brcaci not realized the last four attacks, and besides, they awarded a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct.

STEEL - PORTLAND MOSTAR 80:65
(14:13, 19:24, 24:10, 13:18)
Zenica, 200th viewer Judge: Karovic (Zenica) Kavazovic (Tesanj) Avdic M. (Tuzla)
STEEL: Merdanovica A., E. Merdanovica 10, D. Mehtic 12, 9 A. Dedic, D. Begagic 4, D. Kolak, Dz. Curanovic 4, E. Dizdar, E. Durmic 3, A.
Ibrahimkadic, Suljic 21 E., N. Andelic 17, Coach: Haris Jahic
spars MOSTAR: 7 E. Safra, Safra H., A. Djelmo 11, Dz. 6 Tanovic, N. Mesinovic, M. Atic, A. Hodzic, S. Vujicic 6, S. Zuhric, F. Varelija 3,
R. Guest 2, A. Rahimic 30, Coach: Denan Suta

LIMOMETAL - FREEDOM 68:95
(23:16, 17:27, 11:25, 17:27)
Cazin, spectator 50th Judge: Pasalic (Zenica) Pripoljac (Zenica) Ferizovic (Bihac)
LIMOMETAL A. Topic, J. Horozovic 14, A. Dizdarevic, Damjanic 11 S., E. 34 Kapic, S. Kostadinovic 4, D. Halkic, E. Tatarevic 3, N. Dupalo second, Coach: Saud Terzic
FREEDOM: M. Ibracevic 9, A. Jahic, A. Arnautalic, D. Radic, A. Ahmedic 30, F Zekavicic 2, Marijan 2 N., R. Groic, M. Tanasilovic 27, M. Andelija 7 A. Pejic 18, N. Hujdurovic. Coach: Adnan Hodzic

BONJAK - PLAY OFF 74:89
(20:22, 19:26, 16:22, 19:19)
Hadici, spectator 50th Judge: Bijedic, Obradovic, Mrkovic (all Sarajevo)
BONJAK S. Omerovic, E.Isic, S. Damjanovic 6, H. Hrgic, D. Mujan 4, M. Dafic 9, B. Jokanovic 1, B. Foric 8, Mr. Dragovic 20, D. Guhdija
2, A. Dizdar 6 E. 18th Residovic, Coach: Amir Residovic
PLAY OFF: B. Arslanagic, M. Velic Salcin 17 N., S. Vizmeg, H. Delalic 4, K. Kurtagic 1, A. Dovadija 16, O. Bravo 21, V. Pehilj, E. Tarcin 11, K. Kalamujic 19th Coach: Admir Prasovic

PROMO LOWER VAKUF - PORTLAND SARAJEVO 70:89
(21:20, 19:24, 08:26, 22:19)
Travnik, spectator 50th Judge: Karovic, Pelja N. Marjanovic (All Zenica)
PROMO LOWER VAKUF M. Opardija 3, R. Hockic, F. Vincevic 3, 4 Skrobo T., D. Alic, 10, J. Husetic 5, A. Dzihan 3, YES 6 rings,
Gradacevic 3, M. Pando 15, A. Pando 18, Coach: Suad Hodzic
spars A. Zahiragic, 10 A. Nikolic, D. Petkovic, A. Buza 15, F. Smajlovic, E. Ahmedovic, Z. Halilbegovic 14 MM 2 Karic, Bulic 10, N.
9 Buza, S. Glogovac 26, Dj. Salic second Coach: Mark Trbic

ORLOVIK - GRADINA 76:71
(14:13, 19:19, 16:16, 27:23)
Zepce, spectator 50th Judge: Palo (Sarajevo) Avdic (Zenica) Pelja E. (Zenica)
ORLOVIK: F.Huseinagic, A. Malicbegovic 8, Derek M. 2, M Berbic 3, 4 K. Mujkic, S. Sarajlic, A. Skopljak 24, A. Odobasic, K. Bijedic, M.
Bajric 6, E. Imamovic 4, K. Ljubovic 29, Coach: Senad Preldic
GRADINA: E. Hercegovac 1, 3 A. Avdic, H. Buljubaic 4, I. Hasic 8, A. Adrovic, A. Horozic 5, 19 E. Nurkanovic, E. Karic, A. Djonlic 7, A.
Gopo 2, B. Topalovic 7, R, Hasic 14, Coach: Vladimir Micanovic


STUDENT - DISTRIKT 74:69
(16:15, 22:17, 15:19, 24:18)
Tuzla, 300th viewer Judge: Noinovic (Tuzla) Lasetovic (Tuzla) Beganovic (Srebrenik)
STUDENT: Z. Golijanin 10, 9 M. Duric, M. Alibaic 11, 13 S. Terzic, A. Avdic, A. Kaletovic 3, A. Sarajlic 13, Mehinovic E., A. Jahic, M.
Suljagic 4, . Kikic 6, A. Hulusic 5th, Coach, Elvir Music
DISTRIKT B. Nesic 12, A. 5 Josic, M. Islamovic 18, D. Grdan, and Christmas 2, B. Ahmetbaic 7, E. Karemovic, E Guzonjic 15 , I. arenac 10th Coach: Azur Hadovic

TABLE
1 PLAY OFF 5 4 1458350 +108 9
2 spars (S) 5 4 1440344 +96 9
3 5 4 FREEDOM 1389328 +61 9
4 5 4 STEEL 1424370 +54 9
5 spars (M) 5 3 2 411 386 +25 8
6 5 3 GRADINA 2371351 +20 8
7 5 3 STUDENT 2371401 -30 8
8 5 2 BONJAK 3,415,412 +3 7
DISTRIKT 9 5 2 3 342 348 -6 7
10 5 1 ORLOVIK 4,299,381 -82 6
11 PROMO LOWER VAKUF 5 0 5367453 -86 5
12 LIMOMETAL 5 0 5 371 534 -163 5



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  BRAZIL   


Rio Grande Valley Vipers add Machado to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Rio Grande Valley Vipers added to their roster 22-year old naturalized Brazilian point guard Scott Machado (185-82kg-90, college: Iona). He already started the season at Houston Rockets in the NBA. The last season Machado also played at Iona College. In 33 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games last year he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 9.9apg (leader !!!) and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected All-MAAC Player of the Year and voted to All-MAAC 1st Team and voted to NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team.
Machado just graduated from Iona College and it is his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fabricio Melo signs at Maine Red Claws - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maine Red Claws landed 22-year old Brazilian center Fabricio Melo (212-116kg-90, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Boston Celtics in the NBA. The last season Melo also played at Syracuse University. In 14 Big East Conference games last year he averaged 8.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.8bpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
This summer Melo was drafted by Drafted by? Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his first season in pro basketball. Melo represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Guanare (Venezuela) five years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 3.2rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Leslee Smith over the weekend... - by David Edole

After a pair of blowout wins on their home floor to open the 2012-2013 season, the 9th ranked Seward County Saints took a step back in their first road trip of the season, narrowly squeaking out a win against North Platte on Friday before dropping a game to Kingdom Prep on Saturday in Garden Citys Pepsi Classic. Against the Knights the Saints trailed nearly the whole game, finally taking the lead with 1:05 to go, before hanging on to win 61-59. On Saturday against Kingdom Prep, Seward uncharacteristically struggled on defense while unable to capitalize on a number of good looks inside as they fell 90-88.

Going up against a solid North Platte team in a Friday matinee, the Saints basket had a lid on it early. The Saints failed to score in the first seven minutes of the game and Seward missed 9 of their first 10 shots to find themselves behind by double digits 12-2 eight minutes in. Finally Seward was able to get something going with a pair of baskets before the media timeout hit halfway through the period, but a pair of three pointers for the Knights kept them on top 18-7 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half. Slowly, the Saints crawled back into the game and thanks to a good defensive effort that held North Platte to just four points in the next eight minutes, Seward was within two points when Jabari Peters hit a jumper to tie the game at 22 with less than two minutes left in the half. North Platte picked things back up to take a lead into the break but as the half hit, the Saints trailed by just four 28-24. Seward connected on just 6 first half field goals, including just 1 of 11 from three point land in the first half while North Platte hit 42% of their shots and 5 of 11 from downtown.

Things didnt get a whole lot better for either side as the second half began. The Saints continued to have trouble finding their groove on the offensive end while North Platte allowed Seward to stick around by making the basketball look like a greased pig. At one point, the Knights went back up by as many as 11 points but as the 12 minute mark hit, the Saints were back to within five with the score 48-43. The Saints had a golden opportunity to turn the tides with just under 5:30 remaining in the game as they trailed by six, but were granted four free throws because of a foul and a technical foul by North Platte. Seward was unable to do anything with the gift, missing all four freebies and it seemed as if maybe it just wasnt the Saints day. North Platte held a five point advantage as the three minute mark hit before back to back baskets from Malcolm Hill-Bey and Leslee Smith (200-F) made it a one point game 57-56 with 2:20 left. North Platte quickly responded with a basket of their own to go back ahead by three but one of two at the line by the Saints and a Peters three pointer gave the Saints their first lead of the game 60-59 with 1:05 remaining. After a defensive stop, the Saints tacked on a point with a free throw to make it 61-59 and North Platte had the ball for the final possession. With time ticking down on the Knights, a loose ball resulted in a North Platte timeout with 2.4 seconds left and Seward held strong on the inbounds as Hill-Bey finished a big game with a steal to seal the 61-59 win for the guys in green.

The difference in the game was Seward forcing 32 North Platte turnovers as the Knights outshot the Saints in every category in the Seward win. The Saints shot 37% overall, 21% from the three point line and just 50% from the free throw line while North Platte shot 40% for the game from the field, 33% from deep, and 85% from the line. However, with the turnover discrepancy, the Saints put up 14 more shots in the game and held North Platte to just 16 field goals as a team. Leading the way offensively for Seward was Peters who scored 21 points on 6 of 14 shooting while Hill-Bey finished with 12 on 4 of 9 from the field. Smith led the Saints with 9 rebounds and also pitched in 8 points.

#9 SEWARD COUNTY/NORTH PLATTE BOX SCORE

On Saturday the Saints took on Kingdom Prep in a game that they hoped would get them back on track as they approached their big matchup with Midland next Friday. However, no more the opposite could have happened. Following a poor shooting night on Friday, the Saints emphasis to get the ball inside for higher percentage shots was evident on Saturday against Kingdom Prep. Seward had a number of early opportunities to connect from inside the paint, but struggled to put the ball in the basket without sophomore center Edson Avila in the lineup. On the other end, Seward couldnt find a way to stop Kingdom Prep, as the team from Iowa ran all over the Saints man to man defense, shooting 50% from the field in the first half to get themselves out to a 43-41 lead. The Saints on the other hand shot just 40% in the half while attempting 41 of their 43 shots from inside the arc.

In the second half, the Saints again continued to work for the inside shot and successfully dominated the painted area. Seward finished the game with 27 offensive rebounds and 53 total rebounds to the more slashing oriented Kingdom Prep team that had just 35 board on the night. However, Seward again had trouble executing the inside looks. The Saints and Kingdom Prep played close throughout the second half, but it seemed as if every time the Saints were a defensive stop away from taking control, the Prepsters wiggled through a hole to come up with a basket. The Saints had a chance to close the game late, but their inability to shut down an athletic Kingdom Prep lineup did them in. Kingdom Prep got to the free throw line 27 times in the second half and Seward failed to hit the big shot as they fell 90-88 for their first loss of the 2012-2013 season.

The Saints couldnt find their rhythm once again offensively, shooting just 43% from the field in the game and they connected on just 1 of 5 three point attempts on the night. Kingdom Prep on the other hand shot 49% in the game and 33% from three while outscoring Seward 22-19 from the line, a three point spread that could have been the difference in the game. Four Saints found their way into double figures in the high scoring affair as Hill-Bey and Jerry Cobb each had 16 for Seward while Kaheem Ransom and Peters put up 13 apiece. Smith was chairman of the boards for Seward for the second straight game, grabbing a game high 11 boards and adding 8 points in the defeat.

#9 SEWARD COUNTY/KINGDOM PREP BOX SCORE

The weekend puts the Saints at 3-1 on the early season and is sure to have an effect on their NJCAA ranking come Wednesday when the first regular season poll is released. They will look to regroup and will have to quickly as they host the Billys/Days Inn Classic on Friday and Saturday when they welcome to town an undefeated Midland team for a Friday night showdown in the Greenhouse followed by another tough matchup against a veteran Colorado Kings team on Saturday night. Free tickets are available at Billys, Days Inn, and Holiday Inn.



Halstead Chiverton scored 21 points vs. DeVry. - by David Edole

LAKE WALES, Fla. -The final game of the week for Warner, saw the No. 10 Royals pitted against the Skyhawks of DeVry University on Saturday, Nov. 10. DeVry came into the game with a 0-4 record in their first year as a basketball program.

Head Coach Sean Hanrahan chose to rest several of the first teamers for the game, giving a chance for some of the other Royals to shine. Senior forward Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82, college: Clinton CC (NY)) took that chance and had 12 points and five rebounds in the first half, while leading the team with three steals. The Royals shot over 50 percent from the field, including 47 percent from behind the arc. The visitors could not get anything to fall shooting a paltry 3-for-21 from the field, only scoring eight points in the opening half. Warner went into the break with a 38 point lead (46-8).

Ray Victor (186-G, college: Warner) exploded in the second half for 17 points, and six rebounds. Victor along with Antonio Ansley coming off the bench helped outdo the Royals' first half performance adding another 55 points. Ansley had 10 of his 19 points in the second half, going 7-for-7 from the field including 4-for-4 from downtown. DeVry doubled their point total from the first half with 16 to give them a total of 24 for the game.

The 101-24 final is the largest margin of victory by the Royals in the 2012-13 season. Halstead Chiverton led all players with 21 points and nine rebounds. The senior also had a team high four steals. Four other Warner players scored in double digits: Ray Victor (19), Antonio Ansley (19), Dwayne McCarter (11), and finally Cedric Jones rounding them out with 10 points.

Warner improves their record to 4-1 over the week, and will have one more exhibition game against Rollins College on Nov. 16 in Winter Park, Fla. before the Royals head to the British Virgin Islands over Thanksgiving break. The Royals will play in two games on that road trip against the University of the Virgin Islands and the University of Puerto Rico Cayey.



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EuroCup: Buducnost escape with win over Lukoil - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Lukoil Academik 75:72

Buducnost opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin champions toppled Lukoil in Podgorica for 1-1 record in Group B. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) was responsible for 16 points in the victory.
Buducnost led by four points 23:19 after ten minutes. Lukoil however erased the deficit in the second frame. The Bulgarian team tied the score at 43 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Buducnost and Lukoil entered the fourth frame tied at 60. But Buducnost capitalized on some late errors from Lukoil to surge ahead. The hosts hung on to win the battle. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 15 points, while Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for Buducnost. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) responded with 15 points for Lukoil. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 16, Vladimir Mihailovic 15, Dusko Bunic 14
Lukoil: Mohammed Abukar 15, Darryl Watkins 14



Balkan League: Kumanovo topple Levski - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Levski 87:80

Kumanovo posted the third victory in Balkan League Group A. The Macedonian team held off Levski handing the Bulgarian team the first loss at the tournament. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 29 points and 7 rebounds to lead the home side.
Levski started confidently. They accounted for a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Levski maintained the lead throughout the second term. They secured a 36:32 halftime lead. Kumanovo fired 26 points in the third term to cut the deficit at 3-point mark with ten minutes remaining. The hosts erupted for 29 points in the final stanza to deny the deficit and seal the winning outcome. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 16 points and 13 boards for Kumanovo. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) provided 11 points in the victory. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 25 points for Levski. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) netted 20 points and grabbed 9 boards in the loss.

Kumanovo: Ivica Dimcevski 29, Uros Lukovic 16+13 boards, Dejan Mikic 11
Levski: Chavdar Kostov 25, Stefan Georgiev 20



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Kris Joseph joins Maine Red Claws - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maine Red Claws agreed terms with 24-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kris Joseph (200-100kg-88, college: Syracuse). He is a dual citizen owning also Trinidad and Tobago passport. Joseph just played at Boston Celtics in the NBA. But in only one game this season he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist. The last season he also played at Syracuse University. In 37 Big East Conference games last year he recorded 13.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Big East 1st Team and NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team.
This summer Joseph was drafted by Drafted by? Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his first season in pro basketball. Joseph was a member of Canadian Senior National Team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Dimayor Semifinals: Liceo Mixto took the lead - by Daniel Valencia

On tuesday night was played game 1 of the semifinals series between (1) Liceo Mixto and (4) CD Universidad Catolica, and the first seed took the lead after a 73-67 victory playing as visitors and now need only one victory to reach another Dimayor Finals. Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.) was the scoring leader for Liceo Mixto with 20 points.

Semifinals Game 1

(4) CD Universidad Catolica 67 - (1) CD Liceo Mixto 73

Uc: Eric Tramiel 19 pts. Terrence Mack 17 pts.
Lic: Bayo Arigbon 20 pts. Jonathon Avery 16 pts.

Liceo lead series 1-0



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BUKAROS WON THE GAME 4 AND LEADS 3-1 THE FINALS - by Victor Garcia

In a game that looks like a copy of the former game , Bukaros won the game four of the series and took an important 3-1 lead in the final playoff, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) started the game on fire and finished with season high 31 pts, Jeffrei Addai added 16 and 8 assits, Guerreros found a partial lead in the third quarter but agains failed to be consistent in the offensive, Stalin Ortiz with 26 points leaded the Guerreros, Shawn Malloy posted 13 and 10.
Guerreros zone defense in the fourth quarter helped them to stop the Bukaros offense, but did not found a way to score in the other side.
Guerreros missed 14 free throws that helped the Bukaros to keep using physical defense, Hernandez and Marriaga both finishes with 5 personal fouls.
The game 5 will be played tonight in Bucaramanga.
BUKAROS 85 - C. Bradford 31 pts, J. Addai 16 pts
GUERREROS 82 - S. Ortiz 26 pts, S. Malloy 13pts + 10 rebs.




BUKAROS IS THE CHAMPION OF THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros give the surprise and won the 2012 Colombian Basketball Federation Invitational Cup, the Bucaramanga team achieves their second strainght tittle and the fifth in their history, a big job made by the owner / manager of the team Carlos Parra.
In the game 5 Guerreros fight hard, playing a very godd defense and a accurate offensive specially in the second quarter, Cortney Nelson and Stalin Ortiz leaded the Guerreros, but was Cory Bradford and Cesar Silva in the fourth the ones who got the victory for Bukaros, making the offensive job in the clutch
Cory Bradford was named MVP of the finals.

BUKAROS 84
GUERREROS 80

BUKAROS IS THE 2012 CHAMPION


Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) FINALS MVP



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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa celebrate the fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Galil Gilboa 69:101

Galil Gilboa earned the fourth consecutive win in Balkan League Group A. The Israeli team stormed past Djuro Djakovic on the road today. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) fired 16 points to lead the visitors.
Galil Gilbao led from the early stages. The Israeli team accounted for a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. The visitors poured in 34 points in the second quarter. The scoreboard read 58:38 for the visitors at halftime. The complexion of the game hardly changed after the big break. Galil Gilboa extended their lead to as many as 23 points before the final period. They never looked back in the final ten minutes and breezed to the victory. Amit Bier-Katz (208-C-88) and Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) posted 14 points apiece for the winners. Denis Toroman (194-G-82, agency: TSS Management) answered with 16 points for Djuro Djakovic. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) had 15 points in the loss.

Djuro Djakovic: Denis Toroman 16, Marko Batina 15
Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 16, Amit Bier-Katz 14, Mitchell Watt 14



EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm fire past Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Cibona 83:68

Ratiopharm Ulm entertained the home crowd with a comfortable EuroCup win tonight. They rallied past Cibona to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Cibona are now at 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) posted 22 points to lead the winners.
Ratiopharm Ulm exploded with 28 points in the first quarter to clear off. Ulm added 22 points in the second term to accumulate a 50:34 halftime advantage. Cibona slowed the home team down in the third quarter. The Croatian team trimmed the margin to 14 points at the final intermission. But Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for the visitors in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Daniel Theis (203-PF-92) and Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) netted 13 points each in the win. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) had 18 points for Cibona. Davor Kus (192-G-78, agency: Interperformances) netted 14 points in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: Philipp Schwethelm 22, Dane Watts 17, Daniel Theis 13, Keaton Nankivil 13
Cibona: D.J. Strawberry 18, Davor Kus 14



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Mike Morrison claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Mike Morrison (205-F-89, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Apoel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 28 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Apoel in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team ENAD (#8, 0-4) with 21-point margin 80-59. Apoel is placed at 4th position in Cypriot Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Apoel will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Morrison turned to be Apoel's top player in his first season with the team. George Mason University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morrison is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.3ppg) and averages solid 2.7bpg and 62.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of AEL. Aleksic impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as AEL lost that game 78-84 to AEK (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Aleksic is a newcomer at AEL 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 15.7ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 6.3rpg and 4.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86) of top-ranked Keravnos. Kinnard scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Keravnos, leading his team to a 91-88overtime win against Apollon (#7, 0-3). Keravnos started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Kinnard 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. Kinnard has a great season in Cyprus. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamar Diggs (187-G-88) of Omonia - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. C.J. Williams (195-G) of Etha - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) of AEK - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of Keravnos - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88) of Omonia - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88) of Keravnos - 16 points and 12 rebounds
10. Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) of AEL - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Tomas Satoransky selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Cajasol (1-6) in their last game. Despite Satoransky's very good performance Cajasol lost 68-79 at home to the higher-ranked (#14) CB Canarias. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Satoransky also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes on the court. It was Cajasol's third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Satoransky has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 74.1% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90, currently plays in Italy). Kudlacek contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (2-5) crushing them 87-60 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 6 points. Mapooro Cantu (5-2) is placed third in the SerieA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Kudlacek averages: 3.0ppg, 2FGP: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey). Jelinek was the major contributor in an Olin Edirne's victory against the closely-ranked Antalya (1-4) 83-65 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points and added 4 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Olin Edirne Basketball (2-3) is placed 12th in the TBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 78.9%. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #4. An experienced center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Planasa NV (3-3) in their last game. Despite Starosta's good performance Planasa NV lost in an overtime 85-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) FCB Regal II. He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 40 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Starosta belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.3ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2008.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #5. Former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (0-6) in their game against the Boston Celtics (4-3) in the NBA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Vesely scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Washington Wizards were defeated in an overtime 100-94 in Boston by the Celtics. So far Wizards lost all six games in the Regular Season. Vesely's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #6. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a River Andorra's victory against the closely-ranked Leyma Basquet (5-1) 73-61 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Hampl scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Hampl's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.7ppg and 5.8rpg in the six games. Hampl is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #7. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (0-1) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (1-0). He recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. It was his first game for Cajasol this season. Cajasol was edged 87-84 in Sassari by the leading Banco di Sardegna. Balvin is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #8. Center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in a victory against the closely-ranked ENAD (1-1) crushing them 80-59 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. Chan scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (2-1) is placed second in the Division A. This year Chan's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #9. University international forward Patrik Auda (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Seton Hall win their game against the Norfolk State University 78-65 in the NCAA last Monday. Auda recorded 8 points. The Seton Hall University has conference record this season. Auda has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic university national team last year.

Adam Zavadil
Adam Zavadil
   #10. Forward Adam Zavadil (195-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA III couldn't help the Albion College in their last game. Despite Zavadil's good performance his team was crushed 96-62 in Rochester, MI by the Oakland University. He recorded 14 points in 31 minutes. Zavadil has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg in the three games. He is a former U18 international player as two years ago he still played for the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) led Rovinari to a victory over the closely-ranked Giurgiu (3-4) 77-72 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Steffel was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 39 minutes. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (4-3) is placed ninth in the Division A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Steffel is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.7rpg. This year his other stats are: 15.7ppg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg in the seven games he played so far.

   #2. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help AZS Koszalin (4-3) to beat Stelmet ZG (5-2). Skibniewski recorded 7 points. AZS Koszalin was edged 75-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Stelmet ZG (#3). Skibniewski is currently second on the list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.0apg and 1.4spg.

   #3. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Komarno's victory against the closely-ranked Inter Bratislava (4-2) 89-85 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. Kratochvil recorded 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBK Rieker Komarno (5-1) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kratochvil's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the six games.

   #4. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Etha (0-2) in their game against Krka (1-1) in the EuroChallenge. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fourth-placed Etha was crushed 100-73 in Novo Mesto by the higher-ranked Krka (#3) in the group A of EuroChallenge. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Englicky's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 4.5rpg.

   #5. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Tulane in their game against the Georgia Tech in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Tulane this season. The Tulane was badly defeated 79-61 in Atlanta, GA by the Georgia Tech.



EuroCup: Nymburk storm to victory in Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Jerusalem - Nymburk 69:86

Nymburk completed a successful trip to the Israel tonight. The Czech champions shot down Hapoel Jerusalem on the road to celebrate the second straight EuroCup victory. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors.
Nymburk made sure they enjoyed a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Jerusalem cut the deficit in the second term. The hosts got within two points at halftime 35:37. Nymburk stepped on the gas in the third term. The Czech side exploded with 25 points to open a 7-point lead with ten minutes to go. Nymburk stayed in control throughout the final period. The visitors nailed 24 points and cruised to the victory. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) notched 16 points, while Lukas Palyza (201-F-89) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) added 12 points each for the winners. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 23 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) netted 14 points in the loss.

Hapoel Jerusalem: Craig Smith 23, Jacob Pullen 14
Nymburk: Vojtech Hruban 19, Petr Benda 16, Lukas Palyza 12, Radoslav Rancik 12



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  DENMARK   


Alan Voskuil selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in France). He led Chorale de Roanne to a victory over the tenth-ranked JSF Nanterre (3-3) crushing them 94-64 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Voskuil was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points in 25 minutes on the court. Chorale de Roanne Basket (2-4) is placed 14th in the ProA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Voskuil's first year with the team. This season Voskuil averages: 8.5ppg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 78.6% in the six games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil played for the Danish senior national team three years ago. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently plays in NCAA1). He contributed to an easy victory against the Central Arkansas 79-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Gilling scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Arizona State University has conference record this season. Gilling has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 58.3%(14-24) in the three games. He played for the Danish U20 national team in 2010.

Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international center Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Cyprus. Bergstedt could not help Etha (0-2) to beat Tofas (1-1). He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Etha this season. The fourth-placed Etha was crushed 78-57 at home by the second-ranked Tofas in the group A of EuroChallenge. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bergstedt's first year with the team. Bergstedt played for the Danish U20 national team one years ago.

Mathias Seilund
Mathias Seilund
   #4. Forward Mathias Seilund (201-90, currently plays in NCAA1) was not able to help the Fair Dickinson in their game against the Xavier University (1-0) in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Fair Dickinson this season. The Fair Dickinson was crushed 117-75 on the road by the Xavier University. Seilund used to play for the Danish U20 national team back in 2010.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #5. U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, currently plays in NCAA1) was not able to secure a victory for the G.Washington in their game against the Youngstown State University (0-0) in the NCAA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for G.Washington this season. The G.Washington was defeated 80-73 on their home court in Washington, DC by the Youngstown State University. It's Larsen's first year with the team. Larsen plays currently for the Danish U20 national team.

Dennis Levene
Dennis Levene
   #6. Forward Dennis Levene (203-92, currently plays in NCAA1) couldn't help the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their game against the Harvard University (0-0) in the NEWMAC. He cannot count it as his best performance. Levene recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Massachusetts Institute of Technology this season. his team lost 54-69 in a derby game to the Harvard University. Levene is U20 international player who is currently on the Danish National Team roster.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help U20 (0-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tenchev's very good performance the bottom-ranked U20 was defeated 87-74 at home by the higher-ranked Rilski Sportist (#5). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Tenchev also added 4 assists and 3 steals. It's Tenchev's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. Tenchev has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite his Danish passport, Tenchev currently plays for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Danish team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Chanan Colman (191-G-84) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) plays for KK Split in Croatian A1
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) plays for Rostock EBC in German Regionalliga
Michael Larsen (84) plays for Racing in Luxembourg N2



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

23-year old forward Justin Baker (203-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vaerlose and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Randers (#8, 3-8) 111-105. Vaerlose maintains the 9th position in Danish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Baker had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Justin Baker averages this season 11.3ppg and 6.6rpg. Worth to mention Baker played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers. He is American forward in his first season at Randers. In the last game Colas recorded impressive 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Randers lost that game 105-111 to slightly lower-ranked Vaerlose (#9, 2-9). This loss caused Randers to drop to 8th position in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Randers managed to get this year. Colas is a newcomer at Randers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.1ppg (#1). He also registered 14.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Caleb Walker (193-G-89) of Naestved (#5). Walker scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Naestved, leading his team to a 97-78 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Horsholm (#7, 3-8). Naestved needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Walker has a great season in Denmark. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Richard Delk (193-G-86) of Vaerlose - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Joe Benjamin (200-F/C-83) of Naestved - 24 points and 6 rebounds
9. Axel Karason (194-SF-83) of Vaerlose - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Zarko Jukic (200-F-93) of Horsholm - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Rio Grande Valley Vipers add Machado to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Rio Grande Valley Vipers added to their roster 22-year old naturalized Brazilian point guard Scott Machado (185-82kg-90, college: Iona). He already started the season at Houston Rockets in the NBA. The last season Machado also played at Iona College. In 33 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games last year he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 9.9apg (leader !!!) and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected All-MAAC Player of the Year and voted to All-MAAC 1st Team and voted to NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team.
Machado just graduated from Iona College and it is his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fabricio Melo signs at Maine Red Claws - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maine Red Claws landed 22-year old Brazilian center Fabricio Melo (212-116kg-90, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Boston Celtics in the NBA. The last season Melo also played at Syracuse University. In 14 Big East Conference games last year he averaged 8.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.8bpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
This summer Melo was drafted by Drafted by? Boston Celtics (NBA) in first round (22nd overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his first season in pro basketball. Melo represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Guanare (Venezuela) five years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 2.4ppg, 3.2rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Kris Joseph joins Maine Red Claws - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maine Red Claws agreed terms with 24-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kris Joseph (200-100kg-88, college: Syracuse). He is a dual citizen owning also Trinidad and Tobago passport. Joseph just played at Boston Celtics in the NBA. But in only one game this season he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist. The last season he also played at Syracuse University. In 37 Big East Conference games last year he recorded 13.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Big East 1st Team and NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team.
This summer Joseph was drafted by Drafted by? Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his first season in pro basketball. Joseph was a member of Canadian Senior National Team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (0-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ariza's very good performance the Washington Wizards were badly defeated 92-76 on the road by the Charlotte Bobcats. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Ariza also added 6 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ariza has relatively good stats this year: 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3FGP: 27.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia was the major contributor in a Banvit BK's victory against the tenth-ranked Mersin (1-3) 71-60 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Mejia also added 7 assists in 30 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (4-1) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Mejia has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7% in the five games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 to win against the 15th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-6) crushing them 73-52 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Baez recorded 5 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (5-2) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Baez averages: 5.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. An experienced swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) was not able to help Strasbourg IG (4-2) in their game against Poitiers (2-4) in the French ProA. Greer scored 6 points in 27 minutes. Strasbourg IG lost 70-80 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#11) Poitiers. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. It's Greer's first season with the team. Greer is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). This year his overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.7rpg in the six games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

   #5. Former U17 international guard Rayner Moquete (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Binghamton in their last game on Sunday. Despite Moquete's good performance the Binghamton was defeated 58-49 at home by the Brown University. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Moquete has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team five years ago.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #6. Power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help the league outsider Assignia Manresa (0-7) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (4-3) in the Spanish ACB. Asselin recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was crushed 89-47 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked Regal FC (#9). So far Assignia Manresa lost all seven games in the Regular Season. Asselin's stats this season are: 10.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin is a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team six years ago. He used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a 3-point victory over the Indiana Pacers (3-5) 89-86 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Horford scored 16 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 3-3 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horford averages: 14.8ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.5apg in the six games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Strasbourg IG (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Greer's good performance Strasbourg IG was defeated 80-70 on the road by the much lower-ranked Poitiers (#11). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Greer also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Greer is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.3spg. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help FIATC Joventut (4-3) in their last game. Despite Quezada's good performance FIATC Joventut lost in an overtime 84-89 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Blancos de Rueda. He recorded 12 points in only a mere 14 minutes. Quezada has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0apg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Wollongong Hawks (5-1) in their game against Kings (4-4) in the Australian NBL. He scored 9 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). But Wollongong Hawks were defeated 65-51 in Sydney by the lower-ranked Kings (#4). It was Wollongong Hawks' first loss after five consecutive victories. Deleon is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). This season he has very high stats. Deleon averages: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg.

