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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Cedevita sends Marko Car to second team - by Selman Baydar

Croatian team, who will face Anadolu Efes Istanbul in round eight of Euroleague, has moved Marko Car (188-SG-85) (188-SG-85, agency: Worldwide Basketball Promotion), who got 6 minutes against Partizan in the last week of Adriatic league, to the second team after the arrival of new head coach Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Beo Basket ). And now its rumored that Cedevita and Car are negotiating for his release. Former Zadar player played four games with Cedevita in Euroleague this season averaging 8 mpg, 2 ppg, 1 rpg, and played seven games in Adriatic League averaging 9.4 mpg and 2.4 ppg.

Courtesy of vecernji.hr



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  ARGENTINA   


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.
union sunchales cut federico Radavero and signed Martin Trovellesi (185-G-80)



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  AUSTRALIA   


2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Australia conquer Pool 1 - by Eurobasket News

Australia-Tahiti 87:55

Australia conquer Pool 1 of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team finished with 3-0 record after 87:55 win over Tahiti. The latter finished with 0-3 record but also advanced to the Quarterfinals.
Australia looked better from the first minutes and managed to win all quarters of the game. They started with 20-14 and added 26-16 later in the half. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 22-12 and finished with 19-13 in the last stanza.
Darryl Mcdowell-White and William Mcdowell-White stepped up with 15 points each. Dejan Vasiljevic notched 14, while Jock Perry scored 13 and Abiola Akintola added 9. Byron Vahapata and Maxime Ausangee replied with 12 points apiece.
Tomorrow Tahiti will face New Zealand, while Australia will take on Papua New Guinea in the opener.



Australia: Darryl Mcdowell-White 15, William Mcdowell-White 15, Dejan Vasiljevic 14, Jock Perry 13, Abiola Akintola 9
Tahiti: Byron Vahapata 12, Maxime Ausangee 12



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Miladin Pekovic claims Balkan League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kozuv and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds for Kozuv in his team's victory, helping them to beat OKK Beograd (#10, 0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 82-77. Kozuv is placed at 8th position in Balkan League group B. Kozuv 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Pekovic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Kozuv's top player in his first season with the team. Pekovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.0ppg) and averages solid 57.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of second-ranked Kumanovo. Lukovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Kumanovo lost that game 71-92 to the lower-ranked Mornar Bar (#5, 1-5). Kumanovo managed to keep the same second spot in group A. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Lukovic is a newcomer at Kumanovo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#4). He also registered 12.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) of Rilski Sportist (#7). Zahariev showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Zahariev's great performance Rilski Sportist lost 74-84 to the league's current leader Teodo Tivat (#6, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Rilski Sportist needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Round 2. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Zahariev has a very solid season. In 5 games in Balkan League he scored 11.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88) of Djuro Djakovic - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) of Teodo Tivat - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) of Mornar Bar - 21 points and 8 rebounds
7. Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) of Teodo Tivat - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75) of Teodo Tivat - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanoje Knezevic (202-PF-89) of OKK Beograd - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) of Teodo Tivat - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 10 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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  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. Sakalai 4-3 
 3. Tarvas 4-3 
 4. Nevezis 3-5 
 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. 28: Sakalai - Nevezis 89-81
Nov. 27: Jelgava - Juventus 82-81
Nov. 26: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kalev/Cramo 62-61
Nov. 27: LSU-Baltai - Kalev/Cramo 61-73
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. Gulbis, Barons k.7.3 
 8. Leonard, Juventus7.3 
 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. Tamm, Tarvas4.6 
 5. Artamonov, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Ginevicius, Lietka.4.3 
 7. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.3 
 8. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 9. Dambrauskas, Sakal.4.2 
 10. Silavs, Jelgava4.1 
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, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.3 
 8. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 10. Toome, TU/Rock1.0 



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  BELGIUM   


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 for him 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



EuroCup: Buducnost upend Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Spirou 59:55

Buducnost enjoyed the third victory in EuroCup season. They held off visiting Spirou to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Spirou remained winless at 0-4. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) nailed 16 points to pace the Montenegrin champions
Buducnost found themselves trailing by 3 points after the starting quarter 20:23. Buducnost adjusted defensively and erased the deficit in the second term. The hosts spurred ahead for a 35:34 halftime advantage. The Montenegrin team limited Spirou to just 7 points in the third term to extend the lead. Buducnost arrived at the final break up by 10 points 51:41. Spirou narrowed the deficit to a single point with 20 seconds remaining 55:56. But Vitkovac sank three free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Buducnost. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points in the win. Jason Fontenet (178-PG-82, college: Oregon St.) answered with 19 points for Spirou. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) had 10 points in the losing case.

Buducnost: Dee Bost 16, Gerald Lee 12, Milan Milosevic 8
Spirou: Jason Fontenet 19, Nikola Jankovic 10



EuroChallenge: Antwerp Giants closed the Round with overtime win over Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets- Antwerp Giants 78:82 OT

Antwerp Giants closed the Round with overtime win over Telekom Baskets. The Belgian side handed the hosts their first 82:78 loss and remained alive for Last 16 round.
Telekom Baskets entered the game undefeated and started with 24-21 lead. Antwerp Giants meanwhile replied with 18-16 in the second frame and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. The teams exchanged the victories in the third and the fourth period and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) sent the teams to overtime at 69:69. Antwerp Giants looked better in overtime and led almost for the whole time. The last points the teams scored for the free throw line as Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC), Biggs and Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) ensured the 4-point road win at the end.
Bryan Hopkins top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 16 points and 16 rebounds. Timothy Black notched 13, while Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) added 9. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) had 17. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) tossed in 14 and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann produced 10.

Telekom Baskets: Robert Vaden 19, Patrick Ewing Jr. 17, Jared Jordan 14, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 10
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 17, Gregg Thondique 16+16 rebs, Timothy Black 13, Maxime De Zeeuw 9



EuroCup: Stelmet ZG dominate Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Oostende 85:61

Stelmet Zielona Gora routed Oostende for the second win in EuroCup Group F. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) stepped up with 22 points and 6 assists to pace the hosts. Zielona Gora caught up with Oostende at 2-2 record in the standings.
Stelmet Zieloa Gora made it look easy from the start. The hosts fired past Oostende for a 25:15 lead at the first break. The Polish team extended the margin in the second quarter. Zielona Gora accounted for a 50:27 halftime lead. Oostende tried to revive the intrigue in the third term. The Belgian team narrowed the gap at 21-point mark at the final break. But it was too little too late. Zielona Gora limited the visitors at 14 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated an important home win at the end. Rob Jones (196-F-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) finished with 18 points, while Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points for Oostende. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) chipped in 12 points in defeat.

Stelmet ZG: Walter Hodge 22, Rob Jones 18, Oliver Stevic 16
Oostende: Mario Stojic 16, Matt Lojeski 12



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  BOSNIA   


KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 7 RESULTS! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 7 RESULTS!
Steel Zenica was defeated in the encounter with Play offom from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Spars took the points against namesake from Sarajevo, Castle is celebrated in Tuzla, while the MCO Freedom won as expected lower Vakuf, so for the seventh nd A-1 league basketball Federation truly be said to have been marked by the visiting team.

His first victory was achieved against Limometal Orlovik, and is still without a win only lower Vakuf. In the meeting the team from mid-table Bosnjak won the Brcko District.

Results 7th rounds - ZENICA: Steel - Play off 71:82 (27:18, 13:25, 14:22, 17:17), MOSTAR: Spars - Spars (Sarajevo), 62:82 (6:23, 16:17, 19 : 22, 21:20), TUZLA: Student - Gradina 50:75 (19:20, 8:16,15:20, 8:19), CAZIN: Limometal - Orlovik 81:70 (24:25, 09:21 , 16:16, 32:8), HADINI: Bosnjak - BD 100:89 (20:25, 19:20, 33:18, 28:26), Lacky: Lower excel - MCO Freedom 66:95 (22: 25, 16:22, 16:24, 12:24)

TABLE
Spars 7 6 1 13 619:476
Play Off 7 6 1 13 614:481
MCO Freedom 7 6 1 13 580:456
Gradina 7 5 2 12 518:467
Steel 565:549 7 4 3 11
7 3 BD 4552: 521 10
Spars Mostar 539:540 7 3 4 10
7 3 4 Bosnjak 577:597 10
Student 7 3 4 10 489:546
Orlovik 7 2 5 9 439:530
Cazin 525:725 7 1 6 8
7 0 Lower Vakuf 7493: 622 7

In 8th steering (1/2.XII.) meet - SREBRENIK: Gradina - Spars (Sarajevo), ILIDA: Play Off - Spars (Mostar), TUZLA: MCO Freedom - Steel, Student - Limometal, BRCKO: BD - Lower Vakuf EPCE: Orlovik - Bosnjak

STEEL 71
PLAY OFF 82
(27:18 13:25 14:22 17:17)
ZENICA - Hall Bilmice. Spectators 500th Judges: Noinovic and Efendic (Tuzla), Beganovic (Srebrenik)
STEEL: A.Merdanovic 17, E. Merdanovica 15, Mehtic 6, Dedic, Begagic 13, Kolak 2, Curanovic Dizdar 4, Durmic, Ibrahimkadic, Suljic 7, Andjelic 7 . Coach: Haris Jahic
PLAY OFF Pehilj, extol, N. Salcin 11, Delalic, Kurtagic, Dovadija 16, Bravo 18, A. Salcin, Tarcin 10, K. Kalamujic 27th Coach: Admir Prasovic

SPARS (Mostar) 62
spars (Sarajevo) 82
(6:23, 16:17, 19:22, 21:20)
MOSTAR - Sports Hall. Spectators 100th Judges: Niksic and Hsanbegovic (Sarajevo), Spahalic (Mostar)
SPARS (M): E. Safra, Safra H., Djelmo 18, Tanovic 7, Golos, Hodzic, Idriz 2, Vujicic 13, Atic 7, Sika, Guest 3, Rahimic 12th Coach: Denan Suta
spars (S): Zahiragic 2, Nikolic 16, Petkovic, Vrabac 10, Ferhatbegovic 2, Basic, Halilbegovic 11, Karic 5, Bulic 10, Buza, Glogovac 12, Salic 14th Coach: Mark Trbic STUDENT 50 GRADINA 75 (19:20, 8:16,15:20, 8:19) TUZLA - University Hall. Spectators 200th Judges: Hodzic, Mrkovic (Sarajevo), Lasetovic (Tuzla) STUDENT: Ibricic 6, Golijanin 12, Duric 2, Alibaic 7, Terzic 5, Avdic, Kaletovic 6, Mehinovic 2, Jahic, Suljagic 2, 5th Hulusic Coach: Elvir Music GRADINA: Herzegovinian Avdic, Buljubaic 6, I. Hasic 4, Serifovic 1, Horozic 20, Nurkanovic 18, Djonlic 5, 2 Gopo Topalovic 14, R. Hasic 5th Coach: Vladimir Micanovic

LIMOMETAL 81
ORLOVIK 70
(24:25, 09:21, 16:16, 32:8)
CAZIN - Sports Hall. Spectators 50th Judges: Palo and Dapo (Sarajevo), Ferizovic (Bihac)
CAZIN: Adilagic 3, Kostadinovic 12, Mahmutovic 10, Topic 5, Damjanic 13, Horozovic 1, E. Kapic 27, I. Kapic, 10th Tatarevic Coach: Saud Terzic
ORLOVIK: Malicbegovic 20, Derek, Mujicic 5, Berbic 2, 3 Mujkic, Sarajlic 2, Skopljak 19, Odobasic 2, Bijedic, Bajric, Imamovic Ljubovic 17th Coach: Senad Preldic

BONJAK 100
DISTRIKT 89
(20:25, 19:20, 33:18, 28:26)
HADINI - Sports Hall. Spectators 50th Judges: Pasalic (Zenica), Obradovic and serer (Sarajevo)
BONJAK: ISIC, Damjanovic 20, Hrgic, Mujan 12, Dafic 18, Jokanovic, Foric, Dragovic 27, Guhdija 2, 4 Dizdar, Residovic 17th Coach: Amir Residovic
DISTRIKT: Nesic 28, Josic 2, enormous, Ahmetbaic 5, 7 Islamovic, Mojic, Karamovic, Vidakovic, Guzonjic 28, arenac, Christmas 19th Coach: Azur Hadovic LOWER VAKUF 66 MCO FREEDOM 95 (22:25, 16:22, 16:24, 12:24) TRAVNIK - Hall in Turbe. Spectators 50th Judges: Pripoljac and Pelja (Zenica) Preldic (Zepce) LOWER VAKUF: Opardija, Hockic, Vincevic, Alice 11, Mustafic 18, Husetic 9, Caluk 8, Dzihan 2, 2 rings, Gradacevic A., M. Pando 2, A . Pando 14th Coach: Suad Hodzic MCO FREEDOM: Ibracevic 9, Jahic, Arnautalic 2, 2 Radic, Ahmedic, Zekavicic 7, Marijan 2, Groic 15, Tanasilovic 18, Andelija 16, 4 Pejic, Hujdurovic 20th Coach: Adnan Hodzic



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Tiago Splitter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Washington Wizards (1-12) crushing them 118-92 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Splitter had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 7 assists and 2 blocks in 23 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 13-3 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. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 8.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 58.2%(46-79) and FT: 75.0% in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Regal FC Barcelona (5-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Huertas' very good performance Regal FC Barcelona was edged 81-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#3). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Huertas also added 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). But the season just started, so everything may happen. Huertas belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 41.9%. Huertas is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Anderson Varejao (205-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Varejao was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 78-91 in Phoenix to the Suns. Varejao had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 38 minutes. It was Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Varejao's ninth year with the team. Varejao is the league's best rebounder with 14.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.5ppg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.5% and FT: 77.8% in the 14 games. Varejao is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #4. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in France was not able to secure a victory for Le Mans (2-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was defeated 76-71 in Quakenbrueck by the lower-ranked Artland Dragons (#4). Batista was the top scorer with 24 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Batista averages: 17.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #5. International center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA couldn't help the Washington Wizards (1-12) in their last game. Despite Nene's very good performance the Washington Wizards were edged in a double overtime (!!!) 108-106 in Charlotte by the Bobcats. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Nene also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. It was Wizards' 12th consecutive loss in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Nene has very impressive stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the three games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #6. Point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) led Boston Celtics to an overtime victory against the Orlando Magic (5-9) 116-110 in the NBA on Sunday night. Barbosa scored 15 points. The Boston Celtics have 8-7 record this season. It's Barbosa's first year with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. Barbosa is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Andre Almeida
Andre Almeida
   #7. Former University international center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Nebraska to an easy victory against the Wake Forest University 79-63 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Almeida recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. The University of Nebraska has conference record this season. This year Almeida has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team three years ago.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #8. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) led Ford Burgos to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Planasa NV (3-5) crushing them 91-61 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Toledo scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Autocid Ford Burgos (6-2) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Toledo is currently third on the list of most steals with 2.3spg. This year his other stats are: 10.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games. Toledo plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #9. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the third-ranked Khimky (4-3) crushing them 104-81 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Real Madrid this season. His team is placed first in group A. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Hettsheimer used to play for the Brazilian national team last year.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #10. Center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) couldn't help Hebraica (14-8) in their game against Aguada (13-9) in the Uruguayan LUB. He recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes. The fifth-placed Hebraica was crushed 110-86 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#6) Aguada in the Capital group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Passos is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 11.7rpg. This year he also averages: 15.0ppg and 1.2apg in the 19 games. Passos is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC (1-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Lagun Aro GBC was defeated 93-78 in Tenerife by the higher-ranked CB Canarias (#14). Neto scored 13 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). He has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg and 1.6spg. Neto plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. University international point guard Scott Machado (185-90, college: Iona, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Houston Rockets in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. Machado cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. It was his first game for Houston Rockets this season. His team were crushed by 22 points 120-98 in the NBA. Machado is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team last year. Strangely Machado has never played in Brazil.

   #13. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi 88-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 18 minutes. This year Tavernari's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1spg in the eight games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

   #14. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against G.Canaria 2014 in the Spanish ACB. Freire scored only 4 points. His team was edged 78-76. Freire's total stats this season are: 1.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #15. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Brown in their game against the St.Francis College (NY) in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Saturday. Maia recorded 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. But his team lost in an overtime 72-76. This year Maia's total stats are: 1.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg in the nine games. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Balkan to a victory over the closely-ranked Beroe (2-3) 86-79 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Santos scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Balkan Botevgrad (3-4) is placed seventh in the NBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Santos' first season with the team. Santos is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year he has very good stats: 12.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg and 1.8spg in the four games he played so far.

   #2. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Oita Heat Devils (9-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Oita Heat Devils (#2) lost 75-86 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Miyazaki Shining Suns in the Western group. Hatano scored 10 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. This year Hatano's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.6rpg in the 12 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese. Despite Hatano's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the Japanese U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Atletico Welcome (8-13) in their game against Tabare (8-14) in the Uruguayan LUB. Soarez scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Atletico Welcome (#12) was edged 104-101 by the lower-ranked Tabare (#13) in the Capital group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Soarez has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #4. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Utah to win against the Central Michigan University 67-51 in the NCAA last Friday. Lenz scored only 2 points. The University of Utah has conference record this season. Lenz has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #5. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Osaka Evessa (1-9) in their game against Shimane Magic (9-5) in the Japanese BJ League. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Osaka Evessa (#10) lost 77-82 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Shimane Magic in the Western group. It was Osaka Evessa's fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Coimbra's first season with the team. Coimbra has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 10 games.

   #6. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Washington 73-55 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 4 points. Santo has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #7. Rinaldo Mafra (201-F-86, is currently at the American university) contributed to a 2-point Jacksonville St.'s victory against the Northern Arizona University 50-48 in the NCAA last Friday. He scored 6 points in 22 minutes. Mafra has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 10 games.

   #8. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Pacific in their game against the University of California in the NCAA. He scored 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 78-58. de Souza has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #9. Pedro Maciel (185-PG-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Nicholls St.'s victory against the University of New Orleans 92-79 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored only 1 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. Maciel has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 10 games.

   #10. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Houston Baptist in their game against the Eastern Illinois University in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 64-44. Bernardi has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.7rpg.



2012 South American League: Uniceub/BRB gain first win in Group E - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Tiburones 103:79

Uniceub/BRB stayed alive in the race for the South American League Finals. The Brazilian powerhouse rolled past Tiburones to improve at 1-1 record in Group E. They will now take on Pinheiros/Sky today in the decider. Tiburones fell at 0-2 record in the pool. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) came up with 26 points to pace the winners.
Uniceub/BRB started the game strongly. They exploded with 34 points in the first frame to gain a 17-point lead. The Brazilian team maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 58:40 halftime advantage. Uniceub/BRB stayed red-hot offensively in the third term. They dropped 29 points to ensure a 25-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Tiburones outscored their opponents in the final term to sweeten the pill. Isaac Goncalves (193-F/G-90) and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) finished with 15 points each for the winners. Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Venezuelan team. Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) netted 21 points in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Arthur Silva 26, Isaac Goncalves 15, Alex Ribeiro 15
Tiburones: Axiers Sucre 23+12 boards, Alejandro Barrios 21



2012 South American League: Flamengo punch Finals tickets with rout of Pinheiros/Sky - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Pinheiros/Sky 107:77

Flamengo recorded the second straight win at the second stage of Liga Sudamericana. They fired past Pinheiros/Sky to clinch the place in the Finals. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Pinheiros/Sky fell at 1-1 record in Group E and would take on Uniceub/BRB tonight in the decider.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 24:24 after the starting period. However Flamengo gradually took off. They accumulated a 50:42 halftime lead. Flamengo erupted for 29 points in the third term to gain a 21-point lead at the final intermission. They went for 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal a comfortable victory. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne), Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) and Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) accounted for 15 points each in the win. Pinheiros/Sky responded with 25 points from Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84). Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) had 12 points in the loss.

Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 19, Kojo Mensah 15, Vitor Benite 15, Olivinha Rodriguez 15
Pinheiros/Sky: Paulinho Boracini 25, Shamell Stallworth 12



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EuroCup: Gescrap Bilbao thump Lukoil - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bilbao - Lukoil Academik 82:60

Gescrap Bilbao extended their unbeaten run in EuroCup regular season. They prevailed against Lukoil Academik at home court to earn 4-0 record on top of Group B. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) scored 20 points to pace the Basque team.
Lukoil surprised the hosts with a brave start to the game. The Bulgarian team led by three points after the opening quarter 20:17. But Bilbao quickly turned things around. The hosts went on a 23:9 run in the second stanza and accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. The gap grew deeper in the third quarter. Gescrap Bilbao extended the margin to 17 points with one period to go 64:47. Lukoil nailed just 13 points in the fourth frame and lost the clash. Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) netted 13 points, while Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added 10 points and 8 caroms for Bilbao. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Lukoil. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Gescrap Bilbao: Kostas Vasiliadis 20, Roger Grimau 13, Milovan Rakovic 10
Lukoil Academik: Brandon Heath 18, Mohammed Abukar 16



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Corey Joseph Comes Home - by John Gary

courtesy basketball.ca Its hard to believe that second year pro and Pickering native Corey Joseph could still be attending Texas University and would only be a junior with another year of eligibility left. It seems like a distant memory for the SAn Antonio Spurs poiny guard. In 2011 Joseph and Tristan Thompson started a stir in a shift of basketball in Canada,as both were selected in the first round of the NBA DRAFT. Thompson 4th and Joseph 29th. This marked the first time since 1983 where two Canadians were drafted in the first round Leo Rautins 17th and Stewart granger 25th. It seems like they started a trend with five Canadians drafted in the past two drafts and other Canadians who are projected in the future. Prior to attendind Texas, Joseph spent his first two high school years playing with Pickering High School where he led the team to back to back provinical basketball championchips.


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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Josimar AYARZA
  PAN
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Ayarza, PAN18.8 
 2. Horford, DOM17.2 
 3. Samuels, JAM17.0 
 4. Efejuku, JAM16.7 
 5. Huertas, PUR16.5 
 6. Coronado, DOM14.3 
 7. Martinez, DOM14.2 
 8. St.Rose, PAN11.8 
 9. Scott, JAM11.7 
 10. Oglivie, PAN11.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Martinez, DOM11.0 
 2. Horford, DOM10.0 
 3. King, PAN9.2 
 4. Samuels, JAM7.3 
 5. Ewing Jr., JAM7.2 
 6. Jordan, JAM7.0 
 7. Baez, DOM6.0 
 8. Ayarza, PAN5.8 
 9. Oglivie, PAN5.5 
 10. Ramos, PUR5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  PUR
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rodriguez, PUR6.2 
 2. Munoz, PAN4.0 
 3. Rivera, PUR3.8 
 4. Coronado, DOM3.7 
 5. Horford, DOM3.2 
 6. Efejuku, JAM3.0 
 7. Martinez, DOM3.0 
 8. Scott, JAM2.8 
 9. Ennis, JAM2.5 
 10. Rosario, PUR2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  JAM
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Scott, JAM2.2 
 2. Rosario, PUR1.3 
 3. Rodriguez, PUR1.3 
 4. Ewing Jr., JAM1.3 
 5. Coronado, DOM1.3 
 6. Ayarza, PAN1.2 
 7. Rivera, PUR1.2 
 8. Ennis, JAM1.2 
 9. Martinez, DOM1.0 
 10. Efejuku, JAM1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alfred HORFORD
  DOM
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Horford, DOM2.4 
 2. Jordan, JAM1.8 
 3. Ayarza, PAN1.2 
 4. Ramos, PUR1.0 
 5. Sanchez, PUR0.8 
 6. Martinez, DOM0.7 
 7. Baez, DOM0.6 
 8. Franklin, PUR0.5 
 9. St.Rose, PAN0.5 
 10. Efejuku, JAM0.5 



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EuroCup: Cholet cruise past Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Cibona 79:59

Cholet coasted past Cibona for the second EuroCup win this season. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) nailed 19 points and collected 7 rebounds as the French team improved at 2-2 record in Group G. Cibona fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Cholet started strong as they built a 26:15 lead after the opening quarter. Cibona slowed the home team in the second term. The Croatian side held their opponents to 12 points and narrowed the gap at 10-point mark 28:38. But Cholet killed the intrigue in the third term. The home team went on a massive 29:10 surge to secure an insurmountable 29-point lead at the final break. Cibona could not recover and had to yield at the end. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) provided 11 points, while Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) added 10 points each for Cholet. Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 12 points for Cibona. Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-G-86) netted 11 points in the losing effort.

Cholet: Derrick Obasohan 19, Rudy Gobert 11, Rudy Jomby 10, Travon Bryant 10
Cibona: Justin Hamilton 12, Hrvoje Kovacevic 11



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All Cyprus teams lost their games in Europe - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou - Krasnye Krylia 51-82
The Russians of of Krasnye proved to be to strong for the Cypriots and beat them for a second time (actually thrashing them) locking once and for all their top seat in the Group B of the Eurochallenge and now the Cyprus site of Coach Yiannaras needs at least one victory in the remaining two road games so as to have some chances to qualify as the second team in the group as currently with the 2-2 record is at the second position of the group together with the Finnish Joensuun Kataja after their road win over the Romanians of Ploiesti with 80-67 to leave the Romanians winless in the group. So the most crucial game for the team of Keravnos Strovolou will take place in Finland.

So, about the game now, a catastrophic third period where the Russians of Samara with the quartet of Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP), Nikita Balashov (207-F-91), Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) in a great performance, Keravnos Strovolou was not able to defend its homw court and lost very easily since the Russians scored 24 points in the specific period while Keravnos was able to score only 11! Not only that, but the players of Keravnos got very nervous due to the very good defence by the Russians so the unsportsmanlike foul by the captain of Keravnos at the end of the 3rd period gave the chance to the Russians to end the quarter with +18 points (40-58) and actually give an early end to the game. It is worth mentioning that Keravnos scored only 8 points in the second period while another 11 were added in the third period, so in a total of 20 minutes Keravnos scored 18 points in compare to the 22 points scored in the first period where the home team outscored Russians with 22-17, after that first period the troups of Yiannaras collapsed in total.

