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  ABA   



ABA All Star Game and Concert return to Jacksonville, Florida - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that its annual All Star Game will return to Jacksonville, Florida and that a major concert has been added to the weekend's events.
The game will be played on Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2013 to be followed in the evening by the concert. Both the game and concert will be held at the University of North Florida Arena, a new state of the art facility with seating capacity of 5800. Tickets for both the All Star Game and the concert will go on sale Saturday, November 24th and can be purchased on line through Ticket Master and Ticket Web.
The ABA All Star Game will feature the ABA's best players from the East and West. Additional details will be forthcoming. The All Star Game and other events will be produced by Gary Hill Sports and Entertainment with the concert being produced by ABA Entertainment under the supervision of Buddy Walker. Both events will be nationally televised by UBC-TV Network (www.ubctvnetwork.com).
"We are very excited about returning to Jacksonville for both the All Star Game and the concert," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "Jacksonville is the home of the Jacksonville Giants, 2011-2012 ABA Champions and one of the outstanding organizations in the ABA. Working with Gary Hill and Buddy Walker, along with Ron Sholes , Giants owner, we anticipate a sellout for both events and an exciting afternoon and evening."
"The entire weekend should be fun," added Gary Hill. "We have a major event scheduled for Friday, lots of parties and entertainment on Saturday including the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first ABA Computer Learning Center and a major food giveaway to help those in need. And of course, on Sunday, in addition to a fabulous ABA All Star game, we'll have some other great activities in the afternoon."
"Since this is ABA All Star Weekend, we've decided to make the Sunday evening concert an All Star Concert and will have entertainment from several different genres, including Country, Rock , Hip Hop and Pop," commented Walker. "We're lining up an All Star group of performers. It will be a benefit concert with proceeds going to the Veterans Supplemental Support Group (VSSN) www.vetsupportnet.org Food For Heroes and Warrior Stay Program. This first ABA concert will kick off a series of concerts known as ABA Entertainment - "The Home of the $50 Concert Ticket." Additional details about the All Star Weekend will follow shortly.
For more information, email garyhillceo@gmail.com , buddywalker1955@yahoo.com or visit www.abalive.com



Cleveland Am Pro'ers (sponsored by JT Focus Mgt.) vs Pontiac Firebirds this Saturday - by Vance Marbury

The (JT Focus Mgt) Cleveland Am Pro'ers sponsored by (Leff Electric) will face the Pontiac Firebirds in their Home Opener This Saturday in Pontiac, Ohio.

In a 2012 pre-season game the Pontiac Firebirds destroyed the Cleveland Am Pro'ers by 40 pts. The Cleveland Am Pro'ers will have only 2 players that participated in the earlier pre-season game, but to the Pontiac Firebrids that does not mean anything. Pontiac who loss there regular season opener to the Lima Explosion is a very deep team, that likes to trap ball scree and rolls, will play a lot of players, and try to score a lot of points.

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers will again be led by Dawan Cline (6'0''-G-92), Patrick Leigh (5'11''-G-90), and Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson). Darvel Harris (5'6''-G-83) former Lakeland CC star will be making his season debut. The Cleveland Am Pro'ers are currently 1-1, with a win and loss vs the Lima Explosion. Should be a good game, and we definitely will report game results this Sunday!!

Game will be at: Pontiac High School, 1051 Arlene Avenue, Pontiac Michigan, 48340, Doors open up at 5 pm, Game starts at 6 pm.



Atlanta Aliens Tip-Off 2012-13 ABA Season With Convincing 154-91 Victory Over Electric City Lions - by Surujh Roopnarine

ANDERSON, S.C. The Atlanta Aliens ABA professional basketball team, led by Griffin native and GM/Head Coach Alan "Duck" Richards , officially started its 2012-2013 season on Nov. 3 with a 154-91 win over the Electric City Lions, an ABA expansion team.

Both teams traded baskets in the first quarter with little defensive pressure, keeping the score pretty even. Midway into the first quarter, Duck Richards decided to switch gears by inserting his bench affectionately known as the Goon Squad into the game to apply more pressure on defense. At the end of the first quarter, the Aliens took a 42-12 lead which extended to an 84-37 halftime lead. In the second half, the Aliens were in cruise control and won handily to begin the season at 1-0.

Its always good to get the win but theres a few other things we still must work on this week in practice, said Duck Richards .

The Aliens recorded 38 steals against the Lions, led by Griffin native Sidney Harris (5'10''-PG, college: Valdosta St.) with 10. Lovejoy native Mike Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) and Alonso Davis (6'8''-C/F, college: St.Joseph's, ME) also had five steals each. On the offensive end, nine players managed to score in double figures. Sloan led all scorers with 24 points, followed by Griffin native Jay Brown with 22, Rashad Faust (16), Joshua Jones (15), Harris (13), Demetrice Williams (6'3''-G-80, college: S.Alabama) and Alonso Davis (11) and Samuel Goodman and Steven Cunningham (6'4''-G/F-89) (10).

Sherard Reddick added 6 points and 10 rebounds and David Lawrence chipped in 4 to complete the scoring. The Atlanta Aliens next regular-season game will be Nov. 25 against the Phenix City Bombers in Phenix City, Ala. Prior to that game, the Aliens will play the And 1 Mix Tape Crew in an exhibition game at Clayton State University in Morrow on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

For all the latest information about the Atlanta Aliens, go to www.iHigh.com/AtlantaAliens.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


MZT Skopje cut Dahlman - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) cut 23-year old American forward Noah Dahlman (199-100kg-89, college: Wofford). In 6 Adriatic League games he played this season he averaged just 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
The last season Dahlman played at MZT Skopje. In 31 Prva Liga games he had 13.3ppg and 6.5rpg. Dahlman won Macedonian League championship title and the cup.
He received Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Forward of the Year award in 2012.
Dahlman graduated from Wofford College in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @wofbasketball)



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Lanus 12-5 
 2. Regatas C. 12-5 
 3. Penarol 11-4 
 4. Libertad S. 11-5 
 5. Olimpico LB 11-6 
 6. Argentino 9-8 
 7. GECR Indalo 8-8 
 8. Quimsa 8-8 
 9. Sionista 8-9 
 10. Atenas 8-9 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 7-8 
 12. Boca Jrs 6-9 
 13. Union Progr. 6-9 
 14. Obras 4-11 
 15. 9 de Julio 4-12 
 16. La Union 4-13 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Nov. 16: Sionista - Wuber-Est.Bahia 91-86
Nov. 16: Argentino - Atenas 82-86
Nov. 16: 9 de Julio - Olimpico LB 81-77
Nov. 16: Quimsa - Lanus 77-81
Nov. 16: Regatas C. - Penarol 75-57
Nov. 16: Boca Jrs - La Union 74-65
Nov. 16: Obras - Union Progr. 70-75
Nov. 16: Libertad S. - GECR Indalo 67-66

Round 4

Nov. 13: Regatas C. - Wuber-Est.Bahia 88-83
Nov. 14: Libertad S. - Lanus 63-76

Second Stage: Round 4

Nov. 18: Sionista - Penarol
Nov. 18: Boca Jrs - Union Progr.
Nov. 18: 9 de Julio - Atenas
Nov. 18: Quimsa - GECR Indalo
Nov. 18: Obras - La Union
Nov. 18: Argentino - Olimpico LB


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.20.2 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras19.1 
 3. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union17.7 
 5. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 6. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.5 
 7. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 8. Jackson, GECR I.16.0 
 9. Pau, Olimpico LB15.5 
 10. Lytch, Argentino14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.13.2 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.1 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.5 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.8.5 
 6. Moss, Union Progr.8.1 
 7. Fierro, Atenas8.1 
 8. Sanchez, Libertad.7.6 
 9. Lewis, La Union7.6 
 10. Williams, Quimsa7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.2 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa4.6 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.6 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.4.4 
 6. Osimani, Obras3.9 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 8. Labaque, Atenas3.8 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.6 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.3 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa1.9 
 4. Washam, Regatas C.1.9 
 5. De los Santo., Arg.1.8 
 6. Lescano, Atenas1.7 
 7. Boccia, Lanus1.7 
 8. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 9. Pittman, Sionista1.6 
 10. Lewis, La Union1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.0 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.4 
 3. Mata, Penarol1.1 
 4. Moss, Union Progr.1.1 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.0 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.9 
 7. Sanchez, Libertad.0.9 
 8. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 9. Calderon, Regat.0.8 
 10. Roby, Wuber-Es.0.7 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 9-0 
 2. Estudian.Con. 8-1 
 3. Obera TC 5-4 
 4. Instituto Cor. 5-4 
 5. San Isidro 4-4 
 6. Sarmiento 3-6 
 7. Atl.Echague 3-6 
 8. Alvear 3-6 
 9. Union Sunch 3-6 
 10. La Union 2-6 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 6-2 
 2. Sport Club 6-3 
 3. Ciclista 6-3 
 4. Quilmes MP 5-4 
 5. Rocamora 5-4 
 6. San Lorenzo Ch. 4-5 
 7. MH Basket 3-6 
 8. Huracan 3-6 
 9. Banda Norte 3-6 
 10. Bragado 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 16: Sport Club - Ciclista 92-67
Nov. 16: Alvear - Obera TC 89-70
Nov. 16: Rocamora - Huracan 85-81
Nov. 16: Banda Norte - Quilmes MP 79-77
Nov. 16: MH Basket - San Lorenzo Ch. 79-70
Nov. 16: Instituto Cor. - Union Sunch 79-62
Nov. 16: Estudian.Con. - Atl.Echague 75-50
Nov. 16: Sarmiento - San Mart.C. 69-76
Nov. 17: La Union - San Isidro
Nov. 17: Alianza Viedma - Bragado



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 7-1 
 2. Hawks 5-1 
 3. 36ers 5-3 
 4. Kings 4-4 
 5. Wildcats 3-3 
 6. Taipans 3-4 
 7. Tigers 2-4 
 8. Crocodiles 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Breakers - Crocodiles 93-63
Nov. 16: Wildcats - 36ers 65-69
Nov. 17: Hawks - Taipans
Nov. 18: Tigers - Kings


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Madgen, Kings19.4 
 2. Scott, Tigers17.0 
 3. Tragardh, Taipans16.7 
 4. Knight, Wildcats16.6 
 5. Jackson, Breakers15.8 
 6. Deleon, Hawks15.8 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats15.2 
 8. Wilson, Taipans15.0 
 9. Ervin, Crocodiles14.0 
 10. Goulding, Tigers13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Seth SCOTT
  Tigers
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Scott, Tigers8.8 
 2. Knight, Wildcats7.6 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.6 
 4. Holmes, Crocodiles7.3 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.1 
 6. Lazare, Kings7.1 
 7. Pledger, Breakers6.9 
 8. Davidson, Hawks6.8 
 9. Forman, Hawks6.7 
 10. Schenscher, 36ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers8.4 
 2. Braswell, Tigers5.2 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.4 
 4. Henry, Kings3.8 
 5. Gibson, 36ers3.7 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
 7. Wilson, Taipans2.9 
 8. Cadee, 36ers2.9 
 9. Goulding, Tigers2.8 
 10. Bruce, Kings2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Braswell, Tigers2.4 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.7 
 4. Williams, Taipans1.6 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles1.5 
 6. Martin, Wildcats1.4 
 7. Henry, Kings1.4 
 8. Edwards, Taipans1.4 
 9. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.4 
 10. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pledger, Breakers2.4 
 2. Scott, Tigers1.5 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers1.4 
 4. Garlepp, Kings1.3 
 5. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 6. Boucher, Breakers0.8 
 7. Hudson, Breakers0.8 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans0.7 
 9. Blanchfield, Croco.0.6 
 10. Edwards, Taipans0.6 


Clive Weeden agreed terms with SW Slammers - by Greg

Southwest Slammers (State League) strengthened their 2013 roster with addition of 25-year old naturalized American center Clive Weeden (205-87, college: Dartmouth). Weeden played last season at ABA Strumica in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga that season. In 13 games this season he recorded 9.3ppg and 6.1rpg.
He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - 2.Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Salzburg - Vienna Timb. 60-63
Nov. 17: Mistelbach - Worthersee
Nov. 17: Tirol - Basket Flames
Nov. 17: Dornbirn - Kos Celovec
Nov. 18: Falcons - Mattersb.R.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1. Ventspils 6-0 
 2. Siauliai 5-1 
 3. Naglis Palangos 2-3 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 2-3 
 5. Rapla 1-4 
 6. TTU 1-6 
Group B
 1. TU/Rock 5-1 
 2. Lietkabelis 5-1 
 3. Juventus 3-3 
 4. Jelgava 2-4 
 5. Liepaja 2-4 
 6. Valga 1-5 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 7-0 
 2. Tarvas 4-3 
 3. Sakalai 3-3 
 4. Nevezis 3-3 
 5. Barons kvartals 2-5 
 6. Tln Kalev 1-6 
Group D
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 5-0 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 3-1 
 3. Valmiera 3-3 
 4. Parnu 1-3 
 5. LSU-Baltai 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 16: Valmiera - LSU-Baltai 83-56
Nov. 16: Lietkabelis - Juventus 74-67
Nov. 16: Tarvas - Barons kvartals 71-68
Nov. 16: Valga - Liepaja 60-57
Nov. 16: Tln Kalev - Sakalai 55-78
Nov. 17: Tartu Ulikool - Liepaja
Nov. 17: Siauliai - Ventspils
Nov. 17: Nevezis - Rudupis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tamm, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev18.4 
 3. Gulbis, Barons k.17.9 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.3 
 5. Bergmanis, Barons17.3 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis16.6 
 7. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.16.4 
 9. Kaufmanis, Valmiera15.8 
 10. Leonard, Juventus15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu14.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Matyukevych, Bars.10.0 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.8 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.8.5 
 7. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.8 
 8. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.5 
 9. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 10. Gulbis, Barons k.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Artamonov, Siauliai5.3 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.4.8 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.4.7 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas4.6 
 7. Cunda, Valga4.6 
 8. Silavs, Jelgava4.5 
 9. Ezerskis, Liepaja4.5 
 10. Dambrauskas, Saka.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.3.2 
 2. Teel, Ventspils2.5 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.5 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis2.3 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.2 
 6. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 7. Cunda, Valga2.0 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava2.0 
 9. Sims, Ventspils2.0 
 10. Labuckas, Rudupis2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.8 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.2.0 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 4. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 5. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.5 
 6. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.5 
 7. Galdikas, Siauliai1.3 
 8. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 9. Dia, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 16: Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen 88-83
Nov. 16: Rubon - Sozh Gomel 73-100
Nov. 16: Svisloch - Tsmoki-Minsk II 69-77

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 30: Borisfen - Grodno-93
Nov. 30: Sozh Gomel - Svisloch
Nov. 30: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Rubon


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel25.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.22.4 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch17.6 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.17.1 
 5. Kamarunas, Svisl.15.3 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.8 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.14.5 
 8. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.4 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.14.3 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henadziy ZAKHAR
  Impuls B.
  (198-SF-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.8 
 2. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.4 
 3. Dadukin, Sozh G.8.3 
 4. Hrumiantsau, Svisl.7.6 
 5. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.7.0 
 6. Yafremov, Grodn.6.8 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.6.7 
 8. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.5 
 9. Sharipov, Svisloch6.4 
 10. Miakinin, Sozh Go.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.0 
 2. Kamarunas, Svisl.5.9 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch5.7 
 4. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.3 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.2 
 6. Akulich, Rubon4.1 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.7 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen3.2 
 9. Sapegin, Rubon3.0 
 10. Kryukov, Borisfen2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.6 
 2. Akulich, Rubon3.4 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch2.9 
 4. Tatur, Borisfen2.8 
 5. Kamarunas, Svisl.2.6 
 6. Sapegin, Rubon2.6 
 7. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.6 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.5 
 9. Charko, Grodno-932.5 
 10. Charykau, Sozh G.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 8: Rubon loses to Sozh Gomel in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Sozh Gomel's (#2, 6-1) victory against one of their biggest challengers Rubon (4-3) 100-73. The game was mostly controlled by Sozh Gomel. Rubon managed to win third quarter 29-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sozh Gomel forced 21 Rubon turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Rubon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who added 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Forward Marsel Ovsepian (202-90) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sozh Gomel have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Grodno-93. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Svisloch (#7) in Osipovichi in the next round where they are favorite. Rubon will play on the road against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Osipovichi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Svisloch (1-6). Tsmoki-Minsk II managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69. The winners were led by Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who scored that evening 27 points and 8 rebounds and Valentin Ignatchik supported him with 15 points and 7 assists. Even 25 points and 5 steals by the former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86) did not help to save the game for Svisloch. Tsmoki-Minsk II moved-up to third place, which they share with Rubon. Svisloch at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Borisfen. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svisloch will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Minsk was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Borisfen (1-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Impuls BGUIR (2-5). Impuls BGUIR managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83 on Friday. Impuls BGUIR moved-up to fifth place. Borisfen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Svisloch. Impuls BGUIR will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 (#1).



Svisloch - Tsmoki-Minsk II 69-77

The game in Osipovichi was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Svisloch (1-6). Tsmoki-Minsk II managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Svisloch won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tsmoki-Minsk II won last quarter 22-15. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Svisloch's 32. The winners were led by Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who scored that evening 27 points and 8 rebounds and guard Valentin Ignatchik (192-91) supported him with 15 points and 7 assists. Four Tsmoki-Minsk II players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 5 steals by the former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86) did not help to save the game for Svisloch. Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (205-91) added 8 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Tsmoki-Minsk II moved-up to third place, which they share with Rubon. Svisloch at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Borisfen. Tsmoki-Minsk II will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svisloch will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: R.Rutkauskas 27+8reb+3ast, E.Sugonyako 16+3reb, V.Ignatchik 15+2reb+7ast, A.Semianiuk 10+8reb, Y.Kurapau 9+13reb+1ast, R.Rubinshteyn 0
Svisloch: M.Shustau 25+3reb+3ast, I.Sharipov 13+3reb+5ast, A.Korneenkov 9+10reb, A.Hrumiantsau 8+11reb+2ast, P.Shuleyko 4+4reb+1ast, M.Strukau 4+3reb
gschID: 204713


Rubon - Sozh Gomel 73-100

Very significant was Sozh Gomel's (#2, 6-1) victory against one of their biggest challengers Rubon (4-3) 100-73. The game was mostly controlled by Sozh Gomel. Rubon managed to win third quarter 29-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sozh Gomel forced 21 Rubon turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Rubon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who added 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Five Sozh Gomel players scored in double figures. Forward Marsel Ovsepian (202-90) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) scored 9 points, 8 assists and 6 steals. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sozh Gomel have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Grodno-93. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Sozh Gomel are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Svisloch (#7) in Osipovichi in the next round where they are favorite. Rubon will play on the road against Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: S.Charykau 20+5reb+9ast, K.Sitnik 18+1reb+5ast, P.Bliznets 16+5reb, S.Miakinin 15+3reb+1ast, I.Kaliayev 11+7reb+4ast, S.Dadukin 11+9reb+3ast
Rubon: A.Indrikov 12+3reb+2ast, M.Ovsepian 12+8reb, V.Ilyukevich 10+3reb+1ast, D.Akulich 9+1reb+8ast, D.Sivalko 8+5reb+2ast, Y.Patupchyk 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 204712


Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen 88-83

The game in Minsk was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Borisfen (1-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Impuls BGUIR (2-5). Impuls BGUIR managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Impuls BGUIR moved-up to fifth place. Borisfen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Svisloch. Impuls BGUIR will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play against the league's leader Grodno-93 (#1).
gschID: 204711



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Aalstar - Oostende 95-89
Nov. 16: Liege - Antwerp 86-73
Nov. 17: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep.
Nov. 18: Leuven - Spirou


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.0 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende17.7 
 3. Thompson, Aalstar17.6 
 4. Green, Verviers.17.4 
 5. Aleksandrov, Vervi.17.0 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.6 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.1 
 8. Wilkinson, Oostende15.5 
 9. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
 10. Allen, Spirou14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut8.2 
 2. Gillet, Liege7.5 
 3. Aleksandrov, Vervi.6.8 
 4. Wilkinson, Oostende6.8 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Aska, Leuven6.5 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Walsh, Spirou6.3 
 9. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Anderson, Verviers.6.2 
 2. Bosco, Liege4.9 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.5 
 4. Raivio, Aalstar4.3 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.7 
 6. Walsh, Spirou3.7 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar3.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.8 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy GREEN
  Verviers.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Green, Verviers.2.4 
 2. Biggs, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Iarochevitch, Liege1.9 
 4. Anderson, Verviers.1.8 
 5. Katnic, Oostende1.8 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.8 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 8. Anderson, Aalstar1.7 
 9. Jadin, Spirou1.6 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.0 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.3 
 5. Riddick, Spirou1.3 
 6. Thondique, Antwerp0.9 
 7. Aska, Leuven0.7 
 8. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende0.7 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.6 



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Warriors waived Tchiengang - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors waived 24-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Steve Tchiengang (205-98kg-88, college: Vanderbilt).
This summer Tchiengang was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in fifth round (77th overall).
The former Vanderbilt University star is in his first season in pro basketball. Tchiengangs team won SEC Tournament. He also represented Cameroon at the Global Games in Dallas six years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 3-0 
 2. Acadia 2-0 
 3. UPEI 2-0 
 4. St.Mary's 2-1 
 5. St.Francis X. 1-1 
 6. Dalhousie 0-2 
 7. New Brunsw. 0-2 
 8. Memorial 0-4 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 5-0 
 2. Victoria 4-1 
 3. UNBC 3-2 
 4. TWU 2-3 
 5. UFV 2-3 
 6. Mount Royal 1-3 
 7. TRU 1-3 
 8. UBC Okanagan 1-4 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 4-1 
 2. Lethbridge 3-2 
 3. Saskatchewan 3-2 
 4. Winnipeg 3-2 
 5. Manitoba 2-2 
 6. Calgary 2-3 
 7. Regina 1-3 
 8. Brandon 1-4 
OUA East
 1. Queen's 3-0 
 2. Ryerson 3-0 
 3. Carleton 2-1 
 4. Laurentian 2-1 
 5. Ottawa 2-1 
 6. York 2-1 
 7. Toronto Univ. 1-2 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 2-1 
 2. Laurier 1-1 
 3. Brock 1-2 
 4. Lakehead 1-2 
 5. McMaster 1-2 
 6. Guelph 0-2 
 7. Waterloo 0-2 
 8. Western 0-3 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 2-0 
 2. McGill 1-0 
 3. Bishop's 0-0 
 4. UQAM 0-1 
 5. Laval 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Saskatchewan - Calgary 90-70
Nov. 16: Carleton - Brock 89-50
Nov. 16: Lakehead - Queen''s 87-96
Nov. 16: Laurier - Toronto Univ. 85-78 OT
Nov. 16: UNBC - UBC Okanagan 85-70
Nov. 16: Ottawa - McMaster 84-62
Nov. 16: Alberta - Lethbridge 84-58
Nov. 16: York - Western 81-62
Nov. 16: Laurentian - Windsor 80-72
Nov. 16: UBC - UFV 76-71
Nov. 16: Waterloo - Ryerson 67-81
Nov. 16: Victoria - TWU 61-71

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 17: Regina - Manitoba
Nov. 17: Dalhousie - New Brunsw.
Nov. 17: St.Francis X. - UPEI
Nov. 17: Acadia - Memorial
Nov. 17: UQAM - McGill
Nov. 17: Ottawa - Brock
Nov. 17: Carleton - McMaster
Nov. 17: Waterloo - Toronto Univ.
Nov. 17: Laurentian - Western
Nov. 17: Guelph - Queen''s
Nov. 17: York - Windsor
Nov. 17: Bishop''s - Concordia
Nov. 17: Laurier - Ryerson
Nov. 17: Brandon - Winnipeg
Nov. 17: Mount Royal - TRU
Nov. 17: Saskatchewan - Calgary
Nov. 17: Alberta - Lethbridge
Nov. 17: UBC - UFV
Nov. 17: Victoria - TWU
Nov. 17: UNBC - UBC Okanagan


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.27.3 
 2. Lamar, Saskatch.24.4 
 3. Forbes, Saskatch.24.0 
 4. Brown, Regina23.0 
 5. Berhanemeske., Ott.23.0 
 6. Walton, Manitoba22.5 
 7. Perrin, TWU22.2 
 8. Faulkner, Queen''s22.0 
 9. Freeman, UFV21.3 
 10. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Phillip, Windsor12.3 
 2. Salhia, Lakehead12.0 
 3. Bozinovic, TRU11.0 
 4. Faulkner, Queen''s10.7 
 5. Ozsayiner, Manit.9.8 
 6. Burns, Saskatch.8.8 
 7. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s8.7 
 8. Bergen-H., Alberta8.4 
 9. Tufegdzich, York8.3 
 10. Halpin, St.Mary''s8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.6.4 
 2. Walton, Manitoba6.0 
 3. Johnson, Lethbrid.5.6 
 4. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 5. York, UFV4.8 
 6. Singh, Queen''s4.7 
 7. Carter, Lakehead4.7 
 8. Lamar, Saskatch.4.6 
 9. Tate, Regina4.5 
 10. Acheampong, Vict.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.3 
 2. Pink, St.Mary''s4.0 
 3. Baker, Saskatch.3.2 
 4. Plummer, Toronto3.0 
 5. Plumb, UBC2.8 
 6. Scott, St.Mary''s2.7 
 7. Thomas, St.Mary''s2.7 
 8. Cunningham, Winnip.2.6 
 9. Burns, Saskatch.2.6 
 10. Joseph, Manitoba2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Riley HALPIN
  St.Mary''s
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Halpin, St.Mary''s2.0 
 2. Moses, Calgary1.8 
 3. Bozinovic, TRU1.8 
 4. Salhia, Lakehead1.7 
 5. Plummer, Toronto1.7 
 6. Aubertin, UNBC1.4 
 7. Casey, UBC1.4 
 8. Christie, Windsor1.3 
 9. Faulkner, Queen''s1.3 
 10. Lufile, Cape Bret.1.3 


