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  ABA   



Georgia Bearcats Unveil 2013 Roster - by Surujh Roopnarine

Terence Coley, CEO of the newly re-named Georgia Bearcats (formerly Wildcats) has announced the team's 2013 roster for this upcoming season.

2013 Georgia Bearcats
Steve Peterson (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Columbus St.) 6'5 Guard Columbus State/ Morehead St.
Darius Mcknight (6'8''-F-90, college: Columbus St.) 6'7 Center Columbus State
Johnathan Murphy (6'6''-F, college: Columbus St.) 6'6 Power Foward Columbus State
David Lee (6'3''-G-83) Jr. 6'3 Guard Jacksonville University
Derrick Webster (6'2''-G-88, college: Angelo St.) 6'2 Point Guard Angelo State University
Chris Sellers (6'6'') 6'6 Power Foward Shaw University
Garland McArthur (6'6''-F) 6'6 Foward Voorhees College
Dominique Brown (6'11''-C-86) 6'11 Center Voorhees College
Markist Welcher 6'3 Guard ABAC
Rafael Buford (6'4''-G) 6'3 Guard Albany State University

Fred Brathwaite (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Augusta St.)
Shasta Scott (6'0''-PG-85, college: Point, GA) 6'0 Point Guard Flores Trinidad (Uruguay-LUB).



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 8-2 
 2. Partizan 8-2 
 3. Cedevita 6-4 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 6-4 
 5. Buducnost 6-4 
 6. Radnicki KG 5-5 
 7. MZT Skopje 5-5 
 8. Krka 5-5 
 9. Siroki WWin 4-6 
 10. Un.Olimpija 4-6 
 11. Cibona 4-6 
 12. KK Split 4-6 
 13. Zadar 3-7 
 14. Szolnok 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 24: Buducnost - Radnicki KG 80-78
Nov. 25: Krka - Un.Olimpija 79-76
Nov. 24: Szolnok - Igokea 78-82
Nov. 24: Zadar - MZT Skopje 68-76
Nov. 24: Cibona - Crvena Zvezda 63-71
Nov. 25: Partizan - Cedevita 58-55
Nov. 24: Siroki WWin - KK Split 101-64

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 1: Radnicki KG - Zadar
Dec. 1: KK Split - Buducnost
Dec. 1: Crvena Zvezda - Siroki WWin
Dec. 3: Un.Olimpija - Cibona
Dec. 2: Cedevita - Krka
Dec. 2: Igokea - Partizan
Dec. 1: MZT Skopje - Szolnok


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darko PLANINIC
  Siroki W.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Planinic, Siroki W.15.6 
 2. Travis, Zadar15.1 
 3. Bader, Szolnok15.0 
 4. Rakocevic, Crvena14.8 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.6 
 6. Lucic, Partizan14.5 
 7. Mimica, KK Split14.1 
 8. Capin, Radnicki KG13.7 
 9. White, Radnicki KG13.2 
 10. Edwards, Igokea12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Bader, Szolnok9.2 
 2. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.9 
 3. Sakic, Siroki WWin7.7 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.2 
 5. Travis, Zadar7.1 
 6. Cekovski, MZT S.6.4 
 7. Brown, Crvena Z.6.1 
 8. Planinic, Siroki W.5.9 
 9. Muric, Krka5.5 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Srdan SUBOTIC
  KK Split
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Subotic, KK Split4.6 
 2. Vladovic, Krka4.4 
 3. Hammonds, Igokea4.4 
 4. Simon, Szolnok4.2 
 5. Capin, Radnicki KG4.0 
 6. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.5 
 7. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.5 
 8. Popovic, Buducnost3.2 
 9. Waters, Un.Olimpija3.1 
 10. Markovic, Radnick.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sasu SALIN
  Un.Olimpija
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Salin, Un.Olimpija2.1 
 2. Strawberry, Cibona2.0 
 3. White, Radnicki KG1.8 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea1.8 
 5. Green, Cedevita1.7 
 6. Kalve, Szolnok1.5 
 7. Stemberger, Igokea1.5 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.4 
 9. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 10. Muric, Krka1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.1.4 
 2. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 3. Musli, Partizan1.1 
 4. Kalve, Szolnok0.7 
 5. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 6. Vujcic, KK Split0.6 
 7. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.6 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.0.6 
 9. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.6 
 10. Edwards, Igokea0.6 


Tweety Carter leaves Cibona - by Eurobasket News

26-year old American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) left KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1). In three Eurocup games he played this season he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.3apg. Carter also played 8 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
His team won Latvian League Regular Season in 2011.
Carter was selected to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Latvia (Ventspils) and D-League (Tulsa 66ers).
Carter attended Baylor University until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Round 10: Partizan defeats Cedevita in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Adriatic League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Croatian Cedevita (6-4) to second ranked Serbian Partizan (8-2) 58-55 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Partizan forced 29 Cedevita turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Cedevita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) chipped in 10 points during the contest. At the losing side center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Serbian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Igokea. Cedevita at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda and Buducnost. Partizan is looking forward to face league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita will play at home against Krka in Novo Mesto and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Podgorica. Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (6-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (5-5) 80-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radnicki KG. Finnish-American center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) notched 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Aleksa Popovic supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 14 points by Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (198-85) did not help to save the game for Radnicki KG. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Buducnost have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda and Cedevita. Radnicki KG at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje and Krka. Buducnost will play against KK Split (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki KG will play against KK Zadar (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
One of the most interesting games of round 10 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Novo Mesto where eighth ranked Krka edged visiting Un.Olimpija (4-6) 79-76. Edo Muric fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Aaron Baynes produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Slovenian champion (5-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with MZT Skopje and Radnicki KG. Loser Un.Olimpija keeps the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Krka will meet higher ranked Cedevita (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Un.Olimpija will play against Cibona (#11) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Adriatic League top team - Bosnian Igokea (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-8) 82-78. Worth to mention a great performance of Clifford Hammonds who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. Szolnok's coach Peter Por rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Igokea maintains first position with 8-2 record, which they share with Partizan. Szolnok lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Hungarian champion stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Igokea's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#7).
Twelfth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (4-6) crushed at home 10th ranked Croatian KK Split (4-6) by 37 points 101-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Darko Planinic had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KK Split. HKK Siroki WWin will face higher ranked Zvezda (#4) in Beograd in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 10 Crvena Zvezda won against Cibona on the opponent's court 71-63. Zadar lost to FYR Macedonian defending champion MZT Skopje in a home game 68-76.


Krka - Un.Olimpija 79-76

One of the most interesting games of round 10 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Novo Mesto where eighth ranked Krka edged visiting Un.Olimpija (4-6) 79-76. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Un.Olimpija won third quarter 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Edo Muric (202-91) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Domen Lorbek (198-85) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Australian-New Zealand center Aaron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Dino Muric (200-90) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Slovenian champion (5-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with MZT Skopje and Radnicki KG. Loser Un.Olimpija keeps the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Krka will meet higher ranked Cedevita (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Un.Olimpija will play against Cibona (#11) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Un.Olimpija: D.Muric 16+4reb+1ast, A.Baynes 13+10reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 12+4reb+2ast, J.Blazic 8+4reb+1ast, S.Salin 8+3reb+1ast, D.Page 7+4reb+1ast
Krka: E.Muric 20+6reb+4ast, D.Lorbek 20+5reb+3ast, U.Lucic 15+8reb, J.Lalic 9+1reb, M.Pajic 5+2reb, E.Kastrati 4+2reb
gschID: 183692


Partizan - Cedevita 58-55

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Adriatic League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Croatian Cedevita (6-4) to second ranked Serbian Partizan (8-2) 58-55 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Partizan forced 29 Cedevita turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Cedevita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) chipped in 10 points during the contest. At the losing side center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 9 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Serbian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Igokea. Cedevita at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda and Buducnost. Partizan is looking forward to face league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita will play at home against Krka in Novo Mesto and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: L.Andric 13+7reb, P.Suput 9+3reb, B.Wright 8+1reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 7+1reb, M.Bilan 6+4reb, M.Car 5+1reb
Partizan: D.Milosavljevic 10+3reb+3ast, D.Gordon 10+6reb+3ast, D.Bertans 8+1reb+3ast, V.Lucic 8+5reb, N.Gordic 6+2reb+1ast, D.Gagic 6+1reb
gschID: 183691


Buducnost - Radnicki KG 80-78

Important game to mention about took place in Podgorica. Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (6-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (5-5) 80-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radnicki KG. Radnicki KG was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 36-33 second half run of Buducnost. They outrebounded Radnicki KG 41-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Radnicki KG was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Finnish-American center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) notched 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Aleksa Popovic (201-87) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by Montenegrin swingman Milos Borisov (198-85) did not help to save the game for Radnicki KG. Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Buducnost have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda and Cedevita. Radnicki KG at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje and Krka. Buducnost will play against KK Split (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki KG will play against KK Zadar (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radnicki KG: A.Capin 17+1ast, M.Borisov 14+3reb+2ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 14+2reb+1ast, S.Markovic 8+4reb+4ast, D.Mijatovic 8, M.Worthington 7+5reb+1ast
Buducnost: G.Lee 20+4reb, A.Popovic 14+8reb+2ast, D.Bost 13+3reb+2ast, C.Vitkovac 13+7reb+1ast, M.Popovic 6+5reb, V.Mihailovic 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 183695


Siroki WWin - KK Split 101-64

Twelfth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (4-6) crushed at home 10th ranked Croatian KK Split (4-6) by 37 points 101-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. HKK Siroki WWin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game, while KK Split only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded KK Split 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-90) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 13 points and 5 steals during the contest. Five HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Toni Dijan (205-83) responded with 14 points and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KK Split. HKK Siroki WWin will face higher ranked Zvezda (#4) in Beograd in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 14+4reb+2ast, T.Dijan 14+4reb+3ast, F.Kruslin 14+2reb, N.Vujcic 5+3reb+2ast, S.Subotic 4+1reb+9ast, V.Vukusic 4+1reb
Siroki WWin: D.Planinic 26+10reb, M.Sutalo 13+2reb+2ast, B.Barac 11+2reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 11+1reb+2ast, D.Bosnjak 10+3reb+3ast, M.Babic 8
gschID: 183694


Cibona - Crvena Zvezda 63-71

Very expected game in Zagreb where 11th ranked Croatian Cibona (4-6) was defeated by fifth ranked Serbian Zvezda (6-4) 71-63 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cibona won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cibona 40-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cibona was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) chipped in 13 points during the contest. At the losing side American center Justin Hamilton (210-90, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) scored 19 points and 4 steals. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost and Cedevita. Cibona lost third consecutive game. Defending Croatian champion dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Zvezda will face HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round where they are favorite. Cibona will play on the road against Un.Olimpija in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: D.Strawberry 19+2reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 11+14reb+3ast, D.Kus 11+1reb, T.Zubcic 9+3reb+1ast, M.Rozic 4+2reb+1ast, A.Masic 3+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 13+3reb+3ast, B.Savovic 12+14reb, R.Katic 10+3reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 9+5reb+1ast, V.Radivojevic 8+3reb+7ast, E.Brown 6+3reb
gschID: 183693


Szolnok - Igokea 78-82

Adriatic League top team - Bosnian Igokea (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-8) 82-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-20. But Szolnok won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Igokea won last quarter 26-23. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. Serbian Milan Dozet (203-79) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Igokea players scored in double figures. Center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Szolnok. Szolnok's coach Peter Por rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Igokea maintains first position with 8-2 record, which they share with Partizan. Szolnok lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Hungarian champion stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Igokea's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#7).
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 20+12reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 17+5reb+3ast, B.Simon 9+4reb+3ast, B.Gay 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fodor 7+2reb+1ast, E.Kalve 5+4reb+1ast
Igokea: B.Jorovic 17+4reb+3ast, M.Dozet 17+8reb, C.Hammonds 12+3reb+12ast, N.Sulovic 10+7reb+2ast, M.Komatina 10+6reb, S.Stemberger 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183690


Zadar - MZT Skopje 68-76

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (5-5) defeated on the road 13th ranked Croatian KK Zadar (3-7) 76-68 on Saturday. KK Zadar trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 24-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-76 at the end of the game. MZT Skopje forced 19 KK Zadar turnovers. KK Zadar was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin guard Boris Bakic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian center Barisa Krasic (203-78) responded with 24 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Krka and Radnicki KG. Loser KK Zadar keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. MZT Skopje will face bottom-ranked Szolnok (#14) in Szolnok in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zadar will play on the road against Radnicki KG in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Zadar: B.Krasic 24+4reb, F.Kastropil 12+4reb+1ast, R.Travis 9+7reb+2ast, M.Ramljak 7+2reb+1ast, T.Prostran 6+4reb+5ast, G.Vrbanc 6+1reb+4ast
MZT Skopje: B.Bakic 19+5reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 18+11reb+3ast, T.Gecevski 16+8reb+1ast, C.Davis 15+1reb, D.Stojanovski 6+4reb+3ast, N.Otasevic 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 183689



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  ALBANIA   


Ermal Kurtoglu selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ermal Kurtoglu
Ermal Kurtoglu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey). He managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a victory against the 13th-ranked Turk Telekom (2-5) crushing them 96-57 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. Kurtoglu scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (6-1) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Kurtoglu averages: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 75.0% in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Turkish. Kurtoglu played for the Albanian senior national team one years ago.

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-85, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Sutor Montegranaro (2-7) 97-78 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Ndoja scored 10 points and had 3 steals. Enel Brindisi (4-5) is placed ninth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ndoja's overall stats this year are: 5.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 61.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team.

Ersid Luca
Ersid Luca
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ersid Luca (212-81, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A. Luca could not help Hoops Club (1-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Hoops Club was crushed 92-62 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Al Moutahed. Luca had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Hoops Club's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Luca is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.8rpg. This year he also averages: 15.5ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 42.1% in the four games. Luca has both Serbian and Albanian nationalities. Ex-Sport Klub Tirana player is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #4. Shooting guard Franko Bushati (190-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Givova Scafati (5-3) in their game against Tuscany Pistoia (7-1) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Bushati recorded only 3 points and had 4 steals. Givova Scafati was edged in an overtime 88-86 in Pistoia by the leading Tuscany. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Bushati's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg. He also holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati is also Albanian national team player.

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

   #1. Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dorsten (4-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Dorsten lost 87-98 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Herten Lions in the Group North. Pelaj was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. It's Pelaj's ninth season with the team. Pelaj has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.

   #2. Erjon Kastrati (198-F/G-94, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Krka (1-2) in their game against Tofas (2-1) in the EuroChallenge. Kastrati scored 5 points. The third-placed Krka was edged 82-79 in Bursa by the second-ranked Tofas in the group A of EuroChallenge. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kastrati's overall stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Albanian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) plays for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL
Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) plays for Lovcen in Montenegrin 1A
Milan Dabovic plays for Smederevo Vizura in Serbian A League
Franz Harizaj (PG-94) plays for Bologna in Italian Nazionale A
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA
Elyan Bumbli (190-G-87) plays for Riva del Garda in Italian Nazionale B
Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) plays for Psyhiko in Greek B
Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) plays for Peja in Kosovan SuperLeague

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



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Schuckers roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci

Gordon Chase (6'5''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) and Terry Hosley (6'0''-G-85) lead on the court the Bay Area Shuckers in the APBL. According with an official communication to Usbasket.com from team Owner John Wolfe , this down is the 2012-13 official team roster of the Bay Area Shuckers:

34 Dennard Abraham 6'9" 245 Towson University
3 Joe Addis 6'1" 175 CCBC - Essex
1 Tyrone Burns 5'9" 150 Maryland Bible
45 Gordon Chase 6'5" 250 Georgetown College
5 Rocky Coleman 6'3" 180 Towson University
11 Terry Hosley 6' 160 Maryland Bible
-- Patrick Lipinski 5'8" 155 Trinity International University
15 Mike McKenzie 6'1" 170 Delaware State University
14 Lamarr Shorts 6'2" 205 Bryan College
24 Gerald Stansbury 6'2" 190 Marymount University
33 Anthony Thomas 6'6" 212 American International
32 Danny Thompson 6'7" 230 Mount St. Mary's
22 Cody White 6'5" 210 Wesley College
21 Perry Wright 6'4" 190 Widener University



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Phillip's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old forward Darren Phillip (201-F-78) had a very impressive game in the last round for Union Progr. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Quimsa (#7, 10-8) 75-74. Union Progr. maintains the 13th position in Argentinian league. Union Progr. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 17 games. Phillip turned to be Union Progr.'s top player in his first season with the team. Fairfield University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Phillip is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.5ppg and leads league in rebounds with 12.7rpg. Phillip is in league's top in and averages solid 52.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports) of Boca Jrs. He is American-Puerto Rican center in his first season at Boca Jrs. In the last game Santiago recorded impressive double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Boca Jrs lost that game 71-77 to the higher-ranked Atenas (#8, 10-9). Boca Jrs is still in a red zone at 12th spot in Round 6. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Santiago is a newcomer at Boca Jrs 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.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Juan Manuel Rivero (191-G/F-85) of Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11). Rivero scored 24 points. Despite Rivero's great performance Wuber-Est.Bahia lost 79-85 to slightly higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#9, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Wuber-Est.Bahia ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rivero could help Wuber-Est.Bahia to bring them higher in the standings. Rivero has a very solid season. In 14 games in Argentina he scored 12.7ppg. He also has FGP: 53.8% and 3PT: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Jackson (196-G-82) of GECR Indalo - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Sionista - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cedric McGowan (200-F-85) of Olimpico LB - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Fabian Ramirez (193-F-90) of Olimpico LB - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81) of Quimsa - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 6 points and 18 rebounds
10. Robert Hornsby (201-F-82) of 9 de Julio - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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ASEAN Basketball League Makes Big Announcements Ahead of the 2013 Season - by Eurobasket News

Hot off the unveiling of its new logo earlier this week, the ASEAN Basketball League today announced the teams that will be participating in the 2013 season. The League also revealed the new schedule and some exciting changes in the League format for the upcoming season.
"The ABL has made tremendous strides over the last three seasons," said league co-founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. "Watching the league grow and seeing the passion and love for the sport has been rewarding. I anxiously anticipate this coming season, it has a chance to be better than every other before it."
Last season's champions, the Indonesia Warriors, will be back to defend their title as well as runner ups the San Miguel Beermen. The two will face each other again in what is sure to be an explosive season opener on Friday the 11th of January 2013 in Jakarta. Before the game, the Warriors will be recognized for their championship victory of last season. It was an honour to bring the ABL championship to Indonesia for the first time, said Warriors team owner Handy P. Soetedjo. But now were looking forward to going down in League history as the first team with back to back championship trophies!
The Westports Malaysia Dragons will also be back to try and win their first title. The Dragons are fresh off an appearance in the Malaysia National Basketball League finals, and are certainly ready for the action.
The Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers will also be back, alongside last season's expansion team, the Saigon Heat. ABL Champions from 2011, the Chang Thailand Slammers, also return as they look to rebound from a lackluster 2012 campaign. These teams are committed to the long term growth of our league, and we are happy to have them serve as the foundation for future success, explained ABL CEO Anthony Macri. We are more excited now than ever about the product we are putting on the floor, and the kind of in-game event experience each of our teams will provide for our fans. This season, every participant will play each other four times during the regular season. The four top ranked teams will then enter the Playoffs, which will now be decided by a best of five Semifinals and Finals series. The 2013 ABL Champions will be crowned in June.
Selected ABL games will also be telecast live regionally every week on ESPN STAR Sports channels throughout the 2013 season. Fans can also tune in the ABLs website on http://www.ASEANBasketballLeague.com/, where the league intends for all of the seasons games to be live-streamed. Every initiative weve taken is with the fans in mind, Macri said. We recognize the growth of digital media and that web-streamed games are a way for our fans to stay more connected to our teams. The 2013 season of the ASEAN Basketball League tips off on Friday the 11th of January 2013 in Mahaka Square, Jakarta, Indonesia with a re-match of last season's ABL Finals: the Indonesia Warriors hosting the San Miguel Beermen. The game will be telecast live on ESPN STAR Sports channels. The other games on opening weekend include the Westports Malaysia Dragons visiting the Saigon Heat on Saturday the 12th of January and the Singapore Slingers hosting the Chang Thailand Slammers on Sunday the 13th of January 2013.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Hawks 7-1 
 2. Breakers 7-2 
 3. Kings 6-4 
 4. 36ers 5-3 
 5. Wildcats 5-3 
 6. Taipans 3-6 
 7. Tigers 2-6 
 8. Crocodiles 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 22: Wildcats - Breakers 89-64
Nov. 23: Taipans - Kings 76-83
Nov. 25: Tigers - Hawks 66-74
Nov. 24: Crocodiles - Wildcats 63-68

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 30: Wildcats - Kings
Nov. 30: Breakers - Tigers
Nov. 30: Crocodiles - 36ers
Dec. 2: 36ers - Kings
Dec. 2: Taipans - Hawks


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Madgen, Kings21.0 
 2. Deleon, Hawks17.0 
 3. Jackson, Breakers15.7 
 4. Tragardh, Taipans15.2 
 5. Lisch, Wildcats15.1 
 6. Scott, Tigers14.6 
 7. Knight, Wildcats14.5 
 8. Ervin, Crocodiles14.4 
 9. Johnson, 36ers14.4 
 10. Wilson, Taipans14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Seth SCOTT
  Tigers
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Scott, Tigers8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 3. Holmes, Crocodiles8.1 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.4 
 5. Forman, Hawks7.3 
 6. Crosswhite, Kings7.2 
 7. Davidson, Hawks7.0 
 8. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 9. Petrie, 36ers6.9 
 10. Vukona, Breakers6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.9 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles4.6 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.0 
 4. Henry, Kings3.6 
 5. Martin, Wildcats3.4 
 6. Wilson, Taipans2.9 
 7. Cadee, 36ers2.9 
 8. Redhage, Wildcats2.8 
 9. Goulding, Tigers2.8 
 10. Deleon, Hawks2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.4 
 2. Deleon, Hawks1.6 
 3. Martin, Wildcats1.4 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles1.4 
 5. Henry, Kings1.4 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Williams, Taipans1.2 
 8. Edwards, Taipans1.2 
 9. Wagstaff, Wildcats1.1 
 10. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pledger, Breakers2.1 
 2. Scott, Tigers1.4 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers1.3 
 4. Forman, Hawks1.1 
 5. Garlepp, Kings1.1 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 7. Boucher, Breakers0.7 
 8. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 9. Ballinger, Tigers0.7 
 10. Tragardh, Taipans0.7 


Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

NBL round 8 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader New Zealand Breakers (7-2) against fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (5-3) 89-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of New Zealand Breakers. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to New Zealand Breakers' 34. They outrebounded New Zealand Breakers 41-23 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) replied with 15 points and 4 assists for New Zealand Breakers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 36ers. Defending champion New Zealand Breakers dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hawks. New Zealand Breakers will play next round against Melbourne Tigers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Perth Wildcats will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kings in Sydney.
Bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (5-3) 68-63. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Jesse Wagstaff who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Perth Wildcats moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 36ers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against higher ranked Kings (#3) in Sydney in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Melbourne was also quite interesting. Second ranked Wollongong Hawks (7-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (2-6). Wollongong Hawks managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Sunday. The winners were led by Adris Deleon who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 19 points and 8 assists by Jonny Flynn did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. Melbourne Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wollongong Hawks keep a position of league leader. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the seventh place with six games lost. Wollongong Hawks will meet Cairns Taipans (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
The game in Cairns was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kings (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Cairns Taipans (3-6). Kings managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76. The best player for the winners was Ben Madgen who scored 29 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's leader Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville.



Tigers - Hawks 66-74

The game in Melbourne was also quite interesting. Second ranked Wollongong Hawks (7-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (2-6). Wollongong Hawks managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Sunday. Melbourne Tigers were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Wollongong Hawks, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 8 assists by American guard Jonny Flynn (183-89, college: Syracuse) did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. Forward Lucas Walker (203-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Melbourne Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wollongong Hawks keep a position of league leader. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the seventh place with six games lost. Wollongong Hawks will meet Cairns Taipans (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tigers: J.Flynn 19+3reb+8ast, L.Walker 11+10reb, S.Scott 10+6reb, B.Lewis 9, L.Rush 7+3reb+1ast, M.Burston 6+6reb
Hawks: A.Deleon 18+5reb+5ast, G.Saville 15+7reb+1ast, L.Davidson 12+5reb+3ast, L.Hurdle 9+2reb+2ast, R.Martin 8+2ast, D.Gruber 6+2reb
gschID: 182652


Crocodiles - Wildcats 63-68

Bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (5-3) 68-63. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Townsville Crocodiles won second period 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perth Wildcats brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) scored 6 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Perth Wildcats moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 36ers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against higher ranked Kings (#3) in Sydney in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: G.Ervin 18+7reb+6ast, P.Crawford 11+2reb+3ast, T.Blanchfield 11+4reb+2ast, M.Cedar 9+3ast, J.Holmes 6+15reb+2ast, R.Hinder 3+4reb
Wildcats: K.Lisch 15+2reb, J.Wagstaff 15+9reb+1ast, M.Knight 13+11reb+3ast, S.Redhage 9+2reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 5+2reb, D.Martin 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 182651


Taipans - Kings 76-83

The game in Cairns was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kings (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Cairns Taipans (3-6). Kings managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76. Kings made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) who scored 29 points. American forward Darnell Lazare (203-85, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 19 points and 4 assists and international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be Adelaide 36ers (#4) in Findon. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's leader Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 19+3reb+4ast, B.Hill 15+4reb+1ast, C.Tragardh 12+11reb+2ast, C.Gliddon 10+4reb+3ast, A.Loughton 9+5reb, D.Rychart 7+5reb+2ast
Kings: B.Madgen 29+4reb, C.Henry 15+4reb+4ast, D.Lazare 14+12reb, I.Crosswhite 11+7reb+1ast, T.Garlepp 6+4reb, A.Bruce 6+6reb
gschID: 182650


Wildcats - Breakers 89-64

NBL round 8 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader New Zealand Breakers (7-2) against fifth ranked Perth Wildcats (5-3) 89-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of New Zealand Breakers. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to New Zealand Breakers' 34. They outrebounded New Zealand Breakers 41-23 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) replied with 15 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Will Hudson (206-89, college: Oakland) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for New Zealand Breakers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 36ers. Defending champion New Zealand Breakers dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hawks. New Zealand Breakers will play next round against Melbourne Tigers trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Perth Wildcats will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kings in Sydney.
Top scorers:
Breakers: C.Jackson 15+2reb+4ast, W.Hudson 12+5reb+1ast, C.Webster 11+2reb+1ast, C.Bruton 6+2ast, T.Abercrombie 6+4reb+1ast, A.Pledger 4+2reb
Wildcats: S.Redhage 20+3reb+5ast, K.Lisch 18+6reb+1ast, B.Robbins 11+3reb+5ast, J.Trueman 8+5reb, J.Wagstaff 8+3reb+3ast, G.Hire 7+6reb
gschID: 182649



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 8-1 
 2. Klosterneub. 5-3 
 3. Kapfenberg 5-3 
 4. Gmunden 5-3 
 5. Gussing 5-3 
 6. Wels 5-4 
 7. Oberwart 4-4 
 8. Furstenfeld 3-4 
 9. UBSC Graz 3-4 
 10. St.Polten 1-7 
 11. Arkadia 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 24: BC Vienna - Wels 90-86
Nov. 25: Kapfenberg - St.Polten 85-65
Nov. 24: Oberwart - Gussing 56-61
Nov. 25: Gmunden - Arkadia 103-83
Nov. 26: Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler TIEDEMAN
  Wels
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Tiedeman, Wels24.1 
 2. Pearson, Furstenf.23.1 
 3. Dale, UBSC G.20.7 
 4. Shaw, Kapfenberg19.9 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna19.6 
 6. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 7. Lamesic, Wels19.5 
 8. Gilchrese, UBSC G.18.9 
 9. Grum, Furstenfeld18.6 
 10. Gradnigo, Oberwart17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.13.3 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.5 
 3. Speiser, St.Polten8.3 
 4. Trmal, BC Vienna8.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 6. Ray, BC Vienna7.2 
 7. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.7.0 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.0 
 10. Sanchez, Kapfenb.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.2 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.5 
 3. O''Neal, Furstenfeld5.4 
 4. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 6. Brown, Gmunden4.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.1 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.3.9 
 9. Ahmetbasic, Wels3.7 
 10. Danek, BC Vienna3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lorenzo O''NEAL
  Furstenfeld
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. O''Neal, Furstenfeld2.4 
 2. Arnold, Gmunden2.1 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.9 
 4. Boylan, BC Vienna1.9 
 5. Gilchrese, UBSC G.1.7 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.7 
 7. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.4 
 8. Bortolin, Arkadia1.4 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Koch, Gussing1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.3 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.0 
 3. Shaw, Kapfenberg1.0 
 4. Cresnar, Furstenf.0.9 
 5. Washington, Wels0.9 
 6. Cox, Furstenfeld0.7 
 7. Greimeister, Klost.0.7 
 8. Oppland, Gmunden0.6 
 9. Weber, Gussing0.6 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden0.6 


Oberwart Gunners part ways with Chris Gradnigo - by Stefan Prager

As expected the Redwell Gunners Oberwart have parted ways with forward Chris Gradnigo (200-F-89, college: Co.Carolina). "Chris Gradnigo is a highly talented basketball player" said Gunners Manager Andreas Leitner "but we couldn't find a collective view on a few things these last weeks." Gradnigo appeared in six games for the Gunners averaging 17.7 ppg along with 3.7 rpg while shooting 45.3% from the field. As a replacement the Gunners signed Croatian forward Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) on try-out a few days ago. Siriscevic had 10 points and 10 rebounds in his first game for the Gunners in a loss to the Guessing Knights.


