EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/27/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   



Georgia Bearcats Unveil 2013 Roster - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

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).



Jacksonville stays atop ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings for the Week ending Sunday, November 25th and once again, the defending champion Jacksonville Giants maintained its top position with two wins over the Bahamas All Pro Show in the league's inaugural games in the Bahamas. The Giants were followed closely by the Arizona Scorpions who won twice this week and the South Carolina Warriors who also remained undefeated. The Colorado Kings, Seattle Mountaineers, Jackson Showboats and the Lynchburg Legends are also showing great early season strength with undefeated records.

1. Jacksonville Giants (4-0)
2. Arizona Scorpions (4-0)
3. South Carolina Warriors (3-0)
4. Colorado Kings (5-0)
5. Seattle Mountaineers (4-0)
6. Jackson Showboats (3-0)
7. Lynchburg Legends (4-0)
8. Conway Cyclones (2-0)
9. San Diego Surf (3-1)
10. Fresno Flight (4-1)
11. Lima Explosion (5-1)
12. Chicago Steam (2-0)
13. Atlanta Wildcats (2-0)
14. Calgary Crush (2-0)
15. Alaska Quake (2-0)
16. Birmingham Blitz (1-0)
17. Richmond Elite (1-0)
18. Texas FUEL (1-0)
19. Gulf Coast Flash (2-1)
20. Palmetto State Rizers (1-0)
21. Albany Shockwave (1-0)
22. Los Angeles SLAM (1-2)
23. Detroit Hoops (2-1)
24. Pontiac Firebirds (2-2)
25. Phenix City Bombers (2-2)
26. Orange County Novastars (2-3
27. North Dallas Vandals (0-1)
28. West Texas Whirlwinds (1-2)
29. Kitxap Admirals (1-0)
30. Las Vegas Defenders (0-3)
31. Sacramento Heatwave (2-3)
32. Missouri Rhythm (1-1)

With a complete schedule of games set for next weekend, look for major changes to the Power Rankings next week. For more information, visit www.abalive.com .



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Adriatic League round 10 best performance: Darko Planinic - by Eurobasket News

Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-C-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Siroki WWin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed KK Split (4-6) with 37-point margin 101-64. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Siroki WWin is placed at 9th position in Adriatic League . Siroki WWin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. Planinic has many years of experience at Siroki WWin, through which he has constantly improved. Darko Planinic has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 15.6ppg. Planinic is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 5.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 59.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) of Szolnok. Bader had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Szolnok was edged by the higher-ranked Igokea (#1, 8-2) 82-78. Szolnok are still at the very bottom. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Szolnok managed to get this year. Bader is one of the most experienced players at Szolnok and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#3). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) of MZT Skopje (#7). Cekovski scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of MZT Skopje, leading his team to a 76-68 win against the lower-ranked Zadar (#13, 3-7). MZT Skopje needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Cekovski has a great season in Adriatic League. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Igokea - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) of Krka - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Boris Bakic (193-G-86) of MZT Skopje - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Justin Hamilton (210-C-90) of Cibona - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86) of Un.Olimpija - 13 points and 10 rebounds
9. Dino Muric (200-F-90) of Un.Olimpija - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Luksa Andric (208-C-85) of Cedevita - 13 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  ALBANIA   


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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Emanuel Ginobili selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Indiana Pacers (6-8) 104-97 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Ginobili scored 19 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 11-3 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Ginobili's 11th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ginobili averages: 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 25.5% and FT: 81.0% in the 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (6-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Nocioni's very good performance Caja Laboral was defeated 77-68 at home by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#9). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Nocioni also added 4 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Nocioni's first year with the team. Nocioni is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(28-50), 3FGP: 66.7%(14-21) and FT: 69.0%. Nocioni is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the New York Knicks (9-3) in their game against the Houston Rockets (6-7) in the NBA. Prigioni scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 18 minutes. The New York Knicks were crushed 131-103 on the road by the Rockets. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Prigioni's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 2.7ppg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 18.8% in the 11 games. Similarly like Nocioni and Ginobili above Prigioni has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #4. Power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Phoenix Suns (6-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Scola's good performance the Phoenix Suns were edged 104-101 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Scola's first season with the team. This year Scola has very high stats. He averages: 13.1ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6apg. Scola also holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #5. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-8) in their last game. Despite Mainoldi's very good performance the bottom-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 86-83 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked (#4) Gescrap BB. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Mainoldi also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. He is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg. This year Mainoldi also averages: 9.4ppg in the nine games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Mainoldi plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #6. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (1-8) 93-78 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 15 points. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (2-7) is placed 14th in the ACB. Richotti's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Centrale del Latte Brescia to win in overtime against the 13th-ranked FCM Ferentino (1-6) 75-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Fernandez scored only 4 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals. Centrale del Latte Brescia (5-2) is placed fourth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Fernandez's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #8. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Hofstra University crushing them 80-56 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Garino recorded 9 points, 3 assists and 5 steals in 22 minutes. The The George Washington University has conference record this season. This year Garino's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team last year.

Matias Bortolin
Matias Bortolin
   #9. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help the league outsider Arkadia Lions (0-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were badly defeated 103-83 in Gmunden by the much higher-ranked (#4) Swans. Bortolin scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. So far Arkadia Lions lost all eight games in the Regular Season. Bortolin is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.0bpg. He also averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in the seven games. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team two years ago.

Cristian Cortez
Cristian Cortez
   #10. Guard Cristian Cortez (185-90, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a Mogi das Cruzes' victory against the 13th-ranked Liga Sorocaba (0-1) 71-59 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. He recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Mogi das Cruzes this season. His team is placed fifth in the NBB. Cortez is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 0 steals. He is a former U19 international player as three years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. International point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help Franca in their game against Brasilia in the Brazilian NBB. Despite his good performance on Saturday night Figueroa recorded 10 points and added 4 assists. It was his first game for Franca this season. Figueroa is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) led Pall.Trento to a 2-point victory against the league outsider Upea CdO (1-7) 82-80 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Forray scored 15 points in 29 minutes. Pallacanestro Trento 2009 (4-3) is placed eighth in the Lega2. This year Forray's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 2.1spg in the seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Trenkwalder RE (5-4) to beat Cimberio Varese (9-0). Filloy scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE was defeated 91-78 on the road by the leading Cimberio Varese. It was Trenkwalder RE's first loss after five consecutive victories. Filloy's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Tezenis VE's victory against the second-ranked Biancoblu BO (6-1) 80-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Ghersetti recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals in 26 minutes. Tezenis Verona (5-3) is placed seventh in the Lega2. This year Ghersetti's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg and 2.3spg in the eight games. Similarly like Filloy and Forray above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (4-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Filloy's good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 78-70 in Bologna by the second-ranked Biancoblu BO. He scored 11 points. Filloy has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #5. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the seventh-ranked Agrigento (7-5) 57-48 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Wednesday. Vico was MVP of the game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 38 minutes. Bawer Matera (10-2) is placed first in the Nazionale A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Vico has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg and 2.8spg in the 12 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #6. Martin Calvo (198-F-88, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calvo's good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 86-60 in London by the higher-ranked Lions (#6). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Calvo also added 6 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Calvo has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. He holds both Argentinian and Spanish passports.

   #7. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Agrigento in their game against Omegna in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Chiarastella scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team lost 53-61. Chiarastella has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 5.5rpg in the two games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) managed to help LeGamberi Foods Forli to win against the closely-ranked AcegasAps TR 76-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Musso recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Musso has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Florida Atlantic in their game against the Elon University in the NCAA. Bertone recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team was edged in an overtime 62-59. Bertone has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the five games.

   #10. Agustin Ambrosino (203-F-90, currently studies in the States) helped BYU win their game against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio 81-62 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded 6 points. Ambrosino has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg.


Standings - TNA

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 25: Quilmes MP - Rocamora 84-72
Nov. 23: MH Basket - Sport Club 83-81
Nov. 23: San Mart.C. - Estudian.Con. 77-60
Nov. 23: Sarmiento - La Union 75-73
Nov. 23: Union Sunch - Alvear 72-77
Nov. 23: Obera TC - San Isidro 71-70
Nov. 23: Huracan - Ciclista 71-68
Nov. 23: Bragado - Banda Norte 63-79
Nov. 23: Atl.Echague - Instituto Cor. 106-107

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 30: La Union - Obera TC
Nov. 30: San Isidro - Union Sunch
Nov. 30: Alvear - Atl.Echague
Nov. 30: Instituto Cor. - San Mart.C.
Nov. 30: Estudian.Con. - Sarmiento
Nov. 30: Sport Club - Huracan
Nov. 30: Ciclista - Quilmes MP
Nov. 30: Rocamora - Bragado
Nov. 30: Banda Norte - San Lorenzo Ch.
Nov. 30: Alianza Viedma - MH Basket



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  AUSTRALIA   


David Andersen selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #1. This week's number one is an international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the ninth-ranked Tofas (3-4) 74-66 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Andersen was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (6-1) is placed third in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Andersen's first year with the team. This season Andersen averages: 7.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 56.5%(13-23), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 92.9% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Aaron Baynes
Aaron Baynes
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Aaron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Baynes could not help Un.Olimpija (4-6) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Un.Olimpija was defeated 86-82 at home by the leading Partizan. Baynes scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Baynes has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 60.8%(45-74) and FT: 55.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Baynes is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an overtime G.Canaria 2014's victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (4-5) 99-97 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Newley scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (7-2) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Newley's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.4%(31-55), 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 61.1% in the nine games. Newley is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #4. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the sixth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) 74-65 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed third in group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Maric's first year with the team. Maric is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.7spg. Maric is also Australian national team player.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #5. Former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (1-6) crushing them 90-66 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Jawai recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (7-0) is placed first in group D. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jawai's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #6. Power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Brad Newley in the Spanish ACB last game. Barlow, who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance his team was edged in an overtime 99-97 on their home court in Murcia by the second-ranked G.Canaria 2014. Barlow was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 38 minutes. This year Barlow's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the nine games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #7. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs to win against the Toronto Raptors (3-11) 111-106 in the NBA last Sunday. Mills scored only 3 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 11-3 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mills' first year with the team. This season he averages just 4.3ppg. Mills used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #8. Guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the St.Mary's, CA in their last game. Despite his very good performance the St.Mary's, CA lost 64-76 on the road to the Drexel University. Dellavedova scored 32 points (!!!) and added 4 passes in 38 minutes. Dellavedova has been at the team for four years. This season he averages only 4.3ppg in the 12 games. Dellavedova plays currently for the Australian national team.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #9. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to Valparaiso's victory against the Bethune-Cookman College 77-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). The Valparaiso University has conference record this season. Broekhoff plays fourth season for the team. This year Broekhoff averages only 4.3ppg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #10. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Ingles couldn't help Regal FC Barcelona (5-4) in their game against Valencia Basket (7-2). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Ingles scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona was edged 81-78 in Valencia by the much higher-ranked (#3) Basket. This year Ingles' total stats are: 5.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg in the nine games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Radnicki KG in their game against Buducnost in the Adriatic League. Markovic recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. His team was edged 80-78. Markovic has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.9apg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Rhys Carter (190-84, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket 93-78 in the Swedish Basketligan last Thursday. He recorded 13 points and added 5 assists. Carter belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This season he has very good stats: 10.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.9apg and 2.0spg. Carter used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Antranik crushing them 104-74 in a derby game in the Lebanese Division A on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in only 14 minutes. Khazzouh belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 2.0bpg. This year his other stats are: 9.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7apg in the three games. Khazzouh used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the St.Louis in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the St.Louis was defeated 73-59 in Lawrence, KS by the University of Kansas. Ellis scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7apg. Ellis used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #15. International swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara 72-56 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Drmic recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws). He has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. Drmic used to play for the Australian national team last year.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-10) to beat the Philadelphia 76ers (8-6). He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 37 minutes. But the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 79-86 on the road to the 76ers. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Irving is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 22.9ppg. This year he also averages: 3.7rpg, 5.6apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) led Science City Jena to a victory against the 14th-ranked Crailsheim Merlins (3-8) 101-93 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Jeka had a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 10 passes. He also added 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Science City Jena (6-5) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Jeka is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.8apg. He also averaged so far 12.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the 11 games. Jeka has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.

   #3. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Worcester Wolves (7-6) 94-76 in the British BBL last Friday. He scored 17 points, had 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 31 minutes. London Lions (6-7) is placed sixth in the BBL. It's Sturt's first season with the team. Sturt is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games.

   #4. Venky Jois (201-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Washington's victory against the South Carolina Upstate 75-70 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. The Eastern Washington University has conference record this season. Jois' stats this year are: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games.

   #5. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the league leader BV Chemnitz 99 (9-0) 83-69 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 11 points and added 5 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Duesseldorf Baskets (9-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Tzakopoulos' first season with the team. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #6. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Caceres Basket (3-5) in their last game. Despite Duinker's good performance Caceres Basket lost 83-92 in Barcelona to the higher-ranked (#7) FCB Regal II. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Duinker also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games. Duinker has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #7. Dexter Kernich-Drew (198-G-91, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Washington St. in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Washington St. was edged 55-54 in College Station, TX by the Texas A&M University. Kernich-Drew was the top scorer with 16 points in 33 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games.

   #8. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Cal-Riverside in their last game. Despite Patton's very good performance the Cal-Riverside was edged 66-65 at home by the University of Alaska at Anchorage. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Patton has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games.

   #9. Majok Majok (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Ball St. in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Ball St. (#4) was crushed 101-53 in Bloomington, IN by the Indiana University. Majok scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games. Majok also holds two passports: Australian and Sudanese.

   #10. Damon Heuir (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped S.Utah win their game against the Carroll College 68-58 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. Heuir has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games.



2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia opened the campaign with the win over Guam - by Eurobasket News

Guam-Australia 46:84

Australia opened the campaign with the win over Guam at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The home side rolled over the visitors 84:46 at the Churchill Leisure Centre, Latrobe City.
Australia started the game with 19-9 lead and never looked behind after. They posted 20-11 surge in the second frame and led 39:20 at the halftime. Moreover the home side won the third and the last quarters of the game for the final success. They needed 26-16 in the third period and ended up with 19-16 in the last quarter.
William Mcdowell-White top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Kyle Clark posted 17. Dejan Vasiljevic delivered 13, whilst Abiola Akintola notched 9. Joshua Sebastian finished the game with 15 points in the losing case and Maksever Kepwe had 9. Reed Meyer tossed in 6, while Valiant Borja had 5.

Guam: Joshua Sebastian 15, Maksever Kepwe 9, Reed Meyer 6, Valiant Borja 5
Australia: William Mcdowell-White 18, Kyle Clark 17, Dejan Vasiljevic 13, Abiola Akintola 9



Madgen's 29 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old swingman Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kings and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds for Kings in his team's victory, helping them to beat Taipans (#6, 3-6) 83-76. Kings is placed at 3rd position in Australian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kings will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. In the team's last game Madgen had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kings and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Augusta State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Madgen is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Madgen is in league's top in and averages solid 51.4% FGP and 48.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) of Wildcats. He is former international forward in his 3rd season at Wildcats. In the last game Knight recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Wildcats to edge Crocodiles (#8, 0-10) by 5 points 68-63. Wildcats' 5th 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. Knight is one of the most experienced players at Wildcats and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.5ppg (#7). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jonny Flynn (183-G-89) of Tigers (#7). Flynn scored 19 points and passed eight assists. Despite Flynn's great performance Tigers lost 66-74 to the higher-ranked Hawks (#1, 7-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tigers can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Flynn he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Flynn has a very solid season. In 3 games in Australia he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Glen Saville (197-F/G-76) of Hawks - 15 points and 7 rebounds
5. Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Adris Deleon (180-G-84) of Hawks - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86) of Wildcats - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats - 18 points and 6 rebounds
9. Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) of Wildcats - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats - 20 points, 3 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler TIEDEMAN
  Wels
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Tiedeman, Wels24.1 
 2. Pearson, Furstenf.23.4 
 3. Dale, UBSC G.21.4 
 4. Shaw, Kapfenberg19.9 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Ray, BC Vienna19.6 
 7. Lamesic, Wels19.5 
 8. Grum, Furstenfeld19.1 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.18.4 
 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.7.0 
 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. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 4. O''Neal, Furstenfeld5.1 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 6. Brown, Gmunden4.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.1 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.3.8 
 9. Danek, BC Vienna3.7 
 10. Ahmetbasic, Wels3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lorenzo O''NEAL
  Furstenfeld
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. O''Neal, Furstenfeld2.3 
 2. Arnold, Gmunden2.1 
 3. Gilchrese, UBSC G.1.9 
 4. Boylan, BC Vienna1.9 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna1.9 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.7 
 7. Bortolin, Arkadia1.4 
 8. Oppland, Gmunden1.4 
 9. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.4 
 10. Klepeisz, 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. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.0 
 4. Shaw, Kapfenberg1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.9 
 6. Greimeister, Klost.0.7 
 7. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 
 8. Weber, Gussing0.6 
 9. Arnold, Gmunden0.6 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

A Bundesliga round 9 most important game was a victory of Gussing Knights over 7th ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart 61-56 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-5 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gussing Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Redwell Gunners Oberwart to just 5 points in third quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Redwell Gunners Oberwart helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gussing Knights (5-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. Gussing Knights is looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against UBSC Graz (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for BC Vienna (8-1) which hosted in Wien 3rd placed Raiffeisen Wels (5-4). First ranked BC Vienna managed to get a 4-point victory 90-86. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Ian Boylan chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) with 28 points and 5 rebounds. BC Vienna maintains first place with 8-1 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. BC Vienna will play against bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions (#11) in Traiskirchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fifth ranked Gmunden Swans (5-3) 103-83 on Sunday evening. Richard Poiger nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Radosav Spasojevic came up with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Arkadia Lions in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gmunden Swans have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Arkadia Lions still closes the standings with eight games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet St.Polten (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Arkadia Lions will play against the league's leader BC Vienna in Wien and hope to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 9 UBSC Graz was beaten by Furstenfeld on the road 80-74. Kapfenberg destroyed St.Polten on its own court 85-65.


Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz 80-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers and 9th ranked UBSC Graz had identical 3-4 record. This time Furstenfeld Panthers used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Graz 80-74 on Monday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-74. Furstenfeld Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 34. They outrebounded UBSC Graz 50-30 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) accounted for 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. American swingman Michael Anthony Dale (197-84, college: S.Illinois) came up with 26 points and the other American import point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Furstenfeld Panthers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will meet league's second-placed Xion Dukes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: M.Pearson 25+13reb+2ast, S.Grum 23+5reb+4ast, T.Sally 10+7reb+2ast, C.Cox 10+8reb+5ast, B.Cresnar 9+10reb, L.O'Neal 3+3reb+3ast
UBSC Graz: M.Anthony Dale 26+3reb+1ast, E.Gilchrese 15+7reb+5ast, M.Stegnjaic 13+6reb+2ast, R.Lanegger 9+6reb, M.Markovic 7+6reb, S.Schaal 4+3ast
gschID: 229430


Gmunden - Arkadia 103-83

Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fifth ranked Gmunden Swans (5-3) 103-83 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Arkadia Lions managed to win fourth quarter 19-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Arkadia Lions turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. International Richard Poiger (202-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and naturalized Dominican forward Carlos Novas (197-92) accounted for 17 points. Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) came up with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jurica Blazevic (193-94) added 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Arkadia Lions in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gmunden Swans have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Arkadia Lions still closes the standings with eight games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet St.Polten (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Arkadia Lions will play against the league's leader BC Vienna in Wien and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: C.Novas 17+3reb+1ast, R.Arnold 16+1reb+3ast, R.Poiger 15+12reb+5ast, D.Oppland 15+3reb, J.Brown 11+1reb+9ast, M.Mayer 10+7reb
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 26+7reb+5ast, J.Blazevic 22+3reb+3ast, M.Bortolin 12+8reb+3ast, T.Stadelmann 7+1reb+2ast, P.Gamaleri 7+2reb+2ast, M.Graf 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 179611


Kapfenberg - St.Polten 85-65

Very expected game when 10th ranked St.Polten (1-7) was smashed on the road by sixth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (5-3) 85-65 on Sunday. St.Polten trailed 44-42 at halftime, rallying from a 30-17 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Kapfenberg Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by St.Polten's players. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) nailed 24 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) accounted for 20 points. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Ante Perica used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for St.Polten in the defeat. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. St.Polten lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet Gussing Knights (#5) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against Gmunden Swans (#4) in Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Sanchez 24+4reb+5ast, J.Dean Shaw 20+2reb+1ast, D.Mayes 15+2ast, D.Nelson 10+7reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 7+1reb+5ast, G.Woods 4+5reb+7ast
St.Polten: M.Kohlmaier 21+5reb+1ast, M.Speiser 14+6reb+1ast, M.Kovacevic 11+1reb+2ast, T.Blazan 5+1reb+2ast, M.Pinezich 5+4reb, T.Csebits 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179610


Oberwart - Gussing 56-61

A Bundesliga round 9 most important game was a victory of Gussing Knights over 7th ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart 61-56 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-5 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gussing Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Redwell Gunners Oberwart to just 5 points in third quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Redwell Gunners Oberwart helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) added 13 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gussing Knights (5-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. Gussing Knights is looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against UBSC Graz (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gussing: M.Heard 19+5reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 14+3reb+5ast, E.Kadic 11+2reb, S.Koch 9+4reb+1ast, B.Weber 4+6reb, C.Astl 2+2reb
Oberwart: J.Johnson 13+4reb+3ast, I.Siriscevic 10+10reb+1ast, I.Djerman 8+3reb, D.Gant 8+1reb, L.Linzer 7+2reb+1ast, H.Artner 4+1reb
gschID: 179612


BC Vienna - Wels 90-86

An interesting game for BC Vienna (8-1) which hosted in Wien 3rd placed Raiffeisen Wels (5-4). First ranked BC Vienna managed to get a 4-point victory 90-86. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-16. But Raiffeisen Wels won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Raiffeisen Wels' 40. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) with 28 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-87, college: Abil.Christian, agency: World Sport Agency) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Vienna maintains first place with 8-1 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. BC Vienna will play against bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions (#11) in Traiskirchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 33+12reb+6ast, I.Boylan 15+3reb+6ast, Z.Rakocevic 14+4reb, F.Trmal 11+11reb, S.Stazic 8+6reb+3ast, B.Danek 7+2reb+4ast
Wels: T.Tiedeman 28+5reb+3ast, M.Ahmetbasic 21+10reb+2ast, D.Washington 19+11reb+2ast, R.Vieider 12+1reb, A.Farokhmanesh 4+4reb+3ast, E.Zulic 2
gschID: 179608



Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Poland. He could not help Asseco Prokom Gdynia (1-6) to beat Unicaja Malaga (6-1). Mahalbasic recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. But the sixth-placed Asseco Prokom Gdynia lost 48-63 on the road to the leading Unicaja Malaga in the group B of Euroleague. It was Asseco Prokom Gdynia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Mahalbasic averages: 6.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 35.7% in the seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Euroleague). Ortner contributed to a 2-point Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (5-2) 89-87 in the Euroleague last Friday. He recorded 6 points. Montepaschi Siena (4-3) is placed third in group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ortner's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.6%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help River Andorra (3-0) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (6-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Maresch scored 5 points. his team was defeated 87-81 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto (#3). But the season just started, so everything may happen. Maresch's overall stats this year are: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 32.1% and FT: 70.4%. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #4. Small forward Jason Detrick (195-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to a 1-point Apollon's victory against the leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-1) 89-88 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Detrick scored 7 points in 26 minutes. Pizza Express Apollon Limassol (1-2) is placed fourth in group G. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Detrick's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Detrick is also Austrian national team player. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

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

   #1. Jamie Kohn (195-G-89, college: E.Connecticut, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Tees Valley Mohawks to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Leeds Carnegie (3-1) 89-74 in the British EBL D1 (second division) on Saturday night. Kohn had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Kohn's first season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tees Valley Mohawks (4-1) is placed third in the EBL D1. 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. It's Kohn's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kohn averages: 16.0ppg, 8.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg in the three games he played so far.

   #2. Ebuka Anyaorah (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.C.Central to an easy victory against the Toccoa Falls College (2-1) crushing them 94-40 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Anyaorah scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The N.Carolina Central has conference record this season. Anyaorah's total stats this year are: 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Anyaorah has never played in Austria.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Matej Kljaic (193-F-91) plays for Djuro Djakovic in Croatian A1
Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87) plays for River Andorra in Spanish LEB Gold
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga


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 4-4 
 9. UBSC Graz 3-5 
 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. 26: Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz 80-74
Nov. 24: Oberwart - Gussing 56-61
Nov. 25: Gmunden - Arkadia 103-83

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 1: St.Polten - Gmunden
Dec. 2: Gussing - Kapfenberg
Dec. 2: Arkadia - BC Vienna
Dec. 2: Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld
Dec. 3: UBSC Graz - Oberwart



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  BAHAMAS   


Bennet Davis selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division. Davis could not help Marso NYKK (3-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Marso NYKK lost 83-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Falco-Szova. Davis was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. Davis is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Davis averages: 15.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.1spg, 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 66.0% in the nine games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Magnum Rolle
Magnum Rolle
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL. Rolle was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Mitsubishi Dolphins were defeated 88-83 in Kanagawa by the higher-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#5). Rolle was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. It's Rolle's first season with the team. Rolle is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 44.1%. Rolle played for the Bahamas national team in 2007.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland). He led Starwings to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno (1-7) crushing them 100-77 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. Burrows recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and made 3 blocks in 37 minutes. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (1-7) is located at the very bottom in the LNA. Burrows is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 56.1%(32-57) and FT: 61.8% in the five games. Burrows is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Trevor Harvey
Trevor Harvey
   #4. Center Trevor Harvey (211-80, college: Florida St., currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Giurgiu (3-6) in their game against Oradea (8-1) in the Romanian Division A. Harvey was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 9 rebounds. But Giurgiu was defeated 80-70 on the opponent's court by the leading Oradea. It was Giurgiu's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Harvey has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Bahamas U21 national team back in 2000.

   #5. Former U18 international forward Edrico McGregor (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UTSA in their game against the Brigham Young University (0-0) in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. The UTSA was badly defeated 81-62 in Provo, UT by the Brigham Young University. This year McGregor has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Bahamas U18 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-7) 96-85 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson recorded 24 points in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Golden State Warriors have 8-6 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 14 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

   #2. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Slovakia) was the major contributor in Nitra's victory against one of league's weakest teams Handlova (2-7) 91-72 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only Cadot's first season in pro basketball. BK Edymax SPU Nitra (8-3) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Cadot is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Cadot averages: 17.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg.

   #3. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master's, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help Saint-Quentin (5-6) to beat Pau-Lacq-Orthez (9-2). He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Saint-Quentin this season. Saint-Quentin was edged in an overtime 101-98 on the road by the second-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. But the season just started, so everything may happen.

   #4. Shaquille Cleare (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Georgia Southern University 70-53 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Cleare recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Maryland this season. His team has conference record this season.

   #5. Buddy Hield (190-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to Oklahoma's victory against the The Univ.of Texas at El Paso 68-61 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Hield scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. The The University of Oklahoma has 1-0 conference record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Hield has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg in the nine games.

   #6. Mikhail McLean (203-F-91, is currently at the American university) managed to help University of Houston to win against the Louisiana College crushing them 106-59 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored only 2 points. This season McLean has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 6 in Balkan League was Croatian guest Djuro Djakovic's (#4) road victory over Montenegrin Mornar Bar (#5) 70-63 on Tuesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mornar Bar won fourth quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Swedish-DR Congolese power forward Brice Massamba (208-88, college: UNLV) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Mihailo Sekulovic (205-91) who recorded 14 points. Djuro Djakovic maintains fourth position with 2-4 record. Mornar Bar at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Djuro Djakovic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mornar Bar will play on the road against the league's leader Galil Gilboa (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (3-2) against fifth ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (1-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kumanovo 2009 was crushed by Mornar Bar in Bar 92-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumanovo 2009. It was a good game for center Vukota Pavic (203-93) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Miroslav Damjanovic contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for Kumanovo 2009. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mornar Bar maintains fifth position with 1-5 record. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Rilski Sportist. Mornar Bar will play against league's leader Galil Gilboa on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kumanovo 2009 will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-77 loss to ninth ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (3-3) in Gevgelija on Wednesday evening. Miladin Pekovic scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Stanoje Knezevic with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Kozuv moved-up to eighth place. Loser OKK Beograd still closes the standings with five games lost. Kozuv will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. OKK Beograd will play against Kavala (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 6 Rilski Sportist lost to undefeated Teodo Tivat in a road game 74-84.