   #5. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) contributed to an Apollon Patras' victory against the closely-ranked Kolossos (3-2) 80-67 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. AS Apollon Patrasis placed sixth in the A1. This year Turner's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the five games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Sacramento Kings in their game against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Garcia scored only 2 points. His team were defeated 97-86 in the NBA. This season Garcia averages just 1.8ppg.

   #7. Tjoe de Paula (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie couldn't help Leeuwarden (3-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Leeuwarden lost 77-92 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#8) Weert. de Paula scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. de Paula has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg in the four games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Dutch.

   #8. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Detroit Pistons in their game against the Houston Rockets in the NBA. Villanueva cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. It was his first game for Detroit Pistons this season. His team were defeated 96-82 in the NBA. Villanueva holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Ruben Guillandeaux (198-G-88, college: La Salle, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help AEL in their game against AEK in the Cypriot Division A, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Guillandeaux scored 16 points and added 8 assists in 40 minutes. But his team lost 78-84. Guillandeaux is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.0apg. He also averaged so far 12.7ppg and 5.3rpg in the three games. Guillandeaux holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against G.Canaria 2014 in the Spanish ACB. Feldeine recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was crushed by 21 points 73-52. He has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Feldeine holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.



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

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Rudupis to a victory against the eighth-ranked Lietkabelis (2-3) 80-74 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Vene scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Rudupis Prienu (6-0) is placed first in the LKL. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 58.1%(25-43), 3FGP: 30.8% in the six games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague). Kangur contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia (1-4) crushing them 101-66 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (2-3) is placed fourth in group B. This season Kangur averages: 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 62.5% and FT: 91.7%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia). Sokk contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked TSU (1-3) crushing them 98-51 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points and added 9 passes in 19 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (3-0) is placed third in the Superleague. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Sokk's first year with the team. Sokk belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 7.3apg. This year his other stats are: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7spg, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 75.0% in the three games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Ex-Triobet/Dalkia player is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #4. Power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Cimberio Varese to win against the league outsider Angelico Biella (1-6) 77-60 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 2 points. Cimberio Varese (7-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Talts' overall stats this season are: 1.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help Palma (2-3) in their last game. Despite Veski's good performance Palma lost 72-86 at home to the lower-ranked (#9) Castello. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Veski also added 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Veski's overall stats are: 9.4ppg and 3.8rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #6. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania) contributed to U-Mobitelco's victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (2-5) 71-60 in the Romanian Division A on Thursday night. Hallik recorded only 2 points. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (5-2) is placed fourth in the Division A. Hallik's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Kent-Kaarel Vene
Kent-Kaarel Vene
   #7. U18 international shooting guard Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-94, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Zalgiris-Sabonio's victory against the tenth-ranked Delikatesas (5-5) 85-79 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Friday night's game. Vene scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras (6-4) is placed sixth in the NKL. This year Vene averages just 0.9ppg in the eight games. He is also Estonian U18 national team player.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga



Reimo Tamm claims Estonian KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Tarvas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Tarvas in his team's victory, helping them to beat TTU (#7, 2-3) 81-66. Tarvas maintains the 2nd position in Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Tamm had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Tamm has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.6ppg. Tamm is in league's top in assists (4th best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 3.1spg,54.7% FGP and 44.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev. Okoye impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Tln Kalev lost that game 58-68 to the higher-ranked Valga (#3, 5-4). This loss caused Tln Kalev to slide to the very bottom (9) position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Tln Kalev managed to get this year. Okoye is a newcomer at Tln Kalev 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 Tarvas' star - American Renato Lindmets (200-F-84). Lindmets scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Lindmets' great performance Tarvas lost 70-95 to #4 ranked Rapla. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Tarvas 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 2 lost games. Lindmets has a great season in Estonia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (3rd best). Renato Lindmets has also Estonian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maris Laksa (205-F-81) of Tarvas - 25 points and 3 rebounds
5. Rait-Riivo Laane (178-PG-93) of Rapla - 22 points and 8 assists
6. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Parnu - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Rait-Riivo Laane (178-PG-93) of Rapla - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga - 15 points and 7 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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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #1. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (4-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 68-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) CAI Zaragoza. Granger was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 assists in 30 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Granger's seventh year with the team. Granger has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg in the seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Granger went to the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.

Jeremy Allen
Jeremy Allen
   #2. Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU, currently plays in Cyprus) was the major contributor in Omonia's victory against the closely-ranked Etha (2-2) 94-90 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A last Saturday. Allen scored 25 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia (3-0) is placed second in the Division A. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Allen is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Allen averages: 27.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.0apg. Worth to mention Allen played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Last summer he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Helsinki.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #3. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a victory over the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (9-4) 100-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Dykes recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (8-5) is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in the 13 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Three years ago Dykes played at the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Christopher Hayes
Christopher Hayes
   #4. Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy, currently plays in Uruguay) led Aguada to a victory over the 13th-ranked Atletico Welcome (5-11) 72-63 in the Uruguayan LUB in Wednesday night's game. Hayes was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hayes also added 2 blocks. Atletico Aguadais placed first in Capital group. It's Hayes' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hayes averages: 17.9ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.9apg. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2009 he attended the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Team London.

Mike St.John
Mike St.John
   #5. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: La Salle, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Romanian team Gaz Metan to a 2-point victory over the 13th-ranked TU/Rock (5-11) 70-68 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. St.John was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points in 31 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (2-0) is placed first in group D. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year St.John has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

Vernon Goodridge
Vernon Goodridge
   #6. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Khimik (9-3) to beat DniproAzot (4-8). Goodridge recorded 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Khimik was defeated 83-78 on the road by the much lower-ranked DniproAzot (#10). It was Khimik's first loss after three consecutive victories. Goodridge's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9bpg. He attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #7. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (6-4) in their last game. Despite Bolds' very good performance BC Kolin lost 84-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Levharti Chomutov. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Bolds is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Bolds averages: 15.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.6apg and 2.5spg in the 10 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Warsaw at the ESL in Chicago in 2008.

Brad Reese
Brad Reese
   #8. Brad Reese (199-F-88, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BK Usti nad Labem (3-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Reese's very good performance BK Usti nad Labem was defeated 85-74 on the road by the much higher-ranked BK Decin (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 12 rebounds. Reese also added and 3 steals. Reese belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Reese averages: 18.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.6spg. He played last year at the ESL in Houston for Team Dubai.

Travis Gabbidon
Travis Gabbidon
   #9. Travis Gabbidon (201-F, college: UTSA, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Guerreros' victory against the league outsider Gigantes (2-20) 103-91 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night. Gabbidon had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 40 minutes. Guerreros de Guerroro Cumple (0-15) is placed fourth in the LNBP. Gabbidon belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 20.2ppg. This year his other stats are: 7.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in the 21 games he played so far. He attended in 2012 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Stephan Walton
Stephan Walton
   #10. Stephan Walton (178-G-87, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Canada) led Manitoba University to a victory over the Bobcats (1-3) 81-63 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Walton scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 6 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals. The Manitoba University has 2-2 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Walton belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Walton averages: 22.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg. Worth to mention Walton played also for Team Russia at the ESL in Atlanta two years ago.



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Regular Season Round 2 Full Recap - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Etha - Tofas 57-78
Tofas cruise to a big win in Nicosia in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. The Turkish side celebrated their first 78:57 victory for 1-1 record in Group A. The team from Cyprus meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Tofas erupted with 28-15 in the first period and never looked behind at the rest of the game. Both teams nailed 14 points each in the second frame for 42:29 guests' lead. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) opened the third period for 44:31 and then Nichols Austin brought 50:37 midway through the third quarter. Etha however reduced to 48:55 at the end of 30 minutes, but failed in the last stanza. Due to 23-9 the guests managed to escape with the easy win. Ukrainian naturalized Steven Burtt led the way with 23 points and Nichols Austin added 15. Elonu Chinemelu collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Geyik Samet had 9. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort, while Poole Donte poured in 10. Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) tossed in 9 and Bergstedt Jonas Zohore scored 8.

Karsiyaka - Krka 79-56
Karsiyaka leave no chances visiting Krka in Round 2 of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish side improved to 2-0 record in Group A after 79:56 win in Izmir. The Slovenian side meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record. Karsiyaka started the game with 15-14 and then needed 17-11 surge in the second frame for 32:25 at the halftime. Moreover the Turkish team posted another two victories in the second half for the total success. They won the third period 18-14 and finished the game with 29-17. Sonkol Umit paced all the winners with 16 points and Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) notched 12. Aminu Alade posted 11, whilst Kentli Ayhan Onur added 10. Edo Muric (202-F-91) finished the game with 17 points and Lorbek Domen brought 12. Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) and Lalic Jure followed them with 8 points apiece.

Group B
Keravnos - Kataja 72-67
Kataja lost the game in Cyprus in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. The team from Finland suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record. Keravnos meanwhile celebrated the first success. Keravnos opened the game with 18-16, but the guests enjoyed the lead at the halftime after 21-14 in the second period. Keravnos trailed in the whole third period before the final push. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-F/C-80) and Pilavas Andreas closed the frame at 49:48 and Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) finished the team's run at 54:48 early in the fourth period. Due to 23-19 the hosts managed to seal the important victory. Pilavas Andreas top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Bobby Maze nailed 12. Kinnard Lawrence delivered 9, while Panagiotis Trisokkas tossed in 8. Flowers Jonte ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) brought 12. Juho Nenonen (202-SF-87) chipped in 8 and Fields Jerald poured in 7.

Ploiesti - Krasnie Krilya 76-79
Krasnye Krylia stole the win from CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. The Russian team remained undefeated and improved to 2-0 record. The hosts dropped at 0-2 record in the competition. Krasnye Krylia scored 20 points in the first and then in the second quarters. It was enough to take 40:29 halftime advantage. Moreover the Russian team won the third period 29-24 as Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) scored for 69:53 at the end of the third period. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti erupted with 23-10 in the last stanza but could not catch up with the guests. Simmons Chester poured in 21 points to lead all the winners, while Aaron Miles netted 17. Thomas Omar scored 13 and Kolesnikov Evgeniy tossed in 10. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 19 points for the home side and Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) added 16. Burlacu Catalin notched 10, while Nyakundi Robert and Timermanis Ivars brought 9 apiece.

Group C
Pyrinto - Ventspils 74-89
BK Ventspils out-hassled Tampereen Pyrinto in Group C of EuroChallenge. The Latvian side took 2-0 record on top of the group after 89:74 victory. BK Ventspils won the opening period 26-16 and dominated the first half. They added 19-18 in the second frame and led 45:34 at the halftime. Tampereen Pyrinto was too far to give up and responded with 23-15 in the third quarter. Moreover Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) tied the game at 60:60 early in the last stanza. No matter how hard the hosts tried to win the game, they could not match the Latvian side in the last period. Zakis Ronalds paced all the winners with 20 points and Martins Meiers (208-C-91) netted 14. Campbell Folarin finished the game with 13, while Laksa Martins, Sims Donald and Berzins Arturs each tossed in 11 each. Kenneth Lowe erupted with 31 points in defeat, whilst Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo), Ulmer Lamonte and Lindbom Carl nailed 10 apiece.

Norrkoping - Sodertalje 64-62
Norrkoping Dolphins wins the Swedish battle in EuroChallenge against Sodertalje Kings. The hosts grabbed valuable 64:62 win for both 1-1 records. Sodertalje Kings won the season opener and looked great in the first half. They won the first period 14-9 and added 20-13 for 34:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Borg Tobias brought 44:31 early in the third quarter but the victory ran away from them. Norrkoping Dolphins reduced to 8 points at the end of the third period when James Hughes (211-C-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Illinois) closed the frame at 39:47. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) scored for 52:40 with 9 minutes to go, but Ringstrom tied the game at 58:58. He also brought the last points for the final success. Ayuba Oladapo top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Jeromanovs Edgars notched 10. Saks Anton delivered 9, whilst James Hughes had 8. Borg Tobias notched 19 and Bizaca Toni brought 14. Kenneth Simms scored 9, whilst Pita Dino tossed in 7.

Group D
TU/Rock - Gaz Metan 68-70
Gaz Metan enjoyed the narrow win in Tartu in Group D of EuroChallenge. The Romanian team needed a 70:68 victory to share the top with the Ukrainian Khimik with 2-0 records. Tartu Ulikool meanwhile lost their second consecutive win. It was a real thriller in the court. The Romanian side took 1-point lead at the end of the first period, but Tartu Ulikool grabbed 33:29 at the halftime. Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) later tied the game at 34:34 and Graham Paul made the same at 41:41. St.John Mike nailed three at the end of the third quarter for 52:49 advantage. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) scored for 65:65 with less than 2 minutes to go, but his side could not win. Ivanovic posted two free throws at the end of the game for the final 70:67 win. St.John Mike top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Deven Mitchell notched 16. Graham Paul delivered 9, while Nicoara Titus and Dundjerski Slobodan added 8 apiece. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) replied with 15 points in the losing case, while Justin Ingram followed him with 14. Kristo Saage (185-PG-85) tossed in 11 and Toome Joosep added 8.

Dijon - Khimik 73-76
Khimik surprise Dijon in France to remain undefeated in EuroChallenge. The Ukrainian side grabbed 76:73 win for 2-0 record in Group D. The French side fell at 0-2 record. It all looked well for the home side early in the game when they won the first period 19-14. Dijon added 23-20 in the second frame but failed in the second half. The Ukrainian team responded with 21-17 in the third period for 59:55 after 30 minutes. They finished their run at 61:59 as Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) nailed three for the desirable lead. Deane Willie made two free throws at the end of the game and then Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84) made a dunk to close the game. Deane Willie stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Zavadsky Stanislav netted 14. Devoe Joseph poured in 12, whilst Vitaliy Kovalenko scored 10. Moss Zach delivered 14 points in the losing effort and Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fair Dickinson) scored 12. Leloup Jeremy ended up with 11 points, whilst Campbell and Prenom Ferdinand brought 9 apiece.

Group E
Paris-Levallois - M.Hainaut 84-86
Mons-Hainaut needs overtime to outgun Paris-Levallois in one of the most interesting games of Round 2 in EuroChallenge. The Belgium team won 86:84 and tied both records at 1-1. Paris-Levallois grabbed 23-16 lead at the end of the first period, but could taste only 1-point lead at the halftime. Guy Muya (190-PG-83, agency: TSS Management) and Bostic Josh nailed three-pointer each for 41:40 at the end of 20 minutes. Paris-Levallois looked better in the third quarter and led 58:56 after it. They allowed however the opponents to tie the game at the end of the fourth period when Guy Muya closed the period at 71:71. In overtime Mons-Hainaut scored the last six points from the free throw line and won the thriller. Taylor Quincy erupted with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, while Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bostic Josh posted 14, while Guy Muya notched 13 and Randle Monwell added 10. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) answered with 22 points in defeat and Albicy Andrew poured in 21 points. Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) delivered 12, whilst N'Doye Maleye had 10.

Aalstar - Pitesti 99-68
Aalstar rolled over Pitesti in Belgium for 2-0 record in Group E. The hosts won 99:68 to keep the Romanian side winless. Aalstar started with 25-14 and won all other quarters as well. They produced 25-20 in the second frame for 50:34 halftime advantage. Hartsock opened the third period for 52:34 and Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) delivered for 63:46. Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) closed the quarter from the three-point line for 79:54 after three quarters. Aalstar's goal was to score three digit in the game as they were within one successful shot within 2 minutes. Van Langenhove managed however to score one point from the free throw line as the host were satisfied with 99:68 win. Tofi John stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Ryan Thompson notched 15. Raivio Derek delivered 14, whilst Jason Clark posted 13. Barac Pankracije ended up with 23 points in defeat and Albijanic Drasko poured in 16. Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) brought 14 and Jones Marcel delivered 10.

Group F
EWE Baskets - Timisoara 84-67
EWE Baskets improved to 2-0 record in Group F after a home victory over Timisoara. The Romanian team tried hard to follow the home team, but failed with 67:84 loss. Timisoara jumped out to a 7-1 lead but that was soon erased by the hosts who then just kept on going, reeling off eight straight to take an early 17-9 lead. EWE Baskets won the first period 27-16 and led 10 points at the halftime. Moreover the German machine posted 15-9 in the third frame and enjoyed 62:46 after three quarters. Another 22-21 in the last stanza saw the hosts celebrating the second consecutive win. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) added 13. Smeulders Robin poured in 12, whilst Wysocki Konrad had 11. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Archie Dominique had 14. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) added 10, while Popescu Bogdan notched 9.

Kormend - Szolnok 92-96
Szolnok wins all-Hungarian clash in EuroChallenge Round 2. The team overcame the rivals Kormend 96:92 as Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) erupted with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Szolnok opened the game with 28-19 and added 23-18 before the halftime. The guests enjoyed 51:29 lead at the end of the second period, but Ferencz closed the half at 51:37. Szolnok also won the third period 26-23 and increased to 77:60, but they could hardly keep the victory. Vincent Simpson (185-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Hampton) and Shaw Matt reduced to 84:82 with 3 minutes to go. Ferencz's shot later kept the difference at three, while Rujak scored for the final result. Horvath Akos scored 21 points for the winners and Kalve Ernests brought 15. Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: Court Side) and Gay Brandon had 8 points each. Shaw Matt ended up with 25 points, whilst Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) posted 20. Rujak Andras nailed 19 and Vincent Simpson added 17.

Group G
Nancy - Gravelines 68-80
Gravelines won over the French neighbours in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. Gravelines improved to 2-0 record in Group G after the road 80:68 win. Both teams started well before Sommerville Marcellus brought 18:10 midway through the first period. Grant closed the quarter at 23:10 and Pope nailed three for 30:14. Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) kept the lead at 44:30, but his team could not win the game. Gravelines needed massive 20-8 surge to tie the game at 52:52. Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) and M'Baye Abdoulaye gave the guests 57:62 lead early in the fourth stanza as the latter never looked behind after. Due to 28-16 in the period they celebrated an important road win. Buycks Dwight top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) added 11 points and 13 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85), Noel David, Aldo Curti and M'Baye Abdoulaye posted 9 points each. Sommerville Marcellus finished the game with 18, while Torrell Martin had 17.

Tsmoki-Minsk - Apollon 93-62
Tsmoki-Minsk roll over Apollon in the capital of the country for 1-1 record in EuroChallenge. The Belarus team needed 93:62 win for the initial success. The team from Cyprus meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Supported by more than 4000 local fans, Tsmoki-Minsk started with 19-13 in the first period. They scored another 19 points in the second frame and led 38:29 at the halftime. Moreover the hosts increased the lead to another 10 points after 29-19 in the third quarter. Another 26-14 in the last stanza gave them the final 93:62 victory. Smith JaJuan top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) notched 20. Lashkevich Aliaksei delivered 12, while Trastsinetski Aliaksei posted 10. Brown Brandon replied with 24 points in the losing effort and Dorsey MaJic tossed in 10. Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) scored 8, whilst Kapelan Diego added 7.

Group H
Telekom Baskets - Hapoel Holon 85-78
Telekom Baskets trounce Hapoel Holon at the end of the second round in EuroChallenge. The German side won 85:78 and improved to 2-0 record in Group H. The team from Israel suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record. Telekom Baskets started well and took 25-17 after the first period. They added 23-16 in the second frame and had 48:33 advantage at the halftime. However, the hosts lost their way momentarily, allowing their hosts to score 21 points in the back end of the quarter to have their lead cut to 11 going into the final stanza. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) reduced to 71:62 early in the fourth and Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) scored for 75:71. Telekom Baskets did not allow the guests to come closer and won the game by 7 points. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Weems Kyle posted 17. Ensminger Chris notched 12 and Ewing Patrick scored 10. Frank Hassell answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Tyler Smith posted 17. Dyson Jerome delivered 16, whilst Hill Lawrence notched 14.

Armia - Antwerp 71-80
Antwerp stole the win from Tbilisi and 5000 fans who came to support local Armia. The Belgian side won 80:71 in EuroChallenge Group H and improved to 1-1 record. The hosts fell at 0-2 record in the group. Armia started with 16-15 and looked better in the first half. They added 22-19 in the second frame as Millage Curtis closed the half at 38:34. The third quarter however belonged to the visiting side. Moors Roel gave the guests 39:38 lead and then Love brought 54:52 advantage at the end of the third period. Antwerp never looked behind after that and managed to increase the lead at 9 points. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) made two free throws at the end of the game for the final result. Bryan Hopkins top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Biggs Ralph nailed 14. Moors Roel poured in 13, whilst Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) had 8. Millage Curtis ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, while Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) collected 20 points and 13 rebounds. Faison Marcus scored 11 and Parghalava Lasha tossed in 9.



EuroChallenge round 2 best performance: Marton Bader - by Eurobasket News

Center Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Szolnok, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Kormend (#4, 0-2) 96-92. Szolnok is placed at 2nd position in EuroChallenge group F. Szolnok is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Bader has many years of experience at Szolnok, through which he has constantly improved. Marton Bader has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.5ppg. Bader is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.5rpg) and averages impressive 65.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto. Lowe had a very good evening with 31 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Pyrinto lost that game 74-89 to Ventspils (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Lowe is one of the most experienced players at Pyrinto and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#8).

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Apollon (#4). Brown scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown's great performance Apollon lost 62-93 to Tsmoki-Minsk. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Apollon can only dream about fighting for top spots in group G. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Brown he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brown has individually a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (4th best). Brown attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84) of Telekom Baskets - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of M.Hainaut - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of Armia - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Andras Rujak (187-G-88) of Kormend - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) of Gravelines - 11 points, 13 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)


Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Karsiyaka 2-0 
 2. Krka 1-1 
 3. Tofas 1-1 
 4. Etha 0-2 
Group B
 1. Krasnie Krilya 2-0 
 2. Keravnos 1-1 
 3. Kataja 1-1 
 4. Ploiesti 0-2 
Group C
 1. Ventspils 2-0 
 2. Norrkoping 1-1 
 3. Sodertalje 1-1 
 4. Pyrinto 0-2 
Group D
 1. Gaz Metan 2-0 
 2. Khimik 2-0 
 3. Dijon 0-2 
 4. TU/Rock 0-2 
Group E
 1. Aalstar 2-0 
 2. M.Hainaut 1-1 
 3. Paris-Levallois 1-1 
 4. Pitesti 0-2 
Group F
 1. EWE Baskets 2-0 
 2. Szolnok 1-1 
 3. Timisoara 1-1 
 4. Kormend 0-2 
Group G
 1. Gravelines 2-0 
 2. Nancy 1-1 
 3. Tsmoki-Minsk 1-1 
 4. Apollon 0-2 
Group H
 1. Telekom Baskets 2-0 
 2. Antwerp 1-1 
 3. Hapoel Holon 1-1 
 4. Armia 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

E

Nov. 13: Aalstar - Pitesti 99-68

G

Nov. 13: Tsmoki-Minsk - Apollon 93-62

F

Nov. 13: Kormend - Szolnok 92-96

H

Nov. 14: Telekom Baskets - Hapoel Holon 85-78

E

Nov. 13: Paris-Levallois - M.Hainaut 84-86

F

Nov. 13: EWE Baskets - Timisoara 84-67

A

Nov. 13: Karsiyaka - Krka 79-56

B

Nov. 14: Ploiesti - Krasnie Krilya 76-79

C

Nov. 13: Pyrinto - Ventspils 74-89

D

Nov. 13: Dijon - Khimik 73-76

B

Nov. 14: Keravnos - Kataja 72-67

H

Nov. 13: Armia - Antwerp 71-80

G

Nov. 13: Nancy - Gravelines 68-80

D

Nov. 13: TU/Rock - Gaz Metan 68-70

C

Nov. 13: Norrkoping - Sodertalje 64-62

A

Nov. 13: Etha - Tofas 57-78

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Nov. 20: Etha - Karsiyaka
Nov. 20: Tofas - Krka

B

Nov. 20: Kataja - Krasnie Krilya
Nov. 21: Keravnos - Ploiesti

C

Nov. 20: Sodertalje - Ventspils
Nov. 21: Norrkoping - Pyrinto

D

Nov. 20: Tartu Ulikool - Dijon
Nov. 20: Gaz Metan - Khimik

E

Nov. 20: Pitesti - M.Hainaut
Nov. 20: Aalstar - Paris-Levallois

F

Nov. 20: Timisoara - Szolnok
Nov. 21: EWE Baskets - Kormend

G

Nov. 20: Tsmoki-Minsk - Nancy
Nov. 20: Apollon - Gravelines

H

Nov. 20: Telekom Baskets - Armia
Nov. 21: Hapoel Holon - Antwerp


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Bader, Szolnok24.5 
 2. Brown, Apollon24.5 
 3. Simmons, Krasnie22.5 
 4. Millage, Armia22.0 
 5. Harris, Dijon22.0 
 6. Shaw, Kormend21.5 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp21.0 
 8. Lowe, Pyrinto20.0 
 9. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.0 
 10. Ingram, TU/Rock19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.5 
 2. Elonu, Tofas13.0 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto11.0 
 4. Brown, Apollon10.5 
 5. Wilson, Armia10.5 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje10.5 
 7. Bader, Szolnok10.5 
 8. Vaughn, Keravnos10.0 
 9. Camara, Gravelines9.5 
 10. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.9.0 
 2. Jordan, Telekom8.0 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets7.5 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.7.0 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut7.0 
 6. Dixon, Karsiyaka6.5 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto6.5 
 8. Demertzis, Kerav.6.5 
 9. Diot, Paris-Levall.6.5 
 10. Moors, Antwerp6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antoine DIOT
  Paris-Levallois
  (191-PG-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Diot, Paris-Levall.5.0 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut3.5 
 3. Flowers, Kataja3.5 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.3.5 
 5. Muric, Krka3.0 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos3.0 
 7. Millage, Armia3.0 
 8. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 9. Lowe, Pyrinto2.5 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos3.0 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik2.5 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.0 
 4. Wilson, Armia2.0 
 5. Love, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Vasiliev, Krasni.2.0 
 7. Aminu, Karsiyaka2.0 
 8. Fields, Kataja1.5 
 9. Toome, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Biggs, Antwerp1.5 


EuroChallenge: easy win for Okapi over Pitesti in Group E - by Bert Larsimont

Generali Okapi Aalstar leads Group E of the EuroChallenge after their triumph over BCMU Pitesti on Tuesday night.

The Romanians played without Octavian Calota (186-PG-84). In the first quarter, Okapi center John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) was well present in the paint. The local team quickly took a large lead while only three players scored for the visitors.

After a few turnovers by the hosts, BCMU came closer: 26-20 on a lay-up by Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86). Nevertheless, the Okapis finished the second quarter strongly and led 50-34 at half-time.

The hosts kept the same rhythm in the third quarter and even made the show for the local supporters. Coach Brad Dean could make some substitutions in the last quarter in order to preserve some of his key players in view of the Ethias League shock against Telenet Oostende to be played at the Forum in Aalst next Friday. Dean's players literally dominated the game from start to finish. BCM U Pitesti's shooters had a hard time hitting shots from long range (three-point average: 2/13, 15.4%) while Okapi players were pretty efficient from behind the three-point line (6/9, 66.7%). The hosts, with big men like Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan), John Tofi and Noah Hartsock (203-F, college: BYU) also outrebounded the losing side 38-20 in this game.

Special mentions to John Tofi who had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in this game for Okapi Aalstar and Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points and had 2 steals for BCMU Pitesti.


With a record of 2 wins after 2 games played, Okapi Aalstar takes the lead in Group E. Belfius Mons Hainaut defeated Paris Levallois after overtime (84-86) in the other game of the group this week.

Score evolution: 25-14, 50-34, 79-54 and 99-68.
Best scorers:
Okapi: A. Steinbach 5, D. Raivio 14, J. Tofi 16, L. Anderson 8, S. Clark 13, K. Baeyens 2, H. Van Langenhove 3, T. Dreesen 5, R. Thompson 15, N. Hartsock 10, C. Young 8.
BCMU: D. Kinloch 14, P. Barac 23, M. Jones 10, S. Popovic 1, A. Gennie 4, D. Albijanic 16.