Crocker's very low productivity game (he had 0/5 three pointers in the first three periods and 1/7 in total) together with the very bad game by Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston), he ended the game with 1/4 in 2's and 1/4 in 3's and a total of 6 points and Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB)'s 3/8 three pointers were gave the chance to the Russians by playing simple basketball to score nearly from all edges and their stats proved so, as Coach Yiannaras couldn't stop Nikita Balashov who was scoring with every single way. The very low performance by Trisokkas (1 point with 0/4 two pointers and 1/2 free throws), the low productivity by Maze (3/7 in 2's and 1/2 in 3's) let the Russians to develop this +31 points deficit since in the last 2 minutes the Russians succeed a 10-0 to give to the game a celebrating close.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: Lawrence Kinnard 11 and Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) 10
Krasnye: Balashov 18, Thomas 16, Simmons 10 and Miles 10.

Michelin Etha Engomis - KRKA Novo Mesto 59-74
KRKA Novo Mesto ended the last 16 hopes of Michelin Etha Engomi in the EuroChallenge as they kept their own very much alive with a 74-59 road win. KRKA was much stronger thant the visiting site who most probably will end up their European tour with a 0-6 record in the six games played in Europe this season. Edo Muric led the way with 19 points while Smiljan Pavic collected 16 and 10 rebounds in a contest that was as good as over by the end of the first quarter. Etha have struggled offensively all season and after they slipped into a 25-11 hole as early as the ninth minute of the contest, there never seemed like there would be a way back. It was a three-pointer from Pajic that gave KRKA that 14-point advantage, and it only continued to grow as the game went on. The lead reached 19 early in the third quarter when a three-pointer from Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) put the visitors up 53-34. Uros Lucic added 11 points for KRKA.
Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) led Etha with 13 points while Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) had 12 and Taron Downey (186-G-82, college: Wake Forest) added 11.

Nancy Sluc - Pizza Express Apollon 87-69
A total revenge for the French over the team of the newcomer Chris Chougaz took place in Nancy and in a packed stadium of 5.000 French fans crowding for their team.
The hosts used a huge first-half performance to take complete control of the game and won it at a canter. Although Apollon scored the opening five points of the game, that would be their only lead of the contest, Nancy coming to life with an 11-2 run capped by Shawn King's dunk, the first of two in quick succession from the big center.
That early deficit was a distant memory by the time they ended the first quarter up 25-15, and it only got worse for the visitors with back-to-back threes from Kenny Grant making it 34-15 two minutes into the second period.
When Grant split a pair of free throws to end the first half, the lead was 50-27. Nancy could afford to ease off thereafter as Apollon made minor inroads to the lead, with an 8-0 spurt cutting it to 52-40 on Brandon Brown's free throws before threes from Bingo Merriex and Nicholas Pope carried Nancy clear once more.
Grant led Nancy with 16 points while Merriex had 15, Marcellus Sommerville 12 and Souleymane Diabate 11.
Gerald Robinson (202-PF-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) had 18 points for Apollon with Brown collecting 17, Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) and Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) 10 each



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 12-0 
 2. NH Ostrava 11-1 
 3. BK Prostejov 7-5 
 4. BC Kolin 7-5 
 5. BK Decin 6-5 
 6. BK Pardubice 6-5 
 7. USK Praha 6-6 
 8. Levice 6-6 
 9. Chomutov 4-8 
 10. B&W Opava 4-8 
 11. Usti n/Labem 3-9 
 12. Svitavy 3-9 
 13. J.Hradec 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 23: BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 80-84
Nov. 24: B&W Opava - BK Decin 79-67
Nov. 28: Chomutov - USK Praha 75-66
Nov. 24: Levice - Svitavy 74-66
Nov. 24: BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 67-94
Nov. 24: BK Prostejov - J.Hradec 106-92

Regular Season: Round 14

Nov. 30: Svitavy - CEZ Nymburk
Dec. 1: BC Kolin - USK Praha
Dec. 1: Chomutov - J.Hradec
Dec. 1: BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava
Dec. 1: BK Pardubice - Usti n/Labem
Dec. 1: B&W Opava - Levice


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Meno, USK Praha18.8 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec18.6 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava18.3 
 4. Reese, Usti n.18.2 
 5. Zabas, BK Pardubi.18.1 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy17.8 
 7. Bolds, BC Kolin17.1 
 8. Bosak, Chomutov16.2 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.6 
 10. Ames, NH Ostrava15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Meno, USK Praha10.0 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.8 
 3. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.8 
 4. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.8 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava7.8 
 6. Bohacik, BK Pardu.7.3 
 7. Reese, Usti n.6.9 
 8. Votroubek, USK P.6.7 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.7 
 10. Toth, B&W Opava6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rahsaan AMES
  NH Ostrava
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 2. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.6 
 3. Pope, BK Decin4.5 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.3 
 5. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.8 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin3.8 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha3.7 
 8. Gonzalez, BC Kolin3.7 
 9. Nolen, Usti n.3.4 
 10. Glover, Chomutov3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javier GONZALEZ
  BC Kolin
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gonzalez, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Glover, Chomutov2.5 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.4 
 4. Nolen, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.3 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy2.1 
 7. Pistecky, Usti n.2.0 
 8. Dufault, BK Prost.1.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 10. Rancik, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.8 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.7 
 3. Nuhanovic, Levice1.7 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.3 
 5. Nelson, BK Pardu.1.1 
 6. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 7. Svrdlik, BK Prost.1.0 
 8. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 9. Votroubek, USK P.0.9 
 10. Kramny, J.Hradec0.8 


Pavel Stanek Keys Levharti Chomutov to 75-66 Victory over USK Praha to Complete Round 13 - by Surujh Roopnarine

Veteran forward Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76) returned to early season form, scoring a game-high 22 points as Levharti Chomutov defeated visiting USK USK Praha tonight 75-66. Stanek, 36, connected on a season high five of seven three-point attempts in 30:13 of action, his most since October, as he has worked his way back to form from injury. As a team Levharti Chomutov shot 8-18 from behind the arc and now improve to 4-8 on the season. American forward John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) collected a game-high 15 rebound as the home team out-rebounded USK Praha 40-29 for the game. For USK Praha, they were led by Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) and his team-high 16 points, but now fall to 6-6 on the season.
CHOMUTOV: Pavel Stanek (22pts), Pavel Bosak (192-G/F-82) (17pts+8reb), Showron Glover (180-PG-87) (12pts+5reb+6ast), John Fields (2pts+15reb)
PRAHA: Michal Mares (16pts), Michal Sotnar (189-PG-92) (13pts+5ast), Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) (10pts), Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) (9pts+8reb)



EuroCup: Nymburk outscore BC Prienai - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - BC Prienai 90:66

Nymburk used the strong second quarter to power past visiting Rudupis. The victory propelled the Czech champions at 3-1 record in Group A. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) and Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) nailed 20 points apiece to lead the hosts.
BC Prienai led by four points after ten minutes of action. But Nymburk responded with a 32-point rally in the second quarter to surge in front. They established a 46:42 halftime lead. The hosts left the Lithuanian team behind in the third term. Nymburk fired 24 points and secured a 14-point advantage before the final stanza. Rudupis accounted for just 10 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points, while Rancik added 11 points for the winning side. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) and Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) reacted with 13 points each for BC Prienai.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 20, Vojtech Hruban 20, Miljan Pavkovic 15
BC Prienai: Siim-Sander Vene 13, Arminas Urbutis 13



NBL Round 13: CEZ Nymburk beats BC Kolin in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kolin. Leader CEZ Nymburk faced 3rd placed BC Kolin. Guests from Nymburk (12-0) smashed host BC Kolin (7-5) 94-67. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. BC Kolin managed to win third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 42. American center Andrew Naymick (209-85, agency: Warren Sports International) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international Jiri Welsch (199-80) chipped in 15 points. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-0 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with BK Prostejov. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face Basketbal Svitavy (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Pardubice was also worth to mention about. Second ranked NH Ostrava (11-1) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Pardubice (6-5). NH Ostrava managed to secure a 4-point victory 84-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Rostislav Pelikan contributed with 18 points for the winners. Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for BK Pardubice. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for NH Ostrava. They maintain second place with 11-1 record behind leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with BK Decin. NH Ostrava will play against BK Prostejov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Pardubice will play against BK Usti nad Labem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Chomutov, where 7th ranked USK Praha (6-6) lost to tenth ranked Levharti Chomutov (4-8) in a road game 66-75 on Wednesday. Pavel Bosak stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Michal Sotnar responded with 13 points and 5 assists. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to ninth place, which they share with B&W Opava. USK Praha lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Levice. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home bottom-ranked BK Lions Hradec (#13) in the next round. USK Praha will play against BC Kolin (#4) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Opava, where 4th placed BK Decin (6-5) lost to ninth ranked B&W Opava (4-8) in a road game 67-79. Jakub Blazek nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. B&W Opava maintains ninth place with 4-8 record, which they share with Chomutov. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 13 bottom-ranked J.Hradec was defeated by BK Prostejov in a road game 106-92. Levice beat Svitavy at home 74-66.
The best stats of 13th round was 18 points and 11 rebounds by Ondrej Dygryn of J.Hradec.


Chomutov - USK Praha 75-66

We should mention about the upset which took place in Chomutov, where 7th ranked USK Praha (6-6) lost to tenth ranked Levharti Chomutov (4-8) in a road game 66-75 on Wednesday. Levharti Chomutov outrebounded USK Praha 40-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Swingman Pavel Bosak (192-82) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) chipped in 22 points. Four Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Michal Sotnar (189-92) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and swingman Michal Mares (192-92) scored 16 points. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to ninth place, which they share with B&W Opava. USK Praha lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Levice. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home bottom-ranked BK Lions Hradec (#13) in the next round. USK Praha will play against BC Kolin (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Stanek 22+3reb, P.Bosak 17+8reb+3ast, S.Glover 12+5reb+6ast, L.Pecka 11+7reb+2ast, A.Zampach 6, V.Honomichl 3+2reb+4ast
USK Praha: M.Mares 16+4reb, M.Sotnar 13+3reb+5ast, J.Slavik 10+1reb, B.Meno 9+8reb, M.Vocetka 9+6reb, S.Votroubek 5+3reb
gschID: 183007


BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 67-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kolin. Leader CEZ Nymburk faced 3rd placed BC Kolin. Guests from Nymburk (12-0) smashed host BC Kolin (7-5) 94-67. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. BC Kolin managed to win third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 42. American center Andrew Naymick (209-85, agency: Warren Sports International) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international Jiri Welsch (199-80) chipped in 15 points. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian point guard Dejan Radulovic (185-85) added 9 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-0 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with BK Prostejov. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face Basketbal Svitavy (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: J.Welsch 15+2reb+3ast, R.Rancik 12+2reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 12+5reb+1ast, A.Naymick 11+11reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 10+3reb+5ast, P.Benda 8+2reb
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 23+5reb, M.Kriz 11+9reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 9+4reb+8ast, U.Benacek 8+3reb, D.Machac 7+3reb+2ast, J.Nemecek 4
gschID: 183008


BK Prostejov - J.Hradec 106-92

There was no surprise when 13th ranked BK Lions Hradec (2-10) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked BK Prostejov (7-5) 106-92. BK Lions Hradec was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 64-46 second half run of BK Prostejov. They also forced 20 BK Lions Hradec turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by BK Lions Hradec helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) nailed 23 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) accounted for 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Ondrej Dygryn (190-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and center Jan Tomanec (205-85) added 22 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) respectively for BK Lions Hradec in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Lions Hradec's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Kolin. BK Lions Hradec at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. BK Prostejov's next round opponent will be league's second-placed NH Ostrava at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Lions Hradec will play against Levharti Chomutov (#9).
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: A.Dufault 23+3reb+7ast, D.Pandula 20+10reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 19+5reb, P.Slezak 13+3reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 9+1reb+2ast, R.Marko 8+5reb+5ast
J.Hradec: J.Tomanec 22+6reb, O.Dygryn 18+11reb+3ast, J.Pavlik 16+4reb, R.Zachrla 15+3reb+2ast, T.Voslajer 9+4reb+1ast, R.Kramny 8+5reb
gschID: 183006


B&W Opava - BK Decin 79-67

An interesting game took place in Opava, where 4th placed BK Decin (6-5) lost to ninth ranked B&W Opava (4-8) in a road game 67-79. BK Decin was ahead by 15 points after three quarters before a 59-67 charge of B&W Opava, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) came up with 23 points and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BK Decin in the defeat. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. B&W Opava maintains ninth place with 4-8 record, which they share with Chomutov. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 23+5reb+1ast, P.Dokoupil 15+1reb+3ast, J.Sirina 14+8reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 10+6reb+2ast, L.Toth 4+4reb+1ast, M.Palat 4+1reb+1ast
BK Decin: P.Sedmak 23+4reb+3ast, L.Stria 14+6reb, P.Pope 9+3reb+2ast, A.Alic 8+3reb+1ast, L.Sanders 7+3reb+1ast, J.Houska 4+5reb
gschID: 183004


Levice - Svitavy 74-66

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Levice (6-6) defeated at home 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-9) 74-66. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 17-8 run, which allowed them to win the game. Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 22. They outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 46-31 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard David Kyles (190-89, college: Wichita St.) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Levice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Tomas Teply (193-87) added 13 points respectively for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Levice moved-up to seventh place, which they share with USK Praha. Basketbal Svitavy lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Levice's next round opponent will be B&W Opava (#10) on the road. Basketbal Svitavy will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Levice: B.Pane 18+4reb+2ast, D.Kyles 17+9reb+2ast, J.Simmons 16+8reb+2ast, J.Vojtek 9+5reb, J.Moravek 9+1reb, M.Sykora 2+5reb
Svitavy: T.Teply 13+3reb, J.Jelinek 12+12reb, P.Harcar 9+1reb, M.Deloach 9+3reb+2ast, L.Moravec 7+1reb, P.Milos 6+5reb
gschID: 183003


BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 80-84

The game in Pardubice was also worth to mention about. Second ranked NH Ostrava (11-1) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Pardubice (6-5). NH Ostrava managed to secure a 4-point victory 84-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The guests were ahead by 13 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 31-26 run, which allowed them to win the game. BK Pardubice was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Rostislav Pelikan (209-78) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for NH Ostrava. They maintain second place with 11-1 record behind leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with BK Decin. NH Ostrava will play against BK Prostejov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Pardubice will play against BK Usti nad Labem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: R.Ames 21+6reb+7ast, R.Pelikan 18+4reb+1ast, J.Greene 10+7reb, A.Ciz 8+3reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 7+8reb, L.Jurecka 6+4reb
BK Pardubice: C.Muirhead 24+5reb+2ast, E.Zabas 21+8reb+4ast, Z.Pospisil 12+6reb, T.Nelson 10+4reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 5+14reb+1ast, L.Kotas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 183005



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 13-0 
 2. Bakken 11-1 
 3. Horsens IC 9-4 
 4. SISU 8-4 
 5. Naestved 7-6 
 6. Aarhus BC 5-7 
 7. Horsholm 4-9 
 8. Randers 3-10 
 9. Vaerlose 2-10 
 10. Aalborg 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Nov. 28: Svendborg - Randers 98-94
Nov. 28: Naestved - Aalborg 97-65
Nov. 29: Bakken - Vaerlose
Nov. 29: Aarhus BC - SISU


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Colas, Randers24.9 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.24.8 
 3. Ocana, Randers21.9 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.9 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 6. Tomko, Bakken19.9 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC19.5 
 8. Walker, Naestved19.3 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose19.2 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Colas, Randers14.8 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.8 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.2 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.5 
 6. Walker, Naestved8.3 
 7. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 8. Moritz, SISU7.6 
 9. Thomann, Horse.7.5 
 10. Karason, Vaerlose7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.2 
 2. Ortega, Randers6.2 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.5 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved5.3 
 6. Jonsson, Aarhus BC5.1 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.8 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken4.6 
 9. Tomko, Bakken4.3 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.4 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.3 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.3 
 4. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC2.0 
 6. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 7. Ortega, Randers1.9 
 8. Rungby, Horsens IC1.9 
 9. Walker, Naestved1.8 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Washington, Svend.2.4 
 2. Colas, Randers2.4 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 6. Smith, SISU1.1 
 7. Thomann, Horse.1.0 
 8. Frandsen, Naestved0.9 
 9. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 
 10. Jensen, Vaerlose0.7 



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 28: Texas L. - Austin T. 99-87
Nov. 28: Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C. 86-75
Nov. 28: Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 112-98
Nov. 29: Texas L. - Austin T.
Nov. 29: Bakersfield J. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Douglas-R., Texas28.0 
 2. Jones, Canton C.27.0 
 3. Joseph, Maine RC25.5 
 4. Motiejunas, Rio G.24.0 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.23.7 
 6. Adrien, Rio G.23.0 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.22.5 
 8. Wright, Maine RC21.0 
 9. Downs, Maine RC20.5 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian BUTCH
  Bakersfi.
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Butch, Bakersfi.14.0 
 2. Jones, Canton C.13.7 
 3. Adrien, Rio G.12.0 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers11.5 
 5. Wright, Maine RC10.5 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.10.3 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.10.0 
 8. Motiejunas, Rio G.9.5 
 9. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 10. Downs, Maine RC8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Deandre LIGGINS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Liggins, Tulsa 66e.8.5 
 2. Machado, Rio G.8.0 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.7 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.5.5 
 5. Mack, Maine RC5.0 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.5.0 
 7. Downs, Maine RC4.5 
 8. Gutierrez, Canton4.3 
 9. Anderson, Canton4.3 
 10. Joseph, Maine RC3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon LEWIS
  Texas L.
  (--83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lewis, Texas L.3.0 
 2. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.3.0 
 3. Murry, Rio G.3.0 
 4. Roberts, Texas L.2.7 
 5. Johnson, Rio G.2.5 
 6. Major, Bakersfi.2.5 
 7. Koch, Bakersfi.2.5 
 8. Dennis, Bakersfi.2.5 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Douglas-R., Texas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  Rio G.
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Saunders, Rio G.3.5 
 2. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.7 
 3. Melo, Maine RC2.5 
 4. Eyenga, Texas L.2.3 
 5. Wright, Maine RC2.0 
 6. Adrien, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 8. James, Bakersfi.1.5 
 9. VanderMeer, Maine1.5 
 10. Major, Bakersfi.1.5 


Vipers acquire forward from Austin - by Eurobasket News

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers acquired Austin Toros forward Wesley Witherspoon (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Memphis) as part of a three-team trade on Tuesday. The transaction was part of a deal that sent the Vipers third-round pick in 2013 to the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors traded Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse) to Austin.
Witherspoon, a rookie from Memphis, was with San Antonio during training camp and played three games with the Spurs during the preseason.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



Ant in, Ant out - by Eurobasket News

Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama), a 6-foot-8 forward from the University of Alabama, has been acquired by the Mad Ants and will be in uniform tonight when the Ants play Canton at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. To make room on the roster, the Ants waived forward Jason Warren (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Missouri Western). Mitchell averaged 13.1 points and 7 rebounds as a junior at Alabama before declaring himself as an early entrant into the NBA draft. He went undrafted, but was invited to play with the Sacramento Kings for the NBA summer league. After playing in the Kings' training camp, Mitchell was released. In two games, Warren averaged eight minutes and 1.5 points.
Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



Lakers assign center Robert Sucre to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Lakers assigned reserve center Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-89, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) to the D-Fenders, the team's Development League affiliate. Sacre was selected by the Lakers with the last pick (60 th overall) in the 2012 NBA draft. Although he has impressed the Lakers with his endless energy and ability to stave off minutes for Howard and Gasol during the preseason, Sacre has only appeared in eight games this season totaling 19 minutes. The Lakers also assigned second-round draft pick Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-PG-89, college: Marquette) to the D-Fenders over the weekend. That leaves the Lakers' current roster at 13 players.
Courtesy of: sgvtribune.com



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  ESTONIA   


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). He was the major contributor in Rudupis' victory against the fifth-ranked Siauliai (4-3) 96-78 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Vene scored 14 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Rudupis Prienu (7-0) is placed first in the LKL. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(27-47), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 78.6% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague). Kangur led his Italian team Montepaschi Siena to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (5-2) 89-87 in the Euroleague last Friday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 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 critical. This season Kangur averages: 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3FGP: 65.2%(15-23) and FT: 92.9%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague. Sokk could not help Olimpi (4-1) to beat Kutaisi (5-1). He scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 10 assists in 28 minutes. Olimpi was badly defeated 97-81 at home by the second-ranked Kutaisi. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. It's Sokk's first season with the team. Sokk is currently second on the list of best passers with 6.8apg. This year his other stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in the five games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Ex-Triobet/Dalkia player is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #4. Center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Palma Air Europa to win against the closely-ranked Cafes Aitona (2-4) 73-56 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 1 points. Palma Air Europa (3-4) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Veski's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2010.

Kent-Kaarel Vene
Kent-Kaarel Vene
   #5. U18 international shooting guard Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-94, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Nafta Universitetas (4-10) 93-74 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Thursday night. He recorded only 1 points. Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras (9-5) is placed sixth in the NKL. This season Vene averages just 0.8ppg. He plays currently for the Estonian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Reimo Pahn (202-F-87, currently plays in Finland) managed to help Kerava Energia Team in a victory against the fourth-ranked HBA-Marsky (5-5) crushing them 105-84 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) last Tuesday. Pahn recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (7-3) is placed second in Division B. This year Pahn's overall stats are: 2.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games he played so far.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Janar Talts (207-PF-83) plays for Cimberio Varese in Italian SerieA
Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) plays for U-Mobitelco in Romanian Division A
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

We bring you last week's top performances from Eurobasket Summer League players who are playing pro basketball and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Vernon Goodridge
Vernon Goodridge
   #1. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to a victory over the league outsider BC Odessa (3-11) 78-70 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Goodridge recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 31 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (11-3) is placed first in the Superleague. It's Goodridge's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0bpg in the 14 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Goodridge went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #2. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a victory over one of league's weakest teams BC Kyiv (4-11) 79-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Dykes was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (10-5) is placed fifth in the Superleague. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Dykes has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Worth to mention Dykes played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #3. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Pioneros (11-11) in their last game. Despite Scott's very good performance Pioneros lost 76-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Panteras. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Scott also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 23 minutes. Scott has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in the 24 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

Terrance Woodbury
Terrance Woodbury
   #4. Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87, college: Georgia, currently plays in Japan) led Okinawa GK to a victory over the fifth-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (8-6) 81-75 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. Woodbury was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (12-0) is placed first in Western group. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Woodbury belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Woodbury averages: 19.2ppg and 4.6rpg. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2010 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

Jason Horton
Jason Horton
   #5. Jason Horton (188-G-86, college: Missouri, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Barreteros (11-15) in their last game. Despite Horton's very good performance Barreteros lost 92-105 at home to the second-ranked Soles. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 14 passes. Horton also added and 3 steals in 34 minutes. It was Barreteros' third consecutive loss in a row. Horton is the league's best passer with 8.2apg. This year he also averages: 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7spg in the 26 games he played so far. He played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Brussels.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #6. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (7-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance BC Kolin was crushed 94-67 at home by the leading CEZ Nymburk. Bolds was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Bolds belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bolds averages: 17.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.4spg. Bolds attended four years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Chicago.

Mike St.John
Mike St.John
   #7. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: La Salle, currently plays in Romania) led Gaz Metan to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-9) crushing them 106-64 in the Romanian Division A in Friday night's game. St.John scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (7-3) is placed fifth in the Division A. This year St.John's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 4.3rpg in the 10 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #8. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Chernomorets (3-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tyler's very good performance Chernomorets was crushed 121-61 at home by the leading Lukoil Academik. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Tyler also added 6 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tyler is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tyler averages: 18.0ppg, 13.3rpg and 3.0bpg. He played two years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Dublin.

Olaseni Lawal
Olaseni Lawal
   #9. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) led Tezenis VE to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Aget Service IM (1-7) 71-67 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Lawal had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Tezenis Verona (5-3) is placed seventh in the Lega2. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). This year his total stats are: 9.4ppg, 13.5rpg, 1.4bpg and 2.6spg in the eight games he played so far. Lawal is a naturalized American. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Riley Luettgerodt
Riley Luettgerodt
   #10. Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help Fontedoso Carrefour (4-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Luettgerodt's very good performance Fontedoso Carrefour was defeated 71-60 on the road by the second-ranked Clinicas Rincon. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Luettgerodt also added 3 steals. Luettgerodt is currently first on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Luettgerodt averages: 19.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Geneva at the ESL in Las Vegas three years ago.



