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  ARGENTINA   



Argentinian LigaA round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Bruno Labaque - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Italian point guard Bruno Labaque (180-PG-77, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Atenas, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Argentino (#6, 9-8) 86-82. Atenas is placed at 10th position in Italian LigaA. Atenas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 17 games. In the team's last game Labaque had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Atenas, through which he has constantly improved. Bruno Labaque has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (7th best: 3.8apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Kavon Lytch (199-F-87, agency: Dream Team Management) of Argentino. Lytch had a very good evening with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Argentino was edged by Atenas (8-9) 86-82. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Lytch is a newcomer at Argentino, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Edward Nelson (203-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) of 9 de Julio (#15). Nelson scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of 9 de Julio, leading his team to a 81-77 win against Olimpico LB (#5, 11-6). 9 de Julio can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 4-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nelson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nelson has individually a great season in Argentina. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Jackson (196-G-82) of GECR Indalo - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Boca Jrs - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) of Lanus - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of 9 de Julio - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Jason Forte (196-G/F-84) of Obras - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Gabriel Mikulas (200-F-80) of Libertad S. - 18 points and 13 rebounds
10. Diego Gerbaudo (180-PG-89) of 9 de Julio - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 7: Leader New Zealand Breakers get another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the seventh win on Friday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (0-9) 93-63 in Auckland. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 40-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. New Zealand Breakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists for the winners. New Zealand center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. New Zealand Breakers (7-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Perth Wildcats (#5) on the road in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Perth Wildcats and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Melbourne was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kings (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (2-5). Kings managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Ian Crosswhite contributed with 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jonny Flynn (183-89, college: Syracuse) answered with 17 points and 5 assists for Melbourne Tigers. Melbourne Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kings maintains fourth place with 5-4 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the seventh position with five games lost. Kings will play against Cairns Taipans (#6) on the road in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Perth was also quite interesting. Third ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Perth Wildcats (3-3). Adelaide 36ers managed to secure a 4-point victory 69-65 on Friday. It was a great evening for Daniel Johnson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side Jesse Wagstaff responded with 14 points. Perth Wildcats' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Adelaide 36ers maintains third place with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Breakers. Perth Wildcats lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. Adelaide 36ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perth Wildcats will play against Townsville Crocodiles (#8) in Wulguru and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 7 Taipans were defeated by Hawks in Gwynneville 73-59.
The best stats of 7th round was 23 points by Adris Deleon of Hawks.


Tigers - Kings 67-72

The game in Melbourne was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kings (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (2-5). Kings managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. Melbourne Tigers were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 30-17 third quarter run of Kings. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Center Ian Crosswhite (210-82, college: Oregon) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jonny Flynn (183-89, college: Syracuse) answered with 17 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Melbourne Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kings maintains fourth place with 5-4 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the seventh position with five games lost. Kings will play against Cairns Taipans (#6) on the road in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kings: B.Madgen 26+3reb+3ast, A.Bruce 13+2reb+2ast, I.Crosswhite 11+14reb, D.Lazare 8+5reb+1ast, C.Henry 7+5reb+2ast, G.Dann 4+5reb+2ast
Tigers: J.Flynn 17+3reb+5ast, A.Ballinger 15+8reb, L.Rush 9+7reb+3ast, M.Burston 7+7reb+1ast, C.Goulding 6+6reb+2ast, L.Walker 6
gschID: 182648


Wildcats - 36ers 65-69

The game in Perth was also quite interesting. Third ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Perth Wildcats (3-3). Adelaide 36ers managed to secure a 4-point victory 69-65 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Adelaide 36ers had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. The former international power forward Anthony Petrie (203-83) helped adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) responded with 14 points and the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Adelaide 36ers maintains third place with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Breakers. Perth Wildcats lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. Adelaide 36ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perth Wildcats will play against Townsville Crocodiles (#8) in Wulguru and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Johnson 21+15reb+1ast, J.Cadee 12+1reb+3ast, A.Petrie 12+10reb+1ast, M.Creek 7, N.Crosswell 4+2ast, S.Weigh 4+8reb+3ast
Wildcats: J.Wagstaff 14+3reb+1ast, M.Knight 13+5reb, K.Lisch 12+2ast, S.Redhage 9+5reb+3ast, B.Robbins 7+3reb+2ast, D.Martin 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 182645


Hawks - Taipans 73-59

There was no surprise in Gwynneville where 6th ranked Cairns Taipans (3-5) were defeated by second ranked Wollongong Hawks (6-1) 73-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Wollongong Hawks dominated on the defensive end, holding Cairns Taipans to just 7 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. The former international power forward Oscar Forman (205-82) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. Cairns Taipans' coach let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wollongong Hawks maintains second place with 6-1 record behind leader Breakers. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the sixth position with five games lost. Wollongong Hawks will meet Melbourne Tigers (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cairns Taipans will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hawks: A.Deleon 23+3reb+2ast, O.Forman 15+9reb, R.Martin 9+5reb+3ast, G.Saville 9+7reb+2ast, L.Davidson 6+10reb+3ast, L.Hurdle 5+2reb+1ast
Taipans: A.Loughton 14+9reb+1ast, C.Tragardh 8+3reb, J.Wilson 6+4reb+2ast, S.Edwards 6+6reb, B.Hill 6+5reb+1ast, C.Steindl 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 182647


Breakers - Crocodiles 93-63

Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the seventh win on Friday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (0-9) 93-63 in Auckland. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 40-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. New Zealand Breakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists for the winners. New Zealand center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. American forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. New Zealand Breakers (7-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Perth Wildcats (#5) on the road in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Perth Wildcats and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Breakers: A.Pledger 18+7reb, T.Abercrombie 16+2reb+1ast, C.Bruton 15+4reb+1ast, D.Corletto 12, C.Jackson 10+4reb+11ast, L.Henry 8+4reb+1ast
Crocodiles: L.Abney 11+8reb, B.Allen 11+3reb, G.Ervin 10+2reb+6ast, T.Blanchfield 9+2reb+2ast, P.Crawford 8+2reb+3ast, J.Holmes 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 182646



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  BAHAMAS   


Simmons comes back to St Quentin - by Eurobasket News (T)

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Masters). Its actually his comeback to Saint-Quentin as he played here before. Simmons played most recently at Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket in NM1. However his team was relegated to NM2. In 28 games last season he recorded 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1apg. He also played at Roche (NAIA) that season. In 28 NM1 games last year he averaged 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1apg.
Simmons won French NM1 Play-Offs championship title in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers) and France (Etendard de Brest, Saint-Etienne, Le Portel and Boulazac Basket).
Simmons attended Masters College, CA until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic League round 9 best performance: Maris Ziedins - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Maris Ziedins (203-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for Valmiera, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team LSU-Baltai (#5, 0-5) with 27-point margin 83-56. Valmiera maintains the 3rd position in Baltic League . Valmiera is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. Ziedins has many years of experience at Valmiera, through which he has constantly improved. Maris Ziedins averages this season 6.3ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-PG-85) of Nevezis. Jasikevicius had a very good evening with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Nevezis was edged by league's leader Rudupis (#1, 8-0) 72-68. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Nevezis still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Jasikevicius is well-known at Nevezis and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev (#6). Okoye scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Okoye's great performance Tln Kalev lost 55-78 to the higher-ranked Sakalai (#3, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tln Kalev can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Okoye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Okoye has individually a great season in Baltic League. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 20 points and 6 rebounds
6. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tanel Kurbas (197-G-88) of TU/Rock - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) of Lietkabelis - 18 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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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 16: Aalstar - Oostende 95-89
Nov. 17: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 91-63
Nov. 18: Leuven - Spirou 88-79
Nov. 16: Liege - Antwerp 86-73

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 6: Liege - Leuven
Dec. 7: Spirou - Aalstar
Dec. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Oostende
Dec. 8: M.Hainaut - Antwerp


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. Aleksandrov, Vervi.17.6 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.7 
 6. Mukubu, Liege16.1 
 7. Wilkinson, Oostende15.5 
 8. Green, Verviers.15.3 
 9. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.7 
 2. Gillet, Liege7.5 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.8 
 4. Aska, Leuven6.6 
 5. Aleksandrov, Vervi.6.6 
 6. Thondique, Antwerp6.6 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Walsh, Spirou6.4 
 9. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Anderson, Verviers.6.0 
 2. Bosco, Liege4.9 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.5 
 4. Raivio, Aalstar4.3 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven4.3 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 7. Walsh, Spirou3.6 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar3.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.8 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ralph BIGGS
  Antwerp
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Biggs, Antwerp2.1 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.0 
 3. Green, Verviers.2.0 
 4. Iarochevitch, Liege1.9 
 5. Katnic, Oostende1.8 
 6. Anderson, Verviers.1.7 
 7. Anderson, Aalstar1.7 
 8. Marnegrave, Leuven1.6 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Hanavan, Leuven1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.7 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.3 
 5. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 6. Dukes, Leuven1.0 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp0.9 
 8. Jankovic, Spirou0.8 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.7 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende0.7 


Ethias League Round 7: Spirou Charleroi is defeated by Leuven Bears - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game between second ranked Spirou Charleroi (4-3) and seventh ranked Leuven Bears (2-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Leuven 79-88. Spirou Charleroi trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 30-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Leuven Bears especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for international point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Leuven Bears maintains seventh place with 2-5 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face higher ranked Liege Basket (#3) in Liege in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spirou Charleroi will play at home against the league's leader Okapi Aalstar having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Aalst. First ranked host Okapi Aalstar (6-1) defeated 3rd placed Base Oostende (4-3) 95-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Base Oostende. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 assists. Jason Clark accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for Base Oostende in the defeat. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Defending champion Base Oostende dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Okapi Aalstar will play against Spirou Charleroi (#5) on the road in the next round. Base Oostende will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Liege was also quite interesting. 4th placed Antwerp Giants (3-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Liege Basket (4-3). Liege Basket defeated Antwerp Giants 86-73 on Friday. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Lionel Bosco fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Bryan Hopkins produced 21 points and 4 steals for lost side. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liege Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Antwerp Giants dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Liege Basket will meet at home Leuven Bears (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Antwerp Giants will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (4-3) crushed at home 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-6) by 28 points 91-63, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Josh Bostic who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's next round opponent will be Antwerp Giants (#6) at home. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Base Oostende.


Leuven - Spirou 88-79

The game between second ranked Spirou Charleroi (4-3) and seventh ranked Leuven Bears (2-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Leuven 79-88. Spirou Charleroi trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 30-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Leuven Bears especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for international point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St.) scored 19 points and 4 steals. Five Leuven Bears and four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears maintains seventh place with 2-5 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face higher ranked Liege Basket (#3) in Liege in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spirou Charleroi will play at home against the league's leader Okapi Aalstar having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Leuven: I.Aska 17+7reb+2ast, B.Burgess 15+8reb+3ast, N.Marnegrave 14+4reb+8ast, I.Hanavan 14+2reb+3ast, G.Robinson 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Desiron 8+1ast
Spirou: J.Foster 19+3reb, M.Walsh 18+7reb+3ast, C.Beghin 12+5reb+4ast, J.Hamilton 11+5reb+2ast, A.Jadin 6+3reb+4ast, D.Allen 4+2reb
gschID: 187262


M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 91-63

Fifth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (4-3) crushed at home 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-6) by 28 points 91-63, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Belfius Mons-Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated on the defensive end, holding VOO Verviers-Pepinster to just 5 points in third quarter. They made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game, while VOO Verviers-Pepinster only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 39-20 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). His fellow American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-87) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) added 9 points and 5 assists in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's next round opponent will be Antwerp Giants (#6) at home. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Base Oostende.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: J.Bostic 20+6reb+2ast, Q.Taylor 17+7reb+3ast, A.Gorgemans 15+6reb, J.Wallace 12+2reb+2ast, B.Qvale 7+5reb, M.Randle 7+9reb
Verviers-Pep.: N.Aleksandrov 21+5reb+1ast, C.Ferguson 11+2reb, J.Anderson 9+1reb+5ast, M.Zakharov 7+3reb+1ast, J.Green 5+1reb, S.Moris 3+3reb
gschID: 187261


Aalstar - Oostende 95-89

The game between Top Four teams took place in Aalst. First ranked host Okapi Aalstar (6-1) defeated 3rd placed Base Oostende (4-3) 95-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Base Oostende. It looked good early as Base Oostende took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Okapi Aalstar had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Base Oostende was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-95. Okapi Aalstar made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Base Oostende was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Base Oostende in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Defending champion Base Oostende dropped to the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Okapi Aalstar will play against Spirou Charleroi (#5) on the road in the next round. Base Oostende will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: D.Raivio 20+1reb+8ast, J.Clark 19+6reb+2ast, J.Tofi 13+3reb+1ast, N.Hartsock 12+3reb, R.Thompson 11+3reb+6ast, C.Young 9+5reb
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 18+5reb+5ast, W.Wilkinson 17+5reb, M.Lojeski 16+5reb+5ast, D.Drobnjak 15+4reb+1ast, M.Stojic 12+4reb+4ast, B.Wright 11+1reb+1ast
gschID: 187260


Liege - Antwerp 86-73

The game in Liege was also quite interesting. 4th placed Antwerp Giants (3-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Liege Basket (4-3). Liege Basket defeated Antwerp Giants 86-73 on Friday. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 31-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Liege Basket made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Liege Basket outrebounded Antwerp Giants 42-22 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international point guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Five Liege Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Bryan Hopkins (183-83, college: SMU) produced 21 points and 4 steals and the former international center Yannick Driesen (215-88) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liege Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Antwerp Giants dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Liege Basket will meet at home Leuven Bears (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Antwerp Giants will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: G.Ware 21+5reb+1ast, L.Bosco 18+13reb+6ast, W.Boss Mukubu 16+9reb+3ast, I.Iarochevitch 13+4reb+2ast, B.Monteiro 12+1reb+3ast, G.Hockins 6+4reb
Antwerp: B.Hopkins 21+3reb+3ast, Y.Driesen 13+2reb+1ast, J.Love 9+5reb+1ast, G.Thondique 8+5reb, R.Biggs 8+4reb+2ast, R.Moors 7+5ast
gschID: 187259



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  BOSNIA   


KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 5! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 5!
F Mujo Tuljkovic provided a nice one two punch with Armin Hot in the teams win. Mujo scored 22 points on 9-17 from the field and pulled down 16 rebounds along with 2 assists and a steal. Mujo is one of the most experienced international players currently playing in BiH.

G Armin Hot has been on the top performers list for all five weeks of the season so far. Armin went 9-20 from the field and scored 21 points. He also played an exceptional all-around game have 7 rebounds 6 assists and 5 steals!

G/F Nebojsa Pavlovic went 7-11 from the field, scored 20 points had 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals in a win.

G Edi Sinadinovic went 9-16 from the field scored 26 points had 7 rebounds 8 assists and a steal in a win.

C Ermin Jazvin scored 19 points on 8-17 from the field had 14 rebounds 2 assists and a steal in a win.

MVP: Mujo Tuljkovic



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Chiverton leads all players in win over Rollins! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In upset fashion, Ray Victor, Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82, college: Clinton CC (NY)) and the No. 10 Warner University mens basketball team took down the NCAA-II Tars of Rollins College 58-50 on Friday November 16, 2012, in the Warden Arena.

The exhibition win over the Tars is a first for the Royals in the head coach Sean Hanrahan era and keeps the Royals at 4-1 headed into the Thanksgiving Break; the Tars open the season 0-1.

The Royals opened the game with a three pointer by senior Ray Victor (186-G, college: Warner) and went on to trade blows with the Tars much of the first half. All together the two sides traded the lead five times and had five ties in the first half.

Halstead Chiverton drained a shot from behind the arc to knot things at 19-19 with 6:20 left before halftime. The shot was the catalyst for a 16-0 run by the Royals, which saw them jump out to an 11 point lead (30-19) with 3:24 remaining. The Tars responded by scoring the final seven points of the half and trailed the Royals 30-26 at halftime.

The Tars had the hot hand to start the second half as they scored eight straight points and led 34-30 before Bryce Kachinski nailed a three point shot to break up the run. Overall, both sides struggled from the field in the second half, each side shooting below 30%. Rollins Brett Chance hit a long distance shot at the 14:01 mark to extend the Tars lead to 37-33. It would be the only points scored in a nearly six minute stretch down to the 11:49 mark when Chiverton connected on another three point shot for the Royals.

As things picked up down the stretch, Chiverton was again in the mix for the Royals, this time tying the game at 46-46 with his fourth field goal from behind the arc. Ray Victor and Bryce Kachinski put the Royals ahead by five (51-46) and the Tars offense could not keep up the rest of the way. As the clock ticked down under a minute to play, the Tars sent the Royals to the free throw line in an attempt to keep the game within reach. As a team the Royals shot 7-of-9 from the free throw line to ice the game and emerge victorious 58-50 over their NCAA-II opponents.

Halstead Chiverton led all players with 14 points in the game, all off the bench for the Royals. The senior did the most damage from long distance shooting 4-of-9 nine from behind the arc. He also helped the Royals win the rebound battle over the Tars (43-39) with seven boards of his own. The duo of Bryce Kachinski and Ray Victor each posted 10 point performances. Mark St. Fort finished with a game-high 10 rebounds and added nine points as well.

The Royals will have a week off before their next regular season game versus the University of the Virgin Islands next Friday night, Nov. 23, at the Multi-purpose Sports Complex in Tortola, Virgin Islands. They will also play University of Puerto Rico-Cayey on Saturday night, Nov. 24. It is the third time in seven seasons under Coach Hanrahan that the Royals are making the trip to the VI. While on the Island, the Royals will visit four elementary schools where they will share with local youth on the three Bs (books, bible and basketball). They will also hold a one day youth basketball clinic for all of the VI.



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Bulgarian NBL round 5 best performance: Asen Velikov - by Eurobasket News

Former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-PG-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Cherno More, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 26-year old player got a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists, while his team crushed Spartak Pleven (#9, 1-4) with 17-point margin 98-81. Cherno More is placed at 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Cherno More will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Velikov had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cherno More's top player in his first season with the team. Asen Velikov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 3.6spg and 67.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets. Tyler had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds. It was enough for Chernomorets to edge the lower-ranked Balkan (#8, 2-4) 84-82. This victory allowed Chernomorets to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Tyler is a newcomer at Chernomorets, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#6). He also registered 14.8 boards per game. Former star Tyler 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 guard Will Walker (183-G) of Beroe (#7). Walker scored 17 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Beroe, leading his team to a 102-55 easy win against U20 (#10, 0-5). Beroe needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Walker has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Ormon (201-F-84) of Tundja Yambol - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Giorgos Galiotos (213-C-86) of Cherno More - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Denis Agre (203-C-88) of Spartak Pleven - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of Levski Sofia - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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



Division A Round 5: Leader Spartak MVR gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader Spartak MVR delivered the fifth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Chavdar (0-5) 93-73 in Sofia. Undefeated Spartak MVR (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Chavdar at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Spartak MVR are looking forward to face Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chavdar will play against Vidabasket (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Ruse supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Dunav 2007 (1-4). Academic Blagoevgrad smashed Dunav 2007 101-78. Academic Blagoevgrad moved-up to second place, which they share with UE Varna. Dunav 2007 at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Vidabasket. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against league's leader Spartak MVR in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dunav 2007 will play on the road against Academik Plovdiv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Stara Zagora was also quite interesting. 4th placed Academik Plovdiv (2-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Thrace Univ. (3-2). Thrace Univ. managed to secure a 6-point victory 74-68 on Sunday. Thrace Univ. moved-up to fourth place. Loser Academik Plovdiv dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Thrace Univ. will meet league's second-placed UE Varna on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Academik Plovdiv will play against Dunav 2007 in Ruse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 Vidabasket was defeated by UE Varna in a road game 83-69.


Dunav 2007 - Academik BL 78-101

The game in Ruse supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Dunav 2007 (1-4). Academic Blagoevgrad smashed Dunav 2007 101-78. Academic Blagoevgrad moved-up to second place, which they share with UE Varna. Dunav 2007 at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Vidabasket. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against league's leader Spartak MVR in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dunav 2007 will play on the road against Academik Plovdiv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 201528


Thrace Univ. - Academik PL 74-68

The game in Stara Zagora was also quite interesting. 4th placed Academik Plovdiv (2-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Thrace Univ. (3-2). Thrace Univ. managed to secure a 6-point victory 74-68 on Sunday. Thrace Univ. moved-up to fourth place. Loser Academik Plovdiv dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Thrace Univ. will meet league's second-placed UE Varna on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Academik Plovdiv will play against Dunav 2007 in Ruse and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 201527


UE Varna - Vidabasket 83-69

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-4) was defeated on the road by second ranked UE Varna (4-1) 83-69 on Sunday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for UE Varna. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Spartak MVR, which they share with Academik BL. Vidabasket lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Dunav 2007. UE Varna will meet at home Thrace Univ. (#4) in the next round. Vidabasket will play against Chavdar in Troyan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 201526


Spartak MVR - Chavdar 93-73

Undefeated leader Spartak MVR delivered the fifth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Chavdar (0-5) 93-73 in Sofia. Spartak MVR (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Chavdar at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Spartak MVR are looking forward to face Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chavdar will play against Vidabasket (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 201525



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Meshack Lufile claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Meshack Lufile (203-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Cape Breton and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The -year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Memorial (#8, 0-6) with 24-point margin 103-79. Cape Breton maintains the 2nd position in Canadian CIS. 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. Meshack Lufile averages just after three games 14.7ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Benny Iko (198-F) of Winnipeg. Iko impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Winnipeg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Brandon (#7, 1-5) 103-72. Winnipeg's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Iko is well-known by Winnipeg fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Winnipeg's star - American 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 (#7, 1-5). Winnipeg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Wesley has a great season in Canada. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (9th best).

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)



Canadian CIS round 7 best performance: Bjorn Michaelsen - by Eurobasket News

Forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Ryerson, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The -year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Waterloo (#7, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 81-67. Ryerson maintains the 2nd position in Canadian CIS. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Ryerson already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Michaelsen had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ryerson, through which he has constantly improved. Bjorn Michaelsen averages just after two games 11.5ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Nick Tufegdzich (201-F) of York. Tufegdzich had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead York to another comfortable win 81-62 over Western (#8, 0-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed York to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tufegdzich is one of the most experienced players at York and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Kyrie Coleman (F) of Waterloo (#7). Coleman scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Coleman's great performance Waterloo lost 67-81 to the league's current leader Ryerson (#2, 3-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Waterloo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Coleman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Coleman as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mark Perrin) of TWU - 27 points and 9 rebounds
5. Maxwell Allin (193-G) of Laurier - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists
6. William Coulthard (188-G) of Laurier - 29 points and 6 rebounds
7. Samuel Freeman (191-G) of UFV - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Warren Ward (196-G-89) of Ottawa - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Patrick Burns (198-G) of Saskatchewan - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Matthew Forbes (198-F) of Saskatchewan - 18 points and 10 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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Mate Mrva claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Mate Mrva (195-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jolly and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Osjecki Sokol (#9, 2-5) 100-97. Jolly maintains the 4th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Mrva had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Jolly, through which he has constantly improved.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Dino Jakolis (200-F/G-91) of Dubrovnik. Jakolis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Dubrovnik lost that game 77-90 to the higher-ranked Djuro Djakovic (#3, 4-3). Dubrovnik is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dubrovnik managed to get this year. Jakolis is a newcomer at Dubrovnik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) of Osjecki Sokol (#9). Sundov scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sundov's great performance Osjecki Sokol lost 97-100 to the higher-ranked Jolly (#4, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Osjecki Sokol can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sundov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sundov has individually a great season in Croatia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Robert Lez (192-G-79) of Zabok - 27 points
7. Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Krizevci - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) of Osjecki Sokol - 20 points and 3 assists
9. Mislav Peric (191-G-88) of Dubrovnik - 28 points and 4 rebounds
10. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) of Darda - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



Adriatic League: Cedevita edge Szolnok to stay among leaders - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Szolnok 91:86

Cedevita posted the sixth win in the Adriatic League season. The Croats held off Szolnok at home court to improve at 6-3 record. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) netted 18 points to pace the hosts. Szolnok remained at the bottom of the ladder at 2-7 record.
Cedevita poured in 28 points in the opening quarter to pull ahead. The hosts entered the second frame up by four points 28:24. Szolnok however took over in the second term. The Hungarian team snatched a 51:47 halftime advantage. Cedevita cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts trailed by three points at the final break. Cedevita used an 8:0 run early in the fourth term to surge ahead. Szolnok regained the advantage at 83:80 with under four minutes remaining. But the home team capped the regulation with four points in a row to seal the victory. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points, while Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) had 15 points for the hosts. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) answered with 18 points for Szolnok. Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: Court Side) banked 16 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Bracey Wright 18, Mickael Gelabale 15, Predrag Suput 14
Szolnok: Brandon Gay 18, Balazs Simon 16



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round 12: Levice defeats BK Decin in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NBL took place in Decin. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked BK Decin (6-4) to eighth ranked Levice (5-6) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Robert Nuber (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) who added 15 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Levice's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) with 16 points and 9 assists. Levice maintains eighth position with 5-6 record. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with BK Pardubice. Levice are looking forward to face Basketbal Svitavy (#11) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against B&W Opava (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (11-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Levharti Chomutov (3-8) 116-52. The winners were led by international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84) who scored that evening 19 points and Tomas Pomikalek supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Even 25 points and 9 rebounds by American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Levharti Chomutov. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-0 record. Levharti Chomutov at the other side dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with B&W Opava and Svitavy. CEZ Nymburk will play against BC Kolin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Levharti Chomutov will play against USK Praha (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: B&W Opava destroyed Usti n/Labem on the opponent's court 84-65. Bottom-ranked J.Hradec unfortunately lost to BK Pardubice in a home game 61-79. BK Prostejov managed to beat USK Praha on the road 86-75. Svitavy was defeated by BC Kolin on its own court 70-76. BK Pardubice beat Chomutov in a road game 80-76.


Usti n/Labem - B&W Opava 65-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (3-9) was crushed at home by twelfth ranked B&W Opava (3-8) 84-65. The game was mostly controlled by B&W Opava. BK Usti nad Labem was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B&W Opava had a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The winners were led by the former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) who scored that evening 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) did not help to save the game for BK Usti nad Labem. The former international forward Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) added 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chomutov and Svitavy. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BK Usti nad Labem will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 18+5reb, S.Licartovsky 13+2reb, T.Hruby 12+1reb, J.Tyrna 6+5reb, A.Nolen 6+5reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 4+3reb+2ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 20+7reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 19+8reb+3ast, J.Sirina 16+2reb+4ast, P.Dokoupil 16+5ast, M.Vanak 8+1ast, M.Miklosik 3+2reb
gschID: 183001


BK Decin - Levice 77-80

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NBL took place in Decin. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked BK Decin (6-4) to eighth ranked Levice (5-6) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Robert Nuber (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) who added 15 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Levice's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) with 16 points and 9 assists and his fellow American import guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Levice maintains eighth position with 5-6 record. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with BK Pardubice. Levice are looking forward to face Basketbal Svitavy (#11) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against B&W Opava (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Sanders 18+6reb+4ast, P.Pope 16+4reb+9ast, R.Landa 15+9reb, P.Sedmak 9+6reb, A.Alic 8+4reb+3ast, J.Jiricek 6+3reb
Levice: R.Nuber 25+3reb+2ast, T.Gottselig 15+14reb, S.Nuhanovic 11+6reb, M.Sykora 7+5reb+2ast, B.Pane 7+3reb, D.Kyles 6+1ast
gschID: 183002


J.Hradec - BK Pardubice 61-79

Very predictable result in J.Hradec where sixth ranked BK Pardubice (6-4) defeated bottom-ranked BK Lions Hradec (2-9) 79-61. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) who scored that evening 15 points and 9 rebounds and American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) supported him with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) by center Jan Tomanec (205-85) did not help to save the game for BK Lions Hradec. Jan Pavlik (186-78, agency: Court Side) added 21 points. BK Pardubice have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Decin. BK Lions Hradec at the other side stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. BK Pardubice will play against league's second-placed NH Ostrava at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Prostejov (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: J.Pavlik 21+4reb+1ast, J.Tomanec 17+10reb, R.Zachrla 13+6reb+1ast, J.Kysela 4+2reb+3ast, T.Voslajer 3+4reb+2ast, O.Dygryn 2+9reb+3ast
BK Pardubice: Z.Pospisil 15+5reb, C.Muirhead 15+9reb+3ast, T.Nelson 13+12reb, E.Zabas 13+4reb+4ast, P.Bohacik 10+9reb, M.Carnecky 5+1ast
gschID: 183000


USK Praha - BK Prostejov 75-86

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers USK Praha (6-5) was defeated at home by seventh ranked BK Prostejov (6-5) 86-75. It looked good early as USK Praha took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BK Prostejov took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. USK Praha was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds by Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for USK Praha. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Prostejov moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated USK Praha. BK Prostejov will play against bottom-ranked BK Lions Hradec (#13) in J.Hradec in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha will play on the road against Levharti Chomutov (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: B.Meno 21+18reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 14+5reb+1ast, M.Mares 11+4reb, M.Vocetka 10+3reb, J.Slavik 7+2reb, L.Festr 6+2reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: J.Bohacik 18+11reb+4ast, O.Kohout 15+7reb, K.Svrdlik 13+7reb+1ast, R.Marko 10+5reb, D.Pandula 9+5reb+5ast, J.Prasil 7
gschID: 182999


Svitavy - BC Kolin 70-76

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked BC Kolin (7-4) beat on the road 9th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-8) 76-70. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. BC Kolin made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Basketbal Svitavy was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. Even 31 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) did not help to save the game for Basketbal Svitavy. point guard Lubos Moravec (185-89) added 7 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Kolin moved-up to third place. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Chomutov and B&W Opava. BC Kolin will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levice (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: M.Deloach 31+5reb+6ast, J.Sedlak 9+2reb, R.Lesko 8+5reb, L.Moravec 7+5reb+1ast, P.Mroz 5+5reb+1ast, T.Macela 4+2reb+1ast
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 24+12reb+3ast, R.Field 13+5reb+2ast, D.Radulovic 12+5reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 11+3reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 6+4reb, U.Benacek 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 182997


CEZ Nymburk - Chomutov 116-52

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (11-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Levharti Chomutov (3-8) 116-52. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 40 and made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. CEZ Nymburk forced 29 Levharti Chomutov turnovers and outrebounded them 39-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Levharti Chomutov's players. The winners were led by international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84) who scored that evening 19 points and international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 9 rebounds by American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Levharti Chomutov. Swingman Pavel Bosak (192-82) added 12 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-0 record. Levharti Chomutov at the other side dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with B&W Opava and Svitavy. CEZ Nymburk will play against BC Kolin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Levharti Chomutov will play against USK Praha (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: J.Fields 25+9reb+1ast, P.Bosak 12+2reb+1ast, L.Pecka 4+1reb+1ast, M.Basta 3, S.Glover 2+1reb+4ast, P.Stanek 2+2reb+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: P.Houska 19+3reb+3ast, A.Naymick 14+4reb+1ast, M.Taylor 14+2reb+1ast, L.Palyza 12+3reb, V.Hruban 12+1reb+3ast, R.Rancik 11+4reb
gschID: 182998


Chomutov - BK Pardubice 76-80

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Levharti Chomutov (3-8) was defeated at home by sixth ranked BK Pardubice (6-4) 80-76. It looked good early as Levharti Chomutov took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BK Pardubice had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and Levharti Chomutov was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-80. Levharti Chomutov was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) supported him with 21 points. BK Pardubice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Levharti Chomutov. His fellow American import point guard Showron Glover (180-87) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Decin. Levharti Chomutov at the other side dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with B&W Opava and Svitavy. BK Pardubice will play against league's second-placed NH Ostrava at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Levharti Chomutov will play against USK Praha (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: J.Fields 28+10reb, L.Pecka 14+4reb, S.Glover 12+6reb+4ast, P.Bosak 11+5reb+5ast, A.Zampach 6+3reb+1ast, J.Rubin 5+1reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: E.Zabas 21+2reb, T.Nelson 19+3reb, P.Bohacik 19+11reb+1ast, L.Kotas 9+2reb, Z.Pospisil 5+1reb+1ast, S.Faifr 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 227507



Ladislav Sokolovsky Returns to BK Opava After Nine Seasons with CEZ Nymburk - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

35-year old guard/forward Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-G-77) made his debut with an old, yet unfamiliar team this afternoon, leading his new club BK Breda & Weinstein Opava to a dominant 84-65 victory over SLUNETA Usti nad Labem. Amazingly, Sokolovsky, who has spent the last eight-plus seasons racking up championship after championship with CEZ Basketball Nymburk, did not even practice with BK Breda & Weinstein Opava prior to his 19 point, eight rebound performance.
The transition for Sokolovsky was a quick one as the transfer was very fast. At the twilight of his career, the former Czech Republic National Team captain, eight time All-Star, and eight-time NBL Champion did not see much action with Nymburk this season in either VTB United League, EuroCup or domestic league games. As the opportunity presented itself for the Prerov native to return to BK Breda & Weinstein Opava, where he played for six-seasons prior to Nymburk, and try and help this young, but talented team, it was the right move at the right time for Sokolovsky. With the goal of trying to lead BK Breda & Weinstein Opava to the A1 playoff stage in sight, the veteran Sokolvsky is a dearly needed guiding force.



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Ligaen Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Horsholm (4-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Horsens IC (9-4) on Thursday. Horsens IC managed to secure only seven-point victory 81-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri So.) scored 26 points and 9 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners. Horsens IC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Svendborg. Horsholm lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists by Donald Rutherford of Svendborg.


SISU - Aalborg 95-67

Very expected game in Copenhagen where 10th ranked Aalborg (1-11) was crushed by fourth ranked SISU (8-4) 95-67 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 55-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SISU dominated on the defensive end, holding Aalborg to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Aalborg's 36. SISU looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Aalborg's players. American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Four SISU players scored in double figures. American guard Rob Delaney (194-89, college: Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Ryan Willen (204-89, college: Lafayette) scored 17 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. SISU maintains fourth position with 8-4 record. Aalborg at the other side stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Dennis 20+5reb+5ast, D.Smith 16+4reb+2ast, Z.Moritz 13+5reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 13+5reb+9ast, P.Jorgensen 8+4reb+3ast, M.Flowers 8+4reb+1ast
Aalborg: R.Delaney 19+7reb+1ast, R.Willen 17+5reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 7+5reb, N.Andreasen 6+2reb+1ast, C.Rom 6+6reb, R.Lauridsen 5+1reb
gschID: 195276


Horsens IC - Svendborg 76-85

Rather predictable result when top-ranked Svendborg (12-0) defeated on the road 3rd ranked Horsens IC (9-4) 85-76 on Sunday. Horsens IC was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-9 charge of Svendborg, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. International guard Darko Jukic (198-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds and American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Svendborg have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. Horsens IC at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: D.Rutherford 32+17reb+4ast, M.Plannthin 13+2reb+1ast, C.Magaard 12+2reb+1ast, A.Darboe 11+4reb+4ast, G.Washington 6+9reb+1ast, M.Mariegaard 6+2reb+3ast
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 23+18reb+3ast, S.Bowlin 23+6reb+7ast, K.Thomann 7+2reb+1ast, M.Sakne 6, E.Kvedaravicius 6+3reb, F.Rungby 6+6reb
gschID: 195275


Horsholm - Vaerlose 84-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Vaerlose's (2-10) road loss to eighth ranked Horsholm (4-9) 79-84 on Saturday. Vaerlose trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 29-20 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-84 at the end of the game. Horsholm made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The former international forward Casper Hesseldal (198-85, college: Dickinson St., agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 19 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Robert Fields (185-88, college: Catawba) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Fields is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Nicolas Christensen (189-90) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Richard Delk (193-86, college: Troy) scored 18 points and 8 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vaerlose's coach Thomas Silfen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Horsholm moved-up to seventh place. Vaerlose at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: C.Hesseldal 19+4reb+4ast, R.Fields 17+3reb+5ast, A.Kovacs 14+5reb, Z.Jukic 13+7reb+3ast, B.Butler 11+3reb+4ast, B.Marinkovic 8+10reb+1ast
Vaerlose: R.Delk 18+4reb+1ast, N.Christensen 16+5reb+3ast, P.Moller 12+4reb+6ast, J.Baker 10+7reb, A.Holm-Weber 8+1reb+2ast, R.Norgaard 6+4reb
gschID: 195274


Horsens IC - Horsholm 81-74 OT

Eighth-ranked Horsholm (4-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Horsens IC (9-4) on Thursday. Horsens IC managed to secure only seven-point victory 81-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 12-11 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Horsens IC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 26 points and 9 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) chipped in 17 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. The former international forward Casper Hesseldal (198-85, college: Dickinson St., agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Brenton Butler (190-87, college: Fordham) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Horsens IC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Svendborg. Horsholm lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: S.Bowlin 26+2reb+9ast, D.Jukic 17+14reb+3ast, K.Thomann 15+7reb, F.Rungby 8+8reb+3ast, M.Sakne 8+1reb+1ast, E.Kvedaravicius 5+4reb+1ast
Horsholm: C.Hesseldal 21+10reb+2ast, B.Butler 18+2reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 15+7reb, Z.Jukic 7+10reb+1ast, R.Hansen 6+1reb, R.Fields 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195273



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TU/Rock improved to 6-1 BBL record - by Eurobasket News

TU/Rock overcame Liepaja 87:55. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-55. Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Tanel Kurbas (197-G-88) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was Greg Plater with 11 points and 6 assists and Toms Leiteris scored 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Sakalai overcame Estonian Tln Kalev 78:55 away from home. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) stepped up and scored 15 points and 4 assists for the winners and Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Ike Okoye replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and Marc Campbell scored 7 points.



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Caja Laboral waived coach Ivanovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Caja Laboral Vitoria (ACB) waived 55-year old Montenegrin coach Dusko Ivanovic.
The last season Ivanovic coached at Caja Laboral. He helped them to make it to the supercup final and to the league semifinals.
Ivanovic received Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Best Coach of the Year award back in 2005.
He has coached previously professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite) and Switzerland (Fribourg).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


EuroBasket 2013 Draw held in Postojna - by Eurobasket News

EuroBasket 2013 Draw has been just held in Postojna, Slovenia. 24 teams have been drawn into four groups with six teams in each pool. Four best teams from each group will advance into the next stage of the tournament. There they will play in two groups with six teams in each. Best four teams from each Round 2 group will advance into the quarterfinal stage. EuroBasket 2013 is slated to start on September 4th.

EuroBasket 2013 Draw Results:

Group A: Ukraine, Great Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Belgium
Group B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Latvia
Group C: Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia
Group D: Finland, Greece, Russia, Italy, Sweden and Turkey.



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FIBA Europe decide on 2013 youth tournaments host-countries - by Eurobasket News

FIBA Europe decided on the countries to host 2013 Youth Tournaments. Some of them however are still to be decided. So here are the results:

Women:
U16 Division A (1-11.08.2013) Varna, Bulgaria
U16 Division B (1-11.08.2013) TBD
U18 Division A (8-18.08.2013) TBD
U18 Division B (8-18.08.2013) Miskolc, Hungary
U20 Division A (4-14.07.2013) Samsun, Turkey
U20 Division B (4-14.07.2013) TBD

Men:
U16 Division A (8-18.08.2013) Kyiv, Ukraine
U16 Division B (08-18.08.2013) Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
U18 Division A (18-28.07.2013) Riga/Liepaja, Latvia
U18 Division B (18-28.07.2013) Strumica, FYR Macedonia
U20 Division A (9-21.07.2013) Tallinn, Estonia
U20 Division B (11-21.07.2013) Targoviste, Romania.



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Kevin Houston agreed terms with Chalon - by Eurobasket News (T)

ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) inked 27-year old American point guard Kevin Houston (178-82kg-85, college: Long Beach State, agency: Interperformances). He played recently at Moutahed in Lebanese Division A. Part of the season he played for Al Moutahed (Division A). In two games this season he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg. Houstons team made it to the French Final Four.
He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2009.
Houston is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Apoel), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), France (Cholet, Hyeres-Toulon, STB Le Havre, Saint-Etienne and SPO Rouen) and ABA (OC Gladiators).
Houston attended Long Beach State until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Simmons comes back to St Quentin - by Eurobasket News (T)

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Masters). Its actually his comeback to Saint-Quentin as he played here before. Simmons played most recently at Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket in NM1. However his team was relegated to NM2. In 28 games last season he recorded 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1apg. He also played at Roche (NAIA) that season. In 28 NM1 games last year he averaged 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1apg.
Simmons won French NM1 Play-Offs championship title in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers) and France (Etendard de Brest, Saint-Etienne, Le Portel and Boulazac Basket).
Simmons attended Masters College, CA until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jarryd Cole claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jarryd Cole (204-F-88) had a great game in the last round for La Rochelle and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds for La Rochelle in his team's victory, helping them to beat Blois (#3, 6-1) 74-67. La Rochelle is placed at 9th position in French NM1. La Rochelle is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. Cole turned to be La Rochelle's top player in his first season with the team. University of Iowa graduate has very impressive stats this year. Cole is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 60.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-F-83) of St Chamond. Rinna impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as St Chamond was edged by the higher-ranked Souffel (#1, 7-1) 69-68. This loss caused St Chamond to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Rinna is one of the most experienced players at St Chamond and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) of Blois (#3). Tornato scored 15 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Tornato's great performance Blois lost 67-74 to the lower-ranked La Rochelle (#9, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Blois had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 1st lost game is hopefully really an accident. Tornato's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Tornato has a great season in France. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (4th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 64.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corey Raji (198-F-88) of Quimper - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) of CFBB - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Travarus Bennett (202-F-79) of Monaco - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Julien Sauret (184-PG-81) of Chartres - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Waly Gueye (191-G/F-89) of Sorgues - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Maxime Chupin (205-C-89) of Angers BC 49 - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Boddicker's 27 points and 7 rebounds give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old forward Brian Boddicker (204-F-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in his team's victory, helping them to crush Boulogne (#11, 5-5) with 25-point margin 101-76. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains the 2nd position in French ProB. They are still close to the very top. Pau-Lacq-Orthez would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Boddicker had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Pau-Lacq-Orthez's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Boddicker is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 66.2% FGP and 46.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86) of Rouen. He is American guard in his first season at Rouen. In the last game Bassett recorded impressive 35 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Rouen lost that game 78-84 to slightly higher-ranked Fos Ouest (4-6). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Rouen dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Bassett is a newcomer at Rouen and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to David Monds (205-C/F-83) of Bourg (#7). Monds scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bourg, leading his team to a 88-80 win against slightly higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#5, 6-4). Bourg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Monds has a great season in France. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Antibes - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Le Portel - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-PF-88) of Evreux - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. James Mathis (200-F/C-84) of Nantes - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Williamson (199-F/C-86) of Fos Ouest - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Julien Lesieu (201-C/F-83) of St Quentin - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Thomas Coleman (205-F/C-88) of Bordeaux - 22 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Prva Liga Round 4: Kumanovo 2009 takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Kumanovo 2009 as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kumanovo 2009 defeated their biggest opponent Feni Indistrija at home 76-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Kumanovo 2009 made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for Feni Indistrija. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Feni Indistrija and ABA Strumica. Feni Indistrija will play next round against strong ABA Strumica trying to get back on the winning streak. Kumanovo 2009 will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki in Skopje.
Undefeated ABA Strumica (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Lirija (2-2) 73-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ABA Strumica. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and Balsa Radunovic who added 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Eftim Bogoev (185-80) responded with 23 points and 4 assists. ABA Strumica's coach Zlatko Zetov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lirija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rabotnicki and Kozuv. ABA Strumica at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Feni Indistrija and Kumanovo. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Vardar.
An interesting game was also a 21-point home defeat of 5th ranked Vardar in a game in Skopje versus Kozuv (#4) 86-65. The winners were led by Slobodan Bozovic who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by Dragan Kerkez did not help to save the game for Vardar. Vardar's coach Branko Andrievski gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Kozuv maintains fourth position with 2-2 record, which they share with Rabotnicki and Lirija. Loser Vardar dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Kozuv will meet at home bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (#8) in the next round. Vardar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (2-2) 82-59. Fersped-Rabotnicki moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kozuv and Lirija. Pelister Bitola at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's next round opponent will be league's leader Kumanovo 2009 at home and it may be the game of the week. Pelister Bitola will play against Kozuv (#4) in Gevgelija and hopes to get finally their first victory.



ABA Strumica - Lirija 68-73

Undefeated ABA Strumica (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Lirija (2-2) 73-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ABA Strumica. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Eftim Bogoev (185-80) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and Aleksandar Jevdic scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. ABA Strumica's coach Zlatko Zetov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lirija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rabotnicki and Kozuv. ABA Strumica at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Feni Indistrija and Kumanovo. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Vardar.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: E.Bogoev 23+4reb+4ast, A.Jevdic 18+5reb, M.Janjusevic 14+6reb+3ast, Z.Gocevski 9+5reb+1ast, S.Balazs 3+1reb, F.Spasev 1+4reb
Lirija: D.Tasovski 15+7reb+3ast, B.Radunovic 13+6reb+3ast, T.Simic 12+5reb+1ast, E.Hadzibulic 12+3reb+1ast, A.Radojevik 6+5reb, C.Morban 6+4reb+3ast
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Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija 76-71

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Kumanovo 2009 as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kumanovo 2009 defeated their biggest opponent Feni Indistrija at home 76-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Kumanovo 2009 made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Feni Indistrija. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Feni Indistrija and ABA Strumica. Feni Indistrija will play next round against strong ABA Strumica trying to get back on the winning streak. Kumanovo 2009 will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki in Skopje.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 16+5reb+2ast, B.Trajkovski 14+10reb+1ast, S.Bratic 11+2reb+1ast, V.Brckov 9+2reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 8+5reb, G.Samardziev 6+3reb+1ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 23+2reb, I.Dimcevski 20+10reb+2ast, M.Janevski 12+7reb, D.Mikic 9+5reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 6+7reb, M.Golubovic 2+2reb
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Pelister Bitola - Rabotnicki 59-82

Bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (2-2) 82-59. Fersped-Rabotnicki moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kozuv and Lirija. Pelister Bitola at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's next round opponent will be league's leader Kumanovo 2009 at home and it may be the game of the week. Pelister Bitola will play against Kozuv (#4) in Gevgelija and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Vardar - Kozuv 65-86

An interesting game was also a 21-point home defeat of 5th ranked Vardar in a game in Skopje versus Kozuv (#4) 86-65. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 54-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kozuv looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Vardar's players. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by Dragan Kerkez did not help to save the game for Vardar. point guard Dejan Lazarevski (192-93) added 8 points for lost side. Vardar's coach Branko Andrievski gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Kozuv maintains fourth position with 2-2 record, which they share with Rabotnicki and Lirija. Loser Vardar dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Kozuv will meet at home bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (#8) in the next round. Vardar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Top scorers:
Vardar: D.Kerkez 13+5reb+1ast, V.Gotic 12+1reb, I.Ivanovic 11+2reb+1ast, D.Lazarevski 8+4reb+3ast, V.Petrovski 8+2reb+3ast, A.Biljanovski 5+3reb
Kozuv: S.Bozovic 20+5reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 16+2reb+4ast, A.Shterjov 14+4reb, I.Mijajlovic 11+8reb+6ast, P.Blazevski 8+4reb+6ast, V.Filipovic 7
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Matiashvili's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old center Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kutaisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Batumi (#7, 1-4) 75-70. Kutaisi maintains the 4th position in Georgian league. They are still close to the very top. Kutaisi would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. It's Matiashvili's second year at Kutaisi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Matiashvili has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (4th best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 51.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T.) of Rustavi. He is American forward in his first season at Rustavi. In the last game Nelson recorded impressive 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Rustavi to another comfortable win 90-72 over the lower-ranked TSU Tbilisi (#8, 1-4) being unquestionably team leader. Rustavi's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Nelson is a newcomer at Rustavi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#9). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of Olimpi (#3). Milosevic scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Olimpi, leading his team to a 106-63 easy win against Samedicino (#9, 0-4). Olimpi started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Milosevic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Milosevic has a great season in Georgia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Levan Fatsatsia) of Olimpi - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-PF-90) of Olimpi - 15 points and 6 rebounds
6. Avtandil Eliashvili (200-F-89) of Batumi - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Nikola Tutus (202-F/C-85) of Olimpi - 17 points and 3 rebounds
8. Deonta Vaughn (185-PG-86) of MIA Academy - 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
9. George Khaniashvili (194-G-89) of TSU Tbilisi - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nika Ramishvili (179-SG-94) of Batumi - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Parnell Smith (Leitershofen) We Played Better Defense In The Fourth Quarter Against Frankfurt, But It Wasnt Enough To Win The Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Parnell Smith (200-F-84, college: Buffalo) is a 28 year old 200cm forward from Indianapolis, Indiana that is playing for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProB) this season. He played at Pike high school and is a two-time Indiana 4A Men's Basketball State Champion. He played at Buffalo (NCAA) together with German national player Yassin Idbihi. In his rookie season 2007-2008, he played for : Aanekosken Huima (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 26 games: 19.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 68.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Etzella Ettelbruck (Luxembourg-Diekirch League). In 2009, he came to Germany and played for BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha until 2011. Last season, he played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-BLNO, starting five): 8 games: 18.1ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.7%. He played in the Norwegian BLNO All-Star Game. He spoke to eurobasket after the 90-74 loss against the Fraport Skyliners.