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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Kangor.-Boom 9-2 
 2. Houthalen 8-4 
 3. Gent Dragons 7-4 
 4. CEP Fleurus 7-4 
 5. St-Niklase 7-4 
 6. Sint-Jan Ant. 6-5 
 7. Excelsior 6-5 
 8. Sprimont 6-5 
 9. Waregem 6-6 
 10. Tongeren 6-6 
 11. Gembo BBC 5-5 
 12. Oudenaarde 5-6 
 13. M.Hainaut II 5-6 
 14. Essor Charleroi 1-11 
 15. Giants II 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 24: Houthalen - Excelsior 90-83
Nov. 24: Tongeren - Oudenaarde 87-83
Nov. 23: Point Chaud - Giants II 86-57
Nov. 24: St-Niklase - Waregem 75-74
Nov. 25: Essor Charleroi - CEP Fleurus 57-72
Nov. 24: Kangor.-Boom - Sint-Jan Ant. 109-99
Nov. 29: Gembo BBC - Gent Dragons



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Capljina 5-1 
 2. Mladost 5-1 
 3. Borac Nektar 4-2 
 4. Radnik B. 4-2 
 5. Varda HE 3-3 
 6. Zrinjski HT 3-4 
 7. Bosna 3-4 
 8. Servitium 2-3 
 9. Leotar 2-4 
 10. Kakanj 2-4 
 11. Vogosca 2-4 
 12. Posusje 1-4 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 24: Bosna - Varda HE 95-82
Nov. 24: Capljina - Vogosca 93-78
Nov. 24: Mladost - Kakanj 83-72
Nov. 24: Zrinjski HT - Borac Nektar 78-81
Nov. 24: Radnik B. - Leotar 67-65
Nov. 24: Servitium - Posusje


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan BAKOVIC
  Posusje
  (197-G-81)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Bakovic, Posusje21.4 
 2. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.20.3 
 3. Djurasovic, Leotar20.3 
 4. Tresac, Varda HE19.8 
 5. Tuljkovic, Vogosca19.6 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.19.5 
 7. Peljto, Kakanj19.3 
 8. Bjelica, Capljina19.3 
 9. Hot, Vogosca19.0 
 10. Jazvin, Zrinjski17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ermin JAZVIN
  Zrinjski HT
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT10.0 
 2. Knezevic, Leotar8.8 
 3. Djurasovic, Leotar8.8 
 4. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.4 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.7.7 
 6. Jovanovic, Radnik7.0 
 7. Erkic, Radnik B.7.0 
 8. Goranovic, Radnik6.8 
 9. Bijelic, Mladost6.5 
 10. Kljestan, Capljina6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja KOVACEVIC
  Capljina
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kovacevic, Capljina6.7 
 2. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.6.0 
 3. Radovanovic, Radni.5.2 
 4. Hot, Vogosca5.2 
 5. Bakovic, Posusje5.0 
 6. Kascelan, Leotar5.0 
 7. Peljto, Kakanj4.8 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.2 
 9. Loncar, Borac N.4.2 
 10. Hodzic, Bosna3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Armin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca3.2 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.8 
 3. Hodzic, Bosna2.5 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.0 
 5. Peljto, Kakanj2.0 
 6. Cutura, Posusje1.8 
 7. Knezevic, Mladost1.8 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.1.8 
 9. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT1.7 
 10. Lovric, Posusje1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.2 
 2. Djurasovic, Leotar0.8 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.8 
 4. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.7 
 5. Popovic, Capljina0.7 
 6. Leric, Bosna0.7 
 7. Hot, Vogosca0.6 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.0.6 
 9. Ninkovic, Leotar0.6 
 10. Lalovic, Zrinjski.0.5 


Dusan Ognjenovic agreed terms with Varda HE, ex Smederevo - by Eurobasket News

KK Varda Hidroelektrana Visegrad (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Serbian center Dusan Ognjenovic (216-91, agency: Interperformances). He played recently at Vizura Smederevo in Serbian A League. Ognjenovic missed two seasons and had longer break from professional basketball. Part of the season he played for Smederevo Vizura (A League). In 5 games this season he recorded 3.0ppg and 1.4rpg.
Ognjenovic won Serbian Junior League championship title for two years in a row (2008 and 2009). He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg.
Ognjenovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Zvezda, FMP II Beograd and Radnicki Basket).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Adriatic League: Siroki WWin fire past KK Split - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - KK Split 101:64

Siroki WWin cruised past KK Split for the fourth win in the Adriatic League season. Paninic came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Bosnian team.
Siroki WWin set the tone early in the game. The hosts erupted for 30 points in the starting quarter to gain a 16-point lead. Siroki WWin buried 29 points in the second quarter to enjoy a 59:30 halftime advantage. The hosts kept KK Split at bay throughout the third term. The Bosnian team entered the final stanza up by 30 points. They did not loosen the grasp and coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) provided 13 points, while Boris Barac (205-F-92) and Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) had 11 points each in the win. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89, agency: Beo Basket), Toni Dijan (205-F-83) and Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) answered with 14 points each for KK Split.

Siroki WWin: Darko Planinic (211-C-90) 26+10 boards, Marko Sutalo 13, Boris Barac 11, Ivan Ramljak 11
KK Split: Filip Kruslin 14, Toni Dijan 14, Josip Sobin 14



KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 6! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH TOP PERFORMERS ROUND 6!

C Ermin Jazvin came up with a big performance in a loss. 10-16 from the field, 8-9 from the free throw line for 28 points, he added 12 rebounds 2 assists and a steal.

PG Vladimir Radovanovic went 6-11 from the field, scored 20 points with 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Vladimir has been one of the most underrated PG in BiH the last few years.

F Bozo Durasovic is one of the most highly skilled players in BiH and proved it again in a loss in round 6. Bozo shot 7-15 from the field, scored 22 points, had 11 rebounds 1 assist, 3 steals and a block.

F Sead Hadzifejzovic shot 8-10 from the field, scored 24 points 12 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals in a loss.

G Ramo Rizvic Shot 7-8 from the field scored 20 points had 7 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals in a win.

MVP: Ramo Rizvic



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 24: Palmeiras - Suzano 95-86
Nov. 24: Pinheiros/Sky - Joinville 88-87 OT
Nov. 24: Paulistano - Limeira 86-82
Nov. 24: Uberlandia - Basquete Cearense 84-71
Nov. 23: Minas - Tijuca TC 77-70
Nov. 24: Mogi das Cruzes - Liga Sorocaba 71-59
Nov. 24: S.Jose/Unimed - Bauru 62-82
Nov. 24: Franca - Brasilia 62-76
Nov. 24: Vila Velha - Flamengo 61-82

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 26: Paulistano - Joinville
Nov. 26: Franca - Basquete Cearense
Nov. 26: Vila Velha - Tijuca TC
Nov. 26: Mogi das Cruzes - Bauru
Nov. 27: S.Jose/Unimed - Liga Sorocaba


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Robert DAY
  Uberlandia
  (197-F-82)
  Avg: 28
 1. Day, Uberlandia28.0 
 2. Dornelles, Pinhei.25.0 
 3. Mariano, Franca23.0 
 4. Collum, Uberlandia23.0 
 5. Araujo, Tijuca TC20.0 
 6. Probst, Joinville19.0 
 7. Telo, Joinville19.0 
 8. Beal, Minas18.0 
 9. Borders, Minas18.0 
 10. Luz dos Sant., Fr.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony WALTON
  Minas
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Walton, Minas10.0 
 2. Nunes, Minas9.0 
 3. Bambu, Pinheiro.9.0 
 4. Cipriano, Brasilia8.0 
 5. Probst, Joinville8.0 
 6. Mariano, Franca7.0 
 7. Ribeiro, Basque.7.0 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.0 
 9. Day, Uberlandia7.0 
 10. Leichtweis, Tijuc.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.8.0 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 3. Aleo, Joinville7.0 
 4. Froehlich, Franca6.0 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.5.0 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia5.0 
 7. Collum, Uberlandia5.0 
 8. Filho, Tijuca TC4.0 
 9. Walton, Minas4.0 
 10. Bresolin, Basque.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Wesley HENRIQUE
  Tijuca TC
  (197-F-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Henrique, Tijuca TC0.0 
 2. Aleo, Joinville0.0 
 3. Gruber, Uberlandia0.0 
 4. Tischer, Brasilia0.0 
 5. Goncalves, Brasilia0.0 
 6. Teichmann, Franca0.0 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia0.0 
 8. Souza, Franca0.0 
 9. Froehlich, Franca0.0 
 10. Silva, Brasilia0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Joinville
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Prado, Joinville5.0 
 2. Aleo, Joinville4.0 
 3. Figueroa, Franca3.0 
 4. Luz dos Sant., Fra.3.0 
 5. Schneider, Basque.3.0 
 6. de Oliveira, Basqu.3.0 
 7. Day, Uberlandia3.0 
 8. Alves, Brasilia3.0 
 9. Drudi, Basque.2.0 
 10. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.0 


Brasilian Dawton Queiroz Playing well at HBCU - by Mel Devonne

Many Brasilian dont know the rich tradition of Black College US basketball, but I am Im pleased to find out
that Dawton Queiroz (205-F/C) has taken his talents to HBCU, Tougaloo College , just outside Jackson , Mississippi.
Dawton is a senior at the NAIA school, and he is a big tough 6-9 Brasilan from San Carlos and is the
starting center for the Bulldogs.
The black college experience is a good one for Brasilians in my opinion, and more should take advantage of
lower tuition and more of a family atmosphere than bigger universities.
Dawton transfered to Tougaloo after two great years at Laramie County Community College.
We'll keep an eye on Dawton this season as he does his thing at HBCU, Tougaloo College.



Atila Santos making impact in Bulgaria - by Paulo Freire

The brazilian big man Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) is showing his skills in Bulgaria. In the last friday his team the Balkan Botevgrad defeated Beroe with 86 x 79 after OT in Stara Zagora.
Crucial for Balkan Botevgrad in overtime was the presence of Atila Santos who gave the difference under the baskets with 19 points and 9 rebounds also.
Atila is on the top 5 list of block shots and rebounds on the Bulgaria League., with 8.8 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game. So far he is averaging 12 points per game on the league.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 6-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 4-2 
 3. Tundja Yambol 4-2 
 4. Levski Sofia 4-2 
 5. Cherno More 3-3 
 6. Chernomorets 3-3 
 7. Balkan 3-4 
 8. Beroe 2-3 
 9. Spartak Pleven 1-5 
 10. U20 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 24: Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven 92-68
Nov. 24: Beroe - Balkan 79-86
Nov. 25: Cherno More - Rilski Sportist 73-86
Nov. 24: Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 61-121
Nov. 24: U20 - Levski Sofia 51-99

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 1: Levski Sofia - Cherno More
Dec. 1: Lukoil Academik - Beroe
Dec. 1: Spartak Pleven - Chernomorets
Dec. 1: Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol
Dec. 1: Balkan - U20


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Holmes, Beroe20.2 
 2. Lilov, Balkan18.3 
 3. Tyler, Chernomo.18.0 
 4. Abukar, Lukoil A.17.8 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.2 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.16.3 
 7. Smith, Rilski S.15.8 
 8. Marinovic, Levski15.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.8 
 10. Petrovic, Balkan15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.3 
 2. Ormon, Tundja Y.9.8 
 3. Agre, Spartak9.5 
 4. Santos, Balkan8.8 
 5. Simeonov, U207.2 
 6. Galiotos, Cherno M.7.2 
 7. Dupree, Rilski S.6.8 
 8. Radev, Beroe6.5 
 9. Dimitrov, Beroe6.5 
 10. Varbanov, Levski6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Walker, Beroe7.3 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.6.2 
 3. Velikov, Cherno M.5.8 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.8 
 5. Marinovic, Levski5.5 
 6. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.7 
 7. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.5 
 8. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 9. Massamba, Lukoil A.3.7 
 10. Koev, Chernomore.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bozhidar AVRAMOV
  Lukoil A.
  (196-PG-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.5 
 2. Velikov, Cherno M.3.2 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.0 
 4. Holmes, Beroe3.0 
 5. Govedarov, Tundja2.8 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.5 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.2.3 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.3 
 9. Green, Lukoil A.2.3 
 10. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Hart, Beroe2.3 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.8 
 4. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.3 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 8. Radev, Beroe0.8 
 9. Varbanov, Levski S.0.8 
 10. Simeonov, U200.8 


Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Spartak MVR 6-0 
 2. UE Varna 5-1 
 3. Academik BL 4-2 
 4. Thrace Univ. 3-3 
 5. Academik PL 3-3 
 6. Vidabasket 1-5 
 7. Chavdar 1-5 
 8. Dunav 2007 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 25: UE Varna - Thrace Univ. 95-55
Nov. 25: Academik PL - Dunav 2007 78-76
Nov. 25: Academik BL - Spartak MVR 67-77
Nov. 25: Vidabasket - Chavdar 58-64

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 2: Spartak MVR - Academik PL
Dec. 2: Chavdar - Academik BL
Dec. 2: Thrace Univ. - Vidabasket
Dec. 2: Dunav 2007 - UE Varna


Darryl Watkins claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lukoil Academik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 28-year old center had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Lukoil Academik in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Chernomorets (#6, 3-3) with 60-point margin 121-61. It allowed Lukoil Academik to consolidate first place in the Bulgarian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Lukoil Academik already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Watkins turned to be Lukoil Academik's top player in his first season with the team. Darryl Watkins averages this season 13.5ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American guard Will Walker (183-G) of Beroe. Walker impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Beroe lost that game 79-86 to slightly higher-ranked Balkan (#7, 3-4). This loss caused Beroe to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Walker is a newcomer at Beroe and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Lukoil Academik's star - international Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88, agency: Interperformances). Marinov scored 21 points. He was another key player of Lukoil Academik, helping his team with a 121-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#6, 3-3). Lukoil Academik started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Marinov turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Marinov has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 8.5ppg (8th best) and assists with 0.5apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Atila Santos (208-C-83) of Balkan - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) of Rilski Sportist - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Asen Velikov (185-PG-86) of Cherno More - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Brian Ormon (201-F-84) of Tundja Yambol - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Bogdan Boev (196-SG-82) of Chernomorets - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Rilski Sportist with fourth straight victory - by Valentin Anguelov

Rilski Sportist won against Cherno More Port on their court by the score 86-73 and continued their strong run in the men's NBL. They controlled the situation on the court throughout the whole game and kept a comfortable lead to get their four straight win. Beside that Rilski Sportist also have two losses. Cherno More in recent years was traditionally tough opponent for Rilski Sportist but this time they couldnt manage to surprise them. Currently Cherno More is with 3 wins and 3 losses after 6 rounds of play in the league.

Samokovs team had 8 more rebounds and also was very successful behind the three point line - 9/20 or 45%. Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) scored 24 points and handed four assists for the winners, while serbian Branko Mirkovic had a good overall game with 15 points and seven assists.

For Cherno More Nikolay Stoyanov scored 17 points and pulled 7 rebounds, former Rilski Sportist player Asen Velikov added 14 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, Lachezar Radev scored 12 points.

Both teams have very tough games in the next round Cherno More will visit Levski in Sofia while Rilski Sportist will host Jambol in their Arena in Samokov.




NBL Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 6 in NBL was guest Rilski Sportist's (4-2) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Euroins Cherno More (3-3) 86-73 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Euroins Cherno More managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international Hristo Zahariev (197-90) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Levski Sofia and Tundja Yambol. Euroins Cherno More at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face Tundja Yambol (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Euroins Cherno More will play against Levski Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Burgas. Top-ranked Lukoil Academik faced 4th ranked Chernomorets. Guests from Sofia (6-0) smashed host Chernomorets (3-3) 121-61. It was a good game for American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Pavel Marinov contributed with 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center James Tyler (218-88) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Chernomorets. 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 Lukoil Academik have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Chernomorets at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Cherno More. Lukoil Academik will play against Beroe (#8) in Stara Zagora in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chernomorets will play on the road against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked U20 (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 99-51 loss to fifth ranked Levski Sofia (4-2) in Sofia on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Ventsislav Petkov scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Tencho Tenchev with 14 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia moved-up to second place, which they share with Tundja Yambol and Rilski Sportist. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings with six games lost. Levski Sofia will meet at home Euroins Cherno More (#5) in the next round. U20 will play against Balkan (#7) in Botevgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 6 Balkan defeated Beroe in Botevgrad 86-79. Tundja Yambol smashed Spartak Pleven at home 92-68.


Cherno More - Rilski Sportist 73-86

The biggest surprise of round 6 in NBL was guest Rilski Sportist's (4-2) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Euroins Cherno More (3-3) 86-73 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Euroins Cherno More managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international Hristo Zahariev (197-90) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Rilski Sportist and four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Levski Sofia and Tundja Yambol. Euroins Cherno More at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face Tundja Yambol (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Euroins Cherno More will play against Levski Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: H.Zahariev 24+2reb+4ast, B.Mirkovic 15+4reb+7ast, T.Gugino 11+10reb+2ast, T.Smith 11+2reb+1ast, B.Dupree 10+12reb, L.Kirov 7+1reb
Cherno More: N.Stoyanov 17+7reb, A.Velikov 14+6reb+10ast, L.Radev 12+4reb, V.Kyosev 11+2reb+2ast, L.Hall 9+1reb+2ast, H.Serbezov 5+1reb
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Beroe - Balkan 79-86

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Stara Zagora where 7th ranked Beroe (2-3) was defeated by eighth ranked Balkan (3-4) 86-79 on Saturday. Balkan forced 20 Beroe turnovers. Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international Ivan Lilov (196-88) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Will Walker (183, college: De Paul) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and the former international forward Atanas Radev (200-81) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Beroe's coach Georgi Mladenov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Balkan moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Beroe dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Balkan will meet at home bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in the next round. Beroe will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Balkan: A.Santos 19+9reb+2ast, U.Petrovic 15+5reb+1ast, I.Lilov 14+9reb+4ast, J.Bozov 12+5reb+6ast, T.Todorov 11+5reb, J.Hunt 7+3reb+2ast
Beroe: W.Walker 24+6reb+10ast, S.Tsvetkov 10+4reb+1ast, R.Holmes 10+3reb, A.Radev 10+13reb+5ast, B.Milenkov 8+7reb+3ast, M.Dimitrov 6+9reb
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U20 - Levski Sofia 51-99

Bottom-ranked U20 (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 99-51 loss to fifth ranked Levski Sofia (4-2) in Sofia on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to U20's 16. Levski Sofia forced 23 U20 turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 68.2 percentage. Levski Sofia looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Zlatin Georgiev (195-85) chipped in 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Danish forward Tencho Tenchev (202-93, agency: Interperformances) with 14 points and forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia moved-up to second place, which they share with Tundja Yambol and Rilski Sportist. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings with six games lost. Levski Sofia will meet at home Euroins Cherno More (#5) in the next round. U20 will play against Balkan (#7) in Botevgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: Z.Georgiev 21+2reb, V.Petkov 14+6reb+8ast, P.Ivanov 12+5reb+4ast, D.Dimitrov 12+3reb+2ast, D.Filipov 10+4ast, C.Kostov 8+1reb+2ast
U20: T.Tenchev 14+3reb+1ast, A.Simeonov 10+2reb+5ast, K.Atanasov 8+2reb+3ast, N.Grozev 5+2reb+1ast, V.Galabov 4+6reb+1ast, K.Kirilov 4+3reb
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Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven 92-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (4-2) smashed at home 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (1-5) 92-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tundja Yambol. Spartak Pleven managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tundja Yambol dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 16. Tundja Yambol forced 20 Spartak Pleven turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Brian Ormon (201-84, college: Mountain St.) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stoyo Cholakov (190-87) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard Rosen Sofroniev (193-80) scored 18 points and 4 steals. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tundja Yambol moved-up to second place, which they share with Levski Sofia and Rilski Sportist. Spartak Pleven lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet league's second-placed Rilski Sportist in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak Pleven will play against Chernomorets (#6) in Burgas.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: B.Ormon 14+11reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 12+3ast, S.Cholakov 12+6reb, N.Milosevic 10+5reb, M.Durchev 10+1reb+2ast, I.Marchev 9+1reb+1ast
Spartak Pleven: D.Marintchechki 22+11reb+1ast, R.Sofroniev 18+3reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 9+5reb+4ast, S.Tsenov 8+4reb+2ast, A.Dyakovski 3+1reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 3+2ast
gschID: 192840


Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 61-121

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Burgas. Top-ranked Lukoil Academik faced 4th ranked Chernomorets. Guests from Sofia (6-0) smashed host Chernomorets (3-3) 121-61. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 34 and made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Lukoil Academik forced 25 Chernomorets turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Chernomorets' players. Lukoil Academik brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. International Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. American center James Tyler (218-88) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Bogdan Boev (196-82) added 16 points in the effort for Chernomorets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Chernomorets at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Cherno More. Lukoil Academik will play against Beroe (#8) in Stara Zagora in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chernomorets will play on the road against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: P.Marinov 21+3reb+3ast, D.Watkins 21+8reb+3ast, D.Green 16+4reb+4ast, V.Veselinov 14+3reb+2ast, M.Abukar 11+2reb+6ast, B.Avramov 10+7reb+4ast
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 23+6reb+1ast, B.Boev 16+4reb+2ast, K.Koev 7+5ast, K.Hristov 7+1reb, K.Raykov 4+1reb+1ast, I.Slavchev 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 192843



Division A Round 6: Academik Plovdiv edges Dunav 2007 by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Division A took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Dunav 2007 (1-5) to fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (3-3) 78-76 on Sunday evening. Academik Plovdiv moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Thrace Univ. Dunav 2007 at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Vidabasket and Chavdar. Academik Plovdiv is looking forward to face league's leader Spartak MVR in Sofia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dunav 2007 will play at home against the league's second-placed UE Varna (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Blagoevgrad. Top-ranked Spartak MVR faced 3rd ranked Academic Blagoevgrad. Guests from Sofia (6-0) defeated host Academic Blagoevgrad (4-2) 77-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academic Blagoevgrad. Undefeated Spartak MVR have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 6-0 record. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. Spartak MVR will play against Academik Plovdiv (#5) at home in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Chavdar in Troyan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varna. Second ranked UE Varna faced 4th ranked Thrace Univ.. Host UE Varna (5-1) smashed guests from Stara Zagora (3-3) 95-55. UE Varna have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 5-1 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Thrace Univ. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Academik PL. UE Varna will meet bottom-ranked Dunav 2007 (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Thrace Univ. will play against Vidabasket (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Chavdar can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Vida, where they defeated Vidabasket (1-5) 64-58. Chavdar left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Dunav 2007 and Vidabasket. It was Vidabasket's fourth loss in a row. Chavdar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.