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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 4-0 
 2. Keravnos 2-2 
 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 3-1 
 2. Hapoel Holon 3-1 
 3. Antwerp 2-2 
 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 51-82

C

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

D

Nov. 27: TU/Rock - 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. 28: Telekom Baskets - Antwerp 78-82
Nov. 27: Armia - Hapoel Holon 72-79

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Dec. 4: Krka - Karsiyaka
Dec. 4: Tofas - Etha

B

Dec. 4: Krasnie Krilya - Ploiesti
Dec. 4: Kataja - Keravnos

C

Dec. 4: Ventspils - Pyrinto
Dec. 4: Sodertalje - Norrkoping

D

Dec. 4: Khimik - Dijon
Dec. 4: Gaz Metan - Tartu Ulikool

E

Dec. 4: Pitesti - Aalstar
Dec. 4: M.Hainaut - Paris-Levallois

F

Dec. 4: Szolnok - Kormend
Dec. 4: Timisoara - EWE Baskets

G

Dec. 4: Gravelines - Nancy
Dec. 4: Apollon - Tsmoki-Minsk

H

Dec. 4: Hapoel Holon - Telekom Baskets
Dec. 4: Antwerp - Armia


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. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.3 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp18.8 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.18.5 
 10. Hassell, Hapoel H.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto11.3 
 3. Thondique, Antwerp10.8 
 4. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 5. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.5 
 6. Elonu, Tofas9.5 
 7. Wilson, Armia9.3 
 8. Camara, Gravelines8.5 
 9. Brown, Apollon8.3 
 10. Simms, Sodertalje8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby DIXON
  Karsiyaka
  (178-PG-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Dixon, Karsiyaka8.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.8.0 
 3. Jordan, Telekom7.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.3 
 5. Joyce, EWE Baskets6.0 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut5.8 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto5.5 
 8. Millage, Armia5.3 
 9. Dundjerski, Gaz M.5.3 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Flowers, Kataja4.0 
 2. Diot, Paris-Levall.3.5 
 3. Harris, Dijon3.0 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.3.0 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.8 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos2.8 
 7. Millage, Armia2.5 
 8. Clark, Aalstar2.5 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 10. Miles, Krasnie Kr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos2.3 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik2.3 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje2.3 
 4. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.3 
 5. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.8 
 6. May, Paris-Levallo.1.5 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.5 
 8. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 9. Love, Antwerp1.5 
 10. Wilson, Armia1.3 


Three defeats for the Cyprus teams in the Eurochallenge - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou - Krasnye Krylia 51-82
The Russians of of Krasnye proved to be to strong for the Cypriots and beat them for a second time (actually thrashing them) locking once and for all their top seat in the Group B of the Eurochallenge and now the Cyprus site of Coach Yiannaras needs at least one victory in the remaining two road games so as to have some chances to qualify as the second team in the group as currently with the 2-2 record is at the second position of the group together with the Finnish Joensuun Kataja after their road win over the Romanians of Ploiesti with 80-67 to leave the Romanians winless in the group. So the most crucial game for the team of Keravnos Strovolou will take place in Finland.


So, about the game now, a catastrophic third period where the Russians of Samara with the quartet of Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP), Nikita Balashov (207-F-91), Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) in a great performance, Keravnos Strovolou was not able to defend its homw court and lost very easily since the Russians scored 24 points in the specific period while Keravnos was able to score only 11! Not only that, but the players of Keravnos got very nervous due to the very good defence by the Russians so the unsportsmanlike foul by the captain of Keravnos at the end of the 3rd period gave the chance to the Russians to end the quarter with +18 points (40-58) and actually give an early end to the game. It is worth mentioning that Keravnos scored only 8 points in the second period while another 11 were added in the third period, so in a total of 20 minutes Keravnos scored 18 points in compare to the 22 points scored in the first period where the home team outscored Russians with 22-17, after that first period the troups of Yiannaras collapsed in total.

Crocker's very low productivity game (he had 0/5 three pointers in the first three periods and 1/7 in total) together with the very bad game by Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston), he ended the game with 1/4 in 2's and 1/4 in 3's and a total of 6 points and Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB)'s 3/8 three pointers were gave the chance to the Russians by playing simple basketball to score nearly from all edges and their stats proved so, as Coach Yiannaras couldn't stop Nikita Balashov who was scoring with every single way. The very low performance by Trisokkas (1 point with 0/4 two pointers and 1/2 free throws), the low productivity by Maze (3/7 in 2's and 1/2 in 3's) let the Russians to develop this +31 points deficit since in the last 2 minutes the Russians succeed a 10-0 to give to the game a celebrating close.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: Lawrence Kinnard 11 and Vaughn 10
Krasnye: Balashov 18, Thomas 16, Simmons 10 and Miles 10.

Michelin Etha Engomis - KRKA Novo Mesto 59-74
KRKA Novo Mesto ended the last 16 hopes of Michelin Etha Engomi in the EuroChallenge as they kept their own very much alive with a 74-59 road win. KRKA was much stronger thant the visiting site who most probably will end up their European tour with a 0-6 record in the six games played in Europe this season. Edo Muric led the way with 19 points while Smiljan Pavic collected 16 and 10 rebounds in a contest that was as good as over by the end of the first quarter. Etha have struggled offensively all season and after they slipped into a 25-11 hole as early as the ninth minute of the contest, there never seemed like there would be a way back. It was a three-pointer from Pajic that gave KRKA that 14-point advantage, and it only continued to grow as the game went on. The lead reached 19 early in the third quarter when a three-pointer from
Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) put the visitors up 53-34. Uros Lucic added 11 points for KRKA.
Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) led Etha with 13 points while Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) had 12 and Taron Downey (186-G-82, college: Wake Forest) added 11.

Nancy Sluc - Pizza Express Apollon 87-69
A total revenge for the French over the team of the newcomer Chris Chougaz took place in Nancy and in a packed stadium of 5.000 French fans crowding for their team.
The hosts used a huge first-half performance to take complete control of the game and won it at a canter. Although Apollon scored the opening five points of the game, that would be their only lead of the contest, Nancy coming to life with an 11-2 run capped by Shawn King's dunk, the first of two in quick succession from the big center.
That early deficit was a distant memory by the time they ended the first quarter up 25-15, and it only got worse for the visitors with back-to-back threes from Kenny Grant making it 34-15 two minutes into the second period.
When Grant split a pair of free throws to end the first half, the lead was 50-27. Nancy could afford to ease off thereafter as Apollon made minor inroads to the lead, with an 8-0 spurt cutting it to 52-40 on Brandon Brown's free throws before threes from Bingo Merriex and Nicholas Pope carried Nancy clear once more.
Grant led Nancy with 16 points while Merriex had 15, Marcellus Sommerville 12 and Souleymane Diabate 11.
Gerald Robinson had 18 points for Apollon with Brown collecting 17,
Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) and Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) 10 each.




Regular Season Round 4 Full Recap - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Etha - Krka 59-74
Krka keep the hopes alive for Last 16 of EuroChallenge. The Slovenian side overcame Etha 74:59 and improved to 2-2 record, while the team from Cyprus fell at 0-4 record. Krka did not waste time and grabbed 25:12 after the first period. The Slovenian team realized the importance of the game and did all the best. Moreover they added 19-16 in the second period for 44:28 at the halftime. The hosts tried valiantly to get themselves back into the contest and reduced the deficit to 12 points at the end of the third period. Krka however used a final 15-12 push to seal the victory. Edo Muric (202-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lucic Uros netted 11 and Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) scored 8. Poole Donte answered with 13 points in the losing effort, while Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) produced 12. Downey Taron delivered 11 and Williams C.J. brought 9.

Karsiyaka - Tofas 78-56
Karsiyaka advanced to the next stage of EuroChallenge even with two more games remaining in the group. The team overcame rivals Tofas 78:56 and improved to 4-0 record in Group A. The latter meanwhile fell at 2-2 record but also have good chances to advance. Karsiyaka won the first period 15:13 and Aminu Alade later scored for 22:17. Topaloglu, Dixon Bobby and Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) each scored three-pointer at the end of the half for massive 40:21 halftime advantage. Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) followed them with another three for 43:23 early in the third period, while Senturk brought 55:35. Karsiyaka added 23-15 in the last stanza for the final 22-point win. Dixon Bobby top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 12 assists, while Aminu Alade added 14. Umit Sonkol delivered 11 and Jon Diebler scored 9. Burtt Steven answered with 12 points in defeat and Can Altintig (195-G-87) added 10. Tomislav Ruzic (207-F/C-79) delivered 9, whilst Dokuyan Ugur scored 7.

Group B
Keravnos - Krasnie Krilya 51-82
Krasnie Krilya smash Keravnos in Nicosia at the end of Round 4 in EuroChallenge. The Russian team improved to 4-0 record on top of the group after an 82:51 win. Keravnos looked better in the first period and took 22-17 advantage. The rest of the game however belonged to the Russian side. Krasnie Krilya managed to win the second period 17-7 and never looked behind after. They added 24-11 in the third quarter as well as the same 24-11 in the lasts stanza for the final success. Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) notched 16. Miles Aaron and Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) delivered 10 points apiece. Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) finished the game with 11 points in defeat while Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) scored 10. Maze Bobby and Crocker Tony brought 9 points apiece in a loss.

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 Flowers Jonte 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. Flowers Jonte top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Petri Virtanen scored 17, while Nenonen Juho posted 8. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Nyakundi Robert had 16. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) brought 10, while Tica Vladimir had 8.

Group C
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. Timma Janis and Campbell Folarin posted 9 points each, while the latter also added 10 rebounds. Ayuba Oladapo ended up with 10 points and 10 boards, whilst Ringstrom Martin had 9. Anton Saks (200-SF-89) nailed 8 and Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) delivered 7.

Pyrinto - Sodertalje 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 Simms Kenneth 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. Ulmer Lamonte led the way with 24 points and Williams Damon collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) posted 7, while Nikkila Antti and Lindbom Carl had 6 points each. Dino Pita (192-SG-88) answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Simms Kenneth had 16. Toni Bizaca produced 15, while Martin Pahlmblad (183-G-86) notched 6.

Group D
TU/Rock - 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. Ingram Justin and Nelyubov Ivan stepped up with 16 points each, while Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) followed them with 13. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) and Toome Joosep delivered 9 points each. Deane Willie and Popov Sergei answered with 13 points each in defeat. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) posted 12, while Lesic Sava had 10.

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. Campbell T.J. top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Harris Andre notched 23. Moss Zach tossed in 12, while Prenom Ferdinand 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. Dundjerski Slobodan scored 13, whilst Mandache Andrei nailed 7.

Group E
Aalstar - M.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 Thompson Ryan brought 19. Raivio Derek and Young Christopher finished the game with 13 points each. Bostic Josh replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgetown) had 19. Randle Monwell ended up with 17 points, whilst Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) had 9 points and 10 boards.

Paris-Levallois - Pitesti 84-70
May Sean 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. Cox John scored 18 points for the third victory. Diot Antoine delivered 17 and Williams Jawad had 12. Jones Marcel answered with 16 points in defeat and Donte Gennie (185-PG-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia South) had 15. Barac Pankracije and Kinloch Damien scored 14 points apiece in a loss.

Group F
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. Paulding Rickey scored for 50:31 early in the third quarter and Paulding Rickey closed the period at 59:48. Gay Brandon 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. Joyce Dru paced all the winners with 15 points and Paulding Rickey added 14. Wysocki Konrad tossed in 13 and Adam Chubb scored 11. Gay Brandon answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: TSS Management) brought 10. Horvath Akos and Kalve Ernests delivered 9 points each in a loss.

Kormend - Timisoara 97-86
Shaw Matt and Buljan Zvonko 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. Shaw Matt top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Buljan Zvonko notched 29. Ferencz Csaba followed them with 19 points in a win. Sarovic Robert replied with 19 points in defeat, while Zlatko Jovanovic produced 15. Johnson Delvon added 14 and Archie Dominique scored 13.

Group G
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 Merriex Bingo added 15. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) brought 12 and Diabate Souleyman delivered 11. Gerald Robinson (202-PF-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) finished the game with 18 points, while Brown Brandon produced 17. Pantouris Grigoris and Jefferson Marvin tossed in 10 points each in a loss.

Tsmoki-Minsk - 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-Minsk got 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 Ulyanko Pavel 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. M'Baye Abdoulaye stepped up with 16 points and Bokolo Yannick nailed 14. Noel David and Buycks Dwight followed them with 12 points apiece. Ulyanko Pavel answered with 19 points in defeat and Lashkevich Aliaksei had 11. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau scored 9, while Trastsinetski Aliaksei brought 8.

Group H
Telekom Baskets - Antwerp 78-82
Antwerp Giants closed the Round with overtime win over Telekom Baskets. The Belgian side handed the hosts their first 82:78 loss and remained alive for Last 16 round. Telekom Baskets entered the game undefeated and started with 24-21 lead. Antwerp Giants meanwhile replied with 18-16 in the second frame and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. The teams exchanged the victories in the third and the fourth period and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) sent the teams to overtime at 69:69. Antwerp Giants looked better in overtime and led almost for the whole time. The last points the teams scored for the free throw line as Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC), Biggs and Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) ensured the 4-point road win at the end. Bryan Hopkins top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Thondique collected 16 points and 16 rebounds. Timothy Black notched 13, while Maxime De Zeeuw added 9. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Ewing had 17. Jared Jordan tossed in 14 and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann produced 10.

Armia - Hapoel Holon 72-79
Hapoel Holon opened Round 4 successfully 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. Dyson Jerome top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Hill Lawrence netted 11, while Smith Tyler added 8 points and 13 boards. Millage Curtis ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Wilson Lamayn added 20. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) posted 12, whilst Faison Marcus notched 10.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 28: CEZ Nymburk - Rudupis 90-66
Nov. 28: Budivelnyk - Hapoel J-M 84-77

B

Nov. 28: Gescrap BB - Lukoil Academik 82-60
Nov. 28: Buducnost - Spirou 59-55

C

Nov. 28: Le Mans - Art.Dragons 88-51
Nov. 28: Triumph - VEF Riga 82-77

D

Nov. 28: s.Oliver Baskets - Valencia 89-82
Nov. 28: Azovmash - Banvit BK 88-95 OT

E

Nov. 28: Trefl Sopot - BC Donetsk 77-67
Nov. 28: Galatasaray - Lokomotiv 76-52

F

Nov. 28: Stelmet ZG - Oostende 85-61
Nov. 28: Unics - Panionios 82-73

G

Nov. 28: Cholet - Cibona 79-59
Nov. 28: Ratiopharm - Spartak SP 74-77

H

Nov. 28: Banco di Sard. - Crvena Zvezda 94-97
Nov. 27: Cajasol - Orleans 84-78

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Dec. 4: Hapoel J-M - Rudupis
Dec. 4: Budivelnyk - CEZ Nymburk

B

Dec. 4: Buducnost - Gescrap BB
Dec. 4: Spirou - Lukoil Academik

C

Dec. 4: VEF Riga - Art.Dragons
Dec. 4: Triumph - Le Mans

D

Dec. 4: Banvit BK - Valencia
Dec. 4: Azovmash - s.Oliver Baskets

E

Dec. 4: Lokomotiv - BC Donetsk
Dec. 4: Galatasaray - Trefl Sopot

F

Dec. 4: Unics - Stelmet ZG
Dec. 4: Panionios - Oostende

G

Dec. 4: Ratiopharm - Cholet
Dec. 4: Spartak SP - Cibona

H

Dec. 4: Orleans - Crvena Zvezda
Dec. 4: Cajasol - Banco di Sard.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 22
 1. Rakocevic, Crvena22.0 
 2. Thornton, Banco d.21.5 
 3. McKee, Triumph21.3 
 4. Pappas, Panionios21.0 
 5. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.3 
 6. Asbury, Cajasol20.0 
 7. Mejia, Banvit BK20.0 
 8. Davis, Banvit BK19.5 
 9. Green, Orleans18.3 
 10. Karasev, Triumph18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleks MARIC
  Lokomotiv
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Maric, Lokomotiv8.8 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.3 
 3. Harris, Azovmash8.0 
 4. Urbutis, Rudupis7.8 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.8 
 6. Ndong, Galatasaray7.5 
 7. Fells, Hapoel J-M7.3 
 8. Stimac, Banvit BK7.3 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm7.3 
 10. Hervelle, Gescr.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Diener, Banco d.9.3 
 2. Everett, Cholet8.0 
 3. Greer, Azovmash6.3 
 4. Zisis, Gescrap BB6.0 
 5. Pavkovic, CEZ N.5.5 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.5.5 
 7. McKee, Triumph5.0 
 8. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
 9. Eidson, Unics5.0 
 10. Pellin, Orleans4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Unics
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Chatman, Unics2.8 
 2. Pappas, Panionios2.5 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.5 
 4. Mejia, Banvit BK2.3 
 5. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.3 
 6. Pullen, Hapoel J-M2.3 
 7. Green, Orleans2.0 
 8. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.0 
 9. Kovacevic, Cibona2.0 
 10. Hervelle, Gescr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 2. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.3 
 3. Fischer, BC Donet.1.3 
 4. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 5. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.0 
 6. Searcy, Triumph1.0 
 7. Balvin, Cajasol1.0 
 8. Pietrus, Valencia1.0 
 9. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 
 10. Dozier, Cajasol1.0 


Lauvergne signs for Valencia - by Uygar Karaca

According to Le Journal de Saone et Loire, Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) signs for Valencia. The Spanish Eurocup contenders recently suffered an injury setback with Sergiy Lischuk out for 3 weeks and were looking for replacements. Lauvergne was released from Chalon a few days ago. The 21 old INSEP recruit joined Valencia with contract valid until the end of December. Valencia had first defeat of Eurocup season against Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in the 4th gameweek.


Day 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
CEZ Nymburk - Rudupis 90-66
Nymburk used the strong second quarter to power past visiting Rudupis. The victory propelled the Czech champions at 3-1 record in Group A. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) and Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) nailed 20 points apiece to lead the hosts. BC Prienai led by four points after ten minutes of action. But Nymburk responded with a 32-point rally in the second quarter to surge in front. They established a 46:42 halftime lead. The hosts left the Lithuanian team behind in the third term. Nymburk fired 24 points and secured a 14-point advantage before the final stanza. Rudupis accounted for just 10 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Miljan Pavkovic netted 15 points, while Rancik added 11 points for the winning side. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) and Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) reacted with 13 points each for BC Prienai.

Budivelnyk - Hapoel J-M 84-77
Budivelnyk clinched the second win in EuroCup Group A. The Kyiv team held off Hapoel Jerusalem at home court. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 22 points to pace the hosts. Jerusalem fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The Israeli team enjoyed a 26:24 lead after ten minutes. Budivelnyk slowed the visitors down in the second frame. The hosts pulled ahead for a 46:44 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Jerusalem at 14 points in the quarter and accumulated a 62:58 lead at the final intermission. Hapoel tipped off the fourth frame with 7 points in a row to surge ahead. The Israeli team entered the final minute of the clash up by one point 77:76. However Tsintsadze sank three consecutive free throws and then Malcolm Delaney added a three-pointer to give Budivelnyk an 82:77 lead. Tsintsadze followed with two more free throws to seal the victory. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Artur Drozdov added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) answered with 22 points for Hapoel. Courtney Fells had 19 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Group B
Gescrap BB - Lukoil Academik 82-60
Gescrap Bilbao extended their unbeaten run in EuroCup regular season. They prevailed against Lukoil Academik at home court to earn 4-0 record on top of Group B. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) scored 20 points to pace the Basque team. Lukoil surprised the hosts with a brave start to the game. The Bulgarian team led by three points after the opening quarter 20:17. But Bilbao quickly turned things around. The hosts went on a 23:9 run in the second stanza and accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. The gap grew deeper in the third quarter. Gescrap Bilbao extended the margin to 17 points with one period to go 64:47. Lukoil nailed just 13 points in the fourth frame and lost the clash. Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) netted 13 points, while Milovan Rakovic added 10 points and 8 caroms for Bilbao. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Lukoil. Mohammed Abukar chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Buducnost - Spirou 59-55
Buducnost enjoyed the third victory in EuroCup season. They held off visiting Spirou to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Spirou remained winless at 0-4. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) nailed 16 points to pace the Montenegrin champions. Buducnost found themselves trailing by 3 points after the starting quarter 20:23. Buducnost adjusted defensively and erased the deficit in the second term. The hosts spurred ahead for a 35:34 halftime advantage. The Montenegrin team limited Spirou to just 7 points in the third term to extend the lead. Buducnost arrived at the final break up by 10 points 51:41. Spirou narrowed the deficit to a single point with 20 seconds remaining 55:56. But Vitkovac sank three free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Buducnost. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Milan Milosevic added 8 points in the win. Jason Fontenet answered with 19 points for Spirou. Nikola Jankovic had 10 points in the losing case.

Group C
Le Mans - Art.Dragons 88-51
Le Mans celebrated a convincing home win over Artland Dragons in the fourth round of EuroCup regular season. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) scored 15 points to lead six players in double digits for the hosts. Le Mans jumped to a 2-2 record in Group C. The Dragons slipped at 1-3. Le Mans built a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They dominated in the second quarter building a 43:28 halftime lead. Le Mans kept Artland Dragons at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 22-point lead with ten minutes remaining 65:43. Le Mans went on a 23:8 rally in the final period to finish off the visitors. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) netted 14 points, while Charles Kahudi added 13 points for the hosts. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 12 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor had 11 points in the losing effort.

Triumph - VEF Riga 82-77
Triumph accounted for the fourth straight win in EuroCup season. They overcame visiting VEF Riga in Lyubertsy. The hosts remained on top of Group C with 4-0 record. VEF Riga slipped at 1-3 record. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) posted 21 points to pace the winners. VEF Riga enjoyed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. But the hosts turned things around in the second quarter. Triumph denied the deficit and pulled ahead. The home team accounted for a 41:34 halftime lead. The hosts led by 11 points midway through the third term but VEF Riga cut the margin. They went on a 7:2 run to narrow the deficit. The Latvian team trailed by just 4 points heading into the fourth term 55:59. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) put VEF Riga in front early in the fourth period. But Triumph used an 8:0 run to regain the lead. They maintained the advantage and protected till the final buzzer. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) delivered 15 points each for the winning side. Earl Rowland answered with 17 points and 6 assists for VEF Riga. Kristaps Janicenoks provided 13 points in the loss.

Group D
s.Oliver Baskets - Valencia 89-82
s.Oliver Baskets delivered the second victory in EuroCup regular season. They outlasted visiting Valencia behind 21 points from Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, college: Missouri). Valencia suffered the first loss in Group D. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 20:20 at the end of the first quarter. Valencia managed to sneak in front in the second term. The Spaniards accounted for a 41:38 halftime advantage. s.Oliver Baskets went on a 19:5 run late in the third quarter to pull ahead. They led by four points at the final intermission 62:58. Valencia erased the deficit and knotted things up at 75 with under four minutes to go. But Wuerzburg responded with an 8:0 rally to clear off for good in this one. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) delivered 17 points, while Oliver Clay had 11 points in the win. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) answered with 20 points for Valencia. Justin Doellman netted 17 points in the loss.

Azovmash - Banvit BK 88-95 OT
Banvit stole a tough overtime road win over Azovmash in Mariupol tonight. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Turkish team to the third win in Group D. Azovmash remained winless at 0-4 record. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Azovmash pulled ahead in the second frame. The Ukrainian team ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. The hosts boosted the lead in the third term. Simonas Simonas Serapinas gave Azovmash a 63:54 lead late in the period. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) made it 71:60 game early in the fourth term. Banvit responded with a 16:4 rally to surge ahead. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) gave Banvit an 82:80 advantage with 39 seconds remaining. Lynn Greer responded with a jumper to level things up and sent the game into overtime. Charles Davis stepped up with 6 points in the extra period to make sure Banvit get away with victory at the end. Kalin Lucas and Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) posted 20 points each for the winners. Lynn Greer topscored for Azovmash with 28 points and 10 assists. Simonas Serapinas netted 15 points in the loss.

Group E
Galatasaray - Lokomotiv 76-52
Galatasaray earned the third victory in EuroCup Group E. They handed Lokomotiv Kuban the first loss in the regular season and caught up with their opponents in the ladder. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) led well-balanced offensive effort from the hosts with 14 points. Galatasaray left Lokomotiv behind in the first half. The Turkish team accounted for a 21:12 lead after the opening quarter. Galatasaray stretched the margin at 17-point mark at the interval 42:25. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the third term. They accumulated a 62:40 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Lokomotiv never recovered scoring just 12 points in the final frame and losing the game. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) nailed 12 points for the winners. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) answered with 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Lokomotiv. Andrey Zubkov banked 10 points in defeat.

Trefl Sopot - BC Donetsk 77-67
Trefl Sopot stayed alive in the EuroCup fight with a well earned home victory over BC Donetsk. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) posted 20 points to pace the Polish team to the initial win in Group E. Both teams are now tied at 1-3 record. It was never an easy affair for the hosts. Trefl Sopot led by three points at the end of the first quarter 20:17. But BC Donetsk bounced back in the second term. They erupted for 28 points to secure a 45:34 halftime advantage. Trefl Sopot had to regroup defensively in the second half. They made necessary adjustments and limited the Ukrainian team to 13 points in the third term. Trefl Sopot cut the deficit at 5 points 53:58 into the fourth frame. Trefl Sopot opened the fourth quarter on a 15:2 run to take a 68:60 lead. BC Donetsk could not recover from the blow as the hosts rallied to the victory. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) accounted for 11 points, while Frank Turner and Marcin Stefanski added 10 points each in the win. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) answered with 15 points for BC Donetsk. Darius Songaila had 14 points in the losing case.

Group F
Stelmet ZG - Oostende 85-61
Stelmet Zielona Gora routed Oostende for the second win in EuroCup Group F. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) stepped up with 22 points and 6 assists to pace the hosts. Zielona Gora caught up with Oostende at 2-2 record in the standings. Stelmet Zieloa Gora made it look easy from the start. The hosts fired past Oostende for a 25:15 lead at the first break. The Polish team extended the margin in the second quarter. Zielona Gora accounted for a 50:27 halftime lead. Oostende tried to revive the intrigue in the third term. The Belgian team narrowed the gap at 21-point mark at the final break. But it was too little too late. Zielona Gora limited the visitors at 14 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated an important home win at the end. Rob Jones (196-F-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) finished with 18 points, while Oliver Stevic added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points for Oostende. Matt Lojeski chipped in 12 points in defeat.