CIS Round 6 recap - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Capers as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Capers defeated 5th ranked X-Men in Sydney, NS 88-83. Capers forced 19 X-Men turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Forward Sean Mccormick (196) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jeremy Dunn (196) replied with 32 points for X-Men. Capers have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. X-Men at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 8 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Warriors (0-1) in Kingston, ON. Visitors were rolled over by Golden Gaels (2-0) 83-63. Golden Gaels keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Warriors at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with UQAM and Laurier. Golden Gaels will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Warriors will play at home against the league's second-placed Rams (#2) in Toronto, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for Stingers (2-0) which hosted in Montreal, QC 4th ranked Rouge et Or (0-2). Top-ranked Stingers had an easy win 90-62. Kafil Eyitayo notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 23 points by Karl Demers-Belanger did not help to save the game for Rouge et Or. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stingers maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Rouge et Or still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top-ranked Capers blasted bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-4) in St.John's, NL 103-79 keeping the perfect record after 6 rounds. Sea Hawks is still unable to win any game. The best player for the winners was Meshack Lufile who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capers have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sea Hawks at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between fifth ranked Wesmen (3-2) and 7th ranked Bobcats (1-4) in Winnipeg, MB on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Wesmen outscored guests from Brandon, MB 103-72. It was a good game for Benny Iko who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wesmen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Bobcats dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


Concordia - Laval 90-62

An interesting game for Stingers (2-0) which hosted in Montreal, QC 4th ranked Rouge et Or (0-2). Top-ranked Stingers had an easy win 90-62. The game without a history. Stingers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ivorian forward Kafil Eyitayo (201) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Evens Laroche (193) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Five Stingers players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by Karl Demers-Belanger did not help to save the game for Rouge et Or. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) added 11 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stingers maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Rouge et Or still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Concordia: K.Eyitayo 16+15reb, M.Tajfel 16+2ast, J.Moussignac 14+3reb+4ast, E.Laroche 13+9reb+1ast, J.Blake 13+2reb+3ast, A.Chmielewski 8+3reb+6ast
Laval: K.Demers-Belanger 23+2reb+1ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 11+11reb, T.Dezutter 9+6reb+2ast, A.Guilard 8+2reb, A.Beaumier 5+1reb, R.Mathieu 4+2reb
gschID: 190373


Winnipeg - Brandon 103-72

The game between fifth ranked Wesmen (3-2) and 7th ranked Bobcats (1-4) in Winnipeg, MB on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Wesmen outscored guests from Brandon, MB 103-72. Wesmen outrebounded Bobcats 48-31 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Bobcats' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Wesmen made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Benny Iko (198) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Five Wesmen players scored in double figures. Kenonte Ramsey replied with 24 points and Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bobcats. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wesmen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Bobcats dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: B.Iko 27+14reb+1ast, S.Wesley 19+15reb+1ast, S.Hattin 15+3reb+1ast, N.Gooding 13+7reb+8ast, T.Krahn 12+4reb+3ast, A.Cunningham 5+3reb+7ast
Brandon: K.Ramsey 24+2reb+1ast, R.Smith 15+5reb, A.Benabdelhak 14+7reb+1ast, J.Reaves 9+5reb+3ast, J.Elias 4+1reb+1ast, P.Suffrard 2+1reb
gschID: 190374


Cape Breton - St.Francis X. 88-83

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Capers as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Capers defeated 5th ranked X-Men in Sydney, NS 88-83. Capers forced 19 X-Men turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Forward Sean Mccormick (196) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jeremy Dunn (196) replied with 32 points and guard Terry Thomas (193) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for X-Men. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Capers have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. X-Men at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 8 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 34+7reb+6ast, S.Keith 15+2reb+1ast, A.Geugjes 14+7reb, S.Mccormick 12+9reb+3ast, M.Lufile 4+1reb, K.Devereaux 4+3reb+5ast
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 32+3reb+2ast, J.Clarke 14+4reb+1ast, T.Thomas 13+7reb+2ast, T.Vernon 10+2reb+4ast, W.Donkoh 6+6reb+3ast, S.Coupland 4+4reb
gschID: 190372


Queen''s - Waterloo 83-63

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Warriors (0-1) in Kingston, ON. Visitors were rolled over by Golden Gaels (2-0) 83-63. Golden Gaels keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Warriors at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with UQAM and Laurier. Golden Gaels will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Warriors will play at home against the league's second-placed Rams (#2) in Toronto, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Queen''s: G.Faulkner 18+13reb+4ast, M.Simpson 14+4reb, R.Roberts 9+6reb+3ast, A.Mavety 8+1reb+1ast, J.Asefa 8+2reb+1ast, S.Singh 7+9reb+6ast
Waterloo: W.Davis 10+7reb+1ast, K.Coleman 9+4reb+2ast, B.Davis 9+1reb, W.Bridge 8+2ast, Z.Angelini 6+5reb, B.Smith 6+3reb
gschID: 190371


Memorial - Cape Breton 79-103

Top-ranked Capers blasted bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-4) in St.John's, NL 103-79 keeping the perfect record after 6 rounds. Sea Hawks is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Capers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 22 Sea Hawks turnovers. Capers players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Meshack Lufile (203) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Caleb Gould who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Ryan Wood (191) added 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capers have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sea Hawks at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: M.Lufile 29+13reb+2ast, J.Dorsey 22+2reb+2ast, S.Keith 14+2reb+9ast, C.Kasongo 11+1reb+4ast, S.Mccormick 9+4reb+1ast, K.Devereaux 7+3reb+2ast
Memorial: R.Wood 20+5reb+4ast, A.Kisusi 20+1reb+3ast, C.Gould 18+10reb+4ast, T.Stanoev 11+2reb+2ast, T.Sargent 3+7ast, K.Macneill 3
gschID: 190370



CIS Round 7 review - by Eurobasket News

After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the CIS and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Vikies (4-1) in Victoria, BC on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Spartans (2-3) 71-61. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vikies. The game was mostly controlled by Spartans. Vikies managed to win second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Spartans won last quarter 20-12. They also forced 19 Vikies turnovers. Strangely Vikies outrebounded Spartans 40-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Mark Perrin who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Kurtis Osborne (198) helped adding 10 points. At the losing side Terrell Evans responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Vikies' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartans moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UFV and Calgary. Vikies at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. They share it with Alberta. Spartans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vikies will play again at home against Spartans in Langley, BC and are hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7: UFV lost to undefeated UBC on the opponent's court 71-76. UNBC managed to outperform UBC Okanagan in a home game 85-70. Lethbridge was rolled over Alberta on the road 84-58. Saskatchewan crushed Calgary on its own court 90-70. Queen's beat Lakehead in Kingston, ON 96-87. York destroyed Western at home 81-62. Ryerson managed to outperform Waterloo on the opponent's court 81-67. Laurentian managed to beat Windsor in a home game 80-72. McMaster was crushed by Ottawa on the road 84-62. Carleton smashed Brock on its own court 89-50.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 10 rebounds by Nick Tufegdzich of York.


Victoria - TWU 61-71

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Vikies (4-1) in Victoria, BC on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Spartans (2-3) 71-61. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vikies. The game was mostly controlled by Spartans. Vikies managed to win second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Spartans won last quarter 20-12. They also forced 19 Vikies turnovers. Strangely Vikies outrebounded Spartans 40-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Mark Perrin who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Kurtis Osborne (198) helped adding 10 points. At the losing side Terrell Evans responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Acheampong scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Vikies' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartans moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UFV and Calgary. Vikies at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. They share it with Alberta. Spartans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vikies will play again at home against Spartans in Langley, BC and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
TWU: M.Perrin 27+9reb+1ast, K.Osborne 10+3reb+2ast, D.McDonald 9+2reb, T.Linttell 8+2reb, J.Bakuteka 7+1ast, L.Goossen 4+2ast
Victoria: M.Acheampong 20+6reb+2ast, T.Evans 18+11reb, R.Theil 8+6reb+1ast, C.McLaughlin 5+10reb+1ast, K.Peterson 4+2reb+2ast, B.Dunlop 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 190386


UBC - UFV 76-71

Rather expected game in Vancouver, BC where 3rd placed Cascades (2-3) were defeated by leader Thunderbirds (5-0) 76-71 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-18. But Cascades won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cascades 46-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Cascades were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard O'Brian Wallace (185, college: Miles CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Samuel Freeman (191) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Kevon Parchment scored 19 points and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Thunderbirds have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Cascades lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Thunderbirds will face again Cascades (#5) in Abbotsford, BC in the next round.
Top scorers:
UBC: D.Plumb 17+5reb+2ast, O.Wallace 14+9reb+3ast, T.Nixon 11+4reb+2ast, I.Solomon 11+1reb+2ast, D.Wagner 7+11reb, G.Pippus 6
UFV: S.Freeman 24+10reb+2ast, K.Parchment 19+3reb+3ast, J.York 9+3reb+2ast, J.Blackman 6+1reb, K.Grewal 6+7reb+1ast, N.Kendall 5+4reb
gschID: 190385


UNBC - UBC Okanagan 85-70

Rather predictable result in Prince George, BC where fourth ranked Timberwolves (3-2) defeated 8th ranked Heat (1-4) 85-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Timberwolves. Heat was better in second period 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Timberwolves forced 19 Heat turnovers. It was a great evening for swingman Sam Raphael (188) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Charles Barton (193) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Timberwolves players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Anwar Faza (193) responded with 14 points and guard Mitch Goodwin (188) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Timberwolves moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Heat keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Timberwolves will face again Heat (#8) in Kelowna, BC in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
UNBC: S.Raphael 16+8reb+1ast, C.Barton 15+6reb+2ast, J.Araujo 15+1reb, F.Rowe 13+1ast, J.Rybachuk 12+3reb+5ast, G.Aubertin 10+2reb
UBC Okanagan: A.Faza 14+2reb, G.Gill 11+3reb, M.Goodwin 10+5reb, M.Dalton Gibson 8+2reb+1ast, L.Ndayitwayeko 7+4ast, E.Evangelista 6+2reb
gschID: 190384


Alberta - Lethbridge 84-58

Everything could happen in Edmonton, AB at the game between two tied teams. Both first ranked Golden Bears and their biggest opponent Pronghorn had identical 3-1 record. This time Golden Bears used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Lethbridge, AB 84-58 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Bears. Pronghorn was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Golden Bears players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Chaz Johnson (183) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Logan Reiter (188) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Bears maintains first place with 4-1 record, which they share with Victoria. Loser Pronghorn keeps the second position with two games lost. Golden Bears will face again league's second-placed Pronghorn in Lethbridge, AB in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Alberta: K.Otieno 15+6reb+4ast, J.Baker 13+5reb+6ast, S.Saffa 12+3reb+2ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 11+8reb+5ast, N.Crowfoot 9+1reb, R.Dewar 8+6reb
Lethbridge: C.Johnson 12+6reb+5ast, L.Reiter 11+8reb+2ast, D.Waldner 9+2reb, M.Duce 8+5reb+1ast, N.Kovac 6+6reb, J.Chief-Morris 5+3reb
gschID: 190383


Saskatchewan - Calgary 90-70

Everything could happen in Saskatoon, SK at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Huskies and 4th placed Dinos had identical 2-2 record. This time Huskies used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Calgary, AB 90-70 on Friday night. The game without a history. Huskies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Huskies outrebounded Dinos 41-24 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 4 assists. Forward Matthew Forbes (198) helped adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. Four Huskies players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Dallas Karch (196) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huskies (3-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Dinos keep the fourth position with three games lost. Huskies will face again Dinos (#6) in Calgary, AB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 22+4reb+4ast, M.Forbes 18+10reb, A.Henry 12+2reb+4ast, P.Burns 11+12reb+2ast, E.Ostertag 10+1reb, B.Baker 9+7reb+5ast
Calgary: D.Karch 14+1reb+1ast, J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 13+5reb+3ast, T.Moses 11+4reb+1ast, M.Ligertwood 7+1reb+1ast, J.Owen-Thomas 5+2reb+3ast, C.Mbayi 5+4reb
gschID: 190382


Lakehead - Queen''s 87-96

There was no surprise in Thunder Bay, ON where 3rd placed Thunderwolves (1-2) were defeated by leader Golden Gaels (3-0) 96-87 on Friday. Golden Gaels have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Cape Breton and Ryerson. Loser Thunderwolves keep the third position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 190381


York - Western 81-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Lions' (2-1) home victory over bottom-ranked Mustangs (0-3) 81-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lions. Mustangs was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mustangs' 24. Lions forced 21 Mustangs turnovers and outrebounded them 43-28 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Daniel Tulloch (196) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Peter Scholtes (196) responded with 13 points and guard Quinn Henderson (193) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lions keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Mustangs still closes the standings with three games lost. Lions will face league's leader Lancers in Windsor, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mustangs will play on the road against Voyageurs (#4) in Sudbury, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
York: N.Tufegdzich 25+10reb+2ast, R.Isaac 13+2reb+1ast, D.Tulloch 12+6reb+2ast, D.Tyndale 8+4reb+5ast, C.Coldea 7+7reb+1ast, T.Rutty 7+7reb
Western: Q.Henderson 15+1reb+1ast, P.Scholtes 13+3reb+2ast, C.Drouin 9+5reb+1ast, R.Higgins 8+4reb+2ast, J.Daneyko 6+5reb+2ast, G.Johnson 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190380


Waterloo - Ryerson 67-81

Very expected game in Waterloo, ON where bottom-ranked Warriors (0-2) were defeated by leader Rams (3-0) 81-67 on Friday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Rams's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-18 extending their advantage to 14 points. It was a great evening for forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. At the losing side forward Kyrie Coleman responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and guard Wayne Bridge (188-90) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rams have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cape Breton and Queen's. Loser Warriors still closes the standings with two games lost. Rams will face league's second-placed Golden Hawks in Waterloo, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Warriors will play at home against Blues in Toronto, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: B.Michaelsen 22+8reb+3ast, J.Jones 21+4reb+4ast, A.Best 12+5reb+1ast, J.Gauthier 9+10reb+3ast, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 7+1reb, M.Beckford 4+3reb+1ast
Waterloo: K.Coleman 28+11reb, W.Bridge 11+2reb+4ast, M.Helsby 9+4reb+2ast, B.Smith 8+3reb, D.Buchanan 6+4reb+3ast, W.Davis 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190379


Laurier - Toronto Univ. 85-78 OT

Laurier needed overtime to beat Toronto University 85:78. Coulthard scored 29 points for the winners and Garvin had 16 in defeat.
Top scorers:
Laurier: W.Coulthard 29+6reb+1ast, M.Allin 23+13reb+9ast, P.Donnelly 9+10reb+4ast, A.Walters 8+4reb, J.Smith 7, M.Chesson 6+6reb
Toronto Univ.: B.Garvin 16+5reb+1ast, M.Savel 15+5reb+4ast, A.Kumar 14+4reb+2ast, A.Plummer 10+7reb+1ast, D.Churchill 9, A.Hill 8+6reb+5ast
gschID: 190378


Laurentian - Windsor 80-72

There was a small surprise in Sudbury, ON where fourth ranked Voyageurs (2-1) defeated leader Lancers (2-1) 80-72 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lancers won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Voyageurs made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Lancers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Alex Ratte who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Georges Serresse (191) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Josh Collins (185-90) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Four Lancers players scored in double figures. Lancers' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Voyageurs keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Lancers. Voyageurs will face Mustangs (#8) in London, ON in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lancers will play on the road against Lions (#6) in Toronto, ON.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: A.Ratte 21+5reb+3ast, G.Serresse 18+5reb+2ast, M.Pasquale 17+2reb+5ast, J.Budd 9+4reb+2ast, N.Yengue 8+5reb, J.Weldon 6+2reb
Windsor: L.Phillip 16+13reb, J.Collins 12+3reb+5ast, E.Matthews 11+2reb, R.Osuntola 10+4reb+1ast, E.Diloreto 9+2reb+1ast, R.Christie 5+7reb
gschID: 190377


Ottawa - McMaster 84-62

Everything could happen in Ottawa, ON at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Gee-Gees and 4th placed Marauders had identical 1-1 record. This time Gee-Gees used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Hamilton, ON 84-62 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Gee-Gees led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for international guard Warren Ward (196-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) helped adding 23 points. At the losing side forward Nathan Pelech (193) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and center Nathan Mccarthy (203) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gee-Gees (2-1) keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Marauders dropped to the third place with two games lost. Gee-Gees will face Badgers (#3) in St.Catharines, ON in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Marauders will play on the road against Ravens in Ottawa, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 23+4reb, W.Ward 18+9reb+7ast, M.L'Africain 15+2reb+1ast, C.Agada 10+1reb, M.Plunkett 5+2reb, G.Gonthier-Dubue 3+6reb+2ast
McMaster: S.Laws 11+3reb, N.Mccarthy 9+5reb+1ast, N.Pelech 9+7reb, J.Rocca 7+3reb+1ast, A.Redpath 7+2reb+2ast, R.Boney 6+6reb
gschID: 190376


Carleton - Brock 89-50

Everything could happen in Ottawa, ON at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Ravens and their biggest opponent Badgers had identical 1-1 record. This time Ravens used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from St.Catharines, ON 89-50 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-50. Ravens dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Badgers' 26 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Badgers 36-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ravens players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Mark Gibson (198) responded with 12 points and American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) scored 8 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens (2-1) keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Badgers dropped to the third place with two games lost. Ravens will face Marauders (#5) in Hamilton, ON in the next round. Badgers will play on the road against Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Carleton: T.Hinz 16+7reb+5ast, P.Scrubb 14+7reb+1ast, K.Blain 13+3reb, K.Churchill 12+5reb+2ast, C.Springer-Williams 9+3reb, T.Scrubb 7+4reb
Brock: M.Gibson 12+4reb+1ast, J.Tipping 8+4reb, T.Kasamba 7+1reb, B.John 7, K.Biel 5+4reb, B.Nahimana 4+2reb
gschID: 190375



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

-year old forward Meshack Lufile (203-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Cape Breton and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Memorial (#8, 0-4) with 24-point margin 103-79. It allowed Cape Breton to take over top position in the Canadian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Cape Breton already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It's Lufile's second year at Cape Breton and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lufile has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 61.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Benny Iko (198-F) of Winnipeg. He is American forward in his 2nd season at Winnipeg. In the last game Iko recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Winnipeg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Brandon (#8, 1-4) 103-72. This victory allowed Winnipeg to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Iko is well-known at Winnipeg and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Winnipeg's star - forward Steven Wesley (196-F). Wesley scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Winnipeg, helping his team with a 103-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Brandon (#8, 1-4). Winnipeg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Wesley has a very solid season. In 5 games in Canada he scored 17.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F) of Concordia - 16 points and 15 rebounds
5. Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of Cape Breton - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Caleb Gould) of Memorial - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jeremy Dunn (196-F) of St.Francis X. - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kenonte Ramsey) of Brandon - 24 points and 2 rebounds
9. Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-F-91) of Laval - 11 points and 11 rebounds
10. Sam Hattin (195-G) of Winnipeg - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Bayi R. 0-0 
 2. Beijing Ducks 0-0 
 3. DongGuan L. 0-0 
 4. Foshan LL 0-0 
 5. Fujian QB 0-0 
 6. Guandong ST 0-0 
 7. Guangsha L. 0-0 
 8. Jiangsu D. 0-0 
 9. Jilin NE T. 0-0 
 10. Liaoning H. 0-0 
 11. Qingdao E. 0-0 
 12. Shandong FB 0-0 
 13. Shanghai S. 0-0 
 14. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 
 15. TianJin S. 0-0 
 16. Xinjiang FT 0-0 
 17. Zhejiang CB 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 24: Beijing Ducks - Shanghai S.
Nov. 25: Jilin NE T. - Liaoning H.
Nov. 25: Shanxi Zh. - DongGuan L.
Nov. 25: Bayi R. - TianJin S.
Nov. 25: Xinjiang FT - Guandong ST
Nov. 25: Shandong FB - Foshan LL
Nov. 25: Fujian QB - Qingdao E.
Nov. 26: Guangsha L. - Zhejiang CB



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Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 16: Omonia - Apoel 74-102
Nov. 16: AEK - Etha
Nov. 17: Apollon - AEL
Nov. 18: Keravnos - ENAD


A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Allen, Omonia24.5 
 2. Detrick, Apollon20.3 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Omonia18.8 
 4. Diggs, Omonia17.8 
 5. Aleksic, AEL15.7 
 6. Morrison, Apoel14.8 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos14.7 
 8. Outerbridge, AEL14.3 
 9. Vaughn, Keravnos14.0 
 10. Palalas, AEL14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 10
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos10.0 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Omonia9.3 
 3. Outerbridge, AEL8.3 
 4. Kaskiris, ENAD8.0 
 5. Diggs, Omonia7.5 
 6. Fisher, AEK7.3 
 7. Brown, Apollon7.0 
 8. Kinnard, Keravnos7.0 
 9. Aleksic, AEL6.3 
 10. Visockis, Omonia6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Omonia
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Diggs, Omonia7.0 
 2. Stiggers, Apoel5.5 
 3. Dorsey, Apollon4.7 
 4. Aleksic, AEL4.7 
 5. Maze, Keravnos4.3 
 6. Guillandeaux, AEL4.0 
 7. Adegboye, Etha3.7 
 8. Kounas, ENAD3.7 
 9. Downey, Etha3.7 
 10. Demertzis, Kerav.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apoel
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 2. Palalas, AEL2.7 
 3. Diggs, Omonia2.5 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon2.0 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.2.0 
 6. Mokongo, Apoel2.0 
 7. Lee-Ingram, Omonia2.0 
 8. Allen, AEL2.0 
 9. Adegboye, Etha1.7 
 10. Brown, Apollon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike MORRISON
  Apoel
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morrison, Apoel2.0 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos2.0 
 3. Harrison, AEK1.7 
 4. Outerbridge, AEL1.3 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.0 
 6. Lee-Ingram, Omonia0.8 
 7. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 8. Baker, Omonia0.8 
 9. Aleksic, AEL0.7 
 10. Kounas, ENAD0.7 


Cytavision APOEL triumph over Papa Johns Omonia - by Michael Aristidou

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia was the winner in the local derby against Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia. The winning team was better all over the game and succeeded a victory 104-72.
In the game Cytavison APOEL started extremely well and manage to black out Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia was leading 3-19 in the first five minutes! They manage to reach the difference up to 30 points (66-96) and on the other hand Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia manage to reduce up to 12 (26-38)


Quarters: 12-29, 39-51, 52-71, 72-104

Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia: Lee-Ingram 20 (2), Diggs 13 (1), Kilaras 6 (1), Konstantinou 3 (1), Visockis 2, Baker 7 (1), Ilic 7, Allen 16

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia: Troupe 18 (3), Mokongo 7 (1), Neophytoy 5, Chan 11, Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) 15 (2), Stiggers 13 (1), Morisson 10, Wells 2, Demetriou, Papacostas 2, Grant 19 (4)

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 13: Chomutov - BK Pardubice 76-80
Nov. 16: CEZ Nymburk - Chomutov 116-52
Nov. 17: Svitavy - BC Kolin
Nov. 17: USK Praha - BK Prostejov
Nov. 17: J.Hradec - BK Pardubice
Nov. 18: Usti n/Labem - B&W Opava
Nov. 17: BK Decin - Levice


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Meno, USK Praha19.6 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec18.4 
 3. Zabas, BK Pardubi.18.4 
 4. Reese, Usti n.18.2 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava17.7 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy17.3 
 7. Dufault, BK Prost.16.2 
 8. Bosak, Chomutov16.1 
 9. Bolds, BC Kolin15.8 
 10. Sedmak, BK Decin15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec10.1 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.4 
 3. Muirhead, BK Pardu.9.3 
 4. Blazek, B&W Opava8.1 
 5. Wilson, NH Ostrava8.1 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy7.2 
 7. Votroubek, USK P.7.2 
 8. Toth, B&W Opava7.2 
 9. Reese, Usti n.7.1 
 10. Field, BC Kolin6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rahsaan AMES
  NH Ostrava
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ames, NH Ostrava5.5 
 2. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.5 
 3. Pope, BK Decin4.3 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.3 
 5. Sanders, BK Decin4.1 
 6. Ciz, NH Ostrava4.0 
 7. Gonzalez, BC Kolin3.7 
 8. Nolen, Usti n.3.6 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha3.5 
 10. Moravec, Svitavy3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javier GONZALEZ
  BC Kolin
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gonzalez, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Glover, Chomutov2.6 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.5 
 4. Nolen, Usti n.2.4 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.3 
 6. Venta, BK Prostej.2.2 
 7. Pistecky, Usti n.2.1 
 8. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Mares, USK Praha1.8 
 10. Pope, BK Decin1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.8 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.5 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.3 
 5. Slavik, USK Praha1.2 
 6. Nelson, BK Pardu.1.2 
 7. Svrdlik, BK Prost.1.1 
 8. Meno, USK Praha1.1 
 9. Votroubek, USK P.1.0 
 10. Pack, Chomutov0.7 


Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 13: U19 - Proton Zlin 83-82
Nov. 16: Nymburk B - Kara Trutnov 83-65
Nov. 16: Ostrava - JBC Brno 68-66
Nov. 12: U19 - JBC Brno 63-74
Nov. 18: Sokol H.K. - Loko Plzen
Nov. 16: Liberec - Sparta Praha
Nov. 18: Litomerice - Sokol P.
Nov. 18: Proton Zlin - Sokol V.


