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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



KK Cibona VIP Zagreb added Dario Saric - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) added to their roster 18-year old Croatian international power forward Dario Saric (208-94). He just played at Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL league. He played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup).
Saric was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game in 2012.
He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Saric was a member of both Senior and U18 National Teams this year and for U22 National Team last year. He represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 72.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 60.0%.
Saric has played previously professionally in Spain and Croatia (KK Split, KK Zagreb and Zrinjevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Nov. 25: Union Progr. - Libertad S. 98-94
Nov. 25: Argentino - Sionista 90-85
Nov. 27: Olimpico LB - Obras 90-70
Nov. 25: Lanus - Wuber-Est.Bahia 78-64
Nov. 25: La Union - Quimsa 74-76
Nov. 25: GECR Indalo - Penarol 72-82
Nov. 25: 9 de Julio - Regatas C. 66-88

Second Stage: Round 7

Nov. 30: Sionista - GECR Indalo
Nov. 30: Wuber-Est.Bahia - La Union
Nov. 30: Libertad S. - Olimpico LB
Nov. 30: Boca Jrs - 9 de Julio
Nov. 30: Regatas C. - Lanus
Nov. 30: Penarol - Union Progr.
Nov. 30: Quimsa - Atenas
Nov. 30: Obras - Argentino


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.20.4 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.9 
 3. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.6 
 4. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 5. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.5 
 6. Lewis, La Union17.3 
 7. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 8. Jackson, GECR I.16.7 
 9. Pau, Olimpico LB15.2 
 10. McGowan, Olimpico.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.12.5 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.2 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.7 
 5. Fierro, Atenas8.3 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.8.2 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 8. Nelson, 9 de Julio7.4 
 9. Lewis, La Union7.4 
 10. Battle, Lanus7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.1 
 3. De los Santo., Arg.4.4 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa4.1 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Labaque, Atenas3.7 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.3.6 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.5 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.2 
 3. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.9 
 4. Washam, Regatas C.1.8 
 5. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 6. Aguirre, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.7 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.6 
 9. Espinoza, Obras1.6 
 10. Boccia, Lanus1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.0 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.2 
 3. Mata, Penarol1.0 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras0.9 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.0.9 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 8. Moss, Union Progr.0.8 
 9. Calderon, Regat.0.7 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.7 


More changes in TNA - by Facundo Iatzky

Cclista juninense cut Fabian Wilson, who only played four games but did not reach the expectatives. They replaced him with Deilvez Yearby (198-F/C-87, college: IPFW), who was recently released by Olimpico La banda.
Ciudad Bragado tab Jonathan Ledesma (182-G-89). Former player of Penarol signed a temporary contract due to the injury of Juan sartorelli.
Coach Martin Guastavino left La union de Colon due to personal reasons. Now the managers of the team will decide who will be his replacement.



Anthony Roberson signs at La Union, ex Fujian QB - by Eurobasket News

La Union Formosa (LigaA) landed 29-year old American guard Anthony Roberson (189-90kg-83, college: Florida). He played most recently at Fujian Quanzhou Bank in Chinese CBA league. In 30 games last season he averaged impressive 26.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by the Lakers in NBA.
Robersons college team won SEC Tournament in 2005.
He received also NABC All-NCAA District 6 1st Team award and All-SEC 1st Team award back in 2004 and 2005.
Roberson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Paris-Levallois and Strasbourg IG), Israel (Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Turkey (Beykoz) and NBA (Chicago Bulls, LA Clippers and New York Knicks).
Roberson attended University of Florida until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)



LigaA Round 6 (Second Stage): No surprise as #1 Lanus defeat Wuber-Est.Bahia - by Eurobasket News

After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the LigaA and who belongs to weaker ones.

LigaA top team - Lanus (13-5) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-10) in Buenos Aires 78-64. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. Wuber-Est.Bahia managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Wuber-Est.Bahia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Italian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Federico Ferrini (194-83) with 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-5 record, which they share with Regatas C. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Lanus is looking forward to face league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against La Union (#16) in Formosa and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Sixteenth-ranked La Union (4-15) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Quimsa (11-8) in Formosa. The visitors from Santiado Estero managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The former international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Javier Mojica supported him with 16 points. Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for La Union. Quimsa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Argentino. La Union lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Quimsa will play against Atenas (#8) in Cordoba in the next round. La Union will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Villa Angela where higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (11-6) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Union Progresista (7-11) 98-94 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Darren Phillip who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Gabriel Mikulas who recorded 30 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Union Progresista moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Boca Jrs. Loser Libertad Sunchales dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Union Progresista will meet higher ranked Penarol (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Libertad Sunchales will play against Olimpico de La Banda where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
15th ranked 9 de Julio (5-14) was outscored at home by second ranked Regatas Corrientes (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 88-66. It was a good game for Paolo Quinteros who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Regatas Corrientes have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lanus. 9 de Julio at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 14 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be league's leader Lanus in Buenos Aires and it will be for sure the game of the week. 9 de Julio will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Obras was destroyed by Olimpico LB on the opponent's court 90-70. Argentino managed to outperform Sionista in a home game 90-85. Penarol managed to beat GECR Indalo on the road 82-72.


Olimpico LB - Obras 90-70

Very expected game when 14th ranked Obras (5-12) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (13-7) 90-70. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpico de La Banda. Obras was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Cedric McGowan (200-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. International forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Obras. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to third place. Obras at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be Libertad Sunchales (#5) on the road. Obras will play against Argentino (#6) in Junin.
Top scorers:
Obras: P.Espinoza 15+5reb, R.Humphrey 12+4reb+1ast, A.Konsztadt 9+5reb+3ast, J.Forte 9+5reb+2ast, T.Field 8+2reb, M.Osimani 8+1reb+1ast
Olimpico LB: C.McGowan 23+5reb+3ast, S.Clancy 18+16reb+3ast, A.Pau 14+2reb+3ast, J.Machuca 14+1reb+4ast, F.Ramirez 11+1reb, F.Malara 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 189412


Lanus - Wuber-Est.Bahia 78-64

LigaA top team - Lanus (13-5) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-10) in Buenos Aires 78-64. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. Wuber-Est.Bahia managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Wuber-Est.Bahia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Italian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Federico Ferrini (194-83) with 17 points and international center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-5 record, which they share with Regatas C. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Lanus is looking forward to face league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against La Union (#16) in Formosa and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: F.Ferrini 17+4reb, L.Blanchard 13+5reb, L.Faggiano 11+3reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 9+7reb+2ast, J.Williams 5+5reb, M.Mieres 4
Lanus: A.Boccia 14+5reb+1ast, P.Prato 14+3reb+1ast, L.Perez 11+2reb, F.Giorgi 9+2reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 9+3reb+2ast, C.Schattmann 9+5reb
gschID: 189418


Union Progr. - Libertad S. 98-94

An interesting game took place in Villa Angela where higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (11-6) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Union Progresista (7-11) 98-94 on Sunday. Libertad Sunchales was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Union Progresista made 29-of-30 free shots (96.7 percent) during the game. Union Progresista had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Union Progresista especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Swingman Christian Schoppler (185-86) chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 30 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively. Five Union Progresista and four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Union Progresista moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Boca Jrs. Loser Libertad Sunchales dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Union Progresista will meet higher ranked Penarol (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Libertad Sunchales will play against Olimpico de La Banda where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: G.Mikulas 30+8reb+3ast, J.Treise 18+1reb+6ast, W.Graves 14+7reb, J.Emiliano Fernandez 11+1reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 8+5reb+1ast, D.Garcia 7+3ast
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 34+10reb+2ast, C.Schoppler 25+6reb+4ast, A.Moss 14+3reb+4ast, A.Carabajal 11+2reb+3ast, G.Laphitzborde 11+4reb+2ast, A.Zago 2+4reb
gschID: 189417


Argentino - Sionista 90-85

Rather predictable result in Junin where sixth ranked Argentino (11-8) defeated 10th ranked Sionista (9-11) 90-85. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But Sionista won third quarter 23-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Sionista helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Fernando Funes (192-83) who led his team to a victory with 24 points (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) added 15 points in the effort for Sionista. Four Argentino and five Sionista players scored in double figures. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Argentino maintains sixth position with 11-8 record, which they share with Quimsa. Sionista at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Argentino's next round opponent will be Obras (#14) in Buenos Aires and are hoping to win another game. Sionista will play at home against GECR Indalo (#9) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Pittman 16, L.Cequeira 15+3reb+2ast, J.Lloreda 13+8reb+4ast, N.Miller 11+8reb+1ast, M.Sandes 10+6reb, L.Gonzalez 8+2reb+1ast
Argentino: F.Funes 24+3reb+2ast, K.Lytch 14+5reb+1ast, C.Amicucci 11+9reb+1ast, A.Weigand 10+9reb+1ast, G.Luchino 10+2reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 189415


GECR Indalo - Penarol 72-82

Not a big story in a game in Comodoro R. where 9th ranked GECR Indalo (9-10) was defeated by fifth ranked Penarol (12-5) 82-72. It looked good early as GECR Indalo took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Penarol had a 22-8 second period charge getting the lead and GECR Indalo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-82. Penarol made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Penarol had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for international power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. The former international Marcos Mata (201-86) contributed with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) added 17 points in the effort for GECR Indalo. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. GECR Indalo at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be Union Progresista (#13) in Villa Angela and are hoping to win another game. GECR Indalo will play on the road against Sionista (#10) in Parana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 21+8reb+1ast, J.Robinson 17+4reb, D.Romero 8+2reb, K.Seawright 8+6reb+1ast, M.Byro 8+2reb, S.Scala 3+2reb
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 23+4reb+1ast, M.Leiva 15+3reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 14+2reb+2ast, D.Teague 10+5reb, M.Mata 8+10reb+5ast, L.Rasio 6+5reb
gschID: 189414


La Union - Quimsa 74-76

Sixteenth-ranked La Union (4-15) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Quimsa (11-8) in Formosa. The visitors from Santiado Estero managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. La Union was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Quimsa, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Quimsa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The former international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) supported him with 16 points. Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for La Union. The former international guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Quimsa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Argentino. La Union lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Quimsa will play against Atenas (#8) in Cordoba in the next round. La Union will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
La Union: T.Shannon 20+7reb+4ast, N.Gianella 18+5reb, A.Marin 14+3reb+2ast, R.Wolkowyski 13+7reb, J.Caceres 7+2reb, N.Lauria 2
Quimsa: J.Mojica 16+2reb+1ast, S.Vega 13+7reb+2ast, E.Villares 10+6reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 9+3reb, D.Lo Grippo 8+1reb, J.Williams 7+4reb
gschID: 189413


9 de Julio - Regatas C. 66-88

15th ranked 9 de Julio (5-14) was outscored at home by second ranked Regatas Corrientes (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 88-66. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. 9 de Julio was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded 9 de Julio 44-24 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by 9 de Julio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international swingman Paolo Quinteros (190-79) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. The former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) contributed with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 17 points in the effort for 9 de Julio. Regatas Corrientes have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lanus. 9 de Julio at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 14 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be league's leader Lanus in Buenos Aires and it will be for sure the game of the week. 9 de Julio will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
9 de Julio: E.Nelson 17+6reb, J.Ayarza 17+4reb+1ast, D.Gerbaudo 10+3reb+2ast, R.Hornsby 8+4reb+1ast, D.Brezzo 6+1reb, E.Ruiz 4+3reb
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+1reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 14+4reb, F.Kammerichs 9+12reb+4ast, N.Romano 8+6reb, J.Martinez 7+3reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 189411



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Fiba Asia 2013 Scheduled Next Summer in Lebanon! - by Omar Shafaamri

A Circular from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was recieved by the Asian National Federations Scheduling the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship in Lebanon from 1-11 August 2013 which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Championship in Spain, this will be the last FIBA Asia Championship to qulaify the Top 3 ranked National Teams where in 2015 the Qualification to 2018 World Championship will be through long Home and Away Groupings.



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia down Samoa in Victoria - by Eurobasket News

Australia-Samoa 83:36

Australia down Samoa in Victoria in Day 2 of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The home side needed 83:36 victory to remain undefeated.
Australia limited the guests for just 3 points in the first period and grabbed 28:3 advantage. They added 26-12 in the second frame and enjoyed 54:15 lead at the halftime. Moreover Australia won the third quarter 11-10 and led 40 points entering the last stanza. They did not slow down and added 18-11 in the last stanza.
Abiola Akintola stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Thomas Wilson added 13. Jock Perry scored 12, whilst Dejan Vasiljevic had 8. Ene Togia ended up with 8 points in the losing effort and Sapeti Tufuga posted 7. Alema Arp notched 6 and Theordore Mcfarland delivered 5.

Australia: Abiola Akintola 16, Thomas Wilson 13, Jock Perry 12, Dejan Vasiljevic 8
Samoa: Ene Togia 8, Sapeti Tufuga 7, Alema Arp 6, Theordore Mcfarland 5



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

32-year old swingman Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80) had a great game in the last round for league's best team BC Vienna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Wels (#6, 5-4) 90-86. It allowed BC Vienna to consolidate first place in the Austrian league. BC Vienna have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Ray had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be BC Vienna's top player in his first season with the team. N.Carolina Central graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ray is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP and 46.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89) of Furstenfeld. He is American forward in his first season at Furstenfeld. In the last game Pearson recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Furstenfeld to edge slightly lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#9, 3-5) by 6 points 80-74. Furstenfeld's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pearson is a newcomer at Furstenfeld and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#2). He also registered 13.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side) of Kapfenberg (#3). Sanchez scored 24 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Kapfenberg, leading his team to a 85-65 easy win against the lower-ranked St.Polten (#10, 1-7). Kapfenberg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Sanchez has a very solid season. In 8 games in Austria he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 67.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Arkadia - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of Wels - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Richard Poiger (202-SF-87) of Gmunden - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89) of Wels - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-G-87) of Wels - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) of St.Polten - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Michael Anthony Dale (197-G/F-84) of UBSC Graz - 26 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

A

Nov. 20: Mornar Bar - Kumanovo 92-71

B

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

Round 2

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

Round 8

Nov. 27: Mornar Bar - Djuro Djakovic 63-70



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1. Ventspils 7-0 
 2. Siauliai 5-2 
 3. Naglis Palangos 2-3 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 2-3 
 5. Rapla 1-4 
 6. TTU 1-6 
Group B
 1. TU/Rock 7-1 
 2. Lietkabelis 5-1 
 3. Juventus 3-4 
 4. Jelgava 3-4 
 5. Liepaja 2-5 
 6. Valga 1-6 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 8-0 
 2. Tarvas 4-3 
 3. Sakalai 3-3 
 4. Nevezis 3-4 
 5. Barons kvartals 2-5 
 6. Tln Kalev 1-6 
Group D
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 6-0 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 4-2 
 3. Valmiera 3-3 
 4. Parnu 1-3 
 5. LSU-Baltai 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 23: TU/Rock - Valga 98-66
Nov. 27: Jelgava - Juventus 82-81
Nov. 26: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kalev/Cramo 62-61
Nov. 27: LSU-Baltai - Kalev/Cramo 61-73
Nov. 28: Sakalai - Nevezis
Nov. 29: Liepaja - Jelgava
Nov. 30: Parnu - Valmiera
Nov. 30: Naglis Palangos - Rapla
Nov. 30: Valga - Lietkabelis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tamm, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev18.4 
 3. Gulbis, Barons k.17.9 
 4. Orelikas, Rudupis17.0 
 5. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 6. Lengvinas, Naglis15.4 
 7. Leonard, Juventus14.9 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.7 
 9. Samenas, Siauliai14.6 
 10. Wilkinson, Kalev/.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ike OKOYE
  Tln Kalev
  (206-F-)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 2. Matyukevych, Bars.10.0 
 3. Cipruss, Lietkabel.8.5 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.4 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.3 
 6. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 7. Leonard, Juventus7.3 
 8. Gulbis, Barons k.7.3 
 9. Cepukaitis, Pieno7.2 
 10. Rozitis, Barons k.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.8 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.6 
 4. Artamonov, Siauliai4.6 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.6 
 6. Dambrauskas, Sakal.4.4 
 7. Ginevicius, Lietka.4.3 
 8. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 9. Silavs, Jelgava4.1 
 10. Metra, Barons k.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.3.0 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis2.3 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.1 
 5. Mockevicius, Nagli.2.0 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.0 
 7. Sims, Ventspils1.9 
 8. Labuckas, Rudupis1.9 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava1.9 
 10. McLeod, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.2.0 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 4. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.5 
 5. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.5 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 8. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 10. Toome, TU/Rock1.0 



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  BELARUS   


EuroChallenge: BCM Gravelines rubber-stamped their status as favourites - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk- BCM Gravelines 67:83

BCM Gravelines rubber-stamped their status as favourites with a sensational performance to shoot down Tsmoki-Minsk in the start of Round 4. The French side spoiled the party in Belarus with 83:67 win.
With the tip-off delayed in order to let a big debut crowd take their seats, Tsmoki-Minskgot off to a flying start and took 5-0 lead. BCM Gravelines meanwhile tied the game immediately and then grabbed 18:17 after the first period. It looked like the force was going to be very much with the hosts as they won the second and the third frames. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) brought 59:55 advantage, but they could not win the game. BCM Gravelines needed a strong finish with 26-8 in the last stanza to win the game.
Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) stepped up with 16 points and Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) nailed 14. David Noel (199-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) followed them with 12 points apiece. Pavel Ulyanko answered with 19 points in defeat and Lashkevich Aliaksei had 11. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau scored 9, while Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) brought 8.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Pavel Ulyanko 19, Lashkevich Aliaksei 11, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 9, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 8
BCM Gravelines: Abdoulaye M'Baye 16, Yannick Bokolo 14, David Noel 12, Dwight Buycks 12



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EuroChallenge: Aalstar wins the Belgian battle - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - Mons-Hainaut 97:84

Aalstar wins the Belgian battle in EuroChallenge. The team improved to 3-1 record in Group E after a 97:84 victory and stepped closer to last 16 round. Mons-Hainaut meanwhile fell at 2-2 record, but also have good chances to advance with two rounds remaining.
With both teams starting the night at 2-1 this was an opportunity to make a major move, Aalstar grabbed 27:26 after the first quarter. They looked better later in the game and added 21-13 surge in the second period. Moreover the hosts posted a 23-16 rally in the third period and did not mind losing the last stanza 26-29.
Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) brought 19. Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) and Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) finished the game with 13 points each. Josh Bostic (196-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) had 19. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) ended up with 17 points, whilst Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) had 9 points and 10 boards.

Aalstar: Jason Clark 25, Ryan Thompson 19, Derek Raivio 13, Christopher Young 13
Mons-Hainaut: Josh Bostic 20, Jonathan Wallace 19, Monwell Randle 17, Brian Qvale 9+10 rebs



Division II - Round Twelve - by Bert Larsimont

Kangoeroes Boom vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 109-99 (after OT)

Sint-Jan was never far from their hosts who needed one overtime to get rid of their opponents. The Jantjes of Steve Cornelis had a nice comeback just before the end of the fourth quarter and Naim El Kounchar (191-G-94) hit a three-pointer from downtown to tie the game at 92-92 just on the buzzer. This was not enough and Kangoeroes' shooter Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) hit three baskets from long range to make it rather comfortable for his team in the overtime. Two players finished with high scoring performances: Kabo forward Dieter Souveryns had 36 points and Sint-Jan's top-shooter Senne Geukens (190-G-83) scored 34 points. What a game! Free video highlights of the game on atv.be: http://www.atv.be/item/kangoeroes-hebben-verleningen-nodig-tegen-sint-jan.
Score at the half: 47-46.
Best scorers:
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 25, Hemelaere 13, W. Dobbelaere 14, D. Souveryns 36, W. Van Schil 8, D. Dhaens 4, A. Mollekens 9.
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 3, B. Hartshorne 1, V. Verbeeck 5, B. Raes 4, S. Geukens 34, N. El Kounchar 24, A. Druwez 3, L. Anthonis 13, V. Kesteloot 6, M. Brown 6.