Group A
Mornar Bar - Kumanovo 92-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (3-2) against fifth ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (1-5) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kumanovo 2009 was crushed by Mornar Bar in Bar 92-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumanovo 2009. The game without a history. Mornar Bar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for center Vukota Pavic (203-93) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Miroslav Damjanovic (196-91) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) added 17 points in the effort for Kumanovo 2009. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mornar Bar maintains fifth position with 1-5 record. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Rilski Sportist. Mornar Bar will play against league's leader Galil Gilboa on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kumanovo 2009 will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: V.Pavic 21+8reb+1ast, M.Damjanovic 19+4ast, L.Radosavljevic 12+3reb+5ast, M.Sekulovic 8+3reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 8+3reb, N.Rondovic 8+3reb+2ast
Kumanovo: U.Lukovic 22+14reb, M.Janevski 17+1reb, M.Mladenovic 11+2reb+3ast, M.Golubovic 6+3reb, D.Mikic 5+3reb+3ast, A.Kostoski 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197947


Group B
Kozuv - OKK Beograd 82-77

Bottom-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-77 loss to ninth ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (3-3) in Gevgelija on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But OKK Beograd won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Pero Blazevski (201-72) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists during the contest. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Stanoje Knezevic (202-89) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Vuk Malidzan (193-88) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Five OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. Kozuv moved-up to eighth place. Loser OKK Beograd still closes the standings with five games lost. Kozuv will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. OKK Beograd will play against Kavala (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: M.Pekovic 22+9reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 15+4reb+6ast, V.Filipovic 11, I.Mijajlovic 10+2reb+3ast, A.Shterjov 9+5reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 6+5reb+8ast
OKK Beograd: V.Popovic 15+2reb+1ast, M.Pavlovic 14+5reb, S.Knezevic 13+5reb+3ast, V.Malidzan 12+3reb+5ast, F.Sepa 11+3reb+4ast, N.Jeftic 11+2reb
gschID: 197945


Round 2
Teodo Tivat - Rilski Sportist 84-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist's (3-2) road loss to top-ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (4-0) 74-84 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-74. Teodo Tivat made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Rilski Sportist turnovers. Serbian forward Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-84) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Hristo Zahariev (197-90) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 11 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Teodo Tivat have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Loser Rilski Sportist dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Kumanovo. Teodo Tivat will again meet Rilski Sportist (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Rilski Sportist will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: S.Djikanovic 20+8reb+2ast, S.Tepavcevic 18+9reb+3ast, A.Radulovic 16+11reb, M.Mijovic 13+2reb+10ast, I.Kunjic 9+4reb+1ast, I.Fatic 4+1reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: H.Zahariev 17+8reb+4ast, S.Slaveykov 14+2reb+3ast, L.Kirov 11, T.Gugino 11+6reb, B.Mirkovic 11+4reb+6ast, T.Smith 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 197957


Round 8
Mornar Bar - Djuro Djakovic 63-70

The biggest surprise of round 6 in Balkan League was Croatian guest Djuro Djakovic's (#4) road victory over Montenegrin Mornar Bar (#5) 70-63 on Tuesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mornar Bar won fourth quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Swedish-DR Congolese power forward Brice Massamba (208-88, college: UNLV) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Djuro Djakovic players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Mihailo Sekulovic (205-91) who recorded 14 points and Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points respectively. Djuro Djakovic maintains fourth position with 2-4 record. Mornar Bar at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Djuro Djakovic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mornar Bar will play on the road against the league's leader Galil Gilboa (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Djuro Djakovic: B.Massamba 17+10reb+2ast, M.Karlovic 13, M.Sarlija 13+7reb+2ast, J.Blajic 12+4reb+3ast, M.Batina 9+7reb+2ast, D.Toroman 3+3reb+2ast
Mornar Bar: M.Sekulovic 14+4reb+1ast, L.Radosavljevic 10+4reb+3ast, M.Djurisic 9+1reb+3ast, N.Ivanovic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Damjanovic 7+2ast, V.Pavic 6+4reb
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Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (0-3) crushing them 92-72 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Veremeenko scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unics Kazan (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 9.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 45.0% and FT: 76.9% in the three games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team five years ago.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (2-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Olin Edirne was defeated 72-66 at home by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Parakhouski was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 65.3%(32-49) and FT: 46.7%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy). Meshcharakou was not able to help AcegasAps TR (4-4) in their game against Biancoblu BO (6-1) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He scored 8 points in 23 minutes. AcegasAps TR lost 70-78 on the road to the second-ranked Biancoblu BO. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Meshcharakou's first year with the team. This season Meshcharakou's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 37.0%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 85.7% in the eight games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #4. An experienced center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) led Mazeikiai to an easy victory against the league outsider Gargzdai-Bremena (2-12) crushing them 73-46 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Friday night's game. Kojenets recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mazeikiai (10-5) is placed second in the NKL. This season Kojenets has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg and 3.7rpg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a BC Nizhny Novgorod's victory against the seventh-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-3) 67-62 in the VTB United League last Friday. Yurchyk scored 6 points in only 8 minutes. BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-2) is placed fifth in group B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Yurchyk averages only 2.0ppg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Igor Suhinin led Rjazan to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Volgograd (1-7) 78-74 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Friday night. Suhinin scored 11 points. BC Rjazan (4-4) is placed ninth in the Superleague. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Suhinin's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 6.5ppg and 1.5rpg.

   #3. Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (2-5) to beat Avtodor (4-3). Karpov scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Sojuz Zaretchny lost 74-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Avtodor. This year Karpov's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) plays for Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL
Heorhi Kandrusevich (197-G/F-78) plays for Ferro-ZNTU in Ukrainian Superleague
Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-SG-85) plays for Halychyna in Ukrainian Superleague
Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82) plays for Apoel in Cypriot Division A
Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Elitzur Yavne in Israeli National League
Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84) plays for Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
Denis Yarets (190-G-89) plays for Desna Bryansk in Russian Higher League
Dimo Jeleznov (202-F/C-88) plays for Tongeren in Belgian Division II

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



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Jonathan Tabu selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Jonathan Tabu (184-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy. He could not help Cantu (2-5) in their last game. Despite Tabu's very good performance the sixth-placed Cantu was edged 71-69 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Panathinaikos in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Tabu also added 8 assists in 28 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tabu averages: 7.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 45.5% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Eurocup). Hervelle contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (1-2) crushing them 85-64 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Hervelle is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 66.7%. Hervelle is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Cajasol (1-8) crushing them 86-55 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Van Rossom scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 24 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (6-3) is placed fifth in the ACB. 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 Van Rossom's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 64.0%(16-25), 3FGP: 48.1%(13-27) in the nine games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #4. An experienced guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Armia (0-3) in their game against Telekom Baskets (3-0) in the EuroChallenge. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Armia (#4) was defeated 75-71 on the road by the leading Telekom Baskets in the group H of EuroChallenge. So far Armia lost all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Faison's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Faison used to play for the Belgian national team last year. He played also for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #5. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 86-60 in London by the higher-ranked (#6) Lions. Hulsen scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 36 minutes. So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all eleven games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Hulsen's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7apg in the 10 games. Hulsen used to play for the Belgian U20 national team three years ago.

Thomas De Thaey
Thomas De Thaey
   #6. Forward Thomas De Thaey (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Carolina St. in their game against the Oklahoma State University (0-0) in the NCAA. He recorded 5 points in 15 minutes. The N.Carolina St. was badly defeated 76-56 in Stillwater, OK by the Oklahoma State University. This year De Thaey has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.4spg in the nine games. He is U20 international player as he played for the Belgian team one years ago.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to a victory against the Cal State - Northridge 87-75 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Haws recorded 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). The Brigham Young University has conference record this season. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA Jesi (3-5) in their last game. Despite Hoover's good performance Fileni BPA Jesi lost 78-83 at home to the league outsider (#15) Upea CdO. He recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Hoover has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg in the eight games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ronrico White (190-G-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Chattanooga in their last game. Despite White's good performance the Chattanooga (#2) lost 61-68 on their home court in Chattanooga, TN to the Troy University. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year White's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #4. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in an overtime JA Vichy's victory against the closely-ranked Blois (6-2) 75-73 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (6-4) is placed sixth in the NM1. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Tshomba's first year with the team. Tshomba has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4spg.

   #5. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League was not able to secure a victory for Contern (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Contern was defeated 91-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Soleuvre (#8). Jones scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Jones belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3. This season he has very good stats: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.4spg. Jones has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Luxembourg.



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Kenan Bajramovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). Bajramovic led Banvit BK to a victory over the 14th-ranked Besiktas (0-6) 79-69 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Bajramovic scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (6-1) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Bajramovic averages: 7.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 32.1% and FT: 72.7%. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. Wright could not help Spartak St.Petersburg to beat Triumph Lyubertsy (3-2). He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. But Spartak St.Petersburg was edged 64-62 on the road by the higher-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#3). Wright's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Wright is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania. Jovanovic was not able to help Timisoara (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Timisoara was defeated 93-80 at home by the second-ranked Szolnok in the group F of EuroChallenge. Jovanovic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added made 5 passes and 3 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jovanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 71.4% and FT: 94.1%(16-17). Jovanovic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

Barisa Krasic
Barisa Krasic
   #4. An experienced center Barisa Krasic (203-78, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia was not able to secure a victory for KK Zadar (3-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was defeated 76-68 in Skopje by the higher-ranked MZT Skopje (#7). Krasic was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It's Krasic's first season with the team. Krasic's overall stats this year are: 8.1ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2005.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #5. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Osjecki Sokol (2-6) crushing them 102-79 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Halilovic scored 12 points, grabbed 4 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots in a mere 18 minutes. KK Zagreb (7-1) is placed first in the A1. This year Halilovic's overall stats are: 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games he played so far. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

Esmir Rizvic
Esmir Rizvic
   #6. Center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Maribor Messer's victory against the ninth-ranked Grosuplje (1-5) 79-68 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Rizvic scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. KK Maribor Messer (5-1) is placed first in the Telemach League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Rizvic has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team three years ago.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #7. International center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Croatian team Cedevita win their game against the league outsider Szolnok (2-8) 91-86 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. Nurkic scored 9 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (6-4) is placed third in the Adriatic League. This season Nurkic averages only 4.3ppg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #8. Point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Partizan win their game against the closely-ranked Cedevita (6-4) 58-55 in the Adriatic League last Sunday. He recorded 6 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (8-2) is placed second in the Adriatic League. Gordic's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #9. International forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany) helped ALBA Berlin win their game against the 12th-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (4-6) crushing them 91-65 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Djedovic scored 10 points. ALBA Berlin (6-2) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Djedovic has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Sasa Vasiljevic
Sasa Vasiljevic
   #10. Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Halychyna (9-6) in their last game. Despite Vasiljevic's very good performance Halychyna lost 75-82 on their home court in Lviv to the higher-ranked (#3) Budivelnyk. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Vasiljevic also added 3 passes in 20 minutes. This year Vasiljevic's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul to win against the ninth-ranked Tofas 74-66 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Bremer scored only 3 points and added 3 passes. Bremer has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Bremer used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year. He played also for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

   #12. International shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) helped PGE Turow win their game against the eighth-ranked Kotwica 96-80 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Opacak scored 9 points in 17 minutes. Opacak has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 2.0rpg in the seven games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. International forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Lipscomb, currently plays in Switzerland) was the main contributor in Monthey's victory against the closely-ranked Neuchatel 67-58 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Hodzic was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Hodzic is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Hodzic averages: 17.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

   #14. Former international guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Sloga (1-8) in their last game. Despite Popovic's very good performance Sloga lost 81-95 on the opponent's court to the league outsider (#17) Vrsac. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Popovic also added 8 passes in 33 minutes. Popovic is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.0apg and 1.4spg in the five games. Popovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2009.

   #15. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasa Vasiljevic and both played together in the last Ukrainian Superleague game. Ikonic, who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Halychyna (9-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Halychyna lost 75-82 on their home court in Lviv to the higher-ranked (#3) Budivelnyk. Ikonic was the second best scorer with 13 points in 24 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games. Ikonic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the ninth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (1-5) 77-67 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Planinic scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (5-1) is placed second in group A. Planinic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 4.6apg. He also averaged so far 11.4ppg and 4.0rpg in the five games he played so far. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #2. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey) was the main contributor in a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the 12th-ranked Turk Telekom (2-5) crushing them 103-81 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Bogdanovic recorded 18 points and added 3 assists. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (6-1) is placed third in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #3. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked s Oliver Baskets (1-2) crushing them 97-64 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Keselj scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Keselj averages: 5.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg in the three games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.

   #4. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Besiktas' victory against the 11th-ranked Hacettepe (2-5) 69-63 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. Markota had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. Besiktas Istanbul (4-3) is placed sixth in the TBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Markota's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.0apg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the 15th-ranked Assignia Manresa (1-8) 97-84 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Begic scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots. Real Madrid (9-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Begic's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.9rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #6. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine could not help Khimik (2-1) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's very good performance the second-placed Khimik was edged 88-86 on the road by the leading Gaz Metan in the group D of EuroChallenge. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He has dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #7. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary was not able to help Szolnok (2-8) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Szolnok lost 78-82 at home to the leading Igokea. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Sehovic also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.7apg in the six games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #8. Mato Peraica (203-C-81, currently plays in Croatia) helped Vrijednosnice OS win their game against the closely-ranked Krizevci crushing them 84-55 in the Croatian A1 last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Peraica had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. Peraica belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Peraica averages: 16.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6apg in the eight games.

   #9. Emir Zimic (215-C-86, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Tajfun win their game against the league outsider Polzela 90-82 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Zimic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Zimic also added 4 blocks in 26 minutes. Zimic is currently second on the list of best blockers with 1.5bpg. This year his other stats are: 6.0ppg and 5.2rpg in the six games.

   #10. Igor Josipovic (203-F/C-88, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Maribor Messer win their game against the ninth-ranked Grosuplje 79-68 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Josipovic scored 15 points. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg and 3.8rpg.


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 (T)

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


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. 28: Servitium - Posusje



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Sao Jose/Vinac one win away from Paulista League title - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Vinac - Pinheiros/Sky 82:65

Sao Jose/Vinac recorded the second victory in the Paulista League Finals. They overcame Pinheiros/Sky at home court to take 2-1 lead in the best-of-fiver series. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) accounted for 22 points and 7 assists to pace the hosts. The fourth and could-be decisive game of the series is scheduled for December 1.
Pinheiros/Sky led by three points after the starting quarter 16:13. Sao Jose/Vinac erased the deficit in the second term. They tied things up at 31 heading into the second part of the clash. Pinheiros/Sky put their noses in front in the third term. They snatched a narrow 54:53 lead at the final intermission. Sao Jose/Vinac responded with a massive rally in the final stanza. The hosts stunned Pinheiros/Sky with a 29:11 surge to seal the victory. Erick Camilo (203-F-92) provided 16 points and 6 boards, while Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) added 15 points for the winners. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) answered with 15 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Leonardo Morro (208-C-84) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Sao Jose/Vinac: Fulvio de Assis 22, Erick Camilo 16, Dede Stefanelli 15
Pinheiros/Sky: Joe Smith 15, Leonardo Morro 11



Roberto Mafra is back in Brazil - by Paulo Freire (T)

The Liga Sorocabana de Basquete basketball team announced as a new reinforcement for the NBB the forward Roberto Mafra (206-F/C-85, college: San Diego).
Mafra has 27 years old and 2.06 m tall and has the confidence of head coach Rinaldo Rodrigues to meet the needs of the team:
"Mafra is a technical player, experienced and he knows how to play forward or back to the basket, doing a good work in the pain, we can use him as a four or even in the five position. This is a position where we were deficient and now the options increase, since the NBB competition is very strong.
Roberto Mafra during his career played for Nautico (PE), Sport Recife (PE), Southeastern CC, University of San Diego (United States), CA Paulistano (SP) and Corinthians of Santa Cruz do Sul (RS), among others. The player begins to train in this Monday, March 26, with their new teammates.




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JR & Warner dig deep to pull off Shoot Out victory! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Another dominating performance from Halstead JR Chiverton saw the Warner University Royals overcome Puerto Rico-Cayey 96-66 and lift the Tropical Shoot Out winners Trophy on Saturday, November 24, 2012.

Chiverton finished the game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks and was named MVP. It feels good, I wasnt expecting it, but I would like to give thanks to the man up above because without him none of this would be possible, commented Chiverton.

The game itself saw an amazing turn around in fortunes at the half time break with Cayey causing the Royals all sorts of problems and in fact the team from Puerto Rico led for most of the first 20 minutes with number 7, Caez, scoring 15 points.

Chiverton and Bryce Kachinski responded with 11 points each to keep the scores close, but with the Royals struggling offensively Coach Sean Hanrahan was thankful when Antonio Ainsley drained a 3 pointer at the buzzer to give the Royals a 37-35 advantage and give him the chance for a locker room chat.

I told them not to panic, I told them its great we get an opportunity to compete in a close game because thats the only time you can really see what youre capable of. Do you point fingers or dig in a little deeper and stick to your principles and they dug deeper, stated Hanrahan.

The words struck home because the Royals never trailed again and completely controlled the second half. They reached 50 points before Cayey scored again, a period of over 5 minutes and the Royals were now able to turn their attention from not just winning the game, but also to reaching a 29 point margin that would hand them the Tournament Trophy.

We really tried to revamp some things defensively and thats where offense starts. We took some great shots and played some good defense noted Hanrahan.

Shortly after a Ray Victor field goal and the same player nailing 2 free throws the Royals reached the required winning margin for the first time at 80-51, but still had 7:32 left on the clock and Cayey were still fighting to get back into the game.

Santiago reduced the lead to 26 with back to back successful free throws and following an exchange of 2 pointers Caez sunk a 3 to make the difference just 26 with 4:46 remaining.

With 2:38 on the clock JR finally got back on the 3 point trail to put the Royals 28 up, Cayey reduced it again to just 25 with 1:35 left and then Victor drew a foul before scoring both his free throws. Mitch Rice next scored a 3 pointer and then with 34 seconds left Chiverton hit a 2 to seal the Tournament win.

Chiverton , who has plans to head to Europe at the end of his college days, put the second half resurgence down to his Coach The coach is such a humble man, I never met a coach like him , he told us to box out, stop giving up defensive rebounds and execute our offensive plays and we would win.

Victor who finished with 12 points and 2 assists was also a happy man it was very enjoyable he said especially the second half, those two points at the end felt very good and its been fantastic to be back playing at home.

"It's been a great weekend, said Hanrahan some great teams and a great experience.

Organisers Steve Parillon and Karl Scatliffe were finally able to relax knowing their dream had come to fruition and had been a great success our aim was always to maintain a professional tournament, which we have done. The teams have enjoyed their stay, the games were played at high level and although some of them were mismatched they all stayed competitive.

Parillon also commented on the improvements in JRs play Im very impressed with the way the BVI guys played, especially Chiverton. A lot of people misunderstand him as a player, but now we have seen him in an organized disciplined structure we can see what he is capable of. Hes a much more relaxed player!

The evenings first game saw Northwood University beat the University of the Virgin Islands 113-88.



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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)



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Ross' 41-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Jolly and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 41 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Jolly in his team's victory, helping them to crush Dubrovnik (#10, 1-7) with 24-point margin 105-81. Jolly maintains the 3rd position in Croatian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Ross had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Jolly and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ross is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.3ppg. Ross is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.1apg) and averages solid 2.4spg,55.7% FGP and 43.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic. He is a in his first season at Djuro Djakovic. In the last game Sarlija recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Djuro Djakovic was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Alkar Sinj (4-4) 73-71. This loss caused Djuro Djakovic to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sarlija is a newcomer at Djuro Djakovic 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 guard Tomislav Petrovic (203-G-85) of league's leader KK Zagreb. Petrovic scored 29 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of KK Zagreb, leading his team to a 102-79 easy win against the lower-ranked Osjecki Sokol (#9, 2-6). KK Zagreb confirms their top position in the standings Petrovic has a very solid season. In 8 games in Croatia he scored 10.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) of Darda - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ivica Radic (208-F-90) of Kvarner 2010 - 16 points and 15 rebounds
6. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Osjecki Sokol - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rudolf Jugo (183-PG-84) of Alkar Sinj - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95) of Jolly - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Bojan Krivec (188-G-87) of Kvarner 2010 - 21 points and 2 rebounds
10. Filip Bundovic (203-C-94) of Zabok - 24 points and 5 rebounds

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



Aleksandar Petrovic takes Cedevita under control - by Eurobasket News (T)

Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) takes Cedevita under control. 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.



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First win for Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD - by Michael Aristidou

In the game that concluded round 5 of Cyprus league Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios won Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia 81-69.



First scorer for the winners was veteran Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) with 17, also for Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia Melvin Baker (200-F-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Austin Peay St.) had 17.

Quarters: 22-21, 53-28, 60-53, 81-69



Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios: Hamilton 2, Lewis Sims 17 (1), Roland 12 (3), Anastasiadis 2, Razis 10 (1), Kounas 14 (2), Kaskiris 7, Bolden 17 (2)

Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia: Lee-Ingram 15 (2), Diggs 12, Kilaras, Konstantinou, Melvin Baker 17 (1), Ilic 11, Allen 14



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Javier Gonzalez Out at BC Kolin - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

BC Kolin, which have dropped four of their last five contests, including back-to-back humiliations at the hands of CEZ Nymburk, have parted ways with point guard JJavier Gonzalez (182-PG-89, college: N.Carolina St.) as of this past Friday the 23rd. A native of Puerto Rico, Gonzalez appeared in 10 contests for Kolin, but none since a November 11 84-88 loss versus Chomutov, averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals, but also turned the ball over nearly three-times per contest and shot 39.6% on two-point field goals. According to club manager Miroslav Sodom "With Javier Gonzalez we agreed to terminate the contract because it did not meet the performance we expected from him". Gonzalez, a product of North Carolina State, is in his second professional season after having played the 2011-12 season in Israel 's second division with Maccabi Hod Hasharon.


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Bighorns add Murphy to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Reno Bighorns added to their roster 22-year old guard Kevin Murphy (198-84kg-90, college: Tenn Tech). He just played at Utah Jazz in the NBA. But in three games this season he recorded only 1.3ppg.
This summer he was drafted by Drafted by? Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (47th overall). Murphy just graduated from Tennessee Tech University and it is his first season in pro basketball (including missed ones). His team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2012.
Murphy was voted All-OVC 1st Team in 2001 and 2012 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Economics of Development - by Julius Johnson




Brownlee is back at Maine Red Claws - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maine Red Claws signed 24-year old forward Justin Brownlee (201-105kg-88, college: St.Johns). Its actually his comeback to Maine Red Claws as he played here before. Brownlee played last summer at Brussels in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas, which is considered top international summer league on the market. In four ESL games he had 12.0ppg and 4.3rpg.
His team made it to the NJCAA Semifinals in 2009.
Brownlee has played also professionally in Mexico (Toros).
He attended St.Johns University until 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maine Red Claws cut Raheem Singleton - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maine Red Claws cut 23-year old point guard Raheem Singleton (182-84kg-89, college: Maine).
He just graduated from University of Maine and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Singleton received NJCAA D2 All-American 3rd Team award in 2010 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Valencia lose Serhiy Lishchuk to injury - by Eurobasket News

Valencia lost one of their key players. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) got injured in the game versus Barcelona in the latest ACB round. The injury is expected to keep sidelined for about three weeks. Serhiy Lishchuk is in his fourth season with the Spanish team. He has solid stats current season. The forward notches 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per EuroCup game. In ACB his stats read 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per appearance.


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Aleksandar Petrovic takes Cedevita under control - by Eurobasket News (T)

Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Beo Basket ) takes Cedevita under control. 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.



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Fiji nip New Caledonia - by Eurobasket News

Fiji- New Caledonia 79:74

Fiji nip New Caledonia in their start at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. They needed 79:74 win for the first success.
New Caledonia erupted with 31-18 in the first period, but could not win the game. Both teams nailed 18 points in the second frame for 13-point advantage at the halftime. Fiji looked outstanding in the second half and posted two necessary victories. They needed 19-11 in the third period and finished the game with 24-14 in the last stanza.
Filimoni Vulimailaucala top-scored for the winners with 15 points and George Patterson tossed in 14. Walter Vuruya delivered 12 points, while Josaia Qalotaki had 10. Nicolas Cedare-Wimian finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort and Gabriel Honda scored 14. O'Bryan Martin netted 13, Loic Meztdorf had 12 and Alexis Abenzoar brought 10.

Fiji: Filimoni Vulimailaucala 15, George Patterson 14, Walter Vuruya 12, Josaia Qalotaki 10
New Caledonia: Nicolas Cedare-Wimian 15, Gabriel Honda 14, O'Bryan Martin 13, Loic Meztdorf 12, Alexis Abenzoar 10



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 6-2 
 2. Le Mans 6-2 
 3. ASVEL 5-3 
 4. Gravelines 5-3 
 5. Cholet 5-3 
 6. Paris-Levallois 5-3 
 7. Strasbourg 4-4 
 8. Nanterre 4-4 
 9. Limoges 4-4 
 10. Le Havre 3-5 
 11. Nancy 3-5 
 12. Dijon 3-5 
 13. Poitiers 3-5 
 14. Boulazac 3-5 
 15. Roanne 3-5 
 16. Orleans 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 24: Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 89-72
Nov. 24: Le Havre - ASVEL 81-77
Nov. 24: Nancy - Dijon 78-74
Nov. 24: Poitiers - Nanterre 70-68
Nov. 24: Cholet - Boulazac 68-67
Nov. 24: Roanne - Limoges 67-71
Nov. 26: Le Mans - Chalon 66-80
Nov. 24: Orleans - Gravelines 58-75

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 1: Strasbourg - Nancy
Dec. 1: Gravelines - Cholet
Dec. 1: Poitiers - ASVEL
Dec. 1: Boulazac - Orleans
Dec. 1: Dijon - Roanne
Dec. 1: Chalon - Paris-Levallois
Dec. 1: Nanterre - Le Mans
Dec. 1: Limoges - Le Havre


ProA Round 8: Le Mans lose a game and the top position to Chalon/Saor - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Le Mans (6-2) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Chalon/Saor (6-2) 80-66. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Le Mans. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 5-2 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Le Mans managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Kevin Houston (178-85, college: Long Beach St.) who added 10 points and 9 assists during the contest. International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Le Mans. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Le Mans will play against JSF Nanterre (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (5-3) against thirteenth ranked STB Le Havre (3-5) on Saturday night. Visiting ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated by STB Le Havre in a tough game in Le Havre 77-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The winners were led by American point guard D.J. Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian St.) who scored that evening 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and Vlad Moldoveanu supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even 21 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) did not help to save the game for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. STB Le Havre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. STB Le Havre will play against higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Poitiers (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Poitiers managed to get a third victory on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked JSF Nanterre 70-68. The best player for the winners was Ahmad Nivins who scored 20 points. Chris Warren produced 13 points for the guests. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Poitiers (3-5) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser JSF Nanterre dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Limoges and Strasbourg. Poitiers will meet at home higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play against the league's second-placed Le Mans (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 10th ranked Boulazac Basket (3-5) to sixth ranked Cholet (5-3) 68-67 on Saturday evening. Marcus Goree saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Cholet moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) on the road. Boulazac Basket will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#16).
Seventh ranked Paris-Levallois (5-3) crushed at home 8th ranked Strasbourg IG (4-4) by 17 points 89-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Antoine Diot who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Paris-Levallois moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Strasbourg IG lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Paris-Levallois will face league's leader Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Strasbourg IG will play against Sluc Nancy (#11).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Limoges won against Roanne on the opponent's court 71-67. Nancy managed to outperform Dijon in a home game 78-74. Gravelines managed to beat Orleans on the road 75-58.


Le Mans - Chalon 66-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Le Mans (6-2) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Chalon/Saor (6-2) 80-66. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Le Mans. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 5-2 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Le Mans managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Kevin Houston (178-85, college: Long Beach St.) who added 10 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points and American guard Khalid El-Amin (178-79, college: Connecticut) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Le Mans. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Le Mans will play against JSF Nanterre (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: C.Kahudi 17+3reb+3ast, K.El-Amin 13+2reb+5ast, P.Sy 11+2reb, A.Koffi 9+2reb, C.Victor 6+4reb+1ast, H.Kahudi 4+2reb+2ast
Chalon: S.Williams 13+7reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 13+6reb+3ast, B.Schilb 12+3reb+4ast, K.Houston 10+3reb+9ast, J.Aboudou 9+1reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 9+7reb
gschID: 178901


Roanne - Limoges 67-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Limoges CSP Elite and 11th ranked Chorale de Roanne had identical 3-4 record. But Chorale de Roanne was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Limoges 71-67 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Panagiotis Giannakis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points and American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite (4-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Strasbourg and Nanterre. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face STB Le Havre (#10) at home in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play against JDA Dijon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roanne: P.Amagou 18+1reb+2ast, V.Samnick 15+6reb, C.Collins 12+9reb, Y.Sangare 11+3reb+4ast, R.Reid 9+2reb, W.Gradit 2+1reb+4ast
Limoges: K.McAlarney 15+2reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 15+6reb+1ast, J.Brockman 12+11reb+2ast, B.Wanamaker 7+4reb+5ast, R.Desroses 6+2reb, T.Walker 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 178907


Poitiers - Nanterre 70-68

Bottom-ranked Poitiers managed to get a third victory on Saturday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked JSF Nanterre 70-68. JSF Nanterre was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 20 points. point guard Boris Dallo (197-94) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) produced 13 points and his fellow American import swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Poitiers (3-5) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser JSF Nanterre dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Limoges and Strasbourg. Poitiers will meet at home higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play against the league's second-placed Le Mans (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 13+1reb, C.Massie 10+3reb, X.Corosine 10+2reb, C.Oliver 10+2reb, T.Meacham 8+1reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 6+4reb+1ast
Poitiers: A.Nivins 20+2reb+1ast, A.Smith 17+2reb+1ast, B.Dallo 10+4reb+6ast, J.Gray 9+2ast, P.Guillard 6+3reb+2ast, L.Kante 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 178906


Nancy - Dijon 78-74

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (3-5) defeated at home higher ranked JDA Dijon (3-5) 78-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sluc Nancy made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sluc Nancy made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Guard David Melody (184-77) responded with 21 points and American swingman Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU) scored 11 points and 4 assists. JDA Dijon's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sluc Nancy moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated JDA Dijon. Sluc Nancy will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Dijon: D.Melody 21+2ast, L.Owens 11+3reb+4ast, T.Campbell 10+4ast, A.Harris 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Moss 8+7reb+1ast, L.Aboudou 6+2reb
Nancy: S.King 23+10reb+3ast, M.Sommerville 17+5reb+4ast, T.Martin 14+5reb+2ast, S.Diabate 9+4reb+7ast, N.Pope 7+1reb+5ast, B.Merriex 5
gschID: 178905


Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 89-72

Seventh ranked Paris-Levallois (5-3) crushed at home 8th ranked Strasbourg IG (4-4) by 17 points 89-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Strasbourg IG was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of international point guard Antoine Diot (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) who added 22 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Strasbourg IG lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Paris-Levallois will face league's leader Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Strasbourg IG will play against Sluc Nancy (#11).
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: G.Fitch 17+5reb+1ast, R.Greer 16+7reb+6ast, A.Ajinca 14+6reb+2ast, H.Invernizzi 11+3reb+1ast, L.Campbell 6+2reb+5ast, J.Greer 4+1reb+2ast
Paris-Levallois: A.Diot 33+3reb+2ast, S.May 22+11reb+2ast, J.Cox 15+1ast, J.Williams 11+7reb+2ast, A.Albicy 5+1reb+6ast, M.N'Doye 3+1reb
gschID: 178904


Le Havre - ASVEL 81-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (5-3) against thirteenth ranked STB Le Havre (3-5) on Saturday night. Visiting ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated by STB Le Havre in a tough game in Le Havre 77-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. STB Le Havre players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by American point guard D.J. Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian St.) who scored that evening 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: the other American import) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even 21 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) did not help to save the game for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. American forward Tim Abromaitis (203-89, college: Notre Dame) added 9 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. STB Le Havre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. STB Le Havre will play against higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Poitiers (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 21+4reb+4ast, M.Thompson 17+1reb+2ast, A.Sy 10+4reb+3ast, T.Abromaitis 9+11reb+1ast, G.Joseph 9+2reb+2ast, T.Larrouquis 7+2reb
Le Havre: V.Moldoveanu 17+5reb, D.Thompson 16+8reb+8ast, B.King 13+2reb+3ast, B.Smith 9+3reb+2ast, G.Brown 9+5reb, G.Pitard 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 178903


Cholet - Boulazac 68-67

A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 10th ranked Boulazac Basket (3-5) to sixth ranked Cholet (5-3) 68-67 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Boulazac Basket took an 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cholet took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. American-Nigerian forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, college: Texas Arlington) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Naturalized Swiss power forward David Ramseier (203-87) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Darnell Harris (181-86, college: La Salle) added 18 points in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Cholet moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) on the road. Boulazac Basket will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#16).
Top scorers:
Boulazac: D.Harris 18+3reb+2ast, D.Ramseier 15+9reb, O.Eldridge 14+6reb+2ast, A.Kerckhof 8+7reb+2ast, Y.Gaillou 5+1reb, J.Hawkins 5+3reb+1ast
Cholet: M.Goree 23+10reb+3ast, D.Obasohan 11+1reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 9+1reb+2ast, K.Souchu 8+4reb, R.Gobert 6+3reb, T.Everett 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 178902


Orleans - Gravelines 58-75

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (2-6) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (5-3) 75-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who added 23 points during the contest. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Entente Orleans 45 dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Cholet (#5) at home in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Boulazac Basket (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: B.Greene 12+5reb+2ast, J.Young 12, F.Raposo Laurencio 10+4reb+1ast, M.Pellin 8+3reb+6ast, C.Green 8+9reb+1ast, B.Osby 6+4reb
Gravelines: D.Buycks 23+3reb+2ast, L.Vaty 18+11reb+2ast, O.Camara 15+5reb, A.M'Baye 10+1reb+1ast, J.Johnson 3+3reb, D.Noel 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 178900



Strasbourg adds Duport to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Strasbourg IG (ProA) added to their roster 26-year old center Romain Duport (215-117kg-86). He already started the season at Cholet Basket (ProA). The last season he also played at Cholet. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Duport had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 17 ProA games last year he recorded 5.3ppg and 3.5rpg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had 6 points and 2 rebounds. Duport also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.5ppg and 4.0rpg.
His team won French Supercup in 2011.
Duport was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2006.
He has played previously for two other French teams: STB Le Havre and Angers BC 49.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.20.5 
 2. Diot, Paris-Levall.18.0 
 3. Nivins, Poitiers17.8 
 4. King, Le Havre16.9 
 5. Buycks, Gravelines16.4 
 6. Goree, Cholet16.0 
 7. Jackson, AS.16.0 
 8. Monroe, Boulazac15.7 
 9. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.6 
 10. Diabate, Nancy15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darryl MONROE
  Boulazac
  (202-C/F-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Monroe, Boulazac9.0 
 2. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.8.3 
 3. Collins, Roanne8.1 
 4. McKenzie, Boulazac8.0 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.8 
 6. May, Paris-Levallo.7.4 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers7.3 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg7.3 
 9. King, Nancy6.9 
 10. Green, Orleans6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marc-Antoine PELLIN
  Orleans
  (169-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Pellin, Orleans7.0 
 2. King, Le Havre6.3 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.1 
 4. Tchicamboud, Cha.6.0 
 5. Everett, Cholet5.5 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 7. Diabate, Nancy4.5 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.4 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Campbell, Stras.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Paris-Le.
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.4 
 2. Campbell, Stras.2.4 
 3. Williams, Paris-.2.4 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.2 
 5. Jomby, Cholet2.1 
 6. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
 7. Boungou Colo, Limo.1.9 
 8. Diabate, Nancy1.9 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 10. Dobbins, Poitiers1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gobert, Cholet2.2 
 2. King, Nancy2.1 
 3. Walker, Limoges1.4 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 5. Fofana, Le Havre1.3 
 6. Sy, AS.1.3 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 8. Issa, Le Mans1.1 
 9. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 10. Jean-B., Chalon1.0 


NM2 round 10: Pornic got very close victory over USA Toulouges - by Jean Pierre

A very close game took place in Toulouges between Pornic and local team. Tenth ranked Pornic (5-5) got a very sweet away victory over higher ranked USA Toulouges (6-4). Home team leaded most time of this game but Pornic managed to escape with 3 points win 81-84. " I am very disappointed. We lead all the game but at the end players got frustrated and everyone wanned to make their own play. We did not do things in order" said USA Toulouges head coach Laurent Kleefstra.
Pornic's key to the victory where post players Jerome Vachin (25pts) and Lithuanian center Paulius Joneliunas (20pts, 18reb and 2bl). Fitzgerald scored 30pts for Toulouges.