You played the first time in the BCM the training facility of the Fraport Skyliners. How did you like the gym?

Its a very good facility. You notice right away that Frankfurt is a good organization that stands behind their players by having a place like this. It was a very good atmosphere during the game.

It was a very tight first half. Was that the game plan to play much transition basketball?

Yes we wanted to press the ball as much and not let Frankfurt get into their press defesne. That is something that Frankfurt likes to do.

What did Leitershofen head coach Stefan Goschenhofer tell the team to do better in the second half at half time?

He told us that we had to play better pick and roll defense. They were penetrating well and kicking the ball out. We had to rotate better.


What was key in the third quarter for the Fraport Skyliners juniors opening up the game with the lead?

They made many good shots. They continued to drive and kick the ball to the open man. They hit their open shots better.

Did Leitershofen run out of gas in the fourth quarter?

We got a little tired. It was tough playing without Richard Froehlich our big man. We ran out of gas. We played better defense in the fourth quarter against Frankfurt than in the third quarter, but it wasnt enough to win the game.

How happy were you with your own performance of 24 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes?

I felt that I did some good things, but also missed some open shots. I thought I did a good job mixing it up and getting to the rim. I defended the pick and roll well in the first half, but not so well in the second half.


Are you happy that the team did a good job rebounding despite the height and physical disadvantage?

I felt we did a good job boxing out the whole game. They were a bigger team and did a good job keeping them off the boards.


What Fraport Skyliner impressed you the most?

I liked Konstantin Klein. He really did a good job controlling the game and did a good job on the pick and roll. He is really hard to defend when he gets going. His shooting impressed me also. He is a solid player.


What was the play of the game form Leitershofen?

We penetrated and had good ball movement and Patrick Wischnewski hit the three pointer.

You played with German national player Yassin Idbihi at Buffalo (NCAA). What was your fondest moment of him there?

He was a very hard worker. I remember that he always had a smile on his face. He was the nicest guy off the court and he always had nice jokes. It never surprised me that he made it as a player, because he works so hard, shoots well and defends very well.

How far will your Indiana Pacers do this well?

I dont think that they will do so well. They dont have the same personal as in the last years. Danny Granger is also hurt.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Next Friday. It was a very good movie with Ice Cube.

Thanks Parnell for the chat.




ProA Round 10: Duesseldorf Baskets keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Duesseldorf Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Duesseldorf Baskets defeated 8th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 at home 83-69. The game without a history. Duesseldorf Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded BV Chemnitz 99 33-22. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St.) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds for BV Chemnitz 99. Duesseldorf Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. BV Chemnitz 99 will play next round against strong MLP Academics Heidelberg trying to get back on the winning streak. Duesseldorf Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Finke Baskets in Paderborn.
Leading BG Goettingen (7-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by third ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-3) 74-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BG Goettingen. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jeremy Black chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. BG Goettingen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to second place, which they share with Goettingen. BG Karlsruhe will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BG Goettingen will play against NBC (#8) in Nurnberg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Vechta between Science City Jena and SC Rasta Vechta. Tenth ranked Science City Jena (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (5-4). Science City Jena managed to escape with a 1-point win 99-98 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. Aurimas Adomaitis notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by A.J. Rudowitz did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Science City Jena have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Science City Jena will meet at home Crailsheim Merlins (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SC Rasta Vechta will play against ETB Wohnbau (#11) in Essen and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Crailsheim. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 13th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (3-7) to fourteenth ranked Kirchheim Knights (4-6) 83-82 on Saturday evening. Chris Alexander fired 21 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Kirchheim Knights' coach Branislav Ignjatovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Ehingen. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) at home where they are favorite. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Science City Jena.
Important game to mention about took place in Allmendingen. Eleventh ranked Finke Baskets (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (4-6) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It was a very good performance for Jason Adams who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Finke Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Ehingen/Urspringschule dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Finke Baskets will face league's leader Duesseldorf Baskets at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#5).

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Cuxhaven beat Leipzig on the road 77-66. Heidelberg won against NBC on its own court 83-71. Gotha managed to outperform ETB Wohnbau in a road game 90-79.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks by Chris Gadley of Leipzig.


Leipzig - Cuxhaven 66-77

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (6-4) beat on the road bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (2-8) 77-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. Cuxhaven BasCats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Monyea Pratt (195-85, college: Stillman) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Harry Marshall (183-88, college: Indiana St., agency: Limelight Hoops) added 12 points in the effort for USC Leipzig. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted USC Leipzig stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will face Ehingen/Urspringschule (#12) in Allmendingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Leipzig will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#13).
Top scorers:
Leipzig: C.Gadley 22+17reb+1ast, H.Marshall 12+4reb+2ast, W.Simon 10+6reb, N.Khartchenkov 7+5reb+1ast, K.Schaffartzik 7+1ast, K.Kranz 6
Cuxhaven: M.Pratt 19+7reb+2ast, J.Kelly 16+10reb+3ast, S.Thomas 11+10reb, O.Mackeldanz 10+11reb, E.Harris 8+6reb, M.Pluskota 6+2reb
gschID: 184424


Ehingen - Finke Baskets 71-74

Important game to mention about took place in Allmendingen. Eleventh ranked Finke Baskets (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (4-6) 74-71 on Sunday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ehingen/Urspringschule won third quarter 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American swingman Jason Adams (197-89, college: Missouri So.) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (188-89) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Aud is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jake Anderson (187-87, college: Iowa St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ehingen/Urspringschule. Finke Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Ehingen/Urspringschule dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Finke Baskets will face league's leader Duesseldorf Baskets at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#5).
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Calvin 18+12reb+1ast, J.Anderson 14+5reb+2ast, S.Marlon Theis 8+3reb+1ast, V.Matthews 7+3reb+6ast, M.Mueller 7+2reb+2ast, T.Unterluggauer 6+6reb+1ast
Finke Baskets: M.Fleischmann 16+2reb, J.Adams 13+9reb+4ast, G.Aud 10+4reb+5ast, M.Jost 9+9reb, R.Aquino 9+3reb, S.Dennis 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 184423


Duesseldorf - Chemnitz 83-69

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Duesseldorf Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Duesseldorf Baskets defeated 8th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 at home 83-69. The game without a history. Duesseldorf Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded BV Chemnitz 99 33-22. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five Duesseldorf Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St.) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BV Chemnitz 99. Duesseldorf Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. BV Chemnitz 99 will play next round against strong MLP Academics Heidelberg trying to get back on the winning streak. Duesseldorf Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Finke Baskets in Paderborn.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Bynum 16+5reb+3ast, A.Jones 15+5reb, B.Obiango 11+1reb, R.Cardenas 9+6reb, T.Ishizaki 7+2reb+4ast, J.Schmidt 6+2reb+4ast
Duesseldorf: M.Petric 20+1reb+2ast, P.Flomo 19+11reb, N.Adamczak 13+5reb, K.Chones 13+5reb+3ast, T.Tzakopoulos 11+3reb+5ast, C.Pfeil 3
gschID: 184422


Heidelberg - NBC 83-71

Rather expected game when 7th ranked NBC (5-5) lost on the road to fourth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (6-3) 83-71 on Sunday. MLP Academics Heidelberg dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to NBC's 34. MLP Academics Heidelberg forced 22 NBC turnovers. Quite impressive performance for center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kai Barth (188-89) contributed with 14 points and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Sebastian Schroeder (192-88) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) added 6 points and 9 assists in the effort for NBC. Four NBC players scored in double figures. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains fourth position with 6-3 record. NBC lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with five games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg will face BV Chemnitz 99 (#7) on the road in the next round. NBC will play against BG Goettingen.
Top scorers:
NBC: L.Fabrizius 14+4reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 13+6reb, C.Abercrombie 11+5reb, C.Adler 11+4reb+1ast, R.De Michael 6+3reb+1ast, W.Chavis 6+4reb+9ast
Heidelberg: D.White 19+1reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 17+10reb+1ast, K.Barth 14+2reb+8ast, O.Komarek 10, J.Heindel 9+4reb+2ast, C.von Fintel 8+1reb
gschID: 184421


Goettingen - Karlsruhe 65-74

Leading BG Goettingen (7-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by third ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-3) 74-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BG Goettingen. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Greek-American guard Nicholas Livas (198-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. BG Goettingen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to second place, which they share with Goettingen. BG Karlsruhe will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BG Goettingen will play against NBC (#8) in Nurnberg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Vargas 18+5reb+1ast, N.Livas 12+9reb+3ast, R.Harris 9+4reb+1ast, M.Grimaldi 7+5reb+3ast, S.Phillips 7+9reb+3ast, B.Davis 7
Karlsruhe: M.Stockton 14+7reb+3ast, J.Black 14+7reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 14+4reb+1ast, J.Harris 10+2reb+1ast, D.Richardson 7+5reb, R.Roessler 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 184420


Vechta - Jena 98-99

A very close game took place in Vechta between Science City Jena and SC Rasta Vechta. Tenth ranked Science City Jena (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (5-4). Science City Jena managed to escape with a 1-point win 99-98 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. His fellow American import point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Science City Jena have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Science City Jena will meet at home Crailsheim Merlins (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SC Rasta Vechta will play against ETB Wohnbau (#11) in Essen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 26+5reb+1ast, R.Williams 18+4reb+5ast, J.Doerksen 17, D.Madrich 12+5reb+1ast, B.Fumey 10+2reb, R.Ferguson 8+4reb
Jena: G.Sim 19+2ast, K.Barker 18+2reb+4ast, A.Adomaitis 14+9reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 13+3reb+1ast, S.Watts 11+5reb, L.Jeka 9+6ast
gschID: 184418


ETB Wohnbau - Gotha 79-90

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (3-7) won against higher ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-6) in Essen 90-79 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Quite impressive performance for guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. American forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) replied with 28 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import Joey Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oettinger Rockets Gotha moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Crailsheim. Loser ETB Wohnbau dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face league's second-placed BG Karlsruhe at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 28+4reb+1ast, J.Henley 12+8reb+1ast, A.Cook 11+2reb+7ast, T.Harbut 8+5reb+1ast, F.Franke 8+3reb+5ast, M.Buljevic 7+2reb+1ast
Gotha: J.Lipke 18+4reb+4ast, L.Niebuhr 15+5reb+3ast, D.Watson 12+3reb+1ast, T.Baker 11+5reb+2ast, A.Smith 9+4reb+6ast, C.Griffin 8+2ast
gschID: 184419


Crailsheim - Kirchheim 82-83

A very interesting game took place in Crailsheim. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 13th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (3-7) to fourteenth ranked Kirchheim Knights (4-6) 83-82 on Saturday evening. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 18-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Kirchheim Knights forced 19 Crailsheim Merlins turnovers and outrebounded them 37-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) fired 21 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Dominik Schneider (203-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Kirchheim Knights' coach Branislav Ignjatovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Derek Coleman (180-84, college: Robert Morris) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists and naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Ehingen. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) at home where they are favorite. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Science City Jena.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: D.Coleman 20+2reb+11ast, J.Crow 14+2reb+2ast, J.Buck 13+6reb+1ast, J.Moore 11+4reb+4ast, H.Johnson 10+7reb+1ast, B.Lischka 8+2reb+1ast
Kirchheim: C.Alexander 21+3reb+6ast, D.Schneider 13+11reb, C.Land 10+1reb, C.Brooks 8+5reb+6ast, S.Adeberg 8+5reb+1ast, J.Maier 8+2reb
gschID: 184417



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A2: 6th Week - AEN Kifisia is still unbeaten and at the top of the table - by Chris Mammides

With one game remaining (planned to take place tomorrow), the first five games took place for the sixth week of the A2 league with the following results:

Agia Paraskevi - Fialthlitikos 67-87
Periods: 20-13, 44-33, 51-58, 67-87
No issues for the visiting site of Coach Zivas against the disapoinment of the A2 league this season team of Coach Hatzipanigiris, team of Agia Paraskevi. The home team was able to resist only for the first 25 minutes as after that there was only one team in the court and that wasn't the home team! Filathlitikos with Adetokoubo brothers in a great shape and Gikas scoring organising and assisting the team of Zivas did a wonderfull 23-55 in the second half to finally simply thrash the home team and remain steadily in the second position of the A2 league just behind the AEN Kiffisias.
KAP: Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) 15, MAtos 13, Psileas 12
Filathlitikos: G Adetokoubo 11, Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93) 18, Gikas 17, Samothrakis 15

Koroivos Amaliadas - Irakleio 83-70
Quarters: 21-17, 43-35, 69-52, 83-70
The team of Head Coach Nipergialis had no problems against the visiting site of Coach Rallis and with four players on double digits and an excellent Panagiotis Magidobe (188-G-88) (mainly from behind the arc since his 6 of 7 three pointers does prove that) beat with thirteen points difference the islanders of Irakleio. The home team took an early lead at the beggining on a single digit but after the first 22 minutes the score went sky-high with the difference reching the 20 points. The visitors tried their best but there was an obvious difference in quality in the two teams
Koroivos: Noeas 15, Karydas 13, Giorgos Antoniadis (202-G-87) 22, Panagiotis Magidobe 20 .
Irakleio: Kotoulas 11, Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) 18, Arnaoutakis 10


OFI - Lavrio 71-68
Quarters: 22-20, 34-38, 54-55, 71-68
The second concecutive defeat for Lavrio is a fact! Coach Serelis team was leading the game for the biggest period of the game but at the end the home team of Coach Takianos reacted and with Balafas and Papadakis at the end helped their team to finally win the game since on behalf of the visitors the two free throws by Psmaderis at the end missed their target.

OFI: Petrakis 10, Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) 19 and 10 rebounds, Dojcinov 12 and 10 rebounds, Vukadinov 12 and 7 rebounds
Lavrio: Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) 19, Giannakopoulos 12, Psomaderis 11, Limberopoulos 13

Ermis Lagkada - AE Neas Kifisia 65-74
Quarters: 19-19, 30-31, 44-49, 65-74
Only 20 minutes we had a game in Lagkada since that was the time in which the home team was able to defend its home court. After that and in the second half, Moshovitis and Karaboulas took over and added their sixth victory in six games with quite solid and simple basketball style
Ermis:Ioakeimidis 11, Plioukas 11, Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) 20 and 10 rebounds
AENK: Filippos Moschovitis (190-G-78) 21, Karaboulas 15 and 13 rebounds, Psathas 12.

Arkadikos - Pagrati 87-85
Quarters: 18-16, 43-38, 64-69, 87-85
A great derby took place in Arcadia where the home team of Coach Kastritis finally won the dramatic derby at the end. Govas and Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82) scored their thre of four free throws and gave the victory to their team.Five players for the home team has double digitis while Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) from the visitors gave his best but his 28 points were not enough for his team.
Arkadikos: Tsiotras 14, Miroslav Cubrilo 21 and 15 rebounds, Gizogiannis 16, Govas 12, Sigkounas 12.
Pagrati: Koutroulias 19, Nemanja Vranjes 28

Doxa Lefkadas - Ikaroi Serron 69-71
Quarters: 22-22, 38-37, 50-59, 69-71
With an under doubt bazer beeper free throws by Nikoloudis after a foul? by Manousos which the home team is doubting big time, the team of Coach Kamarkais succeeded a crucial road win in Lefkadas against Coach Vournas team, with Paraskeva Martzos (197-F-85) being the top man of the game for the home team but the duet of Marko Milicevic (204-F-82) and Symeonidis with Totsios helped their team to finally win the game.
Doxa: Matenidis 14, Manousos 10, Paraskeva Martzos 23, Matic 17.
Ikaroi: Totsios 18, Marko Milicevic 19 and Symeonidis 19



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Eredivisie Round 8: Leiden hands first defeat to Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

Undefeated Den Bosch (8-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked Leiden on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Leiden 64-59. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Den Bosch. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Leiden (7-2) moved-up to second place. Defending champion Den Bosch still keeps top position with one game lost. Leiden are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Den Bosch will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Groningen (6-3) against eighth ranked Weert (3-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Weert in a tough game in Weert 77-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Groningen. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Kenneth van Kempen contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Groningen. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert maintains eighth position with 3-6 record. Groningen at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Zwolle. Weert will play against higher ranked Den Helder K. (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Groningen will play against the league's leader Den Bosch (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Amsterdam can celebrate finally their first win this season after eight consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Rotterdam, where they defeated Rotterdam (1-8) 86-79 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Maurits Pieper who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. Cameron Echols responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amsterdam left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Rotterdam. It was Rotterdam's seventh loss in a row. Amsterdam will meet higher ranked Leeuwarden (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rotterdam will play against the league's second-placed Leiden (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Zwolle was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers M.Magixx (5-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Zwolle (6-3). Zwolle defeated M.Magixx 88-78. The winners were led by Tanner Smith who scored that evening 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Zwolle moved-up to third place, which they share with Groningen. M.Magixx at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Zwolle will have a break next round. M.Magixx will play at home against Den Helder K. (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Den Helder. Local Den Helder K. (4-5) was outscored by seventh ranked Leeuwarden (4-5) 80-53 on Saturday night. Leeuwarden moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Den Helder K. Leeuwarden will face Amsterdam (#9) at home in the next round.

In the last game of round 8 bottom-ranked Amsterdam was crushed by Groningen in Groningen 91-67.


Zwolle - M.Magixx 88-78

The game in Zwolle was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers M.Magixx (5-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Zwolle (6-3). Zwolle defeated M.Magixx 88-78. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The winners were led by American guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson, agency: Priority Sports) who scored that evening 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) did not help to save the game for M.Magixx. The former international power forward Nick Oudendag (210-87) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Zwolle and five M.Magixx players scored in double figures. Zwolle moved-up to third place, which they share with Groningen. M.Magixx at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Zwolle will have a break next round. M.Magixx will play at home against Den Helder K. (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: T.Smith 21+8reb+5ast, D.Webb 18+9reb, J.Magette 15+1reb+7ast, Z.Novak 13+3reb+2ast, N.Hulzebos 8+4reb+1ast, K.Zondervan 7+7reb
M.Magixx: K.Spain 15+11reb+3ast, N.Oudendag 15+7reb, K.Ahelegbe 13+3reb+3ast, K.Martin 13+2reb, T.Vermeulen 12+1reb+1ast, H.Bekkering 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193630


Leiden - Den Bosch 64-59

Undefeated Den Bosch (8-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked Leiden on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Leiden 64-59. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Den Bosch. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Andre Young (175-90, college: Clemson) added 20 points and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Leiden (7-2) moved-up to second place. Defending champion Den Bosch still keeps top position with one game lost. Leiden are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Den Bosch will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leiden: W.de Jong 20+7reb+2ast, R.Bekkering 18+6reb+1ast, A.Slagter 8+2reb+5ast, T.Gallo 5+5reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 5+2reb, P.Hilliman 3+3reb
Den Bosch: A.Young 20+1reb+2ast, D.Wright 14+10reb, S.Wessels 9+7reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 6+1reb+6ast, W.Carter 4+2reb, K.Akerboom 4+1reb
gschID: 193628


Rotterdam - Amsterdam 79-86

Amsterdam can celebrate finally their first win this season after eight consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Rotterdam, where they defeated Rotterdam (1-8) 86-79 on Saturday. Amsterdam looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Maurits Pieper (198-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds and center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) who added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks during the contest. American power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amsterdam left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Rotterdam. It was Rotterdam's seventh loss in a row. Amsterdam will meet higher ranked Leeuwarden (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rotterdam will play against the league's second-placed Leiden (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: M.Pieper 24+9reb+2ast, J.Ormskerk 14+1reb+3ast, A.Roye 13+1reb+6ast, B.Weijs 11+10reb+3ast, J.Roodheuvel 7+3reb+4ast, R.Siljade 5+5reb+1ast
Rotterdam: C.Echols 22+15reb, M.Otten 17+4reb+1ast, A.Miles 16+5reb+7ast, D.Jones 11+4reb+2ast, I.Filipan 5+1reb, D.Rigters 5+1reb
gschID: 193629


Weert - Groningen 83-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Groningen (6-3) against eighth ranked Weert (3-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Groningen was defeated by Weert in a tough game in Weert 77-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Groningen. It looked good early as Groningen took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Weert had a 28-21 second period charge getting the lead and Groningen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-83. Weert made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Groningen outrebounded Weert 42-23 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. International center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Weert players scored in double figures. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Groningen. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert maintains eighth position with 3-6 record. Groningen at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Zwolle. Weert will play against higher ranked Den Helder K. (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Groningen will play against the league's leader Den Bosch (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Weert: R.Fletcher 23+1reb+3ast, J.Padberg 14+3reb+2ast, B.Perine 13+3reb+4ast, A.Carter 12+6reb+1ast, S.Besseling 9+2reb+3ast, K.van Kempen 9+8reb+4ast
Groningen: J.Boykin 21+6reb, S.de Randamie 13+8reb+6ast, M.Miller 9+4reb+2ast, M.Kingma 8+4reb+1ast, D.Van Der Horst 7+3reb+2ast, J.Voorn 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193632


Den Helder K. - Leeuwarden 53-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Den Helder. Local Den Helder K. (4-5) was outscored by seventh ranked Leeuwarden (4-5) 80-53 on Saturday night. Leeuwarden moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Den Helder K. Leeuwarden will face Amsterdam (#9) at home in the next round.
gschID: 193631


Groningen - Amsterdam 91-67

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Amsterdam (1-8) was crushed on the road by second ranked Groningen (6-3) 91-67 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Amsterdam was better in third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Amsterdam 54-29 including a 24-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. International Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Groningen went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Zwolle. Amsterdam lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. Groningen will face league's leader Den Bosch on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#6).
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Boykin 18+14reb+5ast, J.Voorn 18+3reb+3ast, T.Theeuwkens 13+2reb, J.Dourisseau 10+9reb+1ast, T.Koenis 6+7reb+1ast, M.Kingma 6+4reb+2ast
Amsterdam: B.Weijs 19+9reb+1ast, A.Roye 14+3reb+6ast, J.Ormskerk 13+5reb+3ast, M.Pieper 11+6reb+2ast, H.Van Stein 4+1reb+1ast, J.Van Der Laan 2+1reb
gschID: 193627



Ramon Siljade continue with Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News (T)

BC Apollo Amsterdam (Eredivisie) landed 29-year old forward Ramon Siljade (199-83). He has played for the last five years at ABC Amsterdam. In 36 games last season he averaged 5.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He also played at ABC Amsterdam that season.
Siljades team made it to the Dutch Cup final in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
He has played previously for another Dutch team: Rotterdam.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Adriatic League: Cedevita edge Szolnok to stay among leaders - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Szolnok 91:86

Cedevita posted the sixth win in the Adriatic League season. The Croats held off Szolnok at home court to improve at 6-3 record. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) netted 18 points to pace the hosts. Szolnok remained at the bottom of the ladder at 2-7 record.
Cedevita poured in 28 points in the opening quarter to pull ahead. The hosts entered the second frame up by four points 28:24. Szolnok however took over in the second term. The Hungarian team snatched a 51:47 halftime advantage. Cedevita cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts trailed by three points at the final break. Cedevita used an 8:0 run early in the fourth term to surge ahead. Szolnok regained the advantage at 83:80 with under four minutes remaining. But the home team capped the regulation with four points in a row to seal the victory. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points, while Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) had 15 points for the hosts. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) answered with 18 points for Szolnok. Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: Court Side) banked 16 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Bracey Wright 18, Mickael Gelabale 15, Predrag Suput 14
Szolnok: Brandon Gay 18, Balazs Simon 16



A Division Round 8: Falco-Szova loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

There was a change at the A Division leadership position after last games. Round 8 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Falco-Szova (5-3). They were defeated by third ranked Kaposvari (6-2) 103-95 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Falco-Szova trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 25-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 95-103 at the end of the game. Kaposvari shot 62.9 percent from the field and made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Kaposvari forced 20 Falco-Szova turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-C/F-86, college: Cent.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 32 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) who added 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Kaposvari keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Albacomp and Atomeromu. Falco-Szova at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Soproni. They were replaced at the leadership position by Atomeromu. Falco-Szova will play next round against Marso NYKK trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kaposvari will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg.
The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Atomeromu as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Falco-Szova) loss. Atomeromu defeated 9th ranked Marso NYKK in Paks 83-72. The winners were led by American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists and Gergely Koertelyesi supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) did not help to save the game for Marso NYKK. Atomeromu have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Albacomp and Kaposvari. Marso NYKK at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Marso NYKK will play next round against strong Falco-Szova trying to get back on the winning streak. Atomeromu will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Szedeak at Szeged.
Bottom-ranked FS Debrecen (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Kormend (3-5) 94-76 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Zvonko Buljan who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Sean Carter produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kormend moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser FS Debrecen still closes the standings with eight games lost. Kormend will meet PVSK Pannon (#10) in the next round. FS Debrecen will play against the league's second-placed Albacomp and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Fifth ranked Soproni (5-3) crushed at home 8th ranked Szedeak (3-5) by 26 points 102-76, which is the biggest margin this round. Jeremy Wise orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 7 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. Soproni moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Falco-Szova. Szedeak lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Soproni's next round opponent will be Jaszberenyi (#6) on the road. Szedeak will play against the league's leader Atomeromu in Paks.

In the last two games of round 8 Jaszberenyi was destroyed by Albacomp on the opponent's court 93-69. ZTE KK managed to outperform PVSK Pannon in a home game 77-68.


Soproni - Szedeak 102-76

Fifth ranked Soproni (5-3) crushed at home 8th ranked Szedeak (3-5) by 26 points 102-76, which is the biggest margin this round. Soproni dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Szedeak's 40. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Jeremy Wise (191-86, college: S.Mississippi) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 30 points for the winners. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) replied with 31 points and the former international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Szedeak. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Soproni moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Falco-Szova. Szedeak lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Soproni's next round opponent will be Jaszberenyi (#6) on the road. Szedeak will play against the league's leader Atomeromu in Paks.
Top scorers:
Soproni: J.Wise 40+7reb+3ast, D.Thomas 30+4reb+3ast, F.Barovic 12+15reb+2ast, Z.Vesztergom 8+1reb+1ast, G.Gombas 6, A.Molnar 4+3reb+3ast
Szedeak: A.Gurley 31+2reb, M.Csorvasi 15+11reb+2ast, Z.Kiss 12+4reb+1ast, M.Vida 5+2reb+3ast, N.Dukic 5+5reb, L.Csorvasi 4+2reb
gschID: 196888


Kormend - FS Debrecen 94-76

Bottom-ranked FS Debrecen (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Kormend (3-5) 94-76 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. FS Debrecen managed to win second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Csaba Ferencz (195-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 28 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Sean Carter (205-88, college: Massachusetts) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Gabor Boros (198-82, college: USC Upstate) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kormend moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser FS Debrecen still closes the standings with eight games lost. Kormend will meet PVSK Pannon (#10) in the next round. FS Debrecen will play against the league's second-placed Albacomp and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kormend: C.Ferencz 28+5reb, Z.Buljan 25+10reb+2ast, M.Shaw 14+7reb+2ast, A.Farkas 9+5reb, V.Simpson 8+2reb+4ast, A.Rujak 6+2reb+3ast
FS Debrecen: S.Carter 22+7reb+2ast, D.Mladenovic 11+2reb+1ast, G.Cseh 9+4reb, E.Pettis 8+5reb+2ast, V.Vas 8+4reb+1ast, G.Boros 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 196886


Atomeromu - Marso NYKK 83-72

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Atomeromu as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Falco-Szova) loss. Atomeromu defeated 9th ranked Marso NYKK in Paks 83-72. The hosts were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 27-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists and the former international Gergely Koertelyesi (202-83, agency: TSS Management) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Even 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) did not help to save the game for Marso NYKK. Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atomeromu have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Albacomp and Kaposvari. Marso NYKK at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Marso NYKK will play next round against strong Falco-Szova trying to get back on the winning streak. Atomeromu will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Szedeak at Szeged.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: G.Koertelyesi 21+6reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 19+7reb+1ast, L.Williams 14+4reb+11ast, A.Toth 12+4reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 7+2reb+2ast, T.Kaman 6+1reb
Marso NYKK: A.Nelson 20+4reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 14+6reb, B.Davis 13+6reb+1ast, M.Berkis 12+6reb+5ast, L.Polyak 6+3reb, C.Kaluha 5
gschID: 196887


Albacomp - Jaszberenyi 93-69

Rather expected game in Szekesfehervar where 5th ranked Jaszberenyi (4-4) was crushed by second ranked Albacomp (6-2) 93-69. Jaszberenyi was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 56-25 second half run of Albacomp. They shot 61.5 percent from the field. They outrebounded Jaszberenyi 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Jozsef Lekli (206-87, agency: TSS Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Albacomp keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Atomeromu and Kaposvari. Jaszberenyi at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked FS Debrecen (#13) at home which should be another easy win for them. Jaszberenyi will play against Soproni (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: B.Wood 33+6reb+4ast, D.Hollis 13+6reb+5ast, J.Lekli 12+12reb+1ast, R.Moore 11+2reb+6ast, F.Bodi 7+5reb, Z.Supola 7+3reb
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 21+5reb+4ast, M.Rakic 18+2reb+5ast, M.Markovic 14+6reb+3ast, R.Torok 9+5reb, P.Szabo 3, B.Horti 2+3reb
gschID: 196885


Kaposvari - Falco-Szova 103-95

There was a change at the A Division leadership position after last games. Round 8 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Falco-Szova (5-3). They were defeated by third ranked Kaposvari (6-2) 103-95 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Falco-Szova trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 25-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 95-103 at the end of the game. Kaposvari shot 62.9 percent from the field and made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Kaposvari forced 20 Falco-Szova turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 32 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) who added 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kaposvari keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Albacomp and Atomeromu. Falco-Szova at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Soproni. They were replaced at the leadership position by Atomeromu. Falco-Szova will play next round against Marso NYKK trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kaposvari will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: M.Spica 32+2reb+2ast, K.Swanston 25+2reb+1ast, C.Dunn 17+2reb+6ast, R.Hendlein 15+11reb+2ast, G.Drahos 10+2reb+3ast, G.David 4
Falco-Szova: T.Ivosev 22+3reb, M.Fey 17+9reb, T.Will 14+3reb+2ast, J.Levy 14+6reb+7ast, L.Kalman 13+2reb+2ast, L.Simon 11+3reb
gschID: 196884


ZTE KK - PVSK Pannon 77-68

Everything could happen in Zalaegerszeg at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked ZTE KK and 9th ranked PVSK Pannon had identical 3-4 record. This time ZTE KK used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Pecs 77-68. ZTE KK made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. International David Gaspar (196-82, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. American guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) added 17 points in the effort for PVSK Pannon. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ZTE KK have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jaszberenyi. PVSK Pannon at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kaposvari (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. PVSK Pannon will play against Kormend (#11).
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: D.Hudson 23+4reb, D.Gaspar 20+7reb+8ast, T.Simovic 17+17reb, D.Copeland 14+3reb+6ast, D.Puszta 2+2reb, G.Baki 1+3reb
PVSK Pannon: A.Legion 25+8reb, B.Loesing 17+2reb+2ast, N.Toth 9+10reb, P.Kovacs 7+5reb+1ast, T.Hendley 6+1ast, B.Bodor 2+4reb
gschID: 196883



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Basketball Ireland Weekend Review - by Patrick Maher



Basketball Ireland Weekend Review

While UCC Demons cemented their position atop the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague over the weekend, their closest challengers, UL Eagles, remained in hot pursuit with a win of their own while Dublin Inter and UCD Marian also enjoyed victories.

The surprise result of the weekend undoubtedly goes to Dublin Inter who ended Bord Gais Neptunes impressive four game winning streak.

Inter entered the game confident, having almost beaten undefeated UCC Demons the week before. Determined not to let another Cork side leave with a road win against them, Inter played inspired basketball en route to a 66 55 win, their second of the season.

At start of the season, many considered UCD Marian one of the favourites to be challenging for the title. Four straight losses coming into this weekend had put a complete halt to that discussion topic but a win against a similarly struggling Killester team on Saturday may be the catalyst they need to restart their challenge

It was a very important result for us to get the team back in good spirits, said Marian head coach Sasa Punosevac, speaking after his teams 84 61 win over Killester.

I am very pleased with the way we played defence, to hold them to 61 points was a great achievement but we have to forget about the game now. We play Killester again on Sunday and to win twice against them will be tough, we need complete focus on that next game.

DCU Saints must have thought they were on the verge of causing a second big upset of the weekend when they trailed by just three points to last years champions UL Eagles at half time and a home crowd cheering them on.

Unfortunately for Saints, Eagles proved too versatile and an efficient inside outside game saw their perimeter scorer Robert Taylor unleashed in the second half and his final tally of 24 points went a long way to his teams eventual 16 point win.

On Friday night, a young Moycullen team were brought firmly back down to earth when their quest for three straight wins was halted by undefeated UCC Demons in a one-sided affair in Cork.

Demons led from the offset courtesy of a shooting clinic that left the westerners with little chance as the home team eventually eased to a 30 point win.

We knew Moycullen were one of the form teams so we knew we needed to come out with purpose and I think we did that in the first half, remarked Demons head coach Paul Kelleher after the game.

A perfect eight wins from eight games has Kellehers Demons perched atop the league standings and he credits his teams focus for the hot start.

In seasons past I could have told you five weeks in advance who we were playing. This year, all I can tell you is we are playing UL Eagles next week. We are literally just focusing on whats ahead of us and it has been a big part of our success so far.

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results

Friday, November 16th 2012

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons 96 (58) (K Walker 29, S Coughlan 25, D O Sullivan 15) Moycullen 66 (34) (P Sullivan 22, S Tummon 11, I Burke 8)

Saturday, November 17th 2012

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

UCD Marian: 84 (37) (J Galvin 30, C Meany 14, L Conroy 8) Killester 61 (33) (A Casey 15, P Summers 13, C Roe 13)

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Maree 64 (38) (T Mitkus 15, K Hansberry 13, C O'Hagan 12) Ulster Elks 78 (36) (J Mower 28, G Celms 14, C Johnson 12)

Fr Matthews 82 (34) (P ODriscoll 32, M Brusevcs 19, E OCallaghan 14) Templeogue Azzurri 76 (26) (I Gamede 21, L Thomson 16, P Taylor 10)

Team Left Bank Kilkenny 63 (29) (J Butler 12, J OKeefe 12, J Malone 9)

Ballon BC 38 (17) (E Kumpus 10, D Dembo 8, J Geiniza 7)

Sunday, November 18th 2012

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Dublin Inter 66 (29) (A Statkus22, M Tamusauskas13, M Cepliauskas9) Bord Gais Neptune 55 (27) (D Townes18, I McLoughlin10, G Walsh 9)

DCU Saints 56 (30) (M Nagle 13, P Glover 13, K Anderson 10) UL Eagles 72 (33) (R Taylor 24, N Campbell 12, R Lynch 9)

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Templeogue Azzurri 104 (43) (C Lakes 20, L Thompson 19, P Taylor 10) Donegal Town 62 (22) (W Timoney 15, P McHugh 12, J Carty 8)

Blue Demons 74 (33) (B ONeil 19, S McCarthy 20, K Gosford 17) Matt O Flaherty Chemists Titans 92 (43) (A Tongo 33, P Peldzius 15, B Garlic 18)

Courtesy .... cian Nihill .... www.basketballireland.ie

Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider)



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Lega2 Round 7: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

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

Lega 2 round 7 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Biancoblu BO (5-1) against eighth ranked Tezenis VE (4-3) 80-69 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Biancoblu BO. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-69. Tezenis VE made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) answered with 18 points for Biancoblu BO. Biancoblu BO's coach Stefano Salieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tezenis VE moved-up to sixth place, which they share with AcegasAps TR and Givova Scafati. Biancoblu BO at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Giorgo Tesi PT. Biancoblu BO will play next round against AcegasAps TR trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tezenis VE will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Aget Service IM in Imola.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tuscany Pistoia edged 7th ranked Givova Scafati at home 88-86 in overtime. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. It was a great evening for Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. Antonio Graves helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 5 steals. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with AcegasAps TR and Tezenis VE. Givova Scafati will play next round against Fileni BPA Jesi trying to get back on the winning streak. Tuscany Pistoia will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Novipiu Casale on the road.

In the last two games of round 7 LeGanberi FO beat AcegasAps TR on the road 76-70. Pall.Trento won against FCM Ferentino on its own court 87-81. Bottom-ranked Upea CdO managed to outperform Fileni BPA Jesi in Capo d'Orlando 83-78. Prima Veroli recorded a loss to Novipiu Casale at home 73-74.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 27 points and 6 assists by Francesco Guarino of FCM Ferentino.


AcegasAps TR - LeGanberi FO 70-76

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked LeGamberi Foods Forlž (3-4) beat higher ranked AcegasAps TR (4-3) in Trieste 76-70 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 29-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. LeGamberi Foods Forlž made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 AcegasAps TR turnovers. It was a very good performance for American point guard Bo Spencer (186-89, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). Guard Stefano Borsato (192-86, agency: Two Points) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Power forward Luca Gandini (205-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) added 18 points in the effort for AcegasAps TR. AcegasAps TR's coach Eugenio Dalmasson tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. LeGamberi Foods Forlž moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fileni BPA Jesi. Newly promoted AcegasAps TR dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. LeGamberi Foods Forlž will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
AcegasAps TR: J.Thomas 18+3reb, B.Brown 16+3reb, L.Gandini 11+13reb+1ast, A.Filloy 9+2reb+4ast, D.Mastrangelo 7+2reb+4ast, M.Carra 5+1reb+1ast
LeGanberi FO: B.Spencer 26+3reb+4ast, S.Borsato 13+4reb+1ast, M.Soloperto 8+6reb, M.Todic 6+7reb, S.Simeoli 6+5reb, A.Tessitori 6+3reb
gschID: 188798


Pall.Trento - FCM Ferentino 87-81

Rather expected game when 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (1-5) lost on the road to tenth ranked Pall.Trento (3-3) 87-81 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-81. It was a very good performance for Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) answered with 27 points and 6 assists and American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) added 20 points in the effort for FCM Ferentino. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pall.Trento moved-up to ninth place. FCM Ferentino at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with five games lost. Pall.Trento will face bottom-ranked Upea CdO (#15) in Capo d'Orlando in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FCM Ferentino will play on the road against C.de Latte BRE in Brescia.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: F.Guarino 27+4reb+6ast, D.James 20+4reb+3ast, A.Righetti 13+2ast, L.Ekperigin 10+11reb, G.Gurini 8+2reb+3ast, F.Basei 3+1reb
Pall.Trento: M.Umeh 26+2reb+2ast, A.Forray 13+5reb+2ast, B.Elder 13+3reb+2ast, L.Garri 13+11reb+4ast, L.Dordei 9+5reb+2ast, M.Spanghero 7+4ast
gschID: 188797


Tezenis VE - Biancoblu BO 80-69

Lega 2 round 7 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Biancoblu BO (5-1) against eighth ranked Tezenis VE (4-3) 80-69 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Biancoblu BO. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-69. Tezenis VE made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) answered with 18 points and the former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Biancoblu BO. Biancoblu BO's coach Stefano Salieri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tezenis VE moved-up to sixth place, which they share with AcegasAps TR and Givova Scafati. Biancoblu BO at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Giorgo Tesi PT. Biancoblu BO will play next round against AcegasAps TR trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tezenis VE will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Aget Service IM in Imola.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: D.Cournooh 18+4reb+1ast, A.Pecile 12+3reb+4ast, R.Harris 8+1ast, D.Cutolo 8+4reb+1ast, M.Vitali 7+3reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 6+2reb
Tezenis VE: R.McConnell 20+5reb+5ast, O.Lawal 15+14reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 11+2reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 9+6reb+2ast, M.Chessa 8+1reb+3ast, C.Westbrook 7+1reb
gschID: 188795


Fileni BPA Jesi - Upea CdO 78-83

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Upea CdO (1-6) won against on the road higher ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (3-4) 83-78 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. Upea CdO forced 21 Fileni BPA Jesi turnovers. Fileni BPA Jesi was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) answered with 25 points and American-Belgian point guard Ryan Hoover (187-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Fileni BPA Jesi. Four Fileni BPA Jesi players scored in double figures. Upea CdO left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with Aget Service IM. Loser Fileni BPA Jesi dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Upea CdO will face higher ranked Pall.Trento (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 25+3reb+1ast, E.Griffin 19+6reb, R.Hoover 14+6reb+6ast, M.Santiangeli 10+7reb, J.Sanders 6+4reb+3ast, J.Valentini 4+5reb
Upea CdO: T.Battle 25+3reb+4ast, A.Young 22+5reb, O.George 20+9reb+1ast, M.Portannese 6+4reb, A.Benevelli 6+5reb, M.Palermo 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 188794


Prima Veroli - Novipiu Casale 73-74

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Prima Veroli (2-5) was edged at home by fourth ranked Novipiu Casale (5-2) 74-73 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Prima Veroli won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novipiu Casale made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Novipiu Casale outrebounded Prima Veroli 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 25 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) answered with 25 points and the former international swingman Marco Rossetti (204-80) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Prima Veroli. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Novipiu Casale moved-up to third place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Prima Veroli lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with five games lost. Novipiu Casale will face league's leader Tuscany Pistoia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prima Veroli will play against Sigma Barcellona (#3).
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: M.Jurevicus 25+3reb+1ast, S.Berti 12+1reb+2ast, M.Rossetti 12+6reb+3ast, E.Walker 11+2reb, J.Hunter 6+4reb+6ast, L.Infante 6+3reb
Novipiu Casale: R.Green 27+11reb, C.Ware 25+2reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 10+2reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 6+9reb, N.Martinoni 3+3reb, D.Monaldi 3
gschID: 188793


Sigma Barcel. - Aget Service IM 91-84 OT

Sigma Barcellona toppled visiting Aget Imola in overtime. T.Bell came up with 16 points to pace the hosts to the fifth win in the season. Malvin Sanders was helpful with 15 points for the hosts. D.Gay answered with 18 points for Aget Imola. M.Maestrollo finished with 16 points in the sixth loss for the visitors.  
Top scorers:
Aget Service IM: D.Gay 18+4reb+2ast, M.Maestrello 16+4reb+1ast, R.Valenti 15+7reb, S.Zagorac 15+4reb+2ast, P.Marigney 7+6reb+6ast, M.Turel 6
Sigma Barcel.: T.Bell 16+6reb+1ast, M.Sanders 15+7reb+1ast, T.Green 12+7reb+8ast, C.Callahan 12+6reb, A.Cittadini 10+2reb, G.Eliantonio 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 188792


Giorgo Tesi PT - Givova Scafati 88-86 OT

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tuscany Pistoia edged 7th ranked Givova Scafati at home 88-86 in overtime. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 17-13 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-8. It was a great evening for Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 5 steals and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with AcegasAps TR and Tezenis VE. Givova Scafati will play next round against Fileni BPA Jesi trying to get back on the winning streak. Tuscany Pistoia will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Novipiu Casale on the road.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 34+3reb+2ast, P.Baldassarre 17+10reb, R.Slay 17+7reb, A.Ghiacci 7+5reb+2ast, D.Rosignoli 4+2reb, F.Bushati 3+2reb
Giorgo Tesi PT: M.Hicks 23+4reb+2ast, A.Graves 22+3reb+4ast, G.Galanda 12+5reb+1ast, R.Cortese 11+2reb+1ast, J.Borra 6+1reb, F.Toppo 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 188791



Nazionale A Round 10: Torino defeats Treviglio in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Nazionale A took place in Treviglio. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Treviglio (7-2) to third ranked Torino (8-2) 67-64 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Claudio Tommasini (190-91) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Torino have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Matera. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Torino is looking forward to face Chieti (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Treviglio will play against Casalpusterlengo (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game took place in Omegna where higher ranked Bari (5-4) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Omegna (4-5) 66-61. Guard Giacomo Mariani (191-86) notched 5 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Mohamed Toure supported him with 14 points. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) did not help to save the game for Bari. Omegna moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Recanati and Chieti. Bari at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Omegna will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#14) on the road in the next round. Bari will play against Mirandola (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Agrigento (7-3) beat at home 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (3-7) by 11 points 81-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Vincenzo Di Viccaro fired 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Andrea Iannilli produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Agrigento have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Agrigento maintains fourth position with 7-3 record, which they share with Castelletto. Mazzeo San Severo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Perugia and Latina Basket. Agrigento will meet league's leader Matera on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Latina Basket (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: Matera won against Latina Basket on the opponent's court 62-55. Mirandola unfortunately lost to Bologna in a home game 76-81. Firenze managed to beat Recanati on the road 76-72. Castelletto defeated Ferrara on its own court 76-70. Perugia beat Reggio Calabr. in a road game 75-68. Lucca won against Casalpusterlengo at home 80-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 14 rebounds by Riccardo Santolamazza of Latina Basket.


