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  ABA   



JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) defeat the Pontiac Firebirds 125 to 121 - by Vance Marbury

Saturday November 17th Pontiac Michigan the JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) defeat the Pontiac Firebirds 125 to 121

JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) were led by Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) who tallied 33 pts 7 rebs 2 ast. Will Jones (6'7''-F) added 23 pts 12 rebs 4 ast. ABA Rookie Patrick Leigh (5'11''-G-90) added 21 pts 7 rebs 3 ast 2 stls. Isiah Kirlland (6'2''-G-90) contributed 18 pts 3 rebs. 5'6" dynamo Darvel Harris (5'6''-G-83) added 10 pts 8 ast 4 rebs 1 blk and provided great leadership at the point guard position. brahim Konate (6'8''-F-85, college: Boston U.) made his regular season debut and added 6 pts 7 rebs and some great defense.

Pontiac Firebirds were led by Eric Evans who tallied 24 pts. Marcus Smith added 22 pts.

The JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) had contribution from several different players at different times during the game. During the 1st half Patrick Leigh (5'11''-G-90) and Isiah Kirlland (6'2''-G-90) led the team with scoring, defense and hustle plays. During the 3rd quarter William Jones started warming up with an array of crossover moves and interior post moves. The 4th quarter was all Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson), who scored 22 of his 33 pts in that quarter. Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) is proving to be an explosive scorer in the ABA. Will Jones (6'7''-F) is also becoming a very sought after player.

During the first half defensively the JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) effort was bad. After allowing 67 pts in the first half the JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) played a little better defense in the second half by giving up 54 pts. The key to the game was defense against Eric Evans in the 4th quarter. Evans screen and roll decision in the first 6 minutes of the quarter were phenomenal, but the JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) made adjustments there after which resulted in some in decision and costly turnovers.

The JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) head Coach Melanie Sweeney (5'9''-G/F, college:Cleveland St.) stated "I think our team came together in the 4th quarter, that along with the experience of facing the Lima Explosion point guard, who mirrored Eric Evans skill set, helped us get over the hump of letting one person single handily control the 4th quarter of a game.

The JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) next scheduled game is December 8th vs the Chicago Steam.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Sobin's 17 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) had a great game in the last round for KK Split and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 17 points adding six rebounds and four assists for KK Split in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cibona (4-5) 72-62. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. KK Split is placed at 10th position in Adriatic League . KK Split is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. Sobin has many years of experience at KK Split, through which he has constantly improved. Josip Sobin averages this season 8.3ppg and 5.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) of Siroki WWin. He is Serbian guard in his first season at Siroki WWin. In the last game Sutalo recorded impressive 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Siroki WWin lost that game 59-73 to the higher-ranked Radnicki KG (#6, 5-4). Siroki WWin is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Sutalo is a newcomer at Siroki WWin and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#4).

Third place about best performers goes to center Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Crvena Zvezda (#5). Brown scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 79-61 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Krka (#7, 4-5). Crvena Zvezda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Brown has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) of Un.Olimpija - 22 points and 5 rebounds
5. Milan Dozet (203-SF-79) of Igokea - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82) of Igokea - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Terrico White (196-G-90) of Radnicki KG - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Buducnost - 15 points and 4 rebounds
10. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86) of Un.Olimpija - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  ALBANIA   

Standings - A1

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

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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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Nov. 23: 9 de Julio - Sionista
Nov. 23: Olimpico LB - Boca Jrs
Nov. 23: La Union - Libertad S.
Nov. 23: GECR Indalo - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Nov. 23: Argentino - Regatas C.
Nov. 23: Atenas - Obras
Nov. 23: Union Progr. - Quimsa
Nov. 23: Lanus - Penarol


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras18.6 
 3. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.8 
 4. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.7 
 5. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 6. Lewis, La Union17.3 
 7. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 8. Jackson, GECR I.16.2 
 9. Pau, Olimpico LB15.0 
 10. Lytch, Argentino14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.12.9 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras8.9 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.5 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.8.4 
 6. Fierro, Atenas8.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. Nelson, 9 de Julio7.6 
 9. Moss, Union Progr.7.5 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.2 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa4.4 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.4 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Osimani, Obras3.7 
 8. Labaque, Atenas3.7 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.3.5 
 10. Cequeira, Sionista3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.2 
 3. Washam, Regatas C.1.9 
 4. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 6. Lescano, Atenas1.7 
 7. De los Santo., Arg.1.7 
 8. Clancy, Olimpico.1.6 
 9. Aguirre, Quimsa1.6 
 10. Boccia, Lanus1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Mata, Penarol1.1 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.0 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.9 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras0.9 
 7. Moss, Union Progr.0.9 
 8. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 9. Calderon, Regat.0.8 
 10. Roby, Wuber-Es.0.7 


Juan Gutierrez claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had a great game in the last round for Obras and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat La Union (#16, 4-14) 71-58. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Obras maintains the 14th position in Italian LigaA. Obras is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 16 games. Gutierrez has many years of experience at Obras, through which he has constantly improved. Gutierrez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.1ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 52.8% FGP and 51.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old Italian guard Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76) of Atenas. Bulfoni impressed basketball fans with 37 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Atenas to edge the lower-ranked 9 de Julio (#15, 4-13) by 3 points 86-83. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Atenas managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bulfoni is a newcomer at Atenas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) of La Union (#16). Shannon scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Shannon's great performance La Union lost 58-71 to slightly higher-ranked Obras (#14, 5-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. La Union can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Shannon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Shannon as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Axel Weigand (200-C-85) of Argentino - 22 points and 7 rebounds
5. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Union Progr. - 12 points and 10 rebounds
6. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 12 points and 14 rebounds
7. Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81) of Quimsa - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Penarol - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86) of GECR Indalo - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Cristian Amicucci (202-F/C-85) of Argentino - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  AUSTRIA   


Oberwart Gunners add another player and ink with Ivan Siriscevic - by Stefan Prager

After adding forward Ivan Djerman a few days ago the Redwell Gunners Oberwart brought in another forward with Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87). The Gunners had to react on injuries to Chris Gradnigo and Erik Fruehwirth. Siriscevic, a 25 year old swingman from Croatia last played in Romania for BC Timisoara. With the Romanian club Siriscevic reached the league finals as well as the cup final last season. He was a member of the Croatian U20 nationalteam until 2007 and made the Croatian B national team in 2008. In 2009 and 2010 he won two championships in Bosnia with Siroki.

Last season he averaged 10.2 ppg along with 3.3 boards per contest in 22 minutes per game. He appeared in 38 games for Timisoara. Siriscevic is expected to have his debut on when the Gunners host the Knights in the "Burgenland Derby".



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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 4-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 3-2 
 3. Kozuv 3-3 
 4. Kavala 2-2 
 5. OKK Beograd 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Nov. 20: Mornar Bar - Kumanovo 92-71

B

Nov. 21: Kozuv - OKK Beograd 82-77
Nov. 28: Rilski Sportist - Kavala

Round 2

Nov. 21: Teodo Tivat - Rilski Sportist 84-74

Round 8

Nov. 27: Mornar Bar - Djuro Djakovic



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  BELARUS   


EuroChallenge: Tsmoki-Minsk rout visiting SLUC Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk-SLUC Nancy 78:71

Tsmoki-Minsk rout visiting SLUC Nancy for 2-1 record in Group G of EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus needed a 78:71 win after some changes in the roster.
More than 3000 fans came to support local Tsmoki-Minsk in the capital. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the first period and then SLUC Nancy scored the same number of points in the second frame. It allowed the hosts to take 5-point advantage at the halftime as they posted 22 before the break. In the third period the teams exchanged 21 points each, while Tsmoki-Minsk had a final 18-16 push to seal the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) brought the last 4 points of the game for the winners to pace them all in home arena.
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau top-scored for the winners with 23 points and JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee) nailed 13. Nigel Munson (187-G-86, college: District of Col.) delivered 9, while Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) had 7. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) finished the game with 15 points and Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) had 11.



Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 23, JaJuan Smith 13, Nigel Munson 9, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 7
SLUC Nancy: Marcellus Sommerville 15, Kenny Grant 11



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  BELGIUM   


EuroCup: Oostende prevail against Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Stelmet ZG 80:74

Oostende clinched the second win in EuroCup Group F. They held off Stelmet Zielona Gora at home court. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts.
Oostende led by just two points after the opening frame. Zielona Gora denied the deficit in the second quarter. The Polish team surged ahead for a 37:36 halftime advantage. The third term proved decisive. The hosts burst out with a stunning 28:15 run to accumulate a 12-point lead at the final break. Zielono Gora went on a rescue rally in the final term but came up short of win at the end. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) posted 10 points, while Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points in the win. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) answered with 24 points for Zielona Gora. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 21 points, collected 15 boards and distributed 4 assists for the Polish team.

Oostende: Matt Lojeski 21, Brent Wright 10, Dusan Djordjevic 9
Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 24, Oliver Stevic 21+15 boards



EuroChallenge: Hapoel outscore Antwerp in Holon - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Antwerp 88:64

Hapoel outscore Antwerp in Holon for 2-1 record in Group H, The Israeli team closed the third round with 88:64 win. Antwerp meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record in the third place.
Hapoel Holon started the game with 17-11 but led only 1-point advantage at the halftime. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) sent the teams to the lockers at 33:32 and then Antwerp however took the advantage of the game. They led in the whole third period, while again Jerome Dyson tied the game at 53:53 at the end of the quarter. Hapoel Holon erupted with 35-11 in the last stanza for the final result.
Sean Daniel (197-F-89) and Jerome Dyson top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) added 15. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) notched 12 and Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) nailed 11. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Jason Love (206-F/C-87, college: Xavier) posted 11, whilst Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) and Lamarcus Reed (195-G/F-88, college: Texas Arlington) had 9 each.

Hapoel Holon: Sean Daniel 18, Jerome Dyson 18, Shlomi Harush 15, Frank Hassell 12, Lawrence Hill 11
Antwerp: Bryan Hopkins 16, Gregg Thondique 12+14 rebs, Jason Love 11, Ralph Biggs 9, Lamarcus Reed 9



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Basquete Cearense 0-0 
 2. Bauru 0-0 
 3. Brasilia 0-0 
 4. Flamengo 0-0 
 5. Franca 0-0 
 6. Joinville 0-0 
 7. Liga Sorocaba 0-0 
 8. Limeira 0-0 
 9. Minas 0-0 
 10. Mogi das Cruzes 0-0 
 11. Palmeiras 0-0 
 12. Paulistano 0-0 
 13. Pinheiros/Sky 0-0 
 14. S.Jose/Unimed 0-0 
 15. Suzano 0-0 
 16. Tijuca TC 0-0 
 17. Uberlandia 0-0 
 18. Vila Velha 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 23: Minas - Tijuca TC
Nov. 24: Franca - Brasilia
Nov. 24: Palmeiras - Suzano
Nov. 24: Pinheiros/Sky - Joinville
Nov. 24: Paulistano - Limeira
Nov. 24: Mogi das Cruzes - Liga Sorocaba
Nov. 24: S.Jose/Unimed - Bauru
Nov. 24: Vila Velha - Flamengo
Nov. 24: Uberlandia - Basquete Cearense



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Ray Victor & JR Arrive With Warner University For Tropical Shootout - by David Edole

http://www.bviplatinum.com/news.php?page=Article&articleID=1353435994

BVI Platinum News
It was homecoming for local players, Ray 'Problem' Victor and Halstead 'JR' Chiverton as they were greeted by many familiar faces when the Warner University basketball team visited three schools this morning, November 20.

Warner arrived in the Territory last evening, November 19 for the BVI Tropical Shootout tournament which takes place at the Multipurpose Sports Complex this weekend.

Victor and Chiverton, both integral to the team's success, accompanied the team when they stopped at the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, then the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre and the BVI Technical and Vocational Institute.

During their visits, head coach, Sean Hanrahan and assistant coach, Donnie Arey spoke to students about commitment, the Bible and working hard to be successful in life.

The tournament will bring together three other college teams for the first time in the BVI.

BVI Tropical Shootout will be held on November 23rd and 24th and will feature Warner University based in Florida, Northwood University also based in Florida, University of Puerto Rico Cayey and University of the Virgin Islands.

The Puerto Rico team arrived on island shortly after 1:00 am today, while the remaining two teams are expected in the Territory by the end of the day.

BVI Future Sports is organizing the the Shootout, which is advertised as the first time that US college teams will play competitively in the BVI. The group is counting on fans to support the games which will start nightly beginning at 7:15 pm.

BVI Tropical Shootout in collaboration with BVI Hoop It up Foundation will be conducting two basketball camps free of charge today at the Multipurpose Complex. Then on Wednesday, November 21 from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, the teams will be conducting another basketball camp on Virgin Gorda at the Jeffery Caines Arena. The camps will be open to boys and girls from ages 5 - 18.



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EuroCup: Gescrap Bilbao stun Lukoil away from home - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academik - Gescrap Bilbao 64:85

Gescrap Bilbao accounted for the third straight win at the EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Lukoil Academik in Bulgaria to remain on top of Group B. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors.
Lukoil started the game strongly. The home team dropped 25 points to take a 2-point lead. But the Basque team erased the deficit in the second frame. Bilbao pulled ahead for a slim 43:42 halftime lead. The breakthrough for the Spanish team happened in the third quarter. Bilbao proved their dominance with a 21:9 run to ensure a 13-point advantage. Bilbao stayed in charge throughout the fourth stanza. They did not give the hosts a single chance cruising to the victory. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) netted 15 points, while Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) posted 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) answered with 13 points and 11 boards for Lukoil. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) had 11 points in the loss.

Lukoil: Devin Green 13, Mohammed Abukar 11
Gescrap Bilbao: Lamont Hamilton 19, Kostas Vasiliadis 15, Alex Mumbru 13



Yambol brings in Montenegrin big man - by Maria Mitzova

Nemanja Milosevic (204-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) is the new name on the Tundja Yambol roster. The power forward/center comes from Mornar Bar, where he started the 2012/13 season.
Milosevic grew up in Buducnost Podgorica and has played in the junior national team of Montenegro.
The big guy is a graduate of Western Kentucky, and returning to Europe, went back to Buducnost. With the Montenegrin powerhouse he won the title and the Cup in the country, and participated in Adriatic League Final 4 twice in a row.



Rilski Sportist lost to Teodo in Tivat - by Christomir Rackov

Rilski Sportist lost its away game from the EUROHOLD Balkan League tonight by 84-74 to Montenegrins Teodo Tivat, who are still undeafeted in group B of the competition with four straight wins. Thus the victory puts Teodo on top of the group, but all 4 of their games have been played at home. Rilski now has a 3-2 record and the team is in a good position to advance to the next round. On December the 5th the two teams will meet in Samokov in their next match.

KK Teodo had the better start and took the early lead but after the middle of the first quarter Rilski started to play differently. The hosts built a 7-point early lead but after a 6-0 run the visitors tied the score. Teodo answered with one point but Antony Gugino′s three-pointer and Branko Mirkovic′s basket gave Rilski 22-18 lead after ten minutes.

Rilski continued to have the lead in the second quarter as well and and the team kept it. At one point the visitors scored three straight three-pointers that didn′t give them any big advantage as Teodo was scoring as well. The second quarter finished better for the hosts as they had a 7-0 run before Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) scored two free throws to make it 39-38 for KK Teodo at halftime.

In the third quarter both sides were very evenly matched and none of them could take a big lead. Still Teodo managed to pull away shortly before the end of the 30 minutes and the team had 62-57 advantage. With three minutes played in the last quarter the hosts went up by 10 points. From then on they controlled the game as in the middle of the quarter they led by 14 points. Until the end the lead went up to 17 and Teodo had no problems to finish off the opponent.

Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75) was the top scorer for the winners with 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) had 18 and 9 while Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) added a double double with 16 and 11.

For Rilski Sportist Hristo Zahariev (197-G-90) finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds while Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) had 14 points.



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Keravnos doubled its victories and is now heading all the way to the next round - by Chris Mammides

The Cyprus site Keravnos Strovolou proved that the victory succeed last week was not coincidental at all, besides even the defeat in the first round against the almighty Russians of Samara was not an easy case for the home team at all. So, now Keravnos with a record of 2-1 has increased its chances to qualified in the next round something which will be quite unique since the last many seasons the Cyprus teams are saying goodbye to their European duties much earlier that the rest of the countries.
Nevertheless, the team of Keravnos in last night's games was dominant in all edges against the Romanians of
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti even though the beginning was not so promising for the troops of Coach Yiannaras, since the Romanians with the veteran power forward Virgil Stanescu in a dominant position over the big guys of Keravnos took an early lead of initially seven points but right before the end of the first period Keravnos with Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) in his best game since he joined forces with Keravnos Strovolou, cut the deficit to its minimum to end up the period with 23-25 for Asesoft.

The second period was a bit of the same since the Romanians kept a small deficit but Keravnos was coming back and with a duet on fire (Bobby Maze and Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) end up the game with 43 points together), the Strovolos team took the lead and end up the first half with a +3 (40-37).

The same mode for the third period since the two teams were going through the game basket to basket with the ex player of AEL Limassol, Darius Hargrove giving some solid assistance to his team with his game from the guard position, while Keravnos found a new scorer other than Bobby Maze and Tony Crocker since Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) was also on a good shape. The score on the third period ended to 62-60

In the fourth and most crucial period Keravnos (which is translated as Thunder in English) was a real Thunder in the Papaellinas home court so, with a solid offensive basketball and with great defense on the "Romanian stars" took a serious lead which was increase it periodically to finally stopped in the final score of a +12, 88-76 and celebrating its second victory in Eurochallenge.

Top scorers were the following:
Keravnos: Bobby Maze 23 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, Tony Crocker 20 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, Lawrence Kinnard 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 block shots and Trisokkas 11
Asesoft: Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) 15, Stanescu 13, Burlacu 11 and Hargrove 10.



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Levharti Chomutov Part Ways with Jon Pack and Jakub Kozubik - by Surujh Roopnarine

With the arrivals of John Fields and Janou Rubin last week Levharti Chomutov had to make corresponding moves to balance the roster.
As such the club has released American center Jon Pack (210-C, college: Co.Carolina) and Slovak wing Jakub Kozubik (193-G/F-91). Pack, a 6-11 rookie from Coastal Carolina, appeared in 11 contests this season, averaging 5.1 points and 5.0 rebounds in nearly 13 minutes per contest. His best game was right before the arrival of John Fields, against Svitavy, where he started and played a season-high 28 minutes while scoring 10 points to go with nine rebounds. Jakub Kozubiak, 21, never appeared in a game for Chomutov this season after playing sparingly in 19 contests in 2010-11. He reportedly will join 1.Liga club Trutnov for his next destination.



Levharti Chomutov Kick off Round With 86-81 Road Victory Over USK Praha - by Surujh Roopnarine

Despite playing with a fractured non-shooting hand, Levharti Chomutov guard Showron Glover (180-PG-87) erupted for a game-high 30 points in an impressive 86-81 road victory over USK Praha last night. Chomutov, which improved to 4-8 on the season, built an 11-point lead heading into halftime and then withstood multiple charges by the home team to hang on for the five point victory. Praha was able to narrow the lead down to two at 78-80 on a pair of Michal Vocetka (198-F-89) free-throws, but Chomutov countered with their own pair of free-throws from Janou Rubin (193-G-82, college: UCLA) and a critical three-pointer from Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) with :07 seconds left to secure the win.
USK Praha, which falls to 6-6 on the season, were led by Stanislav Votroubek (212-C-81) who scored a team-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds.
Glover, who realized that his hand was broken after last week's game against CEZ Nymburk shot an efficient 13-20 on the field, making a season-high three three-point field goals.
He was followed by John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) who tallied a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
CHOMUTOV: Showron Glover (30pts+6reb+5to), John Fields (14pts+11reb), Ladislav Pecka (17pts+6reb), Janou Rubin (9pts)
USK PRAHA: Stanislav Votroubek (18pts+9reb), Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) (15pts+11reb+5to), Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) (18pts+6reb+5ast), Michal Vocetka (10pts+5reb)



EuroCup: Rudupis knock down Nymburk in Prienai - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Nymburk 84:66

Rudupis earned the second win in EuroCup regular season Group A. They shot down Nymburk at home court to improve at 2-1 record. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from the home team.
Prienai went on a 9:0 run early in the game to set the tone. Nymburk however cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the first break 17:21. However Prienai ignited an 8:0 run in the second term to accumulate a 51:34 halftime advantage. Nymburk cut the deficit in the third stanza. The Czech champions entered the fourth stanza trailing by 11 points 53:64. Prienai dropped 20 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) accounted for 15 points each for the home team. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Rudupis: Zygimantas Janavicius 16, Arminas Urbutis 15, Gediminas Orelikas 15
Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 19, Jiri Welsch 12



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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 12-0 
 2. Bakken 10-1 
 3. Horsens IC 9-4 
 4. SISU 8-4 
 5. Naestved 6-5 
 6. Aarhus BC 5-7 
 7. Horsholm 4-9 
 8. Randers 3-9 
 9. Vaerlose 2-10 
 10. Aalborg 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Nov. 21: Aarhus BC - Randers 83-77
Nov. 22: Bakken - Naestved


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Donald RUTHERFORD
  Svend.
  (199-F/C-87)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Rutherford, Svend.25.5 
 2. Colas, Randers25.5 
 3. Ocana, Randers21.2 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.9 
 5. Tomko, Bakken20.5 
 6. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 7. Walker, Naestved19.6 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC19.5 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose19.2 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Colas, Randers14.6 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.3 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.8 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.2 
 5. Walker, Naestved8.8 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.7 
 7. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 8. Moritz, SISU7.6 
 9. Thomann, Horse.7.5 
 10. Sorensen, Aalborg7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.2 
 2. Ortega, Randers6.1 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.4 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Jonsson, Aarhus BC5.1 
 6. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken4.8 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.3 
 9. Tomko, Bakken4.1 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.4 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.3 
 4. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC2.0 
 7. Walker, Naestved1.9 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.9 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Svend.2.4 
 2. Colas, Randers2.3 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 6. Smith, SISU1.1 
 7. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 8. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 
 9. Frandsen, Naestved0.8 
 10. Rutherford, Svend.0.8 



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Interview With Tulsa 66ers First Round Pick Dominique Sutton - by Allen Waters

Dominique Sutton has lived an interesting life, to say the least. His standout AAU days led him to Kansas State, where he played with Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, to a transfer back home to Durham to small MEAC school NC Central, where he sacrificed big time basketball for his family. The 65 shooting guard averaged over 16 points and seven rebounds per game in his senior season and was able to get some predraft workouts for different NBA teams.

After being undrafted in the June NBA portion of the draft, Sutton was recently taken 6th overall by the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, whose regular season tips off this Friday, with the chance to get the call up to the NBA and play for its parent club, the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this space, I ask Sutton about his unique and interesting journey into professional basketball.

SprungOnSports- It may not be the NBA just yet, but give me your thoughts on playing for Tulsa in the D-League.

Dominique Sutton- I think its a good thing. People are dissing the D-League, but its an opportunity to go where Ill get the attention to fundamentals to work on different concepts. Its not about my jump shot, its about building confidence. I used to get down when I missed one or two shots. Im looking forward to getting more reps.

SOS- How did it feel to get picked so high up in the draft, and what happened when you got the call?

DS- It definitely surprised me. I was just excited to even get drafted. Im not totally sure how the process worked, but Im excited to play some basketball. Brandon Barnett (the Thunders director of minor league operations) called me while I was following the draft online. I was hearing from a lot of different teams, but Tulsa wasnt one of them.

I worked out for OKC a couple of weeks before the NBA draft, but then got injured in a workout with the Nets as part of six workouts in 10 days before the draft. The Thunder back in June said they had liked me a lot and said theyd like me in the D-League. They kept everything on the down low and didnt really say anything until they took me.

They definitely see something in me so I can improve on some things. This is one of the NBA teams Id want to play for out of all of them because of their facilities and how they carry themselves the right way, though Id love any opportunity to play in the NBA. Its definitely a blessing to have a chance to play in the U.S., where youre from.

SOS- What was it like playing with Michael Beasley at Kansas State, when he was one of the hottest players in the country and ultimately the second overall pick?

DS- Me and Mike go way back to when we were teammates on the DC Assault in AAU [Sutton was also an AAU teammate of Austin Freeman and Nolan Smith]. He was one of the reasons why I went with K-State over other schools. It was me, Mike and Bill Walker. We had a full starting lineup of freshmen and we were one of the first teams to start the trend before John Calipari and Kentucky. We made history as freshmen by beating Kansas (at home in 2008 for the first time in 24 years) and it was a great experience.

SOS- What was it like playing for Frank Martin, one of the bigger personalities in college hoops?

DS- Hes a cool guy. Very family oriented off the court but once you step on the hardwood, his whole demeanor changes. People always see him yelling and screaming, but the majority of the time we needed it. Wed go out and do some crazy things and he was a calm, cool and collected guy. But always very competitive.

SOS- Why did you end up transferring back home to NC Central?

DS- I left Kansas State for family reasons. My daughter has asthma and other health difficulties and I really just wanted to be able to see her and get closer to home. She was the main reason. [The NCAA did not clear Sutton for a family hardship and he had to sit out a year.] They thought I left just because.

SOS- And how was transitioning from major college basketball to one of the smallest Division I leagues?

DS- It was definitely a culture change from a BCS school to an HBCU like NC Central. It was a drop in the level of basketball, but it was still the same breed. Every team puts on their jerseys the same way. People were struck by playing Duke, NC State or Indiana, but they lace the shoes up the same way. But it was still definitely different. Having played in the NCAA Tournament before, I took on more of a leadership role in my senior year.

SOS- After you finished your college career, did you know what you were going to do and what was next?

DS- I honestly didnt know. I was just looking to play pro ball and getting paid to do something I love. Once you see a couple of NBA scouts at practices and you go to workouts, getting to the NBA is always in the back of your mind. Getting drafted was a huge step for me. Nothing was really ever given to me and I always stayed with it. Ive always been an under-the-radar guy and I have to take advantage of every opportunity given to me.

SOS- How would you describe your game and how do you think youre going to fit in with the 66ers?

DS- The style of my game is as a scrappy player and a hard worker. I can score without the ball and I get after it at each and every possession.

SOS- Tell me why you think you have a future in the NBA.

DS- I think I do a majority of the things that most people looking to make the league wont do. I can guard the one through the four, and Im a very scrappy player. I do the work no one even thinks about doing. I can make things happen without having the ball and hopefully I get a professional opportunity.


Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central)



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Joyner to Coach Horizon - by EBA Media

Harrisburg HorizonHarrisburg Horizon welcomes Dan Joyner to the team as head coach for the 2013 season. Joyner will be making his coaching debut after playing the last four years for the Horizon. A torn ACL suffered in the final game of 2012 forced Dan to the sidelines.

Joyner's college career was at Millersville University. The Horizon expect him to bring his athletic and scrappy style of play, demonstrated over four years as the Horizon's sixth man, to the team as he takes the reins from Gordy Bryan.

Joyner will be assisted by Greg Habecker, a long time associate from his Millersville playing days.

Horizon will play January through March in the EBA. Schedule will be announced shortly.




