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  ABA   



Winning in the small way... the ABA is more than just a game - by Gianni Pascucci

The new expansion ABA Fresno Flight played their inaugural games against the veteran Sacramento Heatwave last weekend and won consecutive games over a ranked team. But the way they did it was what made these games special.
It was the professional debut of their 19 year old point guard Derrick Randolph. Derrick is working hard toward overcoming much adversity towards his goal of playing in the NBA. He has dealt with homelessness and the tragedy of three family member's deaths in one week. Having grown up on the tough streets of Chicago, the move to Fresno CA has been rewarding and helpful to achieving his goal. Derrick will also enroll in college in January now knowing that he is safe and has a place to live. He can now concentrate on his basketball skills and getting a great education.
Oh yes, the games. Derrick scored 33 points on Saturday and 36 points on Sunday, being the high scorer in both games. On Saturday, he had 11 assists, 6 steals, 5 rebounds and on Sunday, 10 assists, 7 steals and 6 rebounds. With natural ability and great basketball instincts, Derrick is a true visionary on the court. He's aggressive with a lot of energy and great ball handling skills. Other teams should be very protectibve of the ball when Derrick is on the court.
Clearly the Fresno Flight has much to look forward to this season. Dominick Young (5'10''-G-74, college: Fresno St.), former Fresno State alum and ABA All-Star has put together a team of hard-working players that have come together well as a team to make their impact on the league known early.
One other thing - this dynamic young point guard off the streets of Chicago, who has overcome so much adversity and who dominates play against players 6-5 to 7-0 is 5'8' tall. For more information, visit www.fresnoflight.com



Jacksonvile Giants roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci

Towering Jermaine Bell (6'11''-F/C-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Indian Hills CC), Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) and Edward Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.) will lead on the court the ABA Reigning Champion team, the Jacksonville Giants.

This down is the Giants full, 2012-13 team roster, just received by Usbasket.com

Bell, Jermaine C 7-0/ 210 08/05/84 Indian Hills CC
Brown, Damone F 6-9/ 212 28/06/79 Syracuse
Brown, Eddie F 6-9/ 230 14/12/85 Cambell University
Clark, Brad G 6-5/ 190 10/08/78 Edward Waters
Fields, Matt F 6-7/195 02/01/86 Georgia Southern
Gray, George G 5-9/175 25/12/88 Florida Memorial
Hooper, Tony G 5-11/ 175 30/03/87 University Louisiana Monroe
Horton, Ed G 6-3/ 190 20/07/85 Murray State
Hyche, Chris F 6-5/ 215 16/09/88 Jackson State
Jackson, Anthony G 5-11/ 180 27/05/85 Columbus State
Mulamba, Josue C 6-10/ 238 06/06/86 Imperial Valley College
Taylor, Freeman F 6-6/ 217 14/08/81 Robert Morris
Thomas, Kevin G 6-0/ 175 29/01/85 Murray State
Todd, Currye G 6-4/ 190 26/07/85 Lamar University
Tucker, Jerrod F 6-4/ 240 26/10/86 Bellevue University



Kam Shepherd man in the middle for Georgia Gwizzlies - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies opens its 8th consecutive pro basketball season Saturday November 17th against the Phenix City Bombers 4pm in Phenix City Alabama.
Kam Shepherd (6'9''-F/C-88) will be leading the way for the Gwizzlies. He is a native of Orlando, Florida, is measured in at 6'9 and 255 pounds and his true first name is Kamiren. "I have not had a shot blocker and inside scorer of this level since my 2004/5 team that feature standout Xavier Morton" states Gwizzlies GM/Head coach Embry Malone



Seattle Mountaineers Announce 2012-13 Roster - by Surujh Roopnarine

Seattle Mountaineers President and Head Coach Don Sims has assembled an impressive group of talent for the 2012-13 ABA season.
In 2011-2012, he coached Seattle to a 23-2 regular season record and 27-6 overall record, first place in the ABA PacNW Conference and had the Mountaineers ranked as high as #10 in the Nation in the ABA regular season poll.
Entering his seventh season as head coach, Sims is hoping that the right mix of youthful exuberence and seasoned veterans will blend to make a winning combination.


ACTIVE
22 Jamar Berry (6'5''-G-85, college: Cent.Washington) - Tacoma, WA
8 Marcus Bradford (6'4''-G-85, college: Columbia, MO) - Cleveland, Ohio
21 Bronson Damen (6'4''-G/F-89) - Auburn, WA
5 Marques Ewell (5'10''-PG) - Detroit, Michigan
44 Bryan Ferguson (6'8''-F) - Kirkland, WA
33 Franklin Igbekoyi (6'8''-C-86, college: Chico St.) - Reno, Nevada
10 Jones, Dontae PG 5' 10" 160 lbs Seattle, WA
34 Lawson, Daralin C 6' 9" 250 lbs Annapolis,MD
21 Justin Murray (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Washington St.) - Tacoma, WA
3 Rashaad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) - Renton, WA
Avery Scharer (6'2''-G, college: Shoreline CC) - Seattle, WA
20 Jason Waltman (6"7"-F) - Monroe, WA
32 Watkins, Dewayne F 6' 8" 230 lbs Waterford, Michigan
11 Chris Weakley (6'3''-G-79, college: Salem Intern.) - Birmingham, Alabama

RESERVES / INJURED
Green, Jeremy (Reserve) F 6' 7" 215 lbs Kent, WA
Jones, Melvin (Reserve) G 5' 10" 165 lbs Seattle, WA
1 Ryan Quigtar (5'11''-G-89), Ryan (Injured Reserve) PG 6' 0" 175 lbs Renton, WA
15 Smith, Matt (Injured Reserve) F 6' 9" 225 lbs Seattle, WA
Morgan, James (Injured Reserve) C 6' 9" 230 lbs Seattle, WA
50 McAfee, Antonio (Reserve) C 6' 11" 250 lbs Marysville, WA



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  APBL   


The Hudson Valley Kingz looking forward to new season - by Mike Lee

The Hudson Valley Kingz are back and better than ever for a third season, with the hopes of winning an APBL championship this season. The Kingz bring back the core of their players such as Doug Herring Jr. (6'3''-G/F, college: Utica)., Kevin Briggs (7'0''-C, college: ASA), Jimmy Bosque (6'2''-G-89), Kevin Pegram (6'8''-F/C-87), Kevin Cayea (6'2''-G-87) and Kaheem Davis (6'6''-F, college: Bridgeport). The team also made key offseason acquisitions by signing Corriche Gaskin (6'3''-G), formerly of the Hartford Lighting (ACPBL) and Spencer Smith (6'1''-G, college: Post), who played for Castro Chile last season. The team also added alone other newcomers and first year players such as, Antonio Williams (6'6''-F-89, agency: SDJ Sports), Kareem Brown (6'2''-G-88, college: Gannon), Mercury Fiske, Shaun Diaz (6'4''-G), and Tyquan Stewart. Coach Donald Herring Jr. has a daunting task ahead of him this year with managing the playing time with such a talented group of players, but he is looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead for him and the Hudson Valley Kingz.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Curtis Withers agreed terms with Mobis Phoebus, ex Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News

Mobis Phoebus (KBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Curtis Withers (203-104kg-84, college: Charlotte). He already started the season at Crocodiles in Australian NBL league. Withers ended the last season at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 8 games last year he recorded 14.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. But the most of that year he spent at Santa Cruz Warriors (previous name Dakota Warriors) in D-League. In 32 games he averaged 8.4ppg and 6.3rpg.
The previous (2011) summer Withers also played at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB. The other team he played that season for was Angeles in Mexican LNBP. In 10 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.5apg. Another team Withers played shortly was Melilla_Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold. In 6 games he averaged 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
Three years ago (three years after he left the college) Withers was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (11th overall).
The former University of North Carolina - Charlotte star is in his seventh season in pro basketball.
His team won Israeli Cup in 2009.
Withers received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention award back in 2007. He represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Argentina seven years ago.
Withers is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (ShenYang), France, Puerto Rico, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Spain (Melilla Baloncesto) and Venezuela (Marinos and Guaros).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


Panthers add Tyrone Sally - by Stefan Prager

The BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers announced that they have added forward Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, college: W.Virginia) to their roster. Two weeks ago the Panthers released big man Ivan Zejak from his contract. Sally is something like a replacement. Sally last played for the Rotterdam Challengers in 2011/2012. He led the Dutch league in scoring last season averaging 18.5 ppg. The 30 year old is well known in Austria. He played for the Oberwart Gunners in 2010/2011 and won the Austrian championship that same year. Altough Sally got injured in game 3 and missed games 4 and 5 of the finals.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


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

23-year old forward Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had a great game in the last round for Rilski Sportist and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team OKK Beograd (#10, 0-4) with 18-point margin 104-86. Rilski Sportist is placed at 8th position in Balkan League group B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Rilski Sportist will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Dupree turned to be Rilski Sportist's top player in his first season with the team. Towson University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dupree is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Terry Smith (185-PG-86). He is American guard in his first season at Rilski Sportist. In the last game Smith recorded impressive 28 points and 7 assists. Of course together with Dupree he helped Rilski Sportist with another comfortable win 104-86 over OKK Beograd (#10, 0-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Rilski Sportist to move up to 8th position in group B. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is a newcomer at Rilski Sportist and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.7ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Kumanovo (#3). Kostoski showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kumanovo, leading his team to a 83-67 easy win against #4 ranked Djuro Djakovic in a game of the week. Kumanovo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Kostoski has a great season in Balkan League. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 6.3rpg (7th best) and assists with 5.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85) of Levski Sofia - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89) of Kumanovo - 24 points and 5 rebounds
6. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) of Mornar Bar - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) of OKK Beograd - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91) of Mornar Bar - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84) of OKK Beograd - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) of Teodo Tivat - 11 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  BOSNIA   


KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 4 RESULTS - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH A1 LEAGUE ROUND 4 RESULTS
Fourth derby A round-1 league played in Srebrenik, where heated Gradina inflict first defeat leading Steel. From Zenica in the third quarter ran 25:35, but domestic below completely reversed.

Surprise rounds staged basketball Bosniaks in Skenderija defeated tournament favorites Sparsa team.

Suffered a heavy defeat against Limometal playoff, and student in the local derby against MCO Liberty. Brcaci without much difficulty score two points against Orlovik.

RESULTS - TUZLA: MCO Freedom - Student 82:49 (17:14, 18:11, 25:14, 22:10), SREBRENIK: Gradina - Steel 71:64 (23:16, 4:13, 20:21, 24:14), MOSTAR: Spars - Lower Vakuf 70:61 (17:14, 18:11, 25:14, 22:10), SARAJEVO: Spars - Bosniak 66:70 (18:15, 19:17, 10 : 11, 19:27), ILIDA: Play Off - Limometal 121:67 (17:15, 36:19, 32:18, 36:15), Brcko: BD - Orlovik 67:56 (13:12, 21 : 6, 14:13, 19:25).

TABLE

Play Off 4 3 1 7 369:276
Spars (S) 4 3 1 7 351:274
Spars (M) 4 3 1 7 346:306
Steel 4 3 1 7 344:305
MCO Freedom 294:260 4 3 1 7
4 Gradina 300:275 7 3 1
4 2 2 Bosnjak 341:323 6
BD 273:274 4 2 2 6
4 2 2 Student 297:332 6
Lower Vakuf 297:364 4 0 4 4
4 0 4 Orlovik 223:310 4
Limometal 4 303:439 0 4 4

In 5th round (10 / 11th November.) meet - EPCE: Orlovik - Castle, TUZLA: Student - BD, CAZIN: Limometal - MCO Freedom, HADINI: Bosnjak - Play Off VAKUF LOWER: Lower excel - Spars (S), ZENICA: Steel - Spars (M).

MCO FREEDOM 82
STUDENT 49
(17:14, 18:11, 25:14, 22:10)
TUZLA - Hall Mejdan. Spectators 800th Judges: Kasumovic, Lasetovic, Efendic (Tuzla).
MCO FREEDOM: Ibracevic 11, Jahic, Andelija, Arnautalic 8, Radic 1, Ahmedic 10, Zekavicic 4, Marijan 1, 5 Pejic, Dambic 19,
Hujdurovic 4, Tanasilovic 19th Coach: Adnan Hodzic.
STUDENT: Jakubovic 3, Ibricic, Golijanin 11, Suljagic, Duric 1, Alibaic 16, Terzic 2, 4 Kikic, Hulusic, Kaletovic, Sarajlic 8, 4th Mehinovic Coach: Elvir Husic

GRADINA 71
STEEL 64
(23:16, 4:13, 20:21, 24:14)
SREBRENIK - Sports Hall. Spectators 150th Judges: Palo Hodzic (Sarajevo), corp (Brcko).
GRADINA: Hercegovac 2, Avdic, I. Hasic 2, Kaltak, Horozic 20, Nurkanovic 16, Becici, Djonlic 4, Gopo, Topalovic 13, R. Hasic 14th Coach:
Vlado Micanovic.
STEEL: Andjelic 10, Merdanovica A., E. Merdanovica 9, Mehtic 11, Dedic 2, Begagic 19, Kolak, Nuranovic, Dizdar, Durmic 7, Ibrahimkadic, Suljic 6th Coach Haris Jahic.

SPARS (M) 70
LOWER VAKUF 61
(17:14, 18:11, 25:14, 22:10)
MOSTAR - Sports Hall. Spectators 100th Judges: Niksic and Mrkovic (Sarajevo), Spahalic (Mostar).
spars: 3 E. Safra, Safra H., Djelmo 23, Dz. 13 Tanovic, N. Mesinovic, M. Atic, A. Hodzic, S. 9 Vujicic, O. cream, F. Varelija 11,
R.Gosto, A.Rahimic 11th Coach Denan Suta
LOWER VAKUF M. Opardija, D. Alic, T. Skrobo 5, J. Husetic 2, A. Caluk 12, 17 Dzihan A., D. alcoholics, A. Gradacevic 2, A. Pando 12, M. Pando 6th Coach: Suad Hodzic

SPARS (S) 66
BONJAK 70
(18:15, 19:17, 10:11, 19:27)
SARAJEVO - Hall Skenderija. Spectators 200th Judges: Preldic (Zepce) Pripoljac and Marjanovic (Zenica).
spars (S): A. Zahiragic, A. Nikolic, 16, D. Petkovic, A. Vrabac 14, F. M.Sc., R. Basic, Z. Halilbegovic 6, M. Karic 3, M.Bulic 8, N. Buza
8, S. Glogovac 5, Dj. Salic 6th Coach: Mark Trbic
BONJAK: Isic E., H. Hrgic, D. Mujan 8, Dafic M., B. Jokanovic 6, B. Foric 1, G. Dragovic 14, D. Guhdija 7, A. Dizdar 6, E. Residovic
28, Coach: Amir Residovic

PLAY OFF 121
LIMOMETAL 67
(17:15, 36:19, 32:18, 36:15)
ILIDA - SKC Hall. Spectators 50th Judges: Biscevic and Hasanbegovic (Sarajevo), Pelja (Zenica).
PLAY OFF: K. Kurtagic 6, 7 Velic M., N. Salcin 10, 10 Salcin A., H. Delalic 13, F. Kalamujic 10, 23 Dovadija A., O. Bravo 24, V. Pehilj 4,
E. Tarcin 12, S. Vizmeg 2. Coach: Admir Prasovic
LIMOMETAL J. Adilagic 6, 8 A. Mu, S. Damjanic 12, 12 Mahmutovic D., J. Horozovic 3, E. Kapic 13, E. Tatarevic 8, M. Markovinovic
1, A. Topic 4 . Coach: Emir Kapic

DISTRIKT 67
ORLOVIK 56
(13:12, 21:06, 14:13, 19:25)
BRCKO - Hall Technical School. Spectators 50th Judges: Noinovic and Avdic (Tuzla), Beganovic (Srebrenik).
DISTRIKT B. 2 Nesic, A. Josic 5, N. Agic, Dj. Enormous, I. Christmas 5, B. Gibic, B. Ahmetbaic 23, Mojic M., Vidakovic 4, E.
Guzonjic 13, M. Islamovic 15th Coach: Azur Hadovic
ORLOVIK A. Malicbegovic 5, 6 Derek M., B. Berbic 2, B. Mujkic, S. Sarajlic, A. Skopljak 5, A. Odobasic 2, K Bijedic 5, M. Bajric 3, E. Imamovic 2, E. Brkovic, K. Ljubovic 26th Coach: Senad Preldic



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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo clinch Carioca League title - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo - Tijuca 120:88

Flamengo celebrated the first title in the season. The Rio de Janeiro team shot down Tijuca to sweep the Carioca League championship series. Marcelo Magalhaes (201-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) fired 32 points to lead the winners.
Flamengo posted a 30:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the gap in the second quarter. Flamengo arrived at halftime up by 22 points 61:39. The hosts did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accumulated a 97:56 advantage at the final break. Tijuca had little chance to save the game as Flamengo cruised to the victory at the end. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) delivered 15 points for the hosts. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed 16 points for the winning team.



Sao Jose/Vinac edge Bauru to reach Paulista League Final - by Eurobasket News

Paschoalotto Bauru - Sao Jose/Vinac 88:100

Sao Jose/Vinac registered the decisive victory in the Paulista League semifinal series versus Paschoalotto Bauru. Sao Jose clinched the road win in Game 5 to advance into the title series. Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) came up with 25 points to lead the winners.
Sao Jose/Vinac unleashed 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The visitors enjoyed a 53:43 halftime lead. Sao Jose/Vinac did not loosen the grip in the third term. They accumulated a 13-point advantage at the final intermission. Bauru fired 29 points in the fourth period but it was too late to save the game as Sao Jose/Vinac held on to win it. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) accounted for 24 points, while Deivisson Costa (211-C-80) netted 18 points for the visitors. DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) and Larry Taylor (185-G-80, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Missouri Western) answered with 15 points each for Bauru.

Paschoalotto Bauru: DeAndre Coleman 15, Larry Taylor 15
Sao Jose/Vinac: Jefferson Antonio 25, Fulvio de Assis 24, Deivisson Costa 18



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Mary's 2-0 
 2. Acadia 0-0 
 3. Cape Breton 0-0 
 4. Dalhousie 0-0 
 5. New Brunsw. 0-0 
 6. St.Francis X. 0-0 
 7. UPEI 0-0 
 8. Memorial 0-2 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 2-0 
 2. UFV 2-0 
 3. Victoria 2-0 
 4. TRU 1-1 
 5. UNBC 1-1 
 6. Mount Royal 0-2 
 7. TWU 0-2 
 8. UBC Okanagan 0-2 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 3-0 
 2. Lethbridge 2-0 
 3. Manitoba 1-1 
 4. Saskatchewan 1-1 
 5. Winnipeg 1-2 
 6. Calgary 1-2 
 7. Regina 1-2 
 8. Brandon 0-2 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 0-0 
 2. Laurentian 0-0 
 3. Ottawa 0-0 
 4. Queen's 0-0 
 5. RMC 0-0 
 6. Ryerson 0-0 
 7. Toronto Univ. 0-0 
 8. York 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Brock 0-0 
 2. Guelph 0-0 
 3. Lakehead 0-0 
 4. Laurier 0-0 
 5. McMaster 0-0 
 6. Waterloo 0-0 
 7. Western 0-0 
 8. Windsor 0-0 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 1-0 
 2. Bishop's 0-0 
 3. Laval 0-0 
 4. McGill 0-0 
 5. UQAM 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 8: Winnipeg - Regina 88-73
Nov. 8: Calgary - Alberta 76-77
Nov. 7: UQAM - Concordia 69-74

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 9: UPEI - Dalhousie
Nov. 9: New Brunsw. - Acadia
Nov. 9: Windsor - Carleton
Nov. 9: Western - Ottawa
Nov. 9: Ryerson - Lakehead
Nov. 9: McMaster - York
Nov. 9: Queen''s - Laurier
Nov. 9: Toronto Univ. - Guelph
Nov. 9: Brock - Laurentian
Nov. 9: Winnipeg - Regina
Nov. 9: Manitoba - Brandon
Nov. 9: Lethbridge - Saskatchewan
Nov. 9: Calgary - Alberta
Nov. 9: UFV - Victoria
Nov. 9: UNBC - TWU
Nov. 9: UBC - TRU
Nov. 9: UBC Okanagan - Mount Royal


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 34
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.34.0 
 2. Brown, Regina24.3 
 3. Perrin, TWU24.0 
 4. Waldner, Lethb.21.5 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.21.3 
 6. Grewal, UFV21.0 
 7. Forbes, Saskatch.21.0 
 8. Ramsey, Brandon20.5 
 9. Walton, Manitoba20.5 
 10. Freeman, UFV20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Blaz BOZINOVIC
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bozinovic, TRU14.5 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s10.0 
 3. Burns, Saskatch.10.0 
 4. Ozsayiner, Manit.9.5 
 5. Waldner, Lethb.9.5 
 6. Forbes, Saskatch.9.0 
 7. Otieno, Alberta8.7 
 8. Baker, Alberta8.7 
 9. Moses, Calgary8.7 
 10. Awak, Mount Royal8.5 
Assists Per Game
 James YORK
  UFV
  (--)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. York, UFV7.5 
 2. Bonhomme, Brandon7.5 
 3. Johnson, Lethbrid.6.0 
 4. Cunningham, Winnip.5.3 
 5. Duce, Lethbridge5.0 
 6. Acheampong, Victo.4.0 
 7. Awak, Mount Royal4.0 
 8. Walton, Manitoba4.0 
 9. Tate, Regina3.7 
 10. Mole, Regina3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Miguel PINK
  St.Mary''s
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Pink, St.Mary''s5.5 
 2. Baker, Saskatch.4.5 
 3. Scott, St.Mary''s3.5 
 4. Thomas, St.Mary''s3.0 
 5. Ramsey, Brandon3.0 
 6. Gooding, Winnipeg3.0 
 7. Cunningham, Winnip.3.0 
 8. Peterson, Victoria3.0 
 9. Lamar, Saskatch.2.5 
 10. Perrin, TWU2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Thijin MOSES
  Calgary
  (201--)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moses, Calgary2.7 
 2. Bozinovic, TRU2.5 
 3. Baker, Alberta1.7 
 4. Ramsey, Brandon1.5 
 5. Gould, Memorial1.0 
 6. McAvoy, St.Mary''s1.0 
 7. Aubertin, UNBC1.0 
 8. Moffatt, Memorial1.0 
 9. Engen, Lethbridge1.0 
 10. Osborne, TWU1.0 


CIS Round 3: Wednesday and Thursday results - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in CIS as the season just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Citadines (0-1) in Montreal, QC on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Stingers (1-0) 74-69. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 0-0 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 19 points after three quarters before their 33-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Stingers forced 19 Citadines turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Evens Laroche (193) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jerome Blake (180) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Richard Kwaku Addai (183-88) who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Stingers keep a position of league leader. Citadines at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Calgary, AB. Leader Golden Bears (3-0) saved a 1-point derby victory on the road edging 4th placed Dinos (1-2) 77-76 on Thursday evening. It was a good game for international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Youssef Ouahrig contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Thijin Moses (201) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for Dinos. Dinos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Golden Bears have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Dinos at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Winnipeg and Regina. Golden Bears will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dinos will play again at home against the league's leader Golden Bears (#1) in Edmonton, AB to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Winnipeg, MB was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Cougars (1-2) played at the court of eighth ranked Wesmen (1-2). Wesmen defeated Cougars 88-73 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Steven Wesley who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Frank Brown with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Wesmen left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Regina and Calgary. Wesmen will again meet at home Cougars (#7) in the next round. Cougars will have a break next round.


Winnipeg - Regina 88-73

The game in Winnipeg, MB was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Cougars (1-2) played at the court of eighth ranked Wesmen (1-2). Wesmen defeated Cougars 88-73 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Wesmen. Cougars managed to win third quarter 28-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wesmen forced 24 Cougars turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Benny Iko (198) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Wesmen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Frank Brown (188) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Connor Burns (201) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Wesmen left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Regina and Calgary. Wesmen will again meet at home Cougars (#7) in the next round. Cougars will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 25+10reb, N.Gooding 16+5reb+2ast, B.Iko 16+8reb+3ast, A.Cunningham 14+3reb+8ast, T.Krahn 8+1reb+4ast, J.Clennon 5+2reb+4ast
Regina: F.Brown 18+5reb+2ast, A.Tate 16+3reb+4ast, C.Burns 13+9reb+1ast, D.Mole 8+2reb+4ast, P.Gareau 7+4reb+1ast, M.Augustin 6+4reb+1ast
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Calgary - Alberta 76-77

Important game to mention about took place in Calgary, AB. Leader Golden Bears (3-0) saved a 1-point derby victory on the road edging 4th placed Dinos (1-2) 77-76 on Thursday evening. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 26-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Golden Bears forced 19 Dinos turnovers. It was a good game for international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Youssef Ouahrig contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Thijin Moses (201) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) added 10 points in the effort for Dinos. Dinos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Golden Bears have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Dinos at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Winnipeg and Regina. Golden Bears will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dinos will play again at home against the league's leader Golden Bears (#1) in Edmonton, AB to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Alberta: J.Baker 24+9reb+5ast, Y.Ouahrig 17+5reb+2ast, K.Otieno 16+6reb, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 10+8reb+3ast, T.Watson 6+2reb+1ast, N.Manojlovic 4+9reb
Calgary: T.Moses 28+10reb, D.Sconiers 12+1reb, J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 10+4reb+3ast, J.Owen-Thomas 8+1reb+1ast, D.Karch 6+3reb+2ast, J.Gill 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190333


UQAM - Concordia 69-74

The guests trailed by 19 points after three quarters before their 33-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Stingers forced 19 Citadines turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Evens Laroche (193) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jerome Blake (180) chipped in 19 points. Four Stingers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Richard Kwaku Addai (183-88) who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Philippe Tamba added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively.

Top scorers:
Concordia: E.Laroche 20+8reb+2ast, J.Blake 19+3reb+3ast, M.Tajfel 17+6reb+1ast, K.Eyitayo 10+9reb+1ast, A.Chmielewski 6+3reb+2ast, G.Riche 2+4reb
UQAM: R.Kwaku Addai 25+5reb+4ast, P.Tamba 20+5reb+2ast, A.Bernard 14+4reb+1ast, G.Saint-Amand 7+2reb+1ast, S.Pierre 2+5reb, M.Bazile 1+2reb


gschID: 190332



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FEDERATION CUP 2012 FINALS, GUERREROS VS BUKAROS PREVIEW - by Victor Garcia

Guerreros from Bogot with one of the best records in the history of the Colombian Federation Cup, 30 victories and just 5 losses and Bukaros from Bucaramanga with a 24 11 record start on next Friday November 9 the final playoff of the Federation Cup.
Both teams sweeped in the semifinal playoff and are arriving to the final with all their players available, the series are to 7 games starting in Bogot and will be 2-3-2, with the game 5 if necessary in Bucaramanga and games 6 a 7 if necessary in Bogot.
Guerreros is the main favourite, the Bogotas team builded the most powerfull roster in the history of the Cup, leaded by the main Colombian stars: Stalin Ortiz and Juan Diego Tello, both are international level players, but also had a solid group of americans : Rashad Bell, Shawn Malloy and Courtney Nelson, Bell has been the second scorer of the team and Malloy the rebounding and shot blocking leader, Nelson comes from the bench in the second squad, Guerreros found this year in Gianlucca Bacci a solid point guard to be starter.
The Guerreros first offensive wheapon is Stalin Ortiz, when hes hot is almost unstoppable, Ortiz arrives healthy and fresh to finals thanks to the deep roster of the team, Tello provides talent and versatility on the wing and is also a powerfull rebounder, Bacci and Aragon are the prime defensive players of the team, this team is very focused on the defense, this is the main belief of the Guerreros coach Yesid Rivero.
Bukaros has an experienced roster, Cory Bradford, Miguel Marriaga, Cesar Silva and Richard Jetter are their main perfomers, but also with the arrival of Jeffrei Addai the team found a reliable and quick point guard.
Bukaros main strength is the long range shooting in with Richard Jetter is the biggest gun, Jetter is having a solid season with Bukaros, Miguel Marriaga is playing also at his best level, the big guy is feeded by his teammates in the pick and roll offense, Marriaga is also the top rebounder of the team, Bradford is the spark of the team always tyring to find a open view to the Basket can be also the prime offensive option of Bukaros, Cesar Silva is always dangerous, the bear can hurt from downtown or going hard inside in the penetration.
Teams Comparission:
Guards:
Guerreros starters are Bacci and Ortiz, with them the team can put pressure on the ball forcing turnovers and run the fastbreak, Ortiz is the best scorer of the team, but Bacci has proven than he can close games in the clutch.
Bukaros Addai and Bradford are a good combo, very similar to the Guerreros pair, Bradford has been finalist in Colombia before.
Forwards:
Guerreros Tello and Bell are the most versatile duo of forwards in the league, both can create mismatches with his quickness or size and can guard smaller opponents, Tello is the second best rebounder of the team, Bell the second scorer.
Bukaros has Jetter as usual starter and has been using John Velez in the last game, Jetter is a great shooter but can face some problems guarding bigger opponents, while Velez is a good defender and rebounder but limited in the offensive.
Centers:
Guerreros Shawn Malloy has been the best rebounder and shotblocker of the team and a key player in defense, in offensive Malloy is not getting to many touches but he can score in the paint.
Bukaros Miguel Marriaga is a real wheapon in the offensive and a solid rebounder, Marriaga is one main piece of the Bukaros strategy.
Bench:
Guerreros bench is deep Pineda, Aragon, Barrios, Romero, Pea, Nelson and Perez all the should be starters in any other team, Aragon is a real deal in defense and offense , the team had the deepest bech in the league.
Bukaros bech is not deep as the Guerreros, but has the best sixth man of the league Cesar Silva, a luxury bench player, also has experience and size with Hernandez, Cortes and Fernandez.