Cuva Houthalen vs. Excelsior Brussels: 90-83

The American armada of Cuva Houthalen led by Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) and Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, agency: Two Points, college: Centenary, LA) made the difference in this game. Excelsior Brussels was outrebounded offensively: 19-10. Two Cuva centers, Dario Clemente (204-C-86) and Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73, college: ODU), were very efficient at rebounding. If you add the very slow start by the visitors in the first quarter (16-6), you will quickly understand that much energy has been spent by the Brussels' team to come back into the game. Excelsior did it very well and the score evolution in the last 20 minutes shows that it remained a very close game: 35-34, 60-50, 63-59, 69-68 and 71-70... Xavier Collette (185-PG-85, agency: LBM Management) and Gregory De Pooter (196-F-84) hit crucial shots to keep the visiting team of coach Serge Crevecoeur in the race. Cuva eventually finished on top mainly thanks to a great efficiency from the free-throw line in the last minutes of the game. The good news for Excelsior this weekend is the arrival of former Belgian Lion Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) who already had good stats for his first game against Cuva Houthalen: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. A very encouraging performance for Oveneke who will play for Excelsior until the end of the season.
Score evolution: 18-12, 35-34, 63-59 and 90-83.
Best scorers:
Cuva: R. McCollum 21, J. Westrol 27, H. Vanwijn 2, B. Tracey 19, D. Clemente 10, O. Hodge 11.
Excelsior: X. Collette 17, N. Verrept 7, M. Depuydt 5, J. Van Haevermaet 3, G. De Pooter 21, L. Maesfrancx 8, R. Oveneke 14, S. Semijejero 8.


Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. CEP Fleurus: 57-72

Although the men of coach Pascal Angilis were ready to welcome their neighbours of CEP Fleurus, the young Essor boys clearly had the role of outsiders before the game. Boris Penninck (202-C-88), a former CEP player who is much talked about in Ethias League's Stella Artois Leuven Bears nowadays, was particularly motivated to play against his former club. An attendance of only 40 people showed up for this so-called derby at the Salle du Sentier de l'Epee in Jumet last Sunday morning. Nevertheless, the few attending CEP supporters made much noise to boost their favourite team. After a rather close first quarter, CEP F took a larger lead in the second one. CEP center Jordan Garvin (203-C-89, college: York, NB) was given a chance to play in this second quarter. But too bad... He stayed only three minutes on the floor and had to sit on the bench afterwards because of an ankle injury. It was enough time to score 4 points though. His mate Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) showed the way and finished as best scorer with 19 points in this game. The third and fourth quarters were played at a slow rhythm and the visitors managed to keep their advantage until the final buzzer. Free video highlights on the Telesambre web site: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/15979/599/.
Score evolution: 16-19, 27-45, 40-59 and 57-72.
Best scorers:
Essor: Y. Siegwarth 13, A. Lambot 4, J. Dedave 2, N. Jankovic 7, J. Stas 5, A. Zuccolini 8, B. Penninck 12, T. Lefevre 3, A. Eyenga 3.
CEP F: A. Marion 7, J. Garvin 4, K. Jonniaux 4, C. Manzanza 2, L. Pourtoit 6, A. Chada 5, T. Bauwens 19, L. Hazard 8, S. Muric 4, C. Ilongo 13.

Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 75-74 (after OT)

With much enthusiasm, both teams offered a very thrilling game to the fans. Through the whole game, nobody in the attendance could tell who would win the game. And it needed one overtime for a decision to be made. With 6 seconds remaining in the overtime, BS Waregem had the last ball possession. Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) missed a shot in the paint and the home crowd could celebrate. Both coaches Sven Declercq and Steve Ibens deserve a big thank for offering such a great and intense game.
Score evolution: 19-23, 36-37, 49-50, 67-67 and 75-74.
Best scorers:
Condors: E. Lasisi 17, N. Maris 13, S. Vermeulen 12, B. Bogaert 12, J. P. De Decker 5, D. Bovoy 7, B. De Beukeleer 5, J. Gerlo 4, I. Johnson 2.
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 21, B. Samaey 18, T. Foucart 17, O. Foucart 12, A. Gueye 4, R. Loontiens 2.

BasKet Tongeren vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 87-83 (after OT)

The game played at the Pibo in Tongeren was tied at 79-79 at the end of the fourth quarter. Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80) and Joeri Moonen (205-F-84) were true leaders for BasKet Tongeren in the second half. New BBC Haantjes' coach Sam Verstraete (185-SG-81, replacing Alain Defraigne who decided to resign last week) could have started with a great win away but BasKet Tongeren finished stronger in the overtime.
Score at the half: 35-32.

Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 86-57

This 100% Belgian game ended up with a rather easy success for the home team of Pascal Horrion. Special mention to Dorian Marchant (198-F-93) for the losing side. Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86) finished the game as best scorer with 18 points for the hosts.
Best scorers:
Sprimont: F. Manset 2, F. Delsaute 17, J.-B. Thome 8, G. Vrancken 10, F. Forthomme 5, J. Flagothier 12, G. Hertay 19, R. Delhaye 5, G. Donnay 8.
Giants: D. Marchant 18, D. Donkor 17, M. Rademakers 9, B. Van Den Broeck 6, A. Rojas Palma 5, R. Bogaerts 5, D. De Hoon 4, Y. Schoepen 3.

To be played on November 29th, 2012: Gembo BBC vs. Gent Dragons



Belgian Cup - Quarter-Finals (first leg) - by Bert Larsimont

Cuva Houthalen (+5) vs. Okapi Aalstar: 83-100

Despite a strong start (23-8 after six minutes in the first quarter), Division II team Cuva Houthalen could not avoid a loss against Ethias League leader Okapi Aalstar in this first quarter-final leg. Okapi US players Jason Clark (188-G-90, college: Georgetown) and Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) led their team for a great comeback. When Cuva's US player Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley) was sent to the bench (technical foul called by referees) in the third quarter, Okapi had a great 0-10 run to make 62-69. The hosts never came back into the game afterwards.
See video highlights on TVL (TV Limburg): http://www.tvl.be/nl/2012-11-23/cuva-houthalen-kan-niet-stunten-tegen-aalstar/#.ULKOI-SZRNV
Score evolution: 29-23, 42-44, 62-69 and 83-100.
Best scorers:
Cuva: R. McCollum 21, J. Westrol 19, B. Tracey 13, C. Koonings 12, O. Hodge 8, H. Vanwijn 7, B. Maesen 2, D. Clemente 1.
Okapi: D. Raivio 17, J. Tofi 4, J. Clark 18, H. Van Langenhove 2, T. Dreesen 15, R. Thompson 23, N. Hartsock 6, C. Young 8, A. Steinbach 7.
Second leg will be played at the Forum in Aalst on 2012-11-30

Liege Basket vs. BC Telenet Oostende: 83-93

Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) was missing on the home side and only Quentin Serron (190-G-90) was absent on the visitors' side. Despite a favourable final score for BCO of coach Dario Gjergja (agency: Beo Basket ), Liege Basket played very well in this game. The home team could not avoid a strong start by the men of Gjergja who were led by Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84, college: Nebraska) in offense. The visitors'strong performance in the first quarter made the difference in this match-up. Special mention to Belgian talent Ioann Iarochevitch (206-C-89, agency: LBM Management) of Liege Basket for his fantastic stats in this game: 27 points (8/11 from two-point range, 2/3 from three-point range, 5/7 from the free-throw line), 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Score evolution: 16-28, 38-47, 60-71 and 83-93.
Best scorers:
Liege: I. Iarochevitch 27, O. Troisfontaines 3, G. Ware 15, L. Bosco 6, W. Mukubu 17, B.J. Monteiro 10, A. Williamson 5.
BCO: D. Katnic 12, M. Stojic 10, W. Wilkinson 21, J. Salumu 7, D. Djordjevic 12, B. Wright 10, M. Lojeski 10, D. Drobnjak 5.
Second leg will be played at the Sleuyter Arena in Oostende on 2012-12-02

Gembo BBC (+5) vs. Belfius Mons Hainaut: 94-90

2012 Division II champions of BBC Gembo Borgerhout had eliminated Ethias League's team Port of Antwerp Giants in the previous eighth-final round of the 2012-13 Belgian Cup. In the first leg of the quarter-finals (two legs, aggregate), the Division II team defeated another squad of the Ethias League: Belfius Mons Hainaut. Special mention to Domien Loubry (186-G-85) who was very efficient in offense for the hometeam. Thanks to great start (42-14 was the largest lead for the home team), Gembo always seemed able to surprise their guests. Despite 76-77 on a shot by Belfius' US playmaker Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown), the hosts managed to control the end of the game and win it. Free video highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD1lA5gwgEE (first half) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bc8lcd9wJ0 (second half).
Score evolution: 25-9, 52-35, 74-63 and 94-90.
Best scorers:
Gembo: T. Goethaert 4, P. Van Rillaer 5, E. Van Aken 5, N. Celis 12, W. Lemaire 8, D. Loubry 40, A. Goetgeluck 2, L. Jansen 6, M. Swinnen 7.
Mons Hainaut: B. Qvale 2, R. Taylor 19, J. Wallace 24, M. Randle 7, J. Bostic 14, G. Muya 5, J. Cage 4, L. Giancaterino 16.
Second leg will be played at the mons.arena in Jemappe on 2012-12-01

VOO RBC Verviers Pepinster vs. Leuven Bears: 92-77

Great win for the Pepins of coach Nenad Trajkovic . With a 15-point margin in favour of RBC, the men of Nenad Trajkovic have a big advantage before the second leg. Without little mistakes and turnovers in the last minutes of the game, they could even have had a better margin. Nevertheless, the Bears are always tough to defeat at the Sportoase in Leuven and therefore have still their word to say in this double confrontation of the Belgian Cup quarter-finals. They recently had a convincing win against Spirou Charleroi in an Ethias League's regular season game played at the Sportoase.
Score evolution: 25-19, 41-34, 69-55 and 92-77.
Best scorers:
Verviers Pepinster: C. Ferguson 12, J. Anderson 12, J. Green 24, Y. Moray 17, Y. Baeri 3, S. Moris 9, N. Aleksandrov 7, D. Tubak 8.
Bears: G. Robinson 23, J. Dukes 7, I. Aska 23, B. Burgess 8, N. Marnegrave 4, I. Hanavan 10, Y. Desiron 2.
Second leg will be played at the Sportoase in Leuven on 2012-12-01





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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 26: Paulistano - Joinville 95-71
Nov. 26: Franca - Basquete Cearense 90-68
Nov. 27: S.Jose/Unimed - Liga Sorocaba 77-73
Nov. 26: Mogi das Cruzes - Bauru 73-80 OT
Nov. 26: Vila Velha - Tijuca TC 58-56

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 29: Tijuca TC - Mogi das Cruzes
Nov. 29: Limeira - Vila Velha
Nov. 29: Joinville - Minas
Nov. 29: Bauru - Uberlandia
Nov. 29: Palmeiras - Paulistano
Nov. 29: Liga Sorocaba - Franca


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Desmond HOLLOWAY
  Liga S.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Holloway, Liga S.23.0 
 2. Stefanelli, S.Jose.19.0 
 3. Mariano, Franca19.0 
 4. Telo, Joinville18.5 
 5. Toyloy, Paulistano17.5 
 6. Alves, Bauru17.0 
 7. Ribeiro, Basque.17.0 
 8. Probst, Joinville17.0 
 9. Gehrke, Mogi d.17.0 
 10. Luz dos Sant., Fr.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pilar ALVES
  Bauru
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Alves, Bauru10.5 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.9.5 
 3. Agba, Bauru9.5 
 4. Mariano, Franca8.5 
 5. Ribeiro, Basque.8.0 
 6. Leichtweis, Tijuca7.5 
 7. Probst, Joinville7.0 
 8. Lima, Tijuca TC7.0 
 9. Gehrke, Mogi d.7.0 
 10. Mattos, Paulista.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Thyago ALEO
  Joinville
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Aleo, Joinville6.5 
 2. Froehlich, Franca6.0 
 3. Fischer, Bauru5.5 
 4. Brugger, Paulistano5.0 
 5. Corazza, Paulistano4.5 
 6. Bresolin, Basque.4.0 
 7. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.0 
 8. Carbonari, Paulist.3.5 
 9. Cortez, Mogi d.3.5 
 10. Costa, Basque.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeferson FROEHLICH
  Franca
  (193-PG-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Froehlich, Franca0.0 
 2. Agba, Bauru0.0 
 3. Fischer, Bauru0.0 
 4. Ranches, Mogi d.0.0 
 5. Fischer, Bauru0.0 
 6. Prado, Joinville0.0 
 7. Filipin, Mogi d.0.0 
 8. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.0.0 
 9. Figueroa, Franca0.0 
 10. Patekoski, Mogi d.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan Pablo FIGUEROA
  Franca
  (184-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Figueroa, Franca3.5 
 2. Prado, Joinville3.0 
 3. Meindl, Franca3.0 
 4. Carvalho, Paulista.2.5 
 5. Parker, Vila Velha2.5 
 6. de Oliveira, Basqu.2.5 
 7. Bresolin, Basque.2.5 
 8. Mattos, Paulistano2.0 
 9. Aleo, Joinville2.0 
 10. Neto, Liga Soroc.2.0 


South American League 2012: Seven players scored in double digits for Pinheiros/Skys victory - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Tiburones 108:79

Seven players scored in double digits for Pinheiros/Skys victory over Tiburones in Sao Paulo. The hosts overcame visiting Venezuelan team 108:79 in the start of the Semifinal Stage of South American League 2012.
Pinheiros/Sky started the game with 22-19 and never looked behind after. They allowed the opponents to score the same number of points in the second period, while they added 35 for 57:38 halftime advantage. Pinheiros/Sky also won the third period 29-17 and did not mind 22-24 in the last stanza.
Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) stepped up with 23 points and Andre Bambu (205-C-79) notched 15. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) brought 14, while Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) and Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) posted 13 apiece. Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) collected 16 points and 11 boards. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, college: UAB) scored 12, while Windi Graterol (204-C-86) tossed in 10.
Tomorrow, Uniceub / BRB clashes with Tiburones de Vargas of Venezuela, while Flamengo will play hosts Pinheiros / Sky.

Pinheiros/Sky: Joe Smith 23, Andre Bambu 15, Paulinho Boracini 14, Marcio Dornelles 13, Shamell Stallworth 13
Tiburones: Alejandro Barrios 20, Axiers Sucre 16+11 rebs, Kenneth Cooper 12, Windi Graterol 10



South American League 2012: Flamengo wins the Brazilian battle in Sao Paulo - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Brasilia 92:82

Flamengo wins the Brazilian battle in the start of the Semifinal Stage in Group E. They edged Brasilia 92:82 in the opener of four teams campaign in Sao Paulo.
Brasilia opened the game with 26-24 and won the second frame 21-19. They could not match however Flamengo in the second half. The latter replied with 24-17 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-18 in the last stanza.
Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) added 21. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) notched 19, while Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 11. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Dos Santos Welington added 14. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) finished the game with 12 points apiece.
Tomorrow, Uniceub / BRB clashes with Tiburones de Vargas of Venezuela, while Flamengo will play hosts Pinheiros / Sky.

Flamengo: Olivinha Rodriguez 22, Vitor Benite 21, Marquinhos Vieira 19, Eduardo Machado 11
Brasilia: Arthur Silva 20, Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) 14, Alex Ribeiro 12, Guilherme Giovannoni 12



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Broken hand to keep Avramov out of action for 40 days - by Maria Mitzova

Lukoil Academik Sofia starting guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) will be out of action for 40 days. Bulgarian international broke his fourth metacarpal bone during Sunday practice. Avramov was not included on the roster of Academik for the trip to Bilbao, where Bulgarian team will play against Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket.
Bozhidar will miss the rest of the 2012 games for Lukoil and best case scenario, will return to the court in the beginning of 2013.
In the absence of Avramov, Lukoil is likely to suffer in the backcourt, thats why the management is looking for short-term replacement on the two-guard position. Until then, its up to captain Todor Stoykov, Devin Green, Pavel Marinov and Thomas Massamba to cover the spot.
Lukoil lays third in Group B of Eurocup, with three games to go.



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

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

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany). He led New Yorker Phantoms to a surprising victory over the eighth-ranked Bayern Muenchen (5-5) 78-73 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. NaNa was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (3-7) is placed 16th in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's NaNa's first year with the team. NaNa has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 45.5%(15-33) and FT: 59.5% in the 10 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team one years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. Samnick could not help Chorale de Roanne (3-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Chorale de Roanne was defeated 71-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#13). Samnick was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Samnick's first year with the team. This season Samnick averages: 7.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 34.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 57.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge). He was not able to help Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-1) in their game against Apollon (1-2) in the EuroChallenge. Curti scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. The first-placed Gravelines-Dunkerque was edged 89-88 in Limassol by the lower-ranked (#4) Apollon in the group G of EuroChallenge. There are only three games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Curti's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 69.2% in the three games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Curti played for the Cameroonian national team one years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #4. Power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Miami, FL to an easy victory against the University of Detroit Mercy 77-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kadji also added 3 assists. The University of Miami, Florida has conference record this season. Kadji's total stats this year are: 8.3ppg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #5. International power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan) led Shiga L-Stars to a victory against the fourth-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (9-7) 78-69 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. Aboya recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars (7-7) are placed sixth in Western group. 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 Aboya's first year with the team. His total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1spg. Aboya used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #6. Forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Wake Forest's victory against the College of William & Mary 63-57 in the NCAA on Friday night. Arnaud Adala scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 11 minutes. The Wake Forest University has conference record this season. This year Arnaud Adala's total stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games. He is international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team one years ago.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #7. International forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond, currently plays in Qatar) helped Qatar Sports Club win their game against the closely-ranked Al Shamal (1-5) 79-73 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 last Sunday. Moliva recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Qatar Sports Club Doha (2-4) is placed sixth in the D1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Moliva has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

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

   #1. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Sokhumi (0-5) crushing them 87-65 in the Georgian Superleague last Friday. Toudjani scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 28 minutes. Energy Invest Rustaviis placed in the Superleague. It's Toudjani's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 5.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in the six games he played so far.

   #2. James Siakam (198-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Vanderbilt to beat the Marist College. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 19 minutes. The Vanderbilt was badly defeated 50-33 at home by the Marist College. This year Siakam's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games.

   #3. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a STB Le Havre's surprising victory against the third-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (5-3) 81-77 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 6 points. STB Le Havre (3-5) is placed tenth in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Pitard has been at the team for six years. Pitard's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #4. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) led Dalhousie University to a victory against the X-Men (4-2) 86-78 in the Canadian university league CIS in Friday night's game. Yengue recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Dalhousie University has 4-1 record this season. Yengue is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Dalhousie University's roster. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 5.8rpg.

   #5. Johann Mpondo (203-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wright St., currently plays in Qatar) helped Al Sadd win their game against one of league's weakest teams Al Ahli (0-6) crushing them 79-44 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 last Sunday. Mpondo had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 37 minutes. Al Sadd Sports Club Doha (6-0) is placed second in the D1. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mpondo is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.0rpg. This year he also averages: 7.6ppg in the five games.

   #6. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Harvard in their game against the Saint Joseph's University in the NCAA. Moundou-Missi scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 75-56. This season he averages only 7.6ppg.

   #7. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, is currently at the American university) managed to help Santa Clara University in a victory against the South Carolina Upstate crushing them 85-65 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Atanga scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year he averages just 7.6ppg in the five games.

   #8. Brice Kofane (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Providence win their game against the Fairfield University 66-47 in the NCAA on Friday night. Kofane scored only 2 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 18 minutes. Kofane has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg in the five games.



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

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

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy to a victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (1-2) 91-84 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Landry scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Triumph Lyubertsy (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 Landry averages: 8.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.2% in the three games he played so far. He played for the Canadian senior national team three years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. English could not help Asefa Estudiantes (5-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 98-89 on the road by the much lower-ranked Assignia Manresa (#15). English was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 4 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. English is the league's top scorer. He has individually a very good season with high stats. English averages: 18.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(36-65), 3FGP: 39.6% and FT: 84.8%. He played for the Canadian national team in 2011.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (7-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dalembert's good performance the Milwaukee Bucks were defeated in an overtime 113-106 in Miami by the Heat. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dalembert has relatively good stats this season: 7.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(33-53) and FT: 83.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert played for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #4. Forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Thompson's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were edged 110-108 in Miami by the Heat. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Thompson has relatively solid stats: 9.2ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2009.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #5. International forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the ninth-ranked Craiova (6-3) 87-78 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. Shepherd was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CS Municipal Bucuresti (7-2) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Shepherd is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Shepherd averages: 21.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #6. Forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Rotterdam (1-10) crushing them 101-66 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Wednesday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (9-2) is placed first in the Eredivisie. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bekkering has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Canadian team three years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #7. International forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Blusens Monbus (5-4) in their last game. Despite Kendall's good performance Blusens Monbus was edged 78-76 in Las Palmas by the second-ranked G.Canaria 2014. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Kendall is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 15.3ppg. This year he also averages: 6.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1bpg and 1.2spg in the nine games. Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #8. Forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a TBB Trier's victory against the 13th-ranked s Oliver Baskets (4-6) 69-62 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. TBB Trier (6-3) is placed sixth in the BBL. It's Bucknor's first season with the team. Bucknor's overall stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2005.