(Sources: www.okapiaalstar.be and www.fibaeurope.com)



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  EUROCUP   


McKee number one in Eurocup for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Triumph, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Art.Dragons (#4, 0-2) in overtime 84-79. It allowed Triumph to consolidate first place in the Eurocup group C. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Triumph won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's McKee's second year at Triumph and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Coppin State College star has very solid stats this year. McKee is in league's top in points (9th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Dominican Rep. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of league's second-best Banvit BK. Mejia had a very good evening with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Banvit BK to another comfortable win 101-82 over s.Oliver Baskets (1-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Mejia is a newcomer at Banvit BK, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Brian Asbury (200-SF-86) of Cajasol (#4). Asbury scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Asbury's great performance Cajasol lost 93-95in overtime to Crvena Zvezda. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Cajasol can only dream about fighting for top spots in group H. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Asbury has individually a great season in Eurocup. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Easley (206-F-87) of Banco di Sard. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Caleb Green (203-F-85) of Orleans - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Craig Smith (201-F-83) of Hapoel J-M - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86) of Lokomotiv - 29 points and 5 rebounds
8. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89) of Ratiopharm - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81) of Le Mans - 22 points and 4 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

Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. CEZ Nymburk 2-0 
 2. Budivelnyk 1-1 
 3. Rudupis 1-1 
 4. Hapoel J-M 0-2 
Group B
 1. Gescrap BB 2-0 
 2. Buducnost 1-1 
 3. Lukoil Academik 1-1 
 4. Spirou 0-2 
Group C
 1. Triumph 2-0 
 2. Le Mans 1-1 
 3. VEF Riga 1-1 
 4. Art.Dragons 0-2 
Group D
 1. Valencia 2-0 
 2. Banvit BK 1-1 
 3. s.Oliver Baskets 1-1 
 4. Azovmash 0-2 
Group E
 1. Galatasaray 2-0 
 2. Lokomotiv 2-0 
 3. BC Donetsk 0-2 
 4. Trefl Sopot 0-2 
Group F
 1. Unics 2-0 
 2. Oostende 1-1 
 3. Stelmet ZG 1-1 
 4. Panionios 0-2 
Group G
 1. Ratiopharm 2-0 
 2. Spartak SP 2-0 
 3. Cholet 0-2 
 4. Cibona 0-2 
Group H
 1. Crvena Zvezda 2-0 
 2. Orleans 1-1 
 3. Banco di Sard. 1-1 
 4. Cajasol 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

E

Nov. 14: Lokomotiv - Trefl Sopot 99-79

H

Nov. 14: Cajasol - Crvena Zvezda 93-95 OT
Nov. 14: Orleans - Banco di Sard. 88-75

C

Nov. 14: Triumph - Art.Dragons 84-79 OT

A

Nov. 14: Budivelnyk - Rudupis 84-57

F

Nov. 14: Unics - Oostende 83-72

G

Nov. 14: Ratiopharm - Cibona 83-68

C

Nov. 13: VEF Riga - Le Mans 80-89

B

Nov. 14: Buducnost - Lukoil Academik 75-72

E

Nov. 14: Galatasaray - BC Donetsk 72-68

D

Nov. 14: Azovmash - Valencia 70-76

F

Nov. 14: Panionios - Stelmet ZG 70-76

A

Nov. 14: Hapoel J-M - CEZ Nymburk 69-86

B

Nov. 13: Spirou - Gescrap BB 69-85

G

Nov. 14: Spartak SP - Cholet 69-60

D

Nov. 14: Banvit BK - s.Oliver Baskets 101-82

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Nov. 20: Rudupis - CEZ Nymburk
Nov. 20: Hapoel J-M - Budivelnyk

B

Nov. 20: Lukoil Academik - Gescrap BB
Nov. 20: Spirou - Buducnost

C

Nov. 20: VEF Riga - Triumph
Nov. 20: Art.Dragons - Le Mans

D

Nov. 20: Banvit BK - Azovmash
Nov. 20: Valencia - s.Oliver Baskets

E

Nov. 20: Lokomotiv - Galatasaray
Nov. 20: BC Donetsk - Trefl Sopot

F

Nov. 20: Oostende - Stelmet ZG
Nov. 20: Panionios - Unics

G

Nov. 20: Cibona - Cholet
Nov. 20: Spartak SP - Ratiopharm

H

Nov. 20: Crvena Zvezda - Banco di Sard.
Nov. 20: Orleans - Cajasol


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Cajasol
  (200-SF-86)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Asbury, Cajasol22.5 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena22.0 
 3. Baron, Lokomotiv21.5 
 4. Karasev, Triumph21.0 
 5. Thornton, Banco d.21.0 
 6. Curry, BC Donetsk20.0 
 7. Green, Orleans20.0 
 8. Anderson, s.Oliv.19.5 
 9. McKee, Triumph19.0 
 10. Walsh, Spirou19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleks MARIC
  Lokomotiv
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Maric, Lokomotiv11.0 
 2. Hervelle, Gescr.9.5 
 3. Milosevic, Buducno.9.0 
 4. Easley, Banco d.9.0 
 5. Urbutis, Rudupis8.5 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK8.0 
 7. Kahudi, Le Mans8.0 
 8. Harris, Azovmash7.5 
 9. Green, Orleans7.5 
 10. Beverley, Spart.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 2. Zisis, Gescrap BB7.5 
 3. Pavkovic, CEZ N.6.5 
 4. Everett, Cholet6.0 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.5.0 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis5.0 
 7. Greer, Azovmash5.0 
 8. Katnic, Oostende5.0 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.0 
 10. Eidson, Unics5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Unics
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Chatman, Unics3.5 
 2. Mejia, Banvit BK3.0 
 3. McKee, Triumph3.0 
 4. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.0 
 5. Benda, CEZ Nymburk2.5 
 6. Green, Orleans2.5 
 7. Lucas, Banvit BK2.0 
 8. Satoransky, Cajasol2.0 
 9. Stojanovski, BC Do.2.0 
 10. Hosley, Stelmet2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keaton NANKIVIL
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nankivil, Ratiopha.2.0 
 2. Watkins, Lukoil A.2.0 
 3. Fischer, BC Donet.1.5 
 4. Balvin, Cajasol1.5 
 5. Pietrus, Valencia1.5 
 6. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.0 
 7. Landry, Triumph1.0 
 8. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 9. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 10. Marcinkovic, Cibo.1.0 


Day 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Hapoel J-M - CEZ Nymburk 69-86
Nymburk completed a successful trip to the Israel tonight. The Czech champions shot down Hapoel Jerusalem on the road to celebrate the second straight EuroCup victory. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors. Nymburk made sure they enjoyed a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Jerusalem cut the deficit in the second term. The hosts got within two points at halftime 35:37. Nymburk stepped on the gas in the third term. The Czech side exploded with 25 points to open a 7-point lead with ten minutes to go. Nymburk stayed in control throughout the final period. The visitors nailed 24 points and cruised to the victory. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) notched 16 points, while Lukas Palyza and Radoslav Rancik added 12 points each for the winners. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 23 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen netted 14 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk - Rudupis 84-57
Budivelnyk opened win count in EuroCup season. The Ukrainian team overcame Rudupis at home court to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) provided 16 points for the winners. Rudupis ensured a strong start to the clash. The Lithuanian team pulled ahead to establish a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. But Budivelnyk made necessary arrangements in the first break and stiffened their defence. The hosts limited Prienai to just 20 points in the next two quarters to surge ahead. Budivelnyk secured a 55:42 lead with one quarter to go. Budivelnyk erupted for 29 points in the final ten minutes to clinch an important home win. Malcolm Delaney finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85, college: Midland CC) answered with 15 points for Prienai. Gintaras Kadziulis netted 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Spirou - Gescrap BB 69-85
Gescrap Bilbao posted the second win in EuroCup regular season. The Spanish team surprised Belgacom Spirou in Belgium today. The Basque team improved at 2-0 record on top of Group B. Spirou fell at 0-2 record. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Gescrap Bilbao enjoyed a 23:17 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The Spaniards arrived at halftime up by 7 points 41:34. The third term became disastrous for the hosts. Spirou conceded a 12:27 rally from the visitors to trail by as many as 22 points at the final intermission. Spirou cut the deficit in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) posted 14 points each for Gescrap Bilbao. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) answered with 26 points for Spirou. Derrick Allen chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Buducnost - Lukoil Academik 75-72
Buducnost opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin champions toppled Lukoil in Podgorica for 1-1 record in Group B. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) was responsible for 16 points in the victory. Buducnost led by four points 23:19 after ten minutes. Lukoil however erased the deficit in the second frame. The Bulgarian team tied the score at 43 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Buducnost and Lukoil entered the fourth frame tied at 60. But Buducnost capitalized on some late errors from Lukoil to surge ahead. The hosts hung on to win the battle. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 15 points, while Dusko Bunic added 14 points for Buducnost. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) responded with 15 points for Lukoil. Darryl Watkins finished with 14 points in the loss.

Group C
VEF Riga - Le Mans 80-89
Le Mans opened EuroCup win count. The French team overcame VEF Riga in the Latvian capital tonight. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group C. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) paced Le Mans with 22 points. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. The situation hardly changed in the second quarter. The teams exchanged baskets arriving at halftime tied at 42. Le Mans put their noses in front in the third term. The visitors knocked down 24 points in the third quarter to gain a 4-point lead at the final intermission. Le Mans exploded with 23 points in the final frame and hung on to clinch the victory. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) and Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) provided 13 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kristaps Janicenoks chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Triumph - Art.Dragons 84-79 OT
Triumph registered the second victory in EuroCup Group C. They overcame Artland Dragons in overtime. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. The Dragons suffered the second loss in a row. Triumph enjoyed a 21:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Artland cut the deficit in the second frame. The German team got within 4 points at the interval 38:34. The Dragons took over in the third quarter. The visitors ignited a 20:9 rally to ensure a 7-point lead before the final term. But Triumph refused to surrender. The Russian team exploded with 25 points in the fourth term and forced the game into overtime. Triumph carried the momentum into the extra period and sealed the victory in overtime. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 15 points, while Artem Kuzyakin added 14 points for the hosts. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) and Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) had 19 points each for the Dragons. Bryce Taylor chipped in 18 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.

Group D
Banvit BK - s.Oliver Baskets 101-82
Banvit overcame a slow start to knock down s.Oliver Baskets for the opening win in EuroCup season. The Turkish team was paced by 23 points from Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul). Wuerzburg slipped at 1-1 record after the loss. The visitors started the game aggressively. The German team accounted for a 32:22 lead at the first intermission. Banvit lived up to the challenge and answered with a 32-point haul in the second term. The hosts denied the deficit and posted a 54:50 lead into the second half. Banvit stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish ensured a 76:71 lead at the final intermission. Banvit kept s.Oliver Baskets at bay in the fourth quarter and breezed to the victory. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) netted 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Kalin Lucas added 14 points in the winning case. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) responded with 20 points for s.Oliver Baskets. Jimmy McKinney netted 13 points in the loss.

Azovmash - Valencia 70-76
Valencia clinched the second straight win at EuroCup regular season. The Spanish team overcame Azovmash in Mariupol to stay on top of Group D. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 points each to lead the visitors. Azovmash are now at 0-2 record in the ladder. Azovmash looked confident from the starting moments. The hosts piled up a 23:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Valencia stopped the rot in the second quarter. The Spanish team cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 40 at the interval. Valencia surged ahead in the third quarter. The visitors unloaded 24 points and accumulated a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Azovmash managed to get within 4 points 70:74 late in the regulation before Quinn sealed the victory for Valencia with a bucket. Florent Pietrus accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Pecherov answered with 18 points for Azovmash. Ivan Paunic (194-SG-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.

Group E
Galatasaray - BC Donetsk 72-68
Galatasaray clinched the second EuroCup win. They held off visiting BC Donetsk to stay undefeated in Group E. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) accounted for 22 points to lead the winners. BC Donetsk are now at 0-2 record. BC Donetsk looked the better side in the first term. The Ukrainian team posted an 18:14 lead after the opening frame. Galatasaray however responded with a 25:15 run in the second quarter. The hosts surged ahead for a 6-point halftime advantage. Galatasaray stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish team arrived at the final break up by 9 points 56:47. BC Donetsk cut the margin in the final minutes but Galatasaray survived the challenge and got away as winners. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) posted 13 points, while Ersin Dagli had 12 points for Galatasaray. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 17 points for BC Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv - Trefl Sopot 99-79
Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 29 points as Lokomotiv rallied to the second straight win in EuroCup season. The Krasnodar team overcame visiting Trefl Sopot for 2-0 record in Group F. Trefl Sopot suffered the second straight defeat. Lokomotiv unloaded 27 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 5-point lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Lokomotiv ensured a 49:39 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot cut the margin in the third term. The visitors got within 9 points at the final intermission. But Lokomotiv quickly picked up the tempo and went on to score 34 points in the final period clinching the victory. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) finished with 16 points, while Maxim Grigoryev added 14 points for Lokomotiv. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) answered with 15 points for Trefl Sopot. Filip Dylewicz netted 13 points in the loss.

Group F
Panionios - Stelmet ZG 70-76
Stelmet Zielona Gora claimed the first EuroCup win this season. They knocked down Panionios on the road to improve at 1-1 record in Group F. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) came up with 19 points to pace the visitors. Zielona Gora went on a 12:0 run in the opening quarter to clear off. The Polish team posted a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Panionios faced a 23:42 halftime deficit. Panionios improved their performance in the second half. The Greek team cut the deficit at 13-point mark with one quarter to go. The Hellenes trimmed the distance at 5 points with three minutes remaining. However Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley knocked down crucial baskets late in regulation to seal the victory for the visitors. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Quinton Hosley chipped in 14 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Zielona Gora. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90) answered with 16 points for Panionios. Christopher Booker produced 14 points in the losing case.

Unics - Oostende 83-72
Unics registered the second straight win at the start of EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Oostende in Kazan tonight. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts. Oostende fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Unics stormed into the game. They accounted for a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. the hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Unics accumulated a 48:34 halftime advantage. The Kazan team kept Oostende at bay throughout the third quarter. The Russian powerhouse entered the final period up by 18 points 70:52. Oostende narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not challenge the deficit. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) delivered 18 points, Vladimir Veremeenko added 14 points for Unics. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) answered with 15 points for Oostende. Dusan Katnic and Dusan Djordjevic netted 11 points each in the loss.

Group G
Spartak SP - Cholet 69-60
Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the second consecutive EuroCup win. They shot down visiting Cholet behind 21 points from Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas). Spartak improved at 2-0 record, while dropping Cholet at 0-2 in Group G. Cholet got to a slightly better start. The French team surged ahead for a 13:8 lead after ten minutes. Spartak adjusted their offensive schemes and cut the margin at single point 31:32 at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Cholet however managed to ensure a one-point lead at the final intermission. But the fourth term belonged fully to Spartak. The hosts went on a 22:12 run and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 11 points apiece for the winners. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) answered with 15 points for Cholet. Terrell Everett netted 14 points in the defeat.

Ratiopharm - Cibona 83-68
Ratiopharm Ulm entertained the home crowd with a comfortable EuroCup win tonight. They rallied past Cibona to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Cibona are now at 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) posted 22 points to lead the winners. Ratiopharm Ulm exploded with 28 points in the first quarter to clear off. Ulm added 22 points in the second term to accumulate a 50:34 halftime advantage. Cibona slowed the home team down in the third quarter. The Croatian team trimmed the margin to 14 points at the final intermission. But Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for the visitors in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Daniel Theis and Keaton Nankivil netted 13 points each in the win. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) had 18 points for Cibona. Davor Kus netted 14 points in the loss.

Group H
Orleans - Banco di Sard. 88-75
Orleans celebrated the opening win at EuroCup regular season. The French team shot down Banco di Sardegna Sassari at home court. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group H. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) orchestrated the victory scoring 23 points and pulling down 8 rebounds for Orleans. The Italian team grabbed a 25:22 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Orleans quickly responded and denied the deficit in the second term. The hosts secured a 46:41 lead at the interval. Pellin and Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86, college: Maryland) opened a 10-point lead 62:52 for the home side. Sassari refused to give in. The visitors cut the deficit at just three points 70:73 midway through the final term. But Orleans ignited a 10:0 run and cleared off for good. Bambale Osby delivered 15 points, while Fernando Raposo Laurencio contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for Orleans. Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.) answered with 20 points and 13 boards for Sassari. Marvis Thornton had 16 points in the loss.

Cajasol - Crvena Zvezda 93-95 OT
Crvena Zvezda improved at 2-0 record in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian powerhouse upset Cajasol in Seville today. The teams went an extra mile before figuring out winner. Crvena Zvezda snatched a narrow victory in overtime. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) unloaded 25 points to lead the winners. Cajasol enjoyed a 20:17 lead at the first break. But Crvena Zvezda surged ahead in the second term to secure a 33:30 halftime advantage. The Serbian team cleared off in the third quarter. They seemed en route to the victory posting a 59:45 advantage into the fourth period. But Cajasol dropped impressive 38 points in the quarter and forced overtime. Subotic and Igor Rakocevic scored from the penalty line in the crucial seconds to bring Crvena Zvezda to the victory. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points, while DeMarcus Nelson added 15 points for the visitors. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) topscored with 26 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky netted 21 points in the loss.



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Korisliiga Round 11 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in Lahti supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (8-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Namika Lahti (3-7). Loimaan Korikonkarit smashed Namika Lahti 83-58 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Loimaan Korikonkarit. Namika Lahti managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Namika Lahti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Matti Nuutinen (200-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Louis Johnson (206-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Namika Lahti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-2 record behind leader Pyrinto. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#12) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Namika Lahti will play on the road against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Kouvot (5-5) played at the court of seventh ranked LrNMKY (6-4). LrNMKY managed to secure a 8-point victory 112-104. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory scoring 46 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Matthew Gibson helped adding 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) responded with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). LrNMKY moved-up to fifth place, which they share with KTP. Kouvot at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 11 Kauhajoki beat Lapua on the road 79-69. Bottom-ranked Korihait lost to Salon Vilpas on its own court 83-89.


Lapua - Kauhajoki 69-79

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (7-3) beat on the road 11th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (2-8) 79-69. The game without a history. Kauhajoen Karhu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Lapuan Korikobrat's 32. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 19 Lapuan Korikobrat turnovers. It was a great evening for American power forward Tremaine Ford (206-86, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The former international Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Dominique Coleman (190-84, college: Colorado) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to third place, which they share with Kataja. Lapuan Korikobrat lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted Lapuan Korikobrat keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against KTP-Basket (#5) in Kotka in the next round. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: T.Ford 18+12reb, J.Bullock 14+2reb, G.Watson 13+5reb+2ast, H.Hirvikoski 12+3reb+1ast, M.Ojala 6+2reb+1ast, J.Eskola 6+2ast
Lapua: S.Haanpaa 17+12reb+3ast, D.Coleman 13+5reb+2ast, C.Commons 12+4reb+2ast, A.Huuskonen 11, J.Turja 6+2reb+1ast, D.Tolbert 5+6reb+2ast
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Korihait - Salon Vilpas 83-89

Rather expected game when 12th ranked UU-Korihait (2-9) lost to ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (3-7) in Uusikaupunki 83-89. UU-Korihait was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 27-17 third quarter run of Salon Vilpas. It was a great evening for American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Eero Lehtinen (193-85) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Chris Taft (208-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Ramon Dyer (201-84, college: Houston) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Salon Vilpas and five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Namika Lahti. UU-Korihait at the other side stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against Forssan Koripojat (#10) at home in the next round. UU-Korihait will play against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: S.Atupem 24+8reb+2ast, A.Brown 18+3reb, E.Lehtinen 15+6reb, A.Vaenerberg 10+2reb+3ast, J.Kataja 9+4reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 8
Korihait: C.Taft 14+6reb, M.Jalonen 14+2ast, D.Horton 13+1reb+2ast, R.Dyer 12+7reb, M.Herbert 11+6reb+1ast, V.Kopio 9+4reb+2ast
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Namika Lahti - Nilan Bisons 58-83

The game in Lahti supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (8-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Namika Lahti (3-7). Loimaan Korikonkarit smashed Namika Lahti 83-58 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Loimaan Korikonkarit. Namika Lahti managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Namika Lahti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Matti Nuutinen (200-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Louis Johnson (206-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Emmanuel Holloway (183-86, college: Illinois St.) added 14 points in the effort for Namika Lahti. Four Namika Lahti 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. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-2 record behind leader Pyrinto. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#12) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Namika Lahti will play on the road against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Nuutinen 19+3reb+1ast, M.Zeno 12+4reb+4ast, J.Ivey 10+1reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 9+2reb+3ast, K.Muurinen 8+9reb+2ast, S.Latvala 7+1reb
Namika Lahti: L.Johnson 16+5reb+1ast, V.Heinonen 15+1reb+1ast, E.Holloway 14+4reb+1ast, C.Latimer 11+8reb, S.Booker 2, O.Aalto 0
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LrNMKY - Kouvot 112-104

The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Kouvot (5-5) played at the court of seventh ranked LrNMKY (6-4). LrNMKY managed to secure a 8-point victory 112-104. LrNMKY made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Kouvot was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory scoring 46 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) helped adding 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Conley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) responded with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Four LrNMKY and five Kouvot players scored in double figures. LrNMKY moved-up to fifth place, which they share with KTP. Kouvot at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: J.Conley 46+9reb+3ast, M.Gibson 25+5reb+7ast, G.Logins 24+7reb+2ast, A.Niskanen 11+7reb, C.Jones 4+4reb+1ast, H.Valimaa 2+1reb
Kouvot: C.Hester 29+7reb+5ast, G.Clavell 25+5reb+2ast, L.Greer 16+3reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 12+2reb+5ast, I.Seppala 10+2reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 10+6reb+1ast
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Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team Khimky to a victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (2-3) 79-67 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Koponen scored 12 points in 22 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (3-2) is placed third in group A. This year Koponen averages: 6.0ppg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 28.6% in the five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League). Salin contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Szolnok (2-6) crushing them 83-63 in the Adriatic League last Sunday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (4-4) is placed eighth in the Adriatic League. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Salin is currently first on the league's list of most steals. His overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 37.9%. Salin is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Rannikko contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Szolnok (2-6) crushing them 83-63. He scored 9 points and added 4 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes. It's Rannikko's first season with the team. Rannikko belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 3.9apg. This year his other stats are: 5.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 91.7%(22-24) in the eight games. Rannikko is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #4. Center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Montenegro could not help Buducnost (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Buducnost was defeated in an overtime 85-78 on the road by the leading Gescrap BB. Lee was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Buducnost this season. Lee is a naturalized American. He is also Finnish national team player. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #5. International forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CFBB (0-8) crushing them 102-81 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (6-0) is placed first in the NM1. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kaunisto is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 16.7ppg, 12.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg in the six games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #6. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Solna Vikings (5-5) in their game against Boras Basket (8-2) in the Swedish Basketligan. Ahonen recorded 9 points and added 4 passes. But Solna Vikings was edged 94-91 in Boras by the leading Basket. It was Solna Vikings' third consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Ahonen's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #7. International small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Vanoli Cremona (2-5) in their game against Cantu (5-2) in the Italian SerieA. Huff cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Vanoli Cremona was crushed 87-60 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Cantu. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Huff's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the seven games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #8. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UTPA in their game against the Bradley University (0-0) in the NCAA. Toivonen cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The UTPA was badly defeated 78-61 in Peoria, IL by the Bradley University. Toivonen's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team last year.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #9. U20 international power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Prat Juventud (1-4) in their game against CB Guadalajara (3-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Caven scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. Prat Juventud lost 68-75 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) CB Guadalajara. This year Caven's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the four games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.



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Nicolas Batum's 33 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Portland Trail Blazers (3-5) in their last game. Despite Batum's very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers were edged 112-109 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. He was the top scorer with 33 points. Batum also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 39 minutes on the court. It was Trail Blazers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Batum has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.1apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 75.8% in the eight games he played so far. Batum is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Orlando Magic (2-5) 99-93 in the NBA last Tuesday. Noah scored 20 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 5 shots. The Chicago Bulls have 4-3 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Noah's sixth year with the team. This season he has very high stats. Noah averages: 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2.3bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 83.8%. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in France.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). Parker led San Antonio Spurs to a 2-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (3-4) 84-82 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Parker scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 7-1 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Parker is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 12th year in Spurs' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 76.2% in the seven games. Parker is also a member of the French senior national team.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #4. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Polish team PGE Turow to a surprising victory over the third-ranked BC Astana (3-2) crushing them 93-66 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Cel recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 12 rebounds. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (1-4) is placed tenth in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Cel is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg and 7.6rpg. Cel has a dual citizenship: French and Polish. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2007.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #5. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain) led Caja Laboral to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (5-2) 79-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Causeur was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (5-2) is placed second in the ACB. This year Causeur's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3spg in the six games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Florent Pietrus
Florent Pietrus
   #6. Forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (0-2) 76-70 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Pietrus scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (2-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Pietrus is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league. His total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5bpg. Pietrus is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #7. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Sacramento Kings (2-6) 97-86. He scored 9 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 7-1 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Diaw's total stats are: 5.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.8apg in the eight games. He is also French national team player.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #8. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Washington Wizards (0-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Seraphin's very good performance the Washington Wizards were defeated in an overtime 100-94 in Boston by the Celtics. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Seraphin also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Seraphin has relatively good stats this season: 9.2ppg and 4.2rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #9. International small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Croatian team Cedevita win their game against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (1-4) 76-69 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Gelabale scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (1-4) is placed fifth in group C. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This year Gelabale has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6apg in the five games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia was not able to secure a victory for Partizan (6-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Westermann's good performance Partizan was defeated 92-78 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Zvezda (#4). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Westermann also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It's Westermann's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. Westermann is U20 international player who is currently on the French National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Washington Wizards 89-85 in the NBA last Saturday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Mahinmi has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.0rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the French national team last year.

   #12. International point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Dallas Mavericks in their game against the New York Knicks in the NBA. Beaubois scored 5 points. His team were defeated 104-94 in the NBA. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. Beaubois used to play for the French national team last year.

   #13. Former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes in their game against CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes. His team lost 68-83. Kirksay is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.3spg. He also averaged so far 12.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 3.3apg in the seven games. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team four years ago. Kirksay played also for Mulhouse in French league.

   #14. International forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy) helped Umana Venezia win their game against the closely-ranked Armani Milano 105-100 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Diawara recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. Diawara is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.7ppg. This year his other stats are: 5.7rpg in the seven games. Diawara plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. International center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Los Angeles Clippers to win against the Portland Trail Blazers 103-90 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Turiaf has averaged so far 1.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2bpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help USK Praha (10-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the league leader USK Praha was defeated 89-76 on the road by the lower-ranked BK Pardubice (#6). Meno was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Meno is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Meno averages: 19.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and French.

   #2. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel J-M to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-3) crushing them 94-68 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Kadir scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (2-3) is placed eighth in the Winner League. Kadir has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #3. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain was not able to help Cajasol (0-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dozier's good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 95-93 at home by the leading Zvezda. He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was his first game for Cajasol this season. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.

   #4. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to secure a victory for Al Moutahed (3-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite Samaha's good performance Al Moutahed was badly defeated 87-71 in Beirut by the higher-ranked Sagesse (#3). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Samaha also added 4 rebounds. This season Samaha has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 5.5rpg. Samaha has both French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #5. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Eilat to win against the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (3-2) 77-73 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points. Hapoel Eilat (4-1) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nissim has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.4apg. He also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #6. Mikael Maruotto (203-F/G-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Geneve Lions to a victory against the league outsider Starwings 88-78 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. Maruotto scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in a mere 15 minutes. Maruotto has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg in the six games he played so far. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #7. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the N.Mexico St. in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sy's good performance the N.Mexico St. was defeated 71-62 in Corvallis, OR by the Oregon State University. He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Sy has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg. He holds both Mali and French passports.

   #8. Experienced David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boncourt crushing them 80-54 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. Fergerson scored 11 points and added 3 passes. Fergerson has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Fergerson used to play for Reims Champagne Basket in French league.

   #9. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against CB Clavijo in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 9 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 87-97. Ott has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #10. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the 11th-ranked Blusens Monbus 73-69 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points. Tillie has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He has Dutch and French nationalities.


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Brown, Maurienne23.1 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.2 
 3. McKines, Rouen20.8 
 4. Siggers, Lille20.4 
 5. Booker, St Vallier19.6 
 6. Wood, Evreux18.6 
 7. Boddicker, Pau-La.18.3 
 8. Humphrey, Bordeaux18.2 
 9. Monds, Bourg18.1 
 10. Carter, Bordeaux18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bing, Maurienne11.0 
 2. Jackson, Pau-La.11.0 
 3. McKines, Rouen10.7 
 4. Lesieu, St Quentin10.7 
 5. Wood, Evreux10.3 
 6. Jaiteh, Boulogne10.1 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.8 
 8. Brown, Maurienne8.6 
 9. Rouse, St Vallier8.4 
 10. Blue, Antibes8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Craven, St Vallier8.2 
 2. Bassett, Rouen5.9 
 3. Denave, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.7 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.2 
 7. Dumas, Bourg4.8 
 8. Wood, Evreux4.7 
 9. Driss, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craven, St Vallier3.0 
 2. Flowers, Denain2.4 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 4. Wilson, Le Portel2.3 
 5. Jackson, Pau-La.2.1 
 6. Taylor, Le Portel2.1 
 7. Siggers, Lille2.1 
 8. McCray, Boulogne2.0 
 9. Poupet, Chalons-.1.9 
 10. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.2 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.9 
 3. Chism, Maurienne1.4 
 4. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 5. Coleman, Bordeaux1.1 
 6. Henry, Nantes1.1 
 7. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 8. Williams, St Quent.1.0 
 9. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 


Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 13: Nantes - Maurienne 95-92
Nov. 13: St Vallier - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 90-82
Nov. 13: Chalons-Reims - Hyeres-Toulon 89-76
Nov. 13: St Quentin - Bordeaux 89-66
Nov. 13: Denain - Bourg 85-80
Nov. 13: Antibes - Rouen 85-74
Nov. 13: Boulogne - Fos Ouest 84-77
Nov. 13: Evreux - Charleville 81-63
Nov. 13: Lille - Le Portel 75-85

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 16: Lille - Denain
Nov. 16: Bordeaux - Antibes
Nov. 16: Rouen - Fos Ouest
Nov. 16: Maurienne - Evreux
Nov. 16: Le Portel - Nantes
Nov. 17: Bourg - Chalons-Reims
Nov. 16: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Boulogne
Nov. 16: Hyeres-Toulon - St Quentin
Nov. 16: Charleville - St Vallier


EuroCup: Caleb Green scores 23 as Orleans edge Sassari - by Eurobasket News

Orleans - Sassari 88:75

Orleans celebrated the opening win at EuroCup regular season. The French team shot down Banco di Sardegna Sassari at home court. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group H. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) orchestrated the victory scoring 23 points and pulling down 8 rebounds for Orleans.
The Italian team grabbed a 25:22 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Orleans quickly responded and denied the deficit in the second term. The hosts secured a 46:41 lead at the interval. Pellin and Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86, college: Maryland) opened a 10-point lead 62:52 for the home side. Sassari refused to give in. The visitors cut the deficit at just three points 70:73 midway through the final term. But Orleans ignited a 10:0 run and cleared off for good. Bambale Osby delivered 15 points, while Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-C/F-89) contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for Orleans. Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.) answered with 20 points and 13 boards for Sassari. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) had 16 points in the loss.

Orleans: Caleb Green 23, Bambale Osby 15, Fernando Raposo Laurencio 11
Sassari: Tony Easley 20+13 boards, Marvis Thornton 16



EuroChallenge: Gravelines won over the French neighbours - by Eurobasket News

Nancy - Gravelines 68:80

Gravelines won over the French neighbours in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. Gravelines improved to 2-0 record in Group G after the road 80:68 win.
Both teams started well before Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) brought 18:10 midway through the first period. Grant closed the quarter at 23:10 and Pope nailed three for 30:14. Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) kept the lead at 44:30, but his team could not win the game. Gravelines needed massive 20-8 surge to tie the game at 52:52. Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) and Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) gave the guests 57:62 lead early in the fourth stanza as the latter never looked behind after. Due to 28-16 in the period they celebrated an important road win.
Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) added 11 points and 13 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85), David Noel (199-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina), Aldo Curti and Abdoulaye M'Baye posted 9 points each. Marcellus Sommerville finished the game with 18, while Torrell Martin had 17.

Nancy: Marcellus Sommerville 18, Torrell Martin 17
Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 13, Ousmane Camara 11+13 rebs, Yannick Bokolo 9, David Noel 9, Aldo Curti 9, Abdoulaye M'Baye 9



ProB Round 9: 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, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

ProB round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-2) against tenth ranked Saint Vallier (5-4) 90-82 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Saint Vallier made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) contributed with 24 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint Vallier moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Antibes who have the same record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play next round against SO Maritime Boulogne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Saint Vallier will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Charleville-Mezieres on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olympique Antibes as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Pau-Lacq-Orthez) loss. Olympique Antibes defeated 10th ranked SPO Rouen at home 85-74. American players dominated the game. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Anthony Hilliard chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) with 23 points and 7 assists. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Evreux. SPO Rouen at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Nantes and Bourg. SPO Rouen will play next round against Fos Ouest trying to get back on the winning streak. Olympique Antibes will try to continue on its current victory against eighteenth ranked Bordeaux on the road.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 7th ranked Lille Metropole in a game versus Le Portel (#6) 85-75. Ronnie Taylor nailed 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Jason Siggers came up with 16 points and 5 assists for Lille Metropole in the defeat. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel (6-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Maurienne. Loser Lille Metropole keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Le Portel will meet at home Nantes (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against Denain Voltaire (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Aix-Maurienne (6-3) against fourteenth ranked Nantes (4-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Aix-Maurienne was edged by Nantes in a tough game in Nantes 92-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was LaMarshall Corbett who scored 22 points. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nantes moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bourg and Rouen. Aix-Maurienne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aix-Maurienne will play against ALM Evreux where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Bottom-ranked Denain Voltaire managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked JL Bourg 85-80. And what about a second win in a row after ...seven consecutive loses. It was a good game for John Flowers who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 steals. Denain Voltaire's coach Marc Silvert used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Denain Voltaire (2-7) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon and Charleville. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Denain Voltaire will face higher ranked Lille Metropole (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Hyeres-Toulon was beaten by Chalons-Reims on the road 89-76. Boulogne won against Fos Ouest on its own court 84-77. Charleville unfortunately lost to Evreux in a road game 63-81. St Quentin rolled over Bordeaux at home 89-66.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by David Monds of Bourg.