CEZ Nymburk Improves to 11-0 With Dominanting 64 Point Victory in Round 12 Over Levharti Chomutov - by Surujh Roopnarine

CEZ Basketball Nymburk (116) vs. Levharti Chomutov (52): (26-12, 31-14, 34-17, 25-9)

Every once in a while CEZ Basketball Nymburk reminds the rest of the Mattoni NBL just who they are and what it means to be nine-time consecutive champion. Routinely playing their domestic NBL games on Friday night this season due to VTB United League contests on the weekend, CEZ Basketball Nymburk crushed visiting Levharrti Chomutov 116-52 tonight at home.
After last week's tough 76-73 victory on the road against BK Prostejov Nymburk showed their worth and strength by cruising Chomutov.
Nymburk's 26 first quarter points were the same amount scored by Chomutov in the first and second quarters combined as well as the combined total Chomutov had in the third and fourth quarters! After 20 minutes the outcome was elementary but the home team kept the pedal to the metal and dis-heartened the visiting Chumutov club to the tune of opening the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run! Leading 91-43 after three quarters Nymburk held Chomutov scoreless for the first 6 minutes of the final quarter eventually steamrolling to a monumental 64 point victory, the highest margin of victory by any team this season. The statistics were basic in tonight's contest. Nymburk connected on more two-point field goals (45) than Chomutov's total field goals (22) plus made free-throws (9) combined. Nymburk forced 29 turnovers from Chomutov and dominated on the boards, in assists, blocks, points in the paint and off of turnovers. 11 of the 12 Nymburk players who saw time on the court scored and eight of them reached double figures, led by Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84)'s team-high 19 points. Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) played a team-high 31:23 and talled the game's lone double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. For Chomutov, newcomer John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) was once again unstoppable on offense, scoring a game-high 25 points, his third-straight 20+ point performance, but committed a game-high six turnovers. With the victory Nymburk improves to 11-0 while Chomutov falls to 3-8.
NYMBURK: Pavel Houska (19pts), Andrew Naymick (209-C-85) (14pts), Tomas Pomikalek (10pts+10reb), Radek Necas (205-F-80) (6pts+7ast)
CHOMUTOV: John Fields (25pts+9reb+6to), Pavel Bosak (192-G/F-82) (12pts), Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) (4pts), Showron Glover (180-PG-87) (2pts+4ast+5to)



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  D-LEAGUE   


Fort Wayne Mad Ants released Daniel - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants released 25-year old forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge).
This summer (a year after he left the college) Daniel was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in third round (42nd overall).
He attended Cal State - Northridge until 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Daniels team made it to the Big West Tournament Semifinals in 2011.
He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention in 2012.
Daniel has played previously professionally in Korea (KCC Egis) and Israel (Ironi Kiryat Ata).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Warriors released T.J. Robinson - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors released 23-year old forward T.J. Robinson (203-93kg-89, college: Long Beach State).
This summer Robinson was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in third round (33rd overall).
He just graduated from Long Beach State and it is his first season in pro basketball. Robinsons team won Big West Tournament.
He was voted All-Big West 1st Team in 2000 and 2012 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Warriors waived Tchiengang - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors waived 24-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Steve Tchiengang (205-98kg-88, college: Vanderbilt).
This summer Tchiengang was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in fifth round (77th overall).
The former Vanderbilt University star is in his first season in pro basketball. Tchiengangs team won SEC Tournament. He also represented Cameroon at the Global Games in Dallas six years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fort Wayne Mad Ants waive Cheek - by Eurobasket News

Fort Wayne Mad Ants waived 21-year old guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova).
This summer Cheek was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in second round (20th overall).
He just graduated from Villanova University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Cheeks team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2010.
He was selected to High School McDonalds All-Star Game back in 2009 at his college time.
Cheek was a member of USA U19 National Team in 2009.
He has played also in Italy (Aget Service Imola).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Santa Cruz let Moore go - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors cut 23-year old guard Darren Moore (190-89, college: Cal-Irvine).
This summer (a year after he left the college) Moore was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in sixth round (93rd overall).
He attended University of California-Irvine until 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball. Moore was selected to All-Big West 2nd Team in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Hungary (FS Debrecen) and Serbia (Radnicki Kragujevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EGYPT   


First season in Egypt - by Philip Perre


Hello world. sorry its been a while, its been a long,long, long off season. From being in London for the Olympics to trying to be patience waiting to sign somewhere overseas. My time has come and i have signed here in Egypt, playing for Heliopolis Sporting Club in Cairo. Meet my teammates and everyone here is great, the team is taking care of me and my teammates and i are getting ready to set our goals high and have a good season. The higher your goals the more goals you achieve. It's a great feeling knowing where your playing and just focusing on the season. Now its time to get into that focus mode, dedication + hard work and lead from the front.

Till next time, God Bless and stay safe where ever are you. Allot more blogs coming to stay in touch with everybody, with results and status of our position in the league and other details about basketball here in Egypt.

Hard work beats Talent, if Talent doesn't work hard.

Philip Perre (198-F-79, college: N.Alabama)



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Nov. 15: Un.Olimpija - Cantu 81-79
Nov. 15: Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 79-68
Nov. 15: Khimky - Fener.Ulker 71-70

B

Nov. 15: ALBA - Montepaschi 73-75
Nov. 15: Asseco Prok. - Chalon 70-76
Nov. 15: Maccabi T-A - Unicaja 62-64

C

Nov. 16: Anadolu Efes - EA7 Armani 77-71
Nov. 16: Caja Laboral - Olympiacos 72-89
Nov. 15: Cedevita - Zalgiris 108-106 2OT

D

Nov. 15: Partizan - Besiktas 87-72
Nov. 15: Brose Bask. - FCB Regal 66-86
Nov. 15: Lietuvos rytas - CSKA 62-71

Regular Season: Round 7

A

Nov. 22: Fener.Ulker - Un.Olimpija
Nov. 23: Cantu - Panathinaikos
Nov. 23: Real Madrid - Khimky

B

Nov. 22: Chalon - ALBA
Nov. 23: Montepaschi - Maccabi T-A
Nov. 23: Unicaja - Asseco Prok.

C

Nov. 22: EA7 Armani - Cedevita
Nov. 22: Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes
Nov. 23: Zalgiris - Caja Laboral

D

Nov. 22: CSKA - Partizan
Nov. 22: Fener.Ulker - Lietuvos rytas
Nov. 23: Besiktas - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi20.8 
 2. Jerrells, Besiktas18.8 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.18.5 
 4. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 5. Weems, CSKA17.0 
 6. Aradori, Cantu16.3 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.3 
 8. Baynes, Union O.16.2 
 9. Thompson, ALBA15.8 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Union O.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Baynes, Union O.10.0 
 2. Williams, Chalon8.7 
 3. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.4 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos6.5 
 6. Thompson, ALBA6.5 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.6.4 
 8. Zirbes, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Hrycaniuk, Asseco6.3 
 10. Gordon, Partizan6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.7 
 2. Cook, EA7 Armani5.8 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.8 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.5.5 
 5. Planinic, Khimky5.5 
 6. Farmar, Anadolu5.3 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.0 
 9. Green, Cedevita4.7 
 10. Waters, Union O.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hickman, Maccabi2.8 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu2.3 
 3. Jaaber, Zalgiris2.0 
 4. Djedovic, ALBA1.8 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.8 
 6. Farmar, Anadolu1.8 
 7. Lucic, Partizan1.7 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.7 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 10. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.8 
 3. Zoric, Unicaja1.5 
 4. Falker, Besiktas1.5 
 5. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 6. James, Maccabi T-A1.3 
 7. Krstic, CSKA1.3 
 8. Samardziski, Lietu.1.2 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.2 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 


Carlos Jimenez extends deal with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Carlos Jimenez (205-F-76) has extended his deal with Unicaja. The forward will spend at least one more month with the Malaga team. Carlos Jimenez joined Unicaja at the start of the season signing a short-term deal. He appeared in 7 ACB games tallying 0.6 points and 2.3 boards per appearance. Carlos Jimenez also participated in 5 Euroleague games. His stats read 1.2 points and 1.4 boards per game at the tournament. Carlos Jimenez can boast of impressive records during his long basketball career. He played for Estudiantes and Unicaja since 1994. The forward was the member of the Spanish National Team in 1998/2008. He was named All-Spanish ACB Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2006.


Euroleague round 6 best performance: Mickael Gelabale - by Eurobasket News

French Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cedevita, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Zalgiris (#1, 5-1) in overtime 108-106. Cedevita maintains the 5th position in Euroleague group C. Cedevita is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. Gelabale turned to be Cedevita's top player in his first season with the team. Mickael Gelabale averages this season 15.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of league's leader Zalgiris. Lavrinovic had a very good evening with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Zalgiris was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Cedevita (#5, 2-4) 108-106. Zalgiris managed to keep the same 1st spot in group C. It was just his team's 1st loss this season, while they won 5 other games. Lavrinovic is a newcomer at Zalgiris, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) of Un.Olimpija (#5). Blazic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Un.Olimpija, leading his team to a 81-79 win against Cantu (2-4). The chances of Un.Olimpija not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Blazic could try to bring Un.Olimpija's a little bit higher in the standings. Blazic has a very solid season. In 6 games in Euroleague he scored 13.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) of Anadolu Efes - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84) of Asseco Prok. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of ALBA - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78) of FCB Regal - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) of Anadolu Efes - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos - 18 points and 4 rebounds

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



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 16: Nilan Bisons - Korihait 90-55
Nov. 15: FoKoPo - Pyrinto 85-78
Nov. 17: Kauhajoki - KTP
Nov. 17: Salon Vilpas - FoKoPo
Nov. 18: Kataja - Namika Lahti


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.5 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.22.6 
 3. Conley, LrNM.21.5 
 4. Holloway, Namika L.18.6 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot18.6 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.5 
 7. Hester, Kouvot17.3 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua17.1 
 9. Smith, Kataja16.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 3. Tolbert, Lapua8.6 
 4. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.5 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki8.4 
 6. Logins, LrNM.8.4 
 7. Haanpaa, Lapua7.9 
 8. Conley, LrNM.7.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Johnson, Namika7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.2 
 3. Burgess, FoKoPo5.1 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.8 
 5. Holmes, Lapua4.3 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.2 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 8. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.9 
 9. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.7 
 10. Holloway, Namika3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.2.4 
 3. Flowers, Kataja2.1 
 4. Conley, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Smith, Kataja2.1 
 6. Ford, Kauhajoki2.0 
 7. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 8. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 9. Williams, KTP1.8 
 10. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  Kauhajoki
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ford, Kauhajoki1.6 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.4 
 3. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.2 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Jones, LrNM.0.9 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 8. Logins, LrNM.0.8 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.8 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 


Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 9

A

Nov. 16: ToPo - Ura Basket 107-63
Nov. 18: BC Nokia - Pyrinto II
Nov. 18: SayRi - Oulun NMKY
Nov. 18: Tapiolan Honka - Huima

B

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


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.28.9 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia27.8 
 3. Pederson, SayRi24.0 
 4. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.1 
 5. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.21.2 
 6. Brennan, Tapiolan.20.9 
 7. Salminen, TuNM.20.6 
 8. Young, Porvoon20.6 
 9. Tate, Porvoon20.3 
 10. Tarjanne, Jarvenp.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia15.3 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.5 
 4. Keskitalo, JyWe12.9 
 5. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.6 
 6. Salminen, TuNM.12.0 
 7. Stephens, Huima11.4 
 8. Pederson, SayRi10.8 
 9. Coleman, ToPo10.8 
 10. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Robert JUVONEN
  Kerava ET
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Juvonen, Kerava ET4.8 
 2. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.8 
 3. Ginty, ToPo4.6 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.6 
 5. Jarvinen, KaU Koris4.6 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia4.2 
 7. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.0 
 8. Russell, Oulun N.3.7 
 9. Herrala, HBA-M.3.6 
 10. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.5 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.5 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.3.0 
 3. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.5 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.4 
 5. Richardson, Ura B.2.3 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 7. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.0 
 8. Pederson, SayRi2.0 
 9. Syrjala, KaU Koris2.0 
 10. Herrala, HBA-M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.6 
 3. Woods, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.8 
 5. Young, Porvoon1.8 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 7. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 8. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.2 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET1.1 
 10. Immonen, TuNM.1.0 



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Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 16: Bordeaux - Antibes 98-89
Nov. 16: Lille - Denain 85-86 OT
Nov. 16: Hyeres-Toulon - St Quentin 84-61
Nov. 16: Rouen - Fos Ouest 78-84
Nov. 16: Charleville - St Vallier 69-61
Nov. 16: Le Portel - Nantes 103-80
Nov. 16: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Boulogne 101-76
Nov. 17: Maurienne - Evreux
Nov. 17: Bourg - Chalons-Reims


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Brown, Maurienne23.1 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.7 
 3. McKines, Rouen20.2 
 4. Siggers, Lille20.1 
 5. Booker, St Vallier19.6 
 6. Boddicker, Pau-La.19.2 
 7. Blue, Antibes19.0 
 8. Wood, Evreux18.6 
 9. Monds, Bourg18.1 
 10. Humphrey, Bordea.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bing, Maurienne11.0 
 2. McKines, Rouen11.0 
 3. Lesieu, St Quentin10.4 
 4. Wood, Evreux10.3 
 5. Jackson, Pau-La.10.2 
 6. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 7. Kitts, Denain9.4 
 8. Monds, Bourg8.8 
 9. Brown, Maurienne8.6 
 10. Rouse, St Vallier8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.9 
 2. Denave, Pau-Lacq.6.0 
 3. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.8 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.7 
 5. Bassett, Rouen5.3 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.0 
 7. Driss, Pau-Lacq.4.9 
 8. Dumas, Bourg4.8 
 9. Wood, Evreux4.7 
 10. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier2.8 
 2. Flowers, Denain2.7 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.6 
 4. Wilson, Le Portel2.1 
 5. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 6. Taylor, Le Portel2.0 
 7. Poupet, Chalons-.1.9 
 8. Hannah, Evreux1.9 
 9. Jackson, Pau-La.1.9 
 10. Denave, Pau-Lacq.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.4 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.8 
 3. Chism, Maurienne1.4 
 4. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 5. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 6. Coleman, Bordeaux1.1 
 7. Henry, Nantes1.1 
 8. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 9. Williams, St Quent.1.0 
 10. Ho You Fat, Evre.0.9 



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

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

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Croatian team Cedevita to a double overtime (!!!) victory against the leader Zalgiris (5-1) 108-106 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Ilievski scored 16 points in 23 minutes on the court. KK Cedevita Zagreb (2-4) is placed fifth in group C. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ilievski's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.0ppg, 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) in the six games he played so far. Ilievski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (2-3) 84-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (3-2) is placed third in group C. Antic's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 90.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Lietuvos rytas (1-5) to beat Besiktas (3-3). Samardziski scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. The sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas lost 67-73 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Besiktas in the group D of Euroleague. It was Lietuvos rytas' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Samardziski's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 48.3% in the six games. He is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vlado Ilievski. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Green contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (1-4) 76-69. He scored 6 points and added 7 assists. KK Cedevita Zagreb (2-4) is placed fifth in group C. Green's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #5. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Ukraine was not able to help BC Donetsk (0-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance BC Donetsk was defeated 72-68 on the road by the leading Galatasaray. Stojanovski was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Stojanovski has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #6. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroChallenge) managed to help Krasnie Krilya Samara in a 3-point victoryagainst the fourth-ranked Ploiesti (0-2) 79-76 in the EuroChallenge in Wednesday night's game. Massey scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Krasnie Krilya this season. His team is placed first in group B. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Massey is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team three years ago. Apparently Massey has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #7. International point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Fenerbahce Ulker (3-3) in their game against Cantu (2-4) in the Euroleague. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. McCalebb scored only 3 points. Fenerbahce Ulker (#3) was crushed 82-58 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Cantu (#6) in the group A of Euroleague. McCalebb is currently fifth on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player. Interesting that McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bojan Krstevski
Bojan Krstevski
   #8. Power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Kavala (2-2) in their game against Teodo Tivat (3-0) in the Balkan League. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Krstevski scored only 2 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Kavala was crushed 98-71 in Tivat by the higher-ranked (#6) Teodo. There are only four games left until the end of the Balkan League Regular Season. This year Krstevski's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 3.8rpg in the four games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey) led Pertevniyal to a victory over the closely-ranked Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (3-3) 90-71 in a derby game in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Saturday. Osman was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. Pertevniyal Istanbul (3-3) is placed eighth in the TB2L. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Osman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the six games he played so far. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite his FYR Macedonian passport, Osman currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #2. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked IR (2-4) crushing them 89-69 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Friday night. He scored 8 points in 21 minutes. Stjarnan (5-2) is placed third in the Dominos League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. This season Zdravevski's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #3. Tomcho Sokolov (205-F/C-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Pi Koleji (3-3) to beat Istanbulspor (2-4). Sokolov scored only 4 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Pi Koleji was edged 77-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Istanbulspor (#14). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Sokolov's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Pance Ilievski (186-G-81, currently plays in Iceland) was not able to help KFI in their game against Thor Thorl (3-2) in the Icelandic Dominos League. Ilievski scored 7 points and added 3 passes. KFI was crushed 128-84 at home by the lower-ranked Thor Thorl (#6). Ilievski has been at the team for six years. He has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.



Kozuv inks Igor Mijajlovic - by Greg

Kozuv Gevgelija (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He just played at MZT Skopje (Prva Liga). In 8 Adriatic League games this season he had 5.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.5apg. The last season Mijajlovic also played at MZT Skopje. In 32 Prva Liga games last year he recorded 10.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg (top 3). He won Macedonian League championship title and the cup.
Mijajlovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



MZT Skopje cut Dahlman - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) cut 23-year old American forward Noah Dahlman (199-100kg-89, college: Wofford). In 6 Adriatic League games he played this season he averaged just 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
The last season Dahlman played at MZT Skopje. In 31 Prva Liga games he had 13.3ppg and 6.5rpg. Dahlman won Macedonian League championship title and the cup.
He received Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Forward of the Year award in 2012.
Dahlman graduated from Wofford College in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @wofbasketball)



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 16: Batumi - Kutaisi 70-75
Nov. 17: Samedicino - Olimpi
Nov. 17: TSU Tbilisi - Rustavi
Nov. 17: Sokhumi - Armia
Nov. 17: STU Tbilisi - MIA Academy


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.22.5 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi22.0 
 3. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.20.8 
 4. Bakradze, TSU T.18.0 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.17.4 
 6. Fatsatsia, Olimpi17.3 
 7. Bowie, Rustavi16.3 
 8. Nanitashvili, Batu.15.8 
 9. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.14.5 
 10. Nelson, Rustavi14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan MILOSEVIC
  Olimpi
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Milosevic, Olimpi13.0 
 2. Kadaria, Sokhumi12.3 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.11.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.10.6 
 5. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.10.0 
 6. Aselaini, TSU T.9.7 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
 8. Nelson, Rustavi8.0 
 9. Kjellbom, Armia7.7 
 10. Prewitt, MIA A.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Deonta VAUGHN
  MIA A.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Vaughn, MIA A.9.3 
 2. Sokk, Olimpi7.3 
 3. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.2 
 4. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.4.5 
 5. Didia, Kutaisi4.4 
 6. Bowie, Rustavi4.3 
 7. Baakashvili, Sokhu.4.3 
 8. Chkareuli, TSU T.4.3 
 9. Gaprindashvi., Sam.4.0 
 10. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.3 
 2. Dzidziguri, STU T.2.5 
 3. Vaughn, MIA A.2.3 
 4. Dvalishvili, Olimpi2.0 
 5. Millage, Armia2.0 
 6. Chochua, Rustavi1.8 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.1.8 
 8. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.8 
 9. Baakashvili, Sokhu.1.7 
 10. Gulisabedash., Ol.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.3.8 
 2. Tukvadze, Samed.1.3 
 3. Archibeque, MIA A.1.3 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.2 
 5. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.0 
 6. Kjellbom, Armia1.0 
 7. Kvelashvili, Batumi0.8 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi0.8 
 9. Dvalishvili, Olimpi0.7 
 10. Nazmiev, Sokhumi0.7 



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  GERMANY   


Kamil Piechucki is leaving Aschersleben - by Moritz Korff

Kamil Piechucki (186-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers) will leave the BG Aschersleben Tigers, the 1. Regionalliga North team unveiled on its website. The 29-year-old Polish guard started this current as a player/coach with the Tigers until the team signed Michael Opitz as the new head coach. Piechucki played seven games for the Tigers this season, averaging 16.3 points, 8.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest. The Aschersleben team will be looking for a new guard with a European passport.


How Much Of An Impact Will Nihad Djedovic Make For Alba Berlin This Season? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There are always those type of players in the Beko BBL that have that killer instinct and just dont show any fear when they are making an opponents defense look like a hapless antelope if it should go left, right or backwards with the ensuing stampede of jaguars approaching on the prarie in Senegal. Recently there was Brian Roberts who played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg and now has made the jump to the NBA New Orleans Hornets that could carry the Freak city team to wins in crucial situations with his scoring in bunches mentality. The Fraport Skyliners recently acquired candy lover Ted Scott that didnt waste anytime making 20 points in his debut in Trier and having TBB Trier head coach Henrik Rodl remembering his name. Scott has that all business killer instinct that would be extra lethal if he would play along side ex Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney that can devour defenses with the best of them. This season Alba Berlin have a new player with Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) who is one of the most talented players in Europe from the 1990 birth year and hails from Bosnia. He can shoot in transition, off the dribble, off the catch and is absolutely fearless. Showed ability to put the ball on the floor and finish to the hoop or create for others. He already played in the ACB as a 19 year old for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro being loaned from FC Barcelona. He played for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA) where he scored in double figures both seasons. So far this season, the youngster has shown no timidness being a very important role player in the Sasa Obradovic rotation. In an Alba Berlin roster that has enough scoring power to give a coach like Silvano Poropat jealousy attacks, the young Bosnian has shown that desire for taking responsibility and having that killer instinct in big crucial moments. When watching him on the court, he has that old school look with his uncommon moustache that makes him look more like a Bosnian butcher than a basketball player. On the court, he has been as focused as supermodel Gisele Bundchen recently was for letting her full blown baby bump get into the way of weekend plans with her hubby Tom Brady, singer Katy Perry not showing any ill will backing Barack Obama in a Milwaukee reelection rally or super funny Chris Rock using his unique comedic style making a special message to help persuade undecided white voters to reelect Barack Obama. At times, Djedovic makes some bad decisions, but that is normal for a young player and so far this season seems to have convinced the organization Alba Berlin of his talents on the court and has matured quickly to the grind and playing style of the Beko BBL. 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood has been more than impressed with his new teammate. I like his game a lot. At every practice I have amazed at what he can do. He can do so much on the offensive and defensive end. He is such a smart player as well. I am always telling him in practice how much I like a certain pass or move from him. He is so young, but has already played at such a high level. So far in my career there hasnt been a player where I could say that he has amazed me in practice until him. He does things where you really have say wow. He has a very high skill level, warned Detroit native Dashaun Wood.

Alba Berlin didnt waste anytime getting their most important order of business squared away as they hired Gordon Herbert very early in the summer of 2011 Alba Berlin see Herbert as being the man to get Alba Berlin back on the title road and not getting run over by teams like Bamberg and Munich. It was Herberts 5th season in the Beko BBL. He led Frankfurt to their first league title in 2004 and reached the cup final that year. In 2010, he was two points away to getting Frankfurt that 2nd league title as the Skyliners lost a bitter game 5 final in Bamberg. In 2010-2011, Frankfurt lost in 5 games to Alba Berlin. Herbert is known as getting the best out of his players, but also known in being able to build a strong and successful team even if talent and deepness is lacking. Herbert had a new type of challenge as the talent was even greater than usual for him.All eyes were focused on Herbert to see how he would make an already very talented club even better. However he was unable to as he never found that intact team chemistry that he wanted like he had with his Frankfurt teams.

