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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Adriatic League round 7 best performance: Darko Planinic - by Eurobasket News

Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Siroki WWin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Zadar (#14, 2-5) 80-71. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Siroki WWin is placed at 9th position in Adriatic League . Siroki WWin is 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 3-4 record. Planinic has many years of experience at Siroki WWin, through which he has constantly improved. Darko Planinic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 13.9ppg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 59.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar. Travis had a very good evening with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Zadar lost that game 71-80 to the higher-ranked Siroki WWin (#9, 3-4). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Zadar is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Zadar managed to get this year. Travis is a newcomer at Zadar, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#1). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Australian forward Mark Worthington (202-PF-83) of Radnicki KG (#7). Worthington scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Radnicki KG, leading his team to a 84-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Krka (3-4). The chances of Radnicki KG ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Worthington could help Radnicki KG to bring them higher in the standings. Worthington has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.4ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Buducnost - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83) of Siroki WWin - 23 points and 5 rebounds
7. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Igokea - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Edo Muric (202-F-91) of Krka - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Crvena Zvezda - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Radnicki KG - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Super 8 tournament - by Facundo Iatzky

As all the years, best 7 teams of first stage of Liga a plus an invited team will participate in super 8 tournament. this year the tournament will be played in Corrientes, organized by host team Regatas, which is the candidate to win the tournament among with defending champion Penarol. The winner of the tournament will win not only an amount of money but also the right to participate in Liga Sudamericana 2013.
This is the schedule:
Wednesday 7:
regatas - Libertad
Olimpico - Argentino

thhursday 8:
Lanus - Boca jrs
Penarol - Quimsa

Friday 9: Semifinals

Saturday 10:
Finals



TNA round 1 (second stage) - by Facundo Iatzky

With the victory of Sport club against Rocamora in the first TV game of the season, first round fo second stage of TNA has come to an end. In the north zone, San Martin Corrientes remain unstoppable. This time they beat Echague 94-52. The impressive results were in Cordoba were San isidro defeated host team Instituto 87-80 and in colon, where alvear won to La union 102-90. In the south group, the most important game was in Monte Hermoso where Quilmes defeated host team with a 3 point shoot of Gregorio Eseverri in the last seconds. Alianza Viedma and ciclista juninense won their games and continue in the top of the standings
Most outstanding player of the week: Facundo Ortega (193-F-86) of Alvear: 18 pts 7 reb 4 ass
Other important performances:
Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) of Estudiantes Concordia: 17 pts 23 reb
Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) of san martin corrientes: 29 pts 12 reb
Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) of Alianza Viedma: 22 pts 10 reb
Mariano Mazzini (193-F-81) of la union: 27 pts 12 reb



Changes in tna - by Facundo Iatzky (T)

ciclista juninense parted ways with Michael Nunnaly who had to return to USA. they decided to replace him with Fabian Wilson (201-F/C-88, college: Tarleton St.), who comes from Finland.
union sunchales released Charles Bailey who had to return to USA too, due to personal reasons. they replaced him with Anthony Frazier (203-F-82, college: Cheyney) who comes from 9 de julio in Liga A where he only played two games.
Veteran point guard Diego Alba (186-G-81) joined Sarmiento Resistencia.



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

34-year old forward Darren Phillip (201-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Union Progr. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 39 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed 9 de Julio (#16, 3-12) with 19-point margin 85-66. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to the top of the standings. Union Progr. is placed at 13th position in Argentinian league. Union Progr. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 14 games. In the team's last game Phillip had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Union Progr.'s top player in his first season with the team. Fairfield University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Phillip is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.2ppg and leads league in rebounds with 13.2rpg. Phillip is in league's top in and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras. He is naturalized Italian forward in his 3rd season at Obras. In the last game Gutierrez recorded impressive 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Obras lost that game 92-112 to GECR Indalo (8-7). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Gutierrez is one of the most experienced players at Obras and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#2). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of league's second-best Olimpico LB. Clancy scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Clancy's great performance Olimpico LB lost 78-89 to Regatas C. (#5, 10-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Olimpico LB needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Clancy has a great season in Argentina. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.6rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.0bpg and FGP: 60.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Washam (200-F-82) of Regatas C. - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jason Robinson (196-F-80) of GECR Indalo - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Alejandro Konsztadt (191-G-89) of Obras - 25 points and 5 rebounds
7. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of 9 de Julio - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80) of Regatas C. - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Gregory Lewis (200-F-78) of La Union - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ruben Wolkowyski (208-C-73) of La Union - 12 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  AUSTRIA   


St.Polten lands Maksim Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Chin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten (A Bundesliga) tabbed 25-year old Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87). He played most recently at BC Vienna (A Bundesliga). In 5 games last season he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg. Kovacevic also played at Apoel in Cypriot Division A that season. 
He was selected to Srpska Liga All-Star Game in 2010. Kovacevic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) five years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 1.1ppg.
Kovacevic has played previously for three other Serbian teams: Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Austrian A Bundesliga round 6 best performance: Maurice Pearson - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Furstenfeld, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Arkadia (#11, 0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 97-85. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Furstenfeld is placed at 9th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. Pearson turned to be Furstenfeld's top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgetown College star has very solid stats this year. Pearson. Pearson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.6ppg) and averages impressive 65.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83) of league's leader BC Vienna. Boylan had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course BC Vienna cruised to a 87-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Kapfenberg (#5, 3-2). Of course BC Vienna still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Boylan is a newcomer at BC Vienna, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-F/C-79) of league's second-best Klosterneub.. Suljanovic scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Klosterneub., leading his team to a 103-85 easy win against the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#6, 3-3). Klosterneub. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Suljanovic has a great season in Austria. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Arnold (198-F-88) of Gmunden - 23 points and 8 rebounds
5. Marcus Heard (201-F-84) of Gussing - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jason Chappell (208-F/C-83) of Klosterneub. - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) of Kapfenberg - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Arkadia - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Maximilian Graf (196-G/F-88) of Arkadia - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83) of Wels - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Rain Raadik claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Rain Raadik (208-C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Parnu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat LSU-Baltai (#5, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 68-55. Parnu maintains the 4th position in Baltic League . Parnu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. Raadik turned to be Parnu's top player in his first season with the team. Rain Raadik averages just after three games 18.3ppg and 15.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old point guard Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas. Tamm impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Tarvas to another comfortable win 85-69 over Nevezis (2-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Tarvas to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Tamm is a newcomer at Tarvas 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 17.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 7.8rpg and 5.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) of second-ranked Siauliai. Kuzminskas scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Siauliai, leading his team to a 106-63 easy win against Rapla (#6, 0-4). Siauliai is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Kuzminskas has a very solid season. In 4 games in Baltic League he scored 6.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 19 points and 12 rebounds
5. Ike Okoye (206-F) of Tln Kalev - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-C/F-88) of Naglis Palangos - 17 points and 13 rebounds
7. Gediminas Maceina (188-PG-84) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) of Rudupis - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU - 22 points and 7 rebounds

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



Round 7: Jelgava beats Liepaja for second win - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 7 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most interesting game of round 7 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fifth ranked Jelgava won against visiting Liepaja (2-3) 66-60. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jelgava made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American center Aaron Brackett (204-C-90, college: NC-Greensboro) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Toms Leiteris (213-90) produced 5 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jelgava moved-up to third place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Liepaja. Jelgava is looking forward to face league's second-placed Lietkabelis in Panevezys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepaja will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tallinn. Leader Estonian Kalev/Cramo faced 3rd placed Latvian Valmiera. Host Kalev/Cramo (3-0) defeated guests from Valmiera (2-3) 84-76. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Tanel Sokk contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) answered with 25 points and 4 assists for Valmiera. Kalev/Cramo have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Estonian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. Kalev/Cramo will play against league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Valmiera will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pasvalys. Leader Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes faced 3rd placed Latvian Valmiera. Host Pieno Zvaigzdes (3-0) smashed guests from Valmiera (2-3) 89-60. It was a great evening for Gediminas Maceina who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). At the losing side Janis Kaufmanis responded with 17 points. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Kalev/Cramo. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with 7 other teams. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet KK Parnu (#4) on the road in the next round. Valmiera will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Leader Lithuanian Rudupis faced their biggest opponent Latvian Barons kvartals. Guests from Prienai (7-0) smashed host Barons kvartals (2-3) 117-86. It was an exceptional evening for Gintaras Kadziulis who led the winners and scored 23 points. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Rudupis have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Barons kvartals lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with three games lost. Rudupis will have a break next round. Barons kvartals will play on the road against Nevezis in Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Estonian KK Parnu can celebrate finally their first win this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Lithuanian LSU-Baltai (0-4) 68-55 on Sunday. Rain Raadik fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. KK Parnu maintains fourth place with 1-2 record. It was LSU-Baltai's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. KK Parnu will face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 7 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless LSU-Baltai lost to undefeated Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn 74-90. Siauliai smashed Rapla at home 106-63. TTU lost to undefeated Ventspils on the opponent's court 54-67. Tarvas managed to outperform Nevezis in a home game 85-69. TTU recorded a loss to Naglis Palangos on the road 78-60. Tln Kalev was crushed by Nevezis on its own court 60-80.


Kalev/Cramo - Valmiera 84-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tallinn. Leader Estonian Kalev/Cramo faced 3rd placed Latvian Valmiera. Host Kalev/Cramo (3-0) defeated guests from Valmiera (2-3) 84-76. The hosts were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 26-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Tanel Sokk (182-85) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Five Kalev/Cramo and four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Estonian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. Kalev/Cramo will play against league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Valmiera will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 25+3reb+4ast, A.Butjankovs 15+11reb, V.Iljins 15+7reb, J.Berzins 11+10reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 6+5reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 2+1reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: F.Elegar 19+12reb, G.Wilkinson 14+5reb+1ast, K.McLeod 13+1reb+5ast, T.Sokk 13+6reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 11+2reb+2ast, G.Arbet 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 198139


Parnu - LSU-Baltai 68-55

Estonian KK Parnu can celebrate finally their first win this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Lithuanian LSU-Baltai (0-4) 68-55 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. KK Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 20. KK Parnu forced 21 LSU-Baltai turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Center Rain Raadik (208-89) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) chipped in 14 points. Forward Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-85) produced 15 points and point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. KK Parnu maintains fourth place with 1-2 record. It was LSU-Baltai's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. KK Parnu will face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: A.Vasiliauskas 15+3reb+3ast, V.Sragauskis 10+3reb, A.Sakalauskas 9+1reb, T.Tamosiunas 8+2reb, M.Stasys 8+6reb+1ast, P.Malasauskas 3+4reb+5ast
Parnu: R.Raadik 24+14reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 14+3reb+3ast, R.Raap 10+4reb+4ast, T.Hamarsalu 6+4reb+1ast, K.Evart 6+3reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 198138


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Valmiera 89-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pasvalys. Leader Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes faced 3rd placed Latvian Valmiera. Host Pieno Zvaigzdes (3-0) smashed guests from Valmiera (2-3) 89-60. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Valmiera managed to win third quarter 21-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 28. Pieno Zvaigzdes forced 20 Valmiera turnovers. It was a great evening for point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) responded with 17 points and guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) scored 9 points and 6 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Kalev/Cramo. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with 7 other teams. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet KK Parnu (#4) on the road in the next round. Valmiera will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 17+2reb, J.Berzins 9+4reb+1ast, K.Krumins 9+3reb+6ast, A.Butjankovs 8+6reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 8+4reb+1ast, V.Iljins 6+8reb
Pieno Zvaigzdes: G.Maceina 15+4reb+6ast, V.Cepukaitis 13+9reb+1ast, Y.Gates 12+6reb, T.Hughes 11+4reb+3ast, B.Woodfox 10+2reb+2ast, T.Biggs 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 198136


Kalev/Cramo - LSU-Baltai 90-74

There was no surprise in Tallinn where bottom-ranked Lithuanian LSU-Baltai (0-4) was defeated by leader Estonian Kalev/Cramo (3-0) 90-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. LSU-Baltai was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Gert Dorbek (193-85) chipped in 16 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Center Tomas Urbonas (215-92) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. Defending Estonian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. LSU-Baltai lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Kalev/Cramo will face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: V.Sragauskis 17+1reb, T.Urbonas 14+11reb+1ast, M.Stasys 12+4reb+4ast, T.Tamosiunas 11+3reb, A.Vasiliauskas 9+3reb, S.Beniusis 4+5reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 20+7reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 16+2reb+2ast, T.Sokk 15+1reb+2ast, B.Fall 11+9reb, G.Arbet 9+3reb+3ast, F.Elegar 8+6reb
gschID: 198133


Barons kvartals - Rudupis 86-117

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Leader Lithuanian Rudupis faced their biggest opponent Latvian Barons kvartals. Guests from Prienai (7-0) smashed host Barons kvartals (2-3) 117-86. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.8 percent from the field. Rudupis outrebounded Barons kvartals 37-23 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Rudupis players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was an exceptional evening for guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) who led the winners and scored 23 points. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) accounted for 16 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists and center Jekabs Rozitis (205-86) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Barons kvartals in the defeat. Five Rudupis and four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Rudupis have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Barons kvartals lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with three games lost. Rudupis will have a break next round. Barons kvartals will play on the road against Nevezis in Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 21+1reb, J.Rozitis 16+7reb+1ast, S.Metra 14+1reb+10ast, A.Brunins 13+4reb+1ast, D.Zonne 9+2ast, A.Epners 9+6reb+1ast
Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 23+3reb+3ast, A.Labuckas 18+3reb, G.Orelikas 16+3reb+5ast, A.Milaknis 13+5reb+3ast, S.Vene 12+7reb+1ast, A.Valeika 11+7reb+3ast
gschID: 198137


Siauliai - Rapla 106-63

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (4-1) smashed at home bottom-ranked Estonian Rapla (0-4) 106-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Rapla was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Rapla's 26. They outrebounded Rapla 48-18 including a 33-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Rapla was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners (perfect from the field making all six shots). American guard Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) added 9 points and 5 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Siauliai. They maintain second place with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Rapla lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Siauliai will face TTU (#5) in Tallinn in the next round. Rapla will play at home against TTU in Tallinn and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Ringmets 12+6reb+3ast, R.Laane 9+1reb+5ast, I.Pilk 8+2reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 8+1reb, R.Nurger 7+1reb, K.Voolaid 5+2reb
Siauliai: S.Kuzminskas 16+11reb+1ast, L.Samenas 15+1ast, C.Simon 14+5reb+2ast, V.Liutych 13+3reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 9+4reb+2ast, J.Jucikas 8+1reb
gschID: 198135


Ventspils - TTU 67-54

Very expected game when 5th ranked Estonian TTU (1-4) was defeated on the road by leader Latvian Ventspils (6-0) 67-54 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. TTU was better in fourth quarter 13-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils forced 19 TTU turnovers. Martins Laksa (200-90, agency: FCM) fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 13 points. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. TTU lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. TTU will play on the road against Rapla (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU: A.Arnold 22+7reb, E.Keedus 12+11reb+2ast, M.Saarmets 7+3reb+3ast, K.Keres 7, J.Puidet 4+4reb+3ast, K.Akenparg 2+1reb+2ast
Ventspils: M.Laksa 14+5reb+2ast, D.Sims 13+1reb+3ast, F.Campbell 9+5reb+1ast, A.Berzins 8+5reb+1ast, M.Meiers 8+5reb, R.Zakis 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 198134


Tarvas - Nevezis 85-69

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Estonian BC Rakvere (2-3) beat at home 4th placed Lithuanian Nevezis (2-3) 85-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Nevezis was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere forced 19 Nevezis turnovers. Strangely Nevezis outrebounded BC Rakvere 47-30 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Center Gediminas Zyle (210-88) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. BC Rakvere moved-up to third place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Nevezis. BC Rakvere will face league's second-placed Sakalai in Vilnius in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play at home against Barons kvartals in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: G.Zyle 14+7reb+2ast, A.Aleksandrovas 12+7reb+1ast, S.Kulevicius 10+5reb+1ast, T.Cerneckis 9+3reb+1ast, P.Semaska 8+5reb+3ast, T.Bishop 5+11reb+2ast
Tarvas: R.Tamm 21+7reb+10ast, M.Laksa 15+6reb, K.Saks 12+2reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 10+1reb, R.Lindmets 10+7reb, L.Jacob 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198132


Jelgava - Liepaja 66-60

The most interesting game of round 7 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fifth ranked Jelgava won against visiting Liepaja (2-3) 66-60. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jelgava made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American center Aaron Brackett (204-90, college: NC-Greensboro) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Center Toms Leiteris (213-90) produced 5 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Teddy Archer (191, college: St.Thomas) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jelgava moved-up to third place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Liepaja. Jelgava is looking forward to face league's second-placed Lietkabelis in Panevezys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepaja will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: E.Ezerskis 13+1reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 8+5reb, R.Magone 8+7reb+1ast, T.Archer 8+8reb+1ast, A.Ate 6+2reb, K.Miglinieks 5+2reb
Jelgava: A.Brackett 14+13reb, L.Mizis 13+8reb+1ast, E.Krumins 13+4reb+2ast, S.Silavs 10+8reb+5ast, K.Kanbergs 7+2ast, A.Duselis 4+4reb
gschID: 198131


Naglis Palangos - TTU 78-60

Everything could happen in Palanga at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Lithuanian Naglis Palangos and 5th ranked Estonian TTU had identical 1-3 record. This time Naglis Palangos used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Tallinn 78-60 on Friday night. The game without a history. Naglis Palangos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by TTU's players. Nigerian power forward Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-88, college: Elon) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Naglis Palangos' coach Rimvydas Samulenas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) produced 23 points and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Naglis Palangos (2-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with 7 other teams. TTU lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. Naglis Palangos will have a break next round. TTU will play on the road against Rapla (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 23+2reb+1ast, E.Keedus 9+5reb+1ast, J.Puidet 8+3reb+1ast, K.Makke 7+2reb+1ast, A.Arnold 6+4reb+2ast, K.Keres 3+1reb
Naglis Palangos: P.Brown 17+3reb+7ast, O.Atoyebi 17+13reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 15+1reb+5ast, J.Petkevicius 10+3reb, M.Kumpys 9+4reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 198130


Tln Kalev - Nevezis 60-80

Everything went according to plan in Tallinn where fourth ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (2-3) outleveled 6th ranked Estonian Tln Kalev (1-5) 80-60 on Thursday. The game without a history. Nevezis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Nevezis outrebounded Tln Kalev 39-27 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Sarunas Kulevicius (195-89) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nevezis moved-up to third place, which they share with 7 other teams. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Nevezis will face Barons kvartals (#4) in Riga in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: I.Okoye 23+9reb, M.Campbell 14+6reb+7ast, J.Vahter 11+4reb+1ast, R.Roos 9+1reb+2ast, E.Luts 2+2reb, I.Tulit 1
Nevezis: A.Aleksandrovas 14+6reb, P.Semaska 11+3reb+1ast, S.Kulevicius 11+4reb+5ast, M.Girdziunas 9+2reb+2ast, D.Silinskis 9+8reb, T.Cerneckis 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 198129


Standings - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 3: Kalev/Cramo - LSU-Baltai 90-74
Nov. 3: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Valmiera 89-60
Nov. 3: Barons kvartals - Rudupis 86-117
Nov. 2: Tarvas - Nevezis 85-69
Nov. 6: Kalev/Cramo - Valmiera 84-76
Nov. 2: Naglis Palangos - TTU 78-60
Nov. 4: Parnu - LSU-Baltai 68-55
Nov. 3: Ventspils - TTU 67-54
Nov. 2: Jelgava - Liepaja 66-60
Nov. 1: Tln Kalev - Nevezis 60-80
Nov. 3: Siauliai - Rapla 106-63

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 13: Siauliai - TTU
Nov. 13: Lietkabelis - Jelgava
Nov. 13: Nevezis - Barons kvartals
Nov. 14: Kalev/Cramo - Pieno Zvaigzdes
Nov. 15: Parnu - Pieno Zvaigzdes
Nov. 15: Rapla - TTU
Nov. 15: Tarvas - Sakalai



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Gordic left Azovmash - by Eurobasket News (T)

24-year old Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-90kg-88) left Azovmash Mariupol (Superleague). In four VTB United League games he played this season he recorded 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg. Gordic also played 11 games in Superleague where he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.3apg.

The previous season he played at Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA. In 32 games last season he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg.
Gordic won Montenegrin League championship title in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Guard of the Year in 10. Gordic represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 62.5%.
Gordic has played previously for another Ukrainian team: Buducnost II Podgorica.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Igokea suffers the first upset in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita beat Igokea 78:76 in Zagreb on Monday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Igokea. Igokea was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of Cedevita, which allowed them to win the game. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Luksa Andric helped adding 12 points. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other Clifford Hammonds scored 14 points.
Siroki WWin meanwhile edged Zadar 80:71. It was a very good performance for Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Darko Planinic contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84, college: Akron) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Chaisson Allen (192-PG-89, college: Northeastern) added 11 points in the effort for KK Zadar.



NBA: Mirza Teletovic plays when it counts! - by Sead Buljina


Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) played tonight more than a half of the decisive 4th quarter vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. Before solid effort on both ends in the second half Teletovic drained a 3-pointer at the end of the 2nd quarter at the buzzer. He later added a dunk and finished tonight's game with 5 points on 2 of 3 shooting from the field, 2 rebounds and 1 steal in limited playing time. However, that was not enough for a win and the Brooklyn Nets suffered their first defeat this season.
It was great to see that Nets' coach Avery Johnson trusts Mirza enough to keep him on the court not only in the final quarter, but also in the last minute of a close game.
The Nets play next game at Miami on Wednesday.
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket)



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Marcelinho Huertas selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory over the sixth-ranked Partizan (0-4) 85-82 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Huertas was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in 26 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (4-0) is placed second in group D. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Huertas has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 42.1% in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Anderson Varejao (205-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Varejao's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were edged 105-102 on the road by the Milwaukee Bucks. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 17 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Varejao's ninth year with the team. Varejao belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Varejao averages: 14.0ppg, 15.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 65.8%(25-38) and FT: 85.7%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). He was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the 11th-ranked Atletico Welcome (5-7) 74-63 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Monday night's game. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Hebraica Macabi (10-3) is placed second in Capital group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Passos is currently third on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Passos averages: 16.3ppg, 12.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 68.5%(89-130) and FT: 62.5%. He played for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #4. Swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) led Givova Scafati to a victory against the closely-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forlž (2-3) 84-76 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Tavernari scored 17 points in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Givova Scafati Basket (3-2) is placed eighth in the Lega2. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Tavernari has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2spg in the five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Tavernari used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #5. International power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the New Orleans Hornets (2-1) 99-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have 4-0 record this season. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Splitter's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. Splitter plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #6. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Ford Burgos win their game against the closely-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (1-4) 92-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Toledo scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Autocid Ford Burgos (3-2) is placed eighth in the LEB Gold. Toledo's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 2.0spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #7. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket in a victory in overtime against the league outsider Chorale de Roanne (1-4) 72-65 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Batista scored only 4 points in 25 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (4-1) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.8apg in the five games. Batista used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #8. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (4-2) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (3-3) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Nogueira scored only 2 points. Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 86-81 in Valladolid by the lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#11). Nogueira's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team last year.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC edge in an overtime one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (0-6) 89-88 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Neto scored 8 points and added 4 passes in 21 minutes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (1-5) is placed 16th in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Neto is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 4.2apg. This year he also averages: 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5spg in the six games. Neto is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #10. Point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the Washington Wizards (0-2) 89-86 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points. The Boston Celtics have 1-2 record this season. This year Barbosa averages just 2.5ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Blusens Monbus in their game against CAI Zaragoza in the Spanish ACB. Freire cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 76-58. This year Freire's overall stats are: 1.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg in the six games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Cobos scored 8 points. His team was defeated 76-65. Cobos' total stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.6apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (1-5) 82-73 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Faverani had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Valencia Basket (5-1) is placed third in the ACB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Faverani is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. He is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 8.5rpg. This year Faverani's other stats are: 10.7ppg and 1.3bpg in the six games he played so far.

   #2. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Balkan to a victory against the second-ranked Euroins Cherno More (2-1) 82-73 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Balkan this season. His team is placed sixth in the NBL.

   #3. Sidnei De Santana (215-C-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help CB Clavijo (2-3) to beat Planasa NV (3-2). De Santana scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. CB Clavijo lost 60-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Planasa NV. This year De Santana's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.6rpg in the five games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #4. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Atletico Welcome (5-7) in their game against Olimpia (5-6) in the Uruguayan LUB. Soarez cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The 11th-placed Atletico Welcome was defeated 84-76 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Olimpia (#9) in the Capital group. It's Soarez's first season with the team. Soarez's total stats this year are: 2.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #5. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an Oita Heat Devils' victory against the sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-5) 92-80 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Hatano scored 9 points in 30 minutes. Oita Heat Devils (7-1) are placed first in Western group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hatano's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg in the six games. He has both Brazilian and Japanese nationalities. 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.



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Balkan League: Rilski leave no chance for OKK Beograd - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - OKK Beograd 104:86

Rilski Sportist clinched the second win in Balkan League Group B. They stormed past OKK Beograd for 2-1 record. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) nailed 28 points and distributed 7 assists to lead the winners. OKK Beograd suffered the fourth straight defeat in the tournament.
Rilski Sportist set the tone in the opening quarter. They unloaded 31 points to secure an 11-point lead. OKK Beograd cut the deficit in the second frame. The Serbian team got within 9 points at the interval 46:55. But Rilski were back in the drivers seat in the third quarter. The Bulgarian team extended the margin and entered the fourth period up by as many as 15 points. Rilski knocked down 28 points in the final stanza and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Towson) provided 25 points and 15 boards, while Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) added 13 points for the hosts. Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) replied with 19 points for OKK Beograd. Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Rilski Sportist: Terry Smith 28, Braxton Dupree 25+15 boards, Hristo Zahariev 13
OKK Beograd: Jovan Koprivica 19, Milos Pavlovic 16



Ibrahim Jaaber selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in Euroleague). Jaaber was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the fourth-ranked Armani Milano (2-2) 92-87 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (4-0) is placed first in group C. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. It's Jaaber's first season with the team. This year Jaaber averages: 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Jaaber played for the Bulgarian senior national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague). Calloway led his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga to a victory over the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (2-2) 67-62 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Calloway recorded 14 points in 33 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (3-1) is placed second in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Calloway has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 71.4%, 3FGP: 54.5%(12-22) and FT: 75.0% in the four games he played so far. Calloway is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently Calloway has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. He could not help BC Donetsk (6-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ivanov's very good performance BC Donetsk was defeated 85-77 at home by the lower-ranked Cherkasy (#10). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Ivanov also added 7 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Ivanov has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg, 3FGP: 28.6%. He played for the Bulgarian national team one years ago.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. Guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Jekabpils (2-4) crushing them 84-59 in the Latvian LBL last Friday. Rowland recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 22 minutes. VEF Riga (5-0) is placed first in the LBL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. This year Rowland's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #5. International power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Enel Brindisi's surprising victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (5-1) 90-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Enel Brindisi (2-4) is placed 14th in the SerieA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Simmons belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2 with 1.8bpg. This year his other stats are: 8.2ppg and 5.8rpg in the six games. Simmons is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team. However Simmons has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #6. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (1-3) in their game against Brose Baskets (1-3) in the Euroleague. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fifth-placed Lietuvos rytas was defeated 84-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Brose Baskets (#4) in the group D of Euroleague. Ivanov's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He is international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team one years ago.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #7. International power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for U-Mobitelco (4-2) in their last game. Despite Nikolov's good performance U-Mobitelco lost 80-92 in Medias to the leading Gaz Metan. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Nikolov also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. Nikolov is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 2.2spg in the six games. Nikolov is also Bulgarian national team player.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #8. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayern Muenchen (4-3) in their game against s Oliver Baskets (3-4) in the German BBL. He recorded 5 points and blocked 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Bayern Muenchen lost 59-68 in Wuerzburg to the lower-ranked (#10) s Oliver Baskets. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Homan is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.4bpg. He also averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.9apg in the seven games. Homan is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

Simeon Iliev
Simeon Iliev
   #9. Former U20 international forward Simeon Iliev (203-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Kavala (2-1) in their game against Kozuv (2-1) in the Balkan League. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kavala was defeated 79-74 in Gevgelija by the higher-ranked Kozuv (#6). Iliev's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team three years ago.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #10. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help CSU Sibiu (2-4) in their last game. Despite Gruev's very good performance CSU Sibiu lost 70-84 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#9) Craiova. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Gruev also added 4 passes in 34 minutes. This year Gruev has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg in the four games. He is international player as one years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville, currently plays in Denmark) helped Aarhus BC win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Vaerlose 71-68 in the Danish Ligaen in Tuesday night's game. Petkov recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Petkov has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg and 6.7rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team eleven years ago.

   #12. U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo (3-5) in their last game. Despite Sirakov's good performance Mazzeo San Severo lost 69-79 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#13) Recanati. He scored 11 points in 34 minutes. This year Sirakov's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the eight games. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team last year.

   #13. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help the league outsider OFI in their game against Aiolos Trikallon in the Greek A2 (second division). Doychinov recorded 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. His team was edged 59-56. Doychinov is currently third on the league's list of best blockers. He has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 7.3rpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) led Chalon/Saor to a victory over the 14th-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (1-4) 85-80 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Evtimov scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (4-1) is placed second in the ProA. 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. Evtimov has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.4apg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the sixth-ranked KAOD (2-2) crushing them 103-67 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. Antic recorded only 4 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (4-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Antic's total stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (2-4) in their last game. Despite Clark's very good performance Umana Venezia lost 83-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Sutor Montegranaro. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 27 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Clark has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the six games. Clark is a naturalized American. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #4. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Halychyna (8-3) 79-64 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Wednesday. Deane recorded 7 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (9-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deane's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.6apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #5. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Kozuv (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Kozuv was defeated 86-72 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Kumanovo_2009 (#3). Karadzovski scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Karadzovski is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 6.0apg. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.



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

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

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against the ninth-ranked STB Le Havre (2-3) 75-66 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Curti scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes on the court. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (4-1) is placed first in the ProA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Curti averages: 7.8ppg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 94.1%(16-17) in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Curti played for the Cameroonian senior national team one years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. He could not help New Yorker Phantoms (2-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite NaNa's good performance New Yorker Phantoms was defeated 76-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#15). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. NaNa also added 6 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. NaNa has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 58.6%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. Samnick was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (1-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne lost in an overtime 65-72 in Le Mans to the much higher-ranked (#3) Le Mans. Samnick scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Samnick's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 27.6%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 61.1% in the five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Samnick played for the Cameroonian national team one years ago.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #4. Forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Espoo Basket (2-5) crushing them 76-55 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Towa also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (5-2) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Towa's fourth season with the team. He is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). Towa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 13.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3bpg and 1.6spg in the seven games. Towa used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #5. International shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Denain Voltaire (0-7) crushing them 108-81 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 7 points and had 4 steals. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (5-2) is placed fourth in the ProB. This season Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Ekanga-Ehawa used to play for the Cameroonian national team last year.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #6. Power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Shiga L-Stars (3-5) in their game against Oita Heat Devils (7-1) in the Japanese BJ League. Aboya cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The sixth-placed Shiga L-Stars were defeated 92-80 at home by the leading Oita Heat Devils in the Western group. It was Shiga L-Stars' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Aboya's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 6.8rpg. He is international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team one years ago.