Chalons-Reims - Hyeres-Toulon 89-76

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Chalons-Reims (6-3) beat at home 15th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-7) 89-76 on Tuesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Chalons-Reims's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-16 extending their advantage to 13 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hyeres-Toulon's 20 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Five Chalons-Reims and four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Maurienne and Le Portel. Hyeres-Toulon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with seven games lost. Chalons-Reims will face JL Bourg (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Saint-Quentin and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: A.Tsagarakis 18+2reb+1ast, J.Burrell 18+5reb+1ast, T.Johnson 12+7reb+3ast, P.Poupet 11+3reb+3ast, R.Mels 11+3reb+2ast, B.Mullins 8+2reb+3ast
Hyeres-Toulon: J.Newson 28+7reb, T.Dials 12+9reb+2ast, C.McIntosh 11+3reb+7ast, G.Radonjic 10+3ast, J.Begarin 9, A.Salmon 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 179311


St Vallier - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 90-82

ProB round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-2) against tenth ranked Saint Vallier (5-4) 90-82 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Saint Vallier made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) contributed with 24 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and David Denave (195-85) added 14 points in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint Vallier moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Antibes who have the same record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play next round against SO Maritime Boulogne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Saint Vallier will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Charleville-Mezieres on the road.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: R.Booker 24+2reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 20+3reb+1ast, C.Rouse 18+9reb+2ast, E.Craven 8+3reb+6ast, J.Hoyaux 6+2reb+2ast, H.Disy 4+1reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Mendy 21+11reb+1ast, D.Denave 14+2reb+2ast, B.Boddicker 13+2reb+2ast, J.Morency 10+6reb, C.Jackson 9+5reb+1ast, R.Lesca 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 179310


Boulogne - Fos Ouest 84-77

Very expected game when 14th ranked Fos Ouest (3-6) lost on the road to ninth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (5-4) 84-77 on Tuesday. Fos Ouest was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of SO Maritime Boulogne, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and American power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fos Ouest. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fourteenth position with six games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face league's second-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fos Ouest will play against SPO Rouen (#11).
Top scorers:
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 21+2reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 17+13reb, Z.Bah 13+3ast, K.Cunningham 10+6reb+1ast, A.Rowland 9+1reb+7ast, K.Horton 7+5reb
Fos Ouest: E.Choquet 19+3reb+4ast, J.Williamson 17+7reb+1ast, M.Hachad 12+6reb+1ast, K.Atamna 9+3reb, M.Dia 8+5reb+2ast, C.Davis 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 179306


Evreux - Charleville 81-63

Very predictable result when fourth ranked ALM Evreux (7-2) won against at home 15th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (2-7) 81-63 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by ALM Evreux. Charleville-Mezieres was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux forced 22 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. It was a good game for American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 20 points and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) added 15 points in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ALM Evreux have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Antibes. Charleville-Mezieres lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with seven games lost. ALM Evreux will face Aix-Maurienne (#6) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Charleville-Mezieres will play at home against Saint Vallier (#10).
Top scorers:
Evreux: J.Wood 18+7reb+5ast, C.Hannah 16+2reb+3ast, G.Costentin 12+5reb+3ast, S.Ho You Fat 11+8reb+2ast, D.Reed 10+7reb+2ast, L.Konate 8+1reb+3ast
Charleville: P.Sanders 20+4reb, T.Toney 15+3reb, F.Calvez 9+3reb+3ast, V.Pridotkas 7+1reb+2ast, F.Bourdillon 6+5reb, M.Benkloua 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 179312


Denain - Bourg 85-80

Bottom-ranked Denain Voltaire managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked JL Bourg 85-80. And what about a second win in a row after ...seven consecutive loses. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-19. But JL Bourg won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Denain Voltaire won last quarter 28-24. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game, while JL Bourg only scored five points from the stripe. It was a good game for American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 steals. His fellow American import point guard Lee Humphrey (189-84, college: Florida) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire's coach Marc Silvert used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JL Bourg. Denain Voltaire (2-7) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon and Charleville. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Denain Voltaire will face higher ranked Lille Metropole (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.Flowers 26+4reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 20+4reb+3ast, X.Gaillou 19+3reb+2ast, M.Kitts 11+14reb+1ast, C.Cavallo 4+1reb+1ast, A.Liorel 2+1reb
Bourg: D.Monds 22+11reb+3ast, M.Sonko 18+5reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 14+2ast, J.Sanchez 9+2reb+6ast, S.Dumas 6+1reb+9ast, P.Braud 5+1ast
gschID: 179309


Nantes - Maurienne 95-92

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Aix-Maurienne (6-3) against fourteenth ranked Nantes (4-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Aix-Maurienne was edged by Nantes in a tough game in Nantes 92-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 31-26 run, which allowed them to win the game. Nantes made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Aix-Maurienne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St.) who scored 22 points. Power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 15 points respectively. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Nantes moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bourg and Rouen. Aix-Maurienne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aix-Maurienne will play against ALM Evreux where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Nantes: L.Corbett 22+2reb+3ast, N.Gayon 16+4reb+2ast, J.Mathis 13+12reb+1ast, E.Mendy 10+1ast, W.Soliman 9+3reb, T.Henry 9+2reb+2ast
Maurienne: W.Chism 16+3reb, W.Brown 15+4reb+1ast, M.Houmounou 14+3reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 11+2ast, E.Bing 10+13reb+1ast, M.Traore 9+3reb
gschID: 179308


St Quentin - Bordeaux 89-66

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Bordeaux (1-8) was outscored on the road by ninth ranked Saint-Quentin (5-4) 89-66 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-66. It was a good game for power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Kevin Bichard (195-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Eric Hicks (198-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bordeaux. Bordeaux's coach Jean-Marc Dupraz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Bordeaux lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Saint-Quentin will face Hyeres-Toulon (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bordeaux will play against the league's leader Olympique Antibes where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 21+14reb+2ast, K.Bichard 16+2reb+3ast, A.Saaka 14+5reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 10+4reb, R.Wright 9+3reb, J.Ball 8+1reb+6ast
Bordeaux: E.Hicks 24+7reb, M.Humphrey 11+5reb, G.Darrigand 6+5reb+3ast, K.Thalien 5+4reb+1ast, M.Guichard 5+2ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 179307


Lille - Le Portel 75-85

An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 7th ranked Lille Metropole in a game versus Le Portel (#6) 85-75. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Le Portel looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) nailed 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) accounted for 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) came up with 16 points and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Steffon Bradford (198-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Lille Metropole in the defeat. Four Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel (6-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Maurienne. Loser Lille Metropole keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Le Portel will meet at home Nantes (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against Denain Voltaire (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: R.Taylor 17+4reb+7ast, S.Gay 17+10reb+1ast, D.Wilson 15+9reb+3ast, B.Mangin 9+1reb+6ast, C.Bronchard 8+8reb+1ast, A.Charles 8+3reb+1ast
Lille: J.Siggers 16+3reb+5ast, L.Akono 14+2reb+2ast, S.Bradford 13+10reb, B.Gillet 13+1reb+1ast, S.Smith 7+6reb+1ast, A.Rigaux 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 179305


Antibes - Rouen 85-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olympique Antibes as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Pau-Lacq-Orthez) loss. Olympique Antibes defeated 10th ranked SPO Rouen at home 85-74. The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. SPO Rouen was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympique Antibes made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) with 23 points and 7 assists and forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Evreux. SPO Rouen at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Nantes and Bourg. SPO Rouen will play next round against Fos Ouest trying to get back on the winning streak. Olympique Antibes will try to continue on its current victory against eighteenth ranked Bordeaux on the road.
Top scorers:
Antibes: A.Hilliard 23+6reb+6ast, T.Blue 19+15reb+3ast, G.Yango 9+6reb, M.Badiane 8+3reb+2ast, L.Bengaber 8+2reb+2ast, B.Monclar 7+1reb+1ast
Rouen: O.Bassett 23+4reb+7ast, W.McKines 17+8reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 11+8reb, T.Wesley 8+4reb, M.Courby 8+3reb, F.Ateba 3+2reb
gschID: 179304



EuroCup: Spartak Saint Petersburg nose out victory over Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Cholet 69:60

Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the second consecutive EuroCup win. They shot down visiting Cholet behind 21 points from Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas). Spartak improved at 2-0 record, while dropping Cholet at 0-2 in Group G.
Cholet got to a slightly better start. The French team surged ahead for a 13:8 lead after ten minutes. Spartak adjusted their offensive schemes and cut the margin at single point 31:32 at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Cholet however managed to ensure a one-point lead at the final intermission. But the fourth term belonged fully to Spartak. The hosts went on a 22:12 run and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 11 points apiece for the winners. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) answered with 15 points for Cholet. Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma) netted 14 points in the defeat.

Spartak SP: Patrick Beverley 21, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 11, Nikita Kurbanov 11
Cholet: Marcus Goree 15, Terrell Everett 14



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Balkan League: Kumanovo topple Levski - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Levski 87:80

Kumanovo posted the third victory in Balkan League Group A. The Macedonian team held off Levski handing the Bulgarian team the first loss at the tournament. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 29 points and 7 rebounds to lead the home side.
Levski started confidently. They accounted for a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Levski maintained the lead throughout the second term. They secured a 36:32 halftime lead. Kumanovo fired 26 points in the third term to cut the deficit at 3-point mark with ten minutes remaining. The hosts erupted for 29 points in the final stanza to deny the deficit and seal the winning outcome. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 16 points and 13 boards for Kumanovo. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) provided 11 points in the victory. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 25 points for Levski. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) netted 20 points and grabbed 9 boards in the loss.

Kumanovo: Ivica Dimcevski 29, Uros Lukovic 16+13 boards, Dejan Mikic 11
Levski: Chavdar Kostov 25, Stefan Georgiev 20



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Giorgi Shermadini's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Israel). He was the major contributor in a Maccabi T-A's victory against the league outsider Galil Gilboa (0-5) crushing them 94-62 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Shermadini had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (4-1) is placed third in the Winner League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Shermadini averages: 8.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 69.6%(16-23) and FT: 78.6% in the five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a 3-point Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Indiana Pacers (3-5) 89-86 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Pachulia scored 6 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks have 3-3 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pachulia's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy). Sanikidze contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Lottomatica Roma (4-3) 81-70 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (5-2) is placed fourth in the SerieA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Sanikidze's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 78.6% in the seven games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #4. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Ukrainian team Budivelnyk to a victory over the closely-ranked Rudupis (1-1) crushing them 84-57 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Tsintsadze was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (1-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Tsintsadze's first season with the team. Tsintsadze has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #5. International point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help FIATC Joventut (4-3) in their last game. Despite Fisher's good performance FIATC Joventut lost in an overtime 84-89 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Blancos de Rueda. He recorded 10 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. This year Fisher has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Strangely Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #6. Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy) helped Cantu win their game against the 12th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (2-5) crushing them 87-60 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 8 points. Mapooro Cantu (5-2) is placed third in the SerieA. Markoishvili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Cantu's roster. Markoishvili's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #7. International power forward Tornike Shengelia (203-91, currently plays in NBA) helped Brooklyn Nets win their game against the Orlando Magic (2-5) crushing them 107-68 in the NBA on Friday night. Shengelia scored 6 points in only 7 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets have a solid 4-2 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Shengelia averages only 2.7ppg in the three games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #8. Point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Israel was not able to help Hapoel J-M (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Hapoel J-M was badly defeated 86-69 on their home court in Jerusalem by the leading CEZ Nymburk. Pullen was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 steals in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Pullen's second season in pro basketball. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pullen has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0spg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen plays currently for the Georgian national team. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #9. U20 international power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Cajasol (0-2) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (1-1) in the Eurocup. Burjanadze recorded only 4 points. It was his first game for Cajasol this season. Cajasol was edged 87-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (#3). There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Burjanadze is also in the roster of the Georgian U20 national team.

Davit Maisuradze
Davit Maisuradze
   #10. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Kirovograd (3-5) in their game against Musson (8-0) in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 40 minutes. But Kirovograd was edged 75-74 on their home court in by the leading Musson. This year Maisuradze's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.6apg in the eight games. He is a former U16 international player as six years ago he still played for the Georgian national team.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to a 1-point Karsiyaka's victory against the closely-ranked Tofas (1-1) 64-63 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Thomas recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (2-0) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet ZG to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked AZS Koszalin (4-3) 75-74 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Hosley recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora (5-2) is placed third in the TBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Hosley is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hosley averages: 18.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.3apg and 2.6spg in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a 2-point Sigma Barcellona's victory against the closely-ranked Novipiu Casale (4-2) 82-80 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Sanders scored 14 points. Sigma Barcellona (4-2) is placed sixth in the Lega2. Sanders' total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Sanders has never played in Georgia.



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EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets trounce Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - Hapoel Holon 85:78

Telekom Baskets trounce Hapoel Holon at the end of the second round in EuroChallenge. The German side won 85:78 and improved to 2-0 record in Group H. The team from Israel suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record.
Telekom Baskets started well and took 25-17 after the first period. They added 23-16 in the second frame and had 48:33 advantage at the halftime. However, the hosts lost their way momentarily, allowing their hosts to score 21 points in the back end of the quarter to have their lead cut to 11 going into the final stanza. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) reduced to 71:62 early in the fourth and Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) scored for 75:71. Telekom Baskets did not allow the guests to come closer and won the game by 7 points.
Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) posted 17. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) notched 12 and Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) scored 10. Frank Hassell answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Tyler Smith posted 17. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) delivered 16, whilst Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) notched 14.

Telekom Baskets: Jared Jordan 20+12 rebs, Kyle Weems 17, Chris Ensminger 12, Patrick Ewing Jr. 10
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 18+12 rebs, Tyler Smith 17, Jerome Dyson 16, Lawrence Hill 14



Chris Kaman selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Toronto Raptors (2-6) 109-104 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Kaman scored 22 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 4-4 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kaman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 60.7%(37-61) and FT: 75.0% in the six games he played so far. Kaman is a naturalized American. He played for the German senior national team one years ago. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (5-2) 79-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Pleiss recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (5-2) is placed second in the ACB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pleiss' overall stats this year are: 6.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.5%(13-23). He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL. Klette could not help Levanga Hokkaido (1-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was crushed 92-58 on the road by the higher-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4). Klette recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds. Klette has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.3% and FT: 75.7%. He played for the German U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #4. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Hawaii to a victory against the Houston Baptist University 73-60 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Standhardinger recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 5 steals. The University of Hawaii has conference record this season. Standhardinger's overall stats this year are:, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2009.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #5. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently studies in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the Nicholls State University 80-65 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Vanderbilt University has conference record this season. It's Bright's first year with the team. This year Bright's overall stats are:, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #6. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) helped Elon win their game against the Bridgewater College crushing them 95-51 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Koch scored 18 points. The Elon University has conference record this season. Koch's total stats this year are:, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team three years ago.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #7. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Gonzaga win their game against the Southern Utah University crushing them 103-65 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Harris recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Gonzaga University has conference record this season. Harris has been at the team for four years. This year his total stats are:, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 10 games. Harris is also German national team player.

Dennis Kramer
Dennis Kramer
   #8. Forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the San Diego Christian College crushing them 91-58 in the NCAA last Friday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of San Diego has conference record this season. Kramer has averaged so far, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team last year. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Patrick Heckmann
Patrick Heckmann
   #9. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boston Coll. win their game against the Florida International University 84-70 in the NCAA on Sunday night. He scored 12 points. The Boston College has conference record this season. Heckmann has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.6apg. He is also in the roster of the German national team.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #10. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Tenn Tech win their game against the Crowley's Ridge College crushing them 107-32 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Ogbe scored 12 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. The Tennessee Tech University has conference record this season. Ogbe has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.6apg in the seven games. He is U20 international player as one years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the Kent State University 80-66 in the NCAA last Tuesday. DiLeo scored 9 points and added 3 assists. DiLeo has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.6apg. He is a naturalized American. DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

   #12. Former U18 international center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Bakken Bears in a victory against the sixth-ranked Aarhus BC crushing them 80-48 in a derby game in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. Dejworek recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Dejworek has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2005.

   #13. U20 international guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped USC Upstate win their game against the Hiwassee College crushing them 90-36 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Blessing recorded 7 points and had 3 steals. Blessing has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also German U20 national team player.

   #14. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Monmouth win their game against the Hofstra University crushing them 91-62 in the NCAA on Friday night. Dileo recorded only 4 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. This season Dileo has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2009. However he has never played in Germany.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Siena in their game against the University of Vermont in the NCAA. Martens cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was edged 54-53. Martens has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Belgian team Base Oostende to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (0-2) 84-65 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Stojic recorded 15 points in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (1-1) is placed third in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg and 2.0rpg in the two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #2. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Energa Czarni's victory against the closely-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia (4-2) 62-58 in the Polish TBL in Monday night's game. Tomaszek recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Energa Czarni Slupsk (5-2) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Tomaszek's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #3. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the E.Washington in their last game. Despite Seiferth's very good performance the E.Washington was badly defeated 96-79 on the road by the Cal State - Northridge. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 17 rebounds. Seiferth also added 7 blocks in 36 minutes. This year Seiferth's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in the seven games.

   #4. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) led Dongbu Promy to a victory over the closely-ranked Sonic Boom KT (6-7) 83-71 in the South Korean KBL on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Sensley scored 21 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Dongbu Promy (4-10) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the KBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Sensley has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 3.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #5. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) helped Timisoara win their game against one of league's weakest teams CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-7) crushing them 97-72 in the Romanian Division A in Friday night's game. He recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 18 minutes. BC Timisoara (7-2) is placed fourth in the Division A. This year Sarovic's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg in the seven games. He has both Serbian and German nationalities.

   #6. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (4-6) in their last game. Despite Igbavboa's very good performance LF Basket lost 77-87 in Norrkoping to the higher-ranked (#5) Dolphins. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Igbavboa also added and 3 steals in 35 minutes. Igbavboa belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8 with 17.3ppg. This year his other stats are: 7.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 10 games. Igbavboa is a naturalized American. He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #7. Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the eighth-ranked Randers 89-86 in the Danish Ligaen on Wednesday night. Varga scored 12 points in 29 minutes. Varga has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in the 11 games. He also holds two passports: German and Slovakian.

   #8. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Lobe Huesca in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Wachsmann scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 98-88. Wachsmann is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders. He has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg.

   #9. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines), who plays in the Filipino PBA couldn't help Alaska Aces (5-5) in their last game. Despite Thoss' good performance the fifth-placed Alaska Aces lost 68-77 at home to the second-ranked San Mig Coffee in the Philippine Cup group. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Thoss belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.6apg in the seven games. Thoss holds both German and Filipino passports.

   #10. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Bnei Hasharon in their game against Hapoel J-M in the Israeli Winner League. Rice cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team was crushed by 26 points 94-68. This year Rice has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the five games. He holds both Israeli and German passports.



Mustafa Abdul-Hamid Departs From The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced today that Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) will depart from the team. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid is a 24 year old 188cm guard that had come to Oldenburg to help out for injured Chris Kramer getting a two month contract. "He really helped us a lot. It is never easy to integrate yourself into a team so late. It was also pretty much clear that he would only be here two months. He gave everything in practice and games and filled the void of Chris Kramer well. We say thanks and hope that he finds a new team quick", stated Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski. He played seven Beko BBL games averaging 4,1ppg and 1,6rpg and did a good job giving Dru Joyce a rest coming from the bench. He avergaged 13,3 minutes per game. His best game was registering nine points and dishing out three assists against FC Bayern Munich.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg



The Lti Giessen 46ers Bring In Jasmin Perkovic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)


The Lti Giessen 46ers have goten some strength inside with Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) Perkovic is a 31 year old 205cm forward from Croatia. He gets a short term contract of two months. His last team was in the 2010-2011 season where he played for Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 32 games: 6.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 25.8%, FT: 69.4%. "We are happy that we were able to get such an expereinced player to Giessen. He will help us with his physical ability and understanding of the game", stressed LTi Giessen 46er head coach Mathias Fischer.

Perkovic started his basketball career in 1996 for Sava Osiguranje Rijeka. He gained further experience playing for Triglav Kranj, Savinjski Hopsi Polzela (Slovenia), KK Zadar: Adriatic League and Siroki Hercegtisak (Bosnia) In 2005-2006, he played for Bosna TH Telecom Sarajevo (D1, starting five); Adriatic League: 27 games: 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 46.8%, FT: 86.4%. In 2006-2007, he played for AEK Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 73.1%; Greek League: 25 games: 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 60.0%, 3FGP: 30.0%, FT: 81.0%. He then played for teh EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2007-2010, helping the team win the 2009 Beko BBL title. In the title season, he played EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 82.9%; German League: 32 games: 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 71.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Croatian U21 National Team -01, World U21 Championships in Japan -01 (Finalist), Croatian Cup Winner -03, Adriatic League Champion -03, ULEB Cup Quarterfinals -03, Croatian League Semifinals -03, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Cup Winner -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Stars Game -04, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, 05, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -04, 06, Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Center of the Year -04, Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Finalist -05, 06, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Finalist -05, Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team -05, 06
Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -06, Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Bosmans Team -06, German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Champion -09, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -10

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers



Vechta: Scott waived, Ferguson signed - by Moritz Korff (T)

2. Bundesliga Pro A team SC Rasta Vechta has parted company with Jereal Scott (200-C-89, college: SF Austin) and already found a replacemen in Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's), who has inked a contract with Rasta.
The 27-year-old started this past season in Uruguay, but left Defensor Sporting Club after 12 games (11.5ppg, 6.3rpg). In December he moved to Iceland and joined Express League side KR Reykjavik. He appeared in 17 games for KR, averaging 13.9 points, 7.9 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per contest.
Jereal Scott had seen action in eight Pro A games, scoring 8.4 points per outing.



EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm fire past Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Cibona 83:68

Ratiopharm Ulm entertained the home crowd with a comfortable EuroCup win tonight. They rallied past Cibona to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Cibona are now at 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89, agency: Pro One Sports) posted 22 points to lead the winners.
Ratiopharm Ulm exploded with 28 points in the first quarter to clear off. Ulm added 22 points in the second term to accumulate a 50:34 halftime advantage. Cibona slowed the home team down in the third quarter. The Croatian team trimmed the margin to 14 points at the final intermission. But Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for the visitors in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) had 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Daniel Theis (203-PF-92) and Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) netted 13 points each in the win. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) had 18 points for Cibona. Davor Kus (192-G-78, agency: Interperformances) netted 14 points in the loss.

Ratiopharm Ulm: Philipp Schwethelm 22, Dane Watts 17, Daniel Theis 13, Keaton Nankivil 13
Cibona: D.J. Strawberry 18, Davor Kus 14



EuroCup: Banvit roll past s.Oliver Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - s.Oliver Baskets 101:82

Banvit overcame a slow start to knock down s.Oliver Baskets for the opening win in EuroCup season. The Turkish team was paced by 23 points from Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul). Wuerzburg slipped at 1-1 record after the loss.
The visitors started the game aggressively. The German team accounted for a 32:22 lead at the first intermission. Banvit lived up to the challenge and answered with a 32-point haul in the second term. The hosts denied the deficit and posted a 54:50 lead into the second half. Banvit stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish ensured a 76:71 lead at the final intermission. Banvit kept s.Oliver Baskets at bay in the fourth quarter and breezed to the victory. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) netted 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) added 14 points in the winning case. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) responded with 20 points for s.Oliver Baskets. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, college: Missouri) netted 13 points in the loss.

Banvit: Sammy Mejia 23, Charles Davis 18, Kalin Lucas 14
s.Oliver Baskets: Dwayne Anderson 20, Jimmy McKinney 13



EuroCup: Triumph need overtime to edge Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - Artland Dragons 84:79 (OT)

Triumph registered the second victory in EuroCup Group C. They overcame Artland Dragons in overtime. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. The Dragons suffered the second loss in a row.
Triumph enjoyed a 21:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Artland cut the deficit in the second frame. The German team got within 4 points at the interval 38:34. The Dragons took over in the third quarter. The visitors ignited a 20:9 rally to ensure a 7-point lead before the final term. But Triumph refused to surrender. The Russian team exploded with 25 points in the fourth term and forced the game into overtime. Triumph carried the momentum into the extra period and sealed the victory in overtime. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 15 points, while Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) added 14 points for the hosts. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) and Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) had 19 points each for the Dragons. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) chipped in 18 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.

Triumph: Tywain McKee 22+10 boards, Sergey Karasev 15, Artem Kuzyakin 14
Artland Dragons: Petar Popovic 19, Demond Mallet 19, Bryce Taylor 18



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EuroCup: Zielona Gora earn first victory - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Stelmet ZG 70:76

Stelmet Zielona Gora claimed the first EuroCup win this season. They knocked down Panionios on the road to improve at 1-1 record in Group F. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) came up with 19 points to pace the visitors.
Zielona Gora went on a 12:0 run in the opening quarter to clear off. The Polish team posted a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Panionios faced a 23:42 halftime deficit. Panionios improved their performance in the second half. The Greek team cut the deficit at 13-point mark with one quarter to go. The Hellenes trimmed the distance at 5 points with three minutes remaining. However Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) knocked down crucial baskets late in regulation to seal the victory for the visitors. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Quinton Hosley chipped in 14 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Zielona Gora. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90, agency: FCM) answered with 16 points for Panionios. Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) produced 14 points in the losing case.

Panionios: Vlantimir Giankovits 16, Christopher Booker 14
Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 19, Oliver Stevic 15, Quinton Hosley 14



Loukas Mavrokefalidis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the eighth-ranked Azovmash (1-4) 81-76 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Mavrokefalidis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mavrokefalidis also added 5 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (5-0) is placed first in group A. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Mavrokefalidis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(33-58) and FT: 92.9% in the five games he played so far. Mavrokefalidis played for the Greek senior national team one years ago.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the main contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (0-2) 85-69 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Vasiliadis was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (2-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Vasiliadis has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg and FT: 83.3%. Vasiliadis is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Unics Kazan (3-2) in their last game. Despite Kaimakoglou's very good performance the fourth-placed Unics Kazan lost 74-85 on the road to the second-ranked Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kaimakoglou also added made 3 passes and 4 steals in 28 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kaimakoglou has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 88.9% in the five games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Zisis was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (0-2) 85-69. He scored 14 points and added 9 passes. It's Zisis' first season with the team. Zisis is currently second on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg and 7.5apg. Zisis is also Greek national team player.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #5. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Kaimakoglou. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Vougioukas contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Base Oostende (1-1) 83-72. He was the top player that evening. Vougioukas scored 20 points in a mere 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unics Kazan (2-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. This year Vougioukas has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg and 4.5rpg in the two games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #6. Point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Trefl Sopot (0-2) crushing them 99-79 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Calathes scored 16 points and added 6 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (2-0) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Calathes has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. He used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #7. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Utah Jazz (4-5) crushing them 104-84 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Koufos had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 25 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 4-4 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Koufos' stats this year are: 7.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.9bpg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos used to play for the Greek national team last year. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #8. Forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Armani Milano (3-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fotsis' good performance Armani Milano was defeated 105-100 in Venezia by the higher-ranked Umana (#8). He recorded 12 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Fotsis' overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 4.4rpg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (1-6) 77-60 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Sakota recorded 6 points in 17 minutes. Cimberio Varese (7-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. This year Sakota's overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 2.6rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

Nikos Barlos
Nikos Barlos
   #10. An experienced forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point C.de Latte BRE's victory against the eighth-ranked Tezenis VE (3-3) 80-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Barlos scored 14 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 6 balls (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Centrale del Latte Brescia (4-2) is placed third in the Lega2. Barlos averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0spg in the six games. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol 79-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lampropoulos' total stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team nine years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Antalya 83-65 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Tapoutos scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Tapoutos' total stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #13. Former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a SAV Vacallo's victory against the eighth-ranked Neuchatel 79-67 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Kakiouzis scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He averaged so far 13.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg. Kakiouzis used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to secure a victory for Solna Vikings (5-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Solna Vikings was edged 85-82 in Sundsvall by the second-ranked Dragons. Toutziarakis scored 12 points and added 5 assists in 28 minutes. Toutziarakis is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.8rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.5ppg and 1.6apg in the 10 games. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international swingman Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-80, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Keravnos in their game against Krasnie Krilya in the EuroChallenge. He recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Keravnos this season. His team was defeated 79-74. Diamantopoulos used to play for the Greek national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a 3-point Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked BC Donetsk (0-2) 78-75 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Savrasenko recorded 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (2-0) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Savrasenko averages only 3.0ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian.

   #2. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) led Chalons-Reims to a victory over the league outsider Bordeaux (1-8) crushing them 88-63 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Tsagarakis was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Chalons-Reims (6-3) is placed fifth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tsagarakis averaged so far 14.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a BG Goettingen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Oettinger Rockets Gotha (2-7) 82-69 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Livas had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 36 minutes. BG Goettingen (7-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Livas is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg. He also averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in the five games he played so far. Livas is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #4. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (3-2) crushing them 88-52 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Calathes scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (3-2) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Calathes belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. This season he has very good stats: 11.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #5. Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help the league outsider Limoges CSP Elite (0-6) in their last game. Despite Tsamis' good performance Limoges CSP Elite lost 74-84 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Paris-Levallois. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. So far Limoges CSP Elite lost all six games in the Regular Season. This year Tsamis' total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg in the six games.

   #6. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked TSU crushing them 98-51 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. Sokk recorded 6 points and added 9 passes. Sokk is currently second on the league's list of best passers. This season he has very good stats: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.3apg and 1.7spg. Sokk has both Greek and Estonian nationalities.

   #7. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Air Avellino (2-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Air Avellino was crushed 102-81 in Sassari by the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna. Mavraides recorded 12 points in 27 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 2.3apg in the six games. Mavraides is a naturalized American. He used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #8. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Oakland in their game against the Boise State University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Oakland this season. But his team lost 80-88. Petros is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #9. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Gryphons 71-55 in the Canadian university league CIS in Friday night's game. Hill recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hill averages: 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.0apg in the two games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Canadian.

   #10. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) managed to help Keravnos Strovolou to win against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja 72-67 in the EuroChallenge last Wednesday. Demertzis scored only 3 points and added 9 passes. He has averaged so far 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 6.5apg.



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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Hapoel K.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Johnson, Hapoel K.23.0 
 2. Clemente, Ironi N.21.8 
 3. Laing, Macc.B.Y.21.6 
 4. Odiakosa, Hod H.21.4 
 5. Westbrook, Hapoel20.6 
 6. Govens, Ironi K-A20.0 
 7. Murray, Kiryat T.19.8 
 8. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.19.2 
 9. Iram, Macc.B.Y.19.0 
 10. Walker, Hod H.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.16.6 
 2. Ramsey, Ironi R.13.4 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.4 
 4. Joyner, Maccabi11.2 
 5. Wright, Elitzur Ra.11.0 
 6. Clemente, Ironi N.11.0 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.10.2 
 8. Jefferson, Maccabi10.2 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.10.2 
 10. Constantine, Hapo.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.8.4 
 2. Golan, Ironi Nahar.7.0 
 3. Brooks, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Carr, Elitzur Ramla5.3 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.5.0 
 6. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.0 
 7. Walker, Hod H.4.8 
 8. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.8 
 9. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.4.6 
 10. Ber-Aven, Kiryat4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.3.2 
 2. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.3.0 
 3. Clemente, Ironi N.2.8 
 4. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.6 
 5. Hofman, Elitzur2.6 
 6. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.2.4 
 7. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.2 
 8. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.2 
 9. Hover, Hod Hashar.2.2 
 10. Benn, Ironi N.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Maccabi .
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jefferson, Maccabi2.4 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.2.0 
 3. Constantine, Hapoe.1.8 
 4. Clark, Ironi K-A1.6 
 5. Kleimintz, Hapoel1.0 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.0 
 7. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 8. Furman, Maccabi1.0 
 9. Rotemberg, Hapoel1.0 
 10. Tamir, Ironi R.0.8 


EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets trounce Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - Hapoel Holon 85:78

Telekom Baskets trounce Hapoel Holon at the end of the second round in EuroChallenge. The German side won 85:78 and improved to 2-0 record in Group H. The team from Israel suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record.
Telekom Baskets started well and took 25-17 after the first period. They added 23-16 in the second frame and had 48:33 advantage at the halftime. However, the hosts lost their way momentarily, allowing their hosts to score 21 points in the back end of the quarter to have their lead cut to 11 going into the final stanza. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) reduced to 71:62 early in the fourth and Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) scored for 75:71. Telekom Baskets did not allow the guests to come closer and won the game by 7 points.
Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) posted 17. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) notched 12 and Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) scored 10. Frank Hassell answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Tyler Smith posted 17. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) delivered 16, whilst Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) notched 14.