Even after Alba Berlin had kicked out the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from the playoffs in their own living room, they still had no mercy as they stole Mr road runner Dashaun Wood from the heart of the fans. Despite that Wood had signed a contract to stay with Frankfurt, he did put some clauses in so that he could leave the club. One of those clauses was that he would go where Gordon Herbert would go. A heart of a player can be as big as Mount Everest for a team, but about as often as the sun shines in the Costa De Sol in south Spain, the green numbered paper that rules the world mostly keeps the heart of a player more green than red. Wood who was the leagues MVP in 2011 playing 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%, will more than likely not be able to post stats like that again with alba Berlin. He will have a different role in Berlin as he will be surrounded by many scorers and not have the burden on his shoulders having to score as he often did in Frankfurt. The question will be how well can his ego get used to his new role, but he has stated that winning is his biggest priority and not scoring 20 points a game. The team brought in European experience with American Torin Francis, athletic ex NBA player Kyle Weaver and a touch of Serbian fire with Marko Simonovic. The team kept a lot of last years success intact with Mr ballerina Derrick Allen, Mr everything on the court and more Bryce Taylor, Heiko I can hit even from the Berlin TV tower Schaffartzik, inside monster Yassin Idbihi, sharpshooter Lucca Staiger and the glue that holds the team together German national player Sven Schultze.

However despite all this unending talent on board, Alba Berlin GOT out of the wrong side of the bed last season as they started with a less than satisfactory 2-2 record. They werent given a good role of the dice either getting their first three games on the road. They started with a heartbreaking 71-69 loss in Bremerhaven that probably had Herbert and Wood in long discussions after analyzing ways they could of won the game. Alba Berlin then creamed potential playoff team New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 87-68, only to go to Phoenix Hagen the next week and get their second loss in a row there. Last season 37 points by Derrick Allen couldnt get a win and this season it was Marc Carter that shot out the lights as Alba Berlin lost again 98-91. They returned to the O-2 World arena for their first home game and got a pesky fight from the Walter Tigers Tuebingen as they stayed close, but the eight time Beko BBL champion closed out the game in style with a 20-5 run to win 76-56. Except for the high scoring game in Hagen, they have defended well in the other three games letting up an average of only 71 points per game. With a new coach, players and system, Alba Berlin was just figuring each other out in the early going not too mention the building pressure to win each season. Yea it is pressure winning wherever you are at at any level and yea they have more pressure because the standard is higher in Berlin because of the tradition, but I thought all of their players could handle it or else they wouldn't be there, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum. They then won nine games in a row including an easy 83-57 win in Frankfurt who shot only 26% from the parking lot and were forced to 18 turnovers. In this big winning streak, they beat Oldenburg, Bamberg and Ulm at home and won in Munich. They then had their only weakness of the season going on a three game losing streak losing to Artland, Bonn and Wurzburg. The three game losing streak also took a toll on 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood. I have never experienced anything like that before, but one has to remember just how much I have played recently. We had games on the 18th, 20th, 23rd, 27th and 30th of December and the second, fifth and eighth of January. At the end of that game streak, it just showed that I was tired, expressed Dashaun Wood. Since the three game losing streak, they finished strong going on a 17-3 record losing in Bayreuth, a game they let slip away. But they had some big wins against Artland, Oldenburg and FC Bayern Munich. They came into the Beko BBL playoffs playing the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. This was just a team that didnt fit their style. They lost the series 3-1. They won the first game in Berlin, but then lost the final three games including the crucial game three at home. Alba Berlin had huge problems getting used to the gym atmosphere in Wurzburg. The season ended unspectacular in mid May as Alba Berlin went home again with no titles. Alba Berlin finished in third place with a record of 26-8 in the regular season, but the only time that really counts is May and June when titles are won.

What does a traditional and respected Beko BBL team do that has won 8 titles to get back on track after last winning a title in 2009? It brings back a familiar face that is used to winning and has won with Alba Berlin before. No one better than sasa Obradovic who won the Korac cup in 1995 and the double in 1997 with Alba Berlin. As a player he won three world championships with the former Jugoslavia and as a coach won the title in 2006 with Cologne. His name stands for winning. He stands for unending passion. He burns for this team, stated Marco Baldi. Obradovic is a tough coach, but is also the type of coach that makes his players better. Obradovic brought something new to the spree with versatility that the new players have. He chose players that can play many different positions thus making it harder for opponents to read and defend. The team has only won one title in the last nine years and Sasa Obradovic did a house cleaning this past off season getting rid of seven players and hauling in eight new players. The team held Dashaun Wood, Heiko Schaffartzik, Yassin Idbihi and Sven Schultze to somewhat maintain a small collective in the team. Obrdovic did a good job bringing in a healthy mix of three Americans, a Bosnian, Serb and two young Germans. He brought in experienced Vule Avdalovic who he coached at BC Donetsk and has Euroleague experience and has played many years in the ACB and will make some competition for Dashaun Wood. Nihad Djedovic was brought in for giving that special versatility and all around good play. He brought in Nathan peavey who might be the most underrated power forward in the Beko BBL. A pity that he was injured and will miss most of the season. Zack Morley was brought in for toughness and can also score when needed. Further flexibility and power under the basket was brought in with Deon Thompson who played at the top NCAA school North Carolina. Obradovic brought in Spanish ACB veteran Albert Miralles recently to help bring muscle to the basket and help bang with the centers of the league. Young German David Herwig and Steven Monse also arrived to help round out the roster. The biggest strength of Alba Berlin likely is their guard rotation with Wood, Schaffartzik and Avdalovic who could be the best guard trio in the Beko BBL. Obradovic will be very flexible at this position often being able to play two at a time. Also at the forward position, he has players like Thompson, Miralles and Morley that can play different positions and will keep opponents guessing what the 8 time Beko BBL champion will do next in their offensive sets as they will be unpredictable. Alba Berlin has a very deep roster once again and if there are any problems that could arise then it is how well the team can respond to the coaching decisions of the coach as playing time will be reduced. Dashaun Wood that was the commander on the court in Frankfurt and Berlin doesnt have that big role this season with more offensive weapons, but has taken this reality in stride and showed his character of playing for the team and not for his stats. Obradovic will make Wood an even better player than what he already is. The team cant afford more injuries as they will need a full roster to make an impact in the Beko BBL playoffs as they also play Euroleague.

Since the climatic semi final win over Alba Berlin in 2005, where guys like Chris Williams and Tyrone Ellis led the then Opel Skyliners into the BBL final, Frankfurt has only a 9-16 record against the Albatros, but have built installed a special albatross cage in the Ballsporthalle which has rewarded them with a 5-3 record. One of the biggest and most emotional wins in the last years was the 81-67 trouncing in January 2006 as it was the debut of ex Skyliner coach Charles Barton. It was only a shame that the team was unable to take this big win and grow off it as they won little more that season and had to win on the last day at home against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg to stay in the BBL. Some nice wins in the last years was the 74-58 win in 2008 as American Derrick Allen added 19 points and six rebounds and in 2009, they won 73-66 as ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds. Last season, the two teams split the season series 1-1 as Alba Berlin held Frankfurt to 53 points in the Ballsporthalle and winning. Frankfurt returned to Berlin to win 76-70 as Derrick Allen led the team with 18 points. Frankfurt then surprisingly kicked out Alba Berlin in the playoffs 3-1 winning game four at home 69-58 as Derrick Allen had 26 points. In the first meeting last season, Alba Berlin escaped the O-2 World arena with a 81-77 win. Frankfurt led for 36 minutes before Alba Berlin put on the turbo and went on a 8-2 run which sparked the win. Dashaun Wood led all players with 32 points and Derrick Allen chipped in with 17 points for Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin shot 57% from the field and 44% from the parking lot, but Frankfurt had control of the boards 31-21. In the second meeting last season, Alba Berlin prevailed 79-70 as Dashaun Wood led Frankfurt with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and ex Skyliner Derrick Allen had 18 points. Frankfurt lost in the 2011 Beko BBL semi finals 3-2 . Last season the Fraport Skyliners stunk out their Fraport arena with a 83-57 loss where Dashaun Wood led all scorers with 21 points and also lost a close game 70-66 in Berlin.
The Fraport Skyliners go to Berlin to meet Alba Berlin this Sunday. Alba Berlin is currently in eighth place with a record of 4-2. Alba Berlin has the double load with Euroleague play and are still trying to establish a team identity in the Beko BBL. After some tough loss against ratiopharm Ulm and in Ludwigsburg, the team is currently riding a two game winning streak and showed moral winning a tough road game in Trier in OT and then wining easy at MBC where it is never easy to play in the loud wolves den. The Fraport Sklyiners have won two of their last three games, but played their hearts out in Bambegr playing agreat first half, but losing steam in the second half. Frankfurt continues to defend very well having given up an average of 62 points in the last three games. The Fraport Skyliners know exactly what they will need to do to escape Berlin with a win. We have to take Alba Berlin out of their comfort zone. If we defend like we did in Bamberg and against Braunschweig then we will have good chances to win, warned Fraport Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. Its the same as in every game, just defend the way we know how and we have chnaces to win, added Fraport Sklyiner forward Zach Peacock.

Alba Berlin is led by Deon Thompson who is playing his first season in the Beko BBL. Thompson is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Torrnace, California. He played at North Carolina from 2006-2010, reaching a NCAA Final 4 and Elite 8. At North Carolina, he had the pleasure of playing with NBA players like Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansborough, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green. As a rookie in 2010-2011, he played for Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five): 25 games: 14.1ppg, Reb-2 (8.8rpg), Blocks-3 (1.3bpg), FGP: 50.0%, FT: 70.7%. Last season, he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five): Adriatic League: 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.9%; Euroleague: 10 games: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 47.6%; Slovenian League: 16 games: 11.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 51.2%, FT: 72.5%. There he won the cup and was MVP as well as mVP of the Slovenian Allstar game. Dashaun Wood is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his second season for Alba Berlin. He has natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright State from 2003-2007. He then had a superb rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In his second season he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. He sat out the next season due to injuries and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners took a gamble signing him in 2010, but it paid off. Wood who was the leagues MVP in 2011 playing 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin he played German League: 37 games: Score-5 (15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%.

Nihad Djedovic is a 22 year old 198cm forward that can play the position one to three. He hails form Bosnia and started his basketball career at Bosna TH Telecom Sarajevo in 2006. He then played for WTC Cornella (Spain-LEB Silver) from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 69.0%. Last season, he played for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 25 games: 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 71.2%; in Jan.'12 loaned to UCAM Murcia (Spain-ACB, starting five), in Mar.'12 signed at Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 12 games: 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. He recently played the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 16.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 62.2%. The team brings back 29 year old 208cm forward/center Yassin Idbihi from Cologne for a tird season. He can score, but is not so fast, but has potent moves. He played at The University of Buffalo from 2003-2007 and finished as the schools fourth all time leading scorer with 1,514 points and the third all time leading rebounder with 844. He became the first player in school history to score 1,500 points and 800 rebounds. He played with the Cologne 99ers and had some experience playing in France for Limoges. In 2009-2010, he helped lead The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig into the BEKO BBL semi finals losing against The Brose Baskets Bamberg where he played games 39 games averaging 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. In 2010-2011, he got better in the second half of the season playing German League: 43 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 73.4%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 4 games: 3.3ppg, 3.3rpg; EuroCup: 11 games: 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP-1 (71.4%), FT: 73.9%. Last season, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg; EuroCup: 8 games: 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 63.0%, FT: 73.1%; German League: 30 games: 8.8ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 59.2%, FT: 83.3%. The team brought back Heiko Schaffartzik who is a 28 year old 182cm point guard who is a German National player who has been a BBL traveler who has played for many different BEKO BBL teams like Giessen, Oldenburg, Nurnberg, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Braunschweig. He had his big international breakthrough at the Euro Championships in 2009 averaging 12,7ppg, 2,0rpg, 3,8apg and shot 54% from the three point line. He shoots first and penetrates second. He is a great one on one player. His biggest weapon is his shooting as he loves the catch and pop and off the dribble shooting. He started the season with Turk telekom in Turkey, but never found his rhythm as he played 10 games averaging 3,8ppg, 1,6rpg and 2,3apg in 15 minutes per game. He had a strong playoff series against Frankfurt and in 2010-2011 played German League: 32 games: 4.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg; EuroCup: 5 games: 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 66.7%. Last season, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg; EuroCup: 11 games: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 85.7%. Last summer he played Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 82.6%.

The team also brought in 30 year old 208cm Spaniard Alberto Miralles who has much ACB experience. He is a good board fighter and an score from mid-range. He started his basketball career in 1999 with Juventut Badalona. He already played Euroleague as a 19 year old with Virtus Kinder Bologna . He was drafted in 2004 by the NBA team Toronto Raptors. In 2004-2005, he played for Vertical Vision Cantu (Italy-SerieA): ULEB Cup: 9 games: 7,3ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 00.0%; Italian League: 37 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-1 ( 62.3%), 3FGP: 33.3%. He then had a long time playing for Pamesa Valencia (ACB) from 2005-2009. He then played for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB) from 2009-2010. Last season, he played for Angelico Biella (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 32 games: 10.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 64.4%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 55.8%. Zach Morley is a 29 year old 203cm forward that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL with Alba Berlin. He started his basketball career at Indian Hills Community College before finishing his college career at Wisconsin in 2005. He came to Europe in 2005 and played his first five seasons in Spain in the Leb Gold division. He played for Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague,) the last two seasons and last season played Ukrainian League: 50 games: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%; VTB League: 15 games: 9.0ppg, Reb-4 (6.9rpg), 2.2apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 76.7%. He won the Ukrainian cup last season. Vule Avdalovic is a 31 year old 189cm point guard from Serbia. He is a true point guard, good passer and organizer, who is able to run a team at any pace. Has leadership and court vision, and, like any ex-Yugo player, knows how to score if left open. He started his basketball career in 1999 for Partizan Beograd where he played until 2005. He then played with Albert Miralles at Pamesa Valencia until 2009. In 2009-2010, he played for : Lucentum Alicante Costablanca (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 7.2ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 82.6%. In 2010-2011, he played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): Euroleague: 10 games: 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.6%; French League: 34 games: 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 80.6%. Last season, he played for BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 5pts, 2reb, 1ast; EuroCup: 14 games: 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 81.3%; Ukrainian League: 49 games: 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 80.4%. Last season, he was Ukrainian Superleague Champion . He played the World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 36.4%, FT: 76.9%. . The team also brought back a familiar face with very experienced Sven Schultze who played many years for The German national team. He is a 34 year old 206cm power forward that was born in Bamberg. He is a very strong player with a deadly shot. With his size, he will post up the opponents small forwards and outrun the opponents power forwards. He is able to defend bigger players, but also agile enough to defend smaller ones. He can drop the three pointer in a variety of ways which gave Luka Pavicevic so many more ways of using him. He also is very dangerous on the fast break as he can with the speed of a point guard and then dunk. He started his career with Bamberg and then played for Alba Berlin from 1998-2002 winning four BEKO BBL titles. He then played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen until 2005 before going south to Play in Italy in Milian, Udine and Biella. he also played shortly in Greece for Larissa. He finished the 2009-2010 season playing for Ferrara (Italy-SerieA): 13 games: 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.0%. He won a silver in Belgrad in 2005 at the European Championships and played at the Olympic games 2008 in Bejing. In 2010-2011 for Alba Berlin he played EuroCup: 12 games: 4.7ppg, 2.3rpg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg; German League: 43 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg. Last season, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 12 games: 2.6ppg, 1.2rpg; German League: 32 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg. The team also has young Germans David Herwig, Steven Monse and Sebastian Fulle.





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EuroLeague: Olympiacos upset Caja Laboral in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - Olympiacos 72:89

Olympiacos posted the fourth win in EuroLeague Group C. The Greek powerhouse toppled Caja Laboral in Vitoria tonight. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) came up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Olympiacos surged ahead midway through the first frame and accumulated a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Peto Antic made it 35:25 for the visitors midway through the second term. Caja Laboral however managed to cut the deficit to 7 points at the interval 40:47. Olympiacos posted a 58:44 lead midway through the third quarter. The gap kept on growing as the Piraeus team headed into the fourth stanza up by 18 points 69:51. Olympiacos never looked back in the fourth stanza cruising to the victory at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and issued 8 assists, while Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) notched 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 13 points for Caja Laboral. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) had 12 points each in the fifth loss for the hosts.

Caja Laboral: Brad Oleson 13, Fernando San Emeterio 12, Andres Nocioni 12
Olympiacos: Kyle Hines 18, Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Kostas Papanikolaou 13



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

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

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in EuroChallenge). He led his German team EWE Baskets to an easy victory against the third-ranked Timisoara (1-1) 84-67 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. Smeulders scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes on the court. 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. This year Smeulders averages: 9.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 75.0% in the two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (4-3) 83-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Norel recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza (4-3) is placed seventh in the ACB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Norel's overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(30-54). He is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Valparaiso in their last game on Thursday. Despite van Wijk's very good performance the Valparaiso was edged 50-48 on the road by the University of Nebraska. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. van Wijk has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 83.3%. He played for the Dutch U16 national team seven years ago.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Leche Rio Breogan (4-3) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (5-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Schaftenaar scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan lost 73-80 in Alicante to the second-ranked Meridiano. It's Schaftenaar's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg in the six games. Schaftenaar used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #5. U18 international center Jito Kok (206-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the San Diego in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the San Diego was edged 74-71 at home by the Cal State - Northridge. Kok recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kok's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team.

Shane Hammink
Shane Hammink
   #6. Forward Shane Hammink (201-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to LSU's victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara 77-63 in the NCAA on Friday night. Hammink recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. The Louisiana State University has conference record this season. This year Hammink's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Hammink is U18 international player who is currently on the Dutch National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Holland.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #7. Former U20 international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to St.Bonaventure's surprising victory against the Cornell University 72-68 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 6 points in 31 minutes. The St.Bonaventure University has conference record this season. Kloof has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team two years ago.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #8. Center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Portland in their game against the Ohio University (0-0) in the NCAA. van der Mars scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Portland was crushed 81-52 in Athens, OH by the Ohio University. van der Mars has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2010.

Kadeem Pantophlet
Kadeem Pantophlet
   #9. Former U20 international forward Kadeem Pantophlet (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Duquesne in their game against the University at Albany (0-0) in the NCAA. Pantophlet recorded 5 points. The Duquesne was edged 69-66 in Albany, GA by the University at Albany. Pantophlet has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Robert Krabbendam
Robert Krabbendam
   #10. Center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, also represented by Court Side, college: Virginia Tech, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apollon (0-3) in their game against Keravnos (1-2) in the Cypriot Division A. Krabbendam scored 9 points in 17 minutes. But Apollon was edged in an overtime 91-88 on their home court in Limassol by the higher-ranked (#5) Keravnos. So far Apollon lost all three games in the Regular Season. Krabbendam has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the three games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Gerald Robinson (202-84, college: Tenn-Martin, currently plays in EuroChallenge) is a teammate of previously mentioned Robert Krabbendam. But that was another game of his team in EuroChallenge which we would like to mention. Robinson couldn't help Apollon in their game against Tsmoki-Minsk. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Robinson scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 31 points 93-62. He has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 2.0rpg in the two games. Robinson is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Dutch national team last year. Robinson played also for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle in Dutch league.

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

   #1. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to a victory against the tenth-ranked Cheshire Jets (2-6) 97-84 in the British BBL on Saturday night. Ocitti recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Worcester Wolves (6-5) is placed fourth in the BBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Ocitti's first year with the team. Ocitti is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 9.7rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg and 1.2apg in the 10 games he played so far. Ocitti is a naturalized American.

   #2. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Caceres Basket's victory against the closely-ranked CB Clavijo (3-4) 72-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Van Oostrum recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Caceres Basket (3-4) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Van Oostrum has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.3apg in the seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and British.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) managed to help UCAM Murcia to win against the 11th-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-3) 73-69 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Tillie recorded only 4 points. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #4. Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Virginia Military Institute 95-80 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. van Zegeren McAdam recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Virginia Tech has conference record this season. van Zegeren McAdam has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #5. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Devon Van Oostrum. But that was another game of his team in Spanish LEB Gold which we would like to mention. Duinker contributed to a Caceres Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Lleida Basquet (2-5) 81-76. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. Caceres Basket (3-4) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. Duinker has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #6. Denis Scott (188-F, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Bradford Dragons win their game against the league outsider Worthing Thunder crushing them 95-67 in the British EBL D1 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Scott scored 5 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Scott belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. He has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Dnipro (3-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Dnipro was crushed 90-68 at home by the second-ranked Khimik. Kickert was the top scorer with 12 points. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kickert averages: 16.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg. He also holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.



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Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Thor Thorl - Fjolnir 92-83
Nov. 15: Grindavik - Stjarnan 90-86
Nov. 15: Snaefell - Tindastoll 86-76
Nov. 15: Keflavik - Skallagrimur 81-72
Nov. 16: IR - KR 74-79
Nov. 15: Njardvik - KFI 103-72

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 29: KR - Grindavik
Nov. 29: KFI - IR
Nov. 29: Fjolnir - Njardvik
Nov. 29: Tindastoll - Thor Thorl
Nov. 29: Keflavik - Snaefell
Nov. 29: Skallagrimur - Stjarnan
Nov. 22: Tindastoll - Skallagrimur


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Benjamin SMITH
  Thor Thorl
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Smith, Thor Thorl26.3 
 2. Palm, IR24.0 
 3. Medlock, Skallagri.23.5 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan23.4 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.23.0 
 6. Jonsson, Snaefell22.6 
 7. Broussard, Grind.22.3 
 8. Belin, Njardvik22.0 
 9. Latinovic, KFI21.2 
 10. Craion, Keflavik21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Van, Njardvik15.9 
 2. Quaintance, Skalla.12.0 
 3. Craion, Keflavik12.0 
 4. Diggs, Thor Thorl10.0 
 5. Mills, Stjarnan9.9 
 6. Valentine, Tindast.9.8 
 7. Helgason, Stjarnan9.8 
 8. McQueen, Snaefell9.4 
 9. Spicer, Fjolnir9.3 
 10. Miller-W., KFI8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan10.4 
 2. Threatt, Snaefell9.9 
 3. Williams, IR7.2 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.7.1 
 5. Miles, Tindastoll5.8 
 6. Fridriksson, Njard.5.6 
 7. Ragnarsson, Thor T.5.0 
 8. Tomasson, Fjolnir4.4 
 9. Quaintance, Skalla.4.4 
 10. Smith, Thor Thorl4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Darri HILMARSSON
  Thor T.
  (191-F/G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hilmarsson, Thor T.3.7 
 2. Quaintance, Skalla.3.6 
 3. Miles, Tindastoll2.8 
 4. Lewis, Keflavik2.6 
 5. Broussard, Grind.2.3 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl2.2 
 7. Williams, IR2.2 
 8. Medlock, Skallagri.2.2 
 9. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.2 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 2. Diggs, Thor Thorl2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.6 
 4. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.3 
 5. Craion, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Magnusson, KR1.2 
 7. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.1 
 8. Eiriksson, Skallag.1.0 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.0 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.0.8 


Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 16: Hamar - IA 92-80
Nov. 16: Reynir S. - FSU 91-88
Nov. 16: Valur - Thor AK 87-72
Nov. 16: Breidablik - Hottur 86-97
Nov. 16: Augnablik - Haukar


Dominos League Round 7: Stjarnan loses to Grindavik in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Grindavik. Third ranked host Grindavik (5-2) defeated their biggest opponent Stjarnan (5-2) 90-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stjarnan. Stjarnan was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-23 charge of Grindavik, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Stjarnan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grindavik made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Aaron Broussard (195-F-90, college: Seattle) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Stjarnan. Grindavik is looking forward to face KR (#4) in Reykjavik in the next round. Stjarnan will play on the road against Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and is hoping to win this game.
Express L. top team - Snaefell (6-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Tindastoll (0-6) in Stykkisholmur 86-76. It was a quality performance for American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Jon Olafur Jonsson accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) came up with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for Tindastoll in the defeat. Snaefell have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Tindastoll at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Snaefell will play against Keflavik (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tindastoll will play against Thor Thorl (#5) in Thorlakshofn and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Keflavik was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Skallagrimur (3-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Keflavik (4-3). Keflavik managed to secure a 9-point victory 81-72 on Thursday. Americans were the main players on the court. Michael Craion fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Haminn Quaintance produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds for lost side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Keflavik. They moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Skallagrimur dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Keflavik will meet at home league's leader Snaefell in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Skallagrimur will play against Stjarnan (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh ranked Njardvik (2-5) crushed at home 10th ranked KFI (2-5) by 31 points 103-72, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Elvar Fridriksson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Njardvik moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KFI and IR. KFI lost their fourth game in a row. Njardvik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fjolnir (#8) in Reykjavik and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: KR (#5) and IR (#9). IR was defeated at home 74-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was a great evening for Martin Hermannsson who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 4 assists. KR (4-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Loser IR keeps the ninth position with five games lost. KR will face league's second-placed Grindavik at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena KFI.

In the last game of round 7 Fjolnir lost to Thor Thorl on the opponent's court 83-92.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 46 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Benjamin Smith of Thor Thorl.