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

   #1. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the sixth-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (2-5) crushing them 98-78 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mua recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kerava Energia Team (5-2) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Mua has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg and 2.0spg.

   #2. Serge Angounou (202-F-83, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Saitama Broncos (1-5) 96-81 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. Angounou had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds in 26 minutes. Chiba Jets (3-5) are placed seventh in Eastern group. It's Angounou's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the eight games he played so far.

   #3. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Energy Invest Rustavi to win against the fifth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (2-1) 78-64 in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. Toudjani scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Energy Invest Rustavi (0-0) is placed in the Superleague. Toudjani's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (2-4) to beat Cantu (4-2). He scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. Air Avellino lost 67-79 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Cantu. It's Biligha's first season with the team. This year Biligha averages just 2.2ppg in the six games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #5. Experienced Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (186-PG-75, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-4) in their game against Recklinghausen (3-3) in the German ProB (third division). Njoya Nken scored 7 points and added 5 passes. The eighth-placed Spot Up Medien Baskets was defeated 88-79 by the higher-ranked Recklinghausen (#6) in the Group North. It was Spot Up Medien Baskets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Njoya Nken's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Canadian.

   #6. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque in the French ProA. Pitard cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. His team lost 66-75. This year Pitard's total stats are: 3.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg in the five games. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities.



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

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

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Blusens Monbus (4-2) in their last game. Despite Kendall's very good performance Blusens Monbus was badly defeated 76-58 on the road by the lower-ranked (#12) CAI Zaragoza. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Kendall also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kendall belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kendall averages: 17.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 51.4% and FT: 71.0% in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Kendall played for the Canadian senior national team one years ago.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine). He led Khimik to a 3-point victory over the sixth-ranked Hoverla (6-5) 88-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Joseph was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and added 4 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Joseph's first season in pro basketball. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (9-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Joseph has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 45.5%(20-44) and FT: 82.8%. He played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2007.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA). Thompson led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory against the Washington Wizards (0-2) 94-84 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Thompson also added 5 assists in 32 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 2-2 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Thompson's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 36.0% and FT: 55.6% in the four games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #4. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite English's good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 86-81 in Valladolid by the lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#11). He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's English's first year with the team. English is currently first on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. English averages: 18.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #5. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) was the major contributor in Leiden's victory against one of league's weakest teams Weert (1-5) 76-64 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday. Bekkering had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds in 24 minutes. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (5-1) is placed second in the Eredivisie. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Bekkering is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. This year he also averages: 11.5ppg and 1.5apg in the six games. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #6. Forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the closely-ranked Giurgiu (3-3) 80-73 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. Shepherd was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. CS Municipal Bucuresti (4-2) is placed seventh in the Division A. It's Shepherd's first season with the team. Shepherd is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). This season he has very high stats. Shepherd averages: 20.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.4spg. He is international player as he played for the Canadian senior team one years ago.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #7. An experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) in their game against the Dallas Mavericks (3-1) in the NBA. Nash recorded 7 points and added 4 assists in 34 minutes. The Los Angeles Lakers lost 91-99 in Dallas to the Mavericks. It was Lakers' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Nash's total stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg in the two games. He used to play for the Canadian national team nine years ago.

Henry Bekkering
Henry Bekkering
   #8. Forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an overtime M.Magixx's victory against the seventh-ranked Leeuwarden (2-4) 96-90 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. Bekkering scored 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (4-2) is placed third in the Eredivisie. Bekkering has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Canadian U21 national team back in 2004.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #9. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Greece couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Kavala (2-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Kavala was defeated 79-74 in Gevgelija by the higher-ranked Kozuv (#6). Mitrovic was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Mitrovic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Mitrovic used to play for the Canadian national team last year.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #10. Forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help TBB Trier (4-2) in their game against ALBA Berlin (3-2) in the German BBL. He recorded 8 points and blocked 2 blocks. TBB Trier was defeated 88-80 at home by the lower-ranked ALBA Berlin (#8). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Bucknor has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Caceres Basket (1-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ashaolu's very good performance Caceres Basket was edged 87-84 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Palencia_Baloncesto (#3). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Ashaolu also added 4 rebounds. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.8spg. Ashaolu used to play for the Canadian U18 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Sean Denison (211-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) couldn't help Ataman (4-1) in their last game. Despite Denison's good performance the league leader Ataman lost 97-102 on their home court in Rostov to the much lower-ranked (#11) Sojuz Zaretchny. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Denison also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 10.0rpg in the two games. Denison used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help KK Elektra Sostanj in a victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun 78-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. He scored 5 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Collins is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 9.3rpg and 2.0bpg in the three games. Collins used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Boston Celtics 99-88 in the NBA on Friday night. He recorded only 2 points in 15 minutes. Dalembert has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former international center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) helped Eisbaeren Bremerhaven win their game against the 12th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg 86-80 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Morrison recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His stats this season are: 10.9ppg and 4.9rpg. Morrison used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against the seventh-ranked Bejjeh (0-1) crushing them 89-61 in the Lebanese Division A on Friday night. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists. It was his first game for Al Riyadi this season. His team is placed second in the Division A. Mahmoud is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. Mahmoud has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #2. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) led KTP-Basket to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Namika Lahti (3-5) crushing them 103-77 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Friday night's game. He scored 22 points and had 5 steals in 32 minutes. KTP Basket Kotka (6-3) is placed fifth in the Korisliiga. Barrett is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.2bpg. He also averaged so far 16.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.9spg in the nine games he played so far.

   #3. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Romania) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory against the closely-ranked Giurgiu (3-3) 80-73 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. Sir scored 18 points in 26 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (4-2) is placed seventh in the Division A. This year Sir has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games.

   #4. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 3-point Byblos' victory against one of league's weakest teams Al Moutahed (0-1) 84-81 in the Lebanese Division A in Friday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 20 rebounds. Fraser also added 2 blocks in 39 minutes. It was his first game for Byblos this season. His team is placed fourth in the Division A. Fraser is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place).

   #5. Hernst Laroche (185-G, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help BC Odessa (2-9) in their last game. Despite Laroche's very good performance the bottom-ranked BC Odessa was edged 85-82 at home by the much higher-ranked (#4) Halychyna. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Laroche also added made 4 passes and 3 steals in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. It was BC Odessa's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Laroche has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg in the 11 games.

   #6. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Indiana Pacers crushing them 101-79 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He recorded 6 points. This season Bonner averages only 3.5ppg. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Jasonn Hannibal (210-C-88, college: Portland, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help Polzela (0-3) in their last game. Despite Hannibal's very good performance Polzela lost 49-61 on their home court in Polzela to the leading Rogaska. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 29 minutes. Hannibal is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year he has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 11.3rpg and 2.3bpg in the three games.

   #8. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Mahmoud and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Kanaan managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in a victory against the seventh-ranked Bejjeh crushing them 89-61. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Al Riyadi this season. Kanaan is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 13 rebounds. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #9. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns crushing them 115-94 in the NBA last Sunday. Nicholson scored 5 points. He has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg.

   #10. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for BK Pardubice (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance BK Pardubice was crushed 99-73 on the road by the leading CEZ Nymburk. Muirhead recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Muirhead is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 13.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. Muirhead has both Canadian and Jamaican nationalities.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the fourth-ranked Panathinaikos (2-2) 73-64 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Sato recorded 7 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (3-1) is placed second in group A. It's Sato's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the three games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team one years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help STB Le Havre (2-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kouguere's very good performance STB Le Havre was defeated 75-66 on the road by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Kouguere also added 4 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kouguere has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.8%(21-37), 3FGP: 18.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2011.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). He managed to help Strasbourg IG in a victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (3-2) 80-66 in the French ProA on Monday night. Zianveni scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. Strasbourg IG (4-1) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 6.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(12-21) and FT: 58.3% in the five games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team one years ago.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #4. Point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help Apoel (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Apoel was edged 68-66 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos. Mokongo was the top scorer with 17 points. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mokongo is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. Mokongo has both Central African and French nationalities. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Mokongo is currently in the Central African national team roster.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Berck in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (185-G-86) plays for Vanves in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Teddy Sokambi (188-G-79) plays for Rodez in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM3



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang CB
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang CB34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao E.33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.0 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.1 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan.28.2 
 6. McDonald, Fujian Q.27.6 
 7. Marbury, Beijing27.0 
 8. Roberson, Fujian QB26.9 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 10. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian QB14.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.3 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao E.13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang FT12.3 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang CB12.2 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao E.6.3 
 4. Marbury, Beijing6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.8 
 7. Fahed, TianJin S.4.4 
 8. Oyedeji, Qingdao E.4.3 
 9. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tim PICKETT
  Xinjiang.
  (192-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao E.2.9 
 3. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Smith, Zhejiang CB2.5 
 5. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.4 
 7. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.3 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.3 
 9. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 10. Abbas, Fujian QB2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi R.
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi R.2.3 
 2. Morris, Beijing Du.1.8 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang CB1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan LL1.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 8. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian QB1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang FT1.3 



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

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

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (2-2) 67-62 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Simon recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Unicaja Malaga (3-1) is placed second in group B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Simon's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 85.0% in the four games he played so far. Simon is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the fourth-ranked Armani Milano (2-2) 92-87 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Popovic recorded 9 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (4-0) is placed first in group C. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. This season Popovic has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(9-16), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 92.3%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Russia). Loncar contributed to Khimky's victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-3) 86-82 in the Russian PBL on Monday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Khimky this season. His team is placed second in the PBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Loncar played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #4. Center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Regal FC Barcelona (3-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Regal FC Barcelona was defeated 80-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#4). Tomic scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Tomic has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Croatian national team last year.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #5. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Delas contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (1-4) crushing them 90-62. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (4-0) is placed first in group B. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. This year Delas averages: 3.7ppg and 6.0rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #6. Center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Krunoslav Simon. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Zoric was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (4-2) in their game against Gescrap BB (5-1). He scored 9 points. But Unicaja Malaga was badly defeated 82-65 in Bilbao by the second-ranked Gescrap BB. Zoric's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 4.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #7. Former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Turk Telekom (1-3) in their game against Aliaga (2-2) in the Turkish TBL, despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. Pasalic was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Turk Telekom lost 66-77 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Aliaga. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pasalic's stats this year are: 11.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Mario Kasun
Mario Kasun
   #8. Center Mario Kasun (213-80, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 3-point Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (1-3) 93-90 in the Euroleague last Friday. Kasun recorded 10 points. Montepaschi Siena (1-3) is placed fifth in group B. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Kasun's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Jakov Vladovic
Jakov Vladovic
   #9. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Slovenian team Krka to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Etha (0-1) crushing them 100-73 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Vladovic recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Krka this season. His team is placed second in group A. Vladovic is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 6 assists. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Zoran Vrkic
Zoran Vrkic
   #10. Guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87, currently plays in Greece) led Ikaros to a victory against the fourth-ranked Panathinaikos (2-2) 72-68 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Vrkic recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Ikaros this season. His team is placed eighth in the A1. Vrkic is international player as one years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Hungary) led Kormend to a victory over the sixth-ranked Falco-Szova 83-76 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Buljan recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals. Buljan is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Buljan averages: 23.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.6apg and 2.4spg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team seven years ago.

   #12. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Panathinaikos in their game against Fenerbahce Ulker in the Euroleague, despite his good performance in Thursday night's game. Ukic recorded 11 points in 25 minutes. But his team lost 64-73. He averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in the four games. Ukic is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Trefl Sopot's victory against the closely-ranked PGE Turow 80-76 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Spralja averaged so far 11.2ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Pi Koleji in their game against Akhisar Bld in the Turkish TB2L (second division), despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. Delic had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. But his team lost 81-89. Delic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3 with 10.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 17.2ppg and 2.6apg in the five games. Delic used to play for the Croatian U21 national team back in 2004.

   #15. An experienced former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Tofas in their game against Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Tofas this season. His team was edged 64-63. Ruzic used to play for the Croatian national team twelve years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Geoplin Slovan (2-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Paravinja's very good performance Geoplin Slovan was edged 73-72 on the road by the higher-ranked LTHcast Mercator (#6). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Paravinja also added 4 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Paravinja's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #2. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga was not able to help UBSC Graz (3-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance UBSC Graz was defeated 96-90 in Wien by the higher-ranked BC Vienna (#3). Stegnjaic recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Stegnjaic is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Stegnjaic averages: 16.7ppg and 7.7rpg.

   #3. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to secure a victory for Tajfun (1-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Tajfun lost 71-78 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Elektra. Primorac was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Primorac's overall stats are: 8.7ppg and 5.3rpg in the three games he played so far.

   #4. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) led Duesseldorf Baskets to a 3-point victory against the league leader BG Karlsruhe (2-0) 74-71 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Duesseldorf Baskets (6-2) is placed third in the ProA. Petric's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #5. Drazen Klaric (204-F-80, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help KFUM Jamtland (0-0) in their game against LF Basket (4-5) in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game Klaric recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Klaric has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg.

   #6. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Pitesti in their game against Paris-Levallois in the EuroChallenge. Despite his good performance on Tuesday night Barac recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Pitesti this season.

   #7. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams SKP Banska Bystrica in their game against Nova Ves in the Slovakian Extraliga. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Jankovic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Jankovic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg.

   #8. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kirchheim Knights crushing them 98-78 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 6 passes. Buljevic averaged so far 10.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He has both Croatian and German nationalities. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #9. Luka Gvozden (184-PG-93, currently plays in Austria) contributed to St.Polten's surprising victory against the second-ranked Xion Dukes 92-78 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Monday night. Gvozden recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Gvozden's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian. Despite Gvozden's Croatian nationality, he currently plays for the Austrian U20 national team and cannot be called to the Croatian team.

   #10. Ivica Cvitanovic (207-C-82, currently plays in Slovakia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasa Jankovic and both played together in the last Slovakian Extraliga game. Cvitanovic couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams SKP Banska Bystrica in their game against Nova Ves. He scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for SKP Banska Bystrica this season. His team lost 86-95.



Cedevita beat the League leaders in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita beat Igokea 78:76 in Zagreb on Monday night of Adriatic League campaign. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Igokea. Igokea was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of Cedevita, which allowed them to win the game. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Luksa Andric (208-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 12 points. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other Clifford Hammonds scored 14 points.
KK Split meanwhile lost to Partizan 72:79. KK Split trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-79 at the end of the game. Drew Gordon fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Danilo Andusic (197-SG-94) chipped in 21 points. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Toni Dijan (205-F-83) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.



Dario Saric joins Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News (T)

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (TBL) agreed terms with 18-year old Croatian international power forward Dario Saric (208-94). He already started the season at KK Split in Croatian A1 league.
The previous season Saric also played at KK Zagreb in A1. In 12 games last season he had 14.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.7spg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Croatian League All-Star Game. Saric also played 24 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 2.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team in 2012.
Saric has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He was a member of both Senior and U18 National Teams this year and for U22 National Team last year. Saric represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 72.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 60.0%.
Saric has played previously professionally in Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @trendbasket)



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Dave Noel joins Apollon, ex Bayreuth - by Eurobasket News (T)

Pizza Express Apollon Limassol (Division A) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Dave Noel (191-85, college: Cent.Florida). He played last season at BBC Bayreuth in German BBL league. Noel also played at Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague that season. In 7 games last year he had 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in eighth round (119th overall).
Noel attended University of Central Florida and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He won D-League West Division championship title in 2010.
Noel was also voted C-USA All-Defensive Team back in 8 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: Nancy pick up a strong road victory in Limassol - by Eurobasket News

Apollon - Nancy 65:81

Nancy pick up a strong road victory in Limassol at the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 season. The French representative overcame Apollon 81:65 thanks to the second half.
Apollon surprised the guests with 19-15 in the first period. They also led 2 points at the halftime but failed in the rest of the game. Nancy needed a 22-15 surge in the third quarter and never looked behind after. SLUC Nancy used a 14-0 run in the last quarter to seal the victory. Sylla drove a lay-up at the end of the game for the final result.
Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) paced all the winners with 17 points and John Linehan (175-PG-78, college: Providence) notched 13. Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11, while Nicholas Pope (196-F/G-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) added 10. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with 25 points in the losing effort and Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) tossed in 11. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) brought 9, while Dave Noel (191-G-85, college: Cent.Florida) added 7.

Apollon: Brandon Brown 25, Marvin Jefferson 11, Jason Detrick 9, Dave Noel 7
Nancy: Bingo Merriex 17, John Linehan 13, Souleyman Diabate 11, Nicholas Pope 10



EuroChallenge: Krka demolish Etha in Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket News

Krka - Etha 100:73

Krka demolish Etha in Novo Mesto at the start of EuroChallenge tournament. The Slovenian side scored three digit number for 100:73 victory.
The Slovenian side scored the first 6 points in the game and Edo Muric (202-F-91) later brought 10:2. Krka enjoyed 24-13 after the first period and led 9 points at the halftime. They dominated the second half of the game and posted another victories for the final result. Krka won the third quarter 25-16 and finished the game with 29-20 in the last stanza.
Edo Muric finished the game with 20 points and Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) had 19. Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) nailed 18 and Uros Lucic (207-C-83) tossed in 13. Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 16 points for the guests and Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) posted 12. Taron Downey (186-G-82, college: Wake Forest) delivered 11, whist Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) had 9.

Krka: Edo Muric 20, Domen Lorbek 19, Jakov Vladovic 18, Uros Lucic 13
Etha: Ogooluwa Adegboye 16, Akida McLain 12, Taron Downey 11, Dejan Cup 9



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Ondrej Starosta's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Czechs playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Planasa NV to a victory over the closely-ranked CB Clavijo (2-3) 71-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Starosta was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Starosta also added 3 assists in 35 minutes on the court. Planasa Navarra (3-2) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Starosta 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 year with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.6ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2apg in the five games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team four years ago.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Pumprla could not help Blusens Monbus (4-2) to beat CAI Zaragoza (3-3). He scored 9 points. But Blusens Monbus was badly defeated 76-58 on the road by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#12). But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Pumprla's first year with the team. Pumprla's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(10-18) and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky was not able to help Cajasol (1-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cajasol lost 73-82 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. Satoransky was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 passes in 29 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Satoransky's first year with the team. Satoransky has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 73.9% in the six games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #4. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (0-2) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) in the NBA. Vesely recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Washington Wizards were defeated 94-84 in Cleveland by the Cavaliers. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Vesely's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #5. International shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Olin Edirne (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jelinek's good performance Olin Edirne was badly defeated 81-62 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#3). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Jelinek also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists. It's Jelinek's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg. Jelinek plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #6. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Ourense (0-1) crushing them 84-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Hampl scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Hampl has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 6.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #7. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (1-5) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-1). He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. Cajasol lost 73-82 on their home court in Sevilla to the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. This year Balvin's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the six games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #8. Center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apoel (0-1) in their game against Keravnos (2-0) in the Cypriot Division A. He scored only 4 points. Apoel was edged 68-66 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos. Chan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Chan's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #9. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Clinicas Rincon (2-2) in their game against Oviedo CB (2-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Svandrlik recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Clinicas Rincon was defeated 74-59 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Oviedo_CB (#5). Svandrlik's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic U18 national team.

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

   #1. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help Rovinari (3-3) in their last game. Despite Steffel's very good performance Rovinari lost 89-96 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Timba Timosoara. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Steffel also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. It was Rovinari's third consecutive loss in a row. Steffel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2 with 9.8rpg. This year he also averages: 15.7ppg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far.

   #2. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) managed to help AZS Koszalin in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Kotwica (1-5) 72-61 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 26 minutes. AZS Koszalin (4-2) is placed fifth in the TBL. Skibniewski is currently second on the list of best passers with 6.8apg. He also averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg in the six games.

   #3. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Etha (0-1) in their game against Krka (1-0) in the EuroChallenge. Englicky recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Etha this season. The third-placed Etha was crushed 100-73 in Novo Mesto by the second-ranked Krka in the group A of EuroChallenge.

   #4. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Batumi (0-3) crushing them 94-63 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. Hoger scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (2-0) is placed fourth in the Superleague. This year Hoger's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games.

   #5. Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Lan Mobel ISB's victory against the eighth-ranked Palma (2-2) 97-86 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia (1-0) is placed in the LEB Silver. Fohler's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #6. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Komarno win their game against the league outsider Svit 86-74 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points in 17 minutes. This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the five games.

   #7. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A. Kremen cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 14 minutes. His team was edged 68-66. This year Kremen's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.



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Jam Acquire Cam Tatum From Energy in Trade for Mustapha Farrakhan - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Bakersfield Jam have acquired rookie forward Cameron Tatum (6'7''-G-88) from the Iowa Energy in exchange for guard Mustapha Farrakhan (6'4''-G-88, college: Virginia). A Lithonia, GA native, Tatum finished his Tennessee career ranked second on the schools all-time games played list (138), 10th on the list for 3-pointers made (155) and 41st on UTs career scoring list (1,083 points). He is one of only eight Vols ever to log at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 200 assists in a career. As a senior last season, Tatum averaged 8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29.1 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Valga/Maks&Moorits changes head coach - by Sander Loon

Valga realeased yesterday ex head coach Tarmo Petter . He's last team was TU/Rock II. Tarmo Petter was realeased by players request. Yesterday game against BC Kalev/Cramo replaced head coach injured player Heiko Rannula.

New head coach of Valga are Sandis Buskevics , ex Liepaja/Triobet coach. Sandis Buskevics last club was Azad University Tehran.
Todays game TYCO Rapla won Valga/Maks&Moorits 69:66.



EuroChallenge: Khimik grabbed valuable win over Tartu Ulikool - by Eurobasket News

Khimik - Tartu Ulikool 77:76

Khimik grabbed valuable win over Tartu Ulikool at the start of the EuroChallenge campaign. Suad Sehovic's late three-pointer and Sava Lesic's free throw brought the Ukrainian team 77:76 win in the opener.
Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period, while the Estonian side grabbed 6-point lead at the halftime. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) nailed a three for 44:38 halftime advantage. Khimik reduced to 5 points at the end of the third period and then erupted with 19-13 to seal the victory. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) scored for 69:67 and Goodridge brought 70:69. Khimik increased to 4 points late in the game, while Justin Ingram closed the game from the arc.
Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) and Devoe Joseph top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) nailed 8. Justin Ingram ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Silver Leppik (189-G-83) as well as Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) had 9 each. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) and Joosep Toome (208-C-85) delivered 8 points apiece in a loss.

Khimik: Sava Lesic 13, Devoe Joseph 13, Suad Sehovic 8
Tartu Ulikool: Justin Ingram 25, Silver Leppik 9, Ivan Nelyubov 9, Egidijus Dimsa 8, Joosep Toome 8



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Welcome to EuroChallenge 2012/2013 season: Full Round recap - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Krka - Etha 100-73
Krka demolish Etha in Novo Mesto at the start of EuroChallenge tournament. The Slovenian side scored three digit number for 100:73 victory. The Slovenian side scored the first 6 points in the game and Edo Muric (202-F-91) later brought 10:2. Krka enjoyed 24-13 after the first period and led 9 points at the halftime. They dominated the second half of the game and posted another victories for the final result. Krka won the third quarter 25-16 and finished the game with 29-20 in the last stanza. Edo Muric finished the game with 20 points and Lorbek Domen had 19. Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) nailed 18 and Lucic Uros tossed in 13. Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 16 points for the guests and McLain Akida posted 12. Downey Taron delivered 11, whist Cup Dejan had 9.

Tofas - Karsiyaka 63-64
Karsiyaka wins the Turkish battle in EuroChallenge. They beat Tofas 64:63 in Bursa in Group A opener. Tofas started better and won the opening period 21-12. They led 7 points at the halftime as Karsiyaka managed to reply with 19-17 in the second frame. The third period however was decisive in the game and gave the guests 23-13 burst that led to 54:51 advantage. The game was tied at 62:62 with 26 seconds to go, but Caner Topaloglu (199-F-85) drove a lay-up after Sipahi's only free throw. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Caner Topaloglu as well as Diebler Jon netted 12 each. Thomas Will followed them with 10 points. Ukrainian naturalized Burtt Steven replied with 16 points, while Elonu Chinemelu collected 12 points and 14 caroms. Nichols Austin posted 10 and Tomislav Ruzic (207-F/C-79) added 9.

Group B
Krasnie Krilya - Keravnos 79-74
Krasnie Krilya beat Keravnos on Wednesday opener in EuroChallenge. The Russian team needed a strong third period to win 79:74 for 1-0 record. Both teams scored 19 points each in the first period. Keravnos led in the whole second frame and grabbed 43:40 halftime advantage. Vasiliev Yuri later tied it all at 47:47, while Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) brought 55:51. After 23-11 in the third quarter Vasiliev Yuri closed it at 63:54. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) nailed three in the start of the last stanza for 71:54, but the Russian side had difficulties to win the game. Keravnos erupted with 16-3 run and reduced to 74:70. Krasnie Krilya meanwhile saved 5-point victory at the very end. Chester Simmons stepped up with 24 points and Nikita Balashov nailed 15. Vasiliev Yuri and Kolesnikov Evgeniy posted 12 points each in a win. Crocker Tony and Vaughn Julian replied with 16 points in the losing effort as the latter also added 12 boards. Maze Bobby tossed in 13, whilst Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9.

Kataja - Ploiesti 91-67
Kataja started with the victory their EuroChallenge campaign. The Finnish side overcame Ploiesti 91:67 in Group B opener. The hosts grabbed 23:9 lead after the first period and never looked behind. They felt the support of the local 2000 fans and added 24-17 in the second frame. Moreover Joensuun Kataja posted 23-12 in the third quarter for massive lead after 30 minutes. The Romanian side managed to reply with 29-21 in the lasts stanza for the final result. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Fields Jerald nailed 16. Flowers Jonte delivered 13, whilst Kanervo Antti and Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) scored 12 apiece. Hargrove Darius ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) collected 15 points and 10 caroms. Nyakundi Robert notched 9 and Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) tossed in 8.

Group C
Sodertalje - Pyrinto 74-68
Sodertalje open the season with the victory in EuroChallenge. The Swedish side overcame Pyrinto from Finalnd 74:68 in Group C. Pyrinto surprised the hosts with 23-21 in the first period but could not win the half. The Kings needed a 15-13 surge to tie the game at the halftime. Moreover they posted two victories in the second half to seal the total success. The Swedish side won the third period 17-16 and added 21-16 in the last quarter. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Pita Dino tossed in 17. Borg Tobias delivered 13, while Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) collected 10 points and 15 rebounds. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 25 points in defeat and Williams Damon notched 16. Lowe Kenneth and Lehto Antero followed them with 9 points apiece.

Ventspils - Norrkoping 72-68
The Baltic side rout the Scandinavian representative at the start of the EuroChallenge campaign. Ventspils overcame Norrkoping 72:68 in Group C opener. More than 2000 fans came to support Ventspils in their first game of the EuroChallenge season. The Latvian side started with 16-12 lead and added 22-16 in the second quarter. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter as Gabriel Keith reduced to 57:47. Moreover Ringstrom Martin tied the game at 66:66, while Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) gave the last points for the winning side. Donald Sims paced all the winners with 16 points and Laksa Martins netted 11. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) tossed in 9, while Janis Timma delivered 8. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Ringstrom Martin scored 13. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) and Gabriel Keith brought 10 points each in a loss.

Group D
Khimik - TU/Rock 77-76
Khimik grabbed valuable win over Tartu Ulikool at the start of the EuroChallenge campaign. Suad Sehovic's late three-pointer and Sava Lesic's free throw brought the Ukrainian team 77:76 win in the opener. Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period, while the Estonian side grabbed 6-point lead at the halftime. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) nailed a three for 44:38 halftime advantage. Khimik reduced to 5 points at the end of the third period and then erupted with 19-13 to seal the victory. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) scored for 69:67 and Goodridge brought 70:69. Khimik increased to 4 points late in the game, while Justin Ingram closed the game from the arc. Lesic Sava and Devoe Joseph top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Sehovic Suad nailed 8. Justin Ingram ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Silver Leppik (189-G-83) as well as Nelyubov Ivan had 9 each. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) and Toome Joosep delivered 8 points apiece in a loss.

Gaz Metan - Dijon 92-89
Gaz Metan needs overtime to outgun JDA Dijon in their Group D opener in the EuroChallenge. The Romanian side got huge help from Dundjerski Slobodan who tied the game at the regulation and then saw him top-scored in 92:89 win. Gaz Metan started with 20-15 lead, but could not win three following quarters. Dijon won the second, third and the fourth period for 79:79. It was Dundjerski Slobodan to score last four points for the tied result. In overtime the Romanian side needed 13-10 surge to seal the victory. Dundjerski Slobodan top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) notched 19. St.John Mike delivered 13 and Nicoara Titus added 11. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with 32 points in the losing effort and Campbell scored 20. Lens Aboudou (192-G-90) and Prenom Ferdinand had 10 points each in defeat.

Group E
M.Hainaut - Aalstar 77-84
Aalstar celebrates in Belgian game between two sides from the country. The team grabbed 84:77 victory over Mons-Hainaut. Mons-Hainaut actually started better and took 28-16 in the first period. Aalstar reduced to 47:39 at the halftime as Raivio Derek sent the teams to the lockers at 47:39. No matter how hard the guest tried to tie the game in the third quarter, they could not do it until the last period. Anderson tied the game at 61:61 and Dreesen nailed three for 64:63. Due to 27-16 in the last stanza Aalstar managed to seal the victory. Raivio Derek stepped up with 18 points and Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider) nailed 14. Clark Jason posted 13, while Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) added 12. Cage Justin and Qvale Brian ended up with 17 points in the losing case, whilst Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) tossed in 15.

Pitesti - Paris-Levallois 75-91
N'Doye Maleye leads Paris-Levallois over Pitesti in EuroChallenge. He nailed 21 points to help the French side to celebrate a 91:75 victory in their opener. Pitesti won the first period 28-15 and was stronger in the second frame with 21-16. The Romanian team increased to 52:33 early in the third quarter but failed to win the game. Paris-Levallois replied with 11-0 run and reduced to 52:44. Cox and Aka closed the third period at 61:58. Moreover the guests erupted with 33-14 in the last stanza to stun the opponents. Williams Jawad scored 13 for the winners. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) nailed 12, while May Sean posted 11. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) finished the game with 21 points and Kinloch Damien tossed in 16. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) scored 12, whilst Negut Alexandru and Albijanic Drasko brought 9 each.