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Egyptian League - by Ahmed Fawzy

Held on Tuesday the games of the second day of the third week & the results were as follows :
Al- Maadi Vs Police 80 \ 82
Olymbiy Vs Al-Ahly 36\64
Damnhour Vs Etsallat 59\66
Army Vs Etthad 60\67
Heliopolis Vs El-Dokhan 83\82
El-Shams Vs Tanta 59\72
Smouha Vs Sporting 78\71

Left on Wednesday, a game between Zamalek Vs El-Jazira

In a related context The Egyptian Federation of Basketball the contract with Coach \ Amr Abo El-khier for the national team for two years



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Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (2-4) 75-73 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Kangur scored 13 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (3-3) is placed third in group B. It was his team's third 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 critical. It's Kangur's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 57.9%(11-19) and FT: 92.9% in the six games he played so far. Kangur is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Lithuanian team Rudupis to a victory against the fourth-ranked Nevezis (3-4) 72-68 in the Baltic League last Saturday. Vene scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Rudupis Prienu (8-0) is placed first in group C. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vene's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 21.1%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy). Talts contributed to a 1-point Cimberio Varese's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (6-2) 85-84 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 4 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cimberio Varese (8-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Talts' overall stats are: 2.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 81.8% in the eight games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #4. Point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Olimpi Tbilisi to win against the ninth-ranked Samedicino-Academia (0-4) crushing them 106-63 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Sokk scored 5 points. Olimpi Tbilisi (4-0) is placed third in the Superleague. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Sokk is currently third on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.0apg and 1.5spg. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. He is also Estonian national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help Palma (2-4) to beat CB Guadalajara (4-1). Veski did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Palma lost 66-75 on the road to the leading CB Guadalajara. It was Palma's third consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Veski's total stats are: 8.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Reimo Pahn (202-F-87, currently plays in Finland) managed to help Kerava Energia Team to win against the fifth-ranked JyWe (5-4) 82-77 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. Pahn scored only 2 points. Kerava Energia Team (6-3) is placed second in Division B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pahn has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) plays for U-Mobitelco in Romanian Division A
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jason Conley
Jason Conley
   #1. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland) led LrNMKY to a victory over the closely-ranked Kouvot (5-5) 112-104 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Conley scored 46 points (!!!), grabbed 9 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 41 minutes. Lappeenranta NMKY (6-4) is placed sixth in the Korisliiga. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Conley is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Conley averages: 21.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.1spg in the 10 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2012 Conley went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Union Monaco.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #2. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in Chernomorets' victory against the eighth-ranked Balkan (2-4) 84-82 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 20 rebounds. Tyler also added 3 blocks. Chernomorets Burgas (3-2) is placed fourth in the NBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tyler belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tyler averages: 17.0ppg, 14.8rpg and 3.4bpg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago Tyler took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #3. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (5-3) 85-74 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 16 points in 20 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (5-3) is placed eighth in the ACB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Granger's seventh year with the team. Granger belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9 with 13.9ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.1rpg and 3.3apg in the eight games he played so far. Granger has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Two years ago Granger played at the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #4. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BC Kolin to a victory over the 11th-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-8) 76-70 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Bolds recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). BC Kolin (7-4) is placed third in the NBL. It's Bolds' first season with the team. Bolds is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bolds averages: 16.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.6apg and 2.5spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2008 Bolds attended the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

Matija Poscic
Matija Poscic
   #5. Matija Poscic (204-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 could not help KK Zagreb (6-1) in their last game. Despite Poscic's good performance the league leader KK Zagreb was crushed 88-62 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) KK_Zabok. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was KK Zagreb's first loss after six consecutive victories. This year Poscic's overall stats are: 6.1ppg and 4.6rpg in the seven games he played so far. He played in 2012at the Eurobasket Summer League in Torino for Team Torino.

Stephan Walton
Stephan Walton
   #6. Stephan Walton (178-G-87, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Canada) led Manitoba University to a victory over the Cougars (1-5) 104-91 in the Canadian university league CIS on Sunday night. Walton was the top player that evening. He scored 32 points (!!!), had 5 boards, passed 8 assists and added 6 steals. The Manitoba University has a solid 4-2 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Walton belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Walton averages: 22.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.3apg and 2.7spg. He attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Atlanta.

Mike St.John
Mike St.John
   #7. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: La Salle, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Romanian team Gaz Metan to a 2-point victory over the third-ranked TU/Rock (1-2) 70-68 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. St.John was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points in 31 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (3-0) is placed first in group D. So far his team won 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. St.John has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the three games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Dominique Keller
Dominique Keller
   #8. Dominique Keller (203-F-88, college: Illinois, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Keller's very good performance the tenth-placed Miyazaki Shining Suns were defeated 101-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (#8) in the Western group. He was the top scorer with 40 points. Keller also added 7 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Keller is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Keller averages: 21.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. He played two years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Geneva.

P.J. Hill jr.
P.J. Hill jr.
   #9. P.J. Hill jr. (182-F-87, college: Ohio St., currently plays in Latvia) led Jekabpils to a victory over the closely-ranked Turiba (3-6) 91-75 in the Latvian LBL on Saturday night. Hill jr. was the top player that evening. He recorded 34 points (!!!) and added 4 passes in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hill jr.'s third season in pro basketball. BK Jekabpils (3-6) is placed eighth in the LBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Hill jr. belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3 with 17.9ppg. This year his other stats are: 4.1rpg and 3.3apg in the nine games he played so far. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Kyle Lamonte
Kyle Lamonte
   #10. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help La Union (2-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance La Union was defeated 74-65 on the road by the lower-ranked Boca Juniors (#12). Lamonte was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 steals. This season Lamonte has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.



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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 2-1 
 3. Kataja 1-2 
 4. Ploiesti 0-3 
Group C
 1. Ventspils 3-0 
 2. Norrkoping 2-1 
 3. Sodertalje 1-2 
 4. Pyrinto 0-3 
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 3-0 
 2. Szolnok 2-1 
 3. Timisoara 1-2 
 4. Kormend 0-3 
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. Hapoel Holon 2-1 
 3. Antwerp 1-2 
 4. Armia 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

A

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

B

Nov. 21: Keravnos - Ploiesti 88-76
Nov. 20: Kataja - Krasnie Krilya 86-96

C

Nov. 21: Norrkoping - Pyrinto 84-73
Nov. 20: Sodertalje - Ventspils 80-82

D

Nov. 20: Gaz Metan - Khimik 88-86
Nov. 20: TU/Rock - Dijon 74-62

E

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

F

Nov. 21: EWE Baskets - Kormend 95-64
Nov. 20: Timisoara - Szolnok 80-93

G

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

H

Nov. 21: Hapoel Holon - Antwerp 88-64
Nov. 20: Telekom Baskets - Armia 75-71

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 27: Etha - Krka
Nov. 27: Karsiyaka - Tofas

B

Nov. 27: Ploiesti - Kataja
Nov. 28: Keravnos - Krasnie Krilya

C

Nov. 27: Pyrinto - Sodertalje
Nov. 27: Norrkoping - Ventspils

D

Nov. 27: Tartu Ulikool - Khimik
Nov. 27: Dijon - Gaz Metan

E

Nov. 27: Paris-Levallois - Pitesti
Nov. 27: Aalstar - M.Hainaut

F

Nov. 27: Szolnok - EWE Baskets
Nov. 27: Kormend - Timisoara

G

Nov. 27: Tsmoki-Minsk - Gravelines
Nov. 27: Nancy - Apollon

H

Nov. 27: Armia - Hapoel Holon
Nov. 28: Telekom Baskets - Antwerp


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Brown, Apollon25.7 
 2. Millage, Armia22.3 
 3. Bader, Szolnok21.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend19.7 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp19.3 
 6. Burtt, Tofas19.3 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto19.3 
 8. Buljan, Kormend18.7 
 9. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.18.3 
 10. Barac, Pitesti18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Williams, Pyrinto11.7 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.3 
 3. Bader, Szolnok10.7 
 4. Wilson, Armia9.7 
 5. Elonu, Tofas9.7 
 6. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.3 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje9.0 
 8. Thondique, Antwerp9.0 
 9. Brown, Apollon8.7 
 10. Vaughn, Keravnos8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.9.0 
 2. Jordan, Telekom7.7 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets7.3 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka6.7 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.7 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.7 
 7. Dundjerski, Gaz M.6.0 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.6.0 
 9. Demertzis, Kerav.6.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Antoine DIOT
  Paris-Levallois
  (191-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Diot, Paris-Levall.3.7 
 2. Crocker, Keravnos3.3 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.3.0 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut3.0 
 5. Flowers, Kataja2.7 
 6. Millage, Armia2.7 
 7. Clark, Aalstar2.7 
 8. Dundjerski, Gaz M.2.3 
 9. Joseph, Khimik2.3 
 10. Mitchell, Gaz Met.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  Khimik
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Goodridge, Khimik3.0 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos3.0 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.3 
 4. Aminu, Karsiyaka2.0 
 5. Love, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.7 
 7. Wilson, Armia1.7 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 10. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.3 


Keravnos doubled its victories and is now heading all the way to the next round - by Chris Mammides

The Cyprus site Keravnos Strovolou proved that the victory succeed last week was not coincidental at all, besides even the defeat in the first round against the almighty Russians of Samara was not an easy case for the home team at all. So, now Keravnos with a record of 2-1 has increased its chances to qualified in the next round something which will be quite unique since the last many seasons the Cyprus teams are saying goodbye to their European duties much earlier that the rest of the countries.
Nevertheless, the team of Keravnos in last night's games was dominant in all edges against the Romanians of
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti even though the beginning was not so promising for the troops of Coach Yiannaras, since the Romanians with the veteran power forward Virgil Stanescu in a dominant position over the big guys of Keravnos took an early lead of initially seven points but right before the end of the first period Keravnos with Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) in his best game since he joined forces with Keravnos Strovolou, cut the deficit to its minimum to end up the period with 23-25 for Asesoft.

The second period was a bit of the same since the Romanians kept a small deficit but Keravnos was coming back and with a duet on fire (Bobby Maze and Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) end up the game with 43 points together), the Strovolos team took the lead and end up the first half with a +3 (40-37).

The same mode for the third period since the two teams were going through the game basket to basket with the ex player of AEL Limassol, Darius Hargrove giving some solid assistance to his team with his game from the guard position, while Keravnos found a new scorer other than Bobby Maze and Tony Crocker since Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) was also on a good shape. The score on the third period ended to 62-60

In the fourth and most crucial period Keravnos (which is translated as Thunder in English) was a real Thunder in the Papaellinas home court so, with a solid offensive basketball and with great defense on the "Romanian stars" took a serious lead which was increase it periodically to finally stopped in the final score of a +12, 88-76 and celebrating its second victory in Eurochallenge.

Top scorers were the following:
Keravnos: Bobby Maze 23 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, Tony Crocker 20 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, Lawrence Kinnard 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 block shots and Trisokkas 11
Asesoft: Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) 15, Stanescu 13, Burlacu 11 and Hargrove 10.



Regular Season Round 3 Full Recap - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Tofas - Krka 82-79
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 Nichols were perfect from the free throw line at the end of extra time for the total success. Nichols and Steven Burtt top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Ruzic netted 11 and Koc posted 10. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) replied with 18 points in defeat, while Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) nailed 13. Lalic hauled 12, whilst Lucic chipped in 11 points.

Etha - Karsiyaka 59-86
Pinar Karsiyaka conquer Group A of EuroChallenge. The Turkish team celebrated the third straight victory to take 3-0 record on top after 89:59 win over ETHA. The latter fell at 0-3 record. Pinar Karsiyaka took the lead from the first minutes and never looked behind. They closed the first period at 24-16 and added 22-17 in the second frame. Moreover the guests posted two victories in the second half for the total success. Pinar Karsiyaka won the third quarter 23-18 and finished the game with 17-8 in the last stanza. Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Dixon netted 16. Aminu delivered 13, while Evren Buker (194-F-85) posted 10. Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) finished the game with 12 points in defeat and Poole notched 11. Cup scored 10, whilst Howard Johnson delivered 9.

Group B
Kataja - Krasnie Krilya 86-96
Krasnye Krylia upset visiting Joensuun Kataja in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. The Russian team improved to 3-0 record after 96:86 win. Joensuun Kataja meanwhile fell at 1-2 record in Group B. Krasnye Krylia went hot from in the first period and grabbed 29-16 in the end of the frame. They added massive 27-18 in the second period and led 56:34 at the halftime. Krasnye Krylia continued their dominance in the third period posting 23-18 in it. Joensuun Kataja meanwhile responded with 34-17 in the last stanza to reduce to final 10 points. Kolesnikov stepped up with 19 points and Massey netted 18. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) notched 16, while Simmons posted 10. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) finished the game with 22 points and Terrell scored 16. Johnell Smith delivered 12, whilst Kanervo added 10.

Keravnos - Ploiesti 88-76
Ploiesti lost the game in Cyprus to Keravnos in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. The Romanian team was beaten 76:88 and dropped at 0-3 record in Group B. The winners improved to 2-1 record on the second place. Ploiesti grabbed 25:23 after the first period, but allowed the hosts took the control at the end of the half. Damjanovic and Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) scored for 40:37 and then the latter gave his side 53:48 lead early in the third. No matter how hard the guests tried in the game they trailed 60:62 after 30 minutes and then failed in the last stanza. Keravnos needed 26-16 surge to seal the second win. Bobby Maze top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Crocker Tony netted 20. Kinnard Lawrence scored 16, while Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-F/C-80) added 11. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) had 13. Burlacu Catalin delivered 11 and Hargrove Darius brought 10.

Group C
Sodertalje - 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 Meiers's shot with 2 minutes remaining. Sodertalje Kings reduced to 2 final points but could not tie or win the game. Campbell top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Sims and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) netted 16 each. Meiers followed them with 11 points. Dino Pita (192-SG-88) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Borg as well as Bizaka scored 16 apiece. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) delivered 14 points in the losing effort.

Norrkoping - Pyrinto 84-73
Norrkoping won over Pyrinto on Wednesday to take 2-1 record in Group C of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side needed a 84:73 win to keep the opponents winless. It was a good start for both sides that stayed close to each other in the first period. Pyrinto grabbed 13:12 lead after the first 10 minutes, but was destroyed in the second frame 17-30. Moreover the hosts added 19-16 in the third quarter and led 61:46 after 30 minutes. The Finnish team managed to respond with 27-23 in the last stanza but could not win the game. Anton Saks (200-SF-89) paced all the winners with 17 points and Jeromanovs Edgars as well as Gabriel Keith had 13 each. Hampton Pierre delivered 12 points in win. Ulmer Lamonte answered with 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Lehto Antero scored 9, while Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) posted 7.

Group D
TU/Rock - Dijon 74-62
Tartu Rock keep JDA Dijon winless in EuroChallenge Group D. The Estonian team won their initial game 74:62 to take 1-2 record, while the French side fell at 0-3. Both teams entered the game without victories and desired to open their winning account. Tartu Rock started with 21-16 and celebrated 23-15 in the second period. Moreover the host won the third period 13-12 and led 14 points after 30 minutes. Later they increased to 20 points lead and had 74:54 advantage with 3 minutes to go. JDA Dijon finished the game with an 8-0 run and reduced to final 12 points. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) netted 14. Saage delivered 13, whilst Kurbas posted 11. Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) tossed in 16 and Campbell ended up with 10 points in defeat.

Gaz Metan - 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. Nicoara top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Mitchell had 17 each. Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) posted 12 points for the winners. Deane finished the game with 26 points in defeat and Lesic scored 17. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) tossed in 16 and Zavadskyi netted 11.

Group E
Pitesti - M.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. Bostic top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Quincy Taylor posted 15. Randle notched 14, while Jonathan Wallace scored 11. Donte Gennie paced all the winners 21 points in defeat and Barac had 20. Albijanic posted 12, while Kinloch finished the game with 8.

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 Diot nailed 21. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 19, while Ndoye added 6. Dreesen replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Raivio notched 16. Clark produced 13, while Tofi and Larry Anderson (195-G, college: Long Beach St.) added 12 apiece.

Group F
EWE Baskets - Kormend 95-64
EWE Baskets closed Round 3 successfully at home with the win over Kormend. The German side improved to 3-0 record after an easy 95:64 win. The Hungarian team meanwhile remained winless in Group F. EWE Baskets had no problems taking the lead and won all the quarters of the game. They led 23-13 after the first quarter and added 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won the third period 28-19 and finished the game with 24-17 in the last stanza. Paulding and Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) and Jenkins followed them with 12 points apiece. Buljan scored 21 points in defeat and Shaw added 16. Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 14 in the losing effort.

Timisoara - Szolnok 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 Kalve notched 19. Bader collected 14 points and 11 boards, whilst Gay added 13 and Fodor netted 10. Zlatko Jovanovic answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Archie brought 14. Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) posted 10, while Sarovic nailed 9.

Group G
Tsmoki-Minsk - Nancy 78-71
Tsmoki-Minsk rout visiting SLUC Nancy for 2-1 record in Group G of EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus needed a 78:71 win after some changes in the roster. More than 3000 fans came to support local Tsmoki-Minsk in the capital. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the first period and then SLUC Nancy scored the same number of points in the second frame. It allowed the hosts to take 5-point advantage at the halftime as they posted 22 before the break. In the third period the teams exchanged 21 points each, while Tsmoki-Minsk had a final 18-16 push to seal the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) brought the last 4 points of the game for the winners to pace them all in home arena. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Smith JaJuan nailed 13. Nigel Munson (187-G-86, college: District of Col.) delivered 9, while Pustahvar had 7. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) finished the game with 15 points and Kenny Grant had 11.

Apollon - Gravelines 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 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 and Marvin Jefferson followed them with 9 points apiece. Dwight Buycks answered with 22 points in defeat, while Juby Johnson had 15. Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) brought 11 and Ludovic Vaty tossed in 10.

Group H
Hapoel Holon - Antwerp 88-64
Hapoel outscore Antwerp in Holon for 2-1 record in Group H, The Israeli team closed the third round with 88:64 win. Antwerp meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record in the third place. Hapoel Holon started the game with 17-11 but led only 1-point advantage at the halftime. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) sent the teams to the lockers at 33:32 and then Antwerp however took the advantage of the game. They led in the whole third period, while again Jerome Dyson tied the game at 53:53 at the end of the quarter. Hapoel Holon erupted with 35-11 in the last stanza for the final result. Sean Daniel (197-F-89) and Jerome Dyson top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while Harush Shlomi added 15. Hassell Frank notched 12 and Hill Lawrence nailed 11. Hopkins Bryan answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Love Jason posted 11, whilst Biggs Ralph and Reed Lamarcus had 9 each.

Telekom Baskets - Armia 75-71
Weems Kyle paced Telekom Baskets over Armia in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. He scored 17 points as the German side overcame the representative from Georgia 75:71. Telekom Baskets remained undefeated after a tough start. They allowed the guests to take 26-14 in the first period and needed to win three another quarters for the final success. Telekom Baskets reduced to 7 points at the halftime after 18-13 in the second frame. Moreover they erupted with 25-16 in the third quarter and added 18-16 in the last stanza. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) posted 15 points for the winners, while Wohlfarth-Bottermann Jonas and Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) had 11 each. Millage Curtis finished the game with 23 points in the losing effort and Wilson Lamayn netted 14. Faison Marcus brought 9, while Kjellbom Joakim tossed in 8.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Nov. 21: Rudupis - CEZ Nymburk 84-66
Nov. 21: Hapoel J-M - Budivelnyk 81-67

B

Nov. 21: Lukoil Academik - Gescrap BB 64-85
Nov. 20: Spirou - Buducnost 53-66

C

Nov. 21: VEF Riga - Triumph 84-91
Nov. 21: Art.Dragons - Le Mans 76-71

D

Nov. 21: Banvit BK - Azovmash 97-81
Nov. 20: Valencia - s.Oliver Baskets 97-64

E

Nov. 21: BC Donetsk - Trefl Sopot 92-87 OT
Nov. 21: Lokomotiv - Galatasaray 91-66

F

Nov. 21: Oostende - Stelmet ZG 80-74
Nov. 21: Panionios - Unics 72-92

G

Nov. 20: Cibona - Cholet 90-95
Nov. 21: Spartak SP - Ratiopharm 89-71

H

Nov. 21: Orleans - Cajasol 56-70
Nov. 21: Crvena Zvezda - Banco di Sard. 116-104

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 27: Budivelnyk - Hapoel J-M
Nov. 27: CEZ Nymburk - Rudupis

B

Nov. 27: Buducnost - Spirou
Nov. 27: Gescrap BB - Lukoil Academik

C

Nov. 27: Le Mans - Art.Dragons
Nov. 27: Triumph - VEF Riga

D

Nov. 27: Azovmash - Banvit BK
Nov. 27: s.Oliver Baskets - Valencia

E

Nov. 27: Trefl Sopot - BC Donetsk
Nov. 27: Galatasaray - Lokomotiv

F

Nov. 27: Unics - Panionios
Nov. 27: Stelmet ZG - Oostende

G

Nov. 27: Cholet - Cibona
Nov. 27: Ratiopharm - Spartak SP

H

Nov. 27: Cajasol - Orleans
Nov. 27: Banco di Sard. - Crvena Zvezda


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marvis THORNTON
  Banco d.
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 25
 1. Thornton, Banco d.25.0 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena24.0 
 3. McKee, Triumph23.3 
 4. Baron, Lokomotiv22.0 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK21.7 
 6. Karasev, Triumph20.3 
 7. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.7 
 8. Ray, Ratiopharm19.5 
 9. Bertans, VEF Riga19.0 
 10. Batista, Le Mans19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleks MARIC
  Lokomotiv
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Maric, Lokomotiv9.3 
 2. Urbutis, Rudupis9.3 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.7 
 4. Hervelle, Gescr.8.0 
 5. Harris, Azovmash8.0 
 6. Easley, Banco d.8.0 
 7. Mejia, Banvit BK7.7 
 8. Landry, Triumph7.7 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm7.5 
 10. Green, Orleans7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Diener, Banco d.10.0 
 2. Everett, Cholet7.7 
 3. Zisis, Gescrap BB7.3 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.7 
 5. San Miguel, Valenc.5.5 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.5.3 
 7. Eidson, Unics5.3 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.5.0 
 9. Greer, Azovmash5.0 
 10. Pavkovic, CEZ N.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. McKee, Triumph3.3 
 2. Mejia, Banvit BK3.0 
 3. Chatman, Unics2.7 
 4. Green, Orleans2.3 
 5. Stojanovski, BC Do.2.3 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol2.0 
 7. Vasiliadis, Gescr.2.0 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 9. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 10. Urbutis, Rudupis2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keaton NANKIVIL
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.7 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.7 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.7 
 4. Balvin, Cajasol1.5 
 5. Dozier, Cajasol1.5 
 6. Zaytsev, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 8. Naymick, CEZ N.1.3 
 9. Marcinkovic, Cibona1.0 
 10. Hamilton, Gescr.1.0 


Day 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Hapoel J-M - Budivelnyk 81-67
Hapoel Jerusalem registered the first win in EuroCup season. They knocked down visiting Budivelnyk tonight. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners. Hapoel ensured a strong start to the game. The hosts established a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. The Israeli team extended the margin in the second quarter. Hapoel erupted for 27 points in the second term to gain a 49:33 halftime lead. Budivelnyk stopped the rot in the third quarter. The Kyiv team adjusted their defence and cut the margin to just 8 points at the final intermission. But Hapoel picked up the tempo in the fourth term and marched to the victory at the end. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) netted 17 points, while Raviv Limonad added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 18 points and 8 boards for Budivelnyk. Artur Drozdov had 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Rudupis - CEZ Nymburk 84-66
Rudupis earned the second win in EuroCup regular season Group A. They shot down Nymburk at home court to improve at 2-1 record. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from the home team. Prienai went on a 9:0 run early in the game to set the tone. Nymburk however cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the first break 17:21. However Prienai ignited an 8:0 run in the second term to accumulate a 51:34 halftime advantage. Nymburk cut the deficit in the third stanza. The Czech champions entered the fourth stanza trailing by 11 points 53:64. Prienai dropped 20 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) accounted for 15 points each for the home team. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Jiri Welsch chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Lukoil Academik - Gescrap BB 64-85
Gescrap Bilbao accounted for the third straight win at the EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Lukoil Academik in Bulgaria to remain on top of Group B. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors. Lukoil started the game strongly. The home team dropped 25 points to take a 2-point lead. But the Basque team erased the deficit in the second frame. Bilbao pulled ahead for a slim 43:42 halftime lead. The breakthrough for the Spanish team happened in the third quarter. Bilbao proved their dominance with a 21:9 run to ensure a 13-point advantage. Bilbao stayed in charge throughout the fourth stanza. They did not give the hosts a single chance cruising to the victory. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) netted 15 points, while Alex Mumbru posted 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) answered with 13 points and 11 boards for Lukoil. Mohammed Abukar had 11 points in the loss.

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 and Cedomir Vitkovac added 10 points each in the win. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Spirou. Justin Hamilton netted 10 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.

Group C
Art.Dragons - Le Mans 76-71
Artland Dragons enjoyed the first victory in EuroCup Group C. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Dragons past Le Mans. Le Mans eked out a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts snatched a narrow lead at halftime 38:37. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Le Mans and Artland Dragons entered the fourth period tied at 55. But the hosts proved the difference late in regulation. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Anthony King delivered late in the game as the home team escaped with an important victory at the end. Marquez Haynes and Johannes Strasser notched 14 points each for the hosts. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with 24 points for Le Mans. Pape Sy netted 20 points in the loss.

VEF Riga - Triumph 84-91
Triumph clinched a road win in Riga in the third round of EuroCup regular season tonight. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) tallied impressive 32 points, 6 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals to pace the Russian team. Triumph dominated in the opening stanza. The visitors posted a 20:11 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Triumph dropped 28 points in the second period as the margin grew at 14-point mark. But VEF Riga refused to give up. The hosts unloaded 25 points in the third stanza and narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark 59:63 with ten minutes to go. Triumph however poured in 28 points in the fourth quarter and left VEF Riga behind. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 19 points, while Kyle Landry accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) topscored with 23 points for VEF Riga. Earl Rowland netted 14 points in the loss.

Group D
Banvit BK - Azovmash 97-81
Banvit made it look easy as they coasted past Azovmash in the third round of EuroCup regular season. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) stepped up with 28 points to pace the hosts. Banvit improved at 2-1 record, while Azovmash fell at 0-3 in Group D. It was all over for the Ukrainian team in the first half. Banvit burst out with 31 points in the first period to post a 10-point lead. Banvit stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. They unleashed 27 points and accumulated a 58:42 halftime lead. Azovmash woke up in the third term. The visitors outscored Banvit to trail by 12 points before the fourth frame. But Banvit quickly picked up the slack and finished off Azovmash in the final minutes. Vladimir Stimac and Charles Davis delivered 22 points each for the hosts. Manny Harris (196-G-89, college: Michigan) answered with 20 points for Azovmash. Pecherov and Tadija Dragicevic had 14 points each in the loss.

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 added 14 points for the winning side. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) answered with 13 points for Wuerzburg. Jason Boone netted 12 points in the loss.

Group E
Lokomotiv - Galatasaray 91-66
Lokomotiv Kuban secured the third consecutive win in EuroCup regular season. They overcame Galatasaray in Group E to clear off on top of the ladder. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) notched 23 points to pace the winners. Galatasaray suffered the first defeat to slip at 2-1 record. Lokomotiv pulled away in the opening quarter to ensure a 21:17 lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover the home team accumulated a 46:36 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv extended the lead in the third quarter. The Russian powerhouse built a comfortable 24-point lead at the final intermission 72:48. Lokomotiv kept the Turkish team at bay throughout the fourth term and celebrated another win at the tournament. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) delivered 20 points and 10 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 12 points for Galatasaray. Milan Macvan had 11 points in the loss.

BC Donetsk - Trefl Sopot 92-87 OT
BC Donetsk overcame Trefl Sopot in overtime to climb at 1-2 record in EuroCup Group E. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) notched 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to pace the Ukrainian champions. BC Donetsk faced a 6-point deficit after ten minutes of action. But the hosts recovered pretty quickly. BC Donetsk went on a 20:10 rally in the second term to surge ahead. Trefl Sopot however turned things their way in the third term. The Polish powerhouse eked out a 57:56 lead into the fourth period. BC Donetsk spurred ahead and enjoyed a 74:70 lead with under 30 seconds remaining. But Filip Dylewicz nailed a jumper and then followed a free throw from Ramel Curry with a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the extra period before Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) drained a triple and Doron Perkins then sealed the victory from the charity stripe. Vojdan Stojanovski netted 18 points, while D'or Fischer had 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) delivered 23 points for Trefl Sopot. Filip Dylewicz had 19 points in the loss.

Group F
Oostende - Stelmet ZG 80-74
Oostende clinched the second win in EuroCup Group F. They held off Stelmet Zielona Gora at home court. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Oostende led by just two points after the opening frame. Zielona Gora denied the deficit in the second quarter. The Polish team surged ahead for a 37:36 halftime advantage. The third term proved decisive. The hosts burst out with a stunning 28:15 run to accumulate a 12-point lead at the final break. Zielono Gora went on a rescue rally in the final term but came up short of win at the end. Brent Wright posted 10 points, while Djordjevic added 9 points in the win. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) answered with 24 points for Zielona Gora. Stevic chipped in 21 points, collected 15 boards and distributed 4 assists for the Polish team.

Panionios - Unics 72-92
Unics clinched the third consecutive win in EuroCup Group F. They stunned Panionios in Greece tonight. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 22 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the winning side. Panionios fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Unics dropped 26 points in the starting frame to take a 6-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Unics remained in charge as they arrived at halftime up by six points 49:43. The Russian team boosted the gap in the third quarter. The visitors eased to a 14-point lead at the final intermission 71:57. Unics did not slow down in the fourth period and cruised to the victory. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) netted 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas and Mire Chatman added 13 points apiece for the winners. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 24 points for Panionios. Landon Milbourne and Vlantimir Giankovits had 12 points each in the loss.

