EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/21/2012 4:04:01 AM

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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Apolonia 0-0 
 2. B. Tirana 0-0 
 3. Elbasani 0-0 
 4. Flamurtari 0-0 
 5. Kamza Basket 0-0 
 6. Partizani Tirana 0-0 
 7. SK Tirana 0-0 
 8. Skenderbeu 0-0 
 9. Studenti 0-0 
 10. Teuta Durres 0-0 
 11. U.A.T. 0-0 
 12. Vllaznia Shk. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 25: Flamurtari - Apolonia
Nov. 25: SK Tirana - Studenti
Nov. 25: Skenderbeu - B. Tirana
Nov. 25: Kamza Basket - Partizani Tirana
Nov. 25: U.A.T. - Teuta Durres
Nov. 25: Vllaznia Shk. - Elbasani



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  ANTIGUA   


Julius Hodge is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) added to their roster 29-year old Antiguan ex-international guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: North Carolina State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Hodge played last summer at Jiangsu in Chinese NBL league. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.6ppg, 18.6rpg, 7.3apg, 2.7spg and 1.0bpg.
In 2005 Hodge was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) in first round (20th overall). The former North Carolina State standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Hodge won Chinese NBL championship title in 2011.
He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year in 2011. Hodge represented Antigua at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-4 (18.2ppg), 7.6rpg, Assists-3 (4.4apg), Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 45.6%, FT: 57.6%.
Hodge is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Australia, Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Iran (Petrochimi), Italy, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Caciques), Venezuela (Marinos and Trotamundos) and Vietnam (Saigon Heat).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  APBL   

Standings

ABPL Standings
N Eastern Division
 1. Brooklyn F. 0-0 
 2. NYC 524 0-0 
 3. NYC Jaguars 0-0 
 4. Tri-State E. 0-0 
N Gateway Division
 1. Hudson Valley 0-0 
 2. Manhattan P. 0-0 
 3. North Jersey P. 0-0 
 4. Palmieri Jeans 0-0 
S Colonial Division
 1. Bay Area Sh. 0-0 
 2. NoVa Hawks 0-0 
 3. Winchester S. 0-0 
S Patriot Division
 1. Beltway B. 0-0 
 2. Capital City E. 0-0 
 3. M. All-Stars 0-0 
 4. Rockville V. 0-0 


ROCKVILLE VICTORS VICTORIOUS THE SECOND TIME AROUND - by Calvin Brown

The Rockville Victors got their revenge from and earlier defeat from the Metropolitan All-Stars by downing the visitors 99 86. The Victors were led in scoring by their hot shooting guard tandem of Dele Ojo and Anthony Williams, both had 20 points, mostly on long range shots. Tarvares Cooper and Pierre Johnson chipped in with 15 and 13 points respectively. The shorthanded All-Stars were led in scoring by Terrance Carter and Antwon Hawkins with 16 points each followed by Cedric Stewart with 15 points. The APBL will be off until the weekend after the Thanksgiving Holiday


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA last transactions - by Facundo Iatzky

Banda Norte announced they agreed terms with Daniel Horace (200-F-83, college: Miami, OH), who will make his debut in Argentina. He will replace Derrick Miller who had an important injury. Also Banda Norte made a change in their coach staff, firing Fabian Lopez, and hiring Gabriel Picatto.
La Union Colon signed Kevin Nelson, who came from Uruguay and already made his debut last night in the victory over San isidro. He had played last season in argentina representing La union formosa in Liga de las Americas. He replaces Scott rodgers, who was cut.



TNA round 3 (second stage) - by Facundo Iatzky

There were no surprises in the round 3 of TNA. In the north zone, unbeaten team San Martin Corrientes was the only winner on the road this round, while the second one Estudiantes concordia got an easy victory. La union Colon beat San Isidro in the TV game of the week in a high score game (104-94).
In the south zone, Sport club won to ciclista juninense in the game of the round with a surprising result due to the difference in the score (92-67). Alianza Viedma won too and remains in the top of the standings.
Most outstanding player of the round: Albert White (197-G/F-77, college: Missouri) of Rocamora: 36 pts 13 reb (11/15 FG)
other best performances:
Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey) of huracan 22 pts 12 reb
Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) of Estudiantes C 23 pts 10 reb
Roberto Lopez of sport club 20 pts 10 reb
Robert Brown of Alvear 24 pts 5 reb



South American League 2012: The three-time defending champs of the NBL won the opener - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Regatas Corrientes 88:85

The three-time defending champs of the NBL won the opener of the Semifinal Stage of the South American League 2012. Penarol overcame Regatas Corrientes 88:85 in the Argentinial battle.
Penarol erupted with 27-12 in the first period and led 13 points at the halftime. The victory however was not that easy for them as Regatas Corrientes responded with another two victories in the second half. They won the third period 30-21 and reduced to final 3 points after 29-28 in the last quarter.
David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) posted 18. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) and Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) delivered 14 points each. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) scored 24 points in defeat, while Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) posted 20. Javier Martinez (189-G/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) ended up with 14 points and Nicolas Romano (199-F/C-87) tossed in 10.
Tomorrow, Penarol faces Libertad, while Regatas will take on Obras Sanitarias.

Penarol: David Teague 19, Marcos Mata 18, Facundo Campazzo 14, Leonardo Gutierrez 14
Regatas Corrientes: Tony Washam 24, Paolo Quinteros 20, Javier Martinez 14, Nicolas Romano 10



South American League 2012: Obras Sanitarias beat Libertad Sunchales in the Semifinal Stage - by Eurobasket News

Obras Sanitarias-Libertad Sunchales 87:74

Obras Sanitarias beat Libertad Sunchales in the Semifinal Stage of the South American League 2012. Obras won 87:74 in the game between two Argentinean sides.
Obras Sanitarias took the lead in the opening tip and won the first period 16-12. They increased to 11 points at the end of the half after 23-16 in the second period. Moreover Obras needed 21-18 in the third quarter to take 14-point advantage after 3 quarters. Libertad Sunchales answered with 28-27 in the last stanza to reduce to final 13 points.
Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) paced all the winners with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyler Field (205-C-78, college: San Diego) had 16. Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) scored 13 and Alejandro Konsztadt (191-G-89) added 9. Diego Garcia (190-G-79) finished the game wtih 18 points in defeat, while Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) added 13. Marcos Saglietti (190-G-86) produced 11 and Jonatan Treise (186-PG-85) added 10.

Obras Sanitarias: Juan Gutierrez 27+10 rebs, Tyler Field 16, Pablo Espinoza 13, Alejandro Konsztadt 9
Libertad Sunchales: Diego Garcia 18, Alejandro Alloatti 13, Marcos Saglietti 11, Jonatan Treise 10



Argentino cut Zampier - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) cut 24-year old American guard Alex Zampier (191-88, college: Yale). In two LigaA  games he played this season he averaged just 2.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
Two years ago Zampier was drafted by New Mexico Thunderbirds (D-League) in eighth round (15th overall).
He attended Yale University until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Zampier received All-Ivy League 2nd Team award in 2010 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRALIA   


Crocs sign Nevill - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Townsville Crocodiles have confirmed they have agreed to terms with Australian centre Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) as their new 11th rostered player for the 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship season.

Crocs chairman George Colbran yesterday told the Townsville Bulletin that the club was looking at an additional signing as a way of addressing the teams rebounding woes that had contributed to Townsvilles disastrous 0-9 start to the season.

"We could bring in another player in an area where we are deficient, and the one area we're obviously deficient is rebounding," Colbran said.

"No one's job is in jeopardy. We could bring in another player and have 11 players."

"Ten players would have to travel on the road and we could have 11 at home."

News of Nevills agreement with the club leaked out on Wednesday morning and Colbran confirmed that former Perth Wildcats and Melbourne Tigers centre would be that 11th man via his Twitter account.

Luke Nevill has agreed to terms with the Crocodiles, Colbran tweeted.

The 218cm Nevill played 52 games in the NBL for the Wildcats and Tigers averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He was a member of the Perth team that finished runners-up last season before heading to the US and pursuing an NBA contract. He trialled with the Indiana Pacers but was unable to make the final roster.



Crocodiles land Luke Nevill - by Eurobasket News

Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) tabbed 26-year old former Australian international center Luke Nevill (218-120kg-86, college: Utah). He already started the season at Indiana Pacers in the NBA. He played in the final of Australian NBL.
Nevill received MWC Player of the Year award and MWC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Nevill was a member of Australian Senior National Team in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Russia (Triumph Lyubertsy), Australia (Melbourne Tigers and Perth Wildcats) and D-League (Utah Flash).
Nevill attended University of Utah until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


UBSC Graz tabs Miljan Markovic - by Eurobasket Center

UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (A Bundesliga) officially signed 20-year old Bosnian Miljan Markovic (92). He has played for the last two years at Helios in Slovenian Telemach League. In 10 Adriatic League games last season he averaged 3.5ppg and 2.8rpg. Markovic also played 10 games in Telemach League where he had 3.3ppg and 2.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals of Slovenian League.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Nov. 20: Mornar Bar - Kumanovo 92-71

B

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

Round 2

Nov. 21: Teodo Tivat - Rilski Sportist

Round 8

Nov. 27: Mornar Bar - Djuro Djakovic



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  BELGIUM   


EuroCup: Buducnost prevail against Spirou on the road - by Eurobasket News

Spirou - Buducnost 53:66

Buducnost raced to the second win in EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin team overcame Beglacom Spirou away from home to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Spirou suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from the visitors.
Buducnost and Spirou stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The teams entered the second frame tied at 14. The visitors pulled ahead in the second quarter. Buducnost accounted for a 33:25 halftime advantage. Spirou failed to threaten the margin in the third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 52:43. Buducnost limited Spirou at just 10 points in the fourth stanza and escaped with victory at the end. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points, while Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points each in the win. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Spirou. Justin Hamilton (190-G-80, college: Florida) netted 10 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spirou: Nikola Jankovic 15, Justin Hamilton 10
Buducnost: Dee Bost 13, Nikola Ivanovic 11, Gerald Lee 10, Cedomir Vitkovac 10



EuroChallenge: Mons-Hainaut celebrated a tough win in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

BCMU Pitesti- Mons-Hainaut 73:78

Mons-Hainaut celebrated a tough win in Pitesti at EuroChallenge Round 3. The Belgian team improved to 2-1 record in Group E after a 78:73 win. The Romanian side meanwhile remained with no victories on the bottom of the group.
BCMU Pitesti produced a 14-10 surge in the first period but another 14 points in the second period were not enough to win the first half. Mons-Hainaut replied with 26 points in the second frame and grabbed 36:28 lead at the halftime. The teams later exchanged the victories in the second half, while Donte Gennie (185-PG-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia South) reduced to 75:73 with a minute to go. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) however closed the game from the free throw line for the final result.
Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) posted 15. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) notched 14, while Jonathan Wallace scored 11. Donte Gennie paced all the winners 21 points in defeat and Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) had 20. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) posted 12, while Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) finished the game with 8.

BCMU Pitesti: Donte Gennie 21, Pankracije Barac 20, Drasko Albijanic 12, Damien Kinloch 8
Mons-Hainaut: Josh Bostic 16, Quincy Taylor 15, Monwell Randle 14, Jonathan Wallace 11



EuroChallenge: Paris Levallois cruise past Okapi Aalstar after a strong second half - by Eurobasket News

Okapi Aalstar-Paris Levallois 76:86

Paris Levallois cruise past Okapi Aalstar after a strong second half in Group E of EuroChallenge. The French side trailed 16 points at the halftime but managed to win the game, 86:76.
Okapi Aalstar won the first period 24-13 and added 21-16 for 45:29 at the break but came out sluggish during the second half and it proved costly. Paris Levallois looked better in the second half and posted two victories in the third and the last quarters. The French side erupted with 24-8 in the third period and finished the game with 33-23 in the final period.
Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) nailed 21. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 19, while Ndoye added 6. Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) notched 16. Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) produced 13, while Tofi and Larry Anderson (195-G, college: Long Beach St.) added 12 apiece.

Okapi Aalstar: Thomas Dreesen 17, Derek Raivio 16, Jason Clark 13, Tofi 12, Larry Anderson 12
Paris Levallois: Jawad Williams 25, Antoine Diot 21, Sean May 19, Ndoye 6



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  BOSNIA   


UBSC Graz tabs Miljan Markovic - by Greg

UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (A Bundesliga) officially signed 20-year old Bosnian Miljan Markovic (92). He has played for the last two years at Helios in Slovenian Telemach League. In 10 Adriatic League games last season he averaged 3.5ppg and 2.8rpg. Markovic also played 10 games in Telemach League where he had 3.3ppg and 2.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals of Slovenian League.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


Forward Thiago Mathias sign with Joinville - by Paulo Freire

Now it's official, the forward Thiago Mathias (206-F-89, college: N.Mexico JC) who was playing in Campo Mourao team at the Parana State Championship have agreed with a new team and is the newest player of Cia do Terno/Romaco/Joinville basketball.

With 2.06 m tall, Thiago Mathias arrived in Campo Mouro in November 2010 and won the Brazil Cup South Region. The player will join the team tomorrow, wednesday (11/21).

The 23-year old player, is known in national basketball scenery, he already has gone through teams such as So Jose dos Campos, Paulistano and America do Rio Preto.





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Aldo Curti selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge). He contributed to Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (1-1) 80-68 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. Curti scored 9 points in 18 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (2-0) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Curti's first season with the team. This year he averages: 10.0ppg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 41.7% and FT: 57.1% in the two games he played so far. Curti has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team one years ago.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan). He led Shiga L-Stars to a 2-point victory over the fifth-ranked Shimane Magic (7-5) 74-72 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. Aboya was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Shiga Lakestars (6-6) are placed sixth in Western group. 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. This year Aboya's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 39.8% and FT: 67.9% in the 12 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland). Towa led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the fifth-ranked JyWe (5-4) 82-77 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Towa recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Kerava Energia Team (6-3) is placed second in Division B. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. Towa is currently third on the list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Towa averages: 19.3ppg, 13.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1bpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(62-112), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 55.6%. He played for the Cameroonian national team one years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #4. Power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Miami, FL in their last game. Despite Kadji's good performance the Miami, FL lost 51-63 on the road to the Florida Gulf Coast University. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Kadji has very impressive stats this year: 19.3ppg, 13.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1bpg and 1.8spg in the nine games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #5. International forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help New Yorker Phantoms (2-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite NaNa's good performance New Yorker Phantoms was defeated 85-80 in Tuebingen by the higher-ranked Walter Tigers (#13). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. NaNa also added 4 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. NaNa has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #6. Power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France) managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket to win against the closely-ranked Strasbourg IG (4-3) 63-61 in the French ProA last Saturday. Samnick recorded only 2 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Chorale de Roanne Basket (3-4) is placed 11th in the ProA. Samnick's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.6apg. He is international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team one years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #7. International forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Wake Forest in their game against the Iona College (0-0) in the NCAA. Arnaud Adala scored 7 points in 16 minutes. The Wake Forest was crushed 94-68 in New Rochelle, NY by the Iona College. This year Arnaud Adala's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.6apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

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

   #1. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) led Energy Invest to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked TSU (1-4) 90-72 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. Toudjani scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. Toudjani's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.

   #2. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in a Kerava Energia Team's victory against the fifth-ranked JyWe (5-4) 82-77 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. Mua scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (6-3) is placed second in Division B. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Mua has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6bpg and 1.9spg in the nine games he played so far.

   #3. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help STB Le Havre (2-5) to beat Entente Orleans 45 (2-5). Pitard recorded only 4 points. STB Le Havre was defeated 89-75 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (#15). It was STB Le Havre's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Pitard has been at the team for six years. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg. Pitard has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #4. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Harvard in their game against the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 25 minutes. The Harvard was edged 67-64 in Amherst, MA by the University of Massachusetts. Moundou-Missi has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg in the seven games.

   #5. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the Dalhousie University (3-0) in their game against the Varsity Reds (1-3) in the Canadian university league CIS. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Dalhousie University (#3) was defeated 65-52 in Fredericton, NB by the Varsity Reds. Yengue has been at the team for four years. Yengue has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Santa Clara's victory against the Saint Louis University 74-62 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. Atanga has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3spg in the three games.

   #7. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lille Metropole in their game against Denain Voltaire in the French ProB (second division). He recorded only 4 points. His team was edged in an overtime 86-85. MBida has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #8. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Air Avellino in their game against Angelico Biella in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Biligha scored only 1 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team lost 74-82. He has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 1.1rpg in the eight games. Biligha is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #9. Experienced Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (186-PG-75, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Spot Up Medien Baskets in their game against Hannover Tigers in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Njoya Nken scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 84-71. He has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.3apg. Njoya Nken has both Cameroonian and Canadian nationalities.

   #10. Dominique Behohn-Tolly (198-F-89, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the N.Carolina A&T in their game against the University of Cincinnati in the NCAA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Behohn-Tolly recorded only 2 points. His team was crushed by 54 points 93-39. He has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.3apg in the eight games.



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  CANADA   


Samuel Dalembert selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the New Orleans Hornets (3-5) 117-113 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Dalembert recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have a solid 6-3 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. Dalembert has relatively good stats this year: 7.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(29-43) and FT: 81.8% in the nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert played for the Canadian senior national team four years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Thompson's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 86-79 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Thompson has relatively solid stats: 9.7ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.2% and FT: 55.3%. He played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Blusens Monbus' victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (5-3) 77-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kendall scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (5-3) is placed ninth in the ACB. Kendall is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kendall averages: 16.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3bpg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 68.3% in the eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish. Kendall played for the Canadian national team one years ago.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #4. Guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to a 3-point Khimik's victory against the fourth-ranked JDA Dijon (0-2) 76-73 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. He scored 12 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (2-0) is placed second in group D. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Joseph's first season with the team. Joseph has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #5. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) in their game against Lokomotiv (4-2) in the VTB United League. Landry scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. The sixth-placed Triumph Lyubertsy lost 65-74 in Kuban to the higher-ranked (#4) Lokomotiv in the group B of VTB United League. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Landry is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 8.2rpg. He also averaged so far 9.8ppg and 1.2spg in the six games. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #6. Forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) contributed to Leiden's victory against the league leader Den Bosch (8-1) 64-59 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (7-2) is placed second in the Eredivisie. Bekkering's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg in the nine games. He is a former university international player as he played for the Canadian team three years ago.

Brady Heslip
Brady Heslip
   #7. International guard Brady Heslip (188-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the St.John's University 97-78 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Heslip recorded 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Baylor University has conference record this season. Heslip averaged so far 10.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Carl English
Carl English
   #8. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (5-3) 85-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. English scored 8 points in 21 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (5-3) is placed eighth in the ACB. English is the league's top scorer with 16.6ppg. This year he also averages: 3.3rpg and 1.8apg in the eight games. English used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #9. International forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Targu Mures (6-2) 93-75 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He scored 19 points in 29 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (6-2) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Shepherd is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 20.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 2.1spg in the seven games. Shepherd used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
   #10. Center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's victory against the tenth-ranked Telekom Baskets (4-4) 100-87 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Eisbaeren Bremerhavenis placed fourth in the BBL. Morrison's stats this season are: 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently studies in the States) helped UNLV win their game against the Northern Arizona University crushing them 92-54 in the NCAA last Monday. He recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Bennett averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg in the six games. He used to play for the Canadian U17 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-92, is currently at the American university) helped Kentucky win their game against the Lafayette College crushing them 101-49 in the NCAA on Friday night. Wiltjer scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Wiltjer averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to secure a victory for Elektra (3-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Elektra was edged 76-73 in Domzale by the higher-ranked Helios (#3). Collins scored 12 points. Collins is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6bpg. Collins used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. U19 international forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Dayton win their game against the Boston College 87-71 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Pierre scored 23 points and added 3 passes. His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6bpg. Pierre used to play for the Canadian U19 national team last year.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Tyrone Watson (196-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the Southeastern Louisiana University crushing them 81-56 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Watson recorded 24 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6bpg. Watson used to play for the Canadian U18 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (3-7) in their last game. Despite Nicholson's good performance the Orlando Magic lost 89-99 on the road to the New York Knicks. He scored 11 points in only a mere 10 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Nicholson's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 2.5rpg in the 10 games he played so far.

   #2. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (8-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 92-87 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. Bonner scored 10 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Bonner's seventh season with the team. This year he averages only 4.1ppg. Bonner is a naturalized American.

   #3. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in Byblos' victory against the closely-ranked Antranik (1-3) 94-80 in the Lebanese Division A last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. Fraser also added 3 blocks. Byblos (2-2) is placed sixth in the Division A. Fraser is the league's best rebounder and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Fraser averages: 16.5ppg, 16.5rpg and 1.8bpg.

   #4. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BK Pardubice to an easy victory against the league outsider BK Lions Hradec (2-9) 79-61 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He scored 15 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. BK JIP Pardubice (6-4) is placed fifth in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Muirhead is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the N.Mexico St. in their game against the Niagara University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Mullings recorded 26 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. But the N.Mexico St. was edged 86-83 in Niagara University by the Niagara University. Mullings averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1bpg in the nine games.

   #6. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Romania) led CSM Bucuresti to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Targu Mures 93-75 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Sir averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg.

   #7. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Anibal crushing them 119-72 in the Lebanese Division A in Sunday night's game. Mahmoud recorded 8 points and added 7 passes in 16 minutes. Mahmoud belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 5.3apg. He also averaged so far 8.0ppg and 2.8rpg in the four games. Mahmoud is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #8. Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, currently studies in the States) led Texas Tech to an easy victory against the University of Nebraska at Omaha crushing them 91-63 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Kravic's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6bpg in the five games. He has both Serbian and Canadian nationalities.

   #9. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91, is currently at the American university) led Iowa St. to an easy victory against the University of Alabama A&M crushing them 98-40 in the NCAA last Monday. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ejim also added 2 blocks in 26 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6bpg in the five games.

   #10. Tut Ruach (188-G-85, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Nassjo in their game against Boras Basket in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Ruach also added 4 assists in 26 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 18 points 103-85. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg in the 10 games.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (3-3) to beat Khimky (4-2). Sato scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. But the third-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was edged 71-70 on the road by the leading Khimky in the group A of Euroleague. It's Sato's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(15-27), 3FGP: 33.3% in the five games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team one years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He was not able to help STB Le Havre (2-5) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (2-5) in the French ProA. Kouguere recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. STB Le Havre was defeated 89-75 in Orleans by the one of league's weakest teams Entente 45 (#15). It was STB Le Havre's fifth consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kouguere has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(26-45), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 75.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2011.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86, currently plays in Cyprus). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Omonia (3-1) crushing them 102-74 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. Mokongo recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (3-1) is placed second in the Division A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Mokongo has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(14-21) and FT: 57.1% in the four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Despite Mokongo played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Central African national team in 2011.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #4. An experienced forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Strasbourg IG (4-3) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (3-4) in the French ProA. Zianveni's contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Strasbourg IG was edged 63-61 in Roanne by the lower-ranked Chorale de (#11). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Zianveni's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 4.4rpg. He has both Central African and French nationalities. Zianveni used to play for the Central African national team last year.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Berck in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (185-G-86) plays for Vanves in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Teddy Sokambi (188-G-79) plays for Rodez in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM3



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Dimayor Finals: Liceo Mixto vs Universidad de Concepcion - by Daniel Valencia

Once again, CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes and CD Universidad de Concepcion will face in the Finals. Liceo won the series against Catolica 2-1, with a 91-71 victory in game 3 led by the center Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC), who finished the night with 25 points. Universidad de Concepcion overcame a 1-0 deficit in the series and won both games on the road against San Fernando. In the 65-61 victory of game 3, the shooting guard Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) led the way with 24 points.

Game 1 of the Finals will be played next saturday in Los Andes, the home of the first seed CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes





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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 5-0 
 2. Dubrava 3-1 
 3. Maksimir 3-1 
 4. Samobor 3-2 
 5. Sanac Karl. 3-2 
 6. Zrinjevac 3-3 
 7. Gorica 2-2 
 8. Rudes 2-3 
 9. Bosco 1-3 
 10. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
 11. Kaptol 0-4 
 12. Mladost Z.(C) 0-4 
Group East
 1. Belisce 5-0 
 2. Vinkovci 4-0 
 3. Vukovar 4-1 
 4. Vrijednosnice 2-1 
 5. Meteor D. 2-2 
 6. Pozega 1-3 
 7. Zupanja 1-3 
 8. Virovitica 0-4 
 9. Olimp Inspekt 0-5 
Group North
 1. Mladost D.(N) 5-0 
 2. Graficar 4-1 
 3. Medjimurje C. 4-1 
 4. Podravac Virje 4-1 
 5. Bjelovar 3-2 
 6. Cakovec 3-2 
 7. Petar Zrinski 2-3 
 8. Radnik 2-3 
 9. Vindija V. 2-3 
 10. Ivancica 1-4 
 11. Koprivnica 0-5 
 12. Rudar-Cimper 0-5 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 6-0 
 2. Kastela 6-0 
 3. Puntamika 6-0 
 4. Jazine 3-3 
 5. Sukosan 3-3 
 6. Solin 3-3 
 7. Policnik 3-3 
 8. DOSK 2-4 
 9. Omis Galeb 1-5 
 10. Metkovic 1-5 
 11. Trogir 1-5 
 12. Cetina 1-5 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 4-1 
 2. Pula 1981 4-1 
 3. Crikvenica 4-1 
 4. Zamet 3-2 
 5. Stoja Pula 2-2 
 6. Kastav 2-2 
 7. Ucka 0-1 
 8. Otocac 0-2 
 9. Rovinj 0-3 
 10. Ghia Staff 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 7

Center

Nov. 24: Sanac Karl. - Kaptol
Nov. 24: Mladost Z.(C) - Zrinjevac
Nov. 24: Sus.-Moslavina - Gorica
Nov. 24: Bosco - Samobor
Nov. 24: Rudes - Dubrava
Nov. 24: Maksimir - Hermes Anal.
Nov. 25: Sus.-Moslavina - Bosco

East

Nov. 24: Meteor D. - Vrijednosnice
Nov. 24: Olimp Inspekt - Pozega
Nov. 24: Virovitica - Meteor D.
Nov. 24: Zupanja - Belisce

North

Nov. 24: Graficar - Cakovec
Nov. 24: Vindija V. - Mladost D.(N)
Nov. 24: Medjimurje C. - Podravac Virje
Nov. 24: Radnik - Koprivnica
Nov. 24: Bjelovar - Ivancica
Nov. 24: Rudar-Cimper - Petar Zrinski

South

Nov. 24: Policnik - Metkovic
Nov. 24: Puntamika - GKK Sibenik
Nov. 24: Trogir - Sukosan
Nov. 24: Kastela - Jazine
Nov. 24: Solin - Omis Galeb
Nov. 24: Cetina - DOSK

West

Nov. 24: Ghia Staff - Stoja Pula
Nov. 24: Rovinj - Kastav
Nov. 24: Zamet - Ucka
Nov. 24: Skrljevo - Otocac
Nov. 24: Crikvenica - Pula 1981


Jaksa Vulic takes over Cedevita after Maljkovic's walkout - by Dajana Karl

As reported yesterday, KK Cedevita Zagreb's head coach Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances ) made a sudden decision to leave the club right before KK Cedevita Zagreb's important game against EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, which was confirmed at the yesterday's press conference by KK Cedevita Zagreb's Sports Director Matej Mamic: "Today, around 11 am, I've received a call from Ivo Nakic, manager of the coach Maljkovic, who said to me that the coach quits from further involvement in KK Cedevita Zagreb, which unpleasantly surprised me because of the previous conversations with the coach I couldn't believe that this could happen.Of course, I called him later and in a conversation with him, I saw that simply he doesn't have the strength nor the desire to continue to lead KK Cedevita Zagreb."

Mamic also announced temporary and potentially permanent Maljkovic's replacement. "As for the future leadership of the club, Jaksa Vulic is the coach and he will lead the club in further period. Of course, until we don't sit down and see what are we going to do." - Mamic said.

Coach Vulic also commented this sudden situation: "I must say that this situation is for me, the entire club, and I believe for you too, is very surprising. Too little time has passed that I could now talk about it some more. Situation is as it is, we must prepare for EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, and there's not too much time. The game is very important and we have to fly to adapt to new circumstances. What will be the reaction of the team, we can only speculate. I hope the reaction will be positive and that we will in these two games that are waiting for us provide a good game."

KK Cedevita Zagreb's SG Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) also showed up at the conference and said: " I just found out the coach's decision. I'm surprised, but in sport this happens, especially when it comes to coaches. It's always the hardest job to be a coach. One day you're here, another you're not. We, as a team, now must get together and concentrate on the games."




Coach Maljkovic leaves Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

60-year old Serbian coach Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances) left KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1). He helped them to make it to the supercup final.
Maljkovic received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year award back in 2005. He used to coach Slovenian National Team back in 2011.
Maljkovic is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in France, Greece, Russia and Spain (Unicaja Malaga).

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Marcus Goree leads Cholet to the opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Cholet 90:95

Cholet clinched the opening win in EuroCup season. The French team stole a narrow victory over Cibona in Zagreb. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) delivered 20 points and 7 boards to pace the winners.
Cholet Basket claimed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The French stayed dominant in the second quarter. They accumulated a 47:36 halftime lead. Cibona however tuned in after the big break. The hosts poured in 28 points in the third term to trim the deficit at 5-point mark. Cibona and Cholet exchanged baskets throughout the final frame. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) put the hosts within three with 38 seconds remaining. But Marcs Goree sank two free throws, while A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87, college: W.Kentucky) and Obasohan added two more as Cholet escaped with victory at the end. Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds, while A.J. Slaughter had 18 points and 6 assists in the win. Andrija Zizic answered with 24 points for Cibona. Davor Kus (192-G-78, agency: Interperformances) had 24 points in the loss.

Cibona: Andrija Zizic 24, Davor Kus 24
Cholet: Marcus Goree 20, Travon Bryant 19, A.J. Slaughter 18



Marko Popovic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Zalgiris (5-1) in their last game. Despite Popovic's very good performance the first-placed Zalgiris was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 108-106 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Cedevita in the group C of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 19 points in 31 minutes on the court. It was Zalgiris' first loss after five consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Popovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 84.0% in the six games he played so far. Popovic played for the Croatian senior national team one years ago.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Lithuania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. But that was another game of his team in Lithuanian LKL which we would like to mention. Delas led Zalgiris to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (3-3) crushing them 93-43. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (3-0) is placed fifth in the LKL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Delas' first season with the team. Delas has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(13-22), 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 33.3%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2009.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. Radosevic was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (1-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Lietuvos rytas (#6) lost 62-71 at home to the second-ranked CSKA Moscow in the group D of Euroleague. Radosevic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Lietuvos rytas' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(18-32) and FT: 78.6% in the six games. He played for the Croatian U20 national team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #4. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Khimky's victory against the fourth-ranked Unics Kazan (4-2) 85-74 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Loncar scored 10 points. BC Khimky Moscow Region (5-1) is placed second in group A. Loncar's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

Damjan Rudez
Damjan Rudez
   #5. International forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain) led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the 16th-ranked Cajasol (1-7) crushing them 86-55 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Rudez was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (5-3) is placed fifth in the ACB. 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. This year Rudez's total stats are: 9.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #6. Center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (2-4) crushing them 86-66 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Tomic scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first in group D. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tomic is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8bpg and 1.2spg. Tomic is international player as he played for the Croatian senior team one years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #7. International center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 2-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the leader Maccabi T-A (5-1) 64-62 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. Unicaja Malaga (5-1) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Zoric is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.5bpg. He also averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.3rpg in the six games. Zoric is also Croatian national team player.