Marc Trasolini
Marc Trasolini
   #9. Former U19 international forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Santa Clara win their game against the Utah Valley University 75-67 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Trasolini recorded 27 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 35 minutes. The Santa Clara University has conference record this season. Trasolini is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Santa Clara's roster. This season his overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in the nine games. Trasolini used to play for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #10. Forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently studies in the States) helped UNLV win their game against the Iowa State University 82-70 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The University of Nevada - Las Vegas have conference record this season. Bennett's total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former U17 international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Khimik in their game against Gaz Metan in the EuroChallenge. Joseph scored 6 points and had 3 steals. His team was edged 88-86. His stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg. Joseph used to play for the Canadian U19 national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, is currently at the American university) helped Gonzaga win their game against the Davidson College 81-67 in the NCAA last Sunday. He scored 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 38 minutes. Pangos averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg in the three games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Elektra (3-3) in their last game. Despite Collins' good performance Elektra was edged 72-71 in Rogaska Slatina by the higher-ranked (#4) Rogaska. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Collins also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. He is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). Collins has very reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg in the six games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. U19 international point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boston Coll. edge the Auburn University 50-49 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Hanlan averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg in the six games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team last year.

   #15. Former U21 international forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Holland) helped M.Magixx win their game against one of league's weakest teams Amsterdam 92-77 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday night. Bekkering recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 3.2rpg. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian U21 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA) led Orlando Magic to a victory over the Detroit Pistons (4-11) 90-74 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Nicholson was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Nicholson's first season in pro basketball. The Orlando Magic has 5-8 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Nicholson's overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 2.5rpg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #2. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Washington Wizards (0-12) crushing them 118-92 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 12-3 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Bonner's seventh year with the team. This season Bonner averages only 4.2ppg in the 11 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in KTP-Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Kouvot (6-6) 81-68 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Friday night's game. Barrett had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 7 blocks in 39 minutes. KTP Basket Kotka (8-4) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. Barrett is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.8bpg. He also averaged so far 16.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg in the 12 games.

   #4. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BK Pardubice (6-5) in their last game. Despite Muirhead's very good performance BK Pardubice lost 80-84 at home to the second-ranked NH Ostrava. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Muirhead also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was BK Pardubice's first loss after three consecutive victories. Muirhead is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.8rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.9ppg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in a victory against the sixth-ranked Amchit (3-2) crushing them 88-60 in the Lebanese Division A on Friday night. Mahmoud scored only 4 points, grabbed 9 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals in 27 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (4-1) is placed second in the Division A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mahmoud has been at the team for nine years. He is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.4apg. This year Mahmoud's other stats are: 7.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4spg in the five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #6. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 3-point Byblos' victory against the closely-ranked Champville 80-77 in the Lebanese Division A on Wednesday night. Fraser scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. He is the league's best rebounder. Fraser has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 15.0rpg and 1.4bpg.

   #7. Dwight Powell (208-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Stanford in their last game on Thursday. Despite Powell's very good performance the Stanford was defeated 78-70 on their home court in Stanford, CA by the University of Missouri. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Powell also added 3 blocks (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). He averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #8. Juevol Myles (185-G-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to S.Dakota's surprising victory against the Culver Stockton College 81-73 in the NCAA on Friday night. Myles scored 24 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 37 minutes. He averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg in the six games.

   #9. Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Texas Tech's victory against the Jackson State University 84-75 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Kravic scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and made 5 blocks. He averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3bpg. Kravic has both Serbian and Canadian nationalities.

   #10. Jordan Bachynski (218-C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Arizona St. win their game against the The University of Arkansas 83-68 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Bachynski also added 4 blocks in 28 minutes. This year his total stats are: 9.3ppg and 3.2rpg in the 10 games.



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Standings - A2 League

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Center

Dec. 1: Kaptol - Hermes Anal.
Dec. 1: Dubrava - Maksimir
Dec. 1: Samobor - Rudes
Dec. 1: Gorica - Bosco
Dec. 1: Zrinjevac - Sus.-Moslavina
Dec. 1: Sanac Karl. - Mladost Z.(C)

East

Dec. 1: Meteor D. - Pozega
Dec. 1: Vinkovci - Belisce
Dec. 1: Vinkovci - Olimp Inspekt
Dec. 1: Vrijednosnice - Zupanja

North

Dec. 1: Cakovec - Petar Zrinski
Dec. 1: Ivancica - Rudar-Cimper
Dec. 1: Koprivnica - Bjelovar
Dec. 1: Podravac Virje - Radnik
Dec. 1: Mladost D.(N) - Medjimurje C.
Dec. 1: Graficar - Vindija V.

South

Dec. 1: Metkovic - DOSK
Dec. 1: Omis Galeb - Cetina
Dec. 1: Jazine - Solin
Dec. 1: Sukosan - Kastela
Dec. 1: GKK Sibenik - Trogir
Dec. 1: Policnik - Puntamika

West

Dec. 1: Pula 1981 - Ghia Staff
Dec. 1: Otocac - Crikvenica
Dec. 1: Ucka - Skrljevo
Dec. 1: Kastav - Zamet
Dec. 1: Stoja Pula - Rovinj


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

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

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Zalgiris to a victory over the seventh-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-1) 90-79 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game. Popovic was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (4-0) is placed second in the LKL. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Popovic averages: 10.0ppg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 75.0%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the three games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team one years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Tomic was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (1-6) crushing them 90-66 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 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. Tomic is currently third on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 60.5%(26-43) and FT: 40.9%. Tomic played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Unicaja Malaga (5-4) in their last game. Despite Simon's very good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 79-90 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Caja Laboral. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Simon also added 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Simon has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 78.6% in the nine games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #4. Power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Lithuania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. But that was another game of his team in Lithuanian LKL which we would like to mention. Delas contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (3-4) crushing them 93-43. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (4-0) is placed second in the LKL. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. It's Delas' first season with the team. Delas' overall stats this year are: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #5. Former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the tenth-ranked PGE Turow (1-5) 78-71 in the VTB United League last Monday. Radosevic scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (3-3) is placed sixth in group A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 8.7ppg and 5.2rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #6. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Khimky (4-3) in their game against Real Madrid (5-2) in the Euroleague. Loncar recorded 9 points. But the third-placed Khimky was crushed 104-81 in Madrid by the leading Real in the group A of Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Loncar's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team two years ago.

Fran Pilepic
Fran Pilepic
   #7. International swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Spanish team Gescrap BB win their game against the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (1-2) crushing them 85-64 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Pilepic scored 10 points in 21 minutes. 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 will be important. This year Pilepic averages only 7.0ppg in the three games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Mario Kasun
Mario Kasun
   #8. Center Mario Kasun (213-80, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Italian team Montepaschi Siena edge the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (5-2) 89-87 in the Euroleague last Friday. Kasun recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 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 will be extremely important. Kasun's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 4.4rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #9. International center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Krunoslav Simon. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Zoric helped his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga win their game against the sixth-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia (1-6) 63-48. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (6-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Zoric is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.3bpg. This year his other stats are: 7.9ppg and 4.3rpg in the seven games. Zoric is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #10. Power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Turk Telekom (2-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Turk Telekom was crushed 103-81 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (#3). Pasalic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 8 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Pasalic has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Slovenia couldn't help Krka (2-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Krka (#3) was edged 82-79 in Bursa by the second-ranked Tofas in the group A of EuroChallenge. Vladovic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Vladovic has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

   #12. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Kresimir Loncar in the Euroleague last game. Draper managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the third-ranked Khimky crushing them 104-81. He recorded only 4 points and had 3 steals in 13 minutes. This year Draper's total stats are: 2.6ppg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Draper used to play for the Croatian national team last year. He played also for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #13. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Greek team Panathinaikos edge the sixth-ranked Cantu 71-69 in the Euroleague last Friday. Ukic recorded 7 points and added 3 assists. Ukic averaged so far 10.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Zlatorog win their game against the eighth-ranked LTHcast Mercator 85-80 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Djugum had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. Djugum is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders with 6.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.0ppg in the six games. Djugum used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2008.

   #15. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) helped Armani Milano win their game against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona 78-59 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. He scored 12 points. This season Stipcevic averages only 5.0ppg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

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

   #1. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) led Maribor Messer to a victory over the ninth-ranked Grosuplje (1-5) 79-68 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Maric was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. KK Maribor Messer (5-1) is placed first in the Telemach League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Maric's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2spg in the six games he played so far.

   #2. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Tajfun's victory against the league outsider Polzela (0-6) 90-82 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Primorac had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 20 minutes. KK Tajfun Sentjur (3-3) is placed seventh in the Telemach League. Primorac belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 6.7rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.7ppg in the six games.

   #3. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania could not help Pitesti (0-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Barac's very good performance Pitesti (#4) was defeated 78-73 at home by the higher-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3) in the group E of EuroChallenge. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Barac also added 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. Barac has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg.

   #4. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help ETB Wohnbau (4-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Buljevic's very good performance ETB Wohnbau was defeated 86-79 on their home court in Essen by the much higher-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (#5). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Buljevic also added 4 rebounds. Buljevic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #5. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-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 in Saturday night's game. Drmic recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 30 minutes. The Boise State University has conference record this season. Drmic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #6. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to secure a victory for LTHcast Mercator (2-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Soldo's good performance LTHcast Mercator was defeated 85-80 on the road by the second-ranked Zlatorog. He scored 10 points. Soldo has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #7. Drazen Klaric (204-F-80, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help KFUM Jamtland in their last game. Despite his good performance KFUM Jamtland lost 75-79 in Stockholm to the lower-ranked (#7) 08 Stockholm. Klaric recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Klaric has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 13 games.

   #8. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Duesseldorf Baskets to win against the tenth-ranked Finke Baskets 87-78 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. He scored 5 points and added 5 assists. Petric averaged so far 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9apg. He has both Croatian and German nationalities.

   #9. Experienced Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Geoplin Slovan in their game against Helios in the Slovenian Telemach League. Paravinja scored 5 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 63-75. Paravinja has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.0rpg in the six games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #10. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz in their game against Furstenfeld Panthers in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game Stegnjaic scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Stegnjaic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7. This season he has very high stats. Stegnjaic averages: 15.4ppg and 7.0rpg.



Zadar signs Burgason just out of college - by Eurobasket News

KK Zadar (A1) signed 23-year old American guard Jordan Burgason (190-89, agency: Interperformances). He just graduated from Lipscomb (NCAA). In 19 games last season he had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg. Burgason also at David Lipscomb University in Atlantic Sun Conference in the NCAA that season. In 19 games last season he recorded also great stats: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
Burgasons team won A-Sun Regular Season in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



KK Cibona VIP Zagreb added Dario Saric - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) added to their roster 18-year old Croatian international power forward Dario Saric (208-94). He just played at Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL league. He played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup).
Saric was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game in 2012.
He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Saric was a member of both Senior and U18 National Teams this year and for U22 National Team last year. He represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 72.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 60.0%.
Saric has played previously professionally in Spain and Croatia (KK Split, KK Zagreb and Zrinjevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cibona adds Saric to their roster - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) added to their roster 18-year old Croatian international power forward Dario Saric (208-94). He just played at Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL league. He played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup).
Saric was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game in 2012.
He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Saric was a member of both Senior and U18 National Teams this year and for U22 National Team last year. He represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 72.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 60.0%.
Saric has played previously professionally in Spain and Croatia (KK Split, KK Zagreb and Zrinjevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic upset Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Djuro Djakovic 63:70

Djuro Djakovic recorded the second win in the Balkan League season. They shot down Mornar Bar on the road to take 2-4 record in Group A. The Montenegrin side slipped at 1-5 record. Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88, college: UNLV) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
Djuro Djakovic recorded 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The Croatian team maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They accumulated a 38:32 halftime lead. The visitors extended their lead in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 56:47. Mornar Bar held their opponents to just 14 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) and Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) knocked down 13 points each to pace Djuro Djakovic. Mihailo Sekulovic (205-C-91) answered with 14 points for Mornar Bar. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Mihailo Sekulovic 14, Lazar Radosavljevic 10
Djuro Djakovic: Brice Massamba 17+10 boards, Marino Sarlija 13, Matej Karlovic 13



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 26: ENAD - Omonia 81-69
Nov. 23: Etha - Apollon 73-63
Nov. 24: AEL - Keravnos 62-66
Nov. 25: Apoel - AEK 56-54

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 30: AEK - ENAD
Nov. 30: Apollon - Apoel
Nov. 30: AEL - Etha
Nov. 30: Keravnos - Omonia


A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Allen, Omonia22.4 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Omonia18.0 
 3. Aleksic, AEL18.0 
 4. Diggs, Omonia16.6 
 5. Brown, Apollon16.2 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos16.0 
 7. Outerbridge, AEL14.6 
 8. Panteli, AEK14.5 
 9. Detrick, Apollon14.2 
 10. Morrison, Apoel14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Omonia
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Lee-Ingram, Omonia9.0 
 2. Vaughn, Keravnos9.0 
 3. Outerbridge, AEL8.0 
 4. Diggs, Omonia7.8 
 5. Brown, Apollon7.8 
 6. Kaskiris, ENAD7.8 
 7. Kinnard, Keravnos7.2 
 8. Aleksic, AEL6.8 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon6.4 
 10. Visockis, Omonia6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Omonia
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Diggs, Omonia6.4 
 2. Maze, Keravnos4.6 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel4.4 
 4. Adegboye, Etha4.2 
 5. Aleksic, AEL4.0 
 6. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 7. Kounas, ENAD3.2 
 8. Guillandeaux, AEL3.2 
 9. Palalas, AEL3.0 
 10. Allen, Omonia3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apoel
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Stiggers, Apoel2.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon2.4 
 3. Panteli, AEK2.3 
 4. Palalas, AEL2.3 
 5. Diggs, Omonia2.2 
 6. Mokongo, Apoel1.8 
 7. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 8. Allen, AEL1.8 
 9. Williams, Etha1.6 
 10. Lee-Ingram, Omon.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos2.0 
 2. Morrison, Apoel1.6 
 3. Harrison, AEK1.5 
 4. Outerbridge, AEL1.4 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 6. Baker, Omonia1.0 
 7. Noel, Apollon1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Apollon1.0 
 9. Jukes, ENAD0.7 
 10. Chan, Apoel0.6 


Week 5 - Statistics - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

1)Top scorer= Brown- Apollon = 28 points
2)Top rebounder= Brown- Apollon =13 rebounds
3)Top assist man= Palalas Ael = 6 assists
4)Top stealer= Brown- Apollon = 4 steals
5)est scoring team in week 5=Enad (scored 81 pts)
6)Best defensive team in week 5= Apoel (received 54 pts)

Highlights and award

Apoel beat Aek in a close game (56-54), in which Aek had one in fifteen 3- pointers (7%).
Etha succeeded another victory over Apollon and is now 3-2.
Enad rolled to its 1st victory over Omonoia, a victory that might appear precious if it saves Enad from stepping into the 2nd devision. With good defense Enad kept Lee, Diggs, Baker and Allen's scoring margin below 20.

Even though Apollon lost to Etha, the weekly award goes to Brandon Brown of Apollon. He had 28 points 13 rebounds and 4 steals.



Dorde Lelic signs at Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Pizza Express Apollon Limassol (Division A) landed 23-year old Serbian small forward Dorde Lelic (197-80kg-89). He has played for the last three years at Elektra in Slovenian Telemach League. In 28 games last season he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game. Lelic also played at KK Elektra Sostanj (previous name Elektra) in Telemach League that season. In 28 games last season he had 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game.
His team made it to the Slovenian Cup Final Four in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cypriot Division A round 5 best performance: Brandon Brown - by Eurobasket News

American forward Brandon Brown (201-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Apollon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Apollon moved-up to the 7th position in the Cypriot Division A. 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 Brown had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Apollon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Cal State - San Bernardino star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg,2.4spg and 51.0% FGP. Worth to mention Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88) of league's leader Keravnos. Vaughn had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Keravnos to edge the lower-ranked AEL (#6, 1-4) 66-62. Of course Keravnos still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Vaughn is a newcomer at Keravnos, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of AEL (#6). Aleksic scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Aleksic's great performance AEL lost 62-66 to the league's current leader Keravnos (#1, 5-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. AEL can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Aleksic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Aleksic has individually a great season in Cyprus. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.8apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73) of ENAD - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. JoJo Garcia (206-C-75) of AEK - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Melvin Baker (200-F-89) of Omonia - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88) of Omonia - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84) of ENAD - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Taron Downey (186-G-82) of Etha - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) of AEL - 11 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 27: U19 - Nymburk B 61-69
Nov. 26: U19 - Kara Trutnov 57-85
Nov. 30: Liberec - Loko Plzen
Dec. 2: Litomerice - Sokol H.K.
Dec. 2: Proton Zlin - Sparta Praha
Nov. 30: Ostrava - Sokol P.
Nov. 30: Nymburk B - Sokol V.
Dec. 2: Kara Trutnov - JBC Brno


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

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

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Spanish team Cajasol to a victory over the closely-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (1-3) 70-56 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Satoransky was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and added 4 assists in 29 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (2-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Satoransky has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 84.6% in the three games he played so far. Satoransky is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Blusens Monbus (5-4) to beat G.Canaria 2014 (7-2). Pumprla scored 6 points. Blusens Monbus was edged 78-76 on the road by the second-ranked G.Canaria 2014. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Pumprla's overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg, 2.3rpg and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Jelinek was not able to help Olin Edirne (2-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Olin Edirne lost 66-72 at home to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Jelinek recorded 13 points in 28 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Jelinek has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 82.6% in the seven games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #4. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (0-12) in their game against the Indiana Pacers (7-8) in the NBA. Vesely scored 5 points. The Washington Wizards were defeated 96-89 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. So far Wizards lost all twelve games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Vesely's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #5. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help River Andorra (3-0) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (6-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance last Friday. Hampl scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Buthis team lost 81-87 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#3) Palencia_Baloncesto. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Hampl's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 5.1rpg in the eight games. Hampl plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #6. An experienced center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Planasa NV (3-5) in their game against Ford Burgos (6-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance last Friday He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Starosta is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 9.9rpg and 1.4apg. Starosta is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team four years ago.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #7. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Clinicas Rincon's victory against the closely-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (4-3) 71-60 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points in 18 minutes. CB Clinicas Rincon (5-2) is placed second in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Svandrlik's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.5rpg in the six games. He is also Czech Republic U18 national team player.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #8. Swingman Tomas Kyzlink (197-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket (3-5) in their game against FCB Regal II (5-3) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Kyzlink scored only 2 points. Caceres Basket was defeated 92-83 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked FCB Regal II (#7). Kyzlink has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic U20 national team.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #9. University international forward Patrik Auda (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Seton Hall win their game against the University of Maine crushing them 76-49 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Auda recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. The Seton Hall University has conference record this season. Auda has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Czech Republic university national team last year.

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

   #1. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) managed to help AZS Koszalin to win against the league outsider Rosa Radom (2-8) 97-91 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. He scored 5 points. AZS Koszalin (6-3) is placed fourth in the TBL. Skibniewski belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. His total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) led Komarno to a victory against the sixth-ranked Prievidza (4-5) 81-71 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Wednesday night's game. Kratochvil recorded 11 points and blocked 2 shots in 24 minutes. MBK Rieker Komarno (7-2) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg in the nine games he played so far.

   #3. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Tulane to beat the University of Nebraska. Bruha recorded 5 points. The Tulane was defeated 61-57 on the road by the University of Nebraska. Bruha has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.5rpg.

   #4. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Etha (0-4) in their game against Krka (2-2) in the EuroChallenge. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Englicky recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The fourth-placed Etha lost 59-74 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Krka in the group A of EuroChallenge. So far Etha lost all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Englicky has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.5rpg in the four games.