Academik PL - Dunav 2007 78-76

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Division A took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Dunav 2007 (1-5) to fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (3-3) 78-76 on Sunday evening. Academik Plovdiv moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Thrace Univ. Dunav 2007 at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Vidabasket and Chavdar. Academik Plovdiv is looking forward to face league's leader Spartak MVR in Sofia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dunav 2007 will play at home against the league's second-placed UE Varna (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
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Academik BL - Spartak MVR 67-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Blagoevgrad. Top-ranked Spartak MVR faced 3rd ranked Academic Blagoevgrad. Guests from Sofia (6-0) defeated host Academic Blagoevgrad (4-2) 77-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academic Blagoevgrad. Spartak MVR have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 6-0 record. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. Spartak MVR will play against Academik Plovdiv (#5) at home in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Chavdar in Troyan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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UE Varna - Thrace Univ. 95-55

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varna. Second ranked UE Varna faced 4th ranked Thrace Univ.. Host UE Varna (5-1) smashed guests from Stara Zagora (3-3) 95-55. UE Varna have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 5-1 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Thrace Univ. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Academik PL. UE Varna will meet bottom-ranked Dunav 2007 (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Thrace Univ. will play against Vidabasket (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Vidabasket - Chavdar 58-64

Chavdar can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Vida, where they defeated Vidabasket (1-5) 64-58. Chavdar left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Dunav 2007 and Vidabasket. It was Vidabasket's fourth loss in a row. Chavdar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 25: Memorial - New Brunsw. 79-89
Nov. 28: Acadia - St.Francis X.
Nov. 28: St.Mary''s - Dalhousie
Nov. 29: Mount Royal - Saskatchewan
Nov. 29: UNBC - Alberta


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.24.6 
 2. Allin, Laurier24.0 
 3. Perrin, TWU21.6 
 4. Thomas, St.Franc.21.3 
 5. Freeman, UFV21.0 
 6. Dunn, St.Francis X.21.0 
 7. Scrubb, Carleton20.8 
 8. Walton, Manitoba20.4 
 9. Faulkner, Queen''s19.7 
 10. Parchment, UFV19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxwell ALLIN
  Laurier
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Allin, Laurier13.4 
 2. Klassen, Acadia13.0 
 3. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.4 
 4. Phillip, Windsor10.8 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead10.8 
 6. Faulkner, Queen''s9.5 
 7. Waldner, Lethb.9.1 
 8. Moses, Calgary9.0 
 9. Burns, Saskatch.8.9 
 10. Bozinovic, TRU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.6.9 
 2. Jones, Ryerson6.0 
 3. Walton, Manitoba5.4 
 4. Singh, Queen''s5.0 
 5. Bonhomme, Brandon5.0 
 6. York, UFV4.9 
 7. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 8. Johnson, Lethbrid.4.8 
 9. Baker, Saskatch.4.5 
 10. Collins, Windsor4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew DALEY
  New Brunsw.
  (175--)
  Avg: 4
 1. Daley, New Brunsw.4.0 
 2. Perrin, TWU3.0 
 3. Pink, St.Mary''s2.8 
 4. Baker, Saskatch.2.8 
 5. Scott, St.Mary''s2.6 
 6. Plumb, UBC2.6 
 7. Evans, Victoria2.5 
 8. Walton, Manitoba2.5 
 9. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.5 
 10. Thomas, St.Franc.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew CHESSON
  Laurier
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Chesson, Laurier2.2 
 2. Moses, Calgary2.0 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.2.0 
 4. O''Brien, New B.2.0 
 5. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 6. Tufegdzich, York1.7 
 7. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.6 
 8. Coldea, York1.5 
 9. Salhia, Lakehead1.4 
 10. Christie, Windsor1.3 


Canadian CIS round 11 best performance: Vincent Dufort - by Eurobasket News

Forward Vincent Dufort (195-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked McGill, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The -year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Concordia (#2, 3-1) 69-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed McGill to take over top position in the Canadian CIS. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but McGill already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Dufort had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at McGill and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vincent Dufort averages just after three games 19.0ppg and 11.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Nelson Yengue of Laurentian. Yengue had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Laurentian to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Laurier (#2, 2-3) 92-63. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Laurentian consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Yengue is well-known at Laurentian and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Stephon Lamar (185-G) of Saskatchewan (#4). Lamar got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eight assists. He was a key player of Saskatchewan, leading his team to a 90-74 easy win against #2 ranked Victoria. Saskatchewan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Lamar has a great season in Canada. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.6ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.9apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Meshack Lufile (203-F) of Cape Breton - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Philip Scrubb (190-G-92) of Carleton - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Derek Waldner (201-C) of Lethbridge - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of Cape Breton - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Kevon Parchment) of UFV - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Bjorn Michaelsen (201-F) of Ryerson - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Will Ondrik) of TRU - 27 points and 7 rebounds

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



CIS Round 11: Stingers lose a game and the top position to Redmen - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Stingers (3-1) in Montreal, QC on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Redmen (3-0) 69-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stingers. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Stingers were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Redmen, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for forward Vincent Dufort (195) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Christian McCue (188) helped adding 13 points. Guard Jerome Blake (180) responded with 20 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Redmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Stingers at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very significant was Cougars' (#8) 74-68 road victory against 8th ranked Heat. It was an exceptional evening for guard Frank Brown (188) who led the winners and scored 23 points. Connor Burns accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds. Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (193) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Heat in the defeat. Heat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cougars (2-6) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Heat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Edmonton, AB between Golden Bears and Thunderbirds. First ranked Golden Bears (7-1) got a very close home victory over leader Thunderbirds (6-2). Golden Bears managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 in the fight for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Golden Bears have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-1 record which they share with defeated Thunderbirds. Loser Thunderbirds still keep top position with two games lost. Golden Bears will meet Timberwolves (#5) in the next round. Thunderbirds will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Langley, BC. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Spartans (2-6) to fourth ranked Bisons (5-3) 81-80 on Saturday evening. Stephan Walton saved the victory by scoring 19 points. Bisons moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Spartans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Vikies (5-3) against fifth ranked Huskies (5-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Vikies were defeated by Huskies in Saskatoon, SK 90-74. It was a great evening for Stephon Lamar who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 8 assists. Huskies' coach Barry Rawlyk used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huskies moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Vikies. Huskies will face Mount Royal (#6) in Calgary, AB in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Winnipeg lost to UFV on the opponent's court 62-68. Lethbridge outscored Mount Royal in a home game 93-73. UNBC recorded a loss to Calgary on the road 62-73. Bishop's defeated Laval on its own court 74-58. Brandon was beaten by TRU in Kamloops, BC 88-80. Carleton destroyed Guelph at home 104-54. Laurier was outscored by Laurentian on the opponent's court 92-63. McMaster recorded a loss to Queen's in a home game 73-77. Lakehead was defeated by Ottawa on the road 82-67. York smashed Waterloo on its own court 80-54. Toronto Univ. lost to Windsor in Windsor, ON 64-82. Western lost to undefeated Ryerson at home 70-79. Dalhousie lost to undefeated Cape Breton on the opponent's court 68-86. Winless Memorial was defeated by New Brunsw. in a home game 69-77. St.Mary's was beaten by St.Francis X. on the road 77-69.


TWU - Manitoba 80-81

A very interesting game took place in Langley, BC. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Spartans (2-6) to fourth ranked Bisons (5-3) 81-80 on Saturday evening. Spartans were ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 48-40 second half run of Bisons. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Spartans turnovers. American guard Stephan Walton (178-87, college: Valdosta St.) saved the victory by scoring 19 points. Guard Jonar Huertas (183) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Walton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Bisons players scored in double figures. Mark Perrin answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Denny McDonald added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Spartans. Bisons moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Spartans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: S.Walton 19+2reb+2ast, J.Huertas 14+2reb+3ast, X.Smith 13+1reb, Y.Ozsayiner 11+3reb+2ast, C.Noel 9+5reb, D.Joseph 5+4reb+2ast
TWU: M.Perrin 21+9reb+1ast, D.McDonald 21+6reb+1ast, K.Osborne 14+3reb, E.Mara 5+2reb+2ast, L.Goossen 5+1ast, M.Blackaby 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190450


UBC Okanagan - Regina 68-74

Very significant was Cougars' (#8) 74-68 road victory against 8th ranked Heat. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-9. But Heat won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for guard Frank Brown (188) who led the winners and scored 23 points. Forward Connor Burns (201) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Four Cougars players scored in double figures. Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (193) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mitch Goodwin (188) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Heat in the defeat. Heat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cougars (2-6) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Heat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Regina: F.Brown 23+4reb+2ast, P.Gareau 14+9reb, C.Burns 14+12reb, B.Hebert 10+3reb, M.Augustin 5+3reb, J.Zver 4+2reb
UBC Okanagan: M.Goodwin 23+5reb, A.Fahandeg-Sadi 20+7reb+1ast, D.Mackay 6+3reb+1ast, A.Faza 6+5reb+1ast, G.Gill 6+9reb+2ast, E.Dane Medi 4+3reb
gschID: 190449


UFV - Winnipeg 68-62

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Abbotsford, BC where second-ranked Wesmen (5-3) was defeated by third ranked Cascades (5-3) 68-62 on Saturday. Wesmen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cascades made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Kevon Parchment who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Samuel Freeman (191) helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cascades players scored in double figures. American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Benny Iko (198) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Cascades have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Wesmen. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UFV: S.Freeman 24+6reb, K.Parchment 20+12reb+3ast, N.Kendall 12+7reb+1ast, K.Grewal 10+11reb+5ast, S.Ashkenazy 2, J.York 0+2reb+3ast
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 17+12reb+1ast, B.Iko 14+7reb+2ast, A.Cunningham 8+5reb+9ast, N.Gooding 8+1reb+2ast, J.Clennon 8+2reb, T.Krahn 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190448


Lethbridge - Mount Royal 93-73

Rather predictable result in Lethbridge, AB where third ranked Pronghorn (5-3) smashed 6th ranked Mount Royal (2-6) 93-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pronghorn. Mount Royal was better in fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pronghorn forced 21 Mount Royal turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Mount Royal's players. It was a great evening for center Derek Waldner (201) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Morgan Duce (180) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. Four Pronghorn players scored in double figures. Forward Nick Loewen (196) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jalen Gardener (188) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pronghorn moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Mount Royal lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Pronghorn will have a break next round. Mount Royal will play at home against Huskies (#4) in Saskatoon, SK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: M.Duce 20+4reb+4ast, J.Chief-Morris 16+2reb+2ast, D.Waldner 15+13reb+2ast, L.Reiter 13+5reb+5ast, A.Fletcher 9+3reb+1ast, C.Johnson 8+3reb+5ast
Mount Royal: N.Loewen 22+6reb, A.Abraha 11+3reb+1ast, J.Gardener 9+4reb+4ast, A.Callaghan 8+2reb+2ast, O.Ogun 5+3reb+1ast, M.Matear 4+4reb
gschID: 190446


Saskatchewan - Victoria 90-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Vikies (5-3) against fifth ranked Huskies (5-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Vikies were defeated by Huskies in Saskatoon, SK 90-74. The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Vikies was better in fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 8 assists. Guard Ben Baker (191) helped adding 13 points and 9 assists. Huskies' coach Barry Rawlyk used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyle Peterson responded with 11 points and 7 assists and Ryan Erikson scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Vikies players scored in double figures. Huskies moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Vikies. Huskies will face Mount Royal (#6) in Calgary, AB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 32+3reb+8ast, B.Baker 13+4reb+9ast, T.Severinski 12+7reb, M.Forbes 9+7reb, P.Burns 9+9reb, E.Ostertag 6+1reb
Victoria: B.Taylor 13+2reb+1ast, R.Erikson 11+7reb+1ast, K.Peterson 11+1reb+7ast, T.Evans 10+4reb+1ast, M.Acheampong 10+7reb, R.Theil 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 190445


Calgary - UNBC 73-62

There was a minor upset in Calgary, AB where 4th placed Timberwolves (4-4) were defeated by sixth ranked Dinos (4-4) 73-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dinos. Timberwolves was better in third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Timberwolves were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Thijin Moses (201) helped adding 9 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Charles Barton (193) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Sam Raphael (188) scored 15 points. Timberwolves' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Dinos moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TRU and UNBC. Dinos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Calgary, AB to the arena .
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 24+6reb+4ast, M.Ligertwood 12+4reb, J.Gill 9+3reb+1ast, T.Moses 9+15reb+2ast, J.Owen-Thomas 7+8reb+3ast, C.Mbayi 7+5reb+2ast
UNBC: S.Raphael 15+4reb+1ast, C.Barton 12+12reb+1ast, J.Araujo 8+3reb, J.Rybachuk 8+2reb+3ast, F.Rowe 8+4reb+3ast, G.Aubertin 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 190444


Bishop''s - Laval 74-58

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Lennoxville, QC where fourth ranked Gaiters (1-1) beat 3rd placed Rouge et Or (1-3) 74-58 on Saturday. Gaiters left bottom position moving up to third place. Loser Rouge et Or dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bishop''s: S.Ring 23+2reb+7ast, O.Blackwood 14+5reb+1ast, T.Hunter 10+2reb+2ast, J.Leonard-Smith 9+8reb+2ast, M.Andrews 7+10reb+2ast, P.Kabongo 5+2reb+1ast
Laval: B.Hadzimuratovic 13+6reb, T.Dezutter 12+8reb+1ast, R.Mathieu 11+6reb+1ast, H.Ryan 6+8reb+1ast, K.Demers-Belanger 6+1reb+1ast, K.Amrani 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 190443


TRU - Brandon 88-80

There was no surprise in Kamloops, BC where 7th ranked Bobcats (2-6) were defeated by fifth ranked Wolfpack (4-4) 88-80 on Saturday. Wolfpack outrebounded Bobcats 45-27 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bobcats were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Will Ondrik who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds. Blaz Bozinovic helped adding 9 points and 16 rebounds. Kenonte Ramsey responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Bobcats players scored in double figures. Wolfpack have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UNBC and Calgary. Loser Bobcats dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TRU: W.Ondrik 27+7reb+1ast, T.Grant 18+6reb+1ast, B.Rouault 12+8reb+1ast, I.Bozinovic 9+3reb+1ast, B.Bozinovic 9+16reb+1ast, A.Pierre 7+5reb+2ast
Brandon: K.Ramsey 18+5reb+3ast, R.Smith 15+1reb+1ast, J.Reaves 12+4reb, A.Benabdelhak 11+7reb, I.Bonhomme 11+2reb+5ast, J.Elias 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190451


Carleton - Guelph 104-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Ravens' (5-1) home victory over 3rd placed Gryphons (1-4) 104-54 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gryphons' 22 and made 17-of-17 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They outrebounded Gryphons 30-13 including a 21-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). International forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Ravens players scored in double figures. Forward Stefan Cornelissen (201) responded with 12 points and guard Michel Clark (185) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Windsor, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Gryphons keep the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Carleton: P.Scrubb 27+2reb+4ast, C.Springer-Williams 19+2reb, T.Hinz 15+5reb+4ast, T.Scrubb 11, K.Smendziuk 6+2reb+1ast, K.Blain 6+2reb+1ast
Guelph: S.Cornelissen 12+1reb+1ast, D.Thompson 11, M.Clark 10+1reb+2ast, T.Armstrong 8+4reb, Z.Angus 6+3reb+1ast, A.Kemp 3+2reb
gschID: 190442


Laurentian - Laurier 92-63

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Sudbury, ON where second-ranked Golden Hawks (2-3) were crushed by third ranked Voyageurs (5-1) 92-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Voyageurs. Golden Hawks was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Alex Ratte who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 4 assists. Guard Manny Pasquale (183) helped adding 16 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Four Voyageurs players scored in double figures. Guard Maxwell Allin (193) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and center Matthew Chesson (201) scored 15 points and 9 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. Voyageurs have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Golden Hawks keep the second position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: A.Ratte 31+3reb+4ast, N.Yengue 20+11reb+1ast, M.Pasquale 16+9reb+7ast, J.Budd 11+5reb, R.Bennett 6, T.Carter-Newman 2
Laurier: M.Allin 20+9reb+3ast, M.Chesson 15+9reb+1ast, J.Forde 12+3reb+3ast, P.Donnelly 8+5reb, W.Coulthard 2+4reb+1ast, A.Walters 2+3reb
gschID: 190441


McMaster - Queen''s 73-77

There was a small surprise in Hamilton, ON where fifth ranked Golden Gaels (5-1) defeated 5th ranked Marauders (1-4) 77-73 on Saturday. Golden Gaels moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Marauders lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 190439


Ottawa - Lakehead 82-67

There was a minor upset in Ottawa, ON where 4th placed Thunderwolves (1-4) were defeated by fourth ranked Gee-Gees (5-1) 82-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-67. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gee-Gees made 11 blocks. It was a great evening for guard Mehdi Tihani (188) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Warren Ward (196-89) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Ben Johnson (-88) responded with 16 points and guard Dwayne Harvey scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gee-Gees have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Thunderwolves lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 20+2reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 15+4reb+1ast, W.Ward 14+9reb+1ast, M.L'Africain 9+3reb+3ast, M.Tihani 8+11reb+5ast, R.Evans 6+1reb
Lakehead: B.Johnson 16+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 11+2reb, J.Hart 9+2reb+1ast, M.Schmidt 6+1reb, D.Harvey 6+9reb+3ast, G.Carter 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190437


York - Waterloo 80-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Lions' (3-3) home victory over bottom-ranked Warriors (0-5) 80-54 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Warriors turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Daniel Tulloch (196) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Isaac Akeem (190-90) helped adding 10 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Kyrie Coleman responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and forward Wells Davis (196) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lions moved-up to sixth place. Loser Warriors still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
York: D.Tulloch 17+11reb, R.Iheadindu 11+1reb, I.Akeem 10+4reb+5ast, D.Tyndale 9+1reb+2ast, C.Coldea 8+8reb+1ast, A.Rados 7+1reb+2ast
Waterloo: J.Ravenhorst 11+1reb+1ast, W.Davis 11+2reb+2ast, K.Coleman 10+8reb+1ast, B.Smith 8+5reb, D.Buchanan 6, M.Helsby 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 190436


Windsor - Toronto Univ. 82-64

There was no surprise in Windsor, ON where 6th ranked Blues (2-4) were defeated by first ranked Lancers (4-2) 82-64 on Saturday. Lancers forced 19 Blues turnovers and outrebounded them 53-20 including a 24-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Josh Collins (185-90) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Lancers players scored in double figures. Naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dylan Churchill (185) scored 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lancers maintains first place with 4-2 record, which they share with St.Francis X. Loser Blues keep the sixth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Windsor: L.Phillip 15+13reb+2ast, J.Collins 13+6reb+8ast, M.Petrella 11+4reb+3ast, R.Osuntola 11+6reb, E.Diloreto 9+7reb+2ast, N.Ntim 6+2reb+2ast
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 23+6reb+2ast, D.Churchill 16+1reb, A.Kumar 10+1reb+3ast, B.Garvin 8+4reb+1ast, A.Plummer 4+3reb+1ast, N.Irvine 3+4reb
gschID: 190440


Western - Ryerson 70-79

No shocking result in a game in London, ON where leader Rams (6-0) won against 7th ranked Mustangs (1-5) 79-70 on Saturday. Rams forced 24 Mustangs turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jordon Gauthier (191) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Rams players scored in double figures. Guard Quinn Henderson (193) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Greg Morrow (190) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rams have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Loser Mustangs keep the seventh position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: B.Michaelsen 21+7reb+2ast, J.Gauthier 18+5reb+2ast, A.Best 13+5reb+2ast, Y.Walcott 12+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 10+4reb+10ast, G.Osawe 2
Western: G.Morrow 17+4reb+3ast, Q.Henderson 16+7reb+3ast, G.Johnson 8+1reb+3ast, J.Daneyko 7+2reb+1ast, R.Higgins 7+1reb+1ast, P.Scholtes 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190438


Cape Breton - Dalhousie 86-68

Very expected game in Sydney, NS where 7th ranked Tigers (1-4) were defeated by leader Capers (5-0) 86-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Capers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tigers' 34. Capers forced 24 Tigers turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Meshack Lufile (203) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) helped adding 27 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) responded with 6 points and 10 rebounds and forward Devon Stedman scored 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Acadia. Loser Tigers dropped to the third place with four games lost. Capers will have a break next round. Tigers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Halifax, NS to the arena Huskies.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 27+2reb+6ast, M.Lufile 26+9reb+1ast, A.Geugjes 13+6reb, S.Keith 9+4reb+1ast, K.Mayers 7+3reb+1ast, S.Mccormick 4+4reb
Dalhousie: H.Abdullahi 11, D.Stedman 10+4reb+1ast, K.Lawrence 8+4reb, J.Mullings 8+1reb+4ast, K.Robinson 7+1reb, C.Majok 6+5reb
gschID: 190434


Memorial - New Brunsw. 69-77

Rather predictable result in St.John's, NL where sixth ranked Varsity Reds (2-3) defeated bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-7) 77-69 on Saturday. Sea Hawks were trailing by 16 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Varsity Reds, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Sea Hawks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Matthew Daley (175) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Forward Ryan Smith (190) helped adding 8 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Ryan Wood (191) responded with 19 points and 6 assists and Caleb Gould produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Sea Hawks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Varsity Reds moved-up to second place, which they share with Laurier. Loser Sea Hawks still closes the standings with seven games lost. Varsity Reds will have a break next round. Sea Hawks will play again at home against Varsity Reds (#5) in Fredericton, NB and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: D.Quirion 15+3reb+2ast, W.Mc Fee 15+3reb+2ast, M.Daley 15+3reb+7ast, R.Smith 8+11reb+3ast, A.O'Brien 8+7reb+3ast, R.Linton 6+3ast
Memorial: R.Wood 19+4reb+6ast, T.Stanoev 13+5reb+1ast, K.Macneill 12+1reb, C.Gould 12+10reb+3ast, T.Sargent 5+1reb+4ast, A.Kisusi 4+2ast
gschID: 190433


Concordia - McGill 68-69

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Stingers (3-1) in Montreal, QC on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Redmen (3-0) 69-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stingers. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Stingers were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Redmen, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for forward Vincent Dufort (195) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Christian McCue (188) helped adding 13 points. Guard Jerome Blake (180) responded with 20 points and Ivorian forward Kafil Eyitayo (201) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Redmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Stingers at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
McGill: V.Dufort 25+14reb+2ast, C.McCue 13+2reb+1ast, A.Hynes-Guery 8+4reb+3ast, S.Bibeau 6+4reb+1ast, N.Joyal 5+1ast, D.Clark 5
Concordia: J.Blake 20+4reb+1ast, K.Eyitayo 12+10reb, A.Chmielewski 11+3reb, T.Garner 8+3reb+1ast, M.Tajfel 8+5reb+3ast, E.Laroche 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190432


St.Francis X. - St.Mary''s 77-69

Not a big story in a game in Antigonish, NS where 5th ranked Huskies (2-4) were defeated by third ranked X-Men (4-2) 77-69 on Saturday. Huskies were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard guard Terry Thomas (193) (193) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. Guard guard Tyrell Vernon (185-88) (185-88) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard guard Terry Thomas (193) (193) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard guard Tyrell Vernon (185-88) (185-88) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. X-Men used an opportunity after Windsor lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Huskies lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. X-Men will face league's leader Axemen in Wolfville, NS in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
gschID: 190435


Alberta - UBC 68-66

A very close game took place in Edmonton, AB between Golden Bears and Thunderbirds. First ranked Golden Bears (7-1) got a very close home victory over leader Thunderbirds (6-2). Golden Bears managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 in the fight for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Golden Bears have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-1 record which they share with defeated Thunderbirds. Loser Thunderbirds still keep top position with two games lost. Golden Bears will meet Timberwolves (#5) in the next round. Thunderbirds will have a break next round.
gschID: 190447



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  CHINA   


CBA Season Kicks off - by Alex Yam

The 2012-13 Chinese basketball season officially kicked off, with defending champions Beijing romping over a new look Shanghai Sharks team with Agent Zero, Gilbert Arenas, who media reports are saying got hurt and could be out an extended period of time. Beijing led by a well balanced group of Chinese players and CBA star Stephon Marbury, looked every bit the defending champions, as they had no trouble with Shanghai.

The season kicks off for the remaining teams, early Sunday morning USA time, Sunday evening China time. Recap of the games Monday morning!



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. KK Zagreb 7-1 
 2. Kvarner 2010 7-1 
 3. Jolly 5-3 
 4. Darda 4-4 
 5. Alkar Sinj 4-4 
 6. Djuro Djakovic 4-4 
 7. Krizevci 3-5 
 8. Zabok 3-5 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 2-6 
 10. Dubrovnik 1-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 24: Darda - Krizevci 84-55
Nov. 25: Dubrovnik - Jolly 81-105
Nov. 24: Kvarner 2010 - Zabok 76-74
Nov. 24: Djuro Djakovic - Alkar Sinj 71-73 OT
Nov. 25: KK Zagreb - Osjecki Sokol 102-79

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 1: Alkar Sinj - Dubrovnik
Dec. 1: Krizevci - Djuro Djakovic
Dec. 1: Zabok - Darda
Dec. 1: Osjecki Sokol - Kvarner 2010
Dec. 1: Jolly - KK Zagreb


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ross, Jolly22.3 
 2. Lez, Zabok19.6 
 3. James, KK Zagreb19.0 
 4. Sundov, Osjecki17.6 
 5. Batina, Djuro D.17.3 
 6. Peraica, Darda16.6 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci16.4 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik15.4 
 9. Radic, Kvarner 201015.3 
 10. Skific, Kvarner14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bruno SUNDOV
  Osjecki .
  (221-C-80)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Sundov, Osjecki8.8 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20108.5 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.9 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.6 
 5. Massamba, Djuro D.6.1 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.1 
 7. Krapic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.5.6 
 9. Skific, Kvarner5.4 
 10. Price, Osjecki So.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.4 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Panduric, Darda3.9 
 5. Glavinic, Darda3.6 
 6. Jugo, Alkar Sinj3.6 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci3.3 
 8. Toroman, Djuro D.3.0 
 9. Blajic, Djuro D.2.7 
 10. James, KK Zagreb2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JAMES
  KK Zagreb
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. James, KK Zagreb2.5 
 2. Ross, Jolly2.4 
 3. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.9 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.6 
 5. Meznaric, Darda1.6 
 6. Skific, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Zivkovic, Djuro D.1.6 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.5 
 9. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 10. Radic, Kvarner 20.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.6 
 2. Najev, Dubrovnik1.3 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly1.1 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.9 
 5. Bubalo, Jolly0.9 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 7. Sundov, Osjecki0.6 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok0.6 
 9. Diminic, Zabok0.5 
 10. Lez, Zabok0.4 


Tweety Carter leaves Cibona - by Eurobasket News

26-year old American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) left KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1). In three Eurocup games he played this season he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.3apg. Carter also played 8 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg.
His team won Latvian League Regular Season in 2011.
Carter was selected to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Latvia (Ventspils) and D-League (Tulsa 66ers).
Carter attended Baylor University until 2010 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda bring victory from Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Crvena Zvezda 63:71

Crvena Zvezda rolled past Cibona in Zagreb in the tenth round of Adriatic League championship. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) posted 13 points to pace well-balanced effort from the visitors. The victory propelled the Serbian powerhouse at 6-4 record.
Crvena Zvezda ensured a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. The visitors boosted the margin in the second frame. The Serbian outfit arrived at halftime up by 10 points 36:26. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Crvena Zvezda maintained a 10-point buffer at the final intermission. The visitors posted a 14-point lead midway through the final frame and never looked back en route to the win. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 12 points and 14 boards for Crvena Zvezda. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points for the winners. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) answered with 19 points for Cibona. Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) and Davor Kus (192-G-78, agency: Interperformances) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Cibona: D.J. Strawberry 19, Justin Hamilton 11, Davor Kus 11
Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 13, Boris Savovic 12+14 boards, Rasko Katic 10



Adriatic League: Partizan outlast Cedevita in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - Cedevita 58:55

Partizan did not allow Igokea to clear off on top of the Adriatic League standings. The Serbian powerhouse held off Cedevita in Belgrade to catch up with the Bosnian team at 8-2 record atop the ladder. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) delivered 10 points each to pace the hosts. Cedevita fell at 6-4 record after the loss.
The Croatian team looked slightly better in the first half. The visitors posted a 14:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Cedevita boosted the margin to 4 points at halftime 28:24. But Partizan adjusted defensively and limited the visitors to 10 points in the third term. The home side entered the final period trailing by just one point 37:38. Partizan went on an 11:0 run midway through the fourth period to gain a 53:46 lead. Marko Car put Cedevita within two points 55:57 late in regulation. But Dragan Milosavljevic sank a free throw to clinch the victory for Partizan. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) accounted for 8 points each for the winners. Luksa Andric (208-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points for Cedevita. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) had 9 points in the loss.

Partizan: Drew Gordon 10, Dragan Milosavljevic 10, Vladimir Lucic 8, Davis Bertans 8
Cedevita: Luksa Andric 13, Predrag Suput 9



Adriatic League: Siroki WWin fire past KK Split - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - KK Split 101:64

Siroki WWin cruised past KK Split for the fourth win in the Adriatic League season. Paninic came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Bosnian team.
Siroki WWin set the tone early in the game. The hosts erupted for 30 points in the starting quarter to gain a 16-point lead. Siroki WWin buried 29 points in the second quarter to enjoy a 59:30 halftime advantage. The hosts kept KK Split at bay throughout the third term. The Bosnian team entered the final stanza up by 30 points. They did not loosen the grasp and coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) provided 13 points, while Boris Barac (205-F-92) and Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) had 11 points each in the win. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89, agency: Beo Basket), Toni Dijan (205-F-83) and Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) answered with 14 points each for KK Split.

Siroki WWin: Darko Planinic (211-C-90) 26+10 boards, Marko Sutalo 13, Boris Barac 11, Ivan Ramljak 11
KK Split: Filip Kruslin 14, Toni Dijan 14, Josip Sobin 14



Adriatic League: MZT Skopje frustrate Zadar on the road - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - MZT Skopje 68:76

MZT Skopje registered the fifth win in the Adriatic League season. They upset Zadar in Croatia yesterday. The Macedonian team was paced by 19 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds from Boris Bakic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket).
MZT Skopje jumped to an early lead. They accounted for a 24:16 advantage after ten minutes. Zadar cut the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts held the visitors to 12 points and got within 4 points 32:36. But the third term turned disastrous for the home team. MZT Skopje went on a 27:12 run to gain a massive 19-point lead with ten minutes to go. Zadar did not surrender as they were able to trim the distance to 4 points late in regulation. However Boris Bakic and Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) nailed four free throws to bring victory for MZK Skopje. Gjorji Cekovski netted 18 points and grabbed 11 boards for the visitors. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the win. Barisa Krasic (203-C-78) answered with 24 points for Zadar. Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Zadar: Barisa Krasic 24, Franko Kastropil 12
MZT Skopje: Boris Bakic 19, Gjorji Cekovski 18, Todor Gecevski 16



A1 Round 8: KK Zagreb keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Zagreb as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Zagreb smashed 9th ranked Osjecki Sokol at home 102-79. The game without a history. KK Zagreb led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KK Zagreb forced 22 Osjecki Sokol turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Osjecki Sokol's players. Guard Tomislav Petrovic (203-G-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 4 assists. Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for Osjecki Sokol. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol keeps the ninth place with six games lost. Osjecki Sokol will play next round against strong Kvarner 2010 trying to get back on the winning streak. KK Zagreb will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Jolly in Sibenik.