Fran Pilepic
Fran Pilepic
   #8. Swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (0-3) 85-69 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He scored 11 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (2-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. This season Pilepic averages only 5.5ppg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #9. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Simon contributed to a 2-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the leader Maccabi T-A (5-1) 64-62. He scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. This year Simon has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.3apg in the six games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #10. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the second-ranked Real Madrid (4-2) 79-68 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Ukic scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens (3-3) is placed fourth in group A. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. Ukic has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia was not able to secure a victory for Krka (4-5) in their last game. Despite Vladovic's good performance Krka was badly defeated 79-61 in Beograd by the higher-ranked (#5) Zvezda. He was the top scorer with 11 points. Vladovic also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 29 minutes. Vladovic is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.2apg. This year he also averages: 8.7ppg and 4.1rpg in the nine games. Vladovic used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakov Vladovic and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Lalic, who plays in Slovenia couldn't help Krka (4-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Krka was badly defeated 79-61 in Beograd by the higher-ranked Zvezda (#5). Lalic scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He averaged so far 10.2ppg and 3.7rpg. Lalic used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

   #13. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Roko-Leni Ukic in the Euroleague last game. Draper couldn't help Real Madrid in their game against Panathinaikos. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Draper scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 16 minutes. His team lost 68-79. He has averaged so far 2.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in the six games. Draper is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Croatian national team last year. Draper played also for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #14. Former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende in their game against Okapi Aalstar in the Belgian Ethias League. Despite his good performance last Friday He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Stojic averaged so far 12.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U20 international center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Zlatorog's victory against the sixth-ranked Rogaska 89-84 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in only a mere 14 minutes. Djugum's stats this year are: 10.8ppg and 5.8rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to a victory against the Oakland University 88-80 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Drmic had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 34 minutes. The Boise State University has conference record this season. Drmic's stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a 2-point Maribor Messer's victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun (2-3) 73-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Maric scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Maribor Messer (4-1) is placed first in the Telemach League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Maric has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4spg.

   #3. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) led Duesseldorf Baskets to a victory over the league leader BV Chemnitz 99 (8-0) 83-69 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Petric was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and had 3 steals in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Duesseldorf Baskets (8-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Petric averaged so far 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #4. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania could not help Pitesti (0-3) in their last game. Despite Barac's very good performance Pitesti (#4) was crushed 99-68 on the road by the second-ranked Okapi Aalstar in the group E of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 23 points in 24 minutes. So far Pitesti lost all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. Barac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in the two games.

   #5. Drazen Klaric (204-F-80, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help KFUM Jamtland in their last game. Despite Klaric's very good performance KFUM Jamtland lost 81-87 in Solna to the lower-ranked (#7) Vikings. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Klaric also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Klaric has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games.

   #6. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Igor Maric in the Slovenian Telemach League last game. Primorac was not able to secure a victory for Tajfun in their game against Maribor Messer. He scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was edged 73-71. Primorac averaged so far 10.6ppg and 5.6rpg.

   #7. Experienced Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Geoplin Slovan's victory against the ninth-ranked Grosuplje 77-67 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 14 minutes. Paravinja has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg in the five games. He has both Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #8. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia) helped LTHcast Mercator win their game against the league outsider Polzela crushing them 97-74 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Soldo scored 8 points in 19 minutes. Soldo has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 2.6rpg in the five games.

   #9. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga couldn't help SKP Banska Bystrica (2-6) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance SKP Banska Bystrica was crushed 94-73 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Levice (#10). Jankovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Jankovic averaged so far 12.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #10. Ivan Djerman (203-F-83, currently plays in Austria) helped Redwell Gunners Oberwart win their game against one of league's weakest teams St.Polten 80-69 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Saturday. He scored 10 points. It was his first game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart this season.



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Pizza Express Apollon Knock Off Group Leaders BCM Gravelines to Earn First EuroChallenge Group Stage Victory - by Surujh Roopnarine

Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) scored a game-high 28 points for Pizza Express Apollon Limassol as they knocked off BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 89-88 at home tonight in EuroChallenge Group G action. Brown, a 27-year old power forward carried Pizza Express Apollon Limassol for much of the game, shooting 11-17 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line to improve his regular season scoring average to 25.7ppg. Including Pizza Express Apollon Limassol's two qualification contests versus Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg, the former Cal-State Bernardino star has scored more than 20+ points in five straight games. A back-and-forth game saw the two teams exchange the lead 15 times thru the night, though Pizza Express Apollon Limassol did manage to go on a 13-0 run to close out the third quarter at 76-63 heading into the fourth. That is where the visitors from France made one final run as Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) and company went on a 13-0 run of their own tied the game at 76-76 just 2:28 into the final quarter. With :26 seconds left Cyril Akpomedah buried a fast-break three pointer for Gravelines to give them a one-point lead at 88-87. However Dave Noel of Pizza Express Apollon Limassol went to the free-throw line with :11 seconds left and calmly sank both attempts, giving the home squad the lead again at 89-88. A buzzer-beating three-point attempt by Byucks missed the mark and Pizza Express Apollon Limassol escaped with their first group victory (1-2) while dropping Gravelines to 2-1. For the visitors, Dwight Buycks was the lead scorer with 22 points and a team-high five assists, followed by Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) who scored 15 points in defeat. For Pizza Express Apollon Limassol, Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) was the only other scorer to reach double figures, while starting point guard MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, college: S.Indiana) dished out a game-high eight assists in 36 minutes of action.
APOLLON: Brandon Brown (28pts+5ast), Diego Kapelan (17pts), MaJic Dorsey (9pts+8ast), Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) (9pts+5reb)
GRAVELINES: Dwight Buycks (22pts+5ast), Juby Johnson (15pts), Yannick Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) (11pts), Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) (10pts+5reb)



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

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

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain). He led Blusens Monbus to a victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (5-3) 77-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Pumprla scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (5-3) is placed ninth in the ACB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Pumprla's first year with the team. This season he averages: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 83.3% in the eight games he played so far. Pumprla is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain. He could not help Cajasol (0-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Satoransky's very good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 95-93 at home by the leading Zvezda. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Satoransky also added 5 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Satoransky's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 81.8%. Satoransky is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He was not able to help Olin Edirne (2-4) in their last game. Despite Jelinek's very good performance Olin Edirne lost 80-85 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Aliaga. He was the second best scorer with 18 points in 36 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 81.0% in the six games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #4. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (0-9) in their game against the Utah Jazz (6-6) in the NBA. Vesely recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Washington Wizards were defeated 83-76 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. So far Wizards lost all nine games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Vesely's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #5. An experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Planasa NV (3-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Starosta's good performance Planasa NV was defeated 81-77 on their home court in Pamplona by the leading River_Andorra. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Starosta also added 2 blocks. Starosta belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #9) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.1ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #6. Point guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Mapooro Cantu in a victory against the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (2-6) 76-66 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Kudlacek scored 5 points in 7 minutes. Mapooro Cantu (6-2) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Kudlacek averages only 3.7ppg in the three games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #7. Former international center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Omonia (3-1) crushing them 102-74 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. Chan recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of his five free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (3-1) is placed second in the Division A. Chan's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #8. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Ondrej Starosta in the Spanish LEB Gold last game. Hampl contributed to a River Andorra's victory against the eighth-ranked Planasa NV (3-4) 81-77. He recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. Hampl is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 9.1ppg and 5.3rpg in the seven games. Hampl plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #9. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (0-2) in their game against Zvezda (2-0). He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Balvin scored only 2 points and blocked 3 shots in 13 minutes. Cajasol was edged in an overtime 95-93 on their home court in Sevilla by the leading Zvezda. Balvin belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.5bpg. He also averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the two games. Balvin is also in the roster of the Czech Republic national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #10. Swingman Tomas Kyzlink (197-93, currently plays in Spain) helped Caceres Basket edge the closely-ranked CB Clavijo (3-4) 72-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Caceres Basket (3-4) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. This year Kyzlink averages just 1.0ppg in the two games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Czech Republic National Team roster.

   #11. University international forward Patrik Auda (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Seton Hall win their game against the Rhode Island University 60-55 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 6 points in 32 minutes. This year Auda averages only 1.0ppg in the two games. He used to play for the Czech Republic university national team last year.

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

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) led Apoel to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Omonia (3-1) crushing them 102-74 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. Kremen recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (3-1) is placed second in the Division A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kremen's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Rovinari's victory against the league outsider CS Farul Constanca (0-9) 72-63 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (5-3) is placed ninth in the Division A. Steffel is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 9.3rpg. This year he also averages: 16.3ppg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg in the eight games he played so far.

   #3. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) led AZS Koszalin to a victory against the closely-ranked PGE Turow (5-2) 85-79 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Skibniewski scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. AZS Koszalin (5-3) is placed fifth in the TBL. Skibniewski belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 5.6apg. He also averaged so far 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3spg in the eight games.

   #4. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) managed to help MBK Rieker Komarno to win against the seventh-ranked Handlova (2-5) 88-70 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. MBK Rieker Komarno (6-1) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Kratochvil's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg.

   #5. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Samedicino-Academia (0-4) crushing them 106-63 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. Olimpi Tbilisi (4-0) is placed third in the Superleague. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Hoger's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #6. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Cyprus could not help Etha to beat Tofas. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Englicky scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 10 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 78-57. This year Englicky's overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the two games.

   #7. Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Lan Mobel ISB in their game against Clinicas Rincon in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Fohler scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 81-77. Fohler's overall stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #8. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Tulane's victory against the Bethune-Cookman College 65-55 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Bruha scored only 2 points. This season Bruha averages just 1.0ppg.



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

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

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked Strasbourg IG (4-3) 63-61 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Voskuil recorded 13 points in 26 minutes on the court. Chorale de Roanne Basket (3-4) is placed 11th in the ProA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Voskuil averages: 9.1ppg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 81.3% in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil played for the Danish senior national team three years ago. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). Gilling led Arizona St. to an easy victory against the Florida A&M University crushing them 97-70 in the NCAA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds. Gilling also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. The Arizona State University has conference record this season. This year Gilling averages only 9.1ppg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 81.3%. He played for the Danish U20 national team in 2010.

Mathias Seilund
Mathias Seilund
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Mathias Seilund (201-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Seilund could not help the Fair Dickinson in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Fair Dickinson was crushed 80-53 on the road by the Northwestern University. Seilund recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. This year Seilund averages only 9.1ppg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 81.3% in the seven games. He played for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
   #4. Center Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Etha (0-3) in their game against Tofas (2-1) in the EuroChallenge. Bergstedt scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Etha this season. The fourth-placed Etha was crushed 78-57 at home by the second-ranked Tofas in the group A of EuroChallenge. So far Etha lost all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bergstedt's first year with the team. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team last year.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #5. U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, is currently at the American university) managed to help The George Washington University in a victory against the Boston University 72-59 in the NCAA last Saturday. Larsen scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was his first game for G.Washington this season. His team has conference record this season. Larsen plays currently for the Danish U20 national team.

Anton Larsen
Anton Larsen
   #6. Power forward Anton Larsen (213-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the ODU in their game against the Cleveland State University (0-0) in the NCAA. Larsen scored 6 points in 16 minutes. The ODU lost 55-67 in Cleveland, OH to the Cleveland State University. Larsen is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in ODU's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg in the four games. Larsen is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team four years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help the league outsider U20 (0-5) to beat Beroe (2-2). He scored 8 points. The bottom-ranked U20 was crushed 102-55 on the road by the higher-ranked Beroe (#7). So far U20 lost 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. Tenchev has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he currently plays for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. George Berling (193-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Western State Colorado University in their game against the U.S. Air Force Academy in the RMAC. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Berling recorded only 3 points. his team was crushed 102-68 in Colorado Springs, CO by the U.S. Air Force Academy. This season Berling has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

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



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  D-LEAGUE   


Idaho Stampede waived Reginald Larry - by Eurobasket News

Idaho Stampede waived 26-year old forward Reginald Larry (201-102kg-86, college: Boise State).
He played there also last season. In 45 D-League games he recorded 7.4ppg and 5.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Larry played at FCB Regal II in Spanish LEB Silver. In 28 games he averaged 13.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention.
Larry received All-WAC 1st Team award back in 2008 at his college time.
Larry is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), France (SO Maritime Boulogne), Philippines (San Mig Coffee and Air21 Express), Australia (Ballarat Miners), FYR Macedonia (Plejmejker-Kubus Skopje) and Brunei (Barracudas).
Larry attended Boise State until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Idaho Stampede cut Thorns - by Eurobasket News

Idaho Stampede cut 23-year old point guard Hank Thorns (175-89, college: TCU).
This summer Thorns was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in fourth round (51st overall).
He just graduated from Texas Christian University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Thorns team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
He received also All-MWC 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Thorns has also spent part of the preseason in NBA (LA Clippers).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Bighorns defeat Stampede in Winnemucca - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns defeated the Idaho Stampede, 111-103, in a pre-season game in Winnemucca in front of a sellout crowd at Lowry High School. Sacramento Kings assignee Tyler Honeycutt (6'8''-F-90, college: UCLA) led the Bighorns with 24 points and eight rebounds. Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) had a game-high 32 points for the Stampede, shooting 13-of-22 from the field. Bighorns guard Garrett Temple dished out six assists. Returning Bighorns player Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) played a team-high 33 minutes, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds. The Bighorns led the whole game, shooting 52 percdent from the field. The Bighorns got off to a hot start, scoring 41 points in the first quarter. Garrett Green (6'11''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) grabbed nine rebounds for the Stampede and Hank Thorns (5'9''-PG-89, college: TCU) led the team with four assists. The game was a final tune up for both teams before the start of the regular D-League season.
Courtesy of: rgj.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Turkish team Banvit BK to a victory over the closely-ranked s Oliver Baskets (1-2) 101-82 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Mejia was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (1-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mejia's first season with the team. Mejia belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mejia averages: 18.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.0apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 72.2%(13-18), 3FGP: 75.0% in the two games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in an overtime G.Canaria 2014's victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (3-5) 99-97 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Baez scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (6-2) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Baez's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 63.0%(17-27), 3FGP: 42.9% in the six games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Ariza could not help the Washington Wizards (0-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Washington Wizards were badly defeated 92-76 on the road by the Charlotte Bobcats. Ariza was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Ariza has relatively good stats this season: 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 39.7%, 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 73.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. An experienced power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help the league outsider Assignia Manresa (0-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was defeated 97-84 in Madrid by the leading Real. Asselin scored 13 points. This season Asselin has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

   #5. Former U17 international guard Rayner Moquete (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Binghamton in their game against the U.S.Military Academy (0-0) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He scored 16 points in 28 minutes. But the Binghamton lost 76-85 in West Point, NY to the U.S.Military Academy. This year Moquete's total stats are: 6.7ppg and 3.2rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (2-8) 112-96 in the NBA last Friday. Horford recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks have 5-4 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Horford is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Hawks' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horford averages: 15.5ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.4apg.

   #2. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) led Wollongong Hawks to a victory over the sixth-ranked Cairns Taipans (3-5) 73-59 in the Australian NBL last Saturday. Deleon was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points in 24 minutes. Wollongong Hawks (6-1) are placed second in the NBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Deleon is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in the seven games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Strasbourg IG (4-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Greer's very good performance Strasbourg IG was edged 63-61 on the road by the lower-ranked Chorale de Roanne (#11). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Greer also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Greer is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-7) in their last game. Despite Feldeine's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 79-76 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked (#7) Regal FC. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Feldeine has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in the eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut (4-4) in their game against Gescrap BB (6-2) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 7 points and added 4 passes. FIATC Joventut was badly defeated 80-62 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#4). This season Quezada has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Chris Perez (190-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Stetson's surprising victory against the Southeastern University crushing them 81-59 in the NCAA on Monday night. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Perez has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg in the eight games.

   #7. Carlos Novas (197-F-92, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BC Vienna 93-76 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Novas scored 13 points in a mere 17 minutes. This year Novas' total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.1rpg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Austrian. Despite Novas' Dominican Republic nationality, he currently plays for the Austrian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team.

   #8. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) contributed to an Apollon Patras' victory against the closely-ranked Aris 64-53 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. Turner scored 6 points. Turner's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 3.2rpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Ruben Guillandeaux (198-G-88, college: La Salle, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A couldn't help one of league's weakest teams AEL (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Guillandeaux's good performance AEL was edged 75-74 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Apollon (#6). He recorded 11 points. Guillandeaux is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.5apg. Guillandeaux holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Jose Domingues Del Villar (195-F-84, college: Brewton Parker, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) couldn't help Espoo Basket (2-7) in their last game. Despite Del Villar's good performance the seventh-placed Espoo Basket was crushed 84-62 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#6) Jarvenpaa in the Division B. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Del Villar also added 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 7.1rpg in the eight games.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Nov. 20: Tofas - Krka 82-79
Nov. 20: Etha - Karsiyaka 59-86

B

Nov. 20: Kataja - Krasnie Krilya 86-96
Nov. 21: Keravnos - Ploiesti

C

Nov. 20: Sodertalje - Ventspils 80-82
Nov. 21: Norrkoping - Pyrinto

D

Nov. 20: Gaz Metan - Khimik 88-86
Nov. 20: Tartu Ulikool - Dijon 74-62

E

Nov. 20: Aalstar - Paris-Levallois 76-86
Nov. 20: Pitesti - M.Hainaut 73-78

F

Nov. 20: Timisoara - Szolnok 80-93
Nov. 21: EWE Baskets - Kormend

G

Nov. 20: Apollon - Gravelines 89-88
Nov. 20: Tsmoki-Minsk - Nancy 78-71

H

Nov. 20: Telekom Baskets - Armia 75-71
Nov. 21: Hapoel Holon - Antwerp


Pizza Express Apollon Knock Off Group Leaders BCM Gravelines to Earn First EuroChallenge Group Stage Victory - by Surujh Roopnarine

Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) scored a game-high 28 points for Pizza Express Apollon Limassol as they knocked off BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 89-88 at home tonight in EuroChallenge Group G action. Brown, a 27-year old power forward carried Pizza Express Apollon Limassol for much of the game, shooting 11-17 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line to improve his regular season scoring average to 25.7ppg. Including Pizza Express Apollon Limassol's two qualification contests versus Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg, the former Cal-State Bernardino star has scored more than 20+ points in five straight games. A back-and-forth game saw the two teams exchange the lead 15 times thru the night, though Pizza Express Apollon Limassol did manage to go on a 13-0 run to close out the third quarter at 76-63 heading into the fourth. That is where the visitors from France made one final run as Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) and company went on a 13-0 run of their own tied the game at 76-76 just 2:28 into the final quarter. With :26 seconds left Cyril Akpomedah buried a fast-break three pointer for Gravelines to give them a one-point lead at 88-87. However Dave Noel of Pizza Express Apollon Limassol went to the free-throw line with :11 seconds left and calmly sank both attempts, giving the home squad the lead again at 89-88. A buzzer-beating three-point attempt by Byucks missed the mark and Pizza Express Apollon Limassol escaped with their first group victory (1-2) while dropping Gravelines to 2-1. For the visitors, Dwight Buycks was the lead scorer with 22 points and a team-high five assists, followed by Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) who scored 15 points in defeat. For Pizza Express Apollon Limassol, Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) was the only other scorer to reach double figures, while starting point guard MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, college: S.Indiana) dished out a game-high eight assists in 36 minutes of action.
APOLLON: Brandon Brown (28pts+5ast), Diego Kapelan (17pts), MaJic Dorsey (9pts+8ast), Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) (9pts+5reb)
GRAVELINES: Dwight Buycks (22pts+5ast), Juby Johnson (15pts), Yannick Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) (11pts), Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) (10pts+5reb)



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Nov. 21: Rudupis - CEZ Nymburk
Nov. 21: Hapoel J-M - Budivelnyk

B

Nov. 20: Spirou - Buducnost 53-66
Nov. 21: Lukoil Academik - Gescrap BB

C

Nov. 21: VEF Riga - Triumph
Nov. 21: Art.Dragons - Le Mans

D

Nov. 20: Valencia - s.Oliver Baskets 97-64
Nov. 21: Banvit BK - Azovmash

E

Nov. 21: Lokomotiv - Galatasaray
Nov. 21: BC Donetsk - Trefl Sopot

F

Nov. 21: Oostende - Stelmet ZG
Nov. 21: Panionios - Unics

G

Nov. 20: Cibona - Cholet 90-95
Nov. 21: Spartak SP - Ratiopharm

H

Nov. 21: Crvena Zvezda - Banco di Sard.
Nov. 21: Orleans - Cajasol


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Cajasol
  (200-SF-86)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Asbury, Cajasol22.5 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena22.0 
 3. Baron, Lokomotiv21.5 
 4. Thornton, Banco d.21.0 
 5. Karasev, Triumph21.0 
 6. Curry, BC Donetsk20.0 
 7. Green, Orleans20.0 
 8. McKee, Triumph19.0 
 9. Abukar, Lukoil A.19.0 
 10. Smith, Hapoel J-M19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleks MARIC
  Lokomotiv
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Maric, Lokomotiv11.0 
 2. Hervelle, Gescr.9.5 
 3. Easley, Banco d.9.0 
 4. Urbutis, Rudupis8.5 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK8.0 
 6. Kahudi, Le Mans8.0 
 7. Harris, Azovmash7.5 
 8. Beverley, Spart.7.5 
 9. Green, Orleans7.5 
 10. Landry, Triumph7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cholet
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Everett, Cholet7.7 
 2. Zisis, Gescrap BB7.5 
 3. Diener, Banco d.7.5 
 4. Pavkovic, CEZ N.6.5 
 5. San Miguel, Valenc.5.5 
 6. Katnic, Oostende5.0 
 7. Janicenoks, VEF R.5.0 
 8. Eidson, Unics5.0 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis5.0 
 10. Heath, Lukoil A.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Unics
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Chatman, Unics3.5 
 2. Mejia, Banvit BK3.0 
 3. McKee, Triumph3.0 
 4. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.0 
 5. Benda, CEZ Nymburk2.5 
 6. Green, Orleans2.5 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 8. Satoransky, Cajasol2.0 
 9. Fells, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 10. Stojanovski, BC D.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darryl WATKINS
  Lukoil A.
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Watkins, Lukoil A.2.0 
 2. Nankivil, Ratiopha.2.0 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.5 
 4. Fischer, BC Donet.1.5 
 5. Landry, Triumph1.0 
 6. Milbourne, Panioni.1.0 
 7. Mitchell, Triumph1.0 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.1.0 
 9. Naymick, CEZ N.1.0 
 10. Gordon, Galatasar.1.0 



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  FRANCE   


EuroChallenge: Paris Levallois cruise past Okapi Aalstar after a strong second half - by Eurobasket News

Okapi Aalstar-Paris Levallois 76:86

Paris Levallois cruise past Okapi Aalstar after a strong second half in Group E of EuroChallenge. The French side trailed 16 points at the halftime but managed to win the game, 86:76.
Okapi Aalstar won the first period 24-13 and added 21-16 for 45:29 at the break but came out sluggish during the second half and it proved costly. Paris Levallois looked better in the second half and posted two victories in the third and the last quarters. The French side erupted with 24-8 in the third period and finished the game with 33-23 in the final period.
Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) nailed 21. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 19, while Ndoye added 6. Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) notched 16. Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) produced 13, while Tofi and Larry Anderson (195-G, college: Long Beach St.) added 12 apiece.

Okapi Aalstar: Thomas Dreesen 17, Derek Raivio 16, Jason Clark 13, Tofi 12, Larry Anderson 12
Paris Levallois: Jawad Williams 25, Antoine Diot 21, Sean May 19, Ndoye 6



EuroChallenge: BCM Gravelines Dunkerque suffered the first loss in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Apollon -BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 89:88

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque suffered the first loss in Cyprus in Group G of EuroChallenge. The French side fell short 88:89 and dropped at 2-1 record in the group.
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque started with 24-20, but trailed 1 point at the halftime. Pizza Express Apollon Limassol erupted with a 13-0 run to close out the third quarter at 76:63 heading into the fourth. The French side however replied with their 13-0 run and tied the game at 76:76 just 2:28 into the final quarter. Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) buried a fast-break three pointer for Gravelines to give them a one-point lead at 88:87. Dave Noel (191-G-85, college: Cent.Florida) went to the free-throw line with 11 seconds left and calmly sank both attempts, giving the home squad the victory at 89:88.
Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) nailed 17. MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana) and Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) followed them with 9 points apiece. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) answered with 22 points in defeat, while Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) had 15. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) brought 11 and Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) tossed in 10.

Pizza Express Apollon Limassol: Brandon Brown 28, Diego Kapelan 17, MaJic Dorsey 9, Marvin Jefferson 9
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Dwight Buycks 22, Juby Johnson 15, Yannick Bokolo 11, Ludovic Vaty 10



Julius Hodge is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois (ProA) added to their roster 29-year old Antiguan ex-international guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: North Carolina State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Hodge played last summer at Jiangsu in Chinese NBL league. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 25.6ppg, 18.6rpg, 7.3apg, 2.7spg and 1.0bpg.
In 2005 Hodge was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) in first round (20th overall). The former North Carolina State standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Hodge won Chinese NBL championship title in 2011.
He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year in 2011. Hodge represented Antigua at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-4 (18.2ppg), 7.6rpg, Assists-3 (4.4apg), Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 45.6%, FT: 57.6%.
Hodge is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Australia, Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Iran (Petrochimi), Italy, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Caciques), Venezuela (Marinos and Trotamundos) and Vietnam (Saigon Heat).

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Marcus Goree leads Cholet to the opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Cholet 90:95

Cholet clinched the opening win in EuroCup season. The French team stole a narrow victory over Cibona in Zagreb. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) delivered 20 points and 7 boards to pace the winners.
Cholet Basket claimed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The French stayed dominant in the second quarter. They accumulated a 47:36 halftime lead. Cibona however tuned in after the big break. The hosts poured in 28 points in the third term to trim the deficit at 5-point mark. Cibona and Cholet exchanged baskets throughout the final frame. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) put the hosts within three with 38 seconds remaining. But Marcs Goree sank two free throws, while A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87, college: W.Kentucky) and Obasohan added two more as Cholet escaped with victory at the end. Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds, while A.J. Slaughter had 18 points and 6 assists in the win. Andrija Zizic answered with 24 points for Cibona. Davor Kus (192-G-78, agency: Interperformances) had 24 points in the loss.

Cibona: Andrija Zizic 24, Davor Kus 24
Cholet: Marcus Goree 20, Travon Bryant 19, A.J. Slaughter 18



Bordeaux signs Samba Dia - by Eurobasket News

JSA Bordeaux Basket (ProB) signed 28-year old domestic forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC). He played last season at SPO Rouen Basket (ProB). In 21 games last year he had 10.5ppg and 3.1rpg. 
He played in the final of French ProB in 2006 and 2011.
Dia has played previously for four other French teams: JDA Dijon, Chalons-Reims, Chorale de Roanne and Chalon/Saor.
He attended MSU - West Plains JC until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Balkan League: KK Mornar topple Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar - KK Kumanovo 92:71

KK Mornar recorded the first win in Balkan League season. The Montenegrin side defeated KK Kumanovo in front of the home crowd. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) posted 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Kumanovo slipped at 3-2 record after the loss.
KK Mornar jumped at 22:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. They traded baskets as the scoreboard read 43:40 for Mornar at halftime. The hosts cleared off in the third term. They accumulated a 10-point lead 67:57 at the final intermission. KK Mornar exploded with 25 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) netted 19 points, while Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) answered with 22 points and 14 boards for KK Kumanovo. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) had 17 points in the loss.

KK Mornar: Vukota Pavic 21, Miroslav Damjanovic 19, Lazar Radosavljevic 12
KK Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 22+14 boards, Marjan Janevski 17



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EuroCup: Valencia dismantle s.Oliver Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - s.Oliver Baskets 97:64

Valencia registered the third straight win at the start of EuroCup season. They knocked down s.Oliver Baskets at home court to keep the leading position in Group D. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) exploded with 31 points to lead the winners.
Valencia and s.Oliver Baskets stayed pretty close throughout the first half. The hosts eked out a 20:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Spanish side extended the lead in the second quarter. Valencia managed to clear off to a 6-point advantage at the interval. The hosts stepped on the gas in the third term. Valencia boosted the margin to 17 points with one quarter remaining. Valencia unleashed 28 points in the fourth term and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 18 points, while Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for the winning side. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) answered with 13 points for Wuerzburg. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) netted 12 points in the loss.

Valencia: Justin Doellman 31, Bojan Dubljevic 18, Marko Keselj 14
s.Oliver Baskets: Dwayne Anderson 13, Jason Boone 12



ALBA Berlin waives Brian Randle - by Eurobasket News

ALBA Berlin (BBL) released 27-year old American forward Brian Randle (203-85). In two Euroleague games he played this season he had 3.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
Randles team made it to the Israeli Winner Cup final in 2011.
He was also voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Defensive Team in 2009 and 2012.
Randle has played also professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Byars signed at ALBA Berlin. The player already arrived in Germany. - by Eurobasket Center

ALBA Berlin (BBL) signed 28-year old American swingman Derrick Byars (201-100kg-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Beo Basket). Its actually his comeback to ALBA Berlin as he played here back in 2009-2010 season. Byars started the season with San Antonio Spurs in the NBA but he was cut just before the beginning of the regular season.
Last year he spent playing mostly for Bakersfield Jam (D-League), where his stats were 15.0ppg and 5.0rpg in 29 games. He also appeared in 2 NBA games as a SA Spurs player (5.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0spg). Derrick spent pre-season at the Heat in NBA earlier that year.
The former Vanderbilt University star was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (42nd overall) in 2007. The former Vanderbilt University star is in his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



Zamal Nixon Remains In Germany Signing With NBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team NBC didnt waste much time finding a suitable replacement for the departed Tyrone Brazelton by hauling in Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89, college: Houston). Nixon isnt an unknown basketball face as he played his rookie season last year for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB) playing 17 games: Score-1 (24.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 83.8%. "I am happy to be here and thankful to play for NBC. It is good that I am already here at the start of the week so I can get to know my teammates and coaching staff better. This can be an advantage for our working relationship and game on Saturday", stressed Zamal Nixon. Nixon started his basketball career in 2007 for Houston (NCAA). He played a total of 122 NCAA games and in his senior year played 30 games: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, AssistsCUSA-3 (4.7apg), StealsCUSA-3 (1.8spg), FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FTNCAA-3 (92.2%). Awards/Achievements in his career have been C-USA Tournament Semifinals -09, C-USA Tournament Winner -10, C-USA All-Defensive Team -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Runner-Up -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -12, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -12

Source: NBC




Josh Parker (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) My Teamamates And Coach Have Given Me A Great Opportunity For Me To Play The Game I Know How - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adonte Parker (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that is playing his rookie season in Germany for PRO B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton (NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He spoke to eurobasket about his rookie season.