IR - KR 74-79

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: KR (#5) and IR (#9). IR was defeated at home 74-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Martin Hermannsson (190-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 4 assists. The former international Helgi Magnusson (195-82, college: Catawba) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. KR (4-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Loser IR keeps the ninth position with five games lost. KR will face league's second-placed Grindavik at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena KFI.
Top scorers:
KR: M.Hermannsson 29+4reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 16+7reb+2ast, F.Magnusson 13+5reb+2ast, B.Bjornsson 9+3reb+8ast, K.Bell 5+2reb+1ast, D.Thomas 4+4reb+1ast
IR: E.Palm 20+5reb+5ast, N.Sovic 15+8reb+1ast, I.Miles 11+3reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 9+8reb+2ast, S.Claessen 8+2reb+3ast, V.Jonsson 4+2reb
gschID: 180198


Thor Thorl - Fjolnir 92-83

Rather expected game in Thorlakshofn where 8th ranked Fjolnir (3-4) was defeated by sixth ranked Thor Thorl (4-2) 92-83 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Thor Thorl forced 22 Fjolnir turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American forward Darrell Flake (193-80, college: McKendree) helped adding 23 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward Tomas Tomasson (193-91, college: Newberry) scored 16 points. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Thor Thorl moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KR. Fjolnir lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. Thor Thorl will face bottom-ranked Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play at home against Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 46+10reb+4ast, D.Flake 23+11reb+1ast, D.Jackson 11+6reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 9+3reb+1ast, B.Ragnarsson 3+2reb+10ast, V.Bjornsson 0
Fjolnir: S.Spicer 21+15reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 16+3reb+3ast, A.Ragnarsson 11+4reb+2ast, J.Sverrisson 11+8reb+2ast, P.Williams 8+2reb, A.Gudmundsson 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 180196


Snaefell - Tindastoll 86-76

Express L. top team - Snaefell (6-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Tindastoll (0-6) in Stykkisholmur 86-76. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Snaefell forced 21 Tindastoll turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Tindastoll was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Five Snaefell players scored in double figures. American guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) came up with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Tindastoll in the defeat. Snaefell have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Tindastoll at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Snaefell will play against Keflavik (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tindastoll will play against Thor Thorl (#5) in Thorlakshofn and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: S.Davidsson 20+5reb+3ast, H.Gunnarsson 18+2reb+3ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 16+10reb+2ast, J.Threatt 12+5reb+12ast, A.McQueen 10+6reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 5+2ast
Tindastoll: D.Gibson 24+7reb+8ast, G.Valentine 16+10reb+2ast, T.Johannsson 10+4reb, H.Viggosson 8+7reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 7+4reb+1ast, H.Birgisson 3+1reb
gschID: 180195


Njardvik - KFI 103-72

Eleventh ranked Njardvik (2-5) crushed at home 10th ranked KFI (2-5) by 31 points 103-72, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Njardvik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to KFI's 32. Njardvik forced 19 KFI turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws). American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for KFI. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Njardvik moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KFI and IR. KFI lost their fourth game in a row. Njardvik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fjolnir (#8) in Reykjavik and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: E.Fridriksson 21+3reb+10ast, H.Einarsson 19+1reb+1ast, M.Van 17+9reb+2ast, N.Moore 15+11reb+5ast, O.Jonsson 7+5reb+1ast, A.Orrason 7+1reb
KFI: D.Pitts 17+5reb+4ast, M.Latinovic 15+2reb, M.Virijevic 13+10reb+1ast, K.Andresson 12+5reb+1ast, T.Bradshaw 9+6reb, L.Sigurdsson 4+1reb
gschID: 180197


Keflavik - Skallagrimur 81-72

The game in Keflavik was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Skallagrimur (3-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Keflavik (4-3). Keflavik managed to secure a 9-point victory 81-72 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-72. Keflavik forced 20 Skallagrimur turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU, agency: Ronsport) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Guard Stephen McDowell (180-85, college: Chattanooga) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds and guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) added 26 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Keflavik. They moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Skallagrimur dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Keflavik will meet at home league's leader Snaefell in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Skallagrimur will play against Stjarnan (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Craion 25+15reb+1ast, D.Lewis 20+7reb, S.McDowell 18+5reb+7ast, V.Valsson 9+5reb+1ast, M.Gunnarsson 6+4reb+1ast, R.Albertsson 2+2reb+1ast
Skallagrimur: H.Quaintance 29+19reb+3ast, C.Medlock 26+4reb+6ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 9+8reb+1ast, S.Egilsson 6+1reb+2ast, B.Sverisson 1+1reb+1ast, T.Eiriksson 1+2reb
gschID: 180200


Grindavik - Stjarnan 90-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Grindavik. Third ranked host Grindavik (5-2) defeated their biggest opponent Stjarnan (5-2) 90-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stjarnan. Stjarnan was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-23 charge of Grindavik, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Stjarnan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grindavik made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Stjarnan. Grindavik is looking forward to face KR (#4) in Reykjavik in the next round. Stjarnan will play on the road against Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: A.Broussard 24+7reb+4ast, T.Olafsson 19+5reb+4ast, S.Thorsteinsson 16+6reb+1ast, S.Zeglinski 14+5reb+8ast, J.Olafsson 11+3reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 5+12reb+2ast
Stjarnan: B.Mills 27+11reb, J.Shouse 15+6reb+14ast, D.Jonsson 15+6reb+2ast, M.Valdimarsson 14+7reb+1ast, F.Helgason 8+9reb+3ast, K.Kjartansson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 180199



Icelandic Express L. round 7 best performance: Benjamin Smith - by Eurobasket News

American guard Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Thor Thorl, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 46 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Fjolnir (#8, 3-4) 92-83. Thor Thorl is placed at 5th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Thor Thorl will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He turned to be Thor Thorl's top player in his first season with the team. Former Jacksonville University star has very solid stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.3ppg. Smith is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.2spg and 46.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Skallagrimur. Quaintance had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Skallagrimur lost that game 72-81 to slightly higher-ranked Keflavik (#6, 4-3). This loss caused Skallagrimur to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Quaintance is a newcomer at Skallagrimur, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Michael Craion (195-F-89, agency: Ronsport) of Keflavik (#6). Craion scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Keflavik, leading his team to a 81-72 win against slightly lower-ranked Skallagrimur (#7, 3-3). Keflavik needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Craion has a great season in Iceland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 61.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) of Njardvik - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Brian Mills (203-F-88) of Stjarnan - 27 points and 11 rebounds
6. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
7. Darrell Flake (193-F-80) of Thor Thorl - 23 points and 11 rebounds
8. Sveinn Davidsson (192-F-86) of Snaefell - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  IRELAND   


Basketball Ireland Weekend Preview - by Patrick Maher



Basketball Ireland Weekend Preview

A number of intriguing sub-plots litter the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague schedule in week eight including a repeat of last years final, the first of back to back matchups and a cup game preview.

On Friday undefeated UCC Demons welcome Moycullen to the Mardyke Arena, a court that the Galway team have never secured a league victory on.

The men from Moycullen will be hoping to end that streak however as they enter the game on the back of two straight wins. They can also take solace from the fact that they played the current league leaders tight in Galway, losing by only eight points in the season opener despite the loss of their star point guard Salva Camps early in the contest.

Demons will likely be without powerful perimeter scorer Carlton Cuff who is struggling with a shoulder injury. Cuffe has been immense this season but his loss may be mitigated somewhat by the re-emergence of Ciaran OSullivan as a scoring threat after he netted 28 points the teams last outing.

Demons head coach, Paul Kelleher is wary of the challenge Moycullen pose but confident with the direction his team are headed in.

A team that wins two overtime games in a row is team that has no fear and they will certainly be coming into the Mardyke Arena with a lot of confidence, he said.

We have been steadily progressing in recent weeks and our defense last weekend was certainly better.

For UCD Marian and Killester, their Saturday evening meeting marks a significant opportunity to turn around recent losing trends as the two teams now play against each other in consecutive weekends.

Killester have lost their last three games with Marian in a four game funk. Two wins from the two encounters over separate weekends could be the catalyst for a renewed title challenge that would have been both teams ambition at the beginning of the season.

We are two teams on bad losing runs and two games against the same team is a great opportunity to get back on track. We are looking forward to what that will bring and hopefully getting two wins, said UCD Marian head coach Sasa Punosevac.

Killester fans will be relieved to hear that starting shooting guard, Robbie Clarke, who was ejected from last weekends game after a confrontation with UL Eagles guard Scottie Kinevane, has not been handed any ban and will be clear to play against Marian on Saturday.

The Bord Gais Neptune side that bested Marian last weekend will be aiming to leave the capital with a similar result this Saturday as they take on Dublin Inter at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

Neptune, after a deceptively slow start to the season, have rattled off four straight wins. Inter head coach Audrius Jonusas is aware that stopping them now will be a real challenge.

The run and run and run and we will really have to try and stop their fastbreak if we are to win. It is an interesting game as we will play them in two weeks time in the cup, he said.

Inter can take some confidence from an excellent display last week that saw them come within five points of UCC Demons. With a full squad this weekend, except for the injured Irmantas Griksas, they should prove a handful for a travelling Neptune team.

Meanwhile DCU Saints will try to bounce back from a tough overtime loss in Galway last weekend when they play UL Eagles on Sunday. The matchup is a repeat of the 2011/12 league final when Eagles edged out a resilient Saints team. Eagles head coach Mark Keenan is expecting a similarly tight affair this weekend.

The two teams will line up pretty much similar to last years league final and I expect the same tough defensive game again. We must stay composed on offence and deal well with the Saints defensive pressure in order to win, commented Keenan.

Friday, November 16th 2012

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons V Moycullen, Mardyke, 20:30

Saturday, November 17th 2012

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

UCD Marian V Killester, UCD 19:10;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Maree V Ulster Elks, Calsanctius College, 17:00; Fr Mathews V Templeogue Azzurri, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; Team Left Bank Kilkenny V Ballon BC, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:30;

Sunday, November 18th 2012

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Dublin Inter V Bord Gais Neptune, National Arena, 14:00;DCU Saints V UL Eagles, DCU Complex, 15:30;

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Blue Demons V Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans, Mardyke, 15:00;Templeogue Azzurri V Donegal Town, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 13:30;

Courtesy .... Cian Nihill .... www.basketballireland.ie
Patrick Sullivan (201-F, college: Hamilton)



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  ISRAEL   


Israeli National League round 5 best performance: Keith Ramsey - by Eurobasket News

American forward Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Hapoel K/S (#13, 1-4) with 21-point margin 78-57. It allowed Ironi Ramat Gan to take over top position in the Israeli National League. Ironi Ramat Gan have a solid 4-1 record. Ramsey turned to be Ironi Ramat Gan's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Ramsey is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 13.4rpg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 62.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Nes-Ziona. Benn had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Ironi Nes-Ziona to edge the lower-ranked Kiryat Tivon (#11, 1-4) 83-81. This victory allowed Ironi Nes-Ziona to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Benn is well-known at Ironi Nes-Ziona and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. Former Niagara University star Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of Hapoel Kazrin (#7). Johnson scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Hapoel Kazrin, leading his team to a 98-74 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#9, 2-3). Hapoel Kazrin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Israel. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Ironi K-A - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Adam Constantine (206-F-88) of Hapoel K/S - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Offir Hover (198-F-90) of Hod Hasharon - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Taylor Darby (203-F) of Kiryat Tivon - 20 points and 15 rebounds
8. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85) of Hapoel Kazrin - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Ironi Nahariya - 19 points and 13 rebounds
10. Inan Iram (194-G-88) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  ITALY   


Euroleague Group C: Anadolu Efes sends Emporio Armani home empty handed - by Pervin Elgin

Anadolu Efes Istanbul improved to 4-2 in Group C of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by defeating Emporio Armani Milan with 77-71. Efes fell behind in the second quarter, but made a strong comeback in the third and secured the win in the fourth. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) scored 29 points for Efes, Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) each netted 10.

Anadolu Efes opened the score with a basket by Semih. A three point score by Lucas Farmar gave the hosts a 5-0 lead, and contributions by Farmar and Kerem made it a 10-2 run. Efes held on the gap until 14-6, but Armani made a strong comeback after that. Efes still finished the quarter ahead though: 20-18.

In the second period Efes gave away the lead. The hosts only scored 7 points in the period, Armani scored 18. A buzzer-beating triple by Armanis Antonis Fotsis made Efes go to the locker room with 27-36 behind and a lot of work to do.


Sasha Vujacic turned things around for Efes in the third quarter. He opened the score with a three-pointer, added a couple of free throws and yet another triple. A dunk by Semih Erden completed the Turkish comeback: 41-40 after 26 minutes. Efes held on the the lead after that and finished the period 54-52 ahead.

Savanovic brought the the score to 58-54 in the final period, and Ermal and Lucas increased the the lead to 62-56. The guests fought their way back to 67-62, but a jumper by Lucas and another three-pointer by Vujacic increased the gap to 10 points en ended all Italian hopes: 72-62 after 37 minutes of playing time. In the final minutes the guests were allowed to catch up a bit, but Efes never got into trouble and sent Armani home with a 77-71 defeat.




Brian Chase joins Scandone Avellino - by Antonello Varallo

After the sacking of coach Giorgio Valli and the promotion of former assistant coach Gianluca Tucci to head coach, Scandone Avellino has agreed terms with Brian Chase (178-PG-81, college: Virginia Tech). Born in Washington DC, 31 years old, Chase crossed the road of Avellino during 2008-2009: he was playing with Le Mans Sarthe Basket and he faced Avellino in Euroleague. During his long career Chase, a veteran of european leagues, did well in Turkey, with Besiktas, Spain, with Valladolid, Russia with Dinamo Moskow, Bosnia with BC Igokea Aleksandrovac and Croatia with Cibona Zagreb. He ended last season playing with Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-PBL), averaging 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg, ( FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 85.7%) in 9 Russian PBL games, and 10.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg, (FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 46.9%) in 7 VTB League games.


EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes outlast Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Emporio Armani 77:71

Anadolu Efes overcame a slow start to clinch the home win over Emporio Armani in Euroleague Group C. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) unloaded 29 points to lead the hosts to the victory. Emporio Armani fell at 2-4 record after the loss.
Anadolu Efes eked out a narrow 20:18 lead after ten minutes. But the visitors took over in the second frame. Emporio Armani limited the hosts to just 7 points in the second frame. The Italian team ensured a 36:27 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes came back to life late in the third quarter. They capped the period on a 6:2 run to earn a 54:52 lead. Anadolu Efes used an 11:2 rally midway through the final frame to take a 67:56 lead. The hosts kept Emporio Armani at safe distance throughout the rest of the contest and celebrated an important victory at the end. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) netted 10 points apiece for the winners. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) answered with 15 points for Emporio Armani. Malik Hairston (198-G/F-87, college: Oregon) netted 14 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 29, Kerem Gonlum 10, Jamon Lukas Gordon 10
Emporio Armani: Keith Langford 15, Malik Hairston 14



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 77-58
Nov. 16: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 74-85
Nov. 17: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T.
Nov. 17: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L.
Nov. 17: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR
Nov. 17: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD
Nov. 18: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T.
Nov. 18: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L.


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba20.5 
 2. Smith, Hitachi SR17.6 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.3 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.8 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi15.3 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH14.4 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.3 
 8. Rolle, Mitsubis.13.9 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.6 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.1 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba10.5 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota8.6 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR8.5 
 7. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.8 
 8. Klette, Hokkaido L.7.4 
 9. Young, Aishin SH7.2 
 10. Ito, Tochigi Brex6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ryusei SHINOYAMA
  Toshi.
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Shinoyama, Toshi.4.1 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.0 
 3. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.7 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.7 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.3 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi2.9 
 7. Shonaka, Toyota A.2.7 
 8. Tajima, Tochigi Br.2.6 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.5 
 10. Watanabe, Panaso.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.4 
 4. Smith, Hitachi SR1.3 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba1.2 
 7. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.2 
 8. Ito, Toyota Alvark1.2 
 9. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.3 
 3. Young, Aishin SH1.2 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.1 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR0.8 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.0.7 
 8. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.7 
 9. Rolle, Mitsubis.0.7 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.0.7 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Iwate Big Bulls 10-2 
 2. Toyama Grouses 8-4 
 3. Akita NH 7-1 
 4. Niigata Albirex 7-3 
 5. Shinshu BW 6-4 
 6. Yokohama BC 5-3 
 7. Tokyo Cinq R. 5-7 
 8. Chiba Jets 3-5 
 9. Sendai 89ers 2-6 
 10. Saitama Bron. 1-7 
 11. Gunma 1-13 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 8-0 
 2. Oita H.Devils 8-2 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 8-5 
 4. Shimane SM 7-3 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 6-4 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 4-6 
 7. Takamatsu FA 3-6 
 8. Kyoto Hannar. 2-8 
 9. Osaka Evessa 1-5 
 10. Miyazaki SS 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 16: Takamatsu FA - Hamamatsu P. 82-93
Nov. 14: Tokyo Cinq R. - Gunma 80-85
Nov. 15: Tokyo Cinq R. - Gunma 65-63
Nov. 17: Akita NH - Shinshu BW
Nov. 17: Sendai 89ers - Yokohama BC
Nov. 17: Saitama Bron. - Toyama Grouses
Nov. 17: Chiba Jets - Niigata Albirex
Nov. 17: Shimane SM - Shiga L-Stars
Nov. 17: Takamatsu FA - Hamamatsu P.
Nov. 17: Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa
Nov. 17: Miyazaki SS - Kyoto Hannar.
Nov. 17: Okinawa GK - Oita H.Devils



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  JUCO   


Lakeland Community College vs Mercyhurst North East This Friday, Should be a Good One!!! - by Vance Marbury

Lakeland Community College vs Mercyhurst North East This Friday, Should be a Good One!!!

Lakeland Community College, a team which finished 4th nationally last year, has picked up right where they left off last year. After a season opening loss to Dainville Area CC, Lakeland has rolled over their last 3 opponents Oakton CC, Morton College, and Lourdes University JV team. Martell Medley (6'1''-G) is averaging 9.2 ppg for Lakeland in his sophomore season and is due to explode sometime soon. Lakeland also features sophomores Richard Smith (6'7''-F) and Chaz Rollins (6'6''-F), local Cleveland, Ohio products who are definitely Div I prospects.

Mercyhurst North East is currently 2-2 after a big win vs Butler County CC this past Wednesday. Je'Land Head another local Cleveland, Ohio product who is currently averaging 9.8 ppg is having a very productive freshman season so far, and is looking forward to the challenge of facing off against his childhood friend Martell Medley. Damon Jones (Chanel High School and Former 1st Team All Ohio performer) is averaging 14.8 ppg and is not looking to make a big name for himself on the juco scene this season. Robert Fomby (Shaker Hts High School) will definitely look to get in on some action during this game as well.

The Game will take place at Lakeland Community College, Kirtland/Mentor Ohio, at 8 pm. As far as Juco Basketball in Ohio, you want find a more highly anticipated game then this!!



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 12: VeA - VEF skola 98-80
Nov. 13: Jelgava/LLU - ViA 79-75
Nov. 16: Livani - Ogres 79-68
Nov. 14: Liepaja-2 - Saldus 70-80
Nov. 15: Kvele - DSN 64-55
Nov. 14: Valmiera BSS - RSU 52-75

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 21: RSU - Kvele
Nov. 22: Jelgava/LLU - Ogres
Nov. 23: Livani - ViA
Nov. 24: Gulbene - BK VEF-LSPA



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 15: Byblos - Antranik 94-80
Nov. 15: Anibal - Moutahed 90-105
Nov. 14: Amchit - Hoops 73-65
Nov. 14: Bejjeh - Champville 63-96
Nov. 16: Sagesse - Al Riyadi


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Sagesse
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Harper, Sagesse30.5 
 2. Sims, Sagesse26.5 
 3. Gadson, Antranik24.7 
 4. Blair, Hoops24.7 
 5. Salyers, Moutahed24.3 
 6. Gray, Anibal24.0 
 7. Accaoui, Anibal22.3 
 8. Khatib, Champville22.3 
 9. Ammoury, Anibal22.0 
 10. Terry, Champville21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Fraser, Byblos18.3 
 2. Sims, Sagesse13.0 
 3. Jones, Champville13.0 
 4. Salyers, Moutahed12.7 
 5. Johnson, Anibal12.0 
 6. Bawji, Moutahed11.7 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi11.0 
 8. Luca, Hoops10.5 
 9. Ampim, Antranik10.3 
 10. Jamison, Bejjeh10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blair, Hoops6.7 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.5 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 4. Johnson, Amchit6.0 
 5. Fahed, Moutahed5.3 
 6. Houston, Moutahed5.0 
 7. Accaoui, Anibal5.0 
 8. Barada, Byblos4.7 
 9. Zaloum, Antranik4.7 
 10. Gadson, Antranik4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Austin JOHNSON
  Amchit
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johnson, Amchit4.3 
 2. Saoud, Al Riyadi4.0 
 3. Williams, Bejjeh4.0 
 4. Sow, Amchit3.0 
 5. Kassem, Bejjeh2.7 
 6. Blair, Hoops2.3 
 7. Gray, Anibal2.0 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos2.0 
 9. Zaloum, Antranik2.0 
 10. Souaid, Champville1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.5 
 2. Johnson, Anibal3.0 
 3. Jones, Champville2.5 
 4. Fraser, Byblos2.3 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops2.3 
 6. Ampim, Antranik2.0 
 7. Terry, Champville1.7 
 8. Freije, Amchit1.3 
 9. Haji, Antranik1.3 
 10. Sow, Amchit1.0 



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Standings - NKL

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 16: Meresta - Silute 94-62
Nov. 16: Perlas-MRU - Birstono 90-68
Nov. 16: S.Marciulionio - Nafta Universitetas 88-64
Nov. 16: Mazeikiai - Dzukija 86-88
Nov. 16: Suduva-Mantinga - Statyba 83-67
Nov. 16: Triobet - Olimpas 80-77
Nov. 16: Radviliskis - Zalgiris-Sabonio 65-75
Nov. 16: Delikatesas - Zanavykas 64-87
Nov. 16: Ezerunas-Karys - Gargzdai 56-47

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 17: Birstono - S.Marciulionio
Nov. 17: Nafta Universitetas - Radviliskis
Nov. 17: Zalgiris-Sabonio - Suduva-Mantinga
Nov. 17: Statyba - Delikatesas
Nov. 17: Zanavykas - Mazeikiai
Nov. 17: Triobet - Dzukija
Nov. 17: Olimpas - Ezerunas-Karys
Nov. 17: Gargzdai - Meresta
Nov. 17: Silute - Perlas-MRU


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.24.9 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas20.1 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.18.1 
 4. Kleiza, Birstono17.3 
 5. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.4 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai16.0 
 7. Sakinis, Dzukija15.8 
 8. Pociukonis, S.Marc.15.7 
 9. Udras, Perlas-MRU15.7 
 10. Gudaitis, Zalgir.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija10.9 
 2. Linkevicius, Triob.9.8 
 3. Udras, Perlas-MRU9.3 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.7 
 5. Jurgo, Radviliskis8.7 
 6. Gudaitis, Zalgir.7.7 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai7.6 
 8. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.5 
 9. Krestinin, S.Marc.7.4 
 10. Brusokas, Statyba7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.8.3 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.0 
 3. Zurna, Radviliskis5.4 
 4. Anuzis, Nafta U.5.4 
 5. Kuklierius, Suduva.5.0 
 6. Sidlauskas, Mazeik.4.5 
 7. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.3 
 8. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.2 
 9. Rakauskas, S.Marc.4.0 
 10. Razutis, Olimpas3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Olimpas
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Razutis, Olimpas2.8 
 2. Radavicius, Meres.2.6 
 3. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.5 
 4. Harrison, Dzukija2.5 
 5. Pelss, Zanavykas2.4 
 6. Klemas, Delikatesas2.3 
 7. Stanionis, Zanav.2.3 
 8. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.3 
 9. Paliukenas, Staty.2.2 
 10. Matutis, Gargzdai2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija4.3 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.2.5 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.2.1 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.9 
 5. Kaubrys, Silute1.6 
 6. Staniulis, S.Marc.1.4 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.1 
 8. Petrileviciu., Bir.1.0 
 9. Tarolis, Gargzdai0.9 
 10. Pupinis, Suduva.0.9 


NKL Round 11: Suduva-Mantinga takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Suduva-Mantinga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Suduva-Mantinga defeated second-ranked Statyba in Marijampole 83-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Suduva-Mantinga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Suduva-Mantinga made 7 blocks. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) contributed with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Gintautas Zibuda used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Statyba. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Mazeikiai and Statyba. Statyba will play next round against Delikatesas trying to get back on the winning streak. Suduva-Mantinga will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas.
Leading Mazeikiai (8-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Dzukija (7-3) 88-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. It was a great evening for forward Povilas Sakinis (199-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds. Mindaugas Reminas helped adding 23 points. Forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Newly promoted Dzukija maintains fifth place with 7-3 record. Mazeikiai at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Suduva-Mantinga and Statyba. Dzukija will play against Triobet (#8) in Jonava in the next round. Mazeikiai will play against Zanavykas (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Jonava between Triobet and Olimpas. Ninth ranked Triobet (6-5) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Olimpas (6-5). Triobet managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 in the game for the eighth place. It was an exceptional evening for Tomas Milinskas who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Audrius Maneikis came up with 24 points for Olimpas in the defeat. Olimpas' coach Alidas Zukauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Triobet moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Olimpas. Triobet will meet at home higher ranked Dzukija (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpas will play against Ezerunas-Karys in Moletai and hope to secure a win.
The game between fourth ranked Meresta (8-4) and 16th ranked Silute (3-8) in Pakruojis ended with biggest points difference. Meresta outscored guests from Silute 94-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Silute. The best player for the winners was Tomas Gaidamavicius who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Meresta maintains fourth place with 8-4 record. Silute at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Meresta's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Silute will play against Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 11: Birstono was smashed by Perlas-MRU on the road 90-68. S.Marciulionio destroyed Nafta Universitetas on its own court 88-64. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to outperform Radviliskis in Kaunas 75-65. Delikatesas was rolled over Zanavykas at home 64-87. Bottom-ranked Gargzdai was defeated by Ezerunas-Karys on the opponent's court 56-47.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 28 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals by Mantas Virbalas of Perlas-MRU.