Prognosis, Guerreros is deeper and more talented in the forwards, has leaded the cup all the season, and is a wide favourite, Guerreros could win the cup in 5 games.




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All Cyprus teams lost their openers!! - by Chris Mammides

Krasnye Krylia Keravnos Strovolou 79-74
The best feasible result for the team from Strovolos took place in Russia (Krasnie Krylia's home court in Samara) since the home team won at the end with the poor +5 the Cyprus site.
The Russian power house got some serious trouble from the Americans of Keravnos Strovolou but finally due to the great performance of Chester Simmons and Nikita Balashov in the scoring part and Aaron Miles in the organizational part gave the victory to the home team.
Chester Simmons has scored 24 points for Krasnye Krylia who claimed a 79-74 win over their Cypriot guests, Keravnos, in their opening EuroChallenge Group B fixture on Wednesday evening.
Simmons starred for the home side, pulling his team out of ruts at decisive moments.
Trailing by six points late in the opening half, Simmons hit a three-pointer, before adding the first five points of the second half to hand the home team the momentum.
When Simmons again hit from outside early in the final quarter, the lead for the Russians was out to 14 points (68-54), but thereafter they went cold from the floor, allowing Keravnos to fight back to be within four points, 74-70, on a Julian Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) and-one play, with the clock showing 3:19 remaining in the contest.
Julian Vaughn shared top scoring honors for the guests with 16 points alongside Antonio Crocker. He also picked up 12 boards whilst Crocker had eight.
However, with Simmons making one from the charity stripe before following it up with a jump-shot soon after, the buffer was back out to seven points and the home team would not be threatened again
On six-for-eight shooting from the field, youngster Nikita Balashov provided the main scoring support for Simmons, ending the game with 15 points and six rebounds. Aaron Miles had 11 assists and six points.
Keravnos head coach Panagiotis Yiannaras stated the following: "First of all, congratulations to Krasnye Krylia. Each time we try to win, we prepared well for this game, watched videos to see the strongest points of Krylia. We played bad in the third period, two players got three fouls, another one was badly injured, and also Damjanovic could not come because of visa problems. We missed some open shots at the end of the game - and we lost it."

KRKA Michelin Etha Engomis 100-73
In the Group A game, 2011 EuroChallenge champions KRKA made easy work of their season opener in Novo Mesto defeating Cypriot side Michelin Etha Engomis with 27 points difference and a final score being 100-73.
Edo Muric led all scorers with 20 points and Domen Lorbek had 19 for the Slovenians, while for the Cyprus site top scorer was the British international point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye who ended the game with 16 points.
Four players scored in double figures as the 2011 EuroChallenge winners KRKA Novo Mesto won their Group A opener 100-73 in an easy night out since the Cyprus champions of Michelin ETHA are far behind in quality and techniques.
Edo Muric led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds; Domen Lorbek had 19 points; Jakov Vladovic collected 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists; whilst Jure Lucic had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Slovenian hosts.
Ogooluwa Adegboye paced the guests from Cyprus with 16 points while Akida Mc Lain added 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.
KRKA opened an early 10-2 lead and it grew to 10 points (14-4) before ETHA trimmed the gap to 15-11. But the hosts were ahead 24-13 after one quarter.
The Slovenia side was clearly in control and did not let ETHA into the game with Lorbek draining a three for a 15-point cushion and later back-to-back baskets to make it 42-28. Taron Downey ended the first half with two consecutive long balls to cut the deficit to 46-37 at the break.
Novo Mesto used an 18-6 run in the third quarter to open a 64-45 lead to regain the dominance. The advantage was 71-53 after three quarters.
The guests would only get to within 17 points in the fourth quarter while the lead grew to 27 points.
Taron Downey scored 11 points and 5 assists, while Akida McLain added 12 points and 6 rebounds as no other player from the Cyprus site reached the double digits
The Cyprus clubs Head Coach Kyriakos Adamou stated that "Participation in this competition is very important for us. We have a young team this season, for most of the players this is their first appearance on such a level. We don't have a lot of time to practice. Although we're not happy with the score, because difference was very big, this game was important for us. We'll try to be better in the future."



Pizza Express Apollon Sluc Nancy 65-81
SLUC Nancy used a 14-0 run over nearly six minutes in the fourth quarter to pick up a strong 81-65 road victory over Pizza Express Apollon in Group G play of the EuroChallenge.
Bingo Merriex paced the French guests with 17 points and 8 rebounds while John Linehan scored 13 points and Mouloukou Diabate scored 11 points and 6 assists. Apollon led by 13 points in the second quarter but could not hold on despite 25 points and 8 rebounds from Brandon Brown.
Brown scored 10 points as the Cypriot hosts jumped ahead 15-6. The home side still led 19-15 after one quarter.
Apollon appeared in control of the game with a 9-0 run to start the second period for a 28-15 lead. But Merriex scored seven points and Linehan and Marcellus Sommerville each nailed three-pointers in a 20-9 Nancy run and the Apollon lead was only 37-35 at halftime.
The hosts had regained a 44-37 advantage but a 12-2 Nancy run gave the guests the lead 49-46. And Linehan nailed another triple before Abdel Sylla's dunk just before the third quarter buzzer for a 57-52 Nancy cushion.
Apollon were within 60-58 with 8:36 remaining but the French defense shut down the hosts until the 2:39 mark and Nancy decided the game with a 14-0 - thanks to five points from Nicholas Pope.
Brandon Brown was the top scorer of the game with 24 points and dashed down 8 rebounds but these were not enough for the Cyprus site. Marvin Jefferson followed from a long distance with 11 points while no other player from Apollon scored double digits.
Apollon Head Coach Akis Konstantinou stated the following: "The game was decided in the last quarter due to the fact that our players got quite tired. During the last six minutes we lost our concentration and made a lot of mistakes. As a result an opponent of Nancy's level took the advantage and went ahead to win the game."



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Jan Sedivy Takes Over as Head Coach of SLUNETA Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine

Off to a disappointing 2-8 start to the season after Wednesday night's 74-85 setback against BK Decin, the management of SLUNETA Usti nad Labem has replaced Roman Bednar as head coach and inserted former head coach Jan Sedivy at the helm. Sedivy led Usti nad Labem as head coach from 2004-2008 and has been on the staff as an assistant the past few seasons. Roman Bednar was in his second season leading the club and after finishing 11th overall last season (5th in A2 Group), expectations were higher this season after the re-signing of Brad Reese (199-F-88, college: Texas Tech), and arrivals of Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) from Svitavy and National Team forward Stefan Licartovsky (196-F-84) as reinforcements.


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Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Nov. 7: Randers - Horsens IC 86-89
Nov. 8: Vaerlose - Svendborg 75-82
Nov. 8: Aalborg - Aarhus BC 64-54
Nov. 7: Naestved - SISU 59-65

Regular Season: Round 13

Nov. 10: Svendborg - Aalborg
Nov. 10: Horsholm - Naestved
Nov. 11: SISU - Horsens IC
Nov. 11: Vaerlose - Randers
Nov. 13: Aarhus BC - Bakken


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Donald RUTHERFORD
  Svend.
  (199-F/C-87)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Rutherford, Svend.25.9 
 2. Colas, Randers25.3 
 3. Tomko, Bakken22.2 
 4. Ocana, Randers22.2 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.6 
 6. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.5 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC19.2 
 8. Thomann, Horse.19.1 
 9. Walker, Naestved18.9 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Colas, Randers15.2 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.0 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus10.0 
 4. Walker, Naestved9.1 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC8.6 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.6 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.2 
 8. Sorensen, Aalborg8.1 
 9. Willen, Aalborg8.1 
 10. Thomann, Horse.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.0 
 2. Ortega, Randers6.5 
 3. Jonsson, Aarhus BC5.7 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.4 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg5.3 
 6. Murphy, Naestved4.9 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken4.8 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.5 
 9. Tomko, Bakken4.2 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.7 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.6 
 3. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 4. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 5. Rungby, Horsens IC1.9 
 6. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 8. Delk, Vaerlose1.8 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg1.7 
 10. Willen, Aalborg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Colas, Randers2.8 
 2. Washington, Svend.2.5 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.3 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 6. Thomann, Horse.1.1 
 7. Smith, SISU0.9 
 8. Frandsen, Naestved0.8 
 9. Jukic, Horsholm0.8 
 10. Jensen, Vaerlose0.7 


Skyler Bowlin claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, agency: Warren Sports International) put on an amazing game in the last round for Horsens IC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds and nine assists for Horsens IC in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Randers (#8, 3-7) 89-86. Horsens IC maintains the 3rd position in Danish Ligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Horsens IC will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Bowlin had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Horsens IC's top player in his first season with the team. Missouri Southern State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowlin. Bowlin is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.5ppg) and averages solid 3.7spg,56.3% FGP and 45.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Randers. Colas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Randers was edged by the higher-ranked Horsens IC (#3, 7-3) 89-86. This loss caused Randers to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Colas is a newcomer at Randers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.3ppg (#2). He also registered 15.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) of top-ranked Svendborg. Rutherford got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Svendborg, leading his team to a 82-75 win against the lower-ranked Vaerlose (#10, 1-9). Svendborg have amazing season winning all 10 games without a single defeat. Rutherford turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Rutherford has a great season in Denmark. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.9ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damian Ocana (198-F-86) of Randers - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Soren Sorensen (196-F/C-88) of Aalborg - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Ryan Willen (204-F/C-89) of Aalborg - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84) of Svendborg - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Justin Baker (203-F-89) of Vaerlose - 18 points and 14 rebounds
10. Darko Jukic (198-G-90) of Horsens IC - 21 points and 8 rebounds

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



Ligaen Round 12: Horsens IC edges Randers by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Ligaen took place in Randers. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Randers (3-7) to third ranked Horsens IC (7-3) 89-86 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Randers outrebounded Horsens IC 46-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri So.) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. International guard Darko Jukic (198-90) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Damian Ocana (198-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. Randers' coach Morten Hansen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Horsens IC maintains third position with 7-3 record having just three points less than leader Svendborg, which they share with SISU. Newly promoted Randers keep the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Horsholm. Horsens IC is looking forward to face SISU (#4) in Copenhagen in the next round. Randers will play on the road against Vaerlose and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Aalborg can celebrate finally their first win this season after nine consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Aarhus BC (4-6) 64-54. It was a good game for American power forward Ryan Willen (204-89, college: Lafayette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Soren Sorensen contributed with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aalborg's coach Mads Olesen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bulgarian forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for Aarhus BC. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Aalborg (1-9) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Vaerlose. Aarhus BC at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Aalborg will play against league's leader Svendborg on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aarhus BC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Aarhus Bakken.
Undefeated leader Svendborg delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Vaerlose (1-9) 82-75. Worth to mention a quality performance of Donald Rutherford who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Justin Baker with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Undefeated Svendborg (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Vaerlose lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Aalborg. Svendborg will meet at home Aalborg (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vaerlose will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Naestved was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked SISU (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Naestved (5-5). SISU managed to secure a 6-point victory 65-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Naestved. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by Mickey Dennis who scored that evening 24 points and 8 rebounds. SISU's coach Almir Zeco used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SISU moved-up to third place, which they share with Horsens IC. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. SISU's next round opponent will be Horsens IC (#3) in Horsens, which may be the game of the day. Naestved will play on the road against Horsholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Aalborg - Aarhus BC 64-54

Aalborg can celebrate finally their first win this season after nine consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Aarhus BC (4-6) 64-54. Aarhus BC was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-11 charge of Aalborg, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American power forward Ryan Willen (204-89, college: Lafayette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Soren Sorensen (196-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aalborg's coach Mads Olesen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bulgarian forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aarhus BC. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Aalborg (1-9) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Vaerlose. Aarhus BC at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Aalborg will play against league's leader Svendborg on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aarhus BC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Aarhus Bakken.
Top scorers:
Aarhus BC: H.Petkov 19+9reb, R.Soby Dalboge 8+2ast, A.Jonsson 7+3reb+4ast, R.Dezouvre 7+6reb+1ast, G.Valentinusson 4+1reb+1ast, R.Laier 4+7reb
Aalborg: R.Willen 20+11reb+2ast, S.Sorensen 17+11reb, R.Delaney 10+4reb+6ast, M.Rasmussen 8+2reb+2ast, N.Andreasen 5+2reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195268


Vaerlose - Svendborg 75-82

Undefeated leader Svendborg delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Vaerlose (1-9) 82-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Vaerlose won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svendborg looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Vaerlose's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) who added 15 points and 9 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Nicolas Christensen (189-90) scored 20 points. Svendborg (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Vaerlose lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Aalborg. Svendborg will meet at home Aalborg (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vaerlose will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: N.Christensen 20+3reb+2ast, J.Baker 18+14reb, R.Delk 15+6reb+2ast, R.Norgaard 8+3reb+1ast, A.Karason 7+9reb+1ast, P.Moller 5+1reb
Svendborg: D.Rutherford 32+9reb+1ast, A.Darboe 15+3reb+9ast, G.Washington 10+11reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 8+7reb+5ast, K.Gertz 6+1ast, C.Magaard 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 195267


Randers - Horsens IC 86-89

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Ligaen took place in Randers. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Randers (3-7) to third ranked Horsens IC (7-3) 89-86 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Randers outrebounded Horsens IC 46-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. International guard Darko Jukic (198-90) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Damian Ocana (198-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) added 21 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively. Four Randers players scored in double figures. Randers' coach Morten Hansen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Horsens IC maintains third position with 7-3 record having just three points less than leader Svendborg, which they share with SISU. Newly promoted Randers keep the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Horsholm. Horsens IC is looking forward to face SISU (#4) in Copenhagen in the next round. Randers will play on the road against Vaerlose and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Randers: D.Ocana 29+12reb+3ast, B.Colas 21+14reb+4ast, C.Nielsen 11+6reb+4ast, M.Ortega 10+4reb+7ast, M.Nielsen 5+1reb+1ast, C.Jorgensen 4+4reb
Horsens IC: S.Bowlin 26+9reb+9ast, D.Jukic 21+8reb+1ast, L.Varga 12+2ast, K.Thomann 8+5reb, E.Kvedaravicius 8+2reb, F.Rungby 7+8reb+4ast
gschID: 195266


Naestved - SISU 59-65

The game in Naestved was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked SISU (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Naestved (5-5). SISU managed to secure a 6-point victory 65-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Naestved. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) who scored that evening 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Damon Smith (200-88, college: Mary) supported him with 22 points. SISU's coach Almir Zeco used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) did not help to save the game for Naestved. Power forward Joe Benjamin (200-83, college: W.Virginia St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds. SISU moved-up to third place, which they share with Horsens IC. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. SISU's next round opponent will be Horsens IC (#3) in Horsens, which may be the game of the day. Naestved will play on the road against Horsholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Walker 20+8reb+1ast, J.Benjamin 12+7reb, A.Murphy 8+1reb+3ast, N.Brasas 7+4reb+1ast, M.Frandsen 6+12reb, D.Crowell 4+3reb
SISU: M.Dennis 24+8reb+1ast, D.Smith 22+3reb, Z.Moritz 12+12reb, M.Flowers 5+8reb, M.Nielsen 2+2reb+2ast, M.Lisby 0+1reb
gschID: 195265



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  EL SALVADOR   

Standings - Liga Superior

D1 Standings
 1. San Marcos 13-1 
 2. UTEC 11-3 
 3. Denver 10-4 
 4. ExSAL 8-6 
 5. Chaleco 5-9 
 6. Leones 4-10 
 7. Roll Royce 4-10 
 8. Delgadense 1-13 


End of Regular Season - by Jaime Arevalo

The Regular Season of First Division-Clausura ended this week with the following game results:
San Marcos 82 - Delgadense 65
Roll Royce 56 - Denver 99
Thanks to these results, the Clausura Final Standings were as follows:

TABLA DE POSICIONES FINAL ETAPA CLASIFICATORIA
1. SAN MARCOS 13-1
2. UTEC 11-3
3. DENVER 10-4
4. ExSAL 8-6
5. CHALECO 5-9
6. ROLL ROYCE 4-10
7. LEONES 4-10
8. DELGADENCE-UES 1-13

Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) ended Clausura as the Best Scorer and Shooter at 321 points, 22.9ppg
Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) was the Clausura top Assist man, with 94, 6.7apg
Kevin Mejia was the Clausura Best Rebounder at 165, 11.7rpg
Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) was the Clausura best Ball Stealer at 42, 3.0spg
Bartel Lopez (212-C-89) ended Clausura at the best Shot Blocker at 46, 5,1bpg



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All Cyprus teams lost their openers!! - by Chris Mammides

Krasnye Krylia Keravnos Strovolou 79-74
The best feasible result for the team from Strovolos took place in Russia (Krasnie Krylia's home court in Samara) since the home team won at the end with the poor +5 the Cyprus site.
The Russian power house got some serious trouble from the Americans of Keravnos Strovolou but finally due to the great performance of Chester Simmons and Nikita Balashov in the scoring part and Aaron Miles in the organizational part gave the victory to the home team.
Chester Simmons has scored 24 points for Krasnye Krylia who claimed a 79-74 win over their Cypriot guests, Keravnos, in their opening EuroChallenge Group B fixture on Wednesday evening.
Simmons starred for the home side, pulling his team out of ruts at decisive moments.
Trailing by six points late in the opening half, Simmons hit a three-pointer, before adding the first five points of the second half to hand the home team the momentum.
When Simmons again hit from outside early in the final quarter, the lead for the Russians was out to 14 points (68-54), but thereafter they went cold from the floor, allowing Keravnos to fight back to be within four points, 74-70, on a Julian Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88, college: Georgetown) and-one play, with the clock showing 3:19 remaining in the contest.
Julian Vaughn shared top scoring honors for the guests with 16 points alongside Antonio Crocker. He also picked up 12 boards whilst Crocker had eight.
However, with Simmons making one from the charity stripe before following it up with a jump-shot soon after, the buffer was back out to seven points and the home team would not be threatened again
On six-for-eight shooting from the field, youngster Nikita Balashov provided the main scoring support for Simmons, ending the game with 15 points and six rebounds. Aaron Miles had 11 assists and six points.
Keravnos head coach Panagiotis Yiannaras stated the following: "First of all, congratulations to Krasnye Krylia. Each time we try to win, we prepared well for this game, watched videos to see the strongest points of Krylia. We played bad in the third period, two players got three fouls, another one was badly injured, and also Damjanovic could not come because of visa problems. We missed some open shots at the end of the game - and we lost it."

KRKA Michelin Etha Engomis 100-73
In the Group A game, 2011 EuroChallenge champions KRKA made easy work of their season opener in Novo Mesto defeating Cypriot side Michelin Etha Engomis with 27 points difference and a final score being 100-73.
Edo Muric led all scorers with 20 points and Domen Lorbek had 19 for the Slovenians, while for the Cyprus site top scorer was the British international point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye who ended the game with 16 points.
Four players scored in double figures as the 2011 EuroChallenge winners KRKA Novo Mesto won their Group A opener 100-73 in an easy night out since the Cyprus champions of Michelin ETHA are far behind in quality and techniques.
Edo Muric led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds; Domen Lorbek had 19 points; Jakov Vladovic collected 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists; whilst Jure Lucic had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Slovenian hosts.
Ogooluwa Adegboye paced the guests from Cyprus with 16 points while Akida Mc Lain added 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.
KRKA opened an early 10-2 lead and it grew to 10 points (14-4) before ETHA trimmed the gap to 15-11. But the hosts were ahead 24-13 after one quarter.
The Slovenia side was clearly in control and did not let ETHA into the game with Lorbek draining a three for a 15-point cushion and later back-to-back baskets to make it 42-28. Taron Downey ended the first half with two consecutive long balls to cut the deficit to 46-37 at the break.
Novo Mesto used an 18-6 run in the third quarter to open a 64-45 lead to regain the dominance. The advantage was 71-53 after three quarters.
The guests would only get to within 17 points in the fourth quarter while the lead grew to 27 points.
Taron Downey scored 11 points and 5 assists, while Akida McLain added 12 points and 6 rebounds as no other player from the Cyprus site reached the double digits
The Cyprus clubs Head Coach Kyriakos Adamou stated that "Participation in this competition is very important for us. We have a young team this season, for most of the players this is their first appearance on such a level. We don't have a lot of time to practice. Although we're not happy with the score, because difference was very big, this game was important for us. We'll try to be better in the future."



Pizza Express Apollon Sluc Nancy 65-81
SLUC Nancy used a 14-0 run over nearly six minutes in the fourth quarter to pick up a strong 81-65 road victory over Pizza Express Apollon in Group G play of the EuroChallenge.
Bingo Merriex paced the French guests with 17 points and 8 rebounds while John Linehan scored 13 points and Mouloukou Diabate scored 11 points and 6 assists. Apollon led by 13 points in the second quarter but could not hold on despite 25 points and 8 rebounds from Brandon Brown.
Brown scored 10 points as the Cypriot hosts jumped ahead 15-6. The home side still led 19-15 after one quarter.
Apollon appeared in control of the game with a 9-0 run to start the second period for a 28-15 lead. But Merriex scored seven points and Linehan and Marcellus Sommerville each nailed three-pointers in a 20-9 Nancy run and the Apollon lead was only 37-35 at halftime.
The hosts had regained a 44-37 advantage but a 12-2 Nancy run gave the guests the lead 49-46. And Linehan nailed another triple before Abdel Sylla's dunk just before the third quarter buzzer for a 57-52 Nancy cushion.
Apollon were within 60-58 with 8:36 remaining but the French defense shut down the hosts until the 2:39 mark and Nancy decided the game with a 14-0 - thanks to five points from Nicholas Pope.
Brandon Brown was the top scorer of the game with 24 points and dashed down 8 rebounds but these were not enough for the Cyprus site. Marvin Jefferson followed from a long distance with 11 points while no other player from Apollon scored double digits.
Apollon Head Coach Akis Konstantinou stated the following: "The game was decided in the last quarter due to the fact that our players got quite tired. During the last six minutes we lost our concentration and made a lot of mistakes. As a result an opponent of Nancy's level took the advantage and went ahead to win the game."



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 27
 1. Karasev, Triumph27.0 
 2. Thornton, Banco d.26.0 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis26.0 
 4. Greer, Azovmash25.0 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm25.0 
 6. Ribas, Valencia23.0 
 7. Curry, BC Donetsk23.0 
 8. Abukar, Lukoil A.23.0 
 9. Scott, Crvena Z.22.0 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm12.0 
 2. Kahudi, Le Mans12.0 
 3. Urbutis, Rudupis11.0 
 4. Hervelle, Gescr.11.0 
 5. Waczynski, Trefl S.11.0 
 6. Anderson, s.Oliv.10.0 
 7. Hamilton, Gescr.10.0 
 8. Landry, Triumph10.0 
 9. Beverley, Spart.9.0 
 10. Savovic, Crvena Z.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  CEZ N.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Pavkovic, CEZ N.10.0 
 2. Kalnietis, Lokomot.8.0 
 3. Diener, Banco d.8.0 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG7.0 
 5. Satoransky, Cajasol7.0 
 6. Heath, Lukoil A.6.0 
 7. Welsch, CEZ N.6.0 
 8. Zisis, Gescrap BB6.0 
 9. Katic, Crvena Z.6.0 
 10. Everett, Cholet6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Unics
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Chatman, Unics6.0 
 2. Avramov, Lukoil A.5.0 
 3. McKee, Triumph4.0 
 4. Davis, Banvit BK3.0 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende3.0 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol3.0 
 7. Anikiyenko, Budiv.3.0 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk3.0 
 9. Green, Orleans3.0 
 10. Ray, Ratiopharm2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darryl WATKINS
  Lukoil A.
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Watkins, Lukoil A.4.0 
 2. Fischer, BC Donet.3.0 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.2.0 
 4. Dylewicz, Trefl So.2.0 
 5. Stevic, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 6. Sy, Le Mans1.0 
 7. Pietrus, Valencia1.0 
 8. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.0 
 9. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 10. Lazarev, Triumph1.0 


Raul Lopez to miss three weeks of action - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bilbao lost Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) for at lease three weeks. The guard will be sidelined with a torn muscle injury. Raul Lopez joined Bilbao at the start of the previous season. He notched 6.1 points, 1.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 6.3 points, 1.5 assists and 1.3 rebounds per appearance. This season Raul Lopez appeared in six ACB games. His stats read 8.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds. In yesterdays EuroCup opener Raul Lopez provided 5 points and 2 boards. Previously Raul Lopez had stints with Juventut, Utah Jazz, Real Madrid, Girona and Khimky. He was the member of the Spanish National Team in 2008/10 seasons.


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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Real Madrid 3-1 
 2. Fener.Ulker 3-2 
 3. Khimky 2-2 
 4. Panathinaikos 2-2 
 5. Cantu 2-3 
 6. Union Olimpija 1-3 
Group B
 1. Maccabi T-A 5-0 
 2. Unicaja 4-1 
 3. ALBA 2-3 
 4. Asseco Prok. 1-3 
 5. Montepaschi 1-3 
 6. Chalon 1-4 
Group C
 1. Zalgiris 4-0 
 2. Anadolu Efes 3-1 
 3. Olympiacos 3-2 
 4. EA7 Armani 2-3 
 5. Caja Laboral 1-3 
 6. Cedevita 0-4 
Group D
 1. FCB Regal 5-0 
 2. CSKA 4-1 
 3. Besiktas 3-2 
 4. Brose Baskets 1-3 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 1-4 
 6. Partizan 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Nov. 8: Cantu - Fener.Ulker 82-58
Nov. 9: Panathinaikos - Khimky
Nov. 9: Union Olimpija - Real Madrid

B

Nov. 8: Chalon - Unicaja 78-88
Nov. 8: ALBA - Maccabi T-A 76-78
Nov. 9: Asseco Prok. - Montepaschi

C

Nov. 8: EA7 Armani - Olympiacos 71-84
Nov. 9: Cedevita - Caja Laboral
Nov. 9: Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris

D

Nov. 8: Lietuvos rytas - Besiktas 67-73
Nov. 8: CSKA - FCB Regal 60-81
Nov. 9: Partizan - Brose Baskets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.3 
 2. Farmar, Anadolu19.0 
 3. Jerrells, Besiktas18.6 
 4. Nachbar, Brose B.18.5 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.18.3 
 6. Baynes, Union O.18.3 
 7. Langford, EA7 A.17.4 
 8. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.8 
 9. Weems, CSKA16.6 
 10. Aradori, Cantu15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Union O.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Baynes, Union O.10.0 
 2. Williams, Chalon9.4 
 3. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.4 
 4. Sanikidze, Montepa.7.3 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos7.0 
 6. Bjelica, Caja Labo.7.0 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA6.8 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu6.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA6.2 
 10. Kasun, Montepasc.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Asseco P.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Blassingame, Assec.8.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky7.0 
 3. Cook, EA7 Armani6.4 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.4 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu5.8 
 6. Waters, Union O.5.5 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.4 
 8. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 9. Brown, Montepaschi4.8 
 10. Green, Cedevita4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Anadolu .
  (191-SG-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gordon, Anadolu2.5 
 2. Hickman, Maccabi2.4 
 3. Draper, Real M.2.3 
 4. Fernandez, Real M.2.0 
 5. Jaaber, Zalgiris2.0 
 6. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.8 
 7. Djedovic, ALBA1.8 
 8. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.8 
 9. Green, Cedevita1.8 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.3 
 2. Falker, Besiktas1.6 
 3. Krstic, CSKA1.6 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 6. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos1.2 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja1.2 
 9. Nachbar, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Nocioni, Caja Lab.1.0 



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Stats Leaders

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



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Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 7: Korihait - Namika Lahti 88-58
Nov. 8: Nilan Bisons - KTP 105-74
Nov. 9: Kouvot - FoKoPo
Nov. 10: Kauhajoki - LrNMKY
Nov. 10: Kataja - Lapua
Nov. 10: Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons25.0 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.20.5 
 3. Holloway, Namika L.19.1 
 4. Hall, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 5. Conley, LrNM.18.4 
 6. Clavell, Kouvot18.3 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.6 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua17.4 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo16.7 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.7 
 2. Thorpe, FoKoPo9.8 
 3. Tolbert, Lapua9.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 5. Logins, LrNM.8.5 
 6. Conley, LrNM.8.0 
 7. Bullock, Kauhajoki7.9 
 8. Johnson, Namika L.7.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Barnies, Salon Vi.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.6 
 3. Hall, Salon Vilpas4.7 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.6 
 5. Burgess, FoKoPo4.4 
 6. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.3 
 7. Holmes, Lapua4.3 
 8. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 9. Gibson, LrNM.4.0 
 10. Holloway, Namika3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki2.3 
 3. Hall, Salon Vilpas2.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Flowers, Kataja2.1 
 6. Smith, Kataja2.1 
 7. Vuori, Kauhajoki2.0 
 8. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 9. Holloway, Namika L.1.8 
 10. Williams, KTP1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  Kauhajoki
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ford, Kauhajoki1.6 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.6 
 3. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.3 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 6. Logins, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 8. Jones, LrNM.0.9 
 9. Sandberg, Salon V.0.8 
 10. Taft, Korihait0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Bisons crushed KTP - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 10: Only one TV-game tonight. Assume, KTP (Kotka) wants to forget this visit to Loimaa soon as local Bisons crushed KTP 105-74 (46-45). Quarters: 21-22, 25-23, 28-15, 31-14. Bisons was better in everything. All quarter starts were so difficult for KTP. Bisons were shooting well, but visitor KTP was in the game only during the first half. Then the third and last 10 minutes were Bisons (7-2) show. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) scored game high 26 points. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 23 and Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) 15 pts. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) led KTP (6-4) with 16 pts, although he fouled out of the game in 26 minutes.
Bisons - KTP 105-74 (46-45). (Martin Zeno 26, Mikko Koivisto 23, Matti Nuutinen 15 - Sefton Barrett 16, Devonne Giles 13, Michael Pounds 11. A: 873).
In Division 1A American Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) has joined Tarmo (Porvoo) roster. Taylor started this season in Kouvola, where he played eight games on Kouvot roster in Korisliiga. Taylor was averaging 7,8 ppg - 3,9 rpg. Taylor will play his first game in Porvoo tomorrow, Friday, when Tarmo will meet Honka (Tapiola).