Group G
Spartak SP - Ratiopharm 89-71
Spartak Saint Petersburg kept their EuroCup regular season record spotless. They knocked down visiting Ratiopharm Ulm today to improve at 3-0 record in Group G. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) fired 24 points to lead the hosts. Spartak dropped 26 points in the first term to take a 3-point lead. Spartak maintained the lead in the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 7 points 48:41. The home team cleared off in the third term. Spartak unloaded 24 points to ensure a 14-point lead into the fourth period. The hosts limited Ulm to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable victory. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) netted 17 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis had 14 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for the winning side. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and Dane Watts answered with 14 points apiece for the visitors.

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 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 had 24 points in the loss.

Group H
Crvena Zvezda - Banco di Sard. 116-104
Crvena Zvezda remain undefeated in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian team knocked down visiting Sassari to take 3-0 record on top of the standings. Banco di Sardegna fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) dropped 28 points and issued 7 assists to lead the hosts. Sassari and Crvena Zvezda got to a flying start to the game. They teamed up for 64 points in the first quarter. Sassari eked out a 33:31 lead. Crvena Zvezda took over in the second frame. They slowed down the visitors and pulled ahead for a 57:54 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda unleashed 33 points in the third term to accumulate a 12-point advantage 90:78. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Crvena Zvezda stayed in charge marching to the win. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) chipped in 22 points, while Rasko Katic and Bojan Subotic added 11 points each for the hosts. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) answered with 33 points for Sassari. Michal Ignerski delivered 17 points for the winning team.

Orleans - Cajasol 56-70
Cajasol posted the first EuroCup win this season. They upset Orleans Basket on the road tonight. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) was responsible for 20 points to pace Cajasol. The Spaniards shocked Orleans in the first quarter. Cajasol cleared off to a 21:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Cajasol secured a 41:30 halftime lead. Orleans limited the visitors to just 9 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit at 5-point mark. Cajasol responded with a 20:11 run in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) delivered 14 points, while Robert Dozier contributed 11 points for the visitors. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) netted 12 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young had 11 points in the loss.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Jo HOESER
  (193-PF-94)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Hoeser, LUX22.8 
 2. Koulechov, ISR19.8 
 3. Nurkic, BIH19.4 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO17.6 
 5. Hermannsson, ISL17.3 
 6. Perl, HUN17.3 
 7. Nelson, ENG16.7 
 8. Ausprunk, CZE16.6 
 9. Schilder, NED16.5 
 10. Lehtoranta, FIN16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jusuf NURKIC
  BIH
  (212-C-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Nurkic, BIH13.3 
 2. Poltl, AUT12.8 
 3. Brodziansky, SVK11.5 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO11.4 
 5. Okoroh, ENG10.8 
 6. Lepovic, NOR10.1 
 7. Spires, SWE9.6 
 8. Wolff, LUX9.3 
 9. Ausprunk, CZE9.0 
 10. Koulechov, ISR7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  CZE
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kouril, CZE8.0 
 2. Vrbica, MNT6.6 
 3. Sharon, ISR4.7 
 4. Saare, EST4.5 
 5. Melcher, LUX4.0 
 6. Mattila, FIN3.8 
 7. Vrabac, BIH3.5 
 8. Mikeladze, GEO3.5 
 9. Nelson, ENG3.4 
 10. Valsson, ISL3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Egor KOULECHOV
  RUS
  (194-SF-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Koulechov, ISR2.6 
 2. Hoeser, LUX2.2 
 3. Valsson, ISL2.2 
 4. Saare, EST2.1 
 5. Melcher, LUX2.0 
 6. Varadi, HUN2.0 
 7. Graham, ENG2.0 
 8. Andjelkovic, SUI2.0 
 9. Mattila, FIN2.0 
 10. McGilvray, SCO1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  NED
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kok, NED3.1 
 2. Brodziansky, SVK3.0 
 3. Okoroh, ENG2.7 
 4. Nurkic, BIH2.3 
 5. Poltl, AUT1.9 
 6. Spires, SWE1.9 
 7. Rajala, FIN1.6 
 8. Bliznets, BLR1.6 
 9. Ausprunk, CZE1.3 
 10. Goloman, HUN1.2 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 21: Kouvot - Lapua 106-67
Nov. 23: Salon Vilpas - LrNMKY
Nov. 23: KTP - Kouvot
Nov. 24: Pyrinto - Lapua
Nov. 24: FoKoPo - Korihait
Nov. 24: Kataja - Nilan Bisons
Nov. 24: Kauhajoki - Namika Lahti


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.5 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.22.6 
 3. Conley, LrNM.21.5 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot18.7 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.18.4 
 6. Hester, Kouvot17.7 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.5 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua17.0 
 9. Smith, Kataja16.5 
 10. Flowers, Kataja16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 3. Tolbert, Lapua8.6 
 4. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.4 
 5. Logins, LrNM.8.4 
 6. Conley, LrNM.7.9 
 7. Giles, KTP7.9 
 8. Ford, Kauhajoki7.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Haanpaa, Lapua7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.2 
 3. Smith, Kataja5.1 
 4. Burgess, FoKoPo5.0 
 5. Holmes, Lapua4.3 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.2 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.0 
 8. Sarcevic, KTP3.7 
 9. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.5 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNM.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gibson, LrNM.2.4 
 2. Flowers, Kataja2.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 4. Smith, Kataja2.3 
 5. Conley, LrNM.2.1 
 6. Williams, KTP2.0 
 7. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 8. Ford, Kauhajoki1.9 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 10. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  Kauhajoki
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ford, Kauhajoki1.4 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.4 
 3. Barrett, KTP1.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.2 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Jones, LrNM.0.9 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 8. Logins, LrNM.0.8 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.8 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 


EuroChallenge: Norrkoping won over Pyrinto on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping - Pyrinto 84:73

Norrkoping won over Pyrinto on Wednesday to take 2-1 record in Group C of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side needed a 84:73 win to keep the opponents winless.
It was a good start for both sides that stayed close to each other in the first period. Pyrinto grabbed 13:12 lead after the first 10 minutes, but was destroyed in the second frame 17-30. Moreover the hosts added 19-16 in the third quarter and led 61:46 after 30 minutes. The Finnish team managed to respond with 27-23 in the last stanza but could not win the game.
Anton Saks (200-SF-89) paced all the winners with 17 points and Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) as well as Keith Gabriel (190-G, college: VMI) had 13 each. Pierre Hampton (202-F-91) delivered 12 points in win. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) scored 9, while Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) posted 7.

Norrkoping: Anton Saks 17, Edgars Jeromanovs 13, Keith Gabriel 13, Pierre Hampton 12
Pyrinto: Lamonte Ulmer 23+11 rebs, Damon Williams 19+13 rebs, Antero Lehto 9, Kenneth Lowe 7



Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League). He managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region in a victory against the ninth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (1-5) 77-67 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Koponen scored 5 points and added 4 passes in 21 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (5-1) is placed second in group A. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the six games he played so far. Koponen is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League). He led his Montenegrin team Buducnost to a victory over one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar (3-6) 76-60 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Lee was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Lee's third season in pro basketball. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (5-4) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Lee has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 56.2%(41-73) and FT: 57.1%. He is a naturalized American. Lee is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. Ahonen could not help Solna Vikings (6-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Solna Vikings was edged 89-87 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) LF Basket. Ahonen was the top scorer with 23 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. This year Ahonen has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 36.6% in the 12 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. Point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to help Un.Olimpija (4-5) in their game against Partizan (8-0) in the Adriatic League. Rannikko's contribution was not very remarkable in Monday's game. He scored only 2 points and added 4 assists. Un.Olimpija was defeated 86-82 at home by the leading Partizan. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Rannikko is currently fifth on the list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. Rannikko is also Finnish national team player.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #5. International guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Salin contributed to a 2-point Un.Olimpija's victory against the closely-ranked Cantu (2-4) 81-79. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (2-4) is placed fifth in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Salin's overall stats are: 8.2ppg and 3.6rpg in the five games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #6. Forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Blois (6-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kaunisto's good performance Blois was defeated 74-67 in La Rochelle by the lower-ranked La Rochelle (#9). He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kaunisto belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #7) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 16.0ppg, 11.7rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #7. International small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (2-6) in their game against Armani Milano (4-4) in the Italian SerieA. Huff cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Vanoli Cremona was badly defeated 78-59 in Milano by the higher-ranked (#9) Armani. It was Vanoli Cremona's third consecutive loss in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Huff's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 4.5rpg in the eight games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #8. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UTPA in their game against the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne (0-0) in the NCAA. Toivonen cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The UTPA was edged in a triple overtime (!!!) 97-94 in Fort Wayne, IN by the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne. Toivonen has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team last year.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #9. U20 international power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Prat Juventud's victory against the closely-ranked Cafes Aitona (2-3) 59-47 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Caven scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. CB Prat Juventud (2-4) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the LEB Silver. Caven has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg in the five games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.



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EuroCup: Artland Dragons hold off Le Mans for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Artland Dragons - Le Mans 76:71

Artland Dragons enjoyed the first victory in EuroCup Group C. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Dragons past Le Mans.
Le Mans eked out a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts snatched a narrow lead at halftime 38:37. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Le Mans and Artland Dragons entered the fourth period tied at 55. But the hosts proved the difference late in regulation. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Anthony King delivered late in the game as the home team escaped with an important victory at the end. Marquez Haynes and Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) notched 14 points each for the hosts. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with 24 points for Le Mans. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) netted 20 points in the loss.

Artland Dragons: Anthony King 15, Marquez Haynes 14, Johannes Strasser 14
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 24, Pape Sy 20



EuroCup: Cajasol open win count with success in Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Orleans - Cajasol 56:70

Cajasol posted the first EuroCup win this season. They upset Orleans Basket on the road tonight. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) was responsible for 20 points to pace Cajasol.
The Spaniards shocked Orleans in the first quarter. Cajasol cleared off to a 21:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Cajasol secured a 41:30 halftime lead. Orleans limited the visitors to just 9 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit at 5-point mark. Cajasol responded with a 20:11 run in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) delivered 14 points, while Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) contributed 11 points for the visitors. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) netted 12 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) had 11 points in the loss.

Orleans: Caleb Green 12, Jahmar Young 11
Cajasol: Tomas Satoransky 20, Joan Sastre Morro 14, Robert Dozier 11



EuroChallenge: Tsmoki-Minsk rout visiting SLUC Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk-SLUC Nancy 78:71

Tsmoki-Minsk rout visiting SLUC Nancy for 2-1 record in Group G of EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus needed a 78:71 win after some changes in the roster.
More than 3000 fans came to support local Tsmoki-Minsk in the capital. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the first period and then SLUC Nancy scored the same number of points in the second frame. It allowed the hosts to take 5-point advantage at the halftime as they posted 22 before the break. In the third period the teams exchanged 21 points each, while Tsmoki-Minsk had a final 18-16 push to seal the victory. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) brought the last 4 points of the game for the winners to pace them all in home arena.
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau top-scored for the winners with 23 points and JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee) nailed 13. Nigel Munson (187-G-86, college: District of Col.) delivered 9, while Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) had 7. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) finished the game with 15 points and Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) had 11.



Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 23, JaJuan Smith 13, Nigel Munson 9, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 7
SLUC Nancy: Marcellus Sommerville 15, Kenny Grant 11



Nicolas Batum's 35 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). He led Portland Trail Blazers to an overtime victory over the Houston Rockets (4-7) 119-117 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Batum was MVP of the game. He scored 35 points (!!!), had 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 5 shots in 47 minutes on the court. The Portland Trail Blazers have 5-5 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. Batum has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2bpg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 78.6% in the 10 games he played so far. Batum is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (8-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Parker's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 104-100 on the road by the New York Knicks. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 12 passes. Parker also added 6 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. This season he has very high stats. Parker averages: 13.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.7apg, 2FGP: 41.1% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). Noah was the major contributor in an overtime Chicago Bulls' victory against the Phoenix Suns (4-7) 112-106 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Noah also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 42 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 5-5 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 14.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0bpg, 1.3spg and FT: 80.9% in the 10 games. Noah is a naturalized American. He played for the French national team one years ago. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #4. Small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Croatian team Cedevita to a double overtime (!!!) victory over the leader Zalgiris (5-1) 108-106 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Gelabale recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. KK Cedevita Zagreb (2-4) is placed fifth in group C. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Gelabale's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg. Gelabale is also French national team player.

Florent Pietrus
Florent Pietrus
   #5. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (0-3) 76-70 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Pietrus' overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #6. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw contributed to an easy victory against the Denver Nuggets (5-6) crushing them 126-100. He recorded 9 points and added 5 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 8-3 record this season. Diaw's total stats this year are: 4.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #7. International center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Washington Wizards (0-9) in their last game. Despite Seraphin's very good performance the Washington Wizards lost 101-107 in Dallas to the Mavericks. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Seraphin also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 22 minutes. 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. This year Seraphin has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in the eight games. He is also French national team player.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #8. Guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Besiktas (3-3) 87-72 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Westermann scored 13 points and added 8 passes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (1-5) is placed fifth in group D. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Westermann's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.8apg. He plays currently for the French U20 national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #9. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (1-5) in their last game. Despite Heurtel's good performance the sixth-placed Caja Laboral was badly defeated 89-72 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group C of Euroleague. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 26 minutes. It was Caja Laboral's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Heurtel's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.2apg in the six games. He used to play for the French U20 national team three years ago.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #10. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL couldn't help PGE Turow (5-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cel's good performance PGE Turow was defeated 85-79 in Koszalin by the lower-ranked AZS Koszalin (#5). He was the top scorer with 13 points. Cel also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Cel is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Cel is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked FIATC Joventut 80-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Moerman has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the six games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. He played also in the last NBA game facing Boris Diaw (above) in the other team. De Colo managed to help San Antonio Spurs in a victory against the Denver Nuggets crushing them 126-100. He recorded 5 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. This year De Colo averages only 1.5ppg in the six games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. Former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga 85-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kirksay scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kirksay is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (first place). This season he has very good stats: 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team four years ago. Kirksay played also for Mulhouse in French league.

   #14. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks crushing them 103-83 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 7 points in only 13 minutes. Mahinmi has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the French national team last year.

   #15. International shooting guard Evan Fournier (199-92, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Boris Diaw in the NBA last game. Fournier, who plays in the NBA couldn't help the Denver Nuggets (5-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Denver Nuggets were crushed 126-100 in San Antonio by the Spurs. Fournier recorded 10 points. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.3apg. Fournier used to play for the French national team last year.

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

   #1. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help USK Praha (11-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Meno's very good performance the league leader USK Praha was defeated 86-75 at home by the lower-ranked BK Prostejov (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 18 rebounds. Meno is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Meno averages: 19.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and French.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance his team was edged in an overtime 99-97 on their home court in Murcia by the second-ranked G.Canaria 2014. Tillie scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Tillie has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg in the eight games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #3. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel J-M to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (3-3) 76-68 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Kadir scored 11 points, had 8 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (3-3) is placed seventh in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kadir has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #4. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Cajasol (1-7) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (5-3) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Dozier was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. But Cajasol was crushed 86-55 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) CAI Zaragoza. It was Cajasol's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Dozier has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the two games.

   #5. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) led Palencia Baloncesto to a victory over the closely-ranked FCB Regal II (4-3) 95-87 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Ott recorded 18 points. Palencia Baloncesto (5-2) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Ott has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #6. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Eilat in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. He scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 79-68. Nissim has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #7. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Mexico St. in their game against the Niagara University in the NCAA, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Sy recorded 10 points in 25 minutes. But his team was edged 86-83. Sy has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in the six games. He has dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #8. John Wilkins (206-G-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Fairleigh Dickinson University crushing them 91-58 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Wilkins scored 8 points. Wilkins has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.

   #9. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Al Moutahed Tripoli in a victory against the league outsider Anibal 105-90 in the Lebanese Division A on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Samaha has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg and 4.3rpg in the four games. He has French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #10. Antoine Guilard (202-F-92, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of Laval in their game against the Stingers in the Canadian university league CIS. Guilard scored 8 points. His team was crushed by 28 points 90-62. Guilard has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.5rpg.



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Manuchar Markoishvili selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in Cantu's victory against the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (2-6) 76-66 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Markoishvili scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Mapooro Cantu (6-2) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Markoishvili's fourth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the eight games he played so far. Markoishvili is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Ukrainian team Budivelnyk to a victory over the league leader Rudupis (2-1) crushing them 84-57 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Tsintsadze was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (1-2) is placed fourth in the Eurocup. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Tsintsadze's first season with the team. This year Tsintsadze has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). Pachulia contributed to an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Orlando Magic (3-7) 81-72 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 5-4 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Pachulia's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 68.8% in the nine games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #4. Small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta (3-5) crushing them 86-66 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (6-2) is placed third in the SerieA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Sanikidze averages: 6.9ppg and 5.9rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #5. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Israel could not help one of league's weakest teams Hapoel J-M (1-2) in their last game. Despite Pullen's good performance Hapoel J-M was badly defeated 86-69 at home by the second-ranked CEZ Nymburk. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Pullen also added 3 steals in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pullen has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen plays currently for the Georgian national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #6. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help FIATC Joventut (4-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fisher's good performance FIATC Joventut was badly defeated 80-62 on the road by the much higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#4). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Fisher's stats this season are: 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Apparently Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #7. International center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi T-A (5-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (5-1) in the Euroleague. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Shermadini scored only 2 points. The first-placed Maccabi T-A was edged 64-62 on their home court in Tel-Aviv by the second-ranked Unicaja Malaga in the group B of Euroleague. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Shermadini's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #8. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cajasol (1-7) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (5-3) in the Spanish ACB. Burjanadze cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Cajasol was crushed 86-55 in Zaragoza by the much higher-ranked (#5) CAI Zaragoza. It was Cajasol's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Burjanadze averages just 2.4ppg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Georgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Eurocup) led his Polish team Stelmet ZG to a victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (0-3) 76-70 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Hosley scored 14 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stelmet Zielona Gora (1-2) is placed third in the Eurocup. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hosley has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Karsiyaka's victory against one of league's weakest teams Gaziantep (1-5) 87-74 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots in 20 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (5-1) is placed third in the TBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Thomas has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in the six games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an overtime Sigma Barcellona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Aget Service IM (1-6) 91-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sigma Barcellona (5-2) is placed third in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sanders' stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.9apg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sanders has never played in Georgia.



EuroChallenge: Weems Kyle paced Telekom Baskets over Armia - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - Armia 75:71

Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) paced Telekom Baskets over Armia in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. He scored 17 points as the German side overcame the representative from Georgia 75:71.
Telekom Baskets remained undefeated after a tough start. They allowed the guests to take 26-14 in the first period and needed to win three another quarters for the final success. Telekom Baskets reduced to 7 points at the halftime after 18-13 in the second frame. Moreover they erupted with 25-16 in the third quarter and added 18-16 in the last stanza. It was also perhaps ironic that free-throws sealed the victory, since both teams were atrocious from the line all night.
Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) posted 15 points for the winners, while Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) and Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) had 11 each. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) finished the game with 23 points in the losing effort and Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) netted 14. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) brought 9, while Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) tossed in 8.

Telekom Baskets: Kyle Weems 17, Chris Ensminger 15, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11, Robert Vaden 11
Armia: Curtis Millage 23, Lamayn Wilson 14, Marcus Faison 9, Joakim Kjellbom 8



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Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 7-1 
 2. Rist Wedel 7-1 
 3. Herten Lions 5-3 
 4. BSW Sixers 5-3 
 5. Dorsten 4-4 
 6. Hannover 4-4 
 7. Recklinghausen 4-4 
 8. MTV Wolfenbuettel 3-5 
 9. Oldenburg 3-5 
 10. Wulfen 2-6 
 11. Stahnsdorf 2-6 
 12. SU Medien 2-6 
Group South
 1. Dragons 8-0 
 2. Hanau 5-3 
 3. Fraport SKY II 5-3 
 4. Licher Baeren 5-3 
 5. Weissenhorn 5-3 
 6. Noerdlingen 4-4 
 7. Bayer Giants 4-4 
 8. Langen 4-4 
 9. Dresden 3-5 
 10. Leitershofen 3-5 
 11. Konstanz 2-6 
 12. TSV Troester 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 8

North

Nov. 17: Oldenburg - Wulfen 86-76
Nov. 17: Stahnsdorf - Dorsten 84-72
Nov. 17: Hannover - SU Medien 84-71
Nov. 17: Rist Wedel - Schwelm 78-91
Nov. 17: BSW Sixers - MTV Wolfenbuettel 76-70
Nov. 17: Recklinghausen - Herten Lions 105-91

South

Nov. 21: Bayer Giants - Dresden 93-73
Nov. 17: Fraport SKY II - Leitershofen 90-74
Nov. 17: Langen - Konstanz 89-77
Nov. 17: Licher Baeren - TSV Troester 82-67
Nov. 17: Noerdlingen - Weissenhorn 68-84
Nov. 17: Hanau - Dragons 51-83

Regular Season: Round 9

North

Nov. 24: Herten Lions - Dorsten
Nov. 24: Recklinghausen - Rist Wedel
Nov. 24: Schwelm - Hannover
Nov. 24: SU Medien - Oldenburg
Nov. 24: Wulfen - BSW Sixers
Nov. 24: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Stahnsdorf

South

Nov. 24: Dragons - Konstanz
Nov. 24: Hanau - Bayer Giants
Nov. 24: Weissenhorn - Licher Baeren
Nov. 24: TSV Troester - Fraport SKY II
Nov. 24: Leitershofen - Langen
Nov. 25: Dresden - Noerdlingen


EuroChallenge: Weems Kyle paced Telekom Baskets over Armia - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - Armia 75:71

Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) paced Telekom Baskets over Armia in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. He scored 17 points as the German side overcame the representative from Georgia 75:71.
Telekom Baskets remained undefeated after a tough start. They allowed the guests to take 26-14 in the first period and needed to win three another quarters for the final success. Telekom Baskets reduced to 7 points at the halftime after 18-13 in the second frame. Moreover they erupted with 25-16 in the third quarter and added 18-16 in the last stanza. It was also perhaps ironic that free-throws sealed the victory, since both teams were atrocious from the line all night.
Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) posted 15 points for the winners, while Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) and Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) had 11 each. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) finished the game with 23 points in the losing effort and Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) netted 14. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) brought 9, while Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) tossed in 8.

Telekom Baskets: Kyle Weems 17, Chris Ensminger 15, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11, Robert Vaden 11
Armia: Curtis Millage 23, Lamayn Wilson 14, Marcus Faison 9, Joakim Kjellbom 8



ProB Round 8: SG Schwelmer Baskets defeat group leader SC Rist Wedel - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SC Rist Wedel (7-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by SG Schwelmer Baskets (7-1) 91-78. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of SC Rist Wedel. It was a key game for the top position in Group North as both teams had the same 6-1 record before this meeting. The game without a history. SG Schwelmer Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sebastian Schroter (207-83) contributed with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Marvin Boadu (193-89) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for SC Rist Wedel. SC Rist Wedel's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SG Schwelmer Baskets keep a position of Group North leader, which they share with Rist Wedel. SG Schwelmer Baskets is looking forward to face Hannover Tigers (#6) in Hannover in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rist Wedel will play against Recklinghausen (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Weissenhorn Youngstars (5-3) which played on the court of Noerdlingen (4-4). Fifth ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars had an easy win 84-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. Worth to mention a great performance of British forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and Till-Joscha Joenke who added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Kedrick Johnson (193-83, college: Lee) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Noerdlingen's coach Mario Matic tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Weissenhorn Youngstars moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Noerdlingen at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Langen and Bayer Giants. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play against Licher Baeren (#4) at home in the next round. Noerdlingen will play against Dresden and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Herten Lions (5-3) against sixth ranked Recklinghausen (4-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Herten Lions were defeated by Recklinghausen in 105-91. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by Patrick Carney who scored that evening 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Even a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds by Will Taylor did not help to save the game for Herten Lions. Recklinghausen moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Hannover and Dorsten. Loser Herten Lions keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with BSW Sixers. Recklinghausen will meet at home league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herten Lions will play against Dorsten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Dragons Rhoendorf (8-0) which played road game in Hanau against second-ranked Hanau (5-3). Top-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf had an easy win 83-51. The best player for the winners was Geddes Robinson who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Dragons Rhoendorf have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 8-0 record. Hanau at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf's next round opponent will be ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Hanau will play against Bayer Giants (#7) in Leverkusen.
Bottom-ranked TSV Troester is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fourth ranked Licher Baeren (5-3) 82-67 on Saturday evening. Jason Swanson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Licher Baeren have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser TSV Troester still closes the standings with eight games lost. Licher Baeren will face Weissenhorn Youngstars (#5) on the road in the next round. TSV Troester will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#3) in Frankfurt and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8:
In Group North Dorsten was beaten by Stahnsdorf on the road 84-72. Hannover won against SU Medien on its own court 84-71. Wulfen unfortunately lost to Oldenburg in a road game 76-86. BSW Sixers managed to beat MTV Wolfenbuettel at home 76-70.
In Group South Dresden was crushed by Bayer Giants on the opponent's court 93-73. Langen beat Konstanz in a home game 89-77. Leitershofen lost to Fraport SKY II on the road 74-90.


