EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/08/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.20.2 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras19.1 
 3. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.7 
 4. Lewis, La Union17.6 
 5. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 6. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.5 
 7. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.5 
 8. Jackson, GECR I.16.0 
 9. Pau, Olimpico LB15.5 
 10. Teague, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.13.2 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.1 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.8 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.8.5 
 6. Fierro, Atenas8.1 
 7. Moss, Union Progr.8.1 
 8. Sanchez, Libertad.7.6 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.5 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa4.6 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.6 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.4.4 
 6. Osimani, Obras3.9 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 8. Labaque, Atenas3.8 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.5 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.3 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa1.9 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.1.8 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 6. Lescano, Atenas1.7 
 7. Pittman, Sionista1.7 
 8. Gianella, La Union1.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 10. Espinoza, Obras1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.0 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Moss, Union Progr.1.1 
 4. Mata, Penarol1.1 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 6. Sanchez, Libertad.0.9 
 7. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.9 
 8. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 9. Roby, Wuber-Es.0.7 
 10. Calderon, Regat.0.7 


Obras tab Jason Forte, ex Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News (T)

Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires (LigaA) inked 28-year old American swingman Jason Forte (196-100kg-84, college: S.Mississippi). He already started the season at Crocodiles in Australian NBL league. The last season Forte also played at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA. In 8 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 15.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6bpg. He also played 8 games in Filipino PBA for the same team last season where he averaged impressive 23.5ppg, 15.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6bpg. The other team Forte played shortly was Powerade in PBA. In only one game he had also great stats: 25 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 block. Another team Forte played that season for was Targu Mures in Romanian Division A. In 30 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
His team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2011.
Forte received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Newcomer of the Year award in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Forte has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Turkey (Banvit Basketbol Kulubu and Bandirma Kirmizi), CBA (Yakama Sun Kings), Philippines (Air21 Express) and ABA (Southeast Texas Mavericks).
He attended University of Southern Mississippi until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



9 de Julio lands Terrence Shannon - by Eurobasket News (T)

9 de Julio Rio Tercero (LigaA) landed 33-year old American forward Terrence Shannon (203-93kg-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports). He played recently at Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP. In 7 games this season he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. He ended the last season at Huracanes in Dominican Rep. LNB. But the most of that year Shannon spent at Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN. In 19 games he had 12.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.6bpg. This season he also played at Fuerza Regia in LNBP. In 7 games this year he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg. The last season Shannon played at GECR Indalo. In 5 LigaA games last year he had 10.4ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Vaqueros in BSN. In 35 games he had 14.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
In 2001 (two years after he left the college) Shannon was drafted by Maryland Mustangs (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
The former Elgin CC star is in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Shannon won Dominican Rep. LIDOBA championship title in 2005.
He received also PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team award in 2011.
Shannon is a very experienced player. He has played also in Iran (Saba), Israel, Korea (SK Knights), Philippines, Spain, Venezuela (Trotamundos) and Lebanon (Anibal).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ahmad IBRAHIM
  (202-G/F-92)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi20.6 
 2. Kozlov, Belent19.0 
 3. Gorgiss, Duhok18.8 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi18.4 
 5. Varda, Mahram15.8 
 6. Battulga, E.R. F.15.0 
 7. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.14.8 
 8. Kamrani, Mahram14.4 
 9. Davaadorj, E.R. F.13.8 
 10. Juginisov, Belent13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi7.8 
 2. Averyanov, Belent7.3 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.8 
 4. Dartez, Duhok6.8 
 5. Hameed, Duhok6.7 
 6. Abdel Nour, Al Ri.6.6 
 7. Juginisov, Belent6.2 
 8. Kardoust, Mahram6.0 
 9. Nabipour, Mahram6.0 
 10. Kozlov, Belent5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Samad NIK KHAHBAHRAMI
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.5.4 
 2. Kamrani, Mahram4.8 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.3 
 4. Munkhbayar, E.R. F.3.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.0 
 6. Bayriyev, Belent3.0 
 7. El Turk, Al Riyadi2.8 
 8. Aslani, Mahram2.8 
 9. Davarpanah, Mahram2.5 
 10. Martinez, Al Riya.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ali AL-JUBOORI
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Al-Juboori, Duhok3.5 
 2. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 3. Sahakian, Mahram2.4 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 5. Davarpanah, Mahram2.3 
 6. Kamrani, Mahram2.2 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi2.0 
 8. Afagh, Mahram1.8 
 9. Aslani, Mahram1.6 
 10. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 2. Hameed, Duhok2.3 
 3. Dartez, Duhok1.7 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.3 
 5. Kardoust, Mahram1.0 
 6. Purevjav, E.R. F.0.8 
 7. Kozlov, Belent0.5 
 8. Ariunbold, E.R. F.0.5 
 9. Kamrani, Mahram0.4 
 10. Nik Khahbahr., Ma.0.4 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Round 4: Kumanovo 2009 defeats Djuro Djakovic - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (2-1) which hosted in Kumanovo one of their biggest challengers Croatian Djuro Djakovic (1-3). Third ranked Kumanovo 2009 had an easy win 83-67. Djuro Djakovic trailed 41-39 at halftime, rallying from a 25-12 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Kumanovo 2009 dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Djuro Djakovic's 28. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) replied with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Djuro Djakovic. Kumanovo 2009 maintains third position in Group A with 2-1 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Djuro Djakovic at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Djuro Djakovic will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked Bulgarian Levski Sofia (2-0) 89-84. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nikolay Varbanov (210-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and Chavdar Kostov who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Milos Djurisic (194-88, agency: TSS Management) responded with 22 points (made all of his eight free throws). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski Sofia maintains second position in Group A with 2-0 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Mornar Bar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Kumanovo 2009 (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mornar Bar will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (2-1) 104-86 on Tuesday evening. The winners were led by Braxton Dupree who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Jovan Koprivica did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Kumanovo. Loser OKK Beograd still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Mornar Bar. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Tivat was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (2-2) played at the court of top-ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (2-0). Teodo Tivat managed to secure a 7-point victory 75-68. Marko Mijovic fired 19 points for the winners. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Teodo Tivat moved-up to sixth place in Group B. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Teodo Tivat's next round opponent will be Kavala (#7) at home.


Group A
Kumanovo - Djuro Djakovic 83-67

An interesting game for FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (2-1) which hosted in Kumanovo one of their biggest challengers Croatian Djuro Djakovic (1-3). Third ranked Kumanovo 2009 had an easy win 83-67. Djuro Djakovic trailed 41-39 at halftime, rallying from a 25-12 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Kumanovo 2009 dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Djuro Djakovic's 28. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) replied with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Denis Toroman (194-82, agency: TSS Management) added 19 points in the effort for Djuro Djakovic. Kumanovo 2009 maintains third position in Group A with 2-1 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Djuro Djakovic at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Djuro Djakovic will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: I.Dimcevski 24+5reb, A.Kostoski 19+11reb+7ast, U.Lukovic 12+7reb, D.Mikic 10+2reb+2ast, M.Janevski 10+3reb, M.Golubovic 2
Djuro Djakovic: D.Toroman 19+1reb+3ast, M.Sarlija 17+4reb+3ast, M.Batina 11+3reb+2ast, B.Massamba 8+3reb+1ast, J.Blajic 7+8reb+2ast, M.Kljaic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197939


Mornar Bar - Levski Sofia 84-89

Bottom-ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked Bulgarian Levski Sofia (2-0) 89-84. Mornar Bar was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Mornar Bar's 36. Worth to mention a great performance of center Nikolay Varbanov (210-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Milos Djurisic (194-88, agency: TSS Management) responded with 22 points (made all of his eight free throws) and Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski Sofia maintains second position in Group A with 2-0 record behind leader Galil Gilboa. Mornar Bar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Kumanovo 2009 (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mornar Bar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: N.Varbanov 25+8reb, C.Kostov 19+3reb+3ast, D.Anguelov 11+10reb+4ast, D.Dimitrov 9+2reb, S.Georgiev 6+2reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 6+3reb+7ast
Mornar Bar: M.Djurisic 22+2reb+3ast, M.Damjanovic 18+4reb, L.Radosavljevic 14+5reb+5ast, N.Ivanovic 8+1reb+3ast, M.Sekulovic 5+6reb, V.Pavic 4+2reb
gschID: 197938


Group B
Teodo Tivat - Kozuv 75-68

The game in Tivat was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FYR Macedonian Kozuv (2-2) played at the court of top-ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (2-0). Teodo Tivat managed to secure a 7-point victory 75-68. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 21-12 last quarter charge of Kozuv cut the lead to 75-68 at the end of the game. Teodo Tivat made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Point guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) fired 19 points for the winners. Center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Teodo Tivat players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian Vladimir Filipovic (196-85) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Kozuv's coach Marjan Srbinovski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Teodo Tivat moved-up to sixth place in Group B. Kozuv at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Teodo Tivat's next round opponent will be Kavala (#7) at home.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: M.Mijovic 19+4reb+2ast, S.Djikanovic 15+8reb+2ast, S.Tepavcevic 13+5reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 11+11reb+1ast, I.Kunjic 8+4reb+1ast, S.Subotic 5+3reb+1ast
Kozuv: V.Filipovic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 11+2reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 10+2reb, M.Pekovic 8+6reb+2ast, K.Pavlovski 6+7reb, P.Blazevski 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 197941


Rilski Sportist - OKK Beograd 104-86

Bottom-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (2-1) 104-86 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. OKK Beograd managed to win second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by American forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) supported him with 28 points and 7 assists. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Jovan Koprivica (198-82) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Kumanovo. Loser OKK Beograd still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Mornar Bar. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 28+1reb+7ast, B.Dupree 25+15reb+4ast, H.Zahariev 13+3reb+4ast, B.Mirkovic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Slaveykov 10+3reb+1ast, T.Gugino 10+6reb+1ast
OKK Beograd: J.Koprivica 19+5reb+5ast, M.Pavlovic 16+9reb+1ast, N.Jeftic 12+4reb, V.Popovic 9+3reb+3ast, A.Nesovic 8+2reb+3ast, F.Sepa 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 197940


Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 4

A

Nov. 7: Mornar Bar - Levski Sofia 84-89
Nov. 7: Kumanovo - Djuro Djakovic 83-67

B

Nov. 6: Teodo Tivat - Kozuv 75-68
Nov. 6: Rilski Sportist - OKK Beograd 104-86

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Nov. 13: Djuro Djakovic - Galil Gilboa
Nov. 13: Kumanovo - Levski Sofia

B

Nov. 14: Teodo Tivat - Kavala



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.20.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev18.5 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas17.6 
 4. Bergmanis, Barons17.3 
 5. Leonard, Juventus17.0 
 6. Matyukevych, Bars.16.6 
 7. Orelikas, Rudupis16.6 
 8. Samenas, Siauliai16.0 
 9. Kaufmanis, Valmiera15.8 
 10. Andriukaitis, Lie.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vadim MATYUKEVYCH
  Barsy A.
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Matyukevych, Bars.10.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.7 
 3. Cipruss, Lietkabel.9.0 
 4. Timma, Ventspils8.8 
 5. Arnold, TTU8.0 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas7.8 
 7. Leonard, Juventus7.6 
 8. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.5 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus7.4 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.5 
 3. Cunda, Valga5.3 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietka.5.0 
 5. Silavs, Jelgava5.0 
 6. Leonard, Juventus5.0 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas5.0 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.4.8 
 9. Ezerskis, Liepaja4.8 
 10. Artamonov, Siauli.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ventspils
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Teel, Ventspils2.5 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.5 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis2.3 
 5. Cunda, Valga2.3 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.2 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava2.2 
 8. Babkauskas, Lietk.2.0 
 9. Labuckas, Rudupis2.0 
 10. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.8 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.2.0 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis2.0 
 4. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.8 
 5. Galdikas, Siauliai1.3 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.3 
 7. Kiausas, Sakalai1.3 
 8. Dia, Siauliai1.2 
 9. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.0 
 10. Arnold, TTU1.0 



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  BELARUS   


EuroChallenge: Five players scored in double digits as Gravelines edge Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

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. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) 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 Ousmane Camara had 14 each. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) and Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) followed them with 11 points each. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) notched 12 and Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) scored 11.

Gravelines: Abdoulaye M'Baye 23, Dwight Buycks 14, Ousmane Camara 14, Ludovic Vaty 11, Aldo Curti 11
Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 12, Dzianis Korshuk 11



Premier League Round 6: Rubon loses to Grodno-93 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

Very significant was Grodno-93's (#1, 5-0) victory against 3rd ranked Rubon (3-2) 80-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rubon. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rubon's 34. They outrebounded Rubon 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Dimitri Sivalko (199-85) with 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Grodno-93 (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face Impuls BGUIR (#6) in Minsk in the next round where they are favorite. Rubon will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Svisloch has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Impuls BGUIR (1-4) 93-75. Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-89) notched 32 points, 8 assists and 7 steals to lead the effort and Maksim Shustau supported him with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Even 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by point guard Anton Papruha (190-93) did not help to save the game for Impuls BGUIR. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Svisloch left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Impuls BGUIR. It was Impuls BGUIR's fourth loss in a row. Svisloch will play against higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 to get more than just one victory in their record.
Fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (3-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Borisfen (1-5) by 21 points 81-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Valentin Ignatchik who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Artsiom Sharamet who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tsmoki-Minsk II moved-up to third place, which they share with Rubon. Borisfen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II will meet league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will have a break next round.



Tsmoki-Minsk II - Borisfen 81-60

Fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (3-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Borisfen (1-5) by 21 points 81-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Tsmoki-Minsk II. Borisfen managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tsmoki-Minsk II dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Borisfen's 32. They outrebounded Borisfen 47-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Valentin Ignatchik (192-91) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Artsiom Sharamet (207-93) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tsmoki-Minsk II moved-up to third place, which they share with Rubon. Borisfen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II will meet league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: V.Ignatchik 20+8reb+5ast, A.Semianiuk 16+8reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 15+10reb+3ast, Y.Kurapau 10+6reb+3ast, A.Vashkevich 9+4reb, S.Kazlou 6+8reb
Borisfen: A.Sharamet 12+11reb, E.Kopylov 12+3reb+1ast, S.Tatur 11+5reb+5ast, V.Haidukevich 11+2reb, A.Aheyenka 5+5reb+4ast, A.Poljakov 4+1reb
gschID: 204707


Rubon - Grodno-93 63-80

Very significant was Grodno-93's (#1, 5-0) victory against 3rd ranked Rubon (3-2) 80-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rubon. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rubon's 34. They outrebounded Rubon 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Dimitri Sivalko (199-85) with 18 points and the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face Impuls BGUIR (#6) in Minsk in the next round where they are favorite. Rubon will play on the road against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: Y.Mishukov 25+6reb+1ast, I.Konuyshenko 17+2reb+1ast, K.Yafremov 11+4reb+1ast, E.Ivanov 9+4reb+1ast, A.Malkov 6+2reb+2ast, D.Kuzmin 5+8reb+5ast
Rubon: D.Sivalko 18+2reb, D.Akulich 11+2reb+3ast, A.Kachan 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Patupchyk 7+2reb+1ast, V.Ilyukevich 6+3reb, S.Sapegin 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 204706


Svisloch - Impuls BGUIR 93-75

Svisloch has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Impuls BGUIR (1-4) 93-75. It looked good early as Impuls BGUIR took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Svisloch had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and Impuls BGUIR was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-93. Svisloch forced 27 Impuls BGUIR turnovers. Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-89) notched 32 points, 8 assists and 7 steals to lead the effort and the former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86) supported him with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Svisloch players scored in double figures. Even 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by point guard Anton Papruha (190-93) did not help to save the game for Impuls BGUIR. Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Svisloch left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Impuls BGUIR. It was Impuls BGUIR's fourth loss in a row. Svisloch will play against higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Impuls BGUIR will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: V.Kamarunas 32+3reb+8ast, M.Shustau 20+4reb+6ast, A.Hrumiantsau 15+9reb+1ast, M.Strukau 11+4reb, I.Sharipov 8+10reb+2ast, A.Korneenkov 5+4reb+2ast
Impuls BGUIR: A.Papruha 20+6reb+4ast, A.Matveyeu 14+3reb+2ast, H.Zakhar 13+10reb+4ast, Y.Ignatiev 9+7reb+1ast, D.Azaare 8+2reb, K.Volodkin 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 204705



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EuroCup: Lukoil edge Belgacom Spirou in opener - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic - Belgacom Spirou 93:75

Lukoil Academic reached the first win in EuroCup. They knocked down visiting Belgacom Spirou in Group B. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Lukoil started the game strong. They earned a 7-point lead after ten minutes 26:19. Lukoil erupted for 29 points in the second term to ensure a 55:38 halftime lead. The Bulgarian side maintained the lead throughout the third term. They piled up a 23-point advantage at the final intermission. Belgacom Spirou cut the deficit in the fourth frame but had no chance to save the game at the end. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) netted 16 points, while Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) and Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) had 15 points each for Lukoil. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 17 points apiece for Belgacom Spirou.

Lukoil Academic: Mohammed Abukar 23, Brandon Heath 16, Bozhidar Avramov 15, Darryl Watkins 15
Belgacom Spirou: Je'Kel Foster 17, Derrick Allen 17



EuroCup: Matt Lojeski leads Oostende past Panionios - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Panionios 84:65

Oostende clinched the opening win in EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Panionios at home court. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) provided 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side.
Oostende erupted for 26 points in the first ten minutes and secured a 10-point lead. Panionios however picked up the tempo in the second term. The Greek team cut the margin to 3 points at the interval 37:40. Oostende went off the dressing room firing from all guns. The Belgian side ignited a 22:10 rally and secured a 62:47 lead into the fourth term. Oostende did not slow down in the final minutes and cruised to the win. Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84, college: Nebraska) netted 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points for the winners. Giorgos Bogris (210-C/F-89), Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) and Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) responded with 13 points each for Panionios.

Oostende: Matt Lojeski 22, Wesley Wilkinson 19, Mario Stojic 15
Panionios: Giorgos Bogris 13, Nikos Pappas 13, Christopher Booker 13



EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets stole the victory from the Giants - by Eurobasket News

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. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored six consecutive points for 42:37 early in the third and Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) 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.
Benas Veikalas stepped up with 18 points and Jared Jordan nailed 14. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) delivered 13, whilst Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann tossed in 8. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) answered with 18 points, whilst Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) had 15. Roel Moors (190-G-78) delivered 10 and Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 9 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Antwerp: Bryan Hopkins 18, Ralph Biggs 15, Roel Moors 10, Gregg Thondique 9+11 rebs
Telekom Baskets: Benas Veikalas 18, Jared Jordan 14, Kyle Weems 13, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 8



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Basketball is coming home! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Basketball fans across the Territory will be able to experience College Basketball at its best over Thanksgiving Weekend when the Tropical Shoot Out Classic Tournament featuring four schools rolls into town.

The first of many events planned by the sports entertainment company, BVI Future Sports, will see local pair Ray Victor and Halstead JR Chiverton representing the NAIA Division 2, number 10 ranked, Warner University.

NCAA restrictions on teams from the same conference means that Fans wont be able to see the Royals face another of the confirmed teams, number 1 ranked Northwood University, but fixtures will involve the University of the V.I. and Puerto Rico Cayey, who round out the entered teams.

Steve Parillon, who runs BVI Future Sports, said It will be a great spectacle and fantastic way to celebrate the opening of the refurbished Multi Purpose Gym. A true Tropical Atmosphere will be created for each night and even the bar will be serving Tropical drinks.

Parillon also warned though that College Basketball is a much different game to that which is played locally and the likes of JR and Victor, who are big stars here, will more than likely be becoming off the bench during games. The standard is much higher stated Parillon We will have to bring in College sanctioned Referees, there is 45 second shot clock and Time Outs can be called from the floor by players as well as Coaches

With the Royals unable to play Northwood, the top two teams will be decided on wins and a tie breaker if needed.Time constraints meant we were unable to get teams from different Conferences, noted Parillon, in the future we hope to have not only different Conferences but also attract Division 1 teams from the likes of the Big 10, Big 12, Big East and ACC, he concluded.

BVI Future Sports has been able to welcome new sponsors onboard to guarantee the event with Caribbean Insurers, D and B Trucking, the Skelton Group of Companies, Top Priority Security and Travel Wize, along with Virgin Islands News Online signing up to support the endeavour and all the plans are now in place.

All the teams will also be involved in an outreach programme, visiting various schools and holding Camps on Tortola as well as crossing the Channel to visit the Begrado Flax Educational Centre on Virgin Gorda. There will also be time for a tour of the Island and a camp on the Jeffrey Caines Court. Practice sessions will also be open to the public and a Thanksgiving Dinner is also being planned.

Whilst the playing side is a serious business the party atmosphere will continue with After-Party plans including a College Mardi Gras Night at the Le Grand Caf and a College Gone Wild night on the Saturday at a venue to be confirmed, commented Parillon.

He also promised entertainment, cheerleaders and other attractions during the games, which he promised will start at 7:15 sharp each night.



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PIni Gershon led Holon to strong European comeback - by Vladi Lazarova

The team of former Bulgarian Men's team National head coach and 3 times European club champion with Maccabi Tel Aviv Pini Gershon- Hapoel Holon, made a great comeback in Europe after more than 20 years of absence. In front of 2500 people in their arena "Hapahim hall" tonight Hapoel Holon smashed Georgian Armia 84:69. This was first game in Group H of FIBA EuroChallenge for Israeli bronze medalist for the last season.

203 cm tall forward Franklin Hassell led the winners with double digits: 22 points and 15 rebounds. 24-years old American, who tried his luck with the team of Atlanta Hawks in NBA Summer League before joining Holon late in August, was with excellent shooting percentage: 9/13 (69,2%) for 2 points and 4/5 (80%) from free throw line. Hapoel Holon captain Sean Daniel added 9 points for the nice victory and Holon point guard Zack Rosen, who signed with the team to substitute the leader Moran Roth, who joined Israeli powerhouse Maccabi, finished with 13 points against Armia. Rosen scored two three pointers in three attempts.

In front of Hapoel Holon general manager Pini Gershon the host team took the lead from the very beginning and never let the opponent to go closer than 10 points difference. Israeli league bronze medalist dominated under the boards with 43 rebounds against 36 for Georgian team.



Balkan League: Levski bring victory from Bar - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Levski 84:89

Levski celebrated the second win at the start of Balkan League season. The Bulgarian team shot down Mornar Bar on the road to stay undefeated in Group A. Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the visitors. Mornar Bar suffered the fourth straight defeat.
The Montenegrin side opened the game aggressively. Mornar Bar ensured a 27:21 lead after ten minutes. But Levski took over in the second quarter. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with two free throws to draw things level at 44. Levski went on a 12:3 run early in the third term to spur ahead. They entered the fourth period up by 13 points 71:58. Levski stayed in charge throughout the final period and secured a comfortable victory at the end. Chavdar Kostov provided 19 points, while Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79, agency: Interperformances) notched 11 points and 10 rebounds in the winning case. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management) answered with 22 points for Mornar Bar. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) produced 18 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Milos Djurisic 22, Miroslav Damjanovic 18
Levski: Nikolay Varbanov 25, Chavdar Kostov 19, Dimitar Anguelov 11+10 boards



EuroCup: Lukoil edge Belgacom Spirou in opener - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic - Belgacom Spirou 93:75

Lukoil Academic reached the first win in EuroCup. They knocked down visiting Belgacom Spirou in Group B. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) nailed 23 points to lead the winners.
Lukoil started the game strong. They earned a 7-point lead after ten minutes 26:19. Lukoil erupted for 29 points in the second term to ensure a 55:38 halftime lead. The Bulgarian side maintained the lead throughout the third term. They piled up a 23-point advantage at the final intermission. Belgacom Spirou cut the deficit in the fourth frame but had no chance to save the game at the end. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) netted 16 points, while Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) and Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) had 15 points each for Lukoil. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 17 points apiece for Belgacom Spirou.

Lukoil Academic: Mohammed Abukar 23, Brandon Heath 16, Bozhidar Avramov 15, Darryl Watkins 15
Belgacom Spirou: Je'Kel Foster 17, Derrick Allen 17



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Stats Leaders (Men)

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



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Stats Leaders - LIBSUR

Points Per Game
 Evandro ARTEAGA
  U.Concep.
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 27
 1. Arteaga, U.Concep.27.0 
 2. Jones, San Fernan.20.0 
 3. Taylor, U.Concep.16.0 
 4. Osses, U.Concepci.15.0 
 5. Saez, San Fernando15.0 
 6. Morales, San F.14.0 
 7. Sheppard, San F.12.0 
 8. Cabrera, San F.9.0 
 9. Zamorano, San F.6.0 
 10. Del Solar, U.Co.5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrell TAYLOR
  U.Concep.
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, U.Concep.7.0 
 2. Sheppard, San F.6.0 
 3. Zamorano, San F.5.0 
 4. Jones, San Fernan.5.0 
 5. Morales, San F.4.0 
 6. Osses, U.Concepci.3.0 
 7. Saez, San Fernando3.0 
 8. Soto, San Fernando3.0 
 9. Del Solar, U.Conce.2.0 
 10. Vasquez, U.Conce.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco MORALES
  San F.
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Morales, San F.6.0 
 2. Zamorano, San F.3.0 
 3. Vasquez, U.Concep.3.0 
 4. Jones, San Fernan.3.0 
 5. Arteaga, U.Concep.2.0 
 6. Moraga, San F.2.0 
 7. Sheppard, San F.2.0 
 8. Cabrera, San F.1.0 
 9. Figueroa, U.Concep.1.0 
 10. Del Solar, U.Co.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny JONES
  San Fernando
  (198-PF-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jones, San Fernan.1.0 
 2. Arteaga, U.Concep.1.0 
 3. Del Solar, U.Conce.1.0 
 4. Cabrera, San F.1.0 
 5. Moraga, San F.0.0 
 6. Figueroa, U.Concep.0.0 
 7. Castro, U.Concep.0.0 
 8. Saez, San Fernando0.0 
 9. Acuna, San Fernan.0.0 
 10. Nehring, U.Conc.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrell TAYLOR
  U.Concep.
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Taylor, U.Concep.1.0 
 2. Jones, San Fernan.1.0 
 3. Saez, San Fernando1.0 
 4. Morales, San F.1.0 
 5. Del Solar, U.Conce.0.0 
 6. Cabrera, San F.0.0 
 7. Arteaga, U.Concep.0.0 
 8. Nehring, U.Concep.0.0 
 9. Acuna, San Fernan.0.0 
 10. Marechal, U.Con.0.0 



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EuroCup: Spartak SP rally past Cibona in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Spartak SP 56:64

Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the opening win in EuroCup season. The Russian team upset Cibona in Zagreb. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) and Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) nailed 13 points each for the winners.
Spartak SP limited Cibona to just 13 points in the first quarter and posted a 4-point lead. Cibona narrowed the gap and trailed by just three points at the interval 30:33. The hosts continued to mount the pressure in the third term. Cibona got within a single point at the final intermission 49:50. But Spartak turned things their way in the fourth frame. They stiffened defence and held the home side to just 7 points in the final period claiming a confident win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) provided 11 points for the winners. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) responded with 13 points for Cibona. Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Cibona: D.J. Strawberry 13, Ante Masic 12
Spartak SP: Zack Wright 13, Josh Carter 13, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 11



Balkan League: Kumanovo knock down Djuro Djakovic - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Djuro Djakovic 83:67

Kumanovo posted the second win in Balkan League Group A. They held off visiting Djuro Djakovic tonight. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) nailed 24 points to lead the hosts.
Kumanovo left their opponents behind in the starting quarter. The Macedonian team gained a comfortable 25:12 lead after ten minutes. Djuro Djakovic however responded with a 27:16 run in the second term. The Croatian outfit cut the deficit to just two points 39:41 at halftime. Kumanovo kept in charge in the third frame. The hosts managed to snatch a 59:55 lead into the fourth quarter. Kumanovo gained composure in the fourth stanza as they went on a 24:12 run and clinched the victory at the end. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Denis Toroman (194-G-82, agency: TSS Management) answered with 19 points for Djuro Djakovic. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Kumanovo: Ivica Dimcevski 24 Aleksandar Kostoski 19+11 boards Uros Lukovic 12
Djuro Djakovic: Denis Toroman 19, Marino Sarlija 17



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EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya beat Keravnos on Wednesday opener - by Eurobasket News

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. Yuri Vasiliev (207-F-81) later tied it all at 47:47, while Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) brought 55:51. After 23-11 in the third quarter Yuri Vasiliev 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. Yuri Vasiliev and Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) posted 12 points each in a win. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) and Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) replied with 16 points in the losing effort as the latter also added 12 boards. Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) tossed in 13, whilst Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9.

Krasnie Krilya: Chester Simmons 24, Nikita Balashov 15, Yuri Vasiliev 12, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 12
Keravnos: Tony Crocker 16, Julian Vaughn 16+12 rebs, Bobby Maze 13, Georgios Diamantopoulos 9



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NH Ostrava Lands Former Kolin Guard Chad Barnes for Two-Month Period - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

The surprise team of the 2012-13 Mattoni NBL season NH Ostrava (9-1), have strengthened their roster with the signing of Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) for a two-month period.
Barnes, 29, spent last season with BC Kolin where in 44 games he averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 steals while helping lead Kolin to the semifinals in the playoffs.
He reunites with ex-teammate Rahsaan Ames (184-PG-78, college: Shaw) and joins a formidable squad, led by its strong frontcourt of Justin Greene (203-F-89, college: Kent St.), Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-88, college: Tarleton St.) and guards Rahsaan Ames and Adam Ciz (190-PG-91).
Barnes, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana returns to the Czech Republic after having previously played professionally in Venezuela, Poland, Montenegro and Estonia.