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  GERMANY   

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

Nov. 24: Herten Lions - Dorsten 98-87
Nov. 24: Wulfen - BSW Sixers 95-79
Nov. 24: Dragons - Konstanz 94-78
Nov. 24: Hanau - Bayer Giants 93-97 OT
Nov. 24: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Stahnsdorf 86-77
Nov. 24: TSV Troester - Fraport SKY II 86-72
Nov. 25: Dresden - Noerdlingen 85-95
Nov. 24: Recklinghausen - Rist Wedel 80-91
Nov. 24: SU Medien - Oldenburg 80-82
Nov. 24: Leitershofen - Langen 70-77
Nov. 24: Weissenhorn - Licher Baeren 68-58
Nov. 24: Schwelm - Hannover 101-79

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



BBL Round 10: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

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

BBL round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader ratiopharm Ulm (8-3) against fourteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (4-6) 78-62 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-62. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 22 ratiopharm Ulm turnovers. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Devin Gibson (182-89, college: UTSA) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 assists. Forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds for ratiopharm Ulm. ratiopharm Ulm's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen and s.Oliver Baskets. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Brose Bask.. ratiopharm Ulm will play next round against league's leader Brose Bask. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg.
Another interesting game for Artland Dragons (7-3) which played on the court of BBC Bayreuth (6-4). Fourth ranked Artland Dragons had an easy win 88-78. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Petar Popovic chipped in 17 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. BBC Bayreuth's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with EWE Baskets. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Artland Dragons will play against Walter Tigers (#14) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bremerhaven between ALBA Berlin and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Seventh ranked ALBA Berlin (6-2) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (5-5). ALBA Berlin managed to escape with a 1-point win 70-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Deon Thompson notched 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 23 points by Stanley Burrell did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with B.Muenchen. ALBA Berlin will meet at home Bayern Muenchen (#8) in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked LTi 46ers managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Telekom Baskets in Giessen 88-79. American players dominated also this game. LaQuan Prowell fired 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. LTi 46ers maintains eighteenth position with 2-8 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side keep the tenth place with five games lost. LTi 46ers' next round opponent will be higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#16) in Braunschweig and it may be quite challenging game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-7) and Mitteldeutscher BC (3-8), which took place in Weissenfels. 14th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg was outleveled in a road game by seventeenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC 96-76 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for Chad Timberlake who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC maintains seventeenth position with 3-8 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will face higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Brose Bask. smashed Walter Tigers on the road 76-56. s.Oliver Baskets lost to TBB Trier on its own court 62-69. Phoenix Hagen were outscored by EWE Baskets in Oldenburg 62-113. B.Muenchen recorded a loss to NY Phantoms at home 73-78.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 23 points and 11 rebounds by Konrad Wysocki of EWE Baskets.


Walter Tigers - Brose Bask. 56-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Brose Bask. (8-1) crushed 13th ranked Walter Tigers (3-6) in Tuebingen 76-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Bask.. Walter Tigers was better in third quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Bask. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Walter Tigers' players. It was a very good performance for American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. Brose Bask.'s coach Chris Fleming used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-87) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Walter Tigers. Brose Bask. have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Walter Tigers dropped to the fourteenth place with six games lost. Brose Bask. will face league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Walter Tigers will play against Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Lischka 13+9reb+1ast, R.Redding 9+8reb+3ast, C.Wells 9+2reb+1ast, T.Nash 6+6reb+1ast, V.Duggins 6+2reb, J.Young 5+3reb+1ast
Brose Bask.: S.Ford 16+11reb+1ast, T.Gipson 16+3reb+2ast, A.Gavel 14+3reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 12+7reb+5ast, C.Jacobsen 9+3reb+2ast, B.Nachbar 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 183895


Fraport SKY - Ratiopharm 78-62

BBL round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader ratiopharm Ulm (8-3) against fourteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (4-6) 78-62 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-62. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 22 ratiopharm Ulm turnovers. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Devin Gibson (182-89, college: UTSA) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 assists. Forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) added 18 points in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. ratiopharm Ulm's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen and s.Oliver Baskets. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Brose Bask.. ratiopharm Ulm will play next round against league's leader Brose Bask. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: A.Ray 18+2reb, D.Watts 11+8reb+3ast, J.Bryant 10+6reb+2ast, P.Guenther 6+1ast, S.Betz 6+2reb, K.Nankivil 3+3reb
Fraport SKY: Z.Peacock 18+6reb+2ast, D.Gibson 17+3reb+6ast, D.Dowell 10+5reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 10+4reb+4ast, J.Voigtmann 8+5reb, D.Barthel 8+1reb
gschID: 183896


Bremerhaven - ALBA 69-70

A very close game took place in Bremerhaven between ALBA Berlin and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Seventh ranked ALBA Berlin (6-2) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (5-5). ALBA Berlin managed to escape with a 1-point win 70-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) notched 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 12 points. Even 23 points by American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. His fellow American import guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. ALBA Berlin have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with B.Muenchen. ALBA Berlin will meet at home Bayern Muenchen (#8) in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: S.Burrell 23+2reb+3ast, S.Jackson 11+5reb+3ast, K.Waleskowski 10+8reb, A.Harris 8+2reb+1ast, S.Morrison 8+7reb, J.Stommes 4+4reb
ALBA: D.Thompson 21+5reb, V.Avdalovic 12+4reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 9+3reb+3ast, Z.Morley 9+5reb+2ast, Y.Idbihi 8+5reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 183894


LTi 46ers - Telekom Baskets 88-79

Bottom-ranked LTi 46ers managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Telekom Baskets in Giessen 88-79. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. LTi 46ers brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American players dominated also this game. LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) respectively for lost side. Four LTi 46ers and five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. LTi 46ers maintains eighteenth position with 2-8 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side keep the tenth place with five games lost. LTi 46ers' next round opponent will be higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#16) in Braunschweig and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 19+5reb+1ast, R.Vaden 15+1reb+3ast, K.Weems 13+11reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 12+3reb+2ast, J.Jordan 11+5reb+7ast, P.Ewing Jr. 7+3reb+2ast
LTi 46ers: L.Prowell 22+5reb+3ast, R.Brooks 22+7reb+1ast, D.Harris 21+3reb+6ast, E.Ovcina 12+6reb+3ast, J.Perkovic 7+5reb, O.Fassler 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 183893


s.Oliver Baskets - TBB Trier 62-69

Very expected game when 12th ranked s Oliver Baskets (4-6) lost to seventh ranked TBB Trier (6-3) in Wuerzburg 62-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. TBB Trier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TBB Trier forced 21 s Oliver Baskets turnovers. s Oliver Baskets were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international Andreas Seiferth (209-89) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 11 points for the winners. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TBB Trier moved-up to sixth place. Loser s Oliver Baskets dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. TBB Trier will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#4) in Oldenburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. s Oliver Baskets will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: D.Anderson 17+12reb+2ast, J.McKinney 15+5reb+2ast, J.Little 10+4reb+2ast, L.McIntosh 6+1reb+1ast, A.King 5+3reb, J.Boone 4+4reb
TBB Trier: A.Seiferth 14+5reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 11+5reb, B.Stewart 11+4reb+1ast, B.Harper 9+3reb, J.Howell 6+7reb, N.Linhart 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 183889


Bayreuth - Art.Dragons 78-88

Another interesting game for Artland Dragons (7-3) which played on the court of BBC Bayreuth (6-4). Fourth ranked Artland Dragons had an easy win 88-78. BBC Bayreuth was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Artland Dragons made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Petar Popovic (211-79) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Nicolai Simon (190-87) scored 12 points and 4 assists. BBC Bayreuth's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with EWE Baskets. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Artland Dragons will play against Walter Tigers (#14) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: J.Cain 19+8reb, N.Simon 12+4reb+4ast, J.Trapani 10+6reb, G.McGhee 9+2reb, B.Bailey 9+3reb+2ast, S.Schmidt 6+3reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: A.King 17+5reb, P.Popovic 17+3reb, A.Drevo 14+1reb, B.Taylor 12+3reb+1ast, J.Strasser 7+3reb+5ast, G.Gruenheid 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 183890


MBC - Neckar L'burg 96-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-7) and Mitteldeutscher BC (3-8), which took place in Weissenfels. 14th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg was outleveled in a road game by seventeenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC 96-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Mitteldeutscher BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.0 percent from the field and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kammron Taylor (188-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) added 16 points in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC maintains seventeenth position with 3-8 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will face higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: J.Turek 23+11reb+1ast, K.Taylor 16+1reb+2ast, L.Staiger 13+3reb+1ast, D.Weaver 6+6reb, D.Jackson 5+2reb, M.Weber 5+4reb
MBC: C.Timberlake 19+6reb+10ast, P.Heyden 11+2reb, M.Curry 11+4reb+2ast, S.Leutloff 11+1reb+3ast, K.Beidler 11+2reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 9+6reb
gschID: 183891


EWE Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 113-62

Very predictable result when fourth ranked EWE Baskets (7-3) rolled over 11th ranked Phoenix Hagen (4-6) in Oldenburg 113-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. EWE Baskets shot 40 for 62 from the free-throw line, while Phoenix Hagen only scored eleven points from the stripe. EWE Baskets had a 34-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Phoenix Hagen's players. Phoenix Hagen was plagued by 38 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Dutch forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) replied with 16 points and naturalized American swingman Adam Hess (201-81, college: William & Mary) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. EWE Baskets moved-up to third place, which they share with Art.Dragons. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. EWE Baskets will face TBB Trier (#6) on the road in the next round. Phoenix Hagen will play against BBC Bayreuth (#7).
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 16+2reb+1ast, L.Gordon 11+4reb+1ast, A.Hess 7+9reb+1ast, B.Kruel 6+3reb+1ast, M.Dorris 6+4reb+1ast, D.Bell 5+3reb
EWE Baskets: K.Wysocki 23+11reb+2ast, R.Smeulders 21+5reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 17+3reb+4ast, J.Freese 15+10reb+2ast, C.Kramer 12+4reb+2ast, R.Paulding 11+6reb+3ast
gschID: 183892


B.Muenchen - NY Phantoms 73-78

There was an upset when higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (5-5) lost at home to sixteenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (3-7) 78-73 on Saturday. Bayern Muenchen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and international Jan-Hendrik Jagla (211-81, college: Penn St.) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Bayern Muenchen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Neckar L'burg. Loser Bayern Muenchen keeps the eighth position with five games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will face bottom-ranked LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen in the next round.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 17+1reb+4ast, C.Troutman 14+3reb+2ast, J.Jagla 10+7reb+4ast, L.Roberts 10+7reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 8+3reb+4ast, B.Thomas 7+4reb+3ast
NY Phantoms: H.NaNa 23+7reb+2ast, J.Davis 14+1reb+1ast, I.McElroy 13+4reb+1ast, D.Schroeder 13+8reb+6ast, E.Boateng 9+6reb, C.Mitchell 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 183888



Haakim Johnson ends Crailsheim stint - by Moritz Korff (T)

The Crailsheim Merlins (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have parted company with Haakim Johnson (201-G-87, college: Pikeville). "When you are not going into the same direction, than it is better to go seperate ways", sport director Ingo Enskat told swp.de. 25-year-old Johnson appeared in nine Pro A encounters for the Crailsheim team, scoring 10.2 points per contest. He also pulled down five rebounds a game. Johnson had his best performance for the Merlins in late October, when dropping a double-double (19 points, 11 boards) on BG Karlsruhe.
The Merlins have already found a player to replace Johnson, his name will be unveiled shortly.


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm17.6 
 2. Brooks, LTi 46ers16.9 
 3. Burrell, Bremerha.16.4 
 4. Thompson, ALBA16.0 
 5. Turek, Neckar L.15.4 
 6. Nachbar, Brose B.15.3 
 7. Scott, Fraport SKY14.7 
 8. Baxter, LTi 46ers14.6 
 9. Anderson, s.Oliv.14.5 
 10. White, Phoenix14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Burtschi, Bremerha.7.3 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.3 
 5. Gordon, Phoenix6.9 
 6. McGhee, Bayreuth6.9 
 7. Boone, s.Oliver.6.7 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen6.7 
 9. Troutman, B.Mue.6.5 
 10. Lischka, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.3 
 2. Gibson, Fraport SKY4.5 
 3. White, Phoenix4.2 
 4. Harris, LTi 46ers3.9 
 5. Redding, Walter T.3.9 
 6. Joyce, EWE Baskets3.8 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.3.7 
 8. Burrell, Bremerha.3.7 
 9. Wood, ALBA3.5 
 10. Avdalovic, ALBA3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Wayne BERNARD
  Neckar L.
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 2. Wood, ALBA1.9 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.9 
 4. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.8 
 5. White, Phoenix1.7 
 6. Robertson, Fraport1.5 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.4 
 8. Morley, ALBA1.4 
 9. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.2 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.8 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 4. Ford, Brose Bask.1.3 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.3 
 6. Zirbes, Brose Bask.1.3 
 7. Fields, LTi 46ers1.3 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.1 
 10. Boateng, NY Phan.1.1 



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  GREECE   

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

South

Nov. 25: Esperos Patras - Aetos 83-89
Nov. 25: Doukas - Holargos 81-68

North

Nov. 25: Filippos Veroias - Ionikos N.F. 81-64

South

Nov. 25: Halkidas - Near East 78-70

North

Nov. 25: Metamorfosi - Doxa Pefkon 77-74

South

Nov. 25: AEK Athens - Panerythraikos 77-64

North

Nov. 25: Marousi - Ionikos Ionias 77-59
Nov. 25: Anatolia - Stratoni 73-78
Nov. 25: MENT - Periko/Arhelaos 71-73

South

Nov. 25: Enosi - Psyhiko 67-78
Nov. 25: Kronos AD - Perama Ermis 58-50

North

Nov. 25: Egaleo - Aias Evosmou 104-84

Regular Season: Round 8

North

Dec. 2: Stratoni - Metamorfosi
Dec. 2: Ionikos Ionias - Anatolia
Dec. 2: Periko/Arhelaos - Marousi
Dec. 2: Doxa Pefkon - Filippos Veroias
Dec. 2: Ionikos N.F. - Egaleo
Dec. 2: Aias Evosmou - Iraklis

South

Dec. 2: Aetos - Diagoras
Dec. 2: Psyhiko - Esperos Patras
Dec. 2: Holargos - Enosi
Dec. 2: Perama Ermis - AEK Athens
Dec. 2: Panerythraikos - Halkidas
Dec. 2: Near East - Amyntas Dafnis


Kavala signs coach Angelos Koronios - by Eurobasket News (T)

Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) signed 43-year old coach Angelos Koronios. He has coached for the last four seasons at AEK Athens (B). He celebrated A2 title in 2007.
Koronios has coached previously another Greek team: Alimos. He is the third head coach for Kavalas since the start of the current season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



A1 Round 7: Leader Olympiacos get another victory - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Undefeated leader Olympiacos delivered the seventh consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Kolossos (3-4) 88-72 in Rodou. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Kolossos managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kolossos 41-22 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Olympiacos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Kyle Hines (198-86) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) produced 17 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Olympiacos (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Kolossos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Olympiacos are looking forward to face Aris (#11) in Thessaloniki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kolossos will play on the road against Ikaros (#6) in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Kavala (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-82 loss to eighth ranked Ikaros (4-3) in Kavala. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Danny Gibson contributed with 23 points for the winners. Ikaros' coach Dimitris Priftis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) answered with 26 points and 5 assists for Kavala. Ikaros moved-up to sixth place. Kavala lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Ikaros will play against Kolossos (#10) in Rodou in the next round. Kavala will play on the road against KAOD (#9) in Dramas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Athens between Peristeri GS and KAOD. Tenth ranked Peristeri GS (3-4) got a very close home victory over higher ranked KAOD (3-4). Peristeri GS managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 in the fight for the seventh place. It was a great evening for Nontas Papantoniou who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Preston Knowles responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Peristeri GS moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KAOD. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Panathinaikos (5-2) outscored 11th ranked Panelefsiniakos (2-5) 95-68. It was a quality performance for Stephane Lasme who led the winners and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They moved-up to third place, which they share with PAOK and AGOR. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#2) and Ilysiakos (#13). Despite it looked like an easy game for Panionios, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Ilysiakos challenged much higher ranked Panionios giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 75-69. Christopher Booker fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios maintains second place with 6-1 record behind leader Olympiacos. Ilysiakos lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with six games lost. Panionios will face Panelefsiniakos (#12) in Eleusina in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

In the last two games of round 7 Apollon Patras was defeated by AGOR in Rethymno 77-71. Aris was beaten by PAOK at home 63-72.
The best stats of 7th round was 18 points and 12 rebounds by William Coleman of Kavala.


Panathinaikos - Panelefsiniakos 95-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Panathinaikos (5-2) outscored 11th ranked Panelefsiniakos (2-5) 95-68. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Panelefsiniakos was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Panelefsiniakos' 32. Panathinaikos forced 19 Panelefsiniakos turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Panelefsiniakos' players. 27 personal fouls committed by Panelefsiniakos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Kostas Tsartsaris (209-79) accounted for 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) came up with 13 points and 9 assists and the former international guard Nikos Papanikolopoulos (192-79) added 14 points respectively for Panelefsiniakos in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They moved-up to third place, which they share with PAOK and AGOR. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Papanikolopoulos 14+1reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 13+3reb+9ast, C.Deligiannis 9+1reb, H.Kamp 7+3reb, G.Tsiakos 6+7reb, T.Nikou 6+2reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: K.Tsartsaris 15+3reb+2ast, M.Bramos 14+2ast, S.Lasme 14+7reb+2ast, H.Armstrong 11+3reb+1ast, D.Kitchen 11+4reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 203583


AGOR - Apollon Patras 77-71

There was no surprise in Rethymno where 7th ranked Apollon Patras (3-4) was defeated by fifth ranked AGOR (5-2) 77-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. AGOR made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Apollon Patras was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard J'Covan Brown (185-90, college: Texas) chipped in 15 points. point guard Nikos Argyropoylos (186-78) produced 23 points and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for AGOR. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panathinaikos and PAOK. Newly promoted Apollon Patras keeps the seventh position with four games lost. AGOR will face PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 23+3reb+2ast, L.Turner 13+3reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 11+9reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 10+1ast, K.Grant 6+2reb+1ast, I.Lianos 5+4reb
AGOR: J.Brown 15+2reb, D.Latovic 13+7reb+1ast, C.Colimon 12+1reb, U.Duvnjak 10+1reb, M.Antonio Carter 8+1reb, B.Petway 5+5reb
gschID: 203584


Peristeri GS - KAOD 78-76

A very close game took place in Athens between Peristeri GS and KAOD. Tenth ranked Peristeri GS (3-4) got a very close home victory over higher ranked KAOD (3-4). Peristeri GS managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 in the fight for the seventh place. KAOD was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Peristeri GS forced 19 KAOD turnovers. Strangely KAOD outrebounded Peristeri GS 41-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Preston Knowles (185-89, college: Louisville) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Peristeri GS moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KAOD. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
KAOD: P.Knowles 22+9reb+3ast, K.Palmer 14+7reb+1ast, T.Zaras 13+1reb+2ast, K.Kakaroudis 12+2reb+1ast, G.Michel 6+10reb, D.Kalaitzidis 3+2reb+2ast
Peristeri GS: A.Kanonidis 16+6reb+3ast, D.Kompodietas 15+1ast, N.Papantoniou 14+7reb+5ast, A.Mantzaris 11+6reb+1ast, A.Psaropoulos 8+1reb, A.Petroulas 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 203582


Kavala - Ikaros 82-83

Bottom-ranked Kavala (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-82 loss to eighth ranked Ikaros (4-3) in Kavala. Kavala was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Ikaros, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Kavala 36-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Ikaros' coach Dimitris Priftis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) answered with 26 points and 5 assists and American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Kavala. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. Ikaros moved-up to sixth place. Kavala lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Ikaros will play against Kolossos (#10) in Rodou in the next round. Kavala will play on the road against KAOD (#9) in Dramas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kavala: Y.Gagaloudis 26+3reb+5ast, W.Coleman 18+12reb+1ast, A.Grundy 15+3ast, S.Manolopoulos 12+2reb+2ast, N.Stylianou 7+3reb, S.Iliev 2
Ikaros: A.Kiritsis 23+6reb+4ast, D.Gibson 23+3ast, V.Symtsak 14+9reb+1ast, M.Faye 8+6reb+1ast, Z.Vrkic 7+7reb+2ast, A.Mitsialos 3+7reb
gschID: 203581


Kolossos - Olympiacos 72-88

Undefeated leader Olympiacos delivered the seventh consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Kolossos (3-4) 88-72 in Rodou. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Kolossos managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kolossos 41-22 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Olympiacos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Kyle Hines (198-86) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) produced 17 points and the former international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Kolossos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Olympiacos are looking forward to face Aris (#11) in Thessaloniki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kolossos will play on the road against Ikaros (#6) in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: G.Kalambokis 17+2reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 15+1reb+2ast, L.Dendy 11+1reb, F.Koumpouras 11+3reb, K.Langford 8+4reb+2ast, G.Kalaitzis 4+2reb+1ast
Olympiacos: K.Hines 14+11reb, G.Printezis 14+4reb+3ast, E.Mantzaris 10+7reb+3ast, K.Papanikolaou 10+2reb+1ast, J.Powell 10+8reb, P.Antic 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 203580


Ilysiakos - Panionios 69-75

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#2) and Ilysiakos (#13). Despite it looked like an easy game for Panionios, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Ilysiakos challenged much higher ranked Panionios giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 75-69. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Panionios made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Panionios outrebounded Ilysiakos 33-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) chipped in 15 points. American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) produced 21 points and the other American import forward Andrew Jones (208-87, college: Penn St.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios maintains second place with 6-1 record behind leader Olympiacos. Ilysiakos lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with six games lost. Panionios will face Panelefsiniakos (#12) in Eleusina in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: M.Hampton 21+1reb+3ast, A.Jones 11+7reb, E.Scott 11+4reb+1ast, G.Apostolidis 8+4reb+3ast, P.Dorkofikis 7+1reb+1ast, D.Arapis 4+3reb+2ast
Panionios: C.Booker 21+8reb+2ast, N.Pappas 15+3reb+2ast, M.Payne 10+3reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 7+3reb+6ast, A.Gibbs 7+3reb, G.Bogris 5+2reb
gschID: 203585


Aris - PAOK 63-72

No shocking result in a game in Thessaloniki where fourth ranked PAOK (5-2) defeated 10th ranked Aris (2-5) 72-63 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-63. PAOK had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) produced 18 points and Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for PAOK. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panathinaikos and AGOR. Aris lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. PAOK will face AGOR (#5) in Rethymno in the next round. Aris will play on the road against the league's leader Olympiacos (#1) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Aris: M.Pelekanos 18+3reb, M.Pasalic 16+1reb+1ast, Z.Sarikopoulos 8+6reb+2ast, D.Verginis 6+1reb+1ast, E.Bochoridis 4+1reb, E.Tsakaleris 3+2reb
PAOK: L.Papadopoulos 20+6reb+2ast, D.McGrath 17+2reb+5ast, K.Haralampidis 15+2reb+4ast, G.Dedas 6+1reb, D.Haritopoulos 5+10reb+3ast, E.Margaritis 4+5reb
gschID: 203579



B' Division: 7th week and AEK is keep winning... - by Chris Mammides

For the Games of the seventh week in the B Division we had mostly expected results while in terms of the unbeaten teams after the last defeat of Aias Evosmou only AEK Athens in both the groups is remaining unbeaten after the first seven games after beating in the derby the team of Panerythraikos quite easily. The other games in the South Group were as expected as Psyhiko in the derby game against Ilion needed the extra five minutes to finally win the game with a basket coming from Kostas Achis in the 1.6 to the end of the game. Further to these games another road win was succeeded by Aetos who beat the team of Esperos AOPA in Patras, with 83-89 in the extra time, while on the North Group the great in all aspects win of Egaleo over the unbeaten (until yesterday) team of Aias Evosmou with +20 (106-86) and with Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83, agency: Court Side) scoring 30 points being the man of the 7th round. Lastly, the road win of Stratoni over Anatolia is also to be mentioned since Anatolia is considering tough nut in its home court while in the derby of the North Hellas, the team of Pierikos Arhelaos beat the team of MENT in Thessaloniki with a great comeback in the fourth period where the visiting team over scored the home team by 15-27 to finally win the game.
South Group
AEK Athens- Panerythraikos 77-64
Quarters: 22-14, 39-29, 51-41, 77-64
The home team of Coach Ziagkas faces no problems from the visiting site of Coach Houhoulis as with five players in double digits and with Michalis Polytarchou (190-G-83) in another solid and mature game took an early lead on the game and already in the 11th minute the deficit was in double digits too. There was obvious difference int eh two teams and the best team finally got an easy win.
AEK: Michalis Polytarchou 17, Gizogiannis 12, Veskoukis 12, Despos 14, Kopsaftis 10
Panerythraikos: Nikos Makris (188-G-79) 15, Topalis 13, Ekonomopoulos 11

Enosi Iliou - Psyhiko 67-68
Quarters: 12-13, 22-24, 37-41, 59-59 and in OT 67-68
A crucial road win was succeeded by Coach Rementelas team of Psyhiko over Coaches Karakostass Enosi Iliou. With Kostas Tsotsos (205-F/C-83) being the leading figure and with very good game by Rodostoglou and G. Bellas, Enosi tried to react and balance the game at the end as the visitors were leading all the way with Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) in his usual role, in the extra time though the visitors grabbed the victory in the details.
Ilion: G. Bellas 13, Likogiannis 10, Rodostoglou 12, Kostas Tsotsos 15,
Psyhiko: Vidalis 11, Nikos Pettas 19, Vogiatzis 10, Kolokas 10

Doukas - Holargos 81-68
Quarters: 23-17, 39-41, 55-51, and 81-68
Coach Giannopouloss Doukas with a great game by Papadionysiou brothers and the veterans Giannoulis and Bourdanos won quite easily the team of Coach Symeonidis even though for the first three periods of the game the visitors were leading the score and the game with Katranas and Karvounis at the end not being able to keep the same paste for their team and obviously a collapse took place.
Doukas: Stathis Papadionysiou (196-G/F-92) 21, G. Papadionysiou 11, Bourdanos 19 and Giannoulis 17
Holargos: Karvounis 11, Kostas Dedes (194-F-85) 15, Emmanouilidis 12, Katranas 14.