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Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Amager BK 8-1 
 2. BMS Skovlunde 7-2 
 3. Lemvig 7-2 
 4. Falcon 5-3 
 5. Virum 5-4 
 6. Koge BK 4-4 
 7. Stevnsgade 4-5 
 8. ALBA 3-5 
 9. Glostrup 3-5 
 10. Aarhus BF 3-6 
 11. Jonstrup 2-7 
 12. Haderslev 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 26: Lemvig - Aarhus BF 86-74
Nov. 24: Haderslev - Jonstrup 68-84
Nov. 27: Stevnsgade - Amager BK 66-85
Nov. 24: Virum - ALBA 60-69
Nov. 24: BMS Skovlunde - Glostrup 110-56

Regular Season: Round 10

Dec. 1: Aarhus BF - Haderslev
Dec. 1: Glostrup - Virum
Dec. 1: ALBA - BMS Skovlunde
Dec. 1: Amager BK - Lemvig
Dec. 1: Falcon - Stevnsgade
Dec. 2: Jonstrup - Koge BK


Stian Mjos leaves Naestved - by Christian Hamborg

After a rather disappointing season for Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) in Team FOG Naestved it was today announced that the player will be leaving the club.
Last season Stian Mjos was Player of the Year and Defensive player of the Year in the Norwegian BLNO playing for Baerum Basket. Mjos averaged an impressive 22.7 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.3 spg while shooting 82 for 161 (50.9 %) from the three point line.

The expectations were high when Mjos joined Team FOG Naestved but unfortunately the team is now in the middle of the standings with a 6'6 record.
Mjos played 12 games for Team FOG Naestved averaging 28 minutes per game with 9.7 points and 1.9 assists.
It is expected that Mjos will go to back to Norway and join his old team Baerum Basket.

The replacement for Mjos has already been announced as Julian McFarlane (184-G-86) will rejoin Team FOG Naestved whom he played for back in the 2009-10 season.
Julian McFarlane played last season for Falcon who got relegated from the Danish League. Julian McFarlane was one the better domestic players for the team averaging 15.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8spg



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

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

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #1. This week's number one is U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led G.Washington to an easy victory against the Hofstra University crushing them 80-56 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Larsen recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes on the court. The The George Washington University has conference record this season. It's Larsen's first year with the team. He is currently a member of the Danish U20 national team.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently studies in the States). Gilling contributed to an Arizona St.'s surprising victory against the Cornell University 64-53 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 9 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Arizona State University has conference record this season. Gilling played for the Danish U20 national team in 2010.

Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
Jonas Zohore Bergstedt
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international center Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Cyprus. He could not help Etha (0-4) to beat Karsiyaka (4-0). Bergstedt scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The fourth-placed Etha was crushed 86-59 at home by the leading Karsiyaka in the group A of EuroChallenge. So far Etha lost all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Bergstedt averages: 4.0ppg, 4.7rpg. He played for the Danish U20 national team one years ago.

Mathias Seilund
Mathias Seilund
   #4. Forward Mathias Seilund (201-90, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Fair Dickinson in their game against the Illinois State University (0-0) in the NCAA. Seilund scored 8 points in 34 minutes. The Fair Dickinson was crushed 91-58 on the road by the Illinois State University. This year Seilund's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 4.7rpg in the three games he played so far. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team back in 2010.

Anton Larsen
Anton Larsen
   #5. Former international power forward Anton Larsen (213-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the ODU in their game against the Virginia Military Institute (0-0) in the NCAA. Larsen recorded only 4 points. The ODU was defeated 76-71 on their home court in Norfolk, VA by the Virginia Military Institute. Larsen has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 4.7rpg. Larsen used to play for the Danish national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help the league outsider U20 (0-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked U20 was crushed 99-51 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Levski Sofia. Tenchev was the top scorer with 14 points in 25 minutes. So far U20 lost all six games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Tenchev's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg in the five games he played so far. Tenchev has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite his Danish passport, Tenchev currently plays for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Danish team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Chanan Colman (191-G-84) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Esben Reinholt (195-G-93) plays for KK Split in Croatian A1
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) plays for Rostock EBC in German Regionalliga
Michael Larsen (84) plays for Racing in Luxembourg N2



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Grizzlies Assign Tony Wroten To D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies today assigned rookie guard Tony Wroten (6'5''-G-93, college: Washington) to the Reno Bighorns, the Grizzlies NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment is the first for Wroten.
Wroten (6-6, 208, Washington) has appeared in three games for Memphis this season, averaging 2.7 minutes. Selected in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2012 NBA Draft, Wroten spent one year with the Huskies, when he averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals. For his efforts, he was named All-Pac 12 Freshman of the Year (2012).


Courtesy of: realgm.com



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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Turkish team Banvit BK to a victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (0-3) 97-81 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Mejia was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!), had 7 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 35 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (2-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mejia is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mejia averages: 21.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.3apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 74.1%(20-27), 3FGP: 66.7% in the three games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 2-point G.Canaria 2014's victory against the ninth-ranked Blusens Monbus (5-4) 78-76 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Baez scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 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. This year Baez's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 65.6%(21-32) and FT: 71.4% in the seven games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Ariza could not help the Washington Wizards (0-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Washington Wizards were edged in an overtime 101-100 on the road by the Atlanta Hawks. Ariza recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Ariza has relatively good stats this season: 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 81.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. An experienced power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Assignia Manresa's surprising victory against the eighth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (5-4) 98-89 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Asselin scored 10 points in 27 minutes. Assignia Manresa (1-8) is placed 15th in the ACB. They ended the series of eight consecutive loses. This year Asselin has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg and 3.2rpg in the nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #5. Former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Strasbourg IG (4-4) in their game against Paris-Levallois (5-3) in the French ProA. Greer scored only 4 points. Strasbourg IG was badly defeated 89-72 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#6). It was Strasbourg IG's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Greer's first season with the team. Greer is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league. His total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 3.1rpg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #6. Center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a St.Francis Xavier's victory against the Huskies (3-4) 77-69 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. Madera scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The St.Francis Xavier has a solid 4-2 record this season. Madera's total stats this year are: 9.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Republic team five years ago.

   #7. Former U17 international guard Rayner Moquete (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Binghamton win their game against the Marywood University (8-3) crushing them 76-51 in the NCAA last Saturday. Moquete recorded 6 points. The Binghamton University has conference record this season. Moquete has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (7-6) 101-91 in the NBA last Friday. Horford was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds. Horford also added 3 blocks. The Atlanta Hawks have a solid 8-4 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horford averages: 15.9ppg, 9.2rpg and 3.1apg.

   #2. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Detroit Pistons (4-11) in their last game. Despite Villanueva's very good performance the Detroit Pistons were crushed 121-100 on the road by the New York Knicks. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Villanueva also added 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Villanueva's fourth season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 7.5ppg and 2.8rpg in the four games he played so far. Villanueva has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite his Dominican Republic passport, Villanueva previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in a Wollongong Hawks' victory against one of league's weakest teams Melbourne Tigers (2-6) 74-66 in the Australian NBL on Sunday night. Deleon was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Wollongong Hawks (7-1) are placed first in the NBL. It's Deleon's first season with the team. Deleon is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). This season he has very high stats. Deleon averages: 17.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg.

   #4. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Strasbourg IG (4-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Strasbourg IG was badly defeated 89-72 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois. Greer was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 37 minutes. It was Strasbourg IG's third consecutive loss in a row. Greer belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6 with 5.0apg. He also averaged so far 13.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3spg in the eight games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Feldeine's very good performance the bottom-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 86-83 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#4). He was the top scorer with 19 points. This season Feldeine has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 couldn't help Apollon Patras (3-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance Apollon Patras lost 71-77 in Rethymno to the higher-ranked (#5) AGOR. Turner was the second best scorer with 13 points in 28 minutes. This year Turner's total stats are: 7.6ppg and 3.1rpg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Carlos Novas (197-F-92, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Arkadia Lions crushing them 103-83 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Novas scored 17 points. Novas' total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He has dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and Austrian. Despite Novas' Dominican Republic passport, he currently plays for the Austrian U20 national team and cannot be called to the Dominican Republic team.

   #8. Chris De La Rosa (175-PG-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UMBC, currently plays in Qatar) contributed to an Al Sadd's victory against the fifth-ranked Al Gharafa 75-65 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. De La Rosa scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. De La Rosa is currently sixth on the list of best passers with 5.2apg. He also averaged so far 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5spg in the six games. De La Rosa holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Jose Domingues Del Villar (195-F-84, college: Brewton Parker, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked JyWe 96-79 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. Del Villar recorded 8 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Del Villar's total stats are: 8.7ppg and 8.1rpg in the nine games.

   #10. Tjoe de Paula (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) couldn't help Leeuwarden in their game against Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie. He scored 6 points. His team was crushed by 21 points 84-63. de Paula has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. He has dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and Dutch.



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EuroChallenge: Tartu Ulikool down Khimik in Estonia - by Eurobasket News

Tartu Ulikool - Khimik 94:77

Tartu Ulikool down Khimik in Estonia in front of almost 2000 local fans. The hosts needed 94:77 win to tie both records at 2-2.
Khimik lost the second straight game, while they started the campaign with two victories. The Ukrainian team grabbed 24-22 after the first period and increased to 47:41 at the break. Tartu Ulikool meanwhile outscored the visitors from Ukraine 53-30 in the second half to get the result they needed. They won the third period 28-13 and finished the game with 25-17 in the last period.
Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) and Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) stepped up with 16 points each, while Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) followed them with 13. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) and Joosep Toome (208-C-85) delivered 9 points each. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) and Sergei Popov (194-G-88) answered with 13 points each in defeat. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) posted 12, while Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) had 10.

Tartu Ulikool: Justin Ingram 16, Ivan Nelyubov 16, Timo Eichfuss 13, Egidijus Dimsa 9, Joosep Toome 9
Khimik: Willie Deane 13, Sergei Popov 13, Devoe Joseph 12, Sava Lesic 10



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 27: Karsiyaka - Tofas 78-56
Nov. 27: Etha - Krka 59-74

B

Nov. 27: Ploiesti - Kataja 67-80
Nov. 28: Keravnos - Krasnie Krilya

C

Nov. 27: Pyrinto - Sodertalje 73-65
Nov. 27: Norrkoping - Ventspils 51-69

D

Nov. 27: Tartu Ulikool - Khimik 94-77
Nov. 27: Dijon - Gaz Metan 83-79

E

Nov. 27: Aalstar - M.Hainaut 97-84
Nov. 27: Paris-Levallois - Pitesti 84-70

F

Nov. 27: Kormend - Timisoara 97-86
Nov. 27: Szolnok - EWE Baskets 67-85

G

Nov. 27: Nancy - Apollon 87-69
Nov. 27: Tsmoki-Minsk - Gravelines 67-83

H

Nov. 27: Armia - Hapoel Holon 72-79
Nov. 28: Telekom Baskets - Antwerp


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Brown, Apollon23.5 
 2. Shaw, Kormend23.0 
 3. Millage, Armia22.5 
 4. Buljan, Kormend21.3 
 5. Flowers, Kataja20.5 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto20.5 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp19.3 
 8. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.3 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.18.5 
 10. Simmons, Krasnie18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto11.3 
 3. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 4. Elonu, Tofas9.5 
 5. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.5 
 6. Wilson, Armia9.3 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp9.0 
 8. Camara, Gravelines8.5 
 9. Brown, Apollon8.3 
 10. Vaughn, Keravnos8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.9.0 
 2. Dixon, Karsiyaka8.0 
 3. Jordan, Telekom7.7 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.3 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.6.0 
 6. Joyce, EWE Baskets6.0 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut5.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto5.5 
 9. Diot, Paris-Levall.5.3 
 10. Moors, Antwerp5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Flowers, Kataja4.0 
 2. Diot, Paris-Levall.3.5 
 3. Crocker, Keravnos3.3 
 4. Harris, Dijon3.0 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.3.0 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.8 
 7. Clark, Aalstar2.5 
 8. Millage, Armia2.5 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 10. Miles, Krasnie Kr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos3.0 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik2.3 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje2.3 
 4. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.3 
 5. Love, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.8 
 7. May, Paris-Levallo.1.5 
 8. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 9. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.5 
 10. Biggs, Antwerp1.3 



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 28: Budivelnyk - Hapoel J-M
Nov. 28: CEZ Nymburk - Rudupis

B

Nov. 28: Buducnost - Spirou
Nov. 28: Gescrap BB - Lukoil Academik

C

Nov. 28: Le Mans - Art.Dragons
Nov. 28: Triumph - VEF Riga

D

Nov. 28: Azovmash - Banvit BK
Nov. 28: s.Oliver Baskets - Valencia

E

Nov. 28: Trefl Sopot - BC Donetsk
Nov. 28: Galatasaray - Lokomotiv

F

Nov. 28: Unics - Panionios
Nov. 28: Stelmet ZG - Oostende

G

Nov. 28: Cholet - Cibona
Nov. 28: Ratiopharm - Spartak SP

H

Nov. 27: Cajasol - Orleans 84-78
Nov. 28: Banco di Sard. - Crvena Zvezda


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marvis THORNTON
  Banco d.
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 25
 1. Thornton, Banco d.25.0 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena24.0 
 3. McKee, Triumph23.3 
 4. Baron, Lokomotiv22.0 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK21.7 
 6. Karasev, Triumph20.3 
 7. Asbury, Cajasol20.0 
 8. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.7 
 9. Bertans, VEF Riga19.0 
 10. Batista, Le Mans19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arminas URBUTIS
  Rudupis
  (205-C/F-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Urbutis, Rudupis9.3 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv9.3 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.7 
 4. Easley, Banco d.8.0 
 5. Hervelle, Gescr.8.0 
 6. Harris, Azovmash8.0 
 7. Landry, Triumph7.7 
 8. Mejia, Banvit BK7.7 
 9. King, Art.Dragons7.0 
 10. Kahudi, Le Mans7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Diener, Banco d.10.0 
 2. Everett, Cholet7.7 
 3. Zisis, Gescrap BB7.3 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.7 
 5. Eidson, Unics5.3 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.5.3 
 7. Greer, Azovmash5.0 
 8. Pavkovic, CEZ N.5.0 
 9. Wright, Spartak SP5.0 
 10. Nelson, Crvena Z.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. McKee, Triumph3.3 
 2. Mejia, Banvit BK3.0 
 3. Chatman, Unics2.7 
 4. Stojanovski, BC Do.2.3 
 5. Lucas, Banvit BK2.0 
 6. Vasiliadis, Gescr.2.0 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende2.0 
 8. Green, Orleans2.0 
 9. Urbutis, Rudupis2.0 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymbu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keaton NANKIVIL
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.7 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.1.7 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.7 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.3 
 5. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 6. Hamilton, Gescr.1.0 
 7. Mavrokefalid., Spa.1.0 
 8. Doellman, Valencia1.0 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray1.0 
 10. Balvin, Cajasol1.0 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  SVK
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Gavel, SVK25.9 
 2. Teletovic, BIH24.3 
 3. Davis, AZE22.7 
 4. Gortat, POL21.1 
 5. Jerebko, SWE20.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN19.9 
 7. Casspi, ISR19.5 
 8. Stefansson, ISL18.5 
 9. Markoishvili, GEO18.0 
 10. Haciyeva, AZE17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  AZE
  (200-PF-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Haciyeva, AZE12.5 
 2. Gortat, POL11.6 
 3. Shima, ALB9.6 
 4. Baeringsson, ISL9.2 
 5. King, CYP9.1 
 6. Sanikidze, GEO9.1 
 7. Hysenagolli, ALB8.3 
 8. Smeulders, NED8.3 
 9. Simmons, BUL8.3 
 10. Talts, EST8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  USA
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Wright, BIH7.4 
 2. Kudrautsau, BLR5.6 
 3. Jansen, NED5.3 
 4. Ohayon, ISR5.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, GEO5.1 
 6. Gavel, SVK5.1 
 7. Massamba, SWE5.0 
 8. Preldzic, TUR5.0 
 9. Fernandes, POR4.9 
 10. Teodosic, SRB4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Manuchar MARKOISHVILI
  GEO
  (196-SF-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Markoishvili, GEO2.9 
 2. Davis, AZE2.7 
 3. Jones, LUX2.6 
 4. Wright, BIH2.5 
 5. Dasic, MNT2.5 
 6. Hanga, HUN2.3 
 7. Razis, CYP2.3 
 8. Tsintsadze, GEO2.3 
 9. Kotti, FIN2.0 
 10. Bashak, AZE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  UKR
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kravtsov, UKR2.5 
 2. Gortat, POL2.3 
 3. Cusin, ITA1.6 
 4. Rindin, AZE1.5 
 5. Erden, TUR1.5 
 6. Tyus, ISR1.4 
 7. Berzins, LAT1.4 
 8. Varbanov, BUL1.4 
 9. Parakhouski, BLR1.3 
 10. Simmons, BUL1.3 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Stats Leaders - Group A

Points Per Game
 Matej SVOBODA
  (200-PF-96)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Svoboda, CZE19.7 
 2. Arapovic, CRO19.0 
 3. Kobets, UKR16.4 
 4. Garcia, ESP16.1 
 5. Stamatis, GRE15.9 
 6. Avenitis, LAT15.0 
 7. Mazalin, CRO15.0 
 8. Mussini, ITA14.6 
 9. Meznieks, LAT14.5 
 10. Sabonis, LTU14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (199-PF-96)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Sabonis, LTU14.4 
 2. Lazarevic, SRB10.4 
 3. Karpenkov, RUS9.8 
 4. Donzelli, ITA9.3 
 5. Oliva, ITA9.0 
 6. Oghide, ENG8.2 
 7. Bozic, CRO8.0 
 8. Malmanis, LAT7.9 
 9. Wimberg, GER7.9 
 10. Arapovic, CRO7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominykas ZUPKAUSKAS
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Zupkauskas, LTU6.9 
 2. Akodo, ENG5.2 
 3. Gavrilov, RUS4.9 
 4. Ory, FRA4.4 
 5. Zywert, POL4.2 
 6. Cima, LAT4.2 
 7. Mazalin, CRO4.1 
 8. Gecim, TUR3.7 
 9. Schmitt, GER3.4 
 10. Toliopoulos, GRE3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marek ZYWERT
  (185-SG-96)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Zywert, POL3.4 
 2. Arapovic, CRO3.2 
 3. Donzelli, ITA2.6 
 4. Pryimak, UKR2.3 
 5. Ory, FRA2.3 
 6. Wlodarczyk, POL2.2 
 7. Svoboda, CZE2.2 
 8. Rossato, ITA2.1 
 9. Korolyatin, RUS2.1 
 10. Akodo, ENG2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Georgios PAPAGIANNIS
  (214-C-97)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Papagiannis, GRE2.4 
 2. Wimberg, GER1.9 
 3. Cavars, LAT1.8 
 4. Guven, TUR1.8 
 5. Sabonis, LTU1.4 
 6. Pryimak, UKR1.4 
 7. Pruefer, POL1.4 
 8. Malmanis, LAT1.4 
 9. Skranc, CZE1.3 
 10. Leczo, CZE1.2 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Stats Leaders Div. A