Treviglio - Torino 64-67

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Nazionale A took place in Treviglio. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of their biggest opponent Treviglio (7-2) to third ranked Torino (8-2) 67-64 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Claudio Tommasini (190-91) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Torino players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Torino have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Matera. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Torino is looking forward to face Chieti (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Treviglio will play against Casalpusterlengo (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 14+11reb+1ast, F.Conti 12+5reb, C.Tommasini 11+5reb+3ast, M.Evangelisti 10+1ast, L.Gergati 8+2reb+1ast, D.Sandri 6+3reb+1ast
Treviglio: D.Reati 25+7reb, R.Perego 15+10reb+2ast, S.Ferrarese 13+6reb+5ast, L.Molinaro 5+2reb+1ast, R.Malagoli 2+2ast, N.Cazzolato 2+5reb
gschID: 191693


Agrigento - San Severo 81-70

Fourth ranked Agrigento (7-3) beat at home 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (3-7) by 11 points 81-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Agrigento. Mazzeo San Severo managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-84) fired 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. The former international forward Michele Giovanatto (202-81) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Agrigento have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Agrigento maintains fourth position with 7-3 record, which they share with Castelletto. Mazzeo San Severo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Perugia and Latina Basket. Agrigento will meet league's leader Matera on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Latina Basket (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: V.Di Viccaro 19+1reb+1ast, Q.De Laurentiis 12+6reb, M.Giovanatto 12+5reb+1ast, R.Castelli 11+4reb+1ast, P.Mossi 9+5reb+3ast, A.Quarisa 7+2reb
San Severo: A.Iannilli 20+6reb, O.Gueye 16+5reb+4ast, I.Scarponi 16+4reb, M.Del Brocco 9+9reb, R.Maggio 7+2reb, L.De Paoli 2+1reb
gschID: 191701


Latina Basket - Matera 55-62

Very expected game when 15th ranked Latina Basket (3-7) was defeated at home by second ranked Matera (8-2) 62-55 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 35-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Matera dominated on the defensive end, holding Latina Basket to just 6 points in first quarter. Point guard Carlo Cantone (187-85) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) for the winners. Swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Alessandro Cecchetti (200-91) added 4 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Matera keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Torino. Loser Latina Basket keeps the fifteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Perugia and San Severo. Matera will meet at home Agrigento (#4) in the next round. Latina Basket will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: C.Cantone 17+6reb+1ast, A.Vitale 13+4reb+2ast, C.Sebastian Vico 10+2reb, C.Grappasonni 9+8reb+1ast, A.Iannuzzi 8+9reb+1ast, M.Rezzano 5+7reb+1ast
Latina Basket: R.Santolamazza 25+14reb+2ast, T.Milani 8+3reb, F.Gagliardo 8+6reb, M.Micevic 7+5reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 4+10reb+1ast, R.Tavernelli 3+3reb
gschID: 191700


Mirandola - Bologna 76-81

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Bologna (6-4) defeated on the road 17th ranked Mirandola (2-8) 81-76 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bologna forced 20 Mirandola turnovers. Point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) fired 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Valerio Circosta (188-87, agency: Two Points) chipped in 20 points. Forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) produced 17 points and 6 assists and guard Michele Venturelli (188-82) added 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals respectively for lost side. Four Mirandola players scored in double figures. Mirandola's coach Antonio Tinti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bologna moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the eighteenth position with eight games lost. Bologna will meet at home Perugia (#17) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mirandola will play against Bari and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bologna: A.Piazza 22+8reb+5ast, V.Circosta 20+1reb, R.Pederzini 18+2reb, A.Poti 6+2reb, M.Raminelli 6+6reb+1ast, E.Chinellato 4+3reb+1ast
Mirandola: L.Pignatti 17+2reb+6ast, J.Losi 12+1reb+4ast, M.Venturelli 12+3reb+6ast, G.Sgobba 11+3reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 9+2reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 191698


Recanati - Firenze 72-76

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Recanati (4-5) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Firenze (6-3) 76-72 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-14. But Recanati won second period 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Firenze made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Firenze outrebounded Recanati 33-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) fired 25 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) produced 15 points and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Firenze have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 6-3 record, which they share with Lucca. Loser Recanati keeps the tenth place with five games lost. They share the position with Chieti and Omegna. Firenze will meet at home Reggio Calabr. (#19) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Recanati will play against Lucca (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Firenze: D.Casadei 25+6reb+3ast, S.Rabaglietti 16+2reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 15+8reb+4ast, S.Spizzichini 11+9reb, M.Caroldi 7+3reb+4ast, M.Sanna 2+1reb+1ast
Recanati: A.Pierini 18+1reb, G.Cantagalli 15+2reb+3ast, M.Tagliabue 11+5reb+1ast, M.Gnaccarini 9+2reb+7ast, S.Centanni 9+3reb+2ast, N.Benedusi 6+3reb
gschID: 191697


Castelletto - Ferrara 76-70

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Castelletto (7-3) beat at home 14th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (3-6) 76-70 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Naturhouse Ferrara was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Castelletto, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Four Castelletto players scored in double figures. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Simone Cortesi (196-86) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Castelletto have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Agrigento. Naturhouse Ferrara lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo. Castelletto will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Omegna (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: A.Ranuzzi 21+5reb+3ast, M.Pazzi 15+5reb+1ast, F.Bolzonella 15+3reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 12+13reb+3ast, A.Simoncelli 9+3reb+2ast, N.Damiani 4+4reb+1ast
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 19+8reb+3ast, M.Ferri 12+3ast, S.Casati 12+3reb, G.Agusto 8+1reb, S.Cortesi 6+12reb+2ast, A.Campiello 4+4reb
gschID: 191696


Reggio Calabr. - Perugia 68-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 19th ranked Reggio Calabr.'s (1-8) home loss to eighteenth ranked Perugia (3-7) 68-75 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Reggio Calabr. won fourth quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Davide Poltroneri (195-85) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Francesco Quaglia (206-88) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perugia moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Latina Basket and San Severo. Reggio Calabr. lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the nineteenth position with eight games lost. Perugia will meet higher ranked Bologna (#8) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Reggio Calabr. will play against Firenze (#6).
Top scorers:
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 23+6reb, P.Chiarello 14+5reb, C.Cutolo 13+3reb+1ast, F.Santantonio 10+4reb+2ast, S.Bonamente 6+4reb, J.David Rath 3+1reb
Reggio Calabr.: F.Quaglia 22+17reb+1ast, M.Caprari 12+1reb+2ast, L.Fontecchio 12+5reb+1ast, A.Ricci 10+2reb+1ast, N.Sabbatino 5+3reb+2ast, M.Ammannato 5+1reb
gschID: 191695


Lucca - Casalpusterlengo 80-74

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Lucca (6-3) won against at home 13th ranked Casalpusterlengo (3-6) 80-74 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 43-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lucca forced 20 Casalpusterlengo turnovers. Point guard Davide Parente (188-83) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Riccardo Casagrande (196-88, agency: Two Points) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lucca players scored in double figures. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lucca moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Firenze. Casalpusterlengo lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with six games lost. They share it with Ferrara. Lucca will meet Recanati (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Casalpusterlengo will play against Treviglio and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lucca: D.Parente 20+6reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 17+7reb+1ast, W.Santarossa 15+9reb, A.Barsanti 12, D.Banti 7+5reb+1ast, R.Bottioni 5+1reb+1ast
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 24+5reb+1ast, T.Marino 13+3reb+2ast, G.Ricci 12+9reb, M.Venuto 7+7reb+5ast, S.Fiorito 6+3reb, A.Chiumenti 6+4reb
gschID: 191694


Omegna - Bari 66-61

An interesting game took place in Omegna where higher ranked Bari (5-4) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Omegna (4-5) 66-61. It looked good early as Bari took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Omegna had a 16-13 second period charge getting the lead and Bari was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-66. Guard Giacomo Mariani (191-86) notched 5 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92) supported him with 14 points. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) did not help to save the game for Bari. Swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Omegna moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Recanati and Chieti. Bari at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Omegna will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#14) on the road in the next round. Bari will play against Mirandola (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Omegna: M.Toure 14+3reb+2ast, A.Saccaggi 13+1reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 8+3reb, M.Farioli 7+5reb+1ast, P.Paci 6+6reb+4ast, G.Mariani 5+10reb+4ast
Bari: L.Bisconti 17+5reb, D.Bonessio 11+9reb+1ast, M.Cardillo 10+4reb, A.Ruggiero 8+2reb, D.Barozzi 8+2reb, S.Bonfiglio 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 191692



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JBL Round 7: Aishin Sea Horses beat Mitsubishi Dolphins by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Sixth-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (4-10) were very close to win a game against second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (11-3) in Kariya on Saturday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) contributed with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Toshiba Thunders (8-6) 78-76 in the fight for the fourth place. It was a great evening for American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Joji Takeuchi helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) responded with a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toshiba BT. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Panasonic Trians.
A very close game took place in Tochigi between Tochigi Brex and Panasonic Trians. Seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (3-11) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Panasonic Trians (9-5). Tochigi Brex managed to escape with a 3-point win 82-79 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Takuya Kawamura who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Tochigi Brex's coach Antanas Sireika used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Jameel Watkins came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks for Panasonic Trians in the defeat. Tochigi Brex maintains seventh place with 3-11 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Tochigi Brex will meet at home league's leader Toyota Alvark in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (1-13) in Fuchu 82-70. Jeff Gibbs fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Hokkaido L. lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido L. will play against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (12-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (1-13) in Fuchu 78-65. It was a very good performance for Jeff Gibbs who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Hokkaido L. lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido L. will play against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.

Other games in round 7 were not that significant. Panasonic T. beat Tochigi Brex on the road 80-72. Aishin SH destroyed Mitsubishi DD on its own court 77-58. Hitachi SR managed to outperform Toshiba BT in Osaka 85-74.


Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 82-79

A very close game took place in Tochigi between Tochigi Brex and Panasonic Trians. Seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (3-11) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Panasonic Trians (9-5). Tochigi Brex managed to escape with a 3-point win 82-79 on Sunday evening. Panasonic Trians were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Panasonic Trians' players. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) accounted for 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Tochigi Brex's coach Antanas Sireika used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Panasonic Trians in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex maintains seventh place with 3-11 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Tochigi Brex will meet at home league's leader Toyota Alvark in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: J.Watkins 24+22reb+2ast, K.Hirose 14+6reb+1ast, T.Onishi 11+3reb+1ast, K.Kanamaru 10+3reb, A.Hirao 9+1reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 6+5reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 19+5reb+6ast, S.Ito 13+5reb+1ast, T.Smith 11+7reb+4ast, T.Yanagawa 10+2reb+1ast, K.Takeda 8+1reb+2ast, R.Anzai 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 183281


Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 82-70

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (1-13) in Fuchu 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. was better in fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hokkaido L. 37-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Daisuke Noguchi (196-83) produced 17 points and American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) added 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Hokkaido L. lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido L. will play against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Noguchi 17+3reb+2ast, J.Catron 17+4reb+1ast, T.Klette 11+5reb, M.Ito 10+3reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 9+4reb+5ast, T.Orimo 2+1reb+2ast
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 19+14reb+2ast, M.Takahashi 15+8reb, K.Takeuchi 12+3reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 11+3reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 9+2reb+3ast, K.Matsui 7+2ast
gschID: 183282


Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 75-72

Sixth-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (4-10) were very close to win a game against second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (11-3) in Kariya on Saturday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 17+9reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 12+2reb+1ast, J.Abe 12+2reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 12+5reb+2ast, T.Sato 7+2reb, M.Rolle 6+1reb+1ast
Aishin SH: K.Young 19+13reb+1ast, S.Asayama 17+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 16+3reb+5ast, J.Sakuragi 13+17reb+6ast, H.Hashimoto 3, T.Furukawa 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 183280


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 76-78

Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Toshiba Thunders (8-6) 78-76 in the fight for the fourth place. Toshiba Thunders were ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 24-11 third quarter run of Hitachi Sunrockers. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) responded with a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds and swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) scored 14 points. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toshiba BT. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Panasonic Trians.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 46+21reb, N.Tsuji 14+1reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 7+2reb, S.Kikuchi 4+2reb, Y.Yamashita 3+2reb, Y.Kagami 2+3reb+2ast
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 27+9reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 14+1ast, D.Fenn 12+7reb, J.Takeuchi 11+8reb+2ast, T.Watanabe 7+2reb, F.Nishimura 6+3reb
gschID: 183279


Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 78-65

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (12-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (1-13) in Fuchu 78-65. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-65. Toyota Alvark had a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hokkaido L. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) added 18 points in the effort for Hokkaido L.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Hokkaido L. lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido L. will play against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 18+1reb+2ast, J.Catron 15+7reb, M.Ito 10+3reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 9+4reb+2ast, T.Klette 9+5reb, R.Sakurai 4+1reb+3ast
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 20+8reb+3ast, K.Matsui 12+1ast, M.Takahashi 11+8reb, T.Ito 10+3reb+4ast, K.Takeuchi 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Okada 7
gschID: 183278


Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 72-80

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Panasonic Trians (9-5) beat on the road 7th ranked Tochigi Brex (3-11) 80-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swedish Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) answered with 22 points and the former international swingman Ken Takeda (188-78) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Tochigi Brex. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panasonic Trians maintains third place with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 22+3reb+3ast, T.Smith 15+5reb+2ast, S.Ito 10+3reb+2ast, K.Takeda 9+7reb+6ast, A.Tajima 5+1reb, T.Amino 4+4reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: K.Hirose 15+6reb+4ast, J.Watkins 11+7reb+1ast, F.Aono 11+4reb, C.Maraker 10+10reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 10+3reb+1ast, T.Onishi 7+1reb
gschID: 183277


Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 77-58

Very expected game when 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (4-10) were smashed by second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (11-3) in Kariya 77-58 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Quite impressive performance for the former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) answered with 7 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) added 10 points in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Aishin Sea Horses. They maintain second place with 11-3 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: J.Uzawa 10+2reb+1ast, M.Rolle 9+1reb, R.Hale 7+5reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Ueta 5+1ast, J.Abe 4+2reb+2ast
Aishin SH: S.Asayama 20+2reb+4ast, J.Sakuragi 14+8reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 10+3reb+4ast, R.Covile 9+1reb+1ast, K.Young 9+9reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 183276


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 74-85

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-6) won against 4th placed Toshiba Thunders (8-6) in Kanagawa 85-74 on Friday. Hitachi Sunrockers shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) added 19 points in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toshiba BT. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Panasonic Trians.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 21+11reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 19+4reb+2ast, S.Kikuchi 11+4reb, R.Shinoyama 5+3ast, Y.Yamashita 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 4+2reb
Hitachi SR: D.Fenn 17+14reb, D.Kobayashi 15+2reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 14+8reb+5ast, F.Nishimura 11+2reb+3ast, H.Kashiwakura 9+2ast, T.Sakai 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 183275



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Bashkimi passes Drita easyly - by Dren Shporta

Bashkimi has passed Drita easily tonight in the match played on Sezai Surroi court of Prizren. The oranges won 100-75 too register their sixth victory of the season.

Urim Zenelaj (212-C-91) was on his mood tonight while registered his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 blocks. But again, Dustin Mitchell was the main scorer of the team with 23 points. Phil Brooks also contributed with 18 points and Elvan Iljazi with 15 more.

On Drita's side Devin Chambers's good cooperation with Ukshin Demi wasn't enough to beat Bashkimi. Chambers scored 26, while Demi added 24 points more on Drita's 8th loss of the season.


Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 8-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 8-1 
 3. Bashkimi 6-3 
 4. Trepca 6-3 
 5. RTV 21 4-5 
 6. Vellaznimi 3-6 
 7. Drita 1-8 
 8. Kosova 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 18: Trepca - Kosova 94-65
Nov. 17: Vellaznimi - RTV 21 78-82
Nov. 18: Sigal Prishtina - Peja 66-59
Nov. 18: Bashkimi - Drita 100-75

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 1: Kolegji Univer. - RTV 21
Dec. 1: Vellaznimi - Kosova
Dec. 1: Bashkimi - Peja
Dec. 1: Trepca - Sigal Prishtina


Sigal Prishtina's Revenge to Peja - by Dren Shporta

Former champions, Sigal Prishtina, didn't start well the match against Peja, while they lost first quarter 15-22.

But since that moment, the defence of the blues of Arben Krasniqi came back to their best and stopped Peja in second quarter on 16-8 and in the third quarter on 19-14 to take the needed advatage for their biggest victory of the season.

Dardan Berisha was the main scorer (26 points) in Rudolf Jugo's team, but he has lost many shots on the two last quarters. On the other hand Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management) scored 18 points while Adam Waleskowski also contributed with his 21 points in Sigal Prishtina's victory over until today, unbeaten Peja.



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Ventspils continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils continue their winning streak In Baltic League. The Latvian side overcame Siauliai 71:65 for 7-0 record. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Vytautas Sulskis scored 14 points.
Valmiera meanwhile edged LSU-Baltai 83:56. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 30. Maris Ziedins (203-F/C-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Sarunas Beniusis with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Zygimantas Skucas scored 10 points and 5 rebounds.



LBL Round 10: Latvijas Universitate keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

LBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 10 rounds left. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Latvijas Universitate as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Latvijas Universitate defeated one of their biggest challengers Jurmala in Riga 66-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jurmala. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Jurmala turnovers. Guard Kristaps Dargais (198-G-90) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Atis Ozols (199-81) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Jurmala will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Latvijas Universitate will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Valmiera on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Jurmala. Fourth ranked Jurmala (5-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Jekabpils (3-6) 87-86 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) notched 19 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Atis Ozols supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jurmala's coach Jevgenijs Kosuskins allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) did not help to save the game for Jekabpils. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains fourth position with 5-4 record. Jekabpils lost third consecutive game. Jekabpils at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Turiba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Eighth ranked Turiba (3-6) crushed at home 11th ranked U18 (1-5) by 17 points 81-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Mikus Sokolovs fired 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Andzejs Pasecniks produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Turiba maintains eighth position with 3-6 record, which they share with Jekabpils. Newly promoted U18 stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Turiba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. U18 will play against Jelgava (#6).

In the last game of round 10 Turiba lost to Jekabpils on the opponent's court 75-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 12 rebounds by Todd O'Brien of Jekabpils.


LU - Jurmala 66-62

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Latvijas Universitate as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Latvijas Universitate defeated one of their biggest challengers Jurmala in Riga 66-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jurmala. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Jurmala turnovers. Guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Atis Ozols (199-81) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) scored 11 points. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Jurmala will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Latvijas Universitate will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Valmiera on the road.
Top scorers:
LU: H.Rubenis 17+3reb, K.Dargais 16+10reb+4ast, Z.Peiners 15+8reb+2ast, R.Zebergs 6+3reb+1ast, K.Strazdins 4+4reb+2ast, M.Dargis 4+2reb
Jurmala: A.Ozols 14+8reb+2ast, K.Brown 11+4reb+3ast, R.Stumbris 11+2reb, E.Slesers 8+3reb+1ast, J.Dilevka 5+5reb, D.Coders 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 198006


Jekabpils - Turiba 91-75

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Turiba (3-6) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Jekabpils (3-6) 91-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-75. Jekabpils outrebounded Turiba 47-23 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) fired 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Hill jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) produced 15 points and guard Mikus Sokolovs (195-89) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jekabpils moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Turiba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 34+1reb+4ast, T.O'Brien 24+12reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 11+10reb+1ast, K.Mediss 8+1reb+2ast, M.Hlebowicki 7+9reb+2ast, O.Virsis 4+6reb+5ast
Turiba: G.Sipolins 15+3reb+1ast, M.Rudmiezis 11+5reb+1ast, V.Veinbergs 10+1reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 9+2reb+7ast, J.Kalnins 8+6reb, M.Vinauds 5+1ast
gschID: 198005


Jurmala - Jekabpils 87-86

Important game to mention about took place in Jurmala. Fourth ranked Jurmala (5-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Jekabpils (3-6) 87-86 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Jekabpils were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 25-17 third quarter run of Jurmala. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Jekabpils' 28. American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) notched 19 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Atis Ozols (199-81) supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jurmala's coach Jevgenijs Kosuskins allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) did not help to save the game for Jekabpils. The former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) added 22 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Five Jurmala and four Jekabpils players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains fourth position with 5-4 record. Jekabpils lost third consecutive game. Jekabpils at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Turiba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: D.Coders 19+4reb+1ast, K.Brown 19+4reb+4ast, A.Ozols 14+7reb+5ast, R.Mednis 12+5reb, J.Dilevka 11+3reb+1ast, E.Slesers 6+2reb+3ast
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 29+7reb+6ast, J.Aleksejevs 22+10reb+1ast, T.O'Brien 11+4reb, K.Piternieks 10+2reb, K.Mediss 6+1ast, M.Hlebowicki 5+6reb
gschID: 198004


Turiba - U18 81-64

Eighth ranked Turiba (3-6) crushed at home 11th ranked U18 (1-5) by 17 points 81-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. Turiba outrebounded U18 44-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Guard Mikus Sokolovs (195-89) fired 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Turiba players scored in double figures. Center Andzejs Pasecniks (211-95) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kristaps Gluditis (192-95) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Turiba maintains eighth position with 3-6 record, which they share with Jekabpils. Newly promoted U18 stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Turiba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. U18 will play against Jelgava (#6).
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Sokolovs 21+5reb+4ast, M.Vinauds 18+3reb+2ast, G.Sipolins 13+9reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 13+6reb+1ast, J.Kalnins 5+8reb+2ast, M.Motivans 4+4reb+3ast
U18: K.Gluditis 14+2reb, A.Pasecniks 13+11reb, A.Ginters 10+3reb+1ast, K.Plavnieks 8+5reb+3ast, K.Cavars 8+1reb+1ast, E.Meznieks-Zahars 3+2reb
gschID: 198003



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Lithuanian NKL round 12 best performance: Povilas Sakinis - by Eurobasket News

Forward Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Dzukija, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Triobet (#11, 6-6) 99-90. Dzukija maintains the 5th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dzukija will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Sakinis had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Dzukija's top player in his first season with the team. Povilas Sakinis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.0ppg) and averages impressive 57.9% FGP and 45.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet. Linkevicius had a very good evening with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Triobet lost that game 90-99 to the higher-ranked Dzukija (#5, 8-3). This loss caused Triobet to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Linkevicius is well-known at Triobet and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#7). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Dzukija's star - American guard Bryan Harrison (188-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Harrison showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, five rebounds and thirteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Dzukija, helping his team with a 99-90 win against the lower-ranked Triobet (#11, 6-6). Dzukija needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Harrison has a great season in Lithuania. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.5apg (2nd best). He also has 2.3spg and and 3PT: 43.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antanas Udras (202-F-92) of Perlas-MRU - 14 points and 14 rebounds
5. Mantas Virbalas (203-C/F-88) of Perlas-MRU - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mantas Kazonas (201-F-89) of Olimpas - 28 points and 6 rebounds
7. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Suduva-Mantinga - 25 points and 4 assists
8. Vytautas Pikalavicius (196-F/G-90) of Mazeikiai - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Donatas Norkus (196-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Paulius Kleiza (195-SF-88) of Birstono - 26 points, 3 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)



Simas Galdikas leaves Dnipro - by Eurobasket News (T)

25-year old Lithuanian forward Simas Galdikas (203-105kg-87) left Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Superleague). But in 8 games he played this season he averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.0rpg.
Galdikas team made it to the Baltic League Challenge Cup Final Four in 2011.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention award in 2011.
Galdikas has played professionally in Lithuania (Neptunas and Nafta Universitetas).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rudupis, Lietkabelis and Sakalai won the latest games - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis, Lietkabelis and Sakalai won the latest games in Baltic League.
One of the most interesting games of round 9 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Kedainiai where leader Rudupis won against host Nevezis 72-68. The best player for the winners was Gediminas Orelikas who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Darius Silinskis (216-C-84, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-PG-85) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively.
Sakalai overcame Estonian Tln Kalev 78:55 away from home. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Jokubas Gintvainis stepped up and scored 15 points and 4 assists for the winners and Paulius Dambrauskas chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Ike Okoye replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and Marc Campbell (180-G-86, college: N.Carolina) scored 7 points.
Ventspils continue their winning streak In Baltic League. The Latvian side overcame Siauliai 71:65 for 7-0 record. Arturs Berzins stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Folarin Campbell chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Saulius Kuzminskas with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.) scored 14 points.
Valmiera meanwhile edged LSU-Baltai 83:56. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 30. Maris Ziedins stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Janis Berzins chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Sarunas Beniusis with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Zygimantas Skucas scored 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Lietkabelis overcame Juventus 74:67. It was a good game for Mindaugas Kupsas who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Paulius Morkeliunas (200-F-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Laimonas Kisielius added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Juventus.



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Diekirch League Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

4th placed Musel Pikes (4-5) fell to seventh ranked T71 (4-5) in overtime by three points 92-95 on Saturday night. It was a good game for Tom Schumacher who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. T71 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Musel Pikes. T71 will face higher ranked Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Musel Pikes will play at home against the league's leader Sparta in Bertrange.

The most impressive performance of 9th round was 31 points and 15 rebounds by Reggie Golson of Amicale.


Basket Esch - Black Star 99-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Basket Esch's (3-6) home victory over bottom-ranked Black Star (1-8) 99-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-72. Basket Esch shot 64.5 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Black Star turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Basket Esch especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Black Star's players. It was a good game for international Joe Biever (184-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 assists. International Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Basket Esch players scored in double figures. Basket Esch's coach Franck Meriguet felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import point guard Terry Bryant (185-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 14 points in the effort for Black Star. Basket Esch have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Soleuvre. Black Star at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Basket Esch will face higher ranked Contern (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Black Star will play against the league's second-placed Amicale (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: J.Biever 21+4reb+5ast, L.Wright 19+2reb+2ast, S.Svitek 13+6reb+4ast, C.Donnersbach 13+2reb+2ast, M.Rajniak 10+6reb+8ast, A.Rodenbourg 9+2reb+3ast
Black Star: B.McDaniel 25+11reb, C.Ruppert 16+1reb+2ast, T.Bryant 14+4reb+3ast, M.Schumacher 8+5reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 6+1ast, C.Muller 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 192315


Soleuvre - Contern 91-79

There was an upset when 4th placed Contern (4-5) lost to eighth ranked Soleuvre (3-6) in Belvaux 79-91 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 52-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soleuvre dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Contern's 46. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Torye Pelham (198-87, college: S.Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Dominique Benseghir (183-85) contributed with 29 points for the winners. American forward Elton Frazier (196-88, college: Canisius) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Leon Powell (200-88, college: SE Missouri St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Contern. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soleuvre maintains eighth place with 3-6 record, which they share with Basket Esch. Newly promoted Contern keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Soleuvre will face higher ranked Residence (#7) in Bereldange in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Contern will play at home against Basket Esch.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: D.Benseghir 29+3reb+3ast, T.Pelham 22+12reb+3ast, M.Green 12+9reb+8ast, C.Weisen 12+3reb+2ast, D.Berthle 9+5reb+2ast, B.Hemmen 7+2reb+6ast
Contern: E.Frazier 19+13reb+4ast, L.Powell 18+8reb+2ast, R.Birenbaum 16+3reb+4ast, C.Jones 14+8reb+4ast, R.Wolzfeld 6+4reb+4ast, S.Kuhlmann 3+2ast
gschID: 192316


Etzella - Amicale 69-78

Everything could happen in Ettelbruck at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Amicale and 3rd placed Etzella had identical 6-2 record. But Etzella was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Steinsel 78-69 on Sunday night. Etzella trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-78 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lee Fisher (195-89, college: Chicago St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Four Amicale players scored in double figures. American power forward Anthony Simpson (203-87, college: Kent St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Etzella. Etzella's coach Amadeo Dias rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Amicale maintains second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Sparta. Etzella lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with three games lost. Amicale will face bottom-ranked Black Star (#10) in Mersch in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Etzella will play on the road against T71 (#6) in Dudelange.
Top scorers:
Amicale: R.Golson 31+15reb+1ast, L.Fisher 15+16reb, S.Picard 14+2reb, E.Jeitz 12+4reb, C.Schartz 3+2reb+3ast, B.Melcher 3+1reb+2ast
Etzella: A.Simpson 21+16reb, N.Delgado 19+3reb+4ast, J.Delgado 14+2reb+5ast, W.Arre 6+6reb+2ast, S.Ferreira 4+1reb+1ast, T.Giver 3+1reb
gschID: 192314


T71 - Musel Pikes 95-92 OT

4th placed Musel Pikes (4-5) fell to seventh ranked T71 (4-5) in overtime by three points 92-95 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Musel Pikes won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Musel Pikes used huge pressure winning it 21-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 10-13. It was a good game for international point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Ryan Sharry (203-89, college: Middlebury, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. American forward Trenton Wurtz (203-83, college: Indiana St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) added 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for Musel Pikes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. T71 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Musel Pikes. T71 will face higher ranked Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Musel Pikes will play at home against the league's leader Sparta in Bertrange.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 29+5reb+5ast, R.Sharry 25+11reb, D.Stephens 14+12reb, B.Kieffer 14+5reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 8+5reb+5ast, C.Laures 3+1ast
Musel Pikes: L.Schwartz 22+5reb+3ast, G.Schmit 21+2reb+2ast, B.Gary 21+6reb+4ast, T.Wurtz 20+13reb, J.Kox 8+6reb+3ast, T.Steffen 0+2reb
gschID: 192313


Sparta - Residence 79-78

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Residence (4-5) was edged by leader Sparta (9-0) in Bertrange 79-78 on Saturday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Residence trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 23-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-79 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Residence 48-30 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American point guard Kasey Ulin (181-82, college: Dickinson St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Darrion Pellum (198-87, college: Hampton) added 26 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Residence. Sparta have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Residence at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Sparta will face Musel Pikes (#5) in Stadrbredimus in the next round. Residence will play on the road against Soleuvre in Belvaux.
Top scorers:
Sparta: K.Ulin 23+8reb+9ast, J.Hublart 18+8reb+1ast, L.Smith 18+16reb, D.Gindt 13+5reb, X.Engel 5, P.Arbaut 2+5reb+3ast
Residence: M.Kennedy 26+14reb, D.Pellum 26+5reb, P.Koster 14+1reb+3ast, Y.Fasbender 7+5reb+3ast, M.Schmit 3+1reb, T.Abdiu 2+1reb
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Best players of Mexican LNBP round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Mexican-American Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fuerza Regia and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 31-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Corr.Victoria (#11, 8-15) 99-94. Fuerza Regia is placed at 7th position in Mexican LNBP. Fuerza Regia 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 12-10 record. Allred turned to be Fuerza Regia's top player in his first season with the team. Weber State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allred is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 57.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) of Guerreros. Alamo impressed basketball fans with 33 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Guerreros lost that game 94-105 to the higher-ranked Halc.Xalapa (#1, 21-2). Guerreros is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Alamo is a newcomer at Guerreros and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#6). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American McHugh Mattis (198-F-84) of Abejas (#8). Mattis scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Mattis' great performance Abejas lost 73-81 to the higher-ranked Pioneros (#5, 16-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Abejas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Mattis has a great season in Mexico. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (6th best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos - 35 points and 5 rebounds
5. Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83) of Panteras - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. James Dartez) of Corr.Victoria - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Osos - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Brody Angley (180-PG-86) of Toros - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Stephen Soriano (201-F-84) of Pioneros - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Sunday recap of 8 games - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Houston R. 119-108
The Lakers had to go one last time without Coach Mike D'Antoni (knee), and the team won their fourth game in five tries with Bernie Bickerstaff at the helm. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) notched his 18th career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in what would be another high-scoring affair for the Lakers. The team shot a season-high 54.1% from the field, converting 9-20 from three-point range. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored his 15,000th career point. Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) set a career high with 12. Antawn Jamison's eight was his best since joining the Lakers. The Rockets were led by Chandler Parsons' 24 points. James Harden scored 20 in his first appearance against the Lakers since the playoffs (with the Oklahoma City Thunder). Houston shot 48.9% from the field and 39.1% from behind the arc. Turnovers have been an issue for much of the season for the Lakers. On Sunday night they had 13 miscues, and forced the Rockets to cough up the ball 15 times. The Lakers improve to 5-5, climbing into the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Houston drops to 4-6, currently in 12th place. Lakers 98 - Rockets 87 (end of third quarter) Pau Gasol reached the 15,000-point career milestone in the third quarter as he helped carry the Lakers offensive load. The Rockets continued to shoot the ball well (54.5% from the field and 46.7% from three-point range) but the Lakers outpaced them at 60.3% and 46.7%. James Harden has 20 for Houston. The Lakers surged ahead on a 10-0 run, extending the lead to 16 until Harden finally nailed a three-pointer. Metta World Peace has added to the team's offensive attack with 15 points on the night. Bryant had 18 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds through three quarters, just two boards away from a triple-double. The Lakers had a reasonable nine turnovers, generally a bigger issue throughout the season. The Rockets had 11 turnovers. Lakers 68 - Rockets 60 (halftime) Kobe Bryant nearly notched a first-half triple-double, racking up 11 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in just 20 minutes of play against the Rockets. Houston actually won the quarter, 31-28, on 54.2% shooting from the field. James Harden scored 14 first-half points and Chandler Parsons chipped in 12. The Lakers had four starters in double-figures, led by Dwight Howard's 18, on 8-10 shooting. With the top two point guards out (Steve Nash and Steve Blake), the Lakers got a perfect shooting half from Darius Morris (5-5), scoring a career high 12 points, and Chris Duhon (2-2). The Lakers shot 67.4% from the field and 71.4% from three-point range. Neither team turned the ball over often, with five for L.A. and four for Houston. Lakers 40 - Rockets 29 (end of first quarter) Even with Bernie Bickerstaff coaching the Lakers for Mike D'Antoni, the team is already committed to picking up the pace. The Lakers scored 40 points against the Rockets in 12 minutes. Both teams battled back and forth for the first nine minutes of the game, with the lead swapping back and forth 14 times. Late in the period the Lakers went on a run, ending the quarter with their biggest lead of the game (11). The Lakers shot 73.9% from the field while Houston hit 45.8%. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 11 points, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Teammate Dwight Howard chipped in 10. Chandler Persons led the Rockets with 10. Darius Morris got the start in place of injured guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake Pregame Coach Mike D'Antoni will delay his debut, still recovering from knee surgery, putting Bernie Bickerstaff back in charge on Sunday as the Lakers host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. D'Antoni hasn't had much time to put in a system, joining the team after Mike Brown was relieved of his coaching duties. Bickerstaff has a 3-1 record in the interim. The Houston Rockets have upgraded their roster with James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. Harden has been an explosive offensive force for Houston, scoring 26.7 points per game, a hair behind Kobe Bryant's 26.9. Asik's 13.2 rebounds per game is second in the league, behind only Memphis Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph. Courtesy of: www.latimes.com

Portland TB - Chicago B. 102-94
PORTLAND, Ore.-Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) and Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) scored 21 points apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 102-94 on Sunday night for their first-three-game winning streak since opening last season with a trio of victories. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 13 rebounds as all of Portland's starters were in double figures. After trailing by as many as 15 in the third quarter, the Bulls came back to tie it at 73 early in the fourth. But Portland pulled back in front 87-75 on Matthews' pull-up jumper with 5:04 left. Matthews appeared to seal it with a 3-pointer that made it 93-81 with 1:26 left, but Nate Robinson hit a 3 to narrow it to 98-94 with 13.9 seconds to go. Batum and Aldridge each hit Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. ( (AP Photo/Don Ryan))a pair of free throws to help the Blazers hang on. Joakim Noah had 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Chicago. The Blazers were coming off Friday night's 119-113 overtime victory over Houston. Batum tied his career high with 35 points in the win. The Bulls were coming off a 101-80 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The team had not lost two straight this season. The Blazers have won five straight games against the Bulls at the Rose Garden. Chicago pulled ahead 30-23 with about 10 seconds left in the first quarter on Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke)'s layup. Matthews' pullup jumper tied it at 32 before Aldridge made a jumper to put the Blazers ahead. Batum's dunk with 3:59 left in the half gave Portland a 43-39 lead. The Blazers went on to lead 51-43 at the break. Batum opened the second half with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 54-43. Another Batum 3 put Portland ahead 61-47 and yet another one made it 67-53. Taj Gibson got the Bulls within 69-64 with a layup with 2:31 left in the quarter. Chicago pulled even closer on Deng's layup to open the final quarter, then evened it at 73 at Gibson made a layup and a free throw. Ronnie Price's long jumper for the Blazers prevented the Bulls from taking the lead, and Batum's 3-pointer and Price's layup extended it. Price also hit a free throw, making him the first Blazers bench player to score in double digits this season. Price finished with 10 points. Notes: Portland won the only meeting against the Bulls last season, a 100-89 victory in Chicago. It was the first game under interim head coach Kaleb Canales following the dismissal of Nate McMillan. Canales was retained as an assistant after the Blazers hired coach Terry Stotts in the offseason. ... Chicago's Luol Deng and Portland's Joel Freeland were teammates on Britain's Olympic basketball team. Courtesy of: www.denverpost.com

Detroit P. - Boston C. 103-83
AUBURN HILLS - For the fourth time in as many home games this season, the Detroit Pistons built a double-digit lead at The Palace. The difference this time, however, was they didn't let it slip away. The Pistons won their first home game of the season Sunday, beating the Boston Celtics 103-83 behind 20 points and 13 rebounds from Greg Monroe. It was the Pistons' second victory in 11 games this season. Jason Maxiell (6'7''-F-83, college: Cincinnati) added 15 points for Detroit and Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) had 14 along with Kyle Singler. The Pistons took control in the third quarter, when they outscored Boston 23-14 to turn a five-point halftime lead into a 71-57 advantage heading to the fourth. Coach Lawrence Frank talks about Pistons finally preserving a double-digit lead at homePistons won first home game of season after blowing double-digit leads in first threeWatch video Detroit held the Celtics to 5 of 16 (.313) shooting in the third, when the Pistons led by as many as 18 points after Stuckey hit two free throws with 58.9 seconds left to make it 71-53. HIGHLIGHTS -- The Pistons won for the first time in the three games they've scored at least 100 points this season. -- After a slow start, the Pistons shot lights out in the second quarter. They were 11-for-16 (.688) to turn a 25-23 deficit into a 48-43 lead at halftime. -- Corey Maggette, playing in just his third game after missing the first eight with a strained calf, scored a season-high 11 points. -- The Pistons outrebounded Boston 39-30. LOWLIGHTS -- Both teams were sloppy early, combining for 10 turnovers in the first quarter, when the Pistons shot 7-for-19 (.368) from the field but trailed just 25-23. -- The Pistons finished the first half with 12 turnovers. -- Brandon Knight had five turnovers in the first three quarters. NOTES -- Darko Milicic, the Pistons' former No. 2 overall draft pick, did not accompany the Celtics to Michigan because of family matters. -- Slava Kravtsov and Kim English were inactive for the Pistons. ISSUE OF THE DAY: FINAL VERDICT The majority of the fans on hand Sunday were no doubt in attendance because of the basketball game. But maybe some came out to watch Jay Sean because not many people left their seats during the intermission and there were lots of fans taking pictures and video of his performance. Still, basketball is the name of the game when the Pistons are at The Palace. Courtesy of: www.mlive.com

Oklah.City T. - Golden St.W. 119-109
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) is determined to become known as more than a one-dimensional player. He took a big step in that direction Sunday night. Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109. "I really didn't care, to be honest. If it came, then that's cool. If it didn't, then just keep playing," Durant said. "It feels good to get one. Now, I guess I've got a little monkey off my back. I can just go out there and play." Durant has endured some growing pains this season trying to improve his floor game, with a bump in his assist numbers coinciding with an increase in his turnovers, too. He came in averaging four turnovers per game, the fourth-worst in the league. But after ending up with more turnovers than assists in each of his first five NBA seasons, Durant is starting to reverse that trend this season. He's also grabbing about two more rebounds per game than any other time in his career. "There's going to be nights where I have to score 30. There's going to be nights where I have to have seven or eight assists," Durant said. "So, I'm just trying to be an all-around player and just continue to help my team win." Durant turned it over just twice in this one and pumped his right fist after he set up Kevin Martin's 3-pointer with 4:57 to play for his 10th assist. The play also helped the Thunder hold on after Golden State cut a 21-point deficit to seven in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook scored 30 points and Martin had 23 off the bench as Oklahoma City had a season-high 31 assists for the second straight game and a season high in points. Durant, Westbrook and Martin also combined for 22 assists. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points, and David Lee chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. "Durant's a pretty good passer to begin with and we decided we were going to load up a lot on him and Russell when they got the ball and make other guys beat us," Lee said. "The problem with loading up sometimes on him is that he's 6-11 and can see over it and make passes. "I always considered him a pretty unselfish player, considering the amount of talent he has to score the basketball. I don't think that you would call him a selfish scorer by any means." It looked for a while as though Durant might be stuck on nine assists -- matching his previous career best from a double-overtime game against Denver during his rookie season in Seattle. Durant and Westbrook teamed up to score eight straight points late in the third quarter, with Westbrook's 3-pointer from the top of the key extending Oklahoma City's lead to 86-67. Durant had a chance to pick up his 10th assist before the end of the third period, but instead kept the ball on a fast break and wound up with a three-point play that put the Thunder ahead 94-73. He started the fourth quarter on the bench, but got a chance to come back in when Oklahoma City's reserves let the lead start slipping away. Coach Scott Brooks put his All-Stars back in with 8:18 left, after Curry's 3-pointer drew Golden State to 101-88. Nick Collison used a nifty touch pass off an offensive rebound to set up Serge Ibaka's layup, and Durant assisted on Martin's 3 on the next trip as Oklahoma City stemmed the tide. "Some guys can just pass, some guys can just shoot, some guys can just rebound. Obviously, with Kevin, he can do many things on the floor and we always have to challenge him because we don't know how good he will end up being," Brooks said. Brooks said he doesn't want Durant to become a passer, but rather a play-maker. "Every year for the next 100 years, he's going to be an MVP-type caliber player, and this is what MVP players do," Brooks said. "They make your team better, you win games and you do everything. You fill the stat sheet. "You don't want to be a guy that just scores 35 and the team doesn't have success." Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) had 14 points and Jarrett Jack scored 12 for Golden State, which lost despite shooting 52 percent from the field. Warriors reserve Richard Jefferson pulled himself out of the game late in the first quarter after straining his right calf, and he did not return. The Warriors wiped away an early seven-point deficit to go up 32-31 in the second quarter but Eric Maynor answered with a 3-pointer to start a 19-6 response that put Oklahoma City ahead to stay. "They're the reigning Western Conference champions playing at home, playing well. You want to compete and find a way to beat them and in the end they shoot the ball 13-for-20 from 3. You give up 119 points," Curry said. "That's not going to cut it." Notes Asked before the game how he would have defended Westbrook during his playing days, Warriors coach Mark Jackson responded: "Chapel first, and then stay late when all the guys leave to get some extra prayer in." Oklahoma City had held its opponents below 44 percent shooting in each of its first seven wins this season. Golden State had also held seven opponents below 44 percent this season, tying Chicago and Oklahoma City for the NBA lead. Courtesy of: cbssports.com

Sacramento K. - Brooklyn N. 90-99
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It's not often that Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) plays a pivotal offensive role for a talented Nets team loaded with scorers. Yet it was Brooklyn's reserve center who got things going against Sacramento on Sunday when the starters were shooting poorly. Blatche scored 22 points to lead the Nets to their fifth straight victory, 99-90 over the struggling Kings. Blatche was part of a huge effort by an extremely productive Brooklyn bench. He made his first 10 shots and finished 11 of 12 in 19 minutes subbing for starter Brook Lopez. "I got to open spots and my teammates were looking for me," Blatche said. "When the double team came I was able to make the open shots. Our starters believe in the second group because we play with energy and effort. They know we've got their back." Coming to Brooklyn has been a nice change for Blatche, who spent his first six seasons with the Wizards and grew tired of Washington's frequent losses over the past few seasons. "I'm not sure, but I think this is the first time in my career that I've been on a team that's won five straight," Blatche said. "I'm at a loss for words right now. It's a good feeling to be on a team that has a good chance of winning every game." The Nets (6-2) matched the team's best start since the 2002-03 season when they went to the NBA finals, losing to San Antonio in six games. Brooklyn can thank its reserves, who combined for 52 points and shot 21 of 30 against the Kings. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) had 14 points and 10 assists for the Nets, whose longest winning streak last season was three games. MarShon Brooks had nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, Brook Lopez had 13 points and four blocks, and C.J. Watson had 13 points. Joe Johnson, a key pickup in an offseason trade, never got it going offensively. He missed 9 of 10 shots and finished with 10 points for the Nets. "It doesn't have to be Deron and me having a great game for us to win," said Johnson, who helped seal the victory by making 8 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter. "We can come at you offensively in a lot of different ways. I'm not worried about it (my shot) at this point, it will come." DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 23 of his 29 points in the second half for the Kings, who have dropped five straight. Tyreke Evans had 21 points and seven rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 12 points. Struggling to find a cohesive lineup, Kings head coach Keith Smart started Aaron Brooks at point guard and John Salmons at small forward. The move paid off early with the Kings jumping out to a 16-8 lead, but they trailed 21-20 after one quarter. "Overall, when you make some changes like we have it's hard, but they were smiling for the most part," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "This is an adjustment period. That's something we have to go through to get out team turned around." The Kings got to within three early in the fourth when Thornton connected on back-to-back 3-pointers. Brooklyn never lost the lead and increased it to 84-74 with six unanswered points, the final two on a driving hoop by Brooks at the 4:42 mark. "MarShon came on strong in the second half for us and was making some really good plays," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "That's probably the most composed I've seen him play since I've been here. I'm really proud of our young guys MarShon, Blatche and C.J." Brooklyn cooled off in the third quarter after shooting nearly 54 percent in the opening half. But the Nets still maintained a 74-65 lead and closed the third with a 7-0 run which included a three-point play by Reggie Evans. "Brooklyn is playing great right now," Thornton said. "They have a great point guard, a great shooting guard, and are solid all around. The rest of the guys fit in and play their roles well." After a poor first half where he shot 3 of 12, Cousins got going in the third quarter to keep the Kings close. The Kings center made 5 of 5 shots from close range and had 12 points, and Evans contributed seven. Blatche exceeded his previous season high of 15 points in the first half. He was 9 of 9 and had 18 points in the opening half, helping the Nets take a 54-42 lead at the break. Lopez scored 12 points and Watson also gave Brooklyn a huge lift off the bench with 11. "We got him (Blatche) three easy layups in the first quarter, that's how you get in a rhythm," Williams said. "After that he had that feeling that he couldn't miss." Notes: Sacramento is last in NBA attendance and has drawn crowds of 12,000 or less in four of its six home games this season. The attendance was 11,965 for the rare Sunday matinee. . Brooklyn's reserves outscored the starters 34-20 in the first half. . Gerald Wallace started for the Nets after missing the last five games with a sprained left ankle. . Johnson went scoreless until making a jumper at the 10:03 mark of the third quarter. Courtesy of: www.newstimes.com

Philadelph.76 - Cleveland C. 86-79
The Sixers beat the Cavaliers 86-79 on Sunday night. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) had one of his worst games in a Cavalier uniform, scoring only nine points on 14 shots with four assists and five turnovers. Whenever I have to actually stylistically write out Kyrie's point total in letters as opposed to using numbers, the Cavaliers' chances of winning drop significantly. On the plus side, the Cavaliers did allow fewer than 101 points for the first time this season. Also, the bench did look marginally better, going from absolutely catastrophic calamity to merely useless and ineffective. Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) continued his All-Star campaign with 14 points and 15 rebounds, and his frontcourt mate Tristan Thompson had his most effective game this season in my opinion, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double in as many nights. Alonzo Gee also had one of his best nights for the Cavs, leading the team in scoring with 17 on 6-11 shooting while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. However, the Cavs were doomed by their backcourt's shooting woes. As a team they shot 35.7% from the field, with the biggest offender being Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) and his 2-13 performance. Waiters does seem to be gaining more confidence when going to the hoop though, which should lead to fewer games like this. C.J. Miles also struggled in his first game back since being benched a week ago, going 1-8 from the field. At this point, it's really hard for me to come up with excuses for his play. For the Sixers, Evan Turner got Michigan week off to a strong start for Buckeye fans by scoring a quiet and efficient 19 points to go along with nine assists. Jrue Holiday had a solid 14 points and nine assists, and Nick Young gave them quality minutes off the bench by scoring 13 points and only providing us with one hilarious moment where the ball just seemed to magically fly over his head as he rose up for a three. The Cavaliers' next game is also against Philadelphia on Wednesday. This time they will be at home, so hopefully that will help them end this six-game losing streak. I will now erase this entire game from my memory because I do not want my eyes to continue bleeding. Courtesy of: fearthesword.com

Toronto R. - Orlando M. 97-86
Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 20 points, Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the slumping Orlando Magic 97-86 on Sunday. Andrea Bargnani had 17 points, Linas Kleiza (6'8''-SF-85, college: Missouri) scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth and Jose Calderon had a season-high 18 assists for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous seven home meetings with Orlando. Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) led the Magic with 16 points and 12 rebounds, E'Twuan Moore scored 16 points and Arron Afflalo had 15. Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and six rebounds, ending his streak of three straight double-doubles. Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak and picked up its first road victory of the season by beating Detroit on Friday, but failed to collect back-to-back wins for the first time since beating Denver and Phoenix in the first two games of the season. J.J. Redick, who led the Magic with a season-high 23 points Friday, did not play because of an illness. DeQuan Jones took his place in the starting lineup. After being outscored 28-18 in the third quarter, surrendering an eight-point lead in the process, the Raptors rebounded in the fourth, with back-to-back 3-pointers by Kleiza and Johnson turning a one-point deficit into a 79-74 lead with 6:55 left to play. Toronto pulled away from there, with Johnson scoring a turnaround hook shot and draining a pair of free throws, Bargnani hitting consecutive jumpers and Calderon finding DeRozan for a powerful alley-oop dunk with 4:00 remaining that gave the Raptors an 89-78 lead. DeRozan scored 11 points in the first and the Raptors used a 10-2 run and four 3-pointers to open a 32-22 lead after one quarter. The Magic got eight points and five rebounds from Davis in the second, but Orlando trailed 49-41 at the half. Afflalo scored four points as Orlando opened the third with an 8-2 run, cutting it to 51-49. A driving layup by Nelson with 1:13 left gave the Magic a 67-66 lead, their first since scoring the game's opening basket. Nelson scored six points in the third, all of them in the final 1:49, as the Magic took a 69-67 lead into the fourth. NOTES: The Raptors announced that former C Jamaal Magloire has accepted a role as development consultant and community ambassador. The Toronto-born Magloire was cut during training camp, ending his 12-year NBA career. ... Toronto begins a three-game road trip at Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Raptors are 1-4 away from home this season. ... Calderon had 17 assists in a triple-overtime loss to Utah on Nov. 12. ... Buffalo Bills players Jairus Byrd and Kyle Williams attended the game. Courtesy of: www.winonadailynews.com

New York K. - Indiana P. 88-76
New York, NY - Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the New York Knicks downed the Indiana Pacers, 88-76, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. J.R. Smith followed with 13 points and seven boards and Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 11 points and eight assists to help the Knicks bounce back from their first loss of the season on Friday against Memphis. Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points, while David West donated 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Indiana, which has dropped three of its last four games. Anthony carried the Knicks over the first 12 minutes of the game, pouring in 12 points in the first quarter to help his squad build a 21-18 edge heading into the second stanza. The Pacers struggled offensively in the second, as they made just 3-of-16 shots from the field and turned the ball over seven times, leading to eight points from the Knicks. Despite the poor shooting, Indiana trailed by just two near the midpoint of the frame, but the Knicks ripped off a 13-3 run to take a 39-27 lead with under two minutes left in the half. New York carried a 41-30 advantage into the locker room and led by double- digits for most of the third quarter, but a Sam Young 3-pointer brought the Pacers within 63-54 with 3:27 left in the frame. Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina) answered with the Knicks' final five points of the quarter, then scored the team's first four of the fourth to press the lead to 72-58 less than two minutes into the final frame. New York led by double-digits the rest of the way en route to the victory. Game Notes Knicks guard Jason Kidd received stitches on his head early in the first quarter, but returned later in the game. He finished with three points and two assists ... Indiana shot 39.4 percent from the field, while New York shot 36.7 percent ... Wallace finished with nine points and seven rebounds for New York. www.foxnews.com



New York 88, Indiana 76 - by Milord Nikolic

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and Raymond Felton collected 11 points and eight assists as host New York bounced back from its first loss to down Indiana. J.R. Smith added 13 points and Rasheed Wallace and Steve Novak scored nine apiece for the Knicks, who moved to 4-0 at Madison Square Garden. Paul George scored 20 points and David West added 14 and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who failed to reach 80 points for the third time in the last eight games. After allowing a season-high 105 points in its first loss at Memphis on Friday, New York came out strong on the defensive end against Indiana. The Knicks limited the Pacers to 30 points on 26.3 percent shooting in the first half and used a 13-3 run in the second quarter to take control. Indiana found some offense in the third quarter but New York kept pace and took a 68-56 lead into the fourth. Smiths 3-pointer capped an 11-4 burst to begin the final frame and stretched the lead out to 79-60 with 6:00 left.