Group F
EWE Baskets - Szolnok 87-70
EWE Baskets outgun Szolnok in Oldenburg in their EuroChallenge opener. The German side won all the quarters of the game for 87:70 win. Although Simon Balazs opened the scoring account in the game, EWE Baskets posted the five consecutive points to take 5:2 lead in the opening tip. The hosts won the first period 24-17 and led 8 points at the halftime. Moreover EWE Baskets dominated the second half and won the third and the last stanzas. The productive 23-16 surge in the third period brought them 65:50 advantage after Bahiense de Mello's shot. Another 22-20 in the last quarter saw 87:70 on the board at the end of the game. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) paced all the winners with 19 points and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) nailed 17. Chubb Adam scored 10, whilst Joyce Dru added 8 points and 12 caroms. Bader Marton answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Sehovic Sead had 14. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) delivered 13 and Simon Balazs brought 11.

Timisoara - Kormend 75-65
Timisoara opened Group F campaign successfully as they beat Kormend. The Romanian side overcame the team from Hungary in front of 2000 fans. Timisoara won the first period 21-19 and looked better in the second frame. The hosts increased the lead to 9 points at the halftime after 19-12 in the period. Moreover the Romanian team won the third quarter 20-15 and enjoyed 14-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Kormend answered with 19-15 in the last stanza and reduced the game to 10 final points. Jelenic Ivan stepped up with 18 points for the home side and Johnson Delvon added 14. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) and Jovanovic Zlatko posted 13 points each in a win. Shaw Matt answered with 18 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) had 15. Ferencz Csaba notched 14 and Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: TSS Management) delivered 9.

Group G
Gravelines - Tsmoki-Minsk 96-63
Five players scored in double digits as Gravelines edge Tsmoki-Minsk. The French side celebrated a 96:63 win in their opener of EuroChallenge in front of 2500 local fans. Gravelines opened the game with 21-16 surge but had difficulties to win the first half. The Belarus Champion bounced back with 19-15 surge in the second frame and Lashkevich reduced to 36:35 after two quarters. The second half however was a nightmare for the guests. They won the third period 26-13 and erupted with 34-15 in the last quarter. Camara Ousmane and Pustahvar were the last players to score for their teams. Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) paced all the winners with 23 points and Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) as well as Camara Ousmane had 14 each. Vaty Ludovic and Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) followed them with 11 points each. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) notched 12 and Korshuk Dzianis scored 11.

Apollon - Nancy 65-81
Nancy pick up a strong road victory in Limassol at the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 season. The French representative overcame Apollon 81:65 thanks to the second half. Apollon surprised the guests with 19-15 in the first period. They also led 2 points at the halftime but failed in the rest of the game. Nancy needed a 22-15 surge in the third quarter and never looked behind after. SLUC Nancy used a 14-0 run in the last quarter to seal the victory. Sylla drove a lay-up at the end of the game for the final result. Merriex Bingo paced all the winners with 17 points and Linehan John notched 13. Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11, while Pope Nicholas added 10. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with 25 points in the losing effort and Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) tossed in 11. Detrick Jason brought 9, while Noel Dave added 7.

Group H
Hapoel Holon - Armia 84-69
Hapoel Holon closed the first round successfully as they won over Armia in Israel. Hapoel dominated the whole game and celebrated an 84:69 victory. It was the last game of the first round. Hapoel Holon started with 28-19 in the first period and enjoyed 12-point advantage at the halftime when Zack Rosen (185-PG-89, college: Pennsylvania) sent the teams to the lockers at 49:37. Hapoel Holon continued their dominance in the third quarter and increased to 20 points at the end of it. Armia managed to reduce to 15 points as they won the last stanza 17-12. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) erupted with 22 points and 15 rebounds for the home side and Smith Tyler tossed in 16. Zack Rosen brought 13, whilst Dyson Jerome had 12. Millage Curtis ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) added 15. Parghalava Lasha ended up with 8 and Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) finished the game with 7.

Antwerp - Telekom Baskets 72-81
Telekom Baskets stole the victory from the Giants in the opener of Group H. The German side celebrated an 81:72 win for the initial success. Telekom Baskets started the game with 26-19 and led 36:32 at the halftime. Veikalas Benas scored six consecutive points for 42:37 early in the third and Jordan Jared brought 55:47. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) meanwhile closed the frame at 60:51. Both teams later scored 21 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Veikalas Benas stepped up with 18 points and Jordan Jared nailed 14. Weems Kyle delivered 13, whilst Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann tossed in 8. Hopkins Bryan answered with 18 points, whilst Biggs Ralph had 15. Moors Roel delivered 10 and Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 9 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.



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Scariolo: It's like a final for us - by Kostas Papadopoulos

After the win against Siena, coach of Armani Milano, Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) stated, concerning the following game against Olympiacos for Euroleague: "This game is like a final for us. We have only two days to train and we should quickly recover from this game for the Italian championship both mentally and physically in order to be ready for Olympiacos. We are satisfied for our win against Siena, which is a tough opponent in an "unhostile" court. We presented a big improvement in our defense and in the rebounds concerning our previous games. Thus, our win is very important from many different aspects" the Spanish coach added.
The game against the former European champions is on Thursday night



Asseco Prokom Gdynia released Drew Viney - by Eurobasket News (T)

Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) released 24-year old American forward Drew Viney (203-88, college: Loyola Mary). In only one TBL game he played this season he recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

The previous season Viney played at Loyola Marymount University in West Coast Conference in the NCAA. In 21 games last season he had 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. A very impressive season as he was named to All-WCC 1st Team.
He just graduated from Loyola Marymount University and it is his first season as a pro.
Vineys team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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EuroChallenge: Kataja won, Pyrinto lost - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge, round 1: Group B: Kataja (Joensuu) almost crushed at home visitor CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania) 91-67 (47-26). Quarters: 23-9, 24-17, 23-12, 21-29.
This game was practically over if not in 10 minutes, in 20 minutes anyway. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) led the hosts with 23 points. Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 16 pts. American SG Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) led the visitors with 21 pts.
Kataja - CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 91-67 (47-26). (Petri Virtanen 23, Jerald Fields 16, Jonte Flowers 13. 1 - 82,4% (14/17), 2 - 53,2% (25/47), 3 - 50,0% (9/18). R: 32. TO: 13. - Darius Hargrove 21, Vladimir Tica 15/10, Robert Nyakundi 9. 1 - 66,7% (14/21), 2 - 44,2% (19/43), 3 - 29,4% (5/17). R: 39. TO: 18. A: 1827).

Group C: Sodertalje Kings defeated at home Pyrinto from Tampere 74-68 (36-36). Pyrinto had difficulties from behind the arc (13,3%, 2/15), while Kings made nine 3-pointers in the game. Croatian Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) led Kings with 23 pts. American F Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 25 pts for Pyrinto.

Sodertalje - Pyrinto 74-68 (36-36). (Toni Bizaca 23, Dino Pita 17, Tobias Borg 13. 1 - 73,3% (11/15), 2 - 47,4% (18/38), 3 - 37,5% (9/24). R: 39. TO:14. - Lamonte Ulmer 25, Damon Williams 16/8/6a, Kenneth Lowe 9. 1 - 87,5% (14/16), 2 - 46,2% (24/52), 3 - 13,3% (2/15). R: 37. TO:10).



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EuroChallenge: Gaz Metan needs overtime to outgun JDA Dijon - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan - Dijon 92:89

Gaz Metan needs overtime to outgun JDA Dijon in their Group D opener in the EuroChallenge. The Romanian side got huge help from Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) who tied the game at the regulation and then saw him top-scored in 92:89 win.
Gaz Metan started with 20-15 lead, but could not win three following quarters. Dijon won the second, third and the fourth period for 79:79. It was Slobodan Dundjerski to score last four points for the tied result. In overtime the Romanian side needed 13-10 surge to seal the victory.
Slobodan Dundjerski top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) notched 19. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: La Salle) delivered 13 and Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with 32 points in the losing effort and T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) scored 20. Lens Aboudou (192-G-90) and Ferdinand Prenom (205-C-91) had 10 points each in defeat.

Gaz Metan: Slobodan Dundjerski 22, Deven Mitchell 19, Mike St.John 13, Titus Nicoara 11
Dijon: Andre Harris 32, T.J. Campbell 20, Lens Aboudou 10, Ferdinand Prenom 10



EuroChallenge: Trailing 19 points, Paris-Levallois stun Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Pitesti - Paris-Levallois 75:91

Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) leads Paris-Levallois over Pitesti in EuroChallenge. He nailed 21 points to help the French side to celebrate a 91:75 victory in their opener.
Pitesti won the first period 28-15 and was stronger in the second frame with 21-16. The Romanian team increased to 52:33 early in the third quarter but failed to win the game. Paris-Levallois replied with 11-0 run and reduced to 52:44. Cox and Aka closed the third period at 61:58. Moreover the guests erupted with 33-14 in the last stanza to stun the opponents.
Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) scored 13 for the winners. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) nailed 12, while Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) posted 11. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) finished the game with 21 points and Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) tossed in 16. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) scored 12, whilst Alexandru Negut (197-F-89) and Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) brought 9 each.

Pitesti: Marcel Jones 21, Damien Kinloch 16, Pankracije Barac 12, Alexandru Negut 9, Drasko Albijanic 9
Paris-Levallois: Maleye N'Doye 21, Jawad Williams 13, Andrew Albicy 12, Sean May 11



EuroChallenge: Nancy pick up a strong road victory in Limassol - by Eurobasket News

Apollon - Nancy 65:81

Nancy pick up a strong road victory in Limassol at the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 season. The French representative overcame Apollon 81:65 thanks to the second half.
Apollon surprised the guests with 19-15 in the first period. They also led 2 points at the halftime but failed in the rest of the game. Nancy needed a 22-15 surge in the third quarter and never looked behind after. SLUC Nancy used a 14-0 run in the last quarter to seal the victory. Sylla drove a lay-up at the end of the game for the final result.
Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) paced all the winners with 17 points and John Linehan (175-PG-78, college: Providence) notched 13. Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11, while Nicholas Pope (196-F/G-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) added 10. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with 25 points in the losing effort and Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) tossed in 11. Jason Detrick (195-SF-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma) brought 9, while Dave Noel (191-G-85, college: Cent.Florida) added 7.

Apollon: Brandon Brown 25, Marvin Jefferson 11, Jason Detrick 9, Dave Noel 7
Nancy: Bingo Merriex 17, John Linehan 13, Souleyman Diabate 11, Nicholas Pope 10



French ProA round 5 best performance: Ilian Evtimov - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Chalon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Orleans (#14, 1-4) 85-80. Chalon is placed at 2nd position in Bulgarian ProA. They are still close to the very top. Chalon would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Evtimov had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Chalon, through which he has constantly improved. Ilian Evtimov averages this season 13.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Ivorian Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) of Nancy. Diabate had a very good evening with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Nancy was edged by the higher-ranked Nanterre (#5, 3-2) 82-78. Nancy is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Nancy managed to get this year. Diabate is a newcomer at Nancy, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Caleb Green (203-F-85) of Orleans (#14). Green scored 27 points. Despite Green's great performance Orleans lost 80-85 to the higher-ranked Chalon (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Orleans can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Green he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Green has individually a great season in France. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) of Chalon - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) of Gravelines - 11 points and 15 rebounds
7. Terrell Everett (193-G-84) of Cholet - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Coleman Collins (206-C/F-86) of Roanne - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82) of Nancy - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Nanterre lands Diarra - by Eurobasket News (T)

JSF Nanterre (ProA) re-signed 32-year old former French international forward Mamoutou Diarra (200-80, agency: Two Points). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Mali passport. Diarra played there last season. In 16 ProA games last year he averaged 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg.
Diarra received Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2006. He also represented France at the World Championships in Japan six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg.
Diarra has played also professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Italy (Air Avellino) and France (Paris-Levallois, Chorale de Roanne, Bondy, Centre Federal du Basket-Ball and Chalon/Saor).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Balkan League: Teodo Tivat claim second win in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - KK Kozuv 75:68

Teodo Tivat earned the second straight win in EuroCup Group B. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) nailed 19 points to pace the Montenegrin side. KK Kozuv fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Teodo Tivat strongly entered the game. They fired 25 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Teodo Tivat kept in charge throughout the second frame. The hosts piled up a 46:35 halftime lead. Teodo Tiva controlled the tempo in the third quarter. The Montenegrin side secured a 16-point buffer at the final intermission. KK Kozuv refused to surrender as they went on a blistering comeback rally in the fourth frame. They got within five points with 13 seconds remaining. However Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) sank two free throws to seal the victory for Teodo Tivat. Darko Radulovic (192-G-80) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points for the winners. Vladimir Filipovic (196-SG-85) answered with 12 points for KK Kozuv. Darko Radulovic chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Marko Mijovic 19, Savo Djikanovic 15, Sinisa Tepavcevic 13
KK Kozuv: Vladimir Filipovic 12, Darko Radulovic 11



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EuroCup: s.Oliver Baskets prevail against Azovmash in opener - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Baskets - Azovmash 81:77

s.Oliver Baskets celebrated the first EuroCup win. They held off Azovmash in Group D opener. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the German side.
Azovmash opened the game confidently. The Ukrainian team stayed aggressive defensively and secured a 7-point lead at the first break 16:9. But s.Oliver Baskets gradually picked up the tempo. They capped the first half with eight straight points to take a 34:33 lead. The visitors opened a 9-point advantage early in the second half 51:42. Azovmash maintained the lead and ensured a 61:57 advantage at the final intermission. Stuckey helped s.Oliver Baskets to pull in front early in the fourth stanza. The hosts kept Azovmash at bay in the final minutes and raced to the victory. LaMont McIntosh (190-G-82, college: Georgia St.) nailed 13 points, while John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) produced 10 points in the win. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) responded with 20 points for Azovmash. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) topscored with 25 points in the loss.

s.Oliver Baskets: Dwayne Anderson 19+10 boards, LaMont McIntosh 13, John Little 10
Azovmash: Lynn Greer 25, Miroslav Raduljica 20



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets outgun Szolnok in Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Szolnok 87:70

EWE Baskets outgun Szolnok in Oldenburg in their EuroChallenge opener. The German side won all the quarters of the game for 87:70 win.
Although Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: Court Side) opened the scoring account in the game, EWE Baskets posted the five consecutive points to take 5:2 lead in the opening tip. The hosts won the first period 24-17 and led 8 points at the halftime. Moreover EWE Baskets dominated the second half and won the third and the last stanzas. The productive 23-16 surge in the third period brought them 65:50 advantage after Bahiense de Mellos shot. Another 22-20 in the last quarter saw 87:70 on the board at the end of the game.
Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) paced all the winners with 19 points and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) nailed 17. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) scored 10, whilst Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) added 8 points and 12 caroms. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) had 14. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) delivered 13 and Balazs Simon brought 11.

EWE Baskets: Julius Jenkins 19, Rickey Paulding 17, Adam Chubb 10, Dru Joyce 8+12 rebs
Szolnok: Marton Bader 16, Sead Sehovic 14, Brandon Gay 13, Balazs Simon 11



Richard Williams claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Richard Williams (178-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vechta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 25-year old playmaker got a double-double of 33 points and twelve assists, while his team crushed Cuxhaven (#7, 4-4) with 20-point margin 98-78. Vechta is placed at 6th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vechta will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vechta's top player in his first season with the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.9ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.9apg) and averages solid 3.4spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Joey Henley (196-PF-85) of ETB Wohnbau. Henley impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead ETB Wohnbau to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kirchheim (#13, 3-5) 98-78. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. ETB Wohnbau dropped in the standings to 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Henley is a newcomer at ETB Wohnbau and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Nick Freer (198-G/F-85) of Leipzig (#16). Freer scored 29 points. He was a key player of Leipzig, leading his team to a 90-74 easy win against the higher-ranked Chemnitz (#9, 4-4). Leipzig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Freer he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Freer has a very solid season. In 7 games in Germany he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 4.1rpg, FGP: 66.7% and 3PT: 42.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Cardenas (200-F-82) of Chemnitz - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Derek Coleman (180-G-84) of Crailsheim - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Logan Stutz (205-F-88) of ETB Wohnbau - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Dirk Madrich (211-C-83) of Vechta - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. Scott Dennis (195-G-89) of Finke Baskets - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Kirchheim - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Andre Calvin (196-F-85) of Ehingen - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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

25-year old center John Bryant (208-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ratiopharm and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Art.Dragons (#6, 4-3) 80-69. It allowed Ratiopharm to take over top position in the German league. Ratiopharm have a solid 6-1 record. Bryant has many years of experience at Ratiopharm, through which he has constantly improved. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bryant. Bryant is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.1ppg) and averages solid 2.4bpg and 60.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) of Bremerhaven. He is American guard in his first season at Bremerhaven. In the last game Burrell recorded impressive 30 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Bremerhaven to edge slightly higher-ranked Neckar L'burg (3-4) by 6 points 86-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bremerhaven keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Burrell is a newcomer at Bremerhaven and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) of Telekom Baskets (#9). Wohlfarth-Bottermann scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Telekom Baskets, leading his team to a 90-57 easy win against the higher-ranked EWE Baskets (#4, 5-2). Telekom Baskets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Wohlfarth-Bottermann has a very solid season. In 6 games in Germany he scored 6.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80) of Bayreuth - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Lucca Staiger (196-SG-88) of Neckar L'burg - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84) of Brose Baskets - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Achmadschah Zazai (175-PG-86) of LTi 46ers - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of ALBA - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81) of Brose Baskets - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nicolai Simon (190-G-87) of Bayreuth - 17 points and 2 assists

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



Hannover adds Fakuade to their roster - by Tomek (T)

UBC Hannover Tigers (ProB) added to their roster 23-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Michael Fakuade (201-107kg-89, agency: N.E.T.). He just graduated from Ill.-Springfield (NCAA2). In only one game last season he recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 blocks.
As mentioned above Fakuade is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. His team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division.
Fakuade was voted All-GLVC 1st Team in 2012.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ProA Round 8: BG Karlsruhe loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 8 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Duesseldorf where host Duesseldorf Baskets (6-2) edged league's leader BG Karlsruhe (6-2) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) who scored 21 points. American forward Kendall Chones (201-84, college: Colgate, agency: Dynamics Global Management) chipped in 15 points. American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Duesseldorf Baskets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Goettingen and Karlsruhe. BG Karlsruhe will play next round against MLP Academics Heidelberg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Duesseldorf Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked NBC in Nurnberg.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked NBC (5-3) against eleventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting NBC was crushed by Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen 89-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Tim Unterluggauer contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) replied with 15 points for NBC. NBC's coach Martin Ides gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. NBC at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#9) on the road in the next round. NBC will play against Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against seventh-ranked BV Chemnitz 99 90-74. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that USC Leipzig is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Nick Freer who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 4 steals. Robert Cardenas responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). USC Leipzig (2-6) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Gotha. Loser BV Chemnitz 99 keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. USC Leipzig will meet higher ranked Finke Baskets (#14) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#8) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Heidelberg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked BG Goettingen (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (4-3). BG Goettingen smashed MLP Academics Heidelberg 108-68. The winners were led by Anthony Hitchens who scored that evening 24 points. BG Goettingen have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Duesseldorf and Karlsruhe. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against the league's second-placed BG Karlsruhe (#2).
The game in Vechta supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-4) played at the court of eighth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (4-3). SC Rasta Vechta did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 98-78 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Richard Williams who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 12 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Heidelberg. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face Kirchheim Knights (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11).

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Finke Baskets were crushed by Crailsheim in a road game 95-76. ETB Wohnbau smashed Kirchheim at home 98-78. Gotha was destroyed by Jena on the opponent's court 83-60.


Leipzig - Chemnitz 90-74

Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against seventh-ranked BV Chemnitz 99 90-74. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that USC Leipzig is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 4 steals and the other American import guard Harry Marshall (183-88, college: Indiana St., agency: Limelight Hoops) who added 15 points during the contest. Forward Robert Cardenas (200-82) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USC Leipzig (2-6) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Gotha. Loser BV Chemnitz 99 keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. USC Leipzig will meet higher ranked Finke Baskets (#14) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#8) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: N.Freer 29+4reb+1ast, H.Marshall 15+3reb+3ast, K.Schaffartzik 15+2reb+2ast, C.Gadley 10+8reb+3ast, N.Khartchenkov 7+4reb+2ast, W.Simon 5+7reb
Chemnitz: R.Cardenas 23+7reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 11+2reb+2ast, D.Lawson 11+8reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 11+4ast, A.Jones 6+1reb, J.Bynum 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 184401


Ehingen - NBC 89-66

Very important is a road loss of third ranked NBC (5-3) against eleventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting NBC was crushed by Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen 89-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. The game was mostly controlled by Ehingen/Urspringschule. NBC was better in third quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Tim Unterluggauer (208-93) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) replied with 15 points and swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) added 10 points in the effort for NBC. NBC's coach Martin Ides gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. NBC at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#9) on the road in the next round. NBC will play against Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: T.Unterluggauer 16+7reb, M.Mueller 14+1reb+2ast, A.Calvin 13+9reb+4ast, K.Ogbe 11+3reb+2ast, V.Matthews 8+1reb+6ast, S.Haukohl 8+2reb
NBC: W.Chavis 15+4reb, C.Adler 10+3reb+1ast, J.Reile 7+1ast, T.Brazelton 7+3reb+4ast, R.Thompson 7+3reb, S.Schroeder 7+1reb
gschID: 184402


Crailsheim - Finke Baskets 95-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Finke Baskets (3-5) were crushed on the road by thirteenth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (3-5) 95-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Crailsheim Merlins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Crailsheim Merlins had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Derek Coleman (180-84, college: Robert Morris) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import swingman Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 19 points and 6 assists. American guard Scott Dennis (195-89, college: Christian Brothers, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Five Crailsheim Merlins and four Finke Baskets players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Finke Baskets. Finke Baskets lost third consecutive game. Crailsheim Merlins will face higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: M.Rose 19+1reb+6ast, D.Coleman 17+9reb+9ast, B.Lischka 13+4reb, J.Buck 12+8reb, H.Johnson 12+5reb+1ast, A.Sivorotka 9+4reb
Finke Baskets: S.Dennis 17+6reb+3ast, M.Fleischmann 16+4reb+1ast, G.Aud 14+1reb+2ast, R.Aquino 11+7reb+1ast, J.Adams 6+5reb+2ast, D.McDaniel 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 184408


ETB Wohnbau - Kirchheim 98-78

Everything could happen in Essen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked ETB Wohnbau and 10th ranked Kirchheim Knights had identical 3-4 record. This time ETB Wohnbau used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Kirchheim 98-78 on Sunday night. The game without a history. ETB Wohnbau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. ETB Wohnbau outrebounded Kirchheim Knights 37-22 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Joey Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ETB Wohnbau have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Kirchheim Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face Science City Jena (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kirchheim Knights will play against SC Rasta Vechta.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 20+7reb+1ast, J.Henley 19+11reb, F.Franke 18+5reb, R.Christen 11+3reb+3ast, A.Cook 9+5reb+8ast, M.Buljevic 8+2reb+6ast
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 18+7reb+1ast, C.Alexander 16+1reb+6ast, C.Brooks 13+2reb+2ast, C.Land 12+3reb, S.Adeberg 6+4reb+1ast, D.Schneider 6+2reb
gschID: 184406


Jena - Gotha 83-60

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Science City Jena and 14th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha had identical 2-5 record. This time Science City Jena used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Gotha 83-60 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan, agency: Elite Talent Exchange) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Science City Jena (3-5) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha dropped to the fifteenth position with six games lost. Science City Jena will face higher ranked ETB Wohnbau (#10) in Essen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play at home against the league's leader BG Goettingen (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jena: K.Barker 15+3reb+2ast, C.Roquette 13+8reb, S.Watts 13+4reb, G.Sim 12+4reb+4ast, A.Adomaitis 10+11reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 7+2reb
Gotha: L.Niebuhr 13+12reb, T.Lathan 11+7reb, C.Griffin 10+2reb, R.Jackson 9+6reb, J.Lipke 6+2reb+2ast, A.Smith 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 184405


Heidelberg - Goettingen 68-108

The game in Heidelberg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked BG Goettingen (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (4-3). BG Goettingen smashed MLP Academics Heidelberg 108-68. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BG Goettingen forced 21 MLP Academics Heidelberg turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by MLP Academics Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Anthony Hitchens (175, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored that evening 24 points and Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) did not help to save the game for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Guard Kai Barth (188-89) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. BG Goettingen have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Duesseldorf and Karlsruhe. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against the league's second-placed BG Karlsruhe (#2).
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Hitchens 24+1reb, S.Phillips 20+1reb+4ast, N.Livas 14+7reb+3ast, A.Vargas 12+4reb+4ast, P.Guede 10+5reb, B.Davis 9+3reb
Heidelberg: D.White 13+3reb+1ast, J.Heindel 13+8reb+1ast, K.Barth 11+5reb+5ast, C.von Fintel 8+1reb+1ast, C.Sargent 8+2reb+2ast, T.Blackwood 7
gschID: 184404


Duesseldorf - Karlsruhe 74-71

Round 8 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Duesseldorf where host Duesseldorf Baskets (6-2) edged league's leader BG Karlsruhe (6-2) 74-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) who scored 21 points. American forward Kendall Chones (201-84, college: Colgate, agency: Dynamics Global Management) chipped in 15 points. American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Duesseldorf Baskets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Goettingen and Karlsruhe. BG Karlsruhe will play next round against MLP Academics Heidelberg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Duesseldorf Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked NBC in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: N.Adamczak 21+4reb+1ast, K.Chones 15+3reb, M.Petric 12+5reb, C.Pfeil 8+2reb+4ast, P.Flomo 6+2reb, G.Johnson 5+5reb+2ast
Karlsruhe: J.Harris 16+5reb+4ast, D.Richardson 12+4reb, R.Roessler 9+2reb+2ast, M.Stockton 9+4reb+1ast, J.Black 8+8reb+1ast, S.Hauer 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 184403


Vechta - Cuxhaven 98-78

The game in Vechta supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-4) played at the court of eighth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (4-3). SC Rasta Vechta did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 98-78 on Sunday. SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded Cuxhaven BasCats 39-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for SC Rasta Vechta especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 12 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. American point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182, college: De Paul) produced 23 points and naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Heidelberg. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face Kirchheim Knights (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11).
Top scorers:
Vechta: R.Williams 33+9reb+12ast, C.Hassan 18+3reb+3ast, D.Madrich 17+11reb+1ast, J.Doerksen 12+5reb, F.Stuckemann 10+2reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 6+8reb
Cuxhaven: J.Kelly 23+3reb+2ast, E.Harris 16+2reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 14+3reb+3ast, S.Thomas 9+7reb+3ast, M.Pratt 8+2reb, M.Pluskota 6+7reb
gschID: 184407



Anton Gavel Takes Control As The Brose Baskets Bamberg Outgrind The Fraport Skyliners 76-67 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Some things are easier said than done like if Argentine striker Lionel Messi predicts 10 goals in the next classic FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, New England Patriot Tom Brady saying that he will never lose another Superbowl to the New York Giants and arch nemesis Eli Manning, Lebron James predicting three NBA titles in a row or Paris Hilton never checking into a HIlton hotel again. For the Fraport Skyliners to win in Bamberg seems more like a dream than ever happening in reality as the last time the Skyliners won a regular season game in freak city, NBA superstar Kevin Durant was a tenth grader at the well known Oak Hill academy, Tom Brady only had one Superbowl ring and teen singing sensation Justin Bieber was only nine years old. The last time that the Fraport Skyliners were able to depart the floor in Bamberg as the winner in a regular season game was January 18th, 2004. It was the bests coring game of ex Skyliner Tyrone Ellis who recently announced his retirement dropping 32 points and nailing nine three pointers. Ex NBA player Mario Kasun was also on that team. Ex Skyliner Max Weber was an 18 year old kid on the Bamberg team that made a point and grabbed a rebound against his future team. Coming into the game, The Frankfurt Skyliners had lost the last eight regular season games and after a slow start, no one was really expecting anything from them, but they gave a spirited effort keeping the first half close, but then losing some focus in the third quarter as the Brose Baskets Bamberg was able to take control of the game and win 76-67. It isnt only the team that opponents have to contend with in trying to crawl out of the Stechert arena with a win, but also the noisy arena and loud fans. Skyliner Quantez Robertson played his tenth game in Bamberg and is still overwhelmed by the difficulty of playing there. This is one of the hardest places to play at. It is always difficult to hear the point guard calling the plays, but you just have to play through it, stressed Quantez Robertson. For new Skyliner Ted Scott, it was his first experience in Bamberg that he wont forget so fast. This is a very tough place to play in, because the crowd never lets up. It was one of the toughest places that I have played in, because the crowd is so involved. It seemed like they helped with some of the calls. I felt comfortable on the court, but was a little annoyed that I couldnt find my three point shot as well, added Fraport Skyliner guard Ted Scott.

The Fraport Skyliners came into the game coming off a huge win at home against the Telekom Baskets Bonn and were sitting in 14th place. They had gotten some extra self confidence after the win against Bonn, but despite the fourth place in the standings with Bamberg, nobody was really giving the Fraport Skyliners a big chance to win this game. The game seemed similar to the game in Giessen recently where the Hessen team stuck with Bamberg in the first half, but then as so often is the case, the Brose Baskets Bamberg shifted their game up a few gears and Frankfurt was unable to match their intensity and stay in the game. One needs to play concentrated for 40 minutes in Bamberg and limit mistakes, because once you make errors, the five time Beko BBL champion makes you pay. We played very well on offense and defense in the first half being able to limit Bamberg to one shot. In the second half, they drew more fouls got to the foul line often and made easy and tough shots, commented dunk expert Quantez Robertson. For the Brose Baskets Bamberg, they came into the game riding a 4-1 record losing only in Artland and coming off a huge win in Euroleague play against Rytas. Bamberg did have three days to recover, but didnt look like the Bamberg that they usually present in the first half. After the game ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen who set 49 school records at Stanford was more than relieved that they could escape the Stechert arena with a victory. This was not a pretty game. There were many fouls and Frankfurt wasnt happy with some of the calls. Frankfurt hung around and played tough until the end. We did all we could at the end just to get the win, stressed Casey Jacobsen. We hung around until the end. We fought well despite the circumstances and calls. This was a good team effort, warned Skyliner American Zach Peacock.