Points Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  CRO
  (208-F/C-94)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Saric, CRO25.6 
 2. Rebec, SLO18.6 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL16.7 
 4. Jaiteh, FRA16.6 
 5. Agravanis, GRE16.4 
 6. Larsen, DEN15.7 
 7. Tessitori, ITA15.3 
 8. Hrovat, SLO15.3 
 9. Brzoja, CRO15.0 
 10. Sipahi, TUR14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhammadou JAITEH
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jaiteh, FRA11.6 
 2. Saric, CRO10.1 
 3. Kulagin, RUS8.5 
 4. Krestininas, LTU8.3 
 5. Jankovic, SRB8.2 
 6. Larsen, DEN8.2 
 7. Agravanis, GRE7.5 
 8. Diop, ESP7.2 
 9. Chassang, FRA7.1 
 10. Gromovs, LAT6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Karamfilov, BUL5.7 
 2. Rebec, SLO5.5 
 3. Sipahi, TUR5.3 
 4. Radicevic, SRB5.1 
 5. Annaev, RUS4.6 
 6. Perez, ESP4.1 
 7. Imbro, ITA3.6 
 8. Saric, CRO3.3 
 9. Mavra, CRO3.2 
 10. Diaz, ESP3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  (196-G-94)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hrovat, SLO2.7 
 2. Mustapic, CRO2.6 
 3. Karamfilov, BUL2.4 
 4. Brzoja, CRO2.3 
 5. Annaev, RUS2.1 
 6. Imbro, ITA2.1 
 7. Karamalegkos, GRE1.9 
 8. Vezenkov, BUL1.9 
 9. Boyarkin, UKR1.8 
 10. Saric, CRO1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Amedeo TESSITORI
  (204-PF-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Tessitori, ITA2.3 
 2. Gromovs, LAT2.2 
 3. Diop, ESP2.0 
 4. Agravanis, GRE1.8 
 5. Chassang, FRA1.6 
 6. Saric, CRO1.6 
 7. Kanygin, RUS1.4 
 8. Zagreba, UKR1.4 
 9. Krestininas, LTU1.2 
 10. Saiz, ESP1.1 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (195-F-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mugosa, MNT18.0 
 2. Sanadze, GEO17.2 
 3. Burjanadze, GEO16.4 
 4. Larentzakis, GRE16.3 
 5. Prepelic, SLO16.3 
 6. Eriksson, SWE15.9 
 7. Nikolic, MNT15.2 
 8. Omic, SLO15.1 
 9. Pustovyi, UKR14.9 
 10. Antonakis, GRE14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Bobrov, UKR8.9 
 2. Burjanadze, GEO8.4 
 3. Omic, SLO7.7 
 4. Nikolic, MNT7.7 
 5. Gaddefors, SWE7.1 
 6. Trushkin, RUS7.1 
 7. Gobert, FRA7.0 
 8. Jean-Charles, FRA6.8 
 9. Pavic, MNT6.8 
 10. Norman, SWE6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  UKR
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Artamonov, UKR5.3 
 2. Prepelic, SLO4.9 
 3. Cizauskas, LTU4.6 
 4. Westermann, FRA4.3 
 5. Pajovic, MNT4.1 
 6. Laane, EST4.0 
 7. Traini, ITA3.9 
 8. Pkhakadze, GEO3.8 
 9. Antonakis, GRE3.6 
 10. Rupnik, SLO3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dovydas REDIKAS
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Redikas, LTU2.1 
 2. Pozas, ESP2.0 
 3. Lagana, ITA1.9 
 4. Larentzakis, GRE1.7 
 5. Dokuyan, TUR1.5 
 6. Timma, LAT1.5 
 7. Eroglu, TUR1.5 
 8. Heckmann, GER1.3 
 9. Edge, TUR1.3 
 10. Barrera, ESP1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gobert, FRA3.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR2.3 
 3. Nurger, EST1.4 
 4. Orlenko, RUS1.3 
 5. Nikolic, MNT1.3 
 6. Silins, LAT1.2 
 7. Tessitori, ITA1.1 
 8. Omic, SLO1.0 
 9. Gaddefors, SWE0.9 
 10. Vaitiekunas, LTU0.9 



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  FIJI   


2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Fiji continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Papua New Guinea-Fiji 56:97

Fiji continue their winning streak at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. In Day 2 the team overcame Papua New Guinea 97:56.
Fiji won the opening game of the tournament and was the favorite of the game. They erupted with 27-9 in the first period and scored the same number of points in the second frame for 54:29 halftime advantage. Moreover Fiji won the third period 22-12 and finished the game with 21-15.
Filimoni Vulimailaucala top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Ulaiasi Koroi nailed 18. Lorima Sautu brought 12, while Mataika Koyamainavure and Iosefo Taliu delivered 11 each. Bomai Muri answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Emmanuel Parapa added 12. Wali Aila had 9, whilst Gerry Suve tossed in 6.
Tomorrow Fiji will take on New Zealand, while Papua New Guinea will face New Caledonia.

Papua New Guinea: Bomai Muri 15, Emmanuel Parapa 12, Wali Aila 9, Gerry Suve 6
Fiji: Filimoni Vulimailaucala 25, Ulaiasi Koroi 18, Lorima Sautu 12, Mataika Koyamainavure 11, Iosefo Taliu 11



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 10

A

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

B

Nov. 25: Espoo Basket - JyWe 96-79
Nov. 25: BC Jyvaskyla - Jarvenpaa 87-90
Nov. 25: KaU Koris - TuNMKY 83-59
Nov. 23: JyWe - BC Jyvaskyla 67-79
Nov. 27: Kerava ET - HBA-Marsky 105-84


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Richardson, Ura B.27.1 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia26.6 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.22.3 
 4. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.1 
 5. Salminen, TuNM.20.9 
 6. Tate, Porvoon20.3 
 7. Harjula, Pyrinto II20.3 
 8. Young, Porvoon20.2 
 9. Pyykkonen, JyWe19.9 
 10. Coleman, ToPo19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia15.6 
 2. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.2 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.9 
 5. Salminen, TuNM.11.9 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 7. Coleman, ToPo11.2 
 8. Stephens, Huima11.1 
 9. Young, Porvoon10.8 
 10. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.7 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.5.0 
 3. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.7 
 4. Ginty, ToPo4.4 
 5. Herrala, HBA-M.4.3 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia4.1 
 7. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.7 
 9. Little, Kerava ET3.5 
 10. Jarvinen, Tapiol.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.4 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.6 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.6 
 4. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.4 
 5. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.3 
 6. Herrala, HBA-M.2.3 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.2.0 
 8. Syrjala, KaU Koris1.9 
 9. Ginty, ToPo1.9 
 10. Andersen, Espoo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.4 
 3. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.1 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Young, Porvoon1.7 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET1.6 
 7. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 8. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.1.2 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET1.1 


EuroChallenge: Kataja keep Ploiesti winless - by Eurobasket News

Ploiesti - Kataja 67:80

Kataja keep Ploiesti winless in EuroChallenge Group B. The Finnish team stole an 80:67 win away from home for 2-2 record. The Romanian team meanwhile fell at 0-4 record.
Joensuun Kataja started the game with 15-14 and added 23-17 in the second frame. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) increased the lead to 49:39 early in the third period and Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) closed the frame at 62:48. Joensuun Kataja did not slow down and stayed tough until the rest of the game, while Ploiesti managed to win the last period 19-18 for the final result.
Jonte Flowers top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Petri Virtanen scored 17, while Juho Nenonen (202-SF-87) posted 8. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Robert Nyakundi (203-F-89, college: SMU) had 16. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) brought 10, while Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) had 8.

Ploiesti: Darius Hargrove 17, Robert Nyakundi 16, Catalin Burlacu 10, Vladimir Tica 8
Kataja: Jonte Flowers 28+10 rebs, Petri Virtanen 17, Juho Nenonen 8



EuroChallenge: Tampereen Pyrinto won over Sodertalje Kings - by Eurobasket News

Tampereen Pyrinto- Sodertalje Kings 73:65

Tampereen Pyrinto won over Sodertalje Kings to tie both records at 1-3 in Group C of EuroChallenge. The Finnish side celebrated their initial win with 73:65.
Tampereen Pyrinto started with 19-14 and scored the same number of points in the second quarter. It was even enough to take 12-point advantage at the halftime. Sodertalje Kings way way too far to give up and replied with 26-17 in the third period as Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) reduced to 55:52 at the end of the 30 minutes. Moreover Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) brought 58:57 early in the last stanza, but Tampereen Pyrinto desired to win the game more. They posted 18-13 in the last period to win the game by 8 points.
Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) led the way with 24 points and Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) posted 7, while Antti Nikkila (210-C-78, college: Valparaiso) and Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) had 6 points each. Dino Pita (192-SG-88) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Kenneth Simms had 16. Toni Bizaca produced 15, while Martin Pahlmblad (183-G-86) notched 6.

Tampereen Pyrinto: Lamonte Ulmer 24, Damon Williams 19+10 rebs, Antero Lehto 7, Antti Nikkila 6, Carl Lindbom 6
Sodertalje Kings: Dino Pita 21, Kenneth Simms 16, Toni Bizaca 15, Martin Pahlmblad 6



KORISLIIGA: Alain Laroche back to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen

UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) is changing one American player. G Daniel Horton (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Michigan) is leaving and will be replaced by American F Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida). Horton, who has not been able to practise recently and has been injured (thigh), played 13 games on Korihait roster averaging 11,3 ppg - 2,4 apg in 25:32 mpg. Laroche played last time in Finland 2008-09, then also on Korihait roster, and averaged then 15,4 ppg - 6,4 rpg in 45 contests. Since then Laroche has played in France and in Chile. Laroche will arrive this week Thursday and may possibly play his first game on Friday.


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French ProA round 8 best performance: Shawn King - by Eurobasket News

Vincentian center Shawn King (208-C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Nancy, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Dijon (3-5) 78-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Nancy is placed at 11th position in French ProA. Nancy is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. King turned to be Nancy's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oral Roberts University star has very solid stats this year. King is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.1ppg), rebounds (9th best: 6.9rpg), assists (2nd best: 1.0apg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg and 61.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Marcus Goree (201-F-77) of Cholet. Goree had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Cholet to edge the lower-ranked Boulazac (#14, 3-5) 68-67. This victory allowed Cholet to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Goree is a newcomer at Cholet, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#6). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was international guard Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) of Paris-Levallois (#6). Diot got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He was a key player of Paris-Levallois, leading his team to a 89-72 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Strasbourg (#7, 4-4). Paris-Levallois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Diot has a great season in France. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. D.J. Thompson (173-PG-85) of Le Havre - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of Poitiers - 20 points and 2 rebounds
8. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89) of Gravelines - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jon Brockman (201-F-87) of Limoges - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



EuroCup: Cajasol hold off Orleans - by Eurobasket News

Cajasol - Orleans 84:78

Cajasol celebrated the second EuroCup win this season. The Spaniards overcame Orleans at home court to gain 2-2 record in Group H. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) accounted for 27 points to pace the Seville outfit.
Cajasol opened the game with seven straight points and then recorded a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Orleans however bounced back in the second frame. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) helped the French team to a 33:30 lead. They secured a 35:33 halftime advantage. Cajasol used a 7:0 run midway through the third term to take a 53:47 lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points 59:55. The hosts boosted the margin to 9 points early in the final stanza 64:55. Orleans quickly responded with a 7:0 run of their own to cut the deficit. But Cajasol hung on to the lead and escaped with a tough victory at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) and Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) provided 11 points each for the home team. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) answered with 21 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young netted 18 points in the loss.

Cajasol: Brian Asbury 27, Joan Sastre Morro 11, Luka Bogdanovic 11
Orleans: Caleb Green 21, Jahmar Young 18



EuroChallenge: JDA Dijon stay alive in Group D - by Eurobasket News

Dijon - Gaz Metan 83:79

JDA Dijon stay alive in Group D of EuroChallenge. The French side celebrated their initial victory for 1-3 record after 83:79 home win over Gaz Metan. The Romanian side meanwhile suffered their first loss and still conquer the group with 3-1 record on top.
Gaz Metan entered the game undefeated and started as the real favorite with 26-17. The Romanian team however could not win even one out of three other quarters. Dijon replied with 24-19 in the second period and then added 21-14 in the third quarter. The French team produced a final 21-20 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory.
T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fair Dickinson) notched 23. Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) tossed in 12, while Ferdinand Prenom (205-C-91) added 7. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) ended up with 29 points in the losing effort and Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) brought 19. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 13, whilst Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 7.

Dijon: T.J. Campbell 24, Andre Harris 23, Zach Moss 12, Ferdinand Prenom 7
Gaz Metan: Aleksandar Mladenovic 29, Deven Mitchell 19, Slobodan Dundjerski 13, Andrei Mandache 7



Luc Louves agreed terms with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Olympique Antibes (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old French power forward Luc Louves (207-89, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Essor Charleroi in Belgian Division II. He represented France at the European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 64.5%, 3FGP: 26.7%.
Louves has played previously professionally in France (Aix-Maurienne, Centre Federal du Basket-Ball, Entente Orleans 45 and Vendee Challans).

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: BCM Gravelines rubber-stamped their status as favourites - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk- BCM Gravelines 67:83

BCM Gravelines rubber-stamped their status as favourites with a sensational performance to shoot down Tsmoki-Minsk in the start of Round 4. The French side spoiled the party in Belarus with 83:67 win.
With the tip-off delayed in order to let a big debut crowd take their seats, Tsmoki-Minskgot off to a flying start and took 5-0 lead. BCM Gravelines meanwhile tied the game immediately and then grabbed 18:17 after the first period. It looked like the force was going to be very much with the hosts as they won the second and the third frames. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Pavel Ulyanko (204-F-79) brought 59:55 advantage, but they could not win the game. BCM Gravelines needed a strong finish with 26-8 in the last stanza to win the game.
Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) stepped up with 16 points and Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) nailed 14. David Noel (199-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) followed them with 12 points apiece. Pavel Ulyanko answered with 19 points in defeat and Lashkevich Aliaksei had 11. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau scored 9, while Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) brought 8.

Tsmoki-Minsk: Pavel Ulyanko 19, Lashkevich Aliaksei 11, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 9, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 8
BCM Gravelines: Abdoulaye M'Baye 16, Yannick Bokolo 14, David Noel 12, Dwight Buycks 12



EuroChallenge: Nancy overcame visiting Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Nancy - Apollon 87:69

Nancy overcame visiting Apollon in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The French side improved to 2-2 record after an 87:69 victory, while Apollon fell at 1-3 record.
More than 5000 came to support the hosts in the game that erupted with 25-15 in the first period. Moreover Nancy added 25-12 in the second frame and led 50:27 at the halftime. Apollon started to lay better in the second half and managed to win the third period 19-14. The both teams scored 23 points in the last stanza for the final result in the game.
Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) added 15. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) brought 12 and Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11. Gerald Robinson (202-PF-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) finished the game with 18 points, while Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) produced 17. Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) and Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) tossed in 10 points each in a loss.

Nancy: Kenny Grant 16, Bingo Merriex 15, Marcellus Sommerville 12, Souleyman Diabate 11
Apollon: Gerald Robinson 18, Brandon Brown 17, Grigoris Pantouris 10, Marvin Jefferson 10



EuroChallenge: May Sean leads Paris-Levallois over Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Pitesti 84:70

Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) leads Paris-Levallois over Pitesti in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. The American Forward scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds for 84:70 victory. The French side improved to 3-1 record, while the guests from Romania fell at 0-4 record.
Paris-Levallois opened the game with 24-18, but had difficulties keeping the lead for good at the half. Pitesti replied with 23-13 in the second quarter and took 4-point lead after 20 minutes. The French side took the control of the game back in the second half and won both quarters. They needed 26-16 in the third period and finished the game with 21-13 in the last stanza.
John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) scored 18 points for the third victory. Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) delivered 17 and Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) had 12. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) answered with 16 points in defeat and Donte Gennie (185-PG-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia South) had 15. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) and Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) scored 14 points apiece in a loss.

Paris-Levallois: Sean May 22+12 rebs, John Cox 18, Antoine Diot 17, Jawad Williams 12
Pitesti: Marcel Jones 16, Donte Gennie 15, Pankracije Barac 14, Damien Kinloch 14



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Zebras Never Change Their Strips Even During Thanksgiving Break - by Nate Bowie

Zebras never change their strips even during Thanksgiving break. Some players are rookies just beginning their professional careers overseas or maybe even in the states and others are veterans just going through the motions that they have been going through time after time. And during this time we all learn that even if there is bad news, good news, holidays or even late payments we must perform at the same ability as usual. Some athletes don't understand that the front office only cares so much about your personal endeavors off the court. They pay you to do a job and even if some of us feel we deserve more that is obsolete. We must perform at all times, even if we would prefer to be home with our family's celebrating the holidays.

I pick up where I left off in my last blog. There has been a bit of a shift in the standings here in the Superleague. Last game we played Sokhumi who had the leagues leading scorer apart of their team. We knew that he could fill it up but if we forced bad shots the rest of the players would have to pick up the slack which wasn't familiar for them. We played the defense we needed to play and he ended the game shooting 1-11 from the 3point field goal and 1-7 from the 2. I ended the game with 22points in 24 minutes and 4 steals putting me back on top of the steal margin. This important win puts us tied for 2nd place behind MIA Academy. That following day I went to watch my guy Deonta Vaughn take on Armia the top team in our Superleague. MIA Academy came in with a game plan and surprised the Army team with a victory. It was a great game to watch and shift the standings to put MIA in first place and Army down to 4th. Following the game we stayed to scout and break down Kutaisi who we will play against this upcoming week at their place. I think it will be a good game, and we have to be ready to play and give it our all to maintain second position in the league.

So you see that it doesn't matter what is going on, even during the holidays we all have to tune in and stay focus before we celebrate off the court. But best believe me and my fiance took advantage of the Black Friday sales even though we where 100000000 miles aways from home lol. The 10 hour time change in The Republic of Georgia from Kansas City actually benefited us. So we took full advantage of the deals online. Today starts a new week of focus and preparation for another game this weekend on Friday.

Always remember; thereis little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)



EuroChallenge: Hapoel Holon successfully opened Round 4 in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Armia- Hapoel Holon 72:79

Hapoel Holon successfully opened Round 4 in Tbilisi in front of 5000 fans. The Israeli team overcame the home side 79:72 and improved to 3-1 record in Group H. The Georgian team lost the fourth consecutive game.
Armia heard the support of the local fans in the first period and started with 28-17 surge. They even led 8 points at the halftime but could not win the game. Hapoel Holon answered with 21-11 in the third period and took the advantage entering the final stanza. In the last period the guests produced 20-15 for the final success.
Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) netted 11, while Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) added 8 points and 13 boards. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) added 20. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) posted 12, whilst Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) notched 10.

Armia: Curtis Millage 23, Lamayn Wilson 20, Giorgi Gamqrelidze 12, Marcus Faison 10
Hapoel Holon: Jerome Dyson 31, Frank Hassell 19+12 rebs, Lawrence Hill 11, Tyler Smith 8+13 rebs



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EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets book a spot in Last 16 round - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - EWE Baskets 67:85

EWE Baskets book a spot in Last 16 round after the victory over Szolnok in Hungary. The German team celebrated their fourth straight win, 85:67 to take 4-0 record on top. Szolnok is still second in the group with 2-2 record.
EWE Baskets started with 24-13 in the first period and never looked behind after. They posted a 21-14 surge in the second period for massive 45:27 halftime advantage. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) scored for 50:31 early in the third quarter and Rickey Paulding closed the period at 59:48. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) helped the hosts to reduce to 8 points with 9 minutes to go, but Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) increased the lead for his team at 78:58. EWE Baskets won the last stanza 26-19 and sealed the fourth victory.
Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) paced all the winners with 15 points and Rickey Paulding added 14. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) tossed in 13 and Adam Chubb scored 11. Brandon Gay answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: TSS Management) brought 10. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) and Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) delivered 9 points each in a loss.

Szolnok: Brandon Gay 12, Balazs Simon 10, Akos Horvath 9, Ernests Kalve 9
EWE Baskets: Dru Joyce 15, Rickey Paulding 14, Konrad Wysocki 13, Adam Chubb 11



T.J. Bannister signs at ETB Wohnbau - by Eurobasket Center

ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (ProA) landed 28-year old American point guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: KMG Sports Management). He played last season at Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League. In 22 games last season he averaged 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.7apg (top 3) and 1.5spg. Before he came to Israel he spent summer in China playing for Jin Qiang Sichuan (NBL). In 22 games that season he averaged 24.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 7.7apg (leagues leader) and 2.4spg. Bannisters team made it to the Chinese NBL Semifinals and he also received Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Guard of the Year award.
He attended Liberty University until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ryan De Michael retires from basketball - by Moritz Korff

Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77, college: Tenn-Martin) will retire from basketball, effective immediately, according to the website of his team Nuernberger BC. The 35-year-old American, who also holds a German passport, steps back due to health reasons. He asked the NBC bosses to opt out of his current contract with the team and the club complied with his wish.
De Michael was in his second season with NBC, he played for the Sellbytel Baskets Nuernberg earlier in his career and had stints with several other German clubs, including Sechtem, Lich, Tuebingen, Jena and Kirchheim. He started his pro career in Finland in 1999 and also spent some time in Luxembourg and Hungary in his 13 years as a professional athlete. In 2004 De Michael was named Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Center of the Year, in 2007 he was attended the German Allstar Game.
In eleven games for NBC this season, he averaged 8.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.



Marvin Adu joins SC Rasta Vechta - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro A team SC Rasta Vechta has strengthened its roster by signing Marvin Adu (203-F-87, college: Prairie View A&M). The 25-year-old Hamburg native was close to making the roster of another Pro A team, Uni-Riesen Leipzig, in pre-season. The 25-year-old spent these past years in the United States, attending Essex County College and NCAA Division One school Prairie View A&M. In the 2011-12 season he averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 17 games played for the Panthers.