Unics - Panionios 82-73
Unics registered the fourth consecutive win in the EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Panionios to climb at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) delivered 17 points, 10 boards and 7 assists to pace the Kazan outfit. Unics snatched a narrow 22:21 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Kazan team arrived at halftime up by 7 points 43:36. Unics cleared off in the third term. The hosts fired 26 points to pile up a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter. Panionios fought until the final buzzer. They capped the regulation on a 9:2 run to narrow the deficit at the end. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) finished with 15 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou added 14 points for the winners. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 34 points and 6 steals for Panionios. Christopher Booker had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Group G
Cholet - Cibona 79-59
Cholet coasted past Cibona for the second EuroCup win this season. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) nailed 19 points and collected 7 rebounds as the French team improved at 2-2 record in Group G. Cibona fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Cholet started strong as they built a 26:15 lead after the opening quarter. Cibona slowed the home team in the second term. The Croatian side held their opponents to 12 points and narrowed the gap at 10-point mark 28:38. But Cholet killed the intrigue in the third term. The home team went on a massive 29:10 surge to secure an insurmountable 29-point lead at the final break. Cibona could not recover and had to yield at the end. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) provided 11 points, while Rudy Jomby and Travon Bryant added 10 points each for Cholet. Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 12 points for Cibona. Hrvoje Kovacevic netted 11 points in the losing effort.

Ratiopharm - Spartak SP 74-77
Spartak Saint Petersburg snatched a tough road win over Ratiopharm Ulm. The victory allowed the Russian team improve at 4-0 record on top of EuroCup Group G. Ulm fell at 2-2 record. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) netted 19 points to lead the winners. It was a tough clash from start to finish. Ratiopharm Ulm eked out a 16:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. The hosts secured a slim 32:31 lead at the interval. Spartak SP put their noses in front in the third term. Zach Wright gave the visitors a 50:49 lead into the fourth quarter. Spartak soon surged ahead and later Loukas Mavrokefalidis gave them a 72:67 advantage. Esterkamp and Guenther kept Ratiopharm Ulm within striking distance. But Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) and Loukas Mavrokefalidis accounted for five points to secure a narrow win for Spartak. Josh Carter finished with 17 points, while Patrick Beverley added 15 points in the victory. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) answered with 15 points for Ratiopharm Ulm. John Bryant had 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Group H
Banco di Sard. - Crvena Zvezda 94-97
Crvena Zvezda maintained their perfect record in EuroCup regular season. They nipped Sassari on the road to improve at 4-0 record in Group H. Sassari slipped at 1-3 record and appeared on the verge of elimination. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Crvena Zvezda fired 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted an 11-point buffer before the second stanza. Sassari stopped the rot in the next period. The hosts cut the margin at 10 points 43:53 at halftime. Sassari got closer in the third term. They trailed by 9 points with one quarter remaining 69:78. Sassari used a 10:1 run late in regulation to knot thing up at 90. Boris Savovic and Easley traded buckets before DeMarcus Nelson put the Serbian team in front 94:92 with 12 seconds remaining. Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) sank two free throws to level things up but Boris Savovic answered with a buzzer-beating triple to win the game for Crvena Zvezda. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) provided 16 points, while Boris Savovic added 15 points in the victory. Travis Diener responded with 21 points and 7 assists for Sassari. Drake Diener had 16 points in the loss.

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 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.



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Cedevita sends Marko Car to second team - by Selman Baydar

Croatian team, who will face Anadolu Efes Istanbul in round eight of Euroleague, has moved Marko Car (188-SG-85) (188-SG-85, agency: Worldwide Basketball Promotion), who got 6 minutes against Partizan in the last week of Adriatic league, to the second team after the arrival of new head coach Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Beo Basket ). And now its rumored that Cedevita and Car are negotiating for his release. Former Zadar player played four games with Cedevita in Euroleague this season averaging 8 mpg, 2 ppg, 1 rpg, and played seven games in Adriatic League averaging 9.4 mpg and 2.4 ppg.

Courtesy of vecernji.hr



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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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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: New Zealand wins Pool 2 - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand-Fiji 66:47

New Zealand wins Pool 2 of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team overcame Fiji 66:47 and advanced to the Quarterfinals from the top place, while Fiji finished second with 2-1 record.
Both teams started the game undefeated and showed good defensive skills in the first period. New Zealand managed to grab 11-9 advantage and then added 14-10 in the second frame. They pushed the tempo for good in the second half and added two victories for the final success.
Ihaka Pink top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Jayden Bezzant added 15. Jack Salt and Raymond Penny followed them with 8 points each. Mataika Koyamainavure answered with 11 points in defeat and Pita Sowakula delivered 9. Filimoni Vulimailaucala scored 8 and Ulaiasi Koroi had 7.
Tomorrow New Zealand will face Tahiti, while Fiji will play against Samoa.

New Zealand: Ihaka Pink 21, Jayden Bezzant 15, Jack Salt 8, Raymond Penny 8
Fiji: Mataika Koyamainavure 11, Pita Sowakula 9, Filimoni Vulimailaucala 8, Ulaiasi Koroi 7



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Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Nov. 28: LrNMKY - FoKoPo 93-87
Nov. 28: Lapua - Salon Vilpas 88-81
Nov. 28: Namika Lahti - Kouvot 78-68
Nov. 29: Nilan Bisons - Kauhajoki
Nov. 30: Pyrinto - Namika Lahti
Nov. 30: LrNMKY - Korihait


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.4 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.23.1 
 3. Conley, LrNM.21.7 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot18.6 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.18.6 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua17.9 
 7. Atupem, Salon Vilp.17.2 
 8. Hester, Kouvot17.2 
 9. Flowers, Kataja17.1 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. McDade, Nilan B.11.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto8.8 
 3. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.7 
 4. Conley, LrNM.8.5 
 5. Tolbert, Lapua8.5 
 6. Logins, LrNM.8.2 
 7. Ford, Kauhajoki8.2 
 8. Dyer, Korihait8.1 
 9. Giles, KTP7.9 
 10. Johnson, Namika7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 2. Smith, Kataja5.2 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.2 
 4. Burgess, FoKoPo4.7 
 5. Holmes, Lapua4.3 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.0 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
 10. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Kataja
  (180-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Kataja2.5 
 2. Flowers, Kataja2.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 4. Conley, LrNM.2.2 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.2.2 
 6. Holloway, Namika L.1.8 
 7. Williams, KTP1.8 
 8. Ford, Kauhajoki1.8 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.7 
 10. Watson, Kauhajoki1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.4 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.2 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.1 
 6. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 8. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 9. Taft, Korihait0.8 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Three home victories - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 13: Three games, as many home victories in tough contests on Wednesday night. Korikobrat (Lapua) winning the third time this season after six lost games, when visitor Vilpas (Salo) had suffered 88-81 (39-34) loss at Pohjanmaa. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86), the leading Finnish scorer in the league (# 6 - 17,9 ppg), netted his career high in Finland: 35 points (1 - 8/9, 2 - 6/10, 3 - 5/8). Trey Hampton (203-F-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia St.) added 20 pts. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) scored 28 pts for Vilpas. YMCA Lahti defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 78-68 (40-32). Lahti had five players in double figures. Emmanuel Holloway (183-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led Lahti with 20 pts. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) got five fouls in 21 minutes and that hurt Kouvot a lot. FoKoPo (Forssa) had six players in double digits, but that was not enough at Lappeenranta. YMCA LPR was led by Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) (30 points) and the hosts won 93-87 (38-49).
Lapua - Vilpas 88-81 (39-34). (Samuel Haanpaa 35, Trey Hampton 20, Dominique Coleman 13 - Shawn Atupem 28, Eero Lehtinen 17, Adam Brown 14. A: 348).
YMCA Lahti - Kouvot 78-68 (40-32). (Emmanuel Holloway 20, Aleksi Alanen 15, Jordan Hasquet 11/11 - Chris Hester 21, Gilberto Clavell 16, Antto Nikkarinen 11. A: 897).
YMCA Lappeenranta - FoKoPo 93-87 (38-49). (Matt Gibson 30, Jason Conley 26/13, Greg Logins 20 - Andrais Thornton 19, Markus Molenius 16, Charlie Burgess 13/6a. A: 514).



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

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

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League). He led his Montenegrin team Buducnost to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Radnicki KG (5-5) 80-78 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Lee was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Lee's third season in pro basketball. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (6-4) is placed fifth in the Adriatic League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Lee's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(47-80) and FT: 63.2% in the 10 games he played so far. Lee is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. He could not help Un.Olimpija (4-6) to beat Krka (5-5). Salin recorded 8 points and had 3 steals. Un.Olimpija was edged 79-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Krka (#8). Salin is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league. This season he averages: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 83.3%. Salin is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help Khimky (4-3) in their game against Real Madrid (5-2) in the Euroleague. Koponen recorded 5 points in 8 minutes. 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 will be critical. This year Koponen's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 1.3apg, 3FGP: 33.3% in the seven games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #4. Forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Blois (6-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kaunisto's very good performance Blois was edged in an overtime 75-73 at home by the lower-ranked JA Vichy (#6). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kaunisto also added 5 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kaunisto is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 16.5ppg, 10.9rpg and 2.1apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Solna Vikings' victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (7-4) 86-80 in the Swedish Basketligan last Saturday. Ahonen recorded 10 points and added 4 assists in 22 minutes. Solna Vikings (7-6) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. This year Ahonen has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.8apg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #6. Power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Prat Juventud's victory against the 12th-ranked La Palma (1-5) 87-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Caven recorded 17 points. CB Prat Juventud (3-4) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. Caven's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 2.8rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #7. International small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (2-7) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (7-2) in the Italian SerieA. Huff scored 6 points in 20 minutes. The bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was edged 80-78 in Sassari by the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna. It was Vanoli Cremona's fourth consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Huff's total stats are: 5.2ppg and 4.1rpg in the nine games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #8. Point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Rannikko couldn't help Un.Olimpija (4-6) in their game against Krka (5-5). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Rannikko recorded only 1 points. Un.Olimpija was edged 79-76 in Novo Mesto by the higher-ranked Krka (#8). It's Rannikko's first season with the team. Rannikko is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. Rannikko plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Kilian Cato
Kilian Cato
   #9. U20 international forward Kilian Cato (201-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Maine win their game against the Siena College 72-66 in the NCAA on Sunday night. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. The University of Maine has conference record this season. Cato has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg in the 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.



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EuroCup: Cholet cruise past Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Cibona 79:59

Cholet coasted past Cibona for the second EuroCup win this season. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) nailed 19 points and collected 7 rebounds as the French team improved at 2-2 record in Group G. Cibona fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Cholet started strong as they built a 26:15 lead after the opening quarter. Cibona slowed the home team in the second term. The Croatian side held their opponents to 12 points and narrowed the gap at 10-point mark 28:38. But Cholet killed the intrigue in the third term. The home team went on a massive 29:10 surge to secure an insurmountable 29-point lead at the final break. Cibona could not recover and had to yield at the end. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) provided 11 points, while Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) added 10 points each for Cholet. Justin Hamilton (210-C-90, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 12 points for Cibona. Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-G-86) netted 11 points in the losing effort.

Cholet: Derrick Obasohan 19, Rudy Gobert 11, Rudy Jomby 10, Travon Bryant 10
Cibona: Justin Hamilton 12, Hrvoje Kovacevic 11



Dwayne Broyles leaves Orleans - by Eurobasket News

30-year old American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) left Entente Orleans 45 (ProA). The player is expected to miss the bigger part of the season because of knee surgery. 
Broyles played in the final of Belgian League.
He received Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team award in 2012.
Broyles has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb and Jolly), Latvia (ASK Riga) and Belgium (Spirou Charleroi).
He attended James Madison University until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Le Mans batter Artland Dragons at home court - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans - Artland Dragons 88:51

Le Mans celebrated a convincing home win over Artland Dragons in the fourth round of EuroCup regular season. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) scored 15 points to lead six players in double digits for the hosts. Le Mans jumped to a 2-2 record in Group C. The Dragons slipped at 1-3.
Le Mans built a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They dominated in the second quarter building a 43:28 halftime lead. Le Mans kept Artland Dragons at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 22-point lead with ten minutes remaining 65:43. Le Mans went on a 23:8 rally in the final period to finish off the visitors. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) netted 14 points, while Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points for the hosts. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 12 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Le Mans: Cam Long 15, Cuthbert Victor 14, Charles Kahudi 13
Artland Dragons: Anthony King 12, Bryce Taylor 11



Dante Hunter in Lorient ? - by Aleksa Nikolic

According to the local source, American guard Dante Hunter (191-G-83, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Calumet) is close to sign for Lorient (NM2).He started season in Tigres de la Universidad (Nicuaragua-D1).Last season he played A.S. Hammatet (Tunisia-D1, starting five), but in december he moved to Costa Sol de Maputo (Mozambique-D1, starting five). In March'12 signed at America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil (Brazil-Paulista, starting five), in May moved to Cartago (Costa Rica-LBS, starting five): 15 games: 22.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 11.0apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 42%, FT: 82%.
Dante is a extremely fast combo gaurd who can penetrate at will, with a solid mid range and three point shoot, he has great court vision and enjoys getting his team matezs involved in the game.




Valencia lands Joffrey Lauvergne - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Indiana Pacers (7-8) 104-97 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and making 10 passes in 37 minutes on the court. 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 this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. Parker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 7.1apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 72.1% in the 14 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw was the main contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Washington Wizards (0-12) crushing them 118-92. He was the best player in that game. Diaw scored 16 points. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 12-3 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Diaw's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 65.9%(27-41), 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) and FT: 68.8%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Noah could not help the Chicago Bulls (6-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Chicago Bulls lost 89-93 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Noah scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 4 blocks in 40 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 13.4ppg, 9.7rpg, 4.0apg, 2.2bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 78.0% in the 13 games. Noah is a naturalized American. He played for the French national team one years ago. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #4. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Washington Wizards (0-12) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (8-4) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Seraphin also added 2 blocks. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Seraphin has very high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg and 4.6rpg. Seraphin has a dual citizenship: Guyanese and French. He is also French national team player.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #5. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers (6-8) in their game against the Phoenix Suns (7-8) in the NBA, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. Batum was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. But the Portland Trail Blazers were crushed 114-87 in Phoenix by the Suns. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 17.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1bpg and 1.6spg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #6. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point Indiana Pacers' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (7-8) 79-77 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Mahinmi recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers have 7-8 record this season. It's Mahinmi's first year with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.7ppg and 3.5rpg. Mahinmi is international player as he played for the French senior team one years ago.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #7. International point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Dallas Mavericks (7-8) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (7-8) in the NBA. He recorded 8 points and added 6 assists in 18 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks were crushed 115-89 in Los Angeles by the Lakers. This year Beaubois' overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.7apg in the nine games. He used to play for the French national team last year.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #8. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (5-4) 90-79 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Heurtel scored 11 points and added 5 assists. Caja Laboral Vitoria (6-3) is placed sixth in the ACB. Heurtel's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #9. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Spanish team Gescrap BB win their game against the closely-ranked Lukoil Academik (1-3) crushing them 82-60 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Moerman recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Moerman's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 3.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the two games. Moerman used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #10. Forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (5-4) in their game against Assignia Manresa (1-8) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Kirksay also added 5 rebounds. Kirksay belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the French senior national team. Kirksay used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

   #11. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Valencia Basket in a 3-point victoryagainst the tenth-ranked Regal FC Barcelona 81-78 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Pietrus has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.1rpg in the nine games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Causeur couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Zalgiris. Despite his good performance on Friday night He was the top scorer with 10 points. Causeur has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) helped PGE Turow win their game against the eighth-ranked Kotwica 96-80 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Cel scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Cel is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.9rpg. He also averaged so far 13.0ppg and 1.9apg in the eight games. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team five years ago.

   #14. International shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. He played also in the last NBA game facing Boris Diaw (above) in the other team. De Colo helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Washington Wizards crushing them 118-92. He scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. De Colo has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. International small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Cedevita in their game against Partizan in the Adriatic League. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 58-55. Gelabale has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg and 5.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Cajasol (1-8) in their last game. Despite Dozier's good performance Cajasol lost 63-71 at home to the leading Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Dozier also added 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. It was Cajasol's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Dozier has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg in the three games he played so far.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the 11th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (5-4) 87-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Tillie scored 10 points in 15 minutes. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. Tillie has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 3.8rpg in the nine games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Hapoel J-M's victory against the closely-ranked Budivelnyk (2-2) 81-67 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Kadir scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (1-3) is placed fourth in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kadir has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the four games. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #4. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico St. to an easy victory against the University Louisiana at Lafayette crushing them 79-57 in the NCAA last Friday. Sy scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 30 minutes. The New Mexico State University has conference record this season. Sy has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the four games. Sy has both Mali and French nationalities.

   #5. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help USK Praha (12-0) in their game against Levharti Chomutov (4-8) in the Czech Republic NBL. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But the league leader USK Praha was defeated 75-66 on the road by the much lower-ranked Levharti Chomutov (#9). Meno is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Meno averages: 19.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. He also holds two passports: Congolese and French.

   #6. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) helped Palencia Baloncesto win their game against the league leader River Andorra 87-81 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Ott scored 8 points. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6spg. Ott is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in France.

   #7. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Eilat in a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv 68-64 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Nissim recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in the seven games. Nissim has French and Israeli nationalities.

   #8. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Naglis Palangos in their game against LSU-Baltai in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 69-60. Konate has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #9. Remi Barry (201-F, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bandja Sy. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Barry helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the Northern New Mexico College crushing them 67-37. He recorded 7 points in 18 minutes. Barry has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 4.3rpg in the three games.

   #10. John Wilkins (206-G-89, is currently at the American university) helped Illinois St. win their game against the Fairleigh Dickinson University crushing them 91-58 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 8 points. Wilkins has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.



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Pesaro adds coach Markovski to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) added to their roster 52-year old naturalized FYR Macedonian coach Zare Markovski. He coached last season at Biancoblu Basket Bologna (Lega2). Markovski also coached at Biancoblu that season.
He coached in the final of Italian SerieA in 2007.
Markovski was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2007.
He has coached previously professionally in Switzerland (Lugano Tigers) and Turkey.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Zaza Pachulia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (8-6) 104-93 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Pachulia was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pachulia also added 3 assists in 37 minutes on the court. 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. Pachulia has relatively good stats this year: 7.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(33-58) and FT: 73.3% in the 12 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Markoishvili could not help one of league's weakest teams Cantu (6-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Cantu was defeated 67-54 at home by the higher-ranked Montepaschi Siena (#3). Markoishvili recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Markoishvili's fourth year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 87.5%. Markoishvili is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Manuchar Markoishvili in the Italian SerieA last game. Sanikidze was the major contributor in a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Cantu (6-3) 67-54. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Sanikidze averages: 7.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 65.5%(19-29) and FT: 83.3% in the nine games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #4. Point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Israel was not able to help Hapoel J-M (1-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Hapoel J-M was defeated 84-77 on the road by the second-ranked Budivelnyk. Pullen was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Pullen's first season with the team. Pullen has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 2.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is also Georgian national team player. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #5. International point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) faced previously mentioned Jacob Pullen in the Eurocup last game. Tsintsadze contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel J-M (1-3) 84-77. He recorded 12 points and added 5 passes (made all of his five free throws) in 29 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tsintsadze's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.8spg in the four games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #6. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut (4-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fisher's very good performance FIATC Joventut was badly defeated 77-57 in Zaragoza by the much higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#5). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Fisher also added 3 assists. Fisher's stats this season are: 12.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Apparently Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #7. International center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Maccabi T-A (5-2) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (4-3) in the Euroleague. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Shermadini recorded only 2 points. The second-placed Maccabi T-A was edged 89-87 in Siena by the lower-ranked Montepaschi (#3) in the group B of Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Shermadini's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.6rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Davit Maisuradze
Davit Maisuradze
   #8. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Kirovograd's victory against one of league's weakest teams BK Kremen (0-6) 85-77 in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) last Saturday. Maisuradze recorded 11 points in a mere 17 minutes. Kirovograd (5-5) is placed fourth in the Higher League. This year Maisuradze's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Georgian U16 national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet ZG to a victory over the ninth-ranked Polpharma (3-6) 89-76 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Hosley was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Hosley also added 4 assists. Stelmet Zielona Gora (6-3) is placed fifth in the TBL. Hosley is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 18.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Karsiyaka (5-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Karsiyaka was edged 68-66 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Banvit BK. Thomas was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Thomas has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 4.3rpg in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Sigma Barcellona's victory against the 12th-ranked Prima Veroli (2-6) 82-78 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 13 points in 38 minutes. Sigma Barcellona (6-2) is placed third in the Lega2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sanders averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sanders has never played in Georgia.



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EuroCup: Spartak scrape past Ratiopharm in Ulm - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Spartak SP 74:77

Spartak Saint Petersburg snatched a tough road win over Ratiopharm Ulm. The victory allowed the Russian team improve at 4-0 record on top of EuroCup Group G. Ulm fell at 2-2 record. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) netted 19 points to lead the winners.
It was a tough clash from start to finish. Ratiopharm Ulm eked out a 16:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. The hosts secured a slim 32:31 lead at the interval. Spartak SP put their noses in front in the third term. Zach Wright gave the visitors a 50:49 lead into the fourth quarter. Spartak soon surged ahead and later Loukas Mavrokefalidis gave them a 72:67 advantage. Esterkamp and Guenther kept Ratiopharm Ulm within striking distance. But Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) and Loukas Mavrokefalidis accounted for five points to secure a narrow win for Spartak. Josh Carter finished with 17 points, while Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) added 15 points in the victory. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) answered with 15 points for Ratiopharm Ulm. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Ratiopharm Ulm: Allan Ray 15, John Bryant 12
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 19, Josh Carter 17, Patrick Beverley 15



EuroCup: Le Mans batter Artland Dragons at home court - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans - Artland Dragons 88:51

Le Mans celebrated a convincing home win over Artland Dragons in the fourth round of EuroCup regular season. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) scored 15 points to lead six players in double digits for the hosts. Le Mans jumped to a 2-2 record in Group C. The Dragons slipped at 1-3.
Le Mans built a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They dominated in the second quarter building a 43:28 halftime lead. Le Mans kept Artland Dragons at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts ensured a 22-point lead with ten minutes remaining 65:43. Le Mans went on a 23:8 rally in the final period to finish off the visitors. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) netted 14 points, while Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points for the hosts. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) answered with 12 points for Artland Dragons. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Le Mans: Cam Long 15, Cuthbert Victor 14, Charles Kahudi 13
Artland Dragons: Anthony King 12, Bryce Taylor 11



EuroCup: Jimmy McKinney scores 21 as s.Oliver Baskets roll past Valencia - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Baskets - Valencia 89:82

s.Oliver Baskets delivered the second victory in EuroCup regular season. They outlasted visiting Valencia behind 21 points from Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, college: Missouri). Valencia suffered the first loss in Group D.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 20:20 at the end of the first quarter. Valencia managed to sneak in front in the second term. The Spaniards accounted for a 41:38 halftime advantage. s.Oliver Baskets went on a 19:5 run late in the third quarter to pull ahead. They led by four points at the final intermission 62:58. Valencia erased the deficit and knotted things up at 75 with under four minutes to go. But Wuerzburg responded with an 8:0 rally to clear off for good in this one. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) delivered 17 points, while Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) had 11 points in the win. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) answered with 20 points for Valencia. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) netted 17 points in the loss.

s.Oliver Baskets: Jimmy McKinney 21, Dwayne Anderson 17, Oliver Clay 11
Valencia: Rafael Martinez 20, Justin Doellman 17



EuroChallenge: Antwerp Giants closed the Round with overtime win over Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets- Antwerp Giants 78:82 OT

Antwerp Giants closed the Round with overtime win over Telekom Baskets. The Belgian side handed the hosts their first 82:78 loss and remained alive for Last 16 round.
Telekom Baskets entered the game undefeated and started with 24-21 lead. Antwerp Giants meanwhile replied with 18-16 in the second frame and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. The teams exchanged the victories in the third and the fourth period and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) sent the teams to overtime at 69:69. Antwerp Giants looked better in overtime and led almost for the whole time. The last points the teams scored for the free throw line as Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC), Biggs and Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) ensured the 4-point road win at the end.
Bryan Hopkins top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 16 points and 16 rebounds. Timothy Black notched 13, while Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) added 9. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) had 17. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) tossed in 14 and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann produced 10.

Telekom Baskets: Robert Vaden 19, Patrick Ewing Jr. 17, Jared Jordan 14, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 10
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 17, Gregg Thondique 16+16 rebs, Timothy Black 13, Maxime De Zeeuw 9



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

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

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (7-8) in their last game. Despite Kaman's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 100-98 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kaman also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Kaman's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaman averages: 14.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 54.5% in the 13 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German senior national team one years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (5-4) 90-79 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Pleiss scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Caja Laboral Vitoria (6-3) is placed sixth in the ACB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pleiss' overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Harris led Gonzaga to a victory against the Davidson College 81-67 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Harris also added 2 blocks in 31 minutes. The Gonzaga University has conference record this season. Harris has been at the team for four years. This year his overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 83.3% in the six games. Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.