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EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga beat Elan Chalon for 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Elan Chalon - Unicaja Malaga 78:88

Unicaja Malaga beat Elan Chalon for 4-1 record in Group B of EuroLeague. The Spanish side grabbed an 88:78 road win in front of 5000 fans.
Unicaja Malaga took 24-21 and added 20-11 in the second frame. Elan Chalon was too far to give up and surprised the guests with 29-24 in the third period. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91), reduced to 65:70 later in the fourth period, but that was all the hosts managed to do. Unicaja Malaga brought back 10-point advantage and managed to seal the victory with the same difference.
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) notched 15. James Gist (205-F-86) delivered 13, while Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) posted 12. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, whilst Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) tossed in 12. Joffrey Lauvergne scored 10, while Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) had 9 apiece.

Elan Chalon: Blake Schilb 24, Brion Rush 12, Joffrey Lauvergne 10, Ilian Evtimov 9, Steed Tchicamboud 9
Unicaja Malaga: Krunoslav Simon 18, Luka Zoric 15, James Gist 13, Marcus Williams 12



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Allan Ray (ratiopharm Ulm) I Try To Wreck The Other Teams Offense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) is a 28 year old 188cm guard from the Bronx that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL for ratiopharm Ulm. He is a an explosive scoring guard, tremendous leaper, finds the open man, beats foes off the dribble or with a jumper, has range beyond the 3-point arc and is a conscientious defender. He played at Villanova with NBA players Kyle Lowery and Randy Foye. He played at Villanova from 2002-2006. He was nt drafted but got signed by the Boston Celtics (NBA), in Feb.'07 was assigned to Austin Toros (D-League): 2 games: 14.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, in March '07 recalled to Boston Celtics (NBA): 47 games: 6.2ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 76.4%. In 2007-2008, he came to Europe and played with Lottomatica Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA, starting five): Italian League: 9 games: 12.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, 3.3spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 90.2%; Euroleague: 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, left team in Jan.'09, later that month moved to Carife Ferrara (Italy-Serie A, starting five): 15 games: 15.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-5 (2.7spg), FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 84.3%. In 2010-2011, he played with 2010-2011: Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 29 games: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 74.3%. Last season he played for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five): Adriatic League: 1 game: 10pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 2 games: 18.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, later that month moved to Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 22 games: 15.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 89.6%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 14.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

After many years in Italy and last season in Slovenia and France how do you like the Beko BBL?

This league is very competitive. You could see it with the oT games at the start of the season. There are good teams and good players.

How does your teammate Lance Jeter help most on the court?

He brings a lot of energy and he knows how to score. He is a big guard and is usually bigger than his opponents. He gives us a spark when we need it.


How is your relationship to head coach Thorsten Leibenath and how has he helped you in early going?

We have a great relationship which is always important in a player-coach relationship. He keeps us focused. He has motivated me a lot.


How happy are you that John Bryant is your teammate and not your opponent and what do you like most form his game?

I am very happy that John Bryant is on my team. He is unstoppable. He has a unique game can shoot, rebound and has soft hands. It is hard to compare him to a player, because he plays his own way.


Thorsten Leibenath has given young German Daniel Theis a lot of trust and giving him minutes. What do you like most about his game?

He brings a lot of high energy. He is all over the court. He plays great defense, and blocks shots well. He brings a lot to the table and he is also a guy where I am happy that he is on my team.


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

I think my defense. Coach gives me a lot of confidence. I usually have to defend the others teams best player. I bring intensity and much pressure and just try to wreck the other teams offense.

What do you like most about Germany?

I think it is great that a lot of people understand English. I also like how I can find things in the supermarket that I am familiar with. There is so much to do here. There are nice restaurants and a bowling ally I like to frequent. I also like the arenas here. I remember playing in other countries where arenas were cold and were like a whole in the wall.


You come form the Bronx, New York. What was the toughest thing growing up for you?

Just everyday. Just staying away from trouble. It was a challenge just trying to survive each day. There was always trouble at each corner. I saw many crazy things. It was difficult to stay away from trouble.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

Michael Jordan. My dad was a big New York Knicks fan and the Chicago Bulls always played them in the playoffs and won. I would always laugh in the face of my dad.

You played together with NBA player Randy Foye at Villanova. What could you learn most form his as a player?

Just seeing his intensity that he brought to every game. He was an undersized guard, but sometimes played the position four against bigger guys. He played tough always and I learned to be tough from him.


In 2006 you got a finger in your eye. You lost your vision briefly, but a week later you could step on the court again. How difficult was this week not knowing if the injury was severe?

It wasnt as bad as many thought. The top of my eye lid came behind my eye an dit looked like it would pop out. However as soon as I got to the hospital it was pretty clear I would be ok. I had very slight vision loss and it was blurry but I could see.

You played a season with s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg forward Dwayne Anderson. What was your fondest experience with him at Villanova?

I remember when he first came to school, he was a freshman and I was a senior. We used to joke about his calf muscles.

Were you annoyed that you werent drafted by the NBA?'

I was a little bit. I was predicted to go late first round or early second round. However before the NBA Draft was over I got a call from the Boston Celtics and was signed three days later so it all worked out.

You played 47 games for the Boston Celtics. What will you remember most from the NBA?

Being able to compete against players that I grew up watching. I remember playing against Alan Iverson and Gilbert Arenas. The NBA was like a dream.

You played every day with top NBA point guard Rajon Rondo. What is the most amazing thing that you saw him do?

I remember a game against the Toronto Raptors. Rondo was going up the right side, faked a pass to the wing drawing the defender and then palming the ball and dunking over Chris Bosh.


Where was your favorite spot in Rome while you played there for 1.5 years?

The Met restaurant. I used to always go there with David Hawkins after games. The atmosphere was great. Soccer players also liked to eat there.


What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?

At Villanova during practice 130-140 in a row.


What was your most crazy shot?

In my first season with Rome, I made a game winning shot form the corner against FC Barcelona getting us to the Final 16 of Euroleague.


Who wins a one on one you or Lance Jeter?

We both have one once, but I wont lose anymore.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Arbitrage with Richard Gere.

Thanks Allan for the chat.





The LTi Giessen 46ers And John Fields Go Separate Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL team Lti Giessen 46ers have announced today that John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) will no longer wear their jersey. Fields is a 24 year old 205cm forward from Fayetteville, North Carolina that is in his second professional season. He played last season as a rookie for Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 39 games: 11.4ppg, Reb-1 (12.2rpg), Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP-1 (62.5%), FT: 45.2%. He was hoping to make the jump in the Beko BBL, but only avergaed 10,3mpg averaging 3,1ppg, 2,3rpg and 1,3bpg. "I was expecting more playing time, but will try my luck elsehwere", stressed John Fields.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers



EuroLeague: Maccabi steal victory in Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA - Maccabi 76:78

Maccabi snatched a narrow victory over ALBA in Berlin. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) accounted for 20 points as the Israeli champions improved at 5-0 record in Group B. ALBA slipped at 2-3 record after the loss.
Maccabi held the hosts to 10 points in the first quarter to pull ahead. The Israeli powerhouse ensured a 6-point lead at the first pause. ALBA drilled 25 points in the second quarter to recover. The hosts narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Albert Miralles put ALBA in front 43:40 early in the third quarter. However Maccabi spurred back in charge and Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) made it 56:52 for the visitors heading into the fourth frame. ALBA got within two points 74:76 with just over a minute remaining. Devin Smith and Vule Avdalovic exchanged baskets but Heiko Schaffartzik missed a late three-pointer as Maccabi got away with victory. Guy Pnini netted 11 points, while Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 9 points in the win. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) paced ALBA with 17 points. Deon Thompson delivered 14 points in the loss.

ALBA: Nihad Djedovic 17, Deon Thompson 14
Maccabi: Devin Smith 20, Guy Pnini 11, Malcolm Thomas 9



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EuroLeague: Olympiacos surprise Emporio Armani in Milan - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani - Olympiacos 71:84

Olympiacos are coming back with victory from Italy. The Piraeus team overcame Emporio Armani to improve at 3-2 record in Euroleague Group C. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 23 points and 9 assists to lead the visitors.
Olympiacos set the tone early in the game. The Greek side grabbed a 24:17 lead after the starting period. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Italian team came back to life and narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval. But Olympiacos were back in control in the third term. The Hellenes extended their lead to 9 points at the final break 59:50. Olympiacos dropped 25 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated well-deserved win at the end. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) provided 17 points, while Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) added 13 points for Olympiacos. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) netted 17 points for the hosts. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against his former team.

Emporio Armani: Keith Langford 17, Ioannis Bourousis 16
Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 23, Kostas Papanikolaou 17, Dimitrios Mavroeidis 13



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 7-0 
 2. Leiden 6-1 
 3. Zwolle 5-2 
 4. Groningen 4-2 
 5. M.Magixx 4-3 
 6. Den Helder K. 3-4 
 7. Weert 2-5 
 8. Leeuwarden 2-5 
 9. Rotterdam 1-6 
 10. Amsterdam 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 6: Weert - Leeuwarden 92-77
Nov. 7: M.Magixx - Leiden 81-85
Nov. 8: Zwolle - Den Helder K. 77-70
Nov. 4: Amsterdam - Den Bosch 63-82
Nov. 8: Den Bosch - Rotterdam 111-64

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 10: Rotterdam - M.Magixx
Nov. 10: Leeuwarden - Leiden
Nov. 11: Groningen - Zwolle
Nov. 11: Den Bosch - Weert
Nov. 11: Amsterdam - Den Helder K.


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

-year old center Antwan Carter (198-C, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Weert and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Leeuwarden (2-5) 92-77. Weert is placed at 7th position in Dutch league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just two victories. Carter turned to be Weert's top player in his first season with the team. Longwood College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.9ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 55.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of top-ranked Den Bosch. He is international forward in his 4th season at Den Bosch. In the last game Wessels recorded impressive double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Den Bosch to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#9, 1-6) 111-64. Of course Den Bosch still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Den Bosch managed to win all 7 games keeping perfect record. Wessels is one of the most experienced players at Den Bosch and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kyle Spain (196-F-87) of M.Magixx (#5). Spain scored 21 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Spain's great performance M.Magixx lost 81-85 to the higher-ranked Leiden (#2, 6-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing M.Magixx needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Spain has a great season in Holland. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejuan Wright (190-G-88) of Den Bosch - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Wil Carter (203-F-88) of Den Bosch - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jeroen van der List (213-C-89) of Den Helder K. - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jerrell Williams (203-F-88) of Leeuwarden - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85) of Den Bosch - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88) of Weert - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Arvin Slagter (191-G-85) of Leiden - 24 points and 8 rebounds

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



Eredivisie Round 6: Leiden defeats M.Magixx in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of Eredivisie and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

An interesting game for Leiden (6-1) which played road game in Nijmegen against 3rd ranked M.Magixx (4-3). Second ranked Leiden managed to get a 4-point victory 85-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of M.Magixx. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But M.Magixx won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by M.Magixx helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds for M.Magixx. Leiden have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader Den Bosch. M.Magixx at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Leiden are looking forward to face Leeuwarden (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. M.Magixx will play against Rotterdam and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Rotterdam (1-6) 111-64. American players dominated the game. Guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Wil Carter chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) with 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Den Bosch have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-0 record. Rotterdam lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with six games lost. Den Bosch will play against Weert (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Rotterdam will play against M.Magixx in Nijmegen to get more than just one victory in their record.
Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Amsterdam (0-6) 82-63. Stefan Wessels notched 17 points and 5 steals to lead the effort. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Aaron Roye did not help to save the game for Amsterdam. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Den Bosch have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-0 record. Loser Amsterdam still closes the standings with six games lost. Den Bosch will meet at home Weert (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Amsterdam will play against Den Helder K. and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 6 Den Helder K. was beaten by Zwolle on the road 77-70. Weert won against Leeuwarden on its own court 92-77.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 26 points and 14 rebounds by Antwan Carter of Weert.


Den Bosch - Rotterdam 111-64

Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Rotterdam (1-6) 111-64. The game without a history. Den Bosch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rotterdam to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Den Bosch made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game, while Rotterdam only scored three points from the stripe. Den Bosch forced 23 Rotterdam turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Den Bosch especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Rotterdam's players. American players dominated the game. Guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) with 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Den Bosch and four Rotterdam players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Den Bosch have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-0 record. Rotterdam lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with six games lost. Den Bosch will play against Weert (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Rotterdam will play against M.Magixx in Nijmegen to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: C.Echols 14+5reb, A.Miles 13+3reb+3ast, I.Filipan 13+1reb+1ast, H.Addow 11, D.Jones 5+6reb+1ast, D.Rigters 3+2reb
Den Bosch: D.Wright 21+7reb+2ast, W.Carter 18+7reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 17+2reb+4ast, A.Young 16+5ast, S.Wessels 10+10reb+5ast, P.Van Paassen 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 193621


Zwolle - Den Helder K. 77-70

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Zwolle (5-2) beat at home 6th ranked Den Helder K. (3-4) 77-70 on Thursday. Den Helder K. was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of Zwolle, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson, agency: Priority Sports) notched 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Josh Magette (185-90, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Zwolle players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds by international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Den Helder K.. American guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) added 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Zwolle have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Den Helder K. keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Zwolle will meet Groningen (#4) in the next round. Den Helder K. will play against Amsterdam and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: J.van der List 21+11reb+1ast, M.Hill 14+2reb+7ast, P.Bach 9, Q.Treffers 6+6reb, S.Mladenovic 5+2reb+1ast, M.Van Schaik 5+3reb
Zwolle: T.Smith 19+5reb+3ast, D.Webb 13+6reb, Z.Novak 12+6reb+1ast, L.Williams 11+2reb+2ast, J.Magette 11+6reb+7ast, K.Zondervan 4+4reb
gschID: 193620


M.Magixx - Leiden 81-85

An interesting game for Leiden (6-1) which played road game in Nijmegen against 3rd ranked M.Magixx (4-3). Second ranked Leiden managed to get a 4-point victory 85-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of M.Magixx. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But M.Magixx won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by M.Magixx helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Leiden players scored in double figures. American forward Kyle Spain (196-87, college: San Diego St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for M.Magixx. Leiden have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader Den Bosch. M.Magixx at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Leiden are looking forward to face Leeuwarden (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. M.Magixx will play against Rotterdam and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: K.Spain 21+15reb+2ast, K.Ahelegbe 19+4reb+4ast, H.Bekkering 13+5reb+2ast, N.Oudendag 8+3reb+2ast, T.Vermeulen 7+2reb, A.Dawson 7+4reb+2ast
Leiden: A.Slagter 24+8reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 17+7reb, M.Schachtner 14+4reb+1ast, W.de Jong 14+8reb, S.Cunningham 13+5reb+1ast, R.Bekkering 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 193619


Weert - Leeuwarden 92-77

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Leeuwarden (2-5) lost on the road to ninth ranked Weert (2-5) 92-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-77. It was a great shooting night for Weert especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American players dominated also this game. Center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) supported him with 11 points and 10 assists. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Leeuwarden. Guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) added 17 points and 9 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Weert moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden lost third consecutive game. Weert will meet league's leader Den Bosch on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Leeuwarden will play against the league's second-placed Leiden (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: J.Williams 20+7reb, R.Holcomb Faye 17+1reb+9ast, S.Givens 13+4reb+2ast, T.de Paula 13+4reb+5ast, S.Poels 10+6reb+2ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 4+8reb
Weert: A.Carter 26+14reb+3ast, K.van Kempen 15+7reb+1ast, S.Besseling 15+1reb+6ast, B.Perine 14+2reb+4ast, R.Fletcher 11+3reb+10ast, J.Padberg 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 193618


Amsterdam - Den Bosch 63-82

Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Amsterdam (0-6) 82-63. The game was mostly controlled by Den Bosch. Amsterdam managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Den Bosch forced 19 Amsterdam turnovers. International forward Stefan Wessels (203-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) notched 17 points and 5 steals to lead the effort and American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) supported him with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) did not help to save the game for Amsterdam. Forward Jesse Markusse (195-92) added 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Den Bosch have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-0 record. Loser Amsterdam still closes the standings with six games lost. Den Bosch will meet at home Weert (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Amsterdam will play against Den Helder K. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: A.Roye 22+6reb+4ast, J.Markusse 14+5reb, J.Brandt 10+4reb+1ast, J.Van Der Laan 9, B.Weijs 8+5reb+1ast, D.Soares 0+1reb
Den Bosch: S.Wessels 17+4reb, M.Bauscher 16+2reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 11+1ast, A.Young 11+3reb+7ast, D.Wright 10+8reb+3ast, K.Akerboom 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 193617



Groninger Basketball Week 2012 - by Fred Roggen

The Groninger Basketball Week is being held for the first time and is an initiative of Topsport Noord Nederland. This event is the continuation of the famous Haarlem Basketball Week, that was traditionally held around Christmas in Haarlem and which was a guarantee for high level basketball, entertainment and show. On top of that, it used to be the place to be for basketball loving Holland. This was the motive for Grietje Pasma for starting Ahrend Donar in 1986. Basketball is more than just sports, it should be a day out for the whole family.

This tradition is now being rejuvenated by Topsport Noord Nederland through organizing the Groninger Basketball Week. Six teams will participate in two groups to battle for the final. The finals will be played on New Years' Eve, a great opportunity for a fabulous apotheosis.

There will be lots of activity around the games. We are expecting the world famous Luvabulls, the cheerleaders of the Chicago Bulls, to show some action and to give a dance clinic as well. Next, Henk Pieterse will join the party to give his second to none kids clinics. There is the Basketball Experience, former internationals will play the Groene Uilen and there will be lots going on during the games.

Participating teams will be:
GasTerra Flames (Groningen); triple Dutch champions www.gasterraflames.nl
Al Riyadi of Beirut (Lebanon); 23-fold National Champions and recent winner of the Asia Cup www.riyadi.com
National Team Egypt, with addition of the best four foreign players from the Egyptian competition
KK Bosna, Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), a strong representative of former Yugoslavian Basketball www.kkbosna.com
BC Siauliai (Lithuania), the current number three of the Lthuanian competition http://www.bcsiauliai.lt/
sixth participant to be contracted
This results in a very strong field, to service the true basketball lover as well as those who seek action and atmosphere!

Programme
All games will be played at Martiniplaza, Groningen.
Game days are:
Thursday 27 december games at 18:30 and 20:30 hrs.
Friday 28 december games at 18:30 and 20:30 hrs.
Saturday 29 december games at 16:30 ( former internationals vs Groene Uilen), 18:30 and 20:30 hrs.
Sunday 30 december 5th place game at 16:30, semi finals at18:30 and 20:30 hrs.
Monday 31 december 3rd place game at 12:00 and final at 14:00 hrs with victory ceremony.

ORGANISATION
Topsport Noord NederlandGroninger Basketball Week
Topsportmarketing en -organisation



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 9: Battle Creek K. - Kankakee S.
Nov. 10: Gary Splash - Kankakee S.
Nov. 11: Kenosha B. - Gary Splash
Nov. 11: Holland Dream - Battle Creek K.
Nov. 11: Rockford RD - St.Louis T.



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 5-1 
 2. Stjarnan 4-1 
 3. Grindavik 4-2 
 4. Skallagrimur 3-2 
 5. Thor Thorl 3-2 
 6. Keflavik 3-3 
 7. Fjolnir 3-3 
 8. KR 2-2 
 9. IR 2-3 
 10. KFI 2-4 
 11. Njardvik 1-4 
 12. Tindastoll 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 6

Nov. 8: Fjolnir - Snaefell 95-102
Nov. 8: Skallagrimur - Grindavik 86-93
Nov. 8: Tindastoll - Keflavik 84-92
Nov. 8: KFI - Thor Thorl 84-128
Nov. 9: Stjarnan - IR
Nov. 9: KR - Njardvik


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Eric PALM
  IR
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Palm, IR25.8 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan24.6 
 3. Zeglinski, Grindav.24.5 
 4. Jonsson, Snaefell23.7 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.23.0 
 6. Latinovic, KFI22.8 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl22.4 
 8. Belin, Njardvik22.0 
 9. Vilbergsson, Skall.22.0 
 10. Broussard, Grind.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Van, Njardvik19.0 
 2. Craion, Keflavik11.5 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.10.3 
 4. Helgason, Stjarnan10.3 
 5. Diggs, Thor Thorl10.0 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell10.0 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.9.8 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.0 
 9. Miller-W., KFI8.2 
 10. Spicer, Fjolnir8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.5 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan9.2 
 3. Williams, IR7.2 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.7.0 
 5. Miles, Tindastoll5.8 
 6. Fridriksson, Njard.5.4 
 7. Quaintance, Skalla.4.8 
 8. Tomasson, Fjolnir4.7 
 9. Smith, Thor Thorl4.4 
 10. Valsson, Keflavik4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Darri HILMARSSON
  Thor T.
  (191-F/G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hilmarsson, Thor T.3.8 
 2. Quaintance, Skalla.3.3 
 3. Miles, Tindastoll2.8 
 4. Palm, IR2.4 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 6. Lewis, Keflavik2.3 
 7. Thomas, KR2.3 
 8. Broussard, Grind.2.3 
 9. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.2 
 10. Williams, IR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.6 
 2. Diggs, Thor Thorl2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.5 
 4. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.5 
 5. Craion, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Eiriksson, Skallag.1.2 
 7. Van, Njardvik1.0 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 9. Valdimarsson, Stja.0.8 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.0.8 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Hottur 4-1 
 2. Hamar 3-0 
 3. Valur 3-0 
 4. Breidablik 3-1 
 5. Haukar 2-1 
 6. Thor AK 1-2 
 7. FSU 1-2 
 8. Augnablik 1-3 
 9. IA 0-3 
 10. Reynir S. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Nov. 8: Hottur - Reynir S. 104-60
Nov. 9: Thor AK - IA
Nov. 9: Breidablik - Hamar
Nov. 9: FSU - Augnablik
Nov. 9: Haukar - Valur


Hlynur Baeringsson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Icelandic playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a 3-point victory against the sixth-ranked Solna Vikings (5-4) 85-82 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Baeringsson had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (7-2) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Baeringsson is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.6rpg. He also averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 60.3%(44-73), 3FGP: 38.5% in the nine games he played so far. Baeringsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Sigurdarson was the major contributor in a 3-point Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the sixth-ranked Solna Vikings (5-4) 85-82. He scored 15 points and added 4 assists. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 46.8%(22-47). Sigurdarson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Blusens Monbus (4-2) 76-58 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Stefansson scored 9 points in 23 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (3-3) is placed 12th in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Stefansson's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 75.0% in the six games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #4. Guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked KFUM Jamtland (3-6) crushing them 87-65 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Ermolinskij scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Norrkoping Dolphins (6-0) is placed first in the Basketligan. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Ermolinskij's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg. Ermolinskij is also Icelandic national team player.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #5. International point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (190-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the closely-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (2-5) 76-70 in the German BBL last Saturday. He recorded 9 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (2-6) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the BBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Vilhjalmsson's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #6. Shooting guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) could not help Angers BC 49 (3-3) to beat Union Rennes (3-4). Gunnarsson was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 3 assists. But Angers BC 49 was defeated 75-64 on the road by the lower-ranked Union_Rennes (#10). This season Gunnarsson has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #7. International small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help the league outsider Assignia Manresa (0-6) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (1-5) in the Spanish ACB. Palsson cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. Assignia Manresa was edged in an overtime 89-88 in San Sebastian by the higher-ranked (#16) Lagun Aro GBC. So far Assignia Manresa lost all six games in the Regular Season. Palsson has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg in the six games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #8. Small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Vaerlose (3-4) in their game against Randers (3-7) in the Danish Ligaen. Karason scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Vaerlose was defeated 95-80 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Randers (#8). Karason has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

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

   #1. Aske Thorsteinsson (185-SG-86, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help the league outsider Aalborg (0-9) to beat Naestved (5-5). Thorsteinsson cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 11 minutes. The bottom-ranked Aalborg lost 70-84 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Naestved. So far Aalborg lost all nine games in the Regular Season. Thorsteinsson has been at the team for four years. This season Thorsteinsson averages just 2.9ppg in the seven games he played so far.



Isacc Miles leaves Tindastoll, Drew Gibson replaces him - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Isacc Miles (187-G-88, college: Murray St.)s has left U.M.F. Tindastoll after four rounds in the Dominos league and has been replaced by Drew Gibson (188-G-85, college: Wofford). Isacc Miless averaged 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 5.8apg through the four league games, but didn't manage to help U.M.F. Tindastoll to a win in the league. His scoring was a little higher in the league cup, where U.M.F. Tindastoll has managed to win their four games so far.

Drew Gibson will replace Miles in the U.M.F. Tindastoll lineup and will play tonight when U.M.F. Tindastoll plays Keflavik at home.



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  IRAN   

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Azad 2-0 
 2. Mahram 2-0 
 3. Petrochimi 2-0 
 4. Zanjan 1-1 
 5. Foolad Mahan 1-1 
 6. Al Badr 1-1 
 7. Sanaye Petrochimi 1-1 
 8. Esteghlal 0-2 
 9. Gorgan 0-2 
 10. Naft Sepahan 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 8: Zanjan - Sanaye Petrochimi 94 - 73
Nov. 8: Al Badr - Naft Sepahan 93 - 86
Nov. 8: Petrochimi - Foolad Mahan 74- 70
Nov. 8: Gorgan - Mahram 72 - 86
Nov. 8: Esteghlal - Azad 56 - 62

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 15: Azad - Gorgan
Nov. 15: Naft Sepahan - Esteghlal
Nov. 15: Zanjan - Al Badr
Nov. 15: Sanaye Petrochimi - Petrochimi
Nov. 15: Foolad Mahan - Mahram


Headline: Zanjan Holds off Sanaye Mashahr holding Lalehzadeh to 21 - by Markham Leads

The place was Zanjan, Iran. The crowd was eager to introduce their new team and new arena. Zanjan would be forced to play without their head coach Farzad Koohian due to an ejection from their previous game.

Overall the Zanjan team showed their fighting spirit with relentless rebounding and great defense. The game was neck and neck until late in the first half when the Zanjan team scored several unanswered transition baskets building a comfortable lead going into halftime.

This lead would be kept as-is the entire game with Zanjan eventually winning 94-73.

Sanaye put forth a valiant effort playing without an import player. Zanjan's suffocating defense held Sanaye's star scorer Yonas Lalehzadeh (195-G-89, college: Cal-Irvine) to 21 points (season average:25ppg).