Kronos Agiou Dimitriou Ermis Perama 58-50
Quarters: 14-10, 30-18, 43-35, 58-50
A very bad game between two of the weakest teams of the league from both the groups whereas at the end the team with the less false balls won the game, since the visiting site of Ermsi Perama is already designing the team for the third division since its obvious that at this stage the team has not even the slightest chance to remain in the division.
Kronos: Straganiotis 11, Vlahopoulos 14
Ermis: Dimitris Korkosouras (200-F-84) 14 (1),
Halkida Near East 78-70
Quarters: 18-19, 33-38, 50-54, 78-70
The great comeback of the players of Coach Velissarakos at the fourth period and the very good game by Vasilis Ekine (201-F-83) were the two elements that pushed the home team of Halkida to win finally the game. Tomaras and Vasilis Ekine scored the 43 points for their team and they both were the leading figures in the last period of the 28-16 for their team.
Halkida: Tomaras 21, Benos 10, Vasilis Ekine 22 (2).
Near East: Giannis Deep (186-PG-86) 15, Hatzikostis 13, KArabas 12, Mougios 14.

Esperos AOPA - AETOS 83-89 (in the OT.)
Quarters: 22-15, 40-32, 60-52, 76-76 and in the OT 83-89
A great game took place in Patras where the visitors of Coach Papamarkos succeeded a crucial road win over the team of Esperos and Coach Giatras at the overtime. Mouratis Kousoulas (185-PG-85) and Theos helped their team to succeed this crucial victory while on behalf of the visitors the great game by Vasilis Giannikopoulos (194-G-89) finally was not enough for the PAtras players.
Esperos: Petropoulos 17, Vasilis Giannikopoulos 24, Kallis 11, Stamopoulos 16
AETOS: Mouratis Kousoulas 26, Papargyropoulos 12, Theos 17

North Group


Marousi Ionikos Ioanias 77-59
Quarters: 15-19, 37-30, 50-48, 77-59
No problem for Coach MAgeiras players against Ionikos Ionias of Coach Skandalis, especially on the vital fourth period where the home team with a solid 27-11 not only won the game but also took an interesting +18 deficit which may help them at the end of the league..
Marousi: Bardas 15, Konstantakopoulos 17, Kostas Macheras (205-C-85, agency: FCM) 18,
Ionikos Ioanias: Giorgos Giannouzakos (198-F/G-75) 13

Filippos Veroias Ionikos Neas Filadelfias 81-64
Quarters: 21-9, 44-25, 63-46, 81-64
Coach Gimas team ended the game from the begginign as their offensive moods and their solid game gave an early double digits deficit while the players of Coach Stathoulis simply cut the deficit at the end as it was heading for a +30 but Giorgos Trihopoulos (184-G-87) and his team-mates changed gear to finally give the chance to their opponents to cut the deficit to as little as -17 at the end.
Filippos: Kothras 14, Chrysopoulos 17, Giorgos Trihopoulos 21
Ionikos: Mavraganis 12, Grammatikos 14, Christodoulos 16.

Anatolia - Stratoni 73-78
Quarters: 15-16, 35-35, 49-58, 73-78
A great and important road win was taken place in the home court of Anatolia by Coach Mythou team. The game was a derby for the most of the time but after the 25th minute the visitors with the help of the experienced Kokolios and Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80) took a lead of 6-8 points and they kept it until the very end.
Anatolia: Galanidis 18, Koimtzoglou 10, Moutsiaras 11, Stratos Nisiotis (203-F-78) 20
Stratoni: Kokolios 16, Giannis Daskalopoulos 17, Kigmetoglou 10, Noukaris 12

Metamorfosi Volou Mahites Doxa Pefkon77-64
Quarters: 16-14, 35-35, 54-49, 77-64
Only the first half the visiting site of Coach Diktapanidis was able to play against the home team on a more balance mode and to answer back the points receiving by Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) and his team-mates, after that the home team dominated in both edges and left no choice to the visitors, with the victory coming quite normal for the team of Metamorfosis Volou.
Metamorfosi: Nanis 15, Christos Zarogiannis 17, Paraskevas 13
Mahites: Panagiotis Hatzinikolaou (192-G-79) 17, Mylonidis 16, Pavlidis 12

Egaleo AIAS Evosmou 104-84
Quarters: 21-18, 53-38, 79-62, 104-84
A great victory for the home team of Katsounis who saw for another one game his super star Christodoulos Karavolas scoring 30 points against the up until yesterday unbeaten team of Coach Drakoulidis and proving once more that he is made for much better division than the one currently is. Christodoulos Karavolas was not only the man of the match but was obviously the man of the round 7 for both the groups, the MVP of the round 7.
Egaleo: Skouzis 12, Christodoulos Karavolas 30, Mumbarak 10, Mihalos 17
Aias: Iliadis 13, Mavridis 10, Fivos Gimnopoulos (184-G-77) 17, Papavasileiou 15, Karnavas 14.

MENT Pierikos Arhelaos 71-73
Quarters: 13-16, 29-36, 56-48, 71-73
The team of Katerini is obviously the most unpredictable team of the league as it may lost in its home court from any opponent and can win outside again any opponent, that being said, coach Kalyvas players proved that once more as they traveled in Thessaloniki to finally beat the tough team of MENT with Christos Gavanopoulos (198-G-85) being the man of the match for the visitors at the end.
MENT: Papadopoulos 13, Evangelinos 15, Spyros Lefkaditis (204-F/C-89) 16
Pierikos: Fakopoulidis 10, Asimakis 17, Christos Gavanopoulos 18


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Vaggelis KARABOULAS
  Nea K.
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Karaboulas, Nea K.21.1 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.6 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lav.20.4 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.3 
 5. Vranjes, Pagrati18.8 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.16.4 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos15.4 
 8. Kaklamanos, Trikal.15.4 
 9. Adetokoubo, Filath.15.0 
 10. Gizogiannis, Arka.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Noeas, Koroivos10.0 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.9.3 
 3. Manousos, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Cubrilo, Arkadikos8.9 
 5. Doychinov, OFI7.9 
 6. Papachristos, Trik.7.6 
 7. Kitsoulis, OFI7.1 
 8. Charismidis, Trika.6.5 
 9. Vagenas, Doxa L.6.4 
 10. Pelkic, Irakleio6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Filippos MOSCHOVITIS
  Nea K.
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.7 
 2. Karydas, Koroivos5.6 
 3. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.0 
 4. Gikas, Filathlitik.4.3 
 5. Saloustros, Filath.4.0 
 6. Cosic, Koroivos3.7 
 7. Karaboulas, Nea K.3.6 
 8. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.6 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.6 
 10. Giannakopoul., La.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Katsares, Trikalla3.4 
 2. Onasoglou, Ermis L.2.6 
 3. Kapiniaris, Ikaroi2.1 
 4. Sakellarakis, Irak.1.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.9 
 6. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.9 
 8. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.8 
 9. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.7 
 10. Vranjes, Pagrati1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Giannis PAPACHRISTOS
  Trika.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Papachristos, Trik.1.4 
 2. Sigounas, Arkadikos1.0 
 3. Doychinov, OFI1.0 
 4. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 5. Pavlovic, Pagrati1.0 
 6. Charismidis, Trika.1.0 
 7. Pelkic, Irakleio1.0 
 8. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.9 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 10. Sioutis, Nea Kifi.0.6 


Standings - A2

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 24: Ikaroi Serron - Ermis Lagkada 93-81
Nov. 24: Filathlitikos - OFI 88-60
Nov. 24: Lavrio - Arkadikos 82-81
Nov. 24: Irakleio - Agia Paraskevis 74-89
Nov. 24: Nea Kifisia - Koroivos 73-70
Nov. 24: Trikalla - Doxa Lefkadas 66-62
Nov. 24: Pagrati - Niki Volou



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia opened the campaign with the win over Guam - by Eurobasket News

Guam-Australia 46:84

Australia opened the campaign with the win over Guam at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The home side rolled over the visitors 84:46 at the Churchill Leisure Centre, Latrobe City.
Australia started the game with 19-9 lead and never looked behind after. They posted 20-11 surge in the second frame and led 39:20 at the halftime. Moreover the home side won the third and the last quarters of the game for the final success. They needed 26-16 in the third period and ended up with 19-16 in the last quarter.
William Mcdowell-White top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Kyle Clark posted 17. Dejan Vasiljevic delivered 13, whilst Abiola Akintola notched 9. Joshua Sebastian finished the game with 15 points in the losing case and Maksever Kepwe had 9. Reed Meyer tossed in 6, while Valiant Borja had 5.

Guam: Joshua Sebastian 15, Maksever Kepwe 9, Reed Meyer 6, Valiant Borja 5
Australia: William Mcdowell-White 18, Kyle Clark 17, Dejan Vasiljevic 13, Abiola Akintola 9



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Dutch Prospects Abroad, Paul Candiff - Cuesta College (jc) - by Fred Roggen

This time we talked some hoops with Dutch prospect Paul Candiff (184-PG-93), with whom we continue our interview-serie Dutch Prospects Abroad.
The 19-year-old offensive talent Paul Candiff (184-PG-93) has had an tumultuous 2011/12 season. His former team WCAA Bergen op Zoom went banktrupt, then picked up by Rotterdam Basketball College where he mostly played in the junior squad. Paul Candiff (184-PG-93) is a shooting guard who plays for Cuesta College.
Candiff will be a freshman but he is already receiving much praise. Despite being a small-school prospect, the former Dutch National U-18 team standout is getting noticed.

As a little kid, what did you want to become?
I always wanted to become a professional basketballer.

You were born in Antwerp,Belgium but grew up in Holland. When did you get involved in basketball, and why?
Yes I only lived for one year in Antwerp so I dont remember anything from Antwerp. When I was 6 my dad bought a basket for me, and I always went outside to shoot on it.

What made you decide to leave Holland to play ball at Cuesta College?
I didnt really think about going to Cuesta until my old club Bergen op Zoom got bankrupt. That was a big disappointment for me. After that I started thinking about going to Cuesta. The decision was also easier because my American family lives nearby cuesta and because the coach plays with a lot of Europeans.

How is it been like for you playing in the States? Is it been dramatically different?
Our team plays more of an European game style so it wasnt really hard for me to fit in. The teams we play against play way different than in Holland. The players are faster more athletic but also more out of control.

What is it like playing for Coach Blair?
I really like playing for Coach Blair. You can see that he has a lot of experience as coach and as a player.

You had a great start of the season, winning the Rabobank tournament with Cuesta and was named to the All-Tournament team. With a couple of days to digest it, what are your thoughts about that achievement?
It was a real nice achievement as a team, especially the final game where we came back from 20 points down. And I was happy that I had a good tournament.

Do you see yourself as one of the leaders on the squad? What do you see as your role on the team?
No, I dont see myself as a leader of this team. I never really been a leader. Our Sophomores are the leaders of the team this year. I see my role as a scoring 6th man of the bench.

What do you enjoy most about playing shooting guard?
Spotting up in the corner for three-pointers.

Speaking of the next few years, what do you have for goals for the coming year and for the five years after that?

I hope I will have 2 good years at Cuesta, and that I can get a scholarship from a D1 school. After my 4 years in America I want to come back to Europe or Holland and play professional there.

Thanks Paul for the time doing this interview. Wish You and a successful season.




Orellana and Novocic heavyweights in coach clinic Dutch Invitational - by Fred Roggen

On December 30 Canarias Basketball Academy headcoach Rob Orellana (USA) and FIBA Expert Marijan Novovic (Serbia) are in charge of the coach clinic during the Rinus de Jong Invitational, the Men's Under20-tournament in Den Bosch, the Netherlands with its very strong field of competitors. Participating teams are amongst others Zalgiris Kaunas (Lit), OKK Belgrade (Ser), Basketball Academy Riga (Lat) and Canarias Basketball Academy (Spa).

Orellana is meanwhile a big name in the world of international basketball. As the owner and head education of his Academy on the Isle of Gran Canaria (Spain) he already brought 42 players to Division One-colleges in the USA. His program is based on an iron discipline, hard work, physical and athletic power and great individual skills.
He started his career as a coach at the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) and won a national championship with this team. Later on he coached amongst others St. Francis New York and Cal State Fullerton before six years ago he moved to Gran Canaria where he started his Canarias Basketball Academy. Some sixty talents are preparing there a career in NCAA or international basketball.

Marijan Novovic served the famous basketball institute Yugoslavia/Serbia a lot of years as a player, coach, instructor and head of the trainingscenter of the national basketball association. After he ended a long career as a player - thirteen years OKK Belgrade, one year Strombeek (Belgium) - Novivic started a as professional coach in 1975. He served clubteams in Serbia, France, Italy, Slovenia and Bosnia Herzegovina and was national coach of Tunesia and North Korea (U22). After being appointed as a FIBA Expert the international basketball federation sent him to a lot of - mostly quite exotic - countries in the world to teach basketball. Meanwhile he wrote three international standard books about coaching.
From 1995 till 2000 Novovic worked for the Serbian basketball association as a special advisor for development and advancement of coaches' work and as head of the national trainigscenter. Since 2004 he is member of the coaching staff of OKK Belgrade.

Interest to join the clinic and visit the tournament? See www.rinusdejong.com
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NOTE FOR PRESS:
Contact Stichting Youth Basketball Support for more information: Jules Spijkers, +31 (0)6-27551137, E jules@rinusdejong.com.




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  IBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 25: Kankakee S. - Holland Dream 155-152
Nov. 25: Rockford RD - Lake County S. 135-98
Nov. 25: St.Louis T. - Kenosha B. 128-110

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 30: Battle Creek K. - Lansing C.
Dec. 1: Kankakee S. - Holland Dream
Dec. 1: St.Louis T. - Springfield X.



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  IRAN   


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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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)



Mardy Collins may agree terms with Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) is close to land 28-year old American guard Mardy Collins (198-100kg-84, college: Temple) who played last time at Los Angeles D-Fenders. In 35 D-League games last season he averaged 11.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the West Conference title. The other team Collins played shortly was Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA. In four games he had very impressive stats: 21.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 5.3apg and 2.8spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Bornova Belediye in Turkish TBL. In 7 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg.
In 2006 Collins was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in first round (29th overall). He attended Temple University and it may be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Collins received USBWA All-NCAA District I Team award and All-Atlantic 10 1st Team award back in 2005 and 2006 at his college time. Collins represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Argentina seven years ago.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Clippers) and D-League (Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Labanowski leaves Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News (T)

20-year old naturalized American power forward Sean Labanowski (205-92) left Maccabi Bazan Haifa (Winner League). But in 5 games he played this season he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist.
The last season Labanowski played at Maccabi Bazan Haifa (previous name Maccabi Haifa). In 12 Winner League games he averaged just 0.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
Labanowski won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2011. He represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) this year. Labanowskis team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 3.5rpg.
Labanowski has played previously for another Israeli team: Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 9-0 
 2. Banco di Sard. 7-2 
 3. Montepaschi 7-2 
 4. Cantu 6-3 
 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 54-67

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 2: Montepaschi - Sidigas AV
Dec. 2: EA7 Armani - Banco di Sard.
Dec. 2: SAIE3 BO - Pesaro
Dec. 2: Vanoli CR - Umana VE
Dec. 2: Acea Virtus RM - Cimberio VA
Dec. 2: Sutor MGR - Angelico BI
Dec. 2: JuveCaserta - Cantu
Dec. 2: Trenkwalder RE - Enel Brindisi


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

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 1: Omegna - Mirandola
Dec. 2: Firenze - Perugia
Dec. 2: Ferrara - Latina Basket
Dec. 2: Castelletto - Lucca
Dec. 2: Casalpusterlengo - Reggio Calabr.
Dec. 2: Recanati - Agrigento
Dec. 2: San Severo - Chieti
Dec. 2: Bari - Treviglio


JuveCaserta inks Erving Walker - by Eurobasket News (T)

JuveCaserta (SerieA) agreed terms with 22-year old American point guard Erving Walker (172-80kg-90, college: Florida). He just played at Prima Veroli (Lega2). In 8 games this season he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg.
He just graduated from University of Florida and it is his first season as a pro. Walkers team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals.
He was voted All-SEC 2nd Team in 2000,2011 and 2012 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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)



SerieA Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 9 in SerieA was guest Montepaschi Siena's (7-2) road victory over 3rd placed Cantu (6-3) 67-54 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cantu. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Cantu managed to win third quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Cantu turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) who scored 18 points. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Georgian Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Cantu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Montepaschi Siena is looking forward to face Air Avellino (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cantu will play against Juvecaserta (#10) in Caserta and is hoping to win this game.
Twelfth-ranked Vanoli Cremona (2-7) made lots of trouble for second ranked Banco di Sard. (7-2) in Sassari. Banco di Sard. managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 assists. Michal Ignerski contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Vanoli Cremona. Banco di Sard. maintains second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA, which they share with Montepaschi. Vanoli Cremona lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Pesaro and Sutor MGR. Banco di Sard. will play against Armani Milano (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vanoli Cremona will play against Umana Venezia (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Cimberio Varese delivered the ninth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Trenkwalder RE (5-4) 91-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. Ebi Ere stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Donnel Taylor with 29 points. Undefeated Cimberio Varese (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese will meet Lottomatica Roma (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trenkwalder RE will play against Enel Brindisi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Bologna was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Lottomatica Roma (5-4) played at the court of seventh ranked SAIE3 BO (5-4). SAIE3 BO managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79. Kenny Hasbrouck nailed 22 points and 6 assists for the winning side. SAIE3 BO moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lottomatica Roma. SAIE3 BO's next round opponent will be VL Pesaro (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. Lottomatica Roma will play against the league's leader Cimberio Varese (#1).
We should mention about the upset which took place in Avellino, where higher ranked Enel Brindisi (4-5) lost to fifteenth ranked Air Avellino (3-6) in a road game 71-81 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Enel Brindisi. The best player for the winners was Mustafa Shakur who scored 26 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Umana VE and Angelico BI. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Air Avellino will face higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 9 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Umana VE was defeated by Angelico BI in Biella 68-59. Bottom-ranked Sutor MGR was beaten by EA7 Armani at home 76-82. JuveCaserta won against Pesaro on the opponent's court 77-63.
The best stats of 9th round was 15 points and 18 rebounds by Linton Johnson of Sidigas AV.


Cantu - Montepaschi 54-67

The biggest surprise of round 9 in SerieA was guest Montepaschi Siena's (7-2) road victory over 3rd placed Cantu (6-3) 67-54 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cantu. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Cantu managed to win third quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Cantu turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) who scored 18 points. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Georgian Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Belgian Jonathan Tabu (184-85) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Montepaschi Siena have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Cantu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Montepaschi Siena is looking forward to face Air Avellino (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cantu will play against Juvecaserta (#10) in Caserta and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cantu: M.Markoishvili 18+11reb+1ast, J.Tabu 16+5reb, M.Cusin 6+2reb, J.Brooks 6+6reb, N.Mazzarino 4+2reb+1ast, A.Tyus 3+3reb
Montepaschi: D.Moss 18+3reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 10+8reb, D.Hackett 8+3reb+2ast, K.Kangur 8+2reb, B.Brown 7+1reb+4ast, T.Ress 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 185486


Angelico BI - Umana VE 68-59

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Umana Venezia (3-6) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Angelico Biella (3-6) 68-59 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Angelico Biella dominated on the defensive end, holding Umana Venezia to just 7 points in third quarter. Angelico Biella forced 20 Umana Venezia turnovers. The best player for the winners was American-Guinean point guard Russell Robinson (185-86) who scored 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American-Qatari guard Trey Johnson (196-84, college: Jackson St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Massimo Bulleri (188-77) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Angelico Biella moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Umana VE and Sidigas AV. Angelico Biella will face Sutor Montegranaro (#15) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Bulleri 16+3ast, A.Young 15+5reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 7+3reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 6+5reb+3ast, E.Williams 4+5reb+1ast, I.Zoroski 4+1reb+1ast
Angelico BI: R.Robinson 17+2reb+7ast, T.Johnson 15+4reb+2ast, C.Brackins 10+5reb, J.Mavunga 8+3reb, N.Jaramaz 8+5reb+1ast, G.Jurak 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185490


Sutor MGR - EA7 Armani 76-82

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Armani Milano (5-4) defeated on the road 16th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (2-7) 82-76 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who scored 30 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian Rolands Freimanis (210-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Armani Milano moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sutor Montegranaro lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Armani Milano will face league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sutor Montegranaro will play at home against Angelico Biella (#11).
Top scorers:
Sutor MGR: D.Cinciarini 18, R.Freimanis 14+8reb, C.Burns 13+8reb+2ast, R.Steele 9+1reb+10ast, K.Johnson 7+7reb, V.Mazzola 7+2reb+1ast
EA7 Armani: K.Langford 30+4reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 12+7reb+1ast, M.Hairston 12+5reb+3ast, A.Fotsis 8+2reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 6+3reb+2ast, N.Melli 5+1reb
gschID: 185491


Sidigas AV - Enel Brindisi 81-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Avellino, where higher ranked Enel Brindisi (4-5) lost to fifteenth ranked Air Avellino (3-6) in a road game 71-81 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Enel Brindisi. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 32-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Air Avellino forced 23 Enel Brindisi turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Mustafa Shakur (193-84, college: Arizona) who scored 26 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Jeffrey Viggiano (198-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 21 points and American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) added 8 points and 11 assists respectively. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Umana VE and Angelico BI. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Air Avellino will face higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: J.Viggiano 21+3reb, J.Gibson 14+2reb+2ast, S.Reynolds 8+3reb+11ast, C.Simmons 7+2reb, K.Ndoja 7+1reb+1ast, R.Fultz 6+3reb
Sidigas AV: M.Shakur 26+4reb+6ast, L.Johnson 15+18reb+1ast, J.Richardson 14+2reb+5ast, N.Dragovic 12+8reb+1ast, D.Mavraides 8+3reb+2ast, N.Ebi 3+4reb
gschID: 185489


Cimberio VA - Trenkwalder RE 91-78

Undefeated leader Cimberio Varese delivered the ninth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Trenkwalder RE (5-4) 91-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Cimberio Varese's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-18 extending their advantage to 13 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cimberio Varese made 7 blocks. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) with 29 points and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Cimberio Varese (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cimberio Varese will meet Lottomatica Roma (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trenkwalder RE will play against Enel Brindisi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 29+2reb+3ast, A.Cinciarini 13+5reb+5ast, G.Brunner 11+12reb+2ast, M.Jeremic 9+2reb+1ast, D.James 8+1reb+2ast, D.Filloy 4+5reb
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 24+9reb+1ast, A.Banks 15+2reb, B.Dunston 14+6reb, M.Green 11+3reb+5ast, A.De Nicolao 10+6reb, E.Rush 8+4reb
gschID: 185488


SAIE3 BO - Acea Virtus RM 85-79

The game in Bologna was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Lottomatica Roma (5-4) played at the court of seventh ranked SAIE3 BO (5-4). SAIE3 BO managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-18 Lottomatica Roma's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-79 at the end of the game. SAIE3 BO forced 20 Lottomatica Roma turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Lottomatica Roma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) nailed 22 points and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-88, agency: Two Points) added 17 points respectively for Lottomatica Roma in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SAIE3 BO moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lottomatica Roma. SAIE3 BO's next round opponent will be VL Pesaro (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. Lottomatica Roma will play against the league's leader Cimberio Varese (#1).
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 21+5reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 17+1reb+1ast, G.Lawal 11+5reb, B.Jones 11+8reb, P.Goss 9+1reb+1ast, J.Taylor 9+4reb+4ast
SAIE3 BO: K.Hasbrouck 22+4reb+6ast, S.Smith 16+8reb+1ast, R.Minard 13+4reb, G.Poeta 12+2reb+4ast, M.Rocca 8+1reb, V.Gaddefors 8+5reb
gschID: 185487


Pesaro - JuveCaserta 63-77

Very expected game when 14th ranked VL Pesaro (2-7) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Juvecaserta (4-5) 77-63 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-63. Juvecaserta dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to VL Pesaro's 18. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Giuliano Maresca (192-81) chipped in 17 points. Four Juvecaserta players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) who recorded 18 points and American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Juvecaserta moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. VL Pesaro lost their sixth game in a row. Loser VL Pesaro keeps the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Juvecaserta will face higher ranked Cantu (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VL Pesaro will play against SAIE3 BO (#7) in Bologna.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: D.Cavaliero 18+3reb+2ast, L.Mack 13+8reb, R.Hamilton 10+1ast, A.Barbour 9+1reb+2ast, A.Crosariol 5+16reb, D.Clemente 5+2reb+2ast
JuveCaserta: G.Maresca 17+2reb+1ast, S.Gentile 15+2reb+2ast, M.Mordente 12+1reb+2ast, S.Jelovac 10+2reb+1ast, J.Akindele 10+12reb+2ast, Z.Jonusas 7+3reb
gschID: 185485


Banco di Sard. - Vanoli CR 80-78

Twelfth-ranked Vanoli Cremona (2-7) made lots of trouble for second ranked Banco di Sard. (7-2) in Sassari. Banco di Sard. managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 18-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Banco di Sard. forced 20 Vanoli Cremona turnovers. Vanoli Cremona was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 assists. Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Vanoli Cremona. Four Vanoli Cremona players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. maintains second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA, which they share with Montepaschi. Vanoli Cremona lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Pesaro and Sutor MGR. Banco di Sard. will play against Armani Milano (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vanoli Cremona will play against Umana Venezia (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: L.Harris 18+10reb+2ast, H.Peric 17+5reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 16+12reb, J.Jackson 10+4reb+1ast, L.Vitali 9+2reb+4ast, S.Huff 6+1reb
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 23+2reb+7ast, D.Diener 16+4reb+2ast, M.Ignerski 13+11reb+1ast, T.Easley 9+5reb, M.Thornton 7+5reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 7+3reb
gschID: 185484



Nazionale A Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

Nazionale A round 12 most important game was a victory of Castelletto over one of their biggest challengers Treviglio 88-84 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Castelletto shot 62.7 percent from the field. Castelletto had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) replied with 27 points and 5 assists for Treviglio. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Castelletto (8-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Treviglio lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Firenze. Castelletto are looking forward to face Lucca (#4) at home in the next round. Treviglio will play against Bari and is hoping to win this game.
Fourteenth-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (4-8) was very close to win a game against second ranked Torino (10-2). Torino managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and Filippo Baldi Rossi who added 10 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Torino have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Matera. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with eight games lost. Torino will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against Chieti (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Nazionale A top team - Matera (10-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Firenze (7-4) 74-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Firenze. The winners were led by Antonio Iannuzzi who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Even 22 points by Stefano Rabaglietti did not help to save the game for Firenze. Matera have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record, which they share with Torino. Loser Firenze keeps the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Treviglio. Matera will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Firenze will play against Perugia (#12) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Bari (5-6) to eighteenth ranked Reggio Calabr. (2-9) 79-76 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Marco Ammannato who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Reggio Calabr. maintains eighteenth position with 2-9 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with six games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (#11) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Chieti. Ninth ranked Chieti (5-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 13th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (4-7) 65-62 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Simone Gatti who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Naturhouse Ferrara's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chieti moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Chieti will face Mazzeo San Severo (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Latina Basket.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Omegna beat Agrigento on the road 61-53. Mirandola lost to Casalpusterlengo on its own court 46-59. Recanati unfortunately lost to Perugia in a road game 57-64.