Telekom Baskets: Jared Jordan 20+12 rebs, Kyle Weems 17, Chris Ensminger 12, Patrick Ewing Jr. 10
Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 18+12 rebs, Tyler Smith 17, Jerome Dyson 16, Lawrence Hill 14


Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 13: Hapoel Kazrin - Elitzur Ramla 98-74
Nov. 13: Macc.B.Yaakov - Maccabi K/G 83-63
Nov. 13: Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 81-83
Nov. 13: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel K/S 78-57
Nov. 13: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi K-A 76-77
Nov. 13: Hapoel Afula - Ironi Nahariya 71-68
Nov. 13: Maccabi K/B - Hod Hasharon 58-86

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 20: Hod Hasharon - Kiryat Tivon
Nov. 20: Hapoel K/S - Elitzur Ramla
Nov. 20: Ironi K-A - Hapoel Kazrin
Nov. 20: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne
Nov. 20: Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi K/B
Nov. 20: Maccabi K/G - Hapoel Afula
Nov. 20: Ironi Ramat Gan - Macc.B.Yaakov


EuroCup: Nymburk storm to victory in Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Jerusalem - Nymburk 69:86

Nymburk completed a successful trip to the Israel tonight. The Czech champions shot down Hapoel Jerusalem on the road to celebrate the second straight EuroCup victory. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors.
Nymburk made sure they enjoyed a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Jerusalem cut the deficit in the second term. The hosts got within two points at halftime 35:37. Nymburk stepped on the gas in the third term. The Czech side exploded with 25 points to open a 7-point lead with ten minutes to go. Nymburk stayed in control throughout the final period. The visitors nailed 24 points and cruised to the victory. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) notched 16 points, while Lukas Palyza (201-F-89) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) added 12 points each for the winners. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 23 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) netted 14 points in the loss.

Hapoel Jerusalem: Craig Smith 23, Jacob Pullen 14
Nymburk: Vojtech Hruban 19, Petr Benda 16, Lukas Palyza 12, Radoslav Rancik 12



Balkan League: Galil Gilboa celebrate the fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Galil Gilboa 69:101

Galil Gilboa earned the fourth consecutive win in Balkan League Group A. The Israeli team stormed past Djuro Djakovic on the road today. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) fired 16 points to lead the visitors.
Galil Gilbao led from the early stages. The Israeli team accounted for a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. The visitors poured in 34 points in the second quarter. The scoreboard read 58:38 for the visitors at halftime. The complexion of the game hardly changed after the big break. Galil Gilboa extended their lead to as many as 23 points before the final period. They never looked back in the final ten minutes and breezed to the victory. Amit Bier-Katz (208-C-88) and Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) posted 14 points apiece for the winners. Denis Toroman (194-G-82, agency: TSS Management) answered with 16 points for Djuro Djakovic. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) had 15 points in the loss.

Djuro Djakovic: Denis Toroman 16, Marko Batina 15
Galil Gilboa: Jamar Smith 16, Amit Bier-Katz 14, Mitchell Watt 14



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EuroCup: Caleb Green scores 23 as Orleans edge Sassari - by Eurobasket News

Orleans - Sassari 88:75

Orleans celebrated the opening win at EuroCup regular season. The French team shot down Banco di Sardegna Sassari at home court. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group H. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) orchestrated the victory scoring 23 points and pulling down 8 rebounds for Orleans.
The Italian team grabbed a 25:22 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Orleans quickly responded and denied the deficit in the second term. The hosts secured a 46:41 lead at the interval. Pellin and Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86, college: Maryland) opened a 10-point lead 62:52 for the home side. Sassari refused to give in. The visitors cut the deficit at just three points 70:73 midway through the final term. But Orleans ignited a 10:0 run and cleared off for good. Bambale Osby delivered 15 points, while Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-C/F-89) contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for Orleans. Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Murray St.) answered with 20 points and 13 boards for Sassari. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) had 16 points in the loss.

Orleans: Caleb Green 23, Bambale Osby 15, Fernando Raposo Laurencio 11
Sassari: Tony Easley 20+13 boards, Marvis Thornton 16



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 14: Jurmala - Jekabpils 87-86
Nov. 14: Turiba - U18 81-64
Nov. 17: Jekabpils - Turiba
Nov. 18: LU - Jurmala


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, Turiba16.9 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.9 
 5. Apsitis, Turiba15.9 
 6. Brown, Jurmala15.0 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala14.3 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera14.2 
 9. Geks, U1813.4 
 10. Pasecniks, U1813.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristaps DARGAIS
  LU
  (198-G-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dargais, LU8.6 
 2. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.4 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera8.2 
 4. Mizis, Jelgava8.0 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils7.9 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.6 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala7.4 
 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. Metra, Barons k.4.0 
 4. Krumins, Valmiera4.0 
 5. Peiners, LU4.0 
 6. Kaufmanis, Valmiera3.9 
 7. Plavnieks, U183.5 
 8. Silavs, Jelgava3.4 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.4 
 10. Hill jr., Jekabpi.3.3 
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, Jurmala1.6 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.6 
 8. Sims, Ventspils1.6 
 9. Peiners, LU1.6 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.2.0 
 2. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.1 
 3. Mednis, Jurmala1.0 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 5. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.9 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Pasecniks, U180.8 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera0.8 
 10. Gulbis, Barons k.0.7 



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EuroCup: Budivelnyk down Rudupis in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Rudupis 84:57

Budivelnyk opened win count in EuroCup season. The Ukrainian team overcame Rudupis at home court to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) provided 16 points for the winners.
Rudupis ensured a strong start to the clash. The Lithuanian team pulled ahead to establish a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. But Budivelnyk made necessary arrangements in the first break and stiffened their defence. The hosts limited Prienai to just 20 points in the next two quarters to surge ahead. Budivelnyk secured a 55:42 lead with one quarter to go. Budivelnyk erupted for 29 points in the final ten minutes to clinch an important home win. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85, college: Midland CC) answered with 15 points for Prienai. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) netted 12 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Georgi Tsintsadze 16, Leo Lyons 16, Malcolm Delaney 13
Rudupis: Arturas Valeika 15, Gintaras Kadziulis 12



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Depiro's Shawn Morgan Named Malta Basketball Association You Shop We Ship Player of the Month for October - by Steve Dolan

Shawn Morgan 6'6" F (Arkansas State NCAA 1; Team 31 Sports Management) Depiro has been
named Malta Basketball Association You Shop We Ship Player of the month for October. Morgan is a
player that can score whenever he wants by many accounts but seems to be a player that takes pride in
involving his teammates in the game as much as he does scoring. We are use to seeing players of
Morgan's caliber shot the ball 20 or so times a game and avg the number of points he does a game but
Morgan has not reached the 20 shots in a game as of yet and is still top of the league in scoring. Before
coming to Malta Morgan spent time in Uruguay where he was the MVP of the league as well as time in
Mexico. Many people questioned if Morgan could play at any level in Europe but we think he has
proven the doubters wrong at least early on. Morgan has shown he is one of the most all around players
in Malta but some would like to see him a little more selfish with the ball at times because Depiro will
only go as far as Morgan will carry them. Morgan is currently avg 26ppg, 8.8rpg, 4.5apg, 3.0spg and
shooting 54% from the floor early on. Congratulations to Shawn Morgan Depiro on being named MBA
You Shop We Ship Male Player of the Month for October



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EuroCup: Buducnost escape with win over Lukoil - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Lukoil Academik 75:72

Buducnost opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin champions toppled Lukoil in Podgorica for 1-1 record in Group B. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) was responsible for 16 points in the victory.
Buducnost led by four points 23:19 after ten minutes. Lukoil however erased the deficit in the second frame. The Bulgarian team tied the score at 43 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Buducnost and Lukoil entered the fourth frame tied at 60. But Buducnost capitalized on some late errors from Lukoil to surge ahead. The hosts hung on to win the battle. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) provided 15 points, while Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for Buducnost. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) responded with 15 points for Lukoil. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 16, Vladimir Mihailovic 15, Dusko Bunic 14
Lukoil: Mohammed Abukar 15, Darryl Watkins 14



Cup of Montenegro Eighth finals: Jedinstvo surprised Danilovgrad after an overtime - by Darko Pekic

In the remaining matches of Montenegrin Cup Eighth finals two teams won their away games and just one host, the newcomer Ibar, secured the win at home. Ibar won against Lovcen 80:71 and made it to the Quarterfinals. The otstanding Mersudin Kosuta scored 29 points for the home team and Brandon Roberson (180-PG, college: Missouri Baptist) added 19 points shotting 4 out of 5 from the 3 point line to secure the win for his team. In Lovcen Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) was the leading scorer with 25 points.

Danilovgrad and Jedinstvo, two bottom ranked team in the League played and interesting and tied match which was finished after an overtime- 85:82 for the guests. The newcomer Danilo Draskovic (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) led the guests with 19 points and 6 rebounds while Vladimir Mrdak (205-C-94) with 25 points was the leading scorer in Danilovgrad.

The 2nd division team Pljevlja did not have a chance against EBL team Ulcinj and lost at home- 102:62 for Ulcinj. Dusan Milosevic (198-G-91, agency: BeoExcell) had a great shooting night with 27 points while for the home team Dragoljub Dragas (203-C-90) had a double double (14 points and 11 rebounds)



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Martin Methodist College: Shooting Slump Sinks RedHawks in Exhibition Loss - by Stephan Ditgens


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Playing with a healthy roster for the first time this season, No. 22 Martin Methodist was unable to overcome a first-half shooting slump in a 59-40 exhibition loss to Samford University Monday night.

Playing the first of two exhibition contests against NCAA Division I foes this season, the RedHawks (2-2) fell behind early, missing their first five shots of the contest before Montrae Williams buried a 3-pointer at the 13:30 mark of the first half to trim the deficit to 11-3.

Over the next 13-plus minutes, the RedHawks would continue to struggle to find their shooting touch, scoring just 13 first-half points on a 5-of-25 effort from the floor as the Bulldogs (1-1) built a 35-13 halftime edge.

In the second half, however, the RedHawks would begin to click offensively, outscoring the Bulldogs 27-24 behind an 11-of-34 effort from the floor.

"It felt good to finally come out and have some guys healthy tonight," RedHawks head coach Scott Combs said. "Obviously the result wasn't in our favor, but I was proud of the way our guys battled back in the second half against a quality opponent. Samford is a good squad."

Brandon Hunter led the charge offensively for the RedHawks, scoring a game-high 15 points 13 of which came in the second half. The junior finished the contest 6-of-17 from the floor and turned in a 3-of-4 performance at the free throw line.

Kadijon Townsend, who saw the first minutes of his RedHawks career, added eight points and nine rebounds in the loss. RedHawks big man Davie Champagnie nearly missed a double-digit rebound performance as well, snatching nine rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

The RedHawks return to action Saturday when they travel to Oakwood (Ala.). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Huntsville, Ala.

"We got some quality efforts from some guys tonight," Combs said. "We are looking forward to having a fully healthy squad and returning to regular-season play this weekend."

courtesy of goredhawks.com



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Results and Stats from Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Miami Heat 107-100
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) and the Los Angeles Clippers overwhelmed LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and the Miami Heat in a 107-100 victory. The Los Angeles Clippers dominated the second half, using a 33-20 third quarter to get ahead of the Miami Heat and hold on for a 107-100 victory. The Clippers led by double digits for most of the 4th quarter and weren't seriously threatened. The Clippers improved to 6-2 on the regular season, while the Heat fell to 6-3. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers by shooting 7-11 from the field while scoring 22 points. Blake Griffin had an excellent all-around game, compiling 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Chris Paul added 16 points, 10 assists, and four steals, while Caron Butler piled up 15 points. Eric Bledsoe had the highlight of the night with an incredible rejection of Dwyane Wade. The Heat were led by LeBron James, who had 30 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Chris Bosh put up 11 points and nine boards, Ray Allen added 14 points and five steals, and Rashard Lewis nailed all four of his shots (11 points). Wade shot 2-10 from the field, scoring six points (although he did manage to dish six assists). Courtesy of: sbnation.com

Golden St.W. - Atlanta H. 92-88
OAKLAND -- Warriors rookie forward Harrison Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) registered his first career double-double as Golden State held off the injury-plagued Atlanta Hawks 92-88 on Wednesday night. Harrison Barnes finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. He helped the Warriors overcome a rough shooting night from the starting backcourt. Harrison Barnes also led Golden State's dominant performance on the boards (44-29). Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 6 of 23 from the field with 19 points. Forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Golden State got 34 points from the bench, led by 10 each from forwards Carl Landry and Richard Jefferson. The Warriors took control of the game in the third quarter. Ahead 55-53, Golden State went on an 8-2 run led by Harrison Barnes. He got it going with a dunk. He then capped it with a follow dunk and a turnaround jumper, the latter putting the Warriors ahead 63-55 with just under seven minutes left. By the end of the quarter, the Warriors had their biggest lead of the night. A pull-up jumper by guard Jarrett Jack, followed by a runner from swingman Jefferson sent the Warriors into the fourth quarter up 71-60. Golden State kept a comfortable cushion until late, when the Hawks made a push. A 3-pointer by Hawks guard Lou Williams cut the Warriors' lead to 86-82 with just over a minute left. Curry dropped in a left-hand scoop over Hawks shot-blocking specialist Josh Smith to put the Warriors ahead 88-82 with 55.5 seconds left. But Williams responded by drilling a step-back 3-pointer over Curry. Curry tried to provide the dagger with a step-back 3-pointer of his own, but it clanked off the back rim. Fittingly, Harrison Barnes tracked down the rebound. His ensuing free throws put the Warriors up 90-85. Williams hit another 3-pointer, his third down the stretch, with Thompson draped all over him. But Jack knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the victory. The first time Harrison Barnes touched the ball in Wednesday's game, he drove baseline and scooped in a reverse layup. The next time he got the ball, he took two dribbles and drilled a pull-up 18-footer. It's exactly what coach Mark Jackson wanted to see. "In the preseason, he was too aggressive. Now, at times, it's like he's waiting," Jackson said before the game. "I'd like to see him score without plays being called for him and be a problem for defenses to match up with him with his energy and effort and all-out pursuit." Harrison Barnes said the first couple weeks in his career have been about learning his role. He's the third or fourth option most nights (fifth when center Andrew Bogut is in the lineup), so his opportunities are scarce. Gone are the days when he knew he was getting 15 shots so he could warm himself up. But the Warriors don't want a passive Harrison Barnes. At 6-foot-8 and with nice athleticism, he needs to attack the defense. Considering the Warriors' struggles on offense, Harrison Barnes' natural scoring ability is becoming more necessary. "You've just got to pick your spots," Harrison Barnes said. To help bring the scorer out of Harrison Barnes, Jackson has gone to the rookie in the post, taking advantage of his size and skill. Harrison Barnes said he went to the post a lot during the team's pre-training camp pickup games, giving Jackson the confidence to add that element to the offense. "He's certainly displayed what we thought he would be, and he's only going to get better," Jackson said. "I'd like him to attack more, run and slash more. He's going to play more, and he's going to be a big part of what we're doing." Perhaps more important than Harrison Barnes' offense, Golden State needs him to rebound. With Bogut absent, the Warriors really need their perimeter players to help out on the glass. Crashing the boards has been another difficult adjustment for Harrison Barnes, who you would expect to be a decent rebounder. He had just 17 rebounds over his first seven games. Entering Wednesday, Golden State was 3-0 when it wins the battle of the boards, 0-4 when it doesn't. Against Atlanta, Harrison Barnes had six rebounds in the first half. "I'm trying to learn how to rebound in the NBA," Harrison Barnes said. "In college you just turn around and there's only one or two guys who are as athletic as you. In the pros, everybody's athletic. You actually have to block out." Bogut is headed to Los Angeles to continue rehabbing his surgically repaired left ankle under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ferkel. "Hopefully," Jackson said before the game, "that will speed up his process." Bogut played in four of the first five games. But then he was shut down so he could spend time strengthening his ankle, which he said limited his mobility. Bogut was initially projected to be out seven to 10 days. But the team since has announced that Bogut will not travel on the coming three-game road trip, meaning he will miss at least 12 days and six games. A team source said Golden State is prepared to hold Bogut out through the remainder of 2012 if that's what it takes for him to be healthy. To that end -- while the Warriors are playing at Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Dallas -- Bogut will work under the watchful eye of Ferkel, who performed arthroscopic surgery on Bogut's ankle in April. The latest update from Golden State, via a release, is that there is no timetable for his return to "full-fledged practices or game action." The announcement said Bogut will return to the Bay Area next week "and continue various on-court activities." The Warriors celebrated the Hall of Fame induction of former coach Don Nelson on Wednesday. Nelson and his wife were in attendance. He got an ovation from the crowd, and the Warriors played videos from several NBA legends talking about Nelson. "It was really cool," Nelson said of his induction. "Three days with a lot of your best friends that you haven't seen in a long time that you spent portions of your life with. Family, friends, owners, general managers and basketball people that, over 50 years, you've been touched by them, and by a lot of people, and a lot of them are there. It's pretty special." Nelson, the NBA's all-time winningest coach (1,335 victories), had two stints with the Warriors. He led them to the playoffs during both tenures, the last time was the 2007 "We Believe" team. Nelson is just one of three coaches to win Coach of the Year three times. He said he doesn't have any plans to get back into the NBA. He said he's focused on his business ventures, which include a coffee shop, "stores and rental properties." Nelson said he hasn't even had time to watch the Warriors. "I only saw them one time, and they didn't look that good," Nelson said. "That was up in Sacramento, but they had a chance to win the game. They didn't play very well. I have not seen them, but until they get everyone playing consistently, you're not going to see the real product anyway." Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

Phoenix Suns - Chicago B. 106-112 OT
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 28 points and 14 rebounds to help the visiting Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns, 112-106, in overtime Wednesday night. Boozer, who scored 31 against Phoenix in the previous meeting, last season, was a force at power forward again. He made 11 of 20 shots and had his way inside as the Bulls scored 50 points in the paint. Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 21 points, and center Joakim Noah had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Chicago scored six points on putbacks in a 10-0 run that gave the Bulls a 79-61 lead in the third quarter. But the Suns fought back in the fourth by being active on the offensive boards. Courtesy of: www.nytimes.com

Dallas M. - Washington W. 107-101
DALLAS -- Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored 23 points and had eight rebounds in only his second start for Dallas, and the Mavericks held on for a 107-101 victory over the winless Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) had 25 points as the Mavericks snapped a three-game losing streak since Kaman's only other start. Washington (0-7) had trailed by as many as 22 points before a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter. Cartier Martin capped that spurt with consecutive 3-pointers, swishing the second from the wing right in front of the Mavs bench and coach Rick Carlisle to get within 88-85. Kaman had a short hook on the Mavs' next possession.After Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-C-89) made a hook over Kaman, the Mavs' 7-foot center scored with his back to the basket when he tossed the ball over his shoulder. A defensive rebound by Kaman led to a basket by Mayo that made it 94-87, and still that almost wasn't enough. Washington is the only NBA team still without a victory, and is one short of the franchise-worst start set just last season when the Wizards lost their first eight games. Detroit won for the first time in its nine games earlier Wednesday, 94-76 at Philadelphia. Seraphin had consecutive baskets and it was 101-98 with just under 2 minutes left. Seraphin then had a steal, but Jannero Pargo missed a potential tying 3. Martin made another 3 in the closing seconds, but Kaman had another strong inside move and made the free throw. The Wizards made six 3s in the fourth quarter, but never went to the free-throw line while Kaman's closing three-point play made Dallas 9 of 10 from the stripe in the final 12 minutes. Washington outscored Dallas 34-22 in the fourth quarter without a starter getting on the floor. Seraphin had 14 of his 16 points in that spurt and Martin had 14 points after not even playing the first three quarters, and made all four of his 3-pointers. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 21 points. It was the first game in Dallas started together by the 7-foot Kaman and Elton Brand, Mavs newcomers who were past teammates with the Los Angeles Clippers. After three subpar games in a row, Carlisle wanted to shake up his lineup still missing injured starters Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion. Brand had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jae Crowder, the rookie who had started the previous four games, scored 12 points off the bench. The Wizards were within 37-33 when Emeka Okafor made a 7-foot turnaround jumper with just under 7 minutes left in the first half. Brand then made both free throws after being fouled by Okafor to start a 15-2 run. And the Mavericks made 10 of their next 12 shots for a 63-45 halftime lead. It was the first 40-point quarter this season for the Mavericks. Courtesy of: myrtlebeachonline.com

Minnesota T. - Charlotte B. 87-89
MINNEAPOLIS-Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut)'s jumper with 0.7 seconds left lifted the Charlotte Bobcats to an 89-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Walker finished with 22 points, five assists and four rebounds, and his 19-footer over the out-stretched arm of Alexey Shved helped the Bobcats to their first three-game winning streak in nearly 20 months. Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Ramon Sessions had 18 points and six rebounds for Charlotte, which has won three straight games for the first time since March 2011. Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81) had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who used a 16-2 run to tie the game with 12.3 seconds left. The Wolves were without six of their top seven players: Kevin Love (broken right hand), Ricky Rubio (left knee), Chase Budinger (left knee), Nikola Pekovic (left ankle), JJ Barea (left foot) and Brandon Roy (right knee). They were relegated to high-priced assistant coaches on Wednesday night, and their encouragement wasn't enough to help a plucky group of role players scratch together another win. The Bobcats looked like they would cruise to the win when they led 85-71 with about four minutes to go. The Wolves trimmed it to 85-81 with just more than two minutes to play. Bobcats G Reggie Williams then got a technical foul with 38.9 seconds left for calling timeout when they had none remaining, and Luke Ridnour knocked down the free throw to make it 87-86. Derrick Williams knocked down one of two free throws to tie it before Walker went into his UConn bag of tricks with a lightning-quick stutter step to create a sliver of daylight between him and Shved. The ball swished through, just as it did so many times for him as a Husky. Ridnour had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Shved scored 13 for the Timberwolves, who shot just 38 percent and missed 17 free throws. It was a good lesson for the young Bobcats, who certainly aren't used to winning. The Bobcats slogged through a 7-59 season last year, the worst winning percentage in NBA history. But new coach Mike Dunlap has infused the baby-faced roster with some confidence and the freedom to get out on the break and run and gun. Now the team that lost its last 23 games and never won consecutive games last season has won three in a row for the first time since March 2011. They shot 54 percent in the first half, using their young legs to overcome playing the second night of a back-to-back and take control of the game. Minnesota briefly made a run at them to start the second half, but the Bobcats closed the third period with an 8-0 run and never looked back. Charlotte blocked 12 shots, making life extremely difficult for Williams (3 for 12), Greg Stiemsma (0 for 6) and Malcolm Lee (3 for 12) near the basket. NOTES: Bobcats G Ben Gordon missed the game for personal reasons. ... Love is scheduled to have a X-ray on his hand on Tuesday to see if he can start increasing his workload. He is expected to be back by the first week in December at the latest. www.denverpost.com/termsofuse

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 97-107
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored a season-high 28 points, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) added 20 points and 11 rebounds before getting ejected along with Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins during a late-game altercation and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Thunder 107-97 on Wednesday night Get in the game and see the best action shots. NBA photos of the week. Marc Gasol chipped in 14 points as the Grizzlies continued the best start in franchise history by winning their sixth straight game. They took control by outscoring Oklahoma City by 21 in the second quarter, and never gave it up. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored a season-high 34 points and Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 13 assists as both Oklahoma City All-Stars logged more than 42 minutes for the second straight game while trying to lead a fourth-quarter comeback. This time it fell short as the Thunder had their five-game winning streak snapped. The Grizzlies went to their twin towers inside with Oklahoma City threatening to come back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter for the second straight game. Coach Lionel Hollins called for a timeout after Perkins' two-handed slam got the Thunder within 97-89 with 4:18 to play. He sent his team back out with Gasol isolated against Perkins, and Gasol twisted his way in for a layup. After a missed jumper by Serge Ibaka at the other end, Gasol set up Randolph for a layup off a designed play. After a pair of empty trips by both teams, referee Ken Mauer tossed both Perkins and Randolph after the two confronted each other between a pair of free throws by Westbrook. After the ejections, Randolph and Perkins tried to approach each other while being restrained by teammates before finally heading out tunnels at opposite ends of Chesapeake Energy Arena. By then, Memphis had all but locked up the latest in a series of testy games between the two young Western Conference playoff contenders who got to know each other all too well during a seven-game series in the playoffs two seasons ago. Ibaka finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Thunder. Quincy Pondexter contributed 13 points and Jerryd Bayless scored 12 as Memphis' bench outperformed the Thunder reserves. Both teams retooled their reserves during the offseason, with the Grizzlies letting O.J. Mayo leave in free agency and the Thunder trading Sixth Man of the Year James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) to Houston. Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks tightened his rotation in the second half, giving Durant and Westbrook no time off even after both had played 44 minutes in a come-from-behind win at Detroit on Monday night. In that game, the Thunder scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to immediately erase an 11-point deficit. Not this time. Pondexter and the second unit brought the Grizzlies back after they'd fallen behind 30-20 after the first quarter, getting held to just 32 percent from the field. Pondexter hit a pair of 3-poitners and a couple free throws during a 16-6 burst to start the second quarter, and Memphis kept rolling as the starters rotated back in. Another Pondexter 3 put Memphis ahead 44-41 and the Grizzlies scored the final 10 points of the half, including a two-handed dunk by Gay off of Pondexter's alley-oop, to go up 56-45. In all, the Thunder were outscored 36-15 in the second quarter while taking their turn making just 32 percent of their shots. The deficit ballooned to 65-49 in the first 3 minutes of the second half, with Randolph converting putbacks on back-to-back possessions and Mike Conley following Gay's 3-pointer with a runner in the lane. NOTES: Gasol also got a technical in the third quarter for taking the ball out of the net and raking it across Westbrook's face after a basket by Westbrook. ... The Grizzlies had just one turnover in the first half - when Bayless failed to connect with Gasol on a pass into the lane and Ibaka came away with it. ... Oklahoma City reserve Hasheem Thabeet spent a few moments at halftime chatting with ex-teammates and staff on the Memphis sideline. ''I'm happy that he's still in the league and happy that he's doing well,'' Hollins said. Courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com

Houston R. - N.Orleans H. 100-96
HOUSTON - James Harden scored 30 points, Omer Asik (7'0''-C-86) added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets held off the New Orleans Hornets 100-96 on Wednesday night. Harden went 10 for 20 from the field but only 1 of 7 from 3-point range. He reached 30 points for the third time in seven games with the Rockets. Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) scored a career-high 24 for the Hornets, despite hurting his left ankle in the third quarter and briefly leaving the game. Anthony Davis had only eight points on 2-for-7 shooting. The Rockets built a 21-point lead in the first half, but the Hornets played better defense in the second to close the gap. Chandler Parsons sank a pivotal 3-pointer and fadeaway jumper late to help Houston win for the second time in five home games. Courtesy of: www.dailyherald.com/

Milwaukee B. - Indiana P. 99-85
MILWAUKEE - Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) and Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 16 points each to help the Milwaukee Bucks cruise to a 99-85 victory over the struggling Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Beno Udrih had nine points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 42 percent from the field and improved to 2-2 at home. Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) scored 17 points for the Pacers, while Gerald Green and Paul George added 12 points apiece. Indiana, which shot 38 percent, lost its fifth straight on the road after a season-opening win at Toronto. The Bucks scored the first seven points of the game and led throughout. Their lead was as high as 27 in the second quarter and 32 early in the third before they played their reserves throughout the fourth. The Pacers' offense has struggled so far this season as the team adjusts to playing without Danny Granger, its leading scorer of the past five seasons. Granger is out for about three months with a patella problem in his left knee. Tobias Harris scored the first five points in the Bucks' opening spurt. Milwaukee, which lost all three games to Indiana last season, also had a 10-0 run midway through the quarter and held a 33-17 advantage at the end of the period. The Bucks led 60-34 lead at halftime on 48 percent shooting. Indiana, meanwhile, shot just 32 percent in the first half. Milwaukee's lead was 82-53 heading into the fourth. The bad blood between the Bucks and Pacers, who were involved in a couple of ugly on-court altercations last season, continued Wednesday night when Larry Sanders was called for a flagrant foul on Hansbrough in the the third quarter. The foul initially left Hansbrough sprawled on the court but he quickly jumped to his feet and ran toward the Bucks' forward. The two were quickly separated and Hansbrough hit one of two technical free throws. NOTES: Indiana's George Hill was whistled for a technical foul for arguing as time expired in the first quarter. . Former NBA player, coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy, father of Bucks G-F Mike Dunleavy Jr., attended the game. . Ellis started despite being bothered by a right thumb injury he sustained in Monday's victory over Philadelphia. 'It was fairly significant yesterday, but not as bad today,' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said prior to the game. .Bucks F Drew Gooden was inactive for the game. He has yet to appear in a contest this season. 'We're kind of at a numbers game right now,' Skiles said. 'Unless there are definite injuries, the way we are set up right now, we have to have a big guy on the inactive list. We can't have a guard on there because we don't have enough guards.' Courtesy of: www.dailyherald.com

Boston C. - Utah Jazz 98-93
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics have proven in the past that as good as Rajon Rondo is, they do know how to win from time to time without him. That was indeed the case on Wednesday as the Celtics managed to make all the necessary plays with a Rondo-less roster down stretch and squeak out a 98-93 win. Utah's Mo Williams had a chance to put the Jazz ahead in the game's final seconds, but his runner down the baseline grazed the rim and was ultimately rebounded by Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76). Paul Pierce was fouled and made both free throws to give Boston a 96-93 lead with 19.5 seconds to play. Following a Utah time-out, Jeff Green grabbed a missed lay-up attempt by Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) but was called for traveling on the play. The Jazz used another time-out with 12.7 seconds to play. Once again, Utah came up short on a shot and once again it was Garnett corraling the Boston's late-game heroics may not have been needed if Rondo was able to play down the stretch. He left the game with 4:55 to play in the third quarter after rolling his right ankle. Celtics officials said he was going to try and "give it a go" in the fourth, but it was clear that he was still in some pain. As the players began to walk on to the court at the start of the fourth, Rondo was on the sideline with a noticeable limp to his step and did not attempt to enter the game. It is unclear if Rondo will be able to play in Thursday night's game at Brooklyn. The Utah Jazz were no different than most NBA teams that face the Boston Celtics. Missed shots should never been seen as a missed opportunity to score on Boston, not with the struggles they have rebounding the ball at both ends of the floor. Sadly for the C's, they stayed true to what is once again a significant weakness- rebounding. The Jazz pounded Boston on the boards by the tune of 48-33. Even with the struggles rebounding, Boston came away with the only thing that truly matters right now as they try to continue making progress towards becoming the team they envision will be playing late into the month of June. And if it takes some late-game success to happen along the way, so be it. "We're a veteran ball club," said C's guard Jason Terry. "We thrive in situations where it's a tight ball game. We've all been in that situation plenty of times. We know what we have to do to close games out." Courtesy of: www.csnne.com

Philadelph.76 - Detroit P. 76-94
Ahistorically bad shooting performance in a 94-76 loss to the Detroit Pistons dropped the Philadelphia 76ers to 4-4 on the young season. But at least Andrew Bynum's hair was great. Facebook Twitter When Andrew Bynum's... eccentric hairstyle is the highlight of the game, it clearly wasn't a very enjoyable night for Sixers. Or their fans. The Philadelphia 76ers were completely run out of the Wells Fargo Center tonight, falling to the (formerly winless) Detroit Pistons 94-76. And unfortunately for the 11,879 in attendance, there weren't even $1 hot dogs to help soothe the pain. Pistons' center Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) led all players with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and even threw in six assists for good measure. Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) - a last-minute addition to the starting lineup after Rodney Stuckey was a late scratch due to the flu - finished with 16 points, 13 of which came before halftime. (It should be noted that Singler was deemed so inconsequential by the makers of NBA 2K13 that he's still missing from the game's roster, six weeks after its release.) Lavoy Allen (6'9''-C/F-89, college: Temple) had perhaps the best showing of any Sixer on the night, although that isn't saying all that much. In a reserve role (Kwame Brown got the nod at center, sadly), Allen scored 14 points and pulled down six boards in 26 minutes. Jrue Holiday added 12 (on 4-for-13 shooting), while Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young went a combined 3-for-17 on the night and finished with seven points. This was by far the Sixers' worst performance of the season, and one of the worst of the Doug Collins' era. As a team, Philadelphia shot 29.8 percent from the floor (the worst shooting performance ever at the Wells Fargo Center), were outrebounded by 19, and were thoroughly dominated by the Pistons despite only turning the ball over four times on the night. Quite frankly, there was no juice, no toughness and no swag anywhere to be found. But other than shooting, rebounding and playing defense, the Sixers played great. One play that summed up the entire night: Late in the second quarter, Pistons' center Greg Monroe attempted a free throw with his right eye closed after losing his contact lens during a drive to the basket. And, quite naturally, he made the shot. For what it's worth, the Sixers' coaching staff can use the game film as an example of what not to do on offense. There seems to be very little ball and/or player movement in the Sixers' halfcourt sets at times, and the team is overly reliant on 3s (or, even worse, long 2s) to score points. And as we learned tonight, when those shots aren't falling, the 76ers have the potential to get blown out by just about any team in the league. Shortly after tip-off, it was clear that this one was headed in the wrong direction. Detroit ended the first quarter on a 15-4 run, outrebounding the Sixers by a margin of 19-8 in the opening period. It didn't get much better at halftime: The 76ers went into intermission down 52-34 after going 13-for-43 from the field in the first half. Through the first two periods, Holiday, Turner and Thaddeus Young had a combined total of nine points. With Bynum not set to return any time soon, perhaps the Sixers need to embrace a team rebounding approach (or, at the very least, better shot selection) so that they don't get completely outworked on the glass. Tonight was the second consecutive game in which they were outrebounded by 17 boards or more, and the Pistons outscored them in the paint 42-28. Coming up on Friday is the Utah Jazz, who were the 6th-best rebounding team in the league heading into tonight's action. That one should be fun. Player of the game: Andrew Bynum's hair. We will link to this picture incessantly. You have been warned. Anti-player of the game: Evan Turner. Everyone is entitled to having a bad night, but 3 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes simply isn't going to cut it. Turner's fantastic rebounding ability helps to offset some of the negatives in his game, but unless he starts scoring on a consistent basis, he may not be long for the starting lineup. Courtesy of: www.libertyballers.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark CAGUIOA
  Barang.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Caguioa, Barang.20.0 
 2. Mercado, Meralco19.2 
 3. Miller, Global Port19.1 
 4. Cardona, Meralco18.2 
 5. Yap, San M.16.7 
 6. Fonacier, Talk N.16.5 
 7. Tubid, Barako Bull16.0 
 8. Lutz, Petron Blaze16.0 
 9. Chan, Rain or Shine15.9 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.0 
 2. Pingris, San M.10.6 
 3. Cruz, Rain or Shine9.4 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.0 
 5. Villanueva, Barako8.8 
 6. Williams, Talk N.8.3 
 7. de Ocampo, San M.8.3 
 8. Maierhofer, Barang.8.1 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.7.4 
 10. deOcampo, Talk N.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miller, Global Port6.0 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.5 
 3. Mercado, Meralco5.2 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.4.8 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako4.7 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.4.4 
 9. Reyes, Talk N Text4.0 
 10. Cardona, Meralco3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Talk N Text
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reyes, Talk N Text2.0 
 2. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.8 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.4 
 4. Custodio, Air21 E.1.4 
 5. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako1.3 
 7. Hodge, Meralco1.2 
 8. Fonacier, Talk N.1.2 
 9. Barroca, San M.1.2 
 10. Caguioa, Barang.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Santos, Petron B.1.7 
 2. Hodge, Meralco1.4 
 3. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 4. Baclao, Air21 E.1.0 
 5. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.0 
 6. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 7. de Ocampo, San M.1.0 
 8. Ellis, Barangay.0.9 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.0.9 
 10. Eman, Alaska Aces0.8 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 14: Petron Blaze - Rain or Shine 96-86
Nov. 14: Air21 Express - Alaska Aces 104-103
Nov. 18: Alaska Aces - Barangay Ginebra
Nov. 18: Global Port - Petron Blaze
Nov. 17: Rain or Shine - Air21 Express
Nov. 16: Meralco Bolts - Talk N Text
Nov. 16: San Mig Coffee - Barako Bull


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: November 14, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

Boy, when the Petron Blaze Boosters are on, they are ON.