5 Early season thoughts on the Chicago Bulls - by Chris Mathieu

5 Early season thoughts on the Chicago Bulls
1.Not the exciting highlight a minute team we got used to with Derrick Rose. This version of the Chicago Bulls lack the stifling defense without the bench mob which may prove to be almost as a big of a downfall for the team as the loss of Derrick Rose. The loss of Derrick and his explosive offense and leadership was expected and will prevent the big comeback that marked his tenure with the Bulls so far. It will also cause the team to struggle to close out good teams as that happened recently against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team will play a grind it out style that will struggle to score and defend at times this season. This team wont be the exciting highlight reel team we got used to the last few years and will result in more than their fair share of taffy pull results. Regardless, the team will win their fair share and be a decent team with or without Derrick this season.

2.Bulls will regret letting Omer Asik go this offseason. Omer has been a revelation for the Houston Rockets. He has been as an important piece of the puzzle for the Rockets as James Harden has been so far. He backstops the defense and cleans up a lot of guard penetration allowed on the perimeter. His offense has been a revelation so far as well, scoring over 11ppg and shooting a good percentage from the field and the free throw line. He also is second in the league in rebounding at over 13ppg. Gar Foreman swore this summer he would match any offer for Omer and he ended up passing on this commitment. Letting talents like Asik, Korver and Brewer go for nothing could come back to haunt the Bulls. Especially considering that teams were offering draft picks for these players and yet they choose instead to settle on minimal cap relief as the better option, hardly the trait of a winning organization.

3.The bench mob 2.0 is a shadow of its former self. Its been ugly so far the replacement of Omer Asik, CJ Watson, Kyle Korver, Scalibrine, Ronnie Brewer with Marco Bellinelli, Nazr Mohammed, Nate Robinson, Vladimir Radmanovic and Marquis Teague. The old bench mob was the best defensive unit in the NBA at times over the last two seasons. This new version lacks the defensive prowess and has been inconsistent and untrustworthy so far. Nate Robinson has been the best so far, but he has as many negative plays as positive ones and you can see why he has been a journeyman so far in his career.

4.Jochim Noah has improved offensively, a lot. The summer spent with Karim Abdul Jabar has at the very least given him the confidence to shoot his shot without hesitation. It has paid off so far as he has been a much improved, active offensive player. He has been quicker into his moves and quicker making decisions with the ball which has benefited the team greatly so far. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues throughout the season.

5.This teams future maybe getting cloudier even after Derrick Roses return. The teams offseason decision making seems to have been shaky at best. I advocated a San Antonio Spurs complete tear down and rebuild with only keeping core assets for the future and draft picks. The team could have kept the core in place and given another outside chance at a title however unlikely that was. Instead they decided to weaken the team, not to the point that a rebuild was obvious, tread water and hope for a better future. This looks like a losing proposition as the hope for the 2016 first pick in the draft is fading because Charlotte looks much improved under its new coach. The team may have to settle for a low lottery pick, at best in the next couple of years. Nikola Mirotic has played very well so far in Spain but hardly looks like a Dirk Nowitzki clone, he is however a very solid player who should be a big contributor to the Bulls in the future. The teams offseason decisions have made the teams future even more questionable.



5 Early season thoughts on the Milwaukee Bucks - by Chris Mathieu

5 Early season thoughts on the Milwaukee Bucks

1.The backcourt has worked, so far. The pint sized combo of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis has worked so far. They have shared the ball and have played an exciting brand of basketball. When they go up against real teams in games that really count like the playoffs they still may prove to be the liability everyone expected it to be.

2.The frontcourt depth and athleticism has been impressive so far. Being able to throw human waves of athletic big men is a rare commodity few teams in the NBA can match and the Bucks have plenty of. Proof of this is the fact that Drew Gooden hasnt gotten into a game this year even though he started most of last season. Udoh, Sanders, Harris, Dunlevey, Ilyasova, Henson, Delmbert provide great depth up front and the ability to mix and match offense defense depending on matchups and who is hot. Skiles has managed this situation well so far and no one has complained, yet.

3. The team has played as a cohesive unit and played team ball. Everyone on the team is playing their role to perfection and the team is off to a great start. Minutes are always an issue in the NBA but winning silences a lot of internal criticism. The team has a nice mix of veterans and youth and a balanced roster that has proved to be the teams greatest strength so far.

4.Monta Ellis is still a street baller. Monta Ellis is trying to play a team brand of basketball and has been a good teammate so far. He still plays out of control too often, is in the wrong place on the floor and takes ill-advised ill-timed shots. He likes to gamble defensively and play the passing lanes, often giving up easy baskets when he guesses wrong. Regardless he is a difficult player to defend because of his unorthodox style and has proven to be active even when his shot isnt falling.

5.The Bucks will contend for the division title. The injury to Derrick Rose opened a window of contention for the Bucks and they seem to be taking advantage of that so far. The Pacers have taken an unexpected step back as well, thanks to the injury to Danny Granger and the lackluster performance of Roy Hibbert so far. After signing a massive contract this offseason he looks like he has reverted to his pre-last season mediocre performance. He hasnt moved well and has lacked the explosiveness that marked his breakout season last year. Paul George is one of the best defenders in the NBA but has failed to fill the void this season on offense so far.



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Best players of NBLCanada NBL Canada round 4 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American DeAnthony Bowden (186-PG-80) had a great game in the last round for league's leader London L. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 32-year old playmaker had the game-high 32 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for London L. in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Oshawa P. (#3, 3-2) with 38-point margin 153-115. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed London L. to jump to the first place in the NBLCanada NBL Canada. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but London L. already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Bowden had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at London L. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Creighton University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowden is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.5ppg), assists (4th best: 6.3apg) and averages solid 72.7% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another London L.'s star - 31-year old American guard Tim Ellis (193-G-81). Ellis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course together with Bowden he helped London L. with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Oshawa P. (#3, 3-2) 153-115. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. London L. consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Ellis is well-known by London L. fans and together with DeAnthony Bowden they both established positions among team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Polish Greg Surmacz (203-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Windsor Exp. (#7). Surmacz got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Surmacz's great performance Windsor Exp. lost 74-86 to the higher-ranked Summerside S. (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Windsor Exp. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Surmacz he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Surmacz has individually a great season in NBL. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremy Williams (200-SF-87) of London L. - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. William "Bo" Harris (201-F-87) of Oshawa P. - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oliver McNally (190-G) of Moncton M. - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Nick Okorie (185-G-88) of Oshawa P. - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of St.John M.R. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Cavell Johnson (203-F-85) of St.John M.R. - 17 points and 13 rebounds
10. Issa Konare (202-F-80) of Summerside S. - 9 points and 11 rebounds

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



NBLCanada Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Moncton M. - Oshawa P. 114-98
The Moncton Miracles beat the Oshawa Power to improve them to a 4-3 record with a final score of 114-98. The Miracles came out strong in the first 12-minutes completely shutting down the Power. Moncton went on a 16-6 run and while Oshawa was struggling to get any points inside the paint. Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Winston Salem) had an unbelievable 18 points in the first quarter to help the Miracles along, going 4 for 4 from the behind the arc. At the end of the first half the game the Miracles were leading 76-49. Oshawa did not lie down though and continued to fight back eventually breaking into that 20-point difference. At the end of the third quarter the Miracles lead was shortened to 91-76 over the Power. Oshawa continued to push for the comeback but came up short in the end. Darrell Wonge led the way for the Miracles with 29 points. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) followed with 27 points while Sylvania Watkins pulled down 14 rebounds. Nick Okorie (6'1''-G-88, college: Texas Tech) was the top scorer for the Power with 31 points. Amani Daanish was right behind him with 18 points. Power's William Harris was fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter and Miracles Darrell Wonge also left after a technical foul. The Miracles play their next game at home on Thursday, November 22nd against the Summerside Storm. Tip-off is 7pm at the Moncton Coliseum. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

London L. - Montreal J. 134-86
The London Lightning-the greatest show on earth. Well, at least the most exciting in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL-C) and they made their case again by beating the winless Montreal Jazz at Budweiser Garden on Saturday (Nov. 17) 134-86. The 48-point gap is the largest in the league's short history. This after the Lightning started the season by beating their opponents by 18, 26 and then 48. London just recently etched their name in the record book when they picked up the most points in regulation with 153 over the Oshawa Power on Thursday (Nov. 15). When Lightning's head coach Micheal Ray Richardson forecasted his team averaging 115 to 125 points a game before the year started, the declaration seemed more like wishful thinking from the flamboyant bench boss rather than a basketball prophecy. 'I don't know if it's going to stop. If come into every game mentally, focused and prepared I really don't think there's a team that can beat us,' said Lightning guard Morgan Lewis, who picked up a game high 18 points Saturday. 'The only way that you can beat us is if you outscore us. We're now putting up 120 points it looks like on given night, we have too much fire power offensively.' It might be unrealistic to believe the Lightning are going to keep the pace they're going at, averaging 127.67 points in only four games, but the speed of the team is something fans can get used to. Last year London had just seven matchups where they shot the ball more than 90 times in the 36-game schedule. This season London already has three games with the high amount of field goals and the only matchup where they shot the ball less than 90 times was in the scoring assault against Oshawa. It's not just the high volume of shots that make Lightning the team to watch, though. It's the way they do it. In Saturday's game Lewis cut to the basket to slam balls down, DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-PG-80, college: Creighton) made a pass behind his back, Adrian Moss (5'9''-PG-88, college: Indianapolis) leaped towards the Jazz's net before dishing the ball out to an open teammate and Jeremy Williams jumped up to pick up rebounds and then dunked the ball before hitting the ground. The only thing it was missing to complete the excitement of a Ringling Bros. performance was ringleader Richardson having a plastic megaphone for all the fans to hear him chastise the referees. 'You always want to give a little bit of excitement when you're winning,' said Lightning forward Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.). 'You don't want to have boring games, you want to keep the fans happy as well.' By game's end, eight London players finished with double-digits in points. Quite literally just about every Lightning player could have taken a clip from the game against Montreal and put it on their highlight reel. That is everyone except for Osvaldo Jeanty, who is the newest and only player on London's bench that didn't see time on the court. The Carleton University grad is the latest Canadian content for the team in replace of the recent released Josh Whyte. Jeanty suited up in the purple jerseys of the Lightning-in honour of the Shine the Light campaign-but didn't get put into his debut game because he hasn't been cleared to play in the NBL-C since leaving the Basketball Bundesliga league in Germany where he last played. London travel to Montreal on Sunday (Nov. 18) to take on the Jazz with the tipoff at 6 p.m. 'We're just having fun,' Richardson said. 'Basketball is about having fun, but for us it's having fun and it's winning.' Courtesy of: londoncommunitynews.com

Halifax R. - Moncton M. 87-109
Darnell Hugee didn't disguise his frustration after the Halifax Rainmen were embarrassed on their home court Saturday afternoon. 'We have to find our identity with defence, not an identity with I need to get my shot' or I'm in foul trouble so I'm not gonna rotate over,'' Hugee, one of only two holdovers from last year's club, said after the Moncton Miracles whipped the Rainmen 109-87 at the Metro Centre. 'That's piss-poor and last year we didn't have to deal with that. Everyone played equally hard and this year we have to get the identity we're playing defence.' The setback was the worst at home in the franchise's six-year history, surpassing a 21-point defeat at the hands of the Vermont Frost Heaves in February 2008 during the Rainmen's inaugural season. It was their second loss in seven days to Moncton at the Metro Centre. The Rainmen fell to the Miracles 90-86 last Sunday in an uninspiring effort that was followed by the firing of head coach Cliff Levingston on Tuesday. Veteran minor-league coach Rob Spon was signed Thursday but won't arrive to take over the reins until early in the week. Assistant coach Colter Simmonds was on the sidelines Saturday. Spon will have work to do. The Rainmen looked like a team in disarray at times Saturday, appearing disorganized and lacking the urgency that might have been expected from a club whose coach had been sacked four days earlier. They didn't lead after the first quarter, allowed the short-staffed Miracles to win most of the battles for loose balls and never managed to find a rhythm on offence. 'We didn't come out today and play hard,' said Joey Haywood, the other returning member of the 2011-12 Halifax squad that went 23-13 during the regular season and lost only twice in 18 outings at home. Saturday's loss was the Rainmen's second in three starts this year at the Metro Centre. 'We gotta come out better than that - it was kinda ridiculous out there,' Haywood said, shaking his head. 'Right now, it's kinda frustrating. We kinda dug ourselves in a hole. We will get out of it but we gotta really focus and just come together 'cause it's not looking great.' Moncton shot 47 per cent from the field, including 15-for-23 from three-point range. The Rainmen connected on 37 per cent of their attempts from the floor and went a cringe-worthy 2-for-17 beyond the arc. Poor shooting and turnovers - Halifax made 19 on Saturday - have plagued the team in its 2-4 start to the National Basketball League of Canada season. Devin Sweetney topped Moncton with 27 points, burying six of eight tries from three-point range, and former Rainman Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) made his return to Halifax with 21 points. Levett played only 12 minutes in the first half after taking a blow to the head that opened an inch-long gash along his right eyebrow. But he cashed in 14 points during a third-quarter blitz that left the Rainmen for dead. Hillary Haley (6'6''-G-88, college: Md-E Shore) paced the hosts with 20 points, 12 of them from the charity stripe. Brandon Robinson added 12, Haywood had 11 and Darren Duncan 10. Halifax was up by two points going into the second period, but its 22-20 lead evaporated quickly when Sweetney and Darrell Wonge nailed consecutive treys to open the quarter. The Miracles - who dressed eight players with Jamil Terrill, Taliek Brown and Christian (T-Bear) Upshaw all out with knee injuries - didn't trail again. Moncton counted the last six points of the period to hit the break up 44-38, then stunned the 2,110 fans in attendance by outscoring the Rainmen 36-19 in a third-quarter barrage that included 13-1 and 13-2 runs in the final six minutes. Levett put the exclamation mark on the surge with a heave from just over halfcourt that dropped in as the buzzer sounded to end the period with Moncton ahead 80-57. A two-pointer by Levett to start the fourth, followed by a trey from Matt Robertson and a pair of free throws by Sweetney gave Moncton a whopping 30-point cushion at 87-57. Hugee didn't point the finger at anyone in particular and tempered his remarks somewhat when asked whether the team might have chemistry issues. 'There's chemistry but there's also slight selfishness,' said the power forward, who had eight points in 12 minutes. 'I feel like we need 100 per cent effort whether we play one minute or 40 minutes and that's what we didn't do tonight. 'I think we are jelling, it's just that it was a rough week. Players' heads were in different places. I mean, it's expected. I expected it but I didn't expect us to come out here and lose to them - at home - twice.' Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca

Oshawa P. - Summerside S. 105-97
At the General Motors Centre, the Storm led 22-17 after one quarter, and took a 49-47 cushion into halftime. Oshawa outscored the Storm 24-20 in the third quarter and 34-28 in the final period. The Storm closed to within five points late in the fourth quarter, but costly turnovers sealed the win for Oshawa. Jushay Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) poured in a game-high 24 points to lead the Power, who received 23 from Larry Diamond (6'2''-G-87, college: Morehouse) and 18 from Amari Daanish. Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) led the Storm with a 19-point effort. Smith (18) and Akingbade (17) were Summerside's other two top scorers. A key statistic in this game was the Express outscored the Storm 36-26 in the paint. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com

Windsor Exp. - Summerside S. 97-93
At the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre, Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) poured in 20 points to lead the Express while Anthony Johnson (6'7''-F-89, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Azusa Pacific) sank 16. Greg Surmacz chipped in with 15. Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH) led the Storm with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Summerside's other top point-getters were Al Stewart (14), Avery Smith (11) and Chris Cayole (11). The Express led 54-46 at halftime. The game stats were almost identical for both teams. For example, the Express bench outscored the Storm's 37-35, and each team scored 40 points in the paint, 10 second-chance points and 18 points off turnovers. Ballard's double-double was the third of the season for the Storm. Ayodokun Akingbade (12 points and 10 boards) and Al Stewart (17 points and 12 assists) recorded the other two against Saint John on Nov. 9. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com



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Oklahoma St. 76, N.C. State 56 - by Milord Nikolic

Freshman Marcus Smart scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half as the Cowboys upset the favored Wolfpack to win the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Smart added seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals and four blocks while LeBryan Nash led all scorers with 23 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma State (4-0), which claimed its first regular-season tournament title since 1991. Smart drilled two 3-pointers and a jumper to spark an early 11-2 run that turned a two-point deficit into a 16-9 lead. North Carolina State (3-1) scored six straight to rally to within one, but Smart answered with eight straight points during a 12-2 stretch that gave the Cowboys a 28-17 cushion. The Wolfpack responded again with five straight points, but could get no closer than six points the rest of the way. Oklahoma State took a 38-28 advantage into the break and continued to increase the margin throughout the second half, leading by as many as 22 points late in the game. Freshmen Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, to pace North Carolina State, which was held to its lowest point total in 18 games.


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Pistons return to NBL - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Waikato Pistons will return to the National Basketball League next year.

The Waikato Basketball Council have confirmed that they have been granted a three-year NBL licence and will play in the 2013 competition after missing last year's league to focus on community basketball.

Waikato Basketball Council acting chairman Chad Hooker said the council was delighted by the decision.

'We have a number of people working hard behind the scenes to get the Pistons up and running again and are currently finalising arrangements,' Hooker said.

'We are conscious of the need to ensure we have a sustainable financial model going forward and are working to secure additional funding to ensure that the team can be as successful as possible."

'While we have realistic expectations of the team in our first year returning to the league, we have made good progress in our discussions with players to date and are confident we will be able to bring together a team boasting some exciting young talent blended with some experienced senior players.'

The Pistons won the NBL title in 2008and 2009, were runners-up in 2010 and beaten semi finalists in 2011 before the WBC opted out of the 2012 campaign.



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BLNO Round 12: Tromso defeats leader Centrum - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Centrum (10-3) in Oslo on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by Tromso (10-2) 93-68. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-2 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Centrum managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Centrum's 36. It was a good game for American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. The other American import guard Gary Wallace (187-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Centrum. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tromso have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Centrum at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Tromso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Centrum's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Ammerud Bskt.
The game in Oslo was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tromso (10-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-9). Tromso did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-67. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds and Gary Wallace who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tromso have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Ammerud Bskt lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. Tromso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Centrum.
The game between third ranked Gimle BBK (7-6) and 5th ranked Baerum Basket (5-6) in Bergen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Gimle BBK outscored guests from Bekkestua 83-54. The winners were led by Stian Enge who scored that evening 24 points and 7 rebounds. Even 15 points by Phillip Holm did not help to save the game for Baerum Basket. 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. Gimle BBK maintains third position with 7-6 record having just two points less than leader Tromso. Loser Baerum Basket dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Gimle BBK will meet at home Asker Aliens (#6) in the next round. Baerum Basket will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 12 Baerum Basket beat Froya Basket on the road 88-77.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 32 points and 14 rebounds by Keith Thompson of Baerum Basket.


Froya Basket - Baerum Basket 77-88

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Baerum Basket (5-6) beat one of their biggest challengers Froya Basket (5-7) in Laksevag 88-77 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Baerum Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Froya Basket's 28. Baerum Basket forced 20 Froya Basket turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Keith Thompson (197-90, college: Utah Valley) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Ryan Ferranti (195-86, college: Rollins) supported him with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Even 27 points and 5 rebounds by guard Hammad Mostafa (-86) did not help to save the game for Froya Basket. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Baerum Basket moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Froya Basket dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Baerum Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Froya Basket will play against Asker Aliens (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Baerum Basket: K.Thompson 32+14reb+3ast, R.Ferranti 25+8reb, P.Holm 12+6ast, L.Harto 8+7reb+1ast, T.Mjos 7+2reb, B.Andreassen 2+2reb+1ast
Froya Basket: H.Mostafa 27+5reb+1ast, R.Silavs 17+4reb+5ast, E.Gabrans 16+6reb+5ast, A.Schonning 6+4reb+1ast, N.Blatancic 5+5reb+1ast, E.Dommersnes Markhus 4+1reb+2ast
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Centrum - Tromso 68-93

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Centrum (10-3) in Oslo on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by Tromso (10-2) 93-68. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-2 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Centrum managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Centrum's 36. It was a good game for American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. The other American import guard Gary Wallace (187-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Tromso players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Thomas Ble (185-89) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Centrum. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tromso have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Centrum at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Tromso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Centrum's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Ammerud Bskt.
Top scorers:
Tromso: G.Wallace 23+7reb+3ast, A.Finstad 19+1reb+1ast, J.Jones 18+17reb+2ast, H.Issalhi 17+4reb+4ast, V.Hansen 8+1reb, H.Lange 4
Centrum: T.Ble 16+5reb+1ast, M.Mahnin 15+6reb+4ast, C.Hinsch 11+5reb+3ast, M.Austgulen 9+2reb, F.Nyborg 9+3reb+1ast, M.Lepovic 4+4reb
gschID: 178395


Gimle BBK - Baerum Basket 83-54

The game between third ranked Gimle BBK (7-6) and 5th ranked Baerum Basket (5-6) in Bergen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Gimle BBK outscored guests from Bekkestua 83-54. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-15 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gimle BBK dominated on the defensive end, holding Baerum Basket to just 4 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Baerum Basket 37-21 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Stian Enge (190-90) who scored that evening 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Anders Stien (195-90) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points by Uruguayan-German guard Phillip Holm (175-80) did not help to save the game for Baerum Basket. American forward Keith Thompson (197-90, college: Utah Valley) added 8 points and 7 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. Gimle BBK maintains third position with 7-6 record having just two points less than leader Tromso. Loser Baerum Basket dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Gimle BBK will meet at home Asker Aliens (#6) in the next round. Baerum Basket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: S.Enge 24+7reb+1ast, A.Stien 19+8reb+3ast, S.de Lange 9+4reb+6ast, D.Thomas 8+5reb+3ast, F.Gnatt 6+4reb+1ast, E.Fjaerestad 6+2ast
Baerum Basket: P.Holm 15+4reb, R.Ferranti 10+3reb+1ast, K.Thompson 8+7reb+2ast, A.Fjaerestad 5+1reb, T.Mjos 5+1reb+3ast, L.Harto 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 178394


Ammerud Bskt - Tromso 67-86

The game in Oslo was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tromso (10-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-9). Tromso did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-67. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Ammerud Bskt was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Gary Wallace (187-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: TSS Management) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Tromso players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ifiok Adahada (185-87) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tromso have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Ammerud Bskt lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. Tromso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Centrum.
Top scorers:
Tromso: J.Jones 27+8reb+3ast, V.Hansen 19+5reb, G.Wallace 16+10reb+2ast, H.Issalhi 10+2reb+8ast, M.Wynn 6, G.Mihaylov 3
Ammerud Bskt: I.Adahada 19+2reb+1ast, R.Timus 16+7reb+4ast, B.Mariampillai 14+5reb, O.Egeland 8+4reb+1ast, M.Bryn 3+4reb+3ast, H.Sorensen 3+3reb
gschID: 178393



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  PARAGUAY   


CERRO beats LIBERTAD and reaches LNBPY Final Series - by Santiago Maciel

Cerro Porteno won through an extraordinary defensive game last thursday against Libertad. The Barrio Obrero's team took the game by a difference of 28 points against a great team like Libertad.

Ever since the beginning Cerro took the lead and never failed to retained it. Great performance from internal Manuel Guzman gave Cerro he paint control. Quency Smith could not play for Libertad due to knee injury in the previos game. By mid 3rd quarter Libertad intended a come back but 3 Three Pointers from el Resorte Sanchez spread again the lead to 14 points and from then on it was all Cerro.

The changes pretended by new coach Angel Vega did not work out for Libertad. The presence of Roberto Laratro (196-C-83, college: Gettysburg) and Marcos Tannel (199-F/C-83) did not make any difference at all. Libertad felt the absence of his scorer Carlos Riveros who could not play because of the 24 years old rule limitation.

Cerro had already won the 76th METRO tournament, now "El Cicoln" already secured the first spot in this 8th LNBPY .

It is necesary to mention the great change coach Luis Orono brought to the team since he took the Head Coaching place. Cerro is the number one team playing defense and also scoring.

Cerro Porteno (93):
Manuel Aponte (179-G-92), Ramon Sanchez (194-F-91), Manuel Guzman, Elias Sosa , Federico Mellone,Victor Brizuela, Richard Ozuna, Jorge Sequera , Marcos Rabino.
DT: Luis Orono.


LIBERTAD (65):
Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84), Carlos Vallejos , Bruno Zanotti (199-F-82, college: Merrimack), Diego Bareiro , Marcos Tannel, Alexis Bentez, Edison Ortiz y Robert Laratro. DT: Angel Vega.



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  PHILIPPINES   


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: November 17-18, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

What gives, Gary David?

The high-scoring shooting guard, who was part of the Smart-Gilas 2.0 squad earlier this year, scored just 10 points on a miserable 1-of-8 shooting from the floor against the Petron Blaze Boosters yesterday. In this conference weve seen his play nosedive, which is strange when one considers his career-defining 2011-2012 season.

Last year, David averaged nearly 26.0 points per outing and made a career-best 3.0 triples per match in 49 games for Powerade. Now he has started really slowly, norming 10 points fewer than last year and making good on just 21% of his three-point tries.

Global Port team manager BJ Manalo had something say about the bewildering dip in Davids play.

Dito mo makikita yung pagiging tao nila na somehow na-apektuhan din sila sa mga ganitong balita, said Manalo.

Ganitong balita refers to swirling rumors that the new franchise is looking at the possibility of trading its cornerstone player. The most persistent trade gossip revolves around David playing musical chairs with Petrons Jay Washington and Ginebras Kerby Raymundo. If indeed something like that takes place, David understands why.

Kung ma-trade man ako, ready lang ako mag-adapt sa bagong sistema. Ganyan lang talaga ang buhay sa PBA. Tanggapin na lang natin yung ganun kasi trabaho iyan eh, said David.

Of course, the Batang Pier management are not keen on entertaining such thoughts, or so they say.

On our side, wala kaming balak talagang i-trade si Gary. We intend on keeping him and build the team around him, said Global Port Head for Basketball Operations Erick Arejola.

With many sides airing differing comments, it seems like we will all just have to wait how this telenovela-ish series of events unfolds. All the best, of course, to El Granada Gary David.

Game Recaps:
RIAN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over AIR 21 EXPRESS, 71-62

Up against a rejuvenated Air 21 squad, Rain or Shine turned to defense to get back to its winning ways.

The Elasto Painters put the clamps on the fast-paced, high-scoring Express to win, 71-62, in the PBA Philippine Cups road game at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

We expected a hard game becuase they were coming from a winning momentum, so we just played a lot better defense today than our last game against petron. We resolved to bring back our defensive intensity for this game, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

The Express on a three-game winning run heading into the game, a streak anchored on their balanced scoring. But against the Elasto Painters, they had to bleed for every point.

We know Mike Cortez and KG Canaleta were their key guys and I have to give credit to the people who matched up against them, sina (Ronnie) Matias, sina Gabe (Norwood) and even si Chito Jaime for the few minutes I used him he did a really good job, said Guiao.

Jaime, a rarely-used wingman, was instrumental even on offense as he touched off his teams 7-0 spurt that gave the Elasto Painters a 61-49 lead early in the fourth period just as Air 21 was threatening to make it a close contest.

Jeff Chan paced the Elasto Painters with 15 points while Beau Belga and Jervy Cruz added 10 apiece.

Canaleta led all scorers with 18 points followed by Mark Isips 12, but Cortez struggled for just 11.

ROS 71- Chan 15, Belga 10, Cruz 10, Norwood 9, Rodriguez 8, Quinahan 5, Arana 4, Jaime 3, Matias 3, Ibanes 2, Tang 2, Uyloan 0.
A21 62- Canaleta 18, Isip 12, Cortez 11, Wilson 6, Custodio 6, Baclao 4, Sena 2, Ritualo 2, Reyes 1, Omolon 0, Arboleda 0.
QS: 21-15, 38-30, 54-49, 71-62

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 110-81

Petron Blazes guns were blazing on Sunday and notched an easy 110-81 win over a listless GlobalPort squad for its second straight win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Boosters jumped the gun early on Batang Pier and never looked back after a scintillating start to improve their mark to 5-6.

Chris Lutz had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead Petron while Arwind Santos added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

June Mar Fajardo returned from injury and collected 14 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.

Its a combination of a lot of things. We caught GlobalPort on its worst game of the season. Nagkataon rin suwerte offensively, said Petron coach Olsen Racela who also drew 10 points each from Jay Washington and Marcio Lassiter.

I really expect a close fight especially Gary David coming off a 21-point fourth quarter. Im surprise with the big margin, he added.

Behind Santos double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) output in the first half, the Boosters erected a 58-34 spread while shooting 55.6 percent from the field (20-of-36).

Their lead reached as high as 32 points, the last one at 97-65 on Washingtons alley-hoop slam off Alex Cabagnots pass midway in the fourth period.

Rey Guevarra paced Batang Pier with 14 points while David and Josh Vanlangdingham had 10 apiece for the erratic Batang Pier, who dropped to 1-9. Coach Glen Capacios team has now lost its last six outings.

Two-time MVP Willie Miller had only six points in 18 minutes and was sparingly used in the second half.

Right now our concentration is Barako Bull. If we beat them, we have a good chance na makapasok sa top eight, said Racela. Our last two, placings na lang.

PET 110 Lutz 22, Santos 20, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 10, Washington 10, Mallari 6, Duncil 6, Yeo 5, Cabagnot 5, Faundo 4, Lanete 4, Miranda 4.
GLO 81 Guevarra 14, Vanlandingham 10, David 10, Mandani 8, Lingganay 6, Miller 6, Manuel 5, Al-Hussaini 5, Salvador 5, Antonio 5, Yee 4, Deutchman 3, Vergara 0, Adducul 0.
QS: 27-15, 58-34, 81-53, 110-81.

BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over ALASKA ACES, 96-93

On the eve of his birthday, reigning PBA Most Valuable Player Mark Caguioa scored 24 points, including the marginal baskets, to gift Barangay Ginebra San Miguel with a pulsating 96-93 victory over Alaska Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Caguioas floater 43.4 seconds left gave the Gin Kings the lead for good. Alaska had a chance to tie the game, but JVee Casio turned the ball over.

Alaska opted not to foul in the ensuing possession, allowing LA Tenorio to put up a three-pointer. But Ginebra managed to grab the rebound off Tenorios miss, forcing Alaska to foul Caguioa with four seconds left.

The hotshot shooting guard split his free throws, but Alaska once again failed to clear the rebound with just a second left. Ginebra inbounded the ball to seal the victory, the Gin Kings third straight after five losses.

Billy Mamaril had his best scoring game in the last four seasons with 16 points to go along with his 12 rebounds, as well as a crucial save in the dying seconds to keep the ball alive for Ginebra.

I think were lucky were able to sneak out this win. Pahirapan talaga, said Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen.

Were blessed we were able to come out with a win tonight. Lumalamang na ang Alaska but we kept our composure and got back in the game.

It was a sorry loss for the Aces, who led 80-72 in the fourth quarter on RJ Jazuls three-pointer. They last took a 93-91 lead on Mac Baracaels jumper with 1:21 remaining.

Mamaril then tipped in Willy Wilsons attempt to tie the count at 93-all, before Casio committed two straight turnovers to set up Caguioas heroics.

Baracael finished with a team-high 21 points for the Aces, who missed the services of rookie Calvin Abueva due to sickness. Casio added 16 points but was held scoreless in the fourth period as Tanquingcen put the taller Ellis on the Alaska court general.

The victory moved Ginebra back to .500 with a 5-5 win-loss slate. Alaska lost its fourth straight match for a 5-6 card.

Caguioa, who turns 33 on Monday, dedicated the game to Ginebra fans, specially those who put together a celebration for him last Saturday.

GIN 96- Caguioa 24, Mamaril 16, Ellis 12, Tenorio 10, Espiritu 9, Maierhofer 8, Wilson 6, Hatfield 4, Taha 3, Labagala 2, Helterbrand 2.
ALA 93- Baracael 21, Casio 16, Jazul 10, Espinas 10, Thoss 10, Baguio 9, Hontiveros 7, Eman 6, Reyes 2, Dela Cruz 2, Belasco 0.
QS: 21-18, 46-42, 68-73, 96-93

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




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  POLAND   


TBL Round 8: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

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

TBL round 8 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Trefl Sopot (6-2) against third ranked Energa Czarni (6-2) 78-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) contributed with 15 points and 9 assists for the winners. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) replied with 18 points and 4 assists for Trefl Sopot. Trefl Sopot's coach Zan Tabak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Energa Czarni have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Trefl Sopot. Trefl Sopot will play next round against Anwil trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Energa Czarni will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Rosa Radom at home.
Important game to mention about took place in Gdynia. Seventh ranked Anwil (4-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Asseco Prok. (4-3) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and Tony Weeden who added 24 points during the contest. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) responded with 19 points. Asseco Prok.'s coach Kestutis Kemzura tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anwil have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 4-4 record. Defending champion Asseco Prok. keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Anwil will play against league's second-placed Trefl Sopot at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Asseco Prok. will play against Siarka Jezioro (#11) in Tarnobrzeg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Stelmet ZG (5-3) against ninth ranked Kotwica (3-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Stelmet ZG was defeated by Kotwica in Kolobrzeg 85-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stelmet ZG. The winners were led by Sean Mosley who scored that evening 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 21 points by Walter Hodge did not help to save the game for Stelmet ZG. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kotwica moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Polpharma. Stelmet ZG at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with AZS Koszalin. Kotwica will meet higher ranked PGE Turow (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stelmet ZG will play against Polpharma in Starogard and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked PGE Turow (5-2) against sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (5-3) on Saturday night. Visiting PGE Turow was defeated by AZS Koszalin in a tough game in Koszalin 79-85. The best player for the winners was Lukasz Wisniewski who scored 22 points. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AZS Koszalin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Stelmet ZG. PGE Turow at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. AZS Koszalin's next round opponent will be Rosa Radom (#10) on the road where they are favorite. PGE Turow will play against Kotwica (#8) in Kolobrzeg.
Bottom-ranked Start Gdynia managed to get a second victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Start Gdynia edged tenth-ranked Rosa Radom 63-61. Patryk Pelka orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Start Gdynia (2-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Siarka Jezioro and Rosa Radom. Rosa Radom lost third consecutive game. Start Gdynia will face league's leader Energa Czarni in Slupsk in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last game of round 8 Siarka Jezioro was beaten by Polpharma on the road 79-68.


Energa Czarni - Trefl Sopot 78-72

TBL round 8 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Trefl Sopot (6-2) against third ranked Energa Czarni (6-2) 78-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) contributed with 15 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) replied with 18 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trefl Sopot. Trefl Sopot's coach Zan Tabak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Energa Czarni have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Trefl Sopot. Trefl Sopot will play next round against Anwil trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Energa Czarni will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Rosa Radom at home.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: T.Abernethy 15+2reb+9ast, L.Knutson 14+5reb+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 14+11reb+2ast, R.Tomaszek 11+6reb+1ast, M.Dutkiewicz 9+1reb+1ast, V.Dabkus 9+7reb
Trefl Sopot: F.Turner 18+4reb+4ast, P.Zamojski 11+2reb, F.Dylewicz 10+5reb, A.Waczynski 9+1reb+3ast, S.Spralja 9, M.Michalak 7+1reb
gschID: 186745


Asseco Prok. - Anwil 72-75

Important game to mention about took place in Gdynia. Seventh ranked Anwil (4-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Asseco Prok. (4-3) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Asseco Prok. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and American guard Tony Weeden (186-83, college: Chicago St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who added 24 points during the contest. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) responded with 19 points and his fellow American import point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Four Anwil and five Asseco Prok. players scored in double figures. Asseco Prok.'s coach Kestutis Kemzura tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Anwil have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 4-4 record. Defending champion Asseco Prok. keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Anwil will play against league's second-placed Trefl Sopot at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Asseco Prok. will play against Siarka Jezioro (#11) in Tarnobrzeg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Anwil: T.Weeden 24+3reb, K.Szubarga 12+5reb+10ast, S.Hajric 11+7reb, P.Frasunkiewicz 10+3reb+2ast, R.Wright 7+1reb, M.Homelius 4+9reb
Asseco Prok.: A.Acker 19+3reb+1ast, J.Blassingame 14+3reb+4ast, A.Hrycaniuk 10+8reb, L.Koszarek 10+4reb+4ast, F.Robinson 10+5reb+2ast, P.Szczotka 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 186744


Kotwica - Stelmet ZG 85-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Stelmet ZG (5-3) against ninth ranked Kotwica (3-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Stelmet ZG was defeated by Kotwica in Kolobrzeg 85-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stelmet ZG. The game was mostly controlled by Kotwica. Stelmet ZG managed to win second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Kotwica had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American guard Sean Mosley (193-89, college: Maryland) who scored that evening 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) supported him with 18 points and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 21 points by U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for Stelmet ZG. American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) added 19 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kotwica moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Polpharma. Stelmet ZG at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with AZS Koszalin. Kotwica will meet higher ranked PGE Turow (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stelmet ZG will play against Polpharma in Starogard and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: S.Mosley 22+9reb+4ast, C.Jefferson 18+7ast, G.Arabas 10+4reb+2ast, D.Brown 8+7reb+2ast, R.Rajewicz 6+2reb+1ast, W.Zloty 6+6reb
Stelmet ZG: W.Hodge 21+1reb+3ast, Q.Hosley 19+1reb, M.Cesnauskis 13+4reb+3ast, K.Chanas 6+4reb+1ast, O.Stevic 5+8reb+2ast, A.Lapeta 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 186748


Start Gdynia - Rosa Radom 63-61

Bottom-ranked Start Gdynia managed to get a second victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Start Gdynia edged tenth-ranked Rosa Radom 63-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rosa Radom won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rosa Radom 47-24 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Patryk Pelka (202-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77, agency: Promotex) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian Slaven Cupkovic (205-88, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points in the effort for Rosa Radom. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Start Gdynia (2-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Siarka Jezioro and Rosa Radom. Rosa Radom lost third consecutive game. Start Gdynia will face league's leader Energa Czarni in Slupsk in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: G.Mordzak 14+1reb+3ast, P.Pelka 12+6reb+1ast, M.Jankowski 8+5reb+1ast, T.Wojdyla 7+11reb, T.Andrzejewski 6+4reb, R.Rothbart 6+12reb
Rosa Radom: S.Cupkovic 14+4reb, A.Donigiewicz 14+7reb+1ast, N.Vasojevic 13+2reb, J.Montgomery 10+5reb+1ast, P.Kardas 6+2reb+3ast, P.Bogdanowicz 3
gschID: 186746


AZS Koszalin - PGE Turow 85-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked PGE Turow (5-2) against sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (5-3) on Saturday night. Visiting PGE Turow was defeated by AZS Koszalin in a tough game in Koszalin 79-85. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But PGE Turow won second period 34-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for AZS Koszalin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) who scored 22 points. American forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) chipped in 19 points. Naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87) produced 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Miodrag Rajkovic let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AZS Koszalin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Stelmet ZG. PGE Turow at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. AZS Koszalin's next round opponent will be Rosa Radom (#10) on the road where they are favorite. PGE Turow will play against Kotwica (#8) in Kolobrzeg.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: L.Wisniewski 22+2reb+3ast, J.Robinson 19+2reb+1ast, D.Harris 11+10reb+1ast, R.Skibniewski 11+3ast, B.Woloszyn 7+2ast, M.Kuebler 5
PGE Turow: A.Cel 13+8reb+5ast, L.Wichniarz 12+4reb+1ast, M.Chylinski 12+6reb+2ast, D.Jackson 10+1reb+3ast, D.Kulig 9+3reb, V.Aleksic 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 186747


Polpharma - Siarka Jezioro 79-68

Everything could happen in Starogard at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Polpharma and 11th ranked Siarka Jezioro had identical 2-5 record. This time Polpharma used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Tarnobrzeg 79-68 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Polpharma led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Polpharma forced 19 Siarka Jezioro turnovers. Siarka Jezioro was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import point guard Jawan Carter (180-87, college: Delaware) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Polpharma's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and the former international center Dawid Przybyszewski (215-81, college: Vanderbilt) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Siarka Jezioro. Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. Polpharma (3-5) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Kotwica. Siarka Jezioro lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Polpharma will face higher ranked Stelmet ZG (#4) in Zielona Gora in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Siarka Jezioro will play at home against Asseco Prok. (#6) in Gdynia.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: J.Carter 23+1reb+4ast, U.Mirkovic 13+8reb+1ast, D.Szymkiewicz 12+2reb+2ast, B.McCauley 9+14reb+6ast, L.Majewski 8+4reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 7+3reb+1ast
Siarka Jezioro: J.Dloniak 17+1ast, M.Addison 15+1reb+2ast, N.Doaks 14+14reb, D.Przybyszewski 10+11reb, D.Wall 4+3reb+1ast, C.Long 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 186743



2Liga Round 7: Korsarz Gdansk keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Korsarz Gdansk as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Korsarz Gdansk defeated 3rd placed Ksiezak Lowicz at home 82-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ksiezak Lowicz. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Korsarz Gdansk made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Guard Jakub Zalucki (194-G-89) fired 31 points for the winners. Guard Mateusz Nitsche (190-86) chipped in 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Korsarz Gdansk's coach Andrzej Kwasniewski used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Korsarz Gdansk have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Wilki Morskie. Ksiezak Lowicz at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with SMS PZKosz. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top ranked SMS PZKosz (4-2) recorded its second loss in Wladyslawowo. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked MKS Skierniew. (3-3) 82-75. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 assists. Mariusz Wojcik contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Jakub Garbacz (196-94) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds for SMS PZKosz. SMS PZKosz's coach Arkadiusz Miloszewski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. MKS Skierniew. maintains sixth place in Group A with 3-3 record. SMS PZKosz at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Ksiezak Lowicz. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game where Sudety (#3) beat host HK Zory (#6) with 16-point difference 92-76 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Rafal Niesobski who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side Marcin Marczyk responded with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sudety maintains third place in Group B with 4-2 record behind leader Korsarz Gdansk, which they share with GTK Gliwice and Tychy. Loser HK Zory keeps the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with WKK Wroclaw. Sudety will meet at home Tychy (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HK Zory will play against Wschowa and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss the game where sixth ranked Pulaski Warka (3-3) against 5th ranked Novum Lublin (2-4) where Pulaski Warka won on the road by seven points 73-66. It was an exceptional evening for Konrad Kapturski who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Pulaski Warka moved-up to fourth place in Group C, which they share with Rosa II Radom. Novum Lublin at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where leader MCKiS Jaworz. (#1) crushed Tur Bielsk Pdl. (5-1) on the road by 19 points 93-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tur Bielsk Pdl.. It was a key game for the top position in Group C. Lukasz Bak fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated MCKiS Jaworz. (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Loser Tur Bielsk Pdl. keeps the second position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 7 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A Wilki Morskie crushed Notec in Szczecin 98-72. GTK Gdynia was beaten by Basket Pila at home 80-92. Winless Suchy Las was destroyed by Trefl II Sopot on the opponent's court 88-53.
In Group B Pogon Prudnik outscored WKK Wroclaw in a home game 99-76. Winless Wschowa recorded a loss to Alba Chorzow on the road 84-74. GTK Gliwice crushed Nysa Klodzko on its own court 86-48. Mickiewicz was beaten by Tychy in a road game 82-71.
In Group C Rosa II Radom was destroyed by Handlopex AZS at home 59-86. Legia was outscored by PWiK Piaseczno on the opponent's court 100-77. Wisla AWF Kr. managed to beat AZS AGH Alstom in a home game 50-47.