In the last years, the Fraport Skyliners had often started off very slowly in the Stechert arena thus having to come back the whole game exerting so much energy and never being able to get back into the game. With Bamberg, there are so many scoring options, but instead of spreading the scoring love around, the Fraport Skyliners got an early taste of how lethal ex NBA player Bostjan Nachbar can be as he nailed three three pointers in a row giving Bamberg a 9-2 advantage. It happened so quickly that Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder could of still been in the midst of shaking hands with patrons that he might of missed the early Bamberg fire power. Nachtbar hit that first open shot and then he felt as if he could make any shot. He got his team and crowd going, stressed Quantez Robertson. However despite this lightening start by Bamberg, it didnt ruffle the feathers of the Fraport Skyliners as they slowly got into the game thanks to an aggressive defense that was already forcing Bamberg too early turnovers. Skyliner American Devin Gibson got on the board erary scoring on the penetration and then on a fast break after Peacock made the steal and fed the guard for the easy bucket. Dion Dowell than sunk a three pointer as Bamberg led only 12-9. Bamberg had lost some rhythm after the quick three pointers and werent as patient anymore on offense as Frankfurt stepped up their defense a notch also. Bamberg skipper Chris Fleming called a time out and then inserted defense terror John Goldsberry who once registered 10 steals as a rookie in 2006 in a Bayer Giants Leverkusen jersey. The defense of Goldsberry sparked the Bamberg offense as they scored two consecutive back door lay ups from him and Casey Jacobsen as Bamberg led 16-9. Dowell then hit a three pointer as he seemed very comfortable with in the surroundings early on, but Bamberg countered with a Jacobsen lay in as Nachtbar found him cutting into the lane. Robertson and Sharod Ford then exchanged baskets as the Brose Baskets Bamberg led 22-14 after one quarter. Bamberg started very well, but Frankfurt found themselves and came back. Bamberg was shooting very well which makes them hard to stop. Frankfurt made some mistakes at the end which Bamberg made them pay for, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 73% from the field and 67% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners
were shooting 40% from the field and 33% from outside. Bamberg had the six to five rebound advantage and six turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.

Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin found the right words in the break as the Fraport Skyliners exploded in the first minutes of the second quarter going on a 10-0 run to take their first lead of the game 24-22. The second quarter started off with a bang as Devin Gibson caught Dion Dowell heading to the basket and lobbed up a perfect pass that the American slammed home the ally-op pass. That Dowell ally-op dunk was a top ten play. I would give it a eight or nine. That was really a spectacular play. I had no idea that he could jump so high, smiled Zach Peacock. This spectacular play seemed to spark Frankfurt as captain Marius Nolte followed with a lay in. Then it was Ohio native Ted Scott who can take over games at anytime went on a scoring frenzy scoring six consecutive points giving Frankfurt the 24-22 lead. He displayed his knack of also penetrating scoring two buckets like that and then nailing a pull up rainbow jumper. In this run, Frankfurt was just the more aggressive team that showed more effort and just wanted the ball more. They hauled down 6 offensive rebounds and German national player Maik Zirbes had been totally silenced with zero points. Sergerio Gipson then tied the score at 24-24, before Devin Gibson gave Frankfurt the lead back with a lay in after Marius Nolte had grabbed an offensive rebound 26-24. Bamberg then hurried out on a 5-0 run to lead 29-26 as Nachtbar made three free throws and Jacobsen scored on a floater from the wing. Ted Scott continued to be in a scoring mood making an off balance jumper cutting the Bamberg lead to 29-28. After Nachtbar and Gibson free throws, it was Quantez Robertson that hit a three pointer giving the Fraport Skyliners their last lead of the game 33-31. Jacobsen ended the second quarter with free throws as the game was dead locked at 33-33 at halftime. It was a great game until halftime. It was a defensive battle as no team could keep a rhythm for a long period of time. Bamberg was shooting well, but 11 turnovers was way too much. Frankfurt did a great job having the 16-9 rebound edge which was something new, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 58% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 16-9 rebound edge and only eight turnovers while Bamberg had 11 turnovers.

So far this season the third quarter has been the big quarter for the Fraport Skyliners or it has been their Achilles heel. The Fraport Skyliners had the misfortune that the Brose Baskets Bamberg came out with a higher gear and were able to go on a 8-2 run to take the lead again leading 41-35. Gipson and Scott exchanged buckets, but then it was top defender Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) who showed no mercy showing his penetration skills scoring with a tough running hook shot with his left hand and then hitting a pull up jumper on transition. The Brose Baskets Bamberg had stepped up their defense which Frankfurt was having difficulty with not finding the best shot and thus losing rhythm as Bamberg had the momentum and was able to build off it. The Fraport Skyliners didnt give up as they stayed on the heels of Bamberg. Frankfurt was able to come back cutting the Bamberglead to 46-43. Scott continued to hit shots, Daniol Bathel didnt shy away from sneaking inside getting a quick pass form Gibson and Peacock scored consecutive baskets. German Konstantin Klein set him up with a no look pass inside and them made a quick hoop on the base line easily gliding past Oliver Kahn look a like Phillip Neumann with Bostjan Nachtbar watching him in flight. However this quick flash of brilliance by Peacock didnt scare Bamberg as they stampered onto a 11-2 run to take the comfortable 57-45 lead. Neumann started the run with a dunk as he was set up nicely down low with a Jacobsen bounce pass and then made two free throws. The turning point of the game came as Ted Scott then was hit with a technical foul after making a off balance shot. Jacobsen, Nachtbar and Neumann then made free throws as Bamberg led 56-45. That was a bad place in the game to get the technical foul. The game was close and that was tough to give up those free throws. The Skyliners were close, but we were able to get that distance then with the foul and we were able to play with more freedom, stressed Casey Jacobsen. I dont think that it was the turning point of the game. The refs were whistle happy. Bamberg went on a run and had the momentum then, added Ted Scott. The Fraport Skyliners were able to cut the lead down to 60-50 with a Robertson lay up and Klein three pointer at the end of the third quarter. The Skyliners didnt come concentrated into the third quarter. The Scott technical foul hurt them. Bamberg was more aggressive, had more pressure and Frankfurt didnt stay calm, expressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 56% from the field and 45% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 24% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-15 rebound advantage and 12 turnovers while Bamberg had 13 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Brose Baskets Bamberg did a good job keeping a healthy lead and not letting the Fraport Skyliners put a dent into it until late in the game. Bamberg started off the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 65-50 as Anton Gavel dropped a three pointer and ex Phoenix Sun Sharod Ford made two free throws. The Fraport Skyliners stepped up their defense as Dowell made some blocks as did super Tez and Gibson made a steal, but they couldnt capitalize on offense not getting any shots to fall. Dowell gave us a good defensive presence down low blocking and altering shots, stressed Dion Dowell. Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones who had been very quiet throughout the game found some daylight hitting a three pointer and Robertson scored inside showing his magnificent athletic ability as Frankfurt trailed only 69-57. However whenever Frankfurt was trying to get the lead below 10 points, Bamberg continued to have an answer on offense as Gipson showed his amazing one on one ability making a turn around shot as Bamberg led 71-57. The Fraport Skyliners then showed their last gasp of air as they cruised on a 8-0 run to cut the Bamberg lead to 71-65. One has to give a lot of credit to the Fraport Skyliners in this phase as three young Germans with Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein were on the floor and were showing amazing grace and calmness making the right decisions and producing. Voigtman started the run scoring over Ford who never averaged less than 9,5rebounds per game in four years in Italy, Tez then set up Barthel for his new hobby with a dunk, Tez then reeled in a bullet pass to Voigtmann again hitting a short distance bank shot and then it was Jones scoring inside easily getting by Nachtbar. However time was running out and Bamberg then slammed the door on the Fraport Skyliners finishing on a 8-2 run to win 76-67. Neumann and Gavel made key lay ins to seal the win. They got some easy buckets and got to the free throw line. We didnt get stops and couldnt capitalize on our open shots, said Quantez Robertson. We have had this problem this season in Euroleague that we werent able to close games as well. We were able to do this recently against Rytas. This win gave us confidence. Great character teams are able to close out games. Great teams will always slam the door. We arent quite there yet, but we are improving, warned Casey Jacobsen.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Anton Gavel with 19 points. Ex NBA players Casey Jacobsen and Bostjan Nachtbar chipped in with 14 points a piece. Sergerio Gipson contributed 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ted Scott with 14 points. Quantez Robertson chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Frankfurt shot well form the field, but a miserable 22% from downtown. After struggling under the boards in the early going this season, the team gave a spirited effort on the rebound winning 34-27. Team rebounding was big on the agenda this week in practice. Coach told us that if we didnt fight on the boards that it could be a tough game. We had to hit the boards and we did a good job, stressed Ted Scott. The Fraport Skyliners did a great job holding German national player Maik Zirbes to 0 points and one rebound in 16 minutes. I had a rough game, so the credit goes to Marius Nolte and Johannes Voigtman, said Zach Peacock. The Fraport Skyliners played another strong game on defense and will need to do it again against Braunschweig. This was one of the best efforts of the season. If we play like that each game then we will be fine,added Zach Peacock. The Fraport Skyliners host the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig on November 11th.




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Galanis replaced Chougaz in Kavala! - by Chris Mammides (T)

The Greek head Coach Antreas Galanis (with not real experience in the A1 league as a Head Coach) is officially the replacement of the Head Chris Chougaz in the head coaching position in Kavala. The replacement took place only 2 hours after the offcicial "divorce" of Coach Chris Chougaz with Kavala. It is reminded that the team of Kavala did a great start in the Balkan league where it has a 2-1 series in teh first three weeks but remains winless in the Greek league as with 0-4 is at the last spot of the league. It is also reminded that the 3 out of 4 games were decided in the last basket of the game while the games lost were mostly without 3 and 4 main elements of the team due to injuries while two Americans were replaced in the last three weeks.


B' Division: 4th week - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides

Group South
Amyntas Dafnis - Kronos Agiou Dimitriou 76-67
Quarter: 16-12, 34-33, 55-50, 76-67
A good game took place in Dafni where the home team succeeded a crucial home win in the solid comeback of Coach Paraskevopoulos team of Kronos. The experienced duet of Choumas and Leonidas Zoupas (182-G-82) kept their team in the leading position when the situation became difficult by Thanasis Straganiotis (180-G-83).
Amyntas Dafnis: Houmas 17, Lazaridis 14, Leonidas Zoupas 19.
Kronos: Thanasis Straganiotis 18, Lazaridis 10, Vlahopoulos 12, Karaplis 11.

Halkida - AEK Athens 60-71
Quarters: 10-24, 31-49, 47-58, 60-71
No problem for Ziagoss AEK since the duet Michalis Polytarchou (190-G-83) and Gizogiannis took over and manage to keep scoring even when Halkida with the three pointers by Elias Tomaras (181-G-81) cut the deficit from 20 to 10 points. Coach Velissarakoss Halkida will be in big trouble if the players do no start to work together as a solid team and play some decent basketball since the experience and the skills are there!
Halkida: Katsoulas 11, Lapas 11 and Elias Tomaras 19
AEK: Michalis Polytarchou 18 and Gizogiannis 17

Panerythraikos - Enosis Iliou 70-61
Quarters: 13-12, 33-28, 55-39, 70-61
The home team of Coach Houhoulis faces some troubles only in the first part of the game since Coach KArakostass team collapsed totally in the second part and the win for the Erythrea team came quite naturally.
Panerythraikos: Topalis 10, Stefanos Solomos (200-F-79) 15, Anastasios Kallianiotis (190-G-83) 15
Ilion: Chris Likogiannis 14 and Tsotsos 10

Ermis Perama - Doukas 67-88
Quarters: 16-22, 31-44, 40-70, 67-88
A great road win for Doukas took place in Perama where the home team will probably be the top favorite team to the delegation as it seems that is the weakest team of both the groups in the Division.
Perama: Karamadoukis 17, Isidoros Pliatsikoudis 17, Thodos 13.
Doukas: Bourdanos 15, Giorgos Melas (194-G-80) 19, Zakinthinos 11, Filippakos 10

AETOS - Holargos 88-80
Quarters: 26-21, 55-43, 76-63, 88-80
A solid victory for the home team of Coach Papamarkos who saw five of his players scoring double digits with the veteran Tirlas leading his team by far since his 24 points helped the team of Aetos to keep leading even on the great comeback of Dedes and his team-mates
AETS: Mitsakis 13, Kokkalis 14, Kousoulas 16, Tirlas 24 and Papargiropoulos 12
Holargos: Dedes 19, Emmanouilidis 16, Tassopoulos 18.

Near East - Esperos AOPA 72-71 in the OT (65-65)
Quarters: 21-22, 39-35, 57-56, 65-65, 72-71
The team of Head Coach Kalamaras needed the overtime to overcome the team of Giatras in a totally balanced game which found the two teams to have draw balance in 29 times in the game
Near East: Deep 15, Hatzikostis 13, Karastamatis 14, Ilias Mougios (205-PF-84) 17.
Esperos AOPA: Kallis 12, Fotis Aggelopoulos (201-F-83) 14

Group North
Stratoni - Pierikos Arhelaos 87-69
Quarters: 26-17, 48-35, 69-54, 87-69
A great game took place in Stratoni, Thessaloniki by the home team of Coach Mythou where he left no space to the young players of Coach Kalyvas, team of Pierikos Arhelaos. The home team took an early double digit difference and was simply increasing it minute by minute.
Stratoni: Kokolios 13, Panagiotis Kigmetoglou (200-F-85) 18, Noukaris 12, Daskalopoulos 15
Pierikos Arhelaos: Marousits 11, Giorgos Asimakis (195-F-83) 17, Limparis 11.

Egaleo Filippos Veroias 82-78
Quarters: 21-12, 39-30, 57-57, 82-78
A nice derby have been watched by the nearly 300 basketball fans in Egaleo where the home team of Coach Katsounis kept the control of the game and the players of the home team were able to keep up with the comeback of the visiting site of Coach Gimas and especially Ratpis and Kothras in the zone afternoon.
Egaleo: Karavolas 18, Mubarak 15, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) 23, Melniks 12.
Filippos: Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) 22, Kothras 19, Brozos 13, Pallis 13

Iraklis Thessaloniki - Metamorfosi Volou 74-73
Quarters: 15-18, 30-36, 50-51, 74-73
Iraklis remain unbeaten for a 4th consecutive week but Coach Kostopoulos saw it coming since the visiting site of Coach Myritzis lost the game at the end and due to the inexperience of his players. Metamorfosi was better but beater at the end since the experience of the veterans Bechlivanis and Thanasis Topouzis (who won the battle of Topouzis brothers!) took over and ended the game for their team at the very end.
Iraklis: Bechlivanis 16, Giorgos Passalidis (200-G-87) 22, Damalis 10, Topouzis 11,
Metamorfosi Volou: Georgiou 15, Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 21 and Kafasis 12

Aias Evosmou - Anatolia 67-66 in OT
Quarters: 19-18, 32-33, 36-46, 58-58, 67-66
Aias won the game due to Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79)s super performance since the visiting site of Coach Tsourmas was closed to a big victory but lost the game in the overtime and due to Dimitris Papavasileiou three pointer in the last two seconds
Aias: Savvas Iliadis 24, Gimnopoulos 10, Papavasileiou 10
Anatolia: Pavleas 10, Galanidis 15, Michalis Koimtzoglou (190-G-77) 19, Nisiotis 13

Ionikos N.F. - Marousi 67-74
Quarters: 20-23, 35-38, 56-57, 67-74
A crucial road win victory was succeeded by Marousi in the home court of Ionikos Neas Filadelfias as the veteran Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) who was the Top man of the Division in this fourth week of the league scored 28 points to lead his team to a great victory
Ionikos: Mavraganis 15, Litopoulos 11, Dimitris Christodoulos (208-C-85) 20
Marousi: Alexis Bardas 28, Kerasovitis 18, Maheras 10

Mahites Doxa Pefkon - MENT 78-83
Quarters: 20-18, 34-35, 55-60, 78-83
A solid road win for MENT took place in the home court of Mahites Doxa Pefkon of Coach Diktapanidis and ended the great winning full record of the newcomers in the division. Petros Papadopoulos (188-G-92) of MENT was the man of the game as his 25 points helped his team to succeed a great road win
Mahites: Eleftheriadis 16, Giorgos Pavlidis (206-F-78) 18, Karouzos 10
MENT: Petros Papadopoulos 25, Terpos 13, Valavanidis 11



Scariolo: It's like a final for us - by Kostas Papadopoulos

After the win against Siena, coach of Armani Milano, Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) stated, concerning the following game against Olympiacos for Euroleague: "This game is like a final for us. We have only two days to train and we should quickly recover from this game for the Italian championship both mentally and physically in order to be ready for Olympiacos. We are satisfied for our win against Siena, which is a tough opponent in an "unhostile" court. We presented a big improvement in our defense and in the rebounds concerning our previous games. Thus, our win is very important from many different aspects" the Spanish coach added.
The game against the former European champions is on Thursday night



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Dutch Prospects Abroad, Thomas van der Mars - University of Portland - by Fred Roggen

We talked some hoops with Dutch prospect Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90), with whom we continue our interview-serie Dutch Prospects Abroad.
Center Thomas van der Mars had an nice freshman year with the Pilots, playing 31 games and averaging 7.7ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 62.7%. At 6'11 with solid length and a 225-pound frame, Van der Mars is big enough to play either post position at the next level. While he is not overly quick or explosive, he is a solid and coordinated athlete with average mobility given his size.

Thomas just finished a exhibition game with the Pilots against reigning NAIA national champion Concordia-Irvine and played a solid game with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. The Pilots defeated Concordia-Irvine with 79-66.

Where did basketball begin for you?
I started playing basketball at age 9 in my hometown; Gouda, the Netherlands. I had played some soccer up until that point, but after trying out basketball I was completely sold. The fact that my dad had played some basketball in the past made it all the more special to me.

What made you decide to leave Holland to play ball at Canarias Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria, Spain?
I had always dreamt of playing at the collegiate level in the USA. However, it became obvious that I did not have access to the required resources and guidance in order to make the jump to that level. Rob Orellana and the Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) promised to provide those resources and guidance. Rob delivered on his promises and for that I am very thankful.

You chose to play for University of Portland, why?
The coaching staff and the style of play. The coaches have a lot of experience in developing quality post players and the style of play definitely suits me.

What do you consider to be the strongest and the weakest point of your game
I feel like my strongest point is my back to the basket play. Probably my weakest point and what I am currently working on is becoming more versatile.

Thomas, how are you preparing for the upcoming season?
I spent the summer lifting weights and further developing my skills. We just put in the offense and defense a couple of weeks ago. Right now, we are working on playing as good as possible collectively.

What are your initial thoughts going into next season?
We had a rough season last year. However, we have improved and we are ready to surprise some people.

Do you have any parting words of advice or encouragement for young upcoming players in Holland looking to better their game?
Stay Humble, Stay Hungry.

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





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EuroChallenge: Timisoara opened Group F campaign successfully - by Eurobasket News

Timisoara - Kormend 75:65

Timisoara opened Group F campaign successfully as they beat Kormend. The Romanian side overcame the team from Hungary in front of 2000 fans.
Timisoara won the first period 21-19 and looked better in the second frame. The hosts increased the lead to 9 points at the halftime after 19-12 in the period. Moreover the Romanian team won the third quarter 20-15 and enjoyed 14-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Kormend answered with 19-15 in the last stanza and reduced the game to 10 final points.
Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up with 18 points for the home side and Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) added 14. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) and Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13 points each in a win. Matt Shaw (203-F-88, college: UNLV) answered with 18 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) had 15. Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 14 and Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: TSS Management) delivered 9.

Timisoara: Ivan Jelenic 18, Delvon Johnson 14, Dominique Archie 13, Zlatko Jovanovic 13
Kormend: Matt Shaw 18+11 rebs, Zvonko Buljan 15, Csaba Ferencz 14, Gergely Fodor 9



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets outgun Szolnok in Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Szolnok 87:70

EWE Baskets outgun Szolnok in Oldenburg in their EuroChallenge opener. The German side won all the quarters of the game for 87:70 win.
Although Balazs Simon (187-PG-80, agency: Court Side) opened the scoring account in the game, EWE Baskets posted the five consecutive points to take 5:2 lead in the opening tip. The hosts won the first period 24-17 and led 8 points at the halftime. Moreover EWE Baskets dominated the second half and won the third and the last stanzas. The productive 23-16 surge in the third period brought them 65:50 advantage after Bahiense de Mellos shot. Another 22-20 in the last quarter saw 87:70 on the board at the end of the game.
Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) paced all the winners with 19 points and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) nailed 17. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) scored 10, whilst Dru Joyce (183-PG-85, college: Akron) added 8 points and 12 caroms. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) had 14. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) delivered 13 and Balazs Simon brought 11.

EWE Baskets: Julius Jenkins 19, Rickey Paulding 17, Adam Chubb 10, Dru Joyce 8+12 rebs
Szolnok: Marton Bader 16, Sead Sehovic 14, Brandon Gay 13, Balazs Simon 11



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Mychal Kearse signs at Al Karkh - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Al Karkh (D1) landed 29-year old American guard Mychal Kearse (195-93kg-83, college: Mt.St.Marys, agency: Gamble Sports Management). He played most recently at Akita Northern Happinets in Japanese BJ League. In 30 games last season he averaged 8.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. Kearse also played at CSU Sibiu in Romanian Division A that season. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg.
The previous season he played for Dallas Stars in the UBA. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-UBA 1st Team and All-UBA Playoff 2nd Team.
Kearse attended Mt.Saint Marys University, MD until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.



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Best players of Israeli Winner League round 4 - by Eurobasket News

American Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Netanya and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 30-year old power forward had the game-high 21 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Netanya in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Elizur Ashkelon (#10, 0-4) with 16-point margin 81-65. It allowed Netanya to jump to the first place in the Israeli Winner League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Netanya already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Killingsworth turned to be Netanya's top player in his first season with the team. Marco Killingsworth averages this season 19.3ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Jerome Tillman (198-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Hapoel Eilat. Tillman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Hapoel Eilat to edge Galil Gilboa (#11, 0-4) in overtime by 6 points 86-80. This victory allowed Hapoel Eilat to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tillman is a newcomer at Hapoel Eilat and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Bnei Hasharon (#7). Jones showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Jones' great performance Bnei Hasharon lost 79-91 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Holon (#4, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bnei Hasharon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Jones has a great season in Israel. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (4th best), rebounds with 12.0rpg (2nd best) and assists with 5.5apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Logan (185-G-82) of Maccabi T-A - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Tyler Smith (201-F-86) of Hapoel Holon - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Maccabi Haifa - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ido Kozikaro (202-C-78) of Maccabi Haifa - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeff Allen (201-F/C-87) of Hapoel T-A - 12 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



National League Round 4: Hapoel Afula hands first loss to undefeated Hod Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of National League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Hod Hasharon (3-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (2-2) 81-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for Hod Hasharon. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Afula moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla and Hapoel Kazrin. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Hapoel Afula is looking forward to face higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hod Hasharon will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (3-1) against twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon (1-3) on Tuesday night. Host Ironi Kiryat Ata was edged by Kiryat Tivon in a tough game in Kiryat Ata 78-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 7 rebounds and Simon Farine who added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Kiryat Tivon left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Maccabi K/G. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Kiryat Tivon will play against higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#6) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play on the road against the league's leader Elitzur Yavne (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Hapoel Kfar Saba's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Hapoel Kazrin (2-2) 89-83 on Tuesday. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by Brandon Brooks who scored that evening 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 24 points and 4 assists by Lawrence Westbrook did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kazrin. Hapoel Kfar Saba (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Maccabi K/G and Kiryat Tivon. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Kfar Saba will meet league's second-placed Ironi Ramat Gan on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Elitzur Ramla (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
National League top team - Elitzur Yavne (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Elitzur Ramla (2-2) 76-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. Elad Hofman fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Yavne have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Elitzur Ramla at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Ironi Kiryat Ata (#4) at home. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hapoel Kazrin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Beer Yaakov is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Ironi Nahariya (3-1) 106-96 on Tuesday evening. It was a very good performance for Aviram Zelkovits who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). Ironi Nahariya moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Beer Yaakov still closes the standings with four games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face Hapoel Afula (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Beer Yaakov will play against Maccabi K/G (#10) in Kiryat Gat and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 4 Ironi Ramat Gan smashed Maccabi K/G on the road 93-74. Ironi Nes-Ziona destroyed Maccabi K/B on its own court 99-59.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Brian Laing of Macc.B.Yaakov.


Maccabi K/G - Ironi Ramat Gan 74-93

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (3-1) crushed 10th ranked Maccabi K/G (1-3) in Kiryat Gat 93-74 on Tuesday. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Ramat Gan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. It was a very good performance for American forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Or Ron (181-88, agency: Ronsport) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Maccabi K/G. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Maccabi K/G keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi K/G will play against Beer Yaakov.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 25+7reb+2ast, T.Kent 23+6reb+4ast, K.Ramsey 20+17reb, D.Assaf 17+3ast, I.Grinboim 5+5reb+10ast, I.Mayor 3
Maccabi K/G: J.Jefferson 19+8reb, A.Fisher 14+1ast, O.Ron 11+8reb+6ast, H.Gonshor 10+3reb+5ast, T.Pisecki 6+7reb, G.Gandel 6+3reb
gschID: 197764


Ironi Nahariya - Macc.B.Yaakov 106-96

Bottom-ranked Beer Yaakov is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Ironi Nahariya (3-1) 106-96 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Beer Yaakov was better in third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nahariya shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 38-of-42 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game, while Beer Yaakov only scored eleven points from the stripe. Beer Yaakov was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). Guard Nir Golan (180-86) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Beer Yaakov. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Beer Yaakov still closes the standings with four games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face Hapoel Afula (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Beer Yaakov will play against Maccabi K/G (#10) in Kiryat Gat and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: A.Zelkovits 33+4reb+2ast, R.Clemente 18+4reb+1ast, N.Golan 15+3reb+6ast, A.McCoy 14+2reb+1ast, E.Saudai 14+3reb+1ast, J.Baze 7+1reb+1ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: B.Laing 35+9reb+2ast, J.Hall 17+8reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 13+1reb, I.Iram 12+1reb+2ast, I.Simin 12+4ast, T.Sankar 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 197763


Hod Hasharon - Hapoel Afula 75-81

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Hod Hasharon (3-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (2-2) 81-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Afula moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla and Hapoel Kazrin. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Hapoel Afula is looking forward to face higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hod Hasharon will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 22+14reb+5ast, A.Fisher 22+5reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 13+5reb+3ast, L.Ariely 12+1reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 10+9reb, R.Barzilai 2+1reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 19+13reb, B.Walker 12+6reb+8ast, I.Stolero 11+1reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 11+4reb+3ast, O.Hover 10+11reb+2ast, A.Skverer 8+4reb
gschID: 197762


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi K/B 99-59

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (0-4) was smashed by eighth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (3-1) in Nes Ziyona 99-59 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Ironi Nes-Ziona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's 38 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Kiryat Bialik only scored six points from the stripe. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 19 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American forward Dallis Joyner (200-90, college: Stony Brook) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Matan Sunego (203-88) added 4 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Maccabi Kiryat Bialik still closes the standings with four games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will face Kiryat Tivon (#11) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play at home against Hod Hasharon and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 23+6reb+5ast, G.Blair 15+9reb, G.Amitay 15+2reb, B.Benn 13+10reb+14ast, T.Karpels 8+5reb, E.Engel 6+1ast
Maccabi K/B: N.Marcus 14+8reb+4ast, D.Joyner 11+11reb+1ast, M.Shamis 7+1reb+1ast, T.Parselani 7+1reb, A.Barak 7, M.Sunego 4+5reb
gschID: 197761


Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Yavne 60-76

National League top team - Elitzur Yavne (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Elitzur Ramla (2-2) 76-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. The game without a history. Elitzur Yavne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 27 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Ramla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. American swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) produced 6 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Tasheed Carr (193-85, college: St.Joseph's) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Yavne have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Elitzur Ramla at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Ironi Kiryat Ata (#4) at home. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hapoel Kazrin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 20+5reb+5ast, I.Nesterenko 14+8reb, M.McGhee 10+10reb+4ast, P.Paelay 10+9reb+3ast, N.Matalon 8+2reb+2ast, Y.Lioutrine 7+2reb
Elitzur Ramla: I.Rejwan 11+2reb+1ast, T.Carr 10+6reb+4ast, O.Cohen 9+2reb, R.Buchbinder 8+5reb, O.Zinderman 7+1reb+1ast, A.Wright 6+17reb+1ast
gschID: 197760


Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Kazrin 89-83

Hapoel Kfar Saba's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Hapoel Kazrin (2-2) 89-83 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 42-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Kfar Saba made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Even 24 points and 4 assists by guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kazrin. Forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) added 18 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Maccabi K/G and Kiryat Tivon. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Kfar Saba will meet league's second-placed Ironi Ramat Gan on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Elitzur Ramla (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: B.Brooks 23+7reb+8ast, A.Constantine 19+7reb, E.Rotemberg 12+8reb+1ast, A.Harush 11+5reb+6ast, O.Lev 8+1reb+1ast, S.Kleimintz 8+1ast
Hapoel Kazrin: L.Westbrook 24+2reb+4ast, G.Johnson 18+12reb, A.Kazarnovski 14+5reb+2ast, L.Schwartzwalt 13+1reb+2ast, B.Maor 7+1reb+2ast, A.Gordon 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 197759


Ironi K-A - Kiryat Tivon 78-81

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (3-1) against twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon (1-3) on Tuesday night. Host Ironi Kiryat Ata was edged by Kiryat Tivon in a tough game in Kiryat Ata 78-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. Ironi Kiryat Ata was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 23-10 charge of Kiryat Tivon, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) who added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Five Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Kiryat Tivon left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Maccabi K/G. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Kiryat Tivon will play against higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#6) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play on the road against the league's leader Elitzur Yavne (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: G.Murray 31+7reb, T.Ber-Aven 15+6reb+3ast, S.Farine 11+6reb+7ast, R.Yavzuri 11+4reb+4ast, T.Darby 10+10reb+1ast, N.Levy 2+2reb
Ironi K-A: K.Izik 23+4reb, D.Govens 20+9reb+4ast, C.Watson 17+9reb+3ast, A.Nanikashvili 5+2reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 4+4reb+9ast, N.Laish 3+1reb
gschID: 197758



Israel's no. 1 seed? GreenTops Netanya - by David Pick

After four rounds of Israeli hoops, the no. 1 seed is ... Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Nope. Guess again. Jerusalem?

No sir. Rishon, Galil/Gilboa, Holon?

None of the above. The top ranked team in Israel and the only squad with a perfect 4-0 record is ... GreenTops Netanya.

Although they're yet to battle this season's varsity teams,
Netanya recorded double-digit victories against last year's finalist Maccabi Ashdod and Elitzur Ashkelon, two of the current bottom ranked teams. At home, Netanya overcame favorites Hapoel Jerusalem, and successfully squeezed out a dramatic buzzer-beating road victory against Bnei Herzliya.

How did Netanya mesh?

Over the summer, after losing 10-of-12 players and all of the team's foreigners to higher European salaries, head coach Danny Franco (Agency: Avi Zilberman) was left with a relatively small budget for off-season recruits.

Surprisingly, Franco managed to win over multiple underrated players, including a pair of Israeli league veterans in big man Marco Killingsworth (Agency: Interperformances) and combo-guard Ramel Bradley.