Zanjan is a top team in the league and should do well in the playoffs.



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Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). McGrath was the major contributor in PAOK's victory against the closely-ranked Peristeri GS (2-2) 83-68 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He recorded 19 points. PAOK Thessaloniki (3-2) is placed fourth in the A1. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's McGrath's first year with the team. McGrath has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 61.1%(11-18), 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 71.4%. He is a naturalized American. McGrath played for the Irish senior national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). O'Reilly led Plymouth Raiders to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Manchester Giants (3-5) 86-83 in the British BBL on Friday night. He scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (4-1) is placed fifth in the BBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. O'Reilly is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. O'Reilly averages: 18.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 67.4%(29-43) and FT: 84.6% in the five games he played so far. He played for the Irish national team in 2009.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France). Mullins led Chalons-Reims to a victory against the 12th-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (3-4) 95-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. Chalons-Reims (4-3) is placed seventh in the ProB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Mullins' overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 62.5%. He is a naturalized American. Mullins played for the Irish national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

Conor Grace
Conor Grace
   #4. Forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (4-4) 90-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Grace scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Eco Orebro (3-6) is placed second from the bottom (#11) in the Basketligan. Grace's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Irish national team back in 2009.

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

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

   #2. Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Oviedo CB's victory against the closely-ranked Clinicas Rincon (2-2) 74-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Hanley recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (2-1) is placed fifth in the LEB Silver. It's Hanley's first year with the team. Hanley is currently first on the list of most steals with 3.0spg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg and 7.0rpg in the three games. Hanley is a naturalized American. Interesting that he has never played in Ireland.

   #3. Owen McNally (203-F-87, college: Spring Hill, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Glasgow Rocks in a victory against the fourth-ranked Worcester Wolves (5-5) 85-79 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. McNally scored only 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 12 minutes. Glasgow Rocks (2-3) is placed eighth in the BBL. This year McNally's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 5.8rpg in the five games. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to help the league outsider Starwings (0-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite McCrory's good performance the bottom-ranked Starwings was defeated 88-73 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Monthey (#5). He scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. McCrory is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Starwings' roster. This season McCrory has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.

   #5. Bar Maor (191-PG-92, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Kazrin (2-2) in their game against Hapoel Kfar Saba (1-3) in the Israeli National League (second division). Maor recorded 7 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. Hapoel Kazrin lost 83-89 in Kfar Saba to the lower-ranked (#12) Hapoel. It's Maor's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.3ppg and 1.3spg in the three games.

   #6. Orel Lev (195-SG-93, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Bar Maor in the Israeli National League last game. Lev contributed to a Hapoel Kfar Saba's victory against the eighth-ranked Hapoel Kazrin 89-83. He recorded 8 points. This season Lev averages only 5.5ppg.



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EuroLeague: Maccabi steal victory in Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA - Maccabi 76:78

Maccabi snatched a narrow victory over ALBA in Berlin. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) accounted for 20 points as the Israeli champions improved at 5-0 record in Group B. ALBA slipped at 2-3 record after the loss.
Maccabi held the hosts to 10 points in the first quarter to pull ahead. The Israeli powerhouse ensured a 6-point lead at the first pause. ALBA drilled 25 points in the second quarter to recover. The hosts narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Albert Miralles put ALBA in front 43:40 early in the third quarter. However Maccabi spurred back in charge and Guy Pnini (200-SF-83) made it 56:52 for the visitors heading into the fourth frame. ALBA got within two points 74:76 with just over a minute remaining. Devin Smith and Vule Avdalovic exchanged baskets but Heiko Schaffartzik missed a late three-pointer as Maccabi got away with victory. Guy Pnini netted 11 points, while Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 9 points in the win. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) paced ALBA with 17 points. Deon Thompson delivered 14 points in the loss.

ALBA: Nihad Djedovic 17, Deon Thompson 14
Maccabi: Devin Smith 20, Guy Pnini 11, Malcolm Thomas 9



Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). He led Cantu to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino (2-4) 79-67 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Tyus was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Tyus' second season in pro basketball. Chebolletta Cantu (4-2) is placed third in the SerieA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Tyus' first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 83.8%(31-37) and FT: 57.1% in the six games he played so far. Tyus is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (0-1) 76-71 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Naimy recorded 17 points. It was his first game for Triumph Lyubertsy this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the Eurocup. Naimy is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Omri Casspi (204-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) to beat the Chicago Bulls (3-1). Casspi recorded only 4 points. The Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 115-86 on the road by the Bulls. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Casspi averages: 2.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 25.0%. He is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #4. Shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Bayern Muenchen (4-3) in their game against s Oliver Baskets (3-4) in the German BBL. He recorded 6 points and had 3 steals. Bayern Muenchen was defeated 68-59 in Wuerzburg by the lower-ranked s Oliver Baskets (#10). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Halperin is currently fifth on the list of most steals. His overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. Halperin is also Israeli national team player.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #5. International center Robert Rothbart (217-86, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Start Gdynia (1-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Start Gdynia lost 67-76 at home to the much higher-ranked (#4) Stelmet ZG. Rothbart scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. It's Rothbart's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.8spg in the five games. Rothbart has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. He plays currently for the Israeli national team.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Boras Basket's victory against the eighth-ranked LF Basket (4-5) 92-79 in the Swedish Basketligan on Thursday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 32 minutes. Boras Basket (6-2) is placed second in the Basketligan. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Thomas has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.5apg in the eight games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Finke Baskets (3-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Finke Baskets lost in an overtime 94-99 at home to the much higher-ranked (#6) SC Rasta Vechta. Aud recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in 36 minutes. It was Finke Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Aud is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 7.5apg. This year he also averages: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6spg in the eight games. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention Aud played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #3. Haran Shifman (183-G-84, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Polonia (3-4) in their game against WIKANA Start (2-5) in the Polish 1Liga (second division). Despite his good performance last Sunday He recorded 10 points and added 4 assists. Shifman's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. Shifman attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Oded Brandwein (186-G-88) plays for Energa Czarni in Polish TBL
Derek Glasser (186-G-87) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian KML
Gil Sobol (201-C-93) plays for Fraport Skyliners II in German ProB
Facundo Sucatzky (175-PG-72) plays for Estudiantes Concordia in Argentinian TNA
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-G-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga

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



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EuroLeague: Cantu cruise past Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Mapooro Cantu - Fenerbahce 82:58

Mapooro Cantu raced to the second win in Euroleague Group A. The Italian team breezed past Fenerbahce at home court. Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the hosts. Fenerbahce fell at 3-2 record after the loss.
Cantu stunned the visitors early in the encounter. The hosts strongly started the game posting a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Cantu dominated in the second period. They established a 41:27 halftime advantage. Cantu kept Fenerbahce at safe distance throughout the third term. The home side built a 16-point lead before the final frame. Cantu unleashed 25 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) netted 15 points each for the winners. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) answered with 10 points for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and David Andersen (212-C-80) had 8 points each in the loss.

Mapooro Cantu: Beye Tabu-Eboma 16, Marco Cusin 15, Jeff Brooks 15
Fenerbahce: Romain Sato 10, Bojan Bogdanovic 8, David Andersen 8



EuroLeague: Olympiacos surprise Emporio Armani in Milan - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani - Olympiacos 71:84

Olympiacos are coming back with victory from Italy. The Piraeus team overcame Emporio Armani to improve at 3-2 record in Euroleague Group C. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 23 points and 9 assists to lead the visitors.
Olympiacos set the tone early in the game. The Greek side grabbed a 24:17 lead after the starting period. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Italian team came back to life and narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark at the interval. But Olympiacos were back in control in the third term. The Hellenes extended their lead to 9 points at the final break 59:50. Olympiacos dropped 25 points in the fourth stanza and celebrated well-deserved win at the end. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) provided 17 points, while Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) added 13 points for Olympiacos. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) netted 17 points for the hosts. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against his former team.

Emporio Armani: Keith Langford 17, Ioannis Bourousis 16
Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 23, Kostas Papanikolaou 17, Dimitrios Mavroeidis 13



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Souleyman Diabate selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Souleyman Diabate
Souleyman Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Sluc Nancy (1-4) in their last game. Despite Diabate's very good performance Sluc Nancy lost 78-82 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) JSF Nanterre. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Diabate also added 6 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 35 minutes on the court. It was Sluc Nancy's third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Diabate has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.8apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 60.5%(26-43), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 66.7% in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Diabate is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC, currently plays in France). Craven was the major contributor in a Saint Vallier's victory against one of league's weakest teams Bordeaux (1-6) 93-87 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and making 10 passes. Craven also added 4 rebounds and 4 steals in 35 minutes. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (4-3) is placed ninth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Craven is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Craven averages: 16.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 9.1apg, 3.1spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 77.4% in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Craven played for the Ivorian national team in 2011.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain). He led Leyma Basquet to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FCB Regal II (3-2) crushing them 93-56 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Kale scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Leyma Basquet Coruna (5-0) is placed second in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kale is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(27-49), 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 62.5%. Kale has both American and Ivorian nationalities. He played for the Ivorian national team one years ago.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #4. Guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (1-4) in their last game. Despite Amagou's good performance the bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne lost in an overtime 65-72 in Le Mans to the much higher-ranked (#3) Le Mans. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 39 minutes. This year Amagou has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.8apg in the five games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Herve Toure
Herve Toure
   #5. Former international forward Herve Toure (202-82, currently plays in EuroChallenge) is a teammate of previously mentioned Souleyman Diabate. But that was another game of his team in EuroChallenge which we would like to mention. Toure managed to help Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in a victory against the third-ranked Apollon (0-1) 81-65. He recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Sluc Nancy this season. His team is placed first in group G. Toure has dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #6. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Limoges CSP Elite (2-3) in their game against JDA Dijon (2-3) in the French ProA. Zerbo scored 6 points. Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 69-65 in JDA Dijon by the higher-ranked JDA Dijon (#10). Zerbo's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team two years ago.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #7. Former international swingman Charles Abouo (195-89, college: BYU, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help the league outsider Lobe Huesca (0-5) in their last game. Despite Abouo's good performance Lobe Huesca was crushed 85-53 in Alicante by the higher-ranked (#7) Meridiano. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 27 minutes. So far Lobe Huesca lost all five games in the Regular Season. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.8spg in the five games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Issife Soumahoro
Issife Soumahoro
   #8. Forward Issife Soumahoro (197-88, currently plays in France) couldn't help Fos Ouest (2-5) in their game against Olympique Antibes (6-1) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 7 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 18 minutes. Fos Ouest lost 89-98 in Antibes to the leading Olympique. This year Soumahoro's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.3apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2010.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #9. International forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Boncourt (3-2) in their game against BBC Nyon (2-3) in the Swiss LNA. N'Diaye scored 5 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Boncourt was defeated 83-79 in Nyon by the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#7). N'Diaye has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France) contributed to an overtime Le Mans' victory against the league outsider Chorale de Roanne (1-4) 72-65 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (4-1) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Koffi averages: 6.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) could not help Omegna (3-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Toure's very good performance Omegna was edged 69-66 on the road by the lower-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#15). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Toure also added 3 assists. Toure has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian nationality, he currently plays for the Italian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #3. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a Concordia University's victory against the Citadines (0-1) 74-69 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS in Wednesday night's game. Eyitayo scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was his first game for Concordia University this season. His team has 1-0 record this season. It's Eyitayo's fifth year with the team.

   #4. Rolic Medenouvo (194-F-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help Vendee Challans (1-5) in their game against Sorgues (2-4) in the French NM1 (third division). Medenouvo recorded only 4 points in 17 minutes. Vendee Challans was crushed 89-67 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#12) Sorgues. Medenouvo has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg in the five games he played so far. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities.



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Roy Hibbert selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a 2-point victory against the Toronto Raptors (1-4) 90-88 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert scored 14 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 5 shots in 29 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have 2-3 record this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 3.0bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 8.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 42.6% and FT: 44.4% in the five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team two years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Samuels' good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 106-96 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Samuels averages: 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(9-16). He is in the roster of the Jamaican senior national team.

Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing Jr.
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-84, college: Georgetown, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Telekom Baskets' victory against the fourth-ranked EWE Baskets (5-2) crushing them 90-57 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Ewing Jr. recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Telekom Baskets Bonn (3-3) is placed ninth in the BBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ewing Jr. has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 95.0%(19-20). He is a naturalized American. Ewing Jr. is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #4. Guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Mexico) led Fuerza Regia to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Gansos (3-18) 108-92 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Sunday night's game. Efejuku scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (11-8) is placed seventh in the LNBP. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Efejuku's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Efejuku averages: 18.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.6apg in the 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Efejuku is also Jamaican national team player.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #5. International point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico) led Pioneros to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Gigantes (2-18) crushing them 103-73 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points in only a mere 14 minutes. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (11-11) is placed fifth in the LNBP. This year Scott has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Scott plays currently for the Jamaican national team.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #6. Center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Japan) led Aishin Sea Horses to a victory against the league outsider Tochigi Brex (1-9) 58-51 in the Japanese JBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Aishin Sea Horses (7-3) are placed third in the JBL. Young belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3. His overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3bpg. Young is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team six years ago.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #7. Former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to a 2-point Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (3-2) 83-81 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (4-1) is placed second in the LNA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Yates has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Yates used to play for the Jamaican national team two years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #8. Power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (1-4) in their game against Le Mans (4-1) in the French ProA. He scored only 4 points. The bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne was defeated in an overtime 72-65 in Le Mans by the much higher-ranked Le Mans (#3). Reid's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team last year.

Courtney Walters
Courtney Walters
   #9. International forward Courtney Walters (208-87, college: Northwood, FL, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help BBC Nyon in a victory against the closely-ranked Boncourt (3-2) 83-79 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. BBC Nyon (2-3) is placed seventh in the LNA. Walters is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.4rpg. This year he also averages: 6.4ppg in the five games. Walters is also in the roster of the Jamaican national team.

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

   #1. Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany) led BBC Bayreuth to a victory over the league outsider LTi 46ers (1-6) 95-86 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Bailey was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and added 6 assists in 20 minutes. BBC Bayreuth (5-2) is placed third in the BBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Bailey is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 4.2apg. This year his other stats are: 13.2ppg and 3.7rpg in the six games he played so far. Bailey is a naturalized American.

   #2. Orane Chin (200-F-88, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help one of league's weakest teams Bakken (9-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bakken lost 100-114 on the road to the leading Svendborg. Chin was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Chin's first season in pro basketball. Chin has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the nine games.

   #3. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Rishon (3-1) in their game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (3-1) in the Israeli Winner League. Uter recorded 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon was badly defeated 80-63 at home by the second-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv. It was Maccabi Rishon's first loss after three consecutive victories. Uter is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Uter averages: 17.0ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2.5bpg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for TBB Trier (4-2) in their game against ALBA Berlin (3-2) in the German BBL. He recorded 8 points and blocked 2 blocks. TBB Trier was defeated 88-80 on their home court in Trier by the lower-ranked ALBA Berlin (#8). It was TBB Trier's first loss after three consecutive victories. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #5. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Portel's victory against the 11th-ranked JL Bourg (3-4) 71-60 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (5-2) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gay is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.3bpg. This year he also averages: 15.4ppg and 6.1rpg in the seven games. Gay is a naturalized American.

   #6. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL couldn't help BK Pardubice (3-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance BK Pardubice was crushed 99-73 in Nymburk by the leading CEZ Nymburk. Muirhead recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Muirhead is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. Muirhead is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #7. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Bejjeh in their game against Al Riyadi in the Lebanese Division A, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Williams also added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Bejjeh this season. But his team was crushed by 28 points 89-61. Williams is currently third on the league's list of most steals with 3 steals. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain) helped Palencia Baloncesto win their game against the 12th-ranked Caceres Basket 87-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. McDermott scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg. McDermott is a naturalized American.

   #9. Andrew Hunter (201-F-79, college: Sacred Heart, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Reading Rockets win their game against the 12th-ranked Derby Trailblazers 68-58 in the British EBL D1 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Hunter's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. He has both Canadian and Jamaican nationalities.



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 7-0 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 6-1 
 3. Bashkimi 4-3 
 4. Trepca 4-3 
 5. Vellaznimi 3-4 
 6. RTV 21 3-4 
 7. Drita 1-6 
 8. Kosova 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 7: Bashkimi - RTV 21 85-93
Nov. 8: Drita - Sigal Prishtina 71-92
Nov. 7: Vellaznimi - Trepca 71-73
Nov. 8: Kosova - Peja 62-117

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 10: RTV 21 - Peja
Nov. 10: Kosova - Sigal Prishtina
Nov. 10: Kolegji Univer. - Trepca
Nov. 10: Vellaznimi - Bashkimi


Prishtina registers sixth victory - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina has showed again the power of defense in the third quarter to seal a sixth season victory. They won last night Drita in Gjilan, 71-92.

Arben Krasniqi's boys, almost like in every game, started well the first half and the second half to create the difference and then kept the result. Fahri Breca (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) was main scorer in Prishtina's team with 25 points, while Adam Waleskowski was another player in the team from capital to score more than 20. Waleskowski scored 21 points.

In Drita's team Devin Chambers was again the main scorer. He was also the best scorer of the match with 31 points, but only Ukshin Demi helped him in score sheet last night with his 24 points. The other players didn't pass one ciphered points.

Drita will play champions Trepca in the next round, while Sigal Prishtina will visit Kosova Vushtrri.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. VEF Riga 5-0 
 2. Valmiera 5-1 
 3. LU 5-3 
 4. Ventspils 3-1 
 5. Jelgava 3-3 
 6. Jurmala 3-3 
 7. Liepaja 3-3 
 8. Barons kvartals 2-4 
 9. Jekabpils 2-5 
 10. Turiba 1-5 
 11. U18 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 8

Nov. 8: Valmiera - Jekabpils 96-55
Nov. 8: Barons kvartals - Turiba 89-87
Nov. 7: Liepaja - Jelgava 78-81
Nov. 7: Jurmala - LU 76-84

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 10: Turiba - Jelgava
Nov. 10: Ventspils - Liepaja
Nov. 10: Jurmala - Barons kvartals
Nov. 11: U18 - Valmiera


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.20.2 
 2. Peiners, LU19.8 
 3. Sokolovs, Turiba16.0 
 4. Apsitis, Turiba15.5 
 5. Brown, Jurmala14.4 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera14.2 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils14.0 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala13.8 
 9. O''Brien, Jekabpils13.3 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmie.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristaps DARGAIS
  LU
  (198-G-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dargais, LU8.6 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.4 
 3. Mednis, Jurmala8.2 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera8.2 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.3 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.7.2 
 8. Gulbis, Barons k.6.5 
 9. Magone, Liepaja6.2 
 10. Metra, Barons k.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Liepaja
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ezerskis, Liepaja5.8 
 2. Krumins, Valmiera4.2 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmiera4.2 
 4. Peiners, LU4.0 
 5. Silavs, Jelgava3.8 
 6. Metra, Barons k.3.7 
 7. Bertans, VEF Riga3.2 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.0 
 9. Rudmiezis, Turiba3.0 
 10. Hill jr., Jekabpi.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matiss RUDMIEZIS
  Turiba
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.7 
 2. Miezis, Barons k.2.2 
 3. Ezerskis, Liepaja2.2 
 4. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.7 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.7 
 8. Peiners, LU1.6 
 9. Coders, Jurmala1.5 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.2.0 
 2. Mednis, Jurmala1.2 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.2 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 5. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 6. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.9 
 7. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.9 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava0.8 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera0.8 
 10. Gulbis, Barons k.0.8 


Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 8: VEF skola - Kvele 92-74
Nov. 7: BK VEF-LSPA - Livani 92-52
Nov. 8: Ogres - Valmiera BSS 77-57
Nov. 7: Ridzene - VeA 59-102
Nov. 7: DSN - ViA 56-57
Nov. 9: Livani - Liepaja-2


LBL Round 8: Jelgava edges Liepaja by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Liepaja (3-3) to seventh ranked Jelgava (3-3) 81-78 in the game for the fifth place. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) chipped in 15 points. Lithuanian point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (187-87) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jelgava moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liepaja and Jurmala. Jelgava is looking forward to face Turiba (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Liepaja will play against Ventspils (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Jurmala was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Latvijas Universitate (5-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Jurmala (3-3). Latvijas Universitate managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kristaps Dargais contributed with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Jurmala. Latvijas Universitate maintains third position with 5-3 record having just -3 point less than leader VEF Riga. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Jelgava and Liepaja. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jurmala will play at home against Barons kvartals (#8) in Riga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Riga between Barons kvartals and Turiba. Ninth ranked Barons kvartals (2-4) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked Turiba (1-5). Barons kvartals managed to escape with a 2-point win 89-87 on Thursday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Maris Gulbis who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 8 rebounds. Mikus Sokolovs responded with 22 points. Barons kvartals moved-up to eighth place. Turiba at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Barons kvartals will meet higher ranked Jurmala (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Turiba will play against Jelgava (#5).
The game with biggest result difference took place in Valmiera. Local Valmiera (5-1) outscored 8th ranked Jekabpils (2-5) 96-55. The winners were led by Janis Kaufmanis who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds. Jekabpils' coach Edgars Teteris gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valmiera have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in Riga and are hoping to win another game.



Barons kvartals - Turiba 89-87

A very close game took place in Riga between Barons kvartals and Turiba. Ninth ranked Barons kvartals (2-4) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked Turiba (1-5). Barons kvartals managed to escape with a 2-point win 89-87 on Thursday evening. Turiba was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Barons kvartals, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) who added 11 points during the contest. Guard Mikus Sokolovs (195-89) responded with 22 points and guard Martins Steinbergs (191-90, agency: FCM) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Turiba players scored in double figures. Barons kvartals moved-up to eighth place. Turiba at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Barons kvartals will meet higher ranked Jurmala (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Turiba will play against Jelgava (#5).
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 32+8reb+3ast, D.Zonne 14+1reb+1ast, A.Brunins 11+2reb, S.Metra 11+3reb+2ast, N.Miezis 9+2reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 6+9reb
Turiba: M.Sokolovs 22+4reb+3ast, M.Steinbergs 13+5reb+4ast, J.Kalnins 13+8reb+1ast, M.Rudmiezis 12+8reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 12+3reb+2ast, S.Bets 5+1reb
gschID: 197998


Valmiera - Jekabpils 96-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Valmiera. Local Valmiera (5-1) outscored 8th ranked Jekabpils (2-5) 96-55. Valmiera had a 38-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Even 8 points and 9 rebounds by Polish center Michal Hlebowicki (204-76) did not help to save the game for Jekabpils. American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Jekabpils' coach Edgars Teteris gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valmiera have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in Riga and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 21+5reb+3ast, J.Porzingis 19+3reb+1ast, V.Iljins 17+7reb+1ast, J.Berzins 14+11reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 13+4reb, R.Gabrans 7+1reb+3ast
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 12+2reb+1ast, T.O'Brien 10+6reb, M.Hlebowicki 8+9reb, J.Aleksejevs 8+6reb, O.Virsis 6+4reb+1ast, E.Leja 4+1ast
gschID: 197997


Liepaja - Jelgava 78-81

The most exciting game of round 8 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Liepaja (3-3) to seventh ranked Jelgava (3-3) 81-78 in the game for the fifth place. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) chipped in 15 points. Five Jelgava players scored in double figures. Lithuanian point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (187-87) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and center Toms Leiteris (213-90) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jelgava moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liepaja and Jurmala. Jelgava is looking forward to face Turiba (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Liepaja will play against Ventspils (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: L.Mizis 17+9reb+1ast, A.Duselis 15+4reb+3ast, A.Justovics 13+3reb+1ast, S.Silavs 11+4reb+5ast, G.Justovics 10+1reb+2ast, E.Krumins 7+3reb+2ast
Liepaja: E.Ezerskis 14+6reb+8ast, R.Magone 12+4reb, T.Leiteris 11+7reb, A.Bricis 9+4reb, A.Ate 9+3reb+3ast, A.Helmanis 8+3reb
gschID: 197996


Jurmala - LU 76-84

The game in Jurmala was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Latvijas Universitate (5-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Jurmala (3-3). Latvijas Universitate managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76. Jurmala was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Jurmala was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Ken Brown (185-89, college: Philander Smith) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Jurmala. Latvijas Universitate maintains third position with 5-3 record having just -3 point less than leader VEF Riga. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Jelgava and Liepaja. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jurmala will play at home against Barons kvartals (#8) in Riga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 24+5reb+4ast, I.Aizpurs 18+4reb, K.Dargais 10+10reb+4ast, M.Vitols 9+2reb+2ast, K.Strazdins 9+6reb, R.Zebergs 6+2reb+1ast
Jurmala: K.Brown 19+8reb+4ast, R.Mednis 16+10reb+2ast, D.Coders 13, U.Vilums 10+1reb+2ast, A.Ozols 7+5reb+1ast, E.Slesers 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 197995



Kaspars Cipruss selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Lietkabelis to a victory over the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-6) 82-68 in the Lithuanian LKL in Tuesday night's game. Cipruss was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Panevezys Lietkabelis (2-2) is placed sixth in the LKL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Cipruss' first year with the team. Cipruss is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 68.8%(22-32) in the four games he played so far. Cipruss played for the Latvian senior national team four years ago.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Lietuvos rytas (1-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Blums' good performance the fifth-placed Lietuvos rytas was defeated 84-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Brose Baskets (#4) in the group D of Euroleague. He recorded 12 points. It's Blums' first season with the team. This year Blums averages: 6.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 23.1%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Serbia. Bertans was not able to help Partizan (0-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Partizan (#6) was edged 85-82 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC in the group D of Euroleague. Bertans was the top scorer with 17 points in 24 minutes. So far Partizan lost all four games in the Regular Season. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 52.9%(9-17) in the four games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #4. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-88, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Sutor Montegranaro's victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (2-4) 89-83 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Freimanis was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points. Sutor Montegranaro (2-4) is placed 13th in the SerieA. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Freimanis has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #5. International swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Prima Veroli (2-3) in their last game. Despite Jurevicus' very good performance Prima Veroli was edged 82-80 at home by the much higher-ranked (#4) C.de Latte BRE. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Jurevicus also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Jurevicus has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in the five games. He used to play for the Latvian national team last year.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #6. An experienced swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Tln Kalev (1-4) crushing them 78-49 in the Estonian KML on Wednesday night. Umbrasko scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Rakvere Tarvas (4-1) is placed second in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Umbrasko belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Umbrasko averages: 16.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team four years ago.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #7. Former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juris Umbrasko. But that was another game of his team in Baltic League which we would like to mention. Laksa was the major contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against the fifth-ranked Nevezis (2-3) 85-69. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. BC Rakvere Tarvas (2-3) is placed third in group C. Laksa has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 4.8rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Latvian national team nine years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #8. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Germany couldn't help Artland Dragons (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Valters' good performance Artland Dragons was defeated 82-72 in Riga by the leading VEF Riga. He recorded 12 points and added 4 assists. It was his first game for Artland Dragons this season. Valters used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #9. International small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime Lagun Aro GBC's victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (0-6) 89-88 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Kuksiks scored 18 points in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (1-5) is placed 16th in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kuksiks' stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5spg in the four games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #10. Point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Spartak St.Petersburg to win against the closely-ranked Cibona (0-1) 64-56 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Strelnieks recorded only 4 points. 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. Strelnieks is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Estonia), who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help Valga (3-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Valga was edged in an overtime 69-66 on their home court in Valga by the lower-ranked (#6) Rapla. Cunda had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 3 steals in 42 minutes. Cunda is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). This year he has very good stats: 13.4ppg, 7.7rpg, 4.9apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. Cunda used to play for the Latvian U18 national team ten years ago.

   #12. International point guard Kaspars Vecvagars (193-93, currently plays in Lithuania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss and both played together in the last Lithuanian LKL game. Vecvagars contributed to Lietkabelis' victory against the league outsider Naglis Palangos 82-68. He scored 9 points. Vecvagars' total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Edgars Cunda. However that was another game of his team in Estonian KML which brought him to that list. Grafs, who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Valga (3-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance Valga lost 69-75 in Tallinn to the higher-ranked (#3) Kalev/Cramo. Grafs was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 34 minutes. Grafs averaged so far 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the six games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

   #14. International point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins in their game against Ventspils in the EuroChallenge. Despite his good performance last Tuesday Jeromanovs recorded 10 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. It was his first game for Norrkoping Dolphins this season. Jeromanovs belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Agnis Cavars (196-86, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Sodertalje Kings in their game against Sundsvall Dragons in the Swedish Basketligan. He scored 7 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 58-62. This year Cavars' total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.7rpg in the seven games. Worth to mention Cavars played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help Marso NYKK (2-4) in their last game. Despite Berkis' good performance Marso NYKK lost 84-90 on the road to the second-ranked Soproni. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 39 minutes. Berkis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far.