Reggio Calabr. - Bari 79-76

A very interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Bari (5-6) to eighteenth ranked Reggio Calabr. (2-9) 79-76 on Sunday evening. Bari was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-20 charge of Reggio Calabr., which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Marco Ammannato (202-88, agency: Players Group) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Marco Caprari (195-76) chipped in 19 points. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) added 14 points respectively. Four Bari players scored in double figures. Reggio Calabr. maintains eighteenth position with 2-9 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with six games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (#11) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Reggio Calabr.: M.Ammannato 25+6reb+1ast, M.Caprari 19+3reb+3ast, N.Sabbatino 9+1reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 8+2reb+1ast, A.Ricci 8+2reb+3ast, E.Germani 6
Bari: D.Bonessio 18+5reb+1ast, A.Ruggiero 15+2reb+2ast, S.Bonfiglio 15+3reb, L.Bisconti 14+4reb+3ast, M.Cardillo 9+2reb, D.Barozzi 3+1reb
gschID: 191715


Torino - San Severo 78-75

Fourteenth-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (4-8) was very close to win a game against second ranked Torino (10-2). Torino managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Mazzeo San Severo was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Torino, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Mazzeo San Severo's 26. They outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 47-24 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) who added 10 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) scored 20 points and 4 steals. Five Torino and four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Torino have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Matera. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with eight games lost. Torino will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against Chieti (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 19+17reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 15+6reb+2ast, M.Evangelisti 15+4reb+1ast, L.Gergati 13+1reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 10+13reb+1ast, D.Sandri 6+4reb+3ast
San Severo: O.Gueye 20+4reb, I.Scarponi 19+7reb+1ast, M.Del Brocco 13+5reb+1ast, G.Sirakov 12, R.Maggio 7+1reb+1ast, L.De Paoli 4+5reb
gschID: 191721


Chieti - Ferrara 65-62

Important game to mention about took place in Chieti. Ninth ranked Chieti (5-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 13th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (4-7) 65-62 on Sunday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But Naturhouse Ferrara won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Chieti won last quarter 15-13. They also forced 20 Naturhouse Ferrara turnovers. Naturhouse Ferrara was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Simone Gatti (202-82) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Michele Ferri (191-85) replied with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) added 16 points in the effort for Naturhouse Ferrara. Naturhouse Ferrara's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chieti moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Chieti will face Mazzeo San Severo (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Latina Basket.
Top scorers:
Chieti: S.Gatti 22+8reb+1ast, A.Raschi 14+5reb+3ast, F.Gialloreto 10+2reb+1ast, M.Diomede 8+5reb+1ast, G.Severini 5+2reb+3ast, E.Rossi 4+10reb+2ast
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 16+4reb, A.Campiello 13+4reb, M.Ferri 9+7reb+4ast, S.Cortesi 7+4reb+1ast, S.Casati 6, M.Fallucca 5+2reb
gschID: 191717


Agrigento - Omegna 53-61

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Omegna (5-6) beat on the road higher ranked Agrigento (7-5) 61-53 on Sunday. Agrigento trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 53-61 at the end of the game. Omegna dominated on the defensive end, holding Agrigento to just 7 points in second quarter. Agrigento was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Guard Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-84) replied with 11 points and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Agrigento. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Omegna moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Agrigento keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Omegna will face Mirandola (#17) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Omegna: M.Farioli 12+10reb, A.Saccaggi 12+4reb, P.Picazio 11+1reb, S.Masciadri 8+6reb, P.Paci 7+4reb+1ast, G.Mariani 6+6reb+2ast
Agrigento: V.Di Viccaro 11+3reb+1ast, G.Anello 9+2reb+1ast, R.Castelli 7+6reb, A.Chiarastella 7+4reb+1ast, P.Mossi 6+4reb+1ast, F.Mian 4+3reb
gschID: 191720


Matera - Firenze 74-64

Nazionale A top team - Matera (10-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Firenze (7-4) 74-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Firenze. The game was mostly controlled by Matera. Firenze managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) supported him with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Even 22 points by the former international guard Stefano Rabaglietti (190-83, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Firenze. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) added 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Matera have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record, which they share with Torino. Loser Firenze keeps the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Treviglio. Matera will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Firenze will play against Perugia (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Matera: M.Rezzano 22+5reb, A.Vitale 15+4reb+3ast, A.Iannuzzi 15+12reb, C.Cantone 10+5ast, C.Sebastian Vico 5+5reb+4ast, M.Cozzoli 4+1reb
Firenze: S.Rabaglietti 22+3reb+1ast, S.Spizzichini 14+6reb, M.Caroldi 11+3ast, A.Capitanelli 10+7reb+1ast, D.Casadei 7+6reb+1ast, A.Giampaoli 0
gschID: 191719


Mirandola - Casalpusterlengo 46-59

Very expected game when 17th ranked Mirandola (3-9) lost at home to tenth ranked Casalpusterlengo (5-6) 59-46 on Sunday. Casalpusterlengo forced 21 Mirandola turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and center Alessandro Mancin (208-86) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mirandola. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Mirandola keeps the seventeenth position with nine games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face Reggio Calabr. (#18) in Reggio Calabria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mirandola will play on the road against Omegna.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 22+6reb+1ast, R.Prandin 17+1reb+1ast, G.Ricci 8+6reb, F.Bellina 5+7reb+1ast, S.Fiorito 3, M.Planezio 3+6reb+1ast
Mirandola: L.Pignatti 16+6reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 10+3reb+1ast, A.Mancin 7+9reb, M.Venturelli 6+2reb, J.Losi 3+1reb+6ast, G.Sgobba 2+4reb
gschID: 191716


Perugia - Recanati 64-57

There was a small surprise when fifteenth ranked Perugia (4-7) won against at home 12th ranked Recanati (4-7) 64-57 on Sunday. Recanati trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 57-64 at the end of the game. It was a good game for Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Costantino Cutolo (198-89, agency: Players Group) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Marco Tagliabue (206-86) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Recanati. Perugia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara and Recanati. Recanati lost third consecutive game. Perugia will face higher ranked Firenze (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Perugia: C.Cutolo 19+3reb, D.Poltroneri 17+5reb+2ast, U.Meschini 11, P.Chiarello 6+6reb, S.Bonamente 4+9reb+1ast, M.Bei 4+5reb
Recanati: N.Benedusi 14+1reb, A.Pierini 14+5reb, G.Cantagalli 9+3reb, M.Tagliabue 7+9reb, G.Tessitore 5+2reb, S.Centanni 4+1reb
gschID: 191713


Treviglio - Castelletto 84-88

Nazionale A round 12 most important game was a victory of Castelletto over one of their biggest challengers Treviglio 88-84 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Castelletto shot 62.7 percent from the field. Castelletto had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) replied with 27 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Treviglio. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Castelletto (8-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Treviglio lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Firenze. Castelletto are looking forward to face Lucca (#4) at home in the next round. Treviglio will play against Bari and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: A.Ranuzzi 17+8reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 17+9reb+1ast, M.Pazzi 16+5reb+1ast, F.Bolzonella 11+2reb+5ast, N.Damiani 10+4reb, A.Simoncelli 9+3reb+2ast
Treviglio: S.Ferrarese 27+2reb+5ast, R.Perego 16+5reb+3ast, G.Maspero 12+7reb, D.Reati 12+4reb+6ast, N.Cazzolato 10+4reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 191712


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. Clark, Umana VE16.3 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi15.9 
 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. Taylor, Acea V.4.2 
 6. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu3.9 
 7. Cook, EA7 Armani3.9 
 8. Hackett, Montepas.3.7 
 9. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
 10. Brown, Montepasc.3.2 
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. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 6. Barbour, Pesaro2.1 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.1.9 
 8. Richardson, Sidig.1.9 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 10. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 2. Cusin, Cantu1.7 
 3. Ress, Montepaschi1.6 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.6 
 5. Simmons, Enel B.1.4 
 6. Datome, Acea V.1.3 
 7. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.2 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas1.1 
 9. Crosariol, Pesaro1.1 
 10. Brooks, Cantu1.0 


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. Gueye, San Severo16.8 
 5. Ruggiero, Bari16.5 
 6. Circosta, Bologna16.4 
 7. Iannilli, San Seve.16.4 
 8. Parente, Lucca16.4 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.16.4 
 10. Pierini, Recanati16.3 
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. Baldi Rossi, Torino9.0 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.9 
 6. Mancin, Mirandola8.8 
 7. Raminelli, Bologna8.7 
 8. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 9. Bonessio, Bari7.9 
 10. Casadei, Firenze7.6 
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. Ferrarese, Trevigl.4.1 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze4.1 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.7 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.1 
 9. Santolamazza, Lati.3.0 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Davide PARENTE
  Lucca
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Parente, Lucca4.1 
 2. Spizzichini, Ferra.3.8 
 3. Piazza, Bologna3.8 
 4. Bonamente, Perugia3.5 
 5. Tavernelli, Latina3.4 
 6. Barsanti, Lucca3.4 
 7. Maggio, San Severo3.3 
 8. Capitanelli, Firen.3.2 
 9. Sanna, Firenze3.1 
 10. Casadei, Firenze3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.2 
 2. Raminelli, Bologna1.7 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.5 
 4. Del Brocco, San S.1.3 
 5. Gagliardo, Latina1.1 
 6. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 7. Pazzi, Castelletto0.9 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola0.8 
 9. Chiarello, Perugia0.8 
 10. Casadei, Firenze0.7 



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 14-2 
 2. Aishin SH 13-3 
 3. Panasonic T. 10-6 
 4. Hitachi SR 9-7 
 5. Toshiba BT 9-7 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 5-11 
 7. Tochigi Brex 3-13 
 8. Hokkaido L. 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 24: Mitsubishi DD - Toshiba BT 87-86
Nov. 25: Mitsubishi DD - Toshiba BT 83-88
Nov. 24: Hitachi SR - Panasonic T. 83-73
Nov. 25: Hitachi SR - Panasonic T. 71-79
Nov. 24: Tochigi Brex - Toyota Alvark 69-100
Nov. 23: Hokkaido L. - Aishin SH 66-81
Nov. 24: Hokkaido L. - Aishin SH 63-83
Nov. 23: Tochigi Brex - Toyota Alvark 58-91

Regular Season: Round 9

Dec. 1: Tochigi Brex - Toshiba BT
Dec. 1: Toyota Alvark - Mitsubishi DD
Dec. 1: Aishin SH - Hitachi SR
Dec. 1: Panasonic T. - Hokkaido L.
Dec. 2: Tochigi Brex - Toshiba BT
Dec. 2: Toyota Alvark - Mitsubishi DD
Dec. 2: Aishin SH - Hitachi SR
Dec. 2: Panasonic T. - Hokkaido L.


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 14 - by Eurobasket News

American Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Oita H.Devils and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Miyazaki SS (#10, 1-12) 77-72. Oita H.Devils is placed at 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oita H.Devils will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Tate turned to be Oita H.Devils' top player in his first season with the team. Cyrus Tate averages this season 17.2ppg and 8.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM. Parker impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Shimane SM to edge the lower-ranked Osaka Evessa (#9, 1-9) by 5 points 82-77. This victory allowed Shimane SM to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 9-5 record is not bad at all. Parker is well-known by Shimane SM 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 19.0ppg (#6). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports) of top-ranked Iwate Big Bulls. Okosa showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Iwate Big Bulls, leading his team to a 89-84 win against the lower-ranked Yokohama BC (#6, 7-5). Iwate Big Bulls confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Okosa has a very solid season. In 14 games in Japan he scored 14.5ppg. He also has 9.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 57.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nathan Walkup (200-F-88) of Osaka Evessa - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Yokohama BC - 28 points and 9 rebounds
6. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Sendai 89ers - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Fukuoka Rizing - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Anthony Kent (208-F/C-83) of Akita NH - 19 points, 12 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)



BJ League Round 15: Akita Happinets lose to Chiba Jets - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Akita Happinets (9-3) and eighth ranked Chiba Jets (5-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Akita Happinets were defeated by Chiba Jets in Akita 74-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chiba Jets made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets outrebounded Akita Happinets 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) contributed with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 29 points and 5 rebounds for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Chiba Jets is looking forward to face Sendai 89ers (#8) at home in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Niigata Albirex (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (9-5) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (10-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Toyama Grouses in Toyama 81-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. It was a great evening for Masashi Joho (183-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. Ira Brown helped adding 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) with 9 points and 19 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place which they share with defeated Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Toyama Grouses will play against Yokohama BC (#6) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Akita Happinets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-5) against tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (2-12) on Sunday night. Host Oita Heat Devils were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in Oita 86-75. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for Ricky Woods who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach Junichiro Kitago used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Cyrus Tate came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. Miyazaki Shining Suns moved-up to ninth place. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Miyazaki Shining Suns will meet higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oita Heat Devils will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game for Okinawa GK (12-0) which hosted in Okinawa 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing (8-6). Leader Okinawa GK managed to get a 6-point victory 81-75. The best player for the winners was Terrance Woodbury who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Undefeated Okinawa GK have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Oita Heat Devils on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Osaka Evessa.
The game between 11th ranked Gunma (1-15) and ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (5-7) in Gunma on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sendai beat Gunma 71-56. It was a good game for Sam Willard who led his team to a victory with 6 points and 17 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Sendai 89ers moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Chiba Jets (#7) on the road in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: Takamatsu FA was beaten by Kyoto Hannar. on the road 98-88. Hamamatsu P. won against Shiga L-Stars on its own court 77-72. Tokyo Cinq R. unfortunately lost to Shinshu BW in Nagano 82-89.


Akita NH - Chiba Jets 74-88

The game between second ranked Akita Happinets (9-3) and eighth ranked Chiba Jets (5-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Akita Happinets were defeated by Chiba Jets in Akita 74-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chiba Jets made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets outrebounded Akita Happinets 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 29 points and 5 rebounds and guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Akita Happinets at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Chiba Jets is looking forward to face Sendai 89ers (#8) at home in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Niigata Albirex (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 26+10reb, M.Chandler 22+13reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 10, H.Sato 9+2reb+2ast, D.Bell 8+5reb+1ast, T.Ishida 6+1reb
Akita NH: T.Cummings 29+5reb+1ast, D.Harris 21+6reb+6ast, J.Demercy 15+4reb+1ast, K.Shoji 5+2reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 3, Y.Kato 1+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200460


Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 81-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (9-5) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (10-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Toyama Grouses in Toyama 81-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. Toyama Grouses brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a great evening for Masashi Joho (183-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) helped adding 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) with 9 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 17 points. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses moved-up to second place which they share with defeated Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Toyama Grouses will play against Yokohama BC (#6) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Akita Happinets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 28+8reb, I.Brown 24+7reb+3ast, A.Garcia 14+12reb+2ast, J.Jacob 4+3reb+3ast, B.Cole 4, T.Mito 4+8reb+5ast
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 17+4reb, R.Webb 9+8reb, C.Holm 9+19reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 8+2ast, K.Sato 7, M.Gray 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 200461


Okinawa GK - Fukuoka Rizing 81-75

An interesting game for Okinawa GK (12-0) which hosted in Okinawa 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing (8-6). Leader Okinawa GK managed to get a 6-point victory 81-75. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Oita Heat Devils on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Osaka Evessa.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 26+6reb, M.Yamauchi 17+1reb, N.Namizato 17+7reb+4ast, N.Kosuge 12+5reb, D.Larkai 5+13reb, A.McHenry 3+2reb+4ast
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 24+8reb+1ast, J.Ashby 17+11reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 14+6reb+4ast, R.Warren 12+14reb, A.Takeno 5+2ast, M.Kano 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200467


Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 75-86

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-5) against tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (2-12) on Sunday night. Host Oita Heat Devils were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in Oita 86-75. The game was mostly controlled by Miyazaki Shining Suns. Oita Heat Devils managed to win second period 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach Junichiro Kitago used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns moved-up to ninth place. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Miyazaki Shining Suns will meet higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oita Heat Devils will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: R.Woods 27+12reb+2ast, D.Keller 18+5reb+4ast, H.Otsuka 14+1reb, Y.Kojima 10+6reb+2ast, T.Fairley 9+14reb+3ast, K.Ito 5+1reb+4ast
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 19+12reb+2ast, M.Lottich 16+8reb+4ast, T.Finger 10+2reb+2ast, K.Hatano 10+9reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 9+3reb+4ast, T.Shimizu 5+5reb
gschID: 200466


Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 98-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Kyoto Hannar.'s (6-8) home victory over 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (4-8) 98-88 on Sunday. Takamatsu FA trailed 44-42 at halftime, rallying from a 28-14 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Kyoto Hannar. made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Kyoto Hannar. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Takamatsu FA was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Kyoto Hannar.. They maintain seventh place with 6-8 record. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#9) at home in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: Y.Okada 25+1reb+2ast, D.Palmer 23+4reb+2ast, L.Pomare 14+12reb+2ast, H.Kantake 12+2reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 7+4reb+10ast, J.Boyette 7+1reb+3ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Williams 19+6reb+2ast, D.Lyons 18+5reb+7ast, M.Suzuki 11+2reb, H.Kikuchi 10+1reb, B.Penn 10+3reb+2ast, Y.Kodera 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200465


Hamamatsu P. - Shiga L-Stars 77-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Shiga L-Stars' (7-7) road loss to fifth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (9-7) in Mikawa 72-77 on Sunday. Shiga L-Stars were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American forward Adrian Thomas (200-87, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 17 points and guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) added 15 points in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hamamatsu Phoenix moved-up to fourth place. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Takamatsu FA (#8) at home in the next round. Shiga L-Stars will play against Shimane Magic.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: A.Thomas 23+5reb+2ast, J.Parmer 14+6reb+4ast, E.Fuqua 13+9reb, K.Galloway 12+7reb+1ast, Y.Tsubasa 10+1reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 4+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 17+2reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 15+3reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 10+8reb+1ast, J.Nakama 8+8reb, A.Aboya 6+2reb, R.Nixon 5+10reb+3ast
gschID: 200464


Gunma - Sendai 89ers 56-71

The game between 11th ranked Gunma (1-15) and ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (5-7) in Gunma on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sendai beat Gunma 71-56. The game was mostly controlled by Sendai 89ers. Gunma was better in fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory with 6 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Shingo Okada (186-83) added 10 points in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Sendai 89ers moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Chiba Jets (#7) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: S.Coleman 15+3reb+1ast, T.Komoda 15+5reb, T.Shimura 11+2reb+4ast, K.Clarke 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Arai 7+1reb+3ast, K.Coble 7+2reb
Gunma: T.Granado 11+12reb+1ast, K.Tomori 11+3reb, S.Okada 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Okumoto 6+1reb, L.Witcher 5+5reb+2ast, D.Brown 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200463


Shinshu BW - Tokyo Cinq R. 89-82

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Shinshu BW (9-5) won against 7th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (5-9) in Nagano 89-82 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-82. Shinshu BW made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Shinshu BW's coach Takatoshi Ishibashi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shinshu BW moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Shinshu BW will face league's leader Iwate Big Bulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Saitama Broncos (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 17+7reb+3ast, T.Goya 16+3reb+5ast, S.Yosuke 15+2reb, J.Green 13+9reb+2ast, T.Utsunomiya 10+1reb+1ast, T.Saito 7+2ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 26+7reb+2ast, C.Aoki 15+3reb+5ast, K.Sato 13+7reb+1ast, R.Barrett 11+6reb+1ast, A.Inoue 8+3reb+2ast, H.Takada 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 200462


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba23.3 
 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. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.8 
 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, Toshiba11.7 
 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. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.6 
 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. Kashiwakura, Hita.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. Tashiro, Mitsubis.1.2 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR1.1 
 7. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.1 
 8. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 9. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.1 
 10. Fazekas, Toshiba1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.0 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Toyota1.1 
 4. Young, Aishin SH1.0 
 5. Fazekas, Toshiba0.9 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.0.9 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.0.9 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.7 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.0.6 



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. BC Studenti 3-0 
 2. Kastrioti 3-0 
 3. Malisheva 3-1 
 4. Fushe 2-2 
 5. Futura 1-2 
 6. Ylli 1-3 
 7. Skenderaj 0-2 
 8. Llapi Podujeve 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 24: Malisheva - Futura 75-70
Nov. 24: Ylli - Fushe 73-78
Nov. 24: Kastrioti - Llapi Podujeve 102-53
Nov. 24: Skenderaj - BC Studenti



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

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

LBL round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Valmiera (6-3) against seventh ranked Barons kvartals (4-5) 75-68 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 31-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 32. It was a good game for swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Valmiera. Barons kvartals moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by LU. Valmiera will play next round against Jelgava trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Jekabpils on the road.
Undefeated VEF Riga (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Ventspils (5-1) 80-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of VEF Riga. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and Donald Sims who added 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ventspils moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated VEF Riga. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in between Jekabpils and Jelgava. Eighth ranked Jekabpils (4-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Jelgava (4-5). Jekabpils managed to escape with a 1-point win 104-103 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Todd O'Brien who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by Kristaps Kanbergs did not help to save the game for Jelgava. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains eighth position with 4-6 record. Loser Jelgava keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Barons kvartals. Jekabpils will meet bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Valmiera (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Jurmala (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepaja (3-6). Jurmala defeated Liepaja 97-86. The best player for the winners was Ken Brown who scored 27 points and 5 assists. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala moved-up to third place. Liepaja lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Jurmala's next round opponent will be Turiba (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
The game between 10th ranked Turiba (3-7) and second ranked Latvijas Universitate (7-4) in Turiba on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Riga outscored Turiba 100-54. It was a good game for Kristaps Dargais who led his team to a victory with 18 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. Latvijas Universitate keeps a position of league leader. Loser Turiba keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round. Turiba will play at home against Jurmala (#3).



Jekabpils - Jelgava 104-103

A very close game took place in between Jekabpils and Jelgava. Eighth ranked Jekabpils (4-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Jelgava (4-5). Jekabpils managed to escape with a 1-point win 104-103 on Sunday evening. Jelgava trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 35-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 103-104 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Jelgava 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Jekabpils looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Hill jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) did not help to save the game for Jelgava. Guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) added 20 points and 7 assists. Four Jekabpils and five Jelgava players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains eighth position with 4-6 record. Loser Jelgava keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Barons kvartals. Jekabpils will meet bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Valmiera (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 24+7reb+3ast, S.Silavs 20+3reb+7ast, A.Duselis 13+5reb, E.Krumins 13+1reb+5ast, A.Justovics 10+5reb+1ast, L.Mizis 9+4reb
Jekabpils: T.O'Brien 24+15reb, R.Sirsnins 22+1reb+8ast, P.Hill jr. 18+5reb+2ast, M.Hlebowicki 14+7reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 11+6reb+3ast, K.Mediss 9+1ast
gschID: 198014


Barons kvartals - Valmiera 75-68

LBL round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Valmiera (6-3) against seventh ranked Barons kvartals (4-5) 75-68 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 31-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 32. It was a good game for swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Maris Ziedins (203-90) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Barons kvartals moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by LU. Valmiera will play next round against Jelgava trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Jekabpils on the road.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: M.Ziedins 15+8reb, J.Berzins 12+11reb+4ast, R.Gabrans 10+2reb, J.Kaufmanis 10+4reb, K.Krumins 8+5reb+2ast, V.Iljins 7+6reb
Barons kvartals: S.Metra 27+6reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 21+10reb+2ast, A.Brunins 16+3reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 8+9reb+1ast, N.Miezis 3+4reb+3ast, G.Epners 0
gschID: 198013


Turiba - LU 54-100

The game between 10th ranked Turiba (3-7) and second ranked Latvijas Universitate (7-4) in Turiba on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Riga outscored Turiba 100-54. The game without a history. Latvijas Universitate led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 28. Latvijas Universitate forced 25 Turiba turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Marcis Vitols (184-92) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mikus Sokolovs (195-89) added 10 points in the effort for Turiba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvijas Universitate keeps a position of league leader. Loser Turiba keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round. Turiba will play at home against Jurmala (#3).
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 15+9reb+2ast, M.Sokolovs 10+1reb+2ast, K.Apsitis 7+4reb, G.Sipolins 6+2reb, M.Vinauds 4, J.Pavlovskis 4+2reb+1ast
LU: K.Dargais 18+9reb+1ast, K.Strazdins 14+3reb+1ast, K.Brigmanis 14+7reb+2ast, Z.Peiners 12+2reb+3ast, M.Vitols 10+6reb+7ast, N.Saknitis 9+1reb
gschID: 198012


Liepaja - Jurmala 86-97

The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Jurmala (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepaja (3-6). Jurmala defeated Liepaja 97-86. It looked good early as Liepaja took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jurmala had a 26-19 second period charge getting the lead and Liepaja was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-97. Jurmala made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Jurmala especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 69.2 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) who scored 27 points and 5 assists. Forward Atis Ozols (199-81) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Greg Plater (185-89, college: Long Beach St.) who recorded 21 points and 4 assists and Arturs Bricis (196-92) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala moved-up to third place. Liepaja lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Jurmala's next round opponent will be Turiba (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: G.Plater 21+2reb+4ast, A.Bricis 17+5reb+1ast, R.Magone 10+5reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 10+3reb+1ast, T.Leiteris 9+5reb+1ast, I.Jakovics 8+1reb+2ast
Jurmala: K.Brown 27+3reb+5ast, A.Ozols 15+3reb+2ast, J.Dilevka 14+2reb, U.Vilums 12+4reb+4ast, E.Slesers 9+3reb+3ast, R.Mednis 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 198011


VEF Riga - Ventspils 74-80

Undefeated VEF Riga (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Ventspils (5-1) 80-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of VEF Riga. It looked good early as VEF Riga took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ventspils had a 25-12 second period charge getting the lead and VEF Riga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-80. Ventspils brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. VEF Riga was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) who added 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Kaspars Berzins (213-85) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Ventspils moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated VEF Riga. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 19+5reb+5ast, K.Berzins 19+8reb, D.Bertans 15+3reb+3ast, W.Daniels 8+2reb, A.Strelnieks 8+5reb, D.Zavackas 5+3reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Timma 19+5reb+1ast, D.Sims 19+1reb+2ast, F.Campbell 12+7reb, M.Laksa 9+5reb, S.Valters 8+3reb+3ast, A.Berzins 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 198010



Valters comes back to Mad-Croc - by Eurobasket News (T)

Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (ACB) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Latvian ex-international guard Kristaps Valters (190-78kg-81). Its actually his comeback to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada as he played here before. Valters already started the season at Art.Dragons in German BBL league. In two Eurocup games this season he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. Valters also played 8 games in BBL where he averaged 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg.
He played in the final of Latvian League for three years in a row (between 2002 and 2004).
Valters was also voted Eurobasket.com Latvian LBL All-Domestic Players Team back in 2002,2003 and 2004. He represented Latvia at the European Championships in Poland three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 62.1%.
Valters is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios), Italy (Udinese and Givova Scafati), Russia (Triumph Lyubertsy), Turkey, Spain (FIATC Joventut and Unicaja Malaga) and Latvia (Skonto).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Best players of Mexican LNBP round 26 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Myron Allen (182-PG-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Corr.Victoria and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 33-year old playmaker had the game-high 40 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Corr.Victoria in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Gigantes (#16, 2-24) 88-87. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Corr.Victoria maintains the 11th position in Mexican LNBP. Corr.Victoria is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-16 record. In the team's last game Allen had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Corr.Victoria's top player in his first season with the team. Lee College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allen is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 59.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F-89) of Abejas. Pettigrew impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Abejas to another comfortable win 108-95 over the lower-ranked Gansos (#15, 4-23) being unquestionably team leader. Abejas' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pettigrew is a newcomer at Abejas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#6). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Antonio Grant (198-F-76, agency: Interperformances) of Gigantes (#16). Grant got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Grant's great performance Gigantes lost 87-88 to the higher-ranked Corr.Victoria (#11, 10-16). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gigantes can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-24 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Grant he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Grant has a very solid season. In 5 games in Mexico he scored 14.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lance Allred (211-C-81) of Fuerza Regia - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos - 33 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Huracanes - 29 points and 6 rebounds
8. Keith Gayden (202-F-83) of Guerreros - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85) of Gigantes - 31 points and 7 rebounds
10. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80) of Osos - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Interview with coach Milan Rondovic, former coach of Primorka, Teodo and White Eagles (Stockholm) - by Darko Pekic

The experienced coach Milan Rondovic (ex Primorka, Teodo, White Eagles etc.), who is known as one of the few coaches in Montenegro that won promotion with almost every team he coached, talks for eurobasket.com about his career and plans for the future.

Could you tell us more about your playing career?

I started playing basketball in elementary school in the youth team of Rudar. But I stayed there very short. At that time Berane was one of the stronger teams in Montenegro and I went there as a high school student. There I remained for one season and was one of the best players in the league along with Arsenije Pesic, Dusko Pavlovic, Mihailo Pavicevic etc. Next year as a prospect I joined Buducnost and played there with the generation of Dragan Ivanovic and Dusko Ivanovic. I stayed there for two seasons and entered college. In 1979 I came to Bar and I had to sit out a half-season because I did not get the letter of clearance from my previous club. It was the time of the earthquake that devastated Montenegro. Mornar had a very good generation: Dusko Pavlovic, Djodjije Pavicevic, Mihailo Pavicevic , Nikica Kovacevic, Dodo Pelicic etc.

How did you decide to start coaching?

I finished my career as Ced Duraskovic arrival as head coach of the club and I was offered the position of assistant. At that time I was 28 years old. He told me: I do not count on you this year and I think that's better for you to be my assistant coach. It was hard for me to accept it, I felt like my world was collapsing but I decided to accept. It was 1987. Two years later came Mikica Petrovic, former coach of Buducnost, who later successfully worked in Italy, and to whom I was also assistant coach. That season (1989/1990) did not succeed to avoid relegation from the national league to the republic league and a couple of rounds before the end of the season I was offered to coach the team independently since Petrovic left the head coaching staff. Next season I was the first coach of the team in republican league. I had no experience, and we ended the season in the middle of the table. After that season Mihailo Pavicevic replaced me and I took care of the youth team.

How did you come up with the idea to form VOLI youth league and who are the most famous players who came out of the league?

Primorka, still a respected company at that time, decided to be sponsor of the league. In the organization have been involved all the former players: Dusko Pavlovic, Brano Dobrkovic, Bobo Ljutica, Nikica Kovacevic, etc. Through this competition we developed our own potentials such as Mladen Sekularac (203-G/F-81), Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell), Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket), Dusko Nedic, who previously played football etc.

Actually, that league was a test for your upcoming project- forming a second team from Bar called Basketball Club Primorka.

Yes, Primorka was formed in 1995 and in 2000 we made it into the First Federal League (YUBA). I had a chance to develop as a coach with that club. In this team I had a young Mladen Sekularac, then probably the greatest talent in the Balkans, which was the co MVP player of Cadet European Championships along with Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81).

However, after the great success you suddenly left the club and went to the third division side Rudar from Pljevlja?

I accepted the invitation from Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ), who is originally from Pljevlja, to help the club tomake it to the Second Division. I managed to make that dream come true because we have been successfull against strong teams Jedinstvo and Ljubovic, then ran by Goran Bojanic. Rudar got a new gym, which was always full. There started his career Mark Rakocevic who later played in Lovcen and abroad, and I brought also Vjekoslav Vujacic from Bar. Our point guard was Dusan Vidic, brother of Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United football star, who was a very talented player and one of the best point guards in the League. I have stayed there for two years...

After the experience with Rudar you joined again Primorka in Division II and started building up a new team?

We have formed a team of juniors of Primorka that were 16 years old with a few lmore experienced players born in Bar. Although at the beginning we were not sure if we should compete or not but we decided to try it and after a couple of defeats we played the rest of the season well and qualified for the First division. That team was led by the prospects such as Goran Martinic (184-PG-87, agency: BeoExcell) and Slobodan Pejovic (192-PG-86) that both later made successful senior careers. In the first division we were not able to be equal rival with others because these guys lacked experience, but we brought a couple of anonymous players (Danilo Draskovic and Radomir Marojevic) that are today well known players. A year later Primorka ceased to exist ..

Where did you go after that?

I went to Ulcinj, where I put together a solid team and brought Ranko Carapic (185-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) and Milisav Susic, but I had to leave them for family reasons. After that I did a season in Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje and although we did not have some great results, I met a lot of friends there.

After that comes a turning point in your career and you joined Teodo Tivat, a newly formed club that played in Second division.

With Teodo I won promotion to the First Division where we played a significant role and advanced to the Superleague every year. There I met some wonderful people led by General manager Misko Lucic. I'm glad to see that this season Teodo achieved some great results in the Balkan League as well as in the domestic league.

Last year in Teodo you coached your son Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances), a talent of Red Star Belgrade. How difficult it to work with your own son? Could you tell us something about that?

This is an extremely difficult task, and I'd like to have a prescription how it works also. Nikola was the National team member of Serbia and won the gold medal at the Cadet and Junior European Championships, he is still young and I hope he will make progress and successful career. He is now the member of Mornar from his home town Bar and it all depends on him. We will see what happens in the future with him.

After a short stay in Sweden, with the White Eagles from Stockholm, you left the team in October this year, and returned to Bar. What are your plans for the future?

Honestly speakling, I have spent many years in professional basketball and now I want to dedicate myself to working with youth players again. I decided to start my own basketball academy and I will give training in the new hall of the elementary school Anto Djedovic. I am very motivated to again do what I love most.

Thank you for the interview. Eurobasket.com and myself wish you a lot of luck with your upcoming activities.

Thanks to you for giving me the opportunity. All the best.


Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. KK Zeta 2011 5-0 
 2. Gorstak 4-1 
 3. S.Centar 4-2 
 4. Pljevlja 3-3 
 5. Buducnost II 2-3 
 6. Berane 2010 2-3 
 7. KK Zeta 2-3 
 8. Un.Mediteran 2-4 
 9. Gusinje 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 25: Berane 2010 - Un.Mediteran 98-90
Nov. 24: Gorstak - S.Centar 83-90
Nov. 24: Pljevlja - KK Zeta 2011 72-79
Nov. 24: Gusinje - KK Zeta 51-80

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 1: S.Centar - Berane 2010
Dec. 1: KK Zeta - Gorstak
Dec. 1: Zeta 2011 - Gusinje
Dec. 1: Buducnost II - Pljevlja



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Results and Stats from Monday around the league - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - N.Orleans H. 98-105
Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) had 25 points and 10 assists and the New Orleans Hornets' defense took Blake Griffin completely out of the game en route to a 105-98 victory over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, ending the Hornets' seven-game losing streak. Griffin made only one of nine shots in 35 minutes, finishing with a career-low four points and six rebounds before fouling out with 2:36 left in the game. It marked only the fourth time he failed to reach double digits in scoring in 173 NBA regular season and playoff games. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) and Jason Smith (7'0''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Colorado St.) each scored 17 points for the Hornets and Austin Rivers added 14. Anthony Davis, the top overall pick in the June draft, missed his fifth straight game because of an injured left ankle. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) made a career-high nine 3-pointers on 15 attempts and finished with 33 points, becoming the first Clipper this season to score at least 30. The two teams combined for 33 3-pointers on 62 attempts. Paul had 20 points and eight assists. Willie Green, who played for the Hornets two seasons ago before spending last season with Atlanta as a free agent, had 10 points. Anderson led New Orleans to a 51-44 halftime advantage with 11 points. Neither team led by more than five until the Hornets opened up a 39-28 lead with an 8-0 run capped by Anderson's 3-pointer with 5:58 left in the second quarter. The Hornets took an 11-point lead into the fourth and stretched it to 94-77, their biggest of the game, on Vasquez's fifth and final 3-pointer with 6:41 remaining. The Clippers got as close as 101-95 with two free throws by Griffin, a 3-pointer by Paul and two more foul shots by Jamal Crawford with 1:38 left. But their perimeter shooting went cold after that. Griffin missed his first seven shots before Green found him above the rim for an alley-oop dunk that cut the Hornets' lead to 68-65 with 4:34 left in the third quarter. Butler tied it 33 seconds later with a 3-pointer. Courtesy of: foxsports.com

Brooklyn N. - New York K. 96-89 OT
The Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks 96-89 in an overtime thriller on Monday in the first battle for New York bragging rights between the city rivals played out in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The victory lifted the Nets (9-4) into a tie with the Knicks (9-4) for first place in the Atlantic Division. Tied 84-84 after regulation, the Knicks scored the first points of the extra period, but the Nets countered with eight points in a row, the last three from hustling plays by Gerald Wallace to surge to a 92-86 lead and were never threatened. Center Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) led the Nets with 22 points, with Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) and Wallace scoring 16 points each. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse), the Knicks' scoring leader who was born in Brooklyn, led New York with 35 points, while center Tyson Chandler had 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting with his hoops coming from tip-ins, follow-ups and slam dunks. The game had been originally set to kick off the NBA season for the New York teams but was postponed due to the damage in the area caused superstorm Sandy. While that thrill was gone from this initial clash between the teams, the tension was heightened by the great start enjoyed by both in the early days of the season. Blue-and-orange clad Knicks fans made themselves heard in the new arena, which is just a 25-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, but their chants were drowned out by the sing-song "Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Brooklyn" favored by Nets fans embracing their new home following their move from New Jersey. Courtesy of: abs-cbnnews.com

Utah Jazz - Denver N. 105-103
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored a season-high 28 points and Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) made three free throws down the stretch, helping the Utah Jazz remain unbeaten at home with a 105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. The Nuggets had a chance to tie it with 3.6 seconds left but Ty Lawson was double-teamed and passed too late for Corey Brewer to get off a final shot. The Jazz, who improved to 6-0 at home, trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and were down 12 with 7:27 left in the third before going on a 14-2 run to tie it at 77. The Nuggets played the rest of the way without Andre Iguodala, who was ejected with 3:24 left in the third. He had 10 points, three rebounds and three turnovers. Favors added a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds, including two in the final minute. Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) led Denver with 21 points. Lawson added 16 points for the Nuggets, but shot just 7 of 17. The Nuggets held a 48-18 advantage on points in the paint at halftime but had just 18 the rest of the way as the Jazz buckled down and started playing defense. The game turned in the third quarter, usually the Nuggets best quarter in recent games as they were riding a four-game winning streak. Down 12, the Jazz went on their own run, with back-to-back 3-pointers by Randy Foye and Marvin Williams tying it at 77. Foye then tied up Iguodala on the next possession, and won the jump, leaving Iguodala complaining. When JaVale McGee was called for a foul on Paul Millsap at the other end, Iguodala complained again and picked up his first technical. He received his second after Foye made the free throw, sending him out of the game for good. The Nuggets hung tough, nonetheless, sending the game into the fourth quarter tied at 84. Favors' jam over McGee gave Utah a 91-89 lead, and Faried answered at the other end. Another dunk by Favors put Utah ahead 97-93 but Faried and Lawson kept the Nuggets in it, with back-to-back baskets to tie it at 100. Jefferson's free throws gave Utah a 102-100 lead and Andre Miller tied it with 54 seconds left. But after a miss by Jefferson at the other end, Favors was there for the offensive rebound, and made both free throws after getting fouled. Favors grabbed another rebound after Miller missed a 3-point attempt with 5.9 seconds left, and sank one of two from the line. Favors finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Tinsley, who started in place of injured Mo Williams for the second straight game, contributed a season-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. The first half was pretty much all Denver as the Nuggets shot 73 percent and led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter. Denver led 65-54 at the half. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

Oklah.City T. - Charlotte B. 114-69
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 18 points and the Thunder opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in NBA history on their way to a 114-69 blowout of the Bobcats on Monday in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had 12 points and 11 assists before he and the rest of Oklahoma City's starters were pulled less than five minutes into the second half with the Thunder leading 79-25. Westbrook powered home a right-handed slam to put an exclamation point on the first half and put Oklahoma City up 64-24. It was the fifth-biggest halftime lead in the NBA's shot-clock era and the largest since the Warriors set the record with an 88-41 edge on Sacramento on Nov. 2, 1991. It was the largest blowout ever for Charlotte, which had shown promise with seven early wins - the same number it had last season while setting an NBA record for futility. Rookie Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) scored 10 points to lead the Bobcats, whose worst loss previously was a 112-68 defeat against Portland on Feb. 1. It still wasn't a Thunder franchise record for a halftime margin. When the team was based in Seattle, the SuperSonics held a 75-31 lead against Boston on Nov. 23, 1967 - the second-largest margin in the shot-clock era, which started in the 1954-55 season. Courtesy of: sfgate.com

Memphis G. - Cleveland C. 84-78
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points apiece to help the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a lethargic performance and escape with an 84-78 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Rudy Gay added 15 points and Quincy Pondexter had 10, including 2-of-3 shooting from outside the arc, as NBA-leading Memphis (10-2) won its second straight. Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) had 15 points and 22 rebounds - including eight on the offensive glass - and Dion Waiters also scored 15 to lead Cleveland. Daniel Gibson added 11 points for the Cavs, who lost their third straight and ninth in their last 10 games. The Cavaliers still held the lead with 8:28 left, but Memphis closed the game on a 13-4 run. The Grizzlies outscored Cleveland 22-9 in the fourth quarter. Memphis played without starting point guard Mike Conley, who sat out with flu-like symptoms, and his absence was evident within the offense. Cleveland had a 41-33 advantage on the boards, while Memphis outscored the Cavs 44-38 in the paint. Cleveland held a seven-point lead after three quarters but Memphis opened the final frame with a 12-5 run, tying it at 74 on back-to-back 3-pointers from Pondexter and Gay. Cleveland wouldn't surrender the lead until Tony Allen hit a pair of free throws with 2:49 left to give Memphis a 78-76 lead. Randolph's inside basket with 1:29 to play extended the margin to 80-76, but a rebound dunk by Alonzo Gee with 44.5 seconds left cut the lead to 80-78. Cleveland would get no closer. Cleveland used 50 percent shooting and a much more spirited approach than the Grizzlies to take a 47-42 lead at the half. Varejao had 11 points and 12 rebounds at the break. Randolph had 13 points at the half, and Gasol and Gay had 10 apiece. While both teams committed eight turnovers in the half, Memphis seemed to be sleepwalking through the motions. Memphis came out in the second half and still appeared lethargic, allowing Cavs to build the lead to 10, their biggest of the game. The offense without Conley running the point was out of sync. Varejao was getting on the boards, and Cleveland continued shooting at a 50-percent clip in the third. Allen and Gasol were providing the only energy for Memphis at the midway point of the third quarter as Cleveland maintained a lead of about five points. Varejao's jumper as the horn sounded at the end of the third gave Cleveland a 69-62 lead entering the fourth - the first time this season Memphis has trailed at the end of three. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Chicago B. - Milwaukee B. 92-93
Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 27-point deficit in a stunning 93-92 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored a season-high 30 points for the Bulls but missed a shot at the buzzer that could have won it. Ilyasova led a 31-4 second half-run as the Bucks snapped a nine-game losing streak to Chicago and prevented the Bulls from moving past Milwaukee into first place in the Central Division. Ilyasova scored 12 points in the fourth quarter when Milwaukee outscored Chicago 30-12. Milwaukee played the entire fourth quarter with five reserves: Ilyasova, Epke Udoh, Beno Udrih, Mike Dunleavy and Doron Lamb. John Henson, Udrih and Udoh all scored 11 points while Monta Ellis added 10. The Bucks hadn't beaten Chicago since April 6, 2010. Hamilton was coming off a season-high 22 points in Chicago's 93-86 win at Milwaukee on Saturday. Kirk Hinrich added a season-best 17 points and six assists. Chicago had one final chance after Dunleavy failed to inbound a pass under the Milwaukee basket. Udoh knocked the ball out of bounds reaching for Dunleavy's pass with 7.5 seconds left and Chicago called a timeout. Hamilton took an inbounds pass and shot a fadeaway at the buzzer over Lamb from 15 feet, but came up short. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago. Luol Deng added 10 points and eight boards. The game was reminiscent of the biggest lead the Bulls ever blew at home, which was a 35-point lead in a home loss to the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 21, 2009. Hamilton and Boozer combined for 17 points in the third period as Chicago seemingly blew the game open. The Bulls outscored Milwaukee 28-13 in the third period and opened up a 27-point lead on Hinrich's 3-pointer with 2:50 to go in the third quarter. That gave Hinrich his season-high for points, just the third time he's reached double digits this season. Hamilton scored eight of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter as Chicago took a 48-40 lead at halftime. Milwaukee hit just 20 percent from 3-point range (3 of 15). The Bucks entered the game shooting 16 percent from deep over its last three games (10 of 62). Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

Detroit P. - Portland TB 108-101
Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, outplaying Damian Lillard in a matchup of young guards and leading the Detroit Pistons to a 108-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. Lillard entered the day as the NBA's top rookie scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game. He missed his first 12 shots from the field against the Pistons. Detroit is 4-3 since dropping its first eight games. The Pistons won for the first time when allowing more than 90 points. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) was back in the lineup for Portland after missing a game with back spasms. He scored 32 points but didn't have enough help with Lillard struggling. Lillard finished with 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting. Knight shot 9 of 17 from the field. The second-year guard was one of seven Detroit players in double figures. The Pistons shot 52.5 percent from the field, leading 54-49 at halftime and 82-73 after Kyle Singler's last-second 3-pointer in the third quarter. Detroit went 9 of 15 from 3-point range and eclipsed its previous season high of 106 points. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, and Singler had 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 10 rebounds. The Pistons led 75-64 in the third after Jason Maxiell's dunk. Maxiell caught Portland's Jared Jeffries in the face with his left arm while dunking with his right, sending Jeffries down the tunnel injured. Lillard followed with an acrobatic layup for his first field goal of the game. That started a 7-0 run that turned out to be Portland's best push of the second half. After Singler's shot gave the Pistons a nine-point lead, rookie Andre Drummond dunked on a fast break early in the fourth to put Detroit ahead 87-75. A three-point play by Rodney Stuckey made it 93-78. Portland did get the margin down to six on Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining, but Knight answered with a quick three-point play to make it 104-95. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Washington W. - San Antonio S. 92-118
About 15 minutes after his San Antonio Spurs handed the Washington Wizards their 12th straight defeat, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich bumped into his Wizards counterpart, Randy Wittman in the hall. Popovich put his hand on Wittman's shoulder and wished him luck. Wittman will need more than consoling. The Wizards are the 12th team in NBA history to start the season 0-12 according to STATS and are six away from equaling the New Jersey Nets' record 0-18 start in 2009-10. San Antonio easily polished off Washington 118-92 on Monday night. In the Wizards' first 11 games, they lost by 72 points, and never by more than 16. Washington was completely outclassed by the Spurs, who played their usual precise offensive game with pinpoint passes and lots of open shots. "I'd like someday for us to play like that," a wistful Wittman said after the game. San Antonio took the lead with eight minutes to go in the first half and ended it on a 20-10 run for a 60-48 lead. "It kind of took our will away," Wittman said. The Spurs steadily increased their advantage in the third quarter and led 92-70 after three. San Antonio's largest lead was 29 in the fourth quarter. San Antonio had seven players in double figures. as they continued their successful road trip. Boris Diaw scored 16 points, Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) added 15. Tim Duncan had 14, Gary Neal 13, Manu Ginobili 12 and Matt Bonner had 11. After winning the first four games of the six-game trip, they're now 8-1 on the road and 12-3 overall. "They carved us up pretty good tonight," Wittman said. Popovich had some compassion for his counterpart, who had to play without John Wall and Nene. Wall has missed all season with a left knee injury, but Nene had to sit this game out after playing 29 minutes in a double-overtime loss to Charlotte on Saturday. It was just his second game back after he missed the first nine with a left foot injury. "You know, you take Tony and Tim off the floor, Manu and Tony off the floor for us, and we'll have a tough time. In the NBA, having your best players is really important," Popovich said. After Sunday's double-overtime win in Toronto, Popovich's team really needed an easy night. None of his players was on the floor for more than 26 minutes. "It was huge for us to have a good start and make sure we play well right away. Don't mess with them, because we knew they were 0-11. You don't want to mess with that kind of team. You just want to from the get-go pound them and that's what we did," Parker said. The Wizards were led by Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) 's 19 and Kevin Seraphin with 18. San Antonio had 32 assists to Washington's 14. "We're all embarrassed-plain and simple," Wizards swingman Martel Webster said. While Washington was embarrassed, the Spurs were efficient, in playing and leaving. Within a half-hour, their locker room was empty. "We knew we were going to play a lot of guys and kind of keep our minutes down especially after the tough one last night. We came in here and we gave them (the bench) a little lead and guys stepped up and started making shots and we extended that lead. And it's just great to sit there in the fourth quarter, especially after the game we had last night," Duncan said. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com



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London Lightning stay undefeated after seven rounds - by Eurobasket News

Montreal J. - Moncton M. 74-89
The Moncton Miracles took down the Montreal Jazz with a final score of 89-74. Sylvania Watkins and Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) came out strong for the Miracles in the first quarter showing that they would not be given up a game on the road with ease. The first quarter ended with the Miracles leading 21-14 over the Jazz. The second quarter began with Montreal picking up their game, and Moncton struggling to get back on the scoreboard. Finally 4 minutes into the quarter they began to come alive but the Jazz had tightened the lead to 23-20. With 5:39 on the clock the game was tied up at 25-25. Moncton pulled it together before the end of the half and regained a 38-32 lead. Second half remained close until Moncton took control of the game in the last 12 minutes and outscored Montreal 32-25. Despite Moncton shooting 58.97% from the free throw line they were able to pull out the win on the road. With this win the Miracles regain first place in the Atlantic Division. Devin Sweetney led the way for the Miracles in a big way with 32 points. Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Winston Salem) followed with 15 points. Sylvania Watkins pulled off a double double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Manix Auriantal (6'2''-G-80, college: NYIT) was the top scorer for the Jazz with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Juan Mendez and Sani Ibrahim both had 11 points. The Miracles play their next game at home against the Summerside Storm on Tuesday, November 27th. Tip-off is 7pm at the Moncton Coliseum. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Halifax R. - Summerside S. 117-110
The Halifax Rainmen rode a strong first half to a 117-110 victory over the Summerside Storm in National Basketball League of Canada action here on Sunday afternoon. The Rainmen, who outscored the Storm by 13 points in the second quarter, took a 61-47 advantage into halftime. Nineteen of those first-half points came via free throws as the Rainmen shot 19-for-22. The Storm started the third quarter on a 15-4 run, but new Rainmen head coach Robert Spon and his team responded with an 11-2 run and led by seven points, 88-81, at the end of three quarters. Each team scored 29 points in the final 12 minutes. The loss dropped the Storm record to 5-4 (won-lost), and the Rainmen reached the .500 mark at 4-4. Before 1,796 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre, Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Rainmen. Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina) (17) and Joey Haywood (14) were Halifax's other top scorers. Antonio Ballard (6'4''-G/F, college: Miami, OH), who had his third double-double of the season, had the second-biggest game in Storm history scoring 35 points to go along with 15 boards. Troy Jackson, who had 39 points against the Saint John Mill Rats on Feb. 10, 2012, holds the record. Greg Plummer added 25 points and four steals, and Al Stewart was credited with 18. Courtesy of: journalpioneer.com

London L. - Oshawa P. 126-107
It's time for some fresh meat. At least that's what London Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson is saying. The Lightning remain undefeated in the 2012-13 National Basketball League of Canada season, going 7-0 with a 126-107 win over the Oshawa Power on Sunday a Budweiser Gardens in front of 2,019 fans. In seven games, the Lightning have played the Power three times, the Montreal Jazz three times and the Halifax Rainmen in the opening game of the season. 'It's difficult to play the same team over and over and over,' Richardson said. 'You can't keep beating a team by 30, 40, 50 points, it becomes mental to them. Every time you see them, you have that in your mind. 'We finally get some new meat. It's good to see somebody else now . . . now we get to see the other side and see what they have.' The Lightning play the Saint John Mill Rats on Thursday at the Gardens. The Atlantic Conference is supposedly a little stronger overall than the Central. But it's going to take someone good to knock off the Lightning. Even though they were a little sloppy and at times unfocused, they won again. The record for consecutive wins in the NBL is nine, by the Rainmen. What's tough about this Lightning team is even if some of their top producers are having an off day, they always seem to have someone able to step up and take over. On Sunday, the flash was provided by Jeremy Williams (6'7''-SF-87, college: UTEP). For the first time, he was able to show some of the high-flying ability he is known for. The 6-foot-7 forward from Texas-El Paso hit for 21 points, at least four on serious throwdown jams, and added eight rebounds. He had plenty of help from old reliable Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.), who finished with 23 points and eight boards. Ellis and Williams kept the Lightning in the game in the first quarter when everyone else struggled and the Power were able to build a seven-point lead. 'I found work today,' Williams said with a laugh. 'The last two games, I felt a little pain in my knee. The doctor diagnosed me with a (micro-tear) of my MCL. I talked to my mom and she said Go out there and don't worry about it.' I went out to play on it, but at the same time I'm cautious. So I was a little worried. I came out today and had a different mindset. Just don't worry about it.' The doctor said Williams was moving well enough to play on it. There was no evidence of any issue Sunday. He was a force inside and got on the end of a lot of passes from DeAthony Bowden for those high percentage jams. 'I got a chance to loosen my winds a little bit,' Williams said. 'I feel comfortable. I did what the older guys told me. (Elvin) Mims is a great mentor. He just told me to run the floor.' 'He got easy baskets. Anytime you get easy baskets, it gives you confidence,' Richardson said. 'He was grabbing rebounds. He had a great game.' The Power did play tough for a half. They were only down by nine at the break. But Bowden came out and hit two three-pointers on the first two possessions of the second half and then found Williams for a layup. It broke open the game. It was typical Bowden. He had 18 points, 12 assists and was all over the floor. 'He made his open shots. He passed the ball. He ran the team like the quarterback. He made the right decisions,' Richardson said. Jermaine Blackburn also gave the Lightning some big minutes, hitting for 15 points. The Power got 24 from Nick Okorie (6'1''-G-88, college: Texas Tech), 23 from Bo Harris and 21 from Amani Daanish. But it wasn't all nice and rosy for the Lightning. When up by almost 30, Richardson went to his bench. He let them play for five minutes but was displeased by how they played and yanked them off. 'You have to keep playing the game,' he said. 'You can't worry about the score. They were letting them come down scoring easily, layup after layup. That's not what we're about. We want to get better every game so you play for 48 minutes. You don't play for 30 minutes.' It sounds like a change is needed by everyone to alleviate some of the frustration, so the Mill Rats are just what the doctor ordered. Courtesy of: lfpress.com

Halifax R. - Windsor Exp. 103-85
The Windsor Express picked the wrong time to come to town. The Halifax Rainmen, still smarting from an embarrassing loss at home a week ago, thrashed the expansion Express 103-85 at the Metro Centre on Saturday night to make new coach Rob Spons debut a successful one. In front of 2,460 fans, Brandon Robinson and Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) netted 15 points each to pace the Rainmen. They halted a two-game slide at home and hiked their record to 3-4, tying them with the Saint John Mill Rats for third spot in the NBLs Atlantic Division. Weve been beating up on each other all week so its good to get out on the court and get on some other guys, Duncan said after the game, glancing down at the empty Windsor bench. They were just in a bad place at a bad time. Everyones been on edge, everyones pissed about our losing streak, but we just wanted to change it today. Spon took over the team Wednesday, eight days after Cliff Levingston was handed his walking papers and four days after the Moncton Miracles blasted the Rainmen 109-87, exposing many of the shortcomings that have plagued the team. The Rainmen had struggled with their consistency on both ends of the court and led the NBL in turnover margin going into Saturdays contest. But they shot a respectable 43 per cent from the field, had 18 steals, made 12 fewer turnovers than the Express and scored 36 points off Windsor giveaways. Coach is a defensive coach, said centre Antoine Tisby, one of the beneficiaries of Spons arrival. His first thing is defence. We came out and practised hard on it. We did a lot of work in practice and it showed tonight. The Rainmen sported a new look, with Spon inserting Tisby, guard Josiah Turner and forward Quinnel Brown into the starting lineup along with Robinson and Joey Haywood. The new coach also proved a man of his word, having the team get the ball in to Tisby on the low post on three of the teams first four possessions. After his first practice, Spon vowed to go inside early to the six-foot-eight, 240-pound centre, sticking to a formula hes worn out over his 29 years of coaching. I dont mind that at all, Tisby quipped with a wry grin, referring to the strategy. It gives me a couple of touches and lets me know where the defence is at and what I need to do better offensively in order to help my team out. Tisby scored the first two hoops of the game and drew an assist on the third, feeding a pass out of the post to a streaking Brown, who converted the layup for a quick 6-0 lead. Turner added 14 points for Halifax, Tisby finished with 13 and Brown had 12. Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) topped Windsor with 17 before he drew a pair of technical fouls and was ejected in the third quarter. Brown beat the buzzer with a trey to put Halifax up 26-19 after one quarter. The new forward, who spent parts of the past two seasons with Spon in Quebec, topped Halifax with nine points in the period while Tisby had eight. Halifax extended its lead in the second, with Robinson and Turner scoring eight each as the Rainmen went up 55-41. In the third quarter, the Rainmen used a 16-2 run to open up an 82-52 cushion and the rout was on. Halifax scored nine straight points on free throws, five of them after Helms was whistled for a foul and then got tossed. The Rainmen will look to get back to .500 today when they host the Summerside Storm at 2 p.m. to wrap up a five-game homestand. The Storm lead the Atlantic Division with a 5-3 record, but have lost three of their last four. We just have to play our game, come play tough and aggressive defence and let our offence fuel off our defence, Duncan said. Our defence is gonna be key; our identity has to be defence first. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



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Eitel Perfect From 3-Point Range As Sycamores Down High Point - by Eurobasket News

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Lucas Eitel (6'4''-G-90) scored a career-high 25 points as he tied an Indiana State single-game record for most 3-pointers hit in a row as well as eight in a row over the last two contests and finished with a perfect 7-of-7 mark from 3-point range, and a 9-of-9 mark from the field as the Sycamores earned a 76-62 victory in front of 4,855 fans inside Hulman Center.

"High Point is a really well coached team that plays extremely hard," head coach Greg Lansing said. "I can't say enough about Lucas Eitel, because he deserves it. Not just because he was knocking down shots -- he was defending too. That is why he got the nod. This is a good win over a high quality opponent."

Indiana State won for the fourth time in a row to improve to 4-1 on the season while High Point dropped to 3-2. The Sycamores improved to 30-1 all-time under head coach Greg Lansing when holding teams to less than 63 points and are off to at least a 4-1 start for the second consecutive season (started 5-0 last year).

Eitel went 9-of-9 from the field and hit all seven of his 3-point attempts in setting a new career-high with 25 points as he made his first career start. He became the first Sycamore to be perfect from 3-point range in a game with at least seven attempts and tied Jay Tunnell (6'8''-F/C-87) for the most 3-pointers hit in a row (7) as well as in a row over two games (8). Jordan Printy was 6-for-6 last year against Southern Illinois and Tunnell hit seven in a row at Illinois State (8-of-9 for the game) at Illinois State in 2009 as well as eight in a row against the Redbirds and Drake that same season.

Khristian Smith added 18 points and Mahurin tallied 10. Smith hit 7-of-11 shots from the field as he posted five rebounds as well and Mahurin hit a pair of 3-pointers to reach double figures scoring for the fourth time this season.

Jake Odum was solid all-around as he scored seven points to go with eight rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes of action.

For the season, Eitel has connected on 14-of-19 3-point attempts (73.7 percent).

The Sycamores held a 35-27 edge in the rebounding battle, holding a 12-2 advantage on second chance points while forced 10 Panther turnovers and converting them into 15 points.

Indiana State hit 24-of-46 shots from the field (52.2 percent) and drained 10-of-15 shots from 3-point range (66.7 percent) in the contest while High Point tallied 25-of-54 shots made (46.3 percent), but were just 4-of-11 from 3-point range (36.4 percent). The Sycamores hit 18 free throws while the Panthers made just eight.

High Point sandwhiched a 6-0 run around the half to take a 34-30 lead, but Manny Arop recorded a second-chance bucket to cut the Panther lead down to two points and Lucas Eitel drained his fifth 3-pointer for a 35-34 advantage and then hit another one to answer a Panther basket for a 38-36 lead.

Eitel made it a perfect 7-of-7 from 3-point range to push him over 20 points in a game for the first time in his career and gave the Sycamores a 41-36 advantage as the clock ticked down towards 16 minutes to go in the contest. He is the first Sycamore in the history of the program to hit each of his first seven 3-pointers in a game. Jordan Printy was 6-of-6 last year against Southern Illinois as part of ISU's historic 12-of-12 3-point shooting performance against the Salukis.

The Sycamore lead reached 45-38 when RJ Mahurin tallied a putback basket with 15 minutes left and then Khristian Smith grabbed his own offensive rebound and hit the jumper with 14:25 remaining in the contest for a 47-38 cushion. Mahurin hit his first triple of the contest off a cross court feed to stretch the lead out to 52-40 and Smith added a jumper in the paint as it was extended to 52-40 with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Eitel remained perfect from the field by hitting his ninth shot of the game in as many attempts to reach 25 points for the contest and gave the Sycamores a 54-42 lead as his foot was on the 3-point arc with just under 11 minutes to go in the game.

Mahurin stayed hot in the second half as he beat the shot clock with six minutes remaining to stretch the Sycamore advantage out to 64-49 and he pushed into double figures scoring with 10 for the contest.

The Sycamores raced out to a quick 6-0 on the strength of a pair of Lucas Eitel 3-pointers in the first two minutes of action. Eitel hit the two treys as he made the first start of his career. High Point would go on to score seven of the game's next eight points as the Panthers tied the contest up at seven with 16 minutes remaining. The Sycamore drought would end thirty seconds later on a running jumper by Khristian Smith as ISU retook a 9-7 advantage.

Smith would go on to hit 1-of-2 free throws and then drilled a driving lay-up with just over 13 minutes on the clock to run the lead out to 12-9. Dejaun McNaughy came right back with a 3-pointer as the score was tied for third time in the early going at 12-12.

High Point gained its first lead of the game at 14-12 at the 12:08 mark of the first half on a pair of free throws by Allan Chaney. Eitel tied a career-high with a trio of 3-pointers as he regained the lead for the Sycamores at 15-14 with 11:08 remaining before the break. After a Cummings steal, Odum found a streaking Eitel at the rim for a fast-break lay-up which extended the Sycamore lead out to 19-16. High Point then tied the game at 19 with a 3-pointer by Lorenzo Gucini.

Jake Kitchell ended a 6-0 Panther run with seven minutes remaining which cut the High Point advantage down to 22-21. After the Panthers hit a lay-up for a 24-21 cushion, Eitel made it a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the opening stanza and eclipsed his previous career high (12 points vs. Evansville Jan. 10, 2012) with 14 and tied the contest at 24. Odum followed his own miss for a 26-24 lead, but once again High Point was able to knot the contest yet again.

In addition to his early scoring, Eitel also got a key assist as he found Smith open in the lane for a turnaround jump shot to push the Sycamores ahead 28-26. Mahurin hit 1-of-2 free throws with just over three minutes left to take a 29-28 lead and then after he grabbed a defensive rebound, Mahurin was fouled and hit another charity toss for a 30-28 advantage. High Point scored the final four points of the first half to take a 32-30 lead into the locker room.

High Point had three scorers in double figures, led by Adam Weary's 12 off the bench.

The Sycamores return to action on Saturday, December 1 when they host New Mexico in the final edition of the Missouri Valley/Mountain West Challenge Series. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m. (ET).

Courtesy:ISU Athletics



Zags Down Davidson To Capture Second Old Spice Classic Title - by Eurobasket News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Gonzaga had an impressive weekend.

Elias Harris (6'8''-F-89), the tournament MVP, scored 24 points, Kevin Pangos (6'2''-G-93) added 23 and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Davidson 81-67 Sunday night in the Old Spice Classic championship game.

It was the second Old Spice Classic title in as many tries for the Bulldogs who defeated Oklahoma State, Maryland and Tennessee on the way to the 2008 crown in which Jeremy Pargo was named the MVP. Gonzaga is 6-0 in the Old Spice Classic and remained undefeated this season at 6-0.

''We knew it was going to be tough,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. ''That's just an unbelievably skilled team that is tough as nails. That fights you on every possession. We had to respond several different times to finally get it going in our direction. I think that bodes well for us down the road here.''

Kelly Olynyk, also named to the All-Tournament team, added 14 points for Gonzaga.

Davidson (3-3) got 17 points from Nik Cochran. Jake Cohen had 13 and De'Mon Brooks finished with 12.

''They've got some terrific offensive firepower,'' Davidson coach Bob McKillop said of Gonzaga. ''They beat you at every spot. I thought they defend very well, too.''