The most impressive performance of 8th round was 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Ronald Ross of Jolly.


KK Zagreb - Osjecki Sokol 102-79

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Zagreb as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Zagreb smashed 9th ranked Osjecki Sokol at home 102-79. The game without a history. KK Zagreb led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KK Zagreb forced 22 Osjecki Sokol turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Osjecki Sokol's players. Guard Tomislav Petrovic (203-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 4 assists. Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Milan Kolovrat (207-86) added 18 points in the effort for Osjecki Sokol. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol keeps the ninth place with six games lost. Osjecki Sokol will play next round against strong Kvarner 2010 trying to get back on the winning streak. KK Zagreb will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Jolly in Sibenik.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb: T.Petrovic 29+4reb+4ast, I.Novacic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Halilovic 12+4reb+5ast, A.Krapic 11+6reb+1ast, J.Segaric 10+1reb+3ast, M.James 9+4reb+3ast
Osjecki Sokol: B.Sundov 22+11reb+2ast, M.Kolovrat 18+3reb+2ast, I.Tomeljak 13+1reb+5ast, V.Budimir 11+7reb, Z.Tucakovic 5+1ast, A.Sarac 4+1ast
gschID: 196145


Dubrovnik - Jolly 81-105

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Jolly (5-3) crushed on the road bottom-ranked KK Dubrovnik (1-7) 105-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Jolly. KK Dubrovnik was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jolly shot 65.1 percent from the field. Jolly outrebounded KK Dubrovnik 32-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Jolly especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). Forward Tomislav Gabric (201-95) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) for the winners. Jolly's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Dino Jakolis (200-91, college: Valparaiso) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Mislav Peric (191-88) added 20 points in the effort for KK Dubrovnik. Four KK Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. Jolly have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader KK Zagreb. KK Dubrovnik lost fourth consecutive game. KK Dubrovnik at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Jolly will face league's leader KK Zagreb at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Dubrovnik will play against Alkar Sinj (#5).
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 41+8reb+5ast, T.Gabric 23+7reb+2ast, M.Mrva 16+5reb+2ast, D.Bubalo 8+1reb+1ast, L.Katura 8+4reb, D.Butorac 5+1reb+6ast
Dubrovnik: M.Peric 20+1reb+1ast, D.Jakolis 18+8reb+1ast, M.Proleta 15+1reb+2ast, M.Radic 11+2reb+2ast, L.Pesut 7+2reb, M.Lucic 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 196144


Djuro Djakovic - Alkar Sinj 71-73 OT

Stipe Modric scored 26 points as Alkar Sinj stole a road win over Djuro Djakovic in overtime. R.Jugo added 21 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the visitors as they climbed at 4-4 record in the standings. M.Sarlija answered with 17 points and 13 rebounds for Djuro Djkaovic in defeat.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: S.Modric 26+4reb, R.Jugo 21+4reb+5ast, D.Kanaet 7+7reb, Z.Zupic 6+3reb+3ast, N.Gaurina 4+2reb+1ast, N.Ivisic 4+3reb
Djuro Djakovic: M.Sarlija 17+13reb+2ast, D.Toroman 13+4reb+1ast, M.Batina 13+7reb+2ast, P.Zivkovic 12+4reb+1ast, J.Blajic 8+5reb+2ast, B.Massamba 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 196148


Darda - Krizevci 84-55

Everything could happen in Darda at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Vrijednosnice OS and 7th ranked Krizevci had identical 3-4 record. This time Vrijednosnice OS used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Krizevci 84-55 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Vrijednosnice OS. Krizevci was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Krizevci 34-23 including a 22-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Luka Panduric (192-93) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Forward Marin Zrnic (200-88) replied with 10 points and center Ivan Cvjetkovic (205-85) added 9 points in the effort for Krizevci. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vrijednosnice OS (4-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Alkar Sinj and Djuro Djakovic. Krizevci lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will face KK Zabok (#8) in Zabok in the next round. Krizevci will play at home against Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darda: M.Peraica 23+10reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 12+2reb+2ast, J.Glavinic 11+1reb+4ast, L.Panduric 10+5reb+4ast, D.Meznaric 9+4reb+4ast, A.Hrkac 6
Krizevci: M.Zrnic 10+4reb, I.Cvjetkovic 9+4reb, I.Grgat 9+3reb+1ast, L.Demo 8+1reb, S.Krstanovic 6+5reb, I.Cusek 4
gschID: 196147


Kvarner 2010 - Zabok 76-74

Rather predictable result when second ranked Kvarner 2010 (7-1) edged 5th ranked KK Zabok (3-5) in Rijeka 76-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 23-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kvarner 2010 shot 32 for 49 from the free-throw line, while KK Zabok only scored sixteen points from the stripe. KK Zabok was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Ivica Radic (208-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Slovenian guard Bojan Krivec (188-87) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Center Filip Bundovic (203-94) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and guard Mario Pesut (184-90) added 14 points in the effort for KK Zabok. Four KK Zabok players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kvarner 2010 have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with KK Zagreb. KK Zabok at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. Kvarner 2010 will face Osjecki Sokol (#9) in Osijek in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zabok will play at home against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: B.Krivec 21+2reb+1ast, I.Radic 16+15reb+1ast, J.Skific 16+5reb, H.Sirko 6+3reb, J.Surina 5+2reb, A.Boban 4
Zabok: F.Bundovic 24+5reb, M.Pesut 14+2reb+2ast, P.Maric 12+3reb, R.Lez 10+1reb+1ast, J.Mustapic 4+2reb+1ast, A.Vlaic 4+2reb
gschID: 196146



Coach Aleksandar Petrovic could sign at Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) is about to re-hire 53-year old coach Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Beo Basket ). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Petrovic also coached at Cedevita that season. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Petrovic was selected to Head Coach: Adriatic League All-Star Game back in 2008.
He was coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 1995 and 2001.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 23: Etha - Apollon 73-63
Nov. 24: AEL - Keravnos 62-66
Nov. 25: Apoel - AEK
Nov. 25: ENAD - Omonia


Week 5: Keravnos succeeded a difficult road while APOEL was the winner in another derby! - by Chris Mammides

The top seated Keravnos Strovolou added another victory in its resume and is still leading the competition after succeeding a dramatic win in Limassol against the last seated (together with ENAD) team of Proteas AEL Limassol in Melford Arena with 62-66.
The game became unexpectedly a derby since AEL with two additions in compare to the first four games of the competition, since Palalas came back from his injury while another addition took place as Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) is officially the second basman player for AEL (after Aleskic) changed the dynamics for the team.
The game begun with Keravnos being more concetrated and more focused to its target to take an early lead of 8 by the end of the period (12-20)
with Kinnard being the man of the period with his 7 points and 4 rebounds.

The second period though was much different since the experienced forward Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) together with the newcomer Pesic dominated in both edges and with a solid comeback of 5.56' to the end of the first half the game was in total draw 21-21 after an amazing 9-1 by the home team. Four minutes later the home team took the lead with 30-27 with Outerbridge free throw missed. Keravnos with the veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) 4 personal points, it took the lead again and by the end of the first half the game was once more a derby with 30-31.

In the third period Keravnos remembered his good characteristics and with Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) and Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) but also the bad temper of Palalas who actually "helped" the opponents to take the biggest lead just two minutes after the beggining of the third period since he lost the ball and was caled for an unsportsmanlike foul over Bobby Maze to change the deficit from six to twelve points (32-44). Aleksic was "fighting all alone and cut the deficit to 6 points for the 44-50 after scoring his 19th point on another lay-up.

The last and final period was quite dramatic since Pesic took the initiatives and with a domiant game in both edges (he scored 6 points and dashed down 6 rebounds in this last quarter) together with the assistance of Outerbridge who took over from the tired Aleksic, gave a new lead to their team with a +4 points 58-54 with 3.53' to the end. Keravnos showed character and in the last 1.57 and upon the thread of its first defeat, did a solid 1-8 with Julian Vaughn and Bobby Maze to finally win the game with 62-66
Top scorers:
AEL: Milutin Aleksic 21 and 9 rebounds, Jerel Allen (193-G/F-85, college: Florida St.) 12 points, 3 steals, Pesic 11 points and 8 rebounds
Keravnos: Julian Vaughn 15 and 11 rebounds, Crocker 12, Bobby Maze 14 and Kinnard 13


The game between APOEL and AEK Larnakas was a derby from the beginning until the end in a very poor game which ended with both teams scoring all and all 110 points!! (56-54 was the final score! Both teams entered the court with more care in their defense than their offence and that lead them to a number of false balls, turnovers and bad shooting percentages. The first period ended with 17-17 even though AEK needed nearly two minutes at the beginning of the game to score. APOEL had Kremen in the leading role with 6 points while on the other hand, JoJo Garcia (206-C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) did his best game the last three years!! The American- Cypriot center was the top man of this period (and of the game) as he scored his first 9 points against his old team and was the man to keep fixing the false balls of his team-mates either with an offensive rebound or with a lot of hard work in the paint.

The second period started with Hart and
JoJo Garcia giving an early lead to their team with +7 (19-26) and after a while Fisher increased this difference with two successful free throws to 19-28. APOEL with Wells and Morrison and the bad game by AEK's players balance the game and 3.03 before the end of the first half took the lead with a solid 10-0 (29-28) to finally end this period with 31-30 for APOEL.

The third period was probably one of the worst periods ever for the two teams, by scoring 25 points (both of them) APOEL was a bit better and with Porter and Morrison took an early lead and kept it until the end of the period since AEK's player with only stand out being the 37 years o
f JoJo Garcia couldn't score not even from the charity line. The period ended with 46-40.

The final period started with both the teams not being able to score for more than 2 minutes as the first basket of the period was succeeded by
JoJo Garcia 7.31' before the end of the game to do the score 47-42 as APOEL received its first point from the charity line a bit before JoJo Garcia's lay-up by Neophytou. Two minutes after that!! the two teams were able to score again as Mokongo succeeded in his jump shot to give a breath to his team as 5.24' before the end the home team was leading the game by 7, (49-42) to add another basket by Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) 1.30' afterwards to give a deficit of +9, 51-42 to APOEL with less than four minutes to go. AEK had serious scoring problems and Panteli 2 free throws followed by Hart's two free throws and 2 minutes before the end the score became 51-46. Wells lost the ball and Panteli scored his first and last three pointers to bring the game to the basket with 51-47 and 1.52' to go. APOEL took at the end the victory as Dante Stiggers was solid from the charity line.
Top scorers:
APOEL: Morrison 11 and 5 rebounds,
Dante Stiggers 10
AEK:
JoJo Garcia 17 and 7 rebounds - No other player had double digits.

It is worth mentioned the % on the free throws for AEK as the 57% and the actual 15 of 26 in compare to the 82% for



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Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 23: Sokol P. - Proton Zlin 90-74
Nov. 23: Sparta Praha - Litomerice 79-71
Nov. 23: Sokol V. - Ostrava 78-79
Nov. 25: Sokol H.K. - Liberec 72-59
Nov. 25: JBC Brno - Nymburk B 71-51
Nov. 23: Loko Plzen - Kara Trutnov 102-86

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 30: Liberec - Loko Plzen
Dec. 2: Litomerice - Sokol H.K.
Dec. 2: Proton Zlin - Sparta Praha
Nov. 30: Ostrava - Sokol P.
Nov. 30: Nymburk B - Sokol V.
Dec. 2: Kara Trutnov - JBC Brno
Nov. 26: U19 - Kara Trutnov
Nov. 27: U19 - Nymburk B


CEZ Nymburk Runs Over BC Kolin 105-54 in Sunday Night Action - by Surujh Roopnarine

Meeting for the second time in two days, the results unfortunately got worse for BC Kolin as they fell to CEZ Basketball Nymburk by 51 points tonight at home, 54-105. After losing 67-94 on Friday night, the once-again short-handed Kolin team was outmatched from the opening tip until the final horn sounded. Kolin was with just eight players and without star forward Richard Field and point guard Javier Gonzalez, so CEZ Basketball Nymburk dominated every statistical category. After a relatively close 18-15 first quarter in favor of Nymburk, the reigning champions exploded in the second quarter, scoring 34 points as opposed to just 11 for the home squad. Seven of the 11 Nymburk players to see the court scored in double-figures, led by Michael Taylor (188-G-86, college: Iowa St.) who had a team-high 16 points and game-high 4 assists while shooting 6-12 from the field. Nymburk forced 21 turnovers, keyed by a game-high five steals from Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81). Kolin was once again led by their leading scorer Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, college: Missouri Western) who racked up a game-high 20 points but on 8-19 shooting. Without a play-maker to run their offense, Kolin only had seven assisted baskets, while Nymburk had 22. With the loss Kolin falls to 7-6 on the season while Nymburk improves to 13-0 in advance of this week's upcoming Eurocup game at home against Rudupis on Tuesday night.
KOLIN: Demarius Bolds (20pts+5reb), Robin Matejka (190-G/F-93) (13pts+6reb+7to), Dejan Radulovic (185-PG-85) (9pts), Uros Benacek (206-C-92) (6pts+6reb)
NYMBURK: Michael Taylor (16pts), Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) (14pts+6reb), Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) (14pts), Andrew Naymick (209-C-85) (10pts+9reb)



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Maine RC 2-0 
 2. Erie Bay H. 1-0 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 1-0 
 4. Springfield A. 1-0 
 5. Santa Cruz W. 0-0 
 6. Iowa E. 0-1 
 7. Canton C. 0-2 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 0-2 
West Conference
 1. Tulsa 66ers 2-0 
 2. Rio Grande VV 1-1 
 3. Bakersfield J. 1-1 
 4. Austin T. 0-0 
 5. Idaho S. 0-0 
 6. Los Angeles D. 0-0 
 7. Reno B. 0-0 
 8. Texas L. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 24: Canton C. - Springfield A. 91-94 OT
Nov. 25: Tulsa 66ers - Texas L. 91-89
Nov. 24: Rio Grande VV - Bakersfield J. 113-102
Nov. 25: Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC 112-117
Nov. 24: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 107-98

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 28: Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C.
Nov. 28: Texas L. - Austin T.
Nov. 28: Los Angeles D. - Idaho S.
Nov. 29: Texas L. - Austin T.
Nov. 29: Bakersfield J. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 30
 1. Douglas-R., Texas30.0 
 2. Jones, Canton C.28.5 
 3. Joseph, Maine RC25.5 
 4. Howard, Ft.Wayne.25.5 
 5. Motiejunas, Rio G.24.0 
 6. Adrien, Rio G.23.0 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.22.5 
 8. Wright, Maine RC21.0 
 9. Downs, Maine RC20.5 
 10. Mack, Maine RC19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JONES
  Canton C.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 15
 1. Jones, Canton C.15.0 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.14.0 
 3. Onuaku, Canton C.12.0 
 4. Adrien, Rio G.12.0 
 5. Orton, Tulsa 66ers11.5 
 6. Wright, Maine RC10.5 
 7. Motiejunas, Rio G.9.5 
 8. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 9. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.5 
 10. Downs, Maine RC8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Deandre LIGGINS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Liggins, Tulsa 66e.8.5 
 2. Machado, Rio G.8.0 
 3. Singletary, Texas7.0 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.5.5 
 5. Mack, Maine RC5.0 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.5.0 
 7. Downs, Maine RC4.5 
 8. Anderson, Canton4.5 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton4.5 
 10. Murry, Rio G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Orlando JOHNSON
  Ft.Wayne.
  (195-G/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.3.0 
 2. Murry, Rio G.3.0 
 3. Jones, Canton C.2.5 
 4. Major, Bakersfi.2.5 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.2.5 
 6. Roberts, Texas L.2.5 
 7. Dennis, Bakersfi.2.5 
 8. Johnson, Rio G.2.5 
 9. Koch, Bakersfi.2.5 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  Rio G.
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Saunders, Rio G.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC2.5 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 5. Adrien, Rio G.2.0 
 6. Wright, Maine RC2.0 
 7. Ayer, Maine RC1.5 
 8. VanderMeer, Maine1.5 
 9. Downs, Maine RC1.5 
 10. Major, Bakersfi.1.5 


Recap: Action continues with 5 games on Sunday - by Eurobasket News

Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC 112-117
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Streaking toward the basket, Boston Celtics draft pick Fab Melo reached up for teammate Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler)'s pass and in a thundering movement slammed the ball home for two points. The statement basket helped carry the Red Claws to a 117-112 NBA Development League victory Sunday over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in a game packed full of Maine highlight moments. For the first time in franchise history, the Red Claws are 2-0 entering their home opener Friday against the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the development team of the Lakers, at the Portland Expo. Mack followed up Melo's slam with a 3-pointer. Then came a slam by Kris Joseph, followed by another basket by Melo. Just like that, the Red Claws were up by 15 points and an Allen County War Memorial Coliseum crowd of 2,229 was silenced. "The best part is when you've got talented players that are playing together," said Red Claws Coach Mike Taylor. "They're really unselfish and they're trying to help each other. They're making plays, they're moving the ball, they're taking good shots." Among the best Sunday was Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), a 6-foot-8 forward from Gonzaga who scored a team-high 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, just two short of the franchise record. When the Mad Ants whittled a 16-point deficit to just three in the final minute, Downs hit all four free throws in consecutive possessions to ice the game. Micah has been outstanding for us as a player, as a leader," Taylor said. "He did a fantastic job with the Celtics in preseason. He impressed and caught the eyes of all those guys. He came down here and we've had a big role for him playing from day one." Downs credits his teammates. And one glance at the numbers shows you why. Downs led five starters who all reached double figures in scoring. Kris Joseph, a Celtics draft pick from Syracuse, scored 23, and Shelvin Mack had 22. Both Mack and Downs had a game-leading six assists. Chris Wright, a guard, had 15 rebounds. "We're having a lot of fun," Downs said. "We're moving the ball around, getting guys open, feeding the guy that is hot at the time. "That's the identity of our team. We have a real unselfish team. We're going to work hard, especially our small, fast lineup out there. It's going to give teams problems. We're just really excited about this year." In the third quarter alone, when Maine moved ahead by nine points, Downs scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting and had four rebounds. "He's just playing with a lot of confidence," Taylor said. "He's playing both ends of the floor. He presents a real matchup problem for the opponent because of his athleticism and length and skills. He's had two great games to open up the season." Joseph, who led the Red Claws with 28 points in their season-opening 123-115 win Friday at Canton, was on fire from the beginning in Fort Wayne. He scored 10 points in the opening quarter, and finished with four assists and two steals to go with his 23 points. Courtesy of: http://www.pressherald.com

Tulsa 66ers - Texas L. 91-89
TULSA, Okla., November 25, 2012 - The Tulsa 66ers spurred a fourth-quarter comeback to take down the Texas Legends, 91-89, on Sunday at the SpiritBank Event Center behind Daniel Orton's 24 points and 12 rebounds. Orton, currently on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, recorded a double-double for the second-consecutive game. Fellow OKC assignment Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) scored eight points while dishing out seven assists and grabbing four boards. After the Legends led for a majority of the game, Tulsa fought back in the final minutes to secure their second-straight win. Andy Rautins led the effort with 10 fourth-quarter points, ending the night with 16 points and shooting 4-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Brady Morningstar posted nine points in the final quarter to also total 16 on the night. Texas led 76-67 with 9:09 remaining in the game before an 8-1 Tulsa run behind a pair of 3-pointers by Rautins to get within two. Texas then extended its lead to 81-76 before another 8-1 Sixer run that gave Tulsa the lead with three and a half minutes left. The two squads went back and forth for the remainder of the game before Texas' Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87, college: Memphis) gave the Legends an 89-87 lead with 36 seconds remaining. Douglas-Roberts finished the night with a game-best 29 points. Tulsa retook the lead on the next possession via a corner 3 from Morningstar with 21 seconds left on the clock. The 66ers defense held Texas scoreless on their final possession, resulting in a missed layup by Sean Singletary to give Tulsa the win. Courtesy of: http://www.oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande VV - Bakersfield J. 113-102
HIDALGO, Texas -- Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, college: Connecticut) led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with a double-double 29 points, 13 rebounds in a 113-102 win over the Bakersfield Jam tonight at State Farm Arena. The Vipers saw seven players score double figures. In addition to Adrien's double-double, Houston Rockets assignment Donatas Motiejunas also scored a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds. Mike Singletary added 17 points, followed by Scott Machado with 12 points. Damian Saunders, Chris Johnson and Toure' Murry each added 10 points. Jerel McNeal led Bakersfield with 18 points, followed by a double-double 16 points, 13 rebounds from Brian Butch. James Nunnally added 16 points. Damian James tallied 12 points, and Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) rounded out the Jam's leaders with 10 points. Bakersfield held on to a single-digit lead throughout the first quarter. With 7:45 remaining in the half, Singletary sank a shot from the line to tie the game at 38 points. He followed up with a jump shot, and additional baskets from Adrien, Murry and Motiejunas gave the Vipers their largest lead of the half 48-40. The Jam quickly responded. A shot from behind the arc by Nunnally put Bakersfield back on top 53-51. The teams tied twice more before the Jam took a 58-55 lead at the half. A layup from Machado put RGV back in control of the game 60-58 at the beginning of the third quarter. Midway through the third quarter, Saunders connected with a slam dunk to put the Vipers back in control 79-68. With :26.1 remaining in the third, a layup from McNeal helped the Jam inch within three points, 89-86, but the Vipers were able to hold the lead throughout the end of the quarter. Bakersfield fought back throughout the fourth quarter. A three-pointer from Butch tied the game at 93 points. Nunnally gave the Jam at 95-93 advantage. Machado followed up with a layup that put the Vipers back in the 96-95 lead. However, RGV maintained the momentum claimed a 113-102 win. The Vipers hit the road next week for a Nov. 30 contest at the Tulsa 66ers. Then, RGV will take on the Texas Legends on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Vipers next home game is Thursday, Dec. 6 when they host the 66ers in a 7 p.m. contest at State Farm Arena. Courtesy of: www.oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 107-98
Sioux Falls, S.D. - The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Iowa Energy 107-98 Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Iowa's starting backcourt of Chris Wright and Mustapha Farrakhan led the Energy with 20 points each, while Denver Nuggets assignee Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92, college: Baylor) added 17 points. Both teams struggled from the field in the early going as Sioux Falls led 18-16 after one quarter. The shooting improved in the second quarter and Sioux Falls took a 43-42 lead into the locker room. Iowa took a lead at 53-50 on a pair of layups by Wright, but the Skyforce used a trio of three-pointers late in the 3rd quarter to take a six point lead into the final stanza. Sioux Falls extended the lead to 12 points in the quarter, but an Energy rally that featured two deep jumpers by Farrakhan got the visitors to within three in the final minutes. Sioux Falls iced the game at the free throw line late, hitting all six of their attempts in the final 1:11. The Energy made only 16 of 32 free throws in the game, a paltry 50%. Sioux Falls made 21 of 27 from the charity stripe. Wright led the Energy with 9 assists while center Ben Strong (6'11''-C-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Guilford) added 10 rebounds. Troy Hudson scored a game-high 25 points and Andrew Goudelock added 23 for Sioux Falls.. Jarvis Varnado added 11 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Springfield A. 91-94 OT
CANTON, Ohio - In a game filled with numerous scoring streaks, double-double efforts by four players and overtime, the Springfield Armor opened the NBA D-League season with 94-91 win over the Canton Charge at the Civic Center Saturday night. Christian Polk (6'3''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) began the overtime by sinking a 3-pointer to provide Springfield with a lead it refused to relinquish. The Armor outscored the Charge 9-6 in the extra time. Canton's Antoine Agudio launched a 3-pointer successfully from the corner at the buzzer to force overtime. Springfield's James Mays posted a double-double for the with a 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) (16 points), Willie Reed (14), Polk (14) and Carleton Scott (13) also connected for double figures in scoring. Kevin Jones had a game-high 31 points for the Charge (0-2). A first quarter highlighted with each team having unanswered scoring streaks, a seven-point run for the Armor and a 13-point run for Canton ended with the Charge ahead 21-16. Canton took advantage of shooting 7 for 7 from the foul line in the first quarter while the Armor missed their only two attempts. Neither team shot particularly well from the field in the first quarter - Charge (38.9 percent) and Armor (33.3 percent). Scott led the Armor first-period scoring with eight points. Jones led all first period efforts with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Canton. Early in the 2nd quarter the Charge, using quick, accurate ball movement, expanded their lead to 10 points at 6:30. Following a time out called by Armor coach Bob MacKinnon, Springfield rattled off 11 unanswered points to take a 1-point lead. Canton halted the Armor barrage on a basket by Arinze Onuaku followed up by a 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer by Jones with 1:44 remaining in the period. At the half the Charge had built up a 5-point lead 47-42, behind Jones' 21 points and 10 rebounds earning him his second double-double in his first two games this season. The Armor were led by Scott's 11 points and Willie Reed's 10. Uzoh had 5 assists by halftime. In the opening five minutes of the third quarter Canton managed to build a 9-point margin that was answered by an Armor effort to whittle the lead to 2 points with 3:32 remaining. After exchanging baskets for several transitions, and aided by a technical foul called on Reed for grabbing the net, the Charge rebuilt a seven-point lead 74-67 at the end of three periods. Mays opened the final period by scoring six unanswered points to cut the Charge lead to one. Canton managed to keep a lead until the 2:27 mark when Uzoh's floating runner tied the game at 82. Polk's bucket followed by Uzoh connecting on one of two free throws gave the Armor a 3-point lead with 13 seconds remaining before Agudio forced overtime. Courtesy of: masslive.com



Skyforce debut with win over Iowa - by Eurobasket News

The Joel Abelson era began on Saturday as the Sioux Falls faithful hoped it would on a winning note. Paced by a strong second-half showing in the backcourt, the Skyforce defeated the Iowa Energy 107-98 in the NBA D-League season opener in front of 5,345 at the Arena. Veteran guard Troy Hudson (6'1''-PG-76, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: S.Illinois) led the Force with 25 points while Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston), the teams first-round pick in this years draft, added 23 as the duo combined for 35 points in the second half. On a night where Iowa continued to hang around following a 43-42 halftime deficit, it was Goudelock who controlled the third quarter with 11 points and Hudson who put the game away with 17 fourth-quarter points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes. It felt like old times, said Hudson, who played with the Skyforce from 1997-99. Same Arena, same fans they gave us a lot of energy tonight. Although both teams needed the majority of the first half to work out the season-opening kinks, as evident by an 18-16 first-quarter score, it was Abelsons group that capitalized on halftime adjustments, namely ball movement against the big-bodied Energy. We have a really good shooting team, were just still trying to figure out how to get everybody in the right spots, said Abelson, pointing to the better ball movement as a catalyst for Goudelocks second half success. He was fantastic in the second half, added the first-year coach. His shots werent going in the first half, but it starts with ball movement. When you get in-rhythm shots, they tend to go in. The first-round selection came up big during a key stretch in which Iowa took a 53-50 lead in the third quarter. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard scored 11 of the Forces next 19 points, including a clutch 3-pointer that gave Sioux Falls a 69-63 lead. Meanwhile, center Jarvis Varnado (6'9''-F-88, college: Mississippi St.) dominated with the paint in just 25 minutes on the court with 11 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks alongside Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Dan Coleman, who added 17 and 10 points, respectively. The Force drained 10 of 23 3-point attempts, led by Hudsons 3-for-6 line and Bryant Voiles two triples, his only shots from the floor in 12 minutes. Sioux Falls outrebounded the Energy 53-46, about the only team statistic with any noticeable disparity. Iowas Mustapha Farrakhan and Chris Wright led the Energy with 20 points apiece for a lineup with a little less balanced than the Force. Four players for Iowa totaled 70 of their 98 points. It was Varnado who set the tone early with three first-quarter blocks, but battled foul trouble, limiting his court time. Still, the minutes he did see left an impression on everyone. In like 25 minutes? Hudson said with awe. If he plays a full game, he might get a triple-double with blocks. Hes got great timing. One of the greatest shot blockers Ive seen since I played with Eddie Griffin. Hudsons timing was pretty spot-on as well, putting a stop to a late Iowa threat as the Force (1-0) held a seven-point lead with three to play with a pair of clutch 3-pointers. The 36-year-old guard gave an emphatic fist pump following the first, which made it a 98-88 contest with 2:44 left, and drained another at the two-minute mark that pushed the game out of reach. Although the outcome could have been somewhat closer had the Energy (0-1) not fired a lowly 50 percent (16 of 32) at the free throw line, nabbing a win and improving to 14-10 in home openers was the focal point on Saturday. Abelson still kept the victory in perspective, though. Its better than going 0-1, Ill tell ya that. But its one game. We werent celebrating like we won the championship, he said. Monday morning were right back at it. Weve got to get ready for Springfield.
Courtesy of: argusleader.com



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 10-0 
 2. Tarvas 9-4 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 6-5 
 4. Rapla 5-4 
 5. Valga 5-5 
 6. TTU 4-5 
 7. Parnu 3-6 
 8. Hito/Johvi 1-8 
 9. Tln Kalev 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 23: Tarvas - TTU 76-61
Nov. 25: Parnu - TTU 55-67
Nov. 24: Rapla - Parnu 54-73
Nov. 30: TTU - Hito/Johvi


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Tamm, Tarvas17.3 
 2. Laksa, Tarvas16.7 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas16.3 
 4. Pilk, Rapla14.6 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.4 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu13.9 
 7. Akenparg, TTU13.6 
 8. Umbrasko, Tarvas13.4 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev12.9 
 10. Arnold, TTU12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu12.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.0 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.1 
 4. Grim, Valga7.9 
 5. Cunda, Valga7.3 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.1 
 7. Grafs, Valga7.1 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi6.6 
 9. Keedus, TTU6.5 
 10. Arnold, TTU6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Tamm, Tarvas4.9 
 2. Keedus, TTU4.9 
 3. Cunda, Valga4.8 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev4.3 
 5. Saare, Hito/Johvi4.1 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.9 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.3.8 
 8. Pilk, Rapla2.7 
 9. Paasoja, Rapla2.1 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tamm, Tarvas2.8 
 2. Akenparg, TTU2.3 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 4. Cunda, Valga1.7 
 5. Keedus, TTU1.6 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.5 
 7. Tambre, Hito/Johvi1.4 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.4 
 9. Pilk, Rapla1.4 
 10. Campbell, Tln Kal.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Arnold, TTU1.3 
 2. Raadik, Parnu0.9 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.9 
 4. Saks, Tarvas0.8 
 5. Grim, Valga0.8 
 6. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.6 
 7. Uuekula, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 8. Vahter, Tln Kalev0.5 
 9. Kitsing, Parnu0.5 
 10. Grafs, Valga0.5 



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  EUROCUP   


Berrocal: Back To Prosper With Donetsk - by Uygar Karaca

BC Donetsk was the surprise the package of last years Eurocup campaign. Despite much heavier rosters, the Ukrainians managed to advance until quarter final playoffs. However, success comes with a price. The next summer, the team lost many of its important components. Coach Sasa Obradovic left for ALBA Berlin after two years in the Donbass Basin, took starting point guard Vule Avdalovic with him. Ukrainian national team center Viacheslav Kravtsov decided to try his chance in NBA, Detroit Pistons.