Killingsworth, who first played for
Netanya his debut season in Israel in 2009-10, is reluctant about the idea of leaving Holy Land hoops (Killingsworth has played for Maccabi Haifa, Galil/Gilboa, Ashkelon and two stints with Netanya).

Though he tends to be a defensive liability, Killingsworth's 235-pounds of muscle allows him to power his way to 19.3 points, 7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, including a season high 21 points in last night's dub.

Ex-Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley was signed after being waived by Jerusalem despite holding a guaranteed contract. After hooping in Croatia and France, Bradley recently entered his third repeated season in Israel, the previous two being with Ashdod and Jerusalem.

Bradley played a key roll in
Netanya's early-season success posting 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in the team's season opener. He would later complete his revenge against Jerusalem behind a three point play and a pair of free throws down the stretch en route to a 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 dimes outing.

Swingman Raymar Morgan, who hasn't played since December 2011 was brought in but has yet to debut this season and is still overcoming a knee injury.

Franco would then surprisingly ink high-flying journeyman Deron Washington, who split the last couple of season between the first and second Spanish leagues. Washington is one rebound shy of impressive double-double averages tailing 11.5 points and 9.3 boards including 3.8 assists per.


Netanya's final winning-puzzle piece is another ex-Spanish Division II player in former Rutgers forward Jonathan Mitchell, who's been a pleasant surprise thus far. Mitchell's top performance came against Bnei Herzliya with 22 points on 8-12 shooting, adding 6 rebounds.

Netanya's Israelis are also important contributors as veteran shooter Yehu Orland (Agency: Ronsport) nets 11.5 points on 86% free throw shooting, while 25-year-old Israeli guard Eyal Shulman ranks second on the team in assists with 3.8 per game.




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Best players of Italian SerieA round 6 - by Eurobasket News

American Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for SAIE3 BO and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 30-year old swingman had the game-high 35 points adding seven rebounds for SAIE3 BO in his team's victory, helping them to beat Angelico BI (#16, 1-5) 89-75. SAIE3 BO maintains the 5th position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. SAIE3 BO will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Minard had a remarkable ten three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He turned to be SAIE3 BO's top player in his first season with the team. Ricky Minard averages this season 13.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) of Vanoli CR. Kotti impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Vanoli CR lost that game 67-75 to the higher-ranked Acea Virtus RM (#6, 4-2). This loss caused Vanoli CR to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Kotti is a newcomer at Vanoli CR and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM (#6). Datome scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Acea Virtus RM, leading his team to a 75-67 win against the lower-ranked Vanoli CR (#11, 2-4). Acea Virtus RM needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Datome has a great season in Italy. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 59.5% and 3PT: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84) of Enel Brindisi - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83) of JuveCaserta - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) of Cantu - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) of Cimberio VA - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ronald Steele (187-PG-86) of Sutor MGR - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of JuveCaserta - 15 points and 9 rebounds

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



Eric Chatfield left JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News (T)

33-year old American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) left JuveCaserta (SerieA). In 6 games he played this season he had 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg.

The previous season Chatfield played at Paris-Levallois in French ProA. In 31 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-ProA 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.

Earlier he played at Al Jalaa in Syrian Division I.
Chatfields team made it to the Gulf Club Championships Semifinals in 2008.
He is quite experienced player. Chatfield has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece, Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Lebanon, Qatar (Al Rayyan), Turkey (Darussafaka), France (JDA Dijon and SPO Rouen) and USBL (Dodge City Legend).
He attended University of New Mexico until 2002 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Kevin Galloway's triple-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American forward Kevin Galloway (200-F-88, agency: Top Notch Sports) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Hamamatsu P., receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 24-year old player recorded a triple-double of 19 points addeding also 15 rebounds and 16 assists, while his team outclassed Miyazaki SS (#8, 1-7) with 56-point margin 139-83. Hamamatsu P. is placed at 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hamamatsu P. will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Galloway had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hamamatsu P.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas Southern University star has very solid stats this year. Galloway. Galloway is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 10.6rpg) and averages impressive 52.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Hamamatsu P.'s star - 25-year old American Adrian Thomas (200-F-87). Thomas had a very good evening with 41 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Galloway he helped Hamamatsu P. with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Miyazaki SS (#8, 1-7) 139-83. This victory allowed Hamamatsu P. to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Thomas is a newcomer at Hamamatsu P., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Dominique Keller (203-F-88) of Miyazaki SS (#8). Keller showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Keller's great performance Miyazaki SS lost 83-139 to the higher-ranked Hamamatsu P. (#2, 7-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Miyazaki SS can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Keller he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Keller has individually a great season in Japan. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 50.9%. Keller attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larriques Cunningham (198-G-88) of Miyazaki SS - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Carlos Dixon (201-F-81) of Iwate Big Bulls - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils - 19 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dillion Sneed (203-C-84) of Iwate Big Bulls - 31 points and 8 rebounds
9. Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80) of Iwate Big Bulls - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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First big victory of the season for Bashkimi - by Dren Shporta

Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C-87, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) was again the man of the match in Bashkimi's first win in a TOP 4 match of the season. 25 year old Mitchell has been unstoppable in the box while registering double double in the match against champions, Trepca.

Mitchell played with 28 points, 10 rebounds in the orange's first derby victory of the season. Phil Brooks added 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Artin Gashi added 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Trepca's canadian duo need the time to adapt in the team while Drilon Hajrizi wasn't enough to beat Bashkimi this time. Hajrizi scored 23 points and had 9 rebounds in champion's third defeat of the season.

Bashkimi last season had played 5 matches in all competitions against Trepca and lost all of them! Next round the team coached from Muharem Vugdalic will host RTV 21 while champions visit Vellaznimi in Gjakova.


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EuroChallenge: The Baltic side rout the Scandinavian representative - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Norrkoping 72:68

The Baltic side rout the Scandinavian representative at the start of the EuroChallenge campaign. Ventspils overcame Norrkoping 72:68 in Group C opener.
More than 2000 fans came to support Ventspils in their first game of the EuroChallenge season. The Latvian side started with 16-12 lead and added 22-16 in the second quarter. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter as Keith Gabriel (190-G, college: VMI) reduced to 57:47. Moreover Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) tied the game at 66:66, while Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) gave the last points for the winning side.
Donald Sims paced all the winners with 16 points and Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) netted 11. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) tossed in 9, while Janis Timma delivered 8. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Martin Ringstrom scored 13. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) and Keith Gabriel brought 10 points each in a loss.

Ventspils: Donald Sims 16, Martins Laksa 11, Folarin Campbell 9, Janis Timma 8
Norrkoping: Oladapo Ayuba 14, Martin Ringstrom 13, Edgars Jeromanovs 10, Keith Gabriel 10



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Nanterre lands Diarra - by Eurobasket News (T)

JSF Nanterre (ProA) re-signed 32-year old former French international forward Mamoutou Diarra (200-80, agency: Two Points). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Mali passport. Diarra played there last season. In 16 ProA games last year he averaged 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg.
Diarra received Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2006. He also represented France at the World Championships in Japan six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg.
Diarra has played also professionally in Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Italy (Air Avellino) and France (Paris-Levallois, Chorale de Roanne, Bondy, Centre Federal du Basket-Ball and Chalon/Saor).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Eurobasket.com Names Depiro Shawn Morgan Malta Basketball Player of the Week - by Steve Dolan

Shawn Morgan 6'6" G/F is earning his 2nd Player of the Week in the early season with his performance he put on this past weekend in the Shield Semi Finlas in the victory over Floriana. Morgan almost pulled out a triple double in the victory finishing with 32pts,9ast,9rebs,and 3stls.Morgan to many is considered the top player in Malta in the early part of the season avg 27.3ppg (1st), 5.7apg (1st), 8.0rpg (9th), 3.3spg (3rd) the question is can Morgan continue at the pace and get Depiro over the hump to win the 2013 Malta Basketball Championship, only time will tell.

Powerade League Stats Leaders

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Morgan,Dep 27.3
2 Thomas,Flo 26.7
3 Matijevic,Sig 21.0
4 Shackleford,Lux 19.0
5 Vasovic,Lux 18.5
6 Todorovic,Ath 18.3
7 Shoults,Sig 17.7
8 Cordin,Lux 16.5
9 C.Summut,Flo 15.7
10 Said,Ath 13.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Shackleford,Lux 18.0
2 Thomas,Flo 13.0
3 Axiqa,Loy 13.0
4 Meier,Sig 12.5
5 Matijevic,Sig 11.0
6 Todorovic,Ath 8.7
7 Vella,Dep 8.7
8 J.Azzopardi,Loy 8.5
9 Morgan,Dep 8.0
10 Bonnici,Lux 6.5

Assists Per Game
1 Morgan,Dep 5.7
2 Vella,Dep 5.0
3 C.Summut,Flo 5.0
4 Shoults,Sig 4.3
5 Sackleford,Lux 4.0
6 S.Summut,Flo 3.3
7 Camilleri,Sig 3.0
8 Said,Ath 2.3
9 Baldacchino 2.0
10 Mercieca,Flo 2.0
Steals Per Game
1 Zammit,Loy 4.5
2 Vella,Dep 4.0
3 Morgan,Dep 3.3
4 Shoults,Sig 3.3
5 Shackleford,Lux 2.5
6 D.Cammilleri,Flo 2.3
7 Borg,Sig 2.3
8 Matijevic,Sig 2.3
9 Said,Ath 2.3
10 S.Sammut,Flo 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Meier,Sig 2.5
2 Matijevic,Sig 1.3
3 Zammit,Loy 1.0
4 Agius,Sig .5
5 Shackleford,Lux .5
6 Portelli,Dep .3
7 Tanti,Dep .3
8 Thomas,Flo .3


Depiro and Athleta advance to Malta Men's Shield Finals - by Steve Dolan

Sunday 4 Nov 2012

Shield Semi Finals

Depiro 87

Floriana 76

This was a match-up that many felt that Floriana might take over Depiro to advance to the Malta Shield Finals but Shawn Morgan and Deprio had something to say about that. Depiro and Floriana played a very close game but Depiro pulled away towards the end of the game to advance to the finals. Shawn Morgan led Depiro and showed up being going for 32pts, 9rebs, 9ast, 3stls in the win. Depiro had two other players in double figures respectfully Aquilina chipped in 13 points and Agius added 10points for Depiro. Floriana also has three players with double figures in scoring led by Phillip Thomas with 29pts, 15rebs as well as C.Summut chipped in 16points and D.Camilleri added 11pts. Shawn Morgan spoke after the game about the win "Big Time Players Step Up in Big Time Moments, this is what they brought me here for is to win. We are coming together as a team as long as we continue to improve and stay hungry we will be hard to beat because we play so good together as a team.

Depiro:
Morgan 32pts,9rebs,9ast,3stls
Aqulilina 13pts,4ast,3stls,5rebs

Floriana:
Thomas 29pts,15rebs,1ast
Summut 16pts,5ast,1reb



Ahtleta 62

Siggiewi 50

Many thought at the start of the Men's Malta Shield this may be the finals match-up but instead they ended up meeting in the semi-finals where Athleta pulled out a 12point victory. These two teams are considered two of the favorites to win the Malta Championship. Athleta was led by Schembri with 17pts, two other Athleta players ended the game in double figures Todorovic with 15pts and Said with 12pts. Siggiewi was led by Matijevic 16pts, two other Siggiewi player finished in double figures in scoring Meier 15pts and Ross with 11pts.

Athleta:
Schembri 17pts,10rebs,3stls,1ast,
Said 12pts,8reb,4ast,2stls

Floriana:
Matijevic 16pts,12rebs,2stls
Meier 15pts,14rebs,2ast,2stls,2blks



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Balkan League: Teodo Tivat claim second win in Group B - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - KK Kozuv 75:68

Teodo Tivat earned the second straight win in EuroCup Group B. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) nailed 19 points to pace the Montenegrin side. KK Kozuv fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Teodo Tivat strongly entered the game. They fired 25 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Teodo Tivat kept in charge throughout the second frame. The hosts piled up a 46:35 halftime lead. Teodo Tiva controlled the tempo in the third quarter. The Montenegrin side secured a 16-point buffer at the final intermission. KK Kozuv refused to surrender as they went on a blistering comeback rally in the fourth frame. They got within five points with 13 seconds remaining. However Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) sank two free throws to seal the victory for Teodo Tivat. Darko Radulovic (192-G-80) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points for the winners. Vladimir Filipovic (196-SG-85) answered with 12 points for KK Kozuv. Darko Radulovic chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Marko Mijovic 19, Savo Djikanovic 15, Sinisa Tepavcevic 13
KK Kozuv: Vladimir Filipovic 12, Darko Radulovic 11



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New York 110, Philadelphia 88 - by Milord Nikolic

Carmelo Anthony led seven players in double figures with 21 points and the Knicks remained unbeaten by overcoming an early deficit against host Philadelphia in the second game of a back-to-back set. J.R. Smith added 10 of his 17 in the fourth quarter while Raymond Felton collected 16 points and eight assists as the Knicks outscored Philadelphia 106-74 over the final 44:16. Tyson Chandler chipped in 14 and Ronnie Brewer contributed 13 as New York shot 46.4 percent, improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1999-00 and won their first three games by double figures for the first time in team history. Rookie Pablo Prigioni added 11 and Rasheed Wallace contributed 10 in his first significant NBA action in two years. Jrue Holliday failed to repeat his 27-point showing from Sunday in New York and led Philadelphia with 17 points. Thaddeus Young and Dorell Wright added 14 apiece for the 76ers, who shot 33.7 percent. In their first two victories, the Knicks trailed for a total of just 39 seconds but quickly fell behind 14-4 in the opening minutes. Anthony missed his first four shots but made five of his next eight and had 15 points as the Knicks took a 56-48 lead into halftime before outscoring Philadelphia 33-20 in the third.


Tuesday results: Bulls hand Magic first loss - by Eurobasket News

Denver N. - Detroit P. 109-97
DENVER -- Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) scored six of his 17 points over the final three minutes to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the Detroit Pistons 109-97 and snap a three-game skid on Tuesday night. The Nuggets broke out their new canary yellow uniforms for their home opener and played pretty snazzy, especially late in the third quarter when they began opening up a 17-point lead. The Pistons rallied late, before Iguodala closed the door with two baskets and a pair of free throws. Iguodala also finished with 10 rebounds. Greg Monroe scored 27 points for the Pistons, who dropped their fourth straight. Detroit and Washington (0-2) are the only winless teams left in the NBA this season. Before the tipoff, Iguodala grabbed the microphone and gave a speech to the fans waving gold towels in unison: "This is a big year for us. We need your support." The Nuggets aren't home all that much in the early going, playing 18 of their next 28 away from Pepsi Center. So far, the road hasn't been kind to Denver. The team kicked off the regular season by dropping three straight in Philly, Orlando and Miami. But they managed to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1998. Early in the fourth quarter, Iguodala and Corey Brewer hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Nuggets a 96-80 lead. Moments later, Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) brought the crowd to its feet with a thunderous dunk off a lob from Miller. The Nuggets appeared to be cruising to the win with 7:41 remaining, but the Pistons cut the deficit to seven when Jonas Jerebko stole the ball from Iguodala and went in for the dunk. Iguodala turned the ball over again on the next possession. Then, he took over the game. McGee finished with 16 points while Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried each added 15. The Pistons played their third of a winding six-game road swing. They return to California on Wednesday night to play Sacramento, before going to Oklahoma City and finishing up in Houston. Rodney Stuckey came into the game in a shooting funk, hitting just 1 of his last 23 jumpers. But he found his range against the Nuggets as he finished with 17 points. Like Stuckey, Danilo Gallinari was struggling with his form. He spent nearly 90 minutes after Monday's practice going through shooting drills designed to restore his confidence. He had it going early, but fell off as the young Italian forward had eight points on 3 of 11 shooting. The Nuggets led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but could never pull away from the pesky Pistons. Kenneth Faried scored 12 points in the first half to send Denver into the locker room with a 58-51 lead at intermission. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said he's trying to get his team to buy into the concept of being more unselfish. "All the best teams are," Frank said. "Look, who's the most coachable player on the Spurs? Tim Duncan. Who's the most coachable player on the Celtics? Kevin Garnett. Who's the most coachable player in Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas). Who's most coachable player of the Miami Heat? LeBron James. This is not calculus. This is not trying to figure out the next Pythagorean theorem. "This is easy: Your players have to unite and inspire by how they play. It's that simple." Notes: Pistons F Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) sat out a fourth straight game with a strained left calf. ... The Pistons were 6 of 12 from behind the 3-point line. ... Former Nuggets F LaPhonso Ellis brought out the game ball before tipoff. ... Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov (left knee) didn't play. ... The game was momentarily halted late in the first half to clean off blood on Iguodala's left arm. Courtesy of: www.kansascity.com

Oklah.City T. - Toronto R. 108-88
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) shrugged off a sore shoulder to score 19 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised past the Toronto Raptors 108-88 on Tuesday night. Wearing a black padded sleeve to protect his bruised left shoulder, Westbrook held Toronto's leading scorer, Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova), to two points on 1-of-4 shooting. Lowry exited with 1:29 left in the second quarter with a right ankle sprain and did not return. Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant and reserve Kevin Martin each scored 15. The Thunder led by as many as 29 points and never trailed after Durant converted a pair of free throws with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter. Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 18 points and Andrea Bargnani had 16. Toronto dropped to 1-3 and will play in Dallas on Wednesday night. Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks was able to rest his starters in the fourth quarter as the Thunder improved to 2-2 with their highest-scoring game of the season. Brooks played 13 of the 14 players on his roster. The Thunder shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half to lead 57-38 at the break and finished the game shooting 47 percent. Oklahoma City will play at Chicago on Thursday. Courtesy of: salon.com

Chicago B. - Orlando M. 99-93
CHICAGO - For nearly three quarters, the Orlando Magic looked like the team that has been the surprise of young NBA season. Then, the Chicago Bulls found the right mix. Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 99-93 win over Orlando on Tuesday night, the Magic's first loss of the season. Deng and Nate Robinson keyed a 15-2 second-half burst when Chicago turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Robinson hit two straight jumpers to put Chicago ahead 74-70 early in the fourth, the Bulls' first lead since midway through the third period. "We executed well," Deng said. "I thought Nate did a good job of looking for his shot and running the plays we were calling." Deng teamed with fellow starter Joakim Noah and three reserves for most of the run, with Robinson, Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) and Taj Gibson making key contributions. "The guys we had in, Taj and Jimmy, gave us a big lift," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Nate also was really good out there. I thought in the second half, we played a lot harder." Noah had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Chicago, while Robinson added 11 points and six assists off the bench. Robinson's layup with 2:35 to play put Chicago up 91-81, its biggest lead of the game. " (Winning is) all that counts, but we need to play better," Noah said. "This isn't going to cut it against a better team. We've just got to keep fighting. "They're an underrated team. I feel like they've got a lot of offensive firepower, they spread the floor," he added. "It was a good win tonight." Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 28 points, 19 in the second half. E'Twaun Moore added a career-high 17 points. "Our lull offensively gave them an opportunity to hit some shots in the fourth quarter," Afflalo said. "It's unfortunate, because it was a game I thought we could have won." Glen Davis, who entered the game fourth in the NBA with 25.5 points per game, scored 16 points but shot just 7 of 22 from the floor and fouled out. "The Bulls did a good job of getting us out of our stuff," Davis said. "You have to give them credit. They're a great defensive team." Nicola Vucevic had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who had won three of their last four in Chicago entering the game. Orlando had started the season 2-0, surprising many around the league after trading star center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) to the Los Angeles Lakers over the summer. The Magic came up short in its bid to go 3-0 for just the fourth time in franchise history. "We can't play one-on-one basketball," Vaughn said. "When we shared the basketball we got good looks. But when we turn it into a one-on-one contest, we're not going to get good looks." The Magic led 70-65 when the Bulls started their decisive run late in the third quarter. Deng tied the game with a jumper with 10:58 to play. Later, Robinson capped the run with a layup in transition. "I think we wanted it more," Robinson said. "I think at the end we were more gritty. Coach said whatever it takes to get the win. So tonight, we had to gut it out." Orlando trimmed the lead to four on Affalo's 3 in the final minute, but Chicago held on down the stretch. Gibson's dunk and free throw with 39 seconds remaining iced it for the Bulls. The Magic pushed the lead to seven in the second quarter behind seven points from Moore before Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) closed the lead to 48-45 with a pull-up jumper in transition to close the first half. J.J. Redick continued his hot shooting early with a 3-pointer and a midrange jumper during the spree. Redick hit 16 of 25 shots in Orlando's first two games. After making his first two shots, Redick hit just one of the next seven before hitting a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, with Butler sticking to him for most of the second half. "We just found a way," Noah said. "We fought hard at the end. Jimmy (Butler) gave us a great spark." The Bulls needed the win after losing to New Orleans on Saturday and with Oklahoma City visiting the United Center on Thursday. The Bulls have not lost two straight at home since a five-game skid from March 1 to 19, 2010. "This was a tough game," Deng said. "They're playing well and we lost our last game. It's one of those we needed to win. You don't want to lose two, then we've got Oklahoma (City) coming in. The fourth quarter was really good for the team." NOTES: Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson missed his second straight game because of a strained right hamstring and groin. He's day to day. ... While the game was announced as a sellout, there were many more empty seats than usual at the United Center. Beside the elections and the absence of Bulls star Derrick Rose, the weather was cold and drizzly in Chicago. ... Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen sat courtside with his wife during the game after playing basketball with President Obama earlier in the day. ... Despite the loss, Orlando was 8 for 19 from 3-point range. The Magic entered the game with a 53.8 percent mark behind the arc. Courtesy of: startribune.com



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Todd Mayo academically ineligible - by Milord Nikolic

Marquette sophomore guard Todd Mayo has been declared academically ineligible. Coach Buzz Williams announced Monday that Mayo is unable to practice or play indefinitely. The 6-foot-3 native of Huntington, W.Va., appeared in 35 games for the Golden Eagles as a freshman, averaging 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds. Marquette finished 27-8 last season, losing to Florida in the West Regional semifinals. The Golden Eagles open the season Friday against No. 4 Ohio State in the Carrier Classic at Charleston, S.C. Mayo is the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo.


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Hannover adds Fakuade to their roster - by Tomek (T)

UBC Hannover Tigers (ProB) added to their roster 23-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Michael Fakuade (201-107kg-89, agency: N.E.T.). He just graduated from Ill.-Springfield (NCAA2). In only one game last season he recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 blocks.
As mentioned above Fakuade is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. His team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division.
Fakuade was voted All-GLVC 1st Team in 2012.

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BLNO Round 10: #1 Centrum is defeated by Tromso - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Centrum (9-2) in Oslo on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked Tromso (8-2) 89-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Centrum. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Centrum managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Centrum's 38 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Gary Wallace (187-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Thomas Ble (185-89) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Tromso have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record behind leader Centrum. Centrum at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Tromso are looking forward to face Froya Basket (#4) in Laksevag in the next round. Centrum will play at home against Gimle BBK in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gimle BBK (5-5) against fifth ranked Froya Basket (5-6) on Tuesday night. Host Gimle BBK was defeated by Froya Basket in a tough game in Bergen 78-85. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) notched 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Reno Silavs supported him with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even 32 points by guard Anders Stien (195-90) did not help to save the game for Gimle BBK. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Gimle BBK lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with five games lost. Froya Basket will play against league's second-placed Tromso on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Gimle BBK will play against Ammerud Bskt in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Asker Aliens managed to get a second victory on Thursday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Ammerud Bskt in Oslo 68-63. Elias Westerlund fired 26 points for the winners. Ronald Timus produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Ammerud Bskt's coach Kelvin Woods rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Asker Aliens maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. Loser Ammerud Bskt keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Asker Aliens will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#3) in Bergen and hope to secure a win.
The game in Asker supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tromso (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Asker Aliens (2-8). Tromso smashed Asker Aliens 83-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Hani Issalhi who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Tromso have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record behind leader Centrum. Asker Aliens at the other side stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Tromso's next round opponent will be Froya Basket (#4) in Laksevag.

In the last game of round 10 Ammerud Bskt lost to Baerum Basket on the opponent's court 70-84.


Gimle BBK - Froya Basket 78-85

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gimle BBK (5-5) against fifth ranked Froya Basket (5-6) on Tuesday night. Host Gimle BBK was defeated by Froya Basket in a tough game in Bergen 78-85. Gimle BBK was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Froya Basket forced 20 Gimle BBK turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) notched 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Latvian point guard Reno Silavs (180-91) supported him with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even 32 points by guard Anders Stien (195-90) did not help to save the game for Gimle BBK. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) added 13 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for lost side. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Gimle BBK lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with five games lost. Froya Basket will play against league's second-placed Tromso on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Gimle BBK will play against Ammerud Bskt in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: A.Stien 32+1reb+1ast, E.Fjaerestad 17+2reb+3ast, D.Thomas 13+13reb+6ast, S.Enge 8+5reb, D.Hammer 6+3reb, S.de Lange 2+1reb+2ast
Froya Basket: E.Gabrans 33+6reb+4ast, R.Silavs 18+7reb+5ast, M.Elsafadi 10+7reb+4ast, B.El-Safadi 9+5reb+3ast, H.Mostafa 6+6reb+2ast, N.Blatancic 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 178389


Baerum Basket - Ammerud Bskt 84-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Ammerud Bskt's (2-7) road loss to fifth ranked Baerum Basket (4-5) 70-84. The game without a history. Baerum Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Ryan Ferranti (195-86, college: Rollins) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Keith Thompson (197-90, college: Utah Valley) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Brian Mariampillai (187-85) added 20 points in the effort for Ammerud Bskt. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baerum Basket maintains fifth position with 4-5 record. Ammerud Bskt at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Baerum Basket will have a break next round. Ammerud Bskt will play at home against Gimle BBK (#3) in Bergen.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: B.Mariampillai 20+3reb+2ast, R.Timus 16+6reb+6ast, I.Adahada 12+6reb+4ast, H.Sorensen 6+1reb+2ast, M.Bryn 5+6reb, O.Egeland 4+4reb+3ast
Baerum Basket: R.Ferranti 15+6reb+2ast, K.Thompson 15+5reb+1ast, P.Holm 14+2reb+5ast, B.Andreassen 10+4reb, T.Mjos 9+5reb+5ast, M.Elgmork 6
gschID: 178388


Asker Aliens - Tromso 62-83

The game in Asker supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tromso (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Asker Aliens (2-8). Tromso smashed Asker Aliens 83-62. It looked good early as Asker Aliens took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tromso had a 25-14 second period charge getting the lead and Asker Aliens were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-83. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Asker Aliens' 40. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Hani Issalhi (187-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. American guard Gary Wallace (187-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Tromso players scored in double figures. Forward Sjur Berg (198-96) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Asker Aliens. Tromso have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record behind leader Centrum. Asker Aliens at the other side stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Tromso's next round opponent will be Froya Basket (#4) in Laksevag.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: S.Berg 20+9reb, E.Westerlund 18+8reb, J.Bohn 11+4reb+4ast, P.Midtvedt 5+2ast, Y.Amoikon 4+1reb, S.Midtvedt 4+1ast
Tromso: H.Issalhi 20+4reb+5ast, G.Wallace 19+7reb+1ast, J.Jones 14+6reb+5ast, N.Phillip 12+3reb, A.Smalas 7+2reb+2ast, M.Wynn 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 178387


Centrum - Tromso 70-89

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Centrum (9-2) in Oslo on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked Tromso (8-2) 89-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Centrum. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Centrum managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Centrum's 38 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Gary Wallace (187-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Thomas Ble (185-89) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tromso have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record behind leader Centrum. Centrum at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Tromso are looking forward to face Froya Basket (#4) in Laksevag in the next round. Centrum will play at home against Gimle BBK in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Centrum: T.Ble 17+9reb+2ast, C.Hinsch 14+2reb+2ast, M.Mahnin 12+10reb+3ast, M.Austgulen 12+1reb+1ast, F.Nyborg 8+3reb+2ast, M.Lepovic 4+5reb
Tromso: G.Wallace 24+9reb+2ast, J.Jones 23+18reb+3ast, H.Issalhi 18+4reb+5ast, N.Phillip 12+3reb, A.Finstad 7+1ast, M.Wynn 3+1reb
gschID: 178386


Ammerud Bskt - Asker Aliens 63-68

Bottom-ranked Asker Aliens managed to get a second victory on Thursday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Ammerud Bskt in Oslo 68-63. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Asker Aliens made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) fired 26 points for the winners. Forward Sjur Berg (198-96) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Brian Mariampillai (187-85) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ammerud Bskt's coach Kelvin Woods rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Asker Aliens maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. Loser Ammerud Bskt keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Asker Aliens will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#3) in Bergen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: R.Timus 24+8reb+4ast, B.Mariampillai 16+11reb+2ast, G.Klubnes 6+4reb+2ast, J.Patrick Romero 6+1reb+1ast, O.Egeland 4+3reb, A.Haddad 3+5reb+2ast
Asker Aliens: E.Westerlund 26+4reb+3ast, E.Stien 15+7reb+4ast, S.Berg 14+18reb, P.Midtvedt 6+3reb+2ast, J.Bohn 5+6reb+1ast, Y.Amoikon 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 178385



Jones number one in Norway for round 10 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Jonathan Jones (196-F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Tromso, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Centrum (#1, 9-2) with 19-point margin 89-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tromso maintains the 2nd position in Norwegian BLNO. They are still close to the very top. Tromso would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Jones turned to be Tromso's top player in his first season with the team. Former Kean University star has very solid stats this year. Jones. Jones is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.4ppg) and averages impressive 55.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Latvian Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) of Froya Basket. Gabrans had a very good evening with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Froya Basket cruised to a 85-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Gimle BBK (#3, 5-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Froya Basket consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Gabrans is one of the most experienced players at Froya Basket and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 3.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Tromso's star - guard Hani Issalhi (187-G-84). Issalhi scored 18 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Tromso, helping his team with a 89-70 easy win against #1 ranked Centrum. Tromso is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Issalhi has a great season in Norway. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.4apg (8th best). He also has 3.2spg and FGP: 55.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hani Issalhi (187-G-84) of Tromso - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) of Asker Aliens - 14 points and 18 rebounds
6. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) of Asker Aliens - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Gary Wallace (187-G-88) of Tromso - 19 points and 7 rebounds
8. Gary Wallace (187-G-88) of Tromso - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Anders Stien (195-G-90) of Gimle BBK - 32 points
10. Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84) of Ammerud Bskt - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Jezioro Tarnobrzeg part ways with Rahshon Turner - by Eurobasket News (T)

Jezioro Tarnobrzeg split ways with Rahshon Turner (201-F/C-75, college: Fair Dickinson). The centre joined the team at the start of the season. He notched 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in PLK. Last season Rahshon Turner spent in Israel. He played for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. His stats read 18.8 points, 11.1 boards and 2.4 assists per appearance in the National League. Rahshon Turner was named All-Israeli National League Centre of the Year.