Michael Kessens
Michael Kessens
   #4. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Longwood in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Longwood lost 78-84 at home to the Cornell University. Kessens had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds in 33 minutes. It's Kessens' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg in the six games. Kessens used to play for the German U20 national team last year.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #5. Former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, is currently at the American university) helped Hawaii win their game against the University of North Dakota 71-66 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The University of Hawaii has conference record this season. Standhardinger's total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #6. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Elon win their game against the University of South Carolina 65-53 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes. The Elon University has conference record this season. This year Koch's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg in the nine games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team three years ago.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #7. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido (1-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was badly defeated 83-63 in Kariya by the second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Klette also added 4 rebounds. This season Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg. He used to play for the German U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #8. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their last game. Despite Ogbe's good performance the Tenn Tech (#28) lost 50-62 on their home court in Cookeville, TN to the University of Evansville. He scored 10 points in 25 minutes. Ogbe has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team last year.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #9. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the The Univ.of Texas at El Paso crushing them 73-49 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Bright scored 6 points. The Vanderbilt University has conference record this season. Bright averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

Dennis Kramer
Dennis Kramer
   #10. Forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the University of Montana (0-0) in the NCAA. Kramer recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. The San Diego was edged 67-66 in Missoula, MT by the University of Montana. Kramer averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Kramer is U20 international player as one years ago he still played for the German national team. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #11. U20 international guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the USC Upstate in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Blessing's good performance the USC Upstate was defeated 75-70 in Cheney, WA by the Eastern Washington University. He recorded 10 points. Blessing's stats this season are: 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Boston College in a 1-point victoryagainst the Auburn University 50-49 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Heckmann recorded 5 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. Heckmann averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games. He is also in the roster of the German national team.

   #13. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the University of Delaware 80-75 in the NCAA last Sunday. DiLeo scored only 3 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. DiLeo averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

   #14. U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Columbia in their game against the University of San Francisco in the NCAA. Lo recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 79-59. Lo averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team last year.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) faced previously mentioned Mario Blessing in the NCAA last game. Reuter helped E.Washington win their game against the South Carolina Upstate 75-70. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Reuter averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana) was the major contributor in a double overtime (!!!) Regatas Corrientes' victory against the closely-ranked Obras (1-2) 90-89 in the Liga Sudamericana last Wednesday. Kammerichs recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Regatas Corrientes (2-1) is placed second in group F. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Kammerichs' first season with the team. Kammerichs has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Belgium could not help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende (2-2) in their last game. Despite Stojic's very good performance Base Oostende was crushed 85-61 on the road by the second-ranked Stelmet ZG. He was the top scorer with 16 points (made all of his six free throws) in 29 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Stojic's first season with the team. Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in the four games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #3. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) led Energa Czarni to a victory against the league outsider Rosa Radom (2-8) 83-74 in the Polish TBL in Tuesday night's game. Tomaszek scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Energa Czarni Slupsk (7-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Tomaszek's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He has both German and Polish nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania was not able to help Timisoara (1-3) in their last game. Despite Sarovic's very good performance the fourth-placed Timisoara lost 86-97 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Kormend in the group F of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Sarovic also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Timisoara's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the four games. Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #5. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Nassjo (2-11) crushing them 98-58 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. He recorded 18 points (made all of his eight free throws). LF Basket (6-6) is placed eighth in the Basketligan. Igbavboa is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Igbavboa averages: 17.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #6. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington in their last game. Despite his good performance the E.Washington was edged 86-83 at home by the Utah Valley University. Seiferth scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 34 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in the 12 games.

   #7. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Bnei Hasharon in their game against Maccabi Rishon in the Israeli Winner League. Rice recorded 8 points and added 4 assists. His team was defeated 91-76. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. Rice has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.

   #8. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Wachsmann also added 7 rebounds. Wachsmann is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. His total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #9. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to a 3-point Alaska Aces' victory against the fifth-ranked Meralco Bolts 88-85 in the Filipino PBA in Wednesday night's game. Thoss scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Thoss is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.1bpg. He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg in the nine games. Thoss has dual citizenship: German and Filipino.

   #10. Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to Maine's victory against the Siena College 72-66 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Mesghna scored 9 points in 33 minutes. Mesghna averaged so far 12.1ppg and 6.7rpg in the 15 games. He has German and Eritrean nationalities.



Aaron Fleetwood joins BV Wulfen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team BSV Wulfen have recieved some strength under the basket with Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, college: Delaware St.). Fleetwood is a 28 year old 206cm forward from Raleigh, North Carolina that started this season with Amicale Steinsel (Luxembourg-Diekirch League). Wulfen has a 3-6 record at the moment and can use the work ethic of Fleetwood under the basket. Last season the American played for the BSW Sixers (Germany-ProB, starting five): 24 games: 15.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 61.2%. Fleetwood palyed at Delaware St. (NCAA) and in hiss enior year 2006-2007, he played 34 games: 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3Pts: 36.4%, FT: 54.8%. In 2007-2008 as a professional rookie he played for P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 21 games: 15.5ppg. He then got Beko BBL experience for Phoenix Hagen from 2008-2010 and helped the team move up in 2009. In 2009-2010, he played 30 games: 5.1ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 50.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA): 26 games: 10.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 20.4%, FT: 65.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MEAC Regular Season Champion -05, 06, 07, MEAC Tournament Champion -05, MEAC Tournament Finalist -06, 07, All-MEAC Defensive Player of the Year -07, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -08, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Second Team -08, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Runner-Up -09

Source BSV Wulfen





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 andbility to run a team.

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.




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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

To what NBA player would you describe your game too?

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

The craziest shot I have ever made was a one handed throw from the opposite free throw line of my basket at the buzzer it was crazy I couldnt believe I had made it.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

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





Svetislav Pesic Officially Named New FC Bayern Munich Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL club Bayern Munich named Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) head coach yesterday. 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. "We can be happy with the work of Yannis Christopoulous. However the desiered wins were missing. We had a situation that wasnt desired. We asked if Svetislav Pesic would like the job. WE wanted a coach that knew the team and could be at teh same level of the players in a short time", stressed Uli Hoeness.

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. "I am happy to be able to bring my knowledge and experience to the team. We need to move much from today until tomorrow inorder to get desired results. But I think that we have the potential to compete for the German championship", stressed Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances )

Source: FC Bayern Munich



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.




BG Dorsten lands Dominik Wilkins - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B team BG Dorsten has signed Dominik Wilkins (183-G-88). The 24-year-old guard, the son of a German mother and a former professional basketball player from the US who spent parts of his career in Germany, comes off a two year-stint in Hagen. Last season he had eight appearances for BBL team Phoenix Hagen and scored a total of five points. He also saw action for Phoenix's farm team BG Hagen in the 1. Regionalliga, averaging 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game.
Dorsten's coach Torsten Schierenbeck brought in Wilkins to replace John Cadmus (183-G-85), who due to health reasons will either retire immediately or remain on the roster for the remainder of the season, without being able to practice and play with full strength.



Kirchheim Knights have signed Michael Henderson - by Moritz Korff

After reaching the finals of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A in spring, the Kirchheim Knights are struggling this season, having won only four of eleven games played. Newly signed veteran Timothy Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) made his comeback (he already played for the Knights from November 2006 until 2008) against Leipzig last weekend, now the Knights added another American to their squad: Michael Henderson (196-F/G-84, college: Chicago St.) is the latest new member of the Kirchheim team. Up to this point in time the 2007 graduate of NCAA D1 school Chicago State has spent his professional career in the ABA, in the Mexican CIBACOPA, in Puerto Rico and in Brazil.


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Kostas Vasiliadis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain). He led Gescrap BB to a 3-point victory over the league outsider Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-8) 86-83 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Vasiliadis was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!) in 37 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (7-2) is placed fourth in the ACB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vasiliadis is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 14.0ppg. He also averaged so far 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(16-27), 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 91.2%(31-34) in the nine games he played so far. Vasiliadis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (3-1) crushing them 91-66 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Calathes recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 10 passes. He also added 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (3-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Calathes is currently sixth on the list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Calathes averages: 16.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.5apg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 35.7%. He is a naturalized American. Calathes is in the roster of the Greek senior national team. He used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup). Vougioukas led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory over the closely-ranked Panionios (0-4) 82-73 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Vougioukas had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 7 assists and 3 blocks in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unics Kazan (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. Vougioukas has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 79.3%(23-29) and FT: 93.3% in the four games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Zisis contributed to a 3-point Gescrap BB's victory against the league outsider Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-8) 86-83. He scored 11 points and added 7 assists. Zisis' overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.1apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #5. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Kaimakoglou contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (0-4) crushing them 92-72. He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unics Kazan (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Kaimakoglou has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8apg in the four games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #6. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup) was the main contributor in a 3-point Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (2-2) 77-74 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Mavrokefalidis was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Spartak St.Petersburg (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Mavrokefalidis has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.8apg. He is international player as he played for the Greek senior team one years ago.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #7. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (2-5) 75-60 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Fotsis was the top player that evening. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (3-4) is placed fourth in group C. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Fotsis' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #8. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Denver Nuggets (8-7) to beat the Utah Jazz (9-7). Koufos scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Denver Nuggets were edged 105-103 on the road by the Utah Jazz. It was Nuggets' first loss after four consecutive victories. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Koufos' total stats are: 6.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.7bpg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos used to play for the Greek national team last year. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Christos Tapoutos
Christos Tapoutos
   #9. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Olin Edirne (2-5) in their last game. Despite Tapoutos' very good performance Olin Edirne lost 66-72 at home to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Tapoutos also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Tapoutos has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg in the four games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

Nikos Barlos
Nikos Barlos
   #10. An experienced forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an overtime C.de Latte BRE's victory against the 13th-ranked FCM Ferentino (1-6) 75-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Barlos scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Centrale del Latte Brescia (5-2) is placed fourth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Barlos has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.1spg. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Cimberio Varese to win against the fifth-ranked Trenkwalder RE 91-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points. Sakota has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Solna Vikings' victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings 86-80 in the Swedish Basketligan on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Toutziarakis is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.5ppg and 1.3apg in the 13 games. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC 93-78 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team nine years ago.

   #14. U18 international swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Texas in their last game. Despite Papapetrou's good performance the Texas lost in an overtime 53-59 in Los Angeles, CA to the University of Southern California. He scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes. Papapetrou has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 2.6rpg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Greek U18 national team.

   #15. Former University international center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Euroins Cherno More in their game against Rilski Sportist in the Bulgarian NBL. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Galiotos scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team lost 73-86. Galiotos belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 7.2rpg. This year he also averages: 6.7ppg in the six games. Galiotos used to play for the Greek university national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Maccabi Haifa's victory against the league leader Maccabi Ashdod (4-0) 80-74 in the Israeli Winner League last Wednesday. Calathes recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (5-2) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Calathes belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) led Chalons-Reims to a victory over the 11th-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-7) crushing them 86-63 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Tsagarakis was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chalons-Reims (7-4) is placed fifth in the ProB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Tsagarakis has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague could not help Olimpi (4-1) to beat Kutaisi (5-1). Sokk scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 10 assists in 28 minutes. Olimpi was badly defeated 97-81 at home by the second-ranked Kutaisi. It was Olimpi's first loss after four consecutive victories. Sokk belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 6.8apg. He also averaged so far 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4spg in the five games he played so far. Sokk is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Estonian.

   #4. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (3-1) crushing them 91-66 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points and blocked 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (3-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. Savrasenko has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He has both Greek and Russian nationalities.

   #5. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Air Avellino's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (4-5) 81-71 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Mavraides scored 8 points and had 4 steals in 26 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (3-6) is placed 12th in the SerieA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Mavraides has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #6. Peter Pappageorge (183-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Long Beach St. win their game against the Fresno State University 69-61 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He scored 23 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Pappageorge has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Pappageorge has never played in Greece.

   #7. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS was not able to help the University of Toronto (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the University of Toronto (#2) was badly defeated 82-64 on the road by the Lancers. Hill was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Hill has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.8apg in the six games. Hill also holds two passports: Greek and Canadian.

   #8. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently studies in the States) helped Oakland edge the Texas Southern University 71-69 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Petros scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Petros has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.4rpg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #9. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) helped his Cypriot team Keravnos win their game against the fourth-ranked Ploiesti 88-76 in the EuroChallenge last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points and added 5 assists. Demertzis has averaged so far 1.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 4.5apg.

   #10. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC, currently plays in Sweden) helped Akropol win their game against the tenth-ranked KFUM Uppsala crushing them 94-63 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. Koutras recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 11 passes. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 steals. This season Koutras has very high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 10.5apg and 3.8spg. Koutras has Greek and Swedish nationalities. Despite his Greek passport, Koutras previously played for the Swedish U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.



Transfer news - by Chris Mammides

Terrell Stoglin (185-PG-91) is officially the new shooting guard of the team of Ilysiakos Athens as of today the 28th of November 2012. Stoglin has emerged as one of the USA's most prolific scorers in the 2011-2012 season. As of January 4, 2012, he is currently sixth in the nation in points scored per game; he is first in the ACC in this category, as well. While not a complete surprise,[14] his scoring, almost double the next highest scorer on the Terps' roster, has been a welcome asset to a rebuilding Maryland Terrapins squad. On February 11, 2012, Stoglin posted derogatory comments about Terps head coach Mark Turgeon , following a game against the Duke Blue Devils in which Stoglin missed 10 of 14 shots, including all 6 three point shots attempted. During the game, Turgeon removed Stoglin from the lineup in light of his poor shooting performance and disruption of the game's tempo.
On April 30, 2012, the University of Maryland announced that Stoglin was suspended from the school for a year due to a violation of student-athlete code of conduct. Stoglin declared for the 2012 NBA Draft[15] and went undrafted. He is finally a player of Ilysiakos Athens as he signed his one year contract.


AGOR agreed financial terms with the American guard Paris Horne (191-G-87, college: St.John's) who last played in Germany for BG Gottingen. Horne spent his collegiate at St. John's University. He was averaging in the German league 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Paris will replace J'Covan Brown (185-PG-90, college: Texas)



EuroCup: Unics stay undefeated with win over Panionios - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Panionios 82:73

Unics registered the fourth consecutive win in the EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Panionios to climb at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) delivered 17 points, 10 boards and 7 assists to pace the Kazan outfit.
Unics snatched a narrow 22:21 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Kazan team arrived at halftime up by 7 points 43:36. Unics cleared off in the third term. The hosts fired 26 points to pile up a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter. Panionios fought until the final buzzer. They capped the regulation on a 9:2 run to narrow the deficit at the end. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) finished with 15 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) added 14 points for the winners. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 34 points and 6 steals for Panionios. Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Unics: Ian Vougioukas 17+10 boards, Chuck Eidson 15, Kostas Kaimakoglou 14
Panionios: Nikos Pappas 34, Christopher Booker 12+10 boards



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: Guam advanced to the Quarterfinals from the second place in Pool A - by Eurobasket News

Samoa-Guam 48:86

Guam advanced to the Quarterfinals from the second place in Pool A after an easy win over Samoa. They finished the group with 2-1 record after 86:48 victory. Samoa dropped at 1-2 record and finished third.
Guam started the game strong and managed to win all four quarters in the game. The second quarter was the best one with 21-7 surge that allowed Guam to dominate the court.
Reed Meyer led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Joshua Sebastian added 12. Michael Sakazaki delivered 10, whilst Maksever Kepwe, Samuel Sotelo and Argie Flores posted 9 apiece. Ene Togia replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Sapeti Tufuga notched 11. Theordore Mcfarland followed them with 9 points and 11 boards in the losing case.
Tomorrow Guam will face New Caledonia, while Samoa will play against Fiji.

Samoa: Ene Togia 13, Sapeti Tufuga 11, Theordore Mcfarland 9+11 rebs
Guam: Reed Meyer 17+12 rebs, Joshua Sebastian 12, Michael Sakazaki 10, Maksever Kepwe 9, Samuel Sotelo 9, Argie Flores 9



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 10-2 
 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. 5-7 
 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. 28: Leiden - Den Helder K. 70-64
Nov. 27: Weert - Zwolle 65-89
Nov. 25: Rotterdam - Den Bosch 46-95

Regular Season: Round 11

Dec. 1: Leiden - Groningen
Dec. 1: Den Helder K. - Zwolle
Dec. 1: Leeuwarden - Den Bosch
Dec. 2: M.Magixx - Rotterdam
Dec. 2: Amsterdam - Weert


Eredivisie Round 10: Top-ranked Leiden wins another game - by Eurobasket News

Eredivisie top team - Leiden (10-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Den Helder K. (5-7) 70-64. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-8. But Den Helder K. won third quarter 26-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Leiden won last quarter 18-13. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tony Gallo (180-89, college: Coppin St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. International Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for Den Helder K.Leiden have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Leiden are looking forward to face Groningen (#3) in Groningen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Den Helder K. will play at home against Zwolle (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Eredivisie top team - Leiden (10-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Zwolle (7-4) 89-78. International guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Schachtner chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Leiden have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with M.Magixx. Leiden will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zwolle will play on the road against Den Helder K. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Weert supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Zwolle (7-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Weert (3-8). Zwolle smashed Weert 89-65 on Tuesday. Darryl Webb notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points by Sjors Besseling did not help to save the game for Weert. Zwolle moved-up to fourth place, which they share with M.Magixx. Loser Weert keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Zwolle will meet Den Helder K. (#7) on the road in the next round. Weert will play against Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-10) and second ranked Den Bosch (9-2) in Rotterdam ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Den Bosch outscored Rotterdam 95-46. Matt Bauscher fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-2 record behind leader Leiden. Rotterdam lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Den Bosch's next round opponent will be Leeuwarden (#6) on the road. Rotterdam will play against M.Magixx (#5) in Nijmegen.

In the last game of round 10 M.Magixx beat Amsterdam on the road 92-77.


Leiden - Den Helder K. 70-64

Eredivisie top team - Leiden (10-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Den Helder K. (5-7) 70-64. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-8. But Den Helder K. won third quarter 26-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Leiden won last quarter 18-13. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tony Gallo (180-89, college: Coppin St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. International Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Den Helder K.Leiden have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Den Helder K. at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Leiden are looking forward to face Groningen (#3) in Groningen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Den Helder K. will play at home against Zwolle (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: S.Warren 17+8reb+1ast, J.van der List 14+10reb+3ast, M.Hill 10+4reb+1ast, P.Bach 8+5reb, O.Krubally 7+5reb, S.Mladenovic 4+1reb+2ast
Leiden: T.Gallo 18+1reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 10+4reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 10+5reb, W.de Jong 8+5reb+3ast, R.Bekkering 8+5reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 193641


Weert - Zwolle 65-89

The game in Weert supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Zwolle (7-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Weert (3-8). Zwolle smashed Weert 89-65 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Zwolle led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zwolle outrebounded Weert 50-27 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points by the former international forward Sjors Besseling (198-85, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Weert. American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zwolle moved-up to fourth place, which they share with M.Magixx. Loser Weert keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Zwolle will meet Den Helder K. (#7) on the road in the next round. Weert will play against Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Weert: S.Besseling 15+3reb+3ast, R.Fletcher 12+1reb+3ast, B.Perine 12+2reb+4ast, J.Padberg 10+6reb+2ast, A.Carter 8+4reb, S.De Haas 3+1reb
Zwolle: T.Smith 19+8reb+1ast, D.Webb 18+11reb, Z.Novak 16+7reb+2ast, J.Magette 12+7reb+7ast, N.Hulzebos 9+2reb, K.Zondervan 7+13reb
gschID: 193640


Amsterdam - M.Magixx 77-92

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked M.Magixx (7-4) beat on the road 9th ranked Amsterdam (1-10) 92-77. M.Magixx made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. M.Magixx outrebounded Amsterdam 52-24 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston So.) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Nick Oudendag (210-87) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four M.Magixx players scored in double figures. The former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) produced 25 points and 4 assists and forward Maurits Pieper (198-90) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. M.Magixx moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zwolle. Amsterdam at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. M.Magixx's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) at home where they are favorite. Amsterdam will play against Weert and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: A.Roye 25+4reb+4ast, M.Pieper 19+4reb+4ast, J.Ormskerk 12+5reb+1ast, B.Weijs 8+6reb+1ast, R.Siljade 7+2reb, J.Van Der Laan 3
M.Magixx: K.Martin 24+11reb+2ast, K.Ahelegbe 17+2reb+3ast, N.Oudendag 13+9reb+2ast, H.Bekkering 10+5reb+2ast, K.Biesters 8+2reb, K.Spain 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 193639


Zwolle - Leiden 78-89

Eredivisie top team - Leiden (10-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Zwolle (7-4) 89-78. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Zwolle was better in third quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Green Bay) chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leiden have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Zwolle at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with M.Magixx. Leiden will play against Groningen (#3) in Groningen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zwolle will play on the road against Den Helder K. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: Z.Novak 20+4reb+2ast, J.Magette 16+1reb+7ast, D.Webb 14+14reb, T.Smith 10+2reb+3ast, K.Zondervan 6+8reb, A.Bunnig 5+3reb+1ast
Leiden: M.Schachtner 19+4reb, S.Cunningham 13+4reb+2ast, A.Slagter 12+5reb+8ast, R.Bekkering 12+6reb+2ast, P.Hilliman 10+2reb, W.de Jong 7+5reb+6ast
gschID: 193638


Rotterdam - Den Bosch 46-95

The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-10) and second ranked Den Bosch (9-2) in Rotterdam ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Den Bosch outscored Rotterdam 95-46. The game was mostly controlled by Den Bosch. Rotterdam was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rotterdam to just 4 points in second quarter and to 13 points in first half. Den Bosch dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 28. Den Bosch forced 22 Rotterdam turnovers and outrebounded them 40-18 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Rotterdam's players. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Hoessein Addow (205-70, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 8 points and swingman Ivan Filipan (193-92, college: High School, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 6 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-2 record behind leader Leiden. Rotterdam lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Den Bosch's next round opponent will be Leeuwarden (#6) on the road. Rotterdam will play against M.Magixx (#5) in Nijmegen.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: H.Addow 8+2reb, I.Filipan 6+1reb+2ast, C.Echols 6+1reb, D.Jones 6+2reb+1ast, M.Kok 6+1ast, R.Pijp 4+3reb+1ast
Den Bosch: M.Bauscher 20+6reb+9ast, D.Wright 17+8reb, W.Carter 16+5reb+1ast, R.de Pagter 7+6reb+3ast, M.Schilder 6+1reb+1ast, S.Wessels 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 193637



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Standings - BSL

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 25: Hapoel J-M - Elizur Ashkelon 85-91
Nov. 26: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Rishon 76-91
Nov. 26: Netanya - Galil Gilboa 74-83
Nov. 28: Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Haifa 74-80
Nov. 25: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi T-A 72-100
Nov. 25: Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Eilat 64-68

Regular Season: Round 8

Dec. 2: Hapoel Eilat - Netanya
Dec. 2: Maccabi Haifa - Bnei Hasharon
Dec. 2: Hapoel Holon - Elizur Ashkelon
Dec. 2: Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel J-M
Dec. 2: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod
Dec. 2: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel T-A


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.8 
 2. Simpson, Maccabi19.7 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.0 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.17.9 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.3 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.1 
 7. Smith, Hapoel J-M16.9 
 8. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.4 
 9. Uter, Maccabi15.8 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.3 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.8 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.10.2 
 4. Uter, Maccabi10.0 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi9.9 
 6. Washington, Netan.9.6 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.6 
 8. Wright, Maccabi8.7 
 9. Tillman, Hapoel Ei.8.0 
 10. Smith, Hapoel J-M8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Maccabi Haifa
  (201-SF-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Maccabi Hai.6.4 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi5.6 
 3. Bradley, Netanya4.6 
 4. Timor, Hapoel T-A4.4 
 5. Jones, Bnei H.4.3 
 6. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.4.0 
 7. Hayes, Galil Gilboa4.0 
 8. Israeli, Maccabi4.0 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.0 
 10. Rosen, Hapoel Ho.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matan NAOR
  Hapoel T-A
  (195-SF-80)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.1 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Wright, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Washington, Netan.2.3 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 6. Mills, Elizur A.2.0 
 7. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.0 
 8. Hanochi, Maccabi2.0 
 9. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.9 
 10. Ben-Chimol, Hapoe.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian UTER
  Maccabi .
  (200-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Uter, Maccabi2.2 
 2. Gabriel, Maccabi2.0 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.9 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Simpson, Maccabi1.2 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 
 9. Washington, Netan.1.1 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.1 


Winner League Round 7: GreenTops Netanya is defeated by Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The game between second ranked GreenTops Netanya (5-2) and twelfth ranked Galil Gilboa (1-6) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. GreenTops Netanya was defeated by Galil Gilboa in a tough game in Netanya 74-83. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-74. Galil Gilboa forced 23 GreenTops Netanya turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Galil Gilboa maintains twelfth place with 1-6 record. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Maccabi Haifa. Galil Gilboa are looking forward to face higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GreenTops Netanya will play against Hapoel Eilat (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Ironi Ashkelon has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Jerusalem, where they defeated Hapoel J-M (3-4) 91-85. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St., agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Marcus Dove accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. Ironi Ashkelon's coach Adi Azulay allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Ironi Ashkelon (1-5) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Ironi Ashkelon will play against higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel J-M will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hapoel Holon (3-4) 100-72. David Logan fired 15 points for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Frank Hassell produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds for lost side. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-1 record. Hapoel Holon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi T-A's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tel-Aviv Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
The game in Tel-Aviv was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hapoel Eilat (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (4-2). Hapoel Eilat managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of Eli Holman who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Eilat have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Hapoel Eilat went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Eilat's next round opponent will be higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tel-Aviv to the arena Maccabi T-A.

In the last two games of round 7 Maccabi Haifa won against Maccabi Ashdod on the opponent's court 80-74. Bnei Hasharon unfortunately lost to Maccabi Rishon in a home game 76-91.