Josh welcome to Germany. On the court you have had no adjusting to do, but how have you adjusted to the German way of life?

Thank you I am so glad to be here! I have been adjusting to the German way of life pretty good. Germany is really Americanized and easy to adjust most of the people here speak English so it has been a smooth transition for me.


The team currently has a record of 3-4. What has been the main reasons for the 3-4 start?

Its been some ups and downs through the season like every team and with our team we lost some very close games that could have easily went our way that was unfortunate. With a team it always take some time to get familiar with everyone and now I feel like we are getting a pretty good feel for one another and starting to play well together.

In the first seven games you are averaging 30,1ppg, 7,1apg and 3,7rpg. Have you been surprised by your total domination in the German PRO B?

I have been blessed to be able to play the way I have been playing just worked hard as I can over the Summer to improve my game and just constantly trying to get better. I really give all the credit to my team and coach. They have given me a great opportunity to play the game the way I know how to play it and it has really helped me improve through the course of my time here. So I really give them most of the credit for this start!


Does it feel like you are a man playing with little kids?

(Haha) Not at all!!! There is some great competition at this level. Players and teams come to win every night so its been great to be able to compete with guys that want to win and get better. Im just like one of them trying to improve and get better each game.


How would you describe the PRO B compared to the NCAA? Is your experience in the NCAA paying dividends being able to play so well in the German PRO B?

There are some comparisons with Pro B and NCAA. Some of them include the way coaches prepare for games with the scouting reports, and practices they want to win just like the players. Also the way teams compete every night they want to win and have a chance to make the playoffs similarly to NCAA where your record reflects where you are positioned in the post season whether its NCAA, NIT, or any other post season tourneys. So there are many more comparisons but those are the main one I have. Yes playing in the NCAA has really helped me prepare myself for the Pro B. Playing against some of the top competition in the NCAA every night, practices, workouts, film etc. has really prepared for this level and I wouldnt trade that experience for nothing.




You can light up the scoreboard, but also have a sense for setting up your teammates. Are you more a scoring point guard or more the classical point guard?

I am more of a scoring point guard that has the ability to create for my team! Growing up in Chicago a point guard always had to have the ability to score while also making his teammates better, and I feel like my game is a reflection of that.


What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

The strength of my game that doesnt get noticed right away is my passing ability. People say I can shoot, handle the ball or score but doesnt notice my passing right away. I take pride in passing the ball as I continue to grow as a player I would like for that to be noticed more also.



Bayer Giants Leverkusen head coach Achim Kuczmann has lauded you that you are one of the three best players that he has ever coached and he has coached top players. How proud does that make you to get lauded like that after such a short time in Germany?

Thats an honor to be a part of that group and to have a coach that has coached many great players, and for him to say that about me words cant even describe the feeling it means a lot to me!


What is your relationship like to Achim Kuczmann? How has he helped you adjust to the style in Germany and your game?

Our relationship is very close! Just the short time I have been here he have really been an intricate part in my success, helping me adjust to the style of play, telling me what I need to do to get better every day, and just being there for me not only on the court but off the court as well and Im just really blessed to have a coach like him!


There is an interesting parallel between you and ex teammate Josh Young of Drake. He played in Leverkusen two season ago and had great stats and made the jump to the Beko BBL. Is it too early to think about making a jump like this?

Playing in the BBL is definitely a goal that I have for myself but right now Im just focused on getting better, making my team better, and reaching the goals we have as a team.






On what things do you still need to improve on your game?

I feel like I still need to improve on my decision making at times and I always want to improve on the defensive side of the ball. I feel like these two areas will really help improve my game.



To what NBA player would you describe your game too?

I would describe my game to Derrick Rose. I watch him all the time we play the same type of style and both are from Chicago of course. I just love the way he can score while also getting his teammates involved, and how he keep defenses honest. He is a great player.




You played at Drake. What are your fondest memories of Josh Young? What did you respect most about him?

I have a lot of fond memories of Josh good and bad (haha) Im just kidding. Josh is great guy that works hard no matter what the day is. He is always trying to improve and thats what really brought us close. One of my favorite memories of him was it was one game I dont remember against who but me and Josh was going back and forth scoring it was crazy. The announcer would stumble over his words because he kept saying Josh Young for three then next Adonte Parker and it kept going back and forth so he just started saying the Joshs are going to work (haha) it was funny but great! So I just respected how he handles himself on and off the court he is one of a kind.




Who wins a three point shooting contest in practice if you were to have one, you or sharp shooting German Mathias Goddek?


I would say me of course but Matthias would say that same thing (haha) its funny because every time we are in practice and we are doing shooting drills him and I always compete against each other to see who makes the most every time so its good. Matthias can really shoot its amazing Im glad I have him on my team!!




Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

The best player that I played against was Derrick Rose I didnt play him in the NCAA but I played him multiple times in high school so I have to say him.




You played the last two seasons at Dayton. Brian Roberts who plays for the Hornets played there some years ago. What stories do you remember hearing about him at Dayton?

There were a lot of stories that I heard about B Rob he can really play!! I heard that there was barely anyone that could stop him in college. I played against him in pick up games in the summers he would always come back and play with us so I know him really well. He is a great guy and player.

What have been the most free throws that you have made in a row without missing in practice?

I have made 80 free throws in a row before in practice at Dayton.


What has been your most crazy shot that you have made in your career?

The craziest shot I have ever made was a one handed throw from the opposite free throw line of my basket at the buzzer it was crazy I couldnt believe I had made it
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What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD I saw was the Ultimate Micheal Jordan film watched it with some of my teammates.


Thanks Josh for the chat.





Derrick Byars Returns Back To Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Alba Berlin announced today that Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) will slip on the their jersey again giving the team some support due to the injury to Brian Randle. Byars is a 28 year old American from Memphis Tennesse that is returning back to the Beko BBL for his third tour of duty and second with Alba Berlin. He is an athletic player that can dunk with the best of them. Last season, he played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 2pts, 1reb, 1steal; French League: 1 game: 9pts, 3reb, 1ast, 1steal, in Dec.'11 signed for $457,588 at Miami Heat (NBA), only pre-season, in Feb.'12 moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League, starting five): 29 games: 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 81.6%; then agreed terms with San Antonio Spurs (NBA, starting five): 2 games: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0spg. "I am happy that we could get such a talented player like him. He is very versatile, can shoot and can create shots for others. He can also help us on defense where everything starts with us. I am sure that he will get used to my system since he knows me from the Cologne days. We have a bigger rotation now in the Euroleague", stressed Alba Berlin head coach Derrick Byars.

Byars started his basketball career in 2002 with Virginia (NCAA) where he played until 2004. He then played for Vanderbilt until 2007. He played a total of 126 NCAA games and in his senior year he played 34 games: 17.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 71.1%. In 2007-2008, he turned professional and was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA,2rd (42)), traded to Philadelphia 76ers (NBA). He played for Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), left in Oct.'07, in Nov.'07 moved to Koeln 99ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg; ULEB Cup: 4 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.0apg; released in Dec.'07, in Jan.'08 signed at Chorale de Roanne Basket (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 10 games: 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 63.2%; Euroleague: 1 game: 7pts, 2reb, 1steal, injured in Feb.'08. In 2008-2009, he played for Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League, starting five): 49 games: 17.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 75.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for the Chicago Bulls (NBA): only pre-season, in Nov.'09 moved to ALBA Berlin (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 31 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 75.4%; EuroCup: 15 games: 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 70.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 5 games: 15.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 70.0%; EuroCup: 1 game: 6pts, 8reb, 1steal, in Jan.'11 moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League, starting five): 33 games: 17.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 70.5%. "My season in Berlin three years ago was my best expereince that I had in Europe and I left Berlin with a good feeling. Coming here was easy for me. I am looking forward to playing in the O2 arena again. I will practice hard and play hard and help the team as quickly as I can", stressed Derrick Byars. Awards/Achievements in his career have been One of 16 finalists for the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, fourth-team Parade All-America selection and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee as a high school -02, NABC All-NCAA District 7 1st Team -07, All-SEC 1st Team -07, All-SEC Player of the Year -07, NCAA Sweet 16 -07, French ProA Finalist -08, D-League All-Star Game -09, All-D-League 2nd Team -09, EuroCup Finalist -10, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention -11, and NBA Southwest Division Champion -12


Source: Alba Berlin



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Coach Skourtopoulos left Panionios - by Eurobasket News

47-year old coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos left Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1).
Skourtopoulos team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2004 and 2005).
He was also voted Greek League Coach of the Year back in 2008.
Skourtopoulos has coached previously another Greek team: AEK Athens.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @wofbasketball)



Coach Giannis Sferopoulos joins Panionios - by Eurobasket News

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) agreed terms with 45-year old Greek coach Giannis Sferopoulos. He just coached at Houston Rockets in the NBA. Sferopoulos won Russian PBL championship title.
He was selected to Coach Assistant: Greek League All-Star Game in 2011.
Sferopoulos was coaching Greek Senior National Team between 2001 and 2010.
He has coached also professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki).

By Eurobasket Data Center



New Head Coaches in the A1 - by Chris Mammides

After the replacement of Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos with Coach Giannis Sferopoulos in the team of Panionios another one replacement took place in the A1 league, this time the Head Coach Papanikolaou who decided to leave from the team due to the various circumstances in the team, has been replaced by Coach Giorgos Zeugolis . In the coaching team of Ilysiakos Coach Nicos Linoxilakis has been added as an assistant coach to Giorgos Zeugolis .

It is reminded that Head Coach Chris Chougaz (who joined forces with Pizza Express Apollon Limassol) has been replced last week in Kavala by Head Coach Antreas Galanis



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Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 21: Leiden - Rotterdam
Nov. 21: M.Magixx - Den Helder K.
Nov. 22: Den Bosch - Groningen
Nov. 22: Leeuwarden - Amsterdam
Nov. 24: Groningen - Leeuwarden
Nov. 24: Den Helder K. - Weert



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EuroChallenge: Szolnoki Olaj won over BC Timisoara for the second win - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara-Szolnoki Olaj 80:93

Szolnoki Olaj won over BC Timisoara for the second win in EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team took 2-1 record after 93:80 victory. The Romanian side meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Both teams entered the game with 1-1 record and hoped to join EWE Baskets with 2 victories on top of the group. Szolnoki Olaj looked better in the first period and won the quarter 27-22. Moreover they added 24-19 in the second frame for 10-point halftime advantage. BC Timisoara reduced to 8 points at the end of the third quarter when they posted 23-21 in the period, but Szolnoki Olaj finished the game with 21-16 in the last stanza.
Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: Court Side) paced all the winners with 20 points and Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) notched 19. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) collected 14 points and 11 boards, whilst Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) added 13 and Marton Fodor (191-SG-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 10. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) brought 14. Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) posted 10, while Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) nailed 9.

BC Timisoara: Zlatko Jovanovic 22, Dominique Archie 14, Delvon Johnson 10, Robert Sarovic 9
Szolnoki Olaj: Balazs Simon 20, Ernests Kalve 19, Marton Bader 14+11 rebs, Brandon Gay 13, Marton Fodor 10



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Foolad Mahan inks Chris Williams - by Greg

Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Superleague) agreed terms with 32-year old American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia). Player has passed his medical tests yesterday and joined the team. Williams played last season at Goyang Orions in South Korean KBL league. In 54 games last year he was fifth best scorer with impressive 23.8ppg and averaged 10.0rpg, 6.0apg (leader), 2.6spg (leader) and 1.3bpg. He was Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team and All-Korean KBL 2nd Team.
It will be his second campaign in Iran. In 2010-2011 season he won the championship title with Mahram Tehran.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Kings and Perth Wildcats), China (Qingdao Eagles), Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Japan, Philippines (Petron Blaze), Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Williams attended University of Virginia until 2002 and it will be his eleventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 20: Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi K/B 96-79
Nov. 20: Hapoel K/S - Elitzur Ramla 87-70
Nov. 20: Ironi K-A - Hapoel Kazrin 83-81
Nov. 20: Hod Hasharon - Kiryat Tivon 80-77
Nov. 20: Ironi Ramat Gan - Macc.B.Yaakov 72-84
Nov. 20: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne
Nov. 20: Maccabi K/G - Hapoel Afula


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Hapoel K.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Johnson, Hapoel K.22.5 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.22.3 
 3. Clemente, Ironi N.21.6 
 4. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.8 
 5. Govens, Ironi K-A20.3 
 6. Murray, Kiryat T.19.3 
 7. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.19.2 
 8. Westbrook, Hapoel19.0 
 9. Iram, Macc.B.Y.18.8 
 10. McCoy, Ironi N.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.16.3 
 2. Ramsey, Ironi R.13.0 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.4 
 4. Joyner, Maccabi11.7 
 5. Wright, Elitzur Ra.11.0 
 6. Clemente, Ironi N.10.4 
 7. Jefferson, Maccabi10.2 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.10.2 
 9. Johnson, Hapoel K.9.3 
 10. Darby, Kiryat Tiv.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.8.0 
 2. Golan, Ironi Nahar.6.8 
 3. Brooks, Hapoel K/S6.4 
 4. Carr, Elitzur Ramla5.3 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.5.0 
 6. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.0 
 7. Govens, Ironi K-A4.7 
 8. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.7 
 9. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.4.6 
 10. Walker, Hod H.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.3.0 
 2. Hofman, Elitzur2.6 
 3. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.5 
 4. Clemente, Ironi N.2.4 
 5. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.2.4 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.3 
 7. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.2 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.2.2 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.0 
 10. Zelkovits, Ironi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Maccabi .
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jefferson, Maccabi2.4 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.7 
 3. Constantine, Hapoe.1.6 
 4. Clark, Ironi K-A1.5 
 5. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 6. Kleimintz, Hapoel1.0 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.0 
 8. Furman, Maccabi1.0 
 9. Rotemberg, Hapoel0.8 
 10. Tamir, Ironi R.0.8 


Iftach Buchman joins Kiryat Tivon - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League) agreed terms with 26-year old domestic swingman Iftach Buchman (196-86). He just played at Ironi Ramat Gan (National League). But in 5 games this season he had only 0.4ppg and 1.0rpg. He played in the final of Israeli National League. Buchman represented Israel at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg.
Buchman has played previously for four other Israeli teams: Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Bnei Hasharon, Elitzur Ramla and Beer Yaakov.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Chris Allen left Ashdod, Gabriel may leave too - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Ashdod's guard, Chris Allen (190-G-88, college: Iowa St.), left Israel tonight and returned to the U.S. due to the security situation in Ashdod and south Israel. Allen said that he could barely slept in the last couple of days and that his family asked him to return home. Kenny Gabriel (203-F-89, college: Auburn) is ready to leave as well, after he bought a ticket for this Thursday and it seems that Ashdod is in difficult situation, not to mention that the club has only one win from 5 matches. The game vs. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion which supposed to be tomorrow, was postponed again because the security situation in Israel. Another game that will be postponed once again is the game of EElizur Ashkelon and Bnei Hertzelia.


Gilboa Galil may release Brandon Hunter - by Idan Seggev

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa may release center Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) and send him to another team in Israel. There's big disappointment from Hunter, who has an average of 8.8 pts and 5.6 boards in 6 matches and the team is the only team that still didn't win. Since Galil cannot release him without compensation, they will try to loan him to another Israeli club. Galil is also trying to bring back Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86, college: Texas A&M) who currently remains two weeks in his contract with spanish side, CAI Zaragoza. Jones played last season in Galil and was one of their best players with average of 13.2 pts and 5.6 boards, although in the playoff he wasn't good when Galil lost to Ashdod.


Israel's at war: Ballers torn between careers and safety - by David Pick

Day seven of the war between Israel and Hamas continued Tuesday morning as Palestinians fired dozens of Grad rockets towards the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Be'er Sheva, four landing inside the city, sounding alert sirens throughout the South.

According to Israeli Defense Force reports, one IDF soldier was moderately wounded in the attack. During the past seven days over 1000 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.

Foreign ballers' families have shown immediate concern for their overseas loved ones as Maccabi Ashdod's rookie guard Chris Allen was the first American to leave Israeli soil late last night.

The former 6-foot-3 Iowa State product played five games for Ashdod averaging 15.4 points 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 36 minutes of action.

Allen's rookie teammate, forward Kenny Gabriel from Auburn University, who recorded 12.2 points, 7.3 boards and 1 dimes per, is set to leave Israel later this week. In addition, rumblings around the league regarding other potential American dropouts is on the rise.

"Israel has been an all-around great experience thus far," one Israeli league newcomer told Eurobasket, but I'm under a lot of pressure from family in the U.S. to return home. I'm in a position where I'm torn between my career and my safety, " he added.

In addition to the attacks over Southern residential communities and populated areas, the battlefield seems to have reached the Tel Aviv hardwood.

Last Thursday, roughly three hours after a rocket hit Rishon LeZion and prior to Maccabi Tel Aviv's Euroleague home game against Spanish Unicaja Malaga, air raid sirens were set off in Tel Aviv for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War.

In addition, earlier this week, the Israeli League Administration postponed both Maccabi Ashdod and Elitzur Ashkelon games from Sunday to Monday, and again to Wednesday due to the difficult situations in the South. League officials readdressed the topic and decided to cancel both teams' games completely, until further notice.

"This isn't my first year in Israel so I'm more aware of the situation and how it could become uncomfortable to foreigners -- but for European rookies and guys who are playing in Israel for the first time in their careers the situation can be very intimidating, " one elite division guard told Eurobasket.

Over the weekend, approximately 700 IDF reserve troops were called for immediate duty. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to make a ceasefire mission to Israel later today and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in attempts to end to war.





Mills leaves Elizur Ashkelon - by Eurobasket News

27-year old American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball State) left Elizur Ashkelon (Winner League). In 5 games he played this season he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg. 
Mills won Hungarian League championship title and the cup.
He received Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team award in 2008 and 2012.
Mills is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Australia (Cairns Taipans), Holland (Den Bosch), Poland (Kotwica), Hungary (Szolnok and Dombovar) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
Mills attended Ball State until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Elitzur Ramla tabs Johndre Jefferson - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Ramla (National League) inked 24-year old American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina). He played recently at Maccabi Kiryat Gat in Artzit. He helped his team get promotion to National League. In 5 Artzit games this season he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 10.2rpg and 2.4bpg. Jeffersons team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals.
He received Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012.
Jefferson has played previously professionally in Slovakia (Svit) and APBL (Beltway Bombers).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Standings -D1

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 20: BK Kapshagay - Kaspiy Aktau 82-90
Nov. 20: BK Almaty - Barsy Atyrau 80-71
Nov. 21: BK Almaty - Barsy Atyrau
Nov. 21: BK Kapshagay - Kaspiy Aktau



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  KOSOVO   


Kosovo Cup competition starts tomorrow - by Dren Shporta

After nine rounds of BKT Superleague, the Kosovo Cup starts tomorrow with its first round matches.

Cup winner Trepca will start its road to defend the title against second league team, Futura, while last years finalist Bashkimi will host Kastrioti. Drilon Hajrizi is in his old form and there should be no problem for the greens from Mitrovica in the first round tie.

The most interesting match of the first round should be against leader of the Superleague and Liga e Pare, Peja vs Studenti.

The matches of Round I:

Group A:
Bashkimi Kastrioti
Vellaznimi Ylli

Group B:
Trepca Futura
RTV 21 Fushe Kosova

Group C:
Sigal Prishtina Malisheva
Drita Llapi

Group D:
Peja Studenti
Kosova V - Skenderaj




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  LATVIA   


EuroChallenge: BK Ventspils remains undefeated after Sodertalje trip - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings- BK Ventspils 80:82

BK Ventspils remains undefeated after Sodertalje trip. The Latvian side took 3-0 record on top of Group C after 82:80 win. Sodertalje Kings meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Sodertalje Kings looked better in the first half and won the first and the second quarters. They started with 22-17 in the first quarter and added 19-18 in the second frame. BK Ventspils however needed a strong second half to win the game. The guests responded with 27-22 in the third period and then led 81:73 after Martins Meiers (208-C-91)s shot with 2 minutes remaining. Sodertalje Kings reduced to 2 final points but could not tie or win the game.
Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) netted 16 each. Martins Meiers followed them with 11 points. Dino Pita (192-SG-88) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) as well as Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) scored 16 apiece. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) delivered 14 points in the losing effort.

Sodertalje Kings: Dino Pita 20, Tobias Borg 16, Toni Bizaca 16+10 rebs, Kenneth Simms 14
BK Ventspils: Folarin Campbell 19, Donald Sims 16, Sandis Valters 16, Martins Meiers 11



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  LEBANON   


Anibal Zahle Bring in Alex McLean - by Surujh Roopnarine

Anibal Zahle, currently 0-4 in the standings agreed to terms with 27-year old forward Alexander McLean (203-F-85). McLean, who is no stranger to Lebanon after having played for Antranik Beirut in 2009-10, made his 2012-13 season debut this past weekend during 72-119 loss to Al Riyadi. In 40 minutes of action the 6-8 McLean from Bayshore, New York scored 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. A former teammate of Hoops Club guard Larry Blair at Liberty, McLean played last season in China's NBL (summer league), appearing in nine games while averaging 22.4ppg, 14.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 72.2%. In his fifth professional season McLean has experience playing professionally in Poland, Paraguay, Argentina, Iraq, Qatar and China in addition to Lebanon.


Lebanese Basketball Federation Elections on Friday November 23rd 2012. - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The Lebanese Basketball Federation elections will be held on Friday November 23rd 2012, this elections will bring a new group of LBF members who will lead the Lebanese Basketball for a term of four years.
Dr. Robert Abou Abdallah is the strong favorite candidate to be elected as the LBF President , hes backed by the majority of the key people,he was the LBF Secretary General from 1999 till 2003 and Vice President in season 2007-2008, Member from 2008 till 2010 and Vice President from 2010 till 2012.
He will be teamed up with 14 members who will work for four years with a target to keep the Lebanese Basketball on the good track.



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Standings

Liga Sudamericana Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Flamengo 0-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 0-0 
 3. Tiburones 0-0 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 0-0 
Group F
 1. Obras 1-0 
 2. Penarol 1-0 
 3. Libertad S. 0-0 
 4. Regatas C. 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 5

Nov. 20: Penarol - Regatas C. 88-85
Nov. 20: Obras - Libertad S. 87-74

Semi-Finals: Round 6

Nov. 21: Libertad S. - Penarol
Nov. 21: Regatas C. - Obras


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.28.0 
 2. Guzman, Mavort24.0 
 3. Evans, El Bosque23.0 
 4. Baxley, Hebraica23.0 
 5. Giovannoni, Unice.22.3 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras22.3 
 7. Calvo, S.Jose/U.20.7 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.19.7 
 9. Velasquez, Dep.C.19.7 
 10. Matthews, Cent..19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hatila PASSOS
  Hebraica
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Passos, Hebraica12.3 
 2. Fuller, Mavort11.3 
 3. Osorio, El Bosque9.7 
 4. Colmenares, Cent..9.3 
 5. Smith, Amistad9.3 
 6. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.3 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 8. McFarlin, Amistad9.0 
 9. Chavez, El Bosque9.0 
 10. Graterol, Tiburon.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 2. Dos Santos, Unice.7.7 
 3. Osimani, Obras7.5 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.3 
 5. Ribeiro, Un.6.3 
 6. Martinez, Regat.6.0 
 7. Cardenas, Mavort5.7 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.5.3 
 9. Campazzo, Penarol5.3 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol4.0 
 2. Evans, El Bosque3.7 
 3. Suero, Tiburones2.3 
 4. Benite, Flamengo2.3 
 5. Magalhaes, Flame.2.3 
 6. Ferreira, Pinheiro.2.3 
 7. Colmenares, Cent..2.3 
 8. Sloan, Mavort2.0 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 10. Osimani, Malvin2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo MORRO
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morro, Pinheiro.2.0 
 2. Clay, Dep.Castro2.0 
 3. Leiva, Penarol1.8 
 4. de Souza, Un.1.7 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.7 
 6. Newsome, Malvin1.3 
 7. Fuller, Mavort1.3 
 8. Matthews, Cent..1.0 
 9. Reis, Un.1.0 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo1.0 


Semifinal Stage: Day 1 in Group F - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Regatas Corrientes 88:85

The three-time defending champs of the NBL won the opener of the Semifinal Stage of the South American League 2012. Penarol overcame Regatas Corrientes 88:85 in the Argentinial battle.
Penarol erupted with 27-12 in the first period and led 13 points at the halftime. The victory however was not that easy for them as Regatas Corrientes responded with another two victories in the second half. They won the third period 30-21 and reduced to final 3 points after 29-28 in the last quarter.

David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) (196-G-83, college: Purdue) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) posted 18. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) and Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) delivered 14 points each. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) scored 24 points in defeat, while Paolo Quinteros (190-G/F-79) posted 20. Javier Martinez (189-G/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) ended up with 14 points and Nicolas Romano (199-F/C-87) tossed in 10.
Tomorrow, Penarol faces Libertad, while Regatas will take on Obras Sanitarias.

Penarol:
David Teague 19, Marcos Mata 18, Facundo Campazzo 14, Leonardo Gutierrez 14
Regatas Corrientes:
Tony Washam 24, Paolo Quinteros 20, Javier Martinez 14, Nicolas Romano 10

Obras Sanitarias-Libertad Sunchales 87:74

Obras Sanitarias beat Libertad Sunchales in the Semifinal Stage of the South American League 2012. Obras won 87:74 in the game between two Argentinean sides.
Obras Sanitarias took the lead in the opening tip and won the first period 16-12. They increased to 11 points at the end of the half after 23-16 in the second period. Moreover Obras needed 21-18 in the third quarter to take 14-point advantage after 3 quarters. Libertad Sunchales answered with 28-27 in the last stanza to reduce to final 13 points.

Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) paced all the winners with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyler Field (205-C-78, college: San Diego) had 16. Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) scored 13 and Alejandro Konsztadt (191-G-89) added 9. Diego Garcia (190-G-79) finished the game wtih 18 points in defeat, while Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) added 13. Marcos Saglietti (190-G-86) produced 11 and Jonatan Treise (186-PG-85) added 10.

Obras Sanitarias:
Juan Gutierrez 27+10 rebs, Tyler Field 16, Pablo Espinoza 13, Alejandro Konsztadt 9
Libertad Sunchales:
Diego Garcia 18, Alejandro Alloatti 13, Marcos Saglietti 11, Jonatan Treise 10



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 20: Juventus - Sakalai 82-75
Nov. 19: Siauliai - Nevezis 71-78
Nov. 19: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Zalgiris 43-93
Nov. 22: Lietkabelis - Pieno Zvaigzdes
Nov. 22: Naglis Palangos - Neptunas


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis17.7 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.7 
 3. Samenas, Siauliai16.6 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas16.6 
 5. Dia, Siauliai15.6 
 6. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.14.6 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.5 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai13.0 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.8 
 10. Balocka, Sakalai12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.4 
 2. Sarakauskas, Nept.9.2 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai8.4 
 4. Bishop, Nevezis8.3 
 5. Sinica, Sakalai8.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.8.0 
 7. Dia, Siauliai7.6 
 8. Vene, Rudupis6.3 
 9. Gates, Pieno Z.6.3 
 10. Balocka, Sakalai6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Jackson, Siauliai5.8 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas4.0 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis4.0 
 4. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.8 
 5. Broadus, Neptunas3.6 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai3.3 
 7. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.3 
 8. Leonard, Juventus3.3 
 9. Stasys, LSU-Baltai3.0 
 10. Vene, Rudupis2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.6 
 2. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.2.4 
 3. Girdziunas, Nevezis1.9 
 4. Mockevicius, Nagli.1.8 
 5. Aleksandrova., Nev.1.8 
 6. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.7 
 8. Dambrauskas, Sakal.1.7 
 9. Lengvinas, Naglis1.6 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai3.6 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.0 
 3. Kieza, Siauliai1.4 
 4. Dia, Siauliai1.4 
 5. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.2 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.1.0 
 8. McClure, Neptunas1.0 
 9. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.0 
 10. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.0.8 


Coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas signs at Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) hired 39-year old Lithuanian coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas. He coached recently at Statyba in Lithuanian NKL league.
Budzinauskas is a very experienced coach. He has worked  also professionally in Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, Poland (Sportino).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Clavijo adds Busma to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CB Clavijo (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (212-120kg-87, college: Idaho State, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Centrale del Latte Brescia in Italian Lega2. In 32 games last year he recorded 6.4ppg and 4.2rpg.
His team made it to the Big Sky Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2009.
Busma was also voted All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention in 2011 at his college time.
Busma has played also professionally in Lithuania (Nafta Universitetas).
He attended Idaho State until 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Matt Morgan is a newcomer at BBC Nitia, ex Kataja - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nitia Bettembourg (N2) added to their roster 25-year old American center Matt Morgan (205-87, college: Winthrop). He already started the season at Kataja in Finnish Korisliiga. In 5 games this season he recorded 5.2ppg and 2.6rpg.
He just graduated from Winthrop University and it is his first season as a pro. Morgans team made it to the Big South Conference Tournament Semifinals.
He has played also in Estonia (Tln Kalev).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MONTENEGRO   


Danilovgrad signed Zejak - by Darko Pekic

BC Danilovgrad announced today the signing of 25 year old forward Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) who most recently played in Austria for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers. Zejak will be an important addition for Borivoje Stanisic 's young squad with his size and multi year experience in Montenegrin league. Last year he played for Lovcen and averaged 12.7ppg and 5.4rpg. Zejak also has experience from Mediteran and ABS Primorje Herceg Novi.