   #2. Rihards Sulcs (190-F-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Bradford Dragons to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked London Leopards (1-1) crushing them 94-72 in the British EBL D1 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Sulcs scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. Bradford Dragons (2-0) is placed first in the EBL D1. Sulcs has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg in the two games.

   #3. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland), who plays in the Irish Superleague was not able to help one of league's weakest teams DCU Saints (3-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance DCU Saints was defeated 67-60 at home by the higher-ranked B.Gais Neptune (#3). Provizors recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in DCU Saints' roster. Provizors is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg.

   #4. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Dragons Rhoendorf to win against the tenth-ranked Dresden (2-4) 87-83 in the German ProB (third division) in Thursday night's game. Tukiss scored only 2 points. Dragons Rhoendorf (6-0) is placed first in Group South. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. Tukiss has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 2.3rpg.

   #5. Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi K/G (0-2) in their game against Ironi Ramat Gan (3-1) in the Israeli National League (second division). He recorded 6 points in 23 minutes. The league leader Maccabi K/G was badly defeated 93-74 on their home court in Kiryat Gat by the second-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan. Gandel averaged so far 11.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0apg in the four games. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2. Hoops 2-1 
 3. Amchit 1-0 
 4. Champville 1-0 
 5. Sagesse 1-0 
 6. Antranik 1-1 
 7. Byblos 1-2 
 8. Moutahed 0-1 
 9. Bejjeh 0-2 
 10. Anibal 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 7: Al Riyadi - Byblos 91-73
Nov. 8: Antranik - Bejjeh 90-83
Nov. 7: Hoops - Anibal 77-70
Nov. 9: Moutahed - Sagesse
Nov. 10: Champville - Amchit


Eric Chatfield agreed terms with Moutahed, ex JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

Al Moutahed Tripoli (Division A) inked 33-year old American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico). He already started the season at JuveCaserta in Italian SerieA. In 6 games this season he recorded 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg. The last season Chatfield also played at Paris-Levallois in French ProA. In 31 games last year he averaged impressive 19.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team, All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Al Jalaa in Syrian Division I.
Chatfields team made it to the Gulf Club Championships Semifinals in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Chatfield has played also professionally in Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Greece, Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Qatar (Al Rayyan), Turkey (Darussafaka), France (JDA Dijon and SPO Rouen) and USBL (Dodge City Legend).
He attended University of New Mexico until 2002 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



A very important win for Antranik in the Lebanese League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The second round of the Lebanese League saw a big confrontation between Antranik and Bejjeh in Demirdjian Center. These two teams together with Anibal and Hoops will battle to determine which two teams will enter the final 8. Bejjeh had a good start and led 14-8 after five minutes. Antranik Took over from this minute and started to impose their game and to lead the game minute after minute through the great performance of Asenso Ampim he finished the game with 29 points , 14 rebounds and 4 blockshots . Antranik build a comfortable lead at the half 44-32. The 3rd quarter saw Bejjeh making a big run reducing the difference to one point but Antranik regrouped and regain the momentum to finish the 3rd quarter on the score of 63-59. The start of the 4th quarter saw Antranik continuing where they stopped and increased the lead to ten points but Bejjeh started a big comeback which brought them within one point but Novar Gadson nailed a very important three pointer which brought back the momentum to Antraniks side and secured a very important win in the battle of the last four teams this season, the game finished at the score of 90-83.Novar Gadson finished with 23points ,8 assists , Joey Zaloum with 19 points , 7 assists , on the other side Bejjeh was led by Corey Williams with 26 points and Harold Jamison with 17points , 20 rebounds.

Q1: 20-18 Q2:44-32 Q3:63-59 Q4:90-83



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Antanas Kavaliauskas selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in a VEF Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Artland Dragons (0-1) 82-72 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Kavaliauskas recorded 18 points in 20 minutes on the court. It was his first game for VEF Riga this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed first in the Eurocup. Kavaliauskas is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Toronto Raptors (1-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Valanciunas' very good performance the Toronto Raptors were badly defeated 108-88 on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Valanciunas also added 6 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Valanciunas' first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 43.6%. Valanciunas is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked BC Donetsk (0-1) 78-75 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Kalnietis was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and added 8 assists in 38 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. Kalnietis is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league with 8 assists. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #4. Guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece) led Olympiacos to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked KAOD (2-2) crushing them 103-67 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Gecevicius recorded 11 points and added 3 passes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (4-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Gecevicius averages: 8.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team last year.

Martynas Pocius
Martynas Pocius
   #5. International shooting guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (2-4) 79-64 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Pocius scored 8 points in 16 minutes. Real Madrid (6-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Pocius' overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 1.5rpg in the six games he played so far. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #6. Swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece was not able to help Panathinaikos (2-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Maciulis' good performance the fourth-placed Panathinaikos was defeated 73-64 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker in the group A of Euroleague. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. It's Maciulis' first season with the team. This year Maciulis has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #7. International small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Jasaitis led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked BC Donetsk (0-1) 78-75. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Lokomotiv this season. Jasaitis is also Lithuanian national team player.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #8. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Zavackas contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Jekabpils (2-5) crushing them 84-59. He recorded 9 points. VEF Riga (5-0) is placed first in the LBL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. Zavackas has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #9. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (8-4) crushing them 90-70 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Anisimovas scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (8-3) is placed third in the Superleague. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. His stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.8apg in the 11 games. Anisimovas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team five years ago.

Ernestas Ezerskis
Ernestas Ezerskis
   #10. Point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (187-87, currently plays in Latvia), who plays in the Latvian LBL was not able to secure a victory for Liepaja (3-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Liepaja was edged 81-78 at home by the higher-ranked Jelgava (#5). Ezerskis was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 boards, handed out 8 passes and blocked 2 shots. Ezerskis is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). His total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.8apg and 2.2spg. Ezerskis is university international player as one years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) managed to help Krasnie Krilya Samara in a victory against the fourth-ranked Keravnos 79-74 in the EuroChallenge in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 13 minutes. It was his first game for Krasnie Krilya this season. Lydeka used to play for the Lithuanian national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international power forward Valdas Dabkus (204-84, 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 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Dabkus' total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team back in 2003.

   #13. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas and both played together in the last Ukrainian Superleague game. Salenga led Budivelnyk to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash crushing them 90-70. He scored 12 points in 26 minutes. This year Salenga's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former University international center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help TU/Rock in their game against Khimik in the EuroChallenge. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his first game for TU/Rock this season. His team was edged 77-76. Dimsa used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2009.

   #15. International point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the sixth-ranked Partizan 85-82 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He recorded only 4 points. This season Jasikevicius averages just 2.4ppg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Belgian team Okapi Aalstar to a victory against the fourth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (0-1) 84-77 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Okapi Aalstar this season. His team is placed second in group E. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his German team Telekom Baskets to a victory over the fourth-ranked Antwerp Giants (0-1) 81-72 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Veikalas was the best player in that game. He recorded 18 points in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Telekom Baskets this season. His team is placed first in group H.

   #3. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) was the main contributor in Svisloch's victory against the closely-ranked Impuls BGUIR (1-4) 93-75 in the Belarusian Premier League in Tuesday night's game. Kamarunas was the best player in that game. He scored 32 points (!!!), made 8 passes and 7 steals. BK Svisloch Osipovichi (1-4) is placed fifth in the Premier League. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Kamarunas is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kamarunas averages: 19.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.2apg and 3.4spg.

   #4. Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Worcester Wolves (5-5) in their last game. Despite Masiulis' good performance Worcester Wolves lost 79-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Glasgow Rocks. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 30 minutes. Masiulis' stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg in the nine games he played so far.

   #5. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Juvecaserta (2-4) in their game against Cimberio Varese (6-0) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 8 points in 30 minutes. Juvecaserta was badly defeated 73-56 in Varese by the leading Cimberio. Jonusas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg in the five games.

   #6. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for CSU Sibiu (2-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance CSU Sibiu lost 70-84 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#8) Craiova. Griskenas scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Griskenas' stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.

   #7. Edgaras Kvedaravicius (191-G-92, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to a 3-point Horsens IC's victory against the eighth-ranked Randers 89-86 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points. It was his first game for Horsens IC this season.

   #8. Donatas Visockis (208-C-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia in a victory against the closely-ranked AEL 67-59 in the Cypriot Division A last Sunday. Visockis scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. Visockis has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.

   #9. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Naestved in their game against SISU in the Danish Ligaen. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 59-65. Brasas has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 4.7rpg in the 10 games.

   #10. Tomas Janusauskas (213-C-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Reading Rockets' victory against the 12th-ranked Derby Trailblazers 68-58 in the British EBL D1 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Janusauskas recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Janusauskas is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Janusauskas averages: 16.5ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5bpg.



EuroLeague: Besiktas JK stole the game in Siemens Arena - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius - Besiktas JK 67:73

Besiktas JK stole the game in Siemens Arena as they beat Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the second game of Round 4. The Turkish side celebrated a 73:67 win for 3-2 record in Group D.
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius opened the game with 20-17 but could not win the half. The guests replied with 16-13 and tied the game at the halftime. Moreover Besiktas JK dominated the second half. They won the third period 16-15 and finished the game with 24-19. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) made two free throws for the last points of the winning side, while Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) made the final result in the game.
Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) tossed in 25 points to lead all the winners, while Damir Markota (209-F-85) notched 13. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) scored 10, while Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) added 8. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 11. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) posted 9, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 8.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius: Steponas Babrauskas 14, Nemanja Nedovic 11, Renaldas Seibutis 9, Mindaugas Katelynas 8
Besiktas JK: Curtis Jerrells 25, Damir Markota 13, Vladimir Dasic 10, Serhat Cetin 8



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.2 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 3. Thomas, Cananea22.6 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis22.4 
 5. McCullough, Nogales22.3 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan22.1 
 7. Alexander, Cananea21.8 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.4 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 10. Hornsby, Tijuana20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAngelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.2 
 3. Alexander, Cananea10.1 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 5. Sanders-F., Nogales8.2 
 6. Scott, Los Mochis8.0 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan7.8 
 8. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.4 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Funn, Los Mochis9.4 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.0 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 4. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 6. Hornsby, Tijuana4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas3.9 
 9. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.1.9 
 2. George, Nogales1.8 
 3. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 4. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 5. Hornsby, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 7. Thomas, Cananea1.4 
 8. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 10. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 DeAngelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Alexander, Cananea0.9 
 7. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 8. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 9. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 10. Tate, Tijuana0.7 


Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 19-2 
 2. Soles 17-4 
 3. Toros 17-4 
 4. Halc.Rojos 16-5 
 5. Panteras 14-7 
 6. Pioneros 14-7 
 7. Abejas 12-9 
 8. Fuerza Regia 11-9 
 9. Huracanes 10-9 
 10. Barreteros 10-11 
 11. Corr.Victoria 7-14 
 12. Guerreros 6-15 
 13. Lechugueros 6-15 
 14. Gansos 4-18 
 15. Gigantes 2-19 
 16. Osos 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 21

Nov. 8: Guerreros - Osos 98-91
Nov. 8: Halc.Rojos - Barreteros 92-73
Nov. 8: Halc.Xalapa - Panteras 91-95
Nov. 8: Abejas - Corr.Victoria 90-79
Nov. 8: Lechugueros - Huracanes 69-71
Nov. 8: Soles - Toros 59-50
Nov. 8: Pioneros - Fuerza Regia 107-85
Nov. 8: Gansos - Gigantes 105-91

Regular Season: Round 22

Nov. 10: Pioneros - Toros
Nov. 10: Soles - Fuerza Regia
Nov. 10: Guerreros - Gigantes
Nov. 10: Gansos - Osos
Nov. 10: Lechugueros - Corr.Victoria
Nov. 10: Abejas - Huracanes
Nov. 10: Halc.Rojos - Panteras
Nov. 10: Halc.Xalapa - Barreteros


LNBP Round 21: Panteras defeat leader Halcones UV Xalapa - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (19-2) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Panteras (14-7) 95-91. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halcones UV Xalapa won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Panteras won last quarter 29-26. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 32 points and 9 assists for the winners. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Halcones UV Xalapa. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panteras have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-7 record, which they share with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Panteras is looking forward to face higher ranked Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Barreteros in Zacatecas and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Soles (17-4) which hosted in Mexicali second-best Toros (17-4). Third ranked Soles managed to get a 9-point victory 59-50. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) stepped up and scored 27 points and 4 assists for the winners and Kentrell Gransberry chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Soles. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Toros. Soles will play against Fuerza Regia (#8) in Monterrey in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Toros will play on the road against Pioneros (#6) in Cancun and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Leon between Huracanes and Lechugueros. Tenth ranked Huracanes (10-9) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Lechugueros (6-15). Huracanes managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Thursday evening. Edward Basden nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Huracanes' coach Luis Lopez used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Babacar Camara came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for Lechugueros in the defeat. Huracanes moved-up to ninth place. Loser Lechugueros keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Guerreros. Huracanes will meet higher ranked Abejas (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lechugueros will play against Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Pioneros (14-7) and 7th ranked Fuerza Regia (11-9) in Cancun ended with biggest points difference. Pioneros outscored guests from Monterrey 107-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. The best player for the winners was Mike Williams who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Pioneros. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panteras. Fuerza Regia at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Pioneros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Regia will play on the road against the league's second-placed Soles (#2) in Mexicali.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Barreteros was smashed by Halc.Rojos on the road 92-73. Abejas won against Corr.Victoria on its own court 90-79. Gigantes unfortunately lost to Gansos in a road game 91-105. Guerreros managed to beat Osos at home 98-91.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 29 points and 14 rebounds by Steffphon Pettigrew of Abejas.


Halc.Rojos - Barreteros 92-73

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Halcones Rojos (16-5) crushed 9th ranked Barreteros (10-11) in Veracruz 92-73. The game without a history. Halcones Rojos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Noe Alonzo (200-83, college: Grand Canyon) who scored 20 points. American forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Halcones Rojos. They maintain fourth place with 16-5 record. Barreteros lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Halcones Rojos' next round opponent will be Panteras (#5) in Aguascalientes. Barreteros will play on the road against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa (#1).
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: N.Alonzo 20+4reb+1ast, F.Rivera 11+2reb+2ast, M.Ramos 11+3reb, M.Mitchell 9+1reb+2ast, L.Davis 9+6reb+2ast, A.Solares 8+2reb
Barreteros: J.Habel 29+11reb+2ast, J.Horton 18+4reb+5ast, L.Sumpter 9+3reb+5ast, R.Loera Almanza 8+6reb+1ast, C.Silva 4+2reb, A.Chacon 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 188585


Abejas - Corr.Victoria 90-79

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Correcaminos (7-14) lost to eighth ranked Abejas (12-9) in Guanajuato 79-90. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Correcaminos was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195, college: W.Kentucky) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Roman Andrade (188, college: N.Mexico Highlands) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Abejas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) who recorded 30 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Correcaminos' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Abejas moved-up to seventh place. Correcaminos lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Abejas' next round opponent will be Huracanes (#9) in Tampico. Correcaminos will play on the road against Lechugueros in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Abejas: S.Pettigrew 29+14reb+2ast, E.Abdu 16+2reb+2ast, R.Andrade 15+7reb+9ast, A.Sandoval 11+2reb+1ast, R.Young 10+1reb+3ast, C.Castillo 6+1reb
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 30+7reb, M.Allen 16+6reb+3ast, L.Keeler 11+2reb, J.DARTEZ 10+9reb, E.Hare 5+3reb, B.Heredia 4+4reb
gschID: 188584


Halc.Xalapa - Panteras 91-95

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (19-2) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Panteras (14-7) 95-91. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halcones UV Xalapa won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Panteras won last quarter 29-26. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 32 points and 9 assists for the winners. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86) added 16 points, 11 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Halcones UV Xalapa. Four Panteras and five Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panteras have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-7 record, which they share with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Panteras is looking forward to face higher ranked Halcones Rojos (#4) in Veracruz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Barreteros in Zacatecas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Panteras: R.Melendez 32+9ast, A.Garcia 23+11reb+7ast, F.Verdugo 12+5reb+3ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 12+5reb+2ast, K.Malpica 8+7reb+6ast, L.Miguel Rangel 4+1ast
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 21+5reb+5ast, D.Pearson 19+5reb+2ast, G.Vargas 16+1reb+11ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 13+2reb+1ast, F.Harris 12+1reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 188586


Lechugueros - Huracanes 69-71

A very close game took place in Leon between Huracanes and Lechugueros. Tenth ranked Huracanes (10-9) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Lechugueros (6-15). Huracanes managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 20-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Lechugueros outrebounded Huracanes 47-32 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Huracanes' coach Luis Lopez used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Trinidad and Tobago-American point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn) added 16 points and 10 assists respectively for Lechugueros in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Huracanes moved-up to ninth place. Loser Lechugueros keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Guerreros. Huracanes will meet higher ranked Abejas (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lechugueros will play against Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: E.Basden 18+4reb+4ast, M.Morrison 16+6reb+2ast, M.Ayala 12+2reb+4ast, O.Quintero 10+6reb+6ast, D.Little 7+8reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 3+1reb+4ast
Lechugueros: B.Camara 17+13reb, I.Young 16+3reb+10ast, J.Penny 12+15reb+2ast, G.Preer 11+2reb+3ast, E.Cuen 5+4reb, C.Turley 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188583


Gansos - Gigantes 105-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked Gansos' (4-18) home victory over 15th ranked Gigantes (2-19) 105-91. The game was mostly controlled by Gansos. Gigantes was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gansos shot 37 for 52 from the free-throw line, while Gigantes only scored eighteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Gigantes 40-26 including a 30-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. 37 personal fouls committed by Gigantes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who scored 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Giovanni Silva chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Four Gansos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Sam Liggins (178, college: Alders.-Broad.) who recorded 25 points and the other American import forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) added 18 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Gansos maintains fourteenth place with 4-18 record. Gigantes lost their fifth game in a row. Gigantes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Gansos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Osos (#16). Gigantes will play against Guerreros.
Top scorers:
Gansos: S.Shorter 37+7reb, G.Silva 22+11reb+2ast, R.Gaye 18+4reb+1ast, N.Nweke 10+3reb, A.Zarco 8+8reb+4ast, C.Duran 6+3reb
Gigantes: S.Liggins 25+2reb, J.Almanson 18+3reb, A.Morris 12+3reb+1ast, M.Munoz 9+4reb, J.Avalos 8+4reb, E.Flores 7+6reb
gschID: 188582


Guerreros - Osos 98-91

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Osos (2-19) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Guerreros (6-15) 98-91. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-20 Osos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 98-91 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Guerreros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-80, college: Cincinnati) who recorded 25 points and the former international guard Enrique Zuniga (193-76, college: Grand Canyon) added 24 points respectively. Guerreros moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lechugueros. Osos lost their eleventh game in a row. Osos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 19 lost games. Guerreros' next round opponent will be Gigantes (#15). Osos will play against Gansos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guerreros: A.Alamo 26+5reb+1ast, K.Gayden 17+10reb, M.Hunter 16+3reb+5ast, T.Gabbidon 13+3reb+4ast, D.Toralva 10+1reb, G.Williams 7+3reb
Osos: D.Johnson 25+3reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 24+3reb+2ast, N.Stallings 19+4reb+6ast, J.McCoy 9+3reb+2ast, C.Morris 4+2reb, J.Durazo 4+2reb
gschID: 188581


Soles - Toros 59-50

An interesting game for Soles (17-4) which hosted in Mexicali second-best Toros (17-4). Third ranked Soles managed to get a 9-point victory 59-50. Soles dominated on the defensive end, holding Toros to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) stepped up and scored 27 points and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for Soles. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Toros. Soles will play against Fuerza Regia (#8) in Monterrey in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Toros will play on the road against Pioneros (#6) in Cancun and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Soles: C.Elliott 27+4reb+4ast, K.Gransberry 15+10reb+1ast, R.Martinez 9+7reb+2ast, J.Vargas 5+6reb+1ast, S.Aguirre 2+3reb+1ast, J.Griffin 1+2reb
Toros: J.Lopez 13+9reb, R.Rougeau 11+10reb, B.Angley 10+5reb+3ast, W.Pagan 5+4reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 5+3reb+2ast, A.Henning 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 188580


Pioneros - Fuerza Regia 107-85

The game between sixth ranked Pioneros (14-7) and 7th ranked Fuerza Regia (11-9) in Cancun ended with biggest points difference. Pioneros outscored guests from Monterrey 107-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Fuerza Regia 40-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. Pioneros players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) added 18 points and 6 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. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Pioneros. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panteras. Fuerza Regia at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Pioneros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Regia will play on the road against the league's second-placed Soles (#2) in Mexicali.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: M.Williams 22+10reb, F.Fisher 16+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 14+7reb+1ast, S.Soriano 12+3reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 12+3reb, A.Scott 9+5reb+4ast
Fuerza Regia: L.Allred 19+10reb+1ast, O.Efejuku 18+4reb+6ast, A.Izaguirre 11+2reb+1ast, S.Monreal 10+1reb+2ast, E.Little 8+3reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 7+1reb
gschID: 188579



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  NBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 8: Chicago B. - Oklah.City T. 91-97
Nov. 8: Portland TB - LA Clippers 90-103

Regular Season: Round 11

Nov. 9: Washington W. - Milwaukee B.
Nov. 9: Orlando M. - Brooklyn N.
Nov. 9: Boston C. - Philadelph.76
Nov. 9: New York K. - Dallas M.
Nov. 9: Atlanta H. - Miami Heat
Nov. 9: Memphis G. - Houston R.
Nov. 9: N.Orleans H. - Charlotte B.
Nov. 9: Oklah.City T. - Detroit P.
Nov. 9: Minnesota T. - Indiana P.
Nov. 9: Phoenix Suns - Cleveland C.
Nov. 9: Sacramento K. - San Antonio S.
Nov. 9: Denver N. - Utah Jazz
Nov. 9: LA Lakers - Golden St.W.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Harden, Houston R.30.3 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.2 
 3. Irving, Cleveland24.6 
 4. James, Miami Heat22.4 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers22.4 
 6. Crawford, LA Clipp.21.8 
 7. Mayo, Dallas M.21.6 
 8. Durant, Oklah.Ci.21.4 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.4 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zach RANDOLPH
  Memph.
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Randolph, Memph.15.3 
 2. Varejao, Clevelan.15.0 
 3. Asik, Houston R.14.0 
 4. Gortat, Phoenix11.8 
 5. Durant, Oklah.Ci.10.6 
 6. Jefferson, Utah J.10.0 
 7. Cousins, Sacramen.10.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.0 
 9. James, Miami Heat9.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.5 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers10.7 
 3. Holiday, Philadel.9.5 
 4. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.0 
 5. Dragic, Phoenix8.6 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 7. Parker, San A.8.0 
 8. Lawson, Denver N.7.4 
 9. Lillard, Portland.7.2 
 10. Collison, Dallas7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy LIN
  Houston R.
  (191-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lin, Houston R.3.3 
 2. Lowry, Toronto R.3.0 
 3. Batum, Portland TB2.8 
 4. Harden, Houston R.2.5 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 6. Lawson, Denver N.2.2 
 7. Paul, LA Clippers2.2 
 8. Cousins, Sacramen.2.2 
 9. Leonard, San A.2.2 
 10. Durant, Oklah.Ci.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcin GORTAT
  Phoenix .
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Gortat, Phoenix4.2 
 2. Hibbert, Indiana P.3.0 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 4. Kirilenko, Minneso.2.5 
 5. Stiemsma, Minnesot.2.5 
 6. Lopez, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 7. Jordan, LA Clippers2.5 
 8. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 10. Hawes, Philadelph.2.0 


Reserve Crawford scores 25 as Los Angeles Clippers beat Portland Trail Blazers 103-90 - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - LA Clippers 90-103
PORTLAND, Ore. - Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Portland Trail Blazers for a 103-90 victory on Thursday night. De'Andre Jordan and Chris Paul had 21 points apiece for the Clippers, who led by 25 in the first half. Los Angeles improved to 4-2 in its first game away from Staples Center. Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who mounted a second-half challenge but ultimately couldn't catch up. Rookie Damian Lillard's pull-up jumper and Batum's 3-pointer helped Portland trim Los Angeles' lead to 75-69 late in the third quarter. Batum's driving layup at the buzzer made it 77-71 heading to the final period. Portland closed to 86-82 on Meyers Leonard's alley-oop dunk from Batum, but the rally fizzled and Paul sent fans streaming for the doors when his jumper with 2:51 left extended the lead to 98-85. Clippers star Blake Griffin had 10 rebounds and seven points while playing with a sleeve covering his right arm for the third straight game because of fluid in his elbow. The Clippers played their first game away from Los Angeles, but did have a road win over the rival Lakers last Friday. The victory over Portland came on the second night of back-to-back games. The Clippers handed San Antonio its first loss with a 106-84 victory on Wednesday night. The Blazers (2-3) were coming off a 1-2 road trip that concluded with a 114-91 loss at Dallas on Monday. Willie Green (6'3''-PG-81, college: Detroit Mercy) hit a 3-pointer to give the Clippers a 24-16 lead in the first quarter, and it quickly got ugly. The Clippers grabbed a 43-28 lead on Matt Barnes' fast-break basket. Portland struggled offensively and Los Angeles led 53-30 after a 22-2 run - much of it with Griffin taking a break on the bench. Luke Babbitt hit a 3-pointer for the Blazers at the halftime buzzer, but it didn't make much of a difference and the Clippers led 60-39 at the break. Portland's reserves, averaging an NBA-low 12.8 points per game, had just eight points in the first half. Their counterparts with the Clippers scored 25. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said the game was an interesting matchup between perennial All-Star Paul and rookie Lillard, the "old guard and the new guard." Lillard, quickly building a reputation for his poise in his first year, scored 16 points. NOTES: The Trail Blazers collected donations for the Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Fans donated over $10,500, while Wells Fargo and the Paul G. Allen foundation each pledged $10,000 for a total of $30,500. ... The Clippers have won seven of their 32 games in Portland. Courtesy of: brandonsun.com

Chicago B. - Oklah.City T. 91-97
Kevin Durant scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Thursday night. Durant iced the game with an off-balance jumper off one foot with 35.1 seconds to play. Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and had a team-high nine rebounds for the Thunder, who beat the Bulls for the third time in their last four games at Chicago. Russell Westbrook chipped in with 16 points and 12 assists. Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) led the Bulls with 27 points, and Richard Hamilton added 20 points and eight rebounds. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had nine points, 13 rebounds and a team-high six assists. Hamilton made a tying jumper with 2:52 to play, but then Durant took over, making a floater from the top of the key over Deng to keep the Bulls at bay. Durant was passive for much of the game and didn't attempt a free throw until the closing seconds. He has had just one game without a free-throw attempt since the start of the 2010-11 season. The Thunder put together a 7-0 to grab the lead with 8:34 to play. Nick Collison capped the surge with a layup off a pass from Eric Maynor. Deng snapped the run with his third 3-pointer of the game. Deng entered the contest 1 for 11 from behind the arc. Chicago ranked last in the league in 3-point makes, attempts and percentage, but hit a season-high five 3s in the game. The Thunder responded a six-point run, taking a five-point lead after Ibaka blocked a Deng shot from behind, igniting a fast break and Thabo Sefolosha's layup. Kirk Hinrich (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas) scored seven points to lead a third-quarter Bulls charge, hitting his second 3-pointer of the game and reaching double figures in scoring for the first time this season. Chicago led 72-66 entering the final period. The Bulls jumped to an early eight-point lead, but the Thunder closed the opening period with a 9-2 run to tie the game. Durant scored the last six points of the quarter on two dunks and a jump shot. Ibaka scored 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting in the opening quarter and increased that to 15 by the half, when the Thunder led 48-47. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) helped Chicago stay close the second quarter, putting up six points, three rebounds and three assists in the period, while playing solid defense on fellow reserve Kevin Martin, who scored 15 points for the Thunder. Hinrich finished with 12 points. Courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com



NBA suspended Thomas Robinsonfor elbowing Jonas Jerebko - by Eurobasket

The Sacramento Kings' Thomas Robinson (6'9''-PF-91, college: Kansas) has been suspended two games without pay for throwing an elbow to the neck of Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-PF-87) of the Detroit Pistons, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
The incident, for which Robinson was assessed a Flagrant Foul Two and ejected, occurred with 10:00 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sacramento?s 105-103 win over Detroit on November 7 at Sleep Train Arena.
Robinson will serve his suspension when the Kings host the San Antonio Spurs on November 9 and when the Kings play the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 11.

Courtesy of InsideHoops



Bogut to be shut down for the next few games. - by Bryan Floyd

The Warriors have decided to shut down Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) for the next 7-10 days. Head Coach Mark Jackson says that Bogut hasn't had a setback, and Bogut reportedly requested the time off so that he can try to get back to full strength. Bogut wants to make sure before he comes back that he is fully healed and won't be at risk to further injure himself. He has been very injury prone so far in his career and wants to prove to the Warriors that the trend will not continue.