Group North
Stahnsdorf - Dorsten 84-72

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked RSV Eintracht (2-6) beat higher ranked Dorsten (4-4) in Stahnsdorf 84-72 on Saturday. The game without a history. RSV Eintracht led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron, agency: Athlete Management Group) contributed with 15 points for the winners. RSV Eintracht's coach Kai Buchmann used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dorsten. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. RSV Eintracht moved-up to tenth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen and SU Medien. Loser Dorsten dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. RSV Eintracht will face higher ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dorsten will play against Herten Lions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: B.Wheadon 17+1ast, M.Reid 15+4reb+3ast, M.Haucke 14+8reb, T.Grauel 13+6reb+5ast, Y.Evans 10+5reb+2ast, T.Modersitzki 9+9reb+3ast
Dorsten: C.Jones 18+5reb+2ast, B.Poole 13+11reb+2ast, G.Hagner 12+6reb+2ast, N.Janoschek 10+3reb, N.Pelaj 6+4reb+2ast, G.Budde 5+3reb
gschID: 185138


Recklinghausen - Herten Lions 105-91

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Herten Lions (5-3) against sixth ranked Recklinghausen (4-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Herten Lions were defeated by Recklinghausen in 105-91. The game was mostly controlled by Recklinghausen. Herten Lions managed to win second period 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Recklinghausen won last quarter 34-21. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) who scored that evening 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) supported him with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds by forward Will Taylor (200-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) did not help to save the game for Herten Lions. Guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) added 23 points for the guests. Five Recklinghausen and four Herten Lions players scored in double figures. Recklinghausen moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Hannover and Dorsten. Loser Herten Lions keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with BSW Sixers. Recklinghausen will meet at home league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herten Lions will play against Dorsten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: P.Carney 23+5reb+8ast, R.Franklin 22+10reb+1ast, D.Leithner 16+3reb+1ast, M.Bregulla 14+3reb+4ast, C.Bruns 13+5reb+2ast, F.Werner 6+1reb
Herten Lions: A.Bowie 23+4reb+1ast, W.Taylor 21+14reb, C.Hackenesch 12+7reb+1ast, T.Schonborn 10+2reb+3ast, F.Sadek 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Opitz 8+1reb
gschID: 185137


Hannover - SU Medien 84-71

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-6) lost on the road to eighth ranked Hannover Tigers (4-4) 84-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 28-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hannover Tigers made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Ashanti Cook (188-84, college: Georgetown) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) replied with 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and center Ole Angerstein (205-95) added 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hannover Tigers moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Dorsten and Recklinghausen. Spot Up Medien Baskets lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Hannover Tigers will face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against Oldenburg (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hannover: A.Cook 20+5reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 18+9reb+3ast, M.Fakuade 17+9reb, J.Lodders 8+1reb+1ast, T.Welzel 7+3reb+2ast, M.Williams 6+3reb+2ast
SU Medien: H.Sant-Roos 33+9reb+4ast, O.Angerstein 18+9reb, D.Johnson 7+3reb+2ast, N.Redlich 5+1reb+2ast, J.Wessels 3+2reb+2ast, L.Gertz 3+2ast
gschID: 185141


Oldenburg - Wulfen 86-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Oldenburg and 9th ranked BSV Wulfen had identical 2-5 record. This time Oldenburg used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Wulfen 86-76 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 35-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Oldenburg made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. BSV Wulfen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Oldenburg players scored in double figures. Oldenburg's coach Mladen Drijencic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Antonio Houston (196-88, college: Catawba) added 18 points in the effort for BSV Wulfen. Oldenburg (3-5) moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with MTV Wolfenbuettel. BSV Wulfen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Oldenburg will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#12) in Braunschweig in the next round. BSV Wulfen will play at home against BSW Sixers in Sandersdorf.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: M.Taylor 22+6reb+4ast, C.Heinrich 18+12reb, A.Hartmann 15+5reb+6ast, A.Witte 11+3reb+2ast, S.Kreutzer 8+1reb+1ast, K.Haenig 4+6reb
Wulfen: A.Young 19+6reb, A.Houston 18+3reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 14+5reb+2ast, M.Schulze-Pals 9+5reb, P.Mazur 8+5reb+1ast, P.Gunther 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 185140


BSW Sixers - MTV Wolfenbuettel 76-70

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (3-5) lost to fifth ranked BSW Sixers (5-3) in Sandersdorf 70-76 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Herzoege Wolfenbuettel won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSW Sixers had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Frank Theis (200-82) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. BSW Sixers moved-up to third place in Group North, which they share with Herten Lions. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. BSW Sixers will face BSV Wulfen (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: P.Harrison 18+3reb+3ast, J.Simmons 16+4ast, R.Schirmer 14+11reb+1ast, T.Lipke 11+6reb+6ast, S.Ahnsehl 7+5reb+4ast, D.Stawowski 6+3reb
MTV Wolfenbuettel: F.Theis 20+8reb+2ast, T.Clark 12+7reb+1ast, H.Knopke 9+7reb+4ast, M.Cantuerk 7+4reb+2ast, D.Ward 7+2reb+1ast, M.Poeschel 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 185139


Rist Wedel - Schwelm 78-91

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SC Rist Wedel (7-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by SG Schwelmer Baskets (7-1) 91-78. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of SC Rist Wedel. It was a key game for the top position in Group North as both teams had the same 6-1 record before this meeting. The game without a history. SG Schwelmer Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sebastian Schroter (207-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Marvin Boadu (193-89) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. Five SG Schwelmer Baskets and four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SG Schwelmer Baskets keep a position of Group North leader, which they share with Rist Wedel. SG Schwelmer Baskets is looking forward to face Hannover Tigers (#6) in Hannover in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rist Wedel will play against Recklinghausen (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Coles 21+6reb+5ast, S.Schroter 20+10reb, A.Kronhardt 16+7reb, D.Hamilton 11+9reb+3ast, A.Conerly 10+1ast, L.Wendt 5+2reb+2ast
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 20+2ast, M.Boadu 16+6reb+5ast, F.Boeke 14+9reb, D.Hopkins 11+6reb+6ast, J.Ruppert 8+2reb, T.Lange 6+3reb
gschID: 185136


Group South
Bayer Giants - Dresden 93-73

Everything could happen in Leverkusen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Bayer Giants and 9th ranked Dresden had identical 3-4 record. This time Bayer Giants used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from 93-73 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Bayer Giants. Dresden was better in second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Bayer Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Dresden was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Jared Benson (208-89, college: N.Michigan) added 15 points in the effort for Dresden. Bayer Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with Langen and Noerdlingen. Newly promoted Dresden keeps the ninth position with five games lost. Bayer Giants will face league's second-placed Hanau on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dresden will play against Noerdlingen (#6).
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 18+5reb+12ast, M.Goddek 16+2reb+2ast, M.Rass 14, J.Eggleston 13+14reb+2ast, M.Brueggemann 10+2reb, G.Twiehoff 8+9reb+2ast
Dresden: J.Boucher 19+6reb+3ast, J.Benson 15+4reb+2ast, P.Rulke 8+8reb+3ast, R.Haas 7+3reb+3ast, A.Jones 7+3reb+6ast, M.von der Wippel 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 186880


Langen - Konstanz 89-77

There was no surprise when 11th ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (2-6) lost on the road to seventh ranked TV 1862 Langen (4-4) 89-77 on Saturday. The game without a history. TV 1862 Langen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TV 1862 Langen forced 21 ifm Baskets Konstanz turnovers. It was a great shooting night for TV 1862 Langen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. ifm Baskets Konstanz was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Maxim Schneider (184-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 assists. American swingman P.J. Reyes (196, college: Charleston Un.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. American power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Frederik Henningsen (197-88) added 13 points in the effort for ifm Baskets Konstanz. ifm Baskets Konstanz's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen and Bayer Giants. Loser ifm Baskets Konstanz keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face Leitershofen (#10) in Diedorf in the next round. ifm Baskets Konstanz will play on the road against the league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf.
Top scorers:
Langen: P.Reyes 18+3reb+2ast, J.Domdey 17+3reb+2ast, M.Schneider 15+2reb+7ast, S.Barth 15+1reb+3ast, M.Woody 11+10reb+1ast, T.Jahn 7+12reb+2ast
Konstanz: R.Louisme 16+9reb+2ast, F.Henningsen 13+3reb+1ast, J.Archie 10+3reb+1ast, P.Leidig 8+3reb+1ast, O.Sylla 8+5reb+2ast, L.Menck 7+3reb
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Licher Baeren - TSV Troester 82-67

Bottom-ranked TSV Troester is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fourth ranked Licher Baeren (5-3) 82-67 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. TSV Troester was better in fourth quarter 27-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSV Troester to just 7 points in second quarter. Licher Baeren dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to TSV Troester's 24. American forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Nino Valentic (198-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. Guard Steffen Walde (190-92) replied with 16 points and forward Tobias Korndoerfer (200-90) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TSV Troester. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Licher Baeren have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser TSV Troester still closes the standings with eight games lost. Licher Baeren will face Weissenhorn Youngstars (#5) on the road in the next round. TSV Troester will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#3) in Frankfurt and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: J.Swanson 16+12reb+1ast, M.Perl 14+3reb+4ast, N.Valentic 12+10reb, J.Jones 11+1reb+3ast, J.Hirschberg 9+3reb+2ast, D.Dorr 7+4reb+1ast
TSV Troester: S.Walde 16+4reb+2ast, J.Dippold 14+1reb, T.Korndoerfer 10+6reb, S.Dinkel 9+1ast, J.Thiemann 6+8reb, A.Obst 5+2reb
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Noerdlingen - Weissenhorn 68-84

Another interesting game for Weissenhorn Youngstars (5-3) which played on the court of Noerdlingen (4-4). Fifth ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars had an easy win 84-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. The game was mostly controlled by Weissenhorn Youngstars. Noerdlingen was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Weissenhorn Youngstars brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of British forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) who added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. American forward Kedrick Johnson (193-83, college: Lee) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) scored 21 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Noerdlingen's coach Mario Matic tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Weissenhorn Youngstars moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Noerdlingen at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Langen and Bayer Giants. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play against Licher Baeren (#4) at home in the next round. Noerdlingen will play against Dresden and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: M.Hesson 26+15reb+2ast, T.Joenke 21+7reb+4ast, P.Vojkovic 14, K.Gausa 12+4reb+7ast, M.Shtein 7+3reb+2ast, B.Butler 4+2reb
Noerdlingen: K.Johnson 21+11reb, F.Brutting 21+2reb+6ast, J.Eichler 10+4reb, S.Schmoll 8+6reb+2ast, D.Rastatter 4+5reb+1ast, J.Sigg 2
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Hanau - Dragons 51-83

An interesting game for Dragons Rhoendorf (8-0) which played road game in Hanau against second-ranked Hanau (5-3). Top-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf had an easy win 83-51. The game was mostly controlled by Dragons Rhoendorf. Hanau was better in third quarter 20-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hanau to just 7 points in first quarter. Dragons Rhoendorf dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hanau's 24. They outrebounded Hanau 35-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import center Alejo Rodriguez (203-88, college: Iona) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Robert Huelsewede (200-90) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and Marco Voeller (198-89) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dragons Rhoendorf have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 8-0 record. Hanau at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf's next round opponent will be ifm Baskets Konstanz (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Hanau will play against Bayer Giants (#7) in Leverkusen.
Top scorers:
Dragons: G.Robinson 18+8reb+1ast, E.Tukiss 15+3reb+2ast, F.Koch 13+5reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 12+9reb+1ast, V.Frankl-Maus 9+2reb+3ast, N.Larsen 8+2reb
Hanau: R.Huelsewede 11+6reb+1ast, M.Voeller 10+3reb, L.Griffin 8+3reb+1ast, S.Koehnert 7+1ast, M.Moelle 6+1reb, F.Beck 6+1reb
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Fraport SKY II - Leitershofen 90-74

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Fraport Skyliners II (5-3) beat 10th ranked Leitershofen (3-5) in Frankfurt 90-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-74. Fraport Skyliners II forced 24 Leitershofen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Johannes Voigtmann (208-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Danilo Barthel (207-91) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Fraport Skyliners II's coach Eric Detlev used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Leitershofen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fraport Skyliners II moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Leitershofen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play at home against TV 1862 Langen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: J.Voigtmann 17+8reb+1ast, D.Barthel 17+7reb+2ast, L.Wright 17+1reb+1ast, M.Merz 11+2reb+8ast, N.Vukovic 10+2reb, K.Klein 7+5reb+3ast
Leitershofen: P.Smith 24+7reb+2ast, P.Wischnewski 13+3reb+2ast, J.Genck 13+3reb+2ast, L.Hughey 11+8reb+4ast, D.Behnisch 5+1reb+1ast, A.Chalusiak 4+3reb+2ast
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EuroCup: Artland Dragons hold off Le Mans for initial win - by Eurobasket News

Artland Dragons - Le Mans 76:71

Artland Dragons enjoyed the first victory in EuroCup Group C. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Dragons past Le Mans.
Le Mans eked out a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts snatched a narrow lead at halftime 38:37. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Le Mans and Artland Dragons entered the fourth period tied at 55. But the hosts proved the difference late in regulation. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Anthony King delivered late in the game as the home team escaped with an important victory at the end. Marquez Haynes and Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) notched 14 points each for the hosts. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with 24 points for Le Mans. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) netted 20 points in the loss.

Artland Dragons: Anthony King 15, Marquez Haynes 14, Johannes Strasser 14
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 24, Pape Sy 20



EuroCup: Spartak rally past Ratiopharm Ulm - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Ratiopharm Ulm 89:71

Spartak Saint Petersburg kept their EuroCup regular season record spotless. They knocked down visiting Ratiopharm Ulm today to improve at 3-0 record in Group G. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) fired 24 points to lead the hosts.
Spartak dropped 26 points in the first term to take a 3-point lead. Spartak maintained the lead in the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 7 points 48:41. The home team cleared off in the third term. Spartak unloaded 24 points to ensure a 14-point lead into the fourth period. The hosts limited Ulm to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable victory. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) netted 17 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) had 14 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for the winning side. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 14 points apiece for the visitors.

Spartak SP: Josh Carter 24, Vladimir Dragicevic 17, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 14
Ratiopharm Ulm: Allan Ray 14, Dane Watts 14



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets closed Round 3 successfully at home - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets- Kormend 95:64

EWE Baskets closed Round 3 successfully at home with the win over Kormend. The German side improved to 3-0 record after an easy 95:64 win. The Hungarian team meanwhile remained winless in Group F.
EWE Baskets had no problems taking the lead and won all the quarters of the game. They led 23-13 after the first quarter and added 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won the third period 28-19 and finished the game with 24-17 in the last stanza.
Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) and Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) followed them with 12 points apiece. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) scored 21 points in defeat and Matt Shaw (203-F-88, college: UNLV) added 16. Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 14 in the losing effort.

EWE Baskets: Rickey Paulding 15, Robin Smeulders 15, Chris Kramer 12, Julius Jenkins 12


Kormend: Zvonko Buljan 21, Matt Shaw 16, Csaba Ferencz 14



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

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

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Washington Wizards (0-9) 107-101 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Kaman recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 6-6 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Kaman's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaman averages: 15.0ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(62-108) and FT: 81.3% in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German senior national team one years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (5-3) to beat Blusens Monbus (5-3). Pleiss scored 5 points and blocked 2 shots. Caja Laboral was defeated 77-68 at home by the higher-ranked Blusens Monbus (#9). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Pleiss' first year with the team. Pleiss is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25). Pleiss is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Harris led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the University of South Dakota crushing them 96-58 in the NCAA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 18 rebounds. The Gonzaga University has conference record this season. Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. Harris' overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 68.6%(24-35). He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #4. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against the 16th-ranked Cajasol (1-7) crushing them 86-55 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Toppert scored 5 points in 15 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (5-3) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Toppert's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Patrick Heckmann
Patrick Heckmann
   #5. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Boston Coll. in their last game on Sunday. Despite Heckmann's very good performance the Boston Coll. was defeated 71-67 on the road by the College of Charleston. He recorded 18 points. Heckmann's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #6. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) led Elon to an easy victory against the Bridgewater College crushing them 95-51 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He scored 18 points. The Elon University has conference record this season. Koch's total stats this year are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team three years ago.

Dennis Kramer
Dennis Kramer
   #7. U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led San Diego to a victory against the Northern Kentucky University 65-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Kramer scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. The University of San Diego has conference record this season. This year Kramer's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team last year. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #8. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Hawaii's victory against the University of North Dakota 71-66 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The University of Hawaii has conference record this season. Standhardinger has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2009.

T.J. DiLeo
T.J. DiLeo
   #9. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Temple's victory against the Kent State University 80-66 in the NCAA last Tuesday. DiLeo scored 9 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. The Temple University has conference record this season. DiLeo has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in the eight games. DiLeo is a naturalized American. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago. However DiLeo has never played in Germany.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #10. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido (1-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was defeated 82-70 in Fuchu by the leading Toyota Alvark. Klette recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Klette has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg and 7.0rpg. He is a former U22 international player as thirteen years ago he still played for the German national team.

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

   #12. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt in their game against the University of Oregon in the NCAA. Bright scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was crushed by 26 points 74-48. Bright has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

   #13. U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their game against the University of Evansville in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Tuesday night. Ogbe scored 10 points in 25 minutes. But his team lost 50-62. Ogbe has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the German U20 national team last year.

   #14. Former U16 international guard Alexander Blessig (188-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Florida Gulf Coast's surprising victory against the Ave Maria University crushing them 86-54 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded 8 points. Blessig has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California in the NCAA. Reuter cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 85-66. Reuter has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the closely-ranked Penarol (11-5) 75-57 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Kammerichs scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regatas Corrientes (12-5) is placed second in the LigaA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.4apg. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) led Energa Czarni to a victory against the league outsider Rosa Radom (2-7) 83-74 in the Polish TBL on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (7-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Tomaszek's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the nine games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #3. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende (4-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Stojic's good performance Base Oostende was defeated 95-89 on the road by the leading Okapi Aalstar. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. He has both Croatian and German nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked CSU Sibiu (3-5) 85-66 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. Sarovic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. BC Timisoara (6-2) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5apg in the eight games. Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #5. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Melilla Baloncesto (1-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Melilla Baloncesto lost 57-64 in Lugo to the much higher-ranked (#6) Leche Rio Breogan. Wachsmann had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 40 minutes. It was Melilla Baloncesto's sixth consecutive loss in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Wachsmann is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg. He also averaged so far 8.4ppg and 1.3apg in the seven games.

   #6. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington in their last game. Despite Seiferth's good performance the E.Washington was edged 86-83 at home by the Utah Valley University. He scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 34 minutes. This year Seiferth's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games.

   #7. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a 2-point LF Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Solna Vikings 89-87 in the Swedish Basketligan last Monday. Igbavboa scored 16 points. Igbavboa is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Igbavboa averages: 17.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #8. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines), who plays in the Filipino PBA couldn't help Alaska Aces (5-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Alaska Aces were edged 96-93 on their home court in Makati by the higher-ranked (#5) Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Cup group. Thoss recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. Thoss is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in the eight games. Thoss has German and Filipino nationalities.

   #9. Kostas Kotoulas (200-F-79, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Irakleio in their game against Koroivos in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Kotoulas was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Kotoulas has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He has dual citizenship: German and Greek.

   #10. Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Maine in their game against the Brown University in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Saturday. Gloger scored 10 points in 22 minutes. But his team was edged 70-68. Gloger has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg in the five games.



Justin Doellman (Valencia Basket) The Dunk Over Jason Boone Was The Highlight Of The Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) Is a 27 year old 206cm forward that was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a player that has good size and he is very skilled athlete, who can shoot with good range. He is a very good passer who has a great understanding of the game. He is a very versatile player who can play many roles or positions for us. He passes it. He shoots it. He can rebound. He is a complete player. He is playing his first season for Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB). He played at Xavier (NCAA) from 2003-2007. He reached the nCAA Elite 8 in 2004. In 2007-2008, he turned professional and played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): 10 games: 8.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 73.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 14.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 88.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA, starting five): Euroleague: 13 games: 12.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 78.0%; French League: 32 games: 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 83.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for Meridiano Alicante (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 78.3%. Last season, he played for Assignia Manresa (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: Score-2 (16.8ppg), 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 76.8%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 97-64 Eurocup win against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg.

Congrats for the 97-64 win against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Was the highlight of the game the dunk by Marko Keselj or your dunk in the fourth quarter?

Definitely Marko's dunk over Jason Boone was the highlight of the game. It was sick!

Valencia had the 20-18 lead at halftime. Were you surprised how well Wurzburg was able to keep pace?

I wasn't surprised on how they played in the first quarter. They are a good team with great athletes. It will be a challenging game on Tues in Germany.


Valencia had the lead at halftime. What did headcoach Velimir Perasovic tell the team to do better in the second half?

We didn't really change anything at half-time. We continued to play our basketball and started to pull away with a few good defensive plays.

What was key for breaking away in the third quarter? It seemed like Wurzburg returned on to the court with less intensity?

The key to breaking away was our defensive. They missed some shots or we got a steal and were able to convert that into points.

In the first two games, you played a combined 18 minutes, but broke free in the game against Wurzburg scoring 31. Did you have an extra dose paella before the game?

Hahah no extra dose of Paella. My teammates found me when I was open and I was able to knock down the shot.

What was your impression of the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg? Where would you see this team in the standings in the ACB?

My impression of Wurzburg is that they are a solid team with great athletes. A team that can beat anyone on any night so this coming week will be a challenge for us at there place.

Dwayne Anderson was one of the top Eurocup players two years ago. How important was it keeping him in check?

Anderson is a talented player and a key to their offense. For us to limit his touches and shot attempts is to our advantage.

You played at Xavier with Beko BBL player Stanley Burrell. Burrell is slowly making a name for himself in the German league. What was your fondest memory of him on and off the court?

Stanley is a intense player with a love for the game. My fondest memory of him is his freshman year against George Washington. I went out with a broken nose and he ended up hitting a game winning 3 at the buzzer. A great road win for us that year.

Who wins a one on one in practice you or Marko Keselj and how do you beat him?

Of course I win in one on one!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was SKYFALL

Thanks for the chat Justin




German U-20 Players Announced For Tryout In Heidelberg December 17th-20th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Just before Christmas, German coach Frank Menz has invited 32 U-20 players for a try-out session in Heidelberg December 17th to December 20th. I am very curious about this session to be able to see my players from the U-16 European championships 2009 and from the U-17 World Championships form 2010. I have followed their development. I am looking forward to their level after two fifth places at the European championships with the U-20 team. . I am awaiting that the players are highly motivated and that they can recommend themselves for the upcoming summer. It is also great that there are so many great coaches helping. This guarantes practies and games at a high level", stressed Frank Menz.

The following players have been named to appear in Heidelberg December 17-20th.
Besnik Bekteshi (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Johannes Richter (Brose Baskets/TSV Breitengbach), Dennis Schrder (Spot Up Medien Baskets/New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig), Paul Albrecht (EWE Baskets Oldenburg/Oldenburger TB), Helge Baues (Eisbren Bremerhaven/BSG Bremerhaven), Fabian Bleck (NOMA Iserlohn/Phoenix Hagen), Philip Daubner (TSV Breitengbach), Alassane Dioubat (FC Bayern Mnchen), Alexander Engel (TSV Breitengbach), Viktor Frankl-Maus (Dragons Rhndorf), Anselm Hartmann (EWE Baskets Oldenburg/Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems), Johannes Heisig (VfL Pinneberg/Piraten Hamburg), David Herwig (ALBA Berlin), Philip Jalalpoor (BIS Baskets Speyer), Robin Jorch (RSV Stahnsdorf/IBBA Berlin), Bazovmana Kante (Eisbren Bremerhaven), Jakob Krumbeck (Science City Jena), Dominic Lockhart (VfB Giessen Pointers), Jonathan Malu (Eisbren Bremerhaven), Mauricio Marin (FC Bayern Mnchen), Max Massing (ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen), Max Merz (183-PG-94) (Fraport Skyliners/Eintr. Frankfurt), Cameron Neubauer (RSV Stahnsdorf/IBBA Berlin), Greg Onwegbuzie (Cuxhaven Bas Cats), Josip Peric (Science City Jena), Bogdan Radosavljevic (FC Bayern Mnchen), Jamo Ruppert (SC Rist Wedel/Piraten Hamburg), Johannes Thiemann (Brose Baskets Bamberg/TSV Breitengbach), Jonas Weiser (Gieen 46ers), Stefan Wess (UBC Mnster/Young Dragons Quakenbrck), Julius Wolf (FC Bayern Mnchen), Paul Zipser (USC Heidelberg).

Source: DBB





Jibril Hodges Leaves The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen announced today that American Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) will no longer be playing for the team. The28 year old 188cm guard from Park Forest Illinois came recently to the team and played five games averaging 14,2 minutes per game averaging 4,0ppg, 1,0rpg and 2,6apg. Hodges got some nice offers from other countries and asked the team if he could be dismissed from his contract. "Jibril fit well into our team also with his charachter. We would have liked to kept him, but he got a very good offer from Luxemburg. We dont want to have any stones in his path and wish him all the best for the future", stressed ETB Wohnbau manager Markus Horn.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



The LTi Giessen 46ers Suspend Jimmy Baxter - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The LTi Giessen 46ers announced today that Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) has been suspended. Baxter is a 31 year old 198cm small forward from Florida that is playing his first season in Germany. Baxter didnt practice Wednesday. Both sides have been silent for the reason of the suspension. Baxter who played at South Florida and has seen the world playing basketball as Germany is his 11th country has been a scorer his whole career. It isnt any difference with Giessen as in his first nine games he has been averaging 14,6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2,1apg while shooting 50% from the field and 30% from outside.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers



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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 7-0 
 2. Filathlitikos 6-1 
 3. Koroivos 6-1 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 5-2 
 5. Trikalla 5-2 
 6. Ermis Lagkada 4-2 
 7. Lavrio 4-3 
 8. Agia Paraskevis 3-4 
 9. Irakleio 2-4 
 10. Arkadikos 2-5 
 11. Pagrati 2-5 
 12. Doxa Lefkadas 1-6 
 13. OFI 1-6 
 14. Niki Volou 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 24: Pagrati - Niki Volou
Nov. 24: Trikalla - Doxa Lefkadas
Nov. 24: Ikaroi Serron - Ermis Lagkada
Nov. 24: Nea Kifisia - Koroivos
Nov. 24: Irakleio - Agia Paraskevis
Nov. 24: Lavrio - Arkadikos
Nov. 24: Filathlitikos - OFI


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Vaggelis KARABOULAS
  Nea K.
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Karaboulas, Nea K.21.5 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.2 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.19.8 
 4. Vranjes, Pagrati18.8 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.18.7 
 6. Gizogiannis, Arkad.16.8 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.16.5 
 8. Kaklamanos, Trikal.16.2 
 9. Georgitsis, Ermis15.5 
 10. Adetokoubo, Filat.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Noeas, Koroivos10.2 
 2. Manousos, Doxa L.9.7 
 3. Anagnostopou., Erm.9.0 
 4. Cubrilo, Arkadikos8.8 
 5. Doychinov, OFI7.7 
 6. Papachristos, Trik.7.5 
 7. Pelkic, Irakleio7.0 
 8. Kitsoulis, OFI6.8 
 9. Pagonis, Lavrio6.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Doxa L.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Filippos MOSCHOVITIS
  Nea K.
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Moschovitis, Nea K.6.0 
 2. Karydas, Koroivos5.8 
 3. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.0 
 4. Gikas, Filathlitik.4.8 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.8 
 6. Cosic, Koroivos3.7 
 7. Katsares, Trikalla3.7 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.3.5 
 9. Karaboulas, Nea K.3.5 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Katsares, Trikalla3.7 
 2. Onasoglou, Ermis L.2.5 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos2.2 
 4. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.2.0 
 5. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 6. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.8 
 7. Sakellarakis, Irak.1.8 
 8. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.7 
 9. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.7 
 10. Vranjes, Pagrati1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Giannis PAPACHRISTOS
  Trika.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Papachristos, Trik.1.5 
 2. Pelkic, Irakleio1.2 
 3. Doychinov, OFI1.2 
 4. Charismidis, Trika.1.0 
 5. Pavlovic, Pagrati1.0 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 7. Adetokoubo, Filath.0.8 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.8 
 9. Georgitsis, Ermis0.7 
 10. Antoniadis, Koroi.0.7 


Greek Free agents: The bi-weekly report by Eurobasket - by Chris Mammides

We have reached the end of November and the A1 league is already moving to its seventh week, the euroleague and the eurocup are in a crucial turn while the many changes of the Head Coaches in the Greek league (4 out of 14 teams have proceeded in repalcement of their head coaches) are now a fact. The team of Olympiakos is unbeaten in the Greek league while also in the European courts is doing great after the first two weeks, while Panathinaikos is still looking an identity. Panionios is doing very good in the Greek league but in the Eurocup is pathetic with a 0-3 in its series while the change of the Head Coach Skourtopoulos to Sferopoulos is expected to bring some more changes in the roster since at least 2-3 players will be added (with Dikoudis, Keys and Nadjifeji being according to the rumors, the selected ones).
Other than these three teams, AGOR of Coach Koufos is doing very good with Cliffors Colimon as a new entry is ranking at the 4th position with the solid 4-2 record. While the negative surprises untill now are the teams of Aris Thessaloniki, the winless Kavala and Ilysiakos of the newcomer Coach Zevgolis. Never the less, after these first six weeks of the league, a number of free agents are still without a home, for sure many of them are in serious discussions with their next destination (Dikoudis in Panionios, Nikolaidis who left Cyprus league after only one week with Apollon Limassol is close to Doxa Lefkadas in the A2 league, etc) but the point of the matter is that they are still free.

So, the Free agent list at this stage is as follows:

Guards
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM)
Igor Milosevic
Adonis Chatzicharalambous
Marios Matalon
Gregory Ktistou
Michael Bizoukas
Prodromos Nikolaidis
Nicolas Blanas (183-PG-80, college: Toronto Uni.)
Fotis Lioutas (193-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire)
Milos Pavlisevic (196-SG-82)

Forwards
Panagiotis Vassilopoulos
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)
Demtri Harris (198-SF-90, college: St.Marys)
Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Nic Livas
Luke Hristou (195-F-88)
Milos Sakota (204-F-84)
Marios Skamnakis (200-F-89)

Centers
Dimos Dikoudis
Jacob Blankenship (207-C-90)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)



EuroCup: Chuck Eidson paced Unics past Panionios - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Unics 72:92

Unics clinched the third consecutive win in EuroCup Group F. They stunned Panionios in Greece tonight. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 22 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the winning side. Panionios fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Unics dropped 26 points in the starting frame to take a 6-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Unics remained in charge as they arrived at halftime up by six points 49:43. The Russian team boosted the gap in the third quarter. The visitors eased to a 14-point lead at the final intermission 71:57. Unics did not slow down in the fourth period and cruised to the victory. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) netted 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) added 13 points apiece for the winners. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 24 points for Panionios. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Maryland) and Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90) had 12 points each in the loss.