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Haifa 74-80

Very expected game when 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (1-5) was defeated at home by third ranked Maccabi Haifa (5-2) 80-74. It looked good early as Maccabi Ashdod took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi Haifa had a 22-19 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Ashdod was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-80. Maccabi Haifa made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. point guard Guni Israeli (185-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Netanya. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Maccabi Haifa's next round opponent will be Bnei Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Simpson 21+7reb+2ast, J.Skeen 18+1reb+2ast, G.Israeli 17+10reb+5ast, B.Bass 8+4reb, M.Mizrahi 8+2reb+2ast, D.Gor Arie 2+1reb
Maccabi Haifa: P.Stoll 25+2reb+2ast, P.Calathes 14+7reb+1ast, D.Smith 13+5reb+6ast, C.Carr 11+2reb+2ast, I.Kozikaro 10+9reb+2ast, C.Colman 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 192952


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Rishon 76-91

Rather predictable result in Hod Hasharon where sixth ranked Maccabi Rishon (4-2) defeated 9th ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-4) 91-76. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Bnei Hasharon was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Rishon players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points and naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (204-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel Eilat and Hapoel T-A. Bnei Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with four games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be Hapoel J-M (#7) in Jerusalem. Bnei Hasharon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Maccabi Haifa.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: R.Beck 25+4reb, I.Rosefelt 14+6reb, H.Pope 10+3reb, B.Rice 8+3reb+4ast, N.Berkowitz 8+1reb+6ast, J.Jones 5+6reb+2ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Wright 20+10reb+4ast, A.Uter 18+5reb+5ast, L.Jones 16+5reb+3ast, O.Solomon 15+2reb, W.Warren 8+2reb+5ast, A.Ben David 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 192953


Netanya - Galil Gilboa 74-83

The game between second ranked GreenTops Netanya (5-2) and twelfth ranked Galil Gilboa (1-6) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. GreenTops Netanya was defeated by Galil Gilboa in a tough game in Netanya 74-83. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-74. Galil Gilboa forced 23 GreenTops Netanya turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Galil Gilboa maintains twelfth place with 1-6 record. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Maccabi Haifa. Galil Gilboa are looking forward to face higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GreenTops Netanya will play against Hapoel Eilat (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Netanya: D.Washington 22+8reb+3ast, M.Killingsworth 17+6reb+1ast, R.Bradley 16+3reb+4ast, R.Morgan 6+4reb, E.Shulman 5+1reb+3ast, E.Gueta 5+1reb
Galil Gilboa: M.Watt 21+10reb+3ast, J.Smith 20+5reb+6ast, A.Simhon 14+2reb+2ast, B.Hunter 13+4reb, D.Yavzuri 5+3reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 4+1ast
gschID: 192950


Hapoel J-M - Elizur Ashkelon 85-91

Ironi Ashkelon has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Jerusalem, where they defeated Hapoel J-M (3-4) 91-85. It looked good early as Hapoel J-M took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ironi Ashkelon had a 22-18 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel J-M was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-91. Ironi Ashkelon made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hapoel J-M turnovers. Hapoel J-M was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St., agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Ironi Ashkelon's coach Adi Azulay allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Craig Smith (201-83, college: Boston Coll.) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and the former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Ironi Ashkelon (1-5) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Ironi Ashkelon will play against higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel J-M will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: C.Smith 28+6reb, R.Limonad 18+6reb+1ast, E.Kadir 9+1reb, J.Pullen 8+3reb+5ast, J.Duncan 8+4reb, C.Fells 7+3reb+4ast
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Moore 22+4reb+5ast, M.Dove 18+7reb+1ast, J.Mills 15+5reb+1ast, M.Perry 14+3reb+4ast, O.Shaashoua 7+3ast, G.Porat 7+1reb
gschID: 192954


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi T-A 72-100

Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hapoel Holon (3-4) 100-72. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A 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 Holon's 40. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Hapoel Holon's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi T-A made 9 blocks. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) fired 15 points for the winners. International Lior Eliyahu (206-85) chipped in 13 points. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Maccabi T-A and four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-1 record. Hapoel Holon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi T-A's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tel-Aviv Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: F.Hassell 26+17reb, S.Harush 12+3reb+2ast, L.Hill 11+7reb, T.Smith 10+9reb+2ast, J.Dyson 7+1reb+1ast, S.Daniel 5+2reb
Maccabi T-A: D.Logan 15+4reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 13+3reb, L.Eliyahu 13+3reb+3ast, R.Hickman 12+4reb+1ast, D.Smith 10+6reb+2ast, M.Roth 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 192951


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Eilat 64-68

The game in Tel-Aviv was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hapoel Eilat (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (4-2). Hapoel Eilat managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Hapoel Eilat, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 43-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Tel-Aviv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) added 13 points in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Eilat have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Hapoel Eilat went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Eilat's next round opponent will be higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tel-Aviv to the arena Maccabi T-A.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 22+6reb+1ast, D.Stitt 13+4reb+1ast, M.Naor 12+3reb+1ast, B.Timor 5+4reb+3ast, J.Allen 4+6reb, G.Eytan 4+1reb+1ast
Hapoel Eilat: S.Hopson 16+7reb+5ast, A.Freeman 15+2reb+1ast, E.Holman 12+18reb, J.Tillman 11+2reb, T.Younger 5+3reb, L.Hakmon 4+5reb
gschID: 192949



Maccabi Haifa won Ashdod in a postponement match - by Idan Seggev

Maccabi Bazan Haifa won Maccabi Ashdod today 80-74 in a postponement match from round 6. Ashdod showed up to this match without Kenny Gabriel (203-F-89, college: Auburn) & Chris Allen (190-G-88, college: Iowa St.) who are no longer the club's players due to the security situation and without Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) who signed but still didn't arrive to Israel. Maccabi Bazan Haifa on the other hand, looking very good and they occupy the 2nd place so far with five wins and two loses. The main attraction was the point guard, Paul Stoll (180-PG-85), who scored 25 pts with amazing performance behind the arc with 7 from 13 attempts. The game was very close until the 3rd period, when Haifa took the lead 57-46, but Moshe Mizrahi (202-F-80, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Guni Israeli (185-PG-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) kept Ashdod alive. In the last period, Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) already decrease the gap to 3 points lead, 69-72, but Corry Carr (192-SF-75, college: Texas Tech) and Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) in his debut, close the deal with good free throws, 74-80 to Haifa at the end.

Haifa's scorers:
Stoll 25 pts, Calathes 14 + 7 rbs, Smith 13 pts + 6 ast, Carr 11 pts, Kozikaro 10 pts + 9 rbs, Mekel 5 pts, Thomas 2

Ashdod's scorers:
Simpson 21 pts + 7 rbs, Skin 18 pts, Israeli 17 pts + 10 rbs + 5 ast, Gordon 8 pts, Mizrahi 8 pts, Gur-Arie 2 pts.



EuroCup: Budivelnyk finish strong, edge Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Hapoel Jerusalem 84:77

Budivelnyk clinched the second win in EuroCup Group A. The Kyiv team held off Hapoel Jerusalem at home court. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 22 points to pace the hosts. Jerusalem fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
The Israeli team enjoyed a 26:24 lead after ten minutes. Budivelnyk slowed the visitors down in the second frame. The hosts pulled ahead for a 46:44 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Jerusalem at 14 points in the quarter and accumulated a 62:58 lead at the final intermission. Hapoel tipped off the fourth frame with 7 points in a row to surge ahead. The Israeli team entered the final minute of the clash up by one point 77:76. However Tsintsadze sank three consecutive free throws and then Malcolm Delaney added a three-pointer to give Budivelnyk an 82:77 lead. Tsintsadze followed with two more free throws to seal the victory. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) answered with 22 points for Hapoel. Courtney Fells (198-SF-86, college: N.Carolina St.) had 19 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Budivelnyk: Malcolm Delaney 22, Leo Lyons 20, Artur Drozdov 18+12 boards
Hapoel Jerusalem: Jacob Pullen 22, Courtney Fells 19



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  ITALY   


Pesaro adds coach Markovski to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) added to their roster 52-year old naturalized FYR Macedonian coach Zare Markovski. He coached last season at Biancoblu Basket Bologna (Lega2). Markovski also coached at Biancoblu that season.
He coached in the final of Italian SerieA in 2007.
Markovski was selected to FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game back in 2007.
He has coached previously professionally in Switzerland (Lugano Tigers) and Turkey.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Aget Service Imola tabs coach Vincenzo Esposito - by Eurobasket News

Aget Service Imola (Lega2) inked 43-year old coach Vincenzo Esposito (agency: Interperformances). He coached most recently at Moncada Solar Agrigento in Nazionale B. Esposito helped his team get promotion to Nazionale A. He also coached at Agrigento that season.
Esposito has coached previously another Italian team: Pall.Trento.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda surprise Sassari in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari - Crvena Zvezda 94:97

Crvena Zvezda maintained their perfect record in EuroCup regular season. They nipped Sassari on the road to improve at 4-0 record in Group H. Sassari slipped at 1-3 record and appeared on the verge of elimination. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) nailed 20 points to lead the winners.
Crvena Zvezda fired 31 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted an 11-point buffer before the second stanza. Sassari stopped the rot in the next period. The hosts cut the margin at 10 points 43:53 at halftime. Sassari got closer in the third term. They trailed by 9 points with one quarter remaining 69:78. Sassari used a 10:1 run late in regulation to knot thing up at 90. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Easley traded buckets before DeMarcus Nelson put the Serbian team in front 94:92 with 12 seconds remaining. Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) sank two free throws to level things up but Boris Savovic answered with a buzzer-beating triple to win the game for Crvena Zvezda. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) provided 16 points, while Boris Savovic added 15 points in the victory. Travis Diener responded with 21 points and 7 assists for Sassari. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) had 16 points in the loss.

Banco di Sardegna Sassari: Travis Diener 21, Drake Diener 16
Crvena Zvezda: DeMarcus Nelson 20, Igor Rakocevic 16, Boris Savovic 15



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

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


D1 Round 8: Al Kuwait reach 5-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Kazma (#5) and Al Arabi (#6). Kazma (4-1) won against visiting Al Arabi (3-3) 66-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Arabi. Kazma moved-up to second place. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Al Yarmook. Kazma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Arabi will play at home against Al Salmiyah (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kuwait City. Top-ranked Al Kuwait faced 4th ranked Al Sahel. Host Al Kuwait (5-0) defeated guests from Abu Halifa (3-2) 80-72. Undefeated Al Kuwait have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Al Sahel at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Al Sulaibikhat can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Al Jahraa (1-3) 81-76 on Friday. Al Sulaibikhat left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Al Jahraa. Al Sulaibikhat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Jahraa will play against Al Qadsia (#4) in Kuwait City.
Bottom-ranked Al Shabab (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-66 loss to seventh ranked Al Yarmook (3-3) in Al Ahmadi. Al Yarmook moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Al Arabi. Al Shabab at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


Kazma - Al Arabi 66-59

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Kazma (#5) and Al Arabi (#6). Kazma (4-1) won against visiting Al Arabi (3-3) 66-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Al Arabi. Kazma moved-up to second place. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Al Yarmook. Kazma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Arabi will play at home against Al Salmiyah (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 229769


Al Kuwait - Al Sahel 80-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kuwait City. Top-ranked Al Kuwait faced 4th ranked Al Sahel. Host Al Kuwait (5-0) defeated guests from Abu Halifa (3-2) 80-72. Al Kuwait have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Al Sahel at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 229768


Al Shabab - Al Yarmook 66-75

Bottom-ranked Al Shabab (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-66 loss to seventh ranked Al Yarmook (3-3) in Al Ahmadi. Al Yarmook moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Al Arabi. Al Shabab at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 229767


Al Sulaibikhat - Al Jahraa 81-76

Al Sulaibikhat can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Al Jahraa (1-3) 81-76 on Friday. Al Sulaibikhat left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Al Jahraa. Al Sulaibikhat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Jahraa will play against Al Qadsia (#4) in Kuwait City.
gschID: 229766



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  LATVIA   

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. Jekabpils 5-6 
 7. Jelgava 4-5 
 8. Barons kvartals 4-6 
 9. Liepaja 3-6 
 10. Turiba 3-7 
 11. U18 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 28: Jekabpils - Barons kvartals 92-85
Nov. 27: Valmiera - Jurmala 78-63
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: 22.9
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.22.9 
 2. Peiners, LU18.5 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils18.2 
 4. Sokolovs, Turiba15.4 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.2 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.7 
 7. Metra, Barons k.14.3 
 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.7.6 
 8. Rozitis, Barons k.7.2 
 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.3.9 
 5. Bergmanis, Barons3.8 
 6. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.7 
 7. Peiners, LU3.5 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.4 
 9. Krumins, Valmiera3.4 
 10. Plavnieks, U183.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Barons k.
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miezis, Barons k.2.3 
 2. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.2 
 3. Ezerskis, Liepaja2.0 
 4. Peiners, LU1.7 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Archer, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Sims, Ventspils1.5 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala1.5 
 10. Slesers, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Mednis, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 7. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava0.8 
 9. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 8-0 
 2. BK VEF-LSPA 7-1 
 3. RSU 7-2 
 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. Ogres 3-7 
 12. DSN 2-7 
 13. Ridzene 1-5 
 14. Gulbene 1-7 
 15. Valmiera BSS 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 27: Jelgava/LLU - Gulbene 87-73
Nov. 28: RSU - Ogres 78-87
Nov. 28: Valmiera BSS - BK VEF-LSPA 55-86
Nov. 28: DSN - Saldus 54-59
Nov. 29: Liepaja-2 - VeA
Nov. 29: Kvele - Ridzene
Nov. 29: ViA - VEF skola
Dec. 1: BK VEF-LSPA - Saldus


EuroCup: Triumph edge out VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

Triumph - VEF Riga 82:77

Triumph accounted for the fourth straight win in EuroCup season. They overcame visiting VEF Riga in Lyubertsy. The hosts remained on top of Group C with 4-0 record. VEF Riga slipped at 1-3 record. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) posted 21 points to pace the winners.
VEF Riga enjoyed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. But the hosts turned things around in the second quarter. Triumph denied the deficit and pulled ahead. The home team accounted for a 41:34 halftime lead. The hosts led by 11 points midway through the third term but VEF Riga cut the margin. They went on a 7:2 run to narrow the deficit. The Latvian team trailed by just 4 points heading into the fourth term 55:59. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) put VEF Riga in front early in the fourth period. But Triumph used an 8:0 run to regain the lead. They maintained the advantage and protected till the final buzzer. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) delivered 15 points each for the winning side. Earl Rowland answered with 17 points and 6 assists for VEF Riga. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) provided 13 points in the loss.

Triumph: Tasmin Mitchell 21, Tywain McKee 15, Kyle Landry 15
VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 17, Kristaps Janicenoks 13



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Standings

Liga Sudamericana Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Flamengo 2-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 1-1 
 3. Uniceub/BRB 1-1 
 4. Tiburones 0-2 
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 9

Nov. 28: Tiburones - Brasilia 79-103
Nov. 28: Flamengo - Pinheiros/Sky 107-77

Semi-Finals: Round 10

Nov. 29: Flamengo - Tiburones
Nov. 29: Pinheiros/Sky - Brasilia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.24.6 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.20.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras19.5 
 4. Smith, Pinheiro.18.6 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo17.6 
 6. Teague, Penarol17.5 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.17.4 
 8. Sucre, Tiburones17.0 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.15.8 
 10. Washam, Regatas15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 3. Sucre, Tiburones8.0 
 4. Teague, Penarol7.2 
 5. Graterol, Tiburones7.0 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.6.8 
 7. Leiva, Penarol6.8 
 8. Rodriguez, Flame.6.8 
 9. Mikulas, Libertad6.3 
 10. Silveira, Flamengo6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia6.6 
 3. Osimani, Obras6.2 
 4. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 6. Quinteros, Regat.4.0 
 7. Ecker, Tiburones3.8 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.3.8 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol3.0 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.2.6 
 3. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.4 
 4. Washam, Regatas C.2.3 
 5. Teague, Penarol1.8 
 6. Benite, Flamengo1.6 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.6 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 9. Mijares, Tiburones1.4 
 10. Dos Santos, Brasi.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo MORRO
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Morro, Pinheiro.1.5 
 2. Leiva, Penarol1.3 
 3. de Souza, Brasilia1.2 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.2 
 5. Silveira, Flamengo1.0 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 7. Reis, Brasilia0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Mata, Penarol0.7 


Semifinal Stage: Day 2 in Group E - by Eurobasket News

Tiburones - Brasilia 79-103
Uniceub/BRB stayed alive in the race for the South American League Finals. The Brazilian powerhouse rolled past Tiburones to improve at 1-1 record in Group E. They will now take on Pinheiros/Sky today in the decider. Tiburones fell at 0-2 record in the pool. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) came up with 26 points to pace the winners. Uniceub/BRB started the game strongly. They exploded with 34 points in the first frame to gain a 17-point lead. The Brazilian team maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 58:40 halftime advantage. Uniceub/BRB stayed red-hot offensively in the third term. They dropped 29 points to ensure a 25-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Tiburones outscored their opponents in the final term to sweeten the pill. Isaac Goncalves (193-F/G-90) and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) finished with 15 points each for the winners. Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Venezuelan team. Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) netted 21 points in the loss.

Flamengo - Pinheiros/Sky 107-77
Flamengo recorded the second straight win at the second stage of Liga Sudamericana. They fired past Pinheiros/Sky to clinch the place in the Finals. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Pinheiros/Sky fell at 1-1 record in Group E and would take on Uniceub/BRB tonight in the decider. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 24:24 after the starting period. However Flamengo gradually took off. They accumulated a 50:42 halftime lead. Flamengo erupted for 29 points in the third term to gain a 21-point lead at the final intermission. They went for 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal a comfortable victory. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne), Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) and Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) accounted for 15 points each in the win. Pinheiros/Sky responded with 25 points from Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84). Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) had 12 points in the loss.



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  LITHUANIA   


EuroCup: Nymburk outscore BC Prienai - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - BC Prienai 90:66

Nymburk used the strong second quarter to power past visiting Rudupis. The victory propelled the Czech champions at 3-1 record in Group A. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) and Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89) nailed 20 points apiece to lead the hosts.
BC Prienai led by four points after ten minutes of action. But Nymburk responded with a 32-point rally in the second quarter to surge in front. They established a 46:42 halftime lead. The hosts left the Lithuanian team behind in the third term. Nymburk fired 24 points and secured a 14-point advantage before the final stanza. Rudupis accounted for just 10 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points, while Rancik added 11 points for the winning side. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) and Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) reacted with 13 points each for BC Prienai.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 20, Vojtech Hruban 20, Miljan Pavkovic 15
BC Prienai: Siim-Sander Vene 13, Arminas Urbutis 13



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  MALI   


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (5-3) in their last game. Despite Sy's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 77-81 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) STB Le Havre. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Sy's first year with the team. Sy has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3bpg and FT: 60.7% in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team one years ago.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division). He was not able to help ifm Baskets Konstanz (2-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sylla's very good performance the 11th-placed ifm Baskets Konstanz was badly defeated 94-78 in Rhoendorf by the leading Dragons in the Group South. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Sylla also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Sylla has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 76.7%. He played for the Mali national team in 2009.

Modibo Diarra
Modibo Diarra
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Modibo Diarra (208-80, college: Memphis, currently plays in NBLCanada). He managed to help Saint John Mill Rats to win against the Windsor Express (2-5) crushing them 119-88 in the NBL Canada on Friday night. Diarra scored only 4 points. The Saint John Mill Rats have 3-4 record this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Diarra's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg and FT: 64.3%. He played for the Mali national team three years ago.

Waly Coulibaly
Waly Coulibaly
   #4. Guard Waly Coulibaly (190-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the the league outsider Chaminade University in their game against the University of Illinois (0-0) in the PacWest. Coulibaly cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points in 20 minutes. his team was crushed 84-61 in Champaign, IL by the University of Illinois. Coulibaly has been at the team for four years. This season Coulibaly's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 5.7rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Mali national team last year.

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

   #1. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Chorale de Roanne (3-5) in their last game. Despite Sangare's good performance Chorale de Roanne lost 67-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) Limoges CSP Elite. He scored 11 points and added 4 passes in 33 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Sangare's first year with the team. This season Sangare's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico St. to an easy victory against the University Louisiana at Lafayette crushing them 79-57 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Sy scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The New Mexico State University has conference record this season. Sy has been at the team for four years. This year he averages: 6.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg. Sy is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help the league outsider La Palma (0-6) in their game against Prat Juventud (3-4) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. The bottom-ranked La Palma lost 79-87 in Prat to the higher-ranked (#8) Juventud. So far La Palma lost all six games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Konate averages: 5.5ppg and 5.7rpg in the six games.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Sambou Traore (199-PF-79) plays for Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA
Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) plays for JSF Nanterre in French ProA
Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Nianta Diarra (200-F/C-93) plays for STB Le Havre in French ProA
Drissa Ballo (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Issa Coulibaly (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84) plays for 1 De Agosto in Angolan Division I
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) plays for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in French ProB
Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80) plays for Saint Vallier in French ProB
Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83) plays for Blois in French NM1

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



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  MONTENEGRO   


EuroCup: Buducnost upend Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Spirou 59:55

Buducnost enjoyed the third victory in EuroCup season. They held off visiting Spirou to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Spirou remained winless at 0-4. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.) nailed 16 points to pace the Montenegrin champions
Buducnost found themselves trailing by 3 points after the starting quarter 20:23. Buducnost adjusted defensively and erased the deficit in the second term. The hosts spurred ahead for a 35:34 halftime advantage. The Montenegrin team limited Spirou to just 7 points in the third term to extend the lead. Buducnost arrived at the final break up by 10 points 51:41. Spirou narrowed the deficit to a single point with 20 seconds remaining 55:56. But Vitkovac sank three free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Buducnost. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points in the win. Jason Fontenet (178-PG-82, college: Oregon St.) answered with 19 points for Spirou. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) had 10 points in the losing case.

Buducnost: Dee Bost 16, Gerald Lee 12, Milan Milosevic 8
Spirou: Jason Fontenet 19, Nikola Jankovic 10



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Brooklyn N. 10-4 
 2. New York K. 10-4 
 3. Philadelph.76 9-6 
 4. Boston C. 8-7 
 5. Toronto R. 3-13 
Central Div.
 1. Milwaukee B. 7-6 
 2. Chicago B. 7-7 
 3. Indiana P. 7-8 
 4. Detroit P. 5-11 
 5. Cleveland C. 3-12 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 10-3 
 2. Atlanta H. 9-4 
 3. Charlotte B. 7-7 
 4. Orlando M. 5-9 
 5. Washington W. 1-12 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 12-4 
 2. Utah Jazz 9-7 
 3. Denver N. 8-7 
 4. Minnesota T. 6-8 
 5. Portland TB 6-9 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 9-6 
 2. Golden St.W. 8-6 
 3. LA Lakers 7-8 
 4. Phoenix Suns 7-9 
 5. Sacramento K. 4-10 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 13-3 
 2. Memphis G. 11-2 
 3. Houston R. 7-8 
 4. Dallas M. 7-9 
 5. N.Orleans H. 4-10 

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 30

Nov. 29: Miami Heat - San Antonio S.
Nov. 29: Golden St.W. - Denver N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers27.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.6 
 3. Anthony, New Y.26.5 
 4. James, Miami Heat25.2 
 5. Harden, Houston R.24.5 
 6. Irving, Cleveland22.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..20.7 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.20.4 
 9. Bosh, Miami Heat20.2 
 10. Mayo, Dallas M.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.9 
 2. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 3. Asik, Houston R.12.3 
 4. Faried, Denver N.11.3 
 5. Hickson, Portland.11.1 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.10.9 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.10.6 
 8. Howard, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Duncan, San A.9.8 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.9 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Holiday, Philadel.9.1 
 4. Williams, Brooklyn8.8 
 5. Vasquez, N.Orlean.8.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 7. Lawson, Denver N.7.5 
 8. Calderon, Toron.7.3 
 9. Parker, San A.7.2 
 10. Teague, Atlanta7.1 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JENNINGS
  Milwauke.
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jennings, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.8 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. Walker, Charlott.2.1 
 5. Matthews, Portland.2.1 
 6. Lawson, Denver N.2.1 
 7. Lin, Houston R.2.1 
 8. Kidd, New York K.2.1 
 9. Dragic, Phoenix2.1 
 10. Leonard, San A.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.1 
 2. Hibbert, Indiana P.3.1 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers2.8 
 4. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.5 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.3 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix2.2 
 9. Lopez, N.Orleans H.2.0 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.2.0 


Wizards break ice, record initial victory of season - by Eurobasket News

Chicago B. - Dallas M. 101-78
Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) had 22 points and six rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Dallas Mavericks 101-78 on Wednesday night. Five Chicago players scored at least 11 points to help the Bulls (7-7) beat the Mavericks for the fourth straight time. Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) came off the bench and added 14 points and six assists for Chicago, and fellow reserve Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 13, including 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Joakim Noah chipped in 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks as Chicago avoided its first three-game losing streak at the United Center since dropping five straight from March 1-19, 2010. Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) scored 18 points for Dallas, which shot just 35 percent to lose for the eighth time in its last 11 games. The Mavs (7-9), who had won 21 of its last 27 overall against Chicago, dropped to 2-6 on the road. Both teams were coming off difficult losses. Chicago blew a 27-point third-quarter lead in a 93-92 loss to Milwaukee on Monday, while the Mavericks lost 100-98 at Philadelphia on Tuesday when O.J. Mayo missed a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds left in the game. The Bulls had a 78-51 lead in Monday's loss before the Bucks broke off a game-changing 31-4 run. Dallas closed within six with 2:30 to go in the third Wednesday but after a timeout, Deng buried a 3-pointer and Robinson scored on a drive to give Chicago its biggest lead, 77-56. The Bulls staved off another round of drama in the fourth, pushing the lead to as many as 29 and never fewer than 17. The crowd roared to life in the closing minutes as Chicago neared 100 points, meaning a free sandwich for everyone in attendance. Nazr Mohammed's dunk did the trick, eliciting a huge roar from the remaining fans. The Bulls closed the first quarter with a 9-2 run and led by a point even though Dallas shot 55 percent from the field. Deng scored 12 points in the period, while Dominique Jones racked up six points and three assists for the Mavericks. Chicago's reserves keyed a second-quarter spurt to open up the game. After Rodrigue Beaubois' 3 cut the lead to 31-28, Chicago went on a 13-0 run and outscored Dallas 18-2 over the next 4:40. Robinson keyed the spree with 10 points and four assists in the period. The Bulls outscored the Mavericks 16-4 from the line in the first half, getting whistled for just four fouls to Dallas' 13. Chicago led by as many as 19 in the quarter and was up 58-42 at the break, led by Deng's 14 points. Marion led Dallas with 12 points. Dallas leading scorer Mayo was held to a season-low four points on 2-for-9 shooting. He entered the game averaging 20.8 points and had scored in double digits in each of the Mavs' first 15 games. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