Group A
Notec - Wilki Morskie 72-98

There was no surprise in Inowroclaw where 8th ranked Notec (1-4) was crushed by second ranked Wilki Morskie (5-1) 98-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wilki Morskie. Notec was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Notec 48-26 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Wilki Morskie looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Notec was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Radoslaw Bojko (196-91) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. Four Wilki Morskie players scored in double figures. Forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Artur Gliszczynski (178-81) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wilki Morskie have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of Group A leader, which they share with Korsarz Gdansk. Newly promoted Notec keeps the eighth place with four games lost. Wilki Morskie will have a break next round. Notec will play at home against GTK Gdynia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wilki Morskie: R.Bojko 21+11reb+5ast, M.Stoklosa 16+3reb+9ast, P.Wojdyr 16+9reb, P.Knowa 13+2reb+1ast, P.Kowalczuk 9+4reb+2ast, S.Milczynski 8+4reb+1ast
Notec: M.Grod 19+7reb+1ast, A.Gliszczynski 17+3reb+4ast, A.Wlodarski 12+1ast, A.Filipiak 7+2reb+4ast, H.Wierzbicki 5+3reb+1ast, M.Warchowski 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 192019


GTK Gdynia - Basket Pila 80-92

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Basket Pila (3-2) defeated on the road 9th ranked GTK Gdynia (1-4) 92-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Basket Pila. GTK Gdynia was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basket Pila forced 23 GTK Gdynia turnovers. GTK Gdynia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Lukasz Krzeminski (200-80) fired 26 points for the winners. Forward Karol Michalek (207-87, agency: Promotex) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four Basket Pila players scored in double figures. Swingman Mateusz Zolnierewicz (191-92) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Filip Put (195-93) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Basket Pila maintains fifth place in Group A with 3-2 record. GTK Gdynia lost fourth consecutive game. GTK Gdynia at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Basket Pila will face Trefl II Sopot (#7) on the road in the next round. GTK Gdynia will play against Notec in Inowroclaw and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Pila: L.Krzeminski 26+3reb+3ast, G.Przewozniak 16+3reb+3ast, K.Michalek 16+12reb+2ast, W.Rogacewicz 10+11reb, M.Plawucki 9+1reb+2ast, T.Pochylski 5+1reb
GTK Gdynia: M.Zolnierewicz 25+9reb, R.Kolka 16+2reb+1ast, F.Put 13+7reb+2ast, T.Maryniewski 8+1reb, M.Komarowski 7+1ast, J.Pietkiewicz 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 192021


SMS PZKosz - MKS Skierniew. 75-82

Top ranked SMS PZKosz (4-2) recorded its second loss in Wladyslawowo. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked MKS Skierniew. (3-3) 82-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-18. But SMS PZKosz won second period 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 assists. Forward Mariusz Wojcik (197-79) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Jakub Garbacz (196-94) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Mikolaj Witlinski (207-95) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SMS PZKosz. SMS PZKosz's coach Arkadiusz Miloszewski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. MKS Skierniew. maintains sixth place in Group A with 3-3 record. SMS PZKosz at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Ksiezak Lowicz. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: R.Jarosz 25+4reb+6ast, M.Lapinski 18+5reb, M.Wojcik 18+5reb+1ast, J.Zielinski 8+6reb+2ast, M.Krajewski 7+2reb+2ast, L.Makolski 6+3reb+4ast
SMS PZKosz: J.Garbacz 18+6reb+2ast, M.Witlinski 14+6reb, M.Zywert 9+2reb+1ast, L.Kaczmarski 9+3reb, K.Zywert 8+2reb+3ast, K.Borowski 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 192020


Trefl II Sopot - Suchy Las 88-53

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Suchy Las (0-6) were rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Trefl II Sopot (2-3) 88-53 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl II Sopot. Suchy Las was better in fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Suchy Las 40-24 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Suchy Las were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Mateusz Jarmakowicz (208-88) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Pawel Dzierzak (185-93) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Trefl II Sopot players scored in double figures. point guard Piotr Wieloch (180-94) produced 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Michal Wielechowski (193-94) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trefl II Sopot maintains seventh place in Group A with 2-3 record. Newly promoted Suchy Las still closes the standings with six games lost. Trefl II Sopot will face higher ranked Basket Pila (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Trefl II Sopot: M.Jarmakowicz 15+11reb+2ast, D.Brembly 13+2reb+2ast, A.Lebiedzinski 12+4reb+1ast, P.Dzierzak 11+5reb+5ast, C.Zieba 10+2reb+2ast, D.Morawiec 9+5reb+4ast
Suchy Las: P.Wieloch 12+1reb+5ast, M.Wielechowski 11+2reb, D.Szymczak 6+2reb, M.Brek 5+4reb, F.Taisner 5+4reb+1ast, M.Marek 5+5reb
gschID: 192018


Korsarz Gdansk - Ksiezak Lowicz 82-70

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Korsarz Gdansk as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Korsarz Gdansk defeated 3rd placed Ksiezak Lowicz at home 82-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ksiezak Lowicz. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Korsarz Gdansk made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Guard Jakub Zalucki (194-89) fired 31 points for the winners. Guard Mateusz Nitsche (190-86) chipped in 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Korsarz Gdansk's coach Andrzej Kwasniewski used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tomasz Smorawinski (189-87, agency: Promotex) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Korsarz Gdansk have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Wilki Morskie. Ksiezak Lowicz at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with SMS PZKosz. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: J.Zalucki 31+3reb+1ast, M.Nitsche 20+9reb+5ast, M.Chudy 12+4reb, D.Grujic 6+2reb, P.Strychalski 4+4reb, P.Konsek 4+10reb
Ksiezak Lowicz: B.Wluczynski 19+6reb+1ast, T.Smorawinski 18+2reb, P.Malona 10+6reb+1ast, K.Kromer 9+1reb, R.Wojciechowski 6+5reb, B.Bartoszewicz 6+4reb
gschID: 192017


Group B
Pogon Prudnik - WKK Wroclaw 99-76

Very predictable result when leader Pogon Prudnik (7-0) outscored at home 6th ranked WKK Wroclaw (3-3) 99-76 on Saturday. Pogon Prudnik dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to WKK Wroclaw's 42. They outrebounded WKK Wroclaw 39-22 including 30 on the defensive glass. Forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marcin Lakis (196-80) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Pogon Prudnik players scored in double figures. point guard Jan Grzelinski (178-94) produced 14 points and 8 assists and guard Bartosz Bochno (193-88) added 19 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pogon Prudnik have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group B with 7-0 record. Loser WKK Wroclaw keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Pogon Prudnik will face league's second-placed AZS AWF K-ce in Katowice in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. WKK Wroclaw will play at home against Alba Chorzow (#9).
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: J.Pawlowski 24+8reb+2ast, M.Lakis 18+9reb+2ast, S.Kucia 17+3reb+2ast, T.Lakis 14+6reb+5ast, T.Madziar 7+4reb+1ast, M.Lepczynski 7+1reb+3ast
WKK Wroclaw: B.Bochno 19+1reb, J.Grzelinski 14+4reb+8ast, T.Nowakowski 12+7reb+1ast, B.Diduszko 9+4reb+2ast, A.Lenczuk 7+1reb+2ast, K.Sek 4+2reb
gschID: 192195


Alba Chorzow - Wschowa 84-74

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Wschowa (0-6) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Alba Chorzow (2-5) 84-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Alba Chorzow. Wschowa was better in third quarter 28-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alba Chorzow forced 21 Wschowa turnovers. Power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Forward Tomasz Gembus (198-87) chipped in 19 points. Four Alba Chorzow players scored in double figures. Forward Adam Chodkiewicz (200-90) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and Wojciech Rzeszowski (-90) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Alba Chorzow moved-up to eighth place in Group B, which they share with Mickiewicz. Newly promoted Wschowa still closes the standings with six games lost. Alba Chorzow will face higher ranked WKK Wroclaw (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wschowa will play against HK Zory (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: T.Gembus 19+2reb+2ast, A.Spychala 16+8reb, K.Wozniak 15+4reb, F.Czyznielewski 12+8reb+1ast, L.Wojcik 9+2ast, P.Podbial 5+1reb+6ast
Wschowa: A.Chodkiewicz 26+8reb+2ast, W.Rzeszowski 16+5reb+6ast, M.Rzeszowski 9+6reb+2ast, M.Zgrzebnicki 9+4reb+2ast, J.Kowalski 9, K.Kaptur 2+1ast
gschID: 192196


GTK Gliwice - Nysa Klodzko 86-48

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked GTK Gliwice (4-2) outleveled at home 10th ranked Nysa Klodzko (1-6) 86-48 on Saturday. The game without a history. GTK Gliwice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. GTK Gliwice outrebounded Nysa Klodzko 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. Forward Emil Podkowinski (192-88) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Pawel Szymanski (187-92) chipped in 20 points. Four GTK Gliwice players scored in double figures. Forward Jakub Gadomski (202-87, college: USC Aiken) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michal Weiss (188-82) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GTK Gliwice moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Sudety and Tychy. Loser Nysa Klodzko keeps the tenth position with six games lost. GTK Gliwice will face Mickiewicz (#8) in Katowice in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: P.Szymanski 20+3reb, E.Podkowinski 17+3reb+4ast, P.Wiekiera 12+5reb+2ast, M.Soehrich 10+1reb+1ast, K.Kolcz 6+2reb+2ast, M.Damulewicz 5+3reb+1ast
Nysa Klodzko: J.Gadomski 15+6reb, M.Weiss 10+1ast, B.Jozefowicz 6+1reb, R.Ciesla 5+1reb, A.Barycza 4+5reb+1ast, M.Kowalski 4+1ast
gschID: 192194


Tychy - Mickiewicz 82-71

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Mickiewicz (2-5) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Tychy (4-2) 82-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tychy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Tychy forced 20 Mickiewicz turnovers. Swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Pawel Olczak (195-81) chipped in 20 points. Four Tychy players scored in double figures. Forward Lukasz Kosmowski (196-83) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Pawel Wolk-Jankowski (180-81) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Mickiewicz's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tychy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Sudety and GTK Gliwice. Loser Mickiewicz keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Tychy will face Sudety (#4) in Jelenia Gora in the next round. Mickiewicz will play at home against GTK Gliwice (#5).
Top scorers:
Tychy: G.Remin 25+5reb+3ast, P.Olczak 20+4reb+3ast, M.Markowicz 11+8reb, D.Weiss 10+2reb+6ast, L.Bodych 9+6reb, R.Lemanski 5+1reb+4ast
Mickiewicz: P.Wolk-Jankowski 14+1reb+3ast, L.Kosmowski 13+6reb+1ast, R.Sebrala 12+1reb+1ast, M.Strzelecki 10+2reb, M.Moralewicz 8+5reb+2ast, M.Batorski 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 192193


HK Zory - Sudety 76-92

An interesting game where Sudety (#3) beat host HK Zory (#6) with 16-point difference 92-76 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Sudety. HK Zory managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sudety forced 22 HK Zory turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Rafal Niesobski (189-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. point guard Michal Kozak (179-92) helped adding 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side guard Marcin Marczyk (187-83) responded with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sudety maintains third place in Group B with 4-2 record behind leader Korsarz Gdansk, which they share with GTK Gliwice and Tychy. Loser HK Zory keeps the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with WKK Wroclaw. Sudety will meet at home Tychy (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HK Zory will play against Wschowa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sudety: R.Niesobski 23+3reb+8ast, M.Kozak 20+5reb+5ast, J.Czech 19+10reb, L.Niesobski 18+4reb+1ast, P.Minciel 7+4reb, J.Wilusz 2+7reb
HK Zory: L.Ochodek 22, M.Marczyk 13+6reb+4ast, B.Torebko 10+4reb, K.Kupczak 10, O.Przeliorz 5, G.Zadecki 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 192192


Group C
Rosa II Radom - Handlopex AZS 59-86

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Handlopex AZS (1-5) smashed on the road 4th placed Rosa II Radom (3-3) 86-59 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-59. Handlopex AZS made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) fired 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Sebastian Biela (190-86) chipped in 19 points. Four Handlopex AZS players scored in double figures. Center Lukasz Sobuta (209-92) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and Filip Zegzula (185-94) added 12 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Handlopex AZS left bottom position moving up to ninth place in Group C, which they share with Legia. Loser Rosa II Radom keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: S.Biela 19+1reb+1ast, K.Banys 13+2reb+2ast, S.Skop 13+3reb, D.Kielar 12+3reb+1ast, P.Mis 9+12reb+2ast, M.Osiniak 7+3reb+2ast
Rosa II Radom: F.Zegzula 12+2reb+2ast, L.Sobuta 11+9reb+1ast, Zielinko 6+3reb+2ast, J.Stanios 6+3reb+3ast, M.Zweglinski 6+1reb+2ast, K.Mamcarczyk 5+1reb
gschID: 192106


Novum Lublin - Pulaski Warka 66-73

We should not miss the game where sixth ranked Pulaski Warka (3-3) against 5th ranked Novum Lublin (2-4) where Pulaski Warka won on the road by seven points 73-66. Novum Lublin was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 38-28 second half run of Pulaski Warka. It was an exceptional evening for forward Konrad Kapturski (197-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Maciej Piatek (198-83) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Pulaski Warka players scored in double figures. Power forward Sergiusz Prazmo (205-87) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Adam Mysliwiec (200-90) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Novum Lublin in the defeat. Pulaski Warka moved-up to fourth place in Group C, which they share with Rosa II Radom. Novum Lublin at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pulaski Warka: M.Piatek 19+7reb+1ast, K.Kapturski 18+12reb, P.Przyborowski 16+5reb+1ast, P.Piros 13+5reb+2ast, G.Mordel 5+2reb, D.Mieczkowski 2+3reb+11ast
Novum Lublin: S.Prazmo 23+6reb+2ast, A.Mysliwiec 17+11reb, M.Gospodarek 14+2reb+9ast, J.Szadura 6+6reb+4ast, J.Adameczek 4+5reb+2ast, M.Wisniewski 2+2reb
gschID: 192105


Tur Bielsk Pdl. - MCKiS Jaworz. 74-93

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where leader MCKiS Jaworz. (#1) crushed Tur Bielsk Pdl. (5-1) on the road by 19 points 93-74 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tur Bielsk Pdl.. It was a key game for the top position in Group C. The game was mostly controlled by MCKiS Jaworz.. Tur Bielsk Pdl. was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MCKiS Jaworz. dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tur Bielsk Pdl.'s 34 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. MCKiS Jaworz. forced 19 Tur Bielsk Pdl. turnovers. Center Lukasz Bak (209-81, agency: Promotex) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Tomasz Zych (188-87) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Four MCKiS Jaworz. players scored in double figures. Forward Lukasz Kuczynski (194-85) produced 29 points and 6 rebounds and forward Aaron Weres (196-91) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. MCKiS Jaworz. (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Loser Tur Bielsk Pdl. keeps the second position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
MCKiS Jaworz.: L.Bak 23+11reb+2ast, S.Klocek 15+2reb+2ast, D.Szlapka 14+1reb+1ast, T.Zych 12+6reb+9ast, A.Baczynski 7+2reb+2ast, N.Kujon 7+4reb
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: L.Kuczynski 29+6reb, A.Weres 12+4reb+2ast, K.Zakrzewski 9+2ast, M.Wysocki 8+10reb, A.Zabielski 6+3reb+2ast, J.Jozwiuk 4+2ast
gschID: 192102


PWiK Piaseczno - Legia 100-77

Very expected game when 8th ranked Legia (1-5) was rolled over on the road by third ranked PWiK Piaseczno (5-1) 100-77 on Saturday. The game without a history. PWiK Piaseczno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. PWiK Piaseczno forced 19 Legia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Legia's players. Guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) fired 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Guard Rafal Holnicki-Szulc (186-89) produced 10 points and 6 assists and guard Tomasz Jaremkiewicz (189-82) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for PWiK Piaseczno. They moved-up to second place in Group C, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Loser Legia dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 27+1reb+4ast, A.Paszkiewicz 16+8reb+6ast, M.Wojtynski 13+4reb, P.Andres 10+7reb+2ast, W.Bocianowski 10+2reb+2ast, D.Zapert 9+1reb+1ast
Legia: T.Jaremkiewicz 17+2reb, P.Nawrot 11+3reb+1ast, L.Zajaczkowski 11+4reb, R.Holnicki-Szulc 10+4reb+6ast, R.Piesio 6+2ast, J.Pawlak 6+2reb
gschID: 192104


Wisla AWF Kr. - AZS AGH Alstom 50-47

There was a small surprise in Krakow where ninth ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (2-4) edged 7th ranked AZS AGH Alstom (2-4) 50-47 on Saturday. AZS AGH Alstom was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 15-8 charge of Wisla AWF Kr., which allowed them to win the game. AZS AGH Alstom was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Michal Ejiofor (197-91) fired 8 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jacek Sulowski (192-79) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Michal Potraski (178-94) produced 9 points and 8 rebounds and guard Michal Szewczyk (184-85) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. AZS AGH Alstom's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Wisla AWF Kr. moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with Novum Lublin and AZS AGH Alstom. AZS AGH Alstom lost their third game in a row. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Sulowski 13+6reb+1ast, J.Krawczyk 8+3reb+2ast, T.Orlicki 8+2reb, M.Ejiofor 8+13reb+1ast, J.Dwernicki 7+7reb+1ast, D.Depta 4+6reb
AZS AGH Alstom: M.Potraski 9+8reb+1ast, M.Szewczyk 9+9reb, M.Hajduk 8+8reb+2ast, P.Ostrowski 6+9reb, P.Stecko 5+4reb+1ast, P.Gworek 4+3reb
gschID: 192103



Polpharma waives coach Kaminski - by Eurobasket News (T)

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) waived coach Wojciech Kaminski.
The last season Kaminski coached at Polpharma.
His team made it to the League Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2003 and 2005).
Kaminski was selected to Coach Assistant: Polish League All-Star Game back in 2006.
He was coaching Polish Senior National Team back in 2003.
Kaminski has coached previously another Polish team: PGE Turow.

By Eurobasket Data Center



1Liga Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The most shocking disappointment of round 9 in the 1Liga was a home defeat of second-best MKS DG (6-3) to third ranked Stal Ostrow (7-2) 83-72. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Stal Ostrow. MKS DG managed to win second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Stal Ostrow won last quarter 24-14. 25 personal fouls committed by MKS DG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76) chipped in 26 points and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) with 19 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stal Ostrow have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with AZS Kutno. MKS DG at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with MOSiR Krosno. Stal Ostrow is looking forward to face Znicz Basket (#13) in Pruszkow in the next round which should be an easy win for them. MKS DG will play on the road against WIKANA Start (#14) in Lublin and is hoping to win this game.
1Liga top team - Slask Wroclaw (8-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat tenth ranked Znicz Basket (3-6) in Pruszkow 75-58. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Radoslaw Hyzy accounted for 11 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Adrian Sulinski (185-89, agency: Promotex) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Znicz Basket in the defeat. Znicz Basket's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Znicz Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Slask Wroclaw will play against UMKS Kielce (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Znicz Basket will play against Stal Ostrow (#3) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Torun where higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (5-4) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked AZS Radex (4-5) 79-72 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Lukasz Pacocha who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Adam Lisewski who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AZS Radex moved-up to ninth place. P.Cukier SIDEn lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Polonia and Sokol Lancut. AZS Radex will meet higher ranked Polonia (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against MOSiR Krosno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
13th ranked UMKS Kielce (3-6) was outscored at home by fifteenth ranked Astoria Bydg. (3-6) with the biggest margin this round 92-66. It was a good game for Sebastian Laydych who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 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. Astoria Bydg. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated UMKS Kielce. Astoria Bydg.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed AZS Kutno at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: MOSiR Krosno won against AZS PP on the opponent's court 85-67. Sokol Lancut managed to outperform Start Lublin in a home game 76-72. Spojnia recorded a loss to AZS Kutno on the road 58-54. SKK Siedlce was defeated by Polonia on its own court 50-59.


Znicz Basket - Slask Wroclaw 58-75

1Liga top team - Slask Wroclaw (8-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat tenth ranked Znicz Basket (3-6) in Pruszkow 75-58. The game was mostly controlled by Slask Wroclaw. Znicz Basket was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Znicz Basket 45-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Znicz Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) accounted for 11 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Adrian Sulinski (185-89, agency: Promotex) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Marcin Matuszewski (194-82) added 5 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Znicz Basket in the defeat. Znicz Basket's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Znicz Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Slask Wroclaw will play against UMKS Kielce (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Znicz Basket will play against Stal Ostrow (#3) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: A.Sulinski 17+5reb, P.Szymanski 9+4reb+1ast, T.Pisarczyk 8+5reb+1ast, L.Bonarek 7+3reb, M.Matuszewski 5+9reb+3ast, R.Malitka 4+2reb+1ast
Slask Wroclaw: L.Diduszko 19+13reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 11+13reb+1ast, M.Flieger 11+2reb+5ast, T.Ochonko 9+2reb+3ast, P.Kikowski 8+3reb, K.Sulima 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 191433


AZS PP - MOSiR Krosno 67-85

Very expected game in Pozoan where 16th ranked AZS PP (1-8) was defeated by fifth ranked MOSiR Krosno (6-3) 85-67. The game without a history. MOSiR Krosno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. MOSiR Krosno forced 20 AZS PP turnovers. It was a good game for point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five MOSiR Krosno players scored in double figures. Forward Pawel Stankiewicz (195-82) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) added 12 points in the effort for AZS PP. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. MOSiR Krosno moved-up to fourth place, which they share with MKS DG. Newly promoted AZS PP stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. MOSiR Krosno's next round opponent will be P.Cukier SIDEn (#7) in Torun. AZS PP will play on the road against Spojnia (#11) in Stargard.
Top scorers:
AZS PP: P.Stankiewicz 16+4reb+4ast, P.Hybiak 12+4reb+3ast, T.Gierwazik 7+1reb+3ast, M.Szydlowski 7+2reb+1ast, A.Metelski 6+9reb+2ast, M.Rostalski 4+3reb+1ast
MOSiR Krosno: K.Laczynski 15+2reb+7ast, A.Misiewicz 12+4reb+1ast, D.Oczkowicz 12+2reb+2ast, R.Partyka 11+3reb+4ast, W.Pisarczyk 10+8reb+1ast, P.Pluta 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191427


UMKS Kielce - Astoria Bydg. 66-92

13th ranked UMKS Kielce (3-6) was outscored at home by fifteenth ranked Astoria Bydg. (3-6) with the biggest margin this round 92-66. The game without a history. Astoria Bydg. 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 UMKS Kielce's 42 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded UMKS Kielce 37-21 including a 29-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Astoria Bydg. players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Forward Lukasz Fafara (194-84) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Rafal Krol (198-87) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UMKS Kielce. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Astoria Bydg. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated UMKS Kielce. Astoria Bydg.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed AZS Kutno at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: L.Fafara 19+5reb, R.Krol 11+5reb+3ast, H.Makuch 9+1reb+4ast, P.Bacik 6+1reb, A.Kijanowski 5+1ast, K.Kamecki 5+1reb+1ast
Astoria Bydg.: S.Laydych 22+2reb+4ast, D.Szyttenholm 19+5reb+2ast, M.Bierwagen 15+7reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 8+3reb+7ast, A.Barszczyk 7+4reb+3ast, F.Malgorzaciak 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 191432


Sokol Lancut - Start Lublin 76-72

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Sokol Lancut (5-4) defeated at home 12th ranked WIKANA Start (3-6) 76-72. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. WIKANA Start was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. 26 personal fouls committed by WIKANA Start helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Michal Baran (185-80) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Kamil Gawrzydek (210-87, college: Idaho St.) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Marcel Wilczek (204-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Tomasz Celej (198-78, agency: Promotex) added 24 points in the effort for WIKANA Start. Sokol Lancut moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Polonia and P.Cukier SIDEn. WIKANA Start at the other side dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Sokol Lancut will have a break next round. WIKANA Start will play at home against MKS DG (#4) in Dabrowa Gornicza.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: T.Celej 24+4reb, M.Wilczek 16+16reb, L.Wilczek 12+6reb+5ast, P.Kowalski 7+1reb, L.Szczypka 4+2reb, P.Luszczewski 4+9reb
Sokol Lancut: M.Baran 18+11reb+10ast, K.Gawrzydek 13+9reb, T.Fortuna 12+1reb+1ast, B.Dubiel 9+2reb, M.Klima 8+6reb+2ast, P.Halas 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 191431


MKS DG - Stal Ostrow 72-83

The most shocking disappointment of round 9 in the 1Liga was a home defeat of second-best MKS DG (6-3) to third ranked Stal Ostrow (7-2) 83-72. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Stal Ostrow. MKS DG managed to win second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Stal Ostrow won last quarter 24-14. 25 personal fouls committed by MKS DG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-91, agency: Promotex) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76) chipped in 26 points and 4 steals. Four Stal Ostrow players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) with 19 points and 4 assists and guard Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-84) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stal Ostrow have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with AZS Kutno. MKS DG at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with MOSiR Krosno. Stal Ostrow is looking forward to face Znicz Basket (#13) in Pruszkow in the next round which should be an easy win for them. MKS DG will play on the road against WIKANA Start (#14) in Lublin and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Piechowicz 19+2reb+4ast, L.Grzegorzewski 15+4reb, M.Woloszyn 11+5reb, J.Karolak 8+3reb, P.Zielinski 6+8reb+1ast, G.Grochowski 4+6ast
Stal Ostrow: W.Szawarski 26+4reb+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 17+10reb+5ast, L.Olejnik 12+5reb+2ast, M.Kalowski 11+2reb+1ast, W.Zurawski 6+13reb+2ast, M.Zebski 4+2reb
gschID: 191430


P.Cukier SIDEn - AZS Radex 72-79

An interesting game took place in Torun where higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (5-4) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked AZS Radex (4-5) 79-72 on Saturday. AZS Radex forced 20 P.Cukier SIDEn turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Lukasz Biela (200-80) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AZS Radex moved-up to ninth place. P.Cukier SIDEn lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Polonia and Sokol Lancut. AZS Radex will meet higher ranked Polonia (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against MOSiR Krosno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: P.Smigielski 17+2reb+4ast, A.Lisewski 15+5reb+3ast, J.Jarecki 11+3reb+1ast, S.Sikora 9+3reb+3ast, A.Kobus 6+4reb+2ast, A.Perka 5+3reb+1ast
AZS Radex: L.Pacocha 22+6reb+2ast, L.Biela 17+4reb, J.Koszuta 12+6reb+2ast, K.Pytys 8+8reb, M.Raczynski 7+1ast, I.Trela 4+5reb
gschID: 191429


AZS Kutno - Spojnia 58-54

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Spojnia (3-6) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked AZS Kutno (7-2) 58-54. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Spojnia won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when AZS Kutno won last quarter 14-11. AZS Kutno outrebounded Spojnia 34-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) answered with 16 points and forward Hubert Pabian (202-89, agency: Promotex) added 11 points in the effort for Spojnia. The victory was the third consecutive win for AZS Kutno. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Stal Ostrow. Spojnia at the other side dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. AZS Kutno's next round opponent will be Astoria Bydg. (#10) in Bydgoszcz and are hoping to win another game. Spojnia will play on the road against SKK Siedlce and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: T.Stepien 16+4reb+1ast, H.Pabian 11+2reb, K.Michalski 9+1reb+2ast, A.Parzych 5+3reb+5ast, B.Szczepaniak 4+1reb+1ast, L.Ratajczak 4+2reb
AZS Kutno: J.Dluski 19+7reb, D.Brek 16+3reb+2ast, W.Glabas 8+4reb+1ast, M.Szwed 4+9reb, G.Malecki 3+2reb, S.Rduch 3+2reb
gschID: 191428


SKK Siedlce - Polonia 50-59

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Polonia (5-4) beat on the road 11th ranked SKK Siedlce (3-6) 59-50. It looked good early as SKK Siedlce took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Polonia had a 19-11 second period charge getting the lead and SKK Siedlce was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 50-59. It was a good game for the former international guard Grzegorz Kukielka (192-83, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Tomasz Przewrocki (192-76) contributed with 11 points for the winners. point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Tomasz Deja (200-83) added 12 points in the effort for SKK Siedlce. Polonia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn and Sokol Lancut. SKK Siedlce lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Polonia's next round opponent will be AZS Radex (#9) in Szczecin. SKK Siedlce will play at home against Spojnia in Stargard and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: R.Basinski 13+10reb+4ast, T.Deja 12+4reb+1ast, R.Sobilo 10+1reb, K.Sulima 5+1reb, R.Kulikowski 4+8reb+1ast, M.Przybylski 4+6reb
Polonia: G.Kukielka 17+11reb, H.Shifman 12+1reb+1ast, T.Przewrocki 11+4reb+1ast, M.Musijowski 8+1reb+1ast, D.Wyka 4+6reb, A.Mikolajko 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 191426



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Proliga Round 5: Maia Basket loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 5 in Proliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Ponte de Sor where host Electrico FC (4-1) edged league's leader Maia Basket (4-1) 60-59 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maia Basket. It was a key game for the second position in the league. They outrebounded Maia Basket 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) who scored 8 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Pedro Afonso (198-83) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds. Center Paulo Diamantino (203-85) produced 14 points for the guests. Electrico FC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Maia Basket. Maia Basket will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Electrico FC will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Oliveirense in Oliveira.

The best stats of 5th round was 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Tiago Raimundo of Illiabum.


Electrico FC - Maia Basket 60-59

Round 5 in Proliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Ponte de Sor where host Electrico FC (4-1) edged league's leader Maia Basket (4-1) 60-59 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maia Basket. It was a key game for the second position in the league. They outrebounded Maia Basket 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) who scored 8 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Pedro Afonso (198-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Center Paulo Diamantino (203-85) produced 14 points and forward Joao Diamantino (201-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Electrico FC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Maia Basket. Maia Basket will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Electrico FC will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Oliveirense in Oliveira.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: A.Medeiros 19+3reb+1ast, J.Lanzinha 12+6reb, P.Afonso 11+12reb, M.Neves 8+13reb+4ast, T.Pinto 7+8ast, P.Raminhos 3+3reb+1ast
Maia Basket: P.Diamantino 14+3reb+1ast, J.Diamantino 12+5reb+1ast, R.Pinto 12+2reb+1ast, P.Tavares 7+4reb+1ast, P.Catarino 6+3reb+3ast, N.Marcal 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 186103


Guifoes - Leca 73-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Leca's (1-3) road loss to sixth ranked Guifoes (3-1) 56-73 on Saturday. Guifoes forced 22 Leca turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jose Almeida (199-86) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Fabio Fernandes (201-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Aylton Vieira produced 18 points and guard Francisco Pinto (185-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guifoes moved-up to fourth place. Leca lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Guifoes will face Illiabum (#5) in Ilhavo in the next round. Leca will play on the road against Sangalhos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: J.Almeida 16+10reb+5ast, F.Fernandes 15+10reb+1ast, J.Pereira 14+2reb, V.Felix 8+4reb+4ast, J.Moreira 5+8reb+4ast, P.Silva 4+1ast
Leca: A.Vieira 18+4reb, F.Pinto 11+7reb+2ast, H.Gomes 8+1reb+1ast, T.Lopes 7+2reb+1ast, F.Monteiro 6+3reb, G.Ranito 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 186107


Benfica B - Ginasio 71-72

Everything could happen in Lisboa at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Ginasio and bottom-ranked Benfica B had identical 0-3 record. But Benfica B was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Figueira da Foz 72-71 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-71. The best player for the winners was swingman Pedro Rocha (190-87) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Tiago Barreiro (187-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Ginasio players scored in double figures. Power forward Pedro Belo (214-92) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and swingman Ricardo Rosa (193) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Benfica B's coach Goran Nogic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Ginasio (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Leca. It was Benfica B's fourth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with four games lost. Ginasio will face higher ranked Angrabasket (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Benfica B will play against Terceira in Angra Heroismo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: T.Barreiro 19+5reb+3ast, P.Rocha 19+10reb+1ast, M.Rosa 12+2reb+1ast, D.Martins 10+5reb, J.Soares 6+4reb+1ast, J.Vieira 4
Benfica B: A.Miguens 16, P.Belo 15+8reb+2ast, R.Rosa 14+2reb+5ast, A.Castela 7+4reb, S.da Silva 6+4reb+1ast, J.Ribeiro 5+1reb
gschID: 186106


Angra - Terceira 68-51

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Terceira (0-5) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Angrabasket (2-3) 68-51 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 47-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Cape Verdean swingman Flavio Gomes (194-89) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Alvaro Pontes (190-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Angrabasket's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Chano Rashiduddin (208, college: Clark Atlanta) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and forward Diogo Duarte (188-92) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Angrabasket moved-up to seventh place. Terceira at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Angrabasket will face Ginasio (#8) in Figueira da Foz in the next round. Terceira will play at home against Benfica B in Lisboa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Angra: F.Gomes 19+14reb+5ast, P.Loth 16+1reb+2ast, A.Pontes 13+10reb, H.Pola 8, J.Gaspar 7+7reb+1ast, C.Sousa 5+3reb+1ast
Terceira: C.Rashiduddin 20+14reb, D.Duarte 17+2reb+2ast, T.Tomassi 7+4reb+1ast, F.Tavares 7+10reb+1ast, F.Ferreira 0, J.Teixeira 0
gschID: 186105


Illiabum - Sangalhos 64-61 OT

Illibaum used overtime to tame visiting Sangalhos. T.Raimundo was pivotal with 18 points and 11 boards for the hosts. A.Coelho delivered 12 points as Illibaum improved at 3-2 record. E.Silva answered with 14 points for Sangalhos.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: T.Raimundo 18+11reb+5ast, A.Coelho 12+2reb, J.Figueiredo 9+1reb+3ast, M.Queiroz 9+10reb+3ast, E.Silva 9+2reb+1ast, H.Sico 4+3reb
Sangalhos: E.Silva 14+5reb, N.Bizarro 9+4reb, V.Farinha 9+4reb, J.Seabra 9+3reb+3ast, P.Silva 7+3reb+3ast, L.Fonte 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 186104



LPB Round 5: Vitoria SC edges Galitos-Tley by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 5 in the LPB took place in Barreiro. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Galitos-Tley (1-4) to leader Vitoria SC (4-0) 87-84 on Sunday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Galitos-Tley won third quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vitoria SC made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Cape Verdean guard Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Paulo Cunha (200-80) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Perry Stevenson (206-87, college: Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the hosts. Vitoria SC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Benfica. Galitos-Tley lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with four games lost. Vitoria SC is looking forward to face Ovarense (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Galitos-Tley will play against Fisica (#8) in Torres Vedras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Benfica delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Lusitania (1-3) 84-57. The former international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. LaceDarius Dunn contributed with 20 points for the winners. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Mohamed Camara (196-83) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Lusitania. Benfica have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Vitoria SC. Lusitania lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Fisica and Sampaense. Benfica will play against Barcelos (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Lusitania will play against Alges to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked Alges (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-61 loss to fourth ranked Academica (3-1) in Alges on Saturday evening. Arnette Hallman stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Josimar Cardoso responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Academica maintains fourth place with 3-1 record. Newly promoted Alges still closes the standings with four games lost. Academica will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alges will play against Lusitania (#7) in Angra and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Funchal was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Barcelos (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked CAB Madeira (2-1). CAB Madeira did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76. Jason Smith nailed 27 points for the winning side. CAB Madeira moved-up to fifth place. Barcelos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. CAB Madeira's next round opponent will be Sampaense (#9) in Coimbra. Barcelos will play at home against the league's leader Benfica.

In the last game of round 5 Sampaense were defeated by Ovarense in a road game 85-68.


Galitos-Tley - Vitoria SC 84-87

The most exciting game of round 5 in the LPB took place in Barreiro. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Galitos-Tley (1-4) to leader Vitoria SC (4-0) 87-84 on Sunday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Galitos-Tley won third quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vitoria SC made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Cape Verdean guard Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Paulo Cunha (200-80) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Perry Stevenson (206-87, college: Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Antonio Tavares (183-75) added 22 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the hosts. Four Vitoria SC and five Galitos-Tley players scored in double figures. Vitoria SC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Benfica. Galitos-Tley lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with four games lost. Vitoria SC is looking forward to face Ovarense (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Galitos-Tley will play against Fisica (#8) in Torres Vedras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: I.Almeida 35+12reb+2ast, A.Bessa 14+3reb+4ast, P.Cunha 14+8reb+1ast, C.Swiggett 10+1reb+5ast, D.Swetalla 8+5reb+6ast, J.St Robert 4+6reb+1ast
Galitos-Tley: A.Tavares 22+3reb+4ast, J.Bynum 16+3reb, P.Stevenson 16+13reb+1ast, P.Pinto 14+5reb+3ast, D.Neves 11+4reb+1ast, J.Fernandes 3+1reb+5ast
gschID: 185992


Ovarense - Sampaense 85-68

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Sampaense (1-3) was defeated on the road by third ranked Ovarense (4-1) 85-68. Sampaense was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 50-30 second half run of Ovarense. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Sampaense only scored two points from the stripe. The former international forward Miguel Miranda (205-78) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-90) accounted for 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Ovarense players scored in double figures. American forward Al Rapier (200-89, college: Stony Brook, agency: Dynamics Global Management) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Carlos Ferreirinho (200-91) added 17 points respectively for Sampaense in the defeat. Ovarense have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Benfica. Sampaense at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Ovarense's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Vitoria SC in Guimaraes and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sampaense will play at home against CAB Madeira (#5) in Funchal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ovarense: J.Miguel Barbosa 19+5reb+5ast, C.Cordeiro 19+2reb+2ast, M.Miranda 18+10reb+1ast, S.Coll 17+7reb+1ast, F.Neves 10+2reb, P.Soares 2+1reb
Sampaense: C.Ferreirinho 17+4reb+2ast, S.Baker 17+3reb, A.Rapier 15+6reb+5ast, B.Sebirumbi 8+7reb+1ast, H.Carvalho 6+4reb+4ast, A.Kravtsov 3
gschID: 185991


Benfica - Lusitania 84-57

Undefeated leader Benfica delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Lusitania (1-3) 84-57. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Benfica outrebounded Lusitania 46-24 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Mohamed Camara (196-83) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Daniel Monteiro (182-82) added 13 points in the effort for Lusitania. Benfica have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Vitoria SC. Lusitania lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Fisica and Sampaense. Benfica will play against Barcelos (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Lusitania will play against Alges to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Benfica: H.Evans 20+8reb, L.Dunn 20+4reb, J.Gomes 11+4reb+3ast, D.Carreira 9+1reb+3ast, C.Fonseca 8+4reb+1ast, S.Doliboa 6+8reb+3ast
Lusitania: M.Camara 15+7reb+3ast, D.Monteiro 13+3reb+3ast, M.Momplasir 10+4reb, J.Goode 7+1reb+3ast, A.Sobrinho 6+1ast, D.Nevels 4+7reb
gschID: 185990


Alges - Academica 61-78

Bottom-ranked Alges (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-61 loss to fourth ranked Academica (3-1) in Alges on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 44-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Academica dominated on the defensive end, holding Alges to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Alges 35-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and international center Marco Goncalves (206-84) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Academica players scored in double figures. Naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Antonio Pires (185-86) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Academica maintains fourth place with 3-1 record. Newly promoted Alges still closes the standings with four games lost. Academica will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alges will play against Lusitania (#7) in Angra and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Academica: A.Hallman 22+16reb+3ast, J.Balseiro 18+2reb+2ast, F.Sousa 14+5reb+2ast, M.Goncalves 13+10reb+2ast, D.Simoes 8+1reb+3ast, T.Toler 3+1reb+1ast
Alges: J.Cardoso 17+7reb+2ast, A.Pires 14+3reb+6ast, J.Manuel 14+3reb+1ast, R.Quintino 8+3reb, D.Vieira 5+5reb, F.Mendonca 3+1reb
gschID: 185989


Round 16
CAB Madeira - Barcelos 94-76

The game in Funchal was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Barcelos (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked CAB Madeira (2-1). CAB Madeira did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76. Barcelos were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 51-32 second half run of CAB Madeira. They also forced 19 Barcelos turnovers. American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) nailed 27 points for the winning side and the former international Jorge Coelho (200-78) accounted for 16 points. Four CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. Montenegrin forward Marko Loncovic (200-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds and Slovenian forward Matic Sirnik (200-91) added 21 points respectively for Barcelos in the defeat. CAB Madeira moved-up to fifth place. Barcelos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. CAB Madeira's next round opponent will be Sampaense (#9) in Coimbra. Barcelos will play at home against the league's leader Benfica.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: J.Smith 27+2reb+3ast, J.Coelho 16+3reb, J.Freitas 15+3ast, S.Jackson 10+2reb, J.Costa 8+3reb+6ast, A.Pinto 8+2reb+2ast
Barcelos: M.Loncovic 23+16reb+1ast, M.Sirnik 21+3reb+2ast, R.Coelho 14+5reb+2ast, C.Fechas 8+1reb+7ast, N.Oliveira 6+4reb+6ast, P.Bajtus 4+2reb
gschID: 228798



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Serbia in group B on European championship 2013. In Slovenia - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian National team will be in group B on European championship in Slovenia 2013. Serbia will compete in group B with National teams of Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Latvia.
Schedule of the games in group B:
Round 1
Serbia-Lithuania, FYR Macedonia -Montenegro, Latvia-Bosnia and Herzegovina
Round 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina-Serbia, Montenegro-Latvia, Lithuania- FYR Macedonia
Round 3
Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia-Serbia, Latvia-Lithuania
Round 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina- FYR Macedonia, Lithuania-Montenegro, Serbia-Latvia
Round 5
Lithuania-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia- FYR Macedonia, Montenegro-Serbia



Nikola Socanac signs at Mladost Zemun - by Eurobasket News (T)

KK Mladost Zemun (B League) landed 19-year old Serbian point guard Nikola Socanac (188-93). He played most recently at the junior team of Ulcinj in Montenegrin 1A league.  In two Balkan League games last year he had only 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg. Socanac also played 3 games in 1A where he had 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
He played in the final of Serbian Junior League in 2009.
Socanac was a member of Serbian U18 National Team last year.
He has played also professionally in Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd).

By Eurobasket Data Center



A League Round 8: Vojvodina beats Metalac by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the A League took place in Novi Sad. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Metalac (4-4) to second ranked Vojvodina (7-1) 75-73 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Metalac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Stefan Stojacic (194-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Vojvodina's coach Sinisa Matic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84) replied with 18 points for Metalac. Vojvodina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Mega Vizura. Metalac at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Vojvodina is looking forward to face OKK Beograd (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Metalac will play against the league's leader Mega Vizura and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Mega Vizura (7-1) which hosted in Vizura 3rd ranked Sloboda (5-3). First ranked Mega Vizura had an easy win 100-81. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Vasilije Micic who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Power forward Bogdan Obrenovic (206-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mega Vizura have an impressive five-game winning streak. Mega Vizura maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Vojvodina. Sloboda at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Mega Vizura will play against Metalac (#8) in Valjevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sloboda will play at home against Vrsac (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Smederevo between KK Jagodina and Smederevo Vizura. Twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (3-5) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Smederevo Vizura (2-6). KK Jagodina managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Smederevo Vizura. The winners were led by Rajko Kljajevic who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds. KK Jagodina's coach Aleksandar Icic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 23 points by Marko Popadic did not help to save the game for Smederevo Vizura. KK Jagodina moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Borac. Loser Smederevo Vizura dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. They share it with BKK Radnicki. KK Jagodina will meet at home Borac (#10) in the next round. Smederevo Vizura will play against BKK Radnicki in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Radnicki Basket (4-4) and Borac (3-5), which took place in Cacak. Higher ranked Radnicki Basket lost to eleventh ranked Borac in a road game 90-96. The best player for the winners was Mladen Sljivancanin who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Borac moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Jagodina. Radnicki Basket at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Borac's next round opponent will be KK Jagodina (#11) on the road. Radnicki Basket will play against Tamis (#9) in Pancevo.
The game between eighth ranked Konstantin (4-4) and 11th ranked BKK Radnicki (2-6) in Nis on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Konstantin outscored guests from Beograd 70-50. Petar Despotovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Konstantin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. BKK Radnicki lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Konstantin will face bottom-ranked Sloga (#14) in Kraljevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BKK Radnicki will play at home against Smederevo Vizura and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 bottom-ranked Sloga were beaten by Vrsac on the road 95-81. Tamis lost to OKK Beograd on its own court 74-81.


Vrsac - Sloga 95-81

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Vrsac (6-2) beat at home bottom-ranked Sloga (1-7) 95-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Vrsac. Sloga was better in fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 64.4 percent from the field. Vrsac looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Swingman Djordje Milosevic (198-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Power forward Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-78) contributed with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Vrsac players scored in double figures. Center Sasa Mijajlovic (211-80, college: Hutchinson CC) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) added 21 points and 8 assists in the effort for Sloga. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vrsac have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-2 record behind leader Mega Vizura. Sloga lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Vrsac will face Sloboda (#4) in Uzice in the next round. Sloga will play at home against Konstantin (#6) in Nis.
Top scorers:
Sloga: S.Mijajlovic 24+13reb+2ast, M.Popovic 21+3reb+8ast, J.Dasic 20+2reb+3ast, N.Bilos 4+1reb, M.Blagojevic 3+2reb, N.Otovic 3+1ast
Vrsac: V.Vuksanovic 25+5reb+5ast, N.Radovic 22+5reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 21+9reb+7ast, A.Mitrovic 15+4reb+3ast, N.Nikolic 4+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 3+1reb
gschID: 198525


Vojvodina - Metalac 75-73

The most exciting game of round 8 in the A League took place in Novi Sad. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Metalac (4-4) to second ranked Vojvodina (7-1) 75-73 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Metalac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Stefan Stojacic (194-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Vojvodina's coach Sinisa Matic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84) replied with 18 points and power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the effort for Metalac. Vojvodina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Mega Vizura. Metalac at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Vojvodina is looking forward to face OKK Beograd (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Metalac will play against the league's leader Mega Vizura and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Metalac: V.Mijovic 18+3reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 12+3reb+3ast, D.Marojevic 9+2reb, D.Mitrovic 9+4reb+3ast, D.Kruscic 8+3reb+2ast, S.Balmazovic 6+3reb
Vojvodina: D.Zekovic 13+7reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 13+2reb, O.Kuzeta 12+1reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 8+8reb+4ast, R.Markovic 7+1reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198523


Borac - Radnicki Basket 96-90

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Radnicki Basket (4-4) and Borac (3-5), which took place in Cacak. Higher ranked Radnicki Basket lost to eleventh ranked Borac in a road game 90-96. They made 33-of-42 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Radnicki Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Mladen Sljivancanin (200-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Four Borac players scored in double figures. Guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Pedja Stamenkovic (190-88, agency: Interperformances) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Borac moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Jagodina. Radnicki Basket at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Borac's next round opponent will be KK Jagodina (#11) on the road. Radnicki Basket will play against Tamis (#9) in Pancevo.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: P.Stamenkovic 22+2reb, M.Bojovic 21+5reb+2ast, N.Markovic 10+10reb, D.Djokic 9+1ast, M.Sturanovic 8+4reb, A.Dzakovic 7+8reb+1ast
Borac: M.Sljivancanin 31+7reb+8ast, M.Pantic 23+16reb+3ast, M.Trtic 16+4reb+1ast, D.Radovic 12+5reb, N.Todorovic 8+3reb+3ast, N.Prolovic 6
gschID: 198521


Smederevo - Jagodina 69-71

A very close game took place in Smederevo between KK Jagodina and Smederevo Vizura. Twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (3-5) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Smederevo Vizura (2-6). KK Jagodina managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Smederevo Vizura. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by forward Rajko Kljajevic (204-85, agency: BeoExcell) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin swingman Vasilije Seferovic (193-85) supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. KK Jagodina's coach Aleksandar Icic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 23 points by point guard Marko Popadic (190-89) did not help to save the game for Smederevo Vizura. Forward Miroslav Radenkovic (204-83) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. KK Jagodina moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Borac. Loser Smederevo Vizura dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. They share it with BKK Radnicki. KK Jagodina will meet at home Borac (#10) in the next round. Smederevo Vizura will play against BKK Radnicki in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Smederevo: M.Popadic 23+2reb, M.Radenkovic 11+5reb, V.Vlaskovic 8+4reb+3ast, P.Sparovic 7+4reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 7+3reb+1ast, S.Djordjevic 6+3reb
Jagodina: R.Kljajevic 24+6reb+1ast, V.Seferovic 20+5reb+2ast, V.Gagovic 10+4reb, V.Gajovic 7, N.Filipovic 5+2reb+2ast, M.Puzic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198527


Konstantin - BKK Radnicki 70-50

The game between eighth ranked Konstantin (4-4) and 11th ranked BKK Radnicki (2-6) in Nis on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Konstantin outscored guests from Beograd 70-50. The game was mostly controlled by Konstantin. BKK Radnicki was better in third quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Montenegrin guard Petar Despotovic (194-88, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Montenegrin center Milovan Savic (205-87) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Konstantin players scored in double figures. point guard Luka Igrutinovic (193-92) replied with 12 points and guard Marko Boltic (193-87) added 15 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for BKK Radnicki. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Konstantin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. BKK Radnicki lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Konstantin will face bottom-ranked Sloga (#14) in Kraljevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BKK Radnicki will play at home against Smederevo Vizura and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BKK Radnicki: M.Boltic 15, L.Igrutinovic 12+4reb+1ast, B.Vujosevic 5+7reb, N.Gacic 5+3reb, N.Bezbradica 4+1reb+1ast, M.Tomic 2+1reb
Konstantin: P.Despotovic 15+5reb+4ast, V.Velickovic 13+3reb+1ast, M.Savic 12+5reb+1ast, F.Dumic 10+6reb+2ast, I.Cvetkovic 9+8reb+1ast, M.Vitkovic 3+2reb
gschID: 198526


Mega Vizura - Sloboda Uzice 100-81

An interesting game for Mega Vizura (7-1) which hosted in Vizura 3rd ranked Sloboda (5-3). First ranked Mega Vizura had an easy win 100-81. The game without a history. Mega Vizura led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mega Vizura made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Mega Vizura players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Sloboda was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Vasilije Micic (191-94, agency: Beo Basket) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Power forward Bogdan Obrenovic (206-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Slavko Stefanovic (206-81, agency: BeoExcell) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Five Mega Vizura and four Sloboda players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mega Vizura have an impressive five-game winning streak. Mega Vizura maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Vojvodina. Sloboda at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Mega Vizura will play against Metalac (#8) in Valjevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sloboda will play at home against Vrsac (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: S.Stefanovic 15+1reb+4ast, N.Arnautovic 14+1reb+2ast, B.Obrenovic 14+8reb+1ast, A.Vasic 10+3reb+4ast, M.Ljubojevic 7+1reb+1ast, N.Jevtovic 6+8reb
Mega Vizura: B.Marjanovic 26+12reb+4ast, A.Bojic 14+1reb+1ast, P.Reljic 14+2reb+1ast, N.Krstic 13+1reb, V.Micic 11+5reb+6ast, M.Lukovic 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 198524


Tamis - OKK Beograd 74-81

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Tamis (4-4) lost to ninth ranked OKK Beograd (4-4) in Pancevo 74-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. OKK Beograd forced 19 Tamis turnovers. Tamis were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Vladimir Popovic (190-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. Stanoje Knezevic (202-89) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. Ivan Miceta (205-81) replied with 9 points and 12 rebounds and guard Davor Perak (198-83) added 17 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Tamis. Tamis' coach Nebojsa Biro rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. OKK Beograd moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Tamis. OKK Beograd will face league's second-placed Vojvodina in Novi Sad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tamis will play on the road against Radnicki Basket in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tamis: D.Perak 17+3reb+2ast, D.Buric 14+6reb+1ast, S.Lalic 9+3reb+2ast, B.Jereminov 9+1reb+6ast, I.Miceta 9+12reb+3ast, S.Pejovic 8+1reb
OKK Beograd: V.Popovic 16+5reb, S.Knezevic 13+7reb, F.Sepa 13+3reb+1ast, N.Jeftic 12+6reb+1ast, A.Nesovic 11+2reb+6ast, M.Sutulovic 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 198522



Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda rally past Krka - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Krka 79:61

Crvena Zvezda reached 5-4 record in the Adriatic League season after they took care of visiting Krka. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) accounted for 15 points each to lead the Belgrade team. Krka slipped at 4-5 record after the loss.
Crvena Zvezda raced in front early in the encounter. The hosts piled up a 20:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Krka cut the deficit in the second term. The Slovenian team got within 6 points at the interval 36:30. But the third term proved decisive. Crvena Zvezda stepped on the gas and cleared off. The home team accounted for a 58:43 lead at the final intermission. Crvena Zvezda held Krka at safe distance throughout the final frame and rolled to the victory. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points for Crvena Zvezda. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) and Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) answered with 11 points each for Krka.