EuroCup: Nymburk prevail against Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - Budivelnyk 91:78

Nymburk opened their EuroCup regular season campaign with victory. They overwhelmed visiting Budivelnyk at home court. The Czech champions cleared off in the second quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) nailed 18 points to lead the hosts.
Nymburk managed to secure a 19:15 lead at the first intermission. They went on a scoring spree in the second term. Nymburk nailed 29 points to pile up a 48:34 halftime advantage. Nymburk stayed aggressive offensively throughout the third term. The Czech champions piled up a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Budivelnyk outgunned the home side in the final frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Lukas Palyza (201-F-89) netted 17 points, while Andrew Naymick (209-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) provided 9 points for the hosts. Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) answered with 14 points for Budivelnyk. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) netted 9 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 18, Lukas Palyza 17, Andrew Naymick 9
Budivelnyk: Georgi Tsintsadze 14, Malcolm Delaney 9



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  D-LEAGUE   


Ants get Elkhart product - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Mad Ants obtained 6-foot-1 guard Dairese Gary (6'1''-PG-88, college: N.Mexico) in a trade with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Gary, an Elkhart native, averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds during his 2011 senior season at the University of New Mexico, where he played under former Indiana University standout and Manchester coach Steve Alford. He was also a teammate of former Mad Ants guard Darrington Hobson, who played eight games with the Ants last season as property of the Milwaukee Bucks. Gary was the D-Fenders' first round pick in the recent NBA D-League draft, and was traded to the Ants for 6-11 forward Jarrid Famous (6'10''-C/F-88, college: S.Florida) and Darnell Dodson (6'7''-F, college: S.Mississippi), a 6-7 forward from Southern Mississippi who was chosen in the fourth round of the draft. He suffered a season-ending ACL tear prior to the Lobos playing in the NIT his senior season. According to an Associated Press report, he was later arrested for drunk driving after Albuquerque, N.M., police responded to a call about a car driving into mailboxes at a local apartment complex. Famous played eight games with the Ants last season and averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Players are scheduled to report Nov. 12, with the first practice Nov. 13. The Ants open their sixth D-League season Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum against Erie.
Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



Idaho trades for former Michigan State guard - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Stampede have acquired Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) in a trade with new league franchise, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Summers was selected 61st overall in last weeks D-League draft, though he spent last season with the Maine Red Claws. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12 contests (including six starts). In exchange for Summers, the Stampede sent their 2013 third-round draft pick along with 2012 draft pick Harouna Mutombo (6'4''-G, college: W.Carolina) (eighth round) to Santa Cruz. Mutombo was selected 115th overall out of Western Carolina. Idaho opens its season Nov. 18 at Los Angeles, and its home season Dec. 7 against Austin.
Courtesy of: idahostatesman.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Turkey. Mejia could not help one of league's weakest teams Banvit BK (0-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Banvit BK was defeated 88-78 on the road by the second-ranked Valencia Basket. Mejia was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was his first game for Banvit BK this season. Mejia belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Washington Wizards (0-2) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) in the NBA. Ariza recorded 9 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes. But the Washington Wizards lost 84-94 in Cleveland to the Cavaliers. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Ariza averages: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 14.3% in the two games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, 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 last Monday. Greer scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Strasbourg IG (4-1) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Greer is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). This year his overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 75.0% in the five games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #4. Forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a G.Canaria 2014's victory against the league outsider CB Canarias (0-6) 76-71 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (4-2) is placed eighth in the ACB. It's Baez's first season with the team. Baez's total stats this year are: 5.0ppg and 5.8rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #5. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Assignia Manresa (0-6) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (1-5) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points. But Assignia Manresa was edged in an overtime 89-88 in San Sebastian by the higher-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#16). So far Assignia Manresa lost all six games in the Regular Season. Asselin has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team six years ago. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2) 104-95 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Horford had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 1-1 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. Horford has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 3.0apg in the two games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (3-2) 80-66 in the French ProA on Monday night. Greer scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 35 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. Greer is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.2apg and 1.6spg in the five games. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in a Wollongong Hawks' victory against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (3-1) crushing them 100-67 in the Australian NBL in Sunday night's game. Deleon was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wollongong Hawks (5-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Deleon is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). This season he has very high stats. Deleon averages: 17.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg.

   #4. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Feldeine's very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 82-80 on the road by the higher-ranked FIATC Joventut (#9). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Feldeine also added 6 passes. It's Feldeine's first season with the team. Feldeine is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. Feldeine is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned James Feldeine in the Spanish ACB last game. Quezada helped FIATC Joventut edge the 14th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-5) 82-80. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. It's Quezada's first season with the team. Quezada has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.3apg in the six games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Tjoe de Paula (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie was not able to help Leeuwarden (2-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Leeuwarden was defeated in an overtime 96-90 at home by the higher-ranked M.Magixx (#3). de Paula was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added made 3 passes and 3 steals. This season de Paula has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg and 2.0spg. de Paula also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Dutch.

   #7. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) helped Apollon Patras edge the league outsider Kavala 80-79 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Turner's overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the four games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Sacramento Kings in their game against the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. He scored 5 points. His team were defeated 93-87 in the NBA. Garcia's overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #9. Ruben Guillandeaux (198-G-88, college: La Salle, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A couldn't help AEL (1-1) in their last game. Despite Guillandeaux's good performance AEL lost 59-67 in Nicosia to the second-ranked Omonia. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 38 minutes. Guillandeaux has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg in the two games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently Guillandeaux has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Sean Ogirri (188-PG-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Ogirri scored 7 points and added 4 assists in 17 minutes. His team lost 65-76. This year Ogirri's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg in the five games. He has Nigerian and Dominican Republic nationalities.



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

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Lithuanian team Rudupis to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Barons kvartals (2-3) crushing them 117-86 in the Baltic League in Saturday night's game. Vene recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes on the court. Rudupis Prienu (7-0) is placed first in group C. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Vene averages: 8.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 45.5% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia). Sokk was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against the ninth-ranked Batumi (0-3) crushing them 94-63 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. He scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Olimpi Tbilisi (2-0) is placed fourth in the Superleague. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sokk is currently second on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 62.5%. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Ex-Triobet/Dalkia player is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a 3-point Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (1-3) 93-90 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Kangur recorded 8 points in only 13 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (1-3) is placed fifth in group B. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Kangur's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3FGP: 46.2%(6-13) and FT: 87.5% in the four games. Kangur is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #4. Power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Cimberio Varese to win against the ninth-ranked Juvecaserta (2-4) 73-56 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Cimberio Varese (6-0) is placed first in the SerieA. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Talts' total stats this year are: 1.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help Palma (2-2) to beat Lan Mobel ISB (3-0). Veski recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Palma lost 86-97 on the road to the leading Lan Mobel ISB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Veski's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 3.5rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #6. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help U-Mobitelco (4-2) in their game against Gaz Metan (6-1) in the Romanian Division A. Hallik did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He scored only 3 points. U-Mobitelco was defeated 92-80 in Medias by the leading Gaz Metan. Hallik has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #7. U20 international power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) contributed to a Namika Lahti's victory against one of league's weakest teams Lapuan Korikobrat (2-6) 90-80 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Wednesday night's game. Vaino scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Namika Lahti (3-5) is placed eighth in the Korisliiga. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Vaino has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games. He is also Estonian U20 national team player.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga



Parnu and Kalev/Cramo closed Baltic League round with the victories - by Eurobasket News

Parnu and Kalev/Cramo closed Baltic League round with the victories.
Estonian KK Parnu can celebrate finally their first win this season after two consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Lithuanian LSU-Baltai 68:55. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. He 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. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) chipped in 14 points. Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-F-85) produced 15 points and Mindaugas Stasys added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Kalev/Cramo meanwhile edged Valmiera 84:76. Frank Elegar helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Tanel Sokk contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Janis Kaufmanis (186-G-89) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91, agency: FCM) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera.



KML Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Rapla (2-3) outlasted Valga (3-4) in overtime by three points 69-66 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Valga. But the guests from Rapla were better at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Rapla maintains sixth place with 2-3 record. Valga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. Rapla will face league's second-placed BC Rakvere at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valga will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 10 rebounds by Frank Elegar of Kalev/Cramo.


Tln Kalev - Tarvas 49-78

Very expected game in Tallinn where 8th ranked Tln Kalev (1-4) was crushed by third ranked BC Rakvere (4-1) 78-49 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC Rakvere outrebounded Tln Kalev 42-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Naturalized American forward Renato Lindmets (200-84, college: Westfield St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Forward Erik Luts (197-86) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Raido Roos (187-84) scored 11 points. Tln Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. BC Rakvere will face Rapla (#6) on the road in the next round. Tln Kalev will play against Valga.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Lindmets 20+15reb+2ast, R.Tamm 17+7reb+3ast, J.Umbrasko 15+4reb+2ast, O.Metsalu 12+7reb, M.Laksa 10+2reb+3ast, K.Saks 2+3reb
Tln Kalev: R.Roos 11+2reb+1ast, E.Luts 10+6reb+1ast, T.Liivak 6+2reb, M.Kurg 5+1ast, H.Aimre 4+5reb, I.Okoye 4+2reb
gschID: 201682


Valga - Rapla 66-69 OT

Rapla (2-3) outlasted Valga (3-4) in overtime by three points 69-66 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Valga. But the guests from Rapla were better at the end. Valga cut a 20-point halftime deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost overtime period 6-9. Rapla made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) scored 17 points. Rapla maintains sixth place with 2-3 record. Valga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. Rapla will face league's second-placed BC Rakvere at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valga will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Laane 17+6reb+5ast, I.Pilk 14+8reb+3ast, I.Kajupank 13+2reb+2ast, A.Parn 11+5reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 6+10reb, K.Voolaid 5+3reb
Valga: E.Cunda 17+11reb+6ast, J.Jarvelainen 17+4reb+3ast, R.Grafs 14+7reb+2ast, V.Vares 8+6reb, T.Oja 5+5reb+2ast, R.Petersonig 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 201681


Kalev/Cramo - Valga 75-69

There was a small surprise in Tallinn where fourth ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-1) defeated 4th placed Valga (3-4) 75-69 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valga was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) stepped up and scored 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and international Gert Dorbek (193-85) chipped in 15 points. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Valga players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Valga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round. Valga will play at home against Tln Kalev (#9) in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 24+2reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 15+1reb+2ast, T.Sokk 11+5reb+2ast, B.Fall 9+5reb+1ast, K.Mangelsoo 5, K.McLeod 4+2reb+2ast
Valga: T.Oja 17+4reb, R.Grafs 14+9reb+3ast, E.Cunda 12+6reb+3ast, M.Grim 10+7reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 7+3reb+3ast, V.Vares 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 201680


Hito/Johvi - Tln Kalev 61-68

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Hito/Johvi (1-4) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Tln Kalev (1-4) 68-61 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tln Kalev forced 19 Hito/Johvi turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including a 35-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) stepped up and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) chipped in 11 points and 15 rebounds. Four Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. point guard Sander Saare (182-94) responded with 15 points and 9 assists and swingman Markus Laanemets (194-92) scored 12 points. Hito/Johvi's coach Priit Sternhof rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tln Kalev maintains eighth place with 1-4 record, which they share with defeated Hito/Johvi. It was Hito/Johvi's fourth loss in a row. Tln Kalev will face higher ranked Valga (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Campbell 19+8reb+6ast, I.Okoye 11+15reb+2ast, M.Kurg 11+4reb+3ast, J.Vahter 10+7reb+3ast, R.Prii 6+1ast, R.Roos 5+3reb+4ast
Hito/Johvi: S.Saare 15+2reb+9ast, M.Laanemets 12+4reb+2ast, A.Lehismets 8+3reb+1ast, M.Tali 8+2reb+2ast, E.Trumm 7+1reb, G.Tambre 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 201679


Kalev/Cramo - Hito/Johvi 104-58

Everything went according to plan in Tallinn where fourth ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-1) outscored 6th ranked Hito/Johvi (1-4) 104-58 on Thursday. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Hito/Johvi's 34. Kalev/Cramo forced 24 Hito/Johvi turnovers and outrebounded them 48-31 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hito/Johvi was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners and American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 22 points. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Siim Laur (189-87) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Sander Saare (182-94) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Hito/Johvi lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round. Hito/Johvi will play at home against Valga (#4).
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 22+3reb+1ast, F.Elegar 21+10reb+1ast, T.Abbott 13+2reb+2ast, T.Raadik 13+8reb, G.Dorbek 12+5reb, B.Fall 11+13reb+1ast
Hito/Johvi: S.Laur 15+5reb+1ast, S.Saare 12+4reb+2ast, E.Trumm 8+5reb+1ast, G.Tambre 6+3reb, A.Saariste 6+1reb+2ast, M.Laanemets 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 201678



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

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

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #1. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (6-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Kolin lost 78-82 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) BK Prostejov. Bolds was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was BC Kolin's first loss after five consecutive victories. It's Bolds' first season with the team. Bolds belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 2.6spg. He also averaged so far 15.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.7apg in the nine games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Bolds went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

Jason Horton
Jason Horton
   #2. Jason Horton (188-G-86, college: Missouri, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help one of league's weakest teams Barreteros (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Horton's very good performance Barreteros was defeated in an overtime 111-107 at home by the higher-ranked Abejas (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and making 13 passes (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Horton is currently first on the league's list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horton averages: 17.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 8.4apg and 1.7spg. Worth to mention Horton played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.

Jeremy Allen
Jeremy Allen
   #3. Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU, currently plays in Cyprus) led Omonia to a victory over the closely-ranked AEL (1-1) 67-59 in the Cypriot Division A on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Allen scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia (2-0) is placed second in the Division A. Allen's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Allen is currently first on the list of top scorers with 28.5ppg. This year his other stats are: 3.5rpg and 3.5apg in the two games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last summer Allen played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Helsinki.

Chad Tomko
Chad Tomko
   #4. Chad Tomko (180-PG-89, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Bakken (9-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Tomko's very good performance Bakken was defeated 114-100 on the road by the leading Svendborg. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Tomko also added 4 assists. Tomko belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tomko averages: 22.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.2apg and 2.6spg. Tomko is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Zurich.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #5. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a victory against the league outsider BC Odessa (2-9) 89-84 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday. Dykes scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (6-5) is placed sixth in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in the 11 games he played so far. He played in 2009at the Eurobasket Summer League in Malaga, Spain for Team Naples.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #6. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 86-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#11). Granger scored 12 points and added 3 passes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg. Granger has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. Granger attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in New York.

Vernon Goodridge
Vernon Goodridge
   #7. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Halychyna (8-3) 79-64 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Goodridge had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 21 minutes. 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. This year Goodridge's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.9bpg in the 11 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Dublin at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2010.

Dmitri Akulich
Dmitri Akulich
   #8. Dmitri Akulich (190-G-86, currently plays in Belarus) led Rubon to a victory over the closely-ranked Impuls BGUIR (1-4) 84-74 in the Belarusian Premier League last Friday. Akulich was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 6 steals. BK Rubon Vitebsk (3-2) is placed third in the Premier League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Akulich is currently sixth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg and 3.2spg. He played three years ago at the ESL in Malaga, Spain for Team Sofia.

Kyle Lamonte
Kyle Lamonte
   #9. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a La Union's victory against the league outsider 9 de Julio (3-12) 84-79 in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night. He recorded 19 points in 34 minutes. La Union Formosa (2-5) is placed eighth in the LigaA. This year Lamonte has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg in the 16 games he played so far. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Jon Rogers
Jon Rogers
   #10. Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Union Atletica (11-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Rogers' very good performance the fourth-placed Union Atletica was defeated 87-80 in a derby game by the second-ranked Hebraica in the Capital group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. Rogers is the league's best blocker. This season he has very good stats: 11.7ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.2bpg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Russia at the ESL in Atlanta two years ago.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

G

Nov. 6: Gravelines - Tsmoki-Minsk 96-63

D

Nov. 6: Gaz Metan - Dijon 92-89

B

Nov. 6: Kataja - Ploiesti 91-67

F

Nov. 6: EWE Baskets - Szolnok 87-70

H

Nov. 7: Hapoel Holon - Armia 84-69

B

Nov. 7: Krasnie Krilya - Keravnos 79-74

E

Nov. 6: M.Hainaut - Aalstar 77-84

D

Nov. 6: Khimik - TU/Rock 77-76

E

Nov. 6: Pitesti - Paris-Levallois 75-91

F

Nov. 6: Timisoara - Kormend 75-65

C

Nov. 6: Sodertalje - Pyrinto 74-68

H

Nov. 6: Antwerp - Telekom Baskets 72-81

C

Nov. 6: Ventspils - Norrkoping 72-68

G

Nov. 6: Apollon - Nancy 65-81

A

Nov. 6: Tofas - Karsiyaka 63-64
Nov. 6: Krka - Etha 100-73

Regular Season: Round 2

A

Nov. 13: Etha - Tofas
Nov. 13: Karsiyaka - Krka

B

Nov. 14: Keravnos - Kataja
Nov. 14: Ploiesti - Krasnie Krilya

C

Nov. 13: Norrkoping - Sodertalje
Nov. 13: Pyrinto - Ventspils

D

Nov. 13: Tartu Ulikool - Gaz Metan
Nov. 13: Dijon - Khimik

E

Nov. 13: Aalstar - Pitesti
Nov. 13: Paris-Levallois - M.Hainaut

F

Nov. 13: EWE Baskets - Timisoara
Nov. 13: Kormend - Szolnok

G

Nov. 13: Tsmoki-Minsk - Apollon
Nov. 13: Nancy - Gravelines

H

Nov. 13: Armia - Antwerp
Nov. 14: Telekom Baskets - Hapoel Holon


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andre HARRIS
  Dijon
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 32
 1. Harris, Dijon32.0 
 2. Ulmer, Pyrinto25.0 
 3. Ingram, TU/Rock25.0 
 4. Brown, Apollon25.0 
 5. Simmons, Krasnie24.0 
 6. Bizaca, Sodertalje23.0 
 7. M''Baye, Gravelines23.0 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja23.0 
 9. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.22.0 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 15
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.15.0 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje15.0 
 3. Elonu, Tofas14.0 
 4. Vaughn, Keravnos12.0 
 5. Shaw, Kormend11.0 
 6. Thondique, Antwerp11.0 
 7. Archie, Timisoara10.0 
 8. Tica, Ploiesti10.0 
 9. Mitchell, Gaz Metan9.0 
 10. Johnson, Timisoara9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dru JOYCE
  EWE Baskets
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Joyce, EWE Baskets12.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.11.0 
 3. Millage, Armia9.0 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka8.0 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.8.0 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut7.0 
 7. Jeromanovs, Norrk.7.0 
 8. Vladovic, Krka6.0 
 9. Smith, Hapoel Holon6.0 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antoine DIOT
  Paris-Levallois
  (191-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Diot, Paris-Levall.7.0 
 2. Linehan, Nancy5.0 
 3. Millage, Armia4.0 
 4. Leloup, Dijon4.0 
 5. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 6. Muric, Krka3.0 
 7. Negut, Pitesti3.0 
 8. Dixon, Karsiyaka3.0 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar3.0 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  Khimik
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Goodridge, Khimik4.0 
 2. Toome, TU/Rock3.0 
 3. Biggs, Antwerp3.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend2.0 
 5. Sylla, Nancy2.0 
 6. Terrell, Kataja2.0 
 7. Fields, Kataja2.0 
 8. Vasiliev, Krasni.2.0 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon2.0 
 10. Vaughn, Keravnos2.0 


Krasnye Krylia replace Smith with Massey - by Diamadis Farmakis

EuroChallenge side Krasnye Krylia have signed Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) to a six-week contract. The American-born former F.Y.R. of Macedonia international will replace temporarily his compatriot Andre Smith who is sidelined with an injury.

Massey was a free agent after he parted ways with another Russian club, Lokomotiv Kuban, in late August

He played for FYR of Macedonia at EuroBasket 2009 and was the leading scorer and rebounder in the Lokomotiv side that reached the EuroChallenge Final Four in 2011, under coach Kestutis Kemzura

The 30-year-old power forward has vast experience in Europe, having played in Greece with Aris Thessaloniki and in Spain with Real Madrid and Obradoiro before moving to Russia. Massey featured in 14 games in the Eurocup last season, averaging 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest for Lokomotiv.

Andre Smith penned a deal with Krasnye Krylia in the summer following an extraordinary 2011/12 season with Juve Caserta in Italy, where he was the top scorer in Serie A with 18.6 points per game.

He featured in only two games in a Krasnye Krylia shirt before his injury, scoring 18 points in his Russian PBL debut and 13 in the VTB league opener against Azovmash.



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  EUROCUP   


Eurosport 2 begins two-day-per-week live coverage of the Eurocup! - by Diamadis Farmakis

To celebrate opening week of the Eurocups 11th season, broadcasting partner Eurosport 2 marks the continuation of its long-term collaboration with the competition by debuting its new, two-night-per-week schedule of live, multi-language game broadcasts.

Throughout the season, Eurosport 2 will broadcast Eurocup games in prime time on both Tuesdays and Wednesday each week.

Its live coverage begins at 20:45 CET on Tuesday with two-time Eurocup champion Valencia Basket of Spain hosting Banvit BK Bandirma of Turkey and less than 24 hours later, at 20:00 CET on Wednesday, Eurosport 2 brings you a clash between Trefl Sopot of Poland vs Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul of Turkey

Eurosport 2 is one of the fastest-growing TV channels in Europe, reaching 61 million households in 18 languages across 47 countries. Its coverage of the Eurocup since 2005 has accompanied the growth of the competition into a brand that is followed closely by millions of fans throughout Europe and the rest of the world. This season the Eurocup will feature 32 clubs from 17 countries.



Cajasol lands Robert Dozier - by Eurobasket News (T)

Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (ACB) tabbed 27-year old French forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He already started the season at Miami Heat in the NBA. The last season Dozier also played at Cholet Basket in French ProA. In 22 games last year he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals.
The previous (10-11) season Dozier played at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek league. In 5 Eurocup games he had 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. He also played 33 games in Greek A1 where he had 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.
Three years ago Dozier was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The former University of Memphis staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Doziers college team won C-USA Tournament for four years in a row (between 2006 and 2009).
He has played also professionally in Greece (Kolossos).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Day 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Rudupis - Hapoel J-M 85-72
Rudupis clinched the first EuroCup victory. The Lithuanian team overcame Jerusalem at home court. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) notched 26 points to lead the winners. It was a tough battle in the first half. The teams were tied at 16 after ten minutes. Rudupis eked out a narrow lead in the second frame. They posted a 35:33 halftime advantage. Rudupis started to get away in the third quarter. The hosts fired 26 points in the third quarter and piled up a 7-point advantage at the final intermission. Rudupis poured in 24 points in the fourth stanza and did give a single chance for the visitors. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) nailed 14 points, while Arminas Urbutis added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 15 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen delivered 13 points in the loss.

Nymburk - Budivelnyk 91-78

Group B
Gescrap BB - Buducnost 85-78 OT
Gescrap Bilbao had to survive overtime drama to open win count in EuroCup season. The Spanish team withheld a severe opposition from Buducnost to seal the victory in regular season opener. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Basque team to an overtime victory. Buducnost tipped off the game strong. The Montenegrin powerhouse secured a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Bilbao trailed by as many as 9 points at the interval 31:40. Buducnost succeeded in the third term building a 56:43 lead at the third break. However Bilbao used a 17:2 run midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 64. Buducnost arrived at the final seconds up by three points. However Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) was put to the penalty line. He sank first free throw and missed the second on purpose. The forward grabbed the key rebound and converted a jumper to tie things up at 71 forcing overtime. Kostas Vasiliadis connected from behind the arc early in the extra period to give the hosts necessary boost. They went on to win the game by 7 points. Nikolaos Zisis provided 14 points, while Kostas Vasiliadis finished with 17 points in the victory. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) answered with 17 points for Buducnost. Nikola Ivanovic netted 12 points in defeat.

Lukoil Academik - Spirou 93:75

Group C
Le Mans - Triumph 71-76
Triumph brought victory from France in the first game of EuroCup season. The Russian team shot down Le Mans on the road in Group C opener. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) was pivotal with 27 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Triumph silenced the hosts in the first frame. The Russian team went on a deadly 27:10 run in the opening quarter. Triumph kept a steady grip on the lead in the second term. They limited the hosts at 21 points in the first half to take a 40:21 lead. Le Mans finally shook off sloppiness in the third term. They erupted for 28 points in the quarter to cut the distance at 7-point mark 49:56. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) drained three triples midway through the fourth period to give Triumph a 70:57 lead. Le Mans narrowed the gap but had no chance to save the day. Yuval Naimy finished with 17 points, while Tywain McKee netted 16 points for the winning side. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points for Le Mans. Cuthbert Victor provided 14 points in the loss.

Art.Dragons - VEF Riga 72-82
VEF Riga confirmed their highest EuroCup ambitions this season clinching an impressive road win against Artland Dragons in the opener tonight. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) posted 18 points each to lead the Latvian champions. VEF Riga started the game aggressively. They secured a 22:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Artland cut the deficit in the second stanza. The hosts clipped the margin at 5-point mark 32:37. However VEF Riga shifted the gear in the third term. The Latvian side unleashed 26 points and ensured a 12-point lead at the final intermission. Artland Dragons fought hard to rescue the battle but VEF Riga breezed to the victory at the end. Kristaps Janicenoks netted 15 points for the visitors. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) nailed 16 points for Artland Dragons. Dennis Horner had 13 points in the losing case.

Group D
Valencia - Banvit BK 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 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 produced 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

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 produced 10 points in the win. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) responded with 20 points for Azovmash. Lynn Greer topscored with 25 points in the loss.

Group E
Trefl Sopot - Galatasaray 65-94
Galatasaray had little problems in their EuroCup opener. The Turkish team breezed past Trefl Sopot in Poland. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) led well-balanced effort with 14 points. Galatasaray sent the strong message to the hosts in the fist ten minutes. The visitors won them 23:8. Trefl Sopot seemed to be on the way to recovery in the second term. They unleashed 28 points and cut the deficit at 11 points. But Galatasaray felt at home in the second half. The Turkish team built a comfortable 17-point advantage at the final break 68:51. They fired 26 points in the final stanza to celebrate victory. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) chipped in 13 points, while Jamont Gordon had 12 points for the winning side. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) replied with 14 points for Trefl Sopot. Adam Waczynski had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.

BC Donetsk - Lokomotiv 75-78
Lokomotiv Kuban opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse shot down BC Donetsk on the road tonight. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points and distributed 8 assists to lead the visitors. Lokomotiv stormed into the game. They accounted for a 12:2 lead early in the encounter. The Russian team accumulated a 25:17 advantage after ten minutes. BC Donetsk adjusted their game in the second stanza. They slowed down the visitors and got within 4 points at halftime 36:40. BC Donetsk got closer in the third frame. The hosts narrowed the deficit to just two points at the final intermission. Lokomotiv used a 7:0 run midway through the final stanza to clear off. BC Donetsk did not surrender and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) brought the hosts within one point 75:76 however Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) sank two free throws as Lokomotiv clinched the victory. Jimmy Baron provided 14 points, while Simas Jasaitis added 13 points for the winners. Ramel Curry responded with game-high 23 points for Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski netted 13 points in defeat.

Group F
Stelmet ZG - Unics 67-74
Unics registered the first win in EuroCup regular season. The Kazan team upset Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland today. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors. The teams opened the game in a high tempo. The sides traded baskets as Unics snatched a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Unics extended their advantage in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 42:35 halftime advantage. Unics held the hosts to just 12 points in the third stanza. The margin grew at 11-point mark at the final break 58:47. Stelmet Zielona Gora kept fighting till the final buzzer. They cut the deficit but Unics stayed well in control and stole a tough win. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) fired 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas netted 10 points for the winners. Walter Hodge responded with 16 points for Zielona Gora. Quinton Hosley added 13 points in the loss.

Group G
Cholet - Ratiopharm 71-93
Ratiopharm Ulm secured a confident start to their EuroCup campaign. They stunned Cholet Basket in France. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) netted 25 points for the German team. Ratiopharm Ulm surprised Cholet in the starting quarter. The German team went on a blistering 32:21 run to surge ahead. Ulm maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 51:36 halftime advantage. Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for Cholet after the big break. The Germans went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to boost the gap at 25-point mark. The hosts fired 23 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) provided 16 points and 12 boards, while Daniel Theis had 12 points for the winners. Cholet answered with 14 points from Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma). Marcus Goree delivered 12 points in the loss.

Cibona - Spartak SP 56-64
Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the opening win in EuroCup season. The Russian team upset Cibona in Zagreb. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) and Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) nailed 13 points each for the winners. Spartak SP limited Cibona to just 13 points in the first quarter and posted a 4-point lead. Cibona narrowed the gap and trailed by just three points at the interval 30:33. The hosts continued to mount the pressure in the third term. Cibona got within a single point at the final intermission 49:50. But Spartak turned things their way in the fourth frame. They stiffened defence and held the home side to just 7 points in the final period claiming a confident win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis provided 11 points for the winners. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) responded with 13 points for Cibona. Ante Masic had 12 points in the loss.

Group H
Banco di Sard. - Cajasol 87-84
Banco di Sardegna Sassari survived a tough challenge from Cajasol to post the win on the opening day of EuroCup regular season. The Italian side got 26 points from Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) to claim the victory. Sassari dominated in the opening quarter. They fired 25 points to take a 4-point lead. Cajasol slowed their opponents down in the second term. The Spaniards narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 42:45. The visitors drained 28 points in the third term to surge ahead. Cajasol posted a 70:66 lead at the final break. Sassari quickly restored lead in the final stanza. The hosts posted a 6-point advantage and though Cajasol cut the distance to 3 points the Spanish team ran out of time at the end. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) finished with 16 points, while Travis Diener netted 12 points and issued 8 assists for the home side. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 19 points for Cajasol. John Holland netted 16 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda - Orleans 93-73
Crvena Zvezda entertained the home crowd with a comfortable win in EuroCup opener. The Belgrade team fired past Orleans at home court. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds for the Serbian side. Crvena Zvezda dominated from the starting minutes. The hosts ensured a 21:13 lead at the first break. Orleans stopped the rot in the second frame. The French team got within 6 points at halftime 43:37. But Crvena Zvezda quickly restored control in the game. They poured in 29 points in the third stanza for a 72:60 lead with ten minutes to go. Crvena Zvezda did not allow Orleans any closer in the fourth period and marched to the victory. Boris Savovic notched 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) had 19 points for the hosts. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) answered with 17 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young chipped in 14 points in the loss.