Coach Vlada Jovanovic came from Partizan as a replacement to Obradovic along with veteran guard Doron Perkins, ex Real Madrid and Bilbao center Dor Fischer and Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov as well as Euro campaign veteran and ex NBA player Darius Songaila. One cannot say the season started well regarding the expectations that have been built upon the campaign of last season. Euroleague ticket was lost in the first elimination against Le Mans, VTB League was tough and it was hard to win a game for Donetsk. Successive losses at domestic league brought the club administration into cross roads. Should they go with the coach?

Jovanovic left with his assistants in the end of October and his replacement was from Spain, Josep Maria Berrocal.

Familiar to Ukraine from his 1 year stint in Budivelnik Kiev, Berrocal came back to East with new challenges on his mind. However, it was not a great start for him and the team. He broke his fingers as a result of what he calls an accident and more than that, accidents that Donetsk have been suffered were more severe than that. Doron Perkins, who was playing with an injury already was sidelined for nearly one month. Berrocal was left without his best point guard immediately. Three consecutive losses afterwards.

However, against Galatasaray last week, Donetsk showed signs of improvement. They got the lead in the first quarter against a team which is undefeated yet, this season. Despite the problems they have faced like their best defender Dmitry Gliebov was also injured and they had to cope with early foul problems, The Tigers fought for the match until the last minute.

This year, Joan Plaza, the Spanish that gave hope to Zalgris has been the popular topic but we sat and talk with another Spanish coach, Josep Maria Berrocal who works on the Eastern part of the ex Iron Curtain.

UK. Mr. Berrocal, congratulations for the last game against Galatasaray. I think it was the best game of the year?

JB: Yes, I think it is. Similar result but still, it was our best game. Both offensively and defensively, we played more like a team despite we could not use our important players. We had to use players that could not take minutes in Eurocup until last game. By now, we are close to our level but we need more time to show our real level.

UK. What was the difference compared to other games?

JB. Basically we improved our defense. We didnt score easy but the important point is that the team understood when things go wrong, we can recover with better defense and rotations. It was important for team to understand this. It was revealed that when we play like a team, we can give win games.

UK. I would like to congratulate you because Galatasaray has one of the best rosters of Eurocup. Do you think they are a Euroleague team?

JB. They really have a good roster. (Despite injury) Domercant is a very important player for them; he is may be one of the best of his kind in Eurocup. Of course the other players are very good, Ndong, Macvan. As a team, they are one of the best in Eurocup and if you are one of the best in Eurocup that makes you a Euroleague team. Theн have the names.

UK. So Galatasaray is one of your favorites for the title?

I think so. I think Galatasaray and Kuban will be so close in this group. These two teams are among the best teams of Eurocup.

UK. You lost first two games, you have really good hope now?

JB. For us, it is more difficult now; we lost two games but still, we can advance. First of all, our aim to win our games. We have two important games against Sopot and right now advancing is up to us. We did not lose the games with big differences ( Kuban 3, Galatasaray 4) therefore we have a chance. I admit that it is not easy to advance to LAST16, right now it depends on us.

UK. Do you think playing in VTB, Ukraine and Eurocup is a heavy workload?

JB. It is tough. However, I signed the contract, knew what I am coming for. Neither the players nor me cannot change the schedule. I dont have the option to think too much, I just need to find solutions.

UK. Doron Perkins was sidelined for some time. You want some new players to improve the roster?

JB. Every team that has an aim always seeks for an opportunity to strengthen the roster. I am sure the club is looking on the market to improve our team. Right now, there are no names but may be in the future there can be. We dont have much time to improve our game in the practice, there is no time for that so good way to improve is find a new player. You cannot do one move so fast. If you add someone, you must be sure that he will not disturb the team balance and really can contribute.

UK. You said that the team has difficulty to score. What do you have in your mind as a prescription?

JB. First, I need to know my players better. I need to see them on court more so that I can use them more effectively according to their relative strength. I think we have much power inside and we are below that potential. We also need to improve on finding easy points. We started to play in offense more like a team, with more discipline. Now we need more time to build on that.

UK. Two years ago, you were coaching Budivelnik Kiev. You had a magnificent season, you were the champions and reached quarter final playoffs in Eurocup where you lost against future finalists Cajasol. Then you left Ukraine for Spain Second Division, Menorca. What happened?

JB. I want titles and I did not feel like I am in the place to work that I want. After all those years in Barca, I went to Ukraine to try something different. We found the balance as a team but there were many-many problems. Budivelnik is a good club, Kiev is nice, I have really good friends and memories there but I think as a coach, I should not worry about things other than basketball, I need to have only basketball in my mind. For me, basketball is everywhere so it doesnt matter whether it is Euroleague, Ukraine or Spanish Second Division. We did our job there, we promote.

UK. When we take a look at your career, it seems marvelous. In the 90s, you were at Badalona, Joventut and in the 2000s, you were with Barcelona. You had a chance to work with coaches like Dusco Ivanovic or Svetislav Pesic and Xavi Pascual. Are you disappointed not to be promoted as a head coach?

JB. No. No, No. For me, I was very-very happy in my Barca years. We were all working like a team during all those season where we played nearly 85 games. Not only there was one great coach but there was a staff working on different jobs. We had Euroleague Final Fours, we were the champions in 2003. How many coaches can win Euroleague in their life?

UK. Did any Spanish club approached to you to hire as a head coach? Did you ever think about it?

JB. As an assistant coach, yes. As the head coach, there were some conversations but at the end it did not happen. We have a really good league and I like to be a part of it. No, I dont feel like it has been unfair to be. Last season it was close, we were promoted to ACB but unfortunately we lost our sponsor, therefore it did not happen. We did it with only one American player, the rest was all Spanish. That was a really good motivation to show that teams can promote with one US player only. This means, I won the chance to be in ACB. Alicante called me to lead them in ACB but they also decided to go on with Second Division. Someday, it will finally happen. It is just Donetsk in my mind now and the next games.

UK. Can you tell us about how you come to Donetsk?

JB. I had good connections with Ukraine. Since a long time I know Donetsk and this time, they called me and I accepted their offer. It happened so fast. I had to take the decision in two days, three games in a week is something very difficult and different but I knew that Donetsk have experienced players. It was a big challenge for me, that is the reason why I took this job.

UK. Do you think Ukraine League changed compared to two years ago?

JB. Although there are problems, like clubs does not have very good connection between each other, which is not good for basketball, I think Ukraine Superleague is improving, regarding clubs and players. Besides that, I think Donetsk have a good chance to show that in Superleague, there is not just money or salary but good teams, good organization, good competition, good budget, good facilities, good coaches and good everything. Everything that people can think that Ukraine is a really good opportunity to watch and play basketball. Players talk about where they go and where they come from, for sure, Donetsk must be one place that they can mention. There is a good chance for Ukraine via Donetsk to show that they can have a team which plays in European competitions like Galatasaray or Kuban. In 2-3 years, I believe that Ukraine league will be better.

UK. There are a lot of players that you know about from previous experiences in ACB like Radenovic, Songaila, Ivanov or Dor Fischer. Do you think they are below their level?

JB. Not only one or two players but as a team and as individually, we all are playing below our potential levels. Right now we are just %60-%70 of our level. There are many reasons for that- players need confidence. I think step by step they will improve. I think in Kuban game, we started to show something and a new period started considering this season. Against Galatasaray, we lost, it is a pity that we loss because it is not good but playing like this, you can lose one game but not entire season. The second round, Donetsk will be a better team and I am really sure of that. For now, we need time.

UK. Can you compare us the level of VTB and Eurocup. Which one is harder?

JB. Similar. In Eurocup, it depends on which group you are in. It can be harder or easier. Our group is more difficult for example. In VTB, there are more teams, there are many rich clubs mainly from Russia like Spartak or CSKA which means good players. All in all, I think they are similar.

UK. What is the difference between Russian and Spanish basketball mind?

JB. The basic difference between this part of Europe with Spain is the sport mentality. It is mainly about how you react with a win or with a loss. This is sports, only one team can win in a competition, it is clear. Most teams do not have such a perspective in Russia or Ukraine and they can be very impatient. However, some teams changed this mentality. For example, two years ago Donetsk played very good and despite of this, they lost against Budivelnik in the Ukrainian finals. They kept the coach (Sasa Obradovic) and it was a sign that they have a different mentality. The thing is you need time to build a team and if it is not given, you will lose. Think about English Premier League where some coaches have many years with their teams. Otherwise, only the rich clubs will win, if you constantly change coaches or players.

Berrocal is an ambitious coach. He does not run away from challenge, just the opposite, he goes into it. He did not have a chance to manage a team in ACB although well-deserved with all his experience from big clubs like Barcelona but he is not desperate about that. All he cares by now is basketball and he concentrates on things to do with Donetsk. Although he could not win the very first games where he coached Ukrainian club, there are signs of improvement. Against Sopot in the Game Week 3, Donetsk won in home and kept chances to advance for LAST 16. We will see whether they would manage to go beyond the achievement of last year, a Eurocup Quarter Finals at least, but I am quite sure that they will give a fight for that.



Berrocal: Back To Prosper With Donetsk - by Uygar Karaca

BC Donetsk was the surprise the package of last years Eurocup campaign. Despite much heavier rosters, the Ukrainians managed to advance until quarter final playoffs. However, success comes with a price. The next summer, the team lost many of its important components. Coach Sasa Obradovic left for ALBA Berlin after two years in the Donbass Basin, took starting point guard Vule Avdalovic with him. Ukrainian national team center Viacheslav Kravtsov decided to try his chance in NBA, Detroit Pistons.

Coach Vlada Jovanovic came from Partizan as a replacement to Obradovic along with veteran guard Doron Perkins, ex Real Madrid and Bilbao center Dor Fischer and Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov as well as Euro campaign veteran and ex NBA player Darius Songaila. One cannot say the season started well regarding the expectations that have been built upon the campaign of last season. Euroleague ticket was lost in the first elimination against Le Mans, VTB League was tough and it was hard to win a game for Donetsk. Successive losses at domestic league brought the club administration into cross roads. Should they go with the coach?

Jovanovic left with his assistants in the end of October and his replacement was from Spain, Josep Maria Josep Berrocal (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov ).

Familiar to Ukraine from his 1 year stint in Budivelnik Kiev, Josep Maria Berrocal (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov ) came back to East with new challenges on his mind. However, it was not a great start for him and the team. He broke his fingers as a result of what he calls an accident and more than that, accidents that Donetsk have been suffered were more severe than that. Doron Perkins, who was playing with an injury already was sidelined for nearly one month. Josep Berrocal (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov ) was left without his best point guard immediately. Three consecutive losses afterwards.

However, against Galatasaray last week, Donetsk showed signs of improvement. They got the lead in the first quarter against a team which is undefeated yet, this season. Despite the problems they have faced like their best defender Dmitry Gliebov was also injured and they had to cope with early foul problems, The Tigers fought for the match until the last minute.

This year, Joan Plaza, the Spanish that gave hope to Zalgris has been the popular topic but we sat and talk with another Spanish coach, Josep Maria Josep Berrocal (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov ) who works on the Eastern part of the ex Iron Curtain.

UK. Mr. Josep Berrocal (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov ), congratulations for the last game against Galatasaray. I think it was the best game of the year?

JB: Yes, I think it is. Similar result but still, it was our best game. Both offensively and defensively, we played more like a team despite we could not use our important players. We had to use players that could not take minutes in Eurocup until last game. By now, we are close to our level but we need more time to show our real level.

UK. What was the difference compared to other games?

JB. Basically we improved our defense. We didnt score easy but the important point is that the team understood when things go wrong, we can recover with better defense and rotations. It was important for team to understand this. It was revealed that when we play like a team, we can give win games.

UK. I would like to congratulate you because Galatasaray has one of the best rosters of Eurocup. Do you think they are a Euroleague team?

JB. They really have a good roster. (Despite injury) Domercant is a very important player for them; he is may be one of the best of his kind in Eurocup. Of course the other players are very good, Ndong, Macvan. As a team, they are one of the best in Eurocup and if you are one of the best in Eurocup that makes you a Euroleague team. Theн have the names.

UK. So Galatasaray is one of your favorites for the title?

I think so. I think Galatasaray and Kuban will be so close in this group. These two teams are among the best teams of Eurocup.

UK. You lost first two games, you have really good hope now?

JB. For us, it is more difficult now; we lost two games but still, we can advance. First of all, our aim to win our games. We have two important games against Sopot and right now advancing is up to us. We did not lose the games with big differences ( Kuban 3, Galatasaray 4) therefore we have a chance. I admit that it is not easy to advance to LAST16, right now it depends on us.

UK. Do you think playing in VTB, Ukraine and Eurocup is a heavy workload?

JB. It is tough. However, I signed the contract, knew what I am coming for. Neither the players nor me cannot change the schedule. I dont have the option to think too much, I just need to find solutions.

UK. Doron Perkins was sidelined for some time. You want some new players to improve the roster?

JB. Every team that has an aim always seeks for an opportunity to strengthen the roster. I am sure the club is looking on the market to improve our team. Right now, there are no names but may be in the future there can be. We dont have much time to improve our game in the practice, there is no time for that so good way to improve is find a new player. You cannot do one move so fast. If you add someone, you must be sure that he will not disturb the team balance and really can contribute.

UK. You said that the team has difficulty to score. What do you have in your mind as a prescription?

JB. First, I need to know my players better. I need to see them on court more so that I can use them more effectively according to their relative strength. I think we have much power inside and we are below that potential. We also need to improve on finding easy points. We started to play in offense more like a team, with more discipline. Now we need more time to build on that.

UK. Two years ago, you were coaching Budivelnik Kiev. You had a magnificent season, you were the champions and reached quarter final playoffs in Eurocup where you lost against future finalists Cajasol. Then you left Ukraine for Spain Second Division, Menorca. What happened?

JB. I want titles and I did not feel like I am in the place to work that I want. After all those years in Barca, I went to Ukraine to try something different. We found the balance as a team but there were many-many problems. Budivelnik is a good club, Kiev is nice, I have really good friends and memories there but I think as a coach, I should not worry about things other than basketball, I need to have only basketball in my mind. For me, basketball is everywhere so it doesnt matter whether it is Euroleague, Ukraine or Spanish Second Division. We did our job there, we promote.

UK. When we take a look at your career, it seems marvelous. In the 90s, you were at Badalona, Joventut and in the 2000s, you were with Barcelona. You had a chance to work with coaches like Dusco Ivanovic or Svetislav Pesic and Xavi Pascual. Are you disappointed not to be promoted as a head coach?

JB. No. No, No. For me, I was very-very happy in my Barca years. We were all working like a team during all those season where we played nearly 85 games. Not only there was one great coach but there was a staff working on different jobs. We had Euroleague Final Fours, we were the champions in 2003. How many coaches can win Euroleague in their life?

UK. Did any Spanish club approached to you to hire as a head coach? Did you ever think about it?

JB. As an assistant coach, yes. As the head coach, there were some conversations but at the end it did not happen. We have a really good league and I like to be a part of it. No, I dont feel like it has been unfair to be. Last season it was close, we were promoted to ACB but unfortunately we lost our sponsor, therefore it did not happen. We did it with only one American player, the rest was all Spanish. That was a really good motivation to show that teams can promote with one US player only. This means, I won the chance to be in ACB. Alicante called me to lead them in ACB but they also decided to go on with Second Division. Someday, it will finally happen. It is just Donetsk in my mind now and the next games.

UK. Can you tell us about how you come to Donetsk?

JB. I had good connections with Ukraine. Since a long time I know Donetsk and this time, they called me and I accepted their offer. It happened so fast. I had to take the decision in two days, three games in a week is something very difficult and different but I knew that Donetsk have experienced players. It was a big challenge for me, that is the reason why I took this job.

UK. Do you think Ukraine League changed compared to two years ago?

JB. Although there are problems, like clubs does not have very good connection between each other, which is not good for basketball, I think Ukraine Superleague is improving, regarding clubs and players. Besides that, I think Donetsk have a good chance to show that in Superleague, there is not just money or salary but good teams, good organization, good competition, good budget, good facilities, good coaches and good everything. Everything that people can think that Ukraine is a really good opportunity to watch and play basketball. Players talk about where they go and where they come from, for sure, Donetsk must be one place that they can mention. There is a good chance for Ukraine via Donetsk to show that they can have a team which plays in European competitions like Galatasaray or Kuban. In 2-3 years, I believe that Ukraine league will be better.

UK. There are a lot of players that you know about from previous experiences in ACB like Radenovic, Songaila, Ivanov or Dor Fischer. Do you think they are below their level?

JB. Not only one or two players but as a team and as individually, we all are playing below our potential levels. Right now we are just %60-%70 of our level. There are many reasons for that- players need confidence. I think step by step they will improve. I think in Kuban game, we started to show something and a new period started considering this season. Against Galatasaray, we lost, it is a pity that we loss because it is not good but playing like this, you can lose one game but not entire season. The second round, Donetsk will be a better team and I am really sure of that. For now, we need time.

UK. Can you compare us the level of VTB and Eurocup. Which one is harder?

JB. Similar. In Eurocup, it depends on which group you are in. It can be harder or easier. Our group is more difficult for example. In VTB, there are more teams, there are many rich clubs mainly from Russia like Spartak or CSKA which means good players. All in all, I think they are similar.

UK. What is the difference between Russian and Spanish basketball mind?

JB. The basic difference between this part of Europe with Spain is the sport mentality. It is mainly about how you react with a win or with a loss. This is sports, only one team can win in a competition, it is clear. Most teams do not have such a perspective in Russia or Ukraine and they can be very impatient. However, some teams changed this mentality. For example, two years ago Donetsk played very good and despite of this, they lost against Budivelnik in the Ukrainian finals. They kept the coach (Sasa Obradovic) and it was a sign that they have a different mentality. The thing is you need time to build a team and if it is not given, you will lose. Think about English Premier League where some coaches have many years with their teams. Otherwise, only the rich clubs will win, if you constantly change coaches or players.

Josep Berrocal (agency: Stanislav Ryzhov ) is an ambitious coach. He does not run away from challenge, just the opposite, he goes into it. He did not have a chance to manage a team in ACB although well-deserved with all his experience from big clubs like Barcelona but he is not desperate about that. All he cares by now is basketball and he concentrates on things to do with Donetsk. Although he could not win the very first games where he coached Ukrainian club, there are signs of improvement. Against Sopot in the Game Week 3, Donetsk won in home and kept chances to advance for LAST 16. We will see whether they would manage to go beyond the achievement of last year, a Eurocup Quarter Finals at least, but I am quite sure that they will give a fight for that.



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Lauvergne leaves Chalon - by Eurobasket News

21-year old forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91) left ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA). In 7 games he played this season he averaged 5.9ppg and 4.1rpg. Lauvergne also played 7 games in Euroleague where he had 6.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
The last season he played at Chalon/Saor. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Lauvergne had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In two Eurocup games he had 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. Lauvergne played there also last season. He also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he had 5.2ppg and 4.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. He also played 30 games in ProA where he had 6.2ppg and 4.1rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and end the regular season as the second best team in the league. Lauvergne represented France at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 87.5%.
Lauvergne has played previously for another French team: Centre Federal du Basket-Ball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 10

A

Nov. 25: Pyrinto II - ToPo 88-86
Nov. 24: Oulun NMKY - BC Nokia 81-78
Nov. 25: Huima - Porvoon Tarmo 68-80
Nov. 25: Ura Basket - Tapiolan Honka 62-86
Nov. 30: Porvoon Tarmo - Ura Basket
Nov. 30: ToPo - Oulun NMKY

B

Nov. 25: Espoo Basket - JyWe 96-79
Nov. 25: BC Jyvaskyla - Jarvenpaa 87-90
Nov. 25: KaU Koris - TuNMKY 83-59
Nov. 23: JyWe - BC Jyvaskyla 67-79
Nov. 27: Kerava ET - HBA-Marsky


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Richardson, Ura B.27.1 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia26.6 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.22.3 
 4. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.1 
 5. Salminen, TuNM.20.9 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II20.3 
 7. Tate, Porvoon20.3 
 8. Young, Porvoon20.2 
 9. Pyykkonen, JyWe19.9 
 10. Coleman, ToPo19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia15.6 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.3 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.9 
 5. Salminen, TuNM.11.9 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 7. Coleman, ToPo11.2 
 8. Stephens, Huima11.1 
 9. Young, Porvoon10.8 
 10. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.7 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.5.0 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.4.7 
 4. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.7 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.4 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia4.1 
 7. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.7 
 9. Jarvinen, Tapiol.3.4 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.3 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.6 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.6 
 4. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.4 
 5. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.3 
 6. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.2.0 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 9. Andersen, Espoo B.1.9 
 10. Syrjala, KaU Koris1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.4 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.1 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Young, Porvoon1.7 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.6 
 7. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 8. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.1.2 
 10. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.1 


1.DIVISION: Tarmo started well at Aanekoski - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1A, round 9: Tarmo (Porvoo) visiting at Aanekoski and starting very well the contest vs local Huima. At once a 17-point-run in 7:25 minutes and the visitors were leading 0-17. Then finally Pena Ranta (182-PG-81) made his 2-pointer at time 7:43 and Huima (4-5) was in the game. Anyway, Tarmo (8-1) was ahead all the time between 10-21 points and winning 68-80 (27-42). American G Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) led Tarmo with 21 points. Tarmo had five players in double digits. DeAndre Mays (188-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Youngstown St.) leading Huima with 19 pts.
At Kaarina local Ura Basket has lost now nine games in a row. This time Honka (Tapiola) beat Ura Basket 62-86 (29-45). Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) (Honka) had a double-double 18pts/10rbs. Tonight's thriller in Tampere, where Pyrinto II defeated Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 88-86 (34-40). ToPo's (5-4) Marcus Capers (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) had a chance to take this game into OT, but he missed one out of three FTs at 39:54 minutes (87-86). Osku Heinonen (194-G/F-92) then made one FT and Pyrinto II (4-5) had won by two.

Huima - Tarmo 68-80 (27-42). (DeAndre Mays 19/6a, Andre Stephens 15, Sami Mantymaa 14 - Isaiah Tate 21, Vernon Taylor 20, Jerrah Young 17/15).
Ura Basket - Honka 62-86 (29-45). (Miska Ahokas 16, Bobby Nash 14/7, Nolan Richardson 13 - Ronnie Clark 18/10, Viljami Vanjoki 18, Anselmi Vanjoki 14).
Pyrinto II - ToPo 88-86 (34-40). (Joni Harjula 22, Topias Palmi 14, Tuomas Sukanen 11 - Marcus Capers 22/10, HL Coleman 18/15, Devin Ginty 14).



Finnish Korisliiga round 13 best performance: Julian Terrell - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Julian Terrell (206-F/C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kataja, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Nilan Bisons (9-3) 101-94. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kataja maintains the 3rd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Terrell turned to be Kataja's top player in his first season with the team. Julian Terrell averages this season 17.5ppg and 8.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Chris Hester (192-G/F-79) of Kouvot. Hester had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Kouvot to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Lapua (#12, 2-10) 106-67. Kouvot's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hester is a newcomer at Kouvot, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#8). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) of KTP (#4). Barrett scored 20 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of KTP, leading his team to a 81-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Kouvot (#7, 6-6). KTP needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Barrett has a very solid season. In 12 games in Finland he scored 16.3ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89) of Salon Vilpas - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80) of Kataja - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76) of Kouvot - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 8 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  FRANCE   


Lauvergne leaves Chalon - by Aleksa Nikolic

After 3 seasons, Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) leaves Chalon.This year, in PRO A, he had 5,9ppg and 4,1 rpg.In Euroleague, he had 6,6 points, also had great game against Montepaschi , when he score 14 points.Last year onn 30 games in French PRO A he had 6.2ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 68.8%.
President
Dominique Juillot said:'' Lauvergne leaves in agreement with the club''.
21-year old french forward last summer won bronze medal with U20 France team.In 9 games he averaged
6.8ppg, 2.7rpg.Also, in last season he won French cup.