Crvena Zvezda: Elton Brown 15, Igor Rakocevic 15, Boris Savovic 14
Krka: Domen Lorbek 11, Jakov Vladovic 11



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Radoslav Rancik selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Radoslav Rancik
Radoslav Rancik
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St., currently plays in Czech Republic). He led CEZ Nymburk to a 3-point victory over the sixth-ranked BK Prostejov (6-5) 76-73 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. Rancik was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (11-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. Rancik has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 85.0% in the six games he played so far. Former BK Inter Bratislava starter played for the Slovakian senior national team two years ago.

Pavol Losonsky
Pavol Losonsky
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine, currently plays in United Kingdom). He led Leicester Riders to a 3-point victory over the fifth-ranked Plymouth Raiders (5-3) 83-80 in the British BBL last Saturday. Losonsky was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Losonsky's second season in pro basketball. Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (10-1) is placed first in the BBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Losonsky's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Losonsky averages: 15.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Slovakian senior national team.

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany. Gavel could not help Brose Baskets Bamberg (2-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg was badly defeated 86-66 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group D of Euroleague. Gavel scored 11 points in 29 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gavel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Brose Baskets Bamberg's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(16-28), 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 69.2% in the six games. Gavel is also a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Justin Sedlak
Justin Sedlak
   #4. Power forward Justin Sedlak (205-87, college: Florida Tech, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Solna Vikings (6-5) in their game against Boras Basket (9-2) in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night Sedlak recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Sedlak's first year with the team. Sedlak has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg and 5.8rpg. He used to play for the Slovakian national team back in 2010.

Peter Sedmak
Peter Sedmak
   #5. International center Peter Sedmak (207-85, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BK Decin to a victory over the ninth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-8) 79-62 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. Sedmak was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points in 21 minutes. BK Decin (6-4) is placed fourth in the NBL. Sedmak's stats this year are: 14.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Slovakian national team last year.

Martin Sykora
Martin Sykora
   #6. Swingman Martin Sykora (192-81, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for Levice (5-6) in their game against BK Usti nad Labem (3-8) in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his good performance last Saturday Sykora was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Sykora's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 3.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Slovakian National Team roster.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #7. International small forward Dusan Pandula (196-84, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a BK Prostejov's victory against the closely-ranked USK Praha (6-5) 86-75 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Pandula scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 26 minutes. BK Prostejov (6-5) is placed sixth in the NBL. This year Pandula's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.0apg in the 11 games. He is also Slovakian national team player.

Roman Marko
Roman Marko
   #8. Shooting guard Roman Marko (194-86, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dusan Pandula and both played together in the last Czech Republic NBL game. Marko helped BK Prostejov win their game against the closely-ranked USK Praha (6-5) 86-75. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It's Marko's first season with the team. Marko's total stats this year are: 7.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg. He plays currently for the Slovakian national team.

Richard Lesko
Richard Lesko
   #9. Former U20 international forward Richard Lesko (204-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help Basketbal Svitavy (3-8) in their game against BC Kolin (7-4) in the Czech Republic NBL. Lesko scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Basketbal Svitavy lost 70-76 in Kolin to the higher-ranked (#3) BC Kolin. This year Lesko's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.2rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Slovakian U20 national team thirteen years ago.

Martin Miklosik
Martin Miklosik
   #10. Center Martin Miklosik (225-86, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help B&W Opava (2-8) in their game against NH Ostrava (10-1) in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. B&W Opava was badly defeated 92-75 at home by the second-ranked NH Ostrava. It was B&W Opava's third consecutive loss in a row. Miklosik belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3. He has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5bpg. Worth to mention Miklosik played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Miklosik is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Slovakian senior national team.

   #11. U20 international center Boris Bojanovsky (221-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Florida State University in a victory against the Brigham Young University 88-70 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 shots in 18 minutes. Bojanovsky has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5bpg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the Slovakian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Darius Silinskis (216-C-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Lithuania could not help Nevezis (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Nevezis (#4) was defeated 72-68 at home by the leading Rudupis in the group C of Baltic League. Silinskis was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Silinskis is currently second on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7bpg.

   #2. Peter Simek (205-C-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Cal-Irvine, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Surrey Heat's victory against the league leader Leicester Riders (10-1) 81-74 in the British BBL last Sunday. Simek recorded 9 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Surrey Heat (7-1) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Simek's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.6rpg in the eight games he played so far.

   #3. Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Horsens IC to win against the league leader SISU (8-0) 81-69 in the Danish Ligaen last Sunday. Varga recorded only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Horsens IC (9-3) is placed third in the Ligaen. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Varga has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Slovakian.

   #4. Experienced Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77, currently plays in Luxembourg) helped Basket Esch win their game against the closely-ranked Musel Pikes (4-5) 82-69 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Saturday night. Svitek scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Basket Esch (1-5) is placed seventh in the Diekirch League. Svitek belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 10.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 16.1ppg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in the eight games.

   #5. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92, currently plays in Austria) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Kapfenberg Bulls (3-3) in their game against Gmunden Swans (3-3) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Kramer cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. Kapfenberg Bulls was defeated 98-93 on the road by the higher-ranked Gmunden Swans (#6). Kramer has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 3.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Slovakian and Austrian.



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Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda rally past Krka - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Krka 79:61

Crvena Zvezda reached 5-4 record in the Adriatic League season after they took care of visiting Krka. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) accounted for 15 points each to lead the Belgrade team. Krka slipped at 4-5 record after the loss.
Crvena Zvezda raced in front early in the encounter. The hosts piled up a 20:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Krka cut the deficit in the second term. The Slovenian team got within 6 points at the interval 36:30. But the third term proved decisive. Crvena Zvezda stepped on the gas and cleared off. The home team accounted for a 58:43 lead at the final intermission. Crvena Zvezda held Krka at safe distance throughout the final frame and rolled to the victory. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points for Crvena Zvezda. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) and Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) answered with 11 points each for Krka.

Crvena Zvezda: Elton Brown 15, Igor Rakocevic 15, Boris Savovic 14
Krka: Domen Lorbek 11, Jakov Vladovic 11



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KBL Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 12 most important game was a victory of Mobis Phoebus over second-best ET Land Elephants 89-85 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ET Land Elephants won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mobis Phoebus won last quarter 25-23. 24 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) replied with 30 points and 9 rebounds for ET Land Elephants. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mobis Phoebus (11-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion (11-4) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with SK Knights. ET Land Elephants at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Anyang KGC. Mobis Phoebus is looking forward to face Goyang Orions (#5) in Daegu in the next round. ET Land Elephants will play on the road against KCC Egis in Jeonju and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Changwon. Second ranked ET Land Elephants (10-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked LG Sakers (6-8) 85-82 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Tae-Jong Moon who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. ET Land Elephants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Despite that victory ET Land Elephants went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Anyang KGC. LG Sakers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against bottom-ranked KCC Egis (#10) in Jeonju in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LG Sakers will play on the road against Goyang Orions in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Goyang Orions in a game in Daegu versus Sonic Boom KT (#8) 90-82. The winners were led by Sung-Min Cho who scored that evening 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by Leon Williams did not help to save the game for Goyang Orions. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT (7-8) moved-up to sixth place. Loser Goyang Orions keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet at home league's second-placed SK Knights in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Goyang Orions will play against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Seoul was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Goyang Orions (8-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Samsung Thunders (6-9). Goyang Orions managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70. The best player for the winners was Tony Akins who scored 24 points and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Goyang Orions maintains fifth position with 8-7 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Goyang Orions' next round opponent will be LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon. Samsung Thunders will play at home against Dongbu Promy in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 12 bottom-ranked KCC Egis was beaten by Anyang KGC on the road 85-78. Dongbu Promy lost to SK Knights on its own court 81-89.


Anyang KGC - KCC Egis 85-78

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Anyang KGC (10-5) beat at home bottom-ranked KCC Egis (2-14) 85-78. It looked good early as KCC Egis took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Anyang KGC had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and KCC Egis were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-85. 26 personal fouls committed by KCC Egis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international point guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Juan Pattillo (197-88, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Anyang KGC's coach Sang-Bum Lee used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who recorded 25 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Tae-Hong Kim (193-88) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Anyang KGC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with ET Land. KCC Egis lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be Sonic Boom KT (#6) in Busan. KCC Egis will play at home against ET Land Elephants (#4) in Inchon.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: C.Sims 25+7reb+2ast, T.Kim 16+5reb, W.Kim 11+4reb, A.Brown 10+8reb, J.Lim 6+3reb+3ast, M.Sin 4+5reb+3ast
Anyang KGC: T.Kim 25+7reb+3ast, J.Pattillo 19+12reb+1ast, J.Lee 19+7reb+4ast, H.Choi 10+3reb, H.Yang 5+1reb+2ast, K.Trim 4+1reb
gschID: 194202


Samsung Th. - Goyang Orions 70-76

The game in Seoul was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Goyang Orions (8-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Samsung Thunders (6-9). Goyang Orions managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70. Samsung Thunders were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 47-36 second half run of Goyang Orions. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) who scored 24 points and 7 assists. Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Four Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Koahn-Huhi Ngi (190-88) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Jung-Suk Lee (183-82) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Goyang Orions maintains fifth position with 8-7 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Goyang Orions' next round opponent will be LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon. Samsung Thunders will play at home against Dongbu Promy in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: K.Ngi 15+5reb, J.Lee 12+2reb+5ast, D.Sandrin 9+5reb, D.Townes 9+5reb+1ast, D.Lim 8+4reb+2ast, O.Blankson 7+7reb
Goyang Orions: T.Akins 24+2reb+7ast, J.Seong 15+2reb, L.Williams 13+16reb+1ast, S.Hong 13+1reb+5ast, S.Kim 5+2reb+1ast, H.Cho 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 194201


ET Land - Mobis Phoebus 85-89

Round 12 most important game was a victory of Mobis Phoebus over second-best ET Land Elephants 89-85 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ET Land Elephants won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mobis Phoebus won last quarter 25-23. 24 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Ji-Hoon Ham (198-84) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) replied with 30 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 22 points in the effort for ET Land Elephants. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mobis Phoebus (11-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion (11-4) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with SK Knights. ET Land Elephants at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Anyang KGC. Mobis Phoebus is looking forward to face Goyang Orions (#5) in Daegu in the next round. ET Land Elephants will play on the road against KCC Egis in Jeonju and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ET Land: C.Powell 30+9reb+3ast, T.Moon 22+3reb+2ast, T.Joo 10+2reb+1ast, H.Kang 7+1reb+1ast, H.Lee 6+1reb+1ast, D.Casto 5+3reb+1ast
Mobis Phoebus: G.Stevenson 29+9reb+1ast, J.Ham 18+5reb+7ast, C.Withers 15+7reb, D.Yang 9+1ast, R.Ratliffe 8+5reb+1ast, S.Rae Kim 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 194200


Goyang Orions - Sonic Boom KT 82-90

An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Goyang Orions in a game in Daegu versus Sonic Boom KT (#8) 90-82. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-82. The winners were led by the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) who scored that evening 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and power forward Young-Jin Song (198-78) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) did not help to save the game for Goyang Orions. Forward Sung-Hun Hong (195-83) added 18 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT (7-8) moved-up to sixth place. Loser Goyang Orions keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet at home league's second-placed SK Knights in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Goyang Orions will play against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: L.Williams 22+13reb+2ast, S.Hong 18+2reb+4ast, T.Akins 9+3reb+8ast, J.Chun 8+1reb, J.Seong 7+1reb+1ast, S.Kim 6+2reb+2ast
Sonic Boom KT: S.Cho 32+5reb+1ast, Y.Song 16+3reb+4ast, J.Johnson 8+2reb, B.Davis 8+6reb+1ast, D.Cho 7+1reb+2ast, M.Kim 7+3reb+7ast
gschID: 194199


Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 81-89

Very expected game when 9th ranked Dongbu Promy (4-11) lost to second ranked SK Knights (11-4) in Wonju 81-89. Dongbu Promy was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 54-42 second half run of SK Knights. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) chipped in 28 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Richard Roby (198-85) who recorded 31 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists respectively. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SK Knights keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mobis Phoebus. Dongbu Promy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. SK Knights' next round opponent will be Sonic Boom KT (#6) in Busan where they are favorite. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Roby 31+9reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 14+6reb+1ast, J.Kim 11+9reb+4ast, J.Park 10+6reb+9ast, Y.Choi 8+2reb+5ast, V.Thomas 5+1reb
SK Knights: A.Haynes 31+13reb+5ast, S.Park 28+4reb+1ast, S.Kim 11+5reb+4ast, H.Joo 9+2reb+2ast, B.Kyung Choi 6+3reb+1ast, M.Kim 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 194198


LG Sakers - ET Land 82-85

Important game to mention about took place in Changwon. Second ranked ET Land Elephants (10-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked LG Sakers (6-8) 85-82 on Saturday evening. LG Sakers were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of ET Land Elephants, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. ET Land Elephants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Kim Young Hwan scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Despite that victory ET Land Elephants went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Anyang KGC. LG Sakers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against bottom-ranked KCC Egis (#10) in Jeonju in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LG Sakers will play on the road against Goyang Orions in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: I.Clark 18+2reb, R.Benson 18+8reb+3ast, K.Young Hwan 15+5reb+2ast, J.Lee 7+2reb, R.Park 6+3reb+3ast, C.Young Jung 6+4reb+5ast
ET Land: C.Powell 26+6reb+4ast, T.Moon 17+5reb+4ast, D.Casto 10+1reb, B.Chung 9+1reb+1ast, T.Joo 8+2reb+1ast, H.Kang 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 194197



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Caja Laboral waived coach Ivanovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Caja Laboral Vitoria (ACB) waived 55-year old Montenegrin coach Dusko Ivanovic.
The last season Ivanovic coached at Caja Laboral. He helped them to make it to the supercup final and to the league semifinals.
Ivanovic received Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Best Coach of the Year award back in 2005.
He has coached previously professionally in France (Limoges CSP Elite) and Switzerland (Fribourg).

By Eurobasket Data Center



ACB Round 8: Caja Laboral is upset by Blusens Monbus - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Vitoria between second ranked Caja Laboral (5-3) and twelfth ranked Blusens Monbus (5-3) on Sunday night. Caja Laboral was defeated by Blusens Monbus in a tough game at home 68-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caja Laboral. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-68. The best player for the winners was Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-C-86) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Czech Pavel Pumprla (198-86) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Italian-Argentinian Andres Nocioni (199-79) produced 21 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) for the hosts. Caja Laboral's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blusens Monbus moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Caja Laboral. Blusens Monbus is looking forward to face league's second-placed G.Canaria 2014 in Las Palmas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Caja Laboral will play at home against Unicaja Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Real Madrid delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they beat bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa (0-8) 97-84. International Rudy Fernandez (198-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Sergio Llull contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) replied with 23 points for Assignia Manresa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Real Madrid (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Assignia Manresa at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Real Madrid will play against Cajasol (#16) in Sevilla in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assignia Manresa will play at home against Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid and hopes to get finally their first victory.
UCAM Murcia (#13) forced the game against G.Canaria 2014 (#5) into an overtime, but lost by two points 97-99 on Sunday night. The game took place in Murcia. But the guests from Las Palmas were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Ryan Toolson who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 assists. David Barlow responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. G.Canaria 2014 have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Valencia and Gescrap BB. Loser UCAM Murcia keeps the thirteenth position with five games lost. G.Canaria 2014 will meet Blusens Monbus (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UCAM Murcia will play against Blancos de Rueda (#11) in Valladolid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Madrid. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 15th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-7) to ninth ranked Regal FC Barcelona (5-3) 79-76 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The winners were led by Juan Carlos Navarro who scored that evening 16 points and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Regal FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Valencia Basket (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Gescrap BB (#4) in Bilbao.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Zaragoza. Local CAI Zaragoza (5-3) outscored 16th ranked Cajasol (1-7) 86-55 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Damjan Rudez who scored 21 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. CAI Zaragoza have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Cajasol lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. CAI Zaragoza will face FIATC Joventut (#12) in Badalona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cajasol will play at home against the league's leader Real Madrid.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Asefa Estudian. defeated Unicaja in Madrid 85-74. CB Canarias was beaten by Valencia at home 69-73. FIATC Joventut lost to Gescrap BB on the opponent's court 62-80. Blancos de R. managed to outperform Lagun Aro GBC in a home game 76-61.


Assignia M. - Real Madrid 84-97

Undefeated leader Real Madrid delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they beat bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa (0-8) 97-84. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Assignia Manresa was better in third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Assignia Manresa was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. International Rudy Fernandez (198-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. International Sergio Llull (192-87) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) replied with 23 points and American-Madagascar power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Assignia Manresa. Four Assignia Manresa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Assignia Manresa at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Real Madrid will play against Cajasol (#16) in Sevilla in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assignia Manresa will play at home against Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: R.Fernandez 18+2reb+3ast, S.Llull 14+6ast, J.Carroll 12+1reb, F.Reyes 11+3reb+1ast, N.Mirotic 9+7reb, M.Begic 8+3reb
Assignia M.: T.DeVries 23+2reb+3ast, C.Ramsdell 17+5reb+1ast, J.Asselin 13+3reb, A.Hernandez 10+1reb+5ast, J.Salvador Arco 8+4reb+3ast, H.Palsson 6
gschID: 185725


CAI Zaragoza - Cajasol 86-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Zaragoza. Local CAI Zaragoza (5-3) outscored 16th ranked Cajasol (1-7) 86-55 on Sunday night. The game without a history. CAI Zaragoza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Damjan Rudez (208-86) who scored 21 points. American power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four CAI Zaragoza players scored in double figures. Czech point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91) produced 14 points and 4 assists and French forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) added 13 points and 6 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. CAI Zaragoza have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Cajasol lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. CAI Zaragoza will face FIATC Joventut (#12) in Badalona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cajasol will play at home against the league's leader Real Madrid.
Top scorers:
CAI Zaragoza: D.Rudez 21+4reb+1ast, M.Roll 12+2reb+6ast, J.Jones 12+8reb+2ast, H.Norel 12+7reb, S.Van Rossom 8+2reb+5ast, C.Toppert 5+2reb+1ast
Cajasol: T.Satoransky 14+4reb+4ast, R.Dozier 13+6reb+1ast, J.Triguero 8+5reb, J.Holland 7, B.Asbury 4+1reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 3+5reb
gschID: 185731


Unicaja - Asefa Estudian. 74-85

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Unicaja Malaga (5-3) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Asefa Estudiantes (5-3) 85-74 on Sunday. Unicaja Malaga was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Asefa Estudiantes, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Unicaja Malaga was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center German Gabriel (207-80) who scored 19 points. Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (186-89) chipped in 16 points. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Asefa Estudiantes players scored in double figures. American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Txemi Urtasun (193-84, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Asefa Estudiantes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Unicaja Malaga. Asefa Estudiantes will face bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Unicaja Malaga will play against Caja Laboral (#10) in Vitoria.
Top scorers:
Asefa Estudian.: G.Gabriel 19+2reb+3ast, J.Granger 16+2reb+2ast, K.Kuric 16+3reb, T.Kirksay 10+7reb, C.English 8+3reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 7+3reb+3ast
Unicaja: T.Urtasun 15+1reb+2ast, E.Calloway 11+3reb, M.Williams 11+8reb+3ast, Z.Dragic 6+1reb+1ast, L.Zoric 6+2reb+1ast, F.Vazquez 6+5reb
gschID: 185730


CB Canarias - Valencia 69-73

No shocking result in a game in Tenerife where fourth ranked Valencia Basket (6-2) defeated 14th ranked CB Canarias (1-7) 73-69 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. The best player for the winners was guard Rodrigo San Miguel (190-85) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Rafael Martinez (191-82) chipped in 17 points. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ricardo Uriz (189-80) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. CB Canarias' coach Alejandro Martinez let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Valencia Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with G.Canaria 2014 and Gescrap BB. Newly promoted CB Canarias keeps the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Valencia Basket will face Regal FC Barcelona (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. CB Canarias will play against Lagun Aro GBC (#17) in San Sebastian.
Top scorers:
Valencia: R.Martinez 17+3reb+1ast, R.San Miguel 13+8reb+3ast, B.Dubljevic 11+5reb, C.Quinn 10+7reb+2ast, J.Doellman 8, F.Pietrus 6+5reb+1ast
CB Canarias: J.Donaldson 13+10reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 11+2reb+1ast, R.Uriz 10+2reb+5ast, L.Rost 8+3reb+2ast, S.Blanco 7+3reb, R.Guillen 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 185729


Caja Laboral - Blusens M. 68-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Vitoria between second ranked Caja Laboral (5-3) and twelfth ranked Blusens Monbus (5-3) on Sunday night. Caja Laboral was defeated by Blusens Monbus in a tough game at home 68-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caja Laboral. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-68. The best player for the winners was Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-86) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Czech Pavel Pumprla (198-86) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Blusens Monbus players scored in double figures. Italian-Argentinian Andres Nocioni (199-79) produced 21 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) and Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Caja Laboral's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blusens Monbus moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Caja Laboral. Blusens Monbus is looking forward to face league's second-placed G.Canaria 2014 in Las Palmas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Caja Laboral will play at home against Unicaja Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blusens M.: S.Mejri 21+6reb, L.Kendall 13+5reb+2ast, R.Hummel 12+1reb+2ast, P.Pumprla 12+7reb+2ast, A.Corbacho 11+5reb+3ast, A.Rodriguez 5+4reb+7ast
Caja Laboral: A.Nocioni 21+4reb+2ast, M.Lampe 12+9reb+2ast, F.Causeur 8+1reb, B.Oleson 7+3reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 5+2reb, F.San Emeterio 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185728


UCAM Murcia - G.Canaria 2014 97-99 OT

UCAM Murcia (#13) forced the game against G.Canaria 2014 (#5) into an overtime, but lost by two points 97-99 on Sunday night. The game took place in Murcia. But the guests from Las Palmas were better at the end. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime then UCAM Murcia managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was G.Canaria 2014 who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 8-6. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 assists and Dominican forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois) who added 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Australian David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Marcus Lewis (203-86, college: ORU) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. G.Canaria 2014 have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Valencia and Gescrap BB. Loser UCAM Murcia keeps the thirteenth position with five games lost. G.Canaria 2014 will meet Blusens Monbus (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UCAM Murcia will play against Blancos de Rueda (#11) in Valladolid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
G.Canaria 2014: R.Toolson 29+2reb+5ast, E.Baez 21+7reb+1ast, B.Newley 17+5reb, S.Nelson 15+5reb+6ast, T.Bellas 12+3reb+3ast, R.Guerra 3+2reb+5ast
UCAM Murcia: M.Lewis 23+6reb+2ast, D.Barlow 19+8reb+4ast, B.Rodriguez 14+6ast, K.Tillie 14+7reb, M.Gatens 12+1ast, J.Ragland 8+2ast
gschID: 185727


Mad-Croc - FCB Regal 76-79

A very interesting game took place in Madrid. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 15th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-7) to ninth ranked Regal FC Barcelona (5-3) 79-76 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 25-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Baloncesto Fuenlabrada outrebounded Regal FC Barcelona 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) who scored that evening 16 points and 6 assists and American forward Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Charles Garcia (206-88, college: Seattle) did not help to save the game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. point guard Joaquim Colom (188-88, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Regal FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Valencia Basket (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Gescrap BB (#4) in Bilbao.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: E.Lorbek 16+4reb+1ast, P.Mickeal 16+6reb+1ast, J.Carlos Navarro 16+2reb+6ast, M.Huertas 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tomic 7+6reb+2ast, X.Rabaseda 6+2reb+1ast
Mad-Croc: C.Garcia 23+6reb, J.Colom 13+6reb+4ast, J.Feldeine 12+4reb+2ast, S.Gladyr 8+5reb+1ast, A.Munoz 6+3reb, M.Sene 6+12reb
gschID: 185726


Gescrap BB - FIATC Joventut 80-62

Very expected game in Bilbao where 10th ranked FIATC Joventut (4-4) was defeated by third ranked Gescrap BB (6-2) 80-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Gescrap BB. FIATC Joventut was better in third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded FIATC Joventut 37-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Roger Grimau (196-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four Gescrap BB players scored in double figures. American forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gescrap BB moved-up to second place, which they share with Valencia and G.Canaria 2014. Loser FIATC Joventut dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Gescrap BB will face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#15) in Madrid in the next round which should be an easy win for them. FIATC Joventut will play on the road against CAI Zaragoza.
Top scorers:
Gescrap BB: R.Grimau 18+6reb+1ast, N.Zisis 14+2reb+5ast, A.Mumbru 14+3reb+4ast, L.Hamilton 12+8reb+1ast, A.Moerman 7+4reb, M.Rakovic 6+4reb
FIATC Joventut: T.Gaffney 14+8reb+1ast, C.Fisher 11+1reb+1ast, A.Barrera 8+1ast, E.Quezada 7+4ast, S.Savane 5+4reb, O.Kuzmic 4+4reb
gschID: 185724


Blancos de R. - Lagun Aro GBC 76-61

Very predictable result in Valladolid where eighth ranked Blancos de Rueda (5-3) beat 17th ranked Lagun Aro GBC (1-7) 76-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Blancos de Rueda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Blancos de Rueda forced 21 Lagun Aro GBC turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont) who scored 18 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Brazilian point guard Raul Neto (186-92) produced 15 points and Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Blancos de Rueda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Lagun Aro GBC dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Blancos de Rueda will face UCAM Murcia (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lagun Aro GBC will play against CB Canarias in Tenerife and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blancos de R.: A.Renfroe 18+3reb+9ast, O.Hunter 18+7reb, I.O'Leary 9+8reb+1ast, J.Grimau 7, N.Martin 7+6reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 4+2reb
Lagun Aro GBC: R.Neto 15+3ast, D.Doblas 9+3reb, E.Ibekwe 9+8reb+1ast, J.Salgado 8+3reb+3ast, J.Taylor 8+5reb+1ast, Q.Woods 4+4reb
gschID: 185723



LEB Silver Round 6: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver round 6 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Fontedoso Carrefour (4-2) against sixth ranked Aurteneche M. (4-2) 76-75 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fontedoso Carrefour. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 27-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aurteneche M. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Fontedoso Carrefour's 34. It was a good game for Bahamas guard Dynile Forbes (188-G-86, college: La-Monroe) who saved his team from a defeat with 22 points. Cuban forward Georvys Elias (199-81) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with 21 points and 6 assists for Fontedoso Carrefour. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aurteneche M. moved-up to second place, which they share with Avila and Clinicas Rincon. Fontedoso Carrefour will play next round against strong Clinicas Rincon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aurteneche M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked CB Guadalajara as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CB Guadalajara defeated 8th ranked Palma at home 75-66. Point guard Sergio Llorente (188-90) scored 13 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Manuel Rodriguez chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Toni Canellas (196-82) with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Palma lost third consecutive game. Palma at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. They share the position with Prat Juventud. Palma will play next round against Cafes Aitona trying to get back on the winning streak. CB Guadalajara will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Oviedo CB on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Oviedo CB (3-2) against tenth ranked Castello (2-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Oviedo CB was defeated by Castello in a tough game in Castellon 80-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Oviedo CB. Jose Maria Garcia notched 20 points to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds by Will Hanley did not help to save the game for Oviedo CB. Castello moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cafes Aitona. Loser Oviedo CB dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Lan Mobel ISB. Castello will meet higher ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oviedo CB will play against the league's leader CB Guadalajara where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cafes Aitona (2-3) and Prat Juventud (2-4), which took place in San Sebastian. 7th ranked Cafes Aitona lost at home to tenth ranked Prat Juventud 47-59. The best player for the winners was Alex Ros who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Prat Juventud moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Palma. Cafes Aitona lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Prat Juventud's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked La Palma (#11) at home.

In the last game of round 6 Clinicas Rincon beat Lan Mobel ISB on the road 81-77.


Lan Mobel ISB - Clinicas Rincon 77-81

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Clinicas Rincon (4-2) beat 4th ranked Lan Mobel ISB (3-2) in Azpeitia 81-77. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Lan Mobel ISB was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Clinicas Rincon forced 19 Lan Mobel ISB turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Alberto Diaz (190-94) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. Bosnian-Serbian forward Dejan Todorovic (-94) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Clinicas Rincon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lance Kearse (198, college: Eckerd) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Antonio Pantin (203-88) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Clinicas Rincon moved-up to second place, which they share with Avila and Aurteneche M. Lan Mobel ISB at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Clinicas Rincon's next round opponent will be Fontedoso Carrefour (#3) in Avila, which may be the game of the day. Lan Mobel ISB will play at home against Castello in Castellon.
Top scorers:
Lan Mobel ISB: L.Kearse 25+6reb, A.Pantin 13+8reb+3ast, J.Ibargutxi 12+2reb+3ast, G.Justo 8+2reb+1ast, B.Barberena 7+2reb, I.Guridi 4+2reb
Clinicas Rincon: A.Diaz 18+2reb+6ast, D.Todorovic 14+5reb+3ast, M.Fall 14+8reb, M.Malick 11+7reb, L.Conde 8+3reb, T.Sabonis 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 187372


Aurteneche M. - Avila 76-75

LEB Silver round 6 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Fontedoso Carrefour (4-2) against sixth ranked Aurteneche M. (4-2) 76-75 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fontedoso Carrefour. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 27-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aurteneche M. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Fontedoso Carrefour's 34. It was a good game for Bahamas guard Dynile Forbes (188-86, college: La-Monroe) who saved his team from a defeat with 22 points. Cuban forward Georvys Elias (199-81) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with 21 points and 6 assists and naturalized Senegalese center Moussa Diagne (210-94) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Fontedoso Carrefour. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aurteneche M. moved-up to second place, which they share with Avila and Clinicas Rincon. Fontedoso Carrefour will play next round against strong Clinicas Rincon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aurteneche M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Avila: R.Luettgerodt 21+3reb+6ast, P.Amadou 15+2reb+1ast, M.Diagne 10+11reb, O.Herrero 9+3reb+4ast, J.De Pinto 8+1ast, J.Maria Gonzalez 6+4reb+1ast
Aurteneche M.: D.Forbes 22+1reb+1ast, J.Uriarte 11+4reb+1ast, G.Elias 10+8reb+5ast, A.Arruti 8+1reb, M.Hedgepeth 7+6reb+1ast, A.Arcelus 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 187376


Guadalajara - Palma 75-66

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked CB Guadalajara as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CB Guadalajara defeated 8th ranked Palma at home 75-66. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-17 Palma's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 75-66 at the end of the game. CB Guadalajara forced 22 Palma turnovers. Point guard Sergio Llorente (188-90) scored 13 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Manuel Rodriguez (192-91) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Toni Canellas (196-82) with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) scored 14 points. Four CB Guadalajara and five Palma players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Palma lost third consecutive game. Palma at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. They share the position with Prat Juventud. Palma will play next round against Cafes Aitona trying to get back on the winning streak. CB Guadalajara will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Oviedo CB on the road.
Top scorers:
Palma: I.Matemalas 14+4reb+1ast, R.Joseph 13+4reb+1ast, T.Canellas 11+7reb+1ast, I.Pampin 11+3reb+1ast, G.Torres 10+6reb+2ast, A.Garcia 3+2reb+1ast
Guadalajara: M.Rodriguez 16+4reb+1ast, G.Markovic 13+1reb+1ast, S.Llorente 13+3reb+6ast, V.Arteaga 10+5reb, J.Balmon 9+7reb, A.Casas 6+3reb
gschID: 187374


Castello - Oviedo CB 85-80

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Oviedo CB (3-2) against tenth ranked Castello (2-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Oviedo CB was defeated by Castello in a tough game in Castellon 80-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Oviedo CB. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Jose Maria Garcia (193-87) notched 20 points to lead the effort and guard Luis Parejo (196-89) supported him with 16 points. Four Castello players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds by American-Irish swingman Will Hanley (200-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) did not help to save the game for Oviedo CB. point guard Francisco Cardenas (177-90) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Castello moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cafes Aitona. Loser Oviedo CB dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Lan Mobel ISB. Castello will meet higher ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oviedo CB will play against the league's leader CB Guadalajara where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Oviedo CB: W.Hanley 27+13reb, F.Cardenas 16+9reb+7ast, D.Sanchez 14+9reb+1ast, V.Perez 7+2reb+4ast, A.Macia 7, H.Macia 6+2reb
Castello: J.Maria Garcia 20+1reb+3ast, L.Parejo 16+4reb+2ast, F.Castello 13+2reb+2ast, D.Ortega 12+7reb, V.Hidalgo 10+1reb+1ast, R.Archiles 8+2reb
gschID: 187373


Cafes Aitona - Prat Juventud 47-59

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cafes Aitona (2-3) and Prat Juventud (2-4), which took place in San Sebastian. 7th ranked Cafes Aitona lost at home to tenth ranked Prat Juventud 47-59. The game was mostly controlled by Prat Juventud. Cafes Aitona was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cafes Aitona to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Cafes Aitona 46-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Alex Ros (192-83) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Alejandro Suarez (205-93) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jon Aramburu (204-92, agency: Duran International) who recorded 3 points and 12 rebounds and forward Asier Arzallus (203-83) added 9 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Prat Juventud moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Palma. Cafes Aitona lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Prat Juventud's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked La Palma (#11) at home.
Top scorers:
Cafes Aitona: A.Arzallus 9+4reb, J.Santamaria 7+3reb+1ast, C.Martinez 7+3reb, X.Perez 6+1reb+1ast, U.Fernandez 6+2reb+1ast, I.Del Valle 4+2reb+1ast
Prat Juventud: A.Ros 12+6reb+2ast, G.Marti 12+6reb, A.Suarez 12+7reb, A.Homs 8+5reb+1ast, O.Raya 8+8reb, R.Vilanova 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 187375



LEB Gold Round 7: Leyma Basquet loses to Ford Burgos - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game between second ranked Leyma Basquet (5-2) and fifth ranked Ford Burgos (5-2) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Leyma Basquet was defeated by Ford Burgos in a tough game in Coruna 75-84. Leyma Basquet trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Ford Burgos made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while Leyma Basquet only scored 0 point from the stripe. Ford Burgos forced 23 Leyma Basquet turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Leyma Basquet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Isaac Lopez (196-78) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (200-88) answered with 16 points and 4 assists for Leyma Basquet. Leyma Basquet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ford Burgos have a solid series of three victories in a row. Ford Burgos moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Leyma Basquet. Ford Burgos is looking forward to face Planasa NV (#8) in Pamplona in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leyma Basquet will play on the road against Lobe Huesca (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Ourense's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Lobe Huesca (1-6) 82-78. It was a great evening for American guard Nick Barbour (190-89, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Julio Alberto Gonzalez helped adding 10 points and 5 assists. Ourense's coach Rafael Sanz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Jamar Samuels (200-89, college: Kansas St.) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Ourense left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Lobe Huesca and Melilla. Ourense will play against higher ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#6) in Lugo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobe Huesca will play at home against Leyma Basquet (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
LEB Gold top team - River Andorra (7-0) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked Planasa NV (3-4) in Pamplona 81-77. It was a quality performance for Thomas Schreiner who led the winners and scored 19 points. River Andorra's coach Joan Penarroya used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Ondrej Starosta came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for Planasa NV in the defeat. Undefeated River Andorra have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Newly promoted River Andorra maintains first place with 7-0 record. Planasa NV at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Caceres and Clavijo. River Andorra will meet at home Palencia Baloncesto (#5) in the next round. Planasa NV will play against Ford Burgos and hope to secure a win.
The game in Palencia was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked FCB Regal II (4-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (5-2). Palencia Baloncesto managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Urko Otegui fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Palencia Baloncesto moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted FCB Regal II dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Palencia Baloncesto's next round opponent will be league's leader River Andorra on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. FCB Regal II will play against Caceres Basket (#9).
Important game to mention about took place in Caceres. Tenth ranked Caceres Basket (3-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked CB Clavijo (3-4) 72-70 in the fight for the eighth place. It was a very good performance for Olu Ashaolu who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Caceres Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Clavijo and Planasa NV. Caceres Basket will face higher ranked FCB Regal II (#7) in Barcelona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 7 Breogan beat Melilla on the road 64-57. Forca Lleida lost to Lucentum on its own court 66-79.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 17 points and 15 rebounds by Kiril Wachsmann of Melilla.


Palencia - FCB Regal II 95-87

The game in Palencia was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked FCB Regal II (4-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (5-2). Palencia Baloncesto managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 34-27 FCB Regal II's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 95-87 at the end of the game. Palencia Baloncesto dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to FCB Regal II's 38 and made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Palencia Baloncesto forced 20 FCB Regal II turnovers. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Carles Bravo (193-79) chipped in 15 points. Power forward Andreu Matali (204-81) produced 15 points and Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (196-93) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Palencia Baloncesto moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted FCB Regal II dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Palencia Baloncesto's next round opponent will be league's leader River Andorra on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. FCB Regal II will play against Caceres Basket (#9).
Top scorers:
FCB Regal II: M.Eriksson 17+3reb, A.Matali 15+4reb+2ast, J.Perez 13+4reb+2ast, I.Garcia 11+1reb+1ast, P.Mbaye 9+6reb+1ast, J.Creus 9+2reb+2ast
Palencia: A.Ott 18+2reb, U.Otegui 16+5reb+3ast, C.Bravo 15+4reb+2ast, C.Mortellaro 12+4reb+1ast, J.Zamora 8+3reb+3ast, G.McDermott 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 187026


Caceres - Clavijo 72-70

Important game to mention about took place in Caceres. Tenth ranked Caceres Basket (3-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked CB Clavijo (3-4) 72-70 in the fight for the eighth place. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a very good performance for Nigerian-Canadian forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center David Mesa (202-80) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta (198-83) added 19 points in the effort for CB Clavijo. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Caceres Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Clavijo and Planasa NV. Caceres Basket will face higher ranked FCB Regal II (#7) in Barcelona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Clavijo: A.Ruiz de Galarreta 19+3reb+1ast, D.Mesa 18+8reb+1ast, B.Arevalo 9+3reb, M.Uriz 6+5reb+8ast, E.Suarez 5+4reb+2ast, M.Mejeris 4+5reb
Caceres: A.Pena 16+1ast, O.Ashaolu 15+9reb, D.Van Oostrum 10+6reb+2ast, P.Robles 9+1reb, R.Morentin 9+9reb, J.Duinker 5+1reb
gschID: 187027


Coruna - A.Ford Burgos 75-84

The game between second ranked Leyma Basquet (5-2) and fifth ranked Ford Burgos (5-2) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Leyma Basquet was defeated by Ford Burgos in a tough game in Coruna 75-84. Leyma Basquet trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Ford Burgos made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while Leyma Basquet only scored 0 point from the stripe. Ford Burgos forced 23 Leyma Basquet turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Leyma Basquet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Isaac Lopez (196-78) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (200-88) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and guard Xavier Lopez (191-83, college: Point Loma) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Leyma Basquet. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Leyma Basquet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ford Burgos have a solid series of three victories in a row. Ford Burgos moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Leyma Basquet. Ford Burgos is looking forward to face Planasa NV (#8) in Pamplona in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Leyma Basquet will play on the road against Lobe Huesca (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Coruna: A.Zengotitabengoa 16+4reb+4ast, M.Suka-Umu 15+5reb+1ast, C.Johnson 13, X.Lopez 10+8reb+4ast, J.Kale 10+2reb+1ast, J.Roman 6+4reb
A.Ford Burgos: J.Xavier 17+1reb+1ast, I.Lopez 16+3reb+1ast, S.Olmos 12+6reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 10+9reb+1ast, D.Lopez 10+6reb+2ast, J.Ortega 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 187024


Ourense - Lobe Huesca 82-78

Ourense's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Lobe Huesca (1-6) 82-78. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-17 Lobe Huesca's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-78 at the end of the game. Ourense shot 61.7 percent from the field. They also forced 21 Lobe Huesca turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Ourense especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Nick Barbour (190-89, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Swingman Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-81) helped adding 10 points and 5 assists. Ourense's coach Rafael Sanz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Jamar Samuels (200-89, college: Kansas St.) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds and center Jan Orfila (207-86) scored 11 points. Four Lobe Huesca players scored in double figures. Ourense left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Lobe Huesca and Melilla. Ourense will play against higher ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#6) in Lugo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobe Huesca will play at home against Leyma Basquet (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lobe Huesca: J.Samuels 24+9reb+2ast, L.Costa 11+1reb, J.Orfila 11+3reb, A.Fuentes 10+1reb+2ast, S.Cebular 9+1reb, C.Abouo 7+5reb
Ourense: N.Barbour 19+1reb, A.Ogide 10+1reb, J.Alberto Gonzalez 10+3reb+5ast, R.Lopez 10+1reb+3ast, M.Kedzo 9+3reb+1ast, R.Mena 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 187023


Melilla - Breogan 57-64

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Leche Rio Breogan (4-3) beat on the road 13th ranked Melilla Baloncesto (1-6) 64-57 on Friday. Melilla Baloncesto was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Leche Rio Breogan, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for American guard Anthony Winchester (193-83, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Lithuanian guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Leche Rio Breogan's coach Pepe Rodriguez used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. German power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, college: Iona, agency: Edge Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Jose Antonio Marco (180-89) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Melilla Baloncesto. Leche Rio Breogan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with FCB Regal II. Melilla Baloncesto lost their sixth game in a row. Loser Melilla Baloncesto dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Leche Rio Breogan will face bottom-ranked Ourense (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Melilla Baloncesto will play against the league's second-placed Meridiano Alicante.
Top scorers:
Melilla: K.Wachsmann 17+15reb+1ast, F.Sanchez 13+3reb, J.Antonio Marco 10+2reb+5ast, H.Manzano 7+5reb+3ast, J.Castro 5+4reb+4ast, J.Ignacio Romero 2
Breogan: A.Winchester 19+3reb, G.Leonavicius 9+6reb+3ast, A.Navajas 7+1reb, R.Schaftenaar 6+6reb, C.Cobos 6+3reb+1ast, E.Martinez 5
gschID: 187022


Forca Lleida - Lucentum 66-79

Very expected game when 11th ranked Lleida Basquet (2-5) lost at home to sixth ranked Meridiano Alicante (5-2) 79-66 on Friday. Lleida Basquet was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Quite impressive performance for American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Alex Llorca (192-89) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Meridiano Alicante's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Sergi Pino (196-87) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Daniel Rodriguez (182-84) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lleida Basquet. Four Lleida Basquet players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Meridiano Alicante. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lleida Basquet keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Meridiano Alicante will face Melilla Baloncesto (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lleida Basquet will play against CB Clavijo in Logrono and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Forca Lleida: P.Oriola 17+2reb, S.Pino 15+5reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 12+3reb+4ast, M.Feliu 10+6reb, D.Bandoumel 6+1reb, J.Johnson 6+3reb+5ast
Lucentum: T.Coppenrath 19+8reb+1ast, A.Llorca 13+4reb+4ast, R.Bas 10+3reb, P.Rivero 9+2reb+3ast, G.Rejon 6+4reb+2ast, S.Green 6+2reb+1ast
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Planasa NV - Andorra 77-81

LEB Gold top team - River Andorra (7-0) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked Planasa NV (3-4) in Pamplona 81-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Planasa NV won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a quality performance for Austrian point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led the winners and scored 19 points. American forward Justin Safford (204-87, college: Missouri) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. River Andorra's coach Joan Penarroya used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Stu Douglass (190-90, college: Michigan) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Planasa NV in the defeat. Five River Andorra and four Planasa NV players scored in double figures. River Andorra have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Newly promoted River Andorra maintains first place with 7-0 record. Planasa NV at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Caceres and Clavijo. River Andorra will meet at home Palencia Baloncesto (#5) in the next round. Planasa NV will play against Ford Burgos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Planasa NV: J.Bonhome 14+2reb, O.Starosta 14+12reb+2ast, S.Douglass 13+6reb+1ast, V.Volkus 10+1reb, A.Frutos 8+1reb+1ast, I.Narros 5+5reb
Andorra: T.Schreiner 19+3reb+2ast, J.Safford 13+6reb, M.Blanch 12+2reb, D.Flis 11+5reb+1ast, A.Maresch 10+7reb, D.Wright 7+3reb
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Jeffery Taylor selected the top Swedish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeffery Taylor
Jeffery Taylor
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international forward Jeffery Taylor (200-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an overtime Charlotte Bobcats' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (6-5) 101-97 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Taylor scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. The Charlotte Bobcats have 4-4 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Taylor's first year with the team. This season he averages: 4.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 66.7% in the seven games he played so far. Taylor is a naturalized American. He played for the Swedish U20 national team four years ago. Strangely Taylor has never played in Sweden.

Erik Rush
Erik Rush
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St., currently plays in Italy). Rush contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (1-6) 77-60 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. Cimberio Varese (7-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Rush's overall stats are: 2.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Rush is in the roster of the Swedish senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Sweden.

Jonas Jerebko
Jonas Jerebko
   #3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jonas Jerebko (206-87, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Jerebko could not help the Detroit Pistons (1-9) to beat the Houston Rockets (4-5). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons were defeated 96-82 on the road by the Rockets. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Jerebko has been at the team for four years. Jerebko's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 77.8%. He is a naturalized American. Jerebko is also a member of the Swedish senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in Sweden.

Joakim Kjellbom
Joakim Kjellbom
   #4. An experienced center Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Georgia) was the major contributor in Armia's victory against the league outsider STU (0-5) crushing them 95-42 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. Kjellbom recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. BC Armia Tbilisi (4-0) is placed second in the Superleague. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Kjellbom is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 9.3ppg and 7.5rpg in the four games. Kjellbom is also Swedish national team player.

Thomas Massamba
Thomas Massamba
   #5. International point guard Thomas Massamba (185-85, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Euroins Cherno More (3-2) crushing them 105-71 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academik Sofia (5-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Massamba's first season with the team. Massamba's total stats this year are: 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.2apg. He plays currently for the Swedish national team.

Jonathan Skjoldebrand
Jonathan Skjoldebrand
   #6. Power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83, agency: Ronsport, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Tel-Aviv (3-2) in their game against Maccabi Haifa (3-2) in the Israeli Winner League. Skjoldebrand scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was crushed 88-52 in Haifa by the higher-ranked (#4) Maccabi. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Skjoldebrand has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg and 5.0rpg in the five games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Swedish National Team roster.

Christian Maraker
Christian Maraker
   #7. International power forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Panasonic Trians' victory against one of league's weakest teams Tochigi Brex (3-11) 80-72 in the Japanese JBL last Saturday. Maraker recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Panasonic Trians (9-5) are placed third in the JBL. Maraker's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 5.5rpg. He is also Swedish national team player.