Perlas-MRU - Birstono 90-68

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Perlas-MRU (6-5) crushed 17th ranked Birstono (3-9) in Vilnius 90-68. The game was mostly controlled by Perlas-MRU. Birstono was better in third quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Birstono 48-25 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Mantas Virbalas (203-88) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Antanas Udras (202-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) produced 19 points and forward Julius Kalnietis (197-89) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perlas-MRU have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Birstono at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with nine games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be Silute (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Birstono will play against S.Marciulionio in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: M.Virbalas 28+14reb+6ast, A.Udras 23+14reb+2ast, Z.Stankus 10+5reb, D.Domarkas 10+5reb+2ast, Z.Kelys 5+1reb+2ast, V.Buzas 4+1reb+4ast
Birstono: P.Kleiza 19+1reb+3ast, J.Kalnietis 17+5reb+1ast, P.Petrilevicius 13+2reb+2ast, A.Ramonaitis 7+1reb+1ast, V.Valiulis 6+1reb+1ast, D.Sabeckis 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 201244


S.Marciulionio - Nafta Universitetas 88-64

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Nafta Universitetas (3-8) was smashed by eleventh ranked S.Marciulionio (6-5) in Vilnius 88-64. The game was mostly controlled by S.Marciulionio. Nafta Universitetas was better in fourth quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. S.Marciulionio made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. S.Marciulionio brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) who scored 24 points. Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Kruckauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Haroldas Venskus (180-91) produced 12 points and 5 assists and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Nafta Universitetas at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. S.Marciulionio's next round opponent will be Birstono (#17) and are hoping to win another game. Nafta Universitetas will play against Radviliskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: T.Rakauskas 24+2reb+3ast, D.Krestinin 17+8reb, A.Gydra 14+7reb+1ast, P.Lescinskas 10+2reb+2ast, G.Staniulis 9+8reb+2ast, O.Olisevicius 5+3reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: H.Venskus 12+4reb+5ast, V.Chodosovskis 12+7reb+1ast, D.Norkus 10+3reb+1ast, D.Zvinklys 10+2reb+2ast, D.Anuzis 6+2reb+3ast, D.Jokubaitis 6+7reb
gschID: 201243


Radviliskis - Zalgiris-Sabonio 65-75

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (7-4) won against on the road 15th ranked Radviliskis (3-8) 75-65. Radviliskis was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 28-12 charge of Zalgiris-Sabonio, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Tomas Dimsa (195-94) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Rytis Rauktys (187-84) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains sixth place with 7-4 record, which they share with Zanavykas. Radviliskis at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's next round opponent will be league's leader Suduva-Mantinga in Marijampole and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radviliskis will play on the road against Nafta Universitetas (#14) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Dimsa 19+3reb+6ast, M.Grigonis 17+4reb+2ast, A.Gudaitis 17+6reb+1ast, J.Tamulis 6+3reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 6+6reb+1ast, V.Kariniauskas 4+3reb+1ast
Radviliskis: J.Jurgo 18+12reb+2ast, R.Rauktys 17+3reb+1ast, V.Trepocka 10+1reb+2ast, E.Kaupaitis 7+4reb+1ast, J.Zurna 5+3reb+4ast, L.Pipiras 5+3reb
gschID: 201242


Suduva-Mantinga - Statyba 83-67

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Suduva-Mantinga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Suduva-Mantinga defeated second-ranked Statyba in Marijampole 83-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Suduva-Mantinga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Suduva-Mantinga made 7 blocks. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Gintautas Zibuda used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Statyba. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Mazeikiai and Statyba. Statyba will play next round against Delikatesas trying to get back on the winning streak. Suduva-Mantinga will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: Z.Kuklierius 22+2reb+5ast, K.Pupinis 15+3reb, A.Zibuda 14+5reb+2ast, A.Mineikis 11+11reb+1ast, A.Krivonis 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kalvelis 6+6reb
Statyba: V.Luksa 15+8reb+1ast, O.Varanauskas 15+2reb, D.Tarvydas 12+6reb+2ast, A.Zarskus 6+2reb, T.Rinkunas 6+3reb+1ast, G.Marciukaitis 5+1reb
gschID: 201241


Delikatesas - Zanavykas 64-87

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Delikatesas (5-6) was outscored by eighth ranked Zanavykas (7-4) in Joniskis 87-64. The game was mostly controlled by Zanavykas. Delikatesas was better in second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zanavykas forced 22 Delikatesas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Delikatesas' players. The best player for the winners was guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) who scored 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Center Vilius Sumskis (213-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points. Swingman Mantas Pukinskas (198-89) produced 20 points and swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Zanavykas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Delikatesas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Zanavykas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Mazeikiai at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Delikatesas will play against Statyba (#3) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 37+7reb+5ast, V.Sumskis 12+4reb+2ast, P.Parachomikas 11+2reb+2ast, J.Andriuska 6+2reb+3ast, R.Ostreika 6+9reb+2ast, V.Vaiksnis 5+4reb+3ast
Delikatesas: M.Pukinskas 20+4reb+2ast, Z.Petraitis 12+4reb+2ast, L.Lukosevicius 8+6reb, A.Montrimavicius 7+3reb, P.Klemas 5+3reb+2ast, A.Kvedaravicius 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201240


Triobet - Olimpas 80-77

A very close game took place in Jonava between Triobet and Olimpas. Ninth ranked Triobet (6-5) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Olimpas (6-5). Triobet managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 in the game for the eighth place. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Triobet players scored in double figures. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) came up with 24 points and forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Olimpas in the defeat. Olimpas' coach Alidas Zukauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Triobet moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Olimpas. Triobet will meet at home higher ranked Dzukija (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpas will play against Ezerunas-Karys in Moletai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Triobet: M.Linkevicius 21+7reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 19+5reb+2ast, T.Milinskas 18+12reb+2ast, T.Sebeziovas 10+2ast, A.Lencevicius 4+2reb+4ast, D.Gulbinas 3+4reb
Olimpas: A.Maneikis 24+3reb+1ast, E.Gintvainis 8+4ast, R.Venskus 8+1reb+1ast, T.Domarkas 7+4reb, M.Kazonas 7+1reb+1ast, E.Jocys 6+2reb
gschID: 201238


Ezerunas-Karys - Gargzdai 56-47

Everything went according to plan when thirteenth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (5-7) defeated bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (1-10) in Moletai 56-47. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gargzdai-Bremena won third quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-87) who scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Marius Kugauda (191-76) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Mindaugas Kildisius allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Donatas Tarolis (201-94) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Linas Jonuska (198-91) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Ezerunas-Karys maintains thirteenth place with 5-7 record. Gargzdai-Bremena lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Ezerunas-Karys' next round opponent will be higher ranked Olimpas (#9) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Meresta (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Sugintas 10+8reb+2ast, M.Kugauda 9+1reb+4ast, M.Janisius 9, R.Jukonis 6+4reb+1ast, K.Alekna 5+3reb, G.Kulbis 5+5reb+2ast
Gargzdai: D.Tarolis 12+6reb+1ast, L.Jonuska 11+5reb, M.Grigaitis 8+3reb, D.Matutis 5+3reb+3ast, G.Sakalas 5+2reb, M.Martinkus 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 201237


Meresta - Silute 94-62

The game between fourth ranked Meresta (8-4) and 16th ranked Silute (3-8) in Pakruojis ended with biggest points difference. Meresta outscored guests from Silute 94-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Silute. The game without a history. Meresta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Silute's 22. Meresta players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Silute's players. The best player for the winners was guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Benas Bagdonavicius (202-91) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Meresta players scored in double figures. Guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-87, college: Weatherford JC) produced 19 points and center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Meresta maintains fourth place with 8-4 record. Silute at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Meresta's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Silute will play against Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Meresta: B.Bagdonavicius 18+7reb+2ast, I.Vaitkus 18+4reb+1ast, L.Radavicius 17+1reb+7ast, T.Gaidamavicius 13+7reb+9ast, D.Keburys 8+5reb+3ast, A.Gurklys 8+2reb
Silute: V.Pancerevas 19+3reb+1ast, G.Pakalniskis 11+2reb, A.Kaubrys 10+7reb, D.Lavonne Brents 8+3reb+2ast, R.Brencius 5+5reb, E.Saulys 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 201236


Mazeikiai - Dzukija 86-88

Leading Mazeikiai (8-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Dzukija (7-3) 88-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. Dzukija made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Povilas Sakinis (199-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) helped adding 23 points. Forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Belarusian center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 19 points. Five Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Dzukija maintains fifth place with 7-3 record. Mazeikiai at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Suduva-Mantinga and Statyba. Dzukija will play against Triobet (#8) in Jonava in the next round. Mazeikiai will play against Zanavykas (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: P.Sakinis 32+10reb+1ast, M.Reminas 23+4reb+3ast, C.Trybanski 11+7reb, T.Skripkauskas 9+9reb+1ast, G.Kurtinaitis 8+3reb, B.Harrison 5+4reb+10ast
Mazeikiai: A.Kojenets 19+3reb+3ast, R.Giedraitis 19+1reb+3ast, O.Macernis 14+14reb+1ast, V.Pikalavicius 12+4reb+1ast, A.Mazutis 11+3reb+5ast, M.Sidlauskas 5+5reb+6ast
gschID: 201239



Silute inks Eivydas Molosciakas - by Eurobasket News

Silute (NKL) signed 19-year old domestic guard Eivydas Molosciakas (190-80kg-93). He just played at Zanavykas in RKL. He helped his team get promotion to NKL. In 8 games this season he had 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Molosciakas was a member of Lithuanian U18 National Team last year.
He has played previously for two other Lithuanian teams: Perlas-MRU Vilnius and KM Tornado.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

24-year old Mantas Virbalas (203-C/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Perlas-MRU and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Birstono (#17, 3-9) with 22-point margin 90-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Perlas-MRU is placed at 11th position in Lithuanian NKL. Perlas-MRU 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 6-5 record. Virbalas turned to be Perlas-MRU's top player in his first season with the team. Virbalas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.1ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg,2.1spg and 65.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Zanavykas. He is a guard in his first season at Zanavykas. In the last game Stanionis recorded impressive 37 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Zanavykas to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Delikatesas (#12, 5-6) 87-64. This victory allowed Zanavykas to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stanionis is a newcomer at Zanavykas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#1). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Perlas-MRU's star - forward Antanas Udras (202-F-92). Udras scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Perlas-MRU, helping his team with a 90-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Birstono (#17, 3-9). Perlas-MRU 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. Udras has a great season in Lithuania. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) of Dzukija - 32 points and 10 rebounds
5. Denis Krestinin (202-PF-94) of S.Marciulionio - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Tomas Milinskas (202-F-90) of Triobet - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Benas Bagdonavicius (202-F-91) of Meresta - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Janas Jurgo (200-F-83) of Radviliskis - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Suduva-Mantinga - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Suduva-Mantinga - 11 points and 11 rebounds

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



Delikatesas ink Laimonas Lukosevicius - by Eurobasket News

Delikatesas Joniskis (NKL) agreed terms with 26-year old Lithuanian swingman Laimonas Lukosevicius (197-86). He played last season at Racing in Luxembourg N2 league. Lukosevicius also played at Racing in N2 that season.
His team made it to the Lithuanian League Semifinals in 2004 and 2007.
Lukosevicius was a member of Lithuanian U18 National Team back in 2004.
He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietkabelis, Siauliai, Nevezis and Pieno Zvaigzdes).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Birstono signs Evaldas Tviraga - by Eurobasket News

Birstono JAZZ-Diremta (NKL) signed 25-year old domestic center Evaldas Tviraga (209-87). He just played at LSU-Baltai (LKL). But in four Baltic League games this season he had only 0.5ppg and 1.8rpg. He also played 5 games in LKL but he recorded only 0.4ppg and 2.4rpg. Tviraga won Lithuanian NKL championship title.
He has played previously for another Lithuanian team: LKKA-Atletas.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Silute tabs Nerijus Anglickis - by Eurobasket News

Silute (NKL) inked 22-year old center Nerijus Anglickis (211-90). He played most recently at Oro navigacija (VMKS - A Lyga). He helped them to win the group title. Anglickis also played at Oro navigacija that season. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
The previous (10-11) season Anglickis played at Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish league.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France). He led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory over the league outsider Entente Orleans 45 (1-5) 92-80 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sy was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (4-2) is placed seventh in the ProA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Sy's first year with the team. Sy has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 47.5% and FT: 52.4% in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team one years ago.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a ifm Baskets Konstanz's surprising victory against the third-ranked Fraport Skyliners II (4-3) 73-65 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Sylla recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes. ifm Baskets Konstanz (2-5) is placed 11th in Group South. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Sylla has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.5% and FT: 71.4% in the seven games. He played for the Mali national team in 2009.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division). He could not help Rueil (3-5) in their last game. Despite Saounera's good performance Rueil lost 59-74 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Quimper UJAP. He scored 12 points, made 6 passes and 5 steals in 36 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Saounera's first season with the team. Saounera is currently third on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 6.0apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 22.7% and FT: 70.8% in the seven games. Saounera is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. He played for the Mali national team one years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #4. An experienced power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France) was not able to help the league outsider Limoges CSP Elite (0-6) in their game against Paris-Levallois (4-2) in the French ProA. He cannot count it as his best performance. Traore scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Limoges CSP Elite lost 74-84 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#4) Paris-Levallois. So far Limoges CSP Elite lost all six games in the Regular Season. This year Traore averages just 1.7ppg in the three games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Traore used to play for the Mali national team last year.

Modibo Diarra
Modibo Diarra
   #5. Former international power forward Modibo Diarra (208-80, college: Memphis, currently plays in NBLCanada) managed to help Saint John Mill Rats to win in a double overtime against the Moncton Miracles (2-3) 109-106 in the NBL Canada last Wednesday. He recorded only 3 points. The Saint John Mill Rats have 2-3 record this season. This year Diarra averages just 1.7ppg. He used to play for the Mali national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the N.Mexico St. in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the N.Mexico St. was defeated 71-62 on the road by the Oregon State University. Sy scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Sy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico St.'s roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5bpg. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked JSF Nanterre (3-3) crushing them 94-64 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sangare scored 7 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (2-4) is placed 14th in the ProA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Sangare's first year with the team. This season he averages: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg. Sangare is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help the league outsider La Palma (0-5) in their game against Fontedoso Carrefour (4-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Konate was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds. This season Konate averages: 5.8ppg and 5.8rpg.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

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

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



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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 21-2 
 2. Soles 19-4 
 3. Toros 18-5 
 4. Halc.Rojos 18-5 
 5. Pioneros 16-7 
 6. Panteras 15-8 
 7. Fuerza Regia 12-10 
 8. Abejas 12-11 
 9. Huracanes 11-10 
 10. Barreteros 11-12 
 11. Corr.Victoria 8-15 
 12. Guerreros 7-16 
 13. Lechugueros 6-17 
 14. Gansos 4-20 
 15. Osos 3-20 
 16. Gigantes 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 23

Nov. 16: Fuerza Regia - Corr.Victoria 99-94
Nov. 15: Guerreros - Halc.Xalapa 94-105
Nov. 15: Osos - Panteras 91-94
Nov. 15: Soles - Lechugueros 86-59
Nov. 15: Pioneros - Abejas 81-73
Nov. 15: Gansos - Halc.Rojos 75-108
Nov. 15: Gigantes - Barreteros 70-98
Nov. 16: Toros - Huracanes 101-70

Regular Season: Round 24

Nov. 17: Pioneros - Lechugueros
Nov. 17: Soles - Abejas
Nov. 17: Guerreros - Halc.Rojos
Nov. 17: Gansos - Halc.Xalapa
Nov. 18: Toros - Corr.Victoria
Nov. 18: Fuerza Regia - Huracanes
Nov. 17: Gigantes - Panteras
Nov. 17: Osos - Barreteros


LNBP Round 23: Leader Halcones UV Xalapa gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Halcones UV Xalapa delivered the twentieth first win on Thursday night. This time they beat 12th ranked Guerreros (7-16) 105-94. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guerreros. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-94. Halcones UV Xalapa shot 62.7 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 18 points. American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) produced 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains first place with 21-2 record. Newly promoted Guerreros keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Gansos (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Guerreros will play against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Fifteenth-ranked Osos (3-20) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Panteras (15-8). The visitors from Aguascalientes managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!). David Huertas contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) answered with 30 points and 7 assists for Osos. Osos' coach Alejandro Ramirez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panteras maintains sixth place with 15-8 record. Newly promoted Osos keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Panteras will play against bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osos will play against Barreteros in Zacatecas and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Gansos (4-20) were outscored by fourth ranked Halcones Rojos (18-5) 108-75 on Thursday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mike Mitchell who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Shannon Shorter responded with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Halcones Rojos have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Toros. Newly promoted Gansos keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Halcones Rojos will meet Guerreros (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gansos will play against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Corr.Victoria were defeated by Fuerza Regia in Monterrey 99-94. Toros smashed Huracanes at home 101-70. Barreteros destroyed Gigantes on the opponent's court 98-70. Soles outscored Lechugueros in a home game 86-59. Abejas recorded a loss to Pioneros on the road 81-73.
The best stats of 23th round was 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks by Lance Allred of Fuerza Regia.


Fuerza Regia - Corr.Victoria 99-94

There was no surprise in Monterrey where 11th ranked Correcaminos (8-15) were defeated by ninth ranked Fuerza Regia (12-10) 99-94 on Friday. Correcaminos trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 22-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 94-99 at the end of the game. Fuerza Regia shot 61.9 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. It was a great evening for center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) helped adding 18 points and 11 assists. James Dartez responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) scored 25 points. Four Fuerza Regia and five Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Correcaminos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fuerza Regia moved-up to seventh place. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Fuerza Regia will meet at home Huracanes (#9) in the next round. Correcaminos will play against Toros in Nuevo Laredo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: L.Allred 23+11reb+2ast, O.Efejuku 18+3reb+11ast, E.Little 17+4reb+1ast, M.Charlo 13+6reb+3ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 8+1reb+1ast, G.Giron 7+1reb+4ast
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 25+3reb+2ast, J.Dartez 18+13reb+2ast, M.Allen 16+5reb+9ast, L.Keeler 14+1reb+3ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 12+5reb+2ast, B.Heredia 9
gschID: 188600


Toros - Huracanes 101-70

No shocking result in a game in Nuevo Laredo where fourth ranked Toros (18-5) smashed 8th ranked Huracanes (11-10) 101-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Huracanes managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros forced 19 Huracanes turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Lonnie Ellis Vasquez (198, college: Mississippi Coll.) helped adding 23 points. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Toros' coach Jose Martinez felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import center Donald Little (211-78, college: Cincinnati) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Toros moved-up to third place, which they share with Halc.Rojos. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Toros will meet at home Correcaminos (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Huracanes will play against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: L.Ellis Vasquez 23+4reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 21+5reb+4ast, B.Angley 12+8reb+6ast, A.Henning 11+3reb+3ast, J.Lopez 8+5reb, W.Pagan 8+2reb+3ast
Huracanes: M.Morrison 23+4reb+2ast, R.Zamora 14+3reb+1ast, D.Little 12+8reb+1ast, E.Basden 8+8reb+5ast, R.Marshall 6+1reb+1ast, J.Farrera 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 188599


Osos - Panteras 91-94

Fifteenth-ranked Osos (3-20) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Panteras (15-8). The visitors from Aguascalientes managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Osos cut a 17-point first quarter deficit to three at the end of the game. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!). Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) answered with 30 points and 7 assists and the other American import guard DerMarr Johnson (206-80, college: Cincinnati) added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Osos. Osos' coach Alejandro Ramirez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panteras maintains sixth place with 15-8 record. Newly promoted Osos keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Panteras will play against bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osos will play against Barreteros in Zacatecas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panteras: R.Melendez 34+4reb+3ast, D.Huertas 25+4reb+4ast, K.Malpica 16+5reb+4ast, A.Garcia 13+6reb+4ast, F.Verdugo 3+2reb+1ast, E.Ayileke 2+5reb+2ast
Osos: N.Stallings 30+2reb+7ast, D.Johnson 21+8reb, J.McCoy 16+4reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 8+1reb+2ast, E.Nuncio 7+1reb, J.Camacho 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 188602


Gigantes - Barreteros 70-98

Very expected game when 16th ranked Gigantes (2-21) were rolled over at home by tenth ranked Barreteros (11-12) 98-70 on Thursday. The game without a history. Barreteros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Gigantes' 38. Barreteros had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Christopher Silva helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Barreteros and four Gigantes 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. Barreteros maintains tenth place with 11-12 record. Gigantes lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Barreteros will meet Osos (#15) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Gigantes will play against Panteras in Aguascalientes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: J.Habel 19+9reb, C.Silva 18+9reb, L.Sumpter 15+5reb, J.Horton 14+6reb+5ast, R.Loera Almanza 11+2reb+1ast, A.Donzella 9+1ast
Gigantes: Z.Alvidrez 18, J.Almanson 16+7reb, A.Grant 14+7reb+1ast, S.Liggins 10+2reb+4ast, M.Munoz 4+8reb, A.Morris 3+1reb
gschID: 188601


Gansos - Halc.Rojos 75-108

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Gansos (4-20) were outscored by fourth ranked Halcones Rojos (18-5) 108-75 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. Gansos managed to win fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones Rojos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Gansos' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Giovanni Silva scored 14 points. Halcones Rojos have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Toros. Newly promoted Gansos keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Halcones Rojos will meet Guerreros (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gansos will play against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: M.Mitchell 21+3reb+2ast, L.Davis 18+5reb+3ast, D.Pinnock 14+6reb+6ast, N.Alonzo 12+2reb+1ast, M.Ramos 10+10reb+3ast, F.Cruz 8+1reb+3ast
Gansos: S.Shorter 35+5reb+1ast, G.Silva 14+3reb+2ast, J.Perez 7+3reb, R.Gaye 7+4reb, A.Zarco 5+5reb+2ast, G.Abraham 3+1reb
gschID: 188598


Guerreros - Halc.Xalapa 94-105

Leader Halcones UV Xalapa delivered the twentieth first win on Thursday night. This time they beat 12th ranked Guerreros (7-16) 105-94. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guerreros. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-94. Halcones UV Xalapa shot 62.7 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 18 points. American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) produced 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains first place with 21-2 record. Newly promoted Guerreros keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Gansos (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Guerreros will play against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 26+5reb+3ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 18+3reb+2ast, D.Pearson 11+2reb, S.Monroe 10+2reb, L.Mata 10+5reb+1ast, P.Meza 9+2reb+5ast
Guerreros: A.Alamo 33+6reb+1ast, T.Gabbidon 21+7reb+1ast, M.Hunter 17+1reb+1ast, K.Gayden 8+5reb+2ast, G.Williams 7+1reb+1ast, J.Carino 3
gschID: 188597


Soles - Lechugueros 86-59

Very predictable result in Mexicali where second ranked Soles (19-4) outscored 13th ranked Lechugueros (6-17) 86-59 on Thursday. The game without a history. Soles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Lechugueros' 30. It was a great evening for American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Soles players scored in double figures. Coach Ivan Deniz's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Soles. They maintain second place with 19-4 record having just two points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Lechugueros lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Soles will meet at home Abejas (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Lechugueros will play against Pioneros (#5) in Cancun and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soles: R.Martinez 15+6reb, K.Gransberry 15+6reb+1ast, M.Lizarraga 13+4reb, J.Griffin 12+2reb+2ast, C.Elliott 10+5reb+5ast, J.Vargas 10+6reb+4ast
Lechugueros: B.Camara 13+6reb+3ast, I.Young 9+2reb+5ast, L.Ortiz 9+2ast, J.Penny 9+8reb, A.Sanchez 9+3reb, C.Turley 5+7reb
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Pioneros - Abejas 81-73

Not a big story in a game in Cancun where 7th ranked Abejas (12-11) were defeated by fifth ranked Pioneros (16-7) 81-73 on Thursday. Abejas trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-81 at the end of the game. Pioneros made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Abejas turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international forward Stephen Soriano (201-84, college: Colorado Mesa) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American point guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) helped adding 17 points and 4 assists. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Abejas players scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Pioneros. They maintain fifth place with 16-7 record. Abejas at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home Lechugueros (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play against the league's second-placed Soles (#2) in Mexicali and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: S.Soriano 21+5reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 17+4reb+4ast, M.Williams 16+8reb, A.Scott 9+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 9+3reb+7ast, F.Fisher 5+2reb+2ast
Abejas: S.Pettigrew 17+5reb+2ast, M.Mattis 15+12reb+3ast, E.Phelps 14+5reb+3ast, E.Abdu 10+1reb, A.Sandoval 7, V.Buelna 6+3reb+5ast
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Nikola Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Orlando Magic (2-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vucevic's good performance the Orlando Magic was defeated 82-74 on the road by the Brooklyn Nets. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Vucevic also added 3 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Vucevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 47.3% and FT: 88.9%. Vucevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks (5-4) 90-82 in the NBA on Monday night. Pekovic was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. The Minnesota Timberwolves have a solid 5-3 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pekovic has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 53.2% and FT: 71.9% in the seven games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup). Dubljevic was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (0-2) 76-70 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He scored 14 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). 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. It's Dubljevic's first season with the team. Dubljevic's overall stats this year are: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 41.7%. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #4. Swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Khimik (10-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Khimik was defeated 83-78 in Dniprodzerzhynsk by the much lower-ranked DniproAzot (#11). Sehovic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sehovic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #5. U21 international power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (0-7) crushing them 89-47 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Todorovic recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (4-3) is placed ninth in the ACB. Todorovic's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 3.5rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin U21 national team.