LA Clippers - Minnesota T. 101-95
The Los Angeles Clippers edged out the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 101-95. The Clippers and T'Wolves engaged in a seesaw affair that witnessed multiple lead changes and plenty of dramatics, but the result was a Los Angeles victory that carried them to 9-6 on the season. Minnesota dropped to 6-8. The Clippers held the Timberwolves to 38% shooting while shooting around 46% from the field. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) led the Clippers with 23 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) put in 18 points and six rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan had a solid 14 points and six rebounds. Off the bench, Matt Barnes added 13 points and Jamal Crawford put in 11. The Timberwolves were led by Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) with 19 points and 12 rebounds, although he only made three field goals. Nikola Pekovic also put in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Alexey Shved added 17 points off the bench, Luke Ridnour put in 13 points and seven assists, and Malcolm Lee put in 10 points and seven boards. Courtesy of: sbnation.com

Oklah.City T. - Houston R. 120-98
OKLAHOMA CITY - Returning to Oklahoma City, where he helped the Thunder reach The Finals to the roaring delight of fans who warmly greeted his return, the Rockets' bearded shooter marked the occasion with his season-high scoring night. The Rockets' problem, among others, was that it was not James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.). For all Daequan Cook did to help keep them in the game, the Rockets can only hope Harden was as way off when he said that this was 'just another game' as he would be through most of the rest of the night. Harden's first game against the Thunder was his worst game with the Rockets. Though he maintained before the game that he would simply play, neither using nor ignoring the emotions of the occasion, he seemed clearly ill at ease, which would be more encouraging than to think the Thunder defenders had a book on him so complete that they shut him down. With Harden missing his first nine shots and failing to get his first bucket until a second-half breakaway, the Rockets offense could not keep pace with the Thunder. Oklahoma City led by as much as 18 in the first half and then blew open the game in the fourth quarter on the way to a 120-98 rout, snapping the Rockets' three-game winning streak and extending their road losing streak to five games. Harden did not find his shooting touch until midway through the fourth quarter by the time the rout was certain. After making just 1 of his first 13 shots, he dropped in a pair of 3s. He was 3 of 16 overall, but made 9 of 11 free throws to score 17 points, his fewest points in a game this season, other than the 17 minutes he played when sick in Utah. 'I think he had to experience this,' Rockets acting head coach Kelvin Sampson said. 'Sometimes, you have to go through the moment. The next time he comes here, it won't be his first time back. He won't have gone through what he has gone through for 24 hours. It's a little bit unfair what he's gone through. 'We got in Minnesota at 2 o'clock. I saw him again at 8 o'clock. Then we come out here and he's got such an emotional attachment. James loved Oklahoma City. He loves his (former) teammates. He loves these fans. He had a lot of things swirling through his head tonight.' Emotions runs low In between the Rockets' game Tuesday in Houston and test Wednesday in Oklahoma City, the Rockets had flown to Minnesota for the memorial service for coach Kevin McHale's daughter, Sasha, who had died on Saturday. They arrived at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 2:30 p.m., many trying to sleep on the locker room floor, exhausted from squeezing so much travel and so many emotions into 24 hours. The wall hit hard, when with the Rockets down 10 early in the fourth quarter, they had little left. It did not help that Chandler Parsons, the Rockets second-leading scorer and rebounder this season, was out with a sore right shoulder, and his back up, Carlos Delfino was still days away from returning from a groin injury. Cook started and scored 18 points. Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) had a career-high 27 points. But the focus was on Harden, who had been dealt to the Rockets in a deal that stunned Oklahoma City. Harden had been blamed for speaking of 'sacrifice' and failing to take the Thunder extension offer of $54 million over four years. Days later, he signed with the Rockets for roughly $80 million over five seasons. 'Obviously it was part about the money, but it was the situation,' Harden said. 'I was put in a tough situation to where things didn't happen the way they wanted to. I thought I did sacrifice. I thought I sacrificed coming off the bench. I could have tried to be a starter and messed the whole thing up. I sacrificed coming off the bench for the better of the team. There were a lot of different things I thought I sacrificed to make the Thunder better.' Welcomed back Harden was generally welcomed back. He was greeted with loud cheers in introductions and hugs from former teammates before and after the game. He did not agree with Sampson's belief that he was pressing, though he said several times 'it was good to finally get it over with. 'Now, I can continue on with the season.' Courtesy of: http://blog.chron.com

Atlanta H. - Charlotte B. 94-91
ATLANTA - Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help the Atlanta Hawks win their sixth straight game with a 94-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) and Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) also had 17 points apiece for the Hawks. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) finished with 26 points and Ramon Sessions had 18 to lead Charlotte, which has lost two straight and three of four. Gordon's straightaway 3-pointer with 29.1 seconds remaining cut Atlanta's lead to 92-91. The Bobcats got the ball back, but Sessions' inbounds pass from the left sideline was ruled a turnover after the officials watched replays and concluded neither Gordon nor Smith touched the ball, which bounced out of bounds on the other side of the court with 5.2 seconds to go. Horford, who finished with 11 rebounds, followed with two free throws 1.1 seconds later. Byron Mullens missed a 3-pointer, with Horford covering him tightly, that would've tied the score at the buzzer. The Bobcats were coming off 114-69 loss - the worst in franchise history - on Monday at Oklahoma City, but they led at the 2:34 mark of the second quarter when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's layup ended an 18-2 run that put Charlotte up 42-35. By the 7:11 mark of the third, the Hawks led for good after Horford's three-point play made it 52-51. Smith, who finished with a game-high 13 rebounds, was the catalyst for most of the third, scoring 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and getting four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Kemba Walker scored 15 points and Brendan Haywood pulled down 11 rebounds for the Bobcats. NOTES: Hawks G Kyle Korver left with back spasms in the third and didn't return. ... Bobcats C Bismack Biyombo, returning after missing the last two games with a bruise on his lower left leg, finished with six points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes. ... Hawks G Devin Harris, playing for the first time since spraining his left big toe in last Friday's win at Charlotte, finished with seven points and four assists. Courtesy of: www.macon.com

Orlando M. - San Antonio S. 89-110
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In a preseason tuneup against Orlando, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich limited his veterans' minutes and paved the way for the Magic to pull out a close victory. It was a feel-good moment for first-year Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn, a former Spurs assistant, to best his former mentor in their first meeting. That was the preseason. This time the teacher showed his pupil no mercy. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) had 20 points, Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) scored 19 and the Spurs earned their fifth consecutive victory, racing past the Magic 110-89 on Wednesday night. Tim Duncan added 15 points in 27 minutes, and Tony Parker chipped in 14 points and eight assists. "We're just playing basketball the way we've been playing it," Duncan said. "Whoever is put in front of us, that's how we're playing. We've been playing well for a couple of games here and we hope to continue it." The Spurs posted their eighth consecutive victory on the road and have now beaten the Magic in five of their past six meetings. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) led the Magic with 16 points, followed by Jameer Nelson with 14. The Magic struggled from the field, connecting on only two of their 15 3-point attempts. Orlando has lost two straight and will conclude its season-high, five-game homestand Friday against Brooklyn. San Antonio will end its six-game road trip Thursday in Miami. Using a barrage of outside shooting and easy transition baskets, San Antonio opened up a 20-point lead minutes into the fourth quarter and was able to coast down the stretch as its field-goal shooting hovered near 50 percent. "I don't know if it takes a perfect effort," Nelson said. "We've got to put forth more of an effort as a team and eliminate some of the mistakes we had out there and some of that uncertainty, and be more decisive offensively." Popovich said he wanted to try to limit Duncan's minutes as they wound down the long road trip. As it turned out, the veteran didn't have to push himself against the Magic. When he was in the game, Orlando's frontcourt players had difficulty containing him or any of San Antonio's other big men in the half court. That included Tiago Splitter, who had nine points off the bench. For the game the Spurs connected on 44 of 84 field-goal attempts, or 52 percent. "It's early. We'll lose our share, but right now we're playing pretty well, I guess," Popovich said. "It's our second road trip this month. Six days and then 10 days, and this one, so I think they do deserve credit for keeping their focus all that time." In contrast, Wednesday marked the second time this season the Magic starters failed to attempt a single free throw. No Orlando player attempted a free throw until there were less than five minutes to play in the game. For the night, Orlando was only 41 of 95 from the field. "We can't let shots dictate the rest of the game," Vaughn said. "A shot can't dictate transition defense, a missed shot can't dictate our ability to box out and not give up second-chance points ... shots have nothing to do with that." The tone was set early with the Spurs controlling most of the first half, getting easy looks from both the inside and outside as they built a 14-point halftime lead. The Spurs' "Big Three" were all beneficiaries, led by Duncan's 13 points, followed by Emanuel Ginobili and Parker with 12 apiece. Emanuel Ginobili got hot from beyond the arc early, and was responsible for four of San Antonio's six 3-pointers in the half. That opened up the paint for Duncan, who had several makes inside of 5 feet. Parker was equally adept at getting to the rim and also had a pair of three-point plays. Meanwhile, Orlando couldn't find the touch from deep, going 1 for 8 from the 3-point line. The Magic's starters struggled overall from the field, going 11 for 26 collectively. Parker said in a way, being away from home so much early this season has been the best medicine for a team that didn't find the cohesion it was seeking in the preseason. "We've been sharing the ball. Our offense has been clicking," Parker said. "At home we were a little bit out of sync. We've been using this road trip to jell and try to get the groove we had last year." Popovich said he did leave the court feeling a little sympathy for the challenge Vaughn has going forward. "Of course I do," he said. "No coach steps in anywhere, and puts in a system with new players and new faces and gets everything right, very quickly. It's going to take time. ... But he has the discipline, the work ethic, and the respect that he engenders with people that those qualities will get it done." Courtesy of: http://www.cbssports.com

Boston C. - Brooklyn N. 83-95
BOSTON (AP) - Doc Rivers wants the Boston Celtics to be tough - not violent. The message came too late for Rajon Rondo. The Celtics point guard was ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Nets when he retaliated for a hard foul against Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) by shoving Brooklyn forward Kris Humphries into the courtside seats. Rondo, Humphries and Nets forward Gerald Wallace were ejected, and Brooklyn held on to win 95-83. All that stuff, that's not toughness,'' Rivers told reporters, calling his team soft. That foul was a hard foul. It was an unnecessary foul. The play was over and then he pushed him down in the air. But I think that's what they think of us: They think they can push you around.'' Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) scored 18 points and Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Nets opened up a 21-point, first-half lead and took advantage of the loss of the Celtics' All-Star to win for the ninth time in 11 games. Garnett had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 14 points for Boston. Rondo had three assists before he was kicked out, ending his streak at 37 games with double-digits - tied for second-longest in NBA history. The Nets led by eight after one quarter and scored 19 of the first 25 points in the second to make it 47-26. Boston cut the deficit to 14 points and trailed by 16 when Garnett took an off-balance jumper from the right baseline and Humphries leveraged him to the floor with his left arm. Rondo trailed the play with a two-handed shove that sent Humphries into the courtside seats. Kevin could have gotten hurt. He's in the air. He took a bad fall. And so Rondo saw that and probably reacted, and over-reacted, obviously,'' Rivers said. I can't get in anybody's head. But at that point we're getting our tails kicked and we're probably frustrated.'' Wallace soon entered the fray by shoving Garnett. Nets point guard Deron Williams said Humphries, who did not speak to reporters after the game, had scratches on his head and neck. After the game, Humphries posted a picture of his scratched left shoulder with the comment: Anyone know where I can quick get a Tetnis shot in Boston?'' While the rest of the players remained by their benches, coaches and officials tried to break up the skirmish. I think guys just try to defend themselves,'' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. I think the league should really take that into account. Because I don't know if guys can just walk away all the time. They've got to kind of protect themselves.'' The referees went to the scorer's table to watch the incident on replay, and their verdict was announced over the public address system: Two technical fouls for Humphries, one for Wallace - his second of the game, ending his night - and one for Garnett. Rondo was simply ejected. Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul,'' crew chief James Capers said in a pool report provided to reporters. And when he and Humphries go into the stands, they are involved in a fight. Fighting is an automatic ejection.'' Rondo left the Celtics locker room before it was opened to reporters, and was unavailable for comment. We all back each other,'' Garnett said. We take a lot of pride in putting on this jersey. I know I do. This ain't the Girl Scouts or the Boy Scouts. That's what it is. It's the NBA. You've got to get used to it.'' When the free throws were done, Boston trailed 51-38, and the Celtics never got closer than nine points after that. Rondo has had a history of petulance, including a one-game suspension during the opening round of last year's playoff series against Atlanta after he chest-bumped referee Marc Davis while complaining about a call in the final minute of a Boston loss. During the 2011-12 regular season, he was suspended for two games for throwing a ball at an official. Usually he goes after the refs,'' Rivers said. This was another guy, so this was better.'' He has also come under criticism for selfishness this season for re-entering a 20-point loss to Detroit in the fourth quarter to keep his streak alive. Notes: Rondo's streak of 10 or more assists dated to March 11 of last season. That ties John Stockton for second-longest in NBA history. Magic Johnson holds the record at 46 consecutive games in the 1983-84 season. ... U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was in attendance. ... Rivers said Johnson is one of his best friends. The two had dinner together on Tuesday night. ... Garnett tied John Havlicek for 18th on the NBA career list with 1,270 games played. ... Pierce passed Bob Pettit for 13th on the NBA's all-time list for free throws made with 6,183. ... Celtics F Jeff Green sprained his right knee in the second half but was able to return. Boston F Chris Wilcox left the game due to illness. ... The teams next meet on Christmas Day in Brooklyn. ... The Nets were playing their third game in four days. Courtesy of: http://www.boston.com

Detroit P. - Phoenix Suns 117-77
The Pistons could seeming do no wrong tonight in the 117-77 win over the Suns at the Palace. It's the largest margin of victory for the Pistons since they beat the Bucks by 45 on Dec. 31, 2007. Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut), who couldn't get any playing time until recently, scored 19 (4-for-5 three-pointers). Brandon Knight had 19 points (3-for-3 three-pointers) and six assists. Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) had 18 points, making 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Tayshaun Prince and Kyle Singler each scored 12. The game turned into a blowout in the third quarter. After Prince hit a jumper and Jason Maxiell got a dunk, Prince stole the ball and passed ahead to Brandon Knight, who was fouled by Shannon Brown. The former Spartan then picked up a technical foul and Knight hit all three free throws, pushing the lead to 62-44. Later in the quarter, Singler made back-to-back jumpers and Stuckey converted on a driving layup. After a time-out, Stuckey drew a foul on Sebastian Telfair, who then picked up a tech, too. Stuckey made all three free throws to complete a 9-0 run and take a 74-48 lead. Detroit was up 21 at the end of the third. Detroit emphatically slammed the door shut the fourth. Once Phoenix cut the lead to 19, the Pistons went on a 28-2 run, which included 10 points from Villanueva and six straight points by Knight. With 5 minutes to play, it was 107-67. The Pistons shot 53% (40-for-76) from the field, made 12 of 16 three-pointers (75%) and 25 of 35 free throws (72%). Detroit had 28 assists and just 12 turnovers and outrebounded the Suns, 43-39. Phoenix was held to just 34% shooting (28-for-82). Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) came off the bench to lead the Suns with 11 points and six rebounds. Markieff Morris and Goran Dragic each scored 10. The second quarter began with the score tied at 24, but Detroit began to pull away after Corey Maggette's three-pointer and Stuckey's two free throws, giving the Pistons a seven-point led. Later, a quick 10-2 run, featuring four points each from Stuckey and Villanueva, in the middle of the period made it 47-35. The Pistons led, 55-44, at halftime. Stuckey and Prince each had nine points and Detroit shot 50% and made 5 of 6 three-pointers in the first two quarters. Courtesy of: http://www.freep.com

N.Orleans H. - Utah Jazz 84-96
It was certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing game, but the Utah Jazz will gladly take it. The Jazz enjoyed their most comfortable road win of the season, defeating the New Orleans Hornets 96-84. Utah moves to 9-7 with a 3-7 away record. More importantly, the Jazz have won five of their last six games. There were patches of sloppy basketball laced with lots of turnovers, errant shooting, and broken offensive sets by both teams. But thanks to a 31-17 third quarter, Utah took charge and subsequently was not threatened by the Hornets. Balanced attack: It's been a consistent storyline thus far this season, but Utah's balanced attack propelled the victory. The front court led the way, with Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) leading the team with 19 points. Forwards Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) and Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) added 16 apiece, while Gordon Hayward notched 15. Ten Jazzmen played 14 or more minutes, with 34 being the high. Eight individuals scored between six and 19 points. Lastly, each sported a positive +/- stat. Conversely, every single Hornet had a negative +/- mark. Odds n' ends: The veteran point guard duo of Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson combined to take only one shot and were held scoreless. They still were vital to the win, totaling 13 assists and four steals, while orchestrating the offense. Utah had only four assists and nine turnovers midway through the second quarter. Then the Jazz got out running a bit and through some solid execution, earned some easy shots. The rest of the game, Utah had 20 assists compared to just seven miscues - a 2.87:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. After burning the Jazz just a few weeks ago, New Orleans stretch forward Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) was held to just 1-of-6 3-point shooting. Since he re-emerged in the regular rotation, small forward DeMarre Carroll has averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in just 19.2 minutes per outing. His play on both ends of the court, along with his tireless hustle, has been a big catalyst for the recent success. New Orleans' No. 1 pick Anthony Davis was out injured. Courtesy of: http://www.deseretnews.com

Memphis G. - Toronto R. 103-82
The Memphis Grizzlies turned up the defensive pressure, and turned a close game into a rout. The Grizzlies held Toronto to 31 percent shooting and forced 11 turnovers in the second half to pull away and beat the Raptors 103-82 on Wednesday night for their third straight win. Loading... Comments Weigh In Corrections? Recommend Tweet Personal Post 'Our defense was overwhelming in the third quarter. It was just outstanding,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. 'We just came out with a mindset that was committed to playing defense.' Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Zach Randolph finished with 17 points apiece, Randolph adding 13 rebounds and six assists. Mike Conley had 16 points, going 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and Rudy Gay added 14 as Memphis maintained the best record in the NBA (11-2). For Speights, it was redemption for a spotty start to the season. He entered the game averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds, while shooting less than 38 percent. He finished Wednesday's game connecting on 7 of 11 shots, including his only attempt outside the arc. Hollins cited a change in Speights' mentality before the game, going back to Tuesday's practice. 'I just went out there with the confidence I used to have,' Speights said. 'In the past, I lost a lot of confidence knowing that certain things weren't going my way. (I know) I've got to be a professional and go hard in practice and every time I'm on the court that Coach gives me an opportunity.' Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) led the Raptors with 16 points, while Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon scored 12 apiece. Linas Kleiza added 11 points, but was 5 of 15 from the field, as Toronto lost its sixth straight. The Raptors played without Andrea Bargnani, their second-leading scorer, who sat out after hurting his left ankle in Tuesday night's loss at Houston. Memphis dominated the points in the paint 46-32 and held a 46-33 advantage on the boards, including 12-7 off the offensive glass, leading to 16 second-chance points. 'It hurts, but it's supposed to hurt when you get spanked like that,' Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. The Grizzlies led 48-47 at the break in a half that saw 14 lead changes and six ties. The Grizzlies had an early nine-point lead, but from there it was closely played. 'If we only played the second half good, we would be in good shape,' Casey said. Conley had 10 points for Memphis, going 3 of 4 outside the arc in the first half. Kleiza already had 11 points for Toronto, but it took him 13 shots to connect on five. He was taking the bulk of the shots as DeRozan and Lowry, Toronto's two leading scorers with Bargnani out, combined for only 4 of 7 shots in the first half. Otherwise, most of the team stats were close, representing the first half. 'We told our guys at halftime that they were going to turn up the juice,' Casey said of the Grizzlies. 'Now, you've got to meet their toughness with our toughness.' The Raptors weren't able to match that intensity, and Memphis turned the game around in the third. The Grizzlies put together an 11-1 run to open its first double-digit lead of the game. Then they continued to turn up the defense. Tony Allen blocked DeRozan and grabbed the ball, then finished the break with a dunk. That put Memphis up 70-53. Memphis eventually forced seven turnovers in the period and outscored Toronto 33-14, carrying an 81-61 lead into the fourth. The Raptors were only 4 of 17 from field in the third, while Memphis connected on 72 percent in the stanza. 'Coach calmly came in (at halftime) and said they were outworking us, and we needed to step up our intensity,' Conley said 'That's what we did in the third quarter, defensively, more than anything.' After that, the most excitement came with 3:37 left when Quincy Acy was called for a flagrant foul on Gay, who took exception to the play. Acy and Gay also got technicals. DeRozan said the Raptors have to understand as a team that opponents are trying to turn up the intensity on them, particularly after halftime. The third-quarter collapse was indicative of the team's problems. 'We have to look at it now and be sick and tired of losing coming out of the second half,' DeRozan said. 'We have to realize that and understand that we are doing it to ourselves. We have to man up in the second half and jump on other teams.' NOTES: Lowry was Memphis' first-round pick in the 2006 draft. . Allen limped to the bench late in the third period but returned in the fourth. . Randolph had his 12th double-double in 13 games this season. . Memphis F Darrell Arthur sat out with a sore knee. Grizzlies officials said it was precautionary. .The Raptors are now 1-9 on the road. .The 21-point margin is the largest of the season for Memphis. .Raptors F Ed Davis started his first game of the season and scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, team-high for Toronto. Courtesy of: http://www.washingtonpost.com

Milwaukee B. - New York K. 88-102
MILWAUKEE - Pablo Prigioni (6'3''-PG-77) isn't even the Jason Kidd of Argentina so to think the 35 year old rookie can suddenly morph into the 39 year old future Hall of Fame point guard is asking for a bit much. But Prigioni is also more than capable of providing competent point guard play while Kidd recovers from a back injury and on Wednesday the league's oldest rookie proved that there is a place for him in the league. With Steve Novak knocking down three's but passing up an opportunity to dunk and Prigioni enjoying his finest moment since signing as a free agent in July, the Knicks cruised to a 102-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks improved to 10-4 with the win and return home on Friday to face the Wizards, who won for the first time on Wednesday after losing their first 12. Milwaukee, which trailed by 22 in the second half, fell to 7-6. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) led the Knicks with 29 points and Tyson Chandler, who overpowered Samuel Dalembert and Larry Sanders, added 17. Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and seven assists. Dalembert and John Henson, Milwaukee's starting center and power forward respectively, combined for zero points and three rebounds. But it was the play of both Prigioni and Novak that carried the Knicks in the second and third quarters. Prigioni scored 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting with seven assists in 28 minutes. He and Felton had nine field goals compared to 12 for Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, who scored 18 and 17 respectively. Prigioni, who spent most of his professional career in Spain, is expected to see extended playing time while Kidd, who missed his second straight game, recovers from back spasms. The Knicks are listing Kidd as day-to-day. Novak scored 19 points and the Wisconsin native did it in front of friends and family. He scored 11 in the second half and broke the Knicks bench to its feet when he stole the ball at midcourt and broke free toward the basket. Novak's teammates were hoping for a dunk but Novak instead simply converted a lay-up. The Knicks bench provided a spark in the second quarter as the Knicks outscored Milwaukee by 13 in the period. The reserves made 8 of 14 shots in the first half, including Prigioni's 3-for-3. The Knicks were a plus-13 with the back-up point guard on the floor, who enjoyed his best 11-minute stretch since signing with the club. In previous games, Prigioni has lacked the confidence to shoot but Wednesday night he hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Later, he set up Novak for a pair of open 3-pointers and then feed Chandler for an alley-oop dunk. Anthony opened the third quarter with four quick points as the Knicks extended their lead to 18. Novak began the second half on the floor instead of Kurt Thomas which gave the Knicks better spacing. Novak can makes opponents pay for double teaming Anthony. Amar'e Stoudemire can do the same although when Stoudemire, Anthony and Chandler on the floor, the lane is often too clogged. It stands to reason that a forward who can stretch the defense better complements Anthony as well as Chandler. Those are decisions Woodson will have to make at some point. But at least he has options and at least now he knows he can count on his third string point guard. Courtesy of: www.nydailynews.com