Brice Massamba
Brice Massamba
   #8. Power forward Brice Massamba (208-88, college: UNLV, currently plays in Croatia) helped Djuro Djakovic win their game against the tenth-ranked KK Dubrovnik (1-6) 90-77 in the Croatian A1 in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (4-3) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Massamba is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. His total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg. Massamba plays currently for the Swedish national team.

Kenny Grant
Kenny Grant
   #9. International guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Sluc Nancy (2-5) in their game against Cholet (4-2) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. Sluc Nancy lost 75-89 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#4) Cholet. It was Sluc Nancy's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Grant averages only 1.3ppg in the seven games. He is also in the roster of the Swedish national team.

Chris Czerapowicz
Chris Czerapowicz
   #10. Guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Davidson in their last game on Monday. Despite Czerapowicz's good performance the Davidson (#3) was defeated 86-81 in Albuquerque, NM by the University of New Mexico. He recorded 12 points and added 3 passes. This season Czerapowicz averages only 1.3ppg. He is U20 international player as one years ago he still played for the Swedish national team.

   #11. International center Carl Engstrom (216-91, currently studies in the States) managed to help The University of Alabama in a 3-point victoryagainst the Oregon State University 65-62 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Engstrom recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. This year Engstrom averages just 1.3ppg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Swedish national team.

   #12. U20 international forward Sebastian Norman (206-92, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Lamar in their game against the University of North Texas in the NCAA. Norman scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 74-59. This season Norman averages just 1.3ppg. He is also in the roster of the Swedish U20 national team.

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

   #1. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain could not help Caja Laboral (1-5) to beat Olympiacos (4-2). He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But the sixth-placed Caja Laboral was badly defeated 89-72 at home by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group C of Euroleague. It was Caja Laboral's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lampe has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg and 4.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish.

   #2. Experienced Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to Keravnos' victory against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (1-1) 72-67 in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday night. Damjanovic scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. It was his first game for Keravnos this season. His team is placed second in group B. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Damjanovic is another player who holds two passports: Swedish and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Hussein Tawbeh (198-F-82, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to help Hoops Club (2-2) in their game against Amchit (3-0) in the Lebanese Division A. Tawbeh cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Hoops Club lost 65-73 on the road to the leading Amchit. This year Tawbeh's total stats are: 2.3ppg and 5.7rpg in the three games he played so far. He has both Swedish and Lebanese nationalities.



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Greg Brunner selected the top Swiss players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Greg Brunner
Greg Brunner
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in a Trenkwalder RE's victory against the 13th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (2-5) 94-80 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Brunner recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (4-3) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Brunner is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.6rpg. He also averaged so far 13.1ppg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.4% and FT: 75.0% in the seven games he played so far. Brunner is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Brunner is currently a member of the Swiss senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Switzerland.

Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Thabo Sefolosha (199-84, agency: ACMT, currently plays in NBA). Sefolosha led Oklahoma City Thunder to an easy victory against the New Orleans Hornets (3-5) 110-95 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 11 points. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 7-3 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Sefolosha averages: 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 57.1%(12-21). He played for the Swiss national team in 2011.

Christophe Varidel
Christophe Varidel
   #3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Christophe Varidel (188-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Varidel led Florida Gulf Coast to an easy victory against the Ave Maria University (3-5) crushing them 86-54 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Florida Gulf Coast University has conference record this season. This year Varidel's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 57.1%(12-21) in the 10 games. He played for the Swiss national team two years ago.

Stefan Petkovic
Stefan Petkovic
   #4. Point guard Stefan Petkovic (185-92, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Apollon (0-2) crushing them 93-62 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. Petkovic scored 6 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Tsmoki-Minsk (1-1) is placed third in group G. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Petkovic's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 4.0ppg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. Petkovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Swiss. He is also Swiss national team player.

David Ramseier
David Ramseier
   #5. International power forward David Ramseier (203-87, currently plays in France) contributed to a Boulazac Basket's surprising victory against the third-ranked Chalon/Saor (4-2) 77-69 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. He scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (3-4) is placed ninth in the ProA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Ramseier averages only 4.0ppg in the two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Swiss and French. Ramseier plays currently for the Swiss national team.

Michel-Ofik Nzege
Michel-Ofik Nzege
   #6. Forward Michel-Ofik Nzege (203-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the CIAA could not help the Winston Salem State University to beat the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (0-0). He recorded 6 points. his team was badly defeated 81-65 on the road by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. This season Nzege averages only 4.0ppg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Swiss National Team roster.

Kevin Kimber
Kevin Kimber
   #7. Former U20 international center Kevin Kimber (203-90, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Maryville University in their game against the Belmont University (0-0) in the GLVC. Kimber cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. his team was crushed 88-49 in Nashville, TN by the Belmont University. This year Kimber averages just 4.0ppg in the two games. He used to play for the Swiss U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Alex Vaenerberg (183-G-92, currently plays in Finland) led Salon Vilpas to an easy victory against Forssan Koripojat crushing them 99-74 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Saturday. Vaenerberg scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. Salon Vilpas Vikings (4-7) is placed eighth in the Korisliiga. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Vaenerberg's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg in the 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Finnish and Swiss.

   #2. Michael Kessens (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Longwood in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kessens' very good performance the Longwood was defeated 78-66 at home by the Norfolk State University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. Kessens also added 4 blocks. Kessens' total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg.



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Ian Young selected the top Trinidad and Tobago playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Trinidad and Tobago players, who play currently abroad.

Ian Young
Ian Young
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division). He could not help Lechugueros (6-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Young's very good performance Lechugueros was badly defeated 91-74 at home by the higher-ranked Correcaminos (#11). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Young also added 6 passes. It's Young's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Young averages: 17.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 40.5%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 70.6%. He is a naturalized American. Young played for the Trinidad and Tobago senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.

Kibwe Trim
Kibwe Trim
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Sacred Heart, currently plays in South Korea). Trim was the major contributor in an Anyang KGC's victory against the closely-ranked Goyang Orions (7-7) 80-65 in the South Korean KBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Anyang KGC (9-5) is placed fourth in the KBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Trim's overall stats this year are: 4.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.0% and FT: 56.3%. He played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in 2010.

Julius Ashby
Julius Ashby
   #3. The Trinidad and Tobago player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado, currently plays in Japan). Ashby led Fukuoka Rizing to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (4-6) crushing them 99-75 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. Fukuoka Rizing (6-4) is placed fifth in Western group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ashby has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.1% and FT: 75.0% in the 10 games he played so far. He played for the Trinidad and Tobago national team two years ago.

Moriba De Freitas
Moriba De Freitas
   #4. Forward Moriba De Freitas (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Pepperdine in their game against the University of California (0-0) in the NCAA. De Freitas scored 8 points. The Pepperdine was badly defeated 79-62 on the road by the University of California. This season De Freitas has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago U17 national team back in 2007.

Kyle Rowley
Kyle Rowley
   #5. Former international center Kyle Rowley (213-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an St.Mary's, CA's surprising victory against the Sonoma State University crushing them 95-69 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Rowley scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 10 minutes. The Saint Mary's College of California has conference record this season. Rowley has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the eight games. He used to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national team three years ago.

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

   #1. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help BC Donetsk (6-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Donetsk lost 83-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Ferro-ZNTU. Fischer was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was BC Donetsk's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Fischer has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7bpg and 1.3spg in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Fischer has never played in Trinidad and Tobago.

   #2. Ronald Roberts (203-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led St.Joseph's to an overtime victory against the University of Notre Dame 79-70 in the NCAA on Friday night. Roberts had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Saint Joseph's University has conference record this season. Roberts has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.8apg and 1.6spg in the five games.

   #3. Experienced Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help Cheshire Jets (2-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Myers' very good performance Cheshire Jets was defeated 97-84 in Worcester by the higher-ranked Wolves (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Myers is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Myers has a dual citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago and British.

   #4. Joey Haywood (185-PG-84, currently plays in NBLCanada), who plays in the NBL Canada was not able to secure a victory for the Halifax Rainmen (2-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Halifax Rainmen lost 86-90 in Moncton, NB to the higher-ranked (#4) Moncton Miracles. Haywood scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Haywood has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: Trinidad and Tobago and Canadian.

   #5. Travis Trim (185-G-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Md-E Shore in their game against the University of South Florida in the NCAA. Trim scored only 4 points. The Md-E Shore was badly defeated 78-59 in Tampa, FL by the University of South Florida. Trim's stats this season are: 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Kadeem Jack (206-F-92, is currently at the American university) managed to help Rutgers, The State University in a victory against the Princeton University 58-52 in the NCAA last Friday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Jack averaged so far 12.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the eight games.



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TB2L Round 7: Darussafaka keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were just 7 rounds played in Regular Season of TB2L and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Darussafaka as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Darussafaka defeated 6th ranked Trabzonspor in Istanbul 81-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trabzonspor. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Darussafaka forced 22 Trabzonspor turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Trabzonspor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Turgay Gedikli (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 assists. Serbian center Aleksandar Petrovic (204-87) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American guard Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 19 points and 4 assists for Trabzonspor. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Darussafaka (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Selcuk Univ. Trabzonspor at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Trabzonspor will play next round against Baskent Genclik trying to get back on the winning streak. Darussafaka will try to continue on its current victory against eighteenth ranked Izmir BSB on the road.
An interesting game for Selcuk Universitesi (6-1) which hosted in Konya 3rd placed Usak (5-2). Second ranked Selcuk Universitesi managed to get a 10-point victory 77-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for American Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 4 assists. Jeremy Granger helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Selcuk Universitesi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Selcuk Universitesi keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Darussafaka. Usak at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Vestel and Maliye Milli. Selcuk Universitesi will play against Istanbulspor (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Usak will play against Gelisim (#8) in Izmir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Baskent Genclik's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Bandirma Kir. (2-5) 61-57 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for KZell Wesson who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Baskent Genclik's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Raymond Sykes came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks for Bandirma Kir. in the defeat. Baskent Genclik maintains seventeenth place with 1-6 record. It was Bandirma Kir.'s third loss in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Istanbulspor. Baskent Genclik will meet higher ranked Trabzonspor (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bandirma Kir. will play against Maliye Milli (#5) in Ankara and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
Bottom-ranked Izmir BSB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Final Genclik (3-4) 85-56. Marshall Moses fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Final Genclik moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Izmir BSB lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Final Genclik's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#10) in Istanbul. Izmir BSB will play at home against the league's leader Darussafaka (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Ankara. Fifth ranked Maliye Milli (5-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Pi Koleji (3-4) 88-85 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a very good performance for Zach Graham who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Maliye Milli. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Vestel and Usak. Loser Pi Koleji dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Maliye Milli will face Bandirma Kir. (#15) in Balikesir in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pi Koleji will play at home against Balikesir (#6).

Other games in round 7 were not that significant. Pertevniyal was smashed by Vestel on the road 83-56. Istanbul B.B. lost to Yesilgiresun on its own court 74-80. Istanbulspor unfortunately lost to Balikesir in a road game 72-79. Gelisim managed to beat Akhisar Bld at home 76-72.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 20 points and 8 rebounds by Justin Knox of Vestel.


Darussafaka - Trabzonspor 81-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Darussafaka as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Darussafaka defeated 6th ranked Trabzonspor in Istanbul 81-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trabzonspor. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Darussafaka forced 22 Trabzonspor turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Trabzonspor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Turgay Gedikli (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 assists. Serbian center Aleksandar Petrovic (204-87) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. American guard Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trabzonspor. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Darussafaka (6-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Selcuk Univ. Trabzonspor at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Trabzonspor will play next round against Baskent Genclik trying to get back on the winning streak. Darussafaka will try to continue on its current victory against eighteenth ranked Izmir BSB on the road.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: A.Petrovic 18+2reb, M.Hall 13+2reb+4ast, T.Gedikli 12+3reb+7ast, C.Mumcuogullari 11+5reb, U.Kacaniku 9+3reb+2ast, C.Amasyali 8+2reb+2ast
Trabzonspor: H.Antwan Dobie 19+4reb+4ast, J.Zuza 16+5reb+1ast, E.Turetken 7+6reb+3ast, R.Bashak 7+3reb, F.Aydemir 3+2ast, A.Guney 3+1reb
gschID: 199411


Vestel - Pertevniyal 83-56

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Vestel (5-2) crushed 9th ranked Pertevniyal (3-4) in Manisa 83-56 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-56. It was a very good performance for American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Dewayne Reed (185-87, college: Auburn, agency: EM-PA) answered with 14 points and Burak Can Yildizli (202-94) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pertevniyal. 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. Vestel moved-up to third place, which they share with Usak and Maliye Milli. Loser Pertevniyal dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Vestel will face Yesilgiresun (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pertevniyal will play against Final Genclik in Bursa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vestel: J.Knox 20+8reb+3ast, A.Waller 14+7reb+1ast, S.Ugur 10+3reb+3ast, E.Ekmen 9+2reb, K.Tutuncu 8+1reb+2ast, S.Ugrasan 8+5reb+2ast
Pertevniyal: D.Reed 14+2reb+1ast, A.Brown 9+6reb, B.Can Yildizli 7+7reb+2ast, T.Erulku 7+6reb+3ast, R.Tekin 6+4reb, E.Kosut 4+1reb
gschID: 199410


Selcuk Univ. - Usak 77-67

An interesting game for Selcuk Universitesi (6-1) which hosted in Konya 3rd placed Usak (5-2). Second ranked Selcuk Universitesi managed to get a 10-point victory 77-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Usak took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Selcuk Universitesi took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. It was a great evening for American Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import point guard Jeremy Granger (185-90, college: E.Illinois) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. Selcuk Universitesi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Erhan Yetim (204-87) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Selcuk Universitesi keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Darussafaka. Usak at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Vestel and Maliye Milli. Selcuk Universitesi will play against Istanbulspor (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Usak will play against Gelisim (#8) in Izmir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: B.Clark 15+4reb+4ast, J.Granger 14+5reb+2ast, U.Gurgen 10+7reb+3ast, F.Toz 10+2reb+2ast, O.Orcun Gollu 8+2reb+1ast, B.Selen 7+2reb
Usak: J.Carter 21+5reb+2ast, O.Surucu 14+3reb+1ast, E.Yetim 12+9reb, E.Buckner 8+6reb, S.Akyol 7+2reb+1ast, G.Karamahmut 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 199409


Maliye Milli - Pi Koleji 88-85

Important game to mention about took place in Ankara. Fifth ranked Maliye Milli (5-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Pi Koleji (3-4) 88-85 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Pi Koleji was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Maliye Milli, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Zach Graham (198-89, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Derek Williams (185-85, college: SMU, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Maliye Milli players scored in double figures. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Serhan Kavut (189-81) added 18 points in the effort for Pi Koleji. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Maliye Milli. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Vestel and Usak. Loser Pi Koleji dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Maliye Milli will face Bandirma Kir. (#15) in Balikesir in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pi Koleji will play at home against Balikesir (#6).
Top scorers:
Maliye Milli: D.Williams 21+3reb+2ast, Z.Graham 19+8reb+4ast, H.Yapar 16+4reb+1ast, C.Sahin 10+5reb+3ast, O.Kaya 5+2reb+1ast, U.Turkoglu 5+4reb+3ast
Pi Koleji: N.Delic 20+5reb+4ast, S.Kavut 18+4reb+3ast, H.Serdar Gungor 11+6reb, U.Yanar 9+2reb+3ast, U.Can Aksoy 8+3reb, T.Sokolov 8+10reb
gschID: 199408


Baskent Genclik - Bandirma Kir. 61-57

Baskent Genclik's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Bandirma Kir. (2-5) 61-57 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 16-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward KZell Wesson (201-77, college: La Salle) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Baskent Genclik's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Yigitcan Turna (187-87) added 14 points respectively for Bandirma Kir. in the defeat. Baskent Genclik maintains seventeenth place with 1-6 record. It was Bandirma Kir.'s third loss in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Istanbulspor. Baskent Genclik will meet higher ranked Trabzonspor (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bandirma Kir. will play against Maliye Milli (#5) in Ankara and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Baskent Genclik: A.Reese 16+5reb+2ast, K.Wesson 15+16reb+2ast, G.Ezel Akgor 10+1reb, E.Ocakturk 8+5reb, H.Uskuplu 6+5reb, M.Kabakci 4+1ast
Bandirma Kir.: R.Sykes 15+17reb+1ast, Y.Turna 14+4reb+3ast, G.Brown 10+4reb+1ast, A.Cantitiz 8+4reb+1ast, T.Altunbey 5, R.Hepsarsar 4+2reb
gschID: 199406


Istanbul B.B. - Yesilgiresun 74-80

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Istanbul B.B. (3-4) lost at home to sixteenth ranked Yesilgiresun (3-4) 80-74 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Istanbul B.B. won fourth quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Yesilgiresun made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Istanbul B.B. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Ismail Cevik (206-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nikolay Pastal (202-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Sezgin Eris (185-85) added 14 points and 8 assists in the effort for Istanbul B.B.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yesilgiresun moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Istanbul B.B. Yesilgiresun will face higher ranked Vestel (#4) in Manisa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Yesilgiresun: A.Gordon 22+6reb+6ast, I.Cevik 17+12reb+3ast, J.Ofoegbu 15+7reb+1ast, O.Erdogan 10+5reb, B.Haluk Cinar 8+2reb+1ast, G.Gen 4+7reb+2ast
Istanbul B.B.: N.Pastal 17+10reb+3ast, A.Johnson 16+6reb, S.Eris 14+3reb+8ast, R.Dogrusoz 10+1reb+2ast, C.Erden 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kolaric 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 199405


Balikesir - Istanbulspor 79-72

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Balikesir (4-3) won against at home 14th ranked Istanbulspor (2-5) 79-72 on Saturday. Balikesir made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Balikesir outrebounded Istanbulspor 43-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. Istanbulspor was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Yunus Akcay (-89) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kervin Bristol (208-88, college: Fordham) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and the other American import guard Charles Hinkle (195-88, college: the other American import) added 16 points in the effort for Istanbulspor. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Istanbulspor's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Balikesir moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Istanbulspor dropped to the fifteenth position with five games lost. Balikesir will face Pi Koleji (#13) in Ankara in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Istanbulspor will play at home against the league's second-placed Selcuk Universitesi in Konya.
Top scorers:
Balikesir: Y.Akcay 16+6reb+1ast, C.Coskun 13+8reb, A.Timucin Yener 10+1reb+6ast, P.Pasco 10+14reb+2ast, A.Uruk 9+6reb+1ast, M.Ozdogan 8+4reb+1ast
Istanbulspor: C.Hinkle 16+3reb+2ast, K.Bristol 14+14reb+2ast, C.Delicay 14+3reb+4ast, A.Ozdemir 11+5reb, N.Kaba 7, I.Demircioglu 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 199407


Final Genclik - Izmir BSB 85-56

Bottom-ranked Izmir BSB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Final Genclik (3-4) 85-56. The game without a history. Final Genclik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Izmir BSB's 28. They outrebounded Izmir BSB 46-33 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Final Genclik players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Omer Kaan Gogus (-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Final Genclik players scored in double figures. Forward Gurur Baybora (-90) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and center Okan Ozpamir (205-86) added 5 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Final Genclik moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Izmir BSB lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Final Genclik's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#10) in Istanbul. Izmir BSB will play at home against the league's leader Darussafaka (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: M.Moses 19+10reb+1ast, O.Sungur 13+1reb, O.Kaan Gogus 12+11reb, M.Esen 12+2reb, E.Ilter 8+6reb+7ast, E.Sinanoglu 5+2reb+2ast
Izmir BSB: G.Baybora 15+6reb+1ast, T.Gurpinar 10+2reb+1ast, O.Sefa 8+1reb, B.Gacemer 5+2reb+4ast, O.Ozpamir 5+8reb, M.Sinan Ozgur 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 199404


Gelisim - Akhisar Bld 76-72

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Akhisar Bld (4-3) lost to ninth ranked Gelisim (4-3) in Izmir 72-76 on Friday. Akhisar Bld was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Gelisim, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Akhisar Bld's 32. Quite impressive performance for American guard Michael Porrini (187-89, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Emre Ozpulat (200-82) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Akhisar Bld. Gelisim moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Akhisar Bld. Gelisim will face higher ranked Usak (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Gelisim: J.Dearman 19+8reb+1ast, M.Porrini 17+5reb+7ast, O.Onver 16+5reb+3ast, F.Celebioglu 8+1reb+2ast, B.Erol 6+1reb+2ast, S.Ergin 4+1reb
Akhisar Bld: E.Ozpulat 22+5reb, T.Nelson 15+7reb+5ast, M.Eken 8+2ast, S.Yavuz 8+1reb+5ast, D.Morrow 7+8reb, C.Terzioglu 5+1reb
gschID: 199403



Baskent Genclik tabs Aubrey Reese - by Eurobasket News (T)

Baskent Genclik Ankara (TB2L) inked 34-year old American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray State, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Duesseldorf Baskets in German ProA. In 25 games last season he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.9ppg and had 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Reese also played at Duesseldorf Baskets in ProA that season. In 25 games last year he was fourth best scorer with impressive 17.9ppg and recorded 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg.
In 2000 he was drafted by New Jersey (USBL) in seventh round (70th overall).
Reese attended Murray State and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2010.
Reese received also Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports Team award back in 2006.
He is a very experienced player. Reese has played also professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne), Israel (Haifa/Nesher BC), Russia (Irkut Irkutsk), Ukraine (Azovmash), Turkey (Besiktas, Tekelspor, Mersin and Aliaga).

By Eurobasket Data Center



KZell Wesson is a newcomer at Baskent Genclik - by Eurobasket News (T)

Baskent Genclik Ankara (TB2L) strengthened their roster with addition of 35-year old American forward KZell Wesson (201-109kg-77, college: La Salle). He just played at Erdemirspor Eregli (TBL). The last season Wesson also played at Erdemir. In 30 TBL games last year he recorded 9.7ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.7apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Turk Telekom. In 6 EuroChallenge games he averaged 9.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2apg. Wesson also played 30 games in TBL where he averaged 12.2ppg, 9.2rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.4apg.
In 1999 he was drafted by Atlantic City Seagulls (USBL) in first round (13th overall).
Wesson attended La Salle University and it will be his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the Iranian Superleague Semifinals in 2011.
Wesson was also voted Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Defensive Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Wesson is quite experienced player. He has played also in France (Gravelines-Dunkerque and Strasbourg IG), Germany (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Italy, Venezuela, Turkey (Karsiyaka and Besiktas), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens) and Iran (Petrochimi).
Its very possible he may end his playing career at Baskent Genclik.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Omer Asik's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Turks playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Omer Asik
Omer Asik
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Omer Asik (213-86, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Houston Rockets (4-5) in their last game. Despite Asik's very good performance the Houston Rockets were edged 113-110 on the road by the Miami Heat. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. Asik also added 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Asik's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Asik averages: 11.1ppg, 13.2rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 73.7% in the nine games he played so far. He played for the Turkish senior national team one years ago.

Ersan Ilyasova
Ersan Ilyasova
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ersan Ilyasova (207-87, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Ilyasova was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (6-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Milwaukee Bucks were defeated 96-92 in Boston by the Celtics. Ilyasova scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ilyasova's overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 32.1%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 42.9%. He played for the Turkish national team in 2011.

Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter
   #3. The Turkish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Enes Kanter (208-92, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA). Kanter contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Phoenix Suns (4-7) 94-81 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. The Utah Jazz has 5-6 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Kanter's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 56.1%(23-41) and FT: 37.5% in the 11 games. He is also a member of the Turkish senior national team.

Deniz Kilicli
Deniz Kilicli
   #4. Forward Deniz Kilicli (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams W.Virginia in their game against the Gonzaga University (0-0) in the NCAA. Kilicli recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. The W.Virginia was crushed 84-50 in Spokane, WA by the Gonzaga University. Kilicli has been at the team for five years. This season he averages only 2.0ppg in the three games. Kilicli used to play for the Turkish U20 national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Erkan Inan (192-G-89, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help 08 Stockholm (5-5) to beat Sundsvall Dragons (9-2). Inan scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. 08 Stockholm was badly defeated 100-84 on the road by the second-ranked Sundsvall Dragons. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Inan has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg.

   #2. Kevin Kaspar (183-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the W.Kentucky in their last game. Despite his good performance the W.Kentucky (#15) was edged in an overtime 67-64 in Hattiesburg, MS by the University of Southern Mississippi. Kaspar scored 13 points in 34 minutes. Kaspar has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg in the eight games he played so far.

   #3. Mertcan Cantuerk (185-G-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Oldenburg (2-5) crushing them 89-64 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points. MTV Wolfenbuettel von 2012 Herzoege (3-4) is placed seventh in Group North. This season Cantuerk averages only 2.0ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and German.

Other top Turkish players, who play abroad:

Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) plays for Orlando Magic in the NBA
Ugur Kulhan (189-G-91) plays for Licher Baeren in German ProB
Baris Aktas (193-F-91) plays for CSU Sibiu in Romanian Division A
Serkan Inan (198-G-86) plays for White Eagles in Swedish Basketligan
Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) plays for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague
Elvan Iljazi (204-SF-93) plays for Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague
Melih Yavsaner (210-C-78) plays for Bern in Swiss LNB
Burhan Unal (190-G/F-82) plays for Horchheim in German Regionalliga
Sacit Sen (192-G/F-87) plays for Wolfenbuettel in German Regionalliga
Genc Sefaja (195-G/F-92) plays for Kaiserslautern in German Regionalliga

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



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Decembre scores 20 in a loss - by David Edole

The Red Dragons traveled to Ft. Scott Community College to take on a talented Greyhound team. Ft. Scott (5-1), is a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, one of the elite conferences in the NJCAA.

We expected Ft. Scott to be an athletic, well coached team. We knew we were going to have to battle them on the boards and contest their shots. We got behind early because we did not box out, and they shot 44% of their threes in the first half. We had kids in foul trouble in the 1st half (Johnson Decembre (3) and Bradley Reed (3)) and Jake Powell was injured with about five minutes to go in the half. To the players credit they did not quit. Patrick Melvin, Daxavier Barksdale, and Trevor Decker stepped it up off the bench and kept us in the game, said Red Dragon Coach, Tom Hughes.

The Red Dragons trailed 47-35 at the half. Wentworth made some half-time adjustments and began the uphill battle to get back in the game. With about ten minutes, remaining in the game, FSCC led by 14. Inserting Bradley Reed and Johnson Decembre back into the line-up, Wentworth rallied. I have been preaching one possession and one stop at a time. We played smart, team basketball to get back into the game.

Wentworth took a three point lead with about a minute to go in the contest. Ft. Scott came down and hit a three to tie the game. With under :20 to go the Red Dragons missed a shot. The Greyhounds rebounded the ball, hitting a jumper with :06 left in the game to take a two point lead. On the ensuing inbounds play, FSCC intercepted the ball and the Red Dragons were forced to foul. FSCC hit both free throws to defeat Wentworth 78-74.

Andre Scott (23) led three Red Dragons in double digits. Despite sitting for half the game in foul trouble, Decembre Johnson finished with 20. And, Jordan Davis had 10 pts. and 8 rebounds.

There were lots of positives coming out of this game. We battled them even on the boards. We showed a warrior mentality in the second half battling back even though we were short-handed. And, we played nine players at least thirteen minutes against a good Ft. Scott team. That will make us better down the road. I was pleased with our effort, especially in the second half.

Wentworth will take time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The Red Dragons return to action at Westminster College on Monday, November 26th.

On behalf of the players and coaches, the Red Dragons wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.




Paradise Jam Results and schedule - by David Edole


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First round games: Friday, November 17, 2012

Game 1: Mercer (49) vs. George Mason (52)
George Mason was able to overcome a first half 28% field goal percentage and some tough defense from Mercer to overtake the Bears late in the second the half. Mercers Travis Smith lead all scorerers with 17 pts. The Patriots were lead by Johnny Williams double-double of 16 pts. and 10 rebounds.

Game 2: UIC (59) vs. New Mexico (66)
UIC overcame a 14 pt. first half deficit and came close to New Mexico in the second half, but late game free throws sealed the win for New Mexico. The Lobos Kendall Williams was key at the stripe hitting 12 of 13 and leading all scorers with 23 pts. UIC was lead by Hayden Humes 16 pts.

Game 3: Wake Forest (71) vs. Connecticut (77)
Wake Forest and UConn ran neck-and-neck from buzzer to buzzer in the third game of the tournament. The seesaw matchup ended with UConn on top behind a balanced scoring attack that saw four players in double digits (Ryan Boatright, 16; Shabazz Napier, 16; Deandre Daniels, 12; Enosch Wolf, 12) and all but one player getting in on the scoring action. Wake Forest was lead by Codi Miller-McIntyres 21 pts. who lead all scorers.

Game 4: Quinnipiac (98) vs. Iona (92) OT
The final game of the night took overtime to complete with Quinnipiac clinching the win 98-92 over Iona. Despite a tournament record 40 pts. from Ionas Lamont Jones who also hit two late-game 3-pointers including the game-tying shot with 4 seconds left in the game to send it into overtime. Quinnipiac shot well in OT to take the win and had five players score in double-digits.

Second round games (Losers Bracket): Saturday, November 18, 2012

Game 5: Mercer (36) vs. UIC (62)
UIC had little trouble defeating Mercer building a double digit lead by halftime and then never looking back to best the Bears by 26 in the end. UIC notched 14 pts. a-piece from both Gary Talton and Hayden Humes. Mercer had two players scoring 8 pts. (Travis Smith and Darious Moten).

Game 6: Wake Forest (68) vs. Iona (94)
Iona seemed to have a point to prove after their overtime loss to Quinnipiac and had no trouble dispensing the Demon Deacons in their second game. Iona had a 30 pt. lead built at about the halfway mark of the first half and did not slow down until the final buzzer. The Gaels hit 14 three-pointers and were lead by Sean Armands 28 pts. Wake Forest was able to get double-digit scoring from Travis McKie (13 pts.), Madison Jones (10 pts.) and CJ Harris (10 pts.)

Second round games (Winners Bracket): Sunday, November 19, 2012

Game 7: George Mason vs. New Mexico 7:00 pm

Game 8: Connecticut vs. Quinnipiac 10:00 pm

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: Monday, November 20, 2012

Game 9: Consolation 7th/8th 3:30 pm

Game 10: Consolation 4th/6th 6:00pm

Game 11: Consolation 3rd/5th 8:30 pm

Game 12: CHAMPIONSHIP 11:00pm



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Superleague Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro (4-9) survived in overtime against Cherkasy (5-8) by seven points 97-90 on Sunday night. The game took place in Cherkasy. But the guests from Dnepropetrovsk were better at the end. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 36-25 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. 26 personal fouls committed by Cherkasy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Derrick Low (188-86, college: Washington St.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. International power forward Maxym Korniyenko (204-87) chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who recorded 20 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dnipro moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with DniproAzot. Cherkasy at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Mykolaiv. Dnipro is looking forward to face higher ranked BC Donetsk (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cherkasy will play against Kryvbasbasket in Krivoy Rog and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Dnepropetrovsk. Local Dnipro (4-9) was outscored by second ranked Khimik (10-3) 90-68. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Willie Deane contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. International Olexandr Mishula (192-92) answered with 11 points and 7 assists for Dnipro. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Budivelnyk. Dnipro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with DniproAzot. Khimik will play against bottom-ranked BC Odessa (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Dnipro will play against BC Donetsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
BC Kyiv was defeated by Cherkasy in a road game 78-68. Ferro-ZNTU beat BC Donetsk at home 91-83. DniproAzot was destroyed by Mykolaiv on the opponent's court 85-66.


Cherkasy - Dnipro 90-97 OT

Dnipro (4-9) survived in overtime against Cherkasy (5-8) by seven points 97-90 on Sunday night. The game took place in Cherkasy. But the guests from Dnepropetrovsk were better at the end. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 36-25 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. 26 personal fouls committed by Cherkasy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Derrick Low (188-86, college: Washington St.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. International power forward Maxym Korniyenko (204-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Dnipro players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who recorded 20 points and the other American import forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dnipro moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with DniproAzot. Cherkasy at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Mykolaiv. Dnipro is looking forward to face higher ranked BC Donetsk (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cherkasy will play against Kryvbasbasket in Krivoy Rog and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherkasy: C.Thomas 20+3reb+2ast, D.Ikovlev 15+3reb, V.Hunter 12+6reb+2ast, M.Ljubicic 9+1reb+5ast, I.Koljevic 8+2ast, D.Swanson 7+5reb+3ast
Dnipro: D.Low 24+5reb+11ast, M.Korniyenko 18+13reb+2ast, O.Balashov 12+5reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 11+2reb, V.Vasylius 10+3reb+2ast, O.Misyats 7+3reb
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Cherkasy - BC Kyiv 78-68

There was no surprise when 13th ranked BC Kyiv (3-10) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Cherkasy (5-8) 78-68. The game was mostly controlled by Cherkasy. BC Kyiv was better in fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Denis Ikovlev (201-86, college: Nevada, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Cherkasy's coach Jovica Arsic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Anthony Goods (191-87, college: Stanford) answered with 16 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and British point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, college: Rider, agency: Two Points) added 16 points in the effort for BC Kyiv. Cherkasy maintains ninth place with 5-8 record, which they share with Mykolaiv. BC Kyiv at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with BC Odessa. Cherkasy will play against higher ranked Kryvbasbasket (#8) in Krivoy Rog in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Kyiv will play on the road against Hoverla (#6) in Frankivsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: J.Robinson 16+2reb+3ast, A.Goods 16+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 14+6reb, A.Shvets 7+2reb, V.Bobrov 6+8reb+2ast, P.Krutous 4+3reb+3ast
Cherkasy: C.Thomas 17+7reb+5ast, D.Ikovlev 13+4reb+2ast, A.Korochkin 13+1reb, V.Hunter 10+2reb, M.Ivshyn 8+6reb+1ast, D.Swanson 5+6reb+2ast
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Ferro-ZNTU - BC Donetsk 91-83

No shocking result in a game in Zaporozhye where fourth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (10-4) defeated 7th ranked BC Donetsk (6-7) 91-83. BC Donetsk was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 52-42 second half run of Ferro-ZNTU. They made 32-of-40 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while BC Donetsk only scored fourteen points from the stripe. BC Donetsk was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who led his team to a victory with 30 points. His fellow American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for BC Donetsk. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to third place. BC Donetsk lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Kryvbasbasket. Ferro-ZNTU will play against Mykolaiv (#9) in Mykolaiv in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Donetsk will play at home against Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: D.Fischer 19+5reb+3ast, D.Songaila 18+6reb+2ast, M.Pustozvonov 14+1reb+1ast, D.Lukashov 11+3reb+3ast, D.Perkins 11+4reb+7ast, K.Ivanov 3+4reb
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 30+4reb+2ast, J.Chappell 22+7reb+2ast, D.Werner 12+5reb+2ast, C.Moore 9+5reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 6+2ast, R.Guinn 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 228205


Mykolaiv - DniproAzot 85-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Mykolaiv and 10th ranked DniproAzot had identical 4-8 record. This time Mykolaiv used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Dniprodzerzhynsk 85-66. The game without a history. Mykolaiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mykolaiv forced 23 DniproAzot turnovers. It was a good game for Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Sam Muldrow (205-88, college: S.Carolina) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 blocks in the effort for DniproAzot. Five Mykolaiv and four DniproAzot players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mykolaiv (5-8) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Cherkasy. DniproAzot at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Dnipro. Mykolaiv will play against higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#3) in Zaporozhye in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DniproAzot will play on the road against Azovmash (#5) in Mariupol and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: E.Devendorf 15+1reb, S.Muldrow 15+5reb+1ast, M.Balashov 15+2reb, A.Wiggins 11+12reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 6+3reb+4ast, A.Panchenko 2+1reb
Mykolaiv: A.Adediran 18+7reb, D.Mitchell 15+4reb+2ast, A.Shavies 14+2reb+1ast, J.Mayo 10+2reb+8ast, D.Kozlov 10+5reb, I.Chumakov 9+1reb
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Dnipro - Khimik 68-90

The game with biggest result difference took place in Dnepropetrovsk. Local Dnipro (4-9) was outscored by second ranked Khimik (10-3) 90-68. The game was mostly controlled by Khimik. Dnipro was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) who led his team to a victory with 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. International Olexandr Mishula (192-92) answered with 11 points and 7 assists and international power forward Maxym Korniyenko (204-87) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Dnipro. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Budivelnyk. Dnipro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with DniproAzot. Khimik will play against bottom-ranked BC Odessa (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Dnipro will play against BC Donetsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: D.Kickert 12+3reb, O.Mishula 11+3reb+7ast, O.Balashov 9+1ast, M.Korniyenko 9+7reb+2ast, S.Tymofeyenko 8+3reb+2ast, K.Glazyrin 6+4reb+1ast
Khimik: S.Lesic 21+4reb+3ast, S.Zavadsky 14+3reb+1ast, W.Deane 11+2reb+6ast, S.Sehovic 10+3reb+2ast, V.Kovalenko 8+3reb, A.Sizov 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 197055



Serhiy Lishchuk selected the top Ukrainian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Serhiy Lishchuk
Serhiy Lishchuk
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Serhiy Lishchuk (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (0-2) 76-70 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Lishchuk was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. 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 Lishchuk's fourth season with the team. Lishchuk has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg and FT: 77.8% in the two games he played so far. He played for the Ukrainian senior national team one years ago.

Steven Burtt
Steven Burtt
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, currently plays in EuroChallenge). Burtt was the main contributor in Tofas' victory against the fourth-ranked Etha (0-2) crushing them 78-57 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Burtt scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Tofas Bursa (1-1) is placed second in group A. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Burtt's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Burtt averages: 19.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 90.9%. He is a naturalized American. Burtt is in the roster of the Ukrainian senior national team. He used to play for Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye in Ukrainian league.

Klym Artamonov
Klym Artamonov
   #3. The Ukrainian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Klym Artamonov (183-93, currently plays in Baltic League). Artamonov contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked TTU (1-6) crushing them 90-51 in the Baltic League on Tuesday night. He scored 6 points and added 9 passes in 22 minutes. BC Siauliai (5-2) is placed second in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Artamonov belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 4.6apg. This year his other stats are: 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 31.6%, 3FGP: 36.4% in the seven games. Artamonov is also a member of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Sergii Gladyr
Sergii Gladyr
   #4. Shooting guard Sergii Gladyr (196-88, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-7) in their last game. Despite Gladyr's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 73-52 on the road by the second-ranked G.Canaria 2014. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Gladyr also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 30 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Gladyr's overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 3.4rpg in the eight games. He is also Ukrainian national team player.

Alex Len
Alex Len
   #5. U20 international center Alex Len (216-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Maryland's surprising victory against the Long Island University 91-74 in the NCAA last Friday. Len scored 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The University of Maryland has conference record this season. Len's total stats this year are: 9.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He plays currently for the Ukrainian U20 national team.

Vitaly Boyko
Vitaly Boyko
   #6. Guard Vitaly Boyko (183-82, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) was not able to help Volgograd (1-6) in their last game. Despite Boyko's very good performance Volgograd was badly defeated 81-61 in Rostov by the leading Ataman. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Boyko also added 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was Volgograd's third consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Boyko has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in the six games. He is a former international player as he played for the Ukrainian senior team six years ago.

Pavel Agapov
Pavel Agapov
   #7. An experienced former University international guard Pavel Agapov (198-79, currently plays in Russia) faced previously mentioned Vitaly Boyko in the Russian Superleague last game. Agapov contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Volgograd (1-6) crushing them 81-61. He recorded 9 points and blocked 2 blocks in 16 minutes. This year Agapov's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.8rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Ukrainian university national team nine years ago.

Olexandr Berhin
Olexandr Berhin
   #8. Center Olexandr Berhin (205-85, currently plays in Russia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vitaly Boyko and both played together in the last Russian Superleague game. Berhin was not able to secure a victory for Volgograd (1-6) in their game against Ataman (6-1). He recorded 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 26 minutes. Volgograd was badly defeated 81-61 in Rostov by the leading Ataman. Berhin has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He used to play for the Ukrainian U20 national team back in 2005.

Vladyslav Kondratyev
Vladyslav Kondratyev
   #9. Former U20 international forward Vladyslav Kondratyev (203-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to Bryant's shocking victory against the University of New Hampshire 76-64 in the NCAA last Saturday. Kondratyev scored 6 points. The Bryant University has conference record this season. Kondratyev has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg. Kondratyev used to play for the Ukrainian U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Ivan Kaliayev (201-F-87, currently plays in Belarus) led Sozh Gomel to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rubon (4-3) crushing them 100-73 in the Belarusian Premier League in Friday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Sozh Gomel (6-1) is placed second in the Premier League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kaliayev's overall stats this year are: 8.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86, currently plays in Belarus) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Kaliayev and both played together in the last Belarusian Premier League game. Miakinin led Sozh Gomel to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rubon (4-3) crushing them 100-73. He scored 15 points in 23 minutes. Miakinin is currently fourth on the list of top scorers with 17.1ppg. This year he also averages: 6.0rpg in the seven games he played so far.

   #3. Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83, currently plays in Belarus) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Kaliayev. He played also in the last Belarusian Premier League game facing Sergei Miakinin (above) in the other team. Dadukin led Sozh Gomel to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rubon (4-3) crushing them 100-73. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Dadukin is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.8apg.

   #4. Igor Nesterenko (201-C/F-90, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help one of league's weakest teams Elitzur Yavne (4-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Nesterenko's good performance Elitzur Yavne was edged 77-76 at home by the higher-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#3). He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Nesterenko has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg and 6.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Israeli. Despite Nesterenko's Ukrainian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ukrainian team.

   #5. Experienced Dmitro Gerasymenko (199-F-78, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) was not able to help Volgograd (1-6) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Gerasymenko's good performance Volgograd was badly defeated 81-61 on the road by the leading Ataman. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gerasymenko has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #6. Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Weissenhorn Youngstars in their game against Bayer Giants in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Shtein recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 93-72. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games. Shtein is another player who holds two passports: Ukrainian and German.



Simas Galdikas leaves Dnipro - by Eurobasket News (T)

25-year old Lithuanian forward Simas Galdikas (203-105kg-87) left Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Superleague). But in 8 games he played this season he averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.0rpg.
Galdikas team made it to the Baltic League Challenge Cup Final Four in 2011.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention award in 2011.
Galdikas has played professionally in Lithuania (Neptunas and Nafta Universitetas).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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BBL Round Up Sun 18 Nov - by Paul Nilsen

Sunday saw three hard-fought contests that saw Cheshire, UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and Glasgow Rocks pick up victories to help them continue to keep the pressure on those at the summit of the BBL Championship table.

Cheshire were made to work extremely hard as they picked up a slender 83-81 victory over Manchester Giants at the Northgate Arena to move themselves into joint eighth position with the Durham Wildcats.

A pair of Stefan Gill free-throws had given the Giants an 80-81 lead with 18 seconds left in the game, but Chez Marks was allowed to have the final shot of the game and he nailed a three-pointer with eight seconds left to hand Cheshire the all-important victory.

Marks's 31 point haul was matched by Gill for the Giants in the game, but it was Marks who had the last laugh as Cheshire were able to move themselves up the table.

The Rocks made the long trip to Surrey on Sunday afternoon and picked up an impressive 76-82 victory over the Surrey Heat at Surrey Sports Park.

24 points from Kieron Achara helped the Rocks to victory, and despite a strong effort from the Heat who closed the gap to four points at 72-76 in the final period, the visitors remained strong down the stretch and were able to secure the victory from the foul-line.

The biggest victory of the day however went to the Raiders as they picked up a 108-98 victory over the London Lions at Plymouth Pavilions.

The Raiders had lead by as many as 21 points at 98-77, but the Lions came back strongly with a 15-1 burst to trim the deficit back to just seven points at 99-92. That was as close as the visitors would be able to get however as the Raiders secured the victory from the foul-line and as a result, move themselves up into fourth position in the table.



BBL Round Up Sun 18 Nov - by Paul Nilsen


Sunday saw three hard-fought contests that saw Cheshire, UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and Glasgow Rocks pick up victories to help them continue to keep the pressure on those at the summit of the BBL Championship table.

Cheshire were made to work extremely hard as they picked up a slender 83-81 victory over Manchester Giants at the Northgate Arena to move themselves into joint eighth position with the Durham Wildcats.

A pair of Stefan Gill free-throws had given the Giants an 80-81 lead with 18 seconds left in the game, but Chez Marks was allowed to have the final shot of the game and he nailed a three-pointer with eight seconds left to hand Cheshire the all-important victory.

Marks's 31 point haul was matched by Gill for the Giants in the game, but it was Marks who had the last laugh as Cheshire were able to move themselves up the table.

The Rocks made the long trip to Surrey on Sunday afternoon and picked up an impressive 76-82 victory over the Surrey Heat at Surrey Sports Park.

24 points from Kieron Achara helped the Rocks to victory, and despite a strong effort from the Heat who closed the gap to four points at 72-76 in the final period, the visitors remained strong down the stretch and were able to secure the victory from the foul-line.

The biggest victory of the day however went to the Raiders as they picked up a 108-98 victory over the London Lions at Plymouth Pavilions.

The Raiders had lead by as many as 21 points at 98-77, but the Lions came back strongly with a 15-1 burst to trim the deficit back to just seven points at 99-92. That was as close as the visitors would be able to get however as the Raiders secured the victory from the foul-line and as a result, move themselves up into fourth position in the table.



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Bigua beat Malvin, the LUB leader - by Hector Lopez

Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) netted two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play and Bigua defeated Malvn, the LUB leader, 77-75 after an overtime (68-68). Jeffries also grabbed 5 rebounds, while Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) added 20 points and 14 rebounds. For Malvin, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 18 points 11 rebounds 2 assists, Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) 12 points 9 rebounds 2 assists and Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 7 points 4 rebounds. Other results for the Uruguayan League (Capital):
Hebraica Macabi 80 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 19 pts. 4 assists, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 15 pts. 9 reb. 9 assists, Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) 15 pts 15 reb. Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) 12 pts. 6 reb.
Defensor Sporting 67 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 33 pts. 3 reb. 2 assists, Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 11 pts., 13 reb. 3 assists
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Olimpia 89 - Kyle Hunt (207-F, college: Oklahoma S&A) 19pts. 15 reb. 2 blocks, Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 17 pts. 6 reb.
Nacional 61 - Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) 16 pts. 9 reb. Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) 7 pts. 4 reb. 2 blocks
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Aguada 97 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 28 pts. 3 reb. 5 assists, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 17 pts. 2 reb. 2 blocks, Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 12 pts. 10 reb.
Larre Borges 82 - Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 24 pts 4 reb. Yannick Crowder (203-F-90, college: Florida A&M) 14 pts 9 reb.
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Union Atletica 90 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 33 pts. Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 17 pts. 9 reb. Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 2 pts 4 reb.
Cordon 76 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 21 pts 7 reb. Travis Garrison (203-F-84, college: Maryland) 8 pts 9 reb. 3 blocks



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Greivis Vasquez selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Greivis Vasquez
Greivis Vasquez
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Greivis Vasquez (197-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the New Orleans Hornets (3-5) in their last game. Despite Vasquez's very good performance the New Orleans Hornets lost 96-100 on the road to the Houston Rockets. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Vasquez also added 5 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his five free throws) in 34 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Hornets' third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vasquez has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 8.9apg, 2FGP: 35.1%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 75.0% in the eight games he played so far. Vasquez is currently a member of the Venezuelan senior national team.

John Cox
John Cox
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard John Cox (196-81, college: USF, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He was not able to help Paris-Levallois (4-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cox's good performance Paris-Levallois was defeated 82-76 in Villeurbanne by the second-ranked ASVEL Lyon- Basket. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Cox's overall stats this year are: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Cox is in the roster of the Venezuelan senior national team. He used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Michael Carrera
Michael Carrera
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Michael Carrera (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Carrera led S.Carolina to an overtime victory against the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 82-75 in the NCAA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. Carrera also added 3 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 29 minutes. The University of South Carolina has conference record this season. This year Carrera's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 75.0% in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Carrera is also a member of the Venezuelan senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Venezuela.

Jose Vargas
Jose Vargas
   #4. Swingman Jose Vargas (195-82, currently plays in Mexico) led Soles to a victory against the seventh-ranked Fuerza Regia (12-10) 101-96 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game. Vargas recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Soles de Mexicali (20-4) is placed second in the LNBP. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. It's Vargas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg. Vargas is also Venezuelan national team player.