Julius Zurna moves from Lithuania to Aschersleben - by Moritz Korff

After parting ways with Kamil Piechucki (186-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers) recently, the BG Aschersleben Tigers (1. Regionalliga North) have added a new point guard to their roster: Julius Zurna (188-PG-86) will make the move from Lithuania to Germany. The 26-year-old Klaipeda native scored 9.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists through 16 games of the Baltic League for Panenezys Lietkabelis last season and also appeared in 21 games of the LKL for the club (6.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg). Zurna started this current campaign with NKL side KK Radviliskis-Juodeliai. In 12 games of the second Lithuanian division he had 8.8 points, a team-high 5.6 assists and 3.8 boards per outing.


Svetislav Pesic To Coach FC Bayern Munich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to www.focus.de and dpa, Beko BBL club Bayern Munich will name Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) head coach. According to reports, he will take over for interim coach Yannis Christopolous and get a contract until the end of the season. The last coaching job for the Serb was the German national team which he led to a perfect 8-0 record last summer in the qualifications for the 2013 European championships. Pesic has made a name in his career as being one of the top coaches around and fits well to the tradional team FC Bayern Munich, not only because his son Marko is sport director there, but also because the team stands for winning and that is exactly what he does.

He started his coaching career for Bosna Sarajevo coaching them in the 80s. His first and possibly biggest success was winning the 1993 European championships with Germany in Germany. He then led Alba Berlin to four league titles and two cup titles in the late 90s. Further success came winning the European championships in 2001 in Turkey with the Yugoslavian National Team. He then led FC Barcelona to two league titles and won the 2003 Euroleague title. In the last years, he coached teams like Lottomatica Roma (Italy-SerieA), Akasvayu Girona, Dynamo Moscow (Russia-A Superleague), KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Power Electronics Valencia (Spain-ACB), and KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League). He won the Fiba Eurocup in 2007 with ACB team Girona.

Source: www.focus.de




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




James Washington (I Dont Think I Could Show All I Can Do Last Season In Germany) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

James Washington (182-G-87, agency: FCM, college: Middle Tenn.St.) is a 24 year old 182cm guard from St Louis Missouri. He played at W.Illinois (NCAA) from 2006-2008 and then transfered to Middle Tenn.St. (NCAA). In his senior year he played 32 games: 14.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 86.4%. Last season he started his professional basketball career for TBB Trier (Germany-BBL) 23 games: 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

James where you currently at and how has your day been going?

I am currently in the states at my hometown St. Louis, Missouri. And my day has been going alright, I cant complain too much.

December is around the corner and you are still unsigned. Are you surprised that you still dont have a team at this point?

Yes, you can say I am surprised. But I mean that is the way it goes sometimes. I look at it as just a small bump in the road you know. A call will come soon though and I'll be more then ready.

Last season, you came late into the season to German Beko BBL team TBB Trier, so you know first hand from last season how difficult it is to find a team. Does the market seem to be even tougher to crack this season?

Well last season was difficult because of the NBA lockout and NBA guys were signing overseas to play. And of course me being a rookie and only having College stats didn't make it any easier. But this year its pretty tough too I guess. But my name was off the market overseas for a while because I had signed a contract to play in NBA D League this season at first.

How tough is it mentally to cope with being unsigned when many of your friends are playing overseas at this time?

When it comes to being mentally tough that is usually me. But I cant even lie, every day when I talk to my bros playing overseas it bothers me a little bit. Especially when they tell me about some of the players and competition their playing against night in and night out. Then knowing my skills set, and my athletic ability makes it even worse. But hey, it be like that sometimes. like I said earlier, teams will call soon and I will be ready.

You had a solid season at TBB Trier last season playing 23 games: 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 80.0%. Wasnt there any chance that head coach Henrik Rodl would keep you?

Thanks a lot. Yea I had an okay season I would say. Wish I could have played better though and helped my team get some more wins. I dont think I got to show all what I can do. And yes there was. Coach Rodl is a good coach and even better person off the floor. I had signed a 2 year player/team option contract with TBB Trier. I think its best we just leave it at that.


How were you able to further develop your game as a rookie in the German Beko BBL?

Being able to practice against Dru Joyce everyday really helped me. Dru is a really good PG is now considered a veteran overseas and he helped me out with my transition from college to a rookie. My boy John Bynum helped me also. But my entire team were great teammates and coach Thomas Pach and Henrik Rodl helped me get better with individual workouts too.


Would you like to come back and play in Germany? Would you even step down a level to the PRO A if a team came knocking?

Funny you asked that because my bro Talor Battle and I were just talking about Germany on Skype yesterday. I would not mine going back to Germany at all. Germany was a great experience overall and the fans really support basketball even though soccer is the main sport there. Yes I would step down and play at a lower level. Especially now since the season has already started and I feel like I need to show what I really can do on the floor while winning at the same time.

What is a hidden strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed?

I would say a hidden strength would be my point guards skills and ability to run a team. It usually gets unnoticed because I shoot the ball so well and like last season playing next to Dru Joyce, the shooting guard was basically my only job.
If you can describe yourself in a few sentences how would you describe your game and how you can help any team now?
I am a point guard that can score and shoot the ball pretty well. I can run a team, and I have the heart and will to try to win every game I play. I can help a team by simply doing just that and also being a leader/coach on the floor.


Who won a one on one in practice last season you or Dru Joyce and how would you beat him?

HaHa this is a funny question to me. But Dru and I would go back in forth at it in practice during 1 on 1. When he sees this he will try to disagree because he is so competitive too. But I won the most games 1 on 1 with us.

How does a normal James Washington work out day look like now as you keep in shape?

Ummmm, A normal day for James Washington I have no idea what it goes like for the most part because that is my Grandfather haha. But for James Washington lll thats easy. I workout at 5 30 in the morning in the weight room, come home take my niece to school, get something to eat and relax for a little bit. Maybe talk on skype to my bros Talor Battle, Dru Joyce, LaRon Dendy, Dwight Buycks, and Mike Smith. Head back to gym for court workout with trainer, come home take a nap or play 2K13. Pick my niece up from school then go back to gym and play pick up ball. Late night Im chilling spending time with the family and watching NBA or college games on TV. And of course eat some dinner.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Last DVD movie I watched was Step Brothers on my laptop. Seen it like 10 times now, but its hella funny to me.

Thanks James for the chat.




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Standings - A1

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 26: Panathinaikos - Panelefsiniakos 95-68
Nov. 25: Kavala - Ikaros 82-83
Nov. 25: Peristeri GS - KAOD 78-76
Nov. 25: AGOR - Apollon Patras 77-71
Nov. 25: Kolossos - Olympiacos 72-88
Nov. 24: Ilysiakos - Panionios 69-75
Nov. 24: Aris - PAOK 63-72

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 1: Olympiacos - Aris
Dec. 1: Ikaros - Kolossos
Dec. 1: KAOD - Kavala
Dec. 1: Peristeri GS - Panathinaikos
Dec. 1: PAOK - AGOR
Dec. 1: Panionios - Panelefsiniakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Kavala
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Gagaloudis, Kavala20.6 
 2. Pappas, Panionios20.6 
 3. Kiritsis, Ikaros20.1 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.3 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos16.6 
 6. Grant, Apollon14.3 
 7. McGrath, PA.14.3 
 8. Tsaldaris, Kolossos13.9 
 9. Kakaroudis, KAOD13.9 
 10. Petrovic-S., Apol.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Palmer, KAOD9.0 
 2. Haritopoulos, PAOK8.1 
 3. Asimakopoulo., Aris7.7 
 4. Vrkic, Ikaros7.3 
 5. Coleman, Kavala7.1 
 6. Kanonidis, Periste.6.7 
 7. Tsiakos, Panele.6.7 
 8. Faye, Ikaros6.3 
 9. Symtsak, Ikaros6.1 
 10. Lasme, Panathin.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.4.7 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.7 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.4 
 4. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.0 
 5. Tsochlas, AGOR3.9 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos3.9 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK3.7 
 8. Petroulas, Periste.3.4 
 9. Grundy, Kavala3.4 
 10. Papantoniou, Peri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 2. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 3. Papanikolaou, Olym.2.1 
 4. Grant, Apollon2.1 
 5. Petway, AGOR2.0 
 6. Grundy, Kavala2.0 
 7. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.9 
 8. Batis, Panionios1.7 
 9. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.6 
 10. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petway, AGOR2.4 
 2. Faye, Ikaros2.0 
 3. Coleman, Kavala2.0 
 4. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK1.1 
 7. Scott, Ilysiakos1.1 
 8. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 9. Mitsialos, Ikaros1.0 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos0.9 


Transfer news - by Chris Mammides

The experienced swing man Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) agreed financial terms with the team of the newcomer Head Coach (third in the row, this season) Angelos Koronios and he will continue his career in his home-town. Nikolaidis played last season with the team of Maroussi in the A1 league while this season spent about three weeks in the Italian league and on the try-outs but unfortunately he couldnt proceed in signing a contract. Earlier this month he traveled in Cyprus where he joined forces with Apollon Limassol where he remained a bit less than two weeks particiapting in only two games with the Cyprus team.

The head coach of Pierikos Arhelaos, Stergios Kalivas split ways with the Katerini team as he joined forces with the team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens as the new assistance caoch of the newcomer Coach Giannis Sferopoulos. The new head Coach of Pierikos Arhelaos is Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis


Doxa Lefkadas split ways with head coach Nikos Vournas and repalced the Greek coach with his assistant Coach Thomas Zavitsanos.

Titanes Palama repalced their head coach Dimitris Arhontouli with head Coach Lefteris Hatziaras



Christopher Booker claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Panionios and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 31-year old had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Panionios in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ilysiakos (#13, 1-6) 75-69. Panionios maintains the 2nd position in Greek A1. They are still close to the very top. Panionios would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Booker as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Christopher Booker averages this season 8.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward William Coleman (206-F-88) of Kavala. Coleman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Kavala was edged by the higher-ranked Ikaros (#6, 4-3) 83-82. Kavala are still at the very bottom. 7 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Coleman is a newcomer at Kavala 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 Russian center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) of PAOK (#4). Papadopoulos scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of PAOK, leading his team to a 72-63 win against the lower-ranked Aris (#11, 2-5). PAOK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Papadopoulos has a great season in Greece. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.7%. Lazaros Papadopoulos has also Greek passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Preston Knowles (185-G-89) of KAOD - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Ikaros - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) of Kavala - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84) of Ilysiakos - 21 points and 3 assists
8. Nontas Papantoniou (190-PG-90) of Peristeri GS - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Panathinaikos - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nikos Argyropoylos (186-PG-78) of Apollon Patras - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Guam silence Tahiti to close Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Tahiti-Guam 54:84

Guam silence Tahiti to close Day 2 at the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. Guam celebrated the initial victory 84:54 for 1-1 record.
Both teams entered the game without victories and hoped for the initial success. Guam looked much better from the start and took 28:16 lead. Tahiti meanwhile replied with 23-15 in the second period, but failed later in the game. Guam erupted with 24-3 surge in the third quarter and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-12 rally in the last stanza for the final victory.
Michael Sakazaki top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Bruce Merrill notched 11. Samuel Sotelo brought 10, while Joshua Sebastian added 9. Jean Peters answered with 12 points in defeat, whilst Tepoea Teurua and Maxime Ausangee had 9 apiece. Poea Kaimuko followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Tahiti: Jean Peters 12, Tepoea Teurua 9, Maxime Ausangee 9, Poea Kaimuko 7
Guam: Michael Sakazaki 25, Bruce Merrill 11, Samuel Sotelo 10, Joshua Sebastian 9



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Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 25: Zwolle - Leiden 78-89
Nov. 25: Amsterdam - M.Magixx 77-92
Nov. 27: Weert - Zwolle 65-89
Nov. 25: Rotterdam - Den Bosch 46-95
Nov. 28: Leiden - Den Helder K.


U16 Dutch International Enrolls at CBA - by Fred Roggen

The Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) is pleased to announce the enrolment of 2.10 (6,11) Dutch U16 International Menno Dijkstra (206-C-97). The 1997 born (15 years old) center from Standdaarbuiten, Netherlands comes to CBA from the Basketball Stars Weert Academy, a top training club in Holland.

Menno joins a long list of dutch talents such as Charlon Kloof, Matthias Runs (St Bonaventure), Joey Van Zegeren (Virginia Tech), Kevin Van Wijk (Valpraso), Shane Hammink (LSU), Thomas van der Mars (University of Portland), Jito Kok (University of San Diego) and Kadeem Pantophlet (Duquesne University) that have found success in gaining full NCAA Division 1 scholarships here at Europes No.1 Basketball Academy.



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EuroChallenge: Shaw Matt and Buljan Zvonko combined for 62 points over Timisoara - by Eurobasket News

Kormend - Timisoara 97:86

Matt Shaw (203-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UNLV) and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) combined for 62 points over Timisoara in Round 4 of EuroChallenge. Their Kormend won 97:86 and improved to 1-3 record. The Romanian team suffered their third loss and also has 1-3 record on the bottom of the group.
Timisoara opened the game with 22-21 and added 18-16 in the second frame. Moreover they won the third period 30-24 and led 70:58 after Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket)s shot. Kormend however replied with 15-0 run that gave them 73:70 early in the last period. They never looked behind after and won the last period 36-16 as well as the game 97:86.
Matt Shaw top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Zvonko Buljan notched 29. Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) followed them with 19 points in a win. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) replied with 19 points in defeat, while Zlatko Jovanovic produced 15. Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) added 14 and Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) scored 13.

Kormend: Matt Shaw 33, Zvonko Buljan 29, Csaba Ferencz 19
Timisoara: Robert Sarovic 19, Zlatko Jovanovic 15, Delvon Johnson 14, Dominique Archie 13



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets book a spot in Last 16 round - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - EWE Baskets 67:85

EWE Baskets book a spot in Last 16 round after the victory over Szolnok in Hungary. The German team celebrated their fourth straight win, 85:67 to take 4-0 record on top. Szolnok is still second in the group with 2-2 record.
EWE Baskets started with 24-13 in the first period and never looked behind after. They posted a 21-14 surge in the second period for massive 45:27 halftime advantage. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) scored for 50:31 early in the third quarter and Rickey Paulding closed the period at 59:48. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) helped the hosts to reduce to 8 points with 9 minutes to go, but Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) increased the lead for his team at 78:58. EWE Baskets won the last stanza 26-19 and sealed the fourth victory.
Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) paced all the winners with 15 points and Rickey Paulding added 14. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) tossed in 13 and Adam Chubb scored 11. Brandon Gay answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: TSS Management) brought 10. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) and Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) delivered 9 points each in a loss.

Szolnok: Brandon Gay 12, Balazs Simon 10, Akos Horvath 9, Ernests Kalve 9
EWE Baskets: Dru Joyce 15, Rickey Paulding 14, Konrad Wysocki 13, Adam Chubb 11



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Tapscott signs with team in Luxembourg - by Kip Leonetti

International Basketball League Rookie of the Year Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) has headed overseas to Luxembourg after signing with AS Soleuvre in the countrys Diekirch League.

Tapscott, who was a Big Sky all-conference player at Portland State, starred for the IBL's Salem Soldiers last spring. He led the league in scoring with 28.5 points per game and finished second in rebounding with 12.7 boards per game. Tapscott was named a first-team IBL All-Star at the end of the 2012 season and was the leagues only athlete to pick up two Player of the Week awards.

At the conclusion of the IBL season, Tapscott joined other IBL All-Stars and competed in the 39th annual Southern California Summer Pro League, where he was tagged as a "Diamond in the Rough" and selected as a second-team All-Star after averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game. While in Southern California, Tapscott was invited to workouts with both the L.A. D-Fenders and Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Tapscott signed a contract with the D-League in advance of the leagues draft on November 2 but was not selected by a team, leading to his decision to head overseas and join AS Soleuvre in Luxembourg.

Tapscott suited up for his first game with his new club on November 25, leading AS Soleuvre with 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 78-70 win over BBC Residence.




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Standings - National League

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 27: Hapoel Afula - Ironi Ramat Gan 90-77
Nov. 27: Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel K/S 88-99
Nov. 27: Elitzur Ramla - Ironi K-A 80-89
Nov. 27: Elitzur Yavne - Hod Hasharon 75-68
Nov. 27: Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Nahariya 70-84
Nov. 27: Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi Nes-Ziona 58-94
Nov. 27: Maccabi K/B - Maccabi K/G 100-95

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 4: Maccabi K/G - Kiryat Tivon
Dec. 4: Hapoel K/S - Ironi K-A
Dec. 4: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Ramla
Dec. 4: Hod Hasharon - Hapoel Kazrin
Dec. 4: Ironi Nahariya - Elitzur Yavne
Dec. 4: Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel Afula

Round 6

Dec. 1: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne
Dec. 1: Maccabi K/G - Hapoel Afula


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Ironi N.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Clemente, Ironi N.21.6 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.21.4 
 3. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.7 
 4. Iram, Macc.B.Y.20.4 
 5. Govens, Ironi K-A20.3 
 6. Westbrook, Hapoel19.9 
 7. Murray, Kiryat T.19.3 
 8. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.3 
 9. McCoy, Ironi N.18.8 
 10. Durham, Hapoel A.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.16.6 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.12.8 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.12.3 
 4. Joyner, Maccabi11.1 
 5. Wright, Elitzur Ra.11.0 
 6. Clemente, Ironi N.10.4 
 7. Jefferson, Maccabi10.2 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.9.7 
 9. McGhee, Elitzur9.5 
 10. Darby, Kiryat Tiv.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon BROOKS
  Hapoel K/S
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brooks, Hapoel K/S8.0 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.9 
 3. Golan, Ironi Nahar.6.8 
 4. Carr, Elitzur Ramla5.3 
 5. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.2 
 6. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.9 
 7. Govens, Ironi K-A4.9 
 8. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.7 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.7 
 10. Walker, Hod H.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.3.0 
 2. Hofman, Elitzur2.5 
 3. Clemente, Ironi N.2.4 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.3 
 5. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.3 
 7. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.2.2 
 8. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.1 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.1 
 10. Blair, Ironi N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Maccabi .
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jefferson, Maccabi2.4 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.6 
 3. Constantine, Hapoe.1.5 
 4. Clark, Ironi K-A1.4 
 5. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.2 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.1 
 7. Furman, Maccabi1.0 
 8. Tamir, Ironi R.0.9 
 9. Kleimintz, Hapoel0.8 
 10. Gonshor, Maccabi0.8 


Maccabi Kiryat Gat inks Akeem Wright - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (National League) agreed terms with 28-year old American swingman Akeem Wright (200-98kg-84, college: Kansas State). He just played at Elitzur Ramla (National League). In 5 games this season he had 13.2ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg.
His team made it to the UAE Federation Cup final in 2009.
Wright was also voted Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 2nd Team in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Wright has played also professionally in Argentina (Argentino), Canada (Moncton Miracles and Oshawa Power), Jordan, Saudi Arabia (Al Qadisiya), New Zealand (Otago OceanaGold Nuggets) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
Wright attended Kansas State until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maccabi Kiryat Gat tabs Elad Knafo - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (National League) inked 23-year old forward Elad Knafo (197-89). He played recently at Hapoel Afula (National League). In 5 games this season he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.4rpg. The last season Knafo also played at Hapoel Afula. In 27 National League games last year he had 5.8ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Hapoel Beeri. In 8 Artzit games he had 4.8ppg and 4.0rpg.
Knafo played in the final of Israeli National League in 2007.
He has played previously for another Israeli team: Ironi Nahariya.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

National League round 7 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Hod Hasharon (5-2) against third ranked Elitzur Yavne (5-1) 75-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Elitzur Yavne made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) contributed with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds for Hod Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Ironi Nahariya. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ironi K-A. Hod Hasharon will play next round against Hapoel Kazrin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Elitzur Yavne will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona.
Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Maccabi K/G (1-5) 100-95. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for forward Dallis Joyner (201-90, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Matt Shamis helped adding 34 points (!!!) (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). At the losing side forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-6) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. It was Maccabi K/G's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi K/G will play at home against Hapoel Afula (#6) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Kazrin supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (3-4). Ironi Nes-Ziona smashed Hapoel Kazrin 94-58 on Tuesday. It was an exceptional evening for Gabe Blair who led the winners and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Lawrence Westbrook came up with 25 points for Hapoel Kazrin 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. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin keeps the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Hod Hasharon (#4) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Afula was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Hapoel Afula (4-2). Hapoel Afula defeated Ironi Ramat Gan 90-77. Allen Durham fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hapoel Afula. They moved-up to sixth place. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Hapoel Afula's next round opponent will be Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat which should be theoretically an easy game.