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Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Kristijan NIKOLOV
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Nikolov, MKD25.9 
 2. Kauffmann, LUX22.8 
 3. Hakanson, SWE22.0 
 4. Salash, BLR20.8 
 5. Magdevski, MKD20.1 
 6. Popovic, MNT17.4 
 7. Ciotlaus, ROM16.5 
 8. Niemisto, FIN16.4 
 9. Kandybovic, BLR15.6 
 10. Mandic, SUI15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maksim SALASH
  (203-C-96)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Salash, BLR14.3 
 2. Polite, SUI12.4 
 3. Berg, NOR11.1 
 4. Cate, ROM11.1 
 5. Lazic, BIH10.5 
 6. Skagius, SWE9.4 
 7. Ogunsipe, AUT8.7 
 8. Larsen, DEN8.5 
 9. Dozic, MNT8.4 
 10. Nikolic, MNT8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSON
  SWE
  (190-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Hakanson, SWE6.7 
 2. Benzouien, BEL3.6 
 3. Pavicevic, MNT3.6 
 4. Magdevski, MKD3.5 
 5. Kelly, DEN3.4 
 6. Arens, LUX3.3 
 7. Petkov, BUL3.3 
 8. Amiel, POR3.2 
 9. Hodi, HUN3.2 
 10. Nikolov, MKD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrej MAGDEVSKI
  MKD
  (190-G-96)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Magdevski, MKD4.4 
 2. Ciotlaus, ROM3.6 
 3. Demirtas, BEL3.2 
 4. Blatt, ISR3.1 
 5. Rozanek, SVK3.0 
 6. Cvetkovski, MKD2.9 
 7. Amiel, POR2.9 
 8. Hakanson, SWE2.6 
 9. Andelic, MNT2.5 
 10. Petkov, BUL2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-PF-96)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Goloman, HUN2.3 
 2. Cate, ROM2.3 
 3. Nikolic, MNT2.0 
 4. Larsen, DEN1.9 
 5. Salash, BLR1.8 
 6. Janicek, SVK1.7 
 7. Magdevski, MKD1.4 
 8. Andersen, DEN1.3 
 9. Skagius, SWE1.1 
 10. Boezeman, NED1.1 


Stats Leaders - Group A

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



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Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Jo HOESER
  (193-PF-94)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Hoeser, LUX22.8 
 2. Koulechov, ISR19.8 
 3. Nurkic, BIH19.4 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO17.6 
 5. Hermannsson, ISL17.3 
 6. Perl, HUN17.3 
 7. Nelson, ENG16.7 
 8. Ausprunk, CZE16.6 
 9. Schilder, NED16.5 
 10. Lehtoranta, FIN16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jusuf NURKIC
  BIH
  (212-C-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Nurkic, BIH13.3 
 2. Poltl, AUT12.8 
 3. Brodziansky, SVK11.5 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO11.4 
 5. Okoroh, ENG10.8 
 6. Lepovic, NOR10.1 
 7. Spires, SWE9.6 
 8. Wolff, LUX9.3 
 9. Ausprunk, CZE9.0 
 10. Koulechov, ISR7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  CZE
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kouril, CZE8.0 
 2. Vrbica, MNT6.6 
 3. Sharon, ISR4.7 
 4. Saare, EST4.5 
 5. Melcher, LUX4.0 
 6. Mattila, FIN3.8 
 7. Vrabac, BIH3.5 
 8. Mikeladze, GEO3.5 
 9. Nelson, ENG3.4 
 10. Valsson, ISL3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Egor KOULECHOV
  RUS
  (194-SF-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Koulechov, ISR2.6 
 2. Hoeser, LUX2.2 
 3. Valsson, ISL2.2 
 4. Saare, EST2.1 
 5. Melcher, LUX2.0 
 6. Varadi, HUN2.0 
 7. Graham, ENG2.0 
 8. Andjelkovic, SUI2.0 
 9. Mattila, FIN2.0 
 10. McGilvray, SCO1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  NED
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kok, NED3.1 
 2. Brodziansky, SVK3.0 
 3. Okoroh, ENG2.7 
 4. Nurkic, BIH2.3 
 5. Poltl, AUT1.9 
 6. Spires, SWE1.9 
 7. Rajala, FIN1.6 
 8. Bliznets, BLR1.6 
 9. Ausprunk, CZE1.3 
 10. Goloman, HUN1.2 


Stats Leaders Div. A

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



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Stats Leaders

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



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KORISLIIGA: The second victory for UU-Korihait - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 10: First a victory five weeks ago at home, then eight losses in a row and tonight the second victory of the season and at home court. UU-Korihait season start has not been convincing, but opponent YMCA Lahti had no chances at Pohitulli and Uusikaupunki: 88-58 (35-32). Quarters: 22-17, 13-15, 29-9, 24-17.
Korihait (2-8) had five players in double digits. Niko Malinen (191-F-90) netted his season best 17 points being by the same team's leading scorer. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) added 16 pts and American big man Chris Taft (208-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) had 13pts/9rbs. YMCA Lahti (3-6) had just three players over 10 points. Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Montana) led the visitors with 20pts/7rbs.

UU-Korihait - YMCA Lahti 88-58 (35-32). (Niko Malinen 17, Mikko Jalonen 16, Chris Taft 13/9 - Jordan Hasquet 20/7, Louis Johnson 11, Cedric Latimer 11. A: 617).



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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Russia). He led Khimky to a victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-3) 86-82 in the Russian PBL in Monday night's game. Koponen recorded 11 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (2-0) is placed second in the PBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Koponen's first year with the team. This season he averages: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 37.5% in the two games he played so far. Koponen is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Slovenia. He could not help Union Olimpija (1-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Salin's good performance the fifth-placed Union Olimpija was defeated 75-65 on the road by the higher-ranked Khimky (#3) in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Salin also added 6 rebounds. Salin's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Kotti was not able to help Vanoli Cremona (2-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Vanoli Cremona lost 67-75 in Roma to the higher-ranked (#6) Lottomatica. Kotti had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 15 rebounds in 30 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Kotti's first year with the team. Kotti is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 9.2rpg. This year his other stats are: 9.8ppg, 2FGP: 69.4%(25-36) and FT: 45.0% in the six games. Kotti is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #4. Center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Montenegro was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Buducnost (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Buducnost was defeated 64-60 at home by the higher-ranked Cibona (#4). Lee was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Lee's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 5.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Lee is also Finnish national team player. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #5. International point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Rannikko couldn't help Union Olimpija (3-4) in their game against MZT Skopje (3-4). He did not have that impressive stats last Monday. Rannikko recorded only 3 points and added 4 assists in 18 minutes. Union Olimpija lost 60-64 on their home court in Ljubljana to the lower-ranked (#12) MZT Skopje. Rannikko is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.9apg. This year he also averages: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4spg in the seven games. Rannikko plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #6. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Solna Vikings (5-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Solna Vikings was defeated 75-67 in Stockholm by the lower-ranked White Eagles (#9). Ahonen was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Ahonen's first season with the team. Ahonen's overall stats this year are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #7. U20 international power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Castello (0-3) 80-64 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Caven recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. CB Prat Juventud (1-3) is placed ninth in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Caven's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the three games. He is also Finnish U20 national team player.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) plays for Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for TTU in Estonian KML
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1



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EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm silence Cholet in France - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Ratiopharm Ulm 71:93

Ratiopharm Ulm secured a confident start to their EuroCup campaign. They stunned Cholet Basket in France. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) netted 25 points for the German team.
Ratiopharm Ulm surprised Cholet in the starting quarter. The German team went on a blistering 32:21 run to surge ahead. Ulm maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 51:36 halftime advantage. Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for Cholet after the big break. The Germans went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to boost the gap at 25-point mark. The hosts fired 23 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) provided 16 points and 12 boards, while Daniel Theis (203-PF-92) had 12 points for the winners. Cholet answered with 14 points from Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma). Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Cholet: Terrell Everett 14, Marcus Goree 12
Ratiopharm Ulm: Allan Ray 25, John Bryant 16+12 boards, Daniel Theis 12



EuroCup: Triumph upset Le Mans in France - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans - Triumph 71:76

Triumph brought victory from France in the first game of EuroCup season. The Russian team shot down Le Mans on the road in Group C opener. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) was pivotal with 27 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors.
Triumph silenced the hosts in the first frame. The Russian team went on a deadly 27:10 run in the opening quarter. Triumph kept a steady grip on the lead in the second term. They limited the hosts at 21 points in the first half to take a 40:21 lead. Le Mans finally shook off sloppiness in the third term. They erupted for 28 points in the quarter to cut the distance at 7-point mark 49:56. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) drained three triples midway through the fourth period to give Triumph a 70:57 lead. Le Mans narrowed the gap but had no chance to save the day. Yuval Naimy finished with 17 points, while Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) netted 16 points for the winning side. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points for Le Mans. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) provided 14 points in the loss.

Le Mans: Khalid El-Amin 19, Cuthbert Victor 14
Triumph: Sergey Karasev 27, Yuval Naimy 17, Tywain McKee 16



EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda shock Orleans in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Orleans 93:73

Crvena Zvezda entertained the home crowd with a comfortable win in EuroCup opener. The Belgrade team fired past Orleans at home court. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds for the Serbian side.
Crvena Zvezda dominated from the starting minutes. The hosts ensured a 21:13 lead at the first break. Orleans stopped the rot in the second frame. The French team got within 6 points at halftime 43:37. But Crvena Zvezda quickly restored control in the game. They poured in 29 points in the third stanza for a 72:60 lead with ten minutes to go. Crvena Zvezda did not allow Orleans any closer in the fourth period and marched to the victory. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) had 19 points for the hosts. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) answered with 17 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Mike Scott 22, Igor Rakocevic 19, Boris Savovic 18
Orleans: Caleb Green 17, Jahmar Young 14



EuroChallenge: Five players scored in double digits as Gravelines edge Tsmoki-Minsk - by Eurobasket News

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. Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) 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 Ousmane Camara had 14 each. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) and Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) followed them with 11 points each. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) notched 12 and Dzianis Korshuk (200-PF-78) scored 11.

Gravelines: Abdoulaye M'Baye 23, Dwight Buycks 14, Ousmane Camara 14, Ludovic Vaty 11, Aldo Curti 11
Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 12, Dzianis Korshuk 11



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

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Utah Jazz (1-3) 110-100 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and making 10 passes in 33 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have 4-0 record this season. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. Parker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 8.5apg, 2FGP: 40.7% and FT: 71.4% in the four games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Sacramento Kings (1-3) 93-87 in the NBA last Wednesday. Noah was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. Noah also added 3 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals. The Chicago Bulls have 3-1 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. This season he has very high stats. Noah averages: 16.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.8apg, 2.5bpg, 2.0spg and FT: 84.6%. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in France.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). Batum contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) 116-106 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Batum scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 40 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 2-2 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2.8spg, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 76.9% in the four games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #4. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs edge the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2) 86-84. He scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have 4-0 record this season. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Diaw's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. He is also French national team player.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #5. International point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) 99-91 in the NBA last Tuesday. Beaubois recorded 11 points and added 5 assists in a mere 17 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 3-1 record this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Beaubois has relatively good stats this year: 9.5ppg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in the two games. He used to play for the French national team last year.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #6. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Washington Wizards (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Seraphin's very good performance the Washington Wizards were edged 89-86 on the road by the Boston Celtics. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Seraphin also added 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Washington Wizards this season. Seraphin is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #7. Former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (4-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 81-86 in Valladolid to the lower-ranked (#11) Blancos de Rueda. Kirksay scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 35 minutes. It's Kirksay's first season with the team. Kirksay is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0apg and 2.7spg in the six games. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team four years ago. Kirksay played also for Mulhouse in French league.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #8. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Indiana Pacers (2-2) in their game against the Charlotte Bobcats (1-1) in the NBA. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers were edged 90-89 in Charlotte by the Bobcats. Mahinmi's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the French national team last year.

Guy-Marc Michel
Guy-Marc Michel
   #9. Former U20 international center Guy-Marc Michel (213-88, college: Indiana, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help KAOD (2-2) in their game against Olympiacos (4-0) in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Michel had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. But KAOD was crushed 103-67 in Athens by the leading Olympiacos. Michel is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.5bpg. This year his other stats are: 9.3ppg and 6.0rpg in the four games. Michel used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Partizan (0-4) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (4-0) in the Euroleague. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He recorded 13 points and added 3 passes. This season Westermann has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the French National Team roster.

   #11. International small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Croatian team Cedevita edge the league leader Igokea 78-76 in the Adriatic League on Monday night. Gelabale recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Gelabale has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help PGE Turow in their game against Trefl Sopot in the Polish TBL. Cel scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 80-76. Cel is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 14.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2007.

   #13. International forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Umana Venezia in their game against Sutor Montegranaro in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 30 minutes. But his team lost 83-89. Diawara has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg and 6.0rpg in the six games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Anadolu Efes in the Euroleague. Causeur recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 76-64. Causeur's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.3rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabien Causeur and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Heurtel couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Anadolu Efes. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Heurtel recorded only 2 points and added 5 passes. His team was defeated 76-64. Heurtel's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the French U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite Tillie's good performance the sixth-placed Partizan was edged 85-82 in Barcelona by the second-ranked Regal FC in the group D of Euroleague. lost 64-79 at home to the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Tillie also added 9 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.0rpg in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in an USK Praha's victory against the 11th-ranked B&W Opava (2-7) crushing them 91-71 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. Meno had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. USK Praha (9-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. Meno is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Meno averages: 19.8ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.7apg in the nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Congolese and French.

   #3. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Al Moutahed (3-8) in their last game. Despite Samaha's very good performance Al Moutahed was edged 84-81 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Byblos. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Samaha also added 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Al Moutahed this season. Samaha has both French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #4. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Eilat in a victory in overtime against one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (0-4) 86-80 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Nissim recorded 5 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (1-1) is placed third in the Winner League. This year Nissim's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the four games. He also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #5. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Maccabi Ashdod (0-4) 90-71 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Kadir recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (1-3) is placed ninth in the Winner League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Kadir's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.5rpg. He has French and Israeli nationalities.

   #6. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Palencia Baloncesto's victory against the 12th-ranked Caceres Basket 87-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Ott scored 10 points in 23 minutes. This year Ott's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8spg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #7. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Naglis Palangos in their game against Lietkabelis in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Naglis Palangos this season. His team was defeated 82-68.

   #8. Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help the league outsider one of league's weakest teams Geneve Lions in their game against Fribourg in the Swiss LNA. Maruotto scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was edged 83-81. Maruotto's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #9. Experienced David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Lugano Tigers in their game against SAV Vacallo in the Swiss LNA. Fergerson scored 5 points. His team were defeated in an overtime 96-90. Fergerson's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Fergerson used to play for Reims Champagne Basket in French league.



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Krasnie Krilya lands Jeremiah Massey - by Eurobasket News (T)

Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) tabbed 30-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-100kg-82, college: Kansas State) for 6 weeks. He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Massey has played for the last two years at Lokomotiv (PBL). In 14 Eurocup games last season he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Massey also played 22 games in VTB United League where he had 13.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Massey also played 20 games in PBL where he was second best scorer with 13.5ppg and recorded 7.5rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg and 2.0spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-PBL Bosman Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team.
In 2005 Massey was drafted by Kansas Cagerz (USBL) in first round (6th overall).
The former Kansas State star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Massey played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2011. He also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships in Poland three years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 13.1ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 64.2%.
Massey has played previously professionally in Greece (Aris and Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas) and Spain (Real Madrid and Blusens Monbus).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Balkan League: Kumanovo knock down Djuro Djakovic - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Djuro Djakovic 83:67

Kumanovo posted the second win in Balkan League Group A. They held off visiting Djuro Djakovic tonight. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) nailed 24 points to lead the hosts.
Kumanovo left their opponents behind in the starting quarter. The Macedonian team gained a comfortable 25:12 lead after ten minutes. Djuro Djakovic however responded with a 27:16 run in the second term. The Croatian outfit cut the deficit to just two points 39:41 at halftime. Kumanovo kept in charge in the third frame. The hosts managed to snatch a 59:55 lead into the fourth quarter. Kumanovo gained composure in the fourth stanza as they went on a 24:12 run and clinched the victory at the end. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Denis Toroman (194-G-82, agency: TSS Management) answered with 19 points for Djuro Djakovic. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Kumanovo: Ivica Dimcevski 24 Aleksandar Kostoski 19+11 boards Uros Lukovic 12
Djuro Djakovic: Denis Toroman 19, Marino Sarlija 17



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Giorgi Shermadini selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi T-A to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi Haifa (2-2) crushing them 87-67 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Shermadini recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (3-1) is placed sixth in the Winner League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Shermadini's first year with the team. This season he averages: 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(12-18) and FT: 77.8% in the four games he played so far. Shermadini is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain). He led FIATC Joventut to a 2-point victory over the 14th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1-5) 82-80 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Fisher was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and added 3 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fisher's second season in pro basketball. FIATC Joventut Badalona (4-2) is placed ninth in the ACB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Fisher's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 81.3%. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Pachulia could not help the Atlanta Hawks (1-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Atlanta Hawks lost 102-109 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Pachulia recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Pachulia has relatively solid stats: 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.5apg and FT: 83.3% in the two games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #4. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine) led Budivelnyk to a victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (8-4) crushing them 90-70 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Tsintsadze was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 36 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (8-3) is placed third in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tsintsadze's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg in the 11 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #5. International small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Montepaschi Siena (4-2) in their game against Armani Milano (3-3) in the Italian SerieA. Sanikidze scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But Montepaschi Siena was defeated 71-66 in Milano by the lower-ranked Armani (#8). It's Sanikidze's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg. Sanikidze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #6. Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Cantu's victory against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (2-4) 79-67 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 8 points and added 5 passes. Chebolletta Cantu (4-2) is placed third in the SerieA. Markoishvili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Cantu's roster. Markoishvili's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #7. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) was the main contributor in a Hapoel J-M's victory against the league outsider Maccabi Ashdod (0-4) 90-71 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Pullen was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points in 26 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Pullen's second season in pro basketball. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (1-3) is placed ninth in the Winner League. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Pullen has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is also Georgian national team player. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #8. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for Cajasol (0-1) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (1-0) in the Eurocup. He recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. It was his first game for Cajasol this season. Cajasol was edged 87-84 in Sassari by the leading Banco di Sardegna. Burjanadze plays currently for the Georgian U20 national team.

Davit Maisuradze
Davit Maisuradze
   #9. Former U16 international power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Ternopil-TNEU (0-4) crushing them 81-61 in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 18 minutes. Kirovograd (3-3) is placed third in the Higher League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Maisuradze's total stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He used to play for the Georgian U16 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Karsiyaka (3-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Thomas' very good performance Karsiyaka was edged 95-94 on the road by the lower-ranked Tofas (#10). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Thomas also added 6 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Thomas' first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet ZG to a victory over the league outsider Start Gdynia (1-5) 76-67 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Hosley scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora (4-2) is placed fourth in the TBL. Hosley is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hosley averages: 18.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.5apg and 2.5spg in the six games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Sigma Barcellona's victory against one of league's weakest teams FCM Ferentino (1-4) 97-83 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Sanders scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona (3-2) is placed seventh in the Lega2. Sanders' total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sanders has never played in Georgia.

   #4. Giga Janelidze (199-F-95, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Casalpusterlengo (3-4) in their game against Omegna (3-4) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Janelidze scored only 2 points. Casalpusterlengo was defeated 76-67 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Omegna (#11). This season Janelidze averages just 0.5ppg.



EuroChallenge: Hapoel Holon closed the first round successfully - by Eurobasket News

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 Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) tossed in 16. Zack Rosen brought 13, whilst Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) had 12. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) added 15. Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) ended up with 8 and Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) finished the game with 7.

Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 22+15 rebs, Tyler Smith 16, Zack Rosen 13, Jerome Dyson 12
Armia: Curtis Millage 20, Lamayn Wilson 15, Lasha Parghalava 8, Giorgi Gamqrelidze 7



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EuroCup: VEF Riga enter new season on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Artland Dragons - VEF Riga 72:82

VEF Riga confirmed their highest EuroCup ambitions this season clinching an impressive road win against Artland Dragons in the opener tonight. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) posted 18 points each to lead the Latvian champions.
VEF Riga started the game aggressively. They secured a 22:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Artland cut the deficit in the second stanza. The hosts clipped the margin at 5-point mark 32:37. However VEF Riga shifted the gear in the third term. The Latvian side unleashed 26 points and ensured a 12-point lead at the final intermission. Artland Dragons fought hard to rescue the battle but VEF Riga breezed to the victory at the end. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) netted 15 points for the visitors. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) nailed 16 points for Artland Dragons. Dennis Horner (206-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.) had 13 points in the losing case.

Artland Dragons: Anthony King 16, Dennis Horner 13
VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 18, Dairis Bertans 18, Kristaps Janicenoks 15



EuroCup: Ratiopharm Ulm silence Cholet in France - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Ratiopharm Ulm 71:93

Ratiopharm Ulm secured a confident start to their EuroCup campaign. They stunned Cholet Basket in France. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) netted 25 points for the German team.
Ratiopharm Ulm surprised Cholet in the starting quarter. The German team went on a blistering 32:21 run to surge ahead. Ulm maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The visitors piled up a 51:36 halftime advantage. Ratiopharm Ulm did not give a single chance for Cholet after the big break. The Germans went on a 22:12 rally in the third quarter to boost the gap at 25-point mark. The hosts fired 23 points in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) provided 16 points and 12 boards, while Daniel Theis (203-PF-92) had 12 points for the winners. Cholet answered with 14 points from Terrell Everett (193-G-84, college: Oklahoma). Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Cholet: Terrell Everett 14, Marcus Goree 12
Ratiopharm Ulm: Allan Ray 25, John Bryant 16+12 boards, Daniel Theis 12



EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets stole the victory from the Giants - by Eurobasket News

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. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored six consecutive points for 42:37 early in the third and Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) 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.
Benas Veikalas stepped up with 18 points and Jared Jordan nailed 14. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) delivered 13, whilst Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann tossed in 8. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) answered with 18 points, whilst Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) had 15. Roel Moors (190-G-78) delivered 10 and Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: FCM, college: Virginia Union) collected 9 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Antwerp: Bryan Hopkins 18, Ralph Biggs 15, Roel Moors 10, Gregg Thondique 9+11 rebs
Telekom Baskets: Benas Veikalas 18, Jared Jordan 14, Kyle Weems 13, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 8



Marko Simic Departs From The Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Despite a slow start by PRO A team Oettinger Rockets Gotha, a surprise was announced today that Marko Simic will no longer coach the team. The decision was made by management to go separate ways with the swiss coach. The team is currently in 15th place with a record of 2-6. Simic is 25 and belongs to a new trend of young coaches in German basketball. He wont be forgotten as he led the club to their most successful season last season winning the PRO B and moving up to the PRO A. The club is currently looking for a replacement.

Source: Oettinger Rockets Gotha





Demetrius Ward Joins The MTV Herzoege Wolfenuettel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)


MTV Herzoege Wolfenuettel have announced the arrival of Demetrius Ward (190-G-90, college: W.Michigan). Ward is a 22 year old 190cm como guard from Detroit, Michigan. He comes to Wolfenbuettel replacing Jack Hanley. This past summer, he played for Team Helsinki (Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas): 4 games: 4.3ppg, 1.8rpg. "He has a very good penetration to the hoop, but can also throw the ball from outside. He also makes nice pass that will get our big man into good position", stressed ehad coach Benjamin Travenizek. He started his basketball career at : W.Michigan (NCAA) in 2008. In his senior year, he played 1 games: 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 76.2%. He played a total of 129 NCAA games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MAC West Division Regular Season Co-Champion -09, MAC West Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, MAC Tournament Semifinals -10, 11, MAC West Division Regular Season Champion -11, and All-MAC 2nd Team -11

Source: MTV Herzge Wolfenbuttel



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

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

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (2-2) crushing them 114-91 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Kaman recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 3-1 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kaman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 84.2%(16-19) in the two games he played so far. Kaman is a naturalized American. He played for the German senior national team one years ago. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the tenth-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (3-3) 80-69 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Pleiss scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (4-2) is placed fourth in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Pleiss' first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(9-16) in the three games. Pleiss is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL. He could not help Levanga Hokkaido (1-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's very good performance Levanga Hokkaido was edged 65-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. Klette has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 42.5% and FT: 76.7%. He played for the German U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Alexander Machowski
Alexander Machowski
   #4. Center Alexander Machowski (205-91, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish 1Liga (second division) was not able to help Polonia (3-4) in their last game. Despite Machowski's good performance Polonia was crushed 92-61 in Lublin by the lower-ranked (#12) WIKANA Start. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Machowski also added 5 rebounds in only a mere 11 minutes. This year Machowski's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.6rpg in the five games. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2007.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against the seventh-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-2) 76-58 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. CAI Zaragoza (3-3) is placed 12th in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Toppert has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Mike Dejworek
Mike Dejworek
   #6. Center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel, currently plays in Denmark) helped Bakken win their game against the closely-ranked Horsholm (3-4) crushing them 95-67 in the Danish Ligaen last Saturday. Dejworek scored only 1 points in 3 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Bakken this season. His team is placed second in the Ligaen. Dejworek is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the closely-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (11-5) 89-78 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Regatas Corrientes (10-5) is placed fifth in the LigaA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Kammerichs' first year with the team. Kammerichs is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.

   #2. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Bnei Hasharon (2-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Bnei Hasharon was defeated 91-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Hapoel Holon (#4). Rice was the second best scorer with 18 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Rice is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bnei Hasharon's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg and 3.0rpg. Rice is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.

   #3. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a victory over the 11th-ranked Pitesti (3-4) 82-76 in the Romanian Division A last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Sarovic scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. BC Timisoara (7-1) is placed fourth in the Division A. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg in the six games he played so far. Sarovic has both Serbian and German nationalities.

   #4. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) was the main contributor in a Dongbu Promy's victory against the closely-ranked Sonic Boom KT (4-7) 83-71 in the South Korean KBL on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Sensley scored 21 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Dongbu Promy (4-7) is placed seventh in the KBL. Sensley has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 3.6apg. Sensley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #5. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (0-1) 84-65 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Stojic recorded 15 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Base Oostende this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the Eurocup. Stojic also holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #6. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Energa Czarni's victory against the tenth-ranked Siarka Jezioro 85-73 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. He scored 10 points. Tomaszek is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders. His total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg. Tomaszek holds both German and Polish passports.

   #7. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (4-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LF Basket lost 79-92 in Boras to the second-ranked Basket. Igbavboa was the second best scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. Igbavboa has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #8. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) helped Alaska Aces edge the leader Talk N Text 94-92 in a derby game in the Filipino PBA last Friday. Thoss scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. This year Thoss' total stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.4apg in the five games. He holds both German and Filipino passports.

   #9. Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the eighth-ranked Randers 89-86 in the Danish Ligaen on Wednesday night. Varga scored 12 points. Varga's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. He has German and Slovakian nationalities.

   #10. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Ford Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Wachsmann scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 92-76. Wachsmann has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg.



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

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in an overtime Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (0-1) 85-78 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Vasiliadis recorded 17 points and added 4 assists in 37 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Gescrap BB this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the Eurocup. Vasiliadis is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1 blocks. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Zisis led his Spanish team Gescrap BB to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (0-1) 85-78. He recorded 14 points and added 6 assists. It was his first game for Gescrap BB this season. Zisis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup). Kaimakoglou led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory over the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (0-1) 74-67 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Kaimakoglou recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Unics Kazan this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the Eurocup. Kaimakoglou is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #4. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (0-1) 64-56 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Spartak St.Petersburg this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the Eurocup. Mavrokefalidis used to play for the Greek national team last year.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #5. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) helped Denver Nuggets win their game against the Detroit Pistons (0-5) 109-97 in the NBA last Tuesday. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 30 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 2-3 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Koufos averages: 6.6ppg and 5.6rpg in the five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Koufos used to play for the Greek national team last year. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #6. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Russia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Kaimakoglou. But that was another game of his team in Russian PBL which we would like to mention. Vougioukas helped Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (2-3) crushing them 75-47. He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Unics Kazan (1-1) is placed seventh in the PBL. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. Vougioukas has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #7. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy could not help Armani Milano (2-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Armani Milano was defeated 92-87 on the road by the leading Zalgiris in the group C of Euroleague. Fotsis recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fotsis' overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Stavros Toutziarakis
Stavros Toutziarakis
   #8. Center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) helped Solna Vikings win their game against one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro (3-6) 86-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Toutziarakis had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. Solna Vikings (5-4) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Toutziarakis is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.2rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.4ppg and 1.7apg in the nine games. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2007.