EuroCup: Buducnost prevail against Spirou on the road - by Eurobasket News

Spirou - Buducnost 53:66

Buducnost raced to the second win in EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin team overcame Beglacom Spirou away from home to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Spirou suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from the visitors.
Buducnost and Spirou stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The teams entered the second frame tied at 14. The visitors pulled ahead in the second quarter. Buducnost accounted for a 33:25 halftime advantage. Spirou failed to threaten the margin in the third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 52:43. Buducnost limited Spirou at just 10 points in the fourth stanza and escaped with victory at the end. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points, while Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points each in the win. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Spirou. Justin Hamilton (190-G-80, college: Florida) netted 10 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spirou: Nikola Jankovic 15, Justin Hamilton 10
Buducnost: Dee Bost 13, Nikola Ivanovic 11, Gerald Lee 10, Cedomir Vitkovac 10



Balkan League: KK Mornar topple Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

KK Mornar - KK Kumanovo 92:71

KK Mornar recorded the first win in Balkan League season. The Montenegrin side defeated KK Kumanovo in front of the home crowd. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) posted 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Kumanovo slipped at 3-2 record after the loss.
KK Mornar jumped at 22:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. They traded baskets as the scoreboard read 43:40 for Mornar at halftime. The hosts cleared off in the third term. They accumulated a 10-point lead 67:57 at the final intermission. KK Mornar exploded with 25 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) netted 19 points, while Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) answered with 22 points and 14 boards for KK Kumanovo. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) had 17 points in the loss.

KK Mornar: Vukota Pavic 21, Miroslav Damjanovic 19, Lazar Radosavljevic 12
KK Kumanovo: Uros Lukovic 22+14 boards, Marjan Janevski 17



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 8-1 
 2. Philadelph.76 7-4 
 3. Brooklyn N. 6-3 
 4. Boston C. 6-5 
 5. Toronto R. 3-8 
Central Div.
 1. Milwaukee B. 6-3 
 2. Chicago B. 5-5 
 3. Indiana P. 5-7 
 4. Cleveland C. 2-8 
 5. Detroit P. 2-9 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 8-3 
 2. Atlanta H. 5-4 
 3. Charlotte B. 5-4 
 4. Orlando M. 3-7 
 5. Washington W. 0-9 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 8-3 
 2. Utah Jazz 6-6 
 3. Minnesota T. 5-4 
 4. Portland TB 5-5 
 5. Denver N. 5-6 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 8-2 
 2. LA Lakers 6-5 
 3. Golden St.W. 6-5 
 4. Phoenix Suns 4-7 
 5. Sacramento K. 2-8 
Southwest Div.
 1. Memphis G. 8-2 
 2. San Antonio S. 8-3 
 3. Dallas M. 6-6 
 4. Houston R. 4-7 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-6 

Regular Season: Round 22

Nov. 20: LA Lakers - Brooklyn N. 95-90
Nov. 20: N.Orleans H. - New York K. 80-102
Nov. 20: Philadelph.76 - Toronto R. 106-98

Regular Season: Round 23

Nov. 21: Charlotte B. - Toronto R.
Nov. 21: Orlando M. - Detroit P.
Nov. 21: Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76
Nov. 21: Indiana P. - N.Orleans H.
Nov. 21: Boston C. - San Antonio S.
Nov. 21: Atlanta H. - Washington W.
Nov. 21: Miami Heat - Milwaukee B.
Nov. 21: Oklah.City T. - LA Clippers
Nov. 21: Houston R. - Chicago B.
Nov. 21: Minnesota T. - Denver N.
Nov. 21: Dallas M. - New York K.
Nov. 21: Phoenix Suns - Portland TB
Nov. 21: Sacramento K. - LA Lakers
Nov. 21: Golden St.W. - Brooklyn N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers26.3 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.24.5 
 3. James, Miami Heat24.5 
 4. Harden, Houston R.24.2 
 5. Anthony, New Y.24.2 
 6. Irving, Cleveland22.9 
 7. Mayo, Dallas M.21.8 
 8. Ellis, Milwaukee B.21.4 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.1 
 10. Batum, Portland20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zach RANDOLPH
  Memph.
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Randolph, Memph.13.8 
 2. Varejao, Clevelan.13.1 
 3. Asik, Houston R.12.3 
 4. Jefferson, Utah J.12.0 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers11.7 
 6. Faried, Denver N.11.3 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.6 
 9. Durant, Oklah.Ci.10.5 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers10.0 
 3. Holiday, Philadel.8.9 
 4. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.8.5 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn8.2 
 8. Jennings, Milwauke.7.7 
 9. Parker, San A.7.7 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JENNINGS
  Milwauke.
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Jennings, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Walker, Charlott.2.6 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.2 
 4. Lawson, Denver N.2.2 
 5. Batum, Portland TB2.1 
 6. Ariza, Washingt.2.1 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.2.0 
 8. Cousins, Sacramen.2.0 
 9. Leonard, San A.2.0 
 10. Gee, Cleveland C.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.5 
 2. Gortat, Phoenix3.0 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers2.8 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.5 
 6. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.4 
 7. Jordan, LA Clippers2.4 
 8. Sanders, Milwauke.2.2 
 9. Favors, Utah Jazz2.2 
 10. Kirilenko, Minnes.2.2 


Wolves' Roy will miss month, at least, after surgery - by Eurobasket News

Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) is expected to miss the next month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. The team in a statement called the surgery performed by team doctor David Fischer in Bloomington "successful," but didn't provide details about an exploratory operation that cleaned up Roy's right knee. Roy retired last December because of degenerative knees, but he launched a comeback last spring after undergoing a medical procedure intended to reduce pain and post-exercise swelling in knees that have little or no cartilage left in them. Roy, 27, signed a partially guaranteed two-year, $10 million free-agent contract with the Wolves in July. He has appeared in five games this season but has not played since leaving a Nov. 9 game against Indiana because of pain in his right knee that the team traces to Roy banging knees with a Milwaukee player in an Oct. 26 preseason finale.
Courtesy of: startribune.com



Lakers hold off Nets 95-90, win D'Antoni's debut - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Brooklyn N. 95-90
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Although Mike D'Antoni still can't jump, pivot or move on his surgically replaced knee with his usual enthusiasm, he felt plenty strong enough to start work with the Los Angeles Lakers. D'Antoni also knows it's usually quite comfortable to be Kobe Bryant's coach. Bryant scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes, and the Lakers hung on for a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night in D'Antoni's sideline debut. Although D'Antoni is still unsteady after knee surgery earlier this month, he coached Los Angeles to a narrow victory that snapped Brooklyn's five-game winning streak. Eight months after leaving the New York Knicks, he seemed thrilled to be in his rightful place on an NBA bench - and to watch his talented new team do its thing. ''With this team, there's no reason not to win every game,'' D'Antoni said. ''That's our goal. It's not, 'Let's get two out of three.' We can win every game we play. ... I feel like we're the best team in the league. We've got the most talent, so they can do what they want. We've just got to keep perfecting things.'' D'Antoni clearly isn't at full strength: He hobbled slowly on the sideline on the rare occasions he left his chair during play in the first half. He moved around with more vigor after halftime, protesting foul calls with his usual theatrical vehemence despite a slight limp in his step. ''I was a little peg-legged, but it was good,'' D'Antoni said with a laugh. ''Adrenalin is a great thing. I'm good, (but) jumping is a thing of the past.'' Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds despite a horrific 7-for-19 performance at the free-throw line for the Lakers, who have won five of six and moved above .500 since firing Mike Brown. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Metta World Peace scored 17 points apiece. Gasol contributed 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers wrapped up a tumultuous six-game homestand that began with Brown's unexpected firing 11 days ago. ''We're definitely playing with better flow,'' Gasol said. ''We're playing with more confidence, looser out there.'' The Lakers went 4-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, but D'Antoni finally took over the bench nine days after he was hired. Los Angeles largely couldn't play at his favored tempo, but D'Antoni quickly learned the benefits of coaching Bryant, who took over in the final minutes. Bryant has played for D'Antoni on various U.S. national teams. ''It's the same as it's always been,'' Bryant said. ''He's always very calm, but he still has an undertone edge to him. He's the same D'Antoni. ... We're just getting more in sync with each other. For the most part, we're doing a pretty good job taking care of the ball.'' Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) had 22 for the Nets, who missed five of their last six shots in their ninth consecutive loss to the Lakers. ''It was definitely frustrating,'' Williams said. ''We were right there and we battled the whole game. We had control of the game at one point, but we didn't make shots down the stretch. We had plenty of chances to tie it. We were getting the stops we needed, and put them on the free throw line a couple of times, but we just didn't make enough plays down the stretch and we didn't convert.'' After taking a narrow lead through three quarters, the Lakers missed their first seven shots in the fourth and fell behind mostly due to their All-Star center's incompetence at the line. Brooklyn deliberately fouled Howard in the fourth quarter, when he went 3 for 10. Los Angeles still took the lead on Gasol's free throw with 2:37 to play, and Bryant hit a running hook shot after Joe Johnson airballed a jumper moments later. Johnson cut the lead to one point on a fast-break layup with 36 seconds left, but Bryant hit four free throws in the final 17.1 seconds while Williams missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 4 seconds left. Johnson scored 14 points for the Nets, who finish their three-game California road trip at Golden State on Wednesday night. ''I thought Deron did a great job of quarterbacking the team and getting it to our pace,'' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. ''We wish we could have had a few more shots fall in the fourth quarter, but our team laid it all out on the floor. They showed a lot of heart, something that we didn't see early in the season - especially in a road game at Miami.'' NOTES: The Nets haven't won six straight games or been more than five games over .500 since 2006. .. Before the game, D'Antoni said Steve Blake and Steve Nash will miss at least four more games, which means they won't play on the Lakers' three-game road trip over the next four days starting in Sacramento on Wednesday night. The Lakers' next home game is against Indiana on Nov. 27. ... The Lakers have won their last five road meetings with the Nets, last losing in New Jersey on March 17, 2006. They'll visit Barclays Center on Feb. 5. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

N.Orleans H. - New York K. 80-102
Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 29 points in the first quarter and the New York Knicks beat the host New Orleans Hornets 102-80 to improve their record to a National Basketball Association-best 8-1 this season. The Knicks have won eight of their first nine games for the third time in franchise history. The other two times, during the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, New York went on to win the NBA championship. New York will attempt to push its record to 9-1 tomorrow night in Dallas, and then will face former Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) and the Rockets at Houston two days later. In 1969, the Knicks won 23 of their first 24 games. In 1972-73, New York won 10 of its first 11 games. Both those teams featured four future Hall of Famers -- Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed. Raymond Felton hit five 3-pointers for the Knicks, who led by five points at halftime and outscored the Hornets 30-16 in the third period to take control of the game at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets, who have lost four straight games, are now 3-6. Ryan Anderson, starting in place of injured rookie forward Anthony Davis, led the Hornets with 15 points. Davis was sidelined with a sore left ankle. Courtesy of: www.businessweek.com

Philadelph.76 - Toronto R. 106-98
PHILADELPHIA-Despite the unexpected return of point guard Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova), the Raptors couldn't hang on to a fourth-quarter lead and fell 106-98 to the Philadelphia 76ers here Tuesday night. The Sixers got six huge points from veteran Jason Richardson down the stretch - a traditional three-point play and a three-point field goal - and outscored Toronto 33-18 in the final quarter. It ruined a solid offensive game by Toronto, which got 24 points from DeMar DeRozan and 23 from Andrea Bargnani. Richardson, who missed part of the third quarter after taking a hit to the head, had 21 points for Philadelphia and Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) had 23. Lowry had missed six games with a sprained right ankle and a bruised cuboid bone and wasn't expected back until at least the end of this week. But after working out for the team's medical staff on Monday and going through Tuesday morning's shootaround he was cleared to play, which eased the workload of veteran Jose Calderon. 'Jose's a good horse, but if you ride a horse too hard it's going to break down, so we'll figure out something as far as rotation,' coach Dwane Casey said before the game. 'I'm sure we'll have to monitor Kyle's minutes to make sure he doesn't come back too quick and put too many minutes in too quick.' Lowry, a Philadelphia native, had 13 points in 28 minutes. Courtesy of: www.thestar.com



10 Early season thoughts on the NBA - by Chris Mathieu

10 Early season thoughts on the NBA
1.Its Miamis title to win against everyone else. Miami kept the core intact coming off of their title win last season. The additions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis strengthened the team and will prove to be the toughest team to beat in their attempt to win the title again.

2.New York Knicks look much improved early in the season thanks to defense and the absence of Amare Stoudamire. The additions of Ronnie Brewer, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace improved the teams defense. The addition of Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd are a huge improvement over last seasons PGs defense. Wallace has been a revelation after taking two years off.

3.Charlotte Bobcats have been competitive! Kemba Walker has been the best player on the team but they have played better as a team than their individual talent would suggest.
4.Dallas Mavericks have been competitive without Dirk! OJ Mayo has been one of the best players in the NBA so far. The team has been better than expected and Mayo has led a surprising team without its star player. It will be interesting to see how they integrate the two of them when Dirk returns and how they share shots.

5.Houston Rockets have been better than expected. The team was highly criticized for the trade of James Harden. No one is questioning it now and Omer Asik has been one of the best centers in the NBA.

6.Memphis Grizzlies are one of the best teams in the NBA. Marc Gasol has passed his brother as the better of the two Gasol brothers. Tony Allen is one of the best defenders in the NBA and adds a lot of toughness to the team. The starting five of Gasol, Allen, Conley, Randolf and Gay are the most underrated starting 5 in the NBA.

7.T-Wolves coach Adelman is the most underrated coach in the NBA. The teams has been piling up injuries and still have been competitive, that has been one of the biggest shocks of the season so far. Once the team returns a healthy Rubio, Love and Budinger the team could be a tough out in the playoffs.

8.Damien Lilliard has been the truth for the Trailblazers so far. Starting as a rookie PG in the NBA is a tough position for any rookie and Lilliard has been a revelation. He has an array of moves, can attack the rim and is reliable from the outside already and is an adept passer. He looks like he will develop into one of the best PGs in the league, quickly.

9.Clippers have the talent to challenge for the title but not the coaching. The team may prove how overrated coaching is by challenging for a chance at the title this season. The team is loaded in talent and will return Chauncy Billups later in the season and has improved their depth with Lamar Odom and Grant Hill. If the team is able to contend for a title it will be more in spite of coach Vinny than because of him.

10. The Lakers took a gamble on Coach DAntoni they may regret. The team may have been better off with a coach like Nate McMillian than the unorthodox coaching style of DAntoni. His one in four out offensive style maybe a bad fit for Gasol, Kobe and Howard. Gasol maybe the best option for the Stoudamire position of diving to the basket on offense. This will be DAntonis last chance to prove he can win a title in the NBA with his coaching.



Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas injured, out two months - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that forward Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, college: LSU) is expected to miss approximately two months after an MRI revealed a second-degree strain of his left calf muscle and a tear of the plantaris muscle, a smaller muscle that assists the calf in plantar flexing the ankle. No surgery will be needed for the injury, which Thomas suffered during Saturday nights game against Memphis. In eight games played this season, Thomas is averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



The Hornets waived Matt Carroll - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Hornets (NBA) waived 32-year old swingman Matt Carroll (198-96kg-80, college: Notre Dame).
Carroll has never been drafted by the NBA.
He won NBA Southwest Division championship title in 2010.
Carroll received also All-NBDL Player of the Year award and All-NBDL 1st Team award back in 2005.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Bobcats) and D-League (Roanoke Dazzle).
Carroll attended University of Notre Dame until 2003 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Ottawa to get Canadian basketball league franchise - by Eurobasket News

Ottawa will take a leap into the world of basketball with an official announcement Wednesday afternoon at Scotiabank Place. An Ottawa franchise will join the National Basketball League of Canada in time for next season.
The league, launched in May of 2011, has eight franchises, with two divisions. Summerside, Moncton, Saint John and Halifax play in the Atlantic division, while it would be logical that Ottawa will join London, Oshawa, Windsor and Montreal in the Central division.
Courtesy of: ottawasun.com



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 19: Lehigh - Fairfield 82-67
Nov. 19: Iona - Ill.-Chicago 81-86
Nov. 19: Cleveland St. - Al.-Huntsville 71-69
Nov. 19: N.Carolina - Mississippi St. 95-49
Nov. 19: Arizona - Long Beach St. 94-72
Nov. 19: Illinois - USC 94-64
Nov. 19: Duquesne - JMU 90-88 OT
Nov. 19: S.Carolina - Rider 88-76
Nov. 19: NC-Greensboro - Virginia Tech 87-96
Nov. 19: Chaminade - Texas 86-73
Nov. 19: N.Dakota St. - Youngstown St. 83-80 OT
Nov. 19: Stetson - Southeastern 81-59
Nov. 19: SMU - Malone 81-47
Nov. 19: N.Texas - IUPUI 80-66
Nov. 19: Towson - Cincin.Christian 79-40
Nov. 19: Alcorn St. - Ft.Valley St. 78-86
Nov. 19: Georgetown - UCLA 78-70
Nov. 19: Kansas - Washington St. 78-41
Nov. 19: Furman - Brevard 76-53
Nov. 19: Wake Forest - Mercer 74-71
Nov. 19: Marquette - Butler 71-72
Nov. 19: Robert Morris - Bowling Green 71-60
Nov. 19: St.Louis - Texas A&M 70-49
Nov. 19: Pennsylvania - Fordham 68-70
Nov. 19: Cal Poly - SLO - Fresno St. 67-76
Nov. 19: Pacific - ORU 67-69
Nov. 19: Oregon - Jacksonville St. 67-45
Nov. 19: Cal-Irvine - Liberty 64-46
Nov. 19: SE Missouri St. - Louisiana Tech 63-67
Nov. 19: Virginia - Lamar 63-44
Nov. 19: Georgia St. - Monmouth 62-49
Nov. 19: Chattanooga - Troy 61-68
Nov. 19: Connecticut - N.Mexico 60-66
Nov. 19: UALR - Wisc.-Milwaukee 59-43
Nov. 19: Quinnipiac - George Mason 58-74
Nov. 19: Missouri St. - Jacksonville 58-64
Nov. 19: S.Alabama - Tennessee St. 57-68
Nov. 19: American - USF 53-67
Nov. 19: Georgia - Indiana 53-66
Nov. 19: Sam Houston St. - S.Mississippi 49-61
Nov. 19: Houston - Louisiana Coll. 106-59

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 21: Monmouth - Tennessee St.
Nov. 21: W.Carolina - Gardner-Webb
Nov. 21: W.Kentucky - Wichita St.
Nov. 21: E.Illinois - Rochester, MI
Nov. 21: Georgia St. - S.Alabama
Nov. 21: San Diego St. - Ark.-Pine Bluff
Nov. 21: Alaska-Anch. - Belmont
Nov. 21: Boston Coll. - Auburn
Nov. 21: Cal-Riverside - Northeastern
Nov. 21: JMU - N.Dakota St.
Nov. 21: Toledo - Samford
Nov. 21: St.Francis, PA - Colgate
Nov. 21: Liberty - S.Mississippi
Nov. 21: ODU - VMI
Nov. 21: S.Carolina - Elon
Nov. 21: Syracuse - Princeton
Nov. 21: Kentucky - Morehead St.
Nov. 21: Vermont - Yale
Nov. 21: Kennesaw St. - Georgia South
Nov. 21: Radford - Brevard
Nov. 21: Brown - Bryant
Nov. 21: High Point - St.Andrews
Nov. 21: Duquesne - Youngstown St.
Nov. 21: Manhattan - Hofstra
Nov. 21: Notre Dame - G.Washington
Nov. 21: Seton Hall - Maine
Nov. 21: Florida St. - N.Florida
Nov. 21: William & Mary - Miami, OH
Nov. 21: Florida Gulf Coast - Alcorn St.
Nov. 21: NJIT - New Hampshire
Nov. 21: St.John's - Holy Cross
Nov. 21: Sam Houston St. - Cal-Irvine
Nov. 21: Nebraska - Tulane
Nov. 21: La-Lafayette - SUNO
Nov. 21: Cent.Arkansas - Arkansas St.
Nov. 21: Purdue - NC-Wilmington
Nov. 21: S.Dakota St. - SW Minnesota St.
Nov. 21: Tulsa - Jackson St.
Nov. 21: SMU - Rider
Nov. 21: UALR - Jacksonville
Nov. 21: BYU - UTSA
Nov. 21: E.Washington - USC Upstate
Nov. 21: Air Force - Montana St.
Nov. 21: Utah - Idaho St.
Nov. 21: Wright St. - Cent.Michigan
Nov. 21: Denver - Colorado St.
Nov. 21: N.Mexico St. - Northern NM
Nov. 21: N.Colorado - Wyoming
Nov. 21: S.Utah - Carroll, MT
Nov. 21: Seattle - Pacific Lutheran
Nov. 21: Illinois - Marquette
Nov. 21: UCSB - San Diego
Nov. 21: Portland - Portland St.
Nov. 21: Santa Clara - Utah Valley


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Brandon PAUL
  Illinois
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Paul, Illinois19.6 
 2. Frazier, Penn St.16.3 
 3. Appling, Michigan15.5 
 4. Zeller, Indiana15.2 
 5. Newbill, Penn St.14.5 
 6. Hollins, Minnesota14.5 
 7. Williams, Minnesota14.5 
 8. Brust, Wisconsin14.5 
 9. Hearn, Northwes.14.5 
 10. Marble, Iowa14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ben BRUST
  Wisconsin
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Brust, Wisconsin9.3 
 2. Nix, Michigan St.8.5 
 3. Watford, Indiana7.6 
 4. Zeller, Indiana7.6 
 5. White, Iowa7.2 
 6. Evans, Wisconsin6.8 
 7. Berggren, Wisco.6.8 
 8. Williams, Minnesota6.5 
 9. Travis, Penn St.6.3 
 10. Dawson, Michigan.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dave SOBOLEWSKI
  Northw.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sobolewski, Northw.6.3 
 2. Ferrell, Indiana5.2 
 3. Hollins, Minnesota5.0 
 4. Appling, Michigan4.5 
 5. Johnson, Purdue4.5 
 6. Abrams, Illinois4.4 
 7. Gesell, Iowa4.0 
 8. Hulls, Indiana4.0 
 9. Frazier, Penn St.3.8 
 10. Paul, Illinois3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Branden DAWSON
  Michigan.
  (198-G-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dawson, Michigan.4.0 
 2. Coleman, Minnesota2.5 
 3. Oladipo, Indiana2.4 
 4. Frazier, Penn St.2.3 
 5. Hollins, Minnesota2.3 
 6. Appling, Michigan2.3 
 7. Marshall, Penn St.2.0 
 8. Richardson, Illino.2.0 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota1.8 
 10. Johnson, Purdue1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared BERGGREN
  Wisco.
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Berggren, Wisco.2.5 
 2. Eliason, Minnesota2.3 
 3. Basabe, Iowa2.2 
 4. Payne, Michigan.2.0 
 5. Mbakwe, Minnesota1.8 
 6. Olah, Northwestern1.5 
 7. Turner, Northwes.1.3 
 8. Egwu, Illinois1.2 
 9. Woodbury, Iowa1.2 
 10. Zeller, Indiana1.2 


Texas stumbles, falls to D-II Chaminade in Maui - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Thirty years after pulling off one of the biggest
upsets in college basketball history, Chaminade knocked off another big-time opponent.

The Division II Silverswords beat Texas 86-73 on Monday night at the Maui Invitational,
topping a Butler buzzer-beater and an impressive showing from No. 9 North Carolina as the day's main attraction.

The win came 30 years after Chaminade beat top-ranked Virginia in an upset nobody expected and few watched live.

This time, the world knew right away as the game was televised nationally and
Chaminade immediately began trending worldwide on Twitter moments after the final buzzer.

Not bad for a Catholic school of 1,200 students with an athletics program a fraction of the size of the bigger names in the field.

We are ecstatic, Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird said. We believed all along that we had a
chance to play with these guys over here. We knew if we got down to a close ballgame that there was a good chance we were going to win.

It was a close ballgame - in the first half.

De'Andre Haskins scored 32 points and had nine rebounds as the Silverswords (3-1)
turned the second half into a blowout. Kevin Hu, a Taiwanese freshman, scored 16 points in 14 minutes off the bench.

I don't even know what to say, said Haskins, who sat out last year because of an injury.
I just wanted to play hard and play with my teammates.

The win was just Chaminade's seventh at the Maui Invitational since the tournament started in 1984.
The host team has lost 76 at the tournament in that span.

I have so much faith in my team, I will put them up against anybody in the country on a given night,
Bovaird said. "These guys have worked so hard to get where they are right now. You have no idea,
they have worked just as hard as any Division I athlete.

Texas (2-1) shot 46.4 percent for the game after making just one of eight 3-pointers in the first half.
The Longhorns finished with 18 turnovers compared with just 10 assists, and made less than 57 percent of its free throws.

I don't even think the score is even indicative of how much better they played than we played,
Texas coach Rick Barnes said.

Chaminade led at halftime after battling back from two separate deficits of seven or more points each.
The Silverswords fell behind 8-0 after missing their first 10 shots.

Chaminade picked Texas apart in the second half, not allowing the Longhorns to score
consecutive baskets until less than 7 minutes remained in the game. A pull-up jumper from
Hu with 6:23 left gave Chaminade a 19-point lead at 64-45.

Texas pulled to within nine on a 3-pointer from Julien Lewis with 2:16 left, but could get no closer.
In the closing minutes, Texas had flashes of superior play, generating turnovers with pressure
and stopping basic possessions, but the effort meant little by then.

Bovaird said winning, while difficult, wasn't complicated. He said his team focused significantly on rebounds.
Chaminade had 43 rebounds compared with 35 for Texas.

We knew when you look on paper, their size, their strength, their weight as compared to us, everybody,
it didn't take a basketball genius to realize that they were going to try to beat us inside and try to beat us on the boards," he said.
It is something we talked about for a long time, and the guys did a great job."

When Chaminade upset in 1982 Virginia, it was an 800-student NAIA school and didn't even have its own gym.
That game was played in Honolulu.

Ralph Sampson, the former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick who scored 12 points for Virginia in that 77-72 loss,
was in attendance Monday night.

Hours earlier, he reminisced to reporters that the loss was difficult at first but became easier.
Texas hopes it can get over this defeat.



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Patriots fly by Hornets in record-setting opener 147-138 - by Eurobasket News

FLORENCE, SC It only took one half for the record book to be dusted off and opened up as Francis Marion University, utilizing head coach Gary Edwards' newly-installed up-tempo style, outlasted Morris College 147-138, Monday night (Nov. 19) in non-conference men's basketball action.

FMU improves to 23-20 all-time in season openers and 27-16 in home openers, but the team's record book will need to be updated. The Patriots set single-game marks for points scored (147), points scored in a half (broken in both halfs), most combined points for both teams (285), most field goals made (50), most three-pointers made (18) and attempted (46), and most players scoring in double figures (7).

Junior 6-0 guard Chris Rhodes became the first Patriot to ever score 20 points, he had 24, and register double-figure assists, he had 12. Sophomore swingman Dustin Jones (6'4''-G/F) tallied 23 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while junior guard Evrik Gary (6'3''-G) scored 19, junior swingman Markcus Falley 15, junior 6-8 forward Nequan Melvin 13, junior guard Tyler Deihl 12, and junior 6-8 forward Alex Tucker 10. Melvin led the Patriots with 10 rebounds.

Senior guard Quantrez Franklin came off the Morris bench to scored 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting before fouling out in only 15 minutes of action. Junior guard Andreaus Canty tallied 19 points as the Hornets also placed seven players in double figures. Morris (1-3) came into the game as the third-highest scoring offense in the NAIA.

Morris held a slim lead during the early going and stretched its advantage to nine points at 41-32 after a layup by Frank Jared Charles with 9:10 left before halftime. Francis Marion then scored 18 of the game's next 22 points over a four-minute span to race to a 50-45 lead. FMU would not trail again. The margin would swell to 73-62 at intermission as the Patriots finished the opening half with 10 made three-pointers.

A 24-11 spurt over the first four minutes of the second stanza pushed FMU's lead to 97-73 with still 16 minutes remaining and sent the crowd of 1,123 into a frenzy. A three-point play by junior forward Robert Carpenter gave Francis Marion its largest lead of the night at 104-77 with 14:17 left on the clock.

The margin was 26 points at 115-89 with 11:27 remaining when Morris gradually began chipping away at the lead. A three-point play by Franklin with 2:26 left brought the Hornets to within five at 135-130. A free throw by point guard Clayton Williams sparked a 7-2 FMU run that pushed the margin back to double figures, 142-132, with just over a minute remaining.

Francis Marion shot 54.5 percent in the second half and an even 50 percent (50-of-100) for the game. FMU forced 34 Morris turnovers that resulted in 46 points for the Patriots. FMU also led 86-74 in points off the bench.

Francis Marion will play host to its annual Zaxby's Tip-Off Clazzic this weekend, playing St. Andrews University on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Coker College on Sunday at 3 p.m. UNC Pembroke is the fourth team in the event and will play at 1 p.m. on both days.

The previous high-point game for the Patriots was a 122-108 victory over Shaw University on Jan. 13, 1987.
Courtesy of: http://www.fmupatriots.com



McCaffrey moves into top 10 scoring list in win over Dakota State - by Eurobasket News

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Cameron McCaffrey moved into the top 10 all-time scoring list at Augustana with 21 points helping Augustana to a 66-47 win over Dakota State on Monday night in Sioux Falls. Augustana improves to 4-0 on the season, marking its first 4-0 start since the 2009 season. Tonight's game was an exhibition contest for Dakota State.

McCaffrey now has 1,383 points and passed Rich Chapman who scored 1,381 career points from 1973-77.

Augustana used a late run to pull away from Dakota State midway through the second half. Daniel Jansen finished the game with seven points and five rebounds while Alex Richter picked up nine points on 4 of 9 shooting and six rebounds.

Yusuf Vinson was the only player from Dakota State in double figures finishing with 10 points, and was 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

Augustana shot 43 percent from the field for the game but was just 7 of 17 from the free throw line and 5 of 22 from 3-point range in the game. Dakota State hit 6 3-pointers on 17 attempts and finished the game 15 of 38 from the field shooting 39 percent.

Augustana got off to a fast start opening the game on a 7-0 run in the first minute and a half. Jansen scored the game's first basket on a strong move down low before Richter flew down the court on a fastbreak to put Augustana up 4-0. McCaffrey then drilled a 3-pointer forcing Dakota State into an early timeout.

Augustana extended its lead to 10 at 18-8 with 14:09 to play in the first half when Huisken hit a pull-up jumper from the wing on an excellent dish by Taylor.

Dakota State went on a 17-7 run over the next 10 minutes of the game to take its first lead of the game. Marcus Smith drilled a 3-pointer at the 5:06 mark to put Dakota State in front 23-21.

Augustana closed out the final four minutes of the first half on a 13-6 run to regain the lead and take a 34-29 lead into the locker room.

Jansen tied the game at 29 with 1:13 to play and McCaffrey hit two buckets in the final 47 seconds, including a 3-pointer with two seconds left to put the Vikings back in front.

Augustana finished the first half with 10 offensive rebounds that led to 12 second-chance points. The Vikings shot 40 percent from the field but were just 3 of 12 from the 3-point range in the half. Dakota State was 9 of 17 shooting (53 percent) in the half, including 4 of 7 from behind the arc.

McCaffrey finished the first half with 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting, followed by Jansen who finished with seven.

Augustana came out hot in the second half going on an 18-7 run in the first eight minutes to take a 52-36 lead. In the run Joe Burt pushed Augustana's lead to 10 drilling his first 3-pointer of the game.