Both teams won two previous games in advancing to the title matchup. Gonzaga beat Oklahoma (72-47) and Clemson (57-49). Davidson posted victories over Vanderbilt (75-62) and West Virginia (63-60).

''It was a really good week for us,'' Few said. ''We got tested in a variety of ways. Both with how the games flowed, but also with the different schemes and matchups that we faced.''

Pangos connected on a 3 to give Gonzaga a 58-53 lead with eight minutes to play. The guard had another 3 to make it 64-57 two minutes later.

''My teammates got me open and I just let it fly,'' Pangos said.

Harris had consecutive baskets as the Bulldogs went up 74-63 with three minutes remaining.

Brooks' fast-break layup tied it at 51-all midway through the second. He spent parts of the final nine minutes on the bench after picking up his fourth foul.

Brooks and Cohen both fouled out late in the game.

Davidson, keyed by two baskets from Cohen, started the second half by scoring six straight to cut its deficit to 33-30. Clint Mann's 3-pointer three minutes into the half got the Wildcats within 35-33.

''They came hard with a push in the second half there, but some guys stepped up and made big plays,'' Olynyk said.

Harris had 11 points to help Gonzaga, which trailed by nine early on, take a 33-24 halftime lead. The forward, who moved past Steven Gray into 15th place on the school's all-time scoring list, had pair of baskets and a 3-point play to put the Bulldogs ahead 30-18 with 3:47 before the break.

Przemek Karnowski scored six points during a 11-2 run that got Gonzaga even at 15-all midway through the first half.

Cochran had five points, including a long-range jumper, and Brooks added two in-close baskets to help Davidson go up 13-4 just over four minutes into the game.
Courtesy of: http://www.gozags.com



WAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week Announced - by Eurobasket News

DENVER Louisiana Techs Raheem Appleby (6'3''-PG) has been named the Western Athletic Conference Mens Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25.

Appleby, a sophomore guard from Jacksonville, Ark. (Jacksonville HS), led the Bulldogs to a 3-0 record last week. Appleby scored 21 points and dished out three assists in a 67-63 win over Southeast Missouri State. With the score tied at 58, Appleby scored nine of LA Techs last 13 points to secure the victory against SEMO. He then scored a career-high 30 points with two rebounds and a steal in a 71-63 win over Chattanooga to help his team to a perfect 3-0 record at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Appleby wrapped up the week with an 18-point performance in a 68-52 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

On the week, Appleby averaged 23.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field and 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the free throw line.

Other nominees included: New Mexico State senior forward Bandja Sy (6'8''-F) averaged 13.0 points in a pair of wins last week San Jose State junior forward Chris Cunningham (6'9''-F) had 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over UC Santa Cruz Seattle U junior Clarence Trent (6'6''-F-89) scored 17 points in a 58-49 win over Pacific Lutheran UT Arlington senior center Jordan Reves had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 65-58 win at Samford UTSA senior guard Kannon Burrage scored 22 points at Brigham Young Texas State senior forward Matt Staff averaged 13.7 points over three games last week Utah State junior center Jarred Shaw posted a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double in a win over Weber State.
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Sanders' Game-High 19 Leads Anchormen Past Bates, 45-43 - by Eurobasket News

Lewiston, Maine-Junior guard Nyheem Sanders (6'0''-G) (Pawtucket, RI) scored 19 points as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team outlasted Bates, 45-43, in a tightly contested defensive battle on Sunday afternoon.

The Anchormen stay unbeaten (4-0), while Bates (2-2) drops to .500.

"We showed a lot of toughness getting this win," Head Coach Bob Walsh said afterwards. "We really struggled on offense, but to hold Bates to 43 points and 30 percent shooting shows a lot of buy-in on the defensive end. We need to get a lot better, but we won this game because we guarded."

The Anchormen shot only 32.7 percent from the field (17-for-52), but held Bates to a lower rate, at 29.8 percent (17-for-57). RIC outrebounded Bates, 44-36, and took advantage of Bates' 6-for-13 shooting from the free throw line (46.2 percent).

Sanders was the only player from each side to scor in double digits and connected on 3-of-5 from downtown. Sophomore forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) was a defensive force in the paint, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking four shots to go with six points. Burton keyed RIC's 26-18 advantage in points in the paint

Ed Bogdanovich led Bates with his third straight double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds), though he shot a season-low 5-for-14 from the field. Bogdanovich also had three blocked shots. Mark Brust added nine points, Luke Matarazzo led Bates with three assists and three steals and Mike Boornazian contributed six points and seven boards.

Sanders canned a three to open the game's scoring, but Derek Murphy evened the score with a three from the right wing for the first of four ties in the first half. Brust scored seven straight points for the Bobcats midway through the half, capped by a free throw after an intentional foul was called against RIC, which gave Bates a 12-9 lead with 8:00 left in the game. Sanders drove one-on-one and finished with a spinning layup, but Graham Safford answered seconds later with a three-pointer, assisted by Luke Matarazzo for a 17-13 Bates lead, the Bobcats' larges of the game.

RIC senior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) cut it to 17-15 with a layup, then answered a layup by Boornazian with a three to cut Bates' lead to 19-18.

Following a Bogdanovich layup, junior guard Michael Palumbo (Providence, RI) drove along the weakside baseline for a layup to cut it to 21-20 with 2:36 left in the period, and the teams traded misses in the subsequent two minutes before Carter finished off the period with layup with 22 seconds left, returning the lead to the Anchormen at 22-21 for halftime.

RIC started out the second half with a free throw and a three by Sanders for a five-point advantage. But over the next five minutes, Bates outscored RIC 10-1. Bogdanovich's interior pass to Sean Cunningham for a layup got the run started, followed by a Matarazzo steal and a dunk by Bogdanovich on a feed by Brust. Bogdanovich then hit 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game back up at 26-26, then made 1-of-2 again on the next trip to regain the lead for Bates. The Anchormen missed six straight field goal attempts and turned the ball over three times in Bates' run, which was capped by a Brust jumper that put Bates ahead 31-27 with 13:04 left in regulation.

Burton blocked a layup attempt by Bogdanovich on Bates' next trip down, and Sanders' layup at the other end narrowed the gap to two, while starting a run of 11 unanswered points by the Anchormen. Sophomore forward Alex Cruz's steal led to a three-point play for Sanders for a 32-31 RIC lead. Carter then made another key steal for RIC and Sanders fed Neal for a layup. A missed layup by Bates' Cunningham turned into a three-pointer at the other end for Sanders for a 37-31 RIC lead. As the clock ticked under the 8:00 mark, RIC's Carter was fouled by Bogdanovich and made one foul shot for a 38-31 Anchormen lead with 7:24 to go, the largest by either team for the whole game.

Bates charged back with a final run of its own. Matarazzo made a fallaway jumper, then fed Billy Selmon for a three after an RIC turnover to slice the lead to 38-36. Selmon then made 1-of-2 free throws on Bates' next possession, missing the second, but Bogdanovich rebounded the miss, then made it 41-38 Bates with a bucket underneath, assisted by Safford.

Sanders got the points back with another driving, spinning layup, but Matarazzo cleverly rebounded his own missed three and made the putback before RIC could react, for a 43-40 Bates lead with 3:28 to go.

Burton then scored back-to-back hoops for the Anchormen, first putting back his own miss, then converting a lob from Carter on an inbounds play from underneath the hoop for a 44-43 lead with 1:56 left to play.

Bates missed its last three field goal attempts, and two free throws as well, over the final 1:26, while RIC countered with one more point on a free throw by Carter to account for the final margin.

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host MIT at The Murray Center on Thursday, Nov. 29 (7:30 p.m.).
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Trine Sweeps MIAA/HCAC Challenge - by Eurobasket News

RICHMOND, Ind. - It was a perfect weekend for the Trine University men's basketball team as they swept their way through the MIAA/HCAC Challenge, defeating Manchester University 78-61. The Thunder have now won three in-a-row and are 3-1 on the season.

Trine jumped out to an early lead after scoring the first four points of the game. From there though, the two teams would slug it out the rest of the half as they traded leads twice. With two minutes to go and the score tied at 31, the Thunder would score the final five points of the half to take a 36-31 lead into the locker room.

The second half started similarly as the two sides traded baskets. But with a two-point lead at 45-43, the Thunder would take off on a 9-point run in the span of just two minutes. The Spartans would quickly cut into the lead as Trine led by just three with just under 10 minutes to go in the game. Once again though, the Thunder would go on a quick burst, scoring 7 points in another two minute span. Trine would put the game away as they scored the final 8 points of the game, not allowing Manchester to score in the final two minutes.

Senior Ian Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) led the Thunder with a game-high 23 points and three steals while also dishing out three assists. Fellow senior Scott Rogers (Waterford, Mich./Kettering) added 18 points and a career- and game-high 7 blocks while also pulling down five boards. Freshman Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) also scored in double-digits, adding in 13 points. Freshmen Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) grabbed a game-high eight boards while Travis Malone (Toledo, Ohio/St. Johns Jesuit) added a game-high five assists.

Trine shot 48 percent from the floor on the night, including 10-of-20 for the second half. The Thunder also shot 84.6 percent (22-of-26) from the charity stripe. The seven blocks by Rogers was the most since Thad Richardson made six at Adrian on February 5, 2005.

The Thunder will take the week off before hosting North Central (IL) on December 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Brandeis men claim New England Big Four Challenge with 78-61 win over Salem State - by Eurobasket News

WALTHAM, Mass. Brandeis men's basketball junior guard Gabriel Moton (6'1''-G-91) (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists today to lead the Judges past Salem State University, 78-61, in the finals of the New England Big Four Challenge today. With the win, Brandeis (3-1) wins the Crotty Cup, named after after Middlesex Magic AAU founder Mike Crotty, Sr., for the third time in four years.

Moton, a transfer from Boston College, averaged 23.5 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game in the tournament. In today's championship match, he guided Brandeis to a 41-35 halftime lead with 11 points, five boards, three assists and two steals in the first 20 minutes. The Judges led by as many as nine points in the first stanza, but were never able to pull away as Salem State's Andrew White (Medford, Mass./Medford) kept the Vikings in the game with 13 points in the frame.

SSU (2-3) opened the second half on an 6-2 run, closing to within 43-41 after back-to-back hoops by Tavone Wynder (Boston, Mass./Newton South). Brandeis answered with a Derek Retos (No. Attleboro, Mass./Brimmer and May School) trifecta and a Moton jumper to push the lead back to seven at 48-41. The score never got closer than a two-possession game after that, with Brandeis's final 17-point margin of victory the largest lead of the game.

In addition to Moton, two other Brandeis starters scored in double figures. Junior forward Ben Bartoldus (6'2''-G) (Hillsborough, N.H./Proctor Acad.) finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Youri Dascy (6'7''-C) (Fall River, Mass./St. Andrews School, R.I.) had 10 points. Junior forward Alex Stoyle (Goffstown, N.H./Tilton School) had nine points and led all players with nine rebounds, helping the Judges to a 52-37 rebounding advantage over the Vikings, who were plus-10 on the glass in the semifinals. The Judges also turned 15 SSU turnovers into 17 points, while minimizing their 11 miscues to just seven points-off-turnovers.

Salem State was led by White's 18 points and 15 from Wynder. Five different Viking players finished with five rebounds, including White, Wynder and senior Nate Simpson (Lowell, Mass./Lowell), who also led the squad with three assists. The Vikings shot just 36.4% from the field for the game (24-66), including 32.4% (11-34) in the second half.

In the day's earlier consolation game, Tufts (3-2) used a balanced attack to put away Babson, 83-58. Five different Jumbo players scored in double figures in the win, led by 13 off the bench from Stephen Haladnya (Hamilton, Mass./St. Johns Prep). Junior guard Kwame Firempong (Inglewood, Calif./Winward School) added 12 points, Timothy Folliard (Richmond, Va./Phillips Exeter) and Oliver Cohen (Penn Valley, Pa./Lower Merion) had 11 each and Matt Lanchantin (Natick, Mass./Brooks School) had 10. Senior center Scott Anderson (Sudbury, Mass./Middlesex School) had a game-high 10 rebounds and matched Firempong for team-high honors with three assists. Babson's (2-3) Matt Palazini (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) led the Beavers with a game-high 16 points, while sophomore forward John Wickey (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) had 13 points and six boards. Tufts won the rebounding battle, 51-29, helping to offset a 16-7 edge in the turnover department in favor of the Beavers.

In addition to tournament MVP Moton, the All-Tournament team consisted of John Wickey of Babson; Scott Anderson of Tufts; Andrew White of Salem State; and Alex Stoyle of Brandeis.

Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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  NEW CALEDONIA   


2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Fiji nip New Caledonia - by Eurobasket News

Fiji- New Caledonia 79:74

Fiji nip New Caledonia in their start at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. They needed 79:74 win for the first success.
New Caledonia erupted with 31-18 in the first period, but could not win the game. Both teams nailed 18 points in the second frame for 13-point advantage at the halftime. Fiji looked outstanding in the second half and posted two necessary victories. They needed 19-11 in the third period and finished the game with 24-14 in the last stanza.
Filimoni Vulimailaucala top-scored for the winners with 15 points and George Patterson tossed in 14. Walter Vuruya delivered 12 points, while Josaia Qalotaki had 10. Nicolas Cedare-Wimian finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort and Gabriel Honda scored 14. O'Bryan Martin netted 13, Loic Meztdorf had 12 and Alexis Abenzoar brought 10.

Fiji: Filimoni Vulimailaucala 15, George Patterson 14, Walter Vuruya 12, Josaia Qalotaki 10
New Caledonia: Nicolas Cedare-Wimian 15, Gabriel Honda 14, O'Bryan Martin 13, Loic Meztdorf 12, Alexis Abenzoar 10



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  NEW ZEALAND   


2012 Pacific Youth Championships: New Zealand overwhelm Papua New Guinea - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand- Papua New Guinea 99:49

New Zealand overwhelm Papua New Guinea at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships in Victoria. The team started the campaign with 99:49 win.
New Zealand looked better from the start of the game and took 27-9 in the first period. They added 23-14 in the second frame and led 50:23 at the halftime. Moreover the favorites won the third and the last quarters. They posted 24-12 in the third period and finished the game with 25-14 in the last stanza.
Raymond Penny stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Jordan Baas nailed 16. Jayden Bezzant and Denhym Brooke followed them with 13 each. Joban Mea finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort and Obert Muri notched 9. Moses Lune posted 8, while Emmanuel Parapa and Junior Tokiala followed them with 6 apiece.

New Zealand: Raymond Penny 18, Jordan Baas 16, Jayden Bezzant 13, Denhym Brooke 13
Papua New Guinea: Joban Mea 11, Obert Muri 9, Moses Lune 8, Emmanuel Parapa 6, Junior Tokiala 6



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  NORWAY   


BLNO Round 13: Centrum keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

BLNO is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Centrum as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Centrum defeated 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt in Oslo 78-69. The game without a history. Centrum led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Thomas Ble (185-89) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 17 points. Centrum's coach Ronny Ahlberg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Ammerud Bskt lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Laksevag. Sixth ranked Asker Aliens (4-8) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging 5th ranked Froya Basket (5-8) 90-88 on Sunday evening. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) nailed 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Djo Yele accounted for 24 points and 15 rebounds. Latvian point guard Reno Silavs (180-91) came up with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Froya Basket in the defeat. Asker Aliens maintains sixth place with 4-8 record. Defending champion Froya Basket keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Asker Aliens will play against higher ranked Baerum Basket (#4) in Bekkestua in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Froya Basket will play at home against Gimle BBK in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gimle BBK (7-7) against sixth ranked Asker Aliens (4-8) on Saturday night. Host Gimle BBK was defeated by Asker Aliens in a tough game in Bergen 73-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gimle BBK. Djo Yele fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Delano Thomas produced 23 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Gimle BBK's coach Brent Hackman tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Asker Aliens maintains sixth place with 4-8 record. Gimle BBK at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Asker Aliens will meet at home higher ranked Baerum Basket (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gimle BBK will play against the league's second-placed Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Froya Basket - Asker Aliens 88-90

Important game to mention about took place in Laksevag. Sixth ranked Asker Aliens (4-8) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging 5th ranked Froya Basket (5-8) 90-88 on Sunday evening. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) nailed 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and DR Congolese power forward Djo Yele (-82) accounted for 24 points and 15 rebounds. Latvian point guard Reno Silavs (180-91) came up with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for Froya Basket in the defeat. Four Froya Basket players scored in double figures. Asker Aliens maintains sixth place with 4-8 record. Defending champion Froya Basket keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Asker Aliens will play against higher ranked Baerum Basket (#4) in Bekkestua in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Froya Basket will play at home against Gimle BBK in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Froya Basket: R.Silavs 26+7reb+5ast, E.Gabrans 19+2reb+5ast, A.Schonning 16+4reb+1ast, A.Nzeyimana 13+3reb+4ast, B.El-Safadi 6+7reb+4ast, N.Blatancic 6+3reb+1ast
Asker Aliens: E.Westerlund 38+7reb+2ast, D.Yele 24+15reb+3ast, E.Stien 10+4reb+5ast, Y.Amoikon 8+5reb+1ast, S.Berg 6+6reb+1ast, J.Bohn 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 178399


Centrum - Ammerud Bskt 78-69

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Centrum as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Centrum defeated 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt in Oslo 78-69. The game without a history. Centrum led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Thomas Ble (185-89) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 17 points. Ble is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Centrum's coach Ronny Ahlberg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Brian Mariampillai (187-85) scored 18 points. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Ammerud Bskt lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: B.Mariampillai 18+4reb+2ast, R.Timus 17+10reb+2ast, A.Haddad 10+3reb, E.Ford 7+1ast, O.Egeland 7+3reb, H.Sorensen 4+1reb
Centrum: T.Ble 20+5reb+4ast, M.Mahnin 17+2reb, C.Hinsch 10+3reb+2ast, M.Austgulen 9+2reb+1ast, J.Kristian Jespersen 7, F.Nyborg 6+5reb
gschID: 178398


Gimle BBK - Asker Aliens 73-77

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gimle BBK (7-7) against sixth ranked Asker Aliens (4-8) on Saturday night. Host Gimle BBK was defeated by Asker Aliens in a tough game in Bergen 73-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gimle BBK. Gimle BBK trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-77 at the end of the game. Asker Aliens dominated on the defensive end, holding Gimle BBK to just 7 points in second quarter. DR Congolese power forward Djo Yele (-82) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) chipped in 18 points. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard Stian Enge (190-90) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Gimle BBK's coach Brent Hackman tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Asker Aliens maintains sixth place with 4-8 record. Gimle BBK at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Asker Aliens will meet at home higher ranked Baerum Basket (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gimle BBK will play against the league's second-placed Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: D.Thomas 23+7reb+3ast, S.Enge 15+7reb+3ast, A.Stien 10+5reb+1ast, M.Bakken 6+1reb, F.Gnatt 5+4reb, D.Hammer 4+2reb
Asker Aliens: D.Yele 21+10reb+3ast, E.Westerlund 18+3reb, E.Stien 16+3reb+2ast, J.Bohn 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Amoikon 6+1reb, S.Tallaksen 3
gschID: 178397



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  AUS
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mills, AUS21.5 
 2. Durant, USA20.3 
 3. Ginobili, ARG19.4 
 4. Gasol, ESP19.1 
 5. Scola, ARG18.0 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS17.5 
 7. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
 8. Deng, ENG15.8 
 9. Parker, FRA15.7 
 10. Batum, FRA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  (212-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Mejri, TUN10.0 
 3. Diogu, NGR9.0 
 4. Ben Ghnia, TUN8.6 
 5. Nene, BRA8.0 
 6. Love, USA7.9 
 7. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 8. Kirilenko, RUS7.5 
 9. Varejao, BRA7.0 
 10. Freeland, ENG6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (190-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.5 
 2. Huertas, BRA6.0 
 3. Shved, RUS5.9 
 4. James, USA5.6 
 5. Jasikevicius, LTU5.3 
 6. Paul, USA4.9 
 7. Kalnietis, LTU4.8 
 8. Deng, ENG4.6 
 9. Dellavedova, AUS4.5 
 10. Khryapa, RUS4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, USA2.6 
 2. Aminu, NGR2.0 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.9 
 4. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 5. Ben Ghnia, TUN1.8 
 6. Nielsen, AUS1.8 
 7. De Colo, FRA1.7 
 8. Durant, USA1.7 
 9. Ginobili, ARG1.6 
 10. Deng, ENG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  TUN
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Mejri, TUN3.4 
 2. Yi, CHN2.2 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.8 
 4. Batum, FRA1.5 
 5. Seraphin, FRA1.3 
 6. Ibaka, ESP1.3 
 7. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 8. Jankunas, LTU1.0 
 9. Nene, BRA1.0 
 10. Diaw, FRA0.8 



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: New Zealand overwhelm Papua New Guinea - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand- Papua New Guinea 99:49

New Zealand overwhelm Papua New Guinea at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships in Victoria. The team started the campaign with 99:49 win.
New Zealand looked better from the start of the game and took 27-9 in the first period. They added 23-14 in the second frame and led 50:23 at the halftime. Moreover the favorites won the third and the last quarters. They posted 24-12 in the third period and finished the game with 25-14 in the last stanza.
Raymond Penny stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Jordan Baas nailed 16. Jayden Bezzant and Denhym Brooke followed them with 13 each. Joban Mea finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort and Obert Muri notched 9. Moses Lune posted 8, while Emmanuel Parapa and Junior Tokiala followed them with 6 apiece.

New Zealand: Raymond Penny 18, Jordan Baas 16, Jayden Bezzant 13, Denhym Brooke 13
Papua New Guinea: Joban Mea 11, Obert Muri 9, Moses Lune 8, Emmanuel Parapa 6, Junior Tokiala 6



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  POLAND   


Piotr Stelmach leaves Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News (T)

28-year old international forward Piotr Stelmach (205-107kg-84, college: Mississippi State, agency: BeoExcell) left Stelmet Zielona Gora (TBL). In only one Eurocup game he played this season he had 3 points, 1 assist and 1 steal. Stelmach also played 8 games in TBL where he recorded 3.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.0apg. 
Stelmach has been a member of Polish international program for some years. He has was called to Senior National Team since 2010 and previously for U18 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
Stelmach has played previously for five other Polish teams: PBG Basket, Spojnia, Kotwica, Asseco Prokom Gdynia and SMS PZKosz.
He attended Mississippi State until 2007 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Grod's double-double lands him 2Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Mikolaj Grod (194-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Notec and receives a Eurobasket.com 2Liga Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 16 rebounds, while his team was edged out by GTK Gdynia (#8, 2-4) 84-82. Notec maintains the 9th position in Polish 2Liga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just one victory. Grod turned to be Notec's top player in his first season with the team. Grod has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.7ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 70.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jan Grzelinski (178-PG-94) of WKK Wroclaw. He is a guard in his 4th season at WKK Wroclaw. In the last game Grzelinski recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 17 assists. Of course he lead WKK Wroclaw to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Alba Chorzow (#9, 2-6) 99-72. This victory allowed WKK Wroclaw to move up to 6th position in group B. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Grzelinski is one of the most experienced players at WKK Wroclaw and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another WKK Wroclaw's star - Miroslaw Lopatka (213-C/F-77, agency: Promotex). Lopatka scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of WKK Wroclaw, helping his team with a 99-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Alba Chorzow (#9, 2-6). WKK Wroclaw needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Lopatka has a very solid season. In 6 games in Poland he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 70.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomasz Bzdyra (196-F/C-83) of Tychy - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Pawel Jaworski (200-F-86) of Wschowa - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Grzegorz Remin (192-F/G-82) of Tychy - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Filip Put (195-F-93) of GTK Gdynia - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Karol Michalek (207-F-87) of Basket Pila - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Bartosz Diduszko (198-F/G-87) of WKK Wroclaw - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marceli Dziemba (190-G-92) of AZS AWF K-ce - 16 points and 3 rebounds

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



Harris number one in Poland for round 9 - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84) had a great game in the last round for AZS Koszalin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Rosa Radom (#12, 2-8) 97-91. AZS Koszalin is placed at 4th position in Polish TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AZS Koszalin will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be AZS Koszalin's top player in his first season with the team. Former Rhode Island University star has very solid stats this year. Harris leads league in rebounds with 8.9rpg. Harris is in league's top in and averages impressive 52.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport) of Asseco Prok.. Hrycaniuk had a very good evening with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Asseco Prok. to edge the lower-ranked Siarka Jezioro (#11, 2-7) 81-79. Asseco Prok.'s 6th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hrycaniuk is one of the most experienced players at Asseco Prok. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina center Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) of Start Gdynia (#10). Rothbart scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Start Gdynia, leading his team to a 82-68 easy win against the higher-ranked Energa Czarni (#1, 7-3). The chances of Start Gdynia not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rothbart could try to bring Start Gdynia's a little bit higher in the standings. Rothbart has individually a great season in Poland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86) of Polpharma - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84) of PGE Turow - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. J.J. Montgomery (196-G-82) of Rosa Radom - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Trefl Sopot - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Asseco Prok. - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84) of Stelmet ZG - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Todd Abernethy (185-PG-84) of Energa Czarni - 16 points and 7 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)



Radoslaw Hyzy gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Slask Wroclaw and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 35-year old forward had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Slask Wroclaw in his team's victory, helping them to crush UMKS Kielce (#15, 3-7) with 16-point margin 78-62. It allowed Slask Wroclaw to consolidate first place in the Polish 1Liga. Slask Wroclaw has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. It's Hyzy's second year at Slask Wroclaw and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Hyzy has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 53.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Hubert Pabian (202-F-89, agency: Promotex) of Spojnia. Pabian impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he lead Spojnia to another comfortable win 97-79 over the lower-ranked AZS PP (#16, 1-9) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Spojnia managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Pabian is well-known by Spojnia fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Spojnia's star - Tomasz Stepien (193-G-86). Stepien showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Spojnia, helping his team with a 97-79 easy win against the lower-ranked AZS PP (#16, 1-9). The chances of Spojnia ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stepien could help Spojnia to bring them higher in the standings. Stepien has a great season in Poland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maciej Klima (205-C-82) of Sokol Lancut - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Adam Parzych (190-G-86) of Spojnia - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Dariusz Wyka (207-C-91) of Polonia - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Damian Pieloch (195-F-89) of Sokol Lancut - 27 points and 4 assists
8. Marcel Wilczek (204-F/C-86) of Start Lublin - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Lukasz Wilczek (189-PG-86) of Start Lublin - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Kamil Gawrzydek (210-C-87) of Sokol Lancut - 15 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  PORTUGAL   

Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Oliveirense 5-0 
 2. Guifoes 4-1 
 3. Maia Basket 4-1 
 4. Sangalhos 4-2 
 5. Electrico FC 4-2 
 6. Illiabum 3-3 
 7. Angra 3-4 
 8. Ginasio 2-4 
 9. Leca 1-4 
 10. Benfica B 1-5 
 11. Terceira 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 24: Terceira - Ginasio 82-76
Nov. 25: Sangalhos - Leca 79-65
Nov. 24: Electrico FC - Oliveirense 73-86
Nov. 24: Angra - Benfica B 69-59

Round 7

Nov. 25: Angra - Ginasio 65-82


Nov. 24: Illiabum - Guifoes 59-65

Round 7

Nov. 25: Terceira - Benfica B 49-57

Regular Season: Round 7

Dec. 1: Illiabum - Leca
Dec. 1: Maia Basket - Oliveirense
Dec. 2: Sangalhos - Guifoes


Proliga Round 6: Oliveirense defeats Electrico FC in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Oliveirense (5-0) which played road game in Ponte de Sor against second-best Electrico FC (4-2). Top-ranked Oliveirense managed to get a 13-point victory 86-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Electrico FC. Oliveirense made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Electrico FC turnovers. It was a good game for center Andre Pereira (200-C-90) (200-90) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tiago Pinto (183-88) replied with 24 points and 7 assists for Electrico FC. Undefeated Oliveirense have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Electrico FC at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Sangalhos. Oliveirense are looking forward to face Maia Basket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Electrico FC will have a break next round.
Terceira's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Ginasio (2-4) 82-76. Forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Chano Rashiduddin chipped in 17 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Pedro Rocha (190-87) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Ginasio's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Terceira went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Ginasio at the other side dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Benfica B's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Angra Heroismo, where they defeated Terceira (1-6) 57-49 on Sunday. Candido Sa notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Benfica B's coach Goran Nogic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds by Chano Rashiduddin did not help to save the game for Terceira. Benfica B (1-5) left bottom position moving up to tenth place. Loser Terceira dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Ilhavo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Guifoes (4-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Illiabum (3-3). Guifoes managed to secure a 6-point victory 65-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Illiabum. The best player for the winners was Jose Almeida who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Guifoes moved-up to second place, which they share with Maia Basket. Illiabum at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Guifoes' next round opponent will be Sangalhos (#4) on the road. Illiabum will play against Leca.
The game between 7th ranked Angrabasket (3-4) and ninth ranked Ginasio (2-4) in Angra on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Figueira da Foz beat Angrabasket 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Angrabasket. It was a good game for Tiago Barreiro who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Ginasio moved-up to eighth place. Loser Angrabasket keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 6 Leca was beaten by Sangalhos on the road 79-65. Angra won against Benfica B on its own court 69-59.