Other games in round 7 were not that significant. Ironi Nahariya beat Kiryat Tivon on the road 84-70. Elitzur Ramla lost to Ironi K-A on its own court 80-89. Hapoel K/S managed to outperform Macc.B.Yaakov in Kfar Saba 99-88.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 29 points and 10 rebounds by Ramon Clemente of Ironi Nahariya.


Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Nahariya 70-84

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-2) beat on the road 13th ranked Kiryat Tivon (1-6) 84-70. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Kiryat Tivon was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Nir Golan (180-86) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and American forward Taylor Darby (203, college: Pepperdine) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Kiryat Tivon lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with six games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kiryat Tivon will play against Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: T.Ber-Aven 16+5reb+1ast, T.Darby 15+11reb, G.Murray 15+3reb, S.Farine 14+5reb+7ast, I.Buchman 4+5reb+1ast, R.Yavzuri 4+2reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: R.Clemente 29+10reb+2ast, O.Ben Hemo 18+5reb+1ast, A.McCoy 15+8reb+1ast, N.Golan 13+3reb+8ast, A.Matta 7+11reb, J.Baze 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197785


Elitzur Ramla - Ironi K-A 80-89

Very expected game when 11th ranked Elitzur Ramla (2-5) lost at home to second ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-1) 89-80. It looked good early as Elitzur Ramla took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ironi Kiryat Ata had a 19-14 second period charge getting the lead and Elitzur Ramla was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-89. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 19 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Ivory Clark (198-85) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and guard Or Zinderman (188-89) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Elitzur Ramla's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ironi Kiryat Ata. They keep a position of league leader. Elitzur Ramla lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth place with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata's next round opponent will be Hapoel Kfar Saba (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: J.Jefferson 17+16reb+1ast, O.Zinderman 14+3reb+3ast, A.Guterman 14+1reb, D.Tamir 9+4reb+2ast, O.Cohen 9+2reb+4ast, I.Rejwan 7+3reb
Ironi K-A: I.Clark 21+9reb+1ast, D.Govens 20+6reb+6ast, K.Izik 18+3reb+2ast, N.Laish 9+4reb+1ast, C.Watson 9+7reb, I.Nanikashvili 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 197784


Hapoel Kazrin - Ironi Nes-Ziona 58-94

The game in Kazrin supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (3-4). Ironi Nes-Ziona smashed Hapoel Kazrin 94-58 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Ironi Nes-Ziona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kazrin's 30. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 22 Hapoel Kazrin turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) accounted for 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) came up with 25 points and naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Kazrin 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. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin keeps the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home league's second-placed Elitzur Yavne in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Hod Hasharon (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: L.Westbrook 25+3reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 13+10reb+3ast, I.Nir 6+7reb, Y.Strauss 6+1ast, A.Gordon 5+3reb+3ast, R.Cohen 3
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Blair 23+7reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 22+4reb+4ast, B.Benn 14+7reb+2ast, G.Yakobovich 11, T.Karpels 7+2reb+2ast, A.Abramovich 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197783


Hapoel Afula - Ironi Ramat Gan 90-77

The game in Afula was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Hapoel Afula (4-2). Hapoel Afula defeated Ironi Ramat Gan 90-77. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Afula. Ironi Ramat Gan was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Afula forced 20 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hapoel Afula. They moved-up to sixth place. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Hapoel Afula's next round opponent will be Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 19+6reb+3ast, K.Ramsey 13+8reb+2ast, I.Mayor 12+3reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 11+1reb+8ast, D.Assaf 9+2reb+6ast, V.Yeremishin 9+2reb
Hapoel Afula: O.Blayzer 24+7reb+3ast, A.Durham 23+15reb+2ast, L.Ariely 14+5reb+2ast, A.Fisher 11+2reb+6ast, E.Eliyah 7+2reb+1ast, D.Davidi 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 197780


Elitzur Yavne - Hod Hasharon 75-68

National League round 7 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Hod Hasharon (5-2) against third ranked Elitzur Yavne (5-1) 75-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Elitzur Yavne made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Paelay is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and forward Offir Hover (198-90) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Ironi Nahariya. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ironi K-A. Hod Hasharon will play next round against Hapoel Kazrin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Elitzur Yavne will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: O.Hover 18+7reb+1ast, C.Odiakosa 16+18reb, B.Walker 14+5reb+5ast, E.Asante Asare 8+5reb+5ast, G.Dotan 7+1reb+2ast, I.Stolero 3+4reb+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: P.Paelay 23+6reb+2ast, L.Shem-Tov 14+4reb+2ast, E.Hofman 13+13reb+4ast, M.McGhee 13+12reb, Y.Lioutrine 6+3reb, N.Matalon 6+3ast
gschID: 197782


Maccabi K/B - Maccabi K/G 100-95

Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Maccabi K/G (1-5) 100-95. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik made 34-of-39 charity shots (87.2 percent) during the game. Maccabi K/G was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for forward Dallis Joyner (201-90, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Matt Shamis (182-88, college: Lehigh) helped adding 34 points (!!!) (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). Four Maccabi Kiryat Bialik players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-6) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. It was Maccabi K/G's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi K/G will play at home against Hapoel Afula (#6) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: W.Harris 36+7reb+1ast, A.Wright 21+9reb+3ast, G.Gandel 12+2reb+2ast, O.Ron 9+4ast, D.Katzaf 8+2reb, C.Rum 5+4reb+2ast
Maccabi K/B: M.Shamis 34+3ast, D.Joyner 29+8reb+4ast, T.Parselani 14+6reb, M.Menashe 11+4reb+2ast, T.Ronen 5+5reb+4ast, E.Gtoe 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 197781


Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel K/S 88-99

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba and 10th ranked Beer Yaakov had identical 2-4 record. But Beer Yaakov was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Kfar Saba 99-88. Hapoel Kfar Saba made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Beer Yaakov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds, 16 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Irish Orel Lev (195-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five Hapoel Kfar Saba and four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba (3-4) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel Kazrin. Beer Yaakov at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be league's leader Ironi Kiryat Ata at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Afula (#6).
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: I.Iram 30+5reb+5ast, B.Laing 20+4reb+1ast, J.Hall 14+7reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 14+2ast, I.Simin 7+3reb+3ast, T.Sankar 3
Hapoel K/S: B.Brooks 22+6reb+16ast, R.Elbaz 20+3reb+3ast, O.Lev 20+12reb+1ast, A.Constantine 16+7reb, E.Rotemberg 14+4reb+1ast, O.Cohen 5+2ast
gschID: 197779



National League transfers - by Netanel Dahan

Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Ramle, decided to go for trade as Kiryat Gat sent both of their Americans Al Fisher and Jo Jefferson and in return they got Hakeem Wright.

Kiryat Gat also added the 44 years old player Damon Peterson, and the local big man Elad Knafo (197-F-89) from Afula.

Maccabi Kiryat Bialik decided to add Sean Lebanowski from Maccabi Haifa, the youngstar should get a decent amount of minutes in Bialik's struggling team.

On Saturday 2 games will be taken place as part of the round 5.



EuroChallenge: Hapoel Holon successfully opened Round 4 in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

Armia- Hapoel Holon 72:79

Hapoel Holon successfully opened Round 4 in Tbilisi in front of 5000 fans. The Israeli team overcame the home side 79:72 and improved to 3-1 record in Group H. The Georgian team lost the fourth consecutive game.
Armia heard the support of the local fans in the first period and started with 28-17 surge. They even led 8 points at the halftime but could not win the game. Hapoel Holon answered with 21-11 in the third period and took the advantage entering the final stanza. In the last period the guests produced 20-15 for the final success.
Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) netted 11, while Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) added 8 points and 13 boards. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) added 20. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) posted 12, whilst Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) notched 10.

Armia: Curtis Millage 23, Lamayn Wilson 20, Giorgi Gamqrelidze 12, Marcus Faison 10
Hapoel Holon: Jerome Dyson 31, Frank Hassell 19+12 rebs, Lawrence Hill 11, Tyler Smith 8+13 rebs



Clemente's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old power forward Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ironi Nahariya and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Kiryat Tivon (#13, 1-6) 84-70. Ironi Nahariya is placed at 5th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Ironi Nahariya will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Clemente turned to be Ironi Nahariya's top player in his first season with the team. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clemente is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.6ppg. Clemente is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 66.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports) of Hapoel K/S. He is American guard in his first season at Hapoel K/S. In the last game Brooks recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 16 assists. Of course Hapoel K/S cruised to a 99-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Macc.B.Yaakov (#11, 2-5). This victory allowed Hapoel K/S to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Brooks is a newcomer at Hapoel K/S and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Johndre Jefferson (207-F-88) of Elitzur Ramla (#10). Jefferson scored 17 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Jefferson's great performance Elitzur Ramla lost 80-89 to the higher-ranked Ironi K-A (#1, 6-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Elitzur Ramla can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jefferson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jefferson has individually a great season in Israel. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Hapoel Afula - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85) of Hod Hasharon - 16 points and 18 rebounds
6. Gabe Blair (203-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Ivory Clark (198-F-85) of Ironi K-A - 21 points and 9 rebounds
8. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Ironi K-A - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Inan Iram (194-G-88) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dallis Joyner (201-F-90) of Maccabi K/B - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 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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Air Avellino welcomes back Dean, ex Aliaga - by Eurobasket News

Sidigas Avellino (SerieA) landed 29-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-90kg-83, college: Louisville). Its actually his comeback to Air Avellino as he played here before. Dean already started the season at Aliaga Petkim in Turkish TBL league. In only one game this season he had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Dean also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg.
His team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2011.
Dean received also USBWA All-NCAA District IV Team award and All-Big East 2nd Team award back in 2006 at his college time.
Dean is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Kavala), Russia (Dynamo Moscow), Spain (Caja Laboral, Unicaja Malaga, Valencia Basket and UCAM Murcia) and Italy (Angelico Biella and Novipiu Casale).
Dean attended University of Louisville until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Amoroso comes back to Sutor Montegranaro - by Eurobasket News

Sutor Montegranaro (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-107kg-80). Its actually his comeback to Sutor Montegranaro as he played here before. Amoroso already started the season at Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA). In four games this season he recorded 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Amorosos team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2009.
He received also Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2008 and 2009. Amoroso represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 57.1%.
Amoroso has played previously for five other Italian teams: Virtus 1934 Bologna, BancaTercas, Givova Scafati, Roseto and SAIE3 Bologna.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pesaro let coach Ticchi go - by Eurobasket News

Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) fired 53-year old coach Giampiero Ticchi.
Ticchis team made it to the Italian Cup final in 2006. He used to coach Italian Women National Team back in 2011.
Ticchi has coached previously another Italian team: CA Romagna.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BJ League

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

Regular Season: Round 15

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

Regular Season: Round 16

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


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.1 
 2. Jones, Tokyo C.20.6 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC20.1 
 4. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 5. Cummings, Akita NH19.3 
 6. Woodbury, Okina.19.2 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM19.0 
 8. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.7 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.18.6 
 10. Walkup, Osaka E.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wendell WHITE
  Oita H.
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. White, Oita H.13.7 
 2. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.1 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.9 
 4. Willard, Sendai 89.12.4 
 5. Werner, Chiba Jets10.4 
 6. Williams, Takamats.10.3 
 7. Green, Shinshu BW10.1 
 8. Pomare, Kyoto H.10.0 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.9.7 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Hamamats.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Galloway, Hamamats.6.5 
 2. Kensuke, Chiba Je.6.3 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.1 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 5. Harris, Akita NH4.5 
 6. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 7. Lyons, Takamats.4.1 
 8. Orr, Saitama Bron.4.1 
 9. Mito, Toyama G.4.0 
 10. Tomori, Gunma4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.6 
 2. Masato, Iwate B.2.3 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.3 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.2 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.2 
 6. Ohguchi, Hamamats.1.9 
 7. Orr, Saitama Bron.1.9 
 8. Parmer, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Shimura, Sendai1.8 
 10. Galloway, Hamamat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Iwate B.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blackledge, Iwate3.2 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.1 
 3. Newton, Okinawa GK2.1 
 4. Carter, Tokyo C.1.9 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.1.9 
 6. Marshall, Shins.1.7 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. Okosa, Iwate B.1.3 
 10. Garcia, Toyama G.1.2 



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Fiba Asia 2013 Scheduled Next Summer in Lebanon! - by Omar Shafaamri

A Circular from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was recieved by the Asian National Federations Scheduling the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship in Lebanon from 1-11 August 2013 which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Championship in Spain, this will be the last FIBA Asia Championship to qulaify the Top 3 ranked National Teams where in 2015 the Qualification to 2018 World Championship will be through long Home and Away Groupings.



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Drita signs third american, Blackmon - by Dren Shporta

According to Borozani.com Drita has signed a new international player. It is the third one after Devin Chambers and Laurence Donelson.

The team with only one victory so far in the Superleague has signed the american Craig Blackmon (193-PG, college: Texas Tyler) who played for Houston Express in UBA league and Mexico City in Mexican league.

Blackmon has arrived in Kosovo and is waiting for registration and licensining in Basketball Federation so he can play the next match which Drita plays versus Vellaznimi.



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Arabi 0-0 
 2. Al Jahraa 0-0 
 3. Al Kuwait 0-0 
 4. Al Qadsia 0-0 
 5. Al Sahel 0-0 
 6. Al Salmiyah 0-0 
 7. Al Shabab 0-0 
 8. Al Tadhamon 0-0 
 9. Al Yarmook 0-0 
 10. An Nasr 0-0 
 11. Kazma 0-0 
 12. Sulaibikhat 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 28: Al Qadsia - Al Yarmook
Nov. 28: Al Kuwait - Al Arabi
Nov. 28: Kazma - Al Jahraa
Nov. 28: Al Shabab - Al Sulaibikhat



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 7-3 
 2. LU 7-4 
 3. Jurmala 6-5 
 4. Ventspils 5-1 
 5. VEF Riga 5-1 
 6. Barons kvartals 4-5 
 7. Jelgava 4-5 
 8. Jekabpils 4-6 
 9. Liepaja 3-6 
 10. Turiba 3-7 
 11. U18 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 27: Valmiera - Jurmala 78-63
Nov. 28: Jekabpils - Barons kvartals
Dec. 1: U18 - Jekabpils
Dec. 1: Turiba - Jurmala
Dec. 2: Jelgava - Valmiera


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.22.2 
 2. Peiners, LU18.5 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils17.9 
 4. Sokolovs, Turiba15.4 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.2 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.7 
 7. Metra, Barons k.13.9 
 8. Apsitis, Turiba13.9 
 9. Geks, U1813.7 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.0 
 2. Dargais, LU8.8 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera8.6 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.3 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala8.2 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.7 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.7 
 8. Rozitis, Barons k.7.0 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.6 
 10. Ziedins, Valmiera6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Liepaja
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Sims, Ventspils4.3 
 3. Silavs, Jelgava3.9 
 4. Metra, Barons k.3.6 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.4 
 7. Krumins, Valmiera3.4 
 8. Plavnieks, U183.3 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.3 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Barons k.
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Miezis, Barons k.2.4 
 2. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.2 
 3. Ezerskis, Liepaja2.0 
 4. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 5. Peiners, LU1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala1.5 
 8. Archer, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Sims, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Brown, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.9 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Mednis, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 5. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 7. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.9 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.0.8 
 10. Mizis, Jelgava0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 7-0 
 2. RSU 7-1 
 3. BK VEF-LSPA 6-1 
 4. VeA 6-2 
 5. Jelgava/LLU 6-3 
 6. ViA Riga 6-3 
 7. Kvele 5-4 
 8. Livani 5-4 
 9. VEF skola 4-4 
 10. Liepaja-2 3-5 
 11. DSN 2-6 
 12. Ogres 2-7 
 13. Ridzene 1-5 
 14. Gulbene 1-7 
 15. Valmiera BSS 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 27: Jelgava/LLU - Gulbene 87-73
Nov. 28: Valmiera BSS - BK VEF-LSPA
Nov. 28: RSU - Ogres
Nov. 28: DSN - Saldus
Nov. 29: Liepaja-2 - VeA
Nov. 29: Kvele - Ridzene
Nov. 29: ViA - VEF skola
Dec. 1: BK VEF-LSPA - Saldus


EuroChallenge: BK Ventspils advanced to Last 16 - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping - Ventspils 51:69

BK Ventspils advanced to Last 16 of EuroChallenge. The Latvian team reached their fourth consecutive win after 69:51 road trip over Norrkoping.
The Dolphins jumped to a 15-12 start but then lost control in the second period. Ventspils replied with 16-11 in the second frame and took 28:26 halftime advantage. Moreover the Latvian side won the third and the last quarters. They needed 20-17 in the third period and added 21-8 in the last stanza.
Sandis Valters (193-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) had 13. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) and Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) posted 9 points each, while the latter also added 10 rebounds. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) ended up with 10 points and 10 boards, whilst Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) had 9. Anton Saks (200-SF-89) nailed 8 and Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) delivered 7.

Norrkoping: Oladapo Ayuba 10+10 rebs, Martin Ringstrom 9, Anton Saks 8, Edgars Jeromanovs 7
Ventspils: Sandis Valters 15, Donald Sims 13, Janis Timma 9, Folarin Campbell 9+10 rebs



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tony WASHAM
  Obras
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Washam, Obras19.6 
 2. Ayuso, Arecibo18.7 
 3. Lewis, La Union17.3 
 4. Hickerson, Bucan.16.3 
 5. Nunes, Bauru16.2 
 6. Silva, Brasilia15.8 
 7. Smith, La Union15.3 
 8. Hornsby, Pioneros15.1 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.15.0 
 10. Elliott, Cocodril.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregory LEWIS
  La Union
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Lewis, La Union8.7 
 2. Garces, Arecibo8.3 
 3. Hickerson, Bucan.7.3 
 4. Nunes, Bauru7.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras6.8 
 6. Colmenares, Cocod.6.4 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.6.2 
 8. Graterol, Cocodril.6.2 
 9. Agba, Bauru6.0 
 10. Washam, Obras5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.9 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo5.0 
 3. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.6 
 4. Konsztatd, Obras4.3 
 5. Taylor, Bauru4.2 
 6. Farabello, La Union3.6 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos3.5 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.0 
 9. Perez, La Union2.8 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 2. Elsener, Obras2.1 
 3. Washam, Obras1.8 
 4. Colmenares, Cocod.1.8 
 5. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.8 
 6. Deodato, Bauru1.7 
 7. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.7 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Hornsby, Pioneros1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alirio ALVES
  Brasilia
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. de Souza, Brasilia1.4 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Bayona, Bucaneros1.2 
 5. Graterol, Cocodril.1.0 
 6. Wolkowyski, La Uni.0.9 
 7. Lewis, La Union0.9 
 8. Hickerson, Bucan.0.8 
 9. de Sousa, Bauru0.8 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.0.7 



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Standings

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

Semi-Finals: Round 8

Nov. 27: Flamengo - Brasilia 92-82
Nov. 27: Pinheiros/Sky - Tiburones 108-79

Semi-Finals: Round 9

Nov. 28: Tiburones - Brasilia
Nov. 28: Flamengo - Pinheiros/Sky


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.24.5 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.20.4 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.20.3 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.19.8 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras19.5 
 6. Teague, Penarol17.5 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo17.3 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia16.0 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.16.0 
 10. Benite, Flamengo15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.10.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 3. Teague, Penarol7.2 
 4. Graterol, Tiburones7.0 
 5. Sucre, Tiburones7.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Flame.6.8 
 7. Leiva, Penarol6.8 
 8. Kammerichs, Regat.6.8 
 9. Silveira, Flamengo6.5 
 10. Mikulas, Libertad6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. Osimani, Obras6.2 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 4. Ribeiro, Brasilia5.3 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 6. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.5 
 7. Ecker, Tiburones4.0 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.4.0 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.3.8 
 10. Vieira, Flamengo3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol3.0 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.2.6 
 3. Washam, Regatas C.2.3 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.2.0 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.8 
 6. Benite, Flamengo1.8 
 7. Teague, Penarol1.8 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.5 
 9. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.3 
 10. Berroteran, Tibur.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.5 
 2. de Souza, Brasilia1.5 
 3. Leiva, Penarol1.3 
 4. Silveira, Flamengo1.0 
 5. Reis, Brasilia0.8 
 6. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 7. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 10. Sucre, Tiburones0.8 


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

Pinheiros/Sky - Tiburones 108:79

Seven players scored in double digits for Pinheiros/Skys victory over Tiburones in Sao Paulo. The hosts overcame visiting Venezuelan team 108:79 in the start of the Semifinal Stage of South American League 2012.
Pinheiros/Sky started the game with 22-19 and never looked behind after. They allowed the opponents to score the same number of points in the second period, while they added 35 for 57:38 halftime advantage. Pinheiros/Sky also won the third period 29-17 and did not mind 22-24 in the last stanza.
Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) stepped up with 23 points and Andre Bambu (205-C-79) notched 15. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) brought 14, while Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) and Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) posted 13 apiece. Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) collected 16 points and 11 boards. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, college: UAB) scored 12, while Windi Graterol (204-C-86) tossed in 10.
Tomorrow, Uniceub / BRB clashes with Tiburones de Vargas of Venezuela, while Flamengo will play hosts Pinheiros / Sky.