Dakota State went 10 minutes without a basket as the Vikings were able to push their lead to 57-36 with 5:27 left in the game. Luke Lamb got the Trojans on the board hitting back-to-back free throws at the 3:51 mark to make the score 57-38.

Augustana finished the game scoring 36 points in the paint and 23 points off turnovers. Brennan Olson finished the game 4 of 5 shooting for eight points. Joe Burt, Leif Nomeland and Zach Huisken each scored five points in the game.

Augustana will open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play on Dec. 1 hosting Wayne State at 6 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.goaugie.com



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Royals Win Third Straight Radisson Title With 81-69 Victory Over Baruch - by Eurobasket News

Defending its home court in The Radisson Invitational is becoming a habit for The University of Scranton men's basketball team. The Royals used a hot-shooting second half to capture their third straight title and fifth in the event's 11-year history with an 81-69 victory over Baruch College in the championship game in the Long Center on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) took home tournament MVP honors after scoring a game-high 22 points to go along with 13 rebounds and six assists as Scranton, ranked No. 18 in the D3hoops.com top 25, improved to 2-0.

Freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 16 points and seven rebounds, senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had 13 points and sophomore guard Michael Fee (6'2''-G) (Richboro, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory) added 11 points in the victory.

The Royals jumped out to a 22-10 lead with about eight minutes to go in the first half before Baruch slashed the lead to two a few minutes later. But Scranton finished the half with a flourish to take a 36-28 lead into the break behind eight points from Farrell, who earned all-tournament honors, and seven points and eight from Danzig.

After the break, Scranton came out and torched the net by shooting 57.1 percent (16-for-28) from the field. Boken canned five of his six shots in the second half and finished with 12 points after the break while Danzig poured in 15, including six from the free throw line.

For the game, Scranton shot 46.4 percent (26-for-56), including nine of 24 from 3-point range, led by Fee's 3-for-5 performance from beyond the arc. Baruch (1-1) shot 35.4 percent (23-for-65), including just 2-for-16 from 3-point range.

The Royals won the battle of the boards, 40-38, as junior forward Jason Pierce (Scranton, Pa./Conestoga/Lackawanna College) added five rebounds. Scranton also finished with 15 assists, including five from senior guard Tim Lavelle (5'10''-G) (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) to help overcome 18 turnovers.

The Bearcats were led by 20 points from freshman guard Franklin Garcia (New York, N.Y./St. Raymond), who earned all-tournament honors.

In the third-place game, Oneonta State defeated York, 92-77, behind 22 points from all-tournament choice Jackson Zuvic (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane). York was led by 16 points, eight rebounds and seven steals from all-tournament honoree Todd Maciejewski (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion).

Scranton returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20, when it travels to Dallas, Pa. to take on Misericordia at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Johns Hopkins Rallies Late Past Bluffton for 58-56 Win - by Eurobasket News

CLEVELAND, OH The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat Bluffton, 58-56, in the consolation game of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Tournament at Case Western Saturday. The Blue Jays get their first win of the season as they even their record at 1-1, while the Beavers slip to 0-2 on the season.



Trailing 53-46 with 2:58 to play following a three-pointer from Josh Johnson, Hopkins ended the game on a 12-3 rally to earn the win. Sophomore Jimmy Hammer got things going as he answered Johnson's three with one of his one, followed by a triple from senior Mike Rhoads and Bluffton's lead was one. Sophomore George Bugarinovic then put the Blue Jays on top with a jumper at 1:07 to make it a 54-53 game. The Blue Jays would not trail again.



Senior Adam Spengler then grabbed a steal and hit a fast-break layup to push the lead to three with 32 seconds on the clock. Bluffton then fouled Rhoads and he hit one of two to make it a four-point game. Josh Fisher came right back for the Beavers with an old-fashioned three-point play to cut the deficit back to one with 12 ticks on the clock. Hammer was charged with an offensive foul on the Jays' ensuing possession, giving the ball back to the Beavers. But Johnson missed on the target on what would have been the go-ahead basket. Rhoads corralled the rebound and was promptly fouled, sending him to the line with one second to play, where he hit one of two to seal the win.



It was a back-and-forth affair from the start as the game saw six ties and 11 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than seven. Fisher gave Bluffton a two-point lead with a bucket from downtown at 16:53, kick-starting a quick 10-2 burst that saw the Beavers take a 14-7 lead. Hopkins responded, beginning with a three-point play by junior Aleksandar Nikolic, and ending with a free throw from freshman Niko Kotoulas that staked Hopkins to a 17-16 lead with 6:53 to play. The teams traded buckets over the remainder of the half and went into the locker room tied at 23 points apiece.



Hopkins got off to a good start coming out of the half and pushed out to a six-point lead five minutes in. Bluffton got back into with a quick seven unanswered points to take a 38-37 lead with 13:31 to play in the half. Once again, the teams traded buckets, as neither team was able to take more than a one-point lead over the ensuing five minutes.



Tyler Neal sparked the Beavers' offense at the 8:24 mark when he drained a three-pointer and ignited a 9-0 run that gave Bluffton a seven-point lead with 5:54 to go. Hopkins trimmed the deficit back to four with a Hammer bucket in the paint and a free throw from senior Alex Pandrangi. But a three-pointer from Johnson pushed the Beavers' lead back to seven. That would be the Beavers' last bucket until just 12 seconds remained.



Rhoads led Hopkins with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, while Pandrangi punched up 11 points with a game-high six rebounds. Bugarinovic, who earned all-tournament team honors, finished with six points, three assists and a pair of blocks. Bluffton was led by Neal, who went 6-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from downtown for a game-high 15 points. He was one of four Beavers to finish in double figures. Hopkins shot 51.1 percent from the floor for the game, including 58.3 percent in the second half. Bluffton finished at a 38.3 percent clip for the game. Hopkins also won the battle of the boards, 34-29.



Hopkins returns to action on Tuesday, November 20 as the Blue Jays open Centennial Conference play at Haverford. Tip off is slated for 8:00 pm at Gooding Arena.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



No. 19 St. Mary's Men's Basketball Stumbles in Season-Opener - by Eurobasket News

Owings Mills, Md. Three Seahawks notched double-digit points for the No. 19 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team Saturday night on the second day of the inaugural Hoopsville National Invitational Classic. However, the Seahawks succumbed to a 65-52 setback at the hands of The Catholic University of America.

Sophomore guard Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) posted 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from downtown along with three assists and two steals while junior guard Donn Hill (Aberdeen, Md./Bel Air) added 10 points and two blocks in the loss.

The Seahawks (0-1) opened up their first game of the season with a solid 17-7 run for the 10-point lead at 11:59 behind a pair of LaGuerre triples. St. Mary's stretched the lead to 12 by the 3:11-minute mark, using a 9-4 run after Catholic had closed the gap to 19-12 five minutes prior.

Catholic (2-0) erased its double-digit deficit over the final three minutes of the half to send the Seahawks into halftime with just a 28-27 lead as the Cardinals closed out the first 20 minutes on an 11-0 run. CUA was 4-for-4 from the free throw line during run and junior center Peter Schramm (Butler, Pa.) tipped in the rebound from senior guard Nate Koenig's (Chevy Chase, Md.) missed three-pointer with one second on the clock.

LaGuerre and Catholic seniors Chris Kearney (Centreville, Pa.) and Shawn Holmes (Baltimore, Md.) paced all players in the first half with eight points while sophomore center MacGyver Biniak (Elkridge, Md./Howard) grabbed seven caroms for the Seahawks in the first 20 minutes to lead all rebounders. Biniak finished the contest with career-highs of 11 rebounds, eight points, and two blocks.

The Cardinals took hold of the driver's seat from the start of the second stanza utilizing jumpers by Kearney and Holmes to claim their first lead of the game at 18:04 (31-30) an advantage that Catholic never relinquished. CUA extended its one-point lead to 19 the biggest of the game by either team at 5:03 behind a long-range jumper by sophomore guard Steve Limberiou (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and never looked back.

Nineteen of Catholic's 65 points came off 15 Seahawk turnovers while the Cardinals gave away the ball only five times over 40 minutes. Kearney collected a double-double on 19 points and 12 rebounds while Holmes had 16 points. Limberiou contributed 13 points on 3-of-6 long-range shooting and Koenig added a dozen.

The Seahawks will look to rebound from their season-opening loss tomorrow at 4:00 pm as St. Mary's takes on No. 24 Randolph-Macon College (0-2) in the final day of the Hoopsville Classic.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
 1. Energa Czarni 7-2 
 2. Trefl Sopot 6-2 
 3. PGE Turow 5-2 
 4. Stelmet ZG 5-3 
 5. AZS Koszalin 5-3 
 6. Asseco Prok. 4-3 
 7. Anwil 4-4 
 8. Kotwica 3-5 
 9. Polpharma 3-5 
 10. Siarka Jezioro 2-6 
 11. Start Gdynia 2-6 
 12. Rosa Radom 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 24: Stelmet ZG - Polpharma
Nov. 23: PGE Turow - Kotwica
Nov. 24: Rosa Radom - AZS Koszalin
Nov. 25: Energa Czarni - Start Gdynia
Nov. 24: Anwil - Trefl Sopot
Nov. 25: Siarka Jezioro - Asseco Prok.

Round 14

Nov. 20: Energa Czarni - Rosa Radom 83-74


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG18.9 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG18.1 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.0 
 4. Dloniak, Siarka J.17.3 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica17.1 
 6. Carter, Polpharma15.9 
 7. Wisniewski, AZS K.15.8 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.3 
 9. Addison, Siarka J.14.9 
 10. Montgomery, Rosa14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron CEL
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Cel, PGE Turow9.6 
 2. Adams, Rosa Radom8.7 
 3. Boykin, Anwil8.5 
 4. McCauley, Polph.8.4 
 5. Harris, AZS K.8.4 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.4 
 7. Montgomery, Rosa7.1 
 8. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.1 
 9. Stevic, Stelmet ZG6.9 
 10. Tomaszek, Energa6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Trefl Sopot
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.8 
 2. Abernethy, Energa5.9 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.8 
 4. Skibniewski, AZS K.5.6 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica5.4 
 6. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 7. Hodge, Stelmet ZG4.9 
 8. Long, Siarka J.3.8 
 9. Koszarek, Asseco3.6 
 10. Kowalczyk, Start3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.9 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil2.8 
 3. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.5 
 4. Jefferson, Kotwica2.1 
 5. Dloniak, Siarka J.2.0 
 6. Alexander, Siarka2.0 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.9 
 8. Addison, Siarka J.1.8 
 9. Vasojevic, Rosa R.1.7 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.8 
 2. Kulig, PGE Turow1.6 
 3. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.6 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 6. Alexander, Siarka1.1 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG1.1 
 8. Harris, AZS K.1.0 
 9. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.9 
 10. Lopicic, Stelm.0.9 


Coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas signs at Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) hired 39-year old Lithuanian coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas. He coached recently at Statyba in Lithuanian NKL league.
Budzinauskas is a very experienced coach. He has worked  also professionally in Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, Poland (Sportino).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tiller re-signs at Siarka Jezioro - by Eurobasket News

Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg (TBL) confirmed in their roster 24-year old American guard J.T. Tiller (191-88, college: Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops). He played there last season. In 38 TBL games last year he had 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Tiller also played at Siarka Jezioro that season. In 38 TBL games he recorded 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg (in top 4).
Two years ago he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) as #1 pick overall.
Tiller attended University of Missouri until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
His college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2009.
Tiller was also voted Big 12 All-Defensive Team in 2009 and 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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BSN Draft picks set: - by Marcos Carlo

BSN gave the order of picks for the 2013 Draft. The draft is on March 6, 2013 at the Olympic Committee.

Some names that could enter the draft are Renaldo Balkman and Angel Garcia.

Draft order:

First Round:

1. Brujos de Guayama
2. Capitanes de Arecibo
3. Leones de Ponce
4. Atlticos de San Germn
5. Cangrejeros de Santurce
6. Leones de Ponce
7. Vaqueros de Bayamn
8. Piratas de Quebradillas
9. Leones de Ponce
10. Indios de Mayaguez

Second Round:

1. Brujos de Guayama
2. Caciques de Humacao
3. Mets de Guaynabo
4. Atlticos de San Germn
5. Cangrejeros de Santurce
6. Leones de Ponce
7. Vaqueros de Bayamn
8. Piratas de Quebradillas
9. Capitanes de Arecibo
10. Indios de Mayaguez



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Standings - D2

Division Standings
Group A
 1. Vabova 3-0 
 2. Brasov 2-1 
 3. Phoenix Corona 1-2 
 4. West Olympia 0-1 
 5. Magic Sibiu 0-2 
Group B
 1. Concordia 3-0 
 2. Steaua Turabo II 3-0 
 3. Stiinta B. 2-2 
 4. Craiova 2 0-3 
 5. Phoenix Galati 0-3 
Group C
 1. Ploiesti II 2-1 
 2. Politehnica 2-1 
 3. Rapid B. 2-2 
 4. BT Bucuresti 1-2 
 5. CSU Galati 1-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Nov. 19: Magic Sibiu - Phoenix Corona 71-95
Nov. 23: Brasov - West Olympia

B

Nov. 14: Stiinta B. - Steaua Turabo II 53-77
Nov. 14: Phoenix Galati - Concordia 50-106

C

Nov. 14: Ploiesti II - CSU Galati 99-80
Nov. 14: Rapid B. - BT Bucuresti 93-80


EuroChallenge: Gaz Metan Medias edge Khimik for the top place in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias- Khimik 88:86

Gaz Metan Medias edge Khimik for the top place in Group D. The Romanian side needed an 88:86 win for the perfect 3-0 record. The Ukrainian side meanwhile suffered their first loss.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and desired to keep the winning streak. Khimik took 25-16 lead in the first period, while Gaz Metan Medias answered with 25-19 in the second frame. Moreover the Romanian side won the third period 28-20 and had 5 point advantage entering the last stanza. Khimik did all their best to catch up with the hosts and could even tie the game at the regulation, however Joseph missed both free throws.
Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had 17 each. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 12 points for the winners. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) finished the game with 26 points in defeat and Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) scored 17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) tossed in 16 and Zavadskyi netted 11.

Gaz Metan Medias: Titus Nicoara 21, Ivan Ivanovic 17, Deven Mitchell 17, Andrei Mandache 12
Khimik: Willie Deane 26, Sava Lesic 17, Suad Sehovic 16, Zavadskyi 11



EuroChallenge: Szolnoki Olaj won over BC Timisoara for the second win - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara-Szolnoki Olaj 80:93

Szolnoki Olaj won over BC Timisoara for the second win in EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team took 2-1 record after 93:80 victory. The Romanian side meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Both teams entered the game with 1-1 record and hoped to join EWE Baskets with 2 victories on top of the group. Szolnoki Olaj looked better in the first period and won the quarter 27-22. Moreover they added 24-19 in the second frame for 10-point halftime advantage. BC Timisoara reduced to 8 points at the end of the third quarter when they posted 23-21 in the period, but Szolnoki Olaj finished the game with 21-16 in the last stanza.
Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: Court Side) paced all the winners with 20 points and Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) notched 19. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) collected 14 points and 11 boards, whilst Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) added 13 and Marton Fodor (191-SG-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 10. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) brought 14. Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) posted 10, while Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) nailed 9.

BC Timisoara: Zlatko Jovanovic 22, Dominique Archie 14, Delvon Johnson 10, Robert Sarovic 9
Szolnoki Olaj: Balazs Simon 20, Ernests Kalve 19, Marton Bader 14+11 rebs, Brandon Gay 13, Marton Fodor 10



EuroChallenge: Mons-Hainaut celebrated a tough win in Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

BCMU Pitesti- Mons-Hainaut 73:78

Mons-Hainaut celebrated a tough win in Pitesti at EuroChallenge Round 3. The Belgian team improved to 2-1 record in Group E after a 78:73 win. The Romanian side meanwhile remained with no victories on the bottom of the group.
BCMU Pitesti produced a 14-10 surge in the first period but another 14 points in the second period were not enough to win the first half. Mons-Hainaut replied with 26 points in the second frame and grabbed 36:28 lead at the halftime. The teams later exchanged the victories in the second half, while Donte Gennie (185-PG-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia South) reduced to 75:73 with a minute to go. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) however closed the game from the free throw line for the final result.
Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) posted 15. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) notched 14, while Jonathan Wallace scored 11. Donte Gennie paced all the winners 21 points in defeat and Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) had 20. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) posted 12, while Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) finished the game with 8.

BCMU Pitesti: Donte Gennie 21, Pankracije Barac 20, Drasko Albijanic 12, Damien Kinloch 8
Mons-Hainaut: Josh Bostic 16, Quincy Taylor 15, Monwell Randle 14, Jonathan Wallace 11



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Rocks defeat Raiders - by Eurobasket News

UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders 84 (23,40,64) (Bell 22, Schneck 16, Barnett 13)

Glasgow Rocks 97 (27,49,69) (Achara 23, Robinson 17, Murray 15)


Glasgow Rocks claimed a terrific win in Devon to boost their hopes of getting into the thick of the title race as winter prepares to set in.

In a frenetically paced and high octane opening quarter, both teams hit their offensive straps immediately and found some offensive rhythm. The Rocks were particularly slick right from the tip-off, moving 23-15 in front after a triple by the impressive Donald Robinson (193-F, college: W.Virginia Tech).

They managed to keep Raiders at arms-length for the remainder of the opening ten minutes and took a 27-23 lead into the second quarter.

In addition to Robinson, the other player impressing and at times and indeed wreaking havoc under the basket was Great Britain forward Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne). And, he scored the basket which gave Rocks their first double-digit lead at 37-26.

It was to be one they would subsequently extend to as many as fourteen with four minutes to go until the break, although Raiders did rally and cut the gap to just five after posting a run of nine consecutive points although they couldnt prevent Rocks from taking a 49-40 lead into the locker rooms.

Robinson and Achara were enjoying their evening for the visitors and combined for 30 points in the first twenty minutes which was no doubt top of Raiders head coach Gavin Loves agenda heading into the second half.

But, when Mike Ringgold scored for Rocks to make it 64-49, the game looked to be slipping away from the home team. However, they found a higher gear and a stunning 15-2 run had the home fans revelling in a comeback which had suddenly made it a one-shot game.

EJ Harrison settled Rocks nerves with a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter and the visitors then re-established a double figure lead with seven minutes of the contest remaining.

Raiders launched another salvage bid but despite 22 points from Jeremy Bell (184-PG-82, college: Williams Baptist) and a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds from Matt Schneck, they couldnt get over the hump as Rocks kept their nerve to ease away in crunch time to take an excellent road win.

Achara was the outstanding performer with 23 points from a superb nine of eleven floor shooting.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



Rocks beat the Heat - by Eurobasket News

Surrey Heat 76 (14,34,51) (C Holmes 20, F Holmes 18, Cricelli/Joseph 10)
Glasgow Rocks 82 (21,43,61) (
Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) 24, Harrison 22, Davis 10)

The Glasgow Rocks kept up their recent good run of form as they picked up their fifth BBL Championship victory with a 76-82 victory over the Surrey Heat at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday afternoon.

A 10-1 start to the game from the Rocks saw the visitors explode out of the blocks, but this only saw to spur the Heat on as they responded with a 9-2 burst of their own to trim the deficit back to two points at 10-12 with four minutes left in the opening period. The visitors managed to keep their noses in front for the remainder of the quarter with a Kieron Achara three-point-play taking their lead back out to nine points at 12-21, but a Peter Simek basket for the Heat left the home side trailing by seven points at 14-21 at the end of the opening stanza.

In the second quarter, both sides traded baskets for the majority of the period and a further Simek basket trimmed the gap back to three points at 28-31 with less than three minutes remaining in the half. That was as close as the Heat would get before the half as another Kieron Achara three-point-play saw the Rocks heading into the locker rooms leading 34-43 at the half.

In the second half, a Frank Holmes basket trimmed the deficit back to 47-52 midway through the third quarter. Once again however, the home side could not get themselves any closer as an Kieron Achara three-pointer sparked a 9-4 finish for the Rocks as they headed into the final stanza leading 51-61.

In the final quarter, the Heat opened with a 11-2 start to get themselves back to within a point at 62-63 with 6:11 left in the contest, but a Sterling Davis three-pointer kept the Rocks on track and themselves in front as they held off a resilient Heat outfit.

The home side tried desperately to get themselves back into the game, but they could not get closer than four points at 72-76 with 44 seconds remaining in the game. The Rocks maintained their strength of character down the stretch and sealed the victory from the foul-line.

Kieron Achara led all scorers in the game with 24 points for the Rocks in the victory, while Chavis Holmes led the scoring for the Heat with 20 points personal.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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Coach Maljkovic leaves Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

60-year old Serbian coach Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances) left KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1). He helped them to make it to the supercup final.
Maljkovic received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year award back in 2005. He used to coach Slovenian National Team back in 2011.
Maljkovic is a very experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in France, Greece, Russia and Spain (Unicaja Malaga).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Partizan attacks CSKA without Leo and Bogdan - by Ivan Milenkovic

After their first Euroleague win, against Besiktas at home, Partizan is hoping to make a surprise in Moscow and catch Brose Baskets Bamberg in fourth position of Group D. However, 'black and whites' suffered heavy blow in Monday's 82-86 win at Olimpija as their starting point guard Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) injured his ankle. Talented Frenchman is Partizan's key player this season and fortunately for Serbian champions his injury is not serious. Leo has to rest which means that Dusko Vujosevic will have only 3 available guards in Moscow - Dragan Milosavljevic, Danilo Andjusic and Nemanja Gordic, who signed last week. Shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92), who played great game against CSKA in Belgrade (16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 8 fouls drawn), didn't recover from his knee injury and will miss another game.
Partizan was close to win against CSKA in Belgrade, but without two of their most gifted players their chances to surprise in Moscow are minimal. 'Black and whites' are looking to become first team to qualify for Top 16 after 0-5 start in current Euroleague format. Olympiacos managed to do it once (in 2003/2004 season), but regular season had 14 rounds, not 10 like now.



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EuroChallenge: Tofas needs overtime to beat Krka - by Eurobasket News

Tofas-Krka 82:79 OT

Tofas needs overtime to beat Krka in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. The Turkish team had a strong first half and then added 20-17 in extra time for 82:79 win. Tofas improved to 2-1 record in Group A, while the Slovenian side fell at 1-2 record.
Tofas won the opening period 12-11 and added massive 24-14 in the second frame. The hosts enjoyed 11-point advantage at the halftime, but could not win the game at regulation. Krka needed 17-8 in the third period and 20-18 in the fourth quarter to tie the game after 4 quarters. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) were perfect from the free throw line at the end of extra time for the total success.
Austin Nichols and Steven Burtt top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Tomislav Ruzic (207-F/C-79) netted 11 and Inanc Koc (202-F-79) posted 10. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) replied with 18 points in defeat, while Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) nailed 13. Jure Lalic (210-C-86) hauled 12, whilst Uros Lucic (207-C-83) chipped in 11 points.

Tofas: Austin Nichols 19, Steven Burtt 19, Tomislav Ruzic 11, Inanc Koc 10
Krka: Domen Lorbek 18, Jakov Vladovic 13, Jure Lalic 12, Uros Lucic 11



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 11-4 
 2. SK Knights 11-4 
 3. Anyang KGC 10-5 
 4. ET Land 10-5 
 5. Goyang Orions 8-7 
 6. Sonic Boom KT 7-8 
 7. LG Sakers 7-8 
 8. Samsung Th. 6-9 
 9. Dongbu Promy 4-12 
 10. KCC Egis 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 20: LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 93-72
Nov. 21: Goyang Orions - Mobis Phoebus
Nov. 21: Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT
Nov. 22: Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy
Nov. 22: KCC Egis - ET Land
Nov. 23: Goyang Orions - LG Sakers
Nov. 23: Sonic Boom KT - SK Knights


Foolad Mahan inks Chris Williams - by Greg

Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Superleague) agreed terms with 32-year old American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia). Player has passed his medical tests yesterday and joined the team. Williams played last season at Goyang Orions in South Korean KBL league. In 54 games last year he was fifth best scorer with impressive 23.8ppg and averaged 10.0rpg, 6.0apg (leader), 2.6spg (leader) and 1.3bpg. He was Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team and All-Korean KBL 2nd Team.
It will be his second campaign in Iran. In 2010-2011 season he won the championship title with Mahram Tehran.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Kings and Perth Wildcats), China (Qingdao Eagles), Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Japan, Philippines (Petron Blaze), Turkey (Turk Telekom).
Williams attended University of Virginia until 2002 and it will be his eleventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Spanish EBA Round 10 Best Performance: Gregorio Adon - by Mariano Galindo

31-year old forward dominican player Greg Adon (198-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Marin Peixegalego and receives a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award for round 10.He had the game-high 31 points adding ten rebounds for 45 index rating, for Marin Peixegalego in his team's victory. Guilherme Gitterer (204-C-85) posted the second best performance with 40 index ratting, scoring 28 points and adding 12 rebounds. Guilherme Gitterer played the whole game for Gandia.


Clavijo adds Busma to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CB Clavijo (LEB Gold) added to their roster 25-year old Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (212-120kg-87, college: Idaho State, agency: Two Points). He played last season at Centrale del Latte Brescia in Italian Lega2. In 32 games last year he recorded 6.4ppg and 4.2rpg.
His team made it to the Big Sky Conference Tournament Semifinals in 2009.
Busma was also voted All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention in 2011 at his college time.
Busma has played also professionally in Lithuania (Nafta Universitetas).
He attended Idaho State until 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Valencia dismantle s.Oliver Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - s.Oliver Baskets 97:64

Valencia registered the third straight win at the start of EuroCup season. They knocked down s.Oliver Baskets at home court to keep the leading position in Group D. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) exploded with 31 points to lead the winners.
Valencia and s.Oliver Baskets stayed pretty close throughout the first half. The hosts eked out a 20:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Spanish side extended the lead in the second quarter. Valencia managed to clear off to a 6-point advantage at the interval. The hosts stepped on the gas in the third term. Valencia boosted the margin to 17 points with one quarter remaining. Valencia unleashed 28 points in the fourth term and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 18 points, while Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for the winning side. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) answered with 13 points for Wuerzburg. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) netted 12 points in the loss.

Valencia: Justin Doellman 31, Bojan Dubljevic 18, Marko Keselj 14
s.Oliver Baskets: Dwayne Anderson 13, Jason Boone 12



CAI Zaragoza keep Joseph Jones for season - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza decided to keep Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86, college: Texas A&M) until the end of the season. The sides have agreed on terms of contract extension. The centre joined the team at the start of the season. He posts 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in ACB. Last season Joseph Jones had an outstanding season with Galil Gilboa. The centre averaged 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in Balkan League. In Israeli League his stats read 13.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance. Joseph Jones was named All-Balkan League Final Four MVP. He was also trumped All-Balkan League Centre of the Year. Joseph Jones made it into All-Israeli League 3rd Team. Previously he had stints in France and Turkey.


Lucentum Alicante keep Guillermo Rejon - by Eurobasket News

Lucentum Alicante have decided to keep Guillermo Rejon (206-F/C-77). The team agreed on terms of contract extension with the centre until the end of the season. Guillermo Rejon joined the team at the start of the season. He signed a short-term deal. He tallied 4.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in LEB Gold. Previously Guillermo Rejon had stints with UCAM Murcia, Alicante, Valladolid, Cantabria, Ferrol and Estudiantes Madrid II. The centre was LEB Gold champion back in 2009.


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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 10-2 
 2. Boras 9-3 
 3. Sodertalje 7-3 
 4. Norrkoping 7-4 
 5. Uppsala 7-4 
 6. 08 6-5 
 7. Solna 6-6 
 8. LF Basket 5-6 
 9. Eagles 4-8 
 10. Eco Orebro 3-9 
 11. Jamtland 3-9 
 12. Nassjo 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 19: Solna - LF Basket 87-89
Nov. 18: Nassjo - Jamtland 82-62
Nov. 20: Eco Orebro - Eagles 79-86
Nov. 20: Uppsala - Sundsvall 72-81
Nov. 20: 08 - Boras 109-107

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 22: Boras - Uppsala
Nov. 23: LF Basket - Nassjo
Nov. 23: Sundsvall - Eco Orebro
Nov. 23: Eagles - Norrkoping
Nov. 23: Jamtland - 08
Nov. 24: Sodertalje - Solna


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Miller, Boras24.8 
 2. Wesby, Sundsvall20.5 
 3. Palm, Boras19.0 
 4. Oglesby, Boras18.4 
 5. Krayem, Eagles17.8 
 6. Dugat, LF Basket17.5 
 7. Igbavboa, LF Bask.17.2 
 8. Walker, Nassjo17.2 
 9. Jeansson, Uppsala16.9 
 10. Castle, Eco Orebro16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Palm, Boras9.8 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.7 
 3. Toutziarakis, Solna8.6 
 4. Santee, Eco Orebro8.4 
 5. Walker, Nassjo8.4 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.3 
 7. Brown, 088.0 
 8. McKnight, Boras7.8 
 9. Taylor, Eagles7.6 
 10. Thomas, Boras7.3 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Miller, Boras5.4 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.1 
 3. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.9 
 4. Carter, Uppsala4.9 
 5. Dugat, LF Basket4.5 
 6. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.5 
 7. Krayem, Eagles4.4 
 8. Stefanovic, Eagles4.3 
 9. Beck, 084.1 
 10. Ruach, Nassjo4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  Jamtl.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.3 
 2. Carter, Uppsala2.0 
 3. Dugat, LF Basket1.9 
 4. Stefanovic, Eagles1.9 
 5. Jackson, Uppsala1.8 
 6. Inan, Eagles1.8 
 7. Castle, Eco Orebro1.8 
 8. Mbemba, Eagles1.7 
 9. Walker, Nassjo1.7 
 10. Taylor, Eagles1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Norrkoping
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hughes, Norrkoping1.9 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.6 
 3. Henderson, LF Ba.1.5 
 4. Augustus, 081.3 
 5. Palm, Boras1.0 
 6. Taylor, Eagles0.9 
 7. Brown, 080.9 
 8. Johnson, Solna0.8 
 9. Akesson, LF Basket0.6 
 10. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.6 


Changes in Jamtland! - by Andreas Eriksson

Jamtland has had a terrible start to the season and are in 2nd to last place in the league. Coach Dennis Aulander resigned last week, and left Doremus Bennerman in charge temporarily until a new head coach had been found. The club is now agreeing with coach Mathias Eckhoff to come back to coach the team for a third time (2008 and 2010 previously), Doremus Bennerman will stay on the coachingstaff but as an assistant coach to Eckhoff.
The club also made the decision to release portugese national team PG Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) who has been a huge, maybe the biggest in the league, disappointment through the first 12 games of the season - and even lost his starting five position since coach Aulander left. Team signed National Team player Johan Pierre a few weeks back and expect him to be able to replace Fernandes on the court.