Terceira - Ginasio 82-76

Terceira's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Ginasio (2-4) 82-76. It looked good early as Ginasio took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Terceira had a 18-11 second period charge getting the lead and Ginasio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-82. They outrebounded Ginasio 46-25 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Chano Rashiduddin (208, college: Clark Atlanta) chipped in 17 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Pedro Rocha (190-87) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Cape Verdean forward Joaquim Soares (198-83) scored 11 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ginasio's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Terceira went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Ginasio at the other side dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: P.Rocha 18+8reb+1ast, N.Pereira 13+2reb+1ast, A.Nuno 12+3reb, J.Soares 11+4reb+2ast, T.Barreiro 7+1reb, M.Rosa 5+1reb
Terceira: F.Tavares 23+17reb+3ast, D.Duarte 18+3reb+4ast, C.Rashiduddin 17+17reb+1ast, D.Dias 11+1reb+1ast, T.Tomassi 9+1reb+1ast, F.Ferreira 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 186114


Electrico FC - Oliveirense 73-86

An interesting game for Oliveirense (5-0) which played road game in Ponte de Sor against second-best Electrico FC (4-2). Top-ranked Oliveirense managed to get a 13-point victory 86-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Electrico FC. Oliveirense made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Electrico FC turnovers. It was a good game for center Andre Pereira (200-90) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tiago Pinto (183-88) replied with 24 points and 7 assists and naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Electrico FC. Five Oliveirense and four Electrico FC players scored in double figures. Oliveirense have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Electrico FC at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Sangalhos. Oliveirense are looking forward to face Maia Basket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Electrico FC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: T.Pinto 24+4reb+7ast, M.Neves 14+12reb+3ast, J.Lanzinha 11+5reb+3ast, A.Medeiros 10+9reb+2ast, P.Raminhos 8+4reb+1ast, P.Afonso 6+1reb+1ast
Oliveirense: R.Azevedo 21+2reb, A.Pereira 20+7reb, N.Cortez 14+10reb+3ast, N.Freitas 14+3ast, J.Abreu 11+3reb+7ast, S.Djukic 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 186111


Sangalhos - Leca 79-65

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Sangalhos (4-2) beat at home 8th ranked Leca (1-4) 79-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sangalhos. Leca was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sangalhos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Nuno Bizarro (192-80) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daniel Ramos (193-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Gonzalo Ranito added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Leca. Sangalhos moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Electrico FC. Leca lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Sangalhos will face league's second-placed Guifoes at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Leca will play against Illiabum (#6) in Ilhavo.
Top scorers:
Leca: D.Ramos 15+11reb, M.Toreia 12+1reb+2ast, T.Lopes 11+2reb+2ast, F.Pinto 9+3ast, G.Ranito 9+4reb+4ast, F.Monteiro 4+8reb+1ast
Sangalhos: E.Silva 24+6reb+2ast, N.Bizarro 18+9reb, V.Farinha 12+3reb, L.Fonte 8+8reb+2ast, J.Seabra 6+7reb+13ast, J.Anjos 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 186110


Angra - Benfica B 69-59

Very expected game when 11th ranked Benfica B (1-5) lost on the road to seventh ranked Angrabasket (3-4) 69-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Angrabasket. Benfica B was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Alvaro Pontes (190-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Hugo Pola (180-92) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Angrabasket players scored in double figures. Power forward Candido Sa (202-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Joao Ribeiro (201-93) added 10 points in the effort for Benfica B. Angrabasket maintains seventh position with 3-4 record. Benfica B lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Benfica B: C.Sa 14+13reb+3ast, R.Rosa 10+3reb+1ast, J.Ribeiro 10+4reb+2ast, A.Castela 9+4reb, L.Tomassi 7+4reb+3ast, G.Maia 4+4reb
Angra: H.Pola 17+2reb+4ast, A.Pontes 14+11reb+1ast, J.Gaspar 13+6reb, F.Gomes 13+8reb, P.Loth 6+2reb+1ast, C.Sousa 4+1reb
gschID: 186113


Illiabum - Guifoes 59-65

The game in Ilhavo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Guifoes (4-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Illiabum (3-3). Guifoes managed to secure a 6-point victory 65-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Illiabum. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 13-3. But Illiabum won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guifoes dominated on the defensive end, holding Illiabum to just 3 points in first quarter. They also forced 21 Illiabum turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Jose Almeida (199-86) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Fernando Ramos (195-84) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Joao Figueiredo (183-79) who recorded 18 points and 4 assists and international Miguel Queiroz (202-91) added 7 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Guifoes moved-up to second place, which they share with Maia Basket. Illiabum at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Guifoes' next round opponent will be Sangalhos (#4) on the road. Illiabum will play against Leca.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: J.Figueiredo 18+3reb+4ast, E.Silva 14+4reb+2ast, A.Coelho 8+1reb+1ast, M.Queiroz 7+13reb+2ast, F.Martins 5+6reb+2ast, T.Raimundo 4+8reb+5ast
Guifoes: J.Almeida 15+13reb, J.Pereira 11+3reb+3ast, F.Ramos 10+6reb+2ast, J.Moreira 9+6reb+2ast, V.Felix 8+1reb+1ast, F.Fernandes 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 186109


Round 7
Terceira - Benfica B 49-57

Benfica B's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Angra Heroismo, where they defeated Terceira (1-6) 57-49 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Terceira won third quarter 13-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Candido Sa (202-92) notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Joao Ribeiro (201-93) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Benfica B's coach Goran Nogic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds by American center Chano Rashiduddin (208, college: Clark Atlanta) did not help to save the game for Terceira. Forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Benfica B (1-5) left bottom position moving up to tenth place. Loser Terceira dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Terceira: C.Rashiduddin 13+14reb, F.Tavares 11+5reb+1ast, T.Tomassi 9+5reb+1ast, D.Duarte 9+5reb+1ast, D.Dias 3+1reb+2ast, M.Romao 3+3reb+5ast
Benfica B: J.Ribeiro 13+7reb, C.Sa 12+10reb+2ast, A.Miguens 8+4reb+3ast, R.Rosa 8+6reb+1ast, P.Belo 6+4reb, L.Tomassi 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 186115


Angra - Ginasio 65-82

The game between 7th ranked Angrabasket (3-4) and ninth ranked Ginasio (2-4) in Angra on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Figueira da Foz beat Angrabasket 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Angrabasket. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Tiago Barreiro (187-83) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Josimar Vieira contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cape Verdean swingman Flavio Gomes (194-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Angolan guard Pedro Loth (188-79) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Angrabasket. Five Ginasio and four Angrabasket players scored in double figures. Ginasio moved-up to eighth place. Loser Angrabasket keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Angra: F.Gomes 16+11reb+2ast, A.Pontes 15+4reb, P.Loth 12+1reb+6ast, J.Gaspar 10+5reb+2ast, C.Sousa 7+4reb, H.Pola 5+1reb+2ast
Ginasio: T.Barreiro 18+5reb+7ast, J.Vieira 16+7reb+2ast, J.Soares 14+2reb+1ast, P.Rocha 14+8reb+1ast, M.Rosa 12+2reb, A.Nuno 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 186116



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

25-year old forward Josimar Cardoso (201-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Alges and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Lusitania (1-4) in overtime 94-91. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Alges is placed at 9th position in Portuguese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Cardoso had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Alges' top player in his first season with the team. Cardoso has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 46.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Al Rapier (200-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Sampaense. He is American forward in his first season at Sampaense. In the last game Rapier recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Sampaense to edge slightly higher-ranked CAB Madeira (#5, 2-2) by 3 points 72-69. This victory allowed Sampaense to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Rapier is a newcomer at Sampaense and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#1). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nuno Oliveira (186-PG-89) of Barcelos (#8). Oliveira showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Oliveira's great performance Barcelos lost 73-75 to the league's current leader Benfica (#1, 5-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Barcelos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Oliveira could try to bring Barcelos' a little bit higher in the standings. Oliveira has individually a great season in Portugal. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcel Momplasir (205-C-81) of Lusitania - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Paulo Cunha (200-F-80) of Vitoria SC - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rui Quintino (194-SF-83) of Alges - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) of Ovarense - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90) of Ovarense - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) of Benfica - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Seth Doliboa (203-F-80) of Benfica - 9 points and 16 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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Ponce Lions to Hold Press Conference - by Luis Ramirez

The Ponce Lions have announced that they will be holding a press conference today to announce their plans for the upcoming BSN 2013 season. The Lions who has recessed for the past two years are back in action and team owner are trying to yield a contending team. The Lions will have 3 picks in the first round of the new players draft, and this combined with the opportunity to have 3 import players will undoubtedly give the Lions a solid team to compete against teams as reigning champions Mayaguez Indians and the always consistent squad of the Arecibo Captains.

Team Owners are confident that they will the Ponce Lions fans much to cheer about, this loyal fans have been desperately waiting to see their Lions in action once again. The team has announced that the head coach for the Lions will be Nelson Colon , who last season was the head coach for the San German Athletics. It is rumored that one of the assistant coaches of the Lions will be Bobby Joe Hatton a loved Lion player who recently retired from active participation.

We will keep you updated on further developments.



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Qatar Sports Club edge Al Shamal, Al Sadd notch 6th straight win - by Eurobasket News

Day 14 Games Results - 25 November 2012

Qatar Sports Club edge Al Shamal, Al Sadd notch 6th straight win

Qatar Sports Club collected seven straight points and blanked Al Shamal in the endgame to squeeze past Al Shamal, 79-73, last night at the continuation of basketball action in the Qatar Mens League at the Al Rayyan Indoor Arena.

Qatar squandered a 13-point lead established early in the final quarter and fell behind even at 72-73 as the game entered its last two minutes but got their bearings just in time to salvage the win.

Leslie La Mont was steady on all fronts all night and led the winners with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Mezie Nwigwe (193-G-88, college: Robert Morris) had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds.

Later in the night, Al Sadd raced to their sixth straight win via 79-44 rout of a struggling Al Ahli Club to tie idle Al Rayyan on top of the standings.

A blow-out from the start, the Emir Cup champions erected a 20-9 early lead before going 38-18, at half time.

Ahli put up a token stand in the third as they managed to cut the deficit at the close of the third, 52-36.

Al Sadd would however step on the gas as the last 10 minutes ticked away and soared to their biggest lead at the buzzer.

Michael Benjamin Southall dominated the game and lorded the shaded lane collecting 22 of his total 25 points from inside.

QML games continue tomorrow (Tuesday) with a double-header featuring defending champions and current league-leader Al Rayyan meeting Heir Apparent titlist Al Arabi in the curtain-raiser at 5:00 pm.

In the main game, Emir Cup winner Al Sadd will try to stretch their winning streak to 7 as they tangle with Al Gharafa in the main game.
Courtesy of: http://www.qatarbasketball.qa



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

30-year old center Michael Southall (210-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Al Sadd and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Al Ahli (#8, 0-6) with 35-point margin 79-44. Al Sadd maintains the 2nd position in Qatari league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Al Sadd already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. It's Southall's second year at Al Sadd and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Michael Southall averages this season 13.6ppg and 8.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was William Byrd (201-G/F-85) of Al Arabi. He is American swingman in his 2nd season at Al Arabi. In the last game Byrd recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Al Arabi was edged by slightly higher-ranked Al Jaysh (5-2) 73-71. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Al Arabi still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Byrd is well-known at Al Arabi and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Chauncey Leslie (183-G/F-81) of Qatar (#6). Leslie got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and eight assists. He was a key player of Qatar, leading his team to a 79-73 win against slightly lower-ranked Al Shamal (#7, 1-5). The chances of Qatar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Leslie could try to bring Qatar's a little bit higher in the standings. Leslie has individually a great season in Qatar. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mezie Nwigwe (193-G-88) of Al Shamal - 34 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Oumar Seck) of Qatar - 21 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Gaston Moliva (202-F-85) of Qatar - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Omar Abdelkader (206-C-83) of Al Gharafa - 20 points and 11 rebounds
8. Johann Mpondo (203-F-88) of Al Sadd - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alvin Mofunanya (203-F-87) of Al Arabi - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Fadi Abilmoni Hani (184-PG) of Al Jaysh - 16 points, 10 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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Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 24: CSU Galati - BT Bucuresti 87-78
Nov. 24: Phoenix Galati - Craiova 2 83-74
Nov. 24: Concordia - Steaua Turabo II 83-64
Nov. 24: Phoenix Corona - West Olympia 82-59
Nov. 24: Magic Sibiu - Vabova 79-84
Nov. 24: Ploiesti II - Politehnica 67-84

Regular Season: Round 4

C

Nov. 17: Politehnica - Rapid B.
Nov. 17: BT Bucuresti - Ploiesti II

A

Nov. 17: Vabova - Brasov

B

Nov. 17: Craiova 2 - Stiinta B.
Nov. 17: Steaua Turabo II - Phoenix Galati

A

Dec. 2: West Olympia - Magic Sibiu


Standings

Division A Standings
 1. Oradea 8-1 
 2. U.Mobitel.CN 7-2 
 3. Timisoara 7-2 
 4. CSM Bucuresti 7-2 
 5. Gaz Metan 7-3 
 6. Targu Mures 6-3 
 7. Ploiesti 6-3 
 8. Rovinari 6-3 
 9. Craiova 6-3 
 10. Pitesti 5-5 
 11. CSU Sibiu 3-6 
 12. Giurgiu 3-6 
 13. Timba Timis. 2-7 
 14. Miercurea Ciuc 1-9 
 15. Dinamo B. 0-9 
 16. Farul Const. 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 24: CSM Bucuresti - Craiova 87-78
Nov. 25: Pitesti - Timba Timis. 84-55
Nov. 26: Oradea - Giurgiu 80-70
Nov. 24: CSU Sibiu - Ploiesti 71-83
Nov. 24: Miercurea Ciuc - Timisoara 66-91
Nov. 23: Dinamo B. - Gaz Metan 64-106
Nov. 24: Rovinari - Targu Mures 63-59
Nov. 23: U.Mobitel.CN - Farul Const. 103-56

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 30: Gaz Metan - CSU Sibiu
Dec. 1: Craiova - Timisoara
Nov. 30: Ploiesti - Miercurea Ciuc
Nov. 30: Timba Timis. - Dinamo B.
Dec. 1: Giurgiu - Pitesti
Nov. 30: Farul Const. - Oradea
Nov. 30: Targu Mures - U.Mobitel.CN
Nov. 30: CSM Bucuresti - Rovinari


Division A Round 9: No surprise as #1 Oradea defeats Giurgiu - by Eurobasket News

Division A top team - Oradea (8-1) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Giurgiu (3-6) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Giurgiu managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) stepped up and scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Australian swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTPA) with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oradea have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Giurgiu lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. They share it with CSU Sibiu. Oradea are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Farul Const. (#16) in Constanca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Giurgiu will play at home against Pitesti (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-9) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to seventh ranked Gaz Metan (7-3) 106-64. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Slobodan Dundjerski accounted for 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Ciprian Mihai (203-90) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for CS Dinamo Bucuresti in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan moved-up to fifth place. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Gaz Metan will play against CSU Sibiu (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Timba Timosoara (#13) in Timisoara and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Farul Const. (0-10) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to third ranked U-Mobitelco (7-2) 103-56 on Friday evening. U-Mobitelco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and CSM Bucuresti. Newly promoted Farul Const. still closes the standings with ten games lost. U-Mobitelco will meet Targu Mures (#6) on the road in the next round. Farul Const. will play against the league's leader Oradea (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: Timba Timis. was destroyed by Pitesti on the opponent's court 84-55. Rovinari managed to outperform Targu Mures in a home game 63-59. Timisoara rolled over Miercurea Ciuc on the road 91-66. CSM Bucuresti defeated Craiova on its own court 87-78. Ploiesti beat CSU Sibiu in a road game 83-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 5 rebounds by Zach Henifin of Miercurea Ciuc.


Oradea - Giurgiu 80-70

Division A top team - Oradea (8-1) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Giurgiu (3-6) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Giurgiu managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) stepped up and scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Australian swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTPA) with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Bahamas center Trevor Harvey (211-80, college: Florida St.) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oradea have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Giurgiu lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. They share it with CSU Sibiu. Oradea are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Farul Const. (#16) in Constanca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Giurgiu will play at home against Pitesti (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Pesic 21+9reb+8ast, S.Topchov 14+3reb+1ast, D.Dillon 14+7reb+2ast, N.Maric 11+4reb+4ast, S.Lupusavei 9+1reb, W.Franklin 8+4reb+3ast
Giurgiu: P.Petty 12+5reb+3ast, T.Harvey 9+9reb+1ast, C.Nicolae 8+1reb, B.Burrell 8+4reb+3ast, C.Vlaicu 7+5reb+2ast, D.Thomas 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 178509


Pitesti - Timba Timis. 84-55

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Timba Timosoara (2-7) was crushed on the road by tenth ranked Pitesti (5-5) 84-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pitesti. Timba Timosoara managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pitesti forced 28 Timba Timosoara turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Timba Timosoara's players. The best player for the winners was American-New Zealand forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) who scored 25 points. American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. Five Pitesti players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Canadian point guard Alex Johnson (178-88, college: N.Carolina St., agency: I.D.S. Law) added 14 points respectively. Timba Timosoara's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Pitesti maintains tenth place with 5-5 record. Timba Timosoara lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Pitesti will meet Giurgiu (#12) on the road in the next round. Timba Timosoara will play against CS Dinamo Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: M.Jones 25+4reb+1ast, P.Barac 14+3reb+8ast, D.Gennie 13+2reb+4ast, D.Albijanic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Kinloch 10+16reb+2ast, A.Negut 5+4reb+3ast
Timba Timis.: A.Johnson 14+2reb+1ast, J.Glynn 12+12reb+2ast, F.Popa 10+2reb, Z.Milovic 6+3reb+2ast, P.Czmor 5+3reb+1ast, B.Grubisic 3+1reb
gschID: 178510


Rovinari - Targu Mures 63-59

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Rovinari (6-3) defeated at home 6th ranked Targu Mures (6-3) 63-59 on Saturday. Rovinari have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Targu Mures. Rovinari will meet higher ranked CSM Bucuresti (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Targu Mures will play against the league's second-placed U-Mobitelco in Cluj and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 178507


Miercurea Ciuc - Timisoara 66-91

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Miercurea Ciuc (1-9) was rolled over at home by fourth ranked Timisoara (7-2) 91-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Miercurea Ciuc's 30. The best player for the winners was Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Serbian Ivan Jelenic (192-85, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Zach Henifin (195-88, college: W.Washington) who recorded 23 points and 5 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and Croatian forward Franko Filipovic (203-87) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Timisoara and four Miercurea Ciuc players scored in double figures. 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. Timisoara have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN and CSM Bucuresti. Miercurea Ciuc lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Timisoara will meet Craiova (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Miercurea Ciuc will play against Ploiesti (#7).
Top scorers:
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 19+3reb+6ast, I.Jelenic 18+3reb+1ast, M.Derasimovic 15+3reb, R.Sarovic 12+6reb+2ast, B.Popescu 10+8reb, D.Archie 6+3reb+3ast
Miercurea Ciuc: Z.Henifin 23+5reb+1ast, F.Filipovic 17+4reb+4ast, J.Dupre 10+8reb+1ast, S.Avalic 10+1reb+2ast, F.Bubalo 6+1reb+2ast, V.Corpodean 0+3reb
gschID: 178512


CSM Bucuresti - Craiova 87-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked CSM Bucuresti and 6th ranked Craiova had identical 6-2 record. This time CSM Bucuresti used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Craiova 87-78 on Saturday night. Craiova was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. CSM Bucuresti made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. CSM Bucuresti's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Travis Bureau (200-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT, agency: TSS Management) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CSM Bucuresti (7-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and U.Mobitel.CN. Loser Craiova keeps the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CSM Bucuresti will meet at home Rovinari (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Craiova will play against Timisoara and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: J.Shepherd 23+5reb+1ast, G.Martinic 19+2reb+5ast, S.Sir 12+2reb+1ast, I.Bosnjak 10+9reb+2ast, S.Santa 10+4reb, V.Carutasu 6+9reb+2ast
Craiova: T.Bureau 20+6reb+2ast, L.Seals 17+2reb+1ast, I.Dragusin 13+7reb, D.Habus 13+1reb+1ast, N.Djurasovic 8+4reb, R.Dzambic 7+6reb+7ast
gschID: 178506


CSU Sibiu - Ploiesti 71-83

There was no surprise when 11th ranked CSU Sibiu (3-6) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Ploiesti (6-3) 83-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ploiesti made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Ploiesti outrebounded CSU Sibiu 40-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bulgarian guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 21 points and 4 steals and the former international point guard Mihail-Octavian Paul (188-82) added 13 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CSU Sibiu's coach Dragan Petricevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ploiesti have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser CSU Sibiu keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. They share it with Giurgiu. Ploiesti will meet at home Miercurea Ciuc (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CSU Sibiu will play against Gaz Metan in Medias and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 23+10reb+2ast, V.Stanescu 22+9reb, D.Hargrove 13+6reb+2ast, V.Tica 11+3reb, I.Timermanis 9+6reb+1ast, A.Tudor 3+2reb+5ast
CSU Sibiu: A.Gruev 21+1reb+3ast, M.Paul 13+2reb+3ast, K.Knutson 11+5reb, M.Griskenas 10+5reb+1ast, A.Vajda 8+3reb, N.Markovic 5+1reb
gschID: 178505


Dinamo B. - Gaz Metan 64-106

Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-9) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to seventh ranked Gaz Metan (7-3) 106-64. The game without a history. Gaz Metan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CS Dinamo Bucuresti to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Gaz Metan dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 32. Gaz Metan forced 21 CS Dinamo Bucuresti turnovers and outrebounded them 46-26 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Gaz Metan players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by CS Dinamo Bucuresti's players. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian guard Slobodan Dundjerski (188-88, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. Center Ciprian Mihai (203-90) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Ciprian Telinoiu (183-91) added 19 points and 4 steals respectively for CS Dinamo Bucuresti in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan moved-up to fifth place. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Gaz Metan will play against CSU Sibiu (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Timba Timosoara (#13) in Timisoara and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: A.Mladenovic 18+9reb+2ast, I.Ivanovic 17+5reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 12+3reb, M.St.John 12+8reb+2ast, S.Dundjerski 11+5reb+8ast, P.Graham 10+3reb+6ast
Dinamo B.: C.Telinoiu 19+2reb+1ast, C.Mihai 18+7reb+2ast, A.Badila 13+2reb+5ast, D.Ioan 4+1reb+4ast, L.Filip 3+6reb+1ast, V.Mihai 3+4reb
gschID: 178511


U.Mobitel.CN - Farul Const. 103-56

Bottom-ranked Farul Const. (0-10) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to third ranked U-Mobitelco (7-2) 103-56 on Friday evening. The game without a history. U-Mobitelco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. U-Mobitelco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and CSM Bucuresti. Newly promoted Farul Const. still closes the standings with ten games lost. U-Mobitelco will meet Targu Mures (#6) on the road in the next round. Farul Const. will play against the league's leader Oradea (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 178508



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PBL Round 7: Triumph Lyubertsy defeats Spartak St.Petersburg in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 7 in the PBL took place in Lubertsy. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (2-2) to sixth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (3-2) 64-62 on Sunday evening. Triumph Lyubertsy made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for international Sergey Karasev (202-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) helped adding 14 points. At the losing side Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Triumph Lyubertsy moved-up to third place. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak St.Petersburg will have a break next round.
PBL top team - CSKA Moscow (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Unics Kazan (1-2) 79-64. It was a quality performance for American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 18 points. Viktor Khryapa accounted for 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Chuck Eidson (203-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 20 points (made all of his eight free throws) for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the eighth position with two games lost. CSKA Moscow will play against Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara to get more than just one victory in their record.
Leader Khimky (3-0) crushed at home 7th ranked Spartak-Prim. (2-3) by 25 points 95-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. K.C. Rivers fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Paul Delaney produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Spartak-Prim. keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Khimky - Spartak-Prim. 95-70

Leader Khimky (3-0) crushed at home 7th ranked Spartak-Prim. (2-3) by 25 points 95-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-70. Khimky looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Spartak-Prim.'s players. American guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International guard Vitaliy Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 17 points. American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Five Khimky and four Spartak-Prim. players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Spartak-Prim. keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 17+3reb+3ast, K.Rivers 16+6reb+1ast, E.Vyaltsev 14+2reb, A.Zhukanenko 12+1ast, Z.Planinic 11+2reb+5ast, S.Monya 7+3reb+2ast
Spartak-Prim.: M.Efevberha 21+4reb+1ast, P.Delaney 19+5reb+4ast, A.Surovtsev 10+6reb+2ast, A.Zabelin 10+4reb, T.Gillenwater 7+9reb, K.Nesterov 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200741


Triumph - Spartak SP 64-62

The most exciting game of round 7 in the PBL took place in Lubertsy. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (2-2) to sixth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (3-2) 64-62 on Sunday evening. Triumph Lyubertsy made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for international Sergey Karasev (202-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) helped adding 14 points. At the losing side Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo.) scored 9 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Triumph Lyubertsy moved-up to third place. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak St.Petersburg will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Triumph: S.Karasev 18+5reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 14+3reb+1ast, T.McKee 12+2reb+2ast, D.Searcy 7+6reb, K.Landry 5+7reb+1ast, E.Valiev 3+1reb+1ast
Spartak SP: L.Mavrokefalidis 11+7reb+3ast, J.Carter 11+5reb, P.Beverley 10+1reb+3ast, Z.Wright 9+4reb+3ast, V.Zavoruev 8+5reb, N.Kurbanov 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200739


Unics - CSKA 64-79

PBL top team - CSKA Moscow (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Unics Kazan (1-2) 79-64. It was a quality performance for American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 18 points. The former international forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) accounted for 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. American forward Chuck Eidson (203-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 20 points (made all of his eight free throws) and Greek power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record. Unics Kazan at the other side keeps the eighth position with two games lost. CSKA Moscow will play against Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
CSKA: S.Weems 18+4reb+3ast, M.Teodosic 13+1reb+6ast, V.Khryapa 10+9reb+6ast, S.Kaun 8+5reb+1ast, D.Christmas 8+3reb, A.Vorontsevich 8+5reb+1ast
Unics: C.Eidson 20+2reb+3ast, K.Kaimakoglou 12+9reb, M.Chatman 7+1ast, I.Vougioukas 7+3reb+1ast, I.Zamanskiy 7+2reb, V.Veremeenko 6+5reb
gschID: 200740


Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 4-0 
 2. Khimky 3-0 
 3. Triumph 3-2 
 4. Lokomotiv 3-3 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 2-1 
 6. Spartak SP 2-2 
 7. Spartak-Prim. 2-3 
 8. Unics 1-2 
 9. N.Novgorod 1-4 
 10. Enisey 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 26: Khimky - Spartak-Prim. 95-70
Nov. 25: Unics - CSKA 64-79
Nov. 25: Triumph - Spartak SP 64-62

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 2: Krasnie Krilya - Unics
Dec. 2: CSKA - N.Novgorod
Dec. 2: Triumph - Enisey
Dec. 9: Lokomotiv - CSKA


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.0 
 2. Gillenwater, Spart.16.2 
 3. Delaney, Spartak-.15.6 
 4. Beverley, Spart.15.0 
 5. McKee, Triumph13.6 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA13.5 
 7. Efevberha, Sparta.13.2 
 8. Maric, Lokomotiv13.0 
 9. Dowdell, Enisey12.0 
 10. Trotter, N.Novgor.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Troy GILLENWATER
  Sparta.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Gillenwater, Spart.8.6 
 2. Khryapa, CSKA8.5 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.5 
 4. Landry, Triumph7.4 
 5. Panin, N.Novgorod7.0 
 6. Karasev, Triumph6.8 
 7. Antonov, N.Novgor.6.0 
 8. Brezec, N.Novgorod5.6 
 9. Calathes, Lokom.5.2 
 10. Zabelin, Spartak-.4.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 2. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
 4. Delaney, Spartak-.3.4 
 5. Trotter, N.Novgorod3.4 
 6. Kalnietis, Lokomot.3.0 
 7. Dowdell, Enisey3.0 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.3.0 
 9. Panin, N.Novgorod2.8 
 10. Beverley, Spart.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksei SUROVTSEV
  Sparta.
  (202-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.2 
 2. Beverley, Spart.2.0 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv1.7 
 4. McKee, Triumph1.6 
 5. Landry, Triumph1.6 
 6. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.5 
 7. Valiev, Triumph1.4 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.3 
 9. Kalnietis, Lokomot.1.0 
 10. Mavrokefalid., Sp.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Loukas MAVROKEFALIDIS
  Sparta.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mavrokefalid., Spa.1.8 
 2. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 3. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.0 
 4. Rizvic, Enisey0.8 
 5. Panin, N.Novgorod0.6 
 6. Mitchell, Triumph0.6 
 7. Shashkov, N.Nov.0.5 
 8. Maric, Lokomotiv0.5 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.5 
 10. Brezec, N.Novgorod0.4 



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Samoa beat Tahiti in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Samoa -Tahiti 69:47

Samoa beat Tahiti in the opener of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The winners overcame the opponents 69:47 at the Churchill Leisure Centre in Victoria.
Samoa started the game with 14-7 rally and posted 18-14 in the second frame. They never looked behind after although Tahiti managed to win the third period 14-13. Samoa finished the game with massive 24-12 surge and celebrated the first victory.
Sapeti Tufuga top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Theordore Mcfarland added 16. Marquise Vaili and Alema Arp posted 8 points each in a win. Jean Peters ended up with 10 points, while Matu Temanaha netted 7. Maxime Ausangee tossed in 6, whilst Tepoea Teurua and Poea Kaimuko had 5 each.
Tomorrow Samoa will face Australia, while Tahiti will take on Guam.

Samoa: Sapeti Tufuga 18, Theordore Mcfarland 16, Marquise Vaili 8, Alema Arp 8
Tahiti: Jean Peters 10, Matu Temanaha 7, Maxime Ausangee 6, Tepoea Teurua 5, Poea Kaimuko 5



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

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



B League Round 9: Napredak A. defeats Mladost Zemun in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the B League took place in Aleksinac. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Mladost Zemun (4-5) to fourth ranked Napredak A. (6-3) 81-79 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nikola Stanojevic stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Aleksandar Miladinovic chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Nikola Socanac (188-93) with 15 points and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Napredak A. moved-up to third place, which they share with Napredak K. and Zeleznicar. Mladost Zemun lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Proleter Naftagas. Napredak A. is looking forward to face Proleter Naftagas (#8) in Zrenjanin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mladost Zemun will play on the road against Spartak in Subotica and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Zeleznicar (6-3) against twelfth ranked Partizan II (3-6) on Monday night. Visiting Zeleznicar was defeated by Partizan II in Beograd 85-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zeleznicar. Partizan II moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Zeleznicar at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Napredak K. and Napredak A.. Partizan II will play against Plana (#13) in Velika Plana in the next round. Zeleznicar will play at home against Beovuk 72 (#10) in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Spartak managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Plana in Velika Plana 72-66. The best player for the winners was Jovan Samardzija who scored 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Nikola Glisovic who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Spartak (2-7) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Plana. Plana lost fourth consecutive game. Spartak will meet at home higher ranked Mladost Zemun (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Plana will play against Partizan II (#9) in Beograd and hope to secure a win.
B League top team - Meridiana NS (9-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Beovuk 72 (3-6) in Beograd 89-78. It was a good game for Milan Stanojevic who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Beovuk 72's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Meridiana NS have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Newly promoted Meridiana NS maintains first place with 9-0 record. Beovuk 72 at the other side keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Meridiana NS's next round opponent will be Mladost Cacak (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Beovuk 72 will play against Zeleznicar in Indjija.
Second ranked Morava (7-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Proleter Naftagas (4-5) by 21 points 91-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Perica Mitic stepped up and scored 27 points, 9 assists and 4 steals 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. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Morava. Newly promoted Morava maintains second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Meridiana NS. Loser Proleter Naftagas dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Morava will face Napredak Rubin (#4) in Krusevac in the next round. Proleter Naftagas will play at home against Napredak A. in Aleksinac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 9 Napredak K. won against Radnicki OB on the opponent's court 86-77. Mladost Cacak unfortunately lost to Crnokosa in a home game 77-93.
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