Washington W. - Portland TB 84-82
WASHINGTON - Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman lived in Minnesota for nearly 15 years. He knows long, cold winters and long, gloomy dark days. He knows a good metaphor, too. "We just broke through the ice. That ice was four-, five-feet deep, and it's broken through now," he said. For the first time in 13 games this season, the Wizards fished out a win, ending their 12-game losing streak with an 84-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. They also avoided flirting with the then-New Jersey Nets' NBA-record 18 consecutive losses to start a season in 2009-10. Thirteen losses in a row seemed like a possibility after it looked like the Wizards were going to cruise to their first victory. Washington built its biggest fourth-quarter lead of the season, 79-64, and squandered it. Nope, win No. 1 wasn't going to be easy or drama-free. With 2:27 to go in the fourth, Portland had an 80-79 lead, outscoring the Wizards 16-0 in a nearly seven-minute stretch in which Washington missed nine consecutive shots. Washington missed nine consecutive shots until Crawford's three-pointer with 2:06 to play gave the Wizards an 82-80 lead. Center Emeka Okafor's two made free throws with 39.1 seconds left made it 84-82. On one of the biggest defensive possessions of the season for the Wizards, they forced Nicolas Batum into an airball on a three-point attempt and rookie point guard Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) traveled after he grabbed the offensive rebound with 28.9 seconds left. On their second-to-last defensive possession, the Wizards forced J.J. Hickson into a missed shot. The Wizards had the ball with 0.5 seconds left and two-point lead, and even that wasn't a sure thing. Washington turned over the ball and the in-bounds play, and Portland called timeout with 0.2 seconds left and a chance for tip-in play to tie the game. "We made it interesting, but we won. That's the most important thing," Wittman said. Washington guard Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) had a team-high 19 points off the bench, and forward Kevin Seraphin had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) added 14 points for the Wizards. Batum and Lillard each scored 20 points for Portland. It's a good thing the Wizards won, too. Their upcoming schedule is loaded with quality teams: at the New York Knicks on Friday, at home against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, at the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 7 and at home against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 8. The Knicks, Heat, Hawks and Warriors all had winning records and were a combined 35-17 (.673 winning percentage) headed into Wednesday's game. But closing in on the Nets' record is irrelevant now, and the Wizards can continue to focus on becoming a better team without that distraction. The Wizards, like every team on a losing streak, believed they are better than their record indicates, and to be fair, they have had close losses, including overtime losses to the Charlotte Bobcats (108-106 in double OT) on Saturday and the Atlanta Hawks (101-100) on Nov. 21. "We have faith that we are going to win the game. There is no doubt in my mind," Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal said. "Nor do we go in thinking, 'OK, we are about to lose, let's just compete.' No, we always have that mentality that we can win the game." November turned into a brutal, depressing and embarrassing stretch for the Wizards, who are without point guard John Wall (left knee injury). Center Nene just returned the lineup after missing the first 10 games with a painful bout of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The Wizards have been the subject of jokes and mockery, including comparisons to the Washington Wizards from TNT's Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal. "That's the nature of the business," Wittman said. "When you get to this level, you have to have some thick skin. You have to be able to overcome those kinds of things. For the most part, these guys have. We have battled and battled and battled. That's not an easy thing to do when you are 0-12. If you don't have tough skin or a tough mind, you aren't going to come out and play the way we did tonight." Before the game, Blazers coach Terry Stotts had complimentary words for Washington and its players. "When you go 0-12, it's kind of hard to see the positives," he said. Well aware of the Wizards' 0-12 record headed into Wednesday's game at the Verizon Center, the Blazers did not want to be the first team to lose to the Wizards this season. "It's obvious you don't want to be the team," Stotts said earlier Wednesday afternoon after the team's shootaround. "I feel for Randy and what they're going through, but we don't want to be that team." Unfortunately for Stotts and the Blazers, they are that team. The Wizards caught the 6-9 Blazers at the right time. To start a seven-game road trip, Portland lost to Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and the Detroit Pistons on Monday and came to Washington for their third game in four days and facing a desperate team. "It's a huge, huge weight off your back as a team," Ariza said. "We can't stop there. It's only one. It's still a long season. We've got a lot of digging to do to get up out of this hole." Courtesy of: http://www.usatoday.com



Lakers assign center Robert Sucre to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Lakers assigned reserve center Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-89, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga) to the D-Fenders, the team's Development League affiliate. Sacre was selected by the Lakers with the last pick (60 th overall) in the 2012 NBA draft. Although he has impressed the Lakers with his endless energy and ability to stave off minutes for Howard and Gasol during the preseason, Sacre has only appeared in eight games this season totaling 19 minutes. The Lakers also assigned second-round draft pick Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-PG-89, college: Marquette) to the D-Fenders over the weekend. That leaves the Lakers' current roster at 13 players.
Courtesy of: sgvtribune.com



The Mavericks will tab Derek Fisher - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) set to sign 38-year old point guard Derek Fisher (186-95kg-74, college: UALR). He played most recently at Oklahoma City Thunder. In 40 NBA games last season he averaged 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the Northwest Division title.
In 1996 Fisher was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers in first round (24th overall). The former University of Arkansas at Little Rock standoutis in his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Fisher has played previously for three other NBA teams: Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and LA Lakers.
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at the Mavericks.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. Moncton M. 7-4 
 2. London L. 6-0 
 3. Oshawa P. 5-4 
 4. Summerside S. 5-5 
 5. Halifax R. 4-4 
 6. St.John M.R. 3-5 
 7. Windsor Exp. 2-5 
 8. Montreal J. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 28: Oshawa P. - St.John M.R. 111-103
Nov. 27: Moncton M. - Summerside S. 102-83
Nov. 29: Oshawa P. - Montreal J.
Nov. 29: London L. - St.John M.R.
Nov. 29: Moncton M. - Windsor Exp.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Nov. 28: Louisiana Tech - SE Louisiana 99-62
Nov. 28: W.Virginia - VMI 94-69
Nov. 28: Arizona - N.Arizona 93-50
Nov. 28: VCU - Stetson 92-56
Nov. 28: Longwood - Cent.Penn 88-75
Nov. 28: Richmond - William & Mary 86-78 OT
Nov. 28: Wichita St. - Tulsa 86-60
Nov. 28: BYU - Montana 85-60
Nov. 28: UNLV - Cal-Irvine 85-57
Nov. 28: Nevada - Cal-Davis 84-83
Nov. 28: E.Kentucky - Delaware St. 84-51
Nov. 28: Iona - Niagara 83-72
Nov. 28: UCLA - CS Northridge 82-56
Nov. 28: Prairie View A&M - Houston 81-80
Nov. 28: Loyola, IL - Tenn Tech 81-78
Nov. 28: Toledo - Texas A&M-CC 80-68
Nov. 28: NC-Greensboro - N.Carolina A&T 79-90
Nov. 28: Youngstown St. - Kent St. 78-85 OT
Nov. 28: Santa Clara - Utah St. 78-80 OT
Nov. 28: N.Mexico - Mercer 76-58
Nov. 28: Air Force - Jackson St. 76-47
Nov. 28: Illinois - Georgia Tech 75-62
Nov. 28: S.Carolina St. - Jacksonville 74-72
Nov. 28: St.Joseph''s - American 74-55
Nov. 28: Boston U. - Co.Carolina 74-44
Nov. 28: Northeastern - Maine 73-76
Nov. 28: Duke - Ohio St. 73-68
Nov. 28: Radford - Hampton 73-64
Nov. 28: E.Illinois - Cent.Arkansas 72-74
Nov. 28: Appalachian St. - Duquesne 72-73
Nov. 28: S.Dakota St. - N.Dakota 71-70
Nov. 28: Creighton - Boise St. 70-83
Nov. 28: Marshall - Morehead St. 70-67
Nov. 28: LIU Brooklyn - Columbia 70-61
Nov. 28: Wofford - Winthrop 70-55
Nov. 28: Ohio - St.Bonaventure 69-64
Nov. 28: Stanford - Seattle 68-57
Nov. 28: Charleston So. - Charleston 67-72
Nov. 28: Miami, FL - Michigan St. 67-59
Nov. 28: Arizona St. - Ark.-Pine Bluff 67-54
Nov. 28: Washington - St.Louis 66-61
Nov. 28: Cent.Michigan - Bradley 65-82
Nov. 28: Furman - W.Carolina 65-79
Nov. 28: Pennsylvania - Binghamton 65-54
Nov. 28: Washington St. - Idaho 64-55
Nov. 28: Ball St. - Cleveland St. 63-69
Nov. 28: Siena - Massachusetts 63-64
Nov. 28: Lafayette - Delaware 63-60
Nov. 28: Samford - Florida Gulf Coast 62-86
Nov. 28: ORU - Oklahoma 62-63
Nov. 28: SMU - Utah 62-55
Nov. 28: Clemson - Purdue 61-73
Nov. 28: Penn St. - Boston Coll. 61-73
Nov. 28: St.Peter''s - Fair Dickinson 61-66
Nov. 28: Dayton - Weber St. 61-62
Nov. 28: N.Texas - Texas Arlington 59-72
Nov. 28: S.Illinois - Fresno St. 57-54
Nov. 28: UTEP - N.Mexico St. 55-54
Nov. 28: Wisconsin - Virginia 54-60
Nov. 28: Navy - IPFW 54-49
Nov. 28: Cornell - Stony Brook 53-76
Nov. 28: JMU - G.Washington 53-54
Nov. 28: Rhode Island - George Mason 52-55
Nov. 28: Coppin St. - Loyola, MD 51-67
Nov. 28: Georgia South - Elon 50-55
Nov. 28: Wagner - Princeton 48-42 OT
Nov. 28: UCSB - Wyoming 40-68
Nov. 28: Buffalo - Temple 39-54
Nov. 28: Austin Peay St. - Berea 108-53

Regular Season: Round 21

Nov. 29: TCU - S.Utah
Nov. 29: Montana St. - Pepperdine
Nov. 29: Connecticut - New Hampshire
Nov. 29: Norfolk St. - St.Francis, NY
Nov. 29: Fordham - Manhattan
Nov. 29: Liberty - Morgan St.
Nov. 29: NC-Asheville - USC Upstate
Nov. 29: N.Florida - Florida A&M
Nov. 29: Yale - Hartford
Nov. 29: UMBC - Canisius
Nov. 29: Notre Dame - Kentucky
Nov. 29: Campbell - Newberry
Nov. 29: W.Michigan - High Point
Nov. 29: Rider - La Salle
Nov. 29: Brown - Sacred Heart
Nov. 29: E.Tenn.St. - Milligan
Nov. 29: Florida Atlantic - S.Alabama
Nov. 29: FIU - Arkansas St.
Nov. 29: St.John's - S.Carolina
Nov. 29: Memphis - Tenn-Martin
Nov. 29: La-Lafayette - Middle Tenn.St.
Nov. 29: S.Dakota - W.Illinois
Nov. 29: New Orleans - SE Missouri St.
Nov. 29: N.Dakota St. - Nebraska-Omaha
Nov. 29: Missouri St. - Alcorn St.
Nov. 29: Chicago St. - Trinity Christian
Nov. 29: UMKC - IUPUI
Nov. 29: La-Monroe - W.Kentucky
Nov. 29: UALR - Troy
Nov. 29: Florida - Marquette
Nov. 29: Gonzaga - Lewis-Clark St.
Nov. 29: Idaho St. - Montana-West
Nov. 29: LSU - Seton Hall
Nov. 29: Oregon - UTSA
Nov. 29: Loyola Mary - Long Beach St.


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Terry ROSE
  Gramblin.
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 16
 1. Rose, Gramblin.16.0 
 2. Beltran, Southern15.7 
 3. Freelove, Alabama15.0 
 4. Demuynck, Prair.14.8 
 5. Penn, Texas S.14.6 
 6. Luckett, Alcorn St.14.1 
 7. Evans, Alcorn St.13.0 
 8. Strong, Texas S.13.0 
 9. Jackson, Ark.-P.12.5 
 10. Miller, Southern12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demarquelle TABB
  Alabama A&M
  (195-G/F-)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tabb, Alabama A&M8.8 
 2. Sturdivant, Texas7.6 
 3. Banks, Alabama A&M6.8 
 4. Haynes, Ark.-Pin.6.8 
 5. Montgomery, Prair.6.6 
 6. Demuynck, Prair.6.4 
 7. Anderson, Ark.-P.5.8 
 8. Sutton, Texas S.5.7 
 9. Jackson, Ark.-P.5.5 
 10. Chapman, Prair.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carl BLAIR
  Prair.
  (188-PG-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Blair, Prair.5.8 
 2. Crutcher, Alabama5.2 
 3. Penn, Texas S.4.4 
 4. Hammond, Ark.-P.4.0 
 5. Hobbs, Gramblin.3.8 
 6. Copeland, Gramblin.3.2 
 7. Price, Alabama St.2.8 
 8. Hyder, Southern2.5 
 9. Nieves, Alcorn St.2.3 
 10. Jackson, Ark.-P.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tevin HAMMOND
  Ark.-P.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hammond, Ark.-P.2.2 
 2. Hill, Alabama A&M2.0 
 3. Evans, Alcorn St.2.0 
 4. Demuynck, Prair.1.9 
 5. Tabb, Alabama A&M1.8 
 6. Jackson, Ark.-P.1.7 
 7. Miller, Southern1.7 
 8. Crutcher, Alabama1.6 
 9. Beltran, Southern1.5 
 10. Haynes, Ark.-Pin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Fred STURDIVANT
  Texas S.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Sturdivant, Texas2.9 
 2. Tabb, Alabama A&M2.0 
 3. Nicholas, Alcorn S.1.6 
 4. Anderson, Ark.-P.1.5 
 5. Roberson, Gramblin.1.4 
 6. Sutton, Texas S.1.4 
 7. Page, Alabama St.1.2 
 8. Danridge, Gramblin.1.0 
 9. Haynes, Ark.-Pin.0.8 
 10. Brown, Alabama St.0.8 


TSU's Strong drops 39, but No. 19 Colo. survives - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Josh Scott helped settle matters at the end of the game by taking the ball to the hoop.

Scott scored the first two baskets of the second overtime on layups, and No. 19 Colorado fought back from an early 15-point deficit to beat Texas Southern 85-80 on Tuesday night.

The Buffaloes (6-0) withstood a 39-point performance by Omar Strong, who made nine 3-pointers, including three in the extra sessions.

"If we caught a breath, it was a small one because they were hitting 3's," Scott said after he helped Colorado pull ahead for good. "I was just trying to be aggressive, and I made some shots. I'm glad it helped us get the win."

So was Colorado coach Tad Boyle , who was hard on himself and hard on his team after the Buffaloes dodged the upset. He lit into his squad at halftime and blamed himself for his squad's sometimes lackluster play.

"In many respects, (Texas Southern) deserved to win the game. Those kids played their hearts out and I can't say enough about the performance of Omar Strong," Boyle said. "We were fortunate to win. I'm not saying we didn't deserve to win because our guys played hard as well and did what we had to do down the stretch. But we definitely have to learn from tonight and get better. If we don't, in a week and a half, we're going to blink our eyes, and we're going to be 6-4 instead of 6-0.

"I think our guys learned tonight that nobody is going to be intimidated by you just because you're 19th in the country, you're feeling good about yourself and you're playing in front of a great home crowd. Doesn't mean jack, unless you bring it and we didn't bring it from the get-go and that's my fault as a coach."

Spencer Dinwidde had 24 points to lead Colorado, which is off to its best start since opening 6-0 in 1989-90. Scott finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Askia Booker added 15 points and Andre Roberson had 11.

"You kind of got to see the makeup of our team," Dinwiddie said. "We didn't crumble or anything. They punched us in the mouth and we came back and it was a dogfight from there on out. But we didn't start going after each other or anything like that. We pulled together."

Fred Sturdivant had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Texas Southern (1-6), which just missed beating a ranked team for the first time in school history.

"It was very difficult," first-year Texas Southern Coach Mike Davis said of the loss. "I'm just trying to build the team and get better every single time. I think we took a step in the right direction. We played very well. We came out competing and working hard."

Tied at 59 at the end of regulation, Booker converted a three-point play with 1:38 remaining in overtime for a 68-66 Colorado lead. But Strong was fouled attempting a 3-pointer and made two free throws to re-tie it.

Booker drained a 3-pointer from the corner with 41 seconds left in the first overtime to make it 71-68 but Law Johnson-Danner answered with a 3-pointer for the Tigers and Booker's long jumper rimmed out at the buzzer, forcing the second overtime.

Scott hit successive baskets from up close to start the second overtime, getting fouled in the lane and converting the free throw after the second shot to give the Buffaloes a 76-71 lead they would not relinquish.

After Sabatino Chen drove in for a layup with 1:09 left, Dexter Ellington made one of two free throws for the Tigers. A fastbreak layup by Chen gave the Buffaloes an 80-72 lead, enough to withstand another 3-pointer by Strong with 11.5 seconds remaining.

Trailing by 10 points at halftime, Colorado finally shook off its early shooting woes to run off 11 straight points starting the second half, moving in front 40-39 on Roberson's fastbreak layup with 15:35 remaining.

Roberson, whose blown breakaway dunk midway through the opening period epitomized Colorado's earlier offensive struggles, had seven points during the stretch.

The Tigers came back to take a 50-48 lead when Penn connected on a 3-pointer with 9:02 left. Colorado put together an 8-0 flurry for a 56-50 lead with 6:44 remaining. Dinwidde sparked the run with two 3-pointers.

Madarious Gibbs made both ends of a 1-and-1 to pull the Tigers to 57-56 with 3:06 left and Scott made two free throws for Colorado with 1:51 left.

Roberson fouled out with 1:30 left when he fouled Aaron Clayborn as he went up for a shot. Clayborn made one of two free throws, getting the Tigers within two points.

Booker missed a jumper and Sturdivant drove in for a layup that tied it at 59-all with 42.5 seconds left.

Maneuvering for a tie-breaking shot, Colorado hung on to the ball too long, turning it over with 6.8 seconds left in regulation when the 35-second shot clock expired. Strong missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.

Colorado missed its first six shots from beyond the arc before Booker connected at the buzzer, pulling the Buffaloes within 39-29 at halftime after trailing by as many as 15 points



Joshua Smith leaves UCLA - by Eurobasket News

Joshua Smith (6'10''-C-92) has decided to transfer from UCLA. Smith may declare for the NBA Draft so he doesn't have to sit out. Smith played 13.5 minutes per game for the Bruins over six games this season. Smith averaged 21.7 minutes per game two seasons ago as a freshman.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: New Caledonia roll over Papua New Guinea - by Eurobasket News

Papua New Guinea - New Caledonia 54:85

New Caledonia roll over Papua New Guinea in Day 3 of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team tasted the initial success and finished Pool 2 with 1-2 record. Papua New Guinea meanwhile suffered their third straight loss.
New Caledonia took the lead from the first minutes and controlled the entire game. They managed to win all the quarters and rightfully clinched the victory.
Nicolas Cedare-Wimian top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Loic Meztdorf notched 17. O'Bryan Martin delivered 15 and Gabriel Honda had 10. Emmanuel Parapa answered with 23 points in defeat and Darren Raimo had 9. Wali Aila and Junior Tokiala delivered 6 points each in a loss.
Tomorrow Papua New Guinea will face Australia in the first Quarterfinal, while New Caledonia will take on Guam.

Papua New Guinea: Emmanuel Parapa 23, Darren Raimo 9, Wali Aila 6, Junior Tokiala 6
New Caledonia: Nicolas Cedare-Wimian 20, Loic Meztdorf 17, O'Bryan Martin 15, Gabriel Honda 10



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: New Zealand wins Pool 2 - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand-Fiji 66:47

New Zealand wins Pool 2 of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team overcame Fiji 66:47 and advanced to the Quarterfinals from the top place, while Fiji finished second with 2-1 record.
Both teams started the game undefeated and showed good defensive skills in the first period. New Zealand managed to grab 11-9 advantage and then added 14-10 in the second frame. They pushed the tempo for good in the second half and added two victories for the final success.
Ihaka Pink top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Jayden Bezzant added 15. Jack Salt and Raymond Penny followed them with 8 points each. Mataika Koyamainavure answered with 11 points in defeat and Pita Sowakula delivered 9. Filimoni Vulimailaucala scored 8 and Ulaiasi Koroi had 7.
Tomorrow New Zealand will face Tahiti, while Fiji will play against Samoa.

New Zealand: Ihaka Pink 21, Jayden Bezzant 15, Jack Salt 8, Raymond Penny 8
Fiji: Mataika Koyamainavure 11, Pita Sowakula 9, Filimoni Vulimailaucala 8, Ulaiasi Koroi 7



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  NORWAY   

Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Centrum 11-3 
 2. Tromso 10-2 
 3. Gimle BBK 7-8 
 4. Froya Basket 6-8 
 5. Baerum Basket 5-6 
 6. Asker Aliens 4-8 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 14

Nov. 28: Froya Basket - Gimle BBK 76-62
Dec. 1: Asker Aliens - Baerum Basket
Dec. 2: Tromso - Gimle BBK


BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Elias WESTERLUND
  Asker A.
  (197-F-88)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Westerlund, Asker23.1 
 2. Thompson, Baerum21.9 
 3. Jones, Tromso21.6 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK20.4 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.18.1 
 6. Silavs, Froya B.18.0 
 7. Wallace, Tromso18.0 
 8. Ble, Centrum17.3 
 9. Stien, Asker Aliens16.7 
 10. Timus, Ammerud16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Jones, Tromso15.3 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK10.4 
 3. Thompson, Baerum10.0 
 4. Mostafa, Froya B.8.4 
 5. Berg, Asker Aliens8.4 
 6. Elsafadi, Froya B.8.0 
 7. Timus, Ammerud6.8 
 8. Lepovic, Centrum6.6 
 9. Harto, Baerum B.6.4 
 10. Ble, Centrum6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya B.
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Gabrans, Froya B.4.1 
 2. Holm, Baerum B.3.9 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso3.8 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK3.6 
 5. Stien, Asker Aliens3.6 
 6. Timus, Ammerud3.3 
 7. Mjos, Baerum B.3.2 
 8. Mahnin, Centrum3.1 
 9. Silavs, Froya B.2.9 
 10. Wallace, Tromso2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.2 
 2. Timus, Ammerud2.3 
 3. Gabrans, Froya B.2.2 
 4. Thompson, Baerum2.1 
 5. Elsafadi, Froya B.2.1 
 6. Silavs, Froya B.1.7 
 7. Amoikon, Asker Ali.1.5 
 8. Jones, Tromso1.4 
 9. Westerlund, Asker1.4 
 10. Holm, Baerum B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Delano THOMAS
  Gimle BBK
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Thomas, Gimle BBK2.5 
 2. Thompson, Baerum2.4 
 3. Jones, Tromso0.9 
 4. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.6 
 5. Nyborg, Centrum0.6 
 6. Sorensen, Ammerud0.6 
 7. Harto, Baerum B.0.4 
 8. Andreassen, Baerum0.4 
 9. Mostafa, Froya B.0.4 
 10. Lepovic, Centrum0.4 



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2012 Pacific Youth Championships: New Caledonia roll over Papua New Guinea - by Eurobasket News

Papua New Guinea - New Caledonia 54:85

New Caledonia roll over Papua New Guinea in Day 3 of the 2012 Pacific Youth Championships. The team tasted the initial success and finished Pool 2 with 1-2 record. Papua New Guinea meanwhile suffered their third straight loss.
New Caledonia took the lead from the first minutes and controlled the entire game. They managed to win all the quarters and rightfully clinched the victory.
Nicolas Cedare-Wimian top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Loic Meztdorf notched 17. O'Bryan Martin delivered 15 and Gabriel Honda had 10. Emmanuel Parapa answered with 23 points in defeat and Darren Raimo had 9. Wali Aila and Junior Tokiala delivered 6 points each in a loss.
Tomorrow Papua New Guinea will face Australia in the first Quarterfinal, while New Caledonia will take on Guam.

Papua New Guinea: Emmanuel Parapa 23, Darren Raimo 9, Wali Aila 6, Junior Tokiala 6
New Caledonia: Nicolas Cedare-Wimian 20, Loic Meztdorf 17, O'Bryan Martin 15, Gabriel Honda 10



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 11-2 
 2. San Mig Coffee 8-3 
 3. Rain or Shine 8-4 
 4. Barangay Ginebra 6-5 
 5. Meralco Bolts 6-6 
 6. Alaska Aces 6-6 
 7. Petron Blaze 6-7 
 8. Air21 Express 4-8 
 9. Barako Bull 3-8 
 10. Global Port 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 28: Talk N Text - Petron Blaze 95-82
Nov. 28: Meralco Bolts - Alaska Aces 85-88
Dec. 2: Rain or Shine - San Mig Coffee
Dec. 2: Barangay Ginebra - Barako Bull
Dec. 1: Alaska Aces - Global Port
Nov. 30: Air21 Express - Barangay Ginebra
Nov. 30: Barako Bull - Meralco Bolts


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark CAGUIOA
  Barang.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Caguioa, Barang.20.2 
 2. Mercado, Meralco19.8 
 3. Cardona, Meralco17.9 
 4. Santos, Petron B.17.2 
 5. Yap, San M.17.1 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.16.9 
 7. Miller, Global Port16.3 
 8. Chan, Rain or Shine16.2 
 9. Lutz, Petron Blaze15.2 
 10. Canaleta, Air21 E.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.0 
 2. Abueva, Alaska Ac.10.3 
 3. Pingris, San M.9.8 
 4. Kramer, Barako B.9.3 
 5. Cruz, Rain or Shine9.2 
 6. Villanueva, Barako8.8 
 7. de Ocampo, San M.8.4 
 8. Williams, Talk N.8.3 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.8.0 
 10. Maierhofer, Baran.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Miller, Global Port6.4 
 2. Mercado, Meralco6.1 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron5.2 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.5.2 
 5. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.9 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako4.6 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.4 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.4.1 
 9. Miranda, Petron B.4.0 
 10. Casio, Alaska Ac.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Calvin ABUEVA
  Alaska Aces
  (--88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.9 
 2. Reyes, Talk N Text1.6 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.6 
 4. Custodio, Air21 E.1.3 
 5. Urbiztondo, Barako1.3 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 7. Caguioa, Barang.1.2 
 8. Duncil, Petron Bla.1.2 
 9. Yap, Barako Bull1.1 
 10. Hodge, Meralco1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Santos, Petron B.1.6 
 2. Hodge, Meralco1.4 
 3. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.0 
 5. Washington, Petron0.9 
 6. Eman, Alaska Aces0.9 
 7. Baclao, Air21 E.0.9 
 8. de Ocampo, San M.0.9 
 9. Baguio, Alaska Ac.0.8 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.0.8 



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