EuroChallenge: BK Ventspils remains undefeated after Sodertalje trip - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings- BK Ventspils 80:82

BK Ventspils remains undefeated after Sodertalje trip. The Latvian side took 3-0 record on top of Group C after 82:80 win. Sodertalje Kings meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Sodertalje Kings looked better in the first half and won the first and the second quarters. They started with 22-17 in the first quarter and added 19-18 in the second frame. BK Ventspils however needed a strong second half to win the game. The guests responded with 27-22 in the third period and then led 81:73 after Martins Meiers (208-C-91)s shot with 2 minutes remaining. Sodertalje Kings reduced to 2 final points but could not tie or win the game.
Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) netted 16 each. Martins Meiers followed them with 11 points. Dino Pita (192-SG-88) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) as well as Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) scored 16 apiece. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) delivered 14 points in the losing effort.

Sodertalje Kings: Dino Pita 20, Tobias Borg 16, Toni Bizaca 16+10 rebs, Kenneth Simms 14
BK Ventspils: Folarin Campbell 19, Donald Sims 16, Sandis Valters 16, Martins Meiers 11



Basketligan Round 12: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

Basketligan round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Boras Basket (9-3) against seventh ranked 08 Stockholm (6-5) 109-107 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Boras Basket. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 109-107. 08 Stockholm looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Boras Basket's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Boras Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. American forward Kodi Augustus (203-87, college: Mississippi St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American point guard James Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 6 assists for Boras Basket. 08 Stockholm moved-up to sixth place. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Sundsvall. Boras Basket will play next round against Uppsala Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. 08 Stockholm will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked KFUM Jamtland on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Solna. Eighth ranked LF Basket (5-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Solna Vikings (6-6) 89-87 on Monday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Christopher Ryan who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Donald Johnson (201, college: CSU Bakersfield) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. LF Basket maintains eighth position with 5-6 record. Solna Vikings at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. LF Basket will play against bottom-ranked Nassjo (#12) at home in the next round. Solna Vikings will play against Sodertalje Kings (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Sundsvall Dragons (10-2) which played road game in Uppsala against 4th ranked Uppsala Basket (7-4). Second ranked Sundsvall Dragons managed to get a 9-point victory 81-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Uppsala Basket. The winners were led by Alex Wesby who scored that evening 29 points and 6 rebounds. Even 17 points by Johan Jeansson did not help to save the game for Uppsala Basket. Uppsala Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Uppsala Basket keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. Sundsvall Dragons will meet at home Eco Orebro (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Uppsala Basket will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Nassjo managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Nassjo outleveled tenth-ranked KFUM Jamtland 82-62. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference suggests that Nassjo is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The best player for the winners was Tut Ruach who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Newly promoted Nassjo maintains twelfth position with 2-10 record. KFUM Jamtland lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with nine games lost. Nassjo's next round opponent will be higher ranked LF Basket (#8) in Lulea and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 12 Eagles beat Eco Orebro on the road 86-79.


08 - Boras 109-107

Basketligan round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Boras Basket (9-3) against seventh ranked 08 Stockholm (6-5) 109-107 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Boras Basket. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 109-107. 08 Stockholm looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Boras Basket's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Boras Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. American forward Kodi Augustus (203-87, college: Mississippi St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American point guard James Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 6 assists and American-Israeli guard Jason Thomas (191-82, college: American) added 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Boras Basket. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm moved-up to sixth place. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Sundsvall. Boras Basket will play next round against Uppsala Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. 08 Stockholm will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked KFUM Jamtland on the road.
Top scorers:
08: N.Hedstrom 21+2reb+3ast, K.Augustus 21+3reb+3ast, O.Ilunga 20+4reb+5ast, J.Blom 16+3reb+3ast, I.Brown 12+11reb+1ast, E.Inan 10+1reb+4ast
Boras: J.Miller 35+3reb+6ast, T.Oglesby 17+3reb+2ast, C.McKnight 17+4reb, M.Palm 15+6reb+1ast, J.Thomas 14+10reb, F.Andersson 5
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Uppsala - Sundsvall 72-81

An interesting game for Sundsvall Dragons (10-2) which played road game in Uppsala against 4th ranked Uppsala Basket (7-4). Second ranked Sundsvall Dragons managed to get a 9-point victory 81-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Uppsala Basket. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-21. But Uppsala Basket won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sundsvall Dragons made 7 blocks. The winners were led by American guard Alex Wesby (198-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored that evening 29 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) supported him with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by the former international Johan Jeansson (198-85) did not help to save the game for Uppsala Basket. American forward Keith Wright (203-89, college: Harvard) added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Uppsala Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Uppsala Basket keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. Sundsvall Dragons will meet at home Eco Orebro (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Uppsala Basket will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 29+6reb+1ast, M.Cuffee 14+11reb+5ast, H.Baeringsson 14+8reb+5ast, J.Sigurdarson 10+3ast, T.Liden 8+5reb, E.Salon 6+1reb+2ast
Uppsala: J.Jeansson 17+3reb, K.Wright 12+6reb, S.Grundberg 11+3reb+1ast, T.Jackson 6+6reb+3ast, M.Nakos 6+1reb+1ast, R.Carter 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 181976


Eco Orebro - Eagles 79-86

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked White Eagles and 10th ranked Eco Orebro had identical 3-8 record. But Eco Orebro was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Stockholm 86-79. Eco Orebro was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 48-37 second half run of White Eagles. 27 personal fouls committed by Eco Orebro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Dragoljub Kitanovic (203-85) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian guard Nenad Stefanovic (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Four White Eagles players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bosnian point guard Terell Castle (182-72, college: Nicholls St., agency: Court Side) who recorded 20 points and 8 assists and American forward Darris Santee (203-87, college: UNLV) added 19 points respectively. Newly promoted White Eagles maintains ninth position with 4-8 record. Eco Orebro lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with nine games lost. White Eagles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) in Norrkoping and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Eco Orebro will play on the road against the league's leader Sundsvall Dragons (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Eagles: D.Kitanovic 23+7reb+2ast, A.Micovic 14+2reb+2ast, N.Stefanovic 14+2reb+7ast, N.Ljujic 11+5reb+1ast, M.Ljujic 11+3reb, S.Schuszler 6+3reb
Eco Orebro: T.Castle 20+2reb+8ast, D.Santee 19+4reb, P.Boljkovac 10+1reb+2ast, F.Urli 9+5reb+1ast, T.Whitworth 7+4reb+2ast, W.Magarity 7+5reb
gschID: 181975


Solna - LF Basket 87-89

Important game to mention about took place in Solna. Eighth ranked LF Basket (5-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Solna Vikings (6-6) 89-87 on Monday evening. It looked good early as Solna Vikings took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then LF Basket had a 34-11 second period charge getting the lead and Solna Vikings were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-89. LF Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Solna Vikings' 36 and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. LF Basket forced 19 Solna Vikings turnovers. Strangely Solna Vikings outrebounded LF Basket 41-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and international guard Christopher Ryan (196-90) who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Donald Johnson (201, college: CSU Bakersfield) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Greek center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 18 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. LF Basket maintains eighth position with 5-6 record. Solna Vikings at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. LF Basket will play against bottom-ranked Nassjo (#12) at home in the next round. Solna Vikings will play against Sodertalje Kings (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: H.Dugat 22+5reb+6ast, C.Ryan 16+2reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 16+3reb, E.Henderson 13+4reb+1ast, M.Soskic 10+5reb+3ast, A.Ronnqvist 10+3reb+1ast
Solna: R.Ahonen 23+2ast, D.Johnson 21+10reb+3ast, K.Lewis 12+3reb+2ast, S.Toutziarakis 11+18reb, J.Sedlak 10+5reb, J.Nystrom 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 181973


Nassjo - Jamtland 82-62

Bottom-ranked Nassjo managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Nassjo outleveled tenth-ranked KFUM Jamtland 82-62. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference suggests that Nassjo is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Nassjo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Nassjo outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 36-21 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Canadian guard Tut Ruach (188-85) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward William Walker (200-87, college: Bethel, IN, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 8 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Walker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (202-81, college: Bucknell) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (204-80) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Newly promoted Nassjo maintains twelfth position with 2-10 record. KFUM Jamtland lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with nine games lost. Nassjo's next round opponent will be higher ranked LF Basket (#8) in Lulea and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Nassjo: T.Ruach 18+6reb+7ast, K.Palmqvist 11+2reb+3ast, S.Lukasiak 10+3reb, K.Wazzi 8+3reb+5ast, A.Rac 8+3reb, W.Walker 8+12reb+4ast
Jamtland: B.Lalugba 18+7reb+1ast, D.Klaric 14+6reb+1ast, D.Hudson 10+1reb, J.Pierre 7+1reb+4ast, A.Karlsson 5+3reb, S.Hellgren 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 181972



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Antalya BSB tabs Lance Williams - by Orhun Ozdemir

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye agreed on terms with former Banvit Basketbol Kulubu power forward Lance Williams (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: De Paul). 32 year-old pleayer has been playing for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu in last 4 years. He averaged 8.9 points and 3 rebounds, playing 12 minutes per game last season.

Lance Williams will provide a low post scoring threat and his experience in Turkish Basketball League will surely help Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye's other American players. Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye is at the bottom of the league right now with just one victory in 6 games.



Galatasaray landed! - by Efe Gorkem

Galatasaray Medical Park had some serious problems flying to Russia, for their EuroCup game against Lokomotiv Kuban.

They had a scheduled flight for 1945 CET monday night. That flight was canceled because of bad weather conditions in Krasnodar International Airport. The club tried to go to Russia at 0700 CET Tuesday. However, that flight delayed, and Galatasaray flew to Russia at 1200 CET.

That wasn't the end.

Because of the foggy weather, Galatasaray could not land in Krasnodar again, so they had to flew back to Istanbul. It was a 4 hour non-stop flight to Istanbul-Krasnodar-Istanbul...

Today, they had a scheduled flight at 0700 CET again. This time, the weather was good and they safely landed in Krasnodar. However, the game is at 1730 CET, and Galatasaray left the airport at 1000 CET. They won't have a shooting practice today.



EuroChallenge: Tofas needs overtime to beat Krka - by Eurobasket News

Tofas-Krka 82:79 OT

Tofas needs overtime to beat Krka in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. The Turkish team had a strong first half and then added 20-17 in extra time for 82:79 win. Tofas improved to 2-1 record in Group A, while the Slovenian side fell at 1-2 record.
Tofas won the opening period 12-11 and added massive 24-14 in the second frame. The hosts enjoyed 11-point advantage at the halftime, but could not win the game at regulation. Krka needed 17-8 in the third period and 20-18 in the fourth quarter to tie the game after 4 quarters. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) were perfect from the free throw line at the end of extra time for the total success.
Austin Nichols and Steven Burtt top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Tomislav Ruzic (207-F/C-79) netted 11 and Inanc Koc (202-F-79) posted 10. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) replied with 18 points in defeat, while Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) nailed 13. Jure Lalic (210-C-86) hauled 12, whilst Uros Lucic (207-C-83) chipped in 11 points.

Tofas: Austin Nichols 19, Steven Burtt 19, Tomislav Ruzic 11, Inanc Koc 10
Krka: Domen Lorbek 18, Jakov Vladovic 13, Jure Lalic 12, Uros Lucic 11



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A Gregory putting in work - by David Edole


New England has arguably long been the most impressive region for Prep School basketball in the entire country. Today New England showed once
again that is the case as New Englands top preparatory prospects took over the Sportszone Athletic Complex in Derry, NH to put on a once a
year show, that would illustrate NE-Prep basketball is in very good hands now and in the future. This years talent pool was very
impressive, with a mixed group of high major seniors and a heralded group of underclassmen, the action came in high volume
Agyei Gregory (94): 6-4-195 SG St. Andrews School, RI-2014
Before off our radar, now. certainly on it, a long, aggressive wing, Mr. Gregory attacked off the bounce all afternoon finding his way to
the rack for buckets, or collapsing the defense for sweet dimes, Also showed nice stroke from deep that was consistent enough to keep his
defender honest. Defensively was lock down on opposing wings, forcing them off their dribble and into tough shots..a mid-major prospect at
this time, someone will be getting a solid four years from this inspiring young man. We wish Agyei and his St. Andrews squad the best
as they enter into their season, looks to be another solid year in the Ocean State.



PARADISE JAM CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND - by David Edole

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: Monday, November 19, 2012

Game 9: Consolation 7th/8th Mercer (71) vs. Wake Forest (74)
It wasnt until the last 24 seconds of the game that Wake Forest was able to take the lead over Mercer and then hang on for the win to clinch 7th place. The Demon Deacons grabbed a one point lead on a thundering dunk-follow from Travis McKie and Travis Fisher hit a couple free throws in the final seconds to take the lead to three. Mercers Jakob Gollon did get a shot off to tie, but missed as the buzzer sounded. McKie lead all scorers with 23 pts. Mercer was lead by Jibri Bryans 14 pts.

Game 10: Consolation 4th/6th UIC (86) vs. Iona (81)
UIC got some great output from four players (Hayden Humes, 22 pts., Gary Talton, 17 pts., Daniel Barnes, 16 pts. and Josh Crittle, 13 pts.) to overtake Iona for 4th place. UIC hit twelve 3-pointers in the game and went 22 of 29 from the line. Iona was lead by Lamont Jones with 22 pts. and Taaj Ridley hauled in 10 rebounds. Quinnipiac was lead by Dave Johnsons 11 pts.

Game 11: Consolation 3rd/5th George Mason (74) vs. Quinnipiac (58)
The double OT loss the night before may have slowed down Quinnipiac as George Mason was able to coast to a third place finish in the tournament with a 74-58 win. Sherrod Wright lead the Patriots with 14 pts. and 7 rebounds.

Game 12: CHAMPIONSHIP New Mexico vs. Connecticut
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Kendall Williams scored 15 points and New Mexico staved off a late Connecticut rally to lead the Lobos to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam.

New Mexico led by 10 early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 8:15 left. But No. 21 UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play.

However, the Lobos countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory.

Shabazz Napier led UConn with 23 points, including 13 straight Husky points during one second-half stretch. Boatright added 12 points and Omar Calhoun 10.

Greenwood added 12 points for the Lobos, Tony Snell added 11 and Alex Kirk 10.

UConn won the event the last time it participated, in 2008.



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EuroChallenge: Gaz Metan Medias edge Khimik for the top place in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan Medias- Khimik 88:86

Gaz Metan Medias edge Khimik for the top place in Group D. The Romanian side needed an 88:86 win for the perfect 3-0 record. The Ukrainian side meanwhile suffered their first loss.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and desired to keep the winning streak. Khimik took 25-16 lead in the first period, while Gaz Metan Medias answered with 25-19 in the second frame. Moreover the Romanian side won the third period 28-20 and had 5 point advantage entering the last stanza. Khimik did all their best to catch up with the hosts and could even tie the game at the regulation, however Joseph missed both free throws.
Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had 17 each. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 12 points for the winners. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) finished the game with 26 points in defeat and Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) scored 17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) tossed in 16 and Zavadskyi netted 11.

Gaz Metan Medias: Titus Nicoara 21, Ivan Ivanovic 17, Deven Mitchell 17, Andrei Mandache 12
Khimik: Willie Deane 26, Sava Lesic 17, Suad Sehovic 16, Zavadskyi 11



Artem Chemyakin agreed terms with Hoverla - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Superleague) inked 28-year old Ukrainian power forward Artem Chemyakin (208-104kg-84, agency: New Trend Agency). He played recently at Tobol in Kazakhstan D1 league.
His team was regular season runner-up in Ukrainian Superleague in 2010.
Chemyakin received also Eurobasket.com Ukrainian Superleague All-Newcomers Team award back in 2005. He represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Brno eight years ago.
Chemyakin has played also professionally in Austria, Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk) and Ukraine (Avantazh-Politekhnik, Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye, Halychyna and Sumykhimprom Sumy).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 9 - by Paul Nilsen

There are three debutantes this week, including a Great Britain Olympian and a Riders' backcourt duo.

Zaire Taylor (193-G-86, college: Missouri) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

The rookie Riders guard has been gradually growing in influence since he arrived in British Basketball back in September. During the first few months of the campaign, the likes of John Fraley, Drew Sullivan, Jay Couisnard and Pavol Lasonsky have generally taken the limelight, but Taylor has found recognition for his input by way of a debut BBL Team Of The Week appearance. It was made possible due to his efforts in a hard fought win at Manchester Giants when despite having difficulty in getting his perimeter game going, he excelled to great effect in other areas. He finished with 23 points thanks to making the most of getting to the hoop and also sinking a perfect eight of eight free-throws. Taylor also added a fabulous seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Connor Washington (184-PG-92) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

It's a Riders' double in our backcourt this week as Connor Washington also grabs his first BBL Team Of The Week appearance courtesy of a magnificent eye-popping, three-point shooting display against Mersey Tigers. He was on absolute fire from downtown as he found the hot-hand to make seven triples from eleven attempts which left the shell-shocked visitors trailing in Riders' wake. That helped Washington to accumulate 24 points and a great night of work was underlined when he also handed out five assists, grabbed three rebounds and harvested two steals to wrap up a convincing victory for the home team and extend their lead at the top of the BBL Championship.

Colin O'Reilly (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

Not for the first time this season, Colin O'Reilly posted the best performance of the weekend. Although after losing to Glasgow Rocks on Saturday night, it will probably have tasted slightly bitter-sweet for the Irish forward who provided the inspiration for his team to bounce straight back with a success against London Lions on Sunday. His display was typically influential in so many facets of the game, pouring in a massive 29 points including three scores from long-range, pulling down six rebounds, dishing up five assists and coming up with a block as he secured a third appearance of the season in our line-up.

Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) (Glasgow Rocks; pictured)

Yes, Great Britain forward Kieron Achara finally makes it into our a starting five although the fact he hasn't made it until now reflects his willingness and desire to play for the team which has been every bit as important and influential as any individual numbers. But, as he showed last weekend when Rocks achieved a magnificent win double on the road, he is capable of stepping up when required, and posting dominant displays. He was excellent in the win at Surrey Heat, but even better 24 hours earlier against UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders. He put his opponent to the sword with a sublime 23 points, not missing a single shot inside and dropping three triples to go with six rebounds and a block.

Alif Bland (203-C, college: Roberts Wesleyan) (Cheshire)

The centre secures impressive consecutive BBL Team Of The Week appearances after playing his part in a quite thrilling victory in the north-west derby against Manchester Giants. Whilst Chez Marks grabbed the plaudits for his buzzer beating three-pointer which sent the Cheshire fans at Northgate into raptures, it was the rock solid contribution of Bland which laid the foundation for the win. He recorded a fine double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, but it was four precious defensive stops in the shape of three blocked shots and a steal which really mattered in such an intense and close contest which provided an immeasurable morale boost to everyone at the club.

Off The Bench: Chez Marks (Cheshire), EJ Harrison (Glasgow Rocks), Drew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Matt Schneck (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Stefan Gill (Manchester Giants), Orlan Jackman (London Lions), Chavis Holmes (Surrey Heat)


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Patrons Cup: Newham keep semi hopes alive - by Eurobasket News

66 52
Newham Neptunes kept their hopes of a spot in the Patrons Cup semi finals alive with a 66-52 victory over London Westside on Sunday.
The win puts Neptunes at 3-1 in Pool 2 and leaves the outcome of the pool in the balance awaiting their fixture against Loughborough Students Riders next weekend.
Neptunes led by only one at half time, but behind a balanced scoring effort that saw six players score 7 points or more they pulled away in the second half. Steve Vear led the way with a 14 points, 10 assist double-double.
A win for Newham against Loughborough will mean a three way tie at the top of the pool including Riders and Glamorgan Gladiators and qualification for the semi finals will come down to a head-to-head tie-breaker. Newham will need to record at least a double digit win against Riders to hold out hopes of progressing having lost 74-60 to Gladiators earlier in the campaign.



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Keenan, Trouville27.6 
 2. Baxley, Defensor27.0 
 3. Garcia Moral., Agu.26.1 
 4. Taboada, Un.Atlet.22.2 
 5. Wilkerson, Tabare19.8 
 6. Nelson, Bohemios19.6 
 7. Jeffries, Bigua19.5 
 8. Ambres, Nacional19.4 
 9. Johnson, Bigua18.8 
 10. Alvarez, Sayago18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Martin, Nacional15.6 
 2. Faber, Welcome13.5 
 3. Shellman, Sayago12.3 
 4. Passos, Hebraica12.1 
 5. Blankson, Un.Atlet.11.3 
 6. Wilkerson, Tabare10.4 
 7. Johnson, Bigua9.7 
 8. Keenan, Trouville9.4 
 9. Hayes, Aguada9.3 
 10. Myles, Malvin8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Barrera, Hebraica7.2 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica7.1 
 3. Cortizas, Welcome6.5 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.3 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.9 
 6. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.2 
 7. Taboada, Larre B.4.6 
 8. Jeffries, Bigua4.6 
 9. Martinez, Malvin4.5 
 10. Gonzalez, Aguada4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Barrera, Hebraica2.1 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.0 
 3. Rovira, Tabare1.9 
 4. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 5. Izuibejeres, Hebra.1.9 
 6. Aguilera, Trouville1.9 
 7. Jeffries, Bigua1.8 
 8. Nelson, Bohemios1.8 
 9. Roselli, Larre Bor.1.8 
 10. Trelles, Bohemios1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.4 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.0 
 3. Johnson, Bigua1.4 
 4. Bravo, Defensor1.4 
 5. Faber, Welcome1.4 
 6. Cage, Tabare1.3 
 7. Calfani, Malvin1.3 
 8. Kanis, Trouville1.3 
 9. Wilkerson, Tabare1.2 
 10. Shellman, Sayago1.1 


Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League 19th round
Trouville 83 - Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 26 pts 7 reb. Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois) 24 pts 5 reb. Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 4 pts 10 reb.
Defensor Sporting 73 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 11 pts, Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 6 pts 9 reb.
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Montevideo 93 - Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 29 pts 2 reb. Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 15 pts 4 reb.
Hebraica 85 - Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 20 pts 2 reb. 10 assists, Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) 12 pts 7 reb. 1 block
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Nacional 80 - Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) 20 pts 5 reb. Gerald Inman (208-F-87, college: Rutgers) 16 pts 8 reb.
Aguada 77 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 37 pts. 2 reb 2 assists, Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 12 pts. 6 reb. Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 7 pts 10 reb.
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Sayago 90 - Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) 25 pts. 10 reb. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 15 pts 13 reb. 2 blocks
Larre Borges 81 - Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 27 pts 14 reb. Yannick Crowder (203-F-90, college: Florida A&M) 18 pts 8 reb 2 blocks.
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Malvin 94 - Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 16 pts 4 reb. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) 12 pts. 4 reb. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 11 pts 4 reb.
Welcome 80 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) 28 pts. 3 reb 3 assists, Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul) 19 pts. 6 reb.
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Bohemios 94 - Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) 26 pts 8 reb. Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 11 pts. 4 reb 6 assists. Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 13 pts 4 reb.
Cordon 88 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 17 pts 3 reb. Travis Garrison (203-F-84, college: Maryland) 6 pts 8 reb.



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Greivis doesn't want to lose any more - by Yelitza La Torre

New York Knicks defeated Hornets 102 - 80. Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) wasn't too happy with tonight's results Tuesday, November 20; his comments were good enough to understand that he wants to do something to stop Hornets team adversities

"We've got to get it together. It's hurting us. It's four losses in a row. You don't want to take that. You don't want to get used to losing."
--Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez


New York Knicks has it best guy on Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) with 29 points, helped by Tyson Chandler (216-C-82) with 12. Despite the defeated Ryan Anderson (208-F-88, college: California) scored 15 for Hornets helped by Austin Rivers (193-G-92, college: Duke) with 14. Greivis Vasquez played 30:25 minutes to make 10 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assist and 1 personal foul

Source: NBA





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Women News


Pecs register easy home win - by Zeljko Zule

Peac Pecs stroll to an easy home win over Vrsac, 72-41, in the opening game of Round 10. The Hungarian team opened the game with a 10-2 run and went to a 18-2 second quarter run to take a lead 42-16. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Andrea Barbour scored 14 points. Vrsac was outrebounded Vrsac 24-38 and commited 16 turnovers in the first half. Bojana Jankovic was the lone scorer in double digits with 14 points.


Markovic and Zivadinovic leaves Mladi Krajisnik - by Zeljko Zule

Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) and Milana Zivadinovic (179-G-91) both left Bosnian team Mladi Krajisnik who had serious financial problems. Markovic averaged 14.4 points (2P 40%, 3P 38, FT 71%), 4.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.1 steals over 31 minutes in 7 Adriatic League games this season. Zivadinovic posted 8.7 points (2P 41%, 3P 24%, FT 81%), 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals over 29 minutes in 7 Adriatic League games .


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Standings - Women

A1 Standings
 1. Apolonia 0-0 
 2. Elbasani 0-0 
 3. Flamutari 0-0 
 4. Kamza Basket 0-0 
 5. Skenderbeu 0-0 
 6. Studenti 0-0 
 7. Tirana 0-0 
 8. Vllaznia 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 25: Apolonia - Skenderbeu
Nov. 25: Studenti - Kamza Basket
Nov. 25: Elbasani - Flamutari
Nov. 25: Tirana - Vllaznia



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Gergana Simeonov selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gergana Simeonov
Gergana Simeonov
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Gergana Simeonov (186-79, currently plays in Italy). She led Parma to a victory against the ninth-ranked C.U.S. Chieti (4-5) 70-62 in the Italian A1 in Sunday night's game. Simeonov scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. Lavezzini Parma (4-1) is placed third in the A1. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Simeonov averages: 8.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 25.9% and FT: 77.8% in the five games she played so far. She played for the Bulgarian senior national team three years ago.

Vera Perostiyska
Vera Perostiyska
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Vera Perostiyska (195-82, college: FIU, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. She could not help Union Hainaut (1-8) in their last game. Despite Perostiyska's good performance Union Hainaut lost 68-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) Aix-en-Provence. She scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Perostiyska is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.3bpg. This year her other stats are: 9.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg and FT: 61.5% in the nine games. Perostiyska is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Radoslava Bachvarova
Radoslava Bachvarova
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. She was not able to help Arras (2-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Bachvarova's very good performance Arras was defeated 71-63 on the road by the much higher-ranked Perpignan (#3). She was the top scorer with 20 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Bachvarova's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 35.0%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 85.7%. She is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Gergana Georgieva
Gergana Georgieva
   #4. Guard Gergana Georgieva (180-87, currently plays in Germany) led ASC Theresianum Mainz to a victory over the 11th-ranked Hagen Phoenix (2-6) 82-71 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. Georgieva was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Georgieva also added and 3 steals (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes. ASC Theresianum Mainz (2-1) is placed third in North group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Georgieva's sixth season with the team. She has individually a very good year with high stats. Georgieva averages: 15.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg in the eight games. She used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2007.

Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
   #5. International point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, also represented by LBM Management, college: LSU, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a Canik Bld's victory against the closely-ranked Samsun (2-3) 77-61 in a derby game in the Turkish TKBL on Saturday night. Hodges-Lewis scored 16 points. Canik Belediyesi (2-3) is placed seventh in the TKBL. Hodges-Lewis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. She has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.4apg and 2.0spg. Hodges-Lewis is a naturalized American. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year. Strangely Hodges-Lewis has never played in Bulgaria.

Evelina Guneva
Evelina Guneva
   #6. Forward Evelina Guneva (183-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for Gernika (1-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the 11th-placed Gernika was defeated 62-56 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked Segle XXI (#6) in the Group B. Guneva recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Guneva has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2apg. She is a former international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team six years ago.

Stefka Miteva
Stefka Miteva
   #7. International center Stefka Miteva (190-89, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Blue Cats' surprising victory against the third-ranked Houthalen (7-4) 73-71 in the Belgian Division I on Sunday night. Miteva had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added 3 blocks in 30 minutes. Crack Blue Cats Ieper (1-7) is placed tenth in the Division I. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. It's Miteva's first season with the team. Miteva is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). This year her overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3bpg in the eight games. Miteva is also Bulgarian national team player.

Roksana Yordanova
Roksana Yordanova
   #8. Forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help San Salvatore (3-5) in their game against Milano (2-3) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Despite her good performance in Sunday night's game She was the top scorer with 12 points. Yordanova also added 4 passes. This season Yordanova has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Anna Rimpova
Anna Rimpova
   #9. Former international forward Anna Rimpova (183-82, currently plays in Italy) helped Marghera win their game against the 12th-ranked Biassono (1-7) 52-35 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Saturday. Rimpova scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Sernavimar Marghera (6-2) is placed fourth in North group. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Rimpova's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4spg in the eight games. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago.

Ekaterina Dimitrova
Ekaterina Dimitrova
   #10. Guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (3-6) in their game against Toulouse (6-3) in the French LFB. Dimitrova scored 5 points. Charleville-Mezieres was defeated 67-54 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Toulouse (#4). Dimitrova has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. She is international player as one years ago she still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International center Aleksandra Delcheva (202-87, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help DSK Karlin in their game against VS Praha in the Czech Republic ZBL. Delcheva cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Her team lost 64-70. Delcheva has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg in the 11 games. She plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked TSV 1880 Wasserburg (1-3) 83-66 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Mircheva recorded 9 points. Nantes Reze Basket (4-0) is placed first in group D. So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mircheva's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. Mircheva has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Elena Ivanova (183-F/C-93, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Romania could not help Satu Mare (1-3) to beat Lattes Montpellier (4-0). She recorded 5 points in 22 minutes. The third-placed Satu Mare was crushed 84-41 on the road by the leading Lattes Montpellier in the group A of Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Ivanova's first season with the team. This year Ivanova's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games she played so far.

   #3. Dayana Gechkova (173-G, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in an overtime Ryerson College's victory against the Laurier (1-2) 72-69 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Gechkova scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. The Ryerson College has 4-0 record this season. So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season. Gechkova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Ryerson College's roster. She has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg in the four games.

   #4. Ana Petrova (170-F-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) led Etzella to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Amicale (3-4) crushing them 111-69 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Sunday. Petrova scored 18 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Etzella Ettelbruck (7-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Petrova has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg and 2.1spg. She is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and Luxembourg.