Gregory Echenique
Gregory Echenique
   #5. International center Gregory Echenique (206-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham 77-60 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds. Echenique also added 4 blocks in 31 minutes. The Creighton University has conference record this season. This year Echenique has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg in the four games. He plays currently for the Venezuelan national team.

Juan Coronado
Juan Coronado
   #6. Forward Juan Coronado (203-90, agency: Dream Team Management, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Liberty in their game against the Georgetown University (0-0) in the NCAA. Coronado cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Liberty was defeated 68-59 in Washington, DC by the Georgetown University. Coronado's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Venezuelan National Team roster.

Anthony Perez
Anthony Perez
   #7. International forward Anthony Perez (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help The University of Mississippi in a victory against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock crushing them 92-52 in the NCAA on Friday night. Perez scored 5 points in 13 minutes. The The University of Mississippi has conference record this season. This year Perez's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the seven games. He is also Venezuelan national team player.

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

   #1. Denny Burguillos (201-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Georgia St. to beat the Brigham Young University. Burguillos scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But the Georgia St. was badly defeated 80-62 on the road by the Brigham Young University. Burguillos has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg.

   #2. Javier Roman (207-F/C-80, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet (5-2) in their game against Ford Burgos (5-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Leyma Basquet lost 75-84 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Ford_Burgos. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Roman's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Spanish.

   #3. Hector Aguilar (183-PG-89, college: High School USA, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NAIA was not able to secure a victory for the University of Southwest in their last game on Saturday. Despite Aguilar's good performance his team was crushed 127-81 in Greeley, CO by the University of Northern Colorado. He scored 10 points and added 6 passes. Aguilar has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg.




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All home team wins in Round 9 - by Zeljko Zule

Pecs-Celik 59-54: After trailing by 27-30 late in the second quarter, Pecs went on a 16-4 run to go ahead 43-34. Celik cut the deficit to 54-56 with two minutes remaining. Amy Jaeschke (196-C-89, college: Northwestern) blocked two shots of Ivona Bogoje and made a crucial jumper 58-54 to lift Hungarian team over Bosnian champion. Jaeschke finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Andrea Barbour added 13 points. Celik was led by Tamara Bajic with 14 points and 5 assists and Lejla Bejtic scored 11 points.
Sloboda-Subrina Ilirija 72-69: Bosnian team were down 53-58 going into the final quarter and take a lead 68-63 with two minutes the go. Ilirija cut the deficit to 69-70. Ljiljana Latinovic hit only one free throw and extedned the lead of Sloboda to 71-69. Ursa Svetic missed potential game winning 3-pointer for Ilirija and Natasa Kajtaz the made one free-throw to seal the victory. She finished with 26 points and 8 assists, Ljiljana Latinovic scored 26 points and Dragana Stankovic had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ilirija had 11 free throws to Sloboda's 33. Teja Kropivsek scored 23 points including six 3-pointers and Matea Tavic and Sara Meden both posted 14 points.
Partizan-Mladi Krajisnik 81-66: After trailing 28-49 at the break, Mladi Krajisnik cut the deficit to four, 57-61, early in the final quarter. Partizan responded with 11 straight points to remain the only unbeaten team. Milica Dabovic had 22 points and 5 steals for Partizan, Jelena Antic had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals and Nevena Jovanovic added 16 points. Mladi Krajisnik was led by Jelena Vrancic with 23 points and 16 rebounds, Dragoslava Zakula collected 10 points and 7 assists and Martina Osterman scored 10 points.
Vojvodina-Vozdovac 80-67: Vovodina trailed just one possession, 21-22, and were up 42-30 late in the first half. Vozdovac cut the deficit to seven points, 47-54, but the home team made a 11-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Jovana Popovic finished with 32 points, Natasa Bucevac added 28 points, Natasa Ivancevic had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Anja Stupar grabbed 10 rebounds. Vojvodina made 24 of its 29 free throws, while Vozdovac missed a dozen free throws. Ana Radovic collected 16 points and 9 rebounds, Nina Djokovic scored 13 points and Ivana Boskovic had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Radivoj Korac-Vrsac 76-44: The home led as many as 25 points at the break and had five scorers in double figures. Tina Jovanovic posted 14 points, Tamara Kapor came off the bench for 11 points and Snezana Colic, Ivana Brajkovic and Jelena Radic all netted 10 points. Vrsac commited 33 turnovers and its lone player in double figures was Bojana Jovanovic with 12 points.
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WNBL Round 7: Bendigo Spirit beats Canberra Capitals in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Canberra. Second ranked Bendigo Spirit faced 4th placed Canberra Capitals. Guests from Bendigo (8-1) defeated host Canberra Capitals (5-4) 80-71. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 41-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international point guard Kristi Harrower (166-75) fired 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) chipped in 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Bendigo Spirit's coach Bernie Harrower used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Samantha Norwood (188-89, college: Stony Brook) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Bendigo Spirit keeps a position of league leader. Canberra Capitals at the other side keep the fourth place with four games lost. Bendigo Spirit are looking forward to face Adelaide Lightning (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Canberra Capitals will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Adelaide. Second ranked Dandenong Rangers faced much higher ranked Adelaide Lightning. Guests from Dandenong (8-2) defeated host Adelaide Lightning (6-3) 88-79. Worth to mention a great performance of international Kathleen Macleod (167-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Sara Blicavs contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for Adelaide Lightning. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dandenong Rangers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bendigo S. Adelaide Lightning at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Dandenong Rangers will play against West Coast Waves (#8) in Perth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Adelaide Lightning will play on the road against the league's leader Bendigo Spirit (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Perth supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Dandenong Rangers (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked West Coast Waves (2-7). Dandenong Rangers smashed West Coast Waves 85-61 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Monica Wright who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points. At the losing side Melissa Marsh responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Dandenong Rangers. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bendigo S. Loser West Coast Waves dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Dandenong Rangers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. West Coast Waves will play again against the league's second-placed Dandenong Rangers (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Townsville was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bulleen Boomers (5-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Townsville Fire (3-5). Bulleen Boomers managed to secure a 6-point victory 70-64. It was an exceptional evening for Elyse Penaluna who led the winners and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Bulleen Boomers maintains fifth place with 5-5 record. Townsville Fire at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Bulleen Boomers' next round opponent will be West Coast Waves (#8) in Perth. Townsville Fire will play at home against Sydney Uni Flames.
The game in Loganholme was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Bulleen Boomers (5-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Logan Thunder (2-6). Bulleen Boomers managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Friday. Elyse Penaluna fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Logan Thunder's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bulleen Boomers maintains fifth place with 5-5 record. Logan Thunder lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. Bulleen Boomers will face West Coast Waves (#8) in Perth in the next round. Logan Thunder will play at home against Sydney Uni Flames and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 Bendigo S. defeated Sydney UF in a road game 91-76.


Canberra C. - Bendigo S. 71-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Canberra. Second ranked Bendigo Spirit faced 4th placed Canberra Capitals. Guests from Bendigo (8-1) defeated host Canberra Capitals (5-4) 80-71. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 41-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international point guard Kristi Harrower (166-75) fired 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) chipped in 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Bendigo Spirit's coach Bernie Harrower used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Samantha Norwood (188-89, college: Stony Brook) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Nicole Hunt (167-88) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bendigo Spirit keeps a position of league leader. Canberra Capitals at the other side keep the fourth place with four games lost. Bendigo Spirit are looking forward to face Adelaide Lightning (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Canberra Capitals will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Canberra C.: S.Norwood 16+9reb+3ast, J.Bibby 14+2reb+1ast, B.Ardossi 13+1reb+2ast, N.Hunt 11+2reb+5ast, C.Wilson 6+2reb+2ast, A.Bunton 6
Bendigo S.: K.Griffin 20+3reb+2ast, G.Richards 14+8reb+1ast, K.Wilson 13+1ast, K.Harrower 11+6reb+8ast, C.Aubry 9+5reb+3ast, M.Garrick 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 187636


West Coast - Dandenong R. 61-85

The game in Perth supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Dandenong Rangers (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked West Coast Waves (2-7). Dandenong Rangers smashed West Coast Waves 85-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dandenong Rangers. West Coast Waves managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dandenong Rangers made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Monica Wright (180-88, college: Virginia, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points. Forward Tegan Cunningham (185-88, college: Oklahoma St.) helped adding 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side guard Melissa Marsh (209-85) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and New Zealand power forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86) scored 12 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. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Dandenong Rangers. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bendigo S. Loser West Coast Waves dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Dandenong Rangers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. West Coast Waves will play again against the league's second-placed Dandenong Rangers (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
West Coast: M.Marsh 12+8reb+3ast, L.Wallbutton 12+2reb+1ast, A.Edmondson 8+1reb, N.Burton 8+4reb+1ast, A.Todhunter 4+3ast, K.Tucker 4+2reb+1ast
Dandenong R.: M.Wright 21+4reb, T.Cunningham 16+4reb+1ast, K.Phillips 10+8reb+1ast, A.Downie 9+4reb+3ast, K.Macleod 8+4ast, S.Blicavs 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 187635


Townsville F. - Bulleen B. 64-70

The game in Townsville was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bulleen Boomers (5-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Townsville Fire (3-5). Bulleen Boomers managed to secure a 6-point victory 70-64. The game without a history. Bulleen Boomers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bulleen Boomers outrebounded Townsville Fire 41-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for international center Elyse Penaluna (193-88) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Hollie Florance (190-93) accounted for 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. The former international guard Jess Foley (182-83, college: Duke) came up with 17 points and American forward Kayla Standish (187-89, college: Gonzaga, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Townsville Fire in the defeat. Bulleen Boomers maintains fifth place with 5-5 record. Townsville Fire at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Bulleen Boomers' next round opponent will be West Coast Waves (#8) in Perth. Townsville Fire will play at home against Sydney Uni Flames.
Top scorers:
Townsville F.: J.Foley 17+2reb+3ast, K.Standish 12+8reb+1ast, M.Newley 10+3reb+1ast, C.Gallagher 9+3reb+1ast, M.Cocks 6+2reb+1ast, R.Flanagan 6+5reb+7ast
Bulleen B.: E.Penaluna 13+9reb+1ast, T.Madgen 12+4reb+4ast, R.Jarry 10+6reb+4ast, K.Harrington 10+1reb+1ast, H.Florance 9+9reb+2ast, E.Randall 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 187634


Adelaide - Dandenong R. 79-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Adelaide. Second ranked Dandenong Rangers faced much higher ranked Adelaide Lightning. Guests from Dandenong (8-2) defeated host Adelaide Lightning (6-3) 88-79. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-20 Adelaide Lightning's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-79 at the end of the game. Dandenong Rangers made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Adelaide Lightning was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international Kathleen Macleod (167-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Sara Blicavs (188-93) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Dandenong Rangers players scored in double figures. The former international center Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and guard Stephanie Talbot (186-94) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Adelaide Lightning. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dandenong Rangers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bendigo S. Adelaide Lightning at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Dandenong Rangers will play against West Coast Waves (#8) in Perth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Adelaide Lightning will play on the road against the league's leader Bendigo Spirit (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Adelaide: S.Batkovic-Brown 25+14reb+2ast, A.Marino 14, S.Talbot 12+10reb+2ast, J.Screen 7+2reb+2ast, J.Hill 6+7reb+3ast, L.Hodges 5+2reb+1ast
Dandenong R.: S.Blicavs 17+6reb, K.Macleod 17+5reb+10ast, S.Cumming 16+4reb+2ast, M.Wright 13+6reb+2ast, K.Phillips 9+9reb, A.Downie 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 187632


Logan T. - Bulleen B. 76-85

The game in Loganholme was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Bulleen Boomers (5-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Logan Thunder (2-6). Bulleen Boomers managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Logan Thunder won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bulleen Boomers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Logan Thunder was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Elyse Penaluna (193-88) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Tess Madgen (180-90) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Laurie Koehn (173-82, college: Kansas St.) produced 26 points and New Zealand forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St.) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Logan Thunder's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bulleen Boomers maintains fifth place with 5-5 record. Logan Thunder lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. Bulleen Boomers will face West Coast Waves (#8) in Perth in the next round. Logan Thunder will play at home against Sydney Uni Flames and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: L.Koehn 26+4reb+3ast, N.Taylor 19+5reb+4ast, E.Langford 10+5reb+1ast, K.Veal 6+4reb+2ast, C.Smith 6+1reb+1ast, A.Honnery 4+1reb
Bulleen B.: E.Penaluna 24+8reb+2ast, T.Madgen 20+5reb+7ast, R.Jarry 14+4reb+1ast, E.Randall 9+4reb+4ast, H.Florance 7+5reb+5ast, K.Harrington 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 187633


Sydney UF - Bendigo S. 76-91

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Sydney Uni Flames (1-7) were defeated at home by second ranked Bendigo Spirit (8-1) 91-76 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Bendigo Spirit. Sydney Uni Flames was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bendigo Spirit made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Bendigo Spirit outrebounded Sydney Uni Flames 35-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. The former international point guard Kristi Harrower (166-75) fired 29 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bendigo Spirit's coach Bernie Harrower allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Alicia Poto (166-78) produced 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Rohanee Cox (182-80) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Sydney Uni Flames players scored in double figures. Bendigo Spirit keeps a position of league leader. Loser Sydney Uni Flames stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Bendigo Spirit will face Adelaide Lightning (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sydney Uni Flames will play against Logan Thunder (#7) in Loganholme and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sydney UF: R.Cox 18+4reb+4ast, A.Sykes 12+2reb+3ast, A.Poto 12+7reb+7ast, K.Ebzery 10+1reb+3ast, L.King 10, E.Manou 6+3reb
Bendigo S.: K.Harrower 29+4reb+5ast, K.Griffin 22+8reb, G.Richards 17+10reb+1ast, K.Wilson 9+4reb+3ast, R.Camino 7+1reb+1ast, H.Munro 4+1reb+1ast
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Santiago's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Kristina Santiago (185-F-89, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Dunav 8806 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
She had a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Rilski Sportist (#7, 0-6) with 38-point margin 89-51. Dunav 8806 maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Dunav 8806 would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Santiago turned to be Dunav 8806's top player in her first season with the team. Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Santiago is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Santiago is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 61.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87, agency: LBM Management) of top-ranked Neftochimic. She is Ukrainian guard in her 2nd season at Neftochimic. In the last game Dubrovina recorded impressive 31 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course she lead Neftochimic to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Haskovo 2012 (#4, 2-4) 108-52. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Neftochimic consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Dubrovina is well-known at Neftochimic and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82) of Montana 2003 (#5). Tomova got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. She went also for nine rebounds . Despite Tomova's great performance Montana 2003 lost 79-87 to slightly higher-ranked Beroe (#3, 4-2). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Montana 2003 not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tomova could try to bring Montana 2003's a little bit higher in the standings. Tomova has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.0rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) of Beroe - 26 points and 6 rebounds
5. Radostina Slavova-Naneva (188-F/C-86) of Montana 2003 - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Maria Zhelyazkova (181-F-86) of Neftochimic - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jessica Koch (178-SF-89) of Haskovo 2012 - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ashley Gayle (193-F/C-90) of Neftochimic - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Anna Sokolan (178-G-84) of Neftochimic - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81) of Dunav 8806 - 15 points and 6 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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CIS Round 8: Acadia takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin while 2 of them nedded overtime. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with few extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Acadia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Acadia defeated 6th ranked Memorial in Wolfville 74-59. The game was mostly controlled by Acadia. Memorial managed to win third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Kristy Moore (170) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Emily Nkosi contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Emily Jameson (178-91) replied with 8 points and 10 rebounds for Memorial. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Acadia have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Memorial at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Mount Royal. Memorial will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Acadia will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Memorial in St. John's.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Bishop's (0-1) in Sherbrooke. Hosts were rolled over by Concordia (3-0) 63-42. Worth to mention a great performance of guard guard Kaylah Barrett (173) (173) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 7 rebounds and Richelle Gregoire who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Guard guard Kaylah Barrett (173) (173) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Concordia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Bishop's at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: UBC Okanagan beat UNBC on the road 79-71. Victoria won against TWU on its own court 72-59. Lethbridge was outscored by Alberta in Edmonton 68-44. Mount Royal was rolled over TRU at home 54-77. Winnipeg defeated Brandon on the opponent's court 71-53. Laurentian beat Western in a home game 74-64. Windsor destroyed York on the road 73-37. Ottawa lost to undefeated Brock on its own court 57-61. Toronto Univ. managed to beat Waterloo in a road game 55-52. Saskatchewan lost to undefeated Calgary at home 66-68. UFV beat UBC on the opponent's court 88-82. Carleton won against McMaster in a home game 61-57. Queen's unfortunately lost to Guelph on the road 62-71. Dalhousie rolled over New Brunsw. on its own court 67-42. Manitoba was crushed by Regina in a road game 32-83. St.Francis X. was beaten by UPEI at home 81-85.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 31 points and 13 rebounds by Holly Strom of TWU.


UNBC - UBC Okanagan 71-79

There was a surprise result when seventh ranked UBC Okanagan (2-4) beat higher ranked UNBC (3-3) in Prince George 79-71 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UNBC won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UBC Okanagan made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. UNBC was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Emily Kanester (168) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Sarah Allison (180-92) contributed with 24 points for the winners. UBC Okanagan's coach Heather Semeniuk used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Mercedes Van Koughnett replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Jennifer Bruce added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UNBC. UBC Okanagan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. Loser UNBC dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UNBC: M.Van Koughnett 17+11reb+5ast, J.Bruce 15+5reb+3ast, J.Rabbitt 14+3reb+1ast, K.Fluit 7+4reb, K.Dandeneau 7+1reb, S.Robin 7+4reb
UBC Okanagan: S.Allison 24+1reb, E.Kanester 22+9reb, R.Huber 8+6reb, A.White 7+4reb+2ast, M.Kaneda 6+10reb+2ast, K.Schouten 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 190862


Victoria - TWU 72-59

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Trinity Western (0-6) lost on the road to fourth ranked Victoria (4-2) 72-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Victoria. Trinity Western was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Victoria outrebounded Trinity Western 47-36 including 35 on the defensive glass. Guard Debbie Yeboah (168) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Cassandra Goodis (170) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Victoria players scored in double figures. Victoria's coach Richard Chambers used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Holly Strom (180) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and Laurissa Weigl added 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Trinity Western. Victoria moved-up to second place, which they share with UBC and Alberta. Loser Trinity Western still closes the standings with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TWU: H.Strom 31+13reb+2ast, C.Martin 11+2reb, J.Traber 7+2reb+3ast, L.Weigl 6+9reb+4ast, E.Knauff 4+3reb+1ast, C.Olsen 0+1reb
Victoria: D.Yeboah 23+9reb+4ast, C.Goodis 14+7reb+8ast, J.Renfrew 13+7reb+1ast, J.Bugiardini 11+4reb+1ast, K.Monasterski 7+3reb, T.Rennie 4+3reb
gschID: 190860


Alberta - Lethbridge 68-44

Everything could happen in Edmonton at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Alberta and one of their biggest challengers Lethbridge had identical 3-2 record. This time Alberta used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Lethbridge 68-44 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Alberta. Lethbridge was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lethbridge to just 4 points in third quarter. Alberta dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Lethbridge's 22. Alberta forced 23 Lethbridge turnovers. Forward Kendra Asleson (183-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Sally Hillier (168) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Alberta's coach Scott Edwards felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Ali Cameron (163) replied with 17 points and 5 steals and guard Katlyn Olsen (168) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Lethbridge. Alberta (4-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with UBC and Victoria. Lethbridge lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: A.Cameron 17+2reb+1ast, K.Olsen 10+5reb+4ast, K.Veldman 9+4reb+1ast, E.Skippon 5+2reb, T.Crozon 3, K.Li 0
Alberta: K.Asleson 13+7reb+1ast, S.Hillier 13+3reb+1ast, S.Van Ginhoven 9+4reb+1ast, R.Byrne 8+3reb+2ast, M.Wickstrom 6+1reb, A.Carlyon 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190858


Mount Royal - TRU 54-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Mount Royal's (1-4) home loss to fifth ranked Thompson Rivers (3-2) in Calgary 54-77 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-54. Thompson Rivers dominated on the defensive end, holding Mount Royal to just 7 points in second quarter. Thompson Rivers forced 19 Mount Royal turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Jorri Duxbury (170) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals. Guard Jen Ju (170) contributed with 22 points and 4 steals for the winners. Hillary Annich replied with 12 points and Kristen Docherty added 4 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mount Royal. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thompson Rivers moved-up to fourth place. Loser Mount Royal dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Thompson Rivers will have a break next round. Mount Royal will play on the road against the league's leader Calgary (#1) in Exshaw.
Top scorers:
Mount Royal: D.Rybachuk 13, H.Annich 12+1reb+3ast, J.Maclean 6+2reb, J.Anstice 6+3reb+1ast, A.Posein 4+7reb, K.Docherty 4+7reb+2ast
TRU: J.Duxbury 25+8reb+10ast, J.Ju 22+3ast, D.Schuetze 16+5reb+2ast, T.Worsfold 5+2reb+2ast, T.Kocs 3+11reb+3ast, S.Malate 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190857


Brandon - Winnipeg 53-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Winnipeg's (2-4) road victory over bottom-ranked Brandon (0-6) 71-53 on Saturday. The game without a history. Winnipeg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Winnipeg forced 21 Brandon turnovers and outrebounded them 53-33 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lauren Anderson orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Guard Stephanie Kleysen (175) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Stephanie Haynes (170-92) replied with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Chantel Gaslard (188-91) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Brandon. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Winnipeg moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Saskatchewan and UBC Okanagan. Loser Brandon still closes the standings with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brandon: C.Gaslard 9+6reb+2ast, A.Johnston 9+5reb+2ast, J.Gillett 9+6reb+1ast, C.Lamoureux 7+6reb, S.Haynes 6+8reb+4ast, K.Cranston 6+2ast
Winnipeg: L.Anderson 15+4reb+1ast, T.Coulter 10+7reb, A.Grant 9+2reb+2ast, A.Warburton 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Kaplan 8+5reb+1ast, S.Kleysen 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 190856


Laurentian - Western 74-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Western (2-2) lost to fourth ranked Laurentian (2-2) in Greater Sudbury 64-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Laurentian. Western was better in third quarter 18-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sasha Polishchuk orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Rebecca Goodier (180) contributed with 4 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jenny Vaughan (175-90, college: Denver) replied with 24 points and forward Melissa Rondinelli (183) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Western. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Laurentian moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Western. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Western: J.Vaughan 24+4reb+1ast, M.Rondinelli 14+9reb, A.Hancock 10+2reb+1ast, L.Dally 6+7reb+3ast, J.McDonald 6+6reb+1ast, M.Greunke 2+5reb+1ast
Laurentian: S.Polishchuk 38+11reb+6ast, K.Patrick 6+2reb+1ast, D.Bryce 5+3reb+1ast, E.Decloe 5+4reb, D.Harris 4+1reb, R.Goodier 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 190855


Laurier - Ryerson 69-72 OT

Ryerson won over Laurier 72:69 in overtime. Nofuente posted 20 points for the winners, while Hillis, Ellenor and Yeldon replied with 14 points in defeat.

Top scorers:
Laurier: A.Hillis 14+1reb+3ast, W.Ellenor 14+7reb+3ast, K.Yeldon 14+15reb, K.Schenck 11+2reb+5ast, D.Bonsu 5+10reb, L.Doyle 5+1reb
Ryerson: C.Nofuente 20+4reb+6ast, D.Gechkova 11+4reb+4ast, K.Pingue-Giles 10+5reb, S.Jez 9+7reb, K.Wright 8+3reb, A.Sokoloff 8+4reb+2ast


gschID: 190854


York - Windsor 37-73

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Windsor (4-0) crushed bottom-ranked York (0-4) in Toronto 73-37 on Saturday. The game without a history. Windsor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding York to just 4 points in first quarter. Windsor dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to York's 22. Windsor forced 19 York turnovers and outrebounded them 47-23 including a 20-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Miah-Marie Langlois (176-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Korissa Williams (177-92) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Windsor players scored in double figures. French guard Cyrielle Recoura (172-91) replied with 14 points and guard Nadia Qahwash (170) added 5 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for York. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Windsor have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Toronto Univ. and Brock. Loser York 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:
York: C.Recoura 14+4reb+1ast, H.Finn 5+3reb+1ast, I.Seupersadsingh 5+1reb, N.Qahwash 5+5reb, K.Pangos 5+1reb, C.Osborne 3
Windsor: K.Williams 19+5reb+1ast, M.Langlois 13+7reb+5ast, J.LaRocque 12+3reb, J.Clemencon 11+4reb+3ast, L.Mullins 4+4reb, J.Gordon 4+3reb
gschID: 190853


Ottawa - Brock 57-61

Very expected game when 5th ranked Ottawa (1-3) lost at home to top-ranked Brock (4-0) 61-57 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Brock forced 23 Ottawa turnovers. Strangely Ottawa outrebounded Brock 46-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Guard Kayla Santilli (178) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Nicole Rosenkranz (185) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Maddie Stephen (186) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and guard Ariane Lachance-Scantland (178) added 13 points in the effort for Ottawa. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Brock have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Toronto Univ. and Windsor. Loser Ottawa dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: A.Lachance-Scantland 13+2reb, M.Stephen 12+16reb+1ast, K.Cupid 9+2reb+1ast, C.Traer 6+6reb, T.Hanlan 6+5reb+1ast, J.Gilbert 5+3reb+2ast
Brock: K.Santilli 13+6reb+4ast, B.Ozimok 12+6reb, N.Rosenkranz 12+7reb+1ast, S.Dejong 8+2reb, A.McNeely 6+3reb, J.Yumol 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190851


Waterloo - Toronto Univ. 52-55

Very predictable result when top-ranked Toronto (4-0) edged on the road bottom-ranked Waterloo (0-3) 55-52 on Saturday. Waterloo was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 15-11 charge of Toronto, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Waterloo turnovers. Forward Amanda Lauzon (185) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Rachael Sider (178) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mackenzie Lougheed (180) replied with 8 points and 10 rebounds and Swedish guard Erika Persson (178-88) added 11 points in the effort for Waterloo. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toronto have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Brock and Windsor. Loser Waterloo still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: E.Persson 11+4reb+3ast, J.Rodrigues 9+4reb+1ast, M.Lougheed 8+10reb, M.Killeen 7+8reb+1ast, K.Kuntze 6+6reb, L.Bossers 4+3reb+1ast
Toronto Univ.: J.Lewin 12+3reb+1ast, R.Sider 12+7reb+1ast, A.Lauzon 10+10reb, A.Van Kampen 9+5reb, L.Bailey 6+5reb+1ast, J.Longauer 2+2reb
gschID: 190850


Saskatchewan - Calgary 66-68

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Saskatchewan (2-4) was edged by top-ranked Calgary (6-0) in Saskatoon 68-66 on Saturday. Calgary forced 21 Saskatchewan turnovers. Forward Jessica Franz (183) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tamara Jarrett (168-91) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dalyce Emmerson (191) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Kelsey Trulsrud (178) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Saskatchewan. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Calgary have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record, which they share with UFV. Loser Saskatchewan keeps the sixth place with four games lost. Calgary will face Mount Royal (#7) in Calgary in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: D.Emmerson 23+7reb, R.Humbert 12+1reb+5ast, K.Trulsrud 10+8reb+2ast, K.Lyons 5+7reb+2ast, J.Halvorson 4+2reb+1ast, T.Keujer 4+2reb
Calgary: J.Franz 17+5reb, K.Craig 12+3reb, T.Jarrett 12+6reb+1ast, A.Cole 8+8reb, K.Sheils 8+3reb+5ast, A.Hirons 7+4reb
gschID: 190861


UBC - UFV 82-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked UFV's (6-0) road victory over second-ranked UBC (4-2) in Vancouver 88-82 on Saturday. UFV dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to UBC's 38. They outrebounded UBC 46-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. UBC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Sarah Wierks (188) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Courtney Bartel (175) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five UFV players scored in double figures. UFV's coach Al Tuchscherer used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Kris Young (178-92) replied with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and center Leigh Stansfield (190) added 19 points in the effort for UBC. UFV have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record, which they share with Calgary. Loser UBC keeps the second place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC: K.Young 26+9reb+4ast, L.Stansfield 19+3reb+1ast, A.Binns 12+3reb+2ast, A.Parkin 8+8reb, M.Sundberg 7+5reb+5ast, C.Knievel 5+1reb+3ast
UFV: N.Wierks 21+3reb, A.Luyken 16+3reb+6ast, C.Bartel 13+11reb+2ast, S.Wierks 13+14reb+1ast, K.Santori 12+11reb, A.McCarthy 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 190859


Carleton - McMaster 61-57

Everything could happen in Ottawa at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Carleton and 7th ranked McMaster had identical 1-2 record. This time Carleton used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Hamilton 61-57 on Saturday night. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Carleton outrebounded McMaster 41-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Alyson Bush (170) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Kendall Macleod (175) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Carleton's coach Taffe Charles used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Hailey Milligan (190-89, college: Canisius) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Danielle Boiago (170) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for McMaster. Carleton (2-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. McMaster lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
McMaster: H.Milligan 18+8reb+1ast, D.Boiago 12+5reb+3ast, I.Ormond 11+1reb+1ast, E.Burns 7+1reb+1ast, V.Bonomo 5+4reb+4ast, C.Kenney 4+2reb
Carleton: A.Bush 16+6reb+3ast, K.Macleod 13+5reb, G.Melatti 8+2reb, D.Hawkins 7+6reb, L.Shotbolt 5+11reb, K.Van Slingerland 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190852


Guelph - Queen''s 71-62

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Guelph (2-1) beat at home second-ranked Queen's (2-2) 71-62 on Saturday. Queen's were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Queen's 32-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward forward Kate Mactavish (183) (183) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard guard Erica Mc Fadden (168) (168) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Guelph's coach Tom O'Brian used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward forward Kate Mactavish (183) (183) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard guard Erica Mc Fadden (168) (168) added 22 points in the effort for Queen's. Guelph moved-up to third place. Loser Queen's keep the second position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 190849


Bishop''s - Concordia 42-63

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Bishop's (0-1) in Sherbrooke. Hosts were rolled over by Concordia (3-0) 63-42. The game was mostly controlled by Concordia. Bishop's was better in second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bishop's to just 5 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of guard guard Kaylah Barrett (173) (173) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 7 rebounds and Richelle Gregoire who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Guard guard Kaylah Barrett (173) (173) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Richelle Gregoire scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Concordia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Bishop's at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bishop''s: G.Chamberland 12+9reb+2ast, B.Trafford 8+8reb, V.Fortin-tremblay 5+1reb, C.Rondeau 5+11reb+2ast, E.Katz 5+7reb+2ast, D.Lumley 3+2reb
Concordia: R.Gregoire 13+5reb+2ast, M.Roy-Viau 12+5reb, A.Clarke 11+3reb+2ast, K.Barrett 11+7reb+3ast, S.Estime 9+8reb, A.Boudreau 3+3reb
gschID: 190848


UQAM - McGill 70-65 OT

YQAM overcame McGill 70:65 in extra time.


Top scorers:
McGill: A.Him-Lazarenko 22+11reb, F.Charest 16+2reb+2ast, M.Sylla 12+16reb+1ast, G.Hebert 7+8reb+1ast, K.Clarke 6+2reb, H.Bibeau 2+2reb
UQAM: V.Gauvin 21+4reb+2ast, Q.Ceelestin 10+7reb, J.Pellerin-Dostie 7+8reb+2ast, E.Simard 7+4reb+2ast, L.Desrameaux 7+1reb, E.Conduche 6+3reb


gschID: 190847


Dalhousie - New Brunsw. 67-42

Very expected game when bottom-ranked UNB (0-3) was smashed by top-ranked Dalhousie (3-0) in Halifax 67-42 on Saturday. The game without a history. Dalhousie led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UNB to just 6 points in third quarter. Dalhousie forced 25 UNB turnovers. Guard Anna Von Maltzahn (180-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Keisha Brown (168) contributed with 16 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Dalhousie players scored in double figures. Guard Claire Colborne (183) replied with 6 points and 5 rebounds and forward Samantha Kaminsky (186) added 6 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UNB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dalhousie have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser UNB still closes the standings with three games lost. Dalhousie will have a break next round. UNB will play on the road against St.Francis Xavier (#4) in Antigonish and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: S.Kaminsky 6+5reb+1ast, R.Cleary 6+5reb, C.Colborne 6+5reb+1ast, C.Daly 6+2reb+1ast, L.Fox 5+3reb+1ast, C.Collette 4+3reb
Dalhousie: R.Daley 16+2reb+1ast, K.Brown 16+4reb+1ast, C.Thompson 11+5reb+5ast, A.Von Maltzahn 11+12reb, T.Stammberger 5+5reb+2ast, K.Colley 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190846


Acadia - Memorial 74-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Acadia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Acadia defeated 6th ranked Memorial in Wolfville 74-59. The game was mostly controlled by Acadia. Memorial managed to win third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Kristy Moore (170) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Emily Nkosi contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Acadia players scored in double figures. Guard Emily Jameson (178-91) replied with 8 points and 10 rebounds and forward Grace Fishbein (180-90) added 14 points in the effort for Memorial. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Acadia have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Memorial at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Mount Royal. Memorial will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Acadia will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Memorial in St. John's.
Top scorers:
Memorial: G.Fishbein 14+3reb+2ast, S.Amoah 13+5reb, S.Kavanagh 10+3reb+2ast, E.Jameson 8+10reb+1ast, K.Pond 4+1reb+1ast, K.Devison 4+3reb+1ast
Acadia: K.Moore 21+9reb+4ast, E.Nkosi 15+10reb+2ast, R.Sibo 14+4reb+2ast, L.Harris 11+9reb, R.Savage 5+3reb+1ast, A.Duinker 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 190844


Regina - Manitoba 83-32

Rather predictable result when second ranked Regina (4-1) rolled over at home 5th ranked Manitoba (2-3) 83-32 on Saturday. The game without a history. Regina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Manitoba to just 6 points in second quarter and to 14 points in first half. Regina held Manitoba to an opponent 17.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 50.8 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Manitoba 54-20 including a 43-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Michelle Clarke (170-88, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. The other American import guard Kehlsie Crone (175, college: Weber St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Regina players scored in double figures. Guard Stephanie Gill (170) replied with 15 points and forward Karina Patterson (178) added 5 points in the effort for Manitoba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Regina have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader UFV. Loser Manitoba keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Regina will face again Manitoba (#5) in Winnipeg in the next round.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: S.Gill 15+3reb+1ast, S.Carmona-Galdamez 6+1reb, K.Patterson 5+3reb, C.Fischer 2+4reb, S.Pyke 2+4reb, K.Drain 2+3reb
Regina: L.Ledingham 14+3reb+1ast, B.Read 14+5reb, M.Clarke 13+3reb+6ast, K.Crone 12+7reb+2ast, A.Kajati 8+5reb, N.Johnson 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 190843


St.Francis X. - UPEI 81-85

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers St.Francis Xavier (1-2) lost to eighth ranked UPEI (1-2) in Antigonish 81-85 on Saturday. Strangely St.Francis Xavier outrebounded UPEI 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Guard Jenna Jones (173) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Guard Nakita Newman (180) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four UPEI players scored in double figures. UPEI's coach Gould Greg used entire bench in such tough game. Lia Pierre replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds and center Kolbi Roper (185) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for St.Francis Xavier. UPEI left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated St.Francis Xavier. UPEI will face higher ranked Huskies in Halifax, NS in the next round. St.Francis Xavier will play at home against UNB (#8) in Fredericton.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: K.Roper 21+10reb, L.Pierre 16+19reb, L.Lessard 12+4reb, R.Sheehan 8+5reb+3ast, Q.Fong Lyew 8+1reb+1ast, J.Moore 8
UPEI: J.Jones 23+4reb, N.Newman 22+2reb, D.Macdonald 12+3reb, A.Gough 11+7reb, H.Jones 5, T.Herrick 4+1ast
gschID: 190845



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ZBL Round 11: Sokol Hradec Kralove loses to USK Praha in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

ZBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Praha. Leader host USK Praha (11-0) defeated second-ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-2) 86-81. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. USK Praha forced 19 Sokol Hradec Kralove turnovers. It was a great evening for American center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) who led her team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Jelena Skerovic (176-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) responded with 16 points and 5 assists. Undefeated USK Praha have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with IMOS Brno. USK Praha are looking forward to face bottom-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (#12) in Pardubice in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play on the road against the league's second-placed IMOS Brno (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Aldast Strakonice managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they outleveled eleventh-ranked BK Pliska Studanka 77-51. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Aldast Strakonice is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke, agency: Gamble Sports Management) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Zora Jileckova accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Aldast Strakonice's coach Eduard Gaisler felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Marketa Jedlickova (187-94) came up with 14 points for BK Pliska Studanka in the defeat. Aldast Strakonice (2-9) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with DSK Karlin. BK Pliska Studanka at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Aldast Strakonice will play against higher ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pliska Studanka will play against the league's leader USK Praha (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Praha was also quite interesting. 4th placed Kara Trutnov (7-4) played at the court of fifth ranked VSE Praha (7-4). VSE Praha managed to secure a 7-point victory 91-84 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Denisa Harapesova who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. VSE Praha's coach Jiri Barta used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Ambrosia Anderson produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for VSE Praha. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trutnov. VSE Praha's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha VS Praha.
Third ranked IMOS Brno (9-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Valosun Brno (4-7) by 47 points 100-53, which is the biggest margin this round. Tereza Peckova orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Valosun Brno's coach Marian Svoboda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for IMOS Brno. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hradec Kralove. Valosun Brno at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. IMOS Brno's next round opponent will be Sokol Hradec Kralove (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Valosun Brno will play against DSK Karlin (#11).

In the last two games of round 11 VS Praha won against DSK Karlin on the opponent's court 70-64. Lokomotiva unfortunately lost to Slovanka MB in a home game 76-83.


DSK Karlin - VS Praha 64-70

Very expected game when 10th ranked DSK Karlin (2-9) was defeated at home by sixth ranked VS Praha (6-5) 70-64. The guests were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-11 DSK Karlin's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-64 at the end of the game. American forward Marshae Dotson (180-87, college: Florida, agency: Merit Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Karolina Elhotova (182-92) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four VS Praha players scored in double figures. Ivana Helceletova (188-79) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Arnika Brown (187-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: LBM Management) added 5 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for DSK Karlin. DSK Karlin's coach Daniel Kurucz rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. VS Praha maintains sixth place with 6-5 record. DSK Karlin lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. VS Praha's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena VSE Praha.
Top scorers:
VS Praha: M.Dotson 18+14reb, K.Elhotova 15+3reb+1ast, A.Tarasava 10+5reb+1ast, A.Necaskova 10+3reb, L.Bartakova 7+5reb+1ast, P.Reisingerova 4+12reb+2ast
DSK Karlin: I.Helceletova 23+5reb+1ast, A.Hunkova 10+1reb, M.D'Amico 9+11reb+1ast, A.Skokanova 6+3reb, V.Bortelova 6+4reb+5ast, A.Brown 5+16reb+1ast
gschID: 183151


Strakonice - Pardubice 77-51

Bottom-ranked Aldast Strakonice managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they outleveled eleventh-ranked BK Pliska Studanka 77-51. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Aldast Strakonice is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Aldast Strakonice 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 BK Pliska Studanka's 22 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Aldast Strakonice forced 25 BK Pliska Studanka turnovers and outrebounded them 37-21 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke, agency: Gamble Sports Management) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Center Zora Jileckova (194-81) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Aldast Strakonice's coach Eduard Gaisler felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Marketa Jedlickova (187-94) came up with 14 points and point guard Barbora Habetinkova (168-89) added 8 points respectively for BK Pliska Studanka in the defeat. Aldast Strakonice (2-9) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with DSK Karlin. BK Pliska Studanka at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Aldast Strakonice will play against higher ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pliska Studanka will play against the league's leader USK Praha (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: S.Selby 20+4reb+1ast, K.Krizova 12+5reb+1ast, Z.Mracnova 10+1ast, Z.Jileckova 10+10reb, A.Jenistova 9+5reb, B.Thomas 6+6reb+3ast
Pardubice: M.Jedlickova 14+2reb, A.Pulpanova 9+2reb, B.Habetinkova 8+3reb+1ast, M.Pavlasova 8+3reb, N.Dvorakova 6+3reb+2ast, H.Kramperova 2+2reb
gschID: 183148


Lokomotiva - Slovanka MB 76-83

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Basket Slovanka MB (4-7) defeated on the road 7th ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (4-7) 83-76. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 38-30 second half run of Basket Slovanka MB. It was a great shooting night for Basket Slovanka MB especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American guard Porchia Green (180-87, college: Ball St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Center Linda Tesarikova (178-78) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irish guard Orla O'Reilly (182-90, college: Binghamton) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jitka Eisnerova (182-84) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary. Four Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary players scored in double figures. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basket Slovanka MB moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lokomotiva and Valosun Brno. Basket Slovanka MB's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kara Trutnov (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: P.Green 22+10reb+3ast, L.Tesarikova 18+7reb, T.Trebec 12+4reb, M.Uhrova 9+2reb+1ast, J.Budimir 8+4reb, H.Nezdarilova 6+5ast
Lokomotiva: O.O'Reilly 18+9reb, J.Eisnerova 12+6reb+4ast, J.Milovanovic 12+3reb+3ast, S.Kucerova 12+5reb+2ast, K.Carter 8+2reb+4ast, B.Eglite 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 183147


VSE Praha - Trutnov 91-84

The game in Praha was also quite interesting. 4th placed Kara Trutnov (7-4) played at the court of fifth ranked VSE Praha (7-4). VSE Praha managed to secure a 7-point victory 91-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 50-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. VSE Praha made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Kara Trutnov turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Denisa Harapesova (168-90) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Darina Johnova (178-85) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. VSE Praha's coach Jiri Barta used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-84, college: BYU) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and international swingman Katerina Hindrakova (176-88) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for VSE Praha. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trutnov. VSE Praha's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha VS Praha.
Top scorers:
VSE Praha: D.Harapesova 22+6reb+6ast, D.Johnova 21+6reb+2ast, L.Sipova 16+5reb+1ast, E.Horakova 11+4reb+1ast, B.Lowenthal 8+9reb+2ast, A.Filarova 4
Trutnov: K.Hindrakova 20+3reb, M.Steffanova 19+3reb, A.Anderson 18+9reb+5ast, P.Zaplatova 17+3reb+3ast, A.Vackova 8+6reb, E.Sara Greer 2+6reb
gschID: 183152


IMOS Brno - Valosun Brno 100-53

Third ranked IMOS Brno (9-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Valosun Brno (4-7) by 47 points 100-53, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. IMOS Brno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Valosun Brno's 40. IMOS Brno forced 19 Valosun Brno turnovers and outrebounded them 53-26 including a 26-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. IMOS Brno players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Valosun Brno's players. International forward Tereza Peckova (189-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Nicole Ohlde (193-82, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. Five IMOS Brno players scored in double figures. American guard Ashleigh Fontenette (172-89, college: Texas) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Eva Mrhalkova (175-88) added 15 points in the effort for Valosun Brno. Valosun Brno's coach Marian Svoboda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for IMOS Brno. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hradec Kralove. Valosun Brno at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. IMOS Brno's next round opponent will be Sokol Hradec Kralove (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Valosun Brno will play against DSK Karlin (#11).
Top scorers:
IMOS Brno: T.Peckova 21+11reb+3ast, N.Ohlde 19+7reb+2ast, V.Vlkova 18+3reb+4ast, A.Jurcenkova 10+8reb+3ast, H.Horakova 10+9reb+6ast, B.Kasparkova 8+3reb+1ast
Valosun Brno: A.Fontenette 16+7reb+2ast, E.Mrhalkova 15+1reb+1ast, P.Svrdlikova 9+3reb, I.Borecka 7+3reb, K.Sedlakova 2+5reb+2ast, B.Danihlikova 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 183150


USK Praha - Hradec Kralove 86-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Praha. Leader host USK Praha (11-0) defeated second-ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-2) 86-81. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. USK Praha forced 19 Sokol Hradec Kralove turnovers. It was a great evening for American center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) who led her team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Jelena Skerovic (176-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) responded with 16 points and 5 assists and Slovakian point guard Darina Misurova (163-81) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four USK Praha and five Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. USK Praha have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with IMOS Brno. USK Praha are looking forward to face bottom-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (#12) in Pardubice in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play on the road against the league's second-placed IMOS Brno (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: K.Vaughn 17+8reb, R.Brunson 13+4reb, J.Skerovic 13+6reb+5ast, A.De Forge 11+1reb+1ast, K.Elhotova 9+2reb+1ast, I.Burgrova 9+8reb+2ast
Hradec Kralove: D.Misurova 17+2reb+4ast, M.Hartigova 16+3reb+5ast, M.Stara 16+1reb+2ast, T.Kuthanova 11+5reb+1ast, K.Pochobradska 10+11reb+1ast, K.Rosenbaumova 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 183149



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SM-sarja Round 12: Catz Lappeenranta defeats Torpan Pojat in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Catz Lappeenranta (10-0) which hosted in Lappeenranta 4th ranked Torpan Pojat (6-4). Top-ranked Catz Lappeenranta had an easy win 90-49. The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Catz Lappeenranta forced 20 Torpan Pojat turnovers and outrebounded them 50-26 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Anni Makitalo (175-91) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Catz Lappeenranta's coach Mika Haakana felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Torpan Pojat. Undefeated Catz Lappeenranta have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Huima. Catz Lappeenranta are looking forward to face Peli-Karhut (#3) in Kotka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 12 HoNsU was smashed by PeKa on the road 91-55. HyPo was destroyed by Huima on its own court 54-76.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 15 points and 16 rebounds by Miriam McKenzie of PeKa.


PeKa - HoNsU 91-55

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Peli-Karhut (7-3) crushed 7th ranked HoNsU (4-5) in Kotka 91-55 on Sunday. The game without a history. Peli-Karhut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to HoNsU's 34. Peli-Karhut forced 19 HoNsU turnovers and outrebounded them 53-36 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Miriam McKenzie (177-90, college: Loyola, MD) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import swingman Korinne Campbell (182-88, college: W.Virginia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Peli-Karhut players scored in double figures. Peli-Karhut's coach Seppo Kurki felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Laura Lahtinen (174-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Nia Jackson (170-89, college: Oregon, agency: Gamble Sports Management) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for HoNsU. Peli-Karhut have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 7-3 record having just three points less than leader Catz. HoNsU at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Peli-Karhut are looking forward to face league's leader Catz Lappeenranta at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. HoNsU will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
HoNsU: L.Lahtinen 14+10reb, B.Davis 13+1reb+1ast, T.Lepisto 8+5reb+1ast, N.Jackson 7+6reb+3ast, M.Jantti 5+6reb, K.Lind 4+3reb+2ast
PeKa: K.Campbell 22+10reb, R.Piipari 15+4reb+9ast, M.McKenzie 15+16reb+2ast, N.Byrd 15+10reb+3ast, L.Lehtoranta 13+4reb, K.Hook 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 194825


Catz - ToPo 90-49

An interesting game for Catz Lappeenranta (10-0) which hosted in Lappeenranta 4th ranked Torpan Pojat (6-4). Top-ranked Catz Lappeenranta had an easy win 90-49. The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Catz Lappeenranta forced 20 Torpan Pojat turnovers and outrebounded them 50-26 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Anni Makitalo (175-91) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. Catz Lappeenranta's coach Mika Haakana felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Kaisa Valtakari (177-87, college: Dowling) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Catz Lappeenranta have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Huima. Catz Lappeenranta are looking forward to face Peli-Karhut (#3) in Kotka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ToPo: N.Laaksonen 12+6reb+1ast, K.Valtakari 12+5reb, V.Kesanen 11+1reb+4ast, V.Holtta 7+5reb+1ast, J.Dolivo 3+2reb, H.Valkeinen 2+3reb
Catz: C.Jones 21+9reb+1ast, A.Makitalo 17+3reb+1ast, A.Anderson 10+7reb+1ast, J.Reshetko 10+11reb, K.Summala 9+1reb, L.Aaltonen 6+2reb
gschID: 194824


HyPo - Huima 54-76

Rather expected game when 9th ranked HyPo (1-9) was smashed at home by sixth ranked Aanekosken (6-4) 76-54 on Saturday. Aanekosken forced 22 HyPo turnovers. It was a good game for American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import swingman