Panionios: Nikos Pappas 24, Landon Milbourne 12, Vlantimir Giankovits 12
Unics: Chuck Eidson 22, Kostas Kaimakoglou 17, Ian Vougioukas 13, Mire Chatman 13



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

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

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (2-1) crushing them 91-66 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Calathes had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 10 passes. He also added 6 rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Calathes is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.3apg. He also averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.3%(16-27), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 44.4% in the three games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Spanish team Gescrap BB to a victory over the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (0-3) 85-69 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Vasiliadis was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vasiliadis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 81.3%. Vasiliadis is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Zisis contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (0-3) 85-69. He scored 14 points and added 9 passes in 29 minutes. It's Zisis' first season with the team. Zisis is currently third on the list of best passers with 7.3apg. This year his other stats are: 11.7ppg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 78.6% in the three games. Zisis is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #4. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (2-1) 89-71 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mavrokefalidis has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 3.7apg. He used to play for the Greek national team last year.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #5. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Base Oostende (2-1) 83-72 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Kaimakoglou scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unics Kazan (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Kaimakoglou has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the three games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #6. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Kaimakoglou and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Vougioukas was the main contributor in an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Base Oostende (2-1) 83-72. He was the best player in that game. Vougioukas scored 20 points. This season Vougioukas has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Giorgos Galiotos
Giorgos Galiotos
   #7. Former University international center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (1-4) 98-81 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Galiotos recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Cherno More Port Varna (5-1) is placed first in the NBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Galiotos is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 7.4rpg. Galiotos used to play for the Greek university national team three years ago.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #8. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Denver Nuggets' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (8-2) 97-92 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 6-6 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Koufos' overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7bpg in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos used to play for the Greek national team last year. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Cimberio Varese in a 1-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (6-2) 85-84 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Sakota scored 5 points in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cimberio Varese (8-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Sakota's total stats are: 6.1ppg and 2.6rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos
   #10. Small forward Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-92, currently plays in Italy) helped Angelico Biella win their game against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (2-6) 82-74 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Chrysikopoulos scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots. Angelico Biella (2-6) is placed 13th in the SerieA. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Chrysikopoulos has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Greek National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy could not help Armani Milano to beat Anadolu Efes. Fotsis scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. His team lost 71-77. Fotsis has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help Solna Vikings (6-6) in their last game on Monday. Despite Toutziarakis' good performance Solna Vikings was edged 89-87 on the road by the lower-ranked LF Basket (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 18 rebounds. Toutziarakis is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.4apg. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

   #13. An experienced former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for SAV Vacallo in their game against Monthey in the Swiss LNA. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. His team was defeated 63-56. Kakiouzis has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

   #14. U18 international swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Texas in their last game. Despite Papapetrou's good performance the Texas lost in an overtime 53-59 in Los Angeles, CA to the University of Southern California. He scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes. Papapetrou's stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the six games. He plays currently for the Greek U18 national team.

   #15. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Olin Edirne in their game against Aliaga in the Turkish TBL. He scored 6 points in 22 minutes. His team lost 80-85. Tapoutos has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg in the three games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory against the closely-ranked GreenTops Netanya (5-1) 94-86 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Calathes scored 13 points, had 9 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (4-2) is placed fourth in the Winner League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Calathes is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders with 10.0rpg. He also averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the sixth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) 74-65 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Savrasenko scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed fourth in group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Savrasenko's total stats this season are: 2.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian.

   #3. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) led Chalons-Reims to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Hyeres-Toulon (3-7) 89-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Tsagarakis scored 18 points in 33 minutes. Chalons-Reims (6-4) is placed fifth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tsagarakis has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 10 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada) was the main contributor in an University of Toronto's victory against the Warriors (0-3) 71-64 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Hill was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. The University of Toronto has 4-0 record this season. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Hill has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.8apg. Hill has both Greek and Canadian nationalities.

   #5. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help BG Goettingen (7-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance BG Goettingen lost 65-74 on the road to the leading BG Karlsruhe. Livas was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes. It was BG Goettingen's first loss after four consecutive victories. Livas belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 7.8rpg. This year he also averages: 11.2ppg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in the six games. Livas is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #6. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) managed to help Keravnos Strovolou to win against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja 72-67 in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday night. Demertzis scored only 3 points and added 9 passes. He has averaged so far 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 6.0apg.

   #7. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Oakland in their game against the University of Pittsburgh in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Petros scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 42 minutes. But his team lost in an overtime 62-72. He has averaged so far 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 6.0apg in the three games. Petros is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #8. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the league leader BV Chemnitz 99 83-69 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Tzakopoulos recorded 11 points and added 5 passes. He has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg. Tzakopoulos also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #9. Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81, currently plays in France) helped Limoges CSP Elite edge the league outsider Poitiers 67-66 in the French ProA on Monday night. He recorded 9 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Tsamis has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg in the seven games.

   #10. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Akropol in their game against KFUM Blackebergs in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Koutras recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 13 passes. He also added 9 rebounds and 6 steals. This season Koutras has very high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 10.3apg and 4.0spg. Koutras has Greek and Swedish nationalities. Despite his Greek passport, Koutras previously played for the Swedish U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.



KAO Dramas land Dejan Borovnjak - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas (A1) tabbed 26-year old Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-104kg-86, agency: Beo Basket). He already started the season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Lega2. The last season Borovnjak also played at Enel Brindisi in Lega2. In 38 games last year he averaged 13.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (10-11) season Borovnjak played at Aris. In 14 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 19 games in Greek A1 where he had 7.7ppg and 4.3rpg. Borovnjak represented Serbia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 68.6%, FT: 46.2%.
Borovnjak is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Spain (Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014), Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd) and Greece (Panionios).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



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Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 21: M.Magixx - Den Helder K. 82-67
Nov. 21: Leiden - Rotterdam 101-66
Nov. 22: Den Bosch - Groningen
Nov. 22: Leeuwarden - Amsterdam
Nov. 24: Groningen - Leeuwarden
Nov. 24: Den Helder K. - Weert


Tanner Smith, "We have all the pieces to compete for a championship" - by Fred Roggen

I had a change to chat with guard Tanner Smith (195-G-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Clemson) this week and recorded an interview with the former Clemson Tiger. If there is one player who has vaulted himself and his team to the top of the must-watch list in the Dutch Basketball league, it has to be guard Tanner Smith of Landstede Zwolle. As he says in this EuroBasket.com interview, Smith wants to be champ and knows how tough that will be to accomplish. "It's not about money or names, but about how hard you play and how serious you take the game".

In this wide-ranging interview we talked about his basketballcareer and course about "Tanner's Tote", a a non-profit organization that fills tote bags for pre-teens and teens undergoing long term treatment in the hospital.

You grew up in Norcross, Georgia what was your childhood like?
My childhood was extremely different than most. My father had been a dentist, but due to cancer treatment and life threatening Graft vs Host Disease (GVHD) he was unable to continue his practice. With his health problems, my father and I were unable to experience many of the father son activities like shooting the basketball around, throwing the football, going fishing, or anything that forced his to stand for long periods of time. I was also an only child, which taught me to be independent and confident with who I was and what I stood for.

When did you first realize you had a talent for basketball?
My father was a walk-on at Tennessee Tech for his freshman year of college, and ever since I was a little kid, my dad and I both enjoyed basketball. I didn't realize I had a future in it until after my freshman year of high school. Halfway through my freshman year, I began to start on the varsity team with other freshman Howard (Trey) Thompkins, now with the LA Clippers, and Al-farouq Aminu, now with the New Orleans Hornets. With both of these guys on my team, my exposure to college coaches increased and also allowed me to play with one of the top AAU teams in the country, the Georgia Stars. I quit football and baseball after my freshman year and focused all my time on the court. I think that decision really payed off for me.

What were your basketball influences growing up?
The two basketball influences I had growing up were my father and Mark Price. As a young boy growing up in Georgia, Mark Price was considered an icon in the basketball world. He was not only a great player, but a stand up guy and father. He was someone I could model my life after not only on the court but off it as well. Luckily, I have been able to form a great relationship with Mr. Price and his family through my high school and college days. He has been a life altering influence. It is amazing to be able to call my lifelong role model a lifelong friend.

What will you remember about your time at Clemson University the most?
Clemson University was the perfect place for me and my family. I always dreamed of playing in the ACC, but also never imagined I would be good enough to play at that level. The highlights would be the relationships I made with the community, my teammates, and my coaches. I formed relationships with people that I will be in contact with for the rest of my life. Other highlights would be beating every ACC team while I was at Clemson, making the NCAA tournament 3 of my 4 years, playing for a top 10 team, and being able to call Clemson my home.

After 4 years of NCAA basketball with the Clemson Tigers you turned pro last summer. Was that something you always planned to do? And Tanner, how did you end up in Holland?
I have always wanted to play professional basketball. I worked my entire life to fulfill a dream that I set for myself in the fourth grade. Holland seemed like the right fit for me for my first experience as a professional. I have been able to learn what the lifestyle is as a professional and what it takes to compete at an even higher level. My agent and I decided that Holland was the perfect fit for me, and I couldn't be happier with my decision.

How does Coach Van der Belt compare to previous coaches youve had?
The style of basketball we play has been different from my college coaches, but he has helped me to understand the basics of the offense and allowing me to learn in myself at the same time. He treats his players with respect and teaches us to take ownership in the team. It has been a pleasure learning from him.

Now that youve been here for a few months, what are your impressions of the team and the city.
Once again, the situation I have been blessed with has been fantastic. The city of Zwolle is full of history. I can't express how exciting it is to play basketball in a foreign country. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Our team started out slow, but we have started to play better and understand our roles as the season has progressed. We have a great mix of young talent and experience that allows us to compete in every game.

At the age of twelve you started a non-profit company called Tanner's Totes. Tell me about Tanner's Totes.
Tanner's Totes is a non-profit organization that fills tote bags for pre-teens and teens undergoing long term treatment in the hospital. We fill the totes with 60 to 70 worth of new items to help cheer up the patients days in the gloomy hospital rooms. In just ten years, we have delivered over 4,000 tote bags to over 40 hospitals in 25 different states (www.tannerstotes.com). Since we are non-profit, all donations we receive either go into buying the items used in filling the tote, or the shipping costs we acquire when sending totes cross country. The hospital pays nothing; the hospital patient pays nothing. With my father having his illness, we have been able to turn something bad into something good with Tanner's Totes.

Tanner, Understood that a number of children in Zwolle, organize an action "ALLOW CHILDREN WITH CANCER LAUGH, SUPPORT TANNER'S TOTES". Surprised by this initiative?
I was blown away by the initiative the three girls took to raise money for Tanner's Totes. With the holidays around the corner, many children are thinking about what they want, so for 9 year old girls to think of others during this time of the year is truly inspirational.

Has your family been a strong source of support in your life?
My family has been my support group throughout my life. Being an only child, my parents and I are a very close knit group. We have been through countless trials together with my dad's illness, and we come out better for it on the other end. Just a few weeks ago, my father had his left leg amputated. Obviously I was here playing, so the updates from my mom was the only thing connecting me to my family at a difficult time. My father is doing well in his recovery, but it has been difficult to sit here in the Netherlands while my family is going through a rough patch.

Back to basketball, The team is a very close-knit group, how important is that to help bring wins?
Our team chemistry is great. Each player respects what everyone brings to the table. This respect on and off the court allows us to work together at a high level. The trust we have formed in just a few short months will hopefully take us a long way as the season progresses.

What's your mentality when the game is on the line in a pressure situation?
During pressure situations, I remind myself of the hard work I have put in over the years. I know I have prepared for every scenario a game can throw at me. This allows me to play with confidence and provide what the team needs during high pressure situations. There are countless ways to change the outcome of a game and only one is scoring the basketball. You can't always control whether the ball goes in or not, but the energy and effort you bring to the game should be constant no matter what the scenario.

Finally, how far can Landstede Zwolle go this season? Which are the goals for you, personally, and for your team?
I am excited to see where this team will be in a few months. We have all the pieces to compete for a championship. We need to continue to work every day to get better as a team, and for myself, constant improvement is a must if I want to help our team reach the ultimate prize of winning a championship.

Thanks Tanner for the time doing this interview. Wish You and Landstede Zwolle a successful season.




Den Helder Kings adds scorer Ousman Krubally - by Fred Roggen

Den Helder Kings signed forward Ousman Krubally (198-F-88, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia St.) to address the club's need for more scoring punch and athleticism. The contract is for the remainder of the season.
Krubally arrives from London Leopards, where he averaged 20.8ppg, 13.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 68.5% in the United Kindom - EBL last season.
He was named Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Co-Player of the Year 2012.



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EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets closed Round 3 successfully at home - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets- Kormend 95:64

EWE Baskets closed Round 3 successfully at home with the win over Kormend. The German side improved to 3-0 record after an easy 95:64 win. The Hungarian team meanwhile remained winless in Group F.
EWE Baskets had no problems taking the lead and won all the quarters of the game. They led 23-13 after the first quarter and added 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won the third period 28-19 and finished the game with 24-17 in the last stanza.
Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) and Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) followed them with 12 points apiece. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) scored 21 points in defeat and Matt Shaw (203-F-88, college: UNLV) added 16. Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 14 in the losing effort.

EWE Baskets: Rickey Paulding 15, Robin Smeulders 15, Chris Kramer 12, Julius Jenkins 12


Kormend: Zvonko Buljan 21, Matt Shaw 16, Csaba Ferencz 14



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  IBA   

Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 7-0 
 2. Kenosha B. 6-1 
 3. Rockford RD 3-5 
 4. Holland Dream 2-2 
 5. St.Louis T. 2-3 
 6. Gary Splash 2-5 
 7. Battle Creek K. 1-4 
 8. Lansing C. 0-1 
 9. Lake County S. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 21: Battle Creek K. - Holland Dream
Nov. 24: Battle Creek K. - Kenosha B.
Nov. 24: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.
Nov. 24: Kankakee S. - Gary Splash



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UCC Demons 8-0 
 2. UL Eagles 7-1 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 4-4 
 4. DCU Saints 3-5 
 5. UCD Marian 3-5 
 6. Ballon Inter 2-5 
 7. Moycullen 2-5 
 8. Killester 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 24: UL Eagles - UCC Demons
Nov. 24: B.Gais Neptune - DCU Saints
Nov. 24: Moycullen - Killester
Nov. 25: UCD Marian - Killester

Round 5

Nov. 23: Ballon Inter - UL Eagles


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen24.9 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles23.3 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.22.3 
 4. Galvin, UCD Marian21.9 
 5. Glover, DCU Saints16.9 
 6. Statkus, Ballon I.16.4 
 7. Killeen, UL Eagles15.4 
 8. Coughlan, UCC D.14.1 
 9. Cuffe, UCC Demons13.4 
 10. O''Sullivan, UCC D.12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.13.3 
 3. Sullivan, Moycullen13.0 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.10.6 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles10.3 
 6. Statkus, Ballon I.8.6 
 7. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.9 
 8. Quill, DCU Saints7.3 
 9. Foley, UCD Marian7.3 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.6 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.6 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles4.7 
 4. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.4 
 5. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.9 
 6. Lyons, Moycullen3.5 
 7. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.1 
 8. Anderson, DCU S.3.0 
 9. Cuffe, UCC Demons3.0 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles3.1 
 2. Anderson, DCU S.2.6 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.3 
 4. Kinevane, UL Eagl.2.1 
 5. Quill, DCU Saints2.0 
 6. Drumm, UCD Marian2.0 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
 8. Townes, B.Gais N.2.0 
 9. Sullivan, Moycullen1.9 
 10. Summers, Killester1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.6 
 2. Stapleton, B.Gais2.3 
 3. Trimmer, DCU S.1.5 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.5 
 5. Townes, B.Gais N.1.4 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles1.3 
 7. Quigley, UL Eagles1.2 
 8. Provizors, DCU S.1.2 
 9. Statkus, Ballon I.0.8 
 10. Cuffe, UCC Demons0.8 


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

24-year old forward John Galvin (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 22 rebounds, while his team crushed Killester (#8, 2-6) with 23-point margin 84-61. UCD Marian is placed at 5th position in Irish league. UCD Marian is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. Galvin turned to be UCD Marian's top player in his first season with the team. Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Galvin. Galvin is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.9ppg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 64.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kenton Walker (203-F) of top-ranked UCC Demons. He is American forward in his first season at UCC Demons. In the last game Walker recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead UCC Demons to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Moycullen (#7, 2-5) 96-66. Of course UCC Demons still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and UCC Demons managed to win all 8 games keeping perfect record. Walker is a newcomer at UCC Demons and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Robert Taylor (188-G-83) of league's second-best UL Eagles. Taylor showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of UL Eagles, leading his team to a 72-56 easy win against #4 ranked DCU Saints in a game of the week. UL Eagles is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 7-1 record is not that bad... Taylor has a great season in Ireland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.7apg (3rd best). He also has 3.1spg, FGP: 58.9% and 3PT: 44.4%. Taylor attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Sullivan (201-F) of Moycullen - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aurimas Statkus (201-F/C-81) of Ballon Inter - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mindaugas Tamusauskas (203-F-83) of Ballon Inter - 13 points and 17 rebounds
7. Darren Townes (201-F-86) of B.Gais Neptune - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Shane Coughlan (188-G-79) of UCC Demons - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 9 points and 14 rebounds

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



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EuroChallenge: Hapoel outscore Antwerp in Holon - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Antwerp 88:64

Hapoel outscore Antwerp in Holon for 2-1 record in Group H, The Israeli team closed the third round with 88:64 win. Antwerp meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record in the third place.
Hapoel Holon started the game with 17-11 but led only 1-point advantage at the halftime. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) sent the teams to the lockers at 33:32 and then Antwerp however took the advantage of the game. They led in the whole third period, while again Jerome Dyson tied the game at 53:53 at the end of the quarter. Hapoel Holon erupted with 35-11 in the last stanza for the final result.
Sean Daniel (197-F-89) and Jerome Dyson top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) added 15. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) notched 12 and Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) nailed 11. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Jason Love (206-F/C-87, college: Xavier) posted 11, whilst Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) and Lamarcus Reed (195-G/F-88, college: Texas Arlington) had 9 each.

Hapoel Holon: Sean Daniel 18, Jerome Dyson 18, Shlomi Harush 15, Frank Hassell 12, Lawrence Hill 11
Antwerp: Bryan Hopkins 16, Gregg Thondique 12+14 rebs, Jason Love 11, Ralph Biggs 9, Lamarcus Reed 9



EuroCup: Hapoel Jerusalem brush by Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Jerusalem - Budivelnyk 81:67

Hapoel Jerusalem registered the first win in EuroCup season. They knocked down visiting Budivelnyk tonight. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners.
Hapoel ensured a strong start to the game. The hosts established a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. The Israeli team extended the margin in the second quarter. Hapoel erupted for 27 points in the second term to gain a 49:33 halftime lead. Budivelnyk stopped the rot in the third quarter. The Kyiv team adjusted their defence and cut the margin to just 8 points at the final intermission. But Hapoel picked up the tempo in the fourth term and marched to the victory at the end. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) netted 17 points, while Raviv Limonad (191-SG-84) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 18 points and 8 boards for Budivelnyk. Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) had 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Hapoel Jerusalem: Craig Smith 18, Josh Duncan 17, Raviv Limonad 13
Budivelnyk: Leo Lyons 18, Artur Drozdov 12



Ramone Moore leaves Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

23-year old American guard Ramone Moore (193-86kg-89, college: Temple) left Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League).
Moore just graduated from Temple University and it is his first season in pro basketball. His team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season.
Moore received All-Atlantic 10 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Moore has played also in Italy (Angelico Biella).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Winner League Round 6: GreenTops Netanya loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There was a change at the Winner League leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader GreenTops Netanya (5-1). They were defeated by fourth ranked Maccabi Haifa (4-2) 94-86 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. Maccabi Haifa forced 19 GreenTops Netanya turnovers and outrebounded them 40-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 26 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) chipped in 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat and Hapoel T-A. GreenTops Netanya at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Maccabi T-A who have the same record. GreenTops Netanya will play next round against Galil Gilboa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Haifa will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Maccabi Ashdod on the road.
Very significant was Maccabi T-A's (#3) 79-68 road victory against second-best Hapoel Eilat. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. It was a key game for the top position in the league. International Lior Eliyahu (206-85) notched 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Malcolm Thomas supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Eilat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (5-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Netanya. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel T-A. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel Holon (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Galil Gilboa (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (4-2) 72-62 on Monday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Demontez Stitt who scored 21 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Kenny Hayes who recorded 14 points. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to third place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Eilat. Loser Galil Gilboa still closes the standings with six games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet at home Hapoel Eilat (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Galil Gilboa will play against the league's second-placed GreenTops Netanya (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 6 Hapoel J-M won against Hapoel Holon on the opponent's court 76-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 11 rebounds by Deron Washington of Netanya.


Galil Gilboa - Hapoel T-A 62-72

Bottom-ranked Galil Gilboa (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (4-2) 72-62 on Monday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Galil Gilboa managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel Tel-Aviv won last quarter 18-9. They also forced 19 Galil Gilboa turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) who recorded 14 points and forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to third place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Eilat. Loser Galil Gilboa still closes the standings with six games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet at home Hapoel Eilat (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Galil Gilboa will play against the league's second-placed GreenTops Netanya (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: K.Hayes 14+2reb+3ast, A.Simhon 11+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 9+1reb+3ast, Y.Green 6+4reb+1ast, R.Sanders 6+6reb+2ast, M.Watt 6+8reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 21+4reb+4ast, G.Eytan 12+1reb+1ast, C.Kelly 11+6reb, M.Naor 10+3reb+1ast, B.Timor 8+2reb+5ast, J.Allen 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 192948


Hapoel Holon - Hapoel J-M 68-76

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Hapoel Holon (3-3) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Hapoel J-M (3-3) 76-68 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-68. The best player for the winners was American Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hapoel J-M players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) who recorded 22 points and his fellow American import forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) added 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively. Hapoel J-M have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Hapoel Holon. Hapoel J-M will meet at home Ironi Ashkelon (#11) in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 22+3reb+3ast, T.Smith 14+4reb+5ast, F.Hassell 11+15reb, L.Hill 6+6reb, S.Harush 5+1reb, Z.Rosen 5+2reb+3ast
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 14+4reb+1ast, C.Smith 13+5reb+2ast, E.Kadir 11+8reb+3ast, J.Pullen 10+3reb+4ast, D.Grunfeld 10+3reb, C.Fells 9+11reb+4ast
gschID: 192946


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi T-A 68-79

Very significant was Maccabi T-A's (#3) 79-68 road victory against second-best Hapoel Eilat. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. International Lior Eliyahu (206-85) notched 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Eilat. His fellow American import forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (5-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Netanya. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel T-A. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel Holon (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: S.Hopson 22+6reb+3ast, J.Tillman 17+8reb+2ast, E.Holman 14+6reb, A.Freeman 8+1reb+2ast, A.Nissim 4+3ast, E.Skverer 3+3reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 18+6reb+6ast, R.Hickman 17+5reb, D.Smith 16+2ast, M.Thomas 15+7reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 4+5reb+5ast, M.Roth 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 192943


Maccabi Haifa - Netanya 94-86

There was a change at the Winner League leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader GreenTops Netanya (5-1). They were defeated by fourth ranked Maccabi Haifa (4-2) 94-86 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of GreenTops Netanya. Maccabi Haifa forced 19 GreenTops Netanya turnovers and outrebounded them 40-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 26 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) chipped in 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Maccabi Haifa and five GreenTops Netanya players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat and Hapoel T-A. GreenTops Netanya at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Maccabi T-A who have the same record. GreenTops Netanya will play next round against Galil Gilboa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Haifa will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Maccabi Ashdod on the road.
Top scorers:
Netanya: R.Bradley 19+5reb+7ast, D.Washington 18+11reb+2ast, Y.Orland 15+2reb+2ast, E.Shulman 12, J.Mitchell 12+1reb+2ast, M.Killingsworth 10+2reb
Maccabi Haifa: D.Smith 26+4reb+4ast, P.Stoll 17+4reb+7ast, J.Thomas 15+11reb+2ast, P.Calathes 13+9reb+5ast, C.Carr 11+2reb+2ast, A.Shoutvin 8+1reb
gschID: 192945



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Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 9-2 
 2. Matera 8-2 
 3. Treviglio 7-2 
 4. Firenze 7-3 
 5. Castelletto 7-3 
 6. Agrigento 7-3 
 7. Lucca 7-3 
 8. Bari 5-5 
 9. Chieti 4-6 
 10. Ferrara 4-6 
 11. Recanati 4-6 
 12. Omegna 4-6 
 13. Casalpusterlengo 3-6 
 14. San Severo 3-7 
 15. Latina Basket 3-7 
 16. Perugia 3-7 
 17. Mirandola 3-8 
 18. Reggio Calabr. 1-9 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 21: Firenze - Reggio Calabr. 88-65
Nov. 21: Torino - Chieti 77-61
Nov. 21: Ferrara - Omegna 74-62
Nov. 21: Recanati - Lucca 71-77
Nov. 21: Bari - Mirandola 65-71
Nov. 21: Bologna - Perugia
Nov. 21: Casalpusterlengo - Treviglio
Nov. 21: San Severo - Latina Basket
Nov. 21: Matera - Agrigento


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.1 
 2. Ferrarese, Trevigl.18.4 
 3. Casadei, Firenze18.3 
 4. Ruggiero, Bari16.7 
 5. Pierini, Recanati16.5 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.16.4 
 7. Circosta, Bologna16.4 
 8. Parente, Lucca16.4 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.16.2 
 10. Reati, Treviglio15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.11.9 
 2. Rossi, Chieti9.7 
 3. Ihedioha, Castelle.9.3 
 4. Benfatto, Ferrara8.8 
 5. Raminelli, Bologna8.7 
 6. Mancin, Mirandola8.7 
 7. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.6 
 8. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.2 
 9. Bonessio, Bari8.2 
 10. Bisconti, Bari7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Losi, Mirandola6.2 
 2. Piazza, Bologna5.6 
 3. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 4. Simoncelli, Castel.4.4 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze4.2 
 6. Rajola, Chieti4.1 
 7. Ferrarese, Trevigl.4.1 
 8. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.3 
 9. Cantone, Matera3.1 
 10. Santolamazza, Lat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Davide PARENTE
  Lucca
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Parente, Lucca4.1 
 2. Piazza, Bologna3.8 
 3. Tavernelli, Latina3.7 
 4. Capitanelli, Firen.3.6 
 5. Spizzichini, Ferra.3.6 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.5 
 7. Barsanti, Lucca3.4 
 8. Maggio, San Severo3.3 
 9. Vico, Matera3.2 
 10. Casadei, Firenze3.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.3 
 2. Raminelli, Bologna1.7 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.3 
 4. Gagliardo, Latina1.1 
 5. Casadei, Firenze0.8 
 6. Pazzi, Castelletto0.8 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola0.8 
 9. Chiarello, Perugia0.7 
 10. Spizzichini, Ferr.0.7 


EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda better Sassari in high-scoring affair - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Sassari 116:104

Crvena Zvezda remain undefeated in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian team knocked down visiting Sassari to take 3-0 record on top of the standings. Banco di Sardegna fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) dropped 28 points and issued 7 assists to lead the hosts.
Sassari and Crvena Zvezda got to a flying start to the game. They teamed up for 64 points in the first quarter. Sassari eked out a 33:31 lead. Crvena Zvezda took over in the second frame. They slowed down the visitors and pulled ahead for a 57:54 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda unleashed 33 points in the third term to accumulate a 12-point advantage 90:78. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Crvena Zvezda stayed in charge marching to the win. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) chipped in 22 points, while Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) added 11 points each for the hosts. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) answered with 33 points for Sassari. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) delivered 17 points for the winning team.

Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 28, Elton Brown 22, Rasko Katic 11, Bojan Subotic 11
Sassari: Marvis Thornton 33, Michal Ignerski 17



Vanoli Cremona cut coach Attilio Caja - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (SerieA) cut 51-year old coach Attilio Caja.
The last season Caja coached at Vanoli Cremona.
His team made it to the SerieA Semifinals in 2008.
Caja has coached previously another Italian team: Lottomatica Roma.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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EuroCup: Triumph snatch victory in Riga - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Triumph 84:91

Triumph clinched a road win in Riga in the third round of EuroCup regular season tonight. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) tallied impressive 32 points, 6 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals to pace the Russian team.
Triumph dominated in the opening stanza. The visitors posted a 20:11 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Triumph dropped 28 points in the second period as the margin grew at 14-point mark. But VEF Riga refused to give up. The hosts unloaded 25 points in the third stanza and narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark 59:63 with ten minutes to go. Triumph however poured in 28 points in the fourth quarter and left VEF Riga behind. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 19 points, while Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) topscored with 23 points for VEF Riga. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) netted 14 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans 23, Earl Rowland 14
Triumph: Tywain McKee 32, Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 17



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 21: Byblos - Champville 80-77
Nov. 21: Sagesse - Bejjeh 107-71
Nov. 22: Anibal - Antranik
Nov. 22: Hoops - Moutahed
Nov. 23: Amchit - Al Riyadi


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Sagesse
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Harper, Sagesse29.8 
 2. Blair, Hoops25.0 
 3. Salyers, Moutahed24.8 
 4. Terry, Champville24.6 
 5. Khatib, Champville24.6 
 6. Sims, Sagesse24.2 
 7. Gray, Anibal24.0 
 8. Gadson, Antranik23.5 
 9. Williams, Bejjeh22.8 
 10. Accaoui, Anibal22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Fraser, Byblos15.0 
 2. Johnson, Anibal12.3 
 3. Bawji, Moutahed12.0 
 4. Salyers, Moutahed11.5 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi10.8 
 6. Luca, Hoops10.7 
 7. Ampim, Antranik10.3 
 8. Jones, Champville10.0 
 9. Jamison, Bejjeh9.4 
 10. Sims, Sagesse9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Sagesse
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Akl, Sagesse6.0 
 2. Blair, Hoops6.0 
 3. Fahed, Moutahed5.5 
 4. Zaloum, Antranik5.3 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.3 
 6. Johnson, Amchit5.0 
 7. Accaoui, Anibal5.0 
 8. Khoury, Amchit4.8 
 9. Gadson, Antranik4.5 
 10. Khatib, Champville4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pape SOW
  Amchit
  (207-F-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sow, Amchit4.3 
 2. Johnson, Amchit3.8 
 3. Williams, Bejjeh3.2 
 4. Blair, Hoops2.5 
 5. Zaloum, Antranik2.5 
 6. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.3 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos2.2 
 8. Gray, Anibal2.0 
 9. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 10. Kassem, Bejjeh2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Anibal
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Anibal3.3 
 2. Jones, Champville2.5 
 3. Fakhreddine, Hoops2.3 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi2.0 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.8 
 7. Fraser, Byblos1.4 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed1.3 
 9. Haji, Antranik1.3 
 10. Terry, Champville1.2 



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EuroCup: Rudupis knock down Nymburk in Prienai - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Nymburk 84:66

Rudupis earned the second win in EuroCup regular season Group A. They shot down Nymburk at home court to improve at 2-1 record. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from the home team.
Prienai went on a 9:0 run early in the game to set the tone. Nymburk however cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the first break 17:21. However Prienai ignited an 8:0 run in the second term to accumulate a 51:34 halftime advantage. Nymburk cut the deficit in the third stanza. The Czech champions entered the fourth stanza trailing by 11 points 53:64. Prienai dropped 20 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) accounted for 15 points each for the home team. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Rudupis: Zygimantas Janavicius 16, Arminas Urbutis 15, Gediminas Orelikas 15
Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 19, Jiri Welsch 12



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Trying 2 Stay Alive - by Brandon Roberson


Cao to all my good people out here in Montenegro and hello Eurobasket. Sorry I havent blogged in a couple of weeks, I have been really busy or too tired to even think about blogging. Well let me tell you how team IBAR is doing so far being that its the clubs first time competing in the top league A1 League. After the first 5 games of the season, we are now 2-3 tied for 5th place with three other clubs. Lately we've won two games in a row one of those wins was against Lovcen at home in the first round of the Montenegro cup games, as a team we played great together a lot of my teammates really stepped up on the defensive end and made shots. Lately most of the teams are now doubling me or sending two defenders at me soon as I cross half court and when my teammates step up like they did it will be pretty tough trying to beat us, especially at home in Rozaje. For the fans, this was the first time I have seen our fans come out in full force to support what we have here in Rozaje.

I can say for myself that they are one of the main reasons why we pulled off the upset over Lovcen. And just a few days later we had our 5th league game at home against KK Center (thats like a rivalry game since we are just a hour apart from each other. The fans really packed the house that night). Center gave us a pretty tough game since they still had no wins under their belt coming in. It took us until the late 4th quarter to put them away for good, but it was a really great game. The fans were just awesome. I have never seen anything like it. They were chanting my name during the game (that had me fired up).

After the game it was like a big party outside the gym. All of the fans stayed until we came out of the locker room to show us even more support and love, they even picked me up and carried me around the parking lot for a few seconds (at that moment I really felt like a rock star lol). That one moment was something I will never forget in my life.

In the meantime Im currently still leading the league in scoring and in index points. In 5 games Im averaging 30.6mpg 22.5ppg 2.2apg 2spg and shooting a blazing shooting percentage from the field. 2ptFG 63.4% (26/41) 3ptFG 55% (11/20) FT 78.1% (25/32) Im a true believer in hard work and I can tell that it is paying off. All of those 4am wake up calls, heading to the gym while most players are probably still asleep, at the gym working on my game putting up game like shots are all paying off. I take a lot of pride in shooting and ball handling drills because as a guard if you can master both of those you will most likely always have a job playing somewhere on a professional team. You tell me, who wouldn't want a player that can knock down shots and handle the rock? To me thats a dream playmaker to have on the roster.

Before I go I want to say Happy early Thanksgiving to my family and friends back home in America and a special s/o to my home town Rosharon, Texas. I hope you all enjoy and have a safe holiday. Dont worry about me the only thing I will be missing and wanting is the honey roasted ham and turkey legs with my grandmas favorite dressing mmmmm! Yall just dont know thats some good eating, but I will be here in Montenegro grinding as usual.

God Bless!



Nemanja Milosevic moved to Bulgaria - by Darko Pekic

Nemanja Milosevic (204-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) is the new name on the Tundja Yambol roster. The power forward/center comes from Mornar Bar, where he started the 2012/13 season. Milosevic grew up in Buducnost Podgorica and has played in the junior national team of Montenegro.

The big guy is a graduate of Western Kentucky, and returning to Europe, went back to Buducnost. With the Montenegrin powerhouse he won the title and the Cup in the country, and participated in Adriatic League Final Four twice in a row.



Balkan League: Teodo is unstoppable - by Darko Pekic

Probably nobody in basketball club Teodo Tivat, newcomer in Balkan League, have expected that the youngest club in the League would hold the position number one in their group after four rounds played with 4-0 record. And it happened yesterday after Teodo defeated one of the strongest Bulgarian clubs, Rilski Sportist, a club with bigger budget and tradition than Teodo (84-74).

Teodo had the better start and took the early lead but after the middle of the first quarter Rilski started to play differently. The hosts built a 7-point early lead but after a 6-0 run the visitors tied the score. In the third quarter both sides were very evenly matched and none of them could take a big lead. Still Teodo managed to pull away shortly before the end of the 30 minutes and the team had 62-57 advantage. With three minutes played in the last quarter the hosts went up by 10 points. From then on they controlled the game as in the middle of the quarter they led by 14 points. Until the end the lead went up to 17 and Teodo had no problems to finish the game.

Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) was the top scorer for the winners with 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) had 18 and 9 while Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) added a double double with 16 and 11. For the visitors Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds while Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) had 14 points.



Cherkasy let Koljevic go - by Eurobasket News

SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague) cut 28-year old Montenegrin international point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84, agency: New Trend Agency). In 12 Superleague games he played this season he averaged 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg.
The last season Koljevic played at Cherkasy. In 11 Superleague games he had 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.8apg and 1.2spg.
The previous (10-11) season Koljevic played at PGE Turow in Polish TBL. In 18 games he had 7.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to League All-Star Game. Koljevics team won Polish League Supercup. He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 two years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5apg.
Koljevic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Trikalla), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Ural Great), Spain (Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket), Turkey (Bornova), Poland (Polpharma).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 8-2 
 2. Philadelph.76 7-5 
 3. Brooklyn N. 6-4 
 4. Boston C. 6-6 
 5. Toronto R. 3-9 
Central Div.
 1. Milwaukee B. 6-4 
 2. Indiana P. 6-7 
 3. Chicago B. 5-6 
 4. Cleveland C. 3-8 
 5. Detroit P. 2-10 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 9-3 
 2. Atlanta H. 6-4 
 3. Charlotte B. 6-4 
 4. Orlando M. 4-7 
 5. Washington W. 0-10 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 9-3 
 2. Denver N. 6-6 
 3. Utah Jazz 6-6 
 4. Minnesota T. 5-5 
 5. Portland TB 5-6 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 8-3 
 2. Golden St.W. 7-5 
 3. LA Lakers 6-6 
 4. Phoenix Suns 5-7 
 5. Sacramento K. 3-8 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 9-3 
 2. Memphis G. 8-2 
 3. Dallas M. 7-6 
 4. Houston R. 5-7 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 23

Nov. 21: Charlotte B. - Toronto R. 98-97
Nov. 21: Minnesota T. - Denver N. 94-101
Nov. 21: Houston R. - Chicago B. 93-89
Nov. 21: Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76 92-83
Nov. 21: Orlando M. - Detroit P. 90-74
Nov. 21: Oklah.City T. - LA Clippers 117-111 OT
Nov. 21: Indiana P. - N.Orleans H. 115-107 OT
Nov. 21: Phoenix Suns - Portland TB 114-87
Nov. 21: Dallas M. - New York K. 114-111
Nov. 21: Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 113-97
Nov. 21: Miami Heat - Milwaukee B. 113-106 OT
Nov. 21: Golden St.W. - Brooklyn N. 102-93
Nov. 21: Atlanta H. - Washington W. 101-100 OT
Nov. 21: Boston C. - San Antonio S. 100-112

Regular Season: Round 24

Nov. 23: Charlotte B. - Atlanta H.
Nov. 23: Orlando M. - Cleveland C.
Nov. 23: Boston C. - Oklah.City T.
Nov. 23: Brooklyn N. - LA Clippers
Nov. 23: Detroit P. - Toronto R.
Nov. 23: Indiana P. - San Antonio S.
Nov. 23: Memphis G. - LA Lakers
Nov. 23: Houston R. - New York K.
Nov. 23: Denver N. - Golden St.W.
Nov. 23: Utah Jazz - Sacramento K.
Nov. 23: Phoenix Suns - N.Orleans H.
Nov. 23: Portland TB - Minnesota T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.25.4 
 3. James, Miami Heat24.8 
 4. Harden, Houston R.24.5 
 5. Anthony, New Y.24.1 
 6. Irving, Cleveland22.9 
 7. Mayo, Dallas M.22.2 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..20.8 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.3 
 10. Ellis, Milwaukee20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zach RANDOLPH
  Memph.
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Randolph, Memph.13.8 
 2. Varejao, Clevelan.13.7 
 3. Jefferson, Utah J.12.0 
 4. Asik, Houston R.11.8 
 5. Faried, Denver N.11.5 
 6. Howard, LA Lakers11.5 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.6 
 9. Duncan, San A.10.4 
 10. Durant, Oklah.Ci.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.2 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.9 
 3. Holiday, Philadel.8.6 
 4. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn8.2 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.2 
 8. Parker, San A.7.5 
 9. Jennings, Milwauke.7.5 
 10. Dragic, Phoenix7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JENNINGS
  Milwauke.
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Jennings, Milwauke.3.3 
 2. Walker, Charlott.2.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 4. Ariza, Washingt.2.2 
 5. Kidd, New York K.2.1 
 6. Dragic, Phoenix2.1 
 7. Lawson, Denver N.2.1 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.2.0 
 9. Batum, Portland TB2.0 
 10. Leonard, San A.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.4 
 2. Hibbert, Indiana P.3.2 
 3. Gortat, Phoenix2.8 
 4. Howard, LA Lakers2.7 
 5. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.5 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.4 
 7. Jordan, LA Clippers2.3 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 9. Favors, Utah Jazz2.2 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 


Interview With Tulsa 66ers First Round Pick Dominique Sutton - by Allen Waters

Dominique Sutton has lived an interesting life, to say the least. His standout AAU days led him to Kansas State, where he played with Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, to a transfer back home to Durham to small MEAC school NC Central, where he sacrificed big time basketball for his family. The 65 shooting guard averaged over 16 points and seven rebounds per game in his senior season and was able to get some predraft workouts for different NBA teams.

After being undrafted in the June NBA portion of the draft, Sutton was recently taken 6th overall by the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, whose regular season tips off this Friday, with the chance to get the call up to the NBA and play for its parent club, the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this space, I ask Sutton about his unique and interesting journey into professional basketball.

SprungOnSports- It may not be the NBA just yet, but give me your thoughts on playing for Tulsa in the D-League.

Dominique Sutton- I think its a good thing. People are dissing the D-League, but its an opportunity to go where Ill get the attention to fundamentals to work on different concepts. Its not about my jump shot, its about building confidence. I used to get down when I missed one or two shots. Im looking forward to getting more reps.

SOS- How did it feel to get picked so high up in the draft, and what happened when you got the call?

DS- It definitely surprised me. I was just excited to even get drafted. Im not totally sure how the process worked, but Im excited to play some basketball. Brandon Barnett (the Thunders director of minor league operations) called me while I was following the draft online. I was hearing from a lot of different teams, but Tulsa wasnt one of them.

I worked out for OKC a couple of weeks before the NBA draft, but then got injured in a workout with the Nets as part of six workouts in 10 days before the draft. The Thunder back in June said they had liked me a lot and said theyd like me in the D-League. They kept everything on the down low and didnt really say anything until they took me.

They definitely see something in me so I can improve on some things. This is one of the NBA teams Id want to play for out of all of them because of their facilities and how they carry themselves the right way, though Id love any opportunity to play in the NBA. Its definitely a blessing to have a chance to play in the U.S., where youre from.

SOS- What was it like playing with Michael Beasley at Kansas State, when he was one of the hottest players in the country and ultimately the second overall pick?

DS- Me and Mike go way back to when we were teammates on the DC Assault in AAU [Sutton was also an AAU teammate of Austin Freeman and Nolan Smith]. He was one of the reasons why I went with K-State over other schools. It was me, Mike and Bill Walker. We had a full starting lineup of freshmen and we were one of the first teams to start the trend before John Calipari and Kentucky. We made history as freshmen by beating Kansas (at home in 2008 for the first time in 24 years) and it was a great experience.

SOS- What was it like playing for Frank Martin, one of the bigger personalities in college hoops?

DS- Hes a cool guy. Very family oriented off the court but once you step on the hardwood, his whole demeanor changes. People always see him yelling and screaming, but the majority of the time we needed it. Wed go out and do some crazy things and he was a calm, cool and collected guy. But always very competitive.

SOS- Why did you end up transferring back home to NC Central?

DS- I left Kansas State for family reasons. My daughter has asthma and other health difficulties and I really just wanted to be able to see her and get closer to home. She was the main reason. [The NCAA did not clear Sutton for a family hardship and he had to sit out a year.] They thought I left just because.

SOS- And how was transitioning from major college basketball to one of the smallest Division I leagues?

DS- It was definitely a culture change from a BCS school to an HBCU like NC Central. It was a drop in the level of basketball, but it was still the same breed. Every team puts on their jerseys the same way. People were struck by playing Duke, NC State or Indiana, but they lace the shoes up the same way. But it was still definitely different. Having played in the NCAA Tournament before, I took on more of a leadership role in my senior year.

SOS- After you finished your college career, did you know what you were going to do and what was next?

DS- I honestly didnt know. I was just looking to play pro ball and getting paid to do something I love. Once you see a couple of NBA scouts at practices and you go to workouts, getting to the NBA is always in the back of your mind. Getting drafted was a huge step for me. Nothing was really ever given to me and I always stayed with it. Ive always been an under-the-radar guy and I have to take advantage of every opportunity given to me.

SOS- How would you describe your game and how do you think youre going to fit in with the 66ers?

DS- The style of my game is as a scrappy player and a hard worker. I can score without the ball and I get after it at each and every possession.

SOS- Tell me why you think you have a future in the NBA.

DS- I think I do a majority of the things that most people looking to make the league wont do. I can guard the one through the four, and Im a very scrappy player. I do the work no one even thinks about doing. I can make things happen without having the ball and hopefully I get a professional opportunity.


Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central)



The Celtics released Darko Milicic - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics released 27-year old Serbian ex-international center Darko Milicic (212-111kg-85). But in only one NBA game he played this season he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
In 2003 Milicic was drafted by Detroit Pistons as #2 pick overall.
He played in the final of NBA in 2005. Milicic also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Spain five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 14.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, 3.3bpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 0.0%, FT: 52.6%.
Milicic has played previously for five other NBA teams: LA Clippers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Anderson comes back to The Spurs - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) inked 23-year old guard James Anderson (198-98kg-89, college: Oklahoma State). Its actually his comeback to the Spurs as he played here before. Anderson played recently at Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Two years ago Anderson was drafted by the Spurs in first round (20th overall). He attended Oklahoma State until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball (including missed ones). Anderson won NBA Southwest Division championship title for two years in a row (2011 and 2012).
He received All-Big 12 Player of the Year award, USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team award and NABC Division I All-District 8 1st Team award in 2010 at his college time. Anderson represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 53.3%.
Anderson has played previously for Austin Toros.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



Wednesday full of 14 games - by Eurobasket News

Oklah.City T. - LA Clippers 117-111 OT
OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant made six of his 35 points in overtime Wednesday in bringing Oklahoma City a 117-111 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers. All six of those overtime points came at the foul line, where Durant was 19-of-21 for the game. The Thunder went 34-of-39 from the charity stripe overall while ending the Clippers' six-game winning streak. Los Angeles scored the final points of regulation on a Matt Barnes layup with 39 seconds remaining. The Clippers became the last team in the NBA this season to lose a road game, having won their first three away from home. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) added 23 points with nine assists and Serge Ibaka contributed 15 points for the Thunder. The Clippers were led by 23 points from Blake Griffin. Chris Paul made only 2-of-14 shots from the field and scored nine points. Los Angeles was going after its first seven-game winning streak in 21 years. Courtesy of: www.upi.com

Golden St.W. - Brooklyn N. 102-93
OAKLAND, Calif.-Klay Thompson made two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 23 points during a pivotal run late in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-93 on Wednesday night. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 20 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while Stephen Curry had 25 points for Golden State. The Warriors trailed by as much as 13 in the first half and didn't take their first lead until Carl Landry's layup with 2:42 left in the third, but outshot the Nets down the stretch and pulled away for their fourth win in five games. It was a good night all around for Golden State and came on the heels of news that 7-foot center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) will return to practice Monday. Brook Lopez scored 22 Golden State Warriors' David Lee, left, shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Kris Humphries (43) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. ( (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)) www.denverpost.com/termsofuse

Boston C. - San Antonio S. 100-112
The Celtics came within 90 seconds of becoming only the second team in the last 25 years to fail to record an offensive rebound - against the only other team do so. Only the Spurs won when they did it on Jan. 23, 2002. This time around, the C's lost, 112-100. Rajon Rondo (22 points, 15 assists) did his best to breathe life into a Celtics team seemingly already suffering a Thanksgiving Day tryptophan hangover, contributing to 19 of the C's final 21 points. Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) broke his string of 19 straight when he mercifully tipped in an offensive rebound with 1:28 remaining. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) (19 points), Kevin Garnett (14 points) and Jeff Green combined for just three rebounds. Meanwhile, Tim Duncan totaled 20 points and 15 boards. Courtesy of: celticsblog.com

Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 113-97
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 23 points, Tyreke Evans had 18 and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the lethargic Los Angeles Lakers 113-97 on Wednesday night. Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider) added 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Kings take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter and cement the latest Lakers setback. Los Angeles had won three straight and seemed to be turning things around under new coach Mike D'Antoni. Instead, the Lakers looked lost and listless against the Western Conference's worst team, showing all the same problems that got Mike Brown fired. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) scored 38 points on 11 of 20 shooting and Jodie Meeks had 15 points off the bench as D'Antoni lost for the first time on the Lakers bench. Courtesy of: www.sfgate.com

Houston R. - Chicago B. 93-89
Looking at the box score this might be the ugliest game of the season. The two teams combined for 37 turnovers to go along with 13 blocked shots. And you know what, watching the game pretty much backs that thought. Houston was able to win tonight because Nate Robinson would not stop shooting the ball. Sure his quick six points early in the fourth allowed the Bulls to get back in this one, but once he hit those he thought he was Reggie Miller, chucking three-pointers for no apparent reason. Would Thibodeau have put Kirk Hinrich back in the result might not have changed, but somebody else would have had to give the game away. Of course, it doesn't help Chicago that Joakim Noah completely disappeared on the offensive end in the fourth quarter. Heck, he didn't score a single point in the second half. He was held in check by Omer Asik for the entirety of the fourth and had the Bulls' best chance at staying alive late blocked by Asik. It seems Chicago is missing Asik a bit, but they're missing Rose more. Houston did do a few things right, however. Patrick Patterson put in a season-high 20 points, Chandler Parsons had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds and James Harden's 8-14 scoring equated to 28 points. In all it was a sloppy but well-earned win for the Rockets, and a disaster of a game for the Bulls. Their offense can go beyond stagnant at times. Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com

Miami Heat - Milwaukee B. 113-106 OT
MIAMI -- The night started with the Miami Heat paying tribute to Udonis Haslem, who became the franchise's career rebounding leader in the first quarter. Maybe, then, it was fitting that rebounds became a necessary theme the rest of the way for the Heat. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 more points in his return from injury and the Heat scored the first six points of overtime on the way to beating the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Wednesday night. Chris Bosh had 24 points and 18 rebounds, his most rebounds in a Heat uniform. James also had eight assists, and Ray Allen scored 17 points for the Heat, who moved to 5-0 at home - even after wasting an early 18-point lead and having to rally from seven points down in the final minutes of regulation. "We've got to just continue to get better," James said. "We came out for a quarter and a half and played some good basketball and then we kind of got laxed offensively, had some turnovers and let them get back into the game. But I guess we like close games - and figure out a way to execute down the stretch." The Bucks took 109 shots, their most in a game since March 8, 2003. They shot just 42 percent for the game, and 33 percent in overtime. John Henson (6'11''-F-90, college: N.Carolina) came off the bench to finish with 17 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) scored 19 points on 9-for-25 shooting for the Bucks, who got 16 from Mike Dunleavy, 11 from Tobias Harris and 10 from Samuel Dalembert. "LeBron made some big plays, got his guys, found his guys," Henson said. "That's what helped them win the game." Miami outscored Milwaukee 15-8 in overtime, meaning the last run - on a night filled with back and forth - belonged to the Heat, who survived despite wasting an early 18-point lead. In fact, it was Miami which had to rally just to extend the game late. "That's the nature of NBA games," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They're long. The other team will make a run. ... This is a very good basketball team. They stormed right back into it. You have to give them credit." Allen's 3-pointer with 1:07 left sealed it for Miami, giving the Heat a 109-100 lead. Haslem became the franchise career leader in rebounds late in the first quarter, grabbing the 4,808th of his career, one more than Alonzo Mourning - now a Heat executive who was in his customary seat beyond one baseline to see his mark get passed. The team paid tribute with a video and Spoelstra said Haslem's teammates also honored him in the locker room. But the night almost went for naught. Down seven late in the fourth quarter, the Heat reclaimed the lead with a 10-0 run. James played quarterback for much of the burst, hitting a 3-pointer, setting up Wade for a score that tied the game and eventually finding Allen in the right corner for another 3 and a 94-91 lead. Milwaukee took the lead twice more and Miami tied it quickly both times. The Bucks went for the win late, but Monta Ellis missed a jumper, Henson couldn't score on the rebound, and the Heat eventually controlled the ball and got a stoppage with 1.4 seconds left. They just didn't get a shot off - Ellis knocked the ball from Wade's hands before he could fire off a chance at the win, and the teams went to overtime tied at 98. "Small margin of error against that team," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "And we still had a shot to win the game. It just didn't go in." The Heat ran out to an early 37-19 lead, and the margin still seemed more than comfortable at 44-28 with 4:10 left in the half, when the Bucks seemed to be coming completely apart. Larry Sanders committed a personal foul, didn't like the call and let everyone know his feelings. Sanders slammed the ball toward the basket for one technical, started complaining, kept complaining, picked up the second technical and then appeared to even have a few choice words for his own bench as he departed for the Milwaukee locker room. For whatever reason, the game changed in that instant. Milwaukee scored the next 13 points and closed the half on a 16-2 run - the last three of those points coming in the most unexpected way, with Dalembert connecting from about 27 feet. Dalembert had missed all 10 of his previous 3-point tries in his career. "Guys get up to play us and we understand that," James said. "Guys are in this league for a reason." NOTES: Jennings and Ellis combined to miss their first 10 shots. Jennings scored with 3:28 left in the half, the first points of the Bucks' 13-0 run. ... With Thanksgiving on Thursday, Wade and James revealed some of their must-have side dishes. James said he's "not participating" in Thanksgiving if he doesn't have candied yams and macaroni and cheese on his plate; Wade said he needs "some good stuffing to set me right." ... Skiles said he expects F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (offseason knee surgery) at practice "within the next week or so." Courtesy of: www.miamiherald.com

Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76 92-83
CLEVELAND -- At least for one night, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed just fine without Kyrie Irving. Jeremy Pargo, filling in for Cleveland's injured star, scored a career-high 28 points and the Cavaliers broke a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott decided to go with Pargo, who had only played in three of the first 10 games, at the team's shoot-around on Wednesday morning. The second-year pro hit 11 of 19 from the field and scored five points during a 13-0 run after the Sixers cut the lead to 79-77 with 3:31 to play. "I saw it all coming," Scott said following the game, a comment that drew a long laugh from the coach. "I don't think anyone expected J.P. to come in and play the way he did," Scott said. "You have to give him a lot of credit. We talk about opportunities. He took advantage of it." Pargo downplayed any notion he can take over a game as Irving has done many times in his brief career. "Those are some big shoes to fill," he said. "I wanted to come out aggressive, play within myself and do whatever it took to win the game. You don't want to come out and force things." The 76ers, who had their three-game winning streak end, were impressed. "Pargo played the game of his life tonight. He kills us on screens with the ball, playing one-on-one, hitting three-balls," forward Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) said. "It was like he was playing a video game against us, NBA2K." The Cavaliers came into the game with a 2-8 record and an extended stretch without Irving looks ominous. The NBA's reigning rookie of the year is expected to miss a month with a broken left index finger. He was injured Saturday against Dallas and played the next night in Philadelphia before an MRI revealed a crack in the bone. "I think of him as a combination of Isiah Thomas and Chris Paul," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "You just don't replace a guy like that. But Byron is great, he'll figure it out." Dion Waiters scored 16 points while Alonzo Gee added 14 for Cleveland. Anderson Varejao scored 10 points and had 19 rebounds. Philadelphia had five players score in double figures, but a fourth-quarter rally fell short. Jason Richardson and Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 16 points. The Sixers overcame a slow start to defeat Toronto on Tuesday. Collins said he thought about making a change in the starting lineup after that game. He may want to actually make a change after Philadelphia fell behind 38-19 against the Cavaliers. "Last night, we were able to come back by making shots down the stretch," Collins said. "Tonight, they were the ones who made the big baskets. They just hit big shots tonight." Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) scored 13 points for the 76ers. Evan Turner added 12 while Thaddeus Young had 11. Pargo's previous career high came last season against Oklahoma City when he scored 15 points. He made five starts as a rookie with Memphis in 2011-2012, but - totaling 23 minutes. Cleveland acquired him in an offseason trade. Cleveland led 65-50 midway through the third quarter, but the 76ers chipped away at the margin. Nick Young's basket with 3:31 to play cut the lead to 79-77, but Cleveland put the game away with a 13-0 run. Two free throws from Varejao and 3-pointers by C.J. Miles and Waiters rebuilt the lead. Irving has had several injury setbacks. He has missed time with a foot injury, sprained shoulder, concussion and broken hand in the past two years. The Cavaliers went 4-11 without Irving in 2011-12. Irving, looking sharp in a suit and tie, was seated at the end of the bench. Daniel Gibson, Cleveland's backup shooting guard, missed his second straight game with a sore right elbow. Courtesy of: cbssports.com