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Kimberley Smith's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimberley Smith
Kimberley Smith
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kimberley Smith (186-84, college: Utah, currently plays in France). She led Tarbes to a surprising victory over the fifth-ranked Nantes Reze (6-3) 76-62 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Smith was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (3-6) is placed 11th in the LFB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Smith has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 62.5% in the two games she played so far. Smith is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Janelle Bekkering
Janelle Bekkering
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Janelle Bekkering (181-88, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Belgium). Bekkering led BBC Kangoeroes-Boom to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sint Kateline Waver (5-3) 94-76 in the Belgian Division I on Saturday night. She scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (7-1) is placed second in the Division I. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bekkering's first season with the team. Bekkering belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (third place). She has very impressive stats this year: 20.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 55.8%(58-104), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 85.7% in the eight games. Bekkering has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. She is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Tamara Tatham
Tamara Tatham
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Tamara Tatham (185-85, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Germany). Tatham led SV Halle Lions to a victory over the ninth-ranked Rhein Main Baskets (3-5) 77-69 in the German DBBL in Saturday night's game. She was the best player in that game. Tatham recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. She also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. SV Halle Lions (5-3) is placed fifth in the DBBL. Tatham is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season she has very high stats. Tatham averages: 20.4ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 50.5% and FT: 74.3%. She is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Kayla Dykstra
Kayla Dykstra
   #4. Forward Kayla Dykstra (188-87, currently plays in Greece) contributed to PAOK's victory against the tenth-ranked Asteras (2-5) 54-47 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Dykstra had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds. She also added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. AS PAOK Thessalonikis (4-2) is placed fourth in the A1. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dykstra is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 10.4rpg. This year she also averages: 10.6ppg and 1.1spg in the seven games. Dykstra used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

Stephany Skrba
Stephany Skrba
   #5. Former international forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan, currently plays in France) managed to help Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in a victory against the league outsider Villeneuve D'Ascq (1-8) 65-58 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Skrba scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (7-2) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Skrba is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.7rpg. She also averaged so far 6.8ppg in the nine games. Skrba used to play for the Canadian national team six years ago.

Krista Phillips
Krista Phillips
   #6. Center Krista Phillips (198-88, college: Michigan, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams West Coast Waves (2-7) crushing them 85-61 in the Australian WNBL last Saturday. She recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of her six free throws). Dandenong Rangers (8-2) are placed second in the WNBL. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Phillips belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. Her overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg. Phillips is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Chelsea Aubry
Chelsea Aubry
   #7. International forward Chelsea Aubry (188-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Bendigo Spirit's victory against the closely-ranked Canberra Capitals (5-4) 80-71 in the Australian WNBL on Sunday night. She recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bendigo Spirit (8-1) is placed first in the WNBL. This year Aubry's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg in the nine games. She is also Canadian national team player.

Lizanne Murphy
Lizanne Murphy
   #8. Forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France) helped Aix-en-Provence win their game against one of league's weakest teams Union Hainaut (1-8) 72-68 in the French LFB in Sunday night's game. She had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 37 minutes. Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (3-6) is placed ninth in the LFB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Murphy has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg and 5.6rpg in the nine games. She plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Shona Thorburn
Shona Thorburn
   #9. International guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lizanne Murphy and both played together in the last French LFB game. Thorburn helped Aix-en-Provence win their game against one of league's weakest teams Union Hainaut (1-8) 72-68. She scored 11 points and added 3 assists. Thorburn is currently second on the list of best passers. She has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 5.1apg. Thorburn is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Zara Huntley
Zara Huntley
   #10. Center Zara Huntley (188-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) could not help the league outsider Arxil Pontevedra (0-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the 11th-placed Arxil Pontevedra was defeated 48-35 on the road by the much higher-ranked Universidad de Valladolid (#4) in the Group A. Huntley was the top scorer with 12 points. She also added 6 rebounds. This season Huntley has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg and 6.6rpg. She is a former university international player as three years ago she still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Katie Donovan (178-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) was the main contributor in Etzella's victory against the closely-ranked Amicale crushing them 111-69 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Sunday night's game. Donovan was the top player that evening. She scored 25 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. Donovan is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (first place). She has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 6.3apg and 1.6spg in the seven games. Donovan used to play for the Canadian U20 national team nine years ago.

   #12. International power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Turkey) helped Orduspor win their game against the seventh-ranked Nevsehir Universitesi crushing them 101-53 in the Turkish TKB2L (12th division) in Sunday night's game. Ayim scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ayim belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5. This season she has very high stats. Ayim averages: 20.8ppg, 9.8rpg and 3.0spg. She is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Jenifer Nadalin (186-F/C-83, college: Furman, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Famila Wuber Schio to win against one of league's weakest teams CA Romagna (1-5) 73-54 in the Italian A1 last Sunday. She scored only 4 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Famila Wuber Schio (4-1) is placed second in the A1. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Nadalin's overall stats this year are: 8.4ppg and 6.2rpg. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian.

   #2. Kathryn Verboom (179-F-86, currently plays in Germany) led Speyer / Schifferstadt to a victory over the eighth-ranked Bad Aibling (2-5) 82-75 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Sunday night. She was the top player that evening. Verboom recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added 3 assists. TSV TOWERS Speyer / Schifferstadt (2-1) is placed fifth in South group. Verboom has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 18.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.8apg.

   #3. Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) could not help Quakenbrueck Dragons (5-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sunley-Paisley's very good performance the fourth-placed Quakenbrueck Dragons was badly defeated 80-63 on the road by the leading ChemCats Chemnitz in the North group. She was the top scorer with 19 points. Sunley-Paisley also added 6 rebounds. Sunley-Paisley has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.

   #4. Melissa Dalembert (191-F-87, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Eisvogel Freiburg (1-2) crushing them 85-61 in the German DBBL last Sunday. She scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 17 minutes. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (7-1) is placed first in the DBBL. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dalembert's total stats are: 3.6ppg and 5.4rpg in the five games she played so far.

   #5. Emma Duinker (182-G/F-89, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kathryn Verboom and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Duinker was the major contributor in a Speyer / Schifferstadt's victory against the eighth-ranked Bad Aibling (2-5) 82-75. She scored 22 points and had 3 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Duinker is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season she has very high stats. Duinker averages: 19.6ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #6. Brittany Moore (168-G-89, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hannah Sunley-Paisley and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Moore, who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) was not able to help Quakenbrueck Dragons (5-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance the fourth-placed Quakenbrueck Dragons was badly defeated 80-63 in Chemnitz by the leading ChemCats in the North group. Moore was the second best scorer with 18 points. She also added 3 passes. Moore is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers. This season she has very high stats. Moore averages: 20.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg.

   #7. Matteke Hutzler (188-C, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for TG 1889 Sandhausen (2-5) in their last game. Despite her good performance the ninth-placed TG 1889 Sandhausen lost 64-75 in Viernheim to the higher-ranked (#6) TSV Amicitia in the South group. Hutzler had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. She also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Hutzler belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #2 with 3.9spg. This year her other stats are: 14.7ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg in the seven games.

   #8. Rhea Pascal (180-F, college: Amer.Internat., currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked KuSG Leimen crushing them 76-49 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. She scored 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Pascal's total stats are: 9.7ppg and 9.0rpg in the seven games.

   #9. Experienced Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket 74-56 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. She recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 16 rebounds. McKenzie is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). This season she has very good stats: 10.4ppg, 13.0rpg, 1.3apg and 5.5spg. McKenzie is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #10. Janet Hatfield (190-C-85, currently plays in Denmark) was the main contributor in Vaerlose's victory against the closely-ranked Horsholm 52-49 in the Danish Dameligaen on Saturday night. She was the top player that evening. Hatfield had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 15 rebounds. She also added and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Hatfield is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This year she has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.7bpg and 1.4spg in the nine games.



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Standings - WCBA

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 20: Shenyang - Henan 99-75
Nov. 20: Yunnan - Bayi 93-78
Nov. 20: Heilongjiang - Shanxi 80-83
Nov. 20: Beijing - Guangdong 74-68
Nov. 20: Jiangsu - Shanghai 71-74
Nov. 20: Zhejiang - Liaoning 105-76

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 24: Zhejiang - Shenyang
Nov. 24: Heilongjiang - Henan
Nov. 24: Shanxi - Jiangsu
Nov. 24: Bayi - Liaoning
Nov. 24: Shanghai - Beijing
Nov. 24: Guangdong - Yunnan


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maya MOORE
  Shanxi
  (183-SG-89)
  Avg: 41.4
 1. Moore, Shanxi41.4 
 2. Cambage, Zhejiang31.3 
 3. Appel, Henan26.8 
 4. Little, Shanghai26.2 
 5. Ji, Heilongjiang23.1 
 6. Taylor, Yunnan22.2 
 7. Miao, Shenyang20.3 
 8. Leuchanka, Liaoni.18.8 
 9. Wang, Guangdong17.5 
 10. Sun, Henan17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krystal THOMAS
  Jiangsu
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Thomas, Jiangsu16.0 
 2. Appel, Henan14.9 
 3. Taylor, Yunnan13.5 
 4. Moore, Shanxi11.2 
 5. Goodlett, Heilongj.10.8 
 6. Little, Shanghai9.8 
 7. Cambage, Zhejiang9.1 
 8. Leuchanka, Liaoni.8.7 
 9. Liu, Heilongjiang8.4 
 10. Young, Beijing8.0 
Assists Per Game
 LiJie MIAO
  Shenyang
  (178-F-81)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Miao, Shenyang8.5 
 2. Bian, Zhejiang5.9 
 3. Ma, Heilongjiang5.7 
 4. Chen, Jiangsu5.3 
 5. Liu, Yunnan4.7 
 6. Song, Bayi4.7 
 7. Wu, Shanxi4.4 
 8. Moore, Shanxi4.2 
 9. Zhou, Beijing4.0 
 10. Ji, Heilongjiang3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maya MOORE
  Shanxi
  (183-SG-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Moore, Shanxi3.0 
 2. Young, Beijing3.0 
 3. Song, Bayi2.5 
 4. Little, Shanghai2.3 
 5. Liu, Yunnan2.2 
 6. Zhai, Yunnan2.2 
 7. Zuo, Bayi2.0 
 8. Kim, Beijing2.0 
 9. Huang, Shanghai1.8 
 10. Xu, Henan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Zhejiang
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cambage, Zhejiang3.0 
 2. Taylor, Yunnan2.7 
 3. Appel, Henan2.3 
 4. Moore, Shanxi2.0 
 5. Thomas, Jiangsu1.7 
 6. Wei, Guangdong1.6 
 7. Nuo, Jiangsu1.0 
 8. Chen, Bayi0.7 
 9. Liu, Shenyang0.7 
 10. Little, Shanghai0.7 


Chinese WCBA round 8 best performance: Elizabeth Cambage - by Eurobasket News

Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Zhejiang, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 12 rebounds, while her team outclassed Liaoning (5-3) with 29-point margin 105-76. Zhejiang is placed at 2nd position in Chinese WCBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zhejiang will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Cambage turned to be Zhejiang's top player in her first season with the team. Elizabeth Cambage has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 2.5bpg and 75.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Lindsay Taylor (203-C-81) of Yunnan. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 17 rebounds. Of course she lead Yunnan to another comfortable win 93-78 over the lower-ranked Bayi (#9, 3-5) being unquestionably team leader. Yunnan's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Taylor is a newcomer at Yunnan, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#6). She also registered 13.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Spanish guard Maya Moore (183-SG-89) of league's top team Shanxi. Moore got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. She went also for nine rebounds and eight assists. She was a key player of Shanxi, leading her team to a 83-80 win against the lower-ranked Heilongjiang (#12, 2-6). Shanxi confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Moore has a great season in China. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 41.4ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 11.2rpg (4th best) and assists with 4.2apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Camille Little (188-F/G-85) of Shanghai - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. LiJie Miao (178-F-81) of Shenyang - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Shuang Zhao (188-F-90) of Shenyang - 28 points and 3 assists
7. Krystal Thomas (195-C-89) of Jiangsu - 21 points and 15 rebounds
8. JiaCen Liu (193-C-89) of Heilongjiang - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tamika Catchings (186-SF-79) of Guangdong - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Xiao Ji (193-F/C-85) of Zhejiang - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



WCBA Round 8: Shanxi defeats Heilongjiang Chenneng in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the WCBA took place in Harbin. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (2-6) to first ranked Shanxi (6-2) 83-80 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Spanish Maya Moore (183-89, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Yu Zhang (184-86) who added 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. The former international center JiaCen Liu (193-89) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Shanxi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Shanxi maintains first position with 6-2 record. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. They share the position with Guangdong. Shanxi are looking forward to face Jiangsu Phoenix (#10) in Yixing in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play at home against Henan Elephants in Jiyuan and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liaoning Hengye (5-3) against fourth ranked Zhejiang Far East (5-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Liaoning Hengye was crushed by Zhejiang Far East in Hangzhou 105-76. The winners were led by Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 blocks and Xiao Ji supported her with 23 points. Even 18 points by international forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) did not help to save the game for Liaoning Hengye. Zhejiang Far East moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Liaoning Hengye. Zhejiang Far East will play against Shenyang Golden Lions (#6) in Dandong in the next round. Liaoning Hengye will play on the road against Bayi Kylin (#9) in Yinzhou and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Yixing between Shanghai Octopus and Jiangsu Phoenix. Fifth ranked Shanghai Octopus (5-3) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (3-5). Shanghai Octopus managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Camille Little who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Krystal Thomas produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Shanghai Octopus have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Jiangsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Bayi. Shanghai Octopus will meet at home Beijing Great Wall (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against the league's leader Shanxi in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Bayi lost to Yunnan on the opponent's court 78-93. Shenyang outscored Henan in a home game 99-75. Guangdong recorded a loss to Beijing on the road 68-74.


Jiangsu - Shanghai 71-74

A very close game took place in Yixing between Shanghai Octopus and Jiangsu Phoenix. Fifth ranked Shanghai Octopus (5-3) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (3-5). Shanghai Octopus managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. American center Krystal Thomas (195-89, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Huan Huan (185-90) added 20 points respectively for the hosts. Four Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Shanghai Octopus have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Jiangsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Bayi. Shanghai Octopus will meet at home Beijing Great Wall (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against the league's leader Shanxi in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: L.Camille 30+6reb+2ast, S.Xiufeng 21+7reb+1ast, Z.Ni 8+4reb, J.Lan 8+1reb+1ast, H.Jing 5+3reb+1ast, W.Baiyu 2+1reb
Jiangsu: T.Krystal 21+15reb, H.Huan 20+2reb+2ast, N.Xu 13+4reb+1ast, L.ShanShan 12+2reb+4ast, C.Xiaojia 5+8reb+7ast, J.Na 0+1ast
gschID: 227833


Yunnan - Bayi 93-78

Very expected game when 8th ranked Bayi Kylin (3-5) was defeated on the road by third ranked Qujing Yunnan (5-3) 93-78 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 50-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Qujing Yunnan made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Yang Jia (191-87) chipped in 21 points. Four Qujing Yunnan players scored in double figures. Forward Xue Wang (185-93) produced 22 points and international forward Lu Wen (188-90) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Qujing Yunnan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Bayi Kylin dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Qujing Yunnan will meet Guangdong Dolphins (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Kylin will play against Liaoning Hengye in Anshan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Yunnan: T.Lindsay 33+17reb, J.Yang 21+2reb+2ast, C.Betty 13+1ast, Z.Huan 10+2reb+1ast, L.Xiao 8+4reb+1ast, L.XiaoLei 4+7reb+1ast
Bayi: W.Xue 22+4reb, W.Lu 13+2reb+2ast, Z.Liting 11+4reb, S.XiaoYun 9+1reb+1ast, Z.Jiayi 7+3reb+1ast, G.Wenqian 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 227832


Heilongjiang - Shanxi 80-83

The most exciting game of round 8 in the WCBA took place in Harbin. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (2-6) to first ranked Shanxi (6-2) 83-80 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Spanish Maya Moore (183-89, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Yu Zhang (184-86) who added 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. The former international center JiaCen Liu (193-89) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American center Sasha Goodlett (195-90, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Four Heilongjiang Chenneng players scored in double figures. Shanxi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Shanxi maintains first position with 6-2 record. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. They share the position with Guangdong. Shanxi are looking forward to face Jiangsu Phoenix (#10) in Yixing in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play at home against Henan Elephants in Jiyuan and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Shanxi: M.Maya 33+9reb+8ast, Z.Yu 21+4reb+1ast, Y.Dong 9+4reb, M.XueYa 6+5reb, W.Jinzhu 6+1reb+7ast, M.Liang 4+3reb
Heilongjiang: L.JiaCen 20+8reb+3ast, J.YanYan 19+5reb+4ast, G.Sasha 16+13reb+2ast, M.Yihong 13+3reb+4ast, Y.Jie 9+4reb+3ast, Z.Yongfu 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 227831


Zhejiang - Liaoning 105-76

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liaoning Hengye (5-3) against fourth ranked Zhejiang Far East (5-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Liaoning Hengye was crushed by Zhejiang Far East in Hangzhou 105-76. The game without a history. Zhejiang Far East 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 Liaoning Hengye's 38 and made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Liaoning Hengye 35-14 including a 20-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 blocks and the former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) supported her with 23 points. Even 18 points by international forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) did not help to save the game for Liaoning Hengye. The former international forward Xiaoli Chen (193-82) added 15 points for the guests. Four Liaoning Hengye players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Far East moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Liaoning Hengye. Zhejiang Far East will play against Shenyang Golden Lions (#6) in Dandong in the next round. Liaoning Hengye will play on the road against Bayi Kylin (#9) in Yinzhou and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang: C.Elizabeth 39+12reb+2ast, J.Xiao 23+2reb+2ast, B.Lan 11+4reb+6ast, D.XueMei 9+1ast, S.Binbin 9+8reb+3ast, Lin 6+3reb
Liaoning: M.Zengyu 18+1reb+2ast, C.Xiaoli 15+2reb, Z.Wei 11+4ast, W.TingTing 10+3reb+2ast, C.Feng 8+3reb+2ast, L.Yelena 6+1ast
gschID: 227830


Shenyang - Henan 99-75

There was a surprise result in Dandong where tenth ranked Shenyang Golden Lions (4-4) smashed higher ranked Henan Elephants (4-4) 99-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Shenyang Golden Lions. Henan Elephants managed to win fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shenyang Golden Lions shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Henan Elephants' players. The best player for the winners was international forward LiJie Miao (178-81) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International forward Shuang Zhao (188-90) chipped in 28 points and 4 steals (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Shenyang Golden Lions players scored in double figures. Swingman Jie Sun (183-91) produced 25 points and American power forward Jayne Appel (193-88, college: Stanford) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Shenyang Golden Lions moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Beijing and Henan. Henan Elephants lost third consecutive game. Shenyang Golden Lions will meet league's second-placed Zhejiang Far East in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Henan Elephants will play against Heilongjiang Chenneng (#12) in Harbin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shenyang: Z.Shuang 28+1reb+3ast, M.LiJie 20+5reb+11ast, L.Meng 17+4reb+2ast, W.Xuejiao 10+6reb, L.Dan 7+3reb+2ast, S.Liwei 7+1reb+3ast
Henan: S.Jie 25+4reb+3ast, A.Jayne 15+9reb, J.Hua 7+1reb, W.Yang 6+3reb+1ast, X.Xin 6+4reb, M.Huan 4+1reb
gschID: 227829


Beijing - Guangdong 74-68

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Guangdong Dolphins (2-6) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Beijing Great Wall (4-4) 74-68 on Tuesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Guangdong Dolphins trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-74 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Lin Zhang (193-83) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. South Korean guard Yeong-Ok Kim (170-74) chipped in 21 points. American Tamika Catchings (186-79, college: Tennessee) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and international center Wei Wei (206-89) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Beijing Great Wall have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shenyang and Henan. Loser Guangdong Dolphins keep the eleventh position with six games lost. They share it with Heilongjiang. Beijing Great Wall will meet higher ranked Shanghai Octopus (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Qujing Yunnan (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing: K.Yeong-Ok 21+2reb+2ast, Z.Lin 17+7reb+3ast, Y.Sophia 13+5reb, Z.Honghua 9+2reb+6ast, Z.Fan 7+3reb+2ast, Q.Site 3+1ast
Guangdong: W.Wei 14+5reb+2ast, C.Tamika 14+8reb, S.Yajing 9+1reb+1ast, Y.LiWei 9+4reb+2ast, Z.Dongxue 7+5reb, H.Hongpin 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 227828



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  CROATIA   


Sonja Kireta selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sonja Kireta
Sonja Kireta
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Sonja Kireta (198-76, currently plays in Italy). She led Parma to a victory over the ninth-ranked C.U.S. Chieti (4-5) 70-62 in the Italian A1 last Sunday. Kireta was MVP of the game. She scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lavezzini Parma (4-1) is placed third in the A1. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Kireta's first year with the team. Kireta is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Kireta averages: 15.4ppg, 8.2rpg, 2FGP: 47.1% and FT: 65.0%. She played for the Croatian senior national team five years ago.

Andja Jelavic
Andja Jelavic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Andja Jelavic (172-80, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TKBL. Jelavic could not help Samsun (3-7) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Samsun was badly defeated 77-61 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#7) Canik Bld. Jelavic was the top scorer with 17 points. She also added 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Jelavic is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.2apg. This year her other stats are: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(18-32), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 52.9% in the five games she played so far. Jelavic is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Emilija Podrug
Emilija Podrug
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Emilija Podrug (190-79, currently plays in France). She was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lyon (5-4) in their game against Mondeville (6-3) in the French LFB. Podrug scored 8 points and added 4 assists. Lyon was defeated 63-52 on the road by the higher-ranked Mondeville (#6). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Podrug has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.1%(41-66), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 84.0%. She played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Iva Ciglar
Iva Ciglar
   #4. Point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France) managed to help Perpignan Basket in a victory against the 12th-ranked Arras (2-7) 71-63 in the French LFB last Sunday. Ciglar scored only 2 points and added 9 assists in 20 minutes. Perpignan Basket (7-2) is placed third in the LFB. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ciglar is currently third on the league's list of best passers with 5.1apg. This year she also averages: 4.8ppg and 3.3rpg in the nine games. Ciglar is also Croatian national team player.

Ana Lelas
Ana Lelas
   #5. International swingman Ana Lelas (183-83, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lattes Montpellier (8-1) in their game against Basket Landes (5-4) in the French LFB. She did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Lelas scored only 3 points. The league leader Lattes Montpellier was defeated 75-69 in Mont de Marsan by the much lower-ranked Basket Landes (#8). They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. Lelas' overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.4apg. She plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Iva Sliskovic
Iva Sliskovic
   #6. Center Iva Sliskovic (190-84, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Perfumerias Avenida (3-2) in their game against Cadi ICG Software (2-3) in the Spanish LFB. Sliskovic scored 5 points in 20 minutes. Perfumerias Avenida lost 74-80 in Seu D'urgell to the lower-ranked (#8) Cadi ICG Software. It was Perfumerias Avenida's first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Sliskovic's first season with the team. This year her overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the two games. Sliskovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Lisa Karcic
Lisa Karcic
   #7. International power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Hondarribia-Irun (2-4) in their game against Argon Uni Girona (3-2) in the Spanish LFB. She scored 5 points in 21 minutes. Hondarribia-Irun was badly defeated 81-62 in Girona by the higher-ranked (#5) Argon Uni. This year Karcic's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg in the six games. She is a naturalized American. Karcic is also Croatian national team player. Strangely she has never played in Croatia.

Petra Stampalija
Petra Stampalija
   #8. Center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Wisla Can-Pak (7-1) in their game against CCC Polkowice (7-0) in the Polish PLKK. Stampalija cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She recorded only 2 points. Wisla Can-Pak was defeated 56-49 in Polkowice by the second-ranked CCC Polkowice. It was Wisla Can-Pak's first loss after eight consecutive victories. This season Stampalija has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg. She used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

Dina Sesnic
Dina Sesnic
   #9. Former U16 international center Dina Sesnic (188-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Vojvodina's victory against the closely-ranked Vozdovac (5-3) 80-67 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Sesnic scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad (4-4) is placed sixth in group T. Sesnic has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg in the eight games. She used to play for the Croatian U16 national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian WNBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Adelaide Lightning (6-3) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Adelaide Lightning lost 79-88 on the road to the second-ranked Dandenong Rangers. Batkovic-Brown had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 14 rebounds. She also added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 21.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2.3bpg and 1.1spg in the eight games she played so far. Batkovic-Brown has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Antakya (2-3) in their game against Tarsus Bld (3-2) in the Turkish TKBL. She scored 5 points. Antakya was defeated 84-71 at home by the higher-ranked Tarsus Bld (#5). Dacic's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 5.6rpg. She is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Italian.

   #3. Iva Grbas (188-F/C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for Limoges (3-4) in their last game. Despite Grbas' very good performance Limoges was edged 80-79 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#10) Dunkerque. She was the second best scorer with 20 points in 25 minutes. It was Limoges' third consecutive loss in a row. Grbas is currently third on the list of top scorers with 15.6ppg. This year her other stats are: 6.4rpg in the seven games.

   #4. Jelena Radic (190-C-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked ZKK Vrsac (1-7) crushing them 76-44 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Radic scored 10 points. Radivoj Korac Beograd (7-2) is placed second in group T. Radic's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg.

   #5. Tatjana Pavlovic (183-PF-90, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Highflyers (1-7) in their game against Muraltese (3-5) in the Swiss LNA. Pavlovic scored only 4 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Highflyers were defeated in an overtime 74-68 on their home court in Luzern by the higher-ranked Muraltese (#6). It was Highflyers' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Pavlovic has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg. She has both Croatian and Swiss nationalities.



Huge road win for Gospic - by Zeljko Zule

Gospic pulled of a huge road win, 119-65, over Studenac Omis In the last game of Round 5. They led as many as 28 points after the first quarter and won in all four periods. Gospic had six scorers in double figures. Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) posted 22 points, Monika Bosilj added 21, Martina Dover netted 20, Emanuela Salopek scored 18 points, Chevon Keith finished with 13 points and Iva Badanjak had 10 points. Omis was led by Ivana Vrvilo with 14 points, Karla Kalajzic scored 13 points and Marta Perlic and Antonela Perlic both posted 10 points.


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Standings - Women

SM-sarja Standings
 1. Catz 10-0 
 2. Honka 7-2 
 3. PeKa 7-3 
 4. FoA 6-3 
 5. Huima 6-4 
 6. ToPo 6-4 
 7. HoNsU 4-5 
 8. Kerava 4-5 
 9. BC Nokia 1-9 
 10. HyPo 1-9 
 11. TuRi 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 20: Kerava - TuRi 87-74
Nov. 21: PeKa - Catz
Nov. 21: Honka - FoA


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Melissa JELTEMA
  Honka
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Jeltema, Honka27.6 
 2. Laaksonen, ToPo24.9 
 3. Campbell, PeKa23.2 
 4. Taylor, TuRi22.7 
 5. Holliday, Huima21.4 
 6. Salomaa, FoA20.1 
 7. Adzasu, Kerava20.1 
 8. Murphree, Honka19.9 
 9. Jones, Catz18.1 
 10. Anderson, Catz16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Niina LAAKSONEN
  ToPo
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Laaksonen, ToPo14.5 
 2. Robinson, Huima14.5 
 3. Campbell, PeKa12.3 
 4. Land, HyPo12.0 
 5. Anderson, Catz11.4 
 6. Marchbanks, Kerava11.3 
 7. McKenzie, PeKa11.1 
 8. Taylor, TuRi11.0 
 9. Reshetko, Catz11.0 
 10. Black, Huima10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Reetta PIIPARI
  PeKa
  (170-G-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Piipari, PeKa5.5 
 2. Kesanen, ToPo5.5 
 3. Miles, FoA5.4 
 4. Jones, Catz3.7 
 5. Murphree, Honka3.6 
 6. Hedderson, TuRi3.4 
 7. Adzasu, Kerava3.2 
 8. Menna, BC Nokia3.2 
 9. Anderson, Catz3.0 
 10. Jackson, HoNsU2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rosetta ADZASU
  Kerava
  (165-G-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Adzasu, Kerava4.8 
 2. Jackson, HoNsU3.9 
 3. Murphree, Honka3.4 
 4. Lukkarinen, Kerava3.0 
 5. Marchbanks, Kerava3.0 
 6. Jones, Catz2.9 
 7. Miles, FoA2.9 
 8. McKenzie, PeKa2.5 
 9. Lehtoranta, PeKa2.4 
 10. Hyvarinen, BC Nok.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Minna STEN
  HoNsU
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sten, HoNsU3.6 
 2. Anderson, Catz1.7 
 3. Black, Huima1.6 
 4. Campbell, PeKa1.4 
 5. Jeltema, Honka1.3 
 6. Reshetko, Catz1.1 
 7. Murphree, Honka1.0 
 8. Tattari, Kerava0.9 
 9. Holliday, Huima0.9 
 10. Saarinen, FoA0.8 



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  HUNGARY   


VASAS is the champion of the FIBA U16 Girls Champions Cup - by Balazs Radics

In Novenber 11-17, Sopron hosted the champions of Europe in U16 Girls Basketball. For the first time this year the best clubs from all around Europe played each other in this age category, showing their skills on the highest level of youth club basketball. Uniqa Euroleasing Soprons staff did a great job organizing the event with the supervising of FIBA and Hungarian Basketball Federation (MKOSZ).
Champion of Hungary (Vasas Basket Akadmia), Slovakia (Banska Bistrica), Czeh Repulic (Frisco Brno), Serbia (Red Star), Italy (Magika Pallacanestro), Poland (MUKS Poznan), Croatia (Novi Zagreb) was invited to play the tournament with the hosts, one of best hungarian club Soproni Darazsak Akadmia. After a long and an all the way thrilling competition Hungarian Champion Vasas Basket Academia could overcame their slow start and clinched the trophy!