They opened up a tight game in the third period, outscoring the Elasto-Painters, 33-12, and then cruised to an easy win only their fourth in ten games.

Former Smart-Gilas standout Chris Lutz was on fire here, hitting 7 of his 11 field goals, including 4 triples. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to punctuate a good all-around performance. Arwind Santos had a monster double-double line consisting of 16 points and 15 boards while frontcourt mate Jay Washington, who has been the meat of recent trade rumors, had 14 markers and 6 caroms. Three other Boosters finished in double-digits.

Despite having a depleted frontline, the Boosters held their own against the vaunted Extra Rice Boys of Rain or Shine. Beau Belga, JR Quiahan, Jervy Cruz, and Larry Rodriguez all actually finished in double-figures, but this was offset by the Painters anemic outside shooting. They made good on just 18% of their threes and shot just 36% overall from the floor. This is only the third loss for the Painters, who are in solo third place behind Talk N Text and San Mig Coffee.

Game Recaps:
AIR 21 EXPRESS over ALASKA ACES, 104-103

Mark Isip played an unfamiliar role Wednesday night, drilling in the game-winning basket and leading the Air 21 Express to their third straight victory of the season following a tense 104-103 squeaker over the hard-fighting Alaska Aces in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The 6-foot-4 forward received a pass from Mike Cortez, who was double-teamed on his way to the basket. Isip unleashed a short jumper over the outstretched arms of Sonny Thoss and his shot bounced off the rim before going in, giving the Express the marginal basket.

Our play was for our guards to create something going to the basket. Good thing Mike had the presence of mind to pass it out to an open Mark Isip, said Air 21 coach Franz Pumaren, who posted the first three-game winning streak of his PBA coaching career.

More importantly, the Express victory put them into a tie for sixth to seventh spots of the team standings.

The Aces, on the other hand, absorbed their third straight loss after a string of five consecutive victories. They fell to an even 5-5 record.

Alaska, however, fought back from double-digit deficits in the second half and appeared to be headed to complete a come-from-behind behind the solid games of Mac Baracael and rookie Calvin Abueva, who had six straight points in the span of one minute.

Id like to give credit to Alaska. They refused to quit, but its a good thing we were able to keep our poise down the stretch, added Pumaren.

A21 104- Canaleta 21, Wilson 13, Isip 12, Cortez 12, Sena 11, Custodio 11, Omolon 9, Baclao 7, Reyes 6, Arboleda 2, Atkins 0
ALA 103- Baracael 24, Abueva 17, Espinas 16, Reys 8, Casio 8, Jazul 7, Thoss 7, Hontiveros 6, Baguio 5, Eman 3, Laure 2, Dela Cruz 0
QS: 34-20, 61-48, 84-76, 104-103.

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 96-86

Playing with a sense of urgency, Petron Blaze faced a real test against emerging contender Rain or Shine.

And the short-handed Boosters responded to the challenge.

The Boosters had six players that finished in double figures with Chris Lutz leading the way, but it was Petrons defense against one of the hottest teams in the tournament that proved to be the difference in their 96-86 triumph in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

Uso ang bull session sa mga teams na nag-struggle, said Petron coach Olsen Racela. We reminded each other to stop talking, but its time to start to play.

The key to this win is that we limit the No. 2 offensive team. We held them down tonight, he added.

The Boosters came out of the halftime break fresh and full of energy as they clamped down on the Elasto Painters big guns. Petron limited Rain or Shine to just 12 third-quarter points, while unloading 33 points at the other end to turn an expected tight struggle into a rout.

Rain or Shine trailed by 22 points, 57-79, entering the last quarter. They made a huge run in the fourth, but simply ran out of time.

We needed a win badly, not just for the team standings, but also to get our confidence back, said Racela. I was also having doubts myself after we lost three straight games, but the players helped me and I got my confidence back.

In snapping a three-game slide, the Boosters improved their record to 4-6.

Lutz finished with 19 points followed by Arwind Santos 16. Jay Washington contributed 14 markers while Marcio Lassiter chipped in 12.

Alex Cabagnot had 11 and Denok Miranda added 10 in a display of balanced firepower by the undermanned Petron squad.

PET 96- Lutz 19, Santos 16, Washington 14, Lassiter 12, Cabagnot 11, Miranda 10, Faundo 6, Yeo 6, Duncil 2, Ildefonso 0
ROS 86- Chan 20, Belga 14, Quinahan 11, Cruz 10, Rodriguez 10, Tang 8, Ibanes 6, Matias 4, Norwood 3, Arana 0
QS: 25-15, 46-45, 79-57, 96-86.

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




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EuroCup: Lokomotiv stay perfect with win over Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban - Trefl Sopot 99:79

Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 29 points as Lokomotiv rallied to the second straight win in EuroCup season. The Krasnodar team overcame visiting Trefl Sopot for 2-0 record in Group F. Trefl Sopot suffered the second straight defeat.
Lokomotiv unloaded 27 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 5-point lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Lokomotiv ensured a 49:39 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot cut the margin in the third term. The visitors got within 9 points at the final intermission. But Lokomotiv quickly picked up the tempo and went on to score 34 points in the final period clinching the victory. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) finished with 16 points, while Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) added 14 points for Lokomotiv. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) answered with 15 points for Trefl Sopot. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jimmy Baron 29, Nick Calathes 16, Maxim Grigoryev 14
Trefl Sopot: Frank Turner 15, Filip Dylewicz 13



EuroCup: Zielona Gora earn first victory - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Stelmet ZG 70:76

Stelmet Zielona Gora claimed the first EuroCup win this season. They knocked down Panionios on the road to improve at 1-1 record in Group F. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) came up with 19 points to pace the visitors.
Zielona Gora went on a 12:0 run in the opening quarter to clear off. The Polish team posted a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Panionios faced a 23:42 halftime deficit. Panionios improved their performance in the second half. The Greek team cut the deficit at 13-point mark with one quarter to go. The Hellenes trimmed the distance at 5 points with three minutes remaining. However Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) knocked down crucial baskets late in regulation to seal the victory for the visitors. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Quinton Hosley chipped in 14 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Zielona Gora. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90, agency: FCM) answered with 16 points for Panionios. Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) produced 14 points in the losing case.

Panionios: Vlantimir Giankovits 16, Christopher Booker 14
Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 19, Oliver Stevic 15, Quinton Hosley 14



Marcin Gortat's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Poles playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Marcin Gortat (211-84, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) 117-110 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Gortat had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 7 blocks in 38 minutes on the court. The Phoenix Suns have 4-4 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Gortat has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.6bpg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 66.7% in the eight games he played so far. Gortat is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Michal Ignerski
Michal Ignerski
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Italy). He led Banco di Sardegna Sassari to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (2-5) crushing them 102-81 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Ignerski recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (6-1) is placed second in the SerieA. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ignerski has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

David Logan
David Logan
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Israel). Logan contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Galil Gilboa (0-5) crushing them 94-62 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He scored 9 points in 22 minutes. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (4-1) is placed third in the Winner League. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Logan has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(14-21), 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 71.4% in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Logan played for the Polish national team three years ago. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #4. Power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain could not help Caja Laboral (1-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lampe's good performance the sixth-placed Caja Laboral was defeated 76-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Cedevita (#5) in the group C of Euroleague. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lampe has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Lampe is also Polish national team player.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #5. International power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) led Torino to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Omegna (3-5) crushing them 90-70 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. PMS Torino (7-2) is placed third in the Nazionale A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Wojciechowski has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg and 7.9rpg in the nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Italian. Wojciechowski plays currently for the Polish national team.

Przemyslaw Karnowski
Przemyslaw Karnowski
   #6. Center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Southern Utah University crushing them 103-65 in the NCAA last Friday. He recorded 22 points. The Gonzaga University has conference record this season. This year Karnowski has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 7.9rpg. Karnowski is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Olek Czyz
Olek Czyz
   #7. Former U20 international forward Olek Czyz (200-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nevada, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lottomatica Roma (4-3) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (5-2) in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Czyz recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Lottomatica Roma lost 70-81 in Siena to the higher-ranked (#4) Montepaschi. This year Czyz's overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 4.3rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team two years ago.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #8. Center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (3-4) 105-100 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Szewczyk recorded 8 points in 24 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (3-4) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This year Szewczyk's total stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.6rpg in the five games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Cezary Trybanski
Cezary Trybanski
   #9. An experienced former international center Cezary Trybanski (218-79, currently plays in Lithuania) led Dzukija to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Meresta (7-4) 88-71 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Saturday night. Trybanski recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds. Dzukija Alytus (6-3) is placed fifth in the NKL. It's Trybanski's first season with the team. Trybanski is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 11.3rpg and 4.4bpg. Trybanski used to play for the Polish national team eleven years ago.

Michal Hlebowicki
Michal Hlebowicki
   #10. Center Michal Hlebowicki (204-76, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to secure a victory for Jekabpils (2-5) in their game against Valmiera (5-2) in the Latvian LBL. He scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Jekabpils was crushed 96-55 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Valmiera. Hlebowicki is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 0.9bpg. He also averaged so far 7.1ppg and 5.3rpg in the seven games. Hlebowicki is a former international player as ten years ago he still played for the Polish senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Sweden) led Nassjo to a victory against the closely-ranked White Eagles 80-71 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lukasiak has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the Polish U18 national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international center Pawel Mroz (215-84, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help Basketbal Svitavy in their game against BK Decin in the Czech Republic NBL. Mroz scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 79-62. His stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 10 games. Mroz used to play for the Polish U18 national team back in 2002.

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

   #1. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his German team EWE Baskets to an easy victory against the third-ranked Timisoara (1-1) 84-67 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (2-0) is placed first in group F. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Wysocki's first season with the team. This year Wysocki's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 6.0rpg in the two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and German.

   #2. Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to a 3-point Khimik's victory against the fourth-ranked JDA Dijon (0-2) 76-73 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Kovalenko scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (2-0) is placed second in group D. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Kovalenko's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. Kovalenko is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Ukrainian.

   #3. Dominik Malinowski (198-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Recklinghausen (3-4) crushing them 97-74 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Malinowski recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. SG Schwelmer Baskets (6-1) is placed second in Group North. Malinowski's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg. He has both Polish and German nationalities. Despite Malinowski's Polish passport, he previously played for the German U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #4. Experienced Jose Mackiewicz (201-F-79, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Tabare (7-9) to beat Bohemios (6-10). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Mackiewicz recorded only 2 points. Tabare (#9) was badly defeated 91-74 at home by the lower-ranked Bohemios (#12) in the Capital group. It was Tabare's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Mackiewicz has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.2rpg. He also holds two passports: Polish and Uruguayan.

   #5. Marek Olesinski (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help U.S. Air Force Academy in a victory against the The Citadel 77-70 in the NCAA last Sunday. Olesinski scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. The U.S. Air Force Academy has conference record this season. Olesinski has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.2rpg in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Olesinski has never played in Poland.

   #6. Daniel Motyka (180-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Sanda Basket crushing them 119-68 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points. Motyka has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.2spg.

   #7. Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95, currently plays in Iceland) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Njardvik in their game against KR in the Icelandic Dominos League. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Baginski scored only 2 points in 19 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 87-70. Baginski has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the six games. He has dual citizenship: Polish and Icelandic.



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Al Sadd beat Al Arabi to notch 4th straight win 14/11/2012 - by Eurobasket News

Al Sadd beat Al Arabi to notch 4th straight win

A fierce battle for league leadership it was and the taller and heftier Al Sadd prevailed, 71-60 over an undermanned but fighting Al Arabi in the main game last night of the Qatar Mens League at the Al Rayyan Indoor Arena.

Al Sadd put on the pressure on their foes at the onset, preventing Abdulai Jalloh (188-G-86, college: JMU) and Al Arabis offense to get going while scoring unmolested in transition to come out far ahead, 40-25, after 20 minutes of play.

The Emir Cup champions kept the tempo after the break and even as Arabis big men brought the fight back in the shaded area, still managed to pull farther away at 61-43 at the end of the third period.

Jalloh spearheaded an 11-0 burst early in the fourth canto to inch closer, 54-61, but Michael Benjamin Southalls dominating presence carried Al Sadd back to a comfortable margin at 67-54, 3:30 left in the game.

Chris dela Rosa led Al Sadd with 15, followed by Khaled Suliman with 14, Southall 12 and Daoud Mousa 10. Jalloh Abdullah finished with 26 points for Arabi.

In the first game, El Jaish trounced Al Shamal, 74-63, for their third victory against a lone defeat which placed them in a tie with Al Arabi in the team standings.

Newcomers Shamal, coming off an ego-boosting win versus Al Wakrah late last week courtesy of latest addition Mezie Nwigwe, was explosive in the early going and kept Army on their toes in the first quarter at 17-16, and at 37-all at halftime.

But El Jaish entered the third period blazing and soared to an early 48-40 lead before pegging a 58-48 advantage.

Nwigwe, who had already had 21 points by then, tried to rally his team back in the final period with relentless defense but Mohammad Baker and his gang countered with more ferocity on the offensive end to preserve the win and deal the northerners their third loss.

Baker topscored for Jaish with 23 points while Shamals Nwigwe finished with 25.

The league goes back to its home at Al Gharafa Sports Centre on Friday and will feature matches between Al Wakrah and El Jaish at 4:00 pm and Rayyan versus Al Ahli in the 8:00 pm main game. A match between Filipino ball clubs under the Pinoy Basketball Qatar (PBAQ) League will also be played in between the QML games as a sidelight.
Courtesy of: http://www.qatarbasketball.qa/en/index.php


Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Sadd 4-0 
 2. Al Rayyan 3-0 
 3. Al Arabi 3-1 
 4. Al Jaysh 3-1 
 5. Al Gharafa 1-2 
 6. Qatar 1-2 
 7. Al Shamal 1-3 
 8. Al Ahli 0-3 
 9. Al Wakrah 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 13: Qatar - Al Ahli 85-64
Nov. 14: Al Jaysh - Al Shamal 74-63
Nov. 13: Al Wakrah - Al Rayyan 64-86
Nov. 14: Al Arabi - Al Sadd 60-71

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 16: Al Wakrah - Al Jaysh
Nov. 16: Al Rayyan - Al Ahli
Nov. 18: Qatar - Al Gharafa
Nov. 18: Al Shamal - Al Arabi



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EuroChallenge: Krasnye Krylia stole the win from CSU Asesoft Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti- Krasnye Krylia 76:79

Krasnye Krylia stole the win from CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. The Russian team remained undefeated and improved to 2-0 record. The hosts dropped at 0-2 record in the competition.
Krasnye Krylia scored 20 points in the first and then in the second quarters. It was enough to take 40:29 halftime advantage. Moreover the Russian team won the third period 29-24 as Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) scored for 69:53 at the end of the third period. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti erupted with 23-10 in the last stanza but could not catch up with the guests.
Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) poured in 21 points to lead all the winners, while Aaron Miles netted 17. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) scored 13 and Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) tossed in 10. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 19 points for the home side and Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) added 16. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) notched 10, while Robert Nyakundi (203-F-89, college: SMU) and Ivars Timermanis (203-F-82) brought 9 apiece.

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti: Vladimir Tica 19, Darius Hargrove 16, Catalin Burlacu 10, Robert Nyakundi 9, Ivars Timermanis 9
Krasnye Krylia: Chester Simmons 21, Aaron Miles 17, Omar Thomas 13, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 10



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EuroCup: Unics too good for visiting Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Oostende 83:72

Unics registered the second straight win at the start of EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Oostende in Kazan tonight. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts. Oostende fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Unics stormed into the game. They accounted for a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. the hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Unics accumulated a 48:34 halftime advantage. The Kazan team kept Oostende at bay throughout the third quarter. The Russian powerhouse entered the final period up by 18 points 70:52. Oostende narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not challenge the deficit. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) delivered 18 points, Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) added 14 points for Unics. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) answered with 15 points for Oostende. Dusan Katnic (193-G-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Unics: Ian Vougioukas 20, Kostas Kaimakoglou 18, Vladimir Veremeenko 14
Oostende: Brent Wright 15, Dusan Katnic 11, Dusan Djordjevic 11



EuroCup: Lokomotiv stay perfect with win over Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban - Trefl Sopot 99:79

Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 29 points as Lokomotiv rallied to the second straight win in EuroCup season. The Krasnodar team overcame visiting Trefl Sopot for 2-0 record in Group F. Trefl Sopot suffered the second straight defeat.
Lokomotiv unloaded 27 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 5-point lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Lokomotiv ensured a 49:39 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot cut the margin in the third term. The visitors got within 9 points at the final intermission. But Lokomotiv quickly picked up the tempo and went on to score 34 points in the final period clinching the victory. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) finished with 16 points, while Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) added 14 points for Lokomotiv. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) answered with 15 points for Trefl Sopot. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jimmy Baron 29, Nick Calathes 16, Maxim Grigoryev 14
Trefl Sopot: Frank Turner 15, Filip Dylewicz 13



EuroCup: Triumph need overtime to edge Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - Artland Dragons 84:79 (OT)

Triumph registered the second victory in EuroCup Group C. They overcame Artland Dragons in overtime. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. The Dragons suffered the second loss in a row.
Triumph enjoyed a 21:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Artland cut the deficit in the second frame. The German team got within 4 points at the interval 38:34. The Dragons took over in the third quarter. The visitors ignited a 20:9 rally to ensure a 7-point lead before the final term. But Triumph refused to surrender. The Russian team exploded with 25 points in the fourth term and forced the game into overtime. Triumph carried the momentum into the extra period and sealed the victory in overtime. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 15 points, while Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) added 14 points for the hosts. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) and Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) had 19 points each for the Dragons. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) chipped in 18 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.

Triumph: Tywain McKee 22+10 boards, Sergey Karasev 15, Artem Kuzyakin 14
Artland Dragons: Petar Popovic 19, Demond Mallet 19, Bryce Taylor 18



EuroCup: Spartak Saint Petersburg nose out victory over Cholet - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Cholet 69:60

Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the second consecutive EuroCup win. They shot down visiting Cholet behind 21 points from Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas). Spartak improved at 2-0 record, while dropping Cholet at 0-2 in Group G.
Cholet got to a slightly better start. The French team surged ahead for a 13:8 lead after ten minutes. Spartak adjusted their offensive schemes and cut the margin at single point 31:32 at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Cholet however managed to ensure a one-point lead at the final intermission. But the fourth term belonged fully to Spartak. The hosts went on a 22:12 run and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) posted 11 points apiece for the winners. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) answered with 15 points for Cholet. Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma) netted 14 points in the defeat.

Spartak SP: Patrick Beverley 21, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 11, Nikita Kurbanov 11
Cholet: Marcus Goree 15, Terrell Everett 14



Devin Searcy joins Triumph - by Eurobasket News (T)

Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL) agreed terms with 23-year old American power forward Devin Searcy (208-102kg-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports). He already started the season at Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. The last season Searcy also played at Toyama Grouses in Japanese BJ League. In 45 games last year he had 13.8ppg, 10.8rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.2apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention.
He played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2011.
Searcy graduated from University of Dayton in 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: Krasnye Krylia stole the win from CSU Asesoft Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti- Krasnye Krylia 76:79

Krasnye Krylia stole the win from CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. The Russian team remained undefeated and improved to 2-0 record. The hosts dropped at 0-2 record in the competition.
Krasnye Krylia scored 20 points in the first and then in the second quarters. It was enough to take 40:29 halftime advantage. Moreover the Russian team won the third period 29-24 as Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) scored for 69:53 at the end of the third period. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti erupted with 23-10 in the last stanza but could not catch up with the guests.
Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) poured in 21 points to lead all the winners, while Aaron Miles netted 17. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) scored 13 and Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) tossed in 10. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 19 points for the home side and Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) added 16. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) notched 10, while Robert Nyakundi (203-F-89, college: SMU) and Ivars Timermanis (203-F-82) brought 9 apiece.

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti: Vladimir Tica 19, Darius Hargrove 16, Catalin Burlacu 10, Robert Nyakundi 9, Ivars Timermanis 9
Krasnye Krylia: Chester Simmons 21, Aaron Miles 17, Omar Thomas 13, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 10



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EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda outscore Cajasol in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Crvena Zvezda 93:95 (OT)

Crvena Zvezda improved at 2-0 record in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian powerhouse upset Cajasol in Seville today. The teams went an extra mile before figuring out winner. Crvena Zvezda snatched a narrow victory in overtime. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) unloaded 25 points to lead the winners.
Cajasol enjoyed a 20:17 lead at the first break. But Crvena Zvezda surged ahead in the second term to secure a 33:30 halftime advantage. The Serbian team cleared off in the third quarter. They seemed en route to the victory posting a 59:45 advantage into the fourth period. But Cajasol dropped impressive 38 points in the quarter and forced overtime. Subotic and Igor Rakocevic scored from the penalty line in the crucial seconds to bring Crvena Zvezda to the victory. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points, while DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) added 15 points for the visitors. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) topscored with 26 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) netted 21 points in the loss.

Cajasol: Brian Asbury 26, Tomas Satoransky 21
Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 25, Rasko Katic 16, DeMarcus Nelson 15



Mijajlovic is back at Sloga - by Eurobasket News (T)

KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (A League) signed 32-year old Serbian center Sasa Mijajlovic (211-80, college: Hutchinson CC). Its actually his comeback to Kraljevo as he played here before. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). Mijajlovic played last season at Rilski Sportist in Bulgarian NBL league. In 8 Balkan League games he had 5.3ppg and 3.4rpg. Mijajlovic also played 20 games in NBL where he recorded 6.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He also played at Sloga that season. In 8 A League games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg and 6.8rpg.
Mijajlovic ended 2010-11 season at Ulcinj in Montenegrin league. In three Balkan League games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Zlatorog in Slovenian Telemach League. In 8 games he recorded 7.3ppg and 5.0rpg.
Mijajlovics team made it to the Montenegrin League Semifinals in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Mijajlovic has played also professionally in Belgium, Bosnia (Igokea), Cyprus (Omonia), Greece, Holland, Romania (Brasov and CSM Bucuresti) and Serbia (OKK Beograd and Vojvodina Srbijagas).
He attended Hutchinson CC until 2001 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mijajlovic is back at Sloga - by Eurobasket News (T)

KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (A League) signed 32-year old Serbian center Sasa Mijajlovic (211-80, college: Hutchinson CC). Its actually his comeback to Kraljevo as he played here before. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). Mijajlovic played last season at Rilski Sportist in Bulgarian NBL league. In 8 Balkan League games he had 5.3ppg and 3.4rpg. Mijajlovic also played 20 games in NBL where he recorded 6.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He also played at Sloga that season. In 8 A League games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg and 6.8rpg.
Mijajlovic ended 2010-11 season at Ulcinj in Montenegrin league. In three Balkan League games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Zlatorog in Slovenian Telemach League. In 8 games he recorded 7.3ppg and 5.0rpg.
Mijajlovics team made it to the Montenegrin League Semifinals in 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Mijajlovic has played also professionally in Belgium, Bosnia (Igokea), Cyprus (Omonia), Greece, Holland, Romania (Brasov and CSM Bucuresti) and Serbia (OKK Beograd and Vojvodina Srbijagas).
He attended Hutchinson CC until 2001 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



A League Round 7: Vojvodina loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 7 in A League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Uzice where host Sloboda (5-2) edged league's leader Vojvodina (6-1) 90-88 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Vojvodina. Sloboda moved-up to third place, which they share with Vrsac. Vojvodina at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Mega Vizura who have the same record. Vojvodina will play next round against Metalac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sloboda will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Mega Vizura on the road.
Thirteenth-ranked Sloga (1-6) made lots of trouble for second ranked Mega Vizura (6-1) in Kraljevo. The visitors from Vizura managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. Vasilije Micic contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 assists for Sloga. Sloga's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mega Vizura have a solid series of four victories in a row. Mega Vizura keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Vojvodina. Sloga at the other side dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. Mega Vizura will play against Sloboda (#3) in Uzice in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sloga will play on the road against Vrsac (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tamis (4-3) against eighth ranked Metalac (4-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tamis were defeated by Metalac in Valjevo 69-54. It was a great evening for Dragan Kruscic who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Ivan Miceta responded with 10 points. Tamis' coach let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Metalac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tamis and Radnicki Basket. Metalac will meet league's second-placed Vojvodina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tamis will play against OKK Beograd and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Smederevo Vizura managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Borac 69-64. And what about a second win in a row after ...five consecutive loses. It was an exceptional evening for Stefan Djordjevic who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Smederevo Vizura (2-5) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Borac. Smederevo Vizura's next round opponent will be KK Jagodina (#12) at home.
Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Eleventh ranked OKK Beograd (3-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Radnicki Basket (4-3) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. Vladimir Popovic fired 22 points for the winners. OKK Beograd moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Konstantin. Loser Radnicki Basket keeps the fifth position with three games lost. OKK Beograd will face higher ranked Tamis (#7) in Pancevo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki Basket will play on the road against Borac in Cacak.

In the last two games of round 7 Vrsac defeated BKK Radnicki in a road game 89-77. Jagodina beat Konstantin at home 61-55.