Quinton Ross joins Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProA) added to their roster 31-year old American swingman Quinton Ross (198-88kg-81, college: SMU). He played last season at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S.. In 10 games last year he had 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Texas Rim Rockers (USBL) in fourth round (35th overall).
The former Southern Methodist University standout is in his tenth season in pro basketball.
He was voted Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports 1st Team back in 2004.
Ross has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies) and Belgium (Base Oostende).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lauvergne leaves Chalon - by Eurobasket News

21-year old forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91) left ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA). In 7 games he played this season he averaged 5.9ppg and 4.1rpg. Lauvergne also played 7 games in Euroleague where he had 6.6ppg and 3.6rpg.
The last season he played at Chalon/Saor. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Lauvergne had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In two Eurocup games he had 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. Lauvergne played there also last season. He also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he had 5.2ppg and 4.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. He also played 30 games in ProA where he had 6.2ppg and 4.1rpg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and end the regular season as the second best team in the league. Lauvergne represented France at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 87.5%.
Lauvergne has played previously for another French team: Centre Federal du Basket-Ball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cherry's 28 points and 7 assists give him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old point guard Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a very impressive game in the last round for Quimper and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Quimper in his team's victory, helping them to beat St Chamond (#12, 3-6) 86-77. Quimper maintains the 5th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quimper will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Cherry had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Quimper's top player in his first season with the team. Cherry has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (7th best: 5.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Olivier Gouez (217-C-84) of league's second-best Orchy. He is a center in his 2nd season at Orchy. In the last game Gouez recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Orchy to another comfortable win 82-68 over slightly lower-ranked Cognac (#3, 7-2) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Orchy consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 7 matches. Gouez is well-known at Orchy and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) of league's leader Souffel. Alingue scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Souffel, leading his team to a 84-82 win against the lower-ranked Challans (#15, 2-7). Souffel confirms their top position in the standings Alingue has a very solid season. In 8 games in France he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 6.8rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 60.0%. Jacques Alingue has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corey Raji (198-F-88) of Quimper - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Andreas Schreiber (206-C-87) of Challans - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Julien Sauret (184-PG-81) of Chartres - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Djordje Petrovic (204-F/C-84) of Orchy - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) of Blois - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Octavio Da Silveira (204-PF-89) of Vichy - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Thibaut Lonzieme (195-G-89) of Angers BC 49 - 18 points, 7 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)



French ProB round 11 best performance: Mouhammadou Jaiteh - by Eurobasket News

Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Boulogne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out Rouen (#14, 4-7) in overtime 102-100. Boulogne is placed at 7th position in French ProB. Boulogne is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-5 record. Jaiteh turned to be Boulogne's top player in his first season with the team. Mouhammadou Jaiteh has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.6rpg. Jaiteh is in league's top in and averages impressive 65.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Drake Reed (196-G/F-87) of league's leader Evreux. Reed had a very good evening with 34 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Evreux cruised to a 89-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Bordeaux (#18, 2-9). Of course Evreux still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 9 matches. Reed is a newcomer at Evreux, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, agency: Interperformances) of Antibes (#3). Huffman showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Antibes, leading his team to a 104-54 easy win against the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#17, 3-8). Antibes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Huffman has a great season in France. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of St Vallier - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of Evreux - 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Charles Jackson (203-F-87) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 26 points and 7 rebounds
7. Gary Chathuant (195-SF-83) of Rouen - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jason Siggers (188-SG-85) of Lille - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Antibes - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Antibes - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 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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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Adriatic League: MZT Skopje frustrate Zadar on the road - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - MZT Skopje 68:76

MZT Skopje registered the fifth win in the Adriatic League season. They upset Zadar in Croatia yesterday. The Macedonian team was paced by 19 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds from Boris Bakic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket).
MZT Skopje jumped to an early lead. They accounted for a 24:16 advantage after ten minutes. Zadar cut the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts held the visitors to 12 points and got within 4 points 32:36. But the third term turned disastrous for the home team. MZT Skopje went on a 27:12 run to gain a massive 19-point lead with ten minutes to go. Zadar did not surrender as they were able to trim the distance to 4 points late in regulation. However Boris Bakic and Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) nailed four free throws to bring victory for MZK Skopje. Gjorji Cekovski netted 18 points and grabbed 11 boards for the visitors. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the win. Barisa Krasic (203-C-78) answered with 24 points for Zadar. Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Zadar: Barisa Krasic 24, Franko Kastropil 12
MZT Skopje: Boris Bakic 19, Gjorji Cekovski 18, Todor Gecevski 16



Jelesijevic number one in FYR Macedonia for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) had a very impressive game in the last round for Rabotnicki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kumanovo (3-2) 84-75. Rabotnicki is placed at 4th position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Rabotnicki will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Jelesijevic turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Nemanja Jelesijevic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 56.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Rabotnicki's star - 28-year old American John Sharper (186-PG-84). Sharper had a very good evening with 25 points and 5 assists. Of course Rabotnicki cruised to a 84-75 relatively comfortable win over Kumanovo (3-2). This victory allowed Rabotnicki to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Sharper is a newcomer at Rabotnicki, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#8).

Third on the list of top players last round was Montenegrin forward Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Lirija. Radunovic showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Lirija, leading his team to a 83-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Vardar (#7, 1-4). Lirija needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Radunovic has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (5th best) and assists with 3.2apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) of Feni Indistrija - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86) of Kozuv - 13 points and 8 rebounds
6. Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81) of Feni Indistrija - 18 points and 3 rebounds
7. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) of Feni Indistrija - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85) of Kozuv - 10 points and 9 rebounds
9. Dragan Kerkez) of Vardar - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89) of Kumanovo - 23 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Georgian Superleague round 6 best performance: Richard Matiashvili - by Eurobasket News

International center Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Kutaisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Olimpi (#5, 4-1) with 16-point margin 97-81. Kutaisi is placed at 2nd position in Georgian Superleague. They are still close to the very top. Kutaisi would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Matiashvili had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Kutaisi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Richard Matiashvili has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Vakhtang Kadaria (205-C-89) of Sokhumi. Kadaria had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Sokhumi lost that game 65-87 to the higher-ranked Rustavi (#3, 5-1). This loss caused Sokhumi to drop to 10th position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Kadaria is well-known at Sokhumi and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) of league's top team MIA Academy. Archibeque scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of MIA Academy, leading his team to a 80-69 win against #4 ranked Armia in a game of the week. MIA Academy started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Archibeque turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Archibeque has a great season in Georgia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi - 17 points and 13 rebounds
5. Deonta Vaughn (185-PG-86) of MIA Academy - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Flynn Clayman (206-F-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 24 points and 10 rebounds
7. Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Givi Bakradze (185-PG-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Serzhi Aselaini) of TSU Tbilisi - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 8-1 
 2. Ratiopharm 8-3 
 3. Art.Dragons 7-3 
 4. EWE Baskets 7-3 
 5. ALBA 6-2 
 6. TBB Trier 6-3 
 7. Bayreuth 6-4 
 8. B.Muenchen 5-5 
 9. Bremerhaven 5-5 
 10. Telekom Baskets 4-5 
 11. Phoenix Hagen 4-6 
 12. Fraport SKY 4-6 
 13. s.Oliver Baskets 4-6 
 14. Walter Tigers 3-6 
 15. Neckar L'burg 3-7 
 16. NY Phantoms 3-7 
 17. MBC 3-8 
 18. LTi 46ers 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 24: MBC - Neckar L'burg 96-76
Nov. 25: LTi 46ers - Telekom Baskets 88-79
Nov. 24: Bayreuth - Art.Dragons 78-88
Nov. 25: Fraport SKY - Ratiopharm 78-62
Nov. 24: B.Muenchen - NY Phantoms 73-78
Nov. 25: Bremerhaven - ALBA 69-70
Nov. 24: s.Oliver Baskets - TBB Trier 62-69
Nov. 25: Walter Tigers - Brose Bask. 56-76
Nov. 24: EWE Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 113-62

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 1: Ratiopharm - Brose Bask.
Dec. 1: Phoenix Hagen - Bayreuth
Dec. 1: NY Phantoms - LTi 46ers
Dec. 1: Art.Dragons - Walter Tigers
Dec. 2: Fraport SKY - s.Oliver Baskets
Dec. 2: Telekom Baskets - Neckar L'burg
Dec. 2: TBB Trier - EWE Baskets
Dec. 2: ALBA - B.Muenchen
Dec. 2: Bremerhaven - MBC


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm18.4 
 2. Brooks, LTi 46ers16.9 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.6 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.7 
 5. Turek, Neckar L.15.4 
 6. Thompson, ALBA15.3 
 7. Scott, Fraport SKY14.7 
 8. Baxter, LTi 46ers14.6 
 9. Anderson, s.Oliv.14.5 
 10. Wood, ALBA14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.7 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Burtschi, Bremerha.7.4 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.3 
 5. Gordon, Phoenix6.9 
 6. McGhee, Bayreuth6.9 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen6.7 
 8. Boone, s.Oliver.6.7 
 9. Troutman, B.Mue.6.5 
 10. Robertson, Fraport6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.3 
 2. White, Phoenix4.2 
 3. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 4. Harris, LTi 46ers3.9 
 5. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.8 
 6. Joyce, EWE Baskets3.8 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.3.8 
 8. Avdalovic, ALBA3.7 
 9. Wood, ALBA3.4 
 10. Timberlake, MBC3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  Neckar L.
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 2. Wood, ALBA1.9 
 3. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.9 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.9 
 5. White, Phoenix1.7 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 8. Morley, ALBA1.4 
 9. Linhart, TBB Trier1.4 
 10. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.2 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.9 
 3. Zirbes, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 5. Fields, LTi 46ers1.3 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 7. Ford, Brose Bask.1.1 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.1 
 9. Boateng, NY Phant.1.1 
 10. Morrison, Bremerh.1.1 


Standings - Pro B

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

Regular Season: Round 9

North

Nov. 24: Herten Lions - Dorsten 98-87
Nov. 24: Wulfen - BSW Sixers 95-79
Nov. 24: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Stahnsdorf 86-77
Nov. 24: Recklinghausen - Rist Wedel 80-91
Nov. 24: SU Medien - Oldenburg 80-82
Nov. 24: Schwelm - Hannover 101-79

South

Nov. 24: Dragons - Konstanz 94-78
Nov. 24: Hanau - Bayer Giants 93-97 OT
Nov. 24: TSV Troester - Fraport SKY II 86-72
Nov. 25: Dresden - Noerdlingen 85-95
Nov. 24: Leitershofen - Langen 70-77
Nov. 24: Weissenhorn - Licher Baeren 68-58

Regular Season: Round 10

North

Dec. 1: Herten Lions - Rist Wedel
Dec. 1: Dorsten - MTV Wolfenbuettel
Dec. 1: Stahnsdorf - Wulfen
Dec. 1: BSW Sixers - SU Medien
Dec. 1: Oldenburg - Schwelm
Dec. 1: Hannover - Recklinghausen

South

Dec. 1: Fraport SKY II - Weissenhorn
Dec. 1: Dragons - Bayer Giants
Dec. 1: Langen - TSV Troester
Dec. 1: Noerdlingen - Hanau
Dec. 1: Licher Baeren - Dresden
Dec. 2: Konstanz - Leitershofen


ProB Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Second-best Hanau (5-4) fell to seventh ranked Bayer Giants (5-4) in overtime by four points 93-97 on Saturday night. The game took place in Hanau. But the guests from Leverkusen were better at the end. It was a good game for Adonte Parker who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Bayer Giants have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Hanau. Hanau lost third consecutive game. Bayer Giants will face league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hanau will play against Noerdlingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9:
In Group North Dorsten was beaten by Herten Lions on the road 98-87. MTV Wolfenbuettel won against Stahnsdorf on its own court 86-77. Oldenburg managed to outperform SU Medien in a road game 82-80. Wulfen managed to beat BSW Sixers at home 95-79. Hannover were crushed by Schwelm on the opponent's court 101-79. Recklinghausen was beaten by Rist Wedel in a home game 80-91.
In Group South Noerdlingen won against Dresden on the road 95-85. Leitershofen unfortunately lost to Langen on its own court 70-77. Fraport SKY II recorded a loss to TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach 72-86. Weissenhorn defeated Licher Baeren at home 68-58. Konstanz lost to undefeated Dragons on the opponent's court 78-94.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Jack Eggleston of Bayer Giants.


Group North
Herten Lions - Dorsten 98-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Herten Lions (6-3) beat at home 5th ranked Dorsten (4-5) 98-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Herten Lions. Dorsten was better in third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Herten Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Dorsten's 56. They outrebounded Dorsten 34-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American point guard Brandon Larrieu (183, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Herten Lions players scored in double figures. American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) answered with 18 points and 9 assists and the other American import center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Dorsten. Herten Lions maintains third place in Group North with 6-3 record having just three points less than leader Dragons. Dorsten at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Herten Lions will face league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dorsten will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Herten Lions: C.Hackenesch 23+11reb+2ast, A.Bowie 18+2reb+2ast, B.Larrieu 15+4reb+5ast, W.Taylor 14+4reb+2ast, J.Ducker 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Opitz 8+2reb+1ast
Dorsten: N.Pelaj 20+4reb+2ast, B.Poole 19+7reb+1ast, C.Jones 18+1reb+9ast, G.Hagner 9+2reb+5ast, N.Janoschek 8+4reb, J.Cadmus 7+1reb
gschID: 185142


MTV Wolfenbuettel - Stahnsdorf 86-77

Rather expected game when 11th ranked RSV Eintracht (2-7) lost on the road to ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-5) 86-77 on Saturday. RSV Eintracht trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 32-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel forced 23 RSV Eintracht turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Demetrius Ward (190-90, college: W.Michigan) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Stephen Schubert (205-92) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ward is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. American guard Blair Wheadon (191-90, college: W.Oregon) answered with 38 points (!!!) and center Michael Haucke (210-85) added 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for RSV Eintracht. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with 4 other teams. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face Dorsten (#5) on the road in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play against BSV Wulfen (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MTV Wolfenbuettel: M.Poeschel 16+3reb+1ast, S.Schubert 15+6reb+1ast, T.Clark 15+4reb+3ast, F.Theis 13+6reb+2ast, H.Knopke 10+4reb+7ast, D.Ward 9+12reb+3ast
Stahnsdorf: B.Wheadon 38+3reb+1ast, T.Grauel 9+1reb+2ast, M.Haucke 9+17reb, T.Malone 7+1reb, M.Reid 4+1ast, Y.Evans 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 185147


SU Medien - Oldenburg 80-82

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Oldenburg (4-5) edged 12th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-7) in Braunschweig 82-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Oldenburg made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Oldenburg outrebounded Spot Up Medien Baskets 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) answered with 36 points (!!!) and Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Oldenburg moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with 4 other teams. Spot Up Medien Baskets lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Oldenburg will face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against BSW Sixers (#4) in Sandersdorf.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: M.Taylor 23+6reb+3ast, C.Heinrich 17+10reb+2ast, A.Witte 14+2reb+1ast, K.Smit 9+1reb+5ast, K.Haenig 7+5reb+1ast, A.Hartmann 6+6reb+5ast
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 36+3reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 20+4reb+4ast, E.Land 14+8reb+1ast, L.Gertz 7+5reb+3ast, O.Angerstein 2+2reb, D.Johnson 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 185145


Wulfen - BSW Sixers 95-79

There was an upset when 4th placed BSW Sixers (5-4) lost on the road to tenth ranked BSV Wulfen (3-6) 95-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BSV Wulfen. BSW Sixers was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. BSW Sixers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Antonio Houston (196-88, college: Catawba) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. BSV Wulfen's coach Heimo Foerster used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 23 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) added 17 points in the effort for BSW Sixers. Four BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. BSV Wulfen maintains tenth place in Group North with 3-6 record. BSW Sixers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. BSV Wulfen will face RSV Eintracht (#11) in Stahnsdorf in the next round. BSW Sixers will play at home against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#12) in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: A.Houston 37+6reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 19+6reb+3ast, A.Young 15+5reb+1ast, P.Gunther 9+7ast, M.Schulze-Pals 7+3reb+1ast, P.Mazur 6+6reb
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 23+3reb+2ast, S.Ahnsehl 17+3reb+3ast, R.Schirmer 12+7reb+1ast, P.Lieser 10+1reb+1ast, D.Stawowski 9+6reb, P.Harrison 7+1reb
gschID: 185146


Schwelm - Hannover 101-79

Everything went according to plan when first ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (8-1) outplayed at home 6th ranked Hannover Tigers (4-5) 101-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-79. SG Schwelmer Baskets shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hannover Tigers' players. It was a good game for center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Lars Wendt (190-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 24 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American center Michael Fakuade (201-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: N.E.T.) answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks and swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hannover Tigers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with 8-1 record, which they share with Rist Wedel. Hannover Tigers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Oldenburg (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hannover Tigers will play against Recklinghausen (#8).
Top scorers:
Schwelm: A.Kronhardt 24+10reb+5ast, L.Wendt 24+4reb+5ast, J.Coles 23+2reb+2ast, S.Schroter 15+6reb, D.Malinowski 9+2reb+4ast, D.Hamilton 4+2reb+10ast
Hannover: J.Prasuhn 19+7reb, M.Fakuade 17+8reb+2ast, A.Cook 16+3reb+3ast, J.Lodders 8+4reb+1ast, M.Williams 6+2reb+1ast, T.Welzel 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 185144


Recklinghausen - Rist Wedel 80-91

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Recklinghausen (4-5) lost at home to second ranked SC Rist Wedel (8-1) 91-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 61-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SC Rist Wedel made 7 blocks. Recklinghausen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Fabian Boeke (208-86, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach Sebastian Gleim used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Daniel Leithner (200-91) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) added 20 points in the effort for Recklinghausen. SC Rist Wedel keeps a position of Group North leader, which they share with Schwelm. Newly promoted Recklinghausen dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face Herten Lions (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Recklinghausen will play against Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 23+9reb+1ast, A.Johnston 21+3reb, D.Hopkins 17+5reb+3ast, P.Owusu-Frimpong 16+8reb, M.Boadu 11+7reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 3+4reb+1ast
Recklinghausen: D.Leithner 25+6reb+1ast, P.Carney 20+3ast, R.Franklin 10+8reb+4ast, A.Steed 9+4reb, F.Werner 8+9reb+1ast, S.Fuerst 4+1reb
gschID: 185143


Group South
Dresden - Noerdlingen 85-95

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Noerdlingen (5-4) beat on the road 9th ranked Dresden (3-6) 95-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Noerdlingen. Dresden was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Noerdlingen dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Dresden's 46. Dresden was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Josef Eichler (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Kedrick Johnson (193-83, college: Lee) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) answered with 26 points and the other American import Andrew Jones (191-83, college: Miles) added 22 points in the effort for Dresden. Dresden's coach Thomas Krzywinski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Noerdlingen moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Dresden keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Noerdlingen will face Hanau (#5) at home in the next round. Dresden will play against Licher Baeren (#6).
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: J.Eichler 26+12reb+2ast, K.Johnson 18+10reb+7ast, D.Rastatter 17+8reb, F.Brutting 13+3ast, B.Hogg 10+3reb+3ast, F.Sefranek 6+1reb
Dresden: J.Boucher 26+3reb, A.Jones 22+3reb+2ast, A.Heide 6+6reb+1ast, T.Lienhardt 6+6reb, D.Pollrich 5+1reb, R.Zobel 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 186886


Leitershofen - Langen 70-77

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Leitershofen (3-6) lost to eighth ranked TV 1862 Langen (5-4) in Diedorf 70-77 on Saturday. Leitershofen was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of TV 1862 Langen, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Tobias Jahn (205-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. American swingman P.J. Reyes (196, college: Charleston Un.) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leitershofen. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams. Leitershofen lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play on the road against ifm Baskets Konstanz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Langen: T.Jahn 22+16reb+2ast, P.Reyes 21+6reb+1ast, M.Woody 10+3reb, S.Barth 9+1reb+3ast, J.Domdey 5+1reb+1ast, J.Boelke 4+1reb
Leitershofen: L.Hughey 21+8reb+2ast, P.Smith 18+6reb+1ast, P.Wischnewski 14, S.Montag 12+3reb+2ast, A.Chalusiak 3+4reb+2ast, R.Haenig 2+2reb
gschID: 186885


TSV Troester - Fraport SKY II 86-72

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked TSV Troester (1-8) won against 3rd placed Fraport Skyliners II (5-4) in Breitenguessbach 86-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Johannes Thiemann (203-94) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Johannes Richter (206-93) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Larry Wright (188-87, college: Oakland) answered with 25 points and naturalized Czech Jan Novak (194-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. TSV Troester maintains twelfth place in Group South with 1-8 record. Fraport Skyliners II at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. TSV Troester will face higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fraport Skyliners II will play against the league's second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: J.Thiemann 25+8reb+2ast, S.Walde 12+3reb+2ast, S.Dinkel 11+2reb+4ast, J.Richter 9+10reb+1ast, T.Korndoerfer 8+1reb+1ast, A.Engel 7+5reb+6ast
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 25+4reb+1ast, J.Novak 14+6reb+1ast, F.Theilig 12+3reb+3ast, M.Merz 9+1reb+2ast, T.Oldenburg 6+6reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 186884


Weissenhorn - Licher Baeren 68-58

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars and 4th placed Licher Baeren had identical 5-3 record. This time Weissenhorn Youngstars used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Lich 68-58 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-58. Licher Baeren was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. British forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. Forward Jens Hirschberg (200-88) answered with 10 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) added 6 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Licher Baeren. Weissenhorn Youngstars (6-3) moved-up to second place in Group South. Licher Baeren at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Weissenhorn Youngstars will face Fraport Skyliners II (#3) in Frankfurt in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Licher Baeren will play against Dresden.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: T.Joenke 20+7reb+2ast, M.Hesson 12+8reb+2ast, K.Gausa 11+4reb+3ast, M.Shtein 10+8reb+2ast, P.Vojkovic 7+2reb+3ast, B.Butler 4+2reb
Licher Baeren: M.Perl 14+1reb+1ast, J.Hirschberg 10+5reb+2ast, D.Dorr 9+5reb, N.Valentic 8+4reb, V.Klassen 7+1reb+1ast, J.Swanson 6+11reb
gschID: 186883


Hanau - Bayer Giants 93-97 OT

Second-best Hanau (5-4) fell to seventh ranked Bayer Giants (5-4) in overtime by four points 93-97 on Saturday night. The game took place in Hanau. But the guests from Leverkusen were better at the end. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime then Hanau managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Bayer Giants who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-14. It was a good game for American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) answered with 22 points and 8 assists and American Lionel Sullivan (201-87, college: Northwood) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hanau. Five Hanau players scored in double figures. Bayer Giants have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Hanau. Hanau lost third consecutive game. Bayer Giants will face league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hanau will play against Noerdlingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 34+5reb+6ast, J.Eggleston 30+10reb+5ast, G.Twiehoff 14+6reb+1ast, M.Rass 8+1reb+2ast, M.Goddek 6+5reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 3+2reb
Hanau: A.Sharda 22+3reb+8ast, M.Voeller 17+5reb+2ast, L.Sullivan 17+10reb+2ast, S.Koehnert 16+2reb+8ast, R.Huelsewede 12+2reb+4ast, M.Schick 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 186882


Dragons - Konstanz 94-78

Everything went according to plan when leader Dragons Rhoendorf (9-0) defeated at home 11th ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (2-7) 94-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dragons Rhoendorf. ifm Baskets Konstanz was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dragons Rhoendorf made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while ifm Baskets Konstanz only scored fourteen points from the stripe. It was a good game for American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Latvian Edmunds Tukiss (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Mali forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond) answered with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Milos Nikolic (208-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ifm Baskets Konstanz. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Dragons Rhoendorf. They maintain first place in Group South with 9-0 record. ifm Baskets Konstanz at the other side keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face Bayer Giants (#7) in Leverkusen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ifm Baskets Konstanz will play at home against Leitershofen (#10) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dragons: E.Tukiss 20+10reb, N.Larsen 18+6ast, G.Robinson 16+17reb+2ast, L.Steffen 14+1reb+1ast, F.Koch 14+6reb, M.Leschek 9+1reb
Konstanz: O.Sylla 23+5reb+4ast, F.Henningsen 9+1reb, E.Foth 9+1reb, M.Nikolic 8+5reb, H.Schinke 7+1reb, R.Louisme 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 186881



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) We Have To Be Ready To Match The Intensity Of The Fraport Skyliners For 40 Minutes - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He will be playing his second season for ratiopharm Ulm. Last season for ratiopharm Ulm, he played 38 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 58.1%He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. In 2010-2011 for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners November 25th.

Congrats last weekend on the big 96-66 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.It was the least number of points that the team has given up. What was the secret to keep a good scoring team like them to 66 points?

It was a good win for us to get the stops early and put together a solid all-around game.


A tough 89-71 loss in Eurocup against Spartak. What was key for the Russian team in getting the win?

They executed their game plan well. They were able to hit big shots at key moments and really controlled the lead for most of the game. Our turnovers did not allow us to make a run to get back in the game.

You played against Josh Carter in the Beko BBL years ago. He was top scorer in the game with 24 points. How has he developed in the last years? You played against him when he was a rookie?

It seems like he is more confident now, he hit a lot of 3s against us and I dont remember him being that aggressive in Oldenburg.

Was there anything that surprised you about Russia that you didnt know before your short time there?

I found out that part of St. Petersburg is an island. When they built the city they wanted it to be like Venice with the canals through the city and water for streets but they soon found out that it was too cold for that and it would freeze.


ratiopharm Ulm is the huge favorite against the Fraport Skyliners this weekend, but you do remember what happened last season in Frankfurt. feeding John Bryant inside should be a goal of the team since frankfurt isnt that big inside. What else will be key in getting the win.

Yes we do remember the game last year. We must be ready for an intense game and be able to match the energy of the Skyliners for 40 mins.

Jack Taylor scored 138 points in a college game. What is your take on it. Some find it amazing and others sickening because he showed ball hog qualities?

That is an incredible game. He was hitting shots off the dribble and over a defender's hand. I heard that his teammates wanted to see how much he could get because he had 60 or so at half. That is what that school is known for so I dont think it was ball hogging. They want to shoot in the first 3 secs of the clock anyway.


Is there any Ulm player that can challenge John Bryant at the thanksgiving table?

I saw Allan Ray make a plate for 3 at the team dinner.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Office Season 7.

Thanks Dane for the chat.

Thanks Dane for the chat.




Zach Peacock Was In The Mad Ballers Zone Leading The Fraport Skyliners Past First Ranked ratiopharm Ulm 78-62 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In every basketball game there are so many exciting and detailed things that one can observe like how a team reacts to the words of their head coach after a timeout, if the dance team is dancing insych during a timeout, the certain delicate procedures at the foul line of players concentrating, who has the better advantage of the mismatches, which team has better time management during time outs or how a mascot goes about its business during a game. There are so many more things to observe on the court, but one thing that is always present during games is the matchups on the floor. It is always interesting to see who Quantez Robertson will guard, if ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson was in the mood to defend last season or how intensive the Edward scissor hands of Devin Gibson will be functioning on the court. One interesting duel in this game was the center duel between Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) and Johannes Voigtmann against John big country Bryant. It wasnt even sure if the American from Miami Peacock was going to play because of injury, but he did play. Peacocok is more a position four player, but has had to fill in at the five in Frankfurt this season. Bryant is a 208cm center who is as physically difficult to move from the zone as it is David Ortiz is from the batters box. But it wasnt only Peacocok who had to battle Bryant, but also young German Voigtmann who was inserted into the starting five because Marius Nolte was suffering from a shoulder injury. Bryant consistently brings good stats and Peacock and Voigtman had to be at the top of their games to somewhat get Bryant out of his game and they did helping lead the Fraport Skyliners to a surprising, but also very convincing 78-62 win. Bryant finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes which is about half his average. Peacocok came from the bench and amassed amazing 18 points in 16 minutes despite not being 100% and hitting a good percentage of his shots and didnt have to guard Bryant too much. In his days in Giessen he was known as the mad baller because as a rookie he was so focused and didnt want to make any mistakes. In the game against ratiopharm Ulm, he was all business and had that game face on with make no mistakes written all over his face. I was the mad baller today. The only difficult thing today for me was that I was a bit winded. I am a professional and one week of not practicing wont change how I play. I only really had one possession where I guarded him and he passed the ball out. The other times, he was more outside which was more my advantage. We caught him at the wrong spots which helped, stressed Zach Pecocok. Voigtmann played a superb game against the 2012 Beko BBL MVP making eight points and five rebounds and was happy for the match up against Byrant. It was a great experience playing against Byrant. I like playing against the more massive players than the shorter quicker players. Our help defense really helped me and it was key keeping him far from the basket. It was just a great challenge playing against him today, added Johannes Voigtmann. It was especially the play of Peacock which was lauded by his teammates after the game. He was in his special zone. He is just tough as nails. Once he hit that first shot, it was over. He just played big, stressed American Ted Scott. Zach played very aggressive which had been seen all week in practice. He knew that we were short at the big position and he just thought I will try to play and everybody saw what he did after 40 minutes, commented Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte.