Mihalis Kakiouzis
Mihalis Kakiouzis
   #9. An experienced former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland) helped SAV Vacallo win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Lugano Tigers (3-2) 96-90 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Kakiouzis scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. SAV Vacallo Basket (4-1) is placed first in the LNA. This season Kakiouzis has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #10. Point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked BC Donetsk (0-1) 78-75 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Calathes recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Lokomotiv this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the Eurocup. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

   #11. Former international swingman Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-80, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Keravnos in their game against Krasnie Krilya in the EuroChallenge. Diamantopoulos recorded 9 points in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Keravnos this season. His team lost 74-79. He used to play for the Greek national team nine years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE edge the 12th-ranked Prima Veroli 82-80 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Barlos scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2spg in the five games. Barlos used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #13. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne in their game against Galatasaray in the Turkish TBL. He recorded 6 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Olin Edirne this season. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 81-62. Tapoutos used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former University international center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Euroins Cherno More in their game against Balkan in the Bulgarian NBL. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 82-73. Galiotos is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. His total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 7.7rpg. Galiotos used to play for the Greek university national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC edge in an overtime one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa 89-88 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 6 points in 21 minutes. This year Papamakarios' total stats are: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg in the six games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against the ninth-ranked Batumi (0-3) crushing them 94-63 in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Sokk scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (2-0) is placed fourth in the Superleague. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Sokk is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 6.5apg. He also averaged so far 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian.

   #2. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (2-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Air Avellino was defeated 79-67 on the road by the much higher-ranked Cantu (#3). Mavraides was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 passes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Mavraides' overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 2.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #3. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) led Chalons-Reims to a victory over the 12th-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (3-4) 95-82 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Tsagarakis recorded 26 points (!!!) in 38 minutes. Chalons-Reims (4-3) is placed seventh in the ProB. This year Tsagarakis has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg and 1.7rpg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg crushing them 108-68 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. He scored 14 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BG Goettingen (6-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Livas' overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #5. Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Limoges CSP Elite (2-3) in their game against JDA Dijon (2-3) in the French ProA, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Tsamis also added 7 assists in 22 minutes. But Limoges CSP Elite lost 65-69 in JDA Dijon to the higher-ranked (#10) JDA Dijon. This year Tsamis' overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.0apg in the five games.

   #6. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi Haifa in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 87-67. Calathes is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #7. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to a 2-point Keravnos' victory against the sixth-ranked Apoel 68-66 in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. Demertzis scored 6 points and added 5 passes. Demertzis is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg.

   #8. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a 3-point Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked BC Donetsk 78-75 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 6 points. It was his first game for Lokomotiv this season. Savrasenko has both Greek and Russian nationalities.

   #9. Antonis Sivorotka (203-F-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Finke Baskets 95-76 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Sivorotka scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #10. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Uppsala Basket in their game against Norrkoping Dolphins in the Swedish Basketligan. Nakos recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 15 minutes. His team lost 87-94. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg in the eight games. Nakos also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.



Oostende vs Panionios in Eurocup Round 1 - by Diamadis Farmakis

Telenet Oostende versus Panionios tonight in Belgium, in the opening week of the 2012-13 Eurocup. Let's see the facts of that game and the roster analysis and also what coach Skourtopoulos and Nikos Papas had to say for the game. Oostende welcomes Panionios back to the competition for a first time since 2007-08.

The defending Belgian champion has added forward Wes Wilkinson and guard Mario Stojic, who should improve scoring percentages, to some familiar names remaining from seasons past - Led again by coach Dario Giergja, the team will use Matt Lojeskis versatility and Brent Wrights impact under the glass to try and make it a comeback to forget for Panionios

The visiting side has in its roster one of the most interesting young players on the continent and a potential candidate for the 2013 Rising Star award: guard Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM). Matchups between Chris Booker and former Euroleague champ Tomas Van den Spiegel, or the point guard tussle between Dusan Djordjevic and Ashton Gibbs, could decide this one.

Thanasis Skourtopoulos
"Oostende is the last champion in Belgium, a team which participated at the Euroleague preliminary round which means that it is a very strong team. They have tradition and a full roster with experienced players. I think that their basketball style fits us well and because of that we're capable to fight for the victory at their home. It is a crucial game for both teams but I think that we can make it if we stay focus in our plan during the whole game. Oostende may have changed a lot its roster last summer but they are still a very good team."

Nikos Pappas
"It is very important for us to get an away win in our first Eurocup game of the season. We know the difficulties of this game and that we'll face a strong and experienced team. Unics Kazan is the favorite in out group but if we manage to get specially this away win against Oostende then we would make a great step forward to our qualification to the Last 16. We must be concentrated and focused and never let our opponents play their game in their rhythm."




EuroCup: Matt Lojeski leads Oostende past Panionios - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Panionios 84:65

Oostende clinched the opening win in EuroCup regular season. They knocked down Panionios at home court. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) provided 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side.
Oostende erupted for 26 points in the first ten minutes and secured a 10-point lead. Panionios however picked up the tempo in the second term. The Greek team cut the margin to 3 points at the interval 37:40. Oostende went off the dressing room firing from all guns. The Belgian side ignited a 22:10 rally and secured a 62:47 lead into the fourth term. Oostende did not slow down in the final minutes and cruised to the win. Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84, college: Nebraska) netted 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points for the winners. Giorgos Bogris (210-C/F-89), Nikos Pappas (195-G-90, agency: FCM) and Christopher Booker (208-C/F-81, college: Purdue) responded with 13 points each for Panionios.

Oostende: Matt Lojeski 22, Wesley Wilkinson 19, Mario Stojic 15
Panionios: Giorgos Bogris 13, Nikos Pappas 13, Christopher Booker 13



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EuroCup: Rudupis prevail against Jerusalem in Prienai - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Jerusalem 85:72

Rudupis clinched the first EuroCup victory. The Lithuanian team overcame Jerusalem at home court. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) notched 26 points to lead the winners.
It was a tough battle in the first half. The teams were tied at 16 after ten minutes. Rudupis eked out a narrow lead in the second frame. They posted a 35:33 halftime advantage. Rudupis started to get away in the third quarter. The hosts fired 26 points in the third quarter and piled up a 7-point advantage at the final intermission. Rudupis poured in 24 points in the fourth stanza and did give a single chance for the visitors. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) nailed 14 points, while Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 15 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Rudupis: Gediminas Orelikas 26, Arturas Milaknis 14, Arminas Urbutis 12+11 boards
Jerusalem: Craig Smith 15, Jacob Pullen 13


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Ironi N.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Clemente, Ironi N.22.7 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.22.0 
 3. Johnson, Hapoel K.22.0 
 4. Murray, Kiryat T.20.5 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.20.0 
 7. Westbrook, Hapoel19.3 
 8. Zelkovits, Ironi N.19.3 
 9. Hofman, Elitzur19.0 
 10. Iram, Macc.B.Y.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.17.5 
 2. Ramsey, Ironi R.14.3 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.13.0 
 4. Jefferson, Maccabi11.0 
 5. Johnson, Hapoel K.10.8 
 6. Wright, Elitzur Ra.10.8 
 7. Joyner, Maccabi10.5 
 8. Clemente, Ironi N.10.3 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.3 
 10. McGhee, Elitzur8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.9.0 
 2. Golan, Ironi Nahar.8.3 
 3. Brooks, Hapoel K/S6.3 
 4. Gordon, Hapoel K.5.5 
 5. Carr, Elitzur Ramla5.3 
 6. Walker, Hod H.5.0 
 7. Grinboim, Ironi R.5.0 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.4.8 
 9. Govens, Ironi K-A4.5 
 10. Ber-Aven, Kiryat4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.3.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.3.0 
 3. Clemente, Ironi N.2.7 
 4. Hofman, Elitzur2.5 
 5. Benn, Ironi N.2.5 
 6. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.3 
 7. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.3 
 8. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 9. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.2.3 
 10. Amitay, Ironi N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Maccabi .
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Maccabi2.8 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.2.5 
 3. Clark, Ironi K-A1.8 
 4. Furman, Maccabi1.0 
 5. Kleimintz, Hapoel1.0 
 6. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 7. Tamir, Ironi R.0.8 
 8. Ramsey, Ironi R.0.8 
 9. Blair, Ironi N.0.8 
 10. Gonshor, Maccabi0.8 


Zelkovits' 33-point game gives him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Ironi Nahariya and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Ironi Nahariya in his team's victory, helping them to beat Macc.B.Yaakov (#13, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 106-96. Ironi Nahariya is placed at 5th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Ironi Nahariya will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Zelkovits had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ironi Nahariya's top player in his first season with the team. Zelkovits has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 65.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law) of Macc.B.Yaakov. He is American swingman in his first season at Macc.B.Yaakov. In the last game Laing recorded impressive 35 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Macc.B.Yaakov lost that game 96-106 to the higher-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#5, 3-1). Macc.B.Yaakov is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Laing is a newcomer at Macc.B.Yaakov and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#5). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Nes-Ziona (#6). Benn showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, ten rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Ironi Nes-Ziona, leading his team to a 99-59 easy win against Maccabi K/B (#14, 0-4). Ironi Nes-Ziona needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Benn has a great season in Israel. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (8th best). Benn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 20 points and 17 rebounds
5. Greg Murray (195-F-89) of Kiryat Tivon - 31 points and 7 rebounds
6. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Hapoel Afula - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85) of Hod Hasharon - 19 points and 13 rebounds
9. Elad Hofman (192-G/F-85) of Elitzur Yavne - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Amit Tamir (208-C/F-79) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Elitzur Yavne 4-0 
 2. Ironi Ramat Gan 3-1 
 3. Hod Hasharon 3-1 
 4. Ironi K-A 3-1 
 5. Ironi Nahariya 3-1 
 6. Ironi Nes-Ziona 3-1 
 7. Hapoel Afula 2-2 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 2-2 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 2-2 
 10. Maccabi K/G 1-3 
 11. Kiryat Tivon 1-3 
 12. Hapoel K/S 1-3 
 13. Macc.B.Yaakov 0-4 
 14. Maccabi K/B 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 6: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi K/B 99-59
Nov. 6: Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Kazrin 89-83
Nov. 6: Ironi K-A - Kiryat Tivon 78-81
Nov. 6: Hod Hasharon - Hapoel Afula 75-81
Nov. 6: Maccabi K/G - Ironi Ramat Gan 74-93
Nov. 6: Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Yavne 60-76
Nov. 6: Ironi Nahariya - Macc.B.Yaakov 106-96

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 13: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel K/S
Nov. 13: Macc.B.Yaakov - Maccabi K/G
Nov. 13: Hapoel Afula - Ironi Nahariya
Nov. 13: Maccabi K/B - Hod Hasharon
Nov. 13: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi K-A
Nov. 13: Hapoel Kazrin - Elitzur Ramla
Nov. 13: Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Nes-Ziona


Gilboa/Galil won't extend Shmulik Brener's contract - by Idan Seggev

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, who currently occupy in the last place of the Israeli league with 4 loses and without a single win, decided not to extend the contract of the point guard, Shmuel Brener (188-PG-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). The player, who was signed by Gilboa for one month, played in all four games but score only vs. Hapoel Holon. His average is 2 points, 3.5 rbs and 2.5 assists in 16.7 minutes per game. Brener joined the club along with Yaniv Green (206-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) only a day before the tip-off but couldn't impress the staff. Galil will face a Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv at Nokia arena in their next match.


Erez Katz retires from basketball - by Idan Seggev

Ex Israel national team and Bnei Hertzelia's point guard, Erez Katz (193-PG-80, agency: Interperformances), announced yesterday on his retirement from professional basketball at the age of 32. Katz, who suffered from a long back injury in the past years, decided to hang his shoes because of it after a 14-years career. Katz played in the past 6 years in Hertzelia/Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon and before that he played in Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, the team where he grew up and played there 6 years. He was also a member of the Israeli national team in all levels including senior and was the captain of every team and national team during his career. Katz played 294 matches in the Israeli league and scored 1,505 points. he passed 873 assists (second to Meir Tapiro in the last 15 years) and picked up 859 rebounds (third from all the guards after Tapiro & Burstein). He also has 450 steals, more then anyone else in the past 15 years. With Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon he scored 647 points and he is ranked as 10th at the club's all-times scorers. Bnei Hertzelia will make a ceremony for him just before their next match vs.....Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem on Sunday (11/11/12).


EuroChallenge: Hapoel Holon closed the first round successfully - by Eurobasket News

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 Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) tossed in 16. Zack Rosen brought 13, whilst Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) had 12. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) added 15. Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) ended up with 8 and Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86, agency: FCM) finished the game with 7.

Hapoel Holon: Frank Hassell 22+15 rebs, Tyler Smith 16, Zack Rosen 13, Jerome Dyson 12
Armia: Curtis Millage 20, Lamayn Wilson 15, Lasha Parghalava 8, Giorgi Gamqrelidze 7



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  ITALY   


EuroCup: Sassari open campaign with victory - by Eurobasket News

Sassari - Cajasol 87:84

Banco di Sardegna Sassari survived a tough challenge from Cajasol to post the win on the opening day of EuroCup regular season. The Italian debutants got 26 points from Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) to claim the victory.
Sassari dominated in the opening quarter. They fired 25 points to take a 4-point lead. Cajasol slowed their opponents down in the second term. The Spaniards narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 42:45. The visitors drained 28 points in the third term to surge ahead. Cajasol posted a 70:66 lead at the final break. Sassari quickly restored lead in the final stanza. The hosts posted a 6-point advantage and though Cajasol cut the distance to 3 points the Spanish team ran out of time at the end. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) finished with 16 points, while Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) netted 12 points and issued 8 assists for the home side. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 19 points for Cajasol. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) netted 16 points in the loss.

Sassari: Marvis Thornton 26, Drake Diener 16, Travis Diener 12
Cajasol: Brian Asbury 19, John Holland 16



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Adrian Thomas breaks 3-Point record!! - by Eurobasket Center

American Forward Adrian Thomas (200-F-87, college: Miami, FL) scored 41 points for Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix this past weekend, hitting 13 three pointers in the process. He set a new 3-point record in the BJ league in Japan. It was his third game in Japan this season.
Thomas is a product of the University of Miami. As a senior he averaged 7.3ppg and 2.7rpg in 2010-2011. Last year he spent in D-League. While playing 54 games for Bakersfield Jam he recored 7.1ppg and 1.6rpg. This summer Thomas played 4 games for the Miami Heat during the Pro Summer League in Las Vegas averaging 7.5ppg and 2.3rpg.



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France inks at Sulaibikhat at the beginning of his pro career - by Eurobasket (T)

Sulaibikhat has signed Trevecca Nazs Michael France (188-G/F, college: Trevecca Naz.) for the 2012-13 season. Michael began his rookie career earlier this summer in the NBA Dleague camps where he made an impression on many coaches and GMs receiving several invites for training camp this year. Last year Michael averaged 20.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2apg, 1.6spg, 47%FG, 37%3P, 67%FT, which earning him the Men?s Basketball Player of the Year for the (NCCAA), Division I, he was also named to the NCCAA Division-l Mens Basketball All-America Team, Named First Team NCCAA All Mid-East Region, and earned several TranSouth Player of the Week selections. His junior season, Mic scored a career-high 43 points at Martin Methodist (1/29).
Michael France is the product of Shelbyville (Tenn.) Extremely confident shooter that is dangerous at mid-range or well behind the arc ... Wont hesitate to square up from 25-28 away from the hoop ... Needs very little space or time to get off a quality shot ... Highly efficient for a volume shooter. Is able to create his own shot or spot-up off the ball effectively ... Handles the ball fairly well ... Uses quick, short dribbles and changes of direction/speed to keep defenders off balance...Aggressive in transition, always looking to make something happen...

By Eurobasket Data Center




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EuroCup: VEF Riga enter new season on a high note - by Eurobasket News

Artland Dragons - VEF Riga 72:82

VEF Riga confirmed their highest EuroCup ambitions this season clinching an impressive road win against Artland Dragons in the opener tonight. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) posted 18 points each to lead the Latvian champions.
VEF Riga started the game aggressively. They secured a 22:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Artland cut the deficit in the second stanza. The hosts clipped the margin at 5-point mark 32:37. However VEF Riga shifted the gear in the third term. The Latvian side unleashed 26 points and ensured a 12-point lead at the final intermission. Artland Dragons fought hard to rescue the battle but VEF Riga breezed to the victory at the end. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) netted 15 points for the visitors. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) nailed 16 points for Artland Dragons. Dennis Horner (206-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.) had 13 points in the losing case.

Artland Dragons: Anthony King 16, Dennis Horner 13
VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 18, Dairis Bertans 18, Kristaps Janicenoks 15



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David CORTES
  Arecibo
  (190-G/F-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Cortes, Arecibo9.9 
 2. La Union8.0 
 3. Arecibo7.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 
  
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Arecibo3.4 
 2. La Union2.9 
 3. Cortes, Arecibo2.6 
Assists Per Game
 
  
  (--)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. La Union1.5 
 2. Arecibo1.5 
 3. Cortes, Arecibo0.8 
Steals Per Game
 
  
  (--)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. La Union0.7 
 2. Arecibo0.7 
 3. Cortes, Arecibo0.6 
Blocks Per Game
 
  
  (--)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Arecibo0.4 
 2. Cortes, Arecibo0.3 
 3. La Union0.2 



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.28.0 
 2. Guzman, Mavort24.0 
 3. Evans, El Bosque23.0 
 4. Baxley, Hebraica23.0 
 5. Giovannoni, Unice.22.3 
 6. Osimani, Obras21.3 
 7. Calvo, S.Jose/U.20.7 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras20.7 
 9. Velasquez, Dep.C.19.7 
 10. Matthews, Cent..19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hatila PASSOS
  Hebraica
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Passos, Hebraica12.3 
 2. Fuller, Mavort11.3 
 3. Osorio, El Bosque9.7 
 4. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.3 
 5. Colmenares, Cent..9.3 
 6. Smith, Amistad9.3 
 7. Leiva, Penarol9.0 
 8. McFarlin, Amistad9.0 
 9. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 10. Levy, Libertad S.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 2. Dos Santos, Unice.7.7 
 3. Osimani, Obras7.3 
 4. Martinez, Regat.6.7 
 5. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.3 
 6. Ribeiro, Un.6.3 
 7. Cardenas, Mavort5.7 
 8. Giordana, Libertad.5.3 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.4.7 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell EVANS
  El Bosque
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Evans, El Bosque3.7 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol3.3 
 3. Suero, Tiburones2.3 
 4. Benite, Flamengo2.3 
 5. Colmenares, Cent..2.3 
 6. Magalhaes, Flame.2.3 
 7. Ferreira, Pinheiro.2.3 
 8. Osimani, Malvin2.0 
 9. Sloan, Mavort2.0 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo MORRO
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morro, Pinheiro.2.0 
 2. Leiva, Penarol2.0 
 3. Clay, Dep.Castro2.0 
 4. de Souza, Un.1.7 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.7 
 6. Newsome, Malvin1.3 
 7. Espinoza, Obras1.3 
 8. Levy, Libertad S.1.3 
 9. Fuller, Mavort1.3 
 10. Reis, Un.1.0 



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LKL Round 8: Winless Naglis Palangos loses another game - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to seventh ranked Lietkabelis (2-2) 82-68 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Naglis Palangos managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Naglis Palangos to just 6 points in first quarter. Lietkabelis dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 36. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Arnas Butkevicius (196-92) who added 17 points during the contest. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) responded with 20 points and 6 assists. Lietkabelis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Lietkabelis is looking forward to face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Nevezis (#8) in Kedainiai and hopes to get finally their first victory.
11th ranked Nevezis (1-4) was outscored at home by top-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-0) with the biggest margin this round 102-80. The winners were led by international Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St.) who scored that evening 19 points and 4 steals and Nemanja Nedovic supported him with 17 points. Lietuvos rytas' coach Darius Maskoliunas felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 19 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) did not help to save the game for Nevezis. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Siauliai. Nevezis lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with LSU-Baltai. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nevezis will play on the road against Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 8 LSU-Baltai was destroyed by Neptunas on the opponent's court 92-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 4 assists by Taurantas Tamosiunas of LSU-Baltai.


Neptunas - LSU-Baltai 92-71

Everything could happen in Klaipeda at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Neptunas and 8th ranked LSU-Baltai had identical 1-3 record. This time Neptunas used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Kaunas 92-71. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. LSU-Baltai was better in fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Neptunas forced 28 LSU-Baltai turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. LSU-Baltai was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by guard Martynas Mazeika (191-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 steals and center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 4 assists by point guard Taurantas Tamosiunas (192-92) did not help to save the game for LSU-Baltai. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) added 17 points and 5 rebounds 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. Despite that victory Neptunas went down to ninth position due to points difference. LSU-Baltai at the other side keeps the eighth place with four games lost. They share the position with Nevezis. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: T.Tamosiunas 24+3reb+4ast, V.Sragauskis 17+5reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 9+3reb, T.Urbonas 8+7reb+2ast, M.Stasys 6+4reb+5ast, P.Malasauskas 3+3reb+2ast
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 23+3reb, V.Sarakauskas 15+9reb+1ast, M.Andriuskevicius 10+4reb+3ast, D.Gailius 10+6reb+3ast, R.Broadus 8+2reb+7ast, D.McClure 7+4reb+2ast
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Naglis Palangos - Lietkabelis 68-82

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to seventh ranked Lietkabelis (2-2) 82-68 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Naglis Palangos managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Naglis Palangos to just 6 points in first quarter. Lietkabelis dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 36. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Arnas Butkevicius (196-92) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) responded with 20 points and 6 assists and Nigerian power forward Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-88, college: Elon) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lietkabelis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Lietkabelis is looking forward to face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Nevezis (#8) in Kedainiai and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: P.Brown 20+4reb+6ast, O.Atoyebi 18+11reb, E.Lengvinas 14+2reb+3ast, M.Konate 7+6reb+1ast, M.Mockevicius 4+1reb+4ast, J.Petkevicius 3+4reb
Lietkabelis: K.Cipruss 20+9reb+4ast, A.Butkevicius 17+1reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 10+5reb+1ast, T.Jogela 10+4reb+5ast, K.Vecvagars 9+2reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 4+1reb
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Nevezis - Lietuvos rytas 80-102

11th ranked Nevezis (1-4) was outscored at home by top-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-0) with the biggest margin this round 102-80. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 30. Lietuvos rytas forced 22 Nevezis turnovers. Nevezis was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by international Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St.) who scored that evening 19 points and 4 steals and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 17 points. Lietuvos rytas' coach Darius Maskoliunas felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 19 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) did not help to save the game for Nevezis. Guard Sarunas Kulevicius (195-89) added 13 points for the hosts. Five Lietuvos rytas and four Nevezis players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Siauliai. Nevezis lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with LSU-Baltai. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nevezis will play on the road against Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: M.Girdziunas 19+2reb+4ast, A.Aleksandrovas 14+3reb+2ast, S.Kulevicius 13+4reb+2ast, G.Zyle 10+1reb, T.Bishop 8+7reb, T.Cerneckis 5+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: D.Dulkys 19+4reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 17+3reb+1ast, J.Blums 11+1reb+1ast, M.Katelynas 11+7reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 10+3reb+2ast, A.Jomantas 10+5reb+2ast
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EuroCup: Rudupis prevail against Jerusalem in Prienai - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Jerusalem 85:72

Rudupis clinched the first EuroCup victory. The Lithuanian team overcame Jerusalem at home court. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) notched 26 points to lead the winners.
It was a tough battle in the first half. The teams were tied at 16 after ten minutes. Rudupis eked out a narrow lead in the second frame. They posted a 35:33 halftime advantage. Rudupis started to get away in the third quarter. The hosts fired 26 points in the third quarter and piled up a 7-point advantage at the final intermission. Rudupis poured in 24 points in the fourth stanza and did give a single chance for the visitors. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) nailed 14 points, while Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 15 points for Jerusalem. Jacob Pullen (185-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Rudupis: Gediminas Orelikas 26, Arturas Milaknis 14, Arminas Urbutis 12+11 boards
Jerusalem: Craig Smith 15, Jacob Pullen 13



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Balkan League: Levski bring victory from Bar - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - Levski 84:89

Levski celebrated the second win at the start of Balkan League season. The Bulgarian team shot down Mornar Bar on the road to stay undefeated in Group A. Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the visitors. Mornar Bar suffered the fourth straight defeat.
The Montenegrin side opened the game aggressively. Mornar Bar ensured a 27:21 lead after ten minutes. But Levski took over in the second quarter. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with two free throws to draw things level at 44. Levski went on a 12:3 run early in the third term to spur ahead. They entered the fourth period up by 13 points 71:58. Levski stayed in charge throughout the final period and secured a comfortable victory at the end. Chavdar Kostov provided 19 points, while Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79, agency: Interperformances) notched 11 points and 10 rebounds in the winning case. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management) answered with 22 points for Mornar Bar. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) produced 18 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Milos Djurisic 22, Miroslav Damjanovic 18
Levski: Nikolay Varbanov 25, Chavdar Kostov 19, Dimitar Anguelov 11+10 boards



EuroCup: Bilbao survive overtime to tame Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bilbao - Buducnost 85:78 (OT)

Gescrap Bilbao had to survive overtime drama to open win count in EuroCup season. The Spanish team withheld a severe opposition from Buducnost to seal the victory in regular season opener. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Basque team to an overtime victory.
Buducnost tipped off the game strong. The Montenegrin powerhouse secured a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Bilbao trailed by as many as 9 points at the interval 31:40. Buducnost succeeded in the third term building a 56:43 lead at the third break. However Bilbao used a 17:2 run midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 64. Buducnost arrived at the final seconds up by three points. However Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) was put to the penalty line. He sank first free throw and missed the second on purpose. The forward grabbed the key rebound and converted a jumper to tie things up at 71 forcing overtime. Kostas Vasiliadis connected from behind the arc early in the extra period to give the hosts necessary boost. They went on to win the game by 7 points. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) provided 14 points, while Kostas Vasiliadis finished with 17 points in the victory. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) answered with 17 points for Buducnost. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points in defeat.