Filip Barovic
Filip Barovic
   #6. Power forward Filip Barovic (208-90, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division was not able to secure a victory for Soproni (4-3) in their last game. Despite Barovic's very good performance Soproni lost 79-90 in Pecs to the lower-ranked (#9) PVSK Pannon. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Barovic also added 7 rebounds in 40 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Barovic is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 22.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg in the seven games. Barovic is a former U20 international player as he played for the Montenegrin team two years ago.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #7. International power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-88, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Besiktas' victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (1-5) 73-67 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 10 points. Besiktas Istanbul (3-3) is placed third in group D. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dasic's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #8. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vrsac's victory against the 11th-ranked BKK Radnicki (2-5) 89-77 in the Serbian A League last Wednesday. Radovic recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. KK Vrsac (5-2) is placed fourth in the A League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Radovic is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4bpg. Radovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team last year.

Sasha Pavlovic
Sasha Pavlovic
   #9. Former international swingman Sasha Pavlovic (200-83, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (2-6) 103-86 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Pavlovic scored 6 points. The Portland Trail Blazers have 3-5 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Pavlovic's overall stats this season are: 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team four years ago.

Goran Martinic
Goran Martinic
   #10. Point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CS Farul Constanca (0-8) crushing them 99-78 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. He recorded 20 points and had 3 steals. CS Municipal Bucuresti (5-2) is placed seventh in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Martinic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in CSM Bucuresti's roster. Martinic is currently first on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Martinic averages: 24.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg. He is a former U21 international player as five years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team.

   #11. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy couldn't help Armani Milano (2-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Armani Milano was defeated 84-71 in Athens by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group C of Euroleague. Cook scored 11 points and added 5 assists. He is currently second on the list of best passers. Cook's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.4apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Cook plays currently for the Montenegrin national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

   #12. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Metalac 77-59 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Sturanovic scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 18 minutes. He is currently first on the list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. This year Sturanovic also averages: 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #13. International power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket 79-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Bjelica recorded 5 points. This season he averages only 3.6ppg. Bjelica is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) contributed to a BC Vienna's victory against the closely-ranked Xion Dukes 79-74 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. He recorded 14 points and blocked 4 blocks in 33 minutes. Rakocevic is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 15.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg in the six games. Rakocevic used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U21 international power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Mladost win their game against the 11th-ranked Vogosca crushing them 88-66 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Bijelic is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). This season he has very high stats. Bijelic averages: 17.5ppg and 7.0rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid to a victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (5-2) 98-84 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (7-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Mirotic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 15.1ppg. He also averaged so far 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the seven games he played so far. Mirotic has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite his Montenegrin passport, Mirotic currently plays for the Spanish U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St., currently plays in Euroleague) led his French team Chalon/Saor to a victory over the closely-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia (1-5) 76-70 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Rush was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (2-4) is placed fifth in group B. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rush has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Rush has never played in Montenegro.

   #3. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Georgia) was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against the eighth-ranked TSU (1-3) crushing them 98-51 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds in 22 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (3-0) is placed third in the Superleague. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Milosevic is the league's best rebounder with 13.0rpg. He also averaged so far 14.0ppg in the three games.

   #4. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an overtime Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (0-2) 95-93 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Subotic scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd (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 is very crucial. This year Subotic's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 5.5rpg in the two games.

   #5. Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85, currently plays in Bosnia) was the main contributor in a KK Radnik Bijeljina's victory against the 12th-ranked Zrinjski HT (1-3) 77-66 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Goranovic recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. KK Radnik Bijeljina (3-1) is placed third in the Division I. Goranovic is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the sixth-ranked Craiova 94-83 in the Romanian Division A in Monday night's game. Cuic recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in 37 minutes. Cuic is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.7apg. He also averaged so far 16.1ppg and 6.1rpg in the seven games.

   #7. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Elektra win their game against the eighth-ranked Grosuplje 68-64 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. This year Julevic has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #8. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) helped Base Oostende win their game against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut crushing them 81-54 in the Belgian Ethias League last Saturday. Djordjevic scored 9 points and added 7 passes in 27 minutes. Djordjevic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3 with 4.4apg. This year he also averages: 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4spg in the five games. Djordjevic has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #9. Novak Popovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Capljina Lasta win their game against the fifth-ranked Borac Nektar 79-62 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. Popovic recorded 14 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. He belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 0.8bpg. Popovic also averaged so far 15.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the four games.

   #10. Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85, currently plays in Serbia) helped KK Jagodina win their game against the eighth-ranked Konstantin 61-55 in the Serbian A League on Wednesday night. Seferovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) in 25 minutes. Seferovic is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 15.5ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in the six games.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 6-1 
 2. Brooklyn N. 5-2 
 3. Philadelph.76 5-4 
 4. Boston C. 5-4 
 5. Toronto R. 2-6 
Central Div.
 1. Milwaukee B. 5-2 
 2. Chicago B. 5-3 
 3. Indiana P. 4-6 
 4. Cleveland C. 2-6 
 5. Detroit P. 1-9 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 7-3 
 2. Charlotte B. 4-3 
 3. Atlanta H. 4-4 
 4. Orlando M. 3-5 
 5. Washington W. 0-7 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 7-3 
 2. Minnesota T. 5-4 
 3. Denver N. 4-5 
 4. Portland TB 4-5 
 5. Utah Jazz 4-6 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 6-2 
 2. Golden St.W. 5-4 
 3. LA Lakers 4-5 
 4. Phoenix Suns 4-6 
 5. Sacramento K. 2-7 
Southwest Div.
 1. Memphis G. 7-1 
 2. San Antonio S. 7-2 
 3. Dallas M. 5-5 
 4. Houston R. 4-5 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-4 

Regular Season: Round 18

Nov. 16: Philadelph.76 - Utah Jazz 99-93
Nov. 16: Minnesota T. - Golden St.W. 98-106
Nov. 16: Sacramento K. - Atlanta H. 96-112
Nov. 16: N.Orleans H. - Oklah.City T. 95-110
Nov. 16: Portland TB - Houston R. 119-117 OT
Nov. 16: LA Lakers - Phoenix Suns 114-102
Nov. 16: Detroit P. - Orlando M. 106-110
Nov. 16: Memphis G. - New York K. 105-95
Nov. 16: Indiana P. - Dallas M. 103-83

Regular Season: Round 19

Nov. 17: Boston C. - Toronto R.
Nov. 17: LA Clippers - Chicago B.
Nov. 17: Washington W. - Utah Jazz
Nov. 17: Charlotte B. - Memphis G.
Nov. 17: Cleveland C. - Dallas M.
Nov. 17: Minnesota T. - N.Orleans H.
Nov. 17: San Antonio S. - Denver N.
Nov. 17: Phoenix Suns - Miami Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers26.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.26.7 
 3. James, Miami Heat24.8 
 4. Durant, Oklah.Ci.24.5 
 5. Irving, Cleveland24.3 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.3 
 7. Mayo, Dallas M.21.5 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.21.4 
 9. Batum, Portland TB20.6 
 10. Crawford, LA Clip.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zach RANDOLPH
  Memph.
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Randolph, Memph.14.1 
 2. Varejao, Clevelan.13.7 
 3. Asik, Houston R.13.2 
 4. Faried, Denver N.11.8 
 5. Jefferson, Utah J.11.5 
 6. Hickson, Portland.11.3 
 7. Howard, LA Lakers11.2 
 8. Cousins, Sacramen.10.7 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.2 
 10. Lee, Golden St.W.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.5 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers10.3 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.6 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.6 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 6. Parker, San A.8.1 
 7. Jennings, Milwauke.7.9 
 8. Lawson, Denver N.7.8 
 9. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JENNINGS
  Milwauke.
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Jennings, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Walker, Charlott.2.9 
 3. Ariza, Washingt.2.3 
 4. Batum, Portland TB2.3 
 5. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 6. Lin, Houston R.2.3 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 8. Lawson, Denver N.2.1 
 9. Leonard, San A.2.0 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. Gortat, Phoenix3.2 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 5. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.6 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.3 
 8. Okafor, Washingt.2.3 
 9. Sanders, Milwauke.2.3 
 10. Kirilenko, Minnes.2.2 


No more undefeated teams in the League after Friday's action - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - Houston R. 119-117 OT
The Trail Blazers gave a sellout crowd at the Rose Garden something they haven't had since the season opener - a home victory after a wild overtime affair. Portland overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to snap a three-game home losing streak. The Blazers, who won at Sacramento on Tuesday, won consecutive games for the first times this season. Rookie point guard Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) added to his growing early resume with a clutch late performance as he scored 16 of Portland's final 19 points, including two baskets in the final 40 seconds of regulation. He finished with a career-high 27 points and added five assists and five rebounds. Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) continued to live up to the four-year, $44 million extension he signed, getting a career-high 35 points. It was the second time this season he has hit a career high after he scored 33 points six days before against San Antonio. Batum shot 13 for 19 from the field, including 5 for 8 from three-point range, and added six rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Jared Jeffries only statistics were two assists and a foul, but he made a big contribution in the third, when the Blazers got back in the game, taking hard charging fouls against Rockets guard Jeremy Lin and James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), who barreled hard into him. Former Jefferson High School star Terrence Jones suited up for the first time as an NBA player in his hometown, but did not get off the bench. Acting Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said in pregame that an injury to forward Carlos Delfino might prompt him to play Jones, who instead his seventh DNP of the season. Second-year guard Nolan Smith got his first stint on the inactive list. Coach Terry Stotts said he wants to rotate his younger players for inactive stints. ". I don't want to single out one guy to just be on inactive," Stott said. Courtesy of: oregonlive.com

LA Lakers - Phoenix Suns 114-102
The Phoenix Suns started out the game hot offensively. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) and Michael Beasley were both active as scorers and playmakers early in the game. In fact, as Paul Coro tweeted, "Each Suns point in the first quarter was scored or assisted by Dragic or Beasley." Unfortunately though, the Lakers were even hotter and had outscored the Suns 35-30 by the end of the first quarter, in great part due to the hot shooting of Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) of all people, and especially Pau Gasol who scored 10 straight points for the Lakers going 5-5 on 20-foot jump shots one after the other. The Suns continued to fight in the second quarter with Sebastian Telfair, Markieff Morris, Shannon Brown, P.J. Tucker, and even Jermaine O'Neal contributing in some way or another. In fact, Jermaine O'Neal started mixing it up with Dwight Howard and seemingly causing the Lakers' big man to get flustered and taken out of the game to a certain extent. The Suns' bench helped the Suns not only keep the game close, but they helped orchestrate a 15-0 run that helped the Suns eventually pull ahead by as many as five points, up 55-50 with four minutes left in the second quarter. However, the Lakers battled back as the Suns started missing the same kinds of shots they were making earlier in the quarter, and L.A. was able to regain the lead up 62-57 at the end of the first half. In the third quarter, the Suns and Lakers continued their back and forth scoring, with the Lakers holding serve and playing well enough to keep the lead. The Suns were kept alive mostly by the play of Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) and Goran Dragic who hit difficult shots to keep Phoenix within striking distance and even tying in once again 84-84 at one point. The rest of the Suns didn't necessarily play poorly, but watching them you definitely noticed they were missing some easy opportunities at times...I'm looking at you Gortat. Then came the Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) who once again turned into the Black Mamba to hit a couple difficult shots, draw the foul to get to the line, and then steal the ball from Shannon Brown to score on a fast break at the other end...all in a matter of minutes. The Lakers were able to extend their lead to 92-84 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the same Suns bench that was able to make a 15-0 run against mostly Lakers' starters was out-matched by one of the weakest benches in the league. Largely behind the play of Jordan Hill, yes Jordan Hill, the Lakers were able to extend the lead early in the 4th quarter to go up by as many as 15 points (101-86) with nine minutes left to play. The Suns starters returned after a disappointing showing by the bench, minus Marcin Gortat who they left on the bench in favor of Jermaine O'Neal, and were able to at least stop the bleeding if nothing else, but they were unable to ever mount any sort of comeback this time, and Alvin Gentry finally waived the white flag with around two minutes to go bringing in Kendall Marshall, Wesley Johnson, and Luke Zeller to finish out the game as the Lakers were able to hold on to win it 114-102. The Suns were led by Goran Dragic 's 22 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Luis Scola also posted an impressive 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant 's 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Metta World Peace also played his best game of the season posting 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Both teams shot the ball at around 50% tonight, but L.A. shot the ball better from three going 8-18 compared to 5-14 for the Suns. The Lakers also capitalized on thier trips to the free throw line shooting 22-28 from the charity stripe compared to an abysmal 6-13 for the Suns. In addition, L.A. also won the rebounding battle 42-34, and committed less turnovers than the Suns by a margin of 11 to 15. The Lakers improve to 4-5 on the season as the Suns drop to 4-6 before heading back home to play against the Miami Heat tomorrow. Courtesy of: brightsideofthesun.com

Sacramento K. - Atlanta H. 96-112
Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Sacramento 112-96 on Friday night for their ninth consecutive win against the Kings. Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta after missing a game due to an illness. Josh Smith collected 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) scored 13 of his 15 points in the first quarter. The Hawks carried an 86-70 lead into the fourth quarter and maintained at least an 11-point lead the rest of the way. Korver went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and also had seven rebounds. Atlanta shot 55 percent for the game, including an 8-for-15 performance from beyond the arc. Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider) had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost five straight. Marcus Thornton had 17 points, Tyreke Evans finished with 14 and Aaron Brooks scored 13. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins returned after he was suspended the previous two games for a verbal altercation with San Antonio TV analyst Sean Elliott. Cousins, who was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter, had nine points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, but missed 11 of 15 shots. Ahead by 12 points, Smith had a dunk, Horford hit two free throws, and Ivan Johnson scored from close range, increasing the lead to 98-80 with 7:55 left in the fourth. The Hawks squandered a big second-quarter lead, but came out strong in the third, outscoring Sacramento 28-14. Korver scored nine points and both Horford and Williams had seven in the period. Korver played a key role in a 9-0 run in the third. He began the spurt with a 3-pointer and finished it off with a long jumper, putting the Hawks ahead 81-69 with just over three minutes left in the period. Sparked by their second unit, the Kings got going with a season-best 36-point second quarter. Brooks was the catalyst, making three 3-pointers and scoring 13 points in helping cut the margin from 18 early in the period to 58-56 by halftime. Courtesy of: csnbayarea.com

Memphis G. - New York K. 105-95
The Knicks could have used some of the composure and poise Friday night that they showed in coming from behind to beat the Spurs on Thursday. But the Knicks completely lost their cool, lost their way and ultimately lost for the first time this season after starting out with six wins. The Knicks' three-game road trip ended with a 105-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum. The Knicks failed to match the franchise record for most consecutive wins to start a season set by the 1993-94 team, which opened 7-0. One night after their attention-grabbing victory over the Spurs that led Mike Woodson to say, "This team is for real," the Knicks let their emotions get the better of them. There were several questionable calls, but the Knicks were whistled for four technicals and a flagrant foul. Memphis (7-1) took control of the game in the third quarter, using a 19-1 run to build a 77-56 lead with 4:59 left. The Knicks made a charge in the fourth to draw within 93-85 with 4:42 left but could draw no closer. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse), who had to guard the bigger frontline players of the Grizzlies, was in foul trouble for much of the night. He had 20 points in 31 minutes, five personal fouls and one technical. Raymond Felton scored 18 and Rasheed Wallace had 13 off the bench. Tyson Chandler struggled through a seven-point, seven-rebound, five-foul night. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points and was 12-for-13 from the line. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 20 points and 15 rebounds, including a huge putback with 4:17 remaining that put Memphis up 95-85. Regardless of the outcome, the Knicks believed they solidified what they felt about themselves by coming back from 12 down in the fourth quarter Thursday to beat San Antonio. "I think our guys know that we can play with anybody in this league," Woodson said. "I know it's early, but I think on any given night, you can be beaten if you don't come to play. But our team in particular, there's not a team in this league I don't think we can't play with if we come out committed and ready to go." There definitely was a playoff-type atmosphere in Memphis. The play was physical and the jawing was nonstop. In the second quarter, J.R. Smith elbowed Jerryd Bayless in the chest and Bayless retaliated by pushing the Knicks' sixth man in the chest, leading to double technical fouls. Later in the quarter, Anthony yelled to a fan screaming at him behind the Knicks to sit down. At the same time, Wallace was yelling at the Grizzlies' bench. Wallace had a huge impact on the game with his scoring in the post and his defense. He shot 5-for-7 and scored 10 points in the first half, but the Knicks were beaten badly on the glass. The Grizzlies outrebounded the Knicks by eight and were plus-10 in second-chance points, helping them to a 54-49 halftime lead. Fouls and frustration got the better of the Knicks in the third as Anthony, Wallace and Woodson were hit with technical fouls. Smith was called for a flagrant foul during a third quarter in which everything fell apart for the Knicks. Anthony picked up his fourth foul guarding Gasol in the post, received his technical with 9:05 left and went to the bench with the Knicks down 59-55. In the next 4:06, the Grizzlies outscored the Knicks 18-1 and led by 21 after Tony Allen's three-point play. Courtesy of: newsday.com

Minnesota T. - Golden St.W. 98-106
Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors have started flexing their muscles and picking up steam after being pushed around in a loss to Denver last weekend. Rick Adelman's "magnificent nine" Minnesota Timberwolves have finally started to wear down after a spirited start to the season and desperately need the break they have coming up. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Warriors dominated inside during a 106-98 victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night. Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4), who outscored Minnesota 58-22 in the paint. After the Nuggets owned them inside in a double-overtime win on Saturday, the Warriors have responded with two decisive performances in the paint in wins over the Hawks and Wolves. "We talked about it losing to Denver a couple of games ago because they outrebounded us and they dominated us," Jackson said. "So we made the adjustments and fortunately the last two games we've been doing a good job of securing the basketball, closing out defensive possessions." Alexey Shved had 22 points and seven assists and Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves (5-4), who are starting to succumb to the injuries that have ravaged them early this season. Now they have four much-needed days off to try to recuperate. "We're running out of gas a little bit," said Andrei Kirilenko, who had 18 points, six rebounds and four blocks. The Wolves have been playing with just nine players for the last three games. Nikola Pekovic (sprained left ankle), J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) and Brandon Roy (sore right knee) are out for the short term. Kevin Love (right hand) and Ricky Rubio (left knee) aren't expected to make their season debuts until December and Chase Budinger (left knee) is out for three to four months. Harrison Barnes had 18 points and nine rebounds and the Warriors outrebounded Minnesota 50-34. Golden State led 90-76 with eight minutes to play, but the scrappy Wolves clawed back in it, just as they've done all season. Shved's runner cut it to 92-89 with four minutes to go, but the short-handed Wolves just didn't have enough in the tank to finish it off. Lee hit a short jumper and Charles Jenkins and Barnes both scored on easy drives to close it out. It was a nice win for the Warriors to start a tough three-game road trip that includes games at Oklahoma City and Dallas. Without Pekovic out there to clog the paint, the Warriors attacked the rim relentlessly and pounded the Wolves on the glass. During one possession in the third quarter, the Warriors had three offensive rebounds before Barnes converted a tough layup for a 67-60 lead. And they just kept coming. Lee with a dunk, Klay Thompson with an easy layup off a screen, Jarrett Jack with a pull-up jumper just outside the lane. Suddenly it was 80-64 and the Warriors were rolling against a Timberwolves team that entered the game leading the NBA in scoring defense. "We've got to be a grinding ballclub," Jack said. "It's not always going to be a shirt and tie. ... We've got to be a team that's going to be able to grit our teeth." With six of his top seven players out, Adelman has been forced to elevate the minutes of role players, and it's starting to take its toll. "We're playing with guys that are support players around our team and they're playing big minutes," Adelman said. "We didn't react the way we needed to." Desperate for healthy bodies, the Wolves signed Josh Howard on Thursday. He grabbed a rebound and knocked down a baseline jumper in his first 27 seconds on the court, then added a steal and another long two in a six-minute stint. It was exactly what Adelman was looking for, some competent wing play to allow a little bit of rest for Kirilenko, who played 88 minutes the previous two games. Howard cooled off considerably in the second half, finishing with six points on 3-of-10 shooting. The Wolves will get no sympathy from Golden State, which is missing center Andrew Bogut and swingman Brandon Rush. "Nobody's going to take any pity on you, any mercy on you because you're not at full strength," Jack said. Courtesy of: therepublic.com

Indiana P. - Dallas M. 103-83
David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) and George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) each scored 15 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-83 on Friday night. West and Hill, the Pacers' top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. Roy Hibbert and Sam Young added 14 points apiece for the Pacers, who had lost two straight before beating the Mavericks and their former coach, Rick Carlisle. Indiana (4-6) improved to 3-1 at home. The Pacers shot 47 percent from the field in their first blowout win of the season. They had gone six games without scoring at least 100 points. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) led the Mavericks (5-5) with 19 points. Vince Carter and former Pacer Darren Collison both dropped in 10 points for Dallas. Dallas led 49-48 at halftime even though Indiana shot 54 percent. The Pacers made just 6 of 14 free throws in the first half and were outrebounded 22-15. Lance Stephenson's layup early in the second half tied the game at 51, and Hibbert's free throw put the Pacers ahead. Indiana expanded the lead to 59-54 on a 3-pointer by Stephenson. A 3-pointer by Young pushed the Pacers ahead 70-59 with 4:02 left in the third quarter. Stephenson hit another 3 to make it 75-61 with 2:39 left in the third quarter. Indiana led 76-67 at the end of the period. Stephenson scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Pacers held the Mavericks to 28 percent shooting in the period. A three-point play by Gerald Green gave the Pacers an 83-69 lead and a 3-pointer by Young pushed Indiana's lead out to 18 points. Courtesy of: wishtv.com

Detroit P. - Orlando M. 106-110
Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) had seen enough. Too many easy layups by the Detroit Pistons. Too many easy dunks. Nelson said so during a timeout with the Orlando Magic behind 75-65 with 2:40 left in the third quarter Friday. He told his teammates that he didn't like their body language and that everyone needed to play tougher. They complied. The Magic, who had trailed by as many as 13 points, beat the Pistons 110-106 in front an announced crowd of 11,594 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. "He's our leader," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "There no doubt about that. He's a captain. He's a leader in the locker room. He orchestrates things on the floor. He gathers guys in timeouts and gets them straight, and that's what a point guard is supposed to do." J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) scored a team-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer that put Orlando up 104-102 with 42.8 seconds left. Redick inbounded the ball to Nik Vucevic, who passed the ball back to Redick and set a screen that gave Redick space for a jumper from the left corner. "It was something that we had worked on and had gotten good looks from in practice," Redick said. "[Glen Big] Baby [Davis] runs a little misdirection. They bit on it, and Nik made a great pass. If anything, Jacque needs the credit on that one. He drew up a great play." With the win, the Magic snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided their first six-game losing streak since Feb. 26-March 6, 2006. How much of a relief was it? "Huge," Davis said. Nelson, playing his first game since he strained his groin and hamstring in the season-opener on Nov. 2, scored 13 points - all in the second half - and dished out 10 assists as he committed just one turnover. "It's big for us to win a game down the stretch like that and to be down 10 or 13 points late in the game in the second half and get stops when we needed them and score when we needed to," Nelson said. "It was impressive. I knew we could do it. We just had to do it." For a while, it looked like the Pistons (1-9) would win by double digits over the Magic (3-5). Center Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) encountered little resistance for most of the game, scoring a team-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting. In all, the Pistons finished with 64 points in the paint as they shredded the Magic's interior defense. That's what upset Nelson. As Vaughn and his assistant coaches huddled amongst themselves near the top of the key with 2:40 left in the third quarter, Nelson spoke to his teammates. "The energy that Jameer brought at that moment just hit everybody," Davis said. "It got Nik going. It got us all going, and that's what it's about. He's a leader. He's one of the leaders on this team, and he affects our team in that way." When Vaughn and his assistant coaches finished their huddle and started to walk to join their players at the bench, Vaughn let Nelson speak. "There are times in the games where it's not meant for a coach to say anything," Vaughn said. "It's for a player who's out there playing, who's getting hit, who understands what's going on in the flow of the game. And he did a great job of rallying our guys and bringing them in together to play down the stretch." Nelson also helped steady his teammates down the stretch and avoid the fourth-quarter struggles that had hindered the Magic in losses to the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. "It's big on the road," Nelson said. "It's tough to win any NBA game, but on the road, it's tougher." Courtesy of: orlandosentinel.com