Polpharma waives Fras - by Eurobasket News (T)

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) waived 21-year old forward Wojciech Fras (203-91). But in three TBL games he played this season he had just 1.3ppg.
Fras ended the last season at Trefl Sopot. In 6 TBL games last year he recorded only 1.5ppg. But the most of that year he spent at Trefl II Sopot. In 17 2Liga games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.5apg, 3.1spg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-2Liga Group A Best Young Player of the Year.

Earlier Fras played at Znicz Basket. He represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 72.3%.
Fras has played previously for another Polish team: Wisla AWF Krakow.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Polpharma lands Josh Miller - by Eurobasket News (T)

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) tabbed American point guard Josh Miller (169, college: West Virginia State). He played most recently at Siarka Jezioro (TBL). In 34 games last season he was third best scorer with impressive 15.9ppg and recorded 2.2rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg (in top 5). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to the League All-Star Game.
Miller played in the final of WVIAC Tournament in 2011.
He received also All-WVIAC 1st Team award in 2000 and 2011 at his college time.
Miller graduated from West Virginia State in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Siarka Jezioro welcomes back Doaks - by Eurobasket News (T)

Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg (TBL) landed 25-year old American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-107kg-87, college: Chattanooga). Its actually his comeback to Tarnobrzeg as he played here before. Doaks played recently at Soles in Mexican LNBP. In 5 games this season he averaged 11.4ppg and 5.4rpg.
The previous season he also played at Siarka Jezioro. In 38 TBL games last season he had 12.8ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.0bpg.
In 2010/11 season Doaks played at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga.
His college team won Southern Conference Tournament in 2009.
Doaks received also Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team award back in 2009.
He has played also professionally in France (Bordeaux).
Doaks attended Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Asseco Prokom Gdynia released Drew Viney - by Eurobasket News (T)

Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) released 24-year old American forward Drew Viney (203-88, college: Loyola Mary). In only one TBL game he played this season he recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

The previous season Viney played at Loyola Marymount University in West Coast Conference in the NCAA. In 21 games last season he had 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. A very impressive season as he was named to All-WCC 1st Team.
He just graduated from Loyola Marymount University and it is his first season as a pro.
Vineys team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ryan Richards signs at Asseco Prokom Gdynia - by Eurobasket News (T)

Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) landed 21-year old British ex-international power forward Ryan Richards (212-109kg-91, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Sokhumi in Georgian Superleague. In 5 games last season he averaged 12.2ppg and 5.8rpg. Richards also played at Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA that season. In 15 games last year he had 11.2ppg and 6.7rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (49th overall). Richards team made it to the League Semifinals.
He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention award in 11.
Richards was also a member of British international program for some years. He played for British Senior National Team last year and previously for U18 National Team in 2009. Richards represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 22.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 76.3%.
Richards is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Belfius Mons-Hainaut II), Italy, Spain (Real Madrid, Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 and Gran Canaria) and Switzerland (Monthey).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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EuroChallenge: Trailing 19 points, Paris-Levallois stun Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

Pitesti - Paris-Levallois 75:91

Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) leads Paris-Levallois over Pitesti in EuroChallenge. He nailed 21 points to help the French side to celebrate a 91:75 victory in their opener.
Pitesti won the first period 28-15 and was stronger in the second frame with 21-16. The Romanian team increased to 52:33 early in the third quarter but failed to win the game. Paris-Levallois replied with 11-0 run and reduced to 52:44. Cox and Aka closed the third period at 61:58. Moreover the guests erupted with 33-14 in the last stanza to stun the opponents.
Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) scored 13 for the winners. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) nailed 12, while Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) posted 11. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) finished the game with 21 points and Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) tossed in 16. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) scored 12, whilst Alexandru Negut (197-F-89) and Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) brought 9 each.

Pitesti: Marcel Jones 21, Damien Kinloch 16, Pankracije Barac 12, Alexandru Negut 9, Drasko Albijanic 9
Paris-Levallois: Maleye N'Doye 21, Jawad Williams 13, Andrew Albicy 12, Sean May 11



EuroChallenge: Joensuun Kataja started the season 2012/2013 with the victory - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 91:67

Kataja started with the victory their EuroChallenge campaign. The Finnish side overcame Ploiesti 91:67 in Group B opener.
The hosts grabbed 23:9 lead after the first period and never looked behind. They felt the support of the local 2000 fans and added 24-17 in the second frame. Moreover Joensuun Kataja posted 23-12 in the third quarter for massive lead after 30 minutes. The Romanian side managed to reply with 29-21 in the lasts stanza for the final result.
Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) nailed 16. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) delivered 13, whilst Antti Kanervo (194-SG-89) and Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) scored 12 apiece. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) collected 15 points and 10 caroms. Robert Nyakundi (203-F-89, college: SMU) notched 9 and Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) tossed in 8.

Kataja: Petri Virtanen 23, Jerald Fields 16, Jonte Flowers 13, Antti Kanervo 12, Johnell Smith 12
Ploiesti: Darius Hargrove 21, Vladimir Tica 15+10 rebs, Robert Nyakundi 9, Aleksandar Vlahovic 8



EuroChallenge: Gaz Metan needs overtime to outgun JDA Dijon - by Eurobasket News

Gaz Metan - Dijon 92:89

Gaz Metan needs overtime to outgun JDA Dijon in their Group D opener in the EuroChallenge. The Romanian side got huge help from Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) who tied the game at the regulation and then saw him top-scored in 92:89 win.
Gaz Metan started with 20-15 lead, but could not win three following quarters. Dijon won the second, third and the fourth period for 79:79. It was Slobodan Dundjerski to score last four points for the tied result. In overtime the Romanian side needed 13-10 surge to seal the victory.
Slobodan Dundjerski top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) notched 19. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: La Salle) delivered 13 and Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88, agency: Interperformances) added 11. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with 32 points in the losing effort and T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) scored 20. Lens Aboudou (192-G-90) and Ferdinand Prenom (205-C-91) had 10 points each in defeat.

Gaz Metan: Slobodan Dundjerski 22, Deven Mitchell 19, Mike St.John 13, Titus Nicoara 11
Dijon: Andre Harris 32, T.J. Campbell 20, Lens Aboudou 10, Ferdinand Prenom 10



EuroChallenge: Timisoara opened Group F campaign successfully - by Eurobasket News

Timisoara - Kormend 75:65

Timisoara opened Group F campaign successfully as they beat Kormend. The Romanian side overcame the team from Hungary in front of 2000 fans.
Timisoara won the first period 21-19 and looked better in the second frame. The hosts increased the lead to 9 points at the halftime after 19-12 in the period. Moreover the Romanian team won the third quarter 20-15 and enjoyed 14-point deficit with 10 minutes to go. Kormend answered with 19-15 in the last stanza and reduced the game to 10 final points.
Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up with 18 points for the home side and Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) added 14. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) and Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13 points each in a win. Matt Shaw (203-F-88, college: UNLV) answered with 18 points and 11 boards in defeat, while Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) had 15. Csaba Ferencz (195-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 14 and Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: TSS Management) delivered 9.

Timisoara: Ivan Jelenic 18, Delvon Johnson 14, Dominique Archie 13, Zlatko Jovanovic 13
Kormend: Matt Shaw 18+11 rebs, Zvonko Buljan 15, Csaba Ferencz 14, Gergely Fodor 9



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Darnell Cox joins Uhud Medina - by Eurobasket News (T)

Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Miss.Valley St.) will continue his career in Saudi Arabia. The centre signed contract with Uhud Medina. Darnell Cox started the season in Japan. He played for Osaka Evessa. His stats read 9.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in BJ League. Last season Darnell Cox started in Lebanon. The centre had a stint with Champville. He posted 14.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 3.7 rebounds per game in Division A. Later Darnell Cox moved to China. He inked with Guangdong. The centre posted 16.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per appearance in NBL. Darnell Cox was named All-Lebanese Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Previously he had spells in D-League, WBA, UBA and Mexico.


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St.Polten lands Maksim Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News (T)

Chin Min Dragons UBC St. Polten (A Bundesliga) tabbed 25-year old Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87). He played most recently at BC Vienna (A Bundesliga). In 5 games last season he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg. Kovacevic also played at Apoel in Cypriot Division A that season. 
He was selected to Srpska Liga All-Star Game in 2010. Kovacevic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) five years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 1.1ppg.
Kovacevic has played previously for three other Serbian teams: Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Balkan League: Rilski leave no chance for OKK Beograd - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - OKK Beograd 104:86

Rilski Sportist clinched the second win in Balkan League Group B. They stormed past OKK Beograd for 2-1 record. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) nailed 28 points and distributed 7 assists to lead the winners. OKK Beograd suffered the fourth straight defeat in the tournament.
Rilski Sportist set the tone in the opening quarter. They unloaded 31 points to secure an 11-point lead. OKK Beograd cut the deficit in the second frame. The Serbian team got within 9 points at the interval 46:55. But Rilski were back in the drivers seat in the third quarter. The Bulgarian team extended the margin and entered the fourth period up by as many as 15 points. Rilski knocked down 28 points in the final stanza and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Towson) provided 25 points and 15 boards, while Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) added 13 points for the hosts. Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) replied with 19 points for OKK Beograd. Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Rilski Sportist: Terry Smith 28, Braxton Dupree 25+15 boards, Hristo Zahariev 13
OKK Beograd: Jovan Koprivica 19, Milos Pavlovic 16



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

23-year old forward Kevin Thompson (205-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Komarno and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Svit (#9, 1-5) 86-74. Komarno maintains the 2nd position in Slovakian league. They are still close to the very top. Komarno would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Thompson turned to be Komarno's top player in his first season with the team. Morgan State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thompson. Thompson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.0ppg) and averages solid 2.8bpg and 67.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Nitra. He is American center in his first season at Nitra. In the last game McClain recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Nitra lost that game 66-81 to slightly higher-ranked Levice (#3, 3-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Nitra still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. McClain is a newcomer at Nitra and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82) of Svit (#9). Henderson scored 29 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Henderson's great performance Svit lost 74-86 to the higher-ranked Komarno (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Svit can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-5 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Henderson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Henderson has individually a great season in Slovakia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 7.5rpg (5th best) and assists with 2.7apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Acker (178-PG-87) of Nova Ves - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86) of Nova Ves - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Zack Crimmins (213-C-89) of Handlova - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Peter Dorazil (199-F/C-89) of B.Bystrica - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) of Levice - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. David Kyles (190-G-89) of Levice - 22 points and 4 assists
10. Chris Lowe (182-PG-87) of Komarno - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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EuroChallenge: Krka demolish Etha in Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket News

Krka - Etha 100:73

Krka demolish Etha in Novo Mesto at the start of EuroChallenge tournament. The Slovenian side scored three digit number for 100:73 victory.
The Slovenian side scored the first 6 points in the game and Edo Muric (202-F-91) later brought 10:2. Krka enjoyed 24-13 after the first period and led 9 points at the halftime. They dominated the second half of the game and posted another victories for the final result. Krka won the third quarter 25-16 and finished the game with 29-20 in the last stanza.
Edo Muric finished the game with 20 points and Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) had 19. Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) nailed 18 and Uros Lucic (207-C-83) tossed in 13. Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 16 points for the guests and Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) posted 12. Taron Downey (186-G-82, college: Wake Forest) delivered 11, whist Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) had 9.

Krka: Edo Muric 20, Domen Lorbek 19, Jakov Vladovic 18, Uros Lucic 13
Etha: Ogooluwa Adegboye 16, Akida McLain 12, Taron Downey 11, Dejan Cup 9



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Spanish EBA Round 8 Best Performance: Franciso Mas - by Mariano Galindo

Spanish power forward Francisco Mas (201-F-86, agency: Dynamics Global Management) had a very impressive game in the last round for Fundacin Caja Rural Albacete receiving a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award for round 8. Franciso Mas posted an amazing double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds for 35 index rating in 32 minutes and a perfect evening in three point shoots with any mistake. Other player who also shone last weekend was Miguel Angel Blanco (195-F-74) (PAS Pielagos), with 34 index rating, posting 32 points 5 rebounds in 35 minutes.


EuroCup: Valencia roll past Banvit in opener - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Banvit 88:78

Valencia clinched the first win in EuroCup regular season. They fired past visiting Banvit for 1-0 record in Group D. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) delivered 23 points to pace the hosts.
Valencia led by just two points at the first intermission 23:21. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. The Spaniards ensured a 47:43 halftime advantage. Valencia opened the second half with a 12:0 run to clear off. Banvit however stopped the rot late in the period and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark 64:73 at the final break. Banvit narrowed the deficit in the fourth period. The Turkish team got within three points 76:79. However Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Markovic connected from behind the arc and Valencia ran away with the victory. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) delivered 16 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk netted 14 points in the win. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 16 points for Banvit. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) produced 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Valencia: Pau Ribas 23, Rafael Martinez 16, Serhiy Lishchuk 14
Banvit: Charles Davis 16, Sammy Mejia 14



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Castle's 27 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

40-year old point guard Terell Castle (182-PG-72, agency: Court Side) had a great game in the last round for Eco Orebro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Eco Orebro in his team's victory, helping them to crush 08 (#7, 4-4) with 18-point margin 90-72. Eco Orebro maintains the 11th position in Swedish league. Eco Orebro is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. In the team's last game Castle had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Eco Orebro's top player in his first season with the team. Nicholls State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Castle is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 51.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dragoljub Kitanovic (203-C-85) of Eagles. He is Serbian center in his first season at Eagles. In the last game Kitanovic recorded impressive 31 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Eagles lost that game 71-80 to the lower-ranked Nassjo (#12, 1-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Eagles managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Kitanovic is a newcomer at Eagles and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Eco Orebro's star - forward Darris Santee (203-F-87). Santee scored 14 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Eco Orebro, helping his team with a 90-72 easy win against the higher-ranked 08 (#7, 4-4). The chances of Eco Orebro not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Santee could try to bring Eco Orebro's a little bit higher in the standings. Santee has individually a great season in Sweden. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Wesby (198-G-80) of Sundsvall - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kodi Augustus (203-F-87) of 08 - 17 points and 5 rebounds
6. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87) of LF Basket - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kelvin Lewis (195-G-88) of Solna - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tut Ruach (188-G-85) of Nassjo - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Sundsvall - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Boakai Lalugba (202-F/C-81) of Jamtland - 18 points and 9 rebounds

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



EuroChallenge: Sodertalje open the season with the victory - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje - Pyrinto 74:68

Sodertalje open the season with the victory in EuroChallenge. The Swedish side overcame Pyrinto from Finalnd 74:68 in Group C.
Pyrinto surprised the hosts with 23-21 in the first period but could not win the half. The Kings needed a 15-13 surge to tie the game at the halftime. Moreover they posted two victories in the second half to seal the total success. The Swedish side won the third period 17-16 and added 21-16 in the last quarter.
Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Dino Pita (192-SG-88) tossed in 17. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) delivered 13, while Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) collected 10 points and 15 rebounds. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 25 points in defeat and Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) notched 16. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) and Antero Lehto (184-G-84) followed them with 9 points apiece.

Sodertalje: Toni Bizaca 23, Dino Pita 17, Tobias Borg 13, Kenneth Simms 10+15 rebs
Pyrinto: Lamonte Ulmer 25, Damon Williams 16, Kenneth Lowe 9, Antero Lehto 9



Basketligan Round 9: Sundsvall Dragons beat Solna Vikings by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Basketligan took place in Solna. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Solna Vikings (5-4) to second ranked Sundsvall Dragons (7-2) 85-82 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sundsvall Dragons outrebounded Solna Vikings 31-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Alex Wesby (198-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) contributed with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 21 points for Solna Vikings. Solna Vikings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Solna Vikings at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Nassjo (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Solna Vikings will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Nassjo's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat White Eagles (3-6) 80-71. Canadian guard Tut Ruach (188-85) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 assists for the winners and Szymon Lukasiak chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Serbian center Dragoljub Kitanovic (203-85) with 31 points and 4 assists. Newly promoted Nassjo maintains twelfth place with 1-8 record. White Eagles at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with Jamtland and Eco Orebro. Nassjo will play against league's leader Sundsvall Dragons on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. White Eagles' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Stockholm 08 Stockholm.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between 08 Stockholm (4-4) and Eco Orebro (3-6), which took place in Stockholm. Higher ranked 08 Stockholm lost at home to eleventh ranked Eco Orebro 72-90 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. Terell Castle nailed 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Kodi Augustus came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds for 08 Stockholm in the defeat. Eco Orebro moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Jamtland and Eagles. Loser 08 Stockholm keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Eco Orebro will meet at home higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 08 Stockholm's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Stockholm to the arena White Eagles.

In the last game of round 9 Jamtland was beaten by LF Basket on the road 77-64.


Solna - Sundsvall 82-85

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Basketligan took place in Solna. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Solna Vikings (5-4) to second ranked Sundsvall Dragons (7-2) 85-82 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sundsvall Dragons outrebounded Solna Vikings 31-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Alex Wesby (198-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 21 points and Greek center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Solna Vikings. Five Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Solna Vikings at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Nassjo (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Solna Vikings will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 26+6reb+3ast, J.Sigurdarson 15+3reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 13+10reb+1ast, T.Liden 9+3reb+1ast, A.Nilsson 8+3reb, E.Salon 6+2reb+1ast
Solna: K.Lewis 21+3reb+3ast, J.Sedlak 16+3reb, S.Toutziarakis 12+3reb+5ast, R.Ahonen 10+1reb+2ast, M.Levin 10+2reb+6ast, D.Johnson 5+6reb+1ast
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Nassjo - Eagles 80-71

Nassjo's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after eight consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat White Eagles (3-6) 80-71. White Eagles were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 29-13 third quarter run of Nassjo. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Canadian guard Tut Ruach (188-85) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 assists for the winners and Polish center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Serbian center Dragoljub Kitanovic (203-85) with 31 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Nenad Stefanovic (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted Nassjo maintains twelfth place with 1-8 record. White Eagles at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with Jamtland and Eco Orebro. Nassjo will play against league's leader Sundsvall Dragons on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. White Eagles' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Stockholm 08 Stockholm.
Top scorers:
Nassjo: T.Ruach 20+4reb+6ast, M.Liljeqvist 15+3reb+1ast, S.Lukasiak 14+6reb+3ast, K.Ternell 8+1reb, K.Palmqvist 8+4reb+2ast, W.Walker 8+6reb
Eagles: D.Kitanovic 31+4reb+4ast, A.Micovic 13+1reb+2ast, M.Ljujic 10+3reb, R.Mbemba 8+4reb+4ast, N.Stefanovic 7+7reb+4ast, P.Holmstrom 2
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08 - Eco Orebro 72-90

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between 08 Stockholm (4-4) and Eco Orebro (3-6), which took place in Stockholm. Higher ranked 08 Stockholm lost at home to eleventh ranked Eco Orebro 72-90 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded 08 Stockholm 43-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Bosnian point guard Terell Castle (182-72, college: Nicholls St., agency: Court Side) nailed 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American forward Darris Santee (203-87, college: UNLV) accounted for 14 points and 15 rebounds. Five Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. American forward Kodi Augustus (203-87, college: Mississippi St., agency: Two Points) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized Serbian forward Bojan Cvilak (200-82) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for 08 Stockholm in the defeat. Eco Orebro moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Jamtland and Eagles. Loser 08 Stockholm keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Eco Orebro will meet at home higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 08 Stockholm's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Stockholm to the arena White Eagles.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: T.Castle 27+7reb+6ast, B.Barton 16+2reb+1ast, D.Santee 14+15reb+3ast, W.Magarity 11+6reb, T.Whitworth 10+2reb+1ast, C.Grace 10+6reb+2ast
08: K.Augustus 17+5reb+1ast, B.Cvilak 11+3reb+5ast, I.Brown 10+7reb+1ast, J.Blom 10+2reb, N.Hedstrom 9+2reb+8ast, J.Person 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 181955


LF Basket - Jamtland 77-64

Everything could happen in Lulea at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked LF Basket and 8th ranked KFUM Jamtland had identical 3-5 record. This time LF Basket used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Jamtland 77-64 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by LF Basket. KFUM Jamtland managed to win third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-German center Urule Igbavboa (203-87, college: Valparaiso) nailed 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) accounted for 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (202-81, college: Bucknell) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (204-80) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for KFUM Jamtland in the defeat. LF Basket (4-5) moved-up to eighth place. Loser KFUM Jamtland dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with Eco Orebro and Eagles. LF Basket will meet higher ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KFUM Jamtland will play against Sodertalje Kings (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: H.Dugat 19+5reb+4ast, U.Igbavboa 17+9reb+4ast, E.Henderson 12+6reb+1ast, M.Soskic 9+3reb+5ast, C.Ryan 8+1reb+2ast, S.Ali Hussein 6+10reb+1ast
Jamtland: B.Lalugba 18+9reb+1ast, D.Klaric 11+12reb+1ast, D.Hudson 11+6reb, J.Ronstrom 9+1reb, J.Pierre 8, M.Fernandes 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 181954



Some transactions - by Andreas Eriksson (T)

A few minor transactions have taken place in Sweden lately;

- LF Basket added Adam Ronnqvist from LF Future (Basketettan)
- Stockholm Eagles Coach Ronnie Christensen left the club
- Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC) left Stockholm Eagles and instead joined Akropol (Basketettan)
- Pavle Boljkovac (190-G-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was added to Orebro Basket, as the 8th foreigner of the club
- Aleksandar Rac who last played in Hungary signed with Nassjo Basket.



EuroChallenge: The Baltic side rout the Scandinavian representative - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Norrkoping 72:68

The Baltic side rout the Scandinavian representative at the start of the EuroChallenge campaign. Ventspils overcame Norrkoping 72:68 in Group C opener.
More than 2000 fans came to support Ventspils in their first game of the EuroChallenge season. The Latvian side started with 16-12 lead and added 22-16 in the second quarter. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter as Keith Gabriel (190-G, college: VMI) reduced to 57:47. Moreover Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) tied the game at 66:66, while Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) gave the last points for the winning side.
Donald Sims paced all the winners with 16 points and Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) netted 11. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) tossed in 9, while Janis Timma delivered 8. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) finished the game with 14 points in defeat and Martin Ringstrom scored 13. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) and Keith Gabriel brought 10 points each in a loss.

Ventspils: Donald Sims 16, Martins Laksa 11, Folarin Campbell 9, Janis Timma 8
Norrkoping: Oladapo Ayuba 14, Martin Ringstrom 13, Edgars Jeromanovs 10, Keith Gabriel 10



Gabriels pro career starts at Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News (T)

Norrkoping Dolphins (Basketligan) landed American guard Keith Gabriel (190). He just graduated from Virginia Military Institute (NCAA). In 33 games last season he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.8spg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team and Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above Gabriel is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Rutty number one in Switzerland for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Justin Rutty (200-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for BBC Nyon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Boncourt (#6, 3-2) 83-79. BBC Nyon is placed at 7th position in Swiss LNA. BBC Nyon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Rutty turned to be BBC Nyon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Quinnipiac College star has very solid stats this year. Rutty. Rutty is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.4ppg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Hodzic (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) of Monthey. Hodzic had a very good evening with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Monthey to another comfortable win 88-73 over Starwings (#10, 0-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Monthey to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hodzic is a newcomer at Monthey, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#6). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Starwings (#10). Dobbins scored 24 points. Despite Dobbins' great performance Starwings lost 73-88 to the higher-ranked Monthey (#5, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Starwings can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 5 games. Too bad for Dobbins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Dobbins has individually a great season in Switzerland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jules Aw (200-F-86) of Neuchatel - 26 points and 5 rebounds
5. Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) of SAV Vacallo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ivan Kuburovic (203-F-81) of SAV Vacallo - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Matt Schneiderman (204-F/C-81) of SAV Vacallo - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Pete Campbell (201-F-84) of SAM Massagno - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of SAM Massagno - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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EuroCup: Valencia roll past Banvit in opener - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Banvit 88:78

Valencia clinched the first win in EuroCup regular season. They fired past visiting Banvit for 1-0 record in Group D. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) delivered 23 points to pace the hosts.
Valencia led by just two points at the first intermission 23:21. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. The Spaniards ensured a 47:43 halftime advantage. Valencia opened the second half with a 12:0 run to clear off. Banvit however stopped the rot late in the period and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark 64:73 at the final break. Banvit narrowed the deficit in the fourth period. The Turkish team got within three points 76:79. However Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Markovic connected from behind the arc and Valencia ran away with the victory. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) delivered 16 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk netted 14 points in the win. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) answered with 16 points for Banvit. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) produced 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Valencia: Pau Ribas 23, Rafael Martinez 16, Serhiy Lishchuk 14
Banvit: Charles Davis 16, Sammy Mejia 14



EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka wins the Turkish battle - by Eurobasket News

Tofas - Karsiyaka 63:64

Karsiyaka wins the Turkish battle in EuroChallenge. They beat Tofas 64:63 in Bursa in Group A opener.
Tofas started better and won the opening period 21-12. They led 7 points at the halftime as Karsiyaka managed to reply with 19-17 in the second frame. The third period however was decisive in the game and gave the guests 23-13 burst that led to 54:51 advantage. The game was tied at 62:62 with 26 seconds to go, but Caner Topaloglu (199-F-85) drove a lay-up after Sipahis only free throw.
Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Caner Topaloglu as well as Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) netted 12 each. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) followed them with 10 points. Ukrainian naturalized Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) replied with 16 points, while Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) collected 12 points and 14 caroms. Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) posted 10 and Tomislav Ruzic (207-F/C-79) added 9.

Tofas: Steven Burtt 16, Chinemelu Elonu 12+14 rebs, Austin Nichols 10, Tomislav Ruzic 9
Karsiyaka: Bobby Dixon 17, Caner Topaloglu 12, Jon Diebler 12, Will Thomas 10



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

27-year old power forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) had a great game in the last round for Gaziantep and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Mersin (#16, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 79-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Gaziantep maintains the 15th position in Turkish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Rhodes turned to be Gaziantep's top player in his first season with the team. Charles Rhodes averages this season 12.0ppg and 5.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86) of Tofas. He is American forward in his first season at Tofas. In the last game Heytvelt recorded impressive 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Tofas to edge the higher-ranked Karsiyaka (#4, 3-1) by 1 point 95-94. This victory allowed Tofas to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Heytvelt is a newcomer at Tofas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#9). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) of league's second-best Galatasaray. Ndong scored 20 points. He was a key player of Galatasaray, leading his team to a 81-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Olin Edirne (#11, 1-3). Galatasaray started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Ndong turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Ndong has a very solid season. In 4 games in Turkey he scored 10.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) of Aliaga - 15 points and 16 rebounds
5. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Erdemir - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Turk Telekom - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Charles Davis (205-C-84) of Banvit BK - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Keith Simmons (196-G-85) of Banvit BK - 20 points and 2 rebounds
10. Omar Sneed (198-F-76) of Mersin - 24 points and 9 rebounds

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



Dario Saric joins Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News (T)

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (TBL) agreed terms with 18-year old Croatian international power forward Dario Saric (208-94). He already started the season at KK Split in Croatian A1 league.
The previous season Saric also played at KK Zagreb in A1. In 12 games last season he had 14.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.7spg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Croatian League All-Star Game. Saric also played 24 games in Euroleague where he recorded just 2.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team in 2012.
Saric has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He was a member of both Senior and U18 National Teams this year and for U22 National Team last year. Saric represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 72.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 60.0%.
Saric has played previously professionally in Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @trendbasket)



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Charlotte Bobcats Need a Big Year from Kemba Walker in 2012-13 - by David Edole


By David Rice, Tue, November 06, 2012

The Charlotte Bobcats were in need of a franchise player when they drafted Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) ninth overall in the 2011 NBA draft, but they didn't experience the immediate revival of hope that currently permeates cities like Portland and New Orleans where fresh draft picks are proving to be the difference between winning and losing.

Instead, the Bobcats experienced the worst campaign of any team in NBA history, finishing with a record of 7-59 in last years lockout shortened season. Pinning the blame on Walker, however, would be like blaming a band-aid for a bleeding cut. Aside from the fact that he started a mere 25 games in his debut season, the team finished 14 games below .500 the year before his arrival and has made lottery selections in the draft eight times since their inception in 2004. To say Charlotte hasn't known much about winning ways throughout the Bobcats tenure as the basketball brand of the Queen City would be a gross understatement.

In the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery, Charlotte missed out on the first pick to New Orleans. Instead of a potential superstar in Anthony Davis, the Bobcats landed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a promising talent with enough defensive grit to make an impact, but not the scoring presence to help turn the franchise around immediately.

The Bobcats hope instead reverts back to Walker, an extremely athletic point guard capable of exploding to the basket and finishing in tough spots. There is just one problem, Walker doesn't possess two necessary skills to thrive as a point guard in the NBA.

There is no more crucial aspect of the NBA brand of basketball for a point guard to grasp and adapt to than the pick and roll. Portland's Damien Lillard comes into the league after a successful college career centered around using the pick and roll, but Walker never adapted to it fully in college at UCONN and hasn't been able to pick up on it in the NBA either.

With forwards and centers like Byron Mullens, Bismack Biyombo, Tyrus Thomas and Brendan Haywood, Walker has no shortage of big bodies to have rolling to the basket or to use as multiple screeners to weave in and out of on his own path to the hoop, but he needs to be able to run a number of pick and roll based options if the Bobcats are going to improve on an offense that was the worst in the league last season.

If Walker can figure out how to use the leagues most popular play to not only create baskets for himself and his big men, but also know when dish it out to the perimeter to Gerald Henderson or Kidd-Gilchrist, the Bobcats could be a lot more dangerous than the doormat team they were last year with D.J. Augustin at the helm.

The development of his passing around the pick and roll is just one facet of Walkers game that needs drastic improvement. Last season, the former Huskies star shot 36% from the field and an abysmal 30% from three point range. If hes going to make the offense click and Charlotte's pick and roll plays amount to anything, he has to be able to knock down a higher percentage of perimeter shots.

Derrick Rose suffered from similar struggles in his rookie season in Chicago, but spent the summer after his second season reshaping his jumper to increase his three point shooting efficiency. Walker would do well to steal a page from Roses book.

Essentially the future of the Bobcats is in Walkers hands right now. As Kidd-Gilchrist's game develops and his role as an up and coming small forward becomes clearer, the team needs Walker to be the center piece of a pick and roll revolution that creates more opportunities for the entire team. If he could, the Bobcats are well placed to improve on last years suffering which included four occasions where they team failed to score 70 points.

Defensively, the team was a joke last season, but Walker could be the best player to help them overcome that stigma as well. A recent Sports Illustrated article has Walker in the top ten of players who force turnovers while defending the pick and roll. In his rookie season, Walker averaged a steal per game to go along with his fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo's two blocked shots per game.

Between Walker on the perimeter, Biyombo inside and the defensively very strong Kidd-Gilchrist, who snagged five steals in Saturdays loss to the Mavericks, guarding the space in between, the Bobcats are bound to show improvement on the defensive side of the ball as well.