Mehmet Okur retiring from basketball - by Eurobasket News

Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79) announced his retirement from basketball at age 33. The Turkish forward played for nine years in the NBA averaging 13.5ppg and 7rpg in 634 games (460 in the starting five) with the Pistons, Jazz and Nets. Last season, Okur started with Turk Telekom Ankara, averaging 12ppg and 8.2rpg in the TBL. When the NBA lockout ended he returned to the United States, where he played 17 games with the Nets, scoring 7.6ppg and pulling down 4.8rpg. Okur decided to retire because of injuries that affected him over the last three seasons of his career.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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NBLC Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 8: Moncton M. - Halifax R. 83-87
Nov. 8: London L. - Oshawa P. 121-95
Nov. 9: Summerside S. - St.John M.R.


Larry Blunt takes over the helm of the Oshawa Power - by Eurobasket News

The Oshawa Power will head into London Thursday night with Larry Blunt patrolling the sidelines.
Blunt officially took over the head coaching duties of the NBL Canada team this week from Robert Brickey , who is taking a lesser role with the club as he tends to his ill mother back home in North Carolina. In Blunt the Power adds a man familiar to Brickey, one who has both played for and coached with the former Duke star. "I was coach Brickey's assistant in North Carolina at Shaw University and when I was a student at James Madison, he was an assistant. We've kind of developed a relationship that's moved along as he's followed my career," said Blunt, who left an assistant coach position at Hampden-Sydney College to take over the reins with the Power. "When some things came up at home, he asked if this was an option I would think about considering." And while Blunt is thrilled to get his chance to guide a professional basketball team, he admits it was tough to leave a place where he has spent the last four years not just as an assistant, but also responsible for monitoring the players' academic progress, weight training and conditioning, and with the recruitment of student-athletes. "It was so difficult to leave there with the relationships I built with the players, the staff and the school," said Blunt, a Courtland, Virginia native. "That was a great experience and I really appreciate the people there. It's a place I will dearly miss." As for the here and now, Blunt is excited about how things are shaping up for the Power this season. "We have great guys. We have a team that is full of passionate young men that really love the game of basketball and they really enjoy being around each other," Blunt said when asked of his first impressions. "That's probably the first thing that stands out."
What that will mean when the Power matches up against the defending league champion London Lightning on Thursday night is anybody's guess, though Blunt said the game will serve as a good gauge to see just where his club is at. "We got a chance to play an exhibition game against London and they are very, very talented and experienced," Blunt said. "They are also very physical, but our guys are excited about the opportunity to play them. We know we're going to have to bring our A game and play well. When you play the team that is the best, or has been the best, you can use it as a measuring stick to find out where you are."
Following the game, Oshawa will have a day off before hosting the Windsor Express in their home opener Saturday night at the General Motors Centre (7 p.m.).
Courtesy of: durhamregion.com



Rainmen collect first win of season - by Eurobasket News

It wasnt cinematic but the Halifax Rainmen have their first win of the season and avoided the first 0-3 start in team history. Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) scored 22 points, Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84) added 21 and the visiting Rainmen edged the Moncton Miracles 87-83 on Thursday, overcoming another rough night from the field with a stellar showing from the charity stripe. Every games not gonna be the prettiest but were on the road so its a hard-fought battle, said Robinson, who shot 5-for-17 from the floor but made 11 of 13 at the free-throw line. Its good to get that one out of the way and now we can get the ball rolling. Halifax had lost its first two starts on a three-game road swing, falling 111-105 in Windsor on Friday night before getting whipped 107-89 on Saturday in London, where tepid shooting sealed the teams fate before halftime. The Rainmens struggles from the field continued Thursday. They combined to make just 25 per cent (24-95) of their field-goal attempts but were a solid 36 of 43 at the line. When the shots not falling, you gotta get to the basket and try to get to that free-throw line and get your rhythm down, Robinson said. We didnt shoot the ball too well tonight but we played defence and the shots are gonna come. Halifax was fortunate to carry a 35-34 edge into the locker-room at halftime. The Rainmen connected on just nine of their first 41 field-goal tries, a 22 per cent clip that duplicated their efforts in a dismal first half Saturday in London. Going into the fourth trailing 64-63, it appeared the Rainmens shooting woes would victimize them again. They didnt score their first point of the quarter until a Darren Duncan free throw four minutes in, when they were down 69-63. But despite missing their first 11 shots from the floor, a Haywood layup through traffic and a Duncan jumper put the visitors ahead 70-69. An 8-0 run opened up their biggest lead of the game, 78-72, but the Miracles rallied to tie the game at 80-all. Clinging to an 82-81 advantage coming out of a timeout with 22 seconds left, Robinson nailed a long deuce from the left wing. He followed with a pair of free throws after Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.)s drive brought Moncton back to within one. The Miracles had a chance for a tie, inbounding the ball in Halifaxs zone down 86-83 with 4.3 seconds to go. But Duncan intercepted the pass and was hacked trying to run out the clock. Josiah Turner added 11 for the Rainmen, eight of them in the second quarter, and Hillary Haley had 10. Tyrone Levett, the former Rainman traded to Moncton at the August draft, paced the Miracles with 23 points. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: St.Francis, PA) chipped in with 17. Both teams struggled to hold on to the ball. The Rainmen made 25 turnovers three fewer than they committed Saturday in London while Moncton made 26.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



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The Drake University Wins Exhibition, 101-80, Over Southwest Baptist - by Eurobasket News

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake University mens basketball team had a dominant second-half performance in its first competition of the season to earn a 101-80 exhibition win over Southwest Baptist at the Knapp Center Saturday night.

Joey King (6'9''-F) (Eagan, Minn.) paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 22 points in his debut. The freshman was 8-of-10 from the field, and 6-of-8 from behind the arc.

Aside from King, Drake had five players in double-figures on the night. Senior Ben Simons (Cadillac, Mich.), who was selected to the preseason All-MVC team earlier this week, had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Junior college transfer Gary Ricks (6'1''-G) Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 12 points, hitting every shot he took from the field in his debut for the Bulldogs.

Seth VanDeest (6'11''-C-91) (Bettendorf, Iowa) showed why he was missed all of last season with shoulder complications. The redshirt-junior scored 15 points, including six of Drakes first 11 and reached the free throw line seven times in a strong return and was rewarded with a standing ovation when he came off the court.

Courtesy of: godrakebulldogs.com



Sycamores Travel To Nationally-Ranked UCLA Friday To Open Campaign - by Eurobasket News

SETTING THE STAGE
Indiana State opens year three of the Greg Lansing era on Friday, November 9 when the Sycamores travel to nationally-ranked UCLA for the first game to be played in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 11:00 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc (pbp), Marques Johnson (analyst), Laura McKeeman (reporter) and Kevin Frazier (host) on the call. The game will also be available on WIBQ 98.5 FM and along the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network with Brian Fritz (pbp) and Matt Renn (analyst) on the call. An audio only web stream will be available at GoSycamores.com.

THE UCLA SERIES
This is just the second meeting in the all-time series between Indiana State and UCLA with the Bruins holding a 1-0 advantage. UCLA, led by legendary head coach John Wooden, returned to the ISU Arena where his collegiate coaching career began on December 5, 1964 as UCLA earned a 112-76 victory over the Sycamores.

THE HEAD COACHES
INDIANA STATE: Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 90)
- at Indiana State: 38-29 (Second Season)
- Overall: 38-29 (Second Season)
- vs. UCLA: First Meeting
- vs. PAC 12: First Meeting
UCLA: Ben Howland (Weber State, 79)
- Overall: 376-196 (19th Season)
- at UCLA: 208-97 (10th Season)
- vs. Indiana State: First Meeting

JOHN WOODEN CONNECTION
Legendary head coach John Wooden, was at the helm of Indiana State University's basketball team during the 1946-47 and 1947-48 seasons, where he posted a career record of 44-15 (.746) prior to his record breaking, 27-year run at UCLA. While at ISU, he assisted with the baseball team, taught classes and served as the athletic director while completing his master's degree in education in addition to his duties as head basketball coach. The court inside Hulman Center was named the Nellie & John Wooden Court on November 8, 2008 in honor of coach Wooden and his wife. Wooden is a member of the Indiana State Athletics Hall Of Fame, the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame as well as the Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame. During his two seasons with the Sycamores, Wooden led ISU to a pair of Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Championships and two invitations to the NAIB National Tournament as well as an appearance in the 1948 National Championship Game.

An Indiana State Win Over UCLA Would ...
Give the Sycamores their first-ever victory over the Bruins, in just the second all-time meeting.
Give Indiana State four consecutive victories in season opening contests.
Be Indiana State's first victory in a season opener on the road since December 1, 1970 when the Sycamores won at Purdue, 84-82, and break a string of 13 straight times that ISU has dropped its season opener on the road.
Improve the Sycamores to 3-0 under head coach Greg Lansing in season opening contests.
Improve the Sycamores to 2-4 against the current membership of the PAC-12 Conference, and its first since downing Oregon in 1946.
Give the Sycamores a win over a nationally-ranked program for the first time since a December 17, 2011 victory over No. 25 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing (South Dakota, 1990) is 38-29 (.567) overall in his third season as a head coach. He is 20-16 all-time in MVC games, including a 13-5 mark at home and a 7-11 mark on the road. During his career, he is 21-7 in all home games, 10-17 on the road, 7-5 in neutral court contests and 12-5 in games decided by five points or less. Lansing is 0-0 all-time against UCLA, and is 0-0 versus the Bruins on the road. With the Trees, Lansing is 2-2 in overtime games and 26-1 when holding teams to 63 points or less. Friday's game will be Greg Lansing 's 68th as Indiana State head coach. Lansing is the second head coach to lead the Sycamores to the NCAA Tournament in their rookie campaign in the history of the program, with the other being Bill Hodges leading ISU to a 33-1 record and a Final Four appearance in the 1979 NCAA Tournament. Lansing was just the 14th rookie head coach in the history of the MVC to lead his team to 20 victories during their debut season.

Television Particulars
The UCLA game is being broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports Net. Fans should tune into their local Fox Sports Net Regional Network to watch the game. For those on Time Warner Cable in Terre Haute, the game will be available on Channel 35 (Fox Sports Net Ohio) as well as Channel 254 (Fox College Sports Pacific). Time Warner will also carry an HD broadcast on Channel 798. Locally, the game will be shown on Directv on Channel 671 (Fox Sports Midwest), but that game can also be found on nearly all FSN Regional Sports Networks across the nation. On Dish Network, the game can be found locally on Fox Sports Midwest on Channel 418, but can also be found on most other Fox Sports Regional Networks across the nation. Nationally, fans should check their local TV listings to find the Fox Sports Regional in their area.

A Little History
Indiana State is currently in its 117th season of college basketball at the school. The Sycamores are 1,385-1,196 all-time on the hardwood. Indiana State's game at Oral Roberts in 2010 was the historic 2,500th game in the history of the program.

For Openers
Indiana State is 75-41 in season openers as they prepare to open up the 117th year of college basketball on Friday night at UCLA. The Sycamores won each of their last three lidlifters, two of which came at home and one on a neutral floor. The Sycamores have not won a season opener on the road since 1970 when they opened the season with a victory at Purdue. ISU has dropped each of last 13 season openers on the road.

Against The PAC-12 Conference
Indiana State is 1-4 all-time against the current membership of the PAC-12 Conference, and are facing off against the league for the first time since taking on Southern California on December 21, 2004 in the opening round of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. ISU's lone victory against a PAC-12 member came in 1946 when they Sycamores downed Oregon. The Sycamores have also played Arizona State and Washington State in previous seasons. Indiana State is playing their first game in the state of California since Dec, 30, 1950 when they played two consecutive road games at San Diego State.

Sycamores In Postseason Play For Third Consecutive Season
With Indiana State's appearance in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the Sycamores have now made three consecutive trips to postseason play. ISU played in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational as well as the 2011 NCAA Tournament in addition to the CIT Tournament in 2012. The last time the Sycamores reached postseason play for three consecutive seasons came in 1977-79 when Indiana State played in the 1977 & 1978 NIT as well as the 1979 NCAA Tournament. The last time Indiana State hosted a postseason game came on March 10, 1978 when the Sycamores hosted Illinois State in the first round of the NIT.

Jake Odum (6'4''-G-91) Named To The Preseason All-Missouri Valley Team
Indiana State guard Jake Odum was one of five student-athletes named to the Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference Team on October 29. Odum finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4.9 assists per game average. That mark was ranked 61st nationally. Odum recorded a career-high 12 assists against Fairfield as part of the Old Spice Classic, a number which ranked tied for fourth all-time at ISU in a single game. Odum is third in the MVC in steals per game with a 1.8 average, which ranks 81st nationally. Additionally, Odum's 4.5 assists per game average of his career is fifth-best in the history of the program while his 119 steals are ranked ninth-best in the Sycamore record books, while his 1.8 steals per game average ranks third.

Sycamores Picked To Finish 7th In Missouri Valley Conference Race
The Indiana State Sycamores were picked to finish seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference race according to a poll of league head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. ISU finished eighth last season, with an 8-10 MVC record, just one game out of a large logjam for third place at 9-9.

Lots Of New Faces On The Roster
Indiana State lost four senior starters off of last season's 18-15 team which advanced to the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament as well as the CIT Postseason event. The Sycamores have eight new faces on the 2012-13 roster, including junior college transfer Mike Samuels who broke his foot during a Bahamas Exhibition Trip in August and is expected to miss the first portion of the regular season.

Indiana State Posts Three Exhibition Victories In The Bahamas In August
Indiana State took advantage of the NCAA rule allowing teams to participate in a foreign tour of exhibition contests once every four years when they travelled to Nassau, Bahamas from August 12-14 and defeated the Giants 95-76, the Real Deal Shockers 116-75 and the PJ Stingers 76-55. Manny Arop scored 17 points to lead ISU against the Giants, while Dawon Cummings had 18 to pace the Sycamores against the Real Deal Shockers. The Sycamores were led in the final exhibition game of the tour by Lucas Eitel who scored 15 points versus the PJ Stingers.

Jake Odum Posts Career-High 34 Points Against Illinois State
Jake Odum scored a team season-high 34 points against Illinois State on February 14, giving him six consecutive games of reaching double figures scoring and marked the sixth 20-point game of his career. Add in his seven assists and seven rebounds, Odum is the first player to go 34-7-7 in the NCAA this season. Odum is the first college basketball player to post 17 made free throws and seven assists in the same game since North Dakota State's Ben Woodside did it in 2008 against Stephen F. Austin. Odum's 34 points marked the first Sycamore with a 30-point game since Marico Stinson's 37 points in December of 2006 against Drake and is the fifth-highest single game performance in the MVC this year.

Indiana State Reaches 17 Regular Season Victories For Third Consecutive Season; First Time Since Larry Bird Era
With its 59-46 victory over Missouri State on February 22, the Sycamores have now posted at least 17 regular season victories for the third consecutive season, which is the first time three Indiana State teams have reached that mark in succession since the 1976-77, 1977-78 & 1978-79 seasons. The Sycamores won 25 in 76-77, 19 in 77-78 and 26 in 78-79.

Sycamores Set Three NCAA Records For 3-Point Shooting Against Southern Illinois
Indiana State set a trio of NCAA records as part of its 78-68 home court victory on February 11 against Southern Illinois. The Sycamores were a perfect 12-of-12 from 3-point range, which is the most 3-point makes and attempts in a single-game without missing a shot ever amongst all levels of NCAA competition. The best previous NCAA Division I perfect game from 3-point range belonged to Minnesota who was 9-of-9 in 2009. Additionally, the Sycamores 12-of-12 mark from behind the arch is the best percentage for a team with at least 10 attempts, besting Ohio State's 14-of-15 mark on March 6, 2011 and the 12 made 3-pointers in a row is the most consecutive 3-pointers made in a single-game by one team since 1987. ISU's 64.1 percent shooting mark (25-of-39) is its best overall shooting percentage in a game since 1992.

Good Starter On The Battery
Indiana State was 12-5 last season when the Sycamores' starting five outscored the opponents' starting five. ISU's starters outscored the opponent's twice against Louisiana-Monroe and against Green Bay plus Texas Tech, Fairfield, Maryville, Evansville, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois (twice), Illinois State and Missouri State this season and won. ISU starters outscored Minnesota, Boise State, Missouri State , Wichita State and at Bradley, but fell to each. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing , the Sycamores are 24-7 when the ISU starting five scores more than their opponent's counterparts.

63 Is The Magic Number
The Sycamores win by the score of 66-51 vs. Southern Illinois on March 1 was ISU's 11th last season in which they held an opponent to 63 points or less and earned the victory. ISU finished the 2011-12 campaign with an 11-1 mark when holding an opponent under that total. Under third-year head coach Greg Lansing , the Sycamores are 26-1 when allowing less than 63 points to the opposition (including a 12-0 mark when holding teams to 53 or less).

Sycamore Success Inside Hulman Center Under Greg Lansing
The Sycamores are 21-7 (.750) inside Hulman Center under third-year head coach Greg Lansing . The Sycamores have won 12 of their last 16 home games. Additionally, the Sycamores have won 13 of their last 18 MVC games at home.

Sycamores Down Nationally-Ranked Vanderbilt On The Road
Indiana State's win over No. 25 Vanderbilt was its first over a nationally-ranked opponent since a 72-64 home court victory over No. 14 Butler on December 9, 2006. The win over Vanderbilt was the first for the Sycamores over a nationally-ranked road opponent since a 63-60 win over No. 15 Indiana in Assembly Hall on December 12, 1999. The win over Vanderbilt was also the first by a Sycamore team over a member of the Southeastern Conference since a 1984 home court victory over the Commodores.

Triple-Double For Odum And Tournament Record To Boot
Jake Odum battled a foot injury while playing three games in four days at the 2011 Old Spice Classic. After two solid performances in the first two days of the event, Odum saved his best for last as he posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against Fairfield on November 27. That triple-double was the first by a Sycamore since Larry Bird posted one in 1979 versus Drake and the first by a member of the MVC in 14 seasons. Additionally, the 12 assists are an Old Spice Classic single-game record. His 12 assists is the first double digit assist total in his career and the first by a Sycamore since Michael Menser had 11 against Wichita State in 2001.

Up Next
The Sycamores open a two-game homestand on Tuesday, November 13 when they host Winthrop at 7:05 p.m. (ET).
Courtesy of: gosycamores.com/



Vikings award coach Gary Waters with 7-year deal through 2018-19 - by Eurobasket

Cleveland State University signed their 61-year old coach Gary Waters to a new 7-year contract thorugh 2018-19 season. Waters has led the Vikings to the postseason in four of the past five seasons. He took Cleveland State to its second NCAA tournament in 2009, when the Vikings shocked Wake Forest in the first round.

"Coach Waters is a highly respected leader whose teams excel on and off the basketball court," Cleveland State president Ronald M. Berkman said. "Coach Waters fully expects his students-athletes to give nothing less in the classroom then they give on the basketball court. We are grateful that coach Waters has made the commitment to realize his goal of building a storied basketball program at CSU."

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Simon Fraser to Embark on First Full Season Less Two Players - by Sanjey Noriega

From: sfu.ca

Burnaby, B.C. - After battling separate ailments, two members of the Simon Fraser University men's basketball team have decided to call it a career due to medical conditions, as Christopher Paredes (6'5''-F/C-90) and Nikolai Georgiev (6'8''-C-95) will not be back with the Clan.

"Paredes and Georgiev both will be missed by the program," said head coach James Blake . "They were both good basketball players, but were even better people. Not having them back is going to be hard for this program to recover from, but they are both doing the right thing by stepping away from contact sports."

A dual-sport athlete, Paredes first joined basketball in 2009 and was a huge part of the team, averaging 19 minutes a game in his final season.

"Paredes played both football and basketball for the Clan and he epitomized the true meaning of a student athlete. He has a 3.4 GPA in the Beedie School of Business and was a 2010-11 GNAC All-Academic Team member, said Blake. Paredes sat out last season with his medical condition, but was still a huge part of our team. Chris is one of those guys that everyone wants to be around and I enjoyed coaching him tremendously because of his competitiveness and team mentality."

Likewise, after a year with the team, Nikolay Georgiev will not be back for the Clan. Georgiev finished last season with an 82% free-throw shooting average, the second highest of the team.

"Georgiev came in with me my first year at SFU as a redshirt freshman and I am sad that I can't see him finish his playing career off. Like Paredes, Georgiev works tremendously hard not only on the court but in the classroom. He is above a 3.0 GPA in Economics, continued Blake. Nikolai worked extremely hard to over come his medical condition and trained until he could no longer play at the collegiate NCAA-level. He committed himself to the team and represents the Clan very well."

"Both former players are going to be missed, but they are going to do great things in the future. I am happy I had the opportunity to battle with both these young men, and they are always going to be a part of the Clan," finished Blake.



Alaska-Fairbanks Opens Season at AT&T Jamboree in Anchorage - by Sanjey Noriega

From: alaskananooks.com

FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Alaska men's basketball team will open the 2012-13 season this weekend as it travels South to Anchorage to take part in the AT&T Jamboree, hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage, at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Nanooks first take on Colorado St.-Pueblo on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by a Saturday match-up against Colorado Christian at the same time.

Pueblo and Colorado Christian both play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which I think is very similar to the GNAC, head coach Mick Durham said. It has had national champions out of that league in the past and has good depth from top to bottom, so it's a couple great match-ups.

Durham is entering his second year at the helm and even though the 'Nooks went 5-23 overall year ago with a 2-16 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, the outlook is bright as the veteran skipper has brought in a lot of talent with previous college playing experience.

We think we've have an excellent preseason through conditioning and three weeks of practice, Durham said. We're ready to get on the court and find out where we're at and what we need to work on. I like a lot of things about the group I have, the changes we've made and what they have added.

Alaska returns three starters in senior Dominique Brinson (6'0''-G-90) (Juneau, Alaska) and juniors Sergej Pucar (6'11''-C-91) (Belgrade, Serbia) and Stefan Tica (6'7''-G/F) (Belgrade, Serbia). The squad welcomes in 13 newcomers, including seven transfers from either an NCAA institution or junior college. The returnees made up 56-percent of the team's scoring from a year ago and 36-percent of the rebounding.




No. 2 Cardinals turn back Knights 65-46 in exhibition - by Eurobasket News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The No. 2-ranked Louisville Cardinals used a smothering defense to hold the Bellarmine Knights to just 16 of 60 shooting and rolled to a 65-46 exhibition victory in front of 20,422 fans at the KFC Yum! Center tonight.

I don't think I've ever been more proud of a basketball team that shot 27 percent in my life, Davenport said after the game. We couldn't get (the shots) to go down, but our team grew tonight. We grew so much as a basketball team. The feeling and the emotion on our bench was genuine tonight. It was really special, and only special teams do that.

Bellarmine's Chris Dowe (6'2''-G) led all scorers with 19 points, including an impressive left-handed dunk that provided a spark for the Knights in the second half as they chipped the Louisville lead down to 13. The preseason All-American out of Eastern High School also hauled in 11 rebounds to record a double-double.

The Knights--No. 2 in Basketball Times' preseason rankings-- also got a big lift from junior Wright State transfer Vance Hall (6'3''-G-91) who poured in 13 points, all in the final 10:36 of the contest.

The Cardinals, which led from wire to wire and by as many as 23, were paced by by Montrezl Harrrell with 16 points, and Gorgui Dieng also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.

Despite the loss, the Knights turned in a resilient performance in which they outrebounded the Cardinals 43-38 despite a significant size disadvantage. The biggest stat of the night, said Davenport, was that we held Louisville to just nine offensive rebounds. Against Pikeville, they had 25.

Neither team shot the ball well, especially from long range. Louisville missed their first 17 trey attempts until Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) finally got one to go down late in the second half as the Cardinals finished just 1-19 (5.3 percent) from the 3-point line and 26-55 (47.3 percent) overall. Bellarmine also struggled with the deep ball. Hall heated up late and finished 3-6 from beyond the arc, but as a team the Knights made just 5-29 (17.2 percent).

The Knights next action will be their regular season home opener on Thursday, Nov. 15 against Wayne State at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://athletics.bellarmine.edu



The University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team will start the season ranked No. 3 - by Eurobasket News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Coming off of two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team will start the season ranked No. 3 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

The ranking marks the seventh straight poll that UAH has been in the top 10, and the Blue and White have been in the national poll for 30 straight releases of the top 25. Only Bellarmine (31 weeks) and West Liberty (36 weeks) have longer streaks.

West Liberty holds down the top spot as it received 12 first-place votes, while Washburn will open the season second. The Chargers received a first-place nod en route to holding down the third position, and UAH is followed by Bellarmine and Metro State.

Saint Leo a team that appeared at the 2012 NCAA South Regional in the Rocket City starts the season ranked No. 14, while the only other Gulf South Conference school in the poll is No. 16 Christian Brothers.

Florida Southern and Benedict both received votes.

UAH will first hit the floor when it opens the home slate on Nov. 9 against Point Loma Nazarene before travelling to Manhattan, Kan., to face North Texas in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 12.
Courtesy of: http://www.uahchargers.com



Knights bow to Bearcats in exhibition season opener - by Eurobasket News

CINCINNATIThe Bellarmine University Knights kicked off their 2012-13 men's basketball season with an exhibition game against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, dropping an 86-51 decision at Fifth Third Arena.

The Bearcats slowly extended a lead and took a 45-24 advantage in the locker room at halftime, then blew the game open with a 19-0 run to start the second half as the Knights misfired on their first nine shots of the second period.

Bellarmine managed to cut into the Bearcats' advantage, but Cincinnati coasted in for the 35-point victory. Five Bearcats hit double figures, led by freshman JaQuon Parker's 16-point performance, fueled by seven of nine shooting. Bellarmine was led by Chris Dowe (6'2''-G) with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Sophomore transfer Jake Thelen (6'6''-F) also hauled in seven boards for the Knights.

I'm very disappointed, said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport . They took us out of the game at every spot. The eighth year Bellarmine coached added, But, that's Mick's (Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin) best team he's had here. He's done a whale of a job with them.

Much of Bellarmine's problems arose from a lackluster shooting performance, making just 32.1 percent while giving up 54 percent shooting.

Our lack of offense was because we didn't defend, Davenport said. In the second half we started to defend and went on a 10-2 run.

The 2012-13 Knights have eight new faces and most got the opportunity to play as 13 players hit the hardwood tonight.

Bellarmine gets little time to recover as they take on the No. 2 University of Louisville Cardinals in an exhibition on Wednesday at the KFC Yum! Center.
Courtesy of: http://athletics.bellarmine.edu



West Liberty Men Picked to Win 4th Straight WVIAC Title - by Eurobasket News

PRINCETON, W.Va. The West Virginia Conference men's basketball coaches have made West Liberty the overwhelming favorite to win a fourth consecutive WVIAC title.

Coach Jim Crutchfield's high-flying Hilltoppers collected 14 of the 15 first-place votes on Thursday when the WVIAC coaches announced the results of their annual preseason poll.

West Liberty finished with 224 points to easily outpace Charleston in the voting. The Golden Eagles, who dropped a thrilling 93-90 overtime decision to West Liberty in last year's WVIAC Tournament championship game, were second with 201 points while Fairmont State picked up the one remaining first-place vote to come in third with 191 points. West Virginia State and Alderson-Broaddus rounded out the top five.

The Hilltoppers would be the first team to win four straight WVIAC men's basketball championships since Fairmont State won eight in a row from 1971 to 1978 under legendary head coach Joe Retton.

West Liberty made a little history last year when it became the first conference team to win back-to-back NCAA Division II regional championships and the Black and Gold appear poised for another record-setting run with the top eight scorers returning from a team that has posted back-to-back 30-win seasons.

All five starters are back, led by All-America senior guard Alex Falk (6'3''-G) (18.0 ppg.), All-WVIAC junior backcourter Cedric Harris (15.8 ppg.) and 2012 WVIAC Freshman of the Year C.J. Hester (14.4 ppg.). They're joined in the lineup by seniors Tim Hausfeld (12.3 ppg.) and Chris Morrow (12.9 ppg.).

There's plenty of quality depth on the bench with sophomore guard Shawn Dyer (6'0''-G), who averaged 11.5 ppg. in a reserve role last winter, returning along with junior forwards Nick Brown (8.1 ppg.) and Keene Cockburn (7.9 ppg.).

Crutchfield who now leads all NCAA men's coaches in career winning percentage (207-43, .828) also adds promising redshirt freshmen Kelvin Bubby Goodwin and Mike Lamberti to the mix along with another top-notch recruiting class.

The Hilltoppers tip things off on Nov. 9 when they take on Urbana (Ohio) in the opening game of the Don Callan Invitational at Cedarville (Ohio) University.