Pinheiros/Sky: Joe Smith 23, Andre Bambu 15, Paulinho Boracini 14, Marcio Dornelles 13, Shamell Stallworth 13
Tiburones: Alejandro Barrios 20, Axiers Sucre 16+11 rebs, Kenneth Cooper 12, Windi Graterol 10


Flamengo - Brasilia 92:82

Flamengo wins the Brazilian battle in the start of the Semifinal Stage in Group E. They edged Brasilia 92:82 in the opener of four teams campaign in Sao Paulo.
Brasilia opened the game with 26-24 and won the second frame 21-19. They could not match however Flamengo in the second half. The latter replied with 24-17 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-18 in the last stanza.

Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) (202-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) added 21. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) notched 19, while Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 11. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Dos Santos Welington added 14. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) finished the game with 12 points apiece.
Tomorrow, Uniceub / BRB clashes with Tiburones de Vargas of Venezuela, while Flamengo will play hosts Pinheiros / Sky.

Flamengo:
Olivinha Rodriguez 22, Vitor Benite 21, Marquinhos Vieira 19, Eduardo Machado 11
Brasilia:
Arthur Silva 20, Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) 14, Alex Ribeiro 12, Guilherme Giovannoni 12



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 24: Rudupis - Siauliai 96-78
Nov. 27: Neptunas - Siauliai 91-83
Nov. 26: Lietuvos rytas - Zalgiris 79-90
Nov. 24: Nevezis - Juventus 74-73
Nov. 24: LSU-Baltai - Naglis Palangos 69-60

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 4: Lietkabelis - LSU-Baltai
Dec. 5: Neptunas - Sakalai


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis19.0 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.1 
 3. Samenas, Siauliai15.9 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas15.0 
 5. Dia, Siauliai14.6 
 6. Gailius, Neptunas14.3 
 7. Sragauskis, LSU-B.13.7 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.13.1 
 9. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.13.0 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.7 
 2. Sarakauskas, Nept.8.6 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai8.5 
 4. Bishop, Nevezis8.4 
 5. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.5 
 6. Dia, Siauliai6.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.1 
 8. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
 9. Gailius, Neptunas5.9 
 10. Varnelis, Juventus5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jackson, Siauliai5.3 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis4.1 
 3. Broadus, Neptunas3.9 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas3.6 
 5. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.4 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.4 
 7. Stasys, LSU-Baltai3.0 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.3.0 
 9. Vene, Rudupis2.9 
 10. Leonard, Juventus2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.3 
 2. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.2.2 
 3. Dambrauskas, Sakal.1.7 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 5. Jackson, Siauliai1.6 
 6. Runkauskas, Neptu.1.6 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 8. Mockevicius, Nagli.1.6 
 9. Ivanauskas, Rudup.1.6 
 10. Girdziunas, Nevez.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai3.7 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis2.1 
 3. McClure, Neptunas1.3 
 4. Kieza, Siauliai1.2 
 5. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.1 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.0 
 8. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.0 
 9. Dia, Siauliai1.0 
 10. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.9 


LKL Round 11: #1 Lietuvos rytas are defeated by Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Lietuvos rytas (3-1) in Vilnius on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by leader Zalgiris (4-0) 90-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Bulgarian-American point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania) helped adding 16 points and 5 steals. The former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) responded with 25 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Lietuvos rytas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Kedainiai. Eighth ranked Nevezis (4-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Juventus (4-3) 74-73 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Darius Silinskis accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Juventus in the defeat. Nevezis have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Juventus at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Neptunas and Siauliai. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Siauliai (4-3) against seventh ranked Neptunas (4-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Siauliai was defeated by Neptunas in a tough game in Klaipeda 83-91. The best player for the winners was Deividas Gailius who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Laurynas Samenas produced 26 points and 5 assists for the guests. Siauliai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Neptunas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Siauliai and Juventus. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. Neptunas will meet at home Sakalai (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siauliai will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Prienai. Leader host Rudupis (7-0) defeated 3rd placed Siauliai (4-3) 96-78. Gediminas Orelikas orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Rudupis have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-9) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to tenth ranked LSU-Baltai (2-4) 69-60 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Zygimantas Skucas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. LSU-Baltai maintains tenth place with 2-4 record. Naglis Palangos lost their ninth game in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. LSU-Baltai will face higher ranked Lietkabelis (#8) in Panevezys in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Neptunas - Siauliai 91-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Siauliai (4-3) against seventh ranked Neptunas (4-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting Siauliai was defeated by Neptunas in a tough game in Klaipeda 83-91. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-83. Neptunas forced 22 Siauliai turnovers. The best player for the winners was international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86) chipped in 16 points. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) produced 26 points and 5 assists and American point guard Lewis Jackson (178-89, college: Purdue) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Siauliai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Neptunas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Siauliai and Juventus. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. Neptunas will meet at home Sakalai (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siauliai will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: D.Gailius 17+8reb+3ast, M.Runkauskas 16+1reb+2ast, E.Dainys 12+2ast, L.Mikalauskas 11+4reb, D.McClure 10+7reb, M.Andriuskevicius 7+3reb
Siauliai: L.Samenas 26+4reb+5ast, L.Jackson 14+5reb+3ast, V.Sulskis 10+4reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 10+5reb, P.Dia 9+7reb, S.Kuzminskas 7+3reb
gschID: 194292


Lietuvos rytas - Zalgiris 79-90

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Lietuvos rytas (3-1) in Vilnius on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by leader Zalgiris (4-0) 90-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Bulgarian-American point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania) helped adding 16 points and 5 steals. Five Zalgiris players scored in double figures. The former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) responded with 25 points and 6 assists and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Lietuvos rytas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Popovic 20+3ast, I.Jaaber 16+2reb+3ast, R.Kaukenas 12+6reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 10+1reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 7+1reb+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 25+2reb+6ast, N.Nedovic 11+4reb+2ast, M.Katelynas 10+2reb+2ast, P.Samardziski 8+2reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 6+3reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 5+1reb
gschID: 194291


Rudupis - Siauliai 96-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Prienai. Leader host Rudupis (7-0) defeated 3rd placed Siauliai (4-3) 96-78. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Siauliai was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. The former international Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St.) added 15 points in the effort for Siauliai. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rudupis have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 27+5reb, S.Vene 14+3reb+3ast, A.Milaknis 12+2reb+3ast, A.Valeika 11+4reb+3ast, Z.Janavicius 9+2reb+5ast, A.Urbutis 7+4reb
Siauliai: V.Sulskis 15+3reb+1ast, P.Dia 15+3reb+1ast, A.Kieza 11+12reb+2ast, L.Jackson 9+3reb+5ast, C.Simon 9+4reb+2ast, S.Kuzminskas 6+1reb
gschID: 194290


Nevezis - Juventus 74-73

Important game to mention about took place in Kedainiai. Eighth ranked Nevezis (4-4) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Juventus (4-3) 74-73 on Saturday evening. Juventus was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 16-12 charge of Nevezis, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Nevezis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) who led the winners and scored 19 points. The former international center Darius Silinskis (216-84, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Nevezis have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Juventus at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Neptunas and Siauliai. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: V.Jasikevicius 19+3reb+3ast, D.Silinskis 14+5reb+2ast, S.Kulevicius 10+4ast, G.Sirutavicius 9+4reb+2ast, G.Zyle 6+5reb, M.Girdziunas 6+1reb+2ast
Juventus: D.Gvezdauskas 18+7reb+3ast, N.Varnelis 12+7reb+2ast, D.Leonard 10+6reb, L.Kisielius 8+7reb+4ast, P.Morkeliunas 7+4reb, K.Petrukonis 7+1reb
gschID: 194289


LSU-Baltai - Naglis Palangos 69-60

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-9) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to tenth ranked LSU-Baltai (2-4) 69-60 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. LSU-Baltai shot 22 for 30 from the free-throw line, while Naglis Palangos only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 46-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. Naglis Palangos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) scored 21 points. LSU-Baltai maintains tenth place with 2-4 record. Naglis Palangos lost their ninth game in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. LSU-Baltai will face higher ranked Lietkabelis (#8) in Panevezys in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: V.Sragauskis 18+6reb+3ast, Z.Skucas 12+12reb+3ast, M.Stasys 10+4reb+3ast, S.Vingelis 9+4reb+2ast, T.Urbonas 8+9reb+3ast, A.Vasiliauskas 7+4reb
Naglis Palangos: E.Lengvinas 21+3reb+3ast, P.Brown 17+7reb+4ast, O.Atoyebi 7+7reb+1ast, M.Konate 6+5reb, M.Kumpys 5+5reb+3ast, J.Porter 4+6reb
gschID: 194288



Lithuanian LKL round 11 best performance: Gediminas Orelikas - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Rudupis, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Siauliai (#5, 4-3) with 18-point margin 96-78. It allowed Rudupis to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian LKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Rudupis keeps perfect 7 -0 record. In the team's last game Orelikas had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Rudupis, through which he has constantly improved. Gediminas Orelikas has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.0ppg. Orelikas is in league's top in and averages impressive 74.3% FGP and 52.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old international forward Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) of Neptunas. Gailius had a very good evening with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Neptunas cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over Siauliai (4-3). This victory allowed Neptunas to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Gailius is a newcomer at Neptunas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.3ppg (#6). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) of Lietuvos rytas (#7). Seibutis scored 25 points and passed six assists. Despite Seibutis' great performance Lietuvos rytas lost 79-90 to the league's current leader Zalgiris (#2, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lietuvos rytas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Seibutis has a very solid season. In 3 games in Lithuania he scored 20.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84) of Zalgiris - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) of Siauliai - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) of LSU-Baltai - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82) of Siauliai - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marko Popovic (185-G-82) of Zalgiris - 20 points and 3 assists
9. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-PG-85) of Nevezis - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lewis Jackson (178-PG-89) of Siauliai - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Motiejunas is back at The Rockets - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets (NBA) agreed terms with 22-year old Lithuanian ex-international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-101kg-90, agency: Interperformances). Its actually his comeback to the Rockets as he played here before. Motiejunas just played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In two D-League games this season he had very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 9.5rpg and 3.0apg.
Last year Motiejunas was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (20th overall). He won Polish League championship title and made it to the supercup final.
Motiejunas was voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 2nd Team in 2012.
He was also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. Motiejunas played for Lithuanian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2011 and previouslyfor U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. He also represented Lithuania at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 17.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 60.4%, FT: 50.0%.
Motiejunas has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso), Lithuania (Zalgiris, LSU-Baltai and Zalgiris-Sabonio) and Poland (Asseco Prokom Gdynia).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings

Diekirch League Standings
 1. Sparta 9-1 
 2. Amicale 8-2 
 3. Etzella 7-3 
 4. Contern 5-5 
 5. Musel Pikes 5-5 
 6. T71 4-6 
 7. Residence 4-6 
 8. Soleuvre 4-6 
 9. Basket Esch 3-7 
 10. Black Star 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 24: Amicale - Black Star 90-80
Nov. 24: Contern - Basket Esch 86-63
Nov. 24: Musel Pikes - Sparta 82-68
Nov. 25: Soleuvre - Residence 78-70
Nov. 24: T71 - Etzella 73-85

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 1: Residence - Musel Pikes
Dec. 1: Sparta - Contern
Dec. 1: Black Star - T71
Dec. 2: Etzella - Soleuvre
Dec. 2: Basket Esch - Amicale


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. McDaniel, Black S.29.3 
 2. Kennedy, Residence25.9 
 3. Green, Soleuvre24.2 
 4. Bryant, Black Star23.4 
 5. Simpson, Etzella22.8 
 6. Schumacher, T7122.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern20.9 
 8. Smith, Sparta20.7 
 9. Ulin, Sparta20.1 
 10. Pellum, Residence20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.6 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.11.6 
 3. Powell, Contern10.9 
 4. Svitek, Basket Es.10.3 
 5. Kennedy, Residence10.3 
 6. Gary, Musel Pikes10.3 
 7. Sharry, T7110.2 
 8. Frazier, Contern9.9 
 9. Golson, Amicale9.2 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ulin, Sparta6.2 
 2. Bryant, Black Star4.6 
 3. Biever, Basket Es.4.2 
 4. Green, Soleuvre4.0 
 5. Schwartz, Musel P.3.9 
 6. Schartz, Amicale3.9 
 7. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.8 
 8. Smith, Sparta3.6 
 9. Schumacher, T713.5 
 10. Golson, Amicale3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jones, Contern2.7 
 2. Bryant, Black Star2.6 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.2.5 
 4. Kennedy, Residence2.3 
 5. Jeitz, Amicale1.9 
 6. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 7. Green, Soleuvre1.7 
 8. Sharry, T711.6 
 9. Schmit, Musel Pikes1.6 
 10. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes1.4 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.2 
 3. Sharry, T711.1 
 4. Powell, Contern1.1 
 5. Hoffmann, Sparta1.0 
 6. Pelham, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Fisher, Amicale0.7 
 8. Simpson, Etzella0.6 
 9. Hublart, Sparta0.6 
 10. Gindt, Sparta0.6 


Luxembourg Diekirch League round 10 best performance: Elton Frazier - by Eurobasket News

American forward Elton Frazier (196-F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Contern, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Basket Esch (#9, 3-7) with 23-point margin 86-63. Contern maintains the 4th position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. Contern is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 record. Frazier turned to be Contern's top player in his first season with the team. Former Canisius College star has very solid stats this year. Frazier is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.3rpg) and averages impressive 56.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Soleuvre. Tapscott had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Soleuvre cruised to a 78-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Residence (4-6). Soleuvre's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Tapscott is a newcomer at Soleuvre, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84) of Black Star (#10). McDaniel scored 28 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite McDaniel's great performance Black Star lost 80-90 to the higher-ranked Amicale (#2, 8-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Black Star can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-9 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for McDaniel he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McDaniel has individually a great season in Luxembourg. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.3ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.5spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.9% and 3PT: 51.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terry Bryant (185-PG-85) of Black Star - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Samy Picard (196-PF-88) of Amicale - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Mychal Green (193-G/F-83) of Soleuvre - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83) of Musel Pikes - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anthony Simpson (203-C/F-87) of Etzella - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Leon Powell (200-F-88) of Contern - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85) of Residence - 13 points, 12 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)



Basket Esch tabs Jibril Hodges, ex ETB Wohnbau - by Eurobasket News

Basket Esch (Diekirch League) inked 28-year old American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach State). He played recently at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA. In 5 games this season he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.6apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Fort Worth Flyers (D-League) in eighth round (93rd overall).
Hodges attended Long Beach State and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball (including missed ones).
His team made it to the Hungarian League Semifinals in 2011.
Hodges was selected to Hungarian League All-Star Game in 2001 and 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Hodges has played also professionally in Jordan (Arena), Germany (Duesseldorf Baskets and MLP Academics Heidelberg), Hungary (Atomeromu and Jaszberenyi) and CBA (Butte Daredevils).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MEXICO   

Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 24-2 
 2. Soles 21-5 
 3. Halc.Rojos 20-6 
 4. Toros 19-7 
 5. Panteras 18-8 
 6. Pioneros 18-8 
 7. Fuerza Regia 15-11 
 8. Abejas 14-12 
 9. Huracanes 13-12 
 10. Barreteros 11-15 
 11. Corr.Victoria 10-16 
 12. Guerreros 8-18 
 13. Lechugueros 7-19 
 14. Osos 4-22 
 15. Gansos 4-23 
 16. Gigantes 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 27

Nov. 29: Pioneros - Halc.Xalapa
Nov. 29: Soles - Halc.Rojos
Nov. 29: Guerreros - Huracanes
Nov. 29: Gansos - Corr.Victoria
Nov. 30: Toros - Barreteros
Nov. 30: Fuerza Regia - Panteras
Nov. 29: Gigantes - Abejas
Nov. 29: Osos - Lechugueros

Round 8

Nov. 27: Huracanes - Fuerza Regia 80-94



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Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic upset Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Djuro Djakovic 63:70

Djuro Djakovic recorded the second win in the Balkan League season. They shot down Mornar Bar on the road to take 2-4 record in Group A. The Montenegrin side slipped at 1-5 record. Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88, college: UNLV) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
Djuro Djakovic recorded 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The Croatian team maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They accumulated a 38:32 halftime lead. The visitors extended their lead in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 56:47. Mornar Bar held their opponents to just 14 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) and Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) knocked down 13 points each to pace Djuro Djakovic. Mihailo Sekulovic (205-C-91) answered with 14 points for Mornar Bar. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) netted 10 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Mihailo Sekulovic 14, Lazar Radosavljevic 10
Djuro Djakovic: Brice Massamba 17+10 boards, Marino Sarlija 13, Matej Karlovic 13



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Standings - Men

D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 0-0 
 2. CMC 0-0 
 3. CRA Hoceima 0-0 
 4. FUS Rabat 0-0 
 5. MAF Fes 0-0 
 6. MCO 0-0 
 7. PCS Plazza C. 0-0 
 8. RSB Berkane 0-0 
 9. RST Tanger 0-0 
 10. WAC Casabl. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Dec. 1: ASS Sale - PCS Plazza C.
Dec. 1: WAC Casabl. - FUS Rabat
Dec. 1: RSB Berkane - MCO
Dec. 1: CRA Hoceima - CMC
Dec. 1: RST Tanger - MAF Fes



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Brooklyn N. 9-4 
 2. New York K. 9-4 
 3. Philadelph.76 9-6 
 4. Boston C. 8-6 
 5. Toronto R. 3-12 
Central Div.
 1. Milwaukee B. 7-5 
 2. Indiana P. 7-8 
 3. Chicago B. 6-7 
 4. Detroit P. 4-11 
 5. Cleveland C. 3-12 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 10-3 
 2. Atlanta H. 8-4 
 3. Charlotte B. 7-6 
 4. Orlando M. 5-8 
 5. Washington W. 0-12 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 11-4 
 2. Denver N. 8-7 
 3. Utah Jazz 8-7 
 4. Minnesota T. 6-7 
 5. Portland TB 6-8 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 8-6 
 2. LA Clippers 8-6 
 3. LA Lakers 7-8 
 4. Phoenix Suns 7-8 
 5. Sacramento K. 4-10 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 12-3 
 2. Memphis G. 10-2 
 3. Houston R. 7-7 
 4. Dallas M. 7-8 
 5. N.Orleans H. 4-9 

Regular Season: Round 27

Nov. 26: LA Clippers - N.Orleans H. 98-105
Nov. 26: Brooklyn N. - New York K. 96-89 OT
Nov. 26: Chicago B. - Milwaukee B. 92-93
Nov. 26: Washington W. - San Antonio S. 92-118
Nov. 26: Memphis G. - Cleveland C. 84-78
Nov. 26: Oklah.City T. - Charlotte B. 114-69
Nov. 26: Detroit P. - Portland TB 108-101
Nov. 26: Utah Jazz - Denver N. 105-103

Regular Season: Round 29

Nov. 28: Washington W. - Portland TB
Nov. 28: Orlando M. - San Antonio S.
Nov. 28: Boston C. - Brooklyn N.
Nov. 28: Atlanta H. - Charlotte B.
Nov. 28: Detroit P. - Phoenix Suns
Nov. 28: Chicago B. - Dallas M.
Nov. 28: Milwaukee B. - New York K.
Nov. 28: Memphis G. - Toronto R.
Nov. 28: N.Orleans H. - Utah Jazz
Nov. 28: Oklah.City T. - Houston R.
Nov. 28: LA Clippers - Minnesota T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers27.7 
 2. Anthony, New Y.26.3 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.25.9 
 4. James, Miami Heat25.2 
 5. Harden, Houston R.25.1 
 6. Irving, Cleveland22.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..21.1 
 8. Mayo, Dallas M.20.8 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.6 
 10. Bosh, Miami Heat20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.9
 1.