Orlando M. - Detroit P. 90-74
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - In its first matchup with Detroit last week, Orlando survived a bruising effort by the Pistons' big men and made just enough shots down the stretch to grind out a tough road win. For Round 2, the Magic didn't have to sweat as much. This time, they got all the help they needed from the Pistons. Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 15 points, Glen Davis had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Orlando used a 21-0 run to open the third quarter to earn a 90-74 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night. "I didn't think we shot particularly well, but we played well together," said Magic guard J.J. Redick, who finished with 11 points. For a Magic team struggling to find itself amid key injuries, a youthful roster and a brand new system, it was a needed spark during a challenging first month. "I think it was just great concentration coming out of halftime and guys were focused and it showed," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. Orlando struggled to compete with Detroit's big men early, but used the third-quarter spurt to blow open the game. The surge included a more than 10-minute scoring drought by the Pistons. Greg Monroe scored 19 points and Rodney Stuckey added 13 for Detroit, which connected on just 28 of its 85 field goal attempts for the night. For the second half alone, the Pistons were a dismal 8 of 44, or 18 percent. The Magic stopped a two-game losing streak. They continue a five-game homestand Friday against Cleveland. The Pistons lost to the Magic for the second time in a week. They return home Friday to host Toronto. "I wish I could explain it to you," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "I didn't like the way we played there and then to open the third quarter was embarrassing." Detroit led 48-45 entering the third quarter, but went ice cold from the field, missing its first 15 shots and committing five turnovers to allow Orlando to take a 66-48 lead. The Pistons finally got their first points of the quarter on a pair of free throws by Stuckey, but didn't end their field goal drought until the 1:59 mark. "They have been executing coming down the stretch," Monroe said of the Magic in their two meetings this season. "I think we lost our focus and what we need to do to win games ... the things that have happened these last couple of games is on us." Frank said after the Magic trimmed what had been a 10-point edge to single digits late in the first half, "we had no energy to start." Gone, too, was the inside presence they depend on. "We lost it, we just lost," Frank said. "Once they hit us we just lost our poise." The Magic got points from all over the place during the game-changing run, including some open 3-pointers and easy layups. Point guard Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) was a non-factor in Orlando's loss at Atlanta earlier in the week as he recovered from an illness. He showed little effects of that Wednesday, though, posting a balanced 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds. An exasperated Frank pulled all his starters at one point during the Magic's onslaught and when the reserves couldn't stop it, he subbed for some of them. Detroit finished the period with eight points, just besting its franchise-low mark of six points in a quarter. For the Magic, it tied a franchise mark for fewest points allowed in a third quarter. The Magic's lead reached 20 in the opening minutes of the final period as the Pistons never were able to rekindle any semblance of their early offensive flow. Looking for a better matchup with 6-foot-9 Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince, Vaughn gave rookie Maurice Harkless his first start career start at that spot. The shift allowed Arron Afflalo to move back to his natural shooting guard spot. Harkless' speed did give the veteran fits at times in half court, and in turn opened up the court for his teammates on offense as the Pistons had to respect his ability to get to the rim. It didn't seem like it would be an easy night for Orlando in the early going, though. The Pistons took a three-point lead into the break, dominating the Magic for the second straight game in the front court. Detroit scored 32 of its 48 points in the opening 24 minutes in the paint, led by Monroe's 15. Orlando fell into a 23-13 hole late in the first quarter, before using a 16-6 run to tie it 29. The spurt, punctuated by a fast-break dunk by Harkless, featured 10 points from the Magic's young contingent of first- and second-year players. The most active was Nicholson, who finished the half with 10 points to lead all Magic scorers. With four games at home before going back on the road, the word of the week for the Magic will remain what it's been all season: consistency. "That's the key for us, we have to become a better transition team," Afflalo said. "And the only way we're going to do that is to start getting stops. That was very welcoming to see for us to put together a defensive effort like that. That kind of allowed us to dictate the game a little bit. "So hopefully we can carry that over." Notes: The 74 points were the fewest the Pistons have scored this season. ... Prince briefly left the game late in the first quarter after banging knees with another player. ... The eight points allowed by the Magic in the third quarter was the fewest they've allowed in third quarter since 1999 at New Jersey. Courtesy of: bigstory.ap.org

Atlanta H. - Washington W. 101-100 OT
ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) hit a long 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 101-100, extending the Wizards' franchise-worst start to 0-10. Korver, who had 16 points, hit his fifth 3-pointer after Kevin Seraphin's baseline jumper gave Washington a 100-98 lead. Following Korver's shot, Seraphin missed a hook shot. Martell Webster rebounded the miss for Washington under the basket and scored on a layup as the buzzer sounded. One official initially ruled the basket was good. The officials crew then conferred and ruled the basket was late. They confirmed the call with a video review. The Wizards became only the 13th team in NBA history to open a season with 10 straight losses, according to STATS LLC. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets had the worst start in NBA history at 0-18. Seraphin led Washington with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
A.J. Price (6'2''-PG-86, college: Connecticut) had 14 points. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 25 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Al Horford had 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Devin Harris had 13. With Washington leading 98-96 in the extra period, Horford missed two free throws with 22.3 seconds remaining, but the Hawks retained possession with the Wizards knocked the second miss out of bounds. DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) inbounded the ball to Horford, who scored on a layup to pull the Hawks even with 19.5 seconds remaining. Washington center Nene had 12 points in his season debut, though he didn't start. He missed the first nine games with a left foot injury. Trevor Ariza had also had 12 points for the Wizards, including a 3-pointer in overtime. With Washington leading 87-86, Nene stripped the ball from Smith, setting up a layup by A.J. Price which pushed the lead to three points. A layup by Teague cut the Wizards' lead to 89-88. Horford missed a jumper for Atlanta. Nene made one of two free throws with 10.3 seconds, giving Washington a 90-88 lead. Nene fouled Harris with 3.7 seconds remaining. Harris made both free throws to tie the game at 90-all. Shaun Livingston missed a 3-pointer to force the overtime. There were 10 lead changes in the first half. The Hawks led 50-47 at the break and stretched the lead to 11 points at 66-55 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Korver. The Wizards answered with nine straight points, seven on free throws. Atlanta led 68-66 entering the fourth quarter. Korver was fouled by Webster while making a 3-pointer from the corner to open the final period. Korver made the free throw to complete the four-point play. NOTES: The Hawks paid a halftime tribute to former star forward Dan Roundfield, who played for the Pistons, Indiana, Atlanta and Washington. Roundfield was 59 when he drowned on Aug. 6 while helping his wife, Bernie, in rough water near Aruba. Roundfield's wife and other family members attended the ceremony. ... Horford made only 1 of 10 free throws. ... Wizards F Trevor Booker was held out with a strained right knee. ... Wizards rookie Bradley Beal fouled out in the first minute of overtime with six points and four assists. ... Hawks coach Larry Drew said a flu virus that went through the team no longer is an issue. ... The Hawks have won nine straight over the Wizards in Atlanta. Washington's last win at Philips Arena was on Jan. 11, 2008. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Indiana P. - N.Orleans H. 115-107 OT
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) can make 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after all. And he did it during a crucial time of the game. George scored a career-high 37 points, including nine 3-pointers, to help the Pacers beat the New Orleans Hornets 115-107 in overtime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday. The nine 3-pointers set a franchise record. George, who has been asked to step up even more in Danny Granger's absence, made all nine 3-pointers in the second half and overtime. Pacers center Roy Hibbert also had a career game. He recorded his first triple-double when he finished with 10 points, 10 blocks and 11 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Center Robin Lopez led the Hornets with 21 points. But this night completely belonged to George. His 37 points topped his career high of 30 that he had at Dallas last season. George went into Wednesday 0-of-16 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter this season. After the Pacers missed four shots on the final possession of regulation, George got things going in overtime by making his seventh 3-pointer of the game. Teammate George Hill followed George up on the next possession by making a 3-pointer in front of the Hornets' bench to give the Pacers a quick six-point lead. The Pacers led by as many as eight points in overtime. The Pacers were down 90-83 with about four minutes remaining when Pacers coach Frank Vogel brought Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90, college: Cincinnati) in for D.J. Augustin. Stephenson immediately made a 3-pointer from the corner to get the Pacers to within four. Then George made one in the exact spot on the next possession to make it a one-point game in favor of New Orleans. George's third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter gave the Pacers a 97-93 lead with about 90 seconds left in the game. Lopez made two free throws and then Al-Farouq Aminu hit a jumper along the baseline to tie the game at 97-97 with 22 seconds left. The Pacers looked like they ready to take control of the game when they opened the third quarter by scoring the first eight points to from trailing by four to being up by four. But as he's done since the day he took over as coach, Monty Williams didn't let the Hornets back down. The Hornets came back to not only tie the game, but they eventually went up by seven points. The Pacers would have been in a bad situation if not for George. The third-year swingman made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points during the third quarter. The Pacers closed the third quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 75-74 lead into the final quarter. The Pacers seemed to still be on a high from their victory over Washington earlier this week, as they fell behind 5-0 and then trailed by as many as 10 points late in the first quarter. The Hornets, who were without top pick Anthony Davis, got six points each from Al-Farouq Aminu and Austin Rivers in the first quarter. It wasn't until the second quarter that the Pacers woke up. And it was the bench that got them back in the game. Point guard D.J. Augustin and swingman Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) came in and gave the Pacers a spark by pushing the ball. The Pacers got their first lead of the game, 35-34, off a Roy Hibbert layup. Hibbert wasn't only scoring in the first half, he was also defending. He had five blocks in 15 first half minutes. Still, the Pacers couldn't find a way to get a big lead over the Hornets. New Orleans continued to scrap and went into the half with a 47-43 lead because of forward Jason Smith's 10 points off the bench. NOTES: New Orleans coach Monty Williams said they don't have a timetable on when Davis (ankle) will return to the lineup. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick last summer, got injured against Milwaukee on Nov. 20. Pacers rookies Miles Plumlee and Orlando Johnson will play two games for the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants, their D-League affiliate this weekend then rejoin the team for its three-game West Coast trip next week. Injured forward Danny Granger made his first appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since receiving an injection in his left knee on Nov. 6. He's expected to be on crutches for one more week. Courtesy of: lindyssports.com

Phoenix Suns - Portland TB 114-87
PHOENIX (AP) - Marcin Gortat (6'11''-C-84) scored a season-high 22 points in only three quarters and the Phoenix Suns routed the Portland Trail Blazers 114-87 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown (6'4''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.), inserted into the starting lineup earlier Wednesday, combined for 29 points for the Suns. Morris had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brown added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers as Phoenix rallied from a four-point deficit in the opening minutes to take the lead for good with 7:23 left in the first quarter. Jermaine O'Neal added 17 points off the bench and Goran Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) had 15 points and eight assists for Phoenix. Damien Lillard had 24 points and three assists for the Blazers, who had won three straight. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum had 13 points apiece for Portland, which was without starting center JJ Hickson, out with a left shoulder sprain. The Blazers committed 20 turnovers and received only 13 points from their reserves, seven in the fourth quarter. Gortat had told a reporter for Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy after the Suns' loss to the Lakers on Friday that he didn't believe he was "even an option for (Suns coach Alvin) Gentry." But against the Blazers, Gortat was a key component of a Phoenix offense that shot 60 percent from the field in the first half en route to a 57-44 lead and a season-best 59.7 percent for the game. Gortat was 11 of 14 from the floor and added seven rebounds. The Blazers rallied briefly in the third quarter, cutting a deficit that had ballooned to 21 points to 11, 73-62, on a 3-pointer by Lillard with 5:38 left in the period. But Goran Dragic and Morris scored consecutive baskets and the Suns went on a 16-5 run to take an 86-67 lead with 1:26 to go in the third. NOTES: The Suns won their second game against a team with a .500-plus record. . Batum, who has been fighting a severe cold, was a game-time decision. . Goran Dragic has had double-digit steals in a career-best seven straight games. . Blazers rookie center Meyers Leonard, playing in place of Hickson, scored 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and added five rebounds. . Phoenix had not shot better than 50 percent since April 16, also against Portland. . Portland has not won in Phoenix since December 10, 2010. The Blazers are 2-12 at US Airways Center since the start of the 2004-05 season. . The Blazers' 44 first-half points were an opponent season low. . The Suns had not shot more than 50 percent from the field yet this season. Courtesy of: knoxnews.com

Minnesota T. - Denver N. 94-101
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Target Center crowd stood and watched in disbelief as Kevin Love was introduced in the starting lineup, at least a week ahead of schedule from a broken right hand that had kept him out for the first nine games of the season. The only problem was his Minnesota Timberwolves teammates spent the rest of the night standing and watching Love as well. Andre Iguodala had 18 points and nine rebounds to spoil Love's surprise season debut in the Denver Nuggets' 101-94 victory Wednesday night. Love had 34 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Wolves take a 17-point lead in the first half. But he didn't get a whole lot of help in his first game in nearly five weeks. Nikola Pekovic had 10 points and seven rebounds, and J.J. Barea was the only other Wolves player in double figures with 12 points. ''You've got to be able to go to other players rather than just him,'' coach Rick Adelman said. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points for the Nuggets, who withstood a furious start by a Timberwolves team buoyed by the return of their All-Star power forward. Ty Lawson had 18 points and nine assists, and Kenneth Faried had 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who overcame 20 turnovers. After a sluggish start to the season, the Nuggets (6-6) have picked up two straight quality road wins against Memphis and Minnesota. ''Kevin Love's an All-Star player, but it's a 48-minute game and thank God we hung around,'' Nuggets coach George Karl said. ''The balance at both ends of the court was probably the best we've played all year.' Love broke his right hand Oct. 18, about two weeks before the start of the regular season, and the team estimated a recovery time of six to eight weeks. But he quietly rejoined the team at practice during a four-day break between games, and the Wolves did their best to keep a lid on his return for as long as possible. Adelman even dodged a question about Love's progress about 75 minutes before the game, but word leaked out a few minutes later that Love was back in the starting lineup. ''I didn't want to make a big deal about it,'' Love said. ''I told my teammates, and they didn't really believe me. Once they saw a jersey in my locker, they believed it was true.'' During his halftime interview with FoxSports North, Love said he called his father on Wednesday to tell him he was playing, then asked if he had any advice. ''Let it fly,'' Stan Love told his son. BUST A MOVE Cheerleaders and dancers get their groove on at NBA arenas. Did he ever. Love scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting in the first quarter, an incredibly fluid performance considering his long layoff. Barea and Pekovic returned from injuries as well, and the Wolves led by 17 points in the first half, but Iguodala, Love's Olympic teammate, helped Denver come roaring back in the third quarter. Still, Love said he didn't feel like his normal self over nearly 35 minutes. He missed six free throws and was just 2 for 9 from 3-point range and was constantly flexing his hand to work out some of the residual pain. ''I haven't even practiced, so I just kind of threw myself into the game hoping something good was going to happen,'' Love said. ''I missed some free throws, missed some 3s that I don't usually miss. A lot of those could have saved us the game.'' Iguodala hit three 3-pointers and then unleashing a spin move in transition and a dunk over two Timberwolves to tie the game at 67. Lawson added another from long range and Faried threw down a dunk that gave the Nuggets a 92-87 lead with 2:41 to play, and Denver was able to hold on. Andre Miller scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter for Denver. ''I saw him shooting before the game and I didn't think he was playing, but they said he was playing before the game,'' Iguodala said. ''The whole thing is the NBA is about adjustments anyway. ... That's good that our team was able to adjust to his presence. He started off great and then we had to adjust and try to slow him down a little bit in the second half.'' Notes: Faried had just four points before fouling out. ... Love picked up a technical foul in the third quarter for tossing former teammate Kosta Koufos to the ground after they got tangled up underneath the basket. ... Timberwolves PG Luke Ridnour picked up a rare technical foul in the third quarter for gesturing after a foul call from referee Danny Crawford. ... Crawford gave Faried a technical for the same thing later in the period. Courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com

Dallas M. - New York K. 114-111
DALLAS - Forget Linsanity. In their final game before meeting Jeremy Lin for the first time since he left New York, the Knicks were done in by the one-time high flying phenomenon known as Vinsanity. With a little help from Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV). The Knicks nearly overcame a 12-point fourth quarter deficit only to have Carmelo Anthony, victimized by both Marion and a few unfavorable whistles, missed a potential go-ahead jumper as the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 114-11 victory. Vince Carter scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks lost for the second time and fell to 8-2. The Mavs, still playing without Dirk Nowitzki, improved to 7-6. Neither team was very interested in defending as the Knicks and Mavs scored 31 and 30 points, respectively, in the fourth. Anthony, defended well by Marion, scored eight of his 23 points in the final period but he misfired on two shots in the last minute to give the Knicks the lead. Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) had a huge night with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Raymond Felton added 18 points and 11 assists. Jason Kidd, the former Mavs point guard who upset owner Mark Cuban by backing out of a verbal agreement to return, had 17 points, five steals, six rebounds and five assists. O.J. Mayo led all scorers with 27 points and Darren Collison added 17 for Dallas. Carmelo Anthony reacts after getting hit by Dallas center Chris Kaman on a drive to the hoop. It says something about the Knicks that they managed to score 53 first half points despite Carmelo producing just one field goal. Neither team seemed much interested in defending, except for Shawn Marion who was making things difficult for Anthony. Marion, who was sidelined with an injury when the Mavs visited the Garden two weeks ago, got help when the Knicks threw the ball into the post. Anthony took advantage by passing out of the double team and creating open looks for Felton and Kidd. Still, Marion deserves credit for throwing off Anthony's rhythm and forcing the rest of the Knicks to make shots. Anthony scored 11 in the third quarter but the Mavs, who had trailed by 10 in the first half, went ahead 84-80 to start the fourth. Anthony began the final period on the bench and returned with the Knicks trailing 90-82 with 9:42 left. Rookie Jae Crowder then hit his second 3-pointer of the quarter to extend the Mavs lead to 11. With the Knicks trailing 95-85, Anthony drove on Dahntay Jones, his former Denver teammate, and drew a foul as he scored. Dallas scored the game's next five points, including a long three from Carter to make it 100-88. Anthony (l.) leads the Knicks with 23 points. A questionable foul call on Dahntay Jones gave Anthony two free throws and the Knicks eventually closed to 104-98 when Chandler converted a three-point play. Carter drew a shooting foul on Kidd but converted just one free throw. For the second straight possession, Felton found Chandler in the lane the former Mavs center fought through the contact and was fouled as his shot bounced in. With Dallas coach Rick Carlisle instructing Carter to drift into the corner, Darren Collison found Carter who drained a three to make it 108-101 with 3:44 to play. Felton's driving lay-up made it a five-point game and the Knicks failed to draw closer when Anthony was called for a questionable charge. Marion drew contract but he appeared to foul Anthony as Anthony made wild running lay-up as he was falling down. It was a pivotal moment because Collison answered with two free throws with 2:14 to play. Out of timeout, Anthony hit a pull up three only to have Carter answer with a long jumper. O.J. Mayo (r.), who is defended by Jason Kidd here, gets a game-high 27 points. Chandler's third three-point play of the period made it 112-109 and after Kidd forced Carter into a tough shot the veteran point guard grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Kidd sank both with 1:15 to play and the Knicks regained possession when Chris Kaman butchered a lay-up. Anthony wanted the ball with a chance to give the Knicks the lead and missed on a drive as he took a shot in the mouth from Kaman. No foul was called and although Dallas played 5-on-4 for most of their possession it ended with Collison shooting an air ball with 24 seconds left. Woodson ran a play for Anthony, coming off a high screen. He was isolated on the wing against Marion but his pull-up jumper fell short. Dahntay Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Anthony, his sixth. Jones made both with 3.3 seconds and with the Knicks, having used up their timeouts, had to settle for halfcourt heave from Raymond Felton at the buzzer. Courtesy of: nydailynews.com

Charlotte B. - Toronto R. 98-97
Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada) hit a 16-footer with 28 seconds left and the Charlotte Bobcats made a late defensive stand to beat the Toronto Raptors 98-97 Wednesday night for their fifth win in six games. The Bobcats led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors took the lead after a late run. Sessions made a jumper from just beyond the foul line that hit the rim twice before falling through to give the Bobcats the lead. Toronto had four shots to win it, but two resulted in blocks and Andrea Bargnani's baseline jumper fell short as time expired. Kemba Walker had 19 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, while Sessions and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 14 points. Bargnani had 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 21 for the Raptors. Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) added 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Bobcats improved to 5-0 in games decided by four points or fewer. The Bobcats (6-4) are one win away from equaling last year's season win total. They were 7-59 last season. Walker and Sessions continue to be an impressive tandem for the Bobcats as both have scored in double digits all 10 games this season. The Bobcats got some quality minutes from second-year power forward Bismack Biyombo, who's not typically known for his offensive prowess. Biyombo had six of his 11 points in the third quarter, including a powerful dunk over Bargnani after battling for control of an offensive rebound. He also had a key block on Toronto's final possession. Biyombo was 5 of 6 from the field and had five rebounds and was on the floor at the end of the game ahead of Byron Mullens because he was playing so well. The Bobcats led by as many as 10 early in the fourth quarter before Jose Calderon hit a 3-pointer, DeMar Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored on a layup and jumper and Bargnani hit a jumper from the top of the key to tie the game at 88 with 4:50 to play. Bargnani then knocked down a 3-pointer to give Toronto the lead with 1:52 to play. But the Bobcats kept battling with Walker driving the left side of the line and scoring and drawing a sixth foul on Valanciunas. Walker finished the 3-point play to tie the game with game with 55 seconds left. Demar DeRozan hit one of two free throws at the other end before Sessions got a foul line jumper to drop after hitting the rim three times giving Charlotte the 98-97 lead with 28.3 seconds left. Toronto missed three shots at the other end and two of those were blocked. The Raptors set up an inbounds play for Lowry with 6.4 seconds left and he got off a 12-footer that was blocked by rookie Jeffery Taylor. Valanciunas had another shot as time expired but couldn't knock it down and the Bobcats held after a furious defensive stand. The score was tied at halftime following a back-and-forth first half. Lowry had 16 points at the break after hitting all three 3-point attempts for the Raptors, while Walker had 10 points for the Bobcats. The Raptors were coming off a 106-98 loss at Philadelphia and Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said before the game the goal was to pressure Toronto as much as possible and try to wear them down. Courtesy of: seattletimes.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 (3-1) 
 4. Ohio St. 0-0 (3-0) 
 5. Michigan 0-0 (4-0) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 0-0 (2-1) 
 7. Kansas 0-0 (4-1) 
 8. Duke 0-0 (3-0) 
 9. Syracuse 0-0 (3-0) 
 10. Florida 0-0 (4-0) 
 11. Arizona 0-0 (3-0) 
 12. N.Carolina 0-0 (5-1) 
 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 (3-1) 
 21. Wisconsin 0-0 (3-1) 
 22. Gonzaga 0-0 (2-0) 
 23. Notre Dame 0-0 (4-1) 
 24. Florida St. 0-0 (4-1) 
 25. Texas 0-0 (3-2) 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 21: Missouri St. - Malone 82-49
Nov. 21: Chaminade - N.Carolina 70-112
Nov. 21: Texas - Mississippi St. 69-55
Nov. 21: High Point - St.Andrews 93-62
Nov. 21: Air Force - Montana St. 86-72
Nov. 21: Tulsa - Jackson St. 86-66
Nov. 21: Duquesne - Youngstown St. 84-74
Nov. 21: SMU - Rider 83-70
Nov. 21: S.Dakota St. - SW Minnesota St. 81-72
Nov. 21: Kentucky - Morehead St. 81-70
Nov. 21: BYU - UTSA 81-62
Nov. 21: Portland - Portland St. 81-60
Nov. 21: Radford - Brevard 81-53
Nov. 21: San Diego St. - Ark.-Pine Bluff 79-43
Nov. 21: Illinois - Butler 78-61
Nov. 21: UALR - Jacksonville 78-56
Nov. 21: St.Francis, PA - Colgate 76-85
Nov. 21: La-Lafayette - SUNO 76-66
Nov. 21: Seton Hall - Maine 76-49
Nov. 21: Georgia St. - S.Alabama 75-73
Nov. 21: E.Washington - USC Upstate 75-70
Nov. 21: Florida St. - N.Florida 75-67
Nov. 21: Santa Clara - Utah Valley 75-67
Nov. 21: Wichita St. - Iowa 75-63
Nov. 21: Syracuse - Princeton 73-53
Nov. 21: Cent.Arkansas - Arkansas St. 72-73
Nov. 21: ODU - VMI 71-76
Nov. 21: Tennessee St. - Monmouth 70-81
Nov. 21: W.Kentucky - De Paul 70-61
Nov. 21: Samford - Toledo 69-82
Nov. 21: NJIT - New Hampshire 69-67
Nov. 21: W.Carolina - Howard 69-67
Nov. 21: S.Utah - Carroll, MT 68-58
Nov. 21: Michigan - Pittsburgh 67-62
Nov. 21: Manhattan - Hofstra 67-56
Nov. 21: N.Mexico St. - Northern NM 67-37
Nov. 21: Kansas St. - Delaware 66-63
Nov. 21: Sam Houston St. - Cal-Irvine 65-63 OT
Nov. 21: St.John''s - Holy Cross 65-53
Nov. 21: Vermont - Yale 65-52
Nov. 21: Notre Dame - G.Washington 65-48
Nov. 21: USC - Marquette 64-72
Nov. 21: Austin Peay St. - Gardner-Webb 62-72
Nov. 21: Brown - Bryant 61-68
Nov. 21: Nebraska - Tulane 61-57
Nov. 21: Northeastern - Cal-Riverside 61-52
Nov. 21: N.Colorado - Wyoming 60-69
Nov. 21: William & Mary - Miami, OH 59-72
Nov. 21: Seattle - Pacific Lutheran 58-49
Nov. 21: Utah - Idaho St. 57-46
Nov. 21: UCSB - San Diego 57-39
Nov. 21: Liberty - S.Mississippi 56-74
Nov. 21: E.Illinois - Rochester, MI 56-59
Nov. 21: Wright St. - Cent.Michigan 55-59
Nov. 21: S.Carolina - Elon 53-65
Nov. 21: Denver - Colorado St. 53-60
Nov. 21: Boston Coll. - Auburn 50-49
Nov. 21: Florida Gulf Coast - Alcorn St. 50-48
Nov. 21: Kennesaw St. - Georgia South 46-62
Nov. 21: JMU - N.Dakota St. 44-66
Nov. 21: NC-Wilmington - Purdue 40-66
Nov. 21: Alaska-Anch. - Belmont


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Devon SADDLER
  Delaware
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 20
 1. Saddler, Delaware20.0 
 2. Thornton, Willia.17.8 
 3. Goins, JMU17.5 
 4. Britt, William17.0 
 5. Wright, George M.16.6 
 6. Hunter, Georgia St.16.3 
 7. Benimon, Towson16.2 
 8. Smith, Northeas.15.5 
 9. Rusthoven, Willia.15.3 
 10. Ford, Northeastern14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamelle HAGINS
  Delaware
  (206-F-)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hagins, Delaware13.0 
 2. Benimon, Towson9.8 
 3. Hall, Hofstra9.7 
 4. Goins, JMU9.0 
 5. Rendleman, NC-Wil.8.8 
 6. Dixon, Towson7.8 
 7. Rusthoven, Willia.7.3 
 8. Williams, NC-Wilmi.7.3 
 9. Hunter, Georgia St.7.0 
 10. Ford, Northeastern6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Devon MOORE
  JMU
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moore, JMU4.5 
 2. Smith, Northeas.3.8 
 3. Mejia, Hofstra3.3 
 4. Palmore, ODU3.2 
 5. Allen, George M.3.0 
 6. Britt, William2.8 
 7. Saddler, Delaware2.8 
 8. Graham, NC-Wilmi.2.8 
 9. White, Georgia St.2.8 
 10. Thornton, Willia.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devonta WHITE
  Georgia St.
  (178-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. White, Georgia St.2.5 
 2. Hunter, Georgia St.2.3 
 3. Nation, JMU2.3 
 4. Threatt, Delaware2.3 
 5. Palmore, ODU2.0 
 6. Jackson, NC-Wilmi.2.0 
 7. Diouf, JMU2.0 
 8. Hairston, Towson2.0 
 9. Rendleman, NC-Wil.1.8 
 10. Britt, William1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James VINCENT
  Georgia .
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Vincent, Georgia3.3 
 2. Hagins, Delaware2.0 
 3. Dixon, Towson1.8 
 4. Spencer, Northeas.1.8 
 5. Thornton, Willia.1.5 
 6. Imes, Hofstra1.5 
 7. Benimon, Towson1.4 
 8. Hall, Hofstra1.2 
 9. Rendleman, NC-Wil.1.0 
 10. Nation, JMU1.0 



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 21: Meralco Bolts - Rain or Shine 98-102
Nov. 21: Talk N Text - San Mig Coffee 92-63
Nov. 25: Barangay Ginebra - Rain or Shine
Nov. 25: Air21 Express - Talk N Text
Nov. 24: Petron Blaze - Barako Bull
Nov. 23: San Mig Coffee - Air21 Express
Nov. 23: Global Port - Meralco Bolts


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Meralco .
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Mercado, Meralco20.7 
 2. Caguioa, Barang.20.4 
 3. Miller, Global Port17.5 
 4. Cardona, Meralco17.2 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze16.9 
 6. Chan, Rain or Shine16.8 
 7. Yap, San M.16.7 
 8. Fonacier, Talk N.16.5 
 9. Santos, Petron B.16.0 
 10. Tubid, Barako Bull16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.1 
 2. Pingris, San M.10.6 
 3. Abueva, Alaska Ac.9.0 
 4. Cruz, Rain or Shine8.9 
 5. Villanueva, Barako8.8 
 6. Williams, Talk N.8.3 
 7. de Ocampo, San M.8.3 
 8. Maierhofer, Barang.8.0 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.7.9 
 10. Kramer, Barako B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Meralco .
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mercado, Meralco5.5 
 2. Miller, Global Port5.5 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.4.7 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako4.7 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.7 
 8. Miranda, Petron B.4.3 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.4.1 
 10. Reyes, Talk N Te.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Talk N Text
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reyes, Talk N Text2.0 
 2. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.8 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.6 
 4. Custodio, Air21 E.1.3 
 5. Urbiztondo, Barako1.3 
 6. Barroca, San M.1.2 
 7. Caguioa, Barang.1.2 
 8. Fonacier, Talk N.1.2 
 9. Santos, Petron B.1.1 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 2. Hodge, Meralco1.3 
 3. de Ocampo, San M.1.0 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 5. Baclao, Air21 E.1.0 
 6. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 7. Washington, Petron0.9 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.0.9 
 9. Cruz, Rain or Shine0.9 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.0.8 


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: November 21, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters are known for being one of the most physical teams in the league, but they found themselves on the receiving end of some roughhousing in their win against the Meralco Bolts last night.