2012-13 WVIAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Team (1st Place) 2011-12 Pts

1. WEST LIBERTY (14) 32-3, 21-1 216

2. Charleston 26-7, 18-4 201

3. Fairmont State (1) 9-18, 7-15 191

4. W.Va. State 14-13, 12-10 156

5. Alderson-Broaddus 18-10, 14-8 146

6. Shepherd 14-14, 11-11 142

7. Wheeling Jesuit 22-10, 16-6 140

8. Pitt-Johnstown 15-14, 12-10 128

9. W.Va. Wesleyan 22-9, 15-7 120

10. Concord 17-12, 12-10 105

11. Seton Hill 11-16, 9-13 69

12. Glenville State 7-20, 6-16 68

13. Davis & Elkins 8-19, 4-18 45

14. Bluefield State 1-26, 0-22 38

15. Ohio Valley 8-18, 8-14 27
Courtesy of: http://www.hilltoppersports.com



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Tiger Hoops Defeats D2 St. Augustine's University - by Eurobasket News

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney used stifling second-half defense to mount a comeback, toppling Division II St. Augustine's University 70-62 in an exhibition game on Monday night.

The Falcons led nearly the entire first half and held as much as a 13-point advantage, 25-12 with 5:46 to play in the half. St. Augustine's continued to lead by double digits, 33-22, with 1:26 to go, but Hampden-Sydney would seize the momentum in the stanza's final minute.Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) drained a spot-up three pointer at the 55 second mark and the Tigers forced a shot clock violation on the Falcons ensuing possession. Hargrove then found Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA / Maury) for a backdoor, posterizing lob dunk on Chris Campbell to go to the free throw line for an and-one opportunity. Williamson missed the free throw, but the Tigers cut the deficit to just six points, 33-27, heading in to intermission.

Hampden-Sydney picked up where it left off to start the second half, extending their run from the first half out to a 14-0 run to capture their first lead of the game, 34-33, at the 17:30 mark. Jon Kindred (6'5''-G/F) briefly gave the Falcons a one-point lead on their next possession, but Williamson converted on another and-one opportunity, and Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover) sandwiched two three pointers around a Jonathan Crawley (6'8''-C) layup to push the H-SC lead out to 43-37 just five minutes into the half. The Tigers took their first double-digit lead at 9:03 following a Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC / Eastern Alamance) layup and free throw to make it a 53-43 contest.

The Falcons clawed back in, cutting their deficit to just 55-51 after a Daniel Clark free throw at 5:21. Hampden-Sydney responded with two Williamson free throws and a layup from bothSam Dale (Charlottesville, VA / Covenant) and Harrison George (Raleigh, NC / Leesville)over the next 1:14 to push the lead back out to ten, 61-51. H-SC closed out the game courtesy two George layups and at the free throw line to secure the 70-62 victory.

George finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 34 minutes. Williamson posted 13 points and went 5-7 from the free throw line along with four caroms. Lewis totaled 12 points, shooting 4-9 from three point range, while Dale contributed 12 points and three steals.

The Tigers struggled shooting for most of the contest, making just 37.5% of its field goal attempts and going 7-33 from three point range, but the difference proved to be in turnovers. H-SC forced 21 Falcons turnovers compared to just eight for the Tigers, causing H-SC to have 22 more field goal attempts and earning a 26-12 advantage in points off turnovers. Thirteen of the 21 Falcon turnovers came in the second half that saw H-SC hold a 43-29 scoring advantage.

The Kindred brothers, Jon and Joel, contributed 17 and 15 points respectively. Jon Kindred added six rebounds.

The Tigers open their season on November 17 at Washington College at 2 pm.

Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Washington College Men's Basketball Season Preview - by Eurobasket News

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Perhaps it's only fitting. The Washington College men's basketball team will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its first-ever game on December 8th and the Shoremen will be starting their second century of competition with a young team and just one returning starter back from their run to the 2012 Centennial Conference Semifinals.

The Shoremen graduated seven players from last year's team, which finished 14-13 overall and 9-9 in the conference. Headlining that list was Kevin Breslin, a three-time All-Centennial Conference selection now suiting up for the Washington Generals. Rather than a large senior class, the 2012-13 edition of the Shoremen features a total of 11 freshmen and sophomores on a 14-man roster.

The team's two seniors are forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford)and guard Wes Bill (Blue Bell, PA/Germantown Friends). McShane made four starts in 26 games last season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game and sporting a true shooting percentage (a metric which takes into account two-pointers, three-pointers, and free throws) of 56.6% - tops among the team's regulars. Bill has battled through injuries during his collegiate career and is looking to take the court for the first time since appearing in seven games as a freshman.

Guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) is the Shoremen's lone junior and lone returning regular starter. Cunningham made 22 starts in 26 games in 2011-12. He's also the squad's leading returner in points per game (7.7), rebounds per game (4.3), assists per game (1.6), and steals per game (1.5).

Guards John Weston (Tampa, FL/Bolles School) and Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) head up the Shoremen's sophomore class. Weston made eight starts in 25 games last season, averaging 3.7 points per game for the season and 6.6 in his eight starts. Poarch sat out last season after transferring from Gettysburg College. He averaged 10.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in eight games, all of them starts, for Gettysburg at the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

Guards Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's) and Sean Brooks (North Wales, PA/North Penn) and forwards Mark Henry (Spring City, PA/Owen J. Roberts) and Connor Silhanek (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) comprise the rest of the Shoremen's sophomore class. Flanigan averaged 1.6 points in 12 games as a freshman, while Brooks appeared in four games. Henry put up impressive numbers of 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in just 8.4 minutes per game in seven contests, but an injury hampered his season. Silhanek is playing his first season of collegiate basketball; he played for a league championship team at North Penn (PA) High School.

Five freshmen complete the Shoremen's roster, four of whom are forwards. Alexis Chahine (Columbia, MD/Glenelg) led Glenelg (MD) High School in blocks as a senior, while Daniel Garthwaite (Salem, OR/West Salem) was an all-conference player at West Salem (OR) High School. Dave Knox (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South) was an all-league and All-Intelligencer selection at Central Bucks (PA) High School South, while Pat Morgan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) was an All-Delco player at Haverford (PA) High School. Rounding out the freshman class is guard Peter Gould (Philadelphia, PA/Delaware Valley Friends), who played his scholastic basketball at Delaware Valley Friends (PA) High School.

Rob Nugent returns for his 12th season at the helm of the Shoremen and will have a new face with him on the sidelines. Dorian Long, who had served as an assistant coach at Neumann University since 2008, was hired as the Shoremen's assistant coach in August after former assistant Robert Hughes took the head coaching job at Rosemont College.

The Shoremen led the Centennial Conference in three-point shooting percentage, steals, and turnover margin in 2011-12. Winning the turnover battle has become a staple of Nugent's Shoremen teams as they have led the conference in that category four of the last five seasons. (They finished second in 2010-11.)

The 2012-13 schedule will not allow the Shoremen to ease into anything. Washington opens its season Thursday, November 15th, at Eastern Shore rival Salisbury University. Two days later, they will host Hampden-Sydney - ranked 25th in the nation in the D3Hoops.com Preseason Top 25 - in their home opener. Three days after that, they will travel to ninth-ranked Franklin & Marshall (the defending Centennial Conference Champion) for their Centennial Conference opener. Their non-conference slate also includes a home game against Hood, road games at Wesley and Catholic, and an appearance in Randolph-Macon College's Coaches Classic December 29th and 30th. The Shoremen will play the host Yellow Jackets first in that tournament before playing either Frostburg State or Manhattanville the next day.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
 1. Trefl Sopot 5-1 
 2. PGE Turow 5-1 
 3. Asseco Prok. 4-1 
 4. Stelmet ZG 4-2 
 5. AZS Koszalin 4-2 
 6. Energa Czarni 4-2 
 7. Anwil 2-4 
 8. Rosa Radom 2-4 
 9. Polpharma 2-4 
 10. Siarka Jezioro 2-4 
 11. Kotwica 1-5 
 12. Start Gdynia 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 8: PGE Turow - Start Gdynia 66-55
Nov. 10: Kotwica - Polpharma
Nov. 11: Stelmet ZG - AZS Koszalin
Nov. 10: Rosa Radom - Trefl Sopot
Nov. 12: Energa Czarni - Asseco Prok.
Nov. 10: Anwil - Siarka Jezioro


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ben MCCAULEY
  Polph.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. McCauley, Polph.21.4 
 2. Hosley, Stelmet ZG18.8 
 3. Mosley, Kotwica18.5 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG18.0 
 5. Wisniewski, AZS K.16.3 
 6. Dloniak, Siarka J.16.2 
 7. Montgomery, Rosa15.8 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.8 
 9. Carter, Polpharma15.7 
 10. Turner, Trefl Sop.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron CEL
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Cel, PGE Turow9.8 
 2. Boykin, Anwil9.2 
 3. McCauley, Polph.8.2 
 4. Harris, AZS K.7.7 
 5. Djuric, Kotwica7.3 
 6. Montgomery, Rosa7.2 
 7. Tomaszek, Energa6.8 
 8. Dabkus, Energa C.6.8 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.6.8 
 10. Rothbart, Start G.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Trefl Sopot
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Turner, Trefl Sopot8.0 
 2. Skibniewski, AZS K.6.8 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.3 
 4. Abernethy, Energa5.3 
 5. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 6. Blassingame, Assec.5.0 
 7. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 8. Long, Siarka J.4.0 
 9. Kowalczyk, Start G.3.9 
 10. Vasojevic, Rosa R.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG3.5 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil3.0 
 3. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.5 
 4. Alexander, Siarka2.3 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica2.2 
 6. Dloniak, Siarka J.2.2 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco2.0 
 8. Vasojevic, Rosa R.2.0 
 9. Addison, Siarka J.1.8 
 10. Carter, Polpharma1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Stelmet ZG
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG2.2 
 2. Kulig, PGE Turow1.5 
 3. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.5 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.3 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.2 
 7. Alexander, Siarka1.2 
 8. Lopicic, Stelm.1.0 
 9. Stevic, Stelmet ZG1.0 
 10. Mirkovic, Polphar.0.8 


PGE Turow rally past Start Gdynia in Zgorzelec - by Eurobasket Center

PGE Turow Zgorzelec beat KS Start Gdynia on Thursday opener of TBL's Round 7. After a close game in first two quarters the host team needed a strong second half to win 66:55.
Michal Chylinski (190-G-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 17 points and 4 rebounds while David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) nailed 16 from the bench. It also was a huge game for Aaron Cel (203-F-87) who posted 9 points and impressive 15 rebounds! Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) replied with 20 points in the losing effort as the latter also added 9 boards and 2 blocks. Tomasz Wojdyla (201-F/C-77) tossed in 13.
That was the fifth victory for PGE Turow this season and they overtook Trefl Sopot in the league standings. Start Gdynia still remains at the very bottom place of the league.

PGE Turow: Chylinski 17, Jackson 16, Cel 9, Micic 7, Kulig 6, Zigeranovic 4, Opacak 3, Lewandowski 2, Aleksic 2, Gabinski 0.
Start Gdynia: Rothbart 20, Wojdyla 13, Kucharek 7, Kowalczyk 5, Andrzejewski 4, Mordzak 4, Pelka 2, Malczyk 0, Jankowski 0, Pietkiewicz 0.



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Academica 2-0 
 2. Benfica 2-0 
 3. Vitoria SC 2-0 
 4. Barcelos 2-1 
 5. Ovarense 2-1 
 6. CAB Madeira 1-1 
 7. Galitos-Tley 1-2 
 8. Lusitania 1-2 
 9. Fisica 1-2 
 10. Sampaense 0-2 
 11. Alges 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Nov. 10: Academica - Benfica
Nov. 10: Lusitania - CAB Madeira
Nov. 10: Vitoria SC - Fisica
Nov. 10: Sampaense - Galitos-Tley
Nov. 10: Barcelos - Ovarense



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Arabi 2-0 
 2. Al Jaysh 2-0 
 3. Al Sadd 2-0 
 4. Al Rayyan 1-0 
 5. Al Gharafa 1-1 
 6. Qatar 0-1 
 7. Al Ahli 0-2 
 8. Al Shamal 0-2 
 9. Al Wakrah 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Nov. 6: Al Wakrah - Al Sadd 65-67
Nov. 7: Al Gharafa - Al Jaysh 64-76
Nov. 7: Al Ahli - Al Arabi 60-94
Nov. 6: Al Shamal - Al Rayyan 40-105

Regular Season: Round 3

Nov. 10: Al Wakrah - Al Shamal
Nov. 10: Al Rayyan - Qatar
Nov. 11: Al Sadd - Al Jaysh
Nov. 11: Al Arabi - Al Gharafa


D1 Stats

Points Per Game
 Abdulai JALLOH
  Al Arabi
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 29
 1. Jalloh, Al Arabi29.0 
 2. Ayeni, Al Wakrah25.5 
 3. Brock, Al Ahli22.5 
 4. Mofunanya, Al Ar.20.5 
 5. Byrd, Al Arabi18.0 
 6. Guled, Al Jaysh18.0 
 7. N''Diaye, Al Gharafa18.0 
 8. Adako, Al Gharafa16.5 
 9. Saad, Al Sadd16.5 
 10. Southall, Al Sadd15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 William BYRD
  Al Arabi
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Byrd, Al Arabi19.0 
 2. Mofunanya, Al Ar.17.0 
 3. Egona, Al Shamal14.0 
 4. Adako, Al Gharafa12.0 
 5. Souleye, Al Wakrah12.0 
 6. Ayeni, Al Wakrah11.0 
 7. Mpondo, Al Sadd11.0 
 8. Saad, Al Sadd9.5 
 9. Zaidan, Al Ahli8.5 
 10. Southall, Al Sadd8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Abdulai JALLOH
  Al Arabi
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jalloh, Al Arabi7.0 
 2. Mousa, Al Sadd6.5 
 3. De La Rosa, Al Sa.6.0 
 4. Zaidan, Al Ahli5.0 
 5. Saad, Al Sadd5.0 
 6. Abilmoni Han., Al5.0 
 7. Belton, Al Gharafa4.5 
 8. Ahmad Mohamm., Al4.5 
 9. Williams, Al Shamal4.0 
 10. Brock, Al Ahli4.0 
Steals Per Game
 William BELTON
  Al Gharafa
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Belton, Al Gharafa3.5 
 2. Byrd, Al Arabi3.5 
 3. Saad, Al Sadd2.5 
 4. Abilmoni Han., Al2.5 
 5. Obazuaye, Al Wa.2.5 
 6. Brock, Al Ahli2.5 
 7. Jalloh, Al Arabi2.0 
 8. Ayeni, Al Wakrah2.0 
 9. N''Diaye, Al Gharafa2.0 
 10. Guled, Al Jaysh1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 William BYRD
  Al Arabi
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Byrd, Al Arabi2.5 
 2. Southall, Al Sadd2.5 
 3. Yembo, Al Shamal2.0 
 4. Souleye, Al Wakrah1.5 
 5. Ayeni, Al Wakrah1.0 
 6. Mofunanya, Al Ar.1.0 
 7. Williams, Al Shamal1.0 
 8. Al Moutasem, Al Ar.0.5 
 9. Sall, Al Jaysh0.5 
 10. Adako, Al Gharafa0.5 



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Nov. 8: U.Mobitel.CN - Timba Timis. 71-60
Nov. 10: CSU Sibiu - Miercurea Ciuc
Nov. 12: Targu Mures - Craiova
Nov. 10: CSM Bucuresti - Farul Const.
Nov. 10: Rovinari - Giurgiu
Nov. 9: Oradea - Gaz Metan
Nov. 9: Pitesti - Ploiesti
Nov. 9: Dinamo B. - Timisoara


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  CSM B.
  (184-PG-87)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Martinic, CSM B.25.2 
 2. Shepherd, CSM B.20.8 
 3. Pesic, Oradea20.6 
 4. Darby, Rovinari20.3 
 5. Seals, Craiova18.4 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.3 
 7. Filipovic, Miercu.18.3 
 8. Wright, U.Mobite.17.0 
 9. Nikolov, U.Mobite.16.6 
 10. Cuic, Targu Mures16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan MISKOVIC
  Craiova
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Miskovic, Craiova9.8 
 2. Steffel, Rovinari9.8 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.6 
 4. Carutasu, CSM B.7.8 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.3 
 6. Jones, Pitesti7.1 
 7. Pesic, Oradea7.0 
 8. Glynn, Timba Timis.7.0 
 9. Mladenovic, Gaz M.7.0 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.7.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Timisoa.6.8 
 3. Dzambic, Craiova5.6 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures5.5 
 5. Petty, Giurgiu5.2 
 6. Stojakovic, Timba4.6 
 7. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.3 
 8. Franklin, Oradea4.2 
 9. Vlahovic, Ploiesti4.2 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.3.1 
 2. Shepherd, CSM B.2.4 
 3. Jones, Pitesti2.3 
 4. Burrell, Giurgiu2.2 
 5. Barnette, U.Mobite.2.0 
 6. Thomas, Giurgiu2.0 
 7. Gennie, Pitesti2.0 
 8. Nikolov, U.Mobite.2.0 
 9. Calota, Pitesti1.9 
 10. Habus, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.2 
 2. Harvey, Giurgiu1.5 
 3. Kickingstall., Tim.1.4 
 4. Adebayo, Targu M.1.3 
 5. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 6. Carutasu, CSM B.1.0 
 7. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.0 
 8. Balaban, Targu M.1.0 
 9. Knutson, CSU Sibiu1.0 
 10. Johnson, Timisoara1.0 


Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 2

A

Nov. 10: West Olympia - Vabova
Nov. 10: Phoenix Corona - Brasov

B

Nov. 10: Steaua Turabo II - Craiova 2
Nov. 10: Concordia - Stiinta B.

C

Nov. 10: BT Bucuresti - Politehnica
Nov. 10: CSU Galati - Rapid B.



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EuroLeague: FC Barcelona Regal upset CSKA in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow - FC Barcelona Regal 60:81

FC Barcelona Regal upset CSKA in Moscow in the opener of the EuroLeague Round 5. The Spanish side beat the Russian Champion 81:60 and took perfect 5-0 record in Group D. CSKA meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 4-1 record.
It was the top game of the Group as well as the top game of the Round in EuroLeague. CSKA Moscow managed to win the first period 19-17 but failed in the rest of the game. FC Barcelona Regal dominated the rest of the game and posted three victories in the last three quarters. They bounced back with 21-16 in the second frame and won the third period 25-13. Moreover they added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the 5th consecutive victory.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 15. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) delivered 12, while Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) added 10. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 18 points for the home side and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) tossed in 12. Anton Ponkrashov (200-SG-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 9, while Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) poured in 6.

CSKA Moscow: Nenad Krstic 18, Milos Teodosic 12, Anton Ponkrashov 9, Viktor Khryapa 6
FC Barcelona Regal: Juan Carlos Navarro 21, Erazem Lorbek 15, Marcelinho Huertas 12, Nathan Jawai 10



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ASS SALE hires coach Knezevic - by Zoran Popovic

Management of ASS SALE hires Serbian coach Nebojsa Knezevic . Nebojsa Knezevic started coach career as assistant coach and head coach in BC Partizan junior team, OKK Beograd, Kolubara Lazarevac, Al Sahel (Kuwait), Al Qadsia (Saudi Arabia) and Sporting (Egypt). ASS SALE is one of most successful team in Morocco and Africa and Management of team lands on the bench coach who has experience with African teams, so coach Knezevic will definitely will be real enforcement in this season.


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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 9-2 
 2. ET Land 8-2 
 3. Mobis Phoebus 7-4 
 4. Goyang Orions 6-5 
 5. Anyang KGC 6-5 
 6. Samsung Th. 5-6 
 7. LG Sakers 4-6 
 8. Dongbu Promy 4-7 
 9. Sonic Boom KT 4-7 
 10. KCC Egis 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 9

Nov. 6: Dongbu Promy - Sonic Boom KT 83-71
Nov. 7: SK Knights - KCC Egis 80-54
Nov. 7: ET Land - Goyang Orions 78-70
Nov. 8: Mobis Phoebus - Samsung Th. 77-60
Nov. 8: Anyang KGC - LG Sakers 61-86
Nov. 9: ET Land - Dongbu Promy
Nov. 9: Sonic Boom KT - KCC Egis


Curtis Withers agreed terms with Mobis Phoebus, ex Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News

Mobis Phoebus (KBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Curtis Withers (203-104kg-84, college: Charlotte). He already started the season at Crocodiles in Australian NBL league. Withers ended the last season at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 8 games last year he recorded 14.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. But the most of that year he spent at Santa Cruz Warriors (previous name Dakota Warriors) in D-League. In 32 games he averaged 8.4ppg and 6.3rpg.
The previous (2011) summer Withers also played at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB. The other team he played that season for was Angeles in Mexican LNBP. In 10 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.5apg. Another team Withers played shortly was Melilla_Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold. In 6 games he averaged 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
Three years ago (three years after he left the college) Withers was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (11th overall).
The former University of North Carolina - Charlotte star is in his seventh season in pro basketball.
His team won Israeli Cup in 2009.
Withers received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention award back in 2007. He represented USA at the World Championships U21 in Argentina seven years ago.
Withers is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in China (ShenYang), France, Puerto Rico, Israel (Hapoel Holon), Spain (Melilla Baloncesto) and Venezuela (Marinos and Guaros).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Raul Lopez to miss three weeks of action - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap Bilbao lost Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) for at lease three weeks. The guard will be sidelined with a torn muscle injury. Raul Lopez joined Bilbao at the start of the previous season. He notched 6.1 points, 1.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 6.3 points, 1.5 assists and 1.3 rebounds per appearance. This season Raul Lopez appeared in six ACB games. His stats read 8.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds. In yesterdays EuroCup opener Raul Lopez provided 5 points and 2 boards. Previously Raul Lopez had stints with Juventut, Utah Jazz, Real Madrid, Girona and Khimky. He was the member of the Spanish National Team in 2008/10 seasons.


EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga beat Elan Chalon for 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Elan Chalon - Unicaja Malaga 78:88

Unicaja Malaga beat Elan Chalon for 4-1 record in Group B of EuroLeague. The Spanish side grabbed an 88:78 road win in front of 5000 fans.
Unicaja Malaga took 24-21 and added 20-11 in the second frame. Elan Chalon was too far to give up and surprised the guests with 29-24 in the third period. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91), reduced to 65:70 later in the fourth period, but that was all the hosts managed to do. Unicaja Malaga brought back 10-point advantage and managed to seal the victory with the same difference.
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) notched 15. James Gist (205-F-86) delivered 13, while Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) posted 12. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, whilst Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) tossed in 12. Joffrey Lauvergne scored 10, while Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) had 9 apiece.

Elan Chalon: Blake Schilb 24, Brion Rush 12, Joffrey Lauvergne 10, Ilian Evtimov 9, Steed Tchicamboud 9
Unicaja Malaga: Krunoslav Simon 18, Luka Zoric 15, James Gist 13, Marcus Williams 12



EuroLeague: FC Barcelona Regal upset CSKA in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow - FC Barcelona Regal 60:81

FC Barcelona Regal upset CSKA in Moscow in the opener of the EuroLeague Round 5. The Spanish side beat the Russian Champion 81:60 and took perfect 5-0 record in Group D. CSKA meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 4-1 record.
It was the top game of the Group as well as the top game of the Round in EuroLeague. CSKA Moscow managed to win the first period 19-17 but failed in the rest of the game. FC Barcelona Regal dominated the rest of the game and posted three victories in the last three quarters. They bounced back with 21-16 in the second frame and won the third period 25-13. Moreover they added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the 5th consecutive victory.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 15. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) delivered 12, while Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) added 10. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 18 points for the home side and Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) tossed in 12. Anton Ponkrashov (200-SG-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 9, while Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) poured in 6.

CSKA Moscow: Nenad Krstic 18, Milos Teodosic 12, Anton Ponkrashov 9, Viktor Khryapa 6
FC Barcelona Regal: Juan Carlos Navarro 21, Erazem Lorbek 15, Marcelinho Huertas 12, Nathan Jawai 10



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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 7-2 
 2. Boras 6-2 
 3. Sodertalje 6-2 
 4. Uppsala 5-3 
 5. 08 5-4 
 6. Solna 5-4 
 7. Norrkoping 5-4 
 8. LF Basket 4-5 
 9. Eco Orebro 3-6 
 10. Jamtland 3-6 
 11. Eagles 3-7 
 12. Nassjo 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Nov. 8: Eagles - 08 74-77
Nov. 9: Jamtland - Sodertalje
Nov. 9: Sundsvall - Nassjo
Nov. 9: Eco Orebro - Uppsala
Nov. 9: Norrkoping - LF Basket
Nov. 13: Boras - Solna

Round 9

Nov. 11: Sodertalje - Boras


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Miller, Boras25.8 
 2. Wesby, Sundsvall20.3 
 3. Oglesby, Boras19.3 
 4. Palm, Boras19.0 
 5. Jeansson, Uppsala17.9 
 6. Krayem, Eagles17.8 
 7. Dugat, LF Basket17.4 
 8. Bizaca, Sodertalje17.4 
 9. Walker, Nassjo17.2 
 10. Sigurdarson, Sund.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Palm, Boras10.6 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.6 
 3. Santee, Eco Orebro9.1 
 4. Simms, Sodertalje8.6 
 5. Toutziarakis, Solna8.2 
 6. McKnight, Boras8.0 
 7. Walker, Nassjo8.0 
 8. Taylor, Eagles7.6 
 9. Thomas, Boras7.5 
 10. Brown, 087.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Carter, Uppsala5.4 
 2. Miller, Boras5.3 
 3. Jeromanovs, Norrk.5.2 
 4. Castle, Eco Orebro5.0 
 5. Krayem, Eagles4.4 
 6. Dugat, LF Basket4.3 
 7. Stefanovic, Eagles4.3 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.3 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.2 
 10. Fernandes, Jamtl.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  Jamtl.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.4 
 2. Carter, Uppsala2.1 
 3. Stefanovic, Eagles2.0 
 4. Dugat, LF Basket1.8 
 5. Mbemba, Eagles1.8 
 6. McKnight, Boras1.8 
 7. Castle, Eco Orebro1.7 
 8. Taylor, Eagles1.6 
 9. Walker, Nassjo1.6 
 10. Krayem, Eagles1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.8 
 2. Hughes, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Henderson, LF Ba.1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.0 
 5. Johnson, Solna0.9 
 6. Taylor, Eagles0.9 
 7. McKnight, Boras0.8 
 8. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.6 
 9. Bizaca, Sodertalje0.6 
 10. Hudson, Jamtland0.6 



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Jovo STANOJEVIC
  TED K.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Stanojevic, TED K.18.8 
 2. Penney, TED K.18.7 
 3. Burtt, Tofas18.3 
 4. Farmar, Anadolu17.8 
 5. Yagmur, Olin Edirne17.3 
 6. Glover, Hacettepe16.3 
 7. Karadeniz, Mersin16.0 
 8. Haciyeva, Aliaga15.8 
 9. Heytvelt, Tofas15.8 
 10. Goerkem, Aliaga15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Banvit BK
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Stimac, Banvit BK11.5 
 2. Yucel, TED K.10.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas10.5 
 4. Haciyeva, Aliaga10.3 
 5. Aldemir, Galatasar.9.0 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka8.0 
 7. Francis, Aliaga7.5 
 8. Zupan, Turk T.7.5 
 9. Prince, Mersin6.7 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dee BROWN
  Turk T.
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Brown, Turk T.7.5 
 2. Dixon, Karsiyaka6.5 
 3. Ratkovica, Aliaga6.0 
 4. Woodside, TED K.5.5 
 5. Eldridge, Hacettepe5.5 
 6. Farmar, Anadolu4.8 
 7. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 8. Koseoglu, Mersin4.0 
 9. Senturk, Karsiyaka4.0 
 10. Acik, Besiktas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alade AMINU
  Karsiyaka
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Aminu, Karsiyaka2.3 
 2. Theodore, Antalya2.3 
 3. Atsur, Galatasaray2.0 
 4. Lewis, Antalya2.0 
 5. Balbay, Anadolu1.7 
 6. Protic, Olin Edirne1.7 
 7. Gordon, Anadolu1.5 
 8. Acik, Besiktas1.5 
 9. Holston, Mersin1.5 
 10. Eldridge, Hacette.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles RHODES
  Gaziantep
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rhodes, Gaziantep1.8 
 2. Parakhouski, Olin1.5 
 3. Elonu, Tofas1.5 
 4. Arnold, Aliaga1.3 
 5. Turkyilmaz, Banvit1.3 
 6. Glover, Hacettepe1.0 
 7. Zupan, Turk T.1.0 
 8. Besok, Hacettepe1.0 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray1.0 
 10. Markota, Besiktas1.0 


Mehmet Okur announced his retirement - by Ugur Turker

Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) decided to end his career. He was struggling to find his ex-from after number of injuries. He said that " I had number of offers from NBA and Euroleague clubs but it is time for retirement when your body does not allow you to perform ". Okur also added his announcement " It is a honour for me to be first Turkish Basketballer who gained NBA Championship and being All Star " Mehmet Okur played his 19 year career in Oyak Renault Bursa, Tofas Bursa, Anadolu Efes Istanbul,Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. He was also member of Turkish National Team which was runner up in 2001 European Championship in Turkey.