Gescrap Bilbao: Lamont Hamilton 20, Kostas Vasiliadis 17, Nikolaos Zisis 14
Buducnost: Gerald Lee 17, Nikola Ivanovic 12



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Wednesday Games: Clippers send Spurs to 1st loss, 106-84 - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Cleveland C. 106-96
OAKLAND, Calif.-David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) played through an illness to finish with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors outlasted the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers 106-96 on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry scored 21 points to go with six assists, and reserve Carl Landry added 19 points and nine rebounds to help the Warriors take a 17-point lead in the second quarter, go down a basket in the third and cruise to victory in the fourth. Kyrie Irving had 28 points and seven assists, and Daniel Gibson chipped in 12 points for the Cavaliers, who played without two of their top big men. First-round pick Tyler Zeller (7'0''-PF-90, college: N.Carolina) was sent back to Cleveland for further concussion tests and Anderson Varejao sat out with soreness in his bruised right knee. The Warriors improved to 3-2, a winning record that doesn't mean much to most NBA teams. For fervent-and often frustrated-fans in the basketball-booming Bay Area, though, the small sample size is enough to provide a glimmer of hope for a franchise that has missed the playoffs 17 of the last 18 seasons. With Cleveland (2-3) depleted on the inside, the Warriors wasted no time turning the game into a rout. They just struggled, at first, to keep Cleveland at a distance. The Cavs collapsed on the inside and allowed Golden State's shooters to roam free. Curry and Klay Thompson made a flurry of jumpers to give the Warriors a 37-21 lead after the first quarter. Curry alone scored 15 in the period to help Golden State pile up more points than it had in any quarter in the previous four games this season. The Warriors went ahead by 17 early in the second quarter. The Cavs surged back in a hurry, closing within five later in the second during a spurt highlighted by an over-the-backboard alley-oop from Gibson to Tristan Thompson that even stirred the home fans. In the third quarter, Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, college: Alabama) started a three-point play with a driving layup over Harrison Barnes, and Dion Waiters followed with a long jumper to put Cleveland ahead 69-67. Jarrett Jack, who also sat out the Warriors' morning practice because of an illness, came through during Golden State's final push. He converted a three-point play over Samardo Samuels-who started in Varejao's place-and threw a long outlet pass ahead to Richard Jefferson for an easy dunk. Lee helped Golden State outrebound Samuels, Jon Leuer and what was left of Cleveland's frontcourt 44-39 to help Golden State close the third quarter on an 18-5 run, going ahead by 11 and essentially putting the game out of reach. Keeping it close might've been the one bit of good news for the Cavs all day. Zeller returned to Cleveland for further evaluation after sustaining a concussion and broken cheekbone when Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) elbowed him in the face in the Cavs' 108-101 win Monday night. In that same game, Varejao bruised his right knee in the first quarter. Cavs coach Byron Scott said it's unclear when either will return. NOTES: New Warriors C Andrew Bogut, still playing through soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle, was held scoreless in 17 minutes of play. He had five points and three rebounds. ... Golden State has won four straight against Cleveland. ... San Francisco Giants slugger and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval attended the game. .... Cavaliers swingman C.J. Miles also played through an illness. Courtesy of: times-standard.com

LA Clippers - San Antonio S. 106-84
LOS ANGELES-DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) each had double-digit points and rebounds while leading a dunkfest Wednesday night in the Los Angeles Clippers' 106-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who lost for the first time this season. Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players who scored in double figures while helping the Clippers snap a two-game skid against the team that swept them out of the second round of the playoffs last season. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 12 points and Tim Duncan added 10 for the Spurs, whose 4-0 start was the best in franchise history. Jordan, Griffin and Chris Paul, who had 10 points and 12 assists, left the game for good with 4:47 remaining and the Clippers ahead by 25 points. They had just finished a raucous stretch of dunks off alley-oop passes during a 12-2 spurt. Griffin had three big dunks in the sequence after Jordan's high-flying act dominated the third quarter. The Spurs got no closer than 11 points after opening the fourth on an 11-2 run. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) hit a 3-pointer to reignite the Clippers' offense. The Clippers took an 82-62 lead into the fourth after outscoring the Spurs 35-21 in the third while shooting 71 percent from the field. Los Angeles dominated the defensive glass 12-2 and its second unit extended the lead to 20 points while Griffin and Paul spent the last few minutes on the bench. Eric Bledsoe led Los Angeles' reserves with 15 points and Matt Barnes added 12. Jordan had three highlight dunks in the third quarter, including a fast break off an alley-oop pass from Paul. The Spurs were held to 37 percent shooting and outscored 22-10 in the paint. The Clippers led 47-41 at halftime after being ahead by 11 points early in the second. They had just six turnovers after committing 13 in the first half against Cleveland in their previous game. Griffin, Paul and Jordan propelled the Clippers' offense in the second quarter, with Jordan scoring eight points, including consecutive dunks, and Griffin and Paul four each. Notes: G Manu Ginobili scored nine points playing in his 670th game as a Spur, moving him into fifth on the franchise's all-time list. ... Griffin played with a sleeve covering his right elbow for the second straight game. He has fluid on his elbow and a stiff neck. ... The Spurs' loss left the Knicks as the NBA's only undefeated team. ... Billy Crystal and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were among the Clippers' fourth sellout crowd of the season and 53rd in a row. Courtesy of: montereyherald.com

Sacramento K. - Detroit P. 105-103
DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, as the Kings held off the Pistons and kept them winless with a 105-103 victory at Sleep Train Arena. Seven Kings scored in double figures, with Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) and Isaiah Thomas each chipping in 15 points. Jason Thompson added 13 points and Jimmer Fredette netted 12, including two big free throws down the stretch for Sacramento, which has won two straight after going 0-3 on the road to start the season. Detroit, which was led by Greg Monroe's first career triple-double, fell to 0-5 for the second time in three years. Monroe totaled 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the setback. Courtesy of: www.kansascity.com

Milwaukee B. - Memphis G. 90-108
After starting the 2012-13 campaign 2-0 for the first time in seven years, the Milwaukee Bucks could not overcome the physicality of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, and the uber-athleticism of Rudy Gay, suffering their first home loss of the season to the Memphis Grizzlies in a fairly lackluster, yet predictable way. The final score read 108-90, and it was exactly as close as it looked. Both teams traded barbs evenly throughout the first quarter, with the Grizzlies opting for a "ground and pound" inside while the Bucks launched moonshots to keep Memphis' lead to 23-22 after one. You can probably guess which strategy was sustainable through the remaining 36 minutes. Opening up the second quarter on a 9-0 run spearheaded by Marc Gasol's plodding inside game and sporadic elbow jumpers, and a combination of Zach Randolph/Rudy Gay iso plays, Memphis ran their lead to 56-43 by halftime. After registering 21-12 and 32-22 second quarter scoring advantages in their first two wins over the Celtics and Cavaliers, the Bucks cowered in the face of the Grizzlies' physicality, falling 33-21 in the second and setting a record for rimmed out finger rolls (it's not as dirty as it sounds, I promise). Memphis increased the advantage to 20 midway through the third quarter, when an unlikely Bucks lineup of Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89)-Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85)-Mike Dunleavy-John Henson (making his NBA debut)-Larry Sanders mounted a 21-6 mid-quarter comeback that whittled the deficit to nine with a minute to play in the third. Unfortunately, Wayne Ellington and Quincy Pondexter each drained a three in the quarter's final 45 seconds, returning the lead to double digits for good. At that point, the Grizzlies' post play put the game on lock down, daring the Bucks to shoot mid-range shots they had not made all game and forcing Milwaukee's gangly gaggle of big men into uncomfortable foul-drawing situations. The Bucks shot just 36.9% to the Grizzlies' 53.2%, hitting four of their six three pointers in the first quarter. Memphis post players combined for 50 points and won the rebounding battle 49-41. Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 19 points on 5-20 FG, adding 5 assists and 4 steals to the stat sheet. Monta Ellis also partook in the brick laying festivities (15 points, 5-18 FG, 7 assists, 4 rebounds). Milwaukee will travel to Washington to take on the new look Wizards on Friday at 6 p.m., while Memphis hosts the Hosuton Rockets on the same night at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: brewhoop.com

Boston C. - Washington W. 100-94 OT
BOSTON - For three and half quarters, it looked as though the Boston Celtics were just toying with the Washington Wizards - keeping the score close before shifting into another gear and blowing the visitors out of the gym. The Wizards had other ideas. After riding the ample shoulders of center Kevin Seraphin for most of the game, the rest of the team finally found the offensive rhythm coach Randy Wittman has been looking for and kept pace with the Celtics to force overtime Wednesday night at TD Garden. In overtime, the veteran Celtics took control and closed the Wizards out, 100-94. The box score will show just another loss for the Wizards, now 0-3, but the second-half comeback, along with a few breakout performances, will give the team something to build on. 'It's a learning process,' Wittman said. 'It's disappointing because we lost, but [there were] a lot of good things. I thought we had a lot of good looks and we are not making shots right now, especially at the start of games.' Where the Wizards are getting their much needed spark is from the bench, especially from Seraphin, who is simply the best player in a Wizards uniform right now. After a 19-point performance against the Celtics at Verizon Center on Saturday, Seraphin followed it up with 16 points, adding nine rebounds and three assists, all while being guarded for much of the game by 14-time All-Star Kevin Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76). Near the end of the game, the Celtics began to double-team Seraphin, leading to a few costly turnovers (six), but Seraphin took it as a sign of respect. 'I've never been in this situation,' Seraphin said. 'Now I have to learn, watch some video and figure out how to play with it. I still need to learn and I'm learning right now.' It was also a big night for rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, college: Florida), who missed 11 of 13 shots in his first two games. Beal scored 16 points, added four rebounds and three assists. Beal was relieved when his first shot fell, but was far more pleased with his overall game than his point total. 'I was aggressive on both ends of the floor,' Beal said. 'I was rebounding, I was playing great defense and then I scored a few points as well. Coach told me when he took me out the first time I don't care of you keep missing.' He said I was just being aggressive, so I was just proud of myself doing that.' Chris Singleton also had a strong performance. Singleton, who has yet to find his spot in Wittman's rotation, played 17 minutes in the season opener against Cleveland, but just 18 seconds in the home opener against Boston. Singleton made his first five shots and finished with 14 points on 6 of 10 from the floor, and added five rebounds and two assists. 'I just gave my team a lift,' Singleton said. 'I tried to pick up the energy. I haven't played a lot, so I tried to make sure my effort was there. I tried to do the little things and help my team get a win.' Boston was led by their All-Star trio of Kevin Garnett (20 points), Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) (18) and Paul Pierce (15). Newly acquired Jason Terry added 16. Where the Wizards fell short was in the turnover department (19) and at the foul line, where they only had seven free throws to the Celtics 34. 'I can't understand that,' Wittman said of the free throw disparity, but left it at that, perhaps careful not to sound critical of the officiating. The Wizards will return to Verizon Center on Friday where they will face the Milwaukee Bucks, still in search of their first win of the year. 'We've got to learn to play down the stretch of games,' Wittman said. 'Taking care of the ball, execution, and playing down the stretch.' Courtesy of: washingtontimes.com

Utah Jazz - LA Lakers 95-86
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Jazz beat the Lakers 95-86 Wednesday night. Despite the Lakers going to the free-throw line 46 times compared to just 18 for Utah, the Jazz were able to pull out a win, thanks in large part to Randy Foye's 17 points. While Utah was stuggling to score, Foye provided a spark from the bench, as he shot 5-9 from downtown. Al Jefferson led the Jazz in scoring with 18 points and 10 boards. The Jazz got out to an early lead of 9-2 in the first quarter and never relinqueshed it, leading by double-figures for much of the night. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 29 points on 7-17 shooting from the field. Bryant also went to the free-throw line 17 times. Dwight Howard added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers. The Jazz held the Lakers to a dismal 33.8-percent shooting from the field and blocked seven shots by the Lakers. Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) had three blocks in the strong defensive effort. Utah was also able to force 18 Laker turnovers. Utah had just 12 turnovers. The Jazz improve to 2-3 on the season and end a three-game losing streak. The Lakers fall to 1-4. Courtesy of: deseretnews.com

Dallas M. - Toronto R. 109-104
DALLAS (AP) - O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) each scored 22 points as the short-handed Dallas Mavericks won their third straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 109-104 Wednesday night. The Mavericks, who jumped out to a 16-point lead early in the second quarter, improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2007-08 despite playing without forwards Shawn Marion and Elton Brand. Marion was sidelined with a sprained left knee ligament, and Brand left the team to be with his wife for the birth of his second child. In addition, All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki hasn't played this season while recovering from right knee surgery. Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points and DeMar DeRozan added 24 for the Raptors, who are 3-14 in Dallas. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry, the team's leading scorer, didn't play after spraining his right ankle Tuesday night against Oklahoma City. Vince Carter hit a pair of 3-pointers for Dallas in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to spark a 10-3 run. Troy Murphy's jumper put the Mavericks up 92-77 with 9:01 remaining before Toronto rallied. Dominic McGuire's layup cut Dallas' lead to 105-99, and DeRozan hit a jumper to make it 109-104 with 31.5 seconds left. The Raptors couldn't get any closer as they missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds. After scoring 62 points in his previous two games, Mayo shot 8 for 17. Carter scored 17 points against his former club and Darren Collison chipped in 15. Kaman started in place of Brand while rookie Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) filled in for Marion, who is expected to miss three games. The Mavericks led 61-50 and pushed their advantage to 15 points midway through the third quarter behind Mayo's seven points. The Raptors outscored the Mavericks 12-5 the rest of the period to get within 82-74, the closest they'd been since the first quarter. Toronto's Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and Alan Anderson scored 13. Kaman scored eight points in the first quarter as the Mavericks jumped out to a 36-24 lead after the first quarter. The Mavericks stretched their lead to 42-26 early in the second before the Raptors rallied. Bargnani scored five points in an 11-4 run that brought Toronto within nine. NOTES: Toronto coach Dwane Casey was an assistant with the Mavericks from 2008-11. ... Dallas television announcer Mark Followill returned after missing two games while recovering from a bicycle accident. .. Bargnani played in his 403rd game, tying Carter for fifth place on the Raptors' career list. ... The Mavericks are 28-22 without Nowitzki Courtesy of: 14news.com

Minnesota T. - Orlando M. 90-75
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Luke Ridnour had 19 points and five rebounds, and Greg Stiemsma got the rout started with six straight points to end the third quarter in a 90-75 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Stiemsma finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and Derrick Williams added 14 points and six boards for the Timberwolves, who are 3-1 for the first time since 2001. They led an ugly game by three points early in the third period before going on a staggering 28-6 surge that blew open the game. J.J. Redick had 16 points, but the Magic shot just 35 percent and turned the ball over 20 times to lose their second straight game. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) added 12 points for Orlando. Without injured stars Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) and Kevin Love, the Wolves were hoping to stay afloat thanks to a soft opening to the schedule, and they couldn't have asked for much better than this. They began the season with a sluggish win over Sacramento, dropped a game in Toronto and then surprised the Brooklyn Nets with a big comeback on Monday night before burying the Magic in the final 14 minutes. The Wolves and Magic were both awful in the second quarter, combining to miss their first 19 shots and turning the ball over virtually every other trip down the court. Redick missed his first six shots from the field before getting going in the third, with his jumper off a screen cutting Minnesota's lead to 62-55 with just over a minute to play. That's when Stiemsma took over. He scored the final six points of the period, then added a jumper to start the fourth, and the Wolves were off and running. Despite the trade of star Dwight Howard to the Lakers, the Magic got off to a surprisingly strong start in coach Jacque Vaughn's first season. They beat Denver and Phoenix to open the season, then had a narrow loss at Chicago on Tuesday night. Afflalo, Glen Davis and Redick had the offense humming at 103.3 points a game and shooting nearly 49 percent from 3-point range. The Wolves are playing without their two franchise players in Love, who broke his hand a week before the season started, and Rubio, who is hoping to return sometime in December from a torn ACL suffered last March. The injuries have turned the Wolves into a grind-it-out team that needs contributions from all over the floor to stay competitive until they get their juice back. So far, so good. They set the tone early on Wednesday night against the Magic, holding the sharpshooters to 28 percent shooting in the first quarter. Stiemsma knocked Afflalo to the floor on a drive to the bucket and Williams got going on the break to help the Wolves take a 15-point lead in the first quarter. NOTES: Wolves PG J.J. Barea left the game in the fourth quarter with an injured left ankle and did not return. ... Mo Harkless made his season debut for the Magic, scoring seven points in 23 minutes. ... Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) added 10 points and Nikola Pekovic had 11 points and five rebounds for the Wolves. Courtesy of: www.kitsapsun.com

Houston R. - Denver N. 87-93
HOUSTON - Ty Lawson scored 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets to a 93-87 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. James Harden had a tough night for the Rockets and finished with a season-low 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting. Harden bulled into the lane for a layup to cut Denver's lead to five with just less than four minutes remaining. But Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) tipped in a missed free throw before a rim-rattling alley-oop dunk by Faried pushed the lead to 89-80. A pair of free throws by Jeremy Lin cut it to 91-87 with 1:21 remaining. Lin got knocked in the nose on the foul and was bleeding. He had to shoot the free throws with paper stuffed in his left nostril. Faried blocked a layup attempt by Harden and Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) missed a 3-pointer seconds later. Faried got the rebound on the miss and dunked it on the other end to secure the win. Harden, Houston's newest acquisition, was held in check for most of the night and entered the fourth quarter 2 of 9 with just seven points. Traded from Oklahoma City Oct. 27 and signed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension a few days later, he was named the Western Conference player of the week after scoring 106 points in his first three games. The Nuggets led by four in the fourth quarter and used a 7-2 spurt, capped by an alley-oop dunk by Faried to make the lead 78-69 with about nine minutes remaining. Houston finally got its offense going after a tough-shooting first half and went on a 20-7 run to open the third quarter and cut the lead to 63-61 with just under three minutes left in the quarter. Patrick Patterson led the charge in that span, scoring 12 points. Patterson had a chance to tie it with about two minutes left, but he badly missed a jump shot. Patterson finished with 18 points and Carlos Delfino had 19. Omer Asik (7'0''-C-86) added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Houston and Lin had six points, six steals and six assists. Gallinari hit a 3 for the Nuggets before they made four straight free throws to push the lead to eight. Delfino's 3-pointer left Houston down 69-64 entering the fourth quarter. Asik got hit in the face grabbing a rebound in the third quarter and received four stitches on the side of his left eye. He tried to remain in the game after taking the hit, but officials called a timeout because of the bleeding. They weren't able to stop the bleeding on the court so Asik headed to the locker room. He returned to the start of the fourth quarter. The Nuggets led by seven after one quarter. Chandler Parsons and Delfino made back-to-back 3-pointers for Houston to cut the lead to 25-24 to start the second. Denver was up by two points midway through the quarter before using a 21-6 run to extend the lead to 54-39 about 2 1/2 minutes before halftime. Lawson had 14 points including a pair of 3-pointers in that span. Houston missed nine shots, including three layups during Denver's run. NOTES: Asik has had at least 10 rebounds in three straight games. ... Andre Iguodala had 13 points and three steals Courtesy of: seattletimes.com

N.Orleans H. - Philadelph.76 62-77
NEW ORLEANS-Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) and the Philadelphia 76ers figured they deserved a tongue-lashing from coach Doug Collins after a sloppy, turnover-filled first half against undermanned New Orleans. The Sixers still failed to reach 80 points by game's end, but felt better about themselves following a stifling defensive performance that limited the Hornets to a franchise low in points. Holiday finished with 14 points and 12 assists, and Philadelphia snapped a two-game skid with a 77-62 victory on Wednesday night. "Coach kind of reamed us at halftime," Holiday said. "We tried to pressure everything. ... We tried to talk and rotate. We really tried to play as a team." Evan Turner also scored 14, and Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 12 points for the Sixers, who took the lead for good with a 10-0 run to open the third quarter. The Hornets committed 14 of their 24 turnovers after halftime and scored only 25 points during the final two quarters. Young also grabbed 10 rebounds. "It wasn't a masterpiece but we'll take it," Collins said. "Our guys are growing, the way they talk with each other. I see some growth from them. It's just nice to get a win." Al-Farouq Aminu was the only Hornets player to score in double figures, with 10 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds. Ryan Anderson grabbed 10 rebounds and 7-foot reserve Jason Smith blocked a career-high five shots. The Hornets, who lost for the first time in three games, played without first-round draft choices Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Davis was not cleared to return from a recent concussion and Rivers had a sprained finger on his left hand. The team's previous low was 63 points in a 2009 playoff loss to Denver. Disappointed as Hornets coach Monty Williams was with his club's turnover and point total, he stopped short of criticizing his players' effort. "When you're dealing with a young team and trying to nurture that team, the averages say you're going to have a few nights like this and it's my job to make sure we bounce back," Williams said. "If you told me we're going to hold them to 77 points tonight, I'm thinking we're going to win. So as bad as we feel, we still held another team under 80. "It's hard to be upset with our guys," he added. "Sometimes you're disappointed, but with this group I can always find something positive to talk about." The Sixers finished with a 30-20 advantage in the paint and scored 26 points off Hornets turnovers, which was more than enough to offset Philadelphia's 4-of-22 3-point shooting or the Sixers' inability to get to the foul line, where they attempted only five free throws. Spencer Hawes finished with 11 points and three of the 76ers' six blocked shots. Philadelphia also outshot New Orleans 41.7 percent (35 of 84) to 33.3 percent (23 of 69). New Orleans was the more aggressive team on defense in the first half, forcing 14 turnovers and taking a 37-36 lead into the locker room despite shooting only 37.8 percent (14 of 37) through the opening two quarters. Smith's eight early points on 3-for-3 shooting and a pair of free throws helped the Hornets keep pace to that point. "We were just so hesitant in the first half," Collins said. "We were passing up shots and then trying to pass the ball in an area where we had no place to go. We were so out of sync." In the third quarter, however, the Sixers took much better care of the ball, turning it over only once, and buckled down on defense. New Orleans struggled with the pressure, shooting 4 of 15 (26.7 percent) and turning the ball over eight times in the period as Philadelphia blocked four shots and surged to a double-digit lead. A pair of jumpers by Allen helped the Sixers jump ahead 46-37. Allen added a 17-foot jumper late in the quarter to make it 57-46. New Orleans continued to struggle offensively in the final period, falling behind by as many as 23 points when Dorell Wright's back-to-back 3-pointers made it 77-54. "It's a long season. Long season. Flush this one down the toilet," Smith said. "We have a lot of games left. We have to continue to fight, continue to get better and we will. ... I know Coach will hold us accountable for a lot of stuff and we've just got to keep our heads up." Notes: The Hornets announced that G Eric Gordon, expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the season with a sore right knee, will undergo an "intensive" and "personalized" rehabilitation program away from the club in Los Angeles. ... The Sixers did not attempt a free throw in the first half. ... Veteran Sixers guard Jason Richardson remains sidelined with a sprained left ankle. Turner started in the backcourt with Holiday. ... Hornets 2012 second-round draft pick Darius Miller got his first career start with Rivers out. Courtesy of: http://www.ydr.com

Miami Heat - Brooklyn N. 103-73
The Miami Heat's early-season home dominance continued on Wednesday night, as the defending champs smashed the Brooklyn Nets, 103-73, at American Airlines Arena. The Heat moved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 at home, where they have won by an average margin of nearly 18 points per game. Miami led almost the entire way through, opening up a nine-point lead at halftime before blowing things open in the third quarter. The Heat outscored Brooklyn 29-15 in the third and cruised the rest of the way. LeBron James nearly notched a triple-double, putting up 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in 30 minutes. Dwyane Wade was brilliant as well, scoring 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Rashard Lewis scored 13 points off the bench for Miami. Brooklyn lost their second straight game playing without injured starter Gerald Wallace. Kris Humphries had a double-double in the loss, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 boards. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) led the Nets with 14 points, but he turned the ball over seven times. Brooklyn dropped to 1-2 on the season. Courtesy of: http://www.sbnation.com

Atlanta H. - Indiana P. 89-86
Al Horford scored a team-high 16 points and Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) poured in 15 to lead the Atlanta Hawks to an 89-86 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Hawks trailed 83-69 with 6:34 to play, but used an 18-0 run to pull ahead 87-83 with 32.7 seconds left. Teague buried a 3-pointer at the 1:04 mark to give Atlanta the lead at 85-83. Teague's running jumper on the Hawks' next possession gave them a four-point advantage, but Lance Stephenson came back with a 3-ball to pull Indiana within 87-86 and the Hawks called a quick timeout. Josh Smith found Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) out of the timeout and the undersized guard slammed it home to put Atlanta up three. Paul George's 3-pointer was off-target and David West's putback was blocked by Horford as the Hawks held on for the win. Smith scored 11 points and dished out a game-high seven assists and Kyle Korver chipped in with 13 points for the Hawks, who have won their last two since falling to the Rockets in their season opener. "They tested our team early. It's only our third game, but I was impressed with our resiliency," Horford said. "We kept fighting and kept making plays. We were able to pull it out. It is better to get an ugly win than a loss. We'll take it, we just need to learn from the game." West and Hill each scored 20 and Paul George added 13 points for the Pacers, who have dropped three of four. "We struggled to score down the stretch, but we competed our tails off," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. "It just wasn't enough. We got some good looks down the stretch. I extended the starters in the third quarter and they probably ran out of gas in the fourth." Indiana took a 25-22 lead after one quarter, led by West who scored 12 points in the period. The Hawks shot 56.5 percent from the floor in the second to take a 51-50 lead into the break. Horford and Williams led a balanced scoring attack with six and five points, respectively. The Pacers outscored the Hawks 27-14 in the third to take a 77-65 lead into the final quarter. Hill led Indiana with 10 points, and was 2-for-3 from behind the 3-point line. Courtesy of: www.kansascity.com

Charlotte B. - Phoenix Suns 110-117
CHARLOTTE - No matter how hard they tried, the Charlotte Bobcats couldn't stop Shannon Brown. Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter - most of them with a defender's hand in his face - and finished with 24 points to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Bobcats 117-110 on Wednesday night. "That felt good," Brown said. "The one thing you don't want to do is mess the rhythm up, so I tried to keep my rhythm going and take my shots how I work on them in practice. They were falling for me." Oh, were they ever. Brown was 6 for 6 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and five of those were heavily contested, leaving Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap impressed. "I mean, those 3s came with guys on top of him," Dunlap said. "It's not like we were coming back to the huddle and saying we didn't play effective defense. He made the some great 3s. That's about as well as he's going to do in any NBA game." Brown, who played briefly with the Bobcats before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Adam Morrison on Feb. 7, 2009, helped break open an 87-all game early in the fourth quarter when he suddenly got hot and canned his first 3-pointer. Prior to that he was 1 of 4 from the field and had missed his previous two 3-pointers. Brown said there was some added satisfaction in having a big game against a team that traded him, but said it was more important that the Suns earned a win. "I'm glad we're not going back 0-3 on this three-game road trip," Brown said. "Hopefully we can get a little bit of momentum going as we head back home." Marci Gortat was dominant inside for the Suns, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Michael Beasley chipped in with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Brown's sharp shooting offset a terrific night for Charlotte's Byron Mullens, who made six 3-pointers of his own and finished with 24 points and eight rebounds. Kemba Walker added 17 points and eight assists for the Bobcats. Ramon Sessions had 17 points and nine assists. "Yeah, we made a really good run. But it all started in the first quarter," Mullens said. "They got a lot of easy baskets on us. Gortat and Luis Scola just cut down the middle in front of my face. We just got too deep in the hole." The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Brown came into the game averaging 11.5 points per game, the Suns' leading scorer off the bench. He entered the third quarter as a non-factor before hitting six 3s to put Phoenix ahead for good. He scored 18 points in the fourth. "I think he's very capable of doing that," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "He can get on a roll. He had some games for us last year. I thought he did a great job. And I thought he did a pretty good job defensively, too." The Bobcats trailed 60-46 at the break after shooting just 33 percent in the first half. Charlotte bounced back to tie the game at 85 early in the fourth quarter after Mullens and Tyrus Thomas began to heat up from the outside. Thomas finished with 10 points and gave the Bobcats a lift off the bench. But Charlotte couldn't get over the hump and take the lead. Still, Dunlap liked the way his team fought back from 14 down in the third quarter. "We have a good push back in us and that's tagged to good character," Dunlap said. "So the signs are there that that is going to be a positive - that we don't let go of the game. We extended a lot of effort." Dunlap came into the game worried about the Bobcats defending the paint and, sure enough, Gortat gave them fits inside in the early going as the Suns led by as many as 14 points. He dominated early on both ends of the court and hit 10 of 14 shots, almost all of those within a couple feet of the basket. NOTES: Charlotte played without Gerald Henderson, who will be out two to four weeks with a sprained left foot. Jeffery Taylor, the team's second-round draft pick, started in Henderson's spot, giving the Bobcats two rookies on the floor for the opening tip. Taylor played 11 minutes and failed to score. ... Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93, college: Kentucky), the No. 2 pick in the draft, had nine points and eight rebounds. ... The Suns had two players with double-doubles in Beasley and Gortat, the first time that has been accomplished by a pair of Phoenix players since Channing Frye and Gortat on March 22, 2011. Courtesy of: hendersondispatch.com



NBA, NBPA pledge $1 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts - by Diamadis Farmakis

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that they are making a commitment of $1 million to the Red Cross and other organizations, including The Salvation Army, New York Cares and Jersey Cares, that have mobilized to assist the people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

In addition, NBA teams and players around the league are supporting a number of humanitarian organizations to help bring much-needed aid to those impacted by the devastation caused by the storm. The league and its broadcast partners will also air pregame and in-game messages to encourage fans to support relief efforts by the Red Cross

"Many homes and lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy and our thoughts, abiding concerns and hopes are with all those affected," said NBA Commissioner David Stern "The NBA, the NBPA, our teams, and players are partnering with the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to support the relief efforts to help families and communities recover."

"The immeasurable damage and heartbreaking impact of this latest natural disaster continues to shock all of us," said NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter. "The NBPA and its members will assist ongoing relief efforts by partnering with the Salvation Army along with other organizations as part of a long term commitment to help those in need."



Oklahoma City 108, Toronto 88 - by Milord Nikolic

Russell Westbrook led the way with 19 points and eight assists as Oklahoma City jumped out early and trounced visiting Toronto. Serge Ibaka added 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Kevin Durant collected 15 points and six rebounds for the Thunder, who held the Raptors to 36 percent shooting from the field, including 7 of 30 from 3-point range. Andrea Bargnani recorded 16 points and six rebounds and Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points for the Raptors, who dropped to 0-2 on the road. Oklahoma City made its move with a 24-6 run in the first quarter, getting three 3-pointers from Thabo Sefolosha and six points from Durant before Westbrook capped the spurt with a 3-pointer. The Thunder were up 30-17 after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 58-35 late in the second quarter when Westbrook capped another burst with a 3-pointer. Westbrook scored four more points and handed out two assists as Oklahoma City opened the third quarter with a 13-3 run to push the lead up to 70-41 before most of the starters made their way to the bench.


Denver 109, Detroit 97 - by Milord Nikolic

Andre Iguodala scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to go along with 10 rebounds as host Denver pulled away to earn its first victory. JaVale McGee came off the bench to score 16 points and Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried added 15 points apiece as the Nuggets dropped Detroit to 0-4 on the season. Kosta Koufos added 14 points and Corey Brewer contributed 11 and eight rebounds to help Denver dominate the backboards 52-35 in beating the Pistons for the fifth straight time. Center Greg Monroe had a game-high 27 points and 10 boards and Rodney Stuckey added 17 points for Detroit, which was playing the third of a six-game road trip. Wilson Chandler, Iguodala and Brewer nailed 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the fourth to extend Denver's lead to 96-80, but the Pistons ran off 10 straight points to get within 99-92 with 3:35 left. Iguodala responded by scoring six points in the next 66 seconds to restore the lead to 105-92 with 1:42 to play.


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Countdown to Tipoff: NC State Wolfpack - by Eurobasket News

Mark Gottfried , NC State Head Coach

A veteran of 18 NCAA tournament appearances as a player and coach, Mark Gottfried led NC State to a 24-13 record and a spot in the NCAA's "Sweet 16" in his first year with the Wolfpack ... Gottfried was named the 19th men's basketball coach in NC State history on April 5, 2011 ... Gottfried spent 10 seasons as head coach at Alabama (2000-09), compiling a record of 210-132 with five NCAA Tournament and three NIT appearances ... during his last eight years at Alabama, 29 of 30 seniors graduated on time ... he led the Tide to the SEC regular season championship in his fourth season, the first of five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Gottfried was named the 2002 SEC Coach of the Year ... Gottfried was head coach at Murray State for three seasons and earned Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors in all three seasons with the Racers ... he compiled a 68-24 overall record and a 40-12 mark in conference play in his first season with the Racers, Gottfried's squad advanced to the 1996 NIT, then made the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1998 ... he coached Murray State to OVC championships in each of his seasons as head coach, becoming the first head coach to win three OVC titles in only three seasons ... Gottfried spent seven years as an assistant at UCLA (1988-95) and was on the staff when the Bruins won the 1995 national championship ... Gottfried started his collegiate playing career at Oral Roberts, where he was a freshman All-American during his one season (1983) with the Golden Eagles ... Gottfried then transferred to Alabama, where he started 98 consecutive games and helped the Crimson Tide advance to the Sweet 16 each of his three seasons ... he holds the school record for most three-point field goals in a single game (8), and is the school's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage (.485).

Returning players

C.J. Leslie (6'8''-F-91), Jr., Forward
Earned second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore in 2011-12 after leading the Wolfpack in scoring (14.7), blocked shots (54) and finishing second in rebounding (7.3) ... averaged 16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and shot .571 (40x70) from the floor in the Wolfpack's six postseason games in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments ... led the team in scoring on 15 occasions, including eight times in February and March ... scored 10 or more points 26 times, including 16 in a row to close out the season ... sixth in the ACC with eight double-doubles, including seven in league play.

Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-G), Jr., Guard
One of three Wolfpack players to start all 37 games a year ago ... became the first NC State player since Chris Corchiani in 1990 to lead the ACC in steals (1.8) ... finished second in the ACC in assists (6.3), third in assists to turnover ratio (1.98:1) and fifth in minutes played (34.3) ... played 31 minutes or more in 32 games ... had 28 games with 10-or-more points and finished second on the team in scoring (12.7).

Scott Wood (6'6''-F), Sr., Forward
NC State's active career scoring leader with 1,026 points ... led the ACC and was 28th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.409) and has made at least one 3-pointer in 90 of his 101 career games with the Wolfpack ... has scored 10-or-more points in 53 games in his career, including 25 times a year ago ... averaged 12.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 2011-12.

Richard Howell (6'8''-F-90), Sr., Forward
Started all 37 games a year ago, averaging 10.8 points a game ... had 16 games with 10-or-more rebounds, led the team in rebounds 21 times and finished third in the ACC and 37th nationally in rebounds per game (9.2) ... made 10-of-12 from the floor and scored a team-high 22 points in State's 79-65 win over San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jordan Vandenberg (7'1''-C-90), Jr., Center
Was limited to playing in only seven games a year ago due to a shoulder injury ... made 7-of- 8 from the floor (.875) and averaged 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds ... scored a season-high six points and grabbed a season-best five rebounds against Princeton (N16) ... averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds playing 23 games in 2010-11 ... has 40 career blocked shots.

Thomas De Thaey (6'8''-F-91), So., Forward
Saw action in 19 games last season ... averaged 1.2 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game while playing 5.6 minutes per outing ... had a career-high seven rebounds and added three points in NC State's win over Elon (N25).
Courtesy of: http://www.theacc.com



Shockers Defeat Pitt State, Hit Century Mark - by Eurobasket News

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State closed its exhibition slate with a dismantling of Division-II Pittsburg State, 100-56, in Charles Koch Arena.

Carl Hall led four Shockers in double figures with 23 points, connecting on all seven field goals he attempted. Ron Baker (6'3''-G-93) added 17 points including the final free throw for WSU to reach the century mark. Evan Wessel (6'5''-G-92) and Nick Wiggins each added 13 points, respectively.

The Shockers opened the game on a 9-0 run that was capped by Wessel's 3-pointer from the top of the key.

The Shockers maintained the nine-point lead to an, 18-9, advantage before going on a 16-2 run fueled by effective full court defense and transition offense including a breakaway dunk from Nick Wiggins.

Wichita State scored the final ten points of the first half highlighted by a steal and dunk by Baker and a driving left-handed layup by Demetric Williams as time expired to send the Shockers streaking into the halftime break leading, 54-17.

The Shockers outscored the Gorillas, 46-39, in the second half as head coach Gregg Marshall was able to empty his bench and get valuable playing time for his younger players.

The Shockers open regular season play at home Sat., Nov. 10 against North Carolina Central inside Charles Koch Arena at 7 p.m.
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Friday Season-Opener Will Tip at 8 p.m. - by Eurobasket News

PEORIA, Ill. In order to help alleviate confusion over the start time of Fridays mens basketball season-opener, Bradley has decided to lock in an 8 p.m. start when the Braves host Eastern Illinois at Carver Arena.

To this point, the start time for Bradleys 109th mens basketball season-opener was listed as TBA and was to be determined by the status of the Bradley Soccer team in the Missouri Valley Conference Mens Soccer Championship, which the Braves are hosting at Shea Stadium this week. Bradley has decided to play the mens basketball game at 8 oclock, regardless of the outcome of the soccer game Wednesday night.

The Bradley Soccer team will host Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the MVC Mens Soccer Championship at Shea Stadium. The winner of the Bradley/UCA game will advance to Fridays 6 p.m. semifinal against SIU Edwardsville and the tournament championship game also will be played at Shea Stadium Sunday (1 p.m.) afternoon.

Tickets for Fridays mens basketball season-opener are on sale at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office (309-677-2625), the Carver Arena box office, all TicketMaster outlets and online at BradleyBraves.com. Tickets range from $8-20, based on location, for the general public; $4-10 for Bradley faculty/staff and $1 for Bradley students. The game against the Panthers also is included in the FAN-tastic 4-Pack ($35 upper bowl or $60 lower bowl), which also includes the Michigan (Dec. 1), Wichita State (Jan. 6) and Illinois State (Jan. 29) games at Carver Arena.
Courtesy of: bradleybraves.com



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Stats Leaders

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



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  PANAMERICAN GAMES   

Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Martinez, DOM21.2 
 2. Barea, PUR21.0 
 3. Balkman, PUR17.0 
 4. Guzman, DOM12.0 
 5. Coronado, DOM11.8 
 6. Santiago, PUR11.4 
 7. Dyson, USA11.4 
 8. Ahearn, USA10.0 
 9. Mendez-V., MEX9.8 
 10. Ubiles, PUR9.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Martinez, DOM11.4 
 2. Mata, MEX10.2 
 3. Balkman, PUR7.8 
 4. Thomas, USA7.6 
 5. Guzman, DOM5.8 
 6. Ubiles, PUR5.2 
 7. Lewis, USA5.2 
 8. Hernandez, MEX4.4 
 9. Criswell-L., USA4.0 
 10. Colon, PUR3.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Barea, PUR4.4 
 2. Soliver, DOM3.2 
 3. Dentmon, USA3.2 
 4. Stoll, MEX2.8 
 5. Pena, DOM2.4 
 6. Sloan, USA2.4 
 7. Martinez, DOM2.2 
 8. Meza Rogel, MEX2.2 
 9. Dyson, USA2.0 
 10. Berdiel, PUR2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Coronado, DOM1.8 
 2. Balkman, PUR1.8 
 3. Soliver, DOM1.6 
 4. Mendez-V., MEX1.6 
 5. Pena, DOM1.4 
 6. Dyson, USA1.4 
 7. Strong, PUR1.4 
 8. Colon, PUR1.0 
 9. ARG0.9 
 10. Stoll, MEX0.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lorenzo MATA
  USA
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Mata, MEX3.2 
 2. Stiemsma, USA2.0 
 3. Balkman, PUR1.0 
 4. Martinez, DOM1.0 
 5. Santiago, PUR0.6 
 6. Ubiles, PUR0.6 
 7. Colon, PUR0.4 
 8. Berdiel, PUR0.4 
 9. Guzman, DOM0.4 
 10. Soliver, DOM0.2 



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  PHILIPPINES   


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: November 7, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

The baby-faced assassin struck again.

Larry Fonacier came up big in the final frame for Coach Norman Black and the Tropang Texters, hitting several key jumpers that kept the fiery, if depleted, Petron Blaze Boosters at bay. The former King Eagle ended up with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 triples.

Fonacier, who suited up for the mens national team for the first time earlier this year, is having a banner season. In 8 games so far, hes averaging 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.9apg, and 1.4spg in 35.5 minutes per outing. All of those numbers are CAREER-HIGHS. Hes also second on the squad in terms of player efficiency, behind only Jayson Castro.

With the Texters remaining atop the standings and looking at another winning romp through the Philippine Cup, the spotlight will continue to fall on Larry Fonacier. His performance will be seen as a reliable barometer for just how far TNT can go.

Game Recaps:
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over ALASKA ACES, 101-93

Against the hottest team in the league, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters rode the even hotter shooting of Jeff Chan to complete a come-from-behind 101-93 victory Wednesday night over the Alaska Aces at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Elasto Painters Negros Sniper sizzled for 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help his team snap the Aces five-game winning run.

Alaska is the hottest team, but the streak has to end somehow, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. The law of averages is working for us in this game, pareho, yung Meralco and Alaska, two hot teams, na natyempuhan namin, but we have to grind it out.

Alaska looked poised to continue its streak, leading 57-47 early in the second half before taking a 77-71 heading into the fourth quarter. But Rain or Shine tightened up its defense in the pivotal period, outscoring Alaska 30-16, to notch its sixth win in eight games, which is good for solo second place.

It was only in the late stages of the fourth when we were able to breakaway, said Guiao.

JR Quinahan also had a great shooting game, scoring 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. The Rain or Shine frontline also helped hound Alaska star rookie Calvin Abueva into his worst game as a professional, with the ex-San Sebastian forward posting just seven points and six rebounds.

But Guiao said Abueva wasnt the focal point of Rain or Shines preparation for the game.

We didnt prepare for The Beast. Mas focused kami doon sa mga surot na pumepesta ng kalaban like [JVee] Casio and [Cyrus] Baguio, said Guiao.

Chan and Quinahan led a balanced Rain or Shine attack that saw seven players scoring at least seven points apiece.

JVee Casio and Cyrus Baguio carried the fight with 16 points each for Alaska, which saw its win-loss record to 5-3.

ROS 101- Chan 22, Quinahan 20, Arana 13, Rodriguez 12, Norwood 9, Matias 8, Belga 7, Tang 4, Ibanes 4, Cruz 2
ALA 93- Casio 16, Baguio 16, Espinas 13, Baracael 9, Dela Cruz 8, Hontiveros 8, Abueva 7, Jazul 6, Thoss 4, Laure 4, Eman 2, Reyes 0
QS: 22-25, 43-47, 71-77, 101-93

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 92-82

Talk N Text pounced on an undermanned Petron Blaze squad for a trouble-free 92-82 victory Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Boosters played with only eight men, but still stood toe-to-toe with the Tropang Texters in the first half. But the reigning Philippine Cup champions took care of business in the second half.

Talk N Text took advantage of injuries to Petrons top three centers June Mar Fajardo, Dorian Pea, and Danny Ildefonso to score 15 second chance points.

Fajardo (swollen scrotum) and Ildefonso (dislocated shoulder) were joined by Pea, the latest addition to the Boosters sick bay.

I hurt my knee, Pena told InterAKTV. Its not ACL though, but its hurting.

Petron also played minus Marcio Lassiter, who had a viral infection.

In a desperation move, the Boosters enlisted free agent center Brian Faundo, who played 20 minutes and produced four points.

The brunt of the work, however, fell on the shoulders of Arwind Santos and Jay Washington, who combined for 33 points and 17 rebounds. But Talk N Text was too much for the star duo.

We played a much better second half. In the first half we gave a lot of turnover and fastbreak points, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. I told my players that we wont win a basketball game if we dont get back on defense.

Four players led by Larry Fonacier, finished in double figures for the Tropang Texters. He had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in a solid all-around game.

TNT 92- Fonacier 21, Williams 16, De Ocampo 14, Alapag 13, Aban 9, Carey 6, Castro 5, Ferriols 4, Alvarez 2, Peek 2, Raymundo 0, Gamalinda 0
PET 82- Lutz 18, Santos 17, Washington 16, Yeo 10, Duncil 7, Miranda 6, Faundo 4, Cabagnot 4
QS: 17-23, 42-42, 69-60, 92-82

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)




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  POLAND   


EuroCup: Unics bring victory from Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora - Unics 67:74

Unics registered the first win in EuroCup regular season. The Kazan team upset Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland today. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors.
The teams opened the game in a high tempo. The sides traded baskets as Unics snatched a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Unics extended their advantage in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 42:35 halftime advantage. Unics held the hosts to just 12 points in the third stanza. The margin grew at 11-point mark at the final break 58:47. Stelmet Zielona Gora kept fighting till the final buzzer. They cut the deficit but Unics stayed well in control and stole a tough win. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) fired 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) netted 10 points for the winners. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) responded with 16 points for Zielona Gora. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) added 13 points in the loss.

Stelmet Zielona Gora: Walter Hodge 16, Quinton Hosley 13
Unics: Kostas Kaimakoglou 19, Mire Chatman 17, Ian Vougioukas 10



EuroCup: Galatasaray trounce Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot - Galatasaray 65:94

Galatasaray had little problems in their EuroCup opener. The Turkish team breezed past Trefl Sopot in Poland. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) led well-balanced effort with 14 points.
Galatasaray sent the strong message to the hosts in the fist ten minutes. The visitors won them 23:8. Trefl Sopot seemed to be on the way to recovery in the second term. They unleashed 28 points and cut the deficit at 11 points. But Galatasaray felt at home in the second half. The Turkish team built a comfortable 17-point advantage at the final break 68:51. They fired 26 points in the final stanza to celebrate victory. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) chipped in 13 points, while Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) had 12 points for the winning side. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) replied with 14 points for Trefl Sopot. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.

Trefl Sopot: Filip Dylewicz 14, Adam Waczynski 13+11 boards
Galatasaray: Boniface Ndong 14, Ender Arslan 13, Jamont Gordon 12



PLK reinforcement for Znicz Basket - by Maciej Paszyn (T)

1 liga team MKS Znicz Basket Pruszkow signed-up contract with 20-years old Point Guard Michal Kwiatkowski (190-PG-92). Polish player spent beginning of season in PLK team Kotwica Kolobrzeg. In four played games he scored 10 points and made 4 assists in total time 38 minutes on the court. For former polish junior national team player it is comeback to Warsaw region in which he grow up. It is also great opportunity to comeback to regular playing because he will be probably second PG in Znicz Basket team.

The similar way can be facing for other former Znicz Basket player. Wojciech Fras - 21-years old polish Power Forward, was dismissed yesterday from PLK team SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd.. In the past he played two full season for Znicz and it isn't ruled out, that the club will reach for him again. It would certainly be in intention of this player.




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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 3. Randolph, Quebradi.19.4 
 4. Harris, San German19.1 
 5. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 6. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo17.2 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon17.1 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas17.1 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.11.5 
 2. Harris, San German10.3 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 6. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 7. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Shannon, Quebradi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo7.3 
 2. Rivera, San German5.7 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Smith, Mayaguez5.1 
 6. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo3.8 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Smith, Mayaguez1.9 
 2. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Rivera, San German1.3 
 10. Figueroa, Guayna.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Looby, Bayamon1.6 
 7. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 8. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 9. Randolph, Quebradi.1.3 
 10. Powell, Guayama1.3 



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  QATAR   


Shamal vs Rayyan, Wakrah vs Al Sadd 6/11/2012 - by Eurobasket News

Fresh from a 91-43 rout of Al Shamal on opening day, Al Sadd had their hands full last night but nevertheless pulled out a 67-65 squeaker over a stubborn Al Wakrah squad to garner its second win in as many outings at the resumption of Qatar Mens League at the Al Rayyan Indoor Sports Arena.

Michael Benjamin Southall sank a twinner off a feed by Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) to help the recent Emir Cup titleholders escape from a 65-all stand-off with 17 seconds remaining in the game.

Al Wakrah were looking good until the last minutes of the game, getting the upper hand in the early periods, 14-11, 34-23 and 52-44 but succumbed to pressure in the dying minutes as Abdulrahman carried Al Sadd back in the drivers seat at 60-59, 3:30 left in the game.

Khalid Salman spearheaded Al Sadds cause with 20 points and 4 rebounds while Olatokombo Ayeni led Al Wakrah with 27.

Earlier in the evening, defending champions Al Rayyan started their title defense on a high note as they went on a 31-6 run in the final quarter to carve a tournament high 65-point winning advantage at the expense of Al Shamal Sports Club.

Boney Watson (183-PG-78, college: Sam Houston St.) scattered 11 points in the late stage of the third canto to push Al Rayyan to a whopping 74-32 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Malik Salim Ambadi then led a final 10-minute scoring binge to push Al Rayyan to a 105-40 rout of the northerners.

Ambadi and Watson led Coach Brian Rawsoms boys with 30 and 28 points, respectively. Dauoda Egona scored 17 and tallied 12 rebounds for Al Shamal.

Today, Al Gharafa and El Jaish, winners in their first outings against separate opponents, go separate ways as they tangle at 5:00 pm, while Al Arabi tries to improve to 2-0 as they face Al Ahli in the main game at the Al Rayyan Indoor Sports Arena.
Courtesy of: www.qatarbasketball.qa



QBF officially opens 2012-13 season - by Eurobasket News

DOHA: The Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) opened its 2012-13 domestic season during a glittering ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel on Monday.

QBF President Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani formally inaugurated the season and unveiled the Arabic version of the organisations website.

QBF Coaches Committee member Dr. Ahmad Tantawi explained the formats of the new seasons different competitions.

Qatar national team members, which recently won the GCC title in Bahrain, and other team officials were also felicitated.

Courtesy of: http://www.dohastadiumplusqatar.com



El Jaish thrashes Al Ahli, Gharafa trips Wakrah in Qatar Mens League - by Eurobasket News

El Jaish uncorked their vaunted offensive in the second half and coasted to an 82-50 romp of Al Ahli Sports Club to notch their first win last night in the main game of the Qatar Mens League at the Al Rayyan Indoor Sports Arena.

El Jaish got off to a rousing start behind the duo of Fadi Abilmona and Mohammed Baker and took the first quarter, 22-14.

Al Ahli stormed back as Sameer Mohammed waxed hot from the outside to threaten El Jaish, 28-26, midway in the second period.

El Jaish sped up the tempo and rolled out 10 unanswered points to soar ahead at 38-26 before wrapping up the first 20 minutes of the game with an 8-3 run to post a commanding 46-29 lead before the break.

Ryan Synord Brock tried to pull Al Ahli back into contention in the third period to no avail as Baker and company kept pounding the hoops and capped the period farther away at 69-43.

Meanwhile Al Gharafa notched their first win in the conference with a 63-52 romp of Wakrah earlier in the night. Coach Koussay Hatems charges had the game under control from start to finish, leading at one point in the game by as much as 18 before coasting along to an 11-point win.

Oussey Nou Ndiaye led Gharafas offensive with 20 points while team mate Emanuel Awako registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

League games resume at Al Rayyan Indoor Arena on Tuesday with defending champions Al Rayyan testing league debutants Al Shamal at 5:00 pm while opening day winner Al Sadd aim for their second win when they pit wares with Al Wakrah in the main game.

Courtesy of: http://www.qatarbasketball.qa



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Troy GILLENWATER
  Sparta.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Gillenwater, Spart.18.5 
 2. Beverley, Spart.16.7 
 3. Delaney, Spartak-.14.8 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA13.7 
 5. Trotter, N.Novgorod12.3 
 6. Rich, Enisey12.0 
 7. Maric, Lokomotiv11.8 
 8. Dowdell, Enisey11.7 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP11.7 
 10. Efevberha, Sparta.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Troy GILLENWATER
  Sparta.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gillenwater, Spart.8.5 
 2. Khryapa, CSKA8.3 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.4 
 4. Panin, N.Novgorod7.0 
 5. Brezec, N.Novgorod6.3 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.6.2 
 7. Antonov, N.Novgor.6.0 
 8. Zabelin, Spartak-.5.0 
 9. Rich, Enisey4.7 
 10. Kikanovic, Enisey4.7 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Teodosic, CSKA4.7 
 2. Dowdell, Enisey3.7 
 3. Trotter, N.Novgorod3.5 
 4. Calathes, Lokom.3.4 
 5. Delaney, Spartak-.3.3 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA3.0 
 7. Panin, N.Novgorod2.8 
 8. Komarovskiy, Eni.2.7 
 9. Beverley, Spart.2.7 
 10. Weems, CSKA2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.7 
 2. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.3 
 3. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.7 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv1.6 
 5. Kurbanov, Spart.1.3 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.1.2 
 7. Nicholas, CSKA1.0 
 8. Dowdell, Enisey1.0 
 9. Efevberha, Sparta.1.0 
 10. Trotter, N.Novgor.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Loukas MAVROKEFALIDIS
  Sparta.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Mavrokefalid., Spa.1.7 
 2. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.3 
 3. Rizvic, Enisey1.0 
 4. Panin, N.Novgorod0.8 
 5. Shashkov, N.Nov.0.7 
 6. Krstic, CSKA0.7 
 7. Maric, Lokomotiv0.6 
 8. Trotter, N.Novgorod0.5 
 9. Gillenwater, Spart.0.5 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgo.0.5 


EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya beat Keravnos on Wednesday opener - by Eurobasket News

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. Yuri Vasiliev (207-F-81) later tied it all at 47:47, while Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) brought 55:51. After 23-11 in the third quarter Yuri Vasiliev 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. Yuri Vasiliev and Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) posted 12 points each in a win. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) and Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) replied with 16 points in the losing effort as the latter also added 12 boards. Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) tossed in 13, whilst Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9.

Krasnie Krilya: Chester Simmons 24, Nikita Balashov 15, Yuri Vasiliev 12, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 12
Keravnos: Tony Crocker 16, Julian Vaughn 16+12 rebs, Bobby Maze 13, Georgios Diamantopoulos 9



Krasnie Krilya lands Jeremiah Massey - by Eurobasket News (T)

Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) tabbed 30-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-100kg-82, college: Kansas State) for 6 weeks. He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Massey has played for the last two years at Lokomotiv (PBL). In 14 Eurocup games last season he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Massey also played 22 games in VTB United League where he had 13.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Massey also played 20 games in PBL where he was second best scorer with 13.5ppg and recorded 7.5rpg (#2 in the league), 1.9apg and 2.0spg (in top 2). He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-PBL Bosman Player of the Year and selected to 2nd Team.
In 2005 Massey was drafted by Kansas Cagerz (USBL) in first round (6th overall).
The former Kansas State star is in his eighth season in pro basketball.
Massey played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2011. He also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships in Poland three years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 13.1ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 64.2%.
Massey has played previously professionally in Greece (Aris and Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas) and Spain (Real Madrid and Blusens Monbus).

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Spartak SP rally past Cibona in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Spartak SP 56:64

Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched the opening win in EuroCup season. The Russian team upset Cibona in Zagreb. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) and Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) nailed 13 points each for the winners.
Spartak SP limited Cibona to just 13 points in the first quarter and posted a 4-point lead. Cibona narrowed the gap and trailed by just three points at the interval 30:33. The hosts continued to mount the pressure in the third term. Cibona got within a single point at the final intermission 49:50. But Spartak turned things their way in the fourth frame. They stiffened defence and held the home side to just 7 points in the final period claiming a confident win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) provided 11 points for the winners. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) responded with 13 points for Cibona. Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Cibona: D.J. Strawberry 13, Ante Masic 12
Spartak SP: Zack Wright 13, Josh Carter 13, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 11



EuroCup: Lokomotiv snatch win in Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Donetsk - Lokomotiv Kuban 75:78

Lokomotiv Kuban opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse shot down BC Donetsk on the road tonight. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points and distributed 8 assists to lead the visitors.
Lokomotiv stormed into the game. They accounted for a 12:2 lead early in the encounter. The Russian team accumulated a 25:17 advantage after ten minutes. BC Donetsk adjusted their game in the second stanza. They slowed down the visitors and got within 4 points at halftime 36:40. BC Donetsk got closer in the third frame. The hosts narrowed the deficit to just two points at the final intermission. Lokomotiv used a 7:0 run midway through the final stanza to clear off. BC Donetsk did not surrender and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) brought the hosts within one point 75:76 however Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) sank two free throws as Lokomotiv clinched the victory. Jimmy Baron provided 14 points, while Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) added 13 points for the winners. Ramel Curry responded with game-high 23 points for Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) netted 13 points in defeat.

Donetsk: Ramel Curry 23, Vojdan Stojanovski 13
Lokomotiv Kuban: Mantas Kalnietis 17, Jimmy Baron 14, Simas Jasaitis 13



EuroCup: Triumph upset Le Mans in France - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans - Triumph 71:76

Triumph brought victory from France in the first game of EuroCup season. The Russian team shot down Le Mans on the road in Group C opener. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) was pivotal with 27 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors.
Triumph silenced the hosts in the first frame. The Russian team went on a deadly 27:10 run in the opening quarter. Triumph kept a steady grip on the lead in the second term. They limited the hosts at 21 points in the first half to take a 40:21 lead. Le Mans finally shook off sloppiness in the third term. They erupted for 28 points in the quarter to cut the distance at 7-point mark 49:56. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) drained three triples midway through the fourth period to give Triumph a 70:57 lead. Le Mans narrowed the gap but had no chance to save the day. Yuval Naimy finished with 17 points, while Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) netted 16 points for the winning side. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points for Le Mans. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) provided 14 points in the loss.

Le Mans: Khalid El-Amin 19, Cuthbert Victor 14
Triumph: Sergey Karasev 27, Yuval Naimy 17, Tywain McKee 16



Unics tab Andrei Trushkin - by Eurobasket News (T)

Unics Kazan (PBL) inked 31-year old power forward Andrei Trushkin (205-110kg-81). Trushkin managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). He played most recently at Enisey (PBL). In 7 EuroChallenge games last season he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.2rpg. Trushkin also played 18 games in PBL where he averaged 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. The most of 2010/11 season he spent at Krasnie Krilya. In 20 PBL games he averaged 6.2ppg and 4.0rpg. Trushkin also played at Triumph Lyubertsy that season. In two EuroChallenge games he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 8 games in PBL where he averaged 8.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg.
Trushkin played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2010.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team award back in 2005.
Trushkin has played previously for five other Russian teams: Dynamo Moscow, Ural Great, Universitet-Yugra, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok and Unics Kazan U23.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Unics bring victory from Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora - Unics 67:74

Unics registered the first win in EuroCup regular season. The Kazan team upset Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland today. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) stepped up with 19 points for the visitors.
The teams opened the game in a high tempo. The sides traded baskets as Unics snatched a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Unics extended their advantage in the second quarter. The visitors accounted for a 42:35 halftime advantage. Unics held the hosts to just 12 points in the third stanza. The margin grew at 11-point mark at the final break 58:47. Stelmet Zielona Gora kept fighting till the final buzzer. They cut the deficit but Unics stayed well in control and stole a tough win. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) fired 17 points, while Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) netted 10 points for the winners. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) responded with 16 points for Zielona Gora. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) added 13 points in the loss.

Stelmet Zielona Gora: Walter Hodge 16, Quinton Hosley 13
Unics: Kostas Kaimakoglou 19, Mire Chatman 17, Ian Vougioukas 10



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EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda shock Orleans in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Orleans 93:73

Crvena Zvezda entertained the home crowd with a comfortable win in EuroCup opener. The Belgrade team fired past Orleans at home court. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds for the Serbian side.
Crvena Zvezda dominated from the starting minutes. The hosts ensured a 21:13 lead at the first break. Orleans stopped the rot in the second frame. The French team got within 6 points at halftime 43:37. But Crvena Zvezda quickly restored control in the game. They poured in 29 points in the third stanza for a 72:60 lead with ten minutes to go. Crvena Zvezda did not allow Orleans any closer in the fourth period and marched to the victory. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) had 19 points for the hosts. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) answered with 17 points for Orleans. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Mike Scott 22, Igor Rakocevic 19, Boris Savovic 18
Orleans: Caleb Green 17, Jahmar Young 14



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Cajasol lands Robert Dozier - by Eurobasket News (T)

Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (ACB) tabbed 27-year old French forward Robert Dozier (206-102kg-85, college: Memphis). He already started the season at Miami Heat in the NBA. The last season Dozier also played at Cholet Basket in French ProA. In 22 games last year he averaged 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals.
The previous (10-11) season Dozier played at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek league. In 5 Eurocup games he had 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. He also played 33 games in Greek A1 where he had 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.
Three years ago Dozier was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in second round (60th overall). The former University of Memphis staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Doziers college team won C-USA Tournament for four years in a row (between 2006 and 2009).
He has played also professionally in Greece (Kolossos).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC could add Jermaine Taylor - by Eurobasket News (T)

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB) is about to agree terms with 26-year old American guard Jermaine Taylor (193-95kg-86, college: Cent.Florida) who played last time at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 14 D-League games last season he had 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. Taylor also played at Liaoning Hunters in Chinese CBA that season. The most of last season he spent at the Kings in NBA. In 26 games last year he recorded 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. Taylor was called during the season by the Houston Rockets. In 8 NBA games he recorded 4.9ppg and 1.1rpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). The former University of Central Florida star is in his fourth season in pro basketball.
His team was regular season runner-up in C-USA in 2007.
Taylor was also voted C-USA Player of the Year and All-C-USA 1st Team back in 2009 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Bilbao survive overtime to tame Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bilbao - Buducnost 85:78 (OT)

Gescrap Bilbao had to survive overtime drama to open win count in EuroCup season. The Spanish team withheld a severe opposition from Buducnost to seal the victory in regular season opener. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Basque team to an overtime victory.
Buducnost tipped off the game strong. The Montenegrin powerhouse secured a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Bilbao trailed by as many as 9 points at the interval 31:40. Buducnost succeeded in the third term building a 56:43 lead at the third break. However Bilbao used a 17:2 run midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 64. Buducnost arrived at the final seconds up by three points. However Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) was put to the penalty line. He sank first free throw and missed the second on purpose. The forward grabbed the key rebound and converted a jumper to tie things up at 71 forcing overtime. Kostas Vasiliadis connected from behind the arc early in the extra period to give the hosts necessary boost. They went on to win the game by 7 points. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) provided 14 points, while Kostas Vasiliadis finished with 17 points in the victory. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) answered with 17 points for Buducnost. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12 points in defeat.

Gescrap Bilbao: Lamont Hamilton 20, Kostas Vasiliadis 17, Nikolaos Zisis 14
Buducnost: Gerald Lee 17, Nikola Ivanovic 12



EuroCup: Sassari open campaign with victory - by Eurobasket News

Sassari - Cajasol 87:84

Banco di Sardegna Sassari survived a tough challenge from Cajasol to post the win on the opening day of EuroCup regular season. The Italian debutants got 26 points from Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) to claim the victory.
Sassari dominated in the opening quarter. They fired 25 points to take a 4-point lead. Cajasol slowed their opponents down in the second term. The Spaniards narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 42:45. The visitors drained 28 points in the third term to surge ahead. Cajasol posted a 70:66 lead at the final break. Sassari quickly restored lead in the final stanza. The hosts posted a 6-point advantage and though Cajasol cut the distance to 3 points the Spanish team ran out of time at the end. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) finished with 16 points, while Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) netted 12 points and issued 8 assists for the home side. Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 19 points for Cajasol. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) netted 16 points in the loss.