But even with these improvements, 2012-13 is more likely to be a year of growth for the Bobcats. The team will do well just to avoid the basement of the Southeast Division for a second straight year and is probably going to see another chance at a top ten draft pick.

The key for Michael Jordan's franchise now is to turn to its young players and let them lead the Bobcats into the future, particularly Walker. The teams poor fortunes in recent seasons have brought Charlotte some solid young names. With increasing depth through Ramon Sessions to back up Walker and the aforementioned front court players, brighter days could be ahead in Charlotte, as long as head coach Mike Dunlap is allowed to develop his young point guard in the right way.




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EuroChallenge: Khimik grabbed valuable win over Tartu Ulikool - by Eurobasket News

Khimik - Tartu Ulikool 77:76

Khimik grabbed valuable win over Tartu Ulikool at the start of the EuroChallenge campaign. Suad Sehovic's late three-pointer and Sava Lesic's free throw brought the Ukrainian team 77:76 win in the opener.
Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period, while the Estonian side grabbed 6-point lead at the halftime. Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) nailed a three for 44:38 halftime advantage. Khimik reduced to 5 points at the end of the third period and then erupted with 19-13 to seal the victory. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) scored for 69:67 and Goodridge brought 70:69. Khimik increased to 4 points late in the game, while Justin Ingram closed the game from the arc.
Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) and Devoe Joseph top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) nailed 8. Justin Ingram ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Silver Leppik (189-G-83) as well as Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) had 9 each. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) and Joosep Toome (208-C-85) delivered 8 points apiece in a loss.

Khimik: Sava Lesic 13, Devoe Joseph 13, Suad Sehovic 8
Tartu Ulikool: Justin Ingram 25, Silver Leppik 9, Ivan Nelyubov 9, Egidijus Dimsa 8, Joosep Toome 8



Gordic left Azovmash - by Eurobasket News (T)

24-year old Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-90kg-88) left Azovmash Mariupol (Superleague). In four VTB United League games he played this season he recorded 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg. Gordic also played 11 games in Superleague where he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.3apg.

The previous season he played at Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA. In 32 games last season he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg.
Gordic won Montenegrin League championship title in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Guard of the Year in 10. Gordic represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 62.5%.
Gordic has played previously for another Ukrainian team: Buducnost II Podgorica.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: s.Oliver Baskets prevail against Azovmash in opener - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Baskets - Azovmash 81:77

s.Oliver Baskets celebrated the first EuroCup win. They held off Azovmash in Group D opener. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the German side.
Azovmash opened the game confidently. The Ukrainian team stayed aggressive defensively and secured a 7-point lead at the first break 16:9. But s.Oliver Baskets gradually picked up the tempo. They capped the first half with eight straight points to take a 34:33 lead. The visitors opened a 9-point advantage early in the second half 51:42. Azovmash maintained the lead and ensured a 61:57 advantage at the final intermission. Stuckey helped s.Oliver Baskets to pull in front early in the fourth stanza. The hosts kept Azovmash at bay in the final minutes and raced to the victory. LaMont McIntosh (190-G-82, college: Georgia St.) nailed 13 points, while John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) produced 10 points in the win. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) responded with 20 points for Azovmash. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) topscored with 25 points in the loss.

s.Oliver Baskets: Dwayne Anderson 19+10 boards, LaMont McIntosh 13, John Little 10
Azovmash: Lynn Greer 25, Miroslav Raduljica 20



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Ryan Richards signs at Asseco Prokom Gdynia - by Eurobasket News (T)

Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) landed 21-year old British ex-international power forward Ryan Richards (212-109kg-91, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at Sokhumi in Georgian Superleague. In 5 games last season he averaged 12.2ppg and 5.8rpg. Richards also played at Lugano Tigers in Swiss LNA that season. In 15 games last year he had 11.2ppg and 6.7rpg.
Two years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (49th overall). Richards team made it to the League Semifinals.
He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention award in 11.
Richards was also a member of British international program for some years. He played for British Senior National Team last year and previously for U18 National Team in 2009. Richards represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 22.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 76.3%.
Richards is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Belfius Mons-Hainaut II), Italy, Spain (Real Madrid, Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 and Gran Canaria) and Switzerland (Monthey).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the 15th round for the Uruguayan League (Group Capital)
Olimpia 81 - Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 24 pts, 8 reb. 3 assists, Juan Silveira (191-G-86, college: Weber St.) 20 pts 2 rec. Kyle Hunt (207-F, college: Oklahoma S&A) 8 pts 8 reb. 2 blocks
Aguada 68 - Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 24 pts 7 reb. 1 block, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 2 pts. 6 reb.
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Trouville 81 - Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 18 pts 6 reb. Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois) 13 pts. 9 reb. Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 8 pts. 12 reb.
Welcome 66 - Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul) 12 pts 15 reb. Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) 11 pts. 3 reb.
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Bigua 74 - Juan Cambon (180-G-88) 22 pts. Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 12 pts. 6 reb. 3 assists, Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 12 pts 8 reb 3 assists
Hebraica Macabi - Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 18 pts. 13 reb. 3 assists
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Defensor Sporting 100 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 27 pts. 5 reb 3 assits, Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) 24 pts 6 reb. 3 assists, Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 5 pts. 5 reb. 3 assists
Nacional 85 - Claudio Charquero (207-C-77) 21 pts. Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) 14 pts. 5 reb. Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 6 pts. 15 reb.
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Malvin 82 - Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) 22 pts 6 assists, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 19 pts. 10 reb. Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 9 pts 9 reb.
Bohemios 67 - Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 13 pts. 4 reb. Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) 11 pts 12 reb. Brian Craig 7 pts. 5 reb.



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Venezuelans Abroad - AT Guillen keeps streak going, Bethelmy and Vargas win in Mexico's LNBP - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86), of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz and Venezuelan PG Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86), of Halcones UV de Xalapa, continue their winning ways in Mexico's 2012-2013 edition of LNBP, while assistant coach Ronald Guillen , working for Soles de Mexicali, is in the midst of a spectacular winning streak, with 15 straight W's.

Guillen is working aside head coach Ivan Deniz for Mexicali and they've won 15 straight games after a 1-4 start in the season, working their way up to a 16-4 record prior to the All-Star break. They've also worked together in Venezuela's LPB up until 2011 for Trotamundos de Carabobo. Since then, the Blue Express chose to hire Puerto Rican Julio Toro and have now announced another Puerto Rican, Manolo Cintron, for LPB 2013.

Meanwhile, Luis Bethelmy played 25 minutes and finished up with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, 3 turnovers and 3 fouls, in a victory over Correcaminos UAT Victoria, 90-79, in Matchday 20. Veracruz enjoyed good performances by Mike Mitchell (181-PG-83) with 13 points, Leroy Davis (200-F-81) with 12 points, Francisco Cruz (190-G-89) with 11 points, Puerto Rican Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) with 10 and Noe Alonzo (200-F-83) with 10. For Victoria, Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) netted 26 points, Myron Allen (182-PG-79) added 24 and Lorenzo Keeler (188-G-85) 10 more.

Bethelmy averages 16.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game after 20 regular season games.

Gregory Vargas played 26 minutes and was able to score 11 points and add 2 rebounds, 4 assists, a turnover and a foul for Xalapa in a win over Huracanes de Tampico, 84-70. Vargas got help from Franco Harris (183-G-83) with 20 points, LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) with 15 points and Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) with 12 points and 5 steals. For Tampico, Donald Little (211-C-78) scored 25 points and Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) came up with 17 points and 8 boards.

Vargas averages 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game in 18 regular season games so far.



Venezuelans Abroad - Zamora and Roman win in Spain's LEB Gold - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89), of Palencia Baloncesto and Venezuelan PF-C Javier Roman (207-F/C-80), of Leyma Coruna, came off the bench to support their teams in victories over Caceres Patrimonio de La Humanidad, 87-84, and FC Barcelona Regal, 93-56, respectively, in the action of Spain's second division basketball, the 2012-2013 edition of LEB Gold.

Zamora played 17 minutes and finished up with 7 points, 7 rebounds, a foul and 4 turnovers. Michael Tveidt (200-F-87) was Palencia's top scorer with 15 points, Enricue Garrido (178-PG-82) added 11 and Geoff McDermott (203-F-87), Alfredo Ott (193-G-83) and Carles Bravo (193-F/G-79) scored 10 points each. For Caceres, Olu Ashaolu (200-F-88) netted 16 and was followed by Antonio Pena (203-F-86) with 12, Joshua Duinkerk with 11 and Miguel Lorenzo (207-C/F-91) with 10.

Zamora is averaging 12.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game after 5 regular season games with a 44.4% from the three-long range.

Meanwhile, Javier Roman scored 3 points, grabbed a rebound and totaled 3 fouls in 7 minutes of action for Coruna. Asier Zengotitabengoa (200-F-88) netted 15 points, Jonathan Kale (203-F-85) added 14, Matthew Rogers (211-C-87) and Pablo Almazan (203-C/F-89) followed them with 12 each and Marcos Suka-Umu (193-G-85) finished up with 11. For Barcelona, Ivan Garcia (207-F/C-86) and Josep Perez (184-PG-94) netted 12 points each.

Roman is averaging 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game in 5 regular season games so far, all of them coming off the bench.



Venezuelans Abroad - Greivis Vasquez impresses the NBA with great start - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87) has impressed everybody by doing what he does best: playing smart basketball, banking important shots, giving unbelievable assists to teammates in a better position to shot and reducing the amount of turnovers as the starting PG of the New Orleans Hornets, who've begun the season with a 2-1 record, thanks to victories over the Utah Jazz as hosts (88-86) and the Chicago Bulls as visitors (89-82).

Vasquez, a 25 year-old PG who's beginning his third full season in the NBA and second with New Orleans, has understood himself as a starter with bigger responsabilities than ever. He began with a 13-assists performance in a defeat against the San Antonio Spurs (99-95) in a game in which he shot a late three-pointer that could have turned things around, but he was unable to score it.

Then, against Utah, he had a double double night with 13 points and 10 assists, including a two-point layup with the game tied and 1.6 seconds left, giving his team a victory despites a strong effort by the visitors.

Then along came the game at United Center in Chicago, in which he began with 7 straight misses from the field prior to scoring 10 points in the second quarter to eventually finish the game as the team's top scorer, with 18 points, adding 6 assists and 4 rebounds.

He's now averaging 13.0 points, 9.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game with only 3.0 turnovers per game, in comparison with a 4.2 average during the preseason. While Eric Gordon (193-G-88) is out and given the recent injury of Anthony Davis (208-C-93), Vasquez will for sure have to run the team but also score a lot, if New Orleans wants to get ahead and start being competitive this season.



Venezuelans Abroad - John Cox (Paris-Levallois) scores 8 against Boulazac in France's ProA - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG John Cox (196-G-81) was able to score 8 points as a starter for coach Christophe Denis in the victory of Paris-Levallois over Boulazac, 74-71, in France's 2012-2013 edition of the ProA League, first division basketball.

Cox played 25 minutes, scored 3 out of 6 two-point attempts and banked his two free-throws shot during the game. He added 3 assists and a steal and thus helped his team get a win. Sean May (206-F-84) netted 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Boulazac's top scorer was Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

So far, it's been a different kind of season for Cox, used to being a scorer for his teams in this league, but now focusing on defense. He's averaging 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He's 31 years old and recently made his official FIBA debut with Venezuela's Senior NT in the FIBA World Olympic Qualy, played in Caracas and in which he faced the NT's of Nigeria and Lithuania.



Venezuelans Abroad - Marriaga and company advance to Colombia's Finals - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan C Miguel Marriaga (205-C-84) and countrymen Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81), Adan Reyes (183-PG-83), Miguel Fernandez (194-F-92) and Elides Pereira will play in the 2012 Copa Invitacional Finals in Colombia as players of Bucaros de Bucaramanga, a team that will play against Guerreros de Bogota.

Bucaramanga swept Once Caldas 3-0 in the Semifinals, a team that included Venezuelans Deivis Ananguren and Jorge Leon in its roster. Meanwhile, Guerreros did the same against Choco, 3-0.

The series will start next Friday in Bogota. This edition of Colombia's Copa Invitacional hasn't been specially good for Venezuelans, since players Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86), Juan Herrera (197-F-81), Heberth Bayona (210-C-78), Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) and Colombian-Venezuelan Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) are still waiting for their payment, since Arrieros de Antioquia did not complete the season due to finantial reasons.



Venezuelans Abroad - Edgar Lugo scores 17, Parque Hostos goes 4-0 in Dominican Republic - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Dominican-Venezuelan SG Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) had a great night in the Dominican Republic's Baloncesto Superior de La Vega league, as he scored 17 points and added 3 rebounds and an assist, extending the winning streak of Parque Hostos to 4-0, in a victory over La Villa, 114-95, at Fernando Teruel Arena.

Lugo scored 5 out of 8 three-point shots and added a two point shot in three attempts in only 17 minutes on court. Victor Liz (188-G/F-88) led the way with 30 points and Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89) got one rebound shy of a double double with 12 points and 9 boards. For La Villa, Evan Brock (204-F-84) had a double double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, Mario West (195-G-84) added 18 points and Junior Martinez finished up with 17.



LNB 2012 Quarter Finals - Guacharos to Semis, Estudiantes and Bravos take 2-1 lead - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) resumed its Quarter Finals round on Monday night as Guacharos de Monagas completed a 3-0 sweep over Aduaneros de Carabobo to advance to the LNB Semifinals with a victory in Puerto Cabello, while Estudiantes de Guarico took a 2-1 lead over the title holders Centauros de Apure in San Juan de los Morros and Bravos de Portuguesa took revenge on Rojos de Sucre in Cumana, going ahead 2-1 in the series as visitors.

Estudiantes de Guarico 86 - Centauros de Apure 77
(Estudiantes leads series, 2-1)
Villa Olimpica Dome - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: x-x-x-x= 86
CEN: x-x-x-x= 77

EST: Luis Madera (184-G-94) 20 points, Peter Kvietek (205-C-77) 17 points
CEN: Rene Farias (188-G-86) 17 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 15 points

Guacharos de Monagas 104 - Aduaneros de Carabobo 83
(Guacharos won series, 3-0, advances to Semis)
Manuel Penaloza Arena - Puerto Cabello, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
ADU: x-x-x-x= 83
GUA: x-x-x-x= 104

GUA: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 20 points, Maurice Carter (183-G-83) 19 points, Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) 18 points and 10 rebounds, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 17 points
ADU: Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) 24 points, Gary Redus (198-G/F-89) 23 points, Leonardo Colmenares (193-F-89) 14 points

Bravos de Portuguesa 87 - Rojos de Sucre 86
(Bravos leads series, 2-1)
26 de Octubre Arena - Cumana, Sucre


Quarter by quarter
ROJ: 24-23-16-23= 86
BRA: 21-20-21-25= 87

BRA: Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 17 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 15 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-81) 15 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 13 points and 9 rebounds
ROJ: Albert Arias (194-F-89) 16 points, Cesar Garcia (175-G-89) 14 points




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EuroCup: TED Ankara rally past Olimpia - by Eurobasket News

TED Ankara - Olimpia 63:55

TED Ankara registered the second win in EuroCup Group B. They rolled past Olimpia Grodno in Turkey. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) finished with 20 points to lead the winners. Olimpia in the meantime suffered the third straight loss in the group.
TED Ankara stayed confident defensively in the opening quarter. They held Olimpia to 10 points to take a 4-point lead. Olimpia went on a 21:18 run in the second frame to cut the deficit. Olimpia denied the deficit in the third quarter. The teams were tied at 44 at the final break. Firat and Ana Dabovic helped the hosts accumulate a 58:50 lead with just over 4 minutes to go. Marcedes Marie Walker (191-C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Pittsburgh) and Amachree knocked down five points late in regulation to seal the deal. Marcedes Marie Walker netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Tugce Murat (194-C-91) added 10 points in the victory. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) answered with 22 points for Olimpia. Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) provided 12 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

TED Ankara: Ana Dabovic 20, Marcedes Marie Walker 16+10 boards, Tugce Murat 10
Olimpia: Maryia Papova 22, Nadzeya Drozd 12



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Belgian Division I round 6 best performance: Janelle Bekkering - by Eurobasket News

Canadian-Dutch Janelle Bekkering (181-SF-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kangoeroes-B., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to crush Houthalen (#10, 1-5) with 18-point margin 81-63. Kangoeroes-B. maintains the 3rd position in Belgian Division I. They are still close to the very top. Kangoeroes-B. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Bekkering turned to be Kangoeroes-B.'s top player in her first season with the team. Former Gonzaga University star has very solid stats this year. Bekkering is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.3ppg. Bekkering is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.2spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management) of Castors Braine. Copeland had a very good evening with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead Castors Braine to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tulikivi Deerlijk (#11, 1-5) 71-49. Castors Braine's 8th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Copeland is a newcomer at Castors Braine, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#9). She also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Erica Davis (191-C-85, agency: LBM Management) of Point Chaud (#6). Davis scored 18 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Davis' great performance Point Chaud lost 56-76 to slightly higher-ranked Sint Katelijne (#4, 4-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Point Chaud needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Davis has a great season in Belgium. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 14.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tamara Van Respaille (186-C-77) of Tulikivi Deerlijk - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) of Houthalen - 33 points and 5 rebounds
6. Valerie Labbe (181-G/F-88) of Castors Braine - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Julie Wojta (183-G/F-89) of Belfius Namur - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Lycka Sy (185-F-88) of Spirou Monceau - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83) of Waregem - 12 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jana Raman (187-PF-91) of Waregem - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Paulista standings - by Eurobasket

Paulista Standings
Group A
 1. Santo Andre 7-1 
 2. Sao Jose 7-1 
 3. Guarulhos 4-4 
 4. Divino/COC 1-7 
 5. Sao Caetano 1-7 
Group B
 1. Americana 3-1 
 2. Ourinhos 3-1 
 3. Colegio Uniesp 2-3 
Qialifications
 1. Abdala 5-2 
 2. Recreativa 4-2 
 3. Rio Claro 3-3 
 4. Marilia 2-4 
 5. XV/Unimep 0-4 



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Vera Perostiyska selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vera Perostiyska
Vera Perostiyska
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Vera Perostiyska (195-82, college: FIU, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. Perostiyska could not help Union Hainaut (1-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Union Hainaut was defeated 65-54 at home by the higher-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#9). Perostiyska was the second best scorer with 11 points. She also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Perostiyska is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. This season she averages: 9.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 41.7% and FT: 61.5%. Perostiyska is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU, currently plays in Turkey). She led Canik Bld to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Tarsus Bld (1-2) 72-69 in the Turkish TKBL on Saturday night. Hodges-Lewis was MVP of the game. She scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 32 minutes. Canik Belediyesi (1-2) is placed ninth in the TKBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Hodges-Lewis is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 6.0apg. This year her other stats are: 12.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 25.9%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 84.6% in the three games she played so far. Hodges-Lewis is a naturalized American. She played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Strangely Hodges-Lewis has never played in Bulgaria.

Noelle Quinn
Noelle Quinn
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Noelle Quinn (183-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Eurocup). She was the major contributor in a Elitzur Ramla's victory against the fourth-ranked MBK Ruzomberok (0-2) 77-70 in the Eurocup in Thursday night's game. Quinn scored 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Elitzur Ramla (1-1) is placed second in group H. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Quinn's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(10-18), 3FGP: 33.3%. Quinn is a naturalized American. She played for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Apparently Quinn has never played in Bulgaria.

Roksana Yordanova
Roksana Yordanova
   #4. Forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84, currently plays in Italy) led San Salvatore to a victory against the 14th-ranked Virtus Cagliari (0-6) 67-61 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Thursday. She scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 45 minutes. Basket San Salvatore (3-3) is placed ninth in North group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Yordanova has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2spg in the six games. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Gergana Simeonov
Gergana Simeonov
   #5. An experienced former international forward Gergana Simeonov (186-79, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Lavezzini Parma to win in overtime against the seventh-ranked Cagliari CUS (1-2) 69-67 in the Italian A1 on Sunday night. Simeonov recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lavezzini Parma (3-1) is placed second in the A1. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Simeonov's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 5.5rpg. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Ekaterina Dimitrova
Ekaterina Dimitrova
   #6. Guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Vera Perostiyska in the French LFB last game. Dimitrova contributed to Charleville-Mezieres' victory against one of league's weakest teams Union Hainaut (1-6) 65-54. She recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. This year Dimitrova's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. She is international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team one years ago.

Gergana Georgieva
Gergana Georgieva
   #7. Former U20 international guard Gergana Georgieva (180-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Hannover (2-4) crushing them 87-64 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. Georgieva recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. She also added 3 assists. ASC Theresianum Mainz (2-1) is placed third in North group. Georgieva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her sixth year in ASC Theresianum Mainz's roster. Georgieva has reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. She used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team five years ago.

Anna Rimpova
Anna Rimpova
   #8. Forward Anna Rimpova (183-82, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Marghera's victory against the 13th-ranked Cremona (1-5) 54-50 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game. She scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sernavimar Marghera (4-2) is placed fifth in North group. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Rimpova's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7spg. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007.

Evelina Guneva
Evelina Guneva
   #9. Former international forward Evelina Guneva (183-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Gernika (1-2) in their game against ASEFA Estudiantes (2-1) in the Spanish LF2 (12th division), despite her good performance last Saturday. Guneva was the second best scorer with 12 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. But the tenth-placed Gernika was badly defeated 72-56 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) ASEFA Estudiantes in the Group B. Guneva's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

Aleksandra Delcheva
Aleksandra Delcheva
   #10. Center Aleksandra Delcheva (202-87, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for DSK Karlin (2-7) in their game against VSE Praha (5-4) in the Czech Republic ZBL. Delcheva scored 6 points. DSK Karlin was crushed 93-66 on their home court in Karlin by the higher-ranked VSE Praha (#6). It was DSK Karlin's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Delcheva's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International center Stefka Miteva (190-89, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help the league outsider Blue Cats in their game against Declercq Stortbeton in the Belgian Division I. She cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Miteva scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Her team was crushed by 23 points 79-56. Miteva is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. Her total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 7.7rpg. Miteva plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87, currently plays in Eurocup) was the major contributor in a Nantes Reze's victory against the closely-ranked Dynamo-GUVD (1-1) 63-58 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. She scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Nantes Reze Basket (2-0) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mircheva's first season with the team. Mircheva has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Elena Ivanova (183-F/C-93, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help CSM Satu Mare in a victory against the closely-ranked SISU (0-2) 57-46 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Ivanova scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. CSM Satu Mare (1-1) is placed third in group A. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ivanova's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in the two games.

   #3. Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian A1 could not help Priolo (0-4) to beat Taranto (3-1). Georgieva recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. The bottom-ranked Priolo was edged 69-68 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Taranto. So far Priolo lost all four games in the Regular Season. This year Georgieva's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.8rpg in the four games.

   #4. Ana Petrova (170-F-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to Etzella's victory against the league leader Sparta (7-0) 88-77 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Sunday night. She recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Etzella Ettelbruck (6-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. This year Petrova's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg in the six games. She is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and Luxembourg.



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

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

Janelle Bekkering
Janelle Bekkering
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Janelle Bekkering (181-88, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Belgium). She led BBC Kangoeroes-Boom to a victory over the ninth-ranked Houthalen (5-4) 81-63 in the Belgian Division I in Saturday night's game. Bekkering was MVP of the game. She scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bekkering's second season in pro basketball. BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (5-1) is placed third in the Division I. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Bekkering's first year with the team. Bekkering is the league's top scorer and also on the list of most steals (third place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Bekkering averages: 20.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg, 3.2spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(44-77), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 82.4% in the six games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Bekkering is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Stephany Skrba
Stephany Skrba
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan, currently plays in France). Skrba managed to help Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in a victory against the 12th-ranked Tarbes (1-6) 63-49 in the French LFB on Saturday night. She recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 19 minutes. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (5-2) is placed third in the LFB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Skrba is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.9rpg. This year her other stats are: 7.3ppg, 2FGP: 43.2% and FT: 92.9% in the seven games. Skrba played for the Canadian national team in 2006.

Tamara Tatham
Tamara Tatham
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Tamara Tatham (185-85, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Germany). She was the major contributor in a 2-point SV Halle Lions' victory against the league outsider Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (0-3) 66-64 in the German DBBL in Saturday night's game. Tatham recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. SV Halle Lions (4-2) is placed third in the DBBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Tatham is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season she has very high stats. Tatham averages: 20.2ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 49.4% and FT: 73.2%. She is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Kayla Dykstra
Kayla Dykstra
   #4. Forward Kayla Dykstra (188-87, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help PAOK (3-2) to beat AO Ellinikou (3-0). Dykstra scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. PAOK was edged 55-52 on the road by the leading AO Ellinikou. Dykstra belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2. She has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.2spg. Dykstra used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

Shona Thorburn
Shona Thorburn
   #5. International guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France) was not able to help Aix-en-Provence (2-5) in their game against Mondeville (4-3) in the French LFB. Thorburn recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. Aix-en-Provence was badly defeated 74-57 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#8) Mondeville. It was Aix-en-Provence's third consecutive loss in a row. Thorburn is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.6apg. This year her other stats are: 11.0ppg and 6.4rpg in the seven games. Thorburn is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British. She plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Zara Huntley
Zara Huntley
   #6. Center Zara Huntley (188-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for Arxil Pontevedra (0-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Huntley's very good performance the 11th-placed Arxil Pontevedra was defeated 78-65 in Aviles by the higher-ranked ADBA (#8) in the Group A. She was the second best scorer with 16 points. Huntley also added 8 rebounds. Huntley is currently third on the list of best blockers. This season she has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7bpg. Huntley is a former university international player as she played for the Canadian team three years ago.

Lizanne Murphy
Lizanne Murphy
   #7. International forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shona Thorburn and both played together in the last French LFB game. Murphy couldn't help Aix-en-Provence (2-5) in their game against Mondeville (4-3). She recorded 6 points. Aix-en-Provence was badly defeated 74-57 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Mondeville (#8). Murphy has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg and 5.3rpg. She is also Canadian national team player.

Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan
   #8. Guard Katie Donovan (178-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to Etzella's victory against the league leader Sparta (7-0) 88-77 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Sunday. Donovan recorded 21 points and added 4 assists in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Etzella Ettelbruck (6-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. Donovan is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.5apg. This year she also averages: 17.3ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.7spg in the six games. Donovan used to play for the Canadian U20 national team back in 2003.

Julie Seabrook
Julie Seabrook
   #9. University international forward Julie Seabrook (190-90, college: Colorado, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help the league outsider Bellinzona (0-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her very good performance the bottom-ranked Bellinzona was crushed 88-56 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Basel (#7). Seabrook recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 18 rebounds. She also added 4 blocks and 3 steals. Seabrook is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). This season she has very high stats. Seabrook averages: 18.6ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.6bpg and 2.2spg. She used to play for the Canadian university national team last year.

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

   #1. Jenifer Nadalin (186-F/C-83, college: Furman, currently plays in Italy) led Familia Schio to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams C.U.S. Chieti (4-4) crushing them 75-53 in the Italian A1 last Sunday. She recorded 12 points. Famila Wuber Schio (2-1) is placed fourth in the A1. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Nadalin has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg and 4.7rpg. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian.

   #2. Brittany Moore (168-G-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) could not help Quakenbrueck Dragons (4-2) in their last game. Despite Moore's very good performance the fourth-placed Quakenbrueck Dragons lost 61-65 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Dolphins Bielefeld in the North group. She was the top scorer with 21 points. Moore also added 3 steals in 35 minutes. It's Moore's first season with the team. Moore belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 19.7ppg. This year she also averages: 2.0rpg in the six games she played so far.

   #3. Emma Duinker (182-G/F-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) was not able to help Speyer / Schifferstadt (2-1) in their last game. Despite her good performance the fifth-placed Speyer / Schifferstadt was crushed 76-52 in Wuerzburg by the much lower-ranked (#12) TG Chooza Ladybaskets in the South group. Duinker was the second best scorer with 14 points. She also added 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 32 minutes. It's Duinker's first season with the team. Duinker has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 21.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the three games.

   #4. Kathryn Verboom (179-F-86, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Emma Duinker and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Verboom was not able to secure a victory for Speyer / Schifferstadt (2-1) in their game against TG Chooza Ladybaskets (1-2). Despite her very good performance last Sunday She was the top scorer with 15 points. Verboom also added 9 rebounds. This season Verboom has very high stats. She averages: 18.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #5. Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brittany Moore and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Sunley-Paisley couldn't help Quakenbrueck Dragons (4-2) in their game against Dolphins Bielefeld (3-3), despite her good performance last Saturday. She was the second best scorer with 12 points. Sunley-Paisley also added 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. But Quakenbrueck Dragons (#4) lost 61-65 in Bielefeld to the lower-ranked (#6) Dolphins in the North group. It's Sunley-Paisley's first season with the team. This year her overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg in the six games.

   #6. Matteke Hutzler (188-C, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Gruner Stern Keltern 71-53 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Saturday night. Hutzler recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. She also added and 5 steals. Hutzler is currently second on the league's list of most steals. She has very solid stats this season: 14.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.6apg and 4.0spg.

   #7. Lauren Taal (175-G, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help KuSG Leimen in their game against Trier in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division), despite her very good performance in Sunday night's game. Taal was the top scorer with 18 points. She also added 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. But her team lost 54-61. Taal has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg in the five games.

   #8. Brittany Hedderson (175-G-90, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help TuRi in their game against Aanekosken in the Finnish SM-sarja. Despite her very good performance last Saturday She was the second best scorer with 17 points. Hedderson also added 7 boards, passed 4 assists and added 5 steals. Hedderson belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. She has very solid stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg.

   #9. Rhea Pascal (180-F, college: Amer.Internat., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Friendsfactory Germering in their game against TV Saarlouis Royals in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division). Pascal scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Her team was crushed by 35 points 84-49. She has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg and 9.2rpg in the five games.

   #10. Experienced Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Switzerland) led Riva Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Hope-GBA 64-58 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. She recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 19 rebounds. McKenzie also added and 6 steals. McKenzie is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). Her overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.2apg and 5.4spg. McKenzie is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.