Philadelph.76 - Utah Jazz 99-93
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 99-93 on Friday night. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) added 20 points for Philadelphia, which snapped a three-game home losing streak. Thaddeus Young scored 14 and Nick Young finished with 12. The Sixers (5-4) dropped the first two games of a five-game homestand to Milwaukee and previously winless Detroit before bouncing back against Utah. On Wednesday night against the Pistons, the Sixers set a dubious mark by shooting 29.8 percent from the field, the worst showing by any pro team in Philly since the Sixers' arena opened in 1996. Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points. DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 17 points, Al Jefferson had 15 and Mo Williams scored 12. Philadelphia put together a 13-2 run to take an 84-73 lead midway through the fourth quarter. But Utah responded with a 9-2 spurt to pull within four with 2:53 left, making the most of aggressive play in the low post by Jefferson and Derrick Favors. Holiday then connected on a layup and Thaddeus Young hit a jumper for an eight-point cushion and the Sixers pulled away for a much-needed home win. Before the game, injured Sixers center Andrew Bynum said he had suffered a "setback" in his return from a knee injury. Bynum said he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees and his target date of Dec. 10 for basketball activities is in limbo. Bynum said he is still hoping for that December date, with one to four weeks of basketball-related activity to follow, pushing his much-anticipated Philadelphia debut to as late as mid-January. That news didn't shake the Sixers, who still have home games coming up against Cleveland on Friday and Toronto on Tuesday. Entering play on Friday, Philadelphia was 29th in the league in shooting percentage (40.1 percent) as well as scoring with an average of 88 points per game. It shot 46 percent (40 for 87) against Utah while beating its season scoring average. The Sixers led by as many as 12 points in the first half and took a 52-43 advantage into the locker room. Courtesy of: kcbd.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 16: Windsor Exp. - Summerside S. 74-86
Nov. 15: Oshawa P. - London L. 115-153
Nov. 14: Moncton M. - St.John M.R. 106-109 2OT

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 17: Oshawa P. - Summerside S.
Nov. 17: London L. - Montreal J.
Nov. 17: Halifax R. - Moncton M.
Nov. 18: Moncton M. - Oshawa P.
Nov. 18: Windsor Exp. - Summerside S.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 16: IPFW - UTPA 97-94 3OT
Nov. 16: Iona - Quinnipiac 92-98 OT
Nov. 16: Kent St. - Chicago St. 92-63
Nov. 16: Mississippi - UALR 92-52
Nov. 16: Maryland - LIU Brooklyn 91-74
Nov. 16: Florida St. - BYU 88-70
Nov. 16: S.Carolina - Morgan St. 87-71
Nov. 16: Georgia South - Webber 87-64
Nov. 16: Army - Binghamton 85-76
Nov. 16: E.Kentucky - Kennesaw St. 85-71
Nov. 16: Ohio - NC-Wilmington 85-47
Nov. 16: W.Michigan - Loyola, IL 81-71
Nov. 16: S.Dakota - N.C.Central 81-69
Nov. 16: Nevada - CS Fullerton 80-77
Nov. 16: Harvard - Manhattan 79-45
Nov. 16: S.Florida - Md-E Shore 78-59
Nov. 16: N.Texas - Cameron 78-49
Nov. 16: Hawaii - Illinois 77-78 OT
Nov. 16: Connecticut - Wake Forest 77-71
Nov. 16: Alabama - Villanova 77-55
Nov. 16: Massachusetts - N.Carolina St. 76-94
Nov. 16: E.Carolina - NC-Greensboro 76-73
Nov. 16: Cent.Michigan - Olivet 76-62
Nov. 16: Tulane - Nebraska-Omaha 76-52
Nov. 16: Youngstown St. - St.Francis, PA 75-60
Nov. 16: Texas Southern - La-Lafayette 74-71 OT
Nov. 16: Missouri - Nicholls St. 74-54
Nov. 16: Oregon - Vanderbilt 74-48
Nov. 16: Tenn-Martin - Arkansas St. 73-77 3OT
Nov. 16: Miami, FL - Jacksonville 73-57
Nov. 16: Murray St. - St.John's 72-67
Nov. 16: Niagara - Bucknell 71-88
Nov. 16: Boston Coll. - Dayton 71-87
Nov. 16: Utah - Sacramento St. 71-74
Nov. 16: Notre Dame - St.Joseph's 70-79 OT
Nov. 16: CS Northridge - Siena 68-64
Nov. 16: Radford - Towson 67-75
Nov. 16: Wyoming - Southern 67-60
Nov. 16: Hofstra - S.Dakota St. 66-63
Nov. 16: Ball St. - Wofford 66-61
Nov. 16: Fresno St. - Pacific 66-61
Nov. 16: N.Mexico - Ill.-Chicago 66-59
Nov. 16: Oregon St. - Purdue 66-58
Nov. 16: Evansville - Yale 66-56
Nov. 16: Green Bay - S.Utah 66-54
Nov. 16: Cornell - St.Peter's 64-68
Nov. 16: NC-Asheville - Akron 63-82
Nov. 16: Long Beach St. - N.Carolina 63-78
Nov. 16: Hartford - Sacred Heart 62-47
Nov. 16: Oklahoma St. - Tennessee 62-45
Nov. 16: Denver - California 61-72
Nov. 16: E.Michigan - E.Illinois 60-52
Nov. 16: Texas Arlington - Oklahoma 59-63
Nov. 16: District of Col. - Marshall 58-80
Nov. 16: Buffalo - W.Illinois 58-67
Nov. 16: Baylor - Colorado 58-60
Nov. 16: Pepperdine - Washington St. 58-56 OT
Nov. 16: Wright St. - N.Carolina A&T 56-44
Nov. 16: Furman - Clemson 55-72
Nov. 16: Auburn - Charleston 55-51
Nov. 16: Alabama St. - Savannah St. 54-59
Nov. 16: Princeton - Rutgers 52-58
Nov. 16: Providence - Penn St. 52-55 OT
Nov. 16: George Mason - Mercer 52-49
Nov. 16: San Diego - Tulsa 51-63
Nov. 16: Campbell - Appalachian St. 101-82
Nov. 16: Kentucky - Lafayette 101-49
Nov. 16: -
Nov. 16: -
Nov. 16: -
Nov. 16: -
Nov. 16: -


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Tim FRAZIER
  Penn St.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Frazier, Penn St.21.7 
 2. Paul, Illinois19.7 
 3. Burke, Michigan18.3 
 4. Zeller, Indiana17.7 
 5. Hardaway Jr., Mich.17.3 
 6. Marble, Iowa17.0 
 7. Abrams, Illinois16.7 
 8. White, Iowa15.3 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota15.0 
 10. Watford, Indiana14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (213-F-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Zeller, Indiana8.7 
 2. Watford, Indiana8.3 
 3. Hardaway Jr., Mich.7.7 
 4. McGary, Michigan7.7 
 5. White, Iowa7.3 
 6. Robinson, Michigan7.0 
 7. Williams, Minnesota6.7 
 8. Basabe, Iowa6.3 
 9. Marshall, Penn St.6.3 
 10. Oladipo, Indiana6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Trey BURKE
  Michigan
  (183-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Burke, Michigan8.0 
 2. Ferrell, Indiana5.7 
 3. Frazier, Penn St.5.0 
 4. Gesell, Iowa4.7 
 5. Hulls, Indiana4.7 
 6. Johnson, Purdue4.5 
 7. Paul, Illinois4.3 
 8. Hollins, Minnesota4.3 
 9. Abrams, Illinois4.0 
 10. Johnson, Purdue3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Victor OLADIPO
  Indiana
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Oladipo, Indiana3.7 
 2. Frazier, Penn St.3.0 
 3. Hollins, Minnesota3.0 
 4. Coleman, Minnesota2.7 
 5. Marshall, Penn St.2.3 
 6. Williams, Minnesota2.0 
 7. Zeller, Indiana1.7 
 8. White, Iowa1.7 
 9. Abrams, Illinois1.7 
 10. Johnson, Purdue1.5 
Blocks Per Game
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  Avg: 2.7
 1. Eliason, Minnesota2.7 
 2. Basabe, Iowa2.0 
 3. Zeller, Indiana2.0 
 4. Egwu, Illinois1.7 
 5. Mbakwe, Minnesota1.7 
 6. Woodbury, Iowa1.7 
 7. Graham, Penn St.1.3 
 8. Ingram, Minnesota1.3 
 9. Olaseni, Iowa1.3 
 10. Henry, Illinois1.0 


SWAC Men's Basketball Recaps - Nov. 15 - by Eurobasket News

NC Central 59, Southern U. 55
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Ray Willis had 20 points and nine rebounds as North Carolina Central held off Southern 59-55 Thursday at the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.

Willis made just 4 of 15 field-goal attempts but was 12 for 12 from the free-throw line for the Eagles (2-2). Stanton Kidd added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Malcolm Miller led Southern (1-3) with 17 points. Javan Mitchell (6'9''-C-89) added 14 points and Derick Beltran had 10 points and nine rebounds.

NC Central missed all four of its 3-point attempts and shot just 32 percent overall, but converted 25 of 31 free throws.

The Eagles led 57-49 with 1:14 remaining before a jumper by Jameel Grace and two buckets by Beltran brought the Jaguars within 57-55 with 22 seconds left. Willis then hit two free throws for NC Central and came up with a steal to put the game out of reach.

Jacksonville St. 79, Alabama A&,M 61
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Ronnie Boggs (6'4''-G-91) and Tarvin Gaines netted 15 points apiece as Jacksonville State rolled to its first 3-0 start since jumping to Division I prior to the 1995-96 season with a 79-61 win over Alabama A&M Thursday night.

The Gamecocks trailed early, and didn't take their first lead until Chris Deanes made a layup to put them up 20-18 with 8:48 left in the first half. Jacksonville State maintained that lead the rest of the way, with Deanes' bucket coming amid a 14-2 run that put the Gamecocks up 30-20 in the nonconference game.

Alabama A&M (1-2) shot 36.8 percent (25 of 68) from the field compared to Jacksonville State's 50.9 percent (29 of 57), and the Gamecocks finished with a 44-33 rebounding advantage.

The Bulldogs' Demarquelle Tabb (6'5''-G/F) tied a season high with 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for his second double-double in three games.

Northwestern 81, MVSU 68
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Mississippi Valley junior transfer Davon Usher scored a game-leading 35 points to almost single-handedly keep the Delta Devils in the game, but Northwestern got key late baskets from sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski to pull out an 81-68 win on Thursday night.

Sobolewski scored his first field goal of the season on a layup to break a 58-58 tie midway through the second half moments after Usher had hit a 3-point shot from the right corner to knot the score.

Sobolewski scored all 13 of his points, including two 3-point baskets, down the stretch to give Northwestern (2-0) the victory.

Reggie Hearn had 23 points and Jared Swopshire added 22 for the Wildcats, who needed a 23-10 spurt in the final 8:54 to win.

Usher seemed to zone in as the game progressed, going 7 of 8 on 3-point attempts He had scored 32 points in his first two games with Mississippi Valley (0-3).

Texas A&,M 81, Prairie View 59
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Five Texas A&M players scored in double digits as the Aggies defeated Prairie View A&M 81-59 on Thursday night.

Fabyon Harris scored a game-high 18 points, including making 4 of 6 3-pointers, and he was followed by Ray Turner (17), J'Mychal Reese (15) and Elston Turner (6'5''-G-90) and Jordan Green (10 each). Ray Turner led A&M (3-0) with nine rebounds, but the Panthers (2-2) had a 41-34 advantage on the glass.

Jules Montgomery led Prairie View with 12 points. Both teams struggled from the field, as the Aggies shot 44.4 percent (24 of 54) and the Panthers shot 32.8 percent (20 of 61). While the turnover battle was fairly close (Prairie View with 14 and A&M 11) the Aggies outscored the Panthers 21-10 on points off of turnovers.

Panthers guard Louis Munks left the game with 6:04 remaining in a wheelchair with a compound fracture of his right leg.

Stanford 69, Alcorn State 51
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Huestis scored a career-high 18 points, leading Stanford to a 69-51 victory over Alcorn State on Thursday night.

Chasson Randle added 10 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (3-0), who have won nine straight dating to last year's run to the Postseason NIT tournament title.

Anthony Nieves scored 12 points, Josh Nicholas (7'0''-C) 11 and Anthony Evans 10 for Alcorn State (1-2).

The Braves held an early lead at 9-8 before Stanford put together a 13-2 run and never trailed again, eventually leading by as many as 21.

The Cardinal hurt Alcorn State inside throughout the contest, grabbing 23 offensive rebounds.

Stanford held a 33-21 advantage at halftime despite shooting just under 30 percent. The Cardinal outrebounded Alcorn State 25-15 and forced 10 turnovers in the first half.
Courtesy of: www.swac.org



WAC Men's Basketball Recaps - Nov. 15 - by Eurobasket News

New Mexico State 81, Southeastern Louisiana 56

LAS CRUCES, N.M.- (NMSU Media Relations) The New Mexico State men's basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 81-56, in the 2012-13 home opener inside the Pan American Center. Senior forward Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90) directed the Aggies (1-1) with a career-high 24 points.

Watson was 7-of-10 from the field and 10-of-10 at the free-throw line in 24 minutes of action. Freshman center Sim Bhullar was also in double-digits for the first time with 13 points, and he grabbed seven rebounds. The Aggies shot the ball well in the home opener including 51.9 percent from the field (28-of-54), 50 percent from the 3-point line (4-of-8) and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line (21-of26).

St. Mary's 67, Utah State 58

LOGAN, Utah - (USU Media Relations) Junior center Jarred Shaw recorded his first-career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds for Utah State, but Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) had a game-high 21 points in leading the Gaels to a 67-58 road win Thursday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Saint Mary's, who was returning a BracketBuster game from 2010-11, improves to 2-0 on the young season. Utah State's record falls to 1-1 as it lost at home for just the 19th time in head coach Stew Morrill's 15 years as the Aggies are now 211-19 inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

San Jose State 68, Weber State 67 (OT)

San Jose, Calif.-- (SJSU Media Relations) Guard D.J. Brown made four free throws in the final 1:02 of overtime giving San Jose State University a 68-67 win over Weber State in a non-conference men's basketball game.

San Jose State's James Kinney led all players with 24 points. Forward Chris Cunningham (6'9''-F) was the Spartans (1-2) only other double-figure scorer with 10 points. For San Jose State, it was third game decided by four points or less early in the season.
Courtesy of: wacsports.com



No. 1 Indiana Handles Sam Houston State, 99-45 - by Eurobasket News

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91) had only come off the bench once in his Indiana career.

It happened for a second time on Thursday night, and he embraced it. He scored 23 points to help the No. 1 Hoosiers beat Sam Houston State 99-45 in the Progressive Legends Classic.

Watford, a senior, had made just 33 percent of his shots in the team's first two games.

"I just think that what I'll say there is that we just wanted to make a little energy change," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "He played with as much energy as anybody on the court tonight. It showed up in his numbers. I've got to believe he feels good about the way he played."

Watford said it was strange to come off the bench. He made all 10 of his free throws and had six rebounds and two steals.

"Once he (Crean) told me, ain't nothing you can do about it, just get ready to play," Watford said. "Just give 100 percent on both ends of the floor and everything will take care of itself."

Will Sheehey scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) had 14, Cody Zeller (7'0''-F-92) 13 and Jordan Hulls 10 for the Hoosiers (3-0), who shot 57 percent from the field and made 9 of 21 3-pointers.

Indiana beat the Bearkats in every possible way. About the only thing Crean could complain about was that the Hoosiers made just 30 of 44 free throws. Indiana also routed its previous two opponents, defeating Bryant 97-54 and North Dakota State 87-61. It is the first time Indiana has won each its first three games by 25 or more points since the 1979-80 season.

The Hoosiers likely will get tougher tests when the Classic moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Indiana will play Georgia on Monday, then UCLA or Georgetown on Tuesday.

Paul Baxter scored nine points and Marquel McKinney (6'3''-G) had eight for Sam Houston State (1-2). The Bearkats pushed Arkansas before losing their opener 73-68 on the road but had nothing for the Hoosiers.

"I want to apologize for our performance tonight," Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten said. "We're way better than that. We weren't very good tonight. I'm embarrassed by it. Not taking anything away from Indiana. They have a great team and they had a lot to do with our performance."

The only drama remaining at the end was whether Indiana would score 100 points. The home crowd booed as the Bearkats basically ran out the clock in the final seconds. Two early 3-pointers by Hulls helped the Hoosiers shake off a bit of a slow start and take a 9-2 lead. Sam Houston State made one field goal in the first 6:30 of the game and fell behind 16-2. Indiana hit 4 of 6 3-pointers early to take a 23-6 lead and force a Sam Houston State timeout. Indiana pushed the lead to 30-10 before the Bearkats' Michael Holyfield, a 6-foot-11 center who was guarding Zeller, committed his third foul. Indiana took advantage inside, and Oladipo's powerful two-handed dunk down the middle of the lane pushed the lead to 36-13.

The Hoosiers reached 50 points on a three-point play by Zeller in the final minute of the first half and led 52-25 at the break. Watford led Indiana with 11 points in 11 minutes in the first half. The Hoosiers outscored the Bearkats 17-4 from the free-throw line before the break.

No Sam Houston State player scored more than five points in the first half. The Bearkats shot 32 percent before the break and committed 10 turnovers. Indiana continued to roll in the second half. A beautiful no-look pass by Hulls from near halfcourt found Watford under the basket, and Watford converted the layup to give the Hoosiers a 64-29 lead. A putback one-handed jam by Zeller made it 66-30. Hulls scored his 1,000th career point on a 3-pointer that gave the Hoosiers an 82-38 lead, and the home crowd gave him a standing ovation.

"That kid epitomizes what we're doing," Crean said. "He epitomizes Indiana basketball in so many ways, and I think people from the past can identify with him, and people in the future can look at Jordan Hulls and see what can happen when you play in this program and grow up really loving this program, but most importantly, he impacts our present."

An alley-oop pass from Maurice Creek and two-handed jam by Austin Etherington bumped Indiana's lead to 98-44.

Indiana held the Bearkats to 7-for-25 shooting in the second half. The constant defensive intensity has been a focal point for the Hoosiers.

"If we're going to get to where we want to go, we can't play 35 minutes," Hulls said. "We've got to play a full 40 minutes."
Courtesy of: www.iuhoosiers.com



Southern Slips Past South Dakota at Tournament - by Eurobasket News

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Derick Beltran scored 17 points and Jameel Grace scored 16, including two free throws with nine seconds to play, as Southern University defeated South Dakota 83-79 Wednesday night in the Global Sports Showcase at the University of Wyoming.

Javan Mitchell (6'9''-C-89) also scored 16 points and led the Jaguars (1-2) with eight rebounds. Malcolm Miller and Yondarius Johnson (6'4''-G) added 11 points each for Southern.

South Dakota's Trevor Gruis led all players with 23 points and nine rebounds. Karim Rowson (6'5''-G) scored 19 points for the Coyotes, who were playing their season opener.
Courtesy of: www.swac.org



Mersey Tigers sign german PF/C Josh Lockett - by Daniel Poerschke

The Mersey Tigers have confirmed another new face for the 2012/13 season, courtesy of Tigers Head Coach, Tony Walsh.
Josh Lockett (203-F/C-agency: Scorers1st Sportmanagement), the forward/center from Pensacola, Florida joins the Tigers from their Georgetown Athletic namesakes where he averaged 3.4ppg on 47% shooting and 3.9rpg as part of the starting five. Lockett, who holds both a german and an american passport, has been described as an aggressive post playergood finisher at the rim who is good on the glass via blumillsports.com and arrived in the UK on Wednesday in time for the Tigers trip to the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Saturday 17th November. Before he played his senior season at Georgetown in the NAIA, Lockett was part of the Southeast Louisiana (NCAA 1) squad.



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#1 in Nation West Liberty St takes down #8 Findlay at Croy 90-74! - by Lucius Jones

West Liberty St proves with about as much conviction as possible that they are truly the best team in the NCAA D2 Nation right now with a convincing 16point win at Findlay. All the West Liberty St talk about this run-and-gun program being a flash in the pan or a gimmick has been put to rest immediately for the 2012-2013 campaign with this win and the means with which it was won. The Hilltoppers held The Oilers just below 30% from the field in the first half and went in at the break up 16 which ironically was the final point spread for the game as well. West Liberty St was up by as many as 28 points in the 2nd half and finished with a 90-74 win.

By far the biggest scoring presence in this heavyweight bout was Alex Falk (6'3''-G) of West Lib. Falk ended the contest with a blazing hot 37points, half of Findlay's TEAM total, on 13-19FG (again HALF of Findlay's TEAM total), and 5 steals to boot, which was exactally the same total as Findlay's entire team. CJ Hester (16pts) and Tim Hausfield (10pts) rounded out the other double figure scorers for the Hilltoppers. Segar Bonifant (6pts), Bubby Goodwin (6'0''-G) (5pts), and Shawn Dyer (6'0''-G) (5pts) all contributed from the bench in the victory.


For Findlay, Brad Phiel, Greg Kahlig (6'6''-F-92), and Aaron Robinson (6'2''-G-90) all had solid games and also double figure scoring outputs each.



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

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey). He led Karsiyaka to a victory over the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (4-1) 72-66 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Aminu was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (4-1) is placed third in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Aminu is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals with 1.8spg. He also averaged so far 15.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 78.0%(32-41) and FT: 72.2% in the five games he played so far. Aminu is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (1-6) 77-60 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Ere recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cimberio Varese (7-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Ere is currently fourth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ere averages: 17.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 47.5%(19-40) and FT: 75.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Ere played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy). Akindele contributed to Juvecaserta's victory against the sixth-ranked SAIE3 BO (4-3) 65-56 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds. Akindele also added 4 blocks. JuveCaserta (3-4) is placed 11th in the SerieA. Akindele belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 9.0rpg, 2FGP: 66.0%(33-50) and FT: 71.0%. Akindele played for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Ayodeji Egbeyemi
Ayodeji Egbeyemi
   #4. Guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Loyola Mary's surprising victory against the Pacifica University crushing them 108-49 in the NCAA on Friday night. Egbeyemi recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The Loyola Marymount University has conference record this season. Egbeyemi has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg and 9.0rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian U19 national team back in 2007.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #5. International forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Lagun Aro GBC (1-6) in their last game. Despite Ibekwe's good performance Lagun Aro GBC lost 54-67 at home to the much higher-ranked (#6) Unicaja Malaga. He was the top scorer with 11 points. Ibekwe also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Ibekwe is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 2.3bpg. He also averaged so far 7.6ppg and 6.1rpg in the seven games. Ibekwe is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #6. Power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Hod Hasharon's victory against the league outsider Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (0-5) crushing them 86-58 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Odiakosa recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (4-1) is placed second in the National League. Odiakosa is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Odiakosa averages: 21.4ppg, 16.6rpg and 2.0bpg. He is a former U22 international player as he played for the Nigerian team eight years ago.

Andy Ogide
Andy Ogide
   #7. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Ourense (15-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ogide's very good performance his team was crushed 98-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Ford_Burgos (#3). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Ogide also added 8 rebounds. It's Ogide's first season with the team. Ogide is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 11.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4spg. Ogide is also Nigerian national team player.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #8. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Pall.Trento (2-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Pall.Trento lost 66-70 in Bologna to the leading Biancoblu BO. Umeh scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. This year Umeh has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.8apg in the five games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Umeh used to play for the Nigerian national team last year.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #9. International forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Toros (17-5) in their game against Pioneros (16-7) in the Mexican LNBP (second division). He recorded 7 points and added 3 passes. Toros was edged 81-79 in Cancun by the lower-ranked Pioneros (#5). It was Toros' third consecutive loss in a row. This season Ofoegbu has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. Ofoegbu also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He used to play for the Nigerian national team last year.

Jayson Obazuaye
Jayson Obazuaye
   #10. Guard Jayson Obazuaye (193-84, college: Colorado, currently plays in Qatar) couldn't help Al Wakrah (0-4) in their game against Al Shamal (1-3) in the Qatari D1. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Obazuaye was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Obazuaye's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obazuaye is international player as one years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international center Christopher Obekpa (206-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help St.John's University in a victory against the College of Charleston