EuroLeague: Besiktas JK stole the game in Siemens Arena - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius - Besiktas JK 67:73

Besiktas JK stole the game in Siemens Arena as they beat Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the second game of Round 4. The Turkish side celebrated a 73:67 win for 3-2 record in Group D.
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius opened the game with 20-17 but could not win the half. The guests replied with 16-13 and tied the game at the halftime. Moreover Besiktas JK dominated the second half. They won the third period 16-15 and finished the game with 24-19. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) made two free throws for the last points of the winning side, while Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) made the final result in the game.
Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) tossed in 25 points to lead all the winners, while Damir Markota (209-F-85) notched 13. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) scored 10, while Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) added 8. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 11. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) posted 9, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 8.

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius: Steponas Babrauskas 14, Nemanja Nedovic 11, Renaldas Seibutis 9, Mindaugas Katelynas 8
Besiktas JK: Curtis Jerrells 25, Damir Markota 13, Vladimir Dasic 10, Serhat Cetin 8



EuroLeague: Cantu cruise past Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Mapooro Cantu - Fenerbahce 82:58

Mapooro Cantu raced to the second win in Euroleague Group A. The Italian team breezed past Fenerbahce at home court. Beye Tabu-Eboma (184-SG-85) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the hosts. Fenerbahce fell at 3-2 record after the loss.
Cantu stunned the visitors early in the encounter. The hosts strongly started the game posting a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Cantu dominated in the second period. They established a 41:27 halftime advantage. Cantu kept Fenerbahce at safe distance throughout the third term. The home side built a 16-point lead before the final frame. Cantu unleashed 25 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marco Cusin (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) netted 15 points each for the winners. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) answered with 10 points for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) and David Andersen (212-C-80) had 8 points each in the loss.

Mapooro Cantu: Beye Tabu-Eboma 16, Marco Cusin 15, Jeff Brooks 15
Fenerbahce: Romain Sato 10, Bojan Bogdanovic 8, David Andersen 8



Mehmet Okur retires - by Baha Kurtulus

The Turkish center Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) has decided to finish his active basketball career. He has decided to retire from NBA after 10 seasons.
Okur was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 37th pick in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft and won a NBA championship with the team in 2004, the first Turkish player to accomplish this feat. In 2004, he signed a six-year contract with the Utah Jazz in 2007.
Okur reached the peak of his success by being named to the Western Conference NBA All-Star team.
Okur has been riddled with back injuries throughout his career, playing in 30 games over the past two seasons. ( 2010-2011: Utah Jazz (NBA), 13 games: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg; New Jersey Nets (NBA): 17 games: 7.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg )



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Paradise Jam: More Games Televised This Year - by David Edole

By Bill Kossler November 8, 2012

With more games televised and everything live-streamed on the Internet, the 13th annual Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament, coming up the next two weeks on St. Thomas, will be seen by more people than ever, its organizers said at a press conference at Marriott Frenchman's Reef on Wednesday.

St. Thomas has been the home of the Paradise Jam event since its inception in 2000, offering men's and women's college basketball teams a chance for early season competition.

"This year there will be nine games on television and three of the women's games will be broadcast on the SNY network in New York," said Craig Jonas, chief operating officer of Basketball Travelers, the organizers of the annual college tournament. That's up from four televised games last year.

"And we will be live-streaming all the games for free." Jonas said they expect at least 100,000 people to watch the tournament from all around the world.

Some teams are returning after playing in several Paradise Jam tournaments, and some big new teams will here for the first time.

"Finally, after 13 years, we have Wake Forest, which we are very excited about," said Nels Hawkinson, executive director of Basketball Travel said. "And we have the Connecticut men and women both coming back, which always brings quite a few people," he said.

Jonas said there were several pairs of men and women's teams this year, including both the men and women of Wake Forest the alma mater of hometown hero, Tim Duncan, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs.

The Paradise Jam event offers men's and women's college basketball teams a chance for early season competition in an exotic island setting. The tournaments take place Nov. 18-21 and Nov. 24-26 at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.

UConn, Purdue, Depaul, New Mexico, Wake Forest, George Mason and South Caroline headline the men's field.

The women's tournament features many of the same schools, with UConn, Purdue, Depaul, Wake Forest, Marist, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton and South Carolina.

Before the tournament starts, Jonas and other coaches from Paradise Jam will conduct a free basketball clinic on St. Croix, Nov. 12, for boys and girls ages 8 through 18. The clinic will be at the St. Croix Central High School gymnasium from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information about the tournament, visit www.paradisejam.com. Live-streaming will be available at http://www.ustream.tv/paradisejam or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ParadiseJam1.



Frank Elegar's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Virgin Islanders playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play currently abroad.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Estonia). He was the major contributor in Kalev/Cramo's victory against one of league's weakest teams Hito/Johvi (1-4) crushing them 104-58 in the Estonian KML last Thursday. Elegar recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (3-1) is placed third in the KML. Elegar's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Elegar belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. This season he averages: 9.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 65.0%(13-20) and FT: 70.6%. Elegar played for the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team two years ago.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Poland. He could not help Stelmet ZG (0-1) in their last game. Despite Hodge's very good performance Stelmet ZG lost 67-74 at home to the second-ranked Unics Kazan. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Hodge also added 7 assists in 38 minutes. It was his first game for Stelmet ZG this season. Hodge is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 7 assists. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in France. He was not able to help Le Mans (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Victor's good performance Le Mans was defeated 76-71 on their home court in Le Mans by the second-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Victor also added 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Le Mans this season. Victor played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team one years ago.

Gregory Washington
Gregory Washington
   #4. Power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Denmark) led Svendborg to a victory against the closely-ranked Bakken (9-1) 114-100 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. Washington also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Svendborg Rabbits (9-0) is placed first in the Ligaen. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Washington is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Washington averages: 16.7ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.3bpg in the nine games he played so far. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Jason Edwin
Jason Edwin
   #5. International swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Nacional (3-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Edwin's very good performance the 16th-placed Nacional was edged 69-68 on their home court in by the much higher-ranked Tabare (#9) in the Capital group. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Edwin also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It's Edwin's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Edwin averages: 18.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #6. Forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League couldn't help Leuven Bears (1-4) in their last game. Despite Aska's good performance Leuven Bears was edged 87-84 on the road by the league outsider (#8) VOO Verviers-Pepinster. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Aska also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. It was Leuven Bears' fourth consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Aska is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.0rpg. He also averaged so far 13.2ppg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the five games. Aska is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has U.S. Virgin Islands passport:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the New Orleans Hornets (2-2) 99-95 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Duncan had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 34 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have 4-1 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. Duncan has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2.0bpg and 1.2spg in the five games he played so far. Duncan has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.



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James Justice Added to Tulsa 66ers Roster (NBA Dleague) - by David Walls

David Walls Report:
11/8/2012

TULSA, Okla. Former UBA standout James Justice (5'10''-PG-89, college: Martin Methodist) was one of nine players added to the training camper roster of the NBA Developmental League's Tulsa 66ers, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Justice joined the UBA for the 2012 Playoffs. He signed with the GIE Maile Matrix and helped led them to their 3rd championship. Justice was later named Finals Co-MVP while he averaged 20.1ppg.

After a great playoff run in the UBA Justice joined the USA National Team for the William Jones Cup. In 9 games Justice averaged 10.0ppg and 2.3spg.

During his two years at Martin Methodist, Justice was a two-time NAIA All-American and was named the 2011 TranSouth Player and Newcomer of the Year, averaging 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per contest in 71 career games. As the team's starting point guard, Justice led the RedHawks to the school's most-successful two year stretch in program history, guiding the RedHawks to a 62-10 record and two NAIA National Tournament berths, including a berth in the national semifinal in 2010-11.

Justice also received national acclaim after winning the 2012 College Basketball Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans. During the contest, the 5-foot-9 Justice competed against and defeated dunkers from other NCAA Division I universities, including Clemson, Duke, Buffalo and Wichita State.

Justice receives the training camp invite after participating during Tulsa's open tryouts on Oct. 21 and 22. The 66ers will have an opportunity to add nine more players to their roster during Friday's 2012 NBA D-League Draft, before opening their 2012-13 season Nov. 23 against the Texas Legends.

The 66ers are the D-League affiliate for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.



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Rocks Turn To Ringold - by Paul Nilsen

The Glasgow Rocks are proud to announce the signing of big man Mike Ringgold (200-F-87, college: Rider) to fill the current void down in the paint. The 25 year old American will be looking to make his mark in the BBL after a successful start to his career in Iceland where he averaged a double double of 15.2 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game. The Rocks will be hoping that he can replicate those numbers in a Rocks jersey.

Ringgold's ability to finish under the basket is something that Coach Davis has been yearning for along with his knack for rebounding, a facet of the Rocks game which has been lacking during the early stages of the 2012/13 season.

Player/coach Sterling Davis, had the following to say about his most recent acquisition: "Ringgold is a versatile player who will be able to step in and help us defensively for multiple roles and also be a threat on the interior offensively. His athleticism will definitely give us a different look."

Ringgold was flown into Glasgow on Tuesday and has already taken part in the Rocks preparations for their clash this weekend. The first chance to see Ringgold and his new team-mates in action at the Emirates Arena will be at 1:00pm on Sunday 11th November when the Glasgow Rocks take on the visiting London Lions.



The Friday Preview - by Paul Nilsen

After the recent BBL Cup quarter-finals, it's back to BBL Championship action this weekend.

And, there's one particularly mouth-watering fixture to keep a special eye on, as Molten BBL Coach Of The Month Rob Rob Paternostro (pictured) faces up to the task of locking down Molten BBL Player Of The Month, Colin O'Reilly.

Still standing as the only undefeated team in the league, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders will do well to still have such an impressive tag attached to them come Monday morning.

For not only do they host UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders, it's a double-header weekend against another title rival since they face Surrey Heat on the road on Sunday.

But for now, Rob Paternostro is focused on a tough game against a Raiders team which is packed with talent and not only O'Reilly.

"Jeremy Bell is as explosive as any player in the BBL," said the play-caller.

"Colin O'Reilly, Matt Schneck and Drew Lasker have all put up good numbers before and have lots of experience in this country."

Gavin Love and his Raiders players also have two games in 24 hours. They continue their journey northwards up the M1 from Leicester and then onto the A1 to face Durham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

Dave Elderkin is slowly but surely instilling some real belief into his new-look team, and with a morale-boosting narrow loss to Riders and subsequent win against Manchester Giants during recent home games, they could potentially cause a real upset.

However firstly, Wildcats face one of their longest road trips of the year tonight when they travel down to South London to face the Lions. Vince Macaulay and his team will be confident of racking up a third league success of the season, although they also have a long road trip to contemplate.

In fact they will probably be a little annoyed that Glasgow Rocks have boosted their ranks for Sunday's game at the Emirates Arena.

After a slow start, Rocks are looking to give their play-off and maybe even title ambitions a real shot in the arm, drafting in the powerful Mike Ringgold as they look to move to 3-3 in the standings come Sunday night.

The real banana skin of the weekend could possibly be Newcastle Eagles hosting Manchester Giants. Whilst Giants lost in disappointing fashion at Wildcats last time out, the Eagles found it tough going during early October in a relatively tight game against their opponent.

Consequently player-coach Fab Flournoy expects another tough game when Giants turn up at Sport Central, and was quick to point out the merits of the visitors.

"Giants have a lot of talented players and can put up points in a hurry," he said.

"They have six or seven players who can consistently make the three-point shot with David Watts and James Jones both starting well.

"Stef Gill is as explosive a scorer as there is in our league, and David Aliu is extremely consistent. They have also added Ben Eaves to give them yet another guy who can shoot the ball."

The three teams at the bottom of league table are all in action, with the bottom two teams locking horns. Mersey Tigers are still without a win to their name although they will be buoyed by an improved showing in the north-west derby last Sunday when only narrowly beaten by Cheshire. This means One Health Sharks Sheffield can't take anything for granted when they step out against Tigers.

With a second win under their belt, Cheshire faces a real uphill struggle to make it three tomorrow night when they head to Worcester Wolves. They must shackle the sharp-shooting of Alex Owumi and perhaps hope that the in-form Alif Bland and Shawn Myers can help set up a surprise victory.

Enjoy the games!



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Standings - LUB

LUB Standings
 1. Malvin 13-1 
 2. Bigua 12-4 
 3. Hebraica 11-4 
 4. Un.Atletica 11-4 
 5. Trouville 10-6 
 6. Aguada 9-5 
 7. Defensor 7-7 
 8. Olimpia 7-7 
 9. Tabare 7-8 
 10. Montevideo 6-9 
 11. Sayago 6-9 
 12. Bohemios 5-10 
 13. Welcome 5-10 
 14. Cordon 4-11 
 15. Larre Borges 4-12 
 16. Nacional 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Capital

Nov. 8: Bigua - Trouville 81-89
Nov. 8: Cordon - Larre Borges 79-71
Nov. 8: Montevideo - Nacional 74-72
Nov. 7: Welcome - Aguada 63-72
Nov. 10: Olimpia - Sayago
Nov. 10: Defensor - Un.Atletica
Nov. 10: Tabare - Bohemios
Nov. 10: Malvin - Hebraica

Litoral

Nov. 10: Wanderers - Allavena
Nov. 10: Nacional FB - Universitario S.

Round 11

Nov. 7: Defensor - Olimpia

Round 12

Nov. 7: Bohemios - Hebraica 70-73

South

Nov. 10: Flores Trinidad - Plaza
Nov. 10: Lavalleja - Lagomar
Nov. 10: Albion - Maldonado


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Keenan, Trouville28.0 
 2. Baxley, Defensor27.4 
 3. Garcia Moral., Agu.24.8 
 4. Taboada, Un.Atlet.22.3 
 5. Wilkerson, Tabare19.9 
 6. Ambres, Nacional19.4 
 7. Johnson, Bigua19.0 
 8. Jeffries, Bigua18.9 
 9. Shellman, Sayago18.9 
 10. Alvarez, Sayago18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Martin, Nacional15.9 
 2. Faber, Welcome14.5 
 3. Passos, Hebraica12.6 
 4. Blankson, Un.Atlet.11.6 
 5. Shellman, Sayago11.6 
 6. Wilkerson, Tabare10.8 
 7. Keenan, Trouville9.9 
 8. Myles, Malvin9.5 
 9. Johnson, Bigua9.3 
 10. Hayes, Aguada9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bruno FITIPALDO
  Malvin
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.6 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.9 
 3. Barrera, Hebraica6.7 
 4. Cortizas, Welcome6.2 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.8 
 6. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.5 
 7. Taboada, Larre B.5.1 
 8. Martinez, Malvin4.7 
 9. Jeffries, Bigua4.6 
 10. Chambers, Monte.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Reggie CHAMBERS
  Monte.
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Chambers, Monte.2.3 
 2. Jennings, Cordon2.2 
 3. Barrera, Hebraica2.1 
 4. Aguilera, Trouville2.0 
 5. Shellman, Sayago1.9 
 6. Jeffries, Bigua1.9 
 7. Garcia, Cordon1.8 
 8. Izuibejeres, Hebra.1.8 
 9. Trelles, Bohemios1.7 
 10. Rovira, Tabare1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dilligard, Aguada3.0 
 2. Davis, Cordon2.5 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.2 
 4. Johnson, Bigua1.6 
 5. Calfani, Malvin1.5 
 6. Cage, Tabare1.5 
 7. Bravo, Defensor1.4 
 8. Faber, Welcome1.4 
 9. January, Larre B.1.4 
 10. Wilkerson, Tabare1.3 


Results for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League (Capital) - 16th round
Cordon 79 - Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) 27 pts. 12 reb. 1 block, 2 assists, Mike Davis (211-F/C-86, college: Seton Hall) 4 pts 4 reb 2 blocks
Larre Borges 71 - Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 26 pts 10 reb. Yannick Crowder (203-F-90, college: Florida A&M) 16 pts. 10 reb. 1 block
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Trouville 89 - Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 23 pts 7 reb. Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois) 22 pts 7 reb. 2 assists
Bigua 81 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 21 pts 6 reb. 3 assists, Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 17 pts 8 reb 4 assists
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Montevideo 74 - Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) 24 pts 6 reb 1 block 2 assists, Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 10 pts 4 reb 1 block 1 assist
Nacional 72 - Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) 38 pts 6 reb. 2 assists, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 6 pts 11 reb.



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.3 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.6 
 7. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
 10. Romero, Trotamun.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Martinez, Cocodril.10.5 
 2. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 3. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 4. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.1 
 5. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 6. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 8. Allen, Marinos7.7 
 9. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 10. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stoll, Gigantes6.8 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.1 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.2 
 7. Pena, Toros4.1 
 8. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Pena, Toros2.8 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.8 
 5. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 7. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Gilder, Trotamun.2.1 
 10. Edwin, Gaiteros1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Marinos
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Allen, Marinos2.3 
 2. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.8 
 4. Watkins, Marinos1.7 
 5. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 6. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 7. Graterol, Cocodril.1.3 
 8. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 9. Romero, Trotamun.1.0 
 10. Gilder, Trotamun.1.0 


Venezuelans Abroad - Greivis Vasquez and New Orleans, stopped by Philadelphia - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (197-PG-87) and his New Orleans Hornets scored a franchise-low mark of only 62 points and were stopped in their two-game winning streak by the Philadelphia Sixers, who took advantage of the absences of Anthony Davis (208-C-93), Austin Rivers (193-G-92) and Eric Gordon (193-G-88) due to injuries, to defeat the Hornets 77-62 at New Orleans Arena in Louisiana.

Vasquez, who's earned the starting PG nod, could not match his previous efforts against San Antonio, Utah and Chicago, and in 32:39 minutes finished up with 7 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 5 turnovers and a foul, as he went 3-for-13 from the field, scoring 1 out of 4 three-point attempts in a night in which all of his teammates were simply out of sync, loosing 24 balls.

The Sixers only lost one ball in the last 24 minutes of play to turn the game into their hands, as five of their players scored 10 or more points, led by Evan Turner (201-G/F-88) and Jrue Holiday (191-PG-90) with 14 each. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90) was the only one with 10-plus points for New Orleans, finishing up with 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Vasquez is now averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in 4 regular season games so far. His next clash will be against the Charlotte Bobcats on November 9th.



LPB 2013 News - Deivis Ananguren (Guaros) underwent surgery due to meniscus tear - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SF Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) suffered form a meniscus tear while playing for Once Caldas de Manizales in Colombia's Copa Invitacional and had to undergo surgery in that country, according to Guaros de Lara's General Manager, Tomas Morris , currently working in Puerto La Cruz in a manager's board of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto, heading towards the 2013 season, set to start on January 25th.

Ananguren, who averaged 6.9 points per game in 34 regular season games in LPB 2012, his first injury-free season in the country in at least five years, had even played for Venezuela's Senior NT in the 3x3 World Cup in Athens, Greece, winning the official Dunks Contest.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with him right now and we want him to get well soon, because when he comes back, he'll still be an important part of our plans with the team, he's a part of this family", said the new head coach of Guaros, Scott Fields, when asked about the case in Barquisimeto, where he's currently working alongside assistant coach Chad Baker. "We're going to bring him back home next week and start rehab right away for him to be ready both mentally and physically", said Baker.

In the best case scenario, Anaguren would be back in January of 2013, but reports from doctors will be necesary to determine a more proper approach about his current condition.



Venezuelans in the NCAA - Anthony Perez and Deninson Burguillos played their first games - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan players Anthony Perez (206-F-93), of Ole Mississippi Rebels and Denny Burguillos (201-F-89), of Georgia State Panthers, played their first official preseason games heading towards the 2012-2013 season in the Division I of the NCAA, college basketball league of the United States in which they'll be participating in their first season.

Perez, a former player of Lee College and the Montverde Acadamy, is an SF considered to be a top candidate to play in the NBA in the future. He was able to contribute with 7 points, 5 rebounds, an assist and a block in 19 minutes on court for the Rebels in a victory over Montevallo, 77-62. His official season debut will come against Mississippi Valley State on November 9th at Tab Smith Colisseum.

Meawhile, Burguillos, a PF with great skills for rebounding duties, played 19 minutes in a blowout victory of the Panthers against Albany State, 80-60, finishing with 2 points and 3 rebounds coming off the bench. His first season game will be against Duke, one of the top universities in the nation, on November 9th.

Aside of Perez and Burguillos, Venezuelans in the NCAA's Division I include senior Gregory Echenique (206-C-90), of the Creighton Blue Jays and newcomers Michael Carrera (196-F-93), of South Carolina and Juan Coronado (203-F-90), of Liberty.



LNB 2012 Quarter Finals - Centauros and Rojos force Game 5, Tiburones takes 2-0 lead - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) resumed its Quarter Finals as Centauros de Apure and Rojos de Sucre were able to force a decisive Game 5 in their respective series. Centauros defeated Estudiantes de Guarico as visitors, Rojos de Sucre did the same against Bravos de Portuguesa as hosts. Tiburones de Vargas took a 2-0 lead at home against Lanceros de Cojedes and the series will now move to San Carlos for the weekend action.

Centauros de Apure 85 - Estudiantes de Guarico 71
(Series tied, 2-2)
Villa Olimpica Dome - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: x-x-x-x= 71
CEN: x-x-x-x= 85

EST: Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 17 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 16 points
CEN: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 29 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 23 points

Rojos de Sucre 88 - Bravos de Portuguesa 87
(Series tied, 2-2)
26 de Octubre Arena - Cumana, Sucre


Quarter by quarter
ROJ: 19-22-18-29= 88
BRA: 28-18-15-26= 87

BRA: Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 28 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 15 points
ROJ: Albert Arias (194-F-89) 23 points, Blake Walker (197-F/G-82) 17 points


Tiburones de Vargas 101 - Lanceros de Cojedes 65 (Game 1)
(Tiburones leads series, 1-0)
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Venezuela


Quarter by quarter
TIB: x-x-x-x= 101
LAN: x-x-x-x= 65

TIB: Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) 24 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 20 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 16 points
LAN: Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 18 points, Morris Sierralta (190-G/F-87) 14 points


Tiburones de Vargas 123 - Lanceros de Cojedes 118 Extra Time (Game 2)
(Tiburones leads series, 2-0)
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Venezuela


Quarter by quarter
TIB: x-x-x-x= 123
LAN: x-x-x-x= 118

TIB: Not provided yet
LAN: Not provided yet




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Women News


EuroCup: Olimpia surprise TED Ankara in Turkish capital - by Eurobasket News

TED Ankara - Olimpia 54:69

Olimpia celebrated their first EuroCup victory this season. They bounced back after the loss to TED Ankara on Tuesday to claim a comfortable win in the Turkish capital tonight. Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) delivered 24 points to lead the winners.
Olimpia earned a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The Turkish team cut the deficit to 2 points at the interval 29:27. But Olimpia were back in control in the third quarter. They eased to a 9-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Olimpia went on an 18:12 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory. Tetyana Shchypakina (178-F-85) provided 17 points, while Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) added 11 points for the winning side. Marcedes Marie Walker (191-C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 15 points and 15 boards for TED Ankara. Mactabene Amachree (190-F/G-78, college: Abil.Christian) and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) chipped in 14 points apiece in the loss.

TED Ankara: Marcedes Marie Walker 15+15 boards, Mactabene Amachree 14, Ana Dabovic 14
Olimpia: Maryia Filonchyk 24, Tetyana Shchypakina 17, Maryia Papova 11



EuroCup: Telge Basket eke out win over Gorizont - by Eurobasket News

Telge Basket - Gorizont 71:69

Telge Basket snatched a tough home win over Gorizont in EuroCup. It was the first success for the Swedish team in the tournament this season. Angelique Robinson (179-F, college: JMU) converted a layup with 32 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Telge Basket.
Gorizont enjoyed a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Belarusian team extended their lead in the second frame. The visitors arrived at halftime up by 7 points 40:33. Telge Basket started to claw their way back into this one in the third term. The hosts narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at the final break. Telge went on a 7:0 run late in regulation to take a 69:64 lead. Valko answered from beyond the arc and Kristina Alikina (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) drained a jumper to knot things up at 69. But Angelique Robinson sank a layup and brought Telge to the victory. Regan Magarity (186-SF-96) and Paulina Hersler (185-PF-94) produced 11 points apiece for the hosts. Angelique Robinson topscored with 24 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Telge Basket. Kristina Alikina answered with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Gorizont. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89) accounted for 18 points and 15 rebounds in the losing case.

Telge Basket: Angelique Robinson 24, Regan Magarity 11, Paulina Hersler 11
Gorizont: Kristina Alikina 23, Aleksandra Khomenchuk 18+15 boards



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  BELGIUM   


EuroCup: Union Hainaut edge Young Cats - by Eurobasket News

Union Hainaut - Young Cats 86:42

Union Hainaut celebrated the third straight win in EuroCup season. They brushed by Young Cats at home court for 3-0 record in Group B. Young Cats fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Marie Frederique Ayissi (184-F-82) nailed 21 points for the winners.
Union Hainaut stormed into the game. They unleashed 26 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 14-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap in the second quarter. Union Hainaut fired 31 points and secure a massive 57:24 halftime lead. The hosts did not slow down after the big break. They held Young Cats at 9 points in the third term to accumulate a 42-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Union Hainaut outscored their opponents in the final frame and secured the winning outcome. Stefanie Murphy (192-F/C-89, college: Boston Coll.) netted 19 points and collected 11 rebounds, while Amanda Houts (168-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia), Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Vera Perostiyska (195-C-82, college: FIU) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Antonia Delaere (171-SG-94) responded with 11 points for Young Cats. Jasmina Rosseel (175-SG-89, college: Drexel) netted 8 points in the loss.

Union Hainaut: Marie Frederique Ayissi 21, Stefanie Murphy 19+11 boards, Amanda Houts 12, Laura Garcia 12, Vera Perostiyska 12
Young Cats: Antonia Delaere 11, Jasmina Rosseel 8



Player change at Castors Braine - by Peter Buyse

D1 team Castors Braine replaced American guard Kirby Copeland with another guard Mia Fisher. According to Basketfeminin.com Copeland did not get the required work permit to play basketball in Belgium and left the country. Seems she is headed to Switserland to play for Fribourg.
In her place comes Mia Fisher who the past 2 seasons played in the French LFB league for Armentieres. Before that she played for the same team in the LFB division. After her college career she first played in Turkey In 2007-2008 she first played in France for Reims before heading to Arras for the next season before finishing the 08-09 season in Bosnia where she played for Sarajevo. In 2011-2012 she played 24 games for Armentieres with averages of 14.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.3 apg.
Mia had a pretty decent career at University of California-Santa Barbara where over her 4 years she averaged close to 11 ppg.



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Paulista League semifinal series are tied - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose edged Ourinhos 55:50 to level the Paulist League semifinal series. Flavia Santos (187-C-82) came up with 23 points to lead the charge. The teams were tied at 19 after twenty minutes of action. Sao Jose surged ahead in the third term. The hosts accumulated a 39:34 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Sao Jose withheld all comeback efforts from Ourinhos to eke out victory at the end. Ariadna Felipe (179-G/F-83) notched 10 points for the winners. Patricia Ferreira (182-SF-79) responded with 16 points for Ourinhos. Yakelyn Plutin (187-F/C-79) had 14 points in the loss.
Santo Andre shot down Americana 60:51 on the road to ensure a 1-1 tie in the semifinal series. Americana led by one point 28:27 at halftime. Americana secured a 5-point lead at the final intermission 46:41. But Santo Andre went on a 19:5 rally in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Katia Cavallaro (168-G-83) produced 19 points and 7 assists for Santo Andre. Micaela Martins (180-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 14 points in the victory. Karen Gustavo (177-G-84) replied with 17 points for Americana.



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EuroCup: Dynamo Kursk better Dunav 8806 - by Eurobasket News

Dunav 8806 - Dynamo Kursk 70:99

Dynamo Kursk registered the second straight win in EuroCup regular season. They toppled Dynav 8806 on the road. Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) posted 21 points, 11 boards and 3 assists to lead the winners.
Dynamo Kursk rolled to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. The Russian team exploded with 27 points in the second frame to ensure a 9-point halftime advantage. Dynamo maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover the Kursk team gained a 16-point buffer at the final intermission. Dunav 8806 conceded 28 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) nailed 21 points, while Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) contributed 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the visitors. Amanda Johnson (187-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) answered with 24 points for Dunav. Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) provided 20 points in the loss.

Dunav 8806: Amanda Johnson 24, Merike Anderson 20
Dynamo Kursk: Michelle Snow 21+11 boards, Eshaya Murphy 21, Epiphanny Prince 18



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  CANADA   

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