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Chinese WCBA round 3 best performance: Elizabeth Cambage - by Eurobasket News

Australian center Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Zhejiang, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 46 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed Henan (#4, 2-1) with 23-point margin 112-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Zhejiang is placed at 2nd position in Chinese WCBA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Zhejiang already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Cambage turned to be Zhejiang's top player in her first season with the team. Elizabeth Cambage has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (3rd best: 25.7ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 73.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Spanish Maya Moore (183-SG-89) of Shanxi. Moore had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 17 rebounds. Of course she lead Shanxi to another comfortable win 72-59 over Bayi (2-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Moore is a newcomer at Shanxi, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Camille Little (188-F/G-85) of Shanghai (#6). Little got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. She went also for twelve rebounds . She was a key player of Shanghai, leading her team to a 86-70 easy win against Guangdong (1-2). The chances of Shanghai not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Little could try to bring Shanghai's a little bit higher in the standings. Little has individually a great season in China. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Liaoning - 26 points and 3 assists
5. Krystal Thomas (195-C-89) of Jiangsu - 16 points and 21 rebounds
6. Sophia Young (186-F-83) of Beijing - 23 points and 16 rebounds
7. Xuejiao Wu (189-C-89) of Shenyang - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. YanYan Ji (182-G-85) of Heilongjiang - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Xiaoli Chen (193-F-82) of Liaoning - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. LiJie Miao (178-F-81) of Shenyang - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 13 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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Jelena Ivezic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jelena Ivezic
Jelena Ivezic
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Jelena Ivezic (182-84, currently plays in Turkey). She led Ceyhan Bld to a victory over the closely-ranked Botas (2-1) crushing them 95-62 in a derby game in the Turkish TKBL in Sunday night's game. Ivezic was MVP of the game. She scored 28 points (!!!), made 3 passes and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Ceyhan Belediyespor (2-1) is placed fourth in the TKBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ivezic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 18.3ppg. She also averaged so far 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 61.5%(16-26), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 87.5% in the three games she played so far. Ivezic is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ana Lelas
Ana Lelas
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Ana Lelas (183-83, currently plays in France). She contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Nantes Reze (5-2) crushing them 80-59 in the French LFB last Saturday. Lelas recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (7-0) is placed first in the LFB. So far her team won all seven games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Lelas averages: 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 36.2%, 3FGP: 44.4%. She is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Petra Stampalija
Petra Stampalija
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Poland). Stampalija was the major contributor in a Wisla Can-Pak's victory against the closely-ranked Energa Torun (5-2) 80-69 in the Polish PLKK on Saturday night. She had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Stampalija also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (7-0) is placed first in the PLKK. So far her team won all seven games in the Regular Season. It's Stampalija's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.7% and FT: 56.5% in the seven games. Stampalija played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Sonja Kireta
Sonja Kireta
   #4. An experienced center Sonja Kireta (198-76, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an overtime Parma's victory against the seventh-ranked Cagliari CUS (1-2) 69-67 in the Italian A1 in Sunday night's game. She recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Lavezzini Parma (3-1) is placed second in the A1. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kireta is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. She has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg and 9.3rpg. Kireta used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2007.

Iva Ciglar
Iva Ciglar
   #5. International point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Villeneuve D'Ascq (1-6) crushing them 83-58 in the French LFB last Saturday. She had a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 10 passes. Ciglar also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Perpignan Basket (5-2) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ciglar is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.6apg. This year she also averages: 5.9ppg and 3.3rpg in the seven games. Ciglar plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Andja Jelavic
Andja Jelavic
   #6. Guard Andja Jelavic (172-80, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Samsun's victory against one of league's weakest teams Besiktas (0-3) 62-49 in the Turkish TKBL last Saturday. She scored 9 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Samsun Basketbol (3-7) is placed fifth in the TKBL. Jelavic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. Her overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg. Jelavic is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Emilija Podrug
Emilija Podrug
   #7. Former international center Emilija Podrug (190-79, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Lyon's victory against the closely-ranked Basket Landes (4-3) 60-57 in the French LFB on Saturday night. She recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. Union Lyon Basket Feminin (5-2) is placed fourth in the LFB. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Podrug is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 13.0ppg. This year her other stats are: 4.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. Podrug used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Lisa Karcic
Lisa Karcic
   #8. Power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB could not help Hondarribia-Irun (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Hondarribia-Irun was badly defeated 74-56 on the road by the higher-ranked Perfumerias Avenida (#4). Karcic was the second best scorer with 12 points. She also added 5 rebounds. Karcic's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.0spg. She is a naturalized American. Karcic plays currently for the Croatian national team. Strangely she has never played in Croatia.

Dina Sesnic
Dina Sesnic
   #9. Former U16 international center Dina Sesnic (188-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Vojvodina's victory against the ninth-ranked ZKK Vrsac (1-5) 64-50 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Sesnic recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad (3-4) is placed seventh in group T. Sesnic's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6spg. She used to play for the Croatian U16 national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup) led her Turkish team Antakya to an easy victory against the third-ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche (1-1) crushing them 93-66 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. She scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Homend Antakya Belediyesi (2-0) is placed first in group H. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dacic's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 6.5rpg. She has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian.

   #2. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) led Adelaide Lightning to a victory over the closely-ranked Bulleen Boomers (3-4) 74-55 in the Australian WNBL in Sunday night's game. Batkovic-Brown was the best player in that game. She had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 11 rebounds. Batkovic-Brown also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Adelaide Link Lightning (5-1) is placed second in the WNBL. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 19.8ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.4apg and 2.6bpg in the five games she played so far. Batkovic-Brown is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Iva Grbas (188-F/C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) could not help Limoges (2-3) in their last game. Despite Grbas' good performance Limoges was crushed 68-47 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Laveyron. She was the second best scorer with 12 points. Grbas also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Grbas is currently second on the list of top scorers with 15.4ppg. This year she also averages: 7.2rpg and 1.2spg in the five games.

   #4. Jelena Radic (190-C-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) managed to help Radivoj Korac Beograd in a victory against the sixth-ranked Mladi Krajisnik (3-3) 77-61 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Radic recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Radivoj Korac Beograd (6-1) is placed second in group T. This year Radic's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6apg in the seven games.



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Volonaki is moving from the Spanish league to the Swedish - by Chris Mammides (T)

The experienced small forward Vicky Volonaki (179-F-80) left the Spanish league for the sake of the Head Coach who actually helped more than anyone in her amazing (so far) career) Kostas Keramidas , since she is officially a member of the team of Solna Vikings, the Swedish team which is coached by the Greek experienced Head Coach.
Vicky Volonaki started the season in the Spanish league with Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva and after two games in the league with the following stats: 7.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, she decided to move on and join forces with the Vikings of Solna. The two teams have different targets since the new career stop for Vicky Volonaki is focusing on a much higher level as Solna Vikings is targeting for the best in the local league.



Vicky Volonaki left Conquero - by Eurobasket News (T)

32-year old Greek forward Vicky Volonaki (179-80) left Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB). In two LF2 games she played this season she had 7.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg.

The previous season Volonaki played at Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao. In 20 LF2 games last season she recorded 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8spg.
Part of last season she spent at Jopisa Ciudad de Burgos (previous name Burgos). In four LF2 games last year she recorded 4.8ppg and 1.5rpg. Volonaki also played at FEA Neas in Greek A1 that season.
She won Spanish LF2 Group B championship title in 2011.
Volonaki was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 2nd Team in 10.
She has played previously professionally in Greece (Asteras, Athinaikos and P.Faliro) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Barbour's 27 points and 8 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Andrea Barbour (177-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for PEAC-PECS and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
She had the game-high 27 points adding eight rebounds for PEAC-PECS in her team's victory, helping them to beat Atomeromu (#7, 3-5) 85-79. PEAC-PECS maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. PEAC-PECS will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Barbour turned to be PEAC-PECS's top player in her first season with the team. Virginia Commonwealth University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Barbour is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.9ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 56.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Judit Barnai (190-F/C-94) of MBK Eurl.Vasas. She is a forward in her first season at MBK Eurl.Vasas. In the last game Barnai recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as MBK Eurl.Vasas lost that game 57-66 to slightly higher-ranked Cegledi EKK (#8, 2-6). MBK Eurl.Vasas are still at the very bottom. 8 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Barnai is a newcomer at MBK Eurl.Vasas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Brittainey Raven (183-G-88) of DKSK (#5). Raven showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Raven's great performance DKSK lost 60-63 to slightly lower-ranked Bacsbasket (#6, 3-3). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing DKSK needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Raven has a great season in Hungary. After only 8 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.9ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.4apg (3rd best). She also has 2.8spg, FGP: 57.3% and 3PT: 41.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shenise Johnson (180-G-90) of UNIQA Eurol. - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Maja Scekic (169-G-87) of Atomeromu - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) of Bacsbasket - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82) of UNI Gyor - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chay Shegog (196-C-90) of UNI Gyor - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dora Medgyessy (174-G-86) of Cegledi EKK - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Sara Krnjic (196-C-91) of UNIQA Eurol. - 13 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Standings - Women

Superleague Standings
 1. DCU Mercy 5-0 
 2. UL Aughinish 5-0 
 3. TM Hotel Cork 3-1 
 4. Singleton 2-2 
 5. Killester 2-3 
 6. Meteors 2-4 
 7. Ulster Rockets 1-4 
 8. Waterford W. 1-4 
 9. Liffey Celtics 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 4: UL Aughinish - Ulster Rockets 76-33
Nov. 3: TM Hotel Cork - Ulster Rockets 73-43
Nov. 4: DCU Mercy - Killester 72-24
Nov. 3: Waterford W. - Meteors 63-66

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 17: Ulster Rockets - Waterford W.
Nov. 17: Meteors - DCU Mercy
Nov. 17: Liffey Celtics - TM Hotel Cork
Nov. 18: Singleton - UL Aughinish


Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Rachel VANDERWAL
  UL Aughi.
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Vanderwal, UL Augh.22.5 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.18.3 
 3. Dwyer, TM Hotel.17.3 
 4. Woods, DCU Mercy16.8 
 5. Peat, DCU Mercy13.8 
 6. Kavanagh, Waterfor.13.8 
 7. Clarke, Killester13.6 
 8. Mullally, Waterfor.13.4 
 9. O''Leary, Singleton12.5 
 10. Nagle, Meteors12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amy WATERS
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 12
 1. Waters, Singleton12.0 
 2. Breen, TM Hotel.9.5 
 3. Dwyer, TM Hotel.9.3 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.8.5 
 5. Maguire, DCU Mercy8.0 
 6. Kavanagh, Waterfor.7.8 
 7. Mullally, Waterfor.7.6 
 8. McDermott, UL Augh.7.4 
 9. Clancy, UL Aughi.7.2 
 10. Naughton, Killest.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay PEAT
  DCU Mercy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Peat, DCU Mercy6.0 
 2. Maguire, DCU Mercy4.3 
 3. Waters, Singleton3.8 
 4. Scully, Killester3.8 
 5. O''Leary, Singleton3.8 
 6. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.5 
 7. Clarke, Killester2.8 
 8. O''Leary, Singleton2.8 
 9. Toner, Ulster R.2.6 
 10. Flynn, Killester2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Susanne MAGUIRE
  DCU Mercy
  (183-F-75)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.8 
 2. Woods, DCU Mercy3.8 
 3. Toner, Ulster R.3.8 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.3 
 5. Thornton, Singleton3.0 
 6. Vanderwal, UL Augh.2.8 
 7. Deegan, Waterfor.2.5 
 8. Breen, TM Hotel.2.5 
 9. Dwyer, TM Hotel.2.3 
 10. Ronnings, DCU M.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michelle FAHY
  UL Aughinish
  (183-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fahy, UL Aughinish1.8 
 2. Toner, Ulster R.1.8 
 3. Maher, UL Aughi.1.6 
 4. McDermott, UL Augh.1.6 
 5. Walsh, TM Hotel.1.5 
 6. Maguire, DCU Mercy1.5 
 7. Waters, Singleton1.5 
 8. Breen, TM Hotel.1.5 
 9. Clarke, Killester1.4 
 10. Naughton, Killest.1.2 


Superleague Round 5: Meteors edge Waterford Wildcats by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Waterford. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Waterford Wildcats (1-4) to eighth ranked Meteors (2-4) 66-63 in the game for the sixth place. The best player for the winners was forward Rebecca Nagle (173-F-92) who scored 25 points. Jade Daly (-91) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Cathy Kavanagh (187-90) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Meteors moved-up to sixth place. Waterford Wildcats lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Ulster Rockets. Meteors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin DCU Mercy.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Mercy (#1) and 11890 Killester (#4). DCU Mercy (5-0) crushed visiting 11890 Killester (2-3) by 48 points 72-24. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 11890 Killester. American-British forward Meagan Hoffman (183-82, college: Adams St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Lindsay Peat contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. DCU Mercy's coach felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Michelle Clarke (178-94) answered with 6 points for 11890 Killester. Undefeated DCU Mercy have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record, which they share with UL Aughinish. 11890 Killester at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. DCU Mercy's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena Meteors.

In the last two games of round 5 Ulster Rockets lost to undefeated UL Aughinish in Limerick 33-76. TM Hotel Cork smashed Ulster Rockets at home 73-43.


Waterford W. - Meteors 63-66

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Waterford. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Waterford Wildcats (1-4) to eighth ranked Meteors (2-4) 66-63 in the game for the sixth place. The best player for the winners was forward Rebecca Nagle (173-92) who scored 25 points. Jade Daly (-91) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Cathy Kavanagh (187-90) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Niamh Mullally (180-84) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Meteors moved-up to sixth place. Waterford Wildcats lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Ulster Rockets. Meteors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin DCU Mercy.
Top scorers:
Meteors: R.Nagle 25+1reb+2ast, J.Daly 15+9reb, K.Meany 10+7reb, S.Fogarty 8, B.Meany 4+1reb, S.Doyle 2+4reb
Waterford W.: C.Kavanagh 23+6reb, N.Mullally 18+8reb, J.Coady 8+1reb+5ast, S.Deegan 4+6reb+1ast, H.Rohan 4+1reb+3ast, G.Maher 3+1reb
gschID: 200043


UL Aughinish - Ulster Rockets 76-33

There was no surprise in Limerick where 6th ranked Ulster Rockets (1-4) were crushed by leader UL Aughinish (5-0) 76-33. UL Aughinish dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Ulster Rockets' 20. They outrebounded Ulster Rockets 47-15 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Loretta Maher orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Aoife McDermott (185-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Ciara O'Neill answered with 11 points and Niamh Toner added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ulster Rockets. UL Aughinish have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with DCU Mercy. Ulster Rockets at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Waterford W.. UL Aughinish will play against Singleton (#4) in Cork in the next round. Ulster Rockets will play at home against Waterford Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UL Aughinish: L.Maher 22+11reb, A.McDermott 17+13reb, R.Clancy 11+10reb+3ast, L.Galvin 8+5reb+4ast, K.Fahy 7+1reb+3ast, C.Grant 6+2reb+2ast
Ulster Rockets: C.O'Neill 11+3reb, N.Toner 7+5reb, F.Toner 6+3reb+2ast, S.Dick 5+2reb+1ast, H.Fairbairn 2+1ast, E.McRory 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200046


TM Hotel Cork - Ulster Rockets 73-43

No shocking result in a game when third ranked TM Hotel Cork (3-1) smashed at home 6th ranked Ulster Rockets (1-4) 73-43. They outrebounded Ulster Rockets 46-12 including a 32-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Niamh Dwyer (176-82, college: Monmouth) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Grainne Dwyer (-84) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. TM Hotel Cork's coach felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Fionnuala Toner (175, college: MacMurray) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Ciara O'Neill added 10 points in the effort for Ulster Rockets. TM Hotel Cork maintains third place with 3-1 record having just three points less than leader DCU Mercy. Ulster Rockets at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Waterford W.. TM Hotel Cork will play against bottom-ranked Liffey Celtics (#9) in Kildare in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ulster Rockets will play at home against Waterford Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TM Hotel Cork: N.Dwyer 15+11reb+1ast, G.Dwyer 13+5reb, A.O'Regan 12+5reb, L.Falvey 9+3reb, A.McKenna 6+3reb+1ast, K.Walsh 6+4reb
Ulster Rockets: F.Toner 14+5reb+3ast, C.O'Neill 10+3ast, H.Fairbairn 8+1reb, E.McRory 7, N.Toner 4+4reb+1ast, S.Dick 2+2reb
gschID: 200042


DCU Mercy - Killester 72-24

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Mercy (#1) and 11890 Killester (#4). DCU Mercy (5-0) crushed visiting 11890 Killester (2-3) by 48 points 72-24. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 11890 Killester. DCU Mercy held 11890 Killester to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 51.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded 11890 Killester 51-21 including a 39-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-British forward Meagan Hoffman (183-82, college: Adams St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Lindsay Peat (175-80) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four DCU Mercy players scored in double figures. DCU Mercy's coach felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Michelle Clarke (178-94) answered with 6 points and guard Lorraine Scully (176-83) added 6 points in the effort for 11890 Killester. DCU Mercy have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record, which they share with UL Aughinish. 11890 Killester at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. DCU Mercy's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena Meteors.
Top scorers:
DCU Mercy: M.Hoffman 20+13reb+3ast, L.Peat 15+5reb+6ast, C.Newton 13+5reb, S.Woods 10+3reb+4ast, T.Solan 6+6reb+1ast, V.Ronnings 4+4reb+1ast
Killester: M.Clarke 6+4reb+1ast, L.Scully 6+2reb+3ast, E.Naughton 5+5reb+1ast, O.Keoghegan 4+5reb+1ast, A.Russell 2+1reb, C.Flaherty 1+4reb
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  ISRAEL   


Tarsus Bld inks Shay Doron, ex Elitzur Ramla - by Eurobasket News (T)

Tarsus Belediyesi (TKBL) agreed terms with 27-year old Israeli international shooting guard Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland). She just played at Elitzur Ramla in Israeli D1 league. In two Eurocup games this season she had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. She also played 6 games in Eurocup for the same team last season where she recorded also great stats: 18.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. Doron also played 13 games in D1 where she recorded also great stats: 19.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.0spg. She also played at UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russian league that season. But in three Euroleague games last year she recorded only 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg. Doron also played 2 games in Russian PBL where she recorded 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.5apg. The other team she played shortly was Shanghai Octopus in Chinese WCBA.
In 2007 Doron was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
The former University of Maryland standout is in her sixth season in pro basketball.
She won Israeli League championship title in 2008 and 2011.
Doron was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
She has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Doron has played for Senior National Team since 2007 and previouslyfor U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005. She represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5(16.5ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-5(2.6spg), FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 71.9%.
Doron has played also professionally in Romania (CSM Targoviste) and Turkey (Besiktas).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MALTA   


Eurobasket.com Names Luxol's Mollie Williams Malta Basketball Player of the Week!!! - by Steve Dolan

Mollie Williams again has been named Eurobasket.com Malta Basketball Player of the week for the 2nd time in this early season. The award came down to Williams (Luxol) and De Martino (Depiro) whom have early on has proven to be the best players within Malta Women's Basketball League early on. Williams was given the award since her club defeated Martino (Depiro) team 51-50 to advance to the Shield Finals. Deprio did everything to slow Williams down even playing a box and one on her but she found ways to be a factor through out the game in many other ways finishing with 11pts,15rebs,4ast,3stls,3blks. Williams is currently avg 16.0ppg, 14.7rpg, 3.0bpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg.


Honorable Mention:

De Martino,Dep (Loss) 19pts, 13rebs, 6ast, 4stls, 2blks

Tonna,Loy (Win) 15pts,9rebs,2stls,1ast



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  PORTUGAL   


Check the main transfers of D1 Women - by Joao Santos

Check the main transfers of D1 Women:

S.C. Coimbroes: - Maria Pereira (former Santarem Basket player); Nria Djal; Susana Lopea (sub-19) (former Bolacesto player)

CalvaoBKT/MarisCaNova: Suraya Cabral

CB da Escola Secundaria da Amadora: Joana Tabanez; Carla Aires (183-C-82) (former Qta dos Lombos player); Ana Silva; Teresa Rodrigues; Snia Graa

Esgueira/Ambientagua: Rita Oliveira (former Gafanha ESPORGEL player); Ana Valentim (former Sanjoanense player)

EMA Menres/Algueirao: Margarida Sousa (former Zona Alta player)

Gafanha ESPORGEL: Ana Monteiro; Brbara Loio; Liliana Viola and coach Manuel Matias

Guifoes Sport Clube: Rita Flor (170-F-87) (former Uniao Micaelense player); Maria Teixeira (F-77) (former Uniao Micaelense player); Ana Tenreiro (F-82) (former BC Barcelos player)

Juvemaia: Ines Silva (former Acadmico player); Ana Graca (former Gafanha ESPORGEL player); Fatima Catarino (88) (former BC Barcelos player) and Eugenio Rodrigues (former Academico coach)

Simecq: Leonor Camilo (89) (former FMH player)

Clube Uniao Sportiva: Andrea Santos (C-71) (former Uniao Micaelense player); Maria Ferreira (188-F-94) (sub-19) (former Uniao Micaelense player); Ana David Ben (C-84) (former Uniao Micaelense player); Beatriz Ledo (G-85) (former Uniao Micaelense player); Sara Estrela Rego; Eliana Costa (89) (former Unio Micaelense player); Gilmara Amaral (175-F-79) (former Basquete Clube de Aracatuba player); Lidiane de Assis (185-C-83) (former Basquete Clube de Arcaatuba player) and Joao Santos (former coach Coimbroes)



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  PUERTO RICO   


Gigantes tie final series led by Jones: - by Luis Modestti

Yolanda Jones (184-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) netted 27 points to lead Gigantes to a 73-70 win over Piratas de Quebradillas in game two of the finals. The series is now tied 1-1 and continue on Wednesday in Quebradillas.

Gigantes controlled most of the action starting the game with a 6-0 run and finishing the first quarter up 21-20. At half Carolina led 40-32.

It was a defensive struggle in the second half but a basket by Kaihla Szunko with 1:09 left gave them the win.

Becca Bruszewski scored 21 points and Mari Placido 17 for Piratas.



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  RUSSIA   


Harper number one in Russia for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Laura Harper (195-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dynamo M., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while her team crushed Spartak V MR (2-1) with 18-point margin 80-62. Dynamo M. is placed at 3rd position in Russian PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Dynamo M. will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Harper turned to be Dynamo M.'s top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Maryland star has very solid stats this year. Harper. Harper is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.7ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Temeka Johnson (160-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of league's leader Dynamo K.. Johnson had a very good evening with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Dynamo K. to edge Nadezhda O. (2-1) 65-60. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Johnson is a newcomer at Dynamo K., but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.0ppg (#9). She also recorded 5.7 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Marina Ivanova (181-SF-86) of Spartak N. (#8). Ivanova scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was a key player of Spartak N., leading her team to a 53-41 win against Energy Ivanovo (#9, 0-3). The chances of Spartak N. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ivanova could try to bring Spartak N.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Ivanova has individually a great season in Russia. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) of Chevakata - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) of Dynamo K. - 9 points and 7 rebounds
6. Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) of Dynamo M. - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Nadezhda O. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Renee Montgomery (170-PG-86) of Nadezhda O. - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC - 16 points and 6 rebounds
10. Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82) of UMMC - 6 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Jung-Ja Sin's triple-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Jung-Ja Sin (185-C/F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Winnus and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
She recorded a triple-double of 16 points addeding also 15 rebounds and 10 assists, while her team crushed Bichumi (#5, 1-6) with 16-point margin 66-50. Winnus maintains the 3rd position in South Korean WKBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Winnus will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Sin has many years of experience at Winnus, through which he has constantly improved. Sin has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (5th best: 14.7ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 51.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Danbi Kim (180-F-90) of top-ranked S-Birds. She is international forward in her 5th season at S-Birds. In the last game Kim recorded impressive 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course S-Birds cruised to a 70-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked One FX (#6, 1-6). Of course S-Birds still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Kim is one of the most experienced players at S-Birds and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.0ppg (#3). She also registered 8.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Young-Hui Lim (178-F-80) of league's second-best Woori Hansae. Lim got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. She went also for six rebounds and five assists. She was a key player of Woori Hansae, leading her team to a 72-56 easy win against #3 ranked Winnus in a game of the week. Woori Hansae needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Lim has a great season in South Korea. After only 8 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chae-Jin Han (174-G/F-84) of Winnus - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sun-Hwa Jung (184-C/F-85) of KB Stars - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Seon-Hwa Lee (181-C-88) of Bichumi - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jung-Eun Kim (180-F-87) of One FX - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Hye-Yoon Bae (182-F/C-89) of Woori Hansae - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sin-Hye Jin (180-C-80) of One FX - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ji-Hee Yang (186-C-84) of Woori Hansae - 15 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  SPAIN   


Gearlds leaves Conquero - by Eurobasket News (T)

28-year old American swingman Katie Gearlds (186-84, college: Purdue) left Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB). But in only one LF2 game she played this season she did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds and 1 steal.

The previous season Gearlds played at Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao. In 26 LF2 games last season she averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com LF2 All-Imports TeamHonorable Mention and All-Imports Team.
In 2007 Gearlds was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in first round (7th overall).
She attended Purdue University and it is her sixth season in pro basketball.
Gearlds won Greek League championship title in 2009.
She has played previously professionally in Slovakia (Good Angels) and Greece (Athinaikos and FEA Neas).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



Vicky Volonaki left Conquero - by Eurobasket News (T)

32-year old Greek forward Vicky Volonaki (179-80) left Toyota Recreativo Conquero Huelva (LFB). In two LF2 games she played this season she had 7.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg.

The previous season Volonaki played at Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao. In 20 LF2 games last season she recorded 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8spg.
Part of last season she spent at Jopisa Ciudad de Burgos (previous name Burgos). In four LF2 games last year she recorded 4.8ppg and 1.5rpg. Volonaki also played at FEA Neas in Greek A1 that season.
She won Spanish LF2 Group B championship title in 2011.
Volonaki was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 2nd Team in 10.
She has played previously professionally in Greece (Asteras, Athinaikos and P.Faliro) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Marielle Giroud gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket News

International forward Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Helios and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while her team outclassed Highflyers (#9, 1-5) with 61-point margin 108-47. It allowed Helios to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Helios already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Giroud turned to be Helios' top player in her first season with the team. Franklin Pierce University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Giroud is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.2rpg) and averages solid 2.8spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old international guard Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) of second-ranked Fribourg. Thalmann impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead Fribourg to another comfortable win outscoring Bellinzona (#10, 0-6) 104-40. Fribourg's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Thalmann is one of the most experienced players at Fribourg and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Takia Starks (173-G-87) of Muraltese (#6). Starks got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. She was a key player of Muraltese, leading her team to a 77-56 easy win against Pully (2-4). The chances of Muraltese not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Starks could try to bring Muraltese's a little bit higher in the standings. Starks has individually a great season in Switzerland. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (7th best) and assists with 3.0apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quiana Porter (187-F/C-91) of Pully - 18 points and 14 rebounds
5. Cameo Hicks (182-G/F-84) of Riva Basket - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76) of Riva Basket - 12 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) of Helios - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kaitlin Sowinski (196-C-86) of Fribourg - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michelle Harrison (190-F-87) of Basel - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Karen Twehues (182-G-83) of Helios - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  TURKEY   


Tarsus Bld inks Shay Doron, ex Elitzur Ramla - by Eurobasket News (T)

Tarsus Belediyesi (TKBL) agreed terms with 27-year old Israeli international shooting guard Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland). She just played at Elitzur Ramla in Israeli D1 league. In two Eurocup games this season she had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. She also played 6 games in Eurocup for the same team last season where she recorded also great stats: 18.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. Doron also played 13 games in D1 where she recorded also great stats: 19.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.0spg. She also played at UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russian league that season. But in three Euroleague games last year she recorded only 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg. Doron also played 2 games in Russian PBL where she recorded 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.5apg. The other team she played shortly was Shanghai Octopus in Chinese WCBA.
In 2007 Doron was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
The former University of Maryland standout is in her sixth season in pro basketball.
She won Israeli League championship title in 2008 and 2011.
Doron was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
She has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Doron has played for Senior National Team since 2007 and previouslyfor U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005. She represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5(16.5ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-5(2.6spg), FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 71.9%.
Doron has played also professionally in Romania (CSM Targoviste) and Turkey (Besiktas).

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: TED Ankara rally past Olimpia - by Eurobasket News

TED Ankara - Olimpia 63:55

TED Ankara registered the second win in EuroCup Group B. They rolled past Olimpia Grodno in Turkey. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) finished with 20 points to lead the winners. Olimpia in the meantime suffered the third straight loss in the group.
TED Ankara stayed confident defensively in the opening quarter. They held Olimpia to 10 points to take a 4-point lead. Olimpia went on a 21:18 run in the second frame to cut the deficit. Olimpia denied the deficit in the third quarter. The teams were tied at 44 at the final break. Firat and Ana Dabovic helped the hosts accumulate a 58:50 lead with just over 4 minutes to go. Marcedes Marie Walker (191-C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Pittsburgh) and Amachree knocked down five points late in regulation to seal the deal. Marcedes Marie Walker netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Tugce Murat (194-C-91) added 10 points in the victory. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) answered with 22 points for Olimpia. Nadzeya Drozd (174-G-83) provided 12 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

TED Ankara: Ana Dabovic 20, Marcedes Marie Walker 16+10 boards, Tugce Murat 10
Olimpia: Maryia Papova 22, Nadzeya Drozd 12



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BADC still undefeated... - by David Edole

ST. THOMAS-- Best Ah De Crop looked like their name intended as they walloped University of the Virgin Islands, 65-22 in the V.I. Pride Basketball Association on Sunday. BADC paced three players in double digit scoring and remained undefeated in five contests. Dilenny Casbillo had a monster evening as he poured in 21 points, hauled down 17 boards, dished out five assists, stole five passes and blocked two shots. Rena Stephens had 18 points and eight boards, Jenecia Stephens tallied 17 points and point guard Tamara Petersen (165-G-86) was a stat sheet stuffer with nine points, nine assists and six steals.
UVI was lead by Melanesia Hendrickson (93) nine points and Cha'les Martin (92)< added six points on three-of-16 shooting.
Xclusive playing without their best player Edi Utibe, didnt have much trouble against Lady Bandits, 38-21. This game was a battle of the teeny boppers. Xclusive started three fifteen year olds, a 17 year old and a 12 year old while Lady Bandits started two adults and three players under 16 with one of them just 13 years old.
Shrivel Luke led Xclusive with six points, nine rebounds, four steals and Ranai Evans and Jahrima Simmons both tallied six points. Evans hauled down seven boards and Simmons had eight. Evol Lynch came off the bench to score a team high nine points.
The 13 year old Rhea Benjamin led Lady Bandits with seven points, Teniqua Martin added six and 14 year old point guard Sherelle George had five points, nine boards, three assists and the steals.

V.I. Pride Women Standings

BADC 5-0
Xclusive 4-1
Lady Bandits 1-4
UVI 0-5




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  UBA   


The Authorized Correction of players statline in the Official Records for Hartman (Iceland) - by David Walls


David Walls Reports
11/6/2012

It's was brought to my attention last night that WUBAs own Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Georgia St.) was robbed in her breakout performance versus Snaefell Hartman led KR Reykjavik to a 93-67 blowout over the Iceland powered Snaefell (formally ranked 2nd in the leauge). Last week Hartmans stats read 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists, but from the official documents the numbers didn't tell the whole story. In 34 minutes Hartman ranked up a season high 30 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Below you can find the official link.

Hartman is currently leading the league in assists (6.1) and ranked 6th in scoring with 17.0ppg. KR Reykjavik is currently ranked 2nd in the league and look to continue as far as Hartman will take them.