Sassari: Marvis Thornton 26, Drake Diener 16, Travis Diener 12
Cajasol: Brian Asbury 19, John Holland 16



Marc Gasol selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the Utah Jazz (1-3) 103-94 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Gasol was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and made 3 blocks (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 36 minutes on the court. The Memphis Grizzlies have 1-1 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Gasol's fifth year with the team. Gasol has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 56.8%(21-37) and FT: 95.5%(21-22) in the three games he played so far. Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Gasol's very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers were defeated 99-91 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds. Gasol also added 6 assists and 3 blocks. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster. This season he has very high stats. Gasol averages: 15.8ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 44.6% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka was the major contributor in an Oklahoma City Thunder's victory against the Toronto Raptors (1-3) crushing them 108-88 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has 2-2 record this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ibaka has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.3bpg, 2FGP: 55.9%(19-34). He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #4. Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (1-3) in their last game. Despite Calderon's very good performance the Toronto Raptors were edged 90-88 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. He scored 15 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. Calderon has been at the team for eight years. This season Calderon has relatively solid stats: 8.0ppg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the four games. He is also Spanish national team player.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #5. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for ALBA Berlin (2-2) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (3-1) in the Euroleague. He recorded only 4 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. The third-placed ALBA Berlin lost 62-67 in Malaga to the second-ranked Unicaja in the group B of Euroleague. It's Miralles' first season with the team. This year Miralles' overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 5.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Spanish national team seven years ago.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #6. Point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Vaerlose (3-4) 95-80 in the Danish Ligaen in Saturday night's game. Ortega had a double-double by scoring 12 points and making 11 passes. He also added 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. Randers Cimbria Basketball (3-6) is placed seventh in the Ligaen. Ortega is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.4apg and 2.2spg in the nine games. Ortega is a former U18 international player as he played for the Spanish team three years ago.

Salvador Camps
Salvador Camps
   #7. Former international point guard Salvador Camps (178-79, currently plays in Ireland) contributed to Moycullen's victory against the closely-ranked UCD Marian (2-4) 77-72 in the Irish Superleague in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and making the same number of passes. Camps also added 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Moycullen Galway (1-4) closes the standings in the Superleague. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of four consecutive loses. Camps' total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 8.0apg and 3.0spg. He used to play for the Spanish national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Phoenix Suns (1-3) in their last game. Despite Scola's very good performance the Phoenix Suns were crushed 115-94 on the road by the Orlando Magic. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Scola also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Scola's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Scola averages: 16.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #2. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-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. Splitter 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. Splitter's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #3. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Turkish team Anadolu Efes win their game against the fifth-ranked Caja Laboral (1-3) 76-64 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Batista recorded 9 points in 16 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (3-1) is placed second in group C. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Batista's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 1.5rpg in the two games. Batista has both Uruguayan and Spanish nationalities.

   #4. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (10-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Hebraica was defeated 89-76 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Trouville (#5) in the Capital group. Barrera was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Barrera is currently third on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.6apg and 2.2spg. Barrera also holds two passports: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #5. Experienced Ignacio Ordin (183-PG-78, currently plays in France) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (5-2) 98-83 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Ordin recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-1) is placed second in the ProB. Ordin's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.7apg.

   #6. Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82, currently plays in Portugal) helped Ovarense win their game against the closely-ranked Lusitania crushing them 82-58 in the Portuguese LPB last Thursday. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Coll has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg in the three games.

   #7. Pablo Ibon (201-F-76, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Aguada (0-0) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Aguada was edged 81-78 in Montevideo by the much lower-ranked Olimpia (#9) in the Capital group. Ibon scored 11 points. Ibon's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 1.8rpg. He has Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #8. Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72, currently plays in Uruguay) led Cordon to a victory against the tenth-ranked Sayago 72-66 in the Uruguayan LUB last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Riera's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9apg. He holds both Spanish and Uruguayan passports.

   #9. Martin Calvo (198-F-88, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers in their game against Cheshire Jets in the British BBL, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Calvo was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Liverpool Mersey Tigers this season. But his team lost 73-79. Calvo has Argentinian and Spanish nationalities.

   #10. Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in France) couldn't help Quimper UJAP in their game against JA Vichy in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Cherry's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg.



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EuroCup: Galatasaray trounce Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot - Galatasaray 65:94

Galatasaray had little problems in their EuroCup opener. The Turkish team breezed past Trefl Sopot in Poland. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) led well-balanced effort with 14 points.
Galatasaray sent the strong message to the hosts in the fist ten minutes. The visitors won them 23:8. Trefl Sopot seemed to be on the way to recovery in the second term. They unleashed 28 points and cut the deficit at 11 points. But Galatasaray felt at home in the second half. The Turkish team built a comfortable 17-point advantage at the final break 68:51. They fired 26 points in the final stanza to celebrate victory. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) chipped in 13 points, while Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) had 12 points for the winning side. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) replied with 14 points for Trefl Sopot. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.

Trefl Sopot: Filip Dylewicz 14, Adam Waczynski 13+11 boards
Galatasaray: Boniface Ndong 14, Ender Arslan 13, Jamont Gordon 12



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Qadr Owens signs with Washington Generals - by Travis McAvene

Qadr Owens (6'1''-G-88, college: St.Francis, IN) recently signed a contract to play for the world famous Washington Generals that tour with the Harlem Globetrotters. Owens was recently drafted in the first round of the 2012 UBA draft by the Cincinnati Slam.

Owens just finished a great college career at the University of St. Francis (IN), where he was Mid-Central Conference Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was also named to the NAIA All-American 2nd Team in 2011 and 2012.

"Qadr is an excellent point guard that led his college to a national championship in 2010, said Coach Ben Jackson . We're excited for Qadr to get this opportunity to play overseas with the Generals, added Jackson.



Luis Guzman Will Be the UBA's Best Point Guard this Season - by David Walls


Luis Guzman (6'4''-G-87, college: Temple) hasn't played one game in a Southern Generals uniform but yet is regarded as the best pure point guard in the UBA.

At worst, the twenty five-year old will open next season as the league's 2nd best point guard. But, by the time the 2012-13 season ends, his game will be recognized as the best at his position.

DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) is currently the standard by which all PG's are measured. Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.), Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.), Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) and James Justice (5'10''-PG-89, college: Martin Methodist) have all earned mentions in that conversation. But as we move to his first season with the Southern Generals, Guzman will play his way past each one of those elite level guards.

There's no single aspect of Luis Guzman's game that he needs to develop heading into his rookie season in the UBA. His jump shot is already as pure as any point guard on the planet. His crossover is deadly. He has demonstrated the ability to create for his teammates, and shown the propensity to hit game-winning shots.

Last season Guzman played in the Dominican Republic for Capitanes de la Bahia where he shot 47% from the field, 40% from three, knocked down 87% of his free throws, and dished out a league best 6.0 assists per game. He was also selected to play on the Dominican National Team with the likes of Atlanta Hawks own Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) and several other NBA players. Not one of the seven point guards on this list has this type of experience going into the 2012-13 season. Only Freddie Williams can match the success of Guzman due to his great season with GIE, Dominican Rep. then of course Team USA in the Williams Jones Cup.

The Generals and Guzman will only get better throughout the season.

I know the power ranks say the GIE squad with the company of 4 other power ranked teams are ahead of the Generals but come June ranking don't matter. The Generals are the sleepers of the UBA. They will make the playoffs in the powerful Southern Conference and contend for it's 2nd UBA title. Yes i said 2nd, the Generals are the only other team (besides GIE) to win a UBA title. The Generals put together the best season in UBA history going 32-5 led by 2011 Point Guard of the Year and now generals head coach Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian). De La Cruz also a Dominican native was the smoothest point guard in league history averaging 14 points and a league best 10.6 assists per game. This puts Guzman in a very comfortable situation to transition into the UBA game.

Guzman's projected to average 13.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 11.1 assists before the 2011-13 UBA season ever begins. Once it does, Luis Gusman will have elevated himself to the top spot on the UBA's point guard list. He'll be referred to then as DeAndre Bray is now; the standard by which all point guards are measured. But we all know Bray wont go down without a fight. The reigning UBA Guard of the Year has set the record mark for APG in one season with 11.5. It should be a great season.



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Hoverla welcomes back Revzin - by Eurobasket News (T)

Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Superleague) landed 29-year old swingman Pavel Revzin (194-96kg-83, agency: New Trend Agency). Its actually his comeback to Frankivsk as he played here before. Revzin played recently at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague). In 5 games this season he averaged 3.6ppg. The last season he also played at Halychyna. In 36 Superleague games last year he had 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg.
Revzins team made it to the Ukrainian Cup Final Four in 2006.
He has played previously for two other Ukrainian teams: Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye and Cherkasy.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: Lokomotiv snatch win in Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Donetsk - Lokomotiv Kuban 75:78

Lokomotiv Kuban opened win count in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse shot down BC Donetsk on the road tonight. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points and distributed 8 assists to lead the visitors.
Lokomotiv stormed into the game. They accounted for a 12:2 lead early in the encounter. The Russian team accumulated a 25:17 advantage after ten minutes. BC Donetsk adjusted their game in the second stanza. They slowed down the visitors and got within 4 points at halftime 36:40. BC Donetsk got closer in the third frame. The hosts narrowed the deficit to just two points at the final intermission. Lokomotiv used a 7:0 run midway through the final stanza to clear off. BC Donetsk did not surrender and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) brought the hosts within one point 75:76 however Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) sank two free throws as Lokomotiv clinched the victory. Jimmy Baron provided 14 points, while Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) added 13 points for the winners. Ramel Curry responded with game-high 23 points for Donetsk. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) netted 13 points in defeat.

Donetsk: Ramel Curry 23, Vojdan Stojanovski 13
Lokomotiv Kuban: Mantas Kalnietis 17, Jimmy Baron 14, Simas Jasaitis 13



EuroCup: Nymburk prevail against Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - Budivelnyk 91:78

Nymburk opened their EuroCup regular season campaign with victory. They overwhelmed visiting Budivelnyk at home court. The Czech champions cleared off in the second quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) nailed 18 points to lead the hosts.
Nymburk managed to secure a 19:15 lead at the first intermission. They went on a scoring spree in the second term. Nymburk nailed 29 points to pile up a 48:34 halftime advantage. Nymburk stayed aggressive offensively throughout the third term. The Czech champions piled up a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Budivelnyk outgunned the home side in the final frame but just cut the deficit at the end. Lukas Palyza (201-F-89) netted 17 points, while Andrew Naymick (209-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) provided 9 points for the hosts. Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) answered with 14 points for Budivelnyk. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) netted 9 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 18, Lukas Palyza 17, Andrew Naymick 9
Budivelnyk: Georgi Tsintsadze 14, Malcolm Delaney 9



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BBL Trophy Final Finds New Home - by Paul Nilsen

One of the showpiece events in the UK basketball calendar has a new home as the Emirates Arena, Glasgow will play host to the 2013 BBL Trophy Final on Saturday 9th March 2013 (3pm).

Tickets for this must-see event are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 8000 and are priced:

Courtside - 65

Band A (Lower Tier) - 25 Adults / 20 Children

Band B (Upper Tier) - 20 Adults / 15 Children

Trophy Final Day is one of the most eagerly-anticipated during the BBL (mens professional league in the UK) season as the stars of the British game lay it all on the line in pursuit of this coveted piece of silverware. This season the Final will take place in Scotland for the first time in the competitions history, in the illustrious surroundings of the brand new Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

Last season saw a tense finale to the Trophy competition as the Newcastle Eagles narrowly saw off the challenge of the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

The event also features a host of other entertainment including the fantastic BBL Babes Cheerleaders, All Star Acrobatic Dunkers, FOXY the BBL mascot and much more.



BBL Team Of The Week - Week 7 - by Paul Nilsen

A trio of debutantes and Newcastle Eagles' players dominate our line-up this week.

Damon Huffman (186-PG-85) (Newcastle Eagles)

It's a long overdue debut for the Eagles' playmaker who has been excellent ever since he arrived on Tyneside during the summer. He has fitted seamlessly into the team and has been instrumental in helping the Eagles string together some excellent early season form, which has delivered only a solitary defeat. Huffman was on absolute fire from downtown against Worcester Wolves, sinking a magnificent seven of ten triples to book his side a spot in the semi-finals of the BBL Cup. Finishing with 25 points and five assists, it was the joint-best performance of the weekend and the perfect way to mark his first appearance in the BBL Team Of The Week.

Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) (Newcastle Eagles)

It's an all-Eagles backcourt this week since 'Mighty' Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) registers a second appearance of the season in our starting five having last featured during Week 4. He also had the hot-hand from long-range as the Eagles destroyed Worcester with a three-point shooting master-class. The guard finished with 23 points after draining a devastating six triples from just nine attempts. He also completed an excellent line in an all-action display with a super seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Drew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

The Great Britain and Riders' star finally makes the BBL Team Of The Week after leading his unbeaten team in fine fashion ever since the start of the season. Whilst a number of his team-mates have grabbed the limelight, Sullivan now gets his share too after guiding Riders past London Lions and into the last four of the BBL Cup. The forward had a majestic night on his return to his hometown, lighting up the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace with a fine double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds whilst also dishing up an excellent seven assists.

Kareem Maddox (202-F/C-89, college: Princeton) (Newcastle Eagles; pictured)

The Eagles forward was doing the business at both ends of the floor in fine style last Friday night at Sport Central. He posted the joint-best performance of the weekend with his team-mate Damon Huffman (186-PG-85). He makes the BBL Team Of The Week for the second time this season after producing a fine double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, although it was his defensive work which really stood out. He mustered a brilliant five steals as well as a block to help shut out the Wolves and send them packing.

Alif Bland (203-C, college: Roberts Wesleyan) (Cheshire)

It's been a turbulent time for fans of Cheshire basketball of late, but Alif Bland (203-C, college: Roberts Wesleyan) did his utmost to ease those worries with a fantastic performance in the north-west derby against Mersey Tigers. He gave the crowd at Northgate Arena something to cheer after grabbing a double-double in rebounds and points. He scored 17 and then added 11 boards to grab his first ever BBL Team Of The Week appearance, helped also by his outstanding defensive work which resulted in an impressive three blocks and two steals.

Off The Bench - Colin O'Reilly (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Matt Schneck (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Micah Williams (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Frank Holmes (Surrey Heat), Stanley Ocitti (Worcester Wolves)



Keith Is Turning New Page At Durham - by Paul Nilsen

As Durham Wildcats prepare for arguably their biggest weekend of the season so far, point guard Keith Page (191-PG-87, college: Ursinus)s clearly enjoying life at his new club.

Wildcats travel to Crystal Palace on Friday night to meet London Lions before hosting UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders in front of the Sky TV cameras on Sunday at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre.

Page joined the Wildcats in the summer having spent the 2010/11 season with Manchester Magic in EBL Division One and then being part of the Cheshire side who finished fifth in the BBL Championship and reached the play-off semi-finals last season.

"It's going great, and I'm really enjoying it" said the 24-year-old. "Joining Durham's a great opportunity for me as I get to play at a good level and study for my Master's in teaching. I want to be a teacher when I finish playing, but I also want to play in the BBL, so I need to make the most of this chance and hope that things continue to go well."

After a difficult first BBL season for the Wildcats saw them win only three games, Dave Elderkin's side have already matched that tally after seven games, with their latest victory coming with a 69-64 success against Manchester Giants.

"It was a massive win for us" said Stockport-born Page. "I think the Giants are really talented, and I'm impressed that they're doing it was all British team. They've got a similar record to us, but I don't think it's indicative of how good they can be."

Having come through the Manchester Magic junior programme and played for current Giants' coach Jeff Jones, Page admitted that he enjoyed Sunday's win against a side he nearly joined in the summer: "It was good to play against a lot of my old mates, and I did talk to Jeff [Jones - Giants' coach] about joining them in the summer. But Durham gave me the chance to get my Masters.

"Maybe one day I'll get to play for them, I grew up watching the old Giants, seeing the likes of Tony Dorsey playing and Nick Nurse coaching while waving my massive foam hand. It's how I got into basketball, so maybe one day I'll join them."

Page's sister Julie was a key part of the GB team which exceeded all expectations at EuroBasket 2011 and performed well at the London Olympics, and the Durham guard clearly enjoyed watching the Games: "I was getting married and we arranged for the wedding to be straight after the closing ceremony, so that Julie could be there. I saw all the GB women's games and they played really well. I enjoyed every minute of it. Both the men's and women's teams have some great raw talent and it's an exciting time for British basketball."



Luol Deng selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Orlando Magic (2-1) 99-93 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Deng was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have 3-1 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Deng's ninth year with the team. Deng has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 9.1% and FT: 72.7% in the four games he played so far. Deng has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. He is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (1-1) 107-96 in the NBA on Monday night. Cunningham had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 26 minutes. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 2-1 record this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Cunningham has relatively good stats this year: 7.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2FGP: 41.7% in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham played for the British national team in 2008. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA). He helped Charlotte Bobcats edge the Indiana Pacers (2-2) 90-89 in the NBA last Friday. Gordon recorded 10 points in 22 minutes. The Charlotte Bobcats have 1-1 record this season. It's Gordon's first year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 8.0ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.4% in the two games. Gordon is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the British senior national team. Apparently Gordon has never played in United Kingdom.

Laurence Ekperigin
Laurence Ekperigin
   #4. Forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help FCM Ferentino (1-4) in their last game. Despite Ekperigin's very good performance FCM Ferentino lost 83-97 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#7) Sigma Barcellona. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ekperigin's third season in pro basketball. Ekperigin is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.2bpg and 2.6spg in the five games. Ekperigin is a naturalized American. He used to play for the British national team last year. Interesting that Ekperigin has never played in United Kingdom.

Myles Hesson
Myles Hesson
   #5. International forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) was not able to help Weissenhorn Youngstars (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars was defeated 85-80 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Hanau in the Group South. Hesson was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds. It's Hesson's first season with the team. This year Hesson has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 7.2rpg. Hesson plays currently for the British national team.

Ogooluwa Adegboye
Ogooluwa Adegboye
   #6. Point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Cyprus was not able to secure a victory for Etha (0-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Etha (#3) was crushed 100-73 in Novo Mesto by the second-ranked Krka in the group A of EuroChallenge. Adegboye was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 assists in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Etha this season; not bad, considering it's only Adegboye's second season in pro basketball. Adegboye is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #7. International forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Portland Trail Blazers (2-2) in their game against the Dallas Mavericks (3-1) in the NBA. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Freeland recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers were crushed 114-91 in Dallas by the Mavericks. Freeland's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also British national team player.

Tafari Toney
Tafari Toney
   #8. Power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (3-4) in their game against Lille Metropole (5-2) in the French ProB (second division). Toney recorded 9 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. But Charleville-Mezieres was crushed 84-62 in Lille by the higher-ranked (#6) Metropole. Toney has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Toney used to play for the British national team back in 2009. He played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

Justin Robinson
Justin Robinson
   #9. International point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, also represented by Two Points, college: Rider, currently plays in Ukraine) helped BC Kyiv win their game against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (6-6) 79-71 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Robinson scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BC Kyiv (2-9) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Robinson averaged so far 10.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. He used to play for the British national team last year.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #10. Forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Washington, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against the 11th-ranked Krka (3-4) 84-71 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Bryan-Amaning recorded 6 points in 21 minutes. Radnicki Kragujevac (3-4) is placed seventh in the Adriatic League. This year Bryan-Amaning's overall stats are: 7.3ppg and 4.6rpg in the seven games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

   #11. International center Eric Boateng (208-85, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC in the German BBL. Boateng cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team lost 70-76. This year Boateng's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 4.7rpg in the seven games. He plays currently for the British national team.

   #12. International guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Sutor Montegranaro to win against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia 89-83 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Johnson scored only 3 points. Johnson has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the British national team.

   #13. Former international forward Nicholas George (199-82, another player represented by Two Points, college: VCU, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Lugano Tigers in their game against SAV Vacallo in the Swiss LNA. George scored 7 points in 16 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 90-96. George has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2spg in the five games. He used to play for the British national team four years ago.

   #14. U20 international point guard Josh Owen-Thomas (186-92, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Bisons 87-78 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday. He recorded only 2 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Owen-Thomas has averaged so far 1.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in the two games. He plays currently for the British U20 national team.

   #15. International guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket in their game against Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Van Oostrum cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was edged 87-84. Van Oostrum averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg. He is also in the roster of the British national team.

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

   #1. Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mullens' very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were crushed 126-99 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Mullens has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Mullens has never played in United Kingdom.

   #2. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina) led Union Progresista to a victory over the league outsider 9 de Julio (3-12) 85-66 in the Argentinian LigaA in Sunday night's game. Phillip was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 39 points and getting 11 rebounds. Union Progresista (5-9) is placed 13th in the LigaA. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Phillip's first season with the team. Phillip is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Phillip averages: 20.2ppg, 13.2rpg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.

   #3. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a BG Goettingen's victory against the closely-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg crushing them 108-68 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 20 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BG Goettingen (6-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Phillips' first season with the team. Phillips has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 4.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bermudas and British.

   #4. Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sullivan Phillips. But that was another game of his team in German ProA which we would like to mention. Guede contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (6-2) 92-77. He recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BG Goettingen (6-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Guede's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.9apg in the eight games he played so far.

   #5. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Sweden was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (0-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) was defeated 72-68 on the opponent's court by the leading Ventspils in the group C of EuroChallenge. Ayuba was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Norrkoping Dolphins this season. Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster. Ayuba is a naturalized American. However he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #6. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a 2-point Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions 83-81 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Polyblank scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Polyblank averaged so far 11.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: British and New Zealand.

   #7. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Science City Jena's victory against the closely-ranked Kirchheim Knights 94-84 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. Jeka recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. Jeka's stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.3apg in the eight games. He has both British and Australian nationalities.

   #8. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the sixth-ranked Kings 79-76 in the Australian NBL on Friday night. Corletto scored 12 points. Corletto's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 1.6rpg. He also holds two passports: British and Australian. Despite Corletto's British nationality, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #9. Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oladapo Ayuba. However that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which brought him to that list. Hanke managed to help Norrkoping Dolphins to win against the tenth-ranked KFUM Jamtland crushing them 87-65. He scored only 4 points. Hanke has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hanke used to play for SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks in British league.

   #10. Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, college: Catawba, currently plays in France) helped La Rochelle edge the fourth-ranked Orchesien BC 74-72 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Thomson recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Thomson has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 6.8rpg in the four games.



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Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League (Group Capital)
Larre Borges 85 - Leandro Taboada (180-G-86)a 29 pts 6 reb 7 assists, Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 28 pts 5 reb. 4 assists Yannick Crowder (203-F-90, college: Florida A&M) 16 pts 11 reb 2 blocks
Montevideo 80 -- Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 18 pts 6 reb Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 13 pts 12 reb 3 blocks
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Cordon 72 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 18 pts 10 reb.
Sayago 66 - Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 14 pts 13 reb 2 blocks 4 assists; Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) 11 pts 22 reb.
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Union Atletica 79 Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) 11 pts 4 reb 4 assists, Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 12 pts 19 reb, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 12 pts 6 reb.
Tabare 68 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 18 pts 9 reb. Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 17 pts 6 reb.




Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League (Group Capital)
Larre Borges 85 - Leandro Taboada (180-G-86) 29 pts 6 reb 7 assists, Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 28 pts 5 reb. 4 assists Yannick Crowder (203-F-90, college: Florida A&M) 16 pts 11 reb 2 blocks
Montevideo 80 -- Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 18 pts 6 reb Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 13 pts 12 reb 3 blocks
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Cordon 72 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 18 pts 10 reb.
Sayago 66 - Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 14 pts 13 reb 2 blocks 4 assists; Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion)
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Union Atletica 79 Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) 11 pts 4 reb 4 assists, Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 12 pts 19 reb, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central)
Tabare 68 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 18 pts 9 reb. Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 17 pts 6 reb.



Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League (Group Capital)
Larre Borges 85 - Leandro Taboada (180-G-86) 29 pts 6 reb 7 assists, Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 28 pts 5 reb. 4 assists Yannick Crowder (203-F-90, college: Florida A&M) 16 pts 11 reb 2 blocks
Montevideo 80 -- Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 18 pts 6 reb Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 13 pts 12 reb 3 blocks
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Cordon 72 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 18 pts 10 reb.
Sayago 66 - Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 14 pts 13 reb 2 blocks 4 assists; Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion)
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Union Atletica 79 Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) 11 pts 4 reb 4 assists, Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 12 pts 19 reb, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central)
Tabare 68 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 18 pts 9 reb. Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 17 pts 6 reb.



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Unics tab Andrei Trushkin - by Eurobasket News (T)

Unics Kazan (PBL) inked 31-year old power forward Andrei Trushkin (205-110kg-81). Trushkin managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). He played most recently at Enisey (PBL). In 7 EuroChallenge games last season he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.2rpg. Trushkin also played 18 games in PBL where he averaged 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. The most of 2010/11 season he spent at Krasnie Krilya. In 20 PBL games he averaged 6.2ppg and 4.0rpg. Trushkin also played at Triumph Lyubertsy that season. In two EuroChallenge games he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0spg. He also played 8 games in PBL where he averaged 8.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg.
Trushkin played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2010.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team award back in 2005.
Trushkin has played previously for five other Russian teams: Dynamo Moscow, Ural Great, Universitet-Yugra, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok and Unics Kazan U23.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 23
 1. Valanciunas, LTU23.0 
 2. Barac, CRO18.7 
 3. Ahmed, EGY18.5 
 4. Saric, CRO18.1 
 5. Michalak, POL17.4 
 6. Greenwood, AUS17.1 
 7. Pierre, CAN16.9 
 8. Lamb, USA16.2 
 9. Kulagin, RUS15.9 
 10. Dukulis, LAT15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Valanciunas, LTU13.9 
 2. Ahmed, EGY12.3 
 3. Saric, CRO10.1 
 4. Dukulis, LAT9.5 
 5. Nogueira, BRA8.8 
 6. Pierre, CAN8.3 
 7. M''Rad, TUN8.0 
 8. Delia, ARG7.8 
 9. Mitchell, USA7.6 
 10. Zhai, CHN7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vytenis CIZAUSKAS
  LTU
  (190-SG-92)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Cizauskas, LTU5.6 
 2. Grochowski, POL5.6 
 3. Kim, KOR5.4 
 4. Katic, CRO4.5 
 5. Jackson, USA4.1 
 6. Neto, BRA4.1 
 7. Chen, TAI4.0 
 8. Vecvagars, LAT3.9 
 9. Ahmed, EGY3.6 
 10. Saric, CRO3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Assem MAREI
  EGY
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ahmed, EGY2.3 
 2. Chen, TAI2.2 
 3. Moon, KOR2.2 
 4. Pangos, CAN2.1 
 5. Lamb, USA2.0 
 6. Cizauskas, LTU1.9 
 7. Zhai, CHN1.8 
 8. Giaveno, ARG1.8 
 9. Creek, AUS1.7 
 10. Roudesli, TUN1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Valanciunas, LTU3.2 
 2. Nogueira, BRA2.9 
 3. Mitchell, USA1.8 
 4. Leonard, USA1.6 
 5. Karnowski, POL1.6 
 6. Delia, ARG1.4 
 7. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.3 
 8. Mockevicius, LTU1.1 
 9. Jankovic, CAN1.1 
 10. Felicio, BRA1.1 




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Women News


Celik cruise to an easy win over Celje - by Zeljko Zule

Celik defeated Celje on the road 81-56 in the last game of Round 7. They have a lead 23-8 after the first quarter and take a lead 50-20 at the break. Tamara Bajic (172-G-87) scored 17 points, Ivona Bogoje had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Lelja Bejtic collected 12 points and 6 assists and Alma Kovacevic scored 10 points. Celik shot 55-percent (34-of-62) from the field to Celje's just 36-percent and outrebounded the opposing team 40-18, picking up 12 offensive boards.Celje was led by Eva Lisec with her 17 points, Sanja Orozovic added 15 ans Rebeka Abramovic poured in 13 points and 8 steals.


Adriatic League round 7 best performance: Tina Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Tina Jovanovic (190-F/C-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Radivoj Korac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while her team crushed Mladi Krajisnik (#6, 3-3) with 16-point margin 77-61. Radivoj Korac maintains the 2nd position in Adriatic League . They are still close to the very top. Radivoj Korac would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. Jovanovic has many years of experience at Radivoj Korac, through which he has constantly improved. Tina Jovanovic has solid league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg,2.4spg and 56.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) of league's leader Partizan. Dabovic had a very good evening with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Partizan to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked PEAC-PECS (#4, 5-2) 89-53. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Partizan consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Dabovic is one of the most experienced players at Partizan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#4).

Third on the list of top players last round was another Radivoj Korac's star - guard Snezana Colic (178-G-92). Colic scored 21 points and passed six assists. She was another key player of Radivoj Korac, helping her team with a 77-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Mladi Krajisnik (#6, 3-3). Radivoj Korac is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 6-1 record is not that bad... Colic has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (3rd best) and assists with 3.3apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76) of Celik - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) of Vozdovac - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Tamara Bajic (172-G-87) of Celik - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Mladi Krajisnik - 13 points and 9 rebounds
8. Natasa Ivancevic (188-PF-81) of Vojvodina - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Anja Klavzar (177-F-90) of Ilrija - 6 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Matea Tavic (178-G-92) of Ilrija - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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EuroCup: Nantes thrash Sint Katelijne to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Nantes - Sint Katelijne 110:63

Nantes Reze earned the third straight EuroCup victory. They dismantles visiting Sint Katelijne to remain unbeaten on top of Group D. Six players scored in double digits for Nantes. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) paced the winners with 21 points. Sint Katelijne fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Nantes and Sint Katelijne exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. The French team gained just a 4-point lead at the first break 25:21. However the hosts stepped on the gas in the second stanza. They unleashed 33 points to establish a 58:34 halftime advantage. Nantes stretched their lead in the third term. The hosts cleared off to a 34-point distance at the third break. Nantes kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Caroline Aubert (168-PG-80, college: Colorado) netted 20 points, while Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) finished with 19 points for the winning team. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Daphne Van Dessel (170-PG-82) replied with 13 points each for Sint Katelijne.