Groups
A Group: Hungary (Vasas Basket Akadmia), Slovakia (Banska Bystrica), Czech Republic (Frisco Brno), Serbia (Red Star)
B Group: Hungary (Soproni Darazsak Akadmia), Italy (Magika Pallacanestro), Poland (MUKS Poznan), Croatia (Novi Zagreb)

Schedule/Results
12.11.2012., Monday
Serbia - Slovakia 58-72 (21-14, 36-40, 52-50, 58-72)
Best scorers: Bogicevic S. 16/3, Zec K. 14, Arsenic K. 10, Katanic A. 10 ; Striesov 33/6, Mistinov M. 11
Hungary (Vasas) - Czech Republic 53-60 (14-19, 33-28, 39-43, 53-60)
Best scorers: Toth T. 13, Farkas F. 12/3, Weber 12 ; Bernkov S. 12/6, Soukalov L. 11, Mainclov A. 11
Hungary (Sopron) - Croatia 64-65 (21-21, 36-30, 55-49, 64-65)
Best scorers: Kuttor E. 12, Weninger V. 12, Borondy D. 10 ; Dojkic I. 35, Sarjanovic N. 9
Italy - Poland 67-84 (20-26, 37-48, 51-63, 67-84)
Best scorers: Santucci M. 20/3, Francheschelli F. 13/3, J. Keys 13 ; Klatt P. 22/3, Siemienas S. 18, Puc Z. 17, Olszewska K. 16
13.11.2012., Tuesday
Czech Republic - Serbia 61-52 (18-6, 29-23, 43-30, 61-52)
Best scorers: Bernkov S. 17/3, Krivnkov K. 12, Soukalov L. 10 ; Bogicevic S. 17, Zec K. 14
Croatia - Italy 71-58 (27-9, 14-26, 21-12, 9-11)
Best scorers: Dojkic 21/3, Mijatovic 13/3, Stojsavljevic 11, Kukolja 10/3, Sarjanovic 10 ; Santucci 29/9, Franceschelli 11
Slovakia - Hungary (Vasas) 52-71 (12-17, 11-12, 14-21, 15-21)
Best scorers: Striesov L. 14, Mistinova M. 10 ; Farkas F. 18, Toth T. 11, Kulcsar B. 10
Poland - Hungary (Sopron) 80-79 (22-23, 20-19, 15-18, 23-19)
Best scorers: Olszewska K. 29/3, Klatt P. 12/3, Siemienas S. 12 ; Weninger V. 17, Borondy D. 16, Kocsis F. 14, Kuttor E. 11, Feigl F. 11
14.11.2012., Wednesday
Slovakia - Czech Republic 60-57 (17-16, 14-18, 20-15, 9-8)
Best scorers: Mistinov M. 16/3, Striesov L. 11/3, Jelencikov N. 9 ; Holesnks P. 17/3, Mainclov A. 13, Krivnkov K. 12, Soukalov L. 9
Poland - Croatia 74-51 (27-4, 23-19, 10-16, 14-12)
Best scorers: Szloser A. 21/6, Klatt P. 13/3 ; Dojkic I. 21, Sarjanovic N. 11, Stojsavljevic T. 10
Hungary (Vasas) - Serbia 65-59 (16-22, 16-11, 19-11, 14-15)
Best scorers: Farkas F. 14, Toth T. 13, Szalay V. 12 ; Bogicevic S. 21/3, Zec K. 13
Hungary (Sopron) - Italy 69-73 (23-24, 13-18, 17-12, 16-19)
Best scorers: Weninger V. 22, Kuttor E. 17, Borondy D. 13/3; Santucci M. 35/6, Lipparini G. 15/3
16.11.2012., Friday
Slovakia - Hungary (Sopron) 58-61 (15-15, 13-19, 6-14, 24-13)
Best scorers: Mistinov M. 23, Striesov L. 18, Ondrejkov L. 12 ; Kuttor E. 20, Kocsis F. 18,
Italy - Serbia 68-64 (18-13, 11-20, 27-21, 12-14)
Best scorers: Santucci M. 24/3, Franceschelli F. 13, Keys J. 11 ; Bogicevcic S. 19, Arsenic K. 19
Hungary (Vasas) - Croatia 66-60 (13-18, 18-16, 16-11, 19-15)
Best scorers: Farkas F. 29/6, Solymosi N. 11 ; Dojkic 24/3, Mijatovic D. 11
Poland - Czech Republic 62-72 (12-18, 16-17, 22-14, 12-23)
Best scorers: Olszewska K. 20, Luczak A. 15, Klatt P. 10/3 ; Bernkov S. 17/9, Soukalov L. 15, Mainclov A. 13, Krvnkov 10
17.11.2012., Saturday
7th place: Slovakia - Serbia 52-45 (13-14, 6-13, 20-9, 13-9)
Best scorers: Striesov L. 23/6 ; Arsenic K. 19
5th place: Italy - Hungary (Sopron) 69-73 (19-23, 12-16, 20-15, 18-19)
Best scoreres: Santucci M. 27/3, Franceschelli 16 ; Kuttor E. 26, Weninger V. 16, Bak P. 12
3rd place: Poland - Croatia 76-80 (14-30, 17-16, 32-16, 13-18)
Best scorers: Olszewska K. 23, Gertchen K. 18/3, Klatt P. 15/6 ; Mijatovic D. 19/9, Dojkic I. 14, Kukolja A. 11/3
Final: Czech Republic - Hungary (Vasas) 57-61 (15-11, 17-14, 14-22, 11-14)
Best scorers: Krvnkov K. 16, Bernkov S. 11/3, Mainclov A. 11 ; Farkas F. 20, Toth T. 15, Weber F. 12

FINAL:
1. Hungary (Vasas Basket Akadmia)
2. Czech Republic (Frisco Brno)
3. Croatia (Novi Zagreb)
4. Poland (MUKS Poznan)
5. Hungary (Soproni Darazsak Akadmia)
6. Italy (Magika Pallacanestro)
7. Slovakia (Banska Bystrica)
8. Serbia (Red Star)

Awards:
MVP: Eniko Kuttor (183-F-97) (Soproni Darazsak Akadmia, 129 IBM)
Best Scorer: Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) (Magika Pallacanestro, 135 points)
Best Rebounder: Eniko Kuttor (Soproni Darazsak Akadmia, 66 rebounds)
All-Star 5: Karolina Olszewska (165-G-96) (MUKS Poznan), Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) (Novi Zagreb), Fanni Farkas (175-SG-96) (Vasas Basket Akadmia), Eniko Kuttor (Soproni Darazsak Akadmia), Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) (Frisco Brno)
Teams Best Players:
Ivana Dojkic (Novi Zagreb),
Mariella Santucci (Magika Pallacanestro),
Karolina Olszewska (MUKS Poznan),
Kocsis Fanni (Soproni Darazsak Akadmia),
Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) (Banska Bystrica),
Lenka Soukalova (180-PF-97) (Frisco Brno),
Snezana Bogicevic (176-PG-97) (Red Star),
Timea Toth (184-PF-97) (Vasas Basket Akadmia)





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  IRELAND   

Standings - Women

Superleague Standings
 1. DCU Mercy 6-0 
 2. UL Aughinish 6-0 
 3. TM Hotel Cork 4-1 
 4. Killester 2-3 
 5. Singleton 2-3 
 6. Waterford W. 2-4 
 7. Meteors 2-5 
 8. Ulster Rockets 1-5 
 9. Liffey Celtics 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 17: Liffey Celtics - TM Hotel Cork 64-78
Nov. 17: Meteors - DCU Mercy 58-66
Nov. 18: Singleton - UL Aughinish 58-65
Nov. 17: Ulster Rockets - Waterford W. 57-63

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 24: Meteors - TM Hotel Cork
Nov. 24: Waterford W. - Killester
Nov. 24: Liffey Celtics - UL Aughinish
Nov. 25: Singleton - DCU Mercy


Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Rachel VANDERWAL
  UL Aughi.
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Vanderwal, UL Augh.20.8 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.18.3 
 3. Woods, DCU Mercy18.3 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.17.3 
 5. Kavanagh, Waterfor.13.8 
 6. Clarke, Killester13.6 
 7. O''Leary, Singleton12.8 
 8. Clancy, UL Aughi.12.8 
 9. Toner, Ulster R.12.7 
 10. Nagle, Meteors12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amy WATERS
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Waters, Singleton11.2 
 2. Breen, TM Hotel.9.5 
 3. Dwyer, TM Hotel.9.3 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.8.5 
 5. Kavanagh, Waterfor.8.3 
 6. Maguire, DCU Mercy7.8 
 7. Naughton, Killester7.2 
 8. Doyle, Meteors7.1 
 9. Mullally, Waterfor.7.0 
 10. Fahy, UL Aughini.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay PEAT
  DCU Mercy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Peat, DCU Mercy6.0 
 2. Scully, Killester3.8 
 3. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.8 
 4. O''Leary, Singleton3.6 
 5. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.4 
 6. Waters, Singleton3.4 
 7. Clarke, Killester2.8 
 8. O''Leary, Singleton2.6 
 9. Flynn, Killester2.6 
 10. Toner, Ulster R.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Susanne MAGUIRE
  DCU Mercy
  (183-F-75)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.6 
 2. Woods, DCU Mercy3.5 
 3. Toner, Ulster R.3.5 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.3 
 5. Thornton, Singleton3.0 
 6. Vanderwal, UL Augh.2.8 
 7. Coady, Waterfor.2.7 
 8. Breen, TM Hotel.2.5 
 9. Dwyer, TM Hotel.2.3 
 10. Ronnings, DCU M.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Niamh TONER
  Ulster R.
  (--)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toner, Ulster R.2.2 
 2. Maher, UL Aughi.1.8 
 3. Waters, Singleton1.6 
 4. Maguire, DCU Mercy1.6 
 5. Fahy, UL Aughinish1.6 
 6. Breen, TM Hotel.1.5 
 7. Walsh, TM Hotel.1.5 
 8. Clarke, Killester1.4 
 9. McDermott, UL Augh.1.3 
 10. Naughton, Killest.1.2 


Superleague Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Superleague round 6 most important game was a victory of Waterford Wildcats over 7th ranked Ulster Rockets 63-57 on Saturday night. They outrebounded Ulster Rockets 35-16 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international guard Cathy Kavanagh (187-G-90) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Jenny Coady (-82) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Fionnuala Toner (175, college: MacMurray) replied with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Ulster Rockets. Waterford Wildcats (2-4) moved-up to sixth place. Ulster Rockets at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Waterford Wildcats are looking forward to face higher ranked 11890 Killester (#4) in Dublin in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ulster Rockets will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Mercy (#1) and Meteors (#6). Meteors were defeated at home 58-66 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. American-British forward Meagan Hoffman (183-82, college: Adams St.) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Sarah Woods chipped in 26 points during the contest. DCU Mercy's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Karen Meany (170-93) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Undefeated DCU Mercy (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row, which they share with UL Aughinish. Meteors at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. DCU Mercy will play against Singleton (#5) in Cork in the next round. Meteors will play at home against TM Hotel Cork and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for UL Aughinish (6-0) which played road game in Cork against 4th ranked Singleton (2-3). Top-ranked UL Aughinish managed to get a 7-point victory 65-58. Michelle Fahy notched 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by Megan O'Leary did not help to save the game for Singleton. Undefeated UL Aughinish have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with DCU Mercy. Newly promoted Singleton keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Killester. UL Aughinish will meet bottom-ranked Liffey Celtics (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Singleton will play against the league's leader DCU Mercy (#1) in Dublin and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Liffey Celtics is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to third ranked TM Hotel Cork (4-1) 78-64. TM Hotel Cork maintains third position with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader DCU Mercy. Liffey Celtics at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. TM Hotel Cork's next round opponent will be Meteors (#7) in Dublin. Liffey Celtics will play at home against the league's second-placed UL Aughinish in Limerick and hope to get finally their first victory.


Ulster Rockets - Waterford W. 57-63

Superleague round 6 most important game was a victory of Waterford Wildcats over 7th ranked Ulster Rockets 63-57 on Saturday night. They outrebounded Ulster Rockets 35-16 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international guard Cathy Kavanagh (187-90) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Jenny Coady (-82) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Fionnuala Toner (175, college: MacMurray) replied with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Ciara O'Neill added 12 points in the effort for Ulster Rockets. Waterford Wildcats (2-4) moved-up to sixth place. Ulster Rockets at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Waterford Wildcats are looking forward to face higher ranked 11890 Killester (#4) in Dublin in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ulster Rockets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ulster Rockets: F.Toner 17+3reb+2ast, C.O'Neill 12+2reb+1ast, S.Dick 12+2reb, N.Lennon 6+3reb, N.Toner 5+5reb+3ast, H.Fairbairn 4+1reb+1ast
Waterford W.: S.Deegan 16+1reb, J.Coady 15+6reb+1ast, C.Kavanagh 14+11reb, C.O'Gorman 7+4reb, R.Furlong 7+5reb, N.Mullally 4+4reb
gschID: 200047


Singleton - UL Aughinish 58-65

An interesting game for UL Aughinish (6-0) which played road game in Cork against 4th ranked Singleton (2-3). Top-ranked UL Aughinish managed to get a 7-point victory 65-58. UL Aughinish dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Singleton's 34. The former international center Michelle Fahy (183-82) notched 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Rachel Clancy (175-88, college: Cal Poly - SLO) supported her with 18 points. Four UL Aughinish players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by Megan O'Leary did not help to save the game for Singleton. Edel Thornton added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. UL Aughinish have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with DCU Mercy. Newly promoted Singleton keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Killester. UL Aughinish will meet bottom-ranked Liffey Celtics (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Singleton will play against the league's leader DCU Mercy (#1) in Dublin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Singleton: M.O'Leary 17+7reb+3ast, D.O'Leary 14+4reb+2ast, E.Thornton 12+5reb+5ast, A.Waters 9+8reb+2ast, G.Omahony 4+1reb, K.Kelleher 2+1reb
UL Aughinish: R.Clancy 18+2reb+2ast, R.Vanderwal 14+2reb+2ast, L.Maher 10+7reb, M.Fahy 10+8reb+5ast, C.Grant 8+4reb, A.McDermott 2+2reb
gschID: 200050


Meteors - DCU Mercy 58-66

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Mercy (#1) and Meteors (#6). Meteors were defeated at home 58-66 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. DCU Mercy had a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for DCU Mercy especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. American-British forward Meagan Hoffman (183-82, college: Adams St.) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Sarah Woods (174-88) chipped in 26 points during the contest. DCU Mercy's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Karen Meany (170-93) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Rebecca Nagle (173-92) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. DCU Mercy (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row, which they share with UL Aughinish. Meteors at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. DCU Mercy will play against Singleton (#5) in Cork in the next round. Meteors will play at home against TM Hotel Cork and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Meteors: B.Meany 15+2reb+1ast, R.Nagle 14+6reb+3ast, K.Meany 12+11reb+1ast, J.Daly 8+3reb, F.Meany 7+6reb+4ast, S.Doyle 2+8reb
DCU Mercy: S.Woods 26+2reb+1ast, M.Hoffman 25+10reb, L.Peat 5+6reb+6ast, C.Newton 4+6reb+1ast, S.Maguire 3+7reb, T.Solan 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 200048


Liffey Celtics - TM Hotel Cork 64-78

Bottom-ranked Liffey Celtics is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to third ranked TM Hotel Cork (4-1) 78-64. TM Hotel Cork maintains third position with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader DCU Mercy. Liffey Celtics at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. TM Hotel Cork's next round opponent will be Meteors (#7) in Dublin. Liffey Celtics will play at home against the league's second-placed UL Aughinish in Limerick and hope to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 200049



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  ISRAEL   

Standings (W)

D1 Standings
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 3-0 
 2. Galil Elion 2-1 
 3. Elitzur Netanya 1-0 
 4. Elitzur Ramla 1-1 
 5. Ramat Hasharon 1-1 
 6. Maccabi R.Hen 1-1 
 7. Hap.Petah Tikva 1-1 
 8. H.R. Le-Zion 0-2 
 9. Elitzur Holon 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 19: Elitzur Netanya - Galil Elion 94-87
Nov. 19: Ramat Hasharon - Maccabi R.Hen 86-83
Nov. 19: Elitzur Ramla - Hap.Petah Tikva 81-71
Nov. 19: Elitzur Holon - Maccabi Ashdod 68-95

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 26: Hap.Petah Tikva - Elitzur Netanya
Nov. 26: Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Ramla
Nov. 26: Maccabi R.Hen - Elitzur Holon
Nov. 26: H.R. Le-Zion - Ramat Hasharon



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  NCAA1   


Stanford Women's Basketball No. 1 In AP Poll - by Eurobasket News

STANFORD, Calif. - Fresh off of a 71-69 victory over previous No. 1 Baylor Friday night that led to the 2012 Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic title, Stanford women's basketball took over the top spot in the Associated Press Poll Monday morning for the first time since March 2005.

The Cardinal (5-0) received 21 of the 39 first-place votes to leapfrog No. 2 Connecticut. The Huskies received 17 first-place votes. Stanford hosts Connecticut at Maples Pavilion Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

Baylor, which had held the top spot in the poll since the start of the 2011-12 season, dropped to No. 3 and received the remaining first-place vote followed by Duke at No. 4.

It marks the fourth time in program history that Stanford has held the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll. Overall, the Cardinal has spent nine weeks atop the poll over three previous tenures. Stanford opened the 1992-93 season atop the poll, spending a week in the No. 1 spot, then opened the 1996-97 season No. 1 where it stayed for the first six weeks of the campaign. The Cardinal then ascended to No. 1 for the final two weeks of the 2004-05 campaign.

Stanford went 3-0 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic over the weekend, also defeating host Hawai'i and Tennessee-Martin. Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike (6'3''-F-92) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 19.3 points and 11.7 rebounds while shooting 62.5 percent (25-for-40) from the field over the three wins. Against Baylor, Ogwumike scored 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including the first 3-pointer of her collegiate career, and grabbed eight rebounds. She was named espnW's inaugural National Player of the Week for her performance.

Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle (6'3''-F-90) was named to the Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team as well, averaging 17.3 points per game and shooting 60.6 percent (20-for-33) from the field.
Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion this week, hosting Long Beach State Sunday at 2 p.m. The Cardinal aims to extend its national-best 80-game home winning streak.
Courtesy of: gostanford.com



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Lakers Stay Undefeated, Take Down Bowie State 75-57 - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grand Valley State women's basketball team was led by senior Briauna Taylor (Livonia, Mich.) for the second straight game, as she posted her second double-double in as many days to lead the Lakers to a 75-57 win over Bowie State on Saturday (Nov. 18) to move the Lakers to 3-0 on the year.

The scoring got started by senior Alex Stelfox (6'2'') (Bowie, Md.), playing against her hometown college, who hit a jump shot just 41 seconds in to the game and the Lakers never relinquished the lead.

GVSU began pulling away near the the mid-point of the first half, as the Lakers, already up 16-12, went on a nine-point run that ended with a three-pointer by junior Breanna Kellogg (DeWitt, Mich.) to give the Lakers a 25-12 advantage.

The Lakers went on another run near the end of the first half, scoring the last seven points of the opening stanza, including a lay-up and three free throws by Taylor, to go in to the locker room up 41-26.

Taylor nearly had her double-double in the first half, as she exploded for 16 points and nine rebounds, including going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. The Lakers shot 52.4-percent (11-for-21) in the first half and made their free throws count, going 16-for-18 (88.9-percent) from the line.

Bowie State appeared to be making a comeback midway through the second half. With GVSU leading 56-37, Bowie State forced a GVSU timeout after going on a six-point run to make it a 56-43 advantage. Following the timeout, however, Stelfox hit a jumper but Bowie State kept coming hard, cutting the deficit to only 10 at 58-48 with eight minutes to play.

A 10-2 run by the Lakers in the next couple minutes put the game away, including six straight points from senior Lauren Stodola (5'9'') (Jenison, Mich.). Up 68-50, GVSU was able to hold on the rest of the way, taking the game by a 75-57 score.

Taylor finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double, despite only hitting four shots from the floor and playing 26 minutes. Most of her damage was done at the free throw line, where Taylor went 14-for-16. Stelfox nearly put together a double-double of her own, tallying 14 points and nine rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 mark from the free throw line.

Stodola also scored in double digits, going for 13 points to go with three assists.

As a team, the Lakers dominated at the charity stripe, going 34-for-38 (89.5-percent) from the line. GVSU had a huge advantage in rebounds (41-27) and forced Bowie State in to 26 fouls compared to the Lakers' 15. A solid defensive effort by GVSU forced Bowie State in to shooting only 26.2-percent (17-for-65) from the field on the game.

GVSU (3-0) will now prepare for GLIAC play to get underway, as the Lakers will travel to Ashland, Ohio to take on the Eagles on Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.gvsulakers.com



Balanced offence leads Golden Lions over New Haven - by Eurobasket News

West Haven, Conn.- The Dowling College women's basketball team (1-1) defeated the University of New Haven (2-2) 66-58 Sunday afternoon in non-conference action. Danielle Wilson, Julia Koppl, Connie Simmions and Christine Verrelle (5'8''-G) all reached double digit points in the Golden Lions' first victory of the 2012-2013 season.
Early on, UNH would build a slight lead only to see the Golden Lions comeback and close the gap. Dowling grabbed their first lead of the afternoon at the 12:28 (12-11) during a 6-0 run sparked by Simmons. Over the next seven minutes of the half the closely played game saw five lead changes. With 3:51 remaining in the half, Simmons hit a layup for the sixth lead change (28-26) and the Golden Lions went into break ahead 32-28.

The Golden Lions extended their lead quickly behind an 6-1 (38-29) run in the first two minutes of the second half. The Chargers put up six unanswered to move ahead 40-39 with just under 16 minutes left. Rekik Worku retook the lead for DC, 41-40, and the Golden Lions built a gap as large as ten points (59-46). Dowling held the lead for the final 15 minutes of the game to earn the 66-58 win.
Willson matched a game high of 15 points with ten rebounds for her first double double of the season while adding six blocks. Koppl also had a double double with 13 points, 12 from long range, and ten rebounds. Simmons and Verrelle were in double digits with 12 and 10 points respectivly.

For the Chargers, Brian Moore (6'1''-G-71) lead with 15 points along with six rebounds. Brianna Bradford added ten points and Nikita Retty came off the bench with 13 points.

As a team, Dowling shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the field and 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from 3-point range. The Chargers finished the contest at 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from the field and 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from downtown.

The Golden Lions play their home opener this Saturday, Novemer 24 at 2:00 PM against Goldey Beacom College.
Courtesy of: dowlingathletics.com



Taylor Earns GLIAC Player of the Week Award - by Eurobasket News

BAY CITY, Mich. - The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced that senior Brittany Taylor (5'9'') (Livonia, Mich.) has been named the GLIAC Women's Basketball North Division Player of the Week.

Brittany Taylor averaged 19.5 points in two games while leading the Lakers to a 3-0 start to the season. Brittany Taylor was named the Firebird Classic MVP after recording double-doubles in both games. Against host school District of Columbia, Brittany Taylor had 16 points and 10 rebounds along with a team-high seven assists. The senior also tallied two steals and two blocks as well. Against Bowie State (Md.), Brittany Taylor notched 23 points and 11 rebounds. Brittany Taylor now owns 11 career double-doubles.

The Lakers will be back on the floor on Thursday, November 29th when GVSU heads to Ashland to begin GLIAC play. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: gvsulakers.com



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Inferno Opens Women's College Tipoff Tournament With 22-Point Victory - by Eurobasket News

MILWAUKEE -- Anna Boteva made six 3-point shots for a game-high 22 points to lead Alverno College to a 67-45 victory over St. Catherine University in the opening game of the 2012 Women's College Tipoff Tournament in Reiman Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

Boteva's 22 doubled her previous career high of 11 points, as she was one of four Inferno players in double-figures. Kristen Speerschneider was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line for 13 points, while Jamie Hoernke and Ashley Berry added 10 points apiece.

After the host Inferno (1-0) gave up a score on the opening possession it scored the next seven points and did not relinquish the lead the remainder of the contest.

The visiting Wildcats (0-1) cut the Inferno's lead to two, 26-24, on a Jenna Mistler 3-pointer with just under five minutes in the first half, but the Inferno rallied off 10-straight points for the 36-24 lead at intermission.

Mistler led the Wildcats with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting and also had a team-high five rebounds.

Alverno increased its lead to a game-high 27 midway through the second half and cruised to the 67-45 final.

Hoernke led all players with 11 rebounds, while Speerschneider had seven assists and eight steals to lead all.

Alverno returns to action at 7 p.m. tonight versus Stephens College in game two of the Women's College Tipoff Tournament, which will mark the first time in the program's history the team has played twice in the same day.

Stephens and St. Catherine will play on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final game of the round-robin event.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Scranton's Defense Too Much For Rochester in Resler Final - by Eurobasket News

Rochester couldn't find its shooting touch early in the game and the University of Scranton took advantage, posting a 61-45 victory over Rochester in the championhip game of the Chuck Resler Invitational at the Palestra.

Tournament MVP Erin Boggan posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Royals (2-0). Meredith Mesaris added 15 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Rochester (1-1) did not have a double-figure scorer. Paige Aleski (5'7''-G) scored nine points. Danielle McNabb and Breanna Madrazo scored eight points apiece. McNabb grabbed 10 rebounds.

Scranton held UR to 19% shooting in the first half (5-26) and 26% overall. The Lady Royals hit three three-point goals in the first five minutes and jumped to an 11-4 lead. Rochester got as close as two, 13-11, with 5:20 left when Aleski made a three-pointer.

Mesaris scored six points in the first 2:30 of the second half as Scranton stretched its lead to 10, 28-18. Boggan's layup kept the lead at 10 (36-26) before Rochester rallied. Breanna Madrazo sank two free throws, then drove for a layup. After Lia DiSciascio hit one of two from the line. McNabb sank a jumper to pull Rochester within 37-32 midway through the second half.

Five points from Mesaris in 36 seconds (a trey and a layup) put the Royals on top by 10 again. Rochester narrowed it to seven on Madrazo's three-pointer with 7:43 left, but Katherine Torto hit a trey and Rochester got it below 10 only twice in the last seven minutes.

Aleski and Loren Wagner (six points, eight rebounds) were named to the All-Tournament Team for Rochester.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Late Run Leads Brooklyn Past Rams - by Eurobasket News

Amherst, Mass. - A 14-0 Brooklyn College run late in the second half led the Bulldogs to a 56-52 win over Farmingdale State in the consolation game of the Amherst Tip-Off Tournament. The Rams dropped to 0-2 on the season, while Brooklyn improved to 1-1 overall.

Trailing by seven in the opening minute of the second half, a pair of baskets by junior guard Nicky Young (Queens, N.Y.) and a 3-pointer by senior guard Nikita Green (Roosevelt, N.Y.) tied the game at 28-28 with 17:11 left to play. Farmingdale State led 37-36 with 11:23 remaining before a 14-0 run over the next 4:17 put the Bulldogs ahead 50-37. The Rams closed out the game on a 12-3 run but fell short, 56-52.

Green, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, scored 15 points, had nine rebounds and seven assists, while Young added 15 points and five steals. Sophomore guard Christina Merrill (Levittown, N.Y.) scored 12 points, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

Brooklyn was led by sophomore guard Nicole Francomano (Staten Island, N.Y.) who scored a team-high 14 points, while junior guard Vanessa D'Ambrosi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Farmingdale State next will play Union (NY) in the St. John Fisher Tournament on Saturday, November 24th at 5:00 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Jones number one in Portugal for round 7 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Courtney Jones (187-F-89, agency: Merit Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Alges, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while her team crushed CDTorres N. (#8, 2-5) with 25-point margin 72-47. Alges is placed at 4th position in Portuguese Liga Feminina. They are still close to the very top. Alges would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Jones turned to be Alges' top player in her first season with the team. Former Louisiana State University star has very solid stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.0ppg) and rebounds (9th best: 9.5rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Ana Raimundo of Ovarense. Raimundo had a very good evening with 24 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Ovarense lost that game 57-78 to the higher-ranked GDESSA (#1, 6-1). Ovarense are still at the very bottom. 7 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Raimundo is a newcomer at Ovarense, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#6).

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tyeasha Moss (175-G-90) of league's top team GDESSA. Moss scored 19 points and passed four assists. She was a key player of GDESSA, leading her team to a 78-57 easy win against Ovarense (#12, 0-7). GDESSA confirms their top position in the standings Moss has a great season in Portugal. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (5th best), rebounds with 10.1rpg (8th best) and assists with 2.9apg (3rd best). She also has 2.9spg and and 3PT: 55.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ebony Ellis (190-C-88) of AD Vagos - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Lady Comfort (188-C-86) of Olivais - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) of GDESSA - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Laura Broomfield (185-F-90) of Alges - 9 points and 13 rebounds
8. Mattilyn McIntyre (175-G-89) of Olivais - 13 points and 3 rebounds
9. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) of AD Vagos - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gabriela Raimundo) of Ovarense - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Dynamo lands Tyra White, ex San German - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo-NPU Kyiv (Higher League) landed 23-year old American guard Tyra White (182-89, college: Texas A&M). She played in the summer at Athleticas de San German in Puerto Rican BSNF. In 19 games she averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.7apg.
This summer White was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
The former Texas A&M University star is in her first season in pro basketball. White played in the final of Big 12 Tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
She received All-Big 12 1st Team award in 2001 and 2012 at her college time.
White has played also in Poland (Lider Pruszkow).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Dragana Gobeljic has signed with Rostov - Don - by Tamara Ruzic

Russian Premiere League newcomers Rostov-Don has announced the signing of Serbian forward Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88). Gobeljic comes to Russia from Serbia where she played for Srbobran. She has played 4 games, averaged 10.3 points and 4 rebounds per game in the Serbian league. She is the first foreigner on the Rostov-Don team, who became the last team in Russia to acquire one.
Last season Gobeljic played for CS Nova Vita Targu Mures (Romania-D1, starting five). She played 18 games: 12.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg, and 1.1spg. She was a member of Serbian U19 National Team -07 and U20 National Team -08, European Championships U20 in Italy -08 and Serbian National Team -10-11.





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Bernice Mosby joins Conquero - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Bernice Mosby (186-84, college: Baylor). She played last season at Caja Rural in LF2. Mosby helped her team get promotion to LFB. In 25 games last year she was second best scorer with impressive 17.4ppg and averaged 7.9rpg and 1.2apg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-LFB 2nd Team.
In 2007 Mosby was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in first round (6th overall).
The former Baylor University star is in her sixth season in pro basketball.
Mosbys team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2007.
She is quite experienced player. Mosby has played also professionally in France (Arras), Greece (Panionios), Italy (Bracco Geas) and Poland (Lider Pruszkow).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

TKB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Altay Konak 5-0 
 2. Nallihan 5-0 
 3. 55 Genclik 4-2 
 4. Botas 3-2 
 5. Dizdar 3-2 
 6. Burhaniye Bld 2-2 
 7. Yunus 2-3 
 8. Yalova 1-4 
 9. Bakospor 0-5 
 10. Celtispor 0-5 
Group B
 1. Bursa BSB 5-0 
 2. Orduspor 4-0 
 3. Orman 3-1 
 4. Mersin Univ. 2-2 
 5. Asistanbul 2-3 
 6. Izmir BSB 2-3 
 7. Nevsehir Uni. 1-3 
 8. Anadolu Univ. 1-4 
 9. Harranspor 0-4 
Group C
 1. Cankaya 5-0 
 2. Gure 5-0 
 3. Edirne 4-1 
 4. Balcova 3-2 
 5. Tekkekoy 3-2 
 6. Bigaspor 2-3 
 7. Sirince 2-3 
 8. Sakarya 1-4 
 9. Harran Uni. 0-5 
 10. Nigde T.T. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Nov. 18: 55 Genclik - Yunus 79-78
Nov. 17: Dizdar - Altay Konak 65-73
Nov. 17: Nallihan - Botas 59-57
Nov. 17: Yalova - Celtispor 114-21
Nov. 17: Burhaniye Bld - Bakospor

B

Nov. 17: Izmir BSB - Anadolu Univ. 82-62
Nov. 17: Orman - Asistanbul 71-64
Nov. 17: Bursa BSB - Harranspor 107-47
Nov. 18: Orduspor - Nevsehir Uni. 101-53

C

Nov. 18: Edirne - Sirince 83-68
Nov. 18: Tekkekoy - Harran Uni. 81-58
Nov. 18: Gur