OKK Beograd - Radnicki Basket 74-73

Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Eleventh ranked OKK Beograd (3-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Radnicki Basket (4-3) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. OKK Beograd looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Vladimir Popovic (190-82) fired 22 points for the winners. Power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Filip Djuran (196-91) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. OKK Beograd moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Konstantin. Loser Radnicki Basket keeps the fifth position with three games lost. OKK Beograd will face higher ranked Tamis (#7) in Pancevo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki Basket will play on the road against Borac in Cacak.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: V.Popovic 22+3reb+1ast, A.Nesovic 15+2reb+5ast, M.Pavlovic 15+8reb, N.Jeftic 8+4reb+2ast, M.Sutulovic 6+2reb+4ast, S.Knezevic 5+9reb+6ast
Radnicki Basket: N.Markovic 20+10reb+1ast, D.Djokic 10+2reb+1ast, F.Djuran 9+6reb+1ast, M.Stojadinovic 9+3reb, M.Sturanovic 7+5reb, P.Stamenkovic 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 198520


Metalac - Tamis 69-54

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tamis (4-3) against eighth ranked Metalac (4-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tamis were defeated by Metalac in Valjevo 69-54. The game was mostly controlled by Metalac. Tamis managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Stefan Balmazovic (202-89) helped adding 14 points. Four Metalac players scored in double figures. At the losing side Ivan Miceta (205-81) responded with 10 points and guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) scored 7 points. Tamis' coach let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Metalac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tamis and Radnicki Basket. Metalac will meet league's second-placed Vojvodina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tamis will play against OKK Beograd and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Metalac: F.Vukosavljevic 14+4reb+1ast, S.Balmazovic 14+4reb+1ast, D.Kruscic 11+8reb+7ast, S.Zivanovic 10+3reb+2ast, N.Tomasevic 9+4reb, V.Mijovic 8+5reb+2ast
Tamis: I.Miceta 10+4reb, V.Zivkovic 8+2reb, S.Lalic 7+4reb+2ast, B.Jereminov 7+3reb+3ast, D.Perak 7+2reb+1ast, N.Manojlovic 6+1ast
gschID: 198519


Sloboda Uzice - Vojvodina 90-88

Round 7 in A League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Uzice where host Sloboda (5-2) edged league's leader Vojvodina (6-1) 90-88 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Vojvodina. Sloboda moved-up to third place, which they share with Vrsac. Vojvodina at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Mega Vizura who have the same record. Vojvodina will play next round against Metalac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sloboda will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Mega Vizura on the road.
gschID: 198518


Sloga - Mega Vizura 93-94

Thirteenth-ranked Sloga (1-6) made lots of trouble for second ranked Mega Vizura (6-1) in Kraljevo. The visitors from Vizura managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 21-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Mega Vizura shot 63.0 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Mega Vizura especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Vasilije Micic (191-94, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 assists and guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-77) added 25 points in the effort for Sloga. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sloga's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mega Vizura have a solid series of four victories in a row. Mega Vizura keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Vojvodina. Sloga at the other side dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. Mega Vizura will play against Sloboda (#3) in Uzice in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sloga will play on the road against Vrsac (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: V.Micic 24+2reb+5ast, B.Marjanovic 23+9reb+3ast, S.Avramovic 15+8reb+2ast, N.Dangubic 12+3reb+2ast, P.Reljic 9+1reb+3ast, M.Lukovic 6+2reb+3ast
Sloga: M.Trivunovic 25+4reb+2ast, M.Popovic 22+3reb+11ast, S.Mijajlovic 15+5reb+1ast, N.Bilos 10+1reb+2ast, V.Jacovic 6+2reb, D.Vuletic 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 198517


BKK Radnicki - Vrsac 77-89

There was no surprise in Beograd where 9th ranked BKK Radnicki (2-5) was defeated by fourth ranked Vrsac (5-2) 89-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Vrsac. BKK Radnicki was better in fourth quarter 31-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vrsac shot 24 for 37 from the free-throw line, while BKK Radnicki only scored six points from the stripe. BKK Radnicki was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Djordje Milosevic (198-93) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. point guard Jovan Novak (183-94) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). point guard Bogic Vujosevic (189-92, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and power forward Nemanja Bezbradica (204-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vrsac have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sloboda Uzice. BKK Radnicki lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Vrsac will face bottom-ranked Sloga (#14) in Kraljevo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BKK Radnicki will play on the road against Konstantin (#8) in Nis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vrsac: D.Milosevic 19+5reb+5ast, D.Cvetkovic 19+4reb+1ast, J.Novak 18+3reb+4ast, N.Radovic 12+9reb+2ast, A.Mitrovic 9+1reb+2ast, N.Nikolic 9+4reb+5ast
BKK Radnicki: B.Vujosevic 16+4reb+7ast, L.Igrutinovic 15+7reb+1ast, N.Bezbradica 15+8reb, N.Siladji 13+6reb+2ast, S.Tapuskovic 8+2reb+2ast, M.Boltic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198516


Jagodina - Konstantin 61-55

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (2-5) defeated at home higher ranked Konstantin (3-4) 61-55 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 32-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. KK Jagodina made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Konstantin turnovers. Montenegrin swingman Vasilije Seferovic (193-85) fired 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-84) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Montenegrin guard Petar Despotovic (194-88, agency: Alti Sport) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Vladimir Velickovic (178-89) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Jagodina moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Konstantin at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. KK Jagodina will face Smederevo Vizura (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: V.Seferovic 21+2reb+2ast, V.Gagovic 16+6reb, R.Kljajevic 13+9reb, V.Gajovic 6+3reb+2ast, M.Puzic 3+3reb, N.Kostic 2+1reb
Konstantin: P.Despotovic 12+8reb+3ast, V.Velickovic 9+3reb+2ast, D.Tasic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Vitkovic 7+2reb, M.Savic 7+6reb, M.Trailovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198515


Smederevo - Borac 69-64

Bottom-ranked Smederevo Vizura managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Borac 69-64. And what about a second win in a row after ...five consecutive loses. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Borac won third quarter 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Smederevo Vizura won last quarter 17-13. It was an exceptional evening for center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Marko Popadic (190-89) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Mladen Sljivancanin (200-85, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points and 4 assists respectively for Borac in the defeat. Smederevo Vizura (2-5) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Borac. Smederevo Vizura's next round opponent will be KK Jagodina (#12) at home.
Top scorers:
Smederevo: S.Djordjevic 18+6reb, M.Popadic 17+4reb, S.Stojacic 12+5reb+3ast, M.Radenkovic 9+5reb, V.Vlaskovic 7+2reb+2ast, A.Nastic 6+1reb+1ast
Borac: M.Sljivancanin 23+1reb+4ast, M.Pantic 14+14reb+1ast, L.Radovic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Trtic 6+6reb, N.Prolovic 6+2reb, M.Radisavljevic 2
gschID: 198514



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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Komarno 6-1 
 2. Inter Bratislava 5-2 
 3. Levice 5-2 
 4. Nitra 5-3 
 5. Nova Ves 4-4 
 6. Prievidza 2-4 
 7. Handlova 2-4 
 8. B.Bystrica 2-5 
 9. Svit 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 14: B.Bystrica - Nitra 85-102
Nov. 14: Inter Bratislava - Nova Ves 77-61
Nov. 14: Handlova - Komarno 70-88
Nov. 14: Svit - Levice 65-69

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 17: Prievidza - B.Bystrica
Nov. 17: Nitra - Svit
Nov. 17: Levice - Inter Bratislava
Nov. 17: Nova Ves - Handlova


Extraliga Round 8: Top-ranked Komarno wins another game - by Eurobasket News

Extraliga top team - Komarno (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Handlova (2-4) 88-70. The game without a history. Komarno 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 Handlova's 36. Komarno forced 20 Handlova turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. American forward Kevin Thompson (205-F-89, college: Morgan St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International Roman Vido (204-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Handlova. Handlova's coach Tibor Jany rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Komarno have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Handlova at the other side keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Prievidza. Komarno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Handlova will play on the road against Nova Ves (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Banska Bystrica was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Nitra (5-3) played at the court of 7th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (2-5). Nitra did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 102-85. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and J.R. Cadot who added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. point guard Branislav Koczkas (178-82) responded with 22 points. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nitra maintains fourth position with 5-3 record. SKP Banska Bystrica lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Nitra will play against bottom-ranked Svit (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Prievidza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 Levice beat Svit on the road 69-65. Inter Bratislava won against Nova Ves on its own court 77-61.


B.Bystrica - Nitra 85-102

The game in Banska Bystrica was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Nitra (5-3) played at the court of 7th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (2-5). Nitra did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 102-85. The game was mostly controlled by Nitra. SKP Banska Bystrica was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nitra had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Nitra especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Bahamas guard J.R. Cadot (195-87, college: TCU) who added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. point guard Branislav Koczkas (178-82) responded with 22 points and Croatian guard Sven Smajlagic (193-90) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nitra maintains fourth position with 5-3 record. SKP Banska Bystrica lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Nitra will play against bottom-ranked Svit (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Prievidza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nitra: M.Kovacevic 25+1ast, B.Tomek 21+15reb+1ast, J.Cadot 16+9reb+6ast, A.McClain 16+1reb, D.Geiger 13+1reb+3ast, J.Hasan 7+9reb+1ast
B.Bystrica: B.Koczkas 22+2reb+3ast, S.Smajlagic 12+6reb, R.Grznar 11+4reb+1ast, R.Korner 11+2reb, S.Jankovic 11+4reb+1ast, M.Rendla 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 195110


Svit - Levice 65-69

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Levice (5-2) beat on the road bottom-ranked Svit (1-7) 69-65. It looked good early as Svit took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Levice had a 18-15 second period charge getting the lead and Svit was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-69. Levice made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Jaroslav Moravek (200-92) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 12 rebounds and international swingman Martin Sykora (192-81) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Levice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU, agency: TSS Management) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Australian guard Anthony Stewart (196-70) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Levice have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Svit lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Levice will play against league's second-placed Inter Bratislava at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svit will play against Nitra (#4) in Nitra to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Levice: M.Sykora 15+8reb, S.Nuhanovic 13+1reb, T.Gottselig 11+3reb, D.Kyles 9+3reb+1ast, J.Moravek 9+12reb+2ast, B.Pane 7+4reb+6ast
Svit: C.Allen 21+5reb+1ast, A.Stewart 15+6reb, K.Henderson 12+3reb, J.Boyer 6+6reb+8ast, T.McNeal 4+2reb, R.Findura 4+4reb
gschID: 195109


Inter Bratislava - Nova Ves 77-61

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Nova Ves (4-4) lost on the road to second ranked Inter Bratislava (5-2) 77-61. Nova Ves were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 29-11 charge of Inter Bratislava, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Nova Ves 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Richard Urland (195-84) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. American point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 16 points and 7 assists and Serbian power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Inter Bratislava maintains second position with 5-2 record behind leader Komarno, which they share with Levice. Nova Ves at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Inter Bratislava will play against Levice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nova Ves will play against Handlova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: A.Kuffa 14+6reb+2ast, R.Urland 11+8reb, N.Milosevic 11+3reb+4ast, H.Rahman 10+6reb, J.Graham 9+4reb+4ast, G.Bulatovic 6+1reb+4ast
Nova Ves: A.Mandic 18+6reb+1ast, M.Acker 16+4reb+7ast, V.Hovanak 8+3reb+1ast, D.Burke 6+4reb, S.Baldovsky 5+1reb+1ast, M.Kozar 3
gschID: 195108


Handlova - Komarno 70-88

Extraliga top team - Komarno (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Handlova (2-4) 88-70. The game without a history. Komarno 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 Handlova's 36. Komarno forced 20 Handlova turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Komarno players scored in double figures. International Roman Vido (204-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Corye Payton (193, college: Wilmington) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Handlova. Handlova's coach Tibor Jany rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Komarno have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Handlova at the other side keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Prievidza. Komarno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Handlova will play on the road against Nova Ves (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Komarno: K.Thompson 21+10reb, C.Lowe 17+7reb+5ast, M.Bilik 15+2reb, O.Soska 13+4reb, M.Kozlik 8+2reb, L.Dubovsky 7+3reb+2ast
Handlova: R.Vido 20+11reb+1ast, C.Payton 16+2reb+4ast, D.Boor 9, J.Davis 9+5reb, M.Golian 5+4reb+1ast, W.Dunston 4
gschID: 195107



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

29-year old center Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Nitra and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed B.Bystrica (#8, 2-5) with 17-point margin 102-85. Nitra maintains the 4th position in Slovakian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nitra will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Tomek has many years of experience at Nitra, through which he has constantly improved. Tomek has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 69.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kevin Thompson (205-F-89) of top-ranked Komarno. He is American forward in his first season at Komarno. In the last game Thompson recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Komarno to another comfortable win 88-70 over the lower-ranked Handlova (#7, 2-4) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Komarno still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Thompson is a newcomer at Komarno and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#2). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Komarno's star - guard Chris Lowe (182-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management). Lowe showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Komarno, helping his team with a 88-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Handlova (#7, 2-4). Komarno confirms their top position in the standings Lowe has a great season in Slovakia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.9apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roman Vido (204-PF-88) of Handlova - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87) of Nitra - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Maj Kovacevic (190-G-90) of Nitra - 25 points
7. Andrej Kuffa (203-F-90) of Inter Bratislava - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jaroslav Moravek (200-F/C-92) of Levice - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Branislav Koczkas (178-PG-82) of B.Bystrica - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Martin Sykora (192-G/F-81) of Levice - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Grosuplje adds Mirko Mulalic - by Matej Bergant (T)

Newcomer to the first division of Slovenian basketball Grosuplje added new player to the roster. They signed Slovenian swing-man Mirko Mulalic (195-F-88) who previously played for Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana, but left due to injuries. In 2011/2012 season, he was playing for TCG Mercator Skofja Loka, where he averaged 11.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Mulalic started his career in the youth system of Slovenia's only Euroleague club Union Olimpija Ljubljana.


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EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda outscore Cajasol in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Crvena Zvezda 93:95 (OT)

Crvena Zvezda improved at 2-0 record in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian powerhouse upset Cajasol in Seville today. The teams went an extra mile before figuring out winner. Crvena Zvezda snatched a narrow victory in overtime. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) unloaded 25 points to lead the winners.
Cajasol enjoyed a 20:17 lead at the first break. But Crvena Zvezda surged ahead in the second term to secure a 33:30 halftime advantage. The Serbian team cleared off in the third quarter. They seemed en route to the victory posting a 59:45 advantage into the fourth period. But Cajasol dropped impressive 38 points in the quarter and forced overtime. Subotic and Igor Rakocevic scored from the penalty line in the crucial seconds to bring Crvena Zvezda to the victory. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points, while DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) added 15 points for the visitors. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) topscored with 26 points for Cajasol. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) netted 21 points in the loss.

Cajasol: Brian Asbury 26, Tomas Satoransky 21
Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 25, Rasko Katic 16, DeMarcus Nelson 15



Jose Manuel Calderon's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Spaniards playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Toronto Raptors (2-6) in their last game. Despite Calderon's very good performance the Toronto Raptors lost in a triple overtime (!!!) 133-140 on the road to the Utah Jazz. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 17 passes. Calderon also added and 3 steals in 50 minutes on the court. It was Raptors' fourth consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Calderon's eighth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Calderon averages: 11.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 53.3%(16-30) in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Detroit Pistons (0-8) 105-94 in the NBA last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Ibaka scored 25 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 6-2 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Ibaka has very high stats. He averages: 14.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.6bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(44-77), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 91.7%(22-24). Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA). Gasol was the major contributor in a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Golden State Warriors (3-3) crushing them 101-77 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Gasol also added 2 blocks. The Los Angeles Lakers have 3-4 record this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster. This season he has very high stats. Gasol averages: 13.8ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 41.3% and FT: 87.5%. He is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #4. Center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (4-2) 108-90 in the NBA last Wednesday. Gasol scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 37 minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies have 4-1 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Gasol has been at the team for five years. He has very impressive stats this season: 14.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.2bpg in the six games. Gasol is also Spanish national team player.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #5. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help ALBA Berlin (2-3) in their game against Maccabi T-A (5-0) in the Euroleague. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But the third-placed ALBA Berlin was edged 78-76 in Tel-Aviv by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group B of Euroleague. It was ALBA Berlin's third consecutive loss in a row. Miralles' overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 5.6rpg. He used to play for the Spanish national team seven years ago.

Daniel Munoz
Daniel Munoz
   #6. Guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to American's victory against the Quinnipiac College 61-55 in the NCAA last Monday. Munoz recorded 13 points and added 3 passes. The The American University has conference record this season. Munoz plays fourth season for the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg. Munoz is a former U17 international player as he played for the Spanish team nine years ago.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #7. Former U18 international point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to secure a victory for Randers (3-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Randers lost 105-111 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#5) Vaerlose. Ortega recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes. Ortega is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.4apg and 1.9spg in the 11 games. Ortega used to play for the Spanish U18 national team three years ago.

Salvador Camps
Salvador Camps
   #8. Point guard Salvador Camps (178-79, currently plays in Ireland) contributed to Moycullen's victory against the closely-ranked DCU Saints (3-4) 88-79 in the Irish Superleague in Saturday night's game. Camps recorded 9 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes. Moycullen Galway (2-4) is placed fifth in the Superleague. This year Camps' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.3apg and 2.7spg in the three games. He used to play for the Spanish national team back in 2001.

Francisco Robles
Francisco Robles
   #9. Former U20 international guard Francisco Robles (195-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Derby Trailblazers (0-4) crushing them 85-54 in the British EBL D1 (second division) last Sunday. Robles recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Bristol Acadamy Flyers this season. His team is placed first in the EBL D1. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. It's Robles' first year with the team. He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team twelve years ago.

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

   #1. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Phoenix Suns (4-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns lost 81-94 on the road to the Utah Jazz. Scola had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 35 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Scola's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Scola averages: 14.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #2. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (3-4) 84-82 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 7-1 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Splitter's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 3.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #3. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (12-5) in their last game. Despite Barrera's good performance the fourth-placed Hebraica lost 66-71 in a derby game to the leading Malvin in the Capital group. He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals in 36 minutes. Barrera belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.9apg and 2.2spg in the 16 games. Barrera has both Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #4. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB was not able to secure a victory for Academica (2-1) in their last game. Despite Hallman's good performance Academica lost 62-71 at home to the leading Benfica. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Hallman also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Hallman is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 11.7rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in the three games. Hallman is a naturalized American. He used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.

   #5. Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory against the closely-ranked Barcelos (2-2) 74-69 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. Coll recorded 11 points and had 3 steals. Ovarense Dolce Vita (3-1) is placed third in the LPB. It's Coll's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.

   #6. Experienced Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in France) led Quimper UJAP to a victory over the 12th-ranked Rueil 74-59 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Cherry was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. Cherry has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg in the six games.

   #7. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a 2-point Huracanes' victory against the 13th-ranked Lechugueros 71-69 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Thursday night. He scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Quintero is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.7apg. Quintero also holds two passports: Spanish and Mexican.

   #8. Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Cordon's victory against the 12th-ranked Sayago 72-66 in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Riera's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg in the 14 games. He has dual citizenship: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #9. Carlos Fernandez (197-F-87, college: IlIinois Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Worcester Wolves to win against one of league's weakest teams Cheshire Jets 97-84 in the British BBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Fernandez's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Pablo Ibon (201-F-76, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Aguada's victory against the 13th-ranked Atletico Welcome 72-63 in the Uruguayan LUB last Wednesday. He recorded 7 points in 22 minutes. This year Ibon's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 1.7rpg in the 14 games. He holds both Spanish and Uruguayan passports.



Lavina comes back to Assignia Manresa - by Eurobasket News (T)

Assignia Manresa (ACB) strengthened their roster with addition of 35-year old guard Ferran Lavina (192-77, agency: Court Side). Its actually his comeback to Assignia Manresa as he played here before. Lavina just played at Mad-Croc (ACB).
His team won ULEB Cup in 2008.
Lavina has played previously for two other Spanish teams: FIATC Joventut and Girona FC.
He is close to retirement age as a player. His deal with Manresa is meant for two weeks. 

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Valencia bring victory from Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash - Valencia 70:76

Valencia clinched the second straight win at EuroCup regular season. The Spanish team overcame Azovmash in Mariupol to stay on top of Group D. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 points each to lead the visitors. Azovmash are now at 0-2 record in the ladder.
Azovmash looked confident from the starting moments. The hosts piled up a 23:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Valencia stopped the rot in the second quarter. The Spanish team cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 40 at the interval. Valencia surged ahead in the third quarter. The visitors unloaded 24 points and accumulated a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Azovmash managed to get within 4 points 70:74 late in the regulation before Quinn sealed the victory for Valencia with a bucket. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Pecherov answered with 18 points for Azovmash. Ivan Paunic (194-SG-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.

Azovmash: Olexiy Pecherov 18, Ivan Paunic 13
Valencia: Serhiy Lishchuk 14, Bojan Dubljevic 14, Florent Pietrus 12



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Taby 8-0 
 2. LF Future 5-1 
 3. Umea 5-1 
 4. Akropol 4-2 
 5. Blackeberg 4-4 
 6. Alvik Basket 3-4 
 7. Fryshuset 3-4 
 8. Solna Branten 3-4 
 9. Uppsala KFUM 3-4 
 10. Orongo 2-5 
 11. Jarva Devils 1-6 
 12. BG Lulea 1-7 
South
 1. Eos 6-0 
 2. Haga Haninge 6-0 
 3. Brahe Basket 5-2 
 4. Boras II 5-3 
 5. Malbas 4-2 
 6. Eskilstuna 4-3 
 7. Jarfalla 3-3 
 8. Hoganas 3-4 
 9. Hogsbo 3-6 
 10. Helsingborg 1-5 
 11. Talje 1-5 
 12. Sanda 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 14: Hogsbo - Sanda 98-49
Nov. 17: Umea - Taby
Nov. 17: Uppsala KFUM - Alvik Basket
Nov. 17: Orongo - Jarva Devils
Nov. 17: Solna Branten - LF Future
Nov. 17: Akropol - Blackeberg
Nov. 18: Fryshuset - LF Future
Nov. 17: Eos - Eskilstuna
Nov. 17: Malbas - Haga Haninge
Nov. 17: Hoganas - Helsingborg
Nov. 18: Eos - Haga Haninge
Nov. 18: Brahe Basket - Jarfalla
Nov. 18: Malbas - Eskilstuna


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Markus LENNGREN
  Hogsbo
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Lenngren, Hogsbo25.1 
 2. Ronnqvist, LF Fu.21.7 
 3. Karovic, Eos21.2 
 4. Dawit, Fryshuset21.1 
 5. Gafor, Malbas21.0 
 6. Saleman, Umea20.7 
 7. Johansson, Haga H.19.3 
 8. Sellin, Helsingborg19.2 
 9. Cavalieri, Brahe B.18.6 
 10. Larsson, Solna B.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin UKHAGBE
  Brahe B.
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ukhagbe, Brahe B.11.0 
 2. Larsson, Talje10.7 
 3. Sellin, Helsingborg10.4 
 4. Saleman, Umea9.7 
 5. Lenngren, Hogsbo9.6 
 6. Eliasson, Solna B.9.5 
 7. Nagwere, Fryshuset9.4 
 8. Kearney, LF Future9.2 
 9. Lindback, LF Futu.8.3 
 10. Ferizi, Malbas8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Johan WESTERLUND
  Taby
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Westerlund, Taby8.3 
 2. Nystrom, Eos7.0 
 3. Blazevic, Talje6.0 
 4. Gjorup, Eos5.5 
 5. Bankhead, Malbas5.2 
 6. Lundin, Taby5.1 
 7. Pierre, Umea4.8 
 8. Dilek, Fryshuset4.4 
 9. Trott, Hogsbo4.4 
 10. Friberg, Up.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Per HULTMAN-BOYE
  Haga H.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hultman-Boye, Hag.3.2 
 2. Lundin, Taby3.1 
 3. Dawit, Fryshuset3.0 
 4. Urban, Eskilstuna2.9 
 5. Nystrom, Eos2.7 
 6. Hansson, Alvik B.2.7 
 7. Sellin, Helsingborg2.6 
 8. Friberg, Up.2.6 
 9. Karovic, Eos2.5 
 10. Fastberg, Helsing.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hugh ROBINSON
  Brahe B.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Robinson, Brahe B.2.9 
 2. Soderman, Haga H.1.7 
 3. Saleman, Umea1.7 
 4. Hult, Eos1.4 
 5. Kuksta, Hoganas1.4 
 6. Urban, Eskilstuna1.3 
 7. Eriksson, LF Future1.2 
 8. Ferizi, Malbas1.2 
 9. Bergstrom, Black.1.0 
 10. Sellin, Helsingbo.1.0 



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  TURKEY   


EuroCup: Banvit roll past s.Oliver Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - s.Oliver Baskets 101:82

Banvit overcame a slow start to knock down s.Oliver Baskets for the opening win in EuroCup season. The Turkish team was paced by 23 points from Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul). Wuerzburg slipped at 1-1 record after the loss.
The visitors started the game aggressively. The German team accounted for a 32:22 lead at the first intermission. Banvit lived up to the challenge and answered with a 32-point haul in the second term. The hosts denied the deficit and posted a 54:50 lead into the second half. Banvit stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish ensured a 76:71 lead at the final intermission. Banvit kept s.Oliver Baskets at bay in the fourth quarter and breezed to the victory. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) netted 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) added 14 points in the winning case. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) responded with 20 points for s.Oliver Baskets. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, college: Missouri) netted 13 points in the loss.

Banvit: Sammy Mejia 23, Charles Davis 18, Kalin Lucas 14
s.Oliver Baskets: Dwayne Anderson 20, Jimmy McKinney 13



EuroCup: Galatasaray overcome BC Donetsk for second win - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - BC Donetsk 72:68

Galatasaray clinched the second EuroCup win. They held off visiting BC Donetsk to stay undefeated in Group E. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) accounted for 22 points to lead the winners. BC Donetsk are now at 0-2 record.
BC Donetsk looked the better side in the first term. The Ukrainian team posted an 18:14 lead after the opening frame. Galatasaray however responded with a 25:15 run in the second quarter. The hosts surged ahead for a 6-point halftime advantage. Galatasaray stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish team arrived at the final break up by 9 points 56:47. BC Donetsk cut the margin in the final minutes but Galatasaray survived the challenge and got away as winners. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) posted 13 points, while Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) had 12 points for Galatasaray. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 17 points for BC Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Galatasaray: David Hawkins 22, Jamont Gordon 13, Ersin Dagli 12
BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 17, Vojdan Stojanovski 12



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Decembre had 19 and four - by David Edole

Wentworth Military College is in one of their toughest stretches of games in the 2012-13 season. Having already played Johnson County last Tuesday, Wentworth traveled to Kansas City Kansas Community College this past Friday to participate in the KCKCC classic.

Highland Community College On Friday, the Red Dragons got their pride hurt as they ran into a buzz saw called Highland Community College. Highland dominated every phase of the game, defeating the Red Dragons 107-64. It was by far our worst performance of the year. It served as an eye opener to our new kids on just how tough our competition could be, stated Wentworths Tom Hughes.

Kansas City Community College Playing their third game in a row vs. a Kansas Jayhawk Conference foe, this game would prove what the Red Dragons were made of. We were going to have to play without Tito Gualberto (injury) and I wanted to shake things up a little. We put a 2-3 zone in during our shoot around on Saturday. And, I challenged our kids to play with a warrior mentality, something that was missing vs. Highland, added Hughes.

The players responded, Wentworth downed KCKCC 55-50. Andre Scott led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points. Jordan Davis added 10 for Wentworth.

Central Methodist University JV Playing their third game in four days, the Red Dragons once again came out victorious, downing CMU JV 82-64. Andre Scott led the way for Wentworth scoring a season high 32 points. Scott also grabbed 5 rebounds, had four assists, and three steals. Johnson Decembre added 19 points and four rebounds before fouling out. Jake Powell added 10 points, six assists and four rebounds. Freshman point guard, Bradley Reed grabbed 9 rebounds to go along with four assists and four steals. Jordan Davis had nine assists and six steals leading Wentworth in both catagories.

Talking about the game, Coach Hughes said, We did lots of things right vs. CMU. And, we are getting better as a team. However, we had too many turnovers (21) and did a poor job on crashing the boards. We are going to have to rebound and take care of the ball if we want to be successful.

On Wednesday the Red Dragons head to Ottawa University (KS) to take on the Ottawa JV in a 7:30 PM start.




Undersized and perhaps underexposed, one of the best point guards in Ohio this year is none other than Angel Rivera. - by David Edole

Leigh Klein

Ohio, Cornell and others are showing interest in point guard Angel Rivera-Cuencas (170-PG).

Rivera, of course, is not the first point guard to be looked down on because of his size. For years, people would doubt Tyler Lewis, the talented guard from West Forsyth, N.C.

People thought he was small and questioned his shooting consistency. He then exploded with a great summer prior to senior year, with the momentum carrying on to a MVP season at Oak Hill Academy and a prestigious invite to the McDonalds All-American Game. He is now at North Carolina State looking to make an impact as a freshman.

Out of that mold, the throw back point guard, who can pass as well as any player in the country is Rivera out of Hughes High School in Cincinnati. He models his game after one of the best in the NBA.

Rajon Rondo is my favorite point guard and he is the one that I been watching for a long time and learning about his game and how I can put in practice all the stuff that he does in the games, Rivera said. I like him because he doesn't have a great team but he makes his teammates better players and also I like him because he is a great defender.

This is an ultra-quick lead guard that could run any offense with incredible court vision, dynamic penetrating ability and an exceptional mid-range game. He was a first team All-Cincinnati Metro player last season averaging close to 15 points per game to go along with 7 assists per game.

This summer, Rivera towered over his competition with the Most Outstanding Player Award at the ultra-competitive Five-Star Louisville Camp and then outshone many ranked guards by capturing the Best Playmaker Award at both the Five-Star Chicago and New York Super Sessions.

The exposure from the camps is now leading to college interest. Schools that are pursuing him are Cornell, High Point and Morehead State.

One of the things that inspires me on the court is when I make good plays making my teammates better players. Also when we play good defense that's one of my biggest motivation because that's when the big play for me is coming, Rivera said. Another big thing that inspires me a lot on the court is to make my defender pay when they give me a little space from the three point line. This happens all the time because they think that Ill pass the ball all the time and that's when my shot comes.

Angel is a 4.0 GPA student and is looking to continue his strong academic foundation with a school that has a strong business program. Not too bad for a throwback.

I think it is true, Rivera said. Because I'm that kind of player that always is looking to make the right pass and play in the tough moment when most of the people don't want to have the ball in their hands.




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  UKRAINE   


EuroCup: Budivelnyk down Rudupis in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Rudupis 84:57

Budivelnyk opened win count in EuroCup season. The Ukrainian team overcame Rudupis at home court to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) provided 16 points for the winners.
Rudupis ensured a strong start to the clash. The Lithuanian team pulled ahead to establish a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. But Budivelnyk made necessary arrangements in the first break and stiffened their defence. The hosts limited Prienai to just 20 points in the next two quarters to surge ahead. Budivelnyk secured a 55:42 lead with one quarter to go. Budivelnyk erupted for 29 points in the final ten minutes to clinch an important home win. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85, college: Midland CC) answered with 15 points for Prienai. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) netted 12 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Georgi Tsintsadze 16, Leo Lyons 16, Malcolm Delaney 13
Rudupis: Arturas Valeika 15, Gintaras Kadziulis 12



EuroCup: Valencia bring victory from Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash - Valencia 70:76

Valencia clinched the second straight win at EuroCup regular season. The Spanish team overcame Azovmash in Mariupol to stay on top of Group D. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 points each to lead the visitors. Azovmash are now at 0-2 record in the ladder.
Azovmash looked confident from the starting moments. The hosts piled up a 23:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Valencia stopped the rot in the second quarter. The Spanish team cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 40 at the interval. Valencia surged ahead in the third quarter. The visitors unloaded 24 points and accumulated a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Azovmash managed to get within 4 points 70:74 late in the regulation before Quinn sealed the victory for Valencia with a bucket. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Pecherov answered with 18 points for Azovmash. Ivan Paunic (194-SG-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.

Azovmash: Olexiy Pecherov 18, Ivan Paunic 13
Valencia: Serhiy Lishchuk 14, Bojan Dubljevic 14, Florent Pietrus 12



EuroCup: Galatasaray overcome BC Donetsk for second win - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - BC Donetsk 72:68

Galatasaray clinched the second EuroCup win. They held off visiting BC Donetsk to stay undefeated in Group E. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) accounted for 22 points to lead the winners. BC Donetsk are now at 0-2 record.
BC Donetsk looked the better side in the first term. The Ukrainian team posted an 18:14 lead after the opening frame. Galatasaray however responded with a 25:15 run in the second quarter. The hosts surged ahead for a 6-point halftime advantage. Galatasaray stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Turkish team arrived at the final break up by 9 points 56:47. BC Donetsk cut the margin in the final minutes but Galatasaray survived the challenge and got away as winners. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) posted 13 points, while Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) had 12 points for Galatasaray. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 17 points for BC Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Galatasaray: David Hawkins 22, Jamont Gordon 13, Ersin Dagli 12
BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 17, Vojdan Stojanovski 12



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Ben Gordon's 34 points make him top British player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) in their last game. Despite Gordon's very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats lost 99-107 on the road to the New Orleans Hornets. He was the top scorer with 34 points. Gordon also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Gordon has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 42.9% in the five games he played so far. Gordon is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the British senior national team. Strangely Gordon has never played in United Kingdom.

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Chicago Bulls (4-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite Deng's very good performance the Chicago Bulls were defeated 101-95 in Boston by the Celtics. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. Deng also added 3 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Deng's ninth year with the team. This season he has very high stats. Deng averages: 18.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(46-83), 3FGP: 22.7% and FT: 75.8%. He has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. Deng is in the roster of the British senior national team.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA). Cunningham led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory against the Dallas Mavericks (4-4) 90-82 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves have a solid 5-2 record this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Cunningham's first year with the team. Cunningham has relatively good stats this season: 9.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 53.6% and FT: 62.5%. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham played for the British national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

Myles Hesson
Myles Hesson
   #4. Forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Weissenhorn Youngstars (4-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hesson's very good performance the fifth-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars was crushed 93-72 in Leverkusen by the lower-ranked Bayer Giants (#8) in the Group South. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season Hesson has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 7.7rpg. Hesson is also British national team player.

Dzaflo Larkai
Dzaflo Larkai
   #5. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-9) crushing them 108-66 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (8-0) is placed first in Western group. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. This year Larkai's overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the British national team four years ago.

Fahro Alihodzic
Fahro Alihodzic
   #6. Center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an UAB's surprising victory against the Young Harris College (2-0) crushing them 105-59 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Alihodzic scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has conference record this season. It's Alihodzic's first year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 7.0rpg in the two games. Alihodzic is a former U20 international player as he played for the British team three years ago.

Tafari Toney
Tafari Toney
   #7. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (3-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was badly defeated 81-63 in Evreux by the higher-ranked ALM Evreux (#3). Toney was the second best scorer with 15 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Toney has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Toney used to play for the British national team three years ago. He played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

Andrew Lawrence
Andrew Lawrence
   #8. Guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Towson University 75-58 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Lawrence recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 29 minutes. The College of Charleston has conference record this season. Lawrence is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Charleston's roster. His stats this season are: 13.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.6apg in the nine games. Lawrence plays currently for the British national team.

Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton
   #9. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Loyola Mary was defeated 73-58 in Dallas, TX by the Southern Methodist University. Hamilton scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Hamilton has been at the team for five years. He averaged so far 13.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.6apg. Hamilton used to play for the British national team last year.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #10. Forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Portland Trail Blazers (3-5) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (4-2) in the NBA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Freeland recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. The Portland Trail Blazers lost 90-103 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. It was Trail Blazers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Freeland's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 1.2ppg and 2.0rpg in the five games. Freeland is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Will Neighbour (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Tennessee at Martin 84-68 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Neighbour also added 3 assists. He has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 2.0rpg. Neighbour used to play for the British U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A couldn't help Etha (2-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Etha lost 90-94 in a derby game to the second-ranked Omonia. Adegboye scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 38 minutes. Adegboye is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.7apg. This year he also averages: 9.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7spg in the three games. Adegboye is also in the roster of the British national team.