Ratiopharm Ulm had come into the game into the game in Frankfurt off a huge 96-66 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and were looking to keep their position at the top of the Beko BBL standings, but were rudely awaken to a tough as nails Skyliner defense that gave the ratiopharm Ulm offense fits all day long. At halftime the team already had 13 turnovers and after 40 minutes it was 23 turnovers as the team was never able to find a consistent rhythm in their offense. At times one could sense astonishment on the faces of ratiopharm Ulm as they had absolute no cure of the Skyliner mix of traps and full court presses. I dont have any good memories of Frankfurt the last two years as I have lost each time. Frankfurt played very aggressive forcing us to too many turnovers. They made us do things that we didnt want to do in our offense. Frankfurt simply played spectacular, stressed Ohio native Steve Esterkamp. For the Fraport Skyliners, each game is a survival act of 40 minutes as they were sitting near the bottom in 15th place with an unsatisfactory 3-5 record and were coming off a miserable performance in Berlin where they had only given a 40% effort according to head coach Muli Katzurin. But like it is so often, when a team is the big underdog, special strength and energy is often exerted as the Fraport Skyliners held ratiopharm Ulm to 27 points under their average as they showed the Katzurian school of defense driving the opponent crazy for 40 minutes. Frankfurt gave a great team effort. The best team in the league came in and we stepped up the defense and our defensive intensity helped us win the game. The team knows that they can compete with any team in the league. If the team defends like that then they can beat anyone, warned Larry Wright. The Fraport Skyliners entered the game giving up 72 points a game and will have to continue to defend like this if they want to achieve further success. Defense wins championships. Defense will be key for us in every game if we want to win, warned Zachery Peacock.

There are always interesting things to observe before a game and against ratiopharm Ulm it was no different. One could watch small compact American Lance Jeter who from a distance could pass for a Jeff Gibbs clone practicing his dribbling against John Bryant who displayed suitable footwork, German U-20 national players Danilo Barthel and Daniel Thies catching up before the game and German national player Per Guenther dropping jumper after jumper in warm ups as if Skyliner legend Pascal Roller was magically in his shoes. When the game finally did start, 4220 person were in attendance and the Fraport Skyliners were without top scorer Ted Scott and Marius Nolte who were out due to injuries. Ratiopharm Ulm jumped out on a quick 5-0 lead as ex NBA player Allan Ray hit a three pointer and then used his quickness to get by Dion Dowell for an easy lay up. However the Fraport Skyliners then stepped up their defense as they came back as Devin Gibson hit a off balance jumper in the lane and Voigtmann a mid distance jumper. The score was knotted at 5-5 as ratiopharm Ulm was getting an early taste of the aggressive Frankfurt defense as Bryant had some easy misses inside and the club was making hurried decisions. However Ulm recovered and raced out again on a run of 7-0 as Ray and Guenther scored inside as Frankfurt trailed 12-5. However the Fraport Skyliners were slowly finding their offensive rhythm as they went on a 10-1 run to lead 15-13. Barthel fought for an offensive rebound and put back, Gibson did what he does best with a penetrration lay in and Johnathan Jones nailed a three pointer. The spectacular run was somewhat dampened by a last second three pointer from Dane Watts as ratiopharm Ulm led 16-15 after one quarter. Frankfurt did a good job taking Ulm out of their offense with their aggressive defense. They also did a good job making it hard for John Bryant to get the ball. I thought the Ulm defense was ok, stressed ex ratiopharm Ulm player Emeka Erege. Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 42% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 14% from outside. Ulm had the narrow nine to eight rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

In the second quarter, there were a few lead changes, but the Fraport Skyliners then were able to take the lead and keep it until halftime. Devin Gibson locked the score at 16-16 with a free throw. Dane Watts then made a tip in giving ratiopharm Ulm the 18-16 lead. The Fraport Skyliners continued to do a great job making ratiopharm Ulm work for every shot. Peacock and German Sebastian Betz then traded baskets as Frankfurt trailed 20-19. German Danilo Barthel then got Frankfurt going on a 10-0 run and the 21-20 lead with a nice pick and roll with Gibson and an easy lay up. Jones then sunk a three pointer, followed by a Dowell three pointer and a Voigtman ally-op tip in as the Fraport Skyliners led 30-20. Sooner or later a strong scoring team like ratiopharm Ulm will have success on the offensive end and did with a 5-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 30-25. German Per Guenther who had been kept quiet then exploded finding that open space and using his weapon his quickness getting an easy bucket. Bryant than got an offensive rebound and put back. Both teams traded some free throws before American Dion Dowell connected from downtown again giving Frankfurt the 35-28 advantage. Missouri native Dane Watts then followed up his own miss with a reverse lay up as the Fraport Skyliners led at the break 35-31. Ulm continued to be very surprised by the pressure defense by Frankfurt which continued to force Ulm to easy turnovers. Frankfurt capitalized on the mistakes with transition baskets. The three guard system by Frankfurt worked well as did their help defense, stressed Emeka Erege. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 27% from the three point line while ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 40% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Ulm had the 20-14 rebound advantage, but had 13 turnovers while Frankfurt only had six turnovers.

A team will very rarely be able to totally dominate a John Bryant as sooner or later he will get going some way and did in the third quarter helping keep his team in the game. The Fraport Sklyiners also made three difficult shots at the start with hands in the face which kept their lead going despite the Bryant better play. Bryant and Voigtmann exchanged baskets as Frankfurt still led 37-33. Quantez Robertson then hit a tough three pointer over Steve Esterkamp and Ray once again was able to score inside as ratopharm Ulm trailed 40-35. Gibson then nailed a difficult three pointer giving Frankfurt the 43-35 lead. Ratiopharm Ulm then went on a sudden 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 43-42. Bryant was able to score consecutive buckets inside using the pick and role once with Guenther. German national player Philipp Schwethelm then dropped a three pointer. However this sudden Ulm attack didnt ruffle the feathers of the Fraport Skyliners as they exploded out on a 12-0 run to lead 55-42 as it was Zach the mad baller Peacock who what ever he touched turned to gold as he hit three shots. Dowell also made a three pointer. Watts and Peacock then traded buckets at the end of the third quarter and the Fraport Skyliners led 59-44 after three quarters. We had too many turnovers in the third quarter. Frankfurt hit five or six shots in a row to help get the big lead while we hit nothing, expressed ex Bremerhaven forward Steve Esterkamp. We didnt lose our focus in the third quarter, kept up our composure and just continued to pressure them, stated Larry Wright. We spread it up good in the third quarter. It wasnt so much our offense, but we just had good traps which led to the fast break and easy lay ups, added Devin Gibson.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners kept up the pressure on defense continued to score at their leisure on offense and never let ratiopharm Ulm get closer than eight points. Robertson got the Fraport Skyliners on the board first with a step back jumper, but ratiopharm Ulm had some instant energy going on a 5-0 run to trail only 61-49 as Bryant made a tip in dunk and Ray hit another three pointer. Despite some nice dunks by Robertson and Barthel, ratiopharm Ulm just didnt want to disappear as they continued to stick with them as ultimate role player German Sebastian Betz got some extra playing time from Thorsten Leibenath scoring inside twice as ratiopharm Ulm trailed only 65-54. Ratiopharm Ulm made one more run at a comeback cutting the Skyliners lead to 69-61 as Lance Jeter hit a three pointer and Ray made a pretty cross over and scored with his left hand. However that was the end of the ratiopharm Ulm comeback as the Fraport Skyliners closed out the game with a 9-1 run to easily win against ratiopharm Ulm. In the last few minutes, the Fraport Skyliners continued to play offense with a lot of cleverness, uniqueness and lust. Peacock found Gibson with a pretty back door pass, Barthel scored inside as did Peacock with a second effort. Ulm had a little run, but we kept our composure, didnt let up and stuck to the game plan. The German kids really helped a lot, added Larry Wright. We tried to make adjustment, but were unable to. We had many options, but Frankfurt just got into us. We played too much individual basketball. We are team orientated, but Frankfurt didnt allow us to play like that today, expressed Steve Esterkamp. We got outplayed. Frankfurt played harder and were more aggressive, stressed ex Boston Celtic Allan ray.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zachery Peacock with 18 points and six rebounds. Devin Gibson contributed 17 points, three rebounds and six assists. Dion Dowell and Quantez Robertson chipped in with 10 points a piece. Ratiopharm Ulm was led by Allan Ray with 18 points. Dane Watts mustered 11 points and eight rebounds and John Bryant contributed 10 points and six rebounds. The Fraport shot 48% from the field and 30% from the parking lot while ratopharm Ulm shot 43% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Ratiopharm Ulm won the rebound battle 35-30, but had no cure against the aggressive Frankfurt defense coughing up the ball 23 times while Frankfurt did 12 times. One of the sore points this season for ratiopharm Ulm continue to be their defense. They were giving up close to 85 points a game in the first five games, but had cut it down to 76 points the last games. If they had been able to be around their game average of 89 points in scoring then they would of won, but if they cant score, then the defense should be able to keep the team in games, but that wasnt the case in Frankfurt. Our defense is inconsistent. When we have break downs on our help or ball screens then we have problems. It is the little things which good teams take advantage of, stressed ratiopharm Ulm forward Keaton Nankivill. Fraport Skyliner Ted Scott didnt play, but had a good view of the game form the bench and was able to break down the 40 minutes well. We executed our offense well, moved the ball well, made the extra pass and just played good team basketball. Our pressure and trapping defense was key to getting the win. But the biggest plus was just that we were all together on the court, added Ohio native Ted Scott. The Fraport Skyliners host the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg December second at 15:00.




German ProA round 11 best performance: Patrick Flomo - by Eurobasket News

American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Duesseldorf, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Finke Baskets (#10, 5-6) 87-78. It allowed Duesseldorf to consolidate first place in the German ProA. Duesseldorf have a solid 9-2 record. It's Flomo's second year at Duesseldorf and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Patrick Flomo averages this season 13.0ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Chris Gadley (207-C-87) of Leipzig. Gadley had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Leipzig to edge the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#13, 4-7) in overtime 96-94. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Leipzig is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Leipzig managed to get this year. Gadley is a newcomer at Leipzig, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was British guard Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Jena (#7). Jeka showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eight rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Jena, leading his team to a 101-93 win against the lower-ranked Crailsheim (#14, 3-8). Jena needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Jeka has a great season in Germany. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Cuxhaven - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Kirchheim - 16 points and 13 rebounds
6. Andre Calvin (196-F-85) of Ehingen - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Richard Williams (178-PG-87) of Vechta - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Virgil Matthews (188-G-83) of Ehingen - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87) of Leipzig - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chris Alexander (186-PG-83) of Kirchheim - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 7-0 
 2. Panionios 6-1 
 3. AGOR 5-2 
 4. PAOK 5-2 
 5. Panathinaikos 4-2 
 6. Ikaros 4-3 
 7. Apollon Patras 3-4 
 8. Peristeri GS 3-4 
 9. KAOD 3-4 
 10. Kolossos 3-4 
 11. Panelefsiniakos 2-4 
 12. Aris 2-5 
 13. Ilysiakos 1-6 
 14. Kavala 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 25: Kavala - Ikaros 82-83
Nov. 25: Peristeri GS - KAOD 78-76
Nov. 25: AGOR - Apollon Patras 77-71
Nov. 25: Kolossos - Olympiacos 72-88
Nov. 24: Ilysiakos - Panionios 69-75
Nov. 24: Aris - PAOK 63-72
Nov. 26: Panathinaikos - Panelefsiniakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Kavala
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Gagaloudis, Kavala20.6 
 2. Pappas, Panionios20.6 
 3. Kiritsis, Ikaros20.1 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.18.0 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos16.6 
 6. McGrath, PA.14.3 
 7. Grant, Apollon14.3 
 8. Petrovic-S., Apoll.13.9 
 9. Kakaroudis, KAOD13.9 
 10. Tsaldaris, Koloss.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Palmer, KAOD9.0 
 2. Haritopoulos, PAOK8.1 
 3. Asimakopoulo., Aris7.7 
 4. Vrkic, Ikaros7.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala7.1 
 6. Kanonidis, Periste.6.7 
 7. Tsiakos, Panele.6.7 
 8. Faye, Ikaros6.3 
 9. Symtsak, Ikaros6.1 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.3 
 3. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.0 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos3.9 
 5. Tsochlas, AGOR3.9 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK3.7 
 7. Liakopoulos, Panel.3.7 
 8. Petroulas, Periste.3.4 
 9. Grundy, Kavala3.4 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 3. Papanikolaou, Olym.2.1 
 4. Grant, Apollon2.1 
 5. Petway, AGOR2.0 
 6. Grundy, Kavala2.0 
 7. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.9 
 8. Batis, Panionios1.7 
 9. Diamantidis, Panat.1.5 
 10. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petway, AGOR2.4 
 2. Faye, Ikaros2.0 
 3. Coleman, Kavala2.0 
 4. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK1.1 
 7. Scott, Ilysiakos1.1 
 8. Mitsialos, Ikaros1.0 
 9. Lasme, Panathin.1.0 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos0.9 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Iraklis 5-1 
 2. Stratoni 5-1 
 3. Aias Evosmou 5-2 
 4. Filippos Veroias 4-2 
 5. Marousi 4-3 
 6. Egaleo 3-3 
 7. MENT 3-4 
 8. Doxa Pefkon 3-4 
 9. Periko/Arhelaos 2-4 
 10. Metamorfosi 2-4 
 11. Ionikos Ionias 2-4 
 12. Anatolia 2-5 
 13. Ionikos N.F. 2-5 
South Group
 1. AEK Athens 6-0 
 2. Psyhiko 5-1 
 3. Aetos 4-2 
 4. Amyntas Dafnis 4-2 
 5. Doukas 4-3 
 6. Panerythraikos 4-3 
 7. Holargos 3-3 
 8. Enosi 3-4 
 9. Near East 3-4 
 10. Halkidas 2-4 
 11. Esperos Patras 2-5 
 12. Diagoras 0-0 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

North

Nov. 25: Filippos Veroias - Ionikos N.F. 81-64
Nov. 25: Metamorfosi - Doxa Pefkon 77-74
Nov. 25: Marousi - Ionikos Ionias 77-59
Nov. 25: Anatolia - Stratoni 73-78
Nov. 25: MENT - Periko/Arhelaos 71-73
Nov. 25: Egaleo - Aias Evosmou 104-84

South

Nov. 25: Esperos Patras - Aetos 83-89
Nov. 25: Doukas - Holargos 81-68
Nov. 25: Halkidas - Near East 78-70
Nov. 25: AEK Athens - Panerythraikos 77-64
Nov. 25: Enosi - Psyhiko 67-78
Nov. 25: Kronos AD - Perama Ermis 58-50



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Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 22: Leeuwarden - Amsterdam 91-85
Nov. 24: Groningen - Leeuwarden 84-63
Nov. 24: Den Helder K. - Weert 83-74
Nov. 21: M.Magixx - Den Helder K. 82-67
Nov. 22: Den Bosch - Groningen 64-68
Nov. 21: Leiden - Rotterdam 101-66

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 25: Zwolle - Leiden
Nov. 25: Amsterdam - M.Magixx
Nov. 25: Rotterdam - Den Bosch
Nov. 27: Weert - Zwolle
Nov. 28: Leiden - Den Helder K.


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 7-1 
 2. De Groene 7-1 
 3. Cangeroes 7-2 
 4. Almonte 5-3 
 5. Leiden 2 5-4 
 6. BC Apollo 2 4-4 
 7. Binnenland 4-4 
 8. Rotterdam 2 4-4 
 9. De Hoppers 4-4 
 10. Red Giants 3-5 
 11. Punch 3-6 
 12. MSV/Zeemacht 2-6 
 13. UBALL 2-6 
 14. Almere P. 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 24: Red Giants - MSV/Zeemacht 92-94
Nov. 24: BC Apollo 2 - UBALL 77-68
Nov. 24: Rotterdam 2 - De Hoppers 77-57
Nov. 24: Almonte - Almere P. 74-58
Nov. 24: De Groene - Orca's Urk 69-70
Nov. 24: Punch - Cangeroes 61-71
Nov. 24: Binnenland - Leiden 2 110-57

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 29: De Hoppers - Punch
Dec. 1: MSV/Zeemacht - Binnenland
Dec. 1: Cangeroes - Almonte
Dec. 1: Almere P. - BC Apollo 2
Dec. 1: UBALL - Orca''s Urk
Dec. 1: Red Giants - De Groene
Dec. 2: Leiden 2 - Rotterdam 2


Rise of the Dutch champion Den Bosch rewritten in reunion - by Fred Roggen

On December 29 a remarkable part of the history of Dutch club basketball will be written again. On the thirth day of the Rinus de Jong Invitational, the prestigious tournament for Men's teams in the categories U20 and U12, everybody who was involved in the rise of the topteam Den Bosch between 1972 and 2012 is invited to come to the local Maaspoort Sports & Events.

In the mean time some 320 players and others are invited, Dutchmen and Americans, Africans and Latvians. A lot of them already showed interest to meet former team mates. Such as from the US Paul Thompson (198-G/F-61, college: Tulane), the former NBA-player, and Buff Kirkland. And Danny Cramer (53) en Al Faber, two of the Dutch-Americans who gave the basketball team of Den Bosch a great boost in the late seventies and eighties of the last century. Like in 1979 when the team won the first of fifteen national championships and was (losing due Gabetti Canu, Italy) finalist in the Europ Cup tournament for cupwinners.

By the way the U20-tournament of Rinus de Jong Invitational counts a great field of competitors: Zalgiris Kaunas (Lit), BF Belgrade (Ser), Basketball Academy Riga (Lat), Canarias Basketball Academy (Spa), BMS Basketball (Den) and EiffelTowers Den Bosch (Hol). Those teams will meet from December 28 till 30.




Prom.Divisie Round 8: Orca's Urk defeats leader De Groene - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated De Groene (7-1) in Groningen on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Orca's Urk (7-1) 70-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of De Groene. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 6-1 record before this meeting. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with defeated De Groene. Orca's Urk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. De Groene will play on the road against Red Giants in Meppel and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game for Binnenland (4-4) which hosted in Barendrecht against one of their biggest challengers Leiden 2 (5-4). Seventh ranked Binnenland crushed visitors 110-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden 2. Binnenland moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Leiden 2 at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Binnenland will play against MSV/Zeemacht (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Leiden 2 will play against Rotterdam 2 (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked MSV/Zeemacht managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted MSV/Zeemacht edged eighth-ranked Red Giants in Meppel 94-92. And what about a second win in a row after ...six consecutive loses. MSV/Zeemacht (2-6) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with UBALL. Loser Red Giants dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. MSV/Zeemacht will meet at home higher ranked Binnenland (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Red Giants will play against the league's second-placed De Groene and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Rotterdam supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked De Hoppers (4-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Rotterdam 2 (4-4). Rotterdam 2 did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-57. Rotterdam 2 maintains sixth position with 4-4 record, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated De Hoppers. Rotterdam 2's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leiden 2 (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: UBALL was beaten by BC Apollo 2 on the road 77-68. Punch lost to Cangeroes on its own court 61-71. Almere P. unfortunately lost to Almonte in Eindhoven 58-74.


Rotterdam 2 - De Hoppers 77-57

The game in Rotterdam supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked De Hoppers (4-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Rotterdam 2 (4-4). Rotterdam 2 did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-57. Rotterdam 2 maintains sixth position with 4-4 record, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated De Hoppers. Rotterdam 2's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leiden 2 (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
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BC Apollo 2 - UBALL 77-68

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked BC Apollo 2 (4-4) beat at home 13th ranked UBALL (2-6) 77-68. BC Apollo 2 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. UBALL at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. BC Apollo 2's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Almere P. (#14) and are hoping to win another game. UBALL will play against Orca's Urk.
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Binnenland - Leiden 2 110-57

Another interesting game for Binnenland (4-4) which hosted in Barendrecht against one of their biggest challengers Leiden 2 (5-4). Seventh ranked Binnenland crushed visitors 110-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leiden 2. Binnenland moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Leiden 2 at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Binnenland will play against MSV/Zeemacht (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Leiden 2 will play against Rotterdam 2 (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Red Giants - MSV/Zeemacht 92-94

Bottom-ranked MSV/Zeemacht managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted MSV/Zeemacht edged eighth-ranked Red Giants in Meppel 94-92. And what about a second win in a row after ...six consecutive loses. MSV/Zeemacht (2-6) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with UBALL. Loser Red Giants dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. MSV/Zeemacht will meet at home higher ranked Binnenland (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Red Giants will play against the league's second-placed De Groene and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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Punch - Cangeroes 61-71

Very expected game when 11th ranked Punch (3-6) lost to second ranked Cangeroes (7-2) in Delft 61-71. Cangeroes have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Despite that victory Cangeroes went down to third position due to points difference. Punch at the other side keeps the eleventh place with six games lost. Cangeroes' next round opponent will be Almonte (#4) in Eindhoven. Punch will play on the road against De Hoppers (#9) in Hoom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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De Groene - Orca's Urk 69-70

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated De Groene (7-1) in Groningen on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Orca's Urk (7-1) 70-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of De Groene. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 6-1 record before this meeting. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with defeated De Groene. Orca's Urk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. De Groene will play on the road against Red Giants in Meppel and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
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Almonte - Almere P. 74-58

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Almonte (5-3) won against bottom-ranked Almere P. (1-7) in Eindhoven 74-58. Almonte have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Almere P. lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Almonte's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cangeroes (#3) in Utrecht and it may be the game of the week. Almere P. will play against BC Apollo 2 (#6).
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Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 9 - by Eurobasket News

American Samme Givens (195-F) had a great game in the last round for Leeuwarden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The -year old forward had the game-high 19 points adding nine rebounds for Leeuwarden in his team's victory, helping them to beat Amsterdam (#9, 1-9) 91-85. Leeuwarden maintains the 6th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Leeuwarden 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 5-6 record. Givens turned to be Leeuwarden's top player in his first season with the team. Drexel University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Givens is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.1ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.7rpg) and averages solid 64.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old former international guard Aaron Roye (185-G-88) of Amsterdam. Roye impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Amsterdam lost that game 85-91 to the higher-ranked Leeuwarden (#6, 5-6). Amsterdam managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Amsterdam managed to get this year. Roye is well-known by Amsterdam fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.2rpg and 4.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Ousman Krubally (198-F-88, agency: Court Side) of Den Helder K. (#7). Krubally scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Den Helder K., leading his team to a 83-74 win against slightly lower-ranked Weert (#8, 3-7). The chances of Den Helder K. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krubally could help Den Helder K. to bring them higher in the standings. Krubally has a very solid season. In 2 games in Holland he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jessey Voorn (193-SG-90) of Groningen - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88) of M.Magixx - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) of Leiden - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Mark Hill (180-G-87) of Den Helder K. - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jamal Boykin (203-F-87) of Groningen - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85) of Leiden - 16 points and 8 assists
10. Kyle Spain (196-F-87) of M.Magixx - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 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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Best players of Hungarian A Division round 9 - by Eurobasket News

American Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83, agency: Court Side) had a great game in the last round for Kaposvari and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 29-year old playmaker had the game-high 25 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Kaposvari in his team's victory, helping them to crush ZTE KK (#6, 4-5) with 17-point margin 95-78. Kaposvari maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Kaposvari will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Dunn had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kaposvari's top player in his first season with the team. West Virginia State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dunn is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.7ppg), assists (9th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 3.1spg,58.5% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina center Teo Simovic (205-C-84) of ZTE KK. Simovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as ZTE KK lost that game 78-95 to the higher-ranked Kaposvari (#3, 7-2). Despite lost game ZTE KK moved up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Simovic is a newcomer at ZTE KK and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Matt Shaw (203-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Kormend (#11). Shaw scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Shaw's great performance Kormend lost 79-91 to the higher-ranked PVSK Pannon (#8, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kormend not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Shaw could try to bring Kormend's a little bit higher in the standings. Shaw has a very solid season. In 9 games in Hungary he scored 18.9ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 59.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Gurley (190-G-88) of Szedeak - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bennet Davis (206-F-84) of Marso NYKK - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brad Loesing (182-G-89) of PVSK Pannon - 27 points and 8 assists
7. Brandon Wood (187-G-89) of Albacomp - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84) of Jaszberenyi - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jonathan Levy (193-G-82) of Falco-Szova - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ronald Moore (183-PG-88) of Albacomp - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 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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  IBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 21: Battle Creek K. - Holland Dream 138-118
Nov. 24: Battle Creek K. - Kenosha B. 116-124
Nov. 24: Kankakee S. - Gary Splash 113-101
Nov. 24: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.



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Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Foolad Mahan Basketball club part ways on a mutual agreement. - by Eurobasket Center

Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Foolad Mahan Basketball club part ways on a mutual agreement. After passing 2 months of Nikoloz Tskitishvili's contract, although coach wanted him to stay and that he had a guaranteed contract and he could have stayed, he preferred to negotiate with the club and get out of his contract. He will take half of his total salary and will be free to sign with any team.

With the addition of Mohamed Kone his former teammate in Laguna Ara ACB and Chris Willimas and presence of big men like Asghar Kardoust and Oshin Sahakian, it would have been hard to fit in minutes in the game and he hardly played in his proper power forward position in the past four games so Nikoloz decided to lose money but find more playing time somewhere else.

Nikoloz had a tremendous performance where he played as a swingman against his former team Mahram where he scored 17 pts and the buzzer beater 3 point shot who won the game for them. You can see the performance online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBbfA3tYoHA.

Nikoloz won Iranian League with a no defeat record with Mahram and WABA title in 2012 averaging 17.2ppg, Reb-5 (9.9rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 75.0%



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 9-1 
 2. UCC Demons 8-1 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 5-4 
 4. Moycullen 3-5 
 5. UCD Marian 3-5 
 6. DCU Saints 3-6 
 7. Ballon Inter 2-6 
 8. Killester 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 24: B.Gais Neptune - DCU Saints 88-74
Nov. 24: UL Eagles - UCC Demons 83-72
Nov. 24: Moycullen - Killester 79-58
Nov. 25: UCD Marian - Killester

Round 5

Nov. 23: Ballon Inter - UL Eagles 55-73


Limerick Lions end U.C.C. Demons unbeaten run. - by Patrick Maher

Basketball Ireland Weekend Review

Two wins by UL Eagles on Friday and Saturday saw the defending champions soar to the top of the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague table. The weekend also saw wins for Moycullen, Bord Gais Neptune and UCD Marian.

UCC Demons entered the weekend undefeated and atop the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague but were knocked off that perch Saturday night when UL Eagles proved too much for the Cork city club in Limerick.

Speaking after his sides 83 to 72 victory, Eagles head coach Mark Keenan pointed to his teams experience as a major contributing factor to the outcome.

I have to give our guys a lot of credit, we shared the ball great all night and kept our composure when it mattered. A lot of guys came up with big plays throughout.

We were in control for most of the game. They came out very strong at the start of the second half and made a few threes but we never lost our discipline and we also did a great job on their American defensively which kept their scoring low.

The win for Eagles was all the more impressive considering they had just come off a tough encounter with Dublin Inter less than 24 hours earlier on Friday night in Tallaght where most of their key players were forced to play significant minutes.

The Inter game really was a tough game. We had to make sure we didnt get ahead of ourselves and have one eye on the Demons match the next night. It was level at the half but we got a really nice push in the third quarter which was the winning of the game.

The nearest challengers to Demons and Eagles are Bord Gais Neptune who edged closer to breaking into that top two with a win at home against DCU Saints.

Struggling with several injuries, Neptunes head coach Mark Scannell was pleased with the contributions he received from a number of younger plays who are breaking into the squad this season.