Nantes: Viktoria Mircheva 21, Caroline Aubert 20, Marielle Amant 19
Sint Katelijne: Sara Leemans 13, Daphne Van Dessel 13



EuroCup: Tarbes hold off Belfius Namur for third straight win - by Eurobasket News

Tarbes - Belfius Namur 82:72

Tarbes clinched the third consecutive win in EuroCup Group C. They toppled Belfius Namur at home court. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 22 points and collected 7 rebounds for the home team.
Tarbes made sure they put maximum pressure on the visitors from the starting minutes. The home side accumulated a 23:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Belfius Namur however slowed the hosts down in the second stanza. The Belgian powerhouse trimmed the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 33:41. Namur got even closer in the third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth period down by just a single point 53:54. However Tarbes tipped off the fourth frame with four points in a row. Soon Tarbes opened a 9-point advantage and never looked back en route to the win. Charlotte Preiss (195-C-87) netted 16 points, while Jovana Rad (187-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-PG-88) added 11 points each in the win. Julie Wojta (183-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) answered with 28 points and 10 rebounds for Belfius Namur. Djenebou Sissoko (185-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) had 10 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Tarbes: Paoline Salagnac 22, Charlotte Preiss 16, Jovana Rad 11, Joyce Cousseins-Smith 11
Beflius Namur: Julie Wojta 28+10 boards Djenebou Sissoko 10+10 boards



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Iziane CASTRO MARQUES
  Maran.
  (182-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Castro Marqu., Mar.26.2 
 2. Bibiano, Basquete.17.5 
 3. Dos Santos, Ameri.16.6 
 4. Felipe, Santo Andre16.0 
 5. Martins, Americana15.7 
 6. Justino, Poty/Acu.15.3 
 7. Crepaldi, Basque.14.8 
 8. De Oliviera, Sao J.14.8 
 9. Ribeiro, Sao Jose14.7 
 10. Santos, Ourinhos14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fernanda BIBIANO
  Basquete.
  (193-C-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bibiano, Basquete.11.8 
 2. De Oliviera, Sao J.11.3 
 3. Dos Santos, Ameri.10.8 
 4. Ferreira, Sao C.10.3 
 5. Rodriguez, Blume.9.3 
 6. Irvin, Americana8.8 
 7. Da Silva, Poty/Acu.8.1 
 8. Gomes, Santo Andre7.9 
 9. Santos, Ourinhos7.6 
 10. Nascimento, Basq.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Babi GENEROSO
  Ameri.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Generoso, Ameri.5.7 
 2. de Souza, Ourinhos5.5 
 3. Vasconcelos, Ourin.4.6 
 4. De Oliveira, Ourin.4.0 
 5. Garvao, Santo And.3.5 
 6. Gattei, Poty/Acuc.3.2 
 7. De Andrade, Sao J.3.1 
 8. Souza, Sao Jose3.0 
 9. Martins, Americana3.0 
 10. Frediani, Sao C.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Joice RODRIGUES
  Ourinhos
  (168-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. de Souza, Ourinhos2.7 
 2. Martins, Santo A.2.5 
 3. Ribeiro, Sao Jose2.4 
 4. Oliveira, Maranhao2.3 
 5. Camargo, Blumenau2.3 
 6. Martins, Americana2.2 
 7. De Andrade, Sao J.1.9 
 8. Felipe, Santo Andre1.9 
 9. Souza, Sao Jose1.9 
 10. Castro Marqu., Ma.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMENTO
  Basque.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nascimento, Basqu.2.0 
 2. Garvao, Santo And.1.4 
 3. Dos Santos, Maran.1.1 
 4. Gomes, Santo Andre1.1 
 5. Irvin, Americana1.1 
 6. Da Silva Nas., Sao0.9 
 7. Dos Santos, Ameri.0.8 
 8. Ferreira, Sao C.0.8 
 9. Da Silva, Poty/Acu.0.7 
 10. Santos, Ourinhos0.7 



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EuroLeague: IMOS Brno keep Wisla Can-Pak winless - by Eurobasket News

IMOS Brno - Wisla Can-Pak 77:74 OT

IMOS Brno keep Wisla Can-Pak winless in EuroLeague this season. The team from Czech Republic needed a 77:74 overtime win to seal the initial success.
The teams exchanged the victories in the first four quarters and showed even games in the court. IMOS Brno never looked behind in overtime and after 13-10 won the game.
IMOS Brno made 18-of-22 charity shots during the game. They also forced 23 Wisla Can-Pak turnovers. Wisla Can-Pak was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch.
It was a great evening for Farhiya Abdi who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points. Nicole Ohlde helped adding 14 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Tina Charles with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and Cristina Ouvina scored 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
IMOS Brno left bottom position moving up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with Bourges. Defending Polish champion Wisla Can-Pak still closes the standings with three games lost. IMOS Brno will play against league's leader Spartak Vidnoye on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wisla Can-Pak will have a break next round.

IMOS Brno: Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) 26, Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) 15, Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) 14+13 rebs, Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) 8, Veronika Vlkova (175-F/G-84) 8
Wisla Can-Pak: Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) 32+14 rebs, Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) 10



EuroLeague: Taurasi Diana leads UMMC Ekaterinburg over Praha - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha - UMMC 71:78

Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82, college: Connecticut) leads UMMC Ekaterinburg over Praha for 2-0 record in Group C. She scored 25 points as UMMC won 78:71 away from home.
USK Praha looked better in the beginning of the game and scored 19 points in the first and the second period. They were ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 47-33 second half run of UMMC Ekaterinburg.
The best player for the winners was Diana Taurasi who scored 25 points and 5 assists. Candace Parker (193-C-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) who recorded 16 points and Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively.
Defending Czech champion USK Praha still closes the standings with three games lost. UMMC Ekaterinburg's next round opponent will be CCC Polkowice at home. USK Praha will play against Lupa Promotion in Novi Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.

USK Praha: Jelena Dubljevic 16, Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) 12, Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) 9, Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) 9
UMMC: Diana Taurasi 25, Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) 13, Candace Parker 11, Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) 11



Petra Kulichova's double-double lands her 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.

Petra Kulichova
Petra Kulichova
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Petra Kulichova (198-84, currently plays in Euroleague). She contributed to a Good Angels' victory against the fifth-ranked MKB Euroleasing (1-1) 89-78 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Kulichova had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. She also added 4 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. Good Angels Kosice (1-1) is placed third in group B. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Kulichova's first year with the team. Kulichova is the league's best blocker with 2.0bpg. She also averaged so far 6.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 66.7% and FT: 33.3% in the two games she played so far. Kulichova is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jana Vesela
Jana Vesela
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jana Vesela (194-83, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TKBL. She could not help Antakya (1-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vesela's very good performance Antakya was defeated 67-60 at home by the leading Fenerbahce. She was the top scorer with 16 points. Vesela also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Vesela has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 47.6%. She is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Kamila Stepanova
Kamila Stepanova
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Kamila Stepanova (191-88, currently plays in Eurocup). Stepanova was the major contributor in a Basket Landes' victory against the closely-ranked Dynamo Moscow (1-1) 79-73 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. She scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Basket Landes (1-1) is placed second in group G. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Stepanova's first season with the team. This year Stepanova has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 66.7% and FT: 75.0% in the two games. She is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Martina Rejchova
Martina Rejchova
   #4. Center Martina Rejchova (195-83, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) was not able to help Viterbo (1-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Rejchova's very good performance the 11th-placed Viterbo was badly defeated 73-57 on the road by the much higher-ranked Ancona (#4) in the South group. She was the top scorer with 21 points. Rejchova also added 5 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Rejchova is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). She has individually a very good season with high stats. Rejchova averages: 17.0ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.8spg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Katerina Bartonova
Katerina Bartonova
   #5. International point guard Katerina Bartonova (174-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Cadi ICG Software (1-2) in their game against Rivas Ecopolis (4-0) in the Spanish LFB. She recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. But Cadi ICG Software was edged 86-83 in Rivas by the leading Ecopolis. This year Bartonova's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.3apg in the three games. She plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Petra Manakova
Petra Manakova
   #6. Power forward Petra Manakova (195-82, college: Oakland, currently plays in Luxembourg), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League couldn't help Amicale (5-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Amicale was crushed 78-50 on their home court in Steinsel by the lower-ranked Musel Pikes (#4). Manakova was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 5 rebounds. Manakova is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This season she has very high stats. Manakova averages: 18.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg. She is a former international player as she played for the Czech Republic senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Gabriela Jandova (190-C-73, currently plays in Germany) led ASC Theresianum Mainz to a victory over the seventh-ranked Hannover (2-4) crushing them 87-64 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. Jandova was MVP of the game. She scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. ASC Theresianum Mainz (2-1) is placed third in North group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Jandova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her ninth year in ASC Theresianum Mainz's roster. Jandova belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Jandova averages: 19.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.5spg in the six games she played so far.

   #2. Leona Jankowska (190-C-77, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider PTK Pabianice (0-6) crushing them 82-57 in the Polish PLKK on Saturday night. She recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Jankowska also added 3 assists. Widzew Lodz (1-7) is placed ninth in the PLKK. It was her team's first victory after seven consecutive loses. Jankowska is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). This season she has very high stats. Jankowska averages: 16.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg and 2.6spg.

   #3. Cecilia Lineira (180-G-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Tenerife (0-3) crushing them 82-55 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. Lineira scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Orion-GDKO Ibaizabal Galdakao (2-1) is placed fifth in Group B. This season Lineira has very high stats. She averages: 17.0ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3bpg. Lineira has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Czech Republic.

   #4. Katarina Flasarova (171-G-85, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Herner TC in a victory against the fifth-ranked Rotenburg/Scheessel (4-2) 94-83 in the German DBBL on Saturday night. She scored 5 points in 17 minutes. Herner TC (1-5) is placed tenth in the DBBL. It was her team's first victory after five consecutive loses. This year Flasarova averages only 5.2ppg in the six games.



EuroCup: VS Praha surprise Basket Landes for first win - by Eurobasket News

Basket Landes - VS Praha 69:71

VS Praha earned the first EuroCup win this season. The Czech team upset Basket Landes away from home. Petra Reisingerova (195-C-73) and Marshae Dotson (180-F-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Florida) netted 23 points each for the visitors.
Basket Landes started strong. The hosts dropped 23 points in the first quarter to take a 12-point lead. VS Praha turned things around in the second frame. The Czech team fired 25 points to cut the distance at 4-point mark after twenty minutes. VS Praha got within one point in the third term. Tarbes regained an 8-point lead midway through the final stanza. But Marshae Dotson and Petra Reisingerova ignited a 5:0 run to drag the visitors within three. Bartakova, Petra Reisingerova and Marshae Dotson then put VS Praha in front 70:69 with 18 seconds remaining. Petra Reisingerova then sealed the victory from the charity stripe. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) notched 13 points and 9 assists for VS Praha. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) came up with 13 points for Basket Landes. Valeriane Ayayi (185-F-94), Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) and Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Kentucky) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Basket Landes: Kamila Stepanova 13, Valeriane Ayayi 12, Carmen Guzman 12, Jennifer Humphrey 12
VS Praha: Petra Reisingerova 23, Marshae Dotson 23, Alexandra Tarasava 13



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EuroCup: Lattes Montpellier stun SISU in Gentofte - by Eurobasket News

SISU - Lattes Montpellier 65:91

Lattes Montpellier claimed the third straight win at the start of EuroCup season. They stormed past SISU in Gentofte today. Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 25 points to pace the visitors.
SISU and Lattes Montepellier stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 25:21 for the French team after ten minutes. However Sacko triggered a 13:1 run from the visitors early in the second quarter as they registered a 41:25 lead. Lattes Montpelier established a 53:31 halftime advantage. SISU started to lag behind in the third quarter. The French team secured a 69:46 lead heading into the fourth frame. Lattes Montpellier never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) nailed 18 points, while Geraldine Robert (183-F-80) contributed 17 points for the victors. Ida Pretzmann (174-G-90, college: TCU) replied with 23 points for SISU. Marie Malone (191-C-89, college: Hofstra) netted 16 points and collected 9 rebounds for the home side.

SISU: Ida Pretzmann 23, Marie Malone 16
Lattes Montpellier: Gaelle Skrela 25, Ana Lelas 18, Geraldine Robert 17



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Merike Anderson selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Merike Anderson
Merike Anderson
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Merike Anderson (180-81, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Bulgaria). She led Dunav 8806 to a victory over the closely-ranked Haskovo 2012 (2-2) 78-70 in the Bulgarian NBL in Sunday night's game. Anderson was MVP of the game. She scored 26 points (!!!) and added 5 assists in 35 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Dunav 8806 Ruse (3-1) is placed third in the NBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Anderson is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Anderson averages: 18.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 78.3% in the four games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Annika Koster
Annika Koster
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Annika Koster (185-92, currently plays in Latvia). Koster was the major contributor in a Eclex Tallinn's victory against the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) crushing them 110-48 in the Latvian LSBL last Tuesday. She scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks. Eclex Tallinn (6-0) is placed first in the LSBL. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. Koster belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #2. She has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg, 3.7spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(27-47) and FT: 71.4%. Koster is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Mirjam Nikolai
Mirjam Nikolai
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Mirjam Nikolai (177-86, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster and both played together in the last Latvian LSBL game. Nikolai was the main contributor in a Eclex Tallinn's victory against the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) crushing them 110-48. She was the best player in that game. Nikolai scored 16 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals in 25 minutes. Nikolai has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 62.5%(25-40), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 80.8% in the six games. She is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Viive Kai Rebane
Viive Kai Rebane
   #4. Forward Viive Kai Rebane (182-89, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Mirjam Nikolai (above) in the other team. Rebane contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) crushing them 110-48. She scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Rebane's first season in pro basketball. This year Rebane has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. She is also Estonian national team player.

Gerly Kostla
Gerly Kostla
   #5. International forward Gerly Kostla (180-80, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Viive Kai Rebane (above) in the other team. Kostla contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) crushing them 110-48. She scored 13 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals in 26 minutes. Kostla has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 2.7spg in the six games. She used to play for the Estonian national team last year.

Marit Maaring
Marit Maaring
   #6. Guard Marit Maaring (178-91, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Gerly Kostla (above) in the other team. Maaring contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) crushing them 110-48. She scored 15 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Maaring's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.3spg. She is U20 international player as she played for the Estonian team one years ago.

Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
   #7. International power forward Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-87, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster. But that was another game of her team in Latvian LSBL which we would like to mention. Mesila-Kaarmann contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Liepajas (2-3) 67-49. She was the top player that evening. Mesila-Kaarmann scored 17 points in 22 minutes. Eclex Tallinn (6-0) is placed first in the LSBL. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. It's Mesila-Kaarmann's first season with the team. Her stats this year are: 14.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg in the six games. Mesila-Kaarmann is also Estonian national team player.

Heila Rosenfeldt
Heila Rosenfeldt
   #8. Guard Heila Rosenfeldt (173-83, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Marit Maaring (above) in the other team. Rosenfeldt contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) crushing them 110-48. She scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Rosenfeldt is currently fifth on the list of best passers. Her overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. Rosenfeldt used to play for the Estonian national team last year.

Oksana Miil
Oksana Miil
   #9. International guard Oksana Miil (172-86, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kolibri/U-16 (0-4) crushing them 82-56 in the Latvian LSBL on Saturday night. She was the top player that evening. Miil scored 22 points, had 8 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 37 minutes. KK Tallinna Ulikool (1-4) is placed tenth in the LSBL. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Miil belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8 with 17.4ppg. This year her other stats are: 4.8rpg, 2.2apg and 2.4spg in the five games. Miil used to play for the Estonian national team last year.

Anastassia Ptitsona
Anastassia Ptitsona
   #10. Point guard Anastassia Ptitsona (168-91, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (above) in the other team. Ptitsona contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Liepajas (2-3) 67-49. She scored 7 points, made 3 passes and 5 steals. Ptitsona is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Eclex Tallinn's roster. Ptitsona's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg. She is U20 international player as one years ago she still played for the Estonian national team.

   #11. International guard Pirgit Puu (168-88, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oksana Miil and both played together in the last Latvian LSBL game. Puu contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kolibri/U-16 crushing them 82-56. She scored 21 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 39 minutes. Puu has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg and 3.7spg in the three games. She used to play for the Estonian national team last year.

   #12. International center Valeria Kast (201-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oksana Miil. However that was another game of her team in Latvian LSBL which brought her to that list. Kast, who plays in the Latvian LSBL could not help KK Tallinna Ulikool (1-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance KK Tallinna Ulikool was defeated 84-73 on the road by the higher-ranked RTU-Merks (#4). Kast was the top scorer with 19 points. She also added 4 rebounds. Kast averaged so far 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg. She is also in the roster of the Estonian national team.

   #13. International forward Kerdu Arbet-Lenear (184-80, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Annika Koster. But that was another game of her team in Latvian LSBL we would like to talk about. Arbet-Lenear managed to help Eclex Tallinn in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Kolibri/U-16 crushing them 86-52. She recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. This year Arbet-Lenear's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the four games. She used to play for the Estonian national team last year.

   #14. U18 international forward Nele Laurimaa (178-93, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oksana Miil. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Valeria Kast (above) in the other team. Laurimaa, who plays in the Latvian LSBL was not able to help KK Tallinna Ulikool (1-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance KK Tallinna Ulikool was defeated 84-73 in Riga by the higher-ranked RTU-Merks (#4). Laurimaa was the second best scorer with 14 points. Her total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. Laurimaa used to play for the Estonian U18 national team last year.

   #15. International power forward Mailis Pokk (185-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Rotenburg/Scheessel in their game against Herner TC in the German DBBL. She scored only 4 points. Her team was defeated 94-83. Pokk's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg. She is also in the roster of the Estonian national team.

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

   #1. Kadri Uigra (183-F-97, currently plays in Latvia), who plays in the Latvian LSBL could not help the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the bottom-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite was crushed 78-50 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Latvijas Universitate. Uigra was the top scorer with 15 points. She also added 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. So far BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite lost all six games in the Regular Season. Uigra's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Uigra's total stats are: 7.2ppg and 4.7rpg in the six games she played so far.

   #2. Paula Juurik (173-G-94, currently plays in Latvia) managed to help Eclex Tallinn in a victory against the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) crushing them 110-48 in the Latvian LSBL last Tuesday. Juurik scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Eclex Tallinn (6-0) is placed first in the LSBL. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. This year Juurik's total stats are: 0.7ppg and 1.7rpg in the three games.

   #3. Laura Noor (170-G-95, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Paula Juurik. But that was another game of her team in Latvian LSBL which we would like to mention. Noor contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kolibri/U-16 (0-4) crushing them 86-52. She recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Eclex Tallinn (6-0) is placed first in the LSBL. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. This year Noor's total stats are: 0.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the four games.

   #4. Sade Ereli (175-G-94, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kadri Uigra. However that was another game of her team in Latvian LSBL which brought her to that list. Ereli was not able to help the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (0-6) in their game against TTT Riga (5-0). She was the second best scorer with 8 points. Ereli also added 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. The bottom-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite was crushed 121-42 in Riga by the much higher-ranked (#3) TTT Riga. This year Ereli's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the six games.

   #5. Lerttu Jallai (180-F-91, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kolibri/U-16 (0-4) crushing them 82-56 in the Latvian LSBL on Saturday night. She scored only 2 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It was his first game for KK Tallinna Ulikool this season. Her team is placed tenth in the LSBL. Jallai's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.

   #6. Sheila Kodanik (180-F-80, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kadri Uigra. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Paula Juurik (above) in the other team. Kodanik was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite in their game against Eclex Tallinn. She scored 7 points. Her team was crushed by 62 points 110-48. Kodanik's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #7. Kaiti Vasiljeva (177-G-87, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kadri Uigra and both played together in the last Latvian LSBL game. Vasiljeva couldn't help the league outsider BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite in their game against Latvijas Universitate. She cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Vasiljeva recorded only 2 points and had 3 steals. Her team was crushed by 28 points 78-50. Vasiljeva's total stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0spg.



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Transfer news: Avenida inks Iva Sliskovic - by Diamadis Farmakis

Former Euroleague champion, Perfumerias Avenida, has bolstered its' ranks with the signature of Croatian forward Iva Sliskovic (190-C-84, college: S.Carolina) whilst there was good news for fans of short-handed Wisla Can-Pack over the weekend. He will help Avenida in the Euroleague and in the spanish league.

Sliskovic, whose career with Spanish EuroLeague Women rivals Rivas Ecopolis was cut short by injury, has been signed on a temporary basis by the Salamanca club until the end of the calendar year

It's certainly been a frustrating time for head coach Alberto Miranda and General Manager Carloz Mendez, since the duo has had to juggle things after another Croatian national team player, Marija Rezan, suffered a knee injury prior to the season

Then, only last week, American center Jessica Adair was lined up to play, only for the deal to be subsequently shelved on the advice of the club doctors.




Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Bourges - Rivas Ecopolis 60-49
Bourges prevail against Rivas Ecopolis in front of 3000 fans. The French side improved to 2-1 record in Group A after defensive 60:49 victory. The game was mostly controlled by Bourges. Rivas Ecopolis managed to win third quarter 11-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rivas Ecopolis 44-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Frida Eldebrink contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) answered with 7 points and 14 rebounds and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) added 12 points in the effort for Rivas Ecopolis. Rivas Ecopolis at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. Bourges is looking forward to face Tarsus Bld in Mersin in the next round. Rivas Ecopolis will play at home against UNI Gyor and are hoping to win this game.

IMOS Brno - Wisla Can-Pak 77-74
IMOS Brno keep Wisla Can-Pak winless in EuroLeague this season. The team from Czech Republic needed a 77:74 overtime win to seal the initial success. The teams exchanged the victories in the first four quarters and showed even games in the court. IMOS Brno never looked behind in overtime and after 13-10 won the game. IMOS Brno made 18-of-22 charity shots during the game. They also forced 23 Wisla Can-Pak turnovers. Wisla Can-Pak was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) helped adding 14 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and Cristina Ouvina scored 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. IMOS Brno left bottom position moving up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with Bourges. Defending Polish champion Wisla Can-Pak still closes the standings with three games lost. IMOS Brno will play against league's leader Spartak Vidnoye on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wisla Can-Pak will have a break next round.

Group B
Arras - Good Angels 67-70
Good Angels overcame Arras despite the low start. They trailed 10 points in the start of the last quarter but managed to win 70:67. Arras were ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 20-9 charge of Good Angels, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Arras turnovers. The best player for the winners was Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Dawn Evans who recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Ines Ajanovic (195-F-80, agency: LBM Management) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Defending Slovakian champion moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Nadezhda O. Arras at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Good Angels will have a break next round. Arras will play on the road against the league's leader Familia Schio.

UNIQA Eurol. - Familia Schio 60-66
Famila Schio upset UE Sopron in Hungary for 3-0 record in Group B. The Italian team remained undefeated after 66:60 road win. Famila Schio started the game better but could not win the half. The hosts erupted with 21-6 surge in the second frame and enjoyed 38:28 at the halftime when Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) scored three free throws in a row. Famila Schio however needed one quarter to tie the score and Elodie Godin (191-C-85) tied it all at 48:48. The guests led in the whole last stanza and sealed a 6-point victory. Sottana Giorgia stepped up with 14 points and Macchi Laura nailed 13. Elodie Godin and McCray Danielle followed her with 12 points each. Jelena Milovanovic answered with 22 points in the losing effort and Johnson Shenise collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Zsofia Fegyverneky (182-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) and Zavecz Hanna chipped in 6 points each in a loss.

Nadezhda O. - Fenerbahce 65-64
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) brings home side the win over Fenerbahce in the first game of Round 3. She nailed a jump shot with 12 at the end of the game for 65:64 win to give Nadezhda 2-1 record in Group B. The Turkish favorites suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1. Fenerbahce looked way too good in the first period and grabbed 20:6 lead after Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian)'s three-pointer. Sapova closed the first period at 15:26, while Zhedik Natalia tied it all at 27:27 later in the second frame. Nadezhda dominated the period and after 23-9 surge took 38:35 halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts increased to 5 points at the end of the third period, while had difficulties to grab the win. McCoughtry Angel made two free throws for 64:63 lead, while DeWanna Bonner delivered the total success for the hosts. Zhedik Natalia top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while DeWanna Bonner tossed in 16. Montgomery Renee posted 10, while Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) collected 8 points and 11 rebounds. McCoughtry Angel answered with 15 points in defeat, whilst Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) added 14. Matovic Ivana brought 13 and Polish International Agnieszka Bibrzycka delivered 11.

Group C
Mondeville - Perfumerias 73-64
USO Mondeville had no mercy for Perfumerias Avenida in France for 2-0 record in Group C. The hosts won 73:64 to keep the perfect record. The Spanish side fell at 1-2 record. USO Mondeville started strong and grabbed 23-16 in the first period. They added 16-15 in the second frame as Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) nailed two three-pointers in a row to close the half at 39:31. Moreover the hosts won the third period 20-17 and led 59:48 after Konate's shot. Perfumerias Avenida replied with 16-14 in the last stanza but reduced only to 9 final points. Amanda Lassiter top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89) notched 10. Sharp, Ingrid Tanqueray (166-PG-88) and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) delivered 8 points apiece. Fernandez answered with 16 points in defat, while Sulciute had 14. Mondeville will face league's leader Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Perfumerias Avenida will have a round off.

CCC Polkowice - Galatasaray 48-50
Galatasaray wins the defensive battle in Polkowice. The Turkish team grabbed 50:48 victory over the Polish side to take 3-0 record on top of group C. CCC Polkowice meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. It happens seldom when the top-scorer of the winning side bring 8 points and her/their team wins. Galatasaray showed a team game and shared the points between all 9 participating players. They started with 18-16 lead and added 12-6 in the second frame. CCC Polkowice won the third and the last periods, but could not win the game. They finished the game with 5-0 run but cut it to the final 48:50 result. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston), Alben Isil and Whalen Lindsay top-scored for the winners with 8 points each. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) replied with 15, while Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) netted 10. Snell Belinda delivered 9 points in the losing effort.

USK Praha - UMMC 71-78
Taurasi Diana leads UMMC Ekaterinburg over Praha for 2-0 record in Group C. She scored 25 points as UMMC won 78:71 away from home. USK Praha looked better in the beginning of the game and scored 19 points in the first and the second period. They were ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 47-33 second half run of UMMC Ekaterinburg. The best player for the winners was Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82, college: Connecticut) who scored 25 points and 5 assists. Candace Parker (193-C-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Jelena Dubljevic who recorded 16 points and Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Defending Czech champion USK Praha still closes the standings with three games lost. UMMC Ekaterinburg's next round opponent will be CCC Polkowice at home. USK Praha will play against Lupa Promotion in Novi Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  SWE
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Eldebrink, SWE20.9 
 2. Tuukkanen, FIN19.8 
 3. Marginean, ROM19.6 
 4. Petronyte, LTU18.3 
 5. Doron, ISR16.5 
 6. Twehues, SUI16.4 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT15.6 
 8. Quigley, HUN15.5 
 9. Dubljevic, MNT15.0 
 10. Dabovic, SRB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taru TUUKKANEN
  FIN
  (190-C-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tuukkanen, FIN12.4 
 2. Petronyte, LTU11.5 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT11.3 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR9.9 
 5. Lima, ESP9.6 
 6. Giroud, SUI8.9 
 7. Perovanovic, MNT8.1 
 8. Perostiyska, BUL7.9 
 9. Meesseman, BEL7.9 
 10. Nicholls, ESP7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  MNT
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.1 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT4.3 
 3. Baric, SLO4.3 
 4. Eldebrink, SWE4.3 
 5. Radocaj, SRB4.1 
 6. Parau, ROM4.1 
 7. Eldebrink, SWE4.0 
 8. Stoenescu, ROM3.9 
 9. Schmit, LUX3.9 
 10. Karklina, LAT3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milica DABOVIC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Dabovic, SRB3.4 
 2. Skobel, POL3.3 
 3. Bar, GER3.1 
 4. Linkeviciene, LTU2.7 
 5. Doron, ISR2.6 
 6. Schmit, LUX2.6 
 7. Kupcikova, SVK2.5 
 8. Halman, NED2.4 
 9. Ouvina, ESP2.3 
 10. Kubatova, SVK2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  BLR
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.4 
 2. Majewska, POL2.3 
 3. Teilane-T., LAT2.1 
 4. Meesseman, BEL1.6 
 5. Petronyte, LTU1.4 
 6. Nicholls, ESP1.3 
 7. Pavel, ROM1.3 
 8. Popovic, MNT1.2 
 9. Tuukkanen, FIN1.0 
 10. Paugaite, LTU1.0 



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Div B. - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Borislava HRISTOVA
  (180-G-96)
  Avg: 25
 1. Hristova, BUL25.0 
 2. Gorobets, UKR17.8 
 3. Belickaite, LTU17.3 
 4. Laksa, LAT16.8 
 5. Zelivanski, ISR16.0 
 6. Menna, FIN15.7 
 7. Lass, EST15.6 
 8. Juskaite, LTU14.9 
 9. Costa, POR14.1 
 10. Cerneckyte, LTU14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paula LENART
  (178-SG-96)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lenart, ROM12.7 
 2. Juskaite, LTU12.4 
 3. Kostourkova, POR11.3 
 4. Kamburova, BUL11.3 
 5. Yatskovets, UKR11.3 
 6. Mortensen, DEN11.1 
 7. Jablonowski, LUX10.9 
 8. Pehadzic, DEN10.7 
 9. Pobozy, POL9.7 
 10. Menna, FIN9.6