   #13. Former international guard Jarrett Hart (194-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to AEK's victory against the closely-ranked AEL 84-78 in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. He scored 11 points. Hart has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Hart used to play for the British national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #14. International center Eric Boateng (208-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms in their game against Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the German BBL. Boateng scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team was edged 61-59. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 5.3rpg in the eight games. Boateng plays currently for the British national team.

   #15. International power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Asseco Prokom Gdynia in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Euroleague. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Richards scored only 3 points. It was his first game for Asseco Prokom Gdynia this season. His team was crushed by 35 points 101-66. He used to play for the British national team last year.

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

   #1. Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats lost 110-117 on the road to the Phoenix Suns. Mullens was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Mullens has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.2ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.3apg in the six games he played so far. Mullens is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #2. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-8) 81-72 in the Australian NBL last Friday. Corletto was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points in 24 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (6-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Corletto's overall stats are: 9.4ppg and 1.9rpg in the seven games. He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian. Despite Corletto's British passport, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #3. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Sweden was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (1-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ayuba's good performance Norrkoping Dolphins (#2) was defeated 72-68 on the opponent's court by the leading Ventspils in the group C of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Ayuba also added 5 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 7.0rpg. Ayuba is a naturalized American. Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #4. Keith Rendleman (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to NC-Wilmington's victory against the University of North Carolina - Asheville 67-59 in the NCAA last Sunday. Rendleman scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Univ. of N.Carolina-Wilmington has conference record this season. Rendleman is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in NC-Wilmington's roster. His stats this season are: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg in the nine games.

   #5. Experienced Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Oettinger Rockets Gotha (2-7) 82-69 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Phillips scored 13 points and added 5 assists. BG Goettingen (7-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Phillips' stats this season are: 13.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bermudas and British.

   #6. Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sullivan Phillips and both played together in the last German ProA game. Guede helped BG Goettingen win their game against one of league's weakest teams Oettinger Rockets Gotha 82-69. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Guede has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg in the nine games.

   #7. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) helped Science City Jena win their game against the closely-ranked ETB Wohnbau 93-82 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Jeka averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.1apg. He has both British and Australian nationalities.

   #8. Michael Ochereobia (203-C, currently studies in the States) helped W.Illinois win their game against the Wabash College crushing them 71-39 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Ochereobia scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.1apg.

   #9. Teddy Okereafor (190-G-92, is currently at the American university) managed to help Virginia Commonwealth University to win against the Florida Gulf Coast University crushing them 80-57 in the NCAA on Friday night. Okereafor recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. He averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.1apg.

   #10. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) helped Fribourg win their game against the seventh-ranked BBC Nyon crushing them 92-64 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Polyblank scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. His stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3spg in the six games. Polyblank also holds two passports: British and New Zealand.



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Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League (Group: Capital)
Bohemios 94 - Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) 20 pts 14 reb. Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 26 pts 7 reb. Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 8 pts 4 reb. 2 blocks
Defensor Sporting 93 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 39 pts. 2 reb. 2 assists.Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 3 pts 11 reb.
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Nacional 70 - Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) 21 pts 9 reb. 4 assists, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 9 pts 8 reb. 4 asists
Cordon 66 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 19 pts 9 reb.
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Hebraica 79 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 24 pts 3 reb., Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) 11 pts 10 reb. Eder Araujo 4 pts. 2 reb
Tabare 62 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 10 pts 8 reb. Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 5 pts 8 reb.
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Union Atletica 90 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 14 pts 5 reb. 2 assists, Ryan Blankson (201-C-80, college: Loyola, IL) 13 pts 7 reb. Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 10 pts 5 reb.
Montevideo 73 - Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 23 pts 7 reb. 2 blocks, Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 13 pts 6 reb




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Women News


Todorovic leaves Ilirija after miserable start to season - by Zeljko Zule (T)

Spasoje Todorovic stepped down as the head coach of Slovenian side Subrina Ilirija after a winless start to the season in Adriatic League. He was dismissed yesterday after a 70-43 win over city rival Jezica in domestic championship and left Ilirija with a 0-7 record in Adriatic League and with a 4-2 record in Slovenian League. Todorovic is immediatelly replaced by assistant coach Emir Haskic for the remainder of the season.




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Jessica Adair signs at Townsville Fire, ex Perfumerias - by Eurobasket News (T)

Townsville Fire (WNBL) landed 26-year old Spanish center Jessica Adair (193-93kg-86, college: G.Washington, agency: LBM Management). She already started the season at Perfumerias in Spanish LFB league. The last summer Adair also played at Minnesota in WNBA. In 22 games she averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.9rpg. She helped them to win the Western Conference title. The other team Adair played that season for was Tarsus Bld in Turkish TKBL. In 13 games last season she had 12.9ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (10-11) season she played at Samsun Basketbol in TKBL. In 24 games last year she had 14.4ppg, 10.5rpg (#3 in the league), 1.2spg and 1.1bpg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention.
Three years ago Adair was drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) in third round (34th overall).
The former George Washington University standout is in her fourth season in pro basketball.
Adair received All-Atlantic 10 1st Team award back in 2007,2008 and 2009 at her college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Olga KOPYLOVA
  Sozh G.
  (187-F-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Kopylova, Sozh G.20.8 
 2. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.17.0 
 3. Shapochkina, Olimp.15.8 
 4. Filonchyk, Olimpia14.8 
 5. Papova, Olimpia13.3 
 6. Iordan, Tsmoki-M.12.0 
 7. Hasper, Tsmoki-M.12.0 
 8. Pantsiukh, Tsmoki-.11.5 
 9. Panevina, Tsmoki-M.10.8 
 10. Musatava, Victoria10.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Olimpia
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Alyoshkina, Olimpia11.8 
 2. Kiriyenko, Sozh Go.10.2 
 3. Iordan, Tsmoki-M.9.0 
 4. Kopylova, Sozh G.8.6 
 5. Filonchyk, Olimpia8.3 
 6. Papova, Olimpia7.3 
 7. Hasper, Tsmoki-M.7.0 
 8. Shapochkina, Olimp.5.5 
 9. Voishal, Victoria4.7 
 10. Lysenko, Sozh G.4.6 
Assists Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Drozd, Olimpia5.0 
 2. Papova, Olimpia3.5 
 3. Rannaveski, Olimpia3.3 
 4. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.2.8 
 5. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.5 
 6. Yakovits, Tsmoki-M.2.0 
 7. Voishal, Victoria2.0 
 8. Panevina, Tsmoki-M.2.0 
 9. Holubeva, Victoria1.8 
 10. Kopylova, Sozh G.1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nadzeya DROZD
  Olimpia
  (174-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Drozd, Olimpia5.0 
 2. Papova, Olimpia3.5 
 3. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.2.5 
 4. Panevina, Tsmoki-M.2.3 
 5. Shapochkina, Olimp.2.0 
 6. Voishal, Victoria1.8 
 7. Yakovits, Tsmoki-M.1.3 
 8. Filonchyk, Olimpia1.3 
 9. Rannaveski, Olimpia1.3 
 10. Urbanovich, Tsmok.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Valiantsina MYSHAPUD
  Victoria
  (182-PF-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Myshapud, Victoria0.0 
 2. Alyoshkina, Olimpia0.0 
 3. Musatava, Victoria0.0 
 4. Voishal, Victoria0.0 
 5. Martynava, Victo.0.0 
 6. Tsiruleva, Tsmoki-.0.0 
 7. Lysenko, Sozh G.0.0 
 8. Shapochkina, Olimp.0.0 
 9. Lalovich, Tsmoki-M.0.0 
 10. Salauyova, Victor.0.0 


Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 14: Victoria - Sozh Gomel 95-89
Nov. 11: Sozh Gomel - Olimpia 57-83
Nov. 14: Tsmoki-Minsk - BrGU 101-26

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 17: Berezina - Olimpia
Nov. 17: BrGU - Victoria
Nov. 19: Tsmoki-Minsk - Gorizont


Premier League Round 5: Victoria-UOR records their first victory - by Eurobasket News

Victoria-UOR has registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Sozh Gomel (1-4) 95-89 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 32-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Victoria-UOR made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Sozh Gomel turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Sozh Gomel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nina Salauyova (182-89) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Ksenija Voishal (182-94) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Olga Kopylova (187-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Victoria-UOR (1-5) left bottom position moving up to sixth place. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Victoria-UOR are looking forward to face bottom-ranked BrGU COR Victoria (#7) in Brest in the next round. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked BrGU COR Victoria (0-3) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (3-1) 101-26. Ukrainian center Alina Iordan (190-88) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Yana Panevina accounted for 15 points and 5 steals. Forward Veranika Adamik (181-90) came up with 9 points for BrGU COR Victoria in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tsmoki-Minsk moved-up to third place. BrGU COR Victoria at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Gorizont.
The game in Gomel supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader Olimpia GrGAU (4-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Sozh Gomel (1-4). Olimpia GrGAU smashed Sozh Gomel 83-57 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Lyubov Alyoshkina who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Olga Kopylova produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Olimpia GrGAU have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Sozh Gomel keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Olimpia GrGAU will meet Berezina-RCOR (#4) in the next round. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.



Victoria - Sozh Gomel 95-89

Victoria-UOR has registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Sozh Gomel (1-4) 95-89 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 32-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Victoria-UOR made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Sozh Gomel turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Sozh Gomel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nina Salauyova (182-89) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Ksenija Voishal (182-94) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Victoria-UOR players scored in double figures. Forward Olga Kopylova (187-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and Ukrainian center Anna Kiriyenko (190-93) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Victoria-UOR (1-5) left bottom position moving up to sixth place. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Victoria-UOR are looking forward to face bottom-ranked BrGU COR Victoria (#7) in Brest in the next round. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: A.Kiriyenko 29+11reb+4ast, O.Kopylova 27+15reb+2ast, T.Lysenko 10+5reb+3ast, E.Charikova 8+3reb, A.Savchuk 4+5reb, K.Nialepka 3+3reb+1ast
Victoria: N.Salauyova 17+8reb+2ast, K.Voishal 17+6reb+3ast, A.Holubeva 15+2reb+5ast, N.Pratskaila 15+6reb+1ast, A.Musatava 12+1reb+3ast, M.Rashchenia 10+9reb+3ast
gschID: 204784


Tsmoki-Minsk - BrGU 101-26

Bottom-ranked BrGU COR Victoria (0-3) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (3-1) 101-26. The game without a history. Tsmoki-Minsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BrGU COR Victoria to just 0 points in third quarter and to 5 points in second half. Tsmoki-Minsk held BrGU COR Victoria to an opponent 17.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 50.6 percent accuracy of the winners. Tsmoki-Minsk forced 28 BrGU COR Victoria turnovers and outrebounded them 58-30 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Tsmoki-Minsk players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 3 passes made by BrGU COR Victoria's players. Ukrainian center Alina Iordan (190-88) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Russian guard Yana Panevina (168-91) accounted for 15 points and 5 steals. Four Tsmoki-Minsk players scored in double figures. Forward Veranika Adamik (181-90) came up with 9 points and forward Anzhela Kakhanskaya (186-91) added 3 points and 7 rebounds respectively for BrGU COR Victoria in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tsmoki-Minsk moved-up to third place. BrGU COR Victoria at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Gorizont.
Top scorers:
BrGU: V.Adamik 9+3reb+1ast, D.Panasyuk 6+3reb, A.Kakhanskaya 3+7reb+1ast, V.Valeuskaya 2+3reb, E.Shestilovskaya 2+3reb, D.Sizonova 2+4reb
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Iordan 25+8reb+2ast, Y.Panevina 15+4reb+2ast, V.Pantsiukh 14+2reb+1ast, K.Urbanovich 12+6reb+2ast, K.Rausberg 11+5reb, V.Hasper 9+9reb+1ast
gschID: 204783


Sozh Gomel - Olimpia 57-83

The game in Gomel supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader Olimpia GrGAU (4-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Sozh Gomel (1-4). Olimpia GrGAU smashed Sozh Gomel 83-57 on Sunday. The game without a history. Olimpia GrGAU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sozh Gomel to just 6 points in third quarter. Olimpia GrGAU held Sozh Gomel to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.8 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was Russian-Ukrainian center Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-81) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Ukrainian-Russian guard Tatiana Shapochkina (179-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Olga Kopylova (187-82) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Ukrainian center Anna Kiriyenko (190-93) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Olimpia GrGAU have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Sozh Gomel keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Olimpia GrGAU will meet Berezina-RCOR (#4) in the next round. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: O.Kopylova 18+12reb+2ast, E.Gorelikova 11+3reb+1ast, A.Kiriyenko 9+12reb+1ast, T.Lysenko 8+3reb+1ast, M.Rakovskaia 7+4reb+2ast, A.Savchuk 2+5reb+1ast
Olimpia: T.Shapochkina 15+6reb+2ast, N.Kozun 14+5reb+2ast, L.Alyoshkina 12+15reb+2ast, A.Zubrytskaya 8+3reb+2ast, J.Vorozhko 8+2reb+1ast, M.Filonchyk 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 204782



EuroCup: Olimpia beat Young Cats for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Young Cats - Olimpia 73:88

Olimpia Grodno clinched the second consecutive EuroCup victory. They fired past Young Cats in Sint Katelijne-Waver. Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) posted 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge.
Olimpia quickly took the lead and dominated in the first quarter. The Belarusian team gained a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Young Cats denied the deficit in the second period. The hosts used a 13:2 run to take a 30:27 lead. They arrived at halftime up by 5 points 43:38. Olimpia regained the lead late in the third term. The Belarusian team eked out a 62:58 advantage at the final intermission. Papova and Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) extended the lead to 12 points late in the fourth term and Olimpia cruised to the victory at the end. Tetyana Shchypakina (178-F-85) netted 21 points, while Nadzeya Drozd added 15 points for Olimpia. Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) posted 20 points and 9 rebounds for Young Cats. Antonia Delaere (171-SG-94) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Young Cats: Sofie Hendrickx 20, Antonia Delaere 14
Olimpia: Lyubov Alyoshkina 24+18 boards, Tetyana Shchypakina 21, Nadzeya Drozd 15



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  BELGIUM   


EuroCup: Olimpia beat Young Cats for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Young Cats - Olimpia 73:88

Olimpia Grodno clinched the second consecutive EuroCup victory. They fired past Young Cats in Sint Katelijne-Waver. Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) posted 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge.
Olimpia quickly took the lead and dominated in the first quarter. The Belarusian team gained a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Young Cats denied the deficit in the second period. The hosts used a 13:2 run to take a 30:27 lead. They arrived at halftime up by 5 points 43:38. Olimpia regained the lead late in the third term. The Belarusian team eked out a 62:58 advantage at the final intermission. Papova and Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) extended the lead to 12 points late in the fourth term and Olimpia cruised to the victory at the end. Tetyana Shchypakina (178-F-85) netted 21 points, while Nadzeya Drozd added 15 points for Olimpia. Sofie Hendrickx (187-PF-86) posted 20 points and 9 rebounds for Young Cats. Antonia Delaere (171-SG-94) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Young Cats: Sofie Hendrickx 20, Antonia Delaere 14
Olimpia: Lyubov Alyoshkina 24+18 boards, Tetyana Shchypakina 21, Nadzeya Drozd 15



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jayne APPEL
  Henan
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Appel, Henan28.7 
 2. Cambage, Zhejiang27.0 
 3. Ji, Heilongjiang25.0 
 4. Taylor, Yunnan22.4 
 5. Zhai, Yunnan17.8 
 6. Sun, Bayi17.8 
 7. Young, Beijing17.6 
 8. Sun, Henan16.5 
 9. Wei, Guangdong16.4 
 10. Wang, Henan16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jayne APPEL
  Henan
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Appel, Henan16.8 
 2. Taylor, Yunnan14.8 
 3. Liu, Heilongjiang9.3 
 4. Young, Beijing9.0 
 5. Cambage, Zhejiang8.4 
 6. Wei, Guangdong8.4 
 7. Chen, Bayi8.0 
 8. , Zhejiang6.8 
 9. Sun, Bayi6.3 
 10. Ji, Heilongjiang6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yihong MA
  Heilongjiang
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Ma, Heilongjiang6.8 
 2. Liu, Yunnan5.4 
 3. Song, Bayi5.3 
 4. Wu, Shanxi4.8 
 5. Bian, Zhejiang4.8 
 6. Ji, Heilongjiang4.5 
 7. Xu, Henan4.5 
 8. Zhou, Beijing3.8 
 9. Zhang, Shanxi3.3 
 10. Sun, Henan3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sophia YOUNG
  Beijing
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Young, Beijing3.4 
 2. Song, Bayi3.0 
 3. Zhai, Yunnan2.6 
 4. Kim, Beijing2.6 
 5. Ma, Heilongjiang2.3 
 6. Zuo, Bayi2.0 
 7. Xu, Henan1.8 
 8. Zheng, Shanxi1.8 
 9. Wu, Henan1.8 
 10. Liu, Yunnan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jayne APPEL
  Henan
  (193-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Appel, Henan2.8 
 2. Taylor, Yunnan2.2 
 3. Wei, Guangdong1.8 
 4. Cambage, Zhejiang1.8 
 5. Liu, Heilongjiang0.8 
 6. Ma, Heilongjiang0.8 
 7. Guan, Guangdong0.5 
 8. Chen, Bayi0.5 
 9. Zhang, Shanxi0.5 
 10. Ji, Heilongjiang0.5 


WCBA Round 6: Four teams share the top with 4-2 records - by Eurobasket News

Round 6 in WCBA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Taiyuan where host Shanxi (4-2) crushed league's leader Liaoning Hengye (4-2) 81-57 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi. Liaoning Hengye managed to win second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Liaoning Hengye's 36. Shanxi forced 24 Liaoning Hengye turnovers and outrebounded them 47-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Spanish Maya Moore (183-89, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Yu Zhang (184-86) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Shanxi have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Liaoning Hengye. Liaoning Hengye will play next round against strong Henan Elephants trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Shanxi will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong.
Top ranked Zhejiang Far East (4-2) recorded its second loss in Guangzhou. Visitors were edged by twelfth ranked Guangdong Dolphins (2-4) 75-74. It was a good game for forward XinRan Wang (185-91) who saved her team from a defeat with 26 points. Wei Wei contributed with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guangdong Dolphins' coach Bo Overton allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Zhejiang Far East. Guangdong Dolphins moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Zhejiang Far East at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Bayi Kylin (#9) in Yinzhou in the next round. Zhejiang Far East will play on the road against Qujing Yunnan (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Henan Elephants (4-2) against eighth ranked Qujing Yunnan (3-3) on Tuesday night. Host Henan Elephants were defeated by Qujing Yunnan in a tough game in Jiyuan 101-108. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Henan Elephants. Lindsay Taylor had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Jayne Appel with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Qujing Yunnan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Henan Elephants still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Qujing Yunnan will meet at home league's second-placed Zhejiang Far East in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Henan Elephants will play against Liaoning Hengye in Anshan and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Yixing, where 7th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (2-4) lost to tenth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (3-3) in a road game 69-79. Krystal Thomas notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds to lead the effort. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Heilongjiang Chenneng at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Beijing Great Wall (#10) on the road where they are favorite. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against Shanghai Octopus.

In the last two games of round 6 Shenyang was defeated by Shanghai in a road game 89-75. Bayi was beaten by Beijing at home 69-82.


Shanxi - Liaoning 81-57

Round 6 in WCBA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Taiyuan where host Shanxi (4-2) crushed league's leader Liaoning Hengye (4-2) 81-57 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi. Liaoning Hengye managed to win second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Liaoning Hengye's 36. Shanxi forced 24 Liaoning Hengye turnovers and outrebounded them 47-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Spanish Maya Moore (183-89, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Yu Zhang (184-86) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international forward Xiaoli Chen (193-82) added 15 points respectively. Shanxi have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Liaoning Hengye. Liaoning Hengye will play next round against strong Henan Elephants trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Shanxi will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: L.Yelena 17+8reb, C.Xiaoli 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Wei 7+7reb+1ast, M.Zengyu 7+2reb+2ast, W.TingTing 7+2reb, J.Guang 2+2reb+1ast
Shanxi: M.Maya 30+10reb+5ast, Z.Yu 20+7reb+3ast, Z.Xianmin 10+3reb+3ast, L.Zhang 5+1reb+1ast, Y.Dong 5+6reb+1ast, W.Jinzhu 5+6reb+4ast
gschID: 227817


Guangdong - Zhejiang 75-74

Top ranked Zhejiang Far East (4-2) recorded its second loss in Guangzhou. Visitors were edged by twelfth ranked Guangdong Dolphins (2-4) 75-74. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zhejiang Far East won fourth quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward XinRan Wang (185-91) who saved her team from a defeat with 26 points. International center Wei Wei (206-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Guangdong Dolphins players scored in double figures. Guangdong Dolphins' coach Bo Overton allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Zhejiang Far East. Guangdong Dolphins moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Zhejiang Far East at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Bayi Kylin (#9) in Yinzhou in the next round. Zhejiang Far East will play on the road against Qujing Yunnan (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang: C.Elizabeth 20+8reb+1ast, J.Xiao 17+5reb+3ast, Lin 9+6reb, B.Lan 8+8reb+5ast, S.Binbin 7+4reb+3ast, D.XueMei 7+2reb+2ast
Guangdong: W.XinRan 26+3reb+3ast, W.Wei 14+10reb, Q.Siyue 13+5reb+4ast, Z.Lin 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Dongxue 4+3reb, Y.LiWei 3
gschID: 227821


Shanghai - Shenyang 89-75

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Shenyang Golden Lions (3-3) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked Shanghai Octopus (3-3) 89-75. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Octopus. Shenyang Golden Lions was better in second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Octopus made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while Shenyang Golden Lions only scored eight points from the stripe. Shanghai Octopus forced 19 Shenyang Golden Lions turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Shenyang Golden Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Jing Huang (183-85) supported her with 28 points and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by forward Meng Li (185-95) did not help to save the game for Shenyang Golden Lions. The former international center Dan Liu (194-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Shanghai Octopus and four Shenyang Golden Lions players scored in double figures. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Shenyang Golden Lions. Shanghai Octopus' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (#12) in Harbin and are hoping to win another game. Shenyang Golden Lions will play at home against the league's leader Shanxi (#1) in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Shenyang: L.Meng 19+10reb+1ast, L.Dan 16+5reb+3ast, M.LiJie 14+3reb+7ast, Z.Shuang 11+7reb, W.Xuejiao 7+1reb+2ast, S.Liwei 6+1reb+1ast
Shanghai: H.Jing 28+3reb+1ast, L.Camille 21+14reb+3ast, S.Xiufeng 16+4reb+5ast, Z.Ni 12+3reb+1ast, J.Lan 10+3reb+1ast, W.Baiyu 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 227820


Jiangsu - Heilongjiang 79-69

We should mention about the upset which took place in Yixing, where 7th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (2-4) lost to tenth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (3-3) in a road game 69-79. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu Phoenix. Heilongjiang Chenneng was better in second period 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu Phoenix players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American center Krystal Thomas (195-89, college: Duke) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 21 rebounds to lead the effort and international point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) supported her with 25 points and 6 assists. Four Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Even 31 points by the former international guard YanYan Ji (182-85) did not help to save the game for Heilongjiang Chenneng. American center Sasha Goodlett (195-90, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Heilongjiang Chenneng at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Beijing Great Wall (#10) on the road where they are favorite. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against Shanghai Octopus.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 31+4reb+3ast, G.Sasha 16+11reb, L.JiaCen 10+3reb, M.Yihong 8+1reb+8ast, Y.Jie 3+1reb+1ast, C.Liqing 1+6reb
Jiangsu: C.Xiaojia 25+2reb+6ast, N.Xu 17+2reb+6ast, T.Krystal 14+21reb+1ast, L.ShanShan 11+2reb+4ast, H.Huan 9+1reb+1ast, X.Hou 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 227819


Bayi - Beijing 69-82

There was a surprise result in Yinzhou where eleventh ranked Beijing Great Wall (2-4) defeated higher ranked Bayi Kylin (2-4) 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Great Wall. Bayi Kylin was better in fourth quarter 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Great Wall shot 60.3 percent from the field. They also forced 22 Bayi Kylin turnovers. International forward Fan Zhang (188-84) notched 21 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and American forward Sophia Young (186-83, college: Baylor) supported her with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even 23 points by center Mengran Sun (197-92) did not help to save the game for Bayi Kylin. Forward Xue Wang (185-93) added 17 points. Four Bayi Kylin players scored in double figures. Beijing Great Wall moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Bayi Kylin. Bayi Kylin lost fourth consecutive game. Beijing Great Wall's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (#6) in Yixing and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bayi: S.Mengran 23+3reb+2ast, W.Xue 17+3reb+1ast, S.MengXin 12+2reb, C.Nan 10+8reb+1ast, S.XiaoYun 4+2reb+3ast, L.Jiarong 2
Beijing: Z.Fan 21+1reb+4ast, Y.Sophia 17+6reb+1ast, K.Yeong-Ok 16+3reb+4ast, Z.Lin 8+3reb+2ast, S.XiaoYu 7+2reb, Q.Site 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 227818


Henan - Yunnan 101-108

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Henan Elephants (4-2) against eighth ranked Qujing Yunnan (3-3) on Tuesday night. Host Henan Elephants were defeated by Qujing Yunnan in a tough game in Jiyuan 101-108. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Henan Elephants. American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Betty Cao (180-87) chipped in 23 points and 4 steals during the contest. Four Qujing Yunnan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jayne Appel (193-88, college: Stanford) with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and power forward Jing Wang (188-84) scored 21 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Qujing Yunnan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Henan Elephants still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Qujing Yunnan will meet at home league's second-placed Zhejiang Far East in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Henan Elephants will play against Liaoning Hengye in Anshan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Henan: A.Jayne 37+20reb+1ast, W.Jing 21+4reb+1ast, S.Jie 15+5reb+3ast, P.Li 10, W.Di 8+4reb+4ast, X.Xin 7+3reb+4ast
Yunnan: T.Lindsay 33+23reb, C.Betty 23+4reb+1ast, Z.Huan 21+3reb+3ast, J.Yang 12+2reb, L.Xiao 10+2reb+1ast, L.XiaoLei 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 227816


Standings - WCBA

WCBA Standings
 1. Zhejiang 4-2 
 2. Shanxi 4-2 
 3. Henan 4-2 
 4. Liaoning 4-2 
 5. Yunnan 3-3 
 6. Jiangsu 3-3 
 7. Shanghai 3-3 
 8. Shenyang 3-3 
 9. Bayi 2-4 
 10. Beijing 2-4 
 11. Guangdong 2-4 
 12. Heilongjiang 2-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 13: Shanghai - Shenyang 89-75
Nov. 13: Shanxi - Liaoning 81-57
Nov. 13: Jiangsu - Heilongjiang 79-69
Nov. 13: Guangdong - Zhejiang 75-74
Nov. 13: Bayi - Beijing 69-82
Nov. 13: Henan - Yunnan 101-108

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 17: Beijing - Jiangsu
Nov. 17: Shenyang - Shanxi
Nov. 17: Liaoning - Henan
Nov. 17: Yunnan - Zhejiang
Nov. 17: Shanghai - Heilongjiang
Nov. 17: Bayi - Guangdong



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EuroLeague: USK Praha has registered their first victory this season - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb - USK Praha 71:79

Czech USK Praha has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Novi Zagreb, where they defeated Croatian Lupa Promotion 79:71 on Wednesday.
Lupa Promotion trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 18-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-79 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin center Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists and Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) scored 14 points.
Defending Czech champion left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Group C, which they share with CCC Polkowice. It was Lupa Promotion's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Lupa Promotion will play on the road against CCC Polkowice and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Novi Zagreb: Mirna Mazic 24+14 rebs, Sandra Mandir 14
USK Praha: Jelena Dubljevic 21, Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) 17, Rebekkah Brunson 13, Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) 11



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EuroLeague: Spartak Moscow Region silence BK IMOS Brno - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region- BK IMOS Brno 95:63

Spartak Moscow Region silence BK IMOS Brno in Round 4 of Euroleague. The Russian team improved to 4-0 record in Group A after a 95:63 victory. The team from Czech Republic fell at 1-2 record.
Spartak Moscow Region was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. The Russian team started with 27-16 and won the rest of the quarters. They added 24-15 in the second frame and produced a 25-19 in the third period. Moreover Spartak won the last stanza 19-13 for 32-point difference.
Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) stepped up with 15 points and Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) as well as Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) had 11 each. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) delivered 10 points in the winning effort. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) replied with 24 points in defeat and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) added 11.

Spartak Moscow Region: Natalia Vieru 15, Seimone Augustus 11, Marina Kuzina 11, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 10
BK IMOS Brno: Farhiya Abdi 24, Tereza Peckova 11



EuroLeague: USK Praha has registered their first victory this season - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb - USK Praha 71:79

Czech USK Praha has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Novi Zagreb, where they defeated Croatian Lupa Promotion 79:71 on Wednesday.
Lupa Promotion trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 18-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-79 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin center Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists and Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) scored 14 points.
Defending Czech champion left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Group C, which they share with CCC Polkowice. It was Lupa Promotion's third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. Lupa Promotion will play on the road against CCC Polkowice and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Novi Zagreb: Mirna Mazic 24+14 rebs, Sandra Mandir 14
USK Praha: Jelena Dubljevic 21, Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) 17, Rebekkah Brunson 13, Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) 11



Katerina Zohnova selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Katerina Zohnova
Katerina Zohnova
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Katerina Zohnova (179-84, currently plays in Italy). She was the major contributor in Umbertide's victory against the league outsider Priolo (0-5) 61-55 in the Italian A1 in Sunday night's game. Zohnova scored 16 points in 24 minutes on the court. Liomatic Umbertide (4-0) is placed first in the A1. So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Zohnova averages: 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 22.2%, 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) and FT: 75.0% in the four games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jana Vesela
Jana Vesela
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jana Vesela (194-83, currently plays in Turkey). Vesela led Antakya to a victory against the closely-ranked TED Ankara (1-3) 76-67 in the Turkish TKBL last Sunday. She recorded 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Homend Antakya Belediyesi (2-2) is placed ninth in the TKBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Vesela's first year with the team. Vesela has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 28.6%. She is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Kamila Stepanova
Kamila Stepanova
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Kamila Stepanova (191-88, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in France. Stepanova could not help Basket Landes (1-2) in their last game. Despite her good performance the fourth-placed Basket Landes was edged 71-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) VS Praha in the group G of Eurocup. Stepanova was the top scorer with 13 points. She also added made 3 passes and 3 steals in 29 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Stepanova has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 68.2%(15-22) and FT: 85.7% in the three games. She is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Petra Kulichova
Petra Kulichova
   #4. Center Petra Kulichova (198-84, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Good Angels Kosice to win against the sixth-ranked Arras (0-2) 70-67 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Kulichova scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Good Angels Kosice (2-1) is placed third in group B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kulichova belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. Her overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7bpg. Kulichova is also Czech Republic national team player.

Martina Rejchova
Martina Rejchova
   #5. Former international center Martina Rejchova (195-83, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Viterbo (1-5) in their game against Meccanica NB (5-4) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Despite her very good performance on Saturday night She recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. Rejchova is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). She has individually a very good season with high stats. Rejchova averages: 16.7ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.8spg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Katerina Bartonova
Katerina Bartonova
   #6. Point guard Katerina Bartonova (174-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Cadi ICG Software (1-3) in their game against Caja Rural (2-3) in the Spanish LFB. Bartonova scored 7 points in 24 minutes. Cadi ICG Software lost 72-84 in Zamora to the higher-ranked (#6) Caja Rural. This year Bartonova's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg in the four games. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

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

   #1. Cecilia Lineira (180-G-86, currently plays in Spain) led Orion-GDKO to a victory over the 15th-ranked Casablanca (2-7) 69-61 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. She was MVP of the game. Lineira had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds. She also added 5 assists, 2 blocks and 5 steals in 40 minutes. Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao (3-1) is placed fourth in Group B. But there are still l