Mattie (Mateusz Rudak) came in and gave us some great energy on defence and fellas like Stephen OSullivan and Dylan Lenihan did well.

We played well but didnt start great and the bit of fresh legs and a change-up worked really well for us.

Scannell can also be pleased with the performance of a couple of his more veteran Irish guards, Gary Walsh and Ian McLoughlin, who combined for 33 points in the game, while American centre Darren Townes contributed 20 despite struggling with injury all game.

In Galway, Moycullen completed a fantastic month of November for their young side, winning their third game in four when they easily saw off the challenge of Killester, 79 to 58.

Things are beginning to click for us a little bit, said Moycullen American centre Pat Sullivan, who leads the league in scoring on 25 points per game.

Killester are a great club so any day you beat them by 20 points is one to savour. We attacked well early on and forced them to switch to a zone defence which left our shooters a lot of space and we were able to capitalise on that, said Sullivan.

Despite the loss, Killester managed to regroup in time to defeat UCD Marian in Dublin on Sunday, a win that head coach Darren ONeill was delighted to salvage from the weekend.

Everyone played really well today. Puff Summers probably had his best game of the season but it would be hard to single any one person out, the team as a whole played great. We were a lot better defensively today than we had been which was the big difference from recent games.

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results

Friday, November 23rd

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Dublin Inter 55 (31) (M Tamusauskas 16, A Statkus 14, G Trakauskas 6) UL Eagles 73 (31) (R Taylor 19, J Killeen 13, N Campbell 14)

Saturday, November 24th

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Moycullen79 (39) (P Sullivan 23, S Camps 13, C Nihill 10) Killester 58 (25) (E Chubb 19, A Casey 12, P Summers 9)

Bord Gais Neptune 88 (38) (D Townes 20, I McLoughlin 20, G Walsh 13) DCU Saints 74 (41) (P Glover 25, K Anderson 14, M Trimmer 13)

UL Eagles 83 (39) (R Taylor 27, J Killeen 17, S Kinevane 15) UCC Demons 72 (27) (S Coughlan 20, N O Reilly 14, S Duggan 14)


Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Donegal Town 65 (31) (W Timoney 18, P Mchugh 18, R Muldoon 15) Ulster Elks 91 (47) (J Mower 36, M McDonald 15, M Graeves 15)

Templeogue Azzurri 85 (41) (P Taylor 27, A O'Neil 15, L Thompson 11) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 48 (22) (P Brennan 14, J Butler 13, J O'Keefe 7)

Team Garveys St Marys 45 (25) (D Griffin 12 D Wall 8) Blue Demons 68 (39) (K Hosford 18, T OHalloran 17, S McCarthy 15)

Sunday, November 25th

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

UCD Marian 64 (31) (J Galvin 24, C Meany 9, M Kelly 9) Killester 74 (32) (L Summers 25, A Casey 15, M Westbrooks 11)

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Ballon BC 56 (25) (E Kumpys 14, D Tamosauskis 7, M Kraniauskas7) Matt OFlaherty Chemists Titans 93 (46) (P Torigo 22, P Peldzius 16, C McMichael 10)

Courtesy ....Cian Nihill ....www.basketballireland.ie

A slow start from which they never despite several rallies really recovered from caused U.C.C. Blue Demons to lose their unbeaten record last evening away against Limerick Lions.Lions on paper have a distinct advantage which they use effectively in that they have 2 players with N.c.A.A. experience and given Robert Taylor plays either guard or forward with Jason killeen in the post this provides the team with good balance too.The major bugbear for demons early was their lack of co-ordination in terms of ball movement and player movement which up to now had Walker playing at both ends in the post contributing points and rebounds.Had Demons had a slicker pg able to feed Walker in the post things would have not been so easy for Jason Killeen with his work rate and focus allowing him get the better of Walker at least in this particular game.With Lions making their shots and Demons missing theirs despite the "looks" being on a par with Lions Lions opened a 17 to 10 lead with points coming from the perimeter,inside and even fast break points (this scoring balance too meant Demons were stretched defensively to cover everything as Lions capitalised with a good team offence and good decision making).To look deeper too the number of their own Boards Demons gave up with poor blocking out allowed Lions a few almost uncontested put backs, second chance opportunities which with good dicipline were too converted into more points.At the half Lions lead 39 to demons 27 though as I commented on facebook Demons still had the firepower to create problems for Lions and did dragging themselves back to within a few points on the back of excellent perimeter shooting from Ciaran O sullivan and points off the dribble drive from shane Duggan who is improving game on game.Walker too spending all but a couple of minutes of the third quarter on the bench did not contribute to Demon,s cause.For Lions Taylor had a big game with 27 points and although Killeen had 17 he more than matched Taylors contribution with rebounding at both ends consistantly.Scott Kinevane too all in all had a sharper all round game than probably any of the Demons guys (15 points).Lions had too a little more than demons coming off the bench in terms of actual contributions and this too added to their strengths.Walkers lack of scoring one could point to it and say "well where were the points from the import" though in truth he consistantly put himself in good positions and got no ball with Demons relying on O Reilly and Coughlan who this game with Lions defence did not have that extra time luxury to take and make their regular shots even though Coughlan did finish with 20 points and O Reilly on 14.



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 6-1 
 2. Netanya 5-1 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 4-2 
 4. Maccabi Haifa 4-2 
 5. Hapoel T-A 4-2 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 3-2 
 7. Hapoel J-M 3-4 
 8. Hapoel Holon 3-4 
 9. Bnei Hasharon 2-3 
 10. Maccabi Ashdod 1-4 
 11. Elizur Ashkelon 1-5 
 12. Galil Gilboa 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 25: Hapoel J-M - Elizur Ashkelon 85-91
Nov. 25: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi T-A 72-100
Nov. 25: Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Eilat 64-68
Nov. 26: Netanya - Galil Gilboa
Nov. 28: Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Haifa
Nov. 26: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Rishon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Diamon SIMPSON
  Maccabi .
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Simpson, Maccabi19.4 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.18.8 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.0 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.17.9 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.3 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.2 
 7. Smith, Maccabi Hai.17.0 
 8. Smith, Hapoel J-M16.9 
 9. Jones, Bnei H.15.8 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.3 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.11.0 
 3. Uter, Maccabi11.0 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.8 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi10.5 
 6. Calathes, Maccabi10.0 
 7. Washington, Netan.9.8 
 8. Wright, Maccabi8.4 
 9. Smith, Hapoel J-M8.0 
 10. Tillman, Hapoel E.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Maccabi Haifa
  (201-SF-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smith, Maccabi Hai.6.5 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi5.6 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.4.8 
 4. Bradley, Netanya4.7 
 5. Timor, Hapoel T-A4.4 
 6. Hayes, Galil Gilboa4.2 
 7. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.4.0 
 8. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.0 
 9. Rosen, Hapoel Hol.3.9 
 10. Pullen, Hapoel J-M3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matan NAOR
  Hapoel T-A
  (195-SF-80)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.1 
 2. Wright, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.4 
 4. Washington, Netan.2.3 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.2 
 6. Mills, Elizur A.2.0 
 7. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 8. Hanochi, Maccabi2.0 
 9. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.0 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian UTER
  Maccabi .
  (200-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Uter, Maccabi2.6 
 2. Gabriel, Maccabi2.0 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 4. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 5. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.9 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.6 
 7. Washington, Netan.1.2 
 8. Simpson, Maccabi1.2 
 9. Green, Galil Gilboa1.2 
 10. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 


Best players of Israeli National League round 6 - by Eurobasket News

Nigerian Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Hod Hasharon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 27 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Kiryat Tivon (#13, 1-5) 80-77. It allowed Hod Hasharon to jump to the first place in the Israeli National League. Hod Hasharon have a solid 5-1 record. Odiakosa turned to be Hod Hasharon's top player in his first season with the team. Illinois State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Odiakosa. Odiakosa is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 61.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Adam McCoy (195-G-86) of Ironi Nahariya. McCoy impressed basketball fans with 31 points and 2 assists. Of course he lead Ironi Nahariya to another comfortable win 96-79 over Maccabi K/B (#14, 0-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Ironi Nahariya to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. McCoy is a newcomer at Ironi Nahariya and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Ironi Nahariya's star - American Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Clemente scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Ironi Nahariya, helping his team with a 96-79 easy win against Maccabi K/B (#14, 0-6). Ironi Nahariya needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Clemente has a great season in Israel. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Murray (195-F-89) of Kiryat Tivon - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 13 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dallis Joyner (201-F-90) of Maccabi K/B - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ivory Clark (198-F-85) of Ironi K-A - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Moti Moscovitz (205-C-85) of Ironi Nahariya - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Brandon Brooks (188-G-87) of Hapoel K/S - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 9-0 
 2. Banco di Sard. 7-2 
 3. Cantu 6-2 
 4. Montepaschi 6-2 
 5. Trenkwalder RE 5-4 
 6. Acea Virtus RM 5-4 
 7. SAIE3 BO 5-4 
 8. EA7 Armani 5-4 
 9. Enel Brindisi 4-5 
 10. JuveCaserta 4-5 
 11. Angelico BI 3-6 
 12. Sidigas AV 3-6 
 13. Umana VE 3-6 
 14. Pesaro 2-7 
 15. Sutor MGR 2-7 
 16. Vanoli CR 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 25: Cimberio VA - Trenkwalder RE 91-78
Nov. 25: SAIE3 BO - Acea Virtus RM 85-79
Nov. 25: Sidigas AV - Enel Brindisi 81-71
Nov. 25: Banco di Sard. - Vanoli CR 80-78
Nov. 25: Sutor MGR - EA7 Armani 76-82
Nov. 25: Angelico BI - Umana VE 68-59
Nov. 25: Pesaro - JuveCaserta 63-77
Nov. 26: Cantu - Montepaschi


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.7 
 2. Harris, Vanoli CR19.4 
 3. Datome, Acea V.18.8 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.2 
 5. Ere, Cimberio VA17.8 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi17.0 
 7. Clark, Umana VE16.3 
 8. Diener, Banco d.15.8 
 9. Dunston, Cimberio.15.6 
 10. Diener, Banco d.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg BRUNNER
  Trenkwal.
  (201-PF-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Brunner, Trenkwal.9.3 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas8.9 
 3. Akindele, JuveCase.8.8 
 4. Kotti, Vanoli CR8.3 
 5. Burns, Sutor MGR8.2 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.9 
 7. Ebi, Sidigas AV7.4 
 8. Ere, Cimberio VA7.3 
 9. Stipanovic, Vanoli7.2 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.7 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Shakur, Sidigas AV4.6 
 4. Reynolds, Enel B.4.6 
 5. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.4 
 6. Taylor, Acea V.4.2 
 7. Cook, EA7 Armani3.9 
 8. Hackett, Montepas.3.9 
 9. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
 10. Cinciarini, Trenk.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Angelico.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Robinson, Angelico.2.8 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA2.6 
 3. Thornton, Banco d.2.4 
 4. Hasbrouck, SAIE32.4 
 5. Barbour, Pesaro2.1 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 7. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 9. Richardson, Sidig.1.9 
 10. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.1.6 
 3. Cusin, Cantu1.5 
 4. Ress, Montepaschi1.5 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.4 
 6. Datome, Acea V.1.3 
 7. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.2 
 8. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 9. Johnson, Sidigas1.1 
 10. Crosariol, Pesaro1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Giorgo Tesi PT 7-1 
 2. Biancoblu BO 6-1 
 3. Sigma Barcel. 6-2 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 5-2 
 5. Givova Scafati 5-3 
 6. Novipiu Casale 5-3 
 7. Tezenis VE 5-3 
 8. Pall.Trento 4-3 
 9. AcegasAps TR 4-4 
 10. LeGanberi FO 3-4 
 11. Fileni BPA Jesi 3-5 
 12. Prima Veroli 2-6 
 13. FCM Ferentino 1-6 
 14. Aget Service IM 1-7 
 15. Upea CdO 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 25: Novipiu Casale - Giorgo Tesi PT 91-93 OT
Nov. 25: Givova Scafati - Fileni BPA Jesi 88-70
Nov. 25: Upea CdO - Pall.Trento 80-82
Nov. 25: Prima Veroli - Sigma Barcel. 78-82
Nov. 25: Biancoblu BO - AcegasAps TR 78-70
Nov. 25: C.de Latte BRE - FCM Ferentino 75-74 OT
Nov. 25: Aget Service IM - Tezenis VE 67-71


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Novipiu Casale
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Green, Novipiu Cas.26.5 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.3 
 3. Bell, Sigma Barcel.19.8 
 4. Thomas, AcegasAp.19.1 
 5. Spencer, LeGanber.19.1 
 6. Griffin, Fileni B.19.0 
 7. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.9 
 8. Ware, Novipiu Casa.18.6 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.17.8 
 10. Marigney, Aget S.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.5 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.7 
 3. Butkevicius, Novip.9.5 
 4. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.9 
 5. Giddens, C.de L.8.9 
 6. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.6 
 7. George, Upea CdO8.5 
 8. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.4 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.1 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrea PECILE
  Biancobl.
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Pecile, Biancobl.5.7 
 2. Green, Sigma B.5.3 
 3. Gay, Aget S.4.9 
 4. Battle, Upea CdO4.5 
 5. Mays, Givova S.3.9 
 6. Marigney, Aget S.3.7 
 7. Ware, Novipiu Casa.3.6 
 8. Hoover, Fileni B.3.5 
 9. McConnell, Tezen.3.4 
 10. Guarino, FCM F.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Keddric MAYS
  Givova S.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mays, Givova S.3.3 
 2. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.8 
 3. James, FCM F.2.7 
 4. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 5. Guarino, FCM F.2.7 
 6. Pecile, Biancobl.2.6 
 7. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.6 
 8. George, Upea CdO2.4 
 9. Battle, Upea CdO2.4 
 10. Bell, Sigma Barce.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Fileni B.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Griffin, Fileni B.1.6 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.4 
 3. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.4 
 4. Ekperigin, FCM F.1.3 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 6. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.1 
 7. James, FCM F.0.9 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 9. Cittadini, Sigma B.0.9 
 10. Fall, AcegasAps0.8 


Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 25: Treviglio - Castelletto 84-88
Nov. 25: Reggio Calabr. - Bari 79-76
Nov. 25: Torino - San Severo 78-75
Nov. 25: Matera - Firenze 74-64
Nov. 25: Chieti - Ferrara 65-62
Nov. 25: Perugia - Recanati 64-57
Nov. 25: Agrigento - Omegna 53-61
Nov. 25: Mirandola - Casalpusterlengo 46-59


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia19.8 
 2. Ferrarese, Trevigl.17.9 
 3. Casadei, Firenze17.3 
 4. Ruggiero, Bari16.7 
 5. Gueye, San Severo16.5 
 6. Parente, Lucca16.4 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.16.4 
 8. Circosta, Bologna16.4 
 9. Pierini, Recanati16.3 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.11.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti9.7 
 3. Ihedioha, Castelle.9.3 
 4. Benfatto, Ferrara8.8 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola8.8 
 6. Raminelli, Bologna8.7 
 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.4.5 
 4. Simoncelli, Castel.4.2 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze4.1 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.4.1 
 7. Rajola, Chieti4.1 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.1 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.0 
 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. Spizzichini, Ferra.3.6 
 4. Bonamente, Perugia3.5 
 5. Barsanti, Lucca3.4 
 6. Tavernelli, Latina3.4 
 7. Capitanelli, Firen.3.2 
 8. Maggio, San Severo3.2 
 9. Sanna, Firenze3.1 
 10. Cortesi, Ferrara3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.2 
 2. Raminelli, Bologna1.7 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.3 
 4. Gagliardo, Latina1.1 
 5. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 6. Pazzi, Castelletto0.9 
 7. Mancin, Mirandola0.8 
 8. Chiarello, Perugia0.8 
 9. Sanna, Firenze0.7 
 10. Iannilli, San Sev.0.7 


Italian Lega2 round 8 best performance: Andrea Pecile - by Eurobasket News

Former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-PG-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Biancoblu BO, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, two rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat AcegasAps TR (#9, 4-4) 78-70. Biancoblu BO maintains the 2nd position in Italian Lega2. They are still close to the very top. Biancoblu BO would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. It's Pecile's second year at Biancoblu BO and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Andrea Pecile has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 5.7apg. Pecile is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.6spg and 56.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Nigerian Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports) of Tezenis VE. Lawal had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for Tezenis VE to edge the lower-ranked Aget Service IM (#14, 1-7) 71-67. Tezenis VE's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lawal is a newcomer at Tezenis VE 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. Former Wayne State College (MI) star Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Rodney Green (195-F/G-88) of Novipiu Casale (#6). Green got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Green's great performance Novipiu Casale lost 91-93in overtime to the higher-ranked Giorgo Tesi PT (#1, 7-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Novipiu Casale needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Green has a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.5ppg (best scorer) and assists with 1.4apg (2nd best). He also has 2.8spg, FGP: 58.4% and 3PT: 45.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Keddric Mays (183-PG-84) of Givova Scafati - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Otis George (205-C-82) of Upea CdO - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. David Cournooh (188-G-90) of Biancoblu BO - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. David Brkic (210-F/C-82) of C.de Latte BRE - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Lega2 Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Novipiu Casale (#4) forced the game against Tuscany Pistoia (#1) into an overtime, but lost by two points 91-93 on Sunday night. The game took place in Casale. But the guests from Pistoia were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Michael Hicks who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will have a break next round. Novipiu Casale will play at home against LeGamberi Foods Forlž (#10) in Forli and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.

In the last two games of round 8 Pall.Trento won against Upea CdO on the opponent's court 82-80. Aget Service IM unfortunately lost to Tezenis VE in a home game 67-71. AcegasAps TR recorded a loss to Biancoblu BO on the road 70-78. Prima Veroli was defeated by Sigma Barcel. on its own court 78-82. Fileni BPA Jesi was beaten by Givova Scafati in a road game 88-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Rodney Green of Novipiu Casale.


Novipiu Casale - Giorgo Tesi PT 91-93 OT

Novipiu Casale (#4) forced the game against Tuscany Pistoia (#1) into an overtime, but lost by two points 91-93 on Sunday night. The game took place in Casale. But the guests from Pistoia were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-12. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) who added 24 points and 4 assists during the contest. American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) scored 21 points. Five Tuscany Pistoia and four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will have a break next round. Novipiu Casale will play at home against LeGamberi Foods Forlž (#10) in Forli and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: M.Hicks 27+3reb+4ast, A.Graves 24+4reb+4ast, F.Toppo 15+8reb+1ast, R.Cortese 11+3reb+3ast, G.Meini 10+7reb+2ast, J.Borra 6+7reb
Novipiu Casale: R.Green 39+7reb+2ast, C.Ware 21+2reb+3ast, M.Malaventura 11+2reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 11+14reb, S.Pierich 5+2reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 4+2reb
gschID: 188799


Upea CdO - Pall.Trento 80-82

Very expected game in Capo d'Orlando where 15th ranked Upea CdO (1-7) was edged by ninth ranked Pall.Trento (4-3) 82-80 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Upea CdO players scored in double figures. Pall.Trento moved-up to eighth place. Upea CdO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Pall.Trento will face higher ranked Tezenis VE (#7) in Verona in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Upea CdO will play at home against C.de Latte BRE (#4) in Brescia.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: M.Umeh 23+6reb, B.Elder 21+6reb+1ast, A.Forray 15+3reb, L.Conte 6+2reb, M.Spanghero 5+1reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 4+8reb+1ast
Upea CdO: A.Young 22+6reb+1ast, O.George 15+10reb+1ast, A.Benevelli 13+3reb, T.Battle 11+1reb+4ast, M.Portannese 10+7reb+2ast, M.Poletti 5+1reb
gschID: 188806


Aget Service IM - Tezenis VE 67-71

Very predictable result in Imola where seventh ranked Tezenis VE (5-3) defeated 14th ranked Aget Service IM (1-7) 71-67 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tezenis VE outrebounded Aget Service IM 46-26 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds and American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) who added 22 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 16 points and 7 assists. Tezenis VE moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Givova Scafati and Novipiu Casale. Aget Service IM lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Tezenis VE will face Pall.Trento (#8) on the road in the next round. Aget Service IM will play against FCM Ferentino (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 22+8reb+1ast, R.McConnell 19+3reb+2ast, O.Lawal 16+19reb, G.Boscagin 6+5reb, M.Da Ros 4+2reb, M.Jose Ghersetti 3+9reb+1ast
Aget Service IM: P.Marigney 22+6reb+4ast, D.Gay 16+4reb+7ast, R.Valenti 11+2reb, M.Maestrello 6+1reb, F.Foiera 5+8reb+1ast, F.Masoni 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 188804


Biancoblu BO - AcegasAps TR 78-70

Not a big story in a game in Bologna where 6th ranked AcegasAps TR (4-4) was defeated by second ranked Biancoblu BO (6-1) 78-70 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-70. Biancoblu BO forced 19 AcegasAps TR turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Biancoblu BO's coach Stefano Salieri used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Biancoblu BO maintains second position with 6-1 record having just -4 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. Newly promoted AcegasAps TR dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Biancoblu BO will face Givova Scafati (#5) at home in the next round. AcegasAps TR will play against Sigma Barcellona (#3).
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: A.Pecile 22+2reb+9ast, D.Cournooh 21+6reb+3ast, M.Vitali 12+3reb+3ast, G.Pini 11+2reb, W.Mosley 6+8reb, P.Verri 2+1reb
AcegasAps TR: J.Thomas 14+8reb+2ast, M.Carra 14+2reb, B.Brown 11+5reb+3ast, A.Filloy 11+2reb+1ast, M.Meshcharakou 8+2reb+2ast, L.Gandini 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 188803


Prima Veroli - Sigma Barcel. 78-82

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Sigma Barcellona (6-2) beat on the road 12th ranked Prima Veroli (2-6) 82-78 on Sunday. Prima Veroli was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Sigma Barcellona, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Manuele Mocavero (203-80) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) who added 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Erving Walker (172-90, college: Florida) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and forward Giovanni Carenza (202-88, college: St.Anselm) scored 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-2 record having just -5 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. Prima Veroli lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with six games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face AcegasAps TR (#9) in Trieste in the next round where they are favorite. Prima Veroli will play on the road against Fileni BPA Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Mocavero 14+8reb+2ast, M.Sanders 13+3reb+1ast, C.Callahan 12+3reb+1ast, T.Green 12+2reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 8+1reb+1ast, T.Bell 7+4reb+1ast
Prima Veroli: G.Carenza 20+4reb, E.Walker 18+3reb+4ast, M.Jurevicus 17+3reb+1ast, L.Infante 12+4reb+3ast, M.Rossetti 7+3reb, J.Hunter 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 188802


C.de Latte BRE - FCM Ferentino 75-74 OT

D.Brkic came up with 20 points as Brescia snatched a tough overtime win over FCM Ferentinto at home court. J.Giddens was helpful with 16 points, while M.Jenkins added 15 points for the winners. L.Ekperigin answered with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
C.de Latte BRE: D.Brkic 20+8reb+3ast, J.Giddens 16+7reb+2ast, M.Jenkins 15+5reb, N.Barlos 13+5reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 4+2reb+4ast, F.Loschi 3
FCM Ferentino: L.Ekperigin 19+11reb, D.James 13+13reb+2ast, A.Righetti 13+3reb+4ast, F.Guarino 13+4reb+2ast, M.El Amin 7+1reb, G.Gurini 5+3reb
gschID: 188801


Givova Scafati - Fileni BPA Jesi 88-70

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (3-5) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Givova Scafati (5-3) 88-70 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Givova Scafati's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-19 extending their advantage to 18 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Givova Scafati's coach Maurizio Bartocci used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Givova Scafati moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tezenis VE and Novipiu Casale. Loser Fileni BPA Jesi dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Givova Scafati will face league's second-placed Biancoblu BO in Bologna in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fileni BPA Jesi will play at home against Prima Veroli (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 24+5reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 15+6reb, G.Sorrentino 12+1reb+4ast, R.Slay 11+6reb+3ast, J.Tavernari 9+5reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 8+6reb
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 20+11reb+1ast, E.Griffin 17+8reb+1ast, R.Hoover 11+4reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 8+1reb+2ast, S.Colonnelli 6+5reb+1ast, R.Gaspardo 4+2reb
gschID: 188800



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  JAPAN   

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba22.7 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.17.8 
 3. Smith, Hitachi SR17.7 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi16.2 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.5 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.0 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.8 
 8. Rolle, Mitsubis.13.4 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.4 
 10. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.6 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba11.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.1 
 5. Smith, Hitachi SR8.7 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.3 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.8 
 8. Young, Aishin SH7.6 
 9. Klette, Hokkaido L.6.7 
 10. Diouf, Toshiba BT6.6 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.1 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.9 
 3. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.8 
 4. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.6 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.6 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi3.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 8. Shonaka, Toyota A.2.6 
 9. Ito, Toyota Alvark2.4 
 10. Hirose, Panasoni.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.9 
 2. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.3 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 5. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.2 
 6. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.1 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.1 
 8. Fazekas, Toshiba1.1 
 9. Smith, Hitachi SR1.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.0 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba1.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Toyota1.1 
 5. Young, Aishin SH1.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.0.9 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 8. Rolle, Mitsubis.0.7 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.7 
 10. Smith, Hitachi SR0.6 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Iwate Big Bulls 11-3 
 2. Toyama Grouses 10-6 
 3. Akita NH 9-3 
 4. Niigata Albirex 9-5 
 5. Shinshu BW 9-5 
 6. Yokohama BC 7-5 
 7. Chiba Jets 5-7 
 8. Sendai 89ers 5-7 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 5-9 
 10. Saitama Bron. 2-8 
 11. Gunma 1-15 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 12-0 
 2. Oita H.Devils 9-5 
 3. Shimane SM 9-5 
 4. Hamamatsu P. 9-7 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 8-6 
 6. Shiga L-Stars 7-7 
 7. Kyoto Hannar. 6-8 
 8. Takamatsu FA 4-8 
 9. Miyazaki SS 2-12 
 10. Osaka Evessa 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 15

Nov. 25: Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 98-88
Nov. 25: Shinshu BW - Tokyo Cinq R. 89-82
Nov. 25: Okinawa GK - Fukuoka Rizing 81-75
Nov. 25: Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 81-70
Nov. 25: Hamamatsu P. - Shiga L-Stars 77-72
Nov. 25: Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 75-86
Nov. 25: Akita NH - Chiba Jets 74-88
Nov. 25: Gunma - Sendai 89ers 56-71

Regular Season: Round 16

Dec. 1: Iwate Big Bulls - Shinshu BW
Dec. 1: Niigata Albirex - Akita NH
Dec. 1: Chiba Jets - Sendai 89ers
Dec. 1: Tokyo Cinq R. - Saitama Bron.
Dec. 1: Yokohama BC - Toyama Grouses
Dec. 1: Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA
Dec. 1: Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM
Dec. 1: Kyoto Hannar. - Miyazaki SS
Dec. 1: Osaka Evessa - Fukuoka Rizing
Dec. 1: Oita H.Devils - Okinawa GK


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.1 
 2. Jones, Tokyo C.20.6 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC20.1 
 4. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 5. Cummings, Akita NH19.3 
 6. Woodbury, Okina.19.2 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.0 
 8. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.7 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.18.6 
 10. Walkup, Osaka E.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wendell WHITE
  Oita H.
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. White, Oita H.13.7 
 2. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.1 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.9 
 4. Willard, Sendai 89.12.4 
 5. Werner, Chiba Jets10.4 
 6. Cox, Osaka Evessa10.3 
 7. Williams, Takamats.10.3 
 8. Green, Shinshu BW10.1 
 9. Pomare, Kyoto H.10.0 
 10. Galloway, Hamamat.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Hamamats.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Galloway, Hamamats.6.5 
 2. Kensuke, Chiba Je.6.3 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.1 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 5. Harris, Akita NH4.5 
 6. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 7. Lyons, Takamats.4.1 
 8. Orr, Saitama Bron.4.1 
 9. Mito, Toyama G.4.0 
 10. Tomori, Gunma4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yoko