Taken from InterAKTV.com: (Meralco rookie Cliff ) Hodge was called for a flagrant foul on a rebound play where he looked to have made a swinging motion at Arana after the Rain or Shine wingman made physical contact with the rookie.

Hodge was given a Flagrant 1 foul, but the Painters thought the punishment shouldve been a bit more severe. From the Painters perspective, the Bolt rookie threw a punch at Araa. Now THAT wouldve, categorically speaking, been enough for a Flagrant 2.

Weirdly enough, it was ROS that actually lost a couple of its key players throughout the game. Araa committed his own F2 foul while teammate JR Quiahan was ejected in the third period after he, likewise, was tagged with an F2 for hacking Sol Mercado. That was probably an act of retaliation as Meralcos Kelly Nabong, another rookie, roughed up Quiahan a few moments prior.

It was an intense game, to say the least, and the intensity didnt seem to dissipate even after the Painters rousing come-from-behind OT win.

Were dedicating this victory to Cliff Hodge and Kelly Nabong, Guiao said in a post-game interview. Coach Ryan said last week they were just complacent when they lost by 25 points against us. Baka complacent lang ulit sila.

Fighting words from the fighting coach of a fighting team. Then again, knowing its coach Yeng Guiao, are we even a wee bit surprised? Hes known for many things, but subtlety and timidity are certainly not any of them.

Its more fun in the PBA after all!

Game Recaps:
RIAN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 102-98

Already banged-up and frustrated by what they thought were calls not going their way, Rain or Shine appeared to be easy pickings for Meralco.

But instead of simply folding, the Elasto Painters displayed the heart of a champion, climbing back from a 23-point deficit to post a heated 102-98 victory over the Bolts Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With Paul Lee, Chris Tiu, and Jireh Ibaes in sick bay, Rain or Shine lost stalwarts JR Quiahan and Ryan Araa to ejection because of separate flagrant foul penalty two infractions.

The Elasto Painters, however, used Quiahans ejection as a flashpoint for their rally.

We got frustrated in the beginning and we couldnt get anything going from our offense. But we drew a lot of energy and motivation from the ejection of JR Quiahan, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

Quiahan was in an altercation in the early part of the third period after fouling Sol Mercado. Meralco rookie came over to give Quiahan a shove, leading to a near-melee.

Mercado (technical foul) and Nabong (flagrant foul penalty one) were penalized for their involvement in the scuffle, but it was Quiahan who bore the brunt of the punishment after being ejected.

But that seemed to fire up the lethargic Rain or Shine side, which outscored the Bolts 25-6 to end the third quarter with just a five-point lead after trailing by as much as 26 points.

In the fourth, Rain or Shines guns came ablaze as Beau Belga, Ryan Araa and TY Tang each nailed a three-pointer in a 20-7 spurt to give their team an 80-72 lead.

The Bolts didnt go down without a fight as Mercado scored his teams last nine points, all coming from the three-point region, to send the game into overtime.

But Gabe Norwood and Belga conspired in the extra five-minute stretch while Mercado missed a jumper and committed a crucial error in the Bolts last possession as the Elasto Painters held on to the win.

ROS 102- Chan 25, Norwood 15, Belga 15, Tang 12, Arana 11, Cruz 10, Quinahan 6, Matias 5, Rodriguez 3, Jaime 0.
MER 98- Mercado 28, Cardona 12, Hodge 9, Ross 9, Borboran 9, Buenafe 9, Hugnatan 8, Nabong 6, Salvacion 4, Reyes 2, Artadi 2.
QS: 8-21, 26-40, 60-65, 88-88, 102-98

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS, 92-63

Against the No. 1 defensive team in the league, usually offensive-minded Talk N Text got out of its comfort zone and gave San Mig Coffee a dose of its own medicine on defense.

The Tropang Texters handed Tim Cone his worst beating since taking over the old Purefoods franchise, winning convincingly, 92-63, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Talk N Text held San Mig Coffee below 32-percent shooting from the field and made life miserable for the Mixers top guns, James Yap and PJ Simon, who were grounded all game long.

Simon, the teams spark off the bench, was only 1-for-6 from the field and was limited to three points on 20 minutes of playing time. His points only came in the fourth period when the game was already decided.

Yap, the two-time Most Valuable Player, went 4-for-14 from the field, but was scoreless in the entire second half.

With Talk N Text doing a great job defensively against their two high-scoring guards, San Mig Coffees production was greatly affected as well their mindset of stopping their opponents.

We came with good defense against the No. 1 defensive team, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. Our mindset is to match San Migs effort. With our defense clicking, we were able to get our rhythm offensively, knocking down our outside shots and we were able to make good spacing on the floor.

With the win, the Tropang Texters continued to stay on top and improved to 9-2 win-loss mark, bolstering their chances for one of two automatic berths for the semis.

We will try to get there, said Black, referring to the top two slots. Obviously, by beating san Mig Coffee, it gave us a better chance for the top two. But we cannot let our guard down. We still have tougher games ahead, including Sundays game against Air 21. We need to come out and win, otherwise, this victory against San Mig Coffee is nothing.

TNT 92- Alapag 19, De Ocampo 15, Fonacier 11, Castro 10, Williams 8, Peek 7, Reyes 5, Aban 5, Carey 5, Dillinger 3, Raymundo 2, Gamalinda 2, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0.
SMC 63- Yap 13, Devance 12, Intal 10, Barroca 9, Ramos 4, Simon 3, Pingris 3, Reavis 3, Ponferada 2, Gaco 2, Villanueva 2, Pacana 0, Gonzales 0, De Ocampo 0.
QS: 20-15, 37-29, 71-45, 92-63.

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



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EuroCup: BC Donetsk defeat Trefl Sopot in overtime - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk - Trefl Sopot 92:87 (OT)

BC Donetsk overcame Trefl Sopot in overtime to climb at 1-2 record in EuroCup Group E. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) notched 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to pace the Ukrainian champions.
BC Donetsk faced a 6-point deficit after ten minutes of action. But the hosts recovered pretty quickly. BC Donetsk went on a 20:10 rally in the second term to surge ahead. Trefl Sopot however turned things their way in the third term. The Polish powerhouse eked out a 57:56 lead into the fourth period. BC Donetsk spurred ahead and enjoyed a 74:70 lead with under 30 seconds remaining. But Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) nailed a jumper and then followed a free throw from Ramel Curry with a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the extra period before Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) drained a triple and Doron Perkins then sealed the victory from the charity stripe. Vojdan Stojanovski netted 18 points, while D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) had 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) delivered 23 points for Trefl Sopot. Filip Dylewicz had 19 points in the loss.

BC Donetsk: Darius Songaila 24, Vojdan Stojanovski 18, D'or Fischer 17
Trefl Sopot: Frank Turner 23, Filip Dylewicz 19



EuroCup: Oostende prevail against Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Stelmet ZG 80:74

Oostende clinched the second win in EuroCup Group F. They held off Stelmet Zielona Gora at home court. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts.
Oostende led by just two points after the opening frame. Zielona Gora denied the deficit in the second quarter. The Polish team surged ahead for a 37:36 halftime advantage. The third term proved decisive. The hosts burst out with a stunning 28:15 run to accumulate a 12-point lead at the final break. Zielono Gora went on a rescue rally in the final term but came up short of win at the end. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) posted 10 points, while Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points in the win. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) answered with 24 points for Zielona Gora. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 21 points, collected 15 boards and distributed 4 assists for the Polish team.

Oostende: Matt Lojeski 21, Brent Wright 10, Dusan Djordjevic 9
Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 24, Oliver Stevic 21+15 boards



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  ROMANIA   


EuroChallenge: Ploiesti lost the game in Cyprus - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - Ploiesti 88:76

Ploiesti lost the game in Cyprus to Keravnos in Round 3 of EuroChallenge. The Romanian team was beaten 76:88 and dropped at 0-3 record in Group B. The winners improved to 2-1 record on the second place.
Ploiesti grabbed 25:23 after the first period, but allowed the hosts took the control at the end of the half. Damjanovic and Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) scored for 40:37 and then the latter gave his side 53:48 lead early in the third. No matter how hard the guests tried in the game they trailed 60:62 after 30 minutes and then failed in the last stanza. Keravnos needed 26-16 surge to seal the second win.
Bobby Maze top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) netted 20. Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) scored 16, while Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-F/C-80) added 11. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) had 13. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) delivered 11 and Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) brought 10.

Keravnos: Bobby Maze 23, Tony Crocker 20, Lawrence Kinnard 16, Panagiotis Trisokkas 11
Ploiesti: Vladimir Tica 15, Virgil Stanescu 13, Catalin Burlacu 11, Darius Hargrove 10



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  RUSSIA   


EuroCup: Triumph snatch victory in Riga - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Triumph 84:91

Triumph clinched a road win in Riga in the third round of EuroCup regular season tonight. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) tallied impressive 32 points, 6 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals to pace the Russian team.
Triumph dominated in the opening stanza. The visitors posted a 20:11 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Triumph dropped 28 points in the second period as the margin grew at 14-point mark. But VEF Riga refused to give up. The hosts unloaded 25 points in the third stanza and narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark 59:63 with ten minutes to go. Triumph however poured in 28 points in the fourth quarter and left VEF Riga behind. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) netted 19 points, while Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) topscored with 23 points for VEF Riga. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) netted 14 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans 23, Earl Rowland 14
Triumph: Tywain McKee 32, Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 17



EuroCup: Chuck Eidson paced Unics past Panionios - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Unics 72:92

Unics clinched the third consecutive win in EuroCup Group F. They stunned Panionios in Greece tonight. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 22 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the winning side. Panionios fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Unics dropped 26 points in the starting frame to take a 6-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Unics remained in charge as they arrived at halftime up by six points 49:43. The Russian team boosted the gap in the third quarter. The visitors eased to a 14-point lead at the final intermission 71:57. Unics did not slow down in the fourth period and cruised to the victory. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) netted 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) added 13 points apiece for the winners. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 24 points for Panionios. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Maryland) and Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90) had 12 points each in the loss.

Panionios: Nikos Pappas 24, Landon Milbourne 12, Vlantimir Giankovits 12
Unics: Chuck Eidson 22, Kostas Kaimakoglou 17, Ian Vougioukas 13, Mire Chatman 13



EuroCup: Lokomotiv drub Galatasaray in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Galatasaray 91:66

Lokomotiv Kuban secured the third consecutive win in EuroCup regular season. They overcame Galatasaray in Group E to clear off on top of the ladder. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) notched 23 points to pace the winners. Galatasaray suffered the first defeat to slip at 2-1 record.
Lokomotiv pulled away in the opening quarter to ensure a 21:17 lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover the home team accumulated a 46:36 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv extended the lead in the third quarter. The Russian powerhouse built a comfortable 24-point lead at the final intermission 72:48. Lokomotiv kept the Turkish team at bay throughout the fourth term and celebrated another win at the tournament. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) delivered 20 points and 10 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 12 points for Galatasaray. Milan Macvan (205-PF-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 11 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv: Jimmy Baron 23, Nick Calathes 20+10 boards, Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) 16
Galatasaray: Jamont Gordon 12, Milan Macvan 11



EuroCup: Spartak rally past Ratiopharm Ulm - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Ratiopharm Ulm 89:71

Spartak Saint Petersburg kept their EuroCup regular season record spotless. They knocked down visiting Ratiopharm Ulm today to improve at 3-0 record in Group G. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) fired 24 points to lead the hosts.
Spartak dropped 26 points in the first term to take a 3-point lead. Spartak maintained the lead in the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 7 points 48:41. The home team cleared off in the third term. Spartak unloaded 24 points to ensure a 14-point lead into the fourth period. The hosts limited Ulm to just 13 points in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable victory. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) netted 17 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) had 14 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for the winning side. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 14 points apiece for the visitors.

Spartak SP: Josh Carter 24, Vladimir Dragicevic 17, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 14
Ratiopharm Ulm: Allan Ray 14, Dane Watts 14



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  SERBIA   


EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda better Sassari in high-scoring affair - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Sassari 116:104

Crvena Zvezda remain undefeated in EuroCup Group H. The Serbian team knocked down visiting Sassari to take 3-0 record on top of the standings. Banco di Sardegna fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) dropped 28 points and issued 7 assists to lead the hosts.
Sassari and Crvena Zvezda got to a flying start to the game. They teamed up for 64 points in the first quarter. Sassari eked out a 33:31 lead. Crvena Zvezda took over in the second frame. They slowed down the visitors and pulled ahead for a 57:54 halftime lead. Crvena Zvezda unleashed 33 points in the third term to accumulate a 12-point advantage 90:78. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Crvena Zvezda stayed in charge marching to the win. Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) chipped in 22 points, while Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) added 11 points each for the hosts. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) answered with 33 points for Sassari. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) delivered 17 points for the winning team.

Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 28, Elton Brown 22, Rasko Katic 11, Bojan Subotic 11
Sassari: Marvis Thornton 33, Michal Ignerski 17



The Celtics released Darko Milicic - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics released 27-year old Serbian ex-international center Darko Milicic (212-111kg-85). But in only one NBA game he played this season he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
In 2003 Milicic was drafted by Detroit Pistons as #2 pick overall.
He played in the final of NBA in 2005. Milicic also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Spain five years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 14.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, 3.3bpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 0.0%, FT: 52.6%.
Milicic has played previously for five other NBA teams: LA Clippers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies.

By Eurobasket Data Center



KAO Dramas land Dejan Borovnjak - by Eurobasket News

KAO Dramas (A1) tabbed 26-year old Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-104kg-86, agency: Beo Basket). He already started the season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Lega2. The last season Borovnjak also played at Enel Brindisi in Lega2. In 38 games last year he averaged 13.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (10-11) season Borovnjak played at Aris. In 14 Eurocup games he had 9.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played 19 games in Greek A1 where he had 7.7ppg and 4.3rpg. Borovnjak represented Serbia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 68.6%, FT: 46.2%.
Borovnjak is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Spain (Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014), Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd) and Greece (Panionios).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



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Standings - D2

3SKL Standings
 1. Fenomeni 0-0 
East
 1. Calcit 0-0 
 2. Celje 0-0 
 3. Hram Gorjan 0-0 
 4. Jance Prit 0-0 
 5. Konjice 0-0 
 6. Krka II 0-0 
 7. Medvode 0-0 
 8. Nazarje 0-0 
 9. Posavje Krsko 0-0 
 10. Slovenj Gradec 0-0 
 11. Vrani Vransko 0-0 
West
 1. Ajdovscina 0-0 
 2. Cerknica 0-0 
 3. Globus 0-0 
 4. Jesenice 0-0 
 5. Jezica 0-0 
 6. Logatec 0-0 
 7. Pingvini 0-0 
 8. Pivka 0-0 
 9. Plama Pur 0-0 
 10. Sezana 0-0 
 11. Tolmin 0-0 



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 12-4 
 2. SK Knights 11-4 
 3. ET Land 10-5 
 4. Anyang KGC 10-6 
 5. Sonic Boom KT 8-8 
 6. Goyang Orions 8-8 
 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: Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT 75-81
Nov. 21: Goyang Orions - Mobis Phoebus 58-83
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



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Cajasol tabs Joaquim Colom - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (ACB) inked 24-year old point guard Joaquim Colom (188-88kg-88, agency: Interperformances). He played recently at Mad-Croc (ACB). In 8 games this season he averaged 7.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg. The last season he also played at Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. In 15 EuroChallenge games last season he had 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.5apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Colom also played 34 games in ACB where he had 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg.
His team made it to the LEB Semifinals in 2007.
Colom received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2008. He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) four years ago. Coloms team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 12.9ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-1(6.1apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 18.9%, FT: 68.3%.
Colom has played previously for four other Spanish teams: LHospitalet, CAI Zaragoza, Lleida Basquet and El Olivar.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Cajasol open win count with success in Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Orleans - Cajasol 56:70

Cajasol posted the first EuroCup win this season. They upset Orleans Basket on the road tonight. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) was responsible for 20 points to pace Cajasol.
The Spaniards shocked Orleans in the first quarter. Cajasol cleared off to a 21:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Cajasol secured a 41:30 halftime lead. Orleans limited the visitors to just 9 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit at 5-point mark. Cajasol responded with a 20:11 run in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) delivered 14 points, while Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) contributed 11 points for the visitors. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) netted 12 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) had 11 points in the loss.

Orleans: Caleb Green 12, Jahmar Young 11
Cajasol: Tomas Satoransky 20, Joan Sastre Morro 14, Robert Dozier 11



EuroCup: Gescrap Bilbao stun Lukoil away from home - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academik - Gescrap Bilbao 64:85

Gescrap Bilbao accounted for the third straight win at the EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Lukoil Academik in Bulgaria to remain on top of Group B. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors.
Lukoil started the game strongly. The home team dropped 25 points to take a 2-point lead. But the Basque team erased the deficit in the second frame. Bilbao pulled ahead for a slim 43:42 halftime lead. The breakthrough for the Spanish team happened in the third quarter. Bilbao proved their dominance with a 21:9 run to ensure a 13-point advantage. Bilbao stayed in charge throughout the fourth stanza. They did not give the hosts a single chance cruising to the victory. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) netted 15 points, while Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) posted 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) answered with 13 points and 11 boards for Lukoil. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) had 11 points in the loss.

Lukoil: Devin Green 13, Mohammed Abukar 11
Gescrap Bilbao: Lamont Hamilton 19, Kostas Vasiliadis 15, Alex Mumbru 13



Marc Gasol selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the New York Knicks (8-1) 105-95 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Gasol was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. The Memphis Grizzlies have quite an impressive 8-2 record this season. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Gasol's fifth year with the team. Gasol has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 4.6apg, 1.3bpg and FT: 89.5% in the 10 games he played so far. Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA). Gasol contributed to a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (6-3) 95-90 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Gasol also added 7 assists in 39 minutes. The Los Angeles Lakers have 6-5 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 14.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 44.8% and FT: 80.6% in the 11 games. Gasol is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ibaka's very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder was defeated 107-97 on the road by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Ibaka also added 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Ibaka has very high stats. He averages: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5bpg, 2FGP: 59.6%(65-109), 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 90.3%(28-31). Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #4. Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a 2-point Toronto Raptors' victory against the Indiana Pacers (5-7) 74-72 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Calderon recorded a triple-double by scoring 13 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 10 assists. The Toronto Raptors have not so impressive 3-8 record this season. Calderon has been at the team for eight years. He is currently fifth on the list of best passers. This season Calderon has very high stats. He averages: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.5apg. Calderon is also Spanish national team player.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #5. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) managed to help ALBA Berlin to win against the 15th-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (3-6) crushing them 91-65 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. ALBA Berlin (5-2) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Miralles' overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Spanish national team seven years ago.

Daniel Munoz
Daniel Munoz
   #6. Guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the American in their last game. Despite Munoz's very good performance the American lost 53-67 at home to the University of San Francisco. He scored 16 points and added 4 assists in 40 minutes. Munoz plays fourth season for the team. This year Munoz's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 4.1rpg in the seven games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Spanish team nine years ago.

Francisco Robles
Francisco Robles
   #7. Former U20 international guard Francisco Robles (195-81, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British EBL D1 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Bristol Acadamy Flyers (4-1) in their last game. Despite Robles' good performance Bristol Acadamy Flyers lost 74-81 in Reading to the second-ranked Rockets. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Robles has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team twelve years ago.

Salvador Camps
Salvador Camps
   #8. Point guard Salvador Camps (178-79, currently plays in Ireland) couldn't help Moycullen (2-5) in their game against UCC Demons (8-0) in the Irish Superleague. Camps scored 7 points and added 5 passes. Moycullen was crushed 96-66 in Cork by the leading UCC Demons. Camps' total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.8apg and 2.3spg. He used to play for the Spanish national team back in 2001.

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

   #1. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Phoenix Suns (4-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns were defeated in an overtime 112-106 at home by the Chicago Bulls. Scola recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 14 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Scola's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Scola averages: 14.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #2. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (6-5) 84-82 in the NBA last Tuesday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 8-3 record this season. This year Splitter's overall stats are: 6.7ppg and 3.5rpg in the 11 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #3. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (13-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Hebraica lost 85-93 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#8) Montevideo BC in the Capital group. Barrera had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 10 passes in 38 minutes. Barrera is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 7.2apg and 2.1spg in the 18 games. Barrera has both Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #4. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88, currently plays in Portugal) led Academica to a victory over the league outsider Alges (0-4) 78-61 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Hallman recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals. Associacao Academica de Coimbra (3-1) is placed fourth in the LPB. Hallman is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Hallman averages: 15.5ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Hallman used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.

   #5. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a victory against the tenth-ranked Turk Telekom (2-4) crushing them 96-57 in the Turkish TBL on Monday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 11 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (5-1) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Batista's first season with the team. This year Batista's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 3.7rpg in the three games. He also holds two passports: Uruguayan and Spanish.

   #6. Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Sampaense 85-68 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. Coll scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.

   #7. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Huracanes (11-11) in their last game. Despite Quintero's very good performance Huracanes lost 88-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Fuerza Regia. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Quintero also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. Quintero belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6 with 4.6apg. This year he also averages: 14.9ppg and 3.7rpg in the 19 games. Quintero holds both Spanish and Mexican passports.

   #8. Lluis Jacas (198-F-90, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) couldn't help Eskilstuna (4-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jacas' very good performance the seventh-placed Eskilstuna was defeated 67-58 in Malmo by the lower-ranked Malbas (#8) in the South group. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Jacas also added 6 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. This season he has very high stats. Jacas averages: 17.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg.

   #9. Experienced Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72, currently plays in Uruguay) couldn't help Cordon in their game against Union Atletica in the Uruguayan LUB. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 40 minutes. His team lost 76-90. This year Riera's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg in the 15 games. He has Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #10. Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in France) couldn't help Quimper UJAP in their game against Cognac in the French NM1 (third division). Cherry scored 8 points, had 4 boards, passed 7 assists and added 3 steals. His team was defeated 79-64. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg.



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Sodertalje inks John Roberson - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan) signed 24-year old American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech). He just played at BBC Monthey in Swiss LNA league. In three games this season he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.3apg and 4.0spg. He played in the final of ABA.
Roberson was voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2009,2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Roberson has played also professionally in Slovenia (Zlatorog), ABA (South Carolina Warriors) and Ecuador (ComuniKT).
He attended Texas Tech University until 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: Norrkoping won over Pyrinto on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping - Pyrinto 84:73

Norrkoping won over Pyrinto on Wednesday to take 2-1 record in Group C of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side needed a 84:73 win to keep the opponents winless.
It was a good start for both sides that stayed close to each other in the first period. Pyrinto grabbed 13:12 lead after the first 10 minutes, but was destroyed in the second frame 17-30. Moreover the hosts added 19-16 in the third quarter and led 61:46 after 30 minutes. The Finnish team managed to respond with 27-23 in the last stanza but could not win the game.
Anton Saks (200-SF-89) paced all the winners with 17 points and Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) as well as Keith Gabriel (190-G, college: VMI) had 13 each. Pierre Hampton (202-F-91) delivered 12 points in win. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) scored 9, while Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) posted 7.

Norrkoping: Anton Saks 17, Edgars Jeromanovs 13, Keith Gabriel 13, Pierre Hampton 12
Pyrinto: Lamonte Ulmer 23+11 rebs, Damon Williams 19+13 rebs, Antero Lehto 9, Kenneth Lowe 7



Wesby's 29 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old guard Alex Wesby (198-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Sundsvall and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds for Sundsvall in his team's victory, helping them to beat Uppsala (#5, 7-4) 81-72. It allowed Sundsvall to take over top position in the Swedish league. Sundsvall have a solid 10-2 record. In the team's last game Wesby had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sundsvall's top player in his first season with the team. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wesby is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.5ppg) and averages solid 63.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was James Miller (180-PG-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of league's second-best Boras. He is American guard in his first season at Boras. In the last game Miller recorded impressive 35 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Boras was edged by the lower-ranked 08 (#6, 6-5) 109-107. This loss caused Boras to drop to 2nd position in the standings. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Miller is a newcomer at Boras and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#1). He also recorded 5.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Donald Johnson (201-F) of Solna (#7). Johnson scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Johnson's great performance Solna lost 87-89 to slightly lower-ranked LF Basket (#8, 5-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Solna needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Johnson has a very solid season. In 12 games in Sweden he scored 10.3ppg. He also has 6.9rpg, FGP: 57.4% and 3PT: 43.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84) of 08 - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Isiah Brown (203-F-89) of 08 - 12 points and 11 rebounds
6. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Solna - 11 points and 18 rebounds
7. Tut Ruach (188-G-85) of Nassjo - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Henry Dugat (183-G-87) of LF Basket - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Sundsvall - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kodi Augustus (203-F-87) of 08 - 21 points, 3 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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Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Darussafaka 7-1 
 2. Selcuk Univ. 7-1 
 3. Usak 6-2 
 4. Maliye Milli 6-2 
 5. Akhisar Bld 5-3 
 6. Balikesir 5-3 
 7. Trabzonspor 5-3 
 8. Vestel 5-3 
 9. Yesilgiresun 4-4 
 10. Gelisim 4-4 
 11. Pertevniyal 4-4 
 12. Final Genclik 3-5 
 13. Istanbul B.B. 3-5 
 14. Pi Koleji 3-5 
 15. Bandirma Kir. 2-6 
 16. Istanbulspor 2-6 
 17. Baskent Genclik 1-7 
 18. Izmir BSB 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 21: Pertevniyal - Final Genclik 92-73
Nov. 21: Trabzonspor - Baskent Genclik 90-81
Nov. 21: Akhisar Bld - Istanbul B.B. 90-75
Nov. 21: Yesilgiresun - Vestel 84-74
Nov. 21: Usak - Gelisim 81-78
Nov. 21: Bandirma Kir. - Maliye Milli 80-83
Nov. 21: Izmir BSB - Darussafaka 77-83
Nov. 21: Istanbulspor - Selcuk Univ. 69-78
Nov. 21: Pi Koleji - Balikesir 65-79

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 23: Gelisim - Istanbulspor
Nov. 23: Final Genclik - Yesilgiresun
Nov. 24: Istanbul B.B. - Usak
Nov. 24: Maliye Milli - Balikesir
Nov. 24: Baskent Genclik - Izmir BSB
Nov. 24: Selcuk Univ. - Pi Koleji
Nov. 24: Vestel - Akhisar Bld
Nov. 25: Bandirma Kir. - Trabzonspor
Nov. 25: Darussafaka - Pertevniyal


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.25.4 
 2. Carter, Usak21.6 
 3. Hall, Darussafaka18.9 
 4. Dobie, Trabzonspor18.1 
 5. Graham, Maliye Mil.18.0 
 6. Nelson, Akhisar Bld18.0 
 7. Knox, Vestel17.4 
 8. Sykes, Bandirma.17.0 
 9. Waller, Vestel16.9 
 10. Hinkle, Istanbuls.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Istanbulspor
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bristol, Istanbuls.11.8 
 2. Moses, Final Gencl.10.5 
 3. Sykes, Bandirma.10.1 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld9.6 
 5. Delic, Pi Koleji9.6 
 6. Morrow, Akhisar8.9 
 7. Brown, Pertevniyal8.9 
 8. Ofoegbu, Yesilgire.8.8 
 9. Kolaric, Istanbul.8.8 
 10. Pasco, Balikesir8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.5 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor6.1 
 3. Hall, Darussafaka5.6 
 4. Porrini, Gelisim5.5 
 5. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.1 
 6. Williams, Maliye M.4.8 
 7. Gen, Yesilgiresun4.5 
 8. Delicay, Istanbuls.4.3 
 9. Kan, Baskent4.0 
 10. Kavut, Pi Koleji4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Usak
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Carter, Usak2.5 
 2. Reed, Pertevniyal2.4 
 3. Brown, Bandirma.2.4 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 5. Gordon, Yesilgires.2.0 
 6. Terzioglu, Akhisar1.8 
 7. Ozdemir, Selcuk Un.1.8 
 8. Porrini, Gelisim1.8 
 9. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.8 
 10. Waller, Vestel1.